Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection

Fresno Hmong New Year

:: Fresno Hmong New Year ::

In my last post, I mentioned that I had prepared too many outfits this year for Fresno Hmong New Year. I had to narrow it down to the outfits that took me longest, had sentimental value, and had prior reservations. Now that Hmong New Year is over, and its the start of 2019 I can put my clothes away and start packing. I won’t be able to do as many Hmong Outfit Series posts as I’m starting grad school and moving to San Jose. However, I’ll try to fit in as many as I can throughout the year. I might be busy with grad school, but I know I won’t stop collecting outfits. Honestly, I’m a little sad that I won’t be able to sew as often but I know that I already have plenty of outfits for Hmong New Year.

:: D A Y 1 ::

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I made my cousins and I matching outfits this year. We went with the White Hmong Xieng Khouang style. I wanted something simple but I made a mistake with my fabric choice. Next time if I’m short on time and making lots of outfits I’m sticking to cotton. Plain and simple. I actually burned one of the shirts while ironing so that set me back. It’s still rewarding when I look at our pictures together. It’s not my best work but it looks good from far away. This year my cousin’s boyfriend dressed up with us as well!

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:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Txoom Suab

Black and White Xiong Khouang Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

:: D A Y 2 ::

IMG_1997edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP  I opted to wear my blue hat with my Hmong Leng Sayaboury outfit because my grandma made me this little coin belt years ago. Last year I added coins and since the beads were blue, I paired it with my blue hat. My grandma stopped making paj ntaub mos when I was really young so there aren’t a lot of examples of her work. I think she started me at 3 because I was supposed to practice reverse appliqué and eventually make my own. I can do regular appliqué it’s just not that best. Another reason, I chose this outfit is because my mom is from this province in Laos. She wears the White Hmong Sayaboury outfit with pants. IMG_2126edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam

Hmong Leng Sayaboury Outfit

Skirt 40 X 22

Leg Warmers

:: D A Y 3 ::

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This outfit is the outfit that started my sequin adventure. I want a Striped Hmong Outfit but wanted something different and something that I didn’t see before so I opted for paj ntaub cog ci version. Originally I wasn’t going to make the hat but it was hard to stop. At that point I wanted sequin versions of everything.

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:: Outfit Details::

Phuam

Stripped Hmong Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Leg Warmers

:: D A Y 4 ::

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Posing with one of my favorite Hmong dance groups Tseem Tub Ntxhais Hmoob. They won 1st place in the dance competition this year! Sequin hat to match my blue sequin outfit. If it’s not already apparent, blue is also my favorite color. I kinda regret not serging this fabric and using french seams as some parts of the gold is fraying and coming out. Every project is learning experience and I’m constantly learning that I’m a little lazy with too many ideas.  I had the chance to meet Neng Now! Can’t wait to see his video. IMG_2519edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Paj

Paj Ntaub Cog Ci Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

:: D A Y 5 ::

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The last of my sequin projects was my sequin princess hat. I wanted this hat to shine so I opted a simple and modern look. I love the poofy skirt and helped me feel like a princess. There were different white pleated maxi skirts that other vendors were selling but I didn’t want to wear one with a hoop under as I wanted it to flow and move naturally as I walked. Also, some weren’t puffy and just sadly hang.

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:: Outfit Details::

Princess Hat

Madewell Shirt XS

3 Tiered Maxi Skirt 36 X 36

:: D A Y 6 ::

IMG_2724edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP  I woke up on the 6th day with puffy eyes probably because I’ve been outside consistently without taking my allergy medicine. My cousins and I had agreed on wearing Thai outfits on this day months ago and we picked on of the coldest days. My outfit barely fit me as I gained a bit of weight since I bought mine 2-3 years ago.IMG_2754edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP

:: Outfit Details::

