HIGHLIGHTS #19

This time of year is usually my favourite – the languid heat of August and September, the fresh start of post-holiday returns to school and work and society, the abundance of delicious produce and the fall beauty launches are what I look forward to all year. However, this heat wave is murder – I feel like the embodiment of a damp dishcloth, festering under the blazing sun. That said, I’ve...

Tendency ; Branching Out

So here’s a trend that’s kind of getting on my nerves. Usually, I like to write about things that I find interesting or beautiful, and this development sure is interesting but god, it’s bothering me. Branching out. As in, beauty brands who specialize in one thing expanding to new products… sometimes it makes sense, and sometimes it’s eye roll-inducing. BeautyBlender Foundation Let’s just start with the most recent and possibly...

Recent Beauty Releases That Are Actually, Like, Pretty Neat or Whatever

Being a notorious complainer, like my mother before me, I’m not exactly known for giving positive feedback. I’m a critical person and I’m not afraid to stir the pot, which is not always popular, but usually pretty fun. A lot of my posts have a skeptical voice, especially on instagram – lately, I’ve been especially unimpressed with beauty releases, campaigns, and so on. A lot of releases are unimaginative, shallow...

HIGHLIGHTS #17

It’s a great month for beauty – finally June, and officially summer. June is the month of lilacs, heatwaves, thunderstorms and of course, it’s Pride month  so all in all, a pretty good time of year. We’re seeing a lot of new product launching right about now – Here are the latest highlights. This post contains affiliate links. Andrea Cheng of The New York Times asks: Is acne cool now?...

Why I’m Skipping Foundation This Month

Foundation is one of those beauty products that is so, so, easy to become dependent on. The difference a layer of base makeup can make to a face is staggering – and I’m guilty of relying on increasingly higher coverage as time goes on. The flawless finish of a full-coverage base is strangely addictive, and I’ve found myself reaching for this kind of product more and more. It’s actually made...

Look: Red & Lilac

When you get too anxious to function, the best way to calm down is to distract yourself with a simple task that takes concentration, but not too much, and puts you in contact with your physical self. For me, that’s a beauty routine, like skincare or makeup. I’ve talked about it before and I’ll be talking about it again probably. One particularly bad evening led me to try a colour...

Brand Overview: Apoliva Makeup

[DISCLAIMER: All products in this review were received as press samples] At Daisy Beauty Expo, Swedish Pharmacy Apoteket presented their new colour cosmetic line. I really liked their presentation, so I was excited to try out the products. Since I’m trying several products at the same time I’ll do an overview format rather than individual reviews, so we don’t end up with so many separate, lengthy review posts. All products...

Trends of 2016 – My favourite beauty trends of the year

The year is finally coming to an end – it’s been a big year in beauty with many strange trends emerging (or, well, things that are called trends even though it’s only one or two people doing it) so I thought I’d round up the trends I loved, the trends I hated, and the trends I’d like to see realized in 2017. Here’s my first list: Trends that should stay....

In Defense of Skin

The term “full coverage” is one that, in my opinion, should refer to concealer and little else. But the fact is, the trend in recent years among beauty vloggers and, as a result, their millions of viewers is to chase the ideal full-coverage foundation. Now, I am the first person to scoff at the idea of “natural” beauty, but something feels sinister about the whole idea of covering up your...