The makeup minis I always keep in my bag


I’ve never been a person who keeps much in the way of cosmetics in my purse. I’ve usually got a tinted lip balm on me, maybe, but that’s about it. But all that changed in July when I was out on tour, and often found that, by evening—after a long afternoon of riding on a bus and killing time at the venue while the kids loaded in and sound checked—my makeup had all slid off my face and I looked like a big marshmallow. To combat this effect, I start with this Ilia mascara, which doesn’t get all crunchy when I apply it over mascara that’s been on my lashes for hours. It also volumizes nicely, and can I also just say that it is SO MUCH easier to use mascara when it’s in a mini version? You can really get at all the angles in a way that you can’t with a regular-sized one.

I’m not a big eyeshadow person, but I do love this one from Laura Mercier: it’s a nice, natural shade, it’s so, so easy to apply, and it stays put even in the August heat. I also like this very slightly shimmery hue, called Strapless, but unfortunately, it doesn’t come in mini size.

Here’s my current favorite tinted lip balm: it’s super-emollient, and the right, berryish-sheer shade for summer. Also—and this is key—I can accurately apply it without requiring a mirror.

This Sephora brand eyeliner pencil is about the length of a golf pencil—so handy—and it’s such a nice, rich brown.

Friday links


  • I’m not going to be posting regularly for the next week and change, as I am accompanying my boyfriend Paul, who teaches music to kids (and, if I can brag for a moment, founded School of Rock), as he tours with his students and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. Click through to see the tour schedule, which is pretty much entirely on the east coast. But if you’re around, love punk rock, and want to see some outrageously talented kids play with a legend, do come to one of the shows, and make sure to say hi. I am going to try and do the odd post while I’m gone, but expect me back here on the regular August 1. Meanwhile, do check out this clever comparison between New York and L.A. by illustrator Yao Xiao. (New Yorker)
  • I loved this social history of mini-golf, and the accompanying pictures are pretty great too. (Messy Nessy Chic)
  • So you want to build a sex room: there is now actually a new Netflix show for you. (Curbed)
  • A fun piece about the evolution of the Jane Austen adaptation over the decades. (Vulture)
  • This inspiring woman is working to protect indigenous women, who—this is so alarming—face homicide rates a whopping ten times more than the national average, and also frequently go missing. (Elle)
  • We’ve got a fun Everything is Fine episode this week, so please do tune in. (Apple Podcasts)
  • Huh: Pole Dancing Helped Me Regain Control of my life. (Vulture)
  • Amusing. (McSweeney’s)
  • What is the song of the summer? (Guardian)

This week on Everything is Fine


Here is an episode in which we talk about nothing and everything, ramble about identity, home, our hair and hair products, trading spaces with our partners, feeling like a ghoul, aging and age-related adjustments,  the rules of parties, dealing with an aging body, The Leftovers, The Offer, Barry, Hacks, and why are we all still so fascinated with Anna Wintour? Please do tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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