Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Food-ogram

*Announcement*
 I have recently taken the instagram plunge and have created my very own online meal log.
I know this may only be interesting to some, but I personally find it FASCINATING on what other people eat ( food obsessor in me) 
I also love following motivated healthy eaters for not only meal ideas, but inspiration on how create for yourself an incredible diet.

So if anyone here is as food obsessed and nosy as myself you can follow me now on instagram under the name "Fitneatcleanwannabe" 


Any amazing instagram food bloggers I should know about?
If so, please share!

Friday, April 26, 2013

OOTD: Repeat Pieces


Remember when I said I don't own much of a work wardrobe and the reason I did less OOTD's was because you guys saw everything in my closet? Well here we are two posts later from when I first originally posted on this, and it's featured again!
Either I need more blog posts ( I kinda do...) or I seriously need to try harder on the shopping!


T:GAP, Necklace: Madewell, Blazer: H&M, Pants:Theory, Shoes: Zara


It's Friday and I wore some comfy duds to the jobs. Haha what a sentence!
Everything was loose fitting (my preference) comfortable, and I never try to look like I try too hard.
Though this is what I wore to the office, this is not how I would prefer to wear this outfit.

Quick snapshots on how I prefer to dress:


Nix the heels!
I slipped into my grey suede Dolce Vita's and my current favorite bag. Bit of a briefcase style.
FYI, this bag's clasp broke during dinner...no more smart looking Dr. bag for me! :(
I was pretty gutted, but at least here you get to see how I normally would dress, just don't forget the sunnies!

Leaving you now with a few post card photos taken today!


Wishing everyone a happy weekend!


Friday, April 19, 2013

OOTD: Black and Blue Princess Grace

Today I wore something I don’t generally wear, color.
A dress of mine that each time I wear, receive non stop complements, the fact that it was a gift from my man makes it all the more special.

Admit tingly this is one of those dresses where you need to be feeling quite good about your self that day.
AKA, it JUST fits. A few too many Dunkin Donuts munchkis – which my office does have every Friday will have you popping at the seams – suck it in ladies! LOL


Dress: J Crew, Necklace:H&M, Shoes: Zara
The second photo gives the most shows more accurately the true colors

Today  was quite distracting. I accidentally fell down a flight of stairs when BOTH of my shoes fell off and I landed on my bum down a flight. Quite graceful I assure you.
*Note to self* Buy some new shoes, no seriously, just buy some damn new shoes.
Thankfully no one was around, and my re cooperation looked something like this, only with the bum!



I was pretty much in pain all day (I’m convinced I’m bruised) and reminded myself squats are in
order this weekend because I possess what many women may consider a flat pancake like bum. 
Translation: No cushion

TMI? Ehh consider that last line part of Fitness Friday.

On a final note of the day while I eat my lentil quionoa mini salad-remember, suck it in today!
A glimpse into my much pared down daily make up bag. Add in some perfume samples, along with  Boscia blotting linens and this is all I carry – if anyone ever wondered.

-I just got the green Maybelline concealer today, so no thoughts yet.


Leaving you now with today's postcard, and here's to hoping for a better weekend! 


Thursday, April 18, 2013

OOTD and Food-ogram?


Happy almost Friday!!
Since I had not done an OOTD for a while, and was finally able to bust out my new H&M blazer to work, I thought I would show you how I styled it - finally some new clothes...I know I know - believe me I have been trying...


Blazer: H&M, Pants:GAP, Top: F21, Necklace:H&M, Heels:Zara

Ok, if you have follow my blog for a while you would have seen most of these items about 92372118 times.
When I buy something I tend to wear it until it's dead, and this jacket is making the cut!
Normally I have always shy-ed away from tweed. I thought it was a bit aging, but since this has leather detailing on the sleeves and is a bit baggy, I'm getting into it!
I doubt I'd ever buy a mass amount of these though.

I wanted to wear my blue pants, to add more color and break up the black, but alas a high of 54 degrees was not letting anything called capri's happen. 
You will see that OOTD one day! 

Following this post I think I will be putting up another shopping with Lilladylife post. I ventured into F21!
Good thing? Bad thing?

