2018- The Year in Moments

Happy 2019!!

It seems like I was just writing my 2017 highlights just the other day, but here we are again, 2018 in moments. This year has been absolutely crazy. I’ve been extremely open about my struggles this year, and even though it was one of the hardest years of my life, I learned so much about myself and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s made me appreciate the smaller things in life (as cliche as that may sound), and remember who the people who truly matter are. For me, 2018 was a reminder that family is everything, and I should never forget that. So here we go, first post of the year, my 2018 in moments.

 

January 1st // New Year’s at the beach- Started off 2018 the best way possible, laying out at Manhattan Beach. Even though it was cloudy and cold (and I was basically in a sweatshirt the whole time), being outside and with a bunch of my friends was such a fun way to ring in the new year. And plus, how lucky am I to be able to go to the beach in January?!

March 9th // Home for Spring Break- My Christmas present for the year before was a plane ticket home for spring break, since my winter break is so short (as you can imagine, I burst out in tears when I got my plane ticket). I was able to fly back to Singapore for 9 days and see all my favorite people, eat all my favorite things and go to all my favorite places. Being able to spend an extra week at home with my family was an absolute highlight of my year, and plus it was a surprise which made it twice as good.

March 24th // Marched for our lives- While it’s extremely devastating that it’s come to the point where we have to march for the safety of children’s lives, it was so incredible to stand alongside so many others who are fighting the same fight. After spending an evening making our posters, my friends and I were proud to show up to DTLA wearing our ‘March For Our Lives’ shirts and walk next to so many other people from all walks of life who were all there to end the most preventable form of death in our nation. That day made me extremely proud and brought so much hope.

May 13th // Mother’s Day back at home- And then we were back in Singapore for summer, and started off the break by celebrating the most amazing woman in my life. I was SO happy to be able to make it back in time to celebrate with her. My sister and I went as all-out as we could with flowers, balloons, presents and dinner at home to try and show my mom how much she meant to us. And Singapore even treater her to a gorgeous sunset to top it all off.

June 25th // Beach getaway with the family- With only a few more weeks to go in South East Asia, we had to get another Phuket trip in. One of our go-to destinations for long weekends and breaks, we were lucky enough to spend a few days at Le Meridien in Phuket as a family to soak in some beach time. We dined at our favorite restaurants in the area and got in tons of tropical cocktails during happy hour too. It was so much fun to be away with my family for a little bit and to celebrate 20 years of life in South East Asia.

July 6th // Last day in our home of two decades– Finally, after 20 years and 3 months, my family said thank you to Singapore for being the city that raised our family. We spent the last days on my favorite island eating all of our favorite foods, including hawker food, steamboat, dim sum, all the brunch and char siu noodles, soaking in all the beauty of the city and spending time with dear, old friends. There are no words to express all the feelings and emotions that were felt over those last two weeks. While it was with tears of sadness that we said see you later, the tears were also happy as we remembered all the amazing and incredible people and memories that Singapore had given us. Bittersweet, to say the least.

July 7th // First day in our new home, Tokyo- But as we said goodbye to one home, we said hello to another. While we had visited Tokyo many times before, this time was different. We slowly learned to make Tokyo our home. Couch by couch, street by street, house by house. As we went back to some of our favorite places, we also ventured out to new areas, tried new restaurants, met new people and slowly became more and more comfortable in our new home. And while it will never replace Singapore, it’s opened us with nothing but open arms.

August 25th // Juuban Matsuri (end-of-summer festival)- To get rid of all of those back-to-school blues we spent one of the last days of summer (and one of my last days in Tokyo) with friends at the Obon Matsuri in Azabu Juuban. We spent the evening walking through the crowded, vendor-filled streets eating tonkatsu (fried pork) on a stick, playing traditional obon games and sipping on frozen sangria. As crazy and chaotic (and sweaty!) as it was, it was so much fun to celebrate the end of an amazing summer in such a special way.

October 30th // A week in LA with dad- I was SO excited for my dad to come and to be able to spend a week with him in LA in the middle of the semester. We did everything from going to the Grove, walking around Beverly Hills, eating so much brunch and Dim Sum and exploring the original Farmer’s Market. We also headed over to Claremont for a night to spend some time with my grandparents and were able to catch up with close family friends. Having a quick break from campus life was much needed and so much fun!

