My Favorite Spots in San Antonio


Hello, friends! I have been living in San Antonio, Texas for a year now and I have absolutely loved my experience. I think that San Antonio is a brilliant city–filled with rich culture and history. From the famous River Walk to the beloved Pearl, there are a diverse range of places that are worth visiting in San Antonio. Here are some of my favorite places and spaces:

The Riverwalk

Ohh the River Walk, one of the most popular spots in San Antonio. It’s definitely a very tourist-oriented area, but there’s something charming about its tackiness. Well, it’s not that tacky. It’s a great  place to just walk around and people watch, but there are a ton of great restaurants to enjoy along the river. I especially love visiting at night, where the string lights from the restaurants illuminate the whole area. The River Walk is one of the reasons that I decided to move to San Antonio and it holds a special place in my heart.


La Villita

La Villita is located on the River Walk of San Antonio. It’s a tiny little town complete with craft shops and art galleries. It’s also a common spot for festivals and happenings in San Antonio. I love this little area, because it’s fun to walk around and beautiful at night–especially with the beautiful string lights. Can you tell that I like string lights?


The Pearl

This is a San Antonio staple, especially for my fellow class mates. This is an area of San Antonio located at the end of the River Walk, complete with shops, restaurants, apartments, and hotels. It’s a hip area, where students, tourists, and families alike enjoy visiting. I especially love going to the Pearl for the farmer’s market that happens every weekend. There are a ton of vendors, dogs, and live music–the perfect place to spend a Saturday morning.


Cowboy’s Dance Hall

One of the reasons that I love Texas so much is because of its affinity for dancing. Let me tell you, Texans know how to have a good time. Cowboy’s is a popular dance hall in San Antonio where people go to hang out, spend time with friends, and dance! They also have a live country music  band and a huge dance floor. I just recently learned how to two step and I love going out on a Friday night and dancing with my friends!


Gruene Hall

Technically, this dance hall is not is San Antonio (it’s in Gruene), but it’s been a great part of my Texan/San Antonio experience! It’s about 30 minutes outside of San Antonio and a Texas classic. Cowboy’s definitely has more of a club/dance hall atmosphere, but Gruene is a lot more relaxed and family oriented. I really enjoyed dancing here and definitely felt like a true Texan among the cowboy hats and boots. If dancing isn’t your thing, enjoy a beer here and walk around the town of Gruene!

McNay Art Museum

The McNay has a diverse collection of art, from Renaissance sculptures to Cubism to theatre arts! The art museum as it appears today used to be a mansion, so the overall architecture is beautiful. Be sure to check out the courtyard in the middle of the museum! I love the art pieces within the museum, but the surrounding area is really nice too. I highly recommend having a picnic on the grass, then walking around inside!

I hope you enjoyed this post and learning about the many different places in San Antonio . These are just a few of my favorite places–San Antonio definitely has a lot to offer! I feel really lucky to be able to live here and experience the Alamo city lifestyle.

-Love Ling



My Travel Beauty Must Haves

Hello, friends! It has been a while since I have talked to you guys! This semester has been super busy, with classes, shows, and other college things. I have really been enjoying my sophomore year so far and feel that I have learned a ton so far.

I am currently on Thanksgiving holiday, which gives me some time to relax, spend time with my family, and finally catch up with you guys! Today I’m going to be talking about the products that I brought with me while on vacation. I have tried out a bunch of new products over the past couple of months–even dipping my toes in the high end beauty world a bit! There are a bunch of products that I’ve found to work really well for me and have become essentials for my everyday makeup.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetBare Minerals BarePro Foundation

This is my everyday foundation and I absolutely love it! It gives great coverage and feels so light on the skin. I also love that this foundation has a lot of great ingredients and skin benefits, including SPF protection. It lasts beautifully throughout the day, making its “performance wear” claim very fitting. This is a must have for traveling, because I know that it will always work well for me!

Benefit Porefessional Primer

I never thought that I would be a primer person, but once I started using this one, I was hooked! It helps my foundation look smoother and last longer, while feeling super light on the skin. I even use it for days when I don’t wear foundation, because it controls my oily skin.

Benefit Ka-Brow Eyebrow Gel

This eyebrow gel has been my go-to for the past couple of months. I love that there is a brush at the top of the cap, so I don’t need to bring a separate brush. The product is great and makes my brows look full and defined for the rest of the day. I actually got this product on sale, so I don’t know if I would recommend it at its normal price ($24) . There are certainly great options at a lower price, but I have really enjoyed using this product.

Wet n Wild Highlighter in Precious Petals

This is one of my favorite highlighters, because it makes me look super glowy and has a beautiful peach-toned shimmer. This is great for traveling, because its compact and won’t cost a pretty penny if it breaks ($2.99).

Tarte Blush in Paarty

I got this blush as part of Sephora’s birthday gift and I really like it so far. I like that this is in a mini size and the mauve-colored blush is perfect for fall.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

This mascara has been a favorite of mine for a while, because it does a great job of making my lashes look long and full. It’s definitely one of the best mascaras at the drugstore right now.

Revlon Lipstick in “Rum Raisin”

I brought a couple of different lipstick options for my trip. I love “rum raisin” for the fall time, because looks great with any makeup look. A dark nude is the way to go for an everyday fall look, and this one has been a must-have for a while.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen”

This is the ultimate fall lip product for me, and I look forward to bringing it out every year. It’s the most beautiful berry, matte lip shade and I think it would look beautiful on any skin tone (especially darker skin tones). I love wearing it as a statement lip–it makes an everyday look a lot more fun!

