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The 10 essential products you need in 2019

Jean Ahn

Hello! How is everyone doing?

I have been meaning to do a post about the top 10 must-have products in 2019. While some of these pieces are on the pricey side I firmly believe its important to invest in products that you will use daily and will last a lifetime. And from time to time you just might be able to find the high end products on sale!

Here are the 10 products I think you need in 2019:

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  1. Mason Pearson Hairbrush: I have had this hairbrush for over 20 years! No seriously…something about this brush just makes brushing your hair enjoyable. It helps in preventing tangles and makes your hair silky soft. The bristles have just the right amount of toughness and softness to really make your hair the best it can be.

  2. Skin Fridge: Ok first of all how cute is this pink mini fridge? I love the retro look and its perfect for the bathroom to store your skin products! This is actually on my wish list and I haven’t actually purchased yet but they are all the rage! Also I compared all the reviews for mini fridges and this one had the best reviews.

  3. Long Stem Wine glasses: Maybe it was inspo from Olivia Pope from Scandal but I love long stem wine glasses. It just knocks the ordinary wine glass out of the picture. These ones are affordable and it will always be in style!

  4. Diamond Pens: I feel like every girl needs one of these pens. Its so glam and extra…but I mean isn’t that the best way to live? ha ha! Plus it makes writing things down more fun (in my opinion) Thinking I may need one in rose gold too!

  5. Ban.do Planner: I shared this one on my IG stories a few weeks ago.. and honestly I wasn’t the planner type… in the past I would get one then put it on my desk shelf and forget about it but after finding this planner I am hooked! The fun color scheme, stickers and the design makes it so easy and efficient to write everything down and stay organized. This also comes in a few other fun colors! I also like this design! Add this with a diamond pen and you’re set for the year!

  6. Voluspa Crisp Champagne Candle: I am a huge fan of candles and i have tried dozens. Out of all the ones I have tried I love all Voluspa candles. They last quite a bit and the scents all smell heavenly. Some I have tried don’t last long or the scent is too strong even making my eyes water. But out of all the scents I love the crisp champagne scent. It’s just strong enough but not too intense.

  7. Silk pillow case: I had heard so much about silk pillowcases and the benefits of sleeping on one. I finally got one and it does make a difference on my skin and hair. Plus it just feels so nice to lay your face on a silky smooth pillow!

  8. Eye Gel Mask: I recently started using an eye gel mask and its been ah-mazing. I throw it in the fridge and once its cold I put it on while I’m cooking/cleaning/ doing laundry etc. The cool gel beads feel so relaxing and it helps de-puff your face! Plus these are pretty inexpensive and will last a long time!

  9. Rose Quartz Facial Roller: I talked about this quartz roller before on this post but it is that amazing! I have been using this religiously for a month and can see and feel a difference. It’s also quite calming to facial roll in the evening and it helps blend night cream and or a sleep mask. (I like this night cream and this sleep mask)

  10. A plush blanket: So I am sure you have heard all the rage about barefoot dreams blankets… everyone was talking about them ever since the Kardashians were seen using them. But honestly they are crazy expensive and I did get one on sale but I received this one as a present and I think it is just as good or even better plus it’s just a fraction of the price of a Barefoot Dreams blanket.

That’s all for now!

Let me know which products you love in the comments below!

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The Makeup Products you'll use everyday

Jean Ahn

Hi! How is everyone?!

When it comes to makeup I think I can speak for many of us… we probably started with some baby blue eyeshadow and swiping glitter on our eye lids and maybe throw in some cheap blush in there too, I mean horrific right? What was I thinking?! Luckily that was just a phase and I started to gain some knowledge about quality makeup and quality tools in high school thanks to my cousin who was a several years older than me. I will never forget what she told me back then “whatever you spend money on spend on good makeup brushes because they will last a lifetime if you take care of them correctly.” I took this advice to heart and slowly started building my brush collection. (I’ll do a separate post on makeup brushes) But I quickly found (though trial and error) high quality products are vital too but of course those high quality products are not cheap! I found some ways around this expensive habit… I don’t buy what I won’t use everyday. I don’t have some crazy, cluttered makeup collection because I noticed that I would use just about the same products everyday. I ask for tests on products/colors and samples, especially for foundations. The sales associate will usually give you an adequate amount which will last you quite a bit. That way you can take time to see if you like the product before buying a bottle. Also be sure you are getting matched correctly! Be sure to find a knowledgeable makeup associate who can color match you and be sure to go every season, I found my skin tone changes in the summer vs winter.

Here are some of the products and tools I use almost everyday:

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  1. I have tried dozens of eyeshadows in the past but I always find my way back to Lancome’s eyeshadow palette in Mauve Cherie. The texture is so smooth and the eyeshadow stays put for the day. I also love Gris Fumee. These palettes are a bit pricey but many times they have sample sizes in the gift with purchases and they have individual colors as well.

  2. After trying various eyeliner pens and pencils I love this Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner, it goes on so smooth and does not smudge and it’s so much easier (in my opinion) to create a cateye with this gel eyeliner. I like to use it with this brush (it is a lip brush but it works so well for everyday eyeliner)

  3. For brows I use a combination of this Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift and this MAC eyeshadow I apply the eyeshadow with an angled brush and blend in using the brow brush at the other end of the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift.

  4. As for foundations I go back and forth between the Clinique Chubby in the Nude foundation stick and the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion.

