Monday, April 23, 2018

#ChicSassyMomFinds | imPress #DIY Nail Art πŸ’…πŸΌ

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€— Hope you're having a great weekend.

If you're just dropping by, you ought to know that we moved to California (sort of mentioned it here, here, and here too). To American dreams, cheers! πŸ₯‚ But maybe because I tend to lean towards dramatics (Korean and real life dramas πŸ˜‰), I'm having the hardest time adjusting here. #Homesickmuch  (I can only shop and watch Korean dramas so much for consolation. Hah.) I guess when you're used to DIY (do it yourself) as only limited to throwing parties, and everything else is left for others to do (like everything-housework, tutoring, manicure, pedicure, hair color etc.), you'll be in with a lot of pain and heartaches drama. Hahaha Seriously, I truly miss Manila living. We're not rich, but we're comfortable, meaning you're co-workers will feel for you when struck with yaya (house help) problems. πŸ˜… That, plus when you're only major decision to make for a given me-time is either to get regular or gel nail polish. Hah.

When in California, almost everything is DIY.

imPRESS Ice Blue Mani with Holographic Accents - Bright As A Feather for $7.99+ available on Target, Walmart, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens
Finger Heart ❤️
Product Details and Instructions from the official imPress website. I can't find mine. 🀭
I can only go with short nails.This is so far my favorite brand. Super easy to apply. Plus, they have superb staying power. Since I only needed to be pretty for few days, I forced them out on the third day. Take note, I had to remove them. Those three days are with bathing and a lot of dishwashing (housework, remember), and still they stayed. I'm impressed! Embracing endless DIY possibilities! Please stay tuned for more. Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌🏻

Sunday, April 22, 2018

#KDramaInspiredShopping ✌🏻 | Supreme Haul πŸŽ’πŸ§’ #ChicSassyMomFinds

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€—

It's a good day to blog. My boys are out playing Magic:The Gathering again!!!😱I'm done with housework. Yassss! One more post, and I'm off to more Korean Drama time. ☺️

In fairness, while I'm terribly homesick (for Manila and for Seoul 😭), I do love online shopping in California (what a capricious way to console myself πŸ˜… #sorrynotsorry ). My recent addiction is Supreme New York. Well, it all started with Chaseyboy, my 12-year old son, who's into it, oh my, he's growing up so fast. I do remember hearing about the brand because of its collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Apparently, the whole world is into the brand, it's such a pain to buy online. But I was half-victorious on my recent attempts. Supremely happy. πŸ˜‰

Work and Play. Supreme cap and backpack for dress down Fridays. #Friyay
First attempt: Only the navy Gonz Logo cap ($48++) and Hanes  ($28++) white shirts were left available. Son is happy. The sticker is worth a thousand words. #Supreme
Online site updates every Thursday, 8:00 am in California. You cannot be a minute late. I'm not too fast, so I missed out on the jackets, the red cap, the red bag, and the featured accessories.

Supreme Haul. Caps, Backpack, and duffle bag. 
Second attempt was for the bags, both backpack and duffle bag. So exciting, whatever that's available, I bought, well except for the printed shirts and jackets. When I finished my purchase, I suddenly found myself hoping to get a matching blue duffle bag. But my, I cannot!!! The site recognised that I already bought the black bag, and I can only get one kind regardless of color. Though I changed the name, phone number, email and even address. I cannot buy anymore. Oh well. πŸ˜…

Original Supreme Items. Duffle Bag and Backpack at $158 each, plus shipping and tax adds up to $357. I love the intricacy of designs. Beautiful and functional. #Supreme
Supreme Corduroy Camp Cap with shipping and tax is for $70. I hope to get a red cap. Then, I'm done, so I say. 😝
What's in a name? πŸ€”The thrill of the chase...oh well, I'm only human, that plus I'm naturally easy to get. 🀫🀭 Seriously, it's like a precious commodity. Come to think of it, it's not as expensive, buying a bag or a jacket or a shirt (if you will ever be successful) is just like buying a Jo Malone, so I can justify it. But then, it's sold out all the time. So a successful purchase makes anyone supremely happy. Hah. The brand doesn't offer free shipping at all. So it will be nicer if you get more items in one purchase. The recent Lacoste collaboration is super nice, but I was too late. Oh well, unless I have a partner in crime who's up to shop asap, I don't think I can get myself a jacket or a shirt or a red bag or a red cap. 🀦🏻‍♀️ Lacoste-Supreme would have been a nicer line and it's apt for my age too. Hah. I would like to think that I'm buying supreme for my son. Hahaha But then I see my Korean oppas wearing them, so I think to myself what a wonderful world, Supreme, you're mine!  πŸ˜‰

 Lee Min Ho and Nam Joo Hyuk wearing Supreme. I need that jacket, pali, pali, juseyo! ✌🏻
#OOTD : Supreme + Tom Ford Sunglasses + Abercrombie & Fitch
#FOTD: Shiseido + Benefit Cosmetics + Lancome 
Once a fangirl, always a fangirl. I now add Supreme to my newest addiction. Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌🏻

#ChicSassyMomTravels | Snowy Spring Day ☃️

Oh my, I have a bad case of vacation hangover. 🀦🏻‍♀️ I had to take inspiration from Frozen....I just have to let it go!

