Monthly Archives: September 2013

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Men - Male grooming - Product Review

Men-Days: Nip+Fab Post Workout Fix

September 16, 2013

I recently gave some guys in my family a bunch of products to test out from the men-targeted line, Nip+Fab (a UK export that is now carried in stores like Target!). The line aims to get instant results using the latest technology (caffeine to burn fat, skin plumping hyaluronic acid, etc), and the product that easily came out on top was their Post Workout Fix.

Nip+Fab Post Workout Fix

What gives me even more confidence to recommend is that it’s tried and tested by two of the biggest gym rats I know: My cousin Zayan (football/basketball/lacrosse/track/enter any other sport) superstar; and my brother, who at some point decided he needed to compete with the Hulk/also uses his son as a replacement for weights during desperate times.

Stolen from bro's instagram

Anywho, they both said that after a workout this helped to noticeably cool aching muscles. It contains menthyl lacate to cool and camphor soothe. In fact, this is what Z had to say about it:

I like the fact that its not a whimpy product. It’s actually pretty strong. Typically, my quads tend to ache and it prevents me from sleeping, and whenever that happens I roll this on them. At first, you feel an intense cooling sensation (similar to that of an icy-hot pack), and then it just relaxes your muscles. I usually lay in front of a fan while I’m putting it on and it seems to intensify the cool feeling of it. Basically, I love it because it provides relief to my muscles so quicky and it’s not like a sports cream where you have to rub it vigorously into your skin, the rolling ball on it kinda does it for you and then you just let it seep in.”

So there you have it. Plus, it looks much cooler in your gym bag than, say, BenGay or ThermaCare might. Just a thought.

Available at for $16.79.

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Face - Hair - Product Review

3 beauty game changers

September 13, 2013

There have been some really interesting and unique products I’ve been coming across lately. Keep a look out for these stand-outs — my best is there will be a lot more buzz about them soon enough:

1) The Foreo Luna

From Stockholm, Sweden, comes what I think could be considered the best thing since the Clarisonic. The Foreo Luna is even more resilient and effective because it not only cleans the face, but it’s also an anti-aging device.

The Foreo Luna

Unlike the Clarisonic (where you have to replace the brush every so often), this is made with silicone bristles and uses sonic pulses (instead of oscillations) to stimulate the blood flow, lift away dead skin cells, oils, and residue, and is still gentle on the skin. And because it’s made from non-porous silicone and not nylon, it doesn’t absorb bacteria. The most interesting thing about the shape of this device is you use the bristle side to clean your face, and then flip it around and place the opposite side over “wrinkle-prone tensions points” on your face (around the eyes, the naslabial fold, temples, and between the eyebrows), to relax the muscles. It’s like a massage for the face. Sounds kooky, but I can attest that using it made me feel like a new person. It’s soothing and gentle on skin, and am I crazy but I swear those smile lines are less pronounced. Other pluses: it’s small and travel friendly, it can be used in the shower, and a full charge lasts 450 full cleansing and anti-aging routines. Price: $139-$199 at

2) Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PHD)


Whatever you may want for your hair, this new 5-in-1 treatment/styling product from Living Proof, Perfect Hair Day, claims to deliver: smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish. Not even counted in that is heat and UV protection, static control, plus no oil and silicones to speak of. Basically, you can throw everything else away. It’s all credited to their proprietary “miracle” molecule: OFPMA, which forms a weightless shield around each strand without a greasy finish. And without the oils, hair feels light. Use just a few drops on wet hair, comb through and dry. Been using it and I’m kind of amazed on how repaired my dry ends feel, and the volume! Just don’t make the amateur mistake of over-applying, lest you can’t properly blow dry it out (it happens). A little goes a long way. For $26, it deserves its place on your dresser.

3) Manuka Doctor skincare

Manuka Doctor line

This will blow your mind, but the latest skincare line is made of purified bee venom. You heard right. Sourced from New Zealand, the line uses Manuka honey combines with enzymes, peptides, and amino acids has been scientifically proven to boost collagen, prevent sun damage, and revive damaged skin cells. I know. Insane. But honestly, sh*t is awesome. It’s already taken the UK by storm (winning the award for the Best New Brand from CEW UK) and has won over fans like Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham. And you can feel the difference in your skin from the first use (think even more soft and hydrated).

Some more cray cray facts
– The honey is sourced from the venom sac stored by the bee stingers (no bees are hurt in the process)
-It takes 10,000 bee stings to make 1g of dry bee venom
-The patented process of ensures that the hives used for bee venom collection don’t lose their ability to produce honey, propolis, and royal jelly.

