Friday, November 27, 2015

Star Wars Loot Crate Sells On Cyber Monday

For those willing to have the Force on their side this Cyber Monday, Loot Crate has just revealed they will sell a special Star Wars Limited Edition crate for $100 (including shipping and handling.) 

Loot Crate is a company specialized in creating monthly subscription boxes for geeks, gamers, and pop culture lovers. Aside from their regular Loot Crate and Level Up offerings, they create special limited editions a few times a year. This upcoming Monday, November the 30th (aka Cyber Monday), Loot Crate will sell a special crate to celebrate the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The limited edition crate will contain 9 stellar Star Wars collectibles, 5 of which are exclusively manufactured for Loot Crate and not available anywhere else. The price is $100 for USA and $125 for other countries (including shipping and handling.) Collectively, the items inside the crate are valued at over $150+ total. What's more, 20 randomly-selected Star Wars Loot Craters will receive a Funki Hikari C-3PO variant figure valued at $80. As per their words, this is the biggest Loot Crate ever, and it's big enough to fit Yoda inside (a good Cyber Monday bargain that is!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Friday 2015: The Body Shop Tote is here

Via The Body Shop
 With Thanksgiving approaching, this week is seeing the unveiling of many awesome deals (such as the ones I featured here for organic cosmetics.) Today I'm bringing you my personal favorite: The Body Shop's 2015 Black Friday Tote.

This year deal is valued at $139 and can be purchased for $35 after adding an extra $36 worth of merchandise in your shopping cart. It includes:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Natural and Effective Deodorants

There is a lot being currently said about the cumulative effect of chemicals in our bodies. That is the reason why I'm starting a series of articles about green alternatives for those who would like to reduce the amount of synthetic components they are exposed to. This said, it's important to note that beauty products that use chemicals aren't necessarily unsafe (that's something that only the FDA can determine, and apparently there are not enough studies yet to reach a conclusion in this field.) However, I think it is important to help the consumers navigate the difference between natural, greenwashed, and chemical products so everyone can make an informed decision of what suits best their needs.

To me, the most important product on which we should fix our green objectives is the deodorant. It's a beauty product we use every day, and because there is an ongoing scientific conversation about the possible negative effects of aluminium entering our bodies, I've been researching cleaner alternatives.

For some reason, there are not too many healthy and effective green alternatives to traditional deodorant. Of the few deodorants that contain no aluminiums and no parabens, just a tiny percentage seem to be really 100 percent natural. Unfortunately, many deodorants that contain no aluminium have substituted it for another chemical, yet market their product as "natural" to make the consumers perceive they are better than their traditional counterparts. To me, that's pure and simple greenwashing, a marketing technique used by many brands to change the consumer's perception about the chemicals there are in the formulas by using the world 'natural' or 'naturally' without actually having a totally clean composition.

Today, I'm reviewing four different brands: Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Aluminium Free Deodorant, Kelly Teegarden Finally All Natural Deodorant, LaVanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Deodorant, and The Organic Pharmacy Deodorant Spray. I have personally used each of them for a week, read their ingredients and generally tried to understand whether their labels correspond to what they actually do. Here are my conclusions:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Black Friday Deals: Organic cosmetics

'Tis the time of the year... for great shopping! Thanksgiving is next week, which means Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also a few days away.

Today I'm bringing you a few green beauty deals from Hollybeth Organics, Cecilia Wong Skincare and Oui Shave. More to come in the following days, stay tuned!

Disclosure level 0: The author received NO compensation to write this post. There are no affiliate links. This post is information-only.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My New York: Celebrities Talk about the City

Imagine I told you there is one book that captures the essence of New York: You'd probably know I am lying! However, what if I told you I found one book with extremely insightful stories of the many perspectives New York City offers? I'm sure that premise grabs your attention. So did mine.

My New York: Celebrities Talk About the City
is a compelling book written and edited by Alessandra Mattanza, who aside from a gifted writer happens to be a screenwriter and a fine-art photographer. This book, which in my opinion constitutes an ode to the chaotic essence of the Big Apple, shares the best of New York City through the eyes of 19 of the city's most iconic residents: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, James Franco, Taylor Swift, Moby, Jay McInerney, Daniel Libeskind, Jack Huston, Candace Bushnell, Cathleen Shine, Mario Batali, Siri Hustvedt, Steve McCurry, Cortney and Bob Novogratz, Lidia Bastianich and Yoko Ono.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: MyGreenFills natural laundry soap

I am really excited to bring you this new brand I very recently discovered: MyGreenFills. It's a small business that creates laundry products good for the planet and good for those families concerned with the effect of the continued exposure to toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, many of those are present in regular laundry detergents.

Let me begin by telling you my story: I have very dry, sensitive skin. Sometimes, conventional laundry detergents and softeners will cause me allergies, so I tend to wash my clothes with a Spanish brand of mild soap called Lagarto, which by the way does not exist in the States, or with other allergy-friendly solutions. If there are none available, I will wash my clothes with the mildest brand available in the market and put them through a second rinsing cycle. And I hate wasting water like that!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: ProfilePRO custom hair care

Good morning fellow Gothamists!

The weather has been crazy this past week. Which means that my hair has decided to live a life of its own once again, gifting me with a million flyaways due to the extraordinary humidity of the Big Apple. 

You may wonder from time to time how I tame my mane (whoopsie! I made a beauty poem!) One of my best secrets is ProfilePRO, a custom hair care line I have been testing for the past month. These guys create perfectly customized shampoos and conditioners adapted to your hair type, texture, behavior, scalp, condition and favorite scent. And you can order them online.

I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about this product at first. The price seemed to be a bit on the cheap side for a formula totally customized to my needs (a set of full sized 10 oz. bottles of Shampoo and Conditioner runs for $34.95, and $24.95 with the Subscribe and Save program.) However, I was greatly surprised by ProfilePRO. Do you want to know why?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Beauty Hacks to Erase Halloween from your Face

I don't know about you, but this Halloween has been legen (wait for it!) dary for me. I was able to finally participate in the Village Halloween Parade, which meant I had to look for a great costume. And that was a bit of a drama, because my previous costume was so uncomfortable I ended up having bruises after wearing it. Bear with me, because this explains my little Halloween drama.

So I decided to use whatever I had at hand to concoct a cool Halloween costume in a couple of hours. Because I love Frida Kahlo so much, I got inspired by her painting "Las Dos Fridas" (The Two Fridas), where she vividly expresses her feelings about life and death. And I decided to paint half my face as a sugar skull, and the other half imitating her traditional make-up. I think I did a pretty good job.