Tuesday, 22 July 2014

EAT BRUNCH ON A SUNDAY: IMIL STREET



I don't blame ya if you were already planning on what to do next weekend! Perhaps today's post (wow it's my first ever food-related post, too!) can give you a little inspiration.

It was a Sunday, I woke up wanting pancakes, American style preferably. To think pancakes are such common food types, it's actually not the easiest find to "eat" in restaurants in London.

A quick search of "pancakes in London" on Google wasn't all that helpful. The Breakfast Club came up as I expected. Honestly I'm not the biggest fan there (perhaps it's to do with the "age" thing.... "Cringe").

Nevertheless I said to Mr Holiday, "OK let's try to see what the queue was like at The Breakfast Club...."

It was horrendous when we got to BC in Soho, I would have stupid counting the number of people in the queue; I would be there until dinner time. 

So we kept walking and suddenly I saw IMIL STREET and I remembered having dinner here once, they serve street style Indian food and it was "OK" but when I saw it had a "Weekend Brunch" sign, I was intrigued. Then we saw people eating some lovely looking food by the window seats, I took a closer look to the menu, I found "Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup"! Without me realizing it, we were seated inside the restaurant. 



It's much more "peaceful" and "tranquil" here. There's a great vibe inside, people were enjoyable their brunches, the staffing team was chilled.  Even though I knew what I wanted to order, I still took a closer look at the menu, it's an extensive one with a mixture of standard full English, to American pancakes, and some of IMIL specialties, breakfast with an Indian touch. 

We've ordered a Pancake with bacon and maple syrup, an Egg Benedict; and Masala Chai with Milk. 



The food came and I was impressed! I was offered extra maple syrup immediately had I happily said, "yes please!". I don't know how the Egg Benedict tasted but Mr Holiday enjoyed it.

I loved my pancakes, there were 3 and sandwiched in between were a generous helping of bacons. Pancakes were light and fluffy, bacons were grilled to perfection, together with my overindulgence in maple syrup; it was food made in heaven!


We have enjoyed every biteful of it, the Masala Tea tasted just right too! All in all a very surprising find in try middle of Soho area. I would give 5* for both the food and ambience of the restaurant and its service. The only down side is that Weekend Brunch at IMIL STREET is only available at weekends from 9am to 1pm. For leisurely people who want to brunch on weekdays, sadly this isn't an option.

Next time if you run out of ideas on brunch and wanted a quiet place, do give IMIL STREET a try!

Where to find IMIL STREET?
167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
Tel: 020 7287 4243

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

THR EYE PRIMERS EDIT



Something strange has happened in my own little makeup world.  I'm reaching for the use of eye primers regularly, almost every time when I wear eye makeup.  It's never something that I wore but now, I needed it.

Things started to change a few months ago when I saw that the eyeliners on my eyes started to smudge and move; which never happened to me.  I also realised that my makeup doesn't stay put as well as they use to (still pretty well but it's changed slightly).  I don't think my skin has turned from dehydrated to combination/ oily, but for some unknown reasons, applying eye primers seem to help my eye makeup to stay put a little better.  Naturally, I started my journey on looking for a perfect eye primers.  You can read a previous review here.  

Since then I've now tried a few more eye primers and I wanted to share with you what I thought of them.




NYX Eyeshadow Base (£6) - For the price you get quite a large pot (7g) of product, bargain!  It's a beige colour/ skin tone cream textured eyeshadow base that works as an eye primer, too.  The skin tone colour is great for smoothening out any discolouration on the eyelids.  It does the job well but when I first used it, I found the formulation a little bit dry.  It's difficult to smear the product out of the pot, it needed a bit of temperature from the fingers in order to 'melt it out'.   However, recently I thought I would give it another go and I found that the formula has become a little bit more creamier than when I first bought it half a year ago.  I started enjoying using it, it works for me as an extension to my foundation, but on my eyes.

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer (£4.99) - I've tried the Nars eye primer which is a silicone based product, it works even though I wasn't keen on the formulation.  However it's a little bit too pricey to my liking so when I saw this one by Rimmel, I thought perhaps this could be a 'dupe'!  It comes in a tube form with a dover applicator.  A convenience design for application.  The product comes in as a (pearly) white silicone based primer.  It's quite a wet formula and therefore I found it a little too slippery and difficult to blend on my eyelids.  It also takes a little while to dry before I can apply my eye makeup.  Does it work?  Yes it does but because I tend to like to apply my makeup quickly.  I don't like to be waiting around for it to dry.  I tried to apply eye makeup before the primer dries up, the eye shadows would either slip everywhere or is not ready for the eye shadow to adhere to my eyelids properly.  If you like a silicone base product and wanted something budget friendly, this could be a product for you.

