Tendency: Cherry Bomb

Having been named the horniest fruit, the cherry certainly has some symbolic and stylistic clout. Its likeness goes in and out of style, whether that’s as colours, shapes or scents, and I say we’re in full throttle cherry mania right now. In fashion, patterns featuring this evocative stone fruit abound, and recently Man Repeller included a cherry-shaped hair clip (fusing two trends!) in their “nap kit” collab with Negative Underwear....

HIGHLIGHTS #20

It’s September. Turn on that Earth Wind & Fire track. Put on some boots. Enjoy these beauty highlights. Paging Elizabeth Bathory – blood may be the key to eternal youth and beauty after all. (I just had a flash of a deeply dystopian future in which the young and impoverished sell their blood to… oh wait, that’s already happening) The Urban Decay Naked palette is officially retiring. Is it too...

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...

Guest Post: Balms, Rumours and Blunders by Teresa Navarro

For the past three years, I’ve been wondering if I have a lip balm addiction. I always keep one on me and usually keep a backup in all of my bags, and even keep count of how many tubes I have used up during the year. Though we’re only two thirds through February, I’m about to finish my sixth balm. In 2016, I managed to finish approximately 36 tubes (I...

Lip Treats

[DISCLAIMER: This post contains press samples and referral links] Lipstick is by far my favourite beauty product, but it’s not enough to just paint your lips in fun colours and be done with it. I want my lips to be soft, smooth and comfortable at all times – and that’s where lip treatments are important. I’m not using the term balm here because a balm is not the be-all end-all...

Glossier Review: Rose Balm DotCom

The appeal of the balm is its simplicity: it’s a very classic, traditional petrolatum-and-lanolin formula that many lip balms are based on. Glossier is a fairly minimalist brand, so this formula fits with their philosophy. I know there’s some controversy around petrolatum and other mineral oils, but I have no quarrel with it in my lip products. It comes in a metal tube with a plastic coating, which feels classic...