Facial Steamer

The Nanosteamer not only steams your face but it also functions as a towel warmer and humidifier. I love doing sheet masks at home and I thought facial steam seemed like a great addition to my skincare and self-care routine. This steamer recommends only using purified water.

I like that this device is quiet and the length of use is up to you. There are no alarms or sounds to signal anything. The instructions do list timed recommendations ( like a towel becomes fully warmed in about 5 minutes for example). I typically steam my face about 10 minutes. You can also use this product to steam your hair as well. There is an additional facial tool kit to extract pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. I’m immensely happy with it so far and the price is excellent too, only about USD 39. ❤

Nanosteamer Amazon link https://amzn.to/2P2K1ld

Soup Recipe : Clear Skin From Within + Tips 🥬

Hey all,

I thought I’d share my pumpkin and kale soup recipe. I love to eat mainly veggie meals at home for my health and to maintain clear skin. Before I share this recipe I also want to share two “life hack” tips.

Tip 1: One is to boil ginger root in water to make ginger tea. Ginger tea helps reduce stress, inflammation, and improve blood circulation, plus more! I love to drink it with a little honey. I cut up the root in small-ish chunks. If the root is large I’ll add half of it to the water to boil and if it’s small I’ll add the entire root. You can always make it as strong or as mild in ginger flavor as you like by adding more or less water to boil or more ginger root. I prefer a mild to medium ginger taste.

Tip 2: If you ever cook rice in a regular pot (not a rice cooker) and burn it accidentally add half an onion to the center to absorb the burnt flavor and scent. If you don’t have an onion you can also add the stem of a vegetable like a broccoli stem (I’ve tried it and it also works!)

Soup Recipe:

1 small pumpkin

half a bag of kale (about 3 cups)

3 tablespoons of minced garlic (I love lots of garlic so I add more and more as I see fit)

2 cubes of chicken broth (can replace this with tomato cubes if desired)

3 spoonfuls of Goya Recaito Culantro Base

1 sweet potato

2 pinches of black pepper

1 small pinch salt (because the Goya has enough salt already)

2 teaspoons of diced pimentos

half a white onion

One dash of white truffle oil

Steps:

I boil water in a large pot and the two cubes of chicken broth to dissolve it and then add the garlic, black pepper, pimentos, salt, truffle oil, and Goya to make the broth. I put half the onion in the oven for a few minutes and the whole pumpkin (to make the pumpkin easier to cut into).

I add the white onion into the soup base without cutting it. I cut the skin of the pumpkin and cut it into medium-sized pieces, take out the seeds and wash the pumpkin and then add it to the base. I cut the sweet potatoes into pieces and add it to the base.

I let the soup cook until the pumpkin and sweet potato mash away. I additionally mash down the sweet potato and pumpkin with a fork (I do this step on another burner, off the heat – I don’t have a blender yet lol – if you have one you can blend instead). Then I add the kale and let the soup simmer for a few minutes and it’s ready to serve. ❤

Spring Scents 🌺🌼

Purse Perfume of Choice – Floral Street, Neon Rose

Floral Street’s Neon rose makes the perfect spring purse perfume because it smells fresh and floral, but not overbearing. Additionally, I can still smell Neon Rose on my wrists after 6 hours of wear. It sinks into my skin and creates a delicate rose scent that encapsulates all things spring. This scent smells less sharp than my Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid fall scent.

Jo Malone Scent Mix:

Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Lotion,Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne Scent, Blackberry & Bay Cologne

This scent mix makes warm, youthful yet sophisticated, and memorable combination. The Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Lotion has key notes of cassis, acacia honey, peach. In my opinion, the lotion smells like sweat peachy champagne. It immediately sinks into my skin and leaves a soft sweet-smelling fragrance. It pairs beautifully with the Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne and Blackberry & Bay cologne. This scent combination is fruit meets honey and it makes a lasting impression. ❤

https://www.sephora.com/product/nectarine-blossom-honey-body-hand-lotion-P417198

Bay Area Eats: Three Price Ranges

Middle Price Range: Fish Market, Roll House, Slapfish (pictures in listed order)

The Fish Market restaurant in Santa Clara has seafood for sale at the front of the restaurant. I ordered a tuna salad that sadly had canned tuna but still tasted satisfying. What I do recommend is the shrimp scampi, it was balanced and simple in flavor. I think this place makes a nice quick pasta lunch spot. A downside is that the menu does not have much variety.

Roll House in Santa Clara sells Korean “soul food,” or homey quick dishes like kimbap, tteokbokki, and seafood ramen. I recommend the tuna kimbap and seafood ramen. They pack the soup with fresh seafood at an affordable price and serve it hot.

Slapfish in San Jose is most well known for lobster rolls. I do feel that Cousins Maine Lobster truck sells better tasting lobster rolls but Slapfish is a close second. The reason I think the lobster truck is better is they serve more lobster and thinner bread rolls. Nevertheless, Slapfish’s side fries are addictive. I recommend choosing it as your side dish of choice.