L'Oreal Color Riche Eye Primer (£5.99) - The latest primer addition to my stash.  This primer comes in a chubby stick/ crayon pencil shape.  It's got a skin tone/ nude shade, quite a 'chalky' formula.  I normally apply it to my eyelids straight from the stick itself which works really well.  It's very easy to blend and counteract any discolouration on my eyelids that need to be done.  It works excellently as an eye primer which my eye makeup would never move.  It's easy to control how much of this you want to apply on your eyelids.  You can apply eye makeup straight after.  I like this one the most!

No 7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eye Shadow in Iridescent Purple (£8) - The most expensive one out of the four, and technically this isn't an 'eye primer'.  This was a bit of an unexpected purchase from Boots a while ago.  However on a few occasions when I have opted out on applying an eye primer on, I used this as an 'eye base'.  The 'wetness' of the eye shadow is just right and easy to blend.  It works especially well if you apply a similar colour powder eye shadow afterwards.  This stuff really helps to intensify the powder eyeshadow and stay put really well.  It's got a nice sheen to it (not shimmery) that works well if applied alone.  

Are you an eye primer wearer?  Have you tried any of the above primers before?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A MAKEUP STORAGE IDEA



I found that I'm never satisfied with the way  my makeup is stored.  I'm constantly thinking of ways to improve it, and new storage bits to add to.  Last week when I was in IMATS, I saw this Cosmetic Organiser (£8) I knew I had to snap it up, as I have been looking for one like this for ages.  You can also get an identical one here.

I'm storing my makeup stash slightly differently as I'm spending time away from 'home', so my makeup collection has greatly reduced.  This cosmetic organiser seems to work perfect for me at the moment but I'm sure I will keep this forever for my makeup to display nicely.


I especially like that fact that I can choose up to 12 lipsticks on display at one time, which is what I have at the moment (hard to believe I am only carrying with me 12 lipsticks and left my others behind....)  In other compartments, I decided to put my base products that I'm using or reaching for on a regular basis.  I also put eye primers, mascaras, eyebrow pencils and other tube-shaped products on this organiser.  


I keep the rest of my eyes and cheek products in another tray.  It works for me I feel.  I like the acrylic material as it keeps everything look chic and goes with any design you may have in your room.

What system do you use to keep your makeup neat and tidy?  Do you use something similar to this?

Friday, 4 July 2014

Popup #NARSssist Event and the #exciting bits




#NARSissist x SpaceNK x ViviannaDoesMakeup x Lily Pebbles all happened in one night!  Sounds like a dream that will never come true but it did, on me and my sister (@forksandbrushes) this week!


We were lucky enough to be chosen to attend the Popup Nars event at Space NK in Broadwick Street, hosted by Vivianna and Lily, for the launch of the new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow by Nars.

I was excited to see what new shadows Nars has got in store for us for a preview, but was also excited to meet Vivianna and Lily at the same time!

Of course, I tried the shadows, and I picked Subra, a coppery red colour which seems to be my new favourite eye colour these days.
The lovely makeup artist also mixed Subra, with Cassiopeia (a pearly white) with Subra, then Dione (a champaney bronze) round the inner corner of my eyes.


First a layer of Subra, he wet the new Nars brush first then applied the eyeshadow wet.  It came out as a really intense dark coppery red shade.



Once Subra met Cassiopeia, magical things happen, Subra turned purple!


Although it's quite a dark purple, it looked really natural on me I think!  Absolutely loved it and didn't quite expect the result to be like this!


We then got completely distracted by having a little chat with Vivianna and Lily.  I met Lily once in Selfridges last year but have never met Vivianna before, nor have I met the two of them together!


They were so nice and down to earth, and we chatted for a quite a bit!  Vivianna and I also took a #selfie together.  She held my phone, she said she's got quite a long arm (!), well,  which came in very handy this day and age!


Before we left, I bought Subra and Cassiopeia.

They are really nice colours of shadow, especially Subra, a shade which looks very different and with lots of dimensions to it from different angles and under different lights.


