The Beauty Critic

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tendency ; Sea Witch

This post contains affiliate links, marked with an asterisk. Header image by Solve Sundsbo. Trend analysis is one of my favourite pastimes, but sometimes I want to invent my own trend. I’m more or less desperate to launch Sea Witch into the 2018 mainstream. I’m seeing some sea witch ...

Highlights #15

It’s March, and I’m itching for spring which shows no sign of appearing. If I could see a crocus or snowdrop I might find hope, but so far there’s nothing. At least we can all find comfort in the fact that the sun now rises at an appropriate hour – day and night are no longer ...

Tendency ; Pastel Proclivities

Pastels are a tricky colour family. At once juvenile and matronly, reminiscent of childhood toys and grandma’s chintzy home decor. It’s candy and ice cream, Marie Antoinette, porcelain figurines and colour-matched 1950s dream kitchens all at the same time. You must admit that pastels are having a ...

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. ...