Archive for May, 2013

Skincare Remedies?

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos on DIY skincare & I decided to pick up some things that will HOPEFULLY help my poor, poor skin. I don’t want to rely on expensive skincare, like Proactiv, to help my acne. And I think my skin has gotten used to benzoyl peroxide; it’s not as effective as before. I just want to find something a little more natural & more sensitive for the skin because my skin’s already been through so much.. a little TLC is needed! :D  Then, I picked up one non-beauty/skincare item because I couldn’t help myself… don’t judge me! My credit card already does. -_- I bought all of these things over a period of a few days from an Asian market, Walmart, & Target. All really affordable!

Skincare haul

  1. ELF foundation brush ($1.00): to apply DIY facial masks
  2. Baking soda ($.67): mix with lemon to fade acne scars (video) & mix with toothpaste to whiten teeth, and if I ever bake! (more info on baking soda skincare benefits)
  3. Tea tree oil ($7.98): anti-septic, used to clean and dry up acne; spot treatment (SMELLS SO BAD!) & use sparingly or dilute it because it can be quite strong and drying to the skin
  4. Vitamin E oil ($3.96): use as a moisturizer because my skin has been super dry from acne treatments & to fade hyperpigmentation
  5. L’Oreal true match foundation W5 ($8.97): i wanted to try a different foundation to use when I have slightly drier skin because right now, I use the Revlon Colorstay foundation for combo/oily skin & that really accentuates dry patches.
  6. Rice flour ($0.99): helps to soothe the skin, brighten your complexion, fade hyperpigmentation, & more (video ideas: 1 | 2 ) *Bought the container at Walmart awhile ago
  7. Green tea: to drink! And to use as a toner because it’s full of antioxidants OR as a facial scrub OR I could also mix it with the rice flour to make a mask. (video ideas: 1 | 2 )
  8. Daft punk ($9.99): WHY NOT?! It’s an awesome album that’s chill & relaxing to listen to in the car! And yes… I’m old school and still buy CDs :P

Here’s to hoping that all of these things work! Or at least some of them! Don’t worry, I’m not going to try everything all at once.. that’ll just make my skin freak out. But I will ease into using these different techniques to see if they work over time. Dealing with acne is like a science experiment.. have to try different things to see what works! But wouldn’t it be awesome to find a remedy that only costs $1.00 (like the rice flour method)? *crosses fingers* I’ll let you know how they work!



I love sales.

You know that satisfying feeling of looking at your receipt and seeing the amount of money you’ve saved? Yeah, that’s how I felt today. I had some errands to run & decided to stop by CVS while I was out and look at some of the beauty clearance items. First off, not all CVS stores have the same items on clearance, it just depends on where you go. Anyways, there weren’t that many things that appealed to me, but a few things did! And luckily, the ones I liked happened to be 75% off! SCORE.

CVS receiptAs you can see by the receipt, I saved $17.83 on three items. If that’s not a deal, I don’t know what is! I also bought a non-sale item, but let’s just ignore that for the time being :P Anyways, I bought a Revlon Lip Butter in “Cherry tart” for $2.07 (originally $8.29), a Revlon super lustrous lipgloss in “Peach Petal” for $2.12 (originally $8.49), and a Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad in “Beauty Spells” for $1.75 (originally $6.99).  The Burt’s Bees item I got was a set of the cuticle cream + a lip balm for $4.99 because I was running low on my cuticle cream & I can never have enough lip balms!

