My Favorite Highlights

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Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful these highlights are…. It was really hard to really narrow it down but I did it. I have a few products that have been my favorite for awhile and then a new product that came out a couple of months ago.

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First up is this highlight that should be of no surprise to you, Becca Cosmetics & Jaclyn Hill collab, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. This highlight gives you a glow that you can see from miles away. I think even the aliens on another planet can see this. Every time I wear this I know it’ll stay on and beaming all day long. I choose this for special occasions and I just love it. I think I’ll cry when I hit pan, that’s how much I love this.

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I absolutely love the Anastasia Glow Kits. My favorite is Moodchild. I’ve always seen myself as someone that explores colors when it comes to makeup so when this came out last year, I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT. Shout out to my boyfriend who gave this to me on our anniversary last year! It may not be an everyday highlight, but I find myself using it every day. My favorites in this are Blue Ice and Pink Heart. But I love to use a combo on my cheeks such as Star at the apples of my cheeks and Blue Moon on my cheek bones. OBSESSED. They are too die for and I find that a little blue highlight on the tip of my nose just gives my makeup look a little something extra. Like alot of beauty bloggers say, this can definitely be used on the eyes as well, but I have yet to try that. The first time I used this glow kit I found that I had more people looking in my direction and that’s when it hit me that I had a blue highlight on and I didn’t mind it at all.
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I searched almost every Sephora and Ulta to find the Laura Gellar highlight in Gilded Honey. After having no luck, I thought to myself that I would never find it in stock. One random day my friend and I decided to go to Ulta and there it was. Definitely meant to be. The beautiful swirl is what attracted me the most but it is such a beautiful gold highlight. I reach for this when I don’t want the peachy tone of Champagne pop and want something more golden. It’s beautiful on the skin, especially if you spray your highlighting brush with setting spray to intensify it.

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The newest of my highlight obsessions is the Anastasia Nicole Glow Kit. There’s mixed reviews about the palette but I love it. While others don’t like to see actual glitters on their face, I don’t mind it with this glow kit. Nicole Guerriero is one of my favorite youtubers and I knew once this dropped, I needed it. My favorites are Kitty Kat and Daydream. Daydream is beautiful if you’re going with a warm tone look with orangey eye shadows. I don’t have any other highlights that shade and I love it.

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Here are the highlights swatched on my arm. Of course, my face is a little lighter than my body, but you can see how beautiful they are!

Left to Right:

ABH Nicole Glow Kit Kitty Kat & Daydream, ABH Moonchild Glow Kit Pink Heart & Blue Ice, Becca Champagne Pop and Laura Geller Gilded Honey.

I use 2 brushes to highlight: Anastasia A23 and Morphe M501 (I know there’s a bunch of controversy regarding Morphe brushes shedding, but the M501 brush hasn’t shed on me yet. If I did experience that I would definitely share)

I hope you liked my favorite highlights. I’m thinking of doing more posts like this so please let me know which makeup product you want to see me talk about next!

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Yummi Tea Cafe

Last month Darrel (my boyfriend) and I were leaving Target and I saw this restaurant that serves hot pot, snacks and milk tea. I immediately went to Yelp to see if it got any good reviews. Since it’s a new restaurant, it didn’t have too many reviews but the ones I read were mostly good. I was so excited when my boyfriend said we could go there for lunch on our next day off together. The only way to know if it’s a good spot to eat is to try it out. The menu is split up into hot pot (they don’t serve it during certain hours), snacks and milk tea. Combos are a better way to go, since it makes it more affordable.

First we got our drinks. I got the butterfly pea earl grey milk tea and Darrel got the earl grey milk tea. I’ve been fasinated by this blue tea because it makes the drinks look so pretty (and instagram worthy) I’ve had it at other boba spots in the Bay Area. It’s pretty good and the butterfly pea tea doesn’t really have a taste in my opinion. The regular earl grey milk tea isn’t as sweet as the one I got so I’m guessing that it’s the difference between the two.

