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June ’14 Loves

Hello Lovelies!! We are officially more than half way through with 2014 which is crazy! I actually don’t have many beauty products this month that I’ve been loving but instead most of these things are more lifestyle base? This year I have been trying to go through all the products that I have already before buying anymore items so I actually don’t go out and buy many new products because lets be honest, how many face/body do we have to be able to use the plethora amount of products that we own? Yea, only one. So lets get into my obsessions for the month of June.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Proactive+ – I have never used proactive before until recently in the past week. This is a fairly new product for me and it was given to me by my aunt because someone gave it to her. Since I have been suffering from daily mini breakouts this month I figure it wouldn’t hurt to try this out and it has stopped and cleared my breakouts within a day of using this. I can’t go in depth with how I really like it because right now it’s more of a first impression and I am getting really great results but I will have to do a more in depth review of this later on.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tangle Teazer – I don’t blow dry, heat style, dye, or do anything to my hair on a regular basis but my hair is so damaged with an army of split ends. I have been wanting to try some of these brushes that are suitable to be used with wet hair because I don’t like using wide tooth comb. I settled for the tangle teazer because it looks cute and my stylist used it on me when I went to get my hair cut and styled 2 weeks ago. I don’t know if it prevents hair breakage but it makes brushing out my thick tangled hair a lot easier than with a normal comb.   IMG_1208 Wines – I’ve had wines here and there but never really gotten to really enjoy and love it until this past month. I prefer white wines over red just because I like wines chilled but of course I enjoy a good glass of reds as well.   Maze Runner / Scorch Trials – I started the Maze Runner series in the beginning of this month and it has been one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read but never got around it it. I love dystopian books so the Maze Runner is right up my alley. The first book I thought was a little slower but the second book was just so engaging because something changes and stuff happens like every chapter. I breezed through the second book in two days and I felt a little ridiculous when I even dreamed about it. The one thing that I particularly liked about this book was the fact that it didn’t revolve completely around romance like Hunger Games and Divergent are the ones I can think of on the top of my head. It gets a little boring and repetitive when it goes down that road and the Maze Runner is told in a boys perspective also.   Suits – OMG I am in LOVE with SUITS. I know I know I am a little late but better late than never. If you haven’t watched suits yet and you like quirky smart ass humor then you got to give this show a try. Although I like Madmen but I can’t stand the stereotypes, sexism, and everything else that goes on in that era because it drives me up the walls with annoyance as I’m watching it. Suits is pretty much the same but instead of being in an Advertisement agency they are in a Law firm and it takes place in present day with witty humor. I have also tried some products that I didn’t like so much this month and that will be on my next post so keep a lookout for that. What products did you fall in love with this month? Until next time, ❤ Jessica

Blue Jam Cafe

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i’m in love.
everything we ordered was just so delicious that even after the meal I wanted MORE!.. Like now. I have been craving for Blue Jam’s crunchy french toast this past week so I thought hmmm.. I should share this delicious gem with you guys and make you want it so you can suffer with me.

This place is quite small so I can’t imagine the amount of people there are waiting for a table during peak hours.
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Italian Breakfast Risotto- beautifully plated and tasted just as good as it looks. Arborio rice with fresh mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach, fresh basil, fresh tarragon, and parmesan reggiano, topped with two poached eggs and drizzled with herb pistou. need i say more? just a forewarning though, if you’re looking for a lighter brunch option then this might not be what you’ll want to order because it is quite heavy since it is a risotto.

Crunchy French Toast. … GET IT! .. don’t think about it.. its a must! French toast with corn flakes. Not too heavy or sweet.. the most delicious french toast I’ve ever had. Has just the right amount of crunch to it without it being too hard or awkward to chew.

If you ask me for a recommendation for brunch, right off the bat I’ll say Blue Jam.

Until Next Time,
❤ Jessica

 

Review: Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller

Hey Lovelies!

