Daily Comps Brilliance: The Unspeakable

In today’s installment of Daily Comps Brilliance, Clyde R. Taylor addresses the revolutionary practice of speaking the unspeakable.

To speak the unspeakable has become an important strategy of resistance. The unspeakable is always, whatever else it is, a political category, a form of censorship. The unspeakable is rendered mute in order to throw a polite silence over contradictions felt as socially unbearable. The voices of the repressed break a silence that respects the sacred, profanes the rituals that propel correct action, unravels the unspoken law of hierarchy, pollutes hte codes of purity, and threatens language with division. After it is spoken, the unspeakable may be assimilated, but not without new anxieties, new rigors demanded of polite discourse.

Clyde R. Taylor, The Mask of Art: Breaking the Aesthetic Contract – Film and Literature (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998), 5.



I can’t believe that only three posts ago I was happy about the arrival of autumn. Autumn! I am now careening into the month of June, and I have not made much progress in much of anything in my life. So … big sad face.


But sadicons are not my reason for getting back to my blog. The real reason is that I want to blog. The problem, though, is that I don’t have much to write about. Tricky.

Spa Night for Serta ‘Thirt’ Jones

Sometimes a drone just needs a laugh!

My Oh-I-have-that-now List!

A while back — in October, I believe — I wrote a post about some of the things I was desiring. I am pleased to inform you that I got the big one: a hard case for Hamlet.

He just loves it! It’s green and gorgeous. I went with the Bobelock, and I couldn’t be happier! Well, that’s not entirely true. The one problem I’ve experienced so far is that the case stinks inside. It’s definitely not a new car kind of smell. (That would be fantastic, because I love that new car smell!) I really can’t describe the odor, but it’s taking a long time to fade. I have sprayed the interior with Febreze and body splash to no avail. I don’t want to spray too much because I don’t want to harm it. But geez! Stinky!

I’ve also gotten some more MAC pigments. I think I only had Copperclast and the four small ones from last year’s holiday set when I posted my list of wants. I now have three more full size pigments (Shimmertime, Accent Red, and Sweet Sienna) and four minis (Helium, Softwash Grey, Naval Blue, and Forest Green) from this year’s cool pigment/glitter set.

It’s nice to sometimes be able to get some things that you want, isn’t it?

It’s been a while…

I haven’t forgotten my blog, but I have neglected it for a while. I’ve been crazily busy with school work and tutoring lately. Plus, I’ve started posting video makeup tutorials on YouTube. I know! Can you imagine? Check out my page: http://www.youtube.com/emsyjay. I’ve posted my videos on my blog, too. 🙂

There’s not really much to blog about right now. Actually, that’s not true. The truth is that I’m not going to blog right now. But I wanted to let any regular readers — because I’m sure I have regular readers 😉 — know that I’m still here, just quiet.

Autumn Has Finally Arrived!

I love autumn. It’s my favorite season. And even this year, when it is more stressful than any before, I am able to enjoy some of it. I love that the air gets crisp and the days get shorter. The artificial extra hour of sleep that comes with the end of Daylight Savings Time seems to benefit me for weeks. Twilight is full of jewel tones.

But the best part of autumn is the music. Well, there’s no widely accepted autumn sound, but I have my own. I like to listen to my favorites from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, and Johnny Hartman. And among those, my favorite timely songs are … you guessed it: Billie’s rendition of “Autumn in New York” and Johnny singing “Autumn Serenade.”

Re-falling in Love & a Noble Quest

Sometimes, instead of fantasizing about new products, it’s nice to look back at what you already have or have already fallen in love with and rediscover what made it so great. Better yet, I like to locate things that just sit in my makeup case most of the time and find uses for them.

Recently I re-made the acquaintance of my MAC Honey Lust eyeshadow. It’s one of those Lustre finish shadows, and I had sworn off them — even though I owned two. I had gone so far as to give Muffy my Mythology and had figured that Honey Lust might well go Back 2 MAC as soon as I had enough empties to accompany it. But I was recently trying out Muffy’s Bronze Cream Colour Base and applied Honey Lust over it wet just for a laugh. It was gorgeous! My lids looked wet, not sparkly. I’ve worn it quite a few times since. I bought it originally because I loved the color and now I have finally learned how to make it work for me — color, finish, and all! I may even consider other Lustres in the near future. (I love love love greens, so Swimming might be mine soon.)

