Mar 20, 2016

Brands Doing Good: Elemis Skincare and Women for Women International

Being a woman trying to balance whatever the constellation of life's responsibilities you're managing at any given moment -- whether that be work, friends, or family, or even making time for Netflix binging (I'm coming for you Claire Underwood, I promise) -- can bring its own set of challenges. Being a woman in a country affected by war, where women and children are most often disproportionately affected by the aftermath of conflict is a reality many of us choose to not even spend much time contemplating, let alone beginning to fathom what day to day life can look like for these women.

Feb 21, 2016

Y7 Yoga: Give Me Two Weeks

One day short of two weeks into the new year, I accidentally became a walking cliche: a newly dedicated fitness fanatic. The truth is, as someone who attended a regular yoga class for nearly a year until the studio I'd loved for its positive energy and intimate classes (sometimes so intimate it was me and one other person) closed down, its taken me about 6 years ago to commit to another studio. What started as one afternoon of yoga class over the holidays turned into more than I'd anticipated.

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.