I Came from Instapundit....

This morning I found this comment in my "to be approved" page...
Hi! I came from Instapundit. I'm a guy and am not very pretty, but I'm okay with that. I don't know why Glenn linked you, but I'm gone. Goodbye.


Instapundit... That sounded familiar. It turns out, this is why:
ANOTHER BEAUTY BLOG: Reader Terry P***** writes: “As a long time reader I have come to appreciate the power and insight provided by your blog. Keep up the good work as your blog is my first read every day. I saw the beauty blog link this morning and it made me think of my daughter-in-law’s very successful blog that she has developed over several years. I’m sure she would appreciate a mention/link in your widely read blog.”
Yup, my father-in-law loves that site. He talks about it all the time. I'm just not used to seeing it in the context of my blog.

So, what is this blog linked by Glenn? I'm not entirely certain, but lots of people were curious and came over, so let me explain what this site is.

This is a beauty blog. I write about beauty products, how to use them, how they work (or even if they work) and other fluffy products. Now, before you get all huffy thinking I'm just some Barbie doll that doesn't take life seriously, you should know about the rest of my life.

In my "real" job I'm a Pediatric ICU doctor. I spend my days with critically ill children, trying to save their lives. I put them on ventilators, put central lines in them and pump them full of medications to keep their blood pressure up. It can be very emotionally draining. So, back in 2007 when I was still in training, I needed a fluffy outlet. Something fun and inconsequential, and hence 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic was born.

So, nearly 5 years later, I'm still writing. I work "full time" as an attending PICU doctor in a semi-decent sized metropolitan area in the midwest. I save kiddos. I teach pediatric and emergency medicine residents. When I'm not at work I'm a stay at home mom (about 80% of my time) to a 9 month old. I'm married to an amazing college professor. Oh, and I write a blog about makeup and skin care and such.

I use my medical background to discuss the science behind quite a few products, though I don't have the full understanding of a dermatologist. This is probably good, since I can then explain things at a more basic level a bit more easily. I like to explain things a lot, so I tend to have very wordy and long posts. Like this one. I usually have the more in depth product reviews or explanations.

So, welcome! While you're here you might want to check out:
How to Create Your Own Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
How to Pick a Sunscreen and Use it Properly
Silk'n Sens Epil: Laser Hair Removal at Home?
Skin Care Products to Avoid While Pregnant
My Current Favorite Products
How to Use Concealer and Color Corrector to Cover Undereye Issues


  1. I. too. came from Instapundit. I like several beauty blogs, and was happy to look at yours. But, when I saw your rave reviews for Cream de la Mer, I knew I was in the wrong place. I thought it had been successfully debunked as anything but a scandalously overpriced jar of snake oil.Guess I was wrong. Kudos to you for the work you do in Pediatrics, by the way.

  2. Mmmm.... I'm not sure I really raved about it, though I fully admit that I haven't read that post in a few years. I do like Creme de La Mer, though I wouldn't call it snake oil. It is a very hydrating moisturizer, it has a lot of algae extract in it, which is high in anti-oxidants, which actually do have some positive work against aging. It definitely isn't the instant anti-aging product that many claim it is, I 100% agree there! I think of it as a hydrating creme and as such, the extra hydration can work great to make you look instantly better. Unfortunately, the petrolatum that is so high in the ingredient list makes it hard for many people to be able to tolerate, and I agree that the product is too expensive and overhyped for what it is. You're much better off heading to the drug store and picking up some Olay Regenerist, which not only is very hydrating with anti-oxidants (like La Mer), but also includes Peptides to help improve collagen production.

  3. Christine, I still don't know what Instapundit is. I cruised over and, well, I guess I'm just not in the know enough??? Is it a forum with links to sites the readers like? Is it like Stumbleupon?

  4. From what I know of it, Instapundit is a blog, though more a collection of links to various articles/websites. It is updated continually throughout the day. Most of the topics are conservative and political in nature, though not always.

  5. You're awesome :)
    I enjoy reading your blog and it's very cool that you help to save kids!

  6. I'm a computer programmer for the Department of Pediatrics in a major teaching hospital in the Southeast. Like you, I help kids get better, although in an indirect way, and like you, beauty is my outlet. Thanks for your blog.


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