VIOLETTE by Pegasus Pages
CONTENTS The Contributors 1-2
The Top Shelf 3-4
The Editorial 5-12
The Interview 13-16
The Science 17-19
The Gift Guide 20-22
The Moodboard 23
Editor’s Letter I always imagined that my first Editor’s Letter would be in the September 2025 issue of Vogue Africa. I imagined myself as somewhat of a “fashion industry meets Christopher Columbus”-type character: the lead pioneer of Vogue’s maiden voyage into the African market. However, to some extent, starting off with Violette is even better than that. Like most things, Violette started off as a simple idea. Naomi, my co-Editor at Pegasus Pages, and I wanted to expand PP’s online Fashion & Beauty section by making an “e-zine” for CLC girls. We wanted a well-made, quality publication, which was also fun and relatable the standards were high. Making this magazine has been a massive labour of love (of pastels and over-the-top makeup), as well as an unexpected challenge. From model mayhem and makeup mishaps, to indefinite pushbacks, the road to Violette’s first issue has most definitely not been smooth. Thankfully, there were sufficient hands on deck to help and I want to thank everyone who was involved in this project, whether they are mentioned in the magazine or not - from those who assisted at the shoot to my friends who helped stay sane during my war with InDesign. We made it to the end, and I now have the intense pleasure of presenting VIOLETTE: Pegasus Pages’ first online Fashion & Beauty magazine for CLC girls, by CLC girls.
The people who made everything possible...
The Top Shelf We caught up with the makeup artist behind this issueâ€™s editorial for a brief edition of Top Shelf.
I use cleanser every day just to make sure my face is clean. I think that people use too much stuff on their faces, and I just don’t support that. I think that’s why they have so many spots because they use too much stuff. It’s important to wash your face with a cleanser and to have a cream. That’s my routine - if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. My cleanser and cream right now were gifted to me from Regina Isabella, which is an Italian hotel. The brand is called “RI For Me” which is “Regina Isabella For Me”. I got really into makeup after I did a course in Moscow. It was a gift from my parents – the makeup course, and I got the diploma as a professional makeup artist. The best thing
I learnt was how to make highlight my good features, but still have my makeup really subtle. So after that, I was just like “Oh, this is cool, I like it”. I think that the eyes are just so important to highlight – whether they’re your best feature or not, I just think they make such a difference. With makeup, I think 3 things work: cover up your worst area/areas, highlight your best one, and then accentuate your eyes. I suppose you save some time if your eyes are your best feature… One of my makeup must-haves is black eye pencil. I use it casually, on the weekends, everywhere, every time. Another of my favourite things is this new mascara I got by Helena Rubenstein. It’s perfect, separates every lash, and it’s great for day and night.
I can put Chanel mascara on top to make it more dramatically black. And last thing is the lip lacquer from Armani, which is kind of like a liquid lipstick that becomes matte on your lips as you apply it. It’s my favourite lipstick. That and a palette from Bobbi Brown that I use all the time. I don’t have that many pet peeves when it comes to makeup. I guess there is one thing … Three… No wait, actually two. The first thing is that, I don’t understand why people use foundation that’s like orange colour? Or that’s like two tones darker than theirs? I really don’t get it. I think that there are a lot of accessible, cheap foundations that come in such an amazing range of shades! The other
thing is simple: eyeshadow. Even though I finished the course, I try not to use eyeshadows because they’re just very tricky and you need to spread them out very well. It’s so noticeable when people never learnt to use their products well! I always pick up on it now... I think everyone should stay away from products they don’t know how to use. I certainly do! Makeup is great when applied well… But it can be the worst thing when it isn’t.
Annabelle Smith stars in The Editorial for this issue, inspired by supervillains, rebellion, and general badass-ness.
Phototgraphy: Sosa Model: Annabelle Makeup: Dasha
Synnove Karlsen speaks in The Interview about her directorial debut, her acting ambitions, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and deep-fried Mars bars...
