Thursday, October 20, 2016

Top 3: Tips On How To Get Rid of Cakey Makup

Hello everybody!
Sorry for not posting last week, school was hectic with all the exams going on. I thought  I would take a little study break just to write a really quick post. 

Basically, my make up always ends up cakey, not even by the end of the day, but by lunch time. Sucks, I know. So I did a bit of research and experimentation and found the top 3 ways that helped me get rid of my cakey makeup. 

Number 3. Exfoliate and moisturize 
Having a good foundation is everything! If you have really nice skin, your make up is going to go on flawlessly. But if your skin is dry or full of dead skin cells, your makeup is going to stick to that and look cakey. So it's important to exfoliate to get rid of those dead skin cells and moisturize!

To exfoliate, I use either Origins Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (x) or  Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub (x). I like the little beads in them. They're gentle, but effective. 

To moisturize, I use a variety of things. My main moisturizer is Innisfree White Tone Up Cream (x) or Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (x). I add additional moisture by using Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum (x) and Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence (x). I also use face masks once or twice a week (well it should be.. but I don't always have time...). At night, I use Etude House Tonning White C Double Effect Sleeping Pack (x). 

Number 2. Less is more
When I first started wearing makeup on a daily basis, I would powder my face so much, thinking I could combat my oily skin... nope. It's obvious when you have too much makeup on your face. The more makeup you have on, the more cakey it'll look. Also, try to avoid your T-zone. That's where all the oil builds up and makes your face look hella cakey. 
I would recommend using a makeup sponge since the sponge itself absorbs a bit of product, preventing you from putting on too much makeup. 

Number 1. Mix moisturizer with your foundation
This is probably my favorite tip. I've only started doing this and it's worked wonders. This thins out your makeup and makes it look more natural. When I first found this tip, I would only do it after my makeup got cakey. I would apply my makeup normally in the morning and, in the afternoon, I would find my makeup getting cakey, so I would dab a bit of moisturizer onto my face and blend it into my makeup with a sponge. I ended up liking the way my makeup better then, than in the morning. 

Well, those are my tips to get rid of cakey makeup. Sorry for the lack of pictures... I should be studying but I just wanted to write a post really quickly, and pictures take a while to do... 

If you have any more tips, leave them in the comments below! I'd love to try them out!

Thanks so much for reading. I'll see you soon!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Peripera Peri's Tint Water in Strawberry Juice

Hello everybody!
Last week I reviewed one of Tony Moly's lip tints. After trying out that lip tint, I was obsessed with it, so I thought I'd try another lip tint that I've heard other people talk about, the Peripera Tint. 

First of al, it's a liquid tint. Somehow that information went by me and totally expected it to be like the Tony Moly tint, which a bit creamy-er. The first time I used it, I tried to do a gradient lip like I do with the Tony Moly tint. The tint ran and got into my mouth, making it look like my teeth were bleeding. (Also, this tint has a bitter taste, so be warned.)

When you first apply it, it's really liquidy and doesn't look like it'll stain like a tint. But, be patient! Once it dries, it looks pretty natural. One problem I had with it was that it didn't stain my upper lip evenly. It also tends to run, so by the end of the day, I kind of looked like Joker in the making (it ran to the corners of my mouth). 
It doesn't have as good of a last power as the Tony Moly tint does. It comes off a bit more when eating and drinking. 

Rating: 3/5

You can get this for $5.89 on Amazon x

Thanks so much for reading. I'll see you soon!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: Stylewe

Hello everyone!
Recently, I've been online shopping like crazy. What else can I do during a boring Physics or Biology lecture? (I'm such a bad student.. shh). I've come across a bunch of new sites and one of them is Stylewe.

I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with the clothes they have on their site. 
Stylewe is a shopping platform that support independent fashion designers. They have a lot of trendy pieces that fit different styles. You can check out their website here (x)

First of all, their site has a simple and easy to navigate layout. You can shop by designer or by category. If you have no idea where to start, just keep scrolling down. There are different designers, sales, and new items featured on the home page. 

I bought my first pair of overalls this summer in Taiwan and have been dying to buy new ones. Stylewe has some really chic overalls that I'm interested in buying. 

