Monthly Archives: March 2012

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes

Burger King Eyeshadow

March 30, 2012

This is a real ad from Burger King in the Netherlands: Hamburger eyeshadow. Discuss.



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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails - Product Review

Avril Lavigne designs new Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips!

March 27, 2012

Last night, I was invited to the Crosby Hotel to meet pop star Avril Lavigne for her newest endeavor: designing a limited-edition collection of Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips!

Sitting with Avril Lavigne in her hotel room at the Crosby

As a musician and designer (her clothing line, Abbey Dawn features tees, hoodies, and tanks all stamped with Lavigne’s signature punk rock aesthetic), she’s one who certainly has a distinct style. Which is exactly while Sally Hansen said she was on the top of their list to collaborate with.

Our first peek at the line

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Recipes

5 ideas on what to do with stale bread (instead of throwing it away)

By Dana Leigh Supnick

I’m a total carb-aholic, and there are few things I love more than fresh, super crusty bread. Yes, I’ve been that girl who orders a second breadbasket, and I’m a total “scarpettaro” – one who uses scarpetta (“little shoe” in Italian), but in this case, refers to a piece of bread you use to sop up every last delicious bite of a saucy dish.


What I would do for a bowl of pasta pomodoro RIGHT NOW….anyway, back to the topic: What do you do with your stale bread? I host dinner and brunch parties pretty regularly, and true to character, I usually have some type of amazing, fresh bread on hand – brioche, baguette, ciabatta, etc. There are always leftovers (bread is still “taboo” for some of my friends), so rather than toss it, I give the bread a second chance!

Waste not, want not! Here are some of my favorite ways to use stale bread

1. Bruschetta or crostinis
– this is the perfect recipe for a leftover baguette! Slice the bread into ¾ inch pieces and arrange on a baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the baguette slices with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake at 400 degrees until lightly toasted. Here is a great recipe for a traditional bruschetta topping from Mario Batali. And crostini toppings…well, you can put just about anything on top of a crostini – Giada De Laurentiis has an amazing Artichoke and Bean Crostini recipe, which I love.

2. Homemade croutons
– making homemade croutons is really easy! Combine olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese into a mixing bowl (you can also add fresh herbs, like rosemary or thyme if you’d like.) Roughly cut the leftover bread into cubes and toss in the olive oil mixture. Arrange on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until browned.

Making bread crumbs

3. Homemade bread crumbs
– tear the bread into smaller pieces and toss in a food processor. Process until coarse crumbs form – you don’t want the bread to be like sand, so be sure not to over process. Spread the fresh crumbs evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until dry and browned at 350 degrees. When cooled, toss breadcrumbs with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. The bread crumbs will keep for about 3 weeks to one month, and even longer if you store them in the fridge or freezer. The uses for breadcrumbs are endless! Some of my favs: Tuscan Kale Salad, Bucatini with Toasted Bread Crumbs, Macaroni and Cheese. You can even customize your breadcrumbs by adding spices, citrus zests, and fresh herbs.


4. Grilled cheese or french toast
– ‘nuf said

5. Bread pudding
– I am a huge fan of bread pudding, and if you love sweets, this is the ‘stale bread recipe’ for you! Here are some of my favorites: Chunky Apple-Apricot Bread Pudding from Lidia Bastianich, Ina Garten’s French Toast Bread Pudding (great for brunch), Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, Bread and Butter Pudding from Anne Burrell, who also has a savory Herbed Bread Pudding recipe that is really delicious.

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Lips

Virgin Atlantic and Bare Minerals partner up for new ‘Upper Class Red’ gloss

March 26, 2012

Yes, you read right: Airline Virgin Atlantic are partnering up with beauty brand bareMinerals to create a bespoke lip color, Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in shade ‘Upper Class Red. The partnership marks the launch of Virgin’s redesigned Upper class cabin this spring.

Virgin Atlantic's Perfect Pout

Upper Class Red

The color is supposed to embody “jet-set glamour” and an ode to the distinct re lips, suits, and shoes the cabin crew are known to rock on board.

“Red hot lips have always been a trademark of our cabin crew, signifying the strength and confidence they embody,” noted Rebecca Creer, Senior Spas and Grooming Manager at Virgin Atlantic Airways. “With the launch of ‘Upper Class Red’, one of Virgin Atlantic’s most iconic attributes is finally being made available to passengers. Meaning one swipe of this color is all you need to create a classic and timeless look – something our cabin crew can certainly vouch for!”

bareMinerals and Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class Red

To promote the launch, all the female cabin crew will be wearing the shade on board the new Upper Class Cabin — the first flight to see those ruby red lips? The A330 flight from London to New York. If you’re one of the lucky passengers on board, you’ll get a free sample as a welcome gift. Here’s a video with more details on the product from Virgin’s Grooming Manager Mim Allgood:

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Inspiration of the Day - RANDOM

Couldn’t help myself.

March 22, 2012



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Review: The MakeUp Show in LA

By Manisha Jogia

I was given the opportunity to go to the The MakeUp Show in LA last weekend. For those of you who don’t know, the show is a two-day event with professional makeup lines, artists, and seminars for people who either work in the field or just love the idea of getting their hands on brand new products-most at a highly discounted rate. I knew it would be fun –what girl doesn’t love makeup??–but I had no idea that it was going to be a makeup wonderland!

The Make Up Show - LA (Photo credit: Louie Heredia)

There were 60 exhibitors and over 4,500 attendees including beauty professionals, educators, buyers, and retail shoppers. I personally do not wear a lot of make up so as I walked around in awe of the excitement of all the shoppers, I was looking to see what stood out to me the most.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (Photo Credit: Louie Heredia)

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