Destroying Something Beautiful : Lipstick Smashes, Social Media and Conspicuous Consumption

Recently, I asked my instagram followers why videos or photos of destroyed makeup – like the videos where I smoosh lipstick with a palette knife – are so controversial. These images generally cause strong reactions – some people love it, and some people take it very personally. Editor Emily Dougherty, known for blending lipstick colours on instagram by chopping up bullets, even has a disclaimer that all lipstick mixes are...

Recent Beauty Releases That Are Actually, Like, Pretty Neat or Whatever

Being a notorious complainer, like my mother before me, I’m not exactly known for giving positive feedback. I’m a critical person and I’m not afraid to stir the pot, which is not always popular, but usually pretty fun. A lot of my posts have a skeptical voice, especially on instagram – lately, I’ve been especially unimpressed with beauty releases, campaigns, and so on. A lot of releases are unimaginative, shallow...

Going off foundation for a month made me rethink the way I do my makeup

At the end of April, I decided to do an experiment. I was leaning so much on covering up my skin with heavy product, and thought I should have a break. Just to see what happens. Maybe I’d hate it – maybe I’d find it strangely liberating. Maybe I wouldn’t care much either way. No-foundation month is up. Here’s what I learned: It’s not the end of the world if...

HIGHLIGHTS #17

It’s a great month for beauty – finally June, and officially summer. June is the month of lilacs, heatwaves, thunderstorms and of course, it’s Pride month  so all in all, a pretty good time of year. We’re seeing a lot of new product launching right about now – Here are the latest highlights. This post contains affiliate links. Andrea Cheng of The New York Times asks: Is acne cool now?...

Review: The Beauty Archive Lip Tint

I’ve argued the superiority of cream blush before, so imagine my delight when I (in the company of the dazzling Linda) came upon a domestic indie brand devoted to just that – cream products. It’s called The Beauty Archive, I encountered them in the stairwell on a very hot day at a very crowded beauty fair, and I was immediately drawn to these little pots of colour. With a minimalist...

Tendency ; Balancing Act

A while back I read this piece by Edith Young about the trend of stacked objects in still life photography – Man Repeller is more or less correct about everything on earth, but I’d like to expand this trend to piles and structures of all kinds. Consider it a playful way of arranging objects, like you’d construct works of art with building blocks or legos. It’s cropping up in every...

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 the praises of whatever prayer method they’re trying to sell? I’m like those guys....

Can We Fucking Eat In Peace

For a while something’s been… eating me, if you will. Excuse the pun, but seriously – is the beauty community – slash – industry not obsessed with diet? While pro-ana aesthetics are less overt these days, the wellness boom has taken its place to police women’s bodies. Nonsensical health fads like paleo, ketogenic, and alkaline diets are like sadistic traps laid out across the beauty business where, at any moment,...

HIGHLIGHTS #16

Highlights are back, just like me! It’s may, it might be spring if you squint, and I’ve got extra juicy highlights for you. I’m in a gritty, gross depressive state right now and thus in great need of some sunshine and colour. Maybe a new pair of shoes. You know how it is. Into The Gloss interviews my childhood crush, Isabella Rossellini. Remember Death Becomes Her? I saw it when...

Why I’m Skipping Foundation This Month

Foundation is one of those beauty products that is so, so, easy to become dependent on. The difference a layer of base makeup can make to a face is staggering – and I’m guilty of relying on increasingly higher coverage as time goes on. The flawless finish of a full-coverage base is strangely addictive, and I’ve found myself reaching for this kind of product more and more. It’s actually made...