Monday, February 9, 2015

Pocketderm Update - Seven Months

 Hi all!

I wanted to update you guys on how Pocketderm has been working for me. The last time I posted about Pocketderm was back in October, so check that out if you want to see my original review.  Pocketderm provides you with online access to a dermatologist. This dermatologist will consult with you through photographs and some medical background provided by the patient. Then, your Pocketderm dermatologist will create a custom prescription lotion to apply to your face once a day.
Here are my results!
Before                                        After
After                                       Before
I also have a new formulation for my medicated lotion. It is as follows:
 7% azelaic acid
1% clindamycin 
0.04% tretinoin 
I am so pleased with Pocketderm! I haven't had any active acne for nearly two weeks. That's a pretty foreign concept for me!  If anyone is interested in trying this incredible service, you can use my referral link to get your first month free (regularly $20/month)! So go ahead and try it out - cancel if you don't like it or don't think it's worth the cost. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Masha

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snowed In.

Or so they claimed. The university was closed today due to the storm of epic proportions that was predicted to tear through the North East today. I can't speak for others in the tri-state area, but the weather isn't so bad here in central Jersey. I'm always thankful for a free day of sleeping in, though. It also gives me a chance to take some pictures of my nail art.
Lighting has always been a challenge for me. I find the best lighting for me is outside on a sunny day. However, there hasn't been a good sunny day in a while, so I struggle with these things. The first photo is too bright, and the one below it is too dim. I hope you enjoy the nail look anyway. This was based on some nail art that I saw on Pinterest, but I can't seem to find the pin. I started with Venique Gel-Like Base Coat, then painted on two coats of Zoya Dovima. I heard that Zoya re-released their matte velvet collection, which is awesome! This is one of the older ones though, and it has held up really well. I then stamped on this design from the BM-314 plate using Konad Stamping Polish in Silver. I topped it all off with nails inc. Matte Top Coat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Zoya Naturel Satins Swatches and Review (Part 2)

 Hi all! Today I have the second half of the new Zoya Naturel Satins collection to share with all of you. I've included a collage of all the shades above; you can see part one here. Again, these are the winter/spring translation shades, and they come in a special satin finish. According to their website, "[the] Satin formula is a hybrid between matte and glossy polishes and is not intended to be worn with a top coat."
Tove. Two coats. This is a blue leaning slate grey color. I absolutely love this shade. It is beautiful, opaque and applies like a dream. Definitely my favorite of the collection.
Ana. Three coats. This is a really light nude pink. Much like other light pink shades, it's kind of a pain to apply. It is very opaque though, so if you're really careful applying it could come out really smoothly. My nails have been peeling a lot lately, and I found that this polish made that fact extremely obvious. 
Brittany. Three coats. This is another pink polish, but is a lot more mauve and darker than Ana. I had the same issues as with Ana where the polish was pretty opaque, but I needed more coats to smooth it out. The color is a bit unexciting for me, but if you're in the market for a pink polish like this, I say go for it!

As I've mentioned previously, these are really unique because you have the option of three finishes: satin, shiny with regular top coat, or matte with matte top coat. The problem with the satin finish, though, is that imperfections that are often not seen when top coating are easily visible, so you have to be a bit more careful painting with these. This issue can be avoided altogether if you just treat them like any other polish and put the top coat on. At the very least, they are gorgeous cremes! If you're interested in picking any of these up, you can find them here for $9 a piece.

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Zoya Naturel Satins Swatches and Review (Part 1)

Hi all! Today I have the first half of the new Zoya Naturel Satins collection to share with all of you! (See the second half here!) These are their winter/spring translation shades, and they come in a special satin finish. According to their website, "[the] Satin formula is a hybrid between matte and glossy polishes and is not intended to be worn with a top coat." I apologize for the indoor swatches (everything looks so much better taken outside...wishing I lived in a eternally sunny place right...), but there is a snowstorm coming so it's not really an option!
Sage. Three coats. This is a mossy green shade. I really love this color. I don't love a lot of green polishes with my skin tone, but more neutral ones like this I find very flattering! The formula on this polish was thick and the polish itself was super opaque, but I found it the hardest to work with out of the three I have tried so far.
Leah. Two coats. Leah is a lavender tinged taupe color. It's hard to tell, but it leans a lot more taupe than I was able to photograph. Again, a very opaque and thick polish. I did have problems with streaking though.
Rowan. Two coats. This polish is the quintessential "taupe" color; one of my favorite shades of nail polish ever. This is really similar to a lot of other taupe shades, but the finish is definitely unique. This was by far the easiest to work with of the three.

