Random Trip ~ Chinatown, Lincoln Center and Central Park ~ NYC lifestyle




Saturday was supposed to be a quick Dentist visit in Chinatown and then we were supposed to go home. But. We don't go out often these days. I work full time and weekends are my cleaning and relaxing day. I rarely go out. But since we were already int he city, so why not? After our dentist appt in Chinatown we jumped in F train on East BWAY station and took uptown to Rockefeller CTR and transfer to D. Then we took it two stops to Columbus Circle and then 1 train to 66th Street Lincoln Ctr. Hahaha! confusing right? I bet if you not form around here it might be. We went all the way to 66th street to visit my sister in law who works at Garment Garage, small supermarket with very yummy foods. Its right across the street form Juliard, cant missed it. If you around in the area def check it out. They have the best Hungarian Mushroom Soup! it smells and tastes almost like the one my mom and my grandma makes!oh men I missed that soup! with Christmas around corner is miss it even more. But long story make it short. After we ate and hang out with Snow, we went to take few pics at Lincoln Center :) Nice place but outside not much to do. After we were supposed to walk down to Columbus Circle and take train home , but with Central Park right in front of us we decided to take a short walk in the park. It was cold and gloomy. But we did had lots of fun.
Here is full load of pictures! enjoy !

Random Christmas Trees in Chinatown :)




At Lincoln Center :)









In love with this Tree, right across the street of Lincoln Center









Central Park :) No matter the season always beautiful :)







till next time :)
~ Monica 

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette ~ Holiday 2017 ~ Swatches and Review

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Where should I start? Hahaha! Guys I love this palette! I wanted it ever since I saw the preview of it on IG. Yes I know I am always broke coz of IG.

Anyways let me state that this palette was send to me by Kevyn Aucoin and Octoly. I been part of Octoly Influencers since the it launched in US. So that will be a what two years already? Correct me if I'm wrong.


It made my day when Kevyn Aucoin accepted me to this campaign. I love love love his products. 
The Neo-Trio palette is everything you need to create a full face look. 
The three mini palettes are magnetized and can be pulled apart. Which is so cool! Plus they are mini and that means travel friendly! 


This cute little set includes:
* Neo-Setting Powder ~ as the name suggest is it supposed to be a setting powder/ But as I swatched it, for me it look more of a highlight. There is beautiful sheen to it. So I say you can use it as a all over the face powder and it will give you beautiful dewy finish. But than again, I have an oily skin so I don't want my face to glow and let it be seen from space. I use it as a highlight. Its very subtle and perfect for every day. So with that said this do not work for me as a all over face powder, I prefer it as a highlight.

* Neo-Limelight in Ibiza ~ I been drawn to it from the first look. I love purple hues especially when it comes to highlights. This looks stunning on the cheekbones! It features iridescent trio of ombre colors from pale gold, cool pink and beautiful lilac.  It have gorgeous sheen with very minimal  shimmer that gives beautiful glowy effect without being too much. This might be my favorite palette of all three :) I need to get a full sized palette of this shade :) 

* Neo-Bronzer in Capri ~ I do prefer Capri over Sienna :) Don't get me wrong I still really like Sienna, its just Capri is more on a cooler side and well more me :). I have a light complexion and I think it suits me more. Just as Neo-Limelight it features three ombre shades: pale gold, pinky-peachy in the middle and gorgeous broznze. The shades can be worn alone or can be mixed together for a sun kissed look. It has great silky smooth texture and blends really beautifully. The blush and the highlight are so pretty. With the brozner I have to go light handed tho. but it does watm my skin and all three shades looks simply stunning. 


Overall I am really happy with this palette. First off you get to try three Kevyn's products in price of one. Talk about a great deal. Second the formulation is amazing. Silky smooth, great pigmentation, blends and applies like a dream :) 
This can also make a great Christmas gift for a makeup lover :) 


BTW did you guys see the new Electropop Pro shadow palette? OMG the colors are life! I need it my collection :) And so far I been hearing all great reviews so yes! 

