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Chinese Birthday Cake recipe - I can finally reproduce the whipped cream/fresh fruit sponge cake from the Asian bakery at home!

ASIAN BIRTHDAY CAKE RECIPE EXISTS!! – the350degreeoven.com

By the time you read this, I will be at Disneyland celebrating in true Californian fashion! 

It’s weird being another year older because I always feel much younger, like I’m still 19 in my brain or something. Time has begun to go by so quickly that it’s literally like I haven’t let it all sink in yet. It’s really strange. I’m a lot happier this year than I’ve been on past birthdays, though, and that’s nice. I’d really like to be one of those people who get better with age and develop more into their own skin. That would be nice. I think I’ve accomplished a lot of things in a year. I paid down debt, I’ve lost almost 20 lbs., I’ve started this blog and seen it grow a LOT, and even more, I’ve grown a lot as a person.

For my birthday, I thought I’d do a few fun list tag things so I’ll be doing 2 – 25 Things I’d Like to do BEFORE I turn 25 ( never done this before ) and a bloggy birthday tag. I hope you all enjoy and thanks so much for reading my blog ❤

25 Before 25

  1. Visit New Orleans, LA and some other places in the South USA. 
  2. Film, Direct & Star in a Film Short.
  3. Get An Agent & Book Some Work!
  4. Go Back to Acting Class and/or Get An Acting Coach.
  5. Start A YouTube Channel for Storybook Apothecary.
  6. Record Myself Singing.
  7. Learn to play guitar or the piano.
  8. Get some Tattoos.
  9. Go back to Wales to visit my friends there & maybe meet up with some blogger friends in UK – would be so cool!
  10. Go on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas.
  11. Learn to speak Chinese, Korean, Italian and get back my fluency in French.
  12. Master these Accents – British, Australian, New Zealand, Cockney, Welsh, Irish, andddd Scottish.
  13. Book a lead in a TV show that’s as awesome as the BBC Misfits.
  14. Book a lead in a feature film.
  15. Model for a clothing company. It just seems like fun to me!
  16. Do more nice things for strangers. I once bought this woman soldier in the Army a meal without her knowing it. It was the best feeling ever to give back like that.
  17. Host a dinner party.
  18. Find someone to give a makeover or get a makeover from or something. I just think styling someone would be fun.
  19. Get my nose pierced again & maybe my eyebrow. I used to have them both, though not at once. Miss it!
  20. Grow An Inch – It would be so optimal to be 5’7 or nearly 5’7 – just saying.
  21. Be Able to Squat 100 lbs. I just think it would be cool.
  22. Get & Maintain a Flat Stomach & Nice Toned Arms & Legs.
  23. Get A Natural Summer Tan.
  24. Go to Comic Con, Anime Expo or something like that & Dress Up!
  25. Go on a trip with my friends 🙂

The Birthday Tag!

{ I got this tag from Arabella }


1.) When is your birthday? My birthday is today – April 20th, 1989, that is, which now means I’m older than a lot of the beauty “gurus”. Gurus is such a strange thing to call yourself- all I think of is yogis.

2.) How old are you turning? (Or if your birthday recently passed, how old did you turn?) I am turning 24.

3.) What was your favorite present that you’ve ever received? My favorite present that I received is probably my Disneyland annual passport that my boyfriend got me on my 21st birthday. Best surprise gift EVER!

4.) Are you/did you have a party this year? if so what are you doing? Nope. I don’t have enough friends to fill up a party haha. My boyfriend did try to organize one for me a few years ago and it was literally us and 2 people. We have a small group of friends and that’s it really . I have other friends from high school, but they all live kind of far now. Plus, parties are expensive and no one really turns up for them it seems like. Maybe it’s just me haha.

5.) How do you usually celebrate your birthday? I normally just get my annual Asian birthday cake ( BEST EVER ) and go eat with friends or my boyfriend or something. These past few years we’ve been kind of obsessed with spending it at Disneyland though.

6.) What was the most memorable birthday that you had? The most memorable birthday was when my boyfriend surprised me with my Disneyland passport and we went for the day. I didn’t actually believe him until we were in the park. It was such a great day 🙂

7.) If you had an unlimited amount of money what would you do for your birthday? I would go on a trip to New Orleans or South Carolina or something. I’m just really fascinated with the South lately.

8.) What’s your birthday wish list? I actually made on on Pinterest & you can see it here, if you like!

9.) If you only had one birthday left, what would you do for your birthday? I would go on a trip or cruise to the Bahamas or something. Or maybe just spend it traveling all over.

10.) Show a picture from your birthday, preferably an embarrassing one. I’m so sorry, but I literally can’t find one. I had one from my 18th birthday and if I find it, I promise to upload it.

11.) Do you have any birthday traditions? Asian birthday cake, dim sum, and uhh… Disneyland! That’s about it haha.

12.) What’s your favorite part about your birthday? The fact that I can use it as a reason to get my way with my boyfriend for the entire day haha. So I make a point to make ridiculous requests.

13.) What’s one thing that changed a lot since your last birthday? My perspective.

14.) Have you ever been thrown a surprise party or have you ever thrown one for someone? I have never been thrown one, but I threw one for my boyfriend 2 years ago and it was really awesome to surprise him like that!

Hope You All Have A Great Saturday!

