My Trip to the Dermatologist

January 12, 2017
Dermatologist

I don’t think I’ve ever been to the dermatologist before. Actually I have been, forever ago when I was a little kid and had troubles that involved mosquito bites and itching. Anyways, I’m a pretty freckly person with a bunch of moles, which makes me a prime target for shady stuff. I’ve been constantly thinking dark thoughts whenever I looked at a mole that seemed suspicious so one day I just decided to finally make an appointment and visit a dermatologist.

I know it’s a huge hassle, making any kind of doctor’s appointment sucks. Finding new doctors is an issue too because there are so many different ones out there, moving places doesn’t help either. I’ve been using Zocdoc which is a website that lets you browse local doctors/dentists and also shows their ratings. Through there I found my primary care doctor, dentist, and now my dermatologist. Another crappy thing about going to a specialist is the fact that most insurance doesn’t cover 100% of it. I know mine doesn’t, it only covers 80% which is really painful especially for someone who’s not used to paying anything for heath care. Anyhow, I ended up biting the bullet and scheduling an appointment.

My experience was great! The office was nice, the dermatologist was wonderful. I scheduled a yearly full body check up, so I had to strip to my underwear and wear one of those awkward paper coverups. I decided to go to a female dermatologist because I’m a sexist like that (kidding!),  I prefer female doctors and dentists. Her and the nurse made sure to inspect me from head to toe, and they found a freckle on my back that looked questionable. They suggested that I get it removed and sent off to a lab, so I did. It was quick and painless, she gave me a numbing shot which didn’t hurt and I didn’t feel her “shaving” the freckle off either. So if you’re ever in that predicament don’t be scared, it’s a quick and easy process. To save you the suspense the result of the lab came saying that it was a mildly abnormal mole, meaning that I’ll live. They gave me an option to remove the cells or just let it go and I decided to let it go and come back in 6 months. Fun fact, the freckle that turned out to be troublesome was the most mild looking thing on my body. I’ve got much more intense looking moles that I was worried about that turned out to be all good.

The dermatologist shared a bunch of interesting information with me about taking care of my skin, and I figured it would be interesting to share.

  • She told me to wear a rash guard on the beach. So basically no bikini but instead a long sleeve cover up to avoid catching those rays. It sounds pretty extreme but I guess it’s her job to make patients aware of some serious sun safety. Luckily JCrew has some cute ones.
  • Beach umbrellas aren’t a good enough protection from the sun.
  • Wear a hat in the summer or always apply sunscreen on the area where you part your hair. Apparently it’s a very overlooked area that gets a lot of sun damage.
  • Wear at least a 30SPF on my face, neck, and chest. I didn’t tell her that I always forget my neck and chest but she knew that I had some sun damage in that area from doing a shitty job with sunscreen.
  • If you’re struggling with dry skin on your body to only apply soap to your armpits, privates, and feet. Everything else doesn’t have to be lathered with soap. Good to know!
  • Apply body lotion to damp skin after the shower because it will absorb better.
  • She recommended two brands of daily facial moisturizer with SPF CeraVe and EltaMD

Overall it was a good experience and I recommend that you do it at least once just for the peace of mind. I also liked getting a bunch of free skincare samples, and it’s through one of the samples that I’ve discovered a miracle product that is Aquaphor which can heal pretty much anything.

Have you ever been to the dermatologist?

Fresh Skincare

January 9, 2017
fresh

Last month was my birthday so I had to get over to Sephora to collect my birthday gift. I’ve been a fan of their previous gifts, the NARS lip pencils which are excellent, but they’ve changed things up and now they offer other stuff. I had to choose between Marc Jacobs makeup samples or the Fresh skincare so I decided to go with the skincare since that’s what I’m into more these days rather than makeup.

Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner – I’ve been on the market for a toner after not using one for a month or so, I badly needed one to help with some breakouts that I was battling. This toner is very different from any other ones that I’ve tried in the past because you have shake it up (the clay separates) and it comes out on the cotton swab brown in color. It’s different but I think it really helped clear up my skin and overall it feels very pleasant. I don’t know that I will stick to it because I want to keep trying different toners but it’s a good option for troubled skin.

Soy Face Cleanser – The most amazing cleanser I’ve ever used. I’m going out and buying a full sized one as soon as I run out of my current Glossier cleanser. It also has a gel consistency but it has a pleasant cucumber smell and is very gentle on the face. A little bit goes a long way and it removes makeup very well. Best of all it doesn’t ever sting my eyes whenever I’m removing makeup, and that’s important. It’s pricy for a cleanser but the sample lasted me a good month so I think the full sized one will be worth it.

Rose Face Mask – Great mask, I wish it was overnight rather than just a 10 minute mask but I feel like it does a decent job moisturizing in a short period of time. It smells good and you don’t need a lot of it but I don’t think I would get the full sized one because I prefer sleeping masks.

Have you tried anything by Fresh? What’s your favorite thing?

My Love Of Thrift Shopping

January 5, 2017
Thrifts

Ever since moving to the city I’ve had access to a great variety of thrift shops. Thrifting hasn’t really been a thing that I was into until recently, because I guess I was picturing it to be kind of like a Goodwill filled with raggity Old Navy hoodies. All of that changed when I got a chance to explore some nice thrift shops that are filled with brands that I enjoy. I’ve decided to buy less but better quality stuff, so now before I make a purchase I try to consider if I really love the item or if I’m just getting it for the sake of buying something.

