I’m in a very geeky-Thursday mood. Well, it actually started when a friend of mine and I were talking recently about acne treatments and somehow (attempted) to get into the nitty-gritty about the difference between two common ingredients found in acne-fighting products: salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. I’m sure many of you are at least familiar with the names from the noted active ingredients in your face wash or similar products. But what’s the difference between them? How would you know when to use one over the other?
I asked, Dr. Mona A. Gohara, assistant clinical professor of the department of dermatology at Yale’s School of Medicine (who also helped us figure out our summer dry skin woes), to give us some more insight on the two ingredients:
Part of the pleasure in attending an event that celebrates food the way AWFF does, is witnessing one creative plate after another. Some chefs are like architects: they have a vision that, when realized, can be powerful and awe-inspiring — such as with Dominique Ansel of Daniel and his version of a Push Pop.
Push pops by Dominque Ansel
Sometimes, like with Ansel’s Push Pop, a chef’s creativity comes out in the display of his dish. Other times, a chef’s creativity shines more through the flavor of the dish–as with Blackbird’s Panna Cotta. I have to say, this dessert was unexpectedly palatable. Sometimes, what you see is not what you get. I expected this panna cotta to have the usual sweet, creamy taste. Instead, the flavors of this treat were explosive. I had NO IDEA Panna Cotta could have this much flavor!
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Iced Coffee
Since I started wearing Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Iced Coffee, multiple people either been a) trying to steal it from me (I’m looking at you, Anum); or b) rushing out to buy one of their own. I don’t blame them — I think it’s the perfect taupe. It’s a muted color, but is a noticeably sophisticated one at that.
Even more, I’m falling for their Complete Salon Manicure line pretty hard. The thick brush takes some getting used to, but it makes for a quick application WITH an equally quick-drying formula. There have already been so many times where I’m just running out the door and I can just apply one fast coat and it will stay put and look shiny and neat. Not sure how much this applies for the darker colors, but you can definitely get away with it for these lighter ones. The nail polishes in the line have an all-encompassing formula: it’s a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, shiny color and top coat in one.
El Lychedor - a refreshing cocktail made of lychee and cucumber
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending one of L.A.’s most exciting food events of the year–the American Wine & Food Festival. It’s confusing to me why Los Angeles has so many different food festivals, so I’ve chosen to reserve our festival coverage for the truly worthy. Let me just tell you…AWFF is the hands-down winner of this category. Dropping $300 on a ticket for a food festival may seem steep, but the moment you step onto the Universal Studios backlot, you will consider it money well spent.
Named after Japan’s southern islands (which is said to boast good weather and “good fortune”), NARS just released their new Okinawa trio-compact — their first ever three-shadow compact. I think I love this even more because it has my favorite colors, the deep colbalt blue and black onyx). But the “Striking Silver” shade is also a necessary addition for highlighting effect (brow bone and inner eyelid). I would so use this for a smokey eye.
NARS let us in on 3 ways to apply the colors (but remember, these are tips — not rules):
1) Using a damp Push Eyeliner Brush, line the eyes with the cobalt blue or black onyx shade to define them.
2) blend the black onyx or the cobalt blue hue into the upper and lower lash lines with the Eye Contour Brush for a smoky effect.
3) To temper the intensity of darker colors, use the Large Dome Brush to apply the silver shade all over the eye, from lash to brow.