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Giveaway: H&M for David Beckham and more

November 30, 2012

Oh, hello David Beckham.

David Beckham for H&M


David Beckham for H&M

As much as I like to think it’s fair to simply post pictures of Beckham without the need of any further justification, alas, I come with news: H&M is welcoming the holidays with their new David Beckham Bodywear line. We’re talking cozy hooded robes, a draw-string pant and soft henleys perfect for winter. They haven’t forgotten the ladies though — their new lingerie line comes with fancy lace, sequins and sparkle details.

French actress Laeticia Casta for H&M

And here’s what’s in it for you: One winner will win a look from the David Beckham collection, and one will win a two-piece set from their new holiday lingerie collection!

TO ENTER: (Do either of the following to qualify!)
1) LIKE Beauty and the Feast’s Facebook fan page and leave a comment on this giveaway’s post
2) Follow @BeautyNDFeast on Twitter and tweet “Follow @BeautyNDFeast to win items from David Beckham for H&M’s new holiday bodywear collection & more http://ow.ly/fIwmT!”

MAKE SURE to leave a comment below letting me know how you entered (either on FB or with your Twitter handle). Winner will be announced on Friday, December 7th. Thanks for entering and good luck!!

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Model Molly Sims dishes on her favorite beauty tips!

November 29, 2012

Molly Sims. Photo credits: Michael Simon / REMBRANDT

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by model Molly Sims at BLOW salon. Rembrandt and Neutrogena were also generous in providing smile touch ups and mini makeovers by brand ambassador Amy Oresman, while BLOW stylists kept busy giving all the guests gorgeous hair styles. Sims, who just gave birth to son Brooks just five months earlier (of course she doesn’t look like it, sporting a beautiful Prada jacket and BCBG MaxAzria dress topped off with elegant Catherine Beth earrings), was game to give her best beauty tips. A mother, model, wife, and fashionista — I knew we were in good hands.

Neutrogena makeup artist, Amy Oresman, giving Sims a touch up



BATF: First of all, congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! Some of my readers want to know, how did your life changed as a mother?
Molly Sims
: My showers got really short! I went from a 30 minute shower, which is terrible to admit, to like a two minute one. I used to have a lot more time on my hands, and now there’s always something. And of course, a lot more laundry. I got a spitter on my hands. He’s a happy spitter, but he’s a spitter.


BATF: You’re clearly someone who’s always on-the-go, so what are some of your essentials for a quick and easy makeup?
Sims:
The best thing I can tell you is use a primer. I love Neutrogena’s [Healthy Skin Primer]. You need makeup that’s going to last all day. I mean, you think you’re going to reapply, but you really never do. Blotting tissues are amazing. I also love Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler. And for lipgloss, I love Dior’s gloss, it brings out your natural lip color. Their Addict Lip Glow.

BATF: So what do you think about Remembrandt’s Whitening Strips?
Sims:
I used them for my wedding! I actually tried to get my teeth whitened for my wedding from a professional office. They use a light to bleach your teeth, and I couldn’t get through it because it affected my nerves, I got like a “zinger” pain. I did two weeks of Rembrandt Intense Stain that dissolve in your mouth. Three times a day, five minutes, amazing.

BATF: How soon before your wedding?
Sims:
Two weeks. And paid a lot of money to first get my teeth done at a proper place, but I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stand it. If you’re getting married, you have no idea how many pictures you will have. If you drink coffee, tea, or wine, you have to get these strips. And you know, they’re cheaper and I think even work better than other brands out there.

BATF: Regarding whitening your smile, I don’t think it’s always intuitive to people on how it changes your look. At what point did you realize how important it was in your career?

Sims: From the beginning. I had braces for like three years and had a horrible overbite so I’ve always been conscious of my teeth. And probably because they’re so big, I’ve been even more conscious! So in college when I first started modeling did I really become more aware. I always tell people that the two things people always forget always are their eyebrows and their teeth. Now with people drinking a lot more Starbucks, it’s even more important to keep them white!

Post-interview, posing with Sim and Lara from Pretty Connected


Reason enough for me to try these strips now! Have any of you tried them? What did you think?

