Tuesday, June 24, 2014

☁︎ YourTea ☁︎ Tiny Tea 14-Day Detox [Review] [Sponsored] ☁︎

Ladies & Gents

Have you ever wanted to try one of those detox programs to fight bloating and to flush out toxins from your system for a more healthy body? Growing up, I always worried about my weight since I am not as skinny as most Asian girls are, and even went through a phase where I purchased herbal weight-loss teas. I tried & LOVED the Triple Leaf Tea's "Dieter's Green" which actually really helped me when I was losing weight.

Nowadays I am much more comfortable in my own skin and haven't been gung-ho about losing weight, but Your Tea's Tiny Tea detox seemed pretty interesting since it boasts cleansing and nourishing your digestive system. That will lead to higher energy levels, lower stomach bloating, and even better, clearer skin! 

I've read other's testimonies on the product and people seem to be very pleased with it and it's quite popular. I'm more on the skeptical side. Now, I'm a tea fan and I know that teas are very good for you and some will do the above-mentioned things, but I don't think drinking a tea alone will magically do all those things for you. Having a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and clean-eating will ultimately really lead to the changes you want. 

Anyways, on to YourTea's Tiny Tea Teatox (14 day). This company offers a completely organic range of products and its teas are based on traditional Chinese herb blends. I think they are based in Australia, because on the side of the packaging it says "created by Aussies," but the product itself is manufactured in Hong Kong (fun fact: VitaSoy is an organic product and also manufactured in HK).

✿ What I Think 

I really love the eco packaging; it makes me more confident in the product :3 Beautiful packaging automatically makes me think it is a better quality product :P

It says you're supposed to drink this tea twice a day on an empty stomach either half an hour before, or after your meal (for optimal results). I sort of drank it from the morning throughout the rest of the day because that's what I usually do with my other teas :P

People have different opinions on the taste; some love it, some hate it. In my opinion it tastes like traditional Chinese teas you'd get at restaurants (although it does have a more medicinal smell when you inhale it). Maybe like a black tea or pu'er tea. It wasn't really anything special. I don't add sweeteners to my teas, but it says you can add honey or lemon to it to taste if you don't like it. 

My Trial Run

** For my 2 week test run, I didn't exercise or change anything about my lifestyle. ** 
Sorry guys, it was Finals Week >////<

✿ I noticed by the second day that I had much higher energy levels (I usually get sleepy by 11-12 at night, but after drinking this, I didn't even feel tired until 3 am O_O). I was wondering why I couldn't sleep and realized that it was the boost of energy from the tea!! No wonder it says not to take at night :0 I started to limit intake to morning and afternoons. 

✿ My skin was CLEARER!! Omg. And this isn't even formulated specifically for clearer skin, but I'm serious :O I have breakouts every once in a while and it gets more noticeable during exam weeks. After I drank this tea for a while, I felt like my breakouts weren't too bad anymore :O It may be a combination of things, but I really think this helped. 

✿ As for the non-bloating, I didn't see too much of a difference since I haven't been exercising and have been eating junk to fuel me through studies. However, towards the end of my two weeks, I finished finals and came home where the tea did seem to make a difference!! I lost a couple of pounds, maybe with the combination of mom's healthy home cooking and lack of junk food. 

I hope this was helpful to those of you who are thinking about trying this tea out!!

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

Sunday, June 22, 2014

☁︎ All Black Everything ☁︎ California ☁︎ Part Two - Instagram Meet Up ☁︎

Thank you for tuning into Part Two!! If you missed it, please check out part one here :3

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And then... it was time to meet Lynnie!!!~ 
@Lynnspiiration (check out her amazing Instagram for the hottest fashions and trends!! She's also one of the most amazingly loving and inspiring people I know)

Steve took a quick photo for us in this cute little hallway. Don't you love it? 
San Francisco is probably my most favorite city in the world. So beautiful and full of history. Perfect for a little history buff like me hehe ♡

We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner with her, her hubbie, @heyitsannabanana (also such an AMAZING fashionista **too hot in here** check out her Instagram!!), @krissypkreme, and @christinereyes. I just met Krissy and Christine for the first time ever here. They're such sweet girls!!   Just check all of them out XD 

 Lighting is great for ambience, but terrible for photos. So we had to pop out the flash >///<
Look at all that overexposure hehe.

Lynnie, Steve & Eken 

From Left to Right: Anna (@heyitsannabanana), Lynnie (@Lynnspiiration), Krissy (@krissypkreme), me, Carmen (@caarmenleez), Christine (@christinereyes) 
Lighting is much better downstairs in Macy's lobby.

Seriously, I have been following Anna and Lynnie for Idunnohowlonganymore.
Amazing to see them in person and they are just the BEST girls ever! The sweetest, most down-to-earth, everythinggoodhere, girls ever. 

