Is this thing still on? Blog Update

Hi readers! Just wanted to spend a few minutes with you to update you on my blog and why I've been inactive for the past few months. I'm excited to report that it's a good absence, as I've been working on another website/blog that I am OVER-THE-MOON (necessary caps) about. I cannot wait for it to go live and it's the most exciting content I've put out to-date.

I love beauty and will always consider it my first love. It was my earliest, youngest passion and still a big part of my (personal and professional) life. Day to day I work in Ecommerce, and for a long time I've wanted to create a website that brought together my biggest passions - beauty, fashion, lifestyle & home in a more shoppable way. But not just shoppable...AFFORDABLE. The site will focus soley on sales & deals in the above categories, all fueled by my incessant need to "browse" 24/7.

There are so many incredible finds that I come across the same time I'm seeing Gucci bags and Reformation dresses with  all over Instagram, I'm also seeing those things ON SALE throughout the web. And I want to share them with you! Especially when I find an incredible pair of -never-goes-on-sale designer shoes in a few random sizes. Like, hello, the people need to know.

I'm hoping to have the new site up & running within a few weeks, with regular content to follow.

As for this little space...I'm not sure. At this point I fully intend to keep Odds & Enns running, though I may re-brand at some point down the line. I do like the idea of having a separate beauty blog, however my YouTube channel also functions that way. We'll see.

Thanks for reading! See you all soon with an even better update :)

Drugstore Minute: L'oreal Purify & Mattify Pure Clay Face Mask Review

L'oreal Purify & Mattify Pure Clay Mask

SO MUCH L'OREAL ON THE BLOG. I can't help it. They've been consistently crushing the mass skin/hair/makeup game for the past few years, with no sign of slowing down. Do we think they're double dipping into the prestige formulas that they own? Probably. Am I mad about it?

Not one bit.

Not when it leads to me finding a kick-ass clay mask at the drugstore. Let me rephrase that - a kick-ass, non-drying but excellently mattifying, totally cleaning and calming clay mask at the drugstore. I'm really not a fan of Aztec Healing Clay or Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask so this L'oreal Purify & Mattify Pure Clay Mask was a welcome change from the stripping, dry drugstore clays I've used in the past.

Quick Review: Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners [Confidential + Intrigue]

Buxom Plumpline Lipliner Review Swatches

In truth, these are good-not-great, and I can't for the life of me figure out why so many bloggers are raving about them other than pure PR Hype.

I love chunky lip pencil, don't get me wrong, and this has all the makings of a Danielle-approved lip formula. Impossible to mess up applicator? Check. Secondary brush tool for even further blending, in case I do mess up, which I probably still will? Check. The color selection is also vast and forgiving on paler skin. But the formula.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich vs Priming Moisturizer | Review & Comparison

In short? Priming Moisturizer Rich is okay.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich Review

I wanted to love it. I wanted to love it SO much you have no idea. I've been a fan of the OG Priming Moisturizer for a long time (that's my third tube up there) and I had very, very high hopes for Priming Moisturizer Rich. Glossier essentially crowd-sourced the formula, drawing inspiration from a very lengthy comment thread back in 2016. They encouraged readers to post about their dream moisturizer, and they said they would create it. 

And they did. Kinda.

Product Rave: L'oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo & Conditioner Review

We're going to bypass the fact that I haven't posted in over a month (neglecting all self-promises made to increase frequency...2017 Blogging & Content Goals post anyone?) and talk about shampoo.

And conditioner.

The marketing team at L'oreal are WERKING because I was into the L'oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo & Conditioner as soon as my eyes scanned the label. Sulfate free? Silicone free?? Kaolin??? Montmorillonite???? My knees weakened while my hair concerns flashes on the pale blue bottles like a 1-800 number...

"...oily roots...dry ends...."

I absolutely love this, and the worst part is: it totally delivers on all promises and has made me second guess future high-end hair purchases *clears Sephora cart of $180 worth of Christophe Robin*

Everything is pink at Zara and it's really good

Did you say garden party or tea party? You need to be more specific on your invite 

Oh it was my grandmother's

Last name is 'Engalls' comma 'Wilder', first name 'Laura'. I'm on the list 

Sorry, I don't have any black pants or tops you can borrow 

No thanks, I'm usually in bed by 10 

From Oily to Royal-y (or, thoughts on Spiro when my skin is behaving)

It's midnight. I need to go to bed. I'm blogging.

My 9-to-5 (10-to-8?) has been kicking my ass, but I've been enjoying a strong dose of makeup lately and the mornings spent hastily applying in the dark are sometimes usually the best parts of my day. Specifically since I've started Spironolactone (more on that later), I've had a big decrease in oil-production and am having a ball experimenting with more satin (dare I say...dewy?) foundations & formulas. I've actually had the odd dry patch, which has me downright giddy.

Makeup once on my shit list that I hoarded but hated, saved only for the day I dreamt I would no longer be oily, that has now come:

  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (this is a big one) 
  • Hourglass Diffused Light as my sole setting powder (!!!)
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges
  • Glossier Haloscopes (these I still half-hate and regularly side-eye)

It's not that I'm no longer oily. It's more like I've gone from a coursing river of clarified butter to a gentle stream of firm coconut oil. Just slightly glossy. Coupled with the fact that my skin looks better than it has in aaaaagessss, I'm actually excited to get in front of the mirror these days. 

It's still to cover everything up, of course. But it's a start. 

And chalk it up to my current Project 10 Pan that has me digging through my drawers to finish half-empty, forgotten foundations, but I haven't reached for my beloved L'oreal Pro Matte in at least a month. 

Unrelated news: hair has been dyed back to brown. Despite wanting it for awhile, I was honestly expecting to feel DRAB after about five minutes (why I bought a bottle of back-up bleach). I have to say, I'm into it. I think I look...better.