SOCIAL MEDIA

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lira Clinical Solar Shield 30 Classic Tint Review


Hello darlings!! Happy Friday Eve!! The weather here in New York is incredible! Soooo warm!!

Just wanted to share some quick thoughts about this Lira Clinical sunscreen. So I finally used up this sunscreen after purchasing last month. Sadly...it’s not my favorite. Thank goodness it didn’t make me breakout BUT it made my skin white. 

I don’t know why sunscreens are so impossible for me. It’s so important to protect your skin from the sun. Important for cancer and for aging! I use only physical sunscreens and stay away from chemical. The issue is many physical sunscreens...they leave a white cast...and I HATE it!!! 


I purchased a tinted sunscreen for the first time because I thought it would prevent the white cast...oh dear was I wrong!!! This sunscreen left white streaks on my face if I even had a bead of sweat! If I worked out while wearing this sunscreen, I would have white lines all down my face! 🤣 Super embarrassing! Also, if I wore foundation on top of this...it would change the color of my foundation. Definitely not fun! I will definitely not be repurchasing this product or recommending to my friends. Ugh. Bummer. Let the sunscreen hunting resume...

Mel

Friday, September 4, 2020

Lira Clinical Skincare Review

 

Hello darlings! Happy Friday!!

I finally tried Lira Clinical skincare. During quarantine, I haven't really worn makeup but I have definitely been into skincare. I am actually quite obsessed. 

I was introduced to this brand by a friend's makeup artist. I had never heard of it before but the makeup artist was so passionate about it and the ingredients. As a skincare addict, I had to try it. 

I reached out to a wonderful spa and sent photos of my makeup free face in natural sunlight and explained my current skincare routine. She asked me a bunch of questions and after a few exchanges, she sent me my recommended morning and night routines. 

I didn't purchase the 9 products she recommended because I have learned my lessons from the past. I purchased just 2 products and she sent me a few samples. 

I purchased the Bio Lift Creme and the Pro Firming Serum. I am loving both. Let's start with the moisturizer. I love this moisturizer. It's super rich and hydrating but it does not break me out. You are able to push on pump down and the perfect amount is dispersed. You can't put too much on though because it'll start to pill and leave white residue. A little bit truly goes a long way. 

The Pro Firming Serum is great for fine lines and wrinkles. It's lightweight and doesn't break me out. There's only one issue...the smell can be a bit much for me. It has a coconut smell to me and even though it smells great, sometimes it'll trigger my senses. 

Sarah also included 2 samples for me to try and I am so happy she did. The Pro C4 Retinol Serum was amazing and didn't have a strong odor. I used it every night and was very pleased. This serum is very light and gentle but strong enough to get the job done. 

I am obsessed with the Bio Hyra C Serum! It has a light and refreshing scent. It didn't bother me at all. I will definitely be purchasing the full size version. I used this morning and night and my skin showed a noticeable difference. I cannot wait for this purchase. 

Overall, I am loving this brand. I am trying their tinted sunscreen next as well. My Mom will also be trying more from this brand. Is it worth he money in my opinion? YES. 

What does your skincare routine look like?

xx
Mel

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum Review

 

Hello loves!!! I think I was the last person on Earth to try Rodan + Fields skincare! My best friend has been using the brand for years but I didn't try it because I had so many issues with my acne and I used dermatologist recommended products. A few weeks ago, I finally caved. I ordered some products for both my Mom and I. 

Once of the first items I tried was the Active Hydration Serum. It does have a mild scent which smells amazing but I try to avoid fragrance in mu skincare products. The serum does plump up my skin and most importantly...it doesn't break me out. Is it worth the $100 price tag? No. I bought two bottles (one for me and one for my Mom) but I will not be reordering. It's just too pricey and I haven't noticed a major difference. 

I do love that this serum is oil free, the bottle is easy to use with the dropper, and I am not afraid of traveling with the bottle and then breaking it. 

At the moment, I only use the serum at night because it's Summer and still pretty hot. In the new few weeks, I will bump it up and start using it in the morning as well. 

Do I hate it? Absolutely not. I think it was a great introduction to the brand. The only thing holding me back is the price...

