Beauty Abroad, Part 16: Topshop Rio Rio and London Beauty Shopping

I like buying makeup to commemorate happy occasions. Lipsticks and nail polishes and eyeshadows function as little pins that secure my memories to the material world. That’s why I started my Lipstick Chronology (which reminds me, I haven’t added to the chronology since March). And that’s why, when I learned two weeks ago that my… Read More Beauty Abroad, Part 16: Topshop Rio Rio and London Beauty Shopping

ColourPop Reviews, Part 1: Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil in Frenchie

If you’ve had Internet access in the past year, you’ve almost certainly heard of ColourPop, a small online-only brand with a formidable range of lipsticks, lip liners, and cream-to-powder eyeshadows, each a mere $5. Launched just last year, the brand has risen to prominence almost overnight, largely through partnering with popular bloggers and YouTube gurus.… Read More ColourPop Reviews, Part 1: Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil in Frenchie

Lipstick Chronology #32: Wet n Wild Stoplight Red and Purty Persimmon

Names: Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipsticks in Stoplight Red and Purty Persimmon Dates of Purchase: September and October 2013 Grades: A-, A- Notes: Wet n Wild’s MegaLast lipsticks make me ask myself hard questions about my aesthetic threshold for makeup packaging. I’d like to believe that I’m the sort of person who cares more about… Read More Lipstick Chronology #32: Wet n Wild Stoplight Red and Purty Persimmon

NYX for Eyes and Lips: Slide On Pencil in Glitzy Gold and Matte Lipstick in Alabama

It’s Christmas in August! By which I mean, it’s been so gray and gloomy in San Francisco that wearing gold eyeliner and brick-red matte lipstick–together, even–seems perfectly appropriate in early August. These are both recent purchases: I bought the eyeliner at a CVS in New York and the lipstick at an Ulta in Birmingham. I… Read More NYX for Eyes and Lips: Slide On Pencil in Glitzy Gold and Matte Lipstick in Alabama

Lipstick Chronology #20: Revlon Fire and Ice, a Red for the Apocalypse

Name: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice Date Purchased: December 2012 Grade: A Notes: I’d like to believe that Fire and Ice, released in 1953, was a tribute to Robert Frost’s 1920 poem of the same name: Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted… Read More Lipstick Chronology #20: Revlon Fire and Ice, a Red for the Apocalypse

Lipstick Chronology #19: YSL Glossy Stain in #11 Rouge Gouache

Name: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain #11 (Rouge Gouache) (TL;DR) Date Purchased: November 2012 Grade: A Notes: This, my friends, is the business. This is my favorite red of all time. It’s not the most wearable or versatile or low-maintenance red, but I still feel that thrill of shiny newness every… Read More Lipstick Chronology #19: YSL Glossy Stain in #11 Rouge Gouache