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MM Curator
Baltimore, MD
Interests: design, art history, pop culture, cosmetics, feminism/women's studies, the '90s, punk and Riot Grrrl (both the music and the subcultures)
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I've been keeping up with links in Feedly but lacked the time to share them here. I finally managed to pull something together for September. Happy fall! - I'm all for surgical cosmetic enhancements, but I'll keep my resting bitch... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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As with lipstick holders and tissues, another piece of makeup ephemera has seem to gone nearly extinct: the built-in lipstick mirror. Sure, there are still some run-of-the-mill fabric and leather lipstick cases with mirrors inside, and some contemporary companies have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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As soon as I laid eyes on the mesmerizing swirls of this Laura Mercier bronzing compact I knew it was a Museum must-have. Only when I visited their website to find the official name of the compact for the summer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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As you might have guessed from the lack of activity around these parts, I am sad to report that things have remained quite difficult on the personal front. I don't want to go into details, but let me just say... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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Seeing as how I couldn't get it together for a February recap and obviously got sidetracked over the past 6 weeks, I figured I'd start fresh with the April installment of Curator's Corner. Here's the monthly rewind. - So gimmicky... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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If I never see another ICU I will be a happy camper. I wish I could say I was taking another blog break to tackle some big exciting projects, or because I just needed a little time off, but my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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Apologies for the back to back artist collaboration posts. I was hoping to have a February recap in between but work has been sapping my spirit even more so than usual, so I ended up abandoning Curator's Corner last month.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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There's a reason you haven't seen much of Pai Pai at the Museum as of late: unfortunately, the company wasn't doing enough business in the U.S. so they ceased their short-lived shipping here. But the good news is that a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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Ishizaki Miku, An Inlet, c. 2011 Addiction, Eyeshadow Palette in Trust Me, fall 2018 Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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Alexander Bogardy If you haven't already checked out Beauty and the Cat's blog, I highly recommend it - not only is this duo chock full of useful information on beauty, they're hilarious to boot. A few months ago they posted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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January is probably my most despised month, but at least it's over now! Here are some noteworthy links (late as usual since I'm not feeling great, and as you'll see, very cranky). - I was saddened to hear about the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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This will be a short post as I don't have much information on these, but I still feel the need to highlight other cosmetics museums around the globe and online. A couple years back Project Vanity led us on a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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As you know, from time to time I receive email inquiries from people with cosmetics objects they've stumbled across and would like to know more about. I'm always flattered that people think that I know what I'm talking about and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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I'm embarrassed to say that Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art has been in my possession for well over a year (along with many others). As usual, it's not due to lack of interest that I hadn't gotten around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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Here are December's links, some of which are yearly recaps. Enjoy! - Allure takes a look back at the year's wackiest Instagram fads, while this article highlights how the notion of "inclusive beauty" (a.k.a. the "Fenty effect" was 2018's standout... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at The Makeup Museum
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One of the annual blog traditions I started a while back was gathering my favorite and least favorite releases of the year. While I neglected to do this for 2017, I'm triumphantly returning to the tradition this year. Here are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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Over the years I've become much more aware of brands sold outside the U.S., but this holiday season I discovered yet another new-to-me brand based in Japan. Mikimoto is a historic purveyor of fine pearls and jewelry, founded in 1899... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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This was such a nice surprise from Avon. I tend not to pay any attention to this brand as I'm more interested in their vintage products and ads, so imagine how delighted I was to see the company had reached... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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The Marcel Wanders compact for Cosme Decorte is another holiday series I've been looking forward to since I discovered it back in 2012. While I enjoyed last year's offering, I couldn't find much about the pattern. This year also proved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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As you may know, I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram. On the one hand it's usually the first place I spot new collections so it helps keep me head of the curve; on the other hand, occasionally I see... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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Over the past few years I've really been enjoying Clé de Peau's artist collaborations for their holiday collections. They select artists with very different styles but ones that somehow always do an amazing job representing the brand's vision and aesthetic.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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My heart skipped a beat when I spotted what Sulwhasoo had up their sleeve for this year's ShineClassic compacts. Every year the company collaborates with an artist who represents an aspect of Korean artisan culture to create a design for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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Yet again I find myself completely entranced by another artist collab this holiday season. For their 2018 holiday collection, Shiseido teamed up with Japanese artist collective Ribbonesia. Like last year's partnership with Sisyu, the product lineup is fairly small, consisting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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Holiday madness is in full swing around the Museum but before I get on with the rest of the collections, here are November's links. - Yay, CoverGirl! Now we just need every other company to get on board. - I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at The Makeup Museum
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(image from laguestlist.com) Welcome to the first of what will be many holiday 2018 artist collabs. I figured I'd start with Smashbox since last year I didn't get around to writing about their fabulous collection with Ana Strumpf, so I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at The Makeup Museum