HIGHLIGHTS #21

Hello, October!! I’ve had TWO colds already! It’s raining! It’s dark! So I’m here to lighten up the mood with the beauty news and highlights (get it? ok, I know, I should be shot) interesting articles, images and videos you need. This month’s post is a little more fashion-oriented, because frankly what’s been going on in beauty this past month has been kind of meh, so bear with. All the...

Why “Sheer” isn’t Always a Bad Thing

There’s something about the obsession with full coverage and super opaque makeup that annoys me. It’s like everything has to  be super intense or it’s a “bad” product – descriptors like “pigmented” have become synonymous with “good”. I disagree! I am a contrarian by nature, but by jove, I disagree. I think sheer products have a place and I often prefer them. Let me tell you why. Whether something is...

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 ; Zodiac Age

This is somewhat related to a post I wrote last fall, about the neo-occult or new age kind of vibes present in beauty and wellness right now – but this time, it’s more focused on astrology. It has escaped no-one that astrology is a huge trend – all of a sudden, terms like “ascendant” and “retrograde” have found their way into our everyday lives. It’s Leo season, and multiple planets...

Destroying Something Beautiful : Lipstick Smashes, Social Media and Conspicuous Consumption

Recently, I asked my instagram followers why videos or photos of destroyed makeup – like the videos where I smoosh lipstick with a palette knife – are so controversial. These images generally cause strong reactions – some people love it, and some people take it very personally. Editor Emily Dougherty, known for blending lipstick colours on instagram by chopping up bullets, even has a disclaimer that all lipstick mixes are...

HIGHLIGHTS #17

It’s a great month for beauty – finally June, and officially summer. June is the month of lilacs, heatwaves, thunderstorms and of course, it’s Pride month  so all in all, a pretty good time of year. We’re seeing a lot of new product launching right about now – Here are the latest highlights. This post contains affiliate links. Andrea Cheng of The New York Times asks: Is acne cool now?...

HIGHLIGHTS #16

Highlights are back, just like me! It’s may, it might be spring if you squint, and I’ve got extra juicy highlights for you. I’m in a gritty, gross depressive state right now and thus in great need of some sunshine and colour. Maybe a new pair of shoes. You know how it is. Into The Gloss interviews my childhood crush, Isabella Rossellini. Remember Death Becomes Her? I saw it when...

Tendency ; Sea Witch

This post contains affiliate links, marked with an asterisk. Header image by Solve Sundsbo. Trend analysis is one of my favourite pastimes, but sometimes I want to invent my own trend. I’m more or less desperate to launch Sea Witch into the 2018 mainstream. I’m seeing some sea witch vibes appear – not sure if it’s really happening or if I’m just seeing what I want to see – but...

HIGHLIGHTS #14

I started highlights (formerly known as weekend since I had the foolish ambition to post them every weekend) as a way to share the most interesting happenings in beauty with a sprinkling of current events and feminism. Now it’s been a little over a year, and it’s still one of the most fun things to put together – like a potpourri of goodies to read with a cup of tea...

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...