Monthly Archives: May 2009

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes

This is random, but how do you unclump lashes?

May 31, 2009

I NEVER wear liquid eyeliner, mostly because I’m just not adroit enough to apply it evenly. Ever since Emily Katz’s tips on how to apply though, it’s been getting easier. I finally gave in, and tried to use it for my friend’s wedding on Friday, and it was and it was actually not half bad. I guess keeping your eyes slight open whilst applying works wonders.

So the thing is, I used Wet n Wild’s H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner (which is only $4 and works great by the way). The only problem was I got a little on my lashes, and it’s so waterproof that I couldn’t unclump them at all! I wanted so desperately to separate them somehow but I didn’t have remover on me, and I didn’t want to force it to separate because I was afraid of pulling it out. I also just finished my eye makeup so I didn’t want to mess it up, so I just applied mascara over it and hoped no one would notice.

The whole ordeal reminded me of that scene in Charlie Wilson’s War, where Julia Robert’s character is seen doing her makeup, and after applying her mascara, she takes a safety pin to separate her lashes.

JR separating lashes with a safety pin in CWW movie

JR separating lashes with a safety pin in CWW movie

Of course, that WOULD be the scene that I remember best. I wonder if anyone really separates their lashes that way. I reckon that’s not the safest method, and wouldn’t recommend it…though I have to admit, I did find myself in a desperate moment looking for safety pins (thankfully, didn’t find any).

It’s finally naturally washing out (after a couple days now!), but made me think – how do you separate your lashes? Do you have any useful tips for me if you find yourself in a predicament like I clumsily did?

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

Baci & Abbracci revisited

Saturday was a beyootiful day to go bike riding. My friend and I went all over, and ended up in Brooklyn. For a biking break, I remembered how much I wanted to try the pizzas at Baci & Abracci, so we made a pit stop there. I love the courtyard in the back, which was especially nice in the sunny weather.

Apparently A&B is known to have a special brick oven grill imported straight from Naples that makes their pizzas so authentic tasting. We ordered the Margherita pizza (mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil). By the way, it was one of the few times I didn’t have my camera on me, so I tried to take a picture with my phone!

Margherita pizza, $10

Margherita pizza, $10

The pizza was really good, but it’s really soft (you know, like so soft, a third of the cheese falls off when you’re trying to pick it up and put it on your plate), and made it a little hard to eat without a fork and spoon. They’re 12” so if you’re starving, I’d order two because one is just not going to cut it. The crust was thick and crisp, and overall it was pretty good, but I think I was expecting more. Still a good spot to check out in Williamsburg if you’re ever around.

Restaurant Info:
Baci & Abbracci

204 Grand St.
btw Driggs and Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-599-6599
Williamsburg


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Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Best way to spend a Saturday morning: Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant's cake doughnuts

Doughnut Plant's cake doughnuts

This place would so make Homer Simpson go cray-cray.

I’ve been hearing about Doughnut Plant on the LES for some time now, and always looked for a chance to try it out. I was a little nervous that I’d be disappointed since I’m not much of a doughnut person, and thought it would be another case of hyped up desserts.

But wow. They were like no other doughnuts I’ve ever had before. I ordered the cream-filled square coconut yeast doughnut and it practically melts in your mouth. Definitely not like DnD, and softer than Krispy Kremes.

Coconut glazed yeast doughnut

Coconut glazed yeast doughnut

Creme filling

Creme filling

I thought I’d want to share when I saw the size of the pastry, but I downed it myself. We also got a jelly doughnut, and they make the jelly from scratch there. I’m not much of a jelly doughnut person myself, but I could appreciate how fresh it tastes. Personally though, I would stick to the non-jelly ones still.

Square jelly yeast doughnut

Square jelly yeast doughnut

The best part about the doughnuts made from this almost-100 year old establishment is that everything is natural — no trans fat or preservatives (though I’m actually not trying to find out how many calories each has…it so doesn’t matter). If I remember correctly, the creme-filled yeast doughnuts are $2.50 and the smaller cake and non-filled ones are a little less.

Oh, and if you’re a chai person, they make FRESH chai there which is hot and a tad spicy. They pour it from a silver pot up front, and it tastes delightful with a doughnut. They also have fresh fruit drinks and cake doughnuts I need to try next time…because, oh yes, there shall be a next time.


