Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Five: Two Thousand Zero Zero Party Over Oops Out of Time

This week's Friday Five:
  1. What's your favourite song from 1999? It's way too hard to pick a favourite album, let alone a song. Too many good records came out in that year, so I'm just gonna list my top ten:

    • Blink-182 - Enema of the State
    • Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left to Lose
    • Incubus - Make Yourself
    • Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
    • Matthew Good Band - Beautiful Midnight
    • Moby - Play
    • Our Lady Peace - Happiness... Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
    • Silverchair - Neon Ballroom
    • Thursday - Waiting

  2. What are some of your favourite films from 1999? Oooh, that was a good year for film:

    • 10 Things I Hate About You
    • American Beauty
    • The Bone Collector
    • Cruel Intentions
    • Fight Club
    • Girl, Interrupted
    • The Green Mile
    • The Matrix
    • She's All That
    • The Sixth Sense
    • Toy Story 2
    • The Virgin Suicides

  3. What's something interesting that happened on your birthday in 1999? Whether or not it's interesting is subjective, but according to Wikipedia, Neopets was launched on my birthday in 1999.

  4. How did you ring in the new year as 1999 became 2000? With my parents and my brother at some fancy New Year's Eve gala that my dad's Lions Club chapter was hosting.

  5. What's something that's gotten better since 1999? Technology, but that's kind of a cheap and obvious answer. So I'm gonna say restaurants. Also, makeup. Also, eyebrows.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

MAC It's A Strike!: Lipstick in Honeylove, Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, Perfect Score, and Bowl Me Over


Last Thursday, MAC launched their first fall collection called It's A Strike!: "Head straight to the fast lane and have a ball with It's A Strike! A set of varsity-chic hues gives you that glamour strike that's sure to bring you luck." It's A Strike! inclues a total of 29 products, and sees the release of seven lipsticks, of which two are new and limited edition, three are permanent, and two are limited edition and online exclusive (which will not be reviewed here). Each lipstick is housed in regular black packaging, contains a total of 3 grams of product, and retails for $21. These are applicable for the Back to MAC recycling program.

Honeylove, Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, Perfect Score, and Bowl Me Over

Honeylove, Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, Perfect Score, and Bowl Me Over

Honeylove is a light warm pinked beige in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more pink than Yash, lighter than Velvet Teddy, and lighter and more pink than Cherish.
Flat Out Fabulous is a medium-dark cool magenta pink in a Retro Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a drier texture, but goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more pink than Heroine, lighter than Tailored to Tease, and darker and more matte than Girl About Town.
All Fired Up is a medium-dark cool pinked red in a Retro Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a drier texture, but goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and more pink than Relentlessly Red, more pink than Ruby Woo, and more red and more matte than Fusion Pink.
Perfect Score is a medium-deep slightly cool crimson 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 cooler than Viva Glam I, darker than Russian Red, and lighter than Diva.
Bowl Me Over is a dark warm burgundy brown in a Retro 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 more red than Viva Glam III, warmer and more brown than Sin, and more muted and more brown than Studded Kiss.

Of the five lipsticks launched with It's A Strike! (not including the two online exclusive shades), only two are actually new while the other three are permanent shades that are being re-promoted with this collection. While I do think that Honeylove, Flat Out Fabulous, and All Fired Up complement the colour story of It's A Strike! (and they are some of MAC's bestselling shades), I do wish that MAC had taken the opportunity to come out with new Retro Matte shades or even re-promoted Retro Matte shades that were never added to the permanent range but would also go well with this collection (e.g. Pander Me, Fashion Revival, Styled in Sepia, etc.). However, the two new and limited shades, Perfect Score and Bowl Me Over, really are universally flattering, and are also gorgeously appropriate for fall. Plus, the ultra-matte finishes capture the "retro chic" vibe of this collection really well. That having been said, there are lots of dupes of both of these shades, even within MAC's permanent range, and I wouldn't say either of them are particularly unique. However, ff you don't already have something similar to those shades in your stash, they are well worth checking out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MAC It's A Strike!: Eyeshadow in Bowlarama, Gutter Gal, Bowl Out, Join My League?, and 300 Game


