Cartoon Circuit Training

When I fished my first month of Insanity workout and was about to start the one week recovery training, I had some hip pain from the earlier workout and then my period came, so I took about ten days off before I started my second month of Insanity. I did some circuit training after my rest just to prepare my body for the more intense Insanity workout coming after.

I usually follow fitness videos when I work out at home, but I’d love to watch entertaining shows when I work out if possible. So I drew the circuit training and pasted it on the wall. It was more fun to work out and watch shows at the same time =)

I hope you will find this helpful as well.

xoxo,

Ling

circuit traning

Birthday Zodiac Slippers

BGshoes

 

Just saw this luxury collection of zodiac slippers from Charlotte Olympia on Bergdorf Goodman. So cute! But SO expensive… Still fun to check out!

Apparently I like Sagittarius the best as I am a Sagittarius! Love the mustard color and simplicity of the sign. My other favorites are Cancer, Leo, and Capricorn. What is your birthday sign?

xoxo,

Ling

Bvlgari Mon jasmin noir review

Artist:  Korobkin Anatoly Medium: Painting - Oil On Canvas

Artist:
Korobkin Anatoly
Medium:
Painting – Oil On Canvas

Top Notes

Citrus notes, Lily of the valley

Middle Notes

Jasmine

Base Notes

Musk, Patchouli, Virginia cedar, Nougat

I am on my third test wear of Mon jasmin noir while I am writing this post.

The openning notes are a little screechy. It starts off with a blast of acid, sharp yet powdery at the same time to my nose. But it goes away very quickly. And then you are entering into a jasmine garden that is surrounded by cedars. It makes me think of a leisure walk at a breezy summer night, so fresh and comforting. I feel so embarrassed all of a sudden. On the one hand, I wish it could be just a little warmer and more floral so it will bring me to my lover, but on the other hand, I am worried that it would ruin the freshness and this god-given summer night is meant to be enjoyed by oneself.

It really doesn’t get sweet until the dry down where you can smell the lovely nougat. But it is never too sweet or too gourmand. It is only an innocent girl in her white dress, smiling at you, just that right amount of sweetness. See, after all, she is still a girl, and now she wants to nuzzle something cuddly and rest for the night.

jasmine

I would say Mon jasmin noir is a spicy jasmine perfume with a smooth finish of creamy nougat that is sweet but not saccharine. Jasmine, cedar are front and forward in the notes. The perfume wears close to the skin and fades quietly. And this perfume is surprisingly long lasting considering other perfumes from Bvlgari.

It is a beautiful womanly fragrance, gentle but has an exquisite and delicate radiance. It also suits a wide age range, but is probably a bit unsuitable for teens. It would be a very versatile piece in your fragrance closet. My husband doesn’t enjoy the spicy jasmine that much, but he loves the base notes after the jasmine and cedar goes away. I think he doesn’t appreciate spicy scents on me in general. Sad face!

xoxo,

Ling

Applaud for Angelina Jolie’s proactive choice on breast cancer

“Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.”
Bravo, Jolie!
I am sure it’s not an easy decision to make. But I respect her not because she decided to do the preventative surgery, think about the women out there who have lost their breasts and are fighting with breast cancer. Those women, in my eyes, are even much more respectful. I applaud for Jolie more because she is willing to share her experience and have made such a good example of taking advanced actions in fighting with cancer, as a public figure. This could not be an easy thing.
I am also amazed by how fast technology has been developed. It’s a comforting news to know that women now do have choice in preserving their femality while fighting with breast cancer.

Take care,
Ling

Elta MD spf 50 didn’t work for me!

Such a shame!

These were taken last night, after my skin had already rested for about 7 hrs from the sunburnt!

These were taken last night, after my skin had already rested for about 7 hrs from the sunburnt!

I have read so many great reviews on EltaMD SPF 50. I used it the first time yesterday since I got it from SkincareRx. My husband and I wanted to go for a short hike and I thought it would be perfect to try out this water-resistent sport sunscreen.

