Thursday, December 12, 2013

Clarins "The Essentials" Eye Palette

Christmas is almost here!!! I've been shopping for presents and got myself a new eye shadow palette. This collector's edition eye palette is by Clarins - The Essentials, aptly named as it contains ten beige, taupe, and brown shadows to contour and highlight eyes.

The palette is $45 for ten shadows. Very gorgeous copper, gold, and browns colors. It's very similar to the Naked 2 and 3 by UD but less shimmer/glitter. It's more like velvet, satin, and soft shimmer. Two of the ten shades are matte which make nice bases.

The packaging, I think, is sturdy but since it's made of thick cardboard and a elastic strap, I'm not sure how many trips it will survive. I prefer the Naked 2 tin style. But then again, Clarins is being environmental friendly...

I purchased this on and they have a GWP (still going on) when you purchase two items (one skincare). So, I got the hand cream (back ordered, so I won't get it till later in Dec).

 Three free beauty samples - I love how they are individually packaged

 GWP from Clarins
 Very generous samples! I wasn't expecting this at all
Body Lift cream and Body Oil

 Outer packaging of the palette

Backside of the box 

Outside of Palette  

 Comes with a clear plastic card numbered as a guide

 The ten shades and bamboo brush

 Shades 1,2,3,4,5,6

Shades 4,5,6,7,8,9,10

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    D&G Time Anchor Watch (DG0509) Black

    I've been eyeing the D&G 0509 Anchor Watch in black leather forever!! I'm sure this is a way past season watch! But, it really reminds me of my cousin's Mont Blanc watch. Which is probably something I won't be able to afford in the near future! So, D&G it is! Thank you babe for getting this for my birthday.

    I received the package today and immediately unboxed it. The lid is made of  thick white cardboard but the black box is actually made of a thin cardboard. So thin that it's floppy and easily squished. I was surprised by the choice of material they used. I've only had DKNY watches before and they all came in beautiful heavy card boxes or plastic cases. So, this D&G box seems rather cheap and I honestly thought it could be a fake. Anyways, there's an instructional booklet and a warranty note with the D&G hologram. The watch is kept on a velvet foam holder and in a faux leather pouch.

    Let me get to the watch itself. The straps are black leather with a D&G engraved silver buckle. The face of the watch is mainly black and stainless steel with mineral crystals at each hour. There's also a unidirectional bezel. It's also 50 meters water resistance, but I'm not sure who would want to dive 50 meters with a leather watch?!

    Overall, I love how it's a little masculine but also very smart looking for females!

    What do you think?

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    Housewarming Present Idea

    For Jessica's housewarming, I put together a little creative gift with baking tools. First, I wanted to look for a really cool cookie jar. I really liked this white cookie jar that says Cookies on it from Target, but the top is not removable, making it difficult to work with. So, I had to return it. I looked online and found a round glass jar with a top lid at Walmart. I decided to use this one even though the lid doesn't provide a airtight seal.

    Inside the jar, I placed pink crinkle paper and I filled it with Kitchen Aid's spatula, measuring spoons, and whisk. I also went to the Disney Store and picked up Mickey's over gloves and cookie cutter set. I used clear cellophane to wrap the jar into a big bouquet and added a big purple bow for the finishing touch.

    This is a fun housewarming gift for a friend who loves to bake or eat cookies! You can pretty much fill a jar with anything you like! Maybe even your homemade baked goods, candy, coffee, or kitchen tools. It just makes it fun to unwrap and dig out the contents.

    Overall, this took about half and hour to assemble and topped off with a card. Quick and simple!

    Sunday, July 7, 2013

    Bistro West, Carlsbad

    Ok, so this has got to be the worst restaurant experience for me ever. I visited Bistro West last year in April after a day at legoland. I had a great scallop and wild mushroom pasta. Since it's almost a two hour drive, I haven't been back till last Friday. My friend was visiting from SF and had seen my photo from last year, so I decided to take her to the restaurant before we head down to San Diego.

    So, we drove the almost two hour drive to bistro west. Eagerly, we sat down and I perused the menu for the pasta. It wasn't there. I saw papadelle with scallops and mushrooms and thought that must've been the dish I ordered. So decided on the large portion of papadelle and a Pear and Gorgonzola pizza for three people.

    The pizza came first. It was fantastic!! Caramelized pear slices with prosciutto and spring mix on top of a crispy pizza base. The cheese was just the perfect amount too. I was getting excited for the pasta! But, Everything started to go down hill when the pasta dish arrived.

    The large portion was more like a lunch size portion at the Cheesecake Factory. I realized it wasn't the same dish I ordered last year. But, we decided to eat it anyways. My friend took the first bite and her face fell. She said I should try it. Um, yah the he forgot to season this pasta! Bland as a piece of cardboard! We told our waitress marissa who explained how most dishes here are underseasoned and we are welcome to use salt and pepper. At least she took the dish back. I showed her the picture of the pasta I had last year and she went to show her manager who came by and announced coolly that it's been discontinued. Um I seriously drove two hours for that !!

    We decided to get the vodka cream pasta instead. Let me cut to the chase, pasta was not al dente it wasn't even cooked. I couldn't twirl it around my fork, it was more like wire.

    Again, we informed marissa and she said that we should just save room for dessert. She took the pasta away. We picked two desserts - trio chocolate and creme brûlée. They were Devine. Almost worth making the drive.

    Going to end this post here with a word of advice. Visit this place if you are around legoland and try their desserts. I'm not a fan of how they have small and large pasta plates since the large is not particularly plentiful.

    *side note. Marissa was kind and accommodating as a waitress but if I was her, I would've brought out dessert on the house or maybe free coffee.

    Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Katana-ya, San Francisco

    Katana-ya is a tiny japanese ramen/sushi restaurant located very close to the Union Square in San Francisco. During our SF trip, we stumbled upon this place while looking for dinner around 9pm. As we were quite hungry, we decided to just wait for a table instead of mindlessly walking around town. The wait was about half and hour for three since the tables were more suitable twos or fours. In fact, I think the whole restaurant only had about eight small tables plus a small bar area? It was just quite crowded.

    On to the food, we had already decided what to order while we waited, so the food came quite quickly. We ordered gyoza, takoyaki, sunset roll, agedeshi tofu, regular ramen set with salmon sushi. I really enjoyed everything. Gyozas' filling were plump and juicy with a crispy touch. The size of takoyakis were also commendable - about the size of a golf ball with good amount of octopus. The agedashi tofu was good also, but nothing too spectacular. I really like the ramen broth, it was flavorful and not too salty. The ramen noodle was thicker than what I usually get in L.A but I like it because it feels like there's more to chew on? Not sure how to explain it but it's like how I prefer spaghetti over angel hair... Their sushi were also very fresh and yummy.

    Aside from the tight space, the food is definitely good. I would rank it 8/10 for good food and price.