My name is Christine, I'm a Pediatric Critical Care doctor in the Midwest. I'm married to a great guy, and we have an adorable toddler that I don't mention much on the site. She's hilarious and loves to "help mommy put on her makeups"! I'm also pregnant and due with baby girl #2 in the fall of 2014.
I'm a product junkie and always have been. In high school I had every flavor of Lip Smacker, I tried about 20 types of Noxema, I couldn't just have the "original" Noxema. I have to try everything that is new in Makeup, Skin Care, etc. I can't help it, this is just the way I am!
Due to my day job, I really don't have much time in the mornings (I could have more time if I got up earlier, but I'm not a morning person, so there you go). While I was in my medical training, I was especially rushed on my way out of the door! I could get from dry-ish hair to out the door, dressed with makeup and coffee in hand, in about 15 minutes (hence, 15 Minute Beauty). I'm not quite that fast anymore, but if really pressed I can do it! If given the time, I am high maintenance enough that it would easily take me 2 hours to get ready to go to the grocery store. Really.
15 Minute Beauty started as a way for me to stop offering comments on every one else's beauty blog everyday and keep track of stuff I have loved. I like to look at the science behind a product to see why something will (or won't) work, and to educate others. Hearing about pores opening and closing is like nails on a chalkboard for me, the pores can't do that!
Hopefully I've pointed my readers in the direction of some great products, steered them clear of some horrible ones and given them some info on the science behind beauty!
I was born in 1977, (gasp!) which means I've started being concerned about anti-aging but it is not all consuming. I've been a good girl with my sunscreen and most people think I'm much younger than I really am. Because I currently have very few wrinkles. I'm trying to keep it that way.
My skin is combination with an oily t-zone and I am prone to some minor breakouts and blackhead issues. I do have eczema, it is mostly on my legs and flares during the winter. I was diagnosed with mild Rosacea in 2012, I can keep it under control with topical Clindamycin but am a little sensitive because of it. I tend to avoid harsher skin care and retinoids because of this.
My hair growing up was blond-ish (meaning, light brown with blonde in the summer), and has gotten darker as I've grown older. I had been highlighting it so much that I was definitely blonde and then way too blonde and recently I've gone back to a more natural brown/auburn. My hair is slightly wavy but I dry it straight each day. I have some dryness issues due to all of the processing I've done. I'm also growing out a long bob, I feel much more like myself with long hair.
My skin tone is very fair and a bit cool toned. I'm not quite the amazing porcelain complexion of Nicole Kidman, just a few shades over that. Which makes it very hard to find foundation and concealer.
At reader request, I'll start listing the foundations I've been matched to:
• Cover Girl NatureLuxe #305 Alabaster
• Cover Girl AquaSmooth Compact Foundation #710 Classic Ivory
• Cover Girl TRUblend Liquid Makeup #410 Classic Ivory
• MAC Studio Fix Powder plus Foundation N3
• Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #120
• Make Up For Ever HD Concealer #325
It feels a bit strange, but I really have been featured sometimes in the media. Little old me!
Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies: Check on page 75, I'm featured for being straight forward about my disclosure policy.
Forbes.com: "Bloggers Who Get Cash Or Freebies Must Disclose It" by Helen Coster and Laurie Burkitt
Fabulous: All About 50+ Top Beauty Bloggers of 2010, by Nicki Zevola
NY Magazine On-line
The Beauty of Life
Fitness Magazine- Fitness Magazine's Favorite Beauty & Fashion Blogs
Babble.com: Top 25 Beauty Blogs for Moms
Nominated for Best Beauty Blog at Shape Magazine
The Hottest Hairstyle Ideas from Our Favorite Beauty Bloggers
Bloggers Reveal: The Beauty Product that Changed My Life
Best of the Web Blog Lists:
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