The Beauty Critic

Category: beauty history

Highlights #25

In the March 2019 issue of Highlights, I sifted through the internet's best beauty coverage to share Dover Street Market's new beauty venture, a sunscreen reapplication tip, Edwardian-era updos and Cult Beauty's controversial intimate care product category - among other things.

Tendency ; Apothecary

When I started these Tendency posts, I used the dreaded affiliate links to illustrate my point: Look! The thing I’m talking about is for sale!! But since affiliate links give me anxiety and I’d like to keep this blog as ad-free as possible, no more. I’m gonna be talking about ...

Highlights #23

I skipped last month’s highlights so this edition will be a little thicker and juicier than usual, I’m sure you’ll forgive me! I’ve been extra selective about what I’m sharing, so you can be sure all these articles are worth your time. Having a “Glow” is the ...

Highlights #22

November has hit me like a cartoon anvil. When did it get so cold? And dark? And why have I been crying on a daily basis? Is this seasonal affective disorder, or am I relapsing? Why have I already forgotten what ripe stone fruits taste like? So many questions, none of them answered in this blog ...

Tendency ; Ancient Remedies

You may know I’m a bit of a geek about beauty history, so when brands create products inspired by the ancient world or 19th-century glamour, I’m thrilled to bits. There’s been a bit of an upswing for these types of products recently, but I’ll include some classics as well. ...

A Love Letter to Face and Body Oil

I need to make a confession. I’m a recovered oilphobe. Yes, it’s true – I used to carry fear and hatred of oils in my heart. I have seen the light and learned from my mistakes, so at this point, I’m a face oil convert. A face oil zealot. You know those tv preachers who sing ...

Highlights #15

It’s March, and I’m itching for spring which shows no sign of appearing. If I could see a crocus or snowdrop I might find hope, but so far there’s nothing. At least we can all find comfort in the fact that the sun now rises at an appropriate hour – day and night are no longer ...

Highlights #11

Listen, I know this is a clich√© 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. ...