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Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

I understand that the summer 2018 exhibition themes are, once again, not original or thought-provoking, but they definitely got me dreaming of lazing in a hammock under some palm trees on a tropical island filled with exotic colorful birds.  Flamingos and palm trees as well as a pink and green color scheme appear to be everywhere this year, even more so than in past seasons, and I wanted to celebrate these trends with some of the most summery makeup we've ever seen. Consider 2018 an updated version of the Museum's 2015 jungle/safari themed exhibition, that, astonishingly enough, does not contain a single mermaid!  I'll be sharing all the images that inspired me in a follow-up post, but for now let's feast our eyes on some pretties.

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Top row, left to right.

I'm very intrigued by this vintage Bulgarian face powder box and sample packet.  And while I'm not a fan of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, I think the April Vogue cover made a perfect modern example of advertising's love affair with pretty birds.  (See also these images of Jennifer Lawrence and Liz Taylor, as well as this 1957 Harper's cover.)

Ideal face powder, ca. 1930s

Ideal face powder, ca. 1930s

Vogue April 2018 cover

Exhibition label

I believe this is the first time I've worked in a print by an illustrator in an exhibition.  This print by Kendra Dandy pairs well with some of the pieces from the Charlotte Tilbury/Norman Parkinson collection.  I've been a fan of Kendra's since I discovered her via an Anthropologie collection a few years ago, and I'm still kicking myself about not getting anything from it (especially the flamingo-printed lip balm, which would have been perfect for this exhibition.)  Fortunately she consistently puts out amazing illustrations so I'm at least able to buy those.

Palm trees

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

Sunny Palms print by Kendra Dandy

Exhibition label

Vintage Rex palm tree compact (ca. 1950s) and Woodbury Tropic Tan ad:

Woodbury and Rex

Vintage Rex palm tree compact

Woodbury Tropic Tan ad, 1949

These flamingo-themed Violet Voss and Nomad palettes were a total surprise, which is one of the reasons I had to delay the exhibition launch.  It was worth it though.  :)  I know they look very cramped but I really wanted them on the same shelf since they're both new and by indie brands.

Violet Voss flamingo palette

Nomad Antilles palette

Second row, left to right.

Sephora lipstick case and Paul & Joe Face and Eye Colors:

Paul & Joe / Sephora

Sephora Coconut Grove lipstick

Paul & Joe

Exhibition label

I adore the packaging for this new Japanese line (look at the little flamingo tracks!), but the story behind its creation is interesting too. 

Astalift

Astalift Highlighter

Exhibition label

I love the palm tree pattern of the By Terry palette, it's so elegant.  The ArtDeco items are actually from last fall, but they read more summer to me.  I ordered the Beauty Box Trio and the Blush Couture so the embossing on the blush and design on the outer cases are visible at the same time, but unfortunately they screwed up my order so I'm still waiting for the Beauty Box Trio.

By Terry Sun Designer palette and ArtDeco Beauty of Nature

Art Deco Beauty of Nature Blush Couture

I'm so pleased that Collecting Vintage Compacts and "Cap'n Rexall" (the author of this blog) had the full story on Jonteel.  And when I say full story, I mean they were somehow able to track down every bit of information on this vintage line.  As always, I weep at the fact that I will never come close to this level of research.

Jonteel ad, 1921

Jonteel ad, 1921

Jonteel face powder

Exhibition label

Third row, left to right.

Another print by Kendra Dandy, I just couldn't resist!  Looks right at home next to these Pai Pai and Etude House lipstick cases.

Lash Flamingo print by Kendra Dandy

Lash Flamingo print by Kendra Dandy

Etude House and Pai Pai lipstick cases

Etude House and Pai Pai lipstick cases

Exhibition label

LM Ladurée blush container:

LM Ladurée

Exhibition label

Here's the palm-tastic Urban Decay Beached collection...well, not the whole lineup since there is a bronzer with palm trees on it as well, but I didn't want to invest any more in this collection.

