Spring Things! (Or for My Accountant: Beauty Purchases of Q2 2015)

To borrow a turn of phrase from Tolstoy, “spring is the time of plans and projects.” Spring cleaning projects, preparing taxes (which you should have handed over to Uncle Sam on Wednesday), planting spring gardens and wrapping up the academic year (for you young whippersnappers). Spring is also a time when love blooms as abundantly and predictably as cherry blossoms.

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

The intersection of spring love and spring planning arrives each year in the form of wedding plans. This spring, I’ll be one of the lucky saps planning my wedding to my best friend. I’m getting hitched!

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My tales of romance aside, spring is also the time for planning seasonal beauty purchases. I’ve got a few choice picks I’d like to share!

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Instead of Jar Packaging, Try Literally Anything Other Than Jar Packaging

Another day, another installment of Instead of [BLANK], Try [BLANK]! If you gain one useful habit from my poorly neglected blog, it should be to pH test your products to maintain the health of your acid mantle. If you gain two habits, it should be the pH thing and that jar packaging is LITERALLY THE WORST.

Jar packaging is dumb and ineffective and tantamount to storing your products in a dirty mop bucket.   Continue reading

Things I Put on My Face

I am a creature of habit. My penchant for scheduling and list-making is known far and wide; my devotion to routine is borderline disturbing. With the exception of my (increasingly infrequent) sample reviews, I generallly stick to the same skin care routine with very little deviation. Therefore, each product in my arsenal goes through a rigorous vetting process and, once added to the upper echelon of Nikki’s Medicine Cabinet, tends to stay there for quite some time. These are products I use, trust, and return to time and time again.

So.

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Home Sweet Home: November Empties

I love travel. I love reconnecting with my family and friends. But these things require putting on a bra and leaving the comfort of my own couch. When it comes down to it, the creature comforts of home (namely, bralessness, pantlessness, and a steady supply of Nutella) truly can’t be beat. After a week of eating and drinking and family and drinking and friends and eating (and did I mention eating?) in Chicago, I’m so glad to be back home in Seattle–sleeping in my own bed, pooping in my own toilet, living the dream.

I’m also excited for the start of December–a month of holiday cheer, generosity, endless possibilities, peppermint lattés, gift-giving, gigantic tins of chocolate fudge, awkward drunken family parties, awkward drunken office parties, and (saving the best for last) my review of empty products from last month! Continue reading

Sample Review 2: Electric Boogaloo

It’s time for the second post of my Thanksgiving holiday, a fun-filled and factual treatise on Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil!

But first: a PSA on the importance of consistency when it comes to skin care routines and some of the more pernicious factors that contribute to skin issues. Continue reading

I Dyed My Hair (Again) and Stella Interrupts a Sample Review

Before I get to the heart of this review, I’d like to thank Althya at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute for my beautiful dark auburn dye job! Orange to auburn was a big follicular leap and she handled the challenge with aplomb. Even weeks later, it looks phenomenal and has minimal fading. She’s a consummate professional and I highly recommend her to anyone in need of hair cut/color/styling services in the Seattle area!

And now for the heart of the matter: my review of Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate.  Continue reading