Sep 20, 2015

Bro's Guide: How to Become an Adult


Reflecting back on what your life was like at 23 years old is one thing. Seeing it through the eyes of your youngest sibling is an entirely different experience. My youngest (and only) brother graduated from college this past spring. I took the occasion to give him a proper adult gift: a watch. I also took this as an opportunity to force him to talk to me about what it's like to be transitioning from college life to adult life as an oft misunderstood young millennial. He kindly humored me. 

Aug 5, 2014

Prove It! Review of the Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System


With the increasing popularity of high-tech cleansing tools in the beauty world, I probably shouldn't admit this, but I'd never actually tried one until two months ago. For one, most of these tools are quite an investment at around $150 a piece. With dry and at times sensitive skin, the idea of scrubbing away layers of my face is scary. Yes, exfoliation is an important step of a skin care routine, but if you've dealt with products that have made your skin freak out before, you may also understand the struggle against exfoliator-induced panic attacks.

Jul 28, 2014

There's Finally a Cure for Phobia of Shiny Eye Shadows


Generally I prefer my face to glow, not sparkle. Sparkles are just not my thing. Adding even a single sequin to something is the quickest way to ruin it. Since I am nearly certain this aversion is a response to a deep-seated childhood trauma like wanting a pink sparkly unicorn shirt and being denied it, the fact that I have finally found an eyeshadow that can be described as "sparkly" and yet I still want to wear it feels like a tremendous victory.

Jun 11, 2014

Cleansing Rituals: The 7 Step Guide to Summer Skincare



Most routines make my shoulders tense, my teeth clench, and bring tears of boredom to my eyes. Give me an unplanned evening that starts with dinner and turns into a 3am dance party any day. Or really, any day where I can sleep in past 10am. However, one of the few areas in life that I absolutely, positively need to follow a carefully regimented plan is skincare. Specifically my evening facial routine. Even though products rotate in and out as the seasons change or my skin decides to go all weird on me, there is always a tight plan in place. Here's the breakdown for Summer, specifically designed for freshly aged 30 year old skin.


May 7, 2014

The Space In-Between: In Life, In Hairstyles


Most of life happens in what is best described as the "in-between zone". Sure, those big moments when we move to a new city, change jobs, or start (perhaps end) a relationship seem to be the more crucial points. In the film of our life, those pivotal moments would make it into the hyped-up trailer. Not featured would be the routines that make up the average day, and the waiting, always waiting, for the next big thing to happen. But it is those in-between moments that seem to encompass the majority of our story.

While there are several areas of life where I'm currently swimming my way through the "in-between" seaweed, one of the most annoying in-between zones at the moment is my hair.