[beauty blog] Lazy Girl Fave: LUSH Lip Tint

Largely due to Instagram, I’ve managed to master the 2K16 standard made-up face: brows on fleek, contour to slay, matte lip, rose-gold blush, and highlight that might not kill a unicorn but may or may not blind it. Thanks to the power of a truck ton of powder, I too can look like the vaguely blurry image of a Kardashian, complete with selfies. And, honestly, the journey to getting there can be a lot of fun…


Honestly, despite my full-to-bursting makeup trunk, most days I can’t even muster the energy to even lift a Beauty Blender, which is why I’m constantly on the lookout for products that’ll give me a little extra oomph for when I feel like sticking with my #IWokeUpLikeThis face. While I haven’t yet found a true miracle-in-a-bottle just yet, I think I’ve come pretty close with this Lush Lip Tint.

On the surface, it looks like one of those standard organic makeup deals, but do not let appearances deceive! This 4g tube packs a full face, sans brows (because, let’s face it, there are days you can’t be bothered with those either).

The product smells like, well, a Lush store, all candy-like and sugary instead of the usual chemical-vanilla that most matte lipsticks use. Darn tube smells edible, but thankfully doesn’t have a flavor otherwise I might have eaten it by now.

I bought the shade “It Started With a Kiss,” which is this peachy-coral shade with a touch of pink. There are two others: a shimmery nude, and a true bubblegum pink. The shimmery nude looked like it would work great as a highlighter, but maybe not on my lips. The bubblegum pink was, well, too pink. I sprang for what looked like the safest choice, though to be honest I was a bit hesitant at first.

Thank goodness I decided to buy it, because boy would I have missed out! The product is quite solid, and non-greasy, unlike the usual organic balms. It feels a little like rubbing a crayon over your lips, but in a good way–the tint does not feel like it will budge! And, while the color looked rather orange on my arm, on my lips it applied pleasantly natural-looking, sort of like a Korean lip look.

What made this product super worth it though was the fact that it works as a stick blush. While this isn’t a use advertised on the package, the Lush ladies were quick to inform me of this dual-purpose. This peachy-orange-pink looks a whole lot more healthy and radiant than my usual dark-pink liquid lip and cheek, and applies much smoother, glossing over the pores instead of sinking into them.

Maybe it’s the shade, but somehow this stick makes my skin overall look softer and glossier. I feel a bit like a K-Drama actress, and despite being Chinese, that’s a look I’m pretty game to run with.

Basically, this tiny tube did my whole face in about three minutes flat. It smells amazing, applies pretty well, and looks awesome, if I do say so myself. 10/10 would recommend to a fellow lazy girl!


#ProjectRedhead Update: French Girl Glam


A bunch of people asked how I found time this morning to achieve the “perfect blow-dry style” so I decided to drop this #ProjectRedhead Tip. Elle Magazine, in a recent web article, calls this the “secret to perfect Parisian hair,” but really it’s sort-of common sense.

And ridiculously lazy.

And, well, erm, kind-of “gross.” On paper, anyway.

For those who follow my #ProjectRedhead blogs, you know that I impose a strict every-other-day shampoo routine on my hair, unless I’m color-conditioning on an odd day (which still doesn’t count since, well, no shampoo). The routine is already grotty enough for some–admittedly, it was for me when I started–but it makes a ton of sense: you’ve already fried and dyed your hair, why damage it more by stripping nutrients from it daily?

However, today’s (partially-accidental) coiffure (since, well, “French girl glam”) pushes the envelope a bit more. To achieve these loose, irregular curls, I, well…

I did not wash my hair for three days straight.

YES OKAY KIND OF GROSS ON PAPER BUT HEAR ME OUT. Ordinarily I definitely WOULD wash my hair every other day because by then it’s usually an oil slick of nasty proportions (especially my fringe), but recently (read: yesterday) I found that if I properly shampoo and condition my hair when I do wash it–that is, I don’t use too much product, get everything out thoroughly, and don’t condition my roots by accident–and I don’t use too much heat protectant oil when I heat-style my hair (usually one day after washing), my head does not turn into a greasy mess.

How did this discovery occur? Well, I washed my hair on Sunday morning, since it was due for a shampoo already. I curled it Monday morning, then went to bed with it in a bun Monday night. I fully intended to wash my hair on Tuesday morning–while usually bun-ning my hair is a curl generation technique, I’d done it this time simply out of manang habit–but when I undid the bun that day it turned out a perfect messy cascade, half-heat curl and half loose-wave (a rare occurence; usually I end up looking like Hagrid), without the usual oil-buildup sensation.

