Wednesday, December 31, 2014

/Lips/ Maybelline Quenched Baby Lips Lip Balm

this was purchased by me.

Before the year ends, I'd like to squeeze in another review. I have another lip product here and this time it's a lip balm from Maybelline's Baby Lips line. I picked up the shade Quenched (005) which is a clear because I wanted a lip balm I could use daily without worrying about color or sparkles on my lips, but would provide enough hydration for me. I also liked that this lip balm has an SPF of 20 to protect my lips during the day. After about 3 months of using this, I'm ready to share my thoughts in it with you.

Friday, December 19, 2014

/Make-up/ NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer Jar

this was purchased by me.

When I first started wearing make-up, concealer wasn't a very important thing for me. Over the years, I've come to think of it as a lifesaver in making me look presentable. I first got into concealers for blemishes, but recently I've been looking for concealers to combat the dark circles that have been appearing under my eyes (I'm getting so old....). I was attracted to this NYX on because it was cheap and cruelty-free. After using this for a few months, I'm ready to share my thoughts with you.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

/Lips/ Wet n Wild Don't Blink Pink Mega Last Lip Color

this was purchased by me.

When browsing at a Rite Aid one day I stumbled upon this lipstick from Wet n Wild. I've been more interested in this brand since it's very affordable and most of the products I've used from this line are pretty good. I picked up a lipstick because it was one of the things I haven't tried yet and I can't resist lippies. As I've had this a few months, I feel ready to share my thoughts with you.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

/Diet/ Weeks 17 & 18

I'm still working on this diet/fitness thing. I would say it's going decent as I've been mostly sticking to it for the last 5 months. I will say that the exercising part has become more routine and easier with Blogilates. I started following her monthly calendars last month, the beginner one, and now I just started the regular one for this month.

The workouts for the regular calendar are much more difficult and painful, but I do my best to finish them all. I feel my body getting stronger and I was glad to discover I've lost about 1" around my calves. Those leg exercises are doing something after all. In terms of diet with food, I think I'm doing better. I'm more conscious about what I eat and I eat less of things. This past Thanksgiving wasn't as bad as previous years when I would basically eat all day. I'm a little worried about my upcoming trip to Chicago...I want to stick to my workout schedule and eat healthy, but it's going to be difficult when I have family and friends to see. I have to try though.

.Weight: 117.5 lb/53.3 kg
.BMI: 19.5
.Current Routine: Blogilates workouts, stretching, running when I can, eating less
.Goals: Finish this month's Blogilates Calendar, eat more healthy (esp. vegetables)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

/Make-up/ L'Oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

this was purchased by me.

I'm always looking for products that will make my complexion look a little nicer be it skincare or cosmetics. I've been wanting to try this foundation for a while because it was said to be a dupe for Giorgio Armani's Maestro foundation, which is super expensive. Being the frugal, poor person I am, I bought this instead when it was on sale & when I had a $1 off coupon. Having used it for a few months, I'm glad to share my thoughts on this product with you.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

/Make-up/ L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

this was purchased by me.

I spotted this mascara a while ago and decided to pick it up because I can never have enough mascara...and I wasn't too happy with the current one I was using. I saw this, read the words on the packaging, "Dramatic Volume Effect, Separates & Builds Every Lash", and I immediately wanted to try it. I've been using it about a month now and here are my thoughts on it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

/Announcement/ Black Friday 2014

It's that time again for the holiday shopping to begin! It's not really official can be a bit terrifying to brave the crowds, especially here in the U.S. I know I had a round-up of links last year for any readers interested in finding great deals online. Here are my shopping picks for this year!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

/Announcement/ Pinky Paradise Black Friday Sale!

Although it's not Black Friday yet, you can celebrate early shopping with this special code to get 50% select lenses at Pinky Paradise.

click me!

There are a select few lenses on sale (I recommend the G&G brown, G&G grey, G&G shinny aqua, GEO angel grey, & the Princess Pinky eclipse pink lenses). There is a limited amount of lenses so order now! The sale is only accessible through the image above and it ends on 12/9 world time (which I think is something like make sure to get your order in a day ahead!).

