This year let’s live to our hearts deserve. Find solace in our own strengths. Conquer our demons. Let’s grow into the Queens that were meant to reign and not be controlled. I pray this prayer to every one of you who reads this.
May you kick butt in 2019.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my social, blog, Youtube, streams, or anything I do! Being a full-time content creator has been a struggle since I embarked in August of 2018. Coming into 2019, I am more certain and confident 2019 will be a year for explosive growth! Looking forward to sharing that with you all!
Christmas is the BEST TIME OF THE YEAR! So much love, food, drinking, and gifting giving! It’s a time to show the ones you love HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM! But with how busy we are, it’s hard to find the perfect gift for that special someone. WELL! I got good news!
All month long I will be posting to my Instagram some amazing stocking stuffers perfect for the tech geek, gamer, makeup addict, and fashionista! Into cosplay? You’ll want to keep your eyes glued for what I got in store! Check out what I’ve released so far on my Instagram!
Mood Matcher X Nina Mua
Be prepared for the mistletoe this holidays. Pucker up with Mood Matcher X Nina Mua’s new liquid matte line in over 10 different colors! See them all on the Gram.
More to Come!
(This blog will be updated as new items are released on Instagram!)
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain
Having lived my whole life in New York City, I’ve become a bit judgemental when going to another metropolis. Any big city must meet my standards of what I’ve experienced before. Please don’t think of it as pretentious, but with only NYC as a standard, I have expectations of any other city I visit. When I visited Hong Kong for the first time, I never really ‘experienced’ it. So I decided to go again and take the time to truly embrace this incredible city. I picked a couple of landmarks to visit and took my camera to find these treasures.
The result was an experience I could never have imagined in my life. Below are shots I took at famous places in Hong Kong but what makes them truly famous are their location and how to get there. Most are hidden in estates or up mountains, The journey to those locations are what make these photos priceless. You may look at these photos and see how visually pleasing they are, but to me, they are sweat, tears, and hours of trekking alone in a different country for just the right shot. Upon gazing at my destination, a sudden flush of Fuego erupted in me. A sense of accomplishment. A sense of gratefulness. A sense of purpose.
Hong Kong exceeded all my standards and expectations of a city. Below are 5 reasons why you need to explore Hong Kong.
I specifically picked this hotel in Hong Kong because I wanted to take pictures in the floor to ceiling window rooms. To my surprise, the higher rooms with better views were unavailable. Nonetheless, the hotel is incredibly beautifully decorated with a gorgeous modern design that makes this small hotel room look as if it’s massive. The two room apartment comes with a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and shower. The shower itself is embedded into the ceiling that makes it seem like the water is rainwater. In person, the apartment is quite small costing about $350 a night. However, it is a must at least for 2 nights while you stay in Hong Kong.
It truly felt enchanting to be in such a modern place with a neighborhood having a simplistic appeal. Most dive bars and restaurants barely fit 25 people, but the charm of this area was wonderfully delightful. Neon lights in tight spaces with so much commotion, art, and beauty do something to the mind. It truly unlocks it.
Check out this list that I used to see the top 30 most Instagram places to visit in Hong Kong, China.
I left Hong Kong with a new perspective not only on what beauty is but what traveling to explore said world’s beauties can feel like when you find them.
MORE ON THE GRAM
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“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
Stop for a second and just take a moment to ask yourself this question, ” If you could go anywhere in the world, somewhere, anywhere, all expenses paid, no limit. Where would you go? What would you like to do?” Have you ever looked at a map and thought, ” What’s it like to live on the other side of the street? State? Country? World?”
There are two things that I crave when I travel the world: one is to see beauty, the second to taste. These experiences are ones that are enveloped in emotions, moments, friends, and families that create memories we die cherishing. I want to cherish all that this world has to offer. Visit the wonders of our beautiful planet and the miracles that come from the people that live there.
Let me introduce to you the most tourist spot in Guangzhou unknown to the world. This paradise is a sharp contrast to the busy streets of China with foliage, French architecture and colonial ambiance. It’s a must-see for the world travel.