I honestly think I have applied enough amount of this product. I only used my SkinCeuticals CEF serum after I washed my face. I applied one and a half pump of the sunscreen on my face 15 mins before we left home. It was all great at first, a little oily but not too bad. And I am sure a little bit of loose powder will do you the trick. I didn’t put on any makeup because I wanted to put on another layer later. There was definitely no white cast as long as you pat it into your skin patiently and gently. I then applied my second layer of one and a half pump sunscreen in the car while my husband was driving.

It took us about 30 mins to get to the trail. I was all excited but after about 20-30 mins in the sun, I started to experience some burns on my face. And I did wear a hat and sunglasses! It became worse after about 50 mins. I did sweat a bit, but Elta claims that you only need to reapply it after 80 mins of swimming or sweating. Because the trail wasn’t really that long, I didn’t bring the sunscreen with me to the trail. After I got back to the car, my face was all red and hurt so much! I have to admit that it was a bad time of the day to go for a hike. I swear I would never do it again! We took off from home at about 10:20 am and got back in our car from the trail at about 1:00 pm. However, it wasn’t an excuse for Elta’s poor performance! It is true that this product doesn’t sting your eyes at all. Often times my eyes get very watery after using chemical sunscreens. I suspect it’s from avobenzone in those chemical sunscreens and I have been trying to avoid this ingredient in sunscreens.

This morning, my husband also realized that he got a little bit of sunburnt from yesterday. But it was nothing compared to mine! My face is much better today though. I put on my La Mer cream yesterday after I cleaned my face and took a shower. My husband used Devita SPF 30 yesterday which I suspect has expired since he has had it for too long! And I am sure he only applied very little of it. I have seen him applying sunscreen and even though I have told him a billion times that he needs to apply more, he just wouldn’t listen to me. Oh, you know how stubborn men usually become when it comes to “cosmetics and skin care products”.

Anyway, I was really disappointed at this product. I don’t know if it was because my skin has become more sensitive to the sun from the use of 0.05% tretinoin or what, still, it should have done a much better job. I will see if I can return this product. Otherwise I will get a new sunscreen and only use this on my body, or pass it to my husband…

I hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed the outdoor without any sunburnt!

hiking

xoxo,

Ling

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDT review

On its website, classique is described as A contrasting fragrance featuring sensual, ultra-feminine notes… 

Top Notes
RoseStar AniseedOrangeMandarinPear Liqueur 
Middle Notes
IrisOrchidPlumGingerOrange BlossomYlang-Ylang 
Base Notes
MuskVanillaWoody Amber

JPG classique

Based on the huge success that followed its launch in 1993, Classique remains one of all time best sellers. A lot of people mention it as a love of their boyfriend or husband. I knew it is a very powerful floral fragrance and might not suit me, but still can’t resist my curiosity of trying it on.

I now understand why some people think it is very classic. To me, it also implies the danger of being common and vulgar… No offense to those who love this fragrance. This is just not a fragrance for me. I find it cloying and powdery sweet on me. This fragrance is a triumph of packaging over content to me.

My skin amplified the rose and anise to such an extent that all the other notes were drowned in a sea of heavy and powdery flowers. Such a shame, but I can’t really smell the citrus and just fell directly into the warm and soapy scent of its base tones.

Even though it is coming so highly recommended, I will have to pass it. Even my husband hates what it smells on me.

If you’re a confident and mature woman who is not afraid of catching everybody’s attention when walking into a room, I suggest trying Classique and add it to your perfume wardrobe. It could be a good choice for night out.

xoxo,

Ling

Current Night Skincare routine

skincare routine

If you are interested, my morning skincare routine is here.

Since I have started using tretinoin, I alternate between tretinoin only and my whole set of skin care procedures from toner to cream.

  • Cleanser: Cetaphil + Clarisonic Mia

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I have talked about Cetaphil cleanser in my morning routine. I use it with Clarisonic Mia at night.

I bought Mia because a lot of people were talking about how Clarisonic helped them clean up their acnes. I was hoping it would do me the same wonder and decided to give it a try. I think I have owned this for about two years now. Unfortunately it didn’t heal my acne problem overnight. But I still like it. I think it does do its job of cleaning the skin. Plus I think it is great that it has a timer in it. It’s very likely that our face is not cleaned thorough enough or over cleaned.

