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’m not ashamed to admit that I’m all about Tinder. I’ve only been on it for a few weeks and I’ve already been on more dates than I went on all winter… So, two dates. Whatever. That’s a lot when you’re actively living a hermit-meets-vampire-with-social-anxiety lifestyle.
The problem with dating is that it absolutely changes my beauty routine. For instance, I usually like to slather zit cream all over my face at night, and I hardly ever wear makeup in the day if I plan on keeping my activities between my home and The Lakeview Restaurant. Throw other people into the picture and suddenly I have to think about leaving lasting impressions, and I’m not talking about the kind of impressions I make at Loblaws at 10:45pm whilst grocery shopping in men’s long johns and my “Homies South Central” sweatshirt. (Look, you’re already being judged if you’re buying Coke Zero and frozen turkey burgers. Might as well be comfortable while doing it!)
When it comes to gettin’ prettied up for dates, makeup is obviously important. I usually stick to my tried-and-true basics – Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and Lancome Hypnose Star – to give off the impression that I’m effortlessly glamourous. Looking good is only half the fun though.
For extra memorability points, fragrance makes all the difference. If you pick a powerful perfume that will last all night, you’ll probably come off smelling too “fragrance factory” and that just screams high-maintenance, not to mention “health hazard” to the highly allergic demographic. That’s why I like to take a light fragrance with me that’s portable for a bathroom touch-up.
Right now I’m all about LUSH Euphoria Perfume in its most compact form: the 9ml bottle ($14.95). It’s small enough to fit in your purse, light enough (with notes of sage, citrus and rose) to be seductive without being overpowering, and boho chic enough for Countess Ellen Olenska… or at least how I imagine my favourite fictional character of all time (from Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, obviously) would smell. Sure, her love story didn’t end well, but neither have any of my Tinder dates so far. That doesn’t mean those two guys aren’t still thinking, Man, every time I walk by a LUSH store and get a whiff, I have flashbacks to the girl in ‘Homies South Central’ sweatshirt who panicked at 10:45pm insisting she had to go to Loblaws.