Palette is available at 

Jan Marini Holiday Edition Sugar Cookie Exfoliator ~ Perfect Holiday Gift for Her

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Thanksgiving is over. Black Friday madness is over. Now it is time to start thinking of my favorite Holiday ~ Christmas! Yes so it is finally appropriate time to put on Christmas music, start decorating and plan Christmas dinner. We are so taking out and decorating our tree today :) 

I love buying gifts :) I love to spoil my friends, family and myself :)  
I will try to post a gift guides on the blog, I said try coz with my busy schedule I don't know how will that work. Anyways I will be doing a reviews here and on my IG on products that could make a great gifts :) 



Jan Marini Sugar Cookie Exfoliator is one of the products :)
This decent exfoliator combines physical and chemical exfoliators with antioxidants for silky smooth, glowing complexion. Proteolytic enzymes (papaya and pineapple) and glycolic acid polish the skin for superior exfoliation, without harsh abrasives. Specially designed microscopic particles gently exfoliate while releasing a skin protectant for silky smooth finish. 

Jan Marini says that this exfoliate is great for any type of skin. Dry, oily, normal... I have oily skin and it does work great :) As soonest you ope it you get hit with a sugar-vanilla cookie scent. It smells so yummy! I want to eat it! Dont look at me like that.Who is guilty of  eating raw cake batter or even a cookie dough? I know I am :)  Every time my grandma or my mom were making a cake or cookies I would be sitting there with a spoon in my hand and waiting for them not to see, run to the bowl and eat that deliciousness. LOL. After they loaded a cake in the oven I would get a bowl with left over batter and mixer handles to lick all the yummy stuff hahaha. They were always saying that i will get a stomach pain and all but never happened. Too be honest I eat cake batter till now and I am not ashamed to admit it. Same goes for cookie dough. 
So yeah with that said, this products reminds me of the Holiday baking at home and if I could I would eat it, it really does smell good.
Sugar Cookie Exfoliator comes in a pretty silver jar. It does have some weight to it tho. Even the box looks festive :) Its white and silver and then on the top there are the kinda like glitter sparkles :) Makes me wanna think of Winter :) 
Once you unscrew the lid you will see and smell all that goodness :) The exfoliator looks more like a caramel sugar-vanilla cookie batter. It have this caramely color and omg you guys I really wish you could smell this! 



But it not only smells good but it works great too! Like I said earlier it is very gentle on the skin. The creamy batter holds exfoliating beads that are soft and gently exfoliate the skin. The silicon particles are supposed to dissolve as you massage them. It doesn't sting (although that my happen, Jan Marini said this might happen and its normal) or irritate my skin. Use it on a wet face using circular motion for 30-60 seconds. Exfoliator can be used two-three times a week Am or Pm. 
I love the way m y skin felt after words. Soft, smooth and bright.  By the way you can use it as a mask too. I recently got a Lacome mask/exfoliator, and on the direction said to rub all over you face, leave it for few minutes and rinse it off. So I try the same direction with this product and it works great! It like leaving conditioner in you hair instead of mask for 10 min, you can do same with this product. Leave on for few min and be welcomed by new beautiful skin :) I am up for a perfect complexion for Holidays :) 

(skin care #flatlay)

I have to say it that the presentation of this product got me! they way the advertise it is freaking adorable! Take a look at the pics below! so so so cute! 
Jan Marini you did great! and thank you for allowing me to try this goodness :)




Bring Holiday Cheers to everyone with this amazing product :) 
Buy it at Jan Marini 
Price $90 (2oz)

** this Sponsored post. Sample was provided by BrandBacker and Jan Marini



InstaNaturla Glycolic Acid Serum and SPF 30 Vitamin C Moisturizer ~ My must haves in daily skin care . Plus Black Friday Deals

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Let me show you my two must haves in my skin care :) InstaNatural products have been one of my favorites for a long time. I started to work with this brand hmm I think like 2 years ago.  As the matter of fact I posted a review of my very first three products here on the blog in 2016. You can see it here. Yup they were in old packaging LOL.  I personally love the new revamped packaging of their products. White with green leaf, beautiful and minimalistic. As the months and years go by InstaNatural adds new products :) The have a whole lot of range of different oils, that I will be talking next month of :)


A little backstory on InstaNatural. They are a Florida based brand with vision to provide natural and effective skin care solutions. Their products line is developed by focusing on using organic and natural ingredients in their formulations without harmful parabens or other questionable ingredients. 


