Sigma's 30% Off Sale

Hi darlings!! Sorry for the double post today but this is important! Sigma is having a huge sale... 30% off!! I'm so excited. I only own two Sigma products but I'm absolutely obsessed with both. (I have this cleaning glove and this foundation brush) 

During the sales, I'm picking up these four things….

Sigma's 30% Off Sale

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat: I'm obsessive about cleaning my makeup brushes. I currently have the glove and use it every Sunday but I'm looking for something to travel with. Since my skin is acne prone, I need to keep bacteria and germs away from my skin. It's important to clean your brushes!! 

E25 Blending Brush: I love eyeshadow and I own so many palettes. Even though I own so many eyeshadow brushes, I don't have a brush that I solely use to blend! 

F05 Small Contour Brush: I love both highlighting and contouring. Yes, I am Kim K! I use my Chanel bronzer so let's see how these two get along. 

F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush: I wear highlighter every single day. I have my Sephora brush but I can always use a backup. I'm slowly trying to buy seconds of every brush because I travel to my parents' house Upstate so much and I'm tired of carrying so many things with me.

F80 Flat Kabuki Brush: This is hands down my favorite way to apply my foundation. This brush is excellent quality and provides truly amazing application. Since I started using it, I can't tell you how many compliments I've received about my makeup. Flawless. I'm getting it in the rose gold color this time instead of the silver. I wanna be a little different. Read full review here

Are you buying anything?? 

My Bucket List

Hello darlings!! Happy Hump Day! Wooo hoo! As another birthday rapidly approaches, it made me think about my life and some things I would love to accomplish. This my current bucket list and as we all know how life changes, I'm sure this list will be changing as well! As I leave my 31st year and enter into my 32nd in a few weeks, here are so thing I want to cross off my list.

1. Travel to: London, Paris, Italy, Spain, Hawaii, Napa, Australia, and Maldives

2. Get married

3. Have at least 2 kids

4. Get a dog

5. Get another tattoo

6. Make wine- yes, just like the I Love Lucy episode. 

7. Make a difference in someone's life/save a life 

8. Do something rebellious- like elope!

9. Maintain good relationships

10. Ride a motorcycle

11. Spend the weekend on a yacht

12. Enjoy a nude beach- I visited one in Greece but I was too afraid to even take my towel off! 

13. Not care what people think 

14. Live everyday with intention 

15. Be inspiring/ inspirational to someone else 

What's on your bucket list?

My First Trip to Primark

My First Trip to Primark

Omg omg omg!! New FAVE store alert!! For all my lovely UK readers, this probably isn't a big deal but for us American shoppers, I think it's huge! I've heard of Primark from social media but living here in NYC, I've never visited one. I am a huge fan of UK-based train stores. In my opinion, bring us more Topshop and come on over Selfridges and Marks & Spencer!! We want to see you! 

So a little over a week ago, my Mom and I were shopping and we were surprised that a new store opened...Primark. It was a first time for both of us so we had no expectations. Well as it turns out, we are both in love. To be honest, my Mom is more obsessed than me by a hair. Lol. She keeps going on and on about this black felt-like hangers! We are going again this upcoming weekend to pick up some more things. 

Overall the prices are super amazing and better than Forever 21 and H&M. (In my opinion those two stores are getting a little too expensive!) I found so many cute things and I purchased most of them and still managed to spent just a little over $100. I even bought a new pink iPhone charger! Here are some of the items I picked up…

My First Trip to Primark

Sunglasses || My First Trip to Primark

Eye Mask || My First Trip to Primark

makeup bag for gym

Wake Up and Make Up

These were only a few of my purchases. I can't wait to see what I pick up during my next visit!

Are you a Primark fan?

