Thursday, April 17, 2014

Outfit of the day: Ripped skinny jeans & Basic Tee





Top: Rag & Bone ( similar here via Nordstrom )| Jeans: Zara ( similar here & here via Shopbop 25% OFF | Enter code: INTHEFAMILY14 ) | Shoes: Zara ( Similar here by Steven via Shopbop ) |Bag: Saint Laurent  | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Ever since I saw Olivia Palermo's jeans in Vogue, I just can't stop thinking about it. What saddens me is that they are sold out everything, at least not in my size anymore... Olivia Palermo was wearing AG Adriano Goldschmied legging ankle jeans, I have not tried wearing a pair myself, but if you have, please tell me they suck because I just can't bare the fact that I can't have it in my wardrobe! I was lucky enough to find a pair of very similar jeans by Genetic & Frame via Shopbop and if you use the code I gave you yesterday INTHEFAMILY14, you will still get a 25% off. Anyways, if you know where I can find a pair of 23 or 24 AG Adiano Goldschimied jeans as seen on Olivia. Well, here's a picture, please comment below!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Outfit of the day: Stripe Tee + Skater Skirt + Ankle Booties








Top: Zara ( similar here via Nordstrom / similar here via Goodnight Macaroon 20% OFF | ENTER CODE: WIFEYOFFDUTY  | Skirt: Goodnight Macaroon ( similar here via Topshop ) | Ankle Booties: Zara ( Same pair at Acne Studio here or this pair of Alexander Wang Booties via Shopbop 25% OFF | ENTER CODE: INTHEFAMILY14 |Bag: Chanel  | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Stripe tees are probably one of those things that I just keep buying and buying and now I end up having more than 30 of them. When the weather is getting warmer, all I can think about is nautical stripes. Guys just never understand, we love buying things that we love, not once, not twice but countless times throughout the years. Tell me, what's the one thing that you just cant stop buying? White jeans? Shorts? Bikinis? Well those are probably my most recurring purchase.

Anyways, today is a very special day, because Shopbop is giving you a very exciting discount code! If you haven't heard already, Shopbop is having their major sale today! Use code "INTHEFAMILY14" at check out for 25% off everything. Happy Thursday shopping! xx

Monday, April 14, 2014

Skin Care Review: Perricone MD & 20% Off today only!


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My sister from Dance on Flour has introduced me to a new set of skin care routine and I am loving it! I have waited a while to test the products out and today when I come back to their website, I see this discount code: FF 2014. I figured why not share these amazing products with my lovely readers! I swear Dr Perricone makes one of the best skin care ever! Although it is more on the pricy side, but I can ensure you that it works and you can get a 20% discount today!! These are the items that I have tried personally. The first magical product is definitely the Blue Plasma.

First of all, I have very sensitive skin and I have combination skin type which gives me blackheads and oily T-zone. Basically I have given up on most skin clearing products because they are usually extremely harsh on my sensitive skin which cause redness or bumps, especially with Clinique's toner that consist of alcohol. Peels and acid masks are just simply torture for me...

Admittedly, I was wary of the price, but figured I would give it a try after seeing a drastic change on my sister's skin overnight. All you need is one drop and this drop of miracle will transform into beautiful skin the next morning!

Personally, the odor of the Blue Plasma doesn't matter too much to me, but it does smell and it has a very fishy smell to it. It smells like a fish oil capsule broke and spill onto your skin. The smell is tolerable. I mean it gives you AMAZING skin, so what if it smells a little!

Bottom line, if you have sensitive skin, need some exfoliation like I do, and have blackheads, this may be your holy grail product! Give it a try, and good luck!

The second set of products is the Cold Plasma range, I would say give this range TIME!! You will see results over a period of 3-4 months at the least! Do not give up! For the under eye dark circles, you will see it looking brighter, tighter and lines are gone. Almost feel like you had injections! This is one of their best selling anti aging products, you know you can't go wrong with this award winning product. But like many others, smell is not pleasant but you only apply a tiny bit on your eyes and you can hardly notice any smell. A complete set of skin care routine requires a moisturizer to lock all the serums into place, which is why the Face Finishing Moisturizer is important as a last step and don't worry this smells like roses and it's beautiful!

Lastly, the neck range is amazing and you can check out their products here. For me, I have always had sleep lines around my neck so this has saved my life. I would say all sort of anti aging products require time and you really need to be patient with a product like this. Don't forget anti aging is not only about beauty products, we should all work from within as well. We should always drink lots of water, eat a lot of vegetables, try to eat clean as much as possible. Less salt and sugar in life is always good. Don't forget to take fish oil supplement as well because it is crucial for supporting cardiovascular health.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Skin Turning Point: Accutane / Oratane Review

Nowadays, I get asked a lot what foundation do you use? or your skin is so flawless! What do you use! Flawless is definitely a bit of exaggerating, I clearly don't have flawless skin. I have freckles, lines, acne scar, black heads, blemishes or spots. Whatever you can think of, I have it. I don't use a foundation anymore, they clog up my pores and I can always feel a layer on my skin! For me, I don't feel comfortable meeting my friends with absolutely no make up on, so I will use this CC cream by Clinique or this korean Compact by IOPE if I must put something on. You know what, I honestly never EVER thought anybody would compliment on my skin. EVER. I used to have cystic acne all the time due to the fact that I have imbalance hormones. I had to use cakey thick layer of foundations to cover up my pimples! When I first met my husband, I had super low self esteem because my skin was so flawed and he has flawless skin SO UNFAIR! Buttt I must say, I was quite impressed because my husband ( boyfriend at the time ) didn't even notice I had HUGE pimples all over my face! LOL I used the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation at that time.

Now, let's talk about what was the "turning point" or the magical thing that have helped me clear up all my skin. I took a course of 6-months Oratane ( Accutane ) but I stopped at 4th month. My skin was dried but it was not unacceptable. I rather put A LOT of moisturisers on than to find oil free products and test around to find one that was not too oily for my face.

What is Accutane?
It is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

We all know that there are side effects for all medicines, and I swear Accutane has the scariest and longest list of side effects. But I must say, they are just very small percentage of possibilities and your doctor will repeat all those to you before you sign the paper ( agreement of some sort to make sure you won't get pregnant while you are taking Accutane because it will lead to birth defects )

Some people might say don't take Accutane, they are so bad for you! Sorry, but you have no idea what you are talking about. When you are suffering from Acne, that is the real BAD! I think it is so worth it, now I only get very few pimples that time of the month or when I am really stressed out. In regards to side effects, I really can't think of any, if I must blame on one thing, I would say my hair is thinner, but man I always have thin hair so it is most definitely because of my stress. I am a very paranoid person that stressed over every little thing so I am not surprised.

Anyways, I am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding to my experience with Accutane. Please feel free to comment below or email me.

Love,
Monica

Friday, April 11, 2014

#2 Giveaway: GiGi New York Personalized Leather Journal Giveaway!








Top: Zara ( similar here & here via Nordstrom ) | Pants: Zara ( similar here & here via Nordstrom ) | Heels: Christian Louboutin | Journal c/o GiGi NY | Bag: Louis Vuitton

As promised, I am hosting my 2nd giveaway today from my Giveaway Series. I am so honoured to be able to work with GiGi NewYork. I am giving away a high end personalized ( with your initials ) leather journal to a lucky winner. Choose from 6 great colors! This journal is perfect for travel, there are many helpful information on the back pages and you can also write down all your personal information such as your frequent flyer number C'mon nobody can remember those numbers! Now you can write it down! 

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