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OK! Magazine, Ciroc and Godiva Grammy’s Gifting Suite
February 14, 2011

We didn't make the cut on Wire Image, but we didn't care...'cause we got swag!

Over the weekend, Simone and Kailey checked out the OK! Magazine and Ciroc Grammy Gifting Suite at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. They discovered so many great new brands and got tons of free goods!

Who knew candles could smell tasty? Eco-and-nose-friendly candles from Ecoya

You know how there’s that black line of soot around your candles after they’ve burned? Well it doesn’t have to be like that. Ecoya is an all natural line of home and beauty products from Australia, a favorite brand of the Kardashians, Olivia Munn and Lauren Conrad. Ecoya’s sweet smelling candles are also sweet for your health because they don’t emit carbon dioxide when they burn. We picked up a couple of their Love Candles for V-Day…so good you have to smell it to believe it.

Simone and her friend Alex(Fingerprint PR) eying those Sweet E's!

Def hovered around the Sweet E’s table for a minute…those mini cupcakes are addicting! No, but seriously. Some of the best cupcakes in LA, and they’re kosher!

New obsession: Forrest & Bob clothing...super soft tees, V-necks and dresses

We discovered the simple beauty of Forrest & Bob clothing, with their soft tees in fun solid colors. By the end of the day we came away with some fab additions to our wardrobes! Check out their website for the full line.

Forrest & Bob neon tee

Ok so we introduced DryBar here on The Tastemakehers, but we unearthed the brilliant Braid Bar concept at the gifting suite over the weekend. Located at Nine Zero One Zero salon in West Hollywood, Braid Bar brings your wildest dreams of elegant plaits to life for only $25. (A shampoo and braid is $40) They’ve braided everyone from Jessica Alba to Ashley Olsen and can create French braids, fishtails or whatever you can think of.

Kailey gettin' her hair did at the Braid Bar

We also got some products from Keratin Complex, including their much talked about Smoothing Therapy. Can’t wait to try it out!

Chinese Laundry was there providing complimentary shoe swag for all the guests. We loved those sparkly ones, and the ones with the ruffles, and well all of ’em!

Sexy stilettoes from Chinese Laundry

There were two beautiful jewelry lines showcased at the suite: Seki and Yasmin and Jazmin. Seki uses lot’s of unique elements like feathers and rustic beads for a bold boho look. They have earrings, necklaces and cuffs in all price ranges so you must check out their whole collection online.

Boho-chic accessories from Seki NY

Yasmin and Jazmin is another incredible line of jewelry, featuring an intricate interweaving of sterling silver, 18K Gold and jewels. Their bangles, rings and earrings are so versatile and double as bling for day or night. Remember that crazy dominatrix picture of red-haired Khloe Kardashian from a couple weeks back? She’s wearing Yasmin and Jazmin.

Gorg pieces from Yasmin and Jazmin made of sterling silver & 18K Gold

Needless to say we walked away with some sick swag by the bag full. What a great Saturday! Thanks to Taryn  and everyone at Fingerprint PR for a fab afternoon at the Redbury 🙂

K thanks bye! lol



Neon for Spring 2011: why isn’t it in stores?
February 1, 2011

Here’s a challenge: take a look at this delicious ‘fit from Jil Sander’s 2011 Spring/Summer Collection.

Now take a look at any of the following budget fashion store websites and try and find a “look for less” alternative.


Forever 21



American Apparel


You won’t find it. The S/S ’11 neon and color block trends are tragically underrepresented in our “look for less” locations like H&M, Forever 21, J.Crew, Top Shop, American Apparel and even hipster conglomerate There’s plenty of neutral numbers to go around, but neon and bright colors have been nearly overlooked. How can this be explained?


Zara had the closest look for less

Zara’s Website

Perhaps these corporations are intimidated by such a bold trend and fear the same reaction from buyers? But we’ve certainly seen bolder, haven’t you? Maybe the neon dye market is suffering severe inflation in the global economy these days? Whatever the reason, it’s upsetting for those of us seeking that artistic extension of our radiant inner being through an eye-popping color block. There’s really only one option, which is to continue the neon crusade into thrift and vintage stores.

Nonetheless, where neon threads cannot be found, the bright cosmetic palette abounds. Our favorite fresh faced look for spring is also the easiest and requires the least products.

Using only some black mascara, a little blush, shimmery bronzer and a bright gloss or lipstick, this look can be your go-to for Spring. Here are some of our favorite products:

For a lip that's less daring than pastel purple, try Mark's super affordable Hook Up Super Color Lip Gloss in "Wild" and "Fever". It's not super gunky like other glosses and leaves a nice stain even when it fades.

A brilliant innovation from Francisco Nars: the lip pencil that looks and feels like a gloss. Although "Happy Days" appears to be super bright, it goes on very sheer and highlights whatever your natural lip color is.

