Friday, February 5, 2016

My Latest Beauty Obessions

Since we are in a new month, I thought it would be nice to do a little different post. I received some new products for the holiday season, and a few really have stood out to me. I always love hearing about good products from fellow bloggers, and on instagram, so I thought I would do the same for you today! I am a cosmetic junkie, I will admit. When I first walked into a Sephora in Boston, I thought I died and went to heaven! I also love the shop Blue Mercury in New York City and the cosmetic department at Bergdorf Goodman has some unique items. 

This post is not sponsored by any of these brands, or stores, just my thoughts on what I have been using lately and really seem to enjoy. 


Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment - This creamy preparation with Avocado Oil, gently moisturizes the delicate eye area. Kiehl's unique, concentrated texture does not migrate into eyes. Ophthalmologist-Tested. Dermatologist-Tested.

I had heard quite a bit about this product, Kiehl's is one of my favorite brands. I finally decided to try it and I must say, I think it's pretty amazing. For under $30, a great buy, avocado is good for you on the inside and outside! You do not need to use alot of product, so it will go a long way. I use morning and night, and I will buy another when this one is done. 


YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer - 

What it is: An illuminating primer that blurs imperfections and boosts the radiance of foundation. 

What it does: Touche Elcat Blur Primer preps skin for foundation application, creating an improved, refined appearance: pores seem to be minimized, skin texture feels smoother, and skintone is more even. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. Packed with blur technology, this universal primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for ultimate luminosity. 

What else you need to know: This product is noncomedogenic, and it’s suitable for all skintones, including sensitive ones.

I was lucky to receive a sample of this primer because full price is $52.00. It is pretty cool, it has little flecks of gold in it, and you can see a bit of the shimmer on your face. I don't think it is overly shimmer, just a touch. I always want to use primer, because your makeup goes on much nicer, but it is another step in the morning I tend to skip. I also like Hourglass Primer as well, not sure I will purchase the full size of this one, but I do like it very much. I don't think any products from YSL are bad quality. My favorite part about it would be the gold flecks, of course! 


Marula Oil - Ideal for dry, dull, damaged, thick, coarse or unruly hair, and all skin types.  A lightweight, fast-absorbing, multitasking oil that pampers hair and skin with rich moisture.  Our cold-pressed marula oil is packed with powerful antioxidants and replenishing oleic acids for deep hydration, taming and softness.  This luxurious oil instantly adds shine and helps seal split ends to completely transform your hair.

This product was received from my Rachel Zoe Box of Style (the only monthly box I have actually not cancelled!), and I was so thrilled I did. I never heard of Marula Oil, this brand from Paul Mitchell, for use for hair and body. I also received a hair masque as well, have not tried it yet. They carry this line in Ulta, which I am not a huge fan of, but I will go there to pick up this product. This oil is AMAZING! It goes right into your skin, worked wonders on my hands and heels. My hands get very dry in the winter, and this was magic. It was also fabulous in my hair, I like to use the best products for my hair so it is healthy and shiny. You use a small amount of the product, so the full size which is 1.7 oz for $40 will last you a long while. I cannot recommend this one enough! 

Oribe Split End Seal - Split End Seal Beautiful Color Treatment, 1.7 oz.
Gone are the days of choosing between beautiful color and luxuriantly healthy hair. This serious silkening serum and split-end mender is clinically proven to restore, fortify, and preserve tresses of every shade.Distribute evenly through damp or dry hair to repair and protect. Style as usual.


I had always wanted to try the Oribe hair line, and finally got a set this Christmas. The Split End Seal is really so so lovely! First, the smell is unreal. I had to look up what it was - a combo of Watermelon, Lychee and Edelweiss flower extracts - I swear Lychee is EVERYWHERE! I had a Lychee cupcake once in Chinatown and it was so delish! I really do like this product, I don't use a large amount of it, so it should last me a while. It is a bit on the pricey side, but if you are looking for something to protect your hair and make it healthier, I would give it a try. 

I hope I may have introduced you to some new products, or maybe those you were thinking of trying but weren't sure. I love the fact that I find out about new products from other bloggers or my faves on instagram. I think it is so much more genuine than celebrities who get paid to promote products.

