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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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Olay Professional Pro-X Clear giveaway!

September 30, 2011

Weren’t we supposed to leave acne back in highschool with our three-sizes-too-big JNCO jeans (what? Oh…that was just me?). You may be in your 20s, 30s, or beyond and for many of us, breaking out or the occasional zit still manages to pop up. The worst part is, a lot of products are not formulated to treat our type of skin — that is, one that is also deal with anti-aging. That’s why I was BEYOND excited to learn about the new Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol line recently.

Olay Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol line

Olay didn’t just tell us about the adult acne line any old way either — a handful of beauty writers were invited to Exhale Spa on the UES to take part in a Hot Ki Power Vinyasa class with instructor (and creator) Isauro Fernandez. Ki Power Vinyasa is a combination of vinyasa and martial arts. All I know is it was no walk in the park.

My Olay yoga mat :)

I'm focused man!

Hot Ki Power yoga at Exhale Spa

After an intense hour-long workout (extra intense for me — I was fasting that day and couldn’t drink any water either!) on our Olay-branded yoga mats, NYC dermatologist Dr. Diane Berson talked to us about the connection between working out and taking care of your skin.

“After a workout, [Olay Professional Pro-X Clear] is the perfect fit,” she said. “A lot of the traditional acne products that used to be available over-the-counter were targeted to adolescent skin…[which] tends to be very oily and very clogged. It’s important while you’re using products that decrease acne, to also use products that contain barrier repair products.”

Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol, $40

She assured us that it’s a “myth” that you grow out of acne.

“Adult women can deal with acne breakouts at the same time they’re dealing with anti-aging concerns.” That’s why she’s a fan of the new line from Olay, a three-step system which contains salicylic acid and niacinamide to treat breakouts and redness. Results, she says, can be seen in as little as four weeks.

Sounds like something you can use? Well then, you’re going to LOVE today’s giveaway!! I’m partnering up with Olay this week to give one lucky BATF reader:

– The ENTIRE Pro-X Clear line
– 2 yoga mats
– 2 water bottles
– 2 Lululemon yoga bags.

Seriously, how amazing? All you have to do to enter is one of the following, however doing both increases your chances at winning:
1) Leave a comment below
2) Tweet “Win the entire Olay Pro-X Clear line, yoga mats, & more @BeautyNDFeast #OlayBATFgiveaway”

You have to have a US shipping address to be eligible. Winner will be announced on Friday, 10/7. Good luck!


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