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10 products you need for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2015

Because better last minute than never :). Instead of making a guide full of red lipsticks you can wear tomorrow (speaking of, this Tarte balm is so much muchier), I put together a round up of some of my favorite things for date night and beyond. Check em out:

A few of my favorite things

1) Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist in Rose Fraiche, $19.99 – Fekkai is one a step ahead of the game in launching fragrance specifically for hair that not only adds a beautiful scent but also shine (and half the cost of a luxe perfume). The scent is influenced by their own Technician Color Care line. It has a light alcohol scent (not was I was hoping at first) but the notes blossom as it settles in. Also comes in Creme Vanillee with notes of vanilla, and sandalwood. ALSO comes in handy when this happens:

Best IG ever

2) So Susan Universal Blush, $27.99 – A co-worker of mine picked this up for me at a beauty sale and I didn’t recognize the brand, and that it would be the same ol’ bright blush. That is until I tried it, and this is so much more fun. It’s actually been my go-to lately since it’s so pigmented and gives off the prettiest pop of pink (thanks to its pink tinted kaolin clay) that also gives off a gorgeous (not sparkly) sheen. The color accentuates cheekbones and flattering on all skin tones (I can say it passed the medium skin-tone test). It’s also infused with skin loving ingredients like buriti, an Amazonian fruit rich in beta-carotene and essential fatty acids.

Without contacts, and with Define contacts (right side)

3) 1-Day Acuvue Define contacts, prices vary. This newest development from Acuvue is kind of like getting really good highlights. You know when your friends know there’s something different but can’t put their finger on it? This is kind of like that but for eyes. These contacts emphasizes the limbal ring, or the outer ring of your iris. It’s not color contacts, but it enhances your natural eyes to define the iris and make it seem bigger, which is found by studies to be perceived as more attractive, and youthful. It comes in three varieties (Natural Sparkle, Natural Shimmer and Natural Shine) – ask your doctor to try it out.

4) Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, $44 – Hands down, my favorite highlighter. Just use a fan brush to lightly tap on cheekbones brow bones for a celeb worthy glow. The BEST.

5) Tarte LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy, $24 – Sheer and balmy and the pink adjusts to your complexion (or add extra to pump up the color). I love the finish of this which is a subtle pink, but not too pink. Well, that’s the case for me. Plus with essential oils like jojoba, it’s a nice moisturizing blend too.

Creepy close up wearing Tarte's LipSurgence tint. You love the creepy close ups (no you don't)

6) Benefit Roller Lash, $24 – Benefit’s newest mascara has a patent-ptending hook design to help set a curl for 12 hours (no extra lash curler needed!). If you want volume too, I’d double up by using a volume mascara over this one while it’s still wet, but if you just want those clean, curved lashes that opens up your eyes, give this one a shot.

Benefit roller ball mascara

7) Benefit Fake Up Concealer, $24 – In this FREAKING cold weather, I’m extra grateful to this concealer because it not only hides dark circles, but it also has a ring of a conditioning balm that goes easy on skin and hydrates. Set with powder if you have extra oily skin to avoid gathering, though!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue tinted gel

8 ) BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Tinted Gel, $29. BareMinerals always finds a way to do it right. Their latest is my favorite winter-skin-saving tinted gel. I’ve been using it almost on the daily. It’s super, super moisturizing but doesn’t go on greasy or drying. No silicones, no oils, no parabens. If you have problem areas, you might need to go over it again with concealer, because this has a very sheer finish, but it does double duty of moisturizing and covering just enough to even out your skin. Skip the moisturizer, you can use this straight.

9) Suave Professionals Souffle Mousse, $4.99 – OK I’m obsessed with Suave’s newest products to help smooth, add volume, hold curls, fix your man problems (maybe not the last one). BUT. Their products are at the caliber of Kérastase (no really, they tested it), and last night I used a combo of their Souffle Mousse for volume and their smoothing hairspray and it was legit making me feel like I might have a future in hair styling. But then I realized, no. Anyway, bouncy curls with lots of volume and no frizz to boot. Try a combination that works for you but definitely check out the line. When everything is $5, you don’t have much to lose.

10) Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, $6.99. And then at the end of the night, you can take it all off. Your makeup. Stop being weird. This has vitamins V and C, and is super gentle on your skin without leaving it greasy or dry or (the worst), irritated. It also boosts hydration by 90% (can you tell this winter is killing me?). I can never quite get myself to just use a makeup remover alone STILL, so I do a light wash after (although, it’s not technically needed). And at best, maybe 2-3 cotton rounds will do it.

What new beauty finds will you be using tomorrow?

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Giveaway: Essence of Beauty bath & body sets (15 winners!)

December 13, 2014

So excited for another giveaway and this is the first time this many BATF readers could potentially win — 15 to be exact :).

Forbidden Orchard and Vanilla Whisper

Just in time for the cooler weather, CVS’ exclusive line Essence of Beauty has launched two gorgeous new scents: Forbidden Orchard (which has notes of red apple, nectarine and fig) and Vanilla Whisper (with notes of Tahitian vanilla and peach) seen above.

Fifteen winners will each get one set of all 4 products (body mists, and body/hand creams pictured here by entering one of two ways (do either to enter, both to increase your chances):
– Like BATF’s Facebook page and comment on this giveaway post
– Follow me on Twitter (@BeautyNDFeast) and tweet “Hey @BeautyNDFeast, I want to win a set of #EssenceOfBeauty products! http://ow.ly/FQUDz #giveaway”

Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how you entered. Winners will be picked and notified by Dec 17th. Good luck! *Winners must have a US mailing address!

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Giveaway: Bath and body products from Essence of Beauty!

February 24, 2014

Essence of Beauty products took me by surprise. The brand, exclusively at CVS/pharmacy, has beautifully crafted scents – so much so I leave two of their body mists in my bathroom at all times to spritz on after a shower (Sensual Night is one of my faves). And what I love, I share, so without further ado, this week TWO winners will win a bundle of these three products below:

1) Essence of Beauty Shea Indulgence Body Scrub – made with sunflower, apricot, macadamia nut, and avocado oils, it gently exfoliates with natural pumice for radiant skin.

Shea Butter Indulgence Scrub

2) Essence of Beauty Secret Woods Fine Fragrance Body Mist – with passion flower seed, aloe vera, and notes of red apple, pomegranate, golden quince, jasmine petals, purple violets, white chocolate, and vanilla, and

Secret Woods body mist

3) Essence of Beauty Secret Woods Body Lotion – hydrates and nourishes without any artificial dyes.

Secret Woods Body Lotion

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 and @CVSBeautyClub on Twitter and tweet “Follow @BeautyNDFeast and RT to win Essence of Beauty bath products from @CVSBeautyClub! http://ow.ly/tWMCb #giveaway”

MAKE SURE to leave a comment below letting me know how you entered (either on FB or with your Twitter handle).
Winner will be selected and notified Monday, March 3rd. Open to US residents only. Thanks for entering and good luck!!

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Giveaway! Suave Morrocan Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner

August 5, 2013

Another day, another giveaway :). I don’t know about you all, but I’m pretty excited to take another trip this month. If anyone else is on a travel tip, this is the perfect giveaway for you — THREE winners will receive 3 travel sets of Suave Morrocan Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner!

Suave Morrocan Infusion

To enter, just leave a comment below or on the FB post about your travel plans, love for argan oil, etc. Winners will be notified at the end of the week! Good luck!

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What catches our eye?

July 31, 2013

A new infographic just came out on the Psychology of Attraction. Some interesting round ups here!


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Swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen on food, her fiance John Legend, and partnering up with Venus & Olay!

February 29, 2012

Ok, I’m not sure how this will sound but it’s the truth: When I walked into Townhouse Spa last week for the launch of the new Venus & Olay razor, I’m pretty sure I stopped mid-sentence while talking to my friend, Valeria, when I caught sight of the disarmingly beautiful Chrissy Teigen to comment as follows: “Woah. Her legs are out of control.” Clearly, it’s not hard to see why the brand decided to partner up with the Sports Illustrated model on their revolutionary new razor. But more than that, Teigen is just as much a guy’s dream girl as much as she’s a girl’s girl, I learned from talking to her. She makes you feel instantly comfortable, and not to mention, leaves you laughing uncontrollably — the girl is hilarious!

