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Drugstore products have been wowing us for a while (lol).  As you can see on my blog I have been talking about a variety of drugstore rave, like Maybelline Color Tattoo and L'Oreal Infallible Color.  Now it's time for something more obvious - Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter.

From L to R: Revlon Lip Butter Cupcake, Sweet Tart, Lollipop

They might as well call the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter as "I-cannot-believe-this-is-not-..."

January 30, 2012 • 3 comments
Happy Sunday!  You might have seen me ranting on about my skin on Twitter.  It started last Thursday, my skin has this weird reaction with redness and white bumps on my cheek area around my nose/under my eyes, as well as on my chin, and here and there on the rest of my face, even my eyelids =(.  So I was freaking out and pretty depressed over the last couple days.  I apologize for my rant and missing a post on Friday.  It's just that it has never happened to me before, so I was really scared.  Plus, it's on my face, it's very visible.  I don't work from home, so going to work like that is very uncomfortable.  Anyway, I woke up this morning, it seems like it has calm down a bit, so I hope it'll be better this week.  Because of how horrible I look, I didn't have the courage to take pictures of my face.  So this week is just going to be pure product reviews (and some leftover pictures from last week lol)...

Anyway, let's rewind and see what you might have missed this week =)

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Putting My Chiffon Blouse, Cropped Sweater, and Winter Leggings into Action


Last week started off with an outfit idea post featuring few items from my Best Fashion Finds of 2011.  It is nice to show them in action to show how much I enjoy these pieces =).  Read more about them here.




Sunday Summary (Jan 29, 2012) - I finally got a haircut

January 29, 2012 • 1 comments
Two days ago, I attended a product launch party at the Toronto Lomography store with two blogger friends Joyce from Sparkly Playground and Emily from This was Forever.  There was no new cameras out, but they did have some new skin for their existing Diana+ and Fisheye Cameras.  It was a chill out party with new cameras, music, food, wine and cheese.  It was quite fun.  Besides, the store itself is very cute.  It is decorated with film photos and the display for the cameras are very appropriate.  So if you're around Queen St. x Bathurst Street area, go check it out.

Let's take a look what's inside =).  Warning: the post is pretty pic heavy =P

Diana+ and Fisheye in their new skins... Perfect timing for Valentine's day (or my birthday lol)

Photo Diary: Lomography Product Launch Party

January 28, 2012 • 0 comments
I think I am doing quite well with my fashion posts this week, right?  I mean, it's only Thursday, and I got two fashion posts out =D (patting myself on the back).  I think I need to try taking more pictures outside during the weekend so that I can have regular fashion posts!  Anyway, this is another outfit idea post, and our feature today is my Talula Betsy Blouse.

Photo Credit: Aritzia.com

That would be one way to wear it.  In fact, I think I'll try that next time LOL.  Anyway, so how to I coordinate this with my wardrobe.  Here I got two ideas.  First let's see what I would pair with it for work...



Blazer/Sweater: Topshop (last season)
Top: Talula Betsy Blouse (still available at Aritzia)
Skirt: Talula (last season, probably still available at Aritzia)
Shoes: Forever 21 Ballet Flat
Bag: Focco from eBay

Juggling between work and play: Outfit Ideas with my Floral Lace Top

January 26, 2012 • 4 comments
Hi, I am on a blush roll (get it? LOL).  Anyway, here's a new series called "Which is which Wednesday".  Basically, the idea is to find a few look-alike products and see if you can identify which is which.  Since I don't have a lot of dupes in my collection, this might be an irregular series.  Anyway, the first time WWW features pink blushes.

Pink Blush A

Pink Blush B

Which is Which Wednesday: Pink Blushes

January 25, 2012 • 1 comments
A week ago I posted my thoughts on the new Benefit Hervana Box O' Powder.  I think that Hervana gives me a pink glow, which is unlike other pink blushes that I have tried.


Here's a picture of me wearing the blush:

It's time to show Benefit Hervana In Action

January 24, 2012 • 0 comments
It's a day late, but Happy Chinese New Year!  (Or if you prefer Lunar New Year).

Photo credit: Free BBG List
Last year's CNY was pretty great.  I was working at a bank back then and all my coworkers were Chinese.  So it was pretty festive, everyone is wear red.  We also went out for a CNY lunch.  The little kid in me enjoy getting red pockets from the "adults" the most, I even got some from my customers!  It was quite surprising, as I did not expect that to happen at all!

