Hair Tutorial: Cute but Elegant Curls

Hello lovelies!
Today I'm here for a simple hair tutorial. I like to curl my hair on special occasions.
I have naturally curly/wavy hair but it doesn't look as nice when I curl it with a curling iron.
Anyways... On to the tutorial!

I hope this tutorial was clear! It's my first one so bear with me!
Let me know on your thoughts on my first hair tutorial!


Nominated: Liebster Award

Hello lovelies! Happy Friday!
This post is long overdue because of procrastination and I had a really hard time finding bloggers who have less than 200 followers!
Anyways, as you can see, today's post it's really not anything beauty related. It's completely different and new! I am super super excited to do this post!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Joey at edge-e! Thank you once again! I really am honored! You lovelies should check her blog out! She is a fellow bunbun owner like me!

Anyways, for those who do not know, the Liebster Award is an award that is given by bloggers to other bloggers who have less than 200 followers! I think this award is super neat as it gives individual bloggers to grow (especially new ones) but also allows them to check out other bloggers, helping them out too!! I think that concept is just really cute. It's just a big cute circle of helping each other blogs grow.

Before I die of happiness and the cuteness of this concept, let me continue to explain the rules of receiving this reward:
  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
  2. You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you
  3. You must pick 11 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers
  4. You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  5. You must go to their blogs & notify your nominees
Wow look at all those "must"s. You are quite bossy, Liebster award.

First, let me answer the questions asked my Joey!
  • If you had to date a celebrity, who would it be?
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      If I had to? Jaejoong of course! But like I don't want to date him... I just want to be his best friend or something you know? I mean... he is way prettier than me how am I suppose to be his girlfriend? I rather be his best friend who is a girl lol
  • Top 3 places you want to visit
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      Switzerland! I heard everyone is super friendly, beautiful and well.. look at this place! 
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      Alaska! Look at the nature! It's breath taking! 
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      Last but not least, the Fiji islands. Look at the water, the resort... it really looks too good to be true
  • Your favorite artist?
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      Ever since I started taking art in school, Claude Monet has never failed to be my favorite artist of all time. I just think all his paintings are to die for
  • Song of the moment?
      Ariana Grande - The Way ft. Mac Miller
      I honestly thing the lyrics are kinda cheesy (the parts sung by Mac Miller) like... hit me on my celly? I just ... no. But I love the tune of this and I love love love Ariana so lol
  • If you were offered plastic surgery free of charge with no scarring, pain or side effects would you take up the offer and if so what would you change?
      Yes Yes yes yes yes please. The major thing I would love is to reduce my jaws so they didn't look so square along with a nose job and double eye lids! Yeah yeah I know, all the typical and the majorly preformed plastic surgeries in Korea. But since that is never going to happen, photoshop is my best friend.
  • Guilty pleasure?
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      Oh. My. Goodness. Watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians is my biggest guilty pleasure. I love watching it but it's like so stupid but it's so entertaining. The worst part is that when I have a marathon to keep up with the current season.. I end up talking like one of them and I can hear myself talk.... It's really embarrassing LOL
  • One food you hate
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      Roe, or caviar. I really do not like this... I hate the texture and I hate the taste. I always asks for no Roe whenever I order a sushi roll that has it. I cannot stand it
  • What was the last thing you bought?
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      Compressed facial masks on ebay!
  • Where do you wish to be in 5 years?
      Location wise? I don't really care as long as I have a roof over my head. Hopefully in 5 years we'll have a house somewhere in a nice neighborhood with babies of my own! 
  • How would you like to be proposed to?
    • Haha;; I was already proposed and you guys can read about that here. I also talk about how I actually wanted to be proposed. None the less, it was an amazing day
  • Biggest achievement so far
      Probably how my blog is slowly growing. I love seeing new comments and new followers whenever I check my blog. I mean, it still isn't much but it means a lot to me :) Even if I get lazy and don't post like I'm suppose to lol
Okay now honestly, I don't follow a lot of bloggers who have less than 200 followers, so I had to go on a hunt. I mean the Liebster Award allowed me to find new bloggers who does have less than 200 followers but I don't want to bother them once more to answer questions and create questions AND tag more people... I won't lie... this post was harder than I thought.

And here are my questions for the lovely bloggers I have tagged. I couldn't find 11;;;; :
  1. Jamie Tan
  2. Vivi
  3. Naomi
  4. Mutiara
  5. Sun Jia
  6. Carol
  7. Rachel
These are the questions for the lovely bloggers:
  1. What is your dream job?
  2. Is that dream job the same as when you were little?
  3. What is one thing you love about yourself?
  4. What got you started into blogging?
  5. What one beauty/health tip would you give your old self?
  6. What lessons have you learned from past relationships?
  7. What is something that absolutely terrifies you?
  8. What is one thing you want to do before you die?
  9. Who do you admire the most?
  10. Favorite movie of all time?
  11. Favorite trend this year so far?
I hope you guys have fun answering the questions! :)

Health and Beauty: Use of Biotin

Hello lovelies!
Did you guys have a fun Halloween yesterday? Today's Friday post is kind of going to be a review but also kind of a science/research paper type post.
Like always, I have labeled each section if you don't want to read all the technical stuff and just read my experience with it!

