Monthly Archives: February 2011

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

How to: Mila Kunis’ Oscars 2011 hairstyle

February 28, 2011

Mila Kunis on the red carpet. Source:

Mila Kunis Oscars updo. Source:

How amaze did Mila Kunis look last night? She rarely ever screws up on the red carpet — loved her look from head-to-toe (could not stop staring at her lilac Elie Saab Haute Couture dress). TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist Mara Roszak, styled her and shows us how to get the look:

Step 1: Apply TRESemmé Naturals Mousse to wet hair and rough dry, parting the hair to one side
Step 2: With a 1” barrel curling iron, wave hair away from the face in sections
Step 3: Brush out the curled sections with fingertips and form an “S” wave around the face
Step 4: Pull hair softly into a messy chignon and spray it all over with TRESemmé Naturals Finishing Spray for a soft holding finish


Acne - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face - Hair - Nails - Product Review - Tips and How-To's

3 amazing beauty products for busy people (and procrastinators)

I happen to fall in both categories…actually, more the latter…actually, a little more than I like to admit. ANYWAY. So yes, I feel like I’m on-the-go quite a bit, but these few products have made it pretty easy by cutting some serious time on my routines.

Exhibit A: Batiste Dry Shampoo. Price: $8

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush, Original and Tropical scents

When you’re in a rush, this thing is a God-send. I’ve already talked about how discovering dry shampoo has been life-changing experience (Read: What is Dry Shampoo?). But really good ones are few and far in between. Klorane’s has always been my go-to, but Batiste’s has been creeping up the ladder to be my new favorite (and it’s half the price!). It sops up any extra grease and gives you volume so you can go longer between washing your hair. I’m not a big morning person, and I’ve always felt I can’t afford to lose precious minutes of sleep by waking up an extra hour or more to shower/do my hair before work (before you jump on me and say ‘eww that’s so gross,’ I’m a night shower-er aightttt?). But sometimes my hair isn’t looking so pretty first thing, and this has always come through without making me look like I have dandruff issues later on in the day as similar products can do. I’ve been using the Blush scented one that’s sitting in my bathroom, and that also belongs to one of my roommates…I’m not sure which one, but I think I will be after this post. (Hi roomie! Thanks for letting me use your dry shampoo!).

EXHIBIT B: ProActiv’s Makeup Removing Cloths. Price: $12-$15 for 45 towelettes

ProActiv Makeup Removing Cloths

These.Are.Amazing. The worst thing ever is when you come home and you’re super exhausted, but wake up the minute you wash your face.

Ok, I take the back.

The worst thing EVER is when you come home and you’re super exhausted and because you’re smart, you use a makeup removing towelette so you don’t have to splash water on your face and suddenly wake up, and it removes your makeup but then it makes your eyes BURN.

Not these. Which I thought was surprising because you think they would be loaded with some sort of harsh acne-treating chemicals. But really, the pre-moistened towelettes are soap- and alcohol-free and non-irritating. Instead, it contains soothing ingredients like allantoin and lavender. I swear my face looks brighter and feels softer in the morning too. But I could be crazy, I dunno.

EXHIBIT C: Sally Hansen Complete Manicure Nail Polish. Price: $6.

Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Cafe au Lait

OK, once again, a product whose praises I’ve sang before (Read: Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Iced Coffee), but my earlier post was mostly about how much I loved that color…which I still do by the way. This nail polish not only has a shiny and neat finish, but it dries MAD fast. For the first time, I’ll actually do my nails in a rush. Sure, there are other quick-drying formulas, but they chip just as quickly. I don’t think they market this specific one as a quick drying polish, but from experience, I think they need to start doing so!

What are some of your favorite products to use when you’re short on time?


Inspiration of the Day

Inspiration of the Day: Paris

Paris is one of my favoriteee cities. It should be my “Inspiration Every Day.” I finally started printing and hanging some of my travel photos in my apartment living room. I turned them all black and white because I thought they would just look more striking against the bright wall. It’s amazing which photos pop out at you more in black and white, and which ones dull down a lot more than you’d expect. I felt like I didn’t take the greatest pictures when I went to Paris, but I ended up appreciating this one (of the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower) a lot more when I turned it black and white:

The Eiffel Tower at night. Paris (2009).

“I find color in photos distracting.” – Photographer Norman H. Gershman


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Bar Suzette: World Crepe Bar – Chelsea Market

February 27, 2011

I feel like I’m just re-discovering Chelsea Market because I found myself in the area more often than I ever had been during Fashion Week. On one of the first days when I was attending a conference next door, I was famished by 1pm. The number of food options you have at CM is almost dizzying. When I walked in, the first thing that caught my eye was Bar Suzette. In the interest of surviving, I went straight to their counter. They had this hummus/veggie/truffle oil crepe that sounded promising…well, actually I never really had a hummus crepe so I figured it could go either way, but since it was my first real meal of the day, I forcefully numbed my normal Nutella craving and ordered it.

Hummus and veggie crepe stage 1

Hummus and veggie crepe stage 2

Hummus and veggie crepe DONE and ready to eat!

And Wow. I don’t know if I had low expectations, but I felt like I was eating a gourmet crepe. The crepe itself was not as thin and flimsy as I’m normally used to and the veggies were fresh and crunchy. I’m also pretty sure you can put truffle oil on anything and it makes it that much better — I devoured it. Bar Suzette doesn’t have a website but I read on their FB page that their menu is seasonal and constantly switching things up. And the prices aren’t bad either…the crepe was $9 and filling. I have yet to try their dessert crepes but at least in its savory category, I think it can give Creperie a run for its money.

Restaurant Info:
Bar Suzette: World Crepe Bar

75 9th Avenue
btw 15th and 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
Chelsea Market


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Tips and How-To's

What to expect on the red carpet from Olay and Pantene

February 26, 2011

“This year shimmering eyes and bold lips will be a big trend on the red carpet. Expect to see eyes awash in shades like sparkling champagne, polished bronze, smokey taupe…but the biggest trend is going to be flawless glowing, lit-from-within skin.” – Oscars Makeup Department Head and Olay Celebrity Makeup Artist Bruce Grayson.

Who’s going to be watching the Oscars tomorrow?? OK, so the videos below are obviously endorsed by Olay and Pantene, but they have some great hair and makeup tips. Grayson shows us how to make your eyes pop, and where to highlight your face, while Pantene Celebrity Stylist and Global Ambassador Danilo gives a quick run through of how to style this pretty, polished ballerina bun (so regal).

I feel like I always end up looking not quite as elegant in these types of hair styles (and I have that added benefit of a weirdo hairline) — but I’m kinda thinking of trying a fun hairstyle for the Oscars party I’m going to tomorrow. Anyone else doing something fun for the Oscars??


FOOD - "The Delicious" - Recipes

Submit your recipe and win $1,000 in groceries from Post!

Apple crisps using Post Grape Nuts

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