Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Foundation Routine

I have a few new products I've added in the last few months to my foundation routine and wanted to share them with you!

For concealer I use CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in shade 205. I apply this with my finger tips to my eyelids, underneath my eyes and at the corners of my nose. I have been using this concealer for years, and after trying every drugstore brand that I can find, this remains my favorite.

My current foundation is Givenchy Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance SPF 20 in shade 1 (Mat Porcelain). I love this foundation, but with the $51 price tag, sometimes I switch back to MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet+ Matifying Foundation (in 15 Alabaster). The Givenchy foundation is so lightweight that I don't feel like I'm wearing anything on my face at all. It doesn't break me out and lasts for about 8 hours. Make Up For Ever in comparison, provides more coverage and does stay more matte for longer. For both foundations, I use a mineral powder brush I bought at the drugstore to apply and blend the the liquid makeup all over my face. It's the best brush I've ever owned for foundation, but CVS no longer carries it. I found a dupe online, but it is a tad more expensive.

The pressed powder I use in Origins Silk Screen Refining Powder in Light Spice. I apply this to my T-zone, and finish off the rest of my face with ELF Studio Tone Correcting Powder. The Origins powder has a bit more tint to cover the redness I experience around my nose, but I don't feel the need to apply to the other areas of my face.This process takes me about three to five minutes in the morning. I usually apply liner to by upper lid and a dash of mascara to finish off my daily "face".

What are your favorite foundations and powders? Share them below and link to your blog if you have one!

Thanks for reading,


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Food Scoop: Restaurant Spotlight - The Plant

Last week, I finally took the time to stop and eat at a cafe in San Francisco I walk by most days of the week. It's called The Plant and they offer organic cuisine that includes meat, seafood, vegetarian, and vegan dishes.

Inside it was loud with chatter and movement. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating, although many customers took their food to go since it was too crowded. It seems to be a favorite lunch spot for many people in the financial district.

The cashier and waitress we interacted with were both very kind. They asked for our names and greeted us by them when we left the restaurant -- This was no small feat in crowded room!

The location I ate in was located on the corner of Front St. and Pine St. and had a line that weaved through the restaurant and out the door. That is always the first clue in San Francisco that a restaurent has great food, especially when it's not located on a main street. Their other locations are listed on their website:

I ordered the Quinoa Bowl (menu) and added the baked tofu. This meal was vegan and gluten free. The group of friends I was with ate outside, so we ordered the food to-go. The portion was perfect, I was able to finish it all without feeling uncomfortably stuffed. Most importantly, the food was delicious! The ginger sauce was perfect and I was very happy I had added the tofu. My friends ordered Swiss and Mushroom Plant Burger, the Green Curry, and the Spicy Red Thai Curry and were also very impressed. I look forward to trying more items on their menu. I think my next choice will be the Cobb salad or one of the plant burgers.

Parting Words
I would recommend this place to meat eaters and vegans alike -- one of the few places both can sit down and enjoy equally delicious meals!

Thank you for reading,