End of 2016 Favorites + Return from Hiatus

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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.

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Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

Before, when traveling I was afraid that I would forget something that I needed or not have enough options so I would pack a ton of stuff. It made it difficult to find the things that I actually needed! Now, I’ve paired it down to just the essentials.

Going on a trip soon? Just nosy about what I pack in my travel makeup bag? If so, read on!
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Beauty Nerd #0

 

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So as promised a while ago, I am starting the beginning of a blog series about being a smart consumer, or “beauty nerd,” when it comes to skincare and makeup– focusing on one ingredient or type of product at a time. Before I jump right into the series and start analyzing an ingredient and the products that contain it… I feel like I should cover some basics. If you are a science person, this will probably all be review for you, but if you aren’t then this will be a good place to start. So lets get right into it!

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Week in Review 9/26/16

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Beauty & Blogging

This week I reviewed the Bite holiday value set…and the new holiday value sets just keep rolling out! I definitely won’t be mentioning all of them on here, but another one that has caught my interest is the Lorac Mega Pro 3. Definitely not for the casual makeup user, this palette has 32 shadows, appears to be a good mix of warm, and neutral-ish cool tones as well as mattes and shimmers, and is $59 dollars at Ulta releasing October 2nd. In general, the Lorac Pro formula (especially the formula from the Pro 1 + 2 Palettes) are absolutely wonderful– soft, pigmented, and very easy to blend. I will definitely be interested in swatching the one in stores to see how it looks!

Coming up this week (if all goes as planned😏 ) I have two pretty amazing product review posts…including one with a💃🏻 giveaway💃🏻. It will only be open for a short time, so keep checking back!
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Is it “The Perfect Bite”?– Reviewing Bite Beauty’s New Holiday Set

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Every year, it seems like the “holiday season” for shopping gets pushed up earlier and earlier However, in the midst of the marketing frenzy, there are also occasionally some opportunities for a few really great values for beauty lovers. One of them out there is the Bite Beauty “The Perfect Bite” set from Sephora. Continue reading “Is it “The Perfect Bite”?– Reviewing Bite Beauty’s New Holiday Set”

Week(s) in Review 9/18/16

 

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Beauty & Blogging

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”

Accepted.com Interview


Hi all! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA– my rotation has been crazy busy and I don’t have strong WIFI service at the away rotation housing. Lots more posts to come and there will be a Week(s) In Review post up this Sunday ☺️
In the meantime, you can check out this interview that I did with Accepted.com where I talk about medical school (and all the ups and downs) and why I blog.

-Haley

PS, you can always keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram snaps 😉

My Current Skincare Routine

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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.

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Week in Review 8/21/16

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Beauty

 

First of all, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway to win some free beauty products! The giveaway is hosted through Rafflecopter, so the winner will be selected completely randomly. For more details, head on over to the giveaway post –>don’t worry, it will open up in a new window 🙂

This week on the blog I posted about my new favorite mascara– I mean if you saw the before and after shot it totally speaks for itself. For this upcoming week, I am looking to do so posts about my skincare routine and also some of my favorite “smelly” products for this transitional time of year. I also got to try Scentbird, and am excited to give you all my full thoughts and a review on that subscription service.

In MAJOR new release news, Urban Decay announced that they are releasing an all matte palette called the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics in mid-September. This is one launch that I am actually pretty excited about; I wear matte shades every day for  the hospital and clinic and it looks like it has a row of cooler tones and a row of warmer tones so it will be fairly versatile. Plus…I’ve been hoarding my Ulta points, so maybe this will be the palette that convinces me to “spend” them!

Medicine

 

This week on the blog I answered a few of the questions that some folks had asked through the “Ask Me Anything” tab, including some about pre-med research– keep asking those great questions!

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Questions & Coffee

28409125994_9335d1caf6_zHello! I’ve had a few of you guys ask questions through the “Ask Me Anything” section of the blog, and today was the perfect time to sit down with a mug of coffee, take a study break, and post my answers. So lets get right into it! Continue reading “Questions & Coffee”