Saving Face with Curology

For most of my young adult life, I’ve suffered from mild bouts of acne. Much of my breakouts would occur during “that time of the month”. Darn hormones! Late last year, my chin broke out the most, and it took longer than usual for that area to clear up. By then I figured it was time to look into something other than an over the counter regimen. I’ve tried out a few things in the past; some worked and others not so much. Then I saw a person I followed on Instagram post about Curology. They had a similar issue to what I had with acne, so being the curious person I usually am, I checked out the site.

How does Curology work?

There are a few steps to take prior to being introduced to the product:

  1. Take a medical questionnaire. Results of this will be sent to a healthcare provider who you will be able to communicate with during the course of your treatment.
  2. Upload photos of your face for your provider to examine. Based on your answers in the questionnaire, your your provider will prescribe your treatment. Once it’s confirmed, your product will ship.

Your treatment can be changed at any time. Just request another consultation with your provider. Formulations usually include 3 out of the following ingredients:

  • Clyndamycin
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Trentinoin (strength level will be determined by your provider)
  • Niacinamide
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc Pyrithione

 

Plans start at $19.99/month and your treatment can either be received monthly or every 2 months. The bottle sizes differ depending on the plan you choose.

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L-R : Bi-monthly sized bottle (30ml) vs monthly sized bottle (14ml)

 

Love the simple packaging. Although I would stress to watch out with handling the cover because it tends to crack easily if you’re careless with it. The bottles are shipped with instructions on how to use the product. They are also labeled in the back with your customized prescription and an expiration date.

 

 

This has worked very well for my face within the past 8 months. However, I do have to confess that I’ve been inconsistent with it. Surely my face would probably look even better than it does now if I used it regularly.

 

I took the before photo in my bathroom and the current one outside. I’m bare faced in both with the exception of the lip color for the right. The lighting is drastically different between the 2, but it’s still easy to see that my chin has cleared up nicely.

If you’re interested in checking out Curology, you can do so by clicking here for a free trial. The process involves the same steps as mentioned above, except you only have to pay shipping for a month’s supply of product. After that, you can either cancel or continue treatment with the plan of your choice. I’d love to extend this invite to others outside of the US, but unfortunately they do not ship internationally. They are considering an expansion, so you’ll definitely hear from me if/when that happens.

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My Coachella Weekend 2 Experience

My post-Coachella high has finally come down 2 weeks later. Although it was only my second time there, it was more fun and less stressful compared to my first. I was able to see more of the performers and stay for the whole weekend. I did spoil myself a bit by watching the Weekend 1 live streams, but it actually made me more excited for what I’d be seeing the following week. Plus it gave me an idea of who would and wouldn’t be worth watching. Heading down from the Bay Area on Thursday gave me a chance to decompress a bit and check out the local area before the next few days of madness. Thank goodness I booked a hotel that had a shuttle stop.

Most attendees love dressing up at Coachella, but knowing how hot the temperature would get in the coming days, I wanted to look nice, yet feel comfortable in what I wore. I brought 2 pairs of shoes and planned to alternate them between outfits, but ended up wearing my black Chuck Taylor lows for all 3 days since they would eventually get dirtied up. I couldn’t think about possibly messing up my lightly used Vans! But I also brought some cute strappy sandals to wear during the time before heading to the venue (e.g. while running errands or grabbing breakfast/brunch earlier in the the day). Unfortunately, I barely have any photos of myself in these outfits, so instead here’s layout of what I wore each day.

 

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Day 1 – Top and shorts from Old Navy

I loved the detailing on the bottom of this off the shoulder top, so that was a no-brainer to bring on my trip. I’ve had the shorts for a few years. Luckily they still fit me (heheh).

 

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Day 2 – Floral top from Forever 21, lace tube top from Nordstrom Rack, skirt from Charlotte Russe, necklace from Express

I actually wore the F21 top last year to a friend’s “Coachella” themed bridal shower, so I was glad to see it put to use for the real thing. Since it had a low neckline, the tube top peeked out nicely underneath it. Hard to tell with the skirt, but it has a slit on the side. I didn’t accessorize with my Day 1 outfit, so I added the necklace to this one. This was the most “dressed up” outfit I packed, and of course I decided to wear it on the hottest day of the festival. But no worries, it didn’t make me overheat!

 

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Day 3 – Shirt from Kohl’s, bralette from Express, shorts from Old Navy

As the weekend wound down, I kept things a bit more casual for the last day. I didn’t button the shirt all the way up so the straps from the bralette could be seen. I’m not one to include much color with what I wear, so this was a fun outfit for me.

 

I’m glad I had made a post of Coachella essentials ahead of time. I followed most of my advice and brought a few things from the list everyday to the venue.

