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Try the Friends With Benedicts Pop-Up Brunch in San Francisco

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Friends With Benedicts Pop-Up Brunch San Francisco

My brother’s going on a one-month trip to the Philippines this month, so he’s been working a side gig on the weekends to earn some extra money before he goes. It’s at a thing called a pop-up, which is like a restaurant that takes over another restaurant for a short time. This one’s called Friends With Benedicts, and Connor Claire, El Hub and I went for brunch (complete with mimosas) Sunday morning.

Friends With Benedicts Pop-Up Brunch San Francisco

Connor and I with the owner (on the left) and my brother (on the right)

It was delicious!

The pop-up is at Mykonos Greek Restaurant at 1431 Polk St. in San Francisco, easy walking distance from one of the cable car lines, and they’re open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Basically, in the pop-up idea, the pop-up crew — the cooks, the wait staff, the kitchen helpers and the manager — visit and temporarily take over the other restaurant for the day, so the parent restaurant (Mykonos Greek Restaurant, in this case) is closed. It’s just the pop-up that’s open.

Friends With Benedicts Pop-Up Brunch San Francisco


Friends With Benedicts Pop-Up Brunch San Francisco

Yummy, yummy, yummy

It was like visiting somebody’s house and them make great food for you, like classic breakfast/brunch dishes with scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, pancakes, etc., and some weekends they’ll do brunch specials with a twist, like an eggs benedict with beet-infused hollandaise sauce, or themed brunches (they did one based on old-school breakfast cereals, another one called That ’70s Brunch, and another one inspired by The Jungle Book), so they have fun with the idea, too. It’s not stuffy or formal.

Everyone was friendly and down to earth, unlike some brunch spots or restaurants where you’re ushered in and out. This didn’t feel like that at all. The cooks and greeters and wait staff (and the bartender, who made a damn fine mimosa, BTW) were incredibly friendly.

El Hub had a baked croque madam (brioche pain de mie with grated cheese and slightly peppered ham topped with a fried egg and hollandaise sauce; served with fruit), and I had the banana pancakes, which I ended up only eating half of because Connor decided to mooch off mommy’s breakfast, which was fine.

Both of us thought it was delish!

Friends With Benedicts Pop-Up Brunch San Francisco

If you ever find yourself hungry for good food and friendliness in the city on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you should go. Maybe we’ll see you there. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The Buxom Freezes Over 15-Piece Mini Lip Collection and 6 Degrees Below Sexy Plumping 6-Piece Mini Full-On Lip Polish Collection Sets

Published in: Buxom, Daily Photo

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I’m wearing Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Berry Bramble from the 15-piece Buxom Freezes Over kit

Um…this coat is ridiculous.

I live in Northern California and freak out when it drops below 40 degrees. What do I need an arctic explorer’s coat for? I can barely see out of the hood!

Haha! Yup, I made myself laugh. 🙂 I love that.

I’m wearing the coat because it seemed fitting for pics of these two new holiday lip kits from Buxom — the 15-piece Buxom Freezes Over kit and six-piece 6° Below Sexy.

The bigger kit has three different mini lip formulas, including five super shiny Full-On Lip Polishes, five not-so-shiny Full On Lip Creams (both of which apply with a good deal of pigment but get sheerer over time) and five even less shiny Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks, while the smaller kit’s lippies are just straight-up tinted shine.

All of the items in both kits are supposed to be plumping, but they aren’t the kind of plumping that hurts (thankfully!). There’s no sting. It’s more of a visual illusion (one that I can’t say I really notice), and they’re all very comfortable, just like every Buxom lip product I’ve ever worn.

