With a theme at hand, I asked Ms. Mela of Raintree Restaurants to host a blogger-get-together where bloggers can try some of Monika's Collection of lipsticks. And yes, since I'm on a look out for fail-proof lipsticks that can make me cross out embarrassing faded, bled and smudged lipstick before that dreaded last minute photo op, we went across the board and tested them out.
Of course, the best thing to test the lipsticks on us, is with a hefty lunch with dishes that are rich, colorful, bursting with flavor and smothered with savory and creamy sauces and some beverage to pair the dishes with.
One best restaurant that fully satisfied our needs for such an eventful meet-up was at Chelsea Kitchen.
I so love the open kitchen concept, brings out the HGTv-mom in me. HGTv stands for Home and garden TV, btw.
Lipstick-test with some of Chelsea Kitchen's Best-sellers
Since Monika brought different brands and colors of lipsticks, our first task was to find a color that suited us and saw to it that it won't dry out our lips, since we will be applying and removing them and re-applying. This fun task may or may not harm our lips, like parching. It's been found to be a common problem with long-wear colors, but the good ones keep moisture levels intact.
|Me wearing M &Co. in red|
|Em Trava of A Madmoiselle's World|
|Joy M. of Occasions of Joy|
|Roch of Rochkirstin.com|
Verdict: Mac kept my lips moisturized from the time I had it applied but it easily transferred to my pizza.
Testing notes: Some of us noted time of application, then subjected products to the warm dishes served by CK. I tested this with hot tea the soup served with the Triple Decker Club Melt and the pasta.
Verdict: Amongst the products I've tried, Flormar, Nyx, Mac, M & Co., I didn't find one that passed this criteria.
Here, my friend Joy used my Flormar and ate her portion of Squid Ink and Clams Pasta, now check out her lips.
Made for Meals
Testing notes: Whenever we took a sip, we checked our lips and the rims of our glasses.
Testing notes: Some of us used napkins to see if the color would kiss off.
After we've tried several lipsticks and indulging with our epicurean feast, here are some tips my friends gave.
- Think about your food choice. I'll eat huge burgers with lipstick on, but sometimes the lipstick comes off on the bun. It's generally best to order food that requires utensils and can be cut into smaller pieces.
- All it takes is being a bit more mindful of how you use your fork or spoon! It's just a matter of biting down with your teeth more so than your lips.
- Finger foods are not usually a problem as long as they are bite-size and I'm able to pop them right in my mouth. Nothing bugs me more than when I take a bite out of something and lipstick ends up on my chin or nose. It takes a big bite to make that kind of smudge, but it happens and it's the worst.
- Take smaller pieces of what you're eating when at parties so that the food won't touch your lips, and always carry a small compact with you so you can slip into a corner and check your lips after eating.
We first had the Sesame Seared Tuna and Mango Salad (P 350). The colors in the bowl says it all - fresh, healthy and all-yummy. I love the half cooked Tuna slightly covered and seasoned with black peppers and sesame seeds. A hodge-podge of a salad, it has all my faves in it, lettuce, lola rosso, tomato, carrots, scallions and ripe mango. Served with two sauces, ponzu honey and sweet miso sauce.
Six pieces of these Crispy Hot Wings (P 295) is enough to ruin my lipstick, I don't mind!!! The blend of sweet and not too spicy flavors gives me enough reasons to forget about my make up, it's that scrumptious. It has carrots, cucumbers, and jicama and serve with an aioili.
I belong to a pizza-lovin' family and I would recommend this in a heartbeat. It was something tweaked but love how they added the toasted tinapa flakes on top of everything.
Merry Mela's top recommendation is the Ultimate Grilled Cheese (P 295). How can I say no to three different kinds of cheeses melded together inside two brioche breads and grilled to a crusty perfection. The wholesome serving were brought on a wooden tray with fries, Cappucino Tomato Soup.
Grilled pesto chicken, farmer’s ham, egg salad, American cheddar, romaine, and tomatoes. were sandwiched in between two sliced foccacia. The Triple Decker Club Melt (P 320) is a steal for that quick lunch without being bloated and guilty. It is served with fried sweet potato.
Chelsea Kitchen is a mix of different cuisines and their comprehensive menu listing is something worth looking at and trying. They're so easy to spot, making the perfect venue for group meet ups and family dinners.
I had fun with these lipstick divas and can't wait to come up again with a crazy event for my friends in blogging.
Thanks Chelsea Kitchen and Raintree Restaurants for accommodating us.