May 22, 2017

What I'm Currently Watching

A lot of great TV has premiered lately and I've been trying to check them all out. A few I only gave a few episode chance to before ditching. Some are old faves returning for another season. I thought I'd share some quick reviews with NO SPOILERS in case you were interested in tuning in:

Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale - The most buzzed about show in my timeline arrived earlier this month then have been releasing single episodes each week. Despite some negative press with the cast not wanting to drop the F bomb - feminist - I was looking forward to this show. There was a very detailed Buzzfeed article describing the way the show is shot. It's beautiful, raw, and tremendous acting for all the cast. The episodes are so hard to watch, as a woman, because it doesn't seem so far fetched. I never read the book but read a lot before tuning in. Fair warning: There are some difficult scenes to watch. I have heard that the rest of the episodes move away a bit from the book so I'm hoping it stays a strong show.

Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 3 arrived this weekend! Just in time after a crappy political week (and months!). This show is very light-hearted, silly, and packed with jokes. Titus continues to be a star doing an excellent Lemonade homage. It makes me wonder why they couldn't have pitched a show around him rather than a white girl but I digress.... it's a nice comedic relief.

Netflix's Anne With an E - Throwing in a quick note about this show. I never read the books all the way through but we're all familiar with the story of Anne of Green Gables. My takeaways of those stories were a precocious orphan with a big imagination. However, this Netflix series is quite harsh. It paints a more dark version rather than what I was hoping would be an uplifting, imaginative series. I only watched 2 episodes before ditching it. I've read some other negative reviews including one from an avid fan on Twitter.

Netflix's Master of None - Season 2 has arrived! Season 1 made a big splash and was buzzed about as a millennial sitcom. I was really okay with continuous episodes like season 1 but Aziz went above and beyond making each episode like a mini movie. The first few episodes are a love letter to Italy with his character moving there to make pasta which Aziz himself did. Then the few other episodes are love letters to New York, with one episodes even being called "New York, I Love You." As well as exploring his female relationships. It really was perfecto!

Starz American Gods - I can't even explain this show to people lol. I only tuned in because it was trending on Twitter during the premiere. There is also a book about this show but I explain it to people as heavily fantasy and visual. More so probably than Game of Thrones. There's been 3 episodes but I'm pretty hooked and telling everyone to watch it. I personally am liking it over Westworld which I could never really get into. I'm enjoying all the performances and it touches a bit on our obsession with technology since the modern gods control technology vs the old guys. The modern gods can be printed in 3D or takeover televisions so there's some interesting commentary there. I enjoy reading the recaps because there's always something I missed.

Amazon's I Love Dick - I mean the name alone grabs your attention lol. It stars the hilarious Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon as Dick. Kathryn is one of those actresses who has been part of great shows that just haven't been given the big spotlight. I'd say this is her first lead role and she deserves it. I also liked the concept was slightly older people - it doesn't always have to be six pack abs 20 year olds on our screens. The first few episodes are around the couple which catapults into female sexuality which leads to the other characters. I'm curious how they'll keep the premise of writing "Dear Dick" letters going.

What are you currently watching?

May 17, 2017

Self-Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan Luxe

Self Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan luxe
Self tanning season is here! We're hitting the 90s here in the city so it's time to shave my legs lol and put a little color on them. I enjoy JERGENS® Natural Glow® lotion to slowly build up some color but thought I'd give some other self-tanner options a go to see if I could find a new fave. Here are some I tried along with my thoughts:

May 12, 2017

My May Birchbox


This month's Birchbox theme was Low Effort, High Impact. "Longer days are upon us, which means more time to enjoy those fun moments we look forward to all year - and less cause for primping. Streamline your routine with effortless products that deliver big results." Here's what was inside:

May 2, 2017

5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $50


Mother's Day is quickly approaching so thought it was a good time to share some gift ideas. Whether it's for your aunt, sister, or mom here are some gift ideas that should be a hit. And they're all under $50!

April 27, 2017

My April Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)


Another month, another round up. Spring is finally sticking around here in New York so it's time to switch up the beauty routine. Swap out the heavy moisturizers for some lightweight sun protection. I also had patiently sat on my hands to not order anything from Sephora but decided to treat myself to a little haul that will help me achieve the unicorn trend. Here's what I loved and not so much loved this month:

April 23, 2017

Spring Nail Colors I'm Wearing

Finally feeling like Spring around here! Before transitioning my closet, first I transition to my spring nail colors. Still loving many of the colors from my post 2 years ago - corals, bright pinks - but with some cloudy blues.

April 17, 2017

My April Birchbox


This month's Birchbox is Magic Inside with the design of the box being on the inside, cute idea. "Pretty beauty packaging might have us at hello, but in the long run it's what's on the inside that matters the most. With smart features and dynamic ingredients - from brightening Vitamin C to purifying charcoal - there's a ton of magic inside this box (so you feel your best on the outside)." Here's what I received:

April 9, 2017

Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

Coachella is this weekend and next which means music festival season is here! Don't miss my guest post on survival tips if you are lucky enough to attend this year. Music festivals are the unofficial kick-off of warmer weather and also a chance to get some fashion inspiration. Here are some pieces I'm loving and would love to wear if I was attending.

