October 31, 2016

Beauty Discourse: A Small Survey of Makeup Removers

      Happy Halloween! If you are dressing up for Halloween, there is a good chance that if you're going all out then you might be wearing face makeup. I really admire people who go all out and makeup their faces in intricate and complicated makeup, but the skincare freak in me cringes at the thought of putting on costume makeup because let's be honest, costume makeup is probably not that great for your skin. Making sure all your makeup is off is crucial to prevent breakouts! Therefore, it's imperative that you especially take care to take off all your makeup if you're wearing costume makeup for Halloween!

October 28, 2016

Beauty Discourse: Facial Oils

      Let's talk facial oils. The first facial I had ever tried was the Josie Maran Argan Oil a couple years ago. It was around the time when facial oils became trendy in the skincare scene, and more and more beauty companies started creating their own facial oils. I read many blogs, articles, and posts saying that facial oils were "even good for oily skin" which is probably correct in some sense, but of course not all facial oils are good for all types of skin. I've become rather picky about facial oils, so continue reading if you want to hear my experience and types in choosing an oil that's right for you.

October 26, 2016

Product Review: La Roche Posay Serozinc

      I first heard of Serozinc years ago when my acne first started to flare up badly. At that time I was dying to get my hands on it because I was dying to get my hands on anything that could possibly reduce my flareups. Unfortunately for some reason, it wasn't available in the US! I was devastated. My acne is (somewhat) under control for the most part now, but I was still excited to be able to pick up a bottle of Serozinc during my trip to Paris for under 7 euros (which is a little under $8).

October 24, 2016

Current Skincare Routine Fall 2016

      Fall has arrived in NYC and I'm so happy because it's my favorite time of the year! This means I've moved on from gel moisturizers and am now using more hydrating moisturizers and facial oils to combat the crisp autumn winds. I would say that taking care of your skin is much easier in the fall than in the summer because it won't matter that you hydrated a bit too much. In the summer, overhydration of the skin leads to breakouts and super shiny skin for me so I personally struggle a lot in the summer!

October 21, 2016

Travel Guide: Where to Eat in Paris

      Seems just like yesterday I was in Paris exploring the city and indulging in cafe au laits while snacking on macarons. Unfortunately that was over a month ago (I can't believe it!) and all I have are pictures to remind me of all the delicious things I ate in Paris. (see my beauty haul here and my Paris diary here) Like NYC, there are tons of places to dine and try in Paris. It's seriously overwhelming to choose a place and to know what's good. Here are some places I recommend (and have been recommended by others as well) if you ever make it out to Paris.

October 19, 2016

Three Things 10.21.2016

      My living room is slowly but surely coming together! Although I'm still waiting on my couch to come (scheduled to arrive in November hopefully!), my media stand came last weekend and it's really transformed the space. Patience, patience, patience - is what I keep telling myself when it comes to furnishing and styling my space. Read on to see what else I'm enjoying lately, with a surprise announcement at the very end!

October 17, 2016

Product Review: Biafine Emulsion

      Sorry for the lack of posts last week! What a crazy week it's been. My parents were in town from California and I was so busy being a good hostess to them here in NYC that there just wasn't enough time for the blog. Today I have a famous French pharmacy product to review - Biafine emulsion. It was one of the things I picked up from Paris during my trip there (see my entire beauty haul and experience on shopping at City Pharma here). Biafine is advertised in France to be an ointment that is used for burns, scrapes, and blistered skin. I've even read from other bloggers that they use it for their skin when it's extra sensitive. Me? I put it to the test to heal my acne blemishes - see how it fared for my full review below!

October 5, 2016

Product Review: A313 Vitamin A Pommade

      One of the beauty products I knew I had to get my hands on in Paris was Avibon. Little did I know until I already was in Paris that Avibon is currently being reformulated and isn't available anywhere! I was really bummed. However, as someone who used Retin-A to clear up adult acne, I wanted to see if there was something that was slightly less strong than Retin-A, but still contained more retinol than the average retinol products available here in the States. It is my understanding, that the A313 is the closest equivalent to Avibon currently. Unlike here in the United States where a product that is equivalent to A313 must be obtained via a derm, it's available over the counter in France and for less than 12 euros a tube - it's truly a huge bargain!

October 3, 2016

31 Rue Cambon, Paris, France

      Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that I bought something very special from the original Chanel store located at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. I've always always wanted a Chanel handbag for as long as I can remember (like, at least middle school long), but being someone that is realistic about my budget and obligatory bills (adulting is hard), I didn't think it was going to be in my near future. But, after thorough research, numerous calculations (gotta incorporate that VAT refund!), and months of saving away my monthly paychecks - I finally did it when I went to Paris. If you're curious to see what I bought, and my experience with the VAT refund, read on ahead!