Monday, November 24, 2014

/Diet/ Weeks 15 & 16

Hello! This is a slightly late update..I was on a short trip to Northern California during the weekend and I could exactly blog. So, it's already been about four months into this diet. To be honest, there hasn't been much progress in terms of weight loss and I haven't been doing a lot of what I said I would....but! I have started and nearly completed the Blogilates for Beginners workout calendar! Oh my gosh, I'm on the last week of it and I'm surprised I kept up on it everyday.

It was really difficult at first, most of the workouts were painful and I felt terrible after doing them. After three and a half weeks, I've developed a routine and the workouts aren't so bad. There are some that I really didn't like so I just swapped them out with another video working out the same are on the body. The routine I've developed is doing all the exercises in the morning. I used to separate the workouts and do them throughout the day, but I figured I'd rather get everything done with once. The calendar is a helpful guide to keep you track with exercising. I like that the rest days have easy and healthy recipes to try. Some are tasty, but some weren't...probably because I messed them up since I don't usually have all the ingredients. What I like most about following Blogilates is that it's not too difficult and it's free. My body feels stronger and I'm more conscious about what I eat. I'm also doing more cardio! Though the running I usually do is on a break though...I'll get back to it soon enough.

.Weight: 117 lb/53 kg
.BMI: 20.7
.Current Routine: Following the Blogilates for Beginners calendar, leg exercises on the rest days, eating healthier
.Goals: Finish the beginner's calendar & move onto the regular one, more running, healthier & smaller portioned meals

/Make-up/ NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray

this was purchased by me.

I got this a while ago...I can't remember when, exactly, but more than three months ago. I originally purchased it because I was interested in trying a setting spray and my skin was feeling very dry at the time; I wanted to set my make-up with something that wouldn't accentuate or irritate my dry skin while keeping me shine-free. Enter NYX's matte setting spray.

Monday, November 17, 2014

/Lenses/ GEO Bella Brown Circle Lenses

this was purchased by me.

I finally made a purchase from Pinky Paradise! I bought this pair of GEO Bella brown lenses along with another pair, which I will review later, during their free shipping promotion in September. I've been wanting to try these lenses for a while because they look very natural and there have been favorable reviews on them. After wearing the Bella Brown lenses for a few weeks, here are my thoughts on them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

/Skin/ Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream

this was purchased by me.

I got this soon after buying the Burt's Bees sensitive skin cleanser. I needed a new daily moisturizer at the time and I figured I would try something from the same sensitive line. I also happened to have a few coupons that saved me a good amount of money when purchasing this \(^^)/. So I've been using this for a couple months every morning and I'm ready to share my thoughts about this product.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

/Diet/ Weeks 13 & 14

Time for my twice weekly diet progress report! I'm back on track with exercising, not necessarily eating right, though. I've been drinking so much water (back to the sparkling mineral water which is very filling)...Also, I started drinking a fiber supplement daily. The one I'm drinking is from Trader Joe's and it's not that expensive, about $7/tub. It lasts me about two months or so.

I like this fiber drink because it's made of natural ingredients. It's just plantago husks which really help to clean out the body from the inside.

Anyway, I haven't really lost that much weight since my last update. I think I need to change what I eat & portion better, which is what I keep saying. I just have to do it. In work out news, I started following the Blogilates for Beginners Calendar. It makes it a lot easier to do workouts everyday (videos are assigned) as well as track my progress. Everything on Blogilates in completely free (yay!) and I hope to advance to the regular monthly calendar soon. I should try more recipes from there too...

.Weight: 117/118 lb, 53/53.5 kg
.BMI: 20.7/20.9
.Current Routine: Following Blogilates for Beginners Calendar, run 30 min/day, drink lots of water daily, fiber diet supplement 2x/day
.Goals: def more vegetables, soup & smaller portioned meals, start wearing those compression socks, more walks...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

/Lips/ NYX Paparazzi Extra Creamy Round Lipstick

this was purchased by me.

