Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Quick Stop at Lush and Sephora

I am finishing up this post in the attempts to procrastinate on some school work. I know it's not the most brilliant thing I've thought of this week but I feel the urge to avoid the work load... so here I go.

Let me start with this face mask that I recently purchased from Lush. I am pretty big on taking care of my skin, as some of you guys know. My mother works in that field of profession, which influenced me a lot on having a lot of interest in the kind of products I use for my skin and the fact that I worked at a cosmetic store for a good year and a half definitely added some more influence.

I was first exposed to Lush through a dear friend Jane Kim, who has been featured in a number of outfit posts throughout my blog. She got me a Mask of Magnaminty for Christmas, which is made of china clay, fresh peppermint, aduki beans, and vanilla. Another version of it also has honey, and it is for dry and/or sensitive skin types. It was such a pleasant experience for me, that I ended up visiting the store myself. After walking around the whole store and looking at and smelling the products, I made up my mind to purchase this mask after trying some on my hand. This is also a deep cleansing face mask, made out of seaweed, honey and rose. I absolutely love it and I've been using it once a week ever since I made the purchase.

They were very generous with their samples as well, which was amazing. They pretty much give you a sample of any product that you want, as long as it's not a solid product and not a face mask. I asked for their "Big" shampoo and their Ocean salt face scrub. I'm not too sure why it's called "Big," and I have yet to try it but I do remember hearing about this product from a friend who has been a customer at Lush for quite some time now. I am excited to try it out!

I have tried the face scrub once so far, and it was definitely not enough for me to see and evaluate whether the product is good and working for me or not. I didn't feel it to be too drying for my face, and I hope it really helps me with the dead skin that tends to form over my face.

I know you guys would be like "NO WAY" but this year is the first year I've stopped by Sephora to claim my birthday gift. My friend Chelsea was talking about how she really wanted them, I decided to take advantage of their kindness and try them out myself. They were the Nars lip liner that looks like a lip crayon and it came in two colors. They're pretty matte, which is usually not my type of lip products. However, I've tried blending them in with different lip products that aren't matte and I found the colors to be quite beautiful. If you're a fan of lip products in general, take advantage of this free gift. It gave me the desire and the boldness to want to wear more bold colors on my lips and I know I'm way overdue for a post on my lip products (I have so many!) but I seriously promise that I will work on that as soon as I am not feeling so stressed from having to juggle work and school at the same time. I'll do them first thing as soon as school is over for the semester, and you'll definitely see these in that post with swatches!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lady in Green

There was a lady in green the other day, and I knew she had to be featured here on Grace Yourself. For those of you who know me well, you know that I love the color green. I used to express my love for the color by wearing a lot of it but over the years, the green kind of disappeared from my closet. And no, it's not because I don't like the color anymore. I realized that I like seeing the color more than dressing myself in it so I was delighted to see a beautiful young lady wearing such a beautiful color.

Caroline came to church in a gorgeous green maxi skirt with a black sweater. With it, she threw on her black cross-body purse that was very simple and plain, along with her oxfords. To accessorize this look, she put on a clean and simple necklace over the black sweater. 

Sweater - Gap
Maxi skirt - Zara
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace - Kaitlin
Purse - Gucci

It's not too noticeable if you're standing still but there were slits on both sides of the skirt. I liked how you can kind of see the shoes but you can't really see it too well unless it's sticking out of the slit.

The Jeffrey Campbell oxfords with cut-outs were really cute with the thick and short heel that it had. It gave her a bit of a boost in height compared to just flats but they were low enough for her feet to be comfortable throughout the day. Also, the cut-outs made the oxfords look a lot more unique and I really liked the color combination.

I love how she waves her hair and how her ombre looks so natural. I'm in the process of trying to grow my hair out and I really hope my hair looks somewhat natural and give off this kind of an ombre feel.

Doesn't her outfit make you want to wear a nice green color as well?
I would definitely love to get my hands on a nice green color clothing after seeing this outfit.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Happiest Place on Earth

I have finally put together my post for Disneyland, the so-called "happiest place on earth."
My beloved friends --- brothers and sisters in Christ, chipped in to get me a season pass for my birthday. And to be honest, this would have to be pretty much my first time experiencing Disneyland. I've been there once before, but it wasn't a visit that made me feel like I've experienced Disneyland the way I was supposed to. It was pretty exciting to go with people who knew where things were because I didn't feel as lost as I would've if I went without them.

We didn't take as many pictures as I thought we would, so most of my pictures were taken at this spot. These photos don't necessarily show my experiences specifically but they came out cute and I wanted to leave the memory on my blog.

My favorite picture moment was when we waited in line to take pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. As soon as I went up to them for my picture, they started making kissy noises and it was so adorable. They were so in character and I was so in awe of their cuteness overload that I couldn't stop saying that they were so cute even after we have walked away from them.

A big thanks to all who contributed in giving me this experience. I can't wait to go another time, and another after that, and so on. I think I understand why it's the happiest place on earth. I'll definitely be seeing you again soon, Disneyland!