Snique Away!

MyOwnJudge - Snique InviteMaybe your inbox is over-saturated with the invites to sample sales online. Shoot, there are so many sales, and they happen so often, you may be inclined to vow never to shop retail again (although really – how else can you get the perfect item before inventory dwindles down to a wish-list?). There are some sites dabbling in destination sales, but they are not promised regularly, and lack variety – just enough sun and luxury for any guy or gal to sleep happy at night. Well guess what? Snique is just what the doctor ordered.

Welcome to the world of travel sample sales. Sign up and see what destinations come up. Currently, Belgium, New York (let me know if you’re coming!), and Costa Rica are up for grabs. Become a smart travel shopper – or hold out for that memorable trip. Or well… you know… play around with your shopping cart and dream of the day you can buy trips like you can lip gloss (and don’t forget about me when you get there either!).

Join the invite only site with this link:

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Recycling Travel Sized

MyOwnJudge - Hotel RecyclingHow many times have you gone to a hotel and forgot something? The soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner. As soon as the panic dies down you realize that (most likely) the place you are staying at has taken the liberty of stocking up your bathroom. Maybe you brought your own soap, but you want to test out their soap instead (I’ve been guilty of this). Then comes the last day of your stay and the bottle isn’t quite done. Some people take it with them and use it as a travel size product, but most people just leave it at the hotel room.

Photo Credit: DeviantArt user dear3 

Hotels have realized that the product left behind is a huge waste. They can’t reuse the product – because, well, do you want to use the second half of someone else’s lotion? Didn’t think so.

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. says it is working with an Orlando charity that collects beauty products left behind by hotel guests and then distributes them to impoverished families in the United States and more than 30 countries.

The organization, Clean the World, says it has collected more than a ton of soap in recent months from five Harrah’s resorts: Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Imperial Palace and Caesars Palace. (source)

Clean the World is also working on a factory where soap will be recycled. I wonder if I’ll be able to send in the tiny pieces of leftover soap (you know – when it’s too small to use, but too big a piece to trash?) that collects in my bathroom.

Guess not everything stays in Vegas after all!

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Search & Win

Traveling with an e.l.f.

It’s hard enough for people visiting New York to pack enough. Scratch that. Anyone traveling has a case of the Iforgots. I have it each and every single time I travel. When I went to Barbados? I had a checklist of all the things to bring and still missed some pretty important things. How could I have missed bringing shorts when I was venturing to the Caribbean? Similarly, when I flew to Florida, how could I really arrive without shampoo, lotion, or hairspray? Was I traveling to somewhere prehistoric? Was Jetblue chartering time machines!? The hardest thing is looking at yourself in the mirror and admitting that you indeed forgot an essential. It’s all your fault. Unless you have a butler. Most of us don’t. If only someone counted on us to be harebrained and forgetful.

As of March 1st (mmmhmmmm today), all travelers heading to NYC staying at an Affinia location are privy to a complimentary e.l.f. emergency beauty kit.

E.L.F. Emergency Kit at Affinia

The e.l.f. emergency beauty kit includes:

Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 in Pink Kiss, contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers aren’t rude (okay, not all of us), so you’d be a smart petunia to have gloss to decorate that smile of yours – and SPF? Way ahead of the pack!
Slanted Tweezers, because there is an obsessive compulsive plucker in all of us that escapes when traveling and without a tweezer. I can safely admit that I have tried to remove hairs with the strength of my nails in such situations. Don’t judge.
Regular and Waterproof Mascara Duo, a swipe or two of mascara makes a gal look awake. As you know, the Big Apple doesn’t sleep – so go on and fool everyone!
Nail Polish Remover Pads, when the beauty supply stores are creeping up on you and the Sephora stores are as plentiful as Starbucks you may feel the urge to change up your polish, or go bare from the variety.
Eye Makeup Remover Pads, because what goes on must come off. Also because when you are not at home, you can’t reach for olive oil as a miracle cure.
Clear Nail Polish, stops stockings from ripping. Makes bare nails look uber chic and taken care of. Keeps nails from cracking or breaking (don’t believe me? Compare wearing clear polish to no polish for a week!).
Travel Hand Sanitizer, because a lot of sleepless New Yorkers make for a lot of grime and dirt. Oh, and the possibilities to grab a bite to eat on the corner of A and B are endless!

The super plus for me is that no one claims these babies back from you. You’re safe to tote this kit around as your save me super team until everything runs out. Then you might just have to return to New York. 🙂

All Affinia-stayers have to do is simply call or visit the front desk for a kit, no questions asked.

Having a beauty kit available for you at Affinia courtesy of e.l.f.? Super awesome.
Being able to land in NYC and ask the front desk “you got the goods?Priceless!!!

Participating Affinia locations include: Affinia Manhattan, Affinia Dumont Hotel, Affinia 50 Hotel, Affinia Gardens Hotel and Affinia Shelburne.

Do you travel with e.l.f.?

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Away Notice

I, Miss Yaya amon the road again. I caught the travel bug and will be flying to warmer places. So while you watch the snow fall, I will be wearing flip flops & sunscreen under the palm trees enjoying the sun. Not to worry though! There is an automatic timer/schedule for posts, and e-mails & comments will be checked regularly. I will come back with many photos to share! In the meantime, check back for my 2 posts a day & my to go up, and Chanukah contest!

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Floridian Adventures

PhotobucketRemember when I was traveling south to the state of Florida? Well I got some travel photos for ya!

I always love staying with locals when traveling, because I feel like there is no book or guide that will show you the city like a local can. I try to make that a fact when people visit NY, and my girl Brit from ClumpsofMascara did not disappoint either! She had the double duty of showing me Miami and Orlando, and between the Artist Summit and my freak catch of a cold, she had her job cut out for her.

Being a city gal, I’m not used to certain things. City gal might have been an understatement – being a NY gal, I’m not used to quiet streets, having to drive to stores, and worst of all not having things open until all hours of the night. (Yes my city has spoiled me – suck it up!). I’m sure all my comments might have gotten on B’s Southern nerves… but I wasn’t kicked out of a car or a house the whole time, so it was a success!

view from the car – plenty of fancy vehicles on the road

fancy colors and brands at the Artist Summit in Miami (more details to come)

Britt and her cuzzo getting the start treatment from Koren (Enkore Makeup) & Naked Cosmetics

Visiting Dash in Miami (of course I had to take a tourist pic lol)

the sisters are all nailed on the wall (no pun intended hehe)

Miss Bryana & Yana(me) by the beach (that might not be how you spell her name, but it will be for today)

We’re so snazzy, we stayed in this hotel… (psych!)

kinda feelin’ myself at the beach…

I got more pictures and more coverage, but you gotta wait! 🙂

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