Tendency: Cherry Bomb

Having been named the horniest fruit, the cherry certainly has some symbolic and stylistic clout. Its likeness goes in and out of style, whether that’s as colours, shapes or scents, and I say we’re in full throttle cherry mania right now. In fashion, patterns featuring this evocative stone fruit abound, and recently Man Repeller included a cherry-shaped hair clip (fusing two trends!) in their “nap kit” collab with Negative Underwear....

HIGHLIGHTS #20

It’s September. Turn on that Earth Wind & Fire track. Put on some boots. Enjoy these beauty highlights. Paging Elizabeth Bathory – blood may be the key to eternal youth and beauty after all. (I just had a flash of a deeply dystopian future in which the young and impoverished sell their blood to… oh wait, that’s already happening) The Urban Decay Naked palette is officially retiring. Is it too...

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 ; 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...

Review: HynE Anti Age Crème

A long while back, last fall to be precise, I was attending a beauty trade show where I encountered this brand. They were offering champagne, so I was drawn like a moth to a flame. It turns out HynE is a new Swedish brand whose key ingredient is fermented hyaluronic acid – interesting, I thought. Very interesting. There’s a lot of buzz around fermentation right now, and hyaluronic acid is...

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?...

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...

A Love Letter to Face and Body Oil

I need to make a confession. I’m a recovered oilphobe. Yes, it’s true – I used to carry fear and hatred of oils in my heart. I have seen the light and learned from my mistakes, so at this point, I’m a face oil convert. A face oil zealot. You know those tv preachers who sing the praises of whatever prayer method they’re trying to sell? I’m like those guys....