CIRCUITS OF FEVER

Saturday Nine: A Summer Place (1960)

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. This song highlights the soundtrack from the movie A Summer Place, which is about two teenage lovers named Molly and Johnny. Did you ever have a youthful summer romance? If so, what was his/her name? I've never had a romance that just lasted the summer. I've been in relationships that have lasted through summers, but not one that started and ended in the same summer.

  2. The "summer place" of the song/movie is a resort along the Maine coast. What "summer place" are you day dreaming about this winter morning? Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It's not really a "summer place," per se, despite it being warm all year round, but I just really, really want to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  3. In the movie, Johnny was played by Troy Donahue, who is remembered as nice looking but not terribly talented. Can you think of one of today's actors who you could describe as "nice looking but not terribly talented?" Basically anyone from the Twilight films. Oh, and Alex Pettyfer. Fuck, he's hot, but he should stick to modelling.

  4. Molly is played by Sandra Dee, a perky blonde who was one of 1960's bankable movie stars. Two other blondes — Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds — joined Sandra Dee in the Top 10. The only brunette to sell a lot of movie tickets that year was Elizabeth Taylor. Do you believe men find blondes more attractive than brunettes or redheads? Not in this day and age. Also with the amount of celebs dying their hair back and forth, I think faces are far more important than hair colour. The "hottest" celebs have been blondes and brunettes (and sometimes redheads, too): Emma Watson, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Beyonce, Rihanna, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevigne, Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Shay Mitchell, Elizabeth Olsen...

  5. "A Summer Place" was by far the best-selling record of 1960. Also in 1960, two brothers in Ypsilanti, Michigan, opened a pizza place called Dominck's. That was the beginning of a chain now known as Domino's. What's the last food you had delivered to your front door? I have never had food delivered to my current house, where I've lived for eight years now. And when I lived with my ex-boyfriend, we never had food delivered there, either. So it's been well over a decade, and anyway, my memory doesn't stretch that far. But I have ordered pizza online and picked it up in store (I live literally two minutes from Pizza Nova and Pizza Pizza, which is maybe why I never feel the need for delivery).

  6. In 1965, one of the brothers sold his share of the business to his brother for cash so he could buy a VW Beetle. Tell us about a time you had buyer's remorse. I bought a jacket online from Aritzia a couple years ago that was on sale (though it still amounted to over $100) and when I finally tried it on, it didn't fit properly. In fact, it made me look both fat and boxy. But Aritzia's policy back then didn't allow any returns or exchanges on sale items, so I've been stuck with that jacket.

  7. In 1960, novelist Ernest Hemingway returned to the United States from Spain and settled in Ketchum, Idaho. Tell us about the last book you read. Was it a novel or non-fiction? Novel — it was Jojo Moyes' Paris for One & Other Stories. I only read fiction.

  8. In December, 1960, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was baptized in the Georgetown University Chapel. His godparents were Charles and Martha Bartlett, the couple who originally introduced young John's famous parents. Do you have godparents? Nope. I don't think anyone in my family does. It might have to do with the fact that none of us actually have a religion. (Well, my grandmother was Buddhist, but I don't think Buddhists have godparents or godchildren.) Do you have to believe in a god to have godparents? I don't know how that works.

  9. Random question: You're at dinner with a married couple who begins to fight. Would you intercede and try to make peace? Or would you just sit back stay out of it? Stay the hell out of it. And I would advise you to do the same.

Thursday Threes: Vol. 1

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
I was reading Liz's post, which featured her latest "threes" (e.g. the last three things she ate, read, bought, etc.), and thought it was a great idea for a weekly blog segment, kind of like a little snapshot of what's going on in life. (There are only so many beauty reviews I can post in one week. I want to add a little more variety here. Plus, I do work full time, and beauty reviews are time-consuming.) I've decided to do this on Thursdays, 'cause I've realized that I very rarely post anything on Thursdays, and also because I can call this Thursday Threes (you know, the power of alliteration and whatnot). So, here's my first one, and hopefully, I'll be good about doing it weekly.

