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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Summer Essentials

We're officially in Summer and to kick things off I am going to share some of my Summer Essentials.


Face SPF: One of my top must-haves during Summer is definitely SPF! The following two SPF I will be talking about are both cruelty-free. I'm so incredibly pale and I remember back to when I was a kid I would easily get sunburned especially on the face. It sucked and I hated being in the sun for that reason. I apply sunscreen to my face daily, whether if it's already in my moisturizer or if I have to add a couple of extra pumps to my moisturizer. The sun doesn't only burn your skin but it damages it as well causing you to age a lot more rapidly along with getting wrinkles. No one wants that so take care and protect your skin. I really enjoy the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47 and I've been using it for about two years if not more. I appreciate that it is SPF 47 and always try to use products with a high SPF on my face especially in Spring and Summer time. Normally I use 1-2 pumps of this and mix it with my morning moisturizer. It is super light weight, doesn't make my skin look oily, and I also don't get any flashback in photos. My makeup still applies beautifully and easily over top, I have no complaints.

Body SPF: As much as I love to protect my face from the sun I never exclude my body. It's pretty obvious that my body is filled with tattoos and because of that I always make sure I apply SPF if it's being exposed to the sun. Like I said the sun damages your skin and it will do the same to your tattoos causing them to fade. I spent a good amount of money on all my tattoos I wouldn't want them to get ruined due to me not doing something as simple as applying my SPF. I recently picked up this Bare Republic Mineral Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50. Once again I always try to use products with a high SPF to try and protect my skin from the sun as much as I possibly can. That is why I prefer to use a baby SPF. You can use this SPF on your adult self and on babies. Babies have very sensitive and delicate skin so I see it as a baby SPF will work great on their sensitive skin and possibly provide more protection. (This can be all in my head too haha.) I apply this sunscreen to any areas of my body that will be exposed to the sun and that my clothing won't cover and I've been very pleased with it. This sunscreen contains shea butter to keep skin soft, chamomile extract to soothe and calm babies delicate skin, and vitamin E that protects skin from environmental damage.

Lips SPF: Don't forget to protect your lips too! You should also apply chapstick that contains SPF, yet again the sun will also damage your lips. I'm telling you, SPF is so important. There isn't anything worse than having dry, cracked, chapped lips on a hot day. I recently picked up this Sun Bum chapstick with SPF 30 in watermelon flavor. Even though I'm not a fan of the flavor the formula is lovely. It hydrates my lips immediately. This is also a cheaper alternative to some higher end chapsticks on the market.

Sandals: Sandals are definitely a priority of mine when it's hot out. I hate when my feet are hot and sweaty which is why I hate socks haha. I love sandals and how fresh they make my feet feel but it's hard to find a good pair of comfy sandals. Most of the sandals I own I can only wear for a few hour before my feet begin to feel sore from standing too long in them. These Salt Water Sandals are one of the comfiest I own. I've been getting so much use out of them lately they're definitely my go-to. I spoke a lot more about them on my April Favorites so feel free to read a little more over there.

Bronzer: When the weather warms up that is when I like to use a little more bronzer than I normally would. One of my favorite bronzers is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. I know I've spoken about this bronzer in past posts that just goes to show that I really do love this stuff. Usually, when Spring and Summer roll around I much prefer bronzers that give off a sheen or glow to the skin. This Butter Bronzer gives me exactly that and gives me that classic bronze glow that is perfect for my pale skin.

Sunglasses: I can never leave the house without a pair of sunglasses. My Quay Australia sunnies are one of my favorite. They always come in handy while I'm in the car and especially when I'm about and about. I hate squinting because of the sun and that always ends up giving me a headache. I'm so easily prone to getting headaches especially if I'm not using my prescription glasses. This pair is perfect since the lens are UV protected and my eyes are safe from sun rays.

Deodorant: Closing my essentials with a good deodorant. This is a very important and necessary! On hotter days you tend to sweat and maybe smell more than usual. I normally don't have to worry about body odor but I always worry about sweating! I sweat a lot, and I seriously hate that. It's always been a struggle of mine to find a good antiperspirant that is strong enough to control my sweating. However, recently I finally picked up the new Tarte Clean Queen vegan deodorant and surprisingly enough it's worked so well with my sweating. It smells so fresh and clean I've been really enjoying it. I think this may become my holy grail deodorant and you might even see it on my next favorites!

