Top 3: Sassy New Drugstore Products

 

Shireen's Top 3 - Sassy New Drugstore Products - ©James Woodley Photography - www.james-woodley.com

 

Hello fashionistas — my name is Shireen Sandoval and I’m a product junkie. Okay, more like a total addict. There, I said it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of; I know a lot of you out there are just like me. Matter of fact, on any given day of the week, you can find me trolling around my neighborhood drugstore looking for the latest and greatest in beauty inventions.

The good news is: in this day and age, you don’t have to spend a million bucks (or a small fortune) on fancy department store brands or in chain boutiques that push pretty packaging. Instead, drugstore lines have taken modern-day technology by the horns and harnessed some of the most provocative products to date. That’s why this week’s Top 3 is dedicated to “Sassy New Drugstore Products.”

 

 

 

V05, Beauty, Oil, Drug Store, Pharmacy, Walgreen, CVS, Hair, Skin

Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil $4.99

 

This stuff is the bomb, but it would be easier to build one than to find it on shelves. In any case, if you can get your fashionable little hands on “Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil,” you’ll be one happy, perfectly moisturized mama. This is VO5′s first-ever dual product for your hair and your body. It’s a light, sheer oil that smells like vacation, with hints of macadamia, sunflower, shea, grapeseed and coconut. Its secret ingredients: infused argan oil, along with vitamins E, H, C, B5 & B3. I spritz it on the ends of my hair, then spray it into my palm and smooth it over my chest, elbow and knees. Heaven.

www.Vo5haircare.com

 

 

Biore, Beauty, Oil, Drug Store, Pharmacy, Walgreen, CVS, Hair, Skin

Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar/$6.47

 

Remember those Biore nose patches from back in the day? You’d stick them on, wait a few minutes and carefully peel them off; revealing clean, healthy pores. Well, “Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar” has the same premise, but it’s much more sophisticated and easier to use. Charcoal, by the way, is known for removing junk that’s embedded into and onto you face. This refreshing soap is infused with peppermint oil and exfoliating jojoba beads. The company says it gets your skin 2.5x cleaner than a normal cleanser. I don’t know about that, but here’s what I do know:  after a week of heavy, pancake television make-up, this stuff gets my face squeaky clean over the weekend.

www.biore.com

 

 

Garnier, Beauty, Oil, Drug Store, Pharmacy, Walgreen, CVS, Hair, Skin

Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream/$16.99

 

If you’re a regular blog reader, you already know my obsession with under-eye and anti-aging creams. Well, “Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream” is now officially in my arsenal of fighting Father Time. It’s like a mask and cream all in one. Right before bedtime, I rub it on my face, neck and shoulders and when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels moist, supple and looks smooth. Although not recommended, I even tried it under my eyes; a girl can never get enough moisture unless, of course, you battle acne (then steer clear.) Made with Lavender essential oils, rare plant extracts and Adenosine, it absorbs fast and works to boost cell renewal. I used to think Garnier was just good at making hair products; I love it when people prove me wrong.

www.garnierusa.com

 

 

 

“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray


Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photographer: James Woodley
Writer: Shireen Sandoval

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Greek Place

Shireen's Spotlight: The Greek Place

Shireen's Spotlight: The Greek Place

Shireen's Spotlight: The Greek Place

Shireen's Spotlight: The Greek Place

Shireen's Spotlight: The Greek Place

Shireen's Spotlight: The Greek Place

What:

The Greek Place, 9561 Harding Avenue, Surfside, FL. 33154

Why:

Fresh food, wonderful people and an unpretentious atmosphere: “The Greek Place” in Surfside is truly one of my favorite things and my absolute go-to neighborhood hang-out.

I first discovered the hidden jewel about ten years ago, while I was out and about running my usual errands. When I walked in, I was greeted with a friendly “hello” and made to feel right at home despite being alone. The food was incredibly fresh and the atmosphere was totally laid back and relaxing. I immediately became a regular and yes, just like the television show “Cheers,” it’s a place where everyone knows your name.

These days, when I have a brief respite from my crazy-hectic schedule, I make my way to “The Greek Place” and just chill at their basic bar. I’ll sit there for hours before I order their amazing signature “Greek Salad,” with grilled shrimp, a healthy helping of Tzatziki with pita bread (when I’m counting calories, I dip with cucumbers instead) and a glass of their yummy house red wine.

Some of their other stand-out dishes include “Octopus Salad” (it’s tangy and beyond tasty) and the “Lamb Chops” fall off the bone and marvelously melt in your mouth. If you get really lucky, the daily special will be a “Greek Beef Stew” that’s to die for. It’s succulent, flavorful and boasts secret Greek ingredients.

