My Life in Boston

mostly about food, but also about sneakers and make-up too

Month: April 2017

My Favorite Everyday Glossier Products

My Favorite Everyday Glossier Products | by Lillian Lee

The only make-up I typically wear is lipstick. I never got into foundation, eye make-up, and cheeks/bronzer/etc. because the application process scares me.

But lately, I’ve been going down the rabbit hole of Youtube make-up reviews and tutorials which have made it seem not so daunting. It’s also through Youtube that I discovered the Glossier make-up brand.

I decided to give it a try after seeing how seemingly easy and no fuss it is. After trying out the products for a few weeks, there were a few definite winners and, unfortunately, a couple duds.

Here it goes…

The Winners

Generation G in Jam  ($18.00)
This blotted lipstick is perfect now that the weather is getting warmer, which calls for something more natural and light. I love the way this glides on – it’s super smooth and leaves a matte finish which I prefer over glossy. Also, there’s not much transfer. I’ve tried the blotted lip from Colourpop, but theirs is super difficult to get the color on – the stick is dry, which sucks because Colourpop costs only $5.00 vs Glossier at $18.00.

Boy Brow in black ($16.00)
I absolutely love this stuff. It gives enough color to fill in some of the lighter areas of my brow, but not so much that they look weird and unnatural. I have used this product every single day.

Stretch Concealer in light ($18.00)
This is not a full coverage concealer and can be used without foundation, which is perfect for me. I dab it under my eyes and around my nose where it gets red and then I’m good to go.

The…Not-Winners

Perfecting Skin Tint in light ($26.00)
I tried this out for a few days and it just never won me over. Did it even out my skin tone? Maybe…but it accentuated my dry skin. It left annoying little flakes on my nose which was not cute. If anybody has any suggestions on how to solve that, please do. I’d hate for it to go to waste.

Priming Moisturizer ($25.00)
I used this to give a good base to the Perfecting Skin Tint. It’s great for sensitive skin because I didn’t have any skin reactions to it (and I usually do). But, my problem with it is the “scent.”

There is no fragrance per say, but it has that unscented smell. Does that make sense? If it was void of any smell, I’d use it 24/7. As it stands, I will begrudgingly use it just because there’s so much of it left.


There are still a couple items I’d like to try though – the Cloud Paint blush and Haloscope highlighter.

All-in-all, I absolutely love the Glossier brand. It’s make-up but not make-up, which is perfect for a noob like me.

If you’re interested in trying out some products, I’ve got a 20% off coupon code!

Beantown Pastrami Pop-Up at Bone Up Brewing Company

Beantown Pastrami Pop Up at Bone Up Brewing Company | by Lillian Lee

We came for the pastrami but stayed a bit longer for the beer and a mean game of Exploding Kittens.

Beantown Pastrami Pop Up at Bone Up Brewing Company | by Lillian Lee

Beantown Pastrami with cheese and a side of potato salad, $14.

The Mister spotted a pastrami pop-up at the Bone Up Brewing Company, a brewery he’s been meaning to try so we decided to check it out.

The pastrami sandwich was good but…it needed a heartier bread. For $14, please give me good bread because if you don’t, I feel kinda let down even if the innards are amazing.

The beer however was delicious. The Mister chose Wasted Life because he loves IPAs and I chose the Black Witow which was billed as a light dark beer. Pretty tasty.

Beantown Pastrami Pop Up at Bone Up Brewing Company | by Lillian Lee

Playing a mean game of Exploding Kittens.

Since the group sitting next to us were playing Cards Against Humanity, we decided to pick up a game Exploding Kittens. Mixed in with all the board games, there was also an arcade and pinball machine.

It’s a nice cozy spot so it can fill up pretty quickly. The people are super nice and welcoming. There are snacks for sale – a lot of Skinny Popcorn being eaten – but if that isn’t enough for you, you can either bring your own food or have food delivered.

It was a good thing we went during a wonky hour – around 2:30 – because by the time we left, there was a pretty long line.


Bone Up Brewing Company
38 Norman St
Everett, MA 02149

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

It had snowed and rained the day before. But give it 24 hours because the following day it was so nice and warm. We were ready to bust loose from the apartment and the Mister found out about a ramen pop-up at bisq in Inman Square.

So, we decided to give it a go.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Started off with the featured sake – Junmai Ginjo from Kikusui brewery.

Was it too early to drink? No. Plus, it was the featured drink. The bottle backed that up because it was the hugest bottle of sake I’d ever seen. And the sake itself? So super smooth.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Chashu Chili Dog

For a starter, we chose the Chashu Chili dog, which was loaded with cilantro and scallions. I made a mess after eating it but there was no other way other than to go all in – lipstick on and all. It was pretty tasty, but I would’ve loved it more had the dog been griddled for little while longer. I need my dogs to have blistered skin.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

“Wicked” Shio Ramen

I ordered the “Wicked” Shio ramen. With a base of vegetable and lobster broth, I was expecting something more sweet with a deeper flavor. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that. However, the Mister appreciated the light touch a lot – so much so that we switched bowls…thank goodness.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Smokey Shoyu ramen

The Mister originally ordered the Smokey Shoyu ramen. The pork literally fell apart as soon as it came in contact with the chopstick. That has never happened. Is that good? Bad? I don’t know.

I liked the flavor of this soup more because it was deeper…seasoned and salty. Again, I’m so glad that the Mister and I ended up liking each other’s dishes.

As you can see, we live by the mantra of never ordering the same dish when dining – unless it’s the Kafka salad from Falafel King.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

All-in-all it was a fun time, but…just between you and me? Santouka is way more delicious. I didn’t want to say it, but I have to say it.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

We got a little taste of Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market at the Wegmans in Chestnut Hill this afternoon during lunch. This special event offered unique cuts of fish prepared by Wegmans’ sushi chefs in partnership with Japan’s top fishmonger, Uoriki. It was crazy crowded but a delicious time enjoying blocks of tuna, some shabu, and Suntory whiskey…oh, and, of course donuts. I can NOT not have donuts when I visit Wegmans.

In the time-honored Tsukiji tradition, the show will feature whole, farm-raised Bluefin tuna, sourced from Kindai University and Takuyo in Japan, masterfully taken apart with a 6-foot knife and filleted in front of the crowd. The tuna is portioned and the final cuts are made into sashimi-style pieces called saku blocks, which are then packaged and carried out on trays for customers to purchase. Read more about the event.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

It was a thick piece of fish.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

It took a couple guys and long knives to chop through the tuna.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

Here’s the tuna head that was up for auction. We thought the auction was just for fun, but it was real. This went for $100.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

Chunks of blue fin tuna, fatty and even more fatty.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

Usually free samples suck, but this was good. Nice, sweet dashi broth and chunks of fish and vegetables.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

I had to try the square donut…along with the jelly and Boston cream.

 

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