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...

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...