Thursday, June 27

A Trip Down the Greenbelt

I haven't ridden a bike in about ten years, but a few weekends ago, I rented a beach cruiser and went for a 15 mile bike ride. 

Miles 1-5 were a breeze. I was just getting used to riding. It was fun. During 5-8, I was getting a bit tired. I think I realized during this time that I'd have to bike back. 8-12 were super tough. My behind started hurting because of the bike seat. 12-15 I was so tired that I thought I was going to hurl.

Then after the bike ride, I got a sunburn. ...I have NEVER gotten sunburnt before. 

My ultimate conclusion is this: While bike riding is a fantastic workout and great fun, I just can't do it in the Arizona sun. Here are a few pictures from my trip.

This was a sign I found on my way back. ...I feel like this isn't a good viewing area at all. In fact, it kind of looks like a dump.

On the other hand though. Tempe Town Lake. ...What a beauty. I've really gotten to appreciate how lovely our little Tempe downtown looks. 

Lastly, here's an oh so flattering picture of me during that awful time between miles 12-15. I pretty much got off my bike, sat down and stayed there while I directed someone else to take pictures of the surrounding area. 

Monday, June 24

ELF Makeup Remover Pen

THIS IS TOTALLY AWESOME. That's just in case you don't feel like reading further. And I may have had a glass of wine at the time of writing this post. I don't ever drink. Okay. Moving on.

So, this isn't for actual make up removal at the end of the day. It's for small spot correcting. I'm sure you seen this graph around and actually had this issue.
The purpose of this product is to prevent you from being a panda when all you actually want is winged eyeliner. And it works incredibly well. You make a mistake, then the makeup remover takes it clean off. No smudging at all. Just make sure to read the instructions and wipe the tip of the pen between uses. Best of all, since this is an ELF product, it won't even break the piggy bank. If you ever have issues with eyeliner, you need to get this now. 

Thursday, June 20

Grazing along! Number Three!

Since I got a few more codes I can share, I thought that I'd do another review on the yummy stuff I got in my graze box. I apologize that the lighting leaves more to be desired. 

Starting with the upper left hand side:

Toffee Apple - sticky toffee sauce with granny smith apple slices
This was pretty tasty! I loved the sweet toffee but I didn't love how "soggy" the apple was. It would have been much better with a fresh apple. That being said,  I know they can't exactly just have a fresh apple in the box so this was just fine. 

Florentine - pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate buttons and cranberries
I'm sure if you've read my Graze box reviews, you know how much I love the chocolate. The cranberries were pretty good here too. I even enjoyed my pumpkin seeds! I have never had a florentine but I really recommend this one. 

Sweet Goan Curry Crackers - curry rice crackers
Graze's salty snacks are all pretty much on the money. I personally love their rice cakes. This one had a subtle curry flavor with a punch of pepper. This is the kind of snack I can just eat an entire bag of. 

Summer Berry Flapjack - rustic rolled oat flapjack with berry-infused cranberries
I really like the texture of their flapjacks, but I think in general, they are too sweet. I'm sure cutting down on the sugar used would also cut down on the calories in this one. Otherwise, though, they're delicious. Much better than the Special K bars I still have laying around. 

Lastly, if you would like to try your first Graze box for free, use the code 4L9CXHJ on Graze. 

Thursday, June 13

Caramelpalooza 2013 Recap

Going to Caramelpalooza was pure serendipity. I was just out and about in a part of town I don't normally go to for dinner... when I saw a sign. This event was being set up in the parking lot and once we finished dinner, it was perfect timing to visit this place for dessert. For more information on this event, visit Chow Bella.

As you can probably tell from the photos above, this was a food tasting event and we tried a lot of delicious things. Each item was based in some way on caramel. The first item we tried was this pure caramel. While lots of tables (each representing a different restaurant or establishment)did really different and special things with caramel, the first stop we were at just had plain caramel candy. It was delicious. 

I'm not sure what the item on the left is. It's some kind of caramel chocolate pecan turtle. I had a bite of it and it was alright tasting but one of the best shaped snacks of the night. To the right is whisky ice cream with salted caramel. I've never had anything like it before and it was amazing!

