G-Mart and Sephora Haul

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So after eating at Cho Dang Tofu, we went around G-Mart and I got some stuff. Unlike H-Mart, which is also in the same city, G-Mart had more of a mixture of Asian food. While at H-Mart a good 90% of the food they carry is Korean. But it does not matter to me since it’s the closest Asian grocery store this half-Asian has. Also, they carry lumpia wrapper which is very important!

So I got some Daifuku (Mochi) which is so good! Red bean is my favorite, but all the flavor are really good. I also got some seaweed to make soup with and seafood broth. It doesn’t look like a lot, but only use two or three little bit in hot water. They expand! I also got some buckwheat noodles to add a bit variety between zucchini noodles and some green tea since I completely ran out again.

 

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We wandered the Bellevue Square Mall before dinner. I got some birthday cards and greeting card at Papersource. They have tons of little goodies and books. I found a “Selfie” photo album I think I might have to get Bella. She takes way too may pictures of herself and posts them on Instagram. She deserves that.

I went into Sephora just to grab one thing: my favorite day moisturizer, the acne-fighting mattifying Sephora Moisturizer. But as it was still the month of my birthday, I also got the BeautyInsider’s Birthday Gift: NARS Lip Sticks. I’ll be doing a post on them pretty soon.

We are heading again down south, this time to pickup the children. We might do a bit of shopping again. Definitely food. And maybe taking H to H-Mart since she’s never been.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My morning skincare routine featuring InstaNatural

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I’ve suffered from acne since I was a teen and I think I’ve finally got a routine, morning & night, that works. One of the most important thing I do first in the morning is drink a glass of water. I currently using an app called “Drink Water” that notifies me to drink water. Right now I have it set to pop up a notification every hour. It’s quite handy when you are super busy and don’t drink enough water during the day.

Right after my glass of water and prepping my breakfast (current fave is oatmeal with a quarter of an apple and coffee), I wash my face to wake myself up. Then it’s off to the gym for an early morning run. Right after I’ve finish sweating on the treadmill, I immediately wash my face using foam facial cleanser. I then follow up with InstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Toner. If you remember I review their eye gel and retinol moisturizer earlier this month, and loved it. So I decided to try out their toner and face serum. I’m completely loving this skin care line! So I spritz on the Vitamin C toner and let it dry. Usually I put it on right before I leave the gym so while I’m driving home, it’s drying. The toner is really good. It’s really refreshing on the skin and hydrates the skin. It’s also helping to minimize my pores. It also suppose to help combat oil skin by “remove excess oil, while restoring your natural pH levels so your skin is balanced. This formula is gentle and suitable for all skin types.”

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By the time I’m home, I can put on their Eye Serum For Dark Circles and Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum. I really like this stuff. The face serum has a different formula to the eye serum. The face serum is great for treating acne and hyperpigmentation. It’s really good on my skin since I had a lot of acne scarring along my hairline and my chin. It’s starting to clear up and now I only break out nearing that time of the month. I have an acne scar on my forehead that I had right when I started using the tone and serum. It’s slowly starting to fade and might be gone by the end of March or April.

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Once the serums have dried, I put on my favorite morning acne-fighting mattifying moisturizer. I find that all these skin care products work best in the morning in helping combat and treat acne while prepping my face for makeup. It’s seems like a lot of product to putting on your face, but they all are quite light. And they work all great together to keep my skin healthy and moist while fighting a on going battle with acne.

The opinions I shared about using this supplement are my own, and none of the products featured did not tell me what to say or how to say it. Sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.

Youth Express – Sponsored Review

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For the last two week or so I’ve been trying out a new morning and evening skincare routine using the InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel, Youth Express Eye Serum and Retinol Moisturizer that I receive as part of BrandBacker.

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It’s taken most of the two weeks for me to notice the changes around my eye. Thanks to the Youth Express Eye gel and the eye serum, the fine lines that were starting to really show (due to me getting older) have diminish. Putting on under eye concealer is no longer a battle with creasing. You can use this morning and night and the directions say to dab gently to your eye area, forehead and cheek area. The eye gel is suppose to helps with dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin. A blend of powerful ingredients increases elasticity and enhances the tone of your skin to provide a firm, plump appearance.

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The InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Serum is very orange but smells of citrus, which is lovely! While it is really bright orange color, it blends well into my skin and is barely noticeable. Containing a mixture of vitamin C, plant stem cells, astaxanthin (a carotenoid), kojic acid, passionflower, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid, the eye serum helps to restore a youthful appearance to the eye area. (Excuse the rough eyebrows and no makeup, trying to get the best picture of the progress. This was just after three days.)

