Spot Dessert Bar


Normally I don't really crave for dessert as much ever since I started exercising, but sometimes a good dessert hits the right spot makes my day brighter.  I recently got the opportunity to check out this dessert joint located at St. Mark area in New York City.  There are many times I always passed by but never had a chance to try this place and so I took my opportunity to try this place out. I ordered their dessert tapas and the dessert tapas that I ordered are:  Golden Toast - honey buttered toast, condensed milk,  Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake - warm soft dark chocolate cake, green tea ganache, green tea ice cream, walnut soil and lastly The Harvest - layers of berries, soft cheesecake, meringue kisses served with raspberry sorbet and black rose milk tea. The desserts that I ordered were very refreshing and it was interesting how each of the desserts complimented each other.  The desserts I like the most were Golden Toast and the Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, because the two dessert dishes weren't overpowering sweet.  The Harvest was very interesting because it came in a garden pot, however it's very sweet and with layers of berries and soft cheesecake with meringue kisses really adds in the extra punch of being overly sweet. I personally think it was a nice experience and definitely would like to go back there again to try some of their other desserts that I haven't got to.

Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake
The Harvest

Spot Dessert Bar • 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003 • (212) 677-5670

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Studio Gear Revitalizing Day Serum and the Dual Identity Mineral Powder Review


How's everyone summer going so far?  Today I will be reviewing the Studio Gear Revitalizing Day Serum and the Dual Identity Mineral Powder.  This is my first time trying this, personally I'm not a powder person because I have dry skin.  Using powder would make my face looks even cakier and drier. However this mineral powder can apply in 4 ways and so I put it to the test.

I applied the day serum on my face to help moisturize my face.  Then I applied it wet and here's my before and after look.  This mineral powder helped me covered my dark circles and some of my dark spots.  This mineral powder also gave me a smooth matte finish, which I really like.  My uneven skin tone has even out pretty well using this powder.

Before without the Mineral Powder
After using the Mineral Powder



About the Product
Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation is a true revolutionary advancement in beauty. These loose minerals provide all the benefits you’™ve come to expect of a normal mineral foundation enhanced with the improved application, feel, look, and performance you love from your favorite wet, dry, or liquid foundation. It's versatility makes it the perfect makeup for all seasons.

You can check this youtube tutorial for application tips! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si2Ni-kIs1E

1 Foundation | 4 Ways
  1.  Mineral Powder: Keep it simple and buff Foundation into skin on it's own or over primer.
  2.  Serum Foundation: Mix it Up with Revitalizing Day Serum to create custom, super moisturizing coverage. (Tip, you can also mix with your favorite SPF)
  3. Mattifying Finishing Powder: Take it on the go to set your liquid make-up and stay matte all day.
  4. Cream Contour: Mix up darker and lighter shades with Protective Day Lotion for creamy, blendable, custom contour.
This is not tested on animals

Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid, Water/Aqua, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

TALC FREE FRAGRANCE FREE PARABEN FREE

If you are interested in this product please check their website: 
https://studiogearcosmetics.com/collections/complexion/products/dual-identity-wet-dry-mineral-foundation?variant=14957242182

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FARMACY HONEY POTION Review


In this post I will be reviewing the FARMACY Honey Potion, a renewing antioxidant hydration mask with Echinacea greenenvy honey that activates by Cichoric acid.  This is my first time trying this brand and I'm extremely excited. This is a warming mask that nourish and revitalized your skin for a glowing and smooth complexion. This honey potion mask is moisturizing with combination of honey that enhances skin renewal for a younger appearance.  I really enjoy using this mask, it makes my skin more moisturize and also has minimize my pores after a few usage. The mask has a smooth consistency that glides on smoothly when applying it on.  After a few minutes the mask will start to warm up that has this soothing sensation. 

This honey mask is natural:
  • Naturally Derived Ingredients 
  • Free of Parabens
  • Free of Formaldehyde
  • Free of Artificial Coloring 
  • Not Tested on Animals 


The packaging is packed in a pretty glass honeycomb jar that comes with a metal spatula.  What's really unique about this packaging is that the top lid is a magnetic where you can just slap the spatula right on top of the lid after using this mask.

Learn About the Brand
Powered By Echinacea GreenEnvy™. A unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. Cichoric Acid also normalizes the skin pigmentation process to promote a more evenly toned complexion.

