Monday, October 27, 2014

Pocketderm Review: Acne Before & After

Hi all,

Sorry for those of you expecting a nail polish related post, but I wanted to share a service near and dear to my heart (okay that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it saved my face)! This service is called Pocketderm. Pocketderm provides you with online access to a dermatologist. This dermatologist will consult with you through photographs and some medical background provided by the customer. Then, your Pocketderm dermatologist will create a custom prescription lotion to apply to your face once a day.
Quite the different a few months can make! I started this service back in July 16th. The original photos that I sent in can be seen below:
Acne EVERYWHERE. I've been struggling with acne since the age of 13. I've tried a lot of treatments in the past, including a 6-month stint with Accutane. Sadly, that was only a temporary treatment and my acne came back within the year.
These pictures are from August 23rd. At this point, I had almost given up on Pocketderm. My dermatologist and I had been working together for a while on refining my skincare routine. I explained to him how discouraged I was with the lack of results. He encouraged me to hold on for a bit longer, and I'm so glad that I did because here is my skin now...!
So much better! My skin is far from perfect, but compared to where it used to be...I couldn't be happier. Now that I've let the pictures do the talking, let's get down to the nitty gritty details about Pocketderm.

Pocketderm is $20/month. This $20 covers the cost of medication, shipping, and unlimited online consultations with your dermatologist. These consultations are in the form of an online chat with your dermatologist. You can ask them about anything skin care related. For example, I chat with my dermatologist every time I'm thinking about adding a new product to my routine or when I need a product recommendation. This is extremely convenient and relatively cheap (considering the prices of other prescription creams)! On that note, my medication contains not one, but three actives mixed into one easy to apply lotion. My formulation includes:
8% azelaic acid
1% clindamycin 
0.018% tretinoin
The price of these three prescriptions alone, let alone the price of visiting the dermatologist far exceeds the $20/month charged by Pocketderm. Let's not even mention all the time you save not having to schedule or go to the dermatologist's office...

If anyone is interested in trying this incredible service, you can use my referral link to get your first month free! So go ahead and try it out - cancel if you don't like it or don't think it's worth the cost. And if anyone is worrying less about acne and more about anti-aging, Pocketderm also has an anti-aging service that works similarly (though I personally have no experience with it, but I bet it's equally amazing)!

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, October 24, 2014

About Where I've Been...

 Hi all,

I know it's been a long while since I last posted. Over a year, in fact. I apologize for my absence, but life has gotten a bit hectic. As some of you may know, I started a graduate program last fall. This involved a move across the country. Not only were the logistics of the move challenging, but dealing with a large workload, making new friends, and general homesickness have kept me from pursuing a lot of my passions.

Now that things have settled down in my life, I think it's time to start up the blog again. I probably won't be able to post as frequently as I have in the past, but I'm going to make an effort! And hey, maybe not all of my posts will be about nail polish, but I hope you'll all tune in anyway. :)

On that note, there will be a review coming to the blog soon! In the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to my new(ish) kittens, Ghost and Shadow!

Thank you for stopping by!

Masha :)

Here are Ghost and Shadow when we first got them, back in May!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Simple and Sweet Manicure Inspired by Jonochi/More Born Pretty Store Water Decals

Hey everyone! Sorry again for the absence, I took my last trip of the summer before I move out to New Jersey for good. It's a bittersweet feeling.

I have been wanting to recreate Jonochi's Simple and Sweet manicure for as long as I can remember. I never got around to doing it because I couldn't find a sticker that remotely resembled the look of the one used by Jonochi. When these water decals from Born Pretty Store arrived, I knew I could finally give the manicure a go!
The base is a thousand coats of Butter London Cream Tea. And by a thousand, I mean like 5 or 6. I lost track at some point. The formula was good and build able, but I'd prefer an off white with a bit more opacity (how has such a shade not been invented yet?!) I then added one of these water decals to the accent nail. One that was dry, I added two coats of OPI Text Me-Text You. Sadly, I wasn't able to capture the the yellow and holographic sparkle of the polish nearly as well as Jonochi did, but I love the manicure all the same.

As usual, the water decals applied flawlessly. If you're interested in order some of your own, you can use my coupon code below to get 10% off your entire order at Born Pretty Store!

Thanks for sticking by me through these delayed posts, and as always, thanks for reading! 

*The decals were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Quilted Gradient for International Nail Art Day!

Hey everyone! I recently learned that August 3rd is International Polish Day, and I decided to try out a new nail art technique for the occasion. Here's my first attempt at a quilted gradient accent nail.
 This is two coats of Dance Legend New Messiah, a linear holographic gold shade. I created the quilt pattern using striping tape. Once the striping tape was in place, I added a gradient over New Messiah using Designer Nail Accents Glittering Grapefruit. To finish off the design, I used a small dotting tool and A England Sleeping Palace to create small dots at the intersections. I'm really happy with the way this turned out! 

Thanks for reading!

*Glittering Grapefruit was sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Very Rosy Nail Art

Hey everyone! The highlight of today's nail art is the Very Rosy nail polish applique from Incoco's Spring Collection. I applied the applique to my accent nail and used different shades of nail polish on the remaining nails to match the roses.
On the index finger I have three coats of Butter London Jaffa, which leans a lot more coral than it appears in these photos. The middle finger is three coats of Butter London Snog, and the last nail is two coats of Julep Carrie.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to enter my Incoco Nail Appliques Giveaway ending August 1st at 12 am EST!

*The nail appliques in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués Review and Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I'm back from my weekend of Comic Con. It was such a blast! I could ramble on about the things I did, but I've been away from nail art for so long that it's all I care to cover in this post. Today I've got some nail polish appliqués from Incoco to show you. Unlike most nail wraps/stickers, these are made with actual nail polish so they're a lot more flexible. This makes them a lot easier to apply and flatten on the nail bed.
These are Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués in Venetian Lace.  These pictures are taken after 24 hours of wear. These were fairly easy to apply, given that you can position them quickly. I found myself wasting a few strips that lost too much adhesive when I attempted to reposition them too much. This is user error though, and if you're a lot more careful than I was, you could manage a lot better. The strips look very pretty, and the application process is certainly faster than trying to recreate this pattern on your own. My only real criticism of these nail polish appliques is that I did experience a lot of tip wear and had to fill in the gaps with a black striper before I took this photo. Overall, I would recommend these to anyone, and especially for those that want stunning looking nails in a hurry.

If you're interested in checking out all of Incoco's gorgeous designs, you can find them here. Pick out and share your favorites in the comment box below for a chance to win that design, courtesy of Incoco!

Note: This giveaway is for blog subscribers ONLY. Any e-mail only entries will be disregarded. 

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Thanks for reading, and good luck!

*The products in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.