La Buca di Ripetta Review, Rome

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via Ripetta 36, 00139 Rome, Italy

After visiting the Borghese gallery, we decided to eat lunch since we woke up early that day to make our appointment. My sister told me she found an amazing restaurant and I still wanted to try a place that had great carbonara because all of the others were not doing it for me! So, once again I blindly listened to her just to be let down, yet again. 

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I think most restaurants in Rome are pretty hard to find, as there are so many turns and small alleyways. But we found this one without too much trouble. When we got there we were only the only people inside the restaurant! For some people, they would take this as a warning – for us, we didn’t. I mean, after all – it had amazing reviews on Tripadvisor!

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The place itself is beautiful. I loved the little blue scooter! I think out of all the places we went to, this was the prettiest one. Hey, decor matters okay! The atmosphere was great, the server was friendly and there were only two people at the front. One of them was a manager and the other was our kind server.

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Chocolate Dipped Gelato in Rome

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Gelateria Frigidarium

Via del Governo Vecchio, 112, 00186 Roma, Italy

After the borghese gallery, my sister told me that there was an amazing gelato place that she wanted to take me to. Of course, I was super excited but at the same time pretty iffy. We had already found our favorite gelato place! What could be better? But, trusting tripadvisor, we decided to stop by since it was close to our hotel and the center. 

 

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This gelato place had a lot of good things going for it. Not only was in a popular area and near plenty of shops, it was also attractive outside and we noticed quite a few people waiting outside also. There was a young guy working in the front and he was very friendly, even smiling when I went to take a photo of all the delicious flavors. Thanks for not judging me! Unlike the other place that we visited in the beginning, he didn’t seem angry or irritated when I asked for a free sample so that was a plus.

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It was only 2.50€ and I was about to eat my gelato when he asked, “Do you guys want to dip it in white chocolate or just regular chocolate?” I turned around with a huge smile on my face and said, “Chocolate please!” While my sister opted for the white chocolate. He happily did his magic, while I waited patiently for our dessert.

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 Big Mistake! At first it seemed like a good idea; we both happily licked our hardened gelato when it suddenly begin to melt and an increasingly high rate. Now, eating it became a challenge. Pretty soon, we just gave up and we threw away the shell. I never thought I would say this… but I was getting tired of the chocolate!

I thought that while the shell was a great option, I don’t think I would get it again. I think it was messy as the gelato began to drip around the sides, and it got tiring trying to get to the good part. The gelato wasn’t that great either and I really do think it is overhyped! 

Organic Dandelion Root Tea – Kiss Me Organics!

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Organic Dandelion Root Tea – With Hibiscus & Cinnamon

Time for another review! Hopefully you guys aren’t too tired of my reviews by now, I know that lately my blog has been filled with so many… but I promise, just a few more reviews and then back to blogging about other things! Now, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before… but I am not a fan of coffee. I mean, sure, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I occasionally drink coffee – but that’s only if I have a long day ahead of me or if I have a weekend all to myself. I’ve heard plenty of horror stories about people who are so addicted to coffee (aka my sister) and they get headaches if they go a day without coffee. Oh the horror! 

Cue to Kiss me Organics! They have an all natural & organic Dandelion Root Tea that is also infused with Hibiscus & Cinnamon! Now, I love love love tea! If you haven’t noticed, I’ve tried both the Herbalife Tea & Tiny Tea; but my all time favorite is Jasmine Green Tea. I’m a sucker for all natural & organic.  So, I was very excited to try this out! 

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Borghese Gallery – Rome

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Hopefully you guys haven’t missed my Rome Travel Posts too much! After taking a break and going on a product review binge, I decided to finish up my travel post. 

We decided to visit Borghese Gallery last because it was near our hotel. My sister said it was free, but I’m not sure because I read online that it’s 11 Euros. I remember having to call to make a reservation and having a lot of trouble with that. The first lady hung up on me , and luckily the second lady had an excellent grasp of the English language. We took a bus there and we made our way into the park. 

The park was gorgeous! Make sure to spend a lot of time taking photos at the peaceful scenery. In order to make this post not too picture heavy, I decided to leave it out. There were plenty of people walking their dogs and one of them even came up to me and wanted to play!

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First, you go and check in. There is a place to put your coats and a little cafe inside. Then, you have to wait until it’s time for your “reservation”. We made our reservation at 11 AM, so it wasn’t too early. But, be warned – check in is an hour earlier, so make sure you get there right on time!

