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Year-end beauty wrap-up, part 2: Trend predictions for 2015

New Year's Eve is upon us, at least in my neck of the woods, so let's take a hypothetical look ahead to 2015 and see what may be trending.  Now, I have basically no evidence to back me up on what I think will be big in the new year, but it's fun to try to guess anyway. 

First, I think the '90s comeback will continue.  Since 1995 was nearly as big a year culturally as '94 was, it's my theory that 2015 will see plenty of '90s nostalgia. I don't think that it will take the form of marsala-colored everything no matter how much Pantone pushes it, since brown lips were everywhere in 2014. (At least I hope not - brown lipstick is awful on me and I find the dull, wine-brown of Pantone's 2015 color of the year to be really ugly.) Rather, it's my opinion that the other huge '90s trend - frosty eye shadow - may just make its way back to the mainstream. I know pastels are a perennial spring favorite, but I have a feeling that highly shimmery versions will be all the rage (particularly in purple or pink), and we might even see plenty of white shadow* as well, or white liner.  They will be updated with a more modern texture, of course...I don't think we'll see full-on '90s frost either on eyes or lips, but something a little softer that still pays homage to the decade.

Matthew Williamson spring 2015 makeup look
(image from popsugar.com.au)

Second, I think we may see a revolution in sample distribution and how samples are packaged.  Something I didn't mention in my recap of the Makeup in New York show back in September was the enormous amount of sample displays.  I'd say at least 50% of the vendors there specialized solely in sample packaging and repeated the importance of samples to consumers.  Sample tramp that I am, here's hoping they make samples more widely available, and not just in beauty box subscriptions.  And I'm grateful to get free samples from Sephora, Nordstrom, etc., but they're limited - a lot of times a retailer will offer samples of products that I have zero interest in trying.  I wouldn't mind paying a small amount for a sample of a product I really want to test drive.

Third, contouring is shaping up (haha) to be huge.  This trend I actually do have some evidence for, as Sephora, Kat Von D., Becca and Laura Mercier have already announced or released contouring palettes.  We're only going to see more, I think, as the year goes on.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring palette
(image from sephora.com)

Finally, something that I don't think will actually take off but desperately hope for anyway is faux piercings.  I fell head over heels for the faux eyebrow rings at Rodarte's spring 2015 show (the painted-on lip rings at Dries Van Noten were fun too).  If you combine these, with, say, the aforementioned frosty pastel eye shadow, I think you'll have the perfect mix of a '90s vibe and a totally modern look, something that's super girly and badass at the same time.

Rodarte spring 2015 - faux brow piercing
(image from style.com)

So that's my last post of the year!  What do you think of my predictions?  Any other trends you think might be huge or any you're hoping to see?

*Circa 1996 I distinctly remember wearing a super frosty white Lancome shadow with an ever so slight pearly pinkish cast called Le Blanc.  I don't think they make it anymore but it was my go-to back then...sometimes I also wore a pale silver they had, Platinum. So. Much. Frost.)

Year-end beauty wrap-up, part 1: Trends for 2014

Well, it's the end of the year, so you know what that means - time to reflect on beauty in 2014 and the big trends.  This is by no means a definitive list; it's just what caught my eye this year.

First, 2014 was all about the eyebrow.  With sales for brow products hitting record highs and women getting brow extensions and donning face merkins, it's clear that we all went a little nuts for full, bushy brows.

The British supermodel who inspired the brow craze, Cara Delevingne
(image from elle.com)

Another major trend was unconventional lip colors, which personally was my favorite trend this year.  (See my post here and a quote from me at the Huffington Post on the topic.) It was slightly leftover from the tail end of 2013, but the trend gained even more traction in 2014, with NYX's Macaron Lippies and Wicked Lippies collections featuring a veritable rainbow of lip colors, and Avon, Milani and Melt all released summer collections with bright aqua, dark blue and grey lip colors, respectively.   Later, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics offered an array of blue lip products in their fall collection, while new budget brand Colourpop debuted with several unusual lip shades, including an emerald and mint green.  Finally, the end of the year saw the Tom Ford Lips & Boys collection of 50 lipsticks that included several oddities, including a pearlescent white and a mauve-grey. There was also Lipstick Queen's Ice Queen, a sheer shimmery white.

