CIRCUITS OF FEVER

MAC Girls: Power Hungry Eyeshadow Palette

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A couple weeks ago, MAC launched a new series of eyeshadow palettes in a collection called MAC Girls: "Whether you're a Rockin' Rebel, Mischief Minx, Fashion Fanatic, Basic Bitch, Prissy Princess or simply, unapologetically Power Hungry, shout it out! Featuring palettes with eight eyeshadows and a highlighter in totally new better-than-ever formulas curated to express the power and presence of your personality. Make up, speak out. Show the world who you really are." Of the six palettes, two are limited edition and four will be added to the permanent range. The MAC Girls palettes feature four new eyeshadow formulas: Foiled (sheer to high buildable coverage, sparkling metallic finish), Satin Shine (sheer to high buildable coverage with a soft satin finish), Creamy Matte (high coverage, creamy smooth texture, matte finish), and Smooth Pearl (sheer to high buildable coverage, creamy smooth texture, pearlized finish). Each palette also comes with a complementary highlighter shade that can be used on the eyes. The Power Hungry palette comes in a sleek rectangular cardboard mirrored compact featuring a reflective metallic yellow gold background and the name of the palette printed on the lid in bold letters. Each MAC Girls palette contains a total of 16.5 grams of product (11.5 g of eyeshadow, 5 g of highlighter), and retails for $48. 

Totally Obsessed, Bossing It, Bling Mistress, and Money Mad

Totally Obsessed is a light warm beige in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 matte than Brule, more beige and more matte than Ricepaper, and more yellow than Orb.
Bossing It is a medium-dark warm golden bronze with a golden sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and 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 and more bronze than Amber Lights, more golden than Bronze, and warmer than Woodwinked.
Bling Mistress is a medium warm muted golden beige in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 similar but more matte than Era, lighter than Wedge, and lighter and warmer than Cork.
Money Mad is a light-medium warm peachy beige with a soft sheen in a Smooth Pearl finish. This is a new and 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 Naked Lunch, similar but more pearlized than Grain, and lighter and more beige than Arena.

Hot to Trot, Winsome Lose Some, Something's Fishy, and Dangerously Elegant

How to Trot is a light cool greyed beige with a soft silver sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and 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 and less sparkly than Retrospeck, darker and cooler than Shroom, and warmer than French Clay (Cool Neutral x 15).
Winsome Lose Some is a medium-dark warm bronze with silver sparkle in a Foiled 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 finish, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is slightly darker and cooler than Bronze, lighter and more sparkly than Tempting, and cooler and more silvered than Mulch.
Something's Fishy is a medium warm muted yellow gold with gold sparkle in a Foiled 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 finish, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is lighter and more muted than Goldmine, warmer and more yellow than Woodwinked, and darker and more sparkly than Ricepaper.
Dangerously Elegant is a medium-dark neutral-cool brown with a soft khaki-olive sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker than Patina, darker and more brown than Sumptuous Olive, and lighter and more shimmery than Charcoal Brown.

She's a Rainbow

Gimme That! (Highlighter) is a light neutral-warm yellow gold with a silvery gold reflective sheen in an Opalescent finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is darker and more yellow than Double-Gleam, darker and more yellow than Let It Rock (Rockin' Rebel), and lighter and cooler than Oh, Darling!.

The MAC Girls palettes mark a very different direction for MAC in terms of aesthetic and curation. For the first time ever, MAC has released cardboard mirrored compacts instead of heavier plastic ones with clear lids, and the shadows come in two different sizes and are placed randomly in the palette rather than in grid formation. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because I do think that these palettes include some fun colour combinations and look very striking, but it is obvious in the much slimmer packaging that they are trying harder to compete with many other bestselling palettes out there, including ones by Urban Decay and Anastasia Beverly Hills. My only pet peeve with the packaging is that the names of the shades aren't actually printed on the palette — they're on a separate clear plastic sheet that sits on top of the shades. Not a deal breaker, but kind of annoying because the shades aren't printed anywhere else on the palette so you have to keep that flimsy clear sheet if you want to know the shade names. But at $48, these also offer more value ($190) than any other palette MAC has released before. And unlike those other brands, MAC released six very different palettes at the same time so that there's something for everyone.