On a completely side topic, I have been toying with the idea of  creating a second instagram account to use as a food log. 
I think these have become quite trendy?
All I know is I gained 4 lbs, and I needed to shapen up!

I have been using an app called "The Eatery" for 90 days now and have logged in more than 500 photos of the meals I have consumed, but there are a few things I just cant stand about the app. Little things..and am thinking Instagram would be easier.

Would anyone be interested in seeing what I eat? haha!


Until that's decided it's far more clean eating for me!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

20% and Below - Tip on how to finish products overall

Now, this just may be a personal pet peeve, but I actually can't stand when a product is "kinda" done.
When I see products in my collection that are about 80% used up, I actually find it a bit annoying....


I live in a very small apartment, and when I see something that's pretty much on it's way out, I think why do I keep things that are this done? Taking up space in my mouse house??


Every once in a while I will gather all of them up and put them all in a spot that is painfully obvious to me - most likely right smack dab on the middle of my desk so I can't avoid seeing them every. single. day.


Then it begins, the process of just using those items every time that product type is needed, and eventually finishing them all together.

It may be a pet peeve, but it leaves me from being surrounded by more than half empty things in my house, so for this, I am thankful I am a bit crazed at times.



Expect these in a future finished products post!

Friday, April 12, 2013

When Life Gives you Lemons...

Recently I blogged about two products I was quite luke warm about...
I tend to be the person who takes the bad news first to savor the hopefully upcoming good news.
In terms of my make up collection, I seem to be very good of getting rid of and finishing all the products I am not in love with to be left with my personal favorites, and what I would consider winners.

Currently the lemons of my life - The picture REFUSES to rotate, another sign that these have to go...

The L'Oreal Lip Balm I recently stated lacked pigmentation and hydration.
The Korres Lip Glaze I actually do not hate, but thought I would love far more. The color is a quite cheery pink red that can be a bit too loud for my personal make up take, and it is alas, also not as hydrating as anticipated.
In an effort to kinda just get through these two I decided to combine them. Two wrongs can make a right!
Surprisingly the L'Oreal Balm is more hydrating than the Korres so I swipe that on as a base, and with the pigmented Korres glaze on top, the balm helps mute the color a touch to leave a perfect my lips but better finished product.

The lemonade!

Do you guys try to just plow through your lesser favorite products too?
Least this time, I found a very sweet reward indeed! 



Friday, April 5, 2013

Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream Flash Review


I have been using the Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream as my current base for nearly two months now, and thought it was about time for a speed review.

Western BB creams seem to have hit the market like wild fire, so much so that now even CC creams are emerging.
Every brand seems to be doing a BB cream these days, and the drugstores are no exception.

I have only tried the Maybelline BB cream from the western market range and thought it was alright, but this, I feel is better.

Color+Packaging:
I am about NC20-NC25 for most of the year and the shade light medium was perfect. The color range is unfortunately limited but due to the sheerness of this product, it seems to meld into many skin tones. They unfortunately do not have a very deep shade.
The packaging is not my favorite aesthetic wise. I mean grey…but I do like that it’s in a tube, and there is a small window in the packaging so you are able to see the color prior purchase.


Texture+Application:
This BB cream is quite thick, not runny at all and is more reminiscent to an Asian BB creams texture. It’s smooth and easy to spread while melding into the skin easily. For application I think it’s best applied with hands., and give it a good rub, to really get in synergy with the skin.
 Due to it's thickness it can easily streak with brushes if not buffed in well, but with the heat of your hands it seems to spread and blend easily on the skin.

Coverage+Finish+Lasting Power:
The finish of this is dewy, and can look quite shiny depending on how much you apply. The coverage is sheer/light so depending on how much you apply, the shine factor can go up. I apply one layer all over, and since it is light coverage, I sometimes apply a second layer on my chin (problem area) It does not look cakey while the coverage builds. I finish off with spot concealer and powder.
I think if you have normal-oily skin it’s better off to powder. It does start off quite shiny when first applied. Currently my skin is about normal to a bit combination and this leads me to look a bit oilier than if not used but with powder applied, it stays matte in the morning, and satin for most of the day which I do not mind. I can blot once if I choose but I can also omit this step because it’s not disco bally on my skin, but usually the shine on my nose needs to go! Dry skins might really enjoy this as it seems to add a real healthy look to the skin.
This lasts about 6.5 hours on me with powder. After that it starts to fade but doesn’t become patchy really, just lighter coverage as the hours go on.

