ColourPop Spring 2018 Butterfly Collection, Part 1: Face Duo in Winging It

For the past few years, I've been performing two beauty-related rites of spring. The first rite involves destashing a bunch of lipsticks (more on that soon). The second rite consists of searching for a pinky-red coral lipstick and a lavender blush. Those searches usually end in failure, though for different reasons. There are thousands of … Continue reading ColourPop Spring 2018 Butterfly Collection, Part 1: Face Duo in Winging It

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

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Lavender Jam

I own between fifty-five and sixty lipsticks, more than a few of them purple. It's rare that a mainstream brand releases a lipstick unlike any I own, and even rarer that a mainstream brand releases a purple unlike any I own (yes, I'm using a lipstick junkie's definition of "unlike," but still). So when Bite … Continue reading Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Lavender Jam

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Lilac Flush

...or, How AB Flouted the Resolutions She Made Just Five Days Ago. In my defense, I got this lipstick at the end of December. (Nor did I spend my own money: my mom bought it for me, if you must know.) But I had already planned out my resolutions for 2015, and one could argue, … Continue reading Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Lilac Flush

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 5: Intro to Kiko (Eyeshadow Swatches and First Impressions)

Or, more properly: Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 16 (£6.90) and Infinity Eyeshadows in 270 and 251 (£5.90 each). The fact that the number 251 is attached to lavender is playing havoc with my synesthesia, but 6 is purple and 7 is green in my mental bouquet of numbers, so 16 and 270 are … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 5: Intro to Kiko (Eyeshadow Swatches and First Impressions)