REVIEW: Patchology eye patches for winter skin woes

by thedemuremuse on March 28, 2015

Now that Spring is officially here, I’m looking at my skin and trying to figure out how to prep it for the summer. It’s always interesting for me to look at my skin after the winter because I feel like the cold definitely dries it out (especially since I don’t change the products I use on my face from season to season) and it needs to be repaired. One thing I noticed more this year than in past years is how much the dark circles have grown under my eyes haha. I’m going to blame this on the insomnia. I also usually wake up with pretty puffy eyes, which sucks when trying to look like not a zombie.

Over the winter, I was offered a chance to test out the Patchology – Energizing eye patches. It’s a 3-step process where you can wear the patches for up to 12 hours straight (so ideally this would be done before bedtime, but sometimes when I’m home on weekends doing chores, I’ll rock ‘em around the apartment), and each set of patches can be reused up to 4 times. I’m sharing with you today my third experience with the patches.

Here’s my makeup-less face before and after wearing the patches for 7 hours:

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The 3-step process is quite simple:
1. Wash/clean face
2. Apply activating gel to the under eye area and apply the energizing patches. This part was awesome because it felt like a light, tingly sensation under the eyes to help wake the skin up a bit. Not exactly the best thing to do right before bed, in my opinion, but not bad to do about 30 minutes before starting the pre-sleep routine.
3. Remove the patches and wipe skin clean. The kit comes with moistened wipes, so this part was easy!

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As mentioned above, this post documents the third time I’ve used the kit. The eye patches do lose their “stickiness” with each use, but they are good for up to 4 treatments and I feel like my set will make it until number four. I definitely saw results after the first time using it. As someone who normally wakes up with really puffy eyes in the morning, these were perfect for days that I needed to look awake and refreshed. My skin is definitely less dry near the eye area than usual, which is awesome considering the harsh season changes.

Would I recommend the Patchology kit? Yes. It’s a bit pricier than most of the face care products I purchase ($75 for a kit of 12 treatments), but after seeing the results and breaking down the cost of each treatment (~$6 per treatment), I will definitely be adding this to my season-changing facial routine.

Disclaimer: I received a single set of the Patchology kit in exchange for a review on my blog. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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Little gold riding hood

by thedemuremuse on March 23, 2015

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been kicking the bike training into a higher gear. I’ll usually ride twice a week, with Sundays being the day for longer bike rides (woo! Hit my first 50 mile ride yesterday!). I’ve been nervous to ride after work because I don’t really know the trails very well (I usually follow a larger group when I ride) and have bad night vision which doesn’t help when trying to look ahead for trails and trying to avoid pot holes at the same time.

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outfit details:
v-neck t-shirt: American Apparel
bike to work pants: c/o Betabrand (exact)
gold disco hoodie: Betabrand (exact)
caged booties: Hinge via Nordstrom
aviator sunglasses: c/o Hobie

Last week, a friend and I ended up squeezing in a ride after work. He told me to make sure to wear something reflective, so naturally I thought about the disco hoodie. I bought this last winter so that the BFF and I could match and look ridiculous while trying to find each other in crowded cafes. haha! I ended up wearing this whole outfit to work (with the hoodie reversed and the gold on the inside) and then biking at night in it (swapped out the booties for some sneakers). I literally biked around looking like a giant reflector– definitely took comfort in knowing I wasn’t going to go unnoticed while night riding.

These pants are amazing! They look and feel exactly like you’d expect a pair of dress pants to feel like, but they function perfectly for biking. There’s a reflective flag that folds out of one of the back pockets that is perfect for visibility when riding at night. The flag seamlessly tucks back into the back pocket during so that no one at work knows you’re wearing reflective gear in the office. GENIUS!

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Aaaaand because this hoodie seems to instill all sorts of overconfidence whenever wearing it, I’ll leave you with this ridiculous outtake! haha I call this my, I-can-really-ride-in-these-heels face ;)

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Copy cat

by thedemuremuse on March 19, 2015

Today’s outfit was inspired by one of the coworkers on my previous team. She was one of my style muses at work and has this amazing ability to turn any boxy, oversized sweater into a flattering silhouetted outfit by pairing it with a pencil skirt. I had actually purchased a pencil skirt on a whim (who could say no to a great sale and a $10 skirt?) and really wanted to try to make this a piece that would be on high rotation in my closet.

