I’m back in New York and gearing up to start season four of fan-b! I started the blog in mid-April of 2014, and it has honestly kept going a lot longer than I expected. ahahah I have lots of good things planned.
One of the big changes that’s going to happen this year is that, starting July 1st, I’m giving up 1/5 of my salary at my Real Job in order to work one day per week writing freelance beauty articles and posts for fan-b. I’m crazily excited to be able to do creative stuff that I enjoy while retaining a chunk of the income and benefits that have allowed me to run the blog the way I want. I’m looking forward to spending one day per week officially working as an “internet bitch,” as my husband puts it. ahahaha
Sorry, I can’t get it up for the Ordinary
When someone is obsessed with skincare enough that they’re losing sleep to run a blog devoted to it, “sufficiently good” and “seems to be doing something” isn’t going to fly. I dig the concept behind the Ordinary: simple, straightforward formulations backed by science and priced totally within reach for most people. I genuinely wanted to love this line; I think Western skincare by and large is massively overpriced while under-delivering. I bought some stuff. I tried it. And I’m not convinced that this is the second coming of skincare Jesus.
I’m not actually going to do a big review roundup because I don’t feel like a line that I don’t love is worth the blog’s resources. I have some projects that are way more exciting to me (and hopefully you!). So far I’ve purchased four items. Here are mini reviews, ranging from least favorite product to ok.
Gritty, oily, painful on my hand skin…this is the hardest no I’ve ever given a skincare product. It didn’t even get on my face. Other skincare fans recommend mixing this with watery essences and whatnot, but it seems like that would change the concentration and if I wanted to do on-face DIY this wouldn’t be the product that would convince me to do the work.
This is a fairly low amount of lactic acid with a pH that’s high enough to keep things very gentle. To be honest, it really doesn’t do much for my skin, but if your skin screams when confronted with acids, this might be the tricycle you need to get rolling. The fragrance is more muted than the 10% version, but I’m still not a fan.
A peptide mashup that costs a bit more than other items and isn’t actually bad on my skin. I haven’t seen it actually do anything, but ingredients like this take some time to work. Will not repurchase, I prefer the big guns. I can see why someone would buy and like this.
A nice dose of lactic acid at a pH that keeps things gentle, this should have been a hit for me, but it’s [SPOILER ALERT] not taking the crown in my upcoming roundup of 17 lactic acids (aka. the hunt for a Good Genes dupe). The scent is a massive turnoff and I don’t feel like I see the results in terms of exfoliation or skin calming like I do with other lactics in the same power category. I have 17 lactic acids on my desk right now, I can tell you with certainty that they don’t need to smell that bad. The formula does leave my skin nicely smooth and hydrated, so I can see why people who are less repelled by the scent would buy and like this.
Part of me wonders if the Ordinary’s formulations are effective, but purposely a little shitty to encourage people to pony up for the more sophisticated Hylamide and NIOD lines. This isn’t some profound, original thought — plenty of people have been speculating along those lines. For example, the repulsive scent in the lactic acids comes from an added fragrance. It really doesn’t need to be there, but for some reason it is, and it really spoils an otherwise fine product (the 10% lactic).
If you want more reviews of the Ordinary’s products, I think Stephanie Nicole on YouTube did a fantastic job critiquing the line and breaking down the individual products after testing.
The good news is that there are plenty of lines doing the science-backed-but-affordable thing better imo, and hopefully the success of the Ordinary will encourage more to launch.
Support the [Sunscreen] Balls
Angela from Beauty and the Cat has a great idea: to take the recommended 1/4 teaspoon serving of sunscreen — difficult to eyeball — and turn it into a single-serving, smashable skincare ball that delivers the right amount of product every time. Volition Beauty is a company that turns great skincare ideas like Angela’s into actual products you can buy. They’re coming together to try to make a litter of sunscreen balls. If this sounds as good to you as it does to me, go vote so these can get made (voting doesn’t commit you to buying anything).
EXCITING NEWS! ? SWIPE FOR MOAR INFO. ? LINK IN BIO. ??I need your help to bring my idea to life. @volitionbeauty liked my idea for Sun Pearls and is running a campaign to tally interest in the product. If the campaign gets 3,500 votes, Volition Beauty will *actually formulate and sell the product*. ? #audiblegasp ✅ Please take a sec to vote. It’s easy and doesn’t commit you to buying anything. (You do need to provide your email.) Even if you’re a vampire with no intention of ever using sunscreen, I hope you’ll support me and vote for this campaign to move forward. Spread the word! ? Thanks, everyone! -Angela P.S. I wanted to submit a pic with Roxy, but Renee felt some kinda way about that…?
Off topic: Noisli is the shit
If you’re looking for a productivity-booster, may I suggest Noisli, a web application that offers commercial-free noise? I made an account so I could save my favorite noise combos and I def have the Chrome toolbar extension. No idea how they support the project financially, but I find that I get TONS more done when I have it on in the background while writing. If you’ve been putting off your income taxes (me, too), this might help. ?
The Lipstick League – week of 4.4.17
Question of the Week: Quick! Name the last concealer that you purchased and tell us how it’s been working for you.
I bought the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in Ivory and I’ve barely touched it because it’s so pigmented that I’m scared to try to use it in the mornings when getting ready for work for fear I’ll end up strangely pigmented in spots due to under-blending. Seriously, if you’re looking for a concealer that truly conceals, grab that. I’m more down with something a bit more sheer and foolproof tbh.
Blushing Noir – The unicorn trend is STRONG and if you’re feeling magical and maybe a little sassy, yet still want to be BUDGET FRIENDLY check out these amazing Unicorn Brush Sets on Amazon!
EauMG – I bought a sample of a perfume with oud and raspberries with the expectation that I’d write a (funny) snarky review. Well, I’ve been played! I ended up falling for a raspberry/oud that reminds me of frolicking in a magical, fantasy forest.
fanserviced-b – I was overwhelmed when acne first hit my skin. Here are the products that form the Anti-Acne starter pack I wish I’d had back then.
Gouldylox – Who doesn’t love a killer matte lipstick that actually helps dogs and cats have better lives? I know I do, even though one of the colors is NOT for me.
My Beauty Bunny – I’m trying out some natural goodies from RMS Beauty, One Over One, and Lily Lolo and letting you know what I think!
Nouveau Cheap – I struggled to find a place in my skincare regimen for the new St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub. Here’s what happened.
Phyrra – Unicorn obsessed? I’ve got over 20 of the most magical pieces of Unicorn Makeup & Makeup Brushes you can get your hands on!
Prime Beauty – sent her undereye bags packing with Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift AND she’s giving away one to you!
we heart this – discovered NINE new formulas from Herbal Essences (including one that smells more like a high end perfume than shampoo, it’s a must-have!)
Beautygeeks – needed a second date with a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer to know whether a little nozzle issue was going to be a deal-breaker.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
Blushing Noir is Currently Craving: The Benefit Cosmetics Sunday My Prince Will Come Easy Weekender Makeup Kit. It has the GALifornia Blush that I’m DYING for plus a bunch of other awesome little goodies in an adorable bag!
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