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!