Sunday, December 31, 2017

Interview: Josh Wadinski, Plantioxidants, and the Clean Beauty Revolution

Dried herbs and plants to introduce an interview with Josh Wadinski, co-funder of Plantioxidants

For the last post of the year, I decided to interview Josh Wadinski, the co-founder of Plantioxidants with green beauty lover Susie Wang (a.k.a. the girl and the brains behind 100% Pure.) As the clean beauty revolution continues to make headlines, I believe it is important to remember what organic means, what does the USDA seal guarantee, and how to choose the right product for you. Waste not, want not!

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Plantioxidants was recently launched in September as a luxury, organic skincare range with clean ingredients and a rich antioxidant content. Designed to protect skin from everyday aggressors, the whole line is vegan to guarantee that it is good for humans and the environment as well. Composed of 12 different products with a price range between $78 and $155, the line includes cleansers, toners, masks, serums, and everything your green heart desires.

Plantioxidants USDA Organic Power Seed Menagerie Oil with a background of flowers

And now, without further ado, let me say goodbye to 2017 in style by introducing fellow clean beauty warrior Josh Wadinski. Here's to a wonderful and green 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Best Essential Oil Blends for the Winter

An essential oil rollerball with roses and dried herbs

In this post, I want to share with you my best essential oil blends for the Winter. The new season brings the sound of snow falling, the scent of sleeping nature, and a feeling of new beginnings that I absolutely love. However, the Winter season can also be a challenging time when we have to face our New Year resolutions and tackle new projects with just a few hours of daylight.

That is why I love to use aromatherapy and essential oils to enhance my mood, lift my spirit, and sometimes give me an extra dose of energy. Although I like to play around with my own concoctions, I wanted to share with you my favorite organic essential oil blends that I use during the Winter.

EO Aromatherapy Blends: Uplift

Essential oils blend to uplift with flowers and citrus by EO essential oils

As I was born and raised in Spain, I am used to having more sun hours during the winter. And as much as I love living in New York, every time the new season rolls in I get a little depressed, and that has to do with the fact that I grew up in a country with more hours of light. In the winter, it will get dark around 6 pm. In New York, it can be as early as 4.30 pm. And that truly affects my body.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Stocking Stuffers: Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25

Oh, the feeling of happiness that stocking stuffers give each an every Christmas! These thoughtful yet relatively inexpensive gifts can make a memorable impression. To make your holiday shopping a bit easier, this Holiday Gift Guide features wondificent (yes, as in wonderful + magnificent) stocking stuffers under $25 for the whole family.

holiday gift ideas for stocking stuffers under 25 dollars

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

11 Fantastic Gifts For The Whole Family Under $100

'Tis that time of the year to think long and hard about what you are going to ask Santa for your family. To help you decide, we have compiled a list of 11 fantastic gifts for the whole family under $100. Luxurious and simply fantabulous (yep, fantastic and fabulous!), they are examples of how the finest things in life don't come with a hefty price tag.

And now, without further ado, welcome to our Fantastic Gifts Holiday Gift Guide!

{Psst... For more wonderful ideas, click here to visit all New York For Beginners' 2017 Holiday Gift Guides!}

Holiday gift guide with ideas under 100 dollars including an IT cosmetics brush set, an Elizabeth Taylor cologne, an organic skincare bundle by erbaviva and a curated gift box by give lovely

Monday, December 18, 2017

Indie Beauty Expo Holiday Gift Guide

We have curated a special Indie Beauty Expo Holiday Gift Guide with 12 incredible gifting ideas for the beauty-obsessed. Featuring beautiful ideas from international indie brands, these finds support small businesses, are respectful with the environment, use organic ingredients, and are good for the planet. 

This gift guide features the best of the best, 12 natural and organic brands that have exhibited in the 2017 Indie Beauty Expos in Los Angeles and New York City. If you like to #buyindie, this gift guide is for you!

Holiday Gift Guide featuring brands from the Indie Beauty Expo

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Perfect Holiday Gifts for a Beauty Queen

We all know a beauty queen who enjoys everything pertaining to the world of make up, skincare, and beauty gadgets. As finding the perfect gifts for a beauty queen can be daunting because she usually has like everything, we have carefully curated our special beauty holiday gift guide with the most unique and pampering ideas.