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The last day of Fresno Hmong New Year was the day that I struggled to pick an outfit. For a while I was debating between 3 options but I decided on wearing this vintage Hmong Chinese outfit that I bought a couple of months ago. I always wanted one when I was younger but my mother refused to buy me one because she didn’t like it. When I was old enough to buy myself one they no longer made these outfits. I also promised myself that I wouldn’t alter the outfit maybe just the skirt. However I think I changed everything but the hat and leg wraps/nrhoob. I shortened the tails of the sash in the back, took in the sleeves, and shortened the sev. Now it’s a lot more flattering on me and I’ll actually wear it instead of just hoarding it in my closet.
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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Chinese Outfit

Thank you for reading! 2018 was a fun year filled with traveling and crafting. I’m excited to start grad school and like everyone else my New Year’s resolutions is weightless/fitness related. Just need to get back on track so I’m stronger, fitter, and healthier. Sewing makes me quite sedentary and I’m not taking a sewing machine with me so there will be a pause on my projects.

November Favorites 2017 :: Makeup Discoveries & Teeth Whitening

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Happy Friday everyone! I’m a little late with posting my favorites from last month. I got a little caught up with studying for finals and finishing a couple of projects for a photoshoot coming up.

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:: Makeup ::

Last month I was really into lip products and tried a couple of new products. Even though liquid lipsticks are super trendy right now I actually prefer regular lipsticks. I found one of my favorite formulas and wish they weren’t so pricey. Dior Rouge Dior Lipsticks are super comfortable on my lips, hide dryness, and make my lips appear more full. They also don’t make my lips peel. I tried out two shades 999, a classic red, and 787 Exuberant Matte, a magenta.  999 is my go-to red and makes my teeth appear whiter. These do transfer but I don’t mind reapplying.

I tried KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick before but wasn’t really in love with it till I tried Double Dare and Lolita II. I actually lost my first tube of Double Dare and had to repurchase it. Both fall into the MLBB category for me and are quite similar. Double Dare is mauve while Lolita II is more of a terracotta red. Do you need both? Probably not. These do wear off over time especially the center of my lips but since they are similar to my natural lip color it doesn’t look that bad. I usually apply lip balm 15 minutes before and wipe it off before applying liquid lipstick. The formula isn’t super dry and these shades also make my lips look bigger!

Now my third favorite lip product of the month probably looks really similar to the liquid lipsticks. I like wearing the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners by themselves without a lipstick on top. Sometimes I mix the two colors I have or one. I have Hush Hush and Covert Affair.  I love how they have brushes on the ends so that I can blend out the lip line. On most days I actually prefer a softer lip line over a defined lip line.

The last favorite makeup product is a pressed powder by Burberry. The Fresh Glow Compact- Luminous Foundation is finely milled and I purchased the lightest shade Light Honey- Shade 10. My tan from China is slowly fading so it helps my foundation not look too light. However, I wish they had lighter shades. Usually, I use a translucent powder but on days that I want more coverage I use pressed powder.

:: Teeth Whitening ::

I loved trying out Smile Brilliant’s Teeth Whitening system. At first, I didn’t really notice the results but in pictures in natural lighting, it shows! I also got a lot of comments that my teeth seem whiter. I usually use it at night while I do my skin care and relax before bed. Stay tuned for an in-depth review.

Thank you for reading! Look out for my Hmong Outfit Series and review on Smile Brilliant.

 

 

 

Makeup Review::Jenn Ne Sais Quoi & Dohee

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Happy Sunday, everyone! Last year Jenn Im released some makeup products in collaboration with Colourpop, but it was sold out by the time I decided to purchase the collection. Almost a whole year later, I was able to snag a couple of products during the special re-release.

