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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Natural and Organic Eyeliners for the Summer

Summer is here, and the sun radiation is increasingly intense. Kohl or eyeliner has been one of humankind's first sunglasses, and I like to use it every day to avoid the harmful rays of the sun in my eyes. However, finding an all-natural, nontoxic, and organic eyeliner can be a bit of a struggle.

After a long search, I'm bringing you a roundup of the best natural and organic eyeliners for the summer. My selection includes some of the top American and International brands that are creating green makeup products with cleaner and safer ingredients. To round it up, I am also showing you live swatches of each natural eyeliner, which has been handpicked by me, the person with the most sensitive eyes on the planet and unusually high expectations in terms of pigmentation. So sit back, relax, and dive in!

Friday, June 30, 2017

5 Must-Have Curly Hair Products For The Summer

Summer is here and we all wish we could sport that salty curly hair all year round. However, and although the salty waves look amazing in every single hair type, it is impossible that you'll be having a daily vacation for three months straight. A girl has gotta work, am I right?

That is why I'm bringing you today my personal selection of the must-have hair products for curly hair that will make your life so much easier during the summer.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rockability Summer Look: Aerosoles + Watermelon Dress

Rockability watermelon dress and Aerosoles sandals

According to the calendar, summer is fast approaching and it's time to get strapless, bare-legged and celebrate the good weather. Today, I'm bringing you my favorite rockability watermelon dress paired up with the yummiest pink sandals created by Aerosoles. An ideal look for a weekend escape, a picnic in Central Park, or a date night, this rockability number has been one of my most popular retro summer looks ever.

Look closely, because the sandals are extremely comfortable and the dress has a full 50s skirt with... pockets! Now that I have surely piqued your interest, hit the keep reading button to get all the juicy deets.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Green Beauty Sneak Peek at Cosmoprof 2017

image with coffee and branches for cosmoprof 2017

Green beauty is living its golden age. Thanks to the consumer habits of the Millennial generation, brands are realizing that there is high demand for clean, natural and cruelty-free formulations that also work. 

I recently attended a sneak peek event of Cosmoprof North America 2017, one of the most important professional beauty events worldwide. I was able to meet and greet a few selected green and eco-conscious brands that will exhibit their products in the Discover Green Leaf category. Cosmoprof 2017, which will take place in Las Vegas between July 9th-11th, is THE beauty event of the year for editors, influencers, and professionals, so I'm sure that you'll hear a lot about these brands in the upcoming months.

Do you want to know which are the next big players in the natural beauty arena? Keep reading!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Naot Sara Sandals: Glam Comfort in Southampton

naot gold sara sandals on the beach

Looking for a day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of New York in fashion and comfort? That was my dilemma last Memorial Weekend, when my budget definitelly didn't allow me to pay for a hotel night. So I decided to jump on a bus and discover the Hamptons. Plus, as we finally had something similar to a sunny weekend, I was finally able to test-drive the Naot Sara gladiator sandals, which promised comfort in every situation. Little did the guys at Naot know when they sent me a sample that when I put their shoes to test, I take it seriously!

Do you want to learn more about my adventure at Southampton and my experience with the Naot Sara sandals? Keep reading!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Security Master: An App to Shop Memorial Deals Safely

Memorial Weekend is quickly approaching, and I for one am especially excited about the upcoming sales (Uniqlo, here I go!). However, I have always been extra careful with my online data, especially when splurging online. Aside from using a debit card that I have designated just for online shopping and that has a limited amount of money, I always like make sure that I am splurging safely.
Security Master is a new free app that has just launched today, and I thought it would be interesting to share the information that I received as many of us like to hunt for bargains on our smartphones. With the recent worldwide hack, I think this is a good moment to think about Internet safety, to be honest!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: 100% Pure Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer

If you're looking for a non-toxic lightweight foundation with good coverage in time for the summer, you'll certainly like the latest launch by 100% Pure: The Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer.

The Product

This wonderful lightweight makeup keeps skin hydrated and supple using fruit and mineral pigments to subtly enhance your natural skin tone. An Instagram filter in a bottle, the 100% Pure Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer offers a divine, soft-focused look by using bamboo silica to make natural light works its magic. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Carvel Limited Edition Cookie Butter Ice Cream

 'Tis that time of the year when we get to discover new and exciting seasonal ice cream flavors. If you like cookie butter and ice cream, this one is for you. Carvel, aka America's Freshest Ice Cream, has decided to join forces with Lotus Biscoff, a well-known European staple cookie with coffee, to create a new flavor innovation: Carvel's Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream

Available for a limited time until May 28, it is simply so yummy that the masterminds behind Carvel should consider making it a permanent addition to their line. 

