The Importance of Skincare

Skincare is one of those topics I feel quite interested in. I’m a firm-believer that if you can spend 30+ minutes putting on your makeup, the least you can do for your skin is take the same amount of time cleansing and taking care of it. No matter how busy I am, I always try to make time to give my skin the proper pampering it needs. So after giving it much thought, I thought I’d make a post on my skincare routine and on tips and products I feel everyone should at least try.
For starters, my skin is sensitive. Very sensitive; always having to be careful with what products I use or how often I use them, so my skincare routine hardly varies. I’m not one who tends to be very consistent on most aspects of my life, but skincare is the exception.

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  • Clinique Take the Day Off Make-Up Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips: To start of my makeup removal, I soak three cotton pads to wipe-off any eye-makeup or stubborn lip product. This easily removes any waterproof or wear-resistant product without having to scrub harshly which can cause skin damage.
  • Banila Co. Clean It Zero Balm: This has been one of my latest purchases and it has become one of my favorite products. It has a solid balm texture, almost like coconut oil but when it comes in contact with water, it transforms into a silky oil that rinses off effortless; melting every last bit of product, without leaving that icky feeling some oil cleanser leave behind.
  • La Roche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Soap-Free Cleanser: I’m a firm believer and advocate of double cleansing. So after I finish rinsing off the residue left from the Clean It Balm, I lather this into my skin, using circular motions to massage the skin. On days when I want something a bit more deep-cleansing, I grab my handy-dandy Clarisonic and use it alongside this product.
  • La Roche-Posay Miscellar Water Ultra: To guarantee a clean face, free of any dirt or impurities, once I’m done cleaning I like to go back with a soaked-cotton pad and apply across my face. It leaves the skin feeling fresh and clear, without it feeling dried out. It’s alcohol free. No parabens or colorants. In other words, completely safe for sensitive skin.
  • Moisturizer: Here comes the tricky part. I have three moisturizers I swear by for different reasons, each catering to different skin situations I may encounter; all wonderful for their distinct reasons.
    • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: First off we have one for when my skin isn’t feeling all that dry. Personally, I tend to use this one more in the morning as it provides just the right amount of moisture under my makeup but if your skin is more on the oily side, you can use this one as a nightly moisturizer. Remember! Even oily skin should kept moisturized.
    • Avene Trixéra Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Balm: Now this is a moisturizer I grab on days when my skin is feeling extra dry. My dermatologist recommended it to me a couple years ago and I swear by it. It’s extremely rich and can hydrate even the driest skin. My favorite aspect of this product is that it is suitable for not only your face but also for your body! (I realized I included the wrong picture for it, oops!)
    • PONDS Dry Skin Cream: Now this item will always hold a special place in my heart. Growing up, I remember watching my great-grandmother carefully pat her face before going to bed with this, emphasizing the importance of maintaining your skin hydrated and well taken care of. It’s suitable for sensitive skin and is very inexpensive and can be found at your local drugstore.
  •  NIA24 Eye Repair Complex: Your eyes are something you can never neglect, and although I learned that a bit late, I now know the importance of a good eye-cream. This is my favorite so far; delivering just what it promised. It helps de-puff tired eyes and helps smooth any fine lines.
  • Sheet Masks: Last but certainly not least, sheet masks! This is honestly my favorite part of my whole skincare routine. I don’t stick to a specific brand with sheet masks; usually just grabbing one that caters to my skin problem at the moment. Tip: pop one of them in the refrigerator for a couple minutes before applying and it’s life changing. The cooling sensation feels so nice on your skin.

Hope you enjoyed this peek at my nightly skin routine. Until next time~!
– Ashley xX

Peripera: Ink the Velvet + Ink the Airy Velvet

Peripera: Ink the Velvet + Ink the Airy Velvet

If you’re anything like me, it can be quite a struggle finding a lip product that holds up with the constant snacking and long hours of work. With eye-catching phrases such as:

“A velvet-smooth texture for soft, flake-free lips.”

It was only natural to give in and see for myself if the Peripera Peri’s Ink Collection was truly worth the hype.

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Now Peri’s Ink Velvet consists of two collections: Ink the Velvet and Ink the Airy Velvet. Peri’s Ink the Velvet provides a more rich, long-lasting matte finish while Peri’s Ink the Airy Velvet provides a natural, almost air-like finish.