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The best product, for me at least, was the Retinol Moisturizer. I have really noticeable and deep pores on my nose and cheeks. After using the moisturizer for two day, I notice that my pores where smaller and my skin was so much smoother! InstaNatural Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer contains retinol, vitamin C, vegan hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and jojoba oil for the ultimate hydrating and moisturizing formula. Retinol is the ingredient recommended by Dermatologists for acne, sun damage, aging skin, and many other skin issues.

Since I’ve only used these guys for only two weeks, expect an update in a month or two for a progress report. I hope that the dark circles under my eyes continues to improve. I’m just starting to take my morning and evening beauty routine seriously and these product really help a lot.

More About The Brand: InstaNatural is a leading online and global distributor of more than a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. Our products are one of the top sellers on Amazon and can also be found in leading spas, salons and aesthetic centers in the US, as well as internationally in UAE, UK and Canada (coming soon). We are constantly in search of wonderful natural and organic ingredients from the around the globe, so we can bring you the absolute best products, no matter the cost. In addition, we strongly believe in treating our customers the way we would want to be treated. This is why our lifetime satisfaction guarantee and our customer service is unlike any other company in the industry.

I totally recommend them if you looking for natural & organic beauty care products. They have tons of other skin care products I hope to try and see if they work as well as the eye gel and moisturizer. I specially want to try the facial toner. It’s supposedly pore tightening.

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January Favorites

150129-JanuaryFaves_04The weather has been unusual lately. The last couple of days up here in the PNW have been spring-like. So much so, I’ve been tempted to breakout my spring clothes, but I know when I do, it’s just going to get cold again… I really want to start wearing some spring clothes and opened-toed shoes. January: What’s going on, huh?

Speaking of January, I thought I might start doing a monthly favorites, or rather things that I’m completely obsessed with this month. So here’s just what I’ve been lovin':

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//Hair & Skin Care//

I don’t know if I should put this in as a January favorite since I brought it back in November, but I finally used the last of it just last week. Alaffia African Black Soap was my go-to body / face / shaving / shampooing wash for the last two months. I brought it at Haggen’s when I made a quick lunch run to pick-up some medications before Thanksgiving. For the first few uses, I thought the Peppermint smell with the shea was a little weird, but grew used to it. It’s all gone now, but I’m kind of thinking of going to get another bottle (maybe a different scent) since it was a great all-around soap. Definitely give this a try if you haven’t.

As a mix-chick, I use conditioner like there is no tomorrow and I usually have at least two or three bottles on hand. Why? Don’t know. Makes me happy… Anyhow, I was wondering the beauty section at TJ Maxx and found this bottle of By Nature From New Zealand Dry and Damage Hair Conditioner. I love this stuff. I use it when I wash my hair with soap and when I just do a co-wash. Leave it in for 10 to 15 minutes and my hair is like uber soft!

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//Beauty//

You probably already saw these in some previous posts, but yeah loving the L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation and Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. I made the switch at the beginning of this month from Maybelline’s Fit Foundation to L’Oreal. Mainly since I was reading a lot of posts of other blogger raving about it. And they are right. The True Match is a great formula. Glides effortlessly on my skin and blends so well. And the Pore Eraser, why did I go so long before purchasing this! Such a good product in comparison to the higher priced one I was using.

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//Food Faves//

QuestBars. They are a bit on the expensive side of protein bars: a box of 12 goes for about $25. But they are some of the best protein bars out there. Whenever I hit the mall I stop into GNC and grab some, but this month, I’ve been having them pretty much after every strength workout in the evenings. They are great tasting and most are loaded with about 20g of protein. They are also low in sugar and carbs. My favorites are the White Chocolate Raspberry and Chocolate Brownie!

I’ve made the switch from whole wheat brown bread to rye bread. I thought it was going to be odd tasting at first, but it’s not. It’s really great with vegan cream cheese and cucumbers. I got recommended Mestemacher Whole Grain Rye from a fellow gym member. Right now I can only find it at Haggen’s and online. So Haggen’s better not stop selling them. I would be so unhappy!

What’s everyone else obsessing about?

