Thi - Joya

Since I'm basically on rest this week, I have had most of my evenings free. So a couple of the colleagues and I decided to have a fun little evening out last night. Elise had been raving about this makeup boutique called "Thi" so we decided to go in and get us some makeovers. There are few things I love more in this world than baseball, running and Lululemon. One of them is makeup. I have loved makeup since I was little. In fact, to this day, I still love to play "Beauty School Dropout."

I'm pretty much a MAC and Smashbox kinda girl but I'm always open to trying new brands. It can, however, be overwhelming. There are so many products to choose from, I have often found myself walking out of Sephora empty-handed because I couldn't decide on what to get. So like working out, I like to have someone coach me through the process (of picking out the products and colors that work best for me).

When I got to Thi, my first impression was how cute the boutique was - very classy chic. It kinda has an Anthropologie vibe going on.

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Thi also has its own line of makeup that's mineral and soy-based (which is a good thing, I'm told). Mimi, one of the owners, did my makeup, and it was a very educational session. I didn't really have any specific "look" that I was going for. I'm not afraid of makeup and told her she had free reign to do whatever look she wanted to give me. She decided to go with a fresh, natural look. With every product she put on, she explained to me how to do it and made sure I watched and learned. She toned down my brows and liner a lot, something I'm not very used to. I guess they say "less is more" but "less" makes me feel washed out. But I did really love the finished look so I'm willing to try it, it will just take some getting used to.

Here we are with our "after" shots:

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Speaking of after, we walked over to Joya. Our waiter told us that Joya means "jewel" in Spanish. And it really is a jewel of a tapas place. I love tapas and we ordered just about every one the menu: guac and chips, calamari (best calamari I've had), braised short ribs tacos, croquetas, empanadas, gambas and tortilla española. It was all delish! (except for the one with the eggs...I don't like eggs.)

For dessert, the girls ordered churros. The only place I have ever liked churros is at Disneyland, but after having just a tiny bite of Joya's churros, I changed my mind. Joya has the best churros I've ever had. It was sooooooooooo 'ono (delish in Hawaiian). I had to fight the temptation to have more.

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It was a really fun evening - I feel like I found a cosmetic jewel in Thi and I can't wait to go back for more. Click here to follow their blog. I've already added it to my Google Reader.

PS Look for my Yelp reviews on Thi and Joya very shortly (like sometime this weekend).