Saturday, February 14, 2015


“When she does not find love, she may find poetry. Because she does not act, she observes, she feels, she records; a color, a smile awakens profound echoes within her; her destiny is outside her, scattered in cities already built, on the faces of men already marked by life, she makes contact, she relishes with passion and yet in a manner more detached, more free, than that of a young man. Being poorly integrated in the universe of humanity and hardly able to adapt herself therein, she, like the child, is able to see it objectively; instead of being interested solely in her grasp on things, she looks for their significance; she catches their special outlines, their unexpected metamorphoses. She rarely feels a bold creativeness, and usually she lacks the technique of self-expression; but in her conversation, her letters, her literary essays, her sketches, she manifests an original sensitivity. The young girl throws herself into things with ardor, because she is not yet deprived of her transcendence; and the fact that she accomplishes nothing, that she is nothing, will make her impulses only the more passionate. Empty and unlimited, she seeks from within her nothingness to attain All.”
Simone de Beauvoir,
The Second Sex

Comrade Von Pussycat 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Going Natural With Swedish Hasbeens - S/S15 Collection

"During the 80's the style and fashion was infused with humor, equality and colors. This collection is inspired by the powerful and individual women of the second wave of feminism in the 1980s.The edgy style of Grace Jones, the fearless style of Debbie Harry, the post punk gothic style of Vivienne Westwood and the strong women in Helmut Newton's photos. To help banish the overtly sexualized images of women, particularly in advertising, we want to show women as we truly are – Natural.We take the natural approach to our shoes as well. Our shoes are all unique since they are hand-made by skilled artisans using lime tree wood and natural vegetable tanned leather in old and happy clog factories in Sweden, Italy and in the EU.
Let's go natural!"


I absolutely adore this new campaign by Swedish Hasbeens for so many reasons. No thigh gaps. Full bush. No Spray tans. No implants. No shiny, photoshopped fake derriere. No duck lips. In a world where a woman is "supposed" to be tall, thin, hairless, and unrealistically well-endowed, it is nice to see a slightly different image projected. I mean, yes, these are still models, obviously - but I appreciate the direction that Swedish Hasbeens has taken. 

Comrade Von Pussycat

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cleopatra Eyes - A Review of NARS Eye Paint in Mozambique

It has been one of my goals in life to practice and perfect that inimitable, seductive gaze that the ancients spoke of. Many ancient texts place a great deal of significance on the intoxicating qualities of seductive eyes, and if there is one ancient beauty secret that has lived on through the ages, it is the legendary Cat Eye.The ancients are clear that Cleopatra, the queen of the Cat Eye, was not a natural beauty (at least according to the Roman standard of beauty) - therefore, she painstakingly applied and perfected her methods of seduction, which included the meticulous application of cosmetics that elevated her fairly plain features to the status of goddess-like.You see,often times legendary beauty is created through the art of artifice. 

Which brings me to my latest cosmetic purchase: NARS Eye Paint in Mozambique - a creamy, matte olive green. I usually stick to neutral eyes, but when I found this on deep discount via Amazon, I decided to give it a shot. I used a MAC concealer brush to apply Mozambique straight to my lids, and after a tiny amount of blending, I finished with black eyeliner. The formula sets fairly quickly and dries down to a soft matte velvet texture. The color payoff is amazingly vibrant, and it doesn't oxidize or flake, which I greatly appreciate. I actually slept in it to see how it would hold up by morning, and all I can say is that this stuff is a must-have for makeup that is low maintenance! No touch-ups, no muss, no fuss. I absolutely adore the creamy formula (no pulling, streaking or chalkiness) and the shade Mozambique.Needless to say, I am a huge fan of the formula - I can see this being a staple in summertime - I just wish that NARS would come out with more matte colors...

Comrade Von Pussycat