Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Shoulder Cut-Outs


New in my wardrobe is this simple, heather gray long sleeve shirt with shoulder cut-outs from Zara.
I decided to pair it up with a black skirt (also from Zara) and my polka dotted Nike sneakers for a cute, casual outfit with points at the shoulders and at the feet.





I'm absolutely loving this shirt, and I love its versatility. I can wear it with not only a skirt but with shorts or pants, jeans, or even leggings. I can also pair it with whichever shoes, whether it be sneakers, sandals, boots, etc. I am super excited for the Fall and Winter season, and I know I'm going to go back to this shirt over and over again this season.


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Sunday, October 18, 2015

New Pickups

Earlier this month, Sephora finally opened its doors at The Grove. With The Grove being one of the closest malls if not the closest from where I live, it was super exciting that Sephora opened up in place of the old Forever 21. I happened to stop by with my friend Jane one random Saturday and ended up bringing home two mascaras.


When the Roller Lash mascara from Benefit first came out, I really wanted to try it out. However, I am actually not used to paying anything more than $15 for a mascara so I couldn't get myself to buy the $24 mascara. While browsing, I found the mini size of it and I somehow convinced myself that $12 for this mini roller lash is okay (which is funny because the mascara I've been using lately before I got this was a $6 mascara from The Faceshop). What do I think about this mascara? Not bad, not bad at all. To be honest, I thought it might not live up to the hype/advertisement but it turned out to be a decent mascara.

It didn't say that it was a waterproof mascara but I haven't had too much problems with it smudging. It definitely helped lengthen my lashes but it wasn't that great with the curling part. I definitely love that this product doesn't have a strong scent, for I have become very sensitive to the smell of mascaras over the years. Would I purchase this product again? Possibly.


The second mascara I picked up that day is Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara. It is said to be a long-wearing formula mascara but not waterproof. It also says that even with warm water, it can be cleansed pretty easily. This product comes in two different colors, black and brown-black. I purchased the brown-black thinking it would be more natural, but I wouldn't have minded the black one. And I actually really like this one because the wand is very small and it was designed to help you get to the bottom lashes even in the inner and outer corners of your eyes. I have almost no bottom lashes but this has definitely helped define my eyes and I would most definitely purchase this again.


Every September/October, there is a Korean Festival that happens in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles. There are many things from a stage full of performances and entertainment, an area full of food, and an area full of different businesses that come out to sell their stuff. And of course, there would be areas with Korean makeup products. My friends and I stopped by the Nature Republic tent and picked up cleansing oils. It was BOGO and my friend Jennifer bought herself one and got the free one for me.

I am typically not a cleansing oil user, because I never really liked the feeling of the oil on my face. But because Jennifer got this for me, I decided to just give it a try. I still cannot say that this is my favorite form of cleansing product but I definitely can see why people like it so much. Instead of pumping the oil on my hands as most people would do, I just pump about two to three pumps on my cotton pad and just wipe my face with the cotton pad. Then I take warm water and rinse it off while mildly massaging my face. And then of course, I finish off with face soap/foam cleanser. If you're looking for a cleansing oil for your face, try Nature Republic's products. It is very affordable and it works pretty well. 


I have been using Versace's Yellow Diamond for quite some time now, but I have discovered some other perfumes that I wanted to try. My friend Chelsea, who is a VIB, had some discounts available and asked me if I needed or wanted anything from Sephora. After some thinking, I decided I wanted a rollerball to carry around with me. Burberry's Brit Sheer Eau De Toilette, which I discovered really randomly at the mall about half a year ago or so, was lingering in my mind. It smells amazing and I am so glad that I chose this one over any other scent. It is definitely a different type of scent from the Yellow Diamond but I absolutely love it and I may consider getting the full sized one in the future because it just smells so good. If you know any other perfumes that are amazing, let me know so I can go check them out!

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Just A Few Tips

Welcome back to Grace Yourself! I actually don't have pictures to share with you today--- I decided to do just a written out post for those of you who are interested in some tips or "hacks" I have to share. Some of these are mainly for the ladies but there are definitely useful tips for the dudes as well. Most of these are from my own experience so I hope you find these helpful!

1. Morning Water

I am going to start off with this one because it's officially been only two weeks since I started this and I want to advise you to push yourself to do this as well! I started drinking a cup of water first thing in the morning every single day. I have always heard that this is really good for you in many ways, but I never got myself to commit to it until two weeks ago. Since then, I have not missed a single morning of drinking a cup of water. And no, it shouldn't be ice cold water but room temperature water. I know that many people don't enjoy drinking lukewarm water but it is healthier for you to drink lukewarm water rather than ice cold water, especially in the morning when you just woke up from your sleep. If you want to know details of why this is good for you, you can google it or check this website out for more information.

2. Clean Your Face

I know that sometimes it is so annoying to have to take off all your makeup when you come home from a really long and tiring day. Or if you are a guy, you probably just feel tired and you knock out without brushing your teeth even. However, you need to clean your face every single night, even if you don't wear makeup. Throughout the day, dust lands on your face. Not just that, but your fingers touch your face and do you know how dirty your hands are? And of course, if you have makeup on, you need to let your skin breathe, as well as clean out your pores of all that nasty product. Cleaning your face is definitely a must and there should be absolutely no exceptions!

