Welcome to Miami

Miami has a population of approximately 5.5 million people and is visited by over 75 million tourists every year! I was one of these tourists just last week and I loved every minute of it. Not only is Miami the city that one of my favorite fashion designers Gianni Versace lived and died, it has the stunning summer weather I love all year around.

Miami International Airport is one of the busiest airports in North America. It’s no wonder with all those tourists every year! Upon arriving I was immediately greeted by Alpha Priority. Alpha Priority Services is a VIP Meet and Greet Airport Concierge Service, including Luxury Transportation. They discreetly expedited me through the airport  to my car.  The entire process was professional and speedy!  Their service was best in class and they made my travel experience luxurious and hassle free. I highly recommend them to any traveler as they are available worldwide. You’ll love your experience as much as I did! 

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My first stop was my hotel  Mondrian South Beach. It is right on the water of Biscayne Bay and has the type of interior I love. Lots of white and grand staircases with beautiful balconies that look directly out onto the bay. Waking up every morning with that view was a dream. There was an amazing pool with a spectacular view, a great gym, and great dining at Mondrian Caffe. 

Mondrian South Beach
Isn’t this a dream?
Food with a view– what more could you ask for?

I visited The Sand Box  in 1 Hotel South beach for lunch and I was blown away. Not only by the food but by the amazing interior design of the hotel . 1 Hotel South Beach was voted one of the 10 best hotels in the US by Conde Naste traveler and it is easy to see why. It sits along 600 feet of Atlantic Ocean beach which leaves you feeling like you’re at a resort. This hotel has everything you could possibly need, including a Spartan gym and spa that make you feel like you never have to leave! I could seriously live in that hotel!! 

These Falafels were everything!

I went to The Forge restaurant that night for dinner and it was absolutely worth leaving the atmosphere at 1 Hotel. The restaurant has been completely refurbished and has 6000 ft of open space in which to dine. The outside façade looks very art deco circa 1930 and really fits with the vibe of this neighborhood in Mid Beach. The menu was amazing and I loved all the local ingredients in the dishes. Highly suggest this place for a romantic dinner for two! 

My final stop this day was Wall Lounge inside the W Hotel. Miami is definitely a city where the day doesn’t start until the night does. Normally I am not a night out kind of girl  but this place did not disappoint. The inside is smaller and more intimate than most clubs/lounges but the music and crowd made for a really fun night. It was definitely a memorable night filled with good vibes and laughter. 

I also went to the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics game while I was there and it was amazing! So many great places and memories were created during this trip. I hope you all got some inspiration for a vacation somewhere warm. Being back in this Vancouver rain is making me relive those Miami days over and over. Bring back the sun! What are some of your favorite destination places?

Don’t worry– I didn’t forget about your request for my makeup looks. Below is the only makeup look I had for the trip; a drop of foundation, liquid liner, touch of mascara, bronzer, and a lip liner/lipstick duo. My other go-to makeup for this trip was a bare-face with SPF and my Josie Oil!!!! Can’t live without it. XO 

 

Dewy Skin – Even in the Winter

I absolutely love dewy skin. No matter what season it is I want that natural glow. I love my skin to be youthful and have a bounce that only comes with healthy skin. Below I am going to outline my favorite products that always give me a beautiful glow, even in the winter. 

 

Before I get into the details I will tell you a bit about my skin. I would say that my skin is fairly normal, although I do experience dehydration all year around. When choosing masks I usually opt for the most hydrating or calming. In the winter I do experience more dryness than usual, which can sometimes make it more difficult to achieve the glow. Stay tuned for another post about some of my skin concerns that include irritation and break outs.

Let’s get glowing!

1. Prep – I always use my be all end all the Josie Maran Argan Oil (are you sick of hearing about this oil yet??) and I follow it up with Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Cream. It is very hydrating and smooths out my face making for a great canvas.

2. Foundation – I love Becca Aqua Luminous foundation mixed with Becca Opal Liquid Highlighter. By adding a drop or two of the liquid highlighter I can achieve an all over glow.

3. Set – I set only in the areas that are needed (mostly my under eye) with the Laura Mercier Universal Setting Powder. This goes on smooth and never leaves flash back in my photos.