November 21st // Thanksgiving road-trip to San Francisco- After my grandparents decided to forgo our traditional Thanksgiving, we decided to go on a short trip up to San Francisco. We started with a two day drive up the coast and spent a night in the cute little seaside town of Cambria (seriously, the cutest town ever!). After getting to SF, we spent the next few days walking around the city, grabbing lunch at Pier 39 and of course having steamboat for Thanksgiving dinner, because what else would you do? My grandparents absolutely love SF, so they took me back to all their favorite places, including their two favorites, Lori’s Diner and Sears Fine Food on Powell Street. And to top off the weekend, we were able to watch the first Macy’s Christmas tree lighting of the season.

December 13th // Home for Christmas- And finally, the highlight of my year for sure, being home (in Tokyo) for Christmas. I was crazy excited to be home with my family for the holidays this year, and to have a real winter Christmas. I was so lucky to be able to spend so much time with my favorite people doing Christmas shopping, eating at our go-to places (and a bunch of new ones), going to Disneyland (whole post on Tokyo Disney going up soon!) and of course doing anything and everything Christmassy. We had so many cozy movie nights, nice dinners out on the town, Christmas parties and endless cuddles with my puppy. It was simply one of the best Christmases ever.

I already have so many amazing things lined up for 2019 and can’t wait to see where this year brings me.
Happy New Year! xx

12 Days of Christmas|Day 12- The Perfect Christmas |2018

So here we are, Merry Christmas! Can’t believe how fast December has gone, actually can’t believe how fast the year has gone. It’s the last day of 12 Days and I couldn’t think of a better way to end it than to share with you all how to have the perfect Christmas. And when I say perfect, I really mean imperfect because I believe perfection lies in the imperfections of everyday. I’ve put together all my recipes, tips and tricks to having the most magical day ever.

The Perfect Christmas Morning:

You know that quote, “I’m only a morning person on Christmas”, well that could not be more accurate. Ever since my sister and I were tiny humans, we would run into each others rooms early on Christmas morning and then run downstairs to see what Santa had left us in our stockings. Our excitement would eventually wake our parents and grandparents up and we would sit around the living room by the tree opening our stockings. After that, we all head into the kitchen to make our Christmas breakfast, pancakes, fruit, hot chocolate and egg nog. Once the dishes have been cleared and washed, we’ll go back to the tree and open all of our presents while sipping on more egg nog and listening to Christmas music. It’s always the most chill, relaxed but exciting morning of the year.

Christmas Traditions:

Each family always has their own Christmas traditions, and I think that carrying those for generations hold so much meaning. But I also think that coming up with new traditions to pass on to your kids and grandkids are so special. Every year for Christmas my grandma made her special ‘holiday nugget’ cookies (our family recipe), and as I got older I began to carry on that tradition as well. My family has all the little things we do on Christmas that we’ve pretty much done my whole life, and carrying on those traditions no matter where we are always makes the day extra special. Traditions are rooted in family, remember to be thankful to have been blessed with your family, Christmas is rooted in family.

Fun Things To Do On Christmas Day:

  1. Play a big board game with your family
  2. Watch a Christmas movie (Santa Clause and Love Actually are always SO GOOD on Christmas day) and cuddle up with Christmas cookies and peppermint hot chocolate
  3. Play with all your new presents. I know this sounds like something kids do, but I promise everyone wants to sit there and try/check out all their new goodies
  4. Go look at all the Christmas lights and decorations around your neighborhood (or wherever you are)
  5. Shop!! I know this sounds crazy, but post-Christmas sales are the real deal
  6. Cook dinner…and try out a new recipe while you’re at it (festive recipes down below:)
  7. Festive crafts and DIYS- make paper snowflakes, homemade ornaments or DIY decorations… and you’ll be getting a start for next year
  8. Build a gingerbread house, bake some Christmas cookies, get your sweet tooth ready
  9. Lounge around all day in your Christmas PJs or ugly Christmas sweaters… you deserve it!

Festive Recipes:

The Perfect Cheese Platter: 

Is there any other way to start a Christmas meal than with an over-the-top cheese platter?! To start off, grab a large board. Pick out 3-4 cheese of your choosing. My motto when it comes to cheese is the stinkier the better, but to each their own. Get different kinds of crackers or slices of a baguette and lay out on the board. Now arrange the blocks of cheese in the center. Fill up the open spaces with slices of fruit, bunches of grapes, jams or honeys and nuts. Always have a sweet and salty element on your board. And of course… serve with wine:)

Tapas Varieties:

One thing my family has started doing over the past few years is different kinds of tapas during festive meals. Tapas is the Spanish word for small plate/appetizer. Usually, we do these on slices of baguette or simply on crackers. Our go-to is a thin slice of baguette, garlic yoghurt, caramelized onions, grilled red peppers, prosciutto, a slice of camembert with sugar and bruleed with a blow torch (absolutely to die for). Others we have done are a slice of chorizo with asparagus and aioli, crab salad with avocado and caviar, as well as prosciutto, blue cheese, pear, honey and black pepper. These are so easy to make ahead of time and in bulk and are always the first to go at any dinner or gathering.

