CIRCUITS OF FEVER

Sunday Video Love: I Need U

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Guys, the addiction is real. Over the past two weeks, I have watched over 100 videos featuring BTS: music videos, live concerts, interviews, game shows, talk shows, reactions, vlogs; pretty much everything and anything involving these seven guys. (Serious kudos to the people who create the subtitles for all these videos.) I haven't touched books or Netflix. I just watch BTS. I also haven't listened to anything else but BTS. I downloaded their entire discography and just rotate through all of their albums. I have a bias (Jungkook). I have a bias wrecker (I actually have two — V and Jin). I even bought their fucking DVD box set yesterday (you know it's bad when I'm buying merch).

I think I need an intervention.

Friday Five: Finding a Way

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Friday, December 15, 2017
This week's Friday Five:
  1. What's something you've been unable to find? An easy way to make good money.

  2. How's your sense of direction? Pretty decent. Probably average if I'm somewhere foreign.

  3. How good are you at sitting still? Pretty good; I'm not a really fidgety person.

  4. What's something your parents always said you needed to get better at? Saving money.

  5. In what way are you a better person today than you were ten years ago? Probably in every way because I have more perspective now. I truly believe that your 20s are for fucking up and your 30s are for fixing what you fucked up in your 20s. At 31, I'm far more patient, compassionate, empathetic, responsible, diplomatic, ambitious, determined, open-minded, and rational than I ever was at 21.

MAC PatrickStarrr: Lipstick in She Betta Werrrk, Mamastarrr, and Patrick Woo

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Today, MAC will be launching their collaboration collection with makeup artist, social media influencer, and YouTuber, PatrickStarrr. It includes a total of 12 products, of which nine are new and limited edition, and three are permanent in special edition packaging. The PatrickStarrr collection sees the launch of three new and limited edition lipsticks. The lipsticks are housed in glossy white tubes with silver trim and PatrickStarrr's logo in holographic silver across the tube. The lipsticks come in matching pixellated holographic silver boxes with PatrickStarrr's logo in black. Each lipstick contains 3 grams of product, and retails for $22. Due to their special edition packaging, these are not redeemable as a free product in the Back to MAC recycling program.

She Betta Werrrk, Mamastarrr, and Patrick Woo

She Betta Werrrk, Mamastarrr, and Patrick Woo

She Betta Werrrk, Mamastarrr, and Patrick Woo

She Betta Werrrk is a light-medium neutral-warm muted pink in a Matte finish. This is a 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 Pink Plaid, more matte than Creme Cup, and more pink than Viva Glam II.
Mamastarrr is a medium-dark warm peachy-pink brown in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition 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 peach than Whirl, more pink than Taupe, and darker and more brown than Velvet Teddy.
Patrick Woo is a medium warm vibrant red in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is warmer and creamier than Ruby Woo, cooler than Red Rock, and lighter than Russian Red.

It seems that the PatrickStarrr collection as a whole is a play on best-selling shades by MAC, which makes sense since a lot of business is driven by social media influence these days. Each of these lipsticks are slightly different from their permanent dupes, but are all the types of shades that are wildly popular and timeless; they're shades that people have been going to MAC for for years. All three shades, which are really different from one another, are actually widely flattering on all skintones from light to dark. I think Patrick made a really good call with the shade choices for his collection to be inclusive of everybody, and I think that's why a lot of his makeup looks and YouTube tutorials are so popular. That having been said, I don't think any of these shades are really must-haves just because there are so many dupes out there, but I do think all three shades will sell out fast. Check your stash for similar shades first, but if you're interested in any of these, I would snatch them up ASAP.

MAC PatrickStarrr: Glam AF Eyeshadow x 4 Palette

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Today, MAC will be launching their collaboration collection with makeup artist, social media influencer, and YouTuber, PatrickStarrr. It includes a total of 12 products, of which nine are new and limited edition, and three are permanent in special edition packaging. The PatrickStarrr collection sees the launch of two new and limited edition eyeshadow quads. Glam AF contains one new and limited edition shade and three permanent shades. The eyeshadows are housed in square glossy white compacts with silver trim and PatrickStarrr's logo in holographic silver on the lid. The palettes come in matching holographic silver boxes with PatrickStarrr's logo in black. Each palette contains 5.6 grams of product, and retails for $42.

