Part 5: Foreigner

Joe and I have arrived in Newfoundland and are nearing the end of a scenic journey when we have a little trouble locating his brothers house. When we arrive, my Uncle Philip teases us, “Your Father was just here a month ago, he should know the house.” It is the first time I have heard…

Part 4: Journey to Newfoundland

Several months after making contact with my Father, a message pops up on my screen. He would like me to join him in Newfoundland for the final burial of his Mother’s ashes in one weeks time. “Probably the last time all my siblings will be in one room during this lifetime,” he writes. “Everyone is…

Part 3: Now What?

After finding and making contact with my biological Father, we start retracing our steps, filling in the most important days of our respective lives. He remembers my Mother, recalling a brief relationship and that she simply disappeared one day. I know that she had gone home to her boyfriend and child California, unaware that she…

Part 2: The DNA Test

As the years wore on, my curiosity about my biological Father would sometimes get the best of me. I would ask my Mom questions about who he was and what he looked like. I started to build a picture of an olive skinned man, balding, possibly Greek. I decided that name Joesph meant his ancestors…

Part 1: The Wrong Tree

Growing up, I had never met my biological father, save for one brief visit to his house when I was five. I sat in the kitchen and played with the oversized salt and pepper shakers, while he and my mom listened to music in the next room. This singular foggy memory left him open to…

Review of Dollar Shave Club

First off – it’s not $1, it’s $9, so let’s just get that out of the way. Yes, you can order 4 cartridges a month for $1, but it’s one of those skeevy little two-blade deals. No thanks. BUT! For $9 a month, you can get the executive package which comes with a sleek handle…

Review of Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care

Could a lip balm be worth a $50 (!) price tag? Read on to find out! A month ago, my lips were wretched.  Round the clock vaseline and chapstick were no defense against the peeling, flaking, and cracking that had plagued my pout. Naturally, I refuse to stop wearing lipstick , which I assume was not helping matters….

NYX Mini Haul and First Impressions

If you haven’t heard about NYC cosmetics, you either A. Are not a teenager or B. Don’t spend much time looking at drugstore cosmetics. Either way, you’re here now, so let’s take a look! NYX Cosmetics (pronounced “nicks”) is a drugstore cosmetic brand with a huge range of products. Ulta has the best variety, but you…

How to cure sun/wind burned lips

Last spring on the first hot day, I bravely ventured outside to soak up  some vitamin D, all the while knowing my neighbors might call in a vampire sighting. I wore sunscreen. I only stayed out for 30 minutes. But I forget SPF on my lips. They sizzled like bacon in a hot pan. For weeks…

They’re Real! Tinted Primer Review

They’re Real! Tinted Primer by Benefit is a lash primer designed to be worn alone for a natural look, or under mascara for dramatic length and volume. The product is a bit of a novelty, since most primers on the market are white, and are not designed to be worn alone. At first glance, my…

How to regrow severely damaged brows

  I was 14, standing in front of the mirror in the girls bathroom after school  with Holly and Tabitha- sisters whom I considered to be very pretty. My own reflection of braces and acne had brought me to a very dark place. I hoped that somehow, if I shaped my thick, dark brows, I…

How I (accidentally) discovered my best skin ever.

In the past few months, I’ve noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin, and no- it’s not because I’m pregnant. I’ve had fewer breakouts, less redness, and fewer issues with oily skin. So what’s my secret? I stopped using all skincare except one product: Micellar Water. Essentially, micellar water is a liquid cleanser and moisturizer,…

Review of Color Oops Hair Color Remover

During a recent, epic hair saga, I found myself making an appointment with a professional to get my hair “fixed.” The problem was that I had about 6 different shades of color on my hair, and at least one of them was too dark. I knew if I went into a salon with too dark…

Will Baking Soda remove hair dye?

During a recent series of bad decisions, I tried to cover up highlights and found myself with very dark, ashy brown hair. Since I would prefer a medium chestnut brown, this presented a problem. Do I wait till it fades? Bleach my hair? Or try to remove the color? A quick internet search yielded results…

Restoring Dry, Damaged Hair

Maybe you’ve found yourself on the wrong side of an at-home hair experiment. Perhaps you got a little overzealous with the highlights. It could be the summer sun that fried your locks. Or maybe it was just temporary insanity. Whatever the cause, your hair is crispy, lackluster, and all out of sorts. Take heart. Help is…

Diorshow is back, and it’s better than ever.

Diorshow is bringing sexy back to my lashes. An old standby of makeup artists and hobbyists alike, the iconic brand recently underwent a makeover to address a few issues. Namely, it dried out quickly, and had the propensity to flake. Even with those issues, it’s was still one of the best on the market. The new version…

How I Fried My Hair (In 4 Easy Steps)

Oh man. I really fucked up this time. As I’m writing this, my hair is in a halo of frizz, refuses to curl, and is at least 4 different shades of blonde, brown, and red. The worst part? I know better. I KNOW BETTER! I read way too much about hair care to have been…