The Anti-Aging Ingredients You Need to Know

Every time you turn on your TV, there is an ad for the newest discovered Fountain of Youth. These allegedly miraculous products promise to eliminate even the tiniest wrinkles, and lift every sagging bit of your face. But can you trust these claims? Skin care experts agree that anti-aging products are all about ingredients. So, the only way to be sure that they are effective is to scan the labels for those ingredients that are actually proven to preserve the natural beauty and youth.
Here is our A-list of confirmed anti-aging ingredients.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is used in anti-aging products in many forms. Ascorbic acid is the purest and most common one, but there are also magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, etc. Vitamin C has so many benefits for the skin that one does not know where to start to list them. It promotes the production of collagen, a protein responsible for keeping your skin firm, plump, and youthful. It also reduces skin discolorations, and eliminates the dark spots, thus restoring your glowing complexion.

Opt for products that contain kiwifruit, such as Double Serum from Clarins Australia, since kiwifruit is jam-packed with this vitamin, which makes them a safe choice.

When applied topically, the active component of vitamin B3 can increase the level of ceramides (the ‘glue’ that holds your skin cells together) and fatty acids (the cell-communicating ingredients), and stimulate the microcirculation in your skin. In this way, niacinamide improves the skin’s barrier and its overall appearance. It has also gained reputation for being able to reverse the signs of sun damage, most of all the pigmentation issues.

Salicylic Acid
The word ‘acid’ is commonly associated with something abrasive and harsh, but salicylic acid is neither of the two. This ingredient helps you remove the outer layer of built-up dead skin cells, and allows the new, young cells to come to the surface, thus diminishing the fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing your face. Salicylic acid is extremely helpful for people who are experiencing aging and blemishes at the same time.

People with oily and acne-prone skin tend to use more aggressive products in order to get rid of the excess oil. But they only dry out the skin, causing more breakouts, and accelerating the aging process. Salicylic acid also eliminates the impurities from the clogged pores but, unlike many other exfoliators, it does not deprive your skin of moisture. For best results, look for products with 1% to 2% salicylic acid.

Titanium Dioxide
Sunscreens are used to prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer. But they are also an inevitable factor in the fight against premature aging caused by sun damage. Titanium dioxide is a common active ingredient in sunscreens. It is a broad-spectrum ingredient, meaning that it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB radiation.

It is very gentle on the skin, which makes it an excellent sunscreen even for sensitive skin. You can apply it around the eyes, too, since there is no risk of it causing irritation and stinging.

Retinol does not require too much introduction, since it is a sort of a celebrity among the anti-aging skin care ingredients. But one fact about this derivative of vitamin A that is less known is that, while the majority of other anti-aging ingredients serve to prevent the aging process, retinol can actually rejuvenate the skin after the damage has already been done. This makes retinol your best bet against stubborn wrinkles and sagging face (if we exclude the invasive and painful surgical procedures).

Thank you sooo much to Sophia Smith! xoxo

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Hanging out in Central Park: GOMO with Eventbrite

Hello loves!! I am sooo excited that the weekend is almost here! Wooo hooo! Hope you all have some fun plans!

I have always said that I wish I could travel more and have more life experiences. When I was 19 years old, I backpacked through Europe with some of my college friends and it was the best experience of my life. I promised myself that I would disconnect from the world for a few weeks every year, save my money, and explore. Well of course as I graduated college, took a corporate job, and moved to NYC…this totally didn't happen. My days are spent in the office, at the gym, and heading back to my apartment. I am glued to my iPhone and iPad and feel 100% panicked with they are out of my reach. I once lost my iPhone for about 3 minutes and I almost started to cry. Trust me, I am not proud of this. My FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is in full effect and it really does become draining and exhausting.

