Monthly Archives: May 2012

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

Perfume obsessing.

May 21, 2012

Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination with perfume. I’d love to be the kind of person that has a “signature scent” by sticking to just one. At best, I can have a certain scent at a certain time (right now it’s still very much Victoria’s Secret Bombshell with random bouts of Dior J’adore) but I find it hard to remain undistracted (is that a word? I just looked it up and according to Wiktionary it is). Anyway, since I’m constantly spritzing, I figured I share thoughts on a few I’ve just come across recently:


I mean. How. Gorgeous.

Vince Camuto

Shoe-designer Vince Camuto’s very first perfume that launched last Fall and they did good. The fragrance has notes of osmanthus (a rare Chinese flower), Bulgarian white rose, and rich leather and jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and amber. It all equals a luxurious scent (would you expect anything less from the bottle alone? The golden cap is actually the outline of the Camuto family crest). The best part about this perfume is it’s versatile — it’s dense enough for the evening but it still has a bit of sweetness to it that makes it awesome for spring/summer days. Who to buy it for: The scent adapts, easily a perfect gift to your stylish gal or Mom. But don’t think of it as a ‘mommy scent’ — it’s just a contemporary answer to her usual go-to’s. BATF’s perfume grade: A-


Reveal the Passion

Disclaimer: I got an advance of this perfume, due out in July.  Besides J. Lo, who I think actually does fragrances exceptionally well, I usually tread celeb perfumes with caution. Halle Berry’s newest perfume, Reveal The Passion (OK, maybe the name is a little on the cheesy side), grabs you at the bottle which I was told was actually inspired by little trinkets she found while traveling in Morocco. I love its art deco design…like a little jewel that deserves its place on your dressing table. The scent is a fruity-floral, a mix of bergamot, apple, and patchouli but I can’t say I’d love to wear it myself. It’s too confusing for me — it’s maybe too musky and at the same time, seems a bit young. Who to buy it for: A niece/younger cousin who likes pretty things.  BATF’s perfume grade: B-


Yes, that’s the whole name. I love it.

What we do in Paris is Secret

This is what I call the head-turner. At least it was for me. I discovered this one at the office when a colleague of mine sprayed this in the office (I work at a beauty magazine sometimes, mind you), and once I caught a whiff, I immediately turned around and asked, “WHAT is that? It’s amazing!” She told me and I ordered it the same week. I totally realize spending $110 on 60mL sounds crazy (and honestly, I would have expected prettier packaging for it!). But I can’t help it — it’s totally worth it for me if I really love this much. It’s an unusual mix: bergamot, honey lychee, Turkish rose essence, tonka bean, vanilla, heliotrope, tolu, sandalwood, ambergris, musks. Yeah I know. Weird. But the mix together is intoxicating. Plus the name is so alluring on it’s own, I’ll easily excuse the mundane bottle. Who to buy it for: The girlfriend. BATF’s perfume grade: A

What are your current favorites?


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Beauty on the Streets: Jeni Elizabeth

May 16, 2012

Meet celeb stylist, Jeni Elizabeth! With clients like Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Eva Longoria, Carrie Underwood, and Lindsay Lohan, you can find her regularly behind the scenes at red carpets, photo shoots, and TV shows. Here are some of her favorite things:

Jeni Elizabeth

Name: Jeni Elizabeth

Age: 33

Occupation: Fashion Stylist

Location: Los Angeles, CA



“I absolutely LOVE my job! I am obsessed with my dogs and my boyfriend and I have never been happier!”

My style is: Laidback, comfy sexy.

The song I have on repeat right now is: Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

The best part about being a stylist is: You hold the ability to make anyone feel fabulous about themselves

People usually compliment my: smile and teeth — they’re so white it’s offensive!

I’ll never forget the time: I met Victoria Beckham. She handed me her black card she found at the bottom of her purse! She was the most normal mom I had ever met!

For my skin, I use: Neutrogena products

My favorite makeup tip: Less is more.

My favorite place in the whole world is: at my moms eating pot roast

Current beauty product obsession: EOS Lip Balms! I cannot stop buying the eggs!!!

But I also can’t live without: Fekkai shampoo and conditioner

Worst habit: Eating Andes candies

When I travel, I MUST have: My Cozy! Its my cashmere Ralph Lauren blanket that I am obsessed with!

My favorite scent right now: Gardenia

People might be surprised to know that: I never washed my face with anything but warm water until I was 30!

I don’t understand people who don’t like: Cotton candy! Everyone in the world should be forced to LOVE cotton candy!