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This product is definitely not new but I have been skeptical until I finally tried it. My friend actually gave this to me since she didn’t like it so I wasn’t expecting much from it but its still one of those products that I have always been curious of. To my surprise I actually really like it. Garnier has 3 different roller for the under eye and the one that I will be talking about today is the only one that is tinted with color. There is only one shade but the formulation is very thin so I don’t think the “shade” would matter.

 

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For my fair skin I have found that this works really well as a light under eye concealer. The coverage is light-medium so don’t expect full under eye coverage but it’s enough for me to see the difference between one eye and the other. For everyday use I would prefer this over an actual concealer because the formulation is so light that after you blend it in it looks and feels just like skin. Its the lightest “concealer” you can possibly use and the metal rollerball feels really good on the eye when you apply it.

I would definitely recommend this if you are having troubles with under eye concealers being too heavy for the hot weather or creasing issues.

Until next time,
❤ Jessica

Review: Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

Hello Lovelies!

The feature today is going to be one of Lancome’s Mascara and is one of those mascara that I have grown to love. It’s not exactly my HG mascara though but there is a reason why I love it.

 

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Package: Super adorable with the glitter on the ends. I think its probably one of the most gorgeous mascara packaging out there.

 

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Brush: This brush is a flat triangle? I think the brush is what makes this mascara give your lashes a really nice volume boost. It separates and coats it with just the right amount of product and it helps flare out your lashes. It creates the most beautiful full lash effect. I prefer bristle brushes over the plastic ones just because I feel that they give a more natural look compared to plastic brushes that separates in a very artificial way.
Formulation: Whether you like a dry or wet formula you will find the perfect consistency for you during the lifetime of this mascara. When you first open the tube it’s more on the wet side (which I didn’t like very much), then after letting it dry out a bit I personally think it works and looks even better. This is not one of those mascara that will dry out to the point where you can’t use it anymore within a couple weeks of opening.

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Performance: For the most part it lasts all day without smudging but if you are out on a very hot summer day then you will probably experience some smudging after the 6/7th hour of wear but its nothing major to the point where you will turn into a panda. Please keep in mind that I don’t apply mascara to my bottom lashes so I don’t know how well it performs there. The only down side to this mascara for me is the fact that it doesn’t hold curls very well. It’s not as bad as some mascaras that I have tried where afterwards it looks like I never even curled it in the first place but the Hypnose Star brings my curls down about 40%. With my stubborn lashes this is actually quite good because the one and only brand of mascara that will hold my curls 100% is Majolica Majorca. The removal of this mascara is quite easy so some simple makeup remover will do the job.

Final Verdict: The rating I would give this mascara would be a 4/5. What I like about it is the brush, volume and effect it gives my lashes and the fact that it’s not hard to remove at all. If only this will hold my curls better then it will most definitely be my HG but its not. I will not be running out to repurchase this the moment I run out but it will be part of Products I would repurchase list in the future.

Do you have any Mascara recommendation?
❤ Jessica

**question for fellow bloggers.. Does your pictures change color when you upload it on wordpress? The color of my pictures gets more saturated to the point where it’s almost fluorescent?  It’s really weird because when I upload it anywhere else the color is fine. help!**

June Empties: Hair and Makeup

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Hello Lovelies,

Welcome back to part 2 of my empties post.

I am going to start off with makeup first because the hair stuff you’ve seen in recent post already so its really nothing new.

 

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Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner+Serum – $10.95

Need I say more? Theres 2 of these in the trash bin right now and if that doesn’t say that I freaking love this stuff then I don’t know what does. Long lasting, smear free, easy application, great price point, very pigmented, and just overall a HG product. I will repurchase this.

 

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Model Co Fibre LashXtend Extreme Black Lengthing Mascara – $??

I got this in my birchbox awhile ago and this mascara just does absolutely nothing for me. It didn’t lengthen or volumize much. I like it when a mascara is on the drier side but this was just way too dry. I’m not sure if I got a bad tube but I couldn’t use this anymore after like a month after the first initial use. I would not recommend this product.

