Chanel’s Perfection Lumière Velvet – Review

I recently decided that I’m no longer going to be loading junk onto my face. I’m going to take care of my skin by using makeup that allows my skin to breathe, use sunscreen everyday, and find a skin care routine that works and isn’t insanely harsh. Chanel was one of the first brands I thought of when I decided that I wanted some quality makeup. Initially I was intimidated by the prices associated with their cosmetics, but then I thought of all the crap makeup I’d ever bought, that was a) never the right colour, b) so cheap that it made my skin freak out or c) just so cakey or heavy. I of course wasn’t about to drop hundreds of dollars on new makeup without doing some research first. First, I decided I wanted a liquid foundation, not a powder, then I used Makeup Alley to read reviews on different Chanel liquid foundations. Basically it came down to the Perfection Lumière Velvet and the Perfection Lumière. So I went to a Chanel counter in the mall and asked which foundation would be better for my oily skin, and the Sales Associate recommended the Velvet, because it helps skin stay matte throughout the day. I left the Chanel counter that day with a sample of the Perfection Lumière Velvet in the Beige 40 and the ‘Satisfaction 89’ Rouge Coco Shine lipstick (this was an impulse buy, but well worth it).
When I got home, I immediately tested some on my face and fell in love… Or so I thought.
The next day I used the foundation all over my face. This foundation is a liquid and immediately after it’s applied, it sets as a beautiful light powder. I wore the foundation all day, and it did stay matte as promised in most places. I was still slightly oily in my t-zone, but that’s just my skin, no matter what. The Beige 40 also turned out to be too light for my skin tone, which I could fix by just buying a shade darker. I did notice that around pimples or blemishes, the makeup had dried up and made them flakey. Other than that, the makeup seemed to stay in place. When I washed my face at the end of the day I noticed that I had these little white bumps all over my chin, which I chalked up to just having started a new face washing routine. The next day I used the foundation all over my face again, and that night, same deal, more white bumps. I continued to use the foundation until my sample was done, and I had the same results. Obviously I was sad because I was so excited about using a Chanel product.

In terms of texture, I love the fact that this foundation is a liquid, and that it basically sets as a powder once applied. I did not like that it accentuated pimples or blemishes by making them flakey.
I personally loved the scent of this foundation. It has this really light, fresh, floral scent that fades after having the makeup on for a couple of hours.
I wouldn’t buy this foundation again, only because it gave me some weird acne, but everyone’s skin is different, and just because it didn’t work for my oily/acne prone skin, doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else. If you’re wanting some luxurious makeup, I would highly suggest visiting up your local Chanel counter and getting some different samples. You’re sure to find at least one thing worth splurging on that you’ll end up loving.

The Regimen

Hey all!

Just a little over two weeks ago I started a new skincare routine called “The Regimen”. It is a three step, morning and night routine for washing your face and clearing acne.

