Happy New Year 2017


Happy New Year everyone to my blogger readers, I hope you have the best, healthy and prosperous 2017 year ahead.  For this New Year Resolution, I want to to be more positive and set a good example for my family.   I'm trying to stay more focus and hope my daily exercise remain to keep me motivated.  I hope to continue to grow my blog and do more reviews. I know I haven't been more interactive on my blog because having baby 2 has been keeping busy. I hope I'll do some giveaways this coming year.  I hope to grow some more followers on my blog and get to know you more personally.  I'm hoping for a better fresh New Year. I want to continue on loving myself more and enjoy myself more by doing the things I enjoy. Wow, I can't believe that I have blogged for nearly 8 years, looking back this blog has given me great memories I can look upon on.  I know I had some rough patches along the way, but throughout the years I have overcame it.

Some of my recaps highlights that I did in 2016:
  1. I did 5 races this year 
  2. Overcoming my daughter Cleft Palate Surgery 
  3. Got an opportunity to visit Rome and many other cities in Italy + a cruise
  4. Trying different types of restaurants
In Cannes, France

My New Year 2017 Resolution Kickoff:
  • Stay calm and be more positive 
  • Remain and try to do more runs 
  • Hope to do more personal beauty review
  • Try to expand my blog by doing some giveaways 
  • Getting to know you personally  
Older New Years Entries:
Wish you all the best and have a wonderful and safe New Year!

What are some of your New Year Resolutions? 

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Urban Decay Coverage Concealer

It's been awhile that I have done a beauty shopping and review.  I'm excited that I get to shop from Sephora again.  I had $15 e-card from Sephora, so I made an effort to get something that I want.  I realized that I was down on my concealer and finished using my Marc Jacob concealer.  Unfortunately, I didn't have an opportunity to review on Marc Jacob concealer. I really enjoy using the Marc Jacob concealer the coverage was great but the pricing was expensive.  So when I had the opportunity to look for a concealer I had to try to find something reasonable and that it has a good coverage just like Marc Jacob.  I decided to search around and decided to seattle for Urband Decay Naked Skin Weightless Coverage Concealer.


My Impression: 
I have used the Urban Decay coverage concealer a few times and I really enjoy the coverage that provided so far.  The concealer is not too thick and it's weightless that gives me a matte finish.  The only downsize is that the concealer gets dry easily fast, so I have to blend fast using my foundation brush.  The packaging is really nicely package in a clear plastic tube that comes with a sponge applicator.  This concealer contain 5 ml/0.16 fl oz retailing at $28.00 USD

What this product does: 
This concealer from Urban Decay lets you cover imperfections without looking covered up. It’s easily blendable and buildable, giving you even coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. Ultra-lightweight, this high-tech liquid formula never settles into fine lines, and it melds on for a no makeup look while full coverage in an instant.

This concealer is enriched with Matrixyl 3000, which contains peptides to support the skin’s youthful appearance and elasticity, and Japanese green tea revitalizes and helps reduce the look of fine lines. It’s infused with Litchiderm™—derived from lychee fruit—which protects against dehydration, while sodium hyaluronate helps the skin attract and retain moisture, resulting in a brighter-looking complexion.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer


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Sole Patches Review


The holidays are approaching and with many holiday events sole patches are the way to go.  There are times after wearing my high heels my feet tend to get sore after a long day at a party.  Sole Patches are a thin cushioned patch that sticks onto the ball of your foot and provides great comfort that can last for many hours.  It's painless and provides great support.  If you struggle like I do and wear heels without support, Sole Patches are a life saver.  

About the Product:
Sole Patches are a thin cushioned patch that sticks onto the ball of your foot. The cushioning is made of Poron by Rogers Corporation, a special material that's shock-absorbing, antimicrobial, anti-odor, and has moisture-repelling properties, making it a perfect solution to avoiding having sore feet at the end of the day in uncomfortable shoes!

What does this product:
  • Eliminate the pain and soreness you once felt after walking around uncomfortable shoes. 
  • Prevents feet from sliding forward.
  • Medical-grade adhesive is super durable and will withstand up to 24 hours of wear, giving you the flexibility to change into multiple pairs of shoes. 
Directions:
  • Make sure foot is clean and dry. 
  • Flex your foot.  This will ensure pad sticks to optimal surface area. 
  • Aim for the ball of your foot, the heel or wherever you find pain/soreness to be problem. OPTIONAL: Stick to shoe for permanent fixation
  • Remove adhesive backing from Sole Patches and apply.
Website: http://solepatches.com

Hope you get to try this Sole Patches and hope it'll eliminate your feet from getting pain and soreness after a long event.
 
  Disclaimer: Brandbacker & sole patches kindly sent this product for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers. 
 

