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November 25, 2015

Being Thankful and Expressing Gratitude


Thanksgiving is tomorrow and while it's a holiday I have some issues with because of it's terrible roots, I do wholly celebrate the idea of expressing gratitude at this time of year. I generally try to appreciate the good in my life especially when things don't happen to be going well and it can really be a perspective changer. With everything happening in the world recently, those of us lucky enough to not be affected can certainly consider ourselves more than fortunate. As someone who was in NYC during 9/11, I will say that I feel this deeply. I'm grateful for being able to regain my health, my husband, family and and friends and for all of you who come and share this space with me. Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving if you're celebrating tomorrow! I will be taking a break for the rest of this week and new posts will resume next week.

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November 23, 2015

3B Box November Unboxing

3B Box Unboxing

This is my fourth 3B Beauty Box and I'm happy that it arrived in a timely fashion this month considering I received my October box on the last day of October which is not cool especially considering I had been charged for it in the first week of the month.

3B which stands for Beauty Beyond Borders is a beauty subscription box that makes Asian beauty products more accessible overseas. This is a monthly service that costs $12. Each box contains 4 -5 deluxe samples from a range of brands. 3B is currently just a US based subscription service. This box is ideal for anyone interested in trying out Asian beauty products or can't access them easily. They have a waiting list for new subscribers which you can sign up for here.

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream
Hada Labo Tokyo is Japan's no. 1 skincare line and this gel cream is formulated with Super Hyaluronic Acid (a proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid) that provides a deeper multi-layer hydration for smoother, younger looking skin. This luxuriously silky cream that is free of parabens, fragrances, dyes and mineral oil, combines the perfecting power of a serum with the intense hydration of a moisturizer. It has been clinically shown to hydrate skin for up to 24 hours with just one application.

I have no shortage of moisturizer samples but I'm excited about the high level moisturizing this gel cream promises especially as my skin gets drier when winter arrives. I actually plan on taking this with me on my upcoming vacation.

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream is a product that can currently be purchased at Ulta, Target, Walgreens and Amazon.

November 20, 2015

Dine Out : Little Park

Little Park Restaurant Week, Little Park Review

I will preface this by saying that I'm a little behind on my Dine Out posts since we dined at Little Park during Summer Restaurant Week but my reviews have also been a little out of sequence. Little Park which is part of the Smyth Hotel is located on the bustling corner of Chambers Street and West Broadway in Tribeca. This modern American restaurant serves up seasonal cuisine highlighting organic and sustainable farm to table ingredients. The decor in the L shaped space is classic, minimal and neutral with blonde wood tables, leather and fabric upholstered seating and mosaic marble tiled floors. Overall the food was good with an interesting mix of flavors that served to play up each of the main ingredients. We chose the heirloom tomatoes with strawberry and burrata and a vidalia onion tart with black fennel seed and summer herb as starters and they both tasted really fresh and vibrant. Our entrĂ©es of a girandole pasta with sunchoke marinara and zucchini and New York strip steak with market greens and charred leek were well balanced and comforting. And I'm not usually keen on dessert but I quite enjoyed the peach sorbet with spicy candied pecans. I think it may be because it was refreshingly tart and not sweet at all. The blueberry cake with corn ice cream in contrast was too sweet and I didn't care much for it. The service was cordial and a little bit slow but we were there during the lunch rush. It was a pleasant dining experience. This is our third visit to an Andrew Carmellini establishment and it would fall in between Locanda Verde and The Dutch for me. I will also mention that they have a good number of vegetarian options on the menu. 

Little Park
85 West Broadway
New York City

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November 18, 2015

Strivectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

As much as I like to try out the latest and greatest in skincare, there are some active ingredients that I always go back to because they just work. Retinol which is a pure form of Vitamin A is one of them. Retinol is commonly used to address a wide range of skin issues from aging to acne and from my experience, it is effective. As retinol becomes increasingly integrated with modern skincare, products also go beyond to offer more extensive benefits. Strivectin Advance Retinol Pore Refiner is a product that does this as an anti-aging treatment that also delivers instant and longterm improvements to the appearance of pores. 

About the Brand: Strivectin is perhaps best known for their StriVectin-Di stretch mark cream which became a phenomenon with sales over 6 million tubes globally. Today, Strivectin is a clinically-proven, scientific skin care line that offers comprehensive anti-aging solutions. All Strivectin formulas contain the patented, proven NIA-114 molecule that powers up skin to repair damage and promote an ageless, healthy appearance.

Product Claims: Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is a potent pore-minimizing lotion that helps to refine the appearance of enlarged pores while purifying, tightening and reducing the appearance of pores. As it hydrates and smoothes skin texture, it absorbs excess oil to control shine throughout the day for a fresher, mattified and youthful looking appearance.

Strivectin Review

November 16, 2015

Currently Coveting

A few items currently on my wish list. Feeling the classics and looking towards winter skincare this month.
What are you coveting lately?

1. & Other Stories Silk Crepe Dress
{Loving the breezy design and silhouette of this dress. Definitely not your usual LBD and it looks like it'd be great for day or night!}
2. SK-II Cellumination Aurabright Illuminating Essence
3. SK-II Whitening Source Skin Brightener
{These two products were recommended during my recent SK-II consultation and I totally want to try them both. The cream has the coolest packaging and was so impressively moisturizing that the brightening effects would be like icing}
4. Rebecca Minkoff Metallic Stars iPhone Case
{I've never really wanted a clear phone case until I recently got a rose gold iPhone 6S and my husband pointed out that i shouldn't be covering up the color. I really like the metallic star embellishment on this one!}
5. Everlane Chelsea Boot 
{The type of boots I find myself buying over and over again because they're so timeless and comfortable}
6. J. Crew Collection Cashmere Sweater
{Cause my closet could always use another classic cashmere sweater in a gorgeous color!}
7. Mother Double Fray Vagabond Jeans
{These jeans have the perfect amount of distressing for me}

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