Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipstick in Madame Greige

(Settle in. This will be a long post.) First, some personal news: I defended my doctoral dissertation earlier this month and now have a Ph.D. in English! At my university, the dissertation defense (our official term, hilariously, is "Final Public Oral") is a pretty lowkey affair. It consists of a 30-minute presentation and another 30 … Continue reading Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipstick in Madame Greige

How Renaissance Is the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette?

Having devoted the better part of a decade to studying Renaissance (we in the biz prefer "early modern") literature, I perked up when I heard that Anastasia Beverly Hills had released an eyeshadow palette called "Modern Renaissance." The palette came out in mid-2016 and started a warm-neutrals trend that, as of February 2017, shows little … Continue reading How Renaissance Is the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette?

Professionalesque, Part 2: Urban Decay Rapture

As you know, I'm going on the academic job market for the first time this fall. Accordingly, I'm now interviewing lipsticks for the position of Interview Lipstick. Am I doing this to put off compiling my job materials? Maybe, but there's no denying that first impressions are important. Academia has no set dress code. In … Continue reading Professionalesque, Part 2: Urban Decay Rapture