Get a Dewy Hydrating look With Volition Beauty’s Snow Mushroom Water Serum!

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Snow Mushroom, or Tremella fuciformis , is a white nearly translucent tree-ear fungus found throughout Asia and warmer climates worldwide. The fungus common name of as a wood ear for the way it looks on logs as it grows is how it’s commonly referred to as. Chinese and Japanese herbalist have used this snowy fungus for thousands of years primarily to increase fluid in the body, rid palpitations, and dry coughs. When ingested, snow mushrooms can help lower cholesterol, protect the liver, fight inflammation, prevent atherosclerosis, increase white blood cells, and may even slow the aging process. Rumor also has it, if eaten regularly, facial freckles can begin to disappear.

So if you are like me, you have heard of Snow Mushrooms in your soup covering all the amazing benefits of your body, but what if I told you their properties were just as good for outside your body like your skin?

In 2015, Allure magazine published an article about the magical yet ancient benefits of the snow mushroom mentioning as far back as the imperial Tang dynasty, one of China’s fame four great beauties concubine Yang Guifei (713-756) accredited snow mushroom with maintaining her youthful appearance. Today, modern science has explained the radical results of the fungus drawing moisture to the skin like Hyaluronic acid but completely naturally!

So what if mushrooms were you skin’s next superfood? That’s what Volition Beauty’s Snow Mushroom Serum Innovator Keidy asked when she dared to solve her problematic acne-prone skin. Ya see here, the nutrient-rich ingredients in this cocktail flood our skin and pores with nature’s sponge holding 500 times their weight in water. Since the fungus’ molecules are smaller than our pores, they are absorbed much faster delivering exceptional moisturization that is maintained for a longer time.

It gets better! The snow mushroom properties also doubles to support the skin’s natural collagen production with no free radical damage! Get out! In additionthe concoction is created using marine water that detoxifies the skin, reduces redness and shine! With watermelon and apple extracts, your skin is given an excellent source of vitamin C and A for a more radiant look. Lentil extract is also added for a dose of vitamin B5 to smooth skin and lock in moisture to reveal clearer and firmer-looking skin!

Did I mention this product is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, cruely-free and noncomedogenic? WHAT?! 

Sephora has even marked this product certified Clean at Sephora™ meaning it is formulated without: Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban. All skincare, hair, and makeup brands with the Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

So if you suffer from dry skin, fine lines/wrinkles, and pores this might just be the mushroom you’re looking for! The serum is suitable for all types of skin complexion!

I know what you may be wondering. OK, but how much is it?” Well, considering the application is a pea-size amount to cover the entire face, neck, and décolletage twice daily, the price of $62 for a 1oz bottle is actually not bad at all! But seriously, don’t take my word for it and learn about the science behind why snow mushrooms is the next best ingredient on the skincare market.

Tell me your thoughts on snow mushroom, Volition Beauty, or natural skincare in the comments below!

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Pietro Nolita: NYC’s Pink Pocket of Italy

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This pink pocket of Italy resembles a cozy 1950s-style bar/eatery offering eco-friendly Italian fare & weekend brunch. The restaurant offers healthy-ish entrees and delicious breakfast style that will dazzle your eyes and belly. The decor is playfully pink and absolutely Instagram friendly. This charming secret in the heart of NYC is a must go to for anyone looking for some great photos for Instagram or a delightful escape from the mundane brunch spots.

The food is quite delicious and on the healthier side. The restaurant caters to those allergic to gluten and dairy. Cocktails are deliciously creative and the ambiance feels as if you’ve time traveled! Be warned that the space is incredibly small so reserving a spot will be impossible. All parties must be present before you can sit down. Sitting is quite cramped and you may end up bumping elbows with your neighboring table. Taking photos can be tricky, but if politely ask you can manage to take some sweet pics to share with friends!

Pietro Nolita NYC

Pietro Nolita NYC

Pietro Nolita NYC

The magic behind this gorgeous spot is its uncanny yet exceptional ambiance of making you feel like your in a pink motif of Madonna’s “Lucky Star.” Or maybe I’m thinking the pink motif to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Regardless, be sure to check out Pietro Nolita located at 74 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan! The restaurant opens at 11am every day, and if you’re looking to snag some space and be comfortable, be sure to arrive for brunch when the resturant opens!

