Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition – Los Angeles 05.18.18 – 06.10.18


The fashion house Louis Vuitton is making its first stop in North America for its “Time Capsule Exhibition” in Los Angeles. From May 18 to June 10, you can experience this six-part mini pop-up museum featuring some of Louis Vuitton’s classic pieces from archived travel trunks to various Speedy bags from memorable collaborations. Admission is free, and the exhibit is currently located at the Century City’s Westfield Mall, which is also home to numerous designer stores and trendy eateries.



While being known for its classic pieces, this exhibition highlights Louis Vuitton’s progressive technology and designs. You can immerse yourself in LV history dating back to 1854 and experience how the Maison has modernized its styles to fit changing times.

Outside of the exhibition, you can also purchase pieces from Louis Vuitton’s gifting collection. As a collector of Louis Vuitton’s City Guides, this was the perfect opportunity to grab the latest edition for one of my upcoming destinations, Tokyo (stay tuned for that in future posts). They also have a variety of design books to add luxury to any coffee table.


If you find yourself in LA before the exhibition closes, I highly recommend experiencing it yourself! It’s a quick stop but innovative and informative to help create a better appreciation for the longstanding Louis Vuitton fashion house.

10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Westfield Century City, The Atrium, Level 1
Los Angeles, California

Customized Lipstick by YSL – Yves Saint Laurent


As Yves Saint Laurent said himself, “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion, but cosmetics are easier to buy.” I have to say that this is especially true when you can customize your own piece of luxurious makeup. When I heard that my local Nordstrom was providing engraving onto YSL lipsticks or perfume bottles this week, I had to check it out myself! While YSL products carry the high-end price tag, their quality and glamorous delivery earn this fashion house its rightful place within the luxury goods market.

First, let’s start with picking out the product. YSL offers a variety of lip products from traditional lipsticks to liquid balms to stains to glosses. I opted for the classic Rouge Pur Couture lipstick ($37… eeek, no comment!). Next, pick a shade of pink, red, purple, peach, etc. You name it, and they have the color (or rather, the number) for you! It can be a bit tricky when choosing your shade since the lipsticks are labeled with their color number rather than name, by which they are normally swatched and pictured online. Luckily, I already had an idea of what I was looking for. Given its steep price tag, I wasn’t looking for a flashy or “special occasion” color. Instead, I wanted a versatile, low maintenance shade that I could sport in the office or wear casually on the weekends. I also wanted a lipstick that could go with almost any eyeshadow look. Basically, I was looking for a nude-ish color (big surprise…NOT! haha).

Helpful Tip: If you have a favorite lipstick from another brand, bring it to the store and find a similar YSL dupe. This guarantees that you’ll wear that particular YSL shade too. I took 2 shades from MAC (Velvet Teddy and Faux) that I wear religiously and started swatching YSL shades in search of any similarities. The sales associate was also very helpful with this! We narrowed it down to shades #70 – Le Nu and #66 – Rosewood/Bois De Rose.  Both have satin finishes so though opaque, there is still a slight sheen when applied. Le Nu is one of YSL’s most popular shades being a “your lips but better” type of color. To me, this seemed to match Faux more closely. However, being so popular, they were out of stock. As fate would have it, my decision was easily made and I went with Rosewood, which is more of a warm nude (pictured above).

IMG-1269Finally, time for the show! To be honest, I assumed that there was going to be an actual person doing the engraving. I’ve seen artists hand painting onto perfume bottles at other department stores like Bloomingdales during special events. So I was somewhat surprised to discover that my Nordstrom had a machine to do the personalization. With the help of an iPad, I was able to choose my name/message, pick a font, and watch the magic happen! Check out my video clip below!


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Honestly, I really enjoyed the experience of choosing and watching my personalized lipstick come to life in person. However, this was only a temporary offering at my local Nordstrom. Luckily, YSL now let’s buyers customize their own products online!  The engraving is also complimentary on their website! Check it out here! The also offer additional options online for the design of the cap. Choose from classic gold, lips, starts, hearts, or sparkle. Note that there is an additional $3.00 fee for any cap other than the classic gold. Once, you choose your shade, you can input a message (up to 14 characters) or your monogram (3 letters). You are limited to letters A-Z, numbers 0-9 and symbols ‘.-_!@:# However, I did not see the option to choose your font online.


