30-Days Low Carb Challenge | 7th Day Update

Prior to starting this challenge, I was already eating relatively low carbohydrates (around 50-100g/day*) to prevent Type 2 Diabetes (for a time my blood glucose readings were in the pre-diabetes range). These past several months I noticed I haven’t been as mindful with my carb intake and started to feel heavy and lethargic again despite not gaining weight. My morning fasting glucose levels were also not at the optimal level–I am not prediabetic again (thankfully!), but close. For this challenge, my rules are simple: 1. Eat <50g of carbs (tracked with Cronometer); and 2. Eat mostly real/whole foods My goal…

Before Using Tretinoin, Here are 6 Things to Consider

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Tretinoin (all-trans retinoic acid) is probably the most studied anti-aging and anti-acne skin care ingredient. I’d be surprised if you’re a skin care addict and you haven’t heard of it. It has 50+ years worth of scientific evidence to back it up. If you’ve read the positive reviews from long-term tretinoin users, you might get tempted to go to your nearest drugstore and buy a tube. Before you do that, please read this post first. Disclaimer: I am neither a dermatologist nor a cosmetic chemist. I can only share my experience with tretinoin stuff I…

Kick-off: 30 Days of Real Food

I started 30 Days of Real Food yesterday.  My diet for most of the 1st quarter was unhealthy. In my 2018 Focus Points post, I said: I’ll start strength-training and building some muscle I’ll get my waist-to-height ratio to 47% by the first quarter of the month; and I’ll achieve a fasting blood glucose of < 80 mg/dl waking up None of that happened.  I’m disappointed in myself, but I’m trying to get over it by focusing on what I can do instead. Rules I’m following the rules from the Whole 30 website (click the link to find the specifics…

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 45 Escapist | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink line is a game-changer. They are the most long-lasting AND comfortable matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. A friend sent me two shades as a gift. One of them is Escapist (45), a blackened bluish red. I love the color against my light-medium olive skin with strong yellow undertones. Note: All of the photos shown below were taken at the end of a workday comprising of one meal, 2 coffee drinks, and several trips to the water station. The lipstick feels very tacky upon initial application. It is opaque and there’s no need to apply…

Purge Pile 2018 – Vol. 1

Semi-regularly, I go through my vanity to look for stuff to give away so they don’t go expired with me. Unfortunately, I found 4 products that went bad. It could be hard to believe but I loved all of them. This is the reality of buying more than you need; You could end up with many things going bad if you’re not on top of shelf lives and expiration dates. The Face Shop Miracle Finish Long-lasting CC Cushion | V205 Dark Beige This is one of the face bases that got me a lot of compliments. It’s skin-like, semi-dewy, diffuses pores,…