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Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 467

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Monday, March 20, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. The first thing I did after I woke up this morning was… What I do every morning after I wake up: turn off alarm, use toilet, brush teeth, wash face, apply morning skincare routine, make coffee, have breakfast (I had sesame toast this morning — I can't eat that much before 7:00am), have a smoke, put makeup on, get dressed. The only difference this morning was that I had a job interview. I'm gunning for two positions right now, so I have another interview tomorrow.

  2. Someone in your life who always laughs at your jokes? My friends Chelsea and Amanda.

  3. Do you have any "imperfections" (quote, unquote) that you love? There's a beauty mark just above my eyebrow that I used to hate, but now find quite handy when I'm drawing in my eyebrows because I know exactly where to form my arch...

  4. If you were to battle it out on the dance floor like in those cheesy dance movies like Step Up and Honey, how do you think you'd do? It depends... Have I rehearsed? I mean, I'm not a dancer nor have I ever aspired to be one (my parents did put me in ballet and jazz lessons when I was younger but I only did it for maybe two years, and I was like, 10), so I can't just get on the dance floor and pull crazy moves (nor would I want to because I would break something for sure). But if I rehearsed... Nah, who am I kidding?

  5. Why does makeup matter? It's fun, transformative, creative, and inspiring. I mean, it's like asking why does art matter? Except makeup can also enhance someone's features, which in turn makes them look better, which ultimately makes them feel better. It's the easiest way to boost confidence.

  6. Three things that make you happy? Music (been loving post-grunge lately), makeup, and bubble tea.

Sunday Video Love: Dope Calypso

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

There are very few bands that I've absolutely fallen in love with in this decade, but Violent Soho has got to be one of my favourite new bands. They're like The Pixies meets Smashing Pumpkins meets Nirvana, all bands from the '90s that I love and still listen to frequently. Honestly, I have yet to listen to a Violent Soho song that I didn't immediately like. I'm just baffled as to how they're not more popular over on this side of the world.

Friday Five: Picture This

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Friday, March 17, 2017
This week's Friday Five:
  1. What's your favourite monster movie? Monsters, Inc., obviously. But if that doesn't count as a "real" monster movie (although it should, 'cause hi, there are monsters in it), then I'd say Pan's Labyrinth.

  2. What's your favourite social issues movie? American History X.

  3. What's a movie you dislike in a genre you love? I usually quite enjoy chick flicks and rom coms, but Valentine's Day was pretty terrible.

  4. What's a movie you like in a genre you dislike? I don't usually like horror movies, but I watched Get Out a couple weeks ago and thought it was really well done: good pacing, unexpected plot twists, and thought-provoking.

  5. What's a movie everyone else has seen but you have not seen? The Godfather.

MAC Eyes on MAC (2017): Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Two weeks ago, MAC released their anniversary collection for Eyes on MAC, which is their annual eyeshadow palette extension launch. This year's Eyes on MAC collection features a total of ten eye products: two 15-pan eyeshadow palettes, six nine-pan eyeshadow palettes, and two eye brushes. Of the ten products, there are two new and permanent nine-pan eyeshadow palettes. The Solar Glow Times Nine Palette is described as "A well-edited palette of frosty metallic hues offering countless colour combinations. Textures range from veluxe pearl to lustre to frost. The saturated soft and smooth shades are packaged in one pocket-sized compact for easy portability." It is housed in a regular black rectangular clear-lidded compact with the MAC logo on the lid. Each Eyeshadow x 9 Palette contains a total of 7.2 grams of product, and retails for $42.

Moon Rock, Copper Aura, and Blackberry

Moon Rock is a light cool beige with gold sparkle in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette. It has a slightly chunkier, more gritty texture, but goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be layered easily but there will be fall out when blending. It is cooler than Pastelluxe #1, cooler and more glittery than Nylon, and warmer and less glittery than She Sparkles.
Copper Aura is a light-medium warm muted peachy copper with peach sparkle in a Lustre finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette. It has a chunky, more gritty texture, and can go on patchy and unevenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be layered easily but there will be fall out when blending. It is more peach than Honey Lust, lighter and more peach than Mythology, and darker and more peach than Last Dance.
Blackberry is a medium-deep cool muted plummy 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 and more purple than Quarry, darker and cooler than Haux, and lighter and more muted than Sketch.

Sugared, Quarry, and Metalmauve

Sugared is a light icy pink with white and pink sparkle in a Lustre finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette. It has a chunky, more gritty texture, and can go on patchy and unevenly. It has low-medium pigmentation and sheer to semi-sheer buildable colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be layered easily but there will be fall out when blending. It is lighter and cooler than Last Dance, slightly cooler than Pastelluxe #2, and lighter and more glittery than Sweet Lust.
Quarry is a medium-dark cool mauve-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 and cooler than Haux, lighter and cooler than Blackberry, and more brown and more matte than Shale.
Metalmauve is a medium-dark cool mauve in a Frost finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette. 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 Stolen Moment, darker and cooler than Smoky Mauve, and more purple than Satin Taupe.