:Jenn Ne Sais Quoi | Super Shock Shadow Collection:

Jenn Ne Sais Quoi is a play on the French phrase “je ne sais quoi” and Jenn’s name. This quad consists of 4 shades of Colourpop Super Shock eyeshadows.  All of the shade have french names: Un, Deux, Trois, and Quatre (one, two, three, and four). Un is a metallic champagne shade which is perfect for an inner corner highlight or for dusting all of the lids. Deux is a satin brown shade. Trois is a satin reddish brick brown shade. Quatre is a dark matte brown shade. For the price point, the eyeshadows are a really good quality. They are soft, opaque, and easy to blend. The pigmentation is great with a brush and even better using your fingertips. With the different finishes, you can create a variety of looks with all four colors without reaching for another palette.

Right now one of my favorite looks is Trois all over the lid, Deux to blend it out, Quatre in the outer v, and Un as the inner corner highlight and slight dusting over the center of the lids. Since the colors are warmer they are perfect for summer.

:Dohee | Ultra Matte Satin Lip:

Dohee is orangey coral shade. The formula isn’t drying but isn’t completely matte either. Even though I like the formula, the coral shade pulls too orange on my skin tone and isn’t flattering one me. I think if you are more tan, you will be able to pull this shade off.

Thank you for reading!

Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! In a previous post, I shared my first impression on my new brush set by Mikasa Beauty. If interested in purchasing brushes from them use my code CAROLCHANG25 for 25% off your entire purchase. 
My order consisted of  Complete Eye Set & Lemon drop:

  • 1 of Mikasa E100 – Angled Liner Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E110 – Eye Liner Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E200 – Angled Shadow Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E230 – Eye Shader Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E240 – Short Eye Shader Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E300 – Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E310 – Pencil Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E320 – Tapered Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E330 – Large Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E400 – Double Ended Brow Brushes
  • 1 of Mikasa S100 – Lemon Drop

:Review:

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 Mikasa S100 Lemon Drop | $11

This is a bright yellow makeup sponge made out of non-latex foam. The yellow reminds me of Drybar products. I’ve tried various makeup sponges from the Beauty Blender, Pony Effect Pebble Sponge,  and Real Techniques. Despite trying different brands, my Beauty Blender is still my favorite and I was excited to see how the Lemon Drop would compare. After using the Lemon Drop a couple of times, I think that it is a good alternative for the Beauty Blender. When wet, the sponge expands and blends in foundation well. I still think the Beauty Blender is better but if I had to pick a cheaper alternative I would pick the Lemon drop over other competitors. Compared to the Beauty Blender, the  Lemon Drop is a little bit denser.
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Mikasa E100 Angled Liner Brush | $11

The angled brush is ideal for drawing a cat eye with gel eyeliner or even for defining eyebrows. This brush is made out of synthetic hair allowing the brush to be used with gel, cream, and powder brushes. When I don’t want a softer look, I spray this brush with fix plus and dip it into an eyeshadow and line my eyes.The brush is soft on the skin and dense.
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 Mikasa E110 Eye Liner Brush | $11

This thin brush is good for getting really close to the lash line and creating a thin natural line. I personally wouldn’t reach for this brush that often because I use a liquid eyeliner when I want a thin precise line.
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 Mikasa E200 Angled Shadow Brush | $12

The curved bristles on this brush make it ideal for blending around the inner corners and I could see it used for applying highlighter as well.MikasaE230Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP
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  Mikasa E230 Eye Shader Brush | $12

I love this brush. The white goat hair brush has a round tapered head which makes it ideal for applying eyeshadow all over the lid. Personally, I lean towards white brushes so I can see which brushes I need to clean.
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This brush has short goat hair bristles with a rounded head. The short bristles allow the brush to pack on color. I can also see this brush used to smudge eyeshadow along the lash line. I have yet to try that.MikasaE300CloseUp Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP  MikasaE300Blendingbrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP  Mikasa E300 Blending Brush | $12

This blending brush works so well! The bristles are made out of soft goat hair with slightly tapered bristles. I think blending brushes are a must in anyone’s brush arsenal. Sometimes it’s just blend blend blend and eyeshadow looks amazing!!!