Photo credit: The Modline.com
This year, however, there wasn't much celebration going on for me.  I did have dinner with my family and relatives last Friday, and then with my roommates this Monday.  But that was it.  Oh well, but it's a brand new year, so I must be hopeful about how this year goes!  Anyway, here are some food photos from last night's dinner, excuse the phone quality photos.

Fried Vancouver Crab with Ginger and Onions

Garlic Bok Choy

Deep Fried Chicken

Chinese Eggplants with Shrimp
Nom, nom, nom... I want more food LOL.  I hope you all have had a wonderful Chinese New Year even if you're not Chinese.  I recommend checking out your local Chinese grocery store.  They put out some pretty festive snacks and food during this time of the year =).

x Rica

Chic Chat: Happy Year of Dragon!

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As you might remember from last Monday's post, I talked about my weak and brittle nails and what I was going to do to try to fix it (See "Essie In Action: Weak Nails Saver... or Not?").  I promised that I will report my progress after one week of use.  First, let's take a look at my nails.


Why did it got shorter?  The answer is simple, the absent-minded me cut my nails =(.  Oh well, but I could tell you that it has gotten longer.  I don't usually file/cut my nails every week.  So please forgive my stubby nails.

So did my nails grow stronger?  Take a look at this picture:

Did my nails Grow Stronger with Essie's Fortifying Growth Treatment?

January 23, 2012 • 36 comments
Foreword - "I think this was pretty dumb of me" edition - : The weather was pretty great yesterday, so I rushed home in order to take some good pictures.  After I got home, I don't know why I decided to change and take pictures of my outfit idea first, and change back to the clothes I had on and photograph my outfit of the day... Long story short, I always do things in the wrong order...

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Back to my outfit idea... I have worn this outfit for a couple of times, but I have not been able to photograph it. So rather than waiting till I actually wear it during the weekend/holiday/vacations, I decided to just throw it on and snap a few pictures.

Successful straight face!

Putting my Chiffon Blouse, Cropper Sweater and Winter Leggings into action

January 22, 2012 • 2 comments
Happy Sunday everyone!  Last night I stayed up till three to change up my layout a little bit.  "What's the difference?", you asked.  "The width is a little wider to allow bigger thumb nails and slide shows on the main page!", I said.  Please let me know what you think about this change.  Do you prefer what it looks like before?  Or do you like the new one better?  I'd like to make my blog more visually appealing, so please help me get there!  Thanks!

Anyway, I'm not too sure if I'm glad it's Sunday, because that means tomorrow I have to get back to work.  This week had been pretty crazy at work.  I stayed late every night to finish a request by Monday.  When I get home I managed to blog, but it's always kind of late at night.  So did you miss any of my posts this week?  Let's rewind!

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Gotta love when these are waiting for you by the doorstep
I placed my first order with PinkyParadise.com during New Years because they were having a sale.  As a new lash addict, I want to try some popular lashes available in the Asian market, so I decided to pick up a few from two of the best selling brands: Diamond Lash and Eyemazing.

Pinky Paradise is a online shopping website for colour lenses, accessories, and Asian cosmetics.  They mainly focus on colour lenses, so I ordered all four lenses in the Princess Mimi/Bambi Series, which are produced by the very cute and popular Japanese model Tsubasa Matsukawa.  I also got a pair of pink lenses because they were available in my prescription (they're pretty hard to find).  Visit the haul post for more details!

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Nails can become weak and brittle due to diet, dehydration of hands, or other problems.  I like to think that I eat pretty healthy (balanced, at least), and I try to moisturize my hands very often.  So I have no idea what is causing my nails to break.

I have never done any treatment for my nails but I do wear nail polishes very often.  So I decided that I should start using a nail treatment in an attempt to fix this problem.  When I finally found Essie Grow Stronger Fortifying Growth Treatment at a not-so-local Walmart, I immediately purchased it.  This week, I will be testing out this product to see if it can live up to its claim =).  See this post for details.

Sunday Summary (Jan 20, 2012): Change of layout and Busy as a Bumble Bee

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It's Saturday, but I got a lot of errands on my list.  So I can't help but slacked a bit in the outfit department.  My go-to comfy outfit is always sweatshirt + leggings/jeggins (I tend to buy long sweatshirts).  Here you'll see two of my favourite fashion finds of 2011 in action (yay)!

Can you see the "fog"/"smoke"/"I-don't-know-what-it's-called"?