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TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle



During Thanksgiving I had an opportunity to try this new place called TsuruTonTan Undon Noodle, located in the heart of Union Square.  This resturant is specialize on their hand made Undon Noodles and I was eager and excited to try this place once it opens.  During the summer time I passed this place a few times while this resturant was doing their renovation.  This place gets very busy and I highly suggest that you should make a reservation before hand. My husband and I started with this Smashed Cucumber Salad, it taste very refreshing and has an excellent crunch after each bite.  Our next appetizer we ordered Tatsuta Fried Chicken, it's nicely fried and the chicken is very juicy.  The bite was just phenomenal and I don't mind ordering another plate of this.  Onto our Undon dishes orders, my husband ordered the Curry Undo, as for myself I ordered the Uni Udon. I tried a few bites of my husband Curry and it was pretty good, especially on a cold winter day it's a perfect udon dish to warm me up.  As for the Uni Udon, I'm not too keen on this dish, wish that they can amplified the uni instead of the udon.  The uni was fresh but personally I think eating this on a hot summer day is better than eating it during the winter time. Also you can extra large your udon without additional charge, but it's eat in only.  I personally and highly recommend this place and I hope any New Yorkers out there gets an opportunity in checking out this place.  I hope I'll return to this place again soon to try other stuff.

SMASHED CUCUMBER SALAD
TATSUA FRIED CHICKEN
CURRY UNDO - SLOW COOKED BEEF TENDERLION
UNI UDON

TSURUTONTAN UDON NOODLE • 21 EAST 16TH ST • NEW YORK • NY • 10003

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Holiday 2016 Wishlist

Since the Christmas holiday is approaching, I want to share some of my wishlists.  I tend to like to find things there are practical to use for myself.  I hope you'll find these items to be helpful whenever you are shopping.  I'm not much of a shopper, but I tend to find a few good deals when it's on sale.  I like to shop for things that I can use throughout the year and that it's long lasting. Majority of the items that I chose are less than a $100.00. 



Here are my holiday wishlists:
I personally believe that these items are really nice and personal gifts to your close family or friends.  Within Your Wreath Necklace is something nice to have that add a nice touch to your outfits each day.  As for the Shisedo Foundation Brush this is my holy grail for awhile and I've been using this, it provides a great coverage and flawless look.  I have a few Ju-Ju-Be items and I can not live without them, this Be Quick Wristlet Handbag is a great way to store your makeup essentials and other personal items whenever you are on a go. You can quickly toss this in your purse and it helps as an purse organizer.  Les Nereides - In the Moonlight Purple Flower with Heart Branch Short Necklace is a French Jewerly company. I'm really in love with this piece, it's nice and dainty that goes great with causal outing. Hopefully one day I'll own some of their few pieces in the future. I also enjoy a new coffee mug since I'm a coffee drinker and I think these Starbucks - Kid and Adult Polar Bear Mug Set is just adorable to add in to my holiday wishlist.  I always enjoy shopping for new blushes to add a bit of color to my face and I really love the Paul and Joe color compact + refill. I almost hit pan with this and I really like how the color provides a nice little pop whenever I'm going out.  Lastly this Les Nereides - on the Moonlight Pink Flower Earrings is just stunningly beautiful to add in my holiday collection.  I wouldn't mind wearing this on a lovely spring day.  

Hope this gives you an idea what to shop for during the holiday and I hope this gift ideas have help you in someways. What is your holiday wishlist?

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Studio Gear Cosmetics - Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer


I will be reviewing this Studio Gear Cosmetics - Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer.  I normally don't really wear primer, so it's a good opportunity for me to try this product.  After trying this product my makeup fresh and lasting longer throughout the day.  I really like how this primer works, it's smooth and glides well onto my face. It also helps me reduces my lines and wrinkles, which makes me feels younger and keeps my makeup lasting longer.  I also like that it's fragrance free, retinol and paraben-free.

About the Product
PRIME OBJECTIVE is a silicone based face primer that acts to “re-touch”, or visually diminish, imperfections in the surface texture of the skin. PRIME OBJECTIVE contains a sustained release liposome system with retinol that can help support cell turnover and reduce the appearance if fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a milk protein complex that can help to balance and protect the skin against environmental stresses. The “skin perfecting” effect of this state-of-the-art formula is further enhanced with optical diffusers.

Paraben-Free, Fragrance-Free, Retinol

Learn About the Brand
Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigious cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high-quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.

The Studio Gear Professional Brush Collection is the core of the line. Made only from the highest quality hairs and hand-tied for unbeatable quality, women around the country are using this collection to enhance their makeup application and express their creativity with precision. Customer loyalty is ensured through a lifetime product guarantee and with over 40 tools, everything from basic to advanced techniques are covered.

The Studio Gear color palette is vibrant and original - the colors are true, pure, and precise. The simplicity and quality in the eye shadows and lipsticks provide staple colors for any look, whether it be timeless or trend. Customers ask for products by name and keep coming back again and again.

