We all know the summer sun is both a blessing and a curse: it makes everyday so beautiful and bright, but at the same time it damages our skin. We often hear skin experts and dermatologists stress the importance of adequate sunscreen and care, but it’s so hard to use sunscreen regularly…unfortunately Steph and I are often quite lazy about how often we use sunscreen–not a good thing, so don’t copy us!
If any of you have been following via Facebook, you’ve seen our graduation picture. Yes! We have graduated from college–the University of Southern California specifically! We have been so fortunate to have amazing parents who have supported us throughout college and to have met amazing friends that we bonded very well with.
After a hectic ten days of summer (moved into my new apartment, bought a huge ton of furniture, BOUGHT A CAR, and experienced Texas’ storm of the century), I started grad school. The reemergence of studying brought me back to my favorite study place during my undergraduate career at USC–Nature’s Brew. Not only was it within walking distance from my apartment (albeit about a 20-minute walk), the cafe was a quaint, hipster, and DELICIOUS place to eat and work at.
Snail creams have been extremely popular recently. Personally, when I first heard about snail creams, I felt a little weirded out. Snails? That’s a little crazy. However, after hearing about the amazing benefits of snail mucus, I really wanted to try snail creams for myself. I ended up choosing the Mizon black snail all in one cream, which I purchased from Jolse last year!
Snail mucus benefits the skin in many ways; it hydrates, firms, softens, and brightens the skin. This snail cream contains peptides and vitamins that help maintain the skin’s elasticity. Lastly, this product is paraben-free and contains no artificial fragrances. Perfect!
Learning to sew our own clothes was something that we’ve always wanted to do, so we were so excited and happy to learn that our school (USC) just recently started offering a costume design & construction course. While the title is “Costume Construction,” we basically learned how to sew in general: how to design our own clothing, how to draft our own patterns, and how to sew by hand and with a sewing machine!
Our final project was to design our own dresses and to make them from scratch–no pre-made patterns! Here are our final results!
Alright, before you all wonder what we’ve been doing with our lives, let’s just get it out there that even we don’t know why it’s taken us so long to go to one of the many all-you-can KBBQ restaurants in Los Angeles. Maybe it’s because neither of us have a car or there’s just so many options or just that none of my friends have really suggested us go until yesterday? Anyhow, we finally did go yesterday and to Bud Namu Korean BBQ in Koreatown where we paid $11.99 per person for the all you can eat option!
Steph and I are quite interested in Korean skincare. Korea is just so innovative with their products. I’ve never heard of a mask for fingers until recently when my sister and I saw (and purchased) some from Innisfree. These finger masks are definitely interesting and unique, but do they work? Let’s find out!
Although we’ve heard so many great things about yoga, doing it at home rarely seems like a challenging enough workout for it to be worth our time. Even when we tried Jillian Michaels and her Yoga Meltdown series, it didn’t feel quite right. Although it was definitely more challenging than any poses we could manage on our own, it didn’t feel really personal–Jillian seems more like she’s talking at you, not with you and that’s more or less the nature of many video workouts. This is why we really enjoyed Mixx Yoga, located in Newport Beach, California.
Skincare is something that’s been on my mind more and more, especially as I’ve been living in Los Angeles where dirt and pollution is an everyday battle. Because we only have one chance to take care of our skin, I decided to do some research into some all natural and innovative products. The product I ended up choosing was the KLAIRS Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil from WishTrend.com.
Most people have a basic skincare routine that consists of 3 steps: cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. However, we can get much more comprehensive by adding many other products! The typical Korean skincare routine consists of at least 5 steps, which is summarized below.