Have you tried Rodan + Fields?

xx
Mel

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Financial Budgeting


Hello loves!!

Happy September!!! I can't believe I am even saying that. 2020 is out control and wild!! August was all about mental health and September will be all about financial health. It's so important (and also so hard) to be financially responsible. 

As I try to lower my debts and eventually become debt free, I will be sharing my story, budgeting tips and struggles, financial information, quotes, and other goodies all month long. 

Here's to financial freedom!! Woooo! 

xx
 

Mel

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Beauty Products Used Up in August


Hello darlings!!! Hope all is well. I cannot believe Summer is almost over! It's my favorite season and I am so sad! I also can't believe another season has passed by and we are still home! 2020 has been something!

I haven't been using many beauty products since I pretty much stopped wearing myself. I still do my skincare routine every morning and every evening. 

I actually used up a few products this month but I was too lazy to keep them around. lol. So I am sharing 3 that I have used up this month and many times previously. 

1. Amore Pacific Enzyme Powder Scrub: I am obsessed with this scrub. It's SUPER effective and very gentle. I even used it while I was on Accutane. I have purchased it at least 4 times. I will repurchase it again in the future once I have finished up my other cleansers and scrubs. 

2. Equate Beauty Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover: Another one I have repurchased many times and I already have two backups. I don't wear mascara anymore due to Covid but I do occasionally wear eyeshadow when I have a video call. This is really cheap and it works. 

3. Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen: I have this sunscreen on auto-delivery and I used it when I was on Accutane. It doesn't make me breakout and very gentle on my face. The only issue is...it does leave a white cast in photos. (My 4th of July phots are a mess) My Dad uses this sunscreen too. I am going to try a tinted sunscreen for the first time since I don't wear foundation anymore. I'll let you know what I think. 

I'll try to save more of my used up beauty products next month. 

xx
Mel

Monday, August 31, 2020

Positivity Quote #31



It's the last day of August...insane! As I close out mental health August, the last quote I would like to share is something I am aiming for. "Think like the person you want to become." I am not there yet but everyday with the support of my loved ones and therapist...I am on my way. Take every moment as they come and I am trying to live more in present time. I am excited for things to come. xx
Mel

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Positivity Quote #30



After last week, this quote is so true and on point. After my Dad's heart attack, it's so important to stay calm and level handled so you can manage a situation better. I was definitely more in control over my emotions and I am so grateful. xx
Mel

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Positivity Quote #29



Yesssss! Sooo true! I have to keep reminding myself of this! Habits are soooo hard to break. I sometimes get stuck in a routine...even when it comes to dating. I always go for the same type of guy. If you want to move forward differently...you gotta move differently...You gotta change it up so life changes up! (Hopefully in a positive way!)

xx


Mel

Friday, August 28, 2020

Positivity Quote #28



Happy Friday!!!! Woooo hoooo for the weekend. After this week, I need a break and some relaxation! 

No matter how bad things may seem, it's only temporary. Things will get better if you stay positive and believe. There's always tomorrow. 

xx
Mel

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Positivity Quote #27


Hello darlings. Thank God my Dad was discharged from the hospital day and is back to "normal". I am feeling so blessed and grateful. 

The nurses and doctors are truly heroes. It's amazing how they literally deal with life and death and yet they are so calm and nice. They really care about the patients and were SUPER amazing to us. It makes me think how I behave at work. I am NOT saving lives and yet I can get upset so easily. 

It's time to shift the attitude around. The hospital staff were nothing but inspirational. It makes me think about my life and how I am living it. So important to stay positive and live life to the fullest. We only have one shot at this. 

xx
 

Mel

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Positivity Quote #26


Today totally did not going as planned or expected. I woke up later than I usually do and something was off. I was off. My Dad wasn't feeling well and was in a lot of pain. My Mom right away said we are going to the hospital. Thank God she did because he was having a heart attack and her actions saved his life. 

Family comes before everything. Nothing is more important than the ones you love. Life totally changed for me today. Keep your loved one close. xx

Mel

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Positivity Quote #25


Amen! I loved this quote from the moment I read it! Sooo true! If we aren't growing as people, fix our environment and our surroundings. Be around positivity and you'll see growth. xx
 

Mel

Monday, August 24, 2020

Positivity Quote #24


Happy Monday darlings!! It's a new week and a fresh start!! 

