Livia – The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain?

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.

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3 Bronzers for Dark Skin

It’s that time of year again: my Instagram feed is flooded with posts talking about bronzers and self-tanners to get that sun-kissed glow in a safe way. However, very rarely do these posts talk about bronzers for dark skin.

This is partly because, unfortunately, being darker is still stigmatized within POC communities. I remember getting very dark as a child on summer vacations and being teased for it. It’s also partly because many companies exclude dark-skinned POC from their shade ranges altogether.

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Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

I love double cleansing. Nothing gets my skin quite as clean. I also love Caroline Hirons. I’ve read her blog for years and have absorbed and incorporated her love of acids into my life.

This year, she came out with a collab with Pixi Beauty, and even though it was tricky get my hands on, I knew I’d have to try it.

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Four Things I’ve Learned in Four Months of Online Dating

I ended a long-ish term relationship back in January and realized that I’ve never done the casual dating thing. I’ve been in a series of (almost) back-to-back relationships in my young adult life, and I didn’t date when I was a teenager because I lived in a small town and went to an all-girls school and was generally weird and awkward and shy.

I’m still weird and awkward and shy, but now I have the internet to help me out a bit. So here are a few things I’ve learned on my strange, frustrating, entertaining online dating adventure. And make no mistake, I’m writing these truths down as much to remind myself of them as I am to share them with you…

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Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette (AKA The Worst Eyeshadow Palette I’ve Used in My Adult Life) – Swatches on Dark Skin

So here’s the thing – when it comes to eyeshadow, I don’t really do colour, as evidenced by my profound love of the likes of the ABH Modern Renaissance and Master Palette by Mario, Too Faced Sweet Peach, and other brown/bronze/beige-based palettes. But I want to dip my toes into the world beyond the bronze, so when I saw swatches of the Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette on Instagram (on dark skin, no less!), I thought I had to have it. I was so wrong.

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Sephora Spring VIB Rouge Sale Recommendations

I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve as I write this. Except makeup. Help me.

Unlike Christmas, the Sephora sale comes but twice a year for members of the Beauty Insider program. We super-addicted top tier members get an extra day of shopping before the sale starts for everyone else on April 19th. It runs for about a week, and you can take advantage of it in store or online. In this year’s spring sale, VIB Rouges and VIBs get 15% off, and Beauty Insiders get 10% off. (The fall sale usually features a deeper discount.)

Because I’m addicted to makeup, I’ve been prepping my basket for weeks now. Adding things. Removing things. Adding more things…and to make my decisions, I rely on my fellow bloggers’ recommendation posts and videos. At the very last minute, I thought I’d share my top picks for the sale.

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