Basically, this stuff is gold. And it’s not even ridiculously expensive for what it is: prices start at $17 and the most expensive product in the line costs $85 for the mask, which is the sole product so far that Sephora already nabbed. Check for the others :). Choose from their ApiNourish (anti-aging) or their ApiClear (acne-prone) lines.

If ya don’t know, now you knowwww.

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Rihanna’s fall line for MAC is here!

September 12, 2013


MAC just released the sneak peek at their new collaboration (and gorgeous images) with Rihanna for Fall and it’s all sorts of gorgeous. Named after some of her hit songs (Diamonds, Talk that Talk), the 20-piece line is complete with shadows, lipsticks, bronzers, liners and even falsies. The line launches officially in US stores on September 26, online on the 30th (prices range from $17.50 for the falsies to $44 for the shadow palettes). Which one of you will be buying from the RiRi Hearts MAC line?!


Full line of RiRi Hearts MAC

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Beauty on the Streets: Designer Leslie Tessler

This week’s spotlight is on the South America-based designer, who makes some of the coolest capes you’ll set your eyes on. Check out her Q/A and designs below! -Shy


Name: Leslie Tessler

Age: 32

Occupation: Founder / Creative Director, Leslie Tessler

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina


Twitter/Instagram: @leslietessler

“In 2010 I decided I needed a change so I quit my job in marketing, sold my belongings and moved from New York to Argentina for six months to learn Spanish. Three years (plus one new business, one husband, one dog and one baby on the way) later, I now call Buenos Aires my permanent home and couldn’t be happier!”

The song I have on repeat right now is: Dolly Parton – “9 to 5”

Growing up, I really wanted to be: oddly enough, an orthodontist.

The best part about being a designer is: designing pieces for myself that I can’t wait to have in my closet

My best styling tip is: don’t over style. Pick one statement piece, even if it’s something subtle like an earring and keep the rest simple.

Some of the capes Leslie designs

Leslie Tessler designs

People usually compliment my: eye color – it’s a strange yellowish mix that I guess is unusual.

I’ll never forget: going to the grocery store for the first time in Buenos Aires. At the check out, they asked me for my ID (documento), as they normally do here. I had no idea what they were asking me for so I froze and ran out of the store. To this day, I’m too embarrassed to go back.

For my skin, I use: I don’t use much on my skin but a well-known dermatologist once told me the worst thing you can do for your skin is to go to bed without washing your face so I never do that. EVER. I wash my face daily with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil A/O and use Clarins SPF20 Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion to moisturize and protect from the sun. At night I use Mario Badescu’s Seaweed Night Cream.

My favorite place in the whole world is: Bora Bora. When we decided to do a two-part honeymoon (Bora Bora and then Japan), I have to admit I was much more excited about the Japanese portion of the trip. I’m just a little too ADD to lie on the beach for a week. But wow was I blown away! I have never felt so pampered or relaxed in my life. I’m sure my new hubby had a lot to do with it but either way, Bora Bora was magical and I cannot wait to go back.

Current beauty product obsession: Korres Lip Butter in pomegranate – sheer coral. It’s always been a struggle finding a lip color that’s bold yet doesn’t make me look like a clown. This lip butter looks great on everyone and I love how easy it is to build from super sheer to the perfect deep coral tint

But I also can’t live without: Nars the Multiple in Orgasm. I’m a sucker for a great glow so I’m constantly trying out whatever new products hit the market but no many how many “multi-taskers” or illuminators I buy, I always go back to The Multiple stick. It’s quite simply the best.

Worst habit: Whistling. Although I am am an excellent whistler, apparently I sometimes tend to do it at rather inappropriate times.

When I travel, I MUST have: Lots of water, an aisle seat and an eye mask

My favorite scent is: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino


People might be surprised to know that: I’ve never eaten ketchup.

My current favorite hair product is: Kérastase Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo. I’ve always been a big fan of dry shampoo but Powder Bluff is the first one I’ve found that leaves my hair looking so fresh and smelling divine.

I don’t understand people who don’t like: peanut butter or cookies or peanut butter cookies

The restaurant I can never get tired of is: I know it’s not exciting, especially since I do consider myself to be a “foodie” but living primarily outside of the US has only strengthened my already deep love (some may call it an obsession) for Houstons’ spinach and artichoke dip. I’ve been known to go straight from the airport when I land in the US and eat an entire portion. What can I say? Girl needs her fix! When I’m in Argentina I also dream about Momofuku’s pork buns and cookies from Levain Bakery.