What are some of your Summer Time essentials?
Friday, June 16, 2017

Skin Treats Lusting

I am going to share with you today some items I have been lusting over, that I have never tried, and definitely want to get my hands on. There are a couple items here that I already purchased but haven't started using them and I'll make sure to mention which ones they are. I have oily, semi-sensitive, acne prone skin and some of these products are specifically for that. I have been looking into changing some products in my skin care routine by adding more products that are targetted into helping with breakouts and preventing them. Since I'm running out of a lot of my current products it's the perfect time to share a sort of skincare wishlist.

The first product is one that I purchased a couple weeks ago, and have yet to use. I came across the Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil and immediately wanted to try it out. UFO is a medicated oil that contains salicylic acid, helps prevent while also treating acne, and also clears congested pores. I'm really all for products that will help with breakouts at the moment since I tend to get a lot of hormonal breakouts. I was told that UFO may cause your skin to purge during the first month of using it. This happened to me when I first began using my Clarisonic, my skin broke out but after a month or so my skin cleared up so much. I'm not too worried if this does happen to me, what is a few weeks of breaking out when you'll soon have clearer skin. I have high hopes for this product and I can't wait to begin using it. This fast absorbing oil works great for all skin types and can be used either in the morning or night time. One last thing, this oil will also smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I love the brand Pixi and I have used a ton of their skin care products. Their face masks always intrigued me especially the Peel & Polish. This mask sounds like a salon facial treatment but at home. Massage the mask onto your face and leave on for five minutes to allow the enzymes to activate. The enzyme peel will give you radiance, softer, smoother skin with a healthy glow. The enzyme will also loosen dead skin cells while lactic acid gently exfoliates lifting dull skin and revealing more brighter skin. I love products that offer my skin brightens along with a natural glow. This mask is definitely on the top of my list for the next mask I will purchase as soon as I finish up some of the ones I already own.

My lips get dry and chapped during warm months if I don't take care of them or if I don't keep hydrated. I usually take really good care of them but sometimes I need extra help. I literally have been eyeing the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask for three years now and don't even bother asking me why I never purchased it, I won't know the answer. Every night before I go to bed I apply chapstick to my lips and I really want to finally try this lip mask out before the weather begins to warm up. The agave in this lip mask will nourish, smooth, and hydrate your lips while replenishing moisture. This is definitely on the thicker side compared to most chapsticks so it's perfect to use overnight, or throughout the day. I'm the kind of girl who always wears lipsticks and matte lipsticks are my favorite formula. A product like this will be very handy to keep my lips looking and feeling hydrated for when I'm wearing lipstick.

Recently I have been hearing a lot of great things about Kate Somerville skin care products. There are a few products of hers that I want to try but specifically the EradiKate Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment. This is the second item I already purchased and have yet to begin using. I really enjoy using cleansers that are more targetted for acne at night and I used to use the Murad time release cleanser. I did enjoy that cleanser however, I wasn't a fan of that fact that it didn't foam up. This EradiKate cleanser foams up and helps with pores, oily skin, acne, and blemishes. This product does contain sulfur so it is a pretty powerful cleanser that will draw out impurities from congested pores. You should be able to use this cleanser once to twice a day without it drying out your skin. I'm excited to start using this cleanser as soon as I run out of my current one. Since I haven't been using any cleansers for breakouts I want to try preventing them as much as I can. I will be adding this to my night time routine and using it along side my Clarisonic.

Lastly, I'd like to talk a little about night time moisturizer. I have only tried one other product from REN which is their Global Protection Day Cream. I believe I received this in a Boxycharm or Birchbox back when I was subscribed to them but I normally don't care or think twice about creams I get sent since I'm extremely picky. One day I decided to use it and I loved it so much that I want to try out more from them. The day cream was very light and hydrated my skin just enough without making me get oily. Soon I will be needing a new night time moisturizer and this ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel sounds ideal for acne prone skin. This gel-cream will combat the appearance of breaks while replenishing the skin. The alpha-linoleic acid in this cream will hydrate your skin and will also lighten the appearance of blemish scars. REN products are great for people with sensitive skin. This cream contains a lot of essential oils that will calm and soothe the skin.

