Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is upon us!


I've been loving SNL lately, and this is a mash-up of my favorite things!

Serial has blown up since it's first broadcast, and it's not too late for you to catch up! Binge listen to the 12 episodes of Serial on your favorite podcast source.


And enjoy the holiday!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Random stuff about my life now.

What I'm reading: I'm past the halfway point of the first Game of Thrones (finally!). And working on Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar Ph.D
What I'm watching: Bad Girls Club, Dr. Who with Peter Capaldi, SNL, Peep Show. When I finish Peep Show, I'm going to get into Twin Peaks! Possible post on Peep Show to ensue.
Craft of the moment: A periwinkle cabled scarf (need to find my cable needle so I don't have to keep using a safety pin!)
Currently Wondering: if I can make RSAMLN (Random Stuff About My Life Now) a thing. I'll at least try to make this a regular type of post. 

Let me know in the comments if you've enjoyed any of the above, or anything else I should get into!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Foundation




Revlon Colorstay Foundation is honestly my holy grail for foundations. I've tried a handful of other drugstore foundations and tinted moisturizer, but this is the best. NOTE: ELF Tinted Moisturizer is probably my second favorite of them all lately -especially when you take price and coverage into account.

I've tried both the liquid and whipped versions of Revlon Colorstay... I'm in 320 True Beige. I really don't think I'll stray far from this foundation mostly because the color match (for me) is sooooo goooood.

Actually, it's because of this that I've stocked up on it while it was on sale. And because of this, this will probably be the last makeup review post I have for a while. I'm working on a couple things that are on they way out: the Olay CC Cream, the Neutrogena Eye Brightening Concealer, my shampoo and conditioner, and my huge bottle of lotion.

I feel like once I hit a point where there's nothing really on it's last legs, I'll film (?!) an empties video. You will all get to see how awkward I am!

Or how lovely.

Just like you!

Have a great weekend, loves!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil



I spotted this and had heard about people using oils to cleanse... I knew I had to try it.

I have weird combination skin erring on the side of dry, although every now and then I need a product to dry me out a little bit. Basically, this is for when I remember to wash my face at night.

I wasn't convinced at first... Used it and was like "oookay..."

Then I heard a tip from Grav3yardGirl/Bunny Meyer who heard it from her Instagram: rub or leave on your facial cleanser for two minutes. Usually, I just have the patience for one minute in the shower.

Using this product in particular, when I leave it on for 2 minutes, my skin gets super soft! No lotion needed!

NOW, I recommend it... probably even ANY oil to cleanse.

I really need to look into coconut oil. (I know, I know! I'm so behind the curve!)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cheesy Hash Browns Redux/Update

I've made the cheesy hash browns again.

They're still delicious. Halved the butter and sour cream and almost forgot to salt and pepper it.

Anyway, I wanted to post a picture!:


Hope you all have had a great holiday! -I know I did! Don't go too crazy out there!

Later Lovelies!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Concealer Review

I've got a couple of concealers hanging around my makeup collection that I thought I'd review for you.

Eyes Only:
     The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector is ok. Definitely brightens. Not bad coverage... Haven't noticed any other benefits. Honestly, I like the cooling sensation of the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller. Garnier's coverage is about as comparable. Extra points for a cool (literally and figuratively) roller ball instead of a brush. The brush on Neutrogena's concealer doesn't get gross near the end, but it definitely doesn't make me happy.



Concealing Anything:
     Now, I don't really need to review these, but I've found Maybelline's Fit Me and Revlon's PhotoReady are truly great. The reason why I don't need to get in-depth with these is because YouTube Guru, Tati has already recommended them. Let me just say that I stand by her review. I would have to say that I do like Revlon's a tid bit better due to the thicker consistency. I feel like the cream stick actually covers and stays. I think Maybelline has a FitMe cream stick that I'd be willing to try.


Revlon PhotoReady is great for undereye circles!

Happy Thanksgiving, loves!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Peep Show

I re-watched Peep Show, and by-God, I almost forgot how hilarious it is! Ends after 8 seasons without closure. All us Peep Show fans can do is hope for (another) reboot.

This is one of those shows that Netflix kept showing as "You may be interested in..." and one day I finally clicked it. It did not disappoint.



Peep Show is a very random British show that takes us into the very different, yet equally twisted minds of Jez Usbourne and Mark Corrigan. 

Twisted in a gut-splitting kind of funny. 

Half-hour long episodes, it's an easy weekend binge. Free on Hulu too!

Go check it out!!!