I am the QUEEN of overthinking! The QUEEN! I swear this is probably part of the reason I get migraines. I am really trying to break the habit of overthinking. It's unnecessary and wasted energy. I just ordered a new book on Amazing about mindfulness and living in the moment. I can't wait to read and share my thoughts. 

Have a wonderful week. xx
 

Mel

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Positivity Quote #23


So important to remember on this most beautiful and perfect Sunday. I'm counting my blessings and I know there's more wonderful things to happen in my life. As depressing as things have been lately, I have faith things will change and the universe will bring us some positivity. xx
 

Mel

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Positivity Quote #22


Yesssssss!!! Preachhhhh! Today I am getting into action! First thing this morning, I ordered a new budget planner. Since August 1st, I have been tracking all of my money via Google Sheets but it's not the same. I'm the type of person who needs to physically write everything out. I also went to Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods and bought some cute things to organize myself. Watch out...I am no longer making excuses...I am getting into action so I can have more options in life. 

Yesterday my therapist paraphrased Chris Rock and said "Wealthy is measured by options...not money". This hit home. It's time to act and stop saying I'll do it tomorrow. 

xx
 

Mel

Friday, August 21, 2020

Positivity Quote #21


Hello darlings!!! TGIF!!!!

I started therapy today with a brand new therapist. It was an hour and 15 mins of pure amazing insight. From the moment she started our session, I felt like I was talking to a friend. I cannot be more happy and inspired. She gave me some homework to do for the week and I am going to dedicate the time to my self care. 

I am so excited to begin. It's the perfect way to start the weekend! 

xx 
 

Mel

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Positivity Quote #20


Oh dear does this one ring true to me. I am someone who lives in fear of change and of challenging myself. I am trying to break free of this. Can you imagine what we can all accomplish if we weren't looking over our shoulders and wasting all that energy? What if we stopped with the negative thought cycle and used those thoughts on your dreams? 

We would all be able to change the world...
 

Mel

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Positivity Quote #19


Hello darlings. Hope you're all having a great week. Happy Hump Day! Wooooo!

With us still in this pandemic, life has changed sooo much since January. Never would I have thought the world would be challenged in this way. 

During these difficult times, it's important to remember...be nice to yourself. Take care of yourself. Be the friend to yourself that you are to others. It's important :) 
 

Mel

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Positivity Quote #18

 


Hello loves. Everyone tells me this when it comes to romance...I'm like come on baby! Show me a good guy! lol. I think this quote truly applies to all areas of life though. You can't force things and sometimes you can't plan everything. Amazing things will happen when you least expect it. xx

Mel

Monday, August 17, 2020

Positivity Quote #17


Happy Monday darlings!! Hope you all had a great start to the week! 

I have said this many times before to myself and to my loved ones. You don't have control over life...only how you react to it. I try to repeat this to myself when in the middle of a rough rode. 

I am trying to react to things in a more positive way. Even if it's tough...consider it a lesson. It's easier said than done but the key word...I am trying. 

Now let's have a great week. xx
 

Mel

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Positivity Quote #16


Happy Sunday darlings! Hope you all had a great weekend. 

I had an awesome weekend with the exception of migraine pain. Thank goodness I made the last minute decision to pack my migraine medicine with me. It saved me!

I think the change of environment brought on my migraine. I have been Upstate in the country for so long and I went back into the city. I instantly felt the difference. I guess my body is still a country girl at heart! Hahaha.

I saw this sign over the weekend and I loved it. Years ago, I prayed to live in NYC, work a corporate job in Manhattan and make the money I’m making. Life isn’t perfect but I need to thank God for the blessing I have. 

I keep saying my prayers but don’t forget to give thanks. xx


 

Mel

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Positivity Quote #15

 

Happy Saturday darlings! I’m having a nice and relaxing weekend in the city. I kinda missed city life! 

I’m beginning to finally realize that your mind really is the most powerful thing. I am trying to have more control over my thoughts and trying to stay positive. 

