Paperself Lashes

PaperSelf EyelashesI love writing about beauty and fashion, and as my knowledge and skills expand, so does my awareness of all the products around the world. What is beautiful, what is accepted, what is taboo, who sees what how. It was a similar AHA moment that occurred when I was at the Makeup Show (yeah a little tardy with the news – don’t judge!) and met the folks from Paperself.

Have you ever wanted eyelashes that were in shapes of things, rather than just intricate strands to elongate your lashes? Yes, we’ve all seen and tried feathers, but actual designs? Horses and peaches? Are you ready for this?

What is Paperself and who is behind it?

Paperself is a platform for the innovative exploration of paper for contemporary product design.

Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, paper has enabled the world to communicate. It has bought continents closer together, educated millions and for centuries has provided a canvas for creation, experimentation and the realization of ideas. Paper is everywhere and now it is evolving into a new dimension.


Launched in 2009 by London based designer Chunwei Liao, Paperself unites artists, designers and manufacturers from East to West. Challenging conventions of product design, Paperself offers a stylish alternative in furniture, homeware and accessories for eco-conscious living.
(source site)

Paperself Eyelashes
These made me think of Alice in Wonderland…

Paperself Eyelashes
These lashes are the regular size of lashes by the way. The designs are tiny and beyond intricate!
Paperself Eyelashes
Paperself Eyelashes
A little blurry, but these are zebras.
Paperself Eyelashes
You can have either full length or shorter length. For just a little oomph at the sides of your eyes.
Paperself Eyelashes
Some of the ladies behind the brand’s table were sporting the lashes. So of course, I demanded (ok asked nicely…) to take a photo of them.

Paperself Eyelashes

Paperself Eyelashes

The lashes are beyond interesting and intriguing and I love that a company that creates items for the house can also create beauty items. The delicate designs absolutely rock my world but I do have reservations.

First – this is completely new and I need to wrap my mind around it. That’s not a negative, it’s more like that commercial about being “emotionally unprepared” for a package coming to your door so quickly. I’ll get around to it. Next there’s the look. I am digging the mini option, because I can totally imagine rocking out the corner of the eye designs but I don’t think I can rock the full eyelid length. Do you think you can?

Lastly, these babies cost a pretty penny. Eighteen dollars a pair to be exact. Before you hang up your Paperself dreams, think about how much work must go into creating such a delicate design. Then think about how much you already shell out for beauty products and save up for these babies if you want to rock em. They are sold in very few places and are working on a direct e-commerce site. I found them as an online exclusive to Urban Outfitters in the US.

What do you think? Would you rock a pair of these?

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What the Wind Blue In

The word is in: Blue is the new Black. Who came up with that phrase anyway? (Some window shopping for you? Why of course, click here for Bergdorf’s take on the shade’s of blue for spring in costs that will cause your wallet to go plenty shades of red.)

Not one to disappoint, here are some swatches from the blues of the nail world! (and an obligatory inspiration board to match!)

Sally Hansen Polish in Navy Baby.

It’s a little more blue-er than this but I just couldn’t make the photos work for Sally. Also – I wasn’t as happy with this polish. Though I’m an avid Sally purchaser, I am not much of a fan, and have yet to be converted. This polish was runny for me and stained my nails. That’s a pet peeve with me and nail polishes. The color still looked great though!
(Walgreens, Sally Hansen)

LA Girl Flare Nail Polish (don’t know the color! it’s not on it the pooper – can’t find it online in that color either – but I got it from Urban) This photo also came out pooptacular but the color is more true to life in the first pic w/all the polishes together.

This one is an alright pick for me. The colors for this entire line are very vibrant and always make a statement. There usually is very minimal guesswork for the color translation from the bottle to the nail, b/c it’s always true to color. If any downside, I’d say the polishes don’t last long as my others (hello Essie, OPI) but they’re affordable ($3.50 – $5) and do the job. A lot of them also accomplish a matte-like finish if you don’t do a top coat or if you have a matte top coat(does that exist ?)
(Urban Outfitters, Cherry Culture)

Milani nail polish in Bolting Blue.
Came out true to color! yay!

Has got to be my favorite right now! This polish is super easy to put on, doesn’t mess too much, is just the right mix of sturdy and liquid (does that make sense? lol) and comes in great colors. Plus it’s a drugstore easy find and pretty cheap. Hello stores? I’m coming for more!!
(CVS doesn’t have this color online, Milani, Walgreens)

Can you tell I love me some Inspiration Boards?

Blues
Blues – by missyaya on Polyvore.com