Company's newest baby launched on November 9th 2017 and its the Glycolic Acid Serum. They launched this serum for Holidays :) InstaNatural is well known for innovation in serums and this Glycolic Acid Serum will continue this tradition of excellence, formulated for exfoliation and hydration with this new, proprietary 8% Glycolic C Complex. This product was developed in response to customers wanting natural Glycolic products that are gentle on the skin. 
InstaNatural's  8% Glycolic C Complex contains blend of glycolic acid, vitamin c and their proprietary Botanical Complex to boost cell renewal, support collagen production and refine the skin appearance. In addition, hyaluronic acid and argan oil to provide needed hydration. 


The serum comes in 1fl oz/30ml bottle with dropper  Easy to use. The consistency of the serum is not so runny. Like some serums can be like water so you have to be careful with them. this one is on a bit thicker side. It does have a light natural scent to it, which don't bother me. Once I apply to my face, serum sinks in right away. There is no greasy residue or what so ever left. It is gentle, I have a sensitive skin and this product wear nicely and I didn't notice any breakouts or redness. I been using it only night time and I can tell you that my skin feels more hydrated then before. While testing Glycolic Acid Serum I didn't use any other products in my night time skin care routine.  


Overall I think this is wonderful product. Feels light weight and like I said sinks in right away and leaves skin looking and feeling hydrated. This will be a perfect product for upcoming cold wintery months, when skin will need that extra kick of a moisture. I am actually thinking of buying one more bottle for my mom. I know she will love this :) 
Shop here


Next stop we have a SPF 30 Vitamin C moisturizer. I have this baby since summer and I can get enough of it. It is fantastic. InstaNatural SPF 30 Vitamin C Moisturizer is formulated to prevent common signs of aging, while protecting against daily sun exposure. Mineral based board spectrum sunscreen leverages the power of Vitamin C with Niacinamide  and hyaluronic acid visibly reduce the appearance of aging, while blend of natural extracts offer antioxidant defense for healthy radiant complexion. 
The key ingredients :
* Zinc and Titanium Dioxide ~ natural minerals that serve as a primary sun protection ingredients
* Vitamin C ~ brightens, tones and tightens appearance of skin while supporting healthy collagen. Vitamin C is also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots.
Niacinamide ~ supports healthy skin barrier while decreasing appearance of discoloration and redness. 
* Hyaluronic Acid ~ acts like drink of water to the skin, hydrating and plumping appearance of lines and wrinkles
* Sunflower Seed Oil ~ is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A, D and E to nourish skin while providing lightweight moisture. 



I been using this moisturizer a lot during summer days. It wears really nicely under makeup. During the day my skin got this radiant look. It was glowing. and not greasy. It applied and blended really good as well. I haven't notice a white cast that I know some SPF moisturizers, sun screens leaves. 
I know my skin looked healthy and plumped :) Like I mention few months ago on LIVE video I did with InstaNatural my co worker said my skin looked really good when I wore this moisturizer as a base of my makeup. It looked plumped and bouncy :) and it was definitely more healthy and  radiant. 
Again it worked well on my sensitive skin  :)  I will continue to use it during colder months as well. Coz even in winter we need a good SPF :)
Shop here. 



I have a good news! InstaNatural will have a killer sale during Thanksgiving Week! It is so exciting!

Form Thursday, November 23 to Sunday, November 26, 2017 
* 25% off site wide at InstaNatural.com
* All Orders will get a deluxe sample of InstaNatural Retinol Serum. 

PLUS free, full-sized gift with purchase:
* $25+ purchase = Free InstaNatural Micellar Water ($15 value)
* $50 + purchase = Free InstaNatural Micellar Water and Eye Cream ($35 value)
* $75 + purchase = Free InstaNatural Micellar Water and Eye Cream and Eye Lash Enhancing Serum ($60 value)
* Free Shipping with $35 purchase 


So that would be it for today. Like I said I will be doing a reviews of InstaNatural Oils next month :)  both products can be purchased at InstaNatural website and Amazon. They do have a large selection of products there. 
So if you are not based in US and would like to try their products check also Iherb.com
Their are also available at Walmart.com, Jet.com and LuckyVitamin.com


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Star Family Collection ~ JeffreeStar Cosmetics ~ swatches




My Jeffree Start Family Collection arrived at the end of October:)  And Guys I am obsessed! The cute house that lippies are housed in is so freaking adorable! I just can't!
I order it the day it launched via Beautylish and guys the shipping was super fast and they way it came packed!?! Yes Beautylish you did an amazing job and I will be definitely ordering again! I just had to throw it in here. Coz some brands they don't care about packing products, not making sure they secured, they don't even put a bubble wrap! Yes it happen few times with my orders, so i am glad Beautylish cares about their customers and products they ship! A+ for that.



