Month: September 2014

MAKE Colour Celeste e Verde Palette*

I first saw the MAKE Colour Celeste e Verde Palette* on Bea‘s Instagram, which rekindled my interest in the brand. Celeste e Verde was created by Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Ozzy Salvatierra for MAKE. The Celeste e Verde (Sky Blue and Green) makeup collection is inspired by Antonioni’s 1964 film “Red Desert.” It reflects a woman and her style in life: a life that feels spiritual, artful and authentic. The palette is a colourful mix of contemporary pastels, fiery brights and seaside blues. Colors are nostalgic, fresh and natural. I looked at some stills of Red Desert and this entire collection is a spitting image of that color story. Advertisements

Some Observations on Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

I got these quite a while back but wanted to reserve my review on them for later, after I've extensively used them, partly because they are all permanent eyeshadows anyway. But mostly, I wanted to spend my time with them because their shades are quite inconsistent when it comes to quality. For the record, they're all decent shadows, especially when you factor in the price. I got 11 refill pans, each of which costs about $6. A bunch of the shades I wanted to try like Shark Bait and Barcelona Beach were also out of stock. I put them all in this Wild Peach Palette, which is similar to Z-Palettes and Unii Palettes, and I'm happy to report that they stuck on automatically: I got the ff: shades: Cinderella: Pale shimmery pink Cupcake: Matte medium pink Cocoa Bear: Matte reddish brown Bleached Blonde: Shimmery Pale Gold Pretentious: Metallic bronze Mocha: Deep matte brown Twilight: Pale Shimmery Muted Purple Unexpected: Matte Pale Pink Brown Poolside: Bright shimmery teal with specks of gold Sea Mist: Shimmery Turquoise …

Sample Stash Sunday: One Love Organics Sample Packs

I placed another order at Eco Diva Beauty some time ago, and after being thoroughly impressed by the few things I had picked up previously from One Love Organics, I decided to test out the two available sampler packs from the brand, since they were both under $10. Prior to my recent Korean experiments, I’ve used few combinations of the items for the last few weeks, and here are some of my thoughts: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Sample Pack ($6) This sample pack contains 4 sample-sized items from the Elizabeth Dehn collaboration with One Love Organics, which is a line that advocates “active moisture!” This pack includes single use samples of Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum, Vitamin E Eye Balm, Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover and Vitamin D Time Release Facial Mist. Although it’s explicitly stated that these are “single-use” samples, I’ve been able to get about 3-4 uses out of the Vitamin B Cleansing Oil, the Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist, and the Vitamin C Serum. I already have …


A few months ago, I blogged about this super cool perfume brand called Commodity Goods. They offered “fitting kits,” which are small vials of all the scents they offer (reviewed here), in case you weren’t sure if you wanted to smell like Gin or Book or Mimosa. I ended up purchasing quite a few scents in the 10ml vials, but I reserved my 100ml order for Moss. It is a crisp but woodsy scent that has been designated by Commodity as both a male and female scent. Moss is one of my favorite scents to wear these days as it’s not as heavy Book, or as just-out-of-the-shower clean as Cloth. It’s pretty much perfect for me.

Nosy Beauty Vol. 36: Gabbie

Today’s Nosy Beauty features someone who writes pieces that I always look forward to reading. Say hi to Gabbie! 🙂 My name is Gabbie, and I’m a reforming beauty addict. Professionally, I do a lot of things for a lot of people, but I mostly write and I have a recipe-sharing space on the interwebs called The Martha Diaries.

Made-Up History: Kazimir Malevich’s “White on White,” 1918

“White on White” is one of those works of art that I like whipping out to show people who just don’t get modern art. “Well, I could make that!” they decry, in a bubble of incredulity. The question is, did you? Russian artist Kasimir/Kazimir Malevich founded a movement called Suprematism around 1913. It focused on the rejection of the depiction of objects, opting for “the supremacy of pure artistic feeling.” This work is one of the most famous from the movement, as is another one of Malevich’s work, “Black Square.” Suprematism has been briefly, though wonderfully discussed on this Tumblr post by WTF Art History. Under the caption of “White on White,” WTF Art History writes, “A non-figural work, the White on White painting demands extended viewing in order to grasp the contrast between the white hues, the imprecise delineation of the inner square, and the effect such a painting has on you the viewer. Your response to the painting is what Malevich considered “the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts.”

MAKE Colour Aether Palette*

I was kindly sent the MAKE Colour Aether Palette* by the folks over at MAKE and Autumn PR, which was exciting for me, as I wanted this so badly but settled on trying out one palette first, the Post-Impressionism Palette (reviewed here), which I ended up loving a lot. The reason for this edit-out-in-favor of another palette is because… well, this palette is a bit experimental as far as palettes go. Aether is an artist collaboration with Faye Toogood, a furniture designer, and makeup artist Ayami Nishhimura.