Blurred photo of Anna and I
It's like talking with old friends! Can't get over how much it felt like we already knew each other!
Missing them already. 

got a kissie from Lynnie >//3//^ waaaaaaah too psyched.  
We love you so much, can't wait for your next trip back here!! 
@Lecinlurve Cindy my Twinnie!!! We miss youuuuu!!!

[I actually met up with Cindy (who omg, seriously such a sweetheart who has the biggest heart of gold) last December!! I wasn't really blogging then, but she was my second IG meet up, the first being @Asian_Impressions ♡ 

Anna came after this photo :< We all wished she was in it too.

♡ Until next time... 

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

Thursday, June 19, 2014

☁︎ All Black Everything ☁︎ California ☁︎ Part One ☁︎

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to all my Dearests, 

Today I want to share an outfit with you guys that I wore for @Lynnspiiration's Instagram Meet-Up in San Francisco ♡ This is part one of two, so stay tuned for the actual meet-up!!
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 It's very rare that I dress in all black, especially now that the weather is warm. But here I am: wearing all black everything on a beautiful day in San Francisco to see some of the sweetest girls on Instagram +_____+ 

California Tank - Random Boutique
Black Cardigan - Cotton On
Polka Dot Shorts (fave) - Forever 21
Boots - Forever 21
Bag - Juicy Couture
This picture is taken at Blondie's Pizza. We stopped by here for a quick bite because my brother Steve  (@steezyyy) was hungry and I just really love the cool design of their stairwell. My BB Carmen (@caarmenleez) took this photo. 

Location: Blondie's Pizza 
Union Square
63 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone number

Before the meet up, I went with my babes Carmen and Steve to Uniqlo because I wanted pictures on the rainbow staircase (heehee). I couldn't ever get a shot since the store's opening (until now) because nobody would be as shameless as she and I. It was so fun because there were people going up and down and we had to rush to take these the second there wasn't anyone walking. 

I really love this 'California' tank. Wish I had a close-up to show you! 
Super comfortable material with 'California' in floral!!

This one was taken by Steve. He didn't want one with us :< Don't you love the stairs? 
They're rainbow and change colors.  

Location: Uniqlo 
Union Square
111 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

xoxoxo from Carmen and I 
And of course, we got thirsty and went to a cute cafe for refreshments. 

I got Original Green Tea Boba and Carmen got Blueberry Boba. 
Steve was boring and didn't want anything because he doesn't like cute little quaint sandwich cafes. =___= why be a party pooper Steve?!?!

The milk teas here are so cheap. Only like, $3.80 for one huge cup. 
I would guess about 16 oz. or more. Boba consistency is really great and drinks aren't too sweet. LOVE. 

Steve & I -- Yes, he's my 5' 10", 15 year old, younger brother. 
I kind of like the flash of light here. 
Carmen caught it right as the car was passing by and reflected light. 

Location: Caffe Central
Union Square
170 O'farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

After refreshments, we went to H&M because Steve wanted to check out the men's section for "cool" jackets. I dunno la, it's warm now so not many jackets are being sold. But in SF, the weather is always cool, year-round. Especially in the early mornings and evenings. 

While he looked around, Carmen and I took mirror-photos -- LOL #noshame = us 

I realized our outfits are yin-yang -- I'm the devil, she's the angel.
But don't be fooled guys, she can be a devil too ;D (hahahahahaha love you babe) xoxo

Nice citizens in the background :3 

Really loving the lighting in there. No filters or anything needed! 

Location: H&M
Union Square
150 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Hope you enjoyed part one and *sorta* visiting Union Square in SF with us! 
If you ever wanted to, or thought about visiting, please do come to San Francisco. You won't regret it.

Stay tuned for part two if you'd like to meet some of the most amazing girls on Instagram :3

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

Monday, June 16, 2014

✿ Pink Florals & Cream Cardigan ✿

My Chocolate BonBons, 

How are you all doing!? Summer is here and I've been so happy with the amount of daylight we have now (even at 8 PM there is still light out)!!~ I feel so energized and motivated to get things done ♡ 

Unfortunately there was a mechanical error with my Samsung camera and I returned it instead of getting it fixed because I was scared it would happen again >////< So I'm camera-hunting again!! 

☁︎ Anyways!! ☁︎

Today I've a cute little outfit to share with you all <3 It's very simple and comfortable
yet sweet and great for this warm weather. 

 I'm super in love with sweet pastel colors, especially pinks and creams. I think they're so soft and feminine, and will make you feel extra pretty & girly throughout your day. 