Grilled Garlic Prawns:

Ingredients:

Large/tiger prawns

6 cloves garlic

Flat-leaf parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Carefully split the prawns in half, you can leave the head on or you can remove it and use it to make a prawn head oil.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and any other desired herbs.
  3. In a large pan, heat butter and garlic on high heat until butter bubbles. Put prawns in the hot pan (meat side down). Cook 2 minutes, flip, and cook another two minutes.
  4. Serve hot with fresh parsley to garnish.

Roasts:

Roasts are always the perfect center piece for a festive meal. Whether it’s turkey, chicken, pork belly or ribs, theres always a way to make it a little more Christmassy. Try spices like clove, all-spice, ginger, star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon as your dry rub. If you have access to it, using fresh spices (like whole cinnamon sticks) can do wonders. Adding a little bit of sweetness using oranges or cranberries is another way to amp up your roast.

Easiest-Ever Tiramisu:

One of the desserts I made this year was a tiramisu. I always thought that it was a technical and difficult dessert to make, but it couldn’t be easier. This boozy, creamy dessert will be a hit!

Ingredients:

Lady fingers or pound cake

1 1/2 cups strong coffee

1/3 cup Kahlua (coffee liquer)

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup marscapone

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Cocoa powder, for dusting

Directions:

  1. Start by whipping the cream with the powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla essence. Once soft peaks are formed, fold in the marscapone. Set aside.
  2. Mix coffee and Kahlua in a shallow tin. If you’re using pound cake, cut into strips the size of your container.
  3. To assemble: Start with a thin layer of the cream at the bottom of a clear class container.
  4. Dip your cake or lady fingers in the coffee mixture and form one layer.
  5. Add cream on top and spread evenly. Repeat this process until you’re done.
  6. Refrigerate for a few hours or over night. Before serving, dust with cocoa powder.

Brandy Snap Canoli (A take on Jamie Oliver’s recipe):

Ingredients:

1/2 cup brown sugar

5 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup Hennessy (brandy)

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup marscapone

1/4 cup dark chocolate

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup candied nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)

Orange, to zest

Directions:

  1. To make the shells of the canoli, bring the brown sugar, butter and syrup to boil in a pan (until it becomes a silky caramel).
  2. Pour the caramel into a mixture of flour and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Add brandy and mix it in.
  3. Scoop spoon full of the mixture onto a baking sheet (with lot’s of space in between) and bake at 375 degrees for 7 1/2 minutes.
  4. Once baked, leaved to cool for exactly 90 seconds, then shape around a wooden spoon or rolling pin until set.
  5. Set the shells aside until ready to fill and eat.
  6. For the filling, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Then add marscapone and gently fold in.
  7. Add chopped chocolate, cranberries and nuts to the mixture and grate in half of the orange zest. Gently mixed.
  8. Right before eating, put the filling in a piping bag and fill the shells.
  9. Serve topped with powdered sugar and orange zest.

And with that I’m signing off for 2018. Thank you for an amazing year, can’t wait to see all the next has to offer.

Happy new year and I’ll see you in 2019!! xx

12 Days of Christmas|Day 11- Winter Favorites |2018

Hi lovelies! Can you believe we’re already at day 11 and that it’s almost Christmas…CRAZY! For the second to last day of 12 Days, I thought I’d put together my winter favorites, everything I’ve been loving this season. These are all things that have gotten me through this crazy (but super fun!!) holiday season. Enjoy!! xx

 

Favorite NEW product- Jade Roller from Sherrie Matthews

Favorite clothing item- Reindeer Ugly Christmas Sweater from Amazon

Favorite store- Cotton On, H&M and Forever 21 have been my go-to’s for all my winter clothes

Favorite nail polish color- Glittery gold!

Favorite accessory- Kate Spade ‘Glitter Is My Favorite Color’ bracelet

Favorite beauty product- Doucce Beauty Luscious Lip Stain in Dark Lust

Favorite haircare product- Marrakesh Oil from Marrakesh

Favorite skincare product- Tarte’s Maracuja Oil has been my skin’s saving grace

Favorite scent- Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Favorite movie- Love Actually

Favorite TV show- Fuller House (season 5!)