Even though I’m not really a dessert person, when I’m at “The Greek Place,” their Baklava Cheesecake is a must-have. It’s probably the only sweet treat I truly enjoy. My mouth is watering just writing about it! I guess I know where I’m going tonight.

Where:

The Greek Place is in the quaint little seaside town of Surfside right on Harding Avenue (which is one of the main roads that runs through North Miami Beach.) Surfside has a lot of nice shops and restaurants worth visiting. “The Greek Place” is located on the east side of Harding (which is opposite the popular and always busy Starbucks.) You can park curbside or find one of the many pay to park lots around town. Every lot nearby is within walking distance.

When:

Monday-Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm.

Website: www.greekplacesurfside.com (under construction)
Takeaway: 305-866-9628
IG: @TheGreekPlaceSurfside
Twitter: @The_Greek_Place
FB: The Greek Place

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. Virginia Woolf

Dress: Vintage Betsey Johnson
Boots: Valentino (Red) www.Kokopalenki.com
Coat: Bebe
Purse: BCBG

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photographer: James Woodley
Writer/Producer: Shireen Sandoval

Feeling Magenta

Feeling Magenta

Feeling Magenta

Feeling Magenta

Feeling Magenta

Feeling Magenta

Feeling Magenta

Despite the hustle and bustle around the television station, when I closed the door to my office, the room fell silent and my composure quickly started to crack. The brief reprieve from the buzz of the newsroom left me open to a wide range of emotions: I laughed, cried and then quickly buried my head into my hands and let out a silent scream. I was undeniably NUTS with excitement.

Like a boxer who had just won the most important title bout of his life, I balled both of my hands up into tight fists and punched the air with an enthusiasm reserved only for the movies…”Rocky,” “Rudy” and “Chariots Of Fire” had nothing on me. It wasn’t enough, though, so I jabbed the air again, this time like an athlete who had just won an Olympic gold medal.

One she had worked and sacrificed her entire life for. I had finally done it; won the match, earned the medal and the moment was all mine. I wanted to call someone and share it. I wanted to tell someone that the years of sacrifice, commitment and hard work had finally paid off. All the holidays I had worked through, birthday parties I had missed, family reunions I couldn’t attend and relationships I couldn’t sustain because all of my energy always went to work – I wanted to scream to anyone who would listen that it was ALL WORTH IT, but I couldn’t…

Just minutes before my air-punching moment, the Vice President of Sunbeam Television notified me that after a rigorous two month-long audition process to become co-host of Deco Drive, I had indeed landed the job: however, until we hammered out contract details, released a formal media statement and announced it to the inner fold of Channel 7, my promotion was to be kept a secret. I obeyed as if my very career depended on it and well, it did. A few weeks later…

Read the rest of  “Feeling Magenta” at www.WSVN.com or shop the looks featured in the blog at www.MagentaCouture.com.

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Top 3: My Favorite GlaMER Lip Scrubs

 

Shireen's Top 3: Favorite GlaMER Lips Scrubs

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Top 3, Fashion Blog, Shireen Sandoval, lip scrub, GlaMER, Lip balm, care, scrub, james woodley photography, #jamesWphoto

 

Delicious, decadent and absolutely AMAZE-BALLZ — or perhaps, I should say lip-tastic! Seriously, I thought I had my lip situation under control because on every table and in every drawer of my house, I have a tube of lip balm. What’s more, in every purse, evening clutch and briefcase I own, I have just the right kind of ramekin filled with just the right kind of chapstick to keep my pout looking pretty. I don’t discriminate either: fruity, minty, buttery, medical-like or just plain ol’ deliciously decadent, I like them all and use them incessantly…

So, imagine my surprise when I discovered “GlaMER Lip Scrub.” I mean how did I NOT know about this incredible product? The all-organic, non-synthetic, USDA-approved scrub is aimed at helping dry lips, but it does way more than that; using it is actually an experience. You place a small amount of the grainy goodness on your lips with your finger or the small, wooden spatula that comes with the little jar and gently massage (in a circular motion) for about a minute.

The best part: when you’re finished, you can either rinse it, or LICK it off. Yes, I said lick it off. Okay, when I first read that on the instructions, I was like “whatever” but I’m telling you, it’s impossible NOT to. The stuff tastes utterly amazing. I’m not a sweets eater, either, so, its appeal blows my mind. With that being said, after you scrub, rub some of GlaMER’s Lip Balm onto your kisser. The two-step, easy, breezy process eliminates dry, flaky skin and leaves your lips extra soft. By the way, this product is totally boyfriend (or at least mine,) approved. Here are my Top 3 GlaMER Lip Scrub flavors…

 

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Organic Lip Scrub – Lemon/$22.95

This is my absolute FAVORITE. I don’t even like lemon, but the jojoba oil in this makes it extra moisturizing and extra yummy.

