Friday, August 29, 2014

tiny tea teatox (14 days) body range

Tea Detox has been quite the rage as of late. I have seen multiple advertisements of it from various brands, all of which boasts its ability to help you lose weight. Well, I definitely do not need to lose weight but there are many other benefits to this tea that I have received from the generous yourtea
The packaging of the product is super pretty and reading the product description really establishes a warm relationship with you and the tea already. I was given this tiny tea from their body range and it comes with 42 tea bags to be taken 3 times a day, 30 minutes before or after each meal. 
YourTea  is all about keeping you healthy! Here is how their mantra goes:
Here at Your Tea, we are all about nourishing the body, mind and spirit... with tea. We aim for our blends to nurture your insides, revitalise your energy and please you aesthetically. Created by Aussies and loved worldwide, our organic fusions will soothe the soul and massage your palette. We believe everyone should fill their life with love, laughter and many cups of tea. 
Everything sounds so good and promising! 
The instructions state to place one tea bag in boiling water for 5-7 minutes and to take it 30 minutes before or after a meal, preferably on an empty stomach. They also mentioned twice daily over here so I guess it depends on how much of the effect you want to see in your body. I might do once or twice daily, depending on how strong the tea is for me. 
The main ingredients to this tea are oolong tea, sicklepod senna seed, lotus leaf and hawthorn berry. It may sound weird but here's what it promises to do:
My intricately balanced herbal blend will nourish and cleanse your digestive system, providing it the support it needs to replenish and restore back to its natural state. This cleanse will assist with reducing weight, easing bloating, increasing digestion functionality, improving skin clarity, increasing energy levels and alleviate issues associated with food intolerances. Formulated with Chinese medicine herbs and based upon Chinese medicinal principles, TinyTea is the only herbal cleanse on the market that does not produce a laxative effect
I do not need the weight loss part but I definitely need and appreciate the other effects that aid in digestion. I've always had bloating problems that gave me difficulty in consuming my meals because I just didn't feel hungry or like eating. I also look forward to having clearer skin and more energy to conquer school and busy days! However, if you are into weight loss, there are lots of reviews that have shown visible results. You can check it out under the reviews section of the website. You might also be interested in the eating plan and healthy tips to maintain your weight and stay healthy after all the good things the tea has done for your body. 
If you would like to know more about YourTea, be sure to get onto their website and check out their FAQs and products. Also you can follow them on all their social media - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. They have a wide range of products including a mood range to elevate your moods. I am so interested in the Sleep Tea which is supposed to help sedate your mind. Those would come in handy when insomnia and un-sleepy days come by. YourTea also donates to charity so do support them! 

I will be writing a new post or adding on to this one after I've tried the tea. I'll be sure to let you know all the good and bad stuff that I faced with this product. I am looking forward to clearer skin and a better digestive system so I'll let you know if it works! Do bear in mind that everyone's body is different and a different reaction is normal. However, if anything severe does happen then you should discontinue use and consult a doctor. 

Update (4 Oct 2014): I've had a few cups of tea and it tastes alright. It's got a strong oolong or herbal taste that I do not mind. Also, one tea bag can be used for about 2 cups of tea and if you do not want to waste the teabag, there are actually lots of things you can do with a teabag: read here. Great for tired eyes, skin, hair or even for doing art. The tea has definitely helped reduce bloating for me. Whenever I feel like my food isn't digesting well, I pop one of this in a cup of water and start sipping. I don't necessarily take it half an hour before or after my meal because weight loss isn't my thing. My skin has been looking a lot clearer and I don't even need to apply overnight treatment on pimples for some nights because my face is clear of zits. I definitely love this tea for these benefits I have gotten. I've also seen many good reviews for weight loss so you should give this tea a try if you are looking to get the benefits listed here! 


