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

Product Review: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Happy Wednesday readers!
So this morning as I was applying my foundation, I realized something very important…

I hate it =).

So I decided to haul my caked-up face to the nearest Sephora and fix my issues ASAP. I wasn’t really sure what brand I wanted, but I knew that I wanted something with buildable coverage, a luminous finish, and something slightly moisturizing. Thanks to the helpful staff at Sephora, I was directed to NARS to try their All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and a luminous finish foundation by Makeup Forever. After trying both, I decided to go with NARS because it felt less tacky on my skin. Invigorated by my new purchase (uhhh purchases? Because I somehow ended up with a cream contour kit by Laura Mercier, an Anastasia Brow Wiz, a mini DryBar dry shampoo, and a free gift from all of the points that I’ve been saving), I decided to come home, wipe off the hot mess express that is Japonesque foundation, and apply the lovely, weightless NARS foundation, which applied like a dream. A+ indeed! I give it a 5/5 and will definitely make this my go-to until I finally cough up the money for Armani Luminous Silk. Stay tuned for more reviews of the other things that I didn’t mean to buy but totally did!

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Back to School Makeup Must-Haves

Hi there readers!

Well it’s after Labor Day, which we all know means it’s time to head back to school (NOOOOO). One of my favorite things to do during this time is to watch my favorite YouTubers post their back to school videos, with ideas for easy to pack lunches, quick hairstyles, and you guessed it…makeup looks! I thought it would be a fun to show you guys what my favorite makeup products are in case your stash needs a bit of a pick me up (or you need retail therapy because you are already up to your eyeballs with work). Let me know if you have tried any of these products!

1.) The Beauty Blender
I KNOW. I KNOW. EVERYONE is talking about the Beauty Blender. And for a good reason! The Beauty Blender is a blending sponge that is useful for a seamless foundation application. To use it, you run it under water while squeezing the sponge to absorb the water, and then squeeze out any excess until the sponge is damp. I like to use the wider end of the Beauty Blender to blend my cream contour, and the tapered end to blend out my concealer. It’s perfect to toss into a bag because it can multitask! Other uses include applying cream blush or a cream highlight. http://amzn.to/1Qn9kGZ

 

Beauty Blender via Amazon
Beauty Blender via Amazon


2.) Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

This is such a lifesaver! Nothing is worse than having your makeup on fleek, going to classes all day and running around like a nutcase, and then coming home and realizing that your makeup melted down to your kneecaps and you look like the scary matchmaker from Mulan (see picture below). Urban Decay’s Chill Makeup Setting Spray not only is refreshing and cooling, but also helps your makeup last all day long! http://amzn.to/1KD7KlC
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3.) Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment

Okay, okay I know it’s a bit (err very) expensive for a lip balm, but Fresh has the most delicious smelling lip balm with SPF 15, moisturizing oils, real sugar, and no parabens! It is soooo moisturizing and is definitely helpful when the weather gets nippy and you want to keep your lips smoother than a baby’s bottom. It’s definitely a worthy splurge. http://amzn.to/1OwKByJ

via Amazon
via Amazon


4.) NYX Lipsticks

BUY THEM ALL! NYX is one of my go to lipstick brands because of their inexpensive pricing and amazing selection of shades. I love to try new colors, but hate committing to a price, and that is why I am a devoted fan of NYX products! In addition, their lipsticks are extremely moisturizing (believe me…I have eczema on my lips…TMI I know…)and it is one of the only lipsticks that I think applies super smooth and doesn’t totally dry out my lips. http://amzn.to/1FwYZSI

via Amazon
via Amazon

Let me know what your favorite beauty products are from back to school! If you try any from my list, let me know if you like them!