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!).
I really like Bite Beauty, and their Amuse Bouche formula is easily one of the more comfortable ones on the market. So when Influenster sent me Bite’s new Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick complimentary for my review, I was pretty excited and confident I’d like the formula. In reality, my opinion is kind of mixed on the whole thing.
I was sent three shades to review: Demi-Glace is a chocolatey mauve, Éclair is a midtone rose, and Flambé is a bright, orangey red.
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.
So here’s the thing: I love sex, and I love sex toys. I love these things as much as I love makeup – maybe more.
For a while, I’ve been toying (get it? Because sex toys?) with the idea of reviewing vibrators and other sexy items here on my blog, but I thought my dear readers might not be interested (at best) or might be scandalized (at worst).
This will forever be a beauty blog first, but I’ve been dabbling with lifestyle posts – including ones on menstrual products, dating, and mental health! – and I wanted to incorporate yet another thing I’m passionate about.