Pretty in the City

A Whimsical Girls Guide to Beauty

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Long Hiatus

It feels like a lifetime since I last posted. 2013 was a horrible year. Miscarriages, cancer in the family, deaths and family drama. I am happy to say that 2013 is behind me and I am ready to start blogging again. Writing is in my blood. I don't feel alive when I am not writing. Though I love writing about makeup and skincare, I want my blog to go a little deeper this year. Not to say I don't love giving you a step by step on a how to facial, but I want to dive in to more spiritual and up lifting posts. More health, spirituality, relationships and  advice along with beauty and fashion. I want to help people. I want to make you laugh and cry with me but also brighten your day. I hope it doesn't sound cheesy but that's where I am at this point in my dramatic little life. I am an avid reader. If I could own a library I would be in heaven. I like to learn something new everyday. I would like to share what I have learned with you. So buckle up and enjoy the comfortable enlightening ride I hope to give you. Till then stay tuned ladies and gentlemen. Chau for now.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY Sea Salt Toner

I don't know about you but there's something wonderful that happens to my skin after a day of swimming at the beach. Ever notice the glow you get after being at the beach. I use to think it was the sun that cleared my complexion. The sun helps but it's actually the ocean water. The sea salt contains sulfur which bathes the skin in oxygen which in turns kills bacteria. Sea salt also contains potassium which helps balance out the skin. Lastly sea salt contains calcium which makes skin cells stronger. You can make your own sea salt toner. It is easy to prepare yourself at home.

What you will need:
1. A Tablespoon
2. A glass jar or container
3 Organic Sea Salt.
4. Filtered water


Place 2 tablespoons of sea salt in a glass jar to 1 up of water. Mix it up and and apply to you face with a cotton ball. You can also just splash it on to your skin and let it dry. Wait 15 minutes and rinse. It's that easy. This is great for oily, congested and acneic skin. It also tightens and firms the skin.

I would love to hear how it worked for you. Any questions feel free to ask. Chau for now.

Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm back and ready to blog again

Three months ago I suffered a very traumatic miscarriage. I have taken this time to mourn the lost of my baby. I have done a lot of soul searching and healing. I have also read some amazing books that I would love to share with you. This blog is my outlet and a window to my soul. I started this blog to give women advice on beauty, health and spirituality. This horrific event in my life has taught me a lot. In the coming months I would like to share my new found passions and wisdom with you. I hope you come along on this journey with me. I also have a lot of beauty and skin care products I am loving and will be reviewing for you.  I am happy to be blogging again and hope my followers continue to tune it. God bless you all and I will see you in my next post.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Nubrilliance At Home Microdermabrasion Review

I am very excited to tell you about Nubrilliance Microdermabrasion at home system. First I would like to say that I was not paid for this review. I was sent this system to review. I have been reviewing it for the last three months. I am now ready to give my review. I have tried two other microdermabrasion systems and they don't come close to what this product does. I am over the moon with the results. This is real microdermabrasion not just a machine scratching your skin like others I have tried. This has a strong suction and a diamond tip for optimal exfoliation. There is no trauma to the skin like I have had with other systems. It is easy to use and comes with an instructional DVD. I wear less makeup which is what I have been trying to achieve for years. Let's face it, I think it's every women's dream not to have to wear foundation, concealer, powder etc....This machine truly does make that dream possible. I am being 100% honest with you. This machine has been a godsend in my life. It's even out my skin tone, got rid of my blemishes, smoothed my fine lines and changed the texture of my skin. I have tried numerous products to do for my skin what this one product does in three minutes once a week. The system comes with three different exfoliating tips. The fine tip is  for face and decollete, the precision tip is  for the chin, nose, eye and jaw line and the coure tip is  for knees, elbows, feet and rough patches on the skin. It also comes with a very generous amount of filters for each tip.

 It's like a microdermabrasion at the Dermatologist office, but better. There are no crystals so you can use it for crows feet and around your mouth for nasal labial folds. It is a truly innovative product and I am proud to bring it to your attention. I am uploading two instructional videos for you to watch. I want you to see and get a feel for yourself what this system can do for you. It uses laser cut diamonds to exfoliate the skin. It also has 5 different settings from light exfoliation to deep. I has amazing suction as well. Without suction your skin will not realize the benefits. The suction allows for better circulation and better circulation is what skin needs for collagen production. The combination of exfoliation and suction gives you the healthy afterglow associated with microdermabrasion. Now without further or do my dolls I bring to your Nubrilliance At Home Microdermabrasion. You can check out the website here the show. If you have trouble hearing the video, please feel free to pause the my music playlist. If you have any questions feel free to ask. You can also email me for a free beauty consultation the month of October at . Chau for now.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

My favorite fall/winter makeup look- Flushed cheeks

There's nothing like coming in from the cold and getting a glimpse of that ethereal glow on your cheeks. It's how your cheeks look after a day on the slopes or okay a few hot minutes in the sack. Bam! Glowy flushed cheeks. I will list some blushes that can give you that look . Here are a list of my favorites.