Nude Lips: Impossible Dream?

I’ve been flirting with the idea of getting MAC Shitaki lipstick for a long time. It is — hopefully — the last in a lengthy search for my perfect nude or everyday brown lipstick. I have been wearing glosses for some time now because it seems so hard to find a lipstick that is both the right color and the right consistency. [Sigh]

Anyway, the first MAC brown lipstick I tried was Oolong from the High Tea limited edition collection; I loved it and still have a nub of it. When it reached nub level, I panicked and went back to MAC, hoping they’d still have it. Alas, it was many months later and I was forced to look for an acceptable dupe. The artist recommended Photo. In the tube, Photo looks much like Oolong; but on the lips, it is significantly darker. Plus, it has a Satin finish that tends toward matte, so it does not have anything like Oolong’s lovely Lustre finish (which is smooth and slightly glossy, not to be confused with the sparkly eyeshadow Lustre finish).

I gave up the search for a while until Muffy accidentally bought two tubes of a single L’Oreal HIP lipstick called Charming and offered me one. When I first tried the color — alone, without liner — I was unimpressed and thought it might be a bit too light and too pink. But I took it back to my apartment and gave it a home in my makeup case. Weeks, or maybe even months, later I gave it another try, applying it over MAC Cushy Cremestick Liner, and it was lovely! Sometimes I add MAC Revealing Lipglass.

But, in the end, it is still a bit too pink/orange/warm. As a matter of fact, that has been the problem with many nude browns I’ve tried, be they lipsticks or lipglosses. So when I was looking about most recently for a nude brown lipstick, I kept that in mind and focused my search on completely neutral ones: not orangey, not pinky, not yellowy. Just brown. Shitaki fit the bill: completely neutral, semi-sheer, with just a hint of golden shimmer. And a few weeks later, I stumbled upon Bare Fetish lipglass, which is a great complement for Shitaki or just on its own for a light neutral brown nude lip.

So, the point is that I have at last found some colors that I can use to give myself a super-soft nude lip. Yay!

My Oh-I-want-that! List

In no particular order…

A Cello Case

I have had my current plush bag for as long as I’ve had Hamlet. It’s a wonder he’s still in one piece, considering how clumsy I can be sometimes. So, I’m in the market for a hard cello case.

Isn’t that pretty?! A copper colored case! Fiberglass, pretty, fits in my budget (sort of). There is also a slightly older model that comes in other fantastic colors as well:

I just have to research the brand (Core) some more. If it turns out to be shady, I’m probably going with something like this Bobelock one:

Although, now that I think about it, I don’t know much about Bobelock either. I just know that I’ve seen the name before. Hmm. Lots of research to do before I shell out $$.


I have just started to experience the joy of mixing my own custom colors: nail polish, blush, lipgloss, etc. Right now I just have five MAC pigments: full-size Copperclast that I scored at the Williamsburg CCO and four minis (Old Gold, Vanilla, Chartreuse, and Tan) that I got for Christmas last year.

Always Pleasant Little Things

When I’m feeling down, I turn to one or more of my always pleasant little things — stuff I can do or experience or get that cheers me up a bit. I’d like to share some of them with you.

  1. The perfectly scented new bar of soap, body butter, body spray, etc.
  2. A pair of fluffy socks for walking around the house
  3. A cashmere sweater that I got on sale
  4. Leisurely sit-down bath
  5. Listening to Billie Holiday while driving on an autumn afternoon
  6. Nail polish that doesn’t chip for five days and the free time to aply it
  7. The sound of rain rustling the leaves
  8. Looking at my closet after organizing the clothes by color
  9. Taking off my bra at the end of a long day
  10. True autumn and spring weather — neither cold nor hot
  11. Cheesecake Factory strawberry shortcake
  12. Young plants peeking out of the ground in spring
  13. Sliding into freshly changed linens after a warm shower
  14. Exfoliating gloves
  15. Moisturizing gloves
  16. The perfect-enough pair of jeans 
  17. Snuggling down under the covers when I’m really sleepy and don’t have to get up early the next morning
  18. The first four and a half minutes of Keith Jarrett’s “Solara March”
  19. Peeping out the window at my first car
  20. Almost anything consisting primarily of peanut butter

Happy Halloween in Advance!


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