September 28, 2013
Foundation sucks. There, I said it. I really hate everything about foundation, especially the fact that I need it. I've been plagued with acne since middle school, and I didn't know how to take care of my skin back then- so lots of horrible squeezing and scarring ensued, leaving me with permanent red blotches. I really can't go out without covering up my red scars, and concealer on the trouble areas never blends well, so an all-over coverage has seemed like the only option. Usually, my tinted moisturizer is enough, but I always felt like there could be something better out there for me.
This predicament wouldn't be so bad if I had found a foundation that works on my skin. Often, formulas are too matte for my dry complexion or are too yellow for my skin tone. I've been hearing about Sephora's Color IQ program, and finally decided to give it a try this week. The results were... ugh.
The Color IQ technology essentially promises to find your exact shade and then match that with the shades offered by all of the foundation products Sephora carries. "Grool! Finally an end to this struggle bus ride," I thought. To find my shade, the makeup artist at Sephora scanned my skin with some digital instrument at my neck, cheek, and forehead, and then a magical code of letters and numbers came up to reveal my color. You're looking at 4Y07 (Y for yellow-based).
The make up artist told me that the scan usually matches users with between 30-40 products in their shade. I got so excited to see what I'd been missing in the world of foundation, only to be presented with... eight. Eight matches. So I tried them ALL. Each was slightly off, always little TOO yellow or TOO matte. One product, however, did work pretty well- Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Bamboo Beige. The kicker? That's the foundation I already use!
Frustrated and bare-faced (yes, because I took off each foundation to be left with nothing on my face, my red blotches for all of the East Village to see), I walked home and quickly put on some coverage for a meeting later that night. I was recounting the tale to my roommate as I applied my stand-by tinted moisturizer, Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Tinted Moisturizer, when she said, "But wait, that product is perfect for you- it's more 'cover-up-y' than I expected it to be. That's what you've always been wearing?" Huzzah!! Vindication that my trusty tinted moisturizer was really what I needed on a daily basis. EA isn't sold at Sephora, which is why I wasn't matched with it.
Underwhelming experience, to say the least, but I have a new-found appreciation for my TM... and will be using my Sephora VIB points on things like blush instead.
September 26, 2013
When I got home from Israel, I had one weekend to: unpack, get back on U.S. time, do approx. 5 loads of laundry, buy/sand/paint new furniture for my apartment, pack for my apartment, MOVE IN to my apartment, reconnect with my friends, and get ready for the school year. After accomplishing all of that, I thought, "Okay, I need another break," and drove off to Washington D.C. for three days with my best friend and our moms.
It was the perfect way get back into the American way of things and say goodbye to an amazing summer. We stayed in the heart of Georgetown at the same hotel as when I visited D.C. schools my senior year of high school. It was strange being back 4 years later, now setting out for my senior year in college, and reflecting on the choices I've made in the time since.
Highlights of trip include a visit to the National Zoo, the National Archives, a healthy dose of cupcakes, my first legal happy hours stateside, a trip to Sweetgreen (my friend and I had attended the Sweetlife music festival earlier this year), and of course, the Newseum. I was editor of my high school paper and have wanted to visit the Newseum ever since- I seriously geeked out over the interactive News Room, where made my debut as weather girl! It was a fantastic trip- at once relaxing and exciting- and I think I can see myself living in D.C. after graduation...
September 25, 2013
Cannoli's, pizza, fried Oreos- oh my! Yes, the time of year has come for the San Ganerro Festival in Little Italy. I stopped by the feast this past weekend and was delightfully overwhelmed by the smells, sights, and sounds. First I got a Pina Colada in a coconut- I was little disappointed by the taste, but the novelty of drinking out of a coconut was enough. After walking around, we built up an appetite and sat down for some grilled chicken parm and penne vodka- AMAZING. We had such a difficult time deciding where to sit since every restaurant had amazing-looking specials! I knew I couldn't leave the festival without having a mini cannoli, so I was sure to save room for the treat, which I had on the way home. NYC fall festival at it's finest!
September 18, 2013
I've been really inspired by Design Darling's list of 101 Things in 1001 Days lately, and I thought I would make my own list of things to accomplish. My version is a 25 by 25- things that I would like to do by the day before my 26th birthday (I want to give myself the year that I'm 25 to be able to work on this list). Some of the things are silly, and some are serious, but I will try to elaborate on these goals in future posts.
- Consistently take care of my body- inside and out
- Set and stick to a personal budget
- Celebrate my college graduation with a large party of family and friends
- Train for and run a 5k
- Go on a road trip
- Get my palms read
- Throw a proper (but fun!) dinner party
- Be in Times Square on new year's eve
- Experience in the Superbowl in bar with both teams represented
- Take my parents out to a nice dinner with my own money
- Go on a vacation completely funded on my own
- Karaoke in front of a large crowd
- Learn a new sport, and practice it often
- Find a cause I'm passionate about and contribute to it regularly
- Attend the NYC Ballet
- Take another sailing class
- Learn about the issues important to me and cast an informed vote in the 2016 presidential election
- Go skydiving or parasailing
- Go on a camping trip
- Travel to the Galapagos and Machu Pichu with my mom
- Go skinny dipping and embrace my body while doing it
- Read one fiction and one non-fiction book a year
- Make a habit of sending "Thank You"/"Congratulations"/ and "Happy Birthday" snail mail cards
- Fall for-real in love
- Actually read the Torah on schedule from one Simchat Torah to the next
*put 10 dollars into savings for every goal accomplished* - another detail inspired by Design Darling!
September 16, 2013
That's right: Tory. Burch. Beauty.
After my initial excitement about the prospect of a beauty line created by Tory- a stunning, smart, successful female whose business and blog serve as constant inspiration- I took a second to wonder why this venture hadn't happened sooner! It seems like a no-brainer that the TB Empire should include beauty and fragrance. Whatever the reason, I'm glad it's happening now.
My fragrance prediction: clean, crisp, and floral. I'm particularly excited about the pendant and candle.
images via ToryBurch.com
August 28, 2013
During my senior year of high school, I had to craft an essay in which I defined "beauty." I came up with something unquestionably cliche at the time, but I've recently been reflecting on what I find beautiful and why. For example, I love LOVE love looking at displays of beauty products. Not the displays on the department store counter, but how real women set up their stashes. The photos above are my favorite Pinterest finds (the majority of which are from Into the Gloss- natch), because the displays incorporate unexpected elements to compliment the product packaging. Lucite cubes, mirrored trays, glass perfume bottles, a smokey candle jar- they all lend a beauty to the mess of products they compliment or corral. To me, the display is just as beautiful as what the products are meant to achieve.
August 26, 2013
To say that I had a transformative summer would be a gross understatement. I spent two months living and interning in Israel- right on the port of Tel Aviv. This was my second abroad experience, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to become a part of another culture again. It's a jarring yet refreshing experience to learn a new bus route, a new commercial culture, a new religious custom- and all in a foreign language. I got to taste tons of new food, observe religious practices, attend an Israeli-British wedding, learn about the Tel Aviv start-up culture, make some incredible friends, lose myself, and find myself once more. L'chiam!