semi-professional face and hair toucher with a lot to say
The Thinly Veiled Capitalism Behind Skinfluencing
When it comes to skin problems, looking for answers was exhausting back in the day. I mean, I remember being 12 and seeing a Proactiv commercial on MTV and my research stopped there before I decided it would cure my acne. But now, hormonal middle schoolers and prematurely wrinkling 20 year olds alike need look no further than TikTok, where they can get all the answers they could have ever wished for from...an influencer?
My 2020 Favorite Product List
Last year, I created a comprehensive, exhaustive list of all my favorite products of the decade. I know, sick and twisted. Well, clearly I have a lot of thoughts about things, and against my better judgement I'm doing it again this year.
5 Lush Dupes That Don't Suck
We all know my thoughts on Lush. Suffice to say, I'm not a huge fan. But I'm well aware that boycotting a brand can be hard, especially a company like Lush which sorta fills the vegan self care niche. Let's be real though, we live in a time where there is just a boatload of cosmetic product being released almost daily. There's no excuse to shop Lush. Come on now.
3 Small Beauty Businesses to Support This Holiday Season
2020 has been hellish to say the least. I don't think there's been a moment of time where I've sat down, read the news, and thought, "Oh. That's normal and fun!" And let me tell you, that amount of stress and exhaustion everyday for 12 months can really do a number on your body. Not just mask acne or hair thinning, but this year has done a number on our brains too.
The B Word
Thanksgiving, pandemic fueled Internet-wide binge eating, and The Crown's portrayal of Princess Diana has brought up a lot of ~unrequited trauma~ in the past few months (big shocker there). I learned a lot this year about how people with healthy relationships with food function, which frankly is weird as hell, and I learned a lot about how they react to those of us without healthy relationships with food. I'm annoying and can't shut up about my opinions on my lived experiences so let's talk about how you can be a better advocate for your loved ones with disordered eating.
There Isn't Lead in Your Lipstick
I swear to God, as soon as someone posted on TikTok that the EU bans 1,300 ingredients for cosmetic usage, it was all downhill from there. Let's get one thing straight before I really delve, though. I never took chemistry in high school. I'm an idiot, truly. But if nothing else, I'm dedicated to getting to the bottom of beauty drama so here we are.
Hair Beyond Dead Cells
I have a lot of dumb tattoos, I've made a lot of questionable makeup decisions, and I pierced my own nose in my high school bathroom at 17. So when we talk about "body art", I feel like I'm more of an abstract piece people see in the MoMA and wince at. Like, is it high quality? No. Can you compare it to the Mona Lisa? Probably not. I can get away with it, though, because art is subjective, and hey I'll drink to that.
The Great Depop Debate
Articles with titles like "How This Teen Made $18K Selling Her Pre-Loved Clothes!"seem to constantly float around the Internet lately. Almost every influencer has a side hustle selling the fits they wore once in an Instagram photoshoot. And on TikTok? Thousands of tutorial videos on how to turn XL clothes into cute little sets, or how to redesign Walmart jeans and then make them cute enough to sell for $45.
Out of the Gloss: Standing in Solidarity with Former Glossier Employees
There's something almost too perfect about Glossier. The baby pink Instagram account, the dreamy aesthetics surrounding their pop-up and flagship stores, the sleek and often minimalist packaging...it's all so perfect for a brand who thrives on simply enhancing the natural beauty of their millennial clients.
- Second Place in Musical Decades Challenge
The Infamously Gaudy, Glossy, and Glamorous Era of Pop MusicSecond Place in Musical Decades Challenge
It's 2009. You French kiss your middle school crush Alex for the first time while Usher's "Love in This Club" blasts from his family desktop's crappy speakers. On your walk home, you play "Fergalicious" on your hot pink iPod Shuffle. Later that night, you watch the music video for this song called "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga with your best friend. Honestly, it's pretty weird, but you like the song anyway.
The World of Hairdressing in a COVID Existence
No one on the frontlines of the hair industry really wants to talk about a pandemic. I don't mean influencers like Brad Mondo who have the luxury of being able to stay at home and review TikTok hair tutorials for income. I mean your regular shmegular hair dressers at Fantastic Sam's who have to service 10 clients a day to make a livable wage.
How the Beauty Industry Thrives on Anti-Blackness
In the first week of June, beauty companies had had a lot to say. Titans of the makeup industry like NYX, Ulta, Maybelline, and Anastasia Beverly Hills donated sales money towards funds associated with Black Lives Matter and/or George Floyd's family and community. Black owned makeup brands were boosted and promoted among beauty gurus, with YouTubers and professionals alike doing full faces of Fenty and Juvia's Place. Black creators were finally getting their laurels, with features on brands like Sugarpill's Instagram (which has over 2 million followers).