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My Most Epic E3 Experience Ever

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Before we get into the actual industry event, let’s start off with where I stayed with my partner in crime @ZuneGirl! My beautiful home away from home in downtown Los Angeles was nearby everything! It just so happened we were also down the street from the SONY press conference! We didn’t even need to attend it. The AirBnb included access to the pool and jacuzzi which was surrounded by foliage! See below for the view outside our window into the atrium and pool!

On the First Night..

It was honestly a blur of after parties way before the doors opened! YouTube Gaming’s after party location was incredibly beautiful but there was no open bar and no food. For such a big company, you’d think they would really make an impression?

The PUBG party was incredible with catering from all over the world and unlimited cocktails based on different landing zones in the game! I got to mingle with some incredibly talented Twitch and Mixer Streamers. I arrived at the party in style accompanied by the handsome gentleman and Mixer Partner Backdraft.

Facebook Gaming Party was quite possibly the most shocking event of the night! With Instagram booths to take the most iconic photos, Oculus Rift games available to play, unlimited drinks and food, tons of space in a giant theater in downtown Los Angeles you wonder how could it get better?

BUT IT DID! Out came the famous dance group the Jabbawockeez performing some of the most popular songs. But Facebook Gaming wasn’t done spoiling us….oh no.. They got DJ Khalid up in here! I legit lost it. 🤣

Our First Day At E3

So how does the FABulous Narz start her first day at E3? By being VIP at the Fortnite Arena! 😎 ZuneGirl and I stayed in the shade during the outside Fortnite Arena event overlooking the entire tournament. Some of the biggest celebrities like Xavier Woods, Marshmellow, Pokimane, and Ninja participated in the tournament.

The weather was literally unbearable. I can’t even imagine how the viewers or the players in the sun were handling it. Regardless, the event was streamed on YouTube, Facebook, Mixer, and Twitch accumulating over 1.5 Million max concurrent views across multiple channels! Ridiculous!

Day Turns To Night

We end up heading over to the Mixer Mixer where we see some old friends from the Mixer NYC Studio where we use to work at. We then group up and then head over to the official Fortnite After Party! Possibly the best after party at E3 and only 2nd best to Twitch Con’s 2017 after party.

What ends up happening can be easily described by the collage of photos below for your viewing pleasure. Yes, there were pinatas and toilets all over the Fortnite after party. YES, I bumped in Hai Lam. 😍

Our 2nd Day at E3

We make our way to the center for Day 2 having not set foot on the floor on the first day.  We made our way around the floor saying hi to friends and such.

Our Last Day

Honestly, the entire week went by so quickly and most of the time my phone was dead. (haha I need a portable charger…) All in all, this year E3 was by far worth every penny and effort going. I met so many contacts and amazing people it blew my mind away.

Thank you to all the Mixer staff and streamers that showed me so much compassion and love! Thank you to everyone who took time to see me during the hectic week!

Did you live E3? Hate it? What was the most exciting news you heard from the event? Do you love these types of blogs? Let me know below!

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Muses X Vinho Verde Wine Experience!

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I had the amazing time as an invited VIP influencer for the Vinho Verde Wine Experience! Thank you to the team for granting me this honorable opportunity! I indulged in amazing wines from all over Portugal and paired them with delicious food bites from NYC’s hottest restaurants!

THE WINES I LOVED~💕🥂

Attending the Vinho Verde Experience was extremely magical! Trying all kinds of wines from all over Portugal was an incredible experience. Most of the wines are from local wineries that I would never have heard of!

Getting to speak directly to the wine owner and learning about the culture and history of their wines was truly inspirational! What made the experience even more worthwhile were the creative cocktails made with some wines.

The entire event overlooked the Hudson River! Highly recommend attending this event and in the earlier sessions!

Got to see my fellow lovely Muses @Haley.Findlay, @FashionstyleFoodie, and @WorldMeetsGurl!

Thank you again to Muses and inHouse Production for the VIP invited!

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VOLKSWAGEN JETTHAUS Launch + Want LES Essential X Harrys Event

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Had the honor and privilege to attend TWO events back to back! Taking a test drive of the New Volkswagen Jetthaus was incredible!  

