Review: Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories by May-lee Chai

Far from home, in Rose’s memories, Ma had become like a black-and-white movie that she had watched on TV when she was a kid. Flickering and quaint. Up close in real life, Ma burned like a live coal against Rose’s heart. – Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories Summary and Thoughts In the title story ofContinue reading “Review: Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories by May-lee Chai”

Review: Sulwhasoo Brightening Sample Kit

Smooth skin tone and texture with luminosity-boosting white ginseng. – Sulwhasoo Last month I attended a K-Beauty sale and purchased a mini-set of the Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening brand alongside a small pouch for $10 (quite a steal). Normally, each one of these products retail around $100, so I was hoping that they wouldn’t actually beContinue reading “Review: Sulwhasoo Brightening Sample Kit”

Review: Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

“A brightening face serum with peony extract and white birch extract that helps reduce the look of dark spots.” –Sephora Back when I wanted to experiment with a variety of skincare brands, I picked up Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution within a sample set. Hoping that it would help with my areas of hyperContinue reading “Review: Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution”

Review: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

“It’s not enough to find someone you love. You have to be ready for that love, and ready to make changes to welcome it into your life.”  – Ayesha at Last Summary and Thoughts Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching jobContinue reading “Review: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin”

Review: Tazo Green Ginger Tea

“A crisp green tea blended with ginger for a slight kick and pear for sweetness, Tazo Green Ginger Green Tea puts a unique spin on a couple of classics.” – Tazo While visiting parents, I made a cup of one of my dad’s teas: Tazo Green Ginger. A green tea with a ginger spice, itContinue reading “Review: Tazo Green Ginger Tea”

Review: Nor Sun Pu-Erh (Bo Nay) Tea

“A fermented loose leaf black tea from Yunnan province with a rich, earthy flavor.” – Pearl River Market Nor Sun Pu-Erh Tea doesn’t pretend to be anything else than what it is: a simple, rich pu-erh tea. I often drink this in the morning or during calm evening, when I want something even and simple.Continue reading “Review: Nor Sun Pu-Erh (Bo Nay) Tea”

Review: Yona of the Dawn Manga Series

“I fight so I can survive. I have no desire to bow down to unjust power.” – Yona of the Dawn Chapter 82 Summary and Thoughts Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishesContinue reading “Review: Yona of the Dawn Manga Series”

Review: Ole Henriksen Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner

“A pore-refining toner with salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids to remove excess oil, clarify, and freshen the complexion without stripping skin.” – Sephora The Ole Henriksen Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner has been lauded by many as the holy grail toner for oily skin. As someone eager to control the sebum in my own oilyContinue reading “Review: Ole Henriksen Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner”

Top 25 Books of 2019

I read nearly 200 books this past year and to celebrate, I’d like to highlight 25 of my favorite reads (in no particular order)! From fantasy to historical to literary, these books carry a diversity of engaging plots and complex characters. I chose each piece based not only on their execution, but also their personalContinue reading “Top 25 Books of 2019”

Review: Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Cleanser

An antioxidant cleanser that doesn’t mess up your skin barrier, lifting everything your skin doesn’t want while leaving what it needs—healthy pH, hydration, antioxidants and no irritation. Matcha and hemp seeds are here to boost the skin’s intake of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Your skin and this cleanser might be a matcha made in heaven!Continue reading “Review: Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Cleanser”