Road Trip Essentials

Hi! It’s been a while since my last post. I was on vacation in Kelowna and now I am back in town. During my road trip there, I thought I would write up a post about the items that I take with me and just some tips of what to bring…. so here it is, a week later!

I’m writing this post while on a road trip. As I sat here wondering why our dog doesn’t want to hang out with me, I realized that I could write a post of my essentials on a road trip! Thanks for the idea, Tofu!

Entertainment

The number one thing I think about if I’m going on a road trip is how I will entertain myself for hours. There’s a variety of things you can do, the easiest one is to socialize with your car mates. But if that’s not really an option (most people would probably fall asleep and not have to worry about entertaining themselves, lucky people!) then you have to find other fun things to do!

I’m typing this entry on my phone, so I bring that of course. I don’t have data throughout the province (please extend your range, Freedom!), so I’ll edit some photos through Snapseed and listen to music with headphones or earbuds so that I don’t distract anyone. If there’s any offline games I can play (not really) then I’ll play those too.

Of course I’ll probably run out of ideas and photos to edit, so another essential is my Nintendo 3DS. Consider bringing your favourite console and make sure it’s fully charged! I don’t play my 3DS as often, so I usually bring one game cartridge and play whatever trials or games I have installed on my SD card/device. This helps lessen the amount of stuff you need to bring. If you’re curious, I’m currently playing Pokemon Shuffle!

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Bring a book! Or an ebook! I’ve brought my KOBO Glo ebook with me preloaded with some books. I prefer ebooks since I only need to bring one item and not multiple books that could take up a lot of space. Once I have access to Internet, I can always download some more books.

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Sleeping is also another option. I envy people who can sleep almost the entire ride! I usually like staying awake so that I’m aware of my surroundings, but it is nice to sneak in a nap or two.

Hygiene

If you’re somewhat of a germaphobe like me, this will probably be a priority!

If you will not be stopping at places with washrooms and sinks with soap and paper towels, I recommend bringing some hand sanitizer (73% or more!), paper soap, a few bottles of water, wet wipes and towels. We usually use hand sanitizer and wet wipes after using the outhouse. But if you have paper soap or regular soap and some water bottles that you can use to wash your hands, it would be more effective!

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I also bring some Lysol wipes with me to wipe down my phone and other devices, and anything else that isn’t my hands to disinfect. It’s great to have in the car!

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Prepare some food!

Pack some food that won’t need a cooler and pack food that will actually keep you full throughout the ride. We usually get some Vietnamese subs and pack apples and bananas. And of course, pack water! I would not recommend freezing water bottles as they make take long to melt. If you want your water to be cool, just put some ice cubes inside a reusable water bottle instead of disposable one.

What are your road trip essentials? Let me know in the comments below!

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Girls Night Outfit – Florals

My first post on fashion! I am in no means an expert in fashion, and everyone’s styles are completely different, so do not quote me on anything. 🙂 My style changes from time to time, but I have been really into florals for a while… They are perfect for the summer and the super hot weather we have been getting here lately!

I haven’t been to a girls night out in a very long time, and so I was pretty stumped as to what to wear for a enjoyable evening with the girls. I turned to Pinterest first, and a lot of the results that popped up when I searched “summer girls night out outfits” were a little too much club-like, or full of items I didn’t really feel comfortable wearing out on their own, like spaghetti strap tops and tank tops. I’m afraid of bug bites!

So I dug through my closet and I’m sure some of you can relate what a strange feeling that can be. There will always be outfits you want to wear, but then you may find that they aren’t appropriate for the evening, or they may expose your skin too much to the sun/bugs… but once I stumbled upon my floral jumper that I hadn’t worn in ages, I was set for the night.

Here is me trying to ‘model’ for a decent photo… I should have taken more angles of the outfit, but it’s so simple!

Floral Romper from Forever 21

The back has a nice criss-cross pattern and ties up at the bottom of your back. It took a bit for me to get used to this dress, as I hadn’t worn an off-the-shoulder top or dress before, but I love the shoulder straps, it makes it so much easier to wear the top, especially if you are new to shoulder tops.

In case you’re curious, we ended up going to Trolley 5 for some food and drinks. Their mac and cheese entree with a fried egg is absolutely DEE-LICIOUS! I cannot recommend it enough, go try it if you are a fan of mac and cheese! We also went to Presotea, a new bubbletea place that opened on 17th ave. So many flavours!

What outfit do you have sitting in your closet that you had to give a second try, and why? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: I purchased this dress with my own money, and all opinions are my own. 🙂

 

IPSY x Gudetama July 2017 Bag Opening

Gudetama has been a character that I’ve been an avid fan of since my Japan trip way back in 2015. I was traveling with friends and everywhere we went, the lazy egg would be scattered all over the place! Gudetama was just starting to get popular over here… then I saw Sanrio start promoting it more and now it looks like they’re doing so many collaborations!