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Hang Ten Classic Spray SPF 30 – This retails at over $10, but I lucked out and only got this for about $3 when it was on sale at Urban Outfitters. Aerosol sunscreens weren’t allowed inside the venue, but I applied this liberally before leaving the hotel. Never got sunburned. *pats self on back*

Inside my purse:

Eye drops – Came in handy when I was feeling tired and my eyes got a bit irritated from the flying dust.

Bandana – Covered my face with this, which saved my nose and throat from getting irritated from the occasional windy conditions. I actually brought a black one.

Purell wipes – Loved using these after eating, especially if a restroom wasn’t nearby to wash my hands.

Mini Chloe perfume spray – A little of this went a long way when applied to my pulse points.

Lipgloss – Luckily I wore long-wearing lip color. I just used this gloss to top it off and reapplied a few times after eating and drinking.

Mints – After crab fries, cold brew coffee, beer, and slices of Spicy Pie (not all at once, of course), these were a must to freshen my mouth up!

Downbeats – These ear plugs are more like acoustic filters. When I put them in, the sound wasn’t at all muffled. Instead, it lowered it by a few decibels, which made it more enjoyable to listen to. Plus I didn’t have that annoying ringing in the ears that people sometimes experience after being exposed to consistently loud music. I bought them from Amazon and plan on using them for future concerts/music festivals.

Everything fit nicely inside the mini cross body bag I got from Target, along with a small wallet. There was still enough room to put in my external battery and mini USB cord when I had to charge my phone.

I got to see some of the artists I watched on Coachella’s YouTube live stream the week before, plus some I didn’t expect to see. That’s pretty much the point. I even made a withdrawal playlist on Spotify with both the popular and new artists I discovered at Weekend 2.

Friday – Kungs, Big Gigantic, Bonobo, Crystal Castles, Glass Animals, Phantogram (YES, loved them.), Little Dragon (I think I have a woman crush on their singer. Her voice is so unique), and Empire of the Sun (the crowd was way larger than when they performed at the festival 2 years ago, but it was still a good set.).

Saturday – Two Door Cinema Club, Future, Lady Gaga (she performed her latest single, which was still a bit new then).

Sunday – Kaytranada, Hans Zimmer, Lorde, Justice, New Order, Kendrick Lamar.

Day 3 of Coachella Weekend 2 recap with Hans Zimmer, Justice, and New Order.

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Coachella was also Foodchella for me, as I reunited with an old favorite (Spicy Pie, FTW) and picked up on some new ones too (Cold brew coffee and crab fries).

 

Not sure yet if I’ll be back again next year. That would depend on if my friends want to go and if a possible Beyonce appearance will occur (please say yes). But I’d probably still go anyway if the lineup is a good one.

Japan Crate Mini, Volume 21

Just slightly behind with what I’ve received in my Japan Crate Minis (whoops). March’s theme was Spring Picnic. I received 4 sweet items and 1 savory one.

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What’s inside:

Bon O Bon: Ccreamy Cream – This was a milk chocolate covered bon bon with a wafer layer and creamy peanut butter filling inside. Pretty good!

Country Ma’am Chocolate Chip Cookies – As a self-proclaimed cookie monster, this pretty much made the whole box for me. 20 mini cookies in both vanilla and chocolate flavors. The back of the packaging is in Japanese, but it basically explains that the cookies can also be warmed in the microwave. Still have to try them that way.

Diamond Ring Pop – Nothing too spectacular here. It’s the Japanese version of a Ring Pop. Looks exactly the same too. I received the grape flavored one.

 

Melon Pandaro – This cute panda shaped cookie has a subtle flavor of melon. I kind of wished there were more than just 1 in the pack.

Umakamon Mayonnaise – Not everyone likes mayo. I don’t mind it, and I can definitely tell the difference between the US and Japanese version. These puffs bring on the umami from this popular condiment, making them too easy to finish.

The mini crate is 1 of 3 subscriptions available. Check out Japan Crate’s website for more information. If you choose to subscribe, you can get $5 off either your first Original or Premium box by using code MSA5 (code courtesy of My Subscription Addiction)

Tastea Arrives in the Bay Area

Tastea is a well-known franchise from Southern California that specializes in organic tea and coffee beverages, smoothies, and snacks. Their locations are in Garden Grove, Rowland Heights, Costa Mesa, and Chino Hills. The first Bay Area location in San Jose will have their grand opening this Saturday 04/29 from 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm. The first 200 customers will receive a free drink, and giveaways will be handed out to all customers while supplies last. As a huge fan of milk tea/boba, I had the opportunity to check out their soft opening. After checking in with the host, I was given a ticket and got in line along with others who were anxiously waiting to place their orders.

