Review + Demo: Philosophy Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel

Philosophy may be in a contest with themselves to have the longest product names ever (Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel & Eye Makeup Remover, Renewed Hope in a Jar Overnight Recharging & Refining Moisturizer, etc, etc). Combined with their package design that incorporates usage instructions and inspirational sayings, there’s just a lot of reading involved when it comes to this brand.

But I digress.

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Source: QVC

The product I will be reviewing today is the Philosophy Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel. From doing a little research it looks like this is relatively new product, having launched just about a year ago. Continue reading “Review + Demo: Philosophy Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel”

ModCloth Stylish Surprise is On!

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Super cute bird shirt I got for Stylish Surprise last year!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that ModCloth’s Stylish Surprise sale has launched once again. This sale occurs 2-3 times every year as a way for ModCloth to clear some of their extra stock. It’s a great way to get their clothes at a deeply discounted price, but also lots of fun to open up a surprise.

For more info about Stylish Surprise, check out my blog post and unboxing video from last fall!

At time of writing, it looks like the shoes and housewares are already sold out, but there are still many sizes left in the dress and apparel categories, along with accessories.

Although I will not be participating this time (trust me–my closet is already packed to the brim), it is something that I recommend if you love ModCloth’s clothes and also love surprises.

I Gave Stitch Fix a Second Chance! (VIDEO + Try-On)

“I’ll try anything twice,” said a wise blogger I used to follow. As I try new products and services I try to have the mentality that first impressions aren’t everything. When an opportunity comes up to give something a second try that won’t greatly inconvenience me in some way, I have been known to throw my hands in the air and say “why the heck not?”

After leaving feedback on my last fix on StitchFix’s website, a customer representative reached out to me apologizing for the fix and offering to send another fix with the $20 styling fee waived.

“Why the heck not?”

Besides the feedback from last time I didn’t leave any additional information for my stylist Danielle as my needs and requests remained the same: clothes to wear in clinic and for performances.

The box she sent was greatly improved upon the first one. I made an unboxing and try-on video (unboxing starts at 1:41, try-on at 5:45), check it out below:

High-res pics of the clothes after the jump!

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Sample Sunday: Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream

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Source: Sephora

Just a quick post to share about a product I’ve been trying out for the past week. It is the Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream and it is ahhhmazing.


The product is a colorless cream that applies smoothly over skin and is thick enough to stay in place for day or night. It has a slight scent that resembles the Rose Face Mask made by Fresh (I say “resemble” because I was convinced it was the “rose” smell, only to find that rose is not listed under the ingredients of this eye cream).  Continue reading “Sample Sunday: Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream”

How To: Easy Routine for Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes (Video)

It’s like wearing a retainer. You know it’s good for you but no one does it quite often as they should.

Cleaning your makeup brush regularly is the best way to ensure the life of your products. It helps your makeup apply more evenly and prevents contaminating the skin with oil, dirt, or bacteria. In an ideal world, you’d be able to clean your brushes after every use. However, in today’s busy world, ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, you should aim to give your brushes a thorough cleanse about once every 2 weeks.

I used to loathe brush cleaning because cleaning even one brush seemed to take forever. I would used my fingers in a claw-like position to work soap into the bristles. However, no matter how long I agitated it for, it seemed like there was always more where that came from. I just couldn’t get all the makeup out.

It wasn’t until I started using a brush scrubber that I really began to see results. And I found that, although I still didn’t “look forward” to brush cleaning day, I eagerly anticipated the joy of seeing my brushes like new again.

I use this egg-style scrubber that I found on Amazon. There are many similar ones on Amazon and in retail stores these days, but this one has been working well for me so far.

I wrote out the instructions but then realized some steps may just be easier to see in video form. You’re spoiled for choice today because I’ve included both the video and the written instructions below (after the jump). Don’t say I never did anything for you.

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Favorite School Supplies for Medical School

One of the first things we learned in medical school was that there is no one “correct” way to study. Every person has a distinct learning style or combination of styles that they will respond to. It can take some trial and error to figure out what works best for you.

In sharing the strategies that have worked for me, my goal is not to persuade anyone that it is the “best” or “correct” one, but rather to introduce and inform about things to try out for yourselves.

I, myself, am a read/write and visual learner. I retain things well by reading and writing them down, and respond well to pictures and color-coded information. I take all my notes by hand, which, although it is a much slower method than typing, forces me to pause and process the information as I’m writing. I like drawing things out and using color to understand concepts.

Today I wanted to show you some of the products that have carried me throughout this grueling but wonderful journey: Continue reading “Favorite School Supplies for Medical School”

I Tried Stitch Fix! (VIDEO Unboxing + Try-On)

I was first introduced to Stitch Fix a couple years ago by a friend who was a new mom at the time. She loved that it challenged her to try new things, renewed her wardrobe for her post-baby body, and spared her of attempting to go shopping with baby in tow. Since then a few other (non-mother) friends have tried it, all with mixed results.

