Following powderdoom has helped me actually create a skincare routine, and helped me fall in love with my face and cherish myself. All of your posts are super helpful and extremely informative. So, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to help people out and be so encouraging! Sending many positive feelings your way!
Aw so happy to hear that! Thanks for making my day. :)
I'm surprised you'd boycott F21 & not Topshop on exactly the same principles. Especially the blatant tax avoidance of their owner Phillip Green??
I’ve never actually purchased from Topshop, I’ve been sent things to review. They didn’t ask if I buy from them, they just asked if the product was good. I’ve never been sent Forever21 products to try out and have no intention of buying from either brand myself. Ok? Can we all move on now?
Do you have any idea what's going on with Illamasqua's US distribution? I knew they left Sephora to become a Bloomingdale's exclusive, but now Bloomingdale's has pulled them from their website as well.
No idea, sorry. I stopped really fan-following the brand after the Halloween blackface fiasco. I’ll ask around.
I don't want to come off as a bitch, but not everybody can afford to shop at expensive stores with clothing made exclusively in the US, or just marked up by a ridiculous amount because overseas workers are given fair wages. I do what I can by getting 80% of my clothing secondhand, but it's just not always an option for me. If I could afford to get fair wage, high quality clothing I would... But very rarely am I able to spend more than 20 dollars on any one article of clothing.
I am completely aware of this factor of the story and have discussed it in fashion stories I’ve written, including roundtables on class and fashion. I’m not saying you have to spend a lot of money elsewhere. I just don’t shop at Forever21, and I don’t have to. They didn’t ask why everyone shouldn’t shop there. They asked why I don’t.
Hey out of curiosity why do you boycott f21? You can answer just back to my inbox if you prefer~ I need to go find that Hourglass blush you posted a bit ago~ Looks beautiful ^^
'cause they're a shitty brand that is a large reason sweatshops aren't dying out today. like $4 sweatshirts don't just appear out of thin air. a lot of people are getting screwed over for poorly made clothes. you know a $14 shirt roughly translates to someone getting paid $0.12 an hour for their work? yeah. not to mention they frequently steal the work of young artists. why wouldn’t i boycott? they don’t make any clothes i’m interested in, their baseline philosophy is religious and makes me uncomfortable, their business practices are totally exploitative. there’s no reason for me to touch them with a 20 foot pole.
After seeing you answer the question about the Topshop makeup brand, I wanted to ask: Do you know anything about the Forever 21 makeup brand? I've tried their nail polishes and they're pretty okay, but I was wondering if their makeup was worth looking into? Thanks!
I don’t buy anything from Forever21 at all ever including their makeup on principle. Sorry.
Hi, what do you think of Topshop make-up? Is it worth buying compared to actual make-up brands?
I think it’s pretty swell actually, yes. I didn’t try their liners but their lipsticks, nail polishes, and eyeshadow palettes have always been up to par. Their lipsticks are good, I have several in my stash. And I love the colors their cream blushes come in — the formulation isn’t bad at all.
Hey - are eyeliner and eyebrow pencils just the same thing? Will using an eyeliner pencil for my eyebrows work less well? (Sorry if you've been asked this before - couldn't find it in the archives.) xxxxx
Nope I wouldn’t think so….. They’re both pencils that are eye safe and go on your face. Maybe eyebrow pencils have more wax for a longer lasting effect but like, peanuts.
Hi there, can you explain why couture brand name makeup is regarded more highly than drug store apart from the name?
well it’s not couture — that’s a misnomer. you’re thinking of high end / luxury. luxury brands typically use more expensive formulations of things in their products… not all beeswax is the same, and the kind of wax and other stuff that goes into lipstick, all that stuff, has different costs of production depending on what kind you use and how much of it. the packaging is also more expensive. granted some of it is just huge mark up — lancome’s regenerist cream is just glorified aspirin mixed with yogurt, for example — but the formulation of estee lauder lipstick is straight up superior to drugstore brands because they put different stuff in it and marketed it differently. and also lxuury brands like lipstick queen are much, much smaller and have fewer points of distribution which can drive the cost per unit up a lot. the smaller batch of stuff you make the more expensive it is to make and therefore the more you have to sell it for. the exclusivity is part of marketing as much as it is part of the feature of the production cost itself. lots of it is snobbery but it’s not complete B.S, either. i hope that explanation helps a bit?
what are the best acne cleansers for people on a budget?
it depends on what works for your acne. acne products in drugstores are all kind of the same, they all have the same exact active ingredients just in different percentages and order. like, you have tea tree oil, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinol……….pick your poison. sometimes none of these things work. none of them did anything for me and i had to go to a dermatologist. which was not inexpensive but ended up costing me less over time ‘cause i stopped bothering with drugstore stuff that didn’t work. there are ingredients you just won’t find on shelves that work when all else fails.
Do you have any illuminators under 10-15$ that you'd recommend?
Not under 10-15, but within that range, sure.Revlon Skinlights are really wonderful and I highly recommend them. They come in a bunch of different shades and undertones too. NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator is a dupe for Benefit High Beam if you want that for less. The original isn’t even my favorite illuminator but a lot of people truly love it so the dupe is definitely something to check out.