The restaurant I can never get tired of are:The Polo Lounge Beverly Hills Hotel

Though I can make a mean: stuffed chicken!

I hope in 5 years: I’ll have my own book, Clothing Line, Video Game, App, two children and a fabulous husband…no pressure!

Who inspires me: Tori Spelling! She does it ALL!

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Macbar in Nolita

May 15, 2012

Who doesn’t like mac n cheese? (If you raised your hand, I seriously question your childhood).

For the rest of us, there’s Macbar, a small joint that serves ONLY variations of macaroni and cheese. It’s not the first of its kind that I’ve come across (there’s also S’Mac), but located perfectly for a quick shopping break near Soho.

Margarita (medium)

Mac Shroom

(Love the lips-shaped tray when you order your mac in medium). Made fresh to order and lots of flavor, it’s the quick-but-gourmet style you might find at some neighboring restaurants. If you are somewhat reminded of the one you find at the neighboring Delicatessen (albeit slightly less toned down with the cheese factor you’d find there) it might be with good reason — this outpost was born from the same chef, Michael Ferraro. I personally love mushrooms and ordered the Mac Shroom (roasted “magic” mushrooms, fontina, mascarpone, truffled essence) but think I actually preferred the Margarita Mac fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, parmigiano, fresh basil since it had a little more flavor.

The small joint only seats about 8, so likely you might have to take yours to go on a busy night. Unless you don’t mind eating while standing.


Meal: Sort of dinner
Occasion: Post-shopping break
Price: $
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ** (if you love yellow, you’ll love this place I suppose)
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yep.

Restaurant Info:

54 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-8877


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BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely" - FOOD - "The Delicious"’s New and Improved Wedding Registry (Giveaway!)

May 14, 2012

**Read til the end of this post for an exclusive sponsored giveaway!! Win a selection of products shown here**
It’s wedding season (although lately, it’s been feeling like when is it NOT?), so it’s the perfect time to tell you about’s updated Wedding Registry which makes it even easier to craft your list! Here are some benefits I learned about recently:

Room guides: where couples can find all the products they need by each room of their home.
Similar Registries: Couples can look to the Similar Registries lists on Amazon to see what other couples are registering for based on what is currently on their registry, by region or by wedding month.
Connect via social networks: share your wedding registry via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Easier than ever for guests to find your registry: Guests can simply type in the couples name followed by “registry” in the’s homepage search bar.
Amazing selections: couples can register for not just kitchen items, but anything from bikes and tents to books and electronics.
Thank you card manager: stores all the guests who ordered from your Wedding Registry by Amazon in one place for easy reference.

Wedding registry gift ideas from

I was invited to learn about 4 specific trends emerging in the wedding gifts market. Amazon had broken them down as the following:


Modern Nostalgia

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook– $16.96
Cargo Cool Traveler Suitcases, Set of 3– $99.00
Polaroid 300 Instant Camera– $79.99
DII Ric-Rac Botanical Vintage Half Apron– $24.00
Orka Chocolate Fondue Set– $15.00
KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers– $349.99
Huffy Women’s Ocean Deluxe Bike– $149.99
Waring PBB2 Professional Bar Blender– $190.00
Dualit 2-Slice Toaster, Mint Green– $280.00
Make My Day Retro Milk Bottle Creamer and Sugar Set– $11.80
Karlsson Wall Clock Mixed Spider Multi Color Steel Chrome– $44.99


Thrill Seekers

Bodum Fyrkat 13.4-Inch Portable Charcoal Grill– $80.00
Pierre Belvedere Airplane Travel Journal– $15.95
Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom– $399.00
Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack– $42.69
Texsport Bazaar Armchair– $18.93
The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook– $19.95
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die– $24.95
Gerber 31-000701 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit– $67.50
TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack– $99.99
Bell Faction Multi-Sport Helmet– $40.50
Nathan Stainless Steel 700 mL Flip Straw Bottle– $20.00


Eco Chic

Bambu Large Lacquerware Salad Bowl– $28.99
Kikkerland Dance Steps Natural Rubber High Grip Suction Cup Bath Mat– $12.99
Totally Bamboo 20-7930 3-Piece Cutting Board Set– $12.99
Ozeri ZP1-3P 3 Piece Green Earth Frying Pan Set– $199.99
PUR CR-6000C 2-Stage Oval Water Pitcher with LED Indicator– $26.15
Rosanna Cin Cin! Tumbler Set of 6– $96.00
Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen – $17.95
Marware Eco-Vue Genuine Leather Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Pink– $34.99
Clean Air Distributing 2552 1-Gallon Stainless Steel Counter Top Compost Pail– $34.00
Kassatex Rayon from Bamboo Collection 6 Piece Solid Towel Set– $105.99
Boston Warehouse Floral Brights Garden 3-Piece Garden Tool Set– $24.99
Kenroy Home 21058CK Jasper Table Lamp– $162.50


