A Beautiful Matrix: Beauty, Social Media, and the Hyperreal

As the term “snapchat dysmorphia” enters our collective vocabulary, I think it’s time we talked about the way we look and the way we pretend to look on social media. Perfection hasn’t gone out of style, it’s become the bare minimum. As reports of patients asking for cosmetic procedures to make them look like retouched selfies (their own or celebrities’) accumulate, it seems that the digital images we create and...

HIGHLIGHTS #19

This time of year is usually my favourite – the languid heat of August and September, the fresh start of post-holiday returns to school and work and society, the abundance of delicious produce and the fall beauty launches are what I look forward to all year. However, this heat wave is murder – I feel like the embodiment of a damp dishcloth, festering under the blazing sun. That said, I’ve...

Tendency ; Pastel Proclivities

Pastels are a tricky colour family. At once juvenile and matronly, reminiscent of childhood toys and grandma’s chintzy home decor. It’s candy and ice cream, Marie Antoinette, porcelain figurines and colour-matched 1950s dream kitchens all at the same time. You must admit that pastels are having a moment in contemporary culture – in fashion a mix of grandma-chic and girly nostalgia draws the appreciation of stylish young women. Brands like...

Trends of 2016 – My LEAST favourite beauty trends of the year

I jokingly remarked a few posts back that I’m good at passing judgement. And what better time to do just that, than the end of the year, when we look back and ask ourselves what the hell we were doing in 2016. My least favourite trends, and trends I want to see stay… or begin. Take this, as you should take everything, with a grain of salt. I want to...

Is the beauty industry losing its touch?

Reading Jane’s (of BritishBeautyBlogger) recent blog post about experiencing “Beauty Fatigue”, I could only agree. I’ve only been involved with beauty culture for a short while – I didn’t start wearing makeup until I was 18 – and I’m already exhausted by it. Now, I don’t mean I no longer care about beauty. I love it. It’s close to my heart and my main interest. But the way the industry...