Hello lovely ladies (and gentlemen?),

Thank you kindly for taking the time to read my About. I am a one woman show, trying to bring some real talk to the world of beauty. I’m not about hype or marketing. I don’t think there’s a beauty ideal we should all aspire to. I want to share the information so you can smartly use beauty products to your utmost potential.

5 Things You Should Know About Me

1. I’m Not Obsessed With Beauty.

Believe it or not I’m really not obsessed with beauty. I know it seems like I would have to be in order to be a beauty blogger but topfivebeauty was born out of my general annoyance with the beauty industry rather than my obsession with beauty stuff. 

Labelling & marketing can be so misleading and you never really know what you’re getting unless you do a lot of research. I know not everyone has time for that but I was so annoyed that I made the time....and lucky for you now you don’t have to. 

2. I’m Not Really About Make-Up

​Don't get me wrong. I wear make-up, I review make-up, I have a lot of fun with make-up.


I think make up should be used for improvement or as an accent. A touch of concealer to cover a blemish, a magical mascara for fluttery lashes, and maybe a splash of red on your lips to show the world who’s boss. I do believe, however, that even if make up is simple, it should be the best.

Make up can really mess up your skin. I learned that the hard way.

I think everyone should work on the health of their skin first, and then play around with make-up. I’ve read stories online about people meeting their favourite beauty bloggers only to find that their faces are covered with a thick layer of make-up. What a shame that it's a trend now for beautiful women to go around with makeup so thick that people can actually see it. 

3. Eyebrows Are SO Important 

Can we talk about my girl Anastasia Beverly Hills? She practically invented eyebrows for the rest of the world. Being Eastern Euro myself, I was obsessed with eyebrows before eyebrows were even a thing here. I’m really not kidding. My friends can all confirm. I’m always pointing out people’s eyebrows. On TV, in real life, on the woman sitting across from me on the metro...

Ok, maybe not really that bad but if I knew they wouldn’t take it the wrong way I would totally approach people about their eyebrows. 

Eyebrows set the tone for the rest of your appearance. The sad truth is that many a beautiful face has been sullied by sad tadpole brows...

4. Natural isn’t always better. Organic is meaningless.

Let’s get a few things out of the way here.

Nothing annoys me more than when cosmetics companies label their products with “organic botanicals” or “organic argan oil”. As far as cosmetics manufacturing goes, organic means literally nothing. So the small amount of plant ingredients in your product were grown without the use of pesticides or other chemicals? Wow. That adds absolutely nothing beneficial to the product.

Natural is similarly annoying but not as much. Seems that now everyone is obsessed with their beauty products being natural. I admit I used to do it too. “Oh, and it’s all natural” I would add enthusiastically when describing any product I was using. News flash, natural things can really hurt your skin! Lemon juice increases photosensitivity. Baking soda turns your skin into a breeding ground for bacteria. Don’t believe all the pop beauty hype crowding out the voices of reason on the internet these days (I’m looking at you Pinterest).


Seriously. I will always try to do things on my own rather than going to a professional. I’ve concocted my own cosmetics, dyed and cut my own hair, regularly trim my own split ends, do my own gel manicures, tint my own eyebrows, epilate my body hair and the list goes on.

I’m pretty certain that if I had enough space in my basement I would start making my own cosmetics.

Under The Hood

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