Last Thursday, MAC launched their first fall collection called It's A Strike!: "Head straight to the fast lane and have a ball with It's A Strike! A set of varsity-chic hues gives you that glamour strike that's sure to bring you luck." It's A Strike! inclues a total of 29 products, and sees the release of six single eyeshadows, of which five are new and limited edition and one is permanent (Carbon, which will not be reviewed here). Each eyeshadow is housed in regular black packaging, contains a total of 1.5 grams of product, and retails for $19. These are applicable for the Back to MAC recycling program.

Clockwise from bottom: Bowlarama, Gutter Gal, Bowl Out, Join My League?, and 300 Game

Bowlarama, Gutter Gal, Bowl Out, Join My League?, and 300 Game

Bowlarama is a medium warm brightened yellowed chartreuse green 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 similar to Sour Lemon, slightly more yellow than Bitter, darker and more green than Shock Factor.
Gutter Gal is a light warm dove grey in a Matte 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 lighter and cooler than Omega, cooler and more matte than Patina, and more grey and more matte than Shroom. 
Bowl Out is a medium-dark warm taupe-grey in a Matte 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 lighter and warmer than Print, darker and more grey than Coquette, and lighter and cooler than Brun. 
Join My League? is a dark cool charcoal-brown in a Matte 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 cooler than Brun, more grey than Mystery, and similar to Concrete. 
300 Game is a dark warm burgundy-plum in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a slightly drier texture, and as a result, can go on a bit patchy. However, it has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered easily, but blends out a bit unevenly. It is more reddened than Sketch, more purple than I'm Into It, and darker and more purple than Deep Damson.

All of these shades with the exception of Gutter Gal are actually very dupeable within MAC's permanent range, but I am loving the retro vibes of these shades. They all somehow go together really nicely to create a great colour story for this collection ("varsity-chic") but the addition of a bright lime green and a blackened cherry keep it more interesting than straight-up neutrals. On that note, though, I like that they focused on making really smooth, pigmented, matte, cool-toned neutrals — a lot of brands do good warm neutrals but cool neutrals tend to veer into mauve territory, and these ones are still squarely in the taupe/grey category. Bowl Out and Join My League? both work double duty as fantastic brow shades, as well. I feel like a lot of people are going to overlook this collection since it was released in between two much bigger launches (Good Luck Trolls, which launched earlier this month, and then Star Trek, which will be launching next week), but it's actually really gorgeous in an understated way that is absolutely perfect for the fall season.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MAC It's A Strike!: Pearlmatte Face Powder in Trophy


Last Thursday, MAC launched their first fall collection called It's A Strike!: "Head straight to the fast lane and have a ball with It's A Strike! A set of varsity-chic hues gives you that glamour strike that's sure to bring you luck." It's A Strike! inclues a total of 29 products, and sees the release of one new and limited edition Pearlmatte Face Powder, which MAC describes as "pearlized and satin shades of Face Powder [that] feature a rich texture [and] velvet finish. Can be used as a blush and highlighter. Also suitable for eye area." The powder itself features an embossed graphic design of a bowling ball and two bowling pins, and is housed in a regular black compact with a clear lid. Each Pearlmatte Face Powder contains a total of 13 grams of product and retails for $32.

Trophy

Trophy

Trophy features an embossed graphic design of two bowling pins in ivory with stripes in a raspberry red overspray, a bowling ball in a bright lime green, and a background in a muted rose pink. When they are all swirled together, they create a light neutral brightened ivory pearl in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition product. 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 brighter and more pearlized than Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish.

