Thursday, June 20, 2019

Book Review: You Don’t Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

I absolutely love love love Mary Higgins Clark books. And movies too! I have been reading her books since I was 17! I don’t remember how I discovered them but I love her storytelling and the relatable characters. I’m also from New York so many of her stories take place in places I know. That’s always fun! Her latest book lived up to my expectations and it would be the perfect beach read. You won’t be able to put it down...

Laurie Moran is the lead character and she’s a television producer of Under Suspicion. This is the fifth book in the series. Her television show tries to solve cold cases with the participation of family and friends of the victims. So far the show has a perfect track record at solving cases. 

A celebrity doctor was murdered and his wife is the #1 suspect. They haven’t been able to prove she killed her husband but his parents (total Manhattan socialites) make it well know they believe their daughter in law to have killed their son. Lots of plot twists in this story...We hear from senators, judges and former patients of the doctor. Everyone’s a suspect and everyone has something to hide. 

Laurie gets helping solving these crimes from her federal judge fiancé Alex, former NYPD police commissioner dad, and her tv assistants, Grace and Jerry. 

This book was fun and entertaining from beginning to end. I highly recommend this easy read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I would love for them to start making her books into movies again! 

Have you read any Mary Higgins Clark books? 


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Week Seven Accutane Update

Hello darlings! Hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. I spent the weekend back Upstate with my family. ❤️

I absolutely cannot believe I’ve been on accutane for seven weeks. It’s kinda crazy how quickly time flies by. I have no no no regrets about going on this medication. I’m NOT recommending it to anyone and it’s important to have many many many conversations with your doctor but so far,  very pleased. 

My face is starting to getting the slightest bit drier but nothing I can’t handle. I’m using IT Cosmetics oil free moisturizer. The only other thing I’ve changed up is my foundation. I don’t know why foundation is so hard to find!

I’m currently using oxgenetix foundation because my spa and dermatologist highly recommended it. But there’s one huge problem...the price. It’s $66 for a half an ounce! The bottle literally lasts less than 3 weeks. I may have to go back to my Chanel...I’ll let you know. 

Besides that, so far so good! 

Have a wonderful week! 


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Week Five & Six Accutane Update

Hi darlings! 

So sorry I missed my update last week. Things were a bit crazy and it totally slipped my mind! Here are my updates for weeks five and six.

I had my first visit with my derm last weekend and he said we may have to extend my treatment by another month. My face isn’t really dry at all and there have been no major changes. He feels like I should be a lot more dry than what I currently am. A little disappointed but at this point, I really don’t care about an extra 30 days. 

Surprisingly, my ears, scalp and feet are dry! Yeah my lips aren’t as moist but it’s not so bad. But my ears? They peel like crazy!!! I have to put lotion on them throughout the day! 

Other than dryness, thank goodness no other side effects! I’ll be posting my makeup routine soon! 

Enjoy the rest of your week! ❤️

Monday, May 27, 2019

Week 4 Accutane Update

Hi darlings! Happy Memorial Day!!! I love that we are kicking off Summer! It’s hands down my favorite season! Parades, BBQs, beaches, pools, and watermelon! Woooo hoooo!

Here’s my weekly update! Time is flying by a little too quickly! Slow down! 

This week I’m more dry. I’m starting to flake all over my body including my ears! No one ever tells you about that! Back, face, scalp and ears!

Surprisingly my lips are ok. Do they peel? Yes. Are they dry? Yes, but not as bad as I thought. I’m mostly surprised by my back and ears. Shea Butter and coconut oil are my best friends.  

Tomorrow I go for bloodwork and hopefully get another round of meds! 

So far...knock on wood... no regrets. For me a the best decision I’ve ever made. 

Have a wonderful week! 


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Week Three Accutane Update

Hi darlings! 

I’m a bit late on this but better late than never. I can’t believe I’m into week 3! 

This has been the week of purging! Everything is making me breakout. I have been using all of my same products and it’s fresh pimples everyday. Nothing extreme because I’ve had worse but I still need to use concealer. 

My nails are also becoming more brittle. Even with my powder dip nails, my fingernails are splitting. It’s annoying. My eyes are still a bit dry and now my lips but nothing I can’t handle. 

I’m still not using facial moisturizer everyday because it leaves me too oily but I have been using coconut oil on my body every night. 

I’m looking forward to having a crystal clear complexion! 

Happy Almost Friday! 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Week Two Accutane Update

Hello darlings. Happy Monday!

Just checking in for another quick update. 

So far, no real changes. I am starting to get a bit more dry and peeling. Just lips and face. BUT I am still very sensitive to products. I tried using a hydrating cleanser and thicker moisturizer and my skin isn’t having it. NOT AT ALL. Maybe I was the only one thinking this…but I thought after Accutane, I would be able to use a lot more beauty products. Well after two weeks, so far that doesn’t seem to be the case. I will still be very strict about the products I’m using. If it works for me, I need to stick to it. My dry eyes aren’t really that bad anymore. 

I am starting to get dry on my body. Loads of body oil and lotions needed. 

One last thing, I do drink a lot more water. On Saturday, I was super busy and didn’t drink that much...well I had a headache developing and my body reminded me to…HYDRATE! 

Let’s see what week three brings!!

Enjoy your week! 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Week One Accutane Update

Hi lovelies. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I just wanted to give a quick Accutane update. I finished week one! Woooooo!!! Knock on wood but so far I am SUPER pleased. I know I know. It has only been a week so I should calm down.  

I had big hesitations about going on Accutane. So many people around me were so judgmental and freely giving their opinions and I was extremely afraid of all the side effects. I am under close supervision and my doctor has been a blessing and answers all of my questions and emails within minutes! 

So far I haven’t experienced any side effects except dry eyes and scalp. I actually had to stop using the heavy moisturizer I bought. I know I have to start moisturizing soon but I did it on day one and started breaking out like crazy. So I had to switch back to my CeraVe Daily Moisturizing lotion. I use Aquaphor every night and throughout the day so I haven’t experienced extreme dry lips so far. So far the only difference to my normal routine is using some eye drops and having to use a dandruff shampoo. 

This past Friday I had a wedding and the makeup artist did my makeup and used a lot. I was wearing Make Up Forever primer, Nars Radiant foundation, and Bare Minerals BarePro powder foundation. It was a lot and the following morning I had a few breakouts. I now know that after Accutane, I cannot go crazy with the makeup! I have to still be super careful! Besides that…no issues! 

I can’t wait to see some improvement! I’ll keep you all updated!