Revamp Your Morning Routine

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn LemongrassBodyOil

I love using body oil in place of body lotion. I think its easier and more effective at moisturizing, especially early in the morning.  I’ve used so many over the years, usually really inexpensive ones from Whole Foods, like jojoba or sesame oils.  But sometimes I like to use one thats a bit more luxurious and special. The folks at S.W. Basics of Brooklyn must be reading my blog because a) I love lemongrass and b) I love body oils.  Read More



Hey, hey, hey. I hope you have been enjoying the awesome month that is October. This week, I’ll be focusing on everything that is foundations + primers and everything in between.


Well, last month I started a wonderful new job. But with this new job comes two 54 minute commutes (yes I timed it) that includes a 15 minute walk in midtown Manhattan, complete with exhaust + humanity. Also included is 8.5 hours spent in recirculated air under unforgiving florescent lighting. Its taken its toll. By noon I look fine, by 2pm I look as expected, but by 5:30 I look like I haven’t slept in a week or eaten anything but processed food, neither of which is the case. I’ve tested five foundations, six primers, two concealers and three setting powders in the last month. Stay tuned to find out which ones worked and which ones failed under these extreme urban conditions!

*Image via HERE

Bite me

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint Blackcurrent Review


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are well aware that I F-ING love lip products. I went to the BITE BEAUTY SoHo store a few weeks ago for some custom lipstick (a post on that later this week), and this gem caught my eye.

I picked it up a few weeks later at Sephora because I really needed an easy to apply lip color. Something I could apply without a mirror, at work,  to give my face a bit of a pop and moisturize. Anyway, I was drawn to this lip product because their other lip products are so moisturizing while still having major color pay off.

This is a great product. Its definitely in the lip balm category of things. It moisturizes really well, leaving my lips saturated with moisture. The color is a subtle berry stain thats pretty spot on for Fall, its noticeable without being over the top. The best part is that I can apply it without a mirror and not have to worry about it getting all over the place.  Its quite similar to Clinique Black Honey in color but this color works a bit better with my coloring.

Shop it HERE

Charcoal Your New BFF

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub Review

I got this in my Ipsy bag a few months ago. I ran out of my regular cleanser and I needed to wash my face so on a whim I used it.

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H E L L O A G A I N!!!!


It has been over a month since I last posted anything. I am so sorry dear readers.  It was not because of lack of motivation or desire, I do love this little blog. But for weeks every beauty product that came across my desk was so LACKLUSTER. It was really disappointing.  I really had zero to write about. And while posts about products that DON’T work are okay, they are actually way less fun and to be honest I like to keep things positive.

So in the past few weeks, I’ve searched, I’ve sampled and I’ve tried on so many things and will start posting regularly again next week. Thanks for sticking with me and continuing to read everyday. I really love this little community we’ve created!

Hearts, Ilana

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