Read this Before Purchasing Products From DermalMD!

I suffer from hereditary dark circles, and have not been able to find anything to combat them. No eye cream has worked to diminish them, and concealers only mildly hide them temporarily. Over the summer, I began researching effective eye creams that might get rid of my dark circles once and for all. I came across DermalMD’s website that had incredible reviews for all of its products. I did more research and could not find very many negative reviews. There were a few reviews here and there saying to not believe the positive reviews because DermalMD posts all of their own reviews. Still, I overlooked these few negative reviews because there were just so many positive ones.

I was a bit skeptical to make a purchase. There are many products I’d be interesting in purchasing, but because I was skeptical and the products are a bit expensive I decided to only purchase one item. But if these products are really so life changing, why have I never heard of this brand before? I started to look into their Undereye Treatment. This product is around $70, way more than I’d ever spent before. Still, I decided to give it a try.

This product may be the worst under eye treatment I have ever used in my entire life. I decided to stick it out and use it for 3 months because a lot of the reviews on the DermalMD site said that it takes awhile to see changes, but it does work. I can’t use this product anymore. If anything, my under eyes are the worst they have ever looked. The eye cream is sticky and sits on your skin without soaking in. Makeup looks terrible on top. Not to mention my skin has been dryer and my under eyes might even be darker. Overall, this product has been terrible which is disappointing considering the amazing reviews.

But this is what really gets me. I decided to try to leave a review of my own on the website. However, DermalMD moderates their comments! I have tried at least five times now to post a review, but my reviews never get approved. I even emailed a complaint and demanded a refund, but they replied saying refunds are not given past two weeks which is absurd because they claim the product takes months to work! I have never been so dissatisfied with a product in my entire life which is why I decided to write this post. I am furious they moderate their comments and do not let any negative comments be posted, and I am now convinced all 40 positive comments on this under eye treatment were written by DermalMD employees. This product is a scam.

This might be a stretch, and might not be because of this company at all, but I also had my card hacked soon after this purchase. I do not want to blame it on this company because maybe there is no correlation and it was simply a coincidence in timing, but because of their sketchiness with the reviews I am overall just going to assume this company is not very legit. I am extremely disappointed with this purchase. I highly recommend you do not purchase from this company, as it is expensive and definitely not worth the money

 

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November Faves

I’m a few days late with this post, but I’m back with my November faves! Now that it’s officially freezing out, I’ve added in some of my faves for the colder months. Here are my recommendations and November favorites!

Beauty

Bondi Sands Tanning Foam Ultra DarkBondi Sands Tanning Foam Ultra Dark– I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll mention it again. This is by far the best tanning product I have ever used! It is the perfect shade and streak free. It’s perfect for the winter when you need a little color!

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil– I haven’t experimented enough with coconut oil to know if one brand is better than another, but I do know this stuff is great. Coconut oil has a variety of different health benefits and can be used for many different purposes. Personally, I love using this once a week to deep condition my hair. My hair gets quite dry and brittle and this really livens it up!

PYT Ceramic Styling Tool– After going through countless amounts of straightening irons, I decided to invest in a good one. I’ve had this straightening iron for about 3 or 4 years now and it hasn’t let me down. It takes about 10 minutes with this iron to make my waves sleek and straight

Grace Antioxidant Organic Facial Toner– I wanted to bring my skin care routine up a notch and decided to buy this product because I heard an antioxidant toner is great for your skin. Although I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my skin, I do find the spray very refreshing and it also works as a nice setting spray! I have been having issues with dry skin and while it does not help much, it is temporarily relieving. Not to mention it’s organic and not to harsh on the skin, plus a reasonable price!

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara– This mascara is a fave of mine and beats any high end mascara I’ve ever used. This mascara really lengthens  your lashes and overall is a must have considering its price.

Fashion

Hoodies– Hoodies are a staple when the weather begins to get colder. I’ve been obsessed with buying hoodies lately because they’re so comfortable and cute and come in so many styles and cuts. I linked one of my favorite new hoodies I bought recently from Lulu’s.

