Wishtrend: Quad Active Boosting Essence

Wishtrend has a newly launched product: Quad Active Boosting Essence! If you’d like to shop at Wishtrend, be sure to use the code “LiLi15” for 15% off your purchase.

This is an essence that is advertised to have anti-inflammatory, anti-pollution, and anti-bacterial effects. It’s formulated with 3 Complex Ingredients (Morus Alba Bark Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, and Propolis. It also has supporting ingredients Black Tea and Honey to help moisturize the skin.

Here is how the item arrived:

The essence was generously bubble-wrapped for protection, and Wishtrend also included a cute set of Klairs postcards.

The Quad Active Boosting Essence box included instructions for use and an ingredient list in English. This essence is meant to be used after your toner but before your serum. I currently don’t use a serum, so I’m using this essence after my toner but before my moisturizer. My current skincare routine is toner, this essence, eye cream, moisturizer. Sometimes I’ll do a sleeping mask after my moisturizer if my skin is feeling dry, or a sheet mask after my toner for some relaxing self-care.

The container itself is simple and clean. I like that it’s a clear bottle: this makes it easy to see how much product is left. It’s glass, so be careful not to drop it.

Upon opening the bottle, I was pleased to see a seal. With a seal like this, you know that the product is brand new and has not been tampered with. The screw-top cap is also secure and easy to unscrew and screw back on.

The essence itself is super light and feels like water! It absorbs quickly into the skin, and doesn’t have any scent. I tried smelling it directly from the bottle: and nothing. This product would be suitable for sensitive skin, or for people who are sensitive to fragrance and prefer fragrance-free products. I’ve been using this product for over a week now, twice a day (morning and night) and I haven’t noticed any negative reactions. My skin feels moisturized and comfortable, and I look forward to continuing to use this essence. I have an ampoule I want to try, and I may add that ampoule in after this essence.

Have you ever tried the Quad Active Boosting Essence? Let me know your thoughts!

Use the code “LiLi15” for 15% off at Wishtrend.

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[Lolita Blog Carnival] Share Your Oddest Experience You’ve Had While Wearing Lolita

Wow… I can’t believe it’s been so long! The last time I participated in Lolita Blog Carnival was in January 2017. It’s been over 3 years. I used to tag my blog posts as “LBC” but it’s been so long that I don’t know if my readers will remember what LBC is.

This week’s prompt is “Share Your Oddest Experience You’ve Had While Wearing Lolita.”

The oddest experience I had while wearing lolita occurred at a lolita meetup I hosted at a local mall. It was a small and casual meetup: I can’t remember the exact number, but I believe there were 4 or 5 of us hanging out. We were just walking around the mall and window shopping. However, we were stopped by security: security staff claimed we could not dress in this manner because we could be hiding weapons under our poofy skirts.

What could I be hiding?

I think we got singled out because we dressed differently. Weapons could be hidden in a jacket, in pockets, even in your shoes. We didn’t want to cause a scene, so we simply left the mall at that point.

Getting singled out due to the way I dress happens a lot, but this experience was definitely the oddest one. I’ve been to the mall in lolita fashion at other times, and security has only stopped me to ask why I’m dressed like this, but they don’t claim that it’s a hazard or that they’re suspicious of me hiding weapons. They’re either suspicious of me taking photos since photoshoots aren’t allowed in the mall, or they are wondering if I’m performing in a local play or participating in an art event.

I recall that once someone claimed my outfit was a fire hazard. This was not at a mall though; it was at a café. I was seated at the time and I don’t understand how it could possibly be a fire hazard (and it was also odd that no one claimed it was a fire hazard until after I finished eating my meal).

I am not Bo Peep! Photo by Xin

I’m sure other lolitas can relate: when we wear lolita out in public, we generally get a lot of stares, whispers, and unwanted attention. I have lost count of how many times people called me “Bo Peep” in a derogatory manner. And I also lost count of how many times people took photos of me without asking for permission. Street harassment happens regularly as well, although this happens regardless of what I wear. I’ve also been catcalled when I’m just wearing jeans and a sweatshirt (and no makeup at all). It’s sad how many people are disrespectful. At a local meetup, a passerby even spat on one of the attendees when we were walking down the sidewalk. Another time, when I was wearing lolita alone at the mall, someone purposely spilled soda on me in the food court. It was terrible.

