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Flawless Face Secrets (My 1st Youtube video)

“Masochism is a valuable work trait” – Chuck Palahniuk

Today, I’ve written a 10 page paper and created my first Youtube video. Holy smokes. That was hardwork.

Anyways, have a go and I hope you enjoy it. Thought I’d share my secrets because everyone deserves to have great skin. (Fake or not – like boobs! Hahaha.)


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Beauty-junkaholic list: 7/10/09

It’s been awhile since the SF Beauty pages have been graced with a beauty-junkaholic shopping list. Honestly,nothing has really caught the watchful beauty junkie eye of mine this past week. No “gottahaveits” or “gimmedats” – I, sadly, have doled out more cash for loot at Trader Joe’s ( $5.00 Champagne and Blueberries are in season! ) than I have at any department store this month.  But lo and behold, this morning has dusted me with a few exciting new additions to  my bottomless caboodle and never-ending desire for more beauty rockin’ booty.

Urban Decay

1. Urban Decay’s Stoned Poison Ring – She who does not get sparked with even the slightest bit of  interest by this ring has a fashion style of capital B-oring or is nowhere near a city that boasts fashionista advocacy. How can someone not think that this is just plain gorge!? And I know, that we’ve all seen our fair share of lipgloss rings dating back from the early 90’s but, come on, Urban Decay’s Stoned Poison Ring wins the International Lipgloss Beauty Pageant hands down. It has three interchangeable lipgloss colors and comes in the cutes – cutest! – satin purple box, which makes it almost worthy for a one knee proposal. I said “almost.”


3. Sephora by OPI Nail Candy collection or “GO GIANTS!” nails.

Sephora and OPI came out with a fabulous bright, candy-inspired nail collection. Perfect for summer and all the sunnery days that we, here in San Francisco, will be enjoying in September to October. Haha! 

Also, If you didn’t know that I was a huge GIANTS fan, now you do. I’ve been goin to the home games off and on, and I thought – since we’re doing pretty great with our ace pitchers – next game I was going to dawn an orange and black tiger stripes manicure. Fun, right? Here’s the tutorial, just in case you’d like to do it for your team, too or just think the tiger-stripe look is freaking cool.


Still working on a 3. – Will update soon. xoxo

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Welcome to the “Must-List”

Everyweek, as a part of my SF Beauty Writer column, I am going to showcase one fabulous individual and their 5 must-have,  shoot-up-a-public-place-if-they-discontinue items that they use, are willing to share, which I will expose world-wide on the San Francisco Examiner website and here, on Makeup and Chocolate.

To get things started, I’m going to lab test my own personal must-5 list, right here, right now, with no holding back and in no particular order.  Relax and layback as you read and discover the truth about my mere mortal needs, like Superman to his Kryptonite, I would crumble into a hot mees with out these 5.


1. Pur-mineral’s Mineral Brow Perfection:  I have very little brows and the very little that I do have, like to go in every which way they can. This ingenious creation (which I have religiously used for the last four years) has helped me create the most perfect arch to frame my eyes with. It is the easiest and most fool-proof way, my four year old could probably do it. With a handy stiff brush, trace your brow w/wax (against the grain of your brow hair growth) and then trace again (with the grain this time) using the universal powder  (spot applying in the sparser, tweeze-fever created areas) – and wala!  You have the most perfect eyebrows that would make even Marlene Dietrich envious. I swear to you, it is that easy, and it is that fabulous. I’ve changed many-a-lives for the better with this handy little thing.


2. American Apparel Unisex V-neck shirt in black. This is my life uniform. I worked, cleaned, slept, and partied relying on  this keeper as my go-to outfit. I may own double-digits of them. (Buy them in bulk through Ebay, I kid you not.) They go with anything/anywhere. A birthday party, a special preview showing at the Embarcadero theatres, even the SF’s swankiest Union St. bar (and you are not single, mid you.). With blue jeans, to black skinnies, to slacks, to 24/7 leggings, sky-high stilettos, and slouchy boots. My days of “I have nothing to wear” were over when these wardrobe miracle entered my life. The color and seam also allows for fool-proof accessorizing.




