End of 2016 Favorites + Return from Hiatus


Hello all!

It has been about two months since I’ve posted on the blog and it has been a crazy and wonderful time! Since the last post, I had a birthday, celebrated Thanksgiving and spent a month back home with my family, and got engaged. The hiatus to focus on family has been wonderful, but I am ready to get back to blogging!

I thought I would share some of my favorites, material and beauty-related and otherwise, to fill you all in on the time since the blog hiatus.

  1. Family Medicine: Since the last time I posted, I finished my away OB/Gyn rotation, did a month in family medicine back in Virginia (and got to stay with family!), and have made it almost halfway through my surgery rotation. If you know me or have been following along with the blog, you’ll know that I adored my time on OB/Gyn and was almost certain that that was going to be the field I’m going into…then I did Family Medicine and adored it. I loved the variety of patients and problems, that there are also lots of in-office procedures, and that you can truly take care of entire families for their whole lives (kiddos and men, too). It was really inspiring seeing just how well my preceptor knew his patients…and because of this he was really able to promote health in the bigger picture. Anyways…before I blather on too long about it, I’ll just say that it has definitely made me re-think what I want to be doing.
  2. Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish + Top Coat: There is an old post on the blog singing the praises of this nail polish. Still loving it and using it whenever I am on a non-surgical rotation. I usually get at least 5-6 full days of wear before any chipping or grow out starts to bother me– I call that a win! I am already more than halfway through the bottle of the shade Gala Vanting (perfect dark red for winter). Other favorites include Take Me To Thread (lavender mauve) and Sew Me (opaque pinky-peachy nude). I hear they are coming out with a new shade line, “the Ballet Nudes.” I’m a sucker for nail polish and may have to expand my collection by a shade or two.
  3. Spotify Premium/Student: I’ve been doing A LOT of driving to-and-from away rotations over the past several months. Being able to access playlists of music that I like as well as discover new music in my favorite genres through the “browse” feature has kept me sane over several 2..3..4..5..8 hour long tips. If you’re a student, the rate is reduced to $4.99/month, which is what I do!
  4. Kate Spade Orchard Street Maya: The splurge from the list! I got this bag during one of the Kate Spade sales around Thanksgiving for 30% off. It is perfect for “clinic” rotations when I need to be in professional attire, and it also functions beautifully as a travel/carry-on type bag. I plan on carrying it in the fall when I start going on residency interviews (yikes!). The size is perfect for holding my Macbook Air, charger, a notebook or two, as well as other purse bits and bobs.
  5. Face Masks: This was the year of my love affair with face masks. I’ve tried many, but my favorites are still the Origins Rose Clay Retexturing Mask, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Mud Moor and Rose Stem Cell masks, Lush Mask of Magnaminty, and any sort of hydrating and calming sheet mask (tell me your favorites!).
  6. Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant: This is a discovery in the past several months…but I love this stuff. I love it enough that I haven’t purchased or used “solid” deodorant since October. This goes on quickly and doesn’t feel wet or sticky at all…but best of all doesn’t seem to rub off or leave marks on my clothes nearly as much as traditional deodorant. It also seems to be effective for longer (ie. long calls and shifts in the hospital). I’m a convert! Highly recommend.
  7. Danskos: I’ve been wearing my Danskos for about a month now and I can confidently say that they do make a difference in foot and back pain when you are standing for long periods of time, like on a surgical rotation. Are they stylish? No. Are they functional? Absolutely. Danskos + compression socks = happy feet. I am a shoe size 5.5 and went with the size 36.
  8. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer: I talked about this in my last post about the makeup that I pack when I travel…but I really can’t recommend this concealer enough. It seems to be water, sweat, oily skin, and surgical-mask proof and does not crease under my eyes! It is a concealer miracle. I wish I had lots of exciting makeup discoveries to share, but on surgery my daily face has been quite minimal. This stuff, however, is a staple. For reference, I use shade #1.

It is great to be back blogging and so good to catch you all back up. Look forward to the continuation of the Beauty Nerd series as well as some more reviews. In the meanwhile, make sure to check out All Heart Scrubs instagram story (@allheartscrubs) beginning tomorrow 1/9/17 as I will be taking over for the week and sharing a week in the life on a surgery rotation 🙂

I hope you all have had a lovely few months and wish you a Happy New Year!

All the best,




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