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What’s In My Gym Bag

Gym Bag Essentials

Summer is almost here, and I’ve been spending more time at the gym than ever. It all started when Ben and I decided to hire personal trainers that will motivate us to work out more. Knowing myself, I figured that if I have an appointment at the gym, I am more likely to show up. As it turned out, there was much more that goes into personal training, and we were able to figure out a routine that requires me to create gym “appointments” for myself—meaning, working out on my own. While it takes some time to get in shape and I’m not ready to share my before/after photos yet, today I’m collaborating with Steripod to share my fitness essentials that make me more excited to workout. Continue Reading

Outfits

What to Pack to the Hamptons This Summer

Is it just me or packing for a summer in the Hamptons is always a dilemma for you too? There is an easy way to bring all of your vacation stuff and figure out the rest later. But such approach does not guarantee that you’ll be ready for all the different activities the Hamptons offers. From pool parties and charity galas to wine tastings and everything is between, you need an actual Hamptons capsule wardrobe which will get through an entire season. Today I’m collaborating with three shoe brands, Rocket Dog, Kelsi Dagger, and Pour La Victoire, to share my favorite looks to pack and wear in the Hamptons this summer. Continue Reading

Best of Beauty

How to Prepare Your Feet for Sandals

Sam Edelman Lancie Ankle-Wrap Leather SandalSam Edelman Lancie Ankle-Wrap Leather Sandal (Gilt.com exclusive) // Watermelon Doormat

Sandal season is officially here, and it means that it’s time to get your feet looking beautiful, pampered and polished. While I often stop by at the nail salon to get my pedicures done, there are so many new products out there that getting your pedi at home is easier than ever. In case you need some foot care tips, I put together a list of tips and tricks that I use while doing my at-home pedicure.

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Hot or Not

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Review

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 Review

If you ever saw me in real life, you know that I’m a full-coverage kind of girl. I have lots of moles on my skin as well as occasional breakouts, so I prefer products that cover it all… and don’t make my skin look dry. I know it’s close to impossible to find a foundation that does it all—especially if you have a combination skin like mine. But I continue my hunt for an ideal foundation by testing lots of new products every single week. In my attempt to find a perfect everyday foundation I picked Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in liquid and stick forms. Let’s see how it worked for my skin! Continue Reading

Fitness

Unboxing New Wellness Goodies

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

While makeup and fashion accessories will always remind a passion of mine, it’s been more of “Sprinter” than “Style” for me lately. Meaning, I finally signed up to the gym and started tracking my progress so I’m more prepared for the upcoming beach season than usually. While building a “beach body” takes time and I’m not anywhere close to my final goal, I was thinking why not learning about what’s new and cool in the world of wellness. My research mission became much easier to accomplish when BabbleBoxx sent my way a box of health-related goodies for review. All of the curated items were handpicked in celebration of the National Women’s Health Week that starts today. Today I’m unboxing all of these goodies with you. Continue Reading

Best of Beauty

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mothers Day Gift Guide 2017

Picking a perfect Mother’s Day gift is always a dilemma (at least for me). Since you are an adult, you don’t want your gift to be too sentimental. At the same time, you want to find something that your mom will actually use and enjoy for more than a few days. Yes, flowers and chocolate is always a great idea, but why not trying something new? In case you are still looking for a perfect Mother’s Day gift, I put together my list of recommended products that I personally tried and loved. I’m certain that your mom will appreciate these goodies too! Continue Reading

Tutorials

Cobalt Blue Cut Crease Luxury Makeup Tutorial

Cobalt Blue Cut Crease Makeup Look

I saw the turquoise eyeliner look on Emily Ratajkowski attending Met Gala and it clicked with me. Why not trying to achieve the same eye look, but with a cobalt blue liner than has been screaming “wear me!” from the bottom of my eyeliner drawer, I was thinking. I ended up using similar colors to create an everyday appropriate look. Since I’ve been posting a lot about affordable makeup, I decided to include some of my favorite high-end products into this makeup tutorial. Continue Reading

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How to Effectively Fight Acne

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by La Roche-Posay.

