[Review] Berrisom – My Lip Tint Pack

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Saw this brand of lip tint crawl across my newsfeed and so I tried it out. The brand is called Berrisom and the product is called My Lip Tint Pack. In Korean beauty product lingo, “pack” means mask. I tried out the Sexy Red.

The application was very dark and instantly sticky. It made me a little worried that the tint was going to come out so dark.

As soon as my timer hit 10 minutes (probably my most hated thing about this product–the wait) I peeled it off to reveal quite a gorgeous burgundy. It is just the right shade to compliment my skin tone.

I didn’t show the the glossed version but I loved the outcome.

Purchase yours here:

Photo-A-Day: January 3rd – Night Light

January 3rd - Night Light

In an attempt to continue to be more creative, I’m trying to hold myself to a more structured format of going and taking a photo everyday. I will only hold myself to posting, however, 3 times a week, in a journal format, since posting 7 days a week will probably end up being tiresome.

A friend of mine wrote 5 haikus for his dog and I had contributed one which I liked and wanted to share it here:

A sudden challenge:
To be among the stars so
High or to slumber.

I have always felt very connected to the moon, and the allure doesn’t escape my eldest daughter Ami, either. When I showed her the photo I asked her what it was and she said, “The moon!” and stared at the photo for a little while. It’s our little night light to help shine our way in the darkness.

Photo-A-Day: January 1st + Super Quick Kao Poon Recipe

Kao Poon

Kao Poon

Photo-A-Day #1 – January 1st, 2015
I wanted to try to be more creative for 2015, so here I am, creating a photo entry. I posted this photo on my Instagram, but thought that I would share my recipe on how to make a VERY Simple solution to a great staple of my people. The Instagram entry goes:

In some cultures, families get together to eat noodles to symbolize a long, prosperous life. For the last 4 years, I’ve done some sort of pasta but this year I made a traditional Southeast Asian dish called kao poon.

Extra spicy for the long year ahead.

There are many ways to spell the spicy curry noodle dish. In Hmong, you can spell it as Khaub Poob, but I have seen the phonetic spelling turn into kao poon, khao poon, kapong, etc. But however you spell it, it always means good, hearty, spicy comfort food. Again, this is my super simple, I-miss-home-cooking version and so, it will mostly be ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store, and the best thing about it is that it’s super quick.
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As the end of the year draws close, here is a piece that I wrote more than 7 years ago, which I feel still has resonance, and was published in a magazine that no longer exists.
No real resolutions this year other than to be more creative.


One day, laying in the sand,
As you rest your head
With your feet buried under the cold sand,
You realize just how much of
Your life you’ve wasted
You should have been going to college
And earning a paper that society views
As your meal ticket
You should have been in your career
That will, in the end, take away your family and life,
Sucking you dry
You should have been saving the world
One glass
One paper
One plastic
At a time
Instead, you’re wasting your life away.
Just sitting here in the sand.
The waves,
They crash into the land.
They foam as they sink back
Into conformity.
Desperate for attention
The water hisses at you saying:
Do something with your life…

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