Friday, December 8, 2017

#FangirlMode | Black Knight Ep 1 and 2 Ravings

Annyeong, cinggu! ðŸ¤—

This week was very exciting for an ardent Korean drama fangirl like yours truly. Two dramas premiered. I was so looking forward to them because after While You Were Sleeping ended, drama life is so, so.  I did not warm up to the recent dramas except for Hospital Ship, which made me see Kang Min Hyuk in a whole new lovable, oppa-ble light, haha. Then there's also The Package with Jung Yong Hwa, I love the first 7 episodes and Paris is love...can't wait to be back. Yay! CNBlue budding fan here. For the past weeks and so, I have just been re-watching Lee Joon Gi, Lee Min Ho and Kim Soo Hyun's drama. Only Lee Joon Gi is out, so my fangirling soirees and options are pretty much limited. Ottoke!? Thank goodness for Black Knight. *Some spoiler ahead. 

Kim Rae Won and Shin Se Kyung in Black Knight.
Kim Rae Won is divine. Forever a fangirl. I'm so happy to see him after Doctors. And yes, I love Shin Se Kyung despite the haters. I've seen most of her drama, well, I even like her in Bride of the Water God. I like her and Nam Joo Hyuk and the drama, regardless. Weirdly, I was compelled to watch Bride of Habaek the entirety of its run than say the Goblin, which I only watched (and yes eventually love) after months it finished airing. So yes, to each his own. So having said that, Black Knight is a big deal for me, a very timely Christmas present to cheer my ardent fangirl addiction heart.

*LeSigh *Swoon Black Knight is love, love, love! Thank you drama gods, Oppa Kim Rae Won is divine! Plus he's about my age, hahaha. Oh all the possibilities...hahaha 
Shin Se Kyung is so pretty. And I need that cashmere coat too, juseyo. 
Without all the mystery shrouding their characters, Kim Rae Won is her black knight because she requested that he take her drink in her behalf. It's the usual drama scene where the oppa, guy, Candy boy, will offer to take the drink in her stead. Episode 1 and 2 will just reveal that.

Kim Rae Won will never disappoint in my heart. So he can do no wrong. I love him so, period. While Shin Se Kyung's character, while seemingly your classic Candy in the workplace, it's unique to see a different take on her dealing with her rich friends, faux Prosecutor boyfriend, and even her aunt. She's definitely no pushover. It's a refreshing change.

I can't wait for the drama to unravel beautifully in the coming episodes. So far, it seems that except for Sharon (Seo Ji Hye's character) and Chang Mi Hee seems immortal. Because I was surprised that there is a childhood back story of the main couple in the present time, not Joseon. I was initially at the assumption that he has been the same as both Sharon not through reincarnation, possibly. Hmmm, I'm not actually warming up into the childhood backstory, it must be that I'm not as invested to their childhood actor and actress counterparts. Unlike, say if they were Nam Da-Reum, he takes the place of Yeo Jin-goo as the ultimate child actor counterpart, and some other child actress to the level of Kim So Hyun and Kim Yoo Jung. So it's best that their historical backstory delivers and seals the deal to be the key to the everlasting love they share and for him just to merit being her Black Knight in Shining Armor.

Sharon played by Seo Ji Hye is a pleasant worthy opponent to Shin Se Kyung. Haha. In fact, because I told you I run out of drama marathons to run, I'm now doing Once Upon a Time, her deal with Shin Se Kyung eerily reminds of all the fairy tale leads deal with Rumpelstiltskin, which can all backfire. Such a fierce second lead.

Awwww...Slovenia, we meet....oh how I love thee.

Predjama Castle in Slovenia
Bled Castle, perhaps 🤔
Black Knight is like the making of a hit drama with a dreamy One True Pair (OTP) and with all the right ingredients seamlessly blending for that another nice epic drama that will forever steal my heart. So drama gods, let's do this. Aja! Aja! Fighting! Cheers! 🍷

Image Source: Google Search Results, Screen captures

First Sip and dip: Bulletproof Coffee + Keto | #DietForever

TGIF! 🤗 It's only a matter of time (and there's no time like the present) that I will also try Keto diet, oh well, I'm on diet forever, anyhow. But first, coffee. 