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At the Met in NYC! Photo by h1sphoto

If you see someone dressed differently, kindly be respectful. When people ask, I don’t mind posing for a photo. I also don’t mind explaining what lolita fashion is to those who are genuinely curious. In my own experience, I’ve had the best reactions to wearing lolita fashion at museums. Museums are where I get the most respectful questions, as well as people complimenting what I’m wearing. Sometimes, people think it’s a costume or I’m cosplaying, and I explain that it’s alternative fashion and not a costume.

Even if you’re not participating in the carnival, I’d love to hear your oddest experience while wearing lolita in the comments. Feel free to share your own stories!

Check out the other blog posts for the Lolita Blog Carnival!

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FabFitFun: Spring Box Opening

Happy Spring! It’s now April, and I wish I could go outside, but I’ve been stuck inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay home and stay safe, everyone. Do you have any subscription boxes you’re looking forward to receiving?

One thing I enjoyed in March was my FabFitFun box! Seeing the colorful box outside my door gave me a taste of springtime, and I’m so happy I rejoined FabFitFun. You may have read my blog post about my first FabFitFun box, the Winter one. I unsubscribed afterwards because I didn’t think I needed it (and it’s true, I don’t need it). I ended up subscribing again on a whim last month, and signed up for an annual membership. It’s great value, and even though I don’t need it… I want it!

If you’d like to try one, use the code “RAINBOW” for $10 off your first box!

There’s another FabFitFun magazine! I miss reading magazines, so I’m happy they include their own in the boxes. I’m thinking of subscribing to a print magazine again.

In the box, I received a variety of products: a weighted sleep mask, a luxe chrome detangling brush, and a bunch of beauty and bodycare products.

The first item I tried was the hair brush. It’s my new daily hairbrush, and I love it! The gentle bristles don’t break my brittle hair strands, and the wide paddle makes hairbrushing time easy and quick.

The second item I tried was the Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask. I haven’t tried sleeping with it since I toss and turn a lot in my sleep, but it feels relaxing to lie on your back for a few minutes and let the mask rest over your eyes. The weighted beads lie on the outer areas, and there are two areas without the beads for where your actual eyes are. The only thing I dislike about it is the velcro fastener in the back since velcro easily snags fabric.

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Wishtrend: Fresh Box Opening

At the end of last year, Wishtrend revamped their website! They sent me a Fresh Box to review, and after it got lost in the mail a bit, I finally got the box. Wishtrend is an online K-beauty store that sells brands like Klairs (which they acquired), I’m From, Skin & LAB, COSRX, and more.

It’s been a long time since I’ve collaborated with Wishtrend, so I’m excited to revisit this online shop! Do you remember when I reviewed the Klairs Moisture Rescue skincare line? That was back in 2015. If you want to shop the revamped website, use the coupon code “MAR10” for 10% off.

Now, onto the Fresh Box opening:

The branding of the box is so cute! Back in 2015, items were shipped in a plain cardboard box. Now, the inside of the cardboard box has the Wishtrend brand printed all over. All the boxed beauty products were bubble-wrapped, and sheet masks were in the reusable fabric pouch on top. Nothing was damaged!

In addition to beauty products, Wishtrend sent me a pen, sticky note pad, and stickers! These were a cute surprise.

Here were the beauty products in my box:

I have other skincare products I’m currently using, but I can’t wait to try these next! Have you ever tried these products before? Share your experiences in the comments. ^_^

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Use the coupon code “MAR10” for 10% off your entire purchase from Wishtrend — Happy Shopping~!

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YesStyle: First Haul

I’m so excited to share my first haul from YesStyle! I’ve checked out this site before but was wary of purchasing from it because there were so many items and I wasn’t even sure where to start. I finally decided to jump in during their spring sale and get a bunch of things at great deals. They offer free shipping if you spend $35 or more (and I hate paying for shipping, so free shipping is something I always look out for). Everyday, they also have Free Gifts you can claim. I totally forgot to claim a free gift during this haul, so I have to claim one next time.

