Monday, October 18, 2010

PHO: Vietnamese Noodle Soup

One of my favorite foods in the world right now is Pho. It's Vietnamese noodle soup with lots of different types of meats, sauces, seasonings and vegetables in it. It contains some pretty exotic ingredients that are not usually used in Western cuisine, so I'd say it's suited more for someone with a very cultured palette. There are so many different layers to this soup, it's truly a culinary masterpiece. It's the Vietnamese equivalent of comfort food, but it's also extremely healthy:] Does anyone else like Pho? How do you usually order/prepare it?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer

I have been using Smashbox's Photo Finish Face Primer for years now, I think I may have actually started using it in high school. It's probably the #1 foundation primer on the market right now. It's silicone based so it makes your skin very soft and smooth, and allows your foundation to glide on effortlessly. I've noticed that it really does make a great difference in the application and wear of your makeup. I apply this stuff generously all over my face and neck, including my eye and lip area. I just like having a smooth canvas, and this primer greatly improves the appearance of skin. I've also noticed that it helps shrink the appearance of large pores and it evens out your skin tone and texture. Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer has a wonderful gel-like texture and feels pretty slippery to the touch. If you want a smoother, more even skin tone and much longer weartime for your makeup, then I totally recommend applying this stuff before starting your makeup routine!! Anyone else use this stuff? Don't you just love it!??!? :]

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I am very happy to say that I HAVE FOUND MY HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION!!! I have tried very many over the years, I've tried cheap drug store brands, and I've tried the most expensive department store brands. I've had custom foundations made at spas, and I've ordered foundations from all over the world. I'm glad to say, however, that I actually picked up my HG foundation at my local MAC counter that I shop at every week :]

Over the years, I've been looking for a foundation that not only looks normal, but that offers good coverage as well. I prefer a matte finish and I love the idea of buildable coverage, just because I wear less during the day, but put a lot more on when I go out at night or take pictures, or feel like I just apply a little bit more to be happy with how it looks.  Oh yeah, I also wanted something that would stay on ALL DAY.

This stuff is AMAZING!!!! I've always loved MAC foundations, even though I know that not too many people out there seem to like them. I don't seem to have a problem with breaking out, and I feel like MAC foundations always have a super nice finish that never really get too cakey on me. I love how this stuff seems to blend SEAMLESSLY into my skin. It gives me that perfect matte yet glowing look. I guess you really don't need to set this stuff with powder, because it sort of feels powdery once it sets on your skin. I don't get oily/shiny when wearing this stuff anywhere near as fast as I do when wearing other foundations. And, it has an SPF of 10, so it helps protect your skin too!

Pretty much, I love how MAC's Pro-Longwear Foundation looks, feels, and lasts on my skin. This is my favorite foundation ever :] Anyone else use this stuff? Is anyone else ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with MAC Pro-Longwear foundation? Tell me about it :]