“Kristmas” Gift Guide

Every year I do a gift guide here on PSS, but this is the first time I’ve ever filmed it with the products actually in my hands! Man does it make the difference! Ignore the dog-toy squeaks in the background. It seems to be unavoidable when you’re filming in your living room for the classic, “look-at-my-Christmas-tree” background. *winks* 

Links to all the products mentioned in this gift guide are below!Read & Comment →

Gift Guide: Tarte

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Continuing my holiday gift guide, this year’s offerings from tarte are a nice mix. I was sent the blush palette a few months ago and I’ve been absolutely loving it. I love when my favorite products get put into one palette of goodness–and the tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are probably my favorite formulation of blush ever. Super long lasting, the perfect amount of pigmentation, great colors…what’s there not to love?Read & Comment →

Fashionable iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Cases


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Whether you’re an iPhone user or not, you cannot deny the hysteria that takes over the lives of Apple fanatics. I, myself am one of them. I’m not ashamed to admit that I set an alarm for 2am CDT on Sep 9 and spent an hour cursing at my keyboard, Apple, and Verizon. Fortunately, I was able to score a phone of my very own–a very welcome thing indeed considering my own iPhone 5 is missing chunks and has a non-working sleep/wake button.Read & Comment →

Back to School/Work Bag Basics

Hello friends, and Happy Friday to you all. Today I’m super excited to share my rendition of a “back to school” video – essentials for your school/work bag! Now, I’m a “far beyond” graduate: the perpetual student. I’ve endured primary school, middle school, four years of high school, four years of college, four years of medical school, and I’m working on my last four years of residency training (only 1.8 more years to go, baby!). While I’m not going to show you my backpack full of Hello Kitty and lollipops, I can show you in the most practical sense what some great things to carry in your book bag are — and indeed, my new favorite way to lug it all around. I hope you enjoy!

IN MY BACK TO SCHOOL / WORK BAG

Whipping Post Vintage Tote Bag
Apple Macbook Air 13″ + Speck Case 
Pencil Case: eBay (similar: http://www.coolpencilcase.com)
Apple iPhone 5
Ray-Ban Wayfarer in Tortoise 
Notebook for taking notes (mine is a Moleskine
MAC Softsac Makeup bag 
Travalo travel atomizer 
Louis Vuitton Multicolore 4-Key Holder (Lychee colored interior)
Matine business card holder
Midori Traveler’s Notebook
Filofax Personal Original in Nude Patent
Kate Spade Cherry Lane Small Stacy Wallet
Frends With Benefits Headphones
Oil Slick caps
Fox Pepper Spray

WHAT I’M WEARING

BeGood Clothing Company Tee
American Eagle Artist Crop Jeans
Sperry Top-Siders
Ray-Ban Wayfarers in Brown/Tortoise
Aid Through Trade Roll-On Bracelets
Michele Watch
Rimmel lipliner in Eastend Snob
Maya Brenner initials necklace

PSS Picks: Summer

I hope you enjoyed this selection of my favorite summer picks – beauty and non-beauty related! It’s a little bit more seasonally-appropriate and it’s truly what I’m enjoying as we look ahead to summer now. To view the images and all of my comments on each item, click each picture! 

Beauty, Food, Technology Haul

It’s shopping haul time! This time I’ve got quite the assorted mix for you lovelies. I’m ashamed to say I purchased all of the below items in one single day. My wallet was crying by the end of it, but ultimately I am happy with everything I’ve purchased (though I haven’t tried the salt toothpaste quite yet–I’m waiting for my current toothpaste to run out and then I will try this intimidating-sounding toothpaste. With trepidation.Read & Comment →

Splurge or Steal: The Pistachio Creams

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If you haven’t already guessed by now, I’m a definite fan of Laura Mercier’s eau gourmand line, with special attention to the Creme de Pistache (Pistachio) scent. Ironically, it smells nothing like a pistachio, unless you count the barely-noticeable nutty undertone to what is otherwise dominated by sugar, butter, and vanilla. It’s like when you’re baking a cake from scratch, and you have just creamed the butter and sugar, and you add the dash of vanilla. So yummy.

Very recently Dove came out with a scent in their nutrium moisture body wash range called, “Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia“. Apparently Dove shares Laura Mercier’s fondness for long-winded product names. Nonetheless, if you are fan of the LM scent, you will love this one. Unfortunately I can only find this scent in the beauty bar and body wash at the moment – but you can be sure I scooped up multiples in case it gets discontinued quickly. It is, after all, not the type of scent that sounds good off the shelf. Until, that is, you smell it.

I will caveat the potential buyer who is an expert on the LM Creme de Pistache range – the Dove version doesn’t smell quite as concentrated, if that makes sense. It’s very light. It also doesn’t lather up much at all, so it’s a bit like washing your body with a lotion – but it’s very moisturizing and I like that after I get out of the shower I can actually skip the moisturizing step on most non-fussy days.

Check out other posts in my Splurge or Steal series.