On top of any sales going on at the moment, use the code “3PEARLS” to get an additional discount off your entire order! ^_^

Now, let’s take a look at my haul:

In my day-to-day life, I wear a lot of black… so of course, most of my new wardrobe additions are black too. I just find this color so easy to match! I got four tops in black during this haul.

  1. Short-Sleeve Mock-Neck Knit Top – ★★★☆☆ – This top isn’t the best quality (feels cheaply made, and there were lots of loose threads), but it was less than $10 so I can’t complain. It’s a stretchy fabric and the zipper is fully functional. The size chart was accurate.
  2. Heart Cutout Short-Sleeved T-Shirt – ★★★★☆ – I was worried about sizing for this item, but a size Medium fit me perfectly! The T-shirt’s cotton material was super soft, and the sheer heart cutout inset was surprisingly smooth. The inset wasn’t itchy like I thought it would be. I found this shirt to be higher quality than the first one.
  3. Bell-Sleeve Chiffon Blouse – ★★★★☆ – Love this item! The fabric is so pretty and it drapes well when worn. It’s better quality than I expected; the only thing I dislike about it is the button at the back of the neck. This button was difficult to do and undo (but I tend to have difficulty with buttons when they’re in the back). It’s sheer, so I recommend wearing a camisole with it.
  4. Ruffle Trim Blouse – ★★★☆☆ – This is a very stylish top, but the photos on the website are not accurate. The top I received had smaller ruffles than what is shown on the website stock photos. This isn’t a big deal though; it still looks fine when worn.

Besides my black tops, I also got some clothing pieces in other colors.

  1. Strappy Ruffled Floral Top – ★★★☆☆ – This top is super cute but feels cheaply made. I thought it would be embroidered, but the white floral patterns are printed on. The fabric is very thin, but not see-through. I had to cut off a lot of loose threads.
  2. Sheer Long-Sleeved Blouse + Camisole – ★★★★☆ – This set really impressed me! The quality is great, and both the camisole and the blouse fit me perfectly. The only complaint I have: there are three buttons on the back of the neck… I always have difficulty doing and undoing buttons at the back of the neck, so having 3 to deal with is frustrating for me (and I’m tempted to just… not button the back). If anyone has tips for doing these buttons efficiently, let me know! I have too many black shirts, but I’m tempted to get this in the black colorway as well…
  3. Plaid A-Line Pinafore Dress – ★★★★☆ – This is the priciest item in my haul, but it was still less than $20. I wasn’t sure if Size S or Size M would fit me better, so I chose Medium to be safe. I’m glad I did! It has a loose fit when you first put it on, but you can tighten it around the waist with the attached buckles. There were a few loose threads, and the acrylic blend feels a bit itchy which is why I didn’t rate it 5 stars.

I also couldn’t resist adding a few accessories to my haul…

  1. Faux Leather Heart Buckle Belt – ★★★☆☆ – This belt is super cute!! But the faux leather is… really faux. It feels almost like paper or cardboard. Definitely be gentle with this belt; I’m not sure how long it will last if you’re rough with it. The first photo in this post is a pic of me wearing the belt. It looks great when worn! I wish the quality was nicer, but for less than $5, I can’t complain.
  2. 925 Sterling Silver Non-matching Rhinestone Moon Dangle Earrings – ★★★☆☆ – These earrings are so cute! I wish they had metal backings though. The backings they came with are the clear plastic kind, that you sometimes find with hook earrings. They are difficult to put on and remove from stud earrings. The photos on the website are also inaccurate: the chain on the longer mismatched earring is longer in the photos than the one I received.
  3. 925 Sterling Silver Petal Hook Earrings – ★★★★☆ – These earrings are so pretty and elegant! I wish they came with backings, but it’s no big deal. I might use the backings on the other pair of earrings with this one, and then share my other stud backings with the mismatching earrings I got. Both sets of earrings are real sterling silver; I have sensitive ears and I didn’t have a reaction to either of these.

