Beauty Review // New Wash by Hairstory: A Shampoo Replacement?

Hi all! If you’ve been a reader of mine for some time, you may know that my hair journey has been long, and it’s not over yet. When I was a teenager I straightened my hair daily, causing my natural wave to fall out and my hair to become dry, frizzy, and unhealthy. In college, I researched and made the switch over to sulfate-free shampoos, and after a few months, a bouncy, natural curl came in! Now, my natural curl has relaxed into a loose wave, and I almost never heat style. Because of that, I’m constantly on the lookout for a shampoo/conditioner combination that can result in a natural, frizz-free wave without product or irons!

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In the past, I’ve tried a lot of shampoos/conditioners, like DevaCurl, Function of Beauty, and a few by Hask. My favorites are Function of Beauty (custom) and DevaCurl (Low-Poo). However, I’m always on the lookout for a new product. So I said yes when the opportunity to try something new came along: New Wash, by Hairstory Studio.

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Styled by Trendage, a Review — Plus Some Thoughts About Sponsored Blogging

Hi there, today I have a sponsored review of a new app, Styled by Trendage, that claims to recreate the iconic Clueless closet. We all know the one, and we all wanted it when we were kids: software that lets you try on endless combinations of clothing in your closet without ever having to actually change your clothes. Now, I hope that software comes along sooner rather than later (I mean, come on, it’s 2017 and we don’t have this exact thing yet? Seems wrong!) but my experience with the Styled app is that Cher’s closet it is not.

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See, I was given the opportunity to try this out in exchange for a small payment, and when I first started playing with it, I was in shock at how negatively I felt about the whole experience, but I have to be 100% honest with how I feel. One of the things I think is most important about this whole blogging thing is transparency. Just because something was a gift, and there are certain expectations built into the gifting process, doesn’t mean I sacrifice honesty. This is one of those rare times I truly dislike a free product or service.Read More »

Book Rec // ‘Possession’ by A.S. Byatt, one of the best books I’ve ever read

Guys, I think I have a new favorite author, and I’m very late to the game. A while ago I was gifted a copy of Possession: A Romance, by A.S. Byatt, and strangely enough, I’d never heard of it even though there was a movie adaptation in the early 2000s and the book itself won the Booker Prize in 1990! This past month I finally read it, and it’s easily one the best books I’ve ever read.

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Beauty Review // NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

Hi all! Today I have another cult favorite skincare item to review, as always, on my quest to find the perfect skincare regimen! I’ve locked into a good routine, but I always like to switch it up to find out what could work better for me. Today I’m reviewing the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash, a strong, pH-balanced foaming face wash with 18% glycolic acid. I’ve used glycolic acid face washes before, and was eager to try it out!

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Beauty Review // Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish

Hi all! Today I’m back detailing my never-ending quest for a miracle skincare product. Today I’m reviewing the Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish, a $72 product that combines physical, chemical, and enzyme exfoliators to really scrub at your skin. In case you need a refresher, I’ve been through dozens of skincare products in my day, from using a Clarisonic, to exfoliating with nutmeg, to using a baking soda/honey wash, to visiting a dermatologist. I’ve tried it all. Here’s my current skincare routine and a basic rundown of my skin type:

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Book Rec // ‘Norse Mythology’ by Neil Gaiman

When I was about 12 or 13, I read a book called East that spurred an interest in Norse mythology and a love for the North. It was a retelling of the Norse fairy tale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” and contained gorgeous descriptions of Asgard, Bifrost, and tales of Thor and his hammer. I always had an interest in the subject, but never really read enough about it. That’s where Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology came in.

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Like so many people, I will read anything Neil Gaiman writes, so I put Norse Mythology on my to-buy list immediately when I saw it was being released this year. And I’m very glad I did.

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Beauty Review // Hyla3D HA Activating Complex by Jan Marini

Hey all! Today I have a beauty review to share, about the Hyla3D HA Activating Complex by Jan Marini Skin Research. As you may know, I have super sensitive, combination skin that’s prone to breakouts. I also have a touch of rosacea and I tend to get bad blackheads. Over the past few years, I’ve found that keeping my skin super moisturized is the key to staying breakout- and blackhead-free! It’s weird, because I have oily skin, but washing my face with oils and slathering on moisturizer really works wonders for me.File Apr 24, 5 07 05 PM

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Talking About Books // ‘East’ of the Sun and West of the Moon

Hi all and happy Monday! Today I’m talking about one of my favorite books from when I was a teenager: East by Edith Pattou. This book is on my Top 10 Favorite Books list because it’s been so influential in my interests and in my life, and even though I first read it when I was about 12, this book definitely stands the test of time.Photo Apr 13, 2 55 55 PM

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Book rec // ‘New York’ by Edward Rutherfurd: a must read!

Hey all! Got a book recommendation today. If you are like me and love: New York, New York fiction, historical fiction, big-ass books, then this one is for you: New York by Edward Rutherfurd. This is the third book I’ve read by this author: the previous ones I’ve read are the ones he wrote about Paris (here) and London (here). With this book, the trifecta of the world’s greatest cities is complete!

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My long history with glasses, featuring GlassesUSA.com + a review

Let me tell you about my long history with glasses. When I was in first grade, it was discovered that I needed glasses. I was so excited, and my parents and I chose a pair of wide-frame glasses that had red confetti print on the frames. I thought I was such a grown-up. When I first wore them to school, every kid in my grade whipped their heads around, noticing that I had gotten glasses. Everyone asked me about them, expressing shock that I needed to wear them all the time. Suddenly, I wasn’t so happy about them anymore.

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