V: Okay, so let’s just start from the beginning. Why drama/theatre? S: I don’t know… I was never really that into it. My whole family is involved in film and stuff, so I have always been interested in it, but not massively. In prep school, I did loads of plays but I was never the main part of anything. I think it was coming to this school and seeing all the drama opportunities that were available that really sparked my interest. In 5s, I played Nina in The Seagull; after that I was like “Oh my god, I love this, like this is what I want to do.” [Laughs] And then, I did National Youth Theatre and acted in some more plays so I just felt like it was time for me to try something else. So as part of my IB, I chose to do Theatre because I wanted to direct. I chose the play Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill, who’s extremely interesting. It’s a political piece about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Gaza Strip. It’s basically all about Jews and all the problems they’ve faced over the past century as an ethnic/religious group. V: Why Seven Jewish Children? S: I chose the play because I found the issues it tackled so fascinating. Also it was like 15 minutes long so it fit within my time constraints. Just because it’s so contemporary- it’s an ongoing issue really. And I just thought it was interesting and informative. I always find that if I see something in a play, or in an art form, it becomes even more pertinent and I’m more inclined to investigate more and find out more because it’s in the news so much. The problem is that at the same time, so many young people are just so uninterested, so I thought it would be quite good to bring it to attention to 15/16/17 year olds. That’s kind of why I chose it. Also, it was extremely well written and very intense. It was really stressful I enjoyed doing it. Directing is so hard… V: When you were directing, did you try to interpret Caryl Churchill’s message in your own way, or did you pretty much stick to the script? S: I think her main point was there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong, which is what I wanted to convey in my production. It was that we weren’t necessarily one side, we were just demonstrating how awful this attack of mankind versus mankind is, and how all morals have completely gone. The last line of the play is like: “How do I feel when I see their dead children covered in blood? Tell her I don’t feel anything.” It’s just so disgusting. And this is what I
wanted to bring to attention. Not necessarily to make the audience choose a side. V: So acting or directing? S: I think I prefer acting. Just because it’s so difficult! I don’t think people realise how hard it is. There’s always that moment where you come off stage feeling like you’re so shit, and like you should never act again. But then you go back. Because it’s such a challenge so the thrill of accomplishment when you’re done is great. I don’t think there’s anything I like as much as acting. V: Would you say acting right now is just a hobby, or would you like to continue professionally? S: Yes, I hope so. I’d like to be an actress. I’m actually applying to drama school – it’s a 1-year foundation course, then I’d like to study English at Uni. V: Oh, English? Why not straight-up Drama? S: I don’t want to study Drama. Going to drama school and studying Theatre at university are two really different things. Going to drama school means that you’re acting, basically. And you’re looking at practitioners, and working with an ensemble, and devising plays. But if you’re doing Theatre at university, you’re studying texts – it’s more the academic side of things. So I feel as though I might as well study English Literature because I’m not necessarily solely interested in dramatic texts. I love novels and poetry and other stuff, so I don’t want to limit myself. I also think English Literature is a better fall-back degree – especially when I want to go into a career like acting, where it’s so difficult to get jobs. It’s just better to fall back on. V: With acting, are you thinking more Hollywood – like the big motion pictures, or are you more inclined towards the theatre? S: My LAMDA teacher always says to me, “S, you’re just such a film actress. Like you just can’t act on stage.” [Laughs] and I’m like “Oh, thanks.” I feel like they are so different. I’ve never experienced acting in front of a camera. I mean, you stop every 5 seconds, and you have cameras everywhere, and you have to turn and say your lines 50 million times. I mean, acting on stage is once, and that’s it. So I think the thrill of acting on stage is not something I’d ever want to give up. But at the same time, acting on film is a lot more realistic. I think both, but I’m not at all sure! I’m really indecisive right now. >>
V: Just out of curiosity (because this is supposed to be a fashion and beauty magazine, so I thought I’d ask), what’s your skincare and beauty routine? S: I just wash my face with water and sometimes if it’s really bad I use this Caudalie face wash I got in Paris and I have Darphin moisturiser when my skin’s dry and that’s all I do for school. When I’m out of school, I don’t really change my skin routine but I do change my makeup. So I’ll wear a little bit of Laura Mercier concealer and Clinique tinted moisturiser and MAC bronzer. I also have Lancôme mascara and if I’m going out I might use a bit of eyeliner and Chanel eyeshadow. V: Okay so how about eating healthy, exercising, and all that stuff? S: I just eat normally! I don’t eat badly though. I grew up eating really good food, always eating salad and vegetables. I mean, I love vegetables and salad, like I eat salad regardless because I just love it. And I’ve never been a massive fan of fried food, but I’m really not that fussy, if it’s there I’ll eat it. V: So you’re not really into that whole ‘My body is a temple’ type thing? S: No, not at all! I mean, I wouldn’t go and eat a fried Mars bar. V: Yeah, I’ve actually heard of that being a thing. Which country is that in? S: In Scotland. I’ve never had one or seen one even though I grew up there, which weird. I think it’s more in Edinburgh. V: So what do they do to it? S: You get a Mars bar, and they deep-fry it, then you eat it. A friend of mine has had one, but I’ve never. V: That’s disgusting… Does it taste good though? S: She said it tasted good, but I think it sounds a bit gross. V: Probably tastes good with some Irn Bru…
Thanks to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, we live in a world in which we’re constantly on a bid to appear effortlessly ‘camera-ready’ it’s of little wonder beauty products are flying off the shelves. But have any of us truly stopped to think about what we are smearing onto our faces or rubbing into our scalps? Self-confessed “product junkie”, Shree Ganguly guides you through the surprising super villains of the beauty world which may be lurking in your favourite products.
