Men's Gift Guide

Ok -- for that someone special in your life? or just that guy's guy... and you're really struggling to get him a good gift. (Literally happens to me EVERY YEAR.)

So besides the "unisex" gift, or the typical tie, tools and techie gifts, here are a couple of gifts that I thought might be worth getting your loved ones!

1) Dollar Shave Club - I always recommend this because ANYTIME I've gifted this to my guy, my family members, they've LOVED it. I'm not even kidding - I received a Dollar Shave Club set and when Fel opened it, he was like YES!!!! And took it! It's only $5 for the first month, and then $9 per month (or less depending on the blade) after that and it comes with an amazing razor (6 blade) with extra replacement blades plus a bunch of other fun travel. Then after that, they will send you replacement blades for the price that you choose! It's so convenient especially if you have a guy that needs to shave but doesn't want to break bank or doesn't want to go to the store to pick some up!

2) Schmidt's Natural Deodorant and Soap - I think this is definitely an unconventional item to gift, but I really think it's worth gifting! My hubs never actually thinks to go to the store to pick up deodorant, he just realizes like oh shoot, I need to get some, then will scrounge to go pick some up. These deodorants are all natural, neutralize odors and get rid of your damp pits. I don't swear by any deodorants, but these.. are really legit! Definitely the best all natural ones I've found! I love that it comes in sensitive, and varying scents for women and men!

3) Dash Cam - If your man is a driver and he is always b*tching and moaning about how terrible everyone drives (I don't think there is any man that is not like that lol), a dash cam may be a great gift to give your loved one. These have been growing popularity to be safe on the road just incase, God forbid, something may happen!

4) Swiss Army Knife - I only really added this because I realized even though my husband isn't necessarily the DIY Handy Man, there's something about him that likes to be able to save the day and be a Man's Man. (LOL) There have been so many times when we're out in the store and I'm like crap, this tag is bothering me, or shoot - i just got a hang nail or UGH I have something in my teeth... where my husband will all of a sudden save the day with his swiss army knife scissors, nail clipper and tooth pick ha ha!

 Are there any other things that I'm missing?! Let me know what you'll be getting for your loved ones! :)
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Unisex Gift Ideas

Dec 3, 2017 | | 0 comments
I was trying to figure out the best way to do gift guides for you this year, but figured this would be the best way to do it without completely overwhelming one post. I will have different gift ideas for different groups of people so you can see who your special someone falls under! :)

These two gifts I want to share are really great gifts for a range of people that you may be super close to or maybe not so close to!

1 - What Do You Meme? Game -- I thought this was a HILARIOUS game. Especially for those friends that are obsessed with memes! I'm personally not huge fan of playing games, but I LOVED playing this one! If you have ever played apples to apples, its a very similar game, except with a meme! You know what I would LOVE -- if they eventually had an electronic version with actual memes - I think that would be SICK!

I played with some of my coworker girlfriends at a little get together and we had a blast! This is definitely a great gift for someone you like to laugh and have a good time with. . . the one thing is it has some mature responses, so it wouldn't be great around kids ;P

2 - Gilt City Gift -- I always have difficulty buying gifts for my closest people. And I've really loved the idea of getting my loved ones an experience rather than a gift. Gilt City has awesome experiences in a city near you at discounted prices... whether its getting a spa service with your loved ones, sharing a meal at a new restaurant or going to a sports game together, it's packed with awesome gift ideas!


Any time I've ever gotten a gilt city experience as a gift, I never wanted to just give them the printed voucher because I think that looks tacky :P So I might get a small gift related to the GC gift and then a "coupon." For example, if I got a sports game, I might order a jersey or tshirt with the team logo and then make a coupon that says "Sport Game 2/22" or I might get essential oils/massage oils and make a card that said "Couples Massage for 1/23" -- you get what I'm saying! This way, they won't need to know you're saving some bucks on your extremely thoughtful gift :D

PS. Sorry I left you all for a couple months - posts are rollin out more quickly now! The start of the school year was really stressful for me, but things are starting to calm down and I'm ready to get back into it!