Cosmic, Soot, and Lunar Cycle

Cosmic is a light-medium cool gilded pewter with silver sparkle in a Frost finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette (not to be mistaken for the eyeshadow with the same name from 2007's Moonbathe collection). 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 Silver Ring, darker and cooler than Retrospeck, and warmer and more silver than Silver Sun.
Soot is a deep-dark cool taupe-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 cooler than Brun, more brown than Concrete, and more muted than Dance in the Dark.
Lunar Cycle is a light-medium sage-grey with mint green pearl in a Frost finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low pigmentation and sheer to semi-sheer colour pay-off. It is difficult to layer, but easy to blend out. It is much sheerer and more grey than Silver Sun, lighter and cooler than Greensmoke, and cooler than Greenluxe #3.

The colour wave of Solar Glow is actually quite nice — neutral to cool and quite sparkly, but wearable and flattering on many skintones — and I like that there are three really smooth, pigmented mattes to help ground the six other shades. What I have issues with, however, is the texture of the really sparkly shades. Now, Lustre eyeshadows have always been known to have a sheer colour pay-off with a gritty consistency, so it's not so surprising that Copper Aura and Sugared have that chunkier, patchier finish. But it's odd that Moon Rock, a Veluxe Pearl which is known for a smooth, metallic finish, also performs this way, to the point where I think it was mislabeled. Moreover, Lunar Cycle is really sheer — it's immensely difficult to layer and gives a semi-sheer colour pay-off at most — which is unusual for a Frost finish eyeshadow because they're usually really pigmented (like Metalmauve and Cosmic, both of which perform beautifully). The chunkier eyeshadows aren't impossible to use, of course, but they do require more work, and I recommend using a tackier eye base or even a glitter glue to help them adhere better to the lid, and a flat synthetic brush (like a MAC 242) or even your finger to help pack it on with minimal fall out. If you like the Veluxe Pearlfusion palettes (which have a similar, if not identical, texture to the sparkly shades here), you might like Solar Glow — and the addition of matte shades will help create much more versatile, dimensional looks — but as it is, with four of the nine shades performing poorly without significantly more effort, you might be better off selecting MAC's single eyeshadows that are similar but apply better, especially since all the matte shades in Solar Glow can already be found in the permanent range.

MAC Eyes on MAC (2017): Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Two weeks ago, MAC released their anniversary collection for Eyes on MAC, which is their annual eyeshadow palette extension launch. This year's Eyes on MAC collection features a total of ten eye products: two 15-pan eyeshadow palettes, six nine-pan eyeshadow palettes, and two eye brushes. Of the ten products, there are two new and permanent nine-pan eyeshadow palettes. The Semi-Sweet Times Nine Palette is described as "a well-edited palette of smoky brown hues offering countless colour combinations, all in a rich matte texture. The saturated soft and smooth shades are packaged in one pocket-sized compact for easy portability." It is housed in a regular black rectangular clear-lidded compact with the MAC logo on the lid. Each Eyeshadow x 9 Palette contains a total of 7.2 grams of product, and retails for $42.

Drawing a Blanc, Bamboo, and Outre

Drawing a Blanc is a light warm beige in a Matte2 finish. This is a re-promoted shade from last year's C'est Chic Eyeshadow x 15 Palette (Nordstrom exclusive), and is now permanent in this palette. 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 Blanc Type, more matte than Vanilla, and more beige than Orb.
Bamboo is a light-medium warm muted peach brown in a Matte finish. This was a permanent shade that was discontinued, but will be permanent in this palette. 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 and more peach than Soft Brown, more brown and more matte than Arena, and darker and more matte than Grain.
Outre is a medium-dark muted mustard brown in a Matte finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2011's MAC Me Over collection, and is now permanent in this palette. 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. There is nothing similar to this in MAC's permanent range; it is darker and more yellow than Cork, and more yellow and more matte than Soba.

Pink Sienna, Mocha Minded, and Everyone's Darling

Pink Sienna is a medium cool mauve-brown in a Matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette. 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 Haux, darker and more brown than Malt, and more pink than Quarry.
Mocha Minded is a medium-deep warm chocolate brown in a Matte finish. This is a new and permanent shade in this palette. 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 warmer than Espresso, more yellow than Brown Down, and darker than Cork.
Everyone's Darling is a medium-deep warm burgundy plum in a Matte finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2015's MACnificent Me! collection, and is now permanent in this palette. It has a slightly drier texture, but 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 plum than I'm Into It, lighter and more red than Sketch, and lighter and more muted than Deep Damson.

Persuade, Dance in the Dark, and Carbon

Persuade is a medium-deep cool grey-taupe in a Matte finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2014's Brooke Shields collection, and is now permanent in this palette. 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 and cooler than Brun, more brown than Print, and lighter than Concrete.
Dance in the Dark is a deep-dark cool-toned brown in a Matte finish. This is a permanent and re-promoted shade in the Warm Neutral Eyeshadow x 15 Palette, and is now permanent in this palette. It has a slightly drier texture, but 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 Persuade, slightly cooler than Brun, and warmer than Concrete.
Carbon is a deep-dark cool charcoal grey in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a slightly drier texture, but 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 matte than Dark Dare, darker and less sparkly than Black Tied, and darker than Typographic.

