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...

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...

More Vintage Beauty Treasures

One of my earliest posts is a little collection of vintage beauty products and packaging, and I have two new additions to the family! Well, I actually got these last fall, but they’re new to you. Most of my collection from the previous post were purchased on a summer trip to see my friend Mika in Karlskrona, a beautiful navy town in the southern part of Sweden. I think Mika...

Brand Overview: Apoliva Makeup

[DISCLAIMER: All products in this review were received as press samples] At Daisy Beauty Expo, Swedish Pharmacy Apoteket presented their new colour cosmetic line. I really liked their presentation, so I was excited to try out the products. Since I’m trying several products at the same time I’ll do an overview format rather than individual reviews, so we don’t end up with so many separate, lengthy review posts. All products...

HIGHLIGHTS #2 2017

Urban Decay is notorious for tactless product names, and now they and Sephora are under fire for it. Michaela Coel’s “Chewing Gum” comedy series is my favourite right now – season one is on netflix if you’re inclined to binge! A look inside Sephoras retail success and brand catalog. I’m a HUGE fan of Sailor Moon (it was a formative childhood influence to say the least) so seeing the Sailor...

Daisy Beauty Expo 2017 – Day 2

[DISCLAIMER: All products in this post were received as press samples.] Day two of Daisy Beauty expo was dedicated to exhibitors and PR representatives from various beauty brands, offering everything from facials and skin analyses to hand massages and manicures. I only had a skin analysis done, which was fun since I love tech gadgets and statistics (the final chart looked like a weave draft, which goes to show how...

Daisy Beauty Expo 2017 – Day 1

This past weekend, I had the privilege to be invited to Daisy Beauty Expo, a major conference arranged by Daisy Beauty Magazine, currently the only domestic publication focused solely on beauty. Now, I’ve been to many conferences but none like this – my experience is with the depressing charity conferences that are important but not very cheerful. Daisy Beauty Expo was like a hug. A hug with great skin. Despite...

Hall of fame: My favourite products of 2016

This post is a little overdue, but I had to take some time to consider what I actually wanted to put on this list! Here are my favourite products of the year. Favourite fragrance: Frederic Malle ‘Monsieur’ EDP I love perfume, especially scents that are more or less marketed toward men. Frederic Malle Monsieur is my favourite of this year – it’s leathery, a little smoky, warm and absolutely beautiful....

HIGHLIGHTS: #1 2017

Since the concept of “weekend” posts has become rather disconnected from actual weekends, I’m renaming this series HIGHLIGHTS because it’s more descriptive. Same format, different name. Happy new year! I have high hopes for the coming year in beauty.   I love these modern art-inspired beauty looks by Violette! In light of mental illness hero and all-round badass Carrie Fisher’s passing, here’s a piece on Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle We’ve...