Hellooo everyone and welcome back! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve returned from my trip to Greece and all I can say is…Wow! I had such an incredible time and I am so sad to be back. Being back has come with its own stresses. I’ve been quite busy filling out all the secondary applications for medical school that had been sent to me while I was away, so I am aware that this post is long overdue. You know, sometimes life just gets in the way…haha! That being said lets jump right into part 1 of my amazing journey in Greece!

The first stop on the trip: Athens. Aside from visiting family and eating to our hearts content, my family and I managed to squeeze in a few cool things while we stayed in Athens. Visiting the Parthenon and Acropolis on Day 1 of the trip was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Thousands of years of history lay right beneath my feet as I climbed to the top of the Acropolis leaving me with a sense of complete awe. I just couldn’t believe in that moment, where I was, how all of it was built, and how I could be part of a culture with such a vast and rich history. It was truly remarkable.

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After this, we walked a little way down to the Acropolis museum which is located right beneath the main site. Pictures were not allowed in the museum, except only for the famous Caryatids.

Five of six statues of Caryatids. The 6th is located in the British Museum. 421-415 BC.

The next few days in Athens consisted mainly of visiting relatives, attending a Christening (Below), and eating at amazing restaurants throughout the city.

Bracelet given out at family Christening. OOTD.

The next stop on the trip was the island of Paros. This is a small island that part of the Cyclades, which also includes islands such as Ios, Naxos, and Santorini. We arrived by boat at the port of Parikia but stayed in Naoussa for 6 nights at Hotel Senia, a small little hotel with great service, two infinity pools, and an amazing view.

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Our first day out and about we explored the town of Naoussa where we stayed for the entire trip; it was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been to. Little white houses, the blue and white boats, stone streets, cute cafes. Everything. Was. Beautiful. The best part about Paros is that is significantly less touristy than islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Rhodes, so if you’re planning a trip and want more quiet place to stay with a truly authentic greek feel be sure to check out Paros.IMG_0064

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We found a tiny little restaurant midday to have our first lunch in Paros. And everything, I mean everything we ate was fresh.

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After a fews hours at the beach and exploring, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, closing out the night at a fantastic restaurant right by the port called Bluefish. Definitely if you’re in Paros go check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

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That concludes Part 1 of my trip to Greece. Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for Part 2 coming up in a few days!

 

xoxo,

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Hey guys! Welcome to the second post in my travel series leading up to my vacation in Greece this summer. I’m not the type of girl who who, on a normal day, wears tons and tons of makeup to school or work. Rather I like to wear  just enough to feel and look put together. For me, my makeup routine is usually very simple consisting of some type of lightweight foundation, mascara, and a lip product. This may not be the case for everyone, but this is how I feel comfortable and confident. If you like to wear more makeup, or no makeup at all, you do you! Everyone is different. A minimal makeup routine is especially the case during the summer months when it can get really hot and humid in NYC. As a result, I try to keep my routine to 5 products tops for an everyday makeup look.

Since I will be leaving for Greece in less than two weeks, I wanted to share with you guys my top skincare and makeup essentials for a vacation abroad or just a typical summer day back home. Without further ado, let’s get into my list of essentials!

Sunscreen

It is well known now that daily skin protection is extremely important, not just in the summer but in the winter as well. Nonetheless, with the better weather in the summer people tend to spend more time outdoors and thus more time exposed to direct sunlight and harmful UV rays. Sunscreen is a must for body and face. Not only will it protect against burns, premature aging and sun spots, but it can also guard against possible skin cancers. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and with broad spectrum protection which will guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Also if you want to wear sunscreen under makeup, you can multitask and purchase a primer with SPF. The one I use is the Laura Mercier Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen PA+++. It glides on smoothly, hydrates my skin, and makes my makeup last throughout the day.

