The Friday Five [1.11]

Here at birdie&bijou INC, we love nothing more than a good feed reader. When Google Reader was discontinued, we thought we’d never get over it (#firstworldproblems). But we quickly gravitated to feedly, and alls well that ends well. We bookmark/save a TON of stuff – things we want to read again, things we want to share with others, things we want to refer back to and use or try someday. The Friday Five is our way of sharing some of what we’ve been reading with you. So without further adieu, it’s Friday, and here are five thing we think you might enjoy!

1. Just in time for colder weather, The Beauty Department talks us through the scariest beauty-related thing ever – rubbing oil all over our already-oily faces (aka, oil cleansing method). We are definitely going to be giving this a go – any pointers, let us know.

2. Not completely unrelated to suffering through oily skin – anybody that tries to tell us that covering up acne is “dishonest” can go… jump off a cliff (we had stronger words in mind, but our moms read this blo!). Refiner29 explores the latest, unfortunate angle of body shaming (face shaming?), which stirs some very strong emotions up over here, to say the least. We are of the opinion that you should always try to look and feel your best – not because of how others perceive you, but because of how it makes YOU feel. Just because someone doesn’t want to walk around actually looking like they “woke up like this” doesn’t make them less real or honest. Also, you can pry the concealer sticks out of our cold, dead hands, suckers.

3. $170 billion dollars a year (yup, BILLION) – not too shabby! This look behind the cosmetics industry by The Beauty Brains is pretty fascinating.

4. We are falling down the rabbit hole of Asian skincare (more on that soon), which basically entails layer after layer after layer of different types of product. This handy infographic from Birchbox helps us remember which order to go in, because we’re easily overwhelmed.

5. We actually use this face all the time – it works for a variety of truly perplexing life situations.

Have a beautiful weekend!

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