 

Here’s what I had:

Bootea Shaker – Mango, peach, and pineapple organic tea with black jelly

Matcha Thai Milk Tea – Matcha mixed with Thai Tea, milk, and cream

Salted Cream Jasmine – Organic jasmine green iced tea with salted cream

I also tried:

Passion Attraction – Passion Fruit organic black tea with coconut jelly

Sunset Peach – Peach/raspberry organic black tea with mango bits

Karate Chicken – All white meat popcorn chicken with your choice of spice level. The person from my party who ordered it picked Level 2 (medium kick).

Buttload’a Fries – Lightly battered fries with Tastea’s signature seasoning

Shrimp On It! – Hand battered fried shrimp with Tastea’s signature seasoning

Myself and 2 other people I met at the event shared all of this, plus a few more drinks, and we enjoyed everything. All attendees were also given gift cards to use on a return visit. If you must have more of your newly found favorite Tastea beverage, you can also get it in a jug to take home with you. Nice!

I wish Tastea San Jose much success with their grand opening this weekend. If you’re ever in the South Bay, do check them out.

Target Beauty Box – Hello Hydration

I had no plans on purchasing another one of these boxes any time soon. But when I saw that this was available last month for $7 (originally $10), I gave in. This box featured hair and skin care products to help “kick the winter blahs”. Yes, we’re already into Spring, but I’m still feeling the after effects of the previous season, especially with the weird weather that’s still lingering here in the Bay Area. Let’s check out what I received (prices listed for these products are for their full size in USD).

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Gliss Ultimate Repair Shampoo & Conditioner ($5.49 each) –  The keratin formula claims to restore hair’s strength while also preventing future damage. I’ve only used this once since getting my hair straightened a few weeks ago. So far the scent isn’t bad, although it could be a tad lighter. My ends are already dry as is, but this might prove to be more beneficial after I have a trim.

 

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks ($9.99) – Although I’m not an avid face mask user, I’ve been curious about these. Glad I’m able to sample all 3 of them. Hopefully I’ll like at least 1 so I can purchase it in full size. The masks contain 3 pure clays and come in 3 types:

Purify & Mattify w/ Eucalyptus

Detox & Brighten w/ Charcoal

Exfoliate & Refine Pores w/ Red Algae

 

Masque Bar Hydrating Face Mask – I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not the type to use a mask regularly, but this one I’m willing to try. I do love a good peel-off mask! Formulated with aloe, collagen, and vitamin E, it hydrates skin resulting in a youthful glow.

 

Raw Sugar Coconut & Mango Body Wash – This smells like being on a tropical vacation, but not overpoweringly so. Still have yet to use it.

 

Soap and Glory Face Soap & Clarity Face Wash – This 3-in-1 cleanser with yuzu claims to “purify, smooth and brighten skin”. It has a light, clean scent and my face felt nice after using it.

 

Sun Bum Sunless Self-Tanning Towelette – I already know this is going to be used on my legs because they are the one part of my body that does not tan. Why is that?! Fingers crossed that this doesn’t turn them orange.

 

W3LL People Expressionist Mini Mascara – The botanical blend nourishes lashes and is also 100% cruelty, coal tar, and aluminum free. I wanted to like this since it wasn’t clumpy when I applied it. Unfortunately, after checking myself in the mirror following the event that I attended that evening, it was a bit of a smudge fest under my eyes (boo).

 

I’m pretty satisfied with more than half of I received, so I feel that it was worth the investment. I have another Target box on the way, so I’ll review that hopefully by the end of the month. Did you happen to get the Hello Hydration box? Let me know what you think of it.

General Assembly SDCC Contest

With Open Registration out of the way as of this past weekend, hopes of attending one of the largest geek conventions in the US are pretty slim. BUT that doesn’t mean it should be completely lost. In past years, I’ve come across a few contests that send their lucky winners to the convention, with the addition of a few perks. I will post about them as they come up. This one is courtesy of General Assembly, which specializes in tech classes (e.g. coding, marketing, design, data, etc.). Here’s what the prize includes:

  • A $1,000 airline credit 
  • Three nights accommodation 
  • Two badges to SDCC
  • A $200 transportation credit 
  • A $500 cosplay credit 
  • A $200 credit toward any General Assembly class or workshop
  • A GA Swag Pack

You can enter the contest here before Sunday, April 23rd. Good luck!

SDCC 2017 Open Registration is Coming

I don’t think I’ve mentioned anything about SDCC here in a while. I’ve already got my badges locked in for this year (my 9th, to be exact. Crazy!), but for anyone who wasn’t able to participate in Returning Registration, your time comes tomorrow morning. If you’re not sure how to prepare for the madness that will be you staring into the “blue spinning circle of doom” on your computer AKA the online waiting room, then please check out the post down below. It will walk you through the process. If this is your Saturday morning plan, may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017 hopefuls! This Saturday, we’re going to knock one more lottery off of the looooong list of lotteries that has become…

via SDCC 2017: Open Registration Guide — Nerdophiles