PC Guide to Mexico City

I had a really great feature in the Boston Globe over my recent trip to Mexico City. While the article focused more around the scares of traveling, which we had when we initially planned our trip, I’m so glad we went. The city could not have been more vibrant and I felt completely safe. Since I’ve had some inquiries around my trip, I decided to put a quick guide together for anyone that’s planning a trip.

The Sephora Holiday Sets You Should Have on your Radar

For me Sephora is the ultimate destination for beauty gifts. They have so many major value beauty and skincare sets from my favorite brands that NEVER discount past the occasional seasonal set. They also have a ton of exclusive gifts you can’t get at any other retailer. If you’re a beauty lover/hoarder there are 3 reasons you should pay attention to the holiday gifts that come out, 1) the values are insane, 2) they’re limited edition, and 3) Sephora Favorites sets are magic. Breaking down the best of all three below!

First off, if you don’t know about the “Sephora Favorites” sets, you’re missing out. They feature a range of top sellers across different brands in categories. They are a major deal and a great way to discover new products and brands you may not have tried before, mixed in with your favorites. Top of my list from their sets is the “Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip” set which is currently on my wishlist ($68, $254 value) and features a range of 15 full and deluxe size lipsticks, glosses to lip creams, from brands including Marc Jacobs Beauty, Bobbi Brown, Dior, Laura Mercier, YSL and more.

The other Sephora Favorites set I’m eyeing is their “Skin Wonderland” ($64, $214 value).  I love to travel and this has 13 minis of so many of my favorite skincare products from Kate Somerville, SUNDAY RILEY, fresh, Dr Dennis Gross, Drunk Elephant and more. Also it comes with a mini Foreo LUNA Play! This Sephora Glow For It set also looks amazing!

Sephora holiday sets from Buxom, Kat Von D and Too FacedFor values, two sets I’m loving is the “Buxom Lips Off Leash” 15 piece mini lip collection ($59, $150 value) and “Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda” eyes, face and lip set ($58, $336 value). Buxom also has a few other really cute lip sets worth checking out. I don’t know what the value of the Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette ($62) is but for eyeshadow lovers, this does not disappoint, the pigments are intense, it’s so good!!!!!!!!

Beauty Updates: YSL’s Must See POP Up, the Kardashians Continue to Make Beauty News and more!

gigi hadid x maybelline collection
I’ve been a little on the down low the past week but had a few beauty headlines I wanted to share that got me excited. And some big news, Glamour asked me to judge their beauty awards for the 3rd year! It’s the start to a great month with a few more exciting things I have in the works. Happy November everyone, lets make it a productive one!

Ulta is coming to NYC this week! Mark your calendars for 11/10, the premiere location featuring a hair salon, Benefit Brow Bar, MAC Makeup applications and lessons, Dermalogica Skin Bar, Skin Laundry and more is coming to 188 East 86th Street.

ILIA launches at Spacenk

Gigi Hadid x Maybelline collection is HERE (and we’re drooling!).

Kylie Cosmetics continues its takeover – 7 pop-ups at Topshop coming soon!

Dr. Haushka launches makeup and celebrates their 50th anniversary! This is literally the first natural skincare brand I fell in love with (my mom and I swear by the Revitalizing Day Cream). The new color line is plant and mineral based, I played with them briefly at the launch event and the lipstick pigments were amazing!

Mark your calendars the limited-edition Pat McGrath LABS LiquiLUST 007 launches 11.16.17 12pm EST on PATMCGRATH.COM

Speaking of pop-ups… anyone else drooling over YSL’s first pop up shop that just opened in NYC? PS: EVERYTHING is customizable!!

Thanks to Kim K, we will all soon be smelling like Gardenia (and not complaining). She’s launching 3 new fragrances this month!

Maybe the one downfall of being royalty. An amazing read on what beauty product is not royal etiquette approved.

Adwoa Adoah is the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty

Colourpop is at Sephora (okay this is slightly older news but needed to make sure you knew!!!).

Inspired by: Cruising in the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises

I just got back from traveling around Mexico and I can’t wait to go back south! From swimming in the ocean, wind in my hair, feet in the sand and eating my weight in guacamole to leaving the beaches to head to Mexico City to fulfill one of my dreams of seeing Frida Kahlo’s house it was a magical week away. I can’t believe I almost canceled my trip after the earthquake hit. I was so devastated by the news that I wanted to use our trip to volunteer but the reality was donating money and tourism was what the city really needed. And to my surprise all of the attractions were open, the city was alive and in traveling all over the Mexico City I saw very little damage. Granted most of the accounts were in residential areas, none of the damage interfered with out trip and spirits were high as we walked the streets.

Right now many of the islands off of Mexico and much of the Caribbean have either no damage or are recovering and opened their ports, ready for our arrival. Now is a great time for tourism to help the islands rebound and return to normalcy.