5 Products for “Low-Makeup” Days


I wear makeup whenever I leave the house, i.e. every day; more for work or evenings, of course, and less on weekends or days off when I plan to stay local. I don’t really “do” no-makeup days, but do have a low-makeup (lo-makeup?) routine that’s slightly more streamlined than my office look or my night-out look. Here are five tried-and-true products for days when I’m keeping things simple.

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Passing Fancies: November 2015


Reading: I’m revisiting The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at bedtime these days. It delights and amazes me just as much as when I was in first grade.

Video: I enjoyed “Home Fires” — I didn’t love it, but it’s good fun and I love the costumes. Now I want to wear floral dresses, cardigans, and sensible shoes. Oh, wait — I’m already doing that.

Audio: Echo & The Bunnymen’s Songs to Learn & Sing just turned thirty years old. Wow.

Art:Kongo: Power and Majesty” at the Met.

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Product Reviews: TouchBack Duo BrowMarker and The Face Shop Color My Eyebrow


In case you didn’t know, eyebrows are having “a moment.” Forget everything you heard in the early 2000s about tweezing, waxing, and threading your brows into wispy arched lines; today, those ocular accessories should be thick, dark, straight, even “boyish.”

My eyebrows actually happen to be naturally thick-ish, although I did deliberately narrow them somewhat back in the late 90s through repeated plucking. However, this spring, my seasonal pollen allergies gave me itchy eyes, and I ended up rubbing the affected area until I wore a small bald spot in one eyebrow. Now my brows were asymmetrical and potentially off-trend. What to do?

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Back from Vacation: Travel Perfumes, October 2015

perfume travel

I haven’t blogged for the past week or so because Mr. TC and I were enjoying an off-season beach getaway. Now that I’m feeling relaxed and refreshed, I’ll be writing again soon. (When work and other obligations permit, that is!)

I always enjoy reading travel-perfume posts by other bloggers (like this recent one at Scents of Self!), so I thought I’d share this snapshot of the perfumes I packed for my vacation. It’s a mix of old and new fragrances, including various roses and two marine-ish picks that feel right for an autumn beach visit. It turned out to be a good assortment for this trip.