Monday, August 29, 2016

Bye Bye Summer

As my Summer break was coming to an end, I finally was able to go on a date with my lovely friend, Jane.
Because I live right up the street from the infamous California Donuts, we decided to stop by to pick up their donut fries. People will not understand me when I say this, but I am not a donut lover. The only time I will tell you that they were good is if you give me Krispy Kreme's original glazed donuts.
But out of curiosity, we got these and we both liked it. It was actually better than donuts because they put cinnamon powder over them kind of like churros. They put melted chocolate over it with some sprinkles and wala, they are the new donut fries. I can totally see myself going there to grab some more of these and their delicious ham and cheese croissant in the near future.
I had purchased a groupon deal a couple months ago, for some shabu shabu in Redondo Beach.
We made our way to Redondo Beach, which is right by Torrance, after we picked up the donut fries.
This place was called iShabu Shabu and I believe they are a fairly new restaurant.
You choose a type of broth you want, and then the type of meat you want.
They bring out the broth and it starts boiling in front of you.
You then put the vegetables that they bring out into the broth, and let it just boil.
Once the broth with the vegetables start boiling, you put the meat in piece by piece.
They are thin slices and because the broth is already at its boiling point, the meat cooks pretty fast.
You fish out the  meat and the other vegetables that were put into the broth and enjoy it together with the sauce they make for you along with your choice of brown or white rice.
It was pretty difficult to take nice pictures of the food because the table was oddly too tall for me and the broth was placed a little too far in front of me. If I was to compare this place to the shabu shabu places I typically go to here in Koreatown, I thought they were just okay. I really liked their sauce, which was a combination of raw egg, garlic, sesame oil and some more ingredients that I cannot recall.
I would prefer either Shabuya which is an all you can eat shabu shabu place that kind of newly opened up, or Khan, which is not an all you can eat place.
It's been quite a while since I did a photoshoot with Jane, or with just anyone in general, but I couldn't not photograph my outfit of the day. Sorry for the slight awkwardness in the photos, I was struggling a little haha.
My mom bought me a new shirt, which seriously has all the different favorites just combined in one piece of clothing. I love floral prints. Off-shoulder tops and dresses have been a fad lately, and something I love as a Summer piece. It was flowy, meaning I didn't have to worry too much about always sucking in my tummy, and the long sleeves helped to hide my thick arms. It was only about $15 at Forever 21, but I am more than happy about it that I want to wear it like all the time.
Shirt - Forever 21
Pants - Zara
Shoes - Madewell
I had curled my hair using my NuMe curling rod, but my hair tends to curl out pretty fast so this is how it looked after just a few hours of having done my hair. I've been growing out my hair persistently to be able to completely get rid of my dyed hair and just have my natural black hair for a while.
Here's more of a close-up of my shirt, and look how cute it is. The off-shoulder shirt makes me feel feminine and the colorfulness of the shirt gives character. I just love love love it.
This picture was totally Jane's idea, and I didn't think she would've taken it this close up.
I typically struggle quite a bit with my eyebrows because they're pretty uneven and I try to make them look even when I fill them in. I've been playing around with different eyeshadows I own, and I don't know if you can really see but I have been totally in love with the pinky shades lately. I have been wearing falsies pretty religiously for the past couple of months, and I've gotten quite used to wearing lashes that I used to think were too long for me. And my lips? Yes. I have been loving the YSL volupte shine lipstick gifted to me by dear Christine (aka Seolovely), topped off with my ultimate favorite Dior Lip Glow in pink for more moisture for my dry lips.
School just started today, and I am not sure that I am excited for this semester.
I hope you guys are finishing off your Summer with a bang or already have finished it off with a bang, and I wish you all a good good Summer/Fall season!

Grace Yourself.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Beauty: Eyelash Glues

I haven't done a post on make up products in a long time, 
and I thought it was a perfect time to do a post on eyelash adhesive glues.
This will be a little bit like a review based on my experiences with them and my thought on them.
(I know it'll be a lot of words which is not like my usual posts, but if you're a makeup fanatic like me, this can be useful information for you.) 