Anyhow, if you're following me on IG (@chicsassymom), we had a nice, short but oh so sweet spring break. While my FB feed is (still) flooded with cherry blossoms, European, Korea and Japan, and summer posts (envy much), I also did my share of flooding my feed with Southern and Northern California vacay posts. It's a week spent all over Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Arizona, Nevada, then back to Bay Area.  It's a nice change to be touring family who were visiting instead of us being the tourist, we are now California locals. Haha.πŸ€—So much to see, so little time, and a nice Saturday day trip to Reno to sweetly cap off the spring break with snow flurry to boot. 🌨

Cloudy weather with a chance of snow. ☃️
I was following the weather in Norden, Soda Springs, Lake Tahoe, and Reno. With so much snow still falling early March, I was hoping that there'll be more snow in time for my sister's visit. It was my mistake to assume that I will still find shops selling snow boots, pants, and shoes late March. So we didn't have snow outfit, and as first timers, we really didn't know how to go about skiing, snow boarding, etc. We only did snow tubing in Chicago last time, but our friends came prepared, we were all geared up for snow play. So we decided just to hope for the best to find a nice snowy stop on our way to Reno for Circus, Circus for the boys. I chose Reno, because I remember a nice rest area on the way there with lots of snow. Yay! It's a nice white spring day.

Annyeong, Olaf! ⛄️
Right after Boreal Mountain Resort, there's Donner Pass Rest Area. I found it! It's the same stop we went last time where Chase and I had the first experience of snow flurry.

Donner Pass Rest Area 
We had to walk to the nice snowy spot. It's super tricky considering we're not wearing snow boots. I fell. They fell. We're wet! We're frozen! πŸ˜…πŸŒ¨

But my, these moments....priceless! πŸ’«


#OOTD : Abercrombie & Fitch Coat | Marc New York | Ugg Boots πŸ’ƒπŸ»


Check in bucket list. ✅#SnowAngel πŸŒ¨πŸ‘ΌπŸ»
Unlike last time, I was more adventurous. Hah. My Abercrombie & Fitch coat is water resistant methinks, so I tried for the first time...snow angel! πŸ˜‡ J'adore! I still think I'm too old for snow play, I'm scared of frost bite, falling, broken bones, etc. Hahaha. The beauty of living in the Bay Area is it's just hours drive away from Soda Springs. So maybe, I'll loosen up a bit and let my son enjoy some snow play, but we'll come prepared. You ought to know I love dressing up for winter, so next time, I will expand my choices with consideration to functionality (hello, North Face and Superdry) so will be ready to play more. Aja! Aja! Fighting! Cheers! ✌🏻

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Rosemary for Hair Fall πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€—

It's been a while, same old story...busy, feeling dramatic, and what have you. I don't really know where to start, but I have so many photos selfies waiting to be talked about. I'll begin with an easy post, here goes...I finally found the ultimate fix for my hair fall. It's a big deal. Hah. If you're just dropping by, you ought to know that most featured items are birthday parties, Korean Drama fangirling, skincare and haircare. I talked about them all the time, like how shrimp is to Bubba. ☺️Sometime ago, to my panic, I splurged on assortments of haircare products to fix my crazy hairfall episode. Managing expectations, I know it will take some time. But it's taking so much time, that I was desperate, until I discovered essential oils. I am officially addicted and a believer.  πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️ #Oilbularyo

Rosemary, oh how I love thee! ❤️ #EdesGarden #PlantTherapy #RhadaBeauty
You can go for a more detailed approach by mixing 5ml of fractionated coconut oil to rosemary, start with a 5 ml of oil to a drop or two of rosemary. Massage. Leave as long as you can, I usually do 2 minutes minimum. But I'm too lazy to do the mixing, and I don't have that much stuff yet for blending and concocting all those beautiful and amazing DIY beauty care solutions with essential oils. What I do is just get a palm-sized dollop of conditioner (take note, before I used the specially formulated conditioners for hair fall, now I just use whatever), add three drops of rosemary to it. Massage the scalp to make sure it's evenly distributed. When I started, sometime February, I did it almost everyday, or every other day, now maybe thrice a week. Hair fall significantly reduced after two weeks. Hair strands are stronger, same feel and effect like when I was using all sorts of dedicated hair fall/growth products like Novuhair. But then hair is softer and fuller.

