9/11 Memorial ~ NYC

three weeks ago  I had a dr. appt. in CHinatown  and since I finished early I decided to take my daughter to 9/11 Memorial.
To be honest this is my third time visiting that place. The first was when I came to USA in 2007. Back then there was a still a huge hole in the ground where the twin towers stood.   I remember taking some pictures but I don't think I have them anymore. The second time was when I was pregnant -2009. I was showing my friend around and he wanted to go there. There still was no change since 2007.
Now, few years later we have beautiful memorial for the victims of this awful terrorist attack.
9/11 Memorial is located at World Trade Center site, former location of Twin Towers that were destroyed in September 11th attack.
There are two square  pools  in the center of where the twin towers stood. They are surrounded by the tree forest.  The names of 2,983 victims were inscribed on 76 bronze plates attached to parapets of the walls of  each pool.
One World Trade Center, also known as a Freedom Tower is the main building of rebuild World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan. It is the tallest building in NYC and  sixth tallest building in the world.

Here is few pictures form the visit. It was really cloudy that day unfortunately . I will try to go there again when its more sunny :) I also took few short videos . If you want to see them check my page on FB (click here) .

view form Chinatown

Oculus  ~  NYC , PATH station. Located between 2 WTC and 3 WTC

Pools with the victims names

One World trade center

9/11 memorial museum

Things You Should Know About Cruelty Free Cosmetics

Hi Loves! 

Today I coming to you with a quest posts from ZARA. 
Zara is a blogger over at High Style Life. She is mommy of three: two kids and puppy. She is also a designer and freelance writer. Passionate about traveling, hiking, cycling and yoga.She also writes out the things that inspire her , mostly healthy lifestyle, fashion and beauty tips. 

I hope you guys will find this post a good read. I personally love cruelty free beauty and I been using makeup and beauty products that Cruelty free daily. I mean you can also find some 'non' cruelty free products on my page. It is only because I like some of them and I am on search for cruelty free dupe. 
Without more saying lets jump to post that lovely Zara wrote for me :) 

I don’t know about you, but I began noticing just how much the internet is filled with ‘Faith in Humanity Lost’ and ‘Faith in Humanity Restored’ posts. People from all over the world step out of their way to share heart-warming stories of people helping each other, or chilling stories of cruelties and sadness. I have personally decided long ago that I will do whatever I can to make this world a better place, and that meant cruelty-free approach to life, cosmetics included.

Why do we ignore labels?

I have noticed that people generally look at the label to see who makes the product, the shade of lipstick or eye shadow, or in rare cases the list of ingredients. People who scan the labels and look for ‘cruelty-free’ signs are very rare, and that makes me sad. I remember coming across a photo of a bunny wearing eye shadow and I was appalled! Millions of animals are going through painful and uncomfortable processes so that new makeup can be out on the market. Now, unless a product has the ‘Leaping Bunny Symbol’, I’m not buying it.

What I am using

After a very extensive and thorough research, I have settled with a few brands that I like; their policies are transparent and are always cruelty-free. I love beautiful fruit-pigmented eye shadow from 100% Pure, while concealer and lipsticks I get mostly from Nyx cosmetics. ‘Cruelty-free makeup brushes’ means that they are made from synthetic fibres, and while I heard people avoid using these brushes because they are not natural, I refuse to use anything that was animal-made. When it comes to cleansing products, most commonly opt for Cosmedix Purity Deep Cleansing kit that contains the most essential products I need to keep my skin fresh and healthy. I also started making my own body scrubs from coffee and coconut oil, and face masks from eggs and olive oil; and I have to say that I’m much more satisfied with the results.

What are the alternatives?

As I mentioned with makeup brushes, it is not always black and white, and sometimes you will have to pause and think about your priorities before you make a decision. Vegan makeup means that there are no animal products inside, which also implies that no animals were harmed while it was made, but it also means that there are usually synthetic ingredients used as an alternative. On the other hand, organic makeup means that everything inside is natural, but it also includes things like beeswax or honey, which some of people who are vegan would not like. In the end, you will have to read the label carefully and make a decision.

Where you can find the right cosmetics?