And I need to tell you that it WON’T thin out your skin! Honestly, I had the same concern when I was debating to buy it or not. But I was too concerned about my acnes and gave it a shot anyway. Now I am glad I did it. I have very thin skin. But I don’t see any sign of getting thinner after using my Mia. Please do remember not to press it to your face hard. Just land it on your face softly and move it in circles. That is good enough. I would especially recommend this for those who have oily skin because it’s very important to keep the pores clean and unclogged.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

OK, it is called a lotion. But I do use it as a toner and I am sure a lot of you use it as a toner as well. Oh, I really love the smell. It has a very light citrus smell. I am glad it doesn’t smell like “mushroom” =) It is very hydrating and smoothing. It sinks into the skin right away. And I think it is very reasonably priced. I don’t spend a lot of money on toners unless it’s an “essence toner”, in that way it would be more like a serum than a toner. I think this is a very affordable toner and it does what it says. This is my second bottle in line.

Rating: ♥♥♥

I have read so many good things about this essential oil before I bought it. It was supposed to help my acnes. But I didn’t see too much about it on me personally. It does work well to balance my skin. I have to say that this is a decent essential oil. But I don’t see any specific improvements on my acne or my acne scars. It might work better for combination to oily skin because it can diminish impurities and excess oil. For some reason essential oil products don’t work that much for my skin. Maybe they just take more time and patience to see the result? With that said, at least I won’t repurchase this in the near future. For me, I think argan oil can do the same thing while at a lower cost.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (La Mer) & ♥♥♥♥♥ (Sulwhasoo)

This is my second jar of La mer cream. I still remember that the first week I used it, I had a lot of tiny red bumps on my chins. I was so shocked and almost wanted to cry for the money I paid! I thought it might be the mineral oil in it that caused me to break out. But given its price, I decided to give it a little longer to test out. I am glad that all the bumps disappeared after a week of use or so. I still don’t know why I had them bumps when I first started using the cream, maybe it was too nutritious for me at that moment? Maybe my skin was just adjusting to a new product? I don’t know. What I know is that it does a great job when my skin gets sensitive, especially in the winter. It does calm my skin very well. And because it is effective in 24 months after opening, I always like to keep it at hand and use it when my skin has problems. I can’t say it heals every problem, but I always reach out for it because I know it will help. There might be a product that can do 80% of its job with 30% of the price. I need to look for other alternatives. I do think it is a little over-priced and definitely overly advertised. But sometimes you just need a luxury cream to feel good about yourself. You know what I mean, girls, yes, I am talking about you!

I don’t have anything bad to say about Sulwhasoo emulsion on the other hand. I would strongly recommend it to someone who has slightly oily skin and seeks for a good anti-aging moisturizer. It moisturizes my skin so well without leaving any stickiness or what so ever. It sinks into my skin right after applying. My skin feels so soft. And I like its smell as well, it smells a little ginseng but mostly floral. It has a lot of herbal ingredients. It has extracts from Red Pine that help recover the skin’s natural moisture barrier and give softness and radiance to the skin. It might not be a good choice for those who have dry skins. I don’t think it has enough “oil” in it. And if you like fragrance free products, this is not for you. I find Korean cosmetic products very fragrant. I think they also care about the “pleasant smell and experience” when applying the products.

  • My special guy: tretinoin cream

The one in the picture is a 0.025% tretinoin I brought with me from China. When I went to see my dermatologist in China for adult acnes during summer break, she told me to use this cream on affected areas. But because I didn’t see any quick results, I stopped using it. Now I have learnt so many great facts about using tretinoin, this has become my staple product! I have started using the 0.025% tretinoin almost every night for a month now. When I am using the tretinoin, I only use clean my face and apply a pea size of the cream for my whole face. And then my LP eye cream. And that’s it. I have had the so called “worse breakouts” period and are still experiencing dryness from using it. I did get some big red acnes when I started off, but it was not something too bad to someone who has experienced worse outbreaks before… And I am starting to see improvement on my skin. That’s why I just went to renew my prescription. I am gonna keep using tretinoin and see if I can finally get a clean face. I will be using my new 0.05% tretinoin every other night very soon. Because it has a stronger strength. I want to give my skin a little more time. No rush!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I use the same LP eye cream at night that I have talked about in my morning routine. I think that is all for my night routine. I hope you find it helpful.

xoxo,

Ling