Monthly Archives: September 2015

FOOD - "The Delicious"

Benefits of Zico Coconut Water + new flavors

September 2, 2015

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I’m sure you recognize Zico coconut water from your grocery store, but I was able to get a closer look at InStyle + Single Edition Media’s #SummerSocial event a couple weeks ago. I think I may have even found my favorite flavor there: pineapple which tastes close to a fancy pina colada. It’s hard to believe how many health benefits each serving has.

And they're always spinning the best tunes

And they’re always spinning the best tunes


Zico's new coconut water flavors

Zico’s new coconut water flavors


Besides having zero fat and cholesterol, it’s gluten-free and contains a chock full of electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus so I’ve been trying to take more before and after my workouts.

The coconut water is sourced from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, where suppliers source coconuts of local farms and work directly with coconut plantations. Many of them have kept it in families for generations.

Their new flavors include chocolate, pineapple (which I mentioned above), and watermelon raspberry. The fruit ones particularly taste great on their own, but I’ve been even inspired to use them in fruit smoothies with bananas and blueberries. So easy to try different concoctions at home, and guilt-free when you know all the nutritional value each glass has.

Check out Zico on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated on launches and discounts!

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*This post is sponsored by InStyle on behalf of Zico

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

White Hair Test with Madison Reed’s Root Touch

Yesterday I told you about Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up, and how I was going to test it at the gym. The verdict is in: It lasted three miles and high intensity training. The new root color powder comes in seven colors so it’ll suit pretty much all hair colors, actually is oil-absorbing too so I used a little afterwards to absorb any excess oil before I met some friends after the gym too.

Root Touch Up

Root Touch Up

I also had to try another test, which is even more important: the white hair test. I volunteered a friend to try to cover a couple strands of white hairs on her to check how good the coverage is:

Before

Before


After

After

It covered the hairs, but it definitely took more than a few strokes to get there (I realized it’s easier to apply on the roots because you can spread the color a little more easily than on the tops of individual strands). Another perk of the small compact is it’s made for people on-the-go. It’s easy to pack to take for travel and fits in my purse too. Have any of you tried a root-cover up? Are you going to try this one?

Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up is available for purchase at madison-reed.com, Sephora stores, and sephora.com for $36. It’s brand new and just rolled out so I’ve found some trouble finding them at the stores and it’s been sold out online, but rest assured it’ll be re-stocked soon!


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10 things that got me through the month

I’m in denial of summer being almost over. Here are some things that have been good to me throughout the hottest of days though (and some that’ll I’ll be using through next season too).

Round up!

Round up!


1. LORAC Pro Contour Palette Plus Contour Brush
. There are so many contouring kits, and this one has been my go-to from small get-togethers to summer weddings. Besides it having a good range of shades for contour, you have a choice of beige or yellow highlights that give you the most natural results. It also has a shimmer powder you can use on cheek and brow bones for an extra pop. In addition to its giant mirror, the other thing I love about this is the brush it comes with. It makes it easy for even a novice to ‘cut’ and shape your face and dense enough to blend out those lines. I traveled with this and used it on my sisters for their makeup recently to a wedding, and it hasn’t failed me yet.

2. L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette
. This is the perfect summer scent — it’s fresh and just a touch floral without being overwhelming. The scent is just clean and beautiful and not heavy at all. I’ve been using it everyday before I run out the door.

3. BeautyBlender Blotterazzi
. This is the newest product from Beautyblender, and it’s given humid subway rides a whole new meaning. It’s the same pink as the actual BeautyBlender sponge, but unlike its predecessor it’s flat and absorbs oil (and does an awesome job doing so). Plus it’s reusable so it already has a one-up on those oil-absorbing sheets. Just use a gentle cleanser to clean it every so often — it should last a few months.

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Lifter
. My love for Marc Jacobs beauty line knows no bounds and this mascara just further proves it. The bristles on this gets every last lash and gives beautiful volume and a deep black coat.

5. NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil
. Up until now, I’ve been using pretty pricey brow pencils, but this one has really raised the bar for affordable ones. It fills in sparse areas without being harsh and it’s long-lasting. I love that it’s super skinny and dual ended with a spoilie at the end to groom brows to perfection.

6. T42 Organic Teas
. The company asked me to try it out and they couldn’t have planned it better, delivering it on the most humid, hot summer day. Not only was it refreshing, their flavors (like Jamaican Ginger, Moroccan Mint, Earl Grey, and Blueberry) taste phenomenal. I’ve been re-stocking on my own since.

7. Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid+Line+Lash
. As I mentioned, I did my sisters and sister-in-law’s makeup for a wedding recently, and this cream shadow/glitter pen was a lifesaver. The cream shadows are lustrous and won’t budge, and topping it with the glitter gave it such a gorgeous pop. It’s hard to believe it’s a drugstore buy.

8. Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes.
I went home to Chicago recently for a wedding and forgot my Simple wipes here and it was easily one of the worst things ever. Never again. Simple’s wipes have been my longtime favorite to begin with, and they just made it even better. They got really creative when they realized how popular their Micellar Cleansing Water was, and infused it into their equally popular cleansing wipes. It’s the only perfect marriage I know of. It removes even waterproof makeup easily, gently, and without irritating my skin.

9. Buxom True Hue Blush in Temptation
. Don’t let the bright pink scare you — it actually leaves just the most beautiful, subtle flush of pink for all skin tones but especially medium ones.

10. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, Original Strength
. Sometimes facials don’t go as planned. I went for one recently and it left some blemishes behind, so I turned to this peel to help even out my complexion. It’s really the best to help even your skin out, and has been getting my complexion back on track.

What’s been getting you through the month? Tweet me @BeautyNDFeast and let me know!


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

New product alert: 3 ways to use Madison Reed Root Touch Up

September 1, 2015

If you’ve been following my Insta, you probably saw a new product I’ve been trying out: Madison Reed Root Touch Up. It’s a brand new compact you can find in the checkout aisles at Sephora, so I already know if it’s in the cult store it has merit to it but I had to see myself.

Madison Reed Root Touch Up

Madison Reed Root Touch Up

They asked me to try it out and see what I thought. Besides the gorgeous eggplant compact it comes in, the first stand out to me was it’s thick brush. I’ve tried other root-touch ups but this brush is so much easier to use and dense enough to pack a lot of product to use. I figured a few ways you can use it depending on your needs:

1) Go longer between coloring your hair
. As a classic root touch up, if you’re used to touching up grays at your roots, you can go even longer by using this. The wide brush as I mentioned makes it easy to go in quickly and cover up grays, but for me I found an even better use for it personally and that’s…


2) Covering up a bad dye job (temporarily)
. A couple months ago, I had a bad experience getting my hair highlighted — some strands were way too blonde and left me with what essentially looked like bad tiger stripes. I used this to soften the color on the top layers of my hair so the blonde wasn’t so bright (it takes a little longer than just covering up the roots, but it did the job).


3) Fake thicker hair
. One time I interviewed celebrity hairstylist, Jen Atkin (you might know her best as the Kardashian’s mane girl), and she said she loves to use a dark shadow or a cover up like this to fill in sparse areas in the hairline to make your hair actually look thicker. It’s a easy trick of the trade and since this is long-lasting, you’ll be set for the night.

I’m going to write another post tomorrow of my test drive with it at the gym — since I’m usually drenched with sweat, I though the true test of its resilience will be using it while I work out. Stay tuned!

Madison Reed Root Touch Up is available now on their website, Sephora stores and sephora.com for $36 (and it’ll last you a while).


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