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September 2015

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My Favorite Lush Masks!

I first came across the Lush brand on a beauty blog and immediately I wanted to try the Company’s masks that are made from all natural and fresh ingredients. Not long after, I went and bought my first Lush mask, Love Lettuce and ever since Lush masks have become a part of my weekly skincare routine.

I highly recommend everyone to try a Lush mask. Most masks cost $7.95 for a small pot and you can get around 8-9 applications out of each pot. The price makes Lush masks affordable to try and use regularly. (Plus for every 5 black pots you collect, you can get one mask free!)

1. Lush Mask - Prices & Ingredients

Quick Thoughts on Masks I Have Tried
Love Lettuce – Love Lettuce was the first mask I tried from Lush. I originally wanted to try Lush masks because the natural and fresh ingredients of the masks intrigued me. However, I will forever buy Love Lettuce because of the calming lavender scent, the visible glow of my skin and the hydration. Love Lettuce is by far my favorite mask from Lush and the one I will pick if I can only have one Lush mask forever!

BB Seaweed – BB Seaweed is a smoothing mask that has strips of seaweed. From my memory, this mask did not have exfoliating beads, I liked the mask but personally did not see any effects so I will unlikely be repurchasing this specific mask.

Catastrophe Cosmetic – Catastrophe Cosmetic is a calming blueberry mask. This mask does not have any exfoliating beads. You can see the skins of blueberry in the mixture and I remember I loved the smell of this mask but it leaves a weird film on my skin even after multiple rinses. I can either rub the film off or leave it on my skin and it eventually goes away but sometimes it bothers me that my skin doesn’t feel “clean”.

Oatifix – Oatifix is my second favorite mask from Lush and will always be a part of my routine especially in the winter. The smoothing mask smells like a banana oatmeal and it works really well to hydrate my skin!

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Review: LAQA Lip Pencil

When it comes to makeup, I have always focused on the eyes over lips. This probably stems from my Asian genes that are biased towards bigger eyes; bigger eyes equal more beautiful. Anyways, I was never into lipstick, colored lips always make me look older. I do buy lipstick here and there but after a few trials they always end up sitting in drawers collecting dust. Clear lip balms and lip glosses are my go-tos for lip products.

Then I found a sample LAQA lip lube in my Birchbox last year; the color was Menatour, a deep purple. I would never imagine that purple lipstick would kick start my love for lipsticks, but the color along with the formula did. Maybe it just came at the right time in my life…

I loved the lip lube and decided to get more colors. Note this was the first product I purchased from Birchbox after a year of subscription and trying out numerous products so I really enjoyed the product!

1. LAQA Lip Pencils

 

Lip Lube vs. Lip Pencil
I purchased two different sets, the lip lubes and the lip pencils. One way to differentiate between the two is the packaging. The body of the lip lube is colored while the body of the lip pencil comes in a white packaging. The lip lubes have a slight minty flavor while the lip pencils are flavorless. I would say if the lip pencils were comparable to a lipstick then the lip lubes would be a sheerer version of the lipstick.

What I love the most about these lip lubes / lip pencils is that once applied you don’t feel them on your lips at all. No more sticky, slimy or tight feelings on your lips. It’s incredible!

1. LAQA Lip Lube2. LAQA Lip Lube Swatches

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Top 10 Designer Handbags on My Wish List (2015)

In general, everyone has a soft spot for something: handbags, shoes, jewelry, scarfs, coats, cars, boats, watches, electronics, etc. For me it would be handbags. I can’t explain why, I just love handbags. I used to buy a handbag every few months and they would either break or I would outgrow the style.

After I started working, I decided to invest in higher quality designer bags. I know I am paying for the brand name as much as the quality; however, I still think overall it is better to invest in a few well made designer bags than buy a lot of lower quality bags that need to be replaced. Of course, I control myself and set a hard limit of one high-end bag a year. Designer bags definitely cost a lot of pretty pennies and without the limit, I would be out of control and not have any savings.

I want to share the top 10 designer handbags on my wish list because I always find handbag collections interesting. The order of the bags will not be based on much I want the bags but rather how long I have wanted the bags for.

1. Chanel 2.55

1.  Chanel Classic Flap (Chanel 2.55)
The Chanel Classic Flap has been the bag I have been wanting for almost five years now. To say I want the bag might be an understatement. Around twice a year, I would go through a Chanel 2.55 feverish period where I would seriously contemplate about purchasing the bag. I would watch countless number of YouTube videos, read through hundreds of threads and browse through hundreds of Google images. The price of a medium Chanel Flap bag has increased from $2,600 in early 2011 to $4,900 currently (88% increase). I considered purchasing the bag using my summer internship earnings but decided the price tag of $2,600 was crazy. Now five years later, I still constantly ask myself “should I buy the bag”?

The most popular advice is if you want a Chanel then just go and buy it now. The advice makes sense and certainly would have saved me thousands of dollars; I think you should also consider whether the timing is right. In my opinion, although you may have the money for a Chanel it does not mean you should buy one. Whether you should buy a Chanel is relative to how much savings you have and what other obligations you have. To spend $5K on a bag is different to someone with $10K in savings vs. someone with $200K in savings. It is also different for someone with no financial obligations vs. someone with a mortgage, children and other loans. In general it makes sense to buy a designer bag as soon as possible before ridiculous price increases; however, you should feel 100% comfortable spending that much cash.

Also, I can’t decide for the life of me whether I should get lambskin or caviar. My heart is on the lambskin; it is just so beautiful. However, my logical brain is telling me to go for the durable caviar. In the end, when I do get a Chanel, I think I will get a Medium / Large lambskin. I know if I get caviar, I will still crave for the lambskin.

 

2. LV Alma

2.  LV Alma
Oh the LV Alma, this is a bag that I want in my collection but I am not in a rush. I love the shape of the Alma and think the Alma in Vernis or Epi leather would just be beautiful and timeless.

 

3. Lady Dior

3.  Lady Dior
The Lady Dior was created in 1994 and given to Princess Diana by Madame Bernadette Chirac in 1995. The bag was originally named “Chouchou” or favorite in French but was later renamed Lady Dior as a tribute to Diana. I really like the cannage stitching on the bag and the Dior charm. My ideal Lady Dior would be a red patent leather bag in the small size.

 

4. Celine Trapeze

4.  Celine Trapeze
I love the simple design of the Celine Trapeze. Personally, I think it is very modern looking like a snazzy briefcase. What I can’t decide on is either the smooth leather or the pebbly leather. I like the look of the smooth leather more but I have heard it scratches easily. Although scratches on bags are normal wear and tear, for the Trapeze, which I will mostly wear with the shoulder strap, I think the pebbly leather would be more appropriate. My ideal trapeze is the small size in all blue.

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