 

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara – $23.00

Don’t you just hate it when an overhyped cult favorite product just doesn’t work for you? Well, I was really excited to try this mascara because sooo many people loved it and said it was such a great product but unfortunately my stubborn asian lashes didn’t like it. If it doesn’t hold my curl very well I can look past because I have accepted the fact that it’s very hard for me to find a mascara that will actually hold my curl well. So it did lengthen and separate my lashes like it claims but it didn’t volumize, lift, or curl my lashes. It started to smudge a little after the 6 hour mark but that acceptable. Overall, this is not the mascara for me so I would not be repurchasing this.

 

So for the next 3 products I’m not going to say much because I have mentioned these in past post before. I will be providing the link to a more in depth review if you’re interested.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Floral and Flirty Blush – $7.99 ($5.99 in TJ Max)

Loves it and will be repurchasing (In depth review)

 

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L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm – $5.99

Will not be repurchasing (In depth Review)

 

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Macadamia Deep Repair Masque – $25.99

Will be repurchasing (in depth Review)

Don’t you agree that it’s one of the most rewarding feelings when you finally finish a product? You finally stuck it through to the end and now you can venture into the next new item. Although its a bittersweet moment when we have to say our farewells to some beloved products but we know that we will come together again one day when the repurchase has been made.

Until next time…

❤ Jessica

 

 

June Empties Skincare

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Hello Lovelies!

I got here a pretty large bag of empty containers that I am going to share with you today. These have been products that I’ve been using up in the last couple of months so I am going to make the final decision today if I will be repurchasing some of them. This will be split into two parts because theres just too many for one post so this is going to be skincare and the next post will be makeup and hair products.

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Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips – 8 Strips $6.27

As you can see this is their old packaging so I’ve had this for awhile now. To be honest I haven’t used a pore strip in a very long time, instead I have just been using a black head extractor to extract after I shower every so often. Pore strips are great because its fast and simple in removing oil build up in your pores. I have gone through countless boxes of these because you can see the white/black head being pulled out on your strip after which I find to be super satisfying when I see all the gunk I have removed from the strip.. am I weird? Anyways, I would recommend this and repurchase in the future but please keep in mind to don’t over use these or else it might do more bad than good.

 

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Pond’s White Beauty Cleansing Foam – $9.0

This product is actually from Hong Kong so the packaging is different from the US Pond’s product but I know the US has a White Beauty line as well. To me this product didn’t do anything beside being a gentle cleanser. It didn’t really remove makeup very well, it didn’t do much lightening, it just acted like a basic cleanser. I would not be repurchasing this.

 

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Magic Olive Pimpleless Serum – $8.80

I discovered this product when a Sasa sales person came up to me and my cousin and said “Wow, you have a lot of breakouts, let me recommend you some products” What a bummer to be called out on because you have bad skin. I hate buying products without doing my research first because I am always skeptical with people that are trying to sell me stuff. Since this was fairly inexpensive I listened to her suggestion and made the purchase.. this was about 4 years ago and it has been a staple skincare acne controlling product since. The sales lady told me that this is infused with chinese herbal medicine as well as tea tree oil and some other herbal treatments. It not only dries it out like other products, but it also treats it and prevents scarring. Although I think my skin has become a bit immune to it so I will probably have to move away from it for awhile after I finish my back ups but I definitely recommend this.

 

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Dior Hydra Life Creme Sorbet Pro-Jeunesse Pro-Youth Sorbet Cream ($56.00) & Eye Cream ($49.00)

Both of these products has the consistency that I like for a moisturizer and eye cream – non sticky and absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling soft and fresh feeling. Although the consistency is good, it didn’t break me out, it didn’t leave my face greasy, and it smelled very nice, I didn’t notice it doing much to my skin. It didn’t love it nor hate, so to pay this hefty amount for a product, my skin needs to really love it for me to justify a continuos repurchase. I would not discourage people to try it because I know some girlfriends that absolutely loves this stuff but I’m not sure if I will be repurchasing this again.