Jeans– Like hoodies, jeans are a staple. They help polish any outfit. Jeans with a cute sweater is a perfect look for when the weather is cold. It’s comfortable, but still cute. And just like hoodies, jeans come in various styles. Colored jeans, boyfriend jeans, ripped jeans, etc can all bring a complete different look. Jeans are so versatile and a closet staple. My favorite place to buy jeans is PacSun.

Workout leggings– As someone who goes from the gym, to class, cute workout leggings are a must. Victoria’s Secret and Nike have some of my favorite athletic leggings, but you can also find cute workout leggings for less at stores like Forever 21.

Riding boots– Riding boots are another step in my winter closet. I wear riding boots constantly. Invest in one black pair and nice brown pair and you’re set for all outfits! Charlotte Russe is a great place to buy shoes.

Booties– Booties are cute and look great with any outfit. I like to switch out my riding boots sometimes for my booties just because they add a different look.

Rings– I love accessorizing with funky rings. I think they just add a more stylish element to a simple outfit and overall just look super cute!

Entertainment

David Dobrik– I’ve been really into watching David Dobrik’s vlogs lately. They’re just so entertaining and honestly slightly addicting. They make me wish I had a friend group that exciting!

Animal’s People– I recently read the book Animal’s People for a class I take in school, and this was one of the few books I’ve ever read for a class that I actually enjoyed. It was a fun read and really eye-opening. I highly recommend it.

Shameless– I’ve been hooked on Shameless since I started watching my freshman year of high school. The new season has begun and I couldn’t be happier. Shameless is on Netflix now so if you haven’t watched it yet, there is no excuse.

 

Always Remember to Be Grateful

Sometimes thing happen, and we don’t know exactly why they happen. These things could be amazing, like falling in love, while others could be heartbreaking, like a death of a loved one. These things can be so sudden and so unexpected that we, as only humans, don’t know how to react. We might be feeling so much that we don’t know exactly the words to say. Sometimes there are no words to say what is happening or how we feel. Sometimes it is the silence that speaks for us.

Today I want you to think of those things in your life you don’t understand and those feelings you have that you can’t explain. And even if things in your life are so terrible right now that the only word you can muster up is “misery” I want you to find gratitude. Even in the roughest of times there is always something for us to be thankful for, and that includes life’s journey. Each gain and each loss is filled with something more meaningful. Maybe a lesson to make us wiser, or maybe an ache to make us stronger. And although right now you don’t understand and you might be questioning everything, the best thing you can do is trust the path your on and that a deeper meaning will appear and that maybe, just maybe, one day you will understand why all of this is happening and you will finally find the words to speak. But until that day comes, all I ask of you is to be grateful.

Tell someone who has impacted your life that you are grateful. Tell the parents who raised you how grateful you are for their impact on who you are and who you will become. Be grateful for that boy who broke your heart for teaching you that you deserve more. Even be grateful for that blooming tree in your neighborhood that makes you feel at peace. Be grateful for even the little things because it is all a part of this journey you are on.

Trust the path you’re on. Trust the process of life. Things might not make sense now, but it is because you have yet to understand. There is a deeper meaning behind all of this, and the only way to find this meaning is with trust and gratitude. Life is all about change and adapting. Sometimes, change happens unexpectedly and that is simply a part of life. Give thanks to everything you have while you have it, and trust that life will guide you to an even brighter future.

Next time you’re feeling down and hopeless, take a step back and really evaluate your life. There really is too much to be grateful for.

date yourself

Whether you are single or in a relationship, everyone is entitled to their own “me” time every once in awhile. We all work hard, whether it be in our relationship, at work, or in class, so why not treat ourselves? Take a day for yourself and go out on a nice date…with yourself! Spend the time alone indulging in your favorite activities with no one to rush or distract you. You are in total control of this date, so clear your mind and focus on only yourself. In today’s society, we spend too much time depending on the company of others. Spend the day finding pleasure in your own presence. Put on something nice, buy yourself a box of chocolates, and enjoy the day getting to know yourself. Here are some date ideas to take yourself out on.


1. Your favorite restaurant.

Buy yourself a milkshake with ONE straw. Get a greasy, messy cheeseburger and don’t worry how un-classy you might look. Splurge a little on the dessert that’s all for yourself.


