Some pretty cosy-looking footwear trekked its way down the @IsabelMarant runway this season #pfw
This is the most disgusting thing ever. All the wee creatures trapped, slaughtered and skinned for fashion, only to be denied the dignity of of being a useful coat or cape, finding instead that these separate, nearly comical tufts of fur should be placed haphazardly on the legs that will be bound by white or black ribbons.
… She dressed herself and then went and stood by the window to make up her face and to put kohl on her eyes, which were beautiful—long and dark, very candid, almost childish in expression.
Her eyes gave her away. By her eyes and the deep circles under them you saw that she was a dreamer, that she was vulnerable—too vulnerable ever to make a success of a career of chance.
She made herself up elaborately and carefully; yet it was clear that what she was doing had long ceased to be a labour of love and had become partly a mechanical process. partly a substitute for the mask she would have liked to wear.
To stop making up would have been a confession of age and weariness. It would have meant that Mr Mackenzie had finished her. It would have been the first step on the road that ended in looking like that woman on the floor above—a woman always dressed in black, who had a white face and black nails and dyed hair which she no longer dyed, and which had grown out for two inches into a hideous pepper-and-salt grey.
Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie
#After Leaving Mr Mackenzie
Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup
Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.
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#social media gone mad
Actually, a few words. If the compact is going to be that ugly, may as well slap the thumbs up “like” icon on it.
Yves Saint Laurent has created this limited edition make-up palette, titled Devoted to Fans, exclusively for its Facebook fans. There are only 1650 palettes available, and fans who receive one will also benefit from exclusive privileges.
The palette contains four eye colours in YSL’s signature gold compact, completed with a mirror and two application brushes. The packaging has been updated with the highly recognisable Facebook blue colour as well as the luxurious YSL logo.
It will launch on the brand’s Beauty Facebook Page on July 19.
After hemming and hawing over online swatches for hours, I broke down and purchased NARS eyeshadow duos Rajasthan (top) and Dogon (below). I discovered that while both palettes are not dupes of each other, they are really fraternal twins. The lighter shade in Rajasthan is more golden where it’s more silver-taupe in Dogon, but they’re not different enough to warrant owning both. Rajasthan is a limited edition, I think, and not part of the permanent collection on the NARS website, though it’s still available on Beauty.com. Application wise, there was little fallout with decent pigmentation, though the darker shades in both palettes seemed to me a smidge hard and chalky. On my medium-toned skin, both the dark shades looked very similar once blended out. Meh.
Starting an aggressive skin renewal regimen formed around a core of Paula’s Choice AHA-based potions, La Roche-Posay sunscreen, 0.05% tretinoin cream and Asian sheet masks (My Beauty Diary and Naruko). Moisture will be delivered by Rohto Hadalabo Gokyujun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, as my skin really only cares for moisturizing agents that look like clear snot. Now that my breakouts are more or less under control, the goal is to fade the fuck out of scars and hyperpigmentation, of which the latter was ironically caused by the birth control pills I took for my acne.
It’s been a week so far, and the peeling has been bearable. Probably because my skin has been toughened by a 3-month course of Duac. I really wish I could be gentler, but I am where I am because I messed around with products last year, seeking gentle, organic products made from flowers kissed by fairy princesses and harvested by the light of the new moon. Never again.