It’s always a blast to go out with my good friend @angelzheng_! Next, we went to an installation with Want LES Essentials and Harrys! It was truly incredible! Thank you again for having us!

Thank you again to Volkswagen, Harrys, and Want LES Essentials!

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Amazing People I Follow On Gram

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I have had the honor and privilege to know these amazing content creators outside on Instagram. They are the few people who are Divas and Hustlers. They work, go to school, and still grind on their passions because they feel alive working for themselves. I love them all to death and I know one day we will be sipping champagne successful on a yacht!

 

 

 

 

 

Who are your favorite content creators on Gram? Let me know if the comments below! Also, feel free to drop your Instagram link in the comments to connect! Also looking to meet new amazing people in the same space! 💕😚

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The Dream Machine: Brooklyn’s Best Interactive Experience Till July

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An interactive experience inspired by your dreams is now open until July 2018 and you better not miss out! The Dream Machine located in Brooklyn offers a wild journey that makes Alice in Wonderland seem like a walk in the park.

Inspired by dreams and made for reality, Dream Machine is an interactive experience designed to be tactile and shareable. Be sure to go with a camera and be prepared to take lots of pictures! 

GENERAL ADMISSION (ALL AGES) $38

GENERAL ADMISSION MATINEE (Thursday & Friday before 5 p.m.) $28

CHILDREN 3 & UNDER ARE FREE!

Warning though, you must purchase your tickets in advance and you must confirm your date when purchasing! Your ticket is only valid on the date of the ticket without exception. Some other important info:

  • Children age three and under do not need a ticket.
  • All tickets must be purchased in advance, tickets are not available at the door.
  • All tickets are non-transferable. Tickets purchased through third parties will not be accepted.
  • ID is checked at the door; One name on the tickets must match an ID of an attendee; Only one name must match per group.

Dream Machine is located at 93 N. 9TH ST. Brooklyn, NY 11249. The closest train is the L to Bedford ave. Click here to get your tickets! 

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The Wonderful World of Biossance

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NO COMPROMISE BEAUTY That is what Biossance promises when you buy their products. Formulas that are nontoxic with the highest standards committed to 100% transparency and blacklisting over 2,000 toxic ingredients from their chemist tables. WOW! 

So what have these scientists from Berkeley labs developed since 2003? Innovative biotechnology making positive impacts on the world changing how you do skincare starting with the ingredients. Utilizing a rich history of science and sustainability, Biossance creates skincare that will are incredibly effective and safe for your skincare, the environment, heck even animals!

I had the incredible opportunity to check our Biossance pop up in NOHO with my friend @Juiicyxr. We were not expecting a full class dedicated to skincare and the science behind every ingredient known to the chemist! Of the products we learned about, only three did I decide to take home and test.

OH MY GAWD, MY SKIN FEELS AMAZING

SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL sounds more like a drink than something you put on your face, but this stuff is ridiculous. This ‘No Compromise™’ formula mixes the weightless hydration of our sugarcane-derived, sustainable squalane oil with the brightening power of Vitamin C, plus rose oil! Just a drop or two of this exquisite oil delivers exceptionally soft, smooth and radiantly healthy-looking skin.

I use this for under my makeup moisturizer after having a late night out. It keeps my skin hydrated and plump! Did I also mention it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? It is clinically proven in test studies to hydrate and provide radiant glowy skin if applied twice daily. This baby deserves a 10/10!

100% SQUALANE  is something I personally have never heard before. Creating from renewable sugarcane, introducing biology’s best kept secret in moisturizer! Hydrating and locking essential oils leaving your skin soft and smooth, it also helps reduce redness and irritation. Shur up! WHAT IS THIS SQUALANE?! 

You may or may not have heard of squalane, but your skin has. The human body produces its own version (known as squalene), but the amount made and retained in the skin decreases over time. Squalane comes from squalene, which can be confusing if you don’t know the difference. Squalene is part of our skin’s own natural moisture but is also found in a variety of plants and in shark liver. Hooked! Where do I buy more? 10/10!

SQUALANE + PHYTO-RETINOL SERUM  sounds intimidating but it really isn’t. We know Squalane now so what is “phyto-retinol?” 