PPS. Thinking of doing a 12 days of christmas giveaway with you guys because I want to thank you for sticking with me! XO

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Naked Heat Palette Review and Swatches

Jul 30, 2017 | | 0 comments
Hey all, I've been testing up the new Naked Heat Palette and I've been loving it so much in these summer months! Wanted to share some swatches and my thoughts on the palette!

Below are the swatches of the palette:
Left side from top to bottom: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre, He Devil
Right side from top to bottom: Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes, Ember



Here are my thoughts:

Formula: Like most UD formulas they are extremely buttery and silky. 7 of the 12 shades are matte shades, which are all extremely pigmented and the rest are shimmer - only one of those shimmer as larger flecks of glitter. All of the shades, regardless of matte or shimmer have great pigmentation and are long lasting.

Shade Range: Although I get it is a heat palette - almost all of these shades fall into the orange, warm, burnt colors. we only have two very pale cream colors and a deep purplish color that are not from that color family. I do wish there was some sort of black shade or a gold shade. I do find myself loving this palette, but reaching for other palettes to use other shades to compliment these. I know that this is also because of my personal skintone and how it doesn't work 100% well with only warm colors!

Lasting ability: Lasted throughout the day no problem - sometimes I don't even use primer. LOL! still lasts :P

Packaging: Their packaging is very similar if not identical to the Naked Smokey Palette. It's a very rectangular (sharp edges, not rounded) shape made of plastic. It has a large mirror and has a dual ended brush that is of AMAZING quality. That would make this palette a great travel one!

Overall, I really love this palette. I think if you love this color family - this will definitely not disappoint. As an asian american with slightly cooler tones in the cooler months (lol), I know I will not be reaching for this in the cooler weather - but I am enjoying this palette and mixing with other shadows (I love adding half baked into this mix!) right now in the summer weather!

You can pick this up for $54 at Sephora, Ulta, Urban Decay, or other retailers that sell UD :)

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Too Faced Melted Latex Swatches

Jul 26, 2017 | | 0 comments
I am LOVING these toofaced melted latex lipsticks! My bestie.. she didn't like them one bit... so this is a product... where you will either LOVE IT. or HATE IT. so I'm gonna give you my thoughts and swatches below! :) :) 


Peek-a-boo

Hopeless Romantic 

Safe Word


Love U, Mean It 


Rated R


Love You Long Time


But First, Lipstick


Hot Mess


I'm Bossy


Twilight Zone


Bye, Felicia


Strange Love


Bite Me


Can't Touch This


Girl On Top 

Packaging: It's the same luxe package as the Too Faced Melted Matte line, and I'm LOVING it. It's fancy, chic and has a curved doefoot which allows just enough product to be dispensed. 

Moisture: I think these are INCREDIBLY moisturizing. It's like putting a thick arse layer of something to really protect your lips. 

Formula: The formula is definitely way thick. If you do not like the thick, near tacky feeling, you will NOT like this. However, I enjoy it and it isn't quite as sticky as other thick lippies, but you can definitely feel it! It also lasts very long - because of this heavy formula, it lasts a good 3-4 hours before it starts to wear. This does also transfer easily like a gloss. Yes - if you get hair near ur mouth or dust (like from a shirt or something) it WILL cling well to your lips, so be warned! LOL


Streakiness: I had to add in a category - lol to note that although most are really beautiful, two in particular - Can't Touch This and Bye Felicia were particularly difficult to apply. They tend to have splotchiness and patches that I couldn't get rid of. The only way to do so was to goop more on. Not sure if it was just me or not though! 

Pigmentation: IS AMAZING. 


Overall I REALLY love these. I think I will particularly love these in the wintertime when I'm cold and chapped. It does take a certain person to love this - so if you don't love thick, glossy lips - this may not be for you... however if you are.. EMBRACE! this is amazing! 

These were sent to me by PR, but you can purchase on sephora, toofaced, or ulta at $21 per lippie! 

