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Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 497

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Monday, October 16, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. You've been kidnapped (!), and the last person you saw on TV is trying to rescue you. Who is it? Stephen Colbert. You know, I don't mind. I don't mind at all.

  2. Describe your life right now in one word. Hectic!

  3. How do you think you'd do if you answered "Yes" to every question anyone asked you this week? Hmm... Either become murderous or be murdered?

  4. Tea or coffee with your scone? Tea, a good orange pekoe. I usually go for coffee, but when I eat sweet foods or desserts, I prefer tea.

  5. If you could try a new hair style today, and it would be done by the world's greatest hair stylist, what would you do? A side-parted 'lob' that's just past my shoulders, and shorter in the back. And if I could get it coloured, too, I'd do an indigo-to-turquoise ombre.

Sunday Video Love: Fake Happy, Ain't It Fun, and Everywhere

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Sunday, October 15, 2017
I went to see Paramore at Massey Hall on Friday. It was my sixth time seeing them live since 2005, and it's been this incredible journey seeing them grow as people and musicians, together and separately; through thick and thin, drama and apathy. But this might have been my favourite show yet. The energy was just different: more vibrant, more buoyant, more authentic, maybe because After Laughter was such a great catharsis for them and there's just so much more transparency between them and the public and their fans. I took a ton of videos that night (a minute or two of favourite songs to post on Instagram, you know), but here are the three songs I recorded in full:




The first one is "Fake Happy," my favourite song off of After Laughter. The second one is "Ain't It Fun" from their self-titled record — their biggest and highest-peaking single to date that won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2015. And finally, the third one is "Everywhere," a Fleetwood Mac cover on their set list for Tour Two. It's not the first time I've heard them covering Fleetwood Mac (they've used "Landslide" as the outro to "In the Mourning"), but it is the first time I've actually seen/heard them play a full cover song at a show, and they absolutely killed it.

Also, can I just say, Hayley has got some real sassy dance moves.

Saturday Nine: Chattanooga Choo-Choo (1941)

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Saturday, October 14, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city. Have you ever visited Tennessee? If so, where did you go and what did you see? I've never been to Tennessee, but I really want to go to Nashville someday.

  2. Since Glenn Miller's recording of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" was awarded the first-ever gold record, we're going to devote the next questions to your firsts. What was the first award or accolade you ever won? I won my school's art award at my Grade 6 graduation.

  3. Which was the first social media site that you posted to? LiveJournal in 2002. But if blogging platforms don't count, then it was MySpace in 2003.

  4. Where did you go on your first plane ride? Orlando, Florida, in 1989. My parents took us to Disneyworld.

  5. Tell us about your first cell phone. A Nokia 8210 in 1999. I had one with a blue cover. My dad got one for me "for emergencies" because that's when I started taking public transportation by myself. I didn't do anything with it except call my parents and play Snake.

  6. Tell us about your first tattoo: Where is it on your body? Where did you have it done? What does it depict? A dove on my left forearm. I got it done at New Tribe Tattoo in 2005.

  7. How old were you when you had your first piercing? I think I was about 11 or 12. I got my ears pierced.

  8. What had you been drinking the first time you suffered a hangover? I've never had a hangover because my body doesn't metabolize alcohol normally — I sweat it out and then I'm sober again. But the first time I drank excessively was with vodka.

  9. Was your first ticket for parking or was it a moving violation? It was actually for speeding. I was doing 80 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. It was like, two weeks after I got my first car. My dad took my car away for three months after that.

Friday Five: Dear Old Golden Rule Days

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Friday, October 13, 2017
This week's Friday Five:
  1. When did you last raise your hand to be called upon, to get someone's attention, or in response to a "how many of you…" question? Or heck, for any reason at all? This afternoon, to get the bill after having dim sum with my dad. It's just a normal thing to raise your hand to get attention from servers at Chinese restaurants.

  2. When did you last have to do anything akin to homework? During my work's training updates, we have to think of answers to whatever questions the trainers are asking and write them down in our workbooks. So, in August.

