March 27, 2017

Macy's Flower Show Carnival

Welcome back! Today's post is dedicated to Macy's and it's annual Flower Show. Every Spring, Macy's puts on a flower show to celebrate the beginning of Spring. If you live in New York, Chicago or San Francisco, then you can visit your Macy's store and smell the beauty of these flowers.  

New York: 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
Chicago: 111 N State Street, Chicago IL 60602
San Francisco: 170 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This year, Macy's Flower Show theme is Carnival, and you will be able to visit these floral scenes from Sunday, March 26th through Sunday, April 9th. There are dozens of plants and flowers that are blooming throughout the first half of the store and everything smells wonderful. This event is of course free and is great for tourists and window shoppers that would like to add a little extra fun to their shopping experience. This year you will see a Carnival theme with various animal statues decorated with flowers that move like a carousel. 


March 20, 2017

Dealing With Depression: My Story

Let me start off by saying that by no means is this post a "cure" for depression. I just want to share how I have coped with my depression and what has been working for me lately. I will be talking about the methods that I have used to make my days a bit more happier and less gloomy. I'm not saying that now I never struggle with depression (I wish), but I have figured out little ways that help me cope with it. There are times in which my depression is too much to handle and I cry for nights and sometimes I don't feel like getting out of bed. There are times where I am the happiest person alive and everything is falling into place. When I am at my happiest I feel as though I am waiting for the moment when my happiness goes away. Let's get started on how I've dealt with this for years:

1. Getting rid of negative people in your life:
This is one that is easier said than done. Throughout the years I've noticed that there has been a consistent pattern with how people have affected my well-being. I've done things to impress people that were never really my friends to begin with but I was too caught up in the idea of having friends. Some people are just so negative that just being around them automatically changes my mood and just makes me sad and question why they are so rude and just not a nice person overall. For the past 2 years I've been working on cutting off "friends" from my life by simply distancing myself from them. This might not be the best approach of letting go of friendships but this has worked for me. This can be as simple as unfriended them on Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media accounts. I feel as though throughout the years I've discovered who my real friends are and the type of person that I want to associate myself with. 

2. Journaling
For the past 3 years I have had a fair share of "journaling" and it was something that never stuck around because I simply did not know how to journal properly. I was more concerned about filling up a page instead of writing down what I truly felt. For the past month I have kept one journal and I have found a system that works for me. I am strict about writing down my happenings from everyday but I don't beat myself up if I miss a night since I always make sure to make it up the next day. My method is now simpler since I only write down about a paragraph whether it's been a negative or positive day. If it's been a negative day with negative thoughts, I always write down "things will get better, it just takes time", "happiness is my end goal", etc. These positive quotes really helps me into looking forward to the future and ending my day on a positive note. I have a reminder that sets off around 9:30 p.m. every night which is around the time I start getting ready for bed on a weekday. If you are wanting to get a journal I highly suggest picking a journal that instantly makes you happy when you see it. I bought myself a unicorn journal that just makes me smile every time I see it. You can check it out HERE

3. Pampering Yourself
When we are feeling depressed we tend to not want to do anything for ourselves. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone a day(s) without showering or brushing my hair because I felt like it wouldn't make a difference in the way I was feeling. 

March 13, 2017

Affordable Sweaters

It is still sweater weather here in NYC. So today's post is all about affordable sweaters that are comfortable and stylish for this season. 

This first one is definitely a favorite of mine that I wear whenever I want to feel comfortable and know that I'm about to indulge in some delicious food that will later leave me with a visible food baby. This sweater does have some open knit holes down the sides of the front so I recommend layering this with a tank top underneath for extra warmth. I usually wear this sweater with a nude bra. I love the way this sweater keeps me warm and it has a loose fitted mock neck which is in style this season. Because this is a knit sweater I recommend being extra careful with your jewelry pieces since I have damaged this sweater by accidentally tugging on it with my rings. I bought this sweater at TJ Maxx but I found a similar one under $15 at Nordstrom Rack and this one from Buckle.

This next one is more on the trendier side with little warmth but still comfortable. I usually like to wear this cold shoulder sweater with skinny jeans or sometimes with black leggings (I know, I know, leggings are not pants!). I must say that the cold shoulder definitely makes you cold during the winter time so if you're not about that life then just skip out on this. I however don't mind since I usually carry a blanket scarf that I can wrap around myself if I do get cold. I found this burgundy cold shoulder sweater at TJ Maxx as well and find it to run really big since the one above is a size small so an x-small would've fit a lot better around the arms. I found a similar one from Miss Guided in a knit material that should be a lot warmer.

