Monthly Archives: May 2011

Inspiration of the Day - RANDOM

Adorable video clip of the day

May 31, 2011

My sister sent me the cuyyy-test video this morning and I had to share:

Cat Hugs Baby Kitten Having Nightmare

(If you didn’t ‘aww’ out loud, you have no heart)


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fashion - Feet - RANDOM

Roll-up flats: Life-savers in the city

If I didn’t live in the city where I walk everywhere, I wouldn’t necessarily consider wearing high heels that bad of an addiction. But I do, and my feet seem to agree that it is.

HI Heels. Nail Polish: Essie Tart Deco

Shoes: Steve Madden

I’m in heels most of the time at least, from work to events to dinner, up and down subway stairs. It’s not very New York-ery of me to not side with flats, I know. And I’m really not trying to purposely ruin my feet. I’m just a little lazy when it comes to changing my shoes in the middle of the day. I do sometimes throw in a pair of more feet-friendly shoes in my bag, but with all the stuff I keep on me — my camera, iPod, phone, small notebooks, chargers, etc. — it doesn’t leave too much room. And when I’m holding a clutch, carrying an extra pair of shoes is just out of the question. Until I discovered these:

Kushyfoot Flats-To-Go in snake print

I might be late to the party, but I wish I knew about Kushyfoot’s Flats-To-Go five years ago. They are simple ballet flats that are so thin you can fold them up and carry them around easily. They have a wavy rubber sole too that cushions the feet and they fit in my smallest purse. It’s good for a short-term solution though, don’t plan on walking around in it all day because they are REALLY thin and not the most shock absorbent. And of course be extra careful if you’re walking around pebbly areas. I’ll just slip into them on the way back home if I need to, and then just throw them away when I feel like I wore them out. I kind of have a lot of them though…

Kushyfoot flats in black and perforated white.

Folded up flats

Kushyfoot Flats-To-Go are available at Duane Reade, or for $9.


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BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Hair - Hair Tools

GIVEAWAY: Schick Quattro for Women & Dare to be Spontaneous with Katy Perry

May 27, 2011

Happy lovely Friday! Thought I’d start this beautiful day with another giveaway. But first, wanted to give you a heads up that Schick Quattro for Women has been working on some cool projects lately. Most notably, they are partnering up with singer superstar Katy Perry for her California Dreams tour, and launching their Dare to be Spontaneous summer program!

Win a chance to meet Katy Perry from Schick Quattro!

For Katy Perry fans, this is HUGE: From now until July 8th, if you’re 18 or older, you can enter on their Facebook page. One lucky winner will receive a spontaneous getaway vacation with three friends to an undisclosed, secret location in the United States. The trip includes hotel, airfare, tickets to a Katy Perry concert, and a chance to meet Katy in person!
In the mean time though, you have to have to try their new TrimStyle razor with jojoba extract and acai berry. It’s waterproof, and battery operated, and super safe to use. I fell in love with this years ago, and I still always have one handy. SO to convert you, this week I’m giving away Schick Quattro’s newest TrimStyle razor, as well of one of their razor-only version in their limited edition purple handles.

Schick Quattro TrimStyle and Razor with jojoba extract and acai berry

TO ENTER: Each method below counts as an entry, so all three will increase your chances of winning:

1) Follow me and tweet: “Win Schick Quattro’s limited edition TrimStyle and Razor by retweeting this post @BeautyNDFeast”

2) Leave a comment saying on Beauty and the Feast’s Facebook page about Schick Quattro

3) Leave a comment below (if you tweeted or left a FB comment, include that in your comment…it helps me keep track :) ).

Winner will be announced next week, Thursday, June 2nd. Good luck!


BEAUTIFULLY DELICIOUS LINKS - Beauty - "The Lovely" - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Beautifully Delicious Links, 5/27/11

Pop culture eyes. Photos via Jezebel

What’s lovely and delicious this week:

  • Pop culture-inspired eye makeup – Flavorwire
  • Man invents an Indian-style ‘tandoor oven’ for his backyard – The New York Times
  • 3 makeup mistakes you don’t wanna make – Bellasugar
  • Comedian Wyatt Cenac‘s hilarious food diary – Grub Street
  • Oprah’s favorite beauty products – Refinery29
  • British chef turns a grounded-plane into a restaurant –
  • Justin Bieber‘s new perfume campaign – Fashionista
  • Photographer Terry Richardson is all about spaghetti – The Cut
  • How to get summer-ready loose waves – College Candy
  • RECIPE: Scallops with asparagus – Serious Eats

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    Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

    The Laser Hair Removal Diaries: Part II

    May 26, 2011

    I began my laser hair removal series with this post about the first couple of sessions I had with Dr. Stephen Bracci at Verve MediSpa. I’ve gone one more time since then, and I’ve been really pleased with the results so far — I haven’t noticed any hair growth or irritations (**happy dance**). The lip area, which I got done for the first time, did pinch a little more than the other areas but it’s a very temporary and mild discomfort (for me at least, I’m sure it’s different for everyone).