White Swan Hotel – Shamian Island, Guangzhou
The beautiful and unique sandbank of Shamian Island in the Liwan District of Guangzhou, Guangdong province China was divided into two concessions given to the French and British in the 19th century. An important port for Guangzhou for foreign trade, Shamian Island became a strategic point of business and defense.
Now the stone mansions that once housed the first trading companies from Britain, the United States, France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, and Japan have been maintained along the waterfront. White Swan Hotel is located at the edge of Shamian Island right along the infamous Pearl River.
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During the first leg of my trip to China, I hit Guangzhou staying at the White Swan Hotel on Shimian Island. Previously controlled by the French, the Island is true to the French architectural nature that resembles streets of Paris. Resonating with the French feel, I decided to pamper myself with the new Aveeno Positively Radiant collection to make my stay luxurious.
Included in the collection is:
Positively Radiant Exfoliating Body Wash
Positively Radiant Body Lotion
Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector
…all delightfully amazing on the skin.
Each product provides a nourishing set of benefits to the skin that can instantly transform dry dull skin to be radiant and hydrating. The lotion offers 24-hours of moisturization for softer and smoother skin. The body wash leaves the skin healthy, smoother and smoother thanks to the scrub beads in the wash. The targeted dark spot corrector improves the look of dark spots and discoloration for uneven skin in as little as one week!
Picture Worth a Thousand Words
Now I am still using the dark spot corrector for my troublesome stretch marks and will report back on them. However, I can say that the body wash and lotion are incredible! My partner suffers from severe dry skin and yet because of psoriasis normal lotions don’t work. Super sensitive lotions are required to calm the skin and nourish the cells. Thankfully Aveeno’s products are chock full of Soy and active natural ingredients, the body wash and lotion is safe for the hypoallergenic dry skin!
It’s safe to say that my skin is grateful to have Aveeno on this trip! Most hotels body wash and lotion are actually hydration stripping. So being able to bring this with me while traveling Asia was AMAZING!
Go give it a try, you may discover Aveeno’s new radiant collection to be just the thing you need for your home or travel! I know it helped on my trip to absolutely give me the ‘spa resort’ feeling I needed away from home!
How Important is Daily Lotion?
So Aveeno’s daily moisturizer is clinically proven to even tone and texture in just 4 weeks to reveal naturally radiant skin. With Total Soy Complex and natural light diffusers, it helps improve the look of brown spots, leaving your skin looking luminous. It’s oil-free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, but why does that matter? Why is lotion so important for the body?
The most important times to use moisturizer are after a bath, shave or exfoliation. For some, this might be twice a day. Moisturizing after a shower is very important because hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched and dry. While hot water may be relaxing, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. Never skip the moisturizer.
-The University of Tennessee Medical Center
If you have never used lotion before, you may not know that it can help combat acne. The skin on your face, ears, neck and chest are very sensitive to environmental changes and are the most frequent areas of the body known to develop skin cancer. These areas of skin also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore need moisture to repair itself, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. Moisturizing every day can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are harmful to the skin and cause common skin conditions like acne.
If you do suffer from acne and these tips do not help, do see a dermatologist as it can be a more serious form of skin abnormality that needs medical treatment.
Aveeno + White Swan Hotel
My trip is this hotel was indeed complete thanks to Aveeno for giving me this collection to use on my journey. A special thank you to the team from Asia!
Sure, my trip may have been just as nice without Aveeno but it did give me the exceptional luxurious spa treatment I so desperately needed in the hot and humid city of Guangzhou.
Though this post is about Aveeno, be sure to check out my upcoming posts about my trip to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Tokyo! I explore the most Instagramable places for you to check out!
Let me know your comments on Aveeno below in the comments!
I am partnering with CAPCOM to give away two tickets to their Capcom Live show, coming to NYC for the first time on 9/29 at Gramercy Theatre! It’s the official Capcom concert, featuring a live rock band and orchestra performing the soundtracks from all the biggest Capcom games including Street Fighter, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Okami, Ace Attorney, Monster Hunter, and many more with a giant screen and light show. To enter the giveaway, click the link below! Giveaway ends Friday, Sept 21st. Tickets available at http://www.capcomlive.com