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 Mikasa E310 Pencil Brush | $12

This brush can be used to apply eyeshadow in the outer v or in the inner corner. The soft rounded tip is made out of goat hair and is pretty precise. I find myself reaching for this brush over my Morphe brush.MikasaE320Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP MikasaE320TaperedBlendingBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP Mikasa E320 Tapered Blending Brush | $12

This is larger blending brush than E300. I use a clean fluffy brush to blend out the eyeshadow for a softer edge on the outside towards the brow bone. The bristles are made out of goat hair and the tapered bristles allow me to get into my crease and smooth out the transition shade as well.MikasaE330Closeup Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP MikaasaE330LargeBlendingBrush Mikasa Beauty Brushes:: Complete Eye Set & Lemon Drop Review MAKEUP Mikasa E330 Large Blending Brush | $12

This brush is sooo fluffy! I use it to blend and to apply light washes of color. Last weekend I used it to apply a light shimmery shade on the center of my lids and it was so pretty! I could see this also used as a precision highlighter brush for the nose and philtrum.
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 Mikasa E400 Double Ended Brow Brush | $12

This brush is made out of synthetic fibers. One end is used for applying brow products and the spoolie is used to blend. Right now this is my favorite brow brush. It helps me fill in and define my invisible eyebrows.

:Overview:

I would highly recommend buying a set of brushes from Mikasa Beauty. The brushes are high quality at an affordable price. Both the synthetic and natural hair on the brushes were soft and durable. Again, if you are interested in purchasing brushes use my promo code for 25% off CAROLCHANG25.  Thank you for reading!

April 2017 Favorites

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I still can’t believe it’s MAY! I feel as if this year is flying by and I’m almost 25. Here are all my favorites for the month of April.

Book::

This month my favorite read was, “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. Technically it is a reread since I first finished the book in June. While reading this book, I cried, hoped, and found some peace.
The first time I ate alone in a restaurant was when I was reading this book. I wanted to get out of my apartment, out of the city and kept driving. All I knew was that I wanted to go where I wouldn’t be recognized and left alone. About 1.5 hours later, I ended up in Gilroy. Ironically I drove myself to the very person I was running away from. It was as if fate was toying with me.
Rereading the book in April, allowed me to reflect on where I am going and where I’ll be. I’m healing, reopening old wounds and watching the scars slowly fade, but I am at a good place. In these moments, I realize that I forgive you and I forgive myself.
“What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to future a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir” -excerpt from the  inside front cover
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Beauty & Fashion::

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As I get older, I find myself drawn to the basics. My nude Steve Madden sandals are one of my essentials and favorite pair of shoes. They go with everything and the low heel is super comfortable. Roses de Chloe is one of my favorite scents, it’s a rose based perfume that doesn’t scream grandma perfume. Well even if it did a little, I wouldn’t mind too much since I love roses.
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I always try to apply sunblock daily and one of my favorite sunblocks is made by Shiseido Anessa. Anessa is a sub-brand of Shiseido that is found exclusively in Japan. Instead of a creamy base, it is more of a milky sunblock. This makes it more waterproof and less thick thus I am more likely to reapply over my freckled skin. I would totally recommend this if you live in a hot environment.
In my skincare post, I mentioned this TATCHA moisturizer, a relatively new addition to my skincare. TATCHA’s water cream claims to release a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals, and optimal hydration for poreless-looking skin. The packaging is super cute as the cream is encased a Tiffany Blue tub with a gold bow on top. The bow holds the tiny gold spatula that I use to scoop out my moisturizer. Inside the blue tub, is a jiggly white cream. I tend to use a cream over a lotion moisturizer as my skin is dry. This helped heal my dry patches caused by allergies and I notice a brightening effect as well. I’ll update with a review specific to this moisturizer soon.
Even though I own a plethora of makeup, I don’t wear a full face of makeup to work every day. Honestly, I’d rather sleep in. I’ll just fill in my eyebrows and use my cushion foundation. I prefer cushion foundations because it allows me to reapply SPF to my face. Dior Capture DreamSkin Perfect Skin Cushion foundation has an SPF of 50 and comes in 4 shades- I use shade 10. This foundation has light coverage so it’s perfect for the no makeup look.