This is the only real neutral Eyeshadow x 9 palette that was released with Eyes on MAC, and is the only entirely matte palette from the launch, also making it the only all-matte palette in MAC's permanent line-up. It's a beautiful workhorse palette that will suit all skintones, and it seems that MAC has revamped their mattes so that they're softer, more pigmented, and blend out more easily. Even Carbon and Dance in the Dark, which are both notoriously dry, are smoother and more finely-milled than previous versions. And Outre from 2011's MAC Me Over collection, which was hoarded and beloved by many, is finally permanent in this palette. That having been said, most of the colours in Semi-Sweet have similar dupes within MAC's permanent range and it's really likely that people will already have shades like these, whether from MAC or other brands (for example, the colour scheme is actually pretty similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills' Modern Renaissance), so despite being a really flattering, really workable palette, I would check your own stash to see if it's worth adding this palette to your collection. As it is, though, Semi-Sweet has a great mix of light to dark and warm to cool shades, so it's a fantastic, well-curated palette to use on its own and to use in conjunction with other palettes (I love using it with the Red-Hot Times Nine palette).

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 466

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Monday, March 13, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. If you could get a phone call from anyone today, who would it be? Ryan Gosling.

  2. What's something you have in your makeup collection that you absolutely love and think everyone needs to have in their life ASAP? MAC's new Brushstroke Liner. Genuinely the best liquid eyeliner pen I have ever used, in terms of applicator, ease of application, ink flow, and ink density. Better than Kat Von D, Stila, Urban Decay, etc. It was about time MAC upped their game in the liquid liner department, and they really delivered.

  3. What was the last book you read? I've been reading through all of Jessica Sorensen's books because they've proven to be fast, addictive reads, and I just finished her Unbeautiful series.

  4. Eyeshadow is... Fun and transformative.

  5. What's one big life lesson you've learned? It's always better to fail at something you love than succeed at something you hate.

Sunday Video Love: Heavy

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Linkin Park just came out with this new single, and it has a completely different sound than I ever expected from them. And, for the first time in over a decade, I'm actually interested in their music again.

Saturday Nine: Fist City (1968)

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. This song is about a wife warning another woman off her man. Who received the last warning, of any type, that you issued? I don't really give warnings so much as advice as to how to improve. I was telling one of my staff the other day that if she wanted to get promoted any time soon, she has to be more vocal about being succession planned and to prove that she has the drive to move up. We do give out warning letters at work, of course, but we like to see how an employee can improve after a conversation first before issuing out anything official.

  2. Loretta sings that when her husband picks up trash, he puts it in a garbage can. She's being metaphorical, but we will be literal: If you spot litter on the sidewalk, do you pick it up or just walk on? I just walk on. As much as I'd like to better our environment, I'm also a germaphobe and I'm not about to touch someone else's trash.

  3. She taught herself to play guitar. If you could learn something new in 2017, what would it be? If I had the time and motivation, I would absolutely wanna try to pick up the guitar again. I took lessons for like, half a year, but I was starting university at the time and just didn't have the time to continue with them.

  4. She broke her shoulder in a fall and surgery was required to repair it. When were you last in a hospital? Were you a patient or a visitor? I went to the hospital sometime a couple years ago because I was having trouble breathing, and it hurt to inhale and exhale. I'm a smoker, so I knew it probably had something to do with that, but I never had chest pains because of it, so I went to the ER to have them check it out. Anyway, they didn't find anything serious after a series of tests and an X-ray, but they gave me a couple of inhalers to help me breathe.

  5. In the 1970s, Loretta Lynn was the first country singer to appear on the cover of Newsweek. Who is your favourite country singer? I'm not huge on country music, but I do quite like Carrie Underwood. Some would argue that she's not strictly country, but that's probably why I like her music. I also have incredible respect for LeAnn Rimes as an artist. I don't love a lot of her songs, but the girl has a magical voice and achieved a lot at a really young age. (Like, listen to "Blue" or her cover of "Unchained Melody." Yeah, she recorded those when she was 13.)

  6. Rowan and Martin's Laugh In premiered in 1968, when this song was popular. What's the last TV show you watched? Did you watch it live, did you stream it, or catch it on DVR/Tivo? Riverdale, on Netflix.

  7. In 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy shocked the world by marrying Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis.What's the last thing you heard that surprised you? What surprised me wasn't so much this fact, but that I didn't already know this fact: There are 52 playing cards in a deck to represent the 52 weeks in a year, and the four suits represent the four seasons.

  8. 1968's top-rated car was the Chevy Corvette. Could your car benefit from a trip to the car wash this morning? Yep.

  9. Random question: You're staying in a hotel and find you can faintly hear the couple in the next room. Would you ignore their voices, or try to hear them better? Ignore their voices because I'd probably be trying to read.