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Less Is More With Shortlist Beauty

June 26, 2017
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This post is part of a #Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™

I've embraced minimalism in many aspects of my lifestyle and I've managed to scale back to a minimal makeup routine that is just 6 product but when it comes skincare, I can't quite give up my multi-step regimen which currently includes any number of masks, ampoules, essences, serums and creams. And while I generally enjoy the routine, to be honest, there are some times when I wouldn't mind just slapping on one or two products and being done. I mean less is more right with most things right? Why can't it also be that way with skincare?

Shortlist Beauty is a new premium skincare brand that takes a less is more approach and they want to provide a simple remedy to complex skincare with a range consisting of just two products. Yes two. Not only that, the products themselves are formulated with a minimum number of ingredients possible. The brand did extensive research and took only the most effective active ingredients, removing all fillers and unnecessary extras, to create two transformative products. These are zero filler formulas made without any parabens, sulfates, colorants, fragrances, or mineral oils that work to repair damaged skin and help prevent aging. And they are designed to work for ALL skin types and ethnicities.

BRTC Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Pack

June 23, 2017
BRTC Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Pack Review, Sleeping Pack, Sleeping Mask

I love a good sleeping mask! They're such a quick and effortless way to skincare. It's a one step process - just apply before bed and wake up to better skin. I'm a big fan of supplementing my skincare routine with sleeping masks to maximize the natural repair cycle that occurs during sleep. I have a regular rotation of sleeping masks that I've been using but I'm always eager to out new ones and I received this BRTC Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Pack for review from Cupidrop as part of their Beautiful Pioneers program.

Sleeping masks or sleeping packs as they're known in Asia are a popular K-Beauty product. A sleep mask is meant to be applied as a final treatment over your evening skincare as a way to lock in moisture and help your products to absorb better into the skin. You rinse it off the next morning and enjoy the benefits smooth and hydrated skin. Overnight treatment products are often formulated with a high water content so they're more lightweight than night creams and other types of facial mask since they're meant to sink into skin without feeling greasy or leaving residue on your pillow.

Dine Out : Momoya

June 21, 2017
Momoya Review, Momoya New York, Momoya Chelsea

Some restaurants just feel have the feel of a favorite neighborhood spot and Momoya is one of them. The window lined corner space has a clean, modern decor with blond wood accented walls and dark wood tables and floors. The menu features classic Japanese dishes and sushi. I had heard good things about this restaurant before dining here but mostly I wanted to try their Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna, the signature roll with spicy tuna, shiitake, jalapeno atop a bed of crispy sushi rice. This is a specialty roll that I have a mild obsession with. I'm happy to report that it's excellent. Their sushi is fresh and the cooked food options we tried including vegetable tempura and unagi don were well executed and satisfying. The service was warm and attentive enough without being overbearing. The prices are reasonable and offer good value especially during lunch. It's no surprise that the restaurant was packed by the time we finished out meal. If I still lived in Chelsea, I could see myself dining at Momoya quite frequently.

Tip: Momoya does not take reservations so go early. They also have a branch on the Upper West Side.

185 Seventh Avenue
New York City
$$ - $$$

How to Brighten Your Skin With Skincare Products

June 19, 2017
VI Derm Review, VI Derm Vitamin C Gel, VI Derm HQ Plus, VI Derm Clear HQ Free, VI Derm Intense Hydration Serum, Skin Brightening Skincare

Regardless of your skin type, uneven skin tone is one of the most common skin issues that people will experience. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by hormonal fluctuations and/or prolonged exposure to the sun during the summer months. Hyperpigmentation is an excess of brown pigment called melanin that can present on the skin as age spots, liver spots, freckles, melasma and dark spots from UV damage. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when blemishes such as acne turn into dark spots after they have healed.

Exfoliation is one way to achieve a brighter complexion and combat dullness since it increases cell turnover on the topmost layers of the skin. Exfoliation can be done physically with topical exfoliants (scrubs or facial cleansing tools/devices) and microdermabrasion treatments or chemically with products containing glycolic acid, lactic acid or AHA's. Another way is to use brightening products with ingredients that target pigment production. Notable ingredients that are proven to work include vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid and hydroquinone. It is ideal to combine these methods since exfoliating also helps make the products applied onto the skin penetrate better and thus more more effective.

Food52 Mighty Salads Book Review

June 16, 2017
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"Does anybody need a recipe to make a salad? Of course not. But if you want your salad to hold strong in your lunch bag or carry the day as a one-bowl dinner, dressing on lettuce isn't going to cut it."

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know about my fondness for Sweetgreen and their salad/grain bowls. After the chain discontinued their Avocobbo which was my husband's favorite, I got the idea that I could make it at home. And from there, I just started making more salad and grain bowls for dinner. This plays well since we embrace being part-time vegetarians. They're ideal both from a healthy eating perspective, easy to make and customize and terrific when it's hot out and I don't necessarily want to cook as much but still want to eat well. I've been doing takes inspired from Sweetgreen as well as favorites like Ni├žoise Salad, to just throwing things together with whatever's in the fridge. It's worked out pretty well but of course I'm always looking to keep things fresh so I was really excited about this book from the editors of Food52 which is one of my go-to sites for recipes and inspiration.

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