THE GLAM DOWN: A Throwback to Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple”

My first two years in New York, there was only one nail polish color that mattered and it was Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple.” When I finally got my hands on a bottle of it, I was still working at Topshop in Soho and I recall so well how a coworker (her name was Margeaux) stopped me after I dropped off clothes for the second floor … Continue reading THE GLAM DOWN: A Throwback to Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple”

Gone In 10800 Seconds: How KKW Beauty Is Already The Most Controversial Makeup Launch of the Year

Like an unopened package of s’mores Pop-Tarts, fresh out the carton, and my gluttony ready for the devouring, without hesitation, when I read the news of Kim Kardashian West launching a makeup line, set to be available on June 21, I followed the “KKW Beauty” accounts on Instagram and Tumblr. West was going to drop a contour and highlight kit, which would make sense as … Continue reading Gone In 10800 Seconds: How KKW Beauty Is Already The Most Controversial Makeup Launch of the Year

What Is Pastel Goth?

by Shae In Tumblr-land, “pastel goth” is a niche oasis within the bigger, general, more identifiable culture of modern day (20th century) goths. (Not the vintage kind of Gothicism, that was centered on the pride of Scandinavian ancestry during the Roman Empire. The “gothic” we think of today, e.g. an all-black outfit, maybe a surly expression, abstractly takes from the architectural Gothicism of the medieval age and … Continue reading What Is Pastel Goth?