A Love Letter to Face and Body Oil

I need to make a confession. I’m a recovered oilphobe. Yes, it’s true – I used to carry fear and hatred of oils in my heart. I have seen the light and learned from my mistakes, so at this point, I’m a face oil convert. A face oil zealot. You know those tv preachers who sing the praises of whatever prayer method they’re trying to sell? I’m like those guys....

HIGHLIGHTS #16

Highlights are back, just like me! It’s may, it might be spring if you squint, and I’ve got extra juicy highlights for you. I’m in a gritty, gross depressive state right now and thus in great need of some sunshine and colour. Maybe a new pair of shoes. You know how it is. Into The Gloss interviews my childhood crush, Isabella Rossellini. Remember Death Becomes Her? I saw it when...

HIGHLIGHTS #15

It’s March, and I’m itching for spring which shows no sign of appearing. If I could see a crocus or snowdrop I might find hope, but so far there’s nothing. At least we can all find comfort in the fact that the sun now rises at an appropriate hour – day and night are no longer diffuse and abstract. Me, I’ve been neglecting my skin terribly lately  – I blame...

Why Beauty?

In light of recent discussions about beauty, skincare, and its popularity, I thought it might be interesting to examine why it is that the beauty trend is so strong. For me, beauty was never an issue for me until I was around 18, and started wearing makeup and taking an interest in skincare. Sometimes I wish I’d gotten into skincare sooner so I’d have been able to combat my skin...

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,...

HIGHLIGHTS #14

I started highlights (formerly known as weekend since I had the foolish ambition to post them every weekend) as a way to share the most interesting happenings in beauty with a sprinkling of current events and feminism. Now it’s been a little over a year, and it’s still one of the most fun things to put together – like a potpourri of goodies to read with a cup of tea...

Tendency ; Ray of Sunshine

*This post contains affiliate links* Yellow is happening whether you like it or not. It is the colour of so many good things – sunflowers, cute baby chicks, mustard (yum), egg yolks (yum!!), french fries (can you tell I’m hungry?) Beyoncé wore a mustard dress in the Hold Up video for Lemonade. Yellow eyeshadow has made appearances in several hyped-up palettes in the past year from brands like Natasha Denona, Anastasia...

Is it a con?

By now we’ve all read that piece on “the skincare con” on The Outline. Thankfully, Racked has focused on debunking many of the false claims of the piece , like the idea that evolution has fine-tuned our bodies to perfection and thus we don’t need skincare. And I can agree – we don’t need skincare, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prefer it. As Racked pointed out, there’s plenty of scientific...

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...