Brand Overview: & Other Stories Beauty

I must confess to shopping a lot at & Other Stories – I just think a lot of their clothes are cute! What’s really been drawing me in, though, is the beauty section. Normally, an affordable fashion chain wouldn’t be the first port of call for someone looking for cosmetics, but this is a sure exception. Here’s a handful of my favourites from the range. Cheek & Lip Tint in...

The beautiful world of empowertising

When’s the last time you heard the term “empowering” in a context that wasn’t completely ridiculous? Empowerment has gone from being a feminist concern to an advertising buzzword used to sell anything and everything to women. I’ve seen sexy lingerie, menstrual products, snacks and pussy highlighter all being sold as “empowering”. Clearly, this word means nothing of value anymore – it’s window dressing for a “woke” female consumer. You can...

HIGHLIGHTS #9

NARS is launching a beautiful Man Ray-themed holiday collection this year – those eye palettes are so up my alley! I really enjoy the way NARS features photographers in their limited collections. Accompanied by gorgeous photographs, this article on the centuries-old art of perfume distillation in Kannauj, India is beautiful and evocative. Miles away from my own budget, ultra-luxury skincare brand La Mer is shrouded in myth and legend –...

Men, beauty & homophobia

There’s a disturbing but unsurprising tendency among men – primarily straight, cisgender men – of extreme reactions to other men’s style choices. This is especially prevalent when men in one way or another uses feminine attributes in their self expression. I read an article in a major Swedish newspaper where a man was making a big deal about men who wear perfume, going so far as to compare their wearing...

Review: Pixi Peel & Polish

I love a bit of pixi, and I think in recent years their skincare releases have been really impressive. So it was only a matter of time before I had to try this exoliating treatment, since I have a bit of an obsession with acids and enzymes. Pixi Peel & Polish is a lactic acid, enzyme & scrub grain peel that you’re advised to use 2-3 times a week, so...

Tendency ; Occult

A beauty trend that shows no sign of stopping is this kind of witchy, hippie, new age inspiration that’s given us a plethora of products with mysterious names and even more mysterious ingredient lists. Gemstones, herbs and oils feature in countless formulas. Part of me thinks this new age fad is a little corny, but my inner witch is doing cartwheels with glee. I was absolutely that weird girl in...

HIGHLIGHTS #8

Well hey y’all! Happy friday! This iteration of HIGHLIGHTS is extra thick and juicy, hope you enjoy. Please share your favourite links from the last month with me! Any new releases you’re excited about? Try any good products lately? Talk to me. I don’t hide the fact that I’m mad about the history of cosmetics – here are 9 historical beauty ad campaigns of note. Bonnie Cashin was one of...

Review: Fairy Drops Cat Eye Liner

I love a good liquid liner. Japanese ones are usually good, even the cheap ones perform…and I really like the brush tip applicators. Felt tips are more common for marker-style liners in the west, but I find they dry out quicker and get misshapen or start shedding. So yeah. I leaped without looking and bought this, without even checking the reviews. I don’t know what came over me. I rarely...

Review: Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Creme Pigment

Rituel de Fille is an indie brand that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, particularly after they launched a black creme blush (which I might need to buy) that went viral. I’ve had my eye on them for a while – I like that their product line is relatively small and focused on creme formulas. No matte liquid lipsticks, no champagne powder highlighters, none of that ultra-trendy stuff I’m...