Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's A Love

Hey loves  I am doing this amazing collaboration with It's A Love a lingerie company that has a big heart for designing lovely, delicate things and sharing their love with those who could do with more. They are based in NYC and all intimates are hand sewn of the highest quality. 

It's A Love donates 5% of their gross and net profits to the Help Haiti 180 charity which is remarkable and a total of 10% all towards charity. So please check out their site itsalove.com and support the cause and score some comfy intimates too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

my skin care routine.

I have not had much time to blog but I took the photos a week or so ago and I have gotten a few requests asking about what I do with my skin so here goes nothing. I don't think I can even begin to count how many skin care products I have tried my entire life. However, I am happy to say that I have finally found the perfect combination of a few products that have only helped my skin. First off I would like to mention that I have combination skin tone from dry to oily that vary depending on the weather and my stress levels. I believe that finding the right balance is what matters and I know it's hard but my skin went through a lot to get to where it is today. I started off with very rough skin with ache and red spots everywhere and multiple blemishes. Let us begin shall we?

1. First off I have used a bunch of fancy cleansers that promised brightening, cures for acne, make up removal and all the mumbo jumbo. It is ironic because the one I fell in love with was none other then Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. It is a gentle cleanser with " pH-balanced, creamy gel formula made with a blend of five skin conditioners so your face is left feeling healthy and soft, never tight." It's subtle and so elegant and literally feels like I am washing my face with lychee jelly. I love the clean sensation it leaves my face with. BAM we are ready for the next step.

2. After cleansing I like to first slap on Glossier's Mega Greens Galaxy pack. This is their detoxifying face mask which helps balance and conditions pores while helping to calm inflammation (it really does). This mask contains "beauty foods like vitamin-rich leafy greens and superfruit antioxidants deliver a potent dose of nutrients for when you need to press the reset button on your complexion. Basically, it does a lot of work, so you don’t have to." You can feel it pulling your skin together when the mask begins to dry onto your skin. I like to leave this mask on for 15-20 minutes then gently massage and wash off with warm water.

3. After washing off the detox mask I like to add on Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask. Since the green galaxy mask leaves your skin kind of matte and dry, this moisturizing mask pairs with the detox mask perfectly. Its purpose is to brighten, moisturize, and restore elasticity. This mask contains: sweet almond oil, hyaluronic acid, plant-based squalane, and aloe. Perfect for all skin types in my opinion. Leave on for 15-30 min (but sometimes I leave it on for hours because it feels so amazing heheh.)

4. Misting time! I like The Face Shop's Collagen water which concentrates on firming and moisture. Our body naturally creates its own collagen but however as we age its production decreases. Therefore I love spraying a bit of this moisture-rich mist that is formulated with collagen water and makes your skin more firm while providing moisture.

5. I have never really used serums before but I decided to give it a shot because of Glossier's newest launch of their Super Serums. I decided to get my hands on their Super Glow serum just because I have always wanted to achieve that natural glow without makeup. Their key ingredients are Vitamin C (AAP) which helps reduce dark spots and creates smoother, light-reflective skin and Magnesium (PCA) which stimulates the metabolism of tired skin cells. It leaves your skin with a nice glow tone. So far I am loving it!

6. Eye cream! I did not realize how important eye creams were until the end of college. All of those late night study sessions or even all nighters. I never realized how dark my dark circles were and started last year, using eye creams. I have experimented with many and so far my favorite is Dr. Ci Labo's Moisture Collagen eye cream. This is some powerful stuff and I recommend not applying too much of this cream around your eyes. Little dots around the affected dark areas then gently dab them until fully dissolved into the skin. I did a lot of research on collagen rich products and it seems to be the best ingredient for evening skin time and bringing some elasticity and youth back into your skin.

7 + 8. Finishing off my skin routine with Glossier's Priming moisterizer and Coconut balm dotcom. The reason I use their priming moisterizer and not some promising moisterizer that promises all these skin changes is because of its simple formula. I do not believe you need too much to restore your skin back to health and should keep things simple. It primes perfectly in my opinion and works great as a base for makeup. And lastly the Coconut Balm dotcom is by far my most favorite lip balm ever. I use coconut oil for everything hair related and only recently realized that it does wonders for your skin and lips too. This balm can be use anywhere that needs a little loving, not just your lips. I feel that it really helps restore your lip's moisture as well as gives it a little plump too.

I really hope my skin care routine has helped those who have asked me and anyone that stumbles across my blog. I know what it is like to try dozens of products that promise so much and gets you no where. It took me a while but I have been sticking with this routine for the past year now and am pleased with the way my skin feels and looks. If you want to give Glossier a try I have a 20% off  link automatically applied when you click here. However I will continue to review and talk about more beauty products in the near future so stay tuned. 