I got this pink dress at Forever 21 a looooong time ago and never even wore it because I forgot I had it =____= It's strapless, and under the skirt are shorts, so you don't have to worry about the wind blowing and revealing your unmentionables :P

See the cute white button detailing on the dress?
The cardigan is a bat-wing one that's really flowy and comfortable. 
I purchased it from a random boutique. It says "finesse" on the brand label. I dunno. 

So sorry for the blurry photo of the sandals. I actually don't have a shot of them, 
so I cropped this and it's super bad quality :P 

I got these from a random boutique as well. They're so cute right? Super comfortable and easy to walk in because they're wedges. 

Pink Dress - Forever 21
Cardigan - Finesse ???
White Wedges - ???

Hope you enjoyed this post!! Let me know in your comments what you think!! 

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

Saturday, June 14, 2014

☁︎ Favorite Daiso Lashes ☁︎ Dolly Eyelash ドーリーアイラッシュ #6 [Review] ☁︎

☁︎ Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to my Precious Kittens ☁︎

When I was just starting out with false eyelashes in high school, I used to get them from Daiso where they were cheap and you could purchase a whole variety of looks just to experiment with without losing out on large sums of money.

After a little bit, I discovered my favorite style from Daiso. It's called the "Dolly Eyelash" and is model #6. Please refer to the picture because there really isn't a "brand" that I can give you the name of.

I've since found this look in Dolly Wink #1 "Dolly Cute." Of course, it's very possible that every brand of eyelash has a model that looks similar to this.

But today I was cleaning and throwing things out from high school years and found a whole bunch of the Daiso #6's among the stuff (I used to stock up on them).  I decided to put them on and see how they are on current-day-Cindy.

They look cute of course, very dolly-like :3

However, they are not too comfortable... obviously because they are only $1.50. The lash band is hard and not too flexible. The individual lash fibers themselves are also very plasticky and has that "sheen" that more expensive lashes don't have. I also feel like they are heavier than other brands and I've heard that heavy lashes will cause more damage to your sensitive eyelids over time. Eek.

If you want to purchase these, you can probably find them at your closest Daiso because I think they still sell this model. You won't find this exact same one anywhere else though because this brand is made for Daiso only. The price should still be $1.50 and you don't have too much to lose. However, be prepared to feel the eyelash sitting on your eyes, and keep in mind that heavy lashes can damage the skin around your eyes.

Packaging: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Lash Quality: ⭐︎⭐︎
Lash Comfort: ⭐︎
Lash Style: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Price: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

What are your favorite eyelash brands and styles? Do you prefer dolly or natural, and when do you usually wear them? 

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

Monday, June 9, 2014

♡ Dolly Wink Eyelash Fix [Review] ♡

My Dearest Kittens, 

If you have read my previous Dolly Wink lash posts, you'll know that I really love the glue that comes with the eyelashes in the small tubes!! I was really surprised actually: "Also, I usually used the DUO glue for my false lashes, but I ran out and tried the dolly wink glue that comes in the package. It's actually super super good!! I even cried in them and rubbed my eyes and it's still fine. Wow lol," is what I said before. 

☁︎  Funny Story Time ☁︎

I applied my false lashes for a date that I was going on with my Tubbie and didn't realize we would be driving with the car top down on the freeway. Of course, I hate driving without the car top because the sun burns, my hair tries to fly away and gets all tangled in the process, and this time.... I had false lashes on... O_O  

I didn't have any lash glue with me and was so scared that by the time we reached out destination, my lashes would be hanging off and I'd look like a fool! BUT *gasp* we arrived after driving 75 mph on the freeway, getting harassed by the sun, my hair all tangled, and my lashes still perfectly intact after fluttering around haphazardly. Dolly Wink, you have me amazed. You are such a good product huuuuuuuuu TT ^ TT Love you forever..... 

☁︎     ☁︎     End of Funny Story.. on to the review!     ☁︎     ☁︎

So of course the next time I have to purchase eyelash glue, I go for the Dolly Wink one. And it was extremely disappointing...

The packaging is extremely sweet as always 
But the actual tube itself feels kind of cheap and light-weight. 
It's not a squeezable tube. It's actually a brush-on glue. 
And it has a scent to it.. maybe green apple? I'm not sure, but I'm not a fan 
because I don't like green apple LOL.

I feel like this glue and the glue that comes in the packaging are different. In fact, I'm SURE they are different. The one that comes with the lashes is thicker in texture, more rich. This one is more diluted. Although it has done its job so far, I feel less confident with this glue than the packaged one. Do you girls know if eyelash glues can expire?... I wonder if that's why mine was diluted?? 

Needless to say I'm quite sad--I had such high hopes and really expected the same quality glue that comes with the packaging... I got it at our Mitsuwa's beauty section for a little over $14 and it just isn't worth it. I see it on Amazon for $16.80!! That's just really steep for eyelash glue... It's a bit cheaper on eBay (starting from ~$13) but I don't know about purchasing beauty products there due to some retailers that sell fake product. 