Mark Veeder is the pioneer plantsman behind the discovery and patenting of Echinacea GreenEnvy™, a unique variant of Echinacea Purpurea. He has partnered with farming expert Robert Beyfuss to cultivate the plant in upstate New York. Together, they are creating jobs and changing lives in their local community.

The scientists and lab behind Farmacy are innovative experts in cosmetic formulation and research, and seek out nature's most novel yet effective ingredients.

Echinacea GreenEnvy™ is transported only two hours to the lab, where it undergoes a cold pressing process, similar to cold pressed juices.

This FARMACY Honey Potion Mask  (4.1 oz / 117g) is retail for $56 USD value,  it is also available on QVC.com and will be available on Farmacybeauty.com, on Sephora.com and in Sephora stores across the US and Canada.

For more information on this brand, please visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com

Hope you'll get an opportunity to try this line.  

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Fragrance Outlet - BAMBOO franck olivier


Fragrance Outlet is an e-commerce site that has the largest selection on high end perfumes.  I recently ordered Bamboo by franck olivier.  The packaging was extremely nice, it was packed extremely well in a white box with a navy blue ribbon.  I unwrapped the box and tested this perfume. During my summer days, I like to wear certain perfumes that isn't overpowering.  This perfume gives me a light subtle sweet and light floral smell, which is to my liking.

The smell consist of:
  • Top Notes: Violet Leaves, BlackCurrant, Ivy, 
  • Heart Notes: Freesia, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Lily
  • End Notes:Vetyver, CedarWood, Musks
Bamboo by franck olivier is retail for $72.99 USD 

About the Company: 
Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation’s largest retailers of genuine designer fragrances and related accessories. We also pride ourselves on being the leading authority on fragrances. Our stores offer the widest selection of designer perfume and fragrances at the most affordable prices. We carry the most popular names in fragrance including: Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Escada, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Michael Kors, Thierry Mugler, DKNY, Coach, Davidoff, Vera Wang, and many other in-demand designer fragrances. Fragrance Outlet is proud to be a purveyor of the finest women’s perfume and men’s perfume and fragrances that are sold at a great value. Fragrances can cost a small fortune when purchased at most department stores, but not with Fragrance Outlet. Because we substantially mark down our fragrances, you get more for your money. When you’re ready for your next purchase, visit a Fragrance Outlet or Designer Fragrances store, near you, with over 100 stores to choose from throughout the country, you will always find a Fragrance Outlet and Designer Fragrances stores to service all of your perfume and cologne need.

Be sure to check out there site:  http://www.fragranceoutlet.com/

Hope you'll find your fragrance!   

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The Cecil


I had another opportunity to try out a new restaurant called - THE CECIL, which is located in Harlem.  This restaurant was recommended by my husband who wants to try this unique Afro-Asian-American brasserie over the weekend. We started our night slowly as we checked in and there wasn't many people in the restaurant yet.  The interior and decor designs was very exquisite.  While being seated, I came across a few unique paintings.  I took an opportunity to take a few pictures of the painting.  
 
BRAISED LAMB RIBs - Za'atar Spiced Goat Yogurt, Curry Crunch
Then we started with few appetizers. We ordered the BRAISED LAMB RIBs - Za'atar Spiced Goat Yogurt, Curry Crunch and AFRO/ASIAN/AMERICAN OXTAIL DUMPLINGS - Green Apple Curry, Crispy Taro Root.  The Braised Lamb Ribs was pretty good, due to the crispiness texture.  I have a tendency not to order lamb because of the gamy flavor, but with this appetizer the gaminess of the lamb wasn't over powering at all.  Second appetizer was the AFRO/ASIAN/AMERICAN OXTAIL DUMPLINGS which I really enjoy.  I really like the ingredients that was  infused with the oxtail, the dumpling wrap was nice and soft.  I personally and highly recommend The Afro/Asian/American Oxtail dumpling appetizer to start off with.
AFRO/ASIAN/AMERICAN OXTAIL DUMPLINGS - Green Apple Curry, Crispy Taro Root
As for the Entrées, I ordered the Grilled Bone-in Ribs with Crispy Okra, Black-eyed Pea Salad and Black Pepper Sauce, this Entree that I ordered was pretty disappointing.  The ribs was just over powering with salt and the texture of the ribs wasn't soft.  With combination of saltiness and the rough texture, I just couldn't finish this entree.  
Grilled Bone-in Ribs with Crispy Okra, Black-eyed Pea Salad and Black Pepper Sauce
My husband ordered the Feijoada - Spicy Black Beans, Oxtails, Merguez Lamb Sausage, he was a bit disappointed as well because it was spicy and the oxtails was extremely small.  
Feijoada - Spicy Black Beans, Oxtails, Merguez Lamb Sausage
My friend ordered the GRILLED AHI TUNA - Buckwheat Noodles, Yuzu, Bok Choy, Chinese Pork Sausage, Curry Crunch, which was pretty good.  I had a small piece of her Tuna and it was infused with citrus in the Tuna.  I should have ordered the Tuna instead of a meaty dish, at least this was in par with my palette taste.  
GRILLED AHI TUNA - Buckwheat Noodles, Yuzu, Bok Choy, Chinese Pork Sausage, Curry Crunch,
Highlight of the night was dessert and I highly recommend that you should order a dessert before leaving.  I ordered the BAOBAB - Baobab Ganache, Olive Oil Cake, Lavender Honey Ice Cream, Raspberries, Hibiscus Cream.  Each bite was heavenly sweet, I tasted what the descriptions described, it was refreshing and wasn't overpowering sweet.
BAOBAB - Baobab Ganache, Olive Oil Cake, Lavender Honey Ice Cream, Raspberries, Hibiscus Cream.
Overall it was a great experience of trying something different and ending with a sweet note.  I would recommend in trying this place out.  The atmosphere was just lovely and the staffs are pretty nice and friendly.

