Project 10 Pan

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PROJECT 10 PANNot buying ANY beauty products until you've used up/hit pan on 10 products. Products may include body products, perfumes, hair products as well. Let's do this together my fellow beauty addicts/shopaholics!!! :)

List of items (not in order): 
Lancome Bienfait UV Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen
MAC MSF Medium Plus
Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF32PA+++
Innisfree Mineral Skin Pact SPF25PA++
Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner SPF15
TonyMoly Crystal Eye Decoration (shimmer pencil)
CLIO Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner
Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer Light/Medium
blinc mascara black
MAC Fix+ Spray

Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer
I already hit pan!! 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Medium Plus 
I'm gonna hit pan soon!!! 

I've been on vacation after vacation since May
 and is it just me or do you all want to buy makeup when you're traveling?
I always bring my travel size goodies with me but I always
want to buy more when I'm traveling! hahaha
This is what you call an addiction!! :P

Okay, so pick out your products and let's do this together!!!

Feel free to post a picture of your 10 items on my Facebook 
or post a comment here on my blog.

I'm curious to see your items!! :)

Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Friday, July 15, 2011

Recently I read that ginger tea can help with weight loss as it promotes better blood circulation and keeps the body warm, especially in the stomach area for women.  An author from a book that I just read studied that for those who are heavier in the lower half of the body (pear shaped ladies?) should drink ginger tea to help circulation and aid in the process of burning fat when working out. I guess this is great for all of you ladies who have desk jobs. It's difficult to keep your bum tight and in shape when you're sitting in a chair for at least 7-8 hours a day right? I never had a desk job before but I noticed that my bum was getting pudgier when I was in school. I had to sit in a hard chair for hours at a time and then come home to sit in my chair again to study! I had to force myself to go on the stairmaster at the gym to "lift" my bum and then do a hundred squats. hahaha. I wish I knew about the benefits of ginger tea sooner so it could help burn my fat in all the right areas more quickly!

Before I can go on and on about how beneficial ginger tea is for our health and why you need to start drinking it NOW, let me just list the benefits for you below.
In a nutshell, ginger tea:
  • Helps digestive processes
  • Combats inflammation
  • Combats motion sickness as well as morning sickness for y'all who are preggers
  • Eases the pain of muscle aches (and soreness) for those who work out a lot ;)
  • Helps prevent colon and ovarian cancer
  • Relieves heartburn
  • Relieves menstrual cramps, gas, and bloating!! (In Chinese medicine, ginger tea + brown sugar is used to help relieve menstrual cramps)
  • Relieves headaches and nausea
  • Increases circulation: wakes you up (good for those who have to do all-nighters!!) and gets vitamins to all parts of your body
  • Lowers harmful (LDL) cholesterol
  • Refreshes your mouth and can be used against bad breath
  • Has natural anti-stress qualities
  • Helps fight colds and flues (loosens up phlegm and expands your lungs so you can recover quickly from difficulty in breathing)
  • Strengthens your immune system with all the antioxidants
  • Helps regulate glucose levels for those who have diabetes (drink it first thing in the morning)

After doing all this massive research about ginger tea, I bought all the ingredients to make my own. As you can see, I am totally into making my own organic homemade teas these days. 

Ingredients you'll need:
1. 1 lb. of ginger (should cost you less than $2)
2. Organic Brown Sugar 
(no white sugar, it defeats the purpose so throw that junk out please)
3. Jar

2 hours later. Voila~!

Directions for Drinking Ginger Tea:
1. Boil hot water
2. Place the lovely ginger mix into a cup
3. Pour hot water in

1. I like to add my ginger mix into my black tea (english breakfast tea)
to diminish the strong taste and scent of ginger. 
Sometimes I like to add a tiny bit of soy milk in it to make it my own
English breakfast tea/ginger Latte!! :) Delicious!! 

2. If you want to be hardcore, you can try boiling ginger and dates in hot water. Don't add anything.
Let it cool a bit and drink up! (About 2 cups a day is ideal, any more than that…you might burn a hole in your stomach! hahaha jk).

If you are pregnant, have stomach problems or are on medication, please advise your doctor before you start drinking ginger tea. Side effects could include heartburn or upset stomach or diarrhea when taken in large amounts. Note that these side effects are only due to overconsumption. 
Ginger is pretty strong yo!!! Take it in moderation. :) 

Other than that, enjoy!!!

Homemade Honey Lemon Tea~

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hi All,

Today I got stuck in jury duty. I wish I had tried harder to wiggle my way out of it, but the only thing I didn't like about wasting my day at the court house was that I got the sniffles! They were blasting the air conditioner and the air was so dry that the other female jurors were digging in their purses for cough drops and candy to prevent their throats from drying. The lady behind me had a cold, I believe, and I think she was contagious because now I have the sniffles! Ugh… so now I'm here sippin' on my honey lemon tea that I made last week. You all know that lemons are FULL of Vitamin C right? :)

Look at this HUGE lemon from my backyard!!

