Beauty Shopping in San Francisco’s Japantown

I've spent the past two weeks in dissertation jail, bouncing between several of San Francisco's fine coffee shops while completing an extensive rewrite of my chapter on Thomas Hobbes. With the help of massive doses of caffeine, sugar, and k-pop (I'm good, I'm hot, I'm fresh, I'm fly!), I wrapped up the damned thing yesterday … Continue reading Beauty Shopping in San Francisco’s Japantown

Beauty Abroad, Part 20: Barry M Nail Paints in Butterscotch Sundae, Damson, and Vintage Violet

I thought I'd post more after returning from England, but instead I've spent most of my time agonizing over a dissertation chapter that I'm revising (well, basically rewriting). You know that feeling when you read over an unfinished piece of writing one too many times, and suddenly it seems to dissolve before your very eyes, … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 20: Barry M Nail Paints in Butterscotch Sundae, Damson, and Vintage Violet

Beauty Abroad, Part 18: Ancient and Modern Beauty in London

UM, HI. A lot has happened since I last posted. I'm still stunned and depressed at Britain's decision to leave the European Union. It was surreal to watch the whole thing unfold around me, and painful to have no way of affecting the outcome. It's not my nation or my fight, but I'm still heartbroken … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 18: Ancient and Modern Beauty in London

A Journey Through Purge-atory, Part 2: Eyeshadows and One More Lipstick

Greetings from a cramped hotel room on Manhattan's Upper West Side! This endearingly unhip neighborhood is special to me because of the time I spent in a history program at Columbia in the summer before my junior year of college. It was my first experience of New York as an adult (if nineteen counts), and … Continue reading A Journey Through Purge-atory, Part 2: Eyeshadows and One More Lipstick

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 … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 16: Topshop Rio Rio and London Beauty Shopping