Review: HynE Anti Age Crème

A long while back, last fall to be precise, I was attending a beauty trade show where I encountered this brand. They were offering champagne, so I was drawn like a moth to a flame. It turns out HynE is a new Swedish brand whose key ingredient is fermented hyaluronic acid – interesting, I thought. Very interesting. There’s a lot of buzz around fermentation right now, and hyaluronic acid is...

Review: The Beauty Archive Lip Tint

I’ve argued the superiority of cream blush before, so imagine my delight when I (in the company of the dazzling Linda) came upon a domestic indie brand devoted to just that – cream products. It’s called The Beauty Archive, I encountered them in the stairwell on a very hot day at a very crowded beauty fair, and I was immediately drawn to these little pots of colour. With a minimalist...

Review: Björk & Berries Cleansing Gel Formula

Björk & Berries is a Swedish beauty & fragrance brand that features nordic nature in their marketing and product heavily, and they’ve been kind of under my radar until their presentation at Daisy Beauty Expo! While I was pretty unimpressed by their inability to answer questions, the product is solid and at the end of the day, that’s the most important thing. I received a few samples at the expo,...

A Flash Full Face First Impression

(FLASH! AAAAAH! SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE!!!) I’m not the type to do a first impression review since I believe in giving products a genuine go before passing judgement, but as Daisy Beauty Expo more or less rained product upon me it’s appealing in its efficiency to do a kind of quickfire review. Being an incorrigible insomniac of rank, I couldn’t sleep so I got up and decided to play around...

Review: M Picaut Hydra Miracle Serum

*This post contains press samples* I’ll begin this post with a confession. I have oily skin. I produce enough grease to run a fast food franchise. So I want to preface this review by saying that dryness and dehydration are not problems I struggle with on a regular basis. Let’s talk about the product. Hydra Miracle Serum is a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid, a couple botanicals, and a really...

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...

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...

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...

Review: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

As you know, I’m a natural beauty sceptic. I don’t really buy into that lifestyle. But. I do think Herbivore are on to something. What I admire about their products is the simplicity – they’re easy to understand and easy to like. Plus, the packaging is outrageously chic. Having been eyeing their products for a while, I finally went through the hell that is forwarding services, international shipping and a...

Review: Pixi Rose Caviar Essence

[Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links] I have a thing for roses. I can’t get enough of roses, I put rose jam on my toast, I put rose essence on my face, yada yada. When I saw Rose Caviar Essence I had to have it. I’ve become a Pixi Skintreats convert, so hopes were high for this… essence? Booster? Not totally sure how to define it. I mean, it says...