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My First Floating Experience!



I always heard of 'floating' and heard it was such an amazing -zen- experience, so I knew I had to try it. I wanted to give you my honest thoughts and my experiences so you can know what to expect if you decide to float.


Floating has become increasingly popular - and if you don't know what it is, you are basically lying in a small tub/pool/pod of salt water. According to Floating Lotus: 
Floating Lotus Floatation is a sensory deprivation healing treatment for your physical body, mental and emotional health and spiritual growth. Studies performed in the United States and Sweden indicate that flotation therapy delivers wide-ranging benefits including significant reductions in not only stress, but also chronic pain, swelling, headaches, depression and insomnia, all while lowering blood pressure and improving skin.
Doctors, athletes, and float enthusiasts are using Floatation Therapy for neurological, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular, skeletal, and hormonal balance. Floatation brings the body back into homeostasis.
When I first arrived, it was just the front desk with a lady that had you fill out some forms on her ipad. The waiting area was small, but filled with crystals and their line of products. It was very reminiscent of some small yoga studios (well, they DO have yoga here! lol).

The same lady showed us to our rooms (of course I went with a friend lol) to show us the rundown of everything. You get your own private space, so you can really relax.

When you first walk in, theres a ledge with all the things you'd need: towels, hair ties, cotton pads, blow dryer, creams, etc. You then get completely undressed and take a shower to rid yourselves of any oils. Floating Lotus provided all the shampoo, conditioner and body wash. After you are done, you turn off the lights, and from the shower, it leads to a small pod of your salt water.
 
The water is only 1ish feet, so don't worry, you cant drown. Its slightly larger than a regular tub - if I spread both arms out, I can just barely touch both sides of the wall and my head and feet do not reach the ends. Luckily for me, there was a floaty noodle in my pod, but my friend didnt have one, so if youre a first time floater, it helped my head stay afloat without having to worry that I was going to drink salt water.

Also, if you have a cut... cover it with vaseline. I didnt, so my elbow which has a cut from scratching my eczema was burning so badly! ouch! 

There are glowing lights that change colors (white green and red were the prominent ones I remember). They recommend turning it off, but I'm not that kinda girl LOL! They also have an intercom where you can speak to someone should you have questions or issues.

I, personally had trouble relaxing. Maybe it was due to my nature, or the fact that there were lights, or a noodle, but when i finally closed my eyes and felt like I was relaxing, I felt like I was floating inside of a waterslide and felt like I was spinning when I wasnt. (LOL guess I'm really not a relaxed person) 

I also, accidentally got a bit of salt in my eyes. They recommend using the spray bottle they leave on the side to spray your eye clean. I was not so smart and rubbed my eye because thats naturally what I would do. (lol)... which of course you can imagine got my eye even worse. So I actually had to get out of the pod to wipe my eye. 

After about 50 minutes of restlessness (i think I was 'tranquil' for maybe 5 of those minutes), a brighter white light from behind your head goes on. (not where the glowing light is) I was anticipating where the light would come from and every time the glow light turned white I thought it may be the white light. 

When the white light is on, that means its time to get out and you have yourself a little time to shower all the salt off of you and get ready to go about your day. 

When I left, I felt lukewarm. Glad to have had the experience, but unsure of if I would do it again... perhaps next time I'd have the zen experience everyone had since I know what to expect, or maybe I'd have the same experience. I think that it is probably just me since I can hardly sit in a sauna or steam room without begging to get out in a hot 2 minutes lol! 

Floating is not for everyone, however I do think everyone should try it because you won't know if its for you until you try it! 

I had my experience at:
Floating Lotus
39 W 56th Street, Penthouse 
New York, NY 10019

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Jouer Cosmetics's High Pigment Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

You guys are well aware (by now), how much I adore Jouer products. The first thing that I fell in love with (and bought a huge amount of... LOL) was their moisturizing lip glosses - which I believe they are discontinuing (and I'm SO SAD although not too sad because I love these too lol!). So you could possibly imagine my excitement when I heard that they were coming out with HIGH PIGMENT lip glosses. I jumped on it asap and purchased 4 of them and I am ready to head back for more!!!

