Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lacking Substance & Creativity

I tend to get bursts of creativity, followed by a downpour of laziness. My drafts page is full of half worked posts that I get excited about one day, lose interest the next. Before even finishing this post, I think to myself "will this even be published?

In a time where quantity tends to overshadow quality, I am my biggest critic.

I am convincing myself to type what comes to mind and to click "publish" before closing down my laptop.

Why is it so hard? Who I am trying to impress? The Internet? But to what extent? I should write for myself. We all do. Worrying and constantly thinking about if there is anyone on the receiving end is useless. It destroys creativity. It destroys our well-being.

Being 27 and seeing young, successful personalities with millions of subscribers often makes me sad. I wish I had what they have when I was at age. But then there is the outpour of mental illnesses. You see videos about influencers sharing their anxieties, worries, and sadness. It  goes back to producing content for the Internet. Getting those views.

Blogging is almost dead, but I refuse to give up on it. I still like to read, I still like to write. Hopefully, there are still people out there that feel the same.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Penny + Grace: April 2018 Review

Attention. New obsession. Penny + Grace. 

I have recently been thinking about how different my style has evolved, even from just 2 years ago. From crop tops and jean shorts to chunky cardigans and leggings, I feel confident with just layers.

My choice of jewelry has also changed. I used to buy any and every loud, eccentric, and unnecessary statement piece I laid my eyes upon. Now, it's all about those dainty pieces.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Even at 25, you gotta start some time...

Let me just start off by saying that I wasn't expecting to write this post today. It hasn't even been a full year since my last entry, but after a couple of months of staying away, it had become clear to me that I fully intended to walk away and abandon all form of blogging.

The latter part of 2016 was filled with immense confusion and hatred, mostly towards myself. I tried my best to be distracted with writing posts, obsessing over reviews on makeup and skincare, but everything felt forced and I was never fully satisfied with anything I produced. Old friends were becoming doctors and lawyers, while there I was, 25 years old and stuck in my parent's home. I was passed over for a raise and promotion at work, and I abruptly quit my job. I spent the next couple of months wallowing in my own sorrow and staying in, spitting out every excuse I could conjure up to friends about how "busy" I was, but in reality couldn't face anyone anymore. 

Towards the end of last year, I finally nabbed a job working for the State of Texas. While it was never the dream, it was an opportunity. This meant, however, moving 5 hours away from my family and anyone else I knew. The new found freedom was both riveting and extremely lonely. 

I don't want to bore anyone by writing some sappy plot about finding my worth or purpose, because it's not that kind of story. There's so many other bumps, turns, and forks on the road ahead, but after 26 years of life, I AM ALIVE

If you're reading this, thank you. I'll stop here and save everyone from just skimming the rest of my words to get to the end. I'm not sure what I'll write about after this, nor am I sure I'll write anything at all.

See you around ✊

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Japanfunbox: July 2016 Unboxing

It's been quite some time again! Anyone that knows me, knows that I love food. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out I was going to get to try out a Japanese candy & snack box from Japanfunbox*. Yes, this is the July box, and's September already.

Monday, August 15, 2016

[Review] April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Pink SPF50+ PA+++

I can't believe it's the middle of August already! I disappeared for a moment due to job searching (still no job), but glad to be back again. Today I'll be talking about my go-to cushion for everyday, the April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Pink ($19.29) in the color "Green" courtesy of BB Cosmetic. I've been obsessed with watching color correcting makeup on YouTube lately, so I was excited to try out this particular cushion. This is a "tone corrector" meant to be used alongside your regular foundation/bb cream, but I typically use it by itself.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

[Review] Choonee Water Lip Tint Balm

For the past week, I've been trying out the Choonee Water Lip Tint Balms in Grapefruit, Cherry, and Peach sent to me by BB Cosmetic. In other words, the colors are orange, red, and pink. My lips have been ridiculously chapped and dry lately due to all the matte lipsticks I've been obsessed with, so I've been gravitating towards lip balms more often lately to give my lips a break and let them heal.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Matcha Doin': 3 Simple Ways to Incorporate Matcha in Your Life

If you personally knew me over a year ago, then you would have seen how obsessed I was with drinking brewed tea and making my own matcha latte at home. For a good while, I would wake up early before getting ready for work to heat up some milk in a pan and whisk it together with matcha powder using a traditional bowl and bamboo whisk. And then, I eventually got lazy. I recently stumbled upon my large bag of matcha powder and thought, "why let it go to waste?" Thus, here I am talking to you all about 3 really simple ways to incorporate matcha in your life with common ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen.

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