Beauty, Food, Haul

Drugstore Haul

When I go to Walgreens to pick up a prescription and my friend asks me to check for something in the cosmetics section… 

 
It was supposed to be an in-and-out trip!!!
However, I was in need of new concealer and I found the new Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray for only $4.99. Can’t beat that!

(The Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Redness Control was $9.49 and the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer in warm Light/Medium was $10.49.)

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Food, Review

Graze Box #2 Review!

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How the Graze Box arrived in my mail box

I’ve never really been one for subscription boxes. I love the idea of getting something in the mail, and of trying new products, but I couldn’t really justify the amount I would have to spend every month. I heard about the Graze Box from YouTuber Blogilates and decided to give it a try.

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Graze Box upon opening

I received my first box earlier this month and wrote a review on the small snack pack I received that contained 4 snacks (you can read that post here).

This is the first full sized Graze Box I have received. It comes with 8 snacks inside and the total cost is $11.99 (that includes shipping!). You can tailor your snack preferences on their site and decide which snacks you would or would not like to receive. You can find full details on how their site works and what the boxes look like on my first post on Graze.

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Each box comes with a Nutrition Facts sheet for each of the snacks in your box that week or month.

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As a reference for size, I’ve compared one snack container to a pack of gum and a tube of ChapStick. They are fairly small, as you can see, so the snacks are all pretty light.

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One thing I will say about the snacks is that they are not completely full. I turned them all on their side so you could see how full each container is. Some are only half full while others, like the flapjacks, have a bit more in them. Here is a quick review of each of the snacks that were sent to me this month:

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1. Tuscan Pest Kern Pops 

It contains Cheddar Popped Corn Kernels and Mini Basil Breadsticks. I think this was probably my favorite snack of the whole bunch. The Basil Breadsticks were really satisfying and the Corn Kernels had a nice crunch much like Corn Nuts.

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2. Honeycomb Crunch

With milk chocolate honeycomb, almonds, and raisins, I thought I would fall in love with this one. The almonds and raisins are just that, and although I normally like honeycomb type candies, I couldn’t help but feel like mine had a funny flavor. They tasted a little off but the texture was perfect–crunchy and snappy.

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3. Triple Berry Smoothie

This has mini strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, & chewy banana. I saw Blogilates review this one on her channel and how she loved it, so I wanted to as well. Unfortunately, the chewy bananas didn’t live up to what I had expected. I love bananas and I did enjoy the texture, but the taste was, again, off. The strawberries were wonderful, however, and it did make up for the bananas in my opinion. I enjoyed it overall.

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4. Sour Cream & Garlic Crostini

All I have to say is, they did not skimp on the garlic! I ate these and definitely had fire breath afterwards, so I wouldn’t recommend eating this snack in a public setting. It came with Sour Cream & Onion Cashews (which I enjoyed very much) and Garlic Crostini (which I also enjoyed, but were strong enough to fend off Dracula. Just sayin’.).

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5. Lemon Drizzle Flapjack

I’m torn on these. I loved the Apple Flapjacks from my first box, and I just liked these. At 13 grams of fat for this small container alone, I’m sort of inclined to say I would not seek this out as a snack. It is like a granola bar made with rolled oats but less chewy and more cake-like. The second ingredient is non-hydrogenated margarine and you can tell in its consistency.

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6. Brooklyn Bites

This snack contains Cheese flavored cashews, roasted pumpkin seeds, and poppyseed pretzels. This was another one of my favorites from this box. It’s a mostly savory box but the sweetness from the cashews mixed with their cheesy dust adds a little sweet & savory mix that is kind of nice.

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7. White Chocolate Dip with Wild Blueberry Toasts

Belgian white chocolate dip and wholemeal wild blueberry toasts. I really wanted to enjoy this but didn’t. The Blueberry Toasts were really bland on their own and too sweet with the white chocolate. They didn’t have much of a blueberry flavor in my opinion and I didn’t even care to finish off the rest of the tiny container.

Graze Box December 2015 | I Think It's Ashley

8. Thai Tom Yum Soup

It comes with Thai Tom Yum Paste, Rice Noodle Pieces, Dried Zucchini, and Dried Red Peppers. This is the only one I haven’t tried, but I love Tom Yum and really hope it’s good! I will update once I’ve tried it.