Though I can make a mean: Risotto.

I hope in 5 years: will have a house full of kiddos and dogs / will be able to speak conversational Portuguese / will be a master in Pilates / will be loving life!

Who inspires me: My grandmothers. I’m lucky enough to still have both of my beautiful grandmothers with me. They’re very different in some ways but both are total spitfires with incredible spirits. Often times if I feel like giving up or just feel sorry for myself, I think of them. Knowing that I’ve got even a little piece of both of them in me is a huge motivator.

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12 products that helped get me through August

September 11, 2013

So the past couple weekends threw me off a bit, but I finally got around to sharing some products that got me through last month:


1) Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation, $36
I test so many products as it is that it’s been a while since I’ve actually been to a Sephora and gone nuts (like the good ol’ days). But on a recent trip to LA, my friend Anum and I found ourselves in one for…an extended period of time (before you blame us, it’s because our friend Sarah, whom we were visiting, lives in a mall. Literally). Anyway, through all the sifting, I started playing with Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation. I’m a huge fan of their line (rarely does it disappoint), and this foundation is pretty great for a couple of reasons: 1) For a powder, it has great coverage; 2) It has a natural finish; 3) it has light-reflecting properties so you won’t be sullen and matte; 4) it has a mesh covering so the foundation won’t spill all over the place — just dab your brush in; and 5) it’s waterproof! One caveat is that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for dry types, but I’m somewhere in between so it works great for me. I use it in medium-neutral.

2) Elizabeth Arden Liquid Eyeliner in black, $18

I’m embarrassingly unskilled when it comes to handling a liquid liner (I usually stick to gels or pencils). But lately, since my eyes have been getting irritated more easily from allergies, I’ve started lining the upper lashline and not touching the waterline. This has indirectly taught me to master the cat eye, and this liner is pretty amazing for that. Not only is it jet black, it stays on ALL day without rubbing off, and the pointy tip makes it easy to swoop that angled line in place.

3) Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo, $8

I’m heavily relying on dry shampoos to get me to work on time. I’ve noticed some of them get too wet at first or too messy, but Aveeno’s works amazingly well when I’m in a rush!

4) Burberry Touch for Men, $60

Is it wrong to spritz on cologne now and then? Violet, mandarin, nutmeg, vetiver — this is not a woman’s fragrance by any means, but it’s smell is alluring enough to pretend it could be for us. (This is all your fault, Anum.)


5) Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub, $9.95
It exfoliates dry skin on your lips with essential oils and sea salt, and taste like popcorn! Scrub it on and lick off the excess (no really, it’s all natural).

6) Becca Beach Tint in Bright Coral Pink, $25

I still haven’t gotten used to wearing color on my lips (it’s either a light gloss or red on very rare occasions). This helps me compromise — a pink/flesh colored tint that I keep in my purse since it can be used on my lips AND cheeks for the prettiest, natural looking flush of pink.

7) Avon Glimmerstick Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight Blue, $7

One of the eyeliners I gave to my sister and momentarily stole back when I want to switch it up. These liners glide on, and comes in an easy twist up stick. You have to check out this gorgeous navy.

8 ) Dermablend Cover Creme, $36

A couple months ago, I embarrassingly left a scar above my lip when I tried to clumsily wax the moustache that us Indian women are blessed with (JUST KIDDING, BOYS). ANYWAY. It left a wee bit of scar that I’ve been dealing with…quite well since I realized I had the Rolls-Royce of concealers in my possession — Dermablend (which if you remember, is so good, they got Zombie Boy to cover all his tats with it for a promo). It’s been serving me well to cover up the pesky scar until *fingers crossed* it disappear completely.

9) Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream, $95

This anti-aging face cream is loaded with antioxidants, and ingredients like lychee seed extract to support natural collagen. I’ve been greeted to brighter skin every morning since I’ve been using it. But let’s be honest, it’s a splurge. I got it as a sample, and that’s the price for a 1 oz jar. I’m sorting through for next month to find more affordable options!

10) Freeman Feeling Beautiful Paper Masks, $1.99 each

On the other end of the price spectrum, there are these glorious single-use paper masks from Freeman’s — less than $2! I am obsessed with these paper masks when for a quick pick-me-up, plus they’re wrapped up in travel-friendly packets. The Blue Agave is has hydrating hyaluronic acid for drier days; Star Fruit Purifying mask is best for irritated/acne-prone skin since it contains antiseptic tea tree, and oil-controlling witch hazel and niacinamide; and Rose Brightening Mask is rich with vitamin C, white tea, licorice, glycolic and lactic acid to refine pores and even out complexion. It also sort of forces you to relax in a quiet empty room since you have to leave it on for at least 10 minutes, and you definitely don’t want anyone seeing you while you’re wearing a wet paper mask on. Other than that, try it, and tell me how much you love it.

