China Miéville Lipstick: NYX Velvet Matte in Midnight Muse

I just finished The Scar, the second book in China Miéville's Bas-Lag trilogy, which takes place in and around the diverse, sprawling, corrupt city of New Crobuzon. I love fiction about cities—not just set in them, but about them—and Miéville clearly shares my passion. The Scar centers on the linguist Bellis Coldwine, ex-girlfriend of the … Continue reading China Miéville Lipstick: NYX Velvet Matte in Midnight Muse

In Search of Lost Witchcraft: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored

As a preteen and young teenager, I had a brief flirtation with witchcraft. There was something in the air at the time: The Craft had come out several years before, the Harry Potter series was gaining worldwide popularity, and bookstores were full of titles like Spells for Teenage Witches. Growing up in San Francisco made … Continue reading In Search of Lost Witchcraft: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored

A Journey Through Purge-atory, Part 1: Lipsticks and Glosses

Just call me Virgil. To save some money in the coming school year, I'm moving at the end of the summer into a two-bedroom duplex apartment. As moves go, this one will be almost comically easy, since my new building is next door to my current one. But I'll be sharing the apartment with a … Continue reading A Journey Through Purge-atory, Part 1: Lipsticks and Glosses

Liner Notes: NYX Slim Lip Pencils in Dolly Pink and Pumpkin

Just a quick review of the final two items from last month's Ulta order: NYX Slim Lip Pencils in Dolly Pink, a pastel lavender-pink, and Pumpkin, a burnt orange with gold shimmer. I keep protesting on this blog that I don't care much for lip liner, but I also keep buying more lip liners. I … Continue reading Liner Notes: NYX Slim Lip Pencils in Dolly Pink and Pumpkin

Eight Beauty Products I Didn’t Buy in the Last Six Months

I made my stage debut at the age of eight, in my elementary school's production of The Phantom Tollbooth. I had two roles: the Spelling Bee (marred by a wardrobe malfunction: part of my headband fell off and I pouted for the rest of the scene) and the Senses Taker. For the second role, I … Continue reading Eight Beauty Products I Didn’t Buy in the Last Six Months