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Travel Diary: Lima, Peru (Day 2)

When people go to Peru, most of them hope to hike the Inca Trail or see Machu Picchu. Lima is just a pit stop. Just like the rest of the world's capitals, it's busy, dirty, and congested. And for foreigners, being alone in a crowded, unfamiliar city like Lima can be...

Travel Diary: Lima, Peru (Day 1)

When people think of South America, drug cartels, violence, and guerrillas automatically come to mind. But those misconceptions do not even come close to the real South America. The continent may not be postcard perfect like Europe, but it is teeming with history,...

Finding Hygge

In the age of carefully curated posts and well-manicured social media feeds, the idea of perfection has become so ingrained in our modern culture that many of us live our lives chasing it. But what does it mean, really? Up until a year ago, I used to compare myself a...

Cruelty-Free Everyday Makeup Routine

If you've read my previous posts, you are probably aware of my decision to use natural and/or cruelty-free products as much as I can. I personally believe that no animal needs to suffer for the sake of beauty, and choosing cruelty-free products is the first step in...

Cruelty-Free Beauty: Michael Todd Beauty Sonicblend Review

As a makeup noob, I've always had difficulty choosing the right makeup brushes - particularly, foundation brushes. I've seen several videos using different kinds of brushes - but who would buy a dozen different ones for applying foundation? I'd rather do it using my...

Cruelty-Free Beauty: Cowen Enterprise Review

Working for an organic and cruelty-free beauty company, I became more aware of the harm synthetic chemical and animal-derived ingredients can do to our health and environment. Late in the fall, I began transitioning to more natural skincare products that haven't been...

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil Review

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils are finally here! Influenster sent me these last month to test in exchange for an honest, impartial review, but LIFE got in the way. My hubby and I moved to a new place because I got a new job as a digital content strategist for a beauty...

5 Reasons Thrift Shopping Is Awesome

Every year, we generate more than 70 billion pounds of textile waste. Since many of these textiles are made from synthetic materials, they stay in landfills for more than 200 years - that and other billions of clothing from previous years. When I stumbled upon this...

Do You Need to Clean Up Your Beauty Act?

Fresh nails, on point hair and that hot, new lip color. These are all things I adore! The invigorating scents, the fun ways to explore expressing myself through makeup and having fun “playing” with products are just a few of the reasons I love trying new cosmetics and...