    You all did leave some questions for Dr. Bracci which I had a chance to ask him so here are his answers:
    Dr. Stephen Bracci

    Q: What are some things a customer should ask when searching for laser hair removal clinics? Are there certain lasers that are better than others? etc. 2. I had a friend who got it done and complained that her hair came back EVEN MORE COARSE. What would cause that to happen? Is there a risk of that? Is it typical?

    Dr. Bracci: Certain lasers are better for certain hair and skin types – and If a laser center has two or three different types of lasers, they can generally treat all skin and hair combinations. Beyond that, a knowledgable and experienced laser physician can improve the odds of getting the best results

    It is possible to stimulate hair that is weak and fine to get mature and more coarse, but if this happens then this hair that grows in thicker is actually easier to treat with the laser. It is easier to treat thick dark hair with a laser then fine light hair. The treating physician usually needs to raise the laser energy if this happens. In my experience, these coarse hairs are almost always treatable with the laser.

    The usual scenario for this to happen is when a laser technician treats somebody at a very low laser energy level because they are worried about burns – and they usually treat all patients at this low level. In doing so, they actually don’t kill the hairs but actually stimulate baby hairs to mature. Though, if this happens then these mature hairs usually respond to increased laser energy and can be killed. You are best off going to a center that you can see a physician to reduce this chance of laser stimulation.

    Q: Can people with eczema do laser hair removal? I already have skin pigmentation due to my eczema.

    Dr. Bracci: I am not aware of any studies that prohibit treating laser hair removal patients who have eczema, but certainly to this matter is always best to present your skin conditions to the physician at your treatment center.

    Q: I have keloids on my arms and my dermatologist says I have a tendency to form keloids. Thus, I can’t wax the sides of my face because it poses the danger of forming something there. I want to rid the hair on my face and I was considering doing laser. What are the risks and benefits for a girl in a situation like myself?

    Dr. Bracci: Any trauma to the skin can lead to a keloid scar (and I am not aware of routine laser hair removal leading to a keloid scar). But for certainty, seek a laser physician to treat your facial hair/ And review the particular risks for your situation with this doctor before your laser sessions. Usually when females have facial hair the removal methods such as plucking and waxing lead to traumatic bumps of the skin – which certainly can lead to keloids. Lasers are a safe bet to remove the hair and make the skin look smooth.

    Do you have any more questions for Dr. Bracci? Leave it in the comments!

    Medical office info:
    Verve Medical Cosmetics

    240 East 60th Street
    New York, NY 10022
    Midtown East


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    Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Face - Skin - Sun Protection

    What I’m using: MD SolarSciences quick dry body spray

    May 25, 2011

    MD SolarSciences Quick Dry body spray

    {Feel free to ignore my messy window in the background}

    Weather in NYC today: 75 degrees and S-U-N-N-Y, or otherwise what I consider to be perfect.

    I’m off to grab a tea with a friend, but with this sun flooding my room, I had to remind myself to apply some extra SPF before heading out. I have full bottles of my creamy sunblocks, but since I’m in a rush (and since I love their tinted face gel so much), I decided to go with MD SolarSciences Quick Dry with SPF 40. It’s a serious mist that’s full-bodied but LIGHT (no liquidy mess from a spray). I love that it’s not greasy at all and for you active bodies, you’d probably appreciate the fact that it’s very water resistant. MD SolarSciences sent me their line to try and it hasn’t taken me long at all to really love the quality of their products. The biggest thing for me as far as sun-protecting products go is texture and consistency, and these haven’t failed me on either so far. They’re not heavy but offer broad spectrum protection.

    Oh, and most importantly about this body spray is it dries REALLY fast. So fast in fact that I was able to take a picture, upload it, and write this post before heading out ;). Enjoy the sun today!

    What SPF are you wearing right now?

    MD SolarSciences Quick dry body spray, $21.