Super Food is here!

So, I just took a nutrition class from Vanderbilt University on Coursera. Because I have come across a lot of different diets since I have become interested in nutrition and fitness. It’s so easy to get lost in the clouds of information. What’s hard nowadays is no longer the access to information but rather how to sift through the massive amount of information. I felt like I really needed to pay attention to the credibility of information and really look into the “textbook”. I wanted to make sure they are at least scientific-based.

“Super food” is not a new term. Many recent superfood includes common food choices whose nutritional value has been long recognized. Examples of these would be berries, nuts and seeds in general, dark green vegetables , citrus fruits, fatty fish, vegetables with bright, dark or intense colors, many legumes, and whole grains as a group.

The class that I took also gave an example list of super food. A lot of them are already in common everyday diet, but I think this is still a great guide for grocery shopping. It’s now on my fridge door. And I wanted to share this with you and hope you find it helpful as well.

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Eat clean and SUPER!





skincare empties

I don’t really collect my beauty empties, but I do think empties are pretty convincing, at least it means I have used the products for a certain amount of time and should have the stand to say something about them.

1. Chanel UV Essentiel Complete Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Let’s just say I love this sunscreen and would totally pay the full price for it if not it has alcohol in it… I think combination/oily skin would really love using this sunscreen. Non-sticky, easy to wash off and very effective. Great sunscreen!

2. Jergens Skin Firming Daily Toning Moisturizer

I don’t really believe it has skin-firming effects. But I do like the texture of this body cream and it is very moisturizing. It would make a great and affordable body moisturizer in drier seasons.

3. La Mer Regenerating Serum (sample)

Maybe it is because this is just a sample and I didn’t use it long enough to see the effects. But I think I love The Concentrate much more than this one. If you have the budge to buy this, give The Concentrate a try as well.

4. Cetaphil Cleanser

No explanation needed!

5. Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask

Call me insane for spending so much money on a cleansing mask! I don’t usually spend this much money on a mud mask, because I do think cleansing mask is so basic that tons of products can do a good job. But this is different, it has so many essential oils in it and for those who have sensitive skins, seriously try this. I am really impressed by this cleansing mask. Omorovicza products are powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and our patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system. This is combined with the finest vitamins, essential oils and other natural ingredients from across the globe, from the bed of Lake Heviz to the peak of the Andes mountains. I think this mask does a good job cleansing your skin without over-dry or irritate your skin at all. It also calms my skin when I have break outs. Great, great product. The only thing that’s not so lovely about this great product is the price, LOL

6. Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover

Very good makeup remover. Excellent cleansing power, doesn’t irritate the eyes at all. Reminds me of Neutrogena eye makeup remover somehow. Neutrogena is surely a less expensive alternative.

7. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum

I have used full size of this eye serum along with Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream long time ago. They worked very well as a pair. The serum makes the eye cream much easier for the skin to absorb. This sample comes with my recent purchase of the Perfectionist [CP+R] serum. I think I still like it, but I am not sure if I would repurchase the serum in near future. There are just so many good products out there in the market, sorry ANR!

8. Clarins High Definition Body Lift

I really love this body cream-gel. It claims itself as an intensive cellulite control treatment that helps optimize the release of excess fat, even from the most stubborn places. It helps minimize the appearance of cellulite, and enhances skin texture with a dual-toning and smoothing action.This is probably my fifth or sixth bottle. I can’t say that the gel-cream itself can give you “body definition”, I don’t quite buy that,honestly. But I do think it helps reduce cellulite over time. I love, love the texture. It is very smoothing and relaxes your post-workout burning muscles. But just because it has a cooling effect. It can be too cold to use in cooler days. I’d say it is great for summer. Very light and sinks into the skin right away. I am also in love with its refreshing and floral scent.

9. Lumene Vitamin C + Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops

let’s just say, I don’t like it. I got it from CVS for something about $15, very good price for a vitamin C serum. The ingredient list looks very good. It has silicon in it, so it might work well as a good primer for people who have oily skins and pore concerns. I don’t like it because it tends to ball up very easily with my other skin care products. I do like the smell though. I do appreciate its independent capsule packaging, keep the formula fresh and effective. Fat-soluble vitamin C is more gentle on the skin and more stable to preserve than water-soluble vitamin C (ascorbic acid), although water-soluble vitamin C is supposed to be more effective. If you want to add a fat-soluble vitamin C to your skin care routine, try Kiehl’s Line-reducing concentrate. It delivers 10.5% pure vitamin C. I have used up a 75ml bottle and I loved it. It also has silicon in it judging from the ingredient list. But it doesn’t ball up, at least not with my  skin care routine.

10. Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

This is a solidified, oil-based balm, you can soften it by warming it up before applying it. Take a moderate amount and rub it in your hands until it softens and turns into oil, then gently apply to your skin. A little bit goes a long way. I bought it because a lot of people say it helps with acnes. Unfortunately it didn’t save me from acne problem. But I do think it has anti-inflammation effects. I get redness after shaving, but not anymore if I apply this cream after shaving. I use it for my elbows, knees and feet as well. This balm is made of Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. It doesn’t have any additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens.

11. Retin-A

No explanation needed! You know I am religious in using Retin-A now.