The last 3 things I ate:
  • White toast
  • A banana
  • Plain congee
(Yeah, it's been a boring day, food-wise. I've had food poisoning so I need to eat clean.)

The last 3 things I did:
  • Have a cigarette
  • Drink ginger ale
  • Put hand cream on

The last 3 purchases I made:

The last 3 things I watched:

  • The latest two episodes of Shadowhunters: Season 2 — It's a guilty pleasure, okay? I like to watch it when I'm doing my nails.
  • La La Land — I watched this just after Christmas and it was so much more than I expected. Even the guys I went to see it with enjoyed it, and trust me, they're not musical-romantic-comedy people. I originally wanted to watch it 'cause hi, Ryan Gosling's in it, and I am loyal AF. Musicals can get really boring really fast, but this one was beautifully done: whimsical, nostalgic, mostly sweet but a little cynical. The singing and dancing intertwine with the storyline at a good pace, so those who don't really like musicals can still get into it. The plot starts off very happy-go-lucky and head-in-the-clouds but ends up being much deeper and bittersweet. The songs are well-written and emotional but catchy. Ryan and Emma are beautiful, and their on-screen chemistry is a joy to watch. Honestly, I kept talking about it for days after I watched it. All those Golden Globe wins are really well-deserved.
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — I've only re-watched it once. So far.

The last 3 songs I played:
  • Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
  • DMX - Ruff Ryders' Anthem
  • Lauryn Hill - Everything is Everything
(I'm listening to my '90s hip hop playlist.)


The last 3 apps I used on my phone:
  • iBooks
  • Words with Friends
  • Instagram

The next 3 books I want to read:


3 things I'm currently wearing:
  • A dark grey TNA long-sleeved V-neck shirt
  • Black sweatpants from Uniqlo
  • My turquoise raccoon fuzzy socks from Bath & Body Works

3 things I want to accomplish today:
  • Paint my nails because they are looking haggard
  • Do at least two loads of laundry because it's been over two weeks
  • Take product and swatch photos of at least two beauty products I've been testing out

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection: Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Last month, Too Faced re-released their Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, and with it, expanded their Sweet Peach franchise to include a blush, a highlighting palette, and a series of oil lip glosses. The Sweet Peach collection as a whole are all peach-based shades and are all scented like peach. The highlighting palette, called Sweet Peach Glow, was created to "transform the face with tones of peach to illuminate and highlight while adding a pop of a golden peach glow all over for skin-perfecting radiance." It is housed in a rectangular peach-orange ombré metal tin with an interior mirror and magnetic closure; the lid features their peach icon (which is on all of their Sweet Peach products) with their logo and "Sweet Peach Glow" written in gold script. The palette includes three powders: the highlighting and bronzing shades are embossed with a peach pattern, and the blush shade is embossed with the same design on the lid. Each Sweet Peach Glow Palette contains a total of 11.5 grams of product, and retails for $52 CAD. It is available both in-store and online at Sephora, and online at Too Faced

Sweet Peach Glow

Sweet Peach Glow

Sweet Peach Glow Illuminator is a light-medium warm golden peach with a peachy champagne shimmer-sheen in a metallic finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more muted and more peach than MAC Beaming Blush, more golden and less sparkly than MAC Show Gold, lighter and more golden than Anastasia Beverly Hills Peach Nectar, more peach than Anastasia Beverly Hills Bubbly, darker and more muted than Becca Champagne Pop, and lighter and more golden than Urban Decay Fireball.
Sweet Peach Glow Blush is a medium warm orange-coral with a golden shimmer-sheen in a shimmer finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque to opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more orange and less frosted than Too Faced Papa Don't Peach, more shimmery and more pinked than Too Faced I Will Always Love You, brighter and less shimmery than MAC Style, more shimmery and more coral than MAC Peaches, brighter and more shimmery than MAC Melba, more orange and more shimmery than Becca Damselfly, and more orange than NARS Deep Throat. 
Sweet Peach Glow Bronzer is a medium warm golden tan with a pearlized sheen in a satin finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque to opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more golden than MAC Golden, warmer than MAC Refined Golden, lighter and more shimmery than Urban Decay Bronzed, more golden and more shimmery than Urban Decay Sun-Kissed, lighter and warmer than Benefit Hoola, and warmer and less shimmery than NARS Laguna.