  3. When did you and your friends last go outside to play? Umm... I went to The Ex with my friend Ronsee in August. We spent most of our time eating in the Food Building, but I mean, we walked down the midway (which is outside!) and watched other people play games... Does that count?

  4. How's your penmanship nowadays? Pretty good. At work, I write a lot of notes, memos, product recommendations, appointment bookings, etc. by hand, so I still get a lot of practice. It's a little more hurried than when I was in school, but it's still clear, neat, and elegant (if I do say so myself). I get a lot of compliments on my penmanship, especially from older ladies, maybe because they think I'm younger than I really am and "kids these days don't write by hand anymore."

  5. Among stuff you periodically eat, what reminds you most of your lunches in the school cafeteria? Chicken fingers and fries.

MAC Liptensity Lip Pencil in Fresh Clay, Honey Pecan, Toast and Butter, Double Fudge, Fire Roasted, Dionysus, All Dressed Up, Habanero, Art District, Cut Ruby, Marsala, Royally Flushed, Pressed Blooms, Enoki, Galaxy Grey, Hellebore, and Stallion

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Last Thursday, MAC released their extension collection for Liptensity, which sees the launch of nine new shades of Liptensity Lipstick, six re-promoted shades of Liptensity Lipstick, and 18 new shades of Liptensity Lip Pencil. Liptensity Lip Pencil, a brand new formula, is described as "a vivid lip liner with a slanted, chiseled tip and creamy high-frequency colour." There are 18 new shades of Liptensity Lip Pencil (of which 17 will be reviewed here; I accidentally left out La Sultana), and all of them will be permanent. Like MAC's other lip pencil formulas, the Liptensity Lip Pencils are scent- and taste-free. Each Liptensity Lip Pencil is housed in a plastic colour-coded mechanical tube, contains a total of 0.35 grams of product, and retails for $25. 

Fresh Clay, Honey Pecan, Toast and Butter, Double Fudge, Fire Roasted, and Dionysus

Fresh Clay, Honey Pecan, Toast and Butter, Double Fudge, Fire Roasted, and Dionysus

Fresh Clay is a medium warm rosy brown in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter than Soar, more brown than Edge to Edge, and darker and more pink than Staunchly Stylish.
Honey Pecan is a light-medium warm brown beige in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more brown than Oh Honey!, warmer than Stripdown, and darker and more brown than Subculture.
Toast and Butter is a medium-dark warm caramel brown in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more brown than Spice, slightly darker and more brown than Nice 'N' Spicy, darker and more brown than Boldly Bare.
Double Fudge is a dark warm chocolate brown in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is similar to Chestnut and Bittersweet. 
Fire Roasted is a medium-deep warm crimson red in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and cooler than Auburn, darker than Brick, and brighter and more red than Burgundy. 
Dionysus is a medium-deep cool burgundy red in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly darker and cooler than Fire Roasted, lighter and more red than Ms. Diva, and brighter and more red than Burgundy.

All Dressed Up, Habanero, Art District, Cut Ruby, Marsala, and Royally Flushed

All Dressed Up, Habanero, Art District, Cut Ruby, Marsala, and Royally Flushed

All Dressed Up is a medium-dark neutral vibrant red in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is warmer than Cherry, lighter and cooler than Fire Roasted, and brighter than He Said, She Said.
Habanero is a medium-dark warm vibrant reddened orange in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker than What a Blast!, darker and more reddened than Voltage, and brighter and more orange than High Energy.
Art District is a medium warm muted coral pink in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and warmer than In Anticipation, lighter and more coral than Pressed Blooms, and more muted and more pink than Fruit Cocktail.
Cut Ruby is a medium-dark warm vibrant fuchsia pink in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is warmer than More to Love, darker and warmer than Candy Yum-Yum, and lighter and warmer than Marsala.
Marsala is a medium-deep cool berry in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and cooler than More to Love, darker than Royally Flushed, and slightly darker than Nightingale.
Royally Flushed is a medium-dark cool magenta in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more pink than Beet, lighter than Marsala, and more pink than Trust in Red.

