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IpsyOS Events Part 1: Intro & Dermalogica

IpsyOS Events Part 1: Intro & Dermalogica
Did you know that Michelle Phan (co-founder of the uber popular subscription service Ipsy which has well over 1.5 million monthly subscribers) opened up her dream studio for up and coming beauty content creators last year? And that those creators could use that space for free?!?

No, you hadn’t?

Well, guess what?!?

I applied to and was excepted into IpsyOS

When I opened that email and saw that it said, “Hello Beautiful, Congrats” I seriously full on squealed!! (you know, like out loud) I was amazed that they thought my little piece of the internet was worthy.

And since I was accepted I have had the honor of attending 3 #ThirstyThursday events, 1 #WorkoutWednesday event, 1 #Cocktail Party for GenBeauty LA, and was given a complimentary #BeautyGuru #VIP pass for #GenBeauty LA!!

So just after a month after I was accepted into IpsyOS I attended my first event AT IpsyOS in Santa Moncia! This event was sponsored by Dermalogica and featured their new #CharcoaltotheRescue Charcoal Masque.
We were able to learn about how to use the other featured products and how often to use each based on our individual skin types. There was wonderful catered food and plenty of champagne, well the event IS called a #ThirstyThursday! [SIDE NOTE: Because I strongly believe in safe driving, I. Will. Never. Drink. One, Sip. Of. Alcohol. When. Driving. NOT EVER!]
Dermalogica also had the incredibly talented @persianpainter at the event to create gorgeous charcoal drawings of us. I still need to get a frame so I can better display this near my vanity. I cannot remember ever having a portrait/caricature drawn of me where the artist spent that amount of detail!

Towards the end of the event we were each given a generous goodie bag that contained ALL of the products that were being featured! Included in each attendee bag from Dermalogica was their Pre-Cleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Charcoal Rescue Masque, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Skin Hydrating Masque and the cutest grey headband perfect for keeping my hair out of my face while washing my face for applying makeup!
I am so appreciative to Dermalogica for putting on such a fun evening. I was a bit nervous with this being my first event, but the majority of attendees and all of the IpsyOS and Dermalogica staff that I met were amazing!

Have you used Dermalogica? If so, what is your favorite product? And if not, what product would you want to try most?

All the best,

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Book Tour & Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock


Book Tour & Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock

Recently, I received an email from author Christina Dymock asking if I’d be interested in participating in a book tour for her cookbook, One Dirty Bowl. When I read that the motivation behind One Dirty Bowl was to share recipes that could all be made by using only ONE bowl and a pan, I was intrigued. 

I definitely love recipes that only require the use of minimal dishes so that there is less to wash when done. A long time favorite recipe in our house is Pumpkin Dump Cake. It, like the recipes, in Christina Dymock’s book only requires one mixing bowl and one pan. It is delicious and very easy to make plus is always a hit.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to try any recipes from One Dirty Bowl just yet, but have my eye on a couple so when I get the chance to try one out I’ll post pictures in a follow up.

When I bake (and cook) I prefer to use oil instead of butter and never use shortening. Studies have shown that trans fat like the kind used in shortening are really bad so I never use it, so I never use any recipe that has shortening as an ingredient. I mention this because if you are like me, then you should know that there are quite a few recipes that call for shortening and several that call for shortening and butter.

That said, the recipes look tasty, easy to make, and use very few dishes. I love the look of this cookbook both the layout and the photos. This interestingly is the first e-cookbook I own! I love the idea of e-cookbooks as cookbooks are often very large volumes that take up a lot of space, whereas a 1,000 e-cookbooks don’t take up anymore space than the size of ones e-reader.

If you love to bake but don’t have the time, energy, or desire to follow complicated recipes that call for difficult to find ingredients, then Own Dirty Bowl is for you!

Happy Baking!

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Going to IMATS

Hi Lovelies,
For the very first time, I’ll be heading (with my younger sis) to the Pasadena Convention Center for one of the largest of all the IMATS events! IMATS stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show. I first heard of IMATS a couple years ago, but the timing was such that I was always having or recovering from surgery. But this time around, I’m definitely mobile enough to be able to attend! I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

Unfortunately, I found out about press passes too late to be able to get one, but did hear back from a very helpful woman who reached out to a pro makeup artist that may be able to help me learn how to effectively cover the massive scar that runs from mid-thigh down to my ankle. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a press pass next year!

