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...

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...

Under The Influence – On PR Samples

God almighty, this post is a lot. I was supposed to write ONE blog post on this topic, but it turned into two, so the next one is coming after I post my highlights. The influencer biz is confusing, largely unregulated, and massive. And yeah, I’m using the term influencer even though I hate it. It’s what we have, even though it’s garbage. Please send your suggestions for a replacement...

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 #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...

Looking for Pride in the Skincare Aisle: Being a LGBT Beauty Consumer

I’ve been wanting to write about this for such a long time, but I find myself unable to organize my thoughts. It’s like I can’t combine my experiences as an LGBT person with beauty – which I think might be what the problem is all about. Whenever I talk about LGBT issues it tends to be broader, more political and more than anything, impersonal. I don’t talk about my own...

HIGHLIGHTS #18

I’m enjoying summer, though I’m a little bummed that it’s been muggy the past few days. I’m worried about my tomato plants – it’s been so windy they’re clinging on for dear life! Aside from my plant worries, I’m in such a pinterest phase, I can’t stop looking at ancient jewellery and moroccan rugs and japanese packaging design. Here are some highlights – it’s kind of a low point in...

Review: HynE Anti Age Crème

A long while back, last fall to be precise, I was attending a beauty trade show where I encountered this brand. They were offering champagne, so I was drawn like a moth to a flame. It turns out HynE is a new Swedish brand whose key ingredient is fermented hyaluronic acid – interesting, I thought. Very interesting. There’s a lot of buzz around fermentation right now, and hyaluronic acid is...

Tendency ; Balancing Act

A while back I read this piece by Edith Young about the trend of stacked objects in still life photography – Man Repeller is more or less correct about everything on earth, but I’d like to expand this trend to piles and structures of all kinds. Consider it a playful way of arranging objects, like you’d construct works of art with building blocks or legos. It’s cropping up in every...