All these palettes feature four new eyeshadow finishes (which are described in the first paragraph) and are all pretty self-explanatory. To be honest, the Foiled eyeshadows disappointed me the most; the finish is absolutely gorgeous, but the colour pay-off is inconsistent and requires effort to build up and layer out on the lids. They work best with fingers rather than brushes (I tried using them with both synthetic and real hair brushes, and both dry and wet, and they go on patchy because the bristles just don't want to pick up the sparkle), and I definitely recommend using a good eye base that has a tackier texture to help with adhesion if you're looking for a high-sparkle, high-metallic finish. On that note, I am very impressed with the Smooth Pearl and Creamy Matte textures, both of which are super-silky and ultra-smooth with high pigmentation. They blend out effortlessly and have minimal fall out, too. My only complaint is that these palettes need a medium transition shade and at least one more matte to create more well-rounded, dimensional looks. As for the new Opalescent finish highlighters, the texture is smooth and silky, but they have a softer pearlized sheen, so don't be expecting that bright, ultra-reflective finish that their Extra Dimension or Mineralize Skinfinishes have.

Just as Prissy Princess is a safe option for those who like cool neutrals, Power Hungry is for those who like warm neutrals. Again, it's good for everyday, wearable, office-friendly looks. Power Hungry is easy to use and there aren't any wild card shades in here, so it's also great for people that are new to makeup or aren't comfortable with applying makeup. My biggest complaint with this palette, however, is that the darkest shades are medium-dark shimmery browns, so they can become muddy-looking when blended into other shades from this palette. I really wish there was a dark matte shade to help build dimension or to darken an eye look for evening (or for people that like to use powder shadows as liners). That having been said, none of the shades in Power Hungry are particularly new or unique, and those who have MAC's Amber x 9 Palette or Warm Neutral x 15 Palette will find a ton of overlap here — and to be honest, those two have more varied, better curated shades than in this one — so I would compare options before making a final decision.

MAC Girls: Prissy Princess Eyeshadow Palette

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A couple weeks ago, MAC launched a new series of eyeshadow palettes in a collection called MAC Girls: "Whether you're a Rockin' Rebel, Mischief Minx, Fashion Fanatic, Basic Bitch, Prissy Princess or simply, unapologetically Power Hungry, shout it out! Featuring palettes with eight eyeshadows and a highlighter in totally new better-than-ever formulas curated to express the power and presence of your personality. Make up, speak out. Show the world who you really are." Of the six palettes, two are limited edition and four will be added to the permanent range. The MAC Girls palettes feature four new eyeshadow formulas: Foiled (sheer to high buildable coverage, sparkling metallic finish), Satin Shine (sheer to high buildable coverage with a soft satin finish), Creamy Matte (high coverage, creamy smooth texture, matte finish), and Smooth Pearl (sheer to high buildable coverage, creamy smooth texture, pearlized finish). Each palette also comes with a complementary highlighter shade that can be used on the eyes. The Prissy Princess palette comes in a sleek rectangular cardboard mirrored compact featuring a light pink background with a multi-coloured polka dot design and the name of the palette printed on the lid in bold letters. Each MAC Girls palette contains a total of 16.5 grams of product (11.5 g of eyeshadow, 5 g of highlighter), and retails for $48. 

Colour Me Spoiled, Eternal Optimist, Sweet Tart, and Too Good to Be True

Colour Me Spoiled is a pale neutral-cool pinked ivory in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 Yogurt, cooler and more pink than Orb, more pink and more matte than Shroom.
Eternal Optimist is a light-medium cool taupe-brown with a silvery pink sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is cooler than Era, lighter and warmer than Ms. Personality (Basic Bitch), lighter and warmer than Fabness.
Sweet Tart is a light neutral baby pink with a silvery champagne sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is cooler and more pink than Gleam, lighter and more shimmery than Girlie, and more pink than Naked Lunch.
Too Good to be True is a pale cool beige with silver sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low pigmentation and sheer to semi-sheer buildable colour pay-off. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is lighter than She Sparkles, warmer than Tattle-Tale (Basic Bitch), and lighter and more silver than Retrospeck.

