A few quickie reviews.

I’ve tried out a few new things recently and nothing that needs their own entries so how about some quickies?

Last month I tried out the monthly snack box Graze (my referral link for new folks) basically it’s a monthly sampler of super healthy snacks. It is somewhat customizable with some major caveats. If you’re like me and don’t like nuts that much, there’s not a whole lot on offer. I liked two things out of I think 8 and I gave my partner the other things and he didnt’ care for them much. That said, if you do like nuts I do think it’s a nice deal. If you find yourself in need of snacks at work or whatever, it’s a nice little treat box. I believe right now if you sign up, you can get one free via my affiliate link.

The next thing is the Ulta Ultra Rich hand and nail cream. I have the Coconut almond milk one and y’all. It is 12$ and well worth it to me. The scent is light, not super perfumy and the texture is very rich and creamy without being greasy. This is the hand cream I use at work. I have really super dry hands that crack and this helps keep my hands more supple during the day. If you don’t have super dry skin, this will just feel super luxe and keep your hands the way they are. Don’t expect miracles but it is good stuff.

I’ve been using a new nighttime moisturizer for about a month and y’all…I mean like…so. The NO7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream. Y’all. for 25$ this cream is super rich and feels thick on the skin. I use this last at night and in the month I’ve been using it regularly I’m seeing that my skin is absolutely softer, I have a few patches on my face where I get these irritated thick dry skin over ingrown hairs and this stuff softens that up.I use it all down my neck and onto the tops of my boobs. It is a really wonderful rich cream and it takes only a little bit to go around and the jar will last a while. Like every other goddamn moisturizer, I’d prefer it to come in a pump or tube but yanno.

Now I have to show y’all something that is expensive AF and that I am so in love with it hurts. Like, I did not want to like it, but I friggin love it. The Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. From Fall through probably May my lips are super prone to cracking. Doesn’t matter how hydrated I am, if I don’t’ have a cold it is allergies or just how my body is. It hurts and leaves discoloration around the corners of my mouth. Normally at night I use a combo of a good heavy, waxy lip balm (generic Burts Bees type or the Eos balms) with a generous (thick and gross) layer of Rosebud Salve on my lips. I don’t know what the super secret formula of that is, but it works. I like the original flavor.

NOW.

I picked up some samples of the Agave lip mask from Sephora a while back……..holy shit wow.

I don’t care about the colors, I slopped that shit on and know that I mouth breathed all night because I was congested. Not only were my lips supple in the morning there was STILL product on them. Normally I’d tell myself, please don’t buy that shit again, but, I want to keep being able to wear ALL my fave lip looks so I’m likely going to pick some up.

I have some other new skin care stuff I’m trying. I’ve kept my promise to myself and have some really great stuff stashed at home to tryout.

What else is coming up?

I’m putting together a page that will have links to indie POC artists because that is important to me. Keep an eye out for that.

MMm what else? I dunno y’all. Stuff.

Have you tried anything new and awesome lately?

You can tell me.

New Year, New Stuff and damn it’s cold

Holy damn. Y’all we here.

I started this on the third and couldn’t quite get to where I could say anything beyond holy shit no.

I had to spend some time doing a heart to heart with myself. I keep feeling like I should do something more with this space, but frankly I cannot. My actual soul cannot take me giving more space to the Trumpfuckian nightmare than I already do.

So, save for rarely I won’t be doing that here.

Instead I’m gonna do more of what I love. We’re gonna talk beauty, skin care, aging, bodies, fashion the way I wanna talk about it.

It brings me joy to talk about these things and frankly when you are a marginalized person under threat, doing things that bring you joy is a nice big ole middle finger to the forces that want us to suffer.

So let’s talk about 2017.

I started spending a lot of time side hustling way back in Sept. because I wanted to buy a bunch of high end skin care stuff to start off 2017. I mostly did Swagbucks (y’all it was slow ass going but if you have the time why not) and plotted. I’ve only really dabbled in high end skin care, a moisturizer here and there but nothing major. I really wanted to try brands like Boscia, Peter Thomas Roth and whatnot.

I saved up 100$ in gift cards from my side hustle and y’all I bought SO MANY THINGS. Mostly all travel sized so I can try them out. I’m concentrating mostly on masks and a few cleansers to put into rotation.

I’m already so delighted by my skin, I really just want to play and see what happens.

I really want to do some OOTDs but I’m having a hell of a time figuring it out. The lighting in my apartment is not bright enough, I don’t have a full length mirror. I’m thinking if I can find my tripod I can take photos myself at work but I must find the tripod.

Mainly because y’all I have been so cute lately.

Today I’m wearing leggings with an attached skater skirt, Harajuku style socks, booties, a cute vneck top and a cardi. I’m fucking adorable.

Imma sort it out.

What else?

Beauty misadventures.

Aging. I mean I’m turning mother fucking 40 this year and if you’ve been here a minute you know I’m HYPE about it.

So that’s where we’re at.

I’m going to try and figure out more photo posting and coming next week I’ll show y’all my fave lippies on my real face.

In a few weeks I’ll do a wig lookbook AND a special post on how to buy wigs on a budget and why it’s okay if your shit ain’t laid.

OH before I forget. I used my shop style links and created a new pinboard. These are some of the skin care items I’m trying this year.