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This was my favorite part of the exhibit. When we first walked in, the lights were all off except for this^ it was spinning and eventually slowed down. Afterwards, the lights came on and everyone clamoured around to get a photo of it! It was a shame that my camera died at the Vatican, so I made sure to take plenty of photos of the beautiful ceilings at the gallery. 

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Bloggers, Get OVER Yourself!

get over yourselfYou’re just a Blogger. 

Because you guys get all defensive, let me elaborate / explain myself . We already live in a world that is filled with material items, people who spend massive amounts of money to impress people they don’t like, and those who judge people who don’t have enough. When did blogging become part of that world? 

I was recently invited to an event where there would be plenty of bloggers present. I thought nothing of it really, I’ve heard wonderful stories about meetups going great + everyone coming home with a new best blogger friend. So, I attended this event thinking nothing of it, only to be immediantly uncomfortable when I arrived. As soon as I arrived with a friend, someone asked, “You guys are bloggers? Which blog are you from?” Sorry, but is there supposed to be a specific way a blogger is supposed to look? Are we all supposed to maintain the same type of dress code, or blog about a certain thing?  Though my friend handled it very well, I was a bit shaken. I felt like I was in a sorority where everyone was catty and downright offensive. It seemed as if everyone was judged by the camera they carried (god forbid, it’s a snap and shoot!) or the shoes they were wearing.

First of all, anyone can be a blogger. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you are, or even what you’re wearing! Not everyone blogs about beauty OR fashion. So, before you judge me by my 30 dollar heels, or by the non-namebrand lipstick I’m wearing – hear this: You are just a blogger, and I’m just a blogger. I could be a blogger who writes about my favorite books, or one who loves to cook. I could be a 50 year old blogger who has time on my hands and wants to write about my daily life  – maybe even an aspiring artist who wants to showcase my paintings online and write about my inspiration. Basically, a blogger could be anyone. 

So, it doesn’t matter that you’re wearing a dress that I could never hope to afford, sporting a Tory Burch bag, and wearing 600 dollar shoes – don’t treat me like I’m insignificant. Because, at the end of the day – you’re going to go home and blog about your experience ; and I’ll go home and blog about mine. 

Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask


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Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask

I was so excited to try out Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask  ! I was looking for a new mask to help with these stubborn spots ever since I came back from Hong Kong. Thank you Pure & Essential for sending this over, you guys are a life saver! Here is a little information about the Dead Sea Mud Mask, found on their website!

The Dead Sea mud mask is laden with over 21 essential minerals from the Dead Sea. Each one is highly-renowned for its skin healing properties. While the mud mask does it job of deep cleansing, drawing out excess oils, impurities and toxins for an anti-aging effect, the organic essential oils keep your skin naturally hydrated, adding a softness and glow to your complexion.

Benefits:
- Dead Sea minerals cleanse and soften your skin, reducing pores

– No harsh chemicals or artificial additives
– No more expensive spa visits required for optimum natural skin care
– 30+ facial mask treatments per jar
– 100% natural and organic skin care treatment
– Effective relief for skin disorders including acne, eczema and psoriasis
– Animal Cruelty Free

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 Anything that is animal cruelty free is a huge + for me. The packaging is simple & attractive, nothing flashy and a little does go a long way. I love the way it dries on my face also; it feels calm and cool against my skin. As I haven’t been using it long enough to see any drastic results – I do think that it does a great job at controlling oil. After applying it and washing it off before bed, I awoke to softer and less oily skin. I think I tend to sweat a lot during the night, so it was surprising for me to wake up without oily skin!

The mask contains natural minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium (every ingredient is natural & organic) which are proven to treat, detoxify, and cleanse the skin. The maks also promises to help with hyperpigmentation by increasing blood circulation. 

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As you can tell, there is a lot of product! So, I do believe the claims about it making more than 30 masks is true. Also, you don’t need a lot – a little goes a long way! If you are concerned about the smell, don’t worry – it’s very light and barely noticeable (at least for me).

Overall, 3/5

The number will most likely go up after I use the product more. The company recommends using it once a week for best results. So, because I’ve only used it once I can’t really comment on whether or not the company’s claims are true. Some of the pros of the product are:
1. The product lasts a long time: a little goes a long way, you won’t need to buy it often.
2. The Product works well at removing oil: I applied it before I slept, and when I woke up my skin felt soft and smooth. My makeup went on easier also.
3. My skin was not irritated – Though my skin wasn’t irritated, nothing drastic happened to it either. 