1. Cover Girl Cheekers in Plumberry Glow
2. Benefit Bella Bamba
3. Nars Orgasm (no pun intended)
4.Cover Girl Cheekers in Purely Plum
5. Laura Mercier in Lush Apricot
6. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon
7. Cover Girl Cheekers in Rosesilk
8. Milani Blush in Mai Tai
9. Milani Blush in Luminous
10. Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Rose
11. Revlon Powder Blush in Blushing Berry
12. Nars Desire

Well there you have it. Be sure to place these blushes on the apple of the cheek directly below your pupils. Does anyone have there own favorite just got some or I was a snow bunny today blushers. If so leave a comment. Chau for now

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I have decided to go after my dream of starting my own beauty consulting business. I love giving women advice on all things beauty. I used to be a Medical Administrator, but spent most hours at work giving my coworkers advice on skincare, makeup, nutrition and health. I remember being told by many people that I  should  start my own beauty consulting business. I was a Freelance Makeup Artist for years. I always wanted to be a Beauty Editor. I fantasized of having a little office at Allure Magazine that was filled with beauty products from floor to ceiling. In my fantasy I would scouring beauty magazines, my favorite past time by the way, researching the latest beauty trends and products. I would have my own column giving women all the beauty tips and knowledge I"ve learned through my research. I have decided to give women free beauty consulting for a month. I want to see if this is a good fit for me and in the process will be helping women. You could ask me anything beauty related. For example, what color blush is good for my skin tone, what are the best products for problem skin, how do I cover a pimple correctly. You could ask me to research something for you and I will draw you up your own personal beauty report. You could ask me for nutritional advice as well. Like what supplements are good for the acne, rosacea, dry skin and so on. I am here for you. Your own personal beauty consultant. Please send all questions to email address I will reply the same day. Again, I am doing this for free for a month. Anything you want to ask me, go for it. I hope to hear from you. Till then, Chau for now.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sebamed Antibacterial Cleansing Foam Review-The best face wash ever!

I have found my holy grail skin care product. It's not some fancy $300.00 jar of face cream. It's a face wash! As a beauty blogger, I have tried numerous face washes. Most stripped my skin and left my skin dry, red and open to inflammation. When you strip your skin of it's natural PH , your skin puts out more oil. With more oil there is an over proliferation of bacteria. Antibacterial Cleansing Foam is adjusted to the skin’s natural pH value of 5.5 while killing bacteria. It has been a godsend to me. I like the fact that you can leave it on your skin for 5 minutes as a treatment. Since I have used this product my skin has been 100 percent clear!
Here is the description and what it claims to do:

Sebamed CLEAR FACE Antibacterial Cleansing Foam ensures the gentle and effective deep cleansing of the pores to combat pimples, blackheads and skin impurities. The mild soap and alkali free wash active substance removes excessive sebum, desquamation and dirt particles without drying the skin. The new coconut oil-based antibacterial active ingredient Montaline C40 combats bacteria and helps prevent the formation of new pimples. Vitamin B5 supports the natural regeneration of irritated skin. sebamed CLEAR FACE Antibacterial Cleansing Foam is adjusted to the skin’s natural pH value of 5.5, protecting and supporting the biological barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle to help prevent new pimples from forming.

Ingredients: Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triticum vulgare starch, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Talc, Water, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance (parfum), Inulin, Lecithin, Cera alba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine, Magnesium Aspartate, Alanine, Lysine, Leucine, Cl 77891.


  1. Leaves my skin soft, supple and clean.

  2. Takes the red out of my skin

  3. Shrinks my pores

  4. Kills all the bacteria on my skin

  5. Keeps me pimple free

  6. Does not irritate my skin

  7. Can sit on the skin for 5 minutes without irritating

  8. Makes my skin glow.

A little pricey for a face wash at $19.99 This bottle has lasted me 2 months and is half empty, if that's any comfort. It is worth the price!

I absolutely recommend this product whole heartily to all my followers. This is the best face wash I have ever used in my entire life. I do not claim something is great because I received it for free. I do not get paid for my reviews. As you will see with my upcoming reviews, I don't like all products sent to me. You can trust me. I started this blog to help women not fool them. Check it out at