Disappointing Products


I usually do enough research before I purchase any product, so usually there aren’t a lot of disappointing products especially when it comes to makeups. I can make it work one way or another. But once in a while the sales got me or what works for others just doesn’t work for me. So here we go, let’s see if we’ve got the same opinion!

Bioderma Micellar Water


The Bioderma Micellar Water is a product that I absolutely hate. I know everyone raves about it and if you love it, I’m so sorry. This product just doesn’t do a thing for me. It doesn’t take off mascara at all and I have to go thru my face multiple times to take off one layer of foundation. It also dries out my skin and leaves a weird texture on my face. I always end up having to cleanse my face again. Eh.


The second disappointing product is Lush’s Queen Bee. I really like Lush and their shampoo bars, so when the sales talked to me about this, I was hooked. It’s supposed to nourish hair while keeping my wavy hair nice and controlling flyaways. The biggest problem I have with it is it weighs my hair down and makes my hair kinda greasy even before noon. So now I have a big chunk of this left just sitting here staring at me.

PHYTO Paris ultra repairing mask

Speaking of hair products, I think I’ve mentioned that I like to use hair masks as my daily conditioner. I had really high hopes for this mask as everyone raves about Photy Paris. But I just don’t find this working for my hair. Not only does it not make my hair soft and smooth, it leaves residues on my hair and won’t wash away. When my hair dries, it feels tacky and like I have put gel or moose on it. Does it happen to you if you have used it? I would really like to know how you use it if it works for you.

Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

This Aesop cleanser is not a bad product, it is very gentle. I think it’s be great for sensitive skin, but it’s “too” gentle for me. I use it mainly as a morning cleanser to remove the residue of the skincare from the night before and any exceed oil. However, it is not strong enough to cleanse the pores. Sometimes I use it to clean my face at night and I do notice that my face isn’t as smooth and the pores are as clean. I read a lot of reviews online that say it helps with acne skin. I don’t have acne problem but I do have one or two pimples here and there. However, I don’t feel like it’s doing any difference to my skin. So for this price, I’d expect it to do more than just “gently clean your skin”.

Estee Lauder Double wear mascara

I am very picky about mascaras. A lot of the mascaras do a great job in volumizing and lengthening, however, they weigh my lashes down. But this mascara doesn’t do anything, It only makes my lashes more black. There’s no volume, length. or curl added to my lashes. It also smudges. Good thing I didn’t get a full size.

NYX Colored Felt Tip Liner

I love NXY’s products. I had really high hopes on this gorgeous royal blue colour. It’s supposed to give a vivid blue with this felt-tip brush. However I could only get 2 uses out of it because after the second time, the colour just wouldn’t come out off the brush. I was really sad, and still am because this is such a pretty colour and I was hoping to get many more uses! Has anyone else experienced the same?

After the 2nd use…

These are just some products that don’t work for me. I still really like these brands and will try more of their products in the future.

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Until  next time. Xx




Empties! Products I’ve Used Up

Hi guys! I’m back! I know I don’t update too often nor do I have the most amazing content, but I do put my heart into this blog and hope you guys keep checking it out once in a while!

Products I’ve used up!

So today I want to talk about the products I’ve used up in the last few months.

Petal Fresh Hair Rescue

Petal Fresh was introduced to me by a friend who works for the brand. It contains organic ingredients, no harmful chemicals such as silicon, parabens, GMO, and is eco-friendly. It also claims to reduce hair lose, strength and thicken hair.

When I first tested these products out, I really didn’t have high hopes- all products claim to make your hair shiny, healthy, blablablah… I didn’t notice any significant change until I was half way through the bottle. One day I suddenly noticed there was really less fall outs when I washed my hair and less breakage when I brushed it. I don’t expect it to multi-task, but I think this is a sign that my hair is getting healthier.
Rate: 4/5
Will I repurchase? Already did.

Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pack

The Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pack was a repurchase. It is the hair mask for dry, damaged, under-nourished hair in the Kiehl’s collection. I perm my hair and use heat on it a lot, so this mask is my daily hair conditioner. The way I use this mask or any conditioner is I shampoo my hair, rinse it, put this mask on evenly, focusing towards the ends, then I wash my face and other body parts before going back to rinse off the mask. So the mask stays on the hair for a good 2-3 minutes at least. It really softens and smoothens my hair.
Rate: 4/5
Will I repurchase? Yes

The Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel

I have been using the Body Shop’s products on and off. Their stuff is alright, not great, but not bad either. I am a fan of rose and just had to get this British Rose Shower Gel (plus, it was on sale!) It had a nice natural rose scent (as some scents from the Body Shop are quite artificial to me,) did its job as a shower gel, but wasn’t enough capture my heart.
Rate: 3/5
Will I repurchase? Maybe when it’s on sale again

John Masters Organics Rose Foaming Face Wash

The John Masters Organics Rose Foaming Face Wash was a product I came across online. It’s supposed to cleanse your face gently with natural ingredients e.g. rose flower oil, linden blossom, plantain and aloe vera gel. It was really nice and gentle and my skin loved it. It was a great fall/ winter product. However I feel like it’s not strong enough as a cleanser in the summer when my face gets sweaty and oily.
Rate: 4/5
Will I repurchase? Probably later in the fall, if there’s no new product I want to try.:)

BORGHESE Fango Active Mud Mask

I got the BORGHESE Fango Active Mud Mask because I encountered it at work. It is an Italian brand and this signature mask is to purify, hydrate and reduce fine lines. For some reason I just didn’t find myself reaching for it, maybe because of its thick consistency that made it hard to rinse off. I used it on my neck and and chest as well and did notice that my skin was a bit whiter and smoother after using it. However for its price I’d expect better results. It took me over a year to finish the 200g, I think it says something.
Rate: 2.5/5
Will I repurchase? Probably not


I’ve apparently used up more products than these in these couple months, but some empty bottles have gotten thrown away (mistakenly). Hope you guys enjoyed the review and let me know how you liked it!

Until next time. xx

Things I learn from Resigning from My First Long-Term Job

Yes I finally resigned. It’d been on my mind for a couple months before I finally decided, more accurately, had the guts to submit my resignation. It’s my first long-term job and I really liked it for a while. Resigning was a tough decision, but I’m glad I did and everyday I thank myself more for doing it. Looking back, I wasn’t happy in the past six months, felt so stressed and defeated; I don’t even know how I made it through and why I held on to it.

This is to record my lesson from this past few months, and also to show you that if you are having similar experiences or feelings at work, maybe it’s time to go.

  1. I am not happy.
    When someone tells you, “no one is happy at work. Do you job and suck it up.” It is FALSE. That person is only trying to make you as sad as they are. Work takes up at least one-third of your time a day, how can you stand the unhappiness, the depression, the frustration for that long on a daily basis? If you’re unhappy, something is wrong.
  2. I try to be what they want me to be and it does not work.
    So cliche but so true. When my supervisor told me that nobody liked working with me, I put really deep thoughts into it. I got defensive at first because I thought that was non-sense; then I got scared, I tried to compromise and please everyone. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t compromise at all, sometimes you do need to put yourself down a bit and cope with people around you. But being someone that is not yourself is not the move. You will never ever make everyone happy, especially when they are unhappy to begin with.
  3. I doubt myself.
    I was constantly being told that I was not capable enough, that all I did was shit. I was a senior executive but failed to even qualify as an assistant. I was so destroyed that I lost all the confidence and panicked over the tiniest things. I believed that I sucked. But seriously, why would I trust someone that’s so mean to me, that wanted nothing but destroy me, over myself? Please don’t do this to yourself. Believe yourself within reasons, and you’ll be queen.
  4. I lose focus. I am surviving, not living.
    Everything we do it life, there’s a purpose. We work to make a living but there’s more than just “work” and “living”. It started to kill me physically and psychologically because I had no time for myself, for anyone or anything. My mind was all packed with work, with doubt, with wonder, with everything that did me no good. I knew I needed time off to figure things out, figure MYSELF out.

There are a lot of people I need to thank in the past 1.5 years. Every time I felt like dying inside, there were always little angels or encouragements of some sort that came up and kept me going. However, the person I want to thank most is myself. Thank you for being tough, thank you for holding on and trying so hard to make things work, thank you for giving yourself a chance and being brave enough to make changes, and good job on finding what you don’t like because that’s the first step of figuring yourself out.

If you have done your best and have no regret or guilt, and people still do not appreciate you, you need to be the first one to give yourself credits, then move on. You deserve better in life. It’s like a relationship, you love him, he loves you, then shit happens, but you stay because you think it’ll get better, it doesn’t. It’s hard to let go because you’re used to the usual practice and the comfort zone, even though it gives you no comfort, you still want to hang on. The world is so big, you have to look further in order to go further. I cannot wait till my last day at this job, not because I hate it (I don’t, I love the job itself,) but the freedom, relief and the chance to see the world.

I Feel Like I’m Trying So Hard And Not Going Anywhere.

I don’t like to talk about my struggles. But today I want to force myself to look at myself.