So far, I'm really liking these! The finish isn't quite matte and its not shiny either, so that makes the finish on these polishes really unique. Besides, it's easy to convert it to a normal/matte creme polish with regular and matte top coats. I bet these look really cool with holo top coat too...But basically it's like having three finishes in one available at your disposal. I'm also a sucker for the matted glass bottles these come with. <3 What do you guys think of the satin finish?

If you're interested in picking any of these up, you can find them here for $9 a piece. I'll be posting the remaining three polishes soon, so don't forget to check back! Thanks for reading!

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

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Incoco Love Story from the Valentine's Day Collection Review

Hi all! I know it's a little early for Valentine's day nails, but today I've got a review of one of the new Incoco nail polish strips. For more details on how these polish strips work, check out my more extensive review here.
Incoco Love Story. I'm not sure if I've gotten worse at applying these, or if these are a lot harder to work with than the previous Incoco strips, but I had an impossible time getting these applied smoothly on the nail bed. It may also be because these strips are easier to apply on longer nails than shorter nails. They were a bit of a wrinkly mess. They are super cute though, and when I wore these out the next day, no one even noticed the wrinkles (at least, not to my knowledge...) If I was deciding on these, it would be a tradeoff of how much time I wanted to spend to get an intricate design (these take like 10 minutes to apply), versus how okay I was with the imperfections and wrinkles.

If you're interested in checking out all of Incoco's gorgeous designs, you can find them on Incoco's website. Thanks for stopping by!

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

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sunny's Body Products Seasonal Christmas Box Review

Happy New Year, dear readers!

Today I have a new brand of body products to introduce you to, and that is Sunny's Body Products! They make a wide variety of products, including cuticle oils, hand butters, and lip balms. This holiday season, Sunny's Body Products released a special box containing one of each of their products in a lovely Christmas scent. They are so lovely, in fact, that The PolishAholic listed them as her favorite brand of 2014 just earlier today! I have these products exclusively to thank for allowing my cuticles and nails to survive the winter.
Here are all of products from the box together, including a cute red pouch and a couple of candy canes. :)
Sunny's Intensive Cuticle Therapy in Christmas Cravings. 15 ml. This is a cuticle treatment for extra dry cuticles, even those that don't respond to standard cuticle oils! You are supposed to leave this on your cuticles for about a minute, and then rub it in. It is really effective, and smells kind of like cinnamon and Christmas combined (my inability to describe scents is rearing its ugly head again).
Here's what it looks like opened. It comes with a dropper for easy application.

Sunny's Cuticle Oil in Hot Chocolate. 10 ml. I adore the scent of this one, it smells just like hot chocolate! This is a convenient roller ball cuticle oil. I carry this one around in my purse to use at school, and keep the intensive therapy for use at home since it's more intense.

Sunny's Hand Sugar Scrub in Ice Capade. 1 oz. This hand scrub is a lot more gentle and moisturizing feeling than commercial hand scrubs that I have used in the past. I don't think I can ever go back. It even comes with a cute little spoon to ensure that you use just the right amount.

Sunny's Hand Butter in Warm Vanilla Nutmeg. 1 oz. Thank goodness for the self-explanatory scents! This one smells like vanilla and nutmeg and it is really moisturizing. I would recommend using this overnight or when you've got time to relax because I find it a bit too greasy for typing or working with your hands.






Sunny's Miracle Balm in Balsam and Citrus. 0.5 oz. This miracle balm is less of a cream/butter and more waxy. It can be applied all over the body, especially dry areas. I like to apply this to my elbows and feet to keep them smooth.

Sunny's Lip Saver in Eggnog. 0.15 oz. This is a really great lip balm. It's really hydrating and it tastes like eggnog. Mmm.

And finally...Sunny's All-Over Body Balm in Frozen. This is one of the newer body products made by Sunny's Body Product, and it's basically like a portable version of the miracle balm. I use it on my cuticles when I'm in a rush. It looks a lot like a lip balm, but it's not meant to be used on your lips (not to my knowledge, anyway).

Although this box is no longer available, I would highly recommend picking up some more of their products (and looking out for any future seasonal boxes). The body products/cuticle oils are available in over 170 scents, and the lip savers in over 65. After sampling every product, I can safely say that they all get my seal of approval. Sample packs are available if you'd like to try a few scents, and they are a great value for the money.

Thanks for reading!