”Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”. I remember reading this quote in my last year of high school, full of juvenile cynicism and anger, thinking E.E. Cummings must’ve been high as a kite when he wrote this wishy-washy foolishness. It took me years to realize why this particular topic aggravated me.
It’s hard to talk about something that hits too close to home. I spent so much time wondering how I could get rid of my low self-esteem, how to become ”confident”. The problem is that I gave the word a completely different meaning. I thought to be ”confident” meant not caring what other people thought of me while believing I was the center of the universe. Which is complete and utter bullshit if you ask me. I still give a shit, a lot of shit. I still worry about the way people perceive me. Not because I’m dependent on their opinions, but because I’m human.
The teeny tiny little difference is my perception of MYSELF. How I feel about myself can not and should not be influenced by external factors. Yes, I might worry about why someone doesn’t like me, but I would never let that do any damage to my self-worth. I am enough, regardless of what anyone thinks or says about me and regardless of any personal failures or setbacks. No one is perfect, but as long as you’re okay with your flaws and compassionate towards yourself and others, you’ll fine 😉 Until next time buttercups!
Today I’ll be reviewing a highlighter that’s been recommended to me by my divalicious partner in crime, which is the MUA Luxe Strobe and Glow Highlight Kit in pearl gold. This is my first time using a MUA product, so as per usual I’m a little hesistant. Who said trust issues were limited to people? While I tend to go above and beyond to find affordable yet high-quality make-up, my experiences with highstreet brands have often turned out to be a bit disappointing. However, the cheapskate in me is willing to give everything a try just to save some coinnnns (and spend it on unreasonably expensive coffee instead).
The MUA Luxe kit contains 2 options: a cream highlighter and a powder highlighter. I say ”options” because I’m not quite sure how the two would work together. The powder was unfortunately a little too matte for me. If I don’t look ready, set, glow for the red carpet then there’s really no point in using a highlighter. Au naturel is for sleeping. But that’s my shallow opinion ladies, you do you 😉 I was really surprised by how much I liked the cream. It’s a lovely shimmer that lasts a long time (definitely from 9 to 5, after that nothing really stays put) and gives you a beautiful glow.
To sum it all up, it’s affordable and does the deed, maybe even better than some of the more expensive alternatives (cough ”Dior” cough). Keep on shining buttercups, and until next time!
It started with a forehead pimple and ended with me sitting on my bedroom floor (or laying, depends on how many zits decide to pop up) eating an entire bucket of caramel ice cream while listening to the audio version of ”How To Be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran. Yes, I used to be thàt chick.
Living up to society’s expectations of beauty is no picnic. Luckily, after years of doubting myself, I have finally managed to find peace with the way I ”look”. Better than that, I stopped comparing myself to other girls. They say comparison is the thief of joy, but for me it was more of a soul-sucking, gut-wrenching process. It took half of my twenties and several setbacks to get rid of the many unhealthy habits I was practicing. Starving ourselves in order to look stereotypically ”hot” is nonsense. Same goes for undergoing painful medical procedures because we believe changing our appearance will make us ”acceptable”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for self-improvement and believe people should do whatever the fuck they want to be happy.
The difference is in the intention though. Do we exercise and get hair-extensions because we thoroughly enjoy it? Or do we do it because we feel like we have to? I do ”girly” things because I like it and it brings me joy. Some people meditate, I like to sit in front of a mirror and paint my face. To each their own 😉 So love yourselves ladies, because beauty is subjective and the right person will think the sun shines out of your ass regardless of how you look.’
‘In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” Even though it will take you a couple of mental breakdowns to get there, it’s totally worth it. Until next time buttercups!
Finding the right foundation can often times feel like an endless cycle of trial and error. Besides the coverage and the shade, there are a zillion other variables that you need to take into consideration before picking the right base for your “beat”.
You won’t believe the number of times I left the house either looking related to an oompa loompa or Casper the friendly ghost. On top of that, you never really know how your skin will react to the product. Unless you’re one of those people that leads an organic lifestyle and is glutenfree, sugerfree, diary-free (so basically joy-free), it’s really hard to find something solely made of mother nature to smear on your face. But, my dear buttercups, miracles do still exist. After finally deciding to put on my big girl panties and buy my first (!) high-end foundation, I can honestly say my make-up routine has drastically improved.
Behold the Estée lauder double wear stay-in-place make-up the closest I’ve come to the perfect foundation. I have combination/oily skin with the occasional dry patch, and this one just works wonders on my face. Even though I prefer a more dewy look, I really wanted the benefit of having full-coverage without building layers. As for the staying-in-place part, it really does last a long time for it to come off. I’m the girl who rarely washes off her make-up before going to bed (yes, it’s gross, I’m disgusting, forgive me for I have sinned, but most likely will continue sinning) and it still looks bomb the morning after.
The packaging is in my opinion the only thing that could use some improving. It’s 2017 and we use pumps now Estée lauder, get it together please. To conclude our review, if you’re looking for a foundation that doesn’t fade and covers every little pore, look no more.
Give it a try and tell us what you think and/or how it worked for you! Until next time buttercups!