NYX Macaron Lippies
(image from nyxcosmetics.com)

Since I love crazy lip colors, it's no surprise I had zero interest in another 2014 trend: the no-makeup look.  So incredibly boring to me!  The minimal approach to cosmetics had fairly benevolent beginnings with the #nomakeupselfie (with the purpose of raising money for charity) in the early part of the year, but then morphed into a trend in its own right by the end of 2014.  The result was a spate of neutral palettes and other products designed to make one look as though they weren't wearing any makeup (the look was supposed to be "you but better"), which frankly I find to be painfully dull.

The "no-makeup" look taken literally at Marc Jacobs spring 2015 ready-to-wear show
(image from style.com)

Finally, the resurgence of the '90s was so huge this year that it deserves its own post, so I will not go into detail now (see my post on why an exhibition on '90s beauty and its comeback was far too daunting a task for me).  However, we did see a real return to '90s beauty in terms of celebrities rocking '90s trends and a plethora of tutorials showing you how to get a modified '90s look.  Additionally, between the release of Urban Decay's Pulp Fiction collection and a nail polish line by the founder of Hard Candy, even new products had a nostalgic feel.

Diane Kruger sporting '90s hair mainstay, the scrunchie
(image from style.com)

Hairwise, we couldn't get enough of the lob (that's beauty speak for the long bob).  It seemed nearly every celebrity ditched their long locks for a shorter, shoulder-skimming cut. We also were fans of temporary hair color, with Kevin Murphy, Rita Hazan, Garnier, Bumble and Bumble, Redken, and L'Oreal all releasing products to sate our demands.

2014 hair trends - the lob and hair makeup
(images from brit.co and lookfantastic.com)

That's all I got for 2014.  Stay tuned for part 2 of the year-end wrap-up, where the Curator will peer into her crystal ball to predict the trends for 2015.  :)  In the meantime, which of these trends were your favorite?  Are there any others you think should be included?

MM Curator's picks and pans for 2014

In lieu of Curator's Corner today I'm doing my yearly picks and pans, i.e., featuring the design highs and lows for makeup this year (see previous years here and here, and here).  My faves for 2014:

1. Mika Ninagawa for Shu Uemura:

Mika Ninagawa for Shu Uemura, spring 2014

This was the third collaboration between the artist and Shu Uemura.  In my opinion, it was the best of the three.  The fantasy worlds she created were so colorful and crazy you couldn't help but smile when you saw them. 

2. Chanel Dentelle Précieuse:

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse palette

We've seen lace palettes before (most notably in Dolce & Gabbana's Sicilian Lace palette and Dior's spring 2010 collection) but Chanel took the lace cake this year with very intricate Dentelle Précieuse.  Moreover, I was tickled pink that I was able to find the exact pattern used on the palette hiding in the pieces from their spring 2009 collection.

3.  Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition powders:

Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition highlighter

Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition bronzer

The art historian in me positively swooned when I first laid eyes on these.  Yes, the coin design depicting Athena may be grossly inaccurate but it did have some basis in Sicilian/ancient Greek history and also was directly borrowed from D & G's spring 2014 collection, so I really couldn't complain.

And here are ones that I thought missed the mark.  They're all from the spring 2014 collections, which, looking back, I guess I was pretty underwhelmed by overall.

1. Lancôme Rose Ballerine highlighter blush:

Lancôme Rose Ballerine, spring 2014
(image from thestylelane.com)

Another pink rose from the brand.  Whoop-dee-doo.  I understand the rose is a treasured symbol of Lancôme and while they've done many iterations of the rose over the years, they've also made them visually interesting (see the cubist-esque Coral Flirt blush or the beautifully sparkling Rose Étincelle).  This particular rose design was completely uninspired.  It's a moot point, however, as I don't think this palette ever made it stateside.

