Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: The Body Shop Body Mango and Marino Scrubs

Last year I bought the Mango Body Scrub from The Body Shop as part of this haul. My mom bought the Moringo Body Scrub a few months later, which I also tried.

The website's description:
  • Mango seed oil moisturizes and softens skin without being greasy.
  • Community Trade organic cane sugar and salt grains gently exfoliate skin.
  • Community Trade organic soy oil, rich in essential fatty acids, helps repair skin’s moisture barrier for smooth, supple skin.
I've always had dry skin on my legs, and this always gets worse during the winter. In order to get my legs ready for bare skin weather after a long, hard winter, I decided to try the Mango Body Scrub.

I absolutely love the smell! It smells just like a real mango, and it great for a quick little pick-me-up in the shower! The sugar cane and salt grains are not overly abrasive, but do a wonderful job of clearing off dead skin. After the first use, my skin was noticeably smoother and very well hydrated. In fact, my legs were smooth, they were almost slippery!

The only negative about this scrub is that it may affect some people who sensitive skin or allergies to the ingredients. For example, my mom tried it and, because of the can sugar, began to develop rashes. If you don't have any allergies to the ingredients, though, you should have no problem using this product.

The website's description:
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Stimulates skin microcirculation
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
  • Delicate scent of white flowers
As I mentioned above, my mom had bad reactions to some of the scrubs, so she ended up giving them to me, including the Moringa Body Scrub.

As for smell, I can't comment on the quality of the moringa scent as I've never smelled moringa seed oil before, or have any idea what a moringa plant is for that matter! I can say that this scrub's scent is much lighter than the mango scent, and barely noticeable.

I'm not sure what the exfoliating granules are in the Moringa Body Scrub, but they work just was well as the Mango Body Scrub, although, the Moringa scrub has a much creamier texture.

I would highly recommend both scrubs, especially if you have very dry skin. If you prefer a creamer scrub that is less abrasive, then I would definitely recommend the Moringa scrub.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Avon Speed Dry+ Nail Enamel: Mambo Melon

I must say, I think this is the best nail polish application job I have ever done! LOL, somehow I managed to stay pretty much on the nail and didn't get nail polish all over my cuticles!

Anyway, this is a nice color. It's slightly frosted, so it has a nice glittery texture without being overly sparkly. It also dries very quickly (I didn't time it though, so I can't say if the polish really dried within 30 seconds). The polish is thin, so you definitely need at least two coats to get decent coverage. I used two coats, and I think the next time I will go with three.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy (Belated) Administrative Professionals Day!

That's right, Wednesday, April 23 was officially Administrative Professionsals Day! So exciting, right?

It's a little silly and all, and I didn't even get a raise, but the faculty I work for did give me these flowers, cards, and even a gift card to show their appreciation. It was a small thing, but still a very nice way to show that you are valued at the workplace.

My old job certainly never acknowledged admin day, let alone give any kind of commendation/reward for their staff members' hard work. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Keeping Things In Perspective

I think this is the first real post I've written in a while for this blog. Sorry to say, I've been having so much fun with my Barbies, that I've been doing a lot of writing for Dolli Luv, but I figure my other blog needs some love too. Also, on a completely unrelated note, "faux" is totally a word, and I know it is, yet it is not in Chrome's dictionary of words.

I've been giving a lot of thought to where I am in my life and where I want it to go. Of course, most of the people I went to college with are doing great and wonderful things, like working in FIRE (finance, investments,and real estate) fields, and... well that's pretty much it. At Penn, if you don't do one one those, then you're weird. So I'm weird. The alternative for those in non-FIRE fields is to go to graduate school.

Working at Career Services strengthened my resolve to not go to graduate school until I am sure of where I want to go in my career. While at Career Services, I saw a lot of success stories, but I also saw an a good bit more not-so-successful stories, especially with graduate students.

Now don't get me wrong: I don't think going to graduate school is a complete waste of time. However, I believe you should keep things in perspective when considering a graduate program.

It is important to know that graduate programs are the main ways that universities and colleges make money. This isn't a bad thing in itself, but it does lead to the development of programs that may be essential useless to the students, but are on a popular or trendy subject that will draw in a lot of people just to get the money. We see this a lot. People who have gotten degrees in Positive Psychology or Chemistry Teaching, but can't get jobs

This can be seen with a lot of programs that are geared towards international students. They are lured into these programs with the promises of studying and then working in the US, only to graduate and found out that it is very hard to get a job in the US as a non-native, especially since employers have to justify why they hired a non-native over a US native who applied for the same position.

Now, I understand that the advisors didn't want to upset and discourage students, but I found it very troubling that (at least to my knowledge) they never brought up this legality in any of the advising meetings. They could have at least said something like, "Because employers hire international candidates based on if they can perform better than citizens on the job, you have to present yourself as the best candidate for the job," instead of just saying, "present yourself as the best candidate" and then leaving it at that. I always felt this was completely unfair to the students that they were given the same advise as citizens, but their job search was so totally different.

Secondly, we see a lot of graduate students who can't get jobs due to their lack of work experience because they decided to go straight from undergraduate to graduate school. There are some career fields where this fine, or even required, but many jobs requires at least a few years of work experience. Take for example nursing. I lot of nurses go straight to graduate school thinking "having a masters will help me get a higher paying job". But then they can't get hired, or have to start out at an entry level position because they have no experience. Honestly, who is going to hire a nurse with a masters degree who has never actually done anything medical related, except during clinicals? That would be like a trucking company hiring drivers who have never driven outside of driving school.

Without being able to get hired with just one master's degree, some reason, "well, if I had another degree, then I would be even more attractive to employers." And this cycle keeps on until they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans, and are still out of work (this is no joke, I have seen this first hand).