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

Empties and Near-Empties, Spring 2015

(I typed "Spring 2013" at first, then spent a few seconds wondering why that didn't look right.) Not quite five months since my last empties post, I've accumulated another small collection of used-up products: Herewith, some mini-reviews, in no particular order: CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara There's a reason why I never write posts about mascara: … Continue reading Empties and Near-Empties, Spring 2015

Milani Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Naked, or How I Became a Vampire

But first, how my local CVS crushed my lipstick-collecting dreams for the 837th time. But first, how I ended up at the CVS, a place I do my best to avoid, for the 837th time. I was lying in bed a few nights ago, lamenting the state of my skin, when it hit me that … Continue reading Milani Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Naked, or How I Became a Vampire

Lipstick Chronology #26: Revlon Plum Velour

Name: Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Plum Velour Date of Purchase: July 2013 Grade: A- Notes: I'm usually indifferent to sheer lipsticks. No, let me phrase that another way: I like to think of myself as indifferent to sheer lipsticks. I've been wearing bold lip colors for over three years now, so putting on … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #26: Revlon Plum Velour

La Vita è Bella, Take 2: New Milani Eyeshadows in Bella Charcoal and Bella Navy (Updated with a Tragic Footnote)

Greetings from Londinium! I've been trying for the last few days to write a post about the makeup I brought to England this time, but I'm never at home during prime picture-taking hours, and I'm very picky about color accuracy. Today, though, I remembered that I wrote most of a review of Milani Bella Charcoal … Continue reading La Vita è Bella, Take 2: New Milani Eyeshadows in Bella Charcoal and Bella Navy (Updated with a Tragic Footnote)

La Vita è (Not Exactly) Bella: New Milani Eyeshadows in Bella Taupe and Bella Rouge

Damn it, Milani! You've done it again. Lured me in with the promise of a revolutionary makeup formula at an implausibly low price point, only to deliver mediocrity. Will I ever learn? (These containers remind me of portholes on a ship.) Look, Milani's new Bella eyeshadow singles are perfectly decent. I'd give them a B … Continue reading La Vita è (Not Exactly) Bella: New Milani Eyeshadows in Bella Taupe and Bella Rouge