Urban Decay Beached

How cute is this Dorothy Gray ad?!  The Stratton compact is lovely but I also really appreciate the kitschy vibe of the hand-painted souvenir compact.  If I were a tourist in the golden age of compacts I definitely would have gotten one from every destination I visited.

1946 Dorothy Gray ad

Vintage flamingo compacts

Bottom row, left to right.

Wet 'n' Wild Flights of Fancy items and Morphe Babe in Paradise palette:

Wet-n-wild

Exhibition label

Another vintage powder box which admittedly I bought before trying to come up with information on it.  Alas, I wasn't able to find much save for a couple of newspaper ads.  But the design is just too exquisite to pass up.

Zuané powder box

Zuané powder

Zuané powder ad, 1932

Exhibition label

Clarins 2017 and 2018 bronzers:

Clarins bronzers

Exhibition label

Why Paul & Joe is recycling a print from their 2016 spring collection I don't know, but it was a good fit for this year's summer exhibition.

Paul & Joe lip collection

Paul & Joe

Exhibition label

And that concludes the summer 2018 exhibition!  Any favorite items? 

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Curator's Corner, June 2018

CC logoWelcome to yet another format of Curator's Corner.  As I noted previously, I don't want to completely abandon this feature, but it's still too hard for me to keep up so I decided to try a "monthly rewind" of sorts.  Here's some notable news from June.

 - Yay!  Sephora is now offering makeup classes especially for trans people.  Perhaps they should start carrying this line?

- An interesting piece at Refinery29 covers the world of beauty treatments and makeup within prison walls.  It's different angle than the Racked article we saw back in January.

- Call it the Fenty effect: more brands are offering at least 40 shades of foundation, including the new Flesh line created by former Allure editor Linda Wells.  The line is getting a lot of buzz, not just for its color range but for the product and shade names that are only appealing if you're a cannibal.  (Apparently the "uncomfortable" names were intentional.)

- More info on the expansion of J-beauty...although I still bristle at it being called a "comeback". 

- Makeup.com had a nice little history of face powder.  I only wish I was writing their makeup history series.

- Ever wonder how your makeup is actually produced?  In addition to animal testing and potentially dangerous ingredients, new light is being shed on the issue of human rights abuses within the beauty industry.  It's a sad topic but one that needs to be addressed and remedied immediately.

- On a lighter note (sort of), check out this gigantic (2,000 lb!) bath bomb.

- I'm not crying, you're crying.

The random:

- In '90s nostalgia, 20th birthday celebrations are in order for the premiere of Sex and the City as well as The Truman Show.  Meanwhile, Daria is getting a reboot and Stereogum catches up with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz (don't pretend you don't know all the words to "Mr. Jones"!) Finally, I greatly enjoyed this oral history of one of the funniest shows from the decade, short-lived though it was.

- Speaking of TV, I've been watching probably more than is healthy and looking forward to new shows.  I'm currently obsessed with The Staircase and can't wait for new seasons of The Terror and American Horror Story (especially after 2 incredibly lackluster seasons of the latter.)  However, I am gutted that one of my favorite shows has ended. Desus and Mero will live on via Showtime, but it just won't be the same.

- If you follow me on Twitter you know I've been wrestling with insomnia.  I'm curious about this Sleep Stories app that features Bob Ross, because his show is one remedy I've found that works most of the time.

- On the domestic front, I'm taking advantage of berry season big time.  I made raspberry muffins and a strawberry pie.  I have zero food photography skills but trust me, both were very pretty and quite delicious if I do say so myself. :)

Raspberry muffins

Strawberry pie

And brownies and lime sea salt chocolate chip cookies - no berries involved in either of those, but the cookies are a summery twist on traditional chocolate chips...plus the Babos loved them. (And subsequently landed themselves in a cookie coma.)

Babos with cookie dough

Babos feasting

cookie coma

And that about wraps up June!  Do you have any fun plans for the rest of the summer?

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