March 6, 2017

Best Makeup Under $10 from the Drugstore

Hello my beautiful people! today's post is dedicated to beauty and my favorite makeup products under $10! In no particular order let's get started:

1. KIKO Eyeshadows
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This first one is technically not a drugstore brand but I decided to include it anyways because of the price and quality of these eyeshadows. I blieve KIKO is a fairly new brand but they have quickly become a staple in my collection. These shadows in store and online range anywhere from $3.90 - $6 individually. They are super blendable and give off a lot of pigmentation which is hard to come by in any drugstore eyeshadow for this price. I can almost say with certainty that these are similar to the Makeupgeek eyeshadows. 

2. NYX Cake Powder
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If you are looking for an affordable way to fill in your brows, I highly recommend this NYX Cake Powder. At Ulta, CVS, and NYX's website, this cake powder trio retails for $5.99 and they have a great color range to choose from. This of course is not as great as the ABH Brow Wiz or the Benefit brow pencils but for a drugstore product this will definitely do it's job.

3. Wet N Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick

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These are by far the BEST drugstore matte liquid lipsticks I have ever tried! These came out not so long ago but everyone in the beauty community has been raving about these. I did a comparison between this and the Tarte liquid lip paints and they are identical in formula and wear. These retail for only $4.99 at the drugstore and I seriously believe that you will not find anything better than this at the price it retails for. Currently I have the middle shade and another one in Give me Mocha and I cannot wait to make another trip to Duane Reade/Walgreens and get my hands on a couple more shades. 

4. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder

When it comes to drugstore makeup, I feel as though NYC (New York Color) is underrated and not talked about by many in the beauty community. Recently I've noticed that NYC has come out with fairly new and revamped beauty products but haven't heard much about it. This bronzer is one of my favorites as it is blendable and completely matte which I enjoy. I believe they also recently revamped the look as the picture on the right is in new packaging. This retails for under $4 at the drugstore and you can find it at Target, Duane Reade, and Rite Aide. Unfortunately this bronzer only comes in one shade which is "Sunny" so it may not work for some skin tones. 

5. Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara & Covergirl LashBlast Plumpify Mascara
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When it comes to mascaras, I always make sure to give every drugstore brand a chance and I have to say that the mascara brand that sticks out to me the most are the ones made by Covergirl. I immediately fell in love with the Full Lash Bloom mascara 3 years ago and there is no other drugstore brand that I can compare this to. A couple months ago I also decided to try out the LashBlast Plumpify mascara since a lot of people were raving about it and now I know why. If you want a mascara that does not clump up your lashes but holds your curl then look no further because these will do just that. The lash bloom mascara retails for $7.99 at Ulta but the plumpify mascara does retail for $11.99 but I feel as though most drugstores always have their makeup on sale or a promotion with a "buy one get one" deal and Ulta always has a $3.50 off $15 coupon that can be applied to drugstore makeup. 

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When it comes to setting sprays, I always want one that is effective and easy to apply. I have been using the e.l.f. makeup mist & set for over 5 years now and I gravitate towards that one more than my Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. This setting spray only retails for $3 so I really do think that this product should be worth a lot more than that. I have heard a lot of great reviews on the Milani Make it Last setting spray and have yet to get my hands on this since it is always sold out at any drugstore that I am in. The Milani setting spray retails for $10 and is only 0.01 ounces bigger than the e.l.f one. 

7. Essence Gel Base Coat, Essence Gel Top Coat, & Essence Satin Matte Top Coat 

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Before I discovered these, my nail polish would always chip the very next day or within a couple of hours after application. I started off only having a gel mani done a couple of times since that was chip resistant. When I discovered these at Ulta I thought they were too good to be true since it retails for $3.99. I must say that applying both the gel base and top coat, my nail polish lasts on my nails for about 5 days which is saying a lot considering that I have tried so many nail polish brands that claim to last on your nails for 1-2 weeks. I have yet to try these with my Essie nail polishes but I am hoping these do the trick on them as well. 

Thanks for tuning in! Let me know if you've tried any of these products mentioned or if you recommend any products I may have missed out on but need to try. 

XoXoXo- Jess