I was honestly surprised by how much I liked this. Upon looking at it, I didn't think it was going to be very wearable. As eyeshadow shades, maybe (and despite being marketed as a face powder, all shades here are suitable for eye area), but not necessarily as a face product. However, when you blend them together, the green and the red neutralize each other, so the shades create the most gorgeous iridescent pearlized effect. Seriously, it's that kind of beaming highlight that is visible from about a mile away. What's great about this formula, too, is that it's not overly metallic and doesn't emphasize skin texture. That having been said, this product is definitely geared toward fairer skintones — fans of MAC's Lightscapade, Anastasia Beverly Hills' Starlight, and Becca's Pearl will love this. Those with medium to medium-dark skintones might want to use a lighter hand otherwise it can start to look too stark. Those with dark to deep-dark skintones might want to skip this one, however, since it can start to look really ashy. It's not a must-have in the end unless you love your bright, white highlighters, but it is super-cute and there's nothing too similar in MAC's permanent range. MAC collectors will definitely want to add this one to their stash.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 437

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. How do you feel about spidery lashes? You know, with the right look, they can be kinda cool, like Twiggy-meets-rock 'n' roll. But I think too much clump just looks sloppy and almost kinda creepy (I guess that's the point), and extremely spidery lashes are more suited to editorial looks. I like some clump, enough to give a good amount of volume, but not like, chunky clump.

  2. Have you ever worn a gymnastics leotard in public? Well, I did gymnastics when I was 10, so I probably wore one in public then. But I definitely haven't since... nor do I feel compelled to.

  3. What was your favourite thing about the Olympics? Admittedly, I didn't really follow the Olympics this year, but I did quite enjoy Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse's bromance.

  4. How many earrings are you wearing today? Just one, a stud in my cartilage.

  5. Do you prefer little purses or big purses? If I had to pick, I'd say big purses because they can carry everything and I like to be prepared, and I tend to like bigger styles in general. But over the last couple years, I've learned to appreciate the convenience of a smaller purse. I can't get into clutches, though.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Change (In the House of Flies)


Thought I'd share the other video I took of Deftones last week at the International Centre because I just can't get over how good that show was. And also, Chino Moreno's voice is just hypnotically smooth.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday Nine: The Trolley Song (1944)

This week's Saturday Nine:


(Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.)


  1. In this movie clip, just about everyone (except Judy) is wearing a hat. Do you wear hats for fashion, for warmth or for both? I don't wear hats. I do, however, wear the hood of my parka in the winter when it's especially cold.

  2. This song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, which was a huge hit and the second highest grossing movie of 1944. When is the last time you watched a movie in the theatre? Two weeks ago; I watched Suicide Squad.

  3. The movie follows the Smith family as their hometown, St. Louis, prepares to host the 1904 World's Fair. What's the biggest thing happening in your hometown? The Ex just opened! I'm hoping to go in the next couple weeks to check out the food offerings this year.

  4. This week's featured artist, Judy Garland, is best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That movie is shown so often that Sam thinks she may have seen it a dozen times. Is there a movie or holiday special you've seen over and over? Elf, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2. They never get old.

  5. Judy admitted to being perpetually tardy. Are you usually prompt? Or are you always running late? It depends. If it's for work, I'm usually early. If it's for a big event like a wedding, I'm usually prompt. For casual social engagements like dinner with friends, I'm usually five to ten minutes late. Not on purpose, it just always happens that way.

  6. Judy's first professional performance was a rendition of "Jingle Bells" when she was just two. How old were you when you entered your chosen profession? I was 18 when I entered the cosmetics industry, but 24 when I became a certified makeup artist.

  7. Thinking of "Jingle Bells," here's a wintery question for a hot summer day: What's your favourite carol? Does John Williams' "Somewhere in my Memory" from Home Alone 2 count? If not, I guess I'd pick "O Holy Night," 'cause it doesn't annoy the shit out of me.

  8. Judy was a very demonstrative person. She enjoyed hugs and admitted that, when she nervous, she took emotional support from physically reaching out. Are you demonstrative? With my family, no. Asians don't seem to be really touchy-feely people. But with friends, yeah, sure.

