A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

This week I'm diverging from the 2020 Lipstick Chronology in order to review my first new lipstick of 2021: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square! I spent much of my January no-buy scouring the web for a replacement for Topshop Matte Lipstick in Rio Rio, which I bought and reviewed back in June … Continue reading A Red for Citrus Season: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

2020 Lipstick Chronology #1: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita (New Formula)

Product: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita Date Purchased: January 4, 2020 Grade: B+ I started this blog in early 2014 with a series called Lipstick Chronology, in which I set out to review all of my lipsticks in chronological order of purchase, musing on the circumstances in which I bought them and the feelings … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #1: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita (New Formula)

Some Thoughts on NARS and "Cruelty-Free" Beauty

Last month, NARS shocked many of its customers by announcing that it was expanding into China, whose government requires animal testing on all imported beauty products. Like most successful smaller beauty brands, NARS is already owned by a larger, non-CF brand (Shiseido, in NARS' case), but it has not allowed such testing on its own … Continue reading Some Thoughts on NARS and "Cruelty-Free" Beauty

Real Techniques Mini Sponges

Something different today: a mini-review of a product that isn't makeup! You've probably noticed that my obsession with color makeup is several orders of magnitude greater than my interest in skincare, brushes, haircare, or "boring makeup" (mascara, brow stuff, concealer, etc). But for variety's sake, I thought I'd write about a new tool that's been … Continue reading Real Techniques Mini Sponges

FOTD: Cyborg Easter Bunny ft. NYX Twilight Tint

Happy Easter! Full disclosure: I'm one of those secular assholes who welcome the Easter season not for its religious significance but for the positively pagan abundance of egg-shaped chocolate. Growing up half-Jewish, I couldn't help noticing the difference in quality between Easter candy and kosher-for-Passover candy, which consisted (and still consists) primarily of coconut-covered marshmallows … Continue reading FOTD: Cyborg Easter Bunny ft. NYX Twilight Tint

In Pursuit of Pastel Pink, Part 1: NARS Blush in Threesome

For at least two years now, I've been searching for the perfect cool-toned pale pink blush, something that will give me that fresh-faced but slightly artificial k-beauty look. Here's Jiwon of Spica for BNT International, back in March 2014: Source: Omona They Didn't. Spica disbanded last month. 😦 And here's Irene of Red Velvet for … Continue reading In Pursuit of Pastel Pink, Part 1: NARS Blush in Threesome