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...

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...

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...

HIGHLIGHTS #11

Listen, I know this is a cliché but… where the hell did this year go?! It’s November already?!?! (cue nervous breakdown about lost time) This month has been so eventful, lots of studying, job interviews, bad financial decisions…phew! Anyway, here are this month’s highlights. Make a big cup of tea, light an overpriced scented candle (this is my favourite right now), and enjoy the reading. First and Second-generation immigrants were...