Pressed Blooms, Enoki, Galaxy Grey, Hellebore, and Stallion

Pressed Blooms, Enoki, Galaxy Grey, Hellebore, and Stallion

Pressed Blooms is a medium neutral muted rose pink in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is similar to Edge to Edge, more pink than Fresh Clay, and cooler and more muted than In Anticipation.
Enoki is a medium cool grey mauve in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is warmer and more brown than Galaxy Grey, lighter and more mauve than Stone, and lighter and more grey than Whirl.
Galaxy Grey is a medium cool greyed lavender in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and more purple than Enoki, and lighter and warmer than Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick.
Hellebore is a dark cool berry purple in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more pink than Nightmoth, more purple than Vino, and brighter than Currant.
Stallion is a deep-dark neutral soft black in a matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. There is nothing similar to this in MAC's permanent lip pencil range.

If you were a fan of MAC's discontinued Cremestick Liners, then you will welcome the new retractable Liptensity Lip Pencils with open arms. These are MAC's creamiest pencils to date and glide on smooth like butter — no skipping or bunching up on the lips, which the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are prone to doing. They actually stay smooth and non-drying after setting and throughout wear time unlike the other two formulas by MAC. They're ultra-pigmented with incredible colour pay-off, and the whole range is consistent in texture and finish. They're not waterproof, but they don't easily smudge, and they're actually quite long-wearing — about five to eight hours (less for lighter shades, more for darker or brighter shades). The chiseled tip allows for easy precision and the slanted edge makes it effortless to fill in the whole lip with colour. The only downside is that because these are mechanical, it contains significantly less product compared to MAC's other two formulas (0.35 g vs. 1.2 g for Pro Longwear Lip Pencil and 1.45 g for the original Lip Pencil) for the same amount of money. It's a give and take, but I genuinely think this is MAC's most superior formula to date — and many shades here fill in the gap that was previously in their lip pencil range.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Clouds in My Coffee, Well Bred Brown, Brick Dust, Bite O' Georgia, King Salmon, Fire Roasted, Ginger Rose, Beetroot, and Noblesse

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Last Thursday, MAC launched their extension collection for Liptensity Lipstick, "a brilliant formula that pushes the boundaries of colour." It was created with the help of a woman named Maureen Seaberg, who is "a true tetrachromat — someone with the genetic ability to see 100 million hues imperceptible to the average naked eye." As a result, "an unprecedented spectrum has now been created with never-before-seen clarity and vibrancy." Using their new groundbreaking High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology, "each lipstick holds double the amount of pigment than traditional formulas, resulting in the most intense lipstick ever. This luxurious gelled base melts on contact, providing fully saturated colour with a satin finish in just one stroke." 

This collection sees the launch of nine new shades of Liptensity Lipstick, six re-promoted shades of Liptensity Lipstick, and 18 new shades of Liptensity Lip Pencil. All of these shades will be permanent. (Note that this review includes the nine new shades of Liptensity Lipstick only, as the re-promoted shades were reviewed with their original launch last year. Click here for Double Fudge, Stallion, and Galaxy Grey; click here for Lobster, Habanero, and Life's Blood.) Like all MAC lip products, the Liptensity Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Each Liptensity Lipstick is housed in a metal colour-coded cylindrical tube, contains a total of 3.6 grams of product, and retails for $25. These are not redeemable as a free product in the Back to MAC recycling program.

Clouds in My Coffee, Well Bred Brown, and Brick Dust

Clouds in My Coffee, Well Bred Brown, and Brick Dust

Clouds in My Coffee is a light neutral-warm pinky beige in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is warmer and more brown than Driftwood, lighter and more pink than Doe, and slightly lighter and more brown than Viva Glam II.
Well Bred Brown is a light-medium neutral-warm brown beige in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and more brown than Doe, darker and more brown than Clouds in My Coffee, and lighter than Toast and Butter.
Brick Dust is a medium-dark warm rosy brown in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more brown than Smoked Almond, lighter than Retro, and more brown than Twig.

