Facial Pampering Session With My Beauty Diary

I think we can all agree that the best way to wind down after a crazy work week is to sit back, relax, and do absolutely nothing. On my days off from work, you can find me doing just that…with a face mask on. Lately, I’ve been grabbing My Beauty Diary as my go-to face mask. Yesterday, after a two hour workout at the gym, I came home and went straight to bed with my My Beauty Diary mask. My Beauty Diary specializes in facial masks suitable for various seasons and skin types. They have over 10 different masks targeting every skin concern.

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I’m currently using their aloe line since I  have normal skin, but deal with a bit of dryness in the wintertime. The mask claims to make your skin “appear optimal moisturizing, comforting, and soothing.” I choose the aloe line because there are also a lot of benefits of incorporating aloe vera extract in your skin care regimen, especially when dealing with dry, dull skin.

 Directions:

  • Cleanse and tone face before applying mask.
  • Put the mask on and leave it for 20 – 30 minutes, then peel off.
  • Massage the excess essence on the face and neck. No rinsing is necessary.
  • Follow-up with your daily moisturizer.

photo (7)I have read that many other people find this mask hard to put on because it tears so easily. Sorry to burst your bubble but you’re doing it wrong. The mask is lined with a piece of paper that you have to rip off and a lot of people who use this mask have been taking it off before applying the mask to their face. The best way to do this without tearing the mask is to place the whole mask on your face and then peel off the outer layer (pictured here). The mask should easily conform to your facial structure, just pressed it down on your skin where you want it to stick. I promise, it works like a charm.

Now, you can have some fun with this mask. I like to annoy my boyfriend by sticking my face up close to his and pretend I’m Michael Myers. Or you can just sit back, relax for 30 minutes and let the mask work it’s magic.

What I love most about this mask is how soft it leaves my skin feeling I really can’t stop touching it every time! And for the first time, my boyfriend agrees! If you follow my blog, you’d know that he’d rather I slather cocoa butter on my face. A bonus is that it smells very light as opposed to some of the other heavily scented face masks I own. Aloe vera generally is not overpowering, so this mask would be suitable for those who are sensitive to smell. I bought these masks at a small shop in Chinatown, but you can find them online at yesstyle.com for about $13 for a set of 10 masks.

I love pampering myself with a face mask whenever I can. What face masks are you using? Let me know in the comments section below. 

Not to be Cliche, But ‘New Year, New Me!’ is in Full Effect

I’m so sore today. Why did I do that to myself yesterday? Why did I do all those leg and abs exercises? Ugh. For someone who has not been to the gym in a while (2 months) I really felt like hurling after my workout yesterday. As much as I despise New Year’s resolutions, I think they are necessary if realistic. With each passing year, I’ve always set a goal for myself but it always falls through midyear. This year, in 2015, I’m going to try something new and only do monthly goals. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so here’s what the next three months will look like for me:

January 2015: This month’s goal is to hit the gym two days a week and yoga once a week. Yesterday was the first day back at the gym. My boyfriend, who is also training me, showed no mercy and I doubt he will go easy on me in any of our future workouts.

February 2015: February is all about eating healthy. I’ve started eating a salad a day, whether it be for my full meal or as a side, but this month will be all about fruits! I never eat enough, so I’m going to start eating an apple and a banana a day. Yum!

March 2015: This month, I think, will be the hardest. No eating out and no takeout. None whatsoever. I spent so much money in 2014 on dinning out and takeout when I could have made my own meal, so this month will be a big change in diet and finances. So just a heads up friends, don’t invite me out, we will be having dinner parties instead! 

For some motivation to tackle this month’s goal, I decided I want to lose 5 pounds. Weighing in at 123 pounds on Friday, January 9, I hope to be at a healthy 118 by February 1st. Hey 2015, let’s do this.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain

Fitness Gear for the ‘Not So Fit’ Girl

I’d like to think that I am “fit and healthy,” but the truth is that I’ll eat whatever I want, whenever I want. And working out? Forget about it. I got into a really good regimen months ago and was going about 3 times a week, but lately it’s been an average of once a week or once every two weeks. I do love working out, but I also love making up excuses so that I don’t have to go. Just ask my boyfriend. He goes to Planet Fitness religiously and always finds himself dragging me with him. Recently, he’s given up and just leaves me alone with my Netflix and cheese doodles. But I’m happy to announce that I think those days are over.

imageThis week, I received my first Influenster Vox Box and it was from Victoria’s Secret (side note: I worked at VS my freshman year of college. Go Angels!) Inside, a sports bra and Capri pants were beautifully wrapped in pink tissue paper. Immediately I put it on. Not to work out, obviously… But I just wanted to try it out. The first thing that came to mind was how comfortable it felt on my body. I was already imagining myself at the gym on the treadmill running like a badass. So that night, I dragged my boyfriend to the gym.


The bra advertises that it has:

  • Medium support
  • Padding lifts & shapes
  • Breathable mesh panels
  • Adjustable straps
  • Locking-zip front closure
  • Nylon performance fabric with four-way stretch
  • Body-Wick keeps you cool & dry

Translation: This bra pretty much does it all. It kept everything in place and felt like it was a part of my skin. The only thing I find a bit troubling is the front closure. It’s a zipper so it bounces a bit when running. It’s not uncomfortable or distracting, but it could/should be more discreet.

The Capri pants advertises that it has:

  • Smooth seams for total comfort
  • Lined, reinforced gusset
  • Hidden drawstring waist
  • Hidden waistband pocket
  • Nylon performance fabric with four-way stretch
  • Body-Wick keeps you cool and dry

Translation: These pants are better for yoga. Don’t even bother bringing these bad boys to the gym. I had to keep pulling them up every 4 minutes or so when I was on the treadmill. The lining around the pants to reinforce it to stay in place is thick so it’s annoying to run and feel it rubbing against my thighs. So, bad for running, but probably better for warrior poses. I’ll have to try it out next week.

I’ll definitely sport these items the next time I’m in the gym or yoga class… When I’m not busy making excuses not to go.

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.