I’m the only one with control over my life...if I want to live a positive life...I need to stay thinking and believing it in. Once I change my mindset, my life will truly begin to change. 

xx


Mel

Friday, August 14, 2020

Positivity Quote #14


Hello darlings!!! Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here!!! I saw this quote on FB and I lovedddd it!!! 

This week I’m finally starting to notice a change in my attitude. I think my medication is finally kicking in. (3 weeks into it) 

Things are looking up! Enjoy your weekend! xx
 

Mel

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Positivity Quote #13



Hello loves! This week just flew by! Kinda crazy the weekend is almost here. 

This week started rough but thank goodness today was a less stressful day. Sometimes when I get stressful or frustrated, I take it out on others. I hate to admit it but I do. It's important to remember to stay true to yourself. Don't change your character because of a situation...stay positive and stay nice. Especially during these stressful times, you never know who needs some extra kindness. 
Mel

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Positivity Quote #12



Amen!! I am trying to remember to breathe and focus on the solution. It's so easy to keep venting about the problems but that won't get you anywhere! 

Trying to keep my positive vibes over here. <3

Mel

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Positivity Quote #11



Hello darlings. Happy Tuesday! I can't believe it has already been a month since my birthday. Life is just flying by. 

Today was a pretty rough day for me. I did two meditation exercises but I am very anxious. I was trying to breathe it out and did my 5 mile walk. I definitely let fear get the best of me today. It's ok. I am not going to beat myself up over. Tomorrow I am going to try to do better and not let fear and doubts take over my day. xx
Mel

Monday, August 10, 2020

Positivity Quote #10



Happy Monday darlings! Hope your week is off to a great start! 

Don't we all wish life was easy? Everything takes time and includes hard work...even ourselves. We really need to take care of our inner spirit bother psychically and mentally, especially during this pandemic. 

Covid has really thrown me for a loop and mentally I have been struggling. Every night I am soaking in the tub with my lavender infused bath bombs after my workout and speaking to my therapist weekly. I also really try to remember to breathe and take it easy on myself. 

All goals in life take time (including self improvement)...never give up <3

Mel

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Positivity Quote #9



Happy Sunday loves!! Hope you're having a nice and relaxing weekend! 

I'm planning a day of swimming which is the perfect way to end the weekend. Sundays is when I start getting my anxiety again because I am thinking of the work week ahead. Right now, I am trying to stay positive, remember my breathing and taking each moment as they come. 

This is one of my goals...I need to believe in myself more. I am strong. I am smart. I can do this. 

xx
Mel

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Positivity Quote #8



Happy Saturday darlings! Hope you're all having a great weekend. 

I have been relaxing! I did a little HomeGoods shopping and did a great workout with my best friend. It's a great way to regroup after a stressful work week. 

I am really trying to stay positive this week and keep moving forward. We are all trying the best that we can. We need to not be so hard on yourselves :) 
Mel

Friday, August 7, 2020

Positivity Quote #7



Yessssss! It's Friday!!! The weekend is here and I hope it passes slowly! lol. 

This morning a dear friend texted me and said she was struggling. I think we are all so hard on ourselves. We are so many more than we give ourselves credit for. We got this. Dark times are only temporary...we need to believe in ourselves. xx
Mel

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Positivity Quote #6



Hello loves!! Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend!! 

Over the years, I have given up a few bad habits (for a short period of time) and let me just say, it’s true. The first two or three weeks are always the hardest for me and then after that...it’s a memory! 

Over the years, I have given up Diet Coke, sugar, and wine and I was completely a nightmare to be around until...day 21. What if I gave up negative thoughts for 21 days? I know it seems a bit impossible but what about giving up the negative habit of mentally beating yourself up? Or overthinking? Or thinking everything is going to fall apart? Well I’m going to try! 

It takes 21 days so I’m going to try to start some good habits!! I think I am going to start with mediation. I have heard great things and I think it’ll help my anxiety. I will start meditating and trying to live more in the moment. Wish me luck for the next three weeks! xx
Mel

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Positivity Quote #5



Hi darlings. Happy Wednesday! I cannot wait until Friday!