Oh, and here's a random drinking game for it!:

  • When the TV is on...
  • For the duration of a kiss...
  • When Super Hans does drugs...
  • When Jez refers to himself as a musician...
  • Feel free to drink when someone says the opposite of what's on their mind...
  • Finish your drink when someone gets married.
  • When Jez is wearing his army jacket...
  • When someone has facial hair...
  • Finish your drink when an animal dies...
  • Finish your drink when Mark is sexually accosted...
  • Drink while someone drinks.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Insanely easy, insanely rich cheesy hash browns.

Forgot to take pictures, but this recipe of Cheesy Hash Browns is the bomb dot com.
 
2 lbs hash browns
1 stick / 1/2 C butter (melted)
1 10 1/4 oz  can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 pint sour cream
1/2 C onion (I used red)
2 C cheddar cheese (grated)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper (really just to taste)

plus
MORE CHEESE!

Basically, mix it all up in a bowl and put in a 11x14 pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Soooo simple!

It was so rich, I would half the butter, soup, and sour cream, and add maybe even twice as much cheese. Red onions give it more of a zing!

Please enjoy this Google searched image of Cheesy Hash Browns:


And now, make them for yourself! It's stupidly easy.

Good night, lovelies!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What I'm reading...

Game of Thrones is going swimmingly. I'm going to take a bit of a break and let my SO re-read them before I get to book two, since I've been nursing this book since spring. 

Going to re-read 1Q84... Want to read more Hurakami. 

Gave up on reading Happier. It's basically a study on what makes us happy, but ironically enough it wasn't making me happy reading it. More of a chore, really. 

Want to read The Hunger Games novels, too. So much to read, so little time. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mmm....

Hope you've all had a great Halloween!

Mine was pretty lazy.:
Put on a mask, wore black, and called it a day.

I've been on a salad and sandwich kick lately... hooray for being healthy!

I love taking pictures of salad because they're so colorful!

Brought back the avocado fries, and enjoyed a steak.
As for sandwiches, I've been enjoying basic ham and turkey with provolone, melted in the oven with Sriracha mayo and an onion bun. The mayo and buns actually complement each other pretty well.

Out of sheer desperation, I made a BLT with the onion bun and added some of the Sriracha mayo, and it turned out pretty well. I didn't mention that Tap House makes their BLT with Hawaiian Bread, and that is also pretty tasty.

Beautiful weather today.

Stay happy, Lovelies!

Enjoy the fall!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bars with great food!


Tap House
1472 Market St
Des Plaines, IL

Tap House has an amazing beer collection. That being said, I don't like to drink alcohol while I eat.

Aside from that there's a great food selection.

I've gotten grilled cheese, the mushroom press, and the BLT. My favorite was probably the BLT, but I think that's just what I like to eat lately. Plus, tater tots are an option. Woo!

It's open somewhat late... if you're out past 1 am, the next place is a better option.

Five Grilled Cheese (Sorry for the blurry picture, but look how huge it is!)

Tater Tots and Tomato Basil dipping sauce
Whiskey River
702 River Rd
Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Whiskey River, formally Dick's River Road House, has revamped their style: a country theme with a wider selection of food, but still about the same as the old 4 am bar we know and love.

We were in an American "comfort food" mood, and this place hit it out of the park.

The Beer Can Chicken was unbelievably tender, and the ribs were pretty decent. Let me tell you, you must get mashed potatoes. They were so buttery and creamy. The cornbread is pretty yummy, also.

This is the only place that I know of around here where you get to drink out of mason jars.

Beware the mannequin in the Ladies' Room. It is thoroughly creepy, even the second time you go in.

Also, we decided that the real name of the bar is Whiskey Dick's. NSFW :-P



Hope you check these places out and enjoy them as much as I did!

Later, Lovelies!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I don't know what it is...

I don't know what it is, but I just don't find the time to be consistent with this blog!

Meant to update about a friend's birthday/dinner party.

What a marvelous time that was!

It being Game of Thrones themed, we made mulled wine, honey biscuits, and Bowls of Brown.

Bowls of Brown
Not as appetizing as it looks... But BETTER! And as an added bonus, horribly easy.

Recipes can be found in A Feast of Ice & Fire.


We've already made Breakfast at Winterfell. If you're going to start off, the breakfasts are a good place to start, but if you really need momentum, go with the Bowls of Brown.

I definitely want to get into cooking more... seems like the most productive hobby/life skill I could have.

I'll have to try to remember to take pictures if I do anything.

