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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Safe Physical Sunscreens Made in the USA

My Top 5 Safe Physical Sunscreens Made in the USA at New York For Beginners

If you are looking to dip your toes into the world of physical or natural sunscreens to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer, finding a good and safe physical sunscreen can be a bit of a challenge.

Luckily for me and many people who have health issues or allergies, there are alternative safe options out there in the market. Many of them are even manufactured in the USA by responsible companies that strive to provide quality jobs and respect the environment. Today, I'm sharing my top 5 safe physical sunscreens made in the USA to keep you (and your loved ones) protected this summer.

My Top 5 Safe Physical Sunscreens Made in the USA

My top 5 safe physical sunscreens made in the USA at

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review and Swatches: Lily Lolo Pedal to The Metal Palette

Lily Lolo is a luxury nontoxic makeup brand made in London that has taken the Internet by storm. With trendy colors and wonderful textures, it is the green best friend of the beauty hoarder who loves to follow the trendswithout the chemical charge. Pedal to the Metal is one of their bestselling palettes, so I wanted to share my experience and some swatches with you.

Lily Lolo Pedal to the Metal Swatches and Review New York For Beginners

If you follow my nontoxic beauty articles regularly, you may have noticed I have a thing for The Choosy Chick for a good reason: Margot and her husband have an impressive array of hand-curated brands to cater for every single need, and that deserves all the praise they can get. Believe me, this wonderful team does its homework and knows every single thing about the products they sell on their website.

So when they told me that Lily Lolo is one of their bestsellers, I knew I had to try the brand. This Choosy Chick knows that if green consumers are voting with their dollars, there must be a truth behind the buzz.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Julio 2017

Hace mucho tiempo que las series animadas dejaron de ser shows de "dibujos" orientados a los más pequeños de la casa para convertirse en una poderosa industria explotada por el sector más adulto de la población. Violencia gráfica, sexualidad explícita y tramas repletas de humor negro llevan años siendo objeto de polémica y fuente de innumerable diversión para generaciones de aficionados a la animación más salvaje y absurdamente divertida de la pequeña pantalla. Por ello, Lootcrate dedica su edición de julio a algunas de las series animadas más exitosas de la actualidad.

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate July 2017

Gone and forgotten are those days where cartoons are childish shows created just for children. Animated shows are now a powerful industry fully enjoyed by the most demanding adults. Graphic violence, explicit sexuality and stories full of a dark sense of humor have been an endless source of controversy and fun to many generations of fans devoted to the most irreverent and crazy animated shows.

For this reason, Lootcrate honors this month some of the most popular cartoons of this era.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Hack Eyebobs Into Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses

If you wear glasses, you must have read about eyebobs. eyebobs is an American company that creates distinctive and high-quality readers to make minor vision problems Instagram-worthy. They are so popular that many people have started a movement about how to hack eyebobs into prescription glasses.

Some of us simply can't do readers. But the frames are gorgeous, and quite less expensive than the terribly bland options you can find at your optician cheap aisle (especially in Manhattan. Gosh, this city is so expensive!)

So I'm not the first nor the last person hacking a pair of eyebobs, but I wanted to share my experience because with a bit of patience and perseverance I ended up having a pair of prescription glasses and sunglasses for a fraction of what I would have paid with my vision insurance benefits.

Welcome to my first eyebobs hacking experience!

how to convert readers eyebobs into prescription glasses

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Indie Beauty Expo NYC 2017: What You Can Expect

Indie Beauty Expo is coming again to New York City, on August 22-24 2017! As a green reporter, it is very exciting for me to see so many natural and eco-friendly brands come together under a single roof, and it is definitely a wonderful opportunity to those willing to greenify their beauty routine to meet and greet similarly-minded companies.

The Indie Beauty Expo has grown exponentially over the past years, filling a niche in the market that demands more independent beauty brands to have a voice and an opportunity to grow.

Are you still wondering what you can expect from Indie Beauty Expo 2017 in New York City? Fear not, as I did the hard work for you: I literally asked the founders Jillian Wright and Nader Naeymi-Rad to spill the beans and tell us what is new this year. Believe me, you are going to want to secure a VIP ticket and grab some of those sweet, sweet exclusive samples!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bistango at The Kimberly Hotel, an Italian Staycation

Opinion of the gluten free Italian restaurant Bistango in new york city

If after paying the rent of your dignified wardrobe you don't have much of a budget to travel, don't despair: Invest in staycation experiences and travel the world without the hassle of the airport controls.

Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel is an Italian-staycation-meets-culinary-experience that impressed me greatly. After a particularly stressful week, I was invited to taste their summer menu and it ended up feeling like a mini-break in Italy.

Summer in New York can feel oppressive. The heat, the MTA delays, the smells, and even the unpredictable tropical showers can make anyone feel like they want to escape New York. Lucky for all of us gothamists, the city offers some insanely good restaurants where the heat and the noise seem to disappear. Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel is one of those carefully curated establishments where after a couple of appetizers you completely forget you're living in one of the most hectic places in the world.

Bistango is an Italian restaurant with a twist: They accommodate every single food intolerance under the sun. With a menu carefully crafted to include some of the best Italian dishes married to international flavors, they have something for everybody. 

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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate June 2017

We all have a hidden side of our persona that would prefer to keep well hidden from the rest of the world. Sometimes, because it can be a sinister part of ourselves. Or it could may reveal too sensitive information that could put us in disadvantage. The alter-ego concept is a widely used pretext in the vast majority of super heroic genre, from comic book's Spiderman, Superman and Batman to the more classic Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. A dual personality, una visible and other hidden that perfectly shows the troubled nature of human psique. Summer brings us this eternal dichotomy with some of the most popular heroes who deeply rely in their secret identity in order to survive.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Junio 2017

Todos tenemos un lado oculto de nuestra persona que preferiríamos mantener oculto a los que nos rodean. En ocasiones, por resultar demasiado siniestro. En otras, por no revelar información crucial que podría perjudicarnos. El concepto de alter ego sirve de pretexto a la práctica totalidad del género superheróico tanto en los Spiderman, Superman y Batman de las viñetas como en el Dr. Jeckyll y Mr. Hyde de obras maestras de la literatura universal. Dos personalidades, una visible y otra protegida, que ejemplican a la perfección el complejo carácter dual de la psique humana. Con la llegada del verano, Lootcrate nos presenta esta eterna dicotomía con algunos de los héroes cuya identidad secreta resulta crucial para su existencia.