  I hope you enjoyed this post and have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Remember to take this time to think about what you’re thankful for, spend time with family, and enjoy the fall season. Have a great day!

-Love Ling

Travel Makeup Essentials

Hello, friends! My first semester of college is officially over and I am home for the holidays. It’s so nice to be able to spend time with my family and relax after a semester of papers, tests, and shows. However, coming home for winter break brings a bit of a challenge as far as packing goes, especially for someone who has moved across the country. How the heck am I supposed to pack a month’s worth of stuff into a duffle bag and a backpack? I managed to make it work, relying on things I knew were waiting for me at home and sitting on my bag to get it to close. Today, I am going to share what I brought in my beauty bag. These are my essential makeup products, products that I can count on, and knew I would be using during my trip home.

**Disclaimer: If you don’t see certain products in this post, it’s probably because I packed with the knowledge that there were some supplementary items waiting for me at home.

Face Products

  1. Maybelline Better Skin Concealer: This is the second Better Skin concealer that I’ve picked up and I really like this product! For me, it’s a no fuss, no muss product that covers imperfections really well. I would necessarily say that it’s made my skin any better, but it’s good as a stand-alone concealer.
  2. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: I’ve been using this for a couple months now and it’s great for everyday wear. I have really oily skin and it does a great job of keeping matte, though my skin always gets the best of any product I put on my face. For me, it won’t prevent shine for the entire day, but it does stay on for a good eight hours.
  3. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: Once I got home, I realized that my Pro-Matte foundation was a bit too dark for me, so I picked up a different shade. Though this time, I wanted to go with the dewy route. Let’s just embrace the oily skin! I’ve only been using this for a few days, but I like how light it feels and that it makes my skin look healthy and glowy.
  4. Benefit Watts Up Highlighter: As you can tell by my recent foundation purchase, I’ve been experimenting a bit with the dewy look and I’ve really been enjoying playing around with highlighting. This product is great, because it’s small, travel friendly, and easy to use. I like to warm it up on the back of my hand, so it blends easier, then I put it on the tops of my cheeks for a subtle glow. Why not add a bit of sparkle for the winter time?
  5. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation: I like to pair this product with the concealer for days when I want something quick, easy, and light. This is another travel-friendly product. Even though it’s a loose powder foundation, the packaging contains a net that keeps the powder from going everywhere. I’m not sure how legitimate “Amazonian Clay” is, but it makes me feel like I’m putting good ingredients on my skin. I like that this product gives a soft, matte finish,
  6. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: This is my go-to setting powder and I’ve been using it for years. As you can see by the cracks, this particular powder has been through some tough times, but it’s a great powder! It’s cheap, easy, and gets the job done.

Eye Products

  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: Look how cute this mascara-mini is! Don’t knock the travel-sized products, you guys, because they take up less room in your back and last longer than you think. I really like how this mascara lengthens my lashes, while also separating and defining them. It also has great lasting power and hardly smudges, which is a success for my oily skin.
  2. NYX HD Eye Shadow Base: This is my favorite primer! It keeps my eye shadow in place all day and is super affordable. I might even go as far to say that it’s a dupe for the Urban Decay Primer Potion. This is always an essential in my beauty bag.
  3. L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer: This is another essential in my beauty bag. This is the third time I’ve repurchased this product, because it is just so easy! I love that it’s dual-ended, so I can comb out my brows with the spoolie. The liner itself is really thin, so I have a lot of control in how I fill in my brows. There’s also a lot of merit in using a liner, because I find that it’s the fastest way to do my eye brows.

Lip Products

  1. Milani Lip Liner “Bordeaux”: I use this liner the NYX lip cream. It keeps it in place and makes application of the product a lot easier.
  2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream “Copenhagen”: And now for the main event! This is the perfect fall/winter lip stick/gloss/cream. It looks pretty dark and menacing in the tube, but the actual product is a beautiful wine/maroon shade with a hint of a blue undertone (art words). I love wearing this product as a statement lip, while keeping the rest of my makeup minimal. Be warned, though. This product can be drying if you don’t moisturize your lips first.
  3. Revlon Lipstick “Rum Raisin”: This is a great shade for adding a bit of drama to your look, while keeping it subtle. It’s a red/brown color and beautiful for fall/winter. If you’re scared of wearing red lipstick, this is a great alternative.
  4. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural “N9”: This is my go-to everyday lipstick . It’s moisturizing! It’s the perfect natural shade! It’s unfortunately discontinued! Believe me, I’m not happy about this. If you have any recommendations for lipsticks that are as  moisturizing, yet opaque as this one, please please please let me know in the comments.
  5. Vaseline Lip Therapy “Rosy Lips”: This is another makeup essential for me. It’s a great chapstick/lip moisturizer and leaves a hint of a rosy tint. I use this every morning, night, and before I put on lipstick.

Brushes: I’m not going to go into detail about these brushes, but these are my essentials for travel.

  1. Fluffy face brush
  2. Foundation brush
  3. Angled eyeliner brush
  4. Flat shader brush
  5. Fluffy shader brush
  6. Fluffy crease brush
  7. Lash Curler

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and hopefully got some good recommendations on products that are great for both travel and everyday use. Have a fabulous holiday season, loves!

-Love Ling