What are some of your thoughts on these products and have you tried any of these out?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tattoo Tag

1. Do you consider yourself a tattoo collector?
I do, I always think of a new tattoo piece as a new charm bracelet that I'm adding to my body. I have an entire tattoo collection series on my blog.

2. When did you realize you were becoming a collector?
Once I started working on building my sleeve. I slowly began adding more cherry blossoms followed by my Russian Doll piece. At that point, I didn't even want a sleeve but it slowly grew.

3. How old were you when you first decided you wanted to get a tattoo?
I can't remember exactly at what age I first decided I wanted a tattoo. My dad has a few tattoos himself and I remember as a kid always admiring them telling myself I wanted one some day. My dad would always tell me no haha.

4. At what age did you get your first tattoo?
Eighteen, way too young!

5. Where do you get your tattoos done at?
I don't have one specific place I go to anymore, I have a specific artist. When I first started getting more tattoos I was going to a shop called Hurtswell Tattoo in San Jose, but the shop closed down a few years ago, unfortunately. Now I get my tattoos by Chelsey and since meeting her I've gone to three different shops. Where she goes I go haha.

6. What does your family think of your tattoos?
My family has been pretty respectful for the most part when it comes to my tattoos, and they don't say much at all.

7. Which piece took the most sessions to complete?
Most of my tattoos I try to get done in one sitting unless it's a large piece. The framed girl piece on my left thigh took the longest. I had to go in for a total of four sessions; outline, shading, coloring the frame, and then coloring the picture with the girl.

8. Which tattoo took the longest to heal?
The framed girl once again haha. Some parts on the background weren't healing and it even looked infected at one point. Some areas remained really wet and kept grabbing onto my clothes and bedsheets. In my sleep, I toss and turn from side to side and the sheets would rip off the tattoo sometimes making it worse. A lot of the blue ink fell off too.

9. How many tattoos do you have?
Honestly, I don't even know. I also have trouble with how to answer this question. I have a sleeve, so is that considered one piece even though I slowly added pieces to it? If so I have a full sleeve and twenty-five other tattoos. If I count each piece of my sleeve I'd say the grand total will be forty-seven tattoos (I think) not including cover ups or sessions per piece.

10. Have you always loved tattoos?
Yes. As I mentioned above my dad has a few pieces and I would always stare and look through them. I feel I do have a specific taste though when it comes to a tattoo. Just because I like them doesn't mean I like every single tattoo in the world. I'm extremely picky with style and work.

11. Out of all your tattoos which one would you say is your favorite?
How can I choose one? I can't. I love just about all of my tattoos but I can try narrowing it down to my top five (six). In no specific order; my Russian doll, my rose on my foot, my Alice, my Alice tea cup on my calve, and my Bates Motel. I also have to include my peach on my finger.

12. Has anyone ever copied your tattoo?
Not that I know of and I hope not. I did have someone message me asking for permission to copy my Alice tattoo. I told her I don't give her permission but who knows what happened next. If anyone were to every copy a tattoo of mine I just hope they never post it on the internet and that I never find out.

13. Do you regret any of your tattoos?
I do, and I don't at the same time. I have a couple that I don't care for too much anymore but nothing that really bothers me too much that I would want to do something about it.

14. What was the least painful tattoo you've gotten?
My ellipsis tattoo since it's super tiny and was done very quick. I mean it's only three dots after all haha.

15. What's the furthest you've traveled for a tattoo?
The first time I met and got a tattoo by Chelsey at Lucky 13 Tattoos in Alameda. It was close to an hour drive if not more.

16. How do you care for your tattoos?
My typical aftercare is washing my tattoo as soon as I get home from a session and I apply Aquaphor for the first two days. Two days post tattoo, I use either Charity Pot or Dream Cream from Lush. The recent tattoo I got Chelsey used a wrap called Second-Skin and I'm obsessed with it. She applied the wrap after the tattoo was completed and I had to leave it on for 24 hours. The following day I removed it, washed it, and applied a thin layer of lotion. Then I applied a new wrap that Chelsey sent me home with. That second wrap I left on for a week. On day seven I removed the wrap and the tattoo was healed and I applied lotion as needed. Totally amazing and my tattoo never hurt or felt sore. I definitely want to heal my tattoos this way from here on out.