OOTD: I'm cold but I tough it out

January 21, 2012 • 2 comments
In the past, I had become so disappointed with drugstore eyeshadows, all those quads/trios they sell at Walmart failed me badly.  That's why I have been steering away from them.  However, I must say that drugstore brands have been trying to up their game with their eyeshadows in the past year.  And L'Oreal Infaillible Color might be the most intriguing one out of the bunch.

L'Oreal Infaillible Color;
L to R from the top left: Forever Pink, Time Resist White, Endless Chocolat, Hourglass Beige
I say that because it's not something that you've seen in the drugstore before.  The best way to describe this is "pressed pigment in a pot".  It's true, when I first saw it, MAC pigments popped up in my mind.  This is, of course, a "pressed" alike of MAC pigments, so they're not as messy.  Like I said, these eyeshadows come in a pot with a screwed top.  It's not the fanciest packaging of course, but it's functional.

Restoring my faith in drugstore eyeshadows... Thanks to L'Oreal Infaillible Color

January 20, 2012 • 3 comments

There have been so many "surprisinly amazing" products appearing at the drugstore lately: Revlon came out with Colorburst Lip Butter, L'Oreal with their Infaillible, and Maybelline with their Color Tattoo.  I'm going to review all of them, but today, we'll start from Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow!

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadows
Clockwise from top left: Pomegranate Punk, Bold Gold, Audacious Asphalt, Bad to the Bronze

At a reasonable price of CA $6.96 at Walmart (prices might vary), I bought 4 of the neutral/more wearable ones. I got 15 Audacious Asphalt25 Bad to the Bronze30 Pomegranate Punk, and 45 Bold Gold.  (And of course they had to have a sale after I bought them.... Why does this always happen to me?)

These also happened to be the most popular shades among all the colours for obvious reasons (they're more wearable than electric blue).  I picked these out because they are the colours that I would actually wear, and I can probably give these a good use.  I am always weary about drugstore cream shadows (Revlon Creme Eyeshadows quad and NYX Jumbo Pencils were a big disappointment, for example).  Thankfully, these are living up to my expectation (and its name).

No budge but you can smudge: Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow

January 19, 2012 • 10 comments
I know I am a bit late today... but I am here to talk about things that will get censored if SOPA passed... I respect intellectual property, but with SOPA, everything is blocked when there's a slight indication that it might be a copyright infringment... Imagine life without YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.  I love reading blogs, but if blogs got censored... Our freedom of speech will get censored too.


A lot of major tech giants are opposing SOPA, such as Wikipedia and Google, even our fellow YouTube beauty guru xSparkage are blacking out to voice their opinion!


I am not blacking out today because let's face it, my blog is too small to show significance.  But I am here to spread the word and I urge you to read more about SOPA and PIPA.  Let's STOP SOPA and free the Internet.


Visit this page to read more about it and see how you can help.

Wikipedia Blackout: "Make your voice heard":
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Click here to google+
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#StopSOPA

January 18, 2012 • 0 comments
It is the newest addition to the Benefit Cosmetics makeup line.  A lot of people have jump on it when Sephora had a one day flash sale back in December.  Afterwards, I have only seen rave reviews about it.  So when I saw the display was up at a local Sephora, I knew I had to get it.

Benefit Hervana Boxed Powder

Benefit describes it as "an orchid-blossom blush with a satin finish".  I think this description fits the product really well because I do think of an orchid colour after I apply it on my cheek.  I've been wearing it every day since 2012, which is a good change from my exhaustive use of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed.  I like that it is soft, but still visible, it truly gives you an angelic-glow.  Yet it can be natural enough, depending on how much you apply.  It's like the flush you see on dolls, it's heavenly!

Something that make an angel blush: Benefit Hervana Box O' Powder

January 17, 2012 • 7 comments
For the past couple months, my nails have become so dry and brittle.  That has to do with a lot of things: the dry weather (check), me being forgetful about applying hand cream (check), unhealthy diets (not quite, but possibly because of lack of certain vitamins/minerals).  I have taken actions to try to mend this.  It has become better, but weather is still dry and I am still washing my dishes (not to mention I feel a need to wash my hands every half an hour), so my nails are not in its best condition in the moment.


I have been hunting down this product lately that I have read great reviews on.  I have finally found it in a not-so-local Walmart!  It is the Essie Grow Stronger™ Fortifying Growth Treatment.  When I first saw this on the Internet, I thought it'd be sold anywhere.  You'd be surprised how many salons, Trade Secrets, Walmarts, and Shoppers Drug Marts I have been, and yet still couldn't find it.  But now here it is!

