Favorite Winter Face & Body Products!

DSC_0588I love trying new products and with winter here, I decided to share my favorites for this season! All of these products can be used all year ’round but they’re extra beneficial during this cold harsh weather.

Peach & Almond Shea Butter Body Scrub- When I say this smells amazing, I really mean it! I purchased this at Bath & Body Works and instantly became obsessed with it! It is a thick scrub that you can use everyday if your prefer or a few times a week like I do. Apply it all over your skin in the shower, scrub in, then wash off. The scent of it stays on your skin even after you’re out of the shower which is a major plus! For some reason, this item is really hard to find online and in stores but I have seen it floating around e-bay for $9.99 lately. Not pictured here is the matching body creme ($12.50) which is just as amazing and can be found easily. It’s nice to apply after using this scrub because it keeps the scent on your skin longer. The body creme is thick and works well for the winter time!

Aromatherapy Lavendar Vanilla Body Lotion-I enjoy aromatherapy and if you walked into my apartment, you would know right away because I have candles everywhere. I came across this line in Bath & Body Works and I love it because it actually is used for aromatherapy versus just smelling good like many other products. I love to use this lotion when I get out of the shower at night and am getting ready for bed. It’s lightweight but nice enough to use before going to sleep and the scent is perfect. It’s not overwhelming but it’s just right to help you relax. The bottle is $8.00 and it does last a long time. (If you have a cat, watch out. For some reason, whenever I use this lotion, my cat LOVES it and won’t stop trying to lick my skin. So if I love this product and my cat loves it, it’s a good sign!)

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Santa’s Lip Scrub- This lip scrub is from Lush ($8.95). I know that lip scrubs can easily be made at home but it’s fun to treat yourself to a nice scrub every once in a while! Lush is a brand that hand makes all their products and they do NO test their products on animals! So this lip scrub is a fun cherry coke flavor and it was part of their Christmas line. All their lip scrubs are pretty similar, just different flavors so this applies to all of them. Use it a few times a week and your lips are nice and smooth. This specific one leaves a red tint to your lips so be careful to keep the scrub on your lips and not the skin around your mouth because it will leave a little bit of a red color on the skin. If you do not plan to go out right after using it, then go ahead and go crazy applying it!

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Clinique Moisture Surge- This product actually inspired me to write this post. I bought it a little over a week ago and I just can’t get over how well it works! At first, I was a little hesitant because I really just wanted a face lotion. I bought one from the drug store and my skin did not react well to it at all. So I decided to spend a little more money ($38.50 for the 1.7 oz size) and pick up something that I am almost guaranteed will be ok for my skin type. I found this in Macy’s and I was a little weary about the fact that it was a “gel” and not necessarily a “lotion” but I decided to try it out anyway. First application and I was sold! It leaves your skin feeling so smooth, there is no yucky greasy look to it after applying, and it can be used under or over makeup. I apply it at night before bed and in the morning before applying my makeup and it works well to just hydrate the skin and keep my skin smooth. Absolutely my favorite face product and this size seems like it will actually last a pretty long time because all you need is a small amount of it.

Freeman Super Fruits Facial Mask- I came across this face mask when shopping in Duane Reade one day. I honestly just liked the look of it and it was very affordable ($4.29) so I bought it on a whim. Turned out, I love it. I use it once a week. It’s a cool, minty, thick paste that you apply all over your face, allow to dry, and then you wash it off with warm water. It works well to just help rejuvenate your skin and get rid of all that dirt that has been lurking around despite washing your face with face wash. It is strong so I don’t recommend it anymore than once a week! Save this for your Sunday night pampering regimen!
What are your favorite skin care items for the winter?

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We Will Miss You Dimitri!

So my brother is officially on his way to Ohio! He’s moving there for school because the program he’s interested in, is offered out there and they are known to be pretty good. We also have family out there so luckily it was a good location because it will be easier for everyone to get together.
We threw him a surprise party last night and although there were a few bumps in the road (aka Blockheads telling me they would accommodate our 12 person table and then we show up and they tell us it will be a 2 hour wait AND they have to split up our table), we still managed to surprise him. We ended up at Irish Exit a bar in mid town east and it actually ended up working out better than blockheads because we had some people at the table who had to leave for work so it would have been confusing if we had 1 big check.
So we had a nice big table all the way in the back and we were still able to order food and they accommodated all of us which was a huge relief :)
A couple of years ago for Mother’s Day my sister picked up a red velvet cake from Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side and we all fell in love with it especially my brother! So I knew I wanted to get him a cake from there for his party. I ordered it earlier in the week and picked it up the day of. He was so surprised and of course, everyone loved it! They may be a little pricey but it is so so worth it and their cakes feed way more people than they say they do.
The entire night was fun and we were all really sad to say goodbye. We all plan to take a road trip out there and pay him a visit when he gets settled in so I know we won’t go long without seeing him! Good luck Dimitri, we love you :)
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Snow Day in NYC!

Mariah and I officially froze our butts off today, literally. It was the first real snow day in NYC and after spending the morning being lazy in the house, we decided to bundle up and take a walk to the west side. I have been wanting to exchange a pair of shoes since Christmas so our goal was to walk from the Upper East Side, to Columbus Ave & 77th St which is 2.5 miles from where we live! So we put on our sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs and snow boots and headed out.
I brought my DSLR with me because it looked way to pretty outside to not bring it especially because we would be walking through Central Park. I actually haven’t been to the park in the snow, only during the summer and spring so it was really special. If it wasn’t for Mariah, we would have been lost for hours because when it’s snowing, everything looks the same in there and it’s really hard to make your way through to the other side but we made it! The park was beautiful and after a while, we didn’t feel our frozen bodies anymore so we enjoyed it more haha.
DSC_0505DSC_0508DSC_0510DSC_0512DSC_0520DSC_0529Once we got the the west side and exchanged those shoes, we decided to go for some Indian food because I have been craving it for so long (I am actually getting so excited for lunch tomorrow as I write this because I am bringing leftovers to work and I can’t wait to eat them!). We decided on Swagat on the Upper West Side. We actually didn’t realize that we have been there once before until we got to the restaurant and saw what the inside looked like. So we knew we were going to be enjoying dinner because the first time we went there, we really loved it.
Upon arriving, it was just our luck that the restaurant wasn’t open for another 20 minutes so right away, Mariah noticed Insomnia Cookies right next door. She has literally been looking for an Insomnia Cookies that sells ice cream sandwiches for 3 weeks now. We headed in to see if maybe it would be her lucky day and of course it was, they had ice cream sandwiches! On that note, we ended up getting dessert as an appetizer O_o and there are no complaints here! Chocolate smore’s deluxe cookies with red velvet icecream! Good thing we only ordered one because it was huge but soooo delicious.FullSizeRender-3To continue the festivities, we headed into the restaurant and ordered all of our favorite dishes; onion pakoras, vegetable samosas, paneer mhakani with rice and ofcourse paratha bread! We had all of those dishes when we went to India a few years ago and we fell in love with all of them. Just like the last time, the food was amazing! All in all, we had a great day!DSC_0536DSC_0537

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