July is gone and my comprehensive exam is happening in 22 days, so of course it’s time to blog about the beauty things I loved this month. I don’t make favourites a regular thing, but there have been quite a few items that I’ve been excited about so I thought I would share.
The original Urban Decay Naked Palette was my first high-end palette purchase; the line holds a special place in my heart. But recently, I’ve discovered better shadows that don’t crease on me and have little fallout – I’m looking at you, Melt and Viseart. The UD Naked formula needed an update, and with Naked Heat, Urban Decay delivered.
I like when Asian skincare trends come to North America because, generally speaking, brands extend the shade range available to include dark-skinned folks of colour like me. Such is the case with Maybelline’s Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation.
Ah, lip balm. An essential part of a balanced beauty diet…or something like that.
For realsies though, I love lip balm. I have pretty dry and sensitive lips, though, and quickly learned that not all balms are created equal. As a result, I repurchase some of the same ones over and over, but for some reason I never talk about them on here. Thus this post was born.
The Melt Rust Stack is a perpetually sold out social media darling. It is exactly what it says on the tin: five rust-toned single eyeshadows that stack together magnetically. In terms of both colouring and formula, it also happens to be what dreams are made of.
The shadows themselves are soft and pigmented. They blend beautifully, and I especially love the shade selection – it makes for a cohesive look on its own or combined with other palettes. What I find most remarkable, though, is that they crease on me less than other shadows do.
Because I struggle with dark spots and unevenness and also don’t want skin cancer, I wear sunscreen every day. As a person with dark skin, finding a sunscreen that won’t make me grey or purple is a challenge. As a person with oily skin, finding a sunscreen that doesn’t make me greasy compounds the challenge.
When it comes to lip products, I feel like we’ve got all the bases covered. Between mattes, satins, and glosses of various opacities, we’re pretty much set, right?
ColourPop – the innovators they are – didn’t think so. They came out with a pretty unique combination, actually: lipsticks that are matte and sheer. It’s a combination that I don’t think has been done elsewhere (or at the very least isn’t popular enough for me to have tried it before).
ColourPop’s Blotted Lips promise sheer colour with a matte finish for a popsicle-stained effect. As someone who spent her childhood pretending popsicles were lipstick and deliberately trying to stain her lips with them, I was like hey, sign me the heck up.
Occasionally, I find myself in the United States for various reasons, and I almost always buy makeup. I can’t help it – there’s so much that we miss out on here in Canada, especially dark foundation shades and products geared towards Black women. So when I went to Philadelphia to visit my family last week, I made sure to hit up an Ulta and a Rite Aid in between stuffing my face with cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, and water ices.
I, like the rest of the makeup-wearing population, love the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in all its skin-mattifying, pore-blurring, bake-worthy glory.
My one complaint was that because it was white, the original shade would leave me looking ashy (especially in the summer when I get my tan on). Normally, I’d bronze up the outside of my face to warm things back up – there’s almost always a way to make it work, but the point is that (dark-skinned) people of colour shouldn’t have to make things work when things just work for light-skinned folks, y’know? But that’s a different blog post altogether…
Tl; dr (do people still say that?): Laura Mercier finally came out with a shade of Translucent Setting Powder that doesn’t go Casper on darker skin, and it’s glorious.
I’ve suffered through excruciating menstrual cramps every month since my very first period at age 9. Like, debilitating. So bad I’d throw up at times. I took birth control to manage the pain for about five years, but when I went off the Pill (for a variety of reasons), the cramps were back in full force. Normally, I take an extra strength Advil every six hours or so to manage the pain on days one, two, and three of my period.
In desperation, last June, I contributed to Livia’s Indiegogo campaign.