A Beautiful Matrix: Beauty, Social Media, and the Hyperreal

As the term “snapchat dysmorphia” enters our collective vocabulary, I think it’s time we talked about the way we look and the way we pretend to look on social media. Perfection hasn’t gone out of style, it’s become the bare minimum. As reports of patients asking for cosmetic procedures to make them look like retouched selfies (their own or celebrities’) accumulate, it seems that the digital images we create and...

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,...

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...

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. Sometimes I wish I’d gotten into skincare sooner so I’d have been able to combat my skin...

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. Make a big cup of tea, light an overpriced scented candle (this is my favourite right now), and enjoy the reading. First and Second-generation immigrants were...

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 thinking about this. Makeup icon Kevyn Aucoin’s life, impact and illness. I’m indeed very anxious to see the documentary, and also to...

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,...

COLLECTION – An Essay

It’s almost one in the morning. I’ve poured out all my makeup on the floor in front of my sofa, having decided to count it in a fit of insomnia-induced madness. Plastic packages in all sorts of shapes and colours are jumbled in a big messy pile. My mom is a collector, but I’m the type who gets rid of things. Or so I thought, until I saw all this....