Saturday, August 23, 2014

forever 21 shopping haul 9

This shopping haul is going to comprise of some of the stuff I got recently and a bunch of stuff I got two months ago but took forever to arrive because I had to ship it via sea freight. I ordered 4 pairs of shoes back then because they were on BOGO sale so that's like 15 bucks per pair and the quality of the shoes are great! They came in shoeboxes and I used vpost for them so I didn't have a repack option. The volumetric weight was crazy so my dad decided to use sea freight for them and that took mega long to ship. So let's look at the stuff I got recently first so that you can grab them quickly if you like them.
 Over here, I have the Open Knit Shawl Cardigan, Crossback Crochet Crop Top, Rose Print Tulip Shorts, Hammered Elements Pendent Necklace and Metal Trim Sandals. You've seen the sandals before and they are great. The necklace is new and is actually part of the sea freight haul. It is quite heavy but makes a great statement. The crochet top is super pretty and well made. It's got a halter neckline and crossback straps. The details are way too beautiful and I couldn't decide between black and white but I chose black in the end because I think it would suit me more. It is $15.80 and the smalls are all gone though. The shorts have quite bad reviews online and I guess I can see why. It is $15.80 and the material is not good at all. It is basically chiffon so it is thin and semi sheer; you can totally see the prints on the under-side of the shorts.
I got it in a small and it fits me at the waist so I'm not too sure what all the fuss is on the reviews online. The only part I find big are the thigh openings, which is why they should be worn with a cardigan. The cardigan I got here is $22.80 which is rather pricey but it is totally cute. I got it in a large because all the other sizes were out but it still fits perfectly. It doesn't look oversized and you can't tell it is a size L at all. It is just a bit long but that is no big deal. I'd say it is the perfect coverup for summer because it is so holey and light. Did I mention that it has some fringe details? 
Here's how it looks like when worn. Totally cute and trendy right? It's got like elbow-length sleeves that are loose fitting and super open knit details. Really really good for hot weathers when you don't feel like showing off too much skin. I love crop tops and sleeveless stuff but I always need to cover up with a cardigan because I think it looks better that way and this is just perfect. Easy breezy. 
 Next up, we have two of my new favourite skirts for spring/fall. They are basically the most perfect skirts for a school outfit look. The one above is called Floral Lace Mini Skirt and it's got a zip and hook closure. The lace details are so cute and pretty and the floral prints are just perfect. It will go with any basic top and looks cute with anorak jackets or leather moto jackets. 
This other one is Floral Print Skater Skirt that is $14.80 and I got it in size 24 which fits me fine. It's got a zip up closure and is not stretchy. It feels really light and soft because it is made of rayon. The prints are super cute and would definitely go super well with sweaters and a lot of other things. Again, this would look super cute with utility jackets and leather jackets as well as denim jackets. 
The Floral Crossback Crop Top here has totally cute cut out crossback details but it didn't really fit me very nicely. The shoulders kept sliding off and I have no idea which bra to wear to hide the straps other than stick ons. Although it is quite loose on top, it is fitted at the waist. I guess this is due to the crossback cutting and the stretchy material they used for this top. I totally recommend sizing down if you plan on getting this. It's only $8.80 and will match shorts, jeans and skirts!
This is the front of it. Didn't take a back picture because I don't think my back is all that sexy.
I got two green flannels to add to my flannel collection and because I had none of this colour. They are really versatile and would go with lots of neutral colours like brown, white, black, grey. The Snap Button Flannel is highly rated on the website and for $19.80, I can see why. It is really well made and it's got snap buttons which I love. The material is quite fuzzy and thicker than average which adds to the quality. I haven't worn it out yet but I hope it won't be as warm as it feels. 