Prissy Princess, Fabness, Spoil Yourself, and Good Girl & U Know It

Prissy Princess is a medium cool taupe brown in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 grey than Omega, cooler and more grey than Era, and darker and more brown than Naked Lights (In the Flesh x 15).
Fabness is a medium cool shell taupe grey with a soft sheen in a Smooth Pearl finish. This is a new and 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 cooler and more pearlized than Prissy Princess, darker and cooler than Eternal Optimist, lighter and more grey than Cumulus (Cool Neutral x 15).
Spoil Yourself is a deep-dark cool brown in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 slightly darker than Brun, cooler and more muted than Totally Trouble (Mischief Minx), and darker than Black Factor (In the Flesh x 15).
Good Girl & You Know It is a medium-deep cool taupe-brown with a soft sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and 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 and more brown than Satin Taupe, more brown than Pearled Earth (Cool Neutral x 15), and lighter and cooler than Smut.

She's a Rainbow

Love This Bitch (Highlighter) is a light neutral-cool shell pink with a silvery reflective sheen in an Opalescent finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is lighter and cooler than Soft and Gentle, and cooler and more metallic than Lightscapade.

The MAC Girls palettes mark a very different direction for MAC in terms of aesthetic and curation. For the first time ever, MAC has released cardboard mirrored compacts instead of heavier plastic ones with clear lids, and the shadows come in two different sizes and are placed randomly in the palette rather than in grid formation. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because I do think that these palettes include some fun colour combinations and look very striking, but it is obvious in the much slimmer packaging that they are trying harder to compete with many other bestselling palettes out there, including ones by Urban Decay and Anastasia Beverly Hills. My only pet peeve with the packaging is that the names of the shades aren't actually printed on the palette — they're on a separate clear plastic sheet that sits on top of the shades. Not a deal breaker, but kind of annoying because the shades aren't printed anywhere else on the palette so you have to keep that flimsy clear sheet if you want to know the shade names. But at $48, these also offer more value ($190) than any other palette MAC has released before. And unlike those other brands, MAC released six very different palettes at the same time so that there's something for everyone.

All these palettes feature four new eyeshadow finishes (which are described in the first paragraph) and are all pretty self-explanatory. To be honest, the Foiled eyeshadows disappointed me the most; the finish is absolutely gorgeous, but the colour pay-off is inconsistent and requires effort to build up and layer out on the lids. They work best with fingers rather than brushes (I tried using them with both synthetic and real hair brushes, and both dry and wet, and they go on patchy because the bristles just don't want to pick up the sparkle), and I definitely recommend using a good eye base that has a tackier texture to help with adhesion if you're looking for a high-sparkle, high-metallic finish. On that note, I am very impressed with the Smooth Pearl and Creamy Matte textures, both of which are super-silky and ultra-smooth with high pigmentation. They blend out effortlessly and have minimal fall out, too. My only complaint is that these palettes need a medium transition shade and at least one more matte to create more well-rounded, dimensional looks. As for the new Opalescent finish highlighters, the texture is smooth and silky, but they have a softer pearlized sheen, so don't be expecting that bright, ultra-reflective finish that their Extra Dimension or Mineralize Skinfinishes have.

Prissy Princess is a safe option for those who like cool neutrals. It's good for everyday, wearable, office-friendly looks that can be easily smoked out for evening. It's easy to use and there aren't any wild card shades in here, so Prissy Princess is also great for people that are new to makeup or aren't comfortable with applying makeup. The quality of the shades here is really nice, too: smooth, blendable, and pigmented for the most part. My biggest complaint about this palette, however, is that three of the shades — Eternal Optimist, Prissy Princess, and Fabness — are all cool taupe shades have such slight differences that they become redundant when worn together. Ultimately, Prissy Princess is not new or unique, and those who have MAC's Dusky Rose x 9 Palette, In the Flesh x 15 Palette, or Cool Neutral x 15 Palette will find a ton of overlap here — and to be honest, those three have more varied, better curated shades than in this one — so I would compare options before making a final decision.