Saks 5th Ave Store
St. Patrick's Cathedral  

Eventbrite has created a wonderful campaign to end FOMO and start GOMO (Going Out More Often). I absolutely love the idea behind this!! So in the spirit of dropping my gadgets and start enjoying life more, I decided to start small. I live in NYC which is one of the best cities in the world. Every single day for the last 7 years, I see people travel from all parts of the world in order to explore this wonderful city and yet I just run to and from a subway? Instead of worrying about going someplace exotic, I am exploring my own adopted hometown!
The Plaza- my Sex and the City moment  

Every day after work now (if weather permits), instead of going to the gym, I have been walking up to Central Park and spending an hour wandering around the park. It's soooo relaxing and is the perfect way to regroup after a long stressful day at the office. When I am on the treadmill at the gym, I am usually looking at my Apple Watch every 3 minutes wondering how many steps I have left before I have to get off the terrible machine. When I walk around Central Park though, I don't look at my watch once! I usually end up walking more steps than I ever week at the gym. On the way to the Park, I am walking up 5th Ave and looking at all of beautiful store window displays. The tourists just fill up the city and you see their faces filled with awe. It's wonderful to see. After living in this city for seven years, sometimes you forget how wonderful it is.

Central Park is my favorite place in the world because it reminds me of my childhood. When I was a little girl, my Dad would always bring me to Central Park and we would spend the day there. We would go to The Met in the morning and spend the rest of the afternoon doing fun things Central Park has to offer. Whether it was visiting the Central Park Zoo or riding bikes or going for a boat ride, it was all so fun and a great experience. If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll hear many mentions of my Mom and I visiting The Met and grabbing lattes before we enter the Park. After all these years, Central Park still brings me a sense of peace.

For all of you visitors thinking about coming to NYC, you have to visit Central Park. I promise, you'll love it!!

For more info about Eventbrite's campaign or how you can plan your own event, chick here :)

Are you planning to GOMO this Summer?

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers Wine glasses

Happy Wednesday darlings!! The week is just flying by as per usual! So I am super excited to write this post because it's something that I've wanted to do for a very long time and honestly I just wasn't ready to commitment myself to making changes. I'll go back to the beginning….

When I was a kid, my Dad was a marathon runner and NYC was his fave. So from a pretty young age, I was aware of health, fitness, and the importance of taking care of your body. I used to "run" with my Dad sometimes. As I entered into high school, my love of health and fitness continued and I had a part-time job at our local gym. I was surrounded by people who were obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle. I used to eat all organic foods and work out 6 days per week. Yes, I admit that my body was pretty amazing. As I entered into college, I think I was the only college kid drinking protein shakes in class. I was still eating all organic and working out after class. Then something changed….I was accepted into law school and would be moving to NYC. No more home cooked meals and driving straight to the gym after work and having my gym clothes in the trunk. Now it was public transportation and long city hours. 

Most people think that since you have to walk everywhere in NYC that you'll be in the best shape of your life…WRONG. Well myself that's the case for some but it certainly wasn't for me. My healthy living lifestyle started to decline in school and it went all the way down once I got my first "corporate" job. I was working extremely long hours and at the end of the day, I absolutely had no energy to work out or make my own meals. I would just pick up whatever was in the neighborhood and en route to my apartment. My staples were: pizza, Cuban food, Chinese food, sushi, and the diner. At the diner, I was eating a veggie burger with cheese, french fries, and a side of honey mustard sauce (to dip my fries). I get so excited still just by thinking about it! Hahaha. Also, something else happened…I was no longer in my 20's and even though I gained some confidence and wisdom in my 30's…my body wasn't acting the way it used to. After all my junk food and late night eating, my body slowly gaining 10 to 15 pounds. It didn't happen over night and it wasn't 100% noticeable from the start. Then I was 20 pounds heavier than I was and then you get the picture!! I have been saying for about two years now that I want to get back into the lifestyle I used to have. I do work out but my 1x to 2x per week wasn't doing it. If I want my body to look a certain way, then I have to make changes in my life to make it happen.

