Monthly Archives: January 2012

FOOD - "The Delicious" - Thai

Rice in Nolita

January 30, 2012

Ah. You win some, you lose some. I’m pretty convinced this foodie friend of mine always knows the best tiny joints in the city so I was excited to come upon Rice when he led a few of us there a couple days ago. The place itself was so cute, but I think it was a sum of a lot of things that made it not the best experience this time around.

Rice

Here’s the cliff notes version. 1) It was raining and cold that night and we walked a good 15 minutes out of our way to get here; 2) We were all starving and waited another 15 minutes to get seated…pretty standard but that feels way longer when you’re famished; 3) To add insult to injury, they took ONE HOUR to get our food out. The people next to us who came after us go their food before we did; 4) When the food did come out, the portions were pretty small. And you’d think being so hungry, anything would do, but my coconut thai curry dish was three-fourths rice and one-fourth curry. I guess to their credit, it’s not false advertising. But I was still starving after my meal!

Corn


Spinach rice balls


Chicken satay


Lentils and black rice

Granted, I also got the smaller dish (it comes in a small and large), but after waiting so long, I was afraid ordering anything else would take another five years.

The food was not bad, and not expensive. Just probably not worth all that trouble.

REPORT CARD

Meal: Dinner
Occasion: My birthday celebration goes on!
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: *** The place and cute and cozy, I’ll give it that. Loved that they had a fireplace too.
Food: *
Service: *
Would I go back?: Nah..even though I’m pretty sure it might have been a one-off experience, it also wouldn’t be on the top of my lists to go back to!

Restaurant Info:
Rice

292 Elizabeth St,
btw Houston & Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012
212-226-5775
Nolita


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fragrance (perfume/cologne)

Agent Provocateur launches day fragrances

January 27, 2012

Leave it to Agent Provocateur to make one sexy night out of their Eau Provocateur fragrances launch party! Held at their boutique on Madison Avenue, models demo’d the new fragrances for us while, of course, sporting its namesake from head-to-toe.

An Agent Provocateur-clad model


Eau Provocateaur fragrance


L'Agent, Eau Provocateur, and Maitresse perfumes

Til now, the titillating brand (also known for some pretty racy videos…see their “Love Me Tender” Valentine’s video featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for reference) had their two L’Agent and original Eau Provocateur perfumes. Both were meant to be ‘nighttime’ fragrances, and therefore, pretty dense and strong in their scents. These three new perfumes however are their new DAY fragrances — a little lighter with modern twists:

Fragrance dressings



L’Agent Eau Provocateur
: Contains top notes of bergamot, leaf accord, madarin, apple, melon, and peach. Mid notes: rose, jasmin, tuberose, magnolia, freesia, and ylang. Base notes: musk, patchouli, sandalwood, and amber crystals. I thought this one was a little more strong because of the musk!
Eau Provocateur: A daytime version of their original Eau De Parum, this one contains citrus and red fruit accords like muguet and orange flower. base notes of myrrh, vanilla, and tonka bean.
Maitresse: Top notes of rose, jasmin sambac, and iris. Mid notes of granny smith appes, and base notes of amber, sandalwood, and tonka. It’s a lighter, floral scent compared to the other two!

Eau Provocateur Models at the fragrance launch party


Didn't mind helping myself to the themed macaroons!


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Maitresse is my personal favorite, but I’m into more floral perfumes so it totally makes sense. Check them out and let me know which one’s yours! But don’t run out the door yet — the trio will be available on April 15th for $70 each.


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes

An alternative to the normal eyelash curler

January 26, 2012

Not to sound annoying, but I’ve been getting a lot more compliments on my lashes lately. If you’ve been following my blog, by now you know I’m a little mascara obsessed and switch them up pretty often. A little known fact: I’m such a lash fiend, I’ll often use TWO different mascaras at once. It’s a problem. An addiction, if you will.