Just a little background on my skin: I currently have oily/acne-prone skin. I started getting acne when I was probably 13 or near the end of junior high. Being a teenager, I was so self conscious about it. Looking back I realize that I probably saw it as a much worse problem than everyone else, but isn’t that always how it goes? Anyways, during my first year of having acne, I would wash my face with anything from the drugstore or from Walmart that promised acne-free skin. Scrubs, foaming cleansers, gel cleansers, you name it, I’ve tried it. I remember at one point, after starting high school, I found these “all-natural” pills online, that claimed to clear your skin from the inside out. I begged my parents to buy them for me. I took them for a little while and they helped a bit but not enough to get rid of the acne. I eventually stopped taking them because they were expensive, and because I didn’t see any significant results. Eventually, I jumped on the ProActiv band wagon. I used it for roughly three months. During that time, my skin did clear, and people did notice the change. It was nice to finally have my skin somewhat under control. I say somewhat, because if I skipped a day or two, the acne was back. It clearly was not a solution. One day I guess it dawned on my parents that maybe I should see a doctor about my skin, but rather than going to a dermatologist, I just went to my family doctor. He prescribed me some pills, which, if I remember correctly, were minocycline pills. This was supposed to kill the acne from the inside. He also prescribed me a white cream of sorts that I was to apply in the morning and before bed, after washing my face. Just the pills were enough to clear my acne and control the constant oil. So I took these pills and used this cream until the acne was gone. After I stopped taking the pills and using the cream, I was able to just use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub as a daily cleanser and that was enough to keep my skin mostly clear. Then one day in high school, my skin started breaking out again. I tried to get my hands on the cream that my family doctor had prescribed me a year earlier and they had stopped making it, and my family doctor had retired, so the search began again. I went to a walk in clinic near my house and was prescribed Benzaclin. I would use this in conjunction with my apricot scrub, and it worked so well! It was the easiest skin care routine I had ever done. I would just wash my face and apply the Benzaclin. No pills involved. After doing this for a couple of years, I started getting small skin coloured zits all over my forehead. They weren’t insanely noticeable, but they were so annoying! The Benzaclin cleared every part of my face except the small bumps on my forehead. Then just recently, as in two months ago, I started to break out on my chin. At one point I had at least six pimples/zits on my chin… So frustrating! I mean, here I was, having been basically clear for years and all of a sudden, this disgusting breakout near my mouth. I gave my skin some time. I washed with my apricot scrub as usual and applied the Benzaclin. This just did nothing for the minefield of acne on my chin. So I started using a gentle toner from The Body Shop. This helped slightly, but not enough. I switched cleansers, which also didn’t work, then the acne got worse. I started getting acne on my cheeks and on my nose again, which hadn’t happened since the beginning of high school. I felt like I was being thrown right back into my teenage years of having embarrassing acne, and feeling like everywhere I went, people were staring straight into the eyes of every nasty pimple on my face. So I started doing research. I figured that because I’ve cleaned up my eating in the last couple of years, my skin might benefit a lot from also taking some vitamins. I started by taking a women’s multivitamin, some extra vitamin A which is great for skin and eye health, some zinc, and some selenium, which is a super anti-oxidant. Then after watching lots of Youtube videos and looking online, I ordered The Regimen, which you can buy from here –> Acne.Org!

The Regimen includes a gentle, foaming, facial cleanser, 2.5% Benzol Peroxide gel, and a moisturizer. You can order the system in different sizes. I bought the 8oz size, just to try it out. This size is supposed to last you roughly 30-40 days. The Regimen comes with very specific instructions, which you can read for yourself in the picture provided.

I received The Regimen on the October 2nd, and started using it that same night. Today I’m basically halfway through my first month on The Regimen. Let me just say, this stuff works. The thing that I believe to be different about it, is that the guy who created The Regimen, Dan Kern, has a list of drugstore products you can use like The Regimen, if you can’t get your hands on the actual Regimen.

The morning after using The Regimen for the first time, my skin was already better. A couple days in, my chin, jawline, and near my mouth had at least eight pimples! I know. I freaked out. I was angry, and I was sad. Every other part of my face was dry and so flaky. I’d been used to having the oiliest skin around town, and now, my skin was so dry, and so tight. Talk about extremes. For the first week, I swore off all kinds of makeup, to aid in my skin clearing up. On the 8th day, I literally was like screw it! I need the makeup. One pimple would disappear, and another big, ugly pimple would form. In a rage, I started doing more research on Acne.Org about breaking out, and was immediately comforted to know that everyone else who had ever used The Regimen had experienced an initial skin “purge”. I wasn’t alone and knew that the pimples from hell were normal. So I put on the best makeup I could find to conceal what I could. Right now I’m into Chanel’s Perfection Lumière. This was fine. Thirteen days in my skin finally started clearing up. Today, I do have scars from the giant pimples, but no new acne. My skin is still slightly dry, but nowhere near as flaky and tight as it was during the first week. I’ve really noticed that the redness in my skin is significantly reduced. My skin also has a healthy glow that I can’t really explain. It’s like my skin is the colour and tone that it’s supposed to be, and my cheeks are slightly flushed, like I’m wearing a sheer blush, it’s hard to explain, other than the scars on my chin, my skin just looks healthy. The benzol peroxide still makes me itchy and dry in some spots, but everywhere else my skin seems to have found a euphoric balance. Not dry, not oily, just normal skin. I’m still waiting on all of the dryness to disappear, but at this point I’m not worried. I know The Regimen is working. If you’re struggling with acne or cystic acne, please, please, please try The Regimen! Visit Acne.Org and do some research, read reviews, and take Dan Kern’s advice!