Spoiler alert: If you continue reading this article, you'll experience extreme sweet cravings for a long period of time. Readers' discretion is advised.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tu Es Belle: Mother's Day Gifts To Celebrate Her Beauty

If you're looking for a memorable gift for Mom, you are lucky: There are some amazing options out there that celebrate Mom's inner and outer beauty. 

In this selection, we've scoured some wonderful options created by both indie and commercial brands to match every single budget. Let's admit it: Although the best gifts are those which don't come with a price tag, Mom will surely appreciate a little reminder of how beautiful you think she is.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Ideas under $100: Bonne Vivante

If you're looking for the perfect gift to pamper Mom under $100, you've come to the right place. This selection includes nine perfect Mother's day gifts to pamper your mom with some good living.

Good living?, you may ask. Yes, you read right. The French use the expression "bon vivant" to refer to those who enjoy the good things in life. With this idea in mind, we've scoured some of the finest items under $100 that will surprise Mom with something exclusively picked for her, that she will not need to share with anybody else. Are you ready to join our bonnes vivantes club?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Organic Chic: Gifts for Mother's Day

Are you looking for the perfect organic gift for Mom? Don't go any further! We've curated a selection of the best all-natural products available in the green market, just in time to pamper Mom with a really special gift. Ready, set... shop!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Options for the Foodie

table with food for mother's day gifts

Finding the perfect gift in time for Mother's Day can be a bit of a challenge, considering how many options we are bombarded with on a daily basis. To me, saying 'thank you' to mom deserves a well-thought gift that will give her a bit that "me-time" that she deserves so badly. Mothers always put the needs of others first, and I think that Mother's Day is the perfect moment to give her an excuse to treat herself. 

That is why I have created a Mother's Day Gift Guide to honor the foodie that gave you life. Enjoying the finest pleasures of life is an art that should be encouraged, as having a bit of respite in our hectic lives is not only good for the body, but also for the mind. In this guide for every budget, you'll find the perfect gifts for that Mom who enjoys food and has a refined taste. We hope you enjoy our mouth-watering selection!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day Gift: A French Macaron Class with IfOnly

Macarons have something of that French je-ne-sais-quoi that enchants crowds around the world. I am personally addicted to macarons, so when IfOnly graciously invited us to experience one of their unique experiences we had to choose their exclusive French macaron cooking class ($110) with Simon Herfray, a French patissier well-versed in the delicate art of these hard-to-make sweets.

With Mother's Day approaching, it is a perfect experience to gift and make some really good memories with Mom (and who knows? You might find you have a knack for cooking in the era of Seamless!)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: Natural Cleansing Balms by Neal's Yard and 100% Pure

Cleansing balms are rich cleansers that literally dissolve any makeup and pollution traces while also protecting the skin's moisture levels. Contrary to the myth, there is such a thing as a perfect cleansing balm for dry skin, oily skin, normal skin, and even sensitive skin. 

Because cleansing is the most important step to a beautiful and healthy skin (and, let's admit it, the buzzword in the beauty industry in the past five years), it's only natural that this category has literally exploded in the beauty aisles. Today, I'm concentrating on the cleansing balm category, as it is a wonderful option for those of us who travel a lot and don't want to be bothered by the liquid restrictions. Plus, cleansing balms are the secret for instantly dewy skin!
two cleansing balms on a marble tile

Today, I'm doing a candid review of the 100% Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm and the Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, of which I received a sample for editorial consideration. Clean, non-toxic, and made using natural ingredients, these two formulas have stolen my little beauty heart. Care to know my opinion and my foolproof method to use a cleansing balm? Keep reading!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Trend Alert: International Vision Expo East 2017

Short-sighted peeps, rejoice! The Vision Council has proven, once again, how trendy eyewear can be thanks to the International Vision Expo East 2017 celebrated in New York. With brands coming from all over the world, this event celebrated the many choices we have in terms of prescription glasses, sunglasses, readers, and all sorts of accessories for our vision health.

