I went to Kaiser for an illness, and then I came upon this. It’s a lotion to last up to four hours even with continuous hand-washing. The pharmacist was intrigued. She wanted my report after I tried this. I tried it. You only need a small amount to cover your hands. You have to wait until it has completely dried. It’s a bit pricey at Kaiser for an eight ounce at $14, but like I said, you only need a small amount, maybe a half of a pump. That’s why I filled a very small tube of it to take with me on the go. I will share of course!
I discovered this magic in a bottle recently. Perricone MD has made a lightweight serum with SPF 30 that competes with even the best BB Creams. I used Korean BB Creams for a few years. Initially, they feel and cover great with higher SPFs, but I would find them to ultimately cake. I hate caking, especially after hours upon hours working on my feet in an encapsulated bubble through multiple time zones. I would land looking beat and CAKED. I have oily skin, which doesn’t help with the caking as well. However, I tried this on my mother who has aging and dry skin. It looked and stayed the same on me and her after many hours. This product never settled in fine lines or wrinkles. Applied alone, even through sweat, it has a mattifying effect so it won’t make you look shiny. I finish this with my Shiseido Sun Protection Compact to weather through any heat, humidity, and sun’s rays. Although Perricone’s serum does not have many colors, if you finish with a powder color close to your skintone, it will absorb that resulting in a more uniform consistency.
Traveling tip: If you are on the go, don’t use the serum dropper. Keep it closed with the original cap. The serum dropper creates a lot of air, thus spillage of this precious concoction!
Hey, hey! I haven’t been able to publish anything since going offline. Here I am again. Fresh for cosmetic foundings, travel, and eateries! YAY!
This pigment-rich liquid eyeliner can go from barely noticeable sharp lines to super thick cat-eyes in an instant with impeccable precision. The no fuss 0.4mm felt pen acts like an extra, Extra Fine Point Sharpie to create any look easily, even for the cosmetically-challenged. Compared to Sephora’s awkward Doe Eyed felt eyeliner that performs like a Crayola marker almost out of ink, at about the same face value of nine buckaroos, Loreal’s foolproof, long-lasting formula trumps all other competitors.
Since 2004, Y’Anad Burrell has been producing, curating, and continuing the longest and largest running yearly fashion show in the Bay Area. Unlike SF Fashion Week that has been quite unpredictable, Fashion on the Square, a.k.a. FOTS, has dedicated its presence in the industry to remind the world that San Francisco should not be forgotten on the fashion map. Burrell incorporates her passion for charity work and eye for talent within the community to give not only the up-and-comers a chance, but to also showcase veteran designers’ work through FOTS.
FOTS 2013 designer line-up consisted of:
b michael AMERICA (NYC)
Proudly made in USA, B Michael presented a 60’s inspired line of sheath dresses in brocade or metallic threading with standing boat neck collars, mini jackets, and 3/4 sleeves.
Based in San Francisco, Roc Rio wooed the crowd with ripped eye-candy. The looks were casual, raw and unorthodoxed reminiscent of scenes from a movie like Mad Max, but sans all of the dark leather.
Styled by Burrell herself, Sean John’s line was a bit preppy, a bit colorful, and all around casually cool. These looks should be the staple for weekend menswear, or daily menswear for that matter!
Fresh Faces of FOTS: Student Designers:
Ali Thornton of CCSF
Thornton premiered her exposed cage dress with floral adornments and Chiquita-esque headdress which deemed for craftsmanship and theatrics for a dramatic entrance for a student designer.
Cindy Quach of AAU
Quach was awarded a special internship from Project Runway’s Elena Slivnyak with her futuristic metallic and brocade open-back dresses.
Daisy Dickerson of College of Alameda
Dickerson showcased interesting lantern sleeves for her inaugural launch with a centered birdcage fascinator!
Tasa Gleason of College of Alameda
Gleason’s take on the essentials of flourishing life gave the onlookers perspective that fashion also thrives from beyond the roots of nature.