  5. For blush I use Nars Orgasm just like everyone else but I have also been loving this Tarte blush which I got from a birthday gift from Sephora. The sample size has lasted me quite a while!

  6. A setting powder I have been using this Chanel Universal Compact for years and I love it. It’s light but still provides the necessary coverage.

  7. I shared this Lancome mascara a few weeks ago on my Instagram stories but out of all the mascaras I have tried ( expensive and cheap) the Lancome Monsieur Big is by far the best. It makes your lashes voluminous with just 1 coat and does not clump at all! It even curls my lashes a bit too. I have really straight lashes and have the hardest time curling them! A close second is the Lancome Grandiose. The curved brush works really well! As a primer I use Lancome Cils Booster. I really think all of Lancome’s Mascaras are the best ( I have tried almost all of theirs) and a pretty good price point too for the quality.

  8. For lips I have been using this Charlotte Tilbury lip liner and I love it because of the smooth texture and blends really well with various colors. ( I use the shade Bond Girl) I recommend finding a lip liner similar to your natural lip color so you can stick to just 1 or 2 lip liners.

  9. When it comes to lipsticks I have my go tos depending on the occasion. For special occasions I love using this Chanel Le Rouge duo Lip colour in Ever Red. It’s the perfect shade of red as it’s bright but not blindingly bright. The ultra saturated lipstick is not drying at all and lasts all through the night even through food and drinks. It is a bit hard to take off but a makeup wipe takes it off instantly. For everyday I switch back and forth between Charlotte Tilbrry Kissing Lipstick in Bond Girl and Lancome’s L'Absolu Rouge Hydrating Lip Color in Coquette, it’s the perfect nude lip for everyday and the lipstick is really nourishing which is critical for the cold winter months.

That’s all for now! Comment below with some of your favorite everyday products!

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Book Review 1

Jean Ahn

Hi Hello! How is everyone doing?

I’ve been an avid reader since I was young and really enjoy reading! (Remember those Nancy Drew books? I read them all in a matter of months) But when I got to college I was too busy with schoolwork and reading books required for class, I never had the energy to read outside of school. Fast forward to 2018, I made a goal to try and read at least one book every two weeks. I’m proud to say I fulfilled that goal and some weeks I would finish a book by the end of the week. This is huge considering I had basically stopped reading books for a couple years.

I scoured New York Best Seller lists, Amazon book reviews and recommendations from friends and family to find some great reads. I was reading so often that I actually started borrowing books from the local library because it’s not only free but the due dates pushed me to read quicker. The local library is a great resource for all your book needs plus they also provide recommended books as well! My local library offers an online portal where I can reserve and renew books all online. (Seattleites I use the Seattle Public Library site)

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Here’s my take on some of the books I read recently:

Down the Rabbit Hole: Holly Madison shares a candid and moving tell all of her life at the Playboy Mansion. Everything from the infamous parties to personal details of Hugh Hefner. The shocking and bizarre story kept me glued to the pages and I read this book so fast. It’s an easy, fun read I highly recommend for some light reading.

When life gives you Lululemons: Emily Charlton from The Devil Wear’s Prada is back and this time she heads to the suburbs of Connecticut to visit her friend Miriam. When Miriam’s model friend Karolina Hartwell is dumped publicly by her senator husband Graham, Emily takes matters into her own hands and works her PR magic to help Karolina get her life back. This was a fun read with lots of funny moments. Overall I really enjoyed this book. The novel is on the lighter side and would be perfect for reading on the beach or at the pool.

An Unwanted Guest: I decided to read this book after seeing that another blogger had read it and I decided to give it a try. It’s a chilling mystery about eight guests who head to Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn deep in the woods to enjoy some peace, snow, huge wood burning fireplaces… totally cozy, winter vibes. When a guest turns up dead it looks like an accident but when a second guest dies everyone begins to panic. Overall It was a great thriller to read but I felt that at some points there was some over explaining and which made the story feel slow at times… but once you get past those parts the end is shocking!

A Simple Favor: I had seen the movie and was curious what the book was like and I thoroughly enjoyed the book much more than the movie. Emily Nelson has the seemingly perfect glamorous life then she goes missing. Her friend Stephanie shares her worries via her ‘Mommy blog.’ I would say the book was quite different than the movie, everything from the personality of some of the characters to the ending. I would recommend the book over the movie, it explains situations more clearly and parts of the movie I was a little confused and left with many questions.

The Thousandth Floor: Flash forward to the year 2118 where robots are your servers, there’s self driving cars and you don’t have cell phones or credit cards. Think Gossip Girl meets the future. This book (a part of a series) has lots of drama, glamour and a glittering future. It’s New York like you’ve never seen before. I would love to see a TV series or a movie about this. It was super interesting to read about life hundred years from now and the futuristic life the characters live.

Bring Me Back: The story begins with Finn and Layla who are young and in love but during a road trip Layla goes missing. She’s gone for 12 years and by then Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister Ellen. Upon their engagement strange occurrences happen, long-lost items from Layla’s past keep turning up and Finn receives emails and phone calls regarding Layla. While this did have some mysterious and chilling aspects, I wasn’t a fan of this one. I felt like the plot was going round and round in circles and the ending just didn’t have enough action/suspense in my opinion. I would say a pass on this one.

That’s all for now… be sure to comment below some of your favorite books! I love finding new books to read :)

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