Foods I don't like

/ Sunday, June 26, 2011 /
Hey guys,

First, I would like to apologize for the lack of blog posts recently. I've been through a lot of personal problems/troubles that have taken quite a long time to resolve. No worries - I will be posting up more posts soon =D

Ooh, that last phrase was quite redundant.... >_<

Anyways, today will be a weird post, in a way. Lots of my friends ask me what kinds of foods I like to eat, since mostly the things that I cook are Chinese/Korean dishes.

Of course, there are lots of things that I like to eat. However, on the other hand, I am a very picky person when it comes to eating. There are some things that in this world, while many people love to eat them, I do not like, or rather, perhaps even detest. So today, here are the things that I detest consuming....

1. Steak

Mouth-watering, juicy, huh? For me, it's just a big hunk of meat that needs to be sawed through, and can often be hard to chew and swallow. Sorry, no can do.

2. Hot wings

Yummy, you say? I don't like the sauce. And also, I just don't like eating chicken skin. Sorry...

3. Ice cream

While I love froyo and smoothies and slushies and sherbets and stuff, I feel that ice cream (not gelato, just normal ice cream) is way too rich. I'll tolerate it, but I won't enjoy it. Sorry.

4. Bitter cucumber

This is one of my least favorite vegetables. I just don't like the bitter taste, that's all. Sorry, even though it is Asian...

5. Rich Indian food

I do like Indian food a lot. Indian food that isn't very oily. I just don't like greasy food in general - it's way too oily, and I feel like that coating of the texture takes away a lot of the actual flavors the spices and other ingredients originally created. I just feel that too much oiliness in general is not palatable. Sorry.

6. Chai drinks/Chai spices

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Even though I do love coffee, hot chocolate, espresso drinks, etc very much, I just don't like Chai in general. I don't like the spicy flavor of it.

7. Cinnamon gum

Too spicy. Sorry...

8. Bacon

Too much fat! Fat drippings. Etc.

9. Canned sardines

Too much of a metal can taste...

10. Rice
So this is the one, the final one, that most people would find terrible for me to say. I just don't like it because it feels like just empty calories to me. A filler. Also kind of flavorless. I apologize for offending my roots. It's just something...

Anyways, that's all guys. I think 10 things are enough. Lolz. 

Please feel free to comment about what foods you dislike, what things that are traditionally liked but that you do not like, etc. 

See ya!

Dream wishlist

/ Wednesday, June 22, 2011 /
Sorry guys, I know this is such an early list.

However, this year, some crazy crazy stuff has happened to me. I just received some really bad news, and I'm feeling extremely down right now. I apologize for all of the extreme thoughts right here, but to cheer myself up, this is what I'd like for Christmas (materialistically):

1. A gift card to or to buy textbooks
3. Nice earphones that are not too big for my ears and aren't so easily broken
4. LASIK!!!
5. Nice dresses
6. A pants suit (for work)
7. Asian gel pens for writing (very skinny pens)
8. Laser color printer
9. Gum!
10. Enough money to survive medical school and college
11. A bike
12. A car (small, preferably Japanese brand - they are the only ones that are small enough that a person who is as short as me can still ride)
13. Subscription to Netflix
14. Subscription to The Economist
15. A chance to live at a 5-star hotel for 3 nights in a row
16. A cruise to somewhere
17. Eye cream that actually works
18. Really cute shorts

Hopefully that's it? I'm sorry that these items are often so expensive. This is something that I could never even dream of owning (a lot of these things) till I get an actual job. This is just while I'm still dreaming. Just dreaming.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer

/ Friday, June 10, 2011 /
Hey guys and gals,

Today I'm going to be doing review on Neutrogena's Oil-Free moisturizers, specifically, the Sensitive Skin and SPF 15 kind.
Neutrogena Moisture Oil-Free Formula, 4 Ounce  
I first tried the Sensitive Skin formula during the end of high school. Back then, I was breaking out a lot constantly, and I also had sensitive skin (I later grew out of it a little bit due to skin conditioning - more on that later). I put it on every morning and night. There's a little pump that is close-able to prevent the formula from drying out. The pump makes the solution quite sanitary. The formula worked quite well; I did not break out, and it moisturized my face.