I’ll be doing an update when I finish my bottles of The Regimen. I’ll also be posting some lovely  before and after photos of my skin!

 

Wisconsin/Chicago

Clearly I’m horrible at posting things on time! I’ll be adding photos to this post later!

On Monday, August the 25th 2014, my boyfriend and I left Winnipeg with my aunt, uncle, cousin and his girlfriend for Wisconsin. My cousin had a basketball tournament in Chicago, and Wisconsin Dells was one of our many stops on his basketball tournament, road trip. My aunt rented a van, which my uncle drove the entire time (such a trooper!). The drive time from Winnipeg to Wisconsin is approximately eleven hours. After leaving Winnipeg on the evening of the 25th, we stopped at almost every rest area to use restrooms and take power naps. We Finally made it to Wisconsin the next day, on the 26th. We checked into our hotel later than anticipated because of our excessive stopping on the drive there. we stayed at the Mount Olympus Village in the water park, so we had a cool themed room.  My cousin, his girlfriend, Johnny and I only had a couple of hours to explore the water park so we swam and went on as many slides as we could, and we rode a roller coaster. I had a lot of “firsts” on this road trip, and one of the more exciting ones, was eating at Culver’s for the first time! They’re this fast food chain that sells burgers, fries, other standard fast food type items. Apparently, Wisconsin is pretty famous for their dairy production, so Culver’s had Wisconson Cheese Curds!!! I had cheese curds for supper that night. Mcdonald’s has nothing on Culver’s. The restaurant (can I even call it that?) itself is well known for their frozen custard and their insane flavour variety, and being an avid pumpkin lover (I don’t only “love” pumpkin in the fall) I had a pumpkin custard shake. We only stayed in Wisconsin for one night, so we were up really early the next morning, to make the three hour drive towards Chicago. Our first stop in Chicago was obviously the United Center to see the home of the Chicago Bulls, and to take a thousand photos of the Jordan Statue outside of the stadium. After seeing the statue, my cousins basketball team and everyone else on the road trip had planned to see a couple of other specific touristy spots and stop for lunch/dinner at a deep dish pizza joint, but driving around Chicago in a big group ended with us being separated from the group. Based on sheer luck, the six of us found the Navy Pier, and walked along the boardwalk and had lunch there instead. The boardwalk somewhat reminded me of the boardwalk from the Jersey Shore, which I’ve only ever seen on TV. The Navy Pier was very scenic and beautiful, had a ton of little shops and restaurants and even had a small amusement park. We mostly just had lunch here and took a lot of pictures. After having been up super early and walking around all day, we finally checked into the Comfort Inn & Suites at 530 West North Avenue in the evening and then my uncle drove up and down the main street near our hotel, until we decided to eat at a Chinese buffet a couple minutes away. Because it was 10:00PM, and because we were starving and tired, we ate as much as we could and acted as if this was the best Chinese buffet in the world. The next night, we ordered in from Giordano’s which is Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza place. The pizza was like heaven, and was so deep dish, that it had to be eaten with a fork. The bread that they send with their food, is also amazing. They’re just standard dinner rolls but they tasted like they were baked fresh! The next night I had White Castle for the first time, which I had extremely high expectations for. Everyone on the road trip was surprised that I’d never eaten at White Castle despite the fact that I’ve been to the States so many times. Let me just say that I was soooo disappointed after having White Castle. It wasn’t anything special. The food was sub par and super salty. Thumbs down.

Saturday, August 30th, was the first day of my cousins actual basketball tournament. His team won their first game. Later that night we ate at an authentic Mexican restaurant called Las Islas Marias which was a couple blocks from our hotel. This was place was the best Mexican restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. The restaurant had a very family oriented vibe in terms of the staff and the relationship that the staff had with the large families eating at the restaurant. Their menu had so many things to choose from, as well as an extensive drink menu. Our waitress was the sweetest girl ever. We ended up liking the restaurant so much, that we ate there the next night as well. The food is priced extremely well, the wait staff is amazing and quick and the food was to die for.

