I’ve been kind of skin care crushing lately. Not for any particular reason, since my skin has been phenomenal lately. The reason for that? I recently went freelance, that means that I’m no longer wearing makeup to work everyday. It also means sadly that I have less time dedicated to writing on the blog since now I’m writing other peoples stuff. Because I’m not wearing makeup daily though, it means that my skin has more time to recover when something goes wrong and the odd issue crops up. So I’m basically crushing on maintenance items like scrubs, masks, serums and such.
Skin care samples can save a life.
I mean it, skin care samples can literally be a way to save face sometimes. Particularly when you happen to get deluxe sizes that you can use for a week or more, so you can get decent idea of how well a product will or won’t work for you. I’m lucky that my skin is very reactive and will let me know within a use or two if something is for me, others aren’t so fortunate.
Maybe you’ve been eyeing the newest hot skin care items on the market, but you’re reluctant to pull the trigger on purchasing because they’re hella expensive. For me this is a good route to take because I rarely return things, so I’d rather not get stuck with a hundred dollar jar of something that I can’t use. Usually Sephora point perks do not excite me, but when I got the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette there were a few from brands that I had wanted to try, so trigger pulled.
I was so excited when I heard that this palette was gonna be a thing. I mean, a brand that I appreciate and Chrissy Teigen team up to create a palette? Yeah, I’m there. Also, if you’re not following her on Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram, then I don’t know what to tell you about your life, cause she is hilarious!
I heard about the palette about two weeks before it dropped, and I was able to get it from Sephora a few days before it officially launched as an app exclusive offering. As with any highly anticipated launch there were all sorts of problems happening in the background. Pre-launch orders got cancelled before they shipped, cause apparently Lazership was breaking everything. Luckily mine came intact, albeit way later than a usual Sephora shipment.
I spied this baby today when I went to Sephora to pick up the Teint Fusion foundation. Some wonderful soul named Paige, had given me a birthday gift card, so I was able to get them both. Plus we both wanted to check out the foundation, she has the pale girl problems to my brown girl bemoaning when it come to makeup. I’ll have a review of that foundation coming up soon, but I must say, Sephora has definitely been impressing me all year starting with the Marsala debut.
No. Really, just freaking no!
Maaaan…look, this is not going to be good, like at. all.
When I first saw that these had finally dropped, I was so happy. They just appeared on the Sephora site all quiet like. I immediately grabbed Hansel & Gretel because that warm terracotta shade called to me, and then I saw Morticia and Gomez and not only for the colour but the name friend, it had to be mine. Nothing can really describe the disappointment that I felt upon finally opening my package, but first let me tell you what these are supposed to be.
You know how sometimes you go to Sephora to return something and end up walking out with a buttload of stuff that costs way more than the things that were going to return? Stop lying, I know, know, that I’m not the only one so please…
After my great experience with the Guerlain Meteorites compact, I decided that maybe I needed to explore the brand a bit. I actually had one thing tucked away in the back of my “Never Gonna Use But What The Hell Do I Do With It” drawer, we all have one, don’t front. This is something that my mum had given me a while back, I want to say a year ago, but it may have been longer, the plastic on the box hadn’t even been removed. To tell the truth I have no idea where she got it, she and my sister disappeared for like a week to Miami I think and she came back with this knowing my finishing powder obsession, but like I said at the time I’d thought of Guerlain as a very dated brand, and getting it from my mum did nothing to diminish that perception.
Colour correcting is all the rage. For newbies anyway. Chances are, if you’re a brown girl, you have in the past had hyperpigmentation spots that you scoured the interwebs diligently trying to find a way to camouflage. In that search you’ve probably come across makeup tips on how to do that, or mute the yellow in your skin tone and other things like that.
Somehow or the other this year, or late last year, colour correcting became a thing. So much so that all the the major cosmetics brands have debuted palettes to address colour correcting. Tarte has one, so does Stila, Becca has individual colour pots, and I’m sure in the coming months there will be many others.
I gave every last one of those others the side eye and kept on trucking with my BH colour wheel, cause if we’re going to be keeping it real (and I always do) all those palettes focus on colour correcting for light skin tones. So once again, if you’re medium-dark to darker skinned, you’ve been left out of the conversation entirely, which is truly ironic considering that darker skin is usually the one more in need of colour correction due to uneven tones and hyperpigmentation. Then Sephora and Pantone went and became super heroes.
Have you guys ever heard of Pinrose?
Well neither had I up until a few months ago, so let me introduce you, I promise you won’t regret it. But first a disclaimer. You lot know that when I’m passionate about or really love something, these posts get rather long-ish, so get a drink or something and read on.
So far as fragrances are concerned, I’m a one fragrance kind of gal. Maybe two, if I’m feeling adventurous and want to switch it up from season to season. But generally speaking, it’s mostly one for at least nine months out of the year, and then another for the summer.
Recently I tried two cleansing oils. I’ve wanted one for a while now, mostly because I was curious. You guys know that I use olive oil to first cleanse the dirt and makeup off my face and then I go in with a face wash to complete the job. You also know that I’m pretty damn lazy, so I wanted something that would cut that time in half. A built in wash in my face oil, I’ve tried to do it before and the results were not good. Trust me, you haven’t experienced pain until you have an oil and soap mix in you eyes that you can’t wash out.
The problem that I was coming across was that most of the cleansing oils that I saw usually had a heavy amount of Shea or coconut oils and that, for me, is a trip to break out city. I decided to go with a brand that I’ve loved for a while, and another that I’m rapidly falling in love with.