Friday, September 30, 2016

I'm On Vacation

This post is just to let everyone know that I am going on vacation starting this evening and will not be able to update this blog for 2 weeks. I tried to write articles and do scheduled posts because I will be going on vacation for a long time but it was difficult! Believe me, I tried. I did not want to leave this blog unattended for 2 weeks but I was busy at work and couldn't get my mind to write any sensible articles worth your time. So I decided to just take a rest and let everyone know I am on vacation. I will respond to all comments and email upon my return. I will surely miss reading your comments but I just had to go on vacation. Stress is killing me lately and I badly need this respite. If you are interested in knowing where I will be going, you can follow me on Instagram (@pinklemonjenn) or on Twitter (@pinklemonjenn).

Hoping for everyone's understanding.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

8 Korean Beauty Products You Should Try

With the popularity of Korean cosmetics these days, it is no wonder that many people would want to join the bandwagon. However, newbies would feel overwhelmed. The selection is as vast as the Pacific Ocean and the brands as many as the visible pores on my face (meaning A LOT!). I started out early in the game which is why I am able to catch up on the ever-changing trends in Korean cosmetics. Though I admit that there are so many brands out there nowadays that I haven't even heard of before, but as someone who has been following the industry for quite some time, I can say I have an understanding on what works and what don't. So, for the newbies out there or for anyone who is curious about Korean cosmetics, here are 7 products that you should try (and yes, I recycle my pictures because I have nothing better to show you).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tokyo, Japan (Imperial Palace)

I was super excited to visit the Imperial Palace. I haven't read much before our trip to Tokyo so I didn't know really what to expect when we visited. I was thinking finally I will be able to see a real palace/castle (I was disappointed with Osaka Castle and Nagoya Castle was okay). Surprisingly, the Imperial Palace is not open to the public. You will only get to see it from afar. I guess it's because the emperor and empress of Japan are living here? The garden is open to the public though and is free entrance. Worth visiting during other seasons because of the blooms and trees planted but looks ordinary during summer. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

L is for Learning

Top and Pinafore: thirfted | Shoes: Suite Blanco
Bag: gifted | Bracelets: from Quiapo | Pins: Stradivarius
Lips: The Face Shop Melting Lip Color in Candy Violet

Whenever I tell people that I don't know how to ride the bike they are always surprised. They would be like "what were you doing when you were a child?" And then I started to ponder. What was I doing during my youth? Did I waste away my life and did nothing? Was I too diffierent from other kids that how I spent my youth was something they could not imagine? I really don't know. And then I told myself, it is never too late to learn new things. I may be 28 years old now but that does not mean I cannot learn how to ride the bike. And I did.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Product Review: Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur

Primers are an essential part of my makeup routine. I don't know about you but in my opinion primers can make your skin appear smoother and make application of makeup easier. I have always been curious about the Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur because it claims to make your skin appear smoother and feel silkier. If a product claims my pores will disappear, I am sold. My enlarged pores have always been an insecurity (and so does my indented acne scars but more of my pores) and I just want them to disappear!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Disneyland)

I can't go to Tokyo without visiting Tokyo Disneyland! It was actually my mom who wanted to visit but because Disneyland is one of the most picturesque places on earth, how can I resist? There are two Disneyland parks in Tokyo: Disneyland and Disney Sea. We decided to visit Disneyland because we wanted to compare it with other Disneyland parks we have visited. My mom has been to the ones in California and Hong Kong and I have only been to the latter. Honestly, there isn't any difference. Everything is just the same! So I therefore conclude that visiting one Disneyland in your lifetime is enough (and because of the fact that their food is ridiculously expensive!). Or maybe two because Disney Sea as I heard is a whole different theme park than your regular Disneyland.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mixing Styles with Zaful

Dress: c/o Zaful | Shoes: Zara | Bracelets: Stradivarius
Lips: The Face Shop Melting Lip Color in Pink Grapefruit

When I first started this blog, I wanted to try different styles. I was mostly going with what is trendy and was so caught up with the idea of being a “blogger.” Sometimes I would try so hard to keep up with the trends that suddenly it felt suffocating. And then I found what my style is truly about and what I am most comfortable wearing. My style is very feminine and girly and I stopped trying so hard to be trendy. I realized I love flirty and frilly dresses and skirts, flats and heels. I don’t like studs, chunky boots and ripped clothes. But sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to experiment with your style. This is why I like Zaful. The wide selection of clothes they have caters to my personal style but also allow me to be creative and try other styles as well.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Top 5 Favorite Korean Cosmetics Brands

If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you know my preference on Korean cosmetics over any other type of cosmetics. They are more affordable than their Western counterparts and they work quite well my skin (and hair). I have reviewed a lot of Korean products over the past 5 years that I've been blogging (yes, May 2016 marked the 5th year of my blogging and I still can't believe it's been that long already!) so some of you may already have an idea what I like, what I don't and what I consider as holy grail. For now, I will share the top 5 Korean cosmetics brands which would be helpful for beginners in the Korean cosmetics realm (if you are familiar with Korean cosmetics you are aware that it can be overwhelming due to the wealth of products to choose from). This list is in no particular order.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tokyo, Japan (Odaiba and Shinjuku)

After a tiring day around Mt Fuji, my family and I decided to visit Odaiba. I wanted to have dinner in Baratie, the One Piece themed restaurant located at the 7th floor of Fuji TV station. Also, as an anime fan, of course I can't miss seeing the life-size Gundam robot in Diver City Tokyo Plaza mall. We decided to look around and see the Gundam robot first before heading to dinner. We also decided to shop a little in the mall. It was already around 7:30PM when we arrived at the base of Fuji TV station. I was confused as to why the escalators are all going down (there were two escalators and both are going down. None are going up). When I asked the receptionist, I was told Baratie is already closed for the day. They allow guests to enter only until 7PM and last order is 7:30PM. It was exactly 7:31PM when he looked at his watch. Damn! 

Thursday, September 08, 2016

My Favorite LBD (Little Blue Dress) From Zaful

Dress: c/o Zaful | Bag: Betsey Johnson | Shoes: Asos
Sunglasses: H&M | Rings: Forever 21
Lips: The Face Shop Melting Lip Color in Pink Grapefruit

Everyone says a LBD or a little black dress is a must in every girl's closet. It is that one dress you can wear for any occasion. But black is not really a shade that I am comfortable to wear so I don't really follow that saying. I would prefer a white dress any time or another LBD - the Little Blue Dress.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Mt. Fuji, Japan (Lake Kawaguchiko and Kawaguchiko Station)

As I mentioned in my previous posts, the area around Lake Kawaguchiko is a sight in itself. It has character and the surroundings just seem alive – like it came straight out of the Daddy Long Legs anime! This is one of my favorite parts of our trip (next to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum) though I am sad about not seeing Mt. Fuji.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

27 Dress

There is always a reason for me to buy a dress. If it isn’t obvious yet, I prefer wearing dresses over anything else. Jeans are uncomfortably hot and too restricting. Shorts are okay but most of the shorts I find are loose on the waist and too tight on the thighs (because I have huge thighs). Skirts are also okay but I always find a hard time thinking what top to wear. And because I am always running late (as I love to sleep in) dresses are the easiest type of clothing to wear – for any occasion! Whether I am attending a wedding (or getting married), going to a school dance or just for everyday wear a dress is the first thing that I look for.