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Back to School Essentials

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Hi everyone! It’s August, which means it’s back to school season. As some of you know, I graduated from college this past spring and I’ll be going to graduate school this fall. My tips and advice are probably more useful for high school and college students. I was originally going to make this a beauty + school supplies essentials post, but it was getting way too long. So I’ll just talk about school supplies and other good things to carry around!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens: I went through 2 packs of these 20 color pens in college. I don’t think they are useful for taking notes. But they are super useful for making flashcards and cheat sheets because you can easily color code different content material. In one of my intro biology courses, there was a contest for most colorful cheat sheet. And I even got second place! I really like the fact that these pens are very thin (.3mm) and they don’t dry out easily.
  • Flashcards: Am I the only one who finds making flash cards to be really time consuming? Regardless, they are very effective study tools so it’s handy to have them around. Digital flashcards are very useful for foreign language. When I took Chinese, I used Quizlet and it was really helpful to practice writing using the trackpad handwriting tool on my MacBook Pro.
  • Staedtler Eraser: The best eraser ever. That’s all I have to say :)
  • Pencil Pouch: I’ve been using pencil pouches/cases for as long as I’ve been going to school. It’s a easy way to store your utensils without having to dig through your entire backpack. Sometimes you don’t even need to buy a pencil pouch. My current pencil pouch is a “makeup bag” I received through gift with purchase at Clinique.
  • Folder Organizer: When I was in college, I used different folders for each course that I was taking. At the end of the day, I used a folder organizer to store my folders and papers. For each subject, I have a twin pocket folder (for taking to class) and a manila folder (for storing papers that I don’t need to take with me). This system has greatly lighten the weight of my backpack.
  • Backpack: From 9th grade until early senior year of college, I used a tote bag to carry my papers, books, and laptop. The Longchamp Le Pliage was VERY popular on my college campus. I have the one in red! But with all that weight on one shoulder (and all the years of bad posture while playing the violin), I experienced severe shoulder pain during the first part of my senior year in college. So I decided it’s time to value functionality&comfort over style. I finally bought a North Face Jester Backpack and my shoulder has thanked me ever since.
  • Lightweight Laptop: If you are a college student, chances are you’ll spend a lot of time with your laptop and need to haul it around all the time. Adding a computer to your papers and books puts a lot of strain on your body. I started college with a 13 inch MacBook Pro and I thought it was the perfect size (4.5 lbs). Nearly all of my girl friends who have gotten the 15 inch MacBook Pro have complained about the weight (5.6 lbs). 1.1 lbs might not seem like a big difference but you can really feel it when you have that huge organic chemistry book with you! I recently switched to the 13 inch MacBook Air and it’s been phenomenal. [Tips: Unless you REALLY need an optical disc drive, I’d say go for an ultrabook for your college computer. These types of laptops are more readily available on the market nowadays compare to when I entered college.]

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Cardigan: The AC is usually on full blast at school. Since I get cold very easily, I always carry a cardigan in my bag.
  • Wristlet: If you are going to college, a wristlet will really come in handy. You can fit your cards, cash, keys, and your phone in one place. (This might not be the best solution for some of you if you lose things easily. It’s an all or nothing deal.) The best part is that you can keep this little bag on your wrist and still keep your hands free. Great for going out and dancing!
  • Water Bottle: It’s important to stay hydrated! A reusable water bottle is perfect because you can fill it with your favorite beverage and enjoy it at school.

Hope you guys have found some of these tips to be helpful! Good luck with starting school this fall!

-Karen

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2013 Summer Skin Care Routine
Hi everyone, today I’ll be sharing my summer skincare routine with you. When it comes down to all the different aspects of beauty, I personally think skin care is the most important element. I have my fair share of skin problems and they have definitely impacted my self-esteem. But with the right products for your skin and keeping up with your routine, you’ll see a difference in the long run. For my fellow combination skin folks out there, I hope you’ll find these product reviews helpful.
Morning:
Naive Aloe Cleanser: This is a gentle cream cleanser that foams up very well. A little goes a long way! Like other Asian skincare products, this cleanser comes in a variety of “flavors”. The aloe version is great for combination skin. It removes oil very effectively without drying out my skin. I just finished up this tube of cleanser and I’m currently using the peach flavor.
Clinique Acne Spot Healing Gel: If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know this is my holy grail acne spot treatment. It works great for preventing and treating pimples.
Olay Complete Lotion: This is my favorite skincare product of all times. I’ve been using it since middle school and nothing else works quite like it. It’s thin, moisturizing, never breaks me out, and provides a little bit of sun protection. This is the perfect day-time moisturizer for oily/combination skin. If you have dry skin, try the cream version.
Night:
Philosophy Purity Cleanser: The best cleanser for removing my makeup without overdrying my skin. It removes face makeup and eye makeup (with the exception of really waterproof mascara) very well.
Facial Mask (not pictured, click link for review): Once a week, I like to use c. Booth Volcanic Mud Mask and Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque to cleanse my pores and control my acne. Mud masks are great for summer time!
Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion: This is a gentle toner for oily and combination skin. It’s very refreshing and soothing. The cucumber ingredient helps to calm the redness in my skin.
Mario Badescu Drying Cream: This is great for cystic acne, especially around chin area. (It doesn’t do much for whiteheads though. I use the Clinique spot treatment for that.)
St. Ives Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer: This lotion has the perfect texture for summer. It’s very light, hydrating, and refreshing. I put it all over my face and neck at night.
Have you used any of these before? Please share your favorite summer skincare products in the comment box!
-Karen
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2013 Summer Skin Care Routine