4 hours in, redness showing around the nose while beginning to separate, nose getting very shiny! 


Overall thoughts:
I like it. I like how it’s pretty moisturizing, I’d rather my skin be over hydrated rather than extra dry. I appreciate the SPF 30 it provided ( I have not taken photos with this) and with a bit of powder which I don’t mind it seems to last most of the work day and give a very natural finish while feeling light on the skin. Availability and price I think are great, and give this a thumbs up as my current go to base for spring.

Anyone else try this?
Thoughts?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Current Disappointments

Usually before I buy products I am quite methodical, bordering obsessed with research.
I read reviews, look at swatches, browse videos but sometimes, I have the whim purchase, most of these fall into the latter category.
My list of products I am currently using and am disappointed with.


L’Oreal Color Riche Balm
I purchased this because I heard from a fellow blogger this particular shade (Pink Satin) was the perfect daily wash of color with hydration.
Well…I can kind of see what she was speaking of but here are my thoughts.
Pigmentation, close to zero. I have to swipe it about 10x across my lips to see the pink, and I don’t think I have very pigmented lips.
Hydration? Without eating/drinking/talking this doesn’t even last 30 minutes on the lips. It has a shine but it is very short lived.
Luckily since each application requires 10 swipes I should be able to get through this very quickly – another con.
Hope to be finishing this up soon.



10 swipes later
I think it looks better in the photo than real life...


Nivea Kiss of Moisture Balm in Raspberry Kiss
When these came out about two months ago? The hunt was on! I scoured several CVS’s to find these and when I spotted them I quickly and happy grabbed raspberry Kiss. The pros are this smells amazing. Like raspberry sherbet. That’s where the pro’s end. Oops, pro-singular! 
This is not the most hydrating lip balm I had ever tried, or even close for that matter. It leaves a semi nudish white cast on the lips, a color I am very unsure of, along with a list of bad ingredients which I don’t enjoy putting near my mouth.
I might not even finish this, this might find a home in the bin.

Khiels Creme de Corps Body Butter
During the mad rush of Black Friday deals I grabbed myself a small Khiels kit. Now I have not had the best luck with the brand but this sample box held several items I had always had my eye on. One of them being this body butter. I love body butters, I have dry skin on my legs and arms and always enjoyed the smell of this line, along with what looked to be a luxuriously thick product.
Well….first I will state, this is not as  moisturizing as anticipated. All my Body Shop Body Butters seems to add more hydration to the skin than this did.
Second was the actual sample. The tub looks quite nice in size. Wrong. Where the label start on top of the container is the bottom of the container. There was so little product in this for the pot. Waste of plastic.
I am glad I got to try this sample, because now I am now assured to never buy the full size.


Khiels Ultra Facial Cleanser
Also found in my sample box from Khiels was this cleanser I had always noted as something to try. I had used the Ultra Facial moisturizer in the past with success and have always been curious on the line's counter part. I have been an avid user of my Clarins wash now for some time, and this was quite different but not in a way I enjoyed. The cleanser was a gel - I did not know this, and it doesn't lather well. I am thankful it is unscented but when I apply it, i just doesn't really seem to sink in to clean my face well. I have reserved to use this now for travel or to wash off any residue product after Bioderma. 
*EDIT* no joke I just learned how to use this about an hour ago, you need far more product than I would have guessed but the froth does come up. No longer a disappointment, but I would not purchase this still. 



Benefit's Stay Don't Stray
Another sample! At least I am getting through them! I have been on the hunt for a eye shadow primer that is the color of skin so I can just simply apply it and that's it! I don't want to use shadow everyday but want to brighten my lids a bit and I figured if it was flesh colored and primer in one, it won't crease. This product had all of the above qualifications but the last, it creased, bad. I applied it, spread it out, and before leaving the house within 30 minutes of application all I saw was creased primer! Not even an hour? I just rubbed it off a bit and declared this a current disappointment.

