Review: Pixi Rose Flash Balm

I love roses. And I’m kind of obsessed with Pixi skincare – I feel like they were under the radar for a while, and now I covet basically everything they’re making. So when they launched rose skincare this fall, I had to try it out. I already reviewed the Caviar Essence, and now it’s time for the Rose Flash Balm. (side note – they’ve since expanded the rose range and...

Daisy Beauty Expo 2018 – Trends, Tendencies & Impressions

Warning: This is a long, long, LONG post with bad photos. (if you want good photos, read Molkan’s post) Enjoy. For the second time, I’ve had the pleasure of attending Daisy Beauty Expo, which has kind of become the beauty event of the year (though the upcoming Awards Gala is a definite contender). The expo is a two-day beauty bonanza featuring a day of presentations from brands and experts followed...

HIGHLIGHTS #13

Right after I posted the last issue of highlights, a bunch of interesting articles popped up, as if on command. It took some restraint to wait this long, but here she is – the January Highlights of 2018! There’s something deeply charming about these photos from a Japanese beauty school for men in the 1960’s. Jia Tolentino hits the mark as always with this piece on the self-care trend. I...

Micro Review: Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Green Tea Face Mist

I’ve had mild luck with face mist, the only one I’ve really liked so far is the Pixi Milky Mist. Enter Herbivore, who sent along a mini Jasmine Green Tea mist as a gift-with-purchase when I made my order from them. I really like this mist. Not because I think it actually makes a huge difference in my skin, but just because it feels wonderful to spritz on a cloud...

The hot & not list for a new year

As with most things I write, this post should be taken with a grain of salt. As 2017 is finally ending, I’d like to take a moment to list the things I’m ready to receive in my life (universe, please deliver!) and the things I never want to see again ever. Obviously, if you disagree with any of these, you won’t be shunned from the community or sent to the...

My Favourite Products From a Weird Year

**This post contains affiliate links** 2017 is nearing its end. Something about this time of year feels so relaxing somehow – perhaps it’s the holiday food that just makes me drowsy – but there’s something comforting about saying goodbye to the past year and turning over a new leaf. Okay, I’ll stop being corny – seriously, what the flip was 2017 even about. So much disaster. In so many ways....

Daisy Beauty Awards 2018 – Best cleansers

I have been given the opportunity to act as a jury member for Daisy Beauty Awards, a yearly award that selects the best new products of the year. Last year I judged lip products, and this year it’s cleansers! I’ll say it’s a lot more difficult to make a decision this year, skincare takes more time and care than makeup products. At least I think so. Luckily, I haven’t actually...

HIGHLIGHTS #12

Hi again! This Highlights post is a little overdue, I’ve been in a general slump the past few months and november was tough. I don’t hide that I have certain mental health problems, but I also have a bunch of chronic physical problems too which sometimes intensify and kind of knock me out. I’m starting to feel a little better, and I’m excited for the coming year which I think...

Makeup for girl-women.

Ok y’all, it’s that time again. I’m getting on the soapbox, yelling indignantly et cetera. But can we talk about how so much of beauty has this unpleasantly infantilizing tone? Looking at a lot of beauty ads, there are strange references to girlhood and childishness. The unicorn trend is, I’d say, the most obvious illustration of this – unicorns may just be the ultimate symbol of female virginity, innocence, purity...

Review: Armani Lip Magnet

[Disclaimer: This post contains press samples and affiliate links] I’m not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks. I often find them too uncomfortable and a lot of them seem to have a strangely chalky colour, even dark shades. So when I received the Armani Lip Magnet last fall to review for Daisy Beauty Awards I was initially sceptical. Not only was it a liquid lipstick, but the colour looked a...