My Ride or Die Skin Care Products

Skin has always been in and the older I’m getting, the more I realize that I need to really start giving it TLC every single day. This year, I’ve been trying a good amount of skincare products. Some I was thrilled with and others… hmm. Let’s just say, I would like my money back. But, I won’t dwell on the negative. Keep on reading to see my absolute favorite skincare products!

 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes /Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water 

The very first step in your skin care routine is to remove all your makeup (if you wear any). I’ve been using the Neutrogena makeup wipes since maybe 2013 and those are the ONLY wipes I’ve used since. It removes it all so easily and doesn’t burn my skin or leaves a weird odor. It usually takes me 2-3 wipes to clear all my makeup, depending on how much makeup I’m wearing that day. Now, don’t be fooled. Even though your makeup APPEARS to be wiped away, it’s not. While the wipes takes away whats on the surface of your skin, the Garnier SkinActive Micellar water really gets into your pores and removes dirt, oil AND makeup. You can use micellar water as your makeup remover as well. If you choose to do this, I recommend using a microfiber wash cloth. I personally use small cotton pads to remove dirt from underneath the surface of my skin after I wash my face. Speaking of face washes…

 

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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser 

I picked up the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser from Walgreens one day off a whim. I was in between facial cleansers at the time and I heard a lot of great things about this line and their cleansers. So I just picked it up and hoped for the best. Now, for someone with oily skin, hydrating my skin is usually the last thing I want to do. WRONG! Sometimes your oily skin is a cry for hydration. After using this cleanser, I immediately started noticing that my skin was producing less oil. Don’t get me wrong, ya girl still gets oily! But it’s totally under control now thanks to this hydrating cleanser.

 

Alright so we’ve removed our makeup, cleansed our face and now it’s time for my favorite part – skin treatments!

 

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Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks by Wander Beauty

My dark circles are stubborn as hell. A lot of people have been telling me it can be one of three things. Either I don’t drink enough water, don’t get enough sleep or can be hereditary. It is for sure hereditary in my opinion. All I drink is water and no matter how much sleep I get, my dark circles stick to me like glue. So for my under eyes, I’ve been loving the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks. These are the first eye treatment product where I actually see a difference. I love using these right after a long night or even right before bed. My favorite way to use these masks is to leave them in the fridge for a little while first. Usually, I’ll shower, eat dinner or tidy up while waiting for them to get cold enough then apply them under my eyes for 15-20 mins. Once they’re off, I pat the serum into my skin and let it soak up before applying my eye cream.

 

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Neutrogena Hydrogel Masks

Okay. Let me put it this way. If I had to choose one skin care product to use for the rest of my life. It would be these masks. I know that is a VERY bold statement to make but I’m being so honest. There are three kinds of Neutrogena Masks. I love the Hydro Boost hydrating mask for my dry days, the Radiance Boost brightening masks is best to prep your skin for makeup before an event and the Deep Clean purifying mask when your skin needs an extra *umph*. I like to keep these masks in rotation cause sometimes I need a little of this, a little of that. The best part is that you can find them at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart… pretty much anywhere you can get drug store priced skin care. And these face masks go great with…

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
To date, this is my favorite moisturizer. I was skeptical to try it at first cause it said “gel-cream” and thought for sure it wouldn’t work well with my oily skin. Boy, was I wrong. I tried this moisturizer during the warmer months here in NY and it kept my skin hydrated through the heat and now that winter is approaching, I’m confident it will do the same. The combination of the mask and this gel-cream always leave me with glowy skin and to be honest, that’s how we all want to look when we’re bare-faced.

 

Let me know what are your favorite skin care products below!

 

A Gem in Philly?

On a recent weekend getaway to Philly with bae, we HAD to stop at one of our favorite restaurants. Located in the Gayborhood area of Center City, Philadelphia, lies a hole-in-the-wall-ish Asian Fusion restaurant named Sampan. Thanks to Yelp, I found this restaurant on our first visit to Philly back in May. I can’t really remember what it was about this place that I wanted to dine here so bad. All I knew was that it was date night and I was just crossing my fingers in hopes that this place would be good cause I knew if it wasn’t, I would never hear the end of it.