Clearance itemsCan we take a second to admire that beautiful green sticker stuck on these items? These are items I probably wouldn’t have bought if they weren’t on sale. “Cherry tart” is a red & I’m not a huge fan of red lips (bad memories as a child when my mom would slather red lipstick on me & I’d have big, pouty red lips… *shudders*), but I figured for $2.00 I could give it a shot. And I like it because it’s sheer! Not as traumatizing for me :D

I hope some of you are/were able to get some good things at CVS! If you’re into nail polish, I know that certain Revlon nail colors & Orly are on clearance. And other random beauty items.. I’d go to nouveaucheap’s post to check out some of the items that people have found on clearance! Let me know if you picked up anything good lately ;)


Acne is a pain | My Skin Story

**Disclaimer: LONG STORY. My face has been through a lot..**

First of all, I’ve been suffering from acne the second I hit puberty. My beautiful soft skin turned into a bumpy, red mess :( Around 17 or 18, I started using Proactiv and it worked decently well.  I would still get the occasional break-out, but it wasn’t as frequently as before. I have been to the dermatologist before… once. I was about 19 or 20 years old when I went. And I only went because my mom scheduled an appointment for me without asking. At that time, I didn’t care too much about my acne; I was able to live with it and not mind it because I was using Proactiv. The doctor just gave me a sample of oral medication & gave me some samples of topical cream to help with scarring. He told me to come back 6 weeks later, but I never did. I just didn’t mind having acne at the time because it was manageable!

However, I stopped using Proactiv because it was way too expensive to keep up with. I used it for quite a few years, but I always bought it with my extra financial aid money. I barely got financial aid for my last year of college, so I knew that the last time I received my 3-month supply of Proactiv was the last time I’d use it. Luckily, my brother found an alternative that he deemed, “Faux-activ“, which is just the Walgreens version of Proactiv. It has the same 3-step system with the same active ingredient & the same amount of the ingredient, but much cheaper. I started using it and it gave almost the same results as Proactiv. I still broke out here and there, but it was better than not using it at all.

After I ran out of the “Faux-activ”, I decided to try just simple face wash (Cetaphil) & the Hollywood Beauty tea tree oil as my skincare regimen + a ton of different facial masks to use (my faves: 1 | 2). It worked decently until I tried a face mask that made me break out INSTANTLY and ALL OVER MY FACE. It was the Freeman Beauty Mint & Lemon clay mask. I’m almost sure it simply purged my pores, but I didn’t want to risk using it again. After that happened, my face as been hell. It slowly started clearing up and then ANOTHER massive break-out happened… reasons unknown.

And this is the state of my face right now.

I decided to go back on the “Faux-activ” to see if it’ll help, but it hasn’t. I think my skin isn’t used to it anymore, so it broke me out a little. I’m not patient enough to continue using it & wait the few weeks to see if it helps.

Starting yesterday, I decided to try using oatmeal to help with the inflammation & redness. I’ve read really good reviews & watched youtube videos about how beneficial oatmeal is as a cleanser/mask. Since I just started using it, I can’t see too much of a difference yet, but my face feels softer (the parts that don’t have annoying, irritating red bumps) and I feel less oily (I HAVE VERY OILY SKIN). You can watch bubzbeauty’s youtube video to see how I use oatmeal on my skin. She has a ton of DIY skincare videos that I intend on trying out!

I’m pretty sure half of my current acne break-outs are hormonal. It will be my time of the month some time next week & I always break out a week before. Sorry if that was TMI haha. But I’ve been suffering with this massive break-out for a few weeks now! So I know that it isn’t ALL hormonal… This puzzles & upsets me :(

So yeah… that is my face at the moment. I’m also intent on not going anywhere this week, so I don’t have to put on makeup. I just want a whole week of nothing on my face, so hopefully it’ll clear up faster! If anyone has any tips to help with my sad, sad face, please let me know! Any drugstore or DIY recommendations would be highly appreciated :) I’m an unemployed college graduate at the moment, so I can’t splurge on high-end skincare!

Anyways, thanks for reading my sob story about my skin.. And sorry if it was all over the place! It’s 1:00 in the morning & my writing skills tend to decline after midnight. I hope that if you have acne problems that we can help each other get through it. ACNE IS STUPID!!! (Sorry, that was the adolescent in me..)

Have a nice day! Time for me to sleep.


Hey, what’s on your nails?