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Light Foundation/ BB cream/ Tinted moisturizer

When I was younger I used to have acne that would cause hyper pigmentation marks all over my skin making it look splotchy and uneven. Though not as dark as they once were, some of those marks still remain. Currently I rely on a light layer of foundation or tinted moisturizer to even out my skin for work or school. Using heavy foundations in the heat and humidity can make my face feel heavy, like I’m wearing a mask. Opt for a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer during the summer time to even out the skin without the heavy, gross, feeling.

Mascara

If there was one thing besides foundation that I couldn’t leave the house with, it would be mascara. I wear mascara practically every single day. I love the way that just a touch of mascara can make you look more awake and put together with fuller, blacker lashes. It is definitely one of my essentials year round.

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Lip balm and Lipstick

It is no secret that I have an obsession with lipsticks. No matter how many I own, I can always make room for a new one in my collection. I like a no fuss makeup routine and I love the way that a different colored lipstick can alter your entire look. Nude lipsticks are always essential to anyone’s collection, but in the summer I like to also switch it up and wear brighter reds and oranges that just pop against tanned skin. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Cleanser/Makeup remover

A good cleanser and makeup remover can do wonders for the skin. Removing all makeup before bed is crucial to maintaining younger, healthy looking skin. My skin is super sensitive and so I like makeup removers that are not harsh, and a cleanser that is gentle on my skin while getting rid of everything that the makeup remover cannot. Two of my favs are the Bioderma micellar water, and the Fresh Soy Cleanser.

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Highlighter

Finally, with new contouring and highlighting palettes hitting the shelves daily, highlighters are no longer products exclusive to makeup artists and can be used year round. Nowadays, many of my friends own at least one highlighter. Although who’s to stop anyone from wanting that JLo glow year round, I personally think that paired with a tan, a natural highlight can make your skin look glowing and healthy. I’m a big fan off the liquid Becca Shimmering skin perfector in Opal. The liquid version does not make my skin break out and gives my skin a healthy “glow from within look.” You can read my full review of the Becca Shimmering skin perfector here.

These are the things that I find essential to take with my on my summer vacation Hope this post gave you some tips and ideas of what to pack on for yours!

Until next time,

xoxo

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Hello everyone and welcome to the first part of my Travel Series! For me, perhaps the hardest part about packing is sitting down and deciding what to bring to my destination. Clothes take up the majority of the space in my luggage. Not only do you have to be able to pack enough outfits for over two weeks, but you also have to fit everything in your travel bag. This means that packing smart is critical. As I mentioned before, going to Greece this summer will be my first extended vacation in about fifteen years and so I am trying to find clothes that will be appropriate for the setting and clothes that will be versatile enough to wear on multiple occasions.

After searching for inspiration at online stores such as ASOS and visiting affordable stores like Zara and H&M, I have come up with a list of the top eight items that I believe are essential for any vacation in Europe, but especially for a holiday in Greece

Flowing Dress

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Greece in the summer is Hot, Hot, Hot. It is easy for temperatures to reach the nineties daily come mid July. Stay away from fabrics made out of polyester as it does not absorb excess moisture well and can trap heat causing you to feel hotter. Loose fitting, breathable fabrics such as linen, silk, and cotton are also absolutely crucial for a vacation where it is super hot. A flowy dress made of these materials will have you looking super cute and effortless throughout the day, while keeping you cool.

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Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are usually a staple in most closets and are is an easy piece to just bring along and throw over a bikini as part of a casual outfit for some midday sightseeing or a trip to the beach.

Basic Tee

Like denim shorts, most people own some type of comfy basic tee in their closet. Tees are versatile and can be worn in different ways with various items. Avoid dark colors such as navy and black because they absorb sunlight (and the heat that comes with it) which can make you hot. Stick to white and light colors instead. Throw a basic tee into your luggage to maximize the amount of outfits you can create for a long trip.

Cute bathing suit

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Greek beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. If you are visiting any of the Greek Islands for your vacation, you will practically be living in a bathing suit for most of the day. Therefore, packing a couple suits and maybe a cover up is essential.

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A neutral pair of sandals in a color like brown, beige or black can be paired with many outfits and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Check out this cute pair from ASOS!