Link to the Product
https://studiogearcosmetics.com/products/prime-objective-skin-perfecting-face-primer

Hope you get an opportunity in trying this primer.  

  Disclaimer: STUDIO GEAR COSMETICS kindly sent this product for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers. 

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Mansur Garviel - What's in my Bag

I decided to share with you What's in my bag. This was an impulsive splurge because I've been eyeing on this bag awhile. Originally I was planning to wait to get something in Italy, but after doing some research that this bag is only available in the US, I decided on getting it.  I'm a very minimalist person and tend not to carry too many items in my purse.  I try not to overwhelm too many items in my purse; otherwise, it'll be hard for my petite frame to carry around things.  I'm currently using my Mansur Gavriel Mini Lady bag, which is easy to get around. The bag that I purchased is in Camello and the interior of the bag is in Rosa.  I really like how the exterior and the interior of the bag color matches so well. Originally I wanted in black but with more researching, I tend to like the Camello more.  I have one too many black bags already.  Here in the pic I'm using a Ju.Ju.Be Be Set Hello Kitty bag, so I can keep things organized like my putting in my wallet, keys, and other misc stuff.  I realized that this bag doesn't have a zipper, instead this bag has a threaded drawstring top. I really like using this bag so far pairing with my casual outing outfits.  This bag measure 8.5"H x 12"W x 4.5"D and the bag weighs 1lb.  This bag is so super light because this bag is a made from vegetable tan leather.  Here's my advice if you do decide on purchasing this bag, don't over stuff it cause it can tend to get easily heavy.

Here's the description more on my bag:
  • Mansur Gavriel vegetable-tanned leather top-handle bag.
  • Available in multiple colors.
  • Flat top handle; approx. 6.3" drop.
  • Removable shoulder strap with 21.5" adjustable drop.
  • Flap top conceals threaded drawstring top.
  • Contrast coated leather interior; one hanging slip pocket.
  • Embossed logo at bottom center.
  • 8.5"H x 12"W x 4.5"D; bag weighs 1lb.
  • Made in Italy.
Hope you enjoy this post!  What kind of purse do you tend to purchase? 

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Boutique & Beauty Bar: Recipe for a Unique Shopping Experience

Website:
http://www.madonnaandco.com

There’s always a risk when you create something new. Will people like it? Will it succeed? Will it be worth it?

When Madonna and Co. re-launched in Mid-town East Side, (bordering on the Upper-East Side) from our former location in Soho, we emerged as a different entity, incorporating what made us great in the past, but with new additions. We were more.

In addition to our new location on 60th street, we opened a full service salon and beauty bar within the store, bringing to a life a completely unique shopping experience.

Fashion and Beauty: An Innovative Convergence

The inclusion of the beauty bar inside our boutique converged the worlds of fashion and beauty in a way that’s never been done. For the first time, women have the opportunity to receive comprehensive beautification in a one-stop shop.

Bringing together fashion and beauty as we have done was not without risk, but innovation always involves a leap of faith. New creations don’t arise from the ether. Innovation comes as the result of unique combinations, whether it be a boutique and a beauty bar, our designs and exclusive designer capsule collections, or glam and chic, etc. Creating one-of-a-kind experiences from unique combinations is what Madonna & Co. has always done.

Our willingness to break barriers and defy categorization is what makes our selection of fashion and accessories so vibrant and original. All of the clothing in our store has been designed and hand picked from collections around the world. By dealing with the designer themselves and direct with our factories, we are able to offer luxury items at affordable prices.

The vast selection of unique affordable clothing featured in our shop is what makes us the best NYC boutique operating today. By shopping at Madonna & Co., you receive the peace of mind in knowing that you’ll never cross paths with someone wearing the same outfit; one-of-a-kind, wearable and affordable clothes for independent woman is what we do.

Community of Independent Women

While the ability to get a full-service haircut, styling, and complete makeup treatment in the same place where you find all of your exclusive designs and luxury clothing is extremely convenient, the impetus behind opening the beauty bar had more to do with community than convenience.

We wanted to create a space where independent women from all walks of life and ages could come together to shop, socialize, and express their femininity. We imagined a world where the social aspects of a salon coalesced with the activity of shopping. Our love of fashion and beauty led us to invent a world that unites these spheres and offers women a place to have fun and engage in a dialogue about fashion and style.

At Madonna & Co. we believe in creating a personal style. We see it as our job to assist women in crafting their own individual aesthetic. Every woman that walks through our doors is a unique assemblage of beliefs, values, and traits. Her aesthetic preferences are a function of her entire worldview and identity.

