Fragrance in Art: Marble Relief with Two Goddesses (1st-2nd century A.D.)


Lower part of a marble relief with two goddesses, Imperial Rome, 1st–2nd century A.D. Marble, 53 1/2 in. (135.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fletcher Fund, 1924. 24.97.99

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art website: “The two goddesses are closely related to the figures of Demeter and Persephone on the Great Eleusinian Relief. . . .The altarlike incense burner between them must be an addition of the Roman copyist. This relief is said to have been found at Eleusis.”

Photo by Tinsel Creation.

Product Reviews: Five Drugstore Products for Curly Hair


As I’ve mentioned before, I have wavy-curly hair that can be tricky to manage. It’s a mix of 2C and 3A, if you’re familiar with that curly-hair typology, with the curlier layers on top and the looser ones underneath. It tends toward dryness and frizz, with an ever-growing number of gray hairs.

I’m very fond of fancy curly-hair products, but I also have some drugstore favorites. Here’s a rundown of five very affordable ones I’ve been using this summer.

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Preview: Lipstick Queen Belle Epoque Nourishing Lip Balms, with an Art History Reference

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Lipstick Queen has just released a new product: a tinted lip balm named Belle Epoque, in a reference to the “beautiful era” of arts, fashion, and culture in fin de siècle France. Yes, a lip product named Belle Epoque; I can not resist. (As a girl, I went with my mother to see an exhibition titled “La Belle Epoque” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and this era has never lost its fascination for me.)

I’m hoping to have an opportunity to try these balms soon, but in the meantime, let’s look closer that image and do a little art history “detective work”…

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