In deciding whether I wanted to try it for myself, I spent the last couple years watching many, many unboxing videos on YouTube. I’ve probably heard every kind of positive and negative critiques out there at this point from both friends and strangers on the internet. After all that I came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t try it unless I could do so for free.

I finally relented this month when my bank offered a promotion to waive the styling fee.

The Deets:

Stitch Fix is a styling service in the form of a subscription box. Frequency of subscriptions ranges from every 2 weeks to every 3 months. You can also request a box at any point in time.

After filling out a style profile asking about your likes, dislikes, needs, and price points, you are matched up with a stylist that picks out 5 items for your box. After your box arrives, you have 3 days to try everything on and send anything back that you don’t like in a prepaid shipping envelope. You pay a $20 styling fee upfront which is applied toward purchase of the items. If you purchase all 5 items, you get a 25% discount off the total.

Your box of items comes with a personal note from your stylist and style cards with ideas of how to wear the items.

        

I got around to filming an unboxing and try-on video that I am every excited to show you guys! (Unboxing starts at 2:47, try-on starts at 9:20)

(High-res photos of the items after the jump)

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HOW TO: Add extra holes to a belt!

One of my goals for the new year is to be less wasteful — buy fewer things, but also throw away fewer things.

Last year I was thisclose to throwing away one of my favorite leather belts that had stretched out beyond use, when I came across a blog post on DIY leather hole punching. When it comes to fashion, I am not big on DIY because I am no good with a needle and thread or sewing machine. But this seemed so easy even I could do it.

The method uses just a few simple tools for professional-looking results. Check out the video below for a live demo!

 

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DEAL ALERT: Girlfriend Collective Leggings (Video + Try-on!)

UPDATE: Girlfriend Collective has officially ended their giveaway campaign as of 2/4/17. However, they will be launching their full line in the next few months, so stay tuned for more awesome and ethical athletic wear!!!

Free things are the heart language of any student. So when I saw this Facebook ad for free leggings, I was naturally curious.

Girlfriend Collective is a Seattle-based company started by couple Ellie and Quang Ding, who collectively have experience in both fashion design and fashion business. Mr. and Mrs. Dinh set out to create eco-friendly and ethically-made activewear that would be comparable in quality to high-end athletic brands without the high price tag. To kickstart the brand, they are offering a promotion for their first product, a pair of full-length black leggings.

Among their claims include:

  • The fabric used in these leggings is made from recycled water bottles. Along with being environmentally friendly, this method gives the fabric a smooth feel and makes it hardier against shearing and piling.
  • The leggings are manufactured in Hanoi, Vietnam, in a factory that pays fair wages.
  • The cut has been meticulously designed to flatter many body types
  • Rather than spend tons of money on marketing and advertising, they have instead elected to give away the leggings for free, hoping to gain customer loyalty and word-of-mouth advertising in doing so.

But, as most people knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So what’s the catch?

For this promotion, the leggings are being shipped directly from the Hanoi factory. In exchange for the leggings, the company asks that you pay the shipping fee to wherever you are. In the US, this ends up being around $20. They also ask that you help spread the word: tell your friends and family, post on social media, write blogs (ok so that part wasn’t specifically mentioned, but here I am doing my duty anyway :D)

Due to the understandably high demand for anything free, there is a wait to receive these, averaging about a couple months. By the time I received mine in the mail I’d almost forgotten about them.

I filmed a short first impressions video to show it all off (skip to 3:08 for the try-on portion):

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Dry Winter Skin Routine!

Happy holidays for those of you that are celebrating, and Happy Winter to all in the northern hemisphere!

This time of year can be simultaneously joyous and stressful for a lot of reasons. For all the things that have to get done during the holiday season, one thing that I never have time for is taking care of my skin.

As I’ve mentioned before, my skin is normal to dry type. The “dry” is especially emphasized in the winter months, mostly plaguing the skin around my nose and the backs of my hands. Not only are these chronically flaky areas unsightly, they also are rather uncomfortable and can expose my skin to breaks, increasing vulnerability to infection.

Over the years I’ve become better and better about taking care of my skin. I’ve tried many products of a wide range of prices, but have gradually narrowed down my routine to a few choice items. Here’s what I’ve been loving this year:

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For extra-dry areas:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: If you’ve read my review of the First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser you’ll understand why I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this product. I use this all over my face and hands during the day and overnight. Within a minute my skin is left softened, even the scaly bits of dry skin. The formula is thick and will stay in place to provide extended hydration. It is fragrance-free and won’t irritate the skin. Unlike the facial cleanser, which had a plasticky smell despite being labeled “fragrance-free”, this lotion has a much more pleasant “unscented” scent. Try out a sample at your local Sephora or Ulta to see how well it works for your skin!

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