Posts Written On December 15, 2016

Daily Facial Care Done Right: Alba Botanica

Lately, my skin hasn’t been feeling or looking as great as it should. Who’s to blame? Winter in New York! I have been looking for a new cleanser to help draw out the dirt and oil while moisturising my skin. I also have very sensitive skin, so I needed something that didn’t cause irritation. If you have been having the same issue here is my top suggestion: Alba Botanica.

Alba Botanica is cruelty-free, made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and without harmful ingredients. Each collection delivers concentrated doses of botanical ingredients that detox and act as a fast fix for your skin and body. Each mask is saturated with its key ingredient (coconut, Camu Camu & more!) to target specific skin concerns (from wrinkles to acne!)


Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Facial Care

Each product in the Hawaiian Detox facial care collection is formulated with Volcanic Clay, a mineral-rich natural substance that draws out dirt, oil, and grime from deep within pores before being washed away. This action helps clear problematic impurities which immediately brightens and refreshes skin. The clay’s unique physical texture also polishes away dead surface cells, leaving skin with a smooth, even, mattified glow. Each formula is powerfully effective, yet also hypo-allergenic.

Hawaiian Detox Cleanser (6oz., $11.99, Whole Foods)

Gentle yet effective daily detoxifier lathers away problematic impurities





Hawaiian Detox Scrub (4oz., $11.99, Whole Foods)

Distinctive black lathering scrub gently exfoliates, clears and brightens skin





Hawaiian Detox Sheet Mask (single mask, $3.49, Whole Foods)

Micro-extraction mask loosens stubborn impurities for intensive detox action




Hawaiian Detox Facial Towelettes (30ct, $5.99, Whole Foods)

Multi-tasking towelette whisks away makeup, detoxifies and tones without rinsing



Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks (SRP: $3.49, Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods & natural food stores) Individually wrapped, serum-soaked fiber masks contour to your face to deliver concentrated doses of active botanical ingredients. In as little as 5 minutes, skin experiences a powerful beauty-enhancing treatment! 100% vegetarian ingredients, no animal testing, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or parabens.

  • Coconut Water Hydrate Sheet Mask: an infusion of coconut water, cucumber and chamomile provide a mega-moisture oasis to return skin to healthy, hydrated happiness
  • Camu Camu Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask: Camu Camu, cocoa, and caffeine fight the good fight to help firm, tone and tackle those pesky lines and wrinkles
  • Papaya Anti-Acne Sheet Mask: the zit-zapping trio of papaya, lemon balm, and salicylic acid penetrates pores to give pimples their proper punishment
  • Grapefruit Even Tone Sheet Mask: grapefruit, charcoal, and turmeric vanish visible pores, soothe redness and help lighten shadows, to give skin a soft, even glow

How To Stuff a Beauty Lover’s Stocking

Looking for small inexpensive gifts to give that one beauty enthusiast in your family or friend circle? I got just the things! Stocking stuffers can be something as small as candy and a few thoughtful goodies, so don’t worry about going over budget. Here are a few beauty ideas to get your thought process flowing!


Tails & Top Hats Eyeshadow Palette

Elevate your eye looks with this versatile eyeshadow palette. Featuring seven cool toned shades, these expertly designed eye shadows come in an array of both matte and shimmer finishes.


  • Top Row: Matte, Matte, Shimmer, Shimmer, Matte
  • Bottom Row: Shimmer, Shimmer
  • Price: $12
  • Available only at Ulta!



BareMinerals Thank You Gorgeous 5 piece set

This one is a little costly, but you can use this to fill 5 different stockings. Every woman loves lipgloss! Luscious, vibrant color loaded into a refreshing formula that slips on satiny smooth for sheer-to-medium coverage with glistening shine. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous.

Collection includes:

  • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Daredevil (sparkling blackberry)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Spark Plug (dusty pink pearl)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Show Off (baby pink)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Hot Shot (flamingo pink)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Maverick (rosewood shimmer)

(0.02 oz each)/ Price: $20

Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Professional Blush Palette 

Get some more golden sugar with Makeup Revolution’s amazing collection of blushers in Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Professional Blush Palette!

Price: $10


It Cosmetics Ornaments 

This decorative ornament contains the gift of Superhero lashes! Developed with plastic surgeons, the game-changing mascara formula is infused with proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology to stretch the look of your lashes wider and longer, and wrap each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening, ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color for clinically shown results.

Price: $12

Great skin starts with confidence! Perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive, Confidence in a Cream deeply hydrates, restores radiance and reduces the look of pores, uneven texture, and discoloration. Proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate is activated upon contact to immerse your skin in moisture for powerful results that you’ll see instantly, and more dramatic results over time.

Price: $16

Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics Presents Gluten-Free Lip Gloss Collection

Available in 6 shades with an irresistible scent of grapefruit and strawberry, the Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics Lip Gloss Collection allows you to go from natural to a high shine with transparent and rich lacquered colors. Each gloss features a creamy, rich texture and 3D pigments to help your lips appear fuller and more plumped. The line’s jojoba and sunflower oils hydrate and nourish, encouraging the healing process and turning dry, chapped areas into baby smooth and soft.

Enhancing your natural barriers to lock moisture in, each formula will also promote firmness and elasticity. Each swipe of luminous color will even help remove free radicals and block environmental age-factors, all thanks to its antioxidant-packed ingredients.

Price: $19 each


OP ED – Google Pixel Live Case: The Good, Bad and Terrible.

Google. I do love you, I really do. But something that I DON’T love is faulty products.
Of course, I don’t want to be part of the problem. If anything, I want to alleviate the pressure you’re already feeling from a few people who have had the same problem as I do. But this does need to be addressed.

Lets talk about the Google Pixel Live Case. The concept of the Live Case is great. You can literally place any sort of design on it. It could be a photo, a map of your favorite city, and what’s great is that it will also transform your wallpaper as well. It’s the best of both worlds.  The price can be a bit steep, but it transforms your phone case into an interactive art piece.

It took almost 3 weeks to get to my place.

I ordered mine around the end of October, and didn’t receive it until 3 weeks later. It wasn’t exactly as what I planned, but I was still excited to try it out anyway. The case itself looked great. I was excited to place it on my phone and see the Live Wallpaper come to life. But before that, I had to download the Live Case App, turn on NFC, then finally press on the back button…

Its cute!

And realize that it wasn’t working.

I was confused at first. I thought I got all of the steps down. I even reinstalled the application, but it didn’t do anything. I even checked around various forums to see if I didn’t know what I was doing. So from my confusion, turned to anger as I realized that this product wasn’t working and I couldn’t do anything about it.

My gripe with the Google Pixel Live Case is this: If it was going to take almost 3 weeks to ship it to me, at least make sure the product works. You guys made an amazing phone, and I appreciate it a lot. But I want to make sure it has a great case that’s accompanied by it.