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Almay True Lasting Color Liquid Makeup
I learned about this product from xteeener on YouTube as this is one of her go-to foundations and she has recommended it for people with oily/combination skin. Normally, I prefer BB cream over liquid foundation for everyday face makeup. But this foundation is perfect for everyday use because it provides a natural finish and it doesn’t make make my skin look flat. It has a light to medium coverage and it’s buidable.
Pros:
Lightweight: doesn’t feel heavy or thick on my skin
A lot of light coverage products don’t last very long on the skin. But this product actually stays on pretty well throughout the day.
Doesn’t break me out or make me more oily than normal
I’ve a nearly perfect match for my skin tone (Sand)
Great packaging: has a pump, weighs less than Revlon ColorStay bottle
The foundation looks natural, not overly done, on the skin
Affordable: about $10 at the drugstore
Cons:
Doesn’t cover redness very well: not a big issue since I can use my Dermablend green concealer underneath
It takes quite a bit of products to build it up to a medium coverage
Emphasize dry patches on combination/dry skin: I mix this foundation with a BB cream to create a more satin finish
Overall, this is a great foundation for combination/oily skin. In terms of comparing with Revlon ColorStay, I’d say these two products are very different and I use them for different occassions. I prefer the Almay tlc for a casual day or a school day. But I reach for the Revlon ColorStay when I’m attending an important event or when I’ll be outdoors for a long time. The coverage provided by Revlon ColorStay can last through weather conditions such as wind and rain.
This product is available at: Drugstore.com, Ulta, Target, Walmart, and your local drugstores
-Karen
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Almay True Lasting Color Liquid Makeup

I learned about this product from xteeener on YouTube as this is one of her go-to foundations and she has recommended it for people with oily/combination skin. Normally, I prefer BB cream over liquid foundation for everyday face makeup. But this foundation is perfect for everyday use because it provides a natural finish and it doesn’t make make my skin look flat. It has a light to medium coverage and it’s buidable.

Pros:

  • Lightweight: doesn’t feel heavy or thick on my skin
  • A lot of light coverage products don’t last very long on the skin. But this product actually stays on pretty well throughout the day.
  • Doesn’t break me out or make me more oily than normal
  • I’ve a nearly perfect match for my skin tone (Sand)
  • Great packaging: has a pump, weighs less than Revlon ColorStay bottle
  • The foundation looks natural, not overly done, on the skin
  • Affordable: about $10 at the drugstore

Cons:

  • Doesn’t cover redness very well: not a big issue since I can use my Dermablend green concealer underneath
  • It takes quite a bit of products to build it up to a medium coverage
  • Emphasize dry patches on combination/dry skin: I mix this foundation with a BB cream to create a more satin finish

Overall, this is a great foundation for combination/oily skin. In terms of comparing with Revlon ColorStay, I’d say these two products are very different and I use them for different occassions. I prefer the Almay tlc for a casual day or a school day. But I reach for the Revlon ColorStay when I’m attending an important event or when I’ll be outdoors for a long time. The coverage provided by Revlon ColorStay can last through weather conditions such as wind and rain.

This product is available at: Drugstore.com, Ulta, Target, Walmart, and your local drugstores

-Karen

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Holiday Gift Guide (2013)

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Almost every other beauty YouTuber and blogger are coming out with beauty gift ideas for the holidays. So how about sharing some non-beauty/lifestyle favorites? All of these are items that I own and have enjoyed tremendously. Each of them would make a great gift!

Under $50

1. Google Chromecast ($35): This is a really awesome gadget that projects/streams videos from your YouTube or Netflix mobile app and anything from your Chrome browser on the computer. It’s definitely a good tool for have for both smart and non-smart TVs since the interface of some smart TVs can be really frustrating to use. This is a great gift for people of all ages and technological backgrounds (super easy to set up!).

2. Acrylic Earrings Organizer ($15): Know an earring lover? She’ll love this gift! This earrings organizer fits A LOT of earrings and best of all, it’s foldable! This makes transporting your earrings really easy because you can just fold everything into a rectangular prism, stick it in the original box, and take it anywhere you want. I know at least 5 friends who got this after seeing mine :)

3. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens ($10-$20): Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed over colorful pens. These pens are really high quality and lasts for a long time. They don’t dry out easily either. They do bleed slightly on paper but not too much. Using these pens actually motivates me to study because I love using them so much.

4. The Looker iPhone Case ($20): I recently got this iPhone case after upgrading to the iPhone 5S. It’s a multifunctional iPhone case that has a card slot and a mirror on the back. Since the material is made of silicone, a card fits pretty snugly into the slot and it doesn’t slip out easily. These cases come in several colors and I got the one in Emerald Green.

5. Simply Vera Corduroy Leggings ($25): I suppose it’s kinda weird giving leggings to a friend so this is more of a mother-daughter or sister gift. These are simply the most comfortable and warm leggings ever! Corduroy leggings might sound weird but these are totally worth trying. Regular leggings are too thin to wear on its own but these leggings are thick enough to wear on its own and looks great with a slightly long sweater. They are also very warm and look great with boots. I’ve had mine for a year and the color doesn’t fade after washing. I definitely prefer these over sweatpants!

