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...

The hot & not list for a new year

As with most things I write, this post should be taken with a grain of salt. As 2017 is finally ending, I’d like to take a moment to list the things I’m ready to receive in my life (universe, please deliver!) and the things I never want to see again ever. Obviously, if you disagree with any of these, you won’t be shunned from the community or sent to the...

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....

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...

Makeup for girl-women.

Ok y’all, it’s that time again. I’m getting on the soapbox, yelling indignantly et cetera. But can we talk about how so much of beauty has this unpleasantly infantilizing tone? Looking at a lot of beauty ads, there are strange references to girlhood and childishness. The unicorn trend is, I’d say, the most obvious illustration of this – unicorns may just be the ultimate symbol of female virginity, innocence, purity...

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...

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...

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...

Beauty Tools I Can’t Live Without

You guys. I love beauty products, I love using them, buying them, talking about them… but let’s not forget the all-important tools of your skincare routine. Now, this isn’t the fancy stuff you might keep around, like facial massagers, cleansing brushes or freezer eye masks. This is all about the affordable, disposable essentials that make your beauty routine easy and mess-free. My favourite, most-used beauty tools. Fancy cotton pads As...