The heavy metal, lead is highly toxic and even absorbed in small amounts it can remain in your system and build up over the years, causing a lot of harm. It has been particularly associated with neurological problems, blood disorders, depression and even learning, language and behavioural problems in young children and babies. It is completely legal to use lead in products but some think that there is no safe dosage of lead and are thus seeking to ban it as a makeup ingredient entirely in the US. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a conclusive study in 2012, which tested over 400 different lipsticks and found that L’Oreal was amongst the manufacturers that used the highest concentrations of lead in their products, having 5 out of the top 10 lipsticks with the highest concentrations of lead. But there were also other surprising contenders such as #17 - Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Merlot.
Chemicals called parabens are estimated to be in 75-90% of cosmetics, yet they are thought to interfere with hormone function. Used for their preservative and germicidal properties, parabens have been linked to breast cancer, having been detected in human breast cancer tissues. Although parabens are found naturally foods such as strawberries, as they are metabolised when eaten, their estrogenic effect is a lot weaker compared to when they are absorbed into the body though the skin. The usage of parabens has been banned in Japan and Sweden, and has been strongly restricted in the EU. However, both the USA and Canada have little to no restrictions at all on parabens being used in products. Although the EU regulations ensure that relatively low concentrations of parabens can be legally used in the production of cosmetics, different individuals can be affected in varying degrees to products and how their reactions (or lack thereof ) may change throughout their life. You should also be aware that parabens are used in fragrances too, however fragrance manufacturers are not required to disclose their ingredients as they can be considered to be trade secrets. Some companies have particularly come under fire for using the Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon to help sell products, yet these same products contained ingredients linked to cancer. Look out for the ending â€˜-parabenâ€™ in any ingredients lists i.e. isobutylparaben, or methylparaben.
Surprising as it may seem, the by-products of thick, black crude oil are often in many cosmetics, which are advertised for their properties of preserving skin’s youthful appearance such as lotions, soaps and makeup. Mineral oil is the abundantly waste liquid left over after the distillation of gasoline from crude oil, which is more expensive to remove than to purchase. Mineral oil, petroleum (a mineral oil jelly) and toluene (a mineral oil by-product) are used as moisturising and thickening agents and thus can be found in baby oils, body lotions, soaps, lip balms, nail polishes, hair products and other cosmetics. Not only do they clog pores and interfere with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, mineral oil and its related products are thought to promote acne and premature aging (as they slow down skin function and cell development). However, what is perhaps more worrying is when these products are contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are carcinogens and consequently have been again linked to cancer. PAHs are usually found if the products have been poorly refined and the EU does require products that use such products to provide a full refining history and proof the product is not a carcinogen however other countries do have more lax regulations. These products are particularly found in moisturisers targeted for dry skin problems such as E45 and can often be found listed in labels as ‘liquid paraffin’. Of course, whilst we should all aim to be as aware as we can of the products we consume, we should also remember that the evidence regarding these chemicals in always changing and long term studies may reveal that if used appropriately these products may be of no harm at all. For more information, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Collective Evolution, and The David Suzuki Foundation, as well the websites such as www.cancer. gov and www.fda.gov all provide up-to-date and relevant information about the harmful ingredients in the cosmetics industry. It might be a little hasty to empty your bathroom cabinets in their entirety, but it might be worth scanning the ingredients list before you buy into the next beauty fad.
The Moodboard Edited by Sasha Gill, The Moodboard focuses on one of her fashion and beauty superheroes, Twiggy.
VIOLETTE by Pegasus Pages
Sosa Omorogbe CONTRIBUTORS
Feyi Adegbite Hilary Fung Dasha Leshchenko Shree Ganguly Sasha Gill Dave Stokes
Published on Feb 12, 2014