Creating the perfect outfit involves a translation of sorts. Our aim is to help the women who shops in our store translate their core identity into an aesthetic that embodies and represents who they really are and how they feel. Every woman who comes into our store receives a unique treatment that results in a unique style – whether her preferences lean towards glam, chic, posh, or edgy.

The beauty bar allows us to take the crafting of a unique style one step further. In addition to helping women find their dream new fashions, our stylists bring years of experience and knowledge to the table, assisting women realize their dream hairstyle!

We offer every customer a free consultation at the salon and beauty bar before her first appointment. This consultation gives us the chance to learn about what the specific customer likes about her hair or makeup styling and what she’d like to change. Our stylists and make-up artists will then present some possible ways to enhance the aspects of her appearance that the customer would like to shake up.

While our head stylist is an expert in all types of hair, her specialty is curly hair and we call her "The Curly Hair Expert." Our custom line of No Frizz Miracle Gel – designed specifically for curly hair – mirrors this focus.

Come Join our Community

What are you waiting for? Come join in on the fun! Today’s the perfect day to unleash the beauty within you and find that perfect outfit you’ve been longing for.

Booking an appointment at the salon and beauty bar can be done either by phone or via styleseat.com or on our new on-line store www.MadonnaAndCo.com, for your convenience.

We also provide off-site makeup & hair services as well and can help you plan the perfect party or host all kinds of events in our luxurious boutique, including bridal/baby showers, fashion product launches, etc.

So come on down today and introduce yourself!

MadonnaAndCo • 202 East 60th Street • Midtown East off 3rd Avenue • NYC, NY 10022

Hours: 
11:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday - Saturday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sunday
 

CONTACT US:
(212) 226-3363 or toll free: (888) 254-3447


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Kerastase Discipline Line Review

Recently I have been selected by influenster to try the Kerastase Discipline Line.  I'm always open to new hair products because I can never find the right product to tame my hair.  My hair is very coarse and frizzy.  Majority of the time it is hard to style my hair because of not finding the right hair product.  After a few usage, I notice my hair has gotten softer, less frizzy and shinier.  My hair feels restored after using this shampoo and mask conditioner. 

What does this shampoo do?
Gently cleanses unruly, frizzy hair while providing optimal discipline, fluidity, and nourishment without weight.

How to use it:
  • Apply a quarter size amount to wet hair and scalp 
  • Massage head using palms of hands 
  • Emulsify and rinse thoroughly

What does this Mask do?
Deeply conditions unruly, frizzy hair and provides maximum frizz control and extreme softness while sealing end. 

How to use it:
  • Apply a quarter-size amount to wet hair (mid-lengths and ends) 
  • Massage through 
  • Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly
I hope you get an opportunity to try this and let me know what you think of this hair products.

 Disclaimer: INFLUENSTER kindly sent this product for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers.

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PRO T.L.S. Mascara, Gel Liner and Brush Review

Recently I've been catching up on my Korean drama and currently I'm watching this drama called Jealousy Incarnate.  Jealousy Incarnate is about a weather reporter that had a one-sided crush on this co-worker of hers for 3 years.  She never received any liking from the guy until she met his best friends.  Relationships between her crush and the best friend get intense in this show.  I decided to recreate the look because I really like the main actress makeup and fashion style.  It's been awhile that I have done a makeup look.  The last time I did a makeup tutorial post was 3 years ago.  I can't believe how time just goes by so fast. Anyway, I would like to do a review that I'm currently trying from Studio Gear.  I'm currently trying out the Mascara, Gel Liner and Brush.  These are some of the items that I used of recreating the look.

I'm really happy that I got the opportunity of trying this brand called Studio Gear.  The Gel Mascara and Gel Liner wasn't very heavy.  With this look, it gave me a nice clean subtle look.  I really like the Gel Mascara, it didn't give me any clumps nor that it's heavy on my lashes.  The Gel liner was a perfect color, it's has a dark and strong pigmentation that gives me an intense look.  The gel liner runs really smooth using the multi-tasker brush.  The brush is fine and soft which I really enjoy using.


About the Product: 

STUDIO GEAR IMPACTFULL PRO T.L.S MASCARA: Studio tested, high impact mascara that THICKENS, LENGTHENS and SEPARATES the lashes, delivering maximum fullness and flare.
  • Naturally derived collagen, hydrolyzed wheat protein and antioxidants nourish, condition, and protect the lashes.
  • Deep, rich pigments create high impact lashes
  • Long wearing without clumping, flaking or smearing.
INVINCIBLE GEL EYELINER:
Gel cream eyeliner providing the ultimate versatility in application and wear, always creating a
smooth and even finish
  • High performance, water/smudge proof formula
  • Capable of creating intense, sheer or smoky effect
  • Use as shadow or liner
#31 INVINCIBLE MULTI -TASKER BRUSH:
Synthetic Fibers: Taklon Nylon
This brush has an exclusive and unique ergonomic shape developed to fit perfectly into the corners of your eye. This brush moves naturally with the shape of your lid enabling you to effortlessly sweep the liner along your lashes creating a precise line. The flat, curved shape is perfect for applying liquid, cake, cream, gel and powder (wet or dry) products.