As you can see in the pictures, I chose to put Dr. Healy on my lipstick. I acknowledge that this glamorizes my career, which in reality, requires a lot of hard work, empathy, and patience everyday. However, I love finding that balance of being a motivated professional and still enjoying a little luxury and glamour. After all, #shecanbeboth !

I hope you enjoyed hearing about this little experience! What would you engrave on a lipstick or perfume bottle? Comment below! 


My In-flight Skincare Routine

Scholar Ibn Battuta once said, “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” What he forgot to mention was that traveling can also leave your skin dry and dull. Check out what I’ve developed as my travel skincare routine to help combat some of the tiring effects of long flights.

Pre-Flight Body/Mind Prep:
Before a long flight, I like to take a nice shower to cleanse and just relax before I head off on another adventure. With all the stress and excitement leading up to a trip, it’s nice to clear my mind a bit. I also like to mentally go through my packing list to make sure that I brought any last minute items that I may need.  I also make sure to shave for baby-soft skin before I head out. It’s hard to predict when my next shower may be or what clothes I may want to change into once I get to my destination, so extra smooth legs just makes things a lot easier later on. After drying off, one of the most important steps is to moisturize! Believe me… this is going to be an ongoing theme throughout the travel journey. I like to go with a thicker cream if possible to keep my skin’s moisture locked in longer.

In-flight Skincare Routine:
Since I’m usually spending the day at work or running errands prior to a flight, I can guarantee that I have my normal daily makeup on when I get onto the plane. Once settled into my seat and we’ve taken off, I’ll grab a Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towlette to remove my makeup. I actually like these better than the popular Neutrogena Makeup Wipes since these have little bumps to better cleanse my face. Plus, the lower price tag helps since I use these everyday!

Now for the next step (face mask), I have two options. I’ll either apply a Sephora Collection Face Sheet Mask for about 15 minutes or so. These are great since they’re disposable. The Lotus Sheet Mask is especially useful for hydrating and soothing your skin. OR if I’m on a daytime flight and I just don’t feel like applying a sheet mask in public (usually me!), I highly recommend the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I know it says ‘overnight’ mask but this product works wonders as creamy, oil-free facial mask that really helps to moisturize my skin throughout a long flight. The best part is that it’s completely clear and discrete, so no one will know that I’m wearing a mask!

If I choose to apply a sheet mask,  I may follow it up by applying a quick spritz of a face mist and then apply another moisturizer. I was serious when I mentioned that moisturizing would be a common theme for this post, but it’s worth it! To be honest, if I have a face mist with me, it’ll be whatever mini or sample size I have available to pack easily. For the moisturizer, I love the Clinique Different Moisturizing Gel since it’s very hydrating but still light on the skin so it won’t clog up my pores.

In-flight Body Routine:
To keep my hands, arms, and legs hydrated it’s nice to carry a small lotion too. However, I try to stay mindful of other passengers around me and the poor ventilation on planes, so I pack lotions with no fragrances or very VERY light scents. I love the Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion or the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.

However, the biggest game changer is to stay hydrated with good ‘ol H2O! The Aerospace Medical Association recommends to have about 8oz of water each hour if you’re on a longer flight. This is also a great way to force myself to get up, move around, and help get my circulation moving.

Happy travels! 

Sephora Spring Bonus Sale Event

Sephora Spring Bonus Sale Event

It’s Sephora’s turn for great beauty deals! The Spring Bonus Sale Event goes from April 13th-16th and again April 20th-23rd for VIB Rouge members who will receive 15% off. On Friday April 13th, VIB Rouge member can bring a friend in store and extend the Rouge discount to them as well. Plus, you can both receive a free gift bag with samples and a Sephora card case with any purchase.  For VIB members and Beauty Insiders, the sale goes from April 20th-23rd. VIB members will receive 15% off as well while Beauty Insiders will receive 10% off their purchases.  Here are the promo codes if you choose to shop online:

For Rouge members: YAYROUGE
For VIB members: YAYVIB
For Beauty Insiders: YAYINSIDER

Again, since this is a very modest (and pretty passable discount), I really try to strategize when selecting my purchases in order to maximize my bang for my buck! Here are some personal rules and tips that I try to follow to keep my cart from getting out of hand:

Tip #1 – Choose items that are exclusive to Sephora.  Since this retailer doesn’t offer many deals year round, this is a good time to stock up items that you can only find here (e.g. Sephora Collection, Fenty Beauty, Exclusive Sephora Collaborations)

Tip #2 – Take advantage of value sets! These sets are typically priced lower than their actual values, so you’re making a good deal even better with the discount code. This is an excellent way to also try products from a variety of brands or try some favorites from one specific company.

