Monday, March 31, 2014

Adult Acne?! What the....

Growing up, I really lucked out in the acne department. I never went through the "puberty acne" stage like my brothers both did. Maybe it was genetics, maybe it was because I was really good about washing my face every day and moisturizing on the reg, but I was always very fortunate to not have to deal with that. Sure, the occasional zit popped up now and then, but that's it.

But NOW?!

I've been getting more pimples than I have ever had in my entire life. Just within the last 6 months or so. I keep waiting for it to clear up, but then another one pops up!

But the interesting part is that they are only located on my LEFT CHEEK area. Always.

It used to be just around the time of my period, but now they've been sprouting up more frequently. Again, only on my left cheek!

See below (excuse my just-woke-up-rat's-nest-hair):

Okay, so it's kind of hard to tell in these photos, but main point is: I've NEVER had a cluster of zits in one spot before, so clearly something is up and I needed to figure it out.

So I did the only thing I know how to get accurate FACTS: I summoned the Google gods.

And guess what? There's a whole plethora of information out there on what your zits can tell you!

You want to know what the LEFT CHEEK ACNE is DIRECTLY correlated to?


Do you want to know what organ I damage the most when drinking liters upon liters of that red wine I love oh so much?


Immediately following my excitement for finding an answer to my new face friends, I then got really bummed out. Because, well, for obvious reasons:

1) I drink too much wine
2) I need to cut back on wine
3) I already knew this
4) But now I really need to if I want my face to be rejuvenated and youthful again

As I opened a bottle of wine and took a sip or two (true story), I did a little more zit fact checking because I wasn't quite ready to accept my new state of sobriety.

I answered a series of questions online, like:

Do you sleep on your left side? YES!
Do you have your hair parted to your left side? YES!
Do you change your pillowcases at least once a week? Er...uh... No. :(
Do you floss regularly? Is twice a week regular? No? Oh, okay... then, :(
(Apparently oral hygiene can also be linked to cheek acne! Who knew?! Probably everyone but me.)

Last night, I tried my best to stay on my right side. But guess what? I woke up in the middle of the night and found myself on my back, head to the left, with my HAND laying UNDERNEATH my CHEEK!
Here is a visual that yes, I took JUST for this post. You're welcome:

But anyway, come to think of it, I think I've been sleeping pretty regularly like that. (<-- Remember that post?) This CLEARLY explains the left cheek acne!

Which can't POSSIBLY be the wine drinking. Because if you think about it, I've been drinking pretty consistently since, uh... 21? And this newfound acne has only been around for the last 6 months or so.

So, it's settled then!

I need to:
A) Sleep like a normal person
B) Wash my hands before bed
C) Change my pillow case at least 1x/week
D) Floss, floss, floss!
E) Contemplate cutting back on the alcohol
F) Find some kick ass zit zapper cream that will banish them for all eternity. Any recommendations?


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Japanese Konjac Sponge Giveaway x3!

Happy Friday, ya'll! Today I have a special treat for you that I'm actually quite excited about!

A few weeks ago, I was sent a few Japanese Konjac Sponges to try out. They are 100% natural exfoliator sponges for your face and body made from the vegetable fiber "Konjac" grown in Japan. And depending on your skin type, you can choose a different sponge for your "skin concerns."

Lately, it's been really dry out and my face has definitely been feeling it. So I've been using the Citrus Fruit Puff because it concentrates on hydrating and softening dry skin. Every time I use it, I honestly feel like my skin just got 10x softer.

What I really love about it is that you can pair it WITH your facial scrub OR you can just use it on its own! (So when I'm feeling extra lazy, I just wet the sponge with warm water and do a little scrub to get the day's dirt and oil off my face. Works like a charm.)

I also have one hanging in my shower that I use when I want a good all over exfoliation.

Here are some key benefits straight from their mouths:

Thoroughly cleanses skin pores
Removes dead skin cells, blackheads, dirt & oil 
Hydrates skin & balances pH
Eliminates excess sebum
Gently exfoliates skin
100% natural, sustainable & bio-degradable
No toxic & harmful chemicals 
Animal & cruelty free
GMO Free
Excellent for all skin types including sensitive skin
Suitable for everyone from babies, women and men

So there you have it! Now on to the exciting part. The Japanese Konjac Sponge company is sending THREE of you lovely readers your very own to try!

Just enter below!

Happy scrubbing :)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

A very awkward at-home waxing experience.

Something came over me today.

I decided to try and save $60+tip on another brazilian wax and instead marched down to Walgreens and buy this wax kit for $11.99, marked down to $8.99. (<--- That should be your first sign on the quality of a product.)