I also want to get into YouTube videos. I kind of prefer the blogging medium because I feel like videos just breeds tons of equipment I may never really use... Not to mention editing! Nonetheless, I feel like an empties post is in the near future.

Have a good night, Lovelies!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hello, blogosphere.

Hi, Lovelies!

It's been a while again hasn't it?

Well, I've come to the realization that maybe I'm not as lazy as I think. I think I'm making excuses for depression: subconscious sugar coating. 

Everything's been ok! Copious amounts of sleep and neverending fatigue were the symptoms. Lots of food and YouTube pulled me through. Now, it appears I have a hypo mania, which I intend on enjoying responsibly.

I have to say that even with a physical depression my outlook was only dulled not made hopeless. I still had a life, I just think there was a gray film over it for a bit. 

And I am medicated. Everything is manageable. Here's to being manageable in the future.

The confusing thing about depression is that I feel like there is/was a standard definition of it. After listening to the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast and other reading I've done, I've learned that there are widely varying symptoms, as well as widely varying coping mechanisms. Even the symptoms can be bi-polar!! Insomnia can be a symptom, not just sleeping too much. (I'm not sure if I'm just a night hawk or I would get insomnia, sleep, then only want to stay sleeping. -it's probably both.)

Can you tell I'm manic?

:-T

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Giver


Oh my goodness... if Lois Lowry's The Giver wasn't a part of your childhood, read it now. It's a timeless read. If anything, your emotional maturity makes it even better.

I went to go see The Giver on Saturday, and it did not disappoint. I was ready to cry the whole time, and broke down a little bit when it was over... They did a great job with Jonas's parents, and I thought that Cameron Monaghan was the perfect Asher. It got a little blockbustery, but it worked for it.

There are really no words, except read it and then go see it in theaters.

Later, Lovelies!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Olay CC Cream



I like this stuff.

Since using it regularly, I can't recall the last time I had a pimple. Not sure if the weather has a factor in my skin's healthiness.

It's not full coverage, but it's enough if you're just running out for errands. I also like that it has sunscreen.

In terms of usage, I'll use it alone on days I don't need coverage. It's ideal usage would be to replace my moisturizer, but it's a little pricey for that. $24.99 for 1.7 oz of Olay and $9.99 for 16 oz of Cetaphil ($.63 per oz). When comparing the two, Olay is nicer due to the sheer coverage and it's a little bit lighter for summer. Also, you get the satisfaction of using it up, since I will probably have the Cetaphil 'til the day I die. :-P

What it claims:
1. Instantly reduces the appearance of fine line and wrinkles.
2. Balances and helps even out tone
3. Reduces appearance of age spots
4. Improves surface cell turnover
5. Nourishes and moisturizes
6. Strengthens skin's natural defense against moisture loss
7. Recaptures skin's youthful glow

In terms of it's claims, I'm not noticing too much. However, just the fact that my face hasn't broken out might be enough for me to repurchase. I'm willing to try it out (if I don't have any more) for the winter as a moisturizer.

Overall:
I wouldn't recommend it as any type of miracle product, but I'd suggest it for a light coverage moisturizer. It's a little pricey, but it's hygienic (with a pump, and an amount that you'll use up in a reasonable amount of time.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Well, hello there, stranger.

Oops. It's been awhile.

Time has just been getting away from me. Seriously. I opened my calendar and it was still bookmarked on July. I have five days 'til September.

Here's what's going on in my life this past month:

Yoga Classes: 0. I know I've been bad. I'm going tonight though. Talk about taking a break. I did however finish Core Power Yoga's Down Dog Days of Summer Challenge. 40 classes in 60 days. Gotta get back to that schedule.
What I'm reading: Game of Thrones (The first one.) Really glad I watched the series first. I get Tyrion's jokes when I read them in Peter Dinklage's voice.
What I'm eating: Turkey & Swiss with Sriracha Sauce (not the official Sriracha -it's like a creamy mayo base.)
What I'm watching: Tons and tons of YouTube. Mostly beauty and makeup vids.
What I splurged on: The Naked 3 Palette and the Chocolate Bar Palette! [HEY! You can get the Chocolate Bar Palette on HSN.com for $29 + free shipping for first time shoppers with the coupon code: 20NEWSUMMER. You can also get the Lorac Pro Palette for $22. ~EDIT: Not sure if the Lorac Pro Palette is still there.~]

Well, I'm going to work on some posts. Can't think of anything right now, but stay tuned...

OH! And I'm really excited to eventually blog about my Empties... Should I do a video?

