October 28, 2021

New Ultra Suede Lipsticks by Makeup By Mario

Makeup by Mario  

A few weeks ago I met the man behind Makeup by Mario at a beauty event, Mario Dedivanovic himself. Being the makeup and food enthusiast that I am, I introduced myself and initiated a conversation with him about non other than food. He recommended a few Albanian dishes (which I have yet to try) and I told him how excited I was about his current and upcoming products. Through the next few weeks I basically stalked his Instagram account as I knew something big was going to be released soon. & there it was! Makeup by Mario's new Ultra Suede Lipstick Collection! The excitement was felt all over the beauty community. A 20 color range collection of matte lipsticks that are comfortable, soft and suede feel. It's long-lasting, water resistant and blurs the lips for a soft-focus finish. Now, if that's not a perfect matte lipstick description, I don't know what is. Along with the 20 shade lipstick collection, Mario also released an edible lip scrub thats ideal for prepping the lips before applying color. 

One of my favorite things about the packaging is the simple and sleek design. The magnetic lid won't open when thrown in your bag and did I mention each shade is named after his employees + teammates. 

Visit MakeupbyMario.com to view all the shades or watch my latest reel HERE.

for the record.. "This is thee most comfortable matte lipstick I've ever worn"

October 12, 2021

I'm here to stay

This just hit me. I've had my blog for over 10 years!! That's flipping insane! I literally remember like it was yesterday designing my page on blogger, writing my 'about me' page and being super giddy about this new way of journaling. When did that feeling stop? I miss it. I truly do.

So much has been happening in my life that I haven't shared on here. I now have a septum, just collaborated with IT Cosmetics and James is 3 and a half years old! I've gotten so accustomed to sharing everything on Insta-stories (which only lasts 24 hours) and most of you can't catch up.. I don't blame you either. We all have lives away from work, family, friends and hobbies. It's not easy to keep up with everything happening and I feel like social networks don't make it any easier. 

..... but that's all about to change.

September 23, 2021

Here's what to order at bartaco!


Let's talk about my favorite subject...
Can you guess what that is? By now you probably know its food :)
bartaco is one of my favorite restaurants up in Port Chester, NY. I practically lived here all Summer and always shared my visits on my social accounts. I received hundreds of messages asking to share my experience and more of my favorite items. Here they are!

Hablemos de mi tema favorito ...
¿Puedes adivinar que es? A estas alturas probablemente ya sebes que es comida :)
bartaco es uno de mis restaurantes favoritos en Port Chester, NY. Prácticamente viví aquí todo el verano y siempre compartí mis visitas en mis cuentas sociales. Recibí cientos de mensajes pidiendo compartir mi experiencia y más de mis artículos favoritos. ¡Aquí están!

August 30, 2021

Luna Llena


I recently took a trip to the mall which rarely happens and I came across a product that caught my eye, the Sleeping night oil by Sunday Riley. Typically, I hear about new beauty products through friends, press releases or read about them on magazines. This one I haven't heard a peep about which made me even more curious about trying it. It's been one whole week since I tried it and it's already become one of my absolute favorite products. Here's why. 

The description said something like this:

A next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly younger-looking skin. 

Luna works throughout the night to deliver visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning. Trans-retinoic acid ester complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging: fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils, both rich in soothing, blue azulene, visible redness and the signs of sensitivity are neutralized, for a calm, even-toned complexion.

Sounds promising right?

After trying it out for one whole week (granted that isn't long enough time to truly notice a dramatic different) I noticed my skin looking and feeling smoother which was one of my concerns. Today begins week two and I'm eager to see the difference I notice this week. Will keep you posted. 

There are two sizes available, a .5 fl oz ($55) and a 1.18 fl oz ($105) .


August 10, 2021

Roadtrip To Philly!


A spontaneous trip down to Philadelphia is just what the doctor ordered. 
Specially if it involves fried chicken, champagne, roller skates, and a shark tunnel!


July 6, 2021

Dove's New Sensitive Care Collection + Giveaway


Over the course of a few months my skin has been through a substantial amount of stress and it's now become noticeable. Lately, I've been adding a few new Dove products to my daily bath routine and I'm already seeing a huge difference in the way my skin feels and looks.

En el transcurso de unos meses, mi piel ha pasado por una cantidad sustancial de estrés y ahora se ha vuelto notable. Últimamente, he estado agregando algunos productos de Dove nuevos a mi rutina diaria y ya veo una gran diferencia en la forma en que se siente y se ve mi piel. 

June 29, 2021

Delish X Coca-Cola Feature

Happy Tuesday Trenders!! 
Omg! Something super cool happened and I couldn't wait to share the news. 

 So a few weeks ago one of my original recipes was picked-up by Delish and Coca-Cola. Today I'll be sharing the video and interview published on Delish.com 

The task was to create an easy Summer recipe. I wanted to make my favorite Dominican street food (chimichurri sandwich) with a Bangladeshi twist. A perfect Summer sandwich that can be made indoors or out on the grill. I call it the 'Tandoori Chimi Sandwich'. This recipe was created in my kitchen, tested and approved by my kids. 
Hope you guys give it a try!


Feliz Martes Trenders !!
¡Dios mío! Algo genial sucedió y no podía esperar para compartir la noticia.

  Así que hace unas semanas, Delish y Coca-Cola recogieron una de mis recetas originales. Hoy compartiré el video y la entrevista publicados en Delish.com.

La tarea consistía en crear una receta de verano sencilla. Quería hacer mi comida callejera dominicana favorita (sándwich de chimichurri) con un toque bangladesí. Un sándwich de verano perfecto que se puede preparar en la cocina o en la parrilla. Esta receta fue creada en mi cocina, probada y aprobada por mis hijos. ¡Espero que lo prueben!

June 28, 2021

AQUA x Mary Katrantzou


It's a happy Monday, Trenders! Well, at least it is for our kids who are off school for the Summer.. haha!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

See, the thing about my beloved New York City is that Winters are brutal and so are Summers. We're looking at 95 degrees this week.. which means it'll feel like its 100 degrees. I'm not a fan of Summer (sorry not sorry) but I do enjoy wearing cute little dresses like this one.

¡Es un feliz lunes, Trenders! Bueno, al menos lo es para nuestros niños que están fuera de la escuela durante el verano ... ¡jaja!
¡Espero que hayan tenido un fin de semana maravilloso!

Mira, lo que pasa con mi amada ciudad de Nueva York es que los inviernos son brutales y también los veranos. Estamos viendo 95 esta semana ... lo que significa que se sentirá como si estuviera a 100 grados. No soy fanática del verano (lo siento, no lo siento) pero disfruto usar vestidos lindos como este.

June 20, 2021

Happy Fathers Day!


Happy Fathers Day, Trenders!
Today, is the 'the day' we're suppose to celebrate dads in America. In my humble opinion that's total bs. Fathers Day just like Mothers Day should be every single day! Love should be spread equally for those who we care about all the time. But since today is 'an actual thing' I'll say a few words about the man of my dreams.

To Moe

I am the most fortunate wife and mother in the world. I'm blessed to be sharing a life with you. Coming from completely separate worlds, we somehow found a common ground to raise our wonderful children. Watching my kids enjoy the company of an incredible father who is selfless, is a privilege. I can't fully explain what you mean to all of us. I just want you to know we appreciate you, all that you do and all that you are. 
We love you yesterday, today and forever! Happy Fathers day my love!