I think we all need a little reminder to see the positives in life. With everything going up and our lives changing so dramatically overnight, let’s see the positives. We are taking time to regroup. We are spending more time (hopefully) with our immediate loved ones. I’m working out more now. 

Here’s to trying to life a happier life until this is all over ❤️
Mel

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

My Migraine Triggers

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Hello Darlings. Hope everyone's doing well today. 

Migraines. I hate the very word. I have been suffering from migraines for the past 5 years. When I was in my 20s, I barely had headaches but when I entered my 30s...hello severe pain!

I have tried so many different things for my migraines. Magnesium supplements daily, 100 ounces of water, iron pills, eating meat again, seeing a holistic doc, seeing my regular doc, and etc etc.

After years of seeing my regular physician and getting nowhere, this past January, I decided to see a holistic doctor. I spent $450 for my initial visit and had bloodwork done. It came back that my iron levels were severely low. I had been a vegetarian for over 15 years and my body was no longer getting the nutrients it needed. I was also borderline diabetic so major changes needed to be made. I went on a health kick! 

Based on the recommendation from my holistic doctor, I started taking 20 pills per day. I was taking vitamin d, magnesium, probiotics, fish oil, iron, and blood sugar regulators. I took them daily and rarely missed a pill. I also increased my water intake a great deal and started using essential oils. The biggest change I made was...I started eating meat again. This was really hard for me and I spent a great deal of time crying over this. But my health was failing and I needed to make the changes. 

After 6 months, I was still suffering from monthly migraines. The pain didn't decrease and the intensity was as powerful as ever. About 2 months ago, I was vomiting, dizzy and extremely sick from a migraine and that's when I said enough is enough. I instantly made an appointment with a neurologist. I really don't know why I was so scared and why I dealt with so many years of pain. After having a virtual chat with him, he prescribed me two different medications. I am only to take the pills when I feel the migraine coming. 

These pills completely changed my life. One weekend, I felt the pain coming and I popped a pill and within 20 minutes, I was better. I must admit, I am a little disappointed I wasn't able to pinpoint what's causing the migraines. I really wanted to find the problem so I can come up with a solution, I didn't want to pop pills. BUT I can't deal with the pain anymore. 

Here's my #1 trigger....Fragrance. I am super sensitive to smells. My neurologist said this is quite common. I can smell a horrible scent and have no issues, but if I smell something else...wham! I can get hit hard with pain. So now I am really careful when choosing makeup, skincare, hair care, perfumes and lotions. Even candles and essential oils! I prefer to go fragrance free but sometimes it's hard. 

Here's some additional things that help or bring on a migraine:
  • Water: Even though it didn't solve my migraine issue, water is extremely important to your overall health. My body feels so much better and I have so much more energy when I drink 100 ounces daily. Plus my skin has never looked better. 
  • MSG: When I order food, I make sure they do not add MSG. It's an instant headache for me. 
  • Wine: Reds are not my friend. Even one sip will bring on pain. I only drinks white or rose wine. 
  • Exercise: It's super important for me to exercise at least 5x per week. It also helps me mentally. 
  • Sleep: I never gave sleep enough credit until I started sleeping at least 8 hours per day. Your body needs to recharge. You cannot run on empty. 
  • Vitamins: I am going to continue to take the vitamins my holistic doctor recommended. It helped with my energy levels and I noticed a difference with my day to day health.  
  • Coffee: I am now only a tea drinker. I stay away from coffee. For some reason, my taste buds no longer enjoy coffee. 
  • Diet Coke: I love a cold diet coke. I will drink it as a treat but overall, I stay away. It is made of too many chemicals and my body can't deal with it. 
  • BHT: This was a surprise to me! I really had never really heard of BHT. The first time I thought of it is when I used a foundation for the first time (Too Faced) and I had a headache within an hour. I just felt completely off. So I tried it for two more days and felt off! I then switched back to bareMinerals and I was fine! So weird!! Since then, I stay away from anything with BHT. 
Please note: I am not recommendation medications or pills. I recommend you speak to your doctor. I am only sharing what helped me so you can possibly discuss these solutions with your medical professional. 
Mel

Positivity Quote #4



Oh Dolly! How I love you! This global pandemic has made me slow down and think a lot. So many people (including myself) are really struggling. Some people have lost loved ones, other miss their friends, some miss their jobs, and I think we all miss our old lives. 