Top: Brule and Omigaud
Bottom: Saddle and Embark

Brule, Omigaud, Saddle, and Embark

Brule is a light warm creamy beige in a Satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more muted than Vanilla, more golden than Orb, and warmer and more matte than Shroom.
Omigaud is a light-medium warm pink pearlized beige in a Frost finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is slightly more pinked than All That Glitters, brighter and more pinked than Honesty, and darker and more muted than Naked Lunch.
Saddle is a medium-dark warm peachy brown in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker than Soft Brown, more brown and more matte than Texture, and lighter and more golden than Brown Script.
Embark is a deep dark warm reddened brown in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more brown than I'm Into It, darker and more reddened than Brown Down, and more brown and more matte than Sketch.

Both palettes in the PatrickStarrr collection are warm-toned, which was to be expected given Patrick's own makeup aesthetic, with Glam AF being the more neutral of the two. Every single shadow in this collection is stunning; the mattes are ultra-silky and finely-milled (perhaps some of the best mattes that MAC has come out with), and the frosts are soft and buttery. All of them have phenomenal colour pay-off and blendability. Both palettes are neutral-warm featuring mostly mattes that can be worn from day to night, which makes this more wearable for everyone. Again, my only complaint about the Glam AF palette is that three of the four shades are permanent, and the only limited edition shade (Omigaud) is so easily dupeable (hi, All That Glitters) that you could easily build this palette at any MAC Store at any time. On that note, I did notice that the shadows in this palette are somewhat softer than their permanent counterparts. On the one hand, it makes these super-blendable and more easy to pick up, but on the other hand, it leads to a bit more fall-out. Not a big deal, but worth noting. That having been said, the shades released with PatrickStarrr's collection are some of MAC's bestsellers and are widely-flattering among all skintones; Glam AF in particular is a fantastic workhorse palette for everyone. It includes all the shades you'd need for cohesive, everyday looks. So if you don't already have these shades from MAC, then this palette is absolutely worth getting.

MAC PatrickStarrr: Goalgetter Eyeshadow x 4 Palette

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Today, MAC will be launching their collaboration collection with makeup artist, social media influencer, and YouTuber, PatrickStarrr. It includes a total of 12 products, of which nine are new and limited edition, and three are permanent in special edition packaging. The PatrickStarrr collection sees the launch of two new and limited edition eyeshadow quads. Goalgetter contains four permanent shades. The eyeshadows are housed in square glossy white compacts with silver trim and PatrickStarrr's logo in holographic silver on the lid. The palettes come in matching holographic silver boxes with PatrickStarrr's logo in black. Each palette contains 5.6 grams of product, and retails for $42.

Top: Soft Brown and Amber Lights
Bottom: Swiss Chocolate and I'm Into It

Soft Brown, Amber Lights, Swiss Chocolate, and I'm Into It

Soft Brown is a medium warm peachy brown in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter than Saddle, lighter and more matte than Texture, and more peach than Wedge.
Amber Lights is a medium warm amber gold in a Frost finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and more orange than Bronze, darker and more orange than Honey Lust, and lighter and more gold than Copper Sparkle Pigment.
Swiss Chocolate is a medium-deep reddened mahogany brown in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more red than Brown Script, lighter and more red than Brown Down, and lighter than Embark.
I'm Into It is a deep dark burgundy brown in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more red than Embark, more red and more matte than Sketch, and lighter and more red than Beauty Marked.

Both palettes in the PatrickStarrr collection are warm-toned, which was to be expected given Patrick's own makeup aesthetic, with Goalgetter being the warmer of the two. Every single shadow in this collection is stunning; the mattes are ultra-silky and finely-milled (perhaps some of the best mattes that MAC has come out with), and the frosts are soft and buttery. All of them have phenomenal colour pay-off and blendability. Both palettes are neutral-warm featuring mostly mattes that can be worn from day to night, which makes this more wearable for everyone. My one and only complaint about the Goalgetter palette is that it features all permanent shades, so you could easily build the same palette at a MAC Store at any time. On that note, I did notice that the shadows in this palette are somewhat softer than their permanent counterparts. On the one hand, it makes these super-blendable and more easy to pick up, but on the other hand, it leads to a bit more fall-out. Not a big deal, but worth noting. That having been said, these four shades are actually some of MAC's bestsellers, so if you don't already have these shades from MAC, then this palette is absolutely worth getting.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 504

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Monday, December 11, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Do you prefer matte or shiny liquid liners? Matte, always. It's why I've used MAC's Boot Black for a decade. I can't find another liquid liner that is as black and as matte as that one.