With every 2 shadows bought, a complimentary gift is given out and I had another eyeshadow Lulu, and blush colour in Deep Throat.  I love deep throat and this cute mini will come in very handy for travelling.  I've never owned a Nars eyeshadow so this would be perfect to start my Nars eyeshadows collection going!


Oooooo, are you tempted to get your hands on one of these new shadows?  What other Nars products have you used, and that you would recommend me to?

You can now pick up Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow (£21 each) which are now exclusively available at Space NK.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

MY FAVOURITE BLOGGERS/ YOUTUBERS

Having become familiarised with myself on Youtube land, especially in the beauty channels department for the past 2 years, it's become a bit of daily routine of mine to have an overview of what's to watch.  I still get very excited whenever there are new videos uploaded, waiting for me to watch.

Here, I want to share with you all a handful of my favourite Beauty Youtubers, and Bloggers that I watch and read religiously.


Amanda Muse


She's a mom of two, Canadian girl who's moved to Malaysia 2-3 years ago with her husband.  I used to like watching her beauty related videos (she still makes that) as she's absolutely beautiful to watch (fresh and glowing face all the time), and she has her own take on beauty products and doesn't always follow the crowd.  Ever since I fell pregnant, I have become even more of a fan of her videos, especially her pregnancy vlogs.  When she had her baby #2, she started vlogging weekly of how her pregnancy went, and giving tips on her own pregnancy.  I like that she has such an approachable attitudes to life in general, and I can relate to her so much.

Where to find her?
Instagram - amandamuse
Twitter - @museamanda 

Essie Button

Another Canadian girl who's moved away from home, to London for love (her boyfriend Aslan).  Essie's beauty videos on Youtube is fun to watch, she's hilarious and absolutely passionate about makeup.  I especially like her vlogs - I feel like I know her already (and was lucky enough to bump into her not long ago, and appeared in her vlog: Amazing View of London #VLUNE 1!  I was on from 13.47min for a few seconds.)


What I like about her vlogs?  I like the fact that she's so open about sharing her personal life with us, I like to see where she's up to, especially eating places and how she spends on days, weekdays and weekends.  She also maintains a pretty beauty blog, too!

Where to find her?
Youtube:  www.youtube.com/user/essiebutton (beauty videos)/ www.youtube.com/user/essiebuttonvlogs (vlogs)
Blog: www.essiebutton.com
Twitter: @essiebutton
Instagram: essiebutton

ViviannaDoesMakeup

I found out about Vivianna from Lily Pebbles.  I like Vivianna's sense of humour when making beauty videos.  She always gives the most honest opinion on beauty products which is music to viewers' ears.  I like that she has her own take on makeup, she doesn't over do it or follow others blindly.


Recently she started making more food related videos which is cool as it shows a different side of talents from her!

Where to find Vivianna?
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/viviannadoesmakeup
Blog: www.viviannadoesmakeup.com
Twitter: @ViviannaMakeup
Instagram: viviannamakeup

Lily Pebbles

How can I not mention Lilypebbles (used to call WhatIHeartToday) when I have just expressed my favouritism to Vivianna?  Both of them have been working closely from the start on Youtube lands, and even more regularly now.  I like them separately but I think I like them even more when they are making videos together.



I really like Lily and have met her in person.  She is such a geniue girl who steals my heart from the beginning.  I think that she's done so well on both Youtube lands and the bloggersphere.  You can tell she's a real hard-worker.  She seems to knowledgeable about all things makeup related, and it shows on both her beauty videos and blogs.  I like to hear what she says about beauty products that she's tried before I go out an try it, most of the time I agree with what she says.

Where to find Lily?
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/WhatIHeartToday
Blog: www.lilypebbles.co.uk
Instagram: lilypebbles
Twitter: @lilypebbes

Lisa Eldridge

The queen/goddess of makeup worldwide!  Lisa Eldridge is my bible in makeup.  Her videos are definitely not one-hit-wonder.  They would never go out of fashion but whenever I needed to refresh my mind on a particular area in makeup, I would do a quick search then I can bury myself into them again and again.


Lisa also has a blog but I much prefer to see her in actions.  She always makes applying makeup the easiest thing in the world, well I don't blame her for that cos that's what she does professionally!