Etude House Blush in 05 Lovely Pink
A gift, a non purchase I received long ago. I never used this because I could tell from looking at it, it would lack pigmentation. I finally tried it on and was spot on. Pretty much zero color with not a very smooth texture. I DID however find a use for this. Since it is so low in pigment but has a bit of shimmer I have been using this to set my cream blushes and it has been working great. Thought I found  a way to use this, I do not predict these being in my shopping cart if I ever go overseas.

Lastly the largest disappointment but not shown above are the new L'Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow palettes
I owned the one in Snooze something...
I literally bought it for the packaging (sucker!!!)
Quite possible the worst shadows I have used in my life. Rough/not smooth, skips, and zero pigmentation.
Gave this away immediately, could not even try to work through it.


That’s it!
Current products I am using at the moment and having a bit of a struggle to get through but will carry on!
Have you tried any disappointing products recently?


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lil Lady's Guide to being an Office Lady aka OL - Shoe Shopping for the Year

Disclaimer:
Now, I don't want anyone to begin to believe that I myself think I am an expert in office wear. 
I'm not.
This will be a short guide to all the things I have learned thus far in my office career.
Hopefully these posts will be of assistance to either people beginning their first job in an office, someone changing their field to a more corporate environment, or simply someone who needs some new motivation on what to wear. 
Believe me, it can be fleeting at times! 
When I started working all I owned were black trousers and shirts from Express. That's just what I assumed everyone wore. 
Sort of. 
This  depends on office culture but I soon found myself on a floor full of women wearing Express button down shirts.
I hated hiding in my cube all day hoping no one would notice five other women bought the same top as myself in the exact same shade - damn you sales!
I then  began attempting to create a more elevated work wardrobe.
No, I don't mean I spending the big bucks, believe me in the beginning you don't get it! 
But just a change from the main stream.

So ladies
Here are my lessons learned thus far.


Category 1: Shoes
The weakness of many of women. Thankfully I have never been much of a shoe person. I have always found myself going through several pairs a year and attempting to repair mass amounts of holes miles of walking created before settling to buy another pair.
I actually hate shoe shopping for the office.
The shoes pinch, the color scheme is limited, the heels are restrained, and the toes are covered.
Despite all these boundaries I have learned of a few favorites, and key ideas to always keep in mind when shopping for a new shoe.


The Flats
I live in a commuter city. Women here WALK. Up and down stairs, bypassing plenty of people to make it to the office on time, and walk so fast the soles of the shoes go down pretty soon.

Flats are something I can't live without in my work wardrobe. I live in them to commute to work, I change in them for a quick walk to grab my lunch, and relax in them at the end of the day when the clock strikes DONE.

My personal favorite flats are from J Crew. They come in a myriad of colors but I have always purchased the classic black ballerina.



Now these are not exactly cheap. Especially when you are not used to spending so much on ballerina flats.
Well here is the abridged version on why these remain my favorite.
 Made in Italy, meaning better material and construction, aka no break in period.
There is nothing more painful than spending the whole day in a new pair of shoes that are killing your feet, we are talking bleeding level people. Band aids, soles, tissues, whatever you need to do to ease the pain.
If I can find shoes that escapes me from this two weeks of excruciating pain period, I will take it!
Flats generally tend to tear at the skin at the back of your foot so have your band aids ready on day one, or give these a try.
I generally try to buy these at the J Crew outlet, but if that doesn't happen, I usually pay full price because I know I will go miles in these without feeling the pinch.
I walked in these shoes through four countries - a singular pair! 

Name Brand Flats


Something I don't own.
I never banged out the big bucks for these babies but if I ever did, I would stick to wearing these on mainly carpeted surfaces and trying not to leave the building. The side walks are harsh on such lovely shoes.


The Pumps
The quintessential office lady shoe.
Women in my office, and I am guilty of this too, have a wave of random pumps all over the bottom of their cubicles, or hidden away in their drawers. Come in wearing flats, examine your outfit and go through your little office "collection" to see what shoes we need today.