:Items Mentioned:

Paul Kalanithi When Breath Becomes Air
Shiseido Anessa Whitening Skin Protector SPF 32 PA ++ (Pink one discontinued)

 

What to buy During Nordstrom’s Triple Point Days

Nordstrom’s Triple Point Days::

From May 3-7 Nordstrom Rewards Members and cardholders earn 3X the points on net purchases made in stores or online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook. Mother’s day is just around the corner so pick up a gift while shopping for yourself.

Candles::

Right now my favorite candle is Baies by Diptyque. It’s quite a splurge for me but I adore the packaging and the scent. I have a dull nose so I opt for stronger candles that I can actually smell. Diptyque candles have a strong throw and the scent can fill up a large room Baies features the scent of a bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves. Rose scented candles with a little something extra are the type of candles that I adore. There are three things that make me happy: roses, wine, and makeup. Plus the packaging is beautiful and when the wax is all used up the container can be used to store makeup brushes.

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Other scents that I would recommend:
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Makeup::

I recently bought NARS blush in Impassioned as seen in this post and would pick up the shade Threesome. Light matte blushes layered over cream blushes give off a watercolor effect seen on a lot of Kpop artists.
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Accessories::

For handbags I tend to opt for a saffiano leather because they are easier to take care of and scratch resistant. I’m a bit rough with my handbags. I currently love my clutch from Rebecca Minkoff featured in my outfit post here.
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Sneak Peak:: Mikasa Brush First Impressions

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My package from Mikasa Beauty just arrived from Canada! This a relatively new brand that reached out to me to offer my readers a 25% off discount code. The brushes arrived about a week after I ordered and each brush was packed in individual boxes.

Pictured above is the Complete Eye Set that consist of ten brushes:

  • 1 of Mikasa E100 – Angled Liner Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E110 – Eye Liner Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E200 – Angled Shadow Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E230 – Eye Shader Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E240 – Short Eye Shader Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E300 – Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E310 – Pencil Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E320 – Tapered Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E330 – Large Blending Brush
  • 1 of Mikasa E400 – Double Ended Brow Brushes

 

Mikasa Brushes are comparable to brushes from M.A.C. and have a hard time saying no to trying out makeup brushes. Personally, I tend to lean towards MORPHE because of the affordability. I’m kinda bad and buy multiples of the same brush so I can hold off on washing my brushes. I’m not known for my minimalist tendencies.

I am still playing around with brushes so that I can give an in-depth review on each brush. So far I like how soft the brushes feel on my skin and the simplicity of the design.I have a feeling that I will be reaching for these brushes often.

If interested in purchasing brushes, you can use my affiliate code CAROLCHANG25 at the checkout for 25% off.Thank you for reading and stay tuned for a complete review.

How I Layer my Skincare

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Before I get into how I layer my skincare products, here are some general skincare tips:
1. Wear sunscreen every day and don’t forget to reapply.
2. Make sure to remove all traces of makeup every night.
3. Drink a lot of water.
4. Don’t forget your neck!
I believe that preventative skincare is essential to stop signs of aging. My skin is combination dry and sensitive. Over the years, I have tried several products and ruled out certain ingredients that my skin does not agree with. One of the things that I struggled with was reducing my pore size and not being able to use products with witch hazel. Most products that claim to help reduce pores contain witch hazel. My work around is drinking lots of water and making sure that I layer my skin products and giving time for the products to soak in.