2. Take yourself to the movies.

You have the freedom to see any movie that you want. Any chick flick, or rom-com, the choice is yours. You don’t have to hear the opinions of others or worry about someone talking during the movie, so buy a popcorn and a soda for yourself, and enjoy the movie.


3. Go to an art museum.

Have a peaceful evening strolling through an art museum. Appreciate the beauty of what surrounds you. Embrace the solitude.


4. Have a beach day.

The beach is one of the most calming atmospheres. Listen to the ocean waves crash against the shore and take pleasure in the feeling of your toes in the sand. Lie on your beach chair, soak up the sun and breathe in the salty air. Enjoy the beautiful day.


5. Stargaze.

Bring a blanket outside and enjoy the night looking up at the sky. Count the stars.


6. Go out for coffee.

Grab that book you’ve been dying to read and head over to your local caffe. There is absolutely no rush. Order a large coffee and maybe a cookie, and enjoy your book.


7. Go for a walk in the park.

Breathe in the fresh air by taking yourself on a nice stroll through the park with nothing but you and your mind. Explore the world around you. Find comfort in being alone.

This day is all about getting to know you. Go and do whatever it is your heart desires. So go and enjoy the company of yourself, because you sure are amazing.

October Faves

I’m a little bit late on this post, but never late than never right? I love sharing my monthly favorites with you and wanted to make a quick post about some of the things I’ve been really loving lately and especially through the month of October. Here are my October favorites!

Beauty

RCMA No-Color Powder- This is definitely the best powder I’ve used for baking so far. It leaves your skin flawless and doesn’t leave terrible flashback!

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer– I posted about this concealer last month, but it’s become a holy grail product for me so I have to post again. Previously I was using Bye Bye Under Eye from It Cosmetics, but this one has much better coverage and is so much easier to apply! It’s a little pricey, but I have tried every concealer out there and have yet to find one that measures up.

 

Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup– This is one of my go-to foundations when I want a more flawless look. It is very build able coverage and is also very affordable. It is one of my favorites.

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Ultra Dark–  The color of this mousse is the perfect brown. It doesn’t smell putrid and it is the first self tanner I’ve ever found that doesn’t leave streaks. This tanning mousse has become a holy grail for me. Since I’m talking about all of these holy grail products, maybe I should make a post listing all of my holy grail products?

Fashion

Over the knee boots– It’s starting to get chilly out, but I still like wearing dresses and skirts. I’ve been really into pairing some tall boots with my dressier looks. I think it looks adorable, and keeps my legs warm.

Platform sandals- I ordered these sandals over the summer and am still wearing them during this weather transition. I love these shoes because the platforms add so much height, but are still so comfortable and easy to walk in.

Cropped sweaters– Cropped sweaters have been a staple for me for years now. They’re warm and comfortable, but also so cute and versatile.

Entertainment

The Road– I am an English major and read lots of books. Most of them are pretty dry, but every one in awhile I’ll come across a great and inspiring novel like The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s an extremely dark book that is about the journey of a father and son after the apocalypse. It’s an easy read and is interesting no doubt. I have yet to watch the movie, but it’s on Netflix so I will definitely be doing that soon.

Food

Tea & honey– I always get sick when I go back to school, so tea and honey is pretty much a must for me. My favorites are green tea and chamomile, which also consist of many health benefits.

Special K Double Chocolate Protein Meal Bars– These are a must for me on mornings I’m running late and need to grab a quick breakfast. Plus, I’m a chocolate lover so that makes these even better.

If you got one thing out of this post, I hope it was to try the Special K Protein Meal Bars. Hope you had a great October and halloween! Only a few weeks left till Thanksgiving 🙂

Halloween Looks

Halloween is over and I’m so sad, but I still wanted to share my costumes! Halloween is my favorite holiday because I love getting dressed up in crazy costumes. Here is what I wore this weekend.

Night One: Murder Scene

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I took inspiration from this video.

Night Two: Zombie Bride & Groom

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I made a previous post how to make this costume here.

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I used Jerome Russell B Wild Color Spray to spray my hair pink. Warning: it’s messy and will stay in your hair for days. Especially if you’re blonde.

Night Four: Spider

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Icing sells a ton of different face stickers perfect for costumes. They’re cheap and these lasted all night!