How to do soak off gel manicures at home
January 25, 2011

Vivien, a USC student, says she does gel manicures at home. Keep reading for the how to!

The Tastemakehers got our first fan mail! In her email, Vivien explains how you can do gel polish at home; she’s been doing it for almost six years! She had to invest in a few necessary items, but now she’s able to skip the salon and do gel manicures from home.

Vivien wrote:

Hello Danielle & Simone,

I found your blog and review for Eden on Yelp after first reading about the venue on Thrillist. I love the concept of your blog and everything you have covered so far!

I noticed you mentioned Gelish polishes. I’ve been using them for the last three months and they are nothing short of AMAZING. They really do last at least two weeks and stay super shiny. With weekly cuticle trimming and upkeep (my cuticles grow fast), I can usually make the polish last for around three weeks (as long as it’s a french so there’s no awkward grow out disparity).

I think the best part about Gelish is that it is extremely easy to do it yourself. Pretty much, if you can paint your own nails then you can do Gelish. I’ve been giving myself UV gel extensions a la the Japanese trend for the last six years or so and this is by far the simplest, fastest, and cheapest system I have used.

This website actually sells and provides extremely clear cut directions and video for the application of gelish. Yes, the product is pricey (about $15 a bottle and $90 for the UV lamp) and there are quite a few things to buy, but in the end it’s a pretty good investment considering gel manicures usually run for upwards of $30. So far, I’ve found the best prices for supplies on Amazon.

Things you’ll need for any Gelish manicure:

– Rubbing Alcohol (clean and sanitize nails prior to application and

wipe off tacky layer after top coat is applied and cured)

– Gelish Base/Foundation (acts as a primer/base)

– Gelish Polish Color

– Gelish Top Coat

– 36 watt UV light (I use the Thermal Spa Double Size so I can fit both hands in at the same time)

Thanks for the tips Vivien! FYI–“Gelish” is a brand of gel polish from Hand and Nail Harmony, OPI also makes their own gel polish called Axxium which is the kind we got done at Wynn Nail Spa. Creative Nail Designs has their own version as well, called Shellac.


Simone & Danielle

Don’t be “gelish”
January 20, 2011

Don’t be “gelish” of our long lasting manicure. Think acrylic nails without the damage. Our super shiny gel polish hasn’t so much as chipped, smudged or budged since the application (granted that was only last night but we’re hopeful).

The process takes a bit longer, but the polish dries instantly and is supposed to last two weeks. After cleaning up our cuticles, the manicurist applied a series of bondants before actually painting on the polish with a paint brush. Then we had to zap our nails in that UV light machine for a while to dry it completely. Even though it’s a new technology, there’s quite an array of gelish colors to choose from, including french. The whole process took a little over an hour but when you’re done it reallly is dried completely! You can pick up keys, wallets, men: whatever you want.

Gelish is a bit more of an investment. At Wynn Nail Spa on Wilshire, we paid $35 for a gel application and manicure. You can get gelish without the manicure for $25, but it is not recommended. Our nail techs were precise and very knowledgeable; with a new technology like this, it’s essential to get someone who knows what they’re doing. We def recommend Wynn Nail Spa, for a clean and accurate nail enhancement experience in the LA area.

Let’s review: more time and more money for a shinier, longer lasting manicure. Are you in?

The most depressing facial ever
January 19, 2011

I have nothing against my aesthetician Nina; she’s the best in town. Nina knows so much about our skin and what causes it to hate us, so I trust her implicitly.

But man, what a depressing facial! The extracting of my clogged pores with a microscopic scalpel wasn’t nearly as painful as hearing no soda, no coke, no red bull, no sugar free red bull, no oil, no French fries, no sweet potato fries, no fried anything. As if I could just cut fried food out of my diet? That doesn’t exactly work for me. I’m half black–half of my diet is fried.

Ever since I started reading up about skincare I learned there are two camps: one that believes diet does affect acne and one that does not. Nina is of the camp that does. I have tiny pores, like most African Americans, and mine get clogged up really easily because of the stuff I am putting into my body. I pay over 200 dollars for acne medication, but Nina says it starts with what I eat. If I wasn’t eating all those buffalo wings, she probably wouldn’t have to squeeze so hard when she does extractions.

Like all dermatologists, Nina says extractions should be left for a professional. There is no right way to pop your pimples at home. They nonetheless need to be popped (if they are not, they can develop into cysts); but you need to find a facialist to do it for you. In the Los Angeles area, Nina at Wilshire Aesthetics is the best. (The facials are covered by insurance there, but she also has a few private clients). The reason we can’t do them at home is because there is a process, a methodology that needs to be followed in order to prep the skin for prime squeezing. Most of us just walk right up to the mirror and go to town, and that is all bad. But if you absolutely cannot resist that volcanic eruption, there are a few things you can practice to reduce scarring and bleeding.