Tip #3 – Check out the sale page! It may seem redundant but this just means double discounts.

Tip #4 – If you know that you will use an item regularly, it may not be a bad idea to stock up on back-ups while they’re on sale.

Tip #5 – Have fun but don’t get crazy, because that can be expensive! Trying new items is just half the fun, so I do let myself get a couple random items to try out.

*Bonus Pro-Tip: If you shop online, don’t forget to take advantage of Ebates. This is a cash back program that I have been using for years! This is in addition to any cash back that you may already receive from your credit card. What a great way to sweeten your deals! Check out Ebates or sign up by clicking here.

Scroll below to check out my top picks for the Sephora Spring Bonus Event!
*Note: The sale prices reflect the VIB Rouge / VIB discount of 15% off

Value Sets

Sephora Favorites –  Power of the Petal (New)
Original Price: $38.00 – Value: $124.00 – Sale Price $32.30

Too Faced – Sex on the Peach Complexion Set (Limited Edition)
Original Price: $45.00 – Value: $85.00 – Sale Price $38.25

Sephora Favorites – Sun Safety Kit
Original Price: $36.00 – Value: $161.00 – Sale Price $30.60

Fenty Beauty – Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set
Original Price: $23.00 – Calculated Value: $21.69 – Sale Price $19.55
(NOTE: Sephora did not disclose the product value on their website so I calculated it based on the prices of a full size Kilawatt Freestyle Highlighter and Gloss Bomb)

Hermès – Garden Collection Coffret Set
Original Price: $50.00 – Calculated Value: $41.82 – Sale Price $33.15
(NOTE: Sephora did not disclose the product value on their website so I calculated it based on the price of a full size bottle of perfume ($138.00 for 3.3.oz)

Marc Jacobs Beauty – The Blacquer Eye
Original Price: $39.00 – Value: $69.00 – Sale Price $33.15

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Enamored With Coconut: Complexion and Gloss Set
Original Price: $75.00 – Value: $149.00 – Sale Price $63.75

Items Already on the Sale Page

Becca – Light Chaser Highlighter in Amethyst Flashes Geode
Original Price: $34.00 – Sale Price: $17.00 – Additional Sale Price: $14.45

Nars – Danger Control Eyeshadow Palette
Original Price: $49.99 – Value: $149.00 – Sale Price: $24.50 – Additional Sale Price: $20.83
*That’s about 86% off the value price! 

Sephora Collection – Bright Future Color Corrector in Peach
Original Price: $14.00 – Sale Price: $7.00 – Additional Sale Price: $5.95

What items will you be picking up during the Sephora Spring Bonus Event? Comment below!

Week 3 (FINAL WEEK) – Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty – My Top Picks for Daily Steals

Week 3 (FINAL WEEK) – Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty – My Top Picks for Daily Steals


We’re down to the final stretch! This is the 3rd and final week of Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty. Hopefully, by now, you’ve already scored some great deals and freebies! This week, Ulta is finishing up the sale event with more amazing steals, even on items that I have never seen so deeply discounted! Check out my top must-haves below. Also, don’t forget that this is also the last week to take advantage of any Hot Buys as well, so check out my separate post here for recommendations!

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Sunday, April 1

Dose of Colors Marvelous Mauves Eyeshadow Palette – This Beauty Steal is online only. I’m pretty excited to try this out! My sister raves out DOC’s Sassy Siennas Palette, so I have high hopes for their pigmentation. The shades included are: Fluffy (milky pale pink), Rosy (light rosy pink), Wishy Washy (dusty mauve), Spaced Out (muted berry mauve), and Wine Stain (blackberry).

Monday, April 2

MAC Instant Artistry Lip Prep Nude Kit – This is an online-only Platinum Perk, so you must be logged into your Ulta account and have Platinum or Diamond status to be eligible. This set has a $52 value, retails for $39.50, but will be on sale for only $19.75! I’m thrilled to see more MAC items included in these promotional events! This kit includes 3 full-size products: a Prep + Prime Lip Base, a Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, and a Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare. Velvet Teddy has been a long-time staple for me as I often reach for it during work days for a more neutral lip color. Actually, I reach for it everyday! It’s matte but very moisturizing, and it continues to look great even as it slowly fades throughout the day. Ulta previously had a deal where Velvet Teddy alone was 50% off making it $8.75, but this is a great way to try out the lip pencil and Prep + Prime at an excellent price!

