HIGHLIGHTS #11

Listen, I know this is a cliché but… where the hell did this year go?! It’s November already?!?! (cue nervous breakdown about lost time) This month has been so eventful, lots of studying, job interviews, bad financial decisions…phew! Anyway, here are this month’s highlights. Make a big cup of tea, light an overpriced scented candle (this is my favourite right now), and enjoy the reading. First and Second-generation immigrants were...

Tendency ; Art Supply

My obsession with starting blog post series strikes again. This time, I want to examine trends in beauty – past, present, and (hopefully) future. They can be trends in packaging design, colour choices, terminology… whatever seems interesting. For the first instalment, it’s more about packaging and format than anything else – beauty products that resemble art supplies. Historically, the 60s and 70s were filled with artsy cosmetic products like the famous...

Advertising, Beauty, and the New Woman

Whether you’re discussing the American “Flapper”, the French “Garconne”, the Japanese “Moga” or the German “Neue Frau”, the new woman of the 1920s has become a fixed, international symbol of her time. With her bobbed hair, heavily made-up face and slim figure, the new woman met your gaze from the magazine covers, print ads, movie posters and satire drawings of any major city. The most conspicuous and – in the...

More Vintage Beauty Treasures

One of my earliest posts is a little collection of vintage beauty products and packaging, and I have two new additions to the family! Well, I actually got these last fall, but they’re new to you. Most of my collection from the previous post were purchased on a summer trip to see my friend Mika in Karlskrona, a beautiful navy town in the southern part of Sweden. I think Mika...

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...

Vintage Beauty Treasures

I’m one of those girls who was brainwashed by Lisa Eldridge into collecting vintage makeup. In general, I’m very interested in the history of beauty (having forced most of my professors to suffer through paper after paper on 1920s makeup and so on…)  so actually owning the objects of study is both fun and useful. I can’t help but imagine the woman who has owned it, what her life looked...