Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Indie Beauty Expo: 5 Natural Beauty Finds for the Fall

Looking for new natural beauty finds for the Fall? You've arrived at the right place! I scoured the Indie Beauty Expo 2017 to find the best products to treat yo'self (and your body) with the pampering you exactly deserve.

Without further ado, here are my five natural Indie Beauty Expo finds for the Fall!

1. Portable Yoga: Relax with East Coast Glow

Indie Beauty Expo Review: East Coast Glow blue body serum with tansy

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Erbaviva Organic Skincare and my Fight with Cellulite

It is time to speak about cellulite, a beauty ailment that concerns a whooping number of women. No matter your constitution, you can get cellulite. Even if you are on the skinny side, like myself.

That is why I wanted to share with you my experience with Erbaviva, an organic body and skincare line carefully crafted in the USA that has a wonderful line to treat stubborn cellulite using only safe and 100% natural ingredients. You might be familiar with Erbaviva because they manufacture one of my favorite natural deodorants. Wait for the cellulite line: You can thank me later.

Erbaviva has an organic plan to help fight my cellulite with a two-pronged approach: They first shape, and then they go firming. As simple as that.

Phase I: Shape and Detox

Review of Erbaviva cellulite shaping oil and salt at New York For Beginners

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Best Halloween 2017 Events in New York City

halloween activities in new york city guide
{Article Updated  October 12, 2017}

Are you looking for the best Halloween 2017 events in New York City? You've arrived at the right place! No other city celebrates Fall and Halloween like New York. Get yourself ready for spook-tacular events, giant Corn Mazes, K-9 Halloween costume competitions, Jack' O Lanterns, and haunted houses.

Gothamists and visitors alike, are you ready for the best Halloween 2017 events and activities in New York City?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Beauty Squared: Five Nontoxic Beauty Brands That I'm Obsessed With

Beauty Squared Introduced me to Five Nontoxic Beauty Brands That I'm Obsessed With For the Fall

With the transition to the Fall, I wanted to share with you the five nontoxic beauty brands that caught my attention at Beauty Squared, a new professional beauty show that took place in New York a few weeks ago.

Although the word "natural" seems to be the latest industry buzzword, you should never take it at face value. Many companies want to jump on the green bandwagon, and as the use of the word "natural" is not regulated in the US they can claim they are as pure as Earth can be, while loading their formulas with hormonal disruptors and other nasty synthetic chemicals.

Beauty Squared is a new professional beauty show that gave me the chance to discover some noteworthy green beauty brands. Conceived as a space to meet and greet the creators without the hustle and bustle of other shows open to the general public, it was an excellent opportunity to understand what motivated some brands to go completely clean while delivering on their promises.

These are the five nontoxic beauty brands that stole my green heart. Plus, many of them are handcrafted with care in the United States, which is very much in line with my values to support local businesses. Please note that I am not responsible if after reading this post you become as obsessed as I am with these clean, nontoxic beauty brands!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Glo Skin Beauty, a solution for every makeup and skincare woes

Glo Skin Beauty review at New York For Beginners

Glo Skin Beauty is a makeup and skincare brand dedicated to giving solutions to all the beauty woes under the sun. With an extensive line that can make your head spin, Glo Skin Beauty provides tailored solutions starting with your cleanser and ending with your perfect shade of lipstick. This magical approach to beauty is the result of the merging of Glo Minerals and Glo Therapeutics, two award-winning beauty companies that have been used professionally for a long time.

What I like most about Glo Skin Beauty is that they see skincare and makeup as an integrated line. Their makeup is specifically designed to continue treating the skin, not undoing the goodness in the skincare that you have invested your hard-earned dollars in.

Glo Skin Beauty review at New York For Beginners

To me, this vision of the beauty industry is an indicator of success. Although I'm used to testing a lot of brands and I've been known for doing really strange combinations (like the skincare sandwich), I always recommend my friends to try and stick to one or two brand tops. Usually, brands design their skincare lines with all their products in line, and mixing and matching too many products can lead to disastrous results (hello, acne!). Glo Skin Beauty takes this one step further by offering makeup and skincare that work to enhance each other, making the decision process so much simpler for those who find Sephora an intimidating place.

Although Glo Skin Beauty has a line with everything you could wish for and caters to every skincare woes, I wanted to share with you my top four Glo Skin Beauty products.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Autumn Green Beauty Review: Apoterra for Dry Skin

Review of Apoterra, a natural skincare line for dry skin at New York For Beginners

Apoterra Skincare is one of those few truly green beauty brands that cater to dry skin. Made with all-natural, non-toxic ingredients sourced with care and mixed with love in New York City, this apothecary beauty company is a complete game-changer.

Today, I'm reviewing two of Apoterra's best products to help dry skin transition into Autumn: The Rose Hydrating Toner and the Night Regenerative Balm. 

Apoterra's rose line is a great introduction to green beauty for dry or mature skin. With collage-boosting and hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rooibos, prickly pear seed oil and vitamin C, these two products have quickly reclaimed their rightful spot in my all-natural vanity. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cote Brings Non-Toxic Nail Salon to New York City

review of cote, a non toxic and 10-free nail salon in New York City at www.newyorkforbeginners.com

New Yorkers looking for a non-toxic nail salon, rejoice! Cote, the made-in-Cali pioneer in 10-free nail polishes, has opened its latest hotspot in New York City. Fellow beauty Gothamists, you should really check it out for non-toxic manis and pedis with a touch of free rosé. It really doesn't get any better than that!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Top Five Hacks to Survive New York Fashion Week 2017

Top 5 Hacks to Survive New York Fashion Week 2017

The New York Fashion Week shenanigans are happening as I write this post, and with endless shows, parties and events I feel that we all need some quick and fast beauty hacks to survive the fashion madness. Today, I'm sharing with you my top five hacks to survive New York Fashion Week in style and glamour.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Kahina Giving Beauty: Haute Natural Cosmetics

Kahina Giving Beauty, Haute Natural Cosmetics review at New York For Beginners

As we all settle in our routines after a long summer, I wanted to take the chance to share with you one of my best green discoveries of 2017: Kahina Giving Beauty. This wonderful company creates haute natural cosmetics inspired by the traditional Moroccan beauty secrets of the hammam.

Aside from its excellent quality, what sets Kahina Giving Beauty apart is that it's one of those few brands that respects the environment hand helps entire communities thrive, bringing much good to the Berber women in Morocco. Katharine L'Heureux, the alma mater behind this ethical luxury project, has taken her time to slowly build a well-rounded collection of nontoxic and organic beauty basics.

Review Kahina Giving Beauty Moroccan Beldi Soap and Prickly Pear Seed Oil at New York For Beginners

I invite you today to join me in an overseas trip to discover the power of argan oil and other berber beauty secrets that have conquered my green heart and my carefully curated vanity. Certified organic and fair trade, they have surpassed all my expectations!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Outfit: Warrior on the Brooklyn Bridge

Labor Day Weekend outfit with Musse and Cloud Aimy gold sandals at New York For Beginners

Labor Day is nearly upon us and we'll be bidding farewell to the summer season soon! To celebrate the last glimpse of good weather before the fall and winter shenanigans, I wanted to share with you a beautiful yellow dress that I scoured for less than $20 and the most comfortable golden flat sandals ever, courtesy of Musse & Cloud.

How are you going to spend your Labor Day weekend? I will probably make the most of it by exploring new streets in New York City and toasting the weather in DUMBO!