Bite O' Georgia, King Salmon, and Fire Roasted

Bite O' Georgia, King Salmon, and Fire Roasted

Bite O' Georgia is a pale warm brightened pastel peach in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. Due to the nature of pastel shades, it does emphasize lip texture. It is lighter than Ravishing, lighter and more peach than Shy Girl, and more peach than Peachstock.
King Salmon is a medium warm vibrant coral pink in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more pink than Vegas Volt, pinker and more muted than Tropic Tonic, and more orange than Crosswires.
Fire Roasted is a medium-deep warm brick red in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly brighter than Viva Glam I, similar to Dubonnet, and lighter and warmer than Cordovan.

Ginger Rose, Beetroot, and Noblesse

Ginger Rose, Beetroot, and Noblesse

Ginger Rose is a light-medium cool cotton candy pink in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. Due to the nature of pastel shades, it does emphasize lip texture. It is brighter and cooler than Medium Rare, cooler and more muted than Gumball, and more pigmented than Lovelorn.
Beetroot is a medium-deep cool magenta berry in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more muted than Rebel, lighter and more pink than Hang-Up, and more muted and more purple than Marsala.
Noblesse is a deep wine purple in a creamy satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, but goes on patchy. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly more purple than Burnt Violet, more reddened than Hellebore, and lighter and more reddened than Cyber.

Liptensity is MAC's most impressive — and most technologically advanced — lip formula to date. It has a cushy, creamy, gel-based texture that feels ultra-smooth, comfortable, and hydrating, but gives off beautifully rich, saturated colour with a slight sheen that dries down to a satin finish. They seem to cling to the lips so that colour doesn't bleed or fade, and wears evenly for at least four hours (up to eight for the brighter and darker shades). They also seem to make the lips appear smoother and more plump, which is a nice bonus. What sets Liptensity apart, though, is the amount of pigmentation and colour fidelity — meaning, what you see is what you get and what it will stay as during wear time. MAC worked with a tetrachromat to adjust the shades and remove any undertones that made colours look muddy, resulting in truly amazing colour purity and vibrancy.

These nine new shades fill in some gaps in the original Liptensity line-up, including some great nudes, a coral, and a true crimson red. (The only shade I'd skip is Noblesse, which goes on patchy and has nearly identical dupes in both the Liptensity range and MAC's regular lipstick range.) Overall, Liptensity is a gorgeous lipstick formula that should appeal to everyone of all ages and all complexions; over the past year, it has become my favourite MAC lipstick formula of all time. And the best part is that all the shades here — and the six that were previously limited edition — are now apart of the permanent range.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 496

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Monday, October 9, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Coffee and a pecan tart. I don't normally eat sweet things in the morning, but my friend Chelsea's parents went to their cottage in Haliburton this past weekend and picked up a dozen tarts for me at The Little Tart before they closed for the season and they are too good to resist.

  2. Your favourite children's television show back in the day? If we're talking pre-school, I'd say my faves were Today's Special and Polka Dot Door. Obviously, Sesame Street and Care Bears were staples. When I started elementary school, Eureeka's Castle and The Big Comfy Couch became my faves. Oh, and Art Attack with Neil Buchanan (who is in a heavy metal band now!). This doesn't include cartoons, though, 'cause that would include dozens of shows from Astro Boy to Powerpuff Girls, and would require a list of its own.

  3. What's the first word that comes to mind right now? "PVA glue." Not one word, but I just finished watching an episode of Art Attack on YouTube so it's all I can think about.

  4. Who was the first person you ever had a crush on? I don't remember his name, but I went on a trip to Washington, D.C., with my family when I was like, 6 or 7, and we were there with a big tour group. There was another family with a son who was maybe 12 or 13 at the time and I thought he was so cool and wanted to do whatever he did and go wherever he went. So I guess that would qualify as my first "real person" crush (e.g. not a celebrity).

  5. What's worse — losing your makeup bag on a trip, or losing your luggage? Luggage, because everything I'd pack in my makeup bag on a trip is easily replaceable at a Sephora or MAC (it's my rule not to bring limited edition products with me). I find clothing and shoes more tedious to replace because they're from so many different retailers. Plus, my favourite jacket or booties or leggings can't be re-purchased because some of them are from many seasons ago.

Sunday Video Love: Disco Tits

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

I am so fucking excited for Tove Lo's new album to come out.

(Also, what the fuck did I just watch?)