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I’m a sucker for light, fun summer shades so when I saw the S/S 2017 shades I knew I had to order them.
The S/S 2017 shades consist of five lovely, unique shades: Spring Orange, Pure Peach, Charming Coral, Beauty Peak Rose, and Girlish Red. But as I scrolled further through the StyleKorean website, I stumbled upon the Airy Velvet shades and knew I’d have to order those as well.

ink The Airy Ink Velvet Collection carries five shades as well: Heart Grapefruit, Pretty Orange Pink, Sold Out Red, Beautiful Coral Pink, and Elf Light Rose.
So I placed my order and patiently waited for my package to arrive.
Each lip-tint comes in small plastic containers, each pot in a similar color to the shade it comes in. My personal favorite would be the petal-shaped applicator; allowing for an easy, even application.
The stain-power on each of these is incredible; the longevity varying per shade. The average duration, without any need for retouching, is approximately 5-6 hours; fading to a nice no-budge stain.
All in all, just like every other Peripera product, these Peri Ink lip tints (creams?) are definitely worth the hype. Especially the Airy Velvet Collection if you’re looking for a lightweight, long-stay product; it holds the no-budge magic of a matte lip product, without the heaviness and dryness they tend to bring.

– Ash xX


Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

With 2017 coming to an end, we quickly begin to draw up checklists of hopes for the future rather than taking a moment to press pause and reflect; to sit back from our fast-paced lives to think about not only where we want to go, but where we’ve been. 2017 for me was a year of beautiful mistakes and growth; I learned and I lived. People came, and people left. The world changed, and so did I. But the bitter-sweetness of 2017 also brought many beautiful things. It showed me the magic of a ramen night with the right people, and how it can cure any issue no matter how big it may seem. It brought closure, showing me the importance of knowing when to let go. It helped me appreciate the simple things in life, and helped me understand the beauty of timing. It helped me realize that my mother’s sayings held some amusing logic behind them, no matter how silly they sounded. It helped me learn that in order to have clarity in life, I have to first look within myself; as Carl Jung once said, “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” For 2018, all I ask is for the opportunity for more growth and a bigger and wiser heart.

Simple Everyday Meals: Rice Cakes


I like to keep things simple, and food is no exception. When I first started high school, all the way up until about senior year, I had a habit of skipping breakfast- I thought it was an unnecessary hassle and that it would save time. Who wants to wake up at 5am to cook? As someone who treasures every possible minute of sleep, this sounded quite unappealing.

Freshman year of college, I told myself I’d find healthy foods that I could crave and would make me want to get up from bed and have me looking forward to starting my day. And I did!

These recipes I’m going to be sharing in this post and upcoming posts are extremely simple- some of them can even be prepped from the night before! Which means extra snooze time and who doesn’t like that?

The first meal is one of my personal favorite: rice cakes!

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– 2 rice cakes
– 1 tbsp of sunbutter or your favorite nut butter
– 1 tbsp of vegan cacao spread (my personal favorite is Artisana’s but there’s a lot of other good ones out there)
– Strawberries
– Bananas
– Blueberries (optional)

Lay out all your ingredients in front of you and place two rice cakes on a plate. Spread 1tbsp of sunbutter on one and 1tbsp of cacao spread on the other. Wash and cut up some strawberries and 1/2 a banana (I use around 2-3 strawberries.) Decorate to taste (I personally enjoy placing bananas on my sunbutter rice cake and strawberries on the cacao spread.) If you’re craving something different, wash up some blueberries as well and use them to garnish your cakes.

… and that’s it! Super simple and super yummy.

Ash xX

Twenty | 20

20. The constant reminder of my age brings a bitter-sweet, muddled feeling. A confusing midpoint in life; no longer considered a child, not quite an adult. You’ve made it this far, past the awkward adolescent years yet you’re only halfway through the journey.
Three years ago, I found myself graduating high school. A terrified 17 year old with no clue what I wanted. Everyone around me seemed to have it all figured out. Pre-med. Pre-law. Engineering. Nursing. Business. Yet there I was, with no single idea of what direction I wanted to head in.

