Beauty Abroad, Part 17: The Great British Swatch-Off

(Apologies to a show I've never actually watched. I'm told that I should!) I've noted before that the average British woman seems to get more excited about makeup than the average American woman does. I stand by my original conclusion: "In my experience, Americans pay more attention to the overall effect of their makeup, while … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 17: The Great British Swatch-Off

Beauty Abroad, Part 7: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Blamed Blue

I'm back in the land of decent coffee and 97% humidity! No, that figure isn't an exaggeration. The summer humidity in this part of the Mid-Atlantic is out of control. Early June isn't all that hot, but I can't spend five minutes outside without feeling moisture pool in my scalp and eyebrows and the space … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 7: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Blamed Blue

Beauty Abroad, Part 4: Back to Burgundy with Sleek and Rimmel

As a result of moving to San Francisco at the age of seven and feeling deprived of "real seasons" for the next decade, I'm very faithful to the idea of seasonal colors. So long as there's snow on the ground, I'm going to cling to my burgundy lipsticks and plum nail polishes. And when I … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 4: Back to Burgundy with Sleek and Rimmel

Beauty Abroad, Part 3: Guerrilla Swatches from Topshop, Rimmel, and Illamasqua

Two weeks after I arrived in England, I finally set foot in the huge mall near my boyfriend's apartment. It's a ten-minute walk away, so I'm not sure what was holding me back except my congenital fear of spending money. I needn't have worried, because I wandered for three and a half hours and still … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 3: Guerrilla Swatches from Topshop, Rimmel, and Illamasqua