Doughnut Plant

379 Grand St.
at Essex St.
New York, NY 10002
212-505-3700
LES


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face - Product Review

What’s your favorite concealer?

May 29, 2009

TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer

TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer

Even if you don’t wear a lot of makeup, a good concealer can make all the difference in your look. As you know, I like to test things out a lot, but I’ll stick to something if it works. In this case, it’s TheBalm’s TimeBalm concealer, which I’ve been using for 3 years now. It’s funny, because when I tell people this, they always make me repeat it because they haven’t heard of the brand, but all their stuff is at Sephora!

I swear by this one, and here are a couple reasons why:

  • Texture is phenomenal. It’s a cream solid which is a little drier than most, but it stays put. It covers without having to put a lot on like some liquid concealers, and I’ll usually top it with a setting powder just to play it safe for evening events.
  • Doesn’t make a case for creasing (especially around the eyes). Not that it never does, since I have found lines at times when the weather is warmer. But I haven’t had a noticeable problem with creases.
  • Color match. It’s SO.HARD. to find a color that matches my medium complexion. I’ve tried bare minerals, and find that it’s too pink. I’ve tried liquid concealers, and find it too yellow. This has a great base that matches me perfectly (I use it medium/dark).
  • Size! It’s so small and easy to carry, I take it everywhere for touch ups.
  • Price. For $18, it’s a quality product that lasts a few months.
  • I actually do have a few complaints, but nothing major that keeps me from buying it again:

  • The sponge applicator. I have to toss this usually after the 3rd or 4th application because I feel like it’s not clean enough. Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria, and I never like to keep them with my makeup. I feel like it works better when you use your fingers anyway, but that leads to another minus point…
  • The jar being so small, sometimes makes it hard to reach in and apply, especially when you’re running low.
  • Not for the super dry. I randomly got this dry patch during spring time (damn you allergies!), and since this concealer is a solid base, it wasn’t great in concealing alone. I had to moisturize before trying to use this, but in general, you really should moisturize before applying makeup at all!
  • That said, it’s STILL my favorite, and I think it works wonders for the price. Do you have any other favorite concealers?


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    Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious"

    Exciting cupcake news!

    May 26, 2009

    CupcakeStop's Psychedelic Tie Dye cupcake

    CupcakeStop's Psychedelic Tie Dye cupcake

    This is so exciting, I’m practically foaming at the mouth.

    CupcakeStop is a new cupcake truck that will make stops throughout NYC with exact locations being twittered throughout the day. And the treats on their website look absolutely brilliant!

    They officially launch Wednesday, June 3rd, so mark it on your calendars. They will also be using Facebook and their website to keep you posted on where the cupcake truck can be found. Everything is made from scratch, and they take flavor recommendations so time to start brainstorming! They will also have an assortment of tea, coffee, and other lunchtime treats.

    Ok, now don’t tell me that does not excite you too?? Sorry non-NY’ers, maybe if you lobby for it, they’ll bring a CupcakeStop to your city too??

    Mini cupcakes will be $1, and regular sized ones are $2.25. Check our their website for more details and a peek at their fabulous flavors: www.cupcakestop.com

    Twitter page: http://twitter.com/CupcakeStop


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    Beauty - "The Lovely" - Travel Beauty

    Makeup packing tips

    Since you guys failed me miserably with packing tips (except you Jess and Anika..I see you!), I learned a couple things on this trip I wanted to share!

    1) Divide and conquer. If you’re traveling with friends, you all don’t need your own tube of toothpaste and bronzers. Plan ahead of time so you don’t have to bring your whole makeup drawer (except mascara…it transfers bacteria way too easily).

    2) Condense the important stuff. I was so sad thinking of leaving my Koh Gen Do finishing powder behind since the jar is massive. But I was able to find these little travel jars so it was easier to condense and carry. They shouldn’t be more than $0.99 at mass retailers. I found some here too! They’re also good to condense you favorite moisturizers.

    Find smaller travel jars to transfer your favorite powders and creams

    Find smaller travel jars to transfer your favorite powders and creams

    3) Leave behind what you don’t need. You’re more likely going to be bringing back more than you came with, and I’m sure it won’t kill you to leave those half-empty bottles of shampoo or hairspray behind. Maybe somebody you’re visiting could make use of it!

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