HIGHLIGHTS #22

November has hit me like a cartoon anvil. When did it get so cold? And dark? And why have I been crying on a daily basis? Is this seasonal affective disorder, or am I relapsing? Why have I already forgotten what ripe stone fruits taste like? So many questions, none of them answered in this blog post, but here are the highlights of the past month. Why and how logos...

HIGHLIGHTS #21

Hello, October!! I’ve had TWO colds already! It’s raining! It’s dark! So I’m here to lighten up the mood with the beauty news and highlights (get it? ok, I know, I should be shot) interesting articles, images and videos you need. This month’s post is a little more fashion-oriented, because frankly what’s been going on in beauty this past month has been kind of meh, so bear with. All the...

Under The Influence – On PR Samples

God almighty, this post is a lot. I was supposed to write ONE blog post on this topic, but it turned into two, so the next one is coming after I post my highlights. The influencer biz is confusing, largely unregulated, and massive. And yeah, I’m using the term influencer even though I hate it. It’s what we have, even though it’s garbage. Please send your suggestions for a replacement...

On the Improvement of Black Lipstick

October is upon us, the ookiest and spookiest and scariest of the months. ‘Tis the season for wearing black lipstick and cackling in your most sinister manner. Of course I love it. But I think what i really love is the idea of black lipstick. See, I’ve tried a few. Yeah, they usually have a few problems like feathering, or a weird inner lip line that makes you look goofy....

The Girl Crush – A “No Homo” for Straight Women

  Something’s been gnawing at me. If you follow me on instagram you may have seen a couple long-winded, text-heavy story posts about straight women and their bizarre relationship to same-sex attraction. These thoughts have been brewing in the back of my mind – but what was the last drop? The Desi Perkins x Katy DeGroot collab with Dose of Colors. Let me preface this by saying that this is...

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...

When Should We Boycott? Beauty Brands, Politics & Ethics

Being the age of the social media scandal, beauty brands have been severely scathed by all sorts of mishaps – from insulting customers directly, to racist ad campaigns, to spreading dubious political messages, many a brand has been blacklisted by the wider community of beauty consumers. Similarly, boycott movements like Cruelty Free and BDS (on which Naomi Klein has written extensively) are popular – many bloggers choose to display their alignment...

A Beautiful Matrix: Beauty, Social Media, and the Hyperreal

As the term “snapchat dysmorphia” enters our collective vocabulary, I think it’s time we talked about the way we look and the way we pretend to look on social media. Perfection hasn’t gone out of style, it’s become the bare minimum. As reports of patients asking for cosmetic procedures to make them look like retouched selfies (their own or celebrities’) accumulate, it seems that the digital images we create and...

Why “Sheer” isn’t Always a Bad Thing

There’s something about the obsession with full coverage and super opaque makeup that annoys me. It’s like everything has to  be super intense or it’s a “bad” product – descriptors like “pigmented” have become synonymous with “good”. I disagree! I am a contrarian by nature, but by jove, I disagree. I think sheer products have a place and I often prefer them. Let me tell you why. Whether something is...