Makeup is not a weapon.

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Peter Phillips – creative director of Dior beauty – makes the bold claim that makeup is a feminist weapon: “To Philips, it’s not something to hide behind, but a tool that enhances women’s feminine power. “A lipstick, an eyeliner is something a woman can use, and should use, to really put forward her strengths,” continues Philips. “She can totally control how she wants the...

HIGHLIGHTS #7

I’m still waiting for the weather to warm up properly, but honestly in spirit I’m feeling very summery. In what may have been a somewhat self-destructive decision, I’ve been taking a full-time uni course that’s been really interesting – Visual and Material Culture. Just the right topic for someone who is interested in style and beauty. Speaking of, I’ve kind of taken a break from shopping and it’s actually not...

Multi Use: Liquid Lipstick as Blush

I mentioned in my Cloud Paint review that you can get a similar effect using a silicone-based liquid lipstick, and I’d demonstrated it on my instagram already, so I thought I might as well share it here as well. This works with regular lipstick as well – it’s kind of the oldest trick in the book – but gel-formula lip products are a little easier to blend. I’m using the...

Review: Glossier Haloscope

Somehow, this has become a Glossier review blog. Bear with me. I was actually pretty excited about this product, despite being exhausted with highlighters. Haloscope is described as a dew effect highlighter with an “otherworldly sheen that’s never dry or glittery”. It’s a shimmery balm stick with a clear balm core that you apply directly on the face for a wet-look effect. I got the shade “Moonstone” which is a...

Review: Glossier Cloud Paint

This spring, Glossier launched a selection of cream blushes called Cloud Paints. I’m a huge fan of cream blush, so of course I was very curious about them. Out of the four colours, I had a hard time choosing just one but I landed on Haze because it’s a blush colour I don’t have already. It’s a cool-toned berry shade, part of a spectrum that Glossier claims to be inspired...

HIGHLIGHTS #6

An extra-long post after an extra-long wait! It’s finally summer, the end of the term is nearing, and life is in some sort of limbo state where everything feels in-between and unstable. At the same time, the sudden appearance of the sun (my old frenemy…) makes me want to do nothing but smother myself in spf 50 and laze about reading questionable literature in a park or whatever. Here are...

Tendency ; Art Supply

My obsession with starting blog post series strikes again. This time, I want to examine trends in beauty – past, present, and (hopefully) future. They can be trends in packaging design, colour choices, terminology… whatever seems interesting. For the first instalment, it’s more about packaging and format than anything else – beauty products that resemble art supplies. Historically, the 60s and 70s were filled with artsy cosmetic products like the famous...

Review: RODIN Olio Lusso Lipstick

Several months ago, I posted about packaging design and went a little crazy over the Rodin lip balm ring. But after seeing Estée Lalonde review the lipsticks on her youtube channel, I was intrigued. I’d ooh-ed and aah-ed over the bright colours and unusual packaging, but hadn’t yet taken the plunge so to speak. Well, seeing the colours swatched and worn just made me really want to try them. The...

Cinematic Cosmetics: The Fifth Element by Luc Besson

Possibly one of my favourite movies to date, The Fifth Element is a sci-fi cult classic with a seriously strong aesthetic. Full of amazing costumes (by Jean-Paul Gaultier, no less) and meticulously developed environments, I could easily pick apart every facet of its visual qualities because there’s just so much material. That would be a long text, so let’s just talk about makeup. What makes The Fifth Element so appealing...

HIGHLIGHTS #5 2017

It’s me, the queen of mysterious disappearances. I’m back! I’m medicated! I’m full of enthusiasm! Here are the latest highlights! As someone who gets very frustrated about the spread of straight up mythology as fact in the beauty world, this piece on the false history of beauty trickery was a boon. Arabelle Sicardi questions the idea that K-Beauty is nothing but a passing fad. How much are you really saving...