 

Its Shiseido time…
Until about over a year ago my main skincare products has been from Shiseido. My mom only uses Shiseido products so you can probably guess where I got the influence from. I haven’t tried a single product from them that has made me break out so I am pretty comfortable in just diving in and trying any of their products.

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Shiseido The Skincare Hydro-Nourishing Softener Lotion – $ ?? Possibly discountinued

The consistency of this comes out to be less solid than jelly but thicker than liquid. Its a great toning lotion to replenish and give your skin a restart. Unlike regular toners, this one has a little bit of moisturizing element to it. I have gone through bottles of these before exploring other options and it has been awhile since I’ve purchased this. I just googled to try and find the price point of this product and it seems like its sold out on almost every site I come across (except for amazon which is selling it for $60!! thats x2 of the normal price). If you can find it at counters or in stores then I would recommend giving this a try.

 

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Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion w SPF15 Sunscreen – $54.50

I’m actually not sure why I would get this in the first place because it only has a SPF 15 but I did. I got this to use as a sunscreen because I like the consistency (if you can’t tell already, the consistency makes or breaks a product for me) and how it settles into my skin. It has a bit of a brightening effect when applied but its not a permanent long lasting whitening effect so I don’t think it does what it claims to do. I would suggest using this almost like a morning serum for you skin under your daily moisturizer/sunscreen. Its not a terrible product but its just not something that I find necessary for my morning skincare routine (especially for the price) so I would not be repurchasing this product.

 

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Shiseido Pureness pore purifying warming scrub – $24.00

The lady at the counter sold me this product persuading me that it will solve my large crater pore problems. Well, those craters are still here. It claims that it’s suppose to warm up as you scrub but I didn’t feel any warming sensation and it didn’t minimize the size of my pores either. I haven’t even finished this product yet but I find it to be so useless that I don’t really use it so it has aged itself into the trash bin. I would not be repurchasing this product.

Skincare is probably one of the things that I actually get through and finish.. along with some haircare products.  I find it really really hard to actually finish makeup, especially the powder items. Stay tune for my next post for the rest of my empties!

❤ Jessica

Battle of THE: Hair Mask / Deep Conditioners

Hello Lovelies!

My hair is dry, color treated, thick, and coarse with loads of split end. For an everyday conditioner I need to use some stronger big boy stuff and recently I have finished some that I would like to share and compare.

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque
PROS: 1. It smells AMAZING.. seriously. I don’t know what scent it is but its really good. 2. Conditions quite well and leaves hair nice and soft but you do have to leave it on for 7min+ or else the results isn’t that great. 3. Its cruelty free, paraben free, and alcohol free.
CONS: 1. The price is a bit steep at about $33 for a 250ml. BUT i just went online a checked, they sell this on the Target website for only $15!!.. I’m not sure if its a glitch or not but thats 50% cheaper than normal. 2. You need to use this when you really have time and when you’re not in a rush. If you don’t leave it in for a over 7min the results are very minimal. I’ve used it a couple times where I didn’t leave it on long enough and it just felt whatever after, so don’t waste your product like I did!
I don’t suggest using it on your scalp since this is a deep repair masque and is only recommended to be used twice a week. I haven’t personally tried it but I would think that it will weigh your hair down and make it oily faster after the initial wash.
I would be repurchasing this product.

L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
PROS: 1. It fixes your dull and dehydrated hair by giving it a boost of moisture. Your hair will be softer after you leave it in for about 5min. 2. Fairly in expensive at around $6 for 250ml.
CONS: 1. This is probably filled with chemicals.. it smells like hair dye so its really of putting when you’re trying to find a product to repair your hair when it smells like the stuff thats damaging it. 2. It claims that is “instantly repairs the 5 signs of damage: split ends, weak, rough, dull, dehydrated hair. I would say that it does 3/5. It didn’t repair or prevent my split ends from forming and my hair was still weak after using this.
I would honestly pass on this product because I am sure there are other drug store deep conditioners that are a lot better or even the same without the heavy chemical/alcohol in this.