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Chronicling our trip: Bonjour Montreal video with Lise Watier

November 27, 2012

I’m not sure if I mentioned this before in previous posts, but while in Montreal, we had a very talented film crew following us and chronicling our whole experience of being introduced to the Lise Watier brand. I know I’ve already told you about it in words, but now check it out for yourself in this beautifully documented video:


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Bottega Louie in downtown LA

November 26, 2012

Macarons

This past trip to LA was the most I’ve spent in the area in one visit, and fortunately it was filled with some good eats. On my second night there, I visited Bottega Louie in downtown with my friends Sarah and Yasir on the suggestion of our local friends Danish and Sarah (did you keep that all straight? And PS, Yasir is just a simple guy whose belongings Jared Leto likes to blog about…nbd). If the pastry display itself doesn’t reel you in, their macarons will. I’m not generally one for macarons, but if you do dive in, make sure you get one of the espresso ones! The flavors are intense and a little more dense than other ones I’ve tried.

Macarons


Beignets


Pastry display

Clearly, we started our meal backwards (you try waiting right in front of all that sugar-ey temptations without ordering at least ONE). When the rest of our party came, we were seated in the massive dining area pretty fast. The room has space for about 800, to give you an idea…you would think it’d be no problem getting a seat fast, but considering their ‘no reservations’ policy, it’s not uncommon to be waiting on a busy night.

Exposed kitchen

In such a massive (and loud) place, it’s amazing how neither interfered with our meal. We were seated on a nice round family-style table that made us pay less attention to all of that, and more on the food and conversation. We went straight for the appetizers: portobello mushrooms (turned out to be Danish’s favorite), fried mozzarella (no surprises here), and brussel sprouts with pistachios (my favorite because I LOVE brussel sprouts, but my friend Sarah was less impressed…it was also her first time trying sprouts and I think she thought it was too sharp of a taste for her with the vinegar).

Portobello fries, $10


Brussel sprouts and pistachios, $10


Fried mozarella, $8

We then decided to keep it simple and ordered two pizzas: the Margherita (mozzarella, Grana parmesan, tomato sauce, basil & oregano) and the artichoke pizza (roasted artichokes, chèvre, mozzarella, tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, Italian parsley, fleur de sel & extra virgin olive oil). Try the latter if you’re more adventurous.

Margharita pizza, $20


Artichoke pizza, $20

The pizzas were decidedly satisfying — a little dry/bland when it came to the crusts though. The artichoke had a little bit of a garlic-ey kick, and I really don’t think you can go wrong with margherita. We just barely finished, and had some food to spare. Stuffed and happy.


REPORT CARD

Meal: 5th wheel dining
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: *** (they take orders and deliver the food to the table with good timing)
Would I go back?: Yes

Restaurant Info:
Bottega Louie

700 South Grand Ave.
at 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 91210
(213) 802-1470
Downtown


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Guilty.

November 24, 2012

All dressed up for a wedding, but not leaving until I catch the Bulls game.

Photo: Jumana A.


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Product rave: DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer

November 23, 2012

If you have issues with hyperpigmentation, the newest from DDF, their Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer, is worth looking into.

New from DDF: Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer

Working with the idea that during the nighttime is the optimal period where skin absorbs products, this product works during the sleep cycle to hydrate and reverse melanin build up (hence, discoloration) for a clearer complexion.

What makes it work? A combination of niacinamide (vitamin b3 that helps against discoloration), n-acetyl glucosamine (helps with scar healing), and undecylenoyl phenylalanine (a whitening agent). The three have years of scientific research to improving skin spots. Plus, it has antioxidants like spirulina platensis extract and beta-carotene. I also love that it isn’t a sticky serum (like a lot of spot-fighting products are). Instead, it’s a light, non-greasy cream that you use just once or twice a day as needed.

I personally saw a difference in 7-10 days, which is a lot to say because I find brightening products take a while to kick in. Plus, it didn’t irritate my skin (no peeling, roughness, though my skin would have dry spots which I can also credit to the changing weather here). It’s usually when a friend notices and comments that I’ll put it on my blog, so here we are :).

DDF’s Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer is available now for $60 at nordstrom.com.

What brightening/hyperpigmentation products do you love? Do any of you feel like you can use this?


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