16 Sep

Where’ve I been?

I’ll tell you: I started a graduate program. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time, and when I took a job at an amazing institution a little over a year a half ago, I decided to go for it. This particular program has funky admissions and enrollment deadlines, so it took some time before I was actually able to apply and get started.

But, the time came, and I started the program at the end of August. It’s part-time, designed specifically for people already working in the field, so I’m still at my job full-time.

In other words, this blog is going to suffer because of my schedule. I wasn’t sure if juggling work and school would make me want to blog even more (because I would want an outlet), or if I’d just be too busy to keep it up. Now that I’m a few weeks in, I know that the reality is, unfortunately, the latter.

So, in the meantime (which is indefinite), enjoy the archives and a have good skin day!

Thanks for reading!

Drugstore Blush Hack

20 Aug

I had an “a-ha!” (more like “doh!”) moment a couple weeks ago and had to share. You’ve probably already figured this out, but if you replace the little brush that comes with your drugstore pressed powder blush with a real brush–like a soft, luxurious one that comes in a set–your blush will look infinitely better.

I had a set of brushes laying around–I use the big one for my powder foundation every day, but the others were just stuffed under the sink. Sometimes I’d bring out the lipstick ones on special occasions, but for the most part, I ignored them. When my blush was looking streaky (and the brush was feeling scratchy on my supple cheeks), I got the idea to switch out the brushes. Success! You should try it, too. (But I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m the last person on earth to figure this out.)

Cocktail Season

8 Aug

When someone asks me what my favorite season is, I usually say, “The first two weeks of every season.” But I’ve been doing some soul-searching, and while there are few things more glorious than the changing of the seasons, my real answer is summer.

One of the reasons I love summer so much is the endless supply of fresh, juicy, sweet produce. And cocktails. Lots and lots of cocktails. And combining the produce with the cocktails. I do it all the time, but rarely take a moment to capture my masterpieces in mixology. But last night, I did.

Strawberry Lime Ginger Basil Champers


1. Take:

    • 1 handful of strawberries (about 6 medium-sized ones) *Or some raspberries! Or pitted cherries! Or whatever!*
    • Juice of ½ a lime
    • 1-2 teaspoons grated ginger
    • 1 bunch of fresh basil

2. Pulverize in the food processor (or blender, if you’re into mediocrity). It should be a kind of foamy, syrupy juice.

3. Put some ice in a glass.

4. Pour your fruity mix over the ice (as much or as little as you want).

5. Fill up the rest of your glass with Champagne (or sparkling wine/Cava). You may need to gently stir it a little.

6. Garnish with a basil leaf and enjoy! Oh, and you WILL enjoy it.


Note: This post was originally published on my family blog.

The Awkward Grow-Out Stage (or, Denial ‘Dos)

1 Aug

Inspired by this post from one of my favorite bloggers, Terra of Stylish White Female, here are some of my tricks for getting through it (AKA: Denial ‘Dos).

Faux Skrillex
This one is good if I’m having a good hair day on one side but not the other (it happens often).


Prom Style
I call this one “Prom Style” because it’s how I wore my hair for almost every formal dance in high school. I just grab pieces of hair and pin them up in half-swirls with wild abandon until it’s all up and off my neck. These days, I like to add a bright bandanna, which is decidedly not prom-like, but whatever.


Run-Around Sue
If I’m going for a run, I need my hair to be up and secure. I usually opt for pigtails because they just work better (and they’re fun to play with).


Twist Twist, Bang Bang
As much as I want to trim my bangs during this time, they need to grow with the rest of my hair (proportions!!!). This is how I get them out of my face. I like how my silvers are featured with this one.


The Usual
I think what makes hair look bad during the AGOS is the noticeable difference between the top layer and the bottom. To keep this from being so obvious, I usually pin the top layer back in whatever way looks best that day. This almost always involves a bang pouf.


What are some of your favorite “fake it til you make it” styles?

Twitter Change

10 Jul


Hey, all! Just wanted to give you heads up that I deactivated my @GoodSkinDay Twitter handle. I was tired of trying (not very hard) to maintain a blog-specific one and then my main one, @NBaltikahn. So follow me @NBaltikahn!

I’ll still promote GSD posts on Twitter, but I have other stuff mixed in there, too. Hope you like it.

P.S. You can see my tweets without going to Twitter (or following me): they’re at the bottom of the offerings over there on the right! >>>

When you don’t have jorts

9 Jul

I know I’ve been MIA/lazy-posting lately. I’m sorry. Things have been awfully busy, and while I could bore you with the details, I won’t. On to an actual post!

Did you notice all your (US) fashion blogs last week talking about 4th of July style? At first, I was like, “These are dumb. They’re all the same: red skirt (or cut-off jorts), blue and white striped shirt, and bright Converse or Superga sneakers.” But then I saw more and more of them, and my tune gradually changed to, “What am I going to wear on the 4th of July?” and then it changed once more to, “I have to make jorts before the 4th of July if I’m going to dress appropriately for the BBQ I’m attending!!!” So, I went through my closet to find the retired pair of jeans that would make the perfect jorts and discovered that I recently donated them.

I’m anti-buying jorts, and I wasn’t about to go buy jeans to make into jorts, so I skipped the “perfect 4th of July outfit.” And you know what? I looked FINE (said in a mid-90s high school movie way). We didn’t take any pictures, but here’s what I wore:

A maxi dress (in black and white) from Green Dragon (purchased at a now-defunct yoga studio in New Hope, PA)

A red bandana in my hair (a summertime staple for me, especially during hair grow-out phase)

And sandals from Old Navy.

Photoshop Before & Afters

29 Jun

I love looking at Photoshop before & afters, and I recently stumbled upon a blog with a nice round-up (featuring men, too!).

Here’s a little preview:


See the rest here!