When you cut fresh lemon and put it into your tea, it's soooo sour that you end up putting more honey than you actually want or need. So do what I did:

1. Wash your lemon and cut it into thin round slices
or peel the skin and cut up the lemon into chunky pieces
2. Put it into some kind of tupperware
3. Drizzle some honey on it
4. Let it sit overnight and then you can enjoy 
fresh honey lemon tea the next day!

I'm so happy I have a lemon tree in my backyard because I wouldn't want to pay for all these lemons at the grocery store! :P 


How to Have Nice Skin! From the Inside Out. PART 1

Monday, April 4, 2011

When I go to work, I usually have a full face of makeup on from foundation to eye and lip makeup. So when people get up close, people tend to complement me on my skin by saying, "Oh my goodness! You have beautiful skin!" That tells me that I've probably done a good job with concealing my imperfections.

What does beautiful, nice, or good skin mean to you? To me, beautiful skin is skin that is healthy and well hydrated (without any blotchiness or flakiness) without any harsh dark spots, enlarged pores, and acne. Of course I have all of these but I try to minimize them by taking good care of my body.
So the question now is "How do you take care of your skin?"

Taking care of my skin is part of my health and beauty ritual. Everything starts from the INSIDE OUT.

Rose's TIPS
1. Have a Healthy Diet
Yes, I know this sounds so generic but it's true that this is the #1 thing you should do to take good care of your skin. Just like your body, the skin on your face needs to detox. I'm sure you've seen tons of skincare products that have antioxidants including green tea and fruit extracts (acai, blueberries, etc). Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair even claims to neutralize free radicals before they can damage your skin. So eat lots of greens and antioxidants. I'm also trying to cut down on red meat and I've noticed that I have less breakouts and I feel lighter!

2. Drink Lots of Water
The average person does not drink enough water. I have a friend who refuses to drink lots of water because she hates to go to the restroom often. They say that every person should drink at least 8 cups of water a day, but I don't think that's enough. I try to drink 10+ cups of water every day. Try it! And you'll noticed the difference of hydration levels in your skin! It also feels good to know that your body is helping you get rid of some toxins when you drink more water.

3. Cut down on Caffeine!
Many of my friends LOVE to drink coffee. I love my lattes as well but my friends are hardcore coffee drinkers. You know when someone is a hardcore coffee drinker when they always order an Americano and are typical about how full their cup is. When I was in school, I drank so much coffee that I started to feel the jitters so I completely cut out coffee in my diet. I switched over to teas (especially green teas) but that too, eventually I had to cut out because I was having too much caffeine. For every cup of caffeine you drink, you should drink 2 cups of water. That means you have to run to the restroom every 40 minutes! (At least, that's how it is for me).

4. Cut Out the Junk in Your Diet
Cut out the extra sodium, sugars, and oils! I try not to eat salty foods as well as fried foods. I don't drink sodas and I just order water when I'm at a restaurant. Iced teas and juices have too much sugar. So I try to limit myself from drinking juices too. For juices, try to get ones that are Not From Concentrate.
Stop eating all the fried foods! The only way to stop eating fried foods is to stop eating out. Try to have homemade meals as often as you can. It feels good to know exactly what goes in your food, doesn't it?

5. Get Enough Sleep
When I don't get at least 7-8 hours of sleep, I look tired because I get dark circles and my face looks puffy. Your skin needs rest and your face is probably screaming that it does not want to be in touch with anymore pollution and UV rays. Even sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time is damaging to your skin! Your skin needs rest from fighting off all the free radicals and damage that the environment does to your skin. Also, if you're using expensive skincare, you will only reap the right or full benefits if you get proper sleep. Your skin can repair itself and absorb the skincare products you are using when you are resting. Lack of rest can lead to dull, dehydrated, and wrinkled skin! So let's get some sleep people!!

Here are a few articles on Why Sleep is Good for Skin.

To Be Continued.

TUTORIAL: Simple Spring Purple

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review of all 3 palettes are at the end of the video. :)

TUTORIAL: Simple Spring Purple (Review Castledew Palettes)

Rose's 2010 Favorites & More!

Monday, February 7, 2011

To find out which are my absolute favorites, watch my video!

Here are some of the products from my list (not in particular order).

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV foundation
My #1 HD foundation for full coverage! Love it! (My shade: 6.5)

Bare Escentuals Powder Foundation
My favorite mineral makeup for everyday makeup. Going on my 6th year using this product! (My shade: Light)

Dior 'Diorskin' Shimmer Pressed Powder
My recent buy and absolute fave! Ever since I started wearing this product, people have been telling me that I have glowing skin! Thank you Dior! :)

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
My favorite matte bronzer that does not look orange on me. (My shade: Golden Light)

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
My favorite primer to use under the eyes to fill in all those lines before I use my concealer. Love it.

Find out more of my favorite makeup products in my video!! :)
Photo Credits: & (bare escentuals)

B.A.G. Talk with Sally

Friday, January 14, 2011

TUTORIAL: Holiday 2010 Look

Rose's 2010 Birthday Makeup Product List