HIGHLIGHTS #15

It’s March, and I’m itching for spring which shows no sign of appearing. If I could see a crocus or snowdrop I might find hope, but so far there’s nothing. At least we can all find comfort in the fact that the sun now rises at an appropriate hour – day and night are no longer diffuse and abstract. Me, I’ve been neglecting my skin terribly lately  – I blame...

Why Beauty?

In light of recent discussions about beauty, skincare, and its popularity, I thought it might be interesting to examine why it is that the beauty trend is so strong. For me, beauty was never an issue for me until I was around 18, and started wearing makeup and taking an interest in skincare. Sometimes I wish I’d gotten into skincare sooner so I’d have been able to combat my skin...

HIGHLIGHTS #13

Right after I posted the last issue of highlights, a bunch of interesting articles popped up, as if on command. It took some restraint to wait this long, but here she is – the January Highlights of 2018! There’s something deeply charming about these photos from a Japanese beauty school for men in the 1960’s. Jia Tolentino hits the mark as always with this piece on the self-care trend. I...

The hot & not list for a new year

As with most things I write, this post should be taken with a grain of salt. As 2017 is finally ending, I’d like to take a moment to list the things I’m ready to receive in my life (universe, please deliver!) and the things I never want to see again ever. Obviously, if you disagree with any of these, you won’t be shunned from the community or sent to the...

HIGHLIGHTS #11

Listen, I know this is a cliché but… where the hell did this year go?! It’s November already?!?! (cue nervous breakdown about lost time) This month has been so eventful, lots of studying, job interviews, bad financial decisions…phew! Anyway, here are this month’s highlights. Make a big cup of tea, light an overpriced scented candle (this is my favourite right now), and enjoy the reading. First and Second-generation immigrants were...

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...

HIGHLIGHTS #8

Well hey y’all! Happy friday! This iteration of HIGHLIGHTS is extra thick and juicy, hope you enjoy. Please share your favourite links from the last month with me! Any new releases you’re excited about? Try any good products lately? Talk to me. I don’t hide the fact that I’m mad about the history of cosmetics – here are 9 historical beauty ad campaigns of note. Bonnie Cashin was one of...

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...

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...

Assigned Reading: My favourite books on Beauty

I’m trying to read more – it’s so easy to lose the habit, especially if you’re a student who already has to read course lit all day. Luckily, my course lit is exactly the kind of thing I read for fun. While I’m pursuing a degree in fashion theory, I’m trying my best to pull beauty in under the ‘fashion’ umbrella. It’s gone over pretty all right so far. I’ve...