17. How did you decide or get inspiration for your tattoo(s)?
A lot of my tattoos if not all, are of things that I really like. For example my Luna piece. I love Luna and told Chelsey I wanted her spectrespecs with a smiliar quote of hers and let Chelsey do her thing. I also get a lot of inspo photos of tattoos on IG and Pinterest sometimes Tumblr.

18. What was the most painful tattoo you've gotten?
This is a little tough to answer. A few years ago I would say foot because when I got my right foot tattooed I remember that hurt like hell, but maybe that's because it was my second tattoo. When I got my left foot it wasn't nearly as bad. When I got my bow on the back of my neck I remember that being thw worst and I felt like I was going to pass out. Inside and back of the arm 'bicep' is another extremly sensitive spot for me.

19. What's your most recent tattoo?
My Bates Motel house!

20. How do you react when someone asks to see your tattoo?
Usually when people ask to see my tattoos it's because they like them and are interested in them so I'm always more than happy to show people.

21. What was the longest time you sat for to complete your tattoo?
OMG, five in a half hours! It was insane and torturous towards the end I seriously don't know how I did it. It was my fawn lady thigh piece, that thing is huge. It truned out so amazing.

22. Do you plan on getting more tattoos in the future?
Yeah for sure, eventually.

23. If you could completely start over with your tattoos would you choose or do something differently?
Maybe, only if I would get all of my money back haha. There are definitely some thing's I wish I did differently and would change, but because of that I also learned a lot about tattoos. I know better today because of that.

24. Which tattoo is the most secretive that no one really knows you even have it?
I have three tattoos that not many people know of. I have a tattoo on the side of my rib, one on the side of my boob above my ribs, and I also have my sternum tattooed.

25. When will your tattoo collection be finished?
I don't have a clue. I've had times that I tell myself, "Ok this is my last tattoo". A few months later I find myself getting another one.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about my tattoos if you didn't know some of the answers already. I had fun creating and doing this post. Per usual, I tag anyone who's reading this and has tattoos. Specifically, I tag Imelda because I'd love to know your answers to some of these questions.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Wishlist

When I think of June I think of Summer, and I can't believe Summer is only a few weeks away. It felt like Spring was way too short this year and I think that is due to the continuously cold weather and random rainy days we had in San Jose. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of hot days I am excited about Summer. Here are things I've been eyeing for some time now and I think will be perfect for Summer.

If you haven't noticed my feed, I've been very into blush/peachy pink color. I have also been into greenery and this PJ pair from ASOS is ideal. I adore cactuses and love the green paired with blush it gives such a nice contrast. I'm also due for some cute new loungewear for Summer. Any excuse right?

About a month ago or so I saw this candle online at B&BW. Ever since I've been waiting for them to carry it in store, they have yet to stock the shelves so an online order will have to suffice. This Blushing Pink Rose Petals candle sounds divine especially since I adore rose scents and I'm almost out of all my current rose scented candles.

Talking about rose scents, this Replica Flower Market perfume by Maison Margiela is the perfect rose perfume. It smells incredible and every time I walked into Sephora I am spraying it all over myself. I've been eyeing this guy for months now I just can't bring myself to spending so much on a perfume, even if the bottle is aesthetically pleasing.

I already own a pair of Salt Water Sandals in black which I adore so I want to add this red shade to my collection. I love the color red and enjoy wearing pops of it in my outfits. These sandals are also extremely comfortable on my feet. I live in sandals during Summer and I'm so happy to have discovered some that are actually comfy.

What's on your Summer wishlist?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Favorites

Some bits and pieces of things I adored this month.

I'm the type of girl who always likes and needs to have her nails painted or I feel incomplete. I'm always changing from color to color and as of this month, my go-to has been 'Red My Fortune Cookie' by OPI. This is a very true red-orange color. I'm already obsessed with red-orange lipstick and now I'm loving it on my hands. It's such a fun, pretty, and bright shade that is absolutely perfect for both spring and summer. I really like how red nail polish looks on my hands since I'm very fair and I really love how this shade looks against my skin as well. The more I use OPI nail polish I've come to realize they usually last on my nails for a week before beginning to chip.

