Fun with Glitter Topcoats: Essie, Floss Gloss, Urban Outfitters, Zoya

Like many of us, I go through polish phases. Sometimes I prefer neutral cremes, sometimes bright pastels, sometimes dark shimmers. The category I'm most fickle about, though, is the glitter topcoat. I've accumulated quite a few over the years (so pretty in the bottle!), but I usually find it hard to wear glitter on ordinary … Continue reading Fun with Glitter Topcoats: Essie, Floss Gloss, Urban Outfitters, Zoya

2014 in Review, Part 3: Beauty Resolutions for 2015

I meant to write this post on New Year's Eve, but I ended up falling asleep at 10:30, because--well, let's pretend it was because I'd partied so mind-blowingly hard before that, and not because I'd had one cocktail at dinner with my mother and one small glass of champagne once we got home. Still, I … Continue reading 2014 in Review, Part 3: Beauty Resolutions for 2015

2014 in Review, Part 2: My 14 Favorite Beauty Purchases

Greetings from San Francisco, where I've spent the past few days recovering from jetlag and dissertating at neighborhood coffee shops. With three days of the old year remaining, it's time to post a list I've been compiling for the past month or so: my 14 favorite beauty purchases of 2014! A few notes before we … Continue reading 2014 in Review, Part 2: My 14 Favorite Beauty Purchases

Independence Day FOTD + PSA for Polish Lovers

Happy Independence Day! (I took that photo last year in Chapel Hill, NC. The South loves its fireworks.) Now that I'm writing a dissertation on Renaissance English literature, few people know about my past life as an obsessive American-history nerd. Around the age of sixteen, I decided that I wanted to be a professor of … Continue reading Independence Day FOTD + PSA for Polish Lovers