Lulu Frost for PopSugar Bracelet: So cute!! This is my favorite part of the box!
Mixt Studio Holiday Gifting Set: I don’t have any wrapping paper for Christmas yet, so guess this will work.
ModelCo Fibre Lashxtend Black Mascara: I’m really excited to try this mascara out!
Govino Go Anywhere Flutes: I love champagne, and these will go great for my New Years Eve party!
CC Made Caramel Corn: Tried this, it’s pretty good.
NCLA Peppermint Lane Nail Wraps: These are super cute for Christmas, can’t wait to try these out!
Ghirardelli Squares Chocolate: Yum!
Brand: Sally Hansen
Color: Go Gold
I have a confession to make…I have been to Umami Burger twice in the past two weeks and I’m not ashamed. For those of you who don’t know what Umami Burger is, shame on you. This Los Angeles famed burger joint has finally hit the streets of NYC, and it’s about damn time. I remember about four years ago when I went to LA, someone suggested I go to Umami Burger but for some reason I decided against it. It was a decision that has haunted me ever since, but finally I can make it right again.
It’s currently truffle season so Umami has their special truffle menu. For starters we ordered the Irish Truffle Nachos ($9) which were fries with truffled shiitake, bacon and truffle fondue. OH MY. These are officially my favorite fries. Ever. It came with four sauces. From top to bottom we got garlic aioli, jalepeno ranch, chipotle…something, and Umami ketchup. All of the sauces were good but the chipotle one was AMAZING. So spicy and so good. For my burger I got the Truffled Shiitake Royale Burger ($14), which has port onions, truffled shiitake topped with a truffle glaze. This burger was perfection. The meat just melted in your mouth. If you love truffle like I do, this is a must try.
When I went to Umami the second time, I decided to get the Loco Moco burger ($13) because my friend got it the last time and it looked amazing. This is a “secret” burger that isn’t on the menu. IT IS AWESOME. This is a Hawaiian inspired burger that uses crispy rice instead of buns…and it’s topped with an egg. As an Asian, I obviously loved the crispy rice. It added such a great texture that I had never had with a burger before. I highly highly recommend this dish if you are feeling adventurous.
Overall, Umami Burger is amazing. If you love burgers, you HAVE to go. It’s officially my new favorite burger place.
The other day I saw this video and it really made me think. This video made by Jason Silva talks about life and death and more importantly about love and love lost. Here’s a quote from the video that really struck a chord in me, “When we’re in love, we’re also kind of sad. There’s a sadness to the ecstasy.” I highly suggest you watch the video below, it will really get you thinking.
Michael Stars Wrap: The pattern is not my favorite but it looks so comfy for the winter.
Illume Candle in Nice: This smells AMAZING. Plus I’m a total candle girl.
Land’s End Single Canvas Wine Tote: I used to hate wine up until about last week…no joke. So now I’m thrilled to have something to carry around my new favorite drink.
Maison De Monaco Strawberry & Blackcurrant Cream Preserves: Hopefully, this tastes as good as it sounds.
The Soap & Paper Factory Roland Pine Shea Butter Soap: I’m not a big fan of bar soaps – or the scent of pine. I could have done without this one.
Absolute! Nail Polish Remover Pads: I can’t wait to try these! They’re small enough to travel with.
Canvas Pop $30 Gift Card: Get your favorite prints put on a canvas? Sounds great!
Barefruit Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips: These sound amazing, can’t wait to try them!
If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I LOVE Italian food. Especially anything with carbs…bread, pasta, pizza. I love it all. My friend suggested we go to Zero Otto Nove, located near the Flatiron Building. I had never heard of it, but I’m always down for Italian. The restaurant itself is huge. It’s beautifully decorated and looks as if you are in an Italian villa. For starters we got the Cozze alla Marinara ($12.95). This was sautéed mussels in garlic & olive oil with tomato sauce. Oh my, this was amazing. Probably one of the best mussels dishes I’ve ever had. It wasn’t grainy at all and the sauce was impeccable. It was a delicious marinara sauce that I ended up dipping bread into.
For my main meal I ordered the La Cirilo pizza ($14.95). This pizza had butternut squash puree, cream of truffle, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella. The pizza was delicious. The dough was so soft and perfectly baked. Unfortunately I didn’t really taste any of the butternut squash. It was mixed with parmesan cheese so the taste of the parmesan overpowered the butternut squash. Regardless, the pizza was still great. I would definitely get it again.
Overall, I really enjoyed Zero Otto Nove and would highly recommend it.
I’m obsessed with lip scrubs, especially in the winter time when my lips tend to be dryer than normal. The two most popular lip scrubs on the market today are The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ, and the ones by Lush. Both brands of lip scrubs offer many different flavors to choose from. By Sara Happ, I have tried the Vanilla Bean flavor. From Lush, I’ve tried their Mint Julips, Sweet Lips, and Popcorn. Both lip scrubs have different things to offer. When it comes to flavor, I enjoy the Lush lip scrubs better. The Mint Julips and Sweet Lips are absolutely incredible. I didn’t really like the Popcorn flavor because it was more salty than sweet. The Vanilla Bean by Sara Happ offered a different flavor than I expected. It was a lot more of a synthetic taste than the Lush products (which use all natural ingredients). You can also lick off/eat the Lush lip scrub. Now I don’t recommend you eat the whole container but you might be tempted because it tastes that good.
When it comes to texture, I would have to say I enjoy the Sara Happ scrub better. The Lush lip scrubs are very grainy and fall apart on your lips. They tend to get every where when you try to use them. They get on your face, on your clothes…it’s just a mess. The Sara Happ scrub on the other hand is more of a gel texture. It’s a lot thicker of a scrub so the exfoliating particles don’t fall all over. Therefore, the Sara Happ lip scrub has a better user experience.
Now onto price. The Lush lip scrubs retail for $9.95 for .9 oz. The Sara Happ lip scrubs on the other hand retail for $24 for 1 oz. That’s more than double the price.
Overall, I would have to recommend the Lush lip scrubs over the Sara Happ. Although I love the texture of the Sara Happ lip scrubs better. The flavor and the price of the Lush lip scrubs make it a no brainer.
Have you tried both lip scrubs? What do you think?
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