Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review: Laneige BB Cushion Foundation

I wanted to write a review on the Laneige BB Cushion. It's somewhat of a recent purchase - I've been using it for long enough that I feel comfortable making a judgement on it now. This is the first liquid-ish foundation that I've used - ever. I've always been a mineral foundation type of person. My first ever ever foundation was a Clinique Almost Powder Makeup foundation, which was picked out by my mom. I thought that it was my holy grail foundation - really smooth, natural looking, and didn't make me break out. I didn't wear a lot of makeup back then, so this powder lasted me a long long time. Probably 3 years - the first year untouched, the second sporadically, and the third almost every day.

But curiosity drove me to try a different kind of mineral foundation, so bareMinerals was my next foundation, which I used for 2 years. Also really natural looking, smooth, and didn't break me out either. I was pretty loyal to it, but I hated how cumbersome it was to apply since it was a loose powder.

So this was what led to me to try the Laneige BB Cushion foundation. What drew me was how compact it was, as well as the fact that it was a BB cream. I had heard about the hype - how good it was for your skin, and Laneige is a Korean brand - so I picked this up at Target. It's pricey for a foundation - $34. This is the most I've ever paid for a foundation, but I figured that I'm paying a premium for the convenience aspect of it.

The way it works is that a BB cream is soaked in a sponge, which is then placed inside the compact. There's a lid to keep it from drying out, and the makeup sponge just stores inside the lid. The sponge claims to be antibacterial, but I gotta say, I definitely clean mine because it gets pretty grimy. It washes pretty well and looks almost brand new! The compact itself is a bit larger than I had expected, but is solidly made and premium feeling, despite being made of plastic. 
As for the product itself - I really like it! The coverage is light to medium if you build it up. And if you do build it up, it doesn't look cakey. The finish is dewy, and I had to get used to that, coming off of the matte finishes of my old mineral foundations. It's nice for the summer time, since it's got a lot of SPF in it. I got this in a shade Medium, which matches my skin perfectly though it appears much darker in the compact than it does out. As for lasting power, I feel like it's quite good, but definitely not an 8 hour foundation.

Most of all, I love how fast it is to put this foundation on. My whole makeup routine (aside from my eyebrows) is optimized for speed. I hate waking up in the morning and I hate getting ready, which is why I love working from home so much. It's easy to just throw this on the face to even out my skintone and cover some spots.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June Wardrobe Additions

June was a busy month, which meant not a lot of time for shopping. I only picked up three clothing items at Old Navy during a sale - and spent a total of $35 dollars on the three items.

The first was a pair of khaki colored twill shorts. Really sturdy, but still soft and light weight material. I was looking for a pair of khaki shorts that weren't booty shorts, since I don't think I could pull that off anymore, ha. These fit the bill! They're currently on sale for $14 - but I paid around $9 for them.

The second thing was this high neck tank top, in a black and white microstripe. I really love high necks in this type of form. They're modest and harken back to the 70s, which I love. This is so so cute and I've been wearing it ever since I got it. It washes pretty well for an Old Navy top. In my very few experiences, they usually don't! When I bought this, it was the most expensive thing of the three - $14.

Finally, the last pair of shorts I bought were definitely an impulse buy. I'm usually not drawn to pleated shorts, but this is made of a really soft and well draping material. I paired it with a striped shirt and it looks almost skirt-like! It's a lot more versatile than I had thought it would be. Again, these were $12 during the sale.

This month - most of my disposable income went toward moving costs and picking up furniture for the apartment. A couch, a chair, a rug, a dresser, and a mirror were the main expenses. But it finally feels moved in and I love it! I can't say that I have many things I have my eye on, sartorially speaking, aside from what I was lusting after last month. I've yet to rationalize putting in an everlane order for those Ryan tanks. Maybe this month?

Linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers as always!



sweater tunic - black pants (old from old navy) - t-strap sandals - bag (old from h&m) 
Yesterday, I checked out the newly renovated riverwalk in the Loop! I so wish I still worked in the Leo Burnett building, so I could take my lunches here. So gorgeous and there's really something to being so close to the water and experiencing just a tiny bit of nature in the city. Also, seeing the beautiful architecture along the river from a different angle. I haven't been into the Loop for leisure in a long long time. I always feel so touristy when I do, but I embrace it, ha. I've only ever worked in the Loop, and the thought of commuting downtown on the weekend never comes to mind.

I also got a haircut! I got a sort of lob style, and the last time I had my hair this short was in the 3rd grade. I don't really do anything to my hair to style it, but now that it's much shorter, I feel like it might be a little easier to do something cute with it every once in a while. 