In April Lush released a new shower gel called Plum Rain. I picked this up the day it came out and finally began using it this month. Originally this was an UK exclusive for years and they're now being carried in stores all over the U.S. I own a few of their shower gels/creams that I have yet to use, but out of the ones that I have tried Plum Rain is definitely my favorite by far. This shower gel has a very true plum fruity scent and its mouth watering, literally. Out of all the shower gels/creams, I've tried this is the only one so far that I've noticed its scent to lingers on my body once I'm done showering. Hours later when I walk into the bathroom my shower still smells of juicy plums. The following day even my loofa still has the intoxication scent and I really appreciate it since I enjoy the scent so much. This is one shower gel that I highly recommend everyone to pick up, you won't regret it! You don't have to worry about it going away, this shower gel is here to stay permanently. 

I have owned this Bath & Body Works Peach Cilantro candle probably going on three years now, and I finally decided to it was time to burn it. From smelling the jar I knew it was going to be an immediate favorite so I didn't want to use it up since this is one of those scents B&BW never brought back. Luckily I purchased two of them so I didn't feel too bad when I burned it for the first time. I used the one I didn't burn for the photo above since the one I'm burning is really low. This candle smells amazing! You all know how much I fancy everything peach and this candle has a very unique twist to it with the cilantro. Peach and cilantro work really well together and complement each other perfectly. I've been burning this candle almost non-stop this entire month, I've even had to hold myself back some days so that I won't finish it so quickly. Summer peach, fresh garden cilantro, and juicy mango are the notes this candle consists of. I wish there was a way that I could have you guys smell this candle. I also wish B&BW would just bring this candle back because I want to purchase some more. This candle has been perfect for burning on these warmer days and it will definitely be the ideal summer candle.

Since switching to cruelty-free products I knew I was soon going to be in the market for a new concealer since the one I was using to spot conceal was not cruelty-free. I was very thrilled when I found out Nars had become cruelty-free because they had released their new soft matte complete concealer. I began to see some of my favorite YouTubers talk about this concealer but it wasn't until a friend of mine, Lauren, shared that this was the perfect concealer to spot conceal. So, of course, I immediately ran to Sephora and picked it up. I have really been enjoying this concealer and like I said I use it to spot conceal and blemishes I have. This works so well to cover them up and it's also so easy to blend out. I own the shade light 2 Vanilla, and I like to apply this using a soft pencil brush. I dap it onto a blemish then I blend it out using my ring finger. It lasts all day without fading and a little goes a long way. It contains the ideal coverage to cover any breakouts. If you're looking for a high coverage concealer that doesn't fade throughout the day definitely give this guy a try.

Almost a year ago I purchased my Kate Spade Flamingo handbag and I was so happy to finally be able to bring it back out again this year. This handbag is for sure one of my favorite bag that I own. It can possibly be my most favorite, to be honest. I love Flamingos and go crazy just about every time I see them. Last year I made an entire post on this bag when I purchased it. There you will find lots of photos that I shared if you're interested click here. I love the pattern, color, especially the shape of the bag. It's a perfect size, also very spacious. I enjoy that I can wear this bag for hours without it hurting my shoulder. I'm not even over exaggerating every time I go out I always get compliments on the bag. Especially while I'm inside the Kate Spade store. You will most definitely catch me using it until Late September, maybe even October but that may be pushing it haha.
My last monthly favorite is my Bates Motel tattoo. I almost wasn't going to share this since I spoke a little about it on my latest currently post but I figured it was the perfect opportunity to share a photo of it finished and all healed. I don't think this tattoo could have been any more perfect. I mentioned how I wasn't too sure if I wanted to add any 'glitter' to this piece since Bates Motel is a dark series. However, we ended up adding some glitter in the bushes to break up the green from the leaves and it turned out perfect. I think by adding the glitter in that discreet way kept this piece from looking dull since there isn't much color. As for the flowers, a huge part of me wanted them to be bloody because it's a horror show. I'm so happy with how the flowers came out I love them so much. The middle flower we left plain and you can see knife slashes with blood dripping. I love how Chelsey added the slashes on the flower because it looks like someone 'Norman' went full on massacre on it. Also, there wasn't any white added to the tattoo which is a little shocking because at how white the center flower looks against the rest of the piece. This tattoo is already one of my top favorite tattoos out my entire tattoo collection. I also thought I should add that this piece was inspired by the Bates Motel series, not the Psycho film.

What items made it into your May favorites?

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