Later, Lovelies!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Essie Collection

I'm on a nail polish binge.

The thing with nail polish is that you can't put it on everyday. Both a blessing and a curse. You can enjoy the color of your nails, if you really like the color... but if you're fickle... well, hope you have steady hands.

Sinful is a close runner up of colors I'm digging, but Essie, I think, will always be my favorite.

From the back, left to right like a book: Aruba Blue, Sew Psyched, Beach Bum Blu, Go Overboard, Trophy Wife, Mink Muffs, It's Genius, Buy Me A Cameo, Eternal Optimist, Mademoiselle, Smokin' Hot

I can't put my finger one it, but I feel like all the colors are unified by an undertone. Or at least the similar colors. They all play well together, and all of the hues are just gorgeous. My only complaint is that I wish Mademoiselle was more opaque, and in Go Overboard, the hues are separating.

Just thought I'd share!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Walgreens Haul, plus The State of My Face Address

So I casually strolled into Walgreens to pick up ONE $2 nail polish: Endless Blue by Sinful Colors.

This is what I came out with:
From the front, left to right: Endless Blue, Pride, Calypso, Gold Medal, Let's Meet, Happy Ending

When it gets around to fall, I'm going to try Calypso and Gold Medal together. For now I'm going to enjoy the green and the yellow. I originally bought a green that I never used and threw it out. I regretted it. But at least I replaced it for next to nothing! Compare to an Essie nail polish, although Essie is my favorite brand.

I also got a car charger adapter, and the Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil and the Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub with charcoal.


I'm hoping these will turn out to be great... I already have a cleanser next in line for when my face wash runs out. I'm not sure if I'm just going to use them all at once, depending on how I feel, or if I'll use them one by one. I LOVE using up products. So satisfying.

Really hoping the microbeads in the scrub is charcoal and not plastic. I would assume charcoal would be less harmful than plastic.

My face has been super wonky lately. My nose will get flakey. I have pimples all over. I think my eczema is acting up around my nose. Picked up some hydrocortisone for that. Gotta start remembering to do my tea tree oil everyday again.

In other news, Kuma's Corner date today!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

RAH!

How is it mid-July already?

We're MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR.

How time flies... And I've definitely been having fun.

Updatement on the life's:

DOTOMBORI - Clockwise, from the top: James Bond, Spicy Rainbow Roll, Mango Tango. So yum.


The 4th! Corn dogs, funnel cake, screaming like kids on rides, and Lloyd Dobler, the suicidal carny fish. Featuring a midnight Wal-Mart run for fish food.
Hoppin' Hots: Funky Duckling

Hoppin' Hots: my first foray into poutine.


All I have to say is, food is good. You should eat some.

I'd end on that note, but I must say I'm excited for a Kuma's Corner date Tuesday!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Burger Review

I used to LOVE burgers. Then it was pizza. Now, it's avocados. But I used to LOVE burgers. Here are some of my favorite places around town:

Kuma's Corner
2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

One word to describe this place as a whole: RAWR! A metal head theme bar and restaurant, Kuma's Corner has amazing topping combinations. Sprecher's and Jack (I think) on tap. Best mac 'n cheese I've ever had. Personal favorite burger: The Neurosis.

Paradise Pup
1724 S River Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60018

This is just classic Des Plaines. Once featured on Food Network, this is a popular, cult spot. Following the formula of Chicago success: (relatively) limited menu, small joint, and cash only, they really don't disappoint. Merkts cheddar and grilled onions. It may be a pup, but don't get the dog, get the burger!

Wildburger
1550 E Oakton St
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Randomly on Oakton, this place is all right. I like the idea of it. Kinda iHipstery. It seems a little out of place next to all the auto repair shops, but it's not bad. Basically, the fanciest burger joint in Des Plaines, and it seems like it belongs in the downtown area. At least you get to choose your toppings. Fancy schmancy drinks too.

Meatheads
Streets of Woodfield

Basically a chain, this made this post because their Reuben burger was delicious. I love Reubens. Haven't found a place where I can regularly get an amazing Reuben, but Rand Roadhouse has my all-time best Reuben around St. Patrick's day.


Friday, June 27, 2014

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Attention Harry Potter fans! Read The Magicians by Lev Grossman!



I grew up with Harry Potter. Great books! Don't know if I'll ever get around to re-reading them because there are so many things out there to read. But there's an alternative to getting your Harry Potter fix in one book, and that's Lev Grossman's The Magicians.