Looking for organic makeup? High-tech skincare? Kawaii beauty? Hair accessories? Fear not, we have you covered!

holiday gift guide with gifts for a beauty queen at new york for beginners

Saturday, December 16, 2017

12 Holiday Gift Ideas to Relax

New Yorker: If you are still looking for holiday gift ideas for your loved ones, we created this relax gift guide with you in mind. Relaxing is a long-lost art that deserves all the praise, especially in the crazy times we are living. Juggling our daily activities in the city that never sleeps might sound like a dream come true, but in all honesty, we all could do with a gift to relax. Keep your eyes open as there might be something that you want to ask Santa for yourself!

Holiday gift ideas with products to relax and relieve tension

Friday, December 15, 2017

Epicurean: 10 Yummy Gifts for Foodies

picture with a mason jar and cookie making supplies to make Christmas sweets

Foodies of the world, we want you! We know that growing up it was a bit frowned upon to ask Santa for edible gifts, but the greatest thing about being an adult is that you can be a foodie and celebrated for your good taste. With you in mind, we have curated our most scrumptious holiday gift guide of the year with 10 yummy gifts. Care to learn more?

{Psst... For more wonderful ideas, click here to visit all New York For Beginners' 2017 Holiday Gift Guides!}

holiday gift ideas 10 fantastic gifts for foodies

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Scentarium: Fragrance Gift Ideas

Welcome to Scentarium! In this very special holiday gift guide, we have carefully curated the best fragrance gift ideas for your loved ones. Luxurious, complex, or wonderfully simple, there is a scent to match each personality (and they make wonderful gifts for those epicures who enjoy the finest things in life!)

Scentarium with 10 fragrance holiday 2017 gift ideas

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Green Beauty: An Organic Holiday Gift Guide

Green gifting woes? We have curated an impressive selection of organic beauty gift ideas for the holidays to cater to those beauty addicts who are asking Santa for a greener, safer option. Are you scared of the greenwashing efforts that run wild in the industry? Fear not, as we have carefully hand-picked each and every one of our selections to make sure the ingredients are truly natural, safe and effective.

Green and organic gift ideas for the holidays at new york for beginners

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Slow Living: A Mindfulness Holiday Gift Guide

In this time and age, we all know someone who could benefit from the practice of mindfulness and the slow living philosophy. That is why we curated a mindfulness holiday gift guide with 10 magnificent ideas that help relax mind and body to enjoy being fully present. 

a holiday gift guide with mindfulness gifts for slow living

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Luxuries

You asked and we delivered: We have curated a gift guide with the best affordable luxuries so you can make a memorable gift to your loved ones without spending a lot of money. Because they deserve to be pampered, wrapped in silk and covered in precious stones, but you also deserve to end the holiday season without breaking the bank!

holiday gift guide with affordable luxuries under 100 dollars

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wanderluster: Fabulous Gift Ideas For Avid Travelers

Wanderlusters are avid travelers that are naturally drawn to other cultures to learn as much as they can from their trips. Finding a fabulous gift for a wanderluster can be complicated, as the security transportation regulations evolve constantly. Fear not: At New York For Beginners, we have curated for you a special selection of magnificent gifts for the traveler and the culturally curious to make your gift giving season a whole lot easier.

Care to join us in an awe-inspiring trip?

Wanderluster is a holiday gift guide with gift ideas for travelers

Monday, December 4, 2017

Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Made in the USA

Looking for a gift that supports the Buy Local movement? As we love to buy American-made products, we decided to create a new Holiday Gift Guide with gifting ideas made in USA. And, believe me, it wasn't easy! There are many wonderful companies that still manufacture their products in the United States, creating much-needed jobs and supporting local economies. Locally sourced, manufactured and crafted with care, we have 10 gift ideas for all budgets that even the pickiest of recipients will absolutely love!

10 holiday gift ideas made in the usa

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Original Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with the season comes the need to find an original gift for the men in your life. Fear not, as we have curated a carefully hand-picked selection of wonderful holiday gifts for men that they will want to use. Did we mention we have gifting ideas for every single budget?

Holiday gift ideas for men 2018

Monday, October 23, 2017

Thesis Beauty, Organic Cleansing Ritual for Dry Skin

Thesis Beauty is a lovely organic cosmetics brand that I discovered thanks to the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City. And boy, how lucky was that encounter! With the change in weather, my dry skin needs an urgent cleansing ritual that nourishes and hydrates it at the same time with organic ingredients.