Espadrilles

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Hat

To me a fedora or floppy hat is necessary when you visit a place where the sun hits extremely strong. Though it is hot, the climate in Greece is fairly dry. A 90 degree day in Greece won’t necessarily feel as hot as a 90 degree day in the caribbean or any other humid environment. As a result, people do not think they are getting burned until they are actually burned; burns are extremely bad for the skin as UV radiation contributes to aging and even worse, skin cancer. Although I was never a fan of hats while I was younger when my mother would force me wear one as a kid, I’ve realized that she was right all along. Protecting your body and face from excess sun exposure is super important. I will talk more about skin protection in my next post!

Until then! XOXO

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Summer is finally here!! After graduating from college, taking my MCAT, and sending in my first round of applications for medical school, the summer vibe is starting to slowly kick in. Thank goodness, it’s been a long ride. Now that the temperatures are rising, and the sun stays out way past eight o’clock, its time to start thinking about how to spend those hot summer days. I’m planning a trip with my family to Greece this summer, and I couldn’t be more excited. The last time I was in Greece, I was 5 years old, so I feel that visiting now when I am older will allow me to appreciate where I come from a more mature perspective. I will be in Greece just shy of three weeks, and will visit Athens (where I have family) as well as the islands of Paros and Santorini.

For any trip that is right around the corner, it is important to start thinking about what to bring and pack. So…I will be starting a travel series where I will share all the essentials I’m bringing with me on my Grecian vacation, starting off first with clothing and skin care/beauty. The series will continue through my vacation where I plan to share things like what to do when you land, places to visit, and where to eat as I go from mainland Greece to the Greek Islands. Let me know in the comments below if there is any specific questions or content that you would like me to cover while I am there.

It is sure to be an amazing trip, and I am excited to begin this series and share all my experiences with you guys!

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Hey guys I’m back! As many of you may know the Sephora VIB sale was going on this past week. It is extremely unusual for Sephora to be offering discounts storewide; they actually only have two major sales a year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. So if you are looking to try a new product or splurge on a pricey item you’ve had your eye on for quite some time, the Sephora VIB sale is definitely the time to take the plunge. This time around the store was offering 10% off your entire purchase if you are Sephora card member, and 15% off if you are a VIB and VIB Rouge member. Although I initially wasn’t planning on purchasing something, I went with a friend of mine to Sephora on the last day of the sale, and was introduced to the liquid version of the Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca Cosmetics. I had previously bought myself the full sized pressed version of the Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal and although I loved the way it looked and it gave me that Jlo glow, the product ended up breaking me out and I had to stop using it…whomp whomp. So when I saw the same highlighter but in a liquid version, I was immediately intrigued but also hesitant to purchase because I didn’t know if it would break me out like the pressed version had. Finally on the last day of the sale I caved, and purchased the travel sized version of the liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, which retails for $19.00 on the Sephora website. The travel size bottle is 0.68 fl oz while the full sized bottle contains 1.7 fl oz. The latter retails for $41.00, and considering I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, I did not want to spend quite so much.

So without further ado, let’s get into the review!

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The Sephora Website describes Opal as a “Golden Pearl” color and I would have to say that that is fairly accurate. I would like to add that compared to the pressed version the liquid version of Opal has a slightly more rosy tone while the pressed version is definitely more on the gold side. However I really like this product and the finish of the liquid version is completely natural and not too intense.

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The product overall gives you a really nice glow from within look and it is not too overwhelming. I applied mine first with my fingers and then blended it in with a damp beauty blender. At first it had a wet sort of feeling probably because it is a liquid product, but withing minutes that feeling went away. The liquid version also has not broken me out in the two days I have worn it so I do believe there was some different ingredient in the pressed version that my skin just did not like.

Overall I’d highly recommend this the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector to people who are in the market for a new highlighter and want get that fresh glowing skin look, especially during these next summer months!

I hope this review was helpful. Until next time!

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