Posts Tagged ‘nyc’

Pumpkin Spice Latte Inspired Beauty

It is finally starting to feel like fall around New York City, and that can only mean one thing: Pumpkin spice everything! Yes—that includes your beauty routine! Try a PSL-inspired look using glimmering bronzers, warm-toned eyeshadow, orange-hued lipstick and more. Shop our favorites below!

 

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Let’s Talk About “Bodega”

Earlier this week, Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan, two former Google employees, launched their start-up “Bodega”. The goal is to make corner stores, also known to many on the east coast as “Bodegas”, a thing of the past. Safe to say Twitter lost their minds! Almost immediately, “Bodega” started trending on Twitter. Their idea was to “combine the convenience of online ordering with the instant gratification of real world retail.”

There’s only one problem: you can’t replicate the Bodega experience.

A Bodega is defined as a small grocery store, commonly found in a low-income, urban areas, and Spanish-speaking neighborhoods. They sell everything from cold-cut sandwiches to nail files and toys.

To many New Yorker’s, their local Bodega employees are like family. These are the people who will make your bacon egg & cheese at any time of the day/night. This is the place where you find things you didn’t even know you needed. They understand the concept of “I O U (I-owe-you). When you don’t have any money to eat, they always have your back. Now it is time that we come together to help them out.

A big shout out to The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development in New York for addressing the matter in a statement. “The awful irony of naming the company ‘Bodega’ after the very brick and mortar institutions they aim to displace, to say nothing about the cat their logo is based on that will similarly be displaced, is offensive, utterly misguided, and frankly disrespectful to New Yorker’s,” it said.

All in all, I am all for building a future, but let’s try not to eradicate and gentrify such an important part of many urban communities. More importantly, the vending machine could potentially put many mom and pop stores out of business. Minorities/immigrants own majorities of these small businesses, and depend on this as their source of income. Speaking from a personal experience, I grew up seeing my family work their butts off every day at our own Bodega where we serviced many poor communities and made sure everyone could afford to eat and buy whatever they needed. Using the term “Bodega” is offensive to the Hispanic immigrants who established their businesses in the 1960’s and 1970’s and built their legacy off serving their locals. Bodegas are all about the human interaction. Some fancy vending machine carrying cups of noodle soups and stale candy bars won’t give you that warm experience provided to you at your local corner store.

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Trend Alert: Cute Summer Rompers for Under $50

Summer may feel like it’s quickly approaching its end, but let’s get real: summer fashion doesn’t end until mid-October. With the wacky weather in NYC, it’s important that you keep a few transitional pieces that can help your wardrobe smoothly transition from summer to fall. Rompers should be at the top of your list. This one-piece outfit is not only easy to wear, but it can also be used for layering in the fall! Here are best romper styles for under $50.

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NYFW Events Open To The Public

New York Fashion Week is a bi-annual celebration of fashion, beauty, art and culture! You don’t have to be a model or designer to get in on all the fun. Here are a few NYFW events open to the general public!

 

Please join Banana Republic and Global Style Ambassador Olivia Palermo to celebrate the launch of the Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Pop-up Shop on Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Banana Republic SoHo store. The pop-up will reflect Palermo’s iconic style from both an interiors and fashion perspective, including personal touches that make the experience unique to her sensibility. To top off the festivities, Banana Republic will be offering #BRSTYLERIDE, a luxury lift between select Banana Republic stores within New York from 12:00 -8:00 p.m. courtesy of BMW. Customers can get a ride in style with proof of purchase or use of #BRSTYLERIDE on social media.

 

Free Holly Nichols Sketch

If you always put in the extra effort to look chic as hell, now’s your time to shine! Instagram sketcher extraordinaire Holly Nichols teams with Triumph Hotels to offer gratis fashion illustrations (by appointment only) at four locations (the Library Room at Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, Hotel Edison Lobby and the Iroquois Library). Nichols uses inspiration from your ensemble and aesthetic to draw your own effortlessly cool portrait, and trust us, it will definitely become your new profile picture.

 

Hair Talks. Make Your Statement. But first, John Frieda Hair Care… and your morning coffee. Look for the John Frieda Hair Care Hair Talks – Make Your Statement truck throughout the city for a cup of joe, special offers, product samples and some lucky patrons will receive tickets to a private concert.

 

 

 

In honor of the year’s most romantic holiday, Prova Pizzabar at Grand Central Terminal will be offering a complimentary Heart-Shaped Nutella Pizza with the purchase of two glasses of Prosecco. This special will be available for lunch and dinner for one week only: Tuesday, February 7th to Tuesday, February 14th.

 

 

Saks Fifth Avenue is teaming up with Samantha and YSL beauty in time for Valentine’s Day to help you “Perfect Your Pucker!” On Wednesday, February 8, from 6-8PM, Samantha will be at Saks Downtown, sharing tips on how to make a good first impression on date night and how to get that first kiss, while YSL makeup artists demonstrate lip techniques for achieving an “Oh So Kissable” look.

 

 

Studio Art Intensive Final Exhibitions: Beverly Bachtle Pinzon & Michele Rave Grassani

Please join us for the opening reception of the Studio Art Intensive Final Exhibitions, featuring work by Beverly Bachtle Pinzon and Michele Rave Grassani. The reception is open to the public and free to attend. On view until March 4th, 2017.

 

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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
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Fall Beauty Essentials: Million Dollar Tan

It may be time to say farewell to summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your sexy tan. Million Dollar Tan’s new limited edition self-tanner, Summer Sun is finally here. Now, you can be a bronzed goddess all year round!

Have a beauty lover on your holiday list? Summer Sun is the ultimate sunless tanning mousse that compliments every skin tone. Nourishing and rich, this ultra-bronze self-tanner is made with raw, organic DHA, and contains ZERO parabens. It’s formulated with TANlock technology, a proprietary blend of botanicals designed to make your tan last longer and fade more evenly.

Summer Sun is a buildable tanning product, meaning you have full control over how rich or light you want your golden tan to look. Unlike other self-tanners, this one leaves zero sticky residue and is streak-free, guaranteeing a flawless tan each time. Ultra-gentle and natural, this tanning mousse will not damage your skin or clog your pores. Made with natural botanical extracts, your skin will appear healthy and radiant.

Farewell sunburns, premature aging and sunspots! For a limited time only Million Dollar Tan is introducing Summer Sun, The Ultimate Sunless Tan:

  • Formulated with TANlock TM Tan Perfecting technology
  • Contains Deoplex, a natural odor neutralizer that keeps tanning totally fresh and revitalizing
  • Light and airy mousse
  • Can be applied quickly and easily
  • Leaves your skin streak-free
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Works on all skin types
  • Does not clog pores
  • Ultra-gentle
  • Cruelty-free
  • No fillers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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