Hello, baby hairs! πŸ˜‰
My baby hairs are wild. They're super noticeable. My aunts are amused. I gifted them a set of Essential Oils too. Rosemary is love. It boasts of an array of health benefits, not just for hair care, but for skincare, oral care, respiratory, aromatherapy and so much more. I love the smell of rosemary. It's so spa-ish. Because I don't go to spa anymore (huhu, it's so expensive here in California, I'm missing my me-time in Manila), essential oils are my lifeline. I need them. I breathe and apply essential oils (with carrier oils) like there's no tomorrow. I haven't included them on my diet,  but who knows. πŸ˜‰I'm using Edens Garden essential oil for my hair, the other brands I used for diffusing and room spray. For a stronger and lasting scent, I like Radha Beauty, which I get from Amazon. Plant Therapy (also from Amazon) is my newest brand to try. I will let you know. I will save a more detailed post on essential oils. Meantime, grab yourself a bottle of essential oil, a 10 ml bottle for hair care goes a long way. It sells for less than $10, truly way cheaper than getting special hair treatments and specialized hair fall and hair growth brands. Regardless of the cause of my crazy hair fall episode, hormonal,  poor diet, stress and what have you, de-stressing with essential oils work wonders. It's all in the mind, so they say... Aja! Aja! Fighting! Cheers! ✌🏻

Friday, March 23, 2018

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Lancome X Shiseido Haul #SkincareAddict πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️✌🏻

Konnichiwa! ;-D Hope all is well with everyone. My most recent updates prior to this shopping post is about our real life dramas (instead of Korean dramas πŸ˜‰), I hope to inspire, keep chasing your dreams, with God's graces, you can be fearless. Inshallah. πŸ’«

Well, while we've been very busy sorting our lives here in the US of A, somebody (me πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️) has also been very busy online shopping. If you're following me on IG @chicsassymom , my feed is mostly about those and selfies. 🀫 I mean, my goodness, truly there's so much deals going to fuel impulse buying. Since we (including my husband πŸ˜ƒ) are so easy to get or just probably innate shopaholics, online shopping has never been this good especially for a skincare and gift with purchase addict like yours truly.

Shiseido is now a mainstay brand in my updated skincare routine. Sadly, I have better access to Japanese skincare here than my usual Korean Cosmetics go-to brand namely Innisfree and Skinfood, admittedly because of the gifts with purchase, it makes sense to get them. As always, Japanese skincare brands don't disappoint, so Shiseido takes 2 or 3 of my 7++ skincare steps. πŸ˜‰ The Shiseido Tinted Foundation is my go-to sunscreen + foundation, easy peasy. I'm already on my second tube, a tube goes a long way, see my many #FOTD selfies while wearing it on my IG. ✌🏻
Shiseido Ibuki Smart Fitering Smoother promises picture-perfect looking skin. Awwwww, because I do plan on taking more selfies 🀩 , this seems like a good addition to my skincare/makeup routine. Review and FOTD post soon. 
Bonjour!  Oh my #Lancome, je t’aime! ❤️ I'm so into Lancome lately. It's the first non-Korean/Japanese skincare brand that seems to suit my super sensitive skin. Oh wait, Suzy is the brand ambassador of it in Korea, let's count it as a Korean skincare/makeup too, shall we?✌🏻

Macy's had a tempting deal to buy a $35+ purchase and you get everything else for free. Paid purchase is the Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Powder and Foundation in One. I hope to do a full review of it, but again #FOTD post on my IG account. It's so good, that I already got a second one for gifting to my mom, who shares the same shade and skin type like yours truly. Plus the skincare items are equally as nice, I love, love, love the Advanced Genefique. And because the Bi-Facil is a truly good eye makeup remover, I wear the Monsieur Big Mascara all the time. Super nice.  
But wait, there's more 🀭, Bloomingdale's had another nice deal, starting at $39.50 but if you bring it up to $75+ you get even more. I got the Lip Trio for that additional purchase. Paid purchases are the Nutrix and the Ombre Hypnose Mini Chubby. 
Oh well, it seems I have enough make up and even more lipsticks to last me a while. But for skincare, I dare not to skimp on them, so I'll probably have some room for more. ☺️ Have a beautiful day! Cheers! ;-D

P.S. Please do drop me a note on which item you would want me to review first. Or if you have a brand or an item that you would like me to try. Or a sale event, perhaps. πŸ€—
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