Opal One Minute Treatment
PROS: 1. Hello?! 1 Minute, thats it! 2. Very inexpensive at about $2 for 225ml. (i bought mine in Hong Kong and it is really that inexpensive and I remember scouting it a couple years ago and on Ebay and amazon that price was still fairly reasonable but I just checked right now and its around $10 a bottle!) 3.If you leave it for 1 minute, it will be a quick pick me up but the longer you leave it the softer and more apparent the results are. If you can leave it on for maybe even 10 minutes, the results are even better than the Macadamia one.. I kid you not!
CONS: I honestly can’t think of any cons.. besides the fact that its sold overseas and not here in the US.
I have gone through bottles and bottles of this.. its my Holy Grail hair conditioner/treatment. I’ve been using it for years and I haven’t found anything to replace it.

So who is the winner of this battle? *Drumroll* …. Opal One Minute Treatment. Taking into consideration the cost, quantity, and performance, Opal wins the battle. If you have any recommendation then please shoot them my way because I am always looking for a good conditioner!

❤ Jessica

** I have just finished all 3 of these products recently so I was unable to shoot my own photos. These were googled images**

April Loves ’14

Hello my Lovelies !

April has been a month where I have really been able try out, enjoy, and be able to see if I actually like a product. Its been so long since I’ve ventured out and really try new products instead of just doing the same ol routine because it works.

First, I admit that I am EXTREMELY late to this Beauty Blender party. I’m pretty sure everyone has moved on and I’m the only one left in a deserted room of this party because I JUST tried it in the beginning of this month and I have no idea why it took me so long to actually use it. I have had this for at least a year now but have never used it. Maybe because I was too lazy just thinking about having to wash it after every use. Yea, thats it.

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Needless to say it is absolutely amazing. It turned a whatever BB Cream (Lioele Beyond the Solution) into a skin like finish. I usually apply this BB Cream with my fingers (like most BB Creams) and when I do you can tell that you have BB Cream on your face. I would call it the BB look. It just doesn’t blend into the skin the way you would want a foundation to. But with the Beauty Blender it gives you a blended skin like finish which is pretty cool.

The next two products are ones that I would have never imagined myself liking because I absolutely hate the feeling of having oil on my face. And when you want me to rub it all over my face, its a total turn off. But these next two products have won me over despise the greasy horror I have envisioned in my head.

Makeup Remover

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup remover

This makeup remover makes removing the toughest mascara ever a piece of cake. The Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Mascara would be the ultimate test to see if a eye makeup remover is worthy and the Camomile one passed with flying colors. Compared to the Sonia Kashuk and Neutregena ones that I adore, this one blew them out of the water. Although the only downside to this is the fact that it is a more oily makeup remover so that must have something to do with it. The first two times I used this I was very uncomfortable because I really really dislike the feeling of oil on my face, but after the third and fourth time, I actually don’t notice it anymore. So all it need is a little getting use to so don’t give up after the first try, give it a couple more chances before you call it quits to something cause you’ll never know what will come out of it. Maybe a new HG Eye Makeup remover?

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil – Dry Skin

My cousins have tried to get me to try so many other cleansing oil and I have refused in the past couple of years. It has now gotten to the point where I just need to try it and just say I don’t like it and move on with my life. Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t the case. Like the eye makeup remover, the first couple of times I didn’t really like it until I noticed how soft my skin was after using this. This has replaced my Bioderma which I used to remove my first layer of makeup before washing my face. Although this doesn’t clean my makeup off completely because when I go in to wash my face with a brush I sometimes still see slight traces of pigments from my foundation, it is a great product to use if you have skin on the dry side. This leaves your skin so soft and moisturized afterwards. No more of that tight dry feeling when you come out of your shower. Time for me to venture into the Cleansing Oil market!