As for the hot pot, I got the spicy beef mongolian hot pot (mild) and Darrel got the beef miso hot pot. We also got their fried chicken which was pretty phenomenal. We made the decision that if we were in the area craving chicken from a boba spot that this would be our go-to. It’s tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. It was so good. The hot pot was flavorful, and mine was not too spicy. I’ve been to a few other hot pot places and this is just as good. The only difference is that Yummi Tea Cafe doesn’t have as many options as its competitors.

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Overall, I give it 4 stars. It’s affordable since I was able to feed both of us with the main course, snack and drinks for under $40. If you’re in a relationship, you know that majority of the spending goes to eating out all the time. It’s a plus that its not hard on the wallet. Another reason is that the hot pot is flavorful, my only protest is that I didn’t care so much about it having a chunk of pumpkin inside. But I can overlook that because it was so good. The milk tea is pretty good and I’m always looking for a new spot to try out, as long as its close by.

Let me know if you like reading about my food adventures! Until next time.

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

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I picked up this book two weekends ago because of the title. It’s a series of poems that tells quite an emotional story. It can easily be finished in one sitting, but I tried to space it out but ended up finishing it the second time I opened the book. This book tugged on my heart strings for sure. It’s an easy read as long as you have a box of tissues by your side. It made me giggle, sad, cry and then it gave me butterflies inside. I don’t want to give any spoilers but I do want to share my favorite poem in this book. It made me think of my relationship with my boyfriend.

I hope this makes you want to take a break from Facebook, Instagram, Netflix or any of the many distractions to read a good book and enjoy the words that can tug at your heart. If you’re a fellow book worm, I’m always up for hearing book recommendations! Leave it in the comments and I’ll check it out. Thanks in advance!

May VLOG #2

The past couple of weeks I’ve been able to spend some time with my boyfriend since we’ve been having the same days off lately. We didn’t get the same days off before so we definitely take advantage of it.

We found a new hot pot spot in town that has THE CUTEST blue drink: butterfly pea early grey milk tea. The butterfly pea tea gives it the blue color and its very aesthetically pleasing. We also ventured out into Morgan Hill and fell in love with the laid back, small town vibes! I hope you enjoy, like and subscribe so I can share more vlogs with you!

June 2017 in my planner

Since June is coming up, I thought that I would share my planner and how I keep it organized. I normally sit down and plan the week ahead on Sundays, but since it was a long weekend I didn’t get around to it until Monday night. Would you want to see more posts like this where I share my tips and tricks/weekly spreads for my planners? Let me know in the comments!

I currently use the mini happy planner and just recently got the medium size discs because the smaller discs was not cutting it lately (been having a hard time flipping through the pages). I’ve been using this planner since the beginning of the year and I love it! The disc system is very versatile: it’s like a binder and a notebook, which I really like. I used to use washi tape in other planner spreads but since this is a mini, I mainly focus on color coordinating and stickers. I use a bunch of pens in my planner. Different colors means different events/things to do. So pink would be birthdays (and I also use it to mark when I should edit vlogs/start blog posts) and green would be for work, as you can see in the pic below) I have 3 packs of stickers that I currently use as well, all purchased from Michael’s with a 40% off coupon (always go on their website and find the coupons for the week you go! It’s always good to save a few bucks)

This is my monthly spread for June. As you can see there’s a few important events that I already put in my planner so I wouldn’t forget. I’m also going to Cancun later on in the month for my best friend’s bachelorette so I thought Mexico stickers would make this spread much more fun.

This is what this week’s spread looks like so far. This is pretty simple with a few stickers here and there but as the week goes by it’ll definitely get filled up fast. I know that there are going to be a bunch of errands I’ll have to do before the graduation and I also have to decide which day I start editing the end of May vlog so that it’s up in the beginning of June.

For me, it is easier to see a layout of what I need to do this week or this month, so I can allow myself enough time for everything: spending time with friends/family, errands, chores, etc. I’m also thinking of doing a vlog style plan with me in the future. Let me know if that’s also something you would want to see too! Also, let me know if you’re a fellow planner addict and which planning system you like best!

What’s in my bag?