First and foremost, I think Too Faced should have called this a face kit rather than a highlighting palette, because there's only one highlighting shade in it, so it's actually kind of misleading. (This is a highlighting palette, as it's, you know, a palette of highlighters.) That having been said, this is a really nice face kit, with three very wearable shades that are easy to work with. All three shades have the same lightweight, baked texture as many other powder-liquid hybrid formulas (like MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinish, NARS' Dual-Intensity Blush, Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator, etc.) so they are firm and dry to the touch, but go on very smooth and pigmented, and are easily blendable. Because of the firmer texture of this type of powder, I would use a denser brush to pick up sufficient product — a lot of people that are complaining about the colour pay-off of these shades are likely using brushes that are too fluffy or sparse. (A fan brush might work well with an ultra-buttery Becca highlighter, but it's not going to work the same with a much firmer, drier texture.) This palette is definitely geared towards light to medium skintones; those with darker complexions (say, NC42 and darker) will find the blush and bronzer disappears into their skin, and those with lighter skintones (say, NC20 and lighter) will find that the highlighter disappears into their skin. I don't fault Too Faced for that because it's near impossible to create a face palette that will flatter all skintones, but I do think that Too Faced should've come out with at least two colour waves of this palette to capture more complexions. As it is, I like the idea of this face kit and I think it's really, really cute, but now I kinda wish Too Faced came out with an actual highlighting palette. Can you imagine how stunning that would be?

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection: Papa Don't Peach Peach-Infused Blush

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Last month, Too Faced re-released their Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, and with it, expanded their Sweet Peach franchise to include a blush, a highlighting palette, and a series of oil lip glosses. The Sweet Peach collection as a whole are all peach-based shades and are all scented like peach. The blush, called Papa Don't Peach (a play on the Madonna hit, "Papa Don't Preach") is inspired by "a dinner in Paris, [where] Too Faced Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jerrod Blandino had a culinary moment with a peach trifle dessert that featured peaches roasted on an open flame and caramelized. That rich bronzy peach colour inspired him to bring back the iconic Papa Don't Peach Blush from the Too Faced archives. He says it is the perfect natural blush with just enough warmth and a pop of luminosity that every woman can wear." It is housed in a square peach-orange ombré metallic tin with an interior mirror and magnetic closure; the lid features their smiley-faced peach cartoon icon (which is on all of their Sweet Peach products) with their logo and "Papa Don't Peach" written in gold script. The powder itself is embossed with the same design on the lid. Each Papa Don't Peach Blush contains 9 grams of product, and retails for $38 CAD. It is available both in-store and online at Sephora, and online at Too Faced

Papa Don't Peach

Papa Don't Peach

Papa Don't Peach is a medium warm bronzed peach with a gilded pink shimmer-sheen in a frosted finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery 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 bronzed than MAC Springsheen, more peach than NARS Orgasm, more muted than NARS Deep Throat, more peach than Becca Flowerchild, and slightly warmer than Tarte Glisten.

Papa Don't Peach has a really lovely texture that is soft and finely-milled and applies really smoothly and evenly. I didn't find it to be dry or powdery at all, and it blends out easily and layers up nicely. This blush has technically been released before, but from what I've seen in online swatches, the two versions are quite different, with the original one being darker, pinker, and less frosted. The packaging on this one is ultra-cute and girly, veering on kitschy, which will appeal to many and not to some, but it follows Too Faced's overall aesthetic. The peach scent is the same as the eyeshadow palette, which may be off-putting to those who don't like any fragrance in their makeup, but it is very much a fresh peach scent rather than a super-sweet, sickly, artificial kind of peach, so for me, it remains a fun olfactory addition and a nice touch to a peach-themed collection. Either way, it doesn't linger on the skin after application; you just get a nice whiff of it when you open the palette to add a sensory dimension to using it. However, if you have sensitivities to fragrance in your cosmetics, I would skip this. The colour itself is a lovely gilded peach that will flatter fair to medium-dark skintones, and it has a gold-pink pearl finish that leaves a noticeable gleam on the skin but doesn't emphasize skin texture. That having been said, there are a ton of dupes for this out there, both cheaper and more expensive, so it's very likely that you'll have something similar. I would look in your stash to see what you have first and if you find this to be worth getting — but for me, this was just way too cute to resist.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 458