If you shop at YesStyle, let me know if you have any of these items!

If you’re going to shop now, check out their Limited Deals for great discounts. Use the code “3PEARLS” to get an additional discount off your entire order when you shop.

Happy Spring Shopping!~ ❀

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FabFitFun: Winter Box Opening

Have you heard of the FabFitFun box? This is an epic seasonal subscription box that’s customizable and filled with fun goodies! I’ve never done a subscription box before, but I have no regrets with this one. 🙂

Here’s what the winter box looked like upon arrival:

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When I opened it, I was delighted to see cute print on the interior of the box, as well as a FabFitFun magazine.

Everything is wrapped so nicely!! I was impressed by the thoughtful packaging. All the items I had selected came in the box, as well as some delightful surprises.

There’s great value in the FabFitFun box: full-size products, customizations, and surprises that make sense for you. When you sign up for a box, you complete a survey so they can get to know you better and fill up the box more appropriately. 

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The first product I tried upon opening the box was the Stone Street Soaphouse body cream. This body cream is moisturizes well and had a very calming and natural scent. I can’t wait to try everything else in this box! To get the spring box at a 20% discount, click here and use the coupon code “RAINBOW.”

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Emptyland: The Last Installment

So I may be phasing out my Emptyland series… It has been difficult for me to keep up with this. Especially since the apartment I moved into in April is cockroach-infested and I haven’t been able to keep things like sheet mask wrappers and sample wrappers around to photograph because I’d like to minimize what could attract cockroaches or other pests.

I also haven’t been using that many sheet masks to be honest. I use them perhaps once a month now? But I’d like to use them more regularly in the future.

This is the last installment – first photos from April through October, and then photos from November and December.

And that concludes April through October.

Next up: November and December. The end of the year, and the holiday season, and the end of Emptyland.

I’m also considering doing product reviews for specific beauty products that are in my routine. My mom always tells me to stick to the same products but I enjoy trying new things so I tend to switch up my skincare products once I’m out. There are some faves I gravitate to repurchasing, of course!

What new products have you added into your routine this year?

Lolita Fashion on Taobao (Part 3): 11/11 Edition!

Have you heard of 11/11? 11/11 is Singles’ Day and is a huge shopping festival with lots of sales, discounts, lucky bags, etc. You can shop the sales at Taobao, Tmall, AliExpress.com, and some other stores and websites participate as well.

Even though I could care less about Black Friday sales… I love browsing and shopping during 11/11! Sometimes, I spend hours just online window shopping. And when the budget allows for it, snagging some great deals during 11/11 is the best!

Some of the Taobao stores display their 11/11 sales more obviously than other. When you’re on certain pages, you may be able to see a promo for the 11/11 like the following for Bobon21:

Bobon21 is a shop with gyaru, larme, etc. styles and some pieces can be loliable!

On Empty Wardrobe, you can see where the promotion is outlined under the second little red box under the price, where you see 11/11-11/11:

The promotion above is for every 200 spent, you can get 20 discounted – and there’s no cap.

At Confession Ballon, you can even buy 1 blouse and get the second blouse free:

On some shops, like Rotate Ballet, you can see the 11/11 sale banner bright and clear:

I’ve had my eye on the brand Yolanda for a while, and it looks like they have a bunch of 11/11 discounted items too:

I’ve never purchased anything from the above shops before, so I can’t vouch for quality, but they have great ratings from Taobao shoppers from what I’ve seen in customer reviews and photos on the site. If you’ve purchased from any of these stores, definitely share your thoughts! And of course, share any other 11/11 deals that you find.

To make it easier to shop and browse, I also recommend the Google Chrome extension that automatically translates webpages. This only works on text though, so text within images are a no-go.

For search keywords, check out Part 1 of my guide.

For shops I’ve purchased from in the past, check out Part 2 of my guide.

Happy Shopping!

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Emptyland: January – March

So, who remembers when I moved last May? Lo and behold… I moved again, this time in April. So technically this is another moving edition, but it covers my final full months in my previous room rental. What did I use up in January, February, and March? Keep reading to see what I used during the first quarter of 2019. Also I realize that this is extremely late. I thought I posted this 2 months ago, but I think my wi-fi was bad and it never went through… and I somehow didn’t notice until now. Oops.