Yet another lipstick! Cannot get enough lipstick....Anyway, I bought this a while ago at Ulta. It wasn't on sale or anything, NYX lipsticks are fairly inexpensive in general, but after having a look at all the round lipsticks in the display I settled on this one. I thought the color was pretty & wearable so I bought it. Here's my review on it^^

Friday, October 31, 2014

/Etc/ Halloween

Trick or treat! It's Halloween today! I'm so happy~ Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and it's the beginning of all the other wonderful holidays to come at the end of the year. It took me a while to figure out who or what I would be this time around. I don't even think I dressed up as anyone last year (in 2012 I was the 11th Doctor Who). I thought about who I could be, who would be easy to dress up as and I finally decided last week. I'm going to be Chibi Maruko Chan~!


She's fairly easy to dress as and we basically have the same hair so why not be her? Here's a short tutorial on how I'd do my make-up & dress up as Maruko Chan.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

/Hair/ L'Oreal Preference Sun-Kissed Caramels Hi-Lift Natural Brown

this was purchased by me.

It's that time again for me to color my hair. It's been a while and I've been wanting to go lighter. I picked up this Hi-Lift color from L'Oreal at Target a few weeks ago. I was tempted to get the Hi-Lift Ash Brown, but I wanted to try something different so I went with the Natural Brown this time, which says it's a cooler toned shade on the box. Let's see how it turned out.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

/Diet/ Week 12

Oh my, I haven't been keeping up with this. I was very busy for the last 3 weeks almost when guests came over to stay and I wasn't keeping track of my diet. I was exercising a bit so I'm happy about that, but it wasn't nearly enough to make a difference. I've eaten so many things I shouldn't have or in quantities I'm not proud of and all I can do is start being cautious about what I eat again. Anyway, I'm pleasantly surprised to find out my weight is about the same after all that happened. I'm still doing Blogilates and drinking lots of water also still trying to incorporate more cardio in my workouts.

I want my legs to be slimmer already...well, I bought some compression socks again so I'll see how those work out and eventually do a post on them. I'm fearful of what's to come this holiday season...the end of the year can be a disastrous time for staying on diets. I'm already eating pre-Halloween candy. ~(>O<~)

.Weight: 118/119 lb, 53.5/54 kg
.BMI: 20.9/21.1
.Current Routine: Blogilates 2-3x daily, drinking lots of water, 30 min run
.Goals: slimmer calves with compression socks, more cardio, check out the Blogilates (for beginners?) calendar, smaller portioned & healthier meals

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

/Lips/ Hurraw Chai Spice Lip Balm

this was purchased by me.

I'm not ashamed to admit my obsession with lip products. It's mostly lip balms and lipsticks. Anyway, I bought this with a slew of other things from American Apparel a few months ago when I had a promo code for 30% off anything on sale. I picked this up because it's made of vegan & organic ingredients and it's also cruelty-free. There are so many different flavors to choose from so I had a difficult time deciding, but I ended up with the Chai Spice flavor because the reviews for it were good and I like Chai tea (I also bought another lip balm with another AA order so a review on that will come when I finally open it).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

/Preview/ Etude House & 3CE

Hello! I know I've been gone for a long time...I'm so sorry m_ _m. There was so much going on and I was spending a lot of time with my boyfriend who came to visit for my birthday. We ate so much dim sum and we went to Disneyland (see my twitter). So, my mom went to South Korea recently and I asked her for a few things and she returned with all these wonderful beauty & skincare things. I'm so happy~ I really look forward to trying these things in the future.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

/Skin/ Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser

this was purchased by me.

I got this cleanser many, many months ago. I picked this up because I had a coupon, my skin was irritated, I needed a face wash, and this was made of over 90% natural ingredients so I ended up buying it. I've been using it for while now so I think it's a good time to write a review ^^.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

/Hair/ Cut Again

Quick update: I cut my hair yesterday. I went to Aesthe' in Koreatown, where I always get my hair cut. Here's my hair as you might've remembered it:

It was super long! Anyway, here it is now:

OMG so short, but I like it. I won't have to worry about so much hair management all the time--no more tangles and waiting forever to dy my hair. It will also be so much easier to color...I want lighter hair again..