I hope you have an opportunity to try the following products I have mentioned.  All products can be found at their following site: https://studiogearcosmetics.com/collections/eye

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Transition Fall Wear Clothes

Recently I've been putting away my summer clothes and starting to pull out essential fall outfits. I also brought some few new fall outfits to keep me warm.  I hope with these new outfits it keeps me motivated in dressing up more.  I really should get back on track in dressing up more, but I'm so unmotivated to.  Having baby 2 is my main excuse for not putting myself together these days. I'm always motivating myself to watch my weight because it's always rewarding in wearing nice clothes.  I'm more conscious of maintaining my weight and trying to live a healthier lifestyle. There are times I feel insecure that I will go back  my unhealthy lifestyle by overeating and not being active in exercising.  Hopefully, that's not the case, I'm still trying to live a healthier lifestyle and keeping on track of doing my daily exercise.

Here are some fall and winter hauls that I got: 


I got a Boston Bake-Off Coat in Cranberry by Jack by BB Dakota - I personally really love the style and the color of this coat it transitions pretty well during the fall time.  This coat is pretty thick and warm and I hope I can still wear this during winter time as well.


Flaunt and Center Blazer - I really liking the center blazer it's colorful and easy to match with jeans, legging or a skirt. It's pretty light kimono style blazer, it's a nice simple blazer that I can wear this casually or to a special event.


Heed Your Warming Fleece-Lined Leggings in Black and Grey - these leggings are thick and have fleece lining in it.  I hope these legging will keep me nice and warm during winter time.

All items were purchased from modcloth.com and currently there's a 25% off - Annual Friends & Family Sale | Get 25% Off $100+ with Code: F13m64G

What are some of your fall outfit transition?  Please do share! 


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My Vacation to Italy

My vacation to Italy was eventful, each day we had something to do.  I stayed in Rome for 4 days before heading on a cruise.  I did different sightseeing each day and it was filled with so many historical sites that were so breathtaking.  Unfortunately many historical places remains were destroyed by earthquakes, floods and looting.  Never realized how valuable marble stones were, back then people would loot marble stones.


Some of the main attractions I have visit:
  • Colosseum
  • Trevi Fountain  
  • Piazza Navona
  • Jewish Ghetto
I didn't expect that I would do so much sightseeing within 4 days time frame, because with a 1-year-old it's hard to travel in the city.  There was a lot of cobblestones everywhere; making it hard to stroll on the streets. The weather was extremely hot during August, but I'm glad that I did a lot of  within 4 days.  Food wise was amazing, I got an opportunity to taste the best pizza, sandwiches and gelato.  Cappuccino is a must, and I'm glad that my hotel provided complimentary breakfast with Cappuccino.  A little-known coffee fact, while I was in Rome there were no Starbucks, so I couldn't get my coffee fix through the day sadly.

I'm glad that I was able to tackle each day with the hot weather and traveling certain destination wasn't easy to get to.  It was certainly an exercise each day, but I'm very thankful that I had an opportunity to explore this beautiful city.  

Here are some pictures of food and Gelato galore pics.  Gelato is a must to have every day even early in the morning...



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DERMA E Exclusive Preview New Brand & Packaging

I'm excited to announce that DERMA E is planning to repackage their skincare products.  DERMA E is a natural and 100% vegan, cruetly-free formulas that does not contain parbens.  This company believes in ethical beauty and practices.   I personally really like the new and redesign package that displaying two tones colors instead of the old design displaying more colors that doesn't blend well.  With the new redesign package it's clean and easy to read the fine ingredient prints.



This brands are sold nation wide such as: 
  • Target
  • Ulta Beauty 
  • Sprouts Farmers Market 
  • Whole Food 
  • Bristol Farms 
  • Sally Beauty
  • Walgreens
  • GNC Live Well 
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Ralphs
and many of your natural stores across the US

Learn About the Brand - Ethical Beauty
Since 1984, our passion for health, wellness and environmental sustainability has grown strong.
We have high ethical standards and never compromise on skin health and safety. Our 100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs. Now that’s honest-to-goodness skin care.

Purchases support global communities and the environment. 
More info on their website: 
Have you tried this brand, I hope you get an opportunity in trying this brand out.  New packaging design will be available to the listed stores I mentioned in March 2017.    

  Disclaimer: DERMAE kindly sent this product for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers. 

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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review

I'm currently trying something new in my nightly routine.  I'm currently trying Valentina Night Revive Retinol Serum.  I can not emphasize enough that it's important to have a good routine during the night time as well.  As I aged my, skincare routine hasn't been well. I've been neglecting my nightly skincare routine and I have notice I've been getting dark spot, dryness and uneven skin tone.

This Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum has helped me with:
  • Diminishes wrinkles
  • Stimulates collagen
  • Improves skin tone
  • Manages breakouts
  • Conditions skin
About the Product
Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum - A transformative retinol serum that fights wrinkles and provides hydration, for visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin.

KEY INGREDIENTS:
  • Retinol (Vitamin A): Works at the cellular level to stop winkles, manage breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration.
  • Vitamin C: Guards skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging.
  • Vitamin E: Provides intense hydration to diminish the drying effects of retinol.
  • Squalane: Derived for pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.
Learn About the Brand
The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. Whether matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look or farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks and other natural ingredients. We also rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative and corrective powers.

Just like our namesake, Valentia Skin Care products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin.

After performing extensive research into what skin care customers find most important, we found an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and paraben-free. Natural ingredients with an organic base have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged by sun or wind, preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reversing the effects of oxidative stress on the skin. 
  
Links to the product and more information on Valentia website: 
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Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer Review


In this post I will be reviewing Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturize, I'm so glad that this came right on time after I finished using my Caudalie Moisturizer in my Italy trip.  I really like the consistency of this moisturizer, it's very lightweight and the cream glides on smoothly.   This moisturizer has helped me with the following:
  • Lighten dark spots
  • Restore skin radiance
  • Even skin tone
  • Diminish fine lines
  • Provide all-day hydration 
KEY INGREDIENTS:
  • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.
  • Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.
  • Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look.
  • Safflower Oil: Repairs skin's natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection.
  • Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment. 
I really like how this moisturizer nourish my skin and giving me a radiant glow when I'm ready to hit out the door. I think it's important in finding a good skincare that helps in long term. As I aged I've been looking endlessly in finding the right skincare that works for me. I tend to spurge more on skincare than makeups these days.  I hope you have an opportunity in trying this product out.

About the Brand
The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. Whether matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look or farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks and other natural ingredients. We also rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative and corrective powers.

Just like our namesake, Valentia Skin Care products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin.

After performing extensive research into what skin care customers find most important, we found an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and paraben-free. Natural ingredients with an organic base have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged by sun or wind, preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reversing the effects of oxidative stress on the skin. 


Links to the product and more information on Valentia website 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H582SGI
http://valentia.com
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Ark Skin Care Review

I'm finally back from my vacation to Italy.  My vacation was just breathtaking and I enjoyed every single moment while I was there.  I will post about my trip another time, but today I have a review that I want to share.

I'm currently trying this new brand called ARK AGE AWARE SKINCARE - age defend replenishing moisturizer and skin perfector hydration injection mask.  This is my first time trying this  brand and it's a British Skincare brand that is highly recommended by Beauty Editors. I really enjoy using the both of these moisturizer because it nourish my skin by making my skin look radiant and fresh.  It's important to start protecting your skin as you age and certainly I want to look good as I'm aging.  The skin perfector has an intensive multivitamin hydration injection masque to quench your skin, plump wrinkles and restore vibrancy.  This is good to use once a week when you are tired, stressed and lacking of radiance.  Overall these two products has helped me by restoring my skin.


About the Product
ARK Skincare ( http://arkskincareusa.com ) is an award winning British skincare brand loved by Beauty Editors at top magazines like ELLE and Glamour ! ARK Skincare products uniquely treat skin at every age providing a daily skin regimen that protects, defends, and defys. Created in England, ARK Skincare products deliver professional, salon grade results using the most innovative natural formulations. The result is a highly effective personalized skincare regime for every individual.

The ARK Skincare family of age targeted products is divided into three age intelligent product lines to treat skin. Complemented by the Skin Perfector range of treatment products and the Skin Essential range of daily necessities, Ark Skincare offers a solution for all of your skincare needs. You can learn more about Ark Skincare on our site: http://arkskincareusa.com

I hope you will have an opportunity to try this brand, please visit their website for more information on their products: http://arkskincareusa.com

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Spot Dessert Bar


Normally I don't really crave for dessert as much ever since I started exercising, but sometimes a good dessert hits the right spot makes my day brighter.  I recently got the opportunity to check out this dessert joint located at St. Mark area in New York City.  There are many times I always passed by but never had a chance to try this place and so I took my opportunity to try this place out. I ordered their dessert tapas and the dessert tapas that I ordered are:  Golden Toast - honey buttered toast, condensed milk,  Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake - warm soft dark chocolate cake, green tea ganache, green tea ice cream, walnut soil and lastly The Harvest - layers of berries, soft cheesecake, meringue kisses served with raspberry sorbet and black rose milk tea. The desserts that I ordered were very refreshing and it was interesting how each of the desserts complimented each other.  The desserts I like the most were Golden Toast and the Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, because the two dessert dishes weren't overpowering sweet.  The Harvest was very interesting because it came in a garden pot, however it's very sweet and with layers of berries and soft cheesecake with meringue kisses really adds in the extra punch of being overly sweet. I personally think it was a nice experience and definitely would like to go back there again to try some of their other desserts that I haven't got to.

Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake
The Harvest

Spot Dessert Bar • 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003 • (212) 677-5670

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Studio Gear Revitalizing Day Serum and the Dual Identity Mineral Powder Review


How's everyone summer going so far?  Today I will be reviewing the Studio Gear Revitalizing Day Serum and the Dual Identity Mineral Powder.  This is my first time trying this, personally I'm not a powder person because I have dry skin.  Using powder would make my face looks even cakier and drier. However this mineral powder can apply in 4 ways and so I put it to the test.

I applied the day serum on my face to help moisturize my face.  Then I applied it wet and here's my before and after look.  This mineral powder helped me covered my dark circles and some of my dark spots.  This mineral powder also gave me a smooth matte finish, which I really like.  My uneven skin tone has even out pretty well using this powder.

Before without the Mineral Powder
After using the Mineral Powder



About the Product
Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation is a true revolutionary advancement in beauty. These loose minerals provide all the benefits you’™ve come to expect of a normal mineral foundation enhanced with the improved application, feel, look, and performance you love from your favorite wet, dry, or liquid foundation. It's versatility makes it the perfect makeup for all seasons.

You can check this youtube tutorial for application tips! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si2Ni-kIs1E

1 Foundation | 4 Ways
  1.  Mineral Powder: Keep it simple and buff Foundation into skin on it's own or over primer.
  2.  Serum Foundation: Mix it Up with Revitalizing Day Serum to create custom, super moisturizing coverage. (Tip, you can also mix with your favorite SPF)
  3. Mattifying Finishing Powder: Take it on the go to set your liquid make-up and stay matte all day.
  4. Cream Contour: Mix up darker and lighter shades with Protective Day Lotion for creamy, blendable, custom contour.
This is not tested on animals

Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid, Water/Aqua, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

TALC FREE FRAGRANCE FREE PARABEN FREE

If you are interested in this product please check their website: 
https://studiogearcosmetics.com/collections/complexion/products/dual-identity-wet-dry-mineral-foundation?variant=14957242182

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FARMACY HONEY POTION Review


In this post I will be reviewing the FARMACY Honey Potion, a renewing antioxidant hydration mask with Echinacea greenenvy honey that activates by Cichoric acid.  This is my first time trying this brand and I'm extremely excited. This is a warming mask that nourish and revitalized your skin for a glowing and smooth complexion. This honey potion mask is moisturizing with combination of honey that enhances skin renewal for a younger appearance.  I really enjoy using this mask, it makes my skin more moisturize and also has minimize my pores after a few usage. The mask has a smooth consistency that glides on smoothly when applying it on.  After a few minutes the mask will start to warm up that has this soothing sensation. 

This honey mask is natural:
  • Naturally Derived Ingredients 
  • Free of Parabens
  • Free of Formaldehyde
  • Free of Artificial Coloring 
  • Not Tested on Animals 


The packaging is packed in a pretty glass honeycomb jar that comes with a metal spatula.  What's really unique about this packaging is that the top lid is a magnetic where you can just slap the spatula right on top of the lid after using this mask.

Learn About the Brand
Powered By Echinacea GreenEnvy™. A unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. Cichoric Acid also normalizes the skin pigmentation process to promote a more evenly toned complexion.

Mark Veeder is the pioneer plantsman behind the discovery and patenting of Echinacea GreenEnvy™, a unique variant of Echinacea Purpurea. He has partnered with farming expert Robert Beyfuss to cultivate the plant in upstate New York. Together, they are creating jobs and changing lives in their local community.

The scientists and lab behind Farmacy are innovative experts in cosmetic formulation and research, and seek out nature's most novel yet effective ingredients.

Echinacea GreenEnvy™ is transported only two hours to the lab, where it undergoes a cold pressing process, similar to cold pressed juices.

This FARMACY Honey Potion Mask  (4.1 oz / 117g) is retail for $56 USD value,  it is also available on QVC.com and will be available on Farmacybeauty.com, on Sephora.com and in Sephora stores across the US and Canada.

For more information on this brand, please visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com

Hope you'll get an opportunity to try this line.  

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Fragrance Outlet - BAMBOO franck olivier


Fragrance Outlet is an e-commerce site that has the largest selection on high end perfumes.  I recently ordered Bamboo by franck olivier.  The packaging was extremely nice, it was packed extremely well in a white box with a navy blue ribbon.  I unwrapped the box and tested this perfume. During my summer days, I like to wear certain perfumes that isn't overpowering.  This perfume gives me a light subtle sweet and light floral smell, which is to my liking.

