New York, New York

August 27, 2014

Last week I paid a visit to one of my favorite cities in the world-New York.  I bought a bus ticket, booked a hotel room, packed my suitcase, and embarked on yet another exciting journey. It wasn't my first visit, but it seems like no amount of days will ever be enough to fully explore the city.  Its tall buildings, gorgeous parks, busy streets, diverse population, yellow taxis- altogether make it extra special and unlike any other city in the world.  It's no wonder why so many amazing movies and TV shows were filmed in this beautiful city. New York is a source of inspiration to me; this must be the reason why I always want to come back again and again.

Washington Square Arch

Washington Square Park is beautiful

It Reminded me of August Rush-have you seen this movie?

My Best Friends ;)

Times Square is busy as per usual

Financial District

The Waterfront

Having  lunch

Flat Iron Building

The view from the hotel room

Strolling down the Central Park

New York never sleeps-5th Avenue

Picturesque New York Scenery

Dry Shampoo Edit

August 26, 2014

Gone are the days when I used to wash my hair every single day, thanks to invention of dry shampoos. *heave a sigh of relief*  Man, the struggle was real: greasy roots and dry ends. And the more I washed my hair, the oilier the roots got and the drier were the ends. What a nightmare it was! The only solution was to reduce the amount of washings to three to four times a week, and use a dry shampoo in between. 

I've tried many dry shampoos--some smelled rather funky, some didn't do anything at all, some left my hair grey, which clearly wasn't going to cut it. So, after a long and crazy ride in search for an effective  dry shampoo, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the one and only Klorane Lab Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($19.50)

 In as little as two minutes this dry shampoo eliminates oil, dirt and odor from the hair. I spray it on the roots and leave it on for 2-3 minutes, then thoroughly brush through my hair. To be honest, I haven't tried anything that works as effective at absorbing oil from my hair--it leaves hair clean, fresh and voluminous.  The scent is quite pleasant, not overpowering at all, too.  Moreover, it is paraben and sulfate-free--don't want them in any of our products, right? The only thing to keep in mind, is that it leaves a white tint once you apply it, however after a few minutes of absorbing into the hair and brushing it through, it will eventually disappear. It's an amazing product!

Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-powder ($26) is a translucent, finely milled powder; equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volumizer.  It isn't as effective at absorbing oil as Klorane, but adds a bit of texture and volume to sleek hair. I like to use this as a style extender (braid, messy-bun, ponytail, updo) to add a bit of freshness and texture to the hair. The best part of this product is the scent-- it smells divine. The only disappointment is the  packaging-- it dispenses a small amount of product from a tiny hole, which makes it time-consuming and inconvenient.


August 25, 2014

Unless you have an extremely dry skin, it's vital to set the makeup you've put so much effort in applying--after all, it does ensure the longevity of your makeup for at least a few extra hours. Personally, I prefer lightweight, translucent powders to set my foundation and concealer. So, I've put together a list of a few of my favorite powders that are worth mentioning in this post:

This translucent powder gives a natural matte finish and sets the makeup beautifully. It's a perfect size to keep in your purse for touch-ups during the day since it has a mirror on the side(mine, sadly, fell off). In terms of texture, it's silky, lightweight and feels extremely soft on the skin. Unlike some powders that can make skin looking flat and chalky, it leave skin looking radiant but shine-free at the same time. 

It's a budget-friendly alternative to a bit more expensive powders mentioned in this post. It's a lightweight translucent powder that sets your makeup fairly well. It won't alter the finish or color of your foundation which I love. 
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
It's a baked mineral powder that you can use to set your makeup, or when applied using a denser brush it can provide a little bit more coverage. You can't over-do with this powder--it'll always look natural, dewey and undetectable on the skin. Moreover, it will never cling to dry patches which is very important if you have dry skin; that being said, this powder doesn't control shine throughout the day.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
I use this product after setting with a powder, but I thought I'd include it anyway since I love it so much. This  neutral soft beige powder gives a luminous, 'lit-from-within' kind of subtle glow to your face. It's so finely-milled that it won't ever end-up looking too powdery-- I promise. I like to dust it over the cheekbones, under the eyes,  across the forehead, and the bridge of the nose. Plus, it visibly blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines. If you're willing to splurge on illuminating finishing powder, you won't be disappointed with this one.

To control shine throughout the day, I'd highly recommend using blotting papers instead of consistently reapplying powder on top of excess oil. First, blot away the oil and then touch-up using a powder.


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