I’m sure you aren’t surprised that my every day bag is a backpack since it’s on trend right now. But this backpack is convertible and I purchased it at Ross before Coachella last month. This is a Multisac convertible backpack with 2 zipper side pockets and a snap closure pocket on the front. It looks so small but I can fit a bunch inside. There’s a zipper pocket inside and two other smaller pockets. Here’s what’s inside:

First thing on the list is my Mini Happy Planner. I am obsessed with planners and have a bunch of different planners in my collection. I chose to bring this one everywhere with me because of how compact it is and it doesn’t hurt that it’s super cute! I normally only have one pen in my bag for work but I also have a bunch of different colored pens that I use in the planner too. I always need sunglasses with me because my eyes are very sensitive to brightness. These have an aviator kind of style with mirrored lenses. Mirrored lenses are perfect for the warmer months and we’re getting lots of sun and blue skies here in the Bay Area. I also have my vlogging camera, Samsung NX Mini. As you can see, it’s a very convenient size to carry around. I have an Apple lightning charging cable and a portable charger by Anker. I’m on my phone so much that it dies a little quicker. I wouldn’t want my phone to die in an emergency situation. I have a blue Michael Kors card holder where I keep the essentials. I have this pale blue Rebecca Minkoff keychain/mini wallet. I put my cash and change here since the card holder is a little snug for it. I can’t go anywhere without my car keys and my bright blue pepper spray makes it easier to find. A girl’s bag isn’t a bag without some makeup items. I have DUO eyelash glue, Maybelline Better Skin powder, Wet n Wild liquid lipstick, Essence make me brow gel, and chapstick.

My bag doesn’t have anything too interesting. Surprisingly, I didn’t have any trash or leftover food in my bag this time. There’s a pocket in the back of the bag that perfectly fits my iPhone 6 Plus. So that’s a plus.

 

My favorite every day lipsticks

Happy Hump day folks! Let’s talk about my favorite go-to lipsticks!

From Left to Right: (names of the lipsticks are links if you want to buy)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liqid Lipstick – Ashton

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Lolita

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip – Kapow

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick – Coral Corruption

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Amulet

All of these, except for the Urban Decay Lipstick, are liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks are the way to go if you don’t want to worry about your lipstick coming off or reapplying throughout the day. It’s been my favorite since the wave of all the liquid lipsticks starting coming out.

My favorite to wear is the ABH liquid lipstick in Ashton. I can’t even express to you how much I love this color. I first discovered it through one of Roxette Arisa’s favorites a while back and have been obsessed with it ever since. I wear this to work, on no makeup days and when I do a full face. I switch between this lipstick and Kat Von D’s Lolita. This was a cult favorite when it first came out and it was hard to get your hands on for quite awhile. I purchased this before the hype since my boyfriend liked how it looked on my lips (not surprised that he wants me to wear liquid lipsticks all the time). It was the first liquid lipstick I ever got. This formula is the most drying out of all of the liquid lipsticks but I don’t mind it as much as others might. It really does take out the moisture from your lips and this stays on the longest for me. If you’re into those beige grey lipstick colors then Colourpop’s Kapow is for you! I was obsessed with this and to me, its an every day type of color for my skin tone. Its subtle enough to wear to work but still makes a statement. This formula is dry but it doesn’t bother me too much throughout the day. Wet n Wild’s Coral Corruption is a very girly color and I like wearing it on minimal makeup days. I’m normally not a pink/coral lipstick wearer but this color is flattering for my skin tone. Lastly, Urban Decay’s Amulet is perfect if you don’t mind the finish since it is metallized. I find it moisturizing and comfortable to wear. It fades nicely so you can’t see the awkward difference between this and your natural lip color. This does come in a liquid lipstick formula too, but I only have one shade that I can’t recall the name of.

Here are the colors swatched on the back of my hand. Ashton and Lolita look very similar but I promise on my lips they look very different. Coral Corruption is pulling more orange in this swatch but like I said it’s more of a pink/coral color.

Hope you liked hearing about my favorite every day lipsticks! Please let me know which ones are your favorites and I’ll try my best to get my hands on them!