/Make-up/ Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

this was purchased by me.

When I first started playing with make-up for real, to wear everyday and not just for dance performances, I went straight to the drugstore brands. It was cheap and available basically everywhere. Back then my skin was much more oily and it easily broke out (not so much these days), so I wanted to find a foundation with good coverage and a matte finish. This Rimmel Stay Matte foundation was the first foundation I ever used. I'm quite sure the product has been reformulated a bit and the packaging has changed, but I'm still excited this was brought bad after being discontinued. I've been using this foundation on and off for the past few months, and now I'm ready to share my review.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

/Diet/ Weeks 10 & 11

Yes, I'm still doing a diet. I can't believe it's almost been 10 weeks! I've changed how many times I do diet posts. It's now biweekly (every two weeks) instead of weekly because it was getting too difficult keep up and this is primarily a beauty/make-up/style blog so I didn't want to flood it with diet stuff. To be honset, I don't see any significant progress in my diet. I seriously need a new weight scale because the one I'm using now isn't very accurate. Surprisingly, in the last two weeks I got down to 116 lbs/52.6 kg. I was thrilled that my weight had gone down then, but it's gone up a little since then (╥﹏╥).

I've been doing Blogilates everyday, 2-3 workouts/day, and I've noticed my body getting stronger, though not necessarily leaner. I've also been mindful of what I eat and snack on throughout the day. Here are my legs again. Have they gotten any thinner? ...I can't really tell...

Anyway, I'm going to continue this regime and incorporate more vegetables in my diet. I've been drinking a lot of water, especially before meals, and it's really helped to lessen my appetite and how much I eat.

Weight: 118 lb/53.5 kg
BMI: 20.9
Current routing: Blogilates, 30 min running,lots of water drinking, eating healthier (vegetables, fruits vs. too sugary/salty/carb-y foods)
Goals: more cardio & walking outside, eating more soups & salads, get a new weight scale soon, look for some compression socks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

/Nails/ NYC In a New York Minute Grand Central Station Quick Dry Nail Polish

this was purchased by me.

I've been looking for a good topcoat because the one I've been using isn't that great (it looks great at first, but it creates bubbles and doesn't protect my manicure well). I prefer shiny nails as opposed to matte nails; I just think it looks more flattering...Anyway, I picked up this nail polish at Rite Aid a few months ago since I heard good things about it as a top coat and I wanted to try it out. After using it for a few nail jobs, I'm ready to review it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

/Lips/ L'Oreal Nude Ballet & Rose Symphony Extraordinaire by Colour Riche

this was purchased by me.

I bought these lippies many months ago, like, before summer started. I really did. I was interested by the way the look of the packaging and the names of the shades (they all include different musical/dancing/Italian terms). I've been playing with these lip products for a while and I'm ready to tell you what I think.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

/Diet/ Weeks 8 & 9

The last two weeks haven't been great for me and my diet has suffered. Let's just say it's been difficult despite my exercising efforts and attempts to monitor what I've been eating. I have been drinking a lot of water, though, which I'm happy about. Another thing I'm proud of is doing 2-3 Blogilates workouts a day. I just need to manage my meals and snacks better...

During difficult times in a diet, when you end up doing things that totally sabotage what you've been working so hard for, it's nice to have support and inspiration to continue from other people. Friends, family, internet communities are great sources for motivation. I particularly like going on Twitter and looking at posts with the #diet or #ダイエット because it gives me the aspiration to achieve my goals. I just need to work harder...

oh, no~~ xOx

.Weight: 119 lb./54 kg
.BMI: 21.1
.Current Routine: More Blogilates per day, finally eating more salad, drinking more water
Goals: I want to try and follow the Blogilates calendar, smaller portioned meals/snacks, healthier food options, more cardio!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

/How-to/ Trimming Bangs

I kind of need a haircut, the last time I cut my hair was in early June. I tend to get my hair trimmed/cut every three months and I've been wanting to get a really short haircut (too much hair! too long!).