However, later on, I realized that I needed to put sunscreen on my face during the daytime, especially since I live in the sunbelt. Uh-oh. I hate putting sunscreen on my face. It is really greasy, hot, and disgusting, and feels really sticky on my face. Fortunately, one of my friends recommended the SPF 15 formula to me. It was rated by Allure as a top product a while back. Hmm... I thought about trying it...

So a month ago, there was a CVS sale on Neutrogena skincare products; it was the typical BOGO 1/2 off sale. Of course, that's not a super fantastic sale, but I had a coupon as well, so I decided to use it. Cool beans.

Thus, I tried it starting a few days ago. It works really really well! I really like it, more than the Clean & Clear Finishes Pore Perfecting Moisturizer SPF 15 (I reviewed this product a while back). I like it much better, especially since it is less sticky than the Clear & Clear one.

Bottom line, I would definitely recommend using this for going outside and everyday daytime use. Using the Sensitive Skin formulation would be good for the night, but for people especially living in the sun belt, the SPF 15 kind is the way to go for the day.

My Makeup Story

/ Tuesday, June 7, 2011 /
Hi guys,

Today I'm going to go back to makeup stuff and answer one of the most common tags on the internet. My makeup story.

Makeup Default Girly Stuff

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?

I started wearing makeup when I was 16, a junior in high school. But back then it was basically just smearing on some eyeshadow and eyeliner. I didn't really understand how to use it and it looked pretty terrible. I didn't really get into it till my second year in college, when I actually started watching tutorials and trying out different looks.

2. How did you get into makeup?

I think it was really via viewing youtube videos and seeing all the looks that were possible to be created. I feel like the face is a painting, and truly makeup is a form of beautiful art. Only in this case, it is art for the face. Isn't that cool?

3. What are some of your favorite brands?

I really like ELF (eyeslipsface). That's really because it's extremely cheap, and on my incredibly limited college budget (and saving up for med school) it works well. I also like CoverGirl for mascaras, and, through mom, Estee Lauder is cool too.

4. What does makeup mean to you?

Makeup for me is several things. At first, when I first started, it was a way to cover my insecurities about myself (I used weigh a lot more than I do now, and I used to look like a total dork/geek/nerd in high school). My confidence has increased a bit sense then, and now, for me, makeup is a way to express myself, to increase my confidence still, and to make me feel more free and liberated.

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be?

They would be (1) eyeshadow, (2) mascara, (3) eyeliner, (4) concealer. The very basics for eyes.

6. What is your favorite thing about makeup?

My favorite thing about makeup is that it allows me to express myself in ways I have never been able to before. It is literally like painting a picture on my face. It is a very mobile form of art, since I take it everywhere I go.
Emily Ann Emmett Make Up Artist in Newcastle United Kingdom UK England

7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?

I think that drugstore makeup can be just as high-quality as high end makeup. I've actually used both, but I feel like sometimes drugstore makeup can actually be better than high end makeup. For example, I am really wary and cautious about mascara, because I really need a good one (I have short, straight, sparse eyelashes), and the drugstore ones I've used (Covergirl LashBlast Length + Volume, Almay) are actually a lot better than the high end ones (Estee Lauder Magnificent Lash? something like that).

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner? 

I would say that the adage that "less is more" is definitely true. Please do not slather on tons of makeup onto your face at once - due to lack of experience, it'll more likely make one look like a clown rather than a beauty model. 
Trust me - I learned this the hard way in middle school.

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood?

One makeup trend I never understood was setting eyeliner with eyeshadow. Getting eyeshadow where eyeliner should be, especially on the lower lashes, just would get eyeshadow into your eyes and irritate and hurt your eyes.

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?

I think the beauty community on youtube has really helped me improve a lot on my makeup techniques, as well as taught me a lot of tricks and tips for improving my skincare and health. It's awesome!


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