Below are swatches of the four lip glosses that I purchased:

Here's my breakdown of the product

From the Lip Gloss Tubes, Top to Bottom: Fifth Avenue, Beverly, Champ-élyées, Bond

Top to Bottom: Champ-élyées, Fifth Avenue (favorite), Bond, Beverly

Packaging: It comes in a sleek tube that is very similar to the old lip glosses as well as the lip creme. The only difference is that there is a gold layer at the bottom of the cap adding a bit of pizazz and fun. It has a standard doefoot applicator which allows nice precision and giving off the right amount of lip gloss.

Formula: These are extremely creamy and moisturizing, yet very lightweight. If I compared it to the old lip glosses, these are definitely more lightweight and slightly thinner - however they do NOT lack in the moisture department. This is packed with great ingredients for your lips like coconut oil and jojoba seed oil to really nourish your lips.

Pigmentation: They weren't kidding when they said High Pigment! Dang I just remembered, I should've probably swatched these on my lips for you - but how about when I get more of them (lol), I will do a huge swatch fest for you. Again in comparison to the old glosses- almost all of those were sheer but glossy - these are all extremely high pigment and glossy. Even lighter shades like champs-élyées pack a ton of pigment!

Lasting ability: Similar to many glosses, these are not transfer proof and these do come off relatively quickly. For me - it lasted a solid 1.5 hours before it began fading and if I were to eat or drink anything, I would have to reapply. Some of the deeper colors I had like bond, feathered slightly after about an hour, which was slightly disappointing - so for ones like that, I would recommend a lip liner.

Smell: It has a beautiful luxuriously sweet vanilla cupcake flavor. When I put it on my lips, the smell lingered but left over time.


Overall - I do love these pigment glosses. Pigment wise, I do absolutely love them. I do find that the old formula lasted a bit longer on the lips, despite the sheer coverage and if I were to recommend any of these, I would recommend the more neutral lighter shades as they are smoother and a little bit less maintenance than the darker shades. I do wish they were slightly longer lasting, but their moisturizing factor makes it okay for me because I don't mind reapplying it.

These cost $17 each for .21oz of product. I purchased mine off the jouer website, but you can also purchase at nordstrom or beautylish.
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Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask


After I finished my (literally huge tub) of moroccan oil leave in conditioner, I was on the market for a new one. Growing up to even now, many have the perception that asian hair is so smooth and silky. My hair, on the other hand is coarse and wavy. My hair is thin, but I have a lot of it and you add the frizziness to it - woof.. I really need those leave in masks LOL.

Eva NYC contacted me to try their Therapy Session Hair Mask. And I've been using it on the daily for the past couple of weeks and I've been loving it so much! Their Therapy Session Hair Mask has Keravis Protein and Argan Oil which deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens hair. It has a nice musky smell to it that after a while, still smells really beautiful. Occasionally after I'm walking about my day, I'll get a whiff of it and will be like oh yeah that's my hair mask!

How I use it: 
I put this product, which is a thick conditioner consistency (when you put the product upside down, it won't fall), in my hair after I washed my hair and left it in for 5-10 minutes as I washed the rest of my body. Then I when I washed it out - it was so smooth and soft.. and definitely free of knots. Although it didn't completely cure my frizziness (what can...?! lol!), I can definitely feel the difference in how smooth my hair looked after I blowdried it!

As you can see - the product, upside down on my finger does not drip off! 
This, similar to the Morroccan Oil leave in conditioner, is a huge (pretty!) tub of product. There is 16.9 fl. oz. so it'll definitely last you a while! It is also a great value at $14.99 (although on the evanyc website it's $18, so if you want to purchase, don't purchase from there! lol). Actually if you want to get the best bang for your buck, they sell it at Costco for 2/22.99!