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Monday, January 16, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. How often do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Never. It's weird because I always wear mascara on my top lashes. I just don't like the way I look with bottom mascara. No matter what formula I use or whichever way I apply it, it always looks messy, like it's there by accident.

  2. Backpacks or cross-body bags? Cross-body bags. I haven't used backpacks since high school. Partially because they hurt my back but mostly because they're inconvenient to use.

  3. What are three things you'd like to accomplish over the next two weeks? Finish two books, watch Sing before it gets removed from theatres, and see all my family members for Chinese New Year.

  4. Where do you go when you need a quiet place to think? My bathroom. Whether it's in the shower or on the toilet, there's no better place to have some quiet time.

  5. What's something you need to let go of? Old makeup that I haven't used in years or won't use ever again. I keep a lot of it just for collecting's sake, but I really need to de-clutter. It's just taking up too much space.

Sunday Video Love: Fire in My Bones

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

I went through my Shazam list recently and noticed that I had not just one, but four songs by Fleurie on there. So I finally decided to download her albums through Apple Music and have totally fallen in love with nearly every track she's released. She's not a pop artist, necessarily, which is maybe why she's not that well-known; her music can only be described as cinematic — each song tells a story, somehow bold and vulnerable at the same time with epic build-ups and soaring melodies paired with a most angelic voice — which is probably why her songs are featured in so many TV shows. Each song, both lyrically and sonically, will make you feel something deeply — a huge achievement for any musician, and what brought her to my attention to begin with. I don't know if her music will ever make it on to mainstream radio, because this is not the kind of music that you dance to at a club (unless some famous DJ decides to remix her songs), but that's actually kind of the beauty of Fleurie — you'll never get sick of her music.

Saturday Nine: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984)

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


  1. This song was inspired by a note Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley left for his parents. He accidentally wrote "go" twice. What was the last handwritten note you left for someone? I leave handwritten notes for my colleagues all the time at work, whether they're reminders or just a "Good morning!" for the opening manager. I actually think the last note I left was for the rest of my management team regarding a bride who needed makeup appointments for eight bridesmaids in August.

  2. Born Georgios Panayiotou, George Michael was the son of the Greek restauranteur in East London. When you think of Greek cuisine, what comes to mind? Souvlaki, gyros, Greek salad, tzatziki sauce, spanakopita, moussaka, oven-baked lamb, pita bread, feta cheese, olives... Oh, man, I am so hungry now.

  3. He was a terrible driver and admitted his license was suspended a number of times. Have you ever lost your license? My license was suspended once several years ago. I was running late for work on Civic Holiday and had taken the HOV (high occupancy vehicle a.k.a. carpool) lane on the 404 by myself in an attempt to get to work faster, but there were police hiding in the tunnel transfer to the 401 for the sole purpose of catching people misusing the HOV lane. Anyway, I got a ticket for it, and they send you a court date to either plead guilty or not guilty, and my court date got lost in the mail because I was changing addresses at the time. So I got pulled over one night two years later while I was driving with my ex-boyfriend, and the cop was like, "Did you know that your license is suspended?" And by that time, I had forgotten all about the ticket because it takes them so fucking long to issue a court date, so the cop was like, "You probably got a ticket that you missed the court date for. I'm not going to give you a ticket, just get your boyfriend to drive you home, and then get to the court ASAP to get a new date." So, yes, my license was suspended for a weekend.