Tastefully Timeless

Waterford Happy Celebrations Crystal Flute Glasses, Set of 2– $135.00
Mikasa Cheers 4-Piece Place Setting– $58.00
Lenox Sculpt 65-Piece Stainless Flatware Set– $229.00
Riedel O Glasses set (8 total)– $88.50
Norpro Pete the Penguin Cocktail Shaker– $43.99
Pinzon Hotel Stitch 400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set– $120.00
Le Creuset Honey Pots– $35.00
Mastering the art of French Cooking 50th Anniversary– $40.00
DEWALT 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver / Impact Driver Combo Kit– $357.44
Philips Sonicare CleanCare Power Toothbrush with Quadpacer– $299.99
Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece– $129.99

I’m kinda dying for that Rachael Ray Cookware Set. Which registry style most describes your taste? Share it here and you can win some of these exclusive products above in this week’s giveaway! Here’s how to enter:

There are two ways to enter — either qualifies you, but doing both increases your chances!

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Winner will be announced May 22nd. Good luck!!


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

Attending class at The Make Up For Ever Academy in NYC

May 11, 2012

Did you know Make Up For Ever has a beauty school? I admit, I didn’t before I was invited to attend a class with them.

Inside Make Up For Ever Academy's classroom


The Make Up For Ever Academy, located in Union Square (853 Broadway, on the 10th floor), offers lessons on a full range: for beginners interested in fashion and wedding makeup as well as more intensive classes on TV/Film, and Stage/Artistic makeup. But when I attended a few days ago, they taught us the basics for an everyday natural look (of course I’m going to share them with you here).

An added perk for us: food from Relish


Yes, the eager beaver student in front is Me.

Our class was led by the wonderful Floriane David, Education Director, who studied intensely under MUFE’s founder, Dany Sanz. She taught us specific lessons on how to contour the face, shape brows, and eye shadow essentials .

Floriane David


Did you know most model’s have an ‘oval-shaped’ face? Contouring is a make up artist trick for altering a client’s natural face shape to appear more oval, which is considered to be the most photogenic shape. The key to a perfect contour is proper blending and remembering that light accentuates the face, while shadowing recedes it.

What you Need
Neutral powder or cream contour shades that are one shade darker and one shade lighter than your natural skin tone and a double-ended soft, natural bristle brush with one slanted brush for contouring and one rounded brush for illuminating. She used their Sculpting Kit and >Double-Ended Sculpting Brush for this.

Get the Look:

Identify your face shape to determine where to place your contour. So if you have a more round face, you’d want to sculpt out the cheeks, if you have a more square face, you’d want to sculpt out your jaw line.

A quick guide of where to contour

2. Choose a neutral contour color that is one shade darker than your skin tone using either the Sculpting Kit or a matte Eye Shadow.
3. Start by contouring the hairline using the slanted side of the Sculpting Brush, lightly sweeping the powder back and forth toward the center of the face to thoroughly blend the outer edges.
4. Moving on to the cheek area, start shading at the top of the ear and drag the contour inward and down using the slanted side of the Sculpting Brush, following your bone structure just beneath the cheeks in a sweeping motion back and forth. (Pro Tip: Blend the entire line upward to diffuse the outer edges and soften the contour.)
5. Choose a highlight color one shade lighter than your skin and apply to the T-Zone. Start in the middle of the forehead using the rounded side of the Sculpting Brush and working your way down to the bridge of the nose, below the eyes and top of the checks and finally the middle of the chin.

Contouring the model's face

After the sculpting the the right side of the model's face.


The next thing David showed us was how to shape our brows without looking overdone. She emphasized focusing on darkening the last 2/3rds of the brows to keep it natural (so from mid brow to the outer end). The #1 mistake women make when it comes to filling in their brows is choosing a shade that is too red. Stay neutral for best results.

What you Need

Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector

A brow comb, a finely angled eyebrow brush, a brow gel or powder that matches or is close to your current hair color and a translucent brow gel (optional).

Get the look:

Brush the brows upward using a comb to identify their shape. See where you would need to fill in or add more angle.
2. Apply a small amount of product to the angled brush. Start in the middle of the brow at the arch filling in the gaps between the hairs working from top side of the brow to the bottom. Your hand should follow the motion of an arch to open the eyes even more.
3. Go back and forth with your eyebrow brush and extend the color to the end of the eyebrow, your color should blend to nothing. (Pro Tip: Apply the product only to the outer 2/3 of your brow as the color is most vivid. Do not blend the eyebrow in downwards as it creates a “sad eyes” expression.)

