The Beauty Critic

Category: body image

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.

On Loving Beauty, Warts and All

For a long time, I’ve anxiously denied that what I feel for beauty is love. I’ve been calling it an obsession or a passionate interest. A fascination. How clinical it sounds written black on white! Of course, what I’ve truly felt is ambiguous, because there’s really no way ...

Highlights #24

Happy Highlight day! The sun has started creeping out of hiding, and I find myself THIS CLOSE to yelling at random trees and shrubs to hurry the hell up with buds and leaves and flowers so I can at least have some assurance that spring is on its way. Well, it’s a little way to go, but ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why Beauty?

In light of recent discussions about beauty, skincare, and its popularity, I thought it might be interesting to examine why it is that the beauty trend is so strong. For me, beauty was never an issue for me until I was around 18, and started wearing makeup and taking an interest in skincare. ...

Highlights #11

Listen, I know this is a cliché 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. ...

Highlights #10

Happy October! Fall is upon us, dark lipstick is socially acceptable again, and these are the Highlights. This piece on the sheet mask selfie trend is hilarious and kind of true! I probably won’t taking these selfies, to be honest, because they are kind of fun… but… I’ll be ...