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!  

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Sometimes I Just Want to be a Unicorn

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2017 seems to be dominated my unicorn themed everything. Personally this makes me extremely happy as I love unicorns. People are finally discovering the beauty of a unicorn. A mythical creature associated with rainbows and glitter.

When Starbucks announced that they were going to release a Unicorn Frappuccino, I was thrilled and drove to the nearest Starbucks… a little to early. The unicorn themed frappuccino is available from April 19-23rd. After waiting a few more days, I went to Starbucks again on the release day and got my own to try. I don’t know how I feel about it. The drink is beautiful with enough sugar to kick start my early journey to diabetes heaven yet I was left disappointed. I wanted magic, rainbows, and glitter.

Below is Starbucks’ description of the frappuccino:
“The flavor-changing, color-changing, totally not-made-up Unicorn Frappuccino. Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It’s finished with whipped cream-sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders.”

Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked to, it’s worth to try at least once. My cousins went the day after I did and most of the Starbucks were already sold out of the ingredients, but they managed to hunt one down.

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While I was disappointed by my Unicorn Frappuccino, I was elated to find that there is a place in Fresno that sells Unicorn Macarons. Sweet Lyfe Boba Bar located by Fresno State sells them for $2.50. They pair well with the unicorn themed boba drinks and are so cute to hold. Much cuter than my attempt at making unicorn donuts a couple of months of ago.
While I failed at making unicorn donuts, I managed to be successful at making unicorn noodles. Pictured below is the unicorn bowl that assembled without the miso beet sauce.
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Finding unicorn themed recipe and food perks up my day to day life and I can’t wait to find more. Let me know if you have any recommendations.

 

Sneak Peek: Completing my First Hmong Outfit

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I’ve been trying to wait for all of my photos to be edited, but I really wanted to share this picture with everyone. Growing up I cross-stitched and would help my mom sew, and I figured that now would be a good time to learn how to sew an entire outfit. This outfit was made with a traditional shirt, and a shortened apron (sev). I paired it with a traditional white skirt with a shortened length and kept the accessories minimal as well to focus on the printed batik fabric.
I can’t wait to show everyone more pictures. Please follow for more updates! I’ll probably draft a traditional Hmong shirt pattern next. There have been a lot of requests for tutorials so when I have a more free time, I’ll film a tutorial of my other Hmong hat.
Pictures were taken by Rosely Vue Photography. Check her page out and message her for details.

 

Just Finished Making Another Hmong Hat!

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This project took me a lot longer than I expected but I’m pretty happy with the end product. It’s pretty simple to make but if I had the option of buying one or making one I would probably just buy it. However, I enjoyed figuring out how to put it together.

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I love the glittery fabric and I picked one with a pinkish purple pattern because there is no such thing as too pink!

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The most tedious part was making and attaching the tassels.
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All done! Can’t wait to wear it to Hmong New Year!

 

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

Preview of Hmong Hat

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Above is a piece that I embroidered that is going to be pieced together to make a Hmong Hat. It’s been a while since I did any type of embroidery and I’m excited to see how the hat turns out.

I am pretty sure that I held a needle before I held a pencil. My grandmother handed me a needle, thread, and scrap piece of fabric when I was three. Sitting next to my grandma near a big window for natural light, I would practice my stitches. In hindsight it was probably her way of getting me to sit down and not run around and get into trouble.

Thread tension was one of things that took me a while to get a hold of. If it’s too tight the fabric will pucker so it’s best if the same amount of tension is used throughout the fabric.  It took me years before I made something that was worth keeping.

In the piece above the stitches are linear and not actual cross stitch. This pattern is pretty simple so maybe I’ll make myself more than one hat. It’s honestly more cost effective to buy a hat, but I love looking at something and trying to figure out how to make it myself. Can’t wait to show everyone the finished product.