I will tell you four things:

1. It is NOT, in any way, a relief for your "ouch". Do not be deceived by Sally's advertising ploy like I was.

2. I now see why people pay $60+tip to just get it done and over with and not be left with a sticky, waxy mess in areas that should be sticky, waxy mess free.

3. The Dizzle saw me in some very compromising positions today that I know will never be erased from his memory. I'm not entirely proud of this, but I guess you can say we have moved our relationship up to a whole new level of comfortability.

4. I am now left with a bruise in a very interesting area.

And now you know my thoughts on at-home waxing. You're welcome.

The end.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A random conversation re: balding.

Me: Hey Boo, you like my braid?

Verner: Yeah, I do. I like that you do a lot of different things with your hair...

Verner (said a little quieter): ...Because I can't....

And he said that in all sincerity!

Well let me tell you something, Mister Dizzle! I think you have a mighty fine looking bald head and I wouldn't change it for the world!

Now ME, on the other hand, I fear for my balding head that I KNOW is inevitable. Something tells me it won't look as good as his...

The end.


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Craigslist made me famous.

totally kidding. but remember a few months ago when i was perusing the craigslist and came across a few "modeling" gigs? well one of them asked me to do a shoot for this finance loan website called meet earnest. it was an hour out of my day where we walked around downtown san francisco and took pictures.

annndddd now i'm tiffany. and if you click on my "story," you will learn that i'm in law school and needed a small loan to take some time off for a vacation so i could destress. ha!

this is hilarious to me, so of course, i had to share.


just a few days ago, i met up with a different photographer who was doing a shoot for a finnish accounting firm (random, i know). we met at a cafe downtown and snapped a few pictures of me holding a laptop, looking and financey, then we walked around downtown for a few more photos of me just being your everyday smart, financey, young adult. i guess there's just something about "asian" and "finances" that go well together.

i mean hey, if i can capitalize on these asian genes of mine, might as well, eh? ;)


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Even with the 50-year-old Dads, it was amazing.

You guys.

I just had the most mind-blowing Vegas trip in all of the lands. I can't even believe I got to experience the things I did. Some of you may have seen my many obnoxious Instagram pictures from my time there, to which I am NOT sorry because you would have posted it all too if you were there.

So, anyway, of course I have to blog about it.

The greatness of the trip all started when we landed at the Las Vegas airport Monday morning and were greeted by a real live profesh driver holding a sign with my friend Mo's name on it. He kindly took our bags and walked us out to this pimpin' car with fresh water bottles waiting for us. Don't mind if I do!

We were then whisked over to The Palms for our first site visit. We were taken up to the former Playboy Club, to which glasses of champagne were waiting for us as a "welcome" and "Happy St. Patty's Day." Again, don't mind if I do! <--- Common theme of the trip, I came to find out.

After The Palms, the driver took us to the Four Seasons, which is where we were staying for the night. In our amazing room, high up on the 35th floor, we were greeted with chocolate covered strawberries and a welcome note. Mind. Blown. And of course, don't mind if I do.

Trust me, the ridiculousness of all that happened is just beginning.

We had lunch, courtesy of the Four Seasons (to which I had $500 Mahi Mahi tacos that were so stinkin' amazing. Okay, not $500, but they might as well have been because I couldn't have afforded them otherwise.), and then took a tour of the property.

Then it was off to our next appointment: The HofbrÀuhaus. This place was so much fun. It's an exact replica of the restaurant in Munich, Germany and is a great place for parties and events. They served us authenticate German appetizers, actually imported from Germany, and let us try all of their beer.

It was pretty spectacular.

See that ring on my wedding finger? That was my "Man-Repellant." And guess what? Totally worked. We had two BOYS (and I say 'boys' because they were 23 and well, that is just a child, IMO) come up to us at the pool, tryin' to holla, and then they saw our rings and were outta there in less than 60 seconds. Success.

Speaking of pool, this is the Mandalay Bay pool that we had access to at the Four Seasons and there was SAND! I can't tell you the last time I was at a beach able to lay out, so this right there? Heaven. (Even though drinks cost $15. Yeah. I know.)

Monday night, we hit the town!

And this is where the 50-year-old Dads come into the picture.

So there we were, having wine at STK in the Cosmopolitan, lookin' fly, when this middle-aged man, Neil, came over and invited us to join him and his other middle-aged pals at their table. We quickly scanned the jam-packed restaurant, assessed that this would be our only way to get a table within the next two hours, and said what the hell.

Hanging out with middle-aged men can go one of two ways, really.

1) They can be total creepers and be highly inappropriate because hey, they're in Vegas, away from their families, and what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?

Or 2) They can be perfect gentlemen that spend the evening showing you photos of their children while also giving marriage advice.