Think Harry Potter, but mature. It's basically Hogwarts as a college. There's a little depravity; after all it is college. The tension is very similar to Harry Potter books, and the writing is not only a bit more mature, but sophisticated compared to J.K. Rowling. It focuses more on the interpersonal relationships of the characters versus driving events and solving a mystery. You still get that at the end. In fact, the last 100 pages are like "BAM!" -Very exciting.

It was good -great even, but it wasn't as standout to me for my tastes. (I could've used more depravity.) I may or may not read the sequel. If it becomes available to me, I will. But if you liked Harry Potter as a kid, and are now a fine, young adult check it out.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen


I love depraved books. I really do. This is one of them.

The Average American Male tells the story of a man who is just trying to get by in his relationships. All while battling the inner monologue in his head.

Scarily enough, me being a female, I've been told this is true to life. I haven't, however, been affected by the sheer honesty of the perspective. I will say, though, that the female characters aren't the best written for enjoyment (well, it's more of a guilty enjoyment), but they are very well written due to the perspective.

Finally, if you are like me and love depravity, check out Chuck Palahniuk's Choke. That was my favorite book for about five years. (1984 is currently my favorite book that I can't get enough of.)

The great thing about Average American Male and Choke are that they are lazy afternoon weekend books. You can read them in a few hours. I love binge reading, and finishing a book in one sitting. I'm on the first book of Game of Thrones and I just get intimidated when I have to put the book down (for when I'll have the time and patience to start again).

Happy reading, Lovelies!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan



I recently read the book Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan.

This is a great starter book for someone looking to be more eco-conscious with their clothing choices.

In short, Eagan lists out an "integrity index" of sixteen factors to be wary of when purchasing clothing. She says to focus on 3-5 aspects in order to be realistic, style being the first factor to consider.

For me, I personally like reduced water usage, biodegradable, local, and secondhand. If there are causes I would like to support, the first one that would come to mind is Charity: Water, or any other organization dedicated to clean water, and reducing water usage. It turns out a single, cotton t-shirt can use massive amounts of water to create and dye. I will now look for vegan leather that is a byproduct of the meat industry or at least is secondhand. For one, it's biodegradable, and two, pleather contains myraid chemicals. I would much rather see a trashed leather jacket naturally wearing out, than a pleather one living indefinitely in a dumpster. In general, I mostly shop at thrift stores, and try to support Made in the USA items. Even more locally, I would also like to support Chicago artists and companies. And I love thrifting. It's the thrill of the hunt. I've found some great things while thrifting. It's just an added bonus that I'm giving these items a second lifecycle.

In short, it's not that hard to be SOMEWHAT eco-conscientious after reading this book:


You're eschewing fashion for the sake of fashion, but that doesn't mean you sacrifice it.

For more check out: noevil.com

And buy the book!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How's life?

How's life?

For me it's great!:

#yogaeverydamnday

And I've been reading a lot. It's nice. Soon there's going to be a barrage of posts about books, so be prepared!

Also excited to finish watching Gossip Girl and start the new season of Orange is the New Black.

...And about that Happier app... well, I'm happier that I have it! This is just another place to put my gratitude for this life.

Found this on Facebook:



What has made you happy lately?

How are you Happier?

Disclaimer: I review stuffs on here, and I'm going to do more. I am not paid in any way to do these, I just want to share what I like, and what brings me joy.



So I've been diggin' the Happier app. As far as I know it's for iPhone. Basically, it's a gratitude journal. The nice thing is that you can include photos.

They say those who recall/write down one thing that made them happier a day ARE happier. Honestly, I believe in that. I feel as if I'm a little bit happier than normal after having started doing it.

For me, since I don't have any friends on it, it's semi-private, but it's just like any other social media site with a feed.

In short, everyone should have this app! The app makes it easy to remember the good in your day. C'mon, you should've been happy at least once in a day! So download the app, take a picture, and write about something that made you happy today. The act of doing it will make you happy in and of itself.

Monday, June 16, 2014

I shouldn't deny myself...

Welp. Haven't been blogging. Since we last left off, the Blackhawks were in the playoffs. Well, they are no longer.

I've been busy lately, but honestly my life has been revolving around food. And this blog is for my own enjoyment. I said I won't post about food or makeup anymore, but why should I deny myself the joy about writing about what makes me happier in my life?

Here goes...

I made an easy garlic-avocado spread for toast the other day:
I used a full bulb of garlic for two avocados. I suggest half a bulb per two avocados. It was still delicious though! Held me over ALL day. [RECIPE: Roast garlic covered in olive oil @ 450 degrees for half an hour. Mash into avocodos. Spread on toast.  Garnish with salt and pepper to taste.]