What are your latest beauty favorites? 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday "Football Team in 1937"


As I looked through my old photographs, I found this amazing shot of my Uncle Al (#2) from 1937. Yes, 79 years ago! This photo was in such great condition, I was really amazed. With the Super Bowl coming up, this just felt right to show you! I am not a football fan myself, baseball and tennis are more my speed. I love their shoes, helmets and outfits! My Uncle Al looks so handsome in the front row. He loved sports, and always was watching some sport when he visited my house. He was such a great, fun-loving guy - I miss him loads. He would love to have his photo here on the blog to show to all of you!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Egyptology Meets Digital Technology for Experimental Lighting Display Lasting Eight Weekends at Met Museum's Temple of Dendur

Image: An experimental lighting display, Color the Temple: Scene 1, at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum. Image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Filip Wolak


What:
Colors that likely decorated an ancient Egyptian temple when it was built 2,000 years ago, but have since eroded away, can be seen at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this winter. To be shown for a series of eight weekends beginning January 29, the experimental lighting display Color the Temple: Scene 1 combines the scholarly knowledge of specialists in the Egyptian Art Department with the technological expertise of staff in the MediaLab at the Met. The colors that were probably used in antiquity will be projected onto a ritual scene carved into the sandstone of the beloved Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, providing visitors with a new perspective on ancient art.
 
In the scene, the Roman emperor Augustus, depicted as a pharaoh, makes an offering to Egyptian deities. Constructed in around 15 B.C., the Temple's external walls have retained no original color. 
 
When:Friday and Saturday evenings (January 29, 30, February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19) 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where:The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

This sounds like such a cool event, I wanted to make you aware of it should you be in the city during the dates it will be open. The Temple of Dendur at the Met is such an amazing room, my photo of it below from one of the fashion exhibit press events. I think this would be a really neat event to see in person, and I am going to try to make one of my overnights in the city during the running of this lighting display!



*Hours: As of July 1, 2013, the Main Building and The Cloisters are open 7 days a week.
Main Building

Friday-Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Cloisters museum and gardens

March-October10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
November-February10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Both locations will be closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25, and the main building will also be closed the first Monday in May.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show February 5th and 6th 2016

I attended my first Manhattan Vintage Show in 2011. I had heard so much about it, and it didn't disappoint me. This coming weekend is the next show, and I would highly suggest a visit if you are in the city. If you love fashion, it is a dream. A wide variety of folks attend, from celebrities to costume designers to fashion designers. I am also thrilled that the price range varies from affordable to not affordable. There are also some men's items available as well. It is a very fun day, even if you do not purchase anything, it is wonderful to see these vintage items in person. Here are some of my shots from the shows I have attended.  








 




Entrance fee at the door is $20.00 or purchase in advance for $15 HERE 

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Monday, February 1, 2016

February is Pancake Month at Clinton St. Baking Company


Clinton Street Baking Company is offering a special menu in February for its annual celebration of Pancake Month, serving 14 pancakes, one of which will be assigned to each day of the month.

Special flavors will be served Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4pm and 5pm to 11pm. 

1 — Raspberry Pancakes: our famous raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, toasted almond butter, vanilla whipped cream
2, 3 — German Chocolate Pancakes: roasted organic pecans, fresh coconut, bittersweet chocolate sauce, real caramel
4, 5 — Crunchy Bananas with cinnamon-chili-chocolate sauce
8, 9, 10 — Fresh Blackberries with meyer lemon curd and blackberry syrup
11, 12 — Japanese Pumpkin pancakes with pumpkin seed streusel and warm maple butter
15, 16 — Chocolate Chunks, fresh raspberries, raspberry-caramel sauce
17, 18 — Blueberry Crumb Streusel with fresh blueberry sauce, blueberry fool and warm maple butter
19 — Bananas Foster with brown sugar cinnamon sauce and toasted pecans
photo courtesy of Clinton Street Baking Company  
photo courtesy of Clinton Street Baking Company 

22 — Raspberry Pancakes: our famous raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, toasted almond butter, vanilla whipped cream
23 — Chocolate Chunks, fresh raspberries, raspberry-caramel sauce
24 — Blueberry Crumb Streusel with fresh blueberry sauce, blueberry fool and warm maple butter
25 — Burgundy Cherries Jubilee with shaved chocolate and vanilla bean whipped cream
26 — Fresh Coconut Pancakes with caramelized pineapple, bruleed bananas, roasted macadamia nuts, and warm maple butter
29 — Raspberry Pancakes: our famous raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, toasted almond butter, vanilla whipped cream
#februaryispancakemonth

If you wish to try to make some of their amazing items in your own kitchen, I highly suggest purchasing their book, as I am a proud owner of! I like to promote Barnes and Noble, I receive no commission from the links, but you can purchase a copy HERE . Every recipe is just off-the-charts! 

Have you ever tried the pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company? Which flavor rocked your world? 


Disclosure: This is in no way a sponsored post. I just love to inform my readers when Pancake Day is taking place in the city! Who doesn't love pancakes?

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