Essie In Action: Weak Nails Saver... or Not?

January 16, 2012 • 4 comments
On New Years Day, I placed a huge order at PinkyParadise.com because they were having a sitewide sale on lenses. It was quite a bit of savings, so I decided it's time for me to get some new Asian beauty products. So here's a sneak peek of what I'm going to test out!


Gotta love when these are waiting for you by the doorstep

January 15, 2012 • 3 comments
Happy Sunday everyone!  It has been a very eventful and productive week.  First of all, The Office Chic was officially launched last week on January 8, 2012 (yay).  I'm so excited to be back on blogging, and I can't wait to put more posts up on this blog!  But let's rewind and see what went up on this blog this week =).

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OOTD: It's a Sunny Sunday
Since it was sunny out, I would do an OOTD of my Sunday casual wear.  It was my very first "shoot" for outfit of the day.  I made my boyfriend to take these outfit pictures for me, but it was so awkward!  I can't help but laugh during the shoot.  (read more about my Sunday OOTD here.)

It was fun, but weird!  I'm going to try it again today, since the weather looks kind of nice (at least there's sunlight).  So let's hope everything goes well and I could put more outfit and fashion posts up!


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Best Fashion Finds of 2011
The fashion version of my Best of 2011 features a few of my favourite purchase during 2011.  These are probably my most-worn clothes lasy year besides my jammies and fleece pants LOL.  (read more about my favourite fashion finds of 2011 here.)

Speaking of clothes, I am trying to figure out how to use more current wardrobe more efficiently because it's been cluttering up.  My goal is to only buy key pieces that are timeless rather than filling it up with clothes that I don't touch often enough.  IMO, the item is worth its price if you get to wear as many times as you pay for it (so $1 each time!).  Is that weird?  LOL.

Sunday Summary (Jan 15, 2012): This blog is a week old!

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As I have mentioned in my Marcelle & Annabelle Beauty Premiere post (read it here), one of the most exciting launches for Spring 2012 from Marcelle is indeed their BB Cream.  I'm obsessed over BB Cream, I've tried maybe 10 of those, and I don't think I'm going to stop here!  This is definitely a must-try for me, because it is the first Canadian BB Cream, which makes it awesome (proudly Canadian LOL).



From the press release, this BB Cream is supposed to be a "Multi-tasking Skin Enhancer".  Not only there are multiple ways to use it (as a moisturizer, as a light foundation over moisturizer, and as a makeup base for extra staying power), there are also multiple benefits from using the Marcelle BB Cream!  Let's take a look what Marcelle has to say for this brand new product!

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Marcelle® proudly introduces the first Canadian-made BB Cream formulated specially for Canadian women in pharmacies as well as mass retail stores! The Marcelle® BB Cream will be in stores on February 6, 2012.


BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATION
Inspired by a trend that perfected skin and enhanced complexions all over Asia, Marcelle® formulated its own BB Cream to cater the needs of Canadian consumers. This multi-purpose skin care cream is more than a tinted moisturizer or simple make-up base. It perfects the skin to reveal a more even epidermis and well-hydrated, flawless complexion, all in one. Ideal for any age and any skin type, the Marcelle® BB Cream comes in two shades and is suitable for a wide variety of carnations thanks to its self-adjusting pigments that transform and adapt to skin tone.

Marcelle does BB Cream Eh!

January 14, 2012 • 2 comments
Just two months ago, MARCELLE and ANNABELLE organized an event called the "Beauty Premiere" to reveal the new products they're releasing in Spring 2012.  I was fortunate and honoured to attend the event as a Beauty Blogger.  The event is more like a party.  Everyone was enjoying hors d'oeuvres and wine, while hanging out with other beauty bloggers and checking out those exciting new products!  It was definitely a lot of fun because I get to see my bloggers friends again, and meet a lot of new people as well!

Lovely ladies from left to right: Abigail, Joyce, Jenn, Emily!

The main event, of course is to get a sneak peek of what is coming out in Spring 2012.  First off from ANNABELLE, are these Glitterama liners.  Adding to the existing 7 colours, they are adding a few new ones (as I have been told).  They look amazing, the pink one in particular, and I can't wait to try the new ones out!



MARCELLE ANNABELLE Beauty Premiere: Spring 2012 Product Launch

January 13, 2012 • 2 comments
*Edit - January 14, 2012 - New information on the new Z-Palette, please see below *

If you were a reader of my old blog (thank you!), then you might remember I had a post about my depotting dilemma.  Well, after months of debate, I depotted.  I first purchased unii palette last year, and then the Z-Palette later in the year.  I also have had my MAC palette for years, and here's a comparison of them all.