Overall, I am pretty underwhelmed with this box. I’ve cancelled my subscription. Of the total of 10 snacks that I have actually tasted from Graze, I’ve only really enjoyed maybe 4 of them, and that’s just not enough to justify spending $11.99 on a box of 8 small snack containers.

Let me know if you’ve tried Graze in the comments below. I’d love to hear if you had any snacks you loved or disliked!

-Ashley

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Food, Review

First Graze Box! (& How You Can Try it Free!)

Snack subscription boxes are like beauty subscription boxes’ less popular but more relatable friend. (Psst! If you’re here for the goods, AKA FREE STUFF, you can find the code at the bottom of this post!)

Graze Box | I Think It's Ashley

I’m not subscribed to any beauty boxes (yet!) but when I heard Blogilates talk about the Graze box on her YouTube channel, I knew I had to use her code for a free first box and give it a try!

The first free box arrived in my mailbox at the beginning of December, as pictured above, with two plastic strips slid on to hold the box shut. Isn’t the box so festive?! Extra points for the reindeer 🙂

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When I opened the Graze Box, the lid had a cute holiday print. On the top was a slip of paper. That slip of paper has the Nutrition Facts for all four snacks inside the box.

Graze Box Nutrition Information | I Think It's Ashley

You can go ahead and make your own decisions about how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ these snacks are for you. Of course, the free box only came with four snacks and there are dozens more possibilities, like soups and flavored popcorn.

Now onto the goodies!

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This box was free and comes with 4 snacks. I went online and rated each snack before they were sent to me. You can mark them as Trash, Try, Like, or Love. If you Trash the snack, they won’t ever send it to you. If you mark it Love, they’ll make it first priority to go into your next box. Mark it Try if you want to try it and Like if you liked it but don’t need to prioritize it to go into your next package.

I received four snacks: three I marked as Try, one I marked as Love because I wanted to make sure I could try it!

Clockwise from top left: Peach Cobbler (peach fruit drops, almonds, yogurt seeds & amaretti drops), Thai Sweet Chili Bites (sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites), Apple & Cinnamon Flapjack (rustic rolled oat flapjack with apple and cinnamon), and Zesty Chili Lime Cashews.

For a size comparison of the snack containers, I put it side-by-side with a pack of Trident gum. You can see that they’re pretty small portions and they’re not filled to the brim either. When I turned the cashews on the side, they were only 2/3 of the way full. The Peach Cobbler was only half full. But keep in mind that they’re meant to be portion-controlled snacks to help you make better choices!

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The Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks are quite tasty, but there are 12 grams of fat in the one container, so maybe they taste good because of the margarine and sugar?

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I haven’t tried the other three snacks because I’m going to give a couple of them to other family members to try, but I will be ordering at least one more normal size box (8 snacks for $11.99). After that, I’ll make up my mind to continue or discontinue my Graze Box!

Graze Box Coupon | I Think It's Ashley

If you’re interested in getting your 1st and 5th box free, you can use my coupon code above! If you want to copy/paste, the code is:

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There is no catch to signing up. You have to put in card information but you will get the first box free and can cancel after the free box if you find it’s not for you. I was planning to just try the first box but when I clicked ‘cancel’, they offered me an 8 snack box for only $5.99, which is half off and only 75¢ per snack (+ free shipping!).

And honestly, I like what I see so far so I might keep going with Graze! They even put a cute little joke inside the box…

Graze Box Joke | I Think It's Ashley

Have you ever tried Graze or any other snack subscription box? What’s your favorite subscription box, food or otherwise? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@imashleykim)!

Happy snacking!

Ashley

Code for 1st and 5th box free: 2ZYRC9CKB

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Food, Recipe

Korean Street Food: Egg Bread (계란빵)

Baking Korean Egg Bread, or Gaeran Bbang (계란빵)

Once upon a time I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea for a semester, living out my fantasies of…well…eating a lot of tasty Korean food! The four months I spent in Seoul were the best months of my life for many reasons (amazing Korean beauty products and fashion, nightlife that never ends, and, let’s be honest, the best drinking culture EVER).

