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Celebrity beauty: a money-making mission or philanthropy at its finest?

Celebrities love a side hustle. À la mode this season are beauty ventures, with Selena Gomez being the latest in a lengthening lineage of star-turned-stylist attempting to make it big in the multi-billion dollar industry. Lady Gaga has Haus Laboratories, Rihanna has Fenty Skin – and lest we forget the savvy beauty ventures of the […]

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Veganuary make-up and beauty: going vegan need not cost the earth

As 2020 dawns, the world has found itself caught in the midst of an environmental crisis. With climate scientists claiming that we only have 12 years to save the planet, many of us have been forced to take a step back and examine the ways in which we live our lives. According to global data, […]

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Instagram to remove filters that mimic the look of plastic surgery

Last month Instagram announced the ban of the filters mimicking the effects of plastic surgery on a face. So, what is the problem? It’s just filters, right? Seeing stunning images on Instagram might seem like an innocent thing to do. However, being exposed to certain images can imperceptibly alter our understanding of what is beautiful […]

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The culture of colourism and why it needs to end

The culture of colourism continues to be a largely taboo subject, and we are looking to encourage this conversation. In essence, colourism is the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with dark skin tones, typically among the same ethnic or racial group. Most prevalent in the beauty and fashion industry, the issue of colourism is still […]

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Ancient beauty secrets tried and tested

In the contemporary world, we are constantly bombarded with the latest solutions promising us a flawless, fresh and firm face. Why not ditch all the chemicals and get back to basics? Here are three natural beauty secrets renowned by ancient civilisations for their beautifying properties, the science behind them, and their performance. Rosewater Rosewater originated […]

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‘Beauty is only skin deep’: celebrating our skin

Regardless of where you are in the world, advertisers, influencers and brands refuse to show imperfections in skin. Slight ‘imperfections’ such as acne, acne scars and freckles are airbrushed away, leaving behind unnaturally flawless faces, radiating light from within. In an era where we are pushing for diversity in body and race in models, skin […]

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Personal experience: mental health and mixed race beauty

There is an unbearable whiteness of beauty. That is, what and who may be considered beautiful is Eurocentrically defined. Beauty standards have long stood as a rejection of non-white bodies, and as an exclusion of other ways of being.  By being mixed race I have experienced white beauty standards in a peculiar way: I am […]

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Celebrating Diversity: An evening with Fenty Beauty

On Thursday 25 October, students gathered around the Fenty Beauty counter in Harvey Nichols to participate in a make-up workshop with a twist. It was aimed exclusively at People of Colour (PoC). “An Evening with Fenty Beauty: PoC Perfect Base Workshop,” promised to celebrate diversity and inclusivity within the beauty industry.  The sell-out event, run […]