AliExpress Review

If you haven’t heard of AliExpress by now it is one of the leading online platform for global wholesale trade. It’s a retail branch from Alibaba but AliExpress offers products to international small buyers. I’m not here on a sponsorship but an honest review of my experience shopping on AliExpress so far. This is my second order from AliExpress. I started out buying jewelry and falsies to amp up my daily wear only to find it’s very addicting to shop.

My second purchase included vases, teapots, tons of jewelry, a pair of shoes, glass cups, and more home furnishings. About 40 items that cost over $200. Not too shabby. I won’t be displaying everything (maybe a part 2?). The jewelry pieces are incredibly cheap. They’re comparable to Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe quality except the wait time can take 3 weeks to a month. I purchased my items during the Chinese New Year 2019 so some items arrived a month and a half later.

Packaging can vary from very small to well secure for glass items. My tea cups were not secure so 2 cups broke. I contacted the seller who asked for images, and upon receiving the images she resent me 2 new cups for free. I’m still waiting for them to come in so we’ll see. One other glass vial was completely crushed so I claimed a dispute, and received a full refund.

There’s many sellers on AliExpress so you may find sellers selling the same items. Shop around to see if you can get a bargain, and look at the reviews! Most of these items were free or a couple of cents shipping. BTW, these are all of my images. Feel free to ask me any questions. Enjoy shopping!

Modern creative vase cost me $11.80 each. I’m a little disappointed for an expensive item, the white “MINI by FLOWERPLUS” is a sticker. I physically had to take it off a sticker and stick it on; however, everything was well packaged and it didn’t break.
Nordic minimalist abstract vase lines black that I couldn’t resist to purchase were $1.10 each.
This metal piece didn’t glue on. I gave it an okay rating, but I decided to keep it because it’s not too noticeable. Shipping it back would cost a lot more.
This large woven basket cost $6.70!
I was really inspired when I visited China. There were a lot of ceramic vases with these vines found in homes and cafes. Isn’t it beautiful? It is a small piece for $9.73.
These four pieces bracelet came as a set for $1.22
Vintage bracelet $0.62, antique earring $0.64, geometric earring $0.79
“V” letter necklace because of my last name.


Bamboo tea leaf spoons $0.77/each & woven bamboo (20x3cm) for $5.63/each.
Showpo has the same ones for $25. I found these on AliExpress for $1.79 but many of the fake diamonds fell off. I decided to keep it because it still looks very pretty. It is a heavier earring set.

Missguided Clothing Review

This is the second time I’ve purchased on missguided. Decided to write down an honest shopping experience from them.

Missguided: a UK based multi-channel retailer aimed more for women. They now have a men selection.


  • Tons of trendy clothes selection
  • True to size
  • Includes tall, petite, plus size, and lingerie
  • Lots of discount codes
  • Standard shipping is good $5 or free over $60 going to USA or Canada
  • Tracked shipping is free
  • Quality reminds me of forever 21 $ h&m
  • Good customer service (responds fast) and never had an issue with returns
  • Constant email reminders of tracked or delayed shipping


  • Pay for your own returns
  • Hard to determine which sizes when you’re in between

I bought 3 items originally $80. There was a 50% discount code going on so it brought it down to $40 + $5 = $45 total.

I bought the items on 11/27/2018 and received items on 12/7/2018.

Overall: Missguided does a really good job of updating your shipment. Package came in plastic for each item and I always get my items on time. I don’t really have issues with them except I wish they would offer return shipping, because a few of my items this time had some rips or were too tight on me. I returned the pink and blue bodysuit. Pink had a rip on and the blue bodysuit was too darn tight! I really wanted to keep both but I returned them. I wish they would open more physical buildings in the USA in the future but one can hope! 4/5 recommend!

Hmong symbol key holder


One of my friend turned 30 this year. In celebration, I created this Hmong symbol key holder for her and I’ll probably buy some of her favorite strawberry cake when I see her. She adores anything with Hmong symbols so I decided to make this.

I used my leftover plywood and drilled in holes to stick in the the 1 1/2 nail cups. They’re $0.98 for 3 of them, and I used some old stain mixed with polyurethane my sister’s partner gave me. Pretty easy and cheap. To hang the key-holder, I nailed in the wood some tooth saw picture hanger from home depot.  I cut out the stencil myself, used white paint, and sprayed the stencil once it was dry with some acrylic gloss spray. It took the longest but it was therapeutic for me. I hope you guys like it!




Day 8 of Detoxing

I am craving yummy desserts tonight. The other day I went to Panera Bread and bought two gluten free coconut maccaroons dipped in chocolate. I’m not sure if they used regular sugar or honey so it may not be the healthiest treat I tried. It was soo good I wanted to replicate a gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, sugar-free, and dairy-free version.

I followed this recipe by Advanced Naturopathic.

It called for an electrical whisk but I don’t have one. I used a fork instead. The texture is suppose to be soft foam. Nailed it.