April 2, 2017

My April Julep Maven Box


This month's Julep Maven box theme was Relax & Remix. "Spring is in full swing and this month’s collection is redefining R&R. Rejuvenate with NEW, luxuriously soft shades of Feels Like Velvet Full-Coverage Eye Shadow Duo. Pop on our paradise-inspired polishes for that getaway feeling, and this season’s staycation is officially on." Here's what I received:

March 31, 2017

My March Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)


I often discuss whether in these monthly beauty round-ups because it is an important factor into how our skin will behave and thus shaping our beauty routine. The first day of Spring here in New York we had snow. Spring has not sprung yet so my heavy duty winter products are still in rotation. I did get a chance to try out some products that I've had my eye on that you might have seen me review earlier this month. Here are the products that I enjoyed and didn't fall in love with this month:

March 29, 2017

Late Night Shows I'm Watching & You Should To


Thanks to the current administration, most news programs have become unbearable to watch for me personally. Working in social media I am on the networks all day which itself can be exhausting but adding this current presidency = soul sucking. Every morning I sign in to Twitter just anxiously awaiting to see what hell fire was started that day. It's only been 70 days but feels like years. Personally, I am mentally exhausted and drained every day by it so I've been keeping my news program watching to a minimum. However, it is important to stay tuned in so as not to be completely in a bubble. By all means, binge watch Buffy for a mental health break but once you do decide to turn back on the news (which it seems like many of you are) may I recommend these shows.

March 27, 2017

Movie Reviews: #GetOut, #KongSkullIsland, #BeautyandtheBeast


Nothing like escaping to the movies. With this current political climate and day-to-day stress, I found myself in the movie theaters recently. I haven't been to the movies in a long time since it is so expensive here in the city. I save my coins until I want to support a movie like Moonlight or Get Out. There was a growing list of new releases I wanted to check out so I decided to treat myself and go see two of them this week. It was hard to share reviews on some of these without spoilers so warning ahead!

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

March 21, 2017

Brow Mini Haul + Reviews: MAC, Charlotte Tilbury & Benefit

Brow Mini Haul + Reviews: MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, & Benefit
For Valentine's Day my mom got me a bunch of brow products because what more could a girl want. Plus I also did some shopping of mine for some new brow product options as I had run out of mine. Finally got around to trying them all so thought I'd share my reviews.

March 15, 2017

Battle of the Pore Minimizing Primers: Smashbox vs Benefit

Battle of the Pore Minimizers: Smashbox vs Benefit
One of the top issues beauty products try to "fix" is minimizing pores (which is up for debate can actually happen).Why I think most of it is bs, I do think some primers can help create a flawless look that can help appear to minimize pores. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer ($31) is my usual go to and is a best seller. However, I received a sample of Smashbox's Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer ($39) and thought I'd compare.

March 14, 2017

@draperjames x @Birchbox


This month Birchbox had a curated box from Reese Witherspoon's lifestyle site, Draper James. "In honor of Women's History Month... curate a box we're calling Pretty Mighty. It may look dainty, but inside you'll find some of my favorite powerful, high-performing products perfect for powerful women - like you." Here's what was inside:

March 6, 2017

Battle of the Highlighting Primers: MAC vs IPKN

Strobing Highlighter Primer Creams

Strobing and highlighting is a big trend in beauty. Brands are developing tons of products around the trend. I got my hands on some of them from sticks to primers. The most extreme to me is a primer as it's setting the base of the full glow. I received a highlighting primer in my December Birchbox from IPKN. I have been using it on my cheekbones as a highlighter but wanted to compare to MAC's strobe cream. Let's see shall we:

March 3, 2017

5 Lessons of Angie Martinez's Book "My Voice"

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If you grew up in the New York area in the '90s then you probably heard of Angie Martinez. She is the "voice of New York" heading a radio show at Hot 97 for nearly 20 years. Now she's at Power 105.1. Secretly I wanted a job like hers. She seemed to have fun, she was in the thrall of the hip hop scene getting invited to their birthday parties, getting the first listen to their music. I would have loved to been surrounded by all those talented, artistic people. She got to interview Tupac! But as we all know when we grow up that while jobs on the surface may seem fun they are actually lots of hard work.

February 28, 2017

My February Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)


This month was full of changes not only personally but for my skin. I took a trip upstate for a few days and when I returned I had a bad breakout. Then going from a blizzard to 70 degree days, the changing weather pattern finally caught up to me and I was sick for the last week of the month so my beauty routine was all about keeping hydrated while letting my skin breathe. Needed a lot of rescuing! Here are the products that I loved this month:

February 19, 2017

My February Birchbox


This month's Birchbox theme was about showing your lips some love. "This month is all about giving your lips some love—and making them pop with swoon-worthy hues." I decided not to opt for any of the customized add-ons. Here's what I received:

February 17, 2017

VERDAD Fall 2017 Runway Show

LA based label VERDAD debuted its Fall/Winter 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week. "VERDAD took its mood inspiration from Fall on the streets of LA – with tops, separates and dresses in a range of dark colors, floral and watercolor inspired prints mixed with crisp cream looks and shimmering paillettes for evening." I've lived in Los Angeles and there really isn't Fall fashion lol but these looks definitely had cool girl vibes that work on both coasts.

