Weekly Tidbits #3

Personalized Pentel pen
Personalized Pentel pen

-ONE- Engraved pen. This week I was given a personalized Pentel pen with my name engraved on it. ^_^ Is there anyone else out there, who’s reading my blog, who’s so into pens as much as I am? It’s like I can’t ever go into a stationery store and come out with only one item! There has to be at least two pens (but mostly sets of pens) in my basket! This one is a basic twist, blue ink ballpoint pen by Pentel. It features a pink handle with silver accent and floral stamp. Simple, cute, functional — love it! :)

-TWO- DIY concealer. Earlier this week I had to be out of town and I had literally 10 minutes to pack! I basically swept whatever was on my vanity into my carry-on bag without realizing that I completely forgot my second most essential makeup item (#1 being brow pencils) — concealer! So I DIY’ed it myself using whatever I had in my bag. I combined a little bit of translucent finishing powder (I used Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder | US$37; Sephora) with a small drop of liquid foundation (I used Dior Diorskin Star foundation | US$50; Nordstrom) and mixed them until I had a thick, pasty consistency. Of course, it didn’t work as great as a true concealer but it was manageable! Perfect color match, natural-looking, and pretty long-lasting, too!

-THREE- Foot massage. In the area where I live, there are literally hundreds (if not more) of traditional Thai massage places. Many of them are within walking distance to my place so I’ve been getting myself either a full-body massage or just foot massage regularly, usually whenever I have a couple hours to spare. I prefer foot massage, though; I find it much more relaxing and enjoyable. Price is crazy cheap! One hour session will cost you only US$5-7! And all the masseuses I’ve met are so good, well-trained, and friendly yet very professional. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to do in my spare time! :)

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

-FOUR- This week I tried a sample of the famous Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (US$65; Tatcha) for the first time and wow, I’m hooked! It’s truly a unique exfoliator as it comes in powder form, then you add a tiny bit of water to foam, massage for 10-20 seconds and rinse. It feels so extremely gentle on the skin yet so effective as it leaves my skin super squeaky clean afterwards! I loved it so much that I just bought myself one in every formula (Classic, Gentle, Deep, and Indigo). I’ll try to do a comparison review after I’ve tested them properly. :) Tip: sign up and use code “WELCOMEGIFT” to receive a complimentary travel-size sample with your order at Tatcha!

Bioré Pore Pack Cleansing Strips
Bioré Pore Pack Cleansing Strips

-FIVE- Who here hasn’t tried the Bioré Pore Pack Cleansing Strips (US$15; Amazon)? It is such a common product in Asia and I bet almost everyone of my friends has tried it! I recently picked up this set that includes 10 strips; 5 are green-tea scented and the rest sakura flower-scented. The scent is mild, pleasant, and lasts throughout the session until you take it off. If you don’t know, Bioré Pore Pack Cleansing Strips are basically nose strips with an adhesive side that you put on the skin for a period of time to remove deep-down, pore-clogging dirt and oil that cause blackheads. Use regularly and over time your nose should (supposedly) be free of blackheads (I’m not quite there yet myself).

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  1. says: Sunny

    Haha you should have seen the pens I accumulated when I was in high school! I got more reasonable after that tho. Love your personalized pen! So girly!

    Neeeever thought you could actually DIY concealer! I’d probably mix foundation with a bit of eye cream, since my undereye area is drier. I could use a foot massage now as well :)

  2. says: Meiko

    Good idea to mix powder and foundation! Those are indeed cheap massages…will need to visit one day! I also just ordered that Tatcha powder, can’t wait to try it!

  3. says: Agata

    When I was younger stationary was all my life, like now makeup. So I can relay to buying pretty pens. I no longer do that since I hardly ever hand write anything anymore.

    That Tatcha Powder sounds interesting, if only it wasn’t that pricey!!!

    And yes, I want a massage now too! Lucky you!

    1. says: Jaa

      I hand write all the time (so that I can justify buying more pens) but lately my handwriting has become totally .. err… not pretty like it used to! No idea why!

      The Tatcha powder is REALLY good, though! Maybe you can try a travel size first to see how you like it? :)

    1. says: Jaa

      LOL nah… look at Agata! She barely hand writes anything anymore. :D I guess it’s becoming pretty common now. Typing is so much faster, neater, and easier to fix so I can see why one would prefer it more than hand writing. I am still writing everyday because I like taking notes with colored pens when I read literature. :)

  4. Ha! I love pens too! I used to collect Sanrio stationary when I was little and still have a lot of it tucked away. A personalized pen would make me happy, too! Gosh, I haven’t had a massage in ages, but it is SO LOVELY! Love your DIY concealer trick, JP! :)

  5. says: Jen

    Nice roundup! I’m super curious to try products from Tatcha- I’ll be interested in your thoughts on the Indigo Rice Enzyme Exfoliator. I know it’s designed for sensitive skin, so it’s definitely piqued my interest! :)

    1. says: Jaa

      The Rice Enzyme Powder is such a success for me. Now I want to try so many other things from the brand! But one thing at a time right? :D

  6. says: Lily

    I used to have so many pens and wouldn’t use them! LOL! The same goes to beautiful notebooks and diaries :-) Also, I used to hate foot massages because they hurt so bad but I’m loving them now!

    1. says: Jaa

      They hurt? Maybe the masseuse didn’t know what she/he was doing?! To me, I don’t really like body massages because they hurt. Even when I tell them to go easier on me, they still hurt! So I just stick with foot massages. LOL

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