product review: amorepacific treatment enzyme peel

product: amorepacific treatment enzyme peel $60
uses: with ingredients such as papaya enzymes & green tea leaf extract, this exfoliator helps brighten & balance skin tone
verdict: i love this. i love the smell, the texture, & how fresh & renewed by face feels after use. it’s fun to use too! it comes in powder form, then lathers beautifully when water is added. the price may be steep for some–especially for a face wash–but if you ask the lovely sephora ladies for a free sample, they usually have a tiny bottle on hand. 5 out of 5
beauty tip: whenever i’m washing my face, i leave the product on for a few minutes (usually the time it takes me to brush my teeth). this helps your skin absorb the benefits of the product before you rinse it off.

product review: la roche-posay anthelios 60

product: multi-award-winning la roche-posay anthelios 60 ultralight sunscreen fluid $25
uses: put on face for sun protection provided by its “antioxidant complex”
verdict: why does everyone love this? this facial sunscreen has won so many beauty awards, & remains one of the top spf products money can buy–that’s why i tried it. not only did it dry out my skin, but it also made my forehead bumpy. i didn’t like the watery texture of the bright white cream, & it felt greasy when i applied it. 1 out of 5
beauty tip: don’t always trust american consumers. sometimes it really is just good pr. oh, & always wear sunscreen. always.

my fave boutiques in madrid

nac, located in the cosmopolitan & stylish chueca neighborhood of madrid. high-end labels, impeccable merchandising…& free coffee (if you intend on purchasing, of course).

i loved the lower level of this boutique–it reminded me of an ancient taverna.

it was very hard to walk away from these shoes.

la intrusa showroom in tribunal has incredibly unique blouses, girly dresses, & fabulous handmade jewelry from local artists in madrid. i wanted anything & everything. located right next to the tribunal metro stop, this was my favorite boutique in all madrid. the whole experience was refreshing & highly influential.