While attending La Roche-Posay and Dermablend #BeClearBootcamp, I had a chance to chat with Dr. Tamara Lazic-Strugar, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Lazic-Strugar is a board-certified dermatologist whose main focus is on skin disorders. As a part of the #BeClearBootcamp program we had a chance to listen to Dr. Lazic-Stugar’s lecture on acne which was super informative and helpful. Since I have acne-prone and overall problematic skin I had a lot of questions for the acne expert and some of my Twitter followers expressed their interested in learning how to treat acne too. Saying so I decided to share on the blog some of the tips Dr. Lazic-Stugar mentioned in her lecture—paraphrased by truly yours!

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Travel

Bootcamping with La Roche-Posay and Dermablend

La Roche-Posay BeClearBootcamp

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by La Roche-Posay.

It’s always fun to go on a staycation, but it’s even more exciting to bootcamp in your own city! A few weeks ago La-Roche Posay and Dermablend invited me, among other influencers from across the U.S., on a three-day trip to NYC. It was one of a kind experience that helped me to learn more about how to take care of my acne-prone skin. I also had a unique opportunity to explore the L’Oreal lab where all the skincare magic happens.

While on the trip, I recorded my first vlog ever (click above to watch it!) so it would be great if you could check it out and provide me with feedback. Okay, here comes my blog-style report about my staycation with La Roche-Posay. Continue Reading

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Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners Review

Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners

Until recently, I was not that big into lip liners. Lip liners add extra weight to your makeup bag, take time to apply, and overall seem excessive. Lip liners could be expensive and oftentimes I don’t want to pay $30+ for a lipstick and about the same price for the liner. When Maybelline reached out asking if I wanted to give their new Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners a go, I immediately agreed as those liners go for just $7.99. I was also excited to match the nude lipsticks I recently reviewed with the lip liners.

What if a lipliner will change my makeup application game, I was thinking. As it turned out, this prediction was right and now I can’t believe that I didn’t start using lip liners before. Yes, those took some space in your makeup bag, but I can deal with it since lip liners make lipstick application so much easier! Continue Reading

Outfits

Jumping Into Spring

I received so many questions about my strawberry coat on Instagram so I decided to feature it on the blog too. I’ve got the coat last fall, but never really wore it until this season. To be honest, I couldn’t figure out at first what to style it with as it’s definitely a statement piece. I guess spring finally hit me because I started styling this already colorful coat in combination with even brighter pieces like my new J.Crew flats and Sophie Hulme stripe bag. What can I say, I feel that sometimes too much color is actually a good thing! Continue Reading

Best of Beauty

How To Heal a Sunburn Fast

How To Heal a Sunburn Fast

I never thought it would happen to me but, hey, who knew you can get sunburned in a shadow wearing SPF 50? As you already know, we went to Tulum for wedding and the sun was quite harsh out there. As always, I applied my sunscreen religiously and everything seem to be normal… until we decided to schedule a foot massage. The masseuse exfoliated our feet with a coffee scrub for good 15 minutes. If was so relaxing that we immediately fell asleep right there, at the hammock area of La Zebra Hotel. When our appointment was over, we went back to the beach and I reapplied sunscreen again… but it was obviously not enough. That night, I didn’t sleep at all as I looked like a tomato and I couldn’t take it when the sheets were touching my skin. Ben experienced the same problem so we woke up pretty cranky the next morning. I took Tylenol, moisturized skin like crazy and avoided soap, but it was already too late. My shins were super discolored and achey and I had to come out with a solution on how to heal my sunburn fast. Continue Reading

Outfits

Sorry That I’m Pale…

Do you watch YouTube? I do and there is one phrase YouTubers are saying that totally annoys me. It usually happens when people are testing foundations and concealers. “Sorry guys that I’m so pale,” says a YouTuber and I immediately roll my eyes. Since when you have to apologize for your natural skin tone?! Continue Reading

Outfits

The Colors of Tulum

If there is one fashion brand that I’m all about this season, it’s Mara Hoffman. I’ve been eyeing some of the swimsuits by the designer last summer, but never purchased anything as I got into the decision fatigue—you know that feeling when you want everything and can’t pick nothing? This season, I finally made out my mind and decided on this multi-colored dress that literally stole my heart the moment I saw it. It’s so lightweight and comfortable to wear in a hot weather and it’s so unique. Granted: not every girl is willing to pull off so much color in one look (especially in a combination with a floral crown), but I guess I’m just crazy in that way! By the way, if you are eyeing this dress too it’s still in stock on Shopbop.com so if you are into it, I definitely recommend checking it out.