Yesterday's outfit was a monochrome look. I wish I had worn something a little bit more summer. I totally misjudged the weather, since we were coming off the heels of a week straight of just thunderstorms. This next week is supposed to be rainy as well. The weather has been so odd lately - it doesn't really feel like summer. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Behind the Blog Name

Just a quick post here before I get back finishing up cleaning my apartment. I thought it might be interesting to do a post about my blog name. Dorigamii.

The name is actually based on a nickname that my boyfriend calls me, which is Dori. It's based on my last name, which is quite short - Do. When we first started dating, he made up a nickname for me, Dorito. As in the chip. After a while, it morphed into Dori, and these days, he calls me that exclusively, ha.

It was him that actually came up with this nickname, which is basically a combination of that name, Dori, and the word Origami. I thought the idea was cute and would make for a good logo, so I created a few concepts, and the header was born.

I'd love to hear how you got your blog name, fellow bloggers! Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

But First, Coffee.

My weeks as of late have been filled with venti vanilla iced coffees, late nights at the office with my spreadsheets, and the Blackhawks - and I have been crashing hard. I still haven't fully unpacked all of my clothes from the move, and the stress of both work and the move + lack of sleep have left me without much energy at all. I'm still pretty wrapped up at work, since it's about that season that we're seeking another round of funding - so I've been flooded with analysis requests for the pitch deck.

I've been lacking any sort of blog ideas. I also have been wearing basically my normal rotation of outfits, revolving around my striped shirts, dresses and my solid color everlane tees. The limited choices helps, since I lack the mental energy needed in the morning to form a cohesive look. But I think I'm at a place now, where I have some free time to devote to my hobbies :)

More to come soon!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wardrobe Staple #4: The White Oxford Cloth Button Down

oxford cloth button down - jeans (old from eddie bauer) - shoes (old from dsw)
White shirts are so tricky to pull off! I feel like it's a fine line between cute and "about-to-be-a-waitress." But I think I finally have figured out how to wear this shirt for that "effortless" look. I see everyone recommending a white oxford cloth button down as a wardrobe staple, but it was so hard for me to think of how else to wear them. This one is from Uniqlo and I have it in a size S. I have another one of these shirts in a light blue, but in a size XS. It's shrunk now, and these days, I like to wear that one over dresses. I think Uniqlo has changed the cut of their oxford cloth shirts - my last one seemed a lot more fitted, whereas this one is cut a little straighter and looks boxier on me. 

Today was a work from home day. I love working from home on days when I have work that requires the absolute maximum of my mental capacity. It's quiet and I don't need to spend any energy on getting out of bed. Confession - I stay in bed with my laptop until I absolutely need to get up, and only then will I brush my teeth and get ready. In the case of today, it was an afternoon pick-me-up at Starbucks, where I spent the rest of the day sitting outside and coding. It was an absolutely beautiful day in Chicago, especially after the storms that pulled through the Midwest the prior few days. I got absolutely SOAKED walking home from work yesterday. 

In sports news - the Hawks play tomorrow. I was really hoping that it would be a 4 game sweep over Tampa Bay, but I guess not. How do they even have hockey in that climate?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Two Outfits

vest (eddie bauer) - jeans (eddie bauer) - shirt - shoes (dsw)
I was way under dressed for the temperature today. I thought I'd be warm enough with the vest, but actually, I was freezing! We've had a bit of a cold snap in Chicago. On the bright side, I didn't sweat that much during my move. I'm pretty much settled into the new place. I have a list of furniture that I want to buy in the coming months. A chest of drawers, a coffee table, an armchair are the main ones that I'd like, with the priority being the drawers. 

The move itself was pretty stress free. I was shocked at how much household stuff I had. I guess the surprise came because in the past when I had moved, it was always between furnished apartment to furnished apartment in college. I only owned clothes and knick knacks. I also realized how many shoes I had... Half of them were for winter/fall, and the other half were flats and sandals that were more fall/summer. I contemplated trimming down, but decided against it, since I really do wear them when the season is right. I guess that's a con of living in a place with so many states of weather. 

dress (old navy) - shoes (old navy) - blazer (aritizia)
Outfit #2 here. Wore this yesterday to work, when it was MUCH warmer - around 80 degrees. The blazer was a bit warm, but perfect for in the office. And here's a shot of what my backyard looks like. I LOVE having a deck, and I hate it because it's another door that I need to worry about being locked!