Sunday, my cousin played his second game, and lost, which meant they were out of the tournament, so we spent the day at the Brookfield Zoo! The weather was gorgeous so all the animals were out. I made the mistake of not dressing comfortably, so a couple hours in, my feet were hurting and my dress was irritating me. The Brookfield Zoo was so much cooler than the zoo in Winnipeg, but I guess it’s typical to think your hometown zoo is never as neat as others. The general entrance fee for adults at the zoo was roughly $17.00, which was good considering we were in the zoo looking around for more than five hours. That night, we relaxed at the hotel and did facials, which we bought, prepackaged from Walmart.

At some point on this trip, we did visit the Millennium Park, where we took super touristy photos with the giant, silver jelly bean.

The next morning, we got up early, packed, and left Chicago. We stopped in Wisconsin to get gas and have Culver’s AGAIN! YAY! So good. We drove through Minneapolis, stopped at the Eagan Outlets for six hours, spent the last of our money, then drove to Fargo. We spent the night at some chain hotel I can’t remember the name of, where nothing was working. The pool was out of order, none of the vending machines worked, and their ice dispensers were broken, but their continental breakfast had a lot of variety! On the morning of September 2nd, we checked out of the hotel, got McDonalds and Starbucks, stopped at Sam’s Club, where I impulsively purchased a Swarovski bracelet that was over $100.00, then we drove home.

My first time in Chicago was so much fun. It is definitely a neat and lively place to visit! I’m glad Johnny and I got to cross this beautiful city off of our travel list.

Tiny Tea Review: Halfway point

Yesterday was day 7 out of 14 on the Tiny Tea Teatox, and honestly I haven’t noticed anything life changing/worth blogging for paragraphs about. I will say that I have had a little bit more energy, I just feel fresh in the mornings when I wake up, but this could be for a number of different reasons. I recently got a new gel pillow that lets me sleep at night like no other, and as of late, I’ve also been taking a women’s multivitamin, and other vitamins to aid in cleaning my body from the inside out. I will do a full review on day 14. See you all then!

Minnesota & North Dakota

It’s been a long time since I last blogged, and a long time since I was actually on this road trip, so I’m writing this entry purely from memory, ticket stubs and poorly taken photos from my iPhone! I went on this road trip with my mom, boyfriend, mom’s best friend, and mom’s best friends 9 year old son.

Johnny did all the driving… What a trooper. We were initially supposed to rent a van, but it was going to cost us almost $1000.00 so we took my brothers pickup truck instead. We left on the morning of July 26th, 2014 and started our four hour drive towards Fargo, North Dakota. There, we stopped at West Acres Mall, and had lunch. I had Taco John’s for the first time which was like any other Mexican, fast food place. Surprise, surprise. After lunch we drove another three-ish hours to Albertville, Minnesota to shop at the Albertville Premium Outlets. I’m almost positive that I only bought a black tulip skirt, and a white cotton and lace cardigan from a store called Pebble Boutique. We shopped until the outlet was closed and then drove just under an hour to our hotel, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Northwood Inn & Suites. This hotel was cheap to stay in, but everything about the hotel was less than great. We would ask for clean towels or extra toilet paper and a lot of the time, the hotel staff would say that they didn’t have any or that they were “running low” so it always seemed like a huge issue asking for things. Also, the hotel says they provide “complimentary breakfast” but it’s really only pre-packaged, over sugared, danishes, coffee, tea, and juice. Our sheets were only changed once, during our five night stay with them, and they never vacuumed the carpet. One of the only plus sides of staying at this hotel, was that we were less than five minutes from the Mall Of America.

