A Highlighter for Special Snowflakes: Topshop Glow Stick in Otherworldly

One of the less charming aspects of being an American millennial in 2017 is getting called a "special snowflake" by old bigots on the internet. From my occasional perusal of right-wing Twitter accounts (I discovered last year that my mild-mannered undergrad Shakespeare professor is an alt-right conspiracy theorist, and I'm still not over it), I … Continue reading A Highlighter for Special Snowflakes: Topshop Glow Stick in Otherworldly

Beauty Abroad, Part 20: Barry M Nail Paints in Butterscotch Sundae, Damson, and Vintage Violet

I thought I'd post more after returning from England, but instead I've spent most of my time agonizing over a dissertation chapter that I'm revising (well, basically rewriting). You know that feeling when you read over an unfinished piece of writing one too many times, and suddenly it seems to dissolve before your very eyes, … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 20: Barry M Nail Paints in Butterscotch Sundae, Damson, and Vintage Violet

Beauty Abroad, Part 19: Seventeen Eyeshadow Mono in Statuesque

Seventeen is a British beauty brand that had never sparked my interest prior to last month's UK trip. It doesn't get much press in the blogosphere, probably because it's exclusive to the drugstore giant Boots and so lacks a solid brand identity. Boots has two house beauty brands: the more famous and extensive Boots No. … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 19: Seventeen Eyeshadow Mono in Statuesque

Beauty Abroad, Part 18: Ancient and Modern Beauty in London

UM, HI. A lot has happened since I last posted. I'm still stunned and depressed at Britain's decision to leave the European Union. It was surreal to watch the whole thing unfold around me, and painful to have no way of affecting the outcome. It's not my nation or my fight, but I'm still heartbroken … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 18: Ancient and Modern Beauty in London

Beauty Abroad, Part 17: The Great British Swatch-Off

(Apologies to a show I've never actually watched. I'm told that I should!) I've noted before that the average British woman seems to get more excited about makeup than the average American woman does. I stand by my original conclusion: "In my experience, Americans pay more attention to the overall effect of their makeup, while … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 17: The Great British Swatch-Off

Beauty Abroad, Part 16: Topshop Rio Rio and London Beauty Shopping

I like buying makeup to commemorate happy occasions. Lipsticks and nail polishes and eyeshadows function as little pins that secure my memories to the material world. That's why I started my Lipstick Chronology (which reminds me, I haven't added to the chronology since March). And that's why, when I learned two weeks ago that my … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 16: Topshop Rio Rio and London Beauty Shopping

Beauty Abroad, Part 15: Inglot Eyeshadows in 08 and 433

In the last couple of weeks, I've been a bad early modernist: I've watched the BBC miniseries of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall without first reading the books. I did start reading Wolf Hall two years ago, but I just couldn't get into it, despite my childhood obsession with Tudor history. There's something about grad school … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 15: Inglot Eyeshadows in 08 and 433

AB Goes to Toronto (What I’m Bringing + What Should I Do/Buy?)

How's that for a convoluted title? Anyway, I'm going to Toronto for the first time at the end of this week! I'll be presenting at a conference and will be in the city for a mere 48 hours, so I won't have much time for sightseeing (though I have a couple of meals planned with … Continue reading AB Goes to Toronto (What I’m Bringing + What Should I Do/Buy?)