Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Bold Eyeshadow Palette

When I first saw these palettes on social media, I knew I was going to buy this one. I’m extremely tired of nudes, and was on the hunt for bold, bright colours. This is part of the ‘Cover Shot’ collection which features 7 different eyeshadow palettes, most of which are pretty neutral.   The actual packaging is very simple, bare-bones. It doesn’t feel super sturdy but it makes up for...

HIGHLIGHTS #4 2017

It was hard to put this post off, because I feel like a lot of exciting things happened right after posting the last one. But I was patient. MAC is now launching at US beauty midmarket store chain ULTA. It feels a little shocking? I wasn’t expecting that at all. Perhaps this is a wakeup call. Teen Vogue is often a voice of reason, I like this article about being...

Guest Post: Balms, Rumours and Blunders by Teresa Navarro

For the past three years, I’ve been wondering if I have a lip balm addiction. I always keep one on me and usually keep a backup in all of my bags, and even keep count of how many tubes I have used up during the year. Though we’re only two thirds through February, I’m about to finish my sixth balm. In 2016, I managed to finish approximately 36 tubes (I...

Review: Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Having a bad day while in walking distance of a Chanel counter has proven to be risky to say the least. I was only supposed to buy one thing, but I bought three (Two eye stylos, which I will review in a separate post). Oops. My main object of desire was the Rouge Allure Ink liquid lipstick. Now, I’m not a fan of liquid lipsticks, I think they’re both unglamorous...

Look: Red & Lilac

When you get too anxious to function, the best way to calm down is to distract yourself with a simple task that takes concentration, but not too much, and puts you in contact with your physical self. For me, that’s a beauty routine, like skincare or makeup. I’ve talked about it before and I’ll be talking about it again probably. One particularly bad evening led me to try a colour...

Youtube Gems

Youtube is undeniably the platform of choice for beauty blogging these days, and there are many beauty channels I love. There’s a tendency for hyperbole, illegal marketing techniques, drama and 700 identical neutral cut crease eye looks which can be really tiring, which is why it’s all the more lovely to see people breaking the mold. Veronica Gorgeois I don’t know what’s happened to her, she hasn’t updated her channel...

Chocolate is good, but makeup is carb free!

Photo: SKØN Magazine There’s an undeniable link between cosmetics and food. Going through my own collection, I find items shaped like, named after and scented like food – primarily sweets and fruits. I have a lip gloss that looks like a cupcake, and nearly every lip product I own smells like vanilla or toffee. The NYX Butter Glosses, which I’ve mentioned before, smell like the caramel syrup you put on ice cream,...

HIGHLIGHTS #3 2017

I went to see the Gerda Wegener exhibit at Millesgården in Stockholm with my friend Oli and it was so lovely, I just wanted to crawl into the frame of the paintings and live there! Gerda has come to some attention recently because of her wife and muse Lili Elbe – one of the first trans women to go through medical gender-affirming treatment. She modeled for many of Gerda’s paintings,...

Cinematic Cosmetics – The Love Witch by Anna Biller

I’ll confess right away – I love movies (though I loathe the term cinephile…gross). I watch them a lot – I’m the kind of person who can’t focus on one thing at a time so I usually have a movie or tv show rolling in the background as I’m working on something. Now, as with any visual media, film is full of interesting aesthetic choices – including cosmetic ones. I’d...

Pink & Rosy

I mentioned in my last nail art post that I’m not exactly adept at nail art, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon. Luckily, there’s a whole industry aimed at butterfingered fools like me, producing all sorts of wonderfully tacky DIY nail art products that let you wear everything from the american flags to oil paintings on your fingertips. As a girl with fundamentally questionable aesthetic judgement, I went...