Defining the brows

4. When your brush doesn’t have much product left, drag the color to the beginning of the inner brow. (Pro Tip: A softer inner brow will create a more natural effect.)
5. Keep sweeping your brush back and forth to fill out any gaps and define the shape.
6. Comb your brows with Brow Seal to keep brow hairs in place (optional).

After defining the right brow.


Finally, we learned how to contour the eyes. The classic contour is a very basic technique that artists learn when they first start applying make up, but many woman don’t know exactly where to place the product in order to create the most flattering version on themselves. Most people over blend the crease which looks muddy. A proper contour corrects saggy eye lids, puffy creases or down turned eyes, and adds dimension by popping the lid and deepening the crease.

What you Need:

One light and one deeper, matte shade of eye shadow, a shimmery, light shade of eye shadow for highlighting (optional), a soft, natural bristle eye shadow brush for easy blending (like #10S) and a firmer nylon bristle eye shadow brush for precise application (like #5N), as well as your favorite eyeliner and mascara (in black or another complimentary shade).

Neutral shadows from Make Up For Ever

Star Powder to highlight the brow bone

Get the Look

Choose a light shade of Eye Shadow and apply to the entire lid, blending the outer edges to soften them using brush #10S.
2. Take the deeper, matte Eye Shadow shade for the contour and apply it along the orbital bone (crease) using brush #5N, starting from the outer corner of the lash line to about the center. (Pro Tip: Make sure to follow the bone structure when applying the contour.)
3. Using brush #10S in a sweeping motion back and forth, drag the darker shadow inward beyond the center of the eye. Then, blend the entire line upward to diffuse the outer edges and soften the contour.
4. Apply the lighter shade of Eye Shadow or star powder above the darker shade on the brow bone and blend using brush #10S.
5. Line the eyes with Aqua Eyes, starting from the outer corner of the lash line and stopping 1/3 of the way before reaching the inner eye. Keep the line as CLOSE to the lash line as possible, getting in between lashes. Repeat on the bottom lash line.

Applying the liner using the Aqua Eyes pencil

After applying the liner

6. Complete the look by applying Smoky Lash Mascara to the top and bottom lashes as desired. David showed us one of her favorite tips to saturate the lashes is also to use a mini fan brush and brush some of the mascara on the top of the lashes too.

Applying Smoky Lash mascara

Using a fan brush for the top lashes

The finished right side. Contoured cheek, defined brow and eye.

Of course, the fun part was trying it ourselves ;).

Getting help from the instructors!

Some of my classmates ;)

What would you want to learn from makeup school? Make Up For Ever’s Academy probably offers it! A full course starts at $4,550 for beginners (that includes a full makeup kit as well). You can contact them at or at 212-377-3600 for more info.


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Sofia Vergara’s makeup at the MET Ball

May 8, 2012

Sofia Vergara looked stunning in her Marchesa dress last night at the MET ball. CoverGirl makeup artist, Kayleen McAdams was inspired by the collection and wanted that to show in her makeup. “We knew we wanted to use a grapey-pink lip color to make Sofia’s lips stand out, but we had to play around with three different shades of purple before choosing the one she’s seen wearing,” McAdams said. “Since her look is all about the lips, I wanted to make sure the color stayed vibrant all night long so I gave her the CoverGirl lip liner and lipstick to keep in her purse before she hit the red carpet.”

Sofia Vergara at the MET Ball

To get the look:

: McAdams first applied CoverGirl NatueLuxe Silk Foundation in Nutmeg all over her face using a blender sponge. She followed with CoverGirl TRUconceal Concealer in #4 just where it was needed under the eyes and around the nose to keep the makeup sheer. To set the look, McAdams used a big fluffy brush to apply their Clean Pressed Powder in Soft Honey and then used Cheekers Blush in Plum Plush to complement her lips.

: McAdams began by using CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Truffle along the bottom lashes from the outer corners to the very inner corners and then applied a lighter line along the lash line at the top to create dimension. She then applied their Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadows in Swiss Chocolate on top of the liner on the lid to create a softer effect and then used Mink along the brow bone. She finished by using two coats of CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara in Very Black on the top and bottom lashes to finish the eyes.

: McAdams lined the lips first with CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipliner in Beloved and then filled them in with Regal Raspberry using a lip brush to create dimension and contour the lips.

What did you think of Sofia’s look? Did you have a favorite look from last night?


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