Overall, we don't know what others are truly going through behind closed doors. Just be nice. Even if you're frustrated and upset...don't take it out on someone else. We are all in this together and we need to support one another. 

I know I can always use an extra smile...Dolly knows what she's talking about. xx
Mel

Monday, August 3, 2020

Positivity Quote #3



Boy, am I really trying to remember this daily. Let's just say, Coronavirus has probably been a negative for everyone. It's unfortunate that so many people have lost their jobs, people aren't traveling or visiting their family and friends. Our normal routines have shifted massively. I have been working from home since March! 

But I am really trying to stay positive throughout all of this. I have been spending so much time with my parents, I have learned who my real friends are and I have slowed down quite a bit. I was always go go go and not really sure what I was accomplishing.

Life is going to throw us many curveballs. Hopefully we never go through something like Covid again, but we have to learn how to go with the flow....or at least I keep reminding myself.  
Mel

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Positivity Quote #2



Happy Sunday darlings! Hope you're all having a great weekend! 

This quote really hit me because this is what I keep reminding myself. The last three weeks have been really rough on me and sometimes it's easier to think life is just bad. It's not. It's important to breathe, close your eyes, and take a moment to calm yourself down. It's so easy to get worked up and let your mind take over. I am the Queen of Overthinking. I am just to enjoy moments more. Sometimes don't think of the whole picture but it's easier to think of moments. Take the day as one moment at a time. You got this! 
Mel

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Positivity Quote #1



Hello darlings. Me again tonight. :)

I have to be honest...I’ve been struggling a lot lately. Never in a million years did I think Corona and quarantine would last this long. The past month has been especially rough on my mental health. I have been experiencing panic attacks and depression. I’m struggling to get through my day to day activities and have been waking up in a sweaty panic. I cry in the drop of a hat. I just can’t wait for normal life to be back. 

I was just told on Friday that I’ll be working from home until January 2021. So overall, change needs to be made. I’ve called my doctor and I have my first therapy appointment on Wednesday night. I’m not embarrassed to say I need help. It’s  embarrassing to not do anything about it. 

I also decided to post a positive quote everyday in my month of August. It’s to remind myself that everything will be ok. The world will get better. My life will get better. I will see my friends again. I will go to Happy Hour again! I will go to the gym again! I need to find my own happiness. Along with sharing my quote, I’m going to share how I’m feeling. It’s good for me to express myself and just “get it out”. 

Get ready for some positivity! I’m sure we can all use it! Right now, my priority is to improve my mental health. xx
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Mel

Beauty Products Used Up in July


Hello darlings! 

As quarantine continues, I haven’t really worn makeup at all. I wear it once a month usually but my skincare game has been hardcore. I’m taking really good care of my face but a little lazy with my body. I need to get better with that! 

Here’s are products I finished up in July! (I can’t believe it’s August already!) 

  1. Laneige lip mask: I bought this last July  when I was on Accutane. It didn’t help me much when I was on the medication but it helped saved my regular winter lips. Is it worth the $20? I would say no. I’ll just use my Aquaphor and call it a day. But it was good enough to use up. 
  2. Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen: I have this on auto delivery from Dermstorm. I have used this for about two years now. It’s perfect to use while on Accutane and for everyday use, but it does leave flashback. I wore this alone on July 4th and I look like I’m wearing a white mask in our family photos. Not a fan. So I need to find something better when I know I’ll be photographed. 
  3. IT Cosmetics No 50 Serum: I love IT Cosmetics skincare and I have a lot of their products on QVC auto-delivery. I’ve gone through about 3 bottles of this gem and I have another waiting. It leaves my skin baby soft and is great to wear under makeup. I highly recommend. 
  4. Environ Focus Care Radiance Intense C Boost: I ordered this gem from Rescue Spa and I would repurchase. It’s a great vitamin C serum that didn’t make me break out and had no strong fragrance. Odors bother me on my face and I was absolutely fine with this. I would repurchase. My skin looks bright and hydrated! 
  5. BIOLOGIQUE Recherche Lait VIO O2 Cleanser: I am obsessed with this brand and I think it’s worth every single penny. It’s pricey but when I switch to something cheaper, I’m never happy. This gem is great. I’m not used to using a cleanser that you rub into your skin and wipe off with a washcloth instead of rinsing with water but it’s worth the change. My skin never feels tight or dry after I use this. There’s no strong odor. I already repurchased. I LOVE.