Anyway, between my visits to the hair salon, I trim my bangs at home. This saves me time and money plus it's a very easy thing to do. You only need a few tools to do this and before you know it, you'll be able to trim your hair at home too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

/Skin/ First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery

this was purchased by me.

I picked this up a while ago, in April, actually, because my skin was getting really flaky and dry. Nothing I did could soothe and calm my skin down. I was intrigued to see this product and to read about how it helped repair skin. As I've had a good experience with First Aid Beauty products before, I decided to trust this and try it out on my dehydrated face.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

/Make-up/ Love & Beauty Lip and Cheek Stain in Coral

this was purchased by me.

Fall has finally arrived~ I will miss summer, but I look forward to the fall because it means my birthday is coming up and then there are all the holidays...Anyway, to keep a little bit of summer with me all through the colder seasons, I picked up this bright coral lip and cheek stain from Forever 21. Let's take a closer look.

Monday, September 1, 2014

/Diet/ Week 7

Wow, I can't believe I'm into my seventh week of this diet. I look in the mirror and I think I look the same, but the weight scale says differently. I apparently lost about 4 pounds this week. (⁎❛ ꒩ુ ❛⁎) !!!
I'm not sure what I did to lose that weight, but I'm happy. It might have been healthier eating habits, like actually eating soup and salad for dinner, drinking so much water, or doing one Blogilates workout a day focusing on different parts of the body. It's painful doing Blogilates and it really makes me sweat so I'll be glad when I see results.

As working out can be difficult to keep up everyday, I like to keep myself motivated.

I bought these shorts from American Apparel two weeks ago when there was a sale on sale (it's still on sale, 30% off all sale items, 40% sale items if you're a Le Club member like me, and I'm certain to purchase more clothes). Soo, these are actually unisex shorts and the description suggested that women size down for a better fit, which I did, but I neglected to try these on in store and they were too small. Like two sizes way too small. Anyway, since the shorts were on sale and nonreturnable/refundable, I've resolved to keep then and one day (soon...?) fit into them comfortably (like slightly loose on my hips and legs). Diet advice of the week: be motivated with incentives! Once you reach your goal it'll be so satisfying to attain your awards for your hard work. ^^

.Weight: 115 lb/52.2 kg
.BMI: 20.4
Current routine: Lots and lots of drinking water, doing Blogilates daily, eating more salads/vegetables
.Goals: fit into those AA shorts, work out different parts of my body, eat more soup and vegetables, and ( know I keep saying this, but I don't really do it) do more cardio.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

/Make-up/ Wet n Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner

this was purchased by me.

I bought this eyeliner a few months ago and recently started using it. Rite Aid was having a deal on all Wet n Wild products like 40% off or something to that effect so I was like, "Oooh, I want to try this! It's so cheap..." hoping that the product itself would work well. Having tried it for a while, I'm ready to tell you all about this eyeliner.

Friday, August 22, 2014

/Diet/ Weeks 5 & 6

Hello~ It's time for another diet update. I know it's a little late, I'm so off schedule with posting and I'm very sorry. I should really be doing more reviews (they're on the way~!), but I want to get this done before I procrastinate anymore. So during week 5 of my diet, I was in Chicago for a wedding and to see my boyfriend. That wasn't the best week for me because I only seriously exercised once and I ate so many foods at weird times...It was a difficult time for me to stay on track. The week I came back, I had to recover and I'm just starting to progress on my weight loss.

I've been doing Blogilates daily and drinking more water again. I feel better nowadays ^^. A new thing I've been doing is using a weight recording app. I started using Kiloku and it's been very helpful with helping me see how well I'm doing on losing weight.

weight tracking!

