HIGHLIGHTS #19

This time of year is usually my favourite – the languid heat of August and September, the fresh start of post-holiday returns to school and work and society, the abundance of delicious produce and the fall beauty launches are what I look forward to all year. However, this heat wave is murder – I feel like the embodiment of a damp dishcloth, festering under the blazing sun. That said, I’ve...

Tendency ; Zodiac Age

This is somewhat related to a post I wrote last fall, about the neo-occult or new age kind of vibes present in beauty and wellness right now – but this time, it’s more focused on astrology. It has escaped no-one that astrology is a huge trend – all of a sudden, terms like “ascendant” and “retrograde” have found their way into our everyday lives. It’s Leo season, and multiple planets...

Looking for Pride in the Skincare Aisle: Being a LGBT Beauty Consumer

I’ve been wanting to write about this for such a long time, but I find myself unable to organize my thoughts. It’s like I can’t combine my experiences as an LGBT person with beauty – which I think might be what the problem is all about. Whenever I talk about LGBT issues it tends to be broader, more political and more than anything, impersonal. I don’t talk about my own...

The Haul: A Guilty Pleasure

I recently asked my instagram followers about what they thought of hauls (side note : I realize I have a tendency to ask other people’s opinions before expressing my own. I don’t know if this makes me wishy-washy or if it means I don’t want to try to sway anyone else before they answer. I’m bringing this up with my therapist.) and noticed a rather interesting divide – a lot...

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. Queen of Hungary’s Water You may recognize this from the ultra-luxury Queen of Hungary face mist by Omorovicza, but this concotion...

Tendency ; Branching Out

So here’s a trend that’s kind of getting on my nerves. Usually, I like to write about things that I find interesting or beautiful, and this development sure is interesting but god, it’s bothering me. Branching out. As in, beauty brands who specialize in one thing expanding to new products… sometimes it makes sense, and sometimes it’s eye roll-inducing. BeautyBlender Foundation Let’s just start with the most recent and possibly...

The Case For The Triple Cleanse

A couple of years ago, the idea of cleansing your face twice would be laughed at by many. Of all the extravagances of the beauty industry, this one was widely regarded as too ridiculous. Now everybody and their aunt double cleanses, in fact not double cleansing is seen as downright neglectful. It’s time to take things further. Let’s talk about the triple cleanse. Let me preface this with an acknowledgement...

HIGHLIGHTS #18

I’m enjoying summer, though I’m a little bummed that it’s been muggy the past few days. I’m worried about my tomato plants – it’s been so windy they’re clinging on for dear life! Aside from my plant worries, I’m in such a pinterest phase, I can’t stop looking at ancient jewellery and moroccan rugs and japanese packaging design. Here are some highlights – it’s kind of a low point in...

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...