Halloween may be over, but hopefully this post gave you some inspiration for next year. Which costume was your favorite?

Halloweekend Expectations Vs Reality As Told By Mean Girls

Halloweekend is the most infamous weekend that will occur each year in college and you of course, have some pretty high expectations. Now that we aren’t kids anymore, trick or treating is out of the question and it’s time for some wild Halloween parties. A lot of thought and planning go into this weekend such as putting together the perfect costume, practicing your hair and make up, and figuring out which frats to be seen at. But sometimes we set our expectations a little too high.

Expectation: You’ve put together the most creative costume ever

Reality: No one knows what you are

Expectation: You found a costume that’s totally hot

Reality: You find this was a bad decision when you have to walk several blocks to a party in the cold

Expectation: You’re going to a wild party with a group of best friends

Reality: The frat tells you the party is full and you end up spending the night watching scary movies instead

Don’t fret- Halloweekend is still one of the most exciting weekends you’ll have in college, even if not everything goes as perfectly planned. Get hype and find your perfect costume, because Halloweekend is on its way!

Zombie Bride Halloween Costume!

My favorite holiday is almost here and I’ve been avidly working to put together 4 halloween looks for this year. It’s my last halloween as a college student which means it’s my final year to go all out before I am a working woman. I don’t have all of the materials I need just yet to put together my costumes, but here’s a little sneak peek and a little inspiration on how to create your own sexy/scary zombie bride halloween costume!

What you will need:

  • White lingerie/bodysuit
  • White tutu
  • White veil
  • White garter
  • Fake blood
  • Contacts (optional)

LINGERIE/BODYSUITS

 

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TUTU

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VEIL

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GARTER

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FAKE BLOOD

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CONTACTS

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Hope you found some inspiration in this post! Post your best zombie bride looks below!

Look For Less (Halloween Edition!)

One of my favorite costumes I’ve ever recreated is Miranda Kerr’s ring leader costume. It’s a fun sexy look perfect for Halloween. Below I’ve listed some cheaper alternatives to her costume so you could recreate it yourself!

BODYSUITS

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Julia Lace Bodysuit $25
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Lace-Up Open-Back Lace Bodysuit $18
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Sarah Lace & Mesh Bodysuit $11.50

 

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Evie Applique & Velvet Body $14
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Maria Strappy Scallop Edge Lace Bodysuit $12.50
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Georgia Embroidered Lace Bodysuit $11.50

BLAZERS

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Shawl Collar Blazer $19
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Style & Co Knit Blazer $29

TIGHTS

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Sheer Fishnet Tights $8

 

HEELS

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Krissy Pump $50
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Qupid Two-Piece Glitter Heel Sandals $25
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Sequins Two-Piece Sandals $25

HAT

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Victorian Black Top Hat Deluxe $17

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Leather Bull Whip $6.80

BRACELET

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Soul Searching Silver Cuff Bracelet $17
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New Friends Colony Glittered-Up Cuff $11

 

Just add red lips and red nails and your look is complete!

Top 5 Scariest Movies

Halloween is on its way which means it’s time for a scary movie marathon with your best friends! Grab a bowl of pop corn, a nice warm blanket, and the arm of your closest friend, because you’re gonna scream. Here are 5 classic horror movies to watch during your scary movie marathon!

1. The Shining

Based on the Stephen King novel (aka the king of horror), The Shining is a must see horror movie about a family that is staying alone in a hotel for the winter in hopes to cure Jack Torrance’s writers block. That is until he goes bad and tries to murder his wife and son. “Here’s Johnny!”

2. The Omen

A classic horror movie about a little boy named Damien who just so happens to be the son of the devil. Enough said.

3. Halloween

What better movie to watch in preparation for Halloween than Halloween? Watch as Michael Myers escapes his asylum and plans out his next victims. This movie is scary no doubt, yet it’s so thrilling you just can’t stop watching.

4. Scream

Arguably the most classic horror movie out there, even if it is kind of comedic. Still, the pop-ups will definitely make you jump no matter how many times you’ve seen this classic film.

5. Psycho

This Alfred Hitchcock classic is beyond creepy. You’ll be afraid to shower after this.

No judgement if you have to sleep with the lights on after watching one of these movies.