I’m guessing it was my (non-aerosol) hairspray that helped it along–alcohol-based anything keeps oil from building up because it’s so drying–but for good measure I used dry shampoo to keep my scalp from becoming an oil slick during the say, brushing my hair out after I’d applied it. That process added volume, while distributing the dry shampoo evenly, making sure my hair didn’t get that pungent, “human” odor.

Voila! The “perfect” blowout. I can literally say “I woke up like this.” Hashtag-Flawless. Also, the “French styling” technique tends to offset the damage of burning and coloring hair, since you give natural oils time to build up just enough to naturally condition your mop .

There you go, folks. Faux-redhead, faux-Parisian, faux-beauty guru life. More lazy than luxurious, really, but before you call me super gross, I do still take a bath every day.

So there.


[beauty] Goodbye #ProjectRedhead, Hello #ProjectBrunette

It’s been fun, but, sadly (as in you have no idea how sad I am about this decision), all good things must needs come to an end.  And while #ProjectRedhead was definitely a good thing–or, well, at least a fun thing–I’m starting to miss my healthier-looking, “hidden ginger” natural hair.  Or, rather, I’m starting to miss how much moneysaved by keeping my healthier-looking, “hidden ginger” natural hair.

As I keep reiterating on these blogs, taking the plunge into redhead territory is a major commitment.  With constant fading (the mark of a true red dye), the bleeding-after-a-shower, and the need for regular salon (or at-home) touch-ups, being ginge (or titian, or auburn, or copper, or whatever shade) requires obsessiveness and a somewhat disposable income.  And while I do have the former…

…well, let’s just say, I don’t have the latter.

So I’ve decided to (admittedly reluctantly; I look quite a bit nicer as a Tully-Stark) embrace going back to au naturel after ticking getting a dye job off of my bucket list.  While I’ve explored several options such as dyeing all my hair back to my natural colour (next-to-impossible, as every salon I went to told me my natural colour was nearly-impossible to properly replicate) and cutting it all off (which would mean spending on a haircut, and as I mentioned I don’t really have money to burn right now), the best option, at the end of the day, was to do as little to it as possible.

Basically, leave my hair alone.

Fortunately, the “ombre” hairstyle hasn’t exactly gone out of fashion yet, so this is a viable option for a soon-to-be ex-redhead such as myself, but unfortunately my hair is currently an unnatural shade of red which, ten-to-one, won’t really blend well with my dark-brown regrowth.

Photo on 6-6-14 at 7.24 PMAforementioned unnaturally-red (occasionally pink) hair.

With hair the shade of a strobe light (and you should see what actual strobe lights do to it), not doing anything to my hair is not exactly an option.  At the very least, I’ll have to tone down it’s gloriously bright flame-ness.  I’ve started the process already by using clarifying and balancing shampoos daily (yep, breaking my “don’t wash your hair every day” rule) to gently strip the semi-permanent topcoat (Manic Panic Vampire Red), which will probably leave a great pseudo-blonde, pseudo-ginger mess at the end of the week.

Step two of this process will be to dye my hair for the second to the last time, with Herbatint box colours I’ve had in stock for a few months already.  They were supposed to be used as ingredients for colour-depositing conditioner, but since I won’t be trying to deposit any more colour onto my hair I might as well use them to darken my light lengths into a more blendable shade.  Currently I have one box of “Light copper brown” and one-and-a-half boxes of “copper blonde” from this brand, which, considering how long my hair is, should be enough to cover my whole head (sans roots) and will hopefully develop into an ombre-worthy shade.

Once this colour fades out (and more roots likely grow in), step three–and the last dyeing step–will come into effect.  My mum has unused boxes of Herbatint Dark Mahogany Brown which she’s graciously allowed me to use, and I will to finally make the transition from red to brown, hopefully buying me time to get used to idea before my whole dark mass grows in.

Then, well, Project Brunette begins, until perhaps I can save up a fund to have red-brown highlights, since those are quite a bit easier to maintain (I think).  Or else henna.  But I’m trying not to think about that right now (I’m too busy mourning the red. :)) )

While the roots grow out, I’ve been experimenting with hairstyles that make them look less sloppy and more rocker-chic, and I’ll be getting to seven different iterations I’ve discovered in the next post. For now, this is an official announcement: out with the new, and back in with the old! I’m going back to my roots…literally. :))

How about you, dear readers? Have any of you had to grow out your hair? How did you do it?