My 5 Favs (+5): Feb/March


Although my fit life includes lots of sweating on my yoga mat and in Pilates and fitness studios all over NYC, I always try to look my best by using the top beauty products on the market. Here are my 5 favorite (+5) picks for this month.


1 — Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Whisper ($7)

I love to keep my lips moisturized with a natural gloss throughout the day. This gloss is enriched with apricot wax and sunflower seed oil which keeps my lips moist and has a shiny finish.


2 — Olive Oil Mud Soap by Sabon ($6.80)

Made with olive, coconut, and aromatic oils and herbs, this mud soap is gentle and nurturing for the skin. It contains Dead Sea mud which works as an antiseptic suitable especially for oily skin. After a full day of sweating I enjoy using this soap as it cleanses and moisturizes my skin.


3 — Khushi Spa Solid Body Butter ($16, 2.5 oz)

After my morning and evening showers, I apply this sweet smelling geranium and lavender body butter to keep my skin soft. Made with palm kernel oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter, and grape seed oil, this formula is good for nourishing dry skin while also enhancing relaxation with the scent of lavender.


4 — “That’s Hula-Rious!” Nail Color by OPI ($9.50)

I adore this pastel mint green nail color by OPI. From their Hawaii 2015 Collection, this shade is sure to make you feel like you are on a tropical island even when there is a snowstorm on the first day of Spring in NYC!


5 — Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in Flushed ($13.99)

Photo ready is right as this blush created my lovely rosey cheeks in my latest fitness shoot.


6 — Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 in Warm Honey ($48)

Though I do not wear foundation on a daily basis it is always applied to my face for photo and video shoots. This foundation is great for my normal to oily skin and really creates a natural looking finish.


7 — Makeup Forever Super Matte Loose Powder ($28, 10g)

This ultra-fine, transparent powder is applied to my skin after the foundation to set my look. It is non-drying and appropriate for all skin types and keeps my face looking clean and clear on camera.


8 — Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($54)

This palette consists of 12 gorgeous bronze-hued neutral shadows that can look amazing on everyone. It is versatile because of the variety of textures including matte and glitter so can be used for the office, a night out with friends, and even a for photo shoot.


9 — Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Expresso ($25)

This best selling and award-winning eyeliner is a gel-based formula that goes on smoothly and precisely for a long-lasting wear. It can be worn both day and night (and for my recent photo shoot lol).


10 — CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black ($7.99)

 I wear mascara almost everyday and I like how this one adds volume without clumping. I apply 2 coats to my upper lashes and wear a neutral lip gloss for a simple look.

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Morning Practice + Healthy Eats 2.10

My morning practice is more restorative today as I strained my hip a little and have to allow it to rest. It is important that we listen to and take care of our bodies.

I am also practicing the Gyan Mudra in my seated meditation which is said to relieve tension and create peace and calm. The tips of the thumb and index finger touch while the other fingers are straight and relaxed. Try it on your own and focus on your breath as you meditate. Namaste.

– cat/cow 3 breaths
– balancing table 3 breaths x3
– downdog 3 breaths
– child’s pose 3 breaths
(Repeat x2)
– shoulder bridge x3
– hundred in table position
– roll up x6
– supine spinal twist 5 breaths
– seated meditation w/Gyan mudra 5min (pictured)
– savasana 5min

FYI I am wearing “Is Mai Tai Crooked?” from the new OPI Hawaii 2015 Collection! It is a beautiful tropical orange shade that looks great on different skin tones.

My breakfast is packed with protein, fiber, and other nutrients that will give me energy throughout the morning.

– oats
– almond milk
– almonds
– cashews
– walnuts
– cranberries
– pumpkin seeds
– granola
– blueberries
– blackberries

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My 5 Favs (Jan)

1 — Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil ($48, 1.7oz)
This lightweight oil is rich in vitamin E which hydrates and nourishes your skin, hair, and nails. After a shower, I use lotion or a body butter then apply a few drops of this oil all over my body and hair.

2 — Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Fushia 19 ($35)
Hot pink is my favorite color so I fell in love with this lip color instantly. It goes on smoothly and is long lasting as I can eat a meal without reapplying. This bright shade also stands out in a crowd and people always stop me to ask which color it is.

3 — Stones ‘n’ Roses by Essie ($8.50)
This petal pink coral shade is from Essie’s new 2015 Resort Collection. The tropical color makes me imagine myself on a beach even during the NYC blizzard.

4 — Pure Grace Body Lotion by Philosophy ($37, 16oz)
Enriched with Shea butter and natural oils, this body lotion hydrates and softens the skin. I love the luxurious texture and the clean and fresh scent.

5 — Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum ($72, 1.7oz)
Water hyacinth, princess lily, and sweet caramel are the aromas you smell wearing this perfume. A client gave me this scent as a gift and I adore the sweet and soft scent on my skin.

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Morning Practice + Healthy Eats 1.13

Morning Practice:
– 10min seated meditation
– 1hr 15min yoga
– abdominal series
– shoulder bridge x2
– roll up
– rollover
– supine spinal twist 5 breaths
– inversion practice 2min (pictured)

Top: Free to Be bra by Lululemon
Bottom: Flare Chaturanga Tight by Athleta
Nails: Fashion A Bow by OPI Gwen Stefani Collection

Healthy Eats :
– red quinoa
– turkey meatballs
– kale
– green bell peppers
– sweet peas
– baby Bella mushrooms
– cucumbers
– tomatoes

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My 5 Favs: Winter Nail Color Edition (Nov)

1 — Knees Up by butter LONDON ($15)
This metallic red is sure to get you noticed at your office holiday party.

2 — I Carol About You by OPI ($9.50)
This beautiful vibrant purple color with a touch of shimmer is from OPI’s Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection.

3 — Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low by Essie ($8.50)
The name alone makes you want to hit the dance floor during the holidays. This molten gold shade is from Essie’s Winter 2014 Collection.

4 — Nostalgia by Jin Soon ($18)
Both elegant and glamorous, this soft, pink beige color is a classic neutral that will allow your festive attire to stand out.

5 — Logan by Zoya ($9.00)
Take a selfie by the Christmas tree to show off your matching shimmery, forest green manicure.

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My 5 Favs: August

1 – Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash ($8.00)
Made with natural peppermint and rosemary, this gentle plant-based body wash energizes and cleanses the body with a minty-fresh scent!

2 – Vitalicina ($4.99, 1oz)
A first aid antibiotic ointment, Vitalicina is used to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. This product of Mexico is also used to treat minor skin irritations and acne. During my vacation in Mexico, I used Vitalicina to clear up my heat rash and it made my skin super soft.

3 – “Take It Outside” by Essie ($8.50)
Part of Essie’s new Fall 2014 Collection, this punchy, fresh taupe is my new favorite neutral color!

4 – “Dress to Kilt” by Essie ($8.50)
Another of my new favs is this seductive red nail color also from the new Essie Fall 2014 Collection. Red makes me feel extra sexy!

5 – Make Up For Ever, Rouge Artist Intense, 32 – Satin Soft Pink ($20)
Highly pigmented with a creamy texture, this soft pink colored lipstick is long-lasting. It’s a beautiful neutral pink color that I enjoy wearing day or night.

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