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Favorites

March Beauty Favorites

This month has been great in terms of discovering new beauty products. Whether it’s a brow product that I can’t get enough of or a cleansing oil that changed the way I remove makeup, there are so many new exciting goodies that I’d like you to try and love too. Okay, without additional introductions, let’s get into March beauty favorites. Continue Reading

Hot or Not

Urban Decay x Basquiat Collection: Swatches and Review

This week I felt like I’m totally make it as a beauty blogger as I was able to test and review a highly anticipated collaboration line between Urban Decay Cosmetics and one of the most prominent artists of our times, Jean-Michel Basquiat. The line is officially scheduled to launch on April 20th at UrbanDecay.com but as of now all products from the line are available for purchase at The New Stand store on Union Square (it’s located underground at the Union Square subway station; on the left from the entrance if you pick one underneath the Capital One bank offices).I learned about the launch from Emily and Abigail from TheWanderlustGirls.com who kindly invited me to preview the launch and helped me out to swatch and take photos of the collection right on spot. I came home with an artifact, a beautifully designed and extremely pigmented Tenant Eyeshadow Palette and here comes my review, swatches, and makeup tutorial featuring it. Continue Reading

Lifestyle

NY Auto Show 2017: What to See and What to Wear

You are might be surprised to learn, but I haven’t applied for a driver’s license until… I turned 30. I know, it’s unbelievable but it’s true: for the last eight years that I lived in New York I somehow managed to have a driver’s permit that I only used when we were out in the Hamptons. To be honest, I don’t think that you even need a car when you live in the City as parking is super hard to find and the traffic is just ridiculous. However, while I’m not an active driver myself, I always appreciate a nicely designed car—especially if it’s a luxury one! To get some car inspiration for the summer, Ben and I recently got invited by SheBuysCars to attend a preview of the New York International Auto Show before it opens to the public at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Saturday, April 14, 2017. Continue Reading

Tutorials

How To Look Alive When You Are Very Tired

I wish I lived my life in a way people believe I’m living it… Yes, there are certain perks of being a blogger with all cool events to attend and new products to try, but for the most part you just don’t see what is happening behind the scenes. Late night photo editing, unstoppable social media notifications, pressing deadlines, emails that never seem to end, 6:00 am photo shoots, half of my day spent on the commute… Add to it the deadlines that I have at NYUall the midterms and finals and presentations and papers—and you will realize that at this point of my life my schedule is as hectic as it could possibly be.

While there is  a lot going on the back side of my online and academic careers, there is also a front side where I’m expected to look presentable every single day. Let me tell you here: looking alive after sleeping no more than 6 hours a day is not easy, but it’s definitely doable. Especially if you know all the tips and tricks that make you look a bit more fresh and healthy. Today I’m collaborating with Clarins to share with you my hacks on how to look fresh even if your life consists of pulling regular all-nighters. Continue Reading

Lifestyle

How to Spring-Clean Your Bathroom

In my house, there are two main places where I store my makeup, skincare, and haircare products. It’s my office where I have the majority of my makeup collection and record photos and videos and my bathroom where I do my hair, use skincare products, and put on everyday makeup. While my makeup room is being updated regularly as I constantly receive packages and declutter items that I no longer use, I haven’t been working on upgrading my bathroom stash for a while. This Spring, I finally gave my second beauty room a well-needed makeover―with the help of Moen, a brand I’m collaborating with to create this post and a video. I hope after watching it you’ll be inspired to give your bathroom a little makeover too as I’ve already been impressed with what a big difference that little change makes. Continue Reading