Sunshine Yellow

Sunday, July 09, 2017
Hi everyone,

I just came back from a wonderful arts festival here in Cleveland. The weather was marvelous, and I got to hear some live latin jazz in an outdoor pavilion. Summer is just the greatest! I wanted to do a quick post, because there are a ton of great sales going on right now, and I wanted to put a plug for Anthropologie. I picked up this fun gradient dress, and lots of cute extras last week for great prices. If you're looking to decorate your home, there are lovely items available. I've included some of my favorites below. FYI: Every sale item is an additional 30% off. 👌

I can't find this dress on their website, but it's for sure in stores. I got mine at the Anthro in Crocker Park (Ohio), and it's by a brand called "HD in Paris". There is a floral patterned dress under the lavender to yellow gradient overlay. It's even better in person!

I couldn't resist. I found a matching yellow buggy!
I really enjoy the shams, and kitchen items at Anthro. Here are some of my favorite house ware pieces included in their sale:

Happy shopping! What are some of your favorite scores this summer? 

Skincare 2017 - Reviews and Recommendations (Part 1)

Friday, July 07, 2017
Hiya everybody!
I hope all of you are enjoying the warm weather, and scoping out some patios this summer. I am so glad I don't have to wear layers and layers of clothes to work anymore. Today I wanted to chat about a few skincare products I've been using over the year, and also do some quick reviews. One of them has become a holy grail item that I cannot believe I never heard of until recently! Let's jump right in 😀

Washes -
   CosRx Low pH good morning cleanser - I delved into the Korean skincare market this year and have found some wonderful gems. This is the most recent product I'm testing out, and I typically use it in the morning before putting on a moisturizer and make-up. It's a gel-like consistency and meant for oily skin. It does a fairly decent job, but I most likely won't be repurchasing. It doesn't remove make-up well, so I stopped using it at night. 3/5
  Biore charcoal wash - I've repurchased this several times. It has a great tingling sensation, and does a good job of making blackheads appear less visible. Also great for those of you with oily, acne prone skin. 4/5
   No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser - After I remove my eye make-up with micellar water (I use this one from Garnier), I wash my face at night with this cream cleanser and muslin cloth. I'm just finishing up the cleanser now, and I must say I really appreciate hygienic nature of the dispenser. It really prevents bacteria from entering! However, I wasn't a total fan of the product itself because I felt it left a light residue on my face. What I LOVEDDDD was the concept of a hot cloth (muslin)...So I bought a pack of them on Amazon and use it with my favorite cleansers instead. WIN!

Angelica Toner from L'Occitane en Provence - It's alcohol-free hence it is super gentle, and more along the lines of an essence à la Korean skincare. I use it a few times a week, especially when I use face masks.
Pearlessence Rose Mist - this is a great pick me up. I use it after masks, after make-up, before bed, ANYTIME! I wish it came in small bottles so I could take it to work as well. (Similar here)

Elizabeth Arden hydrating mask - perfect for when your skin is dried out from the weather or retinoids. I would leave it on for 20-30 mins and follow up with Cerave moisturizing cream. Great combo! Unfortunately I can't find it anymore on their website. You'll have to stalk this one down.

Andalou naturals Fruit Enzyme Mask - Sooo I bought this to help exfoliate my skin in a more gentle manner than my prior products. I had a horrendous time with Dr Gross alpha-beta peel, because I accidentally forgot one spot to wipe off before bed and woke up with a second degree burn on my chin. EWWW! Anyway, I won't repurchase this one either because I don't find it works at all, and does nothing for my skin afterwards.

Black peel off mask - Super awesome. I love the sensation of getting a bunch of crap pulled off my skin, and this gives me that kick. It also makes my blackheads look smaller, and my skin feel really soft. I only use it a couple times a month. I don't know how safe this is for my skin, but I don't care!

Sheet Masks - I don't have a particular brand in general that I am loyal to, however I do have a preference for type. The brightening masks are my all time favorite because I feel they lighten up my hyperpigmentation and leave my skin looking much more hydrated!

I love this CosRx Pimple Patch. They're literally tiny circular stickers made of (apparently) surgical material. I've repurchased it multiple times. WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS SOONER? Where was this when I was a teenager? This is a Godsend! I put a patch on at night, and BAM - by morning my blemish is magically gone because everything gets sucked out. It's so satisfying. Even cystic acne significantly diminishes. WHATTT? Dead. I love it. 15/10 ← yes

That's it for now. I'll talk about the second half of my routine in another post, and include additional reviews. I have another holy grail combo too!

P.S. My bare basic routine will always include what I learned in dermatology rotations during medical school: a simple face wash, retinoid (Epiduo prescription is mine), Cerave moisturizer for night time, or Vichy sunscreen for daytime. Stuff backed by science and research! Everything else is just a bonus!