Stress-Fueled Impulse Purchase #5: Urban Decay Rapture Blush

Three weeks into my no-buy, I'm not feeling any great temptation to get something new, but I do find myself adding a worrisome number of items to my "buy in 2016" wishlist. In the interest of self-distraction, I think I'd better get back to reviewing the stuff I picked up during my stress-shopping phase in … Continue reading Stress-Fueled Impulse Purchase #5: Urban Decay Rapture Blush

La Vie En Corail: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove

I'm an ocean away from the product I'm about to describe, writing through a haze of jet lag. Let's see how this post turns out. For the longest time, I avoided any hint of orange in my face makeup. My desire for knowledge of colors and undertones turned into a harmful strictness, and I assumed … Continue reading La Vie En Corail: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove

We’ll Always Have (Face Stockholm Crème Blush in) Paris

[Note: NSFW for Nell Gwyn's boobs.] No, really, I'll always have this blush. It's so pigmented that I can't imagine hitting pan earlier than 2018. I bought Paris two months ago, during Anthropologie's Thanksgiving sale, but have worn it only a few times since then. It's a bright watermelon pink, perfect for the warm months, … Continue reading We’ll Always Have (Face Stockholm Crème Blush in) Paris

Spacegirl Incognito: Tony Moly Cristal Blusher #04 Milky Violet and Broccoli Sheet Mask

Few things can induce me to brave midtown Manhattan on a Monday afternoon, but lavender blush is one of them. Tony Moly is a Korean drugstore brand that has recently made inroads into the American market, most notably through Urban Outfitters, which sells a surprising number of Tony Moly products online. Over the summer, the … Continue reading Spacegirl Incognito: Tony Moly Cristal Blusher #04 Milky Violet and Broccoli Sheet Mask

Beauty Abroad, Part 9: Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Zygomatic, and Some Thoughts on British Beauty

Finally! It's humid, guys. I know I've mentioned it before, but when the humidity level is 94% at 7:30 am, I can be forgiven for mentioning it again. I don't understand how those of you who live in hot climates with year-round humidity keep your makeup from sliding off your faces, but I need to … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 9: Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Zygomatic, and Some Thoughts on British Beauty

Beauty Abroad, Part 4.5: Sleek Blush in Flushed (Plus Baby Birds)

Since I photographed Flushed two days ago, think of this post as an addendum, with swatches and a couple of looks. And more than a couple of goslings. In the States, it's almost impossible to find a high-quality matte blush in the drugstore. Most decent American drugstore blushes have some degree of shimmer or frost, … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 4.5: Sleek Blush in Flushed (Plus Baby Birds)

Beauty Abroad, Part 4: Back to Burgundy with Sleek and Rimmel

As a result of moving to San Francisco at the age of seven and feeling deprived of "real seasons" for the next decade, I'm very faithful to the idea of seasonal colors. So long as there's snow on the ground, I'm going to cling to my burgundy lipsticks and plum nail polishes. And when I … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 4: Back to Burgundy with Sleek and Rimmel

Beauty Abroad, Part 3: Guerrilla Swatches from Topshop, Rimmel, and Illamasqua

Two weeks after I arrived in England, I finally set foot in the huge mall near my boyfriend's apartment. It's a ten-minute walk away, so I'm not sure what was holding me back except my congenital fear of spending money. I needn't have worried, because I wandered for three and a half hours and still … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 3: Guerrilla Swatches from Topshop, Rimmel, and Illamasqua

Beauty Abroad, Part 1: Sleek Blush in Life’s a Peach

(Fewer words than usual because ugh, the jetlag, and because I need to finish my conference paper.) It turns out that my boyfriend lives half a block away from a Superdrug and a Boots. This will be bad, I thought, before discovering that this particular Boots has a limited beauty selection, while the Superdrug has … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 1: Sleek Blush in Life’s a Peach