MAC Girls: Basic Bitch Eyeshadow Palette

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A couple weeks ago, MAC launched a new series of eyeshadow palettes in a collection called MAC Girls: "Whether you're a Rockin' Rebel, Mischief Minx, Fashion Fanatic, Basic Bitch, Prissy Princess or simply, unapologetically Power Hungry, shout it out! Featuring palettes with eight eyeshadows and a highlighter in totally new better-than-ever formulas curated to express the power and presence of your personality. Make up, speak out. Show the world who you really are." Of the six palettes, two are limited edition and four will be added to the permanent range. The MAC Girls palettes feature four new eyeshadow formulas: Foiled (sheer to high buildable coverage, sparkling metallic finish), Satin Shine (sheer to high buildable coverage with a soft satin finish), Creamy Matte (high coverage, creamy smooth texture, matte finish), and Smooth Pearl (sheer to high buildable coverage, creamy smooth texture, pearlized finish). Each palette also comes with a complementary highlighter shade that can be used on the eyes. The Basic Bitch palette comes in a sleek rectangular cardboard mirrored compact featuring a grey and black chevron design with the name of the palette printed on the lid in bold letters. Each MAC Girls palette contains a total of 16.5 grams of product (11.5 g of eyeshadow, 5 g of highlighter), and retails for $48. Note: This palette is available at all MAC locations, but is not on display or advertised at partnered locations.

Sly Girl, Tattle-Tale, Me Me Me, and Hell in Heels

Sly Girl is a medium-deep cool purple-tinted gunmetal grey with silver sparkle in a Foiled 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 finish, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is darker and more grey than Say It Isn't So, more grey and more sparkly than Fathoms Deep, and warmer and more sparkly than Knight Divine.
Tattle-Tale is a light cool platinum with lavender-silver sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is more sparkly and more pinked than Evening Grey, more silver than She Sparkles, and lighter than Say It Isn't So.
Me Me Me is a light cool silvered white with a soft sheen in a Smooth Pearl finish. This is a new and 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 and more silver than White Frost, lighter than Silver Ring, and lighter and less metallic than Evening Grey.
Hell in Heels is a dark neutral-cool burgundy wine with a subtle sheen in a Smooth Pearl finish. This is a new and 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 cooler than Sketch, darker than Blackberry, and cooler and more purple than I'm Into It.

Ms. Personality, Big White Lie, Text Me Later, and Gameplayer

Ms. Personality is a medium cool taupe with a soft silver to green-gold duochrome sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled 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 cooler and more grey than Era, darker and more brown than Vex, and lighter and cooler than Satin Taupe.
Big White Lie is a dark neutral blackened brown with a gunmetal grey sheen in a Smooth Pearl finish. This is a new and 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 metallic than Brun, slightly cooler than Smut, and warmer and more pearlized than Black Tied.
Text Me Later is a medium-deep cool gunmetal grey with a soft sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and 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 cooler and less pearlized than Big White Lie, more matte than Knight Divine, and more pearlized than Print.
Gameplayer is a deep dark neutral-cool black in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 and more pigmented than Carbon.

Love This Bitch

Love This Bitch (Highlighter) is a light neutral-cool pinked ivory with a peachy champagne reflective sheen in an Opalescent finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is cooler and more pinked than Double-Gleam, and more golden than Lightscapade.

The MAC Girls palettes mark a very different direction for MAC in terms of aesthetic and curation. For the first time ever, MAC has released cardboard mirrored compacts instead of heavier plastic ones with clear lids, and the shadows come in two different sizes and are placed randomly in the palette rather than in grid formation. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because I do think that these palettes include some fun colour combinations and look very striking, but it is obvious in the much slimmer packaging that they are trying harder to compete with many other bestselling palettes out there, including ones by Urban Decay and Anastasia Beverly Hills. My only pet peeve with the packaging is that the names of the shades aren't actually printed on the palette — they're on a separate clear plastic sheet that sits on top of the shades. Not a deal breaker, but kind of annoying because the shades aren't printed anywhere else on the palette so you have to keep that flimsy clear sheet if you want to know the shade names. But at $48, these also offer more value ($190) than any other palette MAC has released before. And unlike those other brands, MAC released six very different palettes at the same time so that there's something for everyone.

