May and June in Photos

Hi lovelies! I hope you've all been well. I apologize for my lack of blogging as of late. I've been so caught up with the daily workings of life and career that I barely find time to do anything. Makeup is still a big love for me but unfortunately not a super high priority. I don't do as much hauls anymore bc I've realized that I've got everything I want ;) I'm using my Lorac palettes over and over and started becoming obsessed with brow powder. Maybe it's the summer heat but I'm getting into highlighters again. Will share a bunch soon! In the meantime, photos :)

Time away and relaxation is important when life and responsibility get caught up and tangled together. This was a rather gorgeous themed room in the middle of highway 1, situated by the pacific coast and secluded in a way where it's lovely and tireless. The beach was right outside the windows and merely a half mile walk to sand and shore, quiet as ever.

A secluded eatery with the sights and sounds of a small island. Surf and turf at its best :)

When I hike, I like it to be a pretty journey. I really like beautiful walks surrounded by nature and its untouched beauty. There's a bunch of these sites in the Bay Area and I'm so grateful that many of these places are right in my backyard. A trip here, a trip there... Going outdoors is a beautiful thing!

An old post office turned antique store from my little getaway. So cute. Love small towns!

The gorgeous secluded coast on hwy 1.

I've started jogging after work because the sun is out until nearly 8. Also, on weekends I run to coffee shops to defeat the purpose of running. I can't say no to a nice cuppa on weekends, whether it's be tea or coffee.

Some of my wonderful friends had birthdays these past few months and it was so nice to celebrate with them, whether they were bbqs, eating out out or parties.

More birthdays!
I got a new pair of spectacles. Classic and timeless! Hoping to keep these for a loooooong time.

 I went rock climbing for the first time! It was incredibly fun and exhilarating. I was sore all over the next few days but so worth it. Worked out muscles I didn't know I even had!!!

Wine and painting... Nothing more to say except that it was so much fun!

Getting reaquainted with my childhood bestie was one of the best memories of this summer. We continued on right am where we left off, like family.

In May, cherry picking has a small window of a few weeks. Took advantage of that and got nearly $65 worth of cherries that were fresh and sweet as hell!

While visiting my parents on Memorial Day, we had Boiling Point - a Taiwanese style hot pot place that's all over SoCal. It was SoooOoOooooooo good. My absolute fave!

And some rest! The past couple of months have been so much fun with outings, staycations, and food!


Review: Diorskin Nude Air Serum

hellllloooooo beautifuls. 
I know I blogged in close to 2 months! RL got in the way and i've been busier than ever at work but I feel this emptiness if I don't blog because I am continuously trying new products and not getting to properly talk about them. 

One of those "new" things I tried is actually something that came out a long while ago. As in, not new. I got obsessed with serum foundations after testing it out at Sephora one day. Since my obsession a few months back, I have acquired the Dior Serum foundation and the Georgio Armani. GA review to come later.

The Dior Nude Air foundation is extremely weightless, very watery and dries to a powder texture. When I first tried it, I really love the coverage. Dior claims that it is sheer coverage but I thought it was more closer to a medium coverage because it's extremely pigmented for a lightweight foundation. The powder finish gave my skin a non-greasy set. 
 Longevity-wise, it lasts a good 6 hours or so. My skin started looking greasier at the end of the day but it wasn't overly terrible. 

See the powdery finish? Sometimes when my skin is feeling dry, the powder finish isn't actually ideal because it'll expose all the dry bits and bobs but it doesn't bother me much. It also sets really quickly so once you have the foundation layered on, you must work quickly otherwise the foundation will be harder to budge. 

Here are some before/after photos: 

Bare skin. I haven't been having good skin lately. Been dealing with cystic acne as of late -_- 

Dabbed to get to work before it sets!

First layer on

2nd layer on.

Some lipstick - I'm using NYX's soft matte lip cream in Amsterdam.

Changed and on with the day! I just lined my upper eyelids with my Dollywink eyeliner ;) 
No mascara, and no concealer needed. The Dior foundation actually covers really well after the 2nd layer.

The applicator is in a dropper bottle (which I LOVE) and I find it to be so cute. I feel as if it's less waste to the pump but I think it's made in a dropper because the foundation has serum in it and will be more runny than your traditional base makeup. 

I have not edited or retouched any of the photos you see here. I actually got a new laptop and haven't had a chance to install the photo editors yet. I apologize if these photos are crap...they're all taken from my phone.

I really like the Dior Nude Air Serum. I would recommend this foundation to anyone who has oiler skin because it dries to a matte powder finish. It also has a strong perfumed scent so it may bother folks who have a sensitivity to it. But if you are familiar with Dior, it's just like all their foundation products. 


