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DermaSuction Review: Can You Really Vacuum Out Your Pores?

When my roommate first picked up this pore extracting device from Target, courtesy of the "As Seen on TV" section - I thought there was no way this thing could be as effective as the advertising claims.

And I'm certainly not the first person to review this little gadget; see here, here and here.

But after last year's harsh winter and the horrible start 2019 has gotten off to (we're talking losing a job, engaging in seven hour depression naps, and overall forgetting what food and showers are) my skin is in pretty rough condition. Clogged up, even.

So what is the DermaSuction? According to their website, it is a powerful, yet gentle vacuum that you can use anywhere on your face or body to suck out gunk trapped in your pores. The demo videos promise a lot of satisfyingly gross results - on par with the nasty that is Dr. Pimple Popper.



So, after watching the demos and clicking through a couple of reviews, I decided to give this thing a try myself:
1. First things fir…

The Crème Shop - Chia Seed Product Review

Health and wellness bloggers love to talk about the health benefits of chia seeds. They were a staple in the Mayan and Aztec diets, are packed full of nutrition, and were recently named a "super food." Today they appear in everything from smoothie bowls to overnight oats.

But have you ever thought about putting them on your face?

Yeah, me neither.

That's why I was so surprised to come across this product line from The Crème Shop- one of my favorite Korean makeup and skin care brands - and naturally, I had to have it.






The Cleanser is your standard squeeze tube, white with a crisp green cap, but the Toner and Moisturizer come in clear plastic containers so you can easily see the consistency and color of the product. Both are kind of milky in hue, while the Cleanser is a white cream straight out of the tube.

I noticed right away that the Cleanser has a bit of medicinal scent to it - it's not strong but it's definitely there. Otherwise it lathered up nicely and felt…

3 Favorite Lip Products for the Season

Lip products tend to be pretty hit or miss with me - I don't wear bright lip colors and I don't like anything that feels sticky or heavy on my lips. Fortunately, I've narrowed down my three favorite lip products to use this winter:




Burt's Bee Lip Balm


NYX Matte Lipstick in Stockholm


Laura Geller Nude Kisses lip gloss
⧫ ⧫ ⧫ During the cold winter months, I find it absolutely crucial to use a good lip balm. I've tried a lot of different ones over the years but I keep coming back to Burt's Bees. Made from natural beeswax, this balm helps seal in moisture and leaves a nice tingly feeling on my lips.  ⧫ ⧫ ⧫ Liquid lipsticks are new to me, so being able to test a few of them thanks to Birchbox turned me onto NYX's soft matte lip creams. If anyone has any tips to keep the color from drying out and cracking halfway through the day, please let me know!  ⧫ ⧫ ⧫ I don't like lip glosses, not since the days of Lipsmackers or Lisa Frank, but this Laura Geller one might ha…

BIRCHBOX October 2018 Unboxing + Review

I gotta say, Birchbox is doing something right with their curated boxes, since I end up picking those 90% of the time over their sample selection and personalized boxes. October's box did not disappoint!


The Rundown:

ITTSE Pearl Eyeshadow in Metamorphosis
Laura Geller Nude Kisses Hugging Lip Gloss in Blushing
R+CO Acid Wash ACV Cleansing Rinse
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream
SAND & SKY Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliation Treatment



"Enhance your eyes with this rich, bronze shade that has a pearlized metallic sheen. Wear it alone or add it to the exclusive ittse x Birchbox Customizable Palette."


"This pre-shampoo treatment gets rid of product buildup by using naturally exfoliating apple cider vinegar extract. Use the targeted applicator to apply onto your scalp when hair is wet, massage, and rinse after 1-3 minutes."


"Swipe on this shimmer shade of pinky-mauve to perk up your lips. The creamy, moisturizing formula glides on smoothly sans stickiness.&qu…

The Last IPSY Bag, Ever.

Pfft, all my selfies are posted sans filter. Nice try, #ipsy.


So this is the last IPSY bag I will ever receive. After I got the notification that this bag had shipped, I promptly cancelled my membership with them and I have no regrets at all. I've been using their subscription for over a year now and I just wasn't feeling their selection process - I got too many products in too many colors (did I seriously need another black felt-tip eyeliner!?) that I just wouldn't use. Not cost effective.

So what's ironic is that I actually like everything that came in this bag. A nice parting gift, I suppose.








BIRCHBOX August 2018 Unboxing + Review

Okay, I'm seriously amazed at how quickly Birchbox ships their stuff out - I got the notification that it shipped a few days before it arrived. That's amazing...(I'm used to waiting on two weeks for ipsy!) And I love the pink box it arrives in - when the office hands it to me I already know exactly what it is. No mystery boxes here!

So let's crack 'er open and see what we've got:





The contents of my July Box include:Oribe Featherbalm Weightless Styleramika Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo FoamBorghese Advanced Fango Active Mud MaskDOUCCE Cheek BlushBirchbox Kabuki Brush



Oribe, we gotta talk. You have one of the best hair product scents I've ever come across, but I'm gonna give it to you straight. I don't think any of your products actually work. I've tried your dry shampoo, your beachy wave spray and now this one. All of them just weigh my hair down and make it super greasy. Not a good #lewk. 
And for an average price point of $90 full size, …

My Skin Care Routine - Late Summer/Early Autumn

As we slide into August I've started to take stock of my current skin concerns and the routines or products that are either working for me...or aren't. As the weather begins to cool just slightly and that nasty humidity drops off, I start to focus a little more on moisturizing and less on SPF mania (thought that never truly goes away....)


I have combination skin, so I tend to be oily in some areas and fairly dry in others - and these differences seem so much more apparent and exacerbated during the hot summer months. Now that I feel my skin needs are more streamlined, here is my current skincare routine:

Morning I'm not a morning person, so I've whittled my morning skincare routine down into something I can in between brushing my teeth and getting the coffee pot going. I start with a quick sweep of my face using micellar water on a cotton pad, followed with dabbing a few drops of the Primer Water into my skin. I roll the eye serum on while watching coffee drop and then…

BIRCHBOX July 2018 Unboxing + Review

When the concept of beauty subscriptions first crossed into my awareness, I was honestly torn between Birchbox and Ipsy - there were pros and cons for both. At the time, I was looking to beef up my makeup stash so I initially settled on Ipsy and that was a good run while it lasted (I'll be getting my last bag with them in August) but then they had their anti-trans snafu during Pride Month and I couldn't, in good conscience, stick with 'em.

So a couple of coworkers tell me how much they like Birchbox and that I should give it a go if I'm more into hair and skincare products these days. Which I am. So here we are:




The contents of my July Box include: Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine SprayM·A·C Cosmetics Strobe CreamARROW REVITALIZE Undereye Brightening SerumVasanti® Makeup Magnet WipesEyeko Brow Liner



Oribe is one of those brands that is both beloved by hair stylists and too expensive to justify, especially since I rarely do any styling to my hair. However, I'…