3.My Canon Poweshot: Just sayin’. With a rapidly growing son and a crazy lifestyle – I love it and I get great professional-like results almost every shot, when I need it most. If I want to buy something, want to remember to write something, or are just plain feeling photographerish, I whip this baby-out and it acts like my recorder, notepad, and memory all in one. Now I just gotta get the balls to start creating some tutorials. Still workin’ on growing some ball for that.



2n_1284. MAC Viva Glam IV – Just the smell of MAC lipstick instantly perks up my mood but this not too simple and not too loud shade is perfect for daily-use,  my skin tone, and stands for a great cause.

5. Tejava – Since I learned that my overuse of coffee and analgesics were aleading cause to my daily migraines, i cold turkeyed both and switched my Starbucks to Tejava. It’s light, crisp, and not sickeningly sweet.  When it’s cold, I warm it up in the micro and add some milk and sugar. Yum…I’m totally converted.

A few other “almost-made-it’s” were Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” (which i read as-I-go to shake off any negative thoughts and people) and my Marc Jacob’s “Stam” Frame bag

So, there you have it my loves. My 5 MUSTS.

and I wouldn’t shoot a public place up if any of these items completely stopped existing, what I would do is go on an insane man-hunt all over the Bay Area and pay ridiculous amounts of money in order to retrieve stock again. (Happened with a Smashbox lipstick in Socialite, numerous exchanges at the Mac counter, and $48.00 on Ebay- FOR A TUBE OF LIPSTICK! – to  make a long story short.)

Hey, I’m only human. 



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Get your glow at the SFO (7/16)



Free facials, free music, and sunshine! Life is good…

Wouldn’t we rather arrive at our destination glowing, rather than washed out from a dehydrating six hour flight? On July 16, those of us headed out of San Francisco, via SFO Airport, can defy the air travel dooms and enjoy a free facial at Harmony Pharmacy by the Repechage team.

Repêchage will celebrate the opening with a special skincare event at Harmony Pharmacy and Health Center where customers will receive free skin consultations and express treatments with Repêchage licensed estheticians and meet Repêchage founder and CEO Lydia Sarfati.

What: Harmony Skincare Specialist Event
With Lydia Sarfati

When: Thursday, July 16, 2009
12PM- 4PM

Where: Harmony Pharmacy & Health Center
San Francisco International Airport
Terminal 3, Boarding Area F, HUB, Location F.2.012
San Francisco, CA 94128

The fabulous thing about Repechage, aside from the luxurious seaweed-based ingredients and superior results, is that all of their assorted products are TSA-approved sizes. Which allows ladies and gents to stock up on skin care, body care, and cosmetics that will get through security, and onboard an aircraft, with no problem.

And fear not loves and lads that won’t be at the SFO this July. Still enjoy the summer from the comforts of home, cubicle, or out for a jog with a few little extra vibes and boogies from Nylon Magazine and their free Summer Playlist 2009. Which can be downloaded FOR FREE from their website (via Itunes.) Just click here. It’s 22 magnificent indie pop and rock songs from the Plastiscines, Anjulie and many more.

You’re welcome and enjoy the summer! 🙂

For more info: For information about Harmony Pharmacy & Health Center, log onto or
For more information about Repêchage, log onto or call 1-800-248-SKIN and

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Two loves in perfect unison…

I’ve been in over my head thinking of the perfect name of thee blog that will coincide with my column and was stumped a million, billion times until it hit me – Makeup and Chocolate. I couldn’t imagine a world living without either. They are my most self-indulgent, gorgeous, happy, drug-like inducing, man-made products that I constantly covet.

Will it stick? Put on the back burner like my many other domain names that I tired of all too soon? Who knows. But it is worth a shot. No one’s bought the domain name yet and if it works out well,maybe, I’ll commit. Here is the mock site



Feast your eyes and stay tuned. Looking up images for chocolate on Google felt almost like culinary porn.




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