4. Bronze & Highlight – I love, love, love the Profusion Bronzer from Makeup Forever. It is just the right color for all year-round bronze. It gives just the right amount of “sun kissed” to my skin. I am a huge fan of all things Anastasia Beverly Hills including her highlighter in So Hollywood. She has multiple highlighters, but this one gives me a Bronzy glow, so I tip off my bronzer with this.

 

This is really my everyday routine. To finish off my look, and take it up a notch, I use Sephora Collection Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, the Guerlain La Petite Noire mascara, and my current obsession from Buxom the Power Plump Lip Balm – The Big O. Last, but certainly not least, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist to finish the look.

These are just a few of my all time favorite products! What are some of your favorite dewy skin and glowing makeup products? Some of my favorite products have been from recommendations and I need to keep this glow glowing!

 

Fall & Winter Skincare – Updating Your Routine

I know this is coming a little late in the season, we may already be closer to winter than summer, but my denial that my favorite season is gone has been keeping me from finishing this post!  

It’s no secret I am a summer girl. I love the long nights, cold white wines, and of course the hot weather. In the summer my go to skin care item is always SPF. Those hot, sunny days call for protection, protection, protection. But what happens when the days become shorter and the air becomes cooler? What do I always do to transition my skin care routine by season? Keep reading!

Below I am going outline my fall/winter routine step by step and give you some insights into my favorite skin care products and brands.

 

1. CLEANSE – No matter the season we always need to cleanse. I will always recommend a double cleanse – using one cleanser to clean away dirt and makeup and another to cleanse your skin below. My first step in double cleansing is always an oil cleanser. I have always been obsessed with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. This oil cleanses deeply without drying out the skin. I know a lot of you may be nervous about using an oil cleanser because it might leave your skin feeling oily, but the Shu Uemura does not leave any residue. Use my code MINAXSHU for a discount site wide and free shipping with a $50 purchase

2. CLEANSE PT.2 – I can’t forget the tool I cannot live without – my Clarisonic. Nothing gets my skin as deeply clean as this. Use code Mina15 for a discount site wide and free shipping over $50 as well!

3. EXFOLIATE – Honestly exfoliating is necessary in any season, but for the colder months when my skin may be drier than normal I love the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. If you haven’t tried this yet you must! Most days I am exhausted at the end of the day and I don’t want to spend too much time on my skin so I love that Exfolikate is a 2 minute exfoliator. It is made with papya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes which leave the skin with a beautiful glow.

4. MASK– After being out all day in a colder temperature (and lots of rain in Vancouver!) I love giving my skin something to soothe and calm. Ren’s Evercalm Ultra Comforting Resue Mask is the perfect combination of Beta-Glucan and White Mushroom Extract which both calm redness and support the skin’s natural immune system to fight winter weather irritation.

TIP: I love this on a long flight too to prevent jet lag to my skin!

5. OIL – Last but certainly not least my holy grail skin product – Josie Maran Argan Oil. No matter the season or time of day I love, love, love this product. It leaves my skin refreshed, hydrated, and glowing. Use alone or under makeup.

That’s it guys! These are the few products I either love all seasons, or add in for these cooler months. If you need me I will be looking at photos of beaches, drinking a nice cold glass of wine, and impatiently waiting for summer to come back.

 

Being a Tourist in My Own City – Sea to Sky Gondola

Vancouver has been my home since moving from Iran when I was 6 years old. It sees hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, so I thought I would share one of my new favorite places in this beautiful coastal city.

Sea – to – Sky Gondola

This is one of the most exciting things to do with an afternoon in Vancouver. First of all the drive up to the gondola from downtown Vancouver is beautiful on it’s own. The Sea to Sky highway travels along the water at an altitude high enough to create spectacular views of not only the water but the mountains as well. Once there you jump into a gondola big enough to fit 8 people with padded seats and floor to ceiling glass walls for maximum views.

The ride up is a total of about 10 minutes and it is breath taking. I was lucky enough to recently go on a clear, sunny day and I was completely blown away. Once you get to the top there are other things you can do like walking trails, viewing platforms, and the Sky Pilot Suspension bridge. I’m actually very scared of heights so this was a great way to overcome that. The view makes you completely forget about everything else. 

 

Have you ever been on the gondola? What are some of your favorite Vancouver attractions I need to check out? I want to be more of a tourist in this beautiful city and experience all of the amazing places it has to offer!

It’s hard to take a selfie when you’re being blinded by the sun lol.

 

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