Monday, May 11, 2015

#LiveRadiantly with St. Ives

St. Ives is one of those products we see in every drugstore skincare aisle.  After being to Sephora, trying out GlamGlow we feel like we are too good for St. Ives.  But for me, St. Ives always has a special place in my heart because I grew up watching my mom scrubbing her face with the original St. Ives scrub.  I remember asking my mom if I could wash my face with it too.  She laughed and put a little bit on my nose.  I remember laughing at how funny my face looked with that exfoliating scrub covering my nose.  My mom always used St. Ives before she put on her makeup.  She said that it made her skin look brighter and smoother.

And whenever I go on trips, I always go out and buy the green tea apricot scrub.  I love the green tea because it reduces redness and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.  When I recieved the blemish control scrub from Influenster, I knew I would love it.  The scrub didn't leave my skin dry or stripped like some blemish control scrubs.  The scrub was pretty gentle.  After years of going to the dermatologist and using the strongest acne fighting medicines, my skin might be used to most drugstore level blemish control cleansers.

St. Ives always leaves my skin feeling soft, radiant, and smooth.  I will always go back to St. Ives and remember the times I stood on a stool in my mothers bathroom watching her prep her face for makeup.  I love you mommy and thank you for teaching me everything I know!

**I received this product free for reviewing purposes. 
All opinions expressed are my honest opinion.**

College Campus Essentials featuring the Influenster Campus Voxbox

From late night parties to all night cramming sessions, college is a time where we work hard, play hard, and study even harder.  No matter what day of the week it is, our schedules are packed with classes, work schedules, and campus activities.  No wonder we look like zombies!

To combat this zombie effect, here are a few things that I can't live without:

1) Candy- especially Sour Punch Straws and Sour Punch Punchies

Candy gives you the burst of energy that you need to finish that twelve page paper.  Plus, the sourness makes your face pucker and wakes you up when you are feeling tired.  If you love sour skittles, then you will love the Sour Punch Punchies!

2) Facial Scrub- late nights and bad eating habits will lead to dull skin.  To brighten up my skin, I love St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub.  This scrub smells fruity and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.  And this blemish control really helps clean out my pores and stop breakouts.  For a more gentle blemish control scrub, I would try the green tea scrub by St. Ives because the green tea properties help reduce redness.

3) A good shampoo.  Because when you wash your hair, you need a good shampoo that gets rid of all that buildup from dry shampoo and styling products.  The L'orĂ©al Paris Advanced Straight System is perfect for my hair.  My hair feels so smooth and frizz-free after using this three step system!

4) Chapstick.   All that caffeine leaves your body dry and you feeling thirsty.  You need a good chapstick to stop your lips from getting gross and dry and peeling.  To cure my chapped lips, I love my Softlips Cube.  This is my second cube.  And I can honestly say that the Pomegranate Blueberry smells amazing.  It's so fruity and fresh, perfect for the summer.   Plus, the softlips cube has SPF!

5) A Tan.   Need I say more?  The more days I spend in the library, the more zombie like I look.  My skin needs sunshine.  But with exams coming up, I'm not going to be sunbathing anytime soon.  To give my skin a sun-kissed look, I use the Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse.  This mouse goes on without streaks and leaves my skin looking naturally sun-kissed.  I never look orange with Jergens.  I also love Jergens BB body lotion to even out my skin tone!

**I received these products free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my honest opinion.**

Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Review: He Wanted the Moon

Here's the first of many book reviews on my blog!  

This book was a surprisingly easy read.  I loved how the text flowed and how easy it was to just sit down and read it cover to cover.  The style of writing in her father's manuscript is interesting and something I have never encountered before.  His style of writing is distinct and straight-forward. There is no flowery language or rose-colored glasses in this book.  Dr. Perry Baird's writing definitely reflects his occupation and reputation.  His manuscript is almost like an entry in a scientific journal.  Baird's moments of clarity and mania are very distinct in his manuscript.  It is definitely something I have to read again to get all the details.  Being a Biology minor, I found a lot of the science and biological concepts interesting.  Dr. Perry Baird researches in great detail his family tree and how the disease is passed on.  I also found it interesting how diseases such as manic-depression were perceived in society.  I cannot imagine a doctor telling family members to just forget their loved ones and move on.  It's interesting to see how medicine has advanced in such a short time-span.

Mimi Baird seamlessly blends her side of the story with her father's manuscript.  The change in narration never felt abrupt.  I also found the pictures, charts, and clips from her father's manuscript interesting.  Because at some points of the novel, I forgot this book was non-fiction.  The manuscript and the pictures help bring the people to life because I could actually see them and their handwriting.  
Once you get in to this book, it will definitely become a tear-jerker.  (WARNING!)  Dr. Perry Baird describes in great detail the various treatments doctors used to treat his manic-depression.  

If you like reading about society in the early 1900s and various medical treatments during that time, this book is perfect for you.  This book gives you an in-depth look on every aspect of manic-depression from the patient, family members, society, and psychological institutions.

I am always looking for more books to read, so if you have a good one, leave it in the comments below!

**I received this book free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my honest opinion.**