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This peel has made the biggest difference in my skin…

December 4, 2018

I was introduced to Drunk Elephant when viewers at TINTED kept asking me to review the line, known for its non-toxic ingredients and clean packaging. I was taken aback at how well my skin was reacting to my new regimen, which included cleansing with their Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, C-Firma Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, followed by their Marula Oil. My skin was glistening by the end of two weeks. Considering the price points though (the least expensive of the ones mentioned here is $34), it’s not the most inexpensive line. Worth the investment? If you have the means, absolutely. But if you had to choose one luxury item from their collection, I have to tell you about their T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial.

DE Sukari Babyfacial

DE Sukari Babyfacial

THIS has, IMO, made the biggest difference in my skin. My skin type is normal/combination with occasional breakouts (usually hormonal), and is vulnerable to scarring afterward. **IF YOU HAVE sensitive skin, please do a patch test. The formula is said to be compatible with every skin type but you’ll see why I say this in a second.

For starters, this is a chemical peel, so think of it as an at-home facial that contains several acids like glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic to gently resurface. The result? It removes dead skin cells and effectively exfoliates. They also combined antioxidants like matcha tea and plant oils to help restore moisture so you’re not raw. Essentially, it helps smoothe the skin, which is what I found it did for me.


*The suggested use is once a week — I use this at minimum once a month, at most, twice a month to help brighten and smooth my skin.

Just take a couple pumps, enough to apply a light layer to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 20 minutes (DO not overdo this part because it could start burning). Also note, this part is not the most comfortable — slight stinging is normal. Finally, rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer of your choice immediately after.


My skin is usually a little pink after washing this off. Your skin is resurfacing, so this is normal. I also try to do this before bed, so I’m able to apply a balmy moisturizer that really locks in moisture (one of my favorites is Farmacy Sleep Tight), or I’ll use their Marula oil because it’s pretty heavy as well. I always notice my skin is brighter, and my scars are less noticeable after using this which is why it’s one of my favorite peels.

Link: T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80

At $80, it aint cheap (it’s a 1.69 fl oz bottle). But it should last you months because you’re not using it daily. I’ve had mine for at least 4 months at this point and it’s still going.

Have any of you used anything else from the Drunk Elephant line that you love? Tell me about it below!


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Giveaway: DDF Revolve 400x Micro-Polishing system

December 14, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Thought I’d give a boost to your weekend by holding another amazing giveaway :). To get your skin holiday-ready, I’m giving away a DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System, which promises professional-grade microdermabrasion — right at home. No really…in tests, they compared a diamond-cutting microderm session that you would get at an esthetician’s office to this DDF device and found the latter to be even more effective at exfoliating, improving skin tone and evenness, pore appearance, fine lines, and overall skin brightness. Women who participated also found that after just four treatments, there was smoothing of bumpy surfaces and improvement in overall skin texture. Even better, it’s lightweight, travel-friendly, can be used in the shower, and is a fraction of the price (the kit costs $98). But enter today’s giveaway to get it free :).

DDF Revolve 400x

The kit includes: A brush head to use with the device for daily deep cleansing and to help maintain results between treatments. Includes – 1 Micro-Polisher, 2 Foam Microdermabrasion Exfoliators, 1 Deep Cleansing Brush, DDF Polishing Crystals – 2 oz., 2 AA Batteries. TO ENTER: (Do either of the following to qualify, both to increase your chances):
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 “RT Follow @BeautyNDFeast to win #DDFSkincare’s Revolve 400x system (a microderm treatment at home!)!”

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 Tuesday, December 18th. Thanks for entering and good luck!!

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New from Tanda: Zap Bullying

October 14, 2012

Many of you might know October as Breast Cancer Awareness month (more on products honoring the month soon!). But if ya don’t know, it’s also National Bullying Awareness month. Tanda (the brand best known for bringing beauty technology home, from acne treatments to anti-aging devices) has introduced their limited-edition blue zap acne spot treatment device to support the national anti-bullying awareness organization, STOMP Out Bullying.

Tanda ZAP

The Zap, if you’re not familiar, uses a trio light, heat and vibration and is clinically proven to eliminate acne bacteria and clear or fade blemishes within 24-hours. It’s blue LED light technology is gentle — just click the orange button and it vibrates for 2 minutes over the affected area to kill bacteria (it’s recommended to repeat 3 times daily!).

Tanda's limited-edition Zap

With every limited edition blue Zap sold ($49), a portion of profits will be donated to STOMP Out Bullying. But you can also get involved by “liking” Tanda’s Facebook page to activate a donation to the organization. Even more, the brand also launched a new contest where you can submit a picture of who you think should be “Tanda’s Next Top Role Model” and why. The role model photo that receives the most “votes” will win the grand prize – a signed Zap from Twilight’s Amadou Ly and a $1,000 donation in their name and in the name of their role model to anti-bullying efforts across the country. There are also other great prizes for runner ups!

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Zit spot treatment: Kate Somerville’s Pimple Punisher

July 9, 2012

Way back when, I wrote a post about my skincare routine and mentioned the discountinued Acne Spot Treatment from Avène’s that I’ve been desperately looking to replace. I’ve been pretty diligent about taking care of my skin lately (to come: a new cleanser from the just-launched brand M-61 which kept my skin clear while it lasted). But one little slip and I found a couple zits popping up — in this case, it was using a makeup-remover wipe that didn’t work with my skin. I was rummaging through some products that I haven’t even gotten around to trying out and came across Kate Somerville’s 24 Hour Pimple Punisher (damn I love that name).

Kate Somerville Pimple Punisher

The spot-treamtent is a double-ended tube — one side for its AM Blemish Clearing Gel with peptides and tea tree extract, and the other for its PM Acne Treatment Clay with salicylic acid and green kaolin clay to absorb excess oils. The formula’s pretty hydrating so it didn’t irritate my skin and the AM gel easily wears under makeup without bunching.


