January Favorites


After taking quite a long hiatus while I got settled in a new city, started a new job, left said job for an even better job, moved into a new apartment, made some amazing friends and had a few excellent travel adventures, I’m back to blogging!

I thought my first post back would be a great way to share a few things I’ve been loving over the last month and I can’t wait to share even more in 2018.


  1. Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream: As I’ve adjusted to living in a colder climate, I’ve taken moisturizing much more seriously. This foot cream is amazing for keeping my soles soft and smooth throughout New York City’s harsh winters.
  2. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator: My skin has definitely taken a while to get used to colder weather and this mask has been a great addition to my skincare routine. It’s cooling and soothing and leaves my skin with an extra dose of hydration any time of the year. (P.S. Check out this kit to try out this mask plus a few other products at a great price!)
  3. New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder: As someone who loves to look sun-kissed but doesn’t enjoy the effects of the sun, bronzer is always in my beauty arsenal. This bronzer from New York Color is totally budget friendly and provides a beautiful wash of natural looking color.
  4. OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Nail Polish: No matter where I am, I always end up with the classic OPI shade on my nails. I can’t get enough of the rich, almost-black-but-not-quite-black hue and it goes with any outfit.
  5. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah: One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to read more. I started out 2018 by reading Trevor Noah’s book and I highly recommend it. From eye-opening stories about his life in South Africa to heart-warming anecdotes about his mother, this book has something for everyone.

Product Review: Aztec Secret Clay Mask

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the world’s worst skin. However, it does take a lot of work to keep it looking somewhat decent. Because I’ve had to work hard for my skin for quite a while, I’m always on the hunt for new products to improve my complexion.

I head about this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask on YouTube and decided it was worth a try.

When you first open the jar, it looks like a bunch of dirt. Which it basically is. All you do is mix equal parts of water with the clay. You can also use apple cider vinegar. This is what it looks like:

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Once you’ve got the clay all mixed up, it’s time to apply it to your face! Apply it very thick–the directions say to make the mask 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It took a long time for me to apply this mask to my face, but I’m still not sure I got it on thick enough. This is what I looked like with the mask on:


That would have been a good look for Halloween, right?

Once you’ve got the mask on your entire face (and you look as scary as I do in the picture above), make sure you let it dry completely. This should take about 20-25 minutes. According to the directions, you are supposed to feel your skin “pulsing” while the mask dries, but I didn’t notice anything unusual.

To remove the mask, just wash your face with warm water. If your face experiences any redness, it should disappear after about 30 minutes.

Overall, my skin felt nice and clean after using this mask. I didn’t notice a huge improvement in my complexion, but, as I already said, my skin really isn’t that bad. While this probably won’t replace the masks I use regularly, I did have fun trying out this product. If you do have some skin issues, you may want to give this a try.

Have any of you tried this mask? What are your favorite masks to use?

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