Not going to lie… I had a tough time trying to figure out how to rewear this skirt after the last attempt, and ended up placing this skirt in the “on the fence” pile for donation last month. Every now and then, I’d look at the pile and think, “Really? I’m going to give it up after only trying a handful of times to style this? Even though it was on sale and only $10, I can’t let this skirt win! I REFUSE TO BE BEATEN BY A SKIRT!!!” I decided to give it one last shot by trying to mimic one of my coworker’s outfits.

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outfit details:
quilted faux leather jacket: Forever 21
grey sweater: gift
striped pencil skirt: Forever 21
Bolo ankle boots: Freebird by Steven c/o Zappos
elk antler necklace: Sticks & Stones

To be honest, I was surprised how much I really liked this outfit and the silhouette! It was also a bonus to have a boxier sweater on top of a form fitting skirt so that I could pig out at the taco truck for lunch that day and no one could tell. ;) Needless to say, this skirt is no longer in the “on the fence” pile and will be here to stay for at least another season.

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Life changes, including sweat pants on a work day

by thedemuremuse on March 18, 2015

Last week was a big one. A game changer, if you will. Something that was completely unexpected happened– I switched jobs! I’ll save you the boring logistics of how it happened because it was not in my plans to leave my previous position (I absolutely adore the team I was working on and had a ton of awesome partner teams), but when an opportunity becomes available that not only aligns with personal interests (yay design!) and job strengths (instilling processes and understanding engineering constraints, woo hoo!), it’s hard to say no to such serendipity!

Before starting the new gig, I took a day off to decompress and get caught up on real life. I had been frantically trying to wrap up and hand off work on my previous team for the last couple weeks, which left my apartment in a post-tornado state and my fridge completely empty. The day off was spent in the most glamorous ensemble imaginable:

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outfit details:
quilted faux-leather jacket: Forever 21
v-neck tee: American Apparel
cropped joggers: c/o Aeropostale
cutout flats: Chocolat Blu
stacking rings: c/o Bling Jewelry (exact)

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In all fairness, this is a typical weekend outfit for me. It was nice to be able to continue wearing joggers into the work week while taking care of some much needed errands before starting the new gig mid-week.

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While catching up on real life, I spent some quality time reorganizing my jewelry stash. I’ve noticed how much my tastes in jewelry have evolved over the last few years. Instead of large statement rings, I’m now drawn to simple, dainty pieces. These stacking rings have been on high rotation lately. As someone who spends anywhere from 70-90% of a work day in front of a computer typing, I’ve shifted from wearing statement pieces to smaller ones that don’t get in the way.

Plus, I couldn’t really say not to the mini Claddagh and teeny clover rings, especially during this time of year.

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GIVEAWAY: Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants

by thedemuremuse on March 16, 2015

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YOU GUYS!! This is probably the most exciting Monday post ever! I know I talk about Betabrand’s Dress Pant Yoga Pants a lot, but it’s hard not to when my collection of these bad boys has grown to 4 pairs since last summer. In all honesty, I don’t wear many other, if any other, pants to work as of late because these are the best pants I have ever owned. Not only are they ultra comfortable, but they don’t look like yoga pants at all. These are, hands down, my best kept secret (err, maybe not so much anymore after this confessional) at work– it’s the comfort of stretchy pants while still feeling like a boss in the office because no one can tell that you’re wearing the most lounge-worthy pants ever!

I’m super excited for one of you lucky ducks to get a chance to win a pair for yourself! There are a handful of styles of these pants (leggings, straight leg, boot cut) in multiple colors (they just added funding for prints too!), aka something for everyone! If I was forced to pick a single pair of pants to wear for the rest of my life, it would be a pair of DPYP.

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outfit details:
button down top: Ann Taylor
straight leg DPYP: c/o Betabrand (exact)
cognac wedges: Nine West

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Contest closes at the end of this week! Good luck!
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