I love garlic. Make the whole bulb to eat the roasted garlic with crackers. (Yes, you can and should do that!) And actually, the garlic rounds out the avocados very well, and the avocados neutralize the bad-breath qualities of the garlic.

Made this more recently:
They are avocado fries. Very yummy. Paired with a burger...


Life's been good. Since I last updated, I went to Wanderlust Yoga in the City (Chicago obviously-click-through for my post on my yoga blog), and the Taste of Randolph to see Minus the Bear.


Two of my friends were wearing matching jackets. I felt like I had bodyguards. At one point, I think I heard someone yell "WHO IS THAT?," while we held hands trying to make it out of there. Should've kept my sunglasses on all night. :-P

MORE POSTS TO COME!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Game Day Food!

Ok. So I lied about getting a non-food post in, but this is somewhat relevant.

I don't really know how to classify this post, except as Game Day Foods. Here in Chicagoland, we're watching the Blackhawks in the playoffs. Admittedly, I'm not a sports fan, but I'm at least vaguely aware of what's going on. :-P

So here's an oddly specific rambling of food I enjoy...

I've fallen a bit out of love with pizza... I know, I'm crazy. But I've enjoyed A LOT of pizza in my pizza hey day. Here's some of my favorite joints:

Adreani's
1940 Touhy Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60018
  • I like the two slice special. You get a large drink. Pizza is great!

Mugavero's (Mug's)
600 West Central Ave / 7228 North Harlem Ave (Touhy & Harlem)
Des Plaines, IL 60016 / Chicago, IL

Called Mug's by locals, I call it Mugavero's like a girlfriend who won't call her boyfriend by his last name.
  • do NOT need extra cheese -they HOOK IT UP.
  • BLT pizza (seems weird, but once you try it, you end up getting a taste for it)
  • Western pizza was very good
  • And, of course, you won't go wrong with a regular pepperoni.
  • Cheesy garlic bread. Always.



Great bar pizza. Watch the games here:
Ye Olde Town Inn (YOTI)
18 W Busse Ave
Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Countryside
(only had once, but couldn't stop eating!)
2501 W Ballard Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016



Featured once before, but my personal all-time favorite:
Brandy's
584 E Oakton St
Des Plaines, IL 60018
  • Get the gyro with extra an pita and extra tzatziki sauce, mozzarella sticks, smoothie or shake.
  • They hook it up with the meat, so make two gyros with the extra pita and sauce. (Seriously, when you make two, the meat to pita ratio is perfect.)
  • And just in general, the menu is so extensive that you will not fail in finding something to eat. (I need to try the chicken gyro with honey mustard...)
  • Not just sandwiches and burgers -you can find a meal that needs a plate.
  • Avoid the pizza puff.


That's all lovelies! Go Blackhawks!

(Side Note: I have to have a shout-out to Google Chrome, whose browser history made it possible for the recovery of this post! I was soo not about to rewrite it!)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

I see a pattern...

A lot of my posts have been about either food or makeup, so here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to bust out these post ideas and schedule them for later, and in the meantime find something else to blog about. That won't be too hard, I just have OCD and want to get these ideas out first. My life may revolve around food, but not makeup... I've just been thinking a lot about the quality of the products I've been using. I'm in no way a makeup guru, but I put it on pretty much everyday.

More diverse posts ahead!



Also, Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Breakfast Sandwiches

There are two great things in this world: breakfast and sandwiches, and with their powers combined...

I like eggs with cheddar and Parmesan. Add bacon and a bagel, and you have a delightful breakfast sandwich.

Egg, bacon, cheddar, and Parmesan on an everything bagel.

Egg, bacon, cheddar, and Parmesan on a plain bagel.
I made these on both everything bagels and plain bagels. There's a lot going on, so I'd suggest the plain bagel... I didn't really have any options the day I made it with the everything bagel. But if you want A LOT going on, feel free to use that! No complaints about the taste.

A friend of mine made me a sandwich with ham, bacon, egg, cheddar, and Monterrey Jack. Put that on a Hawaiian bread bun, and you have a sweet and salty combo that's amazing.

An unexpected combination are blueberry bagels with sausage, egg, and cheese. You can get these at Dunkin' Donuts in a pinch. Blueberry bagels and sausage is just a phenomenal combination. I think they're like the same flavor, only one is sweet and the other is salty.