I feel like I’m trying so hard and not going anywhere.

I work in the digital marketing field, which is very consuming and fast paced. I remember when I was so passionate about my job, when I was looking forward to every single piece of my work to be published no matter how small and subtle it was. I worked 10 hours a day minimum and occasionally during weekends and holidays if needed. I wanted to learn and grow as fast as I could.

Hard work pays off. I got promoted right before reaching the 1-year milestone with the company. Sounds great, huh?

Alright I wouldn’t say that promotion was a big deal since I’m still a small potato, but at least it was an encouragement of some sort. But then things went down hill. I started making mistakes I should have know better. I started annoying people, receiving bad feedbacks, being scolded. I started losing focus. I started being the grumpy little girl.

At times it feels like I work so much that I can’t grow, if that even makes sense. I don’t have time to think about my work quality, I don’t have time to think about myself, I don’t have time to live a life. I feel like I’m being mistaken and used. And I don’t want to and can’t blame anyone on this. I’m the only one to blame.

Time management. Initiation. Passion. Mindset. What has gone wrong?

Work shouldn’t be the only thing in life. Yet I don’t have time and energy for my family, friends and myself. AND I’m not even close to be good at what I do. Dang. That feeling when you’re like, “why am I even trying?” Ya feel me?

This is hard. It’s so hard to be realizing you have so many problems, when you thought you were excelling. I thought about quitting. Going back to school. But the problem wouldn’t be solved. Should I stick around until I get fired? I wish I had an answer.

I’m staying around just because giving up sounds really lame. Will I be quitting? Definitely, just not at this point. When I get myself and everything figured out, I’ll be leaving to somewhere that needs me and makes me feel more content. But until then, giving up isn’t an answer.

I wish someone would take my hand and tell me it’s gonna be okay.  I just want to be a happy and valuable daughter, sister, friend, employee. I just want to like myself.

Sorry today I’m a downer. At least I’ve got this little platform of my own, where I can just be myself and not care about shit. It’ll get better, right? Just tell me it’s gonna be okay.:)

10 Signs the World Is Forcing You To Grow Up

I have to say that this title makes me sound a lot more mature and “old” than I really am. I am an adult by age but by no means am I qualified as a full grown up. There are times (a lot of times) I make mistakes I shouldn’t make, where I can’t hold temper, where I get called childish… But as time goes on, apart from the physical changes, I realize many things that I was told are actually true and they finally make sense, and things that I appreciate more now than ever. I don’t know why I wanted to grow up, I don’t know why I wanted to graduate, because being an adult in many ways sucks (see, this is me being childish.) Let’s just jump right in and see what has happened to me in this process.

  1. You notice more wrinkles and freckles on your face rather than pimples.
    Well, this is basic. I think I was 19 when I noticed my first fine line underneath my right eye and I told me dad about it, and he said, “don’t worry, it’ll only get worse.” Thanks, dad. I still remember when I could make faces and not having to worry about the fine lines on my face or around my eyes. Now I laugh and get what’s called “nasolabial folds” (the laugh lines you (I) get next to your (my) mouth when you (I) laugh.)I still get pimples sometimes, but I also have freckles all the time.
  2. You “want” to workout more.
    It’s not like I actually workout everyday. But I definitely want to or at least think about working out more now. I used to go to the gym a lot in college, mostly because I wanted to be in shape. Now I want to workout because I feel the need to. I’m not as healthy and energetic; my metabolism is slow as hell. I even started doing some home and before bed exercise.
  3. You talk about pooping with your friends.
    Not entirely sure if I should get into this topic. In general, my friends and I talk about health and how to maintain a healthy body a lot more often now. Let’s just have a little example.
    Me: I haven’t pooped today. (crying face)
    Friend: Same! I’ve been eating a lot of veggies lately but I’m still not able to go everyday.
    Me: Have you heard of [xxx detox]? I wanna give it a try.
  4. People around you start getting married and having kids. On purpose.
    I’m not saying unplanned kids are unwanted, absolutely not. I have seen a lot of unplanned kids and their parents still love them to the max. But seriously, who’s NOT getting married? I was a bridesmaid of one of my best friends back over a year ago, and I was the oldest girl there that wasn’t married. Say what? FML.
  5. When the new celebrities are your age.
    I used to tease my dad about him messing up all the singers and actors; I really shouldn’t have. Now I turn the TV on and like, did this band just come out this year? No, they were new two years ago. And they are your age. K. I need to keep up.
  6. You are not the youngest in your office.
    Wait till the day you hear someone calls, “kiddo.” And you turn around just to realize they aren’t calling you. I mean, it’s okay you’re not the youngest, but you’re still doing the same duties and you make stupid mistakes and you’re ashamed and afraid at the same time. Is this even “growing up”? I can’t tell.
  7. You receive multiple bills a month.
    Do I really need to explain this?
  8. You experience goodbyes. sickness and deaths.
    I have never really been able to handle goodbyes very well. Either just a relationship goodbye or an actual goodbye when someone passes away. Fortunately I never really had to deal with deaths and funerals at a young age. I used to tell people all my grandparents were happily alive. Then all of a sudden people around me, either close or not close, got sick, and some died. And I was just there like, what? No? Why? Life is so fragile, you never know what’s gonna happen next. I am a person who needs to know what’s going on. I can watch the same movie over and over again, not because I love it, but I like the feeling of knowing what happens next. But life keeps telling me, no, you can’t always control everything. Even without the goodbyes you still can’t. Because that IS life. Suck it up.
  9. You figure you don’t know a lot of things.
    I used to want to be a very knowledgable and intelligent person. Of course I still do. But in real life, there are many people that are more knowledgable and intelligent, they have keen observations, clear thoughts and (seem to) always make the right decisions. The world is so big, you will never learn everything nor will you be the smartest person. But you can keep learning and be the best of yourself. This is one very big lesson I am learning everyday. Be humble.
  10. You appreciate family a lot more now.
    It’s not like I didn’t appreciate my family, I love them, always have. But now I’d think about my parents and get teared up a little. I realize even my little sister is more dependable than anyone. The love and care I receive from my family is unconditional and everlasting. I want to spend quality time with my family and I’m not too cool for family day anymore.