On our first full day in Minneapolis, Johnny and I went to watch our first MLB game! We watched the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox! We got two amazing seats for just over $120.00. Johnny and I wanted the full American, baseball experience so we bought beer, other drinks, and all the kiosk food that we could eat. I also got a “meal in a cup” which is a caesar, plus your choice of either a mini burger or bratwurst! Also, any time I’ve ordered a caesar while in the United States, they always give me a beer! Which I guess is supposed to complement the caesar somehow, which is amazing, because it’s like getting a free drink. In Winnipeg, if you order a caesar, you only get a caesar, and you might get a good stick of celery, if you’re lucky.

The next day, we went to the Minnesota Zoo, which took us a total of five hours to get through. Lots of walking, bathroom breaks, and stops for ice cream and snacks. I also RODE A CAMEL! It was $6.00 for a ride that lasted two minutes tops, but it was so fun! The zoo in general was beautiful and had so many different things to see and do. One of my favourite parts was the butterfly garden. After walking all day at the zoo, we went to the mall and had dinner at the Cadillac Ranch. I ordered a steak, and these fries called “loaded fries” that I can’t stop thinking about. They were perfectly cooked, and had bacon, cheese and green onions on them.

On the day of July 29th, Johnny took me to see the “Barbie –  The Dreamhouse Experience” exhibit that was happening at the mall. It was extremely exciting, and extremely pink. I was the only girl in the exhibit that was over the age twelve, that was not accompanying someone under the age of twelve. And Johnny, being the best boyfriend ever, was the only boy in the exhibit who wasn’t there with his younger sister or daughter. Barbie’s house was everything I expected and more. That girl has it made. We shopped after seeing Barbie’s house and then went to the “Beatles Exhibit“. Unlike the Barbie exhibit, we weren’t allowed to take very many pictures, because of all the rare photos and items that were featured in the exhibit. One of the coolest things they had was the actual jacket worn by Ringo Starr, in the Abbey Road photo. Not like a replica, or the same jacket, it was the one that Ringo Starr wore… it touched his flesh, and they had it in a glass case at this exhibit. There were a lot of authentic audio clips that were of news reporters on scene of The Beatles arriving in a city to do a concert, or of The Beatles doing interviews. The exhibit also had a lot of rare, up close photos of the band, taken by their manager, who was also a professional photographer. After the exhibit, we ate at a restaurant called Crave. Their menu was huge and featured everything from burgers to sushi. It’s a bit pricier, but beyond worth it. The restaurant is dimly lit, and has a really intimate vibe. The food is presented so beautifully, and you can actually taste the quality and time put into their meals.

Our last night in Minneapolis, Johnny and I ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp for the first time. The food and service were amazing. We got a free Bubba Gump Shrimp cocktail mixer because we spent a certain amount, or because we got two alcoholic beverages, I can’t remember. The mixer was a cute touch, and a nice souvenir.

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– E

Montreal

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On April 29th, 2014 to May 7th, 2014, my boyfriend and I went to Montreal! I’m really excited to be writing my first post in the “Travels” section of my blog!

We had sporadically planned this trip because, we had both never been to Montreal, we have a friend, named Kareem, living in Montreal who could show us around, and in the seven years that we’ve been dating, it was our first ‘plane’ trip together! YAY! We also recently decided that we should go on a trip to at least one Canadian province a year, until we’ve been to all thirteen together.

I’m one of those people who takes hardly any pictures on trips because I’m so busy taking it all in and having fun, that I can’t be bothered to pull out my camera every time I see something remotely interesting.

Even though Johnny and I both went to a French Immersion high school, we didn’t even try to speak French. We thought we would, but then we got there, realized how beautifully everyone in Montreal could speak French, and didn’t want to embarrass ourselves by trying. I did come to learn that the people in Montreal aren’t quite as nice to you when they realize you speak English. Nobody was plain out rude to us, but if we sat down in a restaurant, and our server realized we spoke English, they almost became snobby. People seemed annoyed anytime we went about trying to purchase things like a metro pass or ordering food, or even asking questions while shopping because we spoke English. Nonetheless, we still had a tonne of fun seeing the city, and being in a hotel situated in the downtown area where everything was constantly lively.