Besides the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Mascara being the toughest Mascara to remove, it is also the absolute best at HOLDING CURLS/ NON SMUDGING / WATERPROOF / LONG LASTING Mascara of all times. The only problem I have with this mascara thats preventing it from being my everyday HG mascara is 1. The struggle at night I have with removing it (which now has been solved with the camomile remover) and 2. It has a plastic brush making it look really defined.. but in a clumped way if that makes sense. BUT… I have discovered its older sister which fixes both of these problems .. and thats this magnificent Lash King.

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If its called Lash King, then I guess its the older brother. This has ALL the perks the Lash Expander has but even BETTER! The brush is a bristled brush so it separates it but still looking like the natural flare of your lashes. The fibers make your lashes look super long and it holds curls like a dream. This is a very dry formula, probably the driest I’ve ever used. I’m not sure if its my tube but I am definitely going to be repurchasing this so when I do then I can compare and see if thats just how the formula is or if its just because I got a dry tube. But the dryness of the tube doesn’t effect the products performance. I like my mascara to be more on the dry side because I have found that if mascara’s are too wet then it causes me to lose my curls (i have stick straight down asian lashes ).

My TV Show Favorite of the month has got the be Parks and Recreation. I watched a full season during my travel in Asia during January so I decided to start from the beginning and I can shamelessly say that I am pretty much all caught up to whatever Netflix has available in about a week and a half. Its been my go to show to play whenever the TV goes on. I love witty, quirky shows like The Office, How I met your Mother, the Big Bang Theory, so it comes to no surprise that I would love Parks and Recs because somethings will Literally make you LOL. *High Five if you got the reference!

April’s been a great month so I am ready for you May!

❤ Jessica

“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”  Hal Borland

Brophy Bro

Stopped by for a light quick meal in Santa Barbara on the way home from Solvang.. It was a little hard to find considering that the back of the restaurant was undergoing construction when I went.. but it was all cool and dandy when I found it.

The place looks like any other seafood joint that you’ll find by the pier. Inside seating as well as outside around the perimeter of the restaurant on the second floor.. (the first floor I think is more fast food style? I’m not sure.. they weren’t open yet when I went)  Very open and a great view of all the boats in that little harbor.

Since I was going for a light meal I ordered the…

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HOLY SMOKES.. mouthful of clams in every spoonful. No joke. Even though its clam chowder, you won’t get that overly heavy creaminess. The star of the chowder is in fact the clams and not the potato like a lot of places. Must try!

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If only the oysters shells were cleaned better before serving. It was almost as if the oysters were just lightly rinsed over water before cracking open because there were a ton of concentrated black dirt that got all over my hands when I was trying to enjoy my oysters effortlessly. Don’t get me wrong.. the oysters were deliciously fresh. Just got annoyed of constantly have to wipe my hands after touching the oysters.

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One of their recommended dishes.. and after trying it.. I recommend it as well! When it comes to battered fried fish I am quite skeptical since there is nothing I hate more about food than over battered fried food. (fair food anyone?) But Brophy Bro does it right. The batter is so light its almost tempura like, but its not! I bet you this is one way to get kids to eat fish!

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While you eat, if you decide to sit at the patio then this is the view… Sail Boats! Its so calming because the surrounding area wasn’t crazy busy with a ton of tourist. This was actually away from the crowd which was nice.

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And after your delicious meal, you can go take a walk down this beautiful path.

Definitely stopping by again next time i’m in SB bro~

Brophy Bro’s Yelp Page

Tender Greens

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Fresh Fresh Fresh!

I have been wanting to give tender greens a try but sadly there is none around my area. I wish there was. Their salads are humongous so it will definitely fill you up. You can either get their specialty salads or pick and choose.. kind of like chipotle? You can choose your meat which determines the price and choose what kind of salad you want…. (for full review click on any of the pictures!)

** So if you don’t know I am a huge yelper. I want to incorporate some restaurant reviews for you guys so let me know if this format is good.. where I just link it to the yelp page or would you prefer me to just post the whole review. Don’t want to be repetitive so let me know!**