This flannel is sold out as well and I can see why. The plaid print and colour is really pretty and goes with anything as well. It looks great as an outerwear or tied around the waist. Plus it was also $19.90 only. 
Featured in this layout are a few new things including these Lacy Floral Tap Shorts with rose print and lace hem details. 
It looks super cute but it is quite unfortunate that these run big and so they do not sit as high waisted as I would like them to be unless I pin the shorts up. The prints are super sweet and the lace makes it sweeter so I still love these shorts despite its shortcomings.
Also in the layout are these Modernist Cutout Oxfords which seem to have been removed from their website. The last time I checked, they were on sale at only $14 which is really cheap because these shoes are of high quality. They are suede on the exterior which may be bad because dust and dirt will cling onto it but the cutouts are super cute and the soles have such pretty detail! It adds like an inch of height as well because of the thick soles and it is still super comfortable to walk in them. The insoles are cushioned and although they look narrow, these shoes do fit medium-width feet. You have to tie the laces real tight though otherwise your feet will end up slipping out with each step you take. 
This Tiered Floral Smock Dress was part of my sea freight as well and I got it back then when it was $22.80 but it is like $16 now because it's on sale as no one is buying it. Why? Because it is mega short (29") and basically made of chiffon. The design is cute and it is light to wear for summer but it is still expensive. Luckily, I paid for this using my gift card. 
I matched it with this Forever Cool Denim Jacket which has super cool stud details at the back and an oversized look. It's got some rips here and there as well, including one on the collar which I find quite annoying. Other than that, it is on sale right now and I got it on sale as well. I have no idea why no one is buying this jacket but I highly recommend it. The denim is soft and comfortable and I am so obsessed with the back details. (Hair bow from Little Blue Garden)
Also wearing this Rustic Girl Lace Up Boots in Taupe with cute crochet details at the sides. F21 claims that the shoes will develop a rugged look with wear. The boots are totally comfortable to wear and walk in. The heel height is just right and makes a nice cloppity sound and the material of the boots are really smooth but it's just PU, not leather. It can be a hassle to put the boots on though because the shoelace is real tight and you have to unlace at least the first quite a lot to squeeze your foot in. But then, you wouldnt really need to tie your laces because the shoelaces don't untangle as the lace hole seems to be punched perfectly to size. The black colour looks nice as well so I might think on it. I'm quite sure I will be wearing this lots. 
You can see more of my denim jacket here and the details. The studs feel well placed so I hope they do not fall off with wear. 
The other new thing would be these cool pair of Cutout Combat Boots that I got in Tan but is available in black as well. I kinda want the black one now instead of this colour. F21 tagged this with the rustic look with wear tag so I hope these pair of shoes will last long. It seems to be very well made and fits comfortably. It is a hassle to put on and take off though because you really have to unlace the boot. For some reason, you just can't squeeze your foot in but it is great for everyday wear and walking. Totally goes well with anything. 
Finally, the last pair of shoes I got are these Globetrotter Gladiator Sandals in walnut. The reviews online were complaining about how these shoes ran big so I got them in size 6.5 and it fit me comfortably. I'm quite sure I could do with size 6 as well as you can see the gap between my toes and the end of the shoes. It still looks fine though. I don't look like I have big feet or anything. These are one of the most comfortable sandals from f21. The straps do not dig into my skin and the cushioned soles make it great for walking and going shopping. 
I have a pair of sneakers with rubber cushioned soles like this and I must say they are my favourite pair to wear and walk in because the soles are so soft and have so much grip. More shoes should be made with such soles. 
I will have more shopping hauls coming up, without a doubt!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

