Top 7 Cities to Visit

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My recently has been all about traveling. I work and travel at the same time over this past year I have encountered so many new experiences and been on countless adventures that I thought I’d share them with you!


7) Athens, Greece – Culture is so vast here. Visit the Acropolis. Stop by The Temple of Zeus. Shop down the historic road of the Plaka. And most of all…FOOD. When you visit Greece, you must try their feta cheese and their olives. Magnificent!


6) Buenos Aires, Argentina – I’m a little biased because I have Argentinian blood in me, but OHMYGOSH. It’s a gorgeous vibrant city full of beautiful architecture and color – literally. It reminds me of a Spanish version of New York City. Visit the colorful town of La Boca. Experience the historical theatre – Teatro Colon. Shop on Florida Street (Calle Florida). It’s blocks and blocks of shops. Trust me, I tried to find the end of it, I couldn’t. If you’re a meat-lover, Argentina is the place for you. They are famous for their beef. There’s some influence of Italy regarding the food. It’s not the same, but the wine and pizza is delicious! You cannot leave Argentina without trying panqueques, empandas, and dulce de leche. Mostly the dulce de leche. It’s like nothing you have ever tasted! I will bring it back home and make crepes and slather this delicious condiment onto it.


5) Puntarenas, Costa Rica – Known for their coffee, rain forests, beaches, and their ziplining tours. I can attest to the coffee. Probably the best coffee I have tasted in the entire world. I have a friend who disagrees. Because this person is from Colombia, she swears (and she will fight you on this) that Colombia has the best coffee. I have yet to travel to Colombia, but when I do, you bet I’ll be tasting that coffee and judging for myself! The rain forests are amazing. I visited a botanical garden that inhabited so many beautiful creatures.


 4) Barcelona, Spain – So much culture in this city! I only went there a few times and it was not enough. Some of my highlights were the Gothic Quarter and most definitely Monserrat. The monastery up high on the mountains was so breathtaking! Places still on my list are Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.  

3) Naples, Italy – The best pizza you will ever try. I am not kidding! It has to be something in the water, because I’ve never tasted pizza like this in my entire life. The dough, the tomato sauce, the cheese – to die for! If you’re going to go to Naples, you have to try that. Above all they have this specialty called buffalo mozzarella. It’s creamier than your usual mozzarella. It’s from the milk of buffalos (of course). And it tastes the best in Naples. One of my coworkers was from Naples, and he said that they ship buffalo mozzarella to New York, but it doesn’t taste the same. This magical cheese equates the atmosphere, the weather, and the environment into the perfect cheese. You must try it! Besides delicious food, you have to visit Pompeii, the Isle of Capri, and the town of Sorrento. Naples is truly a magical city, and so underrated!  

 2) Florence, Italy – This place has a special place in my heart. I visited this place with a friend of mine and could never forget it. I got my favorite pair of leather boots there. You can also visit the Duomo, go to the museum and see Michaelangelo, and visit Ponte Vecchio.

1) Venice, Italy – I have so many amazing memories here. Starting with the ever so beautiful bookstore (Libreria L’acqua) to Teatro La Fenice to Murano Island. It was the grandest experience I ever had. I can’t wait to back.

Which places have you visited in this list? Which places that aren’t in this list would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Traveling!


Companies That Test On Animals

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The companies in bold are the ones that really surprised me. Some of these brands I happen to use just about everyday. Some I just just can’t stay away from, but most I will stay away from and stop supporting their company.

Acuvue (Contacts – Costco)

Air Wick (Drugstores)

Always (Pads – Drugstores)

Aquafresh (Toothpaste, Teeth Whitening – Drugstores)

Arm & Hammer (Drugstores)

Aussie (Hair Products – Drugstores)

Aveeno (Skin Care – Drugstores)

Avon Products, Inc. (Makeup)

Band-Aid (Drugstores)

Braun (Shavers – Drugstores)

Chapstick (Drugstores)

Christina Aguilera Perfumes

Clairol (Hair Color – Drugstores)

Clean and Clear (Skincare – Drugstores)

Clearasil (Skincare – Drugstores)

Clorox (Cleaning Supplies – Drugstores)

Covergirl (Cosmetics – Drugstore)

Crest (Toothpaste – Drugstores)

Dial Corporation (Soap – Drugstores)


Dove (Shower Products – Drugstores)

Downy (Cleaning Supplies – Drugstores)

Escada Frangrances

Essie (Nail Polish – Drugstores)

Estee Lauder

Febreze (Air Freshener – Drugstores)

Garnier (Hair Products – Drugstores)

Giorgio Armani (High-end Makeup)

Glad (Drugstore)

Glade (Drugstore)

Gucci Frangrances

Head & Shoulders

Helena Rubinstein

Herbal Essences (Hair Products – Drugstore)

Iams (Pet Food!!)

