One Lovely Blog Award

Once upon a time, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the wonderful Gym Bag Makeup. Predictably, I forgot to do the thing, having gotten sidetracked by such distractions as grad school and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. (#SwanQueen)

Time management– unlike hoarding makeup– has never been one of my talents. Like, I literally signed up for this short course that only meets in the month of November, thinking it would of course never be November– the end of history would definitely come before then. Guess what– it’s now the month of November! And I require quite beauty blogosphere memes to console me in the face of all the extra work I’m about to do.

I’d like to thank Gym Bag Makeup for the nomination slash valuable procrastination fodder! You should check out her blog.



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Liebster Award

The lovely Audrey from Blushable Me tagged me for the Liebster award forever ago! I promised I’d do it the next time I was questing for procrastination fodder, but I ended up procrastinating on my procrastination and… But anyway, here it is! The Liebster is a cute meme-cum-questionnaire that’s been making the rounds among the beauty blogging community– once tagged, you answer some questions furnished by your tagger, and then you pay it forward by nominating three other blogs you like and providing the with questions of your own. Having been tagged, I feel like I’ve Made It as a small-time indie beauty blogger! liebster-award1

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Hi, or whatever.

I’m Lucia— a grad student, antiquity junkie, and lazy Ravenclaw with some barely suppressed goth-girl tendencies. My main vices include red lipstick, tacky puns (see title), overused em-dashes, and a tendency to ascribe moral content to productivity. (Which basically makes me a huge sinner.)

These little quirks are all vaguely connected— I mean, I color-code my homework with lipstick, matching color family to academic task. Red’s for presentations; blue for hardcore “archival” work— see, I’ve never been a huge fan of planners. Every finals season, I smother my face with thick Swan Lake-y makeup every time I sit down to “write”. See, I’ve had writer’s block since maybe puberty— so now I eyeline my feelings instead.

Blue lips for Ovid

But here I’m not in the library– fresh from a Latin poetry final, actually! That’s Kat von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Poe, layered over Urban Decay eyeliner in Abyss. And then on top of that, I put Inglot lipstick in 291 and Iglot AMC lipgloss in 546.

I’m hoping this blog will make me, if not a better student, than at least not a worst one. But mostly it exists because I’ve got an unreasonable quantity of makeup, and a decent camera. I figure I’d better swatch some things for, you know, the public good.

So I’ll be posting reviews: high-end, indie, and drugstore. Swiping lipstick up and down my arm. Daydreaming in lurid prose about all the pretty things I’d buy, if I didn’t have to buy things like eyedrops and sandwich stuff. I’ll be messing around with eyeshadow on my asymmetrical Asian mono-lids— very possibly my most #problematic feature from the standpoint of normative, all-the-tutorials-work-for-you beauty. I’ll even nerd out with a few historical and literature-inspired looks— Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the Classic of Poetry, that kind of stuff. (Also? Probably Harry Potter.) Expect a lot of Resting Bitch Face selfies and the occasional rant, written in the style of a Tumblr user who’s taken a history pro-seminar.

I’ve just finished a ten-week-long Latin nerd camp, so right now my ultimate baby beauty blogger dream is to recreate Ovid’s whitening compound, from the Medicamina Faciei Feminae (Cosmetics for the Feminine Face). But I’d have to figure out how to acquire some horn of a stag. Let me know if you come up with any workable substitutes….