For the ladies who put on makeup, remember that makeup is a product that you layer over your natural skin. This means that this product goes into your pores and it won't get cleaned out of your pores unless you wash your face thoroughly and have a scheduled routine of using scrubs and/or pore cleansing brushes to help you get the product out. If you fail to do so and the products keep accumulating not just on your skin but inside the pores, it will rot and your skin will not react well. This can cause breakouts, and you will find that your foundation will not apply smoothly and even make dry patches when you apply your makeup.

3. Hydrate Your Face

As someone that has been interested in beauty since a young age and as someone that religiously go through a set of steps to take care of my skin, I cannot stress enough of how important it is to properly hydrate your skin.

Order of application should be from light to heavy.
Full Morning Routine: Toner - Essence/Serum - Moisturizer/Lotion - Hydrating Cream (for people with dry skin) - Sunscreen/Sunblock (click for more information) - Makeup
Full Night Routine: Toner - Essence/Serum - Moisturizer/Lotion - Eye Cream - Moisturizing Cream

Just to add something really quick here, applying sunscreen/sunblock is also a very important step in taking care of your face. People often think that they don't need to because the foundation they use have some SPF in them. However, it is never enough protection for your face to rely on the SPF that is in your foundation. Look for a sunscreen product that is most fitting to your skin type and make sure to apply it!

4. Glowing Skin

It's been a popular trend for Korean girls to wear foundations that make them look like their skin is glowing. Maybe some of you guys know how that's done but for those of you who don't know, here are some tips on how to achieve that look.

The Korean cosmetics industry came up with these products that are known as "cushion foundation." They have those for any Korean cosmetic brand nowadays, whether they are drugstore brands or high-end brands. These cushion foundations claim to give you this glowing look. Let me just give you a quick list of where this actually wouldn't be that great for you. If you have oily skin, you may look way too oily to wear cushion foundation. I've noticed that they have been trying to come out with some matte-finish cushion foundations but so far, I wouldn't recommend it for anybody with extremely oily skin because the reviews that I've seen claim that they are not as matte as what American products consider matte.

Something that is very important not just for this look but for any and every reason, you need to moisturize your skin well. If you have dry skin, I highly recommend using essence/serum and a hydrating cream before you put on your makeup.

Another quick tip is to just quickly and easily hydrate your skin just prior to putting on makeup by spraying face mist. I've been using this method now and then when I feel like I need some moisture on my face before I go on with my makeup to make sure it doesn't look like my skin ate up my makeup.

5. Eyebrows

Cleaning, taming, filling in, and let's just say taking care of your eyebrows in general matter whether you wear a lot of makeup, just a little makeup, or nothing at all. Cleaned up eyebrows give your face definition and it makes you look clean and well put together. You can definitely look for videos on youtube to help you out or just go get them done.

5. Trim Your Hair

I'm not a professional hair stylist or anything, but I've learned over the years that it's actually important to give your hair a trim regularly. Especially for someone like me who really enjoys the long straight hair without much style, it's easy to just shrug off the need to visit a hair salon. However, it's healthier for the hair strands to actually go through a periodical trimming. It reduces the dead ends because you're pretty much getting them chopped off rather than allowing the dead ends to climb up your hair strands and eventually break off, and it apparently allows your hair to grow faster as well.

6. Hair Curling Wand

On the topic of hair, I have been absolutely in love with my somewhat new Nume curling rod/wand. I have always been into curling my hair for special events because it creates this look that makes it obvious that I put an effort into my appearance for that special event. I used to use clip curling iron during middle school and well into my high school years. I always felt like it was frying my hair because it was made out of metal and my hair would sometimes be folded at the end from being clamped under the clip. Towards the end of high school, I was using a thin straightener to curl my hair. I was determined to get myself a Nume curling wand after seeing a Frmheadtotoe video that featured the product because it looked so simple and easy. I have been absolutely loving the product and I've been curling my hair more than ever. It creates such beautiful curls that look super natural and takes less time and effort than using any of the other tools I've used before. My friend Chelsea went ahead and bought herself one after using mine as well, and if you are looking for a decent curling tool, I highly recommend it. You can definitely find really good promotion codes online so get on it!

Something I've rediscovered recently is that second day hair is the best day to curl your hair. The curls come out prettier and it has better staying power, especially if your hair is naturally straight and silky. Something I've been enjoying to reduce the getting-ready time in the morning is to wash my hair in the evening, blow drying it, and then curling my hair before going to sleep. I wake up in the morning and just do a quick retouch on the curls and my curls stay in place for the most parts throughout the day. I do have the typical Asian hair so I have to use hairspray but this has been working well for me.

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I know that was a lot of reading, especially for those of you who actually read the entire post. Thank you for reading and I hope I've provided good tips for you all. If you have any questions regarding any of these or even something different, don't hesitate to ask.

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