Surprise! I'm allowing myself to write one quick post during this hiatus. Today I'll be skipping over my backlog of unreviewed products to take a look at my most recent purchase, a new product that hasn't yet received much attention online. Sephora massively expanded its Cream Lip Stain range last month, adding twenty-seven new shades, … Continue reading Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 25 Coral Sunset
Yellow is an underrepresented color in most people's makeup collections, including mine. Deservedly or not, it has a dismal reputation: The Googlers have spoken: yellow is the most "visible" and "noticeable" color, but like many highly visible and noticeable things, including the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Lime Crime, and Donald Trump, it is also perceived as "annoying" … Continue reading Formula X Lively and a K-Pop Microtrend
Until recently, teal was one of my least favorite colors. It unsettled me in the same way that fuchsia used to: both are amphibious, ill-defined colors. But one swipe of fuchsia lipstick in the summer of 2011 banished my unease forever, and I've just experienced a similar conversion to teal. It started when I looked … Continue reading Let Us Now Praise Formula X Enigma
(I typed "Spring 2013" at first, then spent a few seconds wondering why that didn't look right.) Not quite five months since my last empties post, I've accumulated another small collection of used-up products: Herewith, some mini-reviews, in no particular order: CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara There's a reason why I never write posts about mascara: … Continue reading Empties and Near-Empties, Spring 2015
I've used up quite a few products, mostly skincare, in the last month or two, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to write my first empties post. I've been wondering why so many people (myself included) love such posts. Maybe because it's the closest the law-abiding among us will ever come to the thrill … Continue reading Empties, Fall 2014
If you've watched as many geisha documentaries as I have (she said, too casually), you'll be familiar with the clichéd close-up shot of a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) painting her white-powdered lips with a brush dipped in rouge. The inevitability of this shot, in both Japanese and foreign documentaries, makes me roll my eyes … Continue reading Goldilocks and the Three Lip Brushes
Long time no blog! We reached Los Angeles yesterday evening, after a two-day drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. On the first (and more scenic) day, we covered the PCH from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. The drive included lots of opportunities to pose for windswept photos on sand dunes: And a breathtaking "historic" … Continue reading The Pacific Coast Highway and an Antidote to SoCal Dryness: Sephora Rose Mask!