CIRCUITS OF FEVER

Photolog 2018: Day 51 of 365

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

More BT21 hoodies arrived today! (If a some of these look familiar, it's because I also got a couple of these designs in the short-sleeved tees and later decided that I needed all the sweatshirts, too, 'cause hi, I live in Canada and it gets fucking cold here.) Is it bad that I've bought so much BT21 stuff that I almost forgot I ordered these?

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette in Get It Glowin'

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Last Thursday, MAC launched their new Hyper Real Glow Palette, a set of three highlighting shades available in two colour waves: "Finally, something worthy of the hype. Fall fast and hard for the highlighting palette perfection of Hyper Real Glow. Each palette packs three hues of highlight for supercharged, ecstatic-in-love-level radiance... With an irresistibly creamy powder formula, shades blend effortlessly to leave an ultra-reflective, yet flawlessly smooth sheen." There are three highlighting shades in square pans in each palette, and they are housed in a slim black mirrored cardboard case. each Hyper Real Glow Palette contains a total of 13.5 grams of product, and retails for $48.

In natural daylight: Get It Glowin', Gold Coasting, and Rosy Cheer

In direct sunlight: Get It Glowin', Gold Coasting, and Rosy Cheer

Get It Glowin' is a light warm champagne gold in a shimmery metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a smooth, 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 darker than Double-Gleam, and lighter than Oh, Darling!.
Gold Coasting is a light warm peachy champagne in a shimmery metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a smooth, 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 more peach than Get It Glowin', and warmer than Soft and Gentle.
Rosy Cheer is a medium warm peachy bronze in a shimmery metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a smooth, 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 lighter and peachier than Global Glow, and lighter and more peach than Gold Deposit.

Finally, MAC has hopped on the highlighter palette train! MAC has never had any sort of highlighting kit in their permanent range, so it really was about time that they added these. For those who like to combine highlighting shades or simply want more variety in a single compact, the Hyper Real Glow Palettes will definitely appeal to you. Since the discontinuation of their Iridescent Powders a little over six years ago, MAC only had Mineralize Skinfinish or Extra Dimension Skinfinish in their permanent range — both of which are gorgeous formulas, but have that weightless, baked texture that is buildable in opacity. What MAC was missing in their highlighter range was that dense, creamy powder formula that is super-smooth, ultra-blendable, and gives off a beaming, metallic sheen — the texture and finish that has made Anastasia Beverly Hills' Glow Kits and Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfectors reign supreme in this category. Get It Glowin' is definitely geared towards medium to dark skintones, but Flash + Awe was designed for fair to medium skintones, so no one misses out.

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette in Flash + Awe

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Last Thursday, MAC launched their new Hyper Real Glow Palette, a set of three highlighting shades available in two colour waves: "Finally, something worthy of the hype. Fall fast and hard for the highlighting palette perfection of Hyper Real Glow. Each palette packs three hues of highlight for supercharged, ecstatic-in-love-level radiance... With an irresistibly creamy powder formula, shades blend effortlessly to leave an ultra-reflective, yet flawlessly smooth sheen." There are three highlighting shades in square pans in each palette, and they are housed in a slim black mirrored cardboard case. each Hyper Real Glow Palette contains a total of 13.5 grams of product, and retails for $48.

In natural daylight: Flash + Awe, Rosy Glow, and Light of the Party
In direct sunlight: Flash + Awe, Rosy Glow, and Light of the Party

Flash + Awe is a pale cool-neutral silvered pinky beige in a shimmery metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a smooth, 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. There is nothing similar to this in MAC's permanent line-up.
Rosy Glow is a light neutral pinked beige in a shimmery metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a smooth, 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 darker and more pink than Flash + Awe, and lighter and more pink than Soft and Gentle.
Light of the Party is a light-medium warm peachy pink beige in a shimmery metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a smooth, 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 peach than Beaming Blush, and more peach than Soft and Gentle.

Finally, MAC has hopped on the highlighter palette train! MAC has never had any sort of highlighting kit in their permanent range, so it really was about time that they added these. For those who like to combine highlighting shades or simply want more variety in a single compact, the Hyper Real Glow Palettes will definitely appeal to you. Since the discontinuation of their Iridescent Powders a little over six years ago, MAC only had Mineralize Skinfinish or Extra Dimension Skinfinish in their permanent range — both of which are gorgeous formulas, but have that weightless, baked texture that is buildable in opacity. What MAC was missing in their highlighter range was that dense, creamy powder formula that is super-smooth, ultra-blendable, and gives off a beaming, metallic sheen — the texture and finish that has made Anastasia Beverly Hills' Glow Kits and Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfectors reign supreme in this category. Flash + Awe is definitely geared towards fair to medium skintones, but Get It Glowin' was designed for medium to dark skintones, so no one misses out.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 512

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Monday, February 19, 2018
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. White nail polish or black nail polish? Black. I'm not a huge fan of light nail colours on myself. Also because I'm a smoker, and light nail colours yellow really fast. Not pretty.

  2. What are you striving for today? Relax. It's Family Day, so I have today off. I think I might marathon-play The Sims 4.

  3. Have you ever shouted at a stranger? Yes. I don't normally because I like to think that I have great control of my emotions in public, but this woman provoked me. It was a couple of years ago at The Ex. This ratchet bitch hit me with her kid's stroller and, without apologizing, proceeded to roll it over my foot. I said, "Please watch where you're going." (I am always polite at first.) And then she proceeded to swear at me. So I used strings of creative insults, to which she could only swear back as a simpleton, while her child was watching this exchange. So I made a comment about swearing in front of her child and insulted her parenting skills (yes, a low blow) until her husband/boyfriend/baby daddy apologized to me and dragged her away.

  4. Coffee or wine? Coffee, always. I don't drink, anyway. Plus, I hate wine.

  5. What's one thing that dramatically improved the state of your hair? Not dyeing it.

Photolog 2018: Day 50 of 365

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Ordering all my favourites at dim sum. Happy Family Day!

Photolog 2018: Day 49 of 365

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Chirashi for dinner. Because sometimes I just crave deconstructed sushi.

Sunday Video Love: Tomorrow

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This is by far my favourite song off of Skool Luv Affair and they've performed this live many times over the years, but they usually retire older songs from their live performances, especially ones that aren't title tracks. So I was surprised that they decided to perform this particular song (out of all the other, more popular songs from that EP) several months ago for M Countdown. When Skool Luv Affair was released and they performed this song regularly on their tours and promotional concerts, Jungkook was 16 and they all looked like babies. But, damn, do they look fucking fine here. (And I can say that now, as they are all fully legal.)

Photolog 2018: Day 48 of 365

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Celebrating the Year of the Dog with these ridiculously cute character macarons from DaanGo Cake Lab. Not only are these really aesthetically pleasing, but they're actually top quality (good chew, fluffy interior, eggshell-like exterior, no hollows, excellent filling-to-cookie ratio) with some fantastic, unique flavours (including roasted milk tea, blood orange and yuzu, and black sesame). The prices are pretty steep ($3.50 each!), but the craftsmanship alone makes them entirely worth it.