So, I hate to fall into the stereotype of “Vietnamese women do nails”… BUT, I DO do my nails quite often. :P Ironically, I absolutely HATE doing my nails! Since I don’t wear too much color in my clothes (I love my whites, grays, & blacks), I use my fingertips as accessories to add a pop of brightness/color.

Revlon HeavenlyToday, I have 2 coats of a white nail polish on with a glitter top coat [Sinful Colors “Snow me White x Revlon “Heavenly”]. Thought I’d keep it light and fresh for this week because it’s been so hot! I know I live in San Diego, where the weather is warm/hot most of the year, but I just don’t like being hot & sweaty.. Sue me.

Hope you’re all having a nice day!


Happy hour… Again?!

Yes… It happened again today. Twice. I can’t keep eating out like this, my credit card is hurting! Well, at least there were happy hour deals. First place we ventured to was Truluck’s, a fancy shmancy restaurant in La Truluck'sJolla with half off appetizers. There were 4 of us and we all shared the ceviche ($6), crab cake ($9), calamari ($7), & oysters (8 @ $1.50 ea). My favorite was the calamari, and it was a pretty good deal for the amount you get. And RIGHT AFTER that, we headed to Mira Mesa to meet up with more friends at Callahan’s for 50¢ wings! My friend and I shared 5 wings ($2.50) and it was decent. If you read yesterday’s epic happy hour adventure, the wing place we went then was a lot better. So, including Starbucks, I went to 5 different happy hour places in 2 days. EXCESSIVE? Nah, I don’t think so ;) WAIT. Technically, I went to 6 different places in 3 days. Went to happy hour at Roy’s on Monday with a friend visiting from Boston. No shame in my game!

All food aside, it was really good to just catch up and hang out with friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. Everyone has such different schedules that it’s nice to get together and see how everyone is. Food brings us all together! :)

And as far as the rest of my night goes, I think I’m just going to relax & then get ready for bed. I know I should work out, but I’m so lazy.. Today will just be my rest day! Anyways, hope you all have a nice day/night! I’m intent on staying home tomorrow, no more eating out. I have homework to do & more of my future to figure out.. See you in the next post!


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Happy hour x3

Is it so wrong to go to multiple happy hours in one day? Don’t worry, I’m not an alcoholic; no alcohol was involved! Leave it to me & my friends to eat… A LOT. It first started off with the Starbucks 1/2 off frappuccino happy hour. $2 fraps! And since it’s Tuesday, we had to get tacos! Stopped by World Famous in PB & ordered 2 shrimp tacos each ($1.25 ea). If that wasn’t enough, we walked a couple blocks over to Dirty Birds & ordered 30 wings to share with 5 ppl ($17 total). Don’t judge us. We just love food & happy hour deals. BEST FOOD DAY EVER. And it was such a nice day in San Diego, especially after the gloomy, rainy days we had the past couple of days. Of course I wasn’t dressed like I was eating near the beach–gray long sleeve, black jeans, & black boots. You can totally tell that I’ve embraced the Spring colors, right? Yeah…

And to add fuel to the fire, we might even go to Callahan’s for wing Wednesday tomorrow! I guess I started working out at the right time…

Well, that’s it for the night! Just a quick update on my day. Going to work out in a bit & get ready for bed. I have another post coming up about my UNINTENTIONAL shopping trip yesterday & weird cardboard box guy.. Anyways, I hope you all have a nice night! Or day or afternoon, wherever you are! :]


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New blog!

Welcome to my new blog, everyone! My name is Tiffany, I’m 24, and I have a lot of time on my hands as of lately haha. Graduated from college last year & trying to figure out my future, so I figured delving into the world of blogging might be a great way for me keep busy. I have other blogs [ 1 | 2 | 3 ], but I wanted a new start with this one and I hope you all come along with me on this journey! This will mainly focus on beauty-related topics, but I might be sprinkling in other topics too. Who am I kidding? I can’t have a blog focused on one topic! This is going to have plenty of different things–beauty, fashion, nails, music, food, random outings, and more! I hope you all enjoy & have some patience with me as I try to figure out what I’m doing with this little blog here :)