The food definitely tops my list of highlights from study abroad, and the fact that I gained 20 lbs while overseas should be proof enough! (But actually though…) Of course Korean BBQ was my favorite indulgence, but not far behind was the cheap street food you find all over, in every season, day and night.

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One of my favorites was something we called ‘eggy egg’ before we knew its real name. Gaeran Bbang 계란빵 (Gaeran means ‘egg’, bbang means ‘bread’) is an oval shaped bread, slightly sweet, with an egg cracked on top and baked with the bread. The mixture of sweet and savory flavors had me craving this day and night. I haven’t had it since I left Korea at the start of the summer of 2013, and as I was finally getting around to printing out my photos of my study abroad round 1 (yes, I studied abroad not once, but twice) I got nostalgic for this eggy treat!

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I enjoyed these fluffy treats sans cheese, but on an episode of The Return of Superman, a Korean reality show, I saw one of the dads add cheese to his, so I tried it out…and I thought it was better than the plain ones!

The recipe is fairly simple, I took bits and pieces from these two recipes I found online at Chloe’s K Food Addict and Sue’s My Korean Kitchen. I didn’t have self-rising flour so I used Chloe’s suggestion of adding baking powder, used regular sugar instead of castor, and didn’t add vanilla (don’t remember the kind I ate on the streets of Korea tasting like they had vanilla so I left it out). I also cooked mine for 20-25 minutes at 350ºF in a normal cupcake baking tray, which is much longer than others said they baked theirs at. I probably could have taken mine out sooner, but I wasn’t sure if the egg was done cooking on top (note: It was).

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This recipe calls for basic ingredients you would likely have in your pantry already (unless you’re a poor college student like me and your cupboards are bare) so it’s something fun to try if you want to attempt a simple recipe without spending more money on ingredients you don’t already have.

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As pretty as these gaeran bbang look here, I don’t think my first attempt went so well. The bread part was fairly dense and did not have the right taste. I remember eating bread that tasted halfway between regular bread and cornbread, so maybe I will try with a bit of cornbread mixture next time.

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That being said, it wasn’t a total disaster. I baked three with cheese, four without, and had one of each. The one with cheese was definitely better (I’m a cheese addict and think it could have used twice the amount I put in) but neither really tasted how I remember them. They weren’t sweet enough for my liking.

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When all is said and done, they at least look pretty, and tasted decent. With parsley and ham in the cheese ones, as they had suggested, I think it would have been much tastier, if not still but a distant relative of the hot, steamy, eggy egg I ate in Sinchon in Seoul.

Hope you like this post, part of my new year’s resolutions was to learn to cook (or in this case, bake, because I like to bake when I’m home for the holidays) so I thought I’d start off with this recipe!

If you have any good beginner’s recipes (sweet or savory) for me to try out, comment below!

-Ashley

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Food, Musings

New Year New Blog

2015 is the year of Ashley.

I realize how pretentious it sounds to 1) reference myself in the third person and 2) say that 2015 is going to be all about me, but I promise I won’t take a page from Lord Disick’s playbook. All I want from this year is to get to know myself more.

The thing is, 2015 is going to be a year of big changes for me. It’s the year I graduate from college, have to decide which city to settle down in, and begin my full-fledged adult life. 2015 is all about internships and, come graduation, starting my terrifying journey to finding full-time employment. And with a handful of huge decisions heading my way in this new year, it’s time for me to focus on, well, myself.

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So among my other New Year’s Resolutions, my main goal is to focus on myself. Find out what I like, what I want, where I want to live, the kind of people I want to surround myself with and, hopefully, what makes me truly happy (i.e. what makes me excited about life).

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2014 was a year of dark blues and reds, of scary adventures, heartbreak, confusion, wandering, and escape. But I’m ready to make 2015 sparkle with silver and gold, ready to lighten up my world, be a bit classier and a lot more driven. I’m ready to work hard and I’m ready to make things happen. I hope you’ll follow along so we can shine together.

Happy New Year.

-Ashley

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