2.  Chantecaille Bees palette:

Chantecaille Bee palette, spring 2014

Oh, Chantecaille.  You're better than this! Why do you insist on repeating the same 4-pan design?  Yes, I did buy it but really more to serve as "filler" for the spring exhibition.  Also, this is the third year in a row Chantecaille has appeared on my pans list...it's high time for them to get back in the game.

3. Clarins Opalescence blush:

Clarins Opalescence Blush, spring 2014
(image from chicprofile.com)

I was initially drawn to Clarins's spring 2014 collection, only to pass on it once I realized I had no clue what the design was supposed to be.  Colorwise it's quite pretty, but I simply have no desire to collect something with a weird abstract pattern without any explanation from the company as to what it represents.

What do you think of my picks and pans this year?  If you have some time to kill, feel free to look through the archives and see if there are any others you would include.

Curator's Corner, 12/21/2014

CC logoIt's been a really crappy couple of weeks and I'm just now finally caught up on the massive pile of posts I had planned.  At least the exhibition's up though, right? Anyway, here are some links.

- Racked goes deep into the world of discontinued beauty products

- For the lumbersexual in your life:  he can now take his holiday spirit to the next level with beard ornaments

- Very curious to see what the new director of Chanel Beauty has up her sleeve...hope she comes up with some great collectibles. 

- I've added yet another new beauty book to my wishlist.

- Always wanted dimples at the small of your back?  Well, now there's surgery for that. Maybe it's because I already have "dimples of Venus" since they occur naturally in some women but I'm seriously baffled that anyone would go under the knife to acquire them.  I don't judge anyone who chooses cosmetic surgery, of course, I just don't think these dimples are THAT special.

- An XO Vain staffer tests out a drawn-on hairline, the latest beauty trend from Korea.

- Here's a brief, illustrated history of nail polish.

- Madrid will be hosting a new exhibition on perfume, which is basically an update to the incredibly popular Art of Scent exhibition that took place at New York's Museum of Arts and Design in 2012.  Note to self: study Chandler Burr's career trajectory and figure out how to replicate it in the field of cosmetics.

The random:

- It has just come to my attention that a two-word phrase from the 1995 classic film Friday has become a meme over the past year or so, which I find endlessly hilarious since I love that movie.  Not only that, but VH1 has named a makeover show after it, and there's also a website called Bye Felipe for highlighting obnoxious guys in the world of online dating.

- Ah, the perfect gift for art handlers everywhere.

- Yes, Virginia, you CAN punch a Monet and not serve 6 years in jail for it.

- Cracking up at these kids' letters to Santa.

- Those who celebrate Hanukkah, rejoice:  there's now a Jewish version of the Elf on the Shelf

How have you been?  If you celebrate Christmas, is all your shopping done?

MM Holiday 2014/Winter 2015 Exhibition


I'm pleased to bring you the Makeup Museum's holiday 2014/winter 2015 exhibition! As you may have guessed, I went for a stars and angels theme this year.  I have never seen makeup companies release as many products with stars on them as they did this holiday season.  Plus, I thought it would be a nice change of pace from the usual glitzy, bling/gold-ridden exhibitions of seasons past (not that there's anything wrong with those, of course - I love anything shiny and gemlike, especially for the holidays.)  There's still a festive  feel but it's a little more quiet and understated.  Think "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" instead of "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree".  Basically my vision was of a calm, starry winter's night and the notion of peace (represented by the angels) rather than a holiday party vibe.  I wanted to incorporate some dark blue too instead of metallics or white, as I find blue to be a soothing color. 

Anyway, let's get to it.  Yes, there is an empty shelf.  Sadly the ArtDeco holiday items I ordered from Beautybay still have not arrived, but I will update the photos once they do. 

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition

The top row is the "angel row".  Since angels reside in the sky I thought it would be best to have them all at the top.  Yep, I deliberately planned it that way...that's the ticket, yeah.  Okay, obviously I'm totally lying.  It just so happened that there were a lot of angel-themed vintage ads and I couldn't fit them on the spaces above the lower shelves, so they all had to go on the top shelves.  Oh well.

