2014 in Review, Part 2: My 14 Favorite Beauty Purchases

Greetings from San Francisco, where I've spent the past few days recovering from jetlag and dissertating at neighborhood coffee shops. With three days of the old year remaining, it's time to post a list I've been compiling for the past month or so: my 14 favorite beauty purchases of 2014! A few notes before we … Continue reading 2014 in Review, Part 2: My 14 Favorite Beauty Purchases

FOTD: Toward an Ethnography of the Edwardian Cyborg

In the last year, I've become obsessed with an aesthetic that I like to call "Edwardian cyborg": futuristic sleekness coupled with windswept Gibson-girl glamour. This is the image that started it all:   You've already seen this photo in an earlier post, wherein I experimented with theBalm's Nude 'Tude palette. "Edwardian cyborg" was the name … Continue reading FOTD: Toward an Ethnography of the Edwardian Cyborg

Before Black Friday, There’s Wishlist Tuesday

I've been particularly short on funds this month, hence the plethora of tl;dr meditative posts and the absence of product reviews. Luckily, I just received my latest stipend check, so I'm planning to do a bit of damage during the High Holy Days of consumerism. (Only online: I can't stand the crush of people at … Continue reading Before Black Friday, There’s Wishlist Tuesday

Lipstick Chronology #29: NYX Perfect

Name: NYX Round Lipstick in Perfect Date Purchased: August 2013 Grade: B Notes: The blunt self-congratulation of the name "Perfect" makes me want to start a line of self-deprecating lipsticks: "Good Enough." "Decent Pigmentation for the Price." "Let's Be Real, This Is a Half-Assed Knockoff of a MAC Limited Edition Lipstick." A name like "Perfect" … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #29: NYX Perfect