  4. Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley, on the other hand, is a talented driver who got to live his fantasy by racing Formula Three in Monaco. There are companies that sell racetrack driving experiences that allow you to spin around the track at dizzying speeds. Is this something you like to try? Yes. I would also love to drive on the Autobahn one day.

  5. In 1990, Frank Sinatra famously gave George Michael advice. Ol' Blue Eyes told the younger man to enjoy his fame, to remember all those lean nights traveling from gig to gig by bus and, now that he's successful, "loosen up and swing, man." Who last gave you advice? Did you take it? My mom consistently tells me to take extra Vitamin C pills because I work closely with so many people and there's so many sicknesses floating around right now. But then I promptly forget her advice. So, no.

  6. Mr. Michael's neighbours have reported since his passing that he seemed to live rather quietly, and that they usually saw him when he was out walking his three dogs. Tell us about the last time you spoke to one of your neighbours. I don't talk to my neighbours. They're old and nosy. I think I said 'hi' to one of them like, three months ago.

  7. Fansites tell us that George Michael's favourite cereal was corn flakes. What breakfast cereals are currently in your kitchen? Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Reese's Puffs.

  8. In 1984, when "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" was popular, Murder, She Wrote premiered on CBS. Today it's still seen in reruns all over the world. Are you a fan? I have never watched an episode in my life.

  9. Random question: What's your secret to a good night's sleep? A quiet mind. You've gotta be truly tired to have a good sleep or you'll go into over-thinking mode, which is why I like to read until I can't keep my eyes open anymore. Also, total darkness. 

MAC Caitlyn Jenner: Cremesheen Glass in Kindness, Beautifully Bare, and Tolerance

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Last Thursday, MAC launched their collaboration with Caitlyn Jenner, a collection that is meant to "continue her mission of sharing her transition with the world, championing All Ages, All Races and All Sexes." It includes a total of 15 products, of which 11 are new and limited edition and four are permanent and in special edition packaging. The Caitlyn Jenner collection sees the launch of three new and limited edition shades of Cremesheen Glass, which is described as "a lip finish that fuses the creamy, sheen-filled Cremesheen Lipstick with the shine of Lipglass. Soft, comfortable, non-sticky... Applies with a doe-foot applicator. Use as top layer to its matching lipstick or on its own." They are housed in a clear tubes with metallic gold lids. Each Cremesheen Glass contains 2.7 grams of product, and retails for $24. 

Kindness, Beautifully Bare, and Tolerance

Kindness, Beautifully Bare, and Tolerance

Kindness is a pale warm milky champagne with gold and white iridescent shimmer in a high-shine finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a lightweight, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low pigmentation and sheer to semi-sheer buildable colour pay-off. There is nothing similar to this in MAC's permanent range.
Beautifully Bare is a medium warm rosy beige in a high-shine finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a lightweight, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque to opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is darker and more brown than Deelight, and warmer and more brown than Ample Pink and Viva Glam Ariana Grade 2.
Tolerance is a medium-dark cool pink-mauve with low-level pink pearl in a high-shine finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a lightweight, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and cooler than Deelight, and darker than Ample Pink and Viva Glam Ariana 2.

The Caitlyn Jenner collection as a whole has gotten a lot of backlash since it was launched, but I am not here to judge her nor to write my personal opinion about her as a person, so I want to make it clear that I am reviewing this as a makeup artist, enthusiast, and collector. That aside, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I like all three shades here — as with the rest of the collection, they are all widely flattering and will work beautifully on all complexions. I like that they are all Cremesheen Glass, so they're smooth and totally non-sticky (it seems like they've been re-formulated to be more hydrating, too), but these also come in three different levels of pearl, with Kindness being the most shimmery and Beautifully Bare being a straight cream finish. All three are lovely on their own, especially since Beautifully Bare and Tolerance actually have quite a lot of pigmentation (especially for Cremesheen Glasses, which are generally semi-sheer), but are wonderful as layering glosses as well. I actually do hope that MAC adds these to their permanent range 'cause their current Cremesheen Glass collection is really lacking.