If you’re interested in purchasing the mask, then please visit their amazon here:

Dead Facial Mask + Free Ebook

*I was given the mask in exchange for my honest opinion, all opinions are my own. * 

OCFW – Sugar Rush

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O.C. Fashion Week: Sugar Rush

Thanks to Donna, my old boss, I was able to attend OC Fashion Week with Lindsey! We were both excited and didn’t know what to wear and regrettably, I dressed way too casual for the event. Since it was my first time going to a show, I didn’t know what to expect! But, luckily Lindsey had gone to shows before so that made me feel better.

Of course it wasn’t as glamorous as NYFW, but hey.. it’s a start right? We also were introduced to Donna’s new intern, Yu and we all had such a fun time taking photos after the event. Forgive me, my little point + shoot did not hold up to all the action that was happening! Most photos came out too blurry so I didn’t think to put them on the blog.

The event was held in Newport Beach. So, I had my tutoring session, ate dinner with Lindsey at Yardhouse, and headed over. We didn’t know where to park and when we pulled up the guy asked us, Do you want to do Valet or self park? Of course, we didn’t want to do Valet so we drove around trying to find a parking spot. We finally found out that it was free VALET PARKING… why didn’t the guy tell us?! So, we ended up parking through valet.

Once inside, we went along with Donna and found great seats! We were introduced to Yu, but barely had a chance to talk to her since we were preoccupied and sitting a bit far from her. Lindsey and I got to meet some interns at Dailylook, which was ironic because I had searched up open positions there just the day before. They were super friendly, and though we exchanged instagrams – we couldn’t find them afterwards.

Onto the show – It was originally supposed to start at 6:10 PM, but they didn’t start until 7:30! Also, seating was all over the place and we were a bit frustrated at first, but all in all it was a very fun event.

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The whole venue was crowded, and there was also a waitress who walked around to serve drinks. The outfits were gorgeous, and all the models looked beautiful. Some of them had a weird way of walking, but I have nothing to compare it to since I’ve never been to a show before.

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A model’s heels came undone and I happened to captured the whole thing on camera. She was walking when it came undone, and ended up taking both heels off. She did it very gracefully and was such a quick thinker!

After the event ended (ended before 9) , we made sure to take plenty of photos and go outside. Shows are such a great way to network with other bloggers! I saw so many bloggers that have a huge following on IG and I was so excited!

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We heard that there would be a model from America’s Next Top Model but we didn’t know who it was. I saw someone being recorded so I decided to snap a photo. Little did I know, he was the model! I was expecting a girl. Donna, however, got to take a photo with him. So jealous!

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We spent the rest of the evening, taking plenty of photos. I love taking photos and hate having photos taken of me, so I was their photographer for the night!

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It was weird to think that this place was super crowded just a hour ago. By the time we left, everyone was pretty much gone.

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Ending this post with a photo of me + Lindsey!
Pardon me, I just came from a tutoring session and was very underdressed.. :( 

Hope all of you have a great weekend as well. <3 

Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum Review

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Vitamin C Serum for Face 20% With Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid

I’m a huge fan of serums. If you have been following my skincare routine, I have been using makeupartist choice’s mandelic acid serum for 2 years now. But, with almost all skincare products – your skin hits a plateau after a while. So, I was on the lookout for a new serum that could help me achieve healthy, glowing skin. So, when I was sent a bottle of Amara Organic’s Vitamin C Serum , I was overjoyed! Afterall, everyone knows the benefits of Vitamin C.

Their site claims that, “Forget the facelift, lasers, and chemical peels! Vitamin C has been shown to be just as effective at reversing the effects of time and environmental damage to the skin.” and also…

  • Increases the production of collagen to bring back skin’s natural elasticity and counteract fine lines and wrinkles
  • Powerful antioxidant properties neutralize free radicals to reverse damage caused by the sun, pollutants, and cigarette smoke
  • Protects your skin from UV damage such as age spots, discoloration, and fine lines
  • Improves skin texture to give you a smoother, brighter complexion
  • Combined with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid for extra powerful anti-aging effects

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What I think

The vitamin C serum comes in very simple and attractive packaging. To dispense the product, simply use the dropper and place on your fingertips then put it on your skin. It dries quickly, and doesn’t make my face feel oily which is good. Now, I’ve rarely used a vitamin C product before – much less, a serum. But, I know that 20% is pretty strong! Which in my case is good. One of my main concerns about my skin is hyperpigmentation, because the scars seem to take forever to go away. Without any help, hyperpigmentation goes away after 6 months (which is seriously too long). But, after more than a week of using this serum, I noticed my skin looking brighter and feeling smoother!