Now lets get back to the collection, coz I bet you want to read about it and not of my Beautylish experience. 
At first I thought that was a Holiday collection, I don't know where that thought came from tho. Anyways someone on IG told me that it was not a Holiday Collection but just a Family Collection that Jeffree have been working on for a while. When I first saw the post all over IG, I knew I wanted the House with lippies and a highlighter. I love Jeffree highlight formula. As the matter of fact I own few in my Star Collection :)There is still few that are on my wishlist :) With that I wait till Black Friday :)I heard there will an awesome sale so yeah can't wait you guys!



anyways back to the collection.
Like I said the liquid lipsticks come in  a cute pink house, that have Jeffree Star Logo and right below holographic Family Collection. Once you open up you will see the Family Picture of Jeffree, Nathan and their cute doggies with Jeffree's and Nathan's signature as well as doggies paw prints and their names. I mean adorable as hell!
 On the other side we have beautiful liquid lipsticks :)



* Nathan ~ warm toned terra-cotta nude. My favorite in the collection :) it looks so pretty
* Wifey  ~ dark brick toned red.
* Diva ~ pink with metallic gold shift. Named after Jeffree's first dog.
* Diamond  ~  beautiful periwinkle shade. named after their second Pomeranian  dog.
* Delicious ~  deep grey based mauve shade. Named after 3rd dog, who's fur was exact color when he was a baby.
* Baby Daddy ~  another pretty warm taupey nude. Named after their 4th Pomeranian dog

(swatches in  order the shades were  mentioned)

Each lipstick have a pink cap and holographic starts and writing on them. Formula is same as the other liquid lipsticks. They dry matte but their not as drying and crumbly as other liquid lipsticks.They are really comfortable on the lips :)
The set that I showed you here retails for $75. Each lipstick if you want to buy separately $18.



Now the star of the show, the Skin Frost Highlight in shade Neffree. OMG you guys the most beautiful highlight I own. Its this icy purple pink with a shimmer finish. It looks pink on me, but you can see the purple shift, depends on how light hits it. It is blinding!  But I don't think it is consider duo chrome.  I live for it! It comes in a baby pink package with holographic detailing.  The only bad thing I have to say about this highlight is that it was really hard to take a pics of it.  it made a white background looks all yellow and well not so nice. but what choice do I have LOL :) The highlight just like other skin frosts retails at $29.



I love the video that Jeffree posted on his channel. Its was so cute to watch! the doggies are so adorable! I am such a dog person and dogs are just my favorite! and I love them all.  their family is just so cute and fun! Ahh it made me smile and I am just love it.

Korean Skin Care ~ Masqueology 24K Gold Under Eye Gels

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Before Octoly I never heard of  Masqueology Skin Care. Did you? 
I found the brand in my Octoly free store and when I saw the 24K Gold Under Eye gels I need to have it. Can you believe I have never use under eye gels before?  They like a mask for you under eyes. Just put it on and relax :) 



The hydrogel under eye patches with gold and collagen will lift and firm the eye area while helping against dark circles. They hydrogel will give moisture and elasticity to the skin. 



They come in a cute gold packaging that contains 15 pairs of eye gels. They are really gold! They are single use masks for under eyes. lightweight and lightly scented. I do like the scent tho. If you are not a fan you will not like it coz once the eye gels are on the skin they still have a scent to it. I used it twice so far and I really been liking it. It definitely gave a kick of moisture to my under eye area. I did see that they did firm my under eyes. As I don't have much problems with dark circles I can't comment on how they work. 
I used them after a clean my face. I placed each under my eyes and relax. Keep them on for 10-20min and take them off, gently rubbing reaming serum in. I think they are in soaked in some sort of serum. 
I think they are great addition to any skin care routine. Plus for the price why not give it a shot? 
Walmart carry them for only $10 ! which is a steal if you ask me. 
I can recommend them enough.  If you shopping at Walmart pick them up :) 
you can shop them here

Fave skin care picks IG @villemo20

I really want to try more of the 24K line and other products by the brand :)

till next time!
~Monica 

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