I feel like I’m going through products a lot more slowly because I don’t wear makeup so don’t have so many steps to do! I’m also getting better about sticking to what I like. Lately, I have been having a hard time with scents. I do not like anything strong at all. It’s hard to tell obviously when you order online but I’m trying to really do my research. 

Happy August and enjoy the rest of the weekend! ❤️
Mel

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Staying Positive During Quarantine


Hello darlings!!

Hope all is well and everyone has had a great weekend!

Quarantine! I cannot believe I am still using the word. Back in March, when they said NYC had to lockdown and we were officially quarantined, I never imagined it would last well into the summer. I literally thought after a month, life would resume back to normal. Well... we obviously haven't. 

I can honestly say my mental health has been on a roller coaster ride. I have mentally been all over the place. I have had a few ups but mostly I have been down. I am trying to stay positive as much as I can and here are some things that are helping me. 

1. Routine! You need to create a new routine for yourself. The first two weeks of lockdown, I had NO routine and was doing everything freestyle. Wrong move. Now I have a daily routine for myself and it has helped me so much. 

2. Exercise! Working out has been SO helpful. Staying active relieves stress, makes me feel better about myself (pat on the back) and it makes me get fresh air after being cooped up all day. 

3. Sleep! Having a good rest is extremely important. Rest is how our body's regroup and recharge. We can't breakdown. 

4. Hobbies! Try to start some of your favorite hobbies. I love reading but during "normal" life I get too busy. I started reading again and I am loving it. I am pursuing a passion and feel productive. I have also increased my skincare game sooo much. Skincare is a hobby for me. lol. 

5. Be easy on yourself! We are all being hard on ourselves. Take a breathe and don't beat yourself up if you decide to sit on the sofa and watch Netflix all day. If that brings you joy, then do it! We have never gone through something like this before. Do what you feel is best for you. 

6. Family & Friends! It's so important to stay in contact with your support group. I have been calling my friends and having FaceTime sessions like crazy! I don't even talk to my friends this much during normal life. lol. We share laughs and have such a good chat. We are in this together! 

I'm praying this is all over sooner rather than later! I miss hugs and I miss seeing my friends in-person. It's important we follow the government guidelines so we can be with our loved ones soon. 

xx


Mel

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Lancer Caviar Lime Acid Peel Review


Hello darlings and Happy Sunday! 

We are still in quarantine here in New York. I must admit, I’ve been pretty lazy when it comes to my nails and hair during the last day 13 weeks but my skincare routine has definitely been amazing. I’m double cleansing, moisturizing, scrubbing, masking, and doing everything in-between. 

Back in the beginning of the year, I purchased Lancer’s Caviar Lime Acid Peel mask because I love their Polish scrub so much. I purchased from QVC and the deal was amazing. 

The Acid Peel is infused with 10% Glycolic Acid, 10% Phytic Acid and Retinol. I’m absolutely obsessed with acids and retinol. I have been using both for years because my skin is oily, breakouts out easily and is sensitive. My pores tend to clog easily so I use a lot of acids to try to keep them clear. This mask does the trick! 


Unlike some masks, this one smells amazing. It smells like limes and you’re drinking some tropical drink on a hot summer day. You supposed to leave it on your face for 10 mins but I leave it on for 30 mins. One time I did forget and left it on for 40 mins and my skin started peeling like crazy! So you do have to be careful with this baby because it’s stronger than it looks! 

Would I repurchase this? Yes! A million times yes! It’s extremely helpful during summer and when you have a special event. If you’re using this before a special event, I would do it two or three days before the event just in case your skin peels. I just use it once a week so this jar will last you awhile.  So far I’m a fan of the Lancer brand! 

Happy masking! 
xx
Mel

Friday, April 10, 2020

BareMinerals Original Loose Foundation Powder


Hello darlings! 

