Friday, March 24, 2017

FreeBird Organics: Natural Antiaging Skincare Made in the USA

Finding handmade anti-aging skincare made in the USA is somewhat difficult. If you want to be able to pronounce what you're putting on your skin and ensure the formula is nontoxic and has zero nasties, the story gets more complicated. That's why I was very happy to be selected by the OBL club to test FreeBird Organics, an American company that handcrafts natural skincare products with organic ingredients. This eco-friendly company is the dream of every green gal, and I wanted to share my unbiased review and why I can recommend its products!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser

Review of organic aromas essential oil diffuser

If you're trying to incorporate an essential oil diffuser in your life, you've arrived at the right post. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to perfume your house without synthetic fragrances, and it can also enhance your mood or even help clean your apartment from airborne germs. I recently received a sample of an Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser to test, and I wanted to share my experience as this is really the Rolls-Royce when it comes to diffusing essential oils. 

organic aromas essential oils diffuser on a table with flowers

Let me start by saying that not all diffusers are created equal. The vast majority are made out of plastic and work by heating up a mixture of water and essential oils into a mist. Although there's technically nothing wrong with that, if you're an essential oil freak like me you might want to consider nebulization as an alternative. Plus, if you're trying to reduce your exposure to plastic, it makes sense to look into alternatives that don't heat it up and spread those particles in the air. Just sayin'.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Faerie's Dance, the Organic Cotton Bra Revolution

faerie's dance organic cotton bra review

If you've been struggling to find an organic cotton bra, you're not alone: They really are hard to come by. And, most of the time, all you can get is a very basic model that can be very far from what you had in mind. 

However, I recently discovered an online marketplace that carries all sorts of options for those looking into organic cotton lingerie: Faerie's Dance.

The Product: Alba Padded Underwire Bra ($42)

I have to confess I've been trying to find a good organic cotton bra for quite a while. Although there are many wonderful options out there that provide somewhat good support, I was specifically looking for an organic cotton bra with non-toxic padding. Yes, non-toxic padding. That is a thing. I recently received a sample for consideration of a nontoxic padded bra from Faerie's Dance, one of the largest retailers of organic cotton apparel in the US, and I was so positively surprised that I wanted to share my experience with you. 

The Alba Padded Underwire Bra is one of the most perfect creations of Love Nature. Conceived as the perfect T-shirt bra, it features organic cotton and a very special padding: It is made from a recyclable blend of cotton batting that is also certified organic by Oeko-Tex, the gold standard in the green industry. Also, this bra is completely chemical-free, latex-free, and polyurethane-free.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Robin McGraw Revelation Luxury Skincare Review

Robin McGraw recently hit the news with the launch of her new luxury skincare line Revelation. The well-known TV personality, philanthropist, and two-times New York Times bestselling author recently partnered up with Dr. Jessica Wu to launch a luxury skincare line with 14 professional-grade products.  New York For Beginners attended the launch event and received some samples to test the new luxury skincare line created by Robin McGraw.

The Vision

In the presentation event, Robin McGraw explained her vision for this new luxury division of her acclaimed lifestyle brand, insisting on the concept that women have to take care of themselves first, which is often dismissed by society.  "I want to encourage women to put themselves first, understand that they deserve to embrace their own beauty, health, and happiness, to know they must take care of themselves so they can take care of those they love," said McGraw. "It is never too late to start taking care of yourself. You deserve to love who you see in the mirror and what you feel once you put yourself at the top of the list."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Paula's Choice Smoothing Primer and RESIST Omega + Complex

Paula's Choice has just launched two new mind-blowing products: An anti-aging smoothing primer with SPF30 and a new serum based on superfoods, the RESIST Omega + Complex.

I have to confess I was a newbie to everything Paula's Choice because the brand arrived in Spain while I was already living in the US. I was lucky enough to have the chance to chat with some of the masterminds behind Paula's Choice innovative skincare products, all while discovering their latest launches. 

The Deets

To be honest, the product that surprised me the most was the new RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum with SPF 30. I personally dislike primers because they usually don't marry well with my very dry skin, but this time I was in for a treat: For some reason, this formula has the texture of a serum with all the goodness of a line-blurring primer plus a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. If you're looking for a multi-tasking product that makes your early morning routine a bit more bearable, this is it.