I don't usually weigh myself everyday, but I started to do so recently in order to get an accurate view on my progress. I'm glad my graph has finally started to go down. (๑╹◡╹๑)
I also believe that since I started incorporating more soup (well, liquids in general) in my diet I've been able to lose more weight. My skin is feeling the benefits as well and it's not as dry anymore.

.Weight: 120 lb/54.4 kg week 5, 119 lb/54 kg week 6
.BMI: 21.3/21.1
.Current routine: still doing Blogilates, 30 minutes of jogging everyday, drinking lots of water, getting back to food journaling, I need to eat smaller portions especially for dinner...

Friday, August 15, 2014

/Hair/ L'Oreal Excellence Creme Light Brown

this was purchased by me.

Hello~ I just returned from Chicago. It was nice, surprisingly cooler than I expected. I had a very pleasant time ^u^

Before I left for my week-long trip, I colored my hair using this L'Oreal dye. I wanted to make sure my hair was at least even before attending the wedding there and I happened to have coupons for this brand so this is what I picked up. Let's see how it turned out for me.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

/Diet/ Week 4

It's time for my weekly diet update. First things first, I'm going to tell you all straight up, this diet is not going so well. I've been eating more, I think, and eating food that I shouldn't be eating...I also got sick this week. I got a fever and went to the doctor. I ended up being diagnosed with a flu caused by a virus (~TT A TT)~

I'm still recovering from being sick. During the most intense sick days, I didn't feel like moving so it was difficult to get up and exercise. I did a few Blogilates workouts and I tried to do my 30 mins of cardio when I started to feel better. After seeing the doctor and being sick this week, I was reminded of the importance of being hydrated. I needed to drink a lot of water with the medication I received.

I drank normal water and Perrier water and I ate soup. I like Perrier or other mineral waters because the carbonation in them makes you feel full. I think these are great to drink during diets because you don't feel hungry and you stay hydrated. As of today, I weigh 118 lb/53.5 kg. I'm so excited I lost a pound~but I don't know if it's going to stay that way or go down. I really want to get a new, digital scale because the one I used before broke and the old, manual one I've been using is difficult to read...Anyway, I look forward to staying on track to lose weight. I'll also be gone for the next week because I'm going to Chicago for a wedding and to see people (like my boyfriend). When I get back I promise to get more reviews posted. I know I really need to..

.Weight: 118 lb/53.5 kg
.BMI: 20.9
.Current routine: Blogilates, 30 minutes of running, drinking more water/liquids, eating more vegetables
.Goals: I want to try the soup and salad dinner routine when I get back from my trip. I also want to get more intense cardio/running into my workout routine

Thursday, July 31, 2014

/Lenses/ GEO Flower Plum Green Circle Lenses

this was purchased by me.
Hello! It's another circle lens review. I bought almost a year ago and just opened them recently. These are my first pair of green lenses and I thought summer would be the perfect time to wear them.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

/How-to/ Natural Body Balm

these were purchased by me.

I may have mentioned this before, but I'd like to say it again because I don't know when or where I said it: I have sensitive, problematic, eczema-prone skin. It spans from my face to my arms to my legs and back--it's everywhere. I didn't even know it was all eczema until a recent visit to my doctor (even though I know I was diagnosed with eczema as a child). As a result, I'm very particular about what sort of products I use on my skin, paying close attention to the ingredients. I like to use natural and/or organic moisturizers as much as I can on my body. I've used many different oils ranging from jojoba to vitamin E to coconut (a favorite of mine), but they never seemed to hydrate my skin enough. One day I had the crazy idea to combine coconut oil with shea butter. This is the what happened.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

/Diet/ A Late Update

Oh my God~! I haven't made a post in a while...I've been busy and distracted (and a whole lot of lazy), but here's a two week update on how my diet's been going. Spoiler: it's going terrible. Anyway, my boyfriend visited me last week so I had a difficult time trying stay on track with being selective with what I ate and how much I exercised. When I did have some time to myself I did some Blogilates workouts for legs. Here are my two faves/the easiest I've found to do without any equipment or running around:

I wonder if it would've been easier if I made a playlist; at least I can just use this post to have access to these workouts all in one place...anyway, I enjoy (!!!) following these videos and I think they're really helped with sculpting my legs.
Helpful tip of the week: keep a food diary! I make mine more of a list, but do it daily and record the things you eat and drink as well as your weight to keep track of your progress and see which foods help you lose weight the most. It also helps you eat less because eating less means you have less to remember to record at the end of the day. (This is something I've been doing for the past six years.)