I'll work on a makeup routine in the near future. Thank you for reading! xx

Thursday, September 29, 2016

baking matcha donuts.

Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot cook. I have been living on my own for a while now and finally have my own kitchen to cook and bake in so I decided to try this fun project. Instead of frying however I made baked green tea matcha donuts.

| Prep time: 5-7 min | Bake time: 10-12min |

Ingredients used
The donuts:
1¼ cups all purpose flour
½ cup sugar (I used granulated sugar)
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp Jade leaf matcha green tea powder
⅔ cup vegetable oil
½ cup lukewarm coconut milk 
1 large egg at room temperature, whisked
½ tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

The glaze:
1½ cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar), sifted
½ tsp Jade leaf matcha green tea powder
3-4 tbsp hot water

First Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray or some vegetable oil so they won't stick.  Then in a bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and matcha powder. In a separate bowl vegetable oil, milk, egg, vinegar and vanilla. Mix with a spatula the wet and dry ingredients until they are fully combined. Do not over mix the batter.  Then transfer the batter to a piping bag and squeeze into donut pan. Make sure to fill each slot ¾ full. Bake donuts for 10-12 minutes. Cool donuts completely after baking on a cooling rack.

The Glaze
Mix the confectioners sugar, water and matcha powder together. The glaze needs to be thick, add as much water or sugar needed to make it perfect. Mix well, it will get difficult to mix but make sure to continue mixing, ensuring all the sugar is dissolved into the glazed. Then dip the donuts into the glaze, then line them up on a cooling rack, letting the excess drip below it and ensuring perfect donuts.

Bon appetite! 

Recipe adapted from Honeysuckle via youtube.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

emy x venti

This lovely minimal jewelry store based in Boston, Massachusetts called Venti just launched the beginning of this month. The pieces are so beautiful and sparkle without bringing too much attention. They are reasonably priced and not too expensive so you can really splurge. Oh and a perk you can use my discount code lovelyemy15 for 15% off your entire purchase with no minimum. Sounds like a steal to me! Their aesthetic is honestly a nice little clash where kinfolk meets kim kardashian. I love the simplicity yet feminine looks they achieve and their pieces are perfect for all seasons too.

I'm wearing:
Alexa choker in black

Happy Sundaze everyone xx

Monday, July 25, 2016

daniel wellington boston pop-up

Hey guys! The Daniel Wellington Boston pop-up shop is now open until Jan 10. If you're in the area feel free to stop by at 211 Newbury street and check out their new styles as well as the original timeless styles. If you end up find one one you love.

You can use discount code LOVELYEMY15 for 15% off your purchase online + in stores from now until August 15th. And for pop-up store only you can get your leather straps embossed free with any purchase! Customize your watch or do it as a gift. Hope everyone has a lovely week. Cheers!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

bliss & light

My recent work with model Ella of Maggie agency in Boston and hair + makeup by June Leung of love notes by june. We spontaneously planned this shoot in hope to promote a very organic and raw yet feminine look. You can check out the photos via my Vogue Italia Photovogue gallery which includes all of my photos they have published here.  

I was actually inspired by this natural beauty brand called Glossier to create this look. I hope to stay inspired and continue shooting this summer. Cheers everyone and happy Saturday!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

floral summers.

Summer calls for more floral prints and cute rompers. I know it has been everywhere but I am a huge fan of the choker + minis or rompers. I mean when it is windy you really do not have to worry about anything flying up.

My romper is from Bare Anthology has lovely handpicked bohemian and contemporary styles any girl would love. I admire the fact that their style and pieces are also influenced and inspired by poetry.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

the oasis.

I was able to spend my birthday in New York this weekend and spend it with my closest friends Celine & Melissa. We had a ton of food adventures and desserts and yummy shoju for the weekend. I had the pleasure of being creative with them as well.

I rented a Canon 35mm 1.4 L lens from LensPro for the weekend since I am currently lens-less and figured this was the best time to do so and shoot. We decided to rent a small studio space from Breather called The Oasis (but don't be deceived for the actual studio does not look like the photos on their site). And wanted to just be creative, shoot and hang out. I was going for a sun-kissed summer feel and we definitely achieved it. My editing and shooting methods are heavily influenced by the lovely film look. I do tend to shoot a bit overexposed.

Overall this weekend was a wonderful escape from my life in Boston. It is always a pleasure to be in New York and it is starting to feel like my second home.

You can check out their social media as well!

Melissa @meliority