The smell consist of:
  • Top Notes: Violet Leaves, BlackCurrant, Ivy, 
  • Heart Notes: Freesia, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Lily
  • End Notes:Vetyver, CedarWood, Musks
Bamboo by franck olivier is retail for $72.99 USD 

About the Company: 
Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation’s largest retailers of genuine designer fragrances and related accessories. We also pride ourselves on being the leading authority on fragrances. Our stores offer the widest selection of designer perfume and fragrances at the most affordable prices. We carry the most popular names in fragrance including: Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Escada, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Michael Kors, Thierry Mugler, DKNY, Coach, Davidoff, Vera Wang, and many other in-demand designer fragrances. Fragrance Outlet is proud to be a purveyor of the finest women’s perfume and men’s perfume and fragrances that are sold at a great value. Fragrances can cost a small fortune when purchased at most department stores, but not with Fragrance Outlet. Because we substantially mark down our fragrances, you get more for your money. When you’re ready for your next purchase, visit a Fragrance Outlet or Designer Fragrances store, near you, with over 100 stores to choose from throughout the country, you will always find a Fragrance Outlet and Designer Fragrances stores to service all of your perfume and cologne need.

Be sure to check out there site:  http://www.fragranceoutlet.com/

Hope you'll find your fragrance!   

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The Cecil


I had another opportunity to try out a new restaurant called - THE CECIL, which is located in Harlem.  This restaurant was recommended by my husband who wants to try this unique Afro-Asian-American brasserie over the weekend. We started our night slowly as we checked in and there wasn't many people in the restaurant yet.  The interior and decor designs was very exquisite.  While being seated, I came across a few unique paintings.  I took an opportunity to take a few pictures of the painting.  
 
BRAISED LAMB RIBs - Za'atar Spiced Goat Yogurt, Curry Crunch
Then we started with few appetizers. We ordered the BRAISED LAMB RIBs - Za'atar Spiced Goat Yogurt, Curry Crunch and AFRO/ASIAN/AMERICAN OXTAIL DUMPLINGS - Green Apple Curry, Crispy Taro Root.  The Braised Lamb Ribs was pretty good, due to the crispiness texture.  I have a tendency not to order lamb because of the gamy flavor, but with this appetizer the gaminess of the lamb wasn't over powering at all.  Second appetizer was the AFRO/ASIAN/AMERICAN OXTAIL DUMPLINGS which I really enjoy.  I really like the ingredients that was  infused with the oxtail, the dumpling wrap was nice and soft.  I personally and highly recommend The Afro/Asian/American Oxtail dumpling appetizer to start off with.
AFRO/ASIAN/AMERICAN OXTAIL DUMPLINGS - Green Apple Curry, Crispy Taro Root
As for the Entrées, I ordered the Grilled Bone-in Ribs with Crispy Okra, Black-eyed Pea Salad and Black Pepper Sauce, this Entree that I ordered was pretty disappointing.  The ribs was just over powering with salt and the texture of the ribs wasn't soft.  With combination of saltiness and the rough texture, I just couldn't finish this entree.  
Grilled Bone-in Ribs with Crispy Okra, Black-eyed Pea Salad and Black Pepper Sauce
My husband ordered the Feijoada - Spicy Black Beans, Oxtails, Merguez Lamb Sausage, he was a bit disappointed as well because it was spicy and the oxtails was extremely small.  
Feijoada - Spicy Black Beans, Oxtails, Merguez Lamb Sausage
My friend ordered the GRILLED AHI TUNA - Buckwheat Noodles, Yuzu, Bok Choy, Chinese Pork Sausage, Curry Crunch, which was pretty good.  I had a small piece of her Tuna and it was infused with citrus in the Tuna.  I should have ordered the Tuna instead of a meaty dish, at least this was in par with my palette taste.  
GRILLED AHI TUNA - Buckwheat Noodles, Yuzu, Bok Choy, Chinese Pork Sausage, Curry Crunch,
Highlight of the night was dessert and I highly recommend that you should order a dessert before leaving.  I ordered the BAOBAB - Baobab Ganache, Olive Oil Cake, Lavender Honey Ice Cream, Raspberries, Hibiscus Cream.  Each bite was heavenly sweet, I tasted what the descriptions described, it was refreshing and wasn't overpowering sweet.
BAOBAB - Baobab Ganache, Olive Oil Cake, Lavender Honey Ice Cream, Raspberries, Hibiscus Cream.
Overall it was a great experience of trying something different and ending with a sweet note.  I would recommend in trying this place out.  The atmosphere was just lovely and the staffs are pretty nice and friendly.

THE CECIL • 210 WEST 118TH STREET AT ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10026 •  (212) 866-1262

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