Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Abril 2016

¿Recordáis ese momento de El Hobbit cuando Gandalf le dice a Bilbo que está buscando a alguien que le acompañe en una aventura? Bien, pues la Lootcrate de abril nos propone el mismo trato: una caja repleta de expediciones misteriosas, caminos de gloria y aventuras tanto familiares como históricametne sanguinolentas. ¡Es hora de iniciar la Quest de este mes! 

¡Así que coged vuestro pan de lembas y preparad vuestras defensas contra esos malditos daños críticos, porque es hora de embarcarse en un viaje épico! 

Mr Gotham's Review: Lootcrate April 2016

Remember that moment in The Hobbit when Gandalf tells Bilbo that he's looking for someone to share in an adventure? April's Lootcrate tempt us with the same deal: a whole box full of mystery treks, paths of glory and both historically bloody and family friendly adventure. It's time for a Quest, folks! 

So grab your lemba bread and prepare your countermeasures for those awful critical hits, because it's time to embark in an epic journey!

(Para la versión en español, pincha en este enlace)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Green is chic: Eco-conscious luxury beauty

If there is something I have learned with my Earth Day posts is that a green lifestyle can be totally chic. Long gone are the days when natural cosmetics were messy, required refrigeration, and sometimes smelled downright funny. Today, more and more companies invest in research to apply the latest scientific knowledge to the creation of all-natural, high-quality formulas that can even outperform their synthetic counterparts.

Whether you have stumbled upon this post by sheer curiosity or because you are in a personal quest to greenify your life, rest reassured: I have personally tried all the products featured here and I have double-checked their ingredients (and consulted EWG) to verify their formulas are totally natural.  Some of them are 100% natural and verified organic by the USDA! Although this blog features both traditional (synthetic) and natural beauty options, I am very careful when labeling each product so you, my readers, can make an informed choice that resonates with your personal needs and values. 

(Psst... Follow the pretty bold pink links to learn more about the products!)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Natural and organic skincare

This past Earth Day has been an eye-opening experience for me. I have interviewed green make-up maven Paige Padgett and I have even started my own green beauty regime—thanks to her advice, I have identified which synthetic components might not agree with my personal lifestyle goals and I have been starting to replace some aggressive formulas with gentler, natural alternatives. 

Although natural cosmetics aren't new for me (as an European I've had access to cleaner formulas for a while), I'm positively surprised to find so many American-made natural brands. That is the reason why I have decided to create this Natural beauty guide, in order to include my personal favorite selection of natural products available in the USA. Please note that I have personally vetted, checked and re-checked the ingredients list of these beauty finds to only include 100% natural formulas, so if you're looking for an all-natural alternative you'll surely enjoy my selection.

Stay tuned, because tomorrow I'll publish the part II of this guide with more natural and organic options for the discerning and eco-conscious beauty addicts out there!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day: Green Chic Lifestyle!

Happy Earth Day 2016! To celebrate such an important occasion, I have curated a special selection of mouth-watering items that will make your life easier and more environmentally-conscious. Who said that green couldn't be chic?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Interview: Paige Padgett and her green beauty rules

Earth Day is just around the corner. To celebrate such an important occasion, I have decided to create a special series of articles in which I will be featuring some of my favorite beauty and lifestyle natural alternatives. I believe green can be chic, and I hope this series will be useful to those of you looking to introduce healthier or more eco-conscious choices in your routines.

Although this is not a strictly green website (meaning I feature both synthetic and natural products), I believe my readers have the right to be informed correctly. That is why I am extremely careful when I write about "natural" products. Because there is no regulation whatsoever for natural cosmetics in the USA (except for those carrying the USDA Organic seal,) I use the word carefully and sparingly, and in this blog "natural" means it is a product made exclusively with naturally-derived ingredients.

With New York For Beginners, my intention is to showcase the latest trends in beauty and lifestyle. However, I believe my readers have the right to make well-informed decisions. That is why I'm extremely careful when I use the words "natural" and "organic." Whether you are looking for the trendiest beauty products or you are in a personal quest for a natural alternative for environmental, personal, or health reasons, New York For Beginners is the place for you. I pledge to do everything in my power to label things correctly. Although I believe there are extremely good beauty products out there that use synthetic ingredients, I do not support greenwashing practices. Introducing a few natural ingredients in an overly synthetic formula doesn't make a natural product.

I want to start this series with an interview with Paige Padgett, a well-known make-up artist for the stars and author of the bestselling book The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour, and Glowing Skin. Paige Padgett is an extremely knowledgeable beauty expert that talks about how to identify potential toxic ingredients in skincare and make-up, and has a personal approach to a greener make-up bag that is very informative and still allows room to use some traditionally synthetic formulas. In our chat, we discuss what does natural mean, why natural cosmetics can be a good choice for some people, and her favorite products.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mr. Gotham's review: Lootcrate March 2016

March's Lootcrate is finally here, but, if you want gotta fight for it! That's right guys, the keyword this month is Vs, so you can be sure that you will find some of the biggest and most legendary pop culture rivalries ever in your usual geek crate. Alien vs Predator, Mario vs Bowser, Daredevil vs Punisher, Batman vs Superman...we can barely get ourselves together with this awesome mix of comic book, movies and videogames legendary brawls!

Ready for the battle? In that case suit up your armor and choose your weapons, because this is the content of March's crate: 

(Para la versión en español, pincha en este enlace)

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Marzo 2016

La Lootcrate de marzo ya está aquí, pero si la queréis...¡vais a tener que luchar por ella! Así es, la palabra clave para este mes es Versus, así que podéis estar bien seguros de que encontraréis algunas de las mayores y más legendarias rivalidades de la cultura popular en vuestra tradicional colección mensual de tesoros geek. Alien vs Predator, Mario vs Bowser, Daredevil vs Punisher, Batman vs Superman...¡apenas podemos contener nuestra emoción con esta alucinante mezcla de combates recién salidos del mundo del cómic, los videojuegos y el cine!

¿Listos para la batalla? En ese caso equipaos vuestra armadura y elegid arma, porque éste es el contenido de la Lootcrate de marzo: