3 Days in San Francisco

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Here's a San Francisco photo dump. I almost don't even want to write up too much, because I fear this post is long enough with just the visuals. Suffice it to say that San Francisco is a fun city with a lot to offer, and I feel as if I barely scraped the surface of what it has within its depths.
If you're from the area or have visited before, do you have any suggestions on the best places and sites to see? I'd love to go back and visit again!

Also, here's Day 2 of the vlogs from this trip:

xo, Linda

OOTD: Warmer Days

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"I know this is last minute, but...want to go to San Francisco?"

That's what I asked my friend the day before we hopped on a plane to go explore the city. It was a quick, two-day trip, but it was a fun little escape from good ole Idaho!

If you  follow me on my other social medias, I'm certain you've seen the posts. I even vlogged it, which you can see Day 1 below! I'll have more posted soon on the trip, but right now, I can barely keep up with all my socials. I'll buckle down soon though!

Talk soon,

OOTD: My Very First Blowout

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jacket/Dress/Sweater: thrifted   Tights: H&M   Boots: Just Fab   Lipstick: "Russian Red" by MAC
I stepped into a hair salon for the first time since I was seven years old. And that previous time had only been because I'd gotten gum trapped in my hair and mom didn't want to deal with it. That's right, I was a 22 year old woman who had opted out of getting her hair done professionally for years because my mom had been cutting it for me.

But finally, after living in the big city for almost two years, I had to admit defeat. Mom's at-home hair salon (aka: the kitchen and a bar stool) was too far away for easy access. 

That's how I found myself at the Paul Mitchell Beauty School. As I sat in the plush leather seat and leaned back, I felt extraordinarily uncomfortable. I've always tried to compensate for my lackadaisical attitude towards hair by putting more effort into my fashion. I haven't used a heating tool on my hair since high school days, and I barely use a blow dryer.

So that day, as I finally had my head of unruly hair worked on by a person other than my mother, I had my very first blowout. 

"You have hair just like me," the girl muttered under her breath. 
"Oh good, so you know what you're getting into," I laughed.
"Yup. A lot of it." 

That's probably the biggest reason for my laziness. The sheer thickness of my hair makes doing anything with it a real chore. It's much easier to throw it up into a few space buns or tuck it under a cap than try to wrestle it into an actual style.

However, as I walked out of that salon with silky smooth locks for the first time in my life, I decided it might be worth it every now and then to take some time on my hair.
Or just go see someone else and have them do it, because let's face it...I'm way too lazy. 

K-Beauty: YADAH Skincare Review

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

 There's nothing quite like cutely packaged beauty products to get me excited about taking care of my skin, and Korean companies get this. That's probably the reason why there's such a huge following of these trendy, cute products. I recently was approached by a company to review a few items from their skincare line, and much to my delight, I found you can actually order Yadah off of Amazon!

So let's jump into it, shall we?
First up, this sunscreen. Or as they call it, Sun Slush. It's not slushy in texture at all, which I had been expecting. Instead, it's a light moisturizer which absorbs quickly into the skin. The thing I appreciate most about this sunscreen is how it leaves my skin with a non-oily finish. It also contains "prickly pear cactus" so that's fun to say. Overall, it's a nicely scented sunscreen, is absorbed quickly by the skin, and is the perfect size for any trips. Oh, and did I mention 50SPF? I'm not getting burnt on my next trip, that's for sure!
Next up we have these Anti-T acne fighting products. The Anti-Trouble Bubble Cleanser is chock full of natural ingredients to help with breakouts, including sage, aloe vera, rosemary, and green tea! All in all, I think those ingredients help give it it's crisp and refreshing scent. 

The Anti-T Red Zero Spot Cream is another item stuffed with natural ingredients, including plant based extracts that help absorb excess skin sebum! The applicator has an interesting design, in which  I believe the intent is to have you pump out the cream directly onto your trouble spot and not even have to use your fingers to rub it in. I'll have to continue using this for a few more weeks and see how my acne does with it. So far, no flare ups though!
Finally, this All Day Cushion by Yadah x Sonyunara.
I have to say, this was the only item that gave me such a huge disappointment.
It's the wrong shade for my skin. I received this in Light Beige, which is typically what works for me, however, as soon as I started applying it I realized it was several shades too light. When I went to the product page to see if there were any other options, I was disappointed to find none. Not only that, but I discovered that this cushion does more than the typical coverage and UV protection. It's advertised to help with whitening!

I understand that in Asia having white skin is a beauty standard many strive to reach, but reading that put me off from this product. It's funny, because I remember walking down the beauty aisles in the Philippines and finding almost every product had some sort of "whitening" benefit included. My cousins could hardly believe when I told them about tanning salons. Funny how standards can change based on where you are, huh?

What do you think of Yadah? Have you ever heard of them before? Would you try any of these products?

PS: What do you think of the new blog template? I finally decided to splurge and buy one, and man oh man, I'm so glad I did! It's so sleek and I feel really suites the direction I want to take this blog.
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