 

 

 

 

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Natural Lip Scrub – Bubble Gum/$10

This tastes like a package of “Bubble Yum Bubble Gum” erupted in your mouth.

 

 

 

 

Top 3, Fashion Blog, Shireen Sandoval, lip scrub, GlaMER, Lip balm, care, scrub, james woodley photography, #jamesWphoto

 

Natural Lip Scrub – Coconut/$10

If you like Piña Coladas, this scrub’s for you (sans the liquor.)

 

 

 

 

Honorable mention: All Natural Beeswax Lip Balm, in Spearmint & Vanilla/$3.
This is what you use after the scrub. Both are equally as good.

Blog wardrobe: Cream Cupcake dress by Koko & Palenki, Aventura
Belt: Bebe, South Beach
Sunglasses: Walgreens (who doesn’t love a good pair of drugstore sunglasses)

www.makeupbymer.com
Twitter: @makeupbymer
IG: @makeupbymer
FB: Make Up by Mer

“I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck ’til time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.”

- William Butler Yeats (The Song of Wandering Aengus)

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photographer: James Woodley
Writer: Shireen Sandoval

Shireen’s Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

Shireen's Spotlight: Eucalyptus Gardens

What:

Eucalyptus Gardens, 2430 NE 13th Ave. Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Why:

It’s a garden oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Miami and Fort Lauderdale life. Eucalyptus Gardens is a heavenly piece of sprawling property (a few acres, I think) dedicated to making life a little bit better. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived; but once there, I never wanted to leave. It was relaxing, refreshing, charming, enchanting…believe me, I could go on and on with the adjectives.

There are six little shops that make up the gardens and there’s definitely something for everyone. “The Alchemist,” a hip, groovy little coffee shop, makes the best cup of Joe (butter included) that I’ve ever tasted. The “Seed of Life Bistro” makes eating healthy a pleasure, not a pain in the you-know-what, and you won’t be able to have just one sweet treat at “New Day Desserts,” because everything is ridiculously delicious.

I completely adored “Chateau D’vine,” where wine and exceptionally fresh and creative cocktails are the mainstay. I’m particularly found of their Lychee Martini. I lingered a lot at this little lounge, chatting up the owner and her right-hand man (they’re both lively, affable and great conversationalists.) I also hung out with a few new friends and my crew on the perfect gazebo-like patio. We all watched the sun go down, laughed, talked and enjoyed the crisp, fresh air.

If you’re the type of person who wants to know exactly what you’re putting in your body, “The Farm Store” is for you: with organic and homegrown fruits, veggies and products, it supports local farmers and even offers up the yummiest of homemade health juices.

A few paces from the Farmers Market is “Zen Orchids,” where I found a cute little cactus. It reminded me of my beloved hometown, Santa Fe, New Mexico, so I snatched it up for a mere five dollars. They also sell plants, flowers and Buddha figurines.

The genius behind Eucalyptus Gardens is Deanna Allen, a lovely human being who cares about people and wants them to find peace and happiness in this chaotic world and, at the same time, support small business owners. I talked with her a lot while hanging out in the gardens and she’s not only artistic, she’s inspirational and kind, too. Her project, to bring community and like minded individuals together, is a beautiful blessing that I hope you’ll find the time to try and enjoy.

Where:

North of Fort Lauderdale in the quaint little city of Wilton Manors (which is in Broward County.) Not only does the area boast tons of funky shops and cool restaurants, it’s also been dubbed the “Second Gayest City” in the United States. It’s a progressive place to live, work and play; with an amazingly entrepreneurial and community-minded population.

Eucalyptus Gardens is a few blocks off of North Federal Highway and about a mile away from the city’s famed Wilton Drive. They have complimentary valet and open lot parking. Take practical shoes; I made my way around in my last season Miu Miu’s, but I recommend something a little more practical.

When:

The Alchemist: Tuesday-Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 8am-6pm
New Day Desserts: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-9pm, Sunday 11:30am-6pm
Seed of Life Bistro: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-9:30pm, Sunday 11:30pm-6pm
Chateau D’vine: Tuesday-Wednesday 4pm-12am, Thur-Sat 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-8pm
The Farm Store: Tuesday-Sunday 8am-8pm
Zen Orchids: Thursday-Sunday 10am-6pm

www.eucalyptus-gardens.com
IG: @Eucalyptus_Gardens
Twitter: @eucalyptusrain
FB: Eucalyptus Gardens (Farmers Market, Coffee Shop & Vegan Restaurant)

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sparkle Tank & Flower Skirt by Kore Boutique
White Jacket by Koko & Palenki
Blue Suede Wrap-up Shoes by Miu Miu
Teddy Bear Purse, Special Edition by Cynthia Rowley – NYC

Editor:  Matthew Auerbach
Photographer:  James Woodley
Writer:  Shireen Sandoval