Under $100

1. DSW White Mountain Lore Riding Boots ($75): This is my first pair of riding boots. I’ve been mostly wearing slouchy boots during the past few years. I saw these on display when I went to DSW and had to try them on. These boots are very comfortable and warm. I also love the gold details on them.

Under $150

1. Dooney & Bourke Wristlet ($118): The exact one that I own isn’t being sold anymore but it’s similar to the item linked in the title. This was my very first designer purchase when I entered college. In my wristlet, I keep my phone, keys, headphones, hand sanitizer, ID/cards, and lip balm. The main reason I got this wristlet is because my old phone (LG Voyager) was quite long and this product is long and slender. This bag is very versatile because it can be used for both casual and formal occasions. I’ve been using my wristlet for more than 4 years and the quality is phenomenal.

2. Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote ($145): This was kind of an impulse purchase but I’m glad it was worth it! I love how this bag is waterproof and foldable. The straps are quite narrow but they are actually really comfortable. I used to carry this as a school bag but I stopped when I experienced shoulder pain (mainly due to having bad posture when I used to play the violin and using a tote bag for school for almost 7 years). Girls, get a backpack for school! Save this bag for running errands and traveling!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Happy holidays!

-Karen

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Getting Your Body & Mind Ready for Finals Week

Hi guys! If you are a student like me, then you know that finals week is approaching quickly. I’m going to share some tips on how to prepare for exams and maintain your sanity during this crazy time of the year. Sometimes I feel like this type of posts are more of a pep talk for myself, but I hope you’ll find something useful!

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Study Tips:

Note: I was a science major in college so whatever I say probably applies to science courses more than humanities courses.

  • Start early! I really mean it. Start studying at least 2 weeks before your exam to allow enough time to go through all the material. I know it’s really hard to start studying for the final exam while you still have other assignments due. But start small by spending 15 minutes per night reviewing and then gradually increase that amount of time as it gets closer to the exam.
  • For concepts that you have to memorize, write them all out (by hand if possible) and study them everyday before the exam. I usually write out a long version first, and then create a condensed version to pinpoint all the crucial points.
  • For classes that you have to solve problems (such as genetics, chemistry, physics, math), learn the concepts first, identify different types of problems, do practice problems, and summarize how you should approach each type of problems. Make a list of the step-by-step procedure if the material isn’t too theoretical.
  • Do practice exams and time yourself! Unfortunately, not all professors are willing to provide those….


Take Care of Your Body:

  • Eat healthy, snack often. I don’t know about you, but I get hungry really easily when I study! My favorite snacks while studying are: Greek yogurt with granola and nuts, mixed fruit bowl (I suggest chopping up the fruit right after a meal and put them in a Tupperware. Trust me, if you are too lazy to chop/peel fruit when you are full, you won’t do it when you are hungry.), chips & guac, and dark chocolate (can’t live without my dark chocolate :P).
  • Get some rest. I know it’s much easier said than done but make sleep a priority. Sleep at least 6 hours per night. Being well rested makes studying easier.
  • Stay (somewhat) physically active. Time is tight but try to exercise/play sports twice a week and take walks on the other days.
  • Drink lots of water, don’t drink too much coffee. Although I love my daily cup of coffee, I usually can’t stand the taste of coffee during finals week because I’m so tired of the taste. I like to drink green tea when I’m stressed because I find it to be very calming. I normally just use whole leaf green tea and add some honey in there.
  • Use a sheet mask 1-2 times a week. Stress is a major cause of dull skin. Sheet masks are easy to put on and remove. Plus you can keep doing your work while you have the mask on.


Positive Mindset:

  • It’s natural to get overwhelmed but don’t stress too much. Breakdown your larger tasks into smaller bits and you’ll get more done than you expect. I love making lists so I depend on my Todoist app to keep me on top of things.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slack off for a little bit. Just pick yourself up and focus on your work afterwards. Get rid of distractions such as electronics. It’s too bad that the SelfControl app doesn’t work in OS X Mavericks. Now I gotta exercise real self-control :P
  • Change your study/work environment so you don’t get too comfortable. For example, rotate between studying at the library, coffee shop, your desk, dining table, etc.
  • Listen to instrumental music. I’ve been really enjoying the Study Music Project, created by a current medical student. You can listen to his music here on his YouTube channel.
  • If you are soooo stressed that you feel like you are on the verge of a mental breakdown, stop what you are doing and take a break! Spend an hour watching TV, reading, drawing, baking, napping, or whatever that helps you to relax. Sometimes you need to get your mind off your work so you can approach it with a new attitude later.
  • Resist the urge to online shop. I have this bad habit of really wanting to online shop whenever I’m stressed out, but I end up regretting most of those purchases. To deal with this, I have 2 solutions: 1) create a Pinterest board of the things you want instead of actually buying them, 2) write down “I saved $____ today by practicing self-control” on a slip of paper and put it in a jar. I know they are kinda silly but they work!

Phew, you finally reached the end of the post! I wish you all the best of luck with your final exams! Hang in there!

-Karen

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