Antelope Valley Poppy Fields

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It’s finally Spring Break! I’ve been counting down for a while and to start off my Spring Bring, I took a last minute mini road trip to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.
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When we went one of the trails was closed off and that seemed like it lead to where most of the poppies were blooming. For parking you have to pay $10 for the day and I would advise to get there early as the parking lot fills up pretty fast.  A field of flowers gives me the excuse to do a bunch of yoga poses! Above my cousin and I are in Dancer’s pose. This is one of my favorite poses and I can’t wait to get my leg higher and go into the full expression of Dancer’s Pose. Maybe I need to get a strap.
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Some parts of the reserve are a little barren and have very few poppies as you can see in this picture while I’m in three legged dog. It was super windy the day I went so I wasn’t able to finish all the trails which was a little disappointing. The wind increased the chill factor! Wind is pretty common here so I would recommend dressing according. A lot of people didn’t stay that long due to the wind.
The trails range from easy, moderate, to difficult. One trail was a little step, but there is one paved path that is wheelchair accessible. The paved path is about 4 feet wide and there is one turn around point.
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Tip: There are more poppies and less people outside of the reserve.  In the photo above I was trying my best to smile in the wind.
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We stopped for lunch in Lancaster and took a moment to try out the Musical Road. The road has sets of grooves on it so when you drive over the groove at 55 mph it sounds like William Tell Overture.  It’s a cute little hidden gem and worth checking out while looking at poppies.

Pink Adidas NMD_R1 Rerelease!

Every time I see these shoes, I’m like those belong on my feet. Honestly, it’s a little silly since I usually workout barefoot on a yoga mat or if I do wear shoes I fold my yoga mat over so I don’t shred the mat. Even then, I’m against wearing shoes on my carpet so I either wear indoor workout shoes or opt to go barefoot. Yet I find reasons to justify my purchase. They are pink. They will look cute with my leggings. They are mine.
Adidas is going to rerelease a couple of their shoes and tonight the shoes that I have been eyeing can possibly be mine. The shoes are going to be available at 3 AM EST or 12 AM PST. Hurry! Run! Don’t Wait!
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Above is the NMD_R1  in Sun Glow/Running White. According to the Adidas website, the shoes,”Is the look of the past inspiring the future. NMD’s innovative look pays tribute to adidas’ collective memory while boldly experimenting with new shapes, angles and materials. A sock-like stretch mesh upper gives these women’s shoes a close, contoured fit. The energy-returning power of boost™ combined with distinctive EVA heel plugs helps keep steps soft and light. A glow-in-the-dark rubber outsole adds a flash of style at night.” The difference between Sun Glow and Vapor pink is the material of the lining. Sun Glow has breathable mesh lining while Vapor Pink has a knit lining.

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Above is the NMD_R1 in Vapor Pink/Running White. The knit version is described as,  “a unique combination of shapes, angles and materials, the NMD_R1 shoes pay homage to adidas innovation. Modern design concepts and bold archival details combine with the responsive power of boost™. These women’s shoes have a sock-like stretch mesh upper for a comfortable feel.”

I can’t wait to unbox these! Let me know which one is your favorite!

 

Nars Impassioned Blush Swatches and Review

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Today I picked up a new blush at Sephora. I’ve been looking for a matte pink blush for a while but I couldn’t decide between NARS Impassioned or NARS Threesome. Sadly Fresno lacks a Nordstrom so I couldn’t compare the two side by side so I decided to buy Impassioned and wait to buy Threesome. NARS sure has some awkward names for their shades but I’ve never had one that I disliked. 
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NARS Impassioned is described as a “rich orchid” and is $30 USD for 0.16 oz. It is a muted rose color with neutral to warm tones. In my head, I envision Threesome to be more cool toned and a tad bit lighter so that can justify another blush purchase right? Stocking up on light matte blushes wouldn’t hurt anyone. I like to lightly layer a pale matte blush over a cream blush to create a water color effect.
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Please excuse my chipped nails, I was testing out a Dior nail polish and gel top coat. Both didn’t last very long since I’m pretty rough with hands. I have the blush watched on the left and blended out on the right of my arm. This is part of the permanent range of blushes but Threesome is a Nordstrom exclusive and limited edition. So I can’t wait too long before I add that one to my collection.  The formula is soft and finally milled. I was worried that it might be a little powdery since it was so matte but on the skin it doesn’t appear to powdery. 
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This is a versatile blush color that I would wear everyday. I think it would be harder to pull off if you are more of a medium to deep complexion.  The formula is easy to blend and easy to sheer out if you prefer a less pigmented look. There isn’t a huge wow factor to the blush but it’s nice addition to my collection. 

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