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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Cheryl Lee | MD Sensitive Skin Care Review

I recently got an opportunity to try the Cheryl Lee | MD Sensitive Skin Care line.  I'm currently  suffering from some for of skin problems called Keratosis Pilaris know as chicken bumps. I tend to avoid wearing sleeveless tops and dresses, because of this condition I always feel embarrassed of wearing anything that expose my upper arm.  There are times there are people that would stare at my arms and see how disgusted it is.  I had a hard time finding the right treatment until one of Cheryl Lee representative approached me with an e-mail and suggested that I try this line called KP Calming Kit

What this KP Calming Kit does:
TrueLipids KP (Keratosis Pilaris) Calming Kit has been created to provide maximum relief, quickly. The formula plays a key role in providing relief from small pink bumps at the base of hairs on the upper arms, upper thighs and buttocks caused by Keratosis Pilaris. Created by Dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting.

The kit includes:
  1. TrueLipids Relieve & Protect Ointment
  2. TrueLipids TrueTherapy Ceramide+ Cream
  3. TrueLipids Eczema Experts Anti-Itch 1% Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream
I really like that it's fragrance, Paraben, PEG & Formaldehyde-Free, it's hypoallergenic and non-irritating.

TrueTherapy Ceramide+ Cream
Deeply moisturizing skin barrier optimization technology. Beautifies tone and texture while minimizing the appearance of large pores, fine lines and redness. 
  • Luxurious skin barrier optimizing cream 
  • Provides deeply moisturizing relief for aging, dry and sensitive skin 
  • Calms irritation, redness and pigmentation 
  • Brightens the skin for a natural, youthful glow 
  • Optimizes tone and texture while minimizing the appearance of large pores and fine lines 
  • LipidRelease technology repairs skin barrier function and provides deep, long-lasting moisture 
TrueLipids Relieve & Protect Ointment
Relieves and protects dry, itchy, chapped cracked, wind-burned and irritated skin.  Works at the source of dry, cracked skin with the TrueLipids patent-pending essential skin lipids blend.
  • Seals moisture in and keeps irritants out while reducing irritation caused by dry skin conditions. 
  • A soothing and protective ointment that does not burn or sting 
  • Works at the source of dry, cracked skin with the patent pending TrueLipids blend of essential skin lipids 
  • Relieves and protect dry, itchy, chapped, cracked, wind-burned and irritated skin 
  • Enjoyed by all ages and skin types: babies, children, teenager, adults and more mature adults
TrueLipids Eczema Experts Anti-Itch 1% Hydrocortisone Barrier CreamWorks with the skin to augment its own skin barrier repairing pathways.  Seals out allergens, irritants and infection.  Especially formulated for skin irritations such as itchy skin, inflammation and rashes.
  • Temporary relief of itching, irritation and inflammation 
  • For eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, eyelid dermatitis, allergic reactions, bug bites and more 
  • Incredibly fast itch relief 
  • Pair with Relieve & Protect Ointment for more powerful relief 
  • Truly hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and therapeutic  
Here's a before shot of my Keratosis Pilaris

Before the treatment and that you can see the visible red bumps
After using the treatment and I feel that my bumps are clearing and that the bumps aren't as visible as before.

Disclaimer: Cherly lee | md  kindly sent this product for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers. 

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    My Top Summer Favorite Products

    I have compile my favorite summer products that I enjoy using mostly throughout the summer time. I enjoy the summer a lot because it's one less thing to worry what to wear each day and it applies the same not to apply too much makeup for the summer. As for my summer beauty routine, I personally like to stay fresh and light and tentatively not to wear too much makeup. I personally hate to wear too much makeup during the summer, because it's not breathable.  I also hate the heavy and sticky feeling on my face throughout the day, especially when I'm doing outdoor activities. 