For my regimen, I put on my retinol at night and in the morning, I’ll put on the Vitamin C serum followed by sunscreen. Remember, protection is the best thing you could do for your skin – protect your skin against wrinkles and age spots!

Pros

1. Noticebly brighter skin + smoother skin – After a week of using, I felt smoother skin and my hyperpigmentation lightened up! Also, the product doesn’t dry out your skin and I feel like it combats oil.
2. Easy to dispense and hygenic – Attractive packaging and the dropper makes it hygenic. 
3. Will last a long time – Since a little goes a long way, you won’t have to repurchase for a while! Most of my serums last on average 3 months. 
4. Reasonable Price - At only $19.99 , it’s very reasonable for a serum with 20% Vitamin C. 

Overall (4/5)

This product works great to prevent age spots and overall protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.  Also, if you are suffering from hyperpigmentation like me then it may seem like a godsend. Not only does it make your skin feel more smoother, it also helps with brightening your skin! But, for those who suffer from acne or have acneprone skin, it doesn’t do much. But, as the product is not meant to treat acne, but only meant to protect skin then it seems unreasonable for me to complain about that.

Buy the Vitamin C serum here!

* sponsored Post: I was sent a bottle of Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum for my honest opinion. * 

How to code your blog button!

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Blogger Tutorials

How to Code your Blog Button + Share with your favorite blogs! 

Hi guys! Finally back with Part 2 of the blog tutorial! You can read the first part here How to create a blog button / about me . Thank you for all your wonderful comments and “likes”. You guys are amazing! Now, on to the tutorial.

Here are a few tips for your blog button.

1. Make sure your button is not too big.
I made mine around 250 x 250 px. The reason is that some blogs might not want to add your button if it stretches out their sidebar. You don’t want that now, do you?

2. Make sure you test out your own code.
I could not figure out why my code wasn’t working… so I fixed the problem by adding my code to my sidebar and clicking on it. If it didn’t work – I would go and fix the code. It’s really bad if you give someone your code and it doesn’t work. Even if a reader wanted to check out your blog, they wouldn’t be able to! 

Onto the code!

*huge edit* So, I had nearly finished writing an essay about how to write the code when I got a headache and realized that this was going to be more complicated that I originally thought. So, after a quick look around google (which was how I got the code in the first place) I decided to look at how to just find a website to show you guys the code instead of me putting it in a text box.

Lo and behold, I found a website that can easily do the coding for you guys!
 
Use “Grab my button Code Generator” . Either click on the picture below or access through this link  here

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It’s very simple to use and the textbox is way cuter than before!

Last minute Tips

1. Make sure to put your image before the text box, like I did. That way bloggers can see what your blog button will look like and know what the code is for!

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and if you guys are interested.. swap buttons with me :D

If you have any other questions or concerns, leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I can! :) 

Pura d’or Hair & Body Care Review

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Pura d’or Hair & Body Care Review

This was seriously a gift from the heavens! I was so excited when I was gifted three products from  Pura d’or Hair & Body Care. My hair has been falling out so much that my sister told me that she noticed it was thinning. At 22 years old, that’s something that you don’t want to hear. Actually, that’s something that no one wants to hear! We always seem to spend more time on our skin but we need to realize that hair care is also very important. 

I was given three items:

  • Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo – This shampoo is free from harsh chemicals that are the leading cause of hair conditions. It prevents hair loss, strengthens hair and adds volume!
  • Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner – This conditioner adds shine and manages frizz.
  • Pure and Organic Argan Oil – can be used for your body, face, and hair. The benefits of Argan Oil are numerous!
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Let’s start with my favorite, the all organic Argan Oil. Now, here’s a little history about my hair. I use Head & Shoulders for dandruff – one of my main concerns for my hair is having oily hair, but while H&S makes sure I don’t go around with greasy hair.. it makes my hair quite dry. So, my hair is long and filled with split ends + a dry scalp.

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