Do you want to know which are the trendiest eyewear styles for the next Fall/Winter season? Adjust your spectacles and keep on reading!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Badger Launches Certified Organic Mom and Baby Care Products

organic beauty products for moms and babies by badger

Badger has just launched a USDA-certified organic mom and baby collection composed of an all-natural nursing balm, a belly butter, and a pregnant belly oil. Aimed to cater to the very unique needs of pregnant and nursing moms, this new line has some of Badger's characteristics: Delectable formulas, high-quality all-natural ingredients, and no preservatives to protect the lil'uns.

As I'm surrounded by pregnant friends, Badger was kind enough to send me some samples of the new line that we put to the test for a full month. Want to know all the details of our experience? Keep reading for our candid, unbiased opinions about this game-changing organic mom and baby care line!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sakura Matsuri 2017 at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Two ladies smelling the cherry blossoms sakura matsuri at the brooklyn botanical gardens
Visitors enjoying cherry blossoms at BBG's Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

It's that time of the year when you get four seasons in one day, and the spectacle of cherry blossoms in full bloom! Sakura Matsuri is Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossom festival, and the largest event held in a U.S. public garden. New York's rite of spring returns this Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and April 30, to celebrate the 36th edition of this celebrated festival.

Following the Japanese tradition, this event marks the start of the hanami season, which means the "cherry blossom viewing" weeks. Based on the Japanese tradition of appreciating the beauty of nature and the value of living in the present time (a.k.a. mindfulness), watching cherry blossoms is one of my favorite slow living activities because it allows me to rejoice in the wonders of spring despite the crazy weather that comes with April showers.

So, what can you expect from the Sakura Matsuri 2017 celebration? 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Young Living Everyday Oils

Young Living is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality essential oils. To celebrate Earth Week, I wanted to share my experiences with Young Living Essential Oils, who gave me a sample of their Everyday Oils collection to test.

Young Living Everyday Oils Collection
If you're looking to introduce yourself to the world of essential oils, I highly recommend the Everyday Oils Essential Oils Collection. It includes some of the best blends of the brand, plus five single essential oils that I use constantly. Please note that these oils are to be diluted in carrier oil if you want to apply them on your skin.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Favorite Nontoxic Spring Beauty Products

Nontoxic and natural spring beauty products

It's official: Spring has arrived in New York City! I wanted to celebrate that we finally have good weather by sharing my favorite natural and nontoxic Spring beauty products with you. 

To me, any change in weather means that I need to adjust my beauty routines to pamper my dry and sensitive skin. Although my beauty routine includes the occasional non-natural product from very specific brands, I find that since I made the switch to a 90% organic beauty routine my dry skin has stopped misbehaving, so I can only say good things about my personal green choices!

Farmaesthetics: Exfoliation Leads to Perfection

Winter usually leaves my skin a bit duller due to the harsh weather conditions in New York, and especially the last Nor'Easterns. That is why I stress the importance of a good exfoliation once the cold season is over! My latest discovery is the Farmaesthetics Sweet Milk and Lavender Buds exfoliate powder ($28).

Farmaesthetics sweet milk and lavender exfoliate powder review
This all-natural vegetarian wonder in a bottle is handcrafted with love in the USA in small batches using only the finest organic ingredients. Sweet milk has been the ingredient of choice for many generations of women because its high content of natural lactic acid helps beautify and brighten the complexion. Combined with fine cornmeal and ground flower buds, it's an excellent choice to exfoliate the face and decollete area without over stripping the epidermis' protective layer.

I have been using this powder mix twice a week for a month now. My skin feels much brighter, and it is so gentle that it doesn't leave any red patches behind. My skin feels extremely comfortable and more glowy, which is something that doesn't happen too often after an exfoliation. The Sweet Milk and Lavender Buds exfoliate powder literally allows you to channel your inner Cleopatra!

Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser review

{Insider tip}: Mix this wonderful powder with rose water or the Fine Herbal Cleanser crafted by Farmaesthetics to make a fragrant lather that you can use in your daily routine. Plus, if you apply it and then step in the shower, you'll reap the benefits of using milk as it gently slips down your shoulders.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Styling a Comfortable and Professional Career Wardrobe

comfortable and professional office attire

Building a comfortable and professional career wardrobe is not an easy task. As I'm a curvy, skinny, and petite woman, I often find that career clothes are either too big, too uncomfortable, or simply look wrong on my frame.

