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Check out my latest article for Allure.com: the 11 Best Beauty Bloggers to follow on Snapchat (Trust me, they’re addicting!):

Best beauty bloggers to follow on Snapchat

Best beauty bloggers to follow on Snapchat

Link: http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/2015/best-snapchat-beauty-bloggers


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Benefits of Zico Coconut Water + new flavors

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I’m sure you recognize Zico coconut water from your grocery store, but I was able to get a closer look at InStyle + Single Edition Media’s #SummerSocial event a couple weeks ago. I think I may have even found my favorite flavor there: pineapple which tastes close to a fancy pina colada. It’s hard to believe how many health benefits each serving has.

And they're always spinning the best tunes

And they’re always spinning the best tunes


Zico's new coconut water flavors

Zico’s new coconut water flavors


Besides having zero fat and cholesterol, it’s gluten-free and contains a chock full of electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus so I’ve been trying to take more before and after my workouts.

The coconut water is sourced from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, where suppliers source coconuts of local farms and work directly with coconut plantations. Many of them have kept it in families for generations.

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White Hair Test with Madison Reed’s Root Touch

Yesterday I told you about Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up, and how I was going to test it at the gym. The verdict is in: It lasted three miles and high intensity training. The new root color powder comes in seven colors so it’ll suit pretty much all hair colors, actually is oil-absorbing too so I used a little afterwards to absorb any excess oil before I met some friends after the gym too.

Root Touch Up

Root Touch Up

I also had to try another test, which is even more important: the white hair test. I volunteered a friend to try to cover a couple strands of white hairs on her to check how good the coverage is:

Before

Before


After

After

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10 things that got me through the month

I’m in denial of summer being almost over. Here are some things that have been good to me throughout the hottest of days though (and some that’ll I’ll be using through next season too).

Round up!

Round up!


1. LORAC Pro Contour Palette Plus Contour Brush
. There are so many contouring kits, and this one has been my go-to from small get-togethers to summer weddings. Besides it having a good range of shades for contour, you have a choice of beige or yellow highlights that give you the most natural results. It also has a shimmer powder you can use on cheek and brow bones for an extra pop. In addition to its giant mirror, the other thing I love about this is the brush it comes with. It makes it easy for even a novice to ‘cut’ and shape your face and dense enough to blend out those lines. I traveled with this and used it on my sisters for their makeup recently to a wedding, and it hasn’t failed me yet.

2. L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette
. This is the perfect summer scent — it’s fresh and just a touch floral without being overwhelming. The scent is just clean and beautiful and not heavy at all. I’ve been using it everyday before I run out the door.

3. BeautyBlender Blotterazzi
. This is the newest product from Beautyblender, and it’s given humid subway rides a whole new meaning. It’s the same pink as the actual BeautyBlender sponge, but unlike its predecessor it’s flat and absorbs oil (and does an awesome job doing so). Plus it’s reusable so it already has a one-up on those oil-absorbing sheets. Just use a gentle cleanser to clean it every so often — it should last a few months.

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Lifter
. My love for Marc Jacobs beauty line knows no bounds and this mascara just further proves it. The bristles on this gets every last lash and gives beautiful volume and a deep black coat.

5. NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil
. Up until now, I’ve been using pretty pricey brow pencils, but this one has really raised the bar for affordable ones. It fills in sparse areas without being harsh and it’s long-lasting. I love that it’s super skinny and dual ended with a spoilie at the end to groom brows to perfection.

6. T42 Organic Teas
. The company asked me to try it out and they couldn’t have planned it better, delivering it on the most humid, hot summer day. Not only was it refreshing, their flavors (like Jamaican Ginger, Moroccan Mint, Earl Grey, and Blueberry) taste phenomenal. I’ve been re-stocking on my own since.

7. Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid+Line+Lash
. As I mentioned, I did my sisters and sister-in-law’s makeup for a wedding recently, and this cream shadow/glitter pen was a lifesaver. The cream shadows are lustrous and won’t budge, and topping it with the glitter gave it such a gorgeous pop. It’s hard to believe it’s a drugstore buy.

8. Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes.
I went home to Chicago recently for a wedding and forgot my Simple wipes here and it was easily one of the worst things ever. Never again. Simple’s wipes have been my longtime favorite to begin with, and they just made it even better. They got really creative when they realized how popular their Micellar Cleansing Water was, and infused it into their equally popular cleansing wipes. It’s the only perfect marriage I know of. It removes even waterproof makeup easily, gently, and without irritating my skin.

9. Buxom True Hue Blush in Temptation
. Don’t let the bright pink scare you — it actually leaves just the most beautiful, subtle flush of pink for all skin tones but especially medium ones.

10. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, Original Strength
. Sometimes facials don’t go as planned. I went for one recently and it left some blemishes behind, so I turned to this peel to help even out my complexion. It’s really the best to help even your skin out, and has been getting my complexion back on track.

What’s been getting you through the month? Tweet me @BeautyNDFeast and let me know!

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New product alert: 3 ways to use Madison Reed Root Touch Up

If you’ve been following my Insta, you probably saw a new product I’ve been trying out: Madison Reed Root Touch Up. It’s a brand new compact you can find in the checkout aisles at Sephora, so I already know if it’s in the cult store it has merit to it but I had to see myself.

Madison Reed Root Touch Up

Madison Reed Root Touch Up

They asked me to try it out and see what I thought. Besides the gorgeous eggplant compact it comes in, the first stand out to me was it’s thick brush. I’ve tried other root-touch ups but this brush is so much easier to use and dense enough to pack a lot of product to use. I figured a few ways you can use it depending on your needs:

1) Go longer between coloring your hair
. As a classic root touch up, if you’re used to touching up grays at your roots, you can go even longer by using this. The wide brush as I mentioned makes it easy to go in quickly and cover up grays, but for me I found an even better use for it personally and that’s…


2) Covering up a bad dye job (temporarily)
. A couple months ago, I had a bad experience getting my hair highlighted — some strands were way too blonde and left me with what essentially looked like bad tiger stripes. I used this to soften the color on the top layers of my hair so the blonde wasn’t so bright (it takes a little longer than just covering up the roots, but it did the job).

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Spaghetti Incident in the Lower East Side

NYC is always cooking up something new, isn’t it? Since I’ve been cooking more at home recently, I haven’t been exploring as much, but recently I was invited to check out the newly-opened Spaghetti Incident in the Lower East Side.

Spaghetti Incident in the LES

Spaghetti Incident in the LES


And just to get it out of the way in case you’re wondering, the name of the restaurant was taken from the Guns N’ Roses album that refers to an inside joke of when Axl Rose and Steven Adler got into a food fight while on tour :).
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While a lot of Italian restaurants can start to look pretty similar, this place has a distinct difference: they’re the first place in the city that serve spaghetti to go in cones.
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Take-out cone

Take-out cone


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The novelty of that aside, the pastas are actually really delicious. In fact, the chef and owner of this joint, Emanuele Attala, also owns one of my personal favorite restaurants in the city, Malatesta in the West Village (I even had my birthday dinner there one year because I love it so much). So, I guess you can say it was almost a given that I would love this place as much as I did.

He, along with the sous chef Ettore Pardosi and manager Giovanni Gentile, came up with the idea of serving spaghetti in a cone after being inspired by the way Italians serve street food in the festivals back in the 50s. And they really make eating here as close to their native Italy as possibly — it feels like you’re eating in their home with the bar overlooking the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant outfitted like a 70s style kitchen.

Bar area

Bar area


Interior

Interior


The pastas are made with fresh ingredients, and cooked to perfection. Must try: the chitarra homemade spaghetti with mozarella, basil, and fresh tomato sauce, and bucatini (kale pesto with walnuts, garlic, and parmesan in cream sauce).
Chitarra

Chitarra


Kale pesto spaghetti

Kale pesto spaghetti


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For the apprehensive, you can eat their spaghettis on plates too if you’re eating at the restaurant (the cones are to-go). They also have a selection of salads and traditional Sicilian rice balls (arancini) that’s not to be missed.
Arancini

Arancini


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It’s such a cute concept shop, you have to stop by and check it out if you’re in the area!

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Single Edition’s #SummerSocial blogger event in NYC

I always look forward to Single Edition Media and InStyle‘s #SummerSocial events, where they connect bloggers and influencers with brands but in a fun way. You get to always see the products close up, but also experience them and connect with them on social media to network and even win items from their line. This year, they really curated a great line of brands (mentioned below) to come together to cater to a full house of influencers.

And they're always spinning the best tunes

And they’re always spinning the best tunes

As I mentioned on Twitter, I learned about the no-meat delicious treats from Gardein at their social last year (they also made an appearance this year), but also got to visit booths where we could get our hair done with stylist from Jose Eber and Sarah Potempa‘s Beachwaver, meet Stephanie Feldenkreis who started Peony and see her pieces from her active-chic sportswear line, sample treats from Gardein and Brancott Estate, and get our own fragrance samples from Thierry Mugler.

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Avocado and pomegranate breakfast

I’ve been getting up extra early lately to make breakfast since I’ve realized how much better my days are going when I do (especially the more stressful ones with work). I know it sounds crazy, but I think even trying new recipes and getting creative with it has been giving me more reason to jump out of bed. This was a creation from this past week:

This week in breakfast

This week in breakfast

I needed to use the avocado I had since it was getting bad, so after slicing and peeling one, I squeezed half a lemon over it (to keep it from oxidizing more and for flavor), and put a little salt and pepper over it. I also used halves of Arnold Sandwich Thins to spread farmer’s cheese over it, then the avocado on top of that, and then added some organic pomegranate kernels that I found in the freezer aisle (I couldn’t find fresh pomegranate in the store, so ended up buying it frozen). It was such a good, healthy meal.

The other half of my meal was just two eggs I cooked with some of my favorite ingredients: thyme, chopped onions, jalapeños, sun dried tomato, and cilantro. What have you been making for breakfast lately? Share, and maybe I’ll try it next week :)

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Q/A with dietician Rebecca Scritchfield + Zespri kiwi recipes

Last year, I went to an event that revolved around the health benefits of kiwis. Literally just this one fruit, but based on what I learned, I started incorporating into a lot more of my meals. Recently, I got to speak with registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield who’s a reservoir of knowledge about the fruit, and an expert on connection between health and happiness (she’s the co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence and is currently writing her first book on the health and happiness). She teamed up with Zespri SunGold recently so I got the chance to interview her on the health benefits, and some easy meal ideas using kiwis. Check out the video or some of key points below for the run down:
Zespri SunGold kiwifruit are in season from now until October!
– We’re used to green kiwifruit in America, but the Zespri SunGold kiwifruit (which has a bright yellow color and tropical taste), and has more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a medium banana. It also has actinidin that aids in digestion. It also has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal.

– When grocery shopping, a ripe kiwi will give to slight pressure. It will last about two weeks in the fridge.

– If you’re pressed for time in the morning, you can cut the kiwi in half and eat it on-the-go with a spoon.

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4 body language tips for a first date

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Do you ever think about what nonverbal cues you’re sending out on a date? I had a chance to sit down with body language expert, Tonya Reiman, to discuss ways to get our actions to match our words so we can communicate the message we want to. “What we’re learning is different body poses make someone feel confident or potentially insecure,” she explained. “The goal for me is to teach people to be more confident, authentic, and feel more empowered.” Read on for more of her tips on body language and scent in the art of attraction:

1) Eye contact is good. Stalker stare is not.

There are some standard ways to show you’re interested: tilt your head a bit, smile, lean towards the person, and hold steady eye contact. “You do these things to let the person know they’re the only person in the room that matters.”

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