I've decided to go back and do a monthly favorites post, not only because I haven't done one in a while, but also because there were many things I've bought and used frequently this month which I adored. And so, I wanted to share with you a list of some beauty, personal care and technology items that I've been loving recently!








Walking through the vibrantly quaint and picturesque roads of the old historic town of St. Augustine, the colorful houses, the beautiful foliage and trees as well as the warm weather was very reminiscent of the streets of Barcelona, Spain. St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, was the first city to be 'discovered' by European settlers in 1565.


After being introduced to the magical, aesthetic, and aegyo world of Korean Beauty, I began my pursuit of their renowned idea of a product which is the cushion foundation. I bought the most popular foundations from best-known Korean brands such as Etude House and Missha, scouting them from online Asian beauty websites and Amazon and impulsively paying $10 extra for shipping just to get my hands on this item.


Because shipping is so expensive and it takes forever for the package to arrive, I've come up with a solution! Simply make your own cushion foundation!

Inspired by an Instagram K-Beauty tutorial for a cushion sunscreen, this tutorial will show you a simple and easy cushion foundation DIY for when you don't have refills - using tools and ingredients already in your makeup bag!

1. Firstly, you need a compact. In the image below, I have my trusty Precious Minerals foundation from Etude House.

Take out the compact that holds the 'cushion' by pushing it out from the bottom.



2. Extract the 'cushion' from the compact using a pair of tweezers.



3. To remove the remaining foundation from the cushions, you can soak them in a bowl of water and any soap - I used a mixture of normal water and Micellar water - and leave it overnight. 



4. After the cushions are clean from the previous foundation, take new ingredients to refill the compact. For my cushion compacts, I used:


- An oil-free moisturizer that contains SPF 35


- Rimmel London Match Perfection in 200 Soft Beige and


- Because the Match foundation is slightly too dark, I mixed it with the Rimmel London Stay Matte Mousse foundation in 103 True Ivory.

I also feel like the use of the two foundations plus a moisturizer/sunscreen added extra coverage without a drying feel to the skin like I had with most of my foundations!

5. Mix everything in the compact together. Make sure it matches your skin tone by testing it on your hand and comparing it with your neck/face. 


6. Place the cushion back in the compact and press around so the sponge absorbs the mixture. 



7. Try it out! See if it works and then place it back to its original case - and you're done! Easy, simple and you don't have to spend a dime nor wait a month for the next refill. 



The coverage is great and it's versatile and easily customizable according to your preferences! 

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Let me know what you guys think! 

This week, I had my birthday in which I celebrated my becoming into a young adult - blossoming into an independent and mature grown-up just like my older sister and my parents.


Lol just kidding. I'm still a 13 year-old-looking klutz who still procrastinates, struggles to get out of bed and oftentimes refuses responsibility. Although 18 is the age of greater responsibility and independence, I am none of those things and I still act like a tween child who continues to be immature and watches Cartoon Network up to this time.

But that's okay. It's okay to not be the person everyone expects you to be at this age. Being only young and just starting to grow - not yet in university, only doing freelance and still dependent on my parents - there is still a long way to go. Even though I'm at the age where I'm officially considered an adult, I feel no change (mentally and physically lol) except for a heavy weight that's weighing my shoulders down.

But as I'm growing and gaining experiences and knowledge, I'm learning how to handle this weight. With having moved to the States, I've been thrown in the deep end and these past couple months, since my big change, were where I learned and grown the most.

So, I've gathered a list of everything I know and learned so far in my lifetime - things I've learned from childhood, things I've learned from my awkward mistakes and embarrassing moments and things I've learned from my first crush to boys in general. Here are 18 things I've learned in 18 years...

  1. Expectations are useless and will never be reached unless you have time and the energy to make the effort for it to happen. Don't wait for it to happen.
  2. Not everything will go your way. Just be patient and wait for right moment.
  3. All your awkward moments will be dismissed or forgotten - so that time I wet myself in front of the school at the age of 10 is history accumulated in dust that no one mentions anymore.
  4. Not everyone will agree with you.
  5. It's okay to not be liked - it's much better to love yourself first.
  6. If possible, put yourself first. You're not other people's puppet. 
  7. Don't overthink about what others think about you. You're here to impress only yourself, not everyone.
  8. Some boys are not worth your time.
  9. Don't feel sorry for the people who make you feel negative about yourself.
  10. Patience truly is a virtue - good things will come if you wait.
  11. If you genuinely want something, don't think just get out your way and do it. 
  12. If you want to say something, don't be scared to say it and just say it. You're entitled to your opinion.
  13. F*ck it. Do whatever you want.
  14. Your skin and your body belongs to you and you have the right to choose how you display yourself.
  15. Not everything will be perfect, so might as well make mistakes.
  16. Never let opportunities pass - who knows what would've happened.
  17. It's completely okay to be alone and single - your value isn't determined by how many friends you have, how many relationships you've been in, how many likes you get and how many people follow you.
  18. Life is one big improvisation - it's not a 'plan' or a structured essay. You're free to make your own decisions and choose any path. 
Have you got any more life lessons you've recently learned, or have always adhered to since you were young? Let me know!

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