Bulletproof coffee is divine. 😋☕️
I mostly did it all, name it, (1200-calorie diet, meal subscription, juicing, slimming pills, coffee and tea), except for exercising. Ha. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 

For background, I'm between 145-130 lbs, dream weight is 125 lbs. I never achieved that. The closest was 128 lbs, which took me year to do, not because of a "diet", but because I had medical emergency, which required me and compelled me to diligently follow the rules. It's basically no pork, no beef, no potato chips, no popcorn, no nuts, and no chocolate. It's basically low-residue diet. I guess after our 2016 December USA Trip, and the trips after (Korea, Singapore, and back to USA), I gave up, and just eat to my heart's content. Plus, we have no weighing scale here 😉 not until last Saturday when I bravely agreed to buy one, because I was already doing partial Keto diet. It's partial because, I was cheating, we had two special date nights, so yes. Partial. Haha. But I started Monday with some dedication to just do Keto diet with an ardent fangirl heart. 

Ketogenic (aka Keto) diet is basically a very, very low carb, low sugar, low protein diet and high fat diet. With these, the body goes into a metabolic state of ketosis, which makes turns our body into a fat burning machine. I like! I tried Scarsdale diet, which works, but very limiting and then there's that headache, which I can't deal with. You're anxious, grumpy, and just floating. So noooh!!! Then I came across bulletproof coffee to jumpstart your keto diet. Better late than sorry. 

What's in my bulletproof coffee. When you google it, there's actually a bulletproof coffee brand. Just think Colgate, for all toothpaste. Valentus SlimRoast Coffee from Amazon, Kerrygold Butter from Costco (it's that recommended butter from grass-fed cows), coconut oil (bought it in Marshalls but there's also one in Trader Joe's), and Stevia for sweetener. 
Take note, I was already on Valentus Slimroast coffee since a long time ago, on and off. But I don't shed pounds, it works just by keeping my weight in place considering all the feasting and buffets I was having then and now. Quickly, I like Valentus than Javita. It tastes and smells better, plus no headache. I'm using the same Oster My Blend that I use for fruit shakes. With 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, quickly blend everything together, and voila! Bulletproof coffee that smells so good and so frothy. Yum! I love coconut chocolates mixture so the flavor really works for me. That's my breakfast for over two weeks now. Again, the first week doesn't count. But this week does. Truly, if I'm busy or so engage in a Korean drama marathon, it can last me until 3pm with only water and tea keeping me company. No headache. No floating. So far, going on Keto diet seems workable (will work on a separate post). My only drama here is giving up on desserts, chocolates, and cakes (but there are options 😉). So far, so good. Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! Cheers! 🍷

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes Makeup Remover

Hello, Decemberrrr! I'm late (but better late than sorry). 🤗

Yay! It has been a while since I did a full product review, you know that post with "the works" with before and after pic. Hah. But I'm inspired, so yes, let's do this.

My everyday makeup, Korean inspired of course 😉, is easy peasy with just the eyeliner as must-always-have. I was out of contact lenses for a while, so I missed out on mascara. Plus, because Kanebo Kate eyeliners were really waterproof and lasting, it takes a while to remove them. So far, I have not been successful in finding a good eye-makeup remover here. But now, I'm back to contacts (Hello, Tom Ford shades!😎), so bring on the mascara for more drama (I can't wear fake lashes everyday). So a good reliable makeup remover is in order.

Who doesn't adore Costco, right? So while we're at it, I thought I'll hoard try and get their Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelletes. (Good buy indeed, well, I'll be with it for a long time since it comes with a 4x 30ct and 2x15pc pack, total of 150 pre-moistened towelettes for $11.99++.)

