The Five Things: February Must-haves

Hi, everyone!

February is my favorite month of the year! Mainly because February 2 is the date my husband and I signed our marriage certificate, and there's also Valentine's Day and my birthday. Plus, Chinese New Year often falls in February, too.

Let's see what the five must-haves are in February:

Cashmere Earmuffs

Although there have been a few warmer days the past week, the recent freezing cold weather reminded me of how important it is to keep my ears from freezing and hurting. (Yes, hurting.) Thankfully, my ears have been saved by my friend Eugenia, the creator of Moobury, who very so kindly gifted me a pair of her handmade cashmere earmuffs

Every pair of Moobury earmuffs is handsewn. The quality is amazing. They are so soft and so warm! I love the classic design and how chic they look when worn. So if there is one thing you need for the month of February, it is a pair of earmuffs from Moobury! 

 
Wearing Moobuy's cashmere earmuffs in New York City; photo by Ashley Gallerani.

Wearing Moobuy's cashmere earmuffs in New York City; photo by Ashley Gallerani.

 

Something Red for Chinese New Year

Although I was born and raised in Los Angeles, my family is from Taiwan so we follow a lot of Chinese traditions, and one of them is to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year! New Year's Eve falls on February 15 this year, and I will be in Taiwan for a part of it! I'm really excited because I haven't been able to do so the past few years. 

One of the most important things to prepare for Chinese New Year is something red. So I recently picked out a red sweater from Naadam, an ethical cashmere brand, to bring to Taiwan with me! 

If you're looking to invest in a good cashmere piece, consider checking out Naadam because their products are designed to last. The fiber they use is 30% longer than the average Grade A cashmere goods, and the longer the fiber, the longer the piece will last!  

 
 
 

Note: I received the sweater from Naadam as a gift; opinions are 100% my own. The above photos were taken by Tiffany Chen

 

A Good Valentine's Day Gift for Him

Yes, we all want to be the princess who get's spoiled by our Prince Charmings, but I think a little gesture from us would be really nice, too! So I picked out a collection of gift ideas below in case you need some inspiration! And if you're looking to get a gift for your gal pal, check out my Galentine's Day Gift Guide

Some #KBeauty Goodies to The Rescue

I've always been a fan of Korean skincare products and I recently came across a website called Cupidrop where I have access to a lot of the brands I like, including COSRX, Heimish and By Wishtrend. The website also introduced me to other brands that I didn't previously know about, like Pyunkang Yul.

One of my favorite products I've gotten from the website so far is Pyunkang Yul's Nutrition Cream. This cream contains shea butter and Macadamia oil to provide intense hydration. I use it on my cheeks because they always go extra dry in heated rooms.

Another great product I came across is By Wishtrend's Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash. It's not the first cleanser I use in powder form, but I love this product because of how fine the powder is, making it a gentle exfoliator and suitable for daily use. The best part is its travel-friendly because it doesn't contain a drop of water!   

The best thing about Korean beauty brands is how affordable they are. I always feel like I use a lot more skincare products in the winter than any other seasons. So being able to not go broke after getting everything I "need" (or want, I'm not sure) is obviously great.

 
Pyunkang Yul's Nutrition Cream is a great moisturizer that soothes my dry cheeks. Photo by Ashley Gallerani.

Pyunkang Yul's Nutrition Cream is a great moisturizer that soothes my dry cheeks. Photo by Ashley Gallerani.

 

A Weekend Getaway 

Because you've probably been working really hard for the entire month of January, you deserve a mini break in February!

I recently visited Charleston for a weekend and not only was it refreshing, but I also felt inspired. Check out some of my travel posts for ideas, if you need any: 

Thank you for reading!

Love,

 
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Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.