The key is to be informed and know what you are looking for: is mineral-based makeup right for you or are you interested in organic makeup more? Is vegan makeup too much or the right choice for you? It will eventually be your decision, but it is always good to know that famous brands such as Lush cosmetics, Nyx, and Urban Decay are among the best cruelty-free brands on the market, especially since I personally love their products and I’m satisfied with the results.
I know that this seems irrelevant to many, but to me it represents just one of the small but effective ways to change the world by doing what is right. There is more than enough cruelty present everywhere, and I for my part choose to use cruelty-free cosmetics that not only make me look good on the outside, but it also makes me feel good on the inside too.

Hope you all enjoyed it and thank you Zatra for this post :) 

USA vs UK ~ Beauty Swap with Dorotka

Hi Loves!

I am so excited for this post. I love makeup swaps and trying new products form other countries. My friend, who lives in UK and I did a makeup swap.Basically I send her makeup products that she could not get in UK and she send me makeup  products that I could not get in USA.  
Dorota and I  meet each others on IG :) I love IG you can really meet a lot f nice people :) So we were talking a lot and decided to do a swap :) she really wanted to try colourpop :) And on top of that Dorota ordered few things, that I send her over in same box :) why pay double for shipping right? I am so excited to see her post. Dorota I hope you will like all the goodies I send :)
 I also want to say HI to all of you who comes from Dorota's post :)

Here are all social networks of Dorota's please go and follow her :)
Dorota's Instagram
Dorota's G+
Dorota's Bloglovin
Dorota's FB page
Dorota's Twitter 

I am o happy that she got me all I wanted :)  I got some MUA (which we don't have in USA) , some MUR (We only have some) and MAX Factor ( which I been dying to have!).

So here is an overview of makeup I got form Dorotka :)

First we have MUA Undress Our Skin~  Highlighters :) So happy to finally have them. I follow some UK bloggers on my IG and sometimes I see on their flat-lays those highlighters. They are fab! And can't wait to start using them!

Top ~ Opalescent Amber, Middle ~ Pink SHimmer and Bottom ~ Iridescent Gold.
Pretty right?

Next we have more MUA :) Two liquid lipsticks, Power Pout Glaze and Pixel Perfect Muli Bronze.

This Pixel Perfect Multi Bronze  is actually a blush and it is so pretty! I have my in shade Peach Blossom.   I did post swatch on my Snap when I received it. Sorry I forgot to save... same goes to lipsticks .. Ughhh...

Now Lipsticks :) Dorota got me two MUA Velvet Lip Lacquers in Unity (pale lilac) and TranQuility (peachy nude). Plus Power Pout Glaze in shade Spellbound (gorgeous red).

Then we have MAX FACTOR Blushes! OMG you guys I been dying to get my hands on them! I asked my mom to get them for me and she refused! Yes ! she said I have enough of blushes and I don't need more. Well excuse me, but I do :) So Dorata Thanks SO Much! FOr getting them for me! I have to have them all :)

I am so in love the the gold packaging and the bushes them self! they are really good!

 Top ~ Nude Mauve , Middle ~ Seductive Pink and Bottom ~ Gorgeous Berries

Really! I freaking love them :)

Moving on Monica! Stop with the blushes already ...
Next we have one more Lipstick. This time is by Makeup Revolution and it is in shade You're a Star . Pretty nude. I love nudes :) Sorry again no swatch of it ... darn it..

And now I finally got the famous chocolate palette by MUR. I been wanting them for such a long time. We recently got a MUR in USA, but we don;t have all ... patiently waiting for rest of it to arrive ... So anyways Dorota got me :
Death By Chocolate
Naked Chocolate
I Heart Chocolate Pink Fizz

Death By Chocolate

Naked Chocolate

I Heart Chocolate Pink Fizz

As you can see the palettes are so damn gorgeous! Cant wait to dig into them!

Dorota also send me a skin care! Woohoo! It is by the brand Sylveco and it is a face exfoliator. I didn't use it yet but once I will I definitely will let you guys know how I like it.

