I think that most of you know it, but I’m a full-time grad student, and blogging is just my hobby. Every so often, I get stuck – in blogging, in life – and for the past two months, the exact nature of the “stuck” is comparing myself to other people. As a result, I haven’t felt like blogging. So I thought I’d blog about it. (You can also skip to the faves if you’re just here for that.)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Liquid Lipstick Set – Dazed, Hudson, and Bittersweet – Swatches on Dark Skin
I have a love-hate relationship with ABH liquid lipsticks. I ordered them from the ABH site when they first came out – before Sephora carried the whole line – and found them to be super drying, patchy, and prone to crumbling and flaking.
Every so often I fall in love with a colour from them and pick it up, though, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that they’ve since improved their formula. It’s still super-matte, but now it’s thin, lightweight, and feels surprisingly comfortable all day. It wore well, too, looking fresh and pigmented all day.
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Holiday 2017 Mini Liquid Lipstick Set is right up my alley, colour-wise. #noodz
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – Profilt’r Soft Matte Foundation, Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
Should I bother with a cutesy intro? If you’re reading this, you’ve probably read or watched 5000 videos just like this in the past two weeks. So let’s get down to business with a review of the items I picked up from Fenty Beauty.
It’s back to school time for those of us still in school, and the cost of textbooks and other back to school paraphernalia can mean a tight budget for September (or, y’know, always…#studentlife). To give you some budget-friendly makeup inspo, I thought I’d share three drugstore gems that I’ve been loving lately.
Y’know, when the photos of the palette were first leaked, I wasn’t that interested. I love me some warm shadows, so Modern Renaissance is definitely more my jam. But then #Subculturegate2017 happened, making this THE most controversial palette to release this year, and I had to get in on it. So I picked the palette up when it was released in stores and gave it a good solid try before weighing in.
Here’s the thing – sometimes I like gimmicks, and sometimes I don’t. I like them if they work and make sense, and I dislike them if they don’t. In a mascara market that’s completely saturated, brands only have the formula, the brush, and the packaging to set themselves apart from the competition. So I don’t blame Givenchy for creating the Noir Interdit Mascara and equipping it with a wand that bends at a 90 degree angle.
As a brand, Glossier is kinda taking the beauty world by storm. Although I’ve become an Into the Gloss reader only recently, the brand’s youthful packaging, curated selection of products, and emphasis on skincare caught my attention long before they started shipping to Canada. Only recently have I been able to get my hands on a few of the products that most caught my attention: the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Balm Dot Com in Coconut.
Like the rest of the makeup-wearing human population, I love a warm-toned palette. Gimme dem oranges, rusts, yellows, and berries any day. But when I saw the Sephora Collection PRO Warm Palette, I had some mixed feelings. Sure the colours were gorgeous, but that $85 price tag? Sephora Collection is to Sephora what Great Value is to Walmart. Mentally, I couldn’t justify the price. But then I swatched it. And I was obsessed.
I really like Kat Von D as a brand overall, so I was excited to get the opportunity to try her Saint and Sinner perfumes. I love perfume. There’s no method to my fragrance madness, except chances are that if it smells like candy or has any hint of vanilla in it, I’m gonna like it.
Back in late winter/early spring, I picked up a few items from The Ordinary. (Yes, it took me this long to write this review, because I only like to test one new skincare product at a time, and I like to test things thoroughly for at least 2-3 weeks!).