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SUDIO SWEDEN WIRELESS HEADPHONES REVIEW | REGENT BLUETOOTH

SUDIO SWEDEN WIRELESS HEADPHONES REVIEW | REGENT BLUETOOTH

With baby due in less than a month now, I’ve been nesting at home a lot. Cleaning, decorating and organizing for our little one’s arrival. Not to mention, I don’t really feel like walking around too much (even though it is good for us), my […]

38 Weeks Pregnant Update

38 Weeks Pregnant Update

38 Weeks Pregnant Update: I’m feeling all sorts of emotions this week. My baby is full term and technically can arrive any moment now. I’m going to be a Mom soon. And Dave will be a Dad soon. Wow! It is so important for us […]

LANEIGE | Brightening Sparkling Water Pop Essence

LANEIGE | Brightening Sparkling Water Pop Essence

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I probably have half a dozen different skincare products in my medicine cabinet. Lately I’ve been trying real hard to finish one bottle before opening another. Finally I was able to try the new Brightening Sparkling Water Pop Essence from LANEIGE. I’ve enjoyed this Korean beauty brand for a very long time. I have mostly used their Water Bank Eye Gel (Voted Best of Beauty by Allure Magazine), BB Cushion, and sheet masks.

Previouslly, I have been using Tatcha’s The Essence and have finally finished the bottle. I must say I quite like it. However the sticker price of $95 USD a bottle is quite an expensive habit to keep.

So what did I think of LANEIGE’s Brightening Sparkling Water Pop Essence? The application is super efficacious and refreshing! I love the bubbly texture that glides on silky. I must say I am in love. It also doesn’t hurt that this essence retails only for $39 USD / $46 CAD. PLUS you can get up 9% Cash Back with Ebates.

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Like drinking a glass of ice cold sparkling water in the summer, the carbon particles burst against skin, boosting turnover while massaging for improved circulation, giving you a clean complexion (contains 31% sparkling water).

 

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This is the perfect essence / toner for the summer! It comes out cold and bubbly. Imagine applying this to your face when it is 30ºC outside! It is super hydrating and not sticky. The scent is not intruding and very light.

Sparkling water massages skin, alleviating the three main causes of skin dullness: dead skin cells, skin circulation, and impurities lodged in the pores; restore bright, healthy skin with sparkling water!

1. What is sparkling water?

Mineral water found in areas affected by late volcanic activity often contains carbon that forms in the process of disintegration of organic compounds in the soil, making it rich in minerals.

2. Benefits of sparkling water

1) Health benefits: Sparkling water is filling, just as a glass of sparkling water at work can be refreshing and rejuvenating.
2) Skin brightening effect: Sparkling water is effective in removing dead skin cells and is rich in minerals that help achieve bright, clear skin.

 

Ingredients

Water, Carbonated Water (Including French Sparkling Water), Dimethyl Ether, Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Niacinamide, Menthoxypropanediol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

 

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A little squirt the size of a nickel is more than enough. I recommend using this especially during the summer when your is more oily. Follow by your serum and moisturizer will give you a soft dewy complexion. Sometimes, I like to apply theBrightening Sparkling Water Pop Essence mid day if my skin is looking a little dull.

 

 

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REN SKINCARE | ATLANTIC KELP & MAGNESIUM BODY RANGE

REN SKINCARE | ATLANTIC KELP & MAGNESIUM BODY RANGE

I have been using REN SKINCARE for some time now. Even before I was pregnant. I like that they use 100% plant and mineral actives which works in harmony with your skin.  As a new Mom-to-be, choosing beauty and skincare products free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, […]

Lauren Conrad’s Maternity Line Is So Adorable!

Lauren Conrad’s Maternity Line Is So Adorable!

Shopping for Maternity Clothes was seriously the hardest thing for me. I wanted something cute yet versatile and comfortable. Yet most of the clothing for pregnant ladies were so frumpy and unflattering that I ended up sizing up at my favorite stores instead. That is […]

Wedding Ring No Longer Fits

Wedding Ring No Longer Fits

My wedding rings do not fit anymore! It happened fairly early during my pregnancy around month four and five. Although, my overall body weight hasn’t significantly increased. I didn’t ballooned the heck up. Nor did my feet swell (and still hasn’t at 32 weeks pregnant). My poor fingers took the hit. My fingers got pretty puffy and taking them off was hard at the end of the day! So I stopped wearing rings for awhile. I didn’t want my doctor to cut my rings off if it got stuck!

I love my wedding rings and I feel naked without them. After all, I have been wearing them for two years now and they’ve became a part of me.  I hate not having my rings on! I’ve read that some ladies would wear fake wedding rings. But to me, I didn’t want a “fake” ring.

So… I optioned for some fine jewelry from Mejuri.

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I purchased a few stackable diamond rings made with 14k solid gold. They are perfect for everyday wear and you can mix and match with your other jewelry. I love that they are delicate and has a little sparkle! I can wear them either on my left hand or right hand!

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The open diamond and the diamond line rings are set with high-quality diamonds (SI 1- 2 clarity), total carat weight 0.03. Conflict-free and socially responsible diamonds only. Band thickness 1.2 mm.

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Beaded ring also handcrafted in 14k solid yellow gold. Band thickness 1.2 mm.

 

Of course, when to take off rings when pregnant is different for every woman. What trimester did you wear your wedding rings up to?

 

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Top Home Renovation Must Haves | Personalize Your Condo

Top Home Renovation Must Haves | Personalize Your Condo

Living out of a suitcase for the past months was really fun! Guessing which box had my shirts was also an exercise. But now that we’ve gotten our keys to our apartment, it’s time to personalize our living space! Whether you buy a fixer upper or a […]

Indigo Chapters Baby Event Haul | 20% Off Everything… Almost

Indigo Chapters Baby Event Haul | 20% Off Everything… Almost

Oh Baby! It’s the Baby Event at Indigo Chapters! Starting today until Sunday, April 30 SAVE 20% on toys, clothes, nursery essentials and more. This is perfect time to stock up on baby essentials. This sale definitely will help us get ready for the baby nursery and […]

SkinCeuticals Review | Hydrating B5 Gel and More

SkinCeuticals Review | Hydrating B5 Gel and More

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You probably know that I’ve been madly in love with SkinCeuticals products, if you’ve been following me on my Instagram feed. I’ve recently introduced the Hydrating B5 Gel and a few other moisturizing products into my Asian skincare routine and found it working best with my Normal-Dry skin type.

 

To be honest, I’m not very committed to using a single skincare line. Instead I favor using a few different products from different companies. I swamp out certain products depending on the time of day or seasons to create the best skincare routine for myself.

 

I’m too lazy to commit myself to a 10-step Korean skincare routine, etc. What works for one person doesn’t necessary means it works best for me. Besides, I’ve found that completely changing all products usually just inflames my skin. But I must say, I love (selectively) trying out new products.

 

After using the following SkinCeuticals products over a 3-4 month period, I feel my skin has not had any allergic reactions nor breakouts. Which is always a good sign!

Let’s get into each product!

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SkinCeuticals – HYDRATING B5 GEL

This serum is oil free but extremely hydrating with hyaluronic acid. It has a watery viscosity and is not scented. This moisturizer combines vitamin B5 with hyaluronic acid which acts as the body’s natural hydrator and helps bind moisture to the skin. Two drops is plenty. It absorbs quickly but does not disappear right away. I make sure I also moisturize my neck with the extra left over products!

WHEN: I use this after my toner/first essence.

PROS:

  • Skin feels supple and smooth
  • Hydrating and enhances the benefits of a daily moisturizer
  • Non-comedogenic. Does not clog pores
  • Paraben, alcohol, dye, fragrance-free
  • Ideal for all skin types

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SkinCeuticals – HYDRATING B5 MASQUE

If the hydrating B5 Gel is still not enough to get you through whatever rough/dry climate you are in than the Hydrating B5 masque just might save your face! Similar to the B5 Gel, the B5 Masque contains high concentrations of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. Intensely moisturizing and I recommend using this 1 to 2 times weekly to help restore water balance and replenish parched skin. It feel like a cool gel when you first apply it to your skin with an initial tingle.

 

WHEN: I use this after my serum.

