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Winnie

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!

Night Routine

1. Makeup remover – Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser (green cap)

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).

Nature Republic SACCHAROMYCES The First Essential Skin
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



4.5 Sheet mask (once a week). I have a bag full of sheet masks of the Etude House I Need You Mask, Nature Republic Real Mask Sheet, and I’m eyeing these next once my stash runs out: Tony Moly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Mask.

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Wanderlust, Winnie

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:

jamon
aged salted jamon and tomato on toasted bread, yum!
torres wine & cheese tasting
Torres – wine & cheese tasting
cherimoya! such a sweet fruit
cherimoya! such a sweet fruit

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!

Quick Travel Guide:

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Winnie

Hi everyone! Long time no post!

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).

Watch Ada & I unbox it:

These are some things we tested:

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Wealth & Personal Finance

I’ve been tracking my spending for 7+ years now and I am proud to share with you the latest Personal Finance Budget & Expense Sheet. 😀

In this sheet, you will need to input all numbers in purple, including salary, health, savings goal, living expenses, flexible expenses, etc. Includes TAX CALCULATIONS so your yearly net amount can be as accurate as possible (although it will never be quite there, so use this sheet as an awesome estimator).

Once again, disclaimers: this is an estimation tool and is in no way shape or form a replacement for your personal advisor or accountant / tax preparer.

(1) This sheet is not going to match your tax refund exactly, but it gives a good basis as to what it would be like
(2) This sheet includes tax calculations for NYC residents. If you reside elsewhere, you will have more money leftover than the last number in this sheet.
(3) This sheet also assumes you take the STANDARD deduction (6200), which… if your NYS tax paid is greater (row 38 + 44), you will be ITEMIZING. (Sheet is currently in the making).

Related post: Monitoring Your Spending

Don’t be a victim of yourself and see this happen –>money flying away (money flying away)


View the Budget & Expense Sheet

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