Favorite song- ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ by Pentatonix

Favorite app- Head Space and Recovery Record

Favorite drink- White peppermint hot chocolate or Matcha latte from Starbucks

Favorite food- Christmas cookies!!

 

See you on Day 12 (how crazy is that…)!!

12 Days of Christmas|Day 6- Holiday Pamper Routine |2018

Hello lovelies and happy Day 6! The holiday chaos getting to your head, finals driving you crazy or just in need of a Tuesday night recharge sesh by yourself, I’ve got you covered! Today’s post is my current pamper routine. I’ve done quite I few pamper routines in the past (I honestly just love writing these and reading other people’s, and who doesn’t love a little self-care), but this one is my official 2018 Holiday Pamper Routine, full of products I’m loving that will get you in the true holiday spirit.

 

I always start off by changing into some cozy Christmas PJs or a nice fluffy robe, really anything as long as I’m comfy. Before I start anything else I’ll try to set the mood in my room. I love scents so I’ll either use my diffuser with lavender and citrus essential oils or I’ll burn one of my favorite candles which is Champagne Toast from Bath and Body Works. And of course I’ll turn off the main lights and throw on some fairy lights. After my room’s feeling nice and relaxed, I’ll go use my MakeUp Eraser (I’m so obsessed with this right now) to take all my makeup off and then hop in the shower. I talked about these in my last pamper routine too, but I’ve been loving the Herbal Essence Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner for my hair, especially during the drier winter months. If I’m feeling like I really need it, I’ll also do a treatment using either the Briogeo deep conditioning mask or the Moroccan Gold Series treatment mask. I’ll then go ahead and use a good body scrub everywhere (it’s winter, we all have dead skin cells) and shave using the Eos shaving cream. After I shave I make sure to moisturize right away. I bought the C. Booth coconut fig body lotion over Thanksgiving and have been living for it.

If I’m at home and have my beloved bath tub I’ll take a bath after I’m done showering. I’m ridiculously obsessed with bath bombs, so of course I’ll use one of those. I absolutely love all the Lush Christmas bath bombs, so those are always a good go-to, but I also found these really cute Christmas ones from The Body Shop (so freaking affordable!) which I really want to try when I’m home for Christmas. When I’m in the bath, which I could literally sit in for hours, I’ll make sure the lights are off and have some chill show or vlog playing. If I’m really wanting to treat myself, I’ll also light a bunch of candles to really set the mood. And if you’re really really wanting to treat yourself, pour yourself a nice lil glass of wine (if your of age of course), because you deserve it;)

After I’m done in the shower (or out of the bath), I’ll dry my hair super quick with a towel and put my PJs or robe back on. During the winter my hair gets brittle and dry really easily, so I use both the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine leave-in conditioner and the argan oil from Marrakesh Oil. If I have something to get dressed up for the next day, I’ll straighten my hair. But more often than not I just let it air dry.

Now it’s facial time! I’ll start by washing my face with either the Grown Alchemist polishing facial exfoliant or the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. During the winter my skin can get really dry and flaky (as it does for a lot of people), so it’s really important to use a good exfoliator to get rid of all the dead skin cells and prep your skin for a face mask. On a real pamper night I’ll usually use two face masks, one purifying and one hydrating just to make sure I’m not drying out my skin too much. For the first mask I love the Indian Healing Clay with apple cider vinegar or the CVS dead sea mineral face mask. If you’re looking for a more luxurious mask, the Boscia Charcoal mask or the Glam Glow Bubblesheet are also amazing. I’ll leave that mask on for about 12-15 minutes and then wash it off/take it off. For the hydrating mask I have a ton of different Korean sheet masks that I’ll usually choose from, but I also found these really cute Christmas hydrating sheet masks at CVS which I think are perfect for a holiday pamper night. I typically leave sheet masks on for about 20 minutes so while I have that on I’ll put on either a Christmas movie (check my last 12 Days post for my fav holiday movies) or some vlogmas. Since it wouldn’t be Christmas without peppermint hot chocolate, I’ll make myself a cup of that, and maybe even top it off with some peppermint whipped cream if I’m feeling extra special.  And of course I’d make sure it’s in a cute Christmas mug.