I haven't gotten around to it, but I want to make breakfast sandwiches with brie and avocado -but not necessarily together, but why not? ;-D

And I must say, the Sugar Bowl [1494 Miner St, Des Plaines, IL 60016] gets a shout out. They have an avocado Benedict that's to die for. So if you're feeling ambitious, put avocado on top of that Benedict! Never made Hollandaise, although I have a recipe for it. Don't know how involved it is. (Lazy me hasn't even read it! LOL)

There's something about making breakfast in the morning that just makes you feel accomplished. Not to mention your stomach is just immensely happy.

Later, Lovelies!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Product Reviews & Empties!

Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush
I'm not a bronzer person, but I thought I've give this a try. It was my first foray into contouring, but just barely so. The bronzer does NOT have much coverage. The blush is nice and subtle and doable, but the bronzer doesn't offer much coverage, even over foundation -even as a contour. There's no definition happening there. I'll wear it at home, just to use it up, but I wouldn't reach for it otherwise. (If I want to be productive at home, I need to be wearing makeup and shoes.) In short, don't get suckered by the packaging... I thought this would be a great starter for contouring, but the bronzer doesn't really do anything.


My Empties
So here's a review of my two empties:

EradiKate by Kate Somerville is a godsend. It's a great spot treatment for pimples you already have. Really does the job, and does it quick! I would repurchase.

I also used up the Almay Clear Complexion Blemish Heal.... didn't really do much in terms of preventing blemishes, and allegedly has "Blemish Heal Technology." I would have to say that just using Tea Tree Oil all over my skin after washing it made my skin clear up. Probably not going to repurchase. I'm personally a Revlon ColorStay girl, myself.

Later Loves!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Thai Square

Hello everyone!

So I guess I'm on an asian food kick. This will not disappoint.

I discovered Thai Square a year ago while using the Pace bus system. I am all about eating local. And like I said, this place doesn't disappoint.

Shu Mai
Basil Fried Rice
Chicken Teriyaki

I highly recommend the Shu Mai. I don't really like soy sauce, but they serve a tangy soy sauce with it, and it's sooo delicious.

There is a $6.95 lunch special.These are the portions they give you -huge!

Next time, I will have to try the curries. Did I mention they have a pretty extensive menu?

Thai Square
1476 Miner St
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 635-1008

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Yum Yum in my Tum

Yesterday, I ventured out (for the second time) to Ramen Misoya. There are no words for how delicious it was. I finished all of it, and it's a hearty portion.

The nice thing about Ramen is that it's filling, but not the I-think-I-need-bigger-pants-and-a-nap full. And miso is also really great for hangovers. There were sheets everywhere espousing the benefits of miso, but considering how tasty is was, I don't even need that.

I ended up getting the same thing, which is what usually happens to me since I like to mix it up and may not go to the same place particularly often. Once I find something I like, I go back to it. Other menu items are motivation to go back (but usually that's within the month).


I got the Kome (full-bodied) Miso, Spicy Ramen with egg and kimchee. That was the first time I had tried kimchee. Yummy. I love the eggs, too. They're hardboiled with the yolks still slightly soft (mmmm....). You can see the potato and corn. I thought those were lovely (Western?) additions.

The place is in a strip mall. It's kind of small inside, but if you go during the day, it's not too bad. There are some tables for larger parties, and a bar type counter to sit at. So if you want to go to a place by yourself, this is probably your best bet (unless you're a solo dining aficionado!). They open at 11:30. We were sitting in the parking lot, half an hour early, killing some time when we suddenly noticed that by 11:25 there were already at least five cars in the parking lot for this place.

The very first time we attempted to go it was a Saturday night, and it was crazy. Instead we went to Dotombori (from a previous post!).

I must admit that Ramen Misoya is my first jaunt into real ramen (see also: Maruchan expert).

This place is a must try.

Ramen Misoya
1584 Busse Rd
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
847.437.4590

Sunday, April 27, 2014

ELF Tinted Moisturizer

So, I don't think they are currently still selling these at my Target, but I want to pick up some more!

When I first tried ELF's tinted moisturizer, I thought it was too cakey. I also use Garnier's BB Cream, but compared to ELF, ELF has better coverage... the cakey-ness grew on me. With SPF 20, I can't argue with a $3 product. I went through my first one pretty quick, and have had my second one since the beginning of fall/end of summer. I have the shade "Sand," which is a bit too dark for my winter complexion.

This product also claims to have aloe, cucumber, and vitamins A, C, & E.

