Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Winner for the Lichi Super Fruit Giveaway

May 25, 2011

Congrats Jess B on winning the Lichi Super Fruit Giveaway!!! Please email your mailing address to

Thanks to everyone for entering…there are a lot more giveaways to come to keep reading!


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Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist suing Warner Bros. for copying his art in The Hangover II

May 23, 2011

Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill, who gave the boxer his well-known Maori-inspired face tat, is suing Warner Bros. for copying that same design on one of the character’s in the movie, Stu (played by Ed Helms).

Stu's Mike Tyson-inspired tattoo

In the movie, the characters wakes up with a tattoo just like Tyson’s, but can’t remember how it happens. According to EW, Whitmill is claiming that it’s copyright infringement. The case if pursued can lead to a delay in the release date of the movie. Ok, now this pisses me off. Why you gotta ruin it for the rest of us?! This is probably the only movie in months that I’m really looking forward to. Moreover, this statement from Tyson might make things even more difficult:

“But Whitmill’s case might be bolstered by a statement from Tyson, who appears in both Hangover films, agreeing that “all artwork, sketches and drawings related to my tattoo and any photographs of my tattoo are property” of Whitmill.” [Entertainment Weekly]

What do you guys think? Do you think he should be compensated for their use of Tyson’s tattoo in the movie? I think Whitmill can end up making a lot more money with their use of it actually (getting a cut if they end up selling similar temporary tattoos, or gaining more clientele).


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Sustain restaurant in Miami

As much as I was craving the vaca frita at Havana Harry’s, when I went back to Miami this past weekend, my friend Shahla and I decided to try something new. We first thought we’d go to Taverna Opa (a Greek restaurant where I hear there are a lot of waving napkins and smashing plates happening), but the line at the door was out of control. We decided on another Mexican tapas place, but on the way there, we came across Sustain. The decor inside was alluring enough for us to change our minds and eat here instead.

Sustain restaurant in Miami

Sustain is all about locally grown, organic food so the menu changes seasonally and sometimes even more often than that. Shahla had never been, but we decided might as well be a little adventurous with our food. Yeah. Sometimes that can work out for you, and sometimes it doesn’t. This time, not so much. I think our meal started well and ended well, but everything in between wasn’t anything to rave about. We started with the squash blossoms:

Fried Squash Blossoms, $16

This is one of those seasonal menu items. It was filled with cheese and kind of tasted like Indian pakoras (fried fritters)…I don’t know if they use cumin or coriander in it to make it taste that way to me and it was a little unexpected. This was the good beginning.

Swank Farms watercress salad, $7

We ordered a small plate of the watercress salad which came with bits of watermelon, candied peanuts, and blue cheese. The salad was decent, but the watercress and all its stems were a little difficult to eat, and I felt that the candied nuts were too sticky to chew. Plus, they were a little frugal with the cheese. It definitely tasted fresh, just nothing mind-blowing.

Sliced duck breast with black forbidden rice, $30

This is where I tried to get a little adventurous and went for the duck. Well, OK, our waiter HIGHLY recommended it. It’s another limited offering on their menu so I decided I might as well try it. I only had duck once before, in Paris, and it tasted like chicken but a little tougher to me. The sliced duck breast here was a little chewy, and too unfamiliar to me to really enjoy. The sauce didn’t do much for it. The forbidden black rice was my favorite part of the dish, and that’s not a good sign for a poultry dish.

4 arrows grass-fed fork and knife burger, $18

Side of rosemary fries

Shahla was told that the burgers here were supposed to be something amazing (and of course, our waiter also strongly agreed), so we ordered one that was supposed to be done medium-well. It seemed a little more undercooked than we would have liked, and the carmelized onions did nothing to really save it. Another strike for our waiter’s recommendation. On a side-note, he did stress that already-known detail that his opinions are subjective, but I guess it just didn’t really work out for us this time.

Pot de creme chocolate and caramel blend mousse, $8

The dessert might have been the only saving grace in the whole meal. We ordered a pot de creme chocolate and caramel blend mousse that came out in a little “illy” cup with a dollop of whipped cream that made it look like a cute little cup of coffee. I loved that touch. It left a good taste in my mouth, but as for the rest of the meal, not the best I’ve had. A+ for ambiance and service (our waiter was excellent to be fair), but the food really wouldn’t get as high of a marking.

