The Beauty Critic

Can makeup be feminist?

Short answer? No, I don’t think so. Does that surprise you? Well, the long answer is – surprise surprise – it’s complicated. I identify as a woman, a feminist and full-time aesthete. Beauty, not only in a cosmetic sense, permeates all my interests. But beauty is not ...

How Important is Packaging?

Something you hear over and over again in beauty reviews are comments on packaging – it’s often the first thing brought up by a reviewer. A lipstick bullet can be described as heavy, luxurious, or cheap and flimsy. That popular palette may be criticised for being too thick, or the ...

Vintage Beauty Treasures

I’m one of those girls who was brainwashed by Lisa Eldridge into collecting vintage makeup. In general, I’m very interested in the history of beauty (having forced most of my professors to suffer through paper after paper on 1920s makeup and so on…)  so actually owning the objects ...

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 ...

Glossier: Brand Overview

After much hand-wringing and anxiety, I finally gave in and placed a very diminutive order at Glossier. Though I must clarify: Said hand-wringing was at the trickiness of getting your beauty-hungry hands on products unavailable in your country. I live in Sweden, and Glossier has yet to roll out the ...

Glossier Review: Rose Balm DotCom

The appeal of the Rose Balm DotCom is its simplicity: it’s a very classic, traditional petrolatum-and-lanolin formula that many lip balms are based on. Glossier is a fairly minimalist brand, so this formula fits with their philosophy. I know there’s some controversy around petrolatum and ...

Glossier Review: Boy Brow

Boy Brow comes in a very plain, simple plastic tube that is standard for this type of product. I was getting a little sick of brow pencils, and I am one of those people who likes brushing coloured mascara into my brows, a brush-in brow wax seemed just the ticket for me. It comes in three colours: ...