All in all..

Packaging: ♡♡♡
Quality: ♡♡
Price: ♡♡

I'll most likely be going back to DUO which is half this price and thicket texture. Which eyelash glue do you use & recommend? Have you tried this Dolly Wink one before?

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

Friday, June 6, 2014

✿ Shiseido N2 False Eyelashes [Review] ✿

Dearest Sunshine BBs, 

Today I'm wearing a pair of Shiseido eyelashes that Kevin picked up for me when he went back to Japan over the summer. He's always thoughtful and just mass-purchases so many things for me, I'm really so blessed to have such a kind bf X3

 Here they are  

Gorgeously clear finishing
Blends well with eyes, natural eyelashes
Instructions on application
I've seen these lashes online from around $25 or so, which is pretty expensive. The cheapest I've seen is on eBay for $19.99 + $3.99 shipping & handling. And to be honest, I don't think they are worth the money. 

Upon opening the box, there are two sets of lashes and a generous tube of Shiseido lash glue. I'm not sure if it's because I've had these for almost a year and never opened them or what, but removing the lashes from the packaging was actually quite difficult as the adhesive that sticks the lash to the plastic was quite strong. I had to use tweezers and usually my fingers are nimble enough to remove the lashes with ease and without damaging the lash. But even when using tweezers, the lashes were stuck on pretty tight. A single lash fiber was broken off of each one =___= I promise you I was being very gentle. 

The lashes themselves are actually quite short also (from one end of the lash bone to the other). These are meant to be very natural, hence the shortness. But they don't actually reach from my inner to outer corners of my eye :0 So they sort of sit right in the middle. The lash fibers themselves are also of conservative length. One can wear these to work and school. 

Before - No lashes
After - Lashes
Sorry for the really unclear photo. My eyeliner was done too thick for this set of lashes. I'm not used to applying natural & shorter lashes :P 

Although the lashes are not of the best quality (kind of brittle when removing from packaging), they are VERY comfortable when applied on the eyes. You definitely don't feel them much at all. The lash bone is very soft and flexible and adheres to your eye shape perfectly.

The glue that comes with the lashes is very, very good. It is not diluted and useless like some glues are and I'm really happy it came in such a large tube (although the lashes themselves probably won't last very long).

Side(ish) view with bottom lashes
Packaging: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Lash Quality: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Lash Comfort: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Glue: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Price: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

What do you think of Shiseido false lashes? Have you tried them? Are your experiences the same?

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

✿ Meipai!!~ Adorable Chinese Video Sharing App ☁︎

Hi ChocolateBunnies ☁︎

I'm a little excited right now because I just made my first Meipai short video :3 It's really popular amongst Chinese people (because it's actually a Chinese app), but you don't need to be able to read it to use it to make your own short 10 second video! It's so useful for Instagram and even Vine if you're into that.

Here's my short video of Wanpo and I 


I know you're thinking, "Wow, that seems like a lot of stuff to edit..." But it's not! There are preset options, music, and filters already there for you to choose from! 

I'm going to show you exactly how to do it :3 

So this is 美拍 [Meipai] which translates to Beautiful Capture or Beautiful Shot or Beautiful Recording... you get the idea. 

You're going to need to register to it using Sina Weibo or Facebook. I did Facebook. You can set your settings so that Meipai can only post privately to you if you want. This is a video sharing app so these are real users whom you can follow. 

You're going to click on the little pink button on the bottom-center. 

And you will see this recording screen which looks a lot like the Instagram one :P Hey, at least it's easy to use and familiar for some of us. 

You hold down on the pink recording button and record anything you want. 
You need a minimum of.. I'm not sure how many seconds (it's marked by that little white tick on the buffer strip) and you only have a maximum of 10 seconds. 

When you're satisfied, you will go to the next screen and you can choose to make your video an MV or let it retain its original sound and just apply a filter on top. 

If you click on the music icon, a list of music pops up for you to choose. I love that they have the mood on the right-hand side for easy selection 

When you've finished, you can click on the "Cover" button and choose your thumbnail :3 I LOVE THIS FEATURE SO MUCH. It prevents you from getting those really awkward, unattractive thumbnails XD 

You're gonna hit "Share" and it'll post privately (or publicly or whatever you have set your Facebook to) to Facebook (or Weibo) and you should retain a copy of the video in your camera roll. Make sure you allow Meipai access to your camera roll. 

✿ From there you can just upload it straight to Instagram or wherever else you want :3 ✿ 
Let me know in the comments if you like this app!
 Have fun and hope you enjoyed this post!!  

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