Wednesday, April 4

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder – I originally purchased this product in colorless on a whim during last year’s 21 Days of Beauty Event. My combo skin tends to be more oily during Spring and Summer, so I try to use a setting powder to help keep my makeup in place and prevent it from becoming a slip and slide during long work days (biggest pet peeve!). To my surprise, this setting powder actually worked better for me than other cult favorites, including the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, the RCMA No Colour Powder, and the Ben Nye Banana Powder. The Dermablend Powder also works well for baking and really helps to improve the longevity of makeup looks. Plus, there’s a freebie with any Dermablend purchase (scroll down for details)!

Saturday, April 7

MAC Prep + Prime Fix + – For the last day of the 21 Days of Beauty, Ulta is going BIG with this steal! The original scent will be 50% off, making it only $13 for the full-size (3.4 oz)! I have yet to see this item at such a good discount, especially since the mini size (1 oz) retails for $12.  This is the OG of hydrating/setting mists! It gives an instant boost of hydration while creating a soft glow to refresh and set makeup. You can also spray brushes with this prior to dipping into eyeshadows/pigments to help create a more high-impact look! OR you can add small amount of gold/bronze pigment to this bottle, shake it up, and spray all over for that summer glow! There are so many different uses for this, for beginners and pros alike.

If you plan on stocking up on any of these items (or other beauty steals), remember to check out my other post here to learn about rules and limitations to how many you can purchase.

Freebie Alerts:

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* Pro-Tip:  Add either the Deluxe Liquid Facial Soap in Oily or Deluxe Liquid Facial Soap in Mild to your cart. There will a price of $10, but once you add any other item to your cart, this will become FREE!


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*Pro-Tip: FREE Leather Cosmetic Bag with any Dermablend purchase (offer valid 3/18/18-4/7/18 or while supplies last). This freebie should be added to your cart automatically.



*Bonus Pro-Tip: Whether you are part of Ulta’s Rewards Program or not, don’t forget to take advantage of Ebates. This is a cash back program that I have been using for years! This is in addition to any cash back that you may already receive from your credit card. What a great way to sweeten your deals! Check out Ebates or sign up by clicking here.

Week 2: Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty – My Top Picks for Daily Steals

*Ding ding ding! Time for Round 2! The fun continues for Week 2 of Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty. This week is filled with great deals on a variety of makeup and skin care products. I am definitely stocking up on one item specifically…Can you guess what it’ll be? There a couple well-loved products that I’ve used up before and plan on re-purchasing as well as a couple items that I am very intrigued to try, especially at these low prices. Check out my top picks for this week below! Also, every item that I’ve featured below also has a free gift with purchase once you meet the spend requirement, so make sure to scroll through the end!

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Sunday, March 25

It Cosmetics Airbrush Smoothing Foundation Brush #102 – This is a medium-sized, loose paddle brush with a fluffy rounded tip that works best with liquid or cream foundations. I usually like to apply my liquid foundation with a brush prior to buffing it out with my Beauty Blender. This brush, in particular, has stellar reviews (4.5 stars out of 201 reviews on the Ulta website) for a smooth, streak-free application. Have any of you tried this brush? What do you think? I’m tempted!

Tuesday, March 27

Kopari Beauty Coconut Melt – This is an online-only promotion and will be a definite re-purchase for me. I initially purchased the mini size (2.5 oz for $18) to try it out and absolutely love it. This is a steal, since you actually get the full-size (5.1oz) for 50% off making it only $14! It can be used as an all-over body moisturizer (my favorite way to use it), under-eye hydrator, makeup remover, and lip soother. It’s 100% organic, vegan, phthalate-free, cruelty-free & GMO-free. Sourced from the Philippines, this coconut oil smells like a tropical paradise!

Friday, March 30

Lime Crime Hi-Lite Palettes – This is another online-only deal that I’m intrigued about. I haven’t tried much from Lime Crime other than their Velvetines. However, these highlight palettes look great and come in a variety of shade options. There are 6 different palettes (each with 3 different highlight shades) available on the Ulta website, including the Fairies Hi-Lite Palette, which is an Ulta exclusive. I’m tempted to try out the Blossoms Hi-Lite Palette for a bronzy glow this summer! Have you tried any of the Hi-Lite Palettes?

