So my Ultimate Lip Balm Hunt has been stagnant and unsuccessful for a few years, as illustrated by the Dior Crème de Rose flop. However, the balm I’ve been using for the last few years has been working for me. I suppose that begs the question of why I’m on the hunt for a better one… I like lip balm, okay?
So when these cream shadows came onto the market a few years back, everybody flipped out. Particular shades were virtually impossible to find because they sold out so fast (I’m looking at you, Bad to the Bronze!) and as they released more shades, those got snapped up quickly too.
When you try one out, it’s easy to see why Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadows are so popular. They come in tons of pretty colours, ranging from neutrals to pigmented brights and darks to a silvery white. They stay on well. All that for under $10? Omg.
I don’t wear a lot of makeup every day. But when I do, it’s very important to me that I get it all off.
On top of that, I don’t like oil-based makeup removers. Having oil on my eyelids makes me feel like I’m a baby that’s just been born, fighting through uterus-goo (ew, but at least I’m honest, okay?).
That’s why, when cleansing waters entered onto the skincare scene, I jumped for joy.
So my skin has been behaving crazy lately. I don’t break out all that often – I think it’s a combination a rigorous skincare regime, my Clarisonic, genetics, and luck. However, as of late, my luck hasn’t been so good – maybe because I’ve been stressed. It’s midterm season.
Anyway, to combat my acne, these are the products I’ve been using.
One of the classic tricks in makeup is to put white eyeliner on the lower waterline to make your eyes look wider and more awake.
Well, I’ve tried it. And maybe it’s because I have darker skin, but it just made me look like a crazy.
I’ve found that, regardless of your skin-tone, you can achieve a less unearthly “awake” effect by opting for a beige liner instead.
My number one skincare concern is unevenness and dullness.
I suppose that’s two, so those are my number one and two skincare concerns. (My third one is acne.)
I have natural unevenness, which deeper skintones are prone to. I also scar super easily whenever I do break out.
Until this year, I had never found a brightening (note: brightening, not lightening) routine that worked for me. Now that I have, I’m obsessed with getting my skin to shine bright like a diamond (but not in an oilslicky way).
Last week, I got this truly lovely sample with my purchase at the Sephora VIB Sale. I’ve never tried a Givenchy lipstick, so of course a free mini is a nice way to get a taste of the luxury without the price tag.
Seriously. This is 100-point-perk-worthy. (But it was freeeeeeee!)
I have a lot of nail polish. Too much of it. So much that it’s become very difficult to impress me nail-colour-wise. Rarely do I see a new polish that makes me go “Oooh, I need that!”.
Enter Julep’s “Cynthia”.
So I feel like I should preface and justify this purchase. For as long as I can remember, I have been on the hunt for the ultimate, Holy-Grail-status lip balm. I’m big into lip balm and always have been, and gradually that search took me out of the drugstore and into the realm of higher end balms.
Dior Crème de Rose has been, in my mind, the crème de la crème of luxe lip balms, and with a $29 price tag, I was expecting big things. I had saved for this lip balm for a bit and then, on top of that, I used my Sephora VIB Sale discount to get 20% off – not a ton, but better than nothing, and knowing that I got a bit of a deal helps to ease the sting a bit.
My MAC palette is a staple in my makeup collection, and actually holds some of my favourite shadows of all-time.
The palette itself costs $10, while the divider to hold the pans costs $2. Each shadow in just a pan costs $12. It’s nice because you get to save a bit as opposed to buying shadows in the little plastic pot, although of course you can do that and depot the shadows to put in your pro palette.
Here’s a breakdown of my thoughts on each shadow: