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...

Recent Beauty Releases That Are Actually, Like, Pretty Neat or Whatever

Being a notorious complainer, like my mother before me, I’m not exactly known for giving positive feedback. I’m a critical person and I’m not afraid to stir the pot, which is not always popular, but usually pretty fun. A lot of my posts have a skeptical voice, especially on instagram – lately, I’ve been especially unimpressed with beauty releases, campaigns, and so on. A lot of releases are unimaginative, shallow...

Review: The Beauty Archive Lip Tint

I’ve argued the superiority of cream blush before, so imagine my delight when I (in the company of the dazzling Linda) came upon a domestic indie brand devoted to just that – cream products. It’s called The Beauty Archive, I encountered them in the stairwell on a very hot day at a very crowded beauty fair, and I was immediately drawn to these little pots of colour. With a minimalist...

My Favourite Products From a Weird Year

**This post contains affiliate links** 2017 is nearing its end. Something about this time of year feels so relaxing somehow – perhaps it’s the holiday food that just makes me drowsy – but there’s something comforting about saying goodbye to the past year and turning over a new leaf. Okay, I’ll stop being corny – seriously, what the flip was 2017 even about. So much disaster. In so many ways....

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...

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 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...