If you are starting out basic, meaning you have no shoes for the office.
Grab yourself a black pair of pumps asap.
They will match almost everything, and will be your go to shoe for a while until you begin to collect more for your everyday wear.
I wear black pumps 99% of the time, so you don't need to buy many shoes, but pick one that you can deal with wearing most of the time.

General tips:
*Nothing too high. Don't try to out height the other women in your office, many offices offer a dress code which includes heel height. Three inches and below is preferable. Safety is two inches.
*Don't pick a super pointy tip. If your heel height is lower and you pick a very pointy shoe, when wearing pants your feet can look longer, and if wearing skirts your calves may have the appearance of being wider.
Also, it has been noted that men for some reason are apprehensive of women in pointy shoes, psychologically to be deemed more approachable try a more rounded toe. Men...
*If these are your first and only office heel, try not to get sling backs. If you are not accustomed to certain shoes, a sling back may sling off you throughout the day leading to non stop frustration.

Pointy Toe


Rounded toe


Once you have your black go to shoe, the general rule is to add a nude pair to the mix.
Following the same tips as above for the black, once your nude shoe has been found those two basics should cover nearly all circumstances, but if you wish to continue your shoe collection, brown, suede textures, and animal prints are all popular add ons!

Nude shoes in pointed and rounded toe


Name Brand Pumps
Another thing I don't own but am surrounded with daily.
Ladies, before you wear those gorgeous $600+ shoes on anything that looks remotely rough aka the side walk, please get your shoes to a repair guy and have some soles added- they even come in red!
I have seen from personal experience a person wearing her a new Louboutins across the street to show me, SCUFFS! from walking across the street! Don't let this happen!

Sorry Victoria

Boots
Cold weather comes a calling and we strive for those long WARM boots to keep our feet and legs toasty through the harsher conditions.

Classic Boots
My personal style leans more towards the classic boot.
Preferably in a cognac or black color to match most of your wardrobe.
These types of boots fit snugly into pants, and look classic with both pencil skirts and A line skirts with tights underneath.
Depending on your foot or leg shape try to find boots that are narrow or wide according to your foot width, and if you have thicker legs ( like me!) look for things stating "Wide calf" and adjustable buckles.
Certain materials such as suede also stretch if you are having trouble finding a leather pair.



Heeled Boots
These are not really my style but I have seen many women rock them.
I think they look far better paired with skirts than pants. They create a very confident look when paired with skirts, and most body shapes can pull off the look.
When paired with pants, they can unfortunately create the sausage leg effect T.T I would definitely try them on in the store with a very tight pair of pants. Not only to ensure the material fits within the boots, but to make sure you like what you see in terms of overall effect of your lower body as this can really cinch in your legs knee down, so knee up looks a bit more "free" we can call it.


Weather Boots
This will depend on where you live but for rainy cities, the Hunter Boots are the best investment I had made in a long time. It has rained at least once a week here since October. As a recap, it is now April the so called rainiest month of the year. 
I pretty much have worn my Hunters at least once a week for thus far 6 months.
Bang for my buck I did! Never leaked, comes in a plethora of shades - I would opt for a safer color when considering the office.

I used to own no brand cheaper ones, but they always broke with holes when I wore them leading to a very rained upon Lil Lady!

No regrets on this purchase!
Summer Sandals
Not all, but many offices in the summer seem to frown on open toed shoes.
No point in getting that incredible shade for your pedicures because your toes are covered up!
Since many sandals are either flat or open toed I think a very compromised solution are espadrilles.
Most come in wedge form, open toes and closed.
These are both seasonal and cooling to wear on warm days.
These also look great with both pants and dresses.





Again, all the information listed above will of course vary depending on how conservative your environment is, or how lax your work culture is on their version of a dress code but I hope this was helpful to my fellow OL's the next time you go shoe shopping.

If there are any other OL topics you would like me to cover please feel free to send me suggestions! 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Clouds and a Cave

On one cloudy but beautiful afternoon this weekend...


I ended up caving and finally purchased the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. 
Ulta coupons be damned!
Revlon's Juicy Papaya also found it's way into my basket, Tiffany's post convinced me it needed to be mine! 

Product countdown 7+8
Guy's it's not going well...@.@

*Photos were all taken with the Iphone*


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