♥ Tianna

My Saturday In Photos!

This morning, we got up and missed the farmer’s market (bust), but we went to Michael’s (craft store) and picked up some paints and paintbrushes. I picked up these to try and use for makeup! I know they look really rough, but they’re actually quite soft, though they’re meant for watercolor painting and calligraphy. I’ll be using them for my cosmetics just to see. They only cost me like $8 USD for both so that’s a lot less than normal makeup brushes!


After grocery shopping at Costco (massive grocery store type place if you’re not in USA) and Michael’s, we came home and it began pouring. Mind you, it’s over 100 F at the moment while it’s raining like mad. I’m enjoying it, personally, but I wish it would cool us down as well!


Cut up some fruit and cucumbers for some healthy snacks! Yummy! I recently discovered that cucumbers are extremely high in nutrients that we need so they’re great for giving you energy when you’re tired or just as a snack in between meals to get you by. Plus, I love how refreshing and crunchy these are! Aside from those, I’ve got nectarines, some clementines and blueberries!


I decided I wanted to make some tea and I picked this one up yesterday from World Market  (gourmet import type store) so I decided to try it with my own spin on it, of course! This tea is mojito mint that’s green tea imbued (anyone know what the hell that means? fancy word for infused, maybe?? ) with mint, lime and island rum, though it’s not alcoholic. Plus they come in eco friendly hemp satchets!

I steeped the tea with a little bit of honey, lemon slices and cucumber slices and then put it in the fridge to let it get cold. Then I enjoyed some on ice! That’s literally all I did and it’s delicious!

It’s not extremely sweet, though if you like it that way you can just add in more honey than me, but it is really refreshing. I added like 2 tablespoons in a large pitcher so not too much. The cucumber and mint make it super refreshing and the lemon I used gives it a tanginess to the green tea. Very yummy!

Posted this one on Instagram awhile back, but I’ve been using these Nourishing Facial Refreshers from Dairyface for a bit now, pretty weekly, and they are amazing. You have to keep them in the fridge so they’re really cooling when you put them on. I love it! Seriously so relaxing and the probiotics and herbs in them help calm your face and clear breakouts.

I hope you will follow me on Instagram if you have one!

I’m @StorybookBeauty!

How’s your Saturday been?

Easy Face Masks, Scrubs & Enzyme Peel Recipes Straight from Your Kitchen

A lot of times, I think people forget or maybe don’t even realize how simply it can be to enjoy the luxuries of a face mask, scrub or peel, even if you can’t afford to purchase one from the store.

Because of this, I thought I’d draw up a list so you can see exactly how many ingredients you likely have sitting in your pantry or refrigerator at this very moment that you could easily use in your beauty regimen!

Here are Some of My Favorites: 

Oatmeal is one of the easiest and most obtainable face mask ingredients. You can mix it with water, milk or honey and blend it to form a paste or simply mix it with water and use it as a scrub. Oatmeal is great for sensitive skin types and those battling rosacea and redness. As a mask, apply to your face for 5-10 minutes and rinse.

Strawberries are great for brightening and toning the skin and they work wonders on acne. Blend a couple in a food processor or mash them by hand with some honey or a little water. Use as a scrub and the seeds will give you nice scrubbing action, but be sure t be gentle about it! As a mask, apply to your face for 5-10 minutes and rinse.

Yogurt is awesome for a number of skin concerns. It can work well at calming redness, cooling skin irritations, acne, and it gently exfoliates the skin as a mask. Make sure you use the plain variety, preferably plain Greek yogurt with full fat. Apply to your face for 5-10 minutes and rinse.

Milk probably seems like a really strange thing to be putting on your face, but it works wonders as a gentle exfoliant! The lactic acid in milk helps slough off dead skin cells without causing irritation, but make sure you choose an organic variety to avoid any hormones or steroids that can be found in conventional milk. All you have to do is brush a thin layer onto your face, leave for 5-10 minutes and rinse. Your skin should feel softer and brighter instantly!

Many acidic fruits such as pineapple, papaya, oranges and even apples offer mild exfoliation, brightening and enyzmes to encourage cell turnover for your skin.  Apples may be especially beneficial due to quercetin which is found naturally in apples and can be used to prevent premature aging, acne, and a host of other benefits. Blend a small amount of any of these fruits, apply a thin layer to face for 5-10 minutes and rinse. Try to use organic to avoid pesticides.

Cucumbers are very calming. A lot of people use slices on the eyes to calm redness and under eye puffiness, but you can also blend them to use in a cooling face mask. My favorite is blending cucumbers, fresh sage and some water for a very refreshing and cooling face mask. This will help with redness, acne, and puffiness. You can also use this as a really nice toner during the summer, but be sure to keep your toner spray bottle in the fridge to make it last longer!

Eggs are great for a myriad of skin needs. Egg whites are great applied as a firming face mask because they have a temporary tightening and lifting effect on the skin. Simply separate egg whites from the yolk and apply the whites in a thin layer on your face. Leave until dried and then either gently peel off or rinse with warm water. You can also use the yolk in eggs if you need extra moisture.

For a Face Scrub, you can add sea salt, brown sugar, or baking soda to any of these recipes. If you have drier skin, you may want to add a bit of extra virgin olive oil to the recipe.

That’s all for now!

Stay Beautiful


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