.Weight: 119 lb. /54 kg last week, 120 lbs./54 kg this week
.BMI: 21.3
.Current routine: Blogilates! 30 minutes of running, soup dinners with salad, smaller portioned meals, less sugar/sweets
Goals: I'd like to get down to 117 by the end of the week. Let's see how that goes.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

/Diet/ Progress?

Hi~ This is my weekly update on the status of my "diet". I don't think this is an official diet, to be honest, it's more like something to keep track of what I'm doing. It includes anything diet related, I suppose. Anyway! This week hasn't been that great. I gained one pound! So I'm up to 119 lbs/54 kg and I want to blame it on things going on in my body that come once a month, but I have to be real with myself, taking accountability for the poor food choices I've made and lack of exercise being done. I have been doing Blogilates nearly everyday, mostly the leg workouts because that's where I'd like to tone the most (oh, to have slim calves...)

Still working on them....I think I'll start having soup for dinner in a few weeks. One thing I've tried that's kind of beneficial is drinking a full glass of water before every meal and drinking whenever I feel like snacking throughout the day. After this week I'm going to work extra hard to get back to normal and lose more weight. Time to put on my hardworking face again.

via my twitter

Now I feel like I can do it.

.Weight: 119 lbs. (54 kg)
.Current routine: more Blogilates, running 30 min/day, stretching
.Things to do: try to add more vegetables soups/liquids into my meals, don't eat too much sweets/processed foods, get compression socks, get more sleep U.U

Thursday, July 10, 2014

/Announcement/ EyeCandy's $8.99 July Promo

picture from

If you missed last month's Eyes Cream deal on, the online circle lens seller has another promotion for this month! With the purchase of any regularly priced pair of circle lenses, you get your pick of any of the GEO's Eyes Cream series, GEO Nudy Quarter Blue, or GEO's Loyus Series in brown or gray for $8.99. That's six different lenses to choose from! Use the code HOTHOTHOT during checkout to get the discount. This promotion started ion 7/5 and it ends this month, 7/31. If I didn't already purchase my other circle lenses last month, I would've been sooooo much more excited about this offer. Happy shopping! \(*U*)/

/Skin/ Trader Joe's Nourish All-in-One Facial Cleanser

this was purchased by me.

Aside from having organic baby carrots and coconut milk ice cream, Trader Joe's also has quite the selection of skin and body care products. It's an often overlooked section, I think, because it's so difficult to find in the grocery store and it's not promoted much (maybe one or two products in their ad flyer). I always like to peruse TJ's skincare offerings and a few months ago I bought this cleanser.

Monday, July 7, 2014

/Lips/ Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm

these were purchased by me.

Back to reviewing as normal. I bought these lip balms a few months ago and I was excited to try them because 1) I love lip products & 2) these look like giant crayons (which totally reminded me of doing coloring as a kid).

Sunday, July 6, 2014

/Announcement/ Starting a Diet

Hello. I have another quick announcement before I start reviewing again. Soo...I'm going on a diet. I remember many years ago when I was in high school and I went to the see the doctor, the nurse weighed me at 136 lbs./ 61.7 kg. I was scared and embarrassed...That was probably the heaviest I've ever been (but I can't say for sure because I never liked to weigh myself). To be honest I don't think I've ever formally been on a diet, I've just changed my eating habits over the years and incorporated more exercise into my daily routine. Right now I'm at 118 lbs/ 53.5 kg with a BMI of 20.9, which is in the normal range. Over the course of 7 years I've lost about 18 lbs./ 8 kg. It was really strange for me last year because I suddenly lost a lot of weight, like 10 lbs., within 2 weeks. This really gave me the confidence and motivation to lose a little more weight. Ideally, I would like to be at 100 lbs./45.3 kg, but then my BMI would be getting into the unhealthy anything under 50 kg. will be my goal for now (that would be anything 110 lbs. or less).

