HIGHLIGHTS #25

It’s March. I’ve moved highlights to later in the month, as one does, I hope that feels okay! My treatment program ended at the start of the month, and I’m feeling a little weird about it. Adwoa Aboa’s Revlon collab is so cute and cheery-looking, and there’s a really nostalgic vibe with the bright, colour-coded kits. Dover Street Market is opening a dedicated beauty concept store in Paris. I’m salivating....

On Loving Beauty, Warts and All

For a long time, I’ve anxiously denied that what I feel for beauty is love. I’ve been calling it an obsession or a passionate interest. A fascination. How clinical it sounds written black on white! Of course, what I’ve truly felt is ambiguous, because there’s really no way you can swallow beauty culture whole without a few qualms. But I think I do love beauty. I think love needs to...

Tendency ; Apothecary

When I started these Tendency posts, I used the dreaded affiliate links to illustrate my point: Look! The thing I’m talking about is for sale!! But since affiliate links give me anxiety and I’d like to keep this blog as ad-free as possible, no more. I’m gonna be talking about product. But I’m not gonna make shopping easier. I hope you understand. Instead, I’m gonna talk about these trends in...

Highlights #24

Happy Highlight day! The sun has started creeping out of hiding, and I find myself THIS CLOSE to yelling at random trees and shrubs to hurry the hell up with buds and leaves and flowers so I can at least have some assurance that spring is on its way. Well, it’s a little way to go, but it’s coming. I’m sure. Joking about body image is as easy as it...

HIGHLIGHTS #23

I skipped last month’s highlights so this edition will be a little thicker and juicier than usual, I’m sure you’ll forgive me! I’ve been extra selective about what I’m sharing, so you can be sure all these articles are worth your time. Having a “Glow” is the “Having it all” of the 21st century, and it’s tiring. The sans-serif minimalist logo is ruining my life with its boring ugliness. As...

You’re beautiful, baby! – on the sexualization of girls in beauty culture

Tragically, I return to blogging with a depressing topic. Today, one of my favourite skincare bloggers shared a link to an article on the launch of a new beauty startup called Petite ‘N Pretty. New brands launch all the time, but what makes this line different is the target audience: little girls ages 4 and up. I’ll be the first of admit that my initial response was terror. And it’s...

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....