(DABUWAWA Black Vintage Paneled Plain Overall $99.00 x)

(L'arome Black Plain Polyester Casual Pockets Overall $255.00 x)

(DABUWAWA Black Viscose Pockets Work Overall $84.00 x)

(Funny Love Black Casual Plain Pockets Overall $76.00 x)

All of these overalls are so cute! Do I buy them all, or do I narrow it down to one? So hard to decide! (Shopping struggles) If you want to look at other overalls they have, you can find some here (x).

I haven't bought anything from Stylewe yet, but it's definitely worth a look. 
Also check out their twitter (x). They tweet articles from their blog and include things like fashion tips and must-have pieces. 

*This post was a collaboration with Stylewe, but all opinions are my own*
*All pictures are taken from Stylewe's website*

Thanks so much for reading. I'll see you soon!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Tony Moly Liptone Get It Tint #2 Coral Ming

Hello everyone!
I picked up the Tony Moly Liptone Get It Tint in #2 Coral Ming while I was in Taiwan and I absolutely fell in love with it. I wore this color the entire first two weeks of college before the weather started turning and it became fall. 

So it comes in this box with two lids. The first one (square one) you can just pull off, and the second one you twist off. Personally, I like using the square one because it's easier to hold. 

It comes with this doe-foot applicator, which is really easy and nice to use. 

At first, I was really intimidated by the color. I'm more of a nudey pink person or a dark red/berry red person. I didn't think I could pull off this color.

That it looks like straight out of the bottle.

But if you smear it, it becomes a softer, lighter color. 

So I normally go for a gradient and it comes out really nicely. It's easy to blend with your fingers, but if you don't want to stain them, you can use a lip brush (like I do). It's also buildable, so if you're into that gradient look, it looks really nice as one solid color as well. 

If you blot afterwards and apply another layer, it stays on pretty well through eating and drinking. Sometimes, the inside of your lips get slightly lighter, so if that bothers you, just reapply a tiny bit. 
I usually apply lip balm before putting this lip tint on, so it doesn't feel drying to me. However, sometimes it looks a bit dry and settles into the lines of my lips. I found that applying a thin layer of lip balm over it solves that problem. 

Rating: 4/5

Overall, I really like this tint and would definitely consider getting another one.
You can get it from Amazon for $8.36 x

Thanks so much for reading!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: Blood | Korean Drama

Hello everyone!
I just finished watching Blood, so I thought I'd write a review on it. 
I started watching this drama after I saw Ahn Jae-hyun in My Love From Another Star (he's seriously adorable in that drama) but then I totally fell in love with Ku Hye-sun (like a serious girl crush). 

Blood (블러드)

Park Ji-sang is a doctor specializing in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery at Taemin Cancer Hospital, the best hospital in the country. He is also a vampire. Despite seeming cold and unfeeling, Ji-sang masks his soft heart and inner pain and yearns for closeness with people. He believes very strongly in the sanctity of human life, and suppresses his thirst for blood to treat terminally ill patients and save lives.
Among his colleagues is Yoo Ri-ta, a hotshot physician who entered medical school at the age of 17 and is also the niece of the chaebol group chairman who owns the hospital. Ri-ta is highly capable but snooty and prideful, yet Ji-sang finds himself falling for her. He also gets drawn into a conflict between good and evil as he encounters Lee Jae-wook, a two-faced hospital chief who gains everyone's trust with his gentle demeanor, but inwardly harbors a dangerous ambition for power and a talent for cruelty.


Park Ji-sang (Ahn Jae-hyun)

Park Ji-sang was born with a virus that made him into a vampire. His parents were both scientists who were infected with the virus while working under another scientist (who created the virus). All his life, he's wanted nothing more than to become human. Despite his thirst for blood, he becomes a well known doctor and comes to work at the best hospital in the country, Taemin Cancer Hospital. In the beginning, he is cold and very straightforward towards his patients. If they're going to die, or they have very little chance of recovery, he tells them that, without any sugar coating However, throughout the drama, he becomes more gentle and warmer towards his patients, giving them hope and encouragement. 

Yoo Ri-ta (Ku Hye-sun)

Yoo Ri-ta is the niece of the chairman of Taemin Cancer Hospital. Her parents died when she was young, leaving her under the care of her uncle. She is very prideful and kind of snooty, especially towards Ji-sang. As the drama goes on, she becomes less prideful and snooty. She has a very big and warm heart and cares for Ji-sang even when she's hurting herself. This actually inspires Ji-sang and reinforces his desire to become human, so he can love with a human heart like hers. Ri-ta goes through a lot (like seriously, a lot) of hardships, especially towards the end of the drama.

Min Ga-yeon (Song Soo-hyun)

Min Ga-yeon is a first year resident at Taemin Cancer Hospital. After telling a story about how her mother died of cancer and how it inspired her to become a doctor, Ji-sang picks her right away as a resident over a Stanford graduate. I really like her. She's so kind and has a good sense of morals. She cares so much about some of the patients, especially the younger ones. I was absolutely shocked when her secret was revealed.... I honestly couldn't believe it. But in the end, she redeems herself. Her ending was such a plot twist (although I kind of saw it coming) and it really touched me.

Lee Jae-wook (Ji Jin-hee)

Lee Jae-wook is a doctor who is also infected with the virus. In fact, he was one of the first ones to get infected, along with Ji-sang's parents (he worked with them). His goal is to use the virus to create a drug that could get rid of all human illnesses. That sounds amazing, right? But he goes through extreme measures to test his new drug. He sets up a ward, Ward 21A, just to test the drug on humans. He seems gentle and charming on the outside... but omg, he is so evil, I hate him so much. Honestly, this f-ing liar makes me so mad, ughhh. Like honestly, if the closest people around you start turning on you, something's wrong.

Joo Hyun-woo (Jung Hae-in)

Joo Hyun-woo isn't a main character, but I thought I'd mention him because I love him so much. He's a scientist to works for Ji-sang, but the two of them are super close, like brothers. He creates drugs for Ji-sang to take so he can control his blood thirst in the hospital. He also does a lot of experiments and research for Ji-sang to find a way to make him human. He also created Luvvy, a robot, and it's so cute and funny. Hyun-woo is probably my favorite character out of all of them. Well, him and Ga-yeon. 

Ji-sang and Ri-ta's Relationship
Their relationship doesn't start off that well. They basically hate each other from the moment they met. Ri-ta bumped into Ji-sang and broke his "limited edition" sunglasses from Peru (she then replaces his with the same one, but from a street vendor).  Ji-sang then embarrasses her by telling her, and everyone in the conference room, that her method of surgery wasn't going to work and his method was the best choice. He then goes and proves himself right. They continue to clash as she is put under his unit and works under him. They begin falling for each other (as they always do) and their relationship is ADORABLE!!! (What makes it even more adorable is that they're actually married in real life and also totally adorable in real life. #relationsipgoals) Ri-ta helps Ji-sang realize what it means to be human and to love with a human heart. When she's in danger, he swoops in and saves her. 

The plot kept me in suspense all the way until the last minute of the drama. I thought by the last episode, things would calm down a bit... but noooooooo, more drama happens. Other than the plot line of Jae-wook developing his drug and Ji-sang and Ri-ta's relationship, there are other plot lines woven in. There are also a lot of other interesting characters that come about. The last two episodes had me bawling my eyes out. I have never cried this hard in my entire life. It literally broke my heart. The ending, however, was not my favorite. There are some things that I still have questions about, like what happened to the patients in Ward 21A? Was Ji-sang's team successful in their experiments? And the last minute of the drama... what???? What happened? Slightly confused....
What I liked most were all the plot twists and the character developments that occurred throughout the drama. 

Rating:  8.5 / 10
Characters: 3 / 4
Plot: 1.5 / 2
Intensity: 2 / 2
Cuteness level: infinity / 2

Recommend? Yes!

As you can see, I've improved since Murphy's Law of Love, I've moved onto Korean dramas!!
If you have any recommendations, please leave them below!

Thanks so much for reading!