Saturday, March 31

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil – I wait all year long for Ulta’s Spring 21 Days of Beauty for THIS item! I use it everyday for an easy way to create more precise, hair-like strokes. This is a holy grail item for me, so I’ll be stocking up. I could rave about this item all day, or you can see the 4.5 star-rating out of 5,824 reviews on the Ulta website. There are 10 shade options available online, which is quite impressive compared to other brow brands. However, don’t forget to check out my other blog post here to learn about limitations on how many can be purchased. Also, ABH also has a gift with purchase (see below) that you can also take advantage of!

Freebie Alerts:

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 12.43.46 PM*Pro-Tip: FREE deluxe Coconut Rose Toner with any $28 Kopari Beauty purchase (offer valid 3/18/18-4/7/18 or while supplies last). If you purchase 2 Kopari Beauty Coconut Melts when they are on sale for $14 each, you would qualify for this freebie! This freebie is online only and should be added to your cart automatically once you’ve met the spend requirement.



*Pro-Tip: You can also receive a FREE Mini Lip Gloss in Kristen and Compact Mirror with any $45 Anastasia Beverly Hills purchase (offer valid 3/18/18-4/7/18 or while supplies last). This freebie is online only and should be added to your cart automatically once you’ve met the spend requirement.


*Bonus Pro-Tip: Whether you are part of Ulta’s Rewards Program or not, don’t forget to take advantage of Ebates. This is a cash back program that I have been using for years! This is in addition to any cash back that you may already receive from your credit card. What a great way to sweeten your deals! Check out Ebates or sign up by clicking here.



Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty – Hot Buys

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As I shared in my last post (Tips for Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty), Hot Buys are promotions on specific items that run through the entirety of the sale event or until supplies last. Some popular items do tend to sell out quickly, so if there is something you have your eye on, don’t wait too long! Now these items are discounted less than Ulta’s daily Beauty Steals, so I usually don’t find myself purchasing many of these. However, there are a few on my wish list.

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Face and Lip Faves: 

Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist – Facial sprays have become very popular over the past few years as a quick way to freshen your skin. This skin mist is advertised to have “skinvigorating” ingredients such as cucumber extract, apple extract, tea seed oil, and eucalyptus leaf oil. It is also vegan, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free. I’m a big fan of Tarte, so I may try this mist as a way to soothe and re-hydrate my skin throughout the day. I also like to leave a face mist like this by my bedside to quickly spritz after my nighttime skincare routine and before I sleep.

Lipstick Queen Saint and Sinner LipstickAlthough I’m more intrigued about some of their color changing lipsticks, this is still a great opportunity to try their formula. Saint lipsticks tend to be more sheer while Sinner products are more opaque. I’ve heard and read reviews raving about the pigmentation, comfort, and longevity of these products so I may just have to test these out myself.

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Eye Faves:

Although I don’t have any must-have picks for myself this time, the Shiseido Eyelash Curler has been a cult favorite, especially for Asian and almond shaped eyes. It also features a silicone pad instead of rubber, which better helps to curl lashes and keep them curled longer. Who doesn’t like sky-high lashes?! Although this is a decent discount, I believe you can find it for a slightly lower price during other promotions or elsewhere. However, rest assured that this is still a solid buy since you can reuse this many MANY times.

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Skincare Faves:

Patchology Spoiled Rotten At-Home Pampering Kit – I haven’t tried anything from Patchology, so this is a great way to test out their product line. This set includes a pair of FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels (would be great after a long flight!), FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels, an Illuminate FlashMasque Facial Sheet Mask, and a PoshPeel Pedi Cure Intensive Foot Peel Treatment. I’m most intrigued about the foot peel. Although I don’t have very dry skin around my heels, I’ve heard wonderful things about this product and it’s efficacy compared to other foot peels on the market.  This set comes with a cute reusable makeup bag too. It could make for a great gift or for a girls night in with friends!

Freebie Alerts:

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*Pro-Tip: If you plan to make any purchases this week, be sure to click on this link to to add a FREE deluxe sample of the Murad Deluxe Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion. –It will show a price $10.00, but when you add it to the cart, the price will adjust to free! This freebie is available while supplies last. *SOLD OUT*


*Another Pro-Tip: Whether you are part of Ulta’s Rewards Program or not, don’t forget to take advantage of Ebates. This is a cash back program that I have been using for years! This is in addition to any cash back that you may already receive from your credit card. What a great way to sweeten your deals! Check out Ebates or sign up by clicking here.

What Hot Buys are you purchasing? Comment below!