Where to find Lisa?
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/lisaeldridgedotcom
Blog: www.lisaeldridge.com
Instagram: lisaeldridgemakeup
Twitter: @Lisa_Eldridge

Wendy's Lookbook (Wendy Nguyen)

Wendy is an American Vietnamese fashion blogger who is based in the US.  She makes amazing fashion videos on youtube regularly.  All of her videos are made with style, artistic value and with tons of creativity.  Her video - A Shoe Adventure is especially stunning!  Her recent routine videos cover a lot on 'pairings', such as how to pair skinny jeans, trench coats, high-low skirts, etc.


She also keeps a blog as well which has all the pretty pictures on how she creates different looks.  She looks so chic all the time and really stylish!


Where to find Wendy?
Blog: www.wendyslookbook.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/wendyslookbook
Instagram: wendyslookbook
Twitter: @wendynguyen

Style Scrapbook (Andy Torres)

Mexican born, Amsterdam based fashion blogger.  I have been following her on youtube for quite a few years.  I loved her early styling videos, although she doesn't make them as often now.  I follow her on her blog - Style Scrapbook instead.


She's a real stylish girl, who loves hughstreet fashion, especially Zara and H&M which is great as it's so much easier to take ideas from her outfits.  Her pictures on her blog are absolutely stunning, she can basically pull any style off effortlessly and I wish I could be like her!

Where to find Andy?
Blog: www.stylescrapbook.com
Twitter: @stylescrapbook
Instagram: stylescrapbook

Who's your favourite bloggers/ Youtubers?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

TOPSHOP LOLITA '60s ROUND SUNGLASSES





What not to like when the sun is finally out more frequently!  I love wearing sunglasses for the cool factor that it gives to my outfits, it completes it and makes it more stylish.  The pair of sunglasses I have has reached the age of 5 or 6 which I bought in Portabello market, I still love it as every time when I wear it, I receive compliments on how special they are.  However I feel tempted to add to my sunglasses collection recently.



The other day, my sister (@forksandbrushes) and I went shopping as we do.  We went into Topshop, as I wanted to check out some makeup bits there.  In the end, I found myself wondering in the sunglasses section, trying out a few pairs.  I couldn't help but trying on this pair of Lolita '60s Round Sunglasses, and found them surprisingly 'suitable'.  I have quite a round-shaped face, so I thought a round frame wouldn't suit me but they actually complement the shape of my face.


The sunglasses also come with a choice of 3 plastic sunglasses pouch with a piece of small cloth, I chose the purple one.


Ever since I bought them, I have either been wearing them or at least keeping them in my handbag just in case when I want to look cool!




What do you look for in a pair of sunglasses?  Do you think Lolita suits me?



Sunday, 15 June 2014

MY EVENING STANDARD: GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER


I am probably rather late to jump onto the bandwagon of trying out the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.  Forgive me but this product isn't available just yet in Hong Kong so I had to wait until now that I'm back in London, I could finally give this a whirl.

A dupe for the good old Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water?  I think so.  Honestly, I am a big fan of the Bioderma cleansing water, I didn't find it that great in removing my eye makeup albeit it has a mild to water like formula which doesn't (never have) irritate my skin, so a great recommendation for sensitive skin.  However it has stung my eyes on a number of occasions so I ruled it out of my life for now.


Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is claimed to remove face, eyes and lips makeup, also no perfume; so gentle as water but able to help cleansed off makeup.  Did it work?  Hm.... I'm half way through the bottle (in about 6 weeks time, fair speed I think)..... It's a bit hit and miss.  I soaked two pieces of cotton pads full of this cleansing water, cover my eyes as a first step to remove makeup.  I would hold it for at least 30 seconds whilst gently massaging in circular motions.  Most of the eye makeup would come up, including smokey eye shadows and eyeliners.  For mascaras, it really depends, if I have put on too thick a coat on that this would require a second rinsing.  However the good thing is this stuff has never caused any irritation to my eyes whatsoever so in this department, it's outperformed Bioderma.


So, after 4 cotton pads and a few drips and drapes of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, most of my makeup will have come up.  However, I always make sure that I use a cleansing balm/ cream to put my face through a second cleanse and that way, I'm reassured that no dirt is left on my face.

Would I repurchase this pink bottle again?  I think I would - for the price and for what it's capable of doing.  Yes there are more effective products out there but for now, I'm liking beauty products which are slightly friendlier to my purse.

Until the next discovery of drugstore cleansing water, I shall report back in here!

Have you tried this?  What's your favourite makeup remover?