20140827

LOVE

Okay, I'm going to be honest here. I am not a levelheaded person. I'm easily swayed left and right by my emotions, sometimes several times in an hour. I trust and rely on very few people, but I generally give everyone the benefit of the doubt. My boyfriend is the only person I've allowed myself to depend on, and that is what ruins me.

I need to trust more of my friends to be there for me, and I need to open my heart to my family more. The culture shock and language barrier (between my family and me) are obstacles that I can't remove unfortunately, but they are obstacles that I can work around.

School is starting in six days now; I haven't even looked at my booklist.

July and August have been extremely difficult months for me. Moving out has taken a toll, and I constantly slept over at my boyfriend's family's house because I didn't want to transit back to Langley after work every day. I'm eternally grateful to have had a place to stay for a month and a half.

To me, Langley will always have an air of melancholy, because the suburb is a part of my past. Even though my family still lives there and my room is still set up exactly like how it was in high school, the house that sits there is not my home anymore. It hasn't been my home for more than a year now. My home was with Avry, in the apartment that we shared for a mere 12 months. And now my home is wherever I am content, comfortable, and able to be myself.

Two Fridays ago, I made a huge mistake. And now I'm picking up the remaining pieces, trying to patch things up but, alas, there are some pieces missing.

But now I am stronger, and I know I can fill in these holes. I am aware that these holes exist. I am slowly overflowing with love and light that grew from the love I have received before. And that is why I can change.


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20140814

REVIEW La Roche-Posay Purifying Foaming Gel (+ SEUNENOUGH blog)

I haven't done a review in a very long time so I've decided to share with you guys my favourite face wash:
La Roche-Posay EFFACLAR Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily Sensitive Skin ($27 CAD, 200 mL)

The first time I started using this cleanser was when I received a sample size of it in a Shopper's Drugmart promotion. The tiny thing lasted me, like, 3 months! As soon as I finished it, I went to buy the real deal, and have never looked back.

I HAVE FOUND MY HOLY GRAIL CLEANSER AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 20. It is the best cleanser I have ever used, and if you have oily sensitive skin, definitely ask for a sample at Shopper's or Sephora and try it out! You never know.

Okay, getting to the good stuff:
- it's paraben-free
- it has a pH level of 5.5 (the skin's natural pH level!)
- it's soap-free, alcohol-free, and colourant-free (thus, non-irritating)
- it's oil-free
- contains zinc to remove oil and purify skin

The cleanser targets my oily areas, and although it doesn't have any fancy acne-killing ingredients, it has cleared my acne quite well! I use it twice a day, no more than that because whenever I overwash my face I break out (I have sensitive skin). To be honest, using a gentle facial cleanser 2x a day can be the ultimate step in clearing acne. Cosmetics contain too many chemicals and unnecessary ingredients, and the less a product has, the better it will be on your precious skin!

Though it is slightly expensive -- I used to buy $8 face washes -- this product has been doing so much good and lasting quite a long time. I don't think I'll run out until Christmas. So yeah, I'd spend $30/year to make my skin happy.

OVERALL RATING ★★★★★ (5/5)

The ingredients listed on the back:
Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-8, Coco-Betaine, Hexylene Gylcol, Sodium Chloride, PEG-120, Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Zinc PCA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylylglycol, Parfum/Fragrance


P.S. My best homie, Sarah, has just released her own personal style and lifestyle blog! I'm in this post, haaay, so click over there if you're curious about our outfits.
Photo (c) Sarah Yoo.

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20140708

WIN THIS (GIVEAWAY TO FIRMOO.COM)

Hey guys, I'm giving away five $25 vouchers towards black eyeglasses at Firmoo.com! You can apply these vouchers towards any of the glasses on this page (this hipster frame is only $29, and these cateyes, pictured below, are $36). Firmoo has gifted me my own pair of glasses last September that I still currently wear, and I love them!

They're the only reason I'm able to walk around and not bump into anything (yup, I'm blind).
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway closes on July 23, 2014. The vouchers are valid until July 30, 2014.

I've recently moved back to Langley and have been lazing my way around, devouring any and all food in sight. Really missed my grandma's cooking. I have never had to donate so many clothes at one time; it was a relief to have less but sad to see some stuff go. I'll be heading out to the Pemberton Music Festival in a week so I'm pumped up about that! I've also quit Topshop and was hired at Brandy Melville, so more on that later. Brandy's gonna be chill and I just can't wait to meet the entire team (such a small staff, so different from Topshop, I love it already).

Stay tuned for more giveaways and more of my ramblings.

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20140610

ARCHIE & VERONICA

SHOES, SOCKS, SKORT topshop / WINDBREAKER thrifted / NICKELBOARD boardroom (west 4th)

I'm gonna miss this place. Avry and I decorated the kitchen with Archie comic strips that we found funny and out-of-place when viewed alone. Our first apartment, his first time moving out of his neighbourhood, first time paying bills. He handled all the bills and learned to cook and he's a big kid now!

We both collected some cool posters, records, miscellaneous items, and a lot of thrifted clothing throughout this year. I also broke a couple blinds and the doorknob but our landlord was very chill about it.

Wish I could say I'm a Betty, but most likely I'm a Veronica. Maybe I'm Midge.

Maybe I'm always gonna be A Martian Princess.

Wow I'm really blurry. Hey, it's hard taking photos of yourself on autotimer with autofocus!


This dope shower curtain was from Bacci's (South Granville), on sale. The tikiman is Avry's, and the rubber ducky is from #207, when she decided to go organic and left a box of cosmetics and random items in the lobby.

Goodbye, Birch and 12th! We had good times together but it's time to move on. Summer 2014's at our doorstep and our lease is ending. There will always be Archie comics in my memories of you -- retro, oversaturated technicoloured memories of our first apartment. #sentimental
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20140601

PARROT AND PALM

GLITTER TANK unif / JEAN JACKET topshop / KIMONO urban behaviour

My grandmother and I went shopping a couple weeks ago and she bought me this floor-length tropical kimono from Urban Behaviour for $20. It is such an amazing colour, perfect for summer, and also has a unique parrot-and-palm print (not just floral, girl).

I'm moving back to Langley for the summer at the end of June. It has been such a great experience living with my boyfriend this year, through all the ups and downs, and it has changed me into a more active person. I'm relieved to not have to worry about dishes and laundry for the two months I'm in Langley. Then it's back to Vancouver for my last year of school (if I don't fail any courses that is)!

Avry was cleaning out the easel one day and took these photos. Yup, we used it to hold cigarette butts. We are terrible people, desecrating the sanctity of art. On the bright side, we might actually paint something on the easel now.


I'll miss living out here and being so close to everything: downtown Vancouver, the beach, UBC, Granville Island, EVERYTHING. And Avry, of course. I'll be transiting quite a lot back and forth.

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