Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kun's corner: Skincare and Makeup tips from a friend

    Updated 01/19: I realized nobody could see the links I put under the name of products due to the font color, so here you go!

This idea post has been conceived for so long to the point that I feel like I wouldn't be able to give birth to it. And now, finally, this moment ( crying in the darkness)... I'll  give up this idea 😂

                   Just kidding...

      I've planned to write about my skincare- makeup routine for the longest time already but as the times went by, I realized I wanted to write something really useful, not just my skin, something that not only  people with same skin type of mine but also ones, who have different skin types still will be able to get some useful information.  For that reason, I decided instead of just writing about my skincare routine makeup, I will feature my friends, whom I know long enough, have different skin types than mine, absolutely makeup-skincare addicted, and that we are comfortable with each other to sit down and share out secret tips ( more exactly, The internet tips LOL)

The one that I knew instantly I want her to be the first ever face for this topic when this idea came up my friend - Thu Le (@callmeraycho). She has been my friend years since I first came to America. Since Then, I've seen what she had gone through with her skin as well as countless conversations between us about cosmetics, numerous trips to Sephora, Japanese cosmetics store and money that ( very sadly) we threw out of our windows to try products are enough to prove  you that how much I trust her knowledge and experiences to be the one opening this topic. More importantly, she has ( what I believe) is the most common skin type, she also experienced a horrible acne time and overcame it like a boss :)), which makes me believe no one, other than her to be the main star for this grand opening.

She was kind enough to accept my interview, otherwise, I had to throw my shit bags into her apartment sneakily at night for daring to deny me. Oh, yes, she lives 4 blocks away from me so that could happen for real, who knows? Lol ( and If you read this post, Thu, check out your window ;) )

do you have any healthy diet tips?

 I myself usually buy prenatal vitamins/ raw organic ones from Amazon or, I take a pill every day. I also have collagen and protein powder for the days that I don't eat breakfast. On those days,  I'd just eat Banana and then get myself protein powder drinks, sometimes I'd put chia seeds and green tea powder to give it tea flavor and add more tea in my diet.

Is that all your healthy diets?

Yes, that's basically all my healthy diet tips but besides that, I also eat a lot of fruits, veggies, as well as drinking a lot of water every day.

So tell me a little bit your skin history?

I've been having acnes since 5th grade and then on and off, different acne treatments. Right now, I don't have any serious or big acnes, just a little breakout once in a while from stress and stuff. But before I have really severe acnes, and it's hard for me to find acne treatment products that fit my skin.
 My skin is oily acne- prone, very easy to have clogged pores, so my recommendation for people who have skin like me to prevent blackheads or future pimples/acnes is using clay mask from any brands that suit you, maybe 2-3 times a week. For my daytime everyday skin care, I use Neutrogena oil-free acne wash pink grapefruit foam scrub to wash my face, I actually have 4 different types of cleanser but this is my favorite one, then I come straight to moisturizer from Korres.  Finally, never forget to put on my sunscreen, I use sunscreen from a Korean brand named Missha, it's a chemical sunscreen, although sometimes if I go swimming, I would switch to physical sunscreen.  Before that, I used La Roche Posay but I just wanna try something new, so I tried the Misa one, and It turned out pretty good, not only didn't break me out but also I felt like it actually even helped smooth my skin. Once in a while, If I feel my face a little bit dirty and sticky, I'd use makeup remover Banila clean it zero instead. I've also been using rice Bran which you recommend me sometimes ago too  ( → gotta put cunbeo mark on this one :))) )
( I forgot to ask her what is her sunscreen but I assume it is the All around safe block sunscreen, I will update later when she is back from her vacation)
At night
A night, my first step is always using the same makeup remover, cleanser, sometimes I'd add clay mask cleanser to my night routine. then I apply first layer Pixi toner, second step is vitamin serums, for this one I can't recommend you any specific one since I have been constantly trying the new ones, though I usually buy the best seller ones from Amazon, price usually ranges from 15-20$, just buy the one that is really liquidy and in a dark glass bottle. After the serums, I put on a layer of turmeric oil from India to brighten my face and lighten my dark spots, next I do spot/acne treatment with turmeric cream. The last step, I use coconut oil on my under eyes,  on my lips and eyelashes, oh but don't put it anywhere else, otherwise, it's gonna grow facial hair. One more thing about skincare for acne is cleansing your face regularly with anything like a clay mask, rice bran. I also exfoliate my skin with chemical peels.
Back to when I was fighting my acnes, to control hormone problem, I try to minimize sugar, dairy products, also oily food and carbs, those will make your skin more inflamed, which leads to your skin breaking out. I clean my face with clay mask regularly to remove the dust in the pores, otherwise, the dust will build up and the skin will start breaking out. If my face gets sweaty, I pat it with napkin or tissue, don't leave your face sweaty or wet. One thing people usually mistake when having acnes is trying to use all acne products, which is not true. The more acne products you use, the more you drying your skin,  at the end you end up breaking out more. Before I didn't know that, so I kept using acne products and made my skin so tight, and usually when you feel that tightness, that means your skin is needing water and hydration. You should only stick to 1 to 2 acne treatment products. Especially, when it comes to spot treatment, I'd recommend only use 1 product, mine is acid salicylic and go with a normal moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated, don't use an acne moisturizer because it will dry out your skin more.  When your skin is too dry, it will also cause breakouts. Finally, Keep a healthy lifestyle and avoid stress, drinking a lot of water are the best way to prevent your acnes,

