So I’ve been down and dumpy lately, and I think the weather gods read this as they provided me with a nice grey, rainy day today. There are some days when a cloudy, drab day soothes me – I think it’s because everyone’s sheltered under their umbrellas, and I can wander to the coffee shop without feeling like my dumpy mood is as obvious as a picket sign plastered to my forehead. I’m still a bit down and reflective, but only amidst my own solitude, so it’s manageable.
Anyways, the silly girl in me has been cheering myself up by looking at pretty things, trying on old clothes to see how they match-up with this and that, and peruse online danger hot-spots of fashion and glam. I’ve come to love ‘experimenting’ with beauty products – and I use that term lightly as I am rather sensitive to chemical blends and fragrances. When I lived in the U.S, I subscribed to a fashionable company called ‘Birchbox‘ where with your monthly subscription, you would receive a pretty little box in the mail filled with a surprise assortment of beauty samples varying in purpose – nail varnish, cleansers and peels, toners, sun protection, perfumes, etc. -(They also have subscriptions available for men who like the finer things, but hate shopping for them.)- It’s actually how I came to discover my lusty perfume and the one I’ve stayed true to. Before moving over the pond to the lush green pastures of English countryside, I packed up my sophisticated array of unused samples and they filled my medicine cabinet, all snug and tight. And a few months ago, I grew curious and thought I should probably try a few of them out… and coming to love almost all of them, that’s when I sought out a similar brand in the UK and found GlossyBox, whose first package of many I received about a week ago. It’s a fabulous deal for the person who loves finding new products to suit them that are not mass produced in your local pharmacy, and more likely to consist of organic blends and natural scents. Noteworthy is their quality – these are lush brands parceled up in these sweet blissful boxes, and so much less harsh to the skin and hair than what you would perhaps typically purchase.
Products I’ve come to love thanks to these two companies vary from the following:
HD Brows: Brow Beater
I said I got cheery over silly things, and this is one of them. I am rather finicky about my appearance sometimes, and when I want to look really clean and polished, this product is rather sweet. It’s a clear gel that you comb over your brows and it neatly tidies them, and keeps them in place. Some girls like to pluck, and this merely polishes the shape of your brow when you choose to. I know, some may view this as obsessive, but again, it’s the silly little things. It’s light, not sticky or hardening.
Collection: Lasting Eye Colour Gel
I know there are similar products in the market, but personally I’ve tried a few and they’ve not worked. They were clumping, hard, the pigment was rather transparent, and I found this gel to work simply and smoothly. The pigment is rich, and that’s what I like, because I do not enjoy plastering make-up on, especially around the eyes. I like a couple products (3 at most) and that’s it. Quick and easy applications make me a simply happy lady.
Pangea Organics Facial Toner
I have come to love this product over the past two weeks. After I get out of the shower, I spritz it a few times over my face and neck, and it refreshes my skin nicely. I’ve tried other toners before and they merely opened my pores, which defeats the purpose of using a toner as it’s meant to tighten them. I love finding organic products – especially one that works! This one was a nice addition to my daily routine, and had been sitting in my medicine cabinet for months without being touched as I was always scared of using toners again (yes, I had tried quite a few as recommended by numerous individuals).
Amika Oil Treatment for Hair
This is one of my new favourites. It’s a lightly fragranced oil treatment for your hair that you apply after a wash or before and/or after heated treatment (blow drying, straightening, etc.). The aroma is lovely, and it all you need is a small amount in your palm, rub your hands together and apply to your hair. I’m still using the 10 ml sample bottle I received, and I am definitely planning on purchasing a full-sized portion when I finish with it.
Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser
This I recently purchased after going through my sample sized gift. It is a creamy, non-soapy cleanser that works delicately, yet oh-so-efficiently at removing make-up and cleansing your pores without over-drying your skin. It works brilliantly on eye make-up without harshly drying out that delicate skin. It’s non-perfumed, and maintains balanced pH levels of your skin. It really is simple and lovely. Honestly, the first time I used it, my skin went a little red, but I do have very sensitive skin and I had been using basic soap cleansers for years, and so I take it that my face was just adjusting to a new product in general. The second time (which was the following morning), I had no reaction and I’ve been using it ever since. I tend to have combination skin, and therefore slightly prone to acne if I use the wrong products. I hesitantly tried this one, because as I said, I had been using the same product for years. The other one worked, but I was looking for something a bit more delicate. For me, this is lovely.
Thus far, these are my fave finds from my subscriptions to both Birchbox and GlossyBox. Other products I’ve come to love range in the following – and these are department store finds:
Marcelle BB Cream – I’ve not tried other BB cream brands yet, but this Canadian brand was a good start for me. It has a slight yellow-tone, but for my biracial skin tone that’s actually a perfect find as my complaint is usually that the tone is too ‘pinky’. Downside, there’s no SPF, however my moisturizer has SPF and I usually plop on sunscreen no matter if my make-up provides it or not! Downside again – the price. This is the most I’ve ever spent on a beauty product, to be quite honest. But sadly, I find with my skin I have to spend a bit more cash sometimes otherwise I break out in mini hives 😦
Maybelline FIT ME Foundation – light weight, smooth, and a good coverage for foundation. I’m not a powder-faced person, and to be honest, I’d much rather have little ‘flaws’ showing through rather than matte perfection. For everyday use, the lighter the better, and I use this alternatively to my BB cream some days as it’s cheaper and more accessible at the drug store. For me, face make-up is merely to balance out some redness, and prevent my skin from becoming oily throughout the day.
Vaseline Rosy Lip Therapy Tin – I love Vaseline petroleum jelly. I used to use it as my eye make-up remover, and I’ve always relied on it as the best light lip gloss. This tin goes with me everywhere. Simple, basic, cheap brand and product that I love. And the rosy tint adds a nice little pinkiness to the lips, but it also comes in clear, which is just as nice 🙂
Anyways, that’s me for today – a rather big contrast to my previous posts, but I felt like a distraction. And I do have other products that I am devoted to and have been for years for bodywash, scrubs, shampoos and conditioners, but I felt like I may end up boring people more than what I’ve already accomplished.
It’s funny when I think about it, but I think much about me is contrasting because it’s posts like these that make me realize how much ‘girliness’ I have in me as I do find pleasure in products that don’t destroy my body. I do enjoy sophisticated products as well, and my subscriptions to companies that provide mini-sample sizes have suited me well, because even the sample sizes are typically large enough for me to try out for a decent length of time to see results. But yes, I am the chick at the bar who can talk your ear off about the latest fashion trends on the runway whilst wearing my stilettos or converse, and intermittently scream at the television as my sports team screws up another defensive play, and then will stare off briefly at another screen as they update me on the most recent international affairs overseas.
My boyfriend once told me as I sat at the bar while he served that he was happy and found it funny that out of the massive crowd sitting at the bar, his girlfriend was the one sitting at the end on her lonesome reading a book on political theory while munching on chips and drinking a pint of water.
I am an odd one.
Love from, Vic Louise xoxoxo