Weekend, #6

Jeepers. What a week. Two weeks, I suppose, since last week I didn’t make one of these posts. Let’s say my personal life is an absolute shitstorm right now. I haven’t done my nails in like, two weeks. I bought an expensive candle. I’m self-medicating with sheet masks in my mother’s bathroom. Not my own bathroom. Because my own bathroom is uninhabitable. Let’s leave it at that 🙂 Here’s issue...

Beauty Ritual as Coping Mechanism

I don’t necessarily hide the fact that I’m mentally ill. I don’t always talk about it, but that’s because it’s not always relevant. But today it is. I have a stubborn case of depression, with some ptsd and anxiety and dissociation sprinkled in for a bit of spice. I have good days and bad days, and lately, they’ve all been bad. I cry a lot. Over anything from dirty dishes...

Weekend, #5

Holy moly. It’s been quite a week – I just moved to a new apartment and feel like my body is about to disintegrate from carrying boxes and furniture all day. Here’s issue five of Weekend. 5 Beauty myths dispelled. Solange’s album, ‘A Seat at the Table’ is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen or heard in a long time. Are you going through social menopause? I think I’ve been...

Can makeup be feminist?

Short answer? No, I don’t think so. Does that surprise you? Well, the long answer is – surprise surprise – it’s complicated. I identify as a woman, a feminist and full-time aesthete. Beauty, not only in a cosmetic sense, permeates all my interests. But beauty is not apolitical, and for women, beauty is a prison. To think otherwise would be kidding yourself. For thousands of years, the way women look...

Review: Rouge Dior #400, Clover Matte

Let me preface this by saying this is the first time I’ve tried a Dior product. From what I’ve heard, Dior shares the issue of many “designer” label luxury cosmetics brands of inconsistent quality in terms of texture and pigmentation. However, lately I’d seen more promising reviews of their products. So in short, I had high hopes. Oh, how those hopes were cruelly crushed. When Dior announced their limited-edition capsule collection...

Weekend, #4

As someone who is really interested in cosmetic history and chemistry, this video from national geographic is a fun look at the ingredients of lipstick. Then he tries making it himself! The ‘Clean Eating’ trend is putting young people at risk of developing eating disorders. I don’t think there’s anything healthy about a controlled diet where foods are referred to as ‘unclean’ or in other ways tied to guilt and...