On a post-surgery haze, I decided to treat myself to a mystery box, of all things.
Oh, what a treat to play with make up I knew nothing about! Well, I do love Oden’s Eye as a whole and have collected several of their products over the last year or so – I wouldn’t have gone blind on just a random box like that, I’m not completely deranged – but I did not know what was coming my way when purchasing this mystery box, and it allowed me to dive into the brand even further.
did this go a bit against my Make Up Reset kind of mood? yes, but variety is the spice of life and any products I don’t feel I’ll use will easily find new homes in my friend’s collections.
Being face to face with so many products/brands I only come across online, I HAD to feast on all the beautiful things, bring some “Wishlist” items and fall into some new exciting (not very famous) products
yes, my make up reset is a main priority in my life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get some new things to play with once in a while, mainly things that have been on my Wishlist for quite some time and I couldn’t get out of my head ;)
I’m not a big fan of haul-type videos, but over te past several months my make up focus has been slowly changing, and I’ve been looking into so many fun and (to me) off the beaten track products that I had to share (stay calm, I still threw some Lisa Eldridges and Natasha Denonas in the mix).
If you want an in-depth video with swatches, comparisons, or how I incorporate these products in my life, just let me know.
a haul and try-on of the goodies I got from the latest release. this is becoming such a nicely curated collection and I can’t wait for the newness in the Autumn – and maybe some restocking of lip pencils, and the blushes that I had to leave behind this time around…
Lisa Eldridge releases new products just a couple of times a year and has a limited stock, so the best option would be to sign up for the newsletter and follow her channel to know all about the new products in advance. there are still some products for sale at the time of this post, but for instance the blushes are all sold out.
I finally caved and bought the Lush Slap Stick Solid Foundation (in N11), a blush/highlighter stick called Glow Stick (in Pipit) and a refillable lipstick (in Cairo), and I decided to try it all out.
these are all very similar wax and oil-based formulas (fragranced) with an interesting approach to recyclable sustainable packaging, in matchstick-type boxes and with a wax protective coating/seal/holder. once you open the lipstick you need to put it in one of their casings (or a palette, like Vueset), there’s no easy (as in mess-free) way to change between lipsticks in the same casing and no extra packaging to save the product once opened.
if you want to see how they applied, look and behaved on my combination skin for several hours, just keep on watching.
these products are available in your country’s Lush (mostly online, few have the makeup available in store).
Independent, female-owned, black-owned brand. YES! (also vegan and cruelty-free)
Danessa Myricks is a make up artist – have you SEEN her Instagram? — and her brand is proudly her, with full-on approachable editorial vibes and products that actually cater to her signature looks and creative needs (loads of cream products, face and eye glosses, multi-taskers and all the colours of the rainbow).
The brand screams inclusivity, innovation and creativity and sports a smile as a sign of strength – also because it hasn’t (until now) been tainted and shrivelled to an empty shell by the Super Greedy Evil Mega Corps™ of this world.
Sporting unapologetic pizazz and fierceness, all glossy lids and dishevelled hair, high heels and neon eyeliner, patent leather pants and juicy cheek bones… In my mind, I’m thinking…