Voted best cleansing milk by InStyle

Nina begins by washing off all the makeup and dirt with a cleansing milk. A cleansing milk contains oil, and you need oil to break down oil. It’s ideal to use a cleansing milk before you wash with your regular cleanser, to ensure everything is completely broken down. She then hyper-hydrates the skin with steam and primes the pores with an enzyme compound. Now most of us don’t have enzymes laying around in the medicine cabinet, but warm cloth compresses are crucial to soften up the nasty that lies below the surface.

Then let the games begin! Nina starts dicing up my clogged little pores with her micro-scalpel tool that feels like a tiny needle. Her hands are covered in latex gloves, but she also wraps her fingers in tissue for the squeezing. Sanitation is the most important thing. Clean, clean, and clean some more before and after you pop. If your fingers aren’t clean, you will trap bacteria in the pore and cause inflammation…AKA craters on yo face. Don’t use your nails when you pop because that will break the skin. And don’t press too hard; if nothing comes out, it’s simply not ready. If you can avoid popping at all, it’s best to wait for a professional.

After Nina’s done with me, my face looks less like a minefield and more like a face. But I still had some questions. What about laser skin resurfacing? Chemical peels? Even if the breakouts stop, my scars still remain.

“Nina, is there anything we can do for the scars?”, I said.

“You need to wait until you’re not getting any more breakouts before you can think about any of that,” she replied. “If you just trust me, and do what I’m asking you to do,” she continued, “we will take care of your breakouts and your scars. Can you do it?”

No french fries? No hot wings? No fried anything? Sheesh, I feel another identity crisis coming on.

For a more detailed tutorial on how to pop pimples the right way, watch this video.



Oprah’s Favorite Shaving Serum…it must be good
January 18, 2011

"If you wax or shave, you can't be without it." --Oprah

They’re fun to squeeze but they need to go. We’re talking about ingrown hairs, not those neighborhood cats you keep feeding.

We don’t need to say much about this product because Oprah already has, thereby making it gold. Prince Reigns has been featured in every magazine from Cosmo to GQ, and has all the celeb fans you can imagine including Gisele Bundchen. And it’s not just for women either. Both men and women can use the product to banish bikini/razor bumps and ingrown hairs anywhere they may pop up.

How does it work? The all-natural formula is a home-made recipe handed down from the founder’s grandmother, so it’s been perfected for generations.

How it works

We want you to try this little miracle for yourself, so if you want it here’s what you gotta do.

Like our brand new Facebook page, we need some love! Our 50th fan on Facebook will get the Prince Reigns.

Start likin’!


D & S

Next Week in Tasteland
January 14, 2011

"It's beauty week y'all!!"

Next week is beauty week in Tasteland, and we’ve got lots of informative posts, taste tests and free tastes! You’ll look like these people when were done!!

Facials can be prescribed and covered by insurance

Were kicking off TMH Beauty Week with your own virtual facial. If you’ve never had one, or even if you have… listen up! You may need one for medical reasons. Yes, medical as in doctor. Facials are actually medical procedures that can be prescribed by a dermatologist! Not just a spa treatment for the high maintenance percentage of the population.

If you have oily skin you DEF need a facial once a month. Simone has oily skin and notices tangible improvement in the weeks following a facial. And because it’s prescribed, it’s covered by insurance in most cases.

We’re taking you to a legit facial inside the doctors office, as Simone discusses the ins and outs of skin care with her superb aesthetician Nina. Prepare to have your minds, and pores, opened!

Gelish soak-off nail long does it last?

We’re also investigating the new nail polish that claims to last for two weeks and Oprah’s solution for those nasty bikini bumps! And of course, we’ve got free tastes all week long.

What's Oprah's solution for bikini bumps?


D & S

Operation Kardashian Continued…
January 13, 2011

We took our precious home, uncorked another bottle of happiness and started the transformation: Operation Kardashian.

It was so on. The two of us entered a frontier of discovery and wonderment, as we fumbled around with the packaging and tried to make sense of the dirty little secret we just unearthed. It was a true learning process, trying to determine the best way to wrap the hair around the rollers. My fingers were so clumsy and awkward, so clearly unfamiliar with the ancient black magic of hot rollers. But soon I developed a system: start by grabbing the ends gingerly, twisting them around the cylinder carefully, and then rolling upward and pinning them to the head as close to perfectly as possible.

Danielle and I’s first attempt at Operation Kardashian…well, let’s just say we had never seen anything like it. Her hair was voluminous, yet not too curly and definitely not too straight.