UNII PALETTE

OLD version of Unii Palette in Twilight
Brief description:
I first decided to purchase the UNII Palette because of the packaging.  This looks and feels really sturdy.  When you open it up, it has a big mirror inside, which is awesome for travelling (you do not need to pack an extra thing).  I also like that it included a grip inside, so it won't slip away and end up on the ground.  It also has a tight lock that keeps the product secure inside.  UNII Palette has since made an upgrade and converted them into magnetic plated palette, which means any metal pan would stick.


Pros:
  • Huge mirror
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Tight and secure lock
  • OLD version: magnets are provided with purchase
  • NEW version: magnetic plate so that metal pan eyeshadow will stay put without magnets
  • Thumb grip to ensure a tight grip
  • Insulated with rubber to lower the damage from collision
  • A lot of colours that you can find one that suits you for sure

Battle of the Brands: "Freedom" Palettes

January 12, 2012 • 15 comments
To preface this, I should let you know that I have combination to oily skin and my skin is quite acne prone as well. My acne is mostly the result from hormone fluctuation during the month, so I am usually good for half of the month, and not so good for the other half.  My goal is to find the ultimate skincare range that help me clear up my skin, even during hormonal times.


60 Day Skincare Challenge with BareMinerals

January 11, 2012 • 2 comments
Although I don’t wear false lashes often, I have quite a few different pairs of them in my collection.  When I asked my friends to buy some more from Asia, one of my friends said: “You bought so many of them, but I’ve never seen you wear them”.  So this gives me a motivation to wear falsies more often.  And lately, my go-to is always Dolly Wink Lashes No.4 Feminine Style.


These have become my go-to false lashes because they are corner lashes, or accent lashes, if you will.  However, these go a little further in than the other corner lashes, but they’re not all the way into the outer corner.  This makes them ultra easy to apply (huzzah!).  They give pretty natural length and an extra oomph at the outer corner.  It might not be the most “volumizing” or doll-like lashes out there, but it gives just what I need.

Trick his eyes with Dolly Wink No. 4 Feminie Style Natural Half Lahses

January 10, 2012 • 2 comments
I have already shared what beauty products I have loved in the year 2011 (click here to view said post).  I thought I would also share with you a few of my favourite fashion pieces I acquired this year.  I think I am kind of on a roll with fashion posts =)... I'm already planning for another one LOL.

Talula Casual Blazer

Everyone needs a good blazer.  I really like this one because it doesn't have the padding on the shoulder.  I have pretty wide shoulders, that might not always be desirable.  Without the padding this become more fitting and more flattering for my body.

Best Fashion Finds of 2011

January 9, 2012 • 2 comments
Hello, welcome to "The Office Chic".  I am Rica, the owner and author of this blog.  This is a place for me to share my passion and things I like.  It is called "The Office Chic" because I work at an office environment by day. Business casual is our office attire, but I do like to incorporate extra things I like in my outfits.  I believe that we don't have to dress boring to look professional, we can also be chic, and hence the name of the blog.


The official launch of "The Office Chic"

January 8, 2012 • 4 comments
It was so nice outside today.  I was all dressed up for a mother-and-daughter date and ready to leave, but my roommate left the house with his key and his car was blocking my car.  So there I was, wondering what I could do.  I thought it'd be a perfect opportunity to take some outfit photos as the first fashion post for this blog!  So here we go!

Trying to walk gracefully, but I kinda failed.

OOTD: It's a sunny Sunday

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It's a brand new year.  And what a better way to set some goals, beauty related or not, for this year!

NYR #1: Drink at least 8 cups of water every day.
I don't think I drink enough water.  I usually am able to stick with it in the office, but at home, somehow it's harder to do.  So I'm going to use a water schedule for a month, and hopefully this will become my routine.

NYR #2: Sleep more.
I don't get enough sleep as it is.  During exam time, I get even less sleep.  So this year I just need to start studying earlier, so that I can get more rest closer to exam time.  (For those who are wondering, I have to write a few exam for a professional designation.)

NYR #3: Do yoga at least twice a week.
I stopped exercising over a year ago, which is bad, real bad!  With a full time job, this seems even harder, but I am going to make it work.  I have already taken a tiny step and sign up for some yoga classes at a local yoga studio.  Wish me luck!

Chic Chat: New Year Resolutions 2012

January 3, 2012 • 0 comments