To me, finding comfortable career clothes is a vital step in every person's life. As this society is turning into a service economy, meaning most of the jobs are done inside an office, it's important to have a few staple pieces that make you look put together and that are still comfortable enough to wear all day. Can you imagine what it is to do a job interview with a gaping top, a too-tight pair of pants, or shoes that are killing your feet? Believe me, these wardrobe malfunctions don't help you project a confident self when you do job interviews, nor help to keep you calm when you have a last-minute project.

Although many people use a tailor to make their clothes fit perfectly, I'm personally taking a different approach. I've decided to explore comfortable fashion options, and I have to say I've never looked back. Read on to discover my favorites to style a comfortable career wardrobe!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Win a Free Pair of Musse&Cloud Shoes for Coachella

Do you want to win a free pair of wondificent shoes to put the finishing touch to your Coachella outfits? Musse&Cloud has a fun contest. Make a prediction of which pair of shoes will be the most popular amongst the influencers and you could snatch a free pair of cool shoes.

Although I normally don't share competitions on my site, I personally love the brand because it's made of high-quality leather and designed by some very clever folks in Spain. Plus, who doesn't like free shoes?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Betabrand: Comfortable Dress Yoga Pants

How would you feel if I told you that there is such a thing as comfortable career yoga pants? Yes, they exist and they are manufactured by the masterminds at Betabrand, and the brand was kind enough to send me a sample pair of their Athleisure Black Boot-Cut Dress Yoga Pants to share my experience with my readers.

Review of Betabrand comfortable yoga dress pants

Let's face it: Building a fashion-forward career wardrobe can be complicated, especially because career clothes can be very uncomfortable. To me, the worst part was finding career pants that looked good in my petite yet curvy frame and didn't dig uncomfortably in my midriff area. For the most part, any career pant that I have tried on is a miss. They are either too baggy or too uncomfortable in the waist area, which is a deal-breaker if you need to be sitting in an office for the most part of your day.

I must not be alone in my fashion woes, as Betabrand has launched a genius piece of clothing: Dress. Yoga. Pants. Keep reading to learn more about my experience!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: FarmHouse Fresh New Organics Collection

FarmHouse Fresh has recently launched the Organics Collection, a whole product line composed of natural and organic ingredients certified by the NSF/ANSI 305 standard. If I already had reasons to absolutely love their regular line, this step towards further minimizing their synthetic ingredients is great news for the green beauty community.

The FarmHouse Fresh Organics collection currently includes eight wonderful products aimed for your hands, feet, and body. Do you want to know what was my experience with this new line? Keep reading!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate April 2017

There's something about a good ol' mistery that we just can't resist. An irresolvable homicide case. A tenacious detective wok that leads into an intrincate governmental conspiracy. A human search through the woods that suddenly shows an impossible paranormal side...Investigation is the essence of human curiosity, and a key factor in some of the best TV shows, movies, video games and comics books ever created. April's Lootcrate will reveal your inner investigator with these cool items. The game is afoot!

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

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Abril 2017

Hay algo en un clásico misterio que, simplemente, no podemos resistir. Un caso de homicidio irresoluble. Un tenaz trabajo detectivesco que termina desentrañando una intrincada conspiración gubernamental. Una cacería humana por el bosque que da un sorprendente e imposible giro paranormal. La investigación es la esencia de la curiosidad humana, además de un factor fundamental en algunas de las mejores series, comics, videojuegos y películas jamás creadas. La Lootcrate del mes de abril sacará el detective que llevas dentro con estos alucinantes artículos. ¡Comienza el juego!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Organic Beauty Routine for Dry Skin

Believe me: Finding a trustworthy beauty routine with organic skincare products can be time-consuming, but it's one of the best things I've ever done for my dry and sensitive skin. Ever since I made the complete switch to all-natural, nontoxic and organic skincare products, I've seen my epidermis' hydration levels skyrocket, and the texture of my skin seems to be more bouncy than before.

It has taken me a few weeks shy of two years to completely develop an organic skincare routine that works for me. As I test a lot of stuff, I always keep a few staple pieces in my day-to-day basics, that I will complement with the product that I'm testing. That way, I make sure I'm getting consistent results and that I can effectively compare one product with the others.

Today, I'm sharing my current organic and all-natural beauty routine to pamper my dry and sensitive skin in the hopes that you don't have to kiss many beauty frogs before settling for your own skincare prince(s)! What's best, all these products are cruelty-free and vegetarian (some of them might include beeswax so I can't honestly say all of them are vegan), so they're good for you and the planet!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Beauty & Fashion Hacks I Learned at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week Beauty and Fashion Hacks

New York Fashion Week is a race against the clock. Making it to different shows a day in time is a real feat, especially when the weather decides to go crazy. If this past New York Fashion Week taught me something, it was to make my life easier. 