Willing to accept the challenge, the folks at Thesis were kind enough to send me samples of their two organic cleansing heroes: The Organic Makeup Remover with Rosemary + Citrus and the Tender as Petals Floral Face Cleanser. Suitable for all skin types, these two products promised to leave my skin clean and fresh without drying or exposing it to the pesky synthetic nasties that give me allergic reactions (hello, sulfates!). Here is my organic cleansing ritual experience with Thesis Beauty!

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

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!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New York Hilton Midtown Welcomes Bees at its Rooftop

New York Hilton Midtown Welcomes Bees at its Rooftop

The bees are coming to town with a big buzz! The New York Hilton Midtown has just unveiled its new residents in time for National Honey Month: 450,000 adopted bees that will live permanently (and rent-free) at the hotel's Green Rooftop in their new state-of-the art beehives.

New York Hilton Midtown Hotel welcomes bees at its rooftop and arrive with a vintage yellow taxi

The six queens, named Connie, Shelby, Ruby, Phoebe, Suite B and Beatrice, received the royal treatment while they made their way to their new homes in New York City. The bees arrived in a vintage yellow taxi and walked the blue carpet just a few blocks away from their favorite nectar destination, also known to humans as Central Park. The newly installed luxury bee condominiums will allow the new residents to roam freely and sip the best nectars that the city that never sleeps has to offer.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Agosto 2017

¡Mi Reino por una Loot Crate! Y es que incluso el monarca más adinerado siempre desea más tesosoros con los que hacer prosperar su reino o gozar de mayores riquezas. Por ello, la edición de agosto viene repleta de productos procedentes de los más importantes Reinos de la cultura popular. Desde Hyrule hasta Ooo, pasando por la Tierra Media, todo el Reino será tuyo...¡en cuando abras la caja!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Review: Pevonia Botanica Piña Colada BodyRenew

Pevonia Botanica new BodyRenew bath collection has a wonderful pina colada scent that we review at New York For Beginners

If you love Piña Colada and taking baths, chances are you won't be disappointed with Pevonia Botanica new Pineapple & Coconut BodyRenew Bathing Collection. I discovered it recently with a fun yoga event, and I'm obsessed ever since!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Boho-Chic Back To School: Musse & Cloud Aineed Sandals

Review of Aineed boho chic sandal by Musse and Cloud at New York For Beginners

As I'm a lover of the boho-chic trend, I wanted to share with you my experience with Musse & Cloud's Aineed, a comfortable and versatile sandal that can take you from class to date night with the right accessories. 

If you are looking to prolong your vacay in your back-to-school looks, there's nothing better than a boho-chic sandal. Chances are that, at the very least, they will bring you back to the long, careless days of summer and ease the transition to a regular schedule!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Green Beauty Hacks to Survive the Dog Days of Summer

Green Beauty Hacks to Survive the Dog Days Of Summer

August is an unpredictable month; it can either have some nice days in between, or ruin your vacation plans with extreme heat and humidity. If you are looking for green and natural beauty hacks to survive the dog days of summer, I hear you. 

As I've personally experienced three New York summers with all their ups and downs, I have compiled a list of the best green hacks that have helped keep my beauty woes at bay. Hint: Layering products usually does the trick!

Monday, August 14, 2017

New York Restaurant Week: MAMO Restaurant

Review of MAMO Restaurant Week 2017 in New York at New York For Beginners

MAMO Restaurant is the epitome of New York City. It marries Italian contemporary cuisine with the best for French hospitality for a unique, cross-cultural experience that is as scrumptious as Instagram-worthy.

If you are in New York during the summer, it is very likely that you'll end up traveling the world at lunchtime by taking advantage of the New York Restaurant Week. For a fixed price of $29, some of the best restaurants in the city offer a special menu composed of an entree, a main course, and a dessert to regale your taste buds despite the heat, the humidity, and the hoards of tourists.

Review of Mamo Restaurant for NYC Restaurant Week 2017 at New York For Beginners

For the summer edition of the New York Restaurant Week 2017, we were invited to discover MAMO Restaurant. Conceived as the New York outpost of MAMO Le Michelangelo, a 23-year- old staple on the French Riviera, this restaurant brings Italian hospitality and cuisine with Provençal charm to SoHo.