My new favorite skincare: ORIGINS

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the month of December I was suffering from really bad breakouts and dry flaky skin. I felt like none of my previous skin care regimens were working! I was feeling quite stressed about it and just felt uncomfortable in my own skin. During this time I met up with an old friend of mine who raved about the Origins, A Perfect World skincare line. I've heard of Origins before and have tried one of their products years ago. I always felt like Origins was a bit of a higher end brand and not until recently (thanks to my new job) I just felt like I couldn't afford high end beauty products so I stuck to mainly using drugstore products.

My friend who recommend me to try it had really nice skin that almost looked flawless. So I just had to give this line a try! I immediately went to the Origins store with my friend and got the limited edition trial size version of the A Perfect World skincare line. The limited edition version came with a small bottle of the toner, serum, mask and the full sized jar of the day cream with SPF. I also bought the full sized jar of the night cream and serum. The lady who assisted me at the store also gave me a couple of samples which included the cleanser and drink up intensive overnight mask. After about one month of using it, I just fell in love with the entire skincare line and truly noticed the difference in how my skin felt and looked! For the first time, I felt like my pores were shrinking and my skin was starting to glow.

So I took the plunge and bought a few more of their products online and ended up getting the full size bottle of the toner, the starting over eye cream and the sensory therapy peace of mind on-the-spot relief cream. I also got about 5  different samples of products I was interested to try so we will see how those end up working out for me and depending on how I like it I may end up buying the full size version of it. I must say that I am extremely happy that I spent the money on buying these products because I noticed the difference in my skin after a few short weeks.  I will say if you're like me and you are hesitant to take the plunge on spending $40 to 50 on each skincare product, give their sample sized products a try. At most of the stores you can purchase the smaller sized bottles and it will give you a good idea if it worth for you the buy the full sized product.

My current skincare routine is the following...

Cleanse face with the A Perfect World cleanser
Use a cotton pad and wipe entire face with the A Perfect World Lotion
Apply the A Perfect World Serum
Apply the A Pefect World day cream with SPF

Repeat everything up above except for the day cream
I used the A Perfect World night cream
Around my eyes I used the Starting Over eye cream
And about twice a week I use either the Clear Improvement charcoal mask or the Drink Up Intensive overnight mask depending on how my skin is feeling

Anyways, I just wanted to share this with you guys because I was so happy with how my skin has been this past week and I think it's always good to share the products you love with others!

If you already are an Origins lover, be sure to let me know which products are must try!

*This is not a sponsored post*

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Travel | Day trip to Solvang & Santa Barbara

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Over the MLK (Martin Luther King) holiday my friends and I decided to do a little day trip to Solvang and Santa Barbara. We had ate a late brunch at Paula's Pancake House (I mentioned this place on my blog before so check out that post for more info). After brunch, we strolled around the small town of Solvang and window shopped. Solvang is a very small town so you can basically get through almost all the shops (if you're not buying anything) in about an hour and half. After we were done perusing around Solvang we drove to downtown Santa Barbara to walk around the shops there. I did a bit of yelping when I got there and saw some amazing reviews for a place called Lilly's Taqueria that serves delicious looking tacos. It didn't take us much convincing to walk over to try it for ourselves. Let me just say that my photo of the tacos really doesn't do it justice. Each taco is priced at $1.60 and it is the BOMB! You know this place is good when there is a constant line formed outside! Definitely worth the try if you love tacos and find yourself in downtown Santa Barbara. Last but not least, we really couldn't end the trip without trying some dessert so we stopped by McConnell's Fine Ice Cream. The ice cream was so delicious and I just had such a hard time picking out what flavor I wanted. I really wanted to try every flavor they offered but I really couldn't do that without being that person that holds up the line. I am truly looking forward to doing more day trips like this in 2015! It was so nice to get away from the scenery I see all the time and hang around trying new places to eat with my friends! If you have suggestions on places I should check out please let me know :) Until next time!

Goodbye 2014 & Hello 2015!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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I can't believe that it's already 2015 (and January is almost over)! Where did the time go? 2014, past by me in a blink of an eye.

One of the best things that happened to me in 2014 was making new friendships and rekindling with old ones. At the beginning of the year I created this blog and although I haven't done a great job keeping up with it, I was able to make a new friend from it. I met a girl named Sarah-Jane who has a blog called A Little Sparkle and we just hit it off on twitter over our interest in Youtube, Vampire Diaries, makeup and blogging. Even though we lives miles apart, we have kept in touch and I have enjoyed getting to know her. Over the holidays, she sent me a lovely package from Scotland filled with a bunch of wonderful goodies. I was so overwhelmed by her kindness and I felt so lucky to have made so a great new friend.

