Things That I Actually Believe Are Honestly Magical

  I think magic is pretty cool. I’m talking MagicK, you know — Glamours, transfiguration, potions, enchantments. But believing in it? Phew. Belief is a tricky thing. I feel like belief — true belief — is the thing that only shows itself when you’re tested. The thing you turn to[…]

LOST: my inspiration. FOUND: this stuff…

  So I just told you in my boat post that I’ve been struggling with finding “inspiration.” That’s pretty harsh, but it’s true. I’ve been actively searching for, but (largely) failing to find, things that excite me. Apologies in advance for sounding like a total jerk, but I’ve been going through a big period[…]

Let Them Smell Cake

  Buckle up, here comes a rant of “Marie Antoinette” proportions. #FirstWorldProblems, indeed. But it needs to be said. Or rather, asked: Why does every beauty product smell like “Birthday Cake?”?!?!? I, too, remember the heady days of 2011, when everything was “Birthday Cake” flavored. Birthday Cake truffles! Birthday Cake[…]

All The Makeup You Need To Survive Burning Man

Okay, Let’s Be Honest: makeup really isn’t necessary at Burning Man. I just… I really like it! The best part of my morning (besides my super-regular 6:45am morning poop #humblebrag) is deciding what makeup to wear that day. What colors, what theme, what “look” I’m going to go for. Why should I[…]

Good News! I Called Dog 911, And They Said It’s Not An Emergency

Dog 911 meme was started by Reverend Scott on Twitter.   What’s good, everybody? I think yellow blush is *VERY* good: View this post on Instagram @jamienelson6 – Model #idadyberg @ida_dyberg and her #yellowblush for @maybelline @refinery29 with @manthony783 #makeup @julieknailsnyc #manicure @lisajarvis_stylist #stylist #jamienelson #beautyphotography @linhhair @kateryaninc #hair #contour[…]

Drugstore Makeup Finds I Was OBSESSED With In 2016

I’m not usually a makeup blogger — I mean, LOOK at that flat-lay. Sad! Anyway, I’m not a ‘makeup blogger,’ but I do own, wear, and covet makeup A LOT. Like, a-lot, a-lot. Anyway, since it’s December and we’re winding down the year, I thought I’d share a list of[…]

Bonne Bell Lip Smacker Horoscopes

Strawberry:  This is a time of renewal for you.  This month you will order a sandwich and they will put onions on it, even though you specifically asked for no onions.  You will pick the onions off one by one, but a few will slip through and as you bite[…]

What Is Makeup?

Makeup is very controversial these days!  People are asking all kinds of questions such as, “Is Makeup Feminist?” and “Is Makeup False Advertising?”  The one question NOT being asked is probably the most important one of all, “WHAT IS MAKEUP?!?”  To understand, I’ve broken down the essential elements of makeup[…]

Periodical Thoughts

You know what’s awesome?  Having the kind of terrible menstrual cramps that ruin your entire day (and sometimes the next one, too).  The kind where taking Midol is a gamble: sometimes it works, sometimes you might as well swallow some Cadbury Mini Eggs and hope for the best. That was[…]

In A Relationship with Beauty: It’s Complicated

I am, I’m sure, and AWESOME girlfriend.  So when my boyfriend observes: “You have a complicated relationship with beauty,” my first instinct is to say, “All women have a complicated relationship with beauty, it’s because of society,” and while I still believe this is true, I must admit, I Have[…]

Change Inside & Out

Changing the outside doesn’t change the inside. I tell my parents this when they cluck over my tattoos.  I want to say, “I’m still your daughter!”  Just with more colorful packaging. I remember learning this lesson myself the hard way when I was dealing with disordered eating.  If you hate[…]

The Person I Am Not

I’m not a “dainty jewelry” person… I’m a big, sparkly, four-rings-at-a-time, wear a pewter vertebrae around my neck person.  I see people wearing thin silver bands and dainty diamond necklaces and think, “That’s so pretty, feminine, and subtle,” I immediately realize that much as I would like to pull off[…]

5 Fandom Friday: Dear Santa…

Dear Internet Santa: (or the intern elf in charge of responding to internet wishlists) Because you know I live in an apartment, and have no way of storing fun gifts, please just bring me gift cards this year.  I take full responsibility for seeing that I don’t accidentally try to[…]

#tbt The Closet Costume

Ahhh, the art of the Closet Costume – a Halloween costume pulled together last-minute out of things you already own in your closet.  This photo wasn’t taken last week, it was taken twenty (eep!)ish years ago.  I was a hippie for Halloween that year (proof that some things never change?)[…]

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Coconut Body Butter

Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter Tastes Like:  DO NOT EAT THIS PRODUCT!  Dab a little of the rich, thick-churned creaminess onto your skin and rub it in and you’ll feel good enough to eat.  And you’ll smell like a pina colada. Great With:  Itchy, dry, or cracked skin. Perfect For: […]

According to Instagram…

The sweet-and-beautiful-online-and-in-real-life Eeka at Live.Love.Random recently did a post called “According to Instagram” about the telling nature of her Instagram feed.  And I vowed to steal that idea.  Fair warning, I left a comment!  And it turns out, my Instagram feed pretty much paints an accurate picture of who I[…]

Hungry Eyes

Winter in NYC bites the big one.  It’s cold and the wet and filthy and our main punching bag, the tourists we love to hate, have all gone home.  What is there to do? Invent a new cateye, perhaps? What do you think?  Too much?

Chain Mail

I love questionnaires! I found this one courtesy, once again, of Angie from Lariats and Lavender, which is a blog I’ve been a fan of for a long time!, who found it from Kyla at Kyla is Inspired, which is a blog I just discovered and is really lovely!!! 1. […]

Blogtember #20: Back in Black

I have no idea when I received this bottle of black nail polish, but I know it was before I moved to NYC, so that makes it very old.  I noticed it has started to take a turn for the worse, and decided it needed a proper send-off. Black is[…]