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...

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 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...

A Flash Full Face First Impression

(FLASH! AAAAAH! SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE!!!) I’m not the type to do a first impression review since I believe in giving products a genuine go before passing judgement, but as Daisy Beauty Expo more or less rained product upon me it’s appealing in its efficiency to do a kind of quickfire review. Being an incorrigible insomniac of rank, I couldn’t sleep so I got up and decided to play around...

HIGHLIGHTS #14

I started highlights (formerly known as weekend since I had the foolish ambition to post them every weekend) as a way to share the most interesting happenings in beauty with a sprinkling of current events and feminism. Now it’s been a little over a year, and it’s still one of the most fun things to put together – like a potpourri of goodies to read with a cup of tea...

Tendency ; Ray of Sunshine

*This post contains affiliate links* Yellow is happening whether you like it or not. It is the colour of so many good things – sunflowers, cute baby chicks, mustard (yum), egg yolks (yum!!), french fries (can you tell I’m hungry?) Beyoncé wore a mustard dress in the Hold Up video for Lemonade. Yellow eyeshadow has made appearances in several hyped-up palettes in the past year from brands like Natasha Denona, Anastasia...

HIGHLIGHTS #13

Right after I posted the last issue of highlights, a bunch of interesting articles popped up, as if on command. It took some restraint to wait this long, but here she is – the January Highlights of 2018! There’s something deeply charming about these photos from a Japanese beauty school for men in the 1960’s. Jia Tolentino hits the mark as always with this piece on the self-care trend. I...