Erno Laszlo Hot Deal to share

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Laszlo established a practice that became renowned for its roster of famously beautiful clients with the look of Laszlo, a ritual which harnesses the power of water to achieve the incandescent glow of Laszlo skin. Dr Laszlo’s legend lives on today, as the favorite skincare of the aristocracy, Royal families including discerning top celebrities from the film and music industries to heads of state all over the world.

From a diagnosis called ‘clocking’, based on seven different types of skin, clients are invited to follow a specific cleansing and treatment ritual. Thanks to a full range of products this program is completely adapted to each skin type and helps regain the skins ideal balance, resulting in ‘perfect skin’.

Nothing else works like Laszlo works….nothing else looks like Laszlo skin
Skin: that glows with an inner light and stays firm and beautiful

These 5 principles are the signature of the Erno Laszlo brand and continue to set it apart from any other skin care line in existence.
1. For timeless Beauty  
Clocking: A system for precise and accurate classification of skin type
2. Commence the clear skin countdown
The ritual: A personalized, twice-a-day cleansing and skincare procedure. 
3. Enjoy a little Splash Dance
The 30 Splashes: The core of the ritual….hamessing water’s naturally ability to renew the skin.
4. Dream creams
Ultimate Synergy Care: Erno Laszlo products are developed as a group, and used for interclocking benefits, providing 24-hour skincare without duplication or gaps.
5. Beauty service
Personalization/Modification: After three to four weeks usage, your ritual is modified according to results. Further modifications exist for the season, travel, pregnancy.

Clean, healthy, perfect skin. Skin that glows with an inner light. Skin that stays firm and beautiful for years. This is the look of Laszlo.

I got the INTENSIVE PORCELAIN VEIL for $98.00 with no tax, pretty good deal. And I have always been wanting to try their sea mud soap and phelytil cleansing oil. Enjoy shopping!

Recent Fashion Hall

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I got some new pieces to add to my closet lately. How about you? Are you ready for summer?

Floral prints is so in trend right now, but I found most of them too overwhelming on my short body, sadly. But I love my new jacket and dress. I do prefer the dress to be a little shorter. It is right at my knee height, I wish it would be right above my knees. But I love, love the mirror prints! So pretty!




Currently Snacking On… Papaya Boat to Hawaii!

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Summer is here! Are you feeling the nice breeze?

Papaya enzymes help protein digestion, so I always love to eat papaya with milk or yogurt. Add some berries because summer is the season for berries! Do eat organic berries whenever possible because berries have a lot of pesticides on them, yikes… Fortunately summer is the right season, so organic berries are affordable now, especially if you can get them in your local farms market or Costco. Hurry up!



Memorial Weekend: Zion & Bryce National Parks

We went to Zion and Bryce parks this Memorial weekend and it was really awesome! I enjoyed both parks and loved them both. One thing I didn’t really love that much was the sun! I was wearing sunglasses, my hat and sunscreen, but I still got a bit sunburnt. I have to say that walking under the sun in Utah was no joke! We drove from San Diego to St. George the first day and stayed in a motel there. The second day we went to Zion and spent our night in Panguitch which is a town 30 mins driving distance away from Bryce. We spend our third day in Bryce and drove back to St. George that night. The last day we took off early and had dim sum in Irvine and then drove back home. We did hike quite a bit and it was great. Meandering through the landscape is way more cool than just taking the shuttle and stopping at every viewpoints.


Zion NP


View along Riverside Walk, Zion NP


Roadside flower, Zion NP


Rest area before The Narrows Trail, Zion NP


View along Angels Landing, Zion


Angels Landing Trail


Chessboard Mesa, Zion NP


Navajo Loop, Bryce NP


Navajo Loop, Bryce NP


Peek-A-Boo Trail, Bryce NP


Peek-A-Boo Trail, Bryce NP


Bryce Point, Bryce NP


Bryce Point, Bryce NP


Bryce Point, Bryce NP


Queens Garden Trail, Bryce NP


China Garden, Irvine


China Garden, Irvine

Alien by Thierry Mugler review

Title: Jasmine Flowers Artist: Charoon Boonsuan Media: Oil on Canvas

Title: Jasmine Flowers
Artist: Charoon Boonsuan
Media: Oil on Canvas

Top Notes

Sambac Jasmine

Middle Notes

Cashmere Wood

Base Notes

White Amber

This is a jasmine perfume with a strong character of gardenia on me. It’s a full blast of jasmine and I think you really have to LOVE jasmine and woodsy white floral scents in order to appreciate it.


I have Bvlgari Jasmin Noir on my left wrist and Alien on my right. They tell totally different stories of jasmine. Bvlgari is a green and crispy jasmine while Alien brings out the opposite facets of jasmine. It is deep, lush and vibrant. It represents the yellowish gold, fully-bloomed jasmine flowers, while Bvlgari represents the greenish white buds of jasmine. Its meticulously fostered sensuality is so well made. It is the perfect lady-like sexy without any animalic or erotic aspects.

Alien is not suitable for every woman, also not suitable for every occasion. It is so charming and demands a lot of attention just like “Angel”. With that said, this is a perfume that my explanation won’t give justice. It is just an “alien” fragrance that should be sprayed with a light hand. It is a modern fashion forward scent. And I can see why people either love or hate it.

Alien is a great alternative to sweet winter scents to remind you of summer heat. It is a must try for anyone who truly loves sophisticate and mature jasmine.