Extracted from the Babchi (Psoralea corylifolia) plant found to have retinol-like effects without the usual skin sensitivity and irritation, phyto-retinol simply means “of retinol-like effects” made from plants. Along with Yeast extract, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Neroli Essential Oils with scents of orange blossoms this serum is super concentrated and powerfully effective to reduce lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin without irritation or sensitivity associated with retinol as it’s plant-based.

I highly recommend testing a patch of skin first before applying as this serum is quite potent and powerful. Nonetheless, it has helped with reducing the fine lines around my eyes and reducing my own crow’s feet. 10/10 baby!

These are the three products I tried at Biossance and boy was I pleased! Have you tried them? Have questions or comments? Let me know below and I’ll be sure to respond!

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Review Ipsy Glam Bag [April]

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April is the month of flowers and rain! Where spring showers bring beautiful flowers and tons of pollen that is bound to induce sinus infections, allergies, sneezing, and discomfort. But let’s not fret that it also means a new Ipsy glam bag!

This month’s glam bag brought a product I fell madly for! But before we go into what I loved, let’s list we I got!

In My GlameBag

04-GBLP-Bag

WHAT I LOVED

Hands down this is by far my most favorite glam bag design ever. The sheer creative direction for spring and detail hit home for me. This is a bag I will not be using but just decorating my home with. (Yes, I do that sometimes!)

H2O’s Oasis Hydrating Treatment was my next favorite item in this month glam bag. I suffer from extremely dry skin and it gets worse after applying makeup. This treatment not only worked wonders as a stand along night treatment but also between my moisturizer and makeup. It’s infused with water-based ingredients like seagrass extract and water lily extract which helps condition and soften the skin. My skin literally slurped this right in! Talk about quenching a thirst! Giving this one a 10/10!

Bbellápierre Cosmetics answers the question can I have my setting powder and it gets rid of redness and dark circles too? A semi-transparent formula that looks Oh So Natural! It doesn’t cake or fuss and can be used very versatile! How I use this is as a loose setting powder under the eye and on the eyelid during the summer to keep my concealer from melting off my face. It also helps matt any liquid contour I have on. It does not cake or create those weird wrinkles on your face from your foundation, keeping everything in place! OH Darling, encore! 10/10!

Beau Gâchis Cosmetics are your best-kept secret for great brushes at affordable pricing. (They have a sale right now! Get any 5 brushes for $30!) What makes the tapered blending brush so good? The curved tip makes for great blending out eyeshadow perfectly with no mess. The brush can also double to dusting highlighter on your cheekbones or nose. Even as synthetic hair, it is fluffy for powder formulas and small enough for creams. Want that amazing smoky eye look? Get it with this brush! Si se puede, 10/10! 

WHAT I ….EH

It isn’t fair to say I didn’t love the other products I just didn’t need them as much. Personally, I did not use Symphony Beauty’s Purifect Micellar cleansing water because I am already in love with IT Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in 1 cleanser. Purifect is a cheaper version of Miracle Water and absolutely does somewhat the same except two things. The Miracle Water from IT Cosmetics also has a skin-brightening radiance booster and a whole lot of anti-aging peptides that help nourish dry skin. Purifect does contain microscopic molecules called micelles that attach to dirt and grime on your face and yes it has coconut extract (everything has coconut now) that helps hydrate and smooth your skin in a no-rinse makeup removal formula but I want more in my cleanser! Don’t you?

Last but not least Ciate London Starstruck Double Ended Stamp liquid line just didn’t give me the Starstruck feeling I needed. I get I can make stars on my makeup, but who wants black stars? Maybe someone else, but I’d prefer colored stars! Now if the end was a stencil that’s thinking outside the box!

All in all, I’m quite pleased with my bag. Let me know your thoughts on my review and tell me what you received if you are also an Ipsy member! Want to receive your own Ipsy glam bag? Get one now by clicking for a referral!

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I Am Loving this Nude Lipstick + Pencil Look, You Will Too!

You know how it takes FOREVER to find the right nude for you? Well, I found one that might work for you too! I combined Kevyn Aucoin’s Flesh Tone Lip Pencil with MacCosmetics Liptensity Lipstick in ‘Clouds in My Coffee“. I feel like I’m in heaven, guys!

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