Official Product Description: Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes are the simplest, softest cleansing solution. Pamper yourself with an effective and complete skincare solution that offers a deep clean and does not irritate your skin. Our ultra-mild formula with cucumber, chamomile flower extract, and aloe removes all traces of makeup, oil and dirt-leaving your skin glowing and refreshed. No rinsing is necessary.
Ultra-mild. Gentle-enough to use around the eyes. Deep clean. Skin that's glowing. I'm sold.

Fist photo with makeup up. Second and third photos, after cleansing with the towelette (aptly called because it's strong, extra large than regular wipes, and oh so soft, plus I like the scent too). When I used it, I still have my contacts on, sometimes, if I'm not too gentle, I tend to sting my eyes. But so far, so good, no sting. And no smudges left. Goodbye, Panda eyes!
Tadaa! Truly, it's effortless and there were no smudges. It doesn't really call out waterproof makeup removing powers, but then I assumed since it says it "removes all traces", then it's a given that eye makeup (eyeliner + mascara) can only be waterproof. Rightly so, it doesn't disappoint.  Loving it so far.
But wait, there's more. 
Swatches of my everyday makeup. Kanebo Kate Pencil Eye liner | Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Eye Definer | Kanebo Kate Liquid Liner (Super Favorite) | KPalette Brow Mascara | Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara  |  LipSense | Kylie Kristen
Second photo is first swipe. The Chanel is easy peasy to remove. Second swipe, most eye makeup were gone except for the Kanebo Kate Pencil Eye liner (waterproof and lasting indeed), third and fourth photos are after several swipes (10+++) already with some effort and pressure. Lipsense and Kylie lipsticks are truly lasting, so let me use the LipSense Oops! remover.

So far, it does remove, but not entirely. I had to use the Kirland Facial Towelette to reinforce. From experience, an oily or buttery meal will do a better trick of removing LipSense and Kylie. Haha. 
I do have a sensitive skin. Breakouts here and then too. So just for the sake of really testing the product, I did leave it on overnight, without my skincare goodies (oh my!) just to know if it will work by itself (on those days and nights that I can't bring the whole skincare gang, like that last time we went camping). Yay! I survived! No breakouts. Skin feels and looks okay even on a verrry cold morning. I'm saved! I might just be able to travel light when the occasion calls for it. Bring on more eye makeup drama! Cheers! 🍷

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Updated #Skincare and #Makeup Must Haves

Annyeong, cinggu!🤗

You ought to know I'm a skincare addict 🙋🏻, and I take inspiration from my Korean drama stars. Fangirl forever. Their glowing skin ✨, oh how I love and covet thee. So dramatically, the bar is set so high with the Korean drama goddess as benchmark, so on plain sight, it looks like I'm so vain with all these skincare I use. Ha. Through the years, of several hits (here and there), my precious skin takes a lot of work. It takes commitment to do the 7 and 8 and 9 and 10 skincare steps. Proudly, more often than not, I stay committed.

Here's my updated skin care routine. Innisfree remains my mainstay go-to Korean Beauty Care brand. (I'm missing my oppa, Lee Min Ho, and my motherland). What's new is Shiseido, which surprisingly I only met in the USA. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I should have hoarded last time when we went to Japan. Oh well.

#Skincare After cleansing, I slather and layer thee:
Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin | Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate and Shiseido Ultimate Power Infusing Concentrate, both I need to replenish and will remain regular Step 3 and 4 in my routine | loving Innisfree Soybean Energy Cream, which is perfect for the cold weather, when summer comes, I can revisit getting the serum again. | Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Eye Cream | Lucas' Papaw is love, and I can't live without it. 
I ought to dedicate a post for Lucas' Papaw. Truly, I can't part with it. Thank goodness for Amazon. I use it as lip balm at night, pre-lipstick application, and for everything else it says it does...Breakouts, rashes too.

Magical Lucas' Papaw🤩
Now on to my easy peasy, everyday makeup.

Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Parade | New is Shiseido Tinted Suncscree | KPalette Eyebrow Tint | Kanebo Kate Eyeliner (forever favourite) | Lucas' Papaw
Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector No. 2. I love, love, love thee. It replaces my BB Cream and Cushions for now. I used it to manage my breakouts from last time, when I had to limit what I use, works as a sunscreen and foundation in one. This had me at hello. 
I have a bias for Korean and Japanese brands except for Benefit Cosmetics, which is my go-to US brand. And more brownie points for it since I'm staying in San Francisco. The Rockateur, I'm using it for the season for that subtle dewy glow. Last summer, it was Galifornia for me. 
#FOTD I wish I woke up like this. Haha. I never did a dedicated post for the Kanebo Kate Spider Liner, which I can't live without and I hoarded in Japan. This replaces my love for the Kanebo Kate Pencil Liner.
First, beautiful skin, then makeup. Plus a lot more. Haha. Sleep, nutrition, exercise, and a whole lot more. Unless you're a natural goddess, bless you. Hmmm, now that I reflect, I don't sleep (because of Korean drama marathon), what exercise (wine counts, right?!) and I'm on yo-yo diet forever. So yes, I only have the skincare routine and makeup. Wish me luck. Cheers! 🍷

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds | It's #Boots Season! 👢👢#OOTD

Light breeze, colorful trees, bare trees, hoodies, layers, scarves, and boots....I live for fall. Autumn in my heart.

Good boots take you good places. I love, love, love boots (type boots in my search box and you'll see). 😉
#Shoefie Dr. Martens
One can never have enough boots. Shopping steals from Ross from my winter shopping spree

Bring on the ##OOTD. 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

#OOTD 1: Anne Klein Blazer | Cable and Gauge Black Top | Tory Burch Pants | Nautica Boots
#OOTD 2: Gap Jeans |  Givenchy Nightingale Micro | Sperry Boots 
OOTD 3: Gap Green Top | Uniqlo Tights | Louis Vuitton Speedy | XOXO Boots 
Methinks, life is better with boots. Cheers! 🍷

Saturday, November 11, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Bath and Body Works Christmas Coupons and Favorites

Oh Bath and Body addiction love for it, no words. Aw. 😉

 Aromatherapy Stress Relief and Happiness + Christmas Coupons
Remember my shopping tip 7 years ago (below) ... it still applies. That purchase above, I used the Free Item of your choice coupon emailed to me. It's Free Item for every $10 purchase. Then from buying that, I got the Christmas Coupons.

When shopping at Bath & Body Works in the US, make sure you don't buy bulk! Cut your purchases into at least $30 first, then schedule your next visit...why? Because they give out free gift, discount coupons every after purchase, (at least that's my experience for the 3 visits I had in less than a month's time)! Like a $10 off card for every $30 purchase, a Buy1, Get 1 the same item, a free item etc...Feel Good! Smell Good! Happy Shopping!   

Although, they don't give out physical coupons as often, best to sign up at Bath and Body Works online and you get the deals, offers and coupons, and you have to show your email in store. And more often than not, I'm so easy to get. Ha.

Today, I went out to use the first coupon again, the free item. 😉
Today I bought the Mint Leaf & Bergamot Body Wash with Olive Oil and for the freebie, I got the candle holder (they make the best smelling and lasting candle everrr, so watch out for their 3-wick Candles Sale). Oh happy day. Smart shopping, isn't it?! Haha
But then there was more promotions in store, so I ended up getting more body creams. Told you, I'm so easy to get. Methinks this is my new favorite scent and line after the Stress Relief. I love the Essential Oils line with Olive Oil. It's truly creamy and moisturizing...saves my precious hands from too much dishwashing. Ha.
Yay! It's beginning to look alot like Christmas, everywhere you go. Oh but there's more, there is still that big Thanksgiving and Black Friday and oh yeah the Cyber Monday Sale. Wish me luck. Cheers! 🍷

Friday, November 10, 2017

#ChicSassyMomEats | Nothing Bundt Cake 🎂

Life is short, eat the cake. I just might have (with my blossoming optimism) the perfect cake place when in California...Nothing Bundt Cake makes the best and prettiest bundt cake everrr.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Fremont Hub is baking the world a better place
It was love at first sight and bite last Christmas. Aw. It's so festive, so pretty, and the cake is perfectly moist, chocolatey, and the signature cream cheese frosting is divine. We connected. It's like it's meant for me. If you will type cake and red velvet in my search box, you will see I adore cake. Oh well, I buy and eat cake because it's somebody's birthday somewhere (that's why I'm plump). 😉
Chocolate Holly Jolly Seasonal Nothing Bundt Cake 10" $43+
I want more...and Chaseyboy's birthday was the perfect time to indulge.

