Lush make up try-on

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).

Vueset — the customisable palettes wonders

having a blast with my cream products and the ability to create my own make up palettes.

these are acrylic palettes that come in different sizes, with different shaped wells to which you can decant your products (they show you can take anything from beads to pigments, but I stuck to cream makeup): stick foundations, cream bronzers, pot concealers, lipsticks, you name it. you can create palettes by type of product, your own full face routines, you name it. they seal shut, there’s no transfer between wells, and they are stackable and microwavable. the tiny minis can be gathered in a key ring.

despite not being a pro make up artist, I’ve been truly enjoying these palettes, both by having the most travel-friendly full-faces of makeup that are smaller than a credit card, and by having my whole lipstick collection at a glance.

read all about it

winter skincare routine – pm

I think this is the perfect time to let you in on my winter skincare routine, since now that I can look back and really hone in on the products and steps that kept my skin going for the past few months.

my skin is combination, I’ve had severe acne from 12 to 23, then mild acne from 25 onwards up until recently (about 1 to 2 years ago my acne started subsiding), and I still have the odd breakout and maskne. I’m very prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that then turns into dark spots that outstay their welcome for years.
I’m 41 and life has naturally happened to my skin up until now: loss of elasticity, sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, textural issues.

my goals are keeping my skin barrier safe, help it as much as I can to stay as elastic, responsive and smooth as possible, tackle the blemishes that still come to visit, and tone down and prevent further hyperpigmentation.

I can’t say this enough: what works for me may not work for you, it’s all a game of listening to your skin and understanding what jives with it, being patient and willing to adapt.
skincare has its limitations to what can be achieved – it’s only creams and serums, not scalpels nor needles –, and severe issues will definitely need a specialist. we need to manage our expectations regarding skincare (and brands need to back the hell up on the wild claims).
but, with good science-based information, I believe many people can safely go beyond the “cleanser-moisturiser-spf” essentials and help their skin stay in the best shape it can be, and even tackle some minor issues.

products mentioned

Danessa Myricks – does it crease, though?

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…

– But does it crease, though?

read all about it

La Prairie Pressed Powder Foundation and Chanel Les Rouges Quad — Sorry, not Sorry

first off, sorry for not posting last week. there was a Lindy Hop Festival between me and my computer.

to make it up, I’m creating a new series, in which I will review luxury products. of course I’ll be quite demanding, because the price tags also are.

Continue reading “La Prairie Pressed Powder Foundation and Chanel Les Rouges Quad — Sorry, not Sorry”