Restaurant Info:

3252 NE 1st Ave #107
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 424-9079
Midtown Miami


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My travel makeup bag…

May 22, 2011

I can’t claim to be the best packer, but I can say that I’ve made significant strides in overcoming the need to pack my entire apartment for a trip. When it comes to rounding up my makeup and skin products, I stress. For one, sifting through all the different products and shades while you’re still trying to figure out what exactly you’ll be doing on your trip is just not fun. Second, I used to think this whole “all your liquids have to fit inside this little baggy if you want to take in on board or else we’re gonna throw it away right in front of you and crying won’t help” was just crap. But I realized that it forces me to pick and choose what I really need. And for my current trip to Miami, it kinda looks like this:

My travel makeup bag

{What? I’m a beauty writer. Leave me alone} Anyway, since it’s a combo of some of my old and new faves, I thought I’d share.

Travel face products

Left to Right:
1. CERAVE AM and PM moisturizers (in little travel capsules), $14 each
2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight Face Illuminizer Gel, $29
3. MARIO BADESCU Enzyme Cleansing Gel, $12 for 8 oz.
4. SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer, $16 for .5 fl oz.
5. MD SOLAR SCIENCES Tinted Mineral Screen sunblock, $24
6. MEHRON Celebré HD Pro Cream Foundations, $9 each

I already told you all how much I love Mario Badescu and CeraVe face products. I think these little travel capsules are so clutch for a short trip. You can fit a lot of cream in it and it’ll last you longer than you think. I was sent Make Up For Ever‘s Uplight to experiment with and what I found was the only illuminizer I ever liked using (that doesn’t look tacky, doesn’t crease, and since it’s water-based, won’t irritate my skin). More on this soon! I usually like to take one primer with me too, something I can wear under my makeup to help it last longer and look more even. I decided to go with Smashbox Photo Finish (good for pics!), and the small size was perfect for traveling. I also recently got introduced to MD SolarSciences when they sent me their Tinted Mineral Gel. It’s perfect for Miami because it’s not greasy AT ALL, water-resistant, goes on super smooth, and doesn’t make anything I put on top all gooky. I’m pretty particular about my sunblock, and I’m putting this up there with Neutrogena (another fave of mine).

Oh and Mehron! I was introduced to the brand by makeup artist James Vincent, who was raving about these cream foundations (only $9) at The Makeup Show’s blogger preview and how they’re the best thing ever. I bought a couple at The Makeup Show, two different shades (one lighter, one darker), and kind of mix the two depending on where I need coverage. It blends well and it’s buildable in case you need a little extra coverage in certain places (so it’s kind of a concealer/foundation in one). I wouldn’t recommend it if you have particularly dry skin, but it works for my combo skin. What’s also cool is that it’s not a liquid so you can stick it in your regular makeup bag instead of a baggy so they won’t be annoying about it at the airport.

Travel eye products

Top to Bottom:
1. SENNA Form A Brow, $45
2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes eye pencil in Mat Black, $18
3. ANASTASIA Brow Duality, $21
4. L’ORÉAL PARIS Voluminous Original mascara, $5

Ok, I don’t REALLY need help with filling in my brows or anything, but I like this because you can add a very very subtle shape (and learning how a little goes a long way from Elke von Frudenberg of The Model Brow, I figured everyone should have a brow kit in case). Also the brown shadows in this kit by Senna double as smokey shadows you can apply around your eyes (like I did last night). I also like Anastasia’s Brow Duality because you can add a little highlight right under your brow to give it a lift. I use the pink one because it looks more natural during the day, and switch to the gold at night when I could use a little sheen. Make Up For Ever‘s Aqua Eyes pencil is just a staple in my makeup bag because it’s the easiest way for me to apply and it stays put for most of the night. When I add it to my inner rim, it can smudge a bit at the end of the night, but you can’t expect it to stay like a gel liner. The original Voluminous mascara from L’Oreal Paris is just one of my all-time favorites — one swipe for a little definition, two for drama.

Travel cheek products

Clockwise from top:
1. COVERGIRL & OLAY Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach 200, $10
2. KOHGENDO Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder, $42
3. CARGO Bronzer in Medium, $28

I decided one blush/one bronzer is fair. CoverGirl‘s Simply Ageless Sculpting blush blends so well…sometimes I can just put a little of this blush and nothing else. My go-to bronzer has remained unchanged for years. I experiment with many but Cargo‘s has a pretty orange glow that looks great on already tan skin. I save KohGenDo‘s finishing powder as the last step because it doesn’t come off matte (looking like you’re 10 years older).