I’ve had the best experiences at a thrift shop called Crossroads, of which were are 2 locations in my area. First one is in the Flatiron district and the second one is in Williamsburg. I prefer the Williamsburg location as the selection tens to be a lot better, for unknown to me reasons. I haven’t purchased that much stuff there but the highlight of my browsing were Madewell jeans that looked like they haven’t been worn and fit me perfectly. I guess rummaging through everything in hopes of coming across a hidden gem is half the fun of the whole experience.

While thrift shopping is not for everyone, which is understandable, I really like getting a great bargain. I think the best bargain I ever got was a Zara Basics dress for around $6 which looked excellent and I ended up wearing it to a wedding in November. Another great steal I got was an American Apparel sweater for around $10 but which retails for much more than that because I’ve purchased that same one in the past. So overall it’s worth it whenever you come across excellent pieces!

Do you like thrift shopping? What are your favorite stores? What’s the best deal you’ve ever got?

New Year New Plans

January 2, 2017
New year

Happy new year everyone! I hope you had an awesome celebration :)

This year I’ve decided to go easy with all of the resolution stuff. I’ve accepted the fact that I won’t turn into a marathon runner or a vegan chef, but I know that I can make small changes to do better. Here’s what I’m hoping to do:

Treat my body better – I know I hate going to the gym, but I love doing yoga. Luckily Alex got me a yoga membership for Christmas so I’m good and ready go start going to a little yoga studio that’s right by where we live. It’s not only good for the body but also for the mind, I’m trying to be more calm and zen this year. It’s easy to get stressed out in a busy environment where everything around you is always go go go, so I really want to start taking the time to sit down and find peace and quiet.

Treat my skin better – I’ve been trying to do better with sunscreen, and my recent visit to the dermatologist has definitely helped stir me in the right direction. I’m hoping to be less lazy with sunscreen this year because it’s very important. I also want to get a good summer hat because I currently don’t have one. I’ve been getting really into face masks, especially the overnight ones, so I will have to share that with you also. Finally, I’ll try to drink more water which is good for both the skin and the body. I feel like I’m always trying to drink more water but this time I’m actually going to force it upon myself!

Treat myself better – I feel like I’m at the point in my life where I’m slowly accepting certain facts about myself that I cannot change. It feels like a great relief because constantly wanting things that you’ll never have is kind of exhausting. Like the fact that my thin hair won’t ever be thick and luscious, or the fact that I’m pale and I wish that I wasn’t. I also won’t ever get taller, I’m stuck being 5’5″ and that’s okay. We can’t all be the same and we have to embrace what makes us unique!

So I’m hoping for a good year filled with positive improvements that will benefit me without stressing me out and making me feel like I failed if I don’t achieve them all. The most important thing for me is to be happy and healthy, and to make sure others are also feeling the same way!

Do you have any resolutions?

 

Quarter of a Century

December 29, 2016
Birthday

Here I am, 25 years old. It’s the age that I’ve been dreading for as long as I can remember. It always seemed to be like the kind of age when you don’t feel like you’re young and carefree anymore. It doesn’t sound like a fun early 20’s age either, because it’s the definition of mid-20’s.

Being 24 was a good year, so much has changed for me. It was my first birthday celebrated in the US, and I moved to New York when I was 24. This will be the first one that I celebrate here, at our little apartment in this bustling city.

I guess at this point in my life I’m feeling a bit more grownup than I did before. Maybe it’s time to start using wrinkle creams and stop wearing graphic tees. Both of which seem wrong because deep down I feel like a child, who can decide what to have for dinner every day of the week.

I’ve stopped making birthday plans since I turned 17 I think, just because I’m too lazy to organize and plan anything. My birthdays are very low key. This year is a little bit different, just because tonight we’re flying out to Canada to visit my mom. I guess it’s sort of a birthday gift! And it’s a first, getting to spend my birthday in two different countries. So I suppose turning 25 is kind of exciting!

Happy New Year to everyone! What are your plans?

November 2016 Reading Wrap Up

December 28, 2016
November

November was a pretty light reading month for me, but I got to read some great stuff which I didn’t expect to!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – (5/5) I haven’t read much poetry so I didn’t know if I would like this book or not. This was beautifully written and she was able to share so many deep and important messages. This poetry was easy to read and I never felt like I wasn’t getting it. This book has a quick read for me but I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who isn’t sure about poetry.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – (3/5) I had the highest of expectations for this book because I’ve heard really good things. It did have that creepy feeling to it, but it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped. The ending was a bit unexpected to that kind of made the enjoy this book a bit more, but overall it was a pretty average book in my opinion.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – (4/5) I loved this book. It’s so rare that I read a book where I genuinely care about the characters and their fate. In this case the characters were easy to like and all of their hardships were understandable and made me feel bad for them. I’m a big fan of the ending in this book, I really respect the way author ended the book and I think that made it a much better read because of it.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – (4/5) This book was the most enjoyable nonfiction book that I’ve ever read. It was so good and the story was so compelling that at times I would forget that I was reading the real deal and not a work of fiction. The fact that it takes place in Savannah made it extra special for me, and I just really enjoyed the writing in this book.

Have you read any of these books? What have you been reading lately?