    Here are some of my favorite summer beauty products: 
    1. The Face Shop BB Cushion. which I did a review on.  I enjoy using this BB cushion because this compact doesn't have a heavy feel when you apply it on your face.  
    2. Paul & Joe Mix & Match Refillable Cheek Blush - I really like the cheek blush, the blush color isn't overpowering and it looks great for the summer look.  
    3. Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede - I really enjoy this cologne, it's not too heavy, which it isn't overpowering. 
    4. Innisfree  Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ 50ml - it's crucial to incorporate sunblock to my daily makeup routine.  I've been getting some freckles and sunspots and I have to take steps to prevent that.    
    5. Marc Jacobs Concealer -  helps to me conceal my sunspots and my unwanted pimple scars  
    6. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil - helps give my brow a full coverage 
    7. Marc Jacobs Eye Liner - Makes my eyes looks bolder and fuller 
    8. Dior Addict Lipstick - perfect way to add that summer look  
    What are your favorite summer products?  Please do share below the comment section.  Hope you enjoy your summer. 
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    Oiji



    Over the weekend I got the opportunity to try a new restaurant in New York City called Oiji located in East Village.  Oiji is a Korean Restaurant that serves authentic Korean cuisine with modern cooking techniques. The interior decor was very modern dim lit type of restaurant, which can be set comfortably causal or can be romantic atmosphere.

    My order consist of:
    • Fried Chicken with spicy soy vinaigrette
    • Homemade Tofu with scallion soy vinaigrette
    • Slow Cooked Oxtail with root vegetables
    • Gochujang Braised Chicken with winter vegetables
    • Truffle Seafood broth with sizzling crispy rice

     Fried Chicken with spicy soy vinaigrette - I really enjoy the Fried Chicken, the fried texture and the meat really comprehend well together.

    Homemade Tofu with scallion soy vinaigrette - Not a big fan of this dish, I felt that this dish was processed into a blender making this dish awfully dry. 

    Slow Cooked Oxtail with root vegetables - Unfortunately I didn't get to try this, but my husband said it was pretty good.  The meat was soft and has a nice flavor to it.
    Gochujang Braised Chicken with winter vegetables - It's very well braised and the chicken is very soft that the meat falls off on it's own, however, the sauce is spicy.  I feel that this dish is more of an indian/chicken masala  type of dish than a Korean dish.  I really don't taste the
    Gochujang.

    Truffle Seafood broth with sizzling crispy rice - I ordered this dish and it took pretty long to arrive.  I really enjoyed my main dish, the crispy rice was really good, I really like the texture and the flavor especially when you infuse the crispy rice to the soup it adds a good combo flavor to it.  The seafood was very good and fresh, however the portion was small.  This dish will taste great on a cold winter day.
    Overall it was a great experience of trying this new place and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The food was very delicious and felt very homey.  I highly recommend that you check out this restaurant, however, want to inform you that this restaurant doesn't take walk-ins.  You have to make a reservation in advance.

    OIJI • 119 1ST AVE • NEW YORK, NY • 10003

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    Kittens invading my Wardrobe

    My obsession with cat fashions has taken over me again.  Recently I purchased a top and dress of cat prints that reminds me from Paul & Joe makeup line.  I really like how adorable the illustration enticed me in purchasing these outfits in the first place. The design is sweet and has a clean design and it's perfect for any occasion. The top and the dress of the these material are 100% polyester, which is light and it's perfect for summer time. I can't wait to sport these adorable outfits during the summer This brand is by Everly, but sold exclusively from modcloth.com

    What do think of wearing cat prints? Would it be too much of a statement saying I'm a cat lover? 

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    Alterre Shoes Launches a Kickstarter

    I want to spread the words out about this brand called Alterre Shoes that has recently launched a kickstarter.  Wouldn't it be cool to have versatile design 21 ways with one shoe and additionally budget friendly + storage saver? Their shoes are versatile, vibrant and easy to travel anywhere making us ladies stress free from over packing. The design is chic that comes with either a Sandal or a Mule design and endless vibrant looks of interchangeable straps.

    Currently Alterre Shoes is launching a kickstarer and would kindly need your help with their pledge in making this happen.  Also this shoe company is following fair labor laws in Brazil and every purchase you make they will donate 5% or the proceeds to women's abuse shelter Restore NYC.  





    About the Brand: 
    Ever carry multiple pairs of shoes to work? Or struggle with packing only a couple of shoes that would match everything on your trip? We did. That’s why we created Alterre, an innovative line of modular shoes for the modern woman.

    Being women ourselves, we know the best shoes are comfortable all day, versatile, and pack light. So we combined those traits with our patented technology (and a lot of insole padding) to create shoes you can interchange into over 125 combinations.

    All of our shoes are designed in our New York Studio and made according to fair labor laws in Brazil. We donate 5% of the proceeds to the women's abuse shelter Restore NYC, so you get to do good while you look good.

    Please kindly spread the word about this brand! 