  2. Do you swear in front of your parents? Yeah, occasionally, if I'm talking really passionately about something.

  3. What's a movie you quote from? Clueless. And also Pitch Perfect. But I think I quote most from TV shows, especially Gilmore Girls.

  4. Have you ever felt like the odd person out? Yeah, of course. It's not often, but sometimes I find myself at a social gathering where I don't know most of the people there or everyone's drinking and I'm the only one staying sober. The most recent one was my brother's wedding in Pennsylvania. I didn't know anyone but my immediate family, my sister-in-law and her immediate family, and a couple of my brother's friends that flew in from Toronto. All the other guests came in groups or couples so it was hard to socialize with many people there, especially since I knew I wasn't going to see most of them ever again. But I chatted with the people at my table and still tried to be sociable for the most part.

  5. What would you shout from the rooftops today? FUCK SNOW!

Sunday Video Love: Blood Sweat & Tears

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

I don't know what has happened to me over the last month, but I have since become completely obsessed with BTS. I was that person who was like, "Ew, K-Pop? Really? But you don't even understand what they're saying." I was a total K-Pop naysayer (and really quite judgemental about it). But as if karma has come to bite me in the ass, I am now so entirely immersed in this group — their music, their aesthetic, their stories, their backgrounds — that I have lost sleep because I cannot stop watching videos about them on YouTube. This obsession is actually comparable to the one I had in Grade 6 with Backstreet Boys. Except I'm 31 and I don't understand a damn word they're saying. And what's especially funny is that I don't generally listen to the genres that they employ — hip hop, R&B, EDM, electronica. Like, if this were a North American boy band and sung in English (you know, the language I'm actually fluent in), I'd probably write them off. But their energy, their choreography, their creativity — pretty much everything about them — is just more than any other group. And it's not just in their videos; their actual music is too catchy to handle. I have downloaded the majority of their discography and it's all I listen to in the car, in the shower, on breaks at work, while making dinner, while doing laundry... I catch myself humming one of their songs the moment I wake up. Also, they are so fucking pretty that I simultaneously want to be them and be with them. This is all very, very alarming.

Saturday Nine: My Church (2016)

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Saturday, December 9, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. This song is about a woman who loves singing along with her car radio. Is that something you enjoy? I very rarely listen to the radio, but I do thoroughly enjoy singing along to whatever I'm playing on my iTunes/Apple Music in the car.

  2. The video begins with Maren Morris finishing her cigarette before getting behind the wheel. Do you allow smoking in your car? Yes, 'cause I'm a smoker.

  3. In this song, Maren admits she's lied. What's the last fib you told? Mmm... my whereabouts on Friday. I was just at home, but I didn't want certain people to know that, so I just told them I was busy somewhere else.

  4. She mentions having her radio on the FM dial. Are you loyal to a single radio station? Or do you spin the dial? I strictly use my iPhone and AUX cable in the car, but if my iPhone was completely out of battery and I had no way of re-charging it in that moment, I would turn the radio on to our local rock station, 102.1 the Edge, which has been my go-to radio station since I was in middle school.

  5. Maren was inspired to write this song while on a long car trip from Nashville to Los Angeles. When do you get your best ideas? (In the shower, behind the wheel, over lunch with friends...?) In the shower and in the car.

  6. She performed this song on Saturday Night Live last year. The host that week was John Cena. Do you follow professional wrestling? No, but I follow memes, so at least I know who John Cena is...

  7. In 2016, when this song was popular, Alex Rodriguez played his final Major League Baseball game. He has embarked on a second career as a broadcaster. Would you be comfortable on camera? No. I'd always be self-conscious because I'm not photogenic.

  8. A 2016 study revealed that 43% of Americans own mutual funds, many in their 401(k)s and IRAs. Are you involved in the stock market? My benefits at work include matched contributions to investments in a retirement plan, so yes. But I don't know much about it or pay much attention to it...

  9. Random question: You have something awkward and embarrassing that you simply must tell a pal. You know your friend will not be happy with the news. Would you prefer to deliver it by email, in a phone call, or face to face? Phone call. It's more sincere than e-mail or text, but not as intimidating or uncomfortable as face-to-face.