Hi everyone, today I’ll be sharing my summer skincare routine with you. When it comes down to all the different aspects of beauty, I personally think skin care is the most important element. I have my fair share of skin problems and they have definitely impacted my self-esteem. But with the right products for your skin and keeping up with your routine, you’ll see a difference in the long run. For my fellow combination skin folks out there, I hope you’ll find these product reviews helpful.

Morning:

  1. Naive Aloe Cleanser: This is a gentle cream cleanser that foams up very well. A little goes a long way! Like other Asian skincare products, this cleanser comes in a variety of “flavors”. The aloe version is great for combination skin. It removes oil very effectively without drying out my skin. I just finished up this tube of cleanser and I’m currently using the peach flavor.
  2. Clinique Acne Spot Healing Gel: If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know this is my holy grail acne spot treatment. It works great for preventing and treating pimples.
  3. Olay Complete Lotion: This is my favorite skincare product of all times. I’ve been using it since middle school and nothing else works quite like it. It’s thin, moisturizing, never breaks me out, and provides a little bit of sun protection. This is the perfect day-time moisturizer for oily/combination skin. If you have dry skin, try the cream version.

Night:

  1. Philosophy Purity Cleanser: The best cleanser for removing my makeup without overdrying my skin. It removes face makeup and eye makeup (with the exception of really waterproof mascara) very well.
  2. Facial Mask (not pictured, click link for review): Once a week, I like to use c. Booth Volcanic Mud Mask and Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque to cleanse my pores and control my acne. Mud masks are great for summer time!
  3. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion: This is a gentle toner for oily and combination skin. It’s very refreshing and soothing. The cucumber ingredient helps to calm the redness in my skin.
  4. Mario Badescu Drying Cream: This is great for cystic acne, especially around chin area. (It doesn’t do much for whiteheads though. I use the Clinique spot treatment for that.)
  5. St. Ives Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer: This lotion has the perfect texture for summer. It’s very light, hydrating, and refreshing. I put it all over my face and neck at night.

Have you used any of these before? Please share your favorite summer skincare products in the comment box!

-Karen

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2012 Summer Beauty Tips (Combination Skin, Wavy Hair)

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Hi everyone! Hope you guys are staying cool this summer. It’s been extremely hot and humid in the south for the past few weeks. It was over 100 degrees for the past 2 weekends! My acne-prone skin tends to break out more in this type of environment. Not only that, my hair becomes quite frizzy with all the humidity in the air. I’m going to share some of my tips on how to keep our skin and hair under control. (All the products that I mentioned are linked to an online source where you can purchase them.)

For the skin:

  • Skip the foundation and go with a BB cream (more coverage) or tinted moisturizer (less coverage). The last thing we want is heavy makeup in this hot weather. Many BB creams and tinted moisturizers also contain sunscreen. This can cut down the number of products you apply to your skin without sacrificing sun protection. I like to use the Skin79 Super+ BB Cream (pink label).
  • Use a toner every night. Summer is the only season that I use a toner regularly. It takes off whatever makeup your makeup remover and/or cleanser failed to remove and tightens your pores. I prefer using a toner that contains acne medication. I like the Biore Triple Action Astringent (recently repackaged as Biore Blemish Treating Astringent).
  • After the toner, apply a thin moisturizer. Just because it’s summer and your face is more oily than usual doesn’t mean you should skip out on hydrating your skin! My favorite daytime moisturizer of all time is the Olay Complete Lotion. At night time, I like the St. Ives Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer. Both products very light-weight and perfect for summer.
  • Use a mud/clay mask once or twice a week! I love the c. Booth Deep Cleansing Volcanic Mud Mask.
  • Change your pillow case and face towel every week. This tip is applies to all seasons.
  • Get your hair out of your face. The oil and dirt in your hair can easily cause breakouts on your forehead. Even if you don’t like pony tails, you can still get your hair out of the way by braiding or clipping them.

For the hair:

Photo credits: Polyvore

Do you have any special beauty tips for the summer? Share them in the comment area!

-Karen

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