I use cleansing wipes a lot! Not everyday, but I would say I use them on most days. You usually wouldn’t think of Costco for beauty products… but I love shopping at Costco for products I use a lot. Things like cotton balls, makeup wipes, shampoo, and more. Kirkland Signature’s towelettes are very gentle on the skin and have quickly become a new fave! I also got those Neutrogena makeup remover wipes from Costco.

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Next up, we’ve got sheet masks plus a lip mask from Tonymoly! The Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch is super cute, but I have no idea if it was useful. It was fun to apply, but I didn’t notice any benefit. The other sheet masks you may recognize from past Emptyland posts.

With wintertime comes dry hands, so I used up two tubes of hand cream. The Duft&Doft hand cream was a freebie I got from KCON forever ago. The Tocca one I got from a sample sale with a bunch of other Tocca hand creams. This Simone one smells delightful and refreshing!

For makeup, I used up my favorite BB Cream… the Perfect Cover BB Cream from Missha. I definitely want to get another one down the road, but I’m trying a different BB Cream at the moment. I also used up an eyeliner sample that I wasn’t a big fan of, a Stila smudge pot (not completely used up, but it dried up…), and I’m really sad I had to toss this Becca highlighter but I dropped it and it shattered.

For skincare, I used up an emulsion that I got for 50% off. I love sales! The Urban Eco Waratah Toner was also part of a free gift set I got from The Saem a year ago (I got a free toner and emulsion set). The It’s Skin ampoule was buy one, get one free and so I got two and used them both in a row. It was a nice ampoule but I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase. Maybe I’ll try a different one from It’s Skin in the future.

For body care, again, need to stay moisturized during the dry winter months! The Holika Holika Aloe gel I’ve had since college (it was a gift from my friend Terry, ). I keep forgetting to use it but finally used it up.

Last, but not least: hair care! Fantasy hair also comes with a lot of damages, so I’ve had to use lots of hair therapy like argan oil, keratin therapty, and more. Overtone is my favorite though since it also redeposits color into my hair! I don’t think it’s the most moisturizing, so that’s why I still use additional products in my hair after shampooing and conditioning. Even when I skip shampooing, I sometimes need to moisturize my hair with leave-in products.

If you have any recommendations for great products for damaged and dry hair, please let me know!

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[Flashback Friday] Big Apple Comic Con

Have you ever been to Big Apple Comic Con? It’s a New York City convention that was founded by Michael “Mike Carbo” Carbonaro back in 1995.

I can’t believe this con is this weekend! It’s happening so soon… I thought I had plenty of time but I’m still not sure what to cosplay and/or wear. I have great memories from this con last year…

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From meeting Toshio Maeda to moderating a panel with Lua Stardust to watching the cosplay contest, Saturday was a busy but fun day!

The con is centrally location near Penn Station, so transportation is easy (trains, subways, etc.). You can also easily find public places outside to do photoshoots at, and there’s plenty of great food options in walking distance from the con.

Click here to see photos from my Saturday shoot last year! (I still need to upload the rest of the photos… my backlog is insane, oops.)

And at every con in NYC, there’s gotta be at least one Spider-Man cosplayer!

I have no idea who the Spider-Man cosplayer in the above picture was, but he was epic and I’m glad he agreed to a quick photo with me! Spider-Man is still one of my all-time fave Marvel characters (ever since I read the Amazing Spider-Man as a teenager!). 

You may have noticed my [Flashback Fridays] tag… I’m thinking of starting a new Flashback Fridays series where I write flashbacks to events or memories of the past. Do you like to reminisce? I love taking photos because if I don’t have photographic proof, I wonder if things never happened and they were simple dreams or made up in my imagination…

Click here to view a throwback to my first time at BACC (back in 2017!). It’s a gothic lolita look featuring my first lolita dress ever (a really old Bodyline JSK I got in high school).

If you’ll be at BACC tomorrow or Sunday, come say hi!

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