About Biotin

On a science-y note, these are B Complex Vitamins or Vitamin H and a vitamin that is found in number of foods in small amounts. A dermatologist, Dr. Susan Stuart said that these are "important in metabolism, helping your body to process energy and transporting carbon dioxide from your body's cells." I'm not sure what all this means but it sounds pretty important like any other vitamins out there.

But, taking biotin pills are known for making hair stronger and shinier, skin healthier, and thicker nails. Does this simple soft, and stinky might I add, pill really bring beauty benefits?

From a lot of the articles I have read about biotin all had one thing in common: There is not enough evidence to prove that biotin actually lives up to what it is highly known for. In fact, a lot of dermatologist and doctors argues that it isn't clear what role biotin actually plays. These articles also agree that it might be effective for treating and preventing biotin deficiency, which is quite rare to have. Kinda makes sense right? You take iron and eat more food with iron in it to help with iron deficiency. If you have a healthy and balanced diet, you really shouldn't have to take biotin pills because there is enough in the food you eat. Our bodies even recycles the biotin we've already used! However, Webmd notes that biotin in food is usually attached to protein and has relatively poor absorption. Biotin should be taken with other B-group vitamins like pantothenic acid (B5) and cyanocobamin (B12), along with Vitamin C and sulfur.

This mysterious supplement is also a mystery when it comes to negative effects. There might be some trouble when eaten with raw egg whites for a long period of time, but I don't think anyone does this anymore other than maybe body builders and athletes?

What did biotin do to you?

I went and bought a thing of biotin from a grocery store. It said to take 2 pills a day, preferably with a meal. I only took 1 a day because I didn't know how my body was going to handle it. I did this for about a little over a month.

First few days, I saw no change in my skin, nails, or hair. I knew hair would be hardest to determine because my hair is already really thick and shiny. The only time they are dry is right after I take a shower. This is probably because of the shampoo I'm using. I think it is the same when you use a harsh facial cleanser, stripping all of your natural oils off your face.

By the time the 1st week was over, I started breaking out. Of course I had no idea why at first. My skin care was the same, my diet was the same. The only thing different was that I was taking the biotin supplement. So, I went ahead and googled if this was normal. There were many people who broke out, and many who didn't. The suggestions were drink more water and take other vitamins with it, both a pretty logical suggestions.

On a technical note, there isn't enough scientific data to prove that biotin is associated to acne, and therefore, hard to tell if biotin will break you out or not. Livestrong suggests NOT to take a multivitamin so you don't get too much iodine, which causes acne and makes existing acne worse, vitamin B6 or vitamin B12, which are associated with acne-like skin eruptions.

Unfortunately, I did not know that I should not take other vitamins! I went ahead and drank more water, which seemed like it was doing the trick, but as soon as I stopped drinking as much, the breakouts would come back. When I started taking a multivitamin, the breakouts were worse.

The Positives

Aside from the annoying pizza face, my nails did have a noticeable change!

My nails are usually really brittle, thin, and peels a lot. My go to products for my nails were nail strengtheners like this one. These help quite a bit but once I take them off, my nails were back to being weak and brittle which is super annoying when I want beautiful long nails. I went ahead and took all the nail polish off and cut my nails before taking biotin to see how it will affect my nails. By the end of the month of using biotin, my nails were thicker and it stopped peeling as much! I haven't broken my nail since either!

In Conclusion

Biotin, unfortunately broke me out quite a bit. It didn't help the fact that mother nature came with her present of cramps, crankiness, and pizza face. Biotin made the breakout worse, but I was also taking a multivitamin. My nails were beautiful and strong, my skin was not happy. I am still trying to clear up my skin but I really can't do much while my hormones are not in place. I don't think biotin was worth it. I love my strong nails but I really want beautiful clear skin. So what am I going to do? Probably take biotin a couple times a week instead of every day along with lots and lots of water. If breakouts continue to be a problem, I'll cut off biotin for good.

I hope this was a useful and informative blog post for you guys! I know it wasn't the usual pictures and detailed reviews but I wanted to share my experience on the highly raved about supplement that had to do with beauty and health.

Have you guys ever taken biotin? If you guys have, what was your experience like? If you guys haven't are you willing to give it a test run?

Check out all these links I have used if you guys are going to do a little more research!
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