Sunday, July 23, 2023

Honest Product Review: 100% Pure Super Fruit Balm

It has been an extremely long time since I have tried a new product that was this unique within its own category of skincare. Introducing, 100% Pure Super Fruit Balm.

What makes this moisturizer stand out, in my opinion, is the texture. It has an almost waxy consistency, and needs to be warmed in the hand before application. 

It definitely leaves a sticky texture on the skin after application, but there is only so much you can do about that given the waxiness of the product itself. 

At first, I was kind of confused why that was all it said, but I figured, I’d oblige. Applying it is kind of tricky. You need to pat it into the skin rather than glide. Once it’s on your face, you can literally feel it just healing your skin. I love this for now, but it has only been about a week.  I need to try this out for at least a month or two, though, to see if I still feel this way. 

[Update: I realized, despite reading the directions I wasn’t using it as directed. I was using much much less, about a pea sized amount at most and applying it to my most dehydrated areas. (This was used in conjunction with my hydrating serum by Bioloque Researcher). I used as directed tonight, and I don’t like it.

I had to quickly clarify my review because, this is important to know when deciding if this product is for you. Anyway, when I used the quarter sized amount, as directed, I really don’t seem myself ever using it like this again. 

If you have oily-normal skin you will not like this at all. This is for dry and or dehydrated skin. Now because I have combination skin I don’t need to apply this all over my face. Skincare can be applied like makeup. You wouldn’t put concealer all over your face would you? So, I think when applied to those areas on the skin for a boost of hydration it’s great. All over the skin though, I’m not a fan. 

Also, if you have acne prone skin this has the potential to break you out. I’m not 100% sure as I am not a dermatologist, but I can imagine this feeling like it clogs pores.

All of that said, when used solely on problem areas it works great!]

I will definitely provide an update as soon as I have one!

Have you tried this moisturizer? What’s your favorite 100% Pure product?

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. However, the links included are affiliate links meaning if you decide you would like to purchase this product using my link I will receive a small commission. Thank you for your support! 

Monday, July 17, 2023

Watercolor: Part 2


Original Watercolor by Me 

This was one of my first full page ladies. This one inspired a theme for most of my watercolor paintings, thereafter. 

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Bye, Clean Girl… Hello, Hipster

I don’t know how to start this post because, it is essentially just the ramblings of a fashion nerd. So I decided to approach this as an open fashion diary entry. I may even turn this into a series, we will see. 

Entry #1: 

Circa January 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot lately how I believe the next big fashion (and beauty) trend is going to be an ode to the hipster era. 

The hipster aesthetic is essentially pushing back on mainstream trends, and as such can be interpreted stylistically in a large variety of ways. There really is no one-way to define hipster style, but there are a few themes. 

1. Anything Vintage

During the height of the hipster era, I would define my style as predominantly vintage or vintage inspired. By definition, wearing vintage clothing embodies the disregard for modern or mainstream trends. 

2. 90s Grunge with Warhol Sprinkled in 

Another variation of the hipster aesthetic is a combination of 90s grunge, and 60s mod Andy Warhol vibes. I would describe it as a fashion/image conscious interpretation of 90s grunge. This one also feels pretty nostalgic for me. 

3. Grandma-Chic

Think oversized cable knit cardigans, with ironic graphic tees. A lot of lace and gaudy sequins. It’s amazing honestly. This also synonymous with the male Brooklyn hipster look. It would consist of a flannel, brand new non-worked in work boots, and skinny ties. 

3. Too Cool for School Mentality

That said, the hipster "mentality" goes against the whole idea of the social media algorithm. The notion of following a "trend" for likes is the opposite of something a hipster would do. So I am curious to see if that has an effect on anyone's view towards social media in its resurgence. 

Makeup and Beauty: 

I look forward to the influence it will have over in the beauty space as well. It’s going to be fun to see everyone’s interpretation of it. I predict it will consist of looks ranging from “slept in make up” with smudge-y shadow/liner, to clean geometric 60s mod eye, to bold lips, and eyes. I this may end the focus on bold blush that we have seen over the past year or two. 

Honestly, this will be a nice change from the (sorry) boring Hailey Bieber clean girl aesthetic. No offense to any clean girlies out there, but it’s just so boring 

I think the Hipster aesthetic can now be embraced through a 2023 lens. There are so many creative people out there, and it is now easier than ever to share ideas with people who hold common interests. 

I am looking forward to seeing what’s next in fashion and beauty. I think it’s time we start encouraging more individual style and self expression rather than everyone conforming to what we think is popular at the moment; that results in everyone looking and dressing the same. I can’t wait to see the comeback of the hipster! It’s going to be fun! 

Until next time,