After I take off the second mask I’ll go in with the rest of my evening skincare routine. During the winter I use heavier moisturizers, especially in the evening. I start with the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion and go over that with the Tarte Maracuja Oil. If my skin is super dry, it usually soaks that all up within a few minutes, so in cases like that I’ll go in with another layer of the oil. I personally am not a huge fan of sleep masks, but I do love the Ahava Sleep Cream for an overnight facial. Another thing I’ve started using lately are under-eye masks because let’s be honest life can be super stressful and cause bags and circles under your eyes (I’ve started getting them and I feel like a Grandma now). But they honestly just feel so good and refreshing too.

Now that I’m feeling all clean and relaxed I’ll usually end the night in cuddled up in bed finishing off a Christmas movie or watching more vlogmas. I love spending nights out with friends, but sometimes a quiet night in taking care of yourself is just what you need (and trust me, everyone needs this once in a while).

Happy pampering! xx

12 Days of Christmas|Day 5- Holiday Entertainment |2018

Hello lovelies and happy Sunday! Hope the week has treated you well. Today’s post is going to be all the things I’m watching and  listening to this holiday season. I’ve pulled together all my favorite holiday movies, songs and vlogs that I’ve been loving this season to share with you all. Grab a blanket and a peppermint hot chocolate and spend your Sunday night chilling and getting in the Christmas spirit. What are you watching and listening to this Christmas?

Movies: These aren’t movies that are new or have come out recently, they’re just my all-time favorite go-to holiday movies to watch on a Christmassy evening.

The Holiday

Home Alone (1 and 2)

Christmas with the Kranks

Serendipity (I don’t know if this is actually considered a Christmas movie but it makes me feel Christmassy so…)

Deck the Halls (Cheesy but I love it!)

Four Christmases

The Santa Clause (1, 2, and 3, DUH)

Bad Mom’s Christmas (don’t judge me)

All I Want for Christmas

Love Actually

 

Music: These are all the songs I’ve discovered recently/this year that I’ve been obsessed over. Also just some of my absolute favorite Christmas classics.

‘What Christmas Means to Me’, by Stevie Wonder

‘This Christmas’, by Donny Hathaway

‘Home’, by Blake Shelton ft. Michael Bublé

‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’, by Mariah Carey

‘The Man With the Bag’, by Vonda Shepard

‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’, by Gwen Stefani ft. Blake Shelton

‘4 Carats’ by Kelly Clarkson

‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’, by Martina McBride

‘One Child’, by Mariah Carey

‘Cool Yule’, by Louis Armstrong

‘Candy Cane Christmas’, by Darius Rucker

‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, by Michael Bublé

‘Glow’, by Brett Eldredge

‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas’, by Harry Connick Jr.

‘Last Christmas’, by Wham!

 

Vlogs: I’m such a nerd for vlogs and vloggers, and Vlogmas might be one of my favorite things. These are some of the YouTubers I watch who are doing Vlogmas or are doing super Christmassy videos.

Zoella/Zoe Sugg

Kelly Strack

Aspyn and Parker

Antonnette

Renee Amberg

Aspyn and Parker

 

See you on Day 6! xx

12 Days of Christmas |Day 3- Gift Guide|2018

One of my absolute favorite parts of the holiday season is planning and buying presents for all my family and friends. I posted my gift guide last year and had so much fun putting it together so I thought I would share my updated guide for this year, full of the perfect gifts for all price ranges. Remember that gifts aren’t always about how much you spend, but it’s really the thought that counts (as cliche as that may sound).  Happy gifting!

For the self-care lovers:

For the beauty lovers:

For the foodies and cooks:

For the arts ones:

For the one’s who love jetting off:

For the entertainer:

For the workaholic:

For the home-bodies:

For the fitness fanatics:

 

College Evening Pamper Routine

It’s mid-term season! It’s flu season! It’s s t r e s s season! It is getting to the craziest time of the year, the temperature is going down, work and tests are piling up and everyone is getting sick. Today’s post is going to be my college evening pamper routine to give you a little self-love time in the midst of all the chaos. I’ve also thrown in a few things to help boost your immune system to try and avoid all of those nasty sicknesses going around. This can be done by yourself for some me-time, or with your friend(s) for a fun girls night in! **I’ll try and leave as many links below!**

I always start by throwing up a plush robe (or some comfy clothes) and take my makeup off. I’ve been loving the Sephora Charcoal Micellar Water for my makeup. Then I’ll begin to set the mood in my room. I’ll throw on my fairy lights and lanterns and I’ll let my diffuser start running. I’ve been using the Iextreme Essential Oil Diffuser that I got on Amazon for only $10, and it’s amazing. It has 8 different LED colors to choose from, which is actually my favorite thing ever. At night, my favorite oils to diffuse are the Young Living Lavender and Orange essential oils.