This year I also made new friends at work plus rekindled an old friendship. I have an incredible time hanging out with them and I am looking forward to the new adventures we are planning in 2015.

I was looking back at some of my photos on Instagram and I thought I would share some of the highlights from 2014.

In January, I created this blog Whimsical Fawn and it gave me an outlet to try new things, stay creative and at times vent & share about my life.

I also worked a bunch of random jobs in the beginning of the year. At one of the events I worked at I got wear this beautiful kimono! Although, I tend to get to wear kimonos often it is not frequent for me to get to wear a kimono that is this extravagant so it was a pretty memorable experience.

In March, I got my temp job at WB and it has been a dream come true to work at the studio that inspired me to get into the film business.

In April, I went to Carlsbad to see the flower field which was a place I've been dying to go to over the past couple of years. I also got featured in an advertisement for a Japanese freelance magazine which was amazing!

In May, I walked in my commencement ceremony and officially got my MFA degree in film production!!

In October, I ran the 5k for the very first time with my friends and it was such a great experience! Made me realize how I should always try new things! I had this strong image in my head that I just hated running and that I could never get through a run. I WAS SO WRONG! Motivation made me train at the gym and my friends gave me inspiration to push through it! Looking forward to tackling another run in 2015 :)

In November, I got to go to a taping of the Ellen show and won a ticket to her 12 days of Christmas taping :) I also went on a family trip and had an incredible experience riding on a horse that was located at the edge of a cliff at Monument Valley. It was definitely one of those once in a lifetime experiences and I am so happy with how amazing this photo came out!

I also went to San Fran with my friends and had a wonderful little road trip! We had a bunch of delicious food and I finally got to see the Palace of Fine Arts!

In December, I went back to the Ellen show for the 12 day of Christmas taping! I won a bunch of awesome gifts cards and couldn't be happier with the opportunity to attend such an amazing show!

I also got invited to go to Vegas with one of my best friends from college. She lives in Beijing now so I only get to see her about twice a year. It was so nice of her and her husband to invite me on this trip! We went to see the Britney Spears concert at Planet Hollywood which was an incredibly fun time! The whole trip consisted of great conversation, good food and learning how to master the craps table!

I also got to just spend quality time with my really good friends in the month of December.

And last but not least, I rang in the New Year with my best friend and her family!

So now we are officially in 2015 and I thought I would take this time to just briefly talk about my goals for this year. I felt like I spent a lot of 2014 being upset over things I couldn't really control. This year I want to be a bit more positive and just try to live in the moment. I also want to read a bit more this year. I am hoping to do a book a month but that might be over reaching but it is a worth a try! One thing I want to challenge myself this year is to try one thing I always wanted to do and do two things that scare me. I would also like to travel a bit more and hopefully blog about my adventures.

I am so excited for 2015 and I look forward to sharing more on this blog! Cheers :)

On Cloud 9 | #ImAtEllen

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

You know how sometimes you just have one of those days where something really amazing happens and all the bad things that happened before just whisk away? Well yesterday was just one of those days for me! A couple of months ago I got lucky and got 4 tickets to see a taping of Ellen. For the longest time I have been wanting to go see a taping of Ellen because she's my favorite talk show host so I was absolutely thrilled when I got the tickets. Yesterday, was the taping and in preparation I  requested a half day off work and coordinated the plan with my mom and my two friends who I invited to go with me. On the day of the taping everything was going according to plan.. when suddenly around 11:15AM I get an email saying they changed the check in time to 11:30AM and the latest we could get there was by 12:30PM. I literally panicked because my original check in time was by 2:30PM! I called all my friends and miraculously they all managed to rush over to Burbank for the taping and we made it to the show barely in time. I felt so flustered and stressed the entire time that by the time I got to my seat I was honestly a bit exhausted. But once, I sat at my seat and saw where Ellen's show is taped I quickly forgot how I was feeling because of the amount of positive energy that was around me. Every person around me was dancing and laughing because they were all genuinely excited to be there and the happiness was just contagious. As the show began, I was just amazed by Ellen's presence and her ability to spread her positive energy to the audience. The taping was so much fun with Chris Pine as our guest! And to top off our experience we all got tickets to a taping for Ellen's 12 day of Christmas as well as a Samsung Tab4 tablet. When Ellen announced that we were invited back for the 12 day of Christmas I was over the moon with excitement because I have been dying to get tickets for that show! I still feel like I am on cloud 9 so thank you Ellen for spreading the love and making my day! Check out the video of when she made the announcement at our taping and all the amazing things Ellen has done for her viewers this year!

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