Brand OCD: Philosophy

Before I get started, here’s a little pic from our recent weekend trip 🙂



Ever since high school, I’ve been on the endless hunt for the perfect skincare routine to make my easily annoyed skin happy. I recently decided to try more of the Philosophy brand because so many people give their stuff raving reviews.

I’ve used Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple face wash. While I think it’s a nice gentle facial cleanser, I don’t think it’s anything spectacular. It does get eye makeup off rather easily, but none of that really wows me when I still use a eye makeup remover prior to washing anyway. My sister does love it and I’m sure it’s perfect for more drier skin types than my oil spill of a face.

I recently tried their Hope in a Jar Night cream. I have seen tons of hype around the product for years and didn’t think it was suited for my oily skin. I then got tired of all my night skincare moisturizer and decided to see if this product is worth it. In short, it is! The cream is thick and super-hydrating. It doesn’t break me out or make me oilier though I do use this at night, of course. I do feel like my skin is smoother to the touch and will be buying a full-size in the very near future.

When trying a new face or skin product, I usually combine it with my current product and use the new one in a small area to “test” it out before going full-face. I would totally rather break out/get irritated in a small portion (jawline) rather than all over my face. Does anyone else do this?!

I also love their Miracle Worker Retanoid Eye Repair Cream. It’s silicon-y and moisturizing and seemed to help with fine lines around my eyes. I am currently using something else, but will probably eventually re-buy this eye cream.

I have gotten a sample of the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Energizing Moisturizer w/ SPF 30 (not the oil-free version) but haven’t tried it yet. It says to have caffeine to help detoxify and decongest the skin which is perfect for me to try on our upcoming Bermuda trip. If anyone has used this stuff, please let me know your thoughts on it & what kind of skin type you have! 🙂


BONUS PICTURES! I have been painting my nails all sortsa colors lately. Check em out below 🙂

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Essie in Mint Candy Apple

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Sally Hansen Xtreme in Pacific Blue & Sally Hansen Nail Stickers in Check It Out for the accent nail

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Essie DJ Play That Song and Color Club Nail Art Pen in Black (From May Birchbox, a sweet little kit is here) & Butter London glitter in West End Wonderland


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Chambray Shirt: Express (last season)

Tank: Target “Long and Lean” Tanks [*BONUS! They’re on sale for $5.40 right now]

Jeans: Express Extreme Stretch Leggings (not available anymore! wah!)

Shoes: Toms in Camo

*Please ignore my lovely garbage can. I can’t take a picture without that damned thing sneaking in! I need a better full-length mirror 😛

Feburary Snowstorm Skincare Update

Looks like we’ve got ourselves a bit of a storm up here in the Northeast called Niko. It’s kind of odd that they name storms like this… I don’t remember that as a kid. Hurricane’s were the only ones that got names!

I wanted to share a little update today on my new skin care products and how they’re working out with my crazy weird skin.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer – I seriously love this stuff. I had the best skin month and a half in god knows how long, probably due to this moisturizer. Aaaaaand then I ran out. My inner product-junkie kept whispering in my ear to try something new so I put off buying until I figured out what I wanted to try next.

Here’s what Sephora has to say about it:

What it is:
A moisturizer to help skin retain its plump state, free of blemishes, visible pores, and roughness. 

What it is formulated to do:
This multiaction formula intensively corrects the appearance of unevenness such as visible pores, breakouts/blemish marks, and skin roughness. It renews the skin’s surface, revealing an incredibly smooth, uniform texture, while keeping skin hydrated all day long. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Sulfates 
– Phthalates 

Research results:
After 4 weeks: 
– 96% of users felt their skin was in its best condition ever with improvements in visible pores, the appearance of breakouts/ blemish marks, and skin roughness”


I concur, Sephora. I concur.


I had a deluxe sample of Korres Wild Rose Night Facial Cream and I think it made my skin break out a bit. I’m sad because I really wanted to like this stuff and could even get past the rose scent (yes, I am likely the only woman on earth who doesn’t care for rose-scented anything, ever). I guess I could give it another shot since I only have the sample size, but for now it is a no-go until my skin is back on track.

It’s back to Shiseido I go. I ordered another Ibuki moisturizer (I’m way too lazy/cold to go bricks & mortar style) so in the meantime, I am trying Bosica’s Oil-Free Nightly Hydration moisturizer. I originally wanted to wait to try this until the hotter months since it’s oil-free and bit light for winter until my current predicament. The past two nights I’ve used it, my skin felt smooth and almost as if there is silicone in the product. I have no complaints yet but I’ll likely stick with Sheseido and keep this Boscia back on reserve for spring.

Clarisonic Acne-Prone Face Brush – I like it. I don’t love it, but I like it. The thing is, it’s so rough even for me. I’m pretty tough when it comes to facial care and this thing just needed too much ‘breaking in’ for my taste. I’m not sure it’s doing anything better than the Deep Pore brush either, so I’ll stick to that one in the future.

Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment – I really like this eye gel. It’s smooth and silicone-y, which I like. It doesn’t burn my eyes or cause any irritation and seems to lighten the darkness under my eyes. I have a large sample size so I’ve been using it for the past 2 weeks or more, so I will officially make a decision once I’ve used up the container. Note: I only use this at night so I have yet to see what it does underneath makeup and if it performs well.

Bliss Clog Dissolving Cleansing Milk – I bought this on a recommendation from a good friend and fellow product/beauty junkie. She never steers me wrong. I have tried this a few times and really like it. It smells like oranges and although it doesn’t foam up all that much like my Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, I really like that it has enzymes in it which unclog your pores. I can’t say if it really does all that yet but I sometimes use it as a 5-minute mask in the shower which is super convenient.

If anyone has any suggestions for things to try/review, let me know in the comments. I’m up for new products always! I hope to film a new YouTube video soon. Thanks for hanging out with me again 🙂

Bliss Clog Dissolving Cleansing Milk