Stress Relief Mini-Haul

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For a brief time, I didn’t know if I was going to post anything today or not. I had made plans with myself to go to Starbucks and work on today’s post and start on a couple of ones I was thinking about, but my computer had other plans. Black screen. So I restart, I hear it chime in. White flash, then black. I did this several times before I started to panic… a little. Okay, go home. Maybe it doesn’t like the charger you are using. I went home. Tried it again. Several times. Black screen.

At this point, completely panicking. Tried some DIY fixes I found on the web via my phone, but nothing. Even a call to Apple support line didn’t help fix whatever was going on with my computer. I did however know that it wasn’t the hard-drive, but blacklight of the screen. The local Apple contracted computer shop nearby had a tech that would check it out, but wouldn’t be able to till Monday.

So, to relive the stress of all that, I did what every other gal would do. I went out and shopped. I mean, I had to get some things like dishwashing liquid and toilet paper. I also got some goodies to help me feel a bit better.

At Rite-Aid, I got the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser and the two L.A. Girl Color Pop Nail polish in Cornflower (the blueish one) and Wild Child. I heard good things about the Pore Eraser and how it is similar to Benefit’s POREfessional. I really excited to use this one.

There were quite a bit of cosmetics on clearance, but the ones I really wanted to spend money on were already gone. Sad. But I did find these two nail polish for less than a dollar each. Since I wasn’t really too sure about the formula, I only pick up these to colors. If they work out well, I might go back tomorrow and grab some of the other colors they had left. If there are any left by tomorrow.

I also stopped in to TJ Max, but there wasn’t any makeup or skincare products that caught my eye so I got myself a 9.5″ crepe pan by Il Mulino and Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter. ‘Cause almond butter always makes me feel better.

Then in a funny (not funny) moment, I decided to see if I can at least hook my laptop to my tv via the video port and it completely boots up without going black. WTF.

Frosty Vox Box Beauty Goods

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So I had originally planned on writing about the beauty products found in the #FrostyVoxBox right after the treat post, but life and other posts got in the way. Let me tell you, I’ve got a list of post I’ve need to get started on!

Out of all the beauty/hair products included in the Vox Box there are two items I love, two that were okay, and one I was super disappointed in. One of the biggest item in the box and the one that disappointment me the most was the hairbrush. The Eco Hair Brush that was sent in my package was the Full Volume Styler. It was suppose to dry hair 20% faster and has frizz and static fighting design. Even before I tried it on my filipino/african-american hair, I suspected it wouldn’t work and I was right. It’s possible that one of their other products would work better with my hair type, but not this one.

The next two are good products but just ones that I wouldn’t go first to use. The NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum glides on easily and gives out great color. It’s suppose to have “shine that lasts up to six hours” but I notice it fading after one and had to retouch which is really annoying since I’m not much of lipstick kind of gal. I’ll definitely use this on special occasions but not for everyday wear. Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover was one item I was glad to receive since I had just used the last of my other one. It works great removing my makeup except for my waterproof mascara. I really felt like I had to “scrub” the remover with the pad several times before it felt like it had came off. Definitely going to stick with my Boot Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover.

Now my favorites. Rimmel Scadeleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner is fantastic! It’s a thick pencil with an incredible pigment. It goes one wonderfully easy. I love using this eyeliner when I don’t want to pull out my liquid liner and in a bit of a hurry. Definitely will buy this one when I run out. The last beauty item in the box was a sample packet of No.7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum. It’s such a nice cream and my skin feels so soft and smooth afterwards. And since they included a coupon looks like someone is buying the full size real soon.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions expressed here are my own personal views, and do not represent the views of any company or organization with which I may be affiliated.

Frosty VoxBox: Green Tea & Sweet Treats

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Just in time for the holidays, my VoxBox arrived among parcels of Christmas gifts! The Frosty Box has a good mesh of beauty products and food items. Most of the items were quite good and I would probably buy them in the future!

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The first two items I opened are the Celestial Candy Cane Lane Green Tea and the Fruit Vines Bites. Both delicious! I love tea, but usually I only stick to with simple basic teas. However, this green tea was refreshing with a hint of peppermint. Very nice on a warm winter day. But I think my favorites were the Fruit Vines! Super tasty and didn’t last long on the 5 hour road trip to Portland between three people. They were sweet and reminded me a lot of Red Vines. I really like how they are already bite size. Definitely going to buy them again when I seem them in the stores!

This is just the first part of the #FrostyVoxBox. Tomorrow I’ll give you all a review of the skin care and beauty products I received, and soon after a recipe using the thyme seasoning!

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions expressed here are my own personal views, and do not represent the views of any company or organization with which I may be affiliated.