So David & I have been trying to do a better job of getting out of the house and out on the town. (Okay, I’ve been getting antsy sitting in the house and have been forcing David to take me out and about, but you know, same difference). Anyways, we found this cute little restaurant a couple (like 5 actually….) blocks from our house that is always easy to convince in him to go to when I’m feeling bored. So that’s where we headed, and this is what I wore. The end.
Oh hello. I have been working on creating a little corner of the apartment for David and I to get our life together. Our apartment is very long and narrow, and full of windows and light so I didn’t want to waste the opportunity of having an inspiring workspace in our home. We already have a high top counter where we eat, and honestly we both scarf down food in 5 minutes or less, and rarely throw “dinner parties”. So I didn’t see the benefit of putting a kitchen table in our living room. Thus, the idea to turn this corner into a home office was born.
I wanted two separate work spaces. “My” space, where the desktop would go. I do most of my messy work at my vanity, so I knew I just needed a small CLEAN desk where I could focus on editing, and email etc.
And then David’s space. He is currently in school and thus has papers, books, and pencils galore. I knew I wanted a long desk where he could sprawl out to work, but then deep drawers so that I was able to hide all of his junk.
The two areas are still a work in progress, but I’m proud of where I’m at so far. I think I want to get a bench or ottoman that will go next to my desk (on the left under the window), so that I have an extra storage space, as well as a ledge to occasionally smoke out of… and I think I just need something to close off the space. I also want to install shelves on the only open wall (behind the desktop) to add depth. I will most likely put some plants, and possible a mini bookshelf. But time will tell.
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#1 Fight acne & lighten dark spots
-1/2 a slice of lemon
Lemon is amazing for drying out active acne, pimples and zits on your face. It is also awesome for lightening any dark spots.
Rose water is great for balancing your face’s ph. similar to a toner, it helps bring your face back center after all the things it deals with on a daily basis (i.e makeup, sun, pollution)
Water is extremely hydrating to your skin (duh), & it also helps the other products absorb into the sheet mask for better product distribution on your face.
I would recommend wearing this mask for about 20 minutes, and then rinsing with warm water. Lemon can be a strong ingredient, and can make your skin sensitive to the sun, so make sure you aren’t going directly into the sun with this one on!
#2 Reduce Puffiness & Refresh Skin
Essence is my holy grail skin care product! It is found in most over the counter sheet masks, & comes in many different price ranges. It helps with the overall texture and complexion of your skin, so if you’re looking for smoother, brighter skin, this is the way to go.
Black tea is amazing when your skin needs a wake up call. The caffeine in it helps reduce the puffiness, and the overall feel of warm tea on your face is just soothing. (;
You can wear this mask for as long as you like (I can usually only make it to about the 30 minute mark). No need to wash this one off, just let it absorb into your skin and go about your life.
#3 Hydrate & Increase Elasticity
Jojoba oil makes the world go round (in my humble opinion…). This oil is an amazing moisturizer for the skin, and because of it’s small molecules, it absorbs into the skin as well as cleanses out your pores.
-Rose Hip Oil
Rose hip oil is the perfect oil for anyone looking for anit-aging properties. Rose hip oil helps with signs of aging such as dark spots from the sun, and even wrinkles. It is the perfect oil for regaining elasticity in your skin that may be lost overtime.
This mask is a little more oily than the others, I would suggest doing this one at night before bed so all the ingredients can absorb into your skin completely. Where the mask for about 20 -30 minutes then rub the remaining product into your skin & go to bed.
Over the past year I’ve been looking into the whole 10 step Korean skincare routine. I want to share with you, (in the EASIEST terms) wtf it is, and how you can start. From there you can pick or choose what works for you & your routine. You’re welcome.
So basically this is where we First, take off our makeup (cleanse # 1) & then second, wash all the excess crap that didn’t come off on our first go round (cleanse #2). “Double cleanse” ; that simple.
Step 1. Makeup Removal:This is what I use to take my makeup off.
You can also use a natural oil (like jojoba oil), or just a makeup wipe. Whatever, just don’t go to sleep with your makeup on.
Step 2. Face Wash: This is the face wash I’m using as of now.
Toning is essentially used to wipe off more excess junk on your face & then to add ph balance back into your face. What’s ph balance you ask? Who knows. But when they tell you your vagina’s ph balance is off, you don’t ask questions. Just take that same approach with your face.
Step 3. Tone: I make this step quick & easy. I just spritz my toner on my face and call it a day. But if you are interested in using your toner as a final step to make sure your face is squeaky clean, just put some on a cotton pad and rub the product on your skin. Sometimes I skip this step, depends on my mood.
IMO the greatest gift Korean skincare has given to mankind (well at least Americankind) is the chemical exfoliant. Instead of using a physical exfoliant, like tiny rocks in your face wash, or an automatic scrubbing brush (*cough* Clarisonic *cough*), the Korean skincare routine consists of a chemical exfoliant. What this essentially does, is exfoliate your skin chemically (duh..). No need for you to literally scrub at your face to get rid of dead skin. This allows for an even layer of skin to come off slowly over time, and doesn’t create the abrasiveness you might get when you do it physically. I know the word chemical is intense, but just keep in mind “chemical” means science. This is nowhere near as strong as those crazy ass chemical peels you see the housewives getting so don’t worry. Just a good way to keep the freshest layer of your skin at the surface.
Step 4. Chemical Exfoliant: I do this about 2 to 3 times a week depending on how my face feels. I love the results. It lightens my dark spots, and brings to the surface things in my face that never would have seen the light of day. This is what I use.