After my room is looking and smelling good, I’ll go and take a long hot shower (I MISS MY BATH TUB!). I’ll usually do the full thing, hair mask, shave… on these kind of nights. To wash my hair, I’ve been loving the Herbal Essence Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, it leaves your hair super soft and smooth and smells incredible. I’ll then go in with the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. I got this in my FabFitFun box and have been obsessed with it ever since. While I let that sit for 15 minutes, I use the Eos Ultra Moisture shaving cream in pomegranate-raspberry to shave my legs and get them all nice and smooth. For my face, I’ve been loving the Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant with pink grapefruit. I also got this in my last FabFitFun box and I cannot begin to express how much I love this. The smell immediately transports me to a spa and the fine beads exfoliate your face so gently while still getting all the gunk off. It’s AMAZING!

Once I’m all done in there, I’ll get back into my robe and put my hair up in a hair wrap to get it out of the way. My next step is to do a face mask. If I’m really feeling it, I’ll go to to the extreme and do two masks, one clay and one hydrating. My two favorite clay masks are the Indian Healing Clay and the CVS Dead Sea Mineral Anti-Stress mask. Both of these do a really good job of extracting all the gross gunk from your skin and pores without over-drying your skin (they both do leave your skin red for a few minutes, and that’s just because of the increased blood flow to your face). My favorite hydrating mask right now is either the Smoothing Radiance Mask from Filorga or the sheet masks from Innis Free. While I have my face masks on, I’ll cuddle up in bed and put on something super fun and easy to watch on Netflix. I’ve been loving The Good Place and The Great British Bake Off recently, they’re both so good but also ADDICTIVE.

When I’m doing a full pamper night, I try to make sure I’m not just taking care of my outside, but also taking care of my insides. I love lemon water all the time, but it makes me feel super refreshed and cleansed during a night like this. Lemon is a detoxifying and digestive agent and can help to increase your metabolic rate. I also try to eat super clean, so I’ll do a lot of apples, carrots, or celery with peanut butter or a light salad, and then maybe some dark chocolate or strawberries if I’m craving something sweet. Another healthy snack I’ve been obsessed with is the Coconut Sesame Clusters from Trader Joe’s, they’re so addictive it’s crazy.

After I’m all done with my face masks I’ll start my evening skincare routine. I use the Celavive Perfecting Toner all over my face with a cotton ball to start, then I go in with the Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and either the Tarte Maracuja Oil or the Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer on top of that. My holy grail products for any zits or breakouts it Lavender Oil. I put a tiny bit on right before I go to sleep and the next morning it’s like nothing was there, seriously, it’s that amazing.

Another thing I like to do before going to sleep on a pamper night is to get my stuff ready for the next morning. I just spend a few minutes going through my planner (this year I’m using the Kate Spade Things We Love Planner and it’s my favorite thing ever) and checking off everything I’ve done that day and also getting all my stuff ready for my first class the next day. It puts me at ease knowing that I can just wake up in the morning and everything will be ready to go. The last thing I do before going to bed is to use an app to do a quick meditation. I’ve been juggling between Head Space, Calm, Simple Habit and Insight Timer, but honestly haven’t found my favorite yet, but I do like spending just 5-10 minutes to wind my mind down, and I have found that I tend to sleep so much better on nights when I spend time doing this.

And then it’s lights out and time to SLEEP!

Tarte Review- NEW PRODUCTS!

Happy Tuesday lovelies, hope you’ve had a great weekend and are ready for a fab week ahead! Today’s post is going to be all about new (some new to Tarte, some new to me) Tarte products! As most of you already known I’ve been Tarte-obsessed for years now and I think my obsession has gone to a whole new level over the past 6 months. I’ve tried a lot of new products recently and am so excited to share my favorite ones with you. They have also just come out with their new Tarte in Paradise collection which I am already in love with and can’t wait to try more of. Enjoy and I’ll leave as many links (and photos) as I can below!

**Addition: On the day I’m posting this they just released even more new products so PLEASE go check those out, they are the epitome of adorable!!**

New to me:

Rainforest of the Sea Volume III Eyeshadow Palette– The second this came out I new I had to get it. It was all the shades I love and the packaging was the most adorable thing I’d ever seen. It has 7 glitter shades and one transitional matte shade so you can do a lot of looks with it. It’s all neutral/gold colors so perfect for a casual or everyday look. I love this palette.

Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist– I have tried so many different setting sprays and mists and couldn’t find one I loved until I tried this. I seriously wish I tried it sooner. It is so refreshing on your face and has a gorgeous subtle scent that I love. The spray nozzle is really good and sprays a fine mist, which I haven’t found in many other sprays. It helps your makeup last so much longer and also works as a little booster in the middle of the day. It’s my new best friends.

Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost– This is another product that I wish I had in my routine a lot earlier. It smells amazing and has a lovely gel-like cooling texture. It’s also one of the most hydrating products I’ve ever used, and a tiny bit goes a long way. I use this every night before I go to bed and it has made my skin SO much healthier looking.

Color Splash Lipstick in Island Life– I was so excited to try this lipstick out and it surpassed my high expectations. The packaging was what caught my eye at first, but the formula is so amazing and hydrating on my lips (I hate lip products that are super drying). And this shade is so beautiful I’ve been wearing it everyday.

Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer– I was so jealous watching all the YouTubers try out the Park Ave Princess collection, and I finally got this bronzer a few weeks ago! It is seriously incredible. My favorite bronzer for the last 2 years has been the one in the Pro Glow palette and I have to say I love this one just as much. It has a sparkle in it that doesn’t make it to blinding but adds a nice glow to your skin. It’s one stunner of a bronzer!

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fanciful– I love the Amazonian Clay Blushes (I have it in about four other shades), but this one is by far my favorite. The packaging makes it look a little darker than it it, but it works so well on tan/dark skin. It leaves a nice little rosy color on your skin but doesn’t overpower. And it goes on so smoothly and is easy to blend out.

Maracuja Oil– Okay, I don’t even know where to start with this one. I’ve heard the most incredible things about this products but have always been so nervous to try it because I have oily skin. But let me tell you, this is a saving grace for your face. I know I’ve talked about this in a lot of previous posts so I’ll try not to ramble on, but if you try one thing from this post please please please try this! You will fall in love, it’s worth every penny.

Better Bod Bronze and Contour– I got a little bronzer set from Tarte not knowing what I was going to think, but I love this product! It goes on so easy and leaves you with a little sun-kissed glow even if you’ve been copped up inside for weeks studying. Game changer!

 

New to Tarte:

Tarte Fragrance in Sweet Tarte– This fragrance is so sophisticated but sweet and flirty at the same time, I’m loving it. I use it everyday on my wrists before I go to class and find myself just casually smelling it throughout the day.

Glide and Go Buttery Lipstick in Pink Palm– Not only is the packaging on this the cutest (gold with palm trees), the color is stunning and the formula is just as the name says, buttery af!

Maneater Mascara– I tried this for the first time a few days ago and I was sitting across the room from one of my friends and she goes “OMG Aime I don’t even have my glasses on and I can see your eyelashes all the way from here”. I think that pretty much sums up how I feel about this mascara, OBSESSED.

Glam on the Go Eyeshadow Palette– This palette is by far the cutest packaging I’ve seen from Tarte. It has a cute holographic picture of flamingos on the front and I am living for it. I’m not sure if they’ve used a new formula for these shadows or not, but they are incredible. The pigment is so strong and the glitter sticks to your lids perfectly without ANY fallout. The Leave Your Mark palette has been my go-to for my everyday look, but I think this palette has overtaken it.

 

Links:

Join Tarte Rewards!!

Rainforest of the Sea Volume III Eyeshadow Palette

Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist 

Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost

Color Splash Lipsticks

Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes

Maracuja Oil

Better Bod Bronze and Contour

Tarte Fragrance in Sweet Tarte

Glide and Go Buttery Lipsticks

Maneater Mascara

Jetset in a Jiffy Set

Leave Your Mark Palette

Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette

Summer Favorites- 2018

I know I just posted a summer-themed blog post, but I felt the need to do just one more before we’re fully into fall. So today is going to be all of my summer favorites (of literally everything) combined into one post. This is going to be the last summer post of 2018 (*cries*), so soak it all up and enjoy every last minute of this season! *I’ll also try to link everything down below or a similar item*

Podcast:

Almost Famous with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti (for all my other bachelor franchise fans out there)

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

YouTube Channel:

Sorted

MoreZoella

Jess and Gabriel

Movie:

Crazy Rich Asians

TV Show:

Queer Eye

Home-cooked Meal:

BBQs at home (with lot’s of meat!!)