The weather is heating up. The sun is shining, the skies blue and clear. Aside from a good moisturizer, and a protective lightweight sun cream, the most important thing I'd have in my makeup arsenal is several bright lippies. Who can complain right? :)

Here are some of my current faves.

L-R: Benefit Posie Balm, NYX Sao Paulo, Guerlain Kiss Kiss in 805, Mac Petite Indulgence, Too Faced Melted Fuchsia

Benefit Posie Balm 
works well by itself or as a layering base. It's got a smooth balmy feel with a light milky pink color. Rosy scent is a plus!

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia 
 One of the bright shades I acquired right at the end of last year during the holidays. It's an absolutely gorgeous color from the tube, and translates into an intense fuchsia that's perfect for a minimal look. I love the look of bare skin and fuchsia lipstick! The formula is really smooth, and dries to a semi-matte. It's got a nice stain-ish quality after several hours and is easy to remove. More than anything, this shade stays true to its color upon wear and I love that!

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss (similar) 
The Kiss Kiss range of glosses seems to be sadly discontinued :( I still love this. It's a pretty peach tone gloss that's shiny and shimmery. Looks great alone or with a nude lipstick.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Sao Paulo 
 A plummy red with a creamy matte finish. This is probably the most plummy and least bright here but it's got such a unique color. It's a cross between pink and plum and rose. A gorgeous hybrid for sure! The formula is a bit on the dry side so a good lip balm underneath would be good. Wear time is a bit shorter, about 2 hours or so.

MAC Creme Sheen in Petite Indulgence (similar)
This one is sadly discontinued but really similar to Japanese Spring in the spring collection. Cremesheen's are my favorite formula that MAC makes because it's never too sticky. It's always more hydrating than their other glossy formulas. Petite Indulgence is a perfect glossy for spring because of its pretty pale pink color that's both opaque and a bit on the violet side. Absolute love!

I have a ton of lippies that I'm currently rotating so stay tuned for more reviews! I'll have more FOTD's up and swatches shortly ;) And an updated Springtime skincare regimen along with some Korean skincare reviews and facial masks that I'm currently loving.

What are your favorite Spring lip colors and what formulas do you like?

As always, find me on Instagram and give a shout!


Feb/March in Photos

Between a busy work schedule and other life maintenances, I enjoy relaxing on the weekends. It's a luxury that I cherish and often do! :) 

Enjoying wine, laughter and friends next to a gorgeous firepit. It was so hot and cozy, and beautiful :) 

A few weekends ago, one of my good friends moved to a gorgeous new home. We put together this patio in 1 hr! Hard to believe but it came out well right? I'm really in love with the colors.

I also bought a dainty little pendant when I was in LA visiting my folks. It's a gorgeous little addition to accessories. 

This was the other stone I bought. I love it very much. It adds such an air of simplicity to my necklaces. I often stick to classic looks year round. i like the occasional statement necklace but my love is all here! 

Saturday morning yoga poses! I practice yoga at home and feel like it's so good for my well being. :) 

I work at a start up at work and we finally launched our app. Check us out at Zenbanx! ;)

I purchased this BKR bottle in Feb and have been using it ever since! This is such a cute bottle for water. I take it with me everywhere, and use it all day at work. It's surprisingly hefty for a small 16oz bottle but the loop at the top makes it easy for carrying. Another cool thing is that this is a local company from SF!

Coffee after yoga. Always.

Tulips for days :) Makes such a difference to have fresh blooms weekly at home.

I can't believe March is coming to an end so soon. But Spring is FINALLY HERE!!!!
 What have you lovelies been up to?


YSL rouge volupte lipstick in Peach Passion

I have long since been a fan of YSL Rouge Volupte lispticks. Something about their creamy colors, light as silk textures and beautiful timeless shades. 

Peach Passion was one of those coveted colors many years ago and I largely suspect it's still a popular item. This is a beautiful shade of coral and pink, packaged in a luxurious tube of girly. It's also the perfect transitional color to spring. It doesn't look nor feel heavy at all, and I imagine the cool peachy color would look great on almost anyone.

                 Source: Pinterest

I definitely dabbled in peachy cream colors when it comes to lipsticks. I'm not particularly fond of all corals because it makes me look too Barbie-ish and unnatural. The YSL one looks particularly nice but it isn't very "natural" looking either. Its a bit bright but not clownish. 

Lasting power isn't so impressive though. It's creamy to the point where it literally glides off after food or water. If you leave it on long enough, it'll stain and that'll last at least 3 hours. One thing I don't like is that since it is overly creamy, it often settles on the lips and emphasizes the dry and cracked parts. 

Overall, a beautiful lipstick. Aside from the packaging, this lipstick is not without its flaws but I could overlook them for now. 


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