THE CECIL • 210 WEST 118TH STREET AT ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10026 •  (212) 866-1262

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Dr. Jart+ Clay Mask to Foaming Cleanser Trio Review

It's been awhile that I have shopped at Sephora.  I don't even remember when was my last Sephora haul.  My intention was to shop for some skin care products.  I realized my skin has been acting again, especially the summer heat is making my face extremely dry. Until I stumble this Korean brand called Dr. Jart+ Clay Mask to Foaming Cleanser trio.  This trio clay mask indicates that it has calming, moisturizing and refreshing effect.  I've been incorporating more Korean brand products, because I feel that it contains natural ingredients.

What it is:
A trio of triple functioning wash-off clay masks that transform into a foaming cleanser upon application of water, each providing different skin care benefits while removing excess oil, cleaning pores, and exfoliating skin.

What it is formulated to do:
These innovative, multi-action Trans-Foam Clay cleansers are applied like a clay mask but transform into a gentle foaming cleanser, removing makeup, absorbing oil, and detoxifying your skin. When splashed with water, the mineral-rich French clay lathers to a foam that brightens, tones, and removes dead skin cells for a fresh and healthy-looking complexion. Fine natural clay particles charged with hydrogen mineral water and other natural ingredients deeply cleanse pores and gently exfoliate. The clay comes in three colors: Calming White featuring calming chamomile to provide a mild and purifying effect; Moisturizing Pink featuring hydrating lotus flower extract to deliver a hydrating and purifying effect; and Refreshing Green featuring tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemongrass extract to control excess sebum and refresh. 

My Thoughts on this clay mask:
My impression when first tried this clay mask was really enjoyable and therapeutic.  I really enjoy the calming mask sensation, because it helps me restores by exfoliating my skin leaving my face hydrated at the same time.  Not only it hydrates, I feel that my face has this refreshing glow in the morning. 

This Dr. Jart+ Clay Mask Trio can be purchased at Sephora retailing $35.00 USD

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Osteria Morini


I recently got an opportunity to try out an Italian Restaurant called Osteria Morini.  It's been hard juggling with two kids and being home bound this was a rewarding opportunity I had.  My first appetizer that I ordered is the Polpettine - prosciutto & mortadella meatballs baked in tomato sauce.  I really like how soft this meatball was and how each bite infused with so much juice and with a hint of panko in this meatballs.  The main dish I ordered was TORCIA - squid ink pasta, shrimp & seppia ragù, which was okay wasn't really expecting the type of pasta that they used.  I would preferably that they used linguine instead.  

TORCIA - squid ink pasta, shrimp & seppia ragù
As for my friend she ordered the GRAMIGNA - macaroni, chicken ragù, roasted figs, escarole, I personally like her dish more than mine.  I can tasted the roasted figs, it was very sweet and the pasta was more intriguing because it wasn't macaroni that was served. 
GRAMIGNA - macaroni, chicken ragù, roasted figs, escarole
I really enjoy trying this new Italian place and hopefully I'll get more opportunity to do many more restaurant reviews. 

Osteria Morini • Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012 • Telephone: 212.965.8777 

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