It's Pride month, and that means (among other things) drowning in a sea of corporate queer-washing. Companies have slapped rainbows on everything from toothpaste to shoes — but how many of those products actually help the LGBTQ community? Limited-edition projects from corporations that don't center the queer experience only tokenize it for timely capital, so let's give our money instead to brands that are actually run by queer folks, that hire queer folks, and that give queer folks equity in their futures.
In a cultural moment where the questioning of gender roles is gaining acceptance, does makeup really need a masc makeover?
Following the Cambridge Analytica revelations, it's become common knowledge that our online shopping data is being used against us. Fashion, beauty and tech writer Arabelle Sicardi finds the problem to be worsening.
2018 Twitter seems to have two modes: outrage about real life, and joy about escapist fictional realms. While America experiences a slow roast, of both a climatic and political nature, we are also experiencing a renaissance of romantic comedies. The world is terrible, but To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is amazing.
The first thing you see when you walk into A. Human’s Mercer Street showroom is a Black man buried neck-deep in a glass box of soil, in a dark and windowless room surrounded by plants. He is facing you directly, unmoving. It will take you a second to register your confusion and categorize it as a mixture of mortification and curiosity. If you have ever seen an episode of the now-defunct television series Hannibal, the scene will distinctly remind you of one of the cannibal’s victims.
Arabelle Sicardi explains how they explored their love for beauty while attending an academically rigorous high school.
Korean skin care has truly changed my skin for the better. Having tried an entire drugstore aisle’s worth of acne products and multiple dermatologists’ recommended brands, the most helpful products I’ve used come from Seoul.
So it piqued my interest that Costco had launched its own Korean skin care kit, The Case Full of Seoul, geared toward people who might be new to the 11-step Korean beauty routine that involves cleansing, toning, moisturizing, applying serums and masks, and more.
The kit r...
A lot of the most tender, intimate moments of my life have happened in the aisles of Sephora. I’ve met girlfriends on first or second dates there as an excuse to bond with them over perfumes and serums (if only so we can hold hands while we “test the products”), I went with my best friend’s mother for her 70th birthday to help pick out skincare for her retirement era, and I later went with a friend who had recently begun transitioning to help pick out her first full-coverage foundation. Sepho...
As a depressed teen, I used clothes as a lifeline to pull me out of the fear that I was insubstantial. They made my body into a fun experiment I could control. As long as I had or could work toward the clothes that I love, as long as I could fit into them, take up their structures as my body’s own, I’d pull through.
Addie Wagenknecht knows what the void means. By this, I mean she’s an artist who plays with absence and the inheritance we leave behind; her works are clues into the world of technology and feelings that make up her brain, but they aren’t explanations of it.
If you are reading this, you are considering shaving your head. Congratulations and welcome to the coven. Everyone has different reasons for wanting to buzz it all off; for me, I wanted a fresh start after gradually (and accidentally) making my undercut so drastic it was inevitable I would have to restart my hair growth all over if I wanted it to grow out in a non-bizarro way. It was a decision years in the making, and I don’t regret it one bit.
I shaved my head by myself in my bathroom on a ...