In Montreal, Johnny and I became pros at taking the metro. We also walked. A lot. Granted, everywhere we went, we constantly saw people walking, no matter what time of day. During our stay it did rain almost every day but that didn’t stop us from doing cool things. We did spend a lot of time in and around Montreal’s shopping mall ‘Centre Eaton’. One of the first touristy things we did was visit ‘Grévin‘ which is a wax museum inside the mall. It features life size wax figures of different celebrities including Barack Obama, Sidney Crosby, The Dalai Lama, Justin Bieber, etc. The tour started off with a neat depiction of the changing of seasons in a large room, this part of the tour was called ‘Le Palais des Saisons’ which translates to ‘The Palace of Seasons’.  The admission was roughly $17.00/person, but it was well worth it to be able to see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, even if only in wax form.

We also went to see the Saputo Soccer Stadium, home of the Montreal Impact soccer team, but because there were no events happening the day we went, we didn’t get to go inside, but we did make a trip around the stadium and got a peek of the field from the outside. Johnny is a huge soccer fan (typical for someone with European blood) so this was one of the things he really wanted to do, so he was bummed that the stadium gift shop was closed.

We visited ‘Espace Pour La Vie Montréal‘ (Space for Life) which included four different parts; the biodome, the insectarium, the botanical garden, and the planetarium. Johnny and I only visited the biodome which was basically an indoor zoo with birds, raccoons, crocodiles, penguins etc.

Our friend from Montreal took us to ‘Mont Royal‘ park where we made a journey uphill (up a thousand stairs) and eventually, you get to the peak which is a massive concrete landing/balcony that overlooks all of Montreal. The walk up killed me, but the view is amazing and no picture, even if it were to be taken with your Nikon Nine Million, would ever do it justice. It’s one of those things you have to see for yourself. This same day we also visited ‘Vieux Montréal‘ which makes you feel like you’re in a different era. It’s amazing with all it’s cobble stoned roads, old buildings, small shops and outdoor entertainment. Our friend insisted that we go to a small shop in Old Montreal called ‘Queues de Castor’ (Beaver Tails) which is a small dessert shack that sells pieces of deep fried dough in the shape of a beaver tail, and if that weren’t unhealthy enough, you also get stuff on your beaver tail, like Nutella, bananas, Skor chocolate pieces with icing, M&M’s, Oreo crumbs… The possibilities are endless. I obviously got Nutella on my beaver tail, and then I practically died of happiness.

Le Distillerie‘ may be my favourite place in the world for drinks. Our friend basically took us to this small lounge that serves alcoholic beverages in pickle jars. The drinks are $17.00 before taxes, but have upwards of 5 shots of alcohol in them and they’re delicious and measure a litre. I had just about tapped out after a quarter ways through my first pickle jar, but managed to finish the rest and then took a shot of tequila. Johnny and Kareem had 3 pickle jars and 3 shots, EACH!

One of the last things we did was visit a hookah bar called ‘Café Arabesque‘. It was my first time ever at a shisha lounge so I was completely enamoured by the idea of smoking without smoking. Kareem seemed to be the pro so he ordered us a grape, mint flavoured coal to smoke and some tea, which is supposed to complement the shisha experience. I did get a light head rush from the shisha so I ordered nachos and fries and drank a caesar and a long island iced tea. The café had a relaxed vibe, and they played good music. The food and drinks were amazing and the decor was cool. Not bad for my first time at a hookah bar. We had to say goodbye to Kareem this night, which sad, as always.

The morning after the hookah bar, Johnny and I left our downtown hotel and checked into a hotel closer to the airport. We relaxed our last night and had dinner at the hotel restaurant, and woke up the next morning and flew back to Winnipeg.

We were really sad to leave Montreal. There was so much to see, and the liveliness of the people and of the city is really special. Johnny and I are already thinking about our next visit to Montreal.

Next year is British Columbia!