All these palettes feature four new eyeshadow finishes (which are described in the first paragraph) and are all pretty self-explanatory. To be honest, the Foiled eyeshadows disappointed me the most; the finish is absolutely gorgeous, but the colour pay-off is inconsistent and requires effort to build up and layer out on the lids. They work best with fingers rather than brushes (I tried using them with both synthetic and real hair brushes, and both dry and wet, and they go on patchy because the bristles just don't want to pick up the sparkle), and I definitely recommend using a good eye base that has a tackier texture to help with adhesion if you're looking for a high-sparkle, high-metallic finish. On that note, I am very impressed with the Smooth Pearl and Creamy Matte textures, both of which are super-silky and ultra-smooth with high pigmentation. They blend out effortlessly and have minimal fall out, too. My only complaint is that these palettes need a medium transition shade and at least one more matte to create more well-rounded, dimensional looks. As for the new Opalescent finish highlighters, the texture is smooth and silky, but they have a softer pearlized sheen, so don't be expecting that bright, ultra-reflective finish that their Extra Dimension or Mineralize Skinfinishes have.

Basic Bitch is the palette that was first leaked sometime last year that shocked some and thrilled others, making many question whether this palette was real or not. Who would name a palette Basic Bitch? Well, leave it to the brand that has caused controversy since their inception. The name has caused some people to react negatively and some to embrace it with humour, depending on your generation and culture. (As the name of this palette can be seen as offensive, it will not be available in some international markets — likewise, partnered locations in North America, such as Hudson's Bay in Canada, will not be advertising this nor allowing it to be displayed despite having it in stock for sale.) Name aside, I found that this is actually the best palette in terms of texture, pigmentation, and blendability out of the six that came out, so it's actually well worth checking out if you like dark, cool tones. After all, basic bitches always need their smoky eyes.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 488

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Monday, August 14, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. What was the last drugstore beauty product you bought at an actual drugstore (yes, Target counts)? Three bottles of the new Herbal Essences Bio Renew shampoos in White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint, Cucumber & Green Tea, and Passion Flower & Rice Milk. They were on sale at Wal-Mart and I couldn't resist.

  2. Who taught you how to cook? I mean, I'm 30 and I still can't really cook, but my mom taught me the basics, like eggs and grilled cheese and pasta. If I need to learn anything else, I look it up on the Internet.

  3. What's a concept or a technique that helps you get through your days? Choose your attitude. I mean, we all have bad days or wake up and don't want to get out of bed. I could just be miserable (and sometimes I can't help it), but I consciously choose to have a positive outlook and have a good day. Just as misery loves company, I genuinely think that happiness is infectious, too.

  4. Express your current mood using only emojis. 🍜😌😴💤

  5. What's one of your long-term goals? To become my own boss.

Sunday Video Love: Boulevard of Broken Dreams

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pop punk, meet classical violin.

Saturday Nine: Start Me Up (1981)

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Saturday, August 12, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. The cover art for "Start Me Up" features a goat wearing a high heel. What's on your feet as you answer these questions? Nothing, I'm barefoot.

  2. More fashion: In the video for this song, Mick is wearing white pants with an elastic waistband. Are you wearing a belt as you answer these questions? No, I haven't worn a belt in years. When I'm at home (which is where I am now), I live in Uniqlo's Drape Pants, which have a stretchy shirring material at the waist with a drawstring. They're by far the most comfortable pants I own.

  3. In this song, Mick pleads, "Don't make a grown man cry." When is the last time you shed a tear? Maybe a month ago? I was reading a book and was also PMS-ing and I got emotional.

  4. Keith Richard has said this is a song he could play "forever and ever." What in your life doesn't get old, no matter how often you do it? Reading Harry Potter. It is still just as good today as when I started reading the series 20 years ago. (Also, holy shit, I can't believe it's been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published.)