Here’s what we used:

Con-Air Xtreme Instant Heat Hot Rollers $30

A blow dry treatment to soften the hair as you beat it into submission. I like Redken’s Velvet Whip.
A heat protecting product, to make your hair forget that you’re beating it into submission. I like Nexxus heat protectant spray.
A shine serum, to make your hair sparkle like diamond in the sky. I like Pureology’s Shinemax.
And of course some hairspray for hold!!

This stayed for about the next 20 minutes...then fell

Since that Saturday, Danielle continues to use her hot rollers and adores the final result they produce. I too, have been able to perfect the size and placement of each curl, but since my hair is so thick and heavy, it doesn’t hold for as long as I would like. Danielle’s hair however, is not as thick and tends to take better to hot rollers.

Hair by hot rollers

And, upon further investigation, the picture in Kardashian Konfidential demonstrated Velcro rollers, not hot rollers…sigh. I smell another taste test.


Simone & her hair model Danielle D

Operation Kardashian
January 13, 2011

You may remember this as our first adventure on Simone’s former blog, from which The Tastemakehers was really born. We’re bringin’ it back..

Yes!! My Con-Air Xtreme Instant Heat Rollers have finally arrived!! As I was flipping through the seriously down-to-earth reading material from Khloe, Kourtney and Kim, Kardashian Konfidential, I saw those famous monotone sisters sitting pretty all pinned up in rollers. And after InStyle December’s hot roller tutorial with Sofia Vergara, it all started to make sense. Until now, creating voluminous curls has been a well kept secret shrouded in mystery, resentment and unattainable esteem. But no more! Women everywhere can experience bouncy bombshell waves with the use of an age old technology. So with no further ado, it is with great pleasure that I renounce the impossibility of Operation Kardashian. The revolution is here, and so we begin the tale.

Once upon a time, actually last weekend, my girlfriend Danielle and I set out on a mission…a mission some call Operation Kardashian. All the elements for a mind/body transformation were set in place on that fine LA Saturday: our flat lifeless, follicles searching for a breakthrough, our residual summer wardrobe begging for a sexy winter face-lift, and the California sun glistening through the cracks of the Hollywood Hills, gently caressing our faces with it’s warmth and nudging us to a new standard of beauty.


Sofia Vergara's hot roller hair (InStyle December 2010)

We started off right, with Moet mimosas and a satisfying spread of Lox, arugula, bell peppers and bacon. After brunch and talks of masculism, matrimony and motivation, we embarked on a tour de thrift of the mid-city. Although we began our journey with the utmost intentions of hitting That’s A Wrap of Robertson, Goodwill of 3rd and many more, we found our thirst for thrift satisfied by Jet Rag of La Brea, and Jet Rag alone. I stood before the almighty Jet Rag of La Brea feeling unworthy, as I have many times before, and braced myself as an earthquake of excitement erupted throughout my body. With its gargantuan warehouse stature and a two-story selection of rare vintage gems, Jet Rag of La Brea is truly off-the-Richter.

My two purchases from that day, a black velvet a-line frock (complimented by a fancifully flirty, sheer neckline and sleeves) and equestrian inspired leather satchel (with crisp gold accents), so chic-ly sanctioned my assumption that Jet Rag is in fact the mother-load of all thrift stores everywhere. But, I digress…

What seemed like minutes was in fact hours, as we danced around in the threads of our trendy ancestors and channeled their bold visions of Vogue with each trip to the fitting room. And just as quickly as we came, we sprang into the next leg of our journey. Heading northward and onward, and overwhelmed with inspiration from Kardashian Konfidential, Danielle and I were on a quest for the Con-Air Xtreme Instant Heat Hot Rollers. Our search ended conveniently at the crossroads of all things classy middle-class, Target, as we found the keys to the kingdom we had been looking for. We took our precious home, uncorked another bottle of happiness and started the transformation: Operation Kardashian.

To be continued…

Free Makeup Giveaway! Love for your lips
January 10, 2011

Tea always does the body good, especially in the dead of winter…and if yours look anything like ours right now, you know you need to share that good tea love with your dry, chapped lips. We’re giving away some nourishing lip shine from a makeup company that’s inspired by tea!

Tastemakeher Tip: To lock in the moisture, slather on lip shine right when you step out of the shower while lips are still wet.

To win:

1. Post a link to this blog post on your Facebook or Twitter profile.

2. Take a picture, or screen grab, of your profile with the post. (On Windows press the Prt Scr key and paste, on Mac press Command + Shift +4)

3. Email the pic to

The 100th picture in our inbox gets the makeup, and no more chapped lips! Again that’s post the link, take a picture & send it comes from the makers of LA’s invite only hot spot, the h.wood Tea Room. features scintillating and soothing concoctions with naturally pure ingredients, like their organic tea-infused candle that melts into a lotion!

This lip shine is full of mango butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado butter, cocoa butter, and camellia oil…were giving away two pots so its a $40 value!