Multi Use: Bright Brows with Colour Mascara

I’m an avid user of colour mascara, and if I find a particularly unusual shade I like to pick it up. While these mascaras make a statement on the lashes, I also rather like to brush it through my eyebrows for a statement look. The lime green pictured above makes a particularly striking effect! A formula that is thicker works best, as a thinner mascara will make them crunchy and...

Review: Fenty Gloss Bomb

Aren’t we all kind of over the super-matte lip look? Listen, I love matte lipstick, but the ultra-matte liquid-longswear-would-probably-survive-a-nuclear-blast kind just makes me feel shriveled up and uncomfortable. So imagine my glee when Rihanna launched this beautiful nude gloss with her Fenty Beauty collection at Sephora, it feels so right and so refreshing. Needless to say, I picked it up and I’m very impressed. The colour is described as an...

HIGHLIGHTS #10

Happy October! Fall is upon us, dark lipstick is socially acceptable again, and these are the Highlights. This piece on the sheet mask selfie trend is hilarious and kind of true! I probably won’t taking these selfies, to be honest, because they are kind of fun… but… I’ll be thinking about this. Makeup icon Kevyn Aucoin’s life, impact and illness. I’m indeed very anxious to see the documentary, and also to...

Look: Extraterrestrial

I saw some really beautiful looks featuring red liner at the Ashley Williams S/S18 show, and immediately got inspired to try something similar. I opted for this spiky look, also a little influenced by the horror/mystery anime Mononoke. It’s been a while since I did a makeup look – I’ve become a little set in my ways and do really quick and easy looks most days. Obviously, this is all...

Review: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary is extremely hyped up,  being one of the only high-tech skincare brands at an affordable price point. In fact, it’s even cheaper than most drugstore skincare, which in my opinion makes the hysteria around the brand warranted. This also means it sells out at breakneck speed. I’ve got my eye on several of the products, but the ones I want are often sold out so this niacinamide booster...

Tendency ; Fleshtones

I find myself drawn to a certain colour palette this fall. Warm, fleshy colours – pinks and reds that look as if they’ve been matched to cuts of meat. They’re visceral, but strangely romantic at the same time. A little gross, but also kind of pretty. Still with me? Here’s a tendency – butcher shop colour schemes. I’d include colours like burgundy, fig, salmon, oxblood, and that ubiquitous “millenial pink” in...

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...