A Life in Boston

💫 by Lillian Lee

Category: Beauty & Style

Face Sunscreen Skincare by Glossier Review

I was super excited when Glossier released a sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen. And, they hit it out of the ballpark because for the past few months, I have been applying sunscreen every day religiously.

Usually, sunscreen is thick and greasy. It’s not fun to slather on – especially on the face. But, this clear gel formula that Glossier created applies so comfortably like a lotion. It’s not heavy or greasy at all. Another bonus: it has a hint of a citrus scent.

Priced at $34 for 1 fl oz, it is on the expensive end, but it’s worth every penny. So now it’s been added to my favorite every day products – Glossier Invisible Shield for my face and regular, greasy sunblock for the rest of my body (especially for my tattoos).

If you’re a new Glossier customer, you can use this link to save 20% on your first order.

Introducing sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen—a clear watergel formula filled with active microcapsules that instantly absorbs into skin with no greasy residue and zero white cast. It helps prevent sun damage and skin cancer, but also works to neutralize harmful free radicals inside your skin, and keeps pollutant junk from getting in there in the first place—that’s the “+”.

Adidas CloudForm Advantage Clean Shoes

These sneakers are…amazing.

Truth be told I haven’t worn any Adidas in a long while. But, the other day while I was looking through sneakers and Nordstrom Rack, I decided to try a pair of these on and it felt like I was walking on clouds.

Also, I was looking for an all-white shoe so this worked out perfectly.

I wish they offered this particular shoe in more colors because I love how subtle the look is – the iconic Adidas stripes are perforated so they’re not as in your face.

Clean court style with a feminine look. Perforated 3-Stripes accent these girls’ shoes. cloudfoam gives them an amazing step-in feel.

My Favorite Everyday Glossier Products

My Favorite Everyday Glossier Products | by Lillian Lee

The only make-up I typically wear is lipstick. I never got into foundation, eye make-up, and cheeks/bronzer/etc. because the application process scares me.

But lately, I’ve been going down the rabbit hole of Youtube make-up reviews and tutorials which have made it seem not so daunting. It’s also through Youtube that I discovered the Glossier make-up brand.

I decided to give it a try after seeing how seemingly easy and no fuss it is. After trying out the products for a few weeks, there were a few definite winners and, unfortunately, a couple duds.

Here it goes…

The Winners

Generation G in Jam  ($18.00)
This blotted lipstick is perfect now that the weather is getting warmer, which calls for something more natural and light. I love the way this glides on – it’s super smooth and leaves a matte finish which I prefer over glossy. Also, there’s not much transfer. I’ve tried the blotted lip from Colourpop, but theirs is super difficult to get the color on – the stick is dry, which sucks because Colourpop costs only $5.00 vs Glossier at $18.00.

Boy Brow in black ($16.00)
I absolutely love this stuff. It gives enough color to fill in some of the lighter areas of my brow, but not so much that they look weird and unnatural. I have used this product every single day.

Stretch Concealer in light ($18.00)
This is not a full coverage concealer and can be used without foundation, which is perfect for me. I dab it under my eyes and around my nose where it gets red and then I’m good to go.

The…Not-Winners

Perfecting Skin Tint in light ($26.00)
I tried this out for a few days and it just never won me over. Did it even out my skin tone? Maybe…but it accentuated my dry skin. It left annoying little flakes on my nose which was not cute. If anybody has any suggestions on how to solve that, please do. I’d hate for it to go to waste.

Priming Moisturizer ($25.00)
I used this to give a good base to the Perfecting Skin Tint. It’s great for sensitive skin because I didn’t have any skin reactions to it (and I usually do). But, my problem with it is the “scent.”

There is no fragrance per say, but it has that unscented smell. Does that make sense? If it was void of any smell, I’d use it 24/7. As it stands, I will begrudgingly use it just because there’s so much of it left.


There are still a couple items I’d like to try though – the Cloud Paint blush and Haloscope highlighter.

All-in-all, I absolutely love the Glossier brand. It’s make-up but not make-up, which is perfect for a noob like me.

If you’re interested in trying out some products, I’ve got a 20% off coupon code!

We Got Married. Here’s How We Did It.

When we decided to get married, we did it two months later.

