Tendency ; Branching Out

So here’s a trend that’s kind of getting on my nerves. Usually, I like to write about things that I find interesting or beautiful, and this development sure is interesting but god, it’s bothering me. Branching out. As in, beauty brands who specialize in one thing expanding to new products… sometimes it makes sense, and sometimes it’s eye roll-inducing. BeautyBlender Foundation Let’s just start with the most recent and possibly...

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...

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 #9

NARS is launching a beautiful Man Ray-themed holiday collection this year – those eye palettes are so up my alley! I really enjoy the way NARS features photographers in their limited collections. Accompanied by gorgeous photographs, this article on the centuries-old art of perfume distillation in Kannauj, India is beautiful and evocative. Miles away from my own budget, ultra-luxury skincare brand La Mer is shrouded in myth and legend –...

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...

Tendency ; Art Supply

My obsession with starting blog post series strikes again. This time, I want to examine trends in beauty – past, present, and (hopefully) future. They can be trends in packaging design, colour choices, terminology… whatever seems interesting. For the first instalment, it’s more about packaging and format than anything else – beauty products that resemble art supplies. Historically, the 60s and 70s were filled with artsy cosmetic products like the famous...

HIGHLIGHTS: #1 2017

Since the concept of “weekend” posts has become rather disconnected from actual weekends, I’m renaming this series HIGHLIGHTS because it’s more descriptive. Same format, different name. Happy new year! I have high hopes for the coming year in beauty.   I love these modern art-inspired beauty looks by Violette! In light of mental illness hero and all-round badass Carrie Fisher’s passing, here’s a piece on Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle We’ve...

Trends of 2016 – My favourite beauty trends of the year

The year is finally coming to an end – it’s been a big year in beauty with many strange trends emerging (or, well, things that are called trends even though it’s only one or two people doing it) so I thought I’d round up the trends I loved, the trends I hated, and the trends I’d like to see realized in 2017. Here’s my first list: Trends that should stay....