Semi-upper price range – 10 Butchers in Santa Clara

I had a fantastic service and dining experience at 10 Butchers. It is an upscale Korean BBQ spot on El Camino Real. The waiters all came out and sang Happy Birthday to my relative and made a dessert for us with cookies, strawberries, and whipped cream. They additionally give away many complementary dishes like fish cakes and a dessert beverage made of Yuzu or Yuja. Have you heard of Yuzu before? It was my first time learning about this fruit and the waiter explained it is a hybrid made from mandarin and papeda (citrus).

Learn more about Yuzu here https://citrusvariety.ucr.edu/citrus/yuzu1.html

Semi-upper price range – Seafood Boil in San Jose at Kickin Crab

We ordered the lobster and Dungeness crab seafood boil with the Kickin seasoning (a mix made of all flavors) at Kickin Crab in San Jose. I recommend the Kickin mix with medium spice if you like spicy food because it tasted flavorful yet not overwhelmingly spicy. We also ordered Cajun fries but I do not recommend them because I found them too thin and hard to chew. Overall, I enjoyed the seafood boil at Kickin Crab and I’d rate is 7.5 out of 10.

Upper Price Range: The Calmére Estate Winery in Napa

Calmére Winery is located neck-deep in Napa Valley. After a journey up long roads, that were seemingly unending, lies a small jewel called Calmére. This winery is surrounded by green glowing grass and bright blue skies. I attended their buffet-style Valentine’s day brunch. The event had excellent customer service and food. The waitstaff generously refilled the wine throughout the afternoon. This winery often has events in celebration of holidays and regular wine tastings. ❤

Hair Update – Think Dirty App & 7 Months of Protective Styles Challenge

Hey all,

I’ve adjusted to MSM and now take one spoonful a day, typically in the morning or afternoon in hot water with vitamin C as a shot. My hair appears to grow quickly but I’m unsure if it is due to MSM intake alone. I’ve been doing regular deep treatments weekly and using rosemary water as planned. My next phase for hair growth is starting the 7 months of protective styles challenge.

I’ll do box braids or passion twists most likely starting around Valentine’s Day and I’ll keep that style in for a little bit and then take it out and restyle for the next month so on and so forth. My goal is to end the challenge in late August or early September before the academic year. Once I have that added length I will then decide if I want to get another relaxer. I’ve done two relaxers so far using the ORS Olive brand but I aim not to make my hair too straight. Instead, I keep my hair textured yet straight.

I’ve discovered the Think Dirty App to look up hair and body products. This app allows you to see product ratings that are scored based on ingredient quality. I’ve noticed there is this whole wave of YouTubers blacklisting Deva Curl to share a word of caution before buying from that line. I think this app will help me in my quest to find clean and effective hair products.

First picture is of my hair the day I got it cut on December 28, 2019 and the other two pictures are from January 29, 2019 (1 month). ❤

Le Mieux Exfoliating Cleanser

My esthetician recommended this cleaner to me to tackle skin congestion and breakouts. I have oily skin on my T-zone and primarily on my forehead. I’ve never used this brand before and I was very excited to try it out. I purchased the bottle for about $24 dollars. After two days of use twice a day my forehead pimples have dried up and my forehead feels less congested. I love how silky yet cleansed my skin feels after using this face wash. The product contains salicylic and lactic acids to eliminate excess oil. It also has hyaluronic acid and aloe to cleanse the skin. So far, so good, with this cleanser. Have you ever tried out products from Le Mieux? ❤

Amazon link below

Le Mieux Exfoliating Cleanser: https://amzn.to/394gG1d

Bay Area Eats Series

Below are recommendations I have from restaurants I’ve visited this winter in the Bay Area:

Hot Stone Korean Kitchen

2190 N Texas St, Fairfield, CA 94533

Fairfield CA does not have the best food. It is hard to find restaurants that are as good as other major cities in California like San Francisco or LA. I scoured the area to find Korean food and the only place that I liked is Hot Stone Korean Kitchen.

They offer pitchers of soju mixed drinks and a wide array of banchan. I recommend trying out the fried mackerel. If you ever end up in Fairfield CA check out Hot Stone for a hot meal and nice service!

House of Phở

 1066 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

I prefer pho places that offer substitutions like egg noodles rather than rice noodles and House of Pho has this. The restaurant serves an array of hot and flavorful broth. They also offer boba or bubble tea and can substitute dairy with coconut or almond milk. I tried the red bean smoothie with boba and coconut milk, it was sweet and filling. My table also ordered combination noodles and the dish was expertly seasoned. I can attest that there is super flavorful and addictive food at the House of Pho!

The most flavorful ramen I’ve ever tried at Sake Bomb Sushi!

Sake Bomb Sushi 759 El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

I plan on returning to this restaurant for sure. The broth is so tasty and the noodles taste like they are freshly handmade. I want to bring more people and friends to this restaurant to try out the ramen with me. Memorably delicious!

Try the Ace LA Galbi at Jang Su Jang

3561 El Camino Real #10, Santa Clara, CA 95051

I specifically really enjoy the LA Galbi at Jang Su Jang. I noticed almost every table seated around me also ordered it. This restaurant prepares perfectly salty and sweet LA Galbi. I love how affordable the restaurant is and the nice touches they add to their banchan like fresh apples in the side salad.

See you in the next Bay Area eats installment, comment any restaurant suggestions or review requests below!