CIRCUITS OF FEVER

MAC Min Liu: Lipstick in Peach Blossom Pink and Dynasty Red

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Last Thursday, MAC launched their collaboration with Chinese fashion designer, Min Liu. It is inspired by "the creation and rejuvenation of life" featuring "bold reds, deep peony pinks, and misty metallics, capturing the flow of energy that connects mountains, oceans – and all of us." This collection features a total of ten products, all of which are new and limited edition. Min Liu sees the launch of two new and limited edition lipsticks, which are housed in glossy black metal square tubes "with Min Liu’s signature in red, bedecked with a black tassle." Each lipstick contains a total of 3 grams of product, and retails for $25. It is available online and in select MAC Store locations across North America, and at all MAC locations in China.

Peach Blossom Pink and Dynasty Red

Peach Blossom Pink and Dynasty Red

Min Liu is a Chinese fashion designer whose label is called Ms MIN. She graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2007, and worked for Viktor + Rolf and Ports 1962 before launching her own label. Min takes inspiration from her love of culture, history, and the arts. "Combining modernity with classicism, Min takes inspiration from her love of culture and the arts, defining 'simplicity with depth, romanticism with edge, classicism with a twist' as the driving spirit behind her diverse collections. Threading global influences through a range of eras — lush Chinoiserie to crisp mid century couture — Min weaves retro elegance with modern panache for a contemporary wardrobe as polished as it is original. Exquisite fabrics, expert technique, beautifully cut silhouettes are the hallmarks of her aesthetic philosophy: strong yet feminine clothes for the fashionably independent woman who refuses to drift along with the crowd. Sophisticated, discerning, not bound by convention, she prefers 'Ms' as her title of respect, a prefix that defines her, not by marital status, but by her own worth. A woman whose refinement and confidence makes a bold statement because she understands that elegance is a mindset and her wardrobe the most revealing expression of her point of view." 

Peach Blossom Pink and Dynasty Red

Peach Blossom Pink is a medium cool brightened peony pink with blue undertones in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is brighter than Pink Nouveau, more muted than Candy Yum-Yum, and lighter than Pink Pigeon.
Dynasty Red is a medium-dark neutral-warm brightened strawberry red in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly warmer than Ruby Woo, lighter than Russian Red, and slightly warmer than Feels So Grand.

What I've always appreciated about MAC as a brand is that they spotlight designers and artists that are less well-known, and take their inspirations and visions to execute beautiful makeup collections that they would never otherwise have had an opportunity to do. This collection as a whole really embodies Min Liu's sophistication, artistry, and love of Chinese culture, which is especially apparent in the lip colours here with a vibrant peony pink and a classic Chinese lacquer red. Peach Blossom Pink is actually a pretty unique colour within MAC's permanent range, especially for a matte, but it's not going to be flattering on everyone because it has such a cool, blue undertone. However, those who love their bright cool-toned pinks like Pink Nouveau and Candy Yum-Yum will want to check this one out, and it's definitely a fun colour choice for summer. On the other hand, Dynasty Red is very dupeable as MAC has made dozens of similar red shades, but as Ruby Woo is universally flattering, so is this. If you like Ruby Woo but wish it were less drying, Dynasty Red is actually a very good substitute. As it is, I don't think either of these are must-haves, but if you don't have anything similar at home, these are worth considering; both shades go on smoothly with full colour pay-off, and the packaging — complete with tassles — is gorgeous, elegant, and chic.

MAC Min Liu: First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Last Thursday, MAC launched their collaboration with Chinese fashion designer, Min Liu. It is inspired by "the creation and rejuvenation of life" featuring "bold reds, deep peony pinks, and misty metallics, capturing the flow of energy that connects mountains, oceans – and all of us." This collection features a total of ten products, all of which are new and limited edition. Min Liu sees the launch of one new and limited edition Pearlmatte Face Powder, which is described as "a face powder with pearlized, satin shades for highlighting and blush effects." The powder features "an exclusive Min Liu wave design embossed into the powder, and glossy black packaging with her signature in red." Each Pearlmatte Face Powder contains a total of 12 grams of product, and retails for $46. It is available online and in select MAC Store locations across North America, and at all MAC locations in China.

First Waves

First Waves

Min Liu is a Chinese fashion designer whose label is called Ms MIN. She graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2007, and worked for Viktor + Rolf and Ports 1962 before launching her own label. Min takes inspiration from her love of culture, history, and the arts. "Combining modernity with classicism, Min takes inspiration from her love of culture and the arts, defining 'simplicity with depth, romanticism with edge, classicism with a twist' as the driving spirit behind her diverse collections. Threading global influences through a range of eras — lush Chinoiserie to crisp mid century couture — Min weaves retro elegance with modern panache for a contemporary wardrobe as polished as it is original. Exquisite fabrics, expert technique, beautifully cut silhouettes are the hallmarks of her aesthetic philosophy: strong yet feminine clothes for the fashionably independent woman who refuses to drift along with the crowd. Sophisticated, discerning, not bound by convention, she prefers 'Ms' as her title of respect, a prefix that defines her, not by marital status, but by her own worth. A woman whose refinement and confidence makes a bold statement because she understands that elegance is a mindset and her wardrobe the most revealing expression of her point of view." 