Drink:

Tropical cocktails, that’s all I’m gonna say

Restaurant Meal:

Obica Mozzarella Bar in Roppongi Hills

Skincare Product:

Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate (and also FabFitFun because it’s amazing)

Makeup Product:

Urban Decay Heat Palette

Bag:

Kate Spade cross-body bag in a bright purple

Bikini:

SheIn printed bikini top and Victoria’s Secret solid turquoise bottoms

 

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Happy labor day weekend! I hope you all are enjoying this last long weekend of the summer. For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to do a “10 things you don’t know about me” post. I’ve been reading a lot of others posts like this and it’s been so fun to learn little things about other bloggers that they wouldn’t normally talk about. I hope you like it and enjoy the rest of your weekend! xx

1. I always have to have my nails done. 

I don’t know why this is, but I don’t think I’ve gone more than half a day without my nails and toes painted in the last 10 years. I have this weird naked feeling when their not done and always feel so much better and put together when their freshly painted. My favorite colors are bright pinks and yellows, anything pastel and white (and obviously anything glittery).

2. Country music is basically all I listen to. 

This really surprises a lot of people, but I am OBSESSED with country music. I have absolutely no idea how it started, but for the past 6 years it’s been pretty much all I listen to. I love more modern artists like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, etc. but I also love more classic country singers like George Strait, George Jones and Loretta Lynn.

3. I’m obsessed with anything coconut. 

If something smells or tastes like coconut, you can be sure that I will love it. Coconuts just always remind me of being on vacation at the beach somewhere and that makes me SO happy. So whether I’m drinking fresh coconut juice, eating coconut cookies or using coconut oil in my hair, I’m always in a happy place. Sidenote: I always use coconut shampoo and conditioner and my favorite is the hydrating one from Herbal Essence.

4. I’ve never broken a bone… but have had some stupid injuries. 

I can be super clumsy sometimes, so I don’t know how I’ve never broken a bone but I’ve had my fair share of stupid injuries. I’ve split my shin open twice in the exact same place while doing box jumps, I’ve dropped a 120 pound bar on my face after slipping off a step box and I’ve sprained and fractured my thumb after hitting it on the lane line while swimming butterfly at practice.

5. Horror/thriller movies TERRIFY me. 

I’ve never really liked watches mystery shows, or even drama shows/movies, but I absolutely cannot handle horror or thriller movies. I don’t care what time of day it is or who I’m with, I will refuse to. I just get scared way too easily and don’t understand the point of voluntarily scaring yourself. But that’s just me, haha:)

6. The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise are my guilty pleasures. 

I always thought the Bachelor franchise shows were so stupid, but the second I started I was hooked. The first season I watched was Ben Higgin’s season and it’s my favorite thing to exist on this earth. I didn’t think I was going to turn into a reality TV junkie, but sorry I have! It’s honestly just so funny and romantic and the best way to chill after a long day or week at school. I also rewatch episodes all the time, and I never get bored.

7. My dream is to own a VW Bus/Van one day. 

I’m not sure how my obsession with VW buses started, but I am making it my life mission to own one some day. I have pictures of them and little statues of them all over my room, I have shirts with them on it and every time my friends or family see one they always send me a video or a photo. I just think they’re so cute and funky, I just really want one.

8. I would choose the beach over mountains any day.

This might be pretty obvious from my Instagram, but I’m putting it in here anyway. I love being outdoors and doing anything active, but if it came down to the mountains or the beach, I would always always always pick the beach. There’s honestly nothing I love more than lying on the sand and looking out deep into the beautiful blue ocean. It’s by far the most relaxed I could ever be (unless I’m in a spa overlooking the ocean, because I’m good with that too).

9. I’ve watched either Friends or Full House every single night for the past 8 years. 

Every single night since sixth grade, I’ve watched a little bit of either Friends or Full House to fall asleep. I am not much of a reader, but I do love watching YouTube or Netflix every night. Most nights I do watch some other things, but when I’m ready to go to sleep I’ll put on Friends or Full House. I usually only end up watching a few minutes of it but it puts me in such a good mood going to sleep. I honestly think I sleep so well and wake up in a good mood (usually!!) because I go to sleep happy. It might sound weird but it works for me!

10. I don’t really have eyebrows, I draw them in. 

This is one of the things I tell people as an icebreaker because it’s so ridiculous, but 4 years ago my eyebrows completely burnt off because the pool I was training in was so heavily chlorinated. And when I say burnt off I mean like GONE. They eventually started to grow back a tiny bit, but I have to draw them in everyday so I don’t look ridiculous. Maybe one day if I feel like it I’ll share a picture with ya’ll, but you’ll have to wait for that:) Also, my favorite products to help with my lack of eyebrow situation is the Drawing Eyebrow Pencil from Etude House and the 3D Browtones from Benefit.