Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Flexible Hold Hairspray

I have to confess I have a penchant for niche, small brands modeled after the vision of entrepreneurs motivated to 'make something better.' Along these lines, I have recently discovered Carol's Daughter, a natural Brooklyn-based beauty brand that has recently turned twenty. Natural and local? It couldn't get any better! Or could it?

Turns out Carol's Daughter has a product formulated with Monoi (yep, the secret beauty weapon coming straight from Polynesia) that promises to keep hold of locks even in the dog days of the New York City summer.

The new Monoi Repairing Flexible Hold Hairspray is described as giving buildable, brushable, and invisible hold. No flakes, no sticky strands of hair in the 80s fashion. Made with Monoi oil, Carol's Daughter hairspray promises holding power without leaving any kind of residue. According to the brand, this product was created to specifically style, brush, and restyle without breakage with a unique formula that can stand up to humidity.

As I said, its main ingredient is Monoi Oil, a maceration of the petals of Tahitian gardenias in coconut oil. This very oil is what Polynesian men and women use to help undo and prevent damage to hair, and get gorgeous, glowing skin with a faint scent of paradise. To boost the action of this oil, Carol's Daughter hairspray is formulated with vitamin E to shield hair from humidity, and pro-vitamin B5 to help condition hair and enhance its natural shine.

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Flexible Hold Hairspray ($18) is already available at Ulta and

I have seen many raving reviews about the product and the brand, and I'm curious as to whether you've tested it. Please feel free to leave your impressions in the 'comment' section below :)

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cómo buscar un piso en Nueva York y no morir en el intento

Nueva York es una ciudad maravillosa, pero tiene un problema importante: cuando la visitas por primera vez y compruebas en tus carnes que te ofrece millones de posibilidades, quieres quedarte a vivir en ella. ¿El primer problema? El visado. Venir de turista desde España es muy sencillo gracias al programa de visado simplificado ESTA, pero para trabajar o estudiar la cosa se complica. El Consulado de Estados Unidos lo explica muy bien en su página web:

Pero imaginemos que estáis leyendo este post con vuestro visado en mano. Ahora toca buscar alojamiento, y a ser posible baratito porque el cambio de euro a dólar está fatal. Los precios de los hoteles en Nueva York están por las nubes (especialmente en los meses de verano, coincidiendo con el Spring Break, en Thanksgiving, y en Navidades). Así que toca armarse de paciencia, y buscar un piso en Nueva York.

Lamento deciros que no existen los pisos buenos, bonitos y baratos en Nueva York. En Manhattan, "barato" es conseguir un estudio por menos de 1,600 dólares y en un barrio en el que no te dé miedo ir al anochecer (en invierno anochece a las 4.30 de la tarde, tenedlo en cuenta).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hard Rock Cafe NYC Exclusive FDNY Collection

Yep, these guys (who model in the FDNY official calendar) look at me every single day from my kitchen wall
 On June 14, 1971, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton opened the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe in London, which expanded to 154 locations around the world. To commemorate its birthday, Hard Rock Cafe New York has decided to support the New York City Fire Department and its members who keep our city safe.

As a relatively new member of the NYC community, I can only praise the service of the brave women and men who work for our safety on a daily basis. I have always been extremely impressed by the professionalism of the FDNY Fire Department and the dangerous situations they often face. That is why I like supporting all their initiatives: These guys literally risk their lives to help others!

Hard Rock Cafe New York has launched limited-edition memorabilia to commemorate the 150th birthday of the FDNY. This exclusive, beautifully-designed collection includes a T-shirt, hat, magnet, water bottle and collectible pin, with prices ranging from $12 (pin) to $25 (T-shirt.) 15 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the FDNY Foundation, an organization that raises awareness of fire safety, offers training and support of its members, and provides enhanced technology and equipment to better protect New York City.

According to Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, "the proceeds from these 150th anniversary items will  benefit the FDNY Foundation, helping the Department better protect all those who visit, work and live in New York City.”

So, if in the upcoming days you want to purchase any kind of Hard Rock memorabilia, please remember that the sales of this particular collection can make a difference in many people's lives in New York.

Also, and to continue the support for local heroes, Hard Rock Cafe New York will invite FDNY members to participate in a live burger cook off later this summer where the winning recipe will be offered on the cafe’s menu for a limited time beginning in September 2015. A panel of judges and grilling experts will select the winning recipe based on taste, creativity, presentation and appearance, and how well it embodies the spirit of New York City. Once available at Hard Rock Cafe New York, a percentage of the proceeds from the new FDNY Local LegendaryTM Burger will benefit The FDNY Foundation.

If the burgers are as yummy as the firefighters portrayed in the official FDNY calendar, I'm sure it will be a total success!

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