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!)
So anyone who’s had a beauty-related discussion with me pretty much knows that I am eyelash obsessed.
Honestly, my lashes kinda suck. They’re thin, pretty short, and super straight. Bleh.
Consequently, I’ve been on a hunt – kinda like my HG Lip Balm Quest – to find the ultimate mascara. I want it to define, separate, thicken, lengthen, and hold a curl…but I don’t want it to be too hard to remove.
So far, I haven’t found one that does all these things all in one. Solution? Layer three different mascaras that do three different things!
I’m a ‘mixed’ girl: between my mom and dad’s families, there’s loose curls, tight curls, and pin-straight hair. I ended up with a happy medium, with mid-sized curls. In terms of pattern, I’m a 3B in the curl world.
This past spring, I was browsing the beauty book section in my local bookstore when I stumbled across Lorraine Massey’s Curly Girl: The Handbook. I read that thing cover to cover – I love this kind of thing, so for me, it was a super interesting read.
The weirdest and most intriguing tip in this book is central to the Curly Girl Method, the method that Massey recommends to get healthy, frizzless curls: ditch shampoo.
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.