IMATS began Friday afternoon for pros only with Saturday and Sunday open to the general public. There will be NO ticket sales at the door as ALL tickets sold out a few weeks ago! We’re going to attend on Sunday only as I don’t think I have enough energy to attend both days.

I’ve been having a lot of stomach issues lately and haven’t felt very well. I had a intestinal flora transplant via colonoscopy plus an endoscopy procedure on Dec. 13th and while I’ve had significant lower GI improvement, they endoscopy seems to have flared up the upper stomach where I’ve had 2 Nissen Fundoplications (both ended up failing). I haven’t had such severe stomach issues in a very long time.

The last several weeks, I’ve mainly had liquids (lactaid milk), yogurt, some crackers, and lots of ginger chews (for nausea). I was told to add Carnation Breakfast Essentials at least once a day in order to get more vitamins and minerals, luckily the vanilla mix I bought actually tastes pretty good. When I had tried eating more “real” foods I’d get pain in my stomach almost immediately. I just saw both of the GI doctors and they changed/added medications so hopefully I’ll start having more relief very soon.

In preparation for IMATS, I’ve been getting myself familiar with as many of the different venders as possible in order to try to have an idea of which booths are most important for me to visit. I also ordered 2 sets of business cards (one with my address for brands/PR/etc and the other with social media information), but it looks like my social media networking cards won’t arrive until Monday.

I’ve heard that most venders will have discounts ranging from 10-40% (or more) for the general public (pros receive additional discounts) that are truly unique to IMATS. I can’t wait to see so many of the brands I’ve read about online in person! If only I had a significantly larger budget! We’ll be leaving here very early in the morning so as to leave ourselves plenty of time to drive, park, walk, and get in line. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

Have you ever been to IMATS or other trade shows? What are your favorite parts?

Product Review: Instant Lash Extensions by Measureable Difference

Product Review: Instant Lash Extensions by Measureable Difference

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


A few weeks ago I was approached by a PR representative asking me if I’d be interested in trying and reviewing products from Chrislie Formulations new Measureable Difference line. I’ve been very interested in trying products that support lash (and brow) growth and so I jumped at the chance! This first product is dual ended mascara and primer meant to immediately add volume and lengthen lashes. The second product I’ll review is a lash and brow amplifying serum that needs to be applied daily. More on that coming soon!

I’m still on the hunt for my HG or Holy Grail mascara. In the beauty blogging world, bloggers use this to refer to a product that is the best ever product for that particular person. A HG product is one that they couldn’t or wouldn’t want to live without. I’m still unsure if I truly have any complete HG product. I happen to love trying and experimenting with new products.


I have very sparse lashes. Over the last 10 years since I was first diagnosed with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), I’ve lost a lot of my hair more than once. About three months after I’ve had bouts of serious illness, I’d notice my hair coming out in my hair brush, so much would come out that I’d have to clean a fistful of hair out of my brush after one pass through my hair. As I lost the hair on top of my head, I also noticed that I lost my lashes and brows too. While my hair has finally just about returned to its pre-illness thickness, my lashes have stayed very thin. And my bottom lashes are just about non-existent. I literally have a dozen lashes on the bottom on each side. So I’m always trying to find mascara products to give me the illusion of having more lashes, especially since, I’m not fond of applying, wearing, or removing false lashes.


Enter Measurable Difference’s Instant Lash Extensions. The back of the package says, “Measureable Difference offers healthy, drug free, clinically proven products that provide the ultimate in plumper, longer, more luscious lashes and brows, creating the effect of bigger, bolder eyes. Infused with RegenaLash, each item is formulated with nature’s most beneficial ingredients and science’s most advanced technology. In addition, they are free of any harsh ingredients or chemicals to revitalize your lashes and brows without irritation or redness” I’ve seen many commercials advertising a prescription medication to increase lashes, but there are many serious including possible permanent side effects. As much as I’d love more lashes, the risk of complications is too great. But, a cosmetic option sounds very intriguing.


I’ve used several mascara primers, but this is the first time the directions have ever said to start by applying a layer of mascara. The second step is to use the primer which contains thin white web-like fibers that stick to the initial coating of mascara attaching themselves to lengthen and add volume to thin and sparse lashes. The third step is to seal the primer layer in by adding a coat of mascara which serves to fuse all three layers together. I do have to say that this does work. And it does work fairly well. I’ve even added a second round of primer and mascara on top of the first ‘set’.


