Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Paula's Choice Smoothing Primer and RESIST Omega + Complex

Paula's Choice has just launched two new mind-blowing products: An anti-aging smoothing primer with SPF30 and a new serum based on superfoods, the RESIST Omega + Complex.

I have to confess I was a newbie to everything Paula's Choice because the brand arrived in Spain while I was already living in the US. I was lucky enough to have the chance to chat with some of the masterminds behind Paula's Choice innovative skincare products, all while discovering their latest launches. 

The Deets

To be honest, the product that surprised me the most was the new RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum with SPF 30. I personally dislike primers because they usually don't marry well with my very dry skin, but this time I was in for a treat: For some reason, this formula has the texture of a serum with all the goodness of a line-blurring primer plus a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. If you're looking for a multi-tasking product that makes your early morning routine a bit more bearable, this is it.

Review of Resist Smoothing Primer Serum Paula's Choice

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mr. Gotham's Review: Lootcrate February 2017

There's something unique in the innate pleasure of building stuff. From the moment we learn how to use our opposable thumbs as little kids, making dreams come true with Playmobil figures, Lego bricks, Play Doh! clay or any other material we had around, we spend our whole life enjoying the sheer satisfaction of creating our little big projects.  Part of this fascination connecting pieces together is precisely the essence of many popular culture sagas. Franchises like Transformers, Power Rangers, Tetris or the always popular Lego wouldn't make sense without that DIY component. Therefore, this Lootcrate's February edition is dedicated to our inner architect, the one who keeps mentally forming blocks in order to build the most amazing vehicles, weapons and heroes ever. Time to work, folks!

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

Mr Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Febrero 2017

Hay algo innato en el placer de construir. Desde que aprendimos a utilizar nuestros pulgares oponibles en nuestra más tierna infancia, dando forma a nuestros sueños con figuras de Playmobil, bloques de Lego, arcilla de Play Doh o cualquier otro recurso que tuviésemos a mano, pasamos nuestra vida disfrutando de la satisfacción de crear nuestros pequeños grandes proyectos. Parte de esa fascinación por el afán de unir piezas nos acompaña en algunas de nuestras sagas favoritas de la cultura popular. Franquicias tan diversas entre sí como Transformers, Power Rangers, Tetris o los omnipresentes Lego no tendrían razón de ser sin ese componente constructivo. Por ello, Lootcrate dedica su edición de febrero al manitas que tenemos dentro, al que sigue formando bloques en su mente para formar héroes, vehículos y armas de otro mundo. ¡Manos a la obra!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Presidents' Day Sale 2017 Coupons and Deals

presidents day sale 2017 deals image with a bicycle

The Presidents' Day Sale 2017 deals are here, and to be honest, nothing beats a long weekend filled with deals! Today, I'm bringing you a roundup of my favorite beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands, along with some coupon codes that you can use to save a few extra bucks.


The Deal: Are you a foodie? Do you like to cook anything and everything? Then you should check out the special Presidents' Week sale that the guys at Hamptons Salt Company are having on their website! To celebrate the Presidents' Day. and until February the 28th, the Daily Chef is only $29.99, which saves you $15. Just use the code USA during checkout.

Don't Miss: Get one of these sets for yourself or stock up to make fantastic gifts for the foodie in your life. The Daily Chef includes their giant 14 oz. cooking salt, a 4oz. Finishing Salt and a 4oz. Garlic Salt. Made in the USA with all-natural ingredients, these salts are unrefined and contain zero additives.

Monday, February 13, 2017

20 Valentines Gift Ideas Under $100

Have you already decided what you're going to gift that special person in your life? Whether a current or aspiring better half, a friend or a co-worker, we have figured out the perfect Valentine's Gifts that will make their hearts melt. With options for every single budget (I swear, most of these options won't even make a dent in your weekly expenses!), this V-Day gift guide will become your new best friend. You can thank us later!

[Gifts For The Beauty Addict]
beauty gift ideas for valentine's day 2017

1. Pomegranate & Acai Berry Sugar Scrub by BVspa ($9.99): This sweet scrub makes a glorious V-Day gift for the Beauty Addict! Enriched with jojoba, safflower, and olive oils, this wonder in a tube leaves skin nourished, refreshed and ready for a romantic date night.

2. Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora ($17): If an international retailer like Sephora says something is good, it means it's great. This gift set includes two lip colors by Besame Cosmetics and Wander Beauty; one lip plumper by GrandeLIPS; one mascara by MILK Makeup, and the Original Makeup Eraser (aka the best makeup remover tool known to men.) Just a piece of advice: Rush to your nearest Sephora before they run out of this super reasonably-priced gift set.

3. Moisture Matte Lipstick in Come to Bed Red by Butter London ($22): Send your love a romantic card and let her seal it with a rich red kiss. This creamy, long-wearing formula instantly accentuates lip curves and provides essential moisture. Formulated with a Phyto-Endorphin Complex, it allegedly gives the recipient rushes of happy. Can't get better than that!