debshops shopping haul 3

I'm going to start of this post with something quite irrelevant but I'm so happy that debshops packed my 2 shoeboxes in a polybag because I was only charged for the total actual weight of my package instead of it's mega huge volumetric weight, so that saved me lots of money. Anyway, I got this haul mainly because of the cutout boots that I really really wanted. It's so pretty and they were all out of my size on other websites. More on that later!
 The first thing featured here is this babydoll top that is actually quite like a brandy melville dress because it has an open back with the strap as well, just that it is super short. It's meant to be a tunic but I will probably just wear short shorts underneath and pretend it's a dress. Anyway, this was on $5 sale. 
 The embroided babydoll top here was also on $5 sale. It's quite pretty with that little flare at the bottom and subtle details at the chest. 
 The daisy trim top here is also $5 and is quite similar to my iwearsin top but I got it to fill up my cart to hit free shipping. 
This pineapple graphic top was something that I have been eyeing also although it is actually quite long and I'd wear it with leggings or something. The pineapple's sunnies are glittery and the glitter kinda gets everywhere though. It also looks screen printed so I'm glad I didn't pay anything more than $5 for it. 
Now, for the shoe that I have been obsessing about! This is it! It's by Qupid shoes and I got it for $30 which is 25% off it's usual price on debshops. It has a 3" heel height which is still okay for walking. I got it in size 7 and it fits comfortably. The cutouts are really cute and will go with both jeans and skirts. However, I do think the material of the boot is not really of very good quality. It's quite thin and flimsy, kinda looks like it may come apart after awhile. You can see what I mean in the second picture:
I also got these golden metallic gladiator sandals for about $10 and these sandals have given me a whole new perspective on sandals because they are so comfortable to wear! They are totally unlike forever21's lousy hard flat sandals because these actually have some cushion! The soles at the heels seem to have extra cushion but I'm not sure where the cushioning is coming from. Perhaps it is because of the thicker outsole that the sandals have. I'll be looking out for more shoes from Yoki. I was actually so hesitant at first also because I thought the golden straps would be flimsy but they are not at all. They are flexible and durable. I highly recommend these sandals.
Yup, so now I'm kinda tempted to get more shoes from debshops although my shoe cupboard doesn't really allow that...


Friday, August 15, 2014

wetseal shopping haul 5

I spent about $60 on this haul which is reasonably cheap for everything in my opinion. All the tops were half off and the jackets and accessories were an additional 60% off at clearance which was a really good deal. 
This twill anorak jacket was only $10 after discount. Plus it is really good and well made. It is currently my favourite utility jacket in my closet. I am quite sure they added this into their clearance one fine day because I have never seen it prior to the day I shopped. I thank my lucky stars for finding this perfect jacket. I like the zip + button closure and how structured and fitting it is. The waist is not adjustable but that is fine. 
The other new thing here is the beanie that is less than $5. It actually has a golden plated batman logo on it but that really feels very cheaply made and attached on. I got it because I liked batman and I didn't mind trying out beanies for the price of 5 bucks. 
This has got to be the coolest boho top that I have right now. The heart astrology print is so pretty and super cool. The braided back straps also add to the vibe. This was $17.90 but I got it half off so it was about $9. I'd pair it with black shorts and a fringed bag or cardi for those boho vibes. 
This outfit features a bow back crop top which I actually got in black and white because it was only like $5 after discount. They had it in maroon as well. I think it is a very pretty twist to the basic crop top. I like the drop back and U-front. Super flattering. 
Over here, there is this pretty detailed crochet tank top that I got for $7.50 after discount. I paired it with tribal shorts but they'd go well with florals as well. The floral crown is also new and I got it for $2.40 which is pretty alright. It adds a perfect pop of colour to any outfit. 
I also got this linen hooded anorak jacket again but in Taupe this time and it was only like less than $10 this time because it moved to the clearance section. My piece wasn't very well done though because there were lots of extra threads sticking out every where. I really like this jacket though because it is so soft and relatively light, so I'm not complaining for the price I got it for.
This boho fringe bag has been in the clearance for quite some time and I got it at around $8 after discount. It's not bad, quite big and roomy but I do wish the straps were longer because I don't really dig short hand bags. I do suppose it will look nicer and more shaped after it has been stuffed with things. 
Lastly, I got these metallic temporary tattoos! They are out of stock already and I can see why because for $7, you get quite a lot of flash tattoos from this. I haven't tried it out yet but I know f21 was selling flash tattoos awhile ago and they were super expensive. Like $20+ for a couple of sheets. The designs here are pretty enough and perfect for a beach day. I really like the dreamcatcher one so I need to use that wisely. The long ones can be used as bracelets/anklets/necklaces so they are really versatile.