So Barisic kind of played the teacher’s pet, i.e. convincing the producer (Burrell) to allow her to showcase not one, but nine of her designs. Basically, Barisic presented a complete collection as a student. She opened with a cute white-furred pooch so fitting of the tartan/plaid image. 1930’s menswear was reinvented. Her combination of black-and-red plaid and leopard print could be the next neutral. Her velvet leggings are a must for this fall and winter.
As the finale, a retrospective and relaunch of fifteen year’s work of SF’s industry leader in design: Colleen Quen
Quen known to be “inspired by nature,” is undoubtedly influenced by culture and architecture exquisitely represented through her artistry and ingenuity. Just as she is known to overcome fabrics’ gravity in her favor, she is relentlessly winning her battle with breast cancer. Congratulations to fifteen years of your work, and certainly, congratulations to your healthy recovery.
FOTS 2013 was held on August 18th at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco.
Men usually shy away from prints, but Izumi gets styling of men’s separates perfectly. There is a sense of thoughtful ease in his look. The nonchalance of his scarf as a “tie” lifts his ensemble from contrived to cool. Keeping the animal print pant with darker undertones in mind as the statement, it prevents him from looking too loud and flashy and pairs well with his subdued metallic jacket. Men should follow suit. Pun intended.
Starting from the worst of the worst: Anne Hathaway in Prada
This was a complete, all around no-no. The darts at her nipples were such a faux paus. The silhouette is so reminiscent of the late 90’s/early 2000’s. And to top it off, the back was a monstrosity. Nothing made sense!
The 5 Most Mediocre.
5. Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta
Overall pretty, but the color washed her out and we’ve seen this style before.
4. Jennifer Aniston in Valentino
Yes to the Valentino red, but no to the silhouette. It looks as if she’s wearing an expensive prom dress.
3. Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton
All I have to say is, been there, done that!
2. Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera
Here’s another silhouette reincarnated from the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Where’d the modern ingenuity go?
1. Charlize Theron in Dior
She looks good, she always looks good, but how many times do we have to see this style in white, or for that matter, in any color? Anne Hathaway just had a fashion flop in a very similar Chanel dress at the Golden Globes only a month ago! I’d have to say, this is way more flattering than Hathaway’s body cast of a dress, but it’s so boring and so expected!
The 10 Best
10. Kerry Washington in Miu Miu
The idea is there and this is a sensational color, but it’s a bit ill-fitting towards the bottom.
9. Sally Field in Valentino
Here’s the iconic Valentino red again, but how dainty and feminine! She looks so gorgeous and young! The sleeve trend is spot on.
8. Jane Fonda in Versace
Hello, hottie! Age ain’t nothing but a number. She’s over seventy, but looks better than some twenty-somethings. This silhouette is so Dynasty-esque. This canary yellow is so chic and the dress hits all the right spots!
7. Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott
This dress fits her like a glove. It’s as if she was painted into this dress with black lacquer and liquid gold.
6. Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan
This is tuxedo suiting for women at its best. The black and white trend is very this year and the architectural draping is the sign of the times in fashion technology.
5. Olivia Munn in Marchesa
Four words: glamour all the way!
4. Nancy O’Dell in Mark Zunino
Talk about, va va voom! I love it when correspondents make the cut. This shade of blue is outstanding against her skin tone!
3. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture
Her fall was actually a success! It allowed everyone to see in great detail this fabulous dress. Oh, Jennifer, please don’t be embarrassed because this makes you more relatable to your fans with your charismatic personality!
2. Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture
The red carpet is the place for stars to experiment and choose original designs that fit their body type. Celebrities need to be remembered on such grand occasions as this, and she certainly won’t be forgettable. What a fun, fresh, and flirty dress! I am so obsessing over this one.
1. Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive
This is what you call, perfection. She took old Hollywood glamour and made it modern. Her waist was cinched in perfectly and even her cleavage was perfect! Brava!
Lastly, the 2 Best Dressed Men Tie
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Gucci and Daniel Day-Lewis in Domenico Vacca
A rare gem I encountered in the Inner Sunset?! This district of San Francisco is more known for its hipsters, SF lifers, scrubbed-up doctors and nurses, and Hong Kong descendants. But on this usually sunny winter day, I came upon … Continue reading