October 2016 Favorites

October 26, 2016
It's been a hot minute since I've done a favorites post, so here I am with one to share today!

1) Bao Pals- This is basically the best thing since sliced bread. Y'all know I live in China, right? Well, China has a site called Tao Bao and you can get practically anything you want mailed to you within a few days for a decent price. The problem for me is that I cannot read Chinese characters and therefore couldn't order anything without the help of a Chinese speaker. Well, they now have a site in English for us expats to use!! It's so convenient, everything I've ordered so far comes within 1-2 business days, and I can get items that are harder to find like shoes in my size. So far, I've ordered a DVD player, a throw cushion, protective stickers for my laptop, a mug, hot chocolate, and items for my Halloween costume. The other teachers at my school and I have all been going crazy with ordering stuff, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. I mean, it's so much better than having to go into Wal-Mart and then not even be able to find what I was looking for in the first place.


2) Etude House- This South Korean beauty store has various locations in Shanghai. Let me just say that their branding is on point. Seriously. Every time I walk in there I feel like I'm a Disney princess or that I'm in some kind of dollhouse. Their products, as well as the packaging, the uniforms the workers have to wear, and the bags they send you out with all have some girly pink design. My friend Lauren and I went shopping there on Friday night. I didn't even need anything, but I left with a tube of Dear My Wish Lips-Talk, some pore cleaner, an eyeliner, and cotton puffs. Also, can I just mention that I looooove freebies? They put extra items in my bag every time. Recently, I got a hair brush with a mirror on the back, some moisturizer, and two mini tubes of serum.


3) Lady Gaga's new release- I'm a Lady Gaga fan, but I will say I was a bit disappointed with Artpop and didn't like it nearly as much as her first two albums. I was wondering whether or not I'd like Joanne because parts of it are a little "country" compared to her other albums, but this album has some great songs like "Million Reasons" and "Sinner's Prayer." It seems to be more personal than her other albums.

From when I saw Lady Gaga perform years back
4) Matte nails- I got my first matte manicure last week, and I like the look of it! My black and white mani is holding up well, and I'll surely be getting another matte manicure in the future.


5) New blue vase- I bought this when I went to Caojiadu Flower Market a few weeks ago, and I'm still admiring it. I do get flowers fairly frequently here, so I'm glad I don't have to use my water pitcher as a vase anymore. Gosh, this vase might even be something I (foolishly) attempt to take back to America with me when I eventually leave China.


6) Kona Coffee- My co-teacher brought me back some Kona coffee from her trip to Hawaii this summer. I'd been waiting to try it because I already had a bag open of another kind of coffee, so I finally tried some of this recently. It was worth the wait!


Have you tried any new products that you'd recommend?
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