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Avon and Stila

This Stila palette is labeled as a powder, but I forgot it's actually an eye shadow quad.  Whoops.

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Stila Angel Light

I've had my eye on this 1945 Avon ad for probably a year.  I love that it's an angel dropping off presents instead of Santa.

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - vintage Avon ad

Remember how much I loved the Kanebo Milano compacts?  Well, I was able to get my hands on the 2014 one! So excited.

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Kanebo Milano compact

While I love these compacts the embossing on the powder isn't quite as sharp as it could be - you can barely make out the little guy.

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Kanebo Milano compact

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Kanebo Milano compact label

Lancôme Sparkling Cherub palette, plus an awesome ad where I think they got the design from:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Lancôme Sparkling Cherub palette

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Lancôme Sparkling Cherub palette

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Lancome Sparkling Cherub label

Helena Rubinstein Heaven Sent powder and ad...I would have given my eye teeth to track down the Heaven Sent compact I saw on display at the Makeup in New York show, but this powder is pretty adorable.

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Helena Rubinstein Heaven Sent


Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Helena Rubinstein Heaven Sent

Second row, left to right.

Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel palette and mini lipstick charms:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Charlotte Tilbury

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Charlotte Tilbury lipstick charms

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel palette

Lancôme Starry Eyes set:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Lancome Starry Eyes set

While this pressed powder from Dior's Golden Shock holiday collection looked like a vaguely Scandinavian-esque snowflake to me, according to Dior's website it is indeed meant to be a star:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Dior Golden Shock

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Dior Golden Shock

Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad

Third row, left to right.

I included the Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighter even though it doesn't incorporate angels or stars into the design.  It might be a reach, but the feathery plumes are like angel wings, yes?

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Chanel Camélia de Plumes

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Chanel Camélia de Plumes

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Chanel Camélia de Plumes label

Clé de Peau Beauté Céleste collection:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Clé de Peau Beauté Celeste

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Clé de Peau Beauté Celeste

Paul & Joe holiday 2014 pressed powder:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Paul & Joe

Bottom row, left to right.

Estée Lauder Glittering Stars compact:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Estée Lauder Glittering Stars

While Guerlain's holiday 2014 Météorites do not have technically have a star or angel motif, I thought since the name had the word "star" in it they could be part of the exhibition.  Again, kind of a reach but I think they added a nice balance.

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Guerlain Météorites

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Guerlain Météorites

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Guerlain Météorites label

Armani Orient Excess palette:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Armani Orient Excess

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Armani Orient Excess

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Armani Orient Excess

Anna Sui lipsticks and Sephora Midnight Magic glitter pot:

Makeup Museum 2014 holiday exhibition - Anna Sui and Sephora

So that is the Makeup Museum's holiday/winter exhibition this year.  I hope you have a peaceful, calm and cozy season!

Candy is king! Cosme Decorte holiday 2014 coffret

I loved last year's holiday coffret from Cosme Decorte so it's no surprise I'm pleased with this year's version.  King of Sweets features the same basic design as the 2013 coffret - a red outer box with a laser-cut scene on the interior of the lid - but with a different theme.  The box has been outfitted with a golden bow to resemble a box of candy, while the inside cutout depicts a magical candyland.

Cosme Decorte holiday 2014 King of Sweets coffret

Cosme Decorte holiday 2014 King of Sweets coffret

The design is really precious, with a jolly crowned snowman as the"king of sweets" holding court amidst a delectable landscape of candy. 

Cosme Decorte holiday 2014 King of Sweets coffret lid

The set includes a stick blush (upper left, wrapped in red), an eye shadow palette (lower left, meant to look like chocolate), a candy cane-packaged gel liner and pink lip balm.