I’m a huge fan of the old school foundation...BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation. I feel like this foundation has been around forever and like everyone has used this. 

This was recommended to me by my dermatologist years ago when I was having really bad acne issues. She told me to use only the original version and to use all loose forms of BareMinerals makeup. Even though it’s messy, it’s worth it. My face cleared right up. I guess my skin really doesn’t like liquid foundations. 


I know some people have issues with this foundation but I personally love it and get so many compliments when I wear it. It’s natural looking and dewy. But you have to really prep your skin before you apply this. I wear shade Golden Ivory #07 in the winter and shade #13 in the summer. I also mix this with my Savvy Minerals foundation. 

Again, even though it’s messy...in my opinion, this gem is worth it. 

xo
Mel

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

My Beloved Clarisonic


I love my Clarisonic. It’s my favorite skincare tool ever. My dermatologist isn’t a fan and asked me to stop using but nothing cleans my skin like this baby.

I have two different Clarisonic and they are both old. I tried buying a new one but the company seems like they aren’t producing many products. I hope they aren’t going anywhere!

I use my Clarisonic every night to clean my face from city dirty and sweat. I usually love using this device with a foaming cleanser. The combo is a dream. I use the acne cleansing brush head. I tried using the sensitive head but I didn’t feel as clean.

This travel one is absolutely perfect and goes with me everywhere.

How do you cleanse at night?

xo
Mel

Monday, April 6, 2020

Staples in My Beauty Kit


When it comes to eyebrows, ABH knows exactly what she’s doing. I get my brows waxed for ABH I Nordstrom and I swear by them. Absolutely swear by them. This brow gel is the best of the best. I tried a few others (both drugstore and high end) and they did nothing for my brows. The ABH gel is clear, doesn’t flake and holds my brows in place. I lost count of how many times I have purchased. It’s a must have.


I love Laura Mercier’s translucent powder. It’s a cult classic and I know why. It’s light, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t create any kind of backflash. It’s perfect for summer because it keeps your makeup locked in place. You can’t go wrong with this one.



What are your beauty bag must haves?

xo
Mel

Friday, April 3, 2020

My Glam Nars Collection


Hi darlings!!! 

Nars is one of my fave beauty brands. Their products are high quality and super pigmented. I feel like they cover a wide range of skin tones. When it’s summer time especially and my complexion is deeper, these are the products I turn to. 


I love my bronzer. In the winter I use the shade Laguna but in the summer I use Casino. It’s darker than Laguna but still doesn’t look orange at all.

My all time favorite blush is Orgasm and I have used it since I was 22. It’s the perfect pink/peach color and universally looks amazing on all skin tones. In the summer when I’m darker, I use the color Love Joy. It gives the perfect hint of color.

When it comes to concealer, I have been using Nars Radiant Concealer on and off for a few years. I wear shade 1.5 Macadamia. I also use this as an eyeshadow primer. It doesn’t crease and doesn’t smudge off.


Nars Sheer Glow is dupe for Armani’s Luminous Silk. LS is my all time fave foundation and I have gone through at least 6 bottles.

In Nars Sheer Glow, I usually mix shades Sante Fe and Barcelona. Barcelona is my summer shade. This foundation is light and natural looking. It’s just beautiful. Unfortunately, I can only wear it for a day because I do breakout. Super a bummer.

I use the Nars Loose Powder in Beach to set my face and undereyes. It doesn’t crease and doesn’t leave a flashback.

What’s your favorite glam makeup?

xo

Mel

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask


I absolutely love this mask and the price is phenomenal! I paid $7.99 and it was def money well spent! 

I use this mask every Sunday and Wednesday and it really helps to clean out my pores. I have very oily skin and it tends to clog easily. This mask has enzymes that helps brighten the skin and sweep away any dead skin. It’s great if you have acne scarring and need help with your skin tone. 


What I also love the most is the good for you ingredients. This is a natural product so it’s not going to do bad things to your body or skin. This is a great alternative to the Juice Beauty Peel Mask. (That’s another fave of mine)


Have you tried this mask? What are your favorites? 

xo
Mel