The publicity and privacy of applying your lipstick

As a chronic over-sleeper, I do my makeup on the bus. More or less every day, I squint into a tiny pocket mirror and apply my eyeliner and brow pencil and so on under the watchful eyes of my co-commuters. Aside from the fact that it’s kind of tricky and it’s taken me a long time to even be able to apply makeup on a bus ride full of bumps...

Review: Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder

While visiting a favourite perfumery, only to try some expensive fragrances with a fellow scenthead, there was a Laura Mercier display at the cash register that caught my attention. A row of powders promising a luminous finish, with impressive swatching results. I didn’t buy one, but after seeing it on another blogger’s instagram feed I was convinced. I’m not a powder girl, having had a brief and unfortunate love affair...

Assigned Reading: My favourite books on Beauty

I’m trying to read more – it’s so easy to lose the habit, especially if you’re a student who already has to read course lit all day. Luckily, my course lit is exactly the kind of thing I read for fun. While I’m pursuing a degree in fashion theory, I’m trying my best to pull beauty in under the ‘fashion’ umbrella. It’s gone over pretty all right so far. I’ve...

Limited editions and the illusion of rarity

This time of year is rife with “holiday” beauty launches. Aside from the ubiquitous celebrity perfume gift sets, it seems like the fall-winter season is the event of the year for makeup. You have everything from holiday palettes to bizarre christmas tree ornaments with mini beauty products inside to advent calendars stuffed with shower gels and body butters. To say the least, it’s overwhelming to the point of exhaustion. And...