Thursday, August 30, 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: Letters and Drinks - Jae Jin


I'm always on the lookout for new music and artists, and I recently discovered an artist by the name of Jae Jin. He is a Korean-American artist who is currently based in Los Angeles. I first discovered his music through a song suggestion on Spotify - namely, "Wild Creatures." After listening to the moving and vividly painted lyrics, I was hungry for more.

Jae recently released his newest album, called Letters and Drinks, which came out on June 29th. In Jae's words, this album is "centered on the universal concepts of love and suffering, but in a raw, unique, and authentic way." I immensely enjoyed this album, especially the following tracks:

Gonna Be Honest
11:11
Six Feet Above
Heart Smiles
Book in the Cloud
One Last Light

Now, for the album review:

Gonna Be Honest  - "What if we took chances at love? Where would you and I be right now?" This song addresses the possible future someone could have had if they took a chance at love, if they had made a different decision or if the timing was "right".

11:11  - Have you ever fell in love, and imagined or believed in someone as your true love? This song perfectly captures this sentiment. It is a sweet ballad which expresses the desire to be with someone who feels "right", someone who is the answer to all your prayers.

Six Feet Above - This heart-wrenching song deals with the loss of a loved one, especially by suicide. Jae wrestles with the loss of a dear friend, with the words "if only we had more time, if I could change your mind." When I heard this song for the first time, I was moved to tears.

Heart Smiles - This track has a whimsical feel to it, and an equally catchy chorus. My favorite phrase in this song is "you hold on to my hand with your level-headed heart, barely holding onto time as it moves us apart." This song perfectly describes the power of loving someone selflessly.

Book in the Cloud - Our words and actions speak for themselves, and provide a window to others about ourselves. Here, Jae pokes fun at different social media sites and apps, and how our perceptions of ourselves and others are formed. 

One Last Light - It is a pensive, acoustic track highlighting Jae's struggles with depression. Knowing that this track would've been his farewell letter tugs at one's heartstrings.

In conclusion, Jae Jin's album Letters and Drinks showcases his versatility as an artist, both in his musical styles and in his songwriting. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

August Playlist

Hello! Another month has flown by! More importantly, we're more than halfway done the year ....where has the time gone?! Haha.
Without any further ado, here is this month's playlist.

ENGLISH SONGS
Come Out Your Way - Eric Chou
Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan
This Town - Niall Horan
Since We're Alone - Niall Horan

CHINESE SONGS
Unbreakable Love (Ai Zai Shen Bian) - Eric Chou
Love You Again - Eric Chou

If you have any song/artist recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments below! 


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

J&Co Jewelry

For the past six months, I've been buying jewelry pieces from an online store called J&Co Jewelry. They are an online jewelry shop that sells affordable, dainty pieces - perfect for everyday wear. Up until this point, I have bought two pairs of earrings, and two rings from them.

I've bought the following items from them:

Triangle Out Stud Earrings 












Love Knot Ball Ear Stud













Leaf Vine Ring 













Hexagon Ring 














I first learned about them through Instagram. I was browsing through my Explore page, curious to find an affordable, good-quality jewelry store to shop from. The girl in the post I saw was asking her followers for recommendations for good quality jewelry stores/brands. In the comments, J & Co Jewelry popped up a few times, so I decided to check it out. And the rest is history!


If you have any recommendations for other affordable jewelry brands, please leave them down in the comments below!



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Face Shop Shea Butter Lip Scrub


For the past year, I have been using a mango seed lip scrub from The Face Shop. I loved using the lip scrub; it was part of a weekly pamper routine. Sometimes, I added a face mask into the mix.

When I ran out of the mango seed lip scrub, I decided I would try the Shea butter lip scrub, also from The Face Shop. Here are my thoughts.




Packaging - very pretty and simple. The tube is not cluttered with wordy descriptions - it gets right to the point. There is also a cute illustration of a Shea tree on the tube.

I also prefer using a tube as opposed to a circular tin, which was the case with the mango lip scrub.

Application - Don't be afraid to use a generous amount! I initially squeezed out a pea-sized dollop from the tube, then quickly discovered that I needed more product, haha!

Result - After using the lip scrub, I was left with soft and supple lips. Also, my lips had a hint of the taste of shea butter :)

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this product. If you're in the market for an inexpensive and effective lip scrub, definitely try it out!

PRODUCT REVIEW: E.L.F. Velvet Matte Lipstick - Blushing Brown

I recently did a massive cleanout of beauty products in preparation for the upcoming Winter season. There were a few lipsticks that I wanted...