Travel lip products

Left to Right:
1. INGLOT Freedom palette (customized), $25
2. NAPOLEON PERDIS Lip Pencil in Pink Slip, $18
3. BARE ESCENTUALS BUXOM lip gloss in Dani, $14

I’m going to talk more specifically about this fabulous palette I made at Inglot in a future post. Mine has a customized a concealer, shadow, and three lip colors. It’s AWESOME because it has the basic essentials if you just need to carry around ONE palette. Napoleon Perdis‘ lip pencil is a basic flesh-toned nude to keep your gloss in place or to wear alone. And the Bare Escentuals Buxom lip gloss in Dani is something I carry with me everywhere because it’s the prettiest pink and kind of has a refreshing, minty feel to it. Love.

Travel hair and body products

Left to Right:
1. PHILIP KINGSLEY Shampoo and Conditioner in Moisture Balancing (from Soft & Shiny Jet Set kit), $35 for kit
2. TIGI BED HEAD After-Party smoothing cream (purple top), $10
3. THIERRY MUGLER Womanity body lotion (in blue case), $45
4. SECRET Scent Expressions in Ooh-La-La Lavender, $4
5. MEMOIRE LIQUIDE body oil in Vanilla (custom-made), $65
6. JESSICA SIMPSON Fancy Love perfume, $25 (for full size)

I have a thing about hotel shampoos and conditioners. It’s just that…they suck. I received this mini Philip Kingsley shampoo and conditioner in a gift bag when I went to visit their hair clinic last week. It’s easily one of my favorites right now (I love a lot of his products, including the Maximizer I wrote about earlier). The mini size also fits easily in my baggie. I figured I’d pack a few dollops of TIGI‘s smoothing cream in case the humidity gets the best of me. I just put a little after a shower and my wavy hair turned into smooth beachy waves…I didn’t have to even use a hair dryer (which I’d want to avoid anyway in this weather). I also told you about my obsession with Womanity‘s body lotion and how fantastic it smells. In fact, a guy awkwardly stopped me today to ask me whattt I’m wearing because it smells so good. Totally serious. I found my tiny bottle of travel-friendly Memoire Liquide body oil (in my beloved vanilla fragrance), and surprisingly enough, Jessica Simpson’s Fancy Love perfume is the refreshing blend of peach blossom, jasmine, peony, and amber.

And yes, no trouble packing all the liquids in a little baggie for the plane. What do you like to pack when you travel?


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Live from South Beach…

May 20, 2011

Hi everyone! So psyched to be back in South Beach (so soon). This time, it’s more work than pleasure…but then again, it’s Miami…and the weather is gorgeous so I’m not really calling it work ;). I’m speaking on a panel tomorrow about food/dining blogging for the SheCon Media Expo taking place at Miami’s Convention Center. The conference is free, so if you’re around, join me at 2:30pm tomorrow :). I’ll be tweeting too, so follow me on @BeautyNDFeast if you have any questions/comments.

Until then..

A virgin mint mojito on Ocean Drive from my Miami Trip Part 1


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Giveaway: A gift bag from Lichi Super Fruit!

May 19, 2011

Lichi Super Fruit diet supplement

Lichi Super Fruit Probiotic and Total Body Detox

If any of you are looking for ways kick-start your fitness goals (and there’s no judgment if the beach is your motivation), you’ll love this giveaway! I’m partnering up with Lichi Super Fruit to give away a full diet/detox program that works to improve your skin and lose weight from the inside out. We’re giving away a gift bag that contains their Lichi Super Fruit Diet Supplements, Probiotic Supplements, and Total Body Detox.

Super Fruit Diet – natural and loaded with vitamins to improve skin tone and texture, increases vitality, and aids in weight loss.

Probiotic – aids in digestion by keeping the intestinal tract running smoothly, guards against bloating, and helps immune system fight off infections (gluten and dairy-free).

Total Body Detox – a healthy, natural detox program to flush out harmful toxins (no fasting required like other detox programs).

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

1) Follow me and tweet: “Win a diet and detox program from @LichiSuperFruit by retweeting this post @BeautyNDFeast”

2) Leave a comment saying on Beauty and the Feast’s Facebook page about Lichi Super Fruit

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

Winner will be announced on May 24th! Good luck!


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