Look: Extraterrestrial

I saw some really beautiful looks featuring red liner at the Ashley Williams S/S18 show, and immediately got inspired to try something similar. I opted for this spiky look, also a little influenced by the horror/mystery anime Mononoke. It’s been a while since I did a makeup look – I’ve become a little set in my ways and do really quick and easy looks most days. Obviously, this is all...

Review: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary is extremely hyped up,  being one of the only high-tech skincare brands at an affordable price point. In fact, it’s even cheaper than most drugstore skincare, which in my opinion makes the hysteria around the brand warranted. This also means it sells out at breakneck speed. I’ve got my eye on several of the products, but the ones I want are often sold out so this niacinamide booster...

Tendency ; Fleshtones

I find myself drawn to a certain colour palette this fall. Warm, fleshy colours – pinks and reds that look as if they’ve been matched to cuts of meat. They’re visceral, but strangely romantic at the same time. A little gross, but also kind of pretty. Still with me? Here’s a tendency – butcher shop colour schemes. I’d include colours like burgundy, fig, salmon, oxblood, and that ubiquitous “millenial pink” in...

Brand Overview: & Other Stories Beauty

I must confess to shopping a lot at & Other Stories – I just think a lot of their clothes are cute! What’s really been drawing me in, though, is the beauty section. Normally, an affordable fashion chain wouldn’t be the first port of call for someone looking for cosmetics, but this is a sure exception. Here’s a handful of my favourites from the range. Cheek & Lip Tint in...

The beautiful world of empowertising

When’s the last time you heard the term “empowering” in a context that wasn’t completely ridiculous? Empowerment has gone from being a feminist concern to an advertising buzzword used to sell anything and everything to women. I’ve seen sexy lingerie, menstrual products, snacks and pussy highlighter all being sold as “empowering”. Clearly, this word means nothing of value anymore – it’s window dressing for a “woke” female consumer. You can...

Men, beauty & homophobia

There’s a disturbing but unsurprising tendency among men – primarily straight, cisgender men – of extreme reactions to other men’s style choices. This is especially prevalent when men in one way or another uses feminine attributes in their self expression. I read an article in a major Swedish newspaper where a man was making a big deal about men who wear perfume, going so far as to compare their wearing...

Review: Pixi Peel & Polish

I love a bit of pixi, and I think in recent years their skincare releases have been really impressive. So it was only a matter of time before I had to try this exoliating treatment, since I have a bit of an obsession with acids and enzymes. Pixi Peel & Polish is a lactic acid, enzyme & scrub grain peel that you’re advised to use 2-3 times a week, so...

Tendency ; Occult

A beauty trend that shows no sign of stopping is this kind of witchy, hippie, new age inspiration that’s given us a plethora of products with mysterious names and even more mysterious ingredient lists. Gemstones, herbs and oils feature in countless formulas. Part of me thinks this new age fad is a little corny, but my inner witch is doing cartwheels with glee. I was absolutely that weird girl in...

Review: Fairy Drops Cat Eye Liner

I love a good liquid liner. Japanese ones are usually good, even the cheap ones perform…and I really like the brush tip applicators. Felt tips are more common for marker-style liners in the west, but I find they dry out quicker and get misshapen or start shedding. So yeah. I leaped without looking and bought this, without even checking the reviews. I don’t know what came over me. I rarely...