Looking put together at all times while running up and down the city is something that CAN BE DONE. Yep, even in the midst of a helluva of a snowstorm. You just need the help of a few beauty and lifestyle friends that will make your life much easier!

That's the reason why I wanted to share with you my beauty and lifestyle hacks to make your life so much easier. In the end, if I was able to make it to a ton of shows without looking with a crazy person, you can do it too!

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Choosy Chick: A one-stop-shop for your nontoxic needs

The Choosy Chick is one of those select few places where they carefully curate everything they sell so you know your products won't have any nasty synthetic ingredients. Everything that is sold at The Choosy Chick conforms to their stringent guidelines as it's designed to take off the guesswork for your nontoxic beauty and lifestyle needs. 

I personally find this to be a genius idea! In a world filled with bogus natural claims and strange marketing verbiage, it can be daunting to start a cleaner beauty routine without a Chemistry degree.

The Choosy Chick sent me a package with four of their bestselling goodies, and Margot, one of the co-founders, took the time to chat with me. Do you want to know what you can expect from your Choosy Chick experience? Keep reading!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sneak Peek: LOVE GOODLY April / May Box

LOVE GOODLY creates eco-luxury bimonthly subscription boxes. The contents are carefully curated to fit a green lifestyle mindset, and their goal is to help women discover the highest quality vegan, toxin-free beauty & wellness products to encourage healthier living.

Just in time for Earth Month, LOVE GOODLY is releasing the mother of all green boxes filled to the brim with nontoxic goodies. And, as luck has it, I know what's going to be included in the April / May LOVE GOODLY box. Read more to know all the juicy deets, and if you like what you see order yours before they run out of them!

Friday, March 24, 2017

FreeBird Organics: Natural Antiaging Skincare Made in the USA

Finding handmade anti-aging skincare made in the USA is somewhat difficult. If you want to be able to pronounce what you're putting on your skin and ensure the formula is nontoxic and has zero nasties, the story gets more complicated. That's why I was very happy to be selected by the OBL club to test FreeBird Organics, an American company that handcrafts natural skincare products with organic ingredients. This eco-friendly company is the dream of every green gal, and I wanted to share my unbiased review and why I can recommend its products!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser

Review of organic aromas essential oil diffuser

If you're trying to incorporate an essential oil diffuser in your life, you've arrived at the right post. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to perfume your house without synthetic fragrances, and it can also enhance your mood or even help clean your apartment from airborne germs. I recently received a sample of an Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser to test, and I wanted to share my experience as this is really the Rolls-Royce when it comes to diffusing essential oils. 

organic aromas essential oils diffuser on a table with flowers

Let me start by saying that not all diffusers are created equal. The vast majority are made out of plastic and work by heating up a mixture of water and essential oils into a mist. Although there's technically nothing wrong with that, if you're an essential oil freak like me you might want to consider nebulization as an alternative. Plus, if you're trying to reduce your exposure to plastic, it makes sense to look into alternatives that don't heat it up and spread those particles in the air. Just sayin'.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Faerie's Dance, the Organic Cotton Bra Revolution

faerie's dance organic cotton bra review

If you've been struggling to find an organic cotton bra, you're not alone: They really are hard to come by. And, most of the time, all you can get is a very basic model that can be very far from what you had in mind. 

However, I recently discovered an online marketplace that carries all sorts of options for those looking into organic cotton lingerie: Faerie's Dance.

The Product: Alba Padded Underwire Bra ($42)

I have to confess I've been trying to find a good organic cotton bra for quite a while. Although there are many wonderful options out there that provide somewhat good support, I was specifically looking for an organic cotton bra with non-toxic padding. Yes, non-toxic padding. That is a thing. I recently received a sample for consideration of a nontoxic padded bra from Faerie's Dance, one of the largest retailers of organic cotton apparel in the US, and I was so positively surprised that I wanted to share my experience with you. 

The Alba Padded Underwire Bra is one of the most perfect creations of Love Nature. Conceived as the perfect T-shirt bra, it features organic cotton and a very special padding: It is made from a recyclable blend of cotton batting that is also certified organic by Oeko-Tex, the gold standard in the green industry. Also, this bra is completely chemical-free, latex-free, and polyurethane-free.