So a few weeks ago, Ouidad reached out and offered to send their new product launch to me as well as one of my readers in exchange for an honest review. What an awesome opportunity! I totally fan-girled, because me, my sister, and my mom have all been long time Ouidad product users. All three of us have different curl types and patterns, but we have all found products in the line that we have been loyal to over the years.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks and so I have been totally absentee on the blogging side of things. I’ve definitely been trying products on the beauty and skincare end, so I will absolutely have some posts coming soon to be back on track 🙂
I was able to get my hands on a few of the beauty and skincare products from my September’s Most Wanted post with my Sephora gift card– the Anastasia Beverly Hills foundation and contour stick and the Marc Jacobs Blush being the highlights. I also tried samples of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose, and Nest Dahlia and Vines. Good Genes was a super bust for me– two days of use left my skin way over-exfoliated with flaking and lots of red bumps 👎. It is a holy grail product for a lot of people but Continue reading “Week(s) in Review 9/18/16”→
My skin has been something that I have struggled with quite a bit over the past year. Before that, I had been pretty lucky in the sense that I had fairly normal skin and only ever dealt with the occasional superficial zit or two…even through my teen years. However, when I made a hormonal birth control change about a year ago, my skin completely freaked out. I got cystic acne on my cheeks for the first time in my life like a revolving door– every time one or two of them would settle down, a new painful one would show up and the old one would leave a lovely reddish-purple mark in its place. On top of that, my skin changed from normal to combination-oily. Hitting my mid-twenties, I also started to see my first fine lines around my eyes. At this point, I started to get serious about skincare.
So I feel like when it comes to mascara preferences, we tend to be either predominantly go for volume (a la Too Faced Better Than Sex) or length and definition (like those who prefer Benefit Roller Lash). I am a member of the second group.I really love a curled, fluttery lash look and detest anything verging on “clumpy.” Mascaras also can’t flake or run on me (I have occasionally runny eyes and long hospital days)– I hate the raccoon look. Basically I have pretty steep requirements when it comes to finding the right product.
I’ve been working on a post about good drugstore dupes for high-end mascaras, testing different formulas and such. Then, I came across what might be the holy grail of mascaras (insert choir of angels here) and it needed a post of its own. It isn’t really a dupe for any higher end brand because I haven’t found any other mascara that I really like better. I know I’m talking a big game here, so lets get to the details!
As much as I love intricate eyeshadow looks like smoky eyes, halo eyes, and the like, I find that they really only have a place in my life on special occasions because I am always crunched for time (read: medical student + blogger working on her time management skills) and also because of the nature of my “job.” Lets be real: scrubs and a smoky eye don’t exactly go together and probably wouldn’t be appropriate.
However, a quick wash of subtle color on the eyelids and crease is one of the ways I like to elevate my “five-minute face” (concealer, powder, blush, mascara, brow gel, lip balm) to something more put together. When I’m not in the hospital or clinic, I love pairing a neutral one-shadow look with a bold lipstick so I can let the intense lip color shine without feeling like my eyes are clashing.
Its also easy! So its great for eyeshadow novices. Playing around with just one eyeshadow at a time was how I figured out what eyeshadow blending shapes were most flattering for my eyes. Not to mention, its hard to mess up when its early in the morning and your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet– always a plus. So lets get to it, here are my favorite shadows to get these looks and then I will get into a quick tutorial for how I do a one shadow look. Continue reading “Keeping it Simple: One Shadow Eye Looks”→
Wow, that title was a mouthful! Basically these are my favorite nude and neutral-toned, (aka hospital-approved) easy-to-throw-on tinted lip balms, sheer, and regular lipsticks.
Before launching the blog, I was brainstorming names for the website title. Some of the original ideas that came to mind were things like”Red Lips, White Coat” etc. … which 1) turned out to be already taken by a gorgeous physician but also 2) seemed a little disingenuous because while I LOVE red lipstick, I really only ever get to wear it in my personal life…very rarely while in a white coat and certainly never in scrubs. Alas, “White Coat, Tinted Lipbalm” didn’t have quite the same ring to it…
I am excited to report that I have found a BB cream that’s less than $10 AND actually prevents my combination-oily skin from becoming a grease ball on long, hot summer days. Its the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream. Typically I prefer a more hydrating BB cream for casual days, but this product is perfect for when you need something light to light-medium coverage that will hold up through a full day because it dries down to a matte finish and is solidly transfer-resistant.
I was very excited to be sent this product for review by Influenster and Hourglass Cosmetics. I’m not sure about you guys, but for me at least the search for the perfect foundation seems endless and there is a ton of hype surrounding this product. I am also a major fan of the famous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (in the shade Diffused Light), so I was really looking forward to trying another face product from this brand. Here is what Hourglass says about the Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick: Continue reading “Hourglass Vanish Foundation + Brush: Does it live up to the Hype?”→