Neither one of us wanted a big, traditional wedding – neither Chinese nor western. We just wanted to hang out with our family & friends and eat good food. Other than adhering to a good date according to THE Chinese almanac called the Tung Shing (which both of our mothers were hell bent on following to the point where tears almost erupted when we suggested otherwise) everything else was easy peasy.

Engagement Photos

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

The Mister took our engagement photos in the park nearby. Armed with his camera and tripod, we went to town jumping, holding hands and leaning against each other for oh-so-romantic shots. We had a lot of fun although it did involve a lot of running around on his part.

Wedding Attire

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

The Mister wore a navy suit paired with a purple tie & purple handkerchief with a bumblebee pattern and a pair of brown shoes.

I found a cute, white dress called the Gemma Sequin Lace & Tulle Dress for $60 on Delia’s. No, it’s not a wedding dress. But, who says that it can’t be? In my book, if it’s white, it can be a wedding dress.

Shoes

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee
All along, I had planned on wearing these Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline sneakers in white, but no one knew. I made the excuse that I’d be changing into strappy heels once we got to city hall. I lied. I never changed out of my shoes and I was comfortable AF the entire day.

No Chapel. City Hall, Please!

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

I thought it was fun going through the metal detectors at Boston City Hall in our wedding outfits. Our families were able to squeeze into the little office where we spoke our vows. There were lots of happy tears and laughter. Afterward, we played corn hole and hula hooped on the turf right outside; hopped on the carousel at the Rose Kennedy Greenway; and made our way to Hei La Moon in Chinatown for dinner. There was a lot of walking but we got to make memories in the city we love.

Flowers

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

My best gal pal got me the most beautiful bouquet from the street vendor at the subway station. They were perfect!

Photography

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

All of our family & friends participated. We got a lot of great & fun photos. My best gal pal even put them together into a photo book for us as a present.

Party Invitations

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

We used Paperless Post evites and used one of the shots from our engagement shoot. You’d think that because I’m a designer that I would’ve wanted to design our wedding invitations, but no. Honestly, I didn’t care; he didn’t care; and I don’t think our guests were going to care either. Also, Paperless Post offer really beautiful, minimalist and classic designs.

The Party

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

The Bostonia Public House is one of our favorite bars in town. They have an amazing menu – ummm, tater tot poutine, HELLO! We skipped introductions, speeches, and first dance – we just wanted to get to the part that mattered and hang out with all our friends and family together for drinks and food.

Cake

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

After some thought, we did want something wedding-ish. Enter the wedding cake. We went thru the vendor that partners with Bostonia Public House called Confectionately Yours since it was less expensive than bringing in our own cake. We had no idea how the cake would taste but we figured Bostonia Public House wouldn’t partner with just anyone. Also, we checked out the bakery’s Yelp reviews and there was nothing but good things.

Our cake was beautiful –  classic and elegant. More importantly, it was delicious! We were super sad that none of the extra cake slices made it back our way.

Thank You Gifts

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

We wanted to give out useful gifts for our family & friends, but with a twist. We gave out his favorite tea (green tea) and mine (earl grey) with our faces on the tea labels. We absolutely loved it when people sent us photos of their tea cups with us staring right at them afterward.

Final Thoughts

We Got Married | by Lillian Lee

I never leafed through any wedding magazines or forced myself to consider the traditional wedding route. Luckily, the Mister was on the same page.  It’s just one day. It keeps things into perspective when you think of it that way. It did for us.

Happy memories with many more to come 💕

Classic Tennis Ultra Leather Shoes by Nike

NIKE TENNIS CLASSIC ULTRA LEATHER | by Lillian Lee

I needed a shoe for every day work wear that would go with everything and anything. The black/white/black color way fit the bill.

The Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Leather women’s shoe combines a leather upper and retro profile with deep flex grooves for an old-school look and natural comfort.

I like how the swoosh logo on the side is there, but not there. It’s been a challenge keeping these looking shiny and new especially with the dusting of snow and more that’s to come. And so, I carry them in my bag to change into when I get to work — stomping and trudging through the slush and salt with my heavy, duty snow boots so my sneakers don’t get destroyed.

Do note that these are light and super comfortable — especially after I switched out the insoles for some memory foams.

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