Roasted Caramel S'more. Sorry everything is in godawful lighting but seriously; it was dark, they were using stadium lighting overhead and I forgot I had flash. Okay, fine. Mostly because I forgot flash was a thing.

 This is a butterscotch pudding with salted caramel and rice pudding. Fancy right? This was my favorite of the night. 

It's at events like this where I realize that I just like to eat, but I'm not a foodie at all. Take a look at the following description, which I only remember because I took some video that night. These are brigadeiros which are made from a traditional Brazillian butter caramel with a sprinkling of African bird pepper and cayenne. It's coated with "fuitine" which is French Crepe done thin and really crispy. ...WOW, right? I can't even process half these ingredients. All I realized when I stuck it in my mouth was that it was surprisingly spicy for a dessert. 

This last one is from Essence Bakery, which I've talked about on this blog before.This is their crackball, which was a crispy and delicious puff of sorts. Very light and airy.

Which dessert looks like it'd be your favorite? 

Monday, June 10

Rimmel Bronzer in Sun Bronze and ELF Bronzer Brush Review

There are some things in the makeup world that I have never tried. 

Lip Liner.
Eyebrow Tints.
False Lashes. 

That is... until now. I have a stereotypically Asian face--meaning that it's round. So when I found out about contouring, I was really interested. Since I'm pretty darn far from being a makeup guru, I'll let the experts speak for themselves. To find out more about how to contour for Asian faces, check out bubzbeauty's video here. She provides really good advice on exactly where to shade so it doesn't look like you drew lines on your face. Equally awesome is frmheadtotoe's video which shows a good side by side comparison of contoured vs not contoured face. 

As for my, I made my first bronzer the Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze. It comes very well recommended. Others have said it's a matte high quality bronzer at a drugstore price. 

I swatched it and found it to be very light. Just as well. I think one of the worst things that can happen is dark, crazy looking bronzer. 

To use with the bronzer, I also got an ELF bronzing brush. I thought that it would be great to use the two together. 

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I saw the brush. It's quite small and not very fluffy or soft. 

How did I like using the two together? Not too bad, but not for me. I found the bronzer to be a little too powdery. I really had to remember to tap the brush to get the excess off every time. There was also a weird baby powder-esque smell to the bronzer. But ultimately, the process was just a tad too subtle for my face. It made a visible difference, but I don't think anyone would be able to pick up on it. I'm saving this step for picture days or when I feel like going the extra distance. Lazy me thinks it's way too much work for everyday.

Do you find bronzer to be essential? 

Thursday, June 6

Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Body Creme Review

I'm allergic to a lot of bugs. And I bruise myself a lot. And I get freckles when I'm in the sun. All this is combined means that the skin on my legs and arms is perpetually splotchy and spotty and freckled.

While I realize that there are a ton of dark spot correctors for your face, I don't think I've seen any for the rest of you. Until I found this!

At ten bucks a tub, it's not the cheapest product out there, but it's not the most expensive either. As a moisturizer, this is a winner. This is a thicker lotion, where I find my legs soft and smooth after using this. The scent is a very strong grapefruit smell (bitterness and all) that fades away after time. As a body creme, this is great.

As a dark spot corrector? I'm not quite sure. I haven't been detailed in taking pictures of my legs or arms but I haven't really noticed any difference. Let me know if you guys had good experiences using this product or if you have found anything that helps the skin all over your body!

Monday, June 3

Lolo's Chicken and Waffles!

Today, I'm bringing you a review of a popular Tempe/Scottsdale Restaurant. 

Lolo's Chicken and Waffles looks like a fast food restaurant from the outside. From the inside, it's not much better. They're known for fried chicken... A vegan or healthy eater of any kind would start running in the opposite direction. 

At the same time, I know people who are obsessed with this restaurant. As for me? I have to admit that they have the best cornbread I have ever had. Their chicken was quite tasty and their mashed potatoes and gravy wasn't bad either! If I ever feel in the mood for a sinful meal, I might come here!