But this time, I don’t think it’s my mascara. I’m starting to think the common denominator is a new eyelash curler I’ve been using. Way back when, I wrote a whole post on my fear of eyelash curlers, so some of you may be wondering what’s up with my change of heart. But here’s the thing — the one I use isn’t your normal clamp-it-down-on-your-lashes-and-hope-they’re-still-there kind. It’s more of an eyelash wand/comb…and get this: it’s HEATED.

Japonesque mini eyelash curler

I found Japonesque’s Pink Heated Mini Lash Curler ($16) on Bloom.com when I had one of those shopping binges (which also makes bloom.com so wonderful, because it rewards you pretty handsomely based on how much you spend..but that was a wholeeee other post).

Heat switch -- the little orange light shows that it's on

But back to this curler’s awesomeness — I love that you just turn on a switch to heat it up (it doesn’t get like scorching hot, of course…just warm enough) and you can just hold it up against your lashes to get a deep curl that stays. It’s battery operated, and you can either turn the switch off yourself or it automatically switches off when you put the cap back on. I personally like it better than traditional curlers because it doesn’t pinch or break your lashes either. I can’t even count the times people have asked me if I’m wearing fake lashes since I started using this.

To curl lashes just hold the wand up against your lashes.

My lashes already have a bit of a natural curl to them, so I’m curious to see how it works for people with straight lashes. One thing I also wonder about is if it works on people with shorter lashes as well. Hmm.

If you want to try it, I definitely suggest going through Bloom.com. You accumulate points with purchases and they give some pretty generous customized gifts with your orders (based on your beauty profile that you create when you join!). Oh, and PS…it also comes in black ;).


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Anti-Aging - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face - Product Review

Garnier’s new BB cream. Also. What is BB Cream?

January 24, 2012

How many of you have heard of BB cream? A show of hands? Well, the story goes that BB creams (which stands for “Beauty Balm” in this case, though some say it also stands for “Blemish Blam”) were originally used in Germany by derms to help laser surgery patients protect and sooth highly sensitive skin while providing light coverage. Fast forward, and it’s all the buzz among Korean celebs, who found it as an all-in-one product and their most coveted beauty secret. Not for long though — when the cat was out the bag, it spread like fire to women across Korea. Today, its popularity has spread across Asia, Europe, and Australia. Yes, sadly, we’re kinda the last to know.

Garnier's new Skin Renew BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector

But the good news is, Garnier has brought their own BB cream to the masses here with their new BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector.

The cream promises to even out skin tone, brighten complexion, renew radiance, deliver 24 hour hydration, and protection with its SPF 15. It’s also packed with Vitamin C — a powerful antioxidant and it comes in two shades (light/medium, and medium/dark) to provide a light coverage. It’s similar to a tinted moisturizer but it has more skin-perfecting and brightening benefits. I was sent one in medium/dark to review and have been using it as a quick pick-me-up before I apply my makeup and was impressed that it really added a fresh sheen to my skin without looking cakey (and it smells so good!). But don’t expect it to be as heavy duty as a concealer or foundation — it will minimize the appearance of dark spots but not totally cover them. That’s why it’s a good idea to layer on with a little color if you need it. Hence, it comes in only two shades and not multiple…it’s only meant for light coverage in that sense since it’s more for the skin’s benefit than anything.

The cream will be available at mass market retailers for $13 starting February 2012.

Have any of you used BB creams before? Which ones do you use and what do you think?


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Product Review - Skin

Beauty Product of the Week: Specific Beauty Skin Brightening Serum

January 23, 2012

I feel like I’m constantly discovering amazing products that I need some sort of new ongoing series to feature them. Hence, Beauty Product of the Week (Let’s call it BPW for short going forward, k? :)).

Specific Beauty Skin Brightening Serum

I’ve been freelancing at Allure, and just as you’d imagine, it’s quite the beauty product heaven. During a recent beauty sale, I picked up a few products from Specific Beauty. If you remember, I had a giveaway with them a few months ago. That was actually the first time I was introduced the brand myself, which is formulated to serve the needs particular to people of medium-to-dark skin tones (particularly, to even out your complexion).