First Waves

First Waves features a wave design of a medium cool passion pink, a medium-dark warm tomato red, and a cool ivory with an overspray of pearlized silver. When mixed together, they create a light-medium neutral-cool muted petal pink with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition 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 Well Dressed, similar to Dame, cooler than Dainty, and lighter and warmer than Gentle.

What I've always appreciated about MAC as a brand is that they spotlight designers and artists that are less well-known, and take their inspirations and visions to execute beautiful makeup collections that they would never otherwise have had an opportunity to do. This collection as a whole really embodies Min Liu's sophistication, artistry, and love of Chinese culture, and this powder is definitely the star of this collaboration. I've always been a fan of the Pearlmatte Face Powder formula — aside from the designs that are embossed into them (like the ones from Baking Beauties or Archie's Girls), it has a gorgeous smooth satin finish with a soft pearlized sheen that looks good on all skin types and never emphasizes skin texture. First Waves goes on smoothly and evenly with great pigmentation, and the colour itself — a soft petal pink — is perfect for this time of year. This colour is definitely more suited to fair to medium skintones, though if your brush is focused more on the pink and red portions of the powder, they will create a more vivid passion pink that will look lovely on medium-dark to medium-deep skintones. As it is, I don't think this is a must-have (there are a number of dupes within MAC's permanent range) especially for a $46 price tag, but the design of this powder is absolutely stunning (in my opinion, it's one of the most elegant ones that MAC has come out with) and the quality is definitely there, both in packaging and in the formulation. MAC collectors will definitely want this one.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 472

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Monday, April 24, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Cherries or strawberries? Strawberries. I also prefer strawberry-flavoured foods (e.g. cake, pastry, candy, bubble tea, popsicles, etc.) to cherry. Don't get me wrong, I quite like cherries on their own, but given the choice, I'll always pick strawberries. I think this might stem from (no pun intended) growing up with cherry trees in the backyard. We'd have an abundance of cherries every summer (like, two massive garbage bags full) so they didn't really seem as exciting as strawberries.

  2. Electronic, R&B, or funk? None of these are really my top choices, but I guess I'd go with R&B.

  3. Swimming with sharks, or skydiving? Skydiving, hands down. It's on my bucket list.

  4. Park or museum? Museum. I can appreciate a nice walk through a park, but I love exploring museums.

  5. Long or short nails? I like growing out my nails to a good length, but if I had to pick either or, I'd go short. I don't know how people with really long acrylics (like those "coffin" shaped nails that everyone seems to be rocking right now) do anything. Like, type, text, wash hair, do makeup, etc. People say that you get used to it, but that length of nail would drive me nuts.

  6. Side or center part? Side. I have a really round face and let me tell you, a center part only accentuates its cabbage shape.

  7. Flowing and floor-length, or tight and short? Flowing and floor-length. I do not have the body shape or leg length for tight and short. But I never wear dresses or skirts, anyway, so it's a moot point in the end.

  8. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? I do love me some good breakfast, but ultimately, my favourite meal is dinner. There's more variety. Plus, I can totally get breakfast foods at dinner time if I feel like it, but dinner foods at breakfast make me feel gross unless it's cold pizza (and cold pizza is good any time of day).

  9. Cool or crazy? Cool.

  10. Black and white, or color? Colour, though I do appreciate good black and white photography.

  11. Bonus: Pen or pencil? A pen. I own like, two pencils, and I never use them. Even with eyeliner, I prefer liquid to pencil.

Sunday Video Love: Hard Times

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

I've been waiting with bated breath for Paramore to finally release something new. I didn't know if they'd actually stay together with so much turmoil going on within their group. It just seems like they can't catch a break with all the band member changes and lawsuits and losses over the past few years. But as someone who has been a Paramore fan for well over a decade now, it's a relief to know they can endure so many public and personal battles and still come out the victor, even if it doesn't feel like it to them. This song, the first single from their fifth studio album (which comes out next month), really represents a radical new chapter in their lives and in their music, both sonically and lyrically. A lot of long-time fans will find it hard to get used to the different sound, but I actually appreciate the change. They've always skated the line between pop and rock ("too rock for pop, and too pop for rock," as they've always said), but their sound now incorporates '80s nu wave, '70s disco, with dashes of ska, funk, and calypso — resulting in a sound that immediately makes you want to dance (or, at the very least, head bop), replay the song so you can dance some more, and then replay again because you kinda don't mind the fact that it'll be stuck in your head for a week, anyway. They don't sound anything like they used to — in the best way possible — proving that Paramore can adapt to any genre they want and completely slay it.