Cosme Decorte holiday 2014 King of Sweets coffret

Cosme Decorte holiday 2014 King of Sweets coffret palette

Cosme Decorte holiday 2014 King of Sweets coffret palette

When the coffret first arrived I spent a few minutes daydreaming about a forest made of candy (sort of like when Homer visits the land of chocolate).  Imagine my great delight a few weeks later when one of my favorite blogs featured the art of Will Cotton, who specializes in painting truly amazing dessert-filled landscapes.  They were exactly what I was envisioning when looking at the coffret!  While Cotton's work sometimes represents the darker themes of excess and greed, I personally like to interpret it as a purely happy fantasy, where one can escape to a wondrous world overflowing with an abundance of sweet treats.  The bright colors and perfectly rendered textures of all the sweets make these imaginary scenes appear real.  That accuracy is not accidental either:  Cotton has a professional pastry oven in his studio so that he prepare desserts and re-create them flawlessly on canvas.  He also sometimes builds other props and life-size sets, because, as he says, "this way I can really lose myself in the surprises and unexpected details of the subject, and in a very real way, I’m no longer painting something imaginary, because in fact, it’s right there in front of me."

Will Cotton:  Chalet (2003)

Will Cotton:  Spumoni River (2003)

Will Cotton:  Pudding Flood (2003)

Will Cotton:  Forest (2003) 

Will Cotton:  Candy Stick Forest (2005)

Will Cotton:  Untitled (2004)

Will Cotton:  Eutopia (2008)

Will Cotton:  Pastoral (2009)

Will Cotton:  Dona (2011)

Will Cotton:  Macaron Garden (2012)

Will Cotton:  Nut House (2012)
(images from willcotton.com)

They're just all so crazily decadent.  

Getting back to the coffret, I think it would be a perfect addition to a revamped Sweet Tooth exhibition (and maybe I could have some of Mr. Cotton's work hanging as a backdrop!)

What do you think of the coffret and of Will Cotton's work?

Quick post: Vintage vintage compact exhibition

Salvador Dali compact, collection of Noelle SorenI can't even remember what I was researching when I stumbled across this site chock full of vintage compacts, but I'm so glad I did. I was dazzled by both the quantity and quality of this person's collection, and then I saw that it formed an exhibition that took place a decade ago.  "The Art of Allure: Powder Compacts and Vanities of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries" was on display at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in April and May of 2004, so at this point it's a vintage exhibition of vintage compacts.  

The collector behind this wonderful compilation is Noelle Soren, whose bio I pored over and have decided it's movie-worthy.  She and her husband both hold advanced degrees in archaeology and art history (ahem) and have traveled the world digging up various artifacts.  Eventually she found her way to collecting vintage compacts, and she also wrote and photographed the catalogue for the exhibition.  The catalogue is available online and is incredibly informative.  She also mentioned that hard copies of the catalogue do appear on Ebay from time to time, so I'm going to keep my eyes peeled in the hopes of snagging one.  Definitely check it out (but only if you have plenty of time - you can easily spend an hour looking at everything!)

Makeup as Muse: Lancôme/Sephora contest

Via Beautezine, a few months ago I discovered that Sephora Canada was holding a nationwide contest for its makeup artists to create illustrations for Lancôme using only their products around the theme of their holiday collection, called Parisian Lights.  The winning image would adorn the packaging of three Canada Sephora-exclusive limited edition holiday sets, and the artist behind it would receive a trip to Paris.  I thought this was a great concept.  While makeup artists are accustomed to using one's face as their canvas, it's very interesting to see how their skills would translate to a traditional 2D surface. 

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme was announced in June and the 10 finalists were chosen in July.  Here are their drawings, all created with Lancôme makeup (mouse over the image to see the artists' names, where available - there were 10 finalists and now there only seem to be 8, so I don't have the names of 2 of the artists.)

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme:  Alyssa Steinhubl, Kingsway store in Edmonton

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme:  Ashley Creed, Upper Canada Mall

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme:  Chrizta Tetangco, Bloor store

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme:  Kaylyn Pshyk, Bloor store

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme: Sarah Ebisuzaki, Eaton Centre store

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme:  Sandra Huynh, Markville store:

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme finalist

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme:  Sharon Rodrigues, Sherway Gardens store in Toronto

Sephora Presents to Paris with Lancôme: Whitney Herman, Mapleview Mall store
(images from beautezine.com)

While I thought some of these were really amazing, only one could be chosen as the winner.  Alyssa Steinhubl's drawing of a woman in a ball gown and gloves, hair back in a chic low chignon, gazing at a starry sky over the Eiffel Tower was the winning image.  This one was definitely one of my top three of the finalists so I was pleased with the outcome, although I'd love to know exactly which products she used.  Steinhubl's illustration appeared in 3 color variations on the Lancôme sets, which were revealed in October. 

