BEAUTY: my top 7 ride or die make up products.

know, okay, I’m already getting predictable.  First a Lush post, and now my top 7 make up products?  Who am I?

I dunno.  Just a girl who likes to have nice skin, I guess.

Anyway… I have more make up than I need.  Way more, actually.  If I could get back all the money I’ve spent on makeup in my life I could buy… I don’t even want to think about it.  The point is, in those three giant makeup bags there are seven products that are always there for me.

My main squeezes.

My ride or dies.

They seem like a good place to start.

Processed with VSCO with m3 presetI just bought this foundation a little while ago, but I’m already hooked.  I actually went into Sephora to buy the one from Kat Von D’s line, but they didn’t have my colour in stock.  A friend of mine got me a sample of it when I complained about the redness of my skin.  I know I mentioned this last night as well, and I definitely intend to write a full post about it soon… for now though, just take my word for it; it’s very red.

Anyway, I really liked the Kat Von D one, but when they were out of stock one of the ladies in Sephora suggested I try Urban Decay’s All Nighter instead.

I have to use a really firm foundation brush and only the tiniest bit in order to avoid it looking cakey.  Usually when I finish I take a dual fibre brush (the one I have is from MAC) over it in big circles to get rid of any brush strokes. The coverage is AMAZING – so good, in fact, that instead of using concealer over pimples I just dab a little extra foundation over them now.

Anything that eliminates a step from my routine is an instant fave.

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…I’m not sure how to feel.

It’s a big thing right now, I get that, and I can definitely appreciate a solid contour… but for me personally, subtle is the way to go.  That’s why I use powder blush.
I use MAC blush in “harmony” for mine.  I like it because it’s right in the middle of brown and red… brown would definitely clash with my skin tone, and if it were pink it wouldn’t serve much purpose… so, this is the perfect shade for me.  And, as a bonus, it looks great in the crease of my eyelids, too.
For highlighter I like Sephora’s “light beam”.  It’s definitely very sparkly, so if that’s not the look you’re going for, this might not be the one for you (in that case Revlon has a really nice one that is more shiny and less sparkles, and NYX’s liquid illuminator is great too!).

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this photo is so dark, I apologize… this is MAC blacktrack and NYX embellishment.

If you know me you know that I rarely leave the house without a thick black cat-eye going. I’ve been doing my makeup more or less like this since 10th grade and I show no signs of stopping!  I’ve tried lots of different types of liquid eyeliner, but at the end of the day I always come back to MAC’s gel liner in “blacktrack”.  MAC is my all time favourite makeup brand, but it’s hardly affordable for a student, unfortunately.  If you – like me – are on a student budget (and, unlike me, did not receive a MAC gift card for your last birthday) I’d definitely recommend NYX’s matte liquid liner!  Another thing you’ll learn about me is that I am the world’s biggest NYX fan.  Not only is it super affordable, but all of their products come in so many amazing colours, and their staff is always super badass.

Speaking of NYX, my last three faves are from them – surprise, surprise.

Firstly, their tame and frame brow pomade.  I bought this pretty recently too, but I already can’t live without it.  I find it’s not super solid looking, so I usually fill in my brows with brown eyeshadow first… then I take the pomade on an angle brush, brush it over, and BAM, brows are on fleek.
I also use their mascara.  I bought a big pack of four different ones for twenty dollars, but

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I made this one extra small because it’s the worst one… I’m still working on my photography skills.

the ‘stacked’ one is my favourite.  It’s the perfect combination of length and volume, and never clumpy.  Yes please!

Finally, of course… my all time favourite lipstick.  Of ALL TIME.

… NYX Lip Lingerie, in Embellishment.

I love this lipstick possibly more than I love myself.  It is beautiful.  The texture is so creamy and smooth, and the colour is the perfect purple/grey colour and it wears all day and I could go on about this forever.  I have a few of the Lip Lingeries, but this colour is my all time favourite.

Can you tell?

SO anyway, there you have it… my seven faves… my go-tos… my ride or dies.  I swear I couldn’t live without them.

What are the most important things in your makeup bag?  What could you not live without?  And have you ever tried any of my faves – what did you think?

Let me know.  Talk soon!



BEAUTY: catastrophe cosmetics facemask.

I thought today would be a write off.

I slept in way later than I had intended – this has been happening to me a lot lately, and I think it’s because I’m not eating properly… but more on that some other time.  The point is, by the time I rolled out of bed I already felt like I had wasted a whole day.  Part of me wanted to just go back to sleep so I wouldn’t have to deal with life.

But NO, not today!  I dragged my ass into the shower and I proceeded to give myself a stern talking to in the mirror.
“This is not who you are anymore,” I told my reflection, “you are not wasting any more days!  Hustle, girl, hustle!”
For some reason the word hustle really gets me going.  I follow a lot of cool people on instagram, and they’re always posting about the hustle.  Up until recently I wasn’t doing a whole lot of hustling, and quite frankly I was feeling a little left out.  But now… school’s in full swing, I’m working on weekends, I’m trying to hit the gym, and of course I have a very important blog to run… the hustle is real, my friends.

