Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weight Loss - Week 6.1: Getting back in the routine

First of all, thank you to all of your sweet comments, tweets, and emails to my last post.  It really made a big difference in how I feel about not losing weight as quickly as I would like.

Having said that, the past 2 weeks have been really, really hard.  I went back to Japan for a few days, and I ate much better than I have been doing.  I had dinner one night with a friend who is vegetarian - that meal was the best meal I have had in a very, very long time.  I know I could never give up seafood, but I seriously thought about giving up red meat. 

After I got back, things have been rough.  I had to get back into the routine of working out, which is really not as easy at it sounds.  I had to go to "group dinners" (mandatory dinners at work) twice this week, one which included heavy drinking.  All of you who say that I should just not drink?  Heavy drinking is the basis of work relationships in North China.

This week's weigh in: 67.7kg / 149lbs (+0.1kg)

Considering how unhealthy I have been, I'm surprised that my weight has been almost unchanged.  I'm going to eat more vegetables this week and get back into my Wii Fit routine.  I'll be back to the Weekly Challenge routine in 2 weeks!

xoxo, K

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Weekly Reads #12: April 27, 2011


I just mentioned about the warm weather in a post last week, and it's suddenly cold again! One day, it's warm enough for me to go out in short sleeves, and the next day, I need a jacket and a sweater.  Still, I like this season the best!

  • How to shop sticking to a budget via Wardrobe Oxygen. I prefer buying well-made clothes that can last vs cheap, flimsy clothing.  Uniqlo is cheap yet is sturdy!  
  • 6 De-stressing spa products via Lipstick and Luxury.   My favorite way of de-stressing is soaking in a bath until I sweat like crazy.
  • A drugstore Argan Oil via Nouveau Cheap. Am I the only one not yet on the Argan oil bandwagon? It's a little hard to find here!
  • Pickled eggs via Simply Recipes. I'm craving pickled beets as well!

xoxo, K

Monday, April 25, 2011

Review: Kevin Beautymaker Light Primer SPF 30 PA++

This is a review for the Kevin Beautymaker Light Primer SPF 30 PA++.  This was a gift to me from another blogger.  Kevin Beautymaker is a Taiwanese brand.



What it does:
The light weight primer create a smooth, invisible layer that act as a buffer between the skin and makeup. It can be used to help create a perfect canvas for foundation application or worn alone as the sheerest of perfection for the ultimate natural look. SPF30 protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. (from imomoko.com)

Price: $18.99 on imomoko,
Swatched heavily

Blended

Pros:
- SPF 30, PA++
SPF refers to the level of protection for UV-B rays, which cause sunburn.  UV-A rays are also harmful, causing wrinkles, skin cancer and other damage.  The FDA does not seem to have a guideline for indicating UV-A protection.  In Asia, many products show the level of UV-A protection using PA+, PA++, or PA+++. 
- slightly corrects skin discoloration.
- squeeze tube is easy to use

Cons:
- It feels like heavy sunscreen
- Makes my skin oily in a few hours
- Did not make my makeup last longer

Would I repurchase? No, I would rather use sunscreen!

I'm really hoping that I'll be able to use this up before the summer.  It's already making me oily in the spring!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Weekly Reads #11: April 20, 2011

How is the weather where you are?  It has suddenly gotten really warm in the past two weeks, going from 12C (54F) to 27C (80F).  Evenings are still chilly, though!


Hope your week is going well!

xoxo, K

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea scrub - a scrub for daily use

This is a review for the St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub.  I bought this during my trip to Hawaii.


What it does:
Clears breakouts and reduces redness Salicylic Acid Acne Medication With 100% Natural Green Tea
This dermatologist-tested scrub can actually help to clear and soothe your skin as well as reduce redness. An active blemish-fighting ingredient fights the flare-ups, while 100% natural exfoliants encourage healthier, clearer skin.
(from St.Ives.com)

Price: will vary depending on where you buy it.  Walgreens.com has it at $6.50

The color reminds me of wasabi.  Thankfully, it doesn't smell like it, or I wouldn't put it on my face!


Scent: A fresh scent.  It reminds me of floral scents without the sweetness, or a mix of green leaves and fresh streams. The Body Shop's green tea scent smells very similar, so this may be what westerners consider to be a green tea scent?  It doesn't remind me of green tea, but I really like it.


