Product Review: Pixi Lumi Lux Radiance Powder

Makeup, Makeup Advice, Makeup Reviews

Sometimes by midday, my skin loses its luster a little. Between the fatigue that hits around 3 p.m. and the wear and tear of the day, sometimes I need a little boost to get my glow back. Enter Pixi Lumi Radiance Powder ($8.99, The pressed powder for medium tones, created with pinks rose buds Read more »

Are Inorganic Sunscreens Better Than Organic Ones? Part II: Photostability, Permeability, and Photoreactivity

Q&A, Skin Care

To recap, so far both sides have one point each, with inorganic sunscreens being less likely to trigger a negative reaction, and organic ones being more cosmetically elegant. In this post, we will analyze the two families of sunscreens in terms of the following characteristics: Photostability: How much of a sunscreen (active) remains effective after Read more »

Spotlight On: Roxisomes


Roxisomes are a new ingredient in skin-care creams and the claim is that it does wonders to help skin slow down the aging process. That’s because it helps to curb oxidative damage to cells and repair DNA. It’s also been shown to be something that can help prevent cancer. What are they and how do Read more »

Follow Friday + Nicki's Personal Updates: Week of August 31, 2012

Nicki's Personal Updates, Uncategorized

So I’m publicly announcing it:  I’m trying to lose 20 pounds. It started out innocently enough.  I was in medical school, trying to balance the demands of 12-hour clerkship days, a few more hours of studying, and the blog.  Added in with things like commuting and hygiene and personal relationships, and I was staying awake Read more »