  5. While The Rolling Stones enjoy performing songs, like this one, from Tattoo You, Mick Jagger has dismissed the songs from their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request as "rubbish." Do you have a favourite Rolling Stones song? My favourite Rolling Stones song is "Wild Horses," but I only like the cover by The Sundays. I first heard it on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the prom episode!) and I remember buying the show's soundtrack specifically for the song (but the soundtrack as a whole has actually become one of my favourites). When I found out it was a cover, I played the original from my dad's Best of Rolling Stones album and I was like, "Euggghh, it's so bad." (And actually, I pretty much prefer all covers of Rolling Stones songs to the originals.)


  6. This recording of "Start Me Up" features a cowbell. Do you remember which Saturday Night Live host made, "More cowbell!" a catchphrase? Yeah, Christopher Walken.

  7. Bassist Bill Wyman once said he thought he should have been a archivist because he loved to make lists. Do you have a to-do list? I make to-do lists on my days off to keep me on track with errands and chores and other things that I don't have time to do on work days. One thing that is always on my to-do lists is laundry.

  8. Mick finds it hard to stand still when he sings, not only on stage but also in the studio. The engineer for this song reports that Mick would have to run across the room to get back to the microphone for his vocal. Are you more fidgety, or still? Depends on how much coffee I've had, but I'm generally not a fidgety person.

  9. Random question: Do you believe men are inherently more sensible than women? The feminist in me wants to say no, but in reality, all the males I know are generally more sensible than all the females I know. Though I do think that this is because modern-day society has made women feel like they need more and more things to maintain their lifestyles as compared to men, so we are less practical when we choose to do or buy things. Like, do I need to buy 12 bottles of nail polish in one go? Or do I need to buy a $40 lipstick? Do I need to spend an hour getting ready? Absolutely not. But do I want to? Sure do.

Friday Five: Scattergories, Part 7!

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Friday, August 11, 2017
This week's Friday Five:

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator? N.
  1. What's something gross whose name begins with the letter? Necrophilia.

  2. What's something crunchy whose name begins with the letter? Nachos!

  3. What's something (or who is someone) you wouldn't mind hugging whose name begins with the letter? My friend Natasha! I used to work with her on my old team and I miss her all the time. She's just the sweetest, gentlest person, and gives the best hugs.

  4. What's something whose name begins with the letter and can be found on a passenger airplane? Napkin.

  5. What's something (whose name begins with the letter) you could purchase at a hardware store? Nails.

MAC Girls: Mischief Minx Eyeshadow Palette

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Last week, MAC launched a new series of eyeshadow palettes in a collection called MAC Girls: "Whether you're a Rockin' Rebel, Mischief Minx, Fashion Fanatic, Basic Bitch, Prissy Princess or simply, unapologetically Power Hungry, shout it out! Featuring palettes with eight eyeshadows and a highlighter in totally new better-than-ever formulas curated to express the power and presence of your personality. Make up, speak out. Show the world who you really are." Of the six palettes, two are limited edition and four will be added to the permanent range. The MAC Girls palettes feature four new eyeshadow formulas: Foiled (sheer to high buildable coverage, sparkling metallic finish), Satin Shine (sheer to high buildable coverage with a soft satin finish), Creamy Matte (high coverage, creamy smooth texture, matte finish), and Smooth Pearl (sheer to high buildable coverage, creamy smooth texture, pearlized finish). Each palette also comes with a complementary highlighter shade that can be used on the eyes. The Mischief Minx palette comes in a sleek rectangular cardboard mirrored compact featuring a leopard-print design with the name of the palette printed on the lid in bold letters. Each MAC Girls palette contains a total of 16.5 grams of product (11.5 g of eyeshadow, 5 g of highlighter), and retails for $48. 

Mischief Minx, Natural Tease, V Frisky, and She-nanigans

Mischief Minx is a medium warm brightened orange with a gold sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and 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 and brighter than Suspiciously Sweet, more orange than Fashion Field's Day, and darker and more orange than Paradisco.
Natural Tease is a medium warm amber gold with gold-copper sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is more golden and more sparkly than Mischief Minx, brighter and more sparkly than She-nanigans, and more sparkly than Amber Lights.
V Frisky is a light-medium warm yellow gold with champagne gold sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is more sparkly than Goldmine, warmer and more sparkly than Gorgeous Gold, and lighter and warmer than I Like 2 Watch.
She-nanigans is a medium-dark warm muted reddish copper with gold sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be layered easily but difficult to blend out. It is darker and more copper than Natural Tease, more sparkly than Texture, and darker and more copper than Honey Lust.

