Unboxing: Kat Von D VoxBox

Kat Von D has long been one of my favorite makeup brands. I’ve admired her palettes and loved her liquid lipsticks (not to mention her products are vegan and cruelty-free), so when the Lock-It Concealers launched I itched to test them out for myself. When I saw that Influenster was sending me not just one, but five products from the line to test, I was beyond excited. Being able to use multiple products from a range together is always how brands mean for them to be used, so getting the concealer, powder and their respective brushes made this VoxBox a really great one.

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Hokkaido Trip: Beauty Haul

I went to Hokkaido a while back, and of course while I was there I had to stock up on some beauty and makeup items. I’d shopped in Japan before but for some reason this was the first time that I was able to take advantage of the VAT refunds. As always, it helps to do some research on the brand offerings and unique products that you might find in Japan. There’s usually not a lot of English on the packaging and the possibilities are endless. Also, know where to buy the things you want. Most of these were drugstore buys and found pretty easily, but some I had to go to their own storefronts for, while others I never would have found amongst all the choices had I not had a specific goal in mind. Continue reading

S: SakaMai | NYC

Lower East Side
157 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
(646) 590-0684
Website

After seeing photos of the Insta-famous “egg on egg on egg”, we decided that it was finally time to try out SakaMai. It’s considered an izakaya, which are informal Japanese gastropubs. With its candle-lit interior, exposed brick wills, and fireplace in the back, SakaMai definitely exhibited some sleek tavern feels. The dishes were tapas-style so we got everything to share, and since we were a party of three, our waiter offered to ask the kitchen to make the dishes in portions of three so that we didn’t have to share two sliders among three people.

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N: NIX | NYC

72 University Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 498-9393
Website

Healthy eating is still gaining momentum, and NIX is one of the latest eateries to hop on board this craze, offering vegetarian and vegan fare in a sit-down dining environment. Opened by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser of Dovetail and Narcissa, NIX brings dishes that are reminiscent of many classics from a range of cuisines, but sans meat of course.DSC_2526DSC_2519DSC_2515 Continue reading

E: el Willy | Shanghai

黄浦区 • Huang Pu
中山二东路 22号 501 • 22 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, 501
021-54045757

el Willy is a modern Spanish restaurant by “Willy” Trullas Moreno, who has brought multiple notable establishments to Asia. el Willy boasts top notch food and a great view, so I decided it was time to check it out and explore the Spanish cuisine scene in Shanghai. DSC_1479DSC_1480DSC_1486 Continue reading