11) Motives Pressed Blush in So Peachy, $14

Motives has serious highly-pigmented shades that apply beautifully and this peach blush is one of my faves. It’s somewhere in between a orange-pink blush and a trip back from Hawaii.

12) Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumising Mousse, $38

OK it’s pricey — but the bottle lasts forever and a day and there’s a reason salon pros love this line. I’ve made a strange transition into mousse. Strange because I couldn’t tell you what to do with mousse before, but now I’m using it a lot more often. It helps my hair dry with a more finished style, less frizz, and stronger strands. This one from Kevin Murphy gives me weightless volume (the best kind!). For a much more affordable option, try Garnier Fructis Style XXL Volumizing Mousse ($3 at Target).

What are some products that got you through the month?

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Audrina Patridge on beauty, favorite restaurants, & relationships

September 10, 2013

Dancing with the Stars model and actress, Audrina Patridge was in Anaheim, CA, recently to lend some attention to Fiafini— a skincare line built on their 100% marula oil. When I caught up with her to learn about her new role with the brand, admittedly, she hadn’t quite indulged herself yet. “I have it, and heard amazing things about it, but I’ll be using it for the first time this week!” Not exactly what I expected, but the girl does know her way around beauty oils. Audrina shares the secrets to her glowing skin and amazing bod with me (spoiler: she is forced to eat more than the average person). Plus, as a survivor of all the drama on The Hills, she’s even dispenses a few pieces of relationship advice…Read on:

That would be me and Audrina

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What’s your normal beauty regimen like?
Audrina Patridge: I go to Dr. Harold Lancer so I use all his stuff — face polish, cleanser, his AM/PM Nourishment, and spray my face with an Evian mister to keep my skin dewy. I have really dry skin so I also use rose oil. I lather it on my face. Sometimes when I lay out, I’ll also use coconut oil. I seriously love it.

You use it when you’re out in the sun?
Patridge: I use sunblock of course, but I use coconut oil to nourish my skin. I also massage it in my skin after I shower, but only at night because it can get really messy. I’ll also use coconut oil in my hair. I’m obsessed with it.

Do you have any favorite restaurants in the area?
Patridge: I grew up in Yorba Linda in Orange County, so my favorite places to go there is Fish in a Bottle. I love Fitness Pizza, and there’s an amazing little wine bar next to it. It has live music and super romantic. That’s like a hidden little secret nobody knows about. In LA, I love The Izaka-ya, La Poubelle, Katana, Eveleigh, and Riviera is also a fave.

I think anyone who has seen The Hills or DWTS know, you are crazy toned! What are some of your diet and fitness tips?
Patridge: I’m so active, but my problem which I find a lot of girls have the same issue is, I need to gain weight. I need to eat extra to look normal. I’m naturally very skinny, my metabolism is faster than the normal person. So, I have the opposite problem from most people. I’m always thinking, why can’t I gain weight?! People aren’t aware of this, I have to eat extra all the time. I eat really healthy, but I’m always eating. You don’t want to go more than five hours without eating anything.

Photo credit: Simon G.

Besides that, I do pilates 2-3 times a week. I’m obsessed. In the summer, I go hiking a lot, I go swimming a lot. We get a group and do beach volleyball. I surf with my boyfriend [Corey Bohan]. Going out and dancing with your girlfriends is a workout in itself!

What is something about you people would be surprised to know about you?
Patridge: I grew up dirt bike riding!

You’ve had much of your past relationship filmed on TV. What have you learned and are your thoughts on relationships now?
Patridge: Relationships are really hard. They’re work. I used to be the type of girl that as soon as the relationship started getting hard, I’m like “OK I’m out. I don’t want this drama, sorry.” You learn in a relationship. It’s give and take. My little sister is 18, and I want her to learn from my mistakes. You need a guy who’s respectful, loyal, honest, who has integrity and won’t let you down, and who’s also fun! You don’t want a guy who’s going to lie and cheat on you and go behind your back, or be someone they’re not when they’re not with you. It’s so hard to find a good person because so many girls give it up, so it’s hard to find someone who will appreciate and respect you. You need to put your foot down and have boundaries from the very beginning.

Thanks to Audrina for the interview! Keep up with her on twitter at @AudrinaPatridge.

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