Earlier this month while ordering food for delivery, I was craving some Japanese cuisine having just returned from my Fukuoka trip. I found this place, 스바라시 초밥 (pronounced in Korean subarashi chobab), with a variety of noodle dishes, tempura battered pieces, but mostly sushi, and a few other rice based dishes.
스바라시 (subarashi) is a Japanese word meaning ‘great, cool’ in a complimentary manner. And indeed their food is great. Today for lunch I ordered the Salmon Roll (연어롤) and the Fried Shrimp Roll (새우튀김롤).
The Salmon Roll is like a California Roll with less caviar and a slice of smoked salmon on top. The salmon has a nice smoky taste without being dry and has the perfect amount of crisp in texture. The inside of the roll contains cucumber, crab, caviar, and sauce.
The Fried Shrimp Roll has the same ingredients with a piece of fried shrimp in the roll in lieu of the salmon on top.
I’ve also tried some of the other items on the menu before but these two are my favorite so far. You can order the roll menu in either two pieces or in eight pieces, which is a full roll. Today I ordered a full roll of each one and was easily fulfilled with eating half of the order. If you are living or visiting South Korea, and are looking to eating some sushi, I would recommend 스바라시초밥 as a place to check out.
In the 2017 VDL+Pantone collection are two scented products. The one here is the Expert Perfume Cube in Greenery.
The bottle is glass with a plastic twist top and a funneled opening.
This perfume is oiled based and is applied by tapping onto the skin. The top note is citrus and comprised of lemon, basil, and eucalyptus. The middle note is fresh floral and comprised of muguet, rose, and neroli. Finally, the base note is a musk woody amber comprised of cedarwood and musk.
When initially applied a grassy scent is most prominent but quickly settles, and the heat from the skin brings forward the other base components. Because it is an oil based perfume as well, the scent lasts longer than eau de parfums. I am obssessed with fragrances and this is a scent that I not only love but it is also different from the ones I currently use.
Another lip product from the 2017 VDL + Pantone collection is the Expert Color Lip Cube-Marble Glow. There are three shades that inlcude a pink, coral, and the one here that is transparent, No. 03 Mint Favor. This product line is a tinted lip balm in a marbled cube stick format, hence the name.
It has a mint flavor with that cooling, tingling effect when applied on the lips. It glides so amazingly smoothly, like butter! It does not drag at all. Of all the lip care products that I have ever tried, this is one of the few that deeply moisturizes my lips and applies so smoothly. Until this collection I had never tried any VDL lip products so I was initially skeptical. This is one product that I will definitely purchase again.
With the VDL + Pantone collection comes three lip oils. Two of the shades are tinted and the one here, No.1 in Greenery, is clear.
The wand is a plastic stem with a tiny roll ball at the tip. The consistency and texture is comparable to a lipgloss rather than an oil, in my opinion.
It does glide on smoothly and moisturizes the lips well. It has a very faint fruity scent, what I can best describe as a mix of pear and grape. You can wear this alone or over a lipcolor to give the lips shine and dimension. I like this product because it applies without feeling sticky or leaving a thick layer on the lips. It absorbs into the lips with lasting adhesion, instead of just sitting on top like a barrier or wearing out and drying the lips.
Continuing with the VDL + Pantone collection, is the Expert Color Cheek Book Mono. There are two shades: No. 1 in Coral Vitality and the one I bought, No. 2 in Tawny Orange.
The product is a cream blush that comes in a mirrored compact, with a magnetic closure.
The texture is slightly more oily than creamy in my opinion. It reminds me of a tinted lip balm. However, it applies smoothly on the skin. It is not highly pigmented but it gives a nice flush color with one layer, and the color can built up slightly with layering. It has a dewy finish and could probably work well as a base for powder blushes.
This is a product that I would wear if I wanted to keep my makeup minimal or on days that I want to go without foundation. I tested out as a lip gloss as well but it settles in the lines. Overall, it’s not a bad product but it’s also not a favorite of mine. I prefer cream makeup products with a thicker consistency.
Last year VDL created a collection of cosmetics based on Pantone’s Color of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. This year it is Greenery and for the second year in a row VDL has created another Pantone collection. I picked up a few of the items from the collections. I will be posting separate reviews on them. Today’s post is about the VDL Expert Color Eye Book 6.4, the 6th edition.
The Eye Book is a plastic, mirrored compact with twelve shades of which five are matte, three are shimmer, and four are glitter.
On the rear of the palette, there is a diagram of the layout with suggestions on how to use each shade in contouring and highlighting, and how to use the brush.
The small dual end brush has an end for blending and one for defining.
The blending end is slightly wider and longer, and made of natural fibers
The defining end is made of synthetic bristles.
Here is a swatch of the shades.
The design of the compact is thin, minimal, and modern. I appreciate that about some companies. Sometimes having a product with an elaborate or bulky design can be overwhelming. Not to mention taking up too much space in a bag. I feel that the shadows are great in quality. The particles are very soft without compromising the pigmentation. The brush fibers, particularly the blending end, are not of the greatest quality and with its small size, would be more appropriate for touch ups or in the event that you don’t have another brush to use at the moment. I couldn’t find any information on the net weight of the shadows but for the quality of the shadows and design of the compact, I would say it is set at a fair price.