I don't look terrible in this full body least I don't think so. If there's one thing that I would really like to make lean it would definitely be my calves. I'm quite sure I inherited them from my mom...which upsets me...and no matter what I do they always stay so big. TT^TT.
There's not much I can do about them...but I'll try stuff like this, especially long distance running again. I've also been doing exercises on the Blogilates youtube channel. The exercises are easy to follow and to do anywhere so I've been trying to do them everyday.

So I just wanted to share this news with whoever comes across this blog (and any dedicated readers) and record my progress. Here are my starting stats:

Weight: 118 lbs
BMI: 20.9
Current routine: 30-45 minutes everyday of running/dancing/Blogilates

I don't know what else to put at the moment (the type of food and how much I eat?), but I'll aim to update weekly. Also, any post relating to diets in the future will have the title..."Diet".
That's all I wanted to let you know. Thank you (*U*)/

Friday, July 4, 2014

/Announcement/ Return from Las Vegas


So I've been gone for a while, I know. Some of it was due to personal issues and some of it was vacationing...If you follow me on Twitter I made a few tweets about being in Las Vegas the last couple of days. It was sooooooo hot there. Every time I went outside I felt like I was melting. I'm glad to be back in L.A. Anyway! I'm back and will resume posting reviews and such soon.

Also, .:*happy 4th of July*:.!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

/Hair/ An Adventure in Color

If you follow me on Twitter (I don't think many people do, but you should check me out on there), I made a few tweets regarding things going on with my hair. Here's the whole story: A few months ago when I was set to color my hair again, I vowed that I would bleach it the next time I had to do my hair. I finally got the guts to buy a Manic Panic bleach kit ($12.99).

this was purchased by me

Friday, June 20, 2014

/Lenses/ Neo Shiny Dali Weekly Circle Lenses

this was purchased by me.
affiliate links.

Hello again. I've been away for a while...there hasn't been a *real* post in a while and even longer since I've reviewed some circle lenses. I bought these weekly Neo Shiny Dali Brown lenses about two months ago. I love wearing brown lenses that enhance my brown eyes because I like how it looks so natural. I'd been wanting to try the Neo brand of lenses for a while because I've seen reviews on how comfortable they are. I was also interested in disposable lenses because they're so much more hygienic for daily wear. Let's take a closer look!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

/Announcement/ Eyecandy's $8 June Promo!

Hi! This is a super quick post about EyeCandy's amazing promotion for this month. Buy any regular priced pair of lenses and a choice of the GEO Eyes Cream series lenses for only $8! This deal started last week (6/12) and it ends on 6/31. You've got a while to pick out what you want and if you'd like some advice check out some of my circle lens reviews for some of my personal picks. Remember, EyeCandy's ships for free worldwide! Free shipping is always a great incentive when purchasing online. At least I think so. Anyway, I know this is something I'm not going miss out on.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

/Make-up/ Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

this was purchased by me.

I picked this up months ago when it was on sale at Rite Aid, but I had wanted to try it ever since it launched. I was intrigued by the idea of a mascara that would make my eyes look bigger with different wands for top and bottom lashes. After using Maybelline's original Falsies mascara, and thinking it was decent, I decided to try this. Let's see if I get bigger-looking eyes.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

/Skin/ Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

this was purchased by me.

I bought this in December when the Shu Uemura site was having the 25% off orders of $50+ sale. I intended to get the cleansing oil in the pink bottle because I've used it before and thought it was good, but it was sold out at the time. I chose this, which is totally expensive at $42 for a 5 oz/150 ml bottle and $90 for 15 oz/ 450 ml, because it was the only other classing oil without mineral oil in the ingredient list. I've been using it since January and here are my thoughts on it.