It calls for 1/2 cup of organic honey. I didn’t have enough for 1/2 a cup, and I don’t think my honey is organic. I just grabbed whatever I had in the cupboards, and honestly I think that was too much honey. I followed the recipe for all of the ingredients and it did not pack well. I don’t know why but it looks, erm, a little funny.  It’s not burnt, just toasty. It’s not sticking but it tastes pretty darn good so I call it win!


Today’s food consumption: Not enough water as usual

  • lemon slices with tea
  • coconut chia pudding
  • leftover green curry
  • black coffee
  • broccoli rabe with sliced fennels over quinoa and mixed greens, baked chicken breast, and orange vinaigrette
  • scattered coconut macaroon

I want to be Better

People really piss me off. I know of people who are condescending, dominant, and crass towards everyone. I see them at least once a week, and I’m afraid if I explain why I have to see them, it might be too revealing of who they are. It’s sucking out the energy from me and I feed it because I don’t know how to address it. Makes my blood boil, and I have fucking road rage all the damn time. Today it’s pressing on me harder, and I’ve given it some thought. I hope I can carefully lay this out so I have a rubric to go back to my happy place.

I want to be a better person who can forgive and see the light in everybody.
Why? Because deep down some lame wise part of me is commanding me to do so. The other day I woke up and promised to live a more authentic life, and that authentic soul of me is telling me to give these freaks some love. WHY WOULD I WANT TO GIVE THEM POSITIVE VIBE AND LOVE WHEN THEY ARE SO. FUCKING. MEAN?

Because they need it the most.

This doesn’t comfort me one bit. In fact, it drives me fucking nuts. How can I possibly be nice to people who are incredibly rude and insensitive?

Because they need it the most.

What’s that one saying? “You can’t put out fire with fire.” Sigh.

My head is resting on my palms. I want to rip out my hair and smash glass. Life is so ironic, isn’t it? Somebody hurt your feelings? Well, turn the other cheek. As you can see, I’m quoting all of the great leaders out there, because that’s how bad I need a spiritual teacher to destress.

How can I be better? How can I grow from this? In normal circumstances, I cry about it, and this infuriates me even further. I cry harder because I’m crying over a situation I can’t control. Is there any tool to resolve this because I’m awful with anger.

I don’t like Cubicles

I have what I want. The jump start of a brand new librarian career, a new car, and near all of my loved ones back in WI. It’s just…something’s missing. Ahh, it’s never enough. I’m sitting in my cubicle and I realize I hate being confined in a cubicle so damn much. In any office, really. I feel constricted. There’s a wave of sadness that washes over me as I walk past through these brick walls.

I catch myself daydreaming a lot. By 4’o clock, I can’t wait to stroll back to my car. I feel a sense of joy when the cold air hits my face, and my sigh releases some tension in my bizarre heart. It’s therapeutic when I meet other cars on the road, and I am surrounded by all of them speeding. Wanting so bad to be elsewhere. Anywhere.

I don’t want to be here. I can feel deep in my soul it’s irritated. It’s not that I have a hard job, but I don’t want to be here in the long run. I work at a university surrounded by wooded areas with gorgeous trails. The leafless trees, and bleak skies has been scaring me lately. More lonely, actually. I think in order to combat this I want companionship. Someone to gossip about my needs, discussing getaways, sending virtual kisses, and giggling over inside jokes but I keep bumping into the wrong people.

I’m not desperate. I refuse to turn my body over for some superficial touch anymore. I just don’t feel like I all belong here. Like I was meant for something else, and it desperately yearns for me. It kills me that I can’t figure out what that thing is, and I am envious of people who have found their muse. Their passion, whatever it is. I am actively searching for you too.

Showpo Dress Review 

Yaasss!!! I finally bought something from Showpo. I’ve been eyeing this high quality fashion website for a year now. It’s pretty pricey and you can rack up to a hundred dollars with one or two items; however, the items are sooo beautiful. I wouldn’t spend much on the basics, but their dresses, shoes, and jackets are worth looking at. I made the plunge to buy a beautiful dress for a wedding I attended last weekend. Below is my quick review.

What is it: An online Australian fashion website if you’re looking for work or formal wear. Recently, they just added plus sizes up to 14.

What I bought: Give me more dress in beige size XS

Babe in the farthest left.


Material quality: I would say this is a better quality compared to Charlotte or Forever 21. There’s a nice heavy weight to the dress, with adjustable straps, and the dress has a slip so it’s not see through.

Pricing & Shipping: $49.95 + $9 (shipping) + $5.36 (tax) = $58.95

  • Ordered Aug. 7th, 2017 & received on Aug. 15th, 2017
  • Returns are store credit only and you must pay for returns

Packaging: Packed in durable pink bag wrapped with a plastic cover



Shopping experience: Great! I will purchase again in the future.

  • Fast shipping even though they’re based in Australia
  • Expensive – I hope their company will expand enough for code discounts or free shipping/returns
  • Nice size inventory and you can get carried away with browsing

I am not affiliated with Showpo. I’ve been looking for blog reviews and I couldn’t find any so I decided to make my own. Enjoy!

