I hate gift guides.
The closest I’ve come this year is writing about the Body Shop’s Christmas releases, which I guess is a gift-guide of sorts as it suggests giving them as Christmas presents, but that’s all you’re getting.
This time of year they’re the only things any blogger is publishing. (This isn’t directed at anyone specific, by the way, and if you don’t find humour in exaggeration, you can leave). Gift guides for you, for your mother, for your boyfriend, luxury gift guides, affordable gift guides, who fucking cares.
The contents of these gift guides tend to fall into a couple of categories.
I had my wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday. All four of the fuckers, all impacted. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to go to hospital for anything, and the first time I had general anaesthetic. To say I was nervous is an understatement of stupid proportions. It went fine, of course, because modern medicine is incredible (seriously, anaesthetic is fascinating! They can literally turn your body off for half an hour and then you wake up FINE how does it work)
2015 was a weird year of change and discovery for me. I left a job to study makeup artistry at Weltec in the first half of the year, and after gaining my qualification I became Assistant Counter Manager for Clinique at Farmers Lambton Quay. In December I handed in my resignation after working for Clinique for six months.
How better to start a series of old-school product reviews than with a review of an old classic? The Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer doesn’t even look like this anymore, which is testament to how long I’ve had it and how long I’ve been into it. It was my first true bronzer – before this, I was using a brownish-pink Rimmel blush with more than a little shimmer in it to contour my face. I bought it when I lived in Toronto; I used to walk over to the Shoppers Drug Mart on Sherbourne St and spend hours ranging around the beauty section and contemplating walls of products which, at the time, entirely overwhelmed me. To be fair, the drugstore offering of matte bronzers was pretty pathetic seven or so years ago, so that Rimmel abomination may have been the best choice available.
Anyway. The /r/MakeupAddiction subreddit that got me into this Too Faced bronzer, and I loved it for a long time before moving on to others that I bought needlessly at the peak of my “I need all the makeup” phase. (That was around when I started this blog, actually, and when I wrote this post about contouring.)
I haven’t written a lot here over the past few months, for a bunch of reasons. One of them, I’ll be honest, is because if I’m deciding between whether to write something for my own blog or for xoVain (where I get paid), I’ll pick the latter. At the moment my income is pretty inadequate and my partner is looking for work, so every little bit helps.
Related to that, I guess, is that I haven’t had as much money to spend on products for myself, and I don’t want to fall back on writing exclusively about PR samples. With that in mind, the next few posts on Hyacinth Girl will be good old-fashioned product reviews, of things I’ve bought and am into and want to rave about. While you wait for those, however, I’d suggest having a read of xoVain 💖
I’ve started going to the gym regularly again, but don’t worry – there’s no chance of Hyacinth Girl becoming a fitness blog. It’s still a slog getting my shit together and actually making it to the gym, and my endorphins aren’t winning out over my preference for sitting down or getting an extra hour’s sleep. That being said, there are a few things that have definitely helped make going to the gym slightly less miserable.
What do you do when you ask a brand for a press sample of an upcoming release but before it arrives the associated celebrity does something that confirms that they are, in fact, The Worst and you don’t really want to support them? Write a conflicted blog post about it, obviously.
The Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes was something I coveted highly approaching Christmas last year. I audibly gasped when I first saw it on Temptalia. I think it’s because individually the Benefit blushes are quite expensive, and don’t have anything else particularly desirable about them (apart from the scent of Georgia, which was sadly discontinued like most things that have my heart). The tin was affordable, and novel, but it too is discontinued.
As soon as it arrived I was like, okay wow, they really committed to this novelty tin vibe. It’s big and cumbersome. It doesn’t really make me want to use these blushes. It’s also kind of ostentatious and Benefit’s cutesy packaging isn’t the most professional thing to pull out on a makeup job. Until I remembered that depotting was a thing. So join me on my journey of depotting Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot.
You know when you’re really busy but you feel like you’re just managing to stay on top of things? That was me, until I got hit with a ruthless cold this weekend. It’s one of those vibes where I can’t get my temperature right and I feel like I might choke on my own mucus if I lie down. Sorry. I haven’t been able to get my shit together enough to blog properly – today has been spent chugging orange juice and drawing face charts while watching Top Chef. I figured I can at least write about some things that I have been vibing on, though. And I though I better update you on how and why I broke my no buy resolution.
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is now available in New Zealand, and it’s time to ask the big questions. What is micellar water, and how does it work? I’ve been using micellar water for a good while now, and I’ll readily admit that I was confused when I first came across it. Case in point, this post from May last year: ‘I don’t know what micellar means but it might as well mean magical, as far as removing makeup is concerned.’ That’s not a lie, by the way. Micellar water is one of those fantastic beauty shortcuts that is actually a beauty shortcut, and not a stupid beauty ‘hack’ that’s just going to screw up your skin in the long run. Let me show you how.