14 May 2013

Panasia

Last weekend I went for dinner at Panasia. Pronounced 'pan-asia'. I say this because it wasn't until I said it out loud that I understood B's confusion when I asked her what kind of food they serve - 'Asian...?' 

Duh. 

To be more specific it's a Thai restaurant which hosts a variety of both Japanese and Chinese foods too, including curries, Peking cuisines, tempura and fried dishes and vegetarian options. 

Everything on the menu sounded delicious, which, despite being good for obvious reasons, also meant that M and I took far too long choosing what we wanted. Damn you indecisive mind! 
Eventually, after having to ask the waitress for a bit longer several times, we were ready to order. 

B and I went for Peking Crispy Pork char siu with pak choy in Peking sauce which was seriously tasty.

M had Roasted Duck breast with pak choy in Peking sauce. 

And L went for Moo Krawp ** Thai crispy belly pork in Chef’s specialty sauce. (2 stars meaning this dish had medium level of spiciness).


We also ordered 2 portions of Thai Sticky Rice which were served up in these little wicker pots. How cute!

B swore that she caught a glimpse of some desert dishes that looked too appetizing to pass up and insisted that we all have some. 

Well alright, if you insist... 

Despite shamefully not being able to finish off my plate of main, I couldn't say no to this little blob of chocolate and hazelnut ice cream coated in chocolate sauce complete with a squirt of cream and blueberry on top. 

L and M had caramelized coated ice cream. My only concern is our plates weren't big enough.

B went for the fried banana split with a good dollop of ice cream. She don't mess around when it comes to deserts. Nor does she like to share. 


We were seated downstairs. The only other people there was a big party of girls on what we figured was a hen night. However once they had left we had the whole of the down floor to ourselves so I managed to get a few photos of the place. 
Doesn't it look nice?


The ambiance was great, with this ethereal mystical kind of music playing in the background. I'd give the staff 10/10 too. As soon as our glasses were looking half empty the waitress would be there in a flash to top them up. And despite the place being pretty packed, we didn't have to wait very long at all for our meals to arrive. We got to the restaurant at about 8.30 and luckily as there were only 4 of us they managed to seat us quickly downstairs but to be on the safe side I would advise booking ahead for a table!

If you want to check them out online and have a peak at the other delicious dishes on the menu then click here

A x 

11 May 2013

REVIEW: Benefit 'They're Real!' Mascara

Along with a large proportion of the makeup loving population I am a massive fan of the UK's no.1 best-selling mascara, aka Benefit 'They're Real!'. I've been making use of it's cunning formula for about a year now so I thought it was only right to do a review on it.

'They're Real!' has everything you'd want from a mascara: it separates, lengthens and adds brilliant volume to your lashes. And for me the cherry on the cake is that it manages to stay put all day - something I have trouble with as so many others I have tried have left me with panda eyes by late afternoon. Not a good look. 

However, like everything it does have it's downsides...Not many though, do not fear. Firstly, despite this stuff having excellent lasting power it consequently makes it a pain to take off. At the end of a long day the last thing you want is to have a war with stubborn makeup, therefore an oil based remover is essential to rid every last trace from your lashes. I was also disappointed in the 'curling' department as I felt it didn't really do much to fight my naturally straight lashes. And finally the only other negative point that springs to mind is that it's easy to make your lashes look a little clumpy for my liking - obviously this is purely down to personal preference and I know some people like that look but I don't think it's the best look on myself. 



I really like the slim brush design which is made out of plastic, maybe not to everyone's taste, but I think it works well and the bristles at the very tip of the brush enable you to coat those difficult-to-reach little lashes right at the inner corners of your eyes. Being able to do this means you can really fan out your lashes effectively which looks so pretty.  


Above are the 3 different stages: bare lashes, one coat, two coats.

As you can see just one coat really gives the length a boost, and then the second coat adds the drama giving that extra volume and definition. For a more causal day-time look I'll just stick to one coat.

So there are my thoughts on the UK's most popular mascara! I'd say if you're on the look out for a great mascara which will not only help you achieve bold, dramatic lashes but will also stay put then I would say give the 'They're Real!' a go. Priced at £18.50 do I think it's worth the money and will I purchase it again? Yes, despite being a tad on the pricey side it does out shine my other mascaras so I'm pretty sure I would!

You can order it online here from feelunique.com (they sometimes have some discounts on brands including Benefit so if you keep an eye out you could end up saving a few extra pennies!) or you can pick it up at your nearest Benefit counter.

A x

1 May 2013

Happy May






Just a few snaps I took when the sun was out!
Everything just looks that much prettier in the sunshine. 

Hope you have a lovely day :)

A x
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