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel Review

I love skincare. I started taking care of my skin when I turned 20, but I became really serious once I turned 22. Each year I purchase a different product, but I never make reviews until now. I am excited to report on finishing the famous Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel.

Front view

I purchased this gel back in January 2017. This is a soothing aloe vera gel made from a Korean skincare company called Nature Republic. The gel is $7.79 on Amazon with free shipping since it is an Amazon prime product; however, Nature Republic’s website has it for $6.60 not including shipping.

Side view

Ingredients: Aloe vera leaf extract (92%), ethanol, glyceryl polyacrylate, dipropylene glycol, butyleneglycol, glycerin, propylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, polyglutamic acid, betaine , Sodium hyaluronate, Karen dulcis extract, spearmint extract, lemon balm extract, carbomer, phage-60 hydrogenated castor oil, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, purified water, disodium DTA.

Back view

I finally finished the tub of gel which contains 300 ml or 10.56 fluid oz a few days ago. It lasted me for 8 months! It’s a lot of product for an inexpensive price and I like that there’s multiple uses for it: a sleeping mask, body moisturizer, soothes burns and shaving, hydrates nails, lips, and eyes. I mainly used it as a face moisturizer day and night. A lot of YouTuber’s raved about this product, and I caved. Below are my thoughts.


  • Inexpensive and a long-lasting product
  • Consistency is light, colored green but transparent, and sinks right into face
  • Gentle enough to be used all of over the face and body
  • Works extremely well for burnt skin (oven accident!)
  • 92% aloe vera extract
  • Nature Republic claims it is free of paraben, mineral oil and artificial colors


  • Not moisturizing enough for dry skin
  • May have to reapply multiple times throughout the day
  • Has a slight refreshing fragrance that can irritate skin
  • Unhygienic packaging – you have to dip your fingers into the tub

Rating: 3/5

Overall thoughts: This a mediocre product. I should’ve paid attention that it’s just for soothing skin. It only worked well for my oily skin because it absorbs gel moisturizers really well vs thick creams. It did not break me out but lacks the antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients I am seeking for at this age. This isn’t a horrible product but I will not be purchasing it in the future.


GSLOVE Clothes Website

If you’re on the hunt for cheap clothes then look no further! GSLOVE provides trendy clothes with affordable prices for size small or plus size. 

Website first impression: Has a similar look to a’gaci clothes website. Easy to find search button, centered primary navigation, and clear headings (ex: clothing, plus size, etc.). Visuals are bright, flowery, indicating this is a clothing website.

What I purchased: 6 pieces of clothing varying from $6.99 – $9.99.

Total + Shipping:  $49.89 including $4.95 shipping

  • Ordered on June 25th, 2017 received on July 6th, 2017
  • More info for shipping can be found here
  • “All returns will be credited as online credit only. Customer will be responsible for the return shipping cost. The return shipping is not refundable.”

Packaging: Packed in a sturdy red plastic bag. Each item is individually packed in clear plastic bag.


Shopping experience: Good

  • Cheap prices and shipping.
  • You get what you pay for – items may shrink and tear easier.
  • I love that they offer a variety of sizes so I can purchase for friends and family.
  • Shipping took 9 business days so plan ahead.

I am not affiliated with GSLOVE. I have shopped from here twice and couldn’t find any reviews on the website so I decided to make a review for an alternative to Forever21.



KESS InHouse Review

This is the first time I have used KESS InHouse’s website to purchase a gift for my friend’s birthday. KESS InHouse is a home decor website, and they collaborate with creative artist who designs the products for their website. A part of the money goes back to the artist. Pretty neat stuff but a little pricey.

Website first impression:  Has a strikingly similar look to potterybarn’s teen website. Friendly and colorful. You can find dorm items, bedding’s, shower curtains, yoga mats, leggings, wall art, etc. You do not need an account to check out the website.

What I purchased: Wall tapestry size 68″ x 80″

  • Tapestry is light but a size medium which covers my friend’s size queen bed
  • Polyester material that smooths over with a nice shine but with vibrant colors
  • It is a little blurry since it is a wall tapestry but has a whimsical look to it

Total + Shipping: $58.30 including $10 shipping

  • Standard shipping is $10 or free shipping for orders over $100
  • Ordered on 6/21/17 and received on 6/29/17
  • KESS InHouse policies state there is no refunds, returns, or exchanges unless your item is defective then you can get a replacement so be sure before you submit.

Packaging: Flat rate envelope bag and wrapped in a plastic bag. walls

Shopping experience: Average

  • The standard shipping fee is too high in my opinion
  • The website does offer discount codes daily except for shipping codes. If I didn’t use the website’s discount code my total would have been $79.00. There is a student/teacher discount but too late since I submitted my purchase. Link for more info:
  • There are only two forms of payments: PayPal and amazon pay. It doesn’t sound too bad, but I’m not sure if everyone has both of those accounts.

I am not affiliated with KESS InHouse. My friend selected an item from their website, and I couldn’t find any reviews on the website so I decided to make one instead.