PROS

  • High concentrations of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5
  • Skin feels supple and smooth
  • Non-comedogenic. Does not clog pores
  • Paraben, alcohol, dye, fragrance-free
  • Ideal for all skin types

 

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SkinCeuticals – PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASQUE

I love the texture and the cooling effect of this SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque! This versatile botanical facial mask has multifaceted uses: leave on, rinse off or as an overnight treatment aka water sleeping mask. It has been clinically tested post-procedure to effectively reduce visual redness, discomfort, and heat. So it is particularly soothing to use post procedure – post laser, extractions, photodynamic therapy (PDT), intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), and other in-office procedures.

Also, if you’re skin is easily sensitive especially affect post workout, sun exposure and/or hot bath,chlorine/salt water from swimming, windburn from winter activities than this is for you!

I like to use this calming facial mask 1-2 times a week and often with a thin layer as an overnight mask to restore radiance and smoothness. It also helps to reduce redness!

 

WHEN: I use this after my serum. Sometimes I also mix in 2 drops of B5 Gel for added hydration.

PROS

  • Reduction in visual redness
  • Cooling effect in skin surface temperature
  • Pure Active Botanicals: Blend of cucumber, thyme and olive extracts
  • Skin feels supple and smooth
  • Non-comedogenic. Does not clog pores
  • Ideal for all skin types

 

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SkinCeuticals – EMOLLIENCE

This moisturizer absorbs into my skin very quickly. Quicker than the B5 Gel and didn’t seem to stay. The Emollience is formulated with sea algae, grape seed oil rose hip seed oil to help hydrate and moisturize parched, dry, sensitive skin however, I find it too gentle for the winter months. Come summer time I certainly would welcome this into my regime.

 

WHEN: I use this after my serum.

 

PROS

  • Nourishes and hydrates the skin
  • Restores and maintains skin moisture levels
  • Absorbs quickly and evenly
  • Optimal for high altitudes and cold or dry climates
  • Ideal for dry or sensitive skin types

 

Overall, I quite like SkinCeuticals products and excited to keep them rotating in my skincare regime.

 

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21 Weeks Pregnant | Gender Reveal

21 Weeks Pregnant | Gender Reveal

21 Weeks Pregnant Update: This week is so exciting because we finally get to find out the sex of our baby. For the longest time we’ve been calling our little human “baby”. Now that we know what the gender our baby is, we can finally […]


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21 Weeks Pregnant Update: This week is so exciting because we finally get to find out the sex of our baby. For the longest time we’ve been calling our little human “baby”. Now that we know what the gender our baby is, we can finally start planning and decorating the nursery!

 

Dave thinks it’s a girl and even bet me $100 that it’s a little munchkin! I have been pretty neutral about the sex of our baby the whole time. 1. I want to give the boy a chance! 2. I just pray that it’s a healthy child. I’m not greedy!

And…

Drumroll…

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It’s a GIRL!

She’s a little bit of a stubborn girl like her mom I think. I have to go back for a follow up ultrasound because she wouldn’t turn to allow for a heart profile photo. I literally had to wiggle around on the bed. Walk around the room. And do other really awkward poses for 45 mins. Thank goodness there were no cameras!!

 

Also My belly is really popping and I think I need to start buying maternity clothes. I can only wear my tees and leggings now. And my favorite demin shirts needs to be unbuttoned.

 

Here’s a couple really cute pieces I think would be great for Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

How I’m Feeling

  • Energy level is up from previous weeks. I feel like I want to go out with friends, go to events and walks.
  • I don’t crave apple juice or root beer as much as I did earlier on.
  • I have pretty clear skin.
  • I noticed hair growth in random places. Time to go waxing and threading!
  • Need to take frequent breaks and walk around in the office because sitting down for long periods aches my back.
  • Also it’s getting pretty warm. This little furnace inside me keeps me warm!

 

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Since My Last OB visit

Her heart rate was very strong at 150. You can hear it thumping really loud!
I’ve barely gained a few kilos and have not started swelling. Majority of the weight gain is still in the front belly. If you look from the backside, you can’t really tell I’m pregnant. I’m so glad it’s been all baby so far!

 

We are looking into baby strollers and car seats now. I want to be able to try it out before I get too clumsy.
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