Reverse Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Smoking Red

Drugstore makeup has become a lot more interesting over the past few years, and I can't help but envy people who are just getting into makeup now and have access to so many weird lipsticks at affordable price points. I've always been drawn to slightly eccentric makeup, but in my early twenties it was impossible … Continue reading Reverse Lipstick Chronology #2: Maybelline Smoking Red

From the Archives: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk

Last summer, while working in the university archives, I wrote a post about some treasures I'd unearthed from the "archives" of my own makeup collection. In the spirit of my 2016 low-buy, I've decided to turn "From the Archives" into an ongoing, if not regular, series. Let's get better acquainted with a product I wrote … Continue reading From the Archives: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk

NARS Audacious Lipstick Swatches and the Allure of Audrey

Today, as a reward for finishing an article draft and setting up a meeting with my adviser, I headed to the local Bluemercury to check out the new NARS Audacious lipsticks. I limited myself to seven swatches (as many as would fit on my hand), since I'm not audacious enough to swatch a collection of … Continue reading NARS Audacious Lipstick Swatches and the Allure of Audrey

The Only Tattoos I’ll Ever Have: Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

All right, that title is a bit of an exaggeration. I'm not completely sure I'll never get a tattoo. But given my indecisiveness, fear of commitment, and habitual buyer's remorse, I can say the odds are very slim. I do, however, own five Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows. I'm not the first person to consider the … Continue reading The Only Tattoos I’ll Ever Have: Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

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

Not Quite Never-Nude: Experiments with theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude Palette (Part 1: Review and Swatches)

(Yes, I've been rewatching Arrested Development.) I bought theBalm's Nude 'Tude eyeshadow palette, a mostly cool-toned mix of neutrals, back in August 2012. It was my first eyeshadow palette, and still the only one I own. I'd spent all summer vacillating between Nude 'Tude and Urban Decay's recently released Naked 2, and I might never … Continue reading Not Quite Never-Nude: Experiments with theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude Palette (Part 1: Review and Swatches)