Lancome Sephora Presents to Paris sets 2014
(image from beautezine.com)

After hearing about this contest I knew I had to get my hands on one of these sets, especially since the illustration fit so well within the holiday exhibition theme.  However, there were none available from my usual source (Ebay) and Sephora Canada won't ship to the States.  Fortunately, the husband has an old college friend who now resides in Toronto, and she very kindly agreed to pick up a set and mail it to me.  How awesome is that?!  Not only did she go out of her way to get this for me, she also refused to accept payment for the item or for mailing it, so it was truly a generous donation to the Museum.  I chose the Starry Eyes set since the blue coloring and starry title were perfect for the holiday exhibition.

Lancome Starry Eyes makeup set 2014

Lancome Starry Eyes makeup set 2014

(I didn't take pictures of the products inside, since they consisted of makeup remover, mascara and eye cream.)  Overall, I loved the idea of having a makeup artist create an illustration using cosmetics and putting it on the packaging.  I think Sephora and Lancôme should do another one of these contests in the States!

Which of the finalists was your favorite?  What do you think of the winning illustration?

Quick update

Sigh.  Poor little neglected Makeup Museum!  I had what can only be described as the week from hell, which, now that I think about it actually lasted over a week.  Between everything going wrong last week for a major work meeting that I was planning (which is thankfully over as of this morning) and a truly epic stomach flu this past weekend, I've either been too drained or too sick to even think about blogging.  (The sickness might have been food poisoning - all I know is that I have not had a stomach illness of that magnitude in well over a decade.)  I hope to catch up on some more holiday posts shortly, but if not, I'm at least going to try to get up the holiday/winter exhibition as I planned to this weekend.

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday shopping/baking/celebrating!

Curator's Corner, 12/7/2014

CC logoLinks for the week.

- Legendary milliner Philip Treacy will be teaming up with MAC come spring.  I don't know about the products but the early promos look great.

- As if we needed more proof the '90s are back, Pantone named Marsala as its 2015 color of the year

- I was trying to find more information on the Artis brush line and came across this nifty little beauty timeline they have.  Want an even shorter history of makeup?  Check out this video showing 100 years of beauty in a mere 60 seconds.

- Australia finally got its first Sephora.

- According to a new UK study, a little over of half of women polled (54%) won't let their significant other see them without makeup until about a year into the relationship.  Yikes. 

- Glamour Daze shares a 1941 Life magazine feature on Helena Rubinstein, while XO Vain gives a brief overview of beauty during World War II in the U.S.

- The latest skincare trend from Korea:  red light therapy, a.k.a. "reverse tanning". 

- Product reviews for the week are for Armani Eyes to Kill shadows. I just now realized all the ones I own were limited edition and no longer available, so I'm not sure how helpful they are, but keep your eyes peeled for reviews of more recent Armani products.

The random:

- Makeup Museum staff is all aflutter upon hearing the news that Girl Scout cookies will be sold online. Better hide my credit cards.

- Wonders never cease:  My father, who is so Internet-illiterate he can't even use email, was of all people the one to inform me that Reddit would be hosting an AMA with Sleater-Kinney this past Tuesday.  (He read about it in his paper copy of Entertainment Weekly.  Thanks, Dad!)  The whole transcript is here and you can hear another one of their new songs here.  Oh, and they also were unsurprisingly awesome and funny on The Chris Gethard show.

- Mental Floss provides some little known facts about two of my favorite holiday movies, Elf and Christmas Vacation.

- In other holiday fun, Abbi and Ilana show you how to survive holiday parties.

How are you?  What was catching your eye this week?