Thursday, January 15, 2015

Liquid Eyeliner Showdown

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper vs. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

These are two of the most raved about high-end liquid liners. They're the ones you reach for to achieve that perfect winged liner. For the past year (maybe two) I had been using the Stila liner and I didn't have any complaints. To be real, I repurchased it about three times and I didn't have any interest in trying something new. Recently my Stila liner was getting to the point of drying out and I had the urge to test out the Kat Von D liner instead. After working with both, here's how they compare in my mind:

Both products (in my opinion) have equal staying power and color payoff. They're also about the same price.

K A T  V O N  D :
○ Brush tip applicator
○ Matte black look

S T I L A :
○ Felt tip applicator
○ "Shiny" black look

Which do I prefer?
The Stila Stay All Day Liner still has my heart. The felt tip of the Stila liner can get fuzzy bits sometimes, but the Kat Von D liner doesn't release as much product; it seems to need a break before even finishing one eye. Personally I prefer dealing with a sometimes fuzzy tip over waiting for product to come out. Overall, they're both excellent eyeliners and it all comes down to preference.

Wishing you the best 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

For The Love Of Dumplings

My best friends and I had a goodbye dinner last night as two out of three of us are going back to school within the next 48 hours. We went to a local Asian restaurant (they have Chinese cuisine, Thai cuisine, etc.) and I was so excited to try their dumplings. We've been multiple times before but it was the first time I paid particular attention to their dumpling menu. 

B A C K G R O U N D  I N F O : I've been dumpling obsessed for the past few months. 

I was really tempted to get both the steamed pork soup buns and the steamed shrimp shumai, but I knew that was a bit ambitious so I decided on the pork soup buns. I traveled through China for a month almost three years ago and that's where I was first introduced to the concept of soup dumplings. Soup INSIDE of a dumpling. How cool? Along with my soup dumplings I ordered a side of sautéed mixed vegetables (yum). 

T I P : When tackling soup dumplings, bite a small hole into the dumpling and sip the soup inside. Once the soup is done, then eat the dumpling. If you try and take a normal bite IT WILL be a mess. 

We finished off the night by chatting in Barnes and Nobles until our parking meters were up. You know you're in good company when you're rushing to the car at the last minute in hopes of not getting a ticket. 

Heather: "I parked next to you because I thought it would be cute."

Dumplings and lifelong friends. What could be better?

Wishing you the best