Johnson & Johnson

Kerastase (Hair Products – Drugstore)


L’Oreal USA


Lacoste Fragrances


Liquid Plumr (Drugstores)

Listerine (Drugstores)

Lubriderm (Drugstores)


Mary Kay (Cosmetics)

Max Factor (Cosmetics)

Maybelline (Cosmetics – Drugstores)

Mr. Clean




Old Spice


Oral -B

Shiseido Cosmetics










Ralph Lauren Fragrances



ReNu (Contact Solution – Costco)

S.C. Johnson

Scoop Away

Scope (Mouthwash)

Secret (Deoderant)

Shu Uemura (Cosmetics)








Which ones surprised you the most? Which ones will you stop supporting? Which ones ones can’t you live without? Let me know in the comments below!

I can’t live without Acuvue (I wear contacts), Always (I love those pads), Band-Aid (for obvious reasons).

I was shocked that Maybelline, L’oreal, Febreze, Aveeno, Secret, Crest, Shu Uemera, Giorgio Armani, Chapstick, Arm & Hammer, Clorox, Garnier, etc. test on animals. I will stop supporting these companies from now on!

Beauty Companies Against Animal Testing

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A couple of days, I came across a YouTube video from one of my favorite companies, Lush. They did a real-life demonstration on what animal testing is like and how cruel and unusual it is. Watch this video.

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Shocking, right? After watching this video, I decided I had to do my part. I signed Lush’s petition here. I also came up with the idea to research and compile a list of the well-known companies that DON’T test on animals. I’m including makeup, skin care, and even clothing stores that sell perfumes or lotions. Here’s what I’ve found:

*When I put something in parentheses like (this) that means where you can find these companies in stores.

**When I put something in brackets like [this] that means that company owns the company that’s not in parentheses

Abercrombie & Fitch

Alba Botanica (Drugstore/Whole Foods)

Almay (Drugstore)

Amazing Cosmetics, Inc. (Sephora)

Anastasia Beverly Hills (Sephora)

Ardell International (Drugstore – Most famous for their false eyelashes)

Avalon Organics (Whole Foods)

Aveda [Estee Lauder]

Badger (Whole Foods)

Bare Escentuals [Shiseido] (Sephora, Ulta)

Bath & Body Works

Benefit Cosmetics (Sephora, Ulta)

Bobbi Brown (Sephora)

Burt’s Bees [Clorox]

butter LONDON (Nail Polish)

C.O. Bigelow (Bath & Body Works)

Carmex (Drugstore)

China Glaze (Nail Polish – Sally Beauty Supply)

Clinique (Sephora)

Dessert Essence (Whole Foods)

Dr. Hauschka (Whole Foods)

Eco Tools (Target)

E.L.F. Cosmetics (Target)

Gosh Cosmetics

Hard Candy (Drugstore)

Hello Kitty (Sephora)

Henri Bendel

Hourglass Cosmetics (Sephora)

IT Cosmetics

Illamasqua (Sephora)

Jack Black (Sephora)

Josie Maran (Sephora)

Kate Spade Beauty

Kiss My Face (Drugstores, Whole Foods)

Laura Mercier (Sephora)

Liz Clairborne (JC Penny)

LUSH Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics

Milani Cosmetics

Murad, Inc.

Nature’s Gate (Whole Foods)

Newman’s Own Organics (Whole Foods)

Nordstrom Cosmetics

Nubar Cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics (Ulta)

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Inc.

Organix Hair (Drugstore)

Orly International (Drugstore)

Paul Mitchell Systems

Physicians Formula (Drugstore)

Pureology [L’Oreal]

Revlon (Drugstores)

Sally Hansen (Drugstores)

Seche (Nail Polish)

Seventh Generation (Whole Foods)

Slatkin & Co. (Bath & Body Works)

Smashbox Cosmetics


Stila Cosmetics (Sephora)

Tarte Cosmetics (Sephora)

Too Faced Cosmetics (Sephora, Ulta)

The Body Shop [L’Oreal]

Tom’s of Maine [Colgate-Palmolive] (Whole Foods, Target)

Trader Joe’s Company

Urban Decay

Victoria’s Secret

wet n wild (Wal Mart)

Whole Foods Market, 365

Yes To Carrots (Drugstores)


Zoya (Nail Polish)

In my next blog post, I will be compiling a list of well-known beauty companies that DO test on animals. These companies you SHOULD stay away from. This list will be up next week.

Are there any companies that I missed? Let me know in the comments below, and I will happily add it to the list!

Any of these companies you’ve never heard of? Check them out! You might be surprised with the results.





An Obsession: (Part 1) Hunger Games

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If you saw the amazing spectacle of a movie, Hunger Games, watch this video. You’ll laugh ’til your sides hurt!

If you’re in love with Peeta like I was just by watching the movie. (Don’t worry, I’ve read the books! And I loved Peeta when I read the books!) You will appreciate this picture set.

And we can’t forget the head-strong female that takes the series by storm, Katniss.


And for those Everlark shippers and fans.