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    Food Review: Krupa Grocery

    Over the weekend my family and I visited a new restaurant at prospect park, Brooklyn.  Our initial intention was to try out a Asian Fusion Chinese restaurant; however, it was closed that day.  Instead we tried this restaurant called Krupa Grocery.  I assure you that this place is not a grocery store, it's a trendy and unique restaurant that serves rustic type of food from lamb burgers to P.E.I mussels.  I always have a tendency to order seafood because it's one of my favorite dish on the list.  I decided to order the, P.E.I Mussels [Lamb Pancetta, Fermented Chili Paste, Leeks Gruner Velitiner], the hearty fermented chili paste was a bit spicy but that didn't stop me from finishing it and let me tell you I enjoyed every bite of it. Highly recommend this dish if you do visit this place.  This place has very comfortable seating indoor and outdoor.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to sit outside on a warm sunny day a high of 60's on a month of Dec.  As for my husband he ordered the Sunny side up with spinach and artichoke on toast & Crispy wings with Alabama white BBQ sauce.  

    Very enjoyable lunch I had and I personally think you should try this place as well if you ever stop by Prospect Park, Brooklyn one day.

    KRUPA GROCERY • 231 PROSPECT PARK WEST (BET 16TH ST & PROSPECT AVE) • BROOKLYN, NY 11215

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    HASK Charcoal Purifying Hair Care Collection Review

    I can not emphasize how damaging my hair is, it's constantly frizzy and dry until I tried the HASK Charcoal Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner.  I really like this products because it helps me restore my dryness and frizzness back to life.  Not only it restored my hair, it soothes and even out my hair making it shiner and silkier.  I also really like that this product does not contain any harsh chemicals; free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors.
     

    About the Product:
    Hair weighing you down? It’s time for a detox! Introducing HASK Purifying Charcoal Collection – a complete line that features a Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deep Conditioner that are formulated to give you a deep clean and bring hair back to life.

    Whether you rely on dry shampoo to maintain your weekly blowouts or reach for sprays and gels regularly, overdoing it with product can create build-up that weighs your hair down and can seriously cramp your style. Charcoal, a hero ingredient derived from coconut shells in the Philippines, acts as a magnet and attracts and removes impurities – like product build-up – so you are left with hair that is full of body and shine. For an extra boost of radiance, HASK purifying charcoal combined with vitamin C- rich lemon and grapefruit oils, invigorates and clarifies hair without stripping away any moisture.

    Charcoal Purifying Shampoo
    Cleanses and Clarifies
    Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors

    Introducing the best kept secret for hair…HASK Purifying Charcoal Shampoo. Charcoal, derived from coconut shells, combined with lemon and grapefruit oils, thoroughly cleanses and clarifies while helping to eliminate impurities from your hair and scalp. Gentle enough for daily use and safe for color-treated hair. We promise, the charcoal washes out! Ideal for all hair types.
    Directions: Apply generously to wet hair. Massage into a thick lather, rinse thoroughly, and repeat as often as you desire. For best results, use the HASK Charcoal Purifying collection.

    Charcoal Purifying Conditioner
    Cleanses and Clarifies
    Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors

    HASK Purifying Charcoal Conditioner is the perfect partner to the Charcoal Shampoo. Charcoal, derived from coconut shells, combined with citrus oil, conditions and locks in moisture while helping to absorb impurities, leaving hair silky, frizz-free and ready for styling. Gentle enough for daily use and safe for color-treated hair. We promise, the charcoal washes out! Ideal for all hair types.
    Directions: Shampoo hair and remove excess water. Apply generously, leave on for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. For best results, use the HASK Charcoal Purifying collection.

    Charcoal Purifying Deep Conditioner
    Cleanses and Clarifies
    Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors

    HASK Charcoal Purifying Deep Conditioner, is a super moisturizing, clarifying treatment that will nourish and soften all hair types, (including color-treated hair). Charcoal, derived from coconut shells, combined with citrus oil, absorbs impurities and helps restore hair to its natural radiance. We promise, the charcoal washes out!
    Directions: Apply a generous amount of Charcoal Purifying Deep Conditioner to clean, wet hair. Massage into hair focusing on damaged areas. Let penetrate for 10 minutes. Rinse well. Style as usual.

    Hope you get any opportunity to try this.  For more information about this product please click on this following link: http://haskbeauty.com/products/charcoal-with-citrus-oil

    Disclaimer: brandbacker kindly sent this product for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers. 

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