I’ve also eyed IPSY bags but never really had the motivation to get one, until I saw Gudetama was doing a collab with Ipsy. I instantly subscribed for my first bag, and received it in the mail a few days ago.

In my metallic pink bubble-wrapped package I found:

A cute Gudetama makeup pouch (it was a bit smelly though…)Gudetama-makeup-pouch

Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender
Cougar Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Mulberry
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Ciaté London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black
OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Gold Rush
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TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Masks – Green Tea & Lotus
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I’m not too sure how I feel about this bag, especially it being my first. A friend of mine got completely different products (other than the liner and bag), and I wanted her products instead! I have too many blending sponges, liquid lipsticks and metallic eyeshadows… so half of this bag was not really for me. However, I’m looking forward to trying the TONYMOLY sheet masks!

Did you get the IPSY July 2017 Gudetama bag? Which products did you get and have you tried them? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: Product was purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Summer Essentials

Summer is finally here in Calgary! The sun here is fantastic, but there’s a few days where it just sends a beam straight to the surface of your skin. It’s important to always wear sunscreen with a good SPF and cover yourself as much as you can to protect your skin from the effects of the sun/UV rays and also if you don’t like tanning as much as me! Here’s some of the products I’ve been using for the summer so far:

Vanilla Coconut Sunscreen

Vanilla Coconut Sunscreen SPF 31 from Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Natural sunscreen has been my preference for quite a few years now, and I love this one. It’s non-whitening and smells delicious! The smell reminds me of birthday cake icing… (too bad I can’t eat it…) It doesn’t feel greasy when applied and it doesn’t feel heavy at all on my skin.

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Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Double Scoop – REVIEW

I had a desire to wear lip colours during the work week, and sometimes the loud, bright, and colourful lipsticks or liquid lipsticks that I had would be way too bold for the work day. I needed something that was muted, and still had colour to show my personality for the summer.

I randomly decided to check out the Colourpop website about a few weeks ago…

They had just released the Ultra Blotted Lips line. It was exactly what I wanted. It took me a couple of days to find some swatches to figure out which shades I wanted. Then they had a free international shipping with no minimum order available and I ended up going ahead with Double Scoop, since that was unlike any shade of lipstick I had!

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Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow to Go – REVIEW

I’m really late hopping onto the highlighter train but after watching Nikkietutorials on YouTube and her collaboration with Kim Thai, I instantly fell in love with how well they applied their highlighter and how glowy and fabulous they looked with it on. I did think that highlighter was too excessive for me, especially since I have a very detailed face, so I did some research on how it can be worn with other makeup trends.

It was then time to find a highlighter of my own. I searched my eyeshadow/blush palettes to see if I had any built-in, but I didn’t, so I went through the aisles of Sephora and watched some reviews and found the Pro Glow to Go palette by Tarte Cosmetics.

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It comes with three shades, Gleam (light bronze sheen), Burst (pearly), and Chisel which I haven’t used, but is an orange-brown contour shade.

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Gleam’s pigmentation is sub-par, which is why I like it for everyday wear. Burst is very pigmented, though. I usually apply these highlighters with my fingers, on top of my cheek bones. For a while, I was also applying it on the bridge of my nose and the tip, which I learnt made me look too 3D-like, so I stopped!

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I’m wearing Gleam here, which adds a nice glow to my cheeks and nose. It’s really nice!

Would you get the Pro Glow to Go palette? What’s your favourite highlighter?

Let me know in the comments section below!

 

Disclaimer: This product review contains my honest thoughts and is not sponsored.

BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kale – REVIEW + Video

This is one of my favourites in the Amuse Bouche Lipstick line. Kale is a rich, dark green lipstick that is almost black, and it’s the perfect way to complete your vampy or bold look!

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It’s look black here, but it’s more of a dark-black green in the tube

I recommend exfoliating your lips until they are smooth, as this really emphasized the dry flakes on my lips. It is not transfer-proof as it will get on everything you put your lips on, but I tried blotting with a tissue several times and that helped lessen the transfer amount. It’s kind of messy to apply, so if you have a lip brush handy, I would suggest using that to put on this lipstick. (I didn’t have one with me.)

It’s VERY pigmented and vivacious, so I would recommend pairing this with a simple eyelook, but it can definitely go well with a heavier makeup look too! It all depends on your style. For me, the lipstick just screams out loud, so I would wear this if I’m too lazy to work on my eye makeup. I think it would go well with some false lashes too.

