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July 29, 2015

Dine Out : Gran Electrica

Gran Electrica Review

I may live in Manhattan but I'm certainly willing to leave it especially when good food is involved. Gran Electrica is located on Front Street by the Dumbo waterfront and we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get there. This popular Mexican restaurant features a rustic and homey feeling space with a beautiful backyard garden. What caught my attention most about the decor is the black and white wallpaper that covers the back dining room. It presents in the style of a Day of the Dead themed toile depicting skeletons in scenes that reflect the local neighborhood life including hipsters walking about, riding bikes and talking on their phones. It's quite humorous and cool at the same time. Onto the food. The guacamole and chips were just okay. Nothing really to get excited about and could have done with more flavor. Their horchata (a Mexican drink made with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon) was refreshingly delicious and well balanced. A lot of places tend to make it super sweet and they got it just right. While the guacamole was a little disappointing, the tacos were excellent. We got the three kinds and they were all tasty in their own right. The Ensenada Fish with crispy fish, cabbage, cream, avocado salsa and the Language with beef tongue, onion, cilantro, lime, green salsa were our favorites. The Carnitas were good too and the hand pressed tortillas held up to the fillings well. Our service was friendly but a little slow. I would probably skip the guacamole next time and maybe give the esquites a try but the tacos are definitely worth a return visit. 

Are you a fan of Mexican food? What's your favorite thing to have?

Have you entered my Firmoo giveaway? You can win a pair of stylish glasses or sunglasses of your choice!

Gran Electrica
5 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY

July 27, 2015

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

Hyaluronic Acid Skincare

Hyaluronic acid is having it's moment as a highly touted skin care ingredient and there are a number of products on the market that contain it, no doubt for it's effective moisturizing qualities. Hyaluronic acid which also known as hyaluronan is actually a natural structural component of skin that is present in connective tissue throughout the human body. Hyaluronic acid can help your skin retain moisture while simultaneously strengthening it's barrier. A healthy barrier presents as skin that looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper. So it would make sense that a pure hyaluronic acid serum would yield some impressive skincare results. I tried OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum to see for myself.

About the Brand: OZ Naturals is a leader in natural skincare with a range of effective anti-aging products that are cruelty-free, paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, lanolin free and gluten free.

Product Claims: OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a clinical strength product that deeply hydrates and plumps skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and leave skin soft and rejuvenated. It is rich in antioxidant Vitamin C and considered to be the highest quality HA serum on the market because it's botanically derived. It is safe for all skin types.

Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid derived from Cassia Angustifolia seed, an organic extract of the native Indian plant that deeply hydrates and moisturizes skin, repairing dryness and retaining water. Vitamin C, an antioxidant that combats free radicals, supporting natural collagen production. Wild Crafted Green Tea is a super-antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to calm the skin and reduce puffiness and swelling. It also prevents collagen breakdown and reduces UV damage to the skin. Vitamin E to speed up cell regeneration and promote healing of scars, acne, and wrinkles.

Packaging: A lightweight glass bottle with dropper for hygienic and precise application.

Price: OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum retails for $15.79.

Hyaluronic Acid Skincare

July 24, 2015

Eye Candy : Giorgio Armani Made To Measure

Chen Kun, Matt Bomer, Dan Stevens, Armani Campaign

What's better than a handsome man in a suit? Well how about three handsome leading men dressed in well tailored suits. John Balsom captures Chen Kun, Matt Bomer and Dan Stevens for the Giorgio Armani Made to Measure 2015 campaign against a moody theatre backdrop in New York City. This sartorially elegant trio are certainly model representatives for the Italian luxury label's line of bespoke suits as the campaign is a celebration of the power of television. While all three actors have made a successful transition onto film careers, they all got their start on the small screen. Chen Kun is a favorite of mine and I became a fan after watching his first drama Love Story In Shanghai in 2002. Of course I adored Matt Bomer in White Collar. I'm least familiar with Dan Stevens since I've never viewed an episode of Downton Abbey but I do look forward to seeing Beauty and the Beast in which he stars opposite Emma Watson.

Don't miss out on the chance to win some stylish eyewear in my Firmoo giveaway!

Chen Kun, Matt Bomer, Dan Stevens, Armani Campaign

July 22, 2015

Firmoo Glasses Giveaway

Firmoo Glasses, Firmoo Eyewear

I used to think think that it wasn't possible to buy prescription glasses online until I was introduced to Firmoo. Four pairs later, I'm a big fan of their range of fashionable eyewear at affordable prices and easy to use website. I wear this pair that I reviewed at the beginning of this year all the time and I actually won my favorite pair pictured below in a giveaway which is why I wanted to share the love by hosting a giveaway here. The prize is your choice of one pair of Firmoo glasses or sunglasses from this page. This includes the frames with standard 1.50 index single vision lenses and free shipping. If you don't wear glasses, you can just get a pair of fashion frames with clear glass.

This giveaway is open to US residents. It starts July 22, 2015 and ends on August 1, 2015. Entries will be verified for eligibility. One winner will be randomly selected. You can enter through this link or the Rafflecopter widget below. The widget can be a little temperamental so if it doesn't load on this page, just CLICK THROUGH HERE FOR IT. Good luck!

July 20, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Nordstrom Sale Bargains

The buzziest shopping event of late has to be the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which previews the upcoming season with a number of incredible deals. These discounts are a fantastic incentive to get a jump on your fall shopping. Along with markdowns in the beauty department, the store also features exclusive sets from luxury brands that can't be found elsewhere at a terrific value. I scoped it out and these are some of the notable "bargains" I found. I totally want a floppy hat for fall and that one is such a great buy right now. While the YSL Touche Éclat isn't on sale, the special edition packaging and deluxe size makes it totally covetable and it is really is one of the best concealers I've ever used. Nordstrom's standard free shipping and free returns policy is in effect throughout the sale which lasts through August 2nd. 

Have you shopped this sale? What did you get?

1. Chanel Travel Makeup Palette {Beauty Exclusive: $95}
2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat - Rock Resille Radiant Touch {Beauty Exclusive: $42}
3. MAC Look in a Box Basic' Travel Brush Kit {Beauty Exclusive: $52.50/$170 value}
4. GlamGlow Glamazing Set {Beauty Exclusive: $69/$99 value}
5. Kate Spade NY pretty little thing iPhone case {sale: $25.90/after: $40}
6. Floppy Felt Hat {sale: $16.90/after: $26}
7. Triangle Stud Earrings {sale: $22.90/after: $35}
8. Votivo Soziety Aromatic Reed Diffuser {sale: $28.90/after: $44}
9. Neoprene Drawstring Backpack {sale: $64.90/after $98}
10. Frends Taylor and Ella Bundle Headphones and Earbuds {Nordstrom Exclusive: $126.90/after: $189.99}
11. Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 TR {sale: $96.90/after: $130}
12. Hunter Tall Back Zip Rain Boot {sale: $169.90/after: $250}

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