I’m wearing the dark plummy Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick, which smells and tastes faintly of vanilla, to go with my plum eye look, and the formula feels light and wonderful, kind of like painting my lips with fluffy cream cheese…

Buxom Freezes Over 15 Piece Mini Lip Collection, limited edition, available now, $59
This set contains:
– 5 x 0.07 oz/ 2.07 mL Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Sugar, Jane, Emma, Nicole, Sandy
– 5 x 0.07 oz/ 2.07 mL Mini Full On Lip Cream in Dolly, Berry Bramble, Sangria, Berry Blast, White Russian
– 5 x 0.06 oz/ 1.7744 mL Mini Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Devious Dolly, Criminal, Dominatrix, Lover, Centerfold

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy Plumping 6 Pc Mini Full-On Lip Polish Collection, limited edition, available now, $32
This set contains:
– 6 x 0.07 oz/ 2.07 mL in Dominique (glittering ice), Amy (golden nude), Celeste (prismatic soft peach), Clair (starry plum haze), Starr (brandy cordial), Jasmine (black cherry)

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The Buxom Freezes Over and the 6 Degrees Below Sexy sets

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Here I’m wearing Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Criminal from the Buxom Freezes Over set

Pretty good coverage, too.

I’m not sure how long it lasts because I’m about to take it off to have breakfast (El Hub got donuts!!!!), but based on the feel, I expect it would last a few hours.

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Buxom Freezes Over Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick swatches

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Giant Costco Bears

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According to secret Costco security footage recently leaked on YouTube, when the lights go off at night, and the store shuts down, these bears come to life!

Now we finally know what they’re doing when they’re in the store by themselves…

They chug the wine and eat the massive jars of honey that are supposed to be for restaurants and, I guess…families that really, really, really like honey.

And then they sit in front of the big TV screens and watch really bad reality TV shows.

That makes sense, I guess… I mean, I can’t see them wanting to watch nature programs. After a tough day at work, most people like to watch TV to check out and get away from it all, so why would a giant teddy bear want to watch a bear show??

Well, it turns out that they watch Real Housewives, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette — basically, shows involving people finding “true love” (quote, unquote) on TV.

Makes perfect sense to me. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



The Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macarons Ulta Exclusive Kit

Published in: Daily Photo, Too Faced

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The Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macarons kit, an Ulta holiday exclusive

It might look strange to see someone holding an eyeshadow palette up to their nose and deeply sniffing it, and that someone might also end up with a purple nose, but you gotta do it with the Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macarons palette. Because it smells like vanilla macarons. And it’s yum!

I acknowledge the absurdity of scented eye products…but Too Faced does it all the time (see: their Chocolate Bar Eye Palettes).

I’m just waiting for the day when science figures out how to give us eyes that can also smell, but I digress…

Merry Macarons is a $39 Ulta exclusive in the Too Faced Holiday 2016 Collection, and you you get a whole bunch of stuff with it, including this really cute diorama box.

There’s a puppy in there, a Christmas tree… You know, if I were eight, I would be all up in this, although I would also have some questions for my mom regarding the mascara. There’s a deluxe-sized Better Than Sex Mascara in the kit, and I would be like, “Mommy, what’s sex?”

And that would just be awkward.

In addition to the mascara, you get 12 powder eyeshadows that smell like vanilla, and there a good number of mattes and some browns, which I dig (yes, I know that I sound like a broken record sometimes).

There are some shimmers too, like purples, some taupes, a golden taupe, which I’m all up on, and a shade called Cookies and Cream, which is like a shimmery, blackened greenish galaxy of glitter flecks.

I played with the shadows a bit, and there is some fallout, which is typical of Too Faced. But NBD. No big deal. It’s manageable if you do your eyes first, then clean up. The powders are easy to blend, which is a big plus.

One thing I love about Too Faced is how well they balance neutrals with party colors, and they do it again with this palette.

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The eyeshadow palette

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Halloween Outtakes

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If you ever meet a photographer who says that they only have to take one or two pictures to get the right shot, they’re totally pulling your leg. On average, it takes me about 20, especially when a baby and/or a cat is involved.

Obviously, when we go trick-or-treating tonight, Connor isn’t gonna be able to eat her candy…and that’s where Mom comes in. 🙂 I hope she gets pounds of Snickers and Twix.

I had a mini Twix the other day, and it was phenomenal!

It’s been years since I had a Twix, which now, in retrospect, is a travesty.




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