Have you guys heard about these metallic temporary jewelry tattoos? They look amazing and are literally stick on tattoos. Here’s a link to where you can buy some. (Etsy Shop) You may also like: (UV light tattoos)
Not sure which came first, but I’d probably stick with Flash Tattoos, who as far as I know started this metallic temporary tattoo trend and has the best price- 4 sheets for $22.
Nope. I have never approached makeup from the standpoint that natural is inherently more beautiful or authentic. I am staunchly #teamfake. I don’t care for the whole “beauty is an industry directed purely for the male gaze / fight the system by not wearing anything at all” boat. Nope. You can be a horrible and ugly person inside and be “beautiful just the way you are”, you can be a very untrustworthy person and be all about “au naturale”. I also think the idea of upholding naturalism as this great ethos doesn’t give space for trans people who use makeup to help them express their gender. makeup gives a lot of people agency, makeup totally helps people express their truth. a person using it to become themselves is not lying. your identity, it is an event. you become through intention and choices. starting from zero doesn’t mean you are point zero — you are more than your naked body. it is not a lie to manipulate your body through mediums in which you feel like you are becoming yourself. the whole natural/feminine association is meant to make women seem literally, actually, historically crazy. beauty has always been seen as unreasonable. this is misogynist. i do not stand for it. in reality, i really don’t give a fuck if i’m presenting “false advertising” to someone through makeup. i am constantly misread all the time anyway, as straight, as cis, as femme, as 100% white gurl. it is totally not my priority to play into people’s basic assumptions of me by not using makeup at all. it would just make people misread me at a starting point that i don’t feel i really am anymore. i use makeup to deal and negotiate myself into an identity i can survive and thrive in and this is not lying. i might be queering aesthetics, which i guess is cheating the system of tools in which i use — and so the fuck what if i am. not using beauty products doesn’t make someone inherently more morally sound than me. it just makes them poorly moisturized.
My week in perfumes. I’m not gonna review them all but will note the following:
- Tusan Leather by Tom Ford Private Blend is forever my favorite, but also I think it’s not the most unique scent I’ve smelled at this point? But it’s still marvelous, and addicting, and that is really what you want out of perfume, so. It smells amazing on everyone I’ve ever sprayed it on.
- Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle - Frederic Malle is the only perfume house that could ever make me consider rose. I hate rose. This starts off as a punch in the face with Turkish rose. I can’t deal with it, it’s not my thing, but if you ove rose and powdery spice, you’ll love it. Very baroque. Utterly not me at all. Nope! It’s exquisite, though.
- Jazz Club is the best fragrance Margiela has put out in this new line for Replica. Delicious. The gender binary description is REALLY KIND OF BORING AND SILLY BUT WHATEVER anyway it smells like rum and powdery leather. It smells quite sweet on me actually, very syruppy to start. I like things a bit dirtier. It’s not grumpy enough at first, you know what I mean? But it’s phenomenal at the dry down. The ending is the best.
- This Bottega Veneta perfume smells like shit on the testers to me but it smells really great on me if I feel like smelling like patchouli. This is very patchouli and lime and sandalwood and it sticks to those notes the entire time.
- I absolutely loved this perfume by BPAL but I overdid it the other night because it doesn’t come with an atomizer and now I can’t stand the smell. R.I.P you were great tho. Fitting that you are dead to me now, since you claim to smell like vultures.
well it’s not couture — that’s a misnomer. you’re thinking of high end / luxury. luxury brands typically use more expensive formulations of things in their products… not all beeswax is the same, and the kind of wax and other stuff that goes into lipstick, all that stuff, has different costs of production depending on what kind you use and how much of it. the packaging is also more expensive. granted some of it is just huge mark up — lancome’s regenerist cream is just glorified aspirin mixed with yogurt, for example — but the formulation of estee lauder lipstick is straight up superior to drugstore brands because they put different stuff in it and marketed it differently. and also lxuury brands like lipstick queen are much, much smaller and have fewer points of distribution which can drive the cost per unit up a lot. the smaller batch of stuff you make the more expensive it is to make and therefore the more you have to sell it for. the exclusivity is part of marketing as much as it is part of the feature of the production cost itself. lots of it is snobbery but it’s not complete B.S, either. i hope that explanation helps a bit?
Grace Bol by Simon Burstall for Hunger #7
KAT VON D STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK: THE CLASSICS
An array of quintessential neutrals that are anything but basic.
these swatches look so pretty but Temptalia’s reviews on them were really disappointing :( I’m kind of sad, because these colors were so unique.