Ok I got one more thing But I forgot to take a picture of it ...
It was a brow pomade by Freedom Makeup in a shade blonde.
You can follow me on my IG and there I will post it more of it for sure :)

So one more time thank you Dorota! I really love all the new goodies :) I can't wait for another swap :)

Now if you want to see what I send to Dorota , check her blog :)
Click here for her post :)

A small preview :)

Violet Voss ~ Holy Grail and Drenched Metal ~ Palettes swatches and Review

Hi Loves,

I am freaking excited that finally I got my hands on a palette that sells out like a fresh bread. Violet Voss Holy Grail palette I wanted since they day it came out, but unfortunately it sold out within minutes. So I waited for second restock.... five minutes later... sorry the palette is out of stock.  I remember being so mad !!! Omg did  you ever wanted something so bad and couldn't get it ? for me that this palette. Then it came 3rd restock and this time I asked my hubby's cousin to get it for me . It was Friday, I was stuck at work and what if I missed it again? Didn't want to take any chances... Snow got it for me! and I was thrilled beyond words.

* Crystal ~ shimmery champagne shade, great for inner corner and browbone highlight
* Ploof ~ shimmer pink. Pretty shimmer also great for inner corner and browbone highlight.
* Thanks A Latte ~ pale beige,  this one is a matte shade and I love it.
* Transition ~ matte , medium brown. As the name suggest perfect for transition.
* Hashtag ~ matte orange shade. Not into orange shades but this one is so pretty

* Awesome Sauce ~ shimmer , brozny peach. Really pretty!
* Bestie ~ matte, soft brown with peach undertones. Perfect transition shade.
* Toffee ~ metallic shade. Bronze with golden sheen. SO gorgeous!
* Chill ~ also metallic. Its brownish bronze color.
* How U Doin ~ metallic burnt rose gold. I love this one!

* Bat My Eyes ~ metallic dark bronzy brown.
* Cool Beans ~ metallic bronze. Look different in the pan tho.
* R U Kitten Me ~ matte medium brwon with red undertones. Another great transition shade.
* So Jelly ~ shimmery pink. So pretty and one of my faves in the palette
* On Fleek ~ metallic burnt reddish brown.

* Brownie Points ~ matte dark brown with warm undertones
* Teddy Bear ~ matte brown with plummy undertones
* Glamping ~ metallic reddish brown bronze
* Cranberry Splash ~ warm metallic red. So freaking pretty!
* Wine N Dine ~ matte cranberry fuchsia ! never owned a color like this

Once it arrived in mail I was in love! the colors are just perfect! I mean just take a look at her ! isn't she perfect? No wonder they call it Holy Grail, because it is a Holy Grail for me :) 
The palette price is $52 but they always  have e a code for $10 off so it brings price down to $42. 
The shadows are amazing! Pigmented, soft and easy to blend. There is mix of metallic and mates. This palette is filled with warm neutral shades: golds, bronzes, maroons. Like I said palette is beyond amazing! Definitely a must have for any beauty junkie.

I also got a Drenched Metal Palette. Actually it was a gift form My Imats Fairy. One of my good friend pick this beauty up on IMATS :) I just need Liquid Lipsticks and Highlight Trio and my life will be complete. OMG I am such a hardcore beauty junkie, I just need everything hahah!

* Poppin ~ shimmery pale champagne
* Kisses  ~ pale peach shimmer
* Confession ~ pinky peach shimmer
*Crush It ~ metallic rose gold
* Secret ~ matte beige

* I'm So Fancy~ shimmery turquoise it soooo pretty!
* Mermaid Vixen ~ metallic dark turquoise with duochrome. MY fave!
* Grunge ~ metallic taupe
* Minx ~ medium metallic brown
* Squad Goals ~ Shimmery light gold. Another fave!

* Frisky ~ shimmery cobalt blue
* Dark Desires ~ purple shimmer
* Slaycation ~ shimmery brown with green duochrome
* Come Thru ~ creme shimmer
* Livin ~ metallic copper

* Shade ~ silver with purple duochrome
* Bliss ~ antique metallic gold
* Huntress ~ reddish bronze , metallic
* Forbidden ~ brick red shimmer so freaking pretty
* Midnight Myst ~ matte black

 So anyways back to Holy Grail's sister ~ Drenched Metal. 
Palette comes with 20 full sized shades. Just like Holy Grail. The shadows are amazing! As you can tell this one is much cooler then other one. We have gorgeous foil metallic shades.and they are stunning!
 I also bought newest palette Laura Lee's and I cant wait for it to arrive.
All Violet Voss palettes are amazing! the eye shadows are pigmanted an they blend so good! definitely check them out!

You can purchase them at Violet Voss website and Ricky's NYC 
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