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Subtle/edgy makeup look

 

The finish of this lipstick is creamy with a subtle shine. It’s long-lasting, and when you wash it off, it looks like you ate some kind of green goo, so you’ll need a strong lip makeup remover to wash it off or you’ll have to try a few washes to get this off, which in my opinion, is pretty impressive because that’s how you know it will last a long day!

I definitely recommend this product. It’s fun & bold!

Here’s a video review:

Disclaimer: All opinions are of my own and I purchased this product with my own money.

If you liked this review, let me know in the comments below what you thought and if you have used Kale before, or let me know if you’re thinking of getting it! Please click on the follow button for more posts like this. 🙂

 

YouTube Video: FOREVER 21 HAUL

I haven’t posted a video (publicly) on my main YouTube channel, Phixien, in almost TWO YEARS! Can you believe that? Time sure flies!

I filmed a Forever 21 haul video after purchasing some clothes that were on sale. Such good deals, such GOOD deals!

If you want more videos like these, leave a comment on my video to let me know and subscribe!

Blog Update: New Year’s Resolutions

Hello readers! I just wanted to say thank you for your continued support for this blog. I started this project back in 2015 on the expectation that I would blog quite frequently. It happened for a while, but then I got caught up with other things and I feel like I have neglected it.

I know that frustrating feeling of coming back to a blog that you enjoy reading, to only find out that there’s no new postings. I want people to enjoy coming here and have new content to read. I want to update it as much as I can with fresh reviews, updates and other kinds of posts. I want to create opportunities for this blog to grow, and also for myself to grow professionally.

And so, as one of my 2017 new year resolutions, I will update this blog at least once per week! There may be times where I can’t keep that commitment because I am away or busy with work, but I am going to go through with this as much as I can.

I know that my content doesn’t really focus on one area. I like posting about beauty, but I love to cook, eat, and travel as well, and I want to share all of that with you, among other topics. I thought about my blog name today, and to be honest it was just a cool nickname that I came up with, and now I’m wondering that because my blog is so multi-faceted, as well as what I blog about is kind of like an alter ego side of me, that perhaps I should rename this blog. I’m still thinking about it, as it’s got the same name as my other social channels (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Google +). But for now, I’ll focus on content.

Another resolution of mine was to try to make videos for my main YouTube channel again. So you might see a few posts here and there with a link to my videos! 🙂

I’m also looking for opportunities to collaborate with local companies and I would love to help with PR for products that I believe in. If you want to chat about one, please send an email to: phixien1[at]gmail.com.

Thank you again and look forward to more posts for 2017!!!

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Physicians Formula Mineral Wear®Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation – REVIEW

About three months ago, I was on the hunt for a wallet-friendly, but good BB cushion foundation. I did my research on several BB cushions, most were out of my league as they were either from Korea (I would have to wait approximately one month to obtain them) or super expensive. I almost shelled out $80 CDN for IOPE’s BB cushion at one of the Asian supermarkets here in Calgary, but decided that it wasn’t worth it as I could pay much less if I could wait a month. I had something going on where I wanted to test out the BB cushion in advance, but I was too late to the game….

…and then I cruised through my trusty Shoppers Drug Mart one day and saw THIS:

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It was only about $20 CDN, so I thought it was a good deal as I was looking for something that was not going to cost me a lot of money. I also wanted something that was in-stock, and there it was, right in front of me because I was going on a business trip in a few weeks and I wanted my makeup to look good!

I immediately tested it out the next day and I must admit, the first impression wasn’t the greatest. My expectations were a little too high though, I was hoping for a foundation with medium coverage. I tested out for few more days and it has grown on me. It’s easy to build up to a medium coverage, but it can look cakey. For light coverage, it’s perfect but I still needed to use concealer.

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Without BB cushion

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With the BB cushion 😀 Notice how there are still red spots where I didn’t use concealer, but went over with the BB cushion

It’s super lightweight, which I absolutely adore. Very easy to travel around with and it’s not messy nor does it leak from the packaging.

I enjoy wearing this on a daily basis as it’s easy to touch up with and it’s super light. It really feels like you have no makeup on and I don’t think it’s obvious that you’re wearing foundation either.

I don’t really like the design on the packaging as it reminds me of a cushioned seat cover… if it had polka-dots or was plain & simple, I would probably like it more. I do think that this design allows it to be more durable when traveling, and protects the product inside.

I quite enjoy the super sealing cover inside. It acts as a barrier between the puff (sorry, mine is getting quite dirty as you can see I use it quite often!) and the foundation andkeeps the foundation from drying out.

I would highly recommend this BB cushion if you’re looking for something that isn’t too expensive, lasts long, provides light/medium coverage and is lightweight. It’s great for people who don’t like wearing foundation all the time and just want an even base for their everyday makeup.

Disclaimer: Product is not sponsored and was my own purchase. My review is my honest thoughts 🙂