Me with Chrissy Teigen. I need to really stop taking pictures next to models.

This is the first time Venus & Olay are pairing up to come out with their unique five-blade razor. The ergonomically designed razor contains Olay moisture bars infused with shea butter (and no shave gel needed! Just wet for a light lather). Teigen, who just recently got engaged to longtime beau, singer John Legend, says she’s an ardent “twice-a-day” shaver. She waxed poetic on her love for the new razor:

“I’ve been a Gillette girl for so long,” Teigen said. “Like I used to steal my dad’s razors. Now obviously I’m a Venus & Olay girl, I don’t feel the need to use a men’s razor anymore. With this one, you really do get a smooth, close shave which is really important to me because I can’t afford to have nicks on my legs. I know Photoshop exists but I prefer if they didn’t zoom in and touch up my blood [laughs].” During long photo shoots, Teigen said they would have a six-hour break where “the guys were gone surfing, and I’d be up in my hotel room to shave…again.”

The new Venus & Olay razor

Teigen added that she has to control herself from holding the razor up to her nose every time she has it in her hand (“it smells like crème brûlée!” she exclaimed…an analogy I would totally expect from a food-obsessed cook like herself! Case in point: she says her next dream collaboration would be for a burger commercial!).

Chrissy Teigen

After getting a little bit of pampering ourselves to manis and pedis, I was so excited to sit down and talk to Teigen (a self-proclaimed foodie and author of her own food blog, So Delushious!). With my feet still wet from my pedicure and nestled in my spa slippers — she didn’t judge (out loud) — I caught up with Teigen about everything lovely and delicious:

Beauty and the Feast:
I love that you’re a foodie, and I’m really obsessed with your blog!
Chrissy Teigen: Really? Aww, but lately I’ve been so down. I always tell people go to the old posts, I used to be funny! Oh, those were the days…

Source: So Delushious

The oreo-cookies stuffed chocolate chip cookies?! That was genius!
Teigen: It’s funny, I’m actually not a sweets person at all. I didn’t think men would be either, but I made those cookies for a bunch of dudes watching football and they like, lost it!

Where did your interest in food stem from?
Teigen: It started in highschool. The dream was to go to culinary school, but it was so expensive, like $50,000 per semester. My dad was retiring at the time, and I didn’t want to be a burden on anybody to pay for that, especially if I wasn’t going to be a chef. I never had dreams of being a chef, I just wanted to learn how to cook. I’m so blessed to have the lifestyle where I get to travel so much, but it’s SO nice to be at home where I’m comfortable in my own kitchen. Whereas my days revolve around being insecure or being mad about something, or sad about something, when I get to actually cook everything goes out the window. It’s like therapy. I’m sure the 10 glasses of wine help too!

I saw that you and your fiancé [John Legend] cook together too! Is he a good cook?
Teigen: He’s a really good cook! He’s so great about it and so meticulous that he completely reads everything. Me? I just look over and I’m so messy. And I’m one of those people who needs a clean home or else my mind feels dirty. So, I’ll cook these crazy meals and there’ll be dishes everywhere, and in the morning I hear the faucet on, and I know he’s cleaning. Sweetest. Thing. Ever! So I cook, he cleans.

Chrissy taking a cooking class with her fiance, John Legend. Source: So Delushious

Was he always a foodie like you?
Teigen: He always loved food, but I definitely I think I helped the process a lot. He is obviously in the limelight and he has to stay in shape…and I like making really hearty food. Poor guy has to eat it all, or else I’ll feel bad and make a little pouty face and ask “You don’t like it??” So he eats everything. But we’re also pretty obsessed with restaurants. I love having three-hour dinner at a restaurant pretending I’m Padma, critiquing food–but not having any idea what I’m talking about [laughs].

I can so see you as the next Padma! I’m waiting for your show!
Teigen: I would love to judge food! I would love to judge…people! [laughs]

: What are some of your favorite restaurants in the city?
Teigen: We live a block from Degustation. Have you been there?

No, I don’t think so.
Teigen: Oh my goodness! It’s right on 5th and 2nd Ave., near our place.

