Product Review: Ilia Lip Conditioner (Plus: High School Lipstick Highs and Lows)

My relationship with lipstick began, as many girls’ do, with Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. I was 14, and all my friends wore it: the Ashkenazi Jews, the Irish girls, the doe-eyed brunette of forgettable but super-pretty extraction. There was a reason we all wore it: It had just a touch of color, which made it  less of a commitment than a real lipstick. It also meant you could apply it without a mirror, but most of all, it... Read More

Product Review: Lipsticks We Love

I used to hate makeup. From time to time I’d clumsily fiddle with shadows (ehn, being honest I still do), and lipstick was a zero-times-a-year thing. Aside from mascara and some powder or foundation for my sometimes-troubled skin, I stayed away from the stuff. Alexandra, meanwhile, was a pro—whipping together a perfect, colorful, sexy face in a flash. This is what made writing the makeup chapter so daunting: she was nervous about giving up... Read More