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Fast forward to our trip in September, Sampan has made such a great impression on us that I made it vocal I wasn’t leaving Philly until I ate here. First off, I highly recommend making a reservation, especially if you plan to eat here on a weekend. I tried making reservations on Open Table a week before and there were no dinner time slots! So like most things, you just gotta pick up the phone and I was lucky to get us an 8:30pm reservation on a Saturday night. SCORE!

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When you walk into the restaurant it is very dim, which I don’t really mind because I think it makes the mood more intimate. There is a host stand with a bar next to it for those waiting to be seated or just simply getting their drink on. Once seated, a waiter/waitress greats you and immediately asks you if you’ve been to Sampan before. They’ll give you a run down on the place. Things to know: it’s best to order 3-4 plates for a party of 2 to feel satisfied and Sampan has an open kitchen, which means things come out as soon as it is ready.

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Once we were settled in, we were ready to order. We order the Tequila Scorpion Bowl, which actually came in a fish bowl and is more than enough for 2 people. It also happened to be Restaurant Week, so we did the Chef’s Tasting Menu. You choose 2 plates from the small plates section of the menu and 1 plate from the rest of the categories. Total plates: 7 for $35. Regular price is $45. Still not bad but I was happy to save ten bucks!

We ordered:

The Pork Bao Buns

Edamame Dumplings

Vietnamese Chicken Satays

The Crispy Rock Shrimp

Filet Mignon

Glazed Chilean Sea Bass

Kim Chee Fried Rice

 

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Each dish is accompanied by a server who explains pretty much each ingredient the dish contains. By the fourth dish, my stomach was telling me to chill out! It is so easy to get full here, even though the plates are small. Along with the Chef’s Tasting Menu, they also offered teeny, tiny ice cream cones. 2 cherry flavored and 2 chocolate flavored. I almost NEVER have desserts at restaurants since I get full really easily but these ice cream cones were so light, it didn’t feel like anything!

On a scale of 1 to 10, this place is an easy ten. In my opinion, it’s easy to find a place with great food. It’s easy to find a place with a great ambience or great service. But Sampan has all of the above! If you’re ever in the Philadelphia area, I definitely recommend this place!!!

 

What are some of your favorite restaurants in your city? Comment down below!

xo

NOLA Lookbook

Out in NOLA, I’ve decided to keep it simple and wear outfits that I knew I would be comfortable wearing all day and all at affordable prices! Here’s a couple looks that I wore while out in NOLA:

Bourbon Street

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  • Top: Necessary Clothing, $10
  • Pants: Baby Blue, $20

 

Garden District

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  • Dress: Fashion Nova, $20
  • Jacket: Love Culture, $25
  • Mini Crossbody Bag: H&M, $12
  • Choker: H&M, $15/7 chokers

 

The Bayou

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  • Romper: Fashion Nova, $25
  • Sunglasses: SunglassUp, $5
  • Choker: H&M, $15/7 chokers

 

Canal and Bourbon Street

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  • Romper: Fashion Nova, $34
  • Sandals: Michael Kors, $60

 

 

ipsy’s Glam Bag!

Since I’ve taken an interest in the beauty industry, I am always eager to try out new products. However, there is usually a trial and error process when you’re trying to find a product that you love and works for you. In the beginning of 2017, I signed up for ipsy to receive 5 beauty sample every month and honestly, why didn’t I sign up years ago? For only $10 a month, ipsy will send you a glam bag filled with 5 beauty samples whether it’s skin care, cosmetics or beauty tools. When you first sign up, you’re asked to take a beauty quiz so that your monthly glam bags are customized for you.

This month, my glam bag was pure perfection. I always know immediately when I see a metallic fuschia packaged envelope in my mailbox that my glam bag has been delivered. For the month of March, I received the Affinitic Snail Cream by Ladykin, Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil in Ivory by Chella, Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa by Doucce, tartiest quick dry matte lip paint by tarte cosmetics and my favorite product in my glam bag, the Luxe Pro Blending Brush by Skone Cosmetics. I loved this glam bag mainly because these were products that I’ve heard of before, but never got the chance to buy.

I would definitely recommend ipsy, especially if you’re still trying to find what beauty products you like and don’t like. It’s super easy to sign up and it is definitely budget friendly. There are also many other perks to your membership with ipsy like earning points towards bonus products and tutorials of the products in your glam bag. You can check it out for yourself on ipsy.com.

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My ipsy Glam Bag for March!