Hello! 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!
Happy 1 Month Blog-iversary!!!
As much as I love intricate eyeshadow looks like smoky eyes, halo eyes, and the like, I find that they really only have a place in my life on special occasions because I am always crunched for time (read: medical student + blogger working on her time management skills) and also because of the nature of my “job.” Lets be real: scrubs and a smoky eye don’t exactly go together and probably wouldn’t be appropriate.
However, a quick wash of subtle color on the eyelids and crease is one of the ways I like to elevate my “five-minute face” (concealer, powder, blush, mascara, brow gel, lip balm) to something more put together. When I’m not in the hospital or clinic, I love pairing a neutral one-shadow look with a bold lipstick so I can let the intense lip color shine without feeling like my eyes are clashing.
Its also easy! So its great for eyeshadow novices. Playing around with just one eyeshadow at a time was how I figured out what eyeshadow blending shapes were most flattering for my eyes. Not to mention, its hard to mess up when its early in the morning and your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet– always a plus. So lets get to it, here are my favorite shadows to get these looks and then I will get into a quick tutorial for how I do a one shadow look.
I am always looking for skincare products to add on to my normal routine that will help tackle my main skincare issues: uneven texture (those damned little bumps that aren’t quite acne, but aren’t smooth either) and residual hyper-pigmentation from cystic acne. I have combination skin that tends to get a bit oilier in my T-zone, and has a few scattered dry patches…and unfortunately I still occasionally get adult acne breakouts (though not too terribly with the regimen I’ve been using recently).
I also love face masks! Putting one on at the end of the day means a forced period of relaxation and self-care.
This week on the blog I covered my top neutral lipsticks (perfect for working in the hospital or a work environment where you can’t get away with going too bold). I also documented my pixie grow-out process, aka the awkward hair year, and included some tips if you are going through that as well. If you haven’t checked that one out, there are some embarrassing gems of pictures that I am questioning whether or not should be on the internet 😳 😂. I definitely need your opinions folks– bangs or no bangs at my next haircut– I have a whole pinterest board of inspo!
In other beauty news, beginning from mid-July a lot of the brands have started announcing their holiday specials. Isn’t that crazy?
So in the summer of 2015, I was between my first and second years of medical school and had gone back to my parent’s house in Richmond, Virginia for the summer. My (wonderful and very supportive) boyfriend had left for three weeks of backpacking through Europe and I was in full on “recover from Neuroanatomy/Neurology burnout” mode–it was our most difficult and last course of the semester. After a week or two of catching up with my friends from high school, sorority sisters, and friends from college and watching way too much of who knows what on Netflix, I remember feeling ready to do something. So I decided to cut all my hair off.
Wow, that title was a mouthful! Basically these are my favorite nude and neutral-toned, (aka hospital-approved) easy-to-throw-on tinted lip balms, sheer, and regular lipsticks.
Before launching the blog, I was brainstorming names for the website title. Some of the original ideas that came to mind were things like”Red Lips, White Coat” etc. … which 1) turned out to be already taken by a gorgeous physician but also 2) seemed a little disingenuous because while I LOVE red lipstick, I really only ever get to wear it in my personal life…very rarely while in a white coat and certainly never in scrubs. Alas, “White Coat, Tinted Lipbalm” didn’t have quite the same ring to it…
Anyways, after much lip swatching, here are the lip products that I have most frequently pulled from my collection (*cough* hoard *cough*) since starting clinical rotations, and a few comments about each of them.
“Never get between a girl and her coffee.” Isn’t that the rule of thumb?
For the first two years of medical school I really liked having a place in town to retreat to and study that had coffee and wasn’t completely filled with other medical students. Getting out of the house made me feel normal, instead of like the crazy board-studying gremlin that I was (imagine Gollum circa LOTR). Needless to say, over two years I became a Starbucks Gold Member and will be for the foreseeable future(read: forever) due to the number of visits.
Hello all! Happy, Happy Friday!
I am excited to report that I have found a BB cream that’s less than $10 AND actually prevents my combination-oily skin from becoming a grease ball on long, hot summer days. Its the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream. Typically I prefer a more hydrating BB cream for casual days, but this product is perfect for when you need something light to light-medium coverage that will hold up through a full day because it dries down to a matte finish and is solidly transfer-resistant.