I love makeup, but I have my phases when it comes to applying falsies on a daily basis.
At times, I will feel super motivated to wear falsies everyday and that goes for a while.
Then sometimes I become quite lazy and not wear falsies for a while.
I am currently on the phase of wearing falsies everyday and it's been a daily thing for a few months now, probably ever since school got out for the Summer.

I just wanted to share a little about my thoughts on the lash glues I've tried and to see if you would have any suggestions for me.

When I first started wearing falsies, I used the Revlon's lash glue in white/clear for the longest time, and then moved on to the black one from the same line. I have pretty good memories of the Revlon ones, except that after using it for a while, the glue would actually come out of the casing and make it kind of messy in my makeup bag.

I used The Faceshop's lash glue not in the casing like in the photo above, but in the tube like the Duo one after the Revlon, because I was working at The Faceshop at the time and wanted to give it a try.
It was not bad at all, I used it for quite some time.
The new line of eyelash glue came out from The Faceshop which is the one in the photo, and I do not recommend that product whatsoever. I've only used it a few times because I was so disappointed. It does not have much power, so my lashes do not stay on all day.

I don't have a photo of my favorite one which is from Aritaum, because I ran out so I threw it out and I couldn't get another one. I went to two different stores and they were out of stock at both places. The Aritaum lash glue is in the same type of casing as the Revlon ones but I liked it better because it didn't get messy and it kept my lashes on all day long.

I recently tried Duo for the first time because I couldn't get ahold of my current favorite lash glue from Aritaum. I know that a lot of makeup artists on youtube use Duo and it's all over Sephora and the drug stores, but I have to say that I am quite disappointed. I've been giving it a go for the past couple of weeks and my lashes do not stay on. I would be working and feel like my lash is coming off. And indeed, the inner corner area was falling off and this happened multiple times.
And the way it applies onto the lash strip is also uncomfortable, and when you place the glue filled lash band onto the eyes, the glue moves around the lashes and doesn't hold quick enough for me to not get glue all over my lids. That's fine for me but if I was to recommend a lash glue for a beginner who has not been wearing lashes for long, it would definitely not be the Duo one.

I'm about to go on a trip (I hope to blog all about it when I come back) to Palm Springs with some of my friends. Yes, we're just going to chill out and have fun by the poolside but who knows, maybe I will have a reason to put on some makeup and look pretty for pictures and whatnot. And knowing that it will be 100+ degrees over in Palm Springs, I couldn't trust the Duo lash glue to do the job.
I went to go buy the Revlon one again, because I can definitely trust the Revlon more than the Duo lash glue. 

I know that there are a ton of other eyelash glues out there, and if you have any suggestions (preferably affordable ones), please do let me know!

Grace Yourself.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Poolside Summer Fun

It's been so hot these past couple of weeks, and I can't help but think of this day when I enjoyed some sun by the poolside with my lovely ladies of HEWJ.
I bought a new bikini recently, and I was excited to finally wear it to the pool.
I also got a new top that I fell in love with, and decided to put it together as my outfit that day.
An all-black outfit may not be the greatest choice for a hot summer day but I decided to go with it because I really wanted to wear that new top. And because it's a crop top, I went for a skirt that was high-waisted to cover up the stomach area.
Top - Fashion Q
Skirt - Zara
Swimsuit - Victoria's Secret
Shoes - VC
Watch - Michael Kors
Us being us and being girls, we definitely couldn't say no to group selfies. 
How can we? So we scored a few cute ones.
We're planning on having a night swim soon, and hope we can get some cute photos then too.<3
After our swim session, we decided to go get some delicious and healthy snack at Ubatuba.
I absolutely love Ubatuba, you should go try their acai bowls if you haven't already.
It was definitely the perfect snack to eat after swimming, and I am totally craving it right now.
Thanks for enjoying my blog post, and hope to update you guys again soon.
Stay cool everybody!

Grace Yourself.