I feel like a local news host, or a tabloid. "CELEBS BIGGEST SECRETS REVEALED." Except no one really cares about mine. Especially because it has nothing to do with sex. (Sorry!)
This blog, by and large, is about science and medicine and politics--realms in which I am very comfortable. As I have mentioned before, I write to share, explain, and learn. This blog has been an absolute godsend over the course of medical school, even if it has been underused at times. My identity is pretty tied up in the things I am good at, as I suppose is true for most folks. If someone posed the question "what do you do?", I'd say I take care of patient's physical and mental health. If you asked me what I am passionate about, I would tell you that politics and social justice occupy the grand majority of my conversations and brain space. If you asked me what I love to do in my spare time, though, I generally don't have an answer. This could be related to how little free time I have had in the past 10 years, but I think it's also because I am totally embarrassed by my hobby: making myself look good through hair/makeup/clothing trickery. I was going to just say: 'making myself look good', then I realized that would include being a gym rat which, sadly, I can't claim to be.
Yes, it's true. I am incredibly vain. That being said, I promise that I keep my vanity to myself. Though I may be obsessed with tightlining my eyes and straightening my hair and finding high quality denim, I do not expect the same of others. In fact, I think I am most judgy of my beauty-snob cohort. Why do they look so good?! Because, despite the fact that I spend all of my 'play' money on my hobby, I rarely find the time to actually 'look good.' I love buying high dollar concealers and beautiful tippy high heels, but on my days off you will likely find me in lululemon (also way too expensive!), browsing the aisles of Ulta and Sephora--probably drooling.
Right now, I am in a weird (wonderful) period between medical school and residency. In 14 days, I will be Em Ketterer, MD (holyshitholyshitholyshit). In the mean time, I have excessive free time. As Jess and I will be moving to Pittsburgh, some of this time is being spent packing, planning, selling and buying. However, the other 50% of my waking hours is dedicated to... makeup. And clothes and jewelry and hair. I have recently discovered the fun of makeup and beauty tutorials on YouTube. I truly wish I hadn't. In the past week I have wasted several hours watching really pretty women make their faces look even prettier. I guess I shouldn't call it wasted time, after all this is my version of scrapbooking/sports/music, people. I am admitting this to you. I, Emily Ketterer, am a product snob. I can ramble off the 5 best-selling MAC eyeshadows, I could tell you what your perfect beauty balm would be, I could teach you how to change the shape of your face with a few powders. And yet... I walk around without makeup most of the time.
Maybe I should have gone to cosmetology school. At one point in college, I told my parents that I wanted to go to Douglas J (an Aveda cosmetology school--very chic). They laughed and told me I could kiss my college funding goodbye. So I went to medical school (y'all know it wasn't that straightforward, but that's the short version).
So instead of being embarrassed by my little habit, I have decided to embrace it and use the techniques I know. I will be the perfectly coiffed resident who is also incredibly sleep deprived. But my hair and nails and eyes will look impeccable. Shallow? Sure. Happy? Yeah.
And now, I will share with you the bounty of my beauty booty! Here are a list of my favorite things (right now):
1) Makeup Forever HD Foundation: This foundation comes highly recommended from just about anyone who knows and loves makeup. It covers quite well but doesn't feel excessively heavy. Depending on how you apply it, it will be sheer or the coverage will be more fully. (Use a Beauty Blender for sheer coverage and a flat kabuki, Sigma is awesome, for full coverage).
2) MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch: This is perhaps the prettiest shadow I have ever owned. It's a beautiful light golden pink that works well as a base for most looks. It isn't too shiny, but it does have some golden flecks in it. This is one of MAC's best sellers, and it will certainly always be on rotation for me. (It's great for pale people!)
3) Dr. Lipp's Nipple Balm: Not just for nipples! I am a total sucker for weird products, and this one just called my name. It was in one of those little boxes near the checkout at Sephora and I had to try it. One of my biggest beauty hangups is my super super dry lips. They are chapped, cracked and bleeding almost year round. I have tried pretty much every product you could name, but none seem to work too well. I love the Nipple Balm not because it has healed my lips completely, but it is wonderful for covering them all night. I religiously apply a healing balm at night and this is one of the only ones that stays on til the morning. Progress!
4) Nars Exhibit A Blush: Now, this is NOT an every day blush. If you follow the link you will see that it is BRIGHT red. For a blush like this it is absolutely crucial that you have an appropriate brush for application. I like the Sonia Kushak duo fiber stippling brush because it is not a dense brush and a very light sweep across the pan will give you PLENTY of color. The reason I like this blush so much is that it is incredibly flattering on pale skin (also on very dark skin). This is one of the few brushes that looks best when applied to the apples of the cheek. If I am using Exhibit A, I will do a very light neutral eye and a nude lip. I like to let the 'just pinched cheek' look be the feature of the look.
5) Benefit They're Real! Mascara: I am one of those pale people that also has light-colored lashes. They are there, but if there is no mascara on them, they look... short. I appreciate a good mascara and have always found that paying the extra for a high-end brand is actually worth it. This one has really got me hooked, though. It does it all (lengthens, separates, thickens), and for me, it's good for every day wear. It might be a bit too dramatic for those who are already well-endowed in the lash department, however. Tip: when applying mascara, start at the very base of your lash and wiggle the brush side to side until the lashes feel completely surrounded by the brush. Continue wiggling the brush as you move it up. The strategy changed my life in college. Maybe not, but it was pretty exciting. It helps separate the lashes and get an even coat.
6) Sonia Kushak Eye Definer and Rimmel London Kohl: I know I have mostly only posted high-end stuff (I won't lie, it makes a different 75% of the time). These two eyeliners, though, are pretty standard for me. Kohl is the only kind I find that I like because it's soft on my lid. I find applying eyeliner pretty painful, so it's important to me to find a soft kind that won't pull on my lids as I apply it. Both of these work great (I like the line of colors Rimmel has), but they can get gloopy by the end of the day. Just depends on if you're a sweaty beast like me!
1) Pantene Pro-V Overnight Miracle Repair Serum: I LOVE this stuff. It is not really a serum in terms of texture, more of a gel-creme. There are a lot of overnight serums that can leave you a little greasy and are designed to be washed out in the morning. This one doesn't have to be! Considering I am lazy and hate showering in the morning, it's great for me. It just makes my hair very soft and I was incredibly surprised to find that when I went to bed with straight hair and this product in it, I woke up with perfectly straight hair. Normally, my hair in the morning is full of kinks and definitely requires some styling. Not with this stuff! Love it.
2) Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask: I discovered this stuff via a sample at Sephora. What really got me hooked was the smell! It's like candy or something. Yummy, but not overpowering. This is great for anyone that colors their hair (bleach or color, doesn't matter). I am a big fan of masks and tend to use them once a week or so. This one has been my favorite for about five years. Surprising, because I never keep anything that long!
3) Tigi Pro Fat Curl Styling Stick: I actually had no idea how expensive this was until I googled it to find a link for y'all. Shit! I got it on super duper clearance ($30?) when BeautyFirst was closing. I was an early adopter of curling sans clamp. I watched a tutorial many moons ago and was amazed to see how different the curl looked without using a clamp. I saw this iron and decided to give it a shot. Dang! It's awesome. I hope it lasts me a long time.
I think I'll stop there. That's enough vanity (sharing) for one day.