Don’t let people tell you your 30s will be the best time of your life in a tone that suggests your looks will fade so you better find inner peace. Vicki’s Pick is a weekly beauty column that features Vicki’s all-time favourite beauty products and latest discoveries for women in their 30s who plan on staying pretty on the outside for a long, long time. Inner peace is optional.
I blame Catholic school for a lot of things. For one, nothing quite damaged my early sense of confidence quite like being forced to play a shepherd in the annual Christmas concert when all the other girls got to be beautiful angels with tinsel-trimmed wings and silver halos. I, on the other hand, was forced to wear a potato sack with arm holes and carry a large stick from my backyard. Father Hill, if you’re reading this, I don’t know what your beef was with me (maybe the whole not being Catholic thing) or if you just thought I looked like an emaciated farm boy (which I did), but you weren’t exactly casting for a Mel Gibson movie.
I think that’s why I obsess over lip balms with the perfect cherub-worthy pink tint to this day. No, not any drugstore brand will do. As soon as I came across Lancome Baume In Love ($30) about a year ago I started stocking up. I keep one in my purse, one in my coat pocket, and one in my bathroom because it’s super hydrating so it keeps my lips feeling soft even through the coldest days of winter. It goes on smooth, so doesn’t turn the top of my Diet Coke can into a gooey mess like stickier brands. The subtle hint of pink always makes me feel a little girlier, and while it looks innocent enough for an elementary school Christmas pageant angel, it’s badass enough for a former shepherd with unresolved childhood issues like me.