5 Favorite Coffee Shops in Washington, D.C.

5 Favorite Coffee Shops in Washington, D.C.

Coffee, in my opinion, is a huge part of D.C. culture. Many people here are working long hours and a good cup of joe is one of the ways we push through. But don’t let the “cup of joe” bit fool you — the coffee is anything but average. In the span of a few blocks, you can find at least two to three different types of cafés with drinks that range from regular drip coffee to the fanciest lattes.

Joe & The Juice
I love going into this place because it makes me feel like I’m back in New York. The dark vibes with the splash of pink and yellow is so pretty. Not only does Joe & The Juice have really good coffee, but as the name connotes, great juices. This is a great spot to hang out with friends or, if you telework, a great spot to work.
What I ordered: Drip coffee

Philz Coffee
This was actually the very first pour over cafe that I ever visited. It’s a quick 15-minute walk from where I live so when I work from home, I’ll sometimes go here to treat myself. One downside: it’s usually crowded and bustling with students and people working. But if you’re lucky enough to find a seat it’s a great place to enjoy a special coffee experience.
What I ordered: Philtered Soul

Blue Bottle Coffee
This is a beautiful coffee shop with a really clean and fresh aesthetic. Fun fact: It’s named after one of Europe’s first cafes, “The Blue Bottle Coffee House.”
What I ordered: Almond milk latte

Firehook Bakery & Coffeehouse
If you’re looking for a fabulous pastry or cake to go along with your coffee, this is definitely the place to go. It doesn’t have the eye-catching appeal that the other shops that I listed do, but it’s always consistent and one of my go-to spots.
What I ordered: Almond milk latte

Boulangerie Christophe
Everyone who knows me, knows that Georgetown is my favorite neighborhood in D.C. so it would make sense that my favorite coffee shop is located here. I love going to Boulangerie Christophe because the staff is so warm and friendly. It also has some of the best French pastries in the city. This is the only location so you really get that unique, one-of-a-kind vibe when you walk in.
What I ordered: Medium roast drip coffee

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Current 2019 Skincare Routine

Current 2019 Skincare Routine

My skincare routine doesn’t vary that much from season-to-season, but recently I tried a few new beauty products that I really enjoyed (even loved). The newest product for me was a cleansing balm. For those of you not familiar with a cleansing balm, it’s a product that is used to take off makeup as part of a double cleanse (a double cleanse consists of using a cleansing balm and then a face wash). Previously I’d use coconut or olive oil, but after doing more research and just trial-and-error, I realized that coconut oil doesn’t really wash off of your face and it prevents products for penetrating your pores.

 

I didn’t realize how important vitamin C was to a skincare routine; it’s a powerful and potent antioxidant. And antioxidants helps to protect the body — and in this case the skin on your face — from free radicals such as environmental pollutants (dust, smog). Using a Vitamin C serum daily has tremendously improved my skin. It’s helped with some of my hyperpigmentation and it makes the texture of my skin feel softer and brighter. I was using the Mad Hippie serum for a while, but I decided to try the Andalou Naturals one since it was on sale at Whole Foods. After using each of these for a month  I think I like the Mad Hippie one better. I liked the texture and the consistency.

Here is the order that I use these products:

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I hope this information is helpful for you reading right now. I think the key with skincare is to be patient and consistent — that’s honestly what’s worked for me. Whenever I try a new product, I give it time before I give up on it. Also, don’t get frustrated with your skin. Sometimes our bodies just go through phases.

If you have any other questions, please let me know. I’d love to hear your feedback, too.

xo,
Sabrina

HydraFacial Treatment: What is it?

HydraFacial Treatment: What is it?

I’m sure many of you have seen the HydraFacial all over Instagram and wondered what this facial was all about. It’s a non-invasive, and quick facial that claims use, “patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate.”

Supreet, the owner of Skin Sutra MedSpa and the one who did my facial, told me that the HydraFacial is replacing conventional facials. That means, no more squeezing and painful extractions — this two-step process is the only thing needed for your facials. Supreet recommended doing the HydraFacial monthly to help maintain skin elasticity, keep your pores small, and leave your face feeling smooth.


The process 

  1. She started off with cleansing my face. Supreet used a Sente face wash and made sure my face was clean so that it could properly absorb the serums. There are a few serums that you can choose from before the treatment — I chose the HydraFacial Growth Factor (to help with cell turnover and wrinkles) and Britenol Boost (this gives the face a brighter glow).
  2. Supreet then exfoliated the skin so that the dead cells were sloughed away and my pores were open — enabling maximum absorption of the serums.
  3. Then a glycolic acid was placed on my skin. Glycolic is used to reveal brighter smoother skin and it left my face baby soft.
  4. After that, the serums that I chose were “pushed” into my skin using a vortex-fusion tool.
  5. Finally, she used an LED light all over my face. This is suppose to help with inflammation and any hyperpigmentation.