Happy 'Bundt'day, dear son! 😍  Red Velvet 8" $33+
When I'm organizing birthday parties for my son (and that's every year for the past 12 years), my first criteria for the bakeshop is which makes the most fancy looking cake. Oh well, truth be told, kids will be kids, and nobody really stay on to eat the cake on lavish birthday party (normally grand parties are until the 7th birthday), and we just mostly eat the cake for ourselves. Hello, hello. Through the years of practice, we know which makes not only the nicest looking cake but also the tastiest cake. With the Nothing Bundt Cake, Red Velvet + Signature frosting made with velvety cream cheese and real butter + theme decors and toppers, this must be my favorite cake place ever.

Updated December 6, 2017:  More birthday occasions to buy a cake...below is my husband's cake. 🎂

Missing bundt cake? The cupcakes aptly and cutely called "bundtinis" are  perfect.

Red Velvet, Lemon, Chocolate and White Raspberry. I need to try the Carrot soon. #nbc
You can order cake online to arrange a pick up, and if you like to customize a card, add more topper to your seasonal cake orders. When you drop by the store, oh my, it's as pretty.

Black and White. I like. 
Sweetness. Cake everyday, okay! 😋 Cheers! 🍷

Thursday, November 9, 2017

#ChicSassyMomEats | Miki Bistro Sushi Overload 🍣 #TurningJapanese

Konnichiwa! ðŸ¤—

I'm also turning Japanese, I really think so. (I'm missing Japan) For the love of me, I cannot get enough of sushi (yes, meaning, I can't give up rice, just yet). 😅

A long time ago, I discovered baked, fried sushi. It was love at first try. In Manila, it was only last year that Ooma (in SM Megamall) came along. Happily, luckily, I found one in Fremont. Oh Miki Bistro, you had me at sushi.

Complimentary Edamame, and Free Spicy Salmon Chips Appetizer when checking in on FB. 
Sushi on my mind. Yum! 😋

Lion King Roll $10.95 California Roll dressed up in filet of salmon, perfectly baked, tobiko. 
Lion King Roll. Roar. Happiness.
Spy vs. Spy $13.95
Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Crab, Topped with Spicy Tuna, Avocado...divine! 
Honey Crunch Roll $10.95 Shrimp Tempura, Crab Meat, Top withe Mango, Honey Walnut and House Special Sauce...goody!
To go, Dynamite Roll $9.95 Crab meat, avocado, topped with mix fish spicy mayo baked to perfection with unagi sauce, tobiko. Nomnomnom. 
Word for the day. Tobiko are those little orange balls on top of the sushi.
Tobiko is one of the most prized sushi roe, valued as a finishing touch and garnish to rolls as well as enjoyed on its own by true lovers of the dish. Tobiko is the roe of tropical flying fish, which are known for their ability to leap into the air at speeds of over 40 mp/h. Tobiko adds a splash of color and its unmistakeable crunchy texture to many different rolls, including the popular California roll. If you eat sushi regularly, it is a good bet you have enjoyed Tobiko in your life. - Source
Oh Miki, you're so fine, you blow my mind.

Miki Bistro is located at  Address: 39156 Paseo Padre Pkwy Fremont, Ca 94538
When in California, I settle with not dining out as frequent as we did back when we're in Manila. My Korean fix, gladly, thankfully, I get it at home, easy peasy samgyupsal, kimchi jjigae, galbijim, and kimchi all I like. Same with American food...steaks, burgers, and what have you, name it. Just because,  Lucky Supermarket, Trader Joe's and Costco got it all for you. 😉 But for Japanese food, I can't do diy, unless somebody send me to Japan for intensive cooking lesson (I volunteer!🙋🏻)  Oh my, sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, ramen are just to die for.  So I don't think I can give up on rice just yet. Okay, maybe once in a while.  Cheers! 🍷

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Kiss Ready to Wear Gel Nails 💅🏼

Happiness is having my nails done. Aw. That was my life then, when Manila nail spa is a $10 affair. Not here in California though, when it's a $40+ expense  treat. Oh well, since it's the season to have beautiful nails, so I'm back to what I used to do best, easy peasy, DIY, falsies. Tadaaaa!!!