I started using their Skin Brightening Serum and Professional Moisture Complex sparingly every AM and PM. I’m always really critical of serums and skin brighteners in general because the ones I’ve used in the past either feel sticky and gross or they dry out my skin. Surprisingly though, these were neither. The serum was more creamy and combining it with the moisturizer kept my skin from drying out.

Serum and Professional Moisture Complex

Even better, I felt like I noticed the difference within a few days. Any dark spots I had were lightening up a lot faster than I thought it would. I checked out the ingredients and it contains licorice, which is a known skin lightener because of its glabridin (which inhibits pigmentation). The moisture complex also contains grape seed oil, an antioxidant powerhouse and skin softener. Both are also under $50 each (the serum is $30 and the moisturizer is $20), which considering the fact that it can be compared to brands that are LOT more expensive, is a pretty good deal.


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

A Golden Globes Viewing Party with Dove (PLUS a fab giveaway!)

January 20, 2012

By Nicci Jordan Hubert

**Giveaway Alert! Tweet this post for a chance to with the ENTIRE collection of Dove’s Style+Care line!!**

Photo: Ana Schechter

Amazing Dove shaped cookies!

The people at Dove are pretty smart. First, they launched their new Nourishing Oil products by inviting us to blowouts at the fabulous Dry Bar. Then, this weekend, they announced their new revamped style product line via a Golden Globes viewing party in conjunction with Style Coalition. They really know their way to a woman’s heart.

OH hello. Photo: Ana Schechter

Not a bad way to watch the Globes

So, needless to say, I was the first person to arrive at their viewing party. (Literally. I was the first to arrive. What? I didn’t want to miss out on the canapés.)

Feasting. Photos: Ana Schechter

Beautifying... Photo: Ana Schechter

I have to admit I was glad to get there as early as I did. Not only because I was able to have the first taste the delicious Dove-shaped cookies, imbibe in a raspberry prosecco cocktail without waiting in line, and nosh on endive stuffed with bacon and sweet potatoes—all while critiquing the style and hair choices of the celebrities on screen—but also, because the adorable ladies at Dove gave me a one-on-one lowdown on their new products.

Dove's new Style+Care line

Watching and tweeting as we bloggers do! Photo: Ana Schechter

Dove shampoos. Photo: Ana Schechter

Dove has revived their entire styling products line, from hairspray to serum. The difference? The design of the packaging was revamped, but also, the addition of the +Care element is what’s most significant. The idea is to nourish and fortify the hair while styling it, so Dove has added customized, concentrated nourishing components to each individual product. I’m most excited about the Dry Shampoo and the Frizz-Free Cream Serum. As I mentioned in my previous Dove post, I tend to be a snob about hair products. But I’m still using and raving about the Dove Nourishing Oil line. Can’t wait to start using the Style+Care products, too, which officially launch in March but are unofficially rolling out on shelves now. So be on the lookout.

Anyone else out there using the Dove products? Opinions? Well, if you love as much as we do, you’re going to enjoy this week’s giveaway! Today’s giveaway is the ENTIRE LINE of Dove’s new Style+Care collection. That includes: Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, Style+Care Nourishing Dry Ends Serum, Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse, Style+Care Nourishing Amplifier Mousse, Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray (aerosol), Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray (non-aerosol), Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray (aerosol), Style+Care Thermal Replenishment Spray, and the Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo.

TO ENTER: There are two ways to enter — you can do either to enter, but doing both increases your chances:

1) Leave a comment on FB for this post that has anything to do with Dove or the Golden Globes this year!
2) Follow @BeautyNDFeast and @Dove and tweet the following: I want to win @Dove’s entire Style+Care line @BeautyNDFeast. Retweet to win! http://ow.ly/8APkt

Leave a comment below on how you entered! Winner will be announced Thursday, January 26th. Good luck!

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