Saturday Nine: Don't Sleep in the Subway (1967)

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep? It's ideal, but not necessary. When I took the subway to school everyday, I could fall asleep standing up just holding on to a pole. Even now, I can fall asleep on the couch with all the lights on and the TV blaring.

  2. In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement? I do now. I've been in management for a while, so I've learned to remain rational and calm all the time. But I definitely had a temper when I was younger; I was really stubborn and lashed out and held grudges.

  3. Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid? I don't really have rituals or good luck charms. When I'm afraid of something, I do whatever I need to do to take my mind off of it. This usually means reading a book or watching a TV show/YouTube video/movie or talking to a friend on the phone.

  4. Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance? Nope.

  5. Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles, and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away? My nearest friend is literally a five-minute drive away, and my nearest relative is about ten minutes away. I don't have long-distance friends, but the furthest relatives from me, including my dad, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins, all live in Hong Kong.

  6. In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind? "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

  7. In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favourite Star Trek character? I honestly don't have one because I never cared enough to get to know any of the characters.

  8. Random question: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first? My right foot.

  9. As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants? Not physically, but I definitely had to envision it.

Thursday Threes: Vol. 6

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
The last 3 things I ate:
  • Quinoa salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, lentils, parsley and red bell peppers from Costco
  • Smoked salmon and dill cream cheese on multigrain sourdough bread
  • Four-cheese tortellini with basil and garlic tomato sauce, prosciutto, baby spinach, and parmesan

The last 3 things I did:
  • Had a smoke
  • Talked to my manager about our meeting next week with our new team
  • Did some online shopping

The last 3 purchases I made:

The last 3 things I watched:

  • iZombie — I'm all caught up on Season 3 which started a few weeks ago. The episode where Major is on teenage girl brain has been the highlight of my week.
  • Riverdale — I just binge-watched the last three episodes. Jughead's still my favourite (I kinda have a mini crush on him, not gonna lie), but I'm surprised how much I love Veronica on this show considering how annoying she is in the comics. I'm also really glad that they ended the Archie/Valerie relationship; it was one of the most awkward, unnatural things to watch, and I think even the writers probably wanted to retract the idea the moment it first aired. Oh, and I gotta say, Cheryl Blossom has become one of the best villains in a teen TV drama since Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl.
  • The F Word — Actually really, really good. It's an indie rom-com with random, quirky characters and happenstances that reminds me somewhat of (500) Days of Summer. I bought this on a whim 'cause it was on sale on Amazon so I didn't really know what to expect, but Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan have amazing chemistry together, and though the storyline was somewhat predictable, it was real and witty and funny. As it turns out, Daniel Radcliffe's potential as an actor doesn't start and end with Harry Potter. Plus, it was kinda cool to see a movie not just filmed in Toronto, but actually set in Toronto, too. The real highlight for me in this film, though, is Adam Driver's character, Allan. I swear, every line that came out of his mouth was gold and I almost died laughing.

The last 3 songs I played:
  • Paramore - Hard Times
  • Lorde - Green Light
  • The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya) - Don't Let Me Down

The last 3 apps I used on my phone:
  • WhatsApp
  • Messages
  • Phone

3 makeup items I last used on my face:

3 things that are sitting closest to me right now (aside from my iPhone):

3 things I'm currently wearing:
  • A grey TNA long-sleeve V-neck tee 
  • A pair of black sweatpants from Uniqlo
  • A pair of orange fox-print fuzzy socks from Bath & Body Works

3 things I want to accomplish today:
  • Catch up on Shadowhunters on Netflix
  • Start 13 Reasons Why on Netflix (yes, it's gonna be a lazy couch potato day)
  • Cut and paint my nails because they are looking haggard

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 471

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Monday, April 17, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. What was the last music festival you went to? Riot Fest in September 2015, when Alexisonfire officially announced their reunion. I used to go to music festivals all the time, but there hasn't been any that I've been interested in in a while; I'd rather just go to singular shows for my favourite bands than huge festivals because there's usually only one or two artists I actually care to see.

  2. Finish the following sentence: I was born to… Be an artist, whether it be with makeup, paint, digital graphics, or photography. It's really the only thing I've been passionate about since I was a kid.

  3. Hair up or down today? Up. It's actually very rarely down these days. It just annoys the crap out of me when it's all over my face.

  4. When you were a teenager, did you ever throw a party at your house when your parents weren't home? Dear god, no. Even I knew as a teenager what a massive pain in the ass it would be to host a party for other teenagers. Teenagers + excessive amounts of alcohol = Always no.

  5. What would you like on your toast today? Philadelphia Whipped Chive Cream Cheese. It is glorious.

Sunday Video Love: Bury

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Another gem found through Riverdale. Honestly, the music supervisor on that show is killing it.