The positives are that it does add length and volume. It is also fairly easy to use. And I had no problem with the mascara smearing, fading, or flaking. But, this mascara does take me significantly longer to apply with all the steps than my daily routine which includes a light coating of mascara. Another negative is that this mascara leaves my lashes very stiff and a bit heavy, not surprised for all the layers added. And even with sporadic usage over the last month, the mascara end is beginning to dry out although the primer fiber end is very moist still. Since the positives strongly outweighed the negatives, I decided to give this mascara a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.


While I think this is a great mascara choice for someone who is looking to add significant volume, moderate length, doesn’t mind stiffer, heavier lashes, nor minds the time it takes to apply, this will for me remain special occasion mascara. If it didn’t add so much weight and stiffness to my lashes, I’d use this every day! Even with it taking more time to apply, I’d make the time in my morning (and now, twice a week, before class) routine.


That said, I’m definitely pleased with the ease of use and the results. I was also impressed that an eyelash comb and brush was included! This definitely made it easier to comb out any lashes that began to stick to one another! And I LOVE that this is made in the U.S.A! I’d much prefer to support a company that makes all their own products domestically. This Instant Lash Extensions definitely lives up to its name! I very much look forward to trying out more products from the Measureable Difference line! To find out more about this awesome line, just click HERE!

Do you have a HG product? I’d love to hear, in the comments, what beauty (or other) product that you can’t or wouldn’t want to live without! Have you found your HG or favorite mascara? I’d love to hear all about it!

Disclaimer: I received one or more items from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policyfor more information.

Update – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Yes, I know I’m a bit late in posting that, but as you know this is my first post of 2013. I realize its been way too long since I last posted, but I will be trying to post much more regularly. About the time I last posted, I was still trying to convince my doctors to put me on a course of IV antibiotics for my IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) as I had started to flare in September and hadn’t started improving. Finally about the middle of December my ID (Infectious Disease) doctor agreed to put me on IV antibiotics the following week. I had figured due to the holidays that things were delayed but was dismayed to find out the beginning of January that I wasn’t going to actually receive this treatment. To make a long story short after speaking with that doctor again he agreed to 2 weeks (which I didn’t think was long enough but better than nothing) which started the very next day!

Right after I finished I thought my symptoms were improving, but now I’m now so sure. Will just have to wait and see and hope that the IV antibiotics along with a higher dose of the medication I take for maintenance will be enough to coax my GI system back into at least a semi-remission. Aside from this there have been other changes in the last couple weeks including that I have started to drive again (albeit only locally so far). At least where I for physical therapy is only a five minute drive away and I can now schedule for whatever time I prefer to go instead of scheduling around my wonderful little sister.

Also a week from Tuesday marks another milestone in my life. Each of us has that one day a year that signifies the start of another year of their life and February 19th is mine. I think it will take me time to get used to this one as I will be turning 30!

Crazy, I know! I’m the oldest of the cousins in my family so I was the first to be Bat (or Bar) Mitzvah’d. The first to turn 21 and of course now the first to turn 30. And with the exception of one of my best friends (you know who you are), I’m the oldest of my friends as well.

Why don’t birthdays feel quite as fun and exciting as they did as a child/teen? My youngest cousin just turned 11 and the excitement was quite evident when we talked. Even though she is only in the 5th grade, she reads at a significantly higher level and as it turns out her favorite genre YA dystopian is one of my favorites as well. It is ironic to me that despite our age difference we prefer reading the same books.

In fact she highly recommended Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series and Before I fall to me. But I am glad that we have at least that one shared interest in common as it gives me something to be able to relate to her with since I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like. Although I am hoping to be able to spend sometime with her in the spring/summer so we can get to know each other much better. I believe that having a love for reading develop early is a huge advantage for high school, college, and beyond. I didn’t really love reading until fifth or sixth grade. I remember starting to like it better in fourth grade, but I know that was partly due to my amazing teacher that year.

Anyways, I have so many products and books to review and share with you in the coming weeks and I very much look forward to sharing all of those with you! And if you have any books or products you recommend please share those with me!

Wishing you a very (belated) happy, healthy, and joyous New Year!


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