Saturday, April 12, 2014

Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

I was in need of a new gentle exfoliator so I picked this thing up after running out of my Cure peeling gel. I was able to buy it at the downtown SF Nordstrom for $60.

The packaging is sturdy and very nice. The sales associate told me that the bottle inside has a stopper so each time you use the product, it will dispense the exact amount you need per time. I have used the product for over two months and there is still a lot of product left.  The peel is in a form of a powder that foams up when you add a little bit of water to it. I only use it once a week and I usually massage it on for a about a minute a half before rinsing off.  The product does not have any scent and it does not irritate my skin.

Overall, I really do like the product but it is very expensive. With a $60 price tag, I cannot see myself repurchasing it unless I have a coupon or a Nordstrom note. Sephora does sometimes offer samples of this product if you want to try.

Friday, April 4, 2014

the bubble tea travels: BB Tea Station

BB Tea Station took over what used to be Fluffy Snow on Noriega. BB Tea Station is located at 1314 Noriega street in the Sunset district.

When I first went here, the menu was kind of confusing. They do serve a bit of everything though.

Both the milk tea and the tapioca was average. I did not feel there was anything special or exciting about it. The main draw for this place is that you can play games while drinking your drinks. This time we played fei hung kai, Flying Planes game. It totally brought me back to my childhood where I would play this for hours.

So if you want a place to just chill and relax with friends while drinking milk tea, go over to BB Tea Station.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Favorites

March seemed to drag on for me. But luckily my vacation is coming up and I am beyond ready for it. I'm off to Tokyo and Seoul, hopefully I will not get

This month I did not really have any beauty favorites but I do have some yummy food favorites!

Egg Tarts from the food truck Hongry Kong. They were so good! BF got the red bean, taro, butter, and flaky.

I recently went back to Burma Cafe. It really made me miss how yummy their house special noodle and tea leaf salad was.

I have been trying to eat more healthy at work and I have been loving the House Special Salad with grilled chicken from Dolores Park Cafe.

And finally my last favorite dish this month has been from Toyose with their fish cake soup. super yummy!

And now my favorite KPOP songs of the month: I can't pick between these two. 1) Sunmi's Full Moon. I love the sultry beat that goes with her voice.

2) 2NE1's Come Back Home unplugged version. I love it when they tend to strip down the songs. It makes it really mellow and quite easy to listen to.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

the bubble tea travels: Tpumps

In my opinion, T pumps is the shop that restarted the bubble tea craze in the Bay Area. They have quickly grown popular and now have three stores open in the Bay Area. Here are the addresses of the main two that I go to:

106 S B St
San Mateo, CA 94401

1916 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

The main difference with T-Pumps is that you can customize your bubble tea. You pick out your flavors then decide what type of tea to have it with (mostly either with green or black tea), then you decide on your level of sweetness, have it with or without milk, boba or no boba, and finally the size of your drink.

I like to go to the first Tpumps which is in San Mateo. I really like their honey boba. The boba are really soft and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness. Almost every drink I have tried from Tpumps I have liked. The price is quite good too: $2.70 for a 24oz and $3.80 for a 32oz.  The downside to Tpumps is that there is always a long line, most of the time it is out the door. It also gets really hot while waiting in line since the place is pretty small. But I do like how the staff would walk around to pass out free samples to ease the wait in line. Once you order, it does not take long to get your drink.  (This is only true of the San Mateo location, not the other ones.)

If you do go to one of the locations, here are my recommendations: 

Watermelon guava green tea
Peach black milk tea
passion mango black milk tea
red bean black milk tea
pomegranate blackberry black tea

products I regret buying: haircare edition

This winter has been really harsh on my hair so I have been buying trial sizes of products to see which one works the best. Thank goodness I only bought the trial sizes!

First up, Organix Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner. I was recommended this by a friend since she said it really helped her hair. Sad to say, these two products only dried out my hair and made it feel like straw.

I picked up the Giovanni 50:50 Balanced set while I was in Oregon. The shampoo works really well but the conditioner is another story. I have tried using it different ways but each time it comes out with the same result. It makes my hair feel a little dry, not soft and smooth which is what I want it to be. =(

Tresemme Salon Silk Serum was recommended to me by my BFF. The first several times I used this, it worked really well on my hair. It made my hair really soft and shiny. But when I use it now, it only smooths out my hair. The serum also does not make my hair feel as soft as previous uses.

Now I am back on the hunt for more haircare products to help restore the softness to my hair. Any suggestions? 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

the bubble tea travels: Fantasia Coffee & Tea

Fantasia Coffee & Tea has several locations throughout the South Bay Area. I first went to the one in located at Santana Row and then the one in Milpitas. You can recognize them with their chinese character logo on their cups and signage.

Their boba pearls are soft and chewy. Their milk tea has a strong tea taste. However their flavored milk teas are way too sweet. But their hot milk teas such as hot taro milk tea is really good. I am caught off guard each time I visit Fantasia. The drinks are always a hit or a miss for me.  But what bugs me the most is that their price points are different at each store location which confuses me even more. 

If you do end up at Fantasia here is what I recommend:
Hot milk tea with taro balls
Hot taro milk tea
Milk tea with boba

February favorites

As February came and went, I am being reminded that there are no more holidays until spring break. =( It is crunch time at work and for March, I will really need to buckle down and focus to get things done. But I am still very much looking forward to March because I have my vacation to Japan and Korea coming up!

This list for this month's favorites is rather short but they are all items I really enjoy.

From left to right:

Atrix Protection Cream: My HG hand cream! I have not found one that works as well as this one does! It has been a rather dry winter in San Francisco so I am constantly making sure I moisturize. I love how a little bit of it goes a long way and it is not too heavily scented. Too bad I can only find this item in Korea. I will stock up on this when I go in March.

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack: I have been using this almost every night because it makes my face incredibly soft and moisturized when I wake up. I just finished another jar of this and only have 1 more in my stash. It is available in certain Korean markets and online retailers for $25 for a 80ml jar.

Japonese Makeup Brush Cleaner: This item works really well for everyday cleaning of my brushes. The only thing I don't like is the strong lemon scent but it fades away after 20 seconds. This item is available in Ulta.

Favorite snacks:

Philippine dried mangoes: OMG I finally caved in at Costco and bought a bag. The result? I cannot stop eating them! I always manage to sneak a few pieces every morning and night. It's a miracle that I haven't eaten them all!

Mauna Loa milk chocolate macadamias: I bought these for my trip to LA but never got around to eating them all. Like the mangos, they are highly addictive and super yummy!

Favorite show: The Graham Norton Show

Since BF found out we get BBC America, we have been watching a lot of shows on there. The Graham Norton show is really funny and we love how sharp and funny the show is. It reminds us of the craziness of Craig Ferguson. =)

Favorite Kpop song of the month goes to Soyu's & JungGiGo's track titled Some. I had to listen to this a few times before it grew on me. I love the mellowness of the track and how it puts me in a good mood.

I will be doing a lot of my vacation itinerary planning this month. Any suggestions for food in Tokyo and in Seoul?