October 1, 2014

Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Pin Up Review

I wore a grey dress to the wedding I mentioned in my last post, and wanted to use red lips as a statement piece. It was pretty late at night when I came up with the idea, and it happens that I was going to Kohl's. My only reasonable choice was Lorac Alter Ego Lipsticks in Pin Up

It was nice to shop cluelessly for beauty again, you know the ones we did before beauty blogs and youtubers. Anyways, once I got home, I checked the reviews online to find out that people complained about how dry the formula was. So I was pretty afraid I may have to return the product.

But surprisingly, Lorac Alter Ego lipstick in Pin Up was pretty good. It felt bit dry on the lips, but not anymore than any other lip product that lasts for a while. It was still there after drinks and o'devours, but definitely gone after salad. 

The verdict is, I absolutely love the color. It is true red that is plain and classic. The formula is creamy to application and slightly dry on lips. The price point is appealing $16. Would I recommend it? If you know any lipstick that stays after a meal, then go for that. If you don't mind reapplication after a meal, then Lorac Alter Ego lipsticks are affordable option. By the way, if you want to see the color on, then stay tuned for my outfit post for the wedding.

September 29, 2014

Practiced My Blogger Pose ft Coach Classic City Bag

Shoes: Sam Edelman similar // Shorts: American Eagle similar  // Tshirt: H&M // Bag: Coach // Sunglasses: Prada
We had one of the last nice days of the summer fall.  I was not prepared for this weather, so grabbed the first things I saw. Of course my distressed boyfriend denim shorts and basic tee were obvious choices. I would apologize for featuring the same denim shorts over and over again, but I won't because in real life that is what people do. When I decided to do my outfit posts, I decided that I would only post outfits that I actually wear in real life, because the blogsphere is overpopulated with carefully curated ones.  

Coach Classic City Bag is something I purchased for medical school interviews. It is a quality leather bag that is classic and timeless, and appropriate for business occasions as well as casual days. The selling factor is the lack of any branding on the bag, which is exactly what I was looking for. Since then, it has been my go to bag for a while. 

These Sam Edelman sandals are my favorite right now. The chunkly heels are comfortable and the silver straps add the minimal statement piece factor to them. But can you believe I only paid $35 for them? Marshalls and TJ Maxx tend to have some awesome finds from time to time. The trick is to go  often with an open mind without any particular purpose. Anyways, I went to a wedding over this last weekend, and my wedding outfit was my plan for today, but because of today's outfit, I pushed it back to next weekend. So stay tuned for my fall wedding outfit. 

September 27, 2014

Beak n Sciff Apple Orchard Brewery in Upstate New York

The day we went horse riding (missed a post? read it here), we went to an Apple Orchard in Upstate New York called Beak and Sciff. It was just a gorgeous day and the atmosphere could not be more perfect. The music, apple fritters, and hard cider, it was a beautiful Saturday. There is a little shop that sells apple pies, doughnuts, candles, and all sorts of handmade country style items, which we left with two full pies. 

The most fascinating part was the brewery and complimentary tasting they had going on at another building. I tasted all their hard ciders and vodka, and absolutely loved the original hard cider. It was just sweet and bubbly enough. The cute bottles did not hurt either. I am not a hard liquor person, but the vodka had a pretty pleasant after taste. 

They put a lot of effort into decorating this place. One of the most eye catching unique decor was these cider presses. I have no idea how they are used, but it would be interesting to see how the products are made. On that thought, I should find out if they conduct a tour of their brewery, which a lot of small craft beer companies seem to do in the Upstate New York area. 

The Bloody Mary was delicious. It was not until a couple of years ago, I started to like tomato soup, so before then I would have never touched Bloody Mary. But this time, I tried and loved it. It was absolutely delicious. Appetizer anyone? 

This little shop is where the delicious apple fritters came from. I can't even tell you how delicious they were. I think there is something special about buying street food from such a cute country food stops in the fall. 

I have not talked about apple picking, but apple picking is available for anyone who is interested. It actually a nice activity for couples and families. If anyone is interested in a beautiful fall activity in Upstate New York, please do pay a visit at Beak n Sciff and enjoy your day.

September 24, 2014

Skin Food Sampling: Sugar Mask, Makeup Remover, Eye Cream:

When I went home this summer to Asia, I had a layover in South Korea and did some duty free shopping. They were many Korean skincare counters, but I was interested in just sampling a few cheap options. After browsing around, I ended up at SkinFood Counter. 

Skin Food Milk Shake Point Makeup Remover: It is 2 phase makeup remover with a layer that is really white and another layer that is clear. It is actually a pretty good makeup remover that passed the test of water proof mascara. The only problem is it stings, so I don't use it unless I have to. It costed $6-7, which was ok for the price really. 

Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off : It is probably one of the most known product by the brand in blogsphere. I am not surprised why it is so popular. I am not sure what it is supposed to do, but it just makes my skin so soft. I think it is was like $8, which is amazing seriously. I might do a full review in the future.

Skin Food Black Raspberry Eye Cream (wrinkle care) : I am not sure how I feel about this cream. It has a very velvety texture, which I really like when I apply it around my eyes. But afterwards, it seems to water my eyes a little bit. Also it has a very herby scent to it, which I kind of like, but I can see people not liking it. I believe I paid $14 for it. 

Overall, I was impressed with the products for the price I paid for them. The only complaint is that the ingredients are not very chemical conscious, though the name Skin Food implies it. I would recommend you to try out the sugar mask for sure from the brand.

September 22, 2014

Hunter Boots and Vest: Going Horse Riding

Fall is here, and I am enjoying some fall activities during my free time. When you don't have much of it, free time is precious and I don't want to waist it. Last weekend, we went "horse riding" at my friend's horse barn. It is in parenthesis, because it was more like being on a horse while my friend doing all the work. Now I really wanted to take horse riding lessons though. It was so much fun. I wore my hunter packable boots and it was perfect for dirt and mud. I reviewed it here if you are interested. 

This is our friend Sgt. Pepper. His nose was so soft and velvety. I did not want to stop touching it. 

They had a small spring pond stocked with 4 different types of trout. They are fed daily and get restocked once in a while. They were huge and it was just so beautiful to watch them swim around. It made me want to go fishing. 

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