I feel like right after the chemical exfoliant is the best time to treat any active acne I have on my face. IDK if this is actually part of the 10 steps, but it just felt right for me to put Benzol Peroxide or Salcylic acid & other intense acne fighting treatments on my face at the same time I was chemically peeling my skin off. This is just what I chose to do though just an FYI.
Step 5. Spot Treatment: I always like to use something strong to attack my blemishes. I don’t have time to wait a week for these things to dry up. I need it to happen in a day (2 days max!).
I still don’t quite understand what essence is, no matter how much it is explained to me. But I do understand what it DOES. And that is give you that hydration & elasticity your skin has been missing. Idk what the science behind it is, but ultimately patting this into my skin has changed the overall texture and appearance of it, so I won’t be stopping any time soon.
Step 6. Essence: I just pour it in my hands and then pat pat pat it in my face.
SERUMS & TAILORED PRODUCTS
Whatever those extra products you personally think you need for your skin. This could be vitamin c, eye creams, youth creams, etc. If you’re not sure when to put the product you want to put on your face, now is the time to do that.
Step 7-8 Serum: The only serum I am currently using on my skin is Rose Hip Oil. But I am open if anyone wants to give me some suggestions.
Self explanatory. No matter what the day or occasion, don’t skip this step (okay guys?). If you want to prevent oil, and sebum build up (which ultimately lead to more breakouts); moisturize.
Step 9 Moisturizer: I have been gravitating towards gel based moisturizers. This helps not make my face feel greasy when I’m putting a million (okay 10) different products on it. But any moisturizer you like will do. I would say save the thick juicy ones for night, & keep the lightweight ones for the day.
SUN BLOCK (During the day)
The suns rays are no good for your skin. Use SPF. Or at least wear a hat.
Step 10. SPF : I don’t use SPF. I am allergic, or I at least get hives. “Hypoallergenic” has yet to suffice for me. I see this as a downfall for myself, it doesn’t have to be one for you though. Find a good SPF & slap it on your face. It’s math.
FACE MASKS (During the night)
Korean face masks come in all shapes & sizes. They usually come in big variety packs & they’re fairly affordable. If you are serious about your skin’s health, go ahead and splurge for some. They are fun to do, & what I love about most of them is you don’t need to wash them off, you just rub the excess product into your skin once your 20 minutes are up. Yay productivity.
Also Step 10 Face Masks: These are the ones I’m using as of now. The most I feel is my skin being plumped and moisturized.
Obviously, this is just my take on the 10 step routine. I think some of the orders matter, and some are a toss up. This is a good routine to follow if you’re a little confused about how to approach the whole 10 steps. Don’t overthink it though, you really can’t mess this up. The fact that you’re even bothering to care about your skin this much means you’ve got to get some kind of positive result. Take what you think applies to you, and do what you’re comfortable with. That’s what I did at least.
My goal with this blog is to bring together a community of people who actually Do Give A Fuck. There is so much space in our lives where our interests get overshadowed, downplayed, or just blatantly dismissed. This blog is meant to combat that.
I made this blog with the hopes of finding just the right space to mix media and honesty, beauty and reality, life experiences and shallowness and just straight up Kpop on occasion (threw you there didn’t I?).
I want a place where I can reflect REAL LIFE. Even if it isn’t always pretty, or consistent, when it’s a little too honest about being fake, and when it is just straight up obsessive and self indulgent. I wanted a place where things didn’t always have to be watered down or sugar coated, people don’t have to get it right all time, and opinions don’t have to fit into boxes.
It’s crazy to me that a character in a book, a film, a tv show, or play can be raw and honest, inconsistent and vulgar, and people can and are willing to understand them. But a person on a blog, on Youtube, on Facebook, or on Instagram cannot. Hopefully my blog breaks that mold and that standard.
This blog will sometimes be light and sometimes be deep. Just like life. It will sometimes be about the money and hustle, and sometimes be about the little white lies that get us through. It will have life, because I have life and I am not manufactured or a brand, I am a person.
I hope for this to be a space to let myself shine without timidness, and to be a safe place for you to relate & allow for your guilty pleasures without shame. I’m here to talk about things the way I see and experienced them.
Real life advice from a real life girlie, right or wrong, it’s honest and (hopefully…..usually…) self reflective.
Since being diagnosed with PCOS, I have really had to change my approach to my diet. (Some might refer to this as a “lifestyle change” but to me, idk I think the word diet has been robbed). Anyways, because of my body’s need for me to lower my sugar intake and insulin levels, I’ve been looking for alternatives to all the sweet foods I so desperately need on a regular basis. Hence, this cheesecake entering my life.
Not only myself, but my boyfriend (who has no need whatsoever to do the whole “low carb thing”) also loved the recipe, and I seriously encourage anyone who is looking to lose a couple pounds, but keep their sweet tooth, to try it. I literally make this cheesecake about once a week and leave it in my fridge for when the cravings show up.
I found this recipe on a very popular blog called: IBreatheImHungry & as I am not the one who created the recipe, I suggest you take look at her blog to get the full instructions & descriptions.
However, if you would like to see how the recipe turned out and be entertained with bad one liners, you can check my video and pictures out below. I am aware that a majority of the pictures contain a lot of boob-action, you’re welcome.
I stand by the video’s title, & am willing to fight anyone who believes
differently than I about the greatness of this low carb cheesecake.