Flash-forward three years, and the feeling still lingers.

What do I want in life? If I had known the answer to that question at the time, I probably wouldn’t be writing this blog post right now. Or maybe I would, just in a different context.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post. 20 things I’ve learned at 20.


  1. Seize every opportunity: Don’t let your fear ever stop you from going after what you want at the moment. Some chances only come once in your life, and if you spend time trying to live in your comfort zone you’ll never be happy.
  2. Sometimes it’s better to let go: Friends should help you grow and bring a positive influence in your life. If you notice your friendship has become toxic and is bringing you more harm than good, it’s time to end it. Weed out the bad, and only let the good grow.
  3. Believe in something: Find something and let it consume you. Whether it’s a goal or yourself, find something to fight for and give it your all.
  4. It’s okay to not have it figured out: Everyone is at a different stage and believe it or not, one day you’ll find every answer you’ve been looking for. But for now relax, life isn’t a checklist.
  5. Read: Read a lot. Books have the power to shape you, opening your mind to new worlds and perspectives you would’ve never dreamed about. Read every second you have a chance.
  6. Learn to see the familiar in the strange: Or vice-versa; learn to see the strange in the familiar. Challenge your mind and learn to see the world in a new perspective.
  7. Say no: It’s okay to say no. Don’t feel obligated to do things you don’t want to just because of what others may think or want.
  8. Learn to be alone: We’re social creatures, but every once in a while it’s good to have some alone time. Learn to appreciate your own presence and company. You’ll discover things about yourself you never knew.
  9.  Moderation: Life is about balance. As Cheryl Cole‘s song once said, “Too much of anything can make you sick, even the good can be a curse.”
  10. Spend time with your family: Sometimes we forget that they’re getting older too and they won’t be around forever. Enjoy the time you have with them. All the moments, no matter how small they may seem, will make the most beautiful memories.
  11. Don’t settle: Nothing good came to someone who never strived for more. Never be satisfied with where you are; appreciate what you have, but always remember there’s room for improvement.
  12. Seek fairness: If something seems unfair, speak up. Don’t ever let yourself or others be silenced. You have a voice, use it.
  13. Write: Just pick up a pen and write. Scribble the first words that come to mind. Let them flow out from you. You’ll never understand how therapeutic it is until you try it.
  14. Don’t change for someone else: Don’t try to turn into something you’re not to impress someone. Always stay true to who you are.
  15. Be childish: It’s okay to curl up in your living room and sing along to all the High School Musical movies. It’s okay to wear an animal onesie around your house. It’s fine to still sleep with your childhood stuffed toy. Embrace the innocence in your soul.
  16. Stop complaining: If something is bothering you, do something.
  17. Red lipstick can be your best friend: It will do wonders to your self-esteem, trust me.
  18. Take care of your body: It’s the only one you have.
  19. Change is good: You might find comfort and feel safe in your usual routine, but it’s good to spice things up every once in a while. Try a new hair color. Order something new. You might find yourself to like new things.
  20. You never stop learning: Every day you’ll learn something new in life. Don’t ever think you know it all.

05.23.17 | Palma de Mallorca

This past week has been crazy and unreal to say the least. Between work and classes, sometimes even 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like enough and each day can start to feel repetitive and dull. So you can imagine my excitement when my supervisor announced that I’d be attending a one week all-paid course in Palma de Mallorca.
“Palma?!” I screamed.
At that moment, I couldn’t believe what my ears were hearing. I’d be getting sent to Palma for a whole week for FREE. IMG_0134.JPG

Plane-view of Madrid

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New Beginnings

Hello, and welcome to a little piece of my muddled mind. This has been something trailing in the back of my head for a couple of years now, so it’s been a long time coming and here it is. 

Blogging has been an on and off project for me. Over the last couple years I have opened up small blogs, or contributed to writing posts on certain pages but due to the lack of direction and inspiration, it usually resulted in inactiveness and ultimately losing the motivation to continue my attempts of blogging. 

When the new year kicked in, I told myself that I would work hard to finish any incomplete projects I had, as well as finding the courage to pursue new endeavors that might’ve terrified me before in the past. This is step one.

So if you’re reading this, thank you for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great day~

Until the next post~!

– Ash xX