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

Lipstick Chronology #33: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Name: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak Date Purchased: January 2014 Grade: B+ Notes: This "chronology" has gotten so woefully out of order that it doesn't even deserve the name, but the weather is finally above freezing and the sun is out and I'm drinking an iced coffee, and I'm going to review my springiest … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #33: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

FOTD: A Discourse of Auxiliary Beauty, or Artificial Handsomeness

Toiling in the knowledge mines, one occasionally comes upon some fascinating gems. Or, more prosaically: I typed the phrase "auxiliary beauty" into Early English Books Online to see what would pop up. For those of you who aren't pursuing graduate degrees in early modern literature, EEBO is a database containing almost every work printed in … Continue reading FOTD: A Discourse of Auxiliary Beauty, or Artificial Handsomeness

Beauty Abroad, Part 4.5: Sleek Blush in Flushed (Plus Baby Birds)

Since I photographed Flushed two days ago, think of this post as an addendum, with swatches and a couple of looks. And more than a couple of goslings. In the States, it's almost impossible to find a high-quality matte blush in the drugstore. Most decent American drugstore blushes have some degree of shimmer or frost, … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 4.5: Sleek Blush in Flushed (Plus Baby Birds)

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