After many failed attempts, I decided to join Weight Watchers with my Mom. She's a lifetime member and is a huge advocate of the program. She has been wanting to lose 40 pounds for about 5 years now but she hasn't had the motivation or a partner to hold her accountable and push her. When a mother/daughter team decide to lose weight together, there's no competition. We both just want the best for one another and we want the other person to be healthy and live the longest life possible. I love my Mom and she's my best friend. I don't want her taking pills for the rest of her life. She already has a heart condition, high blood pressure, and borderline diabetic. We are doing this together for encouragement, support, and making a lifelong change as a family. 

As I weighted in last week and it was a shocker. Also, truly examining what I eat on a daily basis was mind-blowing to say the least. I was consuming 47 points in just my lunch!! (FYI…Weight Watchers works on a points system. I am allowed 30 points per day and I have 35 weekly points to use just in case I go over my allotted daily points) The Weight Watchers app is also a lifesaver. I can scan all of my foods at the supermarket and it tells me how many points the product is. Let's just say I put a lot of things back on the shelf. The WW app also have a social aspect to it so you can post status updates and other members write back with messages of support. It's truly amazing.

Weight Watchers Wine glasses

Here are my key issues: I don't work out enough, I love my wine, and I just sugary sweets. Now I am eating more fruits and veggies and lowering my wine intake. The program is about creating a more healthy eating lifestyle so you can eat whatever you want it's just how many points are you willing to give up for that food or drink! Since wine is my downfall, I bought the WW wine glasses that have lines etched in the glass to tell you have many points you are consuming. lol. It's amazing!! There are 3 lines and you are realizing, do I really want to drink 6 points? 

So for the rest of the year, I'll be sharing more of my weight loss journey with you all. I may even post some pics of before and after but right now I don't have the confidence for that. If you would love to know more about Weight Watchers, please let me know. Just as an FYI…I am only a member and I totally do not represent or work with Weight Watchers. I am also not a health or fitness professional. Just sharing thoughts and details about my own journey. 

As always, thank you for reading!! 

No Spend Challenge!!

No Spend Challenge!!

Hello darlings!!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and hope all the Dads out their had a wonderful Father's Day! I know I keep saying this and I know I keep hearing it for others but super crazy that we are almost seven months into this year!! Nuts! Pretty soon it's going to be Christmas!! 

Soooooo this is going to be incredibly difficult for me and maybe even downright impossible...but I'm doing a no spend challenge! I totally want to commit to doing an entire month but I know that's just setting myself up for failure and I really can't not spend any month for an entire month. I want to be 100% realistic. Sooo I'm going to do the best that I can and commit to not spending money for an entire week. Yes, 7 whole days! Eeekkk!

Wanna know why? Well let's go back to the start. I think since the beginning of this blog, I have been very vocal about wanting to become debt free. I love loads of student loan debt and it's not fun seeing half my paycheck go toward my young drinking days! I know I am not the only person going through this and most of my friends tell me to forget about this bill but I simply can't. I mean...I can own a home for the amount of money I spend!

Admittedly, I am extremely wasteful and I am being honest here. I love buying makeup, clothes, shoes, and every accessory under the sun. I also never cook and eat out for every single meal. Lastly, there's nothing that I love more than a good happy hour. I spend on average about $400 per week on takeout and happy hour. I lie. It's super sad because I could probably be half way debt free by now if I spent that money towards my loans! So in the interest of both losing weight (you'll read more about this soon) and saving money...I am challenging myself to not spend any money for an entire week. I went grocery shopping today and did all of my meal planning. The only money I'll be spending will be normal car payment and law school loan but besides this, nada!

I have never done a no spend challenge and I am sooo scared. It's only 7 days though. How hard can this be, right?? (Hahahaha. Super hard!)

Have you ever done a no spend challenge?

PS- I am tracking all of the money I am saving and I'll putting it into my savings account. At the end of the week, I am making a payment towards my lowest outstanding bill. Also, since I am cooking for myself, everything will be healthier. Let's see how much weight I use. I think the key to success is being clear about my goals, be realistic, set a time, planning, and organization! I always feel if I set my sights on something and I'm organized, I can probably take over the World. Please pray for me.