The Commodification of Self Care

Instagram Likes and Mental Health By Brenda Odria The term “self-care” has arguably been co-opted from its original significance in order to fit and justify certain behaviours we enact in 2019. It...

Instagram is a White Space

An Interview with @maytahmi on being an MUA of colour By Brenda Odria Instagram is a platform dominated by influencers who precede over the rest of the users by promoting certain brands, but the...

Social Media and Plastic Surgery

The Desire to Shift our Appearance is Growing By Brenda Odria I always talk about social media’s impact on beauty standards so, I know the topic is well worn but I decided to research why I want lip...

Colorism in The Beauty Industry

How to Decolonize Beauty By Brenda Odria The beauty industry continues to grow in 2019 with ideas of self-care and influencers on social media. While it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been...

Beauty in The Age of the Internet

The Pressure to Perform on Social Media By Brenda Odria   In discussing the sudden popularization of beauty products in the age of “self care”, it seemed too obvious to attribute some of this...

What Even is Self Care?

Doing The Most in 2019 By Brenda Odria   When face rollers started trending, I think most people were a little skeptical, as we usually are with something that promises to rejuvenate our skin. Yet...

The Problematic Embroidery Trend

The appeal of “handcrafted” and “cultural practice” on labels By Brenda Odria In purchasing a shirt that was on sale and showing my mother, she subsequently refers to it as my “mexican...

Multicultural Connoisseurship in The West

Habits of consumption through the Western lense By Brenda Odria   On my recent return to the motherland in Latin America, I experienced for the first time the significant culture shock between my...