Review of Resist Smoothing Primer Serum Paula's Choice

Friday, February 17, 2017

Presidents' Day Sale 2017 Coupons and Deals

presidents day sale 2017 deals image with a bicycle

The Presidents' Day Sale 2017 deals are here, and to be honest, nothing beats a long weekend filled with deals! Today, I'm bringing you a roundup of my favorite beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands, along with some coupon codes that you can use to save a few extra bucks.


The Deal: Are you a foodie? Do you like to cook anything and everything? Then you should check out the special Presidents' Week sale that the guys at Hamptons Salt Company are having on their website! To celebrate the Presidents' Day. and until February the 28th, the Daily Chef is only $29.99, which saves you $15. Just use the code USA during checkout.

Don't Miss: Get one of these sets for yourself or stock up to make fantastic gifts for the foodie in your life. The Daily Chef includes their giant 14 oz. cooking salt, a 4oz. Finishing Salt and a 4oz. Garlic Salt. Made in the USA with all-natural ingredients, these salts are unrefined and contain zero additives.

Monday, February 13, 2017

20 Valentines Gift Ideas Under $100

Have you already decided what you're going to gift that special person in your life? Whether a current or aspiring better half, a friend or a co-worker, we have figured out the perfect Valentine's Gifts that will make their hearts melt. With options for every single budget (I swear, most of these options won't even make a dent in your weekly expenses!), this V-Day gift guide will become your new best friend. You can thank us later!

[Gifts For The Beauty Addict]
beauty gift ideas for valentine's day 2017

1. Pomegranate & Acai Berry Sugar Scrub by BVspa ($9.99): This sweet scrub makes a glorious V-Day gift for the Beauty Addict! Enriched with jojoba, safflower, and olive oils, this wonder in a tube leaves skin nourished, refreshed and ready for a romantic date night.

2. Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora ($17): If an international retailer like Sephora says something is good, it means it's great. This gift set includes two lip colors by Besame Cosmetics and Wander Beauty; one lip plumper by GrandeLIPS; one mascara by MILK Makeup, and the Original Makeup Eraser (aka the best makeup remover tool known to men.) Just a piece of advice: Rush to your nearest Sephora before they run out of this super reasonably-priced gift set.

3. Moisture Matte Lipstick in Come to Bed Red by Butter London ($22): Send your love a romantic card and let her seal it with a rich red kiss. This creamy, long-wearing formula instantly accentuates lip curves and provides essential moisture. Formulated with a Phyto-Endorphin Complex, it allegedly gives the recipient rushes of happy. Can't get better than that!

4. Color Therapy polish in Red-ience by Sally Hansen ($8.99): If your loved one wishes to wear a beautiful color while simultaneously caring for her or his nails, Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy is the perfect gift. Elaborated with an oil complex, it is designed to deliver a vibrant color that restores meh-looking nails.

5. Cupcake Bath Fizz in Bubble Gum by Fizz and Bubble ($10): To me, there's nothing more romantic than a hot, long bath indulging in luxuriously scented bubbles. That is why any beauty addict will scream with delight when they discover this super cute and tremendously hydrating bath treat. Handmade in the USA with love.

6. Rose Gold Palette by Huda Beauty ($65): This eyeshadow palette is like the Holy Grail of the #beautyobsessed. Just check Instagram if you don't believe me! Highly pigmented and packed with an array of 18 gorgeous matte and iridescent unique shades, this palette is like a diamond ring to a lady's beauty bag.

7. Daily Renewal Treatment by Golden Door ($88): Want to give a luxurious gift under $100? Look no more! The very well-known Golden Door Spa has recently launched their latest treatment, rich in all-natural Alpha Hydroxy, Lactic, Glycolic, Malic and Tartaric Acids. This cutting-edge serum works wonders on all skin types by gently removing pollutants (aka nasty toxins), reducing the appearance of fine lines, smoothing discoloration areas and reducing the size of the pores. This is literally a radiant complexion in a bottle, so believe me when I say that yeah, your Valentine will LOVE this gift.

{Psst... Keep reading to discover our full selection with 20+ Valentine's Gift ideas!}

Sunday, February 12, 2017

4 DIY Valentine Gifts They'll Actually Love

Handmade Valentine Gifts Ideas they will love
Is V-Day just around the corner and you can hear crickets on your bank account? Do you want to skip the cookie-cutter red roses and aim for something personal that screams 'I love you'? Fear not, as I'm sharing some fabulous ideas of DIY Valentine Gifts that your better half will actually love!