Before I turned 25, my mom was like, “Winnie, everything is going to change. You better take care of your skin.” Since following Ceci’s blog about Korean products and going on a shopping trip with her… I have come to a skin care routine. Taking your skin is the best way to keep looking like a 12 year old 🙌 .
I slowly gone from a 2 step process (wash & tone) to a multi-step process. This are the current products I use and I’ll update this page as I change it up!
2. Face wash – Tony Moly Goat Cream Cleanser – this cleanser leaves my face feeling super moisturized and not dry. This is my first Korean cleanser product and I’m so happy to have made the switch! I always though cleansers dried your skin… and that was normal. Unfortunately, I gave this to my boyfriend so I switched to the Burt’s Bees. During my link searches for this blog post, I found this on Amazon for $9 and repurchased! What a steal considering the Tony Moly price is $19 (what I paid).
3. Toner – Nature Republic SACCHAROMYCES The First Essential Skin. It’s gloopy and definitely different from the products I’ve used from drugstores. I do feel it moisturize my skin, leaving it soft. I’m so happy I can finally can use this since I finished my other products (noted below). Do not confuse this with the other products in the line (this product is not on Amazon so go find a store nearest you. I originally got 2 bottles from RoseRoseShop but it’s not listed right now: click here to check).
4. Essence – MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (150 mL for $28 on Amazon). This is an affordable mock of the SKII. It’s $49 on MISSHA.com
Earlier this month, I went to Barcelona, Spain for six days. In short, it was great eating tons of jamon and tapas, drinking sangria and wine , and exploring the city by foot. Six days was not long enough since I didn’t get a chance to explore the old Arenas, now shopping mall. While we caught a flamenco show, we did not attend a game. The night we flew in was a game that Barcelona won (the streets were probably so crazy, but would’ve been a great experience!) Bullfights were banned in 2012… so head over to Madrid.
My favorite things:
playing with selfie sticks
chillin by the beach
drinking too much @ Torres Winery
making tapas – clam croquettes
biking around the city
Things I Recommend:
Sagrada Familia [ticketed] – this is a beautifully church designed by Gaudi that is still in the process of being built by many different architects. We bought the basic ticket and realized when we were inside that the “Panoramic Views” ticket included the elevator ride to the top. An extra 14€… and we even considered rebuying a ticket XD
Casa Batllo [ticketed] – this house, designed by Gaudi, made me wonder how someone can live in something like this! It’s very artistic and can be a bit wonky. This attraction came with a free guided audio tour on an Android device… and headphones they do not clean after being returned
Park Guell – the mosaic portion is ticketed, however, the garden is free. It was a bit underwhelming once we got inside. There was a separate line (45 min wait) for the little exhibit. The park itself is very well maintained
Tapas24 [Yelp] – this was my favorite tapas experience in Barcelona. They had this amazing boneless kimchi chicken wings and the pork ribs…
Wine Tour – this 6-7 bus tour was fun! 45 minutes away and we stopped at Jean Leon winery. Then we went to Torres, the biggest vineyard in the area and had a wine and cheese tasting class. The last stop was Freixenet, which was by far, the best tour we’ve ever been on (beats Napa Valley). Although I am not a big fan of bubbly wine (and I was totally buzzed once we arrived), it was enjoyable
Boqueria Market – go buy some fresh produce, juices, and try the cherimoya fruit!
Playing with the Cricut Explore Air™ between this blog post. It’s sooo cool. I’ve always wanted one and I finally decided to get it since it was on sale at Michaels… and I made some freelance art money (totally justifies the purchase).
I will be starting my 3rd round of BBG on Mon, Feb 22. Do you care to join me? I liked my experience with this program, even if my progress was slow. I’m so proud I was able to stay committed! It really helps that there is a set workout and that it was do-able at home for a majority of the program. I won’t be sharing any progress photos here, since the lighting and timing is not consistent, thus change is really noticeable, haha! This is the timer I use at home on my laptop and on this app my Android phone.
BBG (Bikini Body Guide) is a 12-week program by Kayla Itsines . It has 30 minute workouts for Mon, Wed, and Fri that target all parts of your body. The off days are for you to do cardio, light intensity, high intensity, and stretch. (You can obviously switch the days around that work into your schedule.) There is also a separate guide for Part 2 (weeks 13-24) and nutrition.
I started on August 24, 2015 after my cousin received it from her friend. It has been 24 weeks since the beginning and I did the entire 12-week program twice, ending on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 (no break in between). The first 8 weeks were done at home and we video chatted. The last 4 weeks were at the gym since we needed Bosu Balls and more steps. Great timing because I got a one-month pass for her!
Are there results? Yes. I am stronger . I can do 10 push ups in a row. My arms aren’t exactly at 90 degrees, but I can do it. And I can do sit ups. (Surprise surprise, I was never able to do one without my feet being held down by something). Just for background, before this program, I went to the gym often and took a bunch of group fitness classes (Zumba, total body training, etc).
Did I lose weight? Maybe. My weight fluctuates a few pounds. In Sep 2015, I was 110.1 pounds and in Feb 2016, I am 107.8 pounds average. Here is my weight chart based on a 7:25 am weight measurement almost every morning recorded in my Fitbit:
I also didn’t take any measurements of the rest of my body because I am not trying to shrink into a smaller clothing size. Maybe I’ll do that this time around just to blog about it, ha.