February 16, 2017

Review: Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Eyeshadow Palette & The Only 1 Matte Lipstick

New Drugstore Beauty Reviews: Rimmel London
Rimmel had some new launches in January included three eyeshadow Magnif'Eyes palettes. I picked one up in my local drugstore! There are grunge glamour, nude, and golden glow. Each one features 12 shades for $7.99. "The line-up is a mix of twelve high-shimmer and matte shadows, which offers the perfect complementary colour range for infinite creations. Sculpt, shade and define your eyes to create day to night, and nude to daring looks. The beautifully blendable, ultra-smooth powder can be used on the lid, in the crease of the eye and as a liner to enhance and magnif’eye your eye color and shape. The non-crease, non-fade formula has serious staying power for eyes with lasting impact."

February 13, 2017

4 Valentine's Day Manicure Ideas


Why not show your nails a little love? I always enjoy getting in a festive mood even if I'm not particularly a fan of the holiday lol. Here are some simple nail art ideas in honor of Valentine's Day:

1. Glitter top coat - Julep's Hartleigh is perfect for Valentine's Day as it features little heart cut out graffiti to top off any polish.

February 11, 2017

Katie Gallagher Fall/Winter 2017 Presentation Recap

Despite a snowstorm, fashion week goes on here in New York! I decided not to venture out in the weather conditions but still wanted to recap one of the presentations I was looking forward to this season. Katie Gallagher is a New York designer that I've enjoyed covering season after season. For her Spring 2017 collection she showcased a very '90s goth look titled "Eclipse." For Fall, she continued some of that grunge theme with "Hallow."

February 9, 2017

A Single Gal's Beauty Guide to Valentine's Day


Whether you're having a Galentine's Day get together or going out on an awkward first Tinder date, here are some beauty product must haves for a single gals Valentine's Day celebrations.

February 5, 2017

My February Julep Maven Box


This month's Julep Maven theme was Crazy In Love (cue Beyonce). "What’s better than romance bundled up in the cozy embrace of luxury? How about a heavy dose of chic newness to top it all off?This month, we’re falling hard over our elegant new nail collection and four plush new shades of our beloved lip crayon. It’s safe to say that February’s elegant winter palette is leaving our hearts racing." Here's what I received:

February 3, 2017

Mini @elfcosmetics Haul + Reviews

elf cosmetics mini haul reviews
I went to e.l.f. with the intention of restocking up on my favorite nail polish remover pads only to find that they were no longer on the website. So I browsed the new releases and came across some intriguing products and went down the rabbit hole. Here's what I ended up with:

January 30, 2017

My January Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

January Beauty Product Favorites
It's the first round up of 2017! I ran out of some beloved products so I took that opportunity to try some items that have been on my list. The weather has been up and down so been trying to nail down a regular skincare routine this month. Unfortunately there were more misses than hits for me but I tried not to be too harsh.

January 15, 2017

Review: @NailsInc Spray On Nail Polish


This post is a bit delayed but still thought I'd share my review in case of you were wanting to try this trend. Ever since I saw "spray on nails!" I was curious then when I was on a Sephora binge and needed to reach a certain dollar amount in my cart to get the add-on I wanted I came across NAILS INC's Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish. It was $12, around the same price as other polishes, so figured why not.

January 9, 2017

@SELFmagazine x Birchbox


This month Birchbox had a curated box from SELF Magazine. "New year, new perspective. This month is all about making little changes, embracing the things you love, and products that make you feel like the greatest version of your (already great) self." I chose this box because it featured brands and products I was intrigued in. Plus I haven't tried a curated box in a hot minute. Here's what I received:

January 3, 2017

My January Julep Maven Box


New year, new boxes! This month's Julep Maven box was Fresh Forward with the launch of Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil. "Time to shake off the holidays and gear up for an amazing new year with our January Collection. Treat yourself to a skin-boosting face oil + hydrating lip oils that up your natural glow. Plus, shimmery new transformative nail polishes magically illuminate wintry crème shades for a futuristic dazzle to start the new year right." Here's what I selected:

January 1, 2017

2017...

2016 started off so optimistic but went quickly downhill with the death of Bowie 2 weeks in and continued with the loss of many icons including Prince, George Michael and ended on the tragic note with the back-to-back deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mom, Debbie Reynolds just last week. Plus the election (which I will not get into) sucking the life out of everything and consuming all our media's attention. I also suffered the personal loss of my close aunt Mary Jane in November after her very long battle with cancer.
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