I don't use foundation unless it's a special occasion. For everyday makeup,  I start with putting concealer that is 2 shades lighter than my face skin under my eyes to cover my dark circles and to make my eyes popped out. After that, I do my eyebrow, It's an unknown name eyebrow powder brand, I just use an angle brush to put on my eyebrows powder, and with the same eyebrows powder and brush to contour my nose.  I have two favorite blushes that I use every day, they are Cha cha tint  in coral from Benefit cosmetics and Nars blush palette from Sephora holiday collection 2016 (discontinued), both of them don't break out my skin, which is why I like them a lot. Mac blush is also a good choice too.
Lipsticks have always been my favorite beauty products, I've used so many different lipsticks, thanks to that, now I have a pretty good trick for my lip routine. Currently, a Lip balm that has color in it is my choice. I apply 2 lipstick layers on my lip, first is the one with color in it, Currently, I'm using tinted lip balms from Pixi and cover girl, the second layer is Neutrogena cooling gel that makes it a little bit moist. I sometimes contour my face using Etude House Play 101 Duo Contour Stick, that is one side with a contour and the other side with highlight,  just to give my face smaller and more definition.
The final touch would be my eyeliners. As I mentioned above, my skin is oily, looking for the eyeliners that don't smudge is really hard. Luckily I found the one for people with oily skin, it's the one made from Fiber so when it smears, It doesn't smear at all, it just comes off as little pieces, the one I'm using now is Eyeliner from Sephora. I rarely put on mascara, it always makes my eyelashes feel heavy, I  rather put on serum for my lashes then having mascara on.

The last summer, I was into tanning skin but it didn't look that nice 😂 . Though if you intend to tan your skin,  don't forget to put on sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, or you can use lotion with SPF in it so you can also moisturize skin while protecting it, and especially if I stay under the sun for a long time, I will reapply sunscreen/lotion every 2-3 hours. I've also tried several tanning products, I guess Caribbean solutions colors natural self tanner is my favorite so far. But to be honest, no tanning product would give you a natural look, the more you do and especially, if you have light /bright skin, it will give you a really yellow-ish and orange look. If you want to look natural, give yourself a natural tan from the sun underneath,  and then use the tanning product to add more tan so it would look darker, making the beautiful tan, not the orange and yellow look. I also exfoliate my skin really well when I do fake tan to keep the tan longer at least for 3-4 days.

I have bleached my hair before, that's why I always use a deep conditioner for my hair, I also use Garnier hair oil to keep my hair from dryness.

The interview was conducted around Sep/2016, there are little changes in her skinscare/makeup routine, so here are the updated changes. 

Updated products on January/2017
Freeman Claymask 
Olay moisturizer
Neutrogena Toner

( is told, edited and photographed by Kunbeo)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Autumn 16' (1)

( Shoes: Vagaond shock boots, Sweater: not for people with Tryphobia 😂 //HM)

Not my fave. 

( shoes: Zara, culottes: f21)

(sweater: mum's, jean: levis)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

I lost my camera!

 (for some reason I posted my draft version instead of an official one and didn't check it until now. This is the re-uploaded, edited version, hope It can explain the blank dot I left in the draft version and nonsense things in it better) 
I need to write it down before my "goldfish" mind starts its own natural process of forgetting everything again. This happened abt a month ago.

Here is how it happened and why I wanna write about it because of how much it has impacted me in a good way.
I lost my beloved  camera 5Dii, like the blog title name, along with other things. Here is the deal why I was so angry:
  • We ourselves were so careless
  • Instead of breaking 1 glass, they had to broke 3 glasses LOL 
  • I never go anywhere without my camera, and somehow the only time that I decided to hide my camera under my coat was the time burglar chose our car. 
  • And the camera was my 7-year-old best friend. 
  • Though my HB lost more valuable documents ( I don't care though 😗 )
 Our car got broke in in " Golden Gate" city aka San Francisco, The beautiful city that will be carved into my heart forever since " the morning".  Long story short, at the moment, I thought I had lost my faith to people whom I call polices and also people whom I called "human": the shitty responsible hotels I stayed at  the SF polices and the burglars. Honestly, I was so unusually calm at the time, if somebody happened to see me at the scene, they wouldn't know my car got broke in. The truth is my brain was on fire and all I could think was tracking down the guy, pretended like Liam Neeson in Taken, and beat the shit out of him. I had to admit some sides of me are psycho indeed :))). That long revenge thinking lasted a solid hour of waiting while fill police report until a random old man passed by, he was black. Ironically, the person I was for sure that broke in our car was a black dude and a white man who stood nearby our car before we left. To be honest, I was racist at that moment.   that random person approached me, the first person actually asked us what happened and gave me some advice on some ways to find our stuff back, just small talks but little did he know that small advice could bring our minds back to a stabilized state.

