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Hey there,

How you doing? This month is a productive one, especially for the blog. I have one more post scheduled to come live this month, that’s three posts in a month! I haven’t been this prolific since I started my last year of college.

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Although last week was filled with cloudy and raining days, the upcoming week looks a bit more promising with the sun. A look I’ve been loving this summer is the blue-and-white striped blouse like this one from H&M and this one from F21. Pairing it with a basic bottom, like a pair of white jeans or a black circle skirt, and you will be all set for a day in the sun. Sadly, I have yet to find one that fits well and could be incorporated into my work wardrobe (now I have to ask “can I wear this to work” to every piece of clothing I buy thanks to being an office worker). Instead, I substituted the blouse with a basic white tank and paired it with a sequined body con skirt for a summer date outfit. I’ve also included some of my current favorites in this flat lay: Narciso Rodriguez’s Fleur Musc (which I got in Europe), Clio’s pore priming sun block and Avene’s thermal spring water spray.

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Being someone without 20/20 vision, frames are a constant accessory for my outfits (especially on those lazy days when I don’t want to put on contacts). Thus, I added my current favorite vision glasses to help you imagine the whole outfit. This particular pair is from eyebuydirect.

Warby Parker‘s newest collection, the Sculpted Series, would be a cute accessory to outfits like this one. They come as both sunglasses and vision glasses. The four frames in the collection are based on stone-inspired hues, which I love, from Onyx Tortoise to Rose Clay. Being the summer and my girly ways, my favorite pair out of the collection is the black, almost cat-eye frames with rosy tones peaking through. The black matches most of my closet while the rose brings out a bit of personality. And for my face shape, large, cat-eye/trapezoidal shaped frames usually look the best.

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I’m going back of my usual style of keeping the things short and sweet. Last week’s super long post is a bit of an exception, but it’s honestly impossible to condense my first Europe trip to be any shorter. Anyway hope your summer has been going well so far and there’s lots of sun and fun in store. Let me know in the comments below where are your favorite pair of frames from or where else I should look for the blue-and-white-striped blouse!

Cheers,

Jenn

P.S. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen no matter the weather outside to prevent skin damage from wrinkles to skin cancer!

Recently I’ve gained a new French flat-mate after the previous housemate moved out to her new condo. Just a little while before she moved in I started looking into French skincare products, mainly because of this giant bank turned Walgreens. This place has a stained glass ceiling, a vault in the basement and carries many European brands I’ve never seen before.

Through some research I found that the French is all about them mineral water and cleansing water. There are quiet a number of similarities between Korean skincare and French skincare. For example, women of both countries takes skincare really seriously, but the French is much more minimal compared to Korean. Both also put huge emphasis on great skin.  I thought misting was a Korean trend but turns out I was wrong, it’s French.

I was running out of cleanser, toner and moisturizer, it’s as good of a time as ever to purchase some of these French products.

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Le Covent des Minimes cream for sensitive skin | Avene gentle toner | Avene cicalfate | Avene thermal spring water | La Roche-Posay purifying foaming gel

I really like Avene’s minimal color scheme and light fragrance.The thermal spring water spray is also the only product I’ve tried from the haul. I’ve misting the thermal water after I tone my face morning and night. I’m not sure if it actually made a difference, but I think my skin feels softer and a bit more hydrated. On a side note, I finally figured out that my skin feels tight after washing is due to dehydration not because I have dry skin. I will definitly be taking this into account when I purchase future skincare products.

Avene’s Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream isn’t really for the face. It helps with healing the skin. I bought it mainly for my feet, which been drying out and needing some attention and love.

Some main concepts of French skincare that I come away with (I feel like they also apply to Korean skincare routine as well):

1. Drink lots of water

2. Use gentle products

3. Sunscreen is very VERY important

4. Don’t be lazy with your skin, use masks weekly

5. Cleanse thoroughly

I’ve really been loving the concept of French skincare products, with much emphasis on mineral/spring water, and their packaging. I am very excited to try out these products and will probably do some reviews once I finish them.

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I’m sure you’ve all seen the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat and the glove that came out a while ago. Although I would love to have them, I’m not about to spend like $30 just so I could clean my brushes better. When I was on the checkout line in Forever 21 and saw this pore cleansing pad I thought hey this could totally work as a brush cleansing pad, not to mention it’s only like $1.50. Photo May 19, 11 08 17 PM Read More

May 12th.

I recently joined the Seventeen Blogger Network and they were super generous to sent over two of their products, the Long Lash mascara and the Stay Pout lipstick. I’ve never done a makeup post, so I thought this would be the perfect chance to do one featuring these products. Here’s a flat lay of the products I used.Photo May 12, 5 29 13 PM

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette | Maybelline FIT Me Foundation in 330 Toffee | Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion | Seventeen Stay Pout Lip in Rule Breaker | Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick | Seventeen Long Lash Mascara | Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil | Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Read More

May 7th.

I recently, like yesterday, picked up the Garnier Micellar Water with the blue cap from Target. I’ve read many good reviews about this product and really wanted to try it for myself. I’m sure you are all aware of the hype around micellar water. It’s such a convenient product; takes off makeup, cleans the face, and no water is needed! As soon as I got home I tried the product out, and I was amazed! I even pushed the planned post back to write the review/first impression for this.Photo May 07, 9 40 09 PM

I chose the one with the blue cap instead of the pink one because it claims to take off waterproof mascara. Since I only uses waterproof mascara, it was a clean decision (well I also like blue more than pink and they are the same price so having one more feature is more value). Although, I will mainly be using this product to take off my face makeup after work before going to the gym. I like to have a foundation free face when working out because I don’t want to have the products mixed with sweat and get absorbed into the skin. I’m currently using a cleaning balm to remove makeup, so on days when I go to the gym I don’t apply any base makeup. However, now that I have this micellar water, I won’t have to plan out my makeup routine based on my plans later. I can wear whatever I want. So much freedom! Read More

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Hello there. If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I recently made my first purchase through SokoGlam where all products sold have been curated by esthetician Charlotte Cho. I’ve actually known about the site for around half a year now but never purchased anything. I was running out my makeup remover and took the chance to order some products through the site.

A little background regarding my skin care products. I started using Asian skin care products around four to five years ago, when I realized my drug store bought products were drying out my skin and making me breaking out even further. Since I am Asian, I thought that Asian skin care products would better suit my skin and they are less harsh. I started with only toner and lotion, and now my skin regime has grow to include essences, serum and eye cream as well. Let me know if you would like to see a skincare regime post. I still use American/non-Asian products here and there, but most of my products are either Korean or Japanese.

So on to the products I purchased! Read More

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