What you get inside of the container
I know that this product can be purchased online on the evanyc website, at ulta, bed bath and beyond, or in-stores at old navy!
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POPSUGAR Must have June Review!

It's that time of the month again!! :P Hehe - of course, I'm talking about POPSUGAR Must Have month :P If you don't know what popsugar must have is, it's a monthly subscription service of beauty, lifestyle, food etc.. for 39.95/month! Although for me some items will be hit or miss (as will all boxes), this box has always been well worth the value! - probably overall my FAVORITE subscription box of all time! 

Here is this month's June Summer Contents!!! 


These were my favorite items in the box! Naturally, I gravitate toward the beauty items - but I'm literally getting a haircut today and my cuticles have been the desert ... and I'm hoping to host a part this summer so I loved these three items! 

Captain Blankenship, Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray $24 || NCLA So Rich Mermaid Tears Cuticle Oil $18 || Meri Meri Blue and White Party Straws $5.95

I always LOVE snacks in my boxes. so naturally... the cookie stash bag is completely empty and I'm waiting to give the frapp to my hubby! The starbucks frap also came with a coupon, which was a nice add on! 
Belgian Boys Cookies 99c || Starbucks Frappuccino $2.19

This was one of those items I could do without, but is nice to actually have. Especially since I'm going on vacation in less than a month, it's nice to actually have this to use! It's a fun spash-proof zip pouch! 
Aloha Collection Ocean Coco Palms Pouch $36

These two items were the slight misses for me. I could see why they are in the box and I could totally see how fun it is, but its just personally not my cup of tea. I'm not really a trucker hat girl, nor do I really enjoy doing "beach reading" with these sort of hollywood glamour type things. I will know EXACTLY who to gift these to since I know many people are!! :) :)
Billabong Aloha Trucker Hat $17.95 || The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo $26 

So even though there were more 'misses' to me than most of my popsugar boxes, it was still a great value!! Even though you pay $39.95/month, this box was valued at over $131!! What a deal! :)

If you are interested in picking up a box yourself, click here to purchase! Don't forget if you are a first time purchaser - use SHOP5 for $5 off xo 


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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Swatches


You guys KNOW I have a thing for matte lippies, so when there's a product with the word 'matte' in it, you know I'm ON IT!!! :) I ordered these off sephora for an app presale and boy am I glad for it!

I believe there are 20 shades and they retail for $26 for .18fl oz. Although can only give you first impressions, I'm thoroughly impressed already. Each lippie I purchased is pretty much completely opaque and are incredibly long wearing. There is a nice range of colors, however I picked up four shades (most in the neutral shades except one deep).

These are the four shades I picked up :)

L-R: Save the Queen, Get it On, American Woman, London Calling 

Get it On - tan rose (fully dry)

 American Woman - Chestnut Rose (half way dried)
Save the Queen (favorite!) - dusty mauve 

London Calling - Lilac Pink (IMO it was way darker than this! lol, it was more of a deep purply pink)

Here's my breakdown:

Texture: It starts off as a liquid and begins to dry down. It is incredibly lightweight and comfortable. It did land slightly in the cracks of my lips (not very noticeable) , but not the way a drying matte formula would.

Moisture: I'm most impressed by this because for any sort of matte formula - this is one of the most comfortable lip products for its long wearability. After 6 hours of wear, my lips did not feel dry.

Long Lasting ability: This lasted about 6+ hours (after that it was more apparent on the outer rim of my lip) including eating and drinking (water ;). Although it is not completely transfer proof (still moved if I wiped), it is definitely resistant to movement. After the color faded, there was still a nice lingering stain.

Pigmentation: is WOW. one swipe and it is completely opaque across the board on all my shades.

Packaging: I love the sleek package of nars products. Although it was incredibly liquidy, the square doefoot was very helpful in making very accurate and precise movement across my lips.

Overall -- I need to pick up more! LOL :) Definitely worth it if you are a matte lippie girl!

I purchased mine at sephora which comes out mid July but you can also purchase these on the Nars website or at a nars boutique :)
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