Monthly Archives: July 2011

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails

This is seriously the coolest thing ever

July 27, 2011

Nail art animation! Whomever over at Kia thought, “Why don’t we do a car commercial on nails?” is an absolute genius. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it (credit to Jezebel for unearthing it). The Kia Picanto is showcased using a stop-motion film — ON NAILS!

It took 1200 bottles polish, 25 days and nights, and 2 hours of drawing for each of the 900 nails (900!!) to make this happen…what do you guys think??


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Face

Nivea celebrates its 100th birthday at Grand Central with Giuliana Rancic

July 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Nivea! Nivea turns 100 this year and as part of its year-long celebration (because if you turn 100, the party HAS to last at least that long), they’ve set up a huge pop-up station at Grand Central. Just imagine a HUGE skin-loving party…inside a gigantic Nivea Creme tin. I mean, where else would it be?

Nivea Pop-Up at Grand Central

Nivea at Grand Central

Old and new tin designs

Inside Nivea's Pop-Up space

The Nivea house will be at Grand Central Station all week, so you can check it out yourself! Yesterday, I went to its launch to give you a little preview of what you can expect. First stop, the Skincare Lounge to enter to win Rihanna concert tickets in Prague.

Entering to win concert tickets to see Rihanna in Prague...fingers crossed!

Holding a limited-edition Rihanna Nivea tin for good luck

Afterwards, I got the most relaxing hand massage and right when I was about to go to another station, Giuliana Rancic, host of E! News, arrived!

Giuliana Rancic in support of Nivea

Giuliana headed straight for the lotions...can't blame her

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

Interview with Bollywood makeup artist Mickey Contractor – Part II

July 25, 2011

[This is Part II to my interview with Mickey Contractor, M.A.C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India. The first part of the interview can be found on HERE]

Me and makeup artist Mickey Contractor

As promised (a while ago, I know), here are some more details on my interview with makeup genius Mickey Contractor. I sat down with Mickey the day after he came with us on a tour of M.A.C’s headquarters. In between doing makeup for Bollywood celebs like Priyanka Chopra for the IIFA’s, he shared some of his thoughts on his experience at M.A.C’s labs and a few tips too!

: Did going on the M.A.C. tour with us change your perspective at all on makeup?
Mickey Contractor: I wouldn’t say it changed my perspective on makeup. For me it was like a religious experience. Going into the M.A.C lab and meeting all the chemists who actually made my products was like a wish being granted. I was so tired that morning on the bus as you might remember. Once I went there though, I woke up. I don’t know how! I didn’t sleep until 3 that morning. It was an overwhelming experience. It truly was a dream come true.

: What was the most challenging part in creating your own line?
MC: Mixing colors was challenging but extremely joyful. To tweak the submissions that came back after the testers was the most challenging because there is very little difference between tester 1, 2 and 3. Apart from that, I would say doing Master Classes. I hate being in front of people doing makeup. I rather do it behind the scenes, be really quiet about it. For me, doing makeup is a very personal time with who I’m working on. It’s very sacred to me.

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Australian - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Kingswood in the West Village

July 24, 2011

After being a fan of Ruby’s for years, it only made sense that I’d eventually have to visit their sister-restaurant, Kingswood in the West Village.

Inside Kingswood

I kept hearing mixed reviews about the place — some rave about it, others seem to be hung up on it having a very see-and-be-seen crowd. I personally was most interested in the food. After going through menus online, I thought I might know what I want. But I think the very edited menu is also seasonal, so not much of what I was looking at before was even there.

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Lips - Product Review

Senna Cosmetics: Lips Road Test

July 23, 2011

By Melissa Stephans

I’m so bored of my makeup. I have put lipstick and lip gloss shopping off so long, that I’m reaching the bottom of my stash. I hesitate to admit that I have used my faves so sparingly that I’m still nursing some of the products I received when I was at Town & Country — ahem, that was four years ago. (Okay, five years ago. I know, I know!).

Senna Cosmetics lipsticks in Tiffany, Paris Pink, and Glint

I can’t help it.  I am so pale and picky that I find lipstick and lipgloss shopping a hit or miss situation–usually, it’s a miss.

Senna lipstick in Glint

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Finally updated BATF’s Press Page

You know what’s hilarious? I totally forgot I had a “press” page created for Beauty and the Feast. I wanted to have a link where I would collect all the places BATF has been featured, and yeah. Forgot. This might have something to do with the fact that it’s a rather negligible link on the bottom of this page…whoever finds it gets a cookie!

So, the good news is I finally found it all by myself — and updated it! (Let’s ignore the fact that this is how I spend my Friday nights). Anyway, here’s the link in case you’re interested: I will be updating it regularly from now on!


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