Pros:
- contains very fine particles to scrub your skin.  Not harsh.
- this product contains 4.5 fl oz, or 133 ml. It is quite large.
- contains green tea and olive oil, both known anti-oxidants.
- my skin felt softer after using this product for a week.
- this can be used as a cleanser.  I was able to make it foam up with a face wash net.
(Without a face wash net, I could not get this to lather.  It is not as easy to lather as normal cleansers)

Cons:
- the particles are made of silica, and will not dissolve.  Take care not to over exfoliate.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I really liked this product.

This was a great everyday scrub.  It exfoliated my face well, but was not harsh.  I also liked it as a daily cleanser!  St. Ives also has a Green Tea Cleanser, which I would love to try!

Brittany at Clumps of Mascara reviewed this product a few days ago as well. Do visit her blog if you haven't already - I love strong women who love beauty and fashion!

I really liked the scent of this product.  I wish there was a perfume like this!  I've tried several green tea perfumes, but nothing hits the spot.  Please let me know if you have a recommendation, or if you know of a perfume which smells like this product!

Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Weight Loss - Week 6: Eat Healthy Fats... and I need help

This week's challenge was to Eat Healthy Fats.

Lyn from Escape from Obesity (the blog where I got my Weekly Challenges) mentions that even good fats will make you gain weight if you eat too much of them.  The challenge is to substitute healthy fats for bad fats.

Here is a list taken from Lyn's blog.

Bad Fats (trans fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol):
red meat, poultry, eggs
butter, whole milk, cheese
coconut oil, palm oil (in processed foods)
shortening, lard, margarine
many processed crackers, cookies, fried foods (read labels!)

Good Fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega-3's):
olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil
avocados
nuts (especially walnuts!)
flax seeds (ground), soybeans
salmon, halibut, tuna, or fish oil capsules

This week's weigh in: 67.6kg / 149lbs (+0.2kg)
Can I just mention how frustrating it is not to lose weight????? 

Honestly speaking, my heath is crappy right now because of what I eat.  I have an induction cooker, which is VERY hard for me to cook on because I am used to gas.  The quality of vegetables and fruit that I can get in stores is really not very good.

I need more vegetables!! Actually, I need food with love, instead of the crappy stuff I'm eating!!  I just don't know what to do.  I feel sick if I eat certain things, and I'm losing the motivation to cook, or to eat, for that matter! 


I eat a piece of bread for lunch because I cannot stomach the food at work - very greasy, very spicy, and I cannot bring food to work.  I eat very little except for when I go out to eat, because food just doesn't taste good anymore.  And this is coming from someone who loves to eat!  I don't go out to eat because I want to get home, get on my Wii Fit, and get to sleep.  My dinner is usually something like some rice with natto!  Yes, I know it's too many carbs, but I really, really have lost the motivation to prepare food.

How can I get back to eating healthy?  Food just doesn't have any appeal to me anymore... and still, I'm not losing weight!



xoxo, K

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weekly Reads #10: April 13, 2011

When I was young, I was a grammar nerd. It's hard to keep good grammar now. I speak English everyday at work, but it is everyone's second (or, in some cases, third) language.

I hope your week is going well!

xoxo, K

Monday, April 11, 2011

Beauty Blogs' Backstage - Interview with Jerlene from Of Faces and Fingers

It's time for Beauty Blogs' Backstage again! This month, I was paired with Jerlene from Of Faces and Fingers.



 
For those of you who are not familiar with it, Beauty Blogs' Backstage pairs participating bloggers with each other each month to do an interview. This is my interview of Jerlene.  You can find her interview of me on her blog!

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?

When I started my blog, I was already into makeup and nail polish, thus I named it Of Faces and Fingers - faces referring to the makeup, and Fingers referring to the nail polish. I did get a couple of comments saying it was a very creepy blog name, though! LOL


2. What is your favorite spring beauty trend?

I always love the bright lips and cheeks that come around during Spring. I'm a big fan of bright blushes, so cheek colour is my favourite thing!


3. Which beauty trend do you wish would go away and never return?

In general, I'm quite tired of the super-pale nude lip look. I can never pull it off, and I think it looks aging. That said, I do wear nude lips myself from time to time, but those are usually to counterbalance dark eye makeup. I guess I just don't like the trend as much as some other trends.


4. What is the one beauty product you would recommend to anyone?

Remember that old Baz Luhrmann song, Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)? (Which by the way, was an adaptation of a written piece, Wear Sunscreen, by Mary Schmich. Cool beans!) I'm so going to quote from that right now: "If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it." 'Cause it's true! Okay, so it's not a specific product, it's a class of products. But you get the idea :D


5. Do you have any pets? If so, tell me about them.'

Not at the moment, but I'm a pet lover. I used to keep dogs and rabbits, so I've always had a soft spot for anything cute, furry, and fluffy.


6. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Oh darn, non-alcoholic? I was just going to launch into a rave about pear cider (which, by the way, is near-impossible to get in Asia)! Okay, I'm going to go with lime juice. Because I love the sour tang it gives my tongue.


7. What summer trend are you looking forward to?

Bright nail polish! Summer is a great time to wear a pop of colour on your nails!

Hope you enjoyed this interview!

xoxo, K

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weight Loss - Week 5: Slow Down

This week's habit is Slowing Down. It is about mindful eating.  Have you ever opened a package of cookies, meaning to eat only one, and suddenly you notice that you've eaten the whole box?  Our mind takes time to register that our stomachs are full, and slowing down can help with this.

I am honestly VERY bad with this.  I work while I eat lunch because it's the only time of the day I have to answer emails (and yes, I mean work emails), other than in the car ride to/from work.  I even work sometimes when I'm eating dinner! 

I'm trying not to eat dinner in front of the computer, though.  It's really hard if you live alone.  I crave sound from my tv or from my computer.  Eating in silence is pretty sad!  Oh well, I guess it helps me eat less!

This week's weigh in: 67.4 kg / 148.6lbs (+0.2 kg)
AGHHHH another gain!!!  This is really, really difficult, especially since I'm always not feeling great these days! I know it's the food here.  Ever since I stopped eating out, I've stopped eating delicious Japanese food.  It is increasing my stress!!!!

xoxo, K

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekly Reads #9: April 6, 2011

I've been thinking of how to make my blog more interactive... Should I do a weekly poll, like Pink Sith's Thursday Poll?  Should I do it on my Facebook page?  Let me know your thoughts.

On to my Weekly Reads!

I hope your week is going well!

xoxo, K

Monday, April 4, 2011

Up and Down #13 / A Piece of Me... in April 2011

Wow, can you believe it's April already?   A year ago in April, I went to NY on vacation.  It's been a whole year!!!!

Ups:
- GOSH Lipstick
I bought the coveted Darling (a nude lipstick) in London last fall. While the color is too much like concealer for me, the texture is absolutely wonderful.  It's creamy and smooth! While Gosh is a drugstore brand and very affordable, it was INCREDIBLY hard to find this because it was sold out EVERYWHERE!

- Maybelline the Colossal Volum Express Mascara
I got this while I was in Hawaii.  I really, really liked this mascara - maybe even more than my Cover Girl Lash Blast.  Unfortunately, I need to repurchase it to see if I really like it! A review is coming up soon.

- Getting my 3 boxes of makeup from my luggage.  Yes, I have a huge stash. Don't all beauty bloggers?


Downs:
- The disaster.  

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It's time for A Piece of Me in April 2011.
This month...

I like: rediscovering the 2938794839 shower gels in my stash.  Seriously. Should I take a picture?


I don't like: that I might not finish using them up in the next 5 years...

 
I want you to know: I would probably keep going to B&BW if I could!  Ooooh, they have yet another sale right now!

I've planned: to try to use up my B&BW and Lush stashes...

xoxo, K

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weight Loss - Week 4.1: Increase Your Fiber (again)

As you might remember, I gave myself another week of this habit to see if I could do any better. I talked a lot about why fiber is good for you last week, so go take a look if you missed out. 

This week was tough in that I got asked out to dinner a few times.  Eating dinner in Asia is tough - we get several dishes and share all of them.  It makes it easier (for me, at least) to overeat.  Honestly, I ate very healthy food, like hotpot.  I still need help with portion control for these settings.

I made a few huge batches of salad with some homemade dressing.
I used one head of cabbage, one head of purple cabbage, a carrot, and some peppers.  I think the peppers may be imported - the cabbage was like 80 cents, while the peppers were like $4.  I love peppers, and I'll pay any price since most vegetables are not that appealing here!

My homemade salad dressing consisted of a mixture of olive oil, black rice vinegar, and honey, at a ratio of 2:3:2. A traditional vinaigrette has an oil to vinegar ratio of 3:1, which means I was able to cut down the oil in my salad dressing to more than 1/3.  I also tried using yujacha (yuzucha in Japanese, yuzu peels preserved in honey) instead of honey.  It was fabulous!

This week's weigh in: 67.2kg / 148lbs (+0.1kg)

More or less the same, it looks like.  I'm going to have to step up my game with portion control!
What delicious healthy dishes have you been eating lately?

xoxo, K

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