List of places we visited (that weren’t mentioned above, in chronological order, to the best of my memory):

  • Hotel Visitel: If you want to stay somewhere cheap, clean, and central, this is it. We loved staying here.
  • Presse Cafe: Johnny and I were walking around in the rain aimlessly one night, and decided to stop for tea, coffee and dessert.
  • Saint Cinnamon: Fast food place that I had lunch from our first day in Montreal.
  • St. Hubert: This is the first sit down restaurant we ate at. Super standard chicken and rib joint. The food was decent.
  • Nickels: An old school diner style restaurant with amazing food!
  • Les 3 Brasseurs: Restaurant we had lunch at while we were out shopping. Our waitress wasn’t nice, but the food was amazing.
  • Travelodge Hotel: We checked into this hotel for our last night in Montreal because we had a really early flight the next morning. The guy at the front desk was a snob, and that’s putting it nicely.
  • Venezia: Italian restaurant inside the Travelodge Hotel. We ate here twice in a day. Once before we checked into the hotel, and later that day for supper. Our server was the nicest guy on our entire trip.

– E

 

Gone Girl

“…I was playing the girl who was in style, the girl a man like Nick wants: the Cool Girl. Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.

Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl…”

 

Right now, I’m reading Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. The passage above is one of my favourites in all of what I’ve read so far. Such an amazing book. The writing, and the characters are brilliant. I definitely wanted to get a jump on finishing the book before the movie comes out!

 

More lifestyle change/eating plan stuff

I feel like I haven’t blogged in a really long time, but it’s only been 6 days.

So after I finished the first cycle of the 17 Day Diet, I decided that I would go on and blog about the second cycle immediately after. That didn’t happen. From the moment I finished cycle 1, up until about this past Saturday, I’ve been indulging like it’s going out of style. Granted, I did try to eat as healthy as possible the past week, every single time someone has presented me with some sort of dessert, or something deep fried, I gladly accepted. Yesterday I had a breakthrough and realized that I didn’t want to undo all my hard work during cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet, so I should probably stop stuffing my face with crap, and just eat healthy and workout. So yesterday, that is what I did. I started with day 1 of the second cycle, and I just thought I would let everyone know that I’m only going to blog about my journey through the second cycle every couple of days. And again, to keep peoples interest I will be posting ‘after’ pictures at the end of cycle 2! Yayyy!

Anyways, blogging every couple of days will leave me more time to blog about more interesting things… Like clothes, and makeup, and nails!

– E

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 7

A WEEK DOWNNNN! 10 days to go! Here’s my review for day 7/March 17th, 2014

My day went extremely well (minus one bubble tea)! I had a healthy breakfast with lots of protein and tea and water. I worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex, had a shower, had a chicken stir fry for lunch with my boyfriend, and then did two hours of shopping, which to me, is basically two hours of cardio.

Tonight for supper I made myself CAULIFLOWER RICE! For the amazing recipe, visit Stephanie Eusebi’s blog! So anyways, I made this rice just how Stephanie suggested, except I didn’t have any turmeric, so I used cumin instead. Let me just say, as an asian person, I love rice. It’s a staple and I’m used to the idea of having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, I like my rice white, nice and starchy and carby. This cauliflower rice is amazing, it has the consistency and texture of rice, and it’s white, it really did trick me tonight. Adding the cumin made it taste like basmati rice, I just about died and went to heaven. I ate this rice with a baked chicken breast, and it was extremely filling. This is the best rice dupe ever, I still don’t believe it’s cauliflower. Anyways, THANKS A BUNCH STEPHANIE EUSEBI!

After supper my boyfriend started talking about bubble tea… Evidently, we left the house to get some. I had a green tea/almond bubble tea with half the bubbles. UGHHH! I went to Value Village to walk around with my bubble tea. I ended up trying on 30 million different items (that was a chore) and walked out with a dress, and a beautiful floral scarf, which are both in the wash right now! So that was my day. It was perfect minus the bubble tea. Close enough. Here are some pictures of things that make me happy:

 

This is my lovely 'E' mug that I like to drink my tea out of every single morning. Notice that I'm also in bed. Best combination, I swear.

This is my lovely ‘E’ mug that I like to drink my tea out of every single morning. Notice that I’m also in bed. Best combination, I swear.

This is Cooper. He's the cutest thing I own. I wake up to him every morning, and then we drink tea in bed together.

This is Cooper. He’s the cutest thing I own. I wake up to him every morning, and then we drink tea in bed together.