Product Review: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Global Glow

Hi All!
Woo I’m finally back! I survived senior year of college, successfully landed a job, celebrated, moved into a new apartment, and I FINALLY get some free time to myself to blog! This past weekend while I was in my hometown, I decided to visit the MAC store in my local mall and use a gift card that I had lying around to try some new product. I am obsessed with YouTube beauty gurus like Jaclyn Hill and Desi Perkins, and always take their favorite products into consideration. When they both mentioned MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Global Glow, I knew I had to get it! I’m all about the bronze-y, summer glow, and I’ve never had a highlighter/bronzer with gold flecks in it, so I decided to give it a go. It’s safe to say that I am obsessed! My favorite way to wear it is layering it over my bronzer, but those with darker skin tones could also use it as a golden highlighter. This is definitely worth a try for anyone wanting a sun-kissed glow! For those with lighter skin tones, I would definitely use a lighter hand so you don’t look muddy, and for those who are extremely light or have a pinkier undertone, I would choose a more white/pink based highlighter all together.

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New York Bridal Fashion Week Recap

Hi everyone!
I’m so sorry for being so stagnant with posting. Between schoolwork, New York Bridal Fashion Week, and getting sick, I haven’t had much time for anything!

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Me, Alex in the Pnina Tornai finale gown, and my co-worker

Yesterday, was the biggest day of the year in the bridal world (at least for me). Why you ask? Because it was the day of Pnina Tornai’s runway show! This year’s theme was Wind Upon Water, which was inspired by how the sun reflects on the water and the wispyness of the wind. The silhouettes included ballgowns, mermaids, sheaths, a jumpsuit, and a cocktail dress, with pearl, clear crystal, white beading, fringe, and sheer and lace details. Pnina outdid herself for her 10th year designing for Kleinfeld Bridal, and there’s no doubt that this was her best collection to date. Even though I’ve been working for her for three years, I still get misty-eyed when I see her creations go down the runway. Each gown is truly a work of art and unmistakably Pnina. She knows how to be on trend and stay true to herself while really celebrating the female figure with curve-hugging silhouettes.

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Behind the scenes at the Pnina Tornai show
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Pnina Tornai lace illusion crop top and satin skirt

Today, I went to see dresses by Engardo Bonilla, who has a very classic look, designing mostly ballgowns made of tulle and lace.

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Edgardo Bonilla
Engardo Bonilla
Edgardo Bonilla

I also had the chance to see the newest dresses from Zuhair Murad, who is known for his sheer gowns with strategically placed appliques and detachable skirts.

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Zuhair Murad
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Zuhair Murad
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Zuhair Murad

 

Next up was Reem Acra, who was showing blush linings, illusion lace, and tonal beading.

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Reem Acra
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Reem Acra

After visiting Reem’s showroom, we went to go see dresses by Leanne Marshall, who was the season 5 winner of Project Runway! She is known for her flowy silhouettes, bridal separates, and bohemian aesthetic. Leanne’s dresses are made in New York City by the designer herself and a small team.

Leanne Marshall
Leanne Marshall

Our last stop was back to Kleinfeld, where Mark Zunino was showing his 2016 collection which showcased dresses with black detailing.

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Mark Zunino
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Mark Zunino

 

Overall, I had a great time this year at NYBFW but I wish I didn’t have school so I could go to all of the shows! While Pnina is of course my favorite, I am a fashionista and wedding geek at heart, so I love to see what is coming to stores for the upcoming season. Before I know it, it will be time to get ready for Pnina’s 2017 collection! It will be hard to top this year’s collection, but I know she will. She always does.

I’m Back! The Coffee Chronicles: Bean & Bean

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Hi Everyone!

I know, I know, I’ve been totally MIA for a while, (blame my professors). But the good news is that I’m back with another review of a coffee shop to add to the list, and just in time for National Coffee Day! Which unfortunately, I was not able to celebrate due to an extremely painful migraine which made me a slave to my futon all.day.long.

ANYWAY…

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of writing one of my research papers (did you know that Panama has the lowest sales tax of any Latin American country?! I didn’t! But you probably don’t care anyway!) at Bean & Bean, which is located in Chelsea near Penn Station. The store has an industrial vibe with many floor to ceiling windows to let in the natural light, which makes it a perfect place for studying! Much of the decor was wooden or made of metal, with a communal seating style including long tables with stools (or in some cases SWIVEL CHAIRSSS WOOOOOOOOO….bear with me…the two doses of Excedrin migraine plus the 5 hour nap have me quite wired.) There are also high tables for those who wish to stand, tables for two, comfy chairs, and some good music as well, featuring artists such as Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, and Snow Patrol.

So many choices!

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via Yelp
via Yelp

Love all the options!

So many choices!

Overall, Bean & Bean has a great selection of drinks from lattes, to cappuccinos, to matcha drinks as well, and the latte art is on point! I ordered an almond milk latte to stay, which came in a HUGE mug and was AMAZING. The almond milk didn’t water down the espresso at all, and if I didn’t know any better, I probably would have thought it was a skim latte instead. It was also the perfect temperature and not too bitter or too mild. In addition to my coffee, I also got a chia pudding which had nuts and fresh and dried fruit on top. Bean & Bean also sells pre-made sandwiches and oatmeal, juices, and baked goods as well. I will definitely be returning to Bean & Bean in the future and recommend it to any coffee lover or a person who just wants a cool atmosphere to get some work done.IMG_5287IMG_5289

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Bean & Bean:

Address:
320 8th Avenue (between 25th and 26th)
New York, NY 10001

Takes credit cards: Yes

Noise Level: Medium

Atmosphere: 5/5

Recommend to a friend: Yes