Friday, August 18, 2017

Boho-Chic Back To School: Musse & Cloud Aineed Sandals

Review of Aineed boho chic sandal by Musse and Cloud at New York For Beginners

As I'm a lover of the boho-chic trend, I wanted to share with you my experience with Musse & Cloud's Aineed, a comfortable and versatile sandal that can take you from class to date night with the right accessories. 

If you are looking to prolong your vacay in your back-to-school looks, there's nothing better than a boho-chic sandal. Chances are that, at the very least, they will bring you back to the long, careless days of summer and ease the transition to a regular schedule!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Green Beauty Hacks to Survive the Dog Days of Summer

Green Beauty Hacks to Survive the Dog Days Of Summer

August is an unpredictable month; it can either have some nice days in between, or ruin your vacation plans with extreme heat and humidity. If you are looking for green and natural beauty hacks to survive the dog days of summer, I hear you. 

As I've personally experienced three New York summers with all their ups and downs, I have compiled a list of the best green hacks that have helped keep my beauty woes at bay. Hint: Layering products usually does the trick!

Monday, August 14, 2017

New York Restaurant Week: MAMO Restaurant

Review of MAMO Restaurant Week 2017 in New York at New York For Beginners

MAMO Restaurant is the epitome of New York City. It marries Italian contemporary cuisine with the best for French hospitality for a unique, cross-cultural experience that is as scrumptious as Instagram-worthy.

If you are in New York during the summer, it is very likely that you'll end up traveling the world at lunchtime by taking advantage of the New York Restaurant Week. For a fixed price of $29, some of the best restaurants in the city offer a special menu composed of an entree, a main course, and a dessert to regale your taste buds despite the heat, the humidity, and the hoards of tourists.

Review of Mamo Restaurant for NYC Restaurant Week 2017 at New York For Beginners

For the summer edition of the New York Restaurant Week 2017, we were invited to discover MAMO Restaurant. Conceived as the New York outpost of MAMO Le Michelangelo, a 23-year- old staple on the French Riviera, this restaurant brings Italian hospitality and cuisine with Provençal charm to SoHo.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Safe Physical Sunscreens Made in the USA

My Top 5 Safe Physical Sunscreens Made in the USA at New York For Beginners

If you are looking to dip your toes into the world of physical or natural sunscreens to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer, finding a good and safe physical sunscreen can be a bit of a challenge.

Luckily for me and many people who have health issues or allergies, there are alternative safe options out there in the market. Many of them are even manufactured in the USA by responsible companies that strive to provide quality jobs and respect the environment. Today, I'm sharing my top 5 safe physical sunscreens made in the USA to keep you (and your loved ones) protected this summer.

My Top 5 Safe Physical Sunscreens Made in the USA

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review and Swatches: Lily Lolo Pedal to The Metal Palette

Lily Lolo is a luxury nontoxic makeup brand made in London that has taken the Internet by storm. With trendy colors and wonderful textures, it is the green best friend of the beauty hoarder who loves to follow the trendswithout the chemical charge. Pedal to the Metal is one of their bestselling palettes, so I wanted to share my experience and some swatches with you.

Lily Lolo Pedal to the Metal Swatches and Review New York For Beginners

If you follow my nontoxic beauty articles regularly, you may have noticed I have a thing for The Choosy Chick for a good reason: Margot and her husband have an impressive array of hand-curated brands to cater for every single need, and that deserves all the praise they can get. Believe me, this wonderful team does its homework and knows every single thing about the products they sell on their website.

So when they told me that Lily Lolo is one of their bestsellers, I knew I had to try the brand. This Choosy Chick knows that if green consumers are voting with their dollars, there must be a truth behind the buzz.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Hack Eyebobs Into Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses

If you wear glasses, you must have read about eyebobs. eyebobs is an American company that creates distinctive and high-quality readers to make minor vision problems Instagram-worthy. They are so popular that many people have started a movement about how to hack eyebobs into prescription glasses.

Some of us simply can't do readers. But the frames are gorgeous, and quite less expensive than the terribly bland options you can find at your optician cheap aisle (especially in Manhattan. Gosh, this city is so expensive!)

So I'm not the first nor the last person hacking a pair of eyebobs, but I wanted to share my experience because with a bit of patience and perseverance I ended up having a pair of prescription glasses and sunglasses for a fraction of what I would have paid with my vision insurance benefits.

Welcome to my first eyebobs hacking experience!

how to convert readers eyebobs into prescription glasses

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Indie Beauty Expo NYC 2017: What You Can Expect

Indie Beauty Expo is coming again to New York City, on August 22-24 2017! As a green reporter, it is very exciting for me to see so many natural and eco-friendly brands come together under a single roof, and it is definitely a wonderful opportunity to those willing to greenify their beauty routine to meet and greet similarly-minded companies.

The Indie Beauty Expo has grown exponentially over the past years, filling a niche in the market that demands more independent beauty brands to have a voice and an opportunity to grow.

Are you still wondering what you can expect from Indie Beauty Expo 2017 in New York City? Fear not, as I did the hard work for you: I literally asked the founders Jillian Wright and Nader Naeymi-Rad to spill the beans and tell us what is new this year. Believe me, you are going to want to secure a VIP ticket and grab some of those sweet, sweet exclusive samples!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bistango at The Kimberly Hotel, an Italian Staycation

Opinion of the gluten free Italian restaurant Bistango in new york city

If after paying the rent of your dignified wardrobe you don't have much of a budget to travel, don't despair: Invest in staycation experiences and travel the world without the hassle of the airport controls.

Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel is an Italian-staycation-meets-culinary-experience that impressed me greatly. After a particularly stressful week, I was invited to taste their summer menu and it ended up feeling like a mini-break in Italy.

Summer in New York can feel oppressive. The heat, the MTA delays, the smells, and even the unpredictable tropical showers can make anyone feel like they want to escape New York. Lucky for all of us gothamists, the city offers some insanely good restaurants where the heat and the noise seem to disappear. Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel is one of those carefully curated establishments where after a couple of appetizers you completely forget you're living in one of the most hectic places in the world.

Bistango is an Italian restaurant with a twist: They accommodate every single food intolerance under the sun. With a menu carefully crafted to include some of the best Italian dishes married to international flavors, they have something for everybody. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Strange-looking beauty gadgets that actually work

If you are minimally into beauty, chances are you will have encountered some strange-looking beauty gadgets while pursuing your passion. And hey, I wouldn't blame you if you thought that you wouldn't use them in a million years. I was like that before I started my reporting career!

However, and strange-looking as they may seem, some of these beauty gadgets actually work and deliver excellent results. These are a few of my favorites, including some #beautygadgettrends that I spotted at Cosmoprof in Las Vegas:

Sphynx, the Round Razor

Cosmoprof is one of the largest professional events in the beauty industry. After three days walking their floors, I must have met with a minimum of 200+ exhibitors, judging by the sheer number of business cards that I brought with me. However, and even in the frenzy of meeting a gazillion brands from all over the world, a strange-looking beauty gadget really stuck: A round razor system called Sphynx.

Sphynx is actually a round portable razor system that hides four chambers inside: One with a TSA-approved water receptacle, a moisturizing razing soap bar, and two with one-blade razors for quick touch-ups in case of a beauty emergency. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Personal Hot Weather Lifesavers

Beauty and Lifestyle lifesaver tricks for the hot weather

Hot weather is here, and every gal that has spent a summer in New York City knows that you need more than one good ole beauty lifesaver to make it until September arrives.

That is why today I'm spilling the beans and sharing some of my deepest, most secret hot weather lifesavers that will keep you safe from more than one embarrassing situation.