Now, there's an ELF BB Cream for $6, and if you know me, you know I am a fan of BB Creams. I have yet to get into CC Creams, but I've got an Olay one on the backburner. Hoping that will be a great product... (You will probably find out!) I forget the source of the CC Cream recommendation -Refinery29, perhaps? Currently, I have Garnier's BB Cream in my purse makeup bag.

I'm not really sure how to weigh the value I'm getting out of the Garnier and ELF products. Garnier is about $14, with more product (obviously). Then ELF has these small squeeze tubes for only $3, although, I appreciate the coverage it gives me. In general, I think Garnier might be a better value, but ELF is a great option to toss in your purse. Also, ELF offers more shade options. That might be something to keep in mind.

ELF Tinted Moisturizers


Thursday, April 24, 2014

If you love sushi, you'll love Dotombori.

So this gem: Dotombori. Phenomenal! I had been wanting to visit that place since forever, and twice I tried, but they were closed. I was finally able to try them last year. They have funky hours (closing in the afternoon), but the wait was well worth it. A lot of times, people will ask where to find good sushi on Facebook. I will always say Dotombori.

The last time I went, we got all fried rolls. Still delicious! They have unique combinations, and I've been there several times now and ordered something different each time and have not been disappointed.


This photo is from January, and I do not remember which rolls we got. Normally, I get something with the spicy mayo, because that's my jam. I'm going to repeat this: I've NEVER been disappointed. You don't even need the wasabi or soy sauce.

I may not be able to remember all the different rolls I've tried, but that's all right. Basically, whatever you have a taste for, you'll be able to find. Their menu is very extensive and it's all delicious. Might I add that the stuffed mushroom appetizer is amazing, too.

Dotombori
1526 Miner St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847.699.8477

Monday, April 21, 2014

Paper Arts (notebooks, sketchpads, cards)

If you're like me, you love the act of writing. I've kept a journal since 5th grade, and while my current journaling is much different from what it used to be, I still love finding beautiful notebooks to write in. And while digital mediums have become increasingly more and more popular, I find that the notebooks have become more and more beautiful.

I like to frequent Barnes and Noble for instant gratification, but if you want some really beautiful notebooks, check out these sites: Papaya Art & Paperchase.

I personally like Papaya Art's products and art the best. Paperchase is less artsy, and more practical, but both sites offer a wide array of products (including, but not limited to gorgeous totes and keychains on Papaya Art).

Some examples from Papaya Art (two notebooks and a legal pad):
                                      
                                     

Paperchase's website doesn't allow for downloading photos, but if Papaya Art isn't your style, you'll definitely find something at Paperchase -there are a variety prints and styles featured.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Nars "Orgasm" Dupe

I've hit pan on my all-time favorite blush, the Nars "Orgasm." I am proud to say, I've hit a lot of pan:



Everyone and their mother swears by "Orgasm," and I definitely can't argue with how great the color is. It's just that I'm not really in a place to be putting down another $30 on a single blush... I should not visit a Sephora or browse online, because we all know where that will end up (my list of Sephora wants is neverending). I've found a great dupe though:


Across the top: Nars "Orgasm"

From left to right:

Milani Baked Blush "Berry Amore"
Milani Baked Blush "Red Vino"
Revlon "Wine Not"
Elf "Tickled Pink"

As you can see Milani's "Berry Amore" takes the cake. It's not as shimmery, but it still has the orange undertones, and possible a better color payoff.

I had been scouring YouTube for "Orgasm" dupes and found out about, Milani's Baked Blushes. I've only really tried their eyeshadow, and it's just been one color, "Shimmering Sand." I'm going to be frequenting CVS more often. Surprisingly, there aren't too many by me. I usually go to Target for makeup, but it seems like CVS always has sales and what seems like a better selection. Throw in the Beauty Club and the Extra Care rewards, and I'm in heaven.

I actually thought "Red Vino" would be the best, but it turns out "Berry Amore" is the clear winner here. I'm glad I got to try these out because it was buy one get one 50% off at CVS. When it comes down to it. I've saved about $10 (compared to $30 on the Nars), but my products will also last me much longer!

And what am I doing with so many blushes? Well, they won't go to waste. Right now, I've got "Tickled Pink" and "Wine Not" in my purse makeup bag. I'm not too bad about collecting makeup, but I do have a purse makeup bag that I only use while out and about, so I have extras in there. I also, like any other girl, stock up on essentials when there's a sale; it's mostly eyeliners.

I love hitting pan, and using up products, but I will be sad to see "Orgasm" go.

UPDATE:
Nars contains .16 oz of product.
Milani contains .12 oz of product.