HIGHLIGHTS #10

Happy October! Fall is upon us, dark lipstick is socially acceptable again, and these are the Highlights. This piece on the sheet mask selfie trend is hilarious and kind of true! I probably won’t taking these selfies, to be honest, because they are kind of fun… but… I’ll be thinking about this. Makeup icon Kevyn Aucoin’s life, impact and illness. I’m indeed very anxious to see the documentary, and also to...

Review: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary is extremely hyped up,  being one of the only high-tech skincare brands at an affordable price point. In fact, it’s even cheaper than most drugstore skincare, which in my opinion makes the hysteria around the brand warranted. This also means it sells out at breakneck speed. I’ve got my eye on several of the products, but the ones I want are often sold out so this niacinamide booster...

Tendency ; Fleshtones

I find myself drawn to a certain colour palette this fall. Warm, fleshy colours – pinks and reds that look as if they’ve been matched to cuts of meat. They’re visceral, but strangely romantic at the same time. A little gross, but also kind of pretty. Still with me? Here’s a tendency – butcher shop colour schemes. I’d include colours like burgundy, fig, salmon, oxblood, and that ubiquitous “millenial pink” in...

Review: Pixi Peel & Polish

I love a bit of pixi, and I think in recent years their skincare releases have been really impressive. So it was only a matter of time before I had to try this exoliating treatment, since I have a bit of an obsession with acids and enzymes. Pixi Peel & Polish is a lactic acid, enzyme & scrub grain peel that you’re advised to use 2-3 times a week, so...

Tendency ; Occult

A beauty trend that shows no sign of stopping is this kind of witchy, hippie, new age inspiration that’s given us a plethora of products with mysterious names and even more mysterious ingredient lists. Gemstones, herbs and oils feature in countless formulas. Part of me thinks this new age fad is a little corny, but my inner witch is doing cartwheels with glee. I was absolutely that weird girl in...

Review: Loelle Rosehip Seed Oil

[Disclaimer: This review contains press samples] I had the pleasure of speaking to a Loelle representative at a recent event, and they were kind enough to give me this face oil to try. Loelle is a natural and organic beauty brand from Stockholm that specializes in oils, with several pure oils and blends in their lineup for a variety of uses. I’ve been very curious about rosehip seed oil for...

HIGHLIGHTS #7

I’m still waiting for the weather to warm up properly, but honestly in spirit I’m feeling very summery. In what may have been a somewhat self-destructive decision, I’ve been taking a full-time uni course that’s been really interesting – Visual and Material Culture. Just the right topic for someone who is interested in style and beauty. Speaking of, I’ve kind of taken a break from shopping and it’s actually not...

Review: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Since I was already (somewhat) on the topic of Glossier this week, I thought I might as well review some of the new products I bought from them. I placed my second Glossier order a while back, and have had some time to try everything out – I’ll also be reviewing Haloscope and Cloud Paint. I’ll be starting with one of the core products of the range, though – the...

HIGHLIGHTS #5 2017

It’s me, the queen of mysterious disappearances. I’m back! I’m medicated! I’m full of enthusiasm! Here are the latest highlights! As someone who gets very frustrated about the spread of straight up mythology as fact in the beauty world, this piece on the false history of beauty trickery was a boon. Arabelle Sicardi questions the idea that K-Beauty is nothing but a passing fad. How much are you really saving...

Retrospective – March 2017 Skincare

[DISCLAIMER: This post contains products received as press samples] Here’s what I’ve been using & testing in March. For skin it’s been a bit of a challenging month for me. I have recurring closed comedones and crop up every now and then and if you’ve had them, you know how difficult it can be to get rid of them. I’ve been trying to exfoliate less because I’m afraid of stressing my...