Flaming Femme; Schemer; Been There, Done That; and Totally Trouble

Flaming Femme is a medium-deep warm terracotta red in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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, brighter and more red than Swiss Chocolate, and lighter and warmer than I'm Into It.
Schemer is a dark warm chocolate brown in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 neutral than Embark, warmer than Brun, and darker than Brown Down.
Been There, Done That is a dark neutral-warm brown with a bronze sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and 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 cooler and more pearlized than Schemer, warmer and more pearlized than Brun, and warmer and more pearlized than Concrete.
Totally Trouble is a deep dark neutral-warm blackened brown in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and 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 warmer than Carbon, darker than Brun, and more brown than Shadowy Lady.

Stride of Pride

Stride of Pride (Highlighter) is a medium warm gilded peach with a gold reflective sheen in an Opalescent finish. This is a new and permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is darker and more orange than Beaming Blush, more orange than Global Glow, and lighter than Cheeky Bronze.

The MAC Girls palettes mark a very different direction for MAC in terms of aesthetic and curation. For the first time ever, MAC has released cardboard mirrored compacts instead of heavier plastic ones with clear lids, and the shadows come in two different sizes and are placed randomly in the palette rather than in grid formation. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because I do think that these palettes include some fun colour combinations and look very striking, but it is obvious in the much slimmer packaging that they are trying harder to compete with many other bestselling palettes out there, including ones by Urban Decay and Anastasia Beverly Hills. My only pet peeve with the packaging is that the names of the shades aren't actually printed on the palette — they're on a separate clear plastic sheet that sits on top of the shades. Not a deal breaker, but kind of annoying because the shades aren't printed anywhere else on the palette so you have to keep that flimsy clear sheet if you want to know the shade names. But at $48, these also offer more value ($190) than any other palette MAC has released before. And unlike those other brands, MAC released six very different palettes at the same time so that there's something for everyone.

All these palettes feature four new eyeshadow finishes (which are described in the first paragraph) and are all pretty self-explanatory. To be honest, the Foiled eyeshadows disappointed me the most; the finish is absolutely gorgeous, but the colour pay-off is inconsistent and requires effort to build up and layer out on the lids. They work best with fingers rather than brushes (I tried using them with both synthetic and real hair brushes, and both dry and wet, and they go on patchy because the bristles just don't want to pick up the sparkle), and I definitely recommend using a good eye base that has a tackier texture to help with adhesion if you're looking for a high-sparkle, high-metallic finish. On that note, I am very impressed with the Smooth Pearl and Creamy Matte textures, both of which are super-silky and ultra-smooth with high pigmentation. They blend out effortlessly and have minimal fall out, too. My only complaint is that these palettes need a medium transition shade and at least one more matte to create more well-rounded, dimensional looks. As for the new Opalescent finish highlighters, the texture is smooth and silky, but they have a softer pearlized sheen, so don't be expecting that bright, ultra-reflective finish that their Extra Dimension or Mineralize Skinfinishes have.

Given how popular warm and red-toned shades are right now, the Mischief Minx palette is definitely going to be the bestseller out of the six palettes, and it'll work on all skintones from fair to deep dark. The highlighter here is definitely going to be more of a blush on fair to medium skintones, and a true highlighter on dark to deep dark skintones — but as the highlighters have been tested for the eye area, they can also be used as eyeshadows. Again, I have to reiterate that this palette would've really benefitted from the addition of a mid-tone matte shade as a transition colour, something like Soft Brown or Saddle. (Though I am sure that if you are one of the many that loves these types of shades, you will already have a plethora of warm transition shades to pick from.) Other than that, I can see this palette selling out fast at all locations, but don't worry — Mischief Minx is permanent and will be re-stocked.