After the treatment was done, my skin looked refreshed and I had this natural glow. Unlike other facials it wasn’t red at all. Also, if I really wanted to, Supreet said that I would have been able to wear makeup that same night, but I just let my skin breathe.

It’s been about two months (by the time this blog will be live) since I got the treatment and I’ve been really happy with how my face looks. I only use skin makeup (including BB and CC creams) when I have a special occasion.

Overall, it’s way less invasive than the other treatments that I did with her, i.e. Venus Viva and SkinPen, but the results weren’t as dramatic. For example with the SkinPen and the VenusViva, I felt like it really helped with some of my hyperpigmentation.

My take? Well, If I was looking for something to give my skin a boost and I didn’t have downtime to let my skin heal, I would definitely opt for the HydraFacial.

Also, I know that sometimes self-care can be expensive so Supreet gave me a 20% discount code for the regular HydraFacial. Use this link http://spab.kr/HzClzBf and this code: SabrinaSummer19 (it expires at the end of August 2019).

xo,

Sabrina

SkinPen Treatment

SkinPen Treatment

Hi friends!

I’m back with another skincare tool. This time, Supreet ( of the Skin Sutra MedSpa in Virginia) and I did the SkinPen treatment. I really liked it because it helped with some of the annoying hyperpigmentation that I have around my chin and mouth area. I have to admit, it does hurt a bit, especially around the forehead and on my nose. Also, if you don’t like blood, this might not be for you since some people tend to bleed. I would say that it felt like a cat scratching you; afterwards, it feels like a sunburn. Overall, it was quick and easy, however.

To see how it works, please take a look at my video below:

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Venus Viva Laser | Skincare Treatments

Venus Viva Laser | Skincare Treatments

Hi friends,

Welcome back to my blog!

I wanted to share a laser treatment that I recently did with my friend, Supreet. She is the owner and master esthetician at Skin Sutra MedSpa in Virginia. Supreet and I were talking about treatments that I could do for my skin that wouldn’t be too harsh, but would still benefit my skin. She decided on the Venus Viva. Now, before you leave this page in fear of reading about some gimmicky procedure, hear me out.  

The Venus Viva works on all skin colors — it’s color blind. That means, no matter how dark or how fair your are, the laser will still work. It’s also a non-surgical procedure and there is little-to-no downtime, according to the site.

However, after I was done with my treatment my face was extremely red, but that redness subsided the very next day. A week later I still have the small, dotted scabs on my face from the laser, but everyday they’re lessening and they’re not noticeable unless you’re really up close. She also gave me a sample a growth factors serum and I rubbed it on my face the next day.

Supreet numbed me before she did it, but she said that some women choose not to get numbed. My pain tolerance isn’t that high so I definitely needed it. As she was doing it, it pinched a little, but nothing unbearable. It was also super fast, so if you don’t have a lot of time to spend at the esthetician, this is perfect.

You can see the full procedure here:

Overall, I would recommend this treatment, I still need to wait a few more weeks to see how the final results look, but I am hopeful and excited.

What lasers have you guys tried? Would you like more tutorials like this one?

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Thank you for reading and watching!

Xo,

Sabrina

Easy Work Makeup | Everyday makeup products

Easy Work Makeup | Everyday makeup products

Hi friends,

Thank you for visiting my blog again. As promised, I’m back with another video. These are some of the makeup/ skincare products that I use on a daily basis. In the morning, I’m usually on a time crunch, so I don’t want to spend too much time on my face; I just want to get read and go.

These products change depending on how my skin is feeling that day. Sometimes I will add a serum in the morning if my face feels tight or dry. I will also switch up my tinted moisturizer depending on the time of year and how tan I get.  Hope these products are helpful!


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The Most Inexpensive and Comfortable Bra | UNIQLO

The Most Inexpensive and Comfortable Bra | UNIQLO

Thank you for visiting my blog again. I know it’s been a while, but this year has just flown by. I recently got married, so for the better part of 2018, I was planning my wedding. Now that all of it is done, I’m going to try and do more practical reviews/ tutorials. I’m actually tired of seeing makeup,  hair videos, and tutorials that no one in the real world has time to do. As a working woman, I want to share things that are helpful for me (and I hope they help you, too.)

This review is all about my favorite bra. As women, we are constantly searching for the perfect “something.” Whether is the perfect night cream, the perfect foundation or the perfect bra. Well, I think that I can help you with the bra part. I’ve had this Uniqlo bra since 2012. I randomly bought it from the Fifth Avenue location and it’s been amazing. I’ve washed and dried it so many times and nothing has ever happened to it.

You can see that there are some slight design differences from the 2012 one to the one that I just recently purchased — overall the fit is the same. These bras are perfect for everyday wear, especially under work clothing because

I decided to get both the nude and black one since I wear them so much — and for only $19.90, why not?

I give this bra a 10/10. Click here if you’d like to purchase it:
WOMEN BEAUTY LIGHT WIRELESS BRA

Xo,

Sabrina