Don’t worry I won’t publish where you live.
Teigen: Oh it’s ok, everybody knows. My apartment’s for sale. People just come and stare at it, and I’m like, “Hmm…you’re not buying it, are you?” But yeah, Degustation is awesome. It’s a small little place, there’s only seating at the bar. It’s all tiny bites. We go and get the tasting menu. I think it used to have a famous 20-course menu. Le Bernadin is one of my favorite restaurants in the world, but this place really gives it a run for its money. It’s so weird because you’ll literally have 10 courses, but you’re not full, you just feel great. Everything has such thought and care going into it. They’ll be like, “A truffled scrambled egg set in an egg shell with mousse!” And you take one bite and you’re like, this is amazing! It’s a really awesome place.

I also love Pulino’s. I’m always there. I’m like a by-myself-eater. One of the things that’s really cool about New York is you don’t have to feel like a loner. I feel like in LA, if I do that, everyone’s like ‘Eww…nobody likes her.’ But in New York, it’s almost like a confidence thing.


I have to say, I’ve seen a lot of models but holy crap…your legs are really incredible! How do you keep them looking so perfect?
Teigen: Nothing is as flawless as it looks. There are [beauty] secrets that go into everything, it’s crazy. If I didn’t have a great tan right now and body makeup, I literally have bruises and the whole thing [Editor’s Note: This is a lie, her legs are gorgeous]. For me, I think I was just lucky with my long legs. Even though my mom’s a petite 5’2, she’s all legs. I’m also obsessed with exfoliating…it doesn’t even have to be scrub, just a washcloth. When I’m shaving, I don’t feel clean without literally wiping my leg after every single stroke. I must feel it. I’m like a freak about it.

Shooting for the Venus & Olay campaign

: What’s your secret to keep your skin glowing?
Teigen: I’m not a big water drinker, but I’ll never notice a difference in my skin quite like after you really drink those 8 glasses of water a day. That’s a ton of water, but everytime I force myself to do it, I wake up feeling so much better the next day. I’m a morning person for sure, like I’m mentally awake but my face takes a while to catch up. Water is the only thing that helps!

Are there any places in the city you go to to get pampered?
Teigen: I’m so freaking lazy, everywhere I go is right by my house! I go to Great Jones Spa. They do really, really awesome facials. I’m obsessed with extractions and they do great extractions there.

Ok, I’m veering a little bit but I’m really curious – what’s your favorite John Legend song?
Teigen: Right now honestly, I absolutely love Tonight (Best You Ever Had). I think it’s called demo-itis or something—when you fall in love with the first version of the song that you hear before the studio produces it to make it radio-friendly—but I really adore the regular, acoustic version of Everybody Knows. And his song, This Time, the one where he’s just on the piano. I really fall in love with those first piano versions before anyone messes with them. And I’m so sad I don’t get to have them on the CD! It’s so funny because I remember telling [John] when Green Light came out, his biggest single ever, I was like ‘Oh. Yeah. This is not gonna go anywhere.’ I just thought it sounded ‘not him’ to me for some reason? And then it was his biggest song. He got a freakin award for it. And now he doesn’t trust me with anything…but…I still think I have good taste [laughs].

The new Venus & Olay razor!

Finally, what does it mean to you to be Venus’ new spokeswoman?
Teigen: This sounds so cheesy, but we [as models] truly are presented with a lot of stuff that I don’t buy or believe in. I would feel stupid talking about something I don’t love. I’m just the type of person that you can tell if I love something, and if I don’t, it comes off very fake. First of all, these are not only the most amazing group of women to work with ever (which is very important to me because I don’t get to work with a lot of women—everything I do is devoted to men!), but this truly is a product I love and believe in. I really use it, I really love it. I love everyone who’s involved with it. It feels like a family – I get engaged, I get flowers from Venus! I really am happy to represent them.

Thanks to Chrissy for taking the time for such a wonderful interview! You can follow Chrissy on her hilarious Twitter rants at @ChrissyTeigen, and be sure to check our her blog, So Delushious!.

The Venus & Olay razor is the first ever beauty partner of the Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit issue! The razor will be available for purchase starting March 15 for $10, but you can join in on the pre-sale on Facebook HERE.


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