Then again, while in my very last efforts looking around in the trash can for who god knows maybe the robber would throw back my so's backpack, which happened to have his passport inside LOL, I bumped into a parking officer. we were blaming ourselves of how stupid and careless we were and he instead, encouraged us life is full of ups and down. That it can happen to anyone. It's not our faults and to not blame us but blame society and what it has created. It's not because we're stupid or careless, because something is wrong with their minds, they need the rush with drugs and they'll do anything for more drugs. Again he stressed that no matter what, it could happen to anyone. Not just us, everybody has experienced it and nobody can tell whats going to happen and so don't blame it on ourselves. And all we can do is grow to not be like them, be better than them. Whatever it is never become one of them and always grow to become better and to always look up and be strong and fight for what is right, then he showed us a very credible place to fix our windshields

The rest of the trip was filled with kindness and magic, though that wasn't the only problem we gotta deal with, our car started acting crazy. First, the CVS light went up, second the tire pressure and then I guess the other... lights wanted to join the party so much that you don't have to guess, our car, needless to say, blinking like animal party :)). Oh, Why I could forget before that, some sort of mental psycho guy thought running on freeway and shooting people was a funny entertainment way. I meant C'mon, go home and have some chicken wings, wth u have to shoot somebody on my way ...  Best part was that there were a bunch of helicopters above us and we were, unfortunately, in the first group of cars that were near the scene, so basically, we were "happily" stuck in the traffic for... well, Idk, 2 hours? but looking at the bright side, we weren't the ones who got their heads blowing right and enjoyed how people stood up on their cars to try and see what was happening😉.

Every single person we met afterward were all nice and friendly to us. From all the people at Autoglass, where we got our car fixed, they even took us to their favorite coffee to pass the time.      and then the Uber guy, who advised us on different ways to deal with our hotel to the girl at Bonchon , whom I complained I needed more sauce and so she went to try and get the sauce for us :)) but only to be told "no we can't just give more seasoning" by the chefs. also to the people at Universal Studios.
and to the guys at Tactile coffee, which also has the best cold brew/latte I've ever tried in my life, they explained to me where their coffee came from and all the syrups are made in house.

Literally, Every person we met tried to have small talks with us, and showed us what it truly means to be kind! when I visited the Hsi Lai temple in CA, despite there were a bunch of people coming to pray and lighten incenses, all the women working at the temple, who supports tourists, only came to us to talk and unconditionally willing to help us how to pray, lightening incenses for us, explaining the history of this temple...( is it weird? ). And even people in Churros place, one of the owners, didn't speak English, but he kept insisting the security groups eating churros nearby to translate for him, whom also later joined conversations between us and the churros guys ( despite having a line behind).

It sounds exaggerate, but if you are in my shoes, you'd understand how. I have been living in America for 5 years and my SO was born here, but we both quite surprised of this weirdness and friendliness that we were experiencing here. We knew how " nice gesture" ( some time I called it as fake Murica compared to the culture where I'm from), but this, we both agree that was too freaking weird, I meant it was amazing experience, but weird :)), like you just took a roller coaster ride, from hell  back to Heaven. Though I took it as a reliever gift from someone above to us.
Even at the very last, the guy at motel 6 , where we stayed at during on way back to Seattle offered us free $10 wifi as he said you guys look so nice 😗, while most people just yelled at him why they had to pay for wifi when the big panels outside saying " wifi here".  At first I thought he would only give us the 3$ wifi, only access to a certain limit things like emails...but no, he gave BOTH of us $10 worth of wifi  =)),  ( this motel6 belongs to corporate, which you have to pay money for their wifi, we got used to it during our road trip from East to Coast).

this trip reminds me the most important things:
  • There will be always bad guys out there, just like how Dalai Lama has said there will always be someone will reincarnate after him to against him ( if you ever happen to read books from Dr. Brian Weiss, you might understand more about it), you have always to be caution.
  • Life is full of kindness, good spirits, and magics
  • Be grateful of what I'm having now, the life I'm living, the family that gave birth to and nourished me... everything. I'm blessed to be born again in the world, to have this body, to have a chance to study again.  
  • You're a chain of magics in the world, be kind to each other because that is the way your wonder magic can reach to other people. 
  • And also the last one: Me,  Please, don't be stupid anymore.😂 (jk)

for the last words, I guess from now up till the point I ran out all the photos I've taken on the camera, which also somehow lucky enough to have transferred all of them before the trip, I don't think I would buy a new camera too soon from now. This is because... well, I haven't got over losing it yet.  I'd been carrying the camera for so long, I feel like I attached to the camera so much that losing it hurts me so deeply, pretty much like this.

Ironically, in a few moments of my time with the camera, I wished I never had it and I could free myself from attaching to it!? , and now the joke falls on me :)).

But hey life moves on, hope you will still (occasionally) check out my never-updated blog. 

Blue bottle coffee- so so...

showed off my cute little bunny 🐰 , that took me tears & blood to finish (the person never did her own art projects/homework in elementary and middle school)


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