Don’t worry, I won’t start using the hashtag on instagram.  As much as I respect the idea, I think the actual thing is a little overdone.

Anyway, the point is, I kicked my ass into gear and got a bunch of stuff done.  And, okay, none of it was school related… but that’s what my day off tomorrow is for!  Right?

Once I finished being productive for the day I figured it was time to reward myself.  I currently have two missions in life, and those are

  1. bring down the ridiculous amount of redness in my skin (no, it’s not rosacea, but there is something wrong with me… I’ve changed up my diet and my skincare routine to figure it out, but that’s another tale for another time); and
  2. treat myself in ways that don’t involve food (especially barbeque chips and donuts,, which have somehow become my two biggest vices)

And so, the logical way to end my night was… a face mask!

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definitely looks like something I want to rub on my face.

In my quest for the ultimate soothing face products I naturally turned to Lush.  What can I say?  I’m basic as hell.  Anyway, in addition to boring things like cleanser, I also felt like it was necessary to get a face mask.  The lady who worked there recommended I try Catastrophe Cosmetic – a blend of blueberries, calamine, and chamomile.

Honestly I nearly didn’t buy this mask for the sole reason that it has to stay in the fridge, and that is very, very far away from my bed.  Don’t judge!  But I ended up being very glad that I went for it (in spite of the massive inconvenience of walking fifty paces to the kitchen).

It smells great, as all Lush products seem to (except that one mask with garlic in it, probably… I’m sure it feels fantastic, but what’s the point if it doesn’t smell nice?), and it feels even better.  Because it comes straight out of the fridge it’s nice and cool, and it’s super smooth.  It washed off easily, and left my skin feeling totally smooth, clean, and gorgeous… exactly how it should be!

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not really how I imagined my first selfie on the blog, but…

Of course on this particular occasion I was drinking a mimosa (left over from a baby shower on the weekend), so I can’t say it helped in terms of redness.  But that’s my own fault, now isn’t it?  And hey, it certainly helped in terms of feeling like a damn goddess!  I’m quite certain that whatever is going on with my skin can’t be fixed with an $8 face mask anyway.  The first time I used it I definitely noticed a temporary improvement, and when my face is feeling hot and irritated this mask is my new go-to.

You know those days where you’ve been running around for hours, eating junk food, probably putting on sunscreen or sweating or even just wearing foundation and you can feel it all on your face?

Yes.  This is for those days.

If you’ve tried this mask before, what did you think?  Have you tried any other face masks you liked – or made any yourself?  I’ve definitely done the ol’ yogurt/honey/banana before… tasted great, but felt too sticky.  Any others to recommend?

Happy tuesday, lovelies – see you tomorrow!

– L


This blog was an accident.

It was late, and I was having one of those days.  I was spinning around in my desk chair, staring at my giant to do list and feeling utterly uninspired to do any of it.  I wanted something to work on – some creative project that was just for me.

Instead of doing something productive, I started Skyping my friend Sarah.  Sarah’s a photographer, a snapchat aficionado, and a personal cheerleader for everyone she meets.  She’s the one who suggested I start blogging again, and her positive attitude made me think that maybe she was right – maybe I would be good at it this time!  In fact she got me so excited that I went and bought my domain name right then and there.

Then the call ended and I started to have a bit of a melt down.

what am I doing??  I don’t have time for this, I can’t do this, I’m not interesting enough for this.
Oh, and I’ve tried blogging before… it’s hard.

So there’s that.  

It was a long night – there was a lot of freaking out.  Sometimes I think I buy things that I think will help me live a certain type of life (it never works)… and I had just done that very thing with a damn domain name.  At least when I buy too many lipsticks I can wear them to work!

I decided that I wasn’t going to move forward with it – that I would just forget about the whole thing and try not to dwell on it too much… but my mind kept wandering back the idea.  I started thinking about what my aesthetic would be, and titles for blog posts wouldn’t stop popping into my head.  So hey, I thought, why the hell not?

And thus, MOMPUNK was born – for real this time.  I started making lists, coming up with a palette of colours, gathering photos for instagram and drafting posts… and now we’re here!  I haven’t done as much prep as I wanted, but they say the hardest part of anything is the start, and I have a feeling that if I don’t just hit that publish button, nothing is ever going to go up on here.

SO, that unnecessarily long story was basically to say… hello!  Welcome!  This is MOMPUNK.

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MOMPUNK HQ, aka my very cluttered desk


Here’s what you can expect to see here:

+ playlists of some great tunes
+ my favourite make up products
+ university talk
+ my sad attempts at DIY projects
+ tips for life (or something)
+ real talk about things like sex, feminism, and how hard it is to be an adult
+ just me, ranting, raving, rambling, and being the mess of a woman that I am

So, any tips on who to follow, what to post, or how to… y’know… be a blogger?  Let me know!

see you tomorrow,

– L