DIY Green Tea Latte (or any other kind of tea for that matter!)

Check out that foam, folks.

Check out that foam, folks.

One of my favourite things to order at Starbucks is a green tea latte.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, they basically whisk together simple syrup, matcha powder, and foamed milk.

But I don’t like matcha (except in green tea ice cream) because I think it tastes thick (how can something taste thick? I don’t know but that’s how it tastes okay). I prefer it made with a China Tips Tazo tea bag, not a Zen tea bag. And I like nonfat milk. And I only like three pumps of syrup in my Grande rather than the standard four. And I like vanilla syrup instead of classic.

All this makes the barista pull out a cup and a Sharpie and the person behind me sigh with exasperation.

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The Ultimate Lip Balm?

Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm

So my Ultimate Lip Balm Hunt has been stagnant and unsuccessful for a few years, as illustrated by the Dior Crème de Rose flop. However, the balm I’ve been using for the last few years has been working for me. I suppose that begs the question of why I’m on the hunt for a better one… I like lip balm, okay?

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Review: Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoos

Maybelline Colour Tattoos

So when these cream shadows came onto the market a few years back, everybody flipped out. Particular shades were virtually impossible to find because they sold out so fast (I’m looking at you, Bad to the Bronze!) and as they released more shades, those got snapped up quickly too.

When you try one out, it’s easy to see why Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadows are so popular. They come in tons of pretty colours, ranging from neutrals to pigmented brights and darks to a silvery white. They stay on well. All that for under $10? Omg.

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Taking It Off (+ The Walking Dead made me sleepy and confused)

I don’t wear a lot of makeup every day. But when I do, it’s very important to me that I get it all off.

On top of that, I don’t like oil-based makeup removers. Having oil on my eyelids makes me feel like I’m a baby that’s just been born, fighting through uterus-goo (ew, but at least I’m honest, okay?).

That’s why, when cleansing waters entered onto the skincare scene, I jumped for joy.

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Troubleshooting Skin?

Troubleshooting My Skin?

So my skin has been behaving crazy lately. I don’t break out all that often – I think it’s a combination a rigorous skincare regime, my Clarisonic, genetics, and luck. However, as of late, my luck hasn’t been so good – maybe because I’ve been stressed. It’s midterm season.

Anyway, to combat my acne, these are the products I’ve been using.

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Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Beige

Rimmel ScandalEyes

One of the classic tricks in makeup is to put white eyeliner on the lower waterline to make your eyes look wider and more awake.

Well, I’ve tried it. And maybe it’s because I have darker skin, but it just made me look like a crazy.

I’ve found that, regardless of your skin-tone, you can achieve a less unearthly “awake” effect by opting for a beige liner instead.

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Quick Tips Volume 2 (+ Supernatural broke my heart)

Quick Tips 2

Here you are – more quick tips to give your makeup routine a boost!

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Glow Job! (+ American Horror Story: Coven just got weird[er])

My number one skincare concern is unevenness and dullness.

I suppose that’s two, so those are my number one and two skincare concerns. (My third one is acne.)

I have natural unevenness, which deeper skintones are prone to. I also scar super easily whenever I do break out.

Until this year, I had never found a brightening (note: brightening, not lightening) routine that worked for me. Now that I have, I’m obsessed with getting my skin to shine bright like a diamond (but not in an oilslicky way).

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Sheer It Out! Givenchy “Brun Createur” Lipstick

How bleeping cute is that packaging?

How bleeping cute is that packaging?

Last week, I got this truly lovely sample with my purchase at the Sephora VIB Sale. I’ve never tried a Givenchy lipstick, so of course a free mini is a nice way to get a taste of the luxury without the price tag.

Seriously. This is 100-point-perk-worthy. (But it was freeeeeeee!)

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Layer It On! My Mascara Routine

Mascara Routine edited

So anyone who’s had a beauty-related discussion with me pretty much knows that I am eyelash obsessed.

Honestly, my lashes kinda suck. They’re thin, pretty short, and super straight. Bleh.

Consequently, I’ve been on a hunt – kinda like my HG Lip Balm Quest – to find the ultimate mascara. I want it to define, separate, thicken, lengthen, and hold a curl…but I don’t want it to be too hard to remove.

So far, I haven’t found one that does all these things all in one. Solution? Layer three different mascaras that do three different things!

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