I feel so worried and scared as I make this list. It feels like I’m going through a lot but am still so green and immature. It feels like I’m trying so hard and not getting anywhere. Maybe this is a part of “growing up”? I’m not sure. Some people have been popping into my head. We met when we were young, we made mistakes together. And even though you’re not reading this right now, I wish we could have grown together, I genuinely hope life has been treating you well and that you stay true to yourself and keep your awesomeness as you grow. I miss you.

10 Thoughts I Have While Getting on A Plane


For those of you who don’t know, I love traveling and have been traveling since the age of five. I’m not a frequent flyer but have plenty of experience flying alone. I’m also not scared of heights or anything, the only thing that keeps me from traveling is money (apparently…) and that I don’t have enough day offs (also very obvious…) Recently I went to London and Bern to visit some dear friends, and while getting on the plane I had quite a few thoughts as a non-nervous flyer:

  1. If there’s an accident, I’ll die. Alone.
    Dying sounds horrible, even more so when you’re alone. What if everyone’s texting or hugging their loved ones next to them in the last minutes of life and I’m just… there. watching.
  2. But air travel is safer than car travel. I’ll be fine.
    Yeah, stats have proven that. I’m okay.
  3. But if the plane really crashes, I’m very likely to die.
    Thoughts go back to no. 2.
  4. I hope I don’t sit next to a big stinky person.
    I’m sure you can understand. I used to take busses to travel in-state. Those seats on the coaches weren’t assigned so people just took whichever, and usually they weren’t very full. But I’ll never forget that one time, right after thanksgiving, when a really big old man chose to sit next to me probably because I was the smallest person there. Oh boy, the whole ride I only had half of my butt hanging on the one third of the seat, and he elbowed me every time he moved. What’s worse, he wouldn’t stop talking to me. Ticket was expensive too due to the time of the year. Not cool.
  5. I’m praying that I sit next to a handsome young guy.
    I wouldn’t mind if a handsome guy accompanies and talks to me the entire time. Just saying. I’m usually not that lucky.
  6. How am I going to put my carry-on in the overhead storage without looking stupid? (I’m 5’1″kinda petite.)
    There’d better be a nice flight attendant to help, or no one around so they won’t see my struggle. Do you even lift?
  7. Still wish I was a couple inches taller so I could be a flight attendant.
    K they might not hire me anyways but I don’t even have a chance now. Sad face.
  8. What are they gonna feed me?
    I remember as a kid I would have cheese, jello and chips. Now they feed me dry chicken and overcooked veggies.
  9. I hope no one has middle east respiratory syndrome here.
    I panic when someone starts coughing or sneezing. Just think about the recycled air in the cabin.
  10. I’m so blessed and fortunate. In all ways.
    I wish I felt like this every day.

    Sometimes I’m even fortunate enough to get a window seat and witness this (photo does NO justice).