Happy to report, a day and a half later, my zit was gone and I found my new go-to spot treatment. The Pimple Punisher will cost you $28 which is a bit on the pricier side but if you’re only going to use it occasionally for those random zits, it’ll last a while. Also, I thought the sleek packaging would make it ideal for travel, but I’ve been reading online that it actually doesn’t stay together very well (apparently the tube breaks off its cap easily?). I haven’t experienced this since I just use it from home but maybe something to consider if you’re on the go often. What do you use for emergency spot treating?


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From acne to flawless skin, one YouTube makeup artist bares all

December 10, 2011

You know when you get trapped into an infinite abyss of YouTube videos? Well that kinda happened to me, and I as I was surfing some blogs, I came across this video of a YouTube makeup artist, Cassy. She suffers from severe acne, but bares a makeup-less face to show how she achieves a flawless finish with foundation. I just thought it was brave of her to do a tutorial baring her biggest insecurity so she can help others in the same situation:

Smashbox Anti-shine
Hourglass Veil Primer Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 125 and 120 MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30
Smashbox Halo in Light
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
MAC Fix+ Spray

I also thought it was interesting how her voice kind of perks up as she starts getting closer to the finished look. But man, gorgeous girl with or without makeup. What do you think?


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A facial at Cecilia Wong: A holistic skin care spa

December 7, 2011

Cecilia Wong products

You might be surprised to find that as much as I write about about beauty, I’m horrible about getting myself to the spa. When I first moved to NY, I was regular about monthly facials…that is, until my lady moved away and I never made time to find someone to replace her. Enter Cecilia Wong, an NYC-based skin care expert whose focus is holistic and natural treatments. And if there’s anyone who believes about the strong connection between food and beauty, it’s her.

I was invited to get a facial at her spa in Union Square, and after 12 hours on a plane from Argentina back to New York, it couldn’t have been a more perfect time. I was set on trying out her Omega and Vitamin C treatment, a hydrating lymphatic facial designed to brighten and soften skin. When I got there though, I first had a quick consultation with Cecilia and we discussed some of my other issues, including dreaded breakouts.

Inside her spa

She asked me about my skincare routine and I told her about my love for argan oil (she had no issue with that); but otherwise my biggest problem is that I’m not very consistent with a regimen and can find myself dealing with random breakouts. Cecilia (who by the way, also happens to have pretty large base of South Asian clients and is quite familiar with our skin concerns) suggested we try the Awakening Peel instead — an exfoliating treatment that uses organic fruit peel and LED Light Therapy (a mix of red for anti aging and blue for congest skin), and Black Currant-infused serums. Hey, she’s the expert, so I listened.

While she was doing my facial, she told me she herself had severe acne issues from the age of 15, which, sidenote was pretty shocking because I dare you to even find a blemish on her face. Her mother recommended she change her diet, focusing more on fruits and vegetables, and she began experimenting with DIY-face scrubs and masks made of papaya and blueberries. Slowly but surely, her skin started getting better.

From then, she was inspired to experiment with different ingredients for skin care. “Your skin instantly absorbs anything you put on it, so you want to limit the chemicals and irritants as much as possible, and replace it with natural and antioxidant rich ingredients,” she explained while I was getting my facial. She’s a big believer in also starting from the inside-out to alleviate skin issues — drinking plenty of water and non-processed foods. Til this day she says she juices daily! She believes it helps her skin majorly. In fact, her whole product line is inspired by her love for juicing. She designed her products to benefit the skin the same way juicing does the body (goodness in, toxins out).

Cecilia Wong Black Currant Serum

After some light extractions and a few minutes under the LED lights, my skin was seriously glowing and felt so soft. She wanted to make sure I kept up the maintenance and asked me if I was exfoliating at home, to which I fessed up and said “not really.” She told me wash my face only with water in the morning and to do some light exfoliating at night. She sent me off with a sample of her Exfoliating Milk Cleanser. I’ve been following the regimen religiously, and now, after as little as a week, I feel such a difference in my skin. For once, it’s behaving…scars have lightened and I’ve experienced no breakouts since. The mixture of exfoliating and the cold weather has left my skin a little dry, but I’ve re-implemented some argan oil to smooth out those issues.

I love the holistic approach Cecilia uses: natural-based skincare coupled with updated technology (LED lights, micocurrent facials, ultrasonic therapy). Trust I’ll be back to the spa for more of Cecilia’s magic.

I highly recommend trying one of her treatments if you’re in NYC. To make an appointment, you can call (917) 596-5206. If you don’t live here though and can’t get to Cecilia yourself (sadness), I asked the skincare guru for her best DIY acne treatments. Luckily, she obliged! Check these out (and believe me, she knows her stuff!):



1/2 teaspoon raw honey
handful crushed blueberries
handful crushed red raspberries
1 scoop papaya
a few drops fresh lemon juice
*Mix ingredients together and apply to skin for 5 minutes, before rinsing with lukewarm water.


1/4 cup raw organic cane sugar or fine brown sugar
1 cup grapeseed oil or sunflower seed oil
1/4 cup grated lemon peel (or the juice of half of a fresh lemon)
1-2 gel capsules of Vitamin E
2-3 drops of an essential oil of your choice (lavender or rosemary for calming, peppermint for invigorating, cinnamon for circulation, eucalyptus to kill bacteria/acne)
*Mix ingredients together, apply to skin and rub lightly in a circular motion. Rinse with water.

Are you big on facials? What are your biggest skin concerns?

Salon Info:
Cecilia Wong

215 Park Avenue South
Between 17th & 18th St
Suite 1304 (13th floor)
New York, NY 10003
(917) 596-5206


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