Feb 252015

I’m here today with another review shorts! The quick product review that I’ll be doing today will be on L.A. Skinny (by L.A. Medical) Cellulite Treatment with Bronzer.

I got this product from the Sephora Corporate office up here in San Francisco. I don’t think this product made the cut to be sold on Sephora store shelves probably because it sucks! But I’m here today to log this product into the internet records to warn others who may be curious.

la skinny la medical cellulite treatment

The tag line for this product is, “a cutting edge cellulite treatment, without the cutting.” Wow, so much promise and absolutely no delivery.

Something I hate about this product is the fact that it’s called L.A. Skinny. I’m from Los Angeles. Why?? It makes no sense to me. I really feel like everything about this product is horribly gimmicky and expensive. They sell each jar for about $60-75 depending on where you purchase them. I truly believe that it’s priced high to make you think that you’ve got something that works, when in fact you’ve bought crap.

The inside of the jar contains a creamy, peanut butter like formula. Too bad it smells horrible. The smell of the formula alone gives me the feeling that this product was not created with healthful ingredients.

Upon application of the product and after having worked it into the skin (primarily my legs), I found that it rubbed off like eraser shavings. Why would I pay money for a product that doesn’t absorb properly into the skin? My one hope for this product was “so what if the cellulite treatment doesn’t work, at least it’s a bronzer.” But no, it fails at that too.

wp-monalisa icon Bottom line: Stay away from L.A. Skinny, and say F*CKU!

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xoxo Sarah 

Feb 232015
Valentines Day: Biking Over the Golden Gate

Last Saturday was probably one of the most fun Valentines Day that I’ve ever had. The week leading up to V-Day, I got a lot self reflection time since my husband had to go to London for work. During the time that he was away, I spent quality time with local friends and also had the chance to prepare a gift! What’s been the case as of late is that I usually forget that it’s Valentines Day, and have nothing to give but a last minute card. This time, I baked his favorite — red velvet cupcakes! I hardly ever bake, so I’m quite proud of the way they turned out, it’s  quite yummy. I also got Umeshu (Japanese plum wine) for us to share and an octopus candle to help set the mood (he has an octopus tattoo). Oh and of course, I wrote a card. I’m totally a card person~ When Erick landed from the airport Friday afternoon (day before V-Day), I was so excited that I actually picked him up on time! Haha, yes, I’m usually late. I brought with me a granola bar and yogurt drink for him in case he was hungry. Before heading back

Feb 162015
Asia Trip 2014: Shanghai

Hope everyone had a splendid Valentines Day with their loved ones, whether it be friends, family, significant other, or lots of me time. This post I’ll be sharing with you my 4 days and 3 night trip in Shanghai. Before arriving in Shanghai, I was in Taipei, Taiwan. You can read about that part of my trip here. Erick and I arrived in Shanghai on Saturday, October 18th early in the evening. We were picked up from the airport by my brother. The last time I was in Shanghai was at least 5 years ago, and since then, it seems like much has changed. There were skyscrapers for miles in every direction. Literally, all of Shanghai was a “downtown.” Our first stop that night was at Xin Tien Di (新天地). We had the most expensive hot pot that I’ve had in my entire life. I believe the bill was $300 or $400 USD? It was super good, but not sure if it’s worth it for that sort of sticker price! Especially considering that there were only 3 of us eating. Oh God, but look at that spicy broth. It was for sure top notch quality with a good kick. Also

Feb 112015
Bridesmaid Dress Ideas for 2015

Ah, the late twenties. The time when most of you friends are either getting engaged or about to get married. Luckily, I got my wedding done and over with before the wedding rush, so now I don’t have to stress anymore over decisions, decisions, decisions. Though my wedding is long past, I can’t help but still think “oh that’s so cute” when I see other people’s wedding photos. Besides, I’ve been watching a lot of Friends on Netflix lately, and there’s a ton of weddings on that show. When I got married, the colors I chose for my wedding were champagne, plum, and peach, with lots of white and some black. Here’s a photo of me and my husband with all of our bridesmaids and groomsmen. I think that year, purple was a very popular color of choice. But now it’s 2015, and there are new colors that are popular picks. Here’s my choice of bridesmaid dresses from DressStreet.com. Besides selling lots of bridesmaid dresses, DressStreet.com also has evening, prom, cocktail, formal, and homecoming dresses. Scoop Neck Chiffon Pale Yellow Empire Waist Shop Evening Dress Online, available for ~$131.99. Yellow is one of the new hot colors for wedding bridesmaid dresses. Even better,

Feb 102015
Blackout Curtains: A Home Must Have

About 6 months ago, my husband and I moved into our first apartment as a married couple. Since then, we have been slowly collecting furniture and decorations to help make our apartment really feel like a home (and not just an unfurnished college apartment). I’m proud to say that we got most of our furniture within the first couple of months, and we do have some art and decorations up on the wall. I have some frames that have been waiting to be put up for months now, but I need to get the screws for them still (oops). The one thing that I would love to add to my living room now are some new curtains. Having curtains really ups the fancy factor and makes the room feel well put together. It’s also great for making the living room darker for those bright afternoon days when you want to watch movies! There’s a lot of sites that sell curtains, but it’s probably best to buy from somewhere that specializes in curtains. Ogotobuy.com is a professional online household products exclusive store that sells blackout curtains (how perfect!). I’ve been pinning lots of ideas on my Pinterest @xlicous. Check out my “home” and “norcal

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