Hi! I think the asker looking for the japanese eyeliner starting with L is actually referring to Leanani, a japanese drugstore brand. It's excellent! I like it better than the ones by dollywink, stila and k palette. Unfortunately, I bought mine in Taiwan :( Rakuten might be a good place to start looking though.
To the question about blackheads, most likely they are not black heads but sebaceous filaments. Extraction will not help them, only chemical exfoliation (specifically BHAs). Stridex in the red box is a popular choice but if you have sensitive skin, I really like Paula's Choice BHAs.
Exfoliation seems to be the topic of the week for powderdoom but it’s not really a concern or focus for me — so if any of you would like to do a roundup on the subject feel free to submit some posts. Stridex does seem to be the most popular choice! Someone do a thorough review for us hmmm?
I think BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is the best in the business. BECCA is such a sleeper beauty brand…I’d never think it’s interesting if I just saw it in stores but everything I’ve tried from them is awesome. I think MAC Matte is awesome but it might also just be me fetishizing the product, ‘cause it looks like surgical gel because of the packaging and I think that’s rad. It’s great for oily skin specifically though it does feel quite heavy on. And the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer is a super hyped up fave but I think it’s worth the gossip. BECCA is still my fave tho
Hey, I know this isn't specifically a skincare blog but I was wondering if somebody might know the answer? Whenever I DONT wear makeup I get blackheads literally all over my face, in just one day, or sometimes a few hours. I'm really careful about not touching my face, but it still happens without fail every time I don't use a bb or foundation. Any ideas? Thank you!
I am woefully unprepared to help you with this please go to a dermatologist!
i know you recommend wet and wild for drugstore-price liquid eyeliners, but what about felt tip pen eyeliners? i bought wet and wild's, but it was awful. i couldnt make a dark line even after going over the same spot 10 times. oh, and another question: i had an amazing felt tip eyeliner pen that i got in japan, but i lost it. i know the brand started with an L, and is something like leani, but i dont remember the name enough to google it. do you happen to know a brand it could be? ty!
You’d be referring to Laneige, an excellent brand for eyeliners, bottom lash mascaras, and gel moisturizers.
hey! I just wanted to add for the person with KP that stridex in the red box (BHA) is a cheap but effective option for treating it! it also doesn't contain alcohol so it won't be needlessly drying. it has to be the red box though because that's the one with the effective ph :}
Can I have some help with my skin? I have no idea how to take care of it. Whenever I wake up my face is ridiculously greasy and oily but when I wash it gets super dry and flakey. Any products to help? Specifically cheap or drugstore options?
You need a different skincare routine ‘cause your face wash is drying you out and your moisturizer isn’t balancing your oil production properly. But on this note, I don’t know what you’re using so can’t recommend products that act as opposites. Try using a cleansing oil for face wash and a cucumber toner, top it off with an oil-free moisturizer or face oil.
As drugstore options go, how do you feel about Noxzema? I used to use it as my go-to, but then I started trying new things. Right now I'm trying to work out much more than I used to and I tend to sweat a lot even without that (thanks, genetics!) so the gentler cleansers aren't cutting it.
I feel nothing at all about noxzema. it did nothing bad for me but it did nothing good for me either. my skin was in limbo. i didn’t think it did a good job removing my makeup when i used it just once and sometimes it made my skin feel tight.
Oh jeeze I actually use St Ives and have never had an issue...I guess I have tough skin? I never knew about the environmental factors though. Is any scrub without those beads generally good (I just have very minor breakouts and really just need to get rid of the oil from the day)?
Go for a chemical exfoliant. They’re more effective for exfoliating and aren’t going to choke and poison the lil fishies in the sea. We have a bunch linked in the skincare tag.
Do you have any recommendations for affordable green lipstick (any shade)? I got NYX's Key lime but I'm not impressed by its coverage. Thanks!!
I need people to be more specific about what affordable means to them. What does affordable mean? In any case — KAOIR makes really nice green lipsticks. It’s like $15 or something and a really good formulation. Morgana Cryptoria….etc.
Why don't you recommend St Ives Apricot scrub for face? I tried it and hated it, it made me break out like crazy, but I always thought I was an anomaly because it has such a cult following and it usually gets such great reviews online. Is it actually bad for your skin??
everyone who says it’s great for their skin is talking out of their ass. name me an esthetician or dermatologist that talks that shit up and i’ll name you an esthetician that is delusional and prolly getting paid up the nose to talk it up. the hype around it is absurd. the beads are way too rough and large for your skin and it causes microtears and it’s just a crappy cleanser all around. those plastic beads in exfoliators including st ives are also really bad for the environment. they’re made of the same material as your plastic grocery bags. you’re literally rubbing tiny holes in your skin with plastic bag material. like…… pls chill. and when you wash those plastic beads down and they eventually get dumped into the ocean, fish eat them….. everything about them is stupid. There are bills trying to be passed to ban them in some states in the US actually.
Anyway yeah it’s a shitty product and yeah some people might use it and not have any ill effects but that doesn’t mean it’s actually good it just means they have a very tough epidermis and good for them.
hihihi I love your blog!¡! two questions: 1) what are your best recommendations for drugstore liquid eyeliner (up until now I've been using urban decay, but I'm dead ass broke)? 2) I'm thinking of maybe bleaching my hair, do you know what skin tones are best for it? thanks lovelies!!