SKIN CARE for when you’re broke + lazy.

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I don’t know about you guys but when I get home at the end of a long day the last thing I want to do is go through some extensive skincare routine.  Like, it probably should seem nice and refreshing and like an ideal way to prep for sleepy time but it just… isn’t?

That’s why I like to keep it as simple (and cheap) as humanly possible – difficult because my skin doesn’t love cheap products.  SO after much experimentation here are my three favourite, SUPER gentle ride-or-die products… all under ten dollars.

1. I’ve tried a few different makeup removers, but right now I’m loving this micellar water from L’Oreal (9.99).  I love this stuff because it’s soothing, refreshing, and takes off everything.  It’s awesome because you don’t technically need to wash/rinse it off (in fact that whole point of micellar water is to keep your hard tap water from messing with your skin) – so if it’s really one of those nights you can just wipe and go, ya know?

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2. Even though you don’t really need to, I always wash my face after I take off my makeup – it just makes me feel so ready for bed.  I like Nivea’s gentle cleansing cream ($7.77) for this.  This stuff is so creamy and smooth and smells so sweet – plus it’s pink so, like, #onbrand.  On a serious note though this cleanser is amazing and feels so luxurious on your face.

3. I always finish with a bit of moisturizer and my honest to god ride-or-die is this $4 tube from St.Ives.  It’s simple, unscented, and super gentle – plus it’s full of collagen, which theoretically will ward off wrinkles (although I’ve kind of accepted my wrinkly-forehead fate tbh).

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That’s it!  99.9999% of nights I do these three things and then pass the heck out – and it seems to be working pretty well for me.  If I really want to go the extra mile I’ll slap on a facemask before I shower — either a clay mask (which I will write about soon) or my all time favourite, straight up organic honey (so good for redness + inflammation!!!).

So there you go; if you’re broke and lazy like me, you can still be a dewy, glowing goddess — I promise!  What are your favourite cheap skin care products?  I’m always down to try something new.

scrub-a-dub,

– L

PS, let’s ignore the massive amount of time that has passed since my last post.
PPS, still very much obsessed with the new Harry Styles and Paramore sooo

BEAUTY: best! primer! ever!

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GUYS, I’ve cracked it.

It’s been a long, hard road but I have finally – FINALLY! – found the absolute best green primer in all the land.  If you have redness that drives you nuts, then you have come to the right place because this is life changing.

….. okay I’m getting a little extra about the whole thing, but honestly I need you to understand how obsessed I am.

The primer is NYX colour correcting liquid primer in green.  I bought it at the NYX store in the eaton centre for… 18.99 I think?  In terms of NYX products it’s on the pricey side, but truly for me it is so so so worth it.  Not only does it neutralize your redness BIG TIME, but it’s got a really shimmery luminous finish to it that will shine through your foundation and give you the most glamorous dewy look EVER.  I used to be SO about the matte look because… I’m sweaty?  and I thought that powdering my face like mad was the answer.  But anyway I am officially so over it, and very much into the dewy sex bomb look.  So yeah, if you are too, this primer + rimmel wake me up foundation (my drug store fave) is the ultimate combo.

On an unrelated note, I’m currently listening to a stream of Gala Darling and one of the Astro Twins talking about Venus retrograde.  Fun because venus rules love/sex/etc (all the good stuff really), and everyone could use more of that.  I am really into reading my horoscope and knowing what’s going on with the stars and all that, even though my horoscope never seems to be all that applicable to me – which is weird because the Sagittarius “profile” fits me so well?  Anyway, who knows – it’s fun to read either way.  I’m a sucker for anyone or anything telling me things about myself and/or telling me what to do with my life.

Alright I’m off – so much homework to do.

love love love,

L

 

BEAUTY: sparkly mermaid eyes are everything.

I may currently be about a million miles from the ocean, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to embrace my inner mermaid sometimes (or, y’know, all the time).  Hence my love of this sparkly teal colour.

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I really like this look – the smokey shades in the crease take away the 80s look of the blue (at least I’d like to think so).  Plus the double winged liner makes it a little extra edgy.

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I used the Naked Basics palette to create a crease first, and then I took a bit of foundation on a flat concealer brush and dabbed it over my lid so the teal would really stand out.  I patted it on and then blended it out with the purple-y colour on the NYX palette (in the top right).  Then I used Mac’s ‘blacktrack’ liner to create the wings and added about a thousand coats of mascara.

Let me know what you think of this look – and if you’d be into more posts like this!

Talk soon!

– L

BEAUTY: last night I trimmed my eyebrow hair.

…and it was the most terrifying thing I have ever done.

Listen, I’d like to think I’m a fairly modest woman, but if there is one part of my appearance that I will take pride in it’s my eyebrows.  I think part of my eyebrow pride is a product of the fact that, back in middle school, I used to actually be made fun of for my brows – they’re thick, and they’re a lot darker than my natural hair colour, and oddly enough they grow in completely uneven.

So yeah, middle school was a tough time for my eyebrows.  I cleaned them up a little bit in high school, but honestly eyebrows weren’t a thing then like they are now – at least, I don’t think they were.

When I actually started shaping and filling in my brows I learnt from this video on Rookie (side note: I just read an interview with Tavi Gevinson the other day… I want to be her).  Ever since then I’ve had what I’d consider to be some pretty serious brow game… but here’s the thing: eyebrow hair keeps growing.  And I could ignore it for a long time, but it finally got to be too much.

So last night, for the first time, I took some scissors to my precious eyebrows.
And honestly?  It worked out pretty well, I’d say.
If your brows are getting a little unruly too, here’s what I did – it’s super simple:

the brow pencil that I use (the NYX one, of course) came with one of those little spooly things on the end, so I used that to brush all my eyebrow hair upwards.  If you don’t have one of those you can actually just use a fine-tooth comb.
Brush the hair so it points straight up and then take a pair of little scissors.  You can buy scissors specifically for trimming your brows at the drug store but… why?  I used these little nail scissors that I had lying around.  I tried using my hair shears but they were a bit big.

Follow the line of your brow shape and trim all the hair that stands up above it.  No, really, that’s it!  Move slowly – it’s easier to cut more hair off than it is to wait for it to grow back. When you think you’re done just brush the hairs back with the spooly/comb/your fingers, and clean up anything you missed with your scissors or tweezers.

Whoa!  That easy.

You’re welcome.

I wanted to write this post last night after I did this, but my eye literally started twitching, so I figured it was time for bed.  I’ll be back to posting every day soon, I promise.

Sooo… what’s your go-to eyebrow routine?  Have I gone about this all wrong?

– L

PS, ignore the weird face I am making in this photo and focus instead on the glorious state of my eyebrows.  What do you think?  Success?
Yeah, me too.

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.

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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!

-L

 

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