4. Color Therapy polish in Red-ience by Sally Hansen ($8.99): If your loved one wishes to wear a beautiful color while simultaneously caring for her or his nails, Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy is the perfect gift. Elaborated with an oil complex, it is designed to deliver a vibrant color that restores meh-looking nails.

5. Cupcake Bath Fizz in Bubble Gum by Fizz and Bubble ($10): To me, there's nothing more romantic than a hot, long bath indulging in luxuriously scented bubbles. That is why any beauty addict will scream with delight when they discover this super cute and tremendously hydrating bath treat. Handmade in the USA with love.

6. Rose Gold Palette by Huda Beauty ($65): This eyeshadow palette is like the Holy Grail of the #beautyobsessed. Just check Instagram if you don't believe me! Highly pigmented and packed with an array of 18 gorgeous matte and iridescent unique shades, this palette is like a diamond ring to a lady's beauty bag.

7. Daily Renewal Treatment by Golden Door ($88): Want to give a luxurious gift under $100? Look no more! The very well-known Golden Door Spa has recently launched their latest treatment, rich in all-natural Alpha Hydroxy, Lactic, Glycolic, Malic and Tartaric Acids. This cutting-edge serum works wonders on all skin types by gently removing pollutants (aka nasty toxins), reducing the appearance of fine lines, smoothing discoloration areas and reducing the size of the pores. This is literally a radiant complexion in a bottle, so believe me when I say that yeah, your Valentine will LOVE this gift.

{Psst... Keep reading to discover our full selection with 20+ Valentine's Gift ideas!}

Sunday, February 12, 2017

4 DIY Valentine Gifts They'll Actually Love

Handmade Valentine Gifts Ideas they will love
Is V-Day just around the corner and you can hear crickets on your bank account? Do you want to skip the cookie-cutter red roses and aim for something personal that screams 'I love you'? Fear not, as I'm sharing some fabulous ideas of DIY Valentine Gifts that your better half will actually love!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

3 Natural Beauty Remedies For Winter Skin

3 all-natural nontoxic remedies to treat winter skin at New York For Beginners
As a proud owner of a very dry, and somewhat sensitive epidermis, I have found that there are three all-natural remedies that work wonderfully well to treat my winter skin. Is your skin prone to itching, flaking, and aching in the winter? Don't worry, I'm sharing with you the best all-natural and nontoxic remedies to fight winter skin.

1. Exfoliate with gusto

DIY natural mask for winter skin with S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask

Over the course of the last ten years, I've interviewed countless beauty experts, and everybody coincides: Exfoliation is the key to perfection. As it turns out, exfoliating your skin regularly during the winter months will actually prevent extreme flaking and fight that terrible 'meh', ashy color that we all get.

If you want to go all-natural, my favorite product is actually a DIY exfoliating mask. Here's the recipe:

Exfoliating Mask for Dry Winter Skin

S W Basics of Brooklyn Hibiscus Mask review

- 1/4 teaspoon of raw sugar.
- 1/2 teaspoon of Hibiscus Mask by S.W. Basics of Brooklyn ($22): This product includes a convenient mixture of organic hibiscus, french green clay, and organic lavender.)
- A few pschitts of rose water (I use the organic rosewater by Mountain Rose Herbs but you can use your own favorite rose water or even mineral water.)

Directions: Mix the powder ingredients in a ceramic bowl and apply rosewater until you get a mask-like paste. Apply to your skin in circular motions to gently exfoliate, and leave on for an extra 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with an organic cotton reusable towel (waste not, want not!)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ahnu by Teva Montara Boots: A Manhattan Love Affair

Now that the winter weather is finally settling in after a few days of unseasonal mildness, it is important to gear up for whatever Mother Nature intends to send over New York City. As finding snow boots that are stylish and high-performing is complicated, I recently put to the test a pair of Ahnu by Teva Montara Boots that I received for editorial consideration. My aim was to see if they withstood the sleet and the snow while keeping my toes toasty, stylish, and comfortable.

The Product: Ahnu by Teva Montara Boot WP

I'm so bad at sports that I had never considered investing in a hiking boot to cater to my Manhattanite needs. However, the Ahnu by Teva Montara Boot is extremely lightweight and designed to take you from a muddy patch at Central Park to the rocky cobblestones of the Village while resisting rain, sleet, and snow. Carefully crafted from waterproof Nubuck, I was very surprised to see that its design wrapped perfectly around my ankles, which comes in handy as I keep twisting my ankles for no apparent reason. Did I already say I am extremely clumsy?

Part of the Ahnu by Teva collection, the Montara Boot is crafted from waterproof Nubuck and high-density EVA. With a very sleek and stylish design, it also features a custom Vibram outsole and Ahnu Numentum® Hike technology to keep your foot extra stable on challenging trails. Unfortunately, this leaves me with no excuses to avoid partaking in the hiking trips that my better half insists we do.

The Ahnu Montara Boot retails at $164.95 at www.teva.com