I'd say they were somewhere in the middle.

They really were perfectly nice people. They bought all drinks and food, upwards of $2000, I'm sure, and spent the evening talking about their jobs, their families, and yes, showing me more than enough pictures of their children.

After dinner, we walked over to the club, Marquee, where 200+ other people were wanting to get in as well, it seemed. "The Dads" had a table with bottle service and invited us to cut the line and go in with them. And I mean, we're not dumb. So in we went.

The first hour was spent crammed into this table area, drinks flowing, side-to-side dancing, people watching, ya know. And it was fun, really fun.

But then Neil whispered in my ear that he wanted to GRIND on the dance floor.

Annnnddddd that's about the time when we said we had to go to the bathroom, but instead snuck away to our hotel, never to return again! I'm sure they never even noticed at that point.

We're so sneaky.

Anyway, after that event-filled day and night, the next day was kept pretty mellow, as I'm sure you can understand. Mellow, but equally amazing. We did another site visit, then headed over to Green Valley Ranch, to which they placed us in a SUITE, complete with our own gigantic bar and terrace. This place was unreal.

I know. I know! The whole entire theme of the trip was, "Wait....this is your JOB?!?!" I still can't believe it.

Okay, I've typed a million words. And there is still more I could share. But instead, I'll throw in a few more pictures and call it a day.

^^^Clearly I put all of my "going out energy" into the first night...^^^

^^^ Having my own Pretty Woman moment. ^^^

^^^ GVR gave us free spa services and I said "Don't mind if I do" to a deep tissue.
Insane in the membrane. ^^^

^^^ Our ride to the airport....I can't even.^^^

So there you have it. 
It's insane.
My friend has the coolest job in the world.
And she must be the MOST humble person in the world because I've known her for almost a year now and have never heard of this star treatment she gets.
If it were me, well, I'm sure you can tell how much of an asshole I'd be by telling anyone and everyone, "MY JOB IS AMAZING!!!"

Alright, alright, I'm done bragging.
Is anyone even still reading this? Hello? (crickets.....)

Okay, okay, I gotta go. I've got a whole lotta NORMAL stuff waiting for me. ;)

Happy Friday!

And P.S. LAST DAY to enter this Heritage Row giveaway for a purse and statement necklace!!!!


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Travel, Bikinis, and Sunshine

As I'm off galavanting in The Vegs, I wanted to have ya'll meet Sylvia who blogs over at Cocopia! She's living the life in Sevilla, Spain, and quite frankly, I'm jealous. So I will continue to drink away my jealousy here in Sin City while you get to know her a little more through our little Q&A!


Mish: How would you describe your blog in 3 words? 
Sylvia: Travel, bikinis and sunshine. My answer isn’t very original since it's my blog’s tagline, but I think it describes it perfectly!

Mish: If you could snap your fingers and be anywhere in the world, where would you be and why? 
Sylvia: On a tropical beach with a cocktail in my hand. If the sand were white, the water crystal clear, and the cocktail a Mojito, I’d be in heaven! Aaah!

Mish: What's a quality your significant other MUST have? 
Sylvia: He must be a complete goofball! I spend approximately 70% of my day laughing (the rest I’m probably sleeping), so I can’t even imagine being with someone who can’t make me laugh so hard that I cry.

Mish: What is the first thing you'd do if you won 1 Million dollars? 
Sylvia: I’d probably throw a HUGE party for my friends, and at the same time book a trip to one of those crazy luxurious hotels you see on Pinterest.

Mish: Favorite thing about blogging? 
Sylvia: It makes me remember more when I’m traveling, and better at taking photos (although I never take enough!). The online community is pretty awesome too.

Mish: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
Sylvia: In 5 years? If I have no idea where I’ll even be in 5 days! OK, that’s a lie… I’m most likely tanning on a beach in the Canary Islands. But in 5 weeks? No clue! But hopefully I’m doing something awesome, living somewhere awesome, and being with someone awesome.

Mish: What's your Go-to alcoholic beverage? 
Sylvia: Easy! WINE! I prefer red, but white and sparkling wine are not too far down on the list. If I only could drink one thing for the rest of my life, it would be red wine (besides water, of course.)
Mish: A girl after my own heart...


Thanks Sylvia! It was great to have you here, even though you're not really here here. In fact, you're probably on a beach right now, drinking glorious cocktails in a fabulous bikini, while I'm just sitting in a bar probably drinking green beer or something just as non-luxurious... ;)

Hope you all can take a sec and head over to Sylvia's blog to say hi! You can also follow Sylvia on Instagram and Facebook to see some of her amazing travel pictures!


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