So pretty. What a joy. I'm a happy girl! 💃🏻
#NOTD Instant Shining, Shimmering, Glitzy Gel Manicure #KissNails 
Because Glitter is my favorite color... FANTASY Ready-To-Wear Gel Nails from Kiss® bought at Target for $ 7.99+
While they are too pretty, they are not as comfortable for me, I'm not really used to wearing my nails long. Gosh, I'm singing praises to those who wear them long, my goddess. Ha. I got the medium length, I think I'm better off with just the Small.

After prepping my nails, I applied the adhesive tabs (I opted to go for the adhesive than the glue). Because I have really short nails, the tabs are a bit longer, so I had to trim them. Once set, meaning I know which tabs, nails go to where, I press them on. Voila! Instant sparkle. 
It was a great day to prettify, I had fake nails and matching fake lashes on. Aw. Though, I only wear them for a day. The adhesive tabs, I tell you, super glued. To remove them, I applied a wet cotton with nail polish remover on the side just to release them before I pull.

Hello, false nails. There are more designs to choose from. I usually like different colors and sets, but mostly with glitters (I love glittery stuff), so yay, when all else fails, at least I'll have nice nails. Cheers! 🍷

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Haircare Products Haul 💆🏻

Oh my. Latest haul (besides my recent shopping spree ðŸ˜‰) was for this assortment of haircare products. Anything with hair fall, breakage, thinning hair, I was compelled to buy. Hmmm, Legend of the hair fall. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Sad.

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo...Giovanni, Nioxin or Matrix Biolage
Is this the season of hairfall too? 😱 My hair was fine until few weeks ago. I'm tempted to count them if they are over a 100. Ha. Seriously, I hope it's just the weather or hair care routine change, nothing hormonal. Yikes.

So far, anything that says hair fall, thinning, volume, I'm trying out. I hope that the Nioxin System 1 (though will try system 4 next time) delivers. The Nioxin Rejuvenating Elixir smells so good. Well, mostly all smells good, thought the main criteria for purchase is the functionality, then I streamlined my choices based on their scent. Matrix Biolage smells as nice too. Oh well, most are over $10.

Chic & Sassy Tip: I bought most in Marshalls. The small Giovanni Root 66 Volume, I bought it at Whole Foods Market for over $10 at half the size. So yes, Marshalls or Ross or TJMaxx is it.

Ahhhh, I need my Gugo Shampoo or Novuhair, but oh well...I sure hope, one of these delivers. Will keep this post sticky, and will let you know what works best, and what will I repurchase. Cheers! 🍷

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Love at first try #NMD 👟👟

Good shoes take you to good places. Yay!

Sometime ago, feeling Cinderella, I waited for midnight for the selling of these new NMD colorway. I'm victorious. Hahaha

Unboxing. NMD R1 Primeknit
boost cushioning. Check. Camouflage. Check. Pink. Check. Tri-color 3-stripes with Japanese Text. Check. I'm sold! Let's swipe. 
#Shoefie #Shoeporn #NMDR1Primeknit
Hours and hours of shopping, and fitting, no problem. #OOTD #Superdry #AdidasNMDR1Primeknit #Uniqlo #Lacoste
Oh my, seriously, they're super nice and worth the price. What to do? Ottoke?! Truly, madly, deeply addicting. Oh well, it can't be Nike all the time, sorry not sorry, my dear boys (hubby and son 😉), but I'm liking NMD's, and once you try, you can't stop.  🤷🏻‍♀️ Cheers! 🍷

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