Evening Skincare::

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Step 1: Makeup Remover 
My evening routine starts off with removing makeup. If I am wearing a full face of makeup, I cleanse my face first with a cleansing oil and then a second time with a cleanser. Then I go back with a q-tip dipped in a dual phase makeup remover and remove any leftover mascara on my lashes. This is to ensure that I remove all traces of makeup especially since I usually use a waterproof mascara.

Step 2: Cleanse
I usually use a lightly foaming cleanser that I dispense on my Clarisonic.

Optional Step: Mask


Step 3: Toner/Softener
After I lightly pat my skin dry, I use one pump of my lotion toner that is alcohol-free. This step makes my skin more receptive to absorbing the rest of my skincare. Most American toners contain alcohol and tighten pores while Asian toners are typically called softeners that prep pores for more moisturizers.

Step 4: Eye Cream
At night, I use a richer anti-aging eye cream that I apply gently with my ring fingers.

Step 5: Essence
I pour my essence directly into my hands and pat it on my face- cheeks, forehead and chin, and lastly on my neck using upward motions.

Step 6: Serum
I use a serum that boosts the effectiveness of the ingredients subsequently applied skincare. If my skin is dry I also apply a moisturizing serum.

Step 7: Spot Corrector
I apply this where I have hyperpigmentation/scarring.

Step 8: Night Cream 
Finish off with a night cream.

Morning Skincare::

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Step 1: Exfoliate
In the morning I splash my face with warm water and exfoliate. I use a gentle enzyme peel that is in powder form when dry and when wet it forms a foamy lather.
Step 2:Toner/Softener
Prepping skin to absorb the rest of my skincare products.
Step 3: Essence
Step 4: Eye Cream
In the morning, I use a lighter brightening eye cream.
Step 5: Serum
Step 6: Spot Corrector
Step 7: Emulsion
An emulsion is like a pre-moisturizer. If you have oily skin this is the only moisturizing step you will need, if you have dry I would recommend layering two moisturizers afterward.
Step 8: Moisturizer
I apply a brightening light moisturizer.
Step 9: Cream
Creams are thicker than moisturizers and usually come in a jar. This step can be skipped but if you have dry skin like I do then it helps add another layer of moisture. I only apply this to where I am dry and avoid spots where I get oily like my t-zone.
 
Step 10: Sunscreen
One of the most important steps!  

:Holy Grail Skincare Products:

 

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Hmong Fitted Shirt Pattern Drafting Part 2: Sleeves

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Materials Needed: 

Ruler
French Curve
Paper

Measurements: 

Arm Length
Hand Circumference
Bicep Circumference
Arm Hole Depth
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A to B is the length of the sleeve

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A to C is the arm hole depth.

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Line D to E is the hand circumference. I use hand circumference instead of wrist so that I don’t need to add buttons on the sleeve.

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Through point C draw a line the length of the bicep circumference.

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Divide the line evenly into 6 sections.

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Draw lines from each point.

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Draw a line from point A to F and from point A to K forming a triangle. Draw a line from F to D and K to E. Label the section F for Front and B for back. This is the left sleeve.

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Line G place a dot 3/4″ below the intersecting line.
Line H place a dot 3/4″ above the intersecting line.
Line I place a dot 1′ above the intersecting line.
Line J place a date where the two lines intersect.

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Use a french curve to connect the dots.

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Leave a 1/2″ inseam around the pattern.

Hmong Fitted Shirt Pattern Drafting Part 1

Earlier this year, I successfully made my own Hmong outfit! The post of the finished product will be posted soon, so stay tuned. After making a traditional Hmong shirt, I wanted to try making fitted Hmong shirt but I couldn’t really find a pattern. So after doing a lot of research on Youtube, I decided to try to draft my own pattern.

I can’t wait to actually try it out on cloth and see how it turns out. Let me know if you want me to breakdown how I drew my pattern. If there is enough interest, I can do a follow-up tutorial on pattern drafting and how to adjust for your own size.

Pictures of my pattern below:

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Front Right Pieces
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 Front Left Pieces
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Back Pieces