  9. She told Barbara Walters that people would be surprised to learn that she was a good cook and specialized in desserts. Do you have a sweet tooth? When I'm PMSing, yes. But typically, no. I enjoy dessert after a meal, but even then, I can't eat a lot of it. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Five: French Kissing

This week's Friday Five:
  1. What's your favourite kind of French fry? I like thinner fries that are slightly mushy (as opposed to crispy fries). McDonald's still makes my favourite stand-alone fries, to be honest. It's the only fast-food fry that I ever crave. I also really, really love cajun waffle fries, but they're hard to find here. Inspire Restaurant also does some good fries; they're similar to the McDonald's ones and they serve them with mayo, which I prefer to ketchup (I know, it's controversial). If we're talking about poutine, though (which is decidedly more French... or, at least, French-Canadian), then my favourite is from La Banquise, which uses a thicker, heartier fry (to hold all the goodies on top, naturally) but are pleasantly mushy.

    Burger and fries from Inspire

    "T-Rex" poutine from La Banquise

  2. Where can you get really good French toast? At Clinton Street Baking Company in New York. They make theirs with thick-cut brioche, caramelized bananas, roasted pecans, and warm maple butter. It is glorious.


    Brioche French toast from Clinton Street Baking Company

  3. What are your feelings about French salad dressing? Pretty indifferent. Not my first choice, but I'll eat it if it's there.

  4. What's something you know how to say in French? Quite a lot, surprisingly enough. I mean, not well enough to converse fluently, but in Ontario, it's mandatory to learn French until Grade 9, so most people here understand basic French. Like, I can go beyond, "Bonjour, comment allez-vous? J'aime manger des frites."

  5. What French films have you seen? Not a lot, actually. In fact, only one, which is Amélie. But it remains one of my favourite films to this day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue, Honeycomb, Thistle, and Sake


Earlier this year, Bite Beauty came out with a whole new range of lipsticks called Amuse Bouche, the motto of which is, "The perfect bite that redefines lipstick." They are described as "a collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear." Bite Beauty has always prided themselves on using real, beneficial ingredients like "organic butters and nourishing oils," and all of the Amuse Bouche lipsticks are at least 95% natural (each shade will state the percentage of natural ingredients on the top of the box). Like all of Bite Beauty's products, the Amuse Bouche lipsticks are hand crafted using a "small batch, low-heat process" that "allows control and the attention to detail needed when creating with real ingredients."


Amuse Bouche lipsticks are made with 12 edible oils to provide "optimal hydration and instantly nourished, smoother, softer lips" and the use of "pearl, silk, and red wine resveratrol prolong wear, enhance creaminess of texture, and provide long-lasting antioxidant benefits long after application." They are lightly scented and flavoured using "fresh pressed grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangelo, mint, and mandarin."  They are housed in dark grey, lightly rubberized tubes with a curved lid to mimic how a lipstick bullet wears down over time (similarly, you could say it looks like someone took a bite out of a lipstick bullet, but this is actually how a Bite Beauty Lip Lab Artist described their lids to me). Each Amuse Bouche lipstick contains 4.35 grams of product, and retails for $30. There are currently 41 shades available, and they are all exclusive to Sephora.

Meringue, Honeycomb, Thistle, and Sake

Meringue, Honeycomb, Thistle, and Sake

Meringue is a light-medium warm peachy pink with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more peach than Bite Beauty Sugarcane, more pink than Bite Beauty Honeycomb, lighter and more peach than Bite Beauty Sorbet, darker and warmer than MAC Creme Cup, warmer and more peach than MAC Faux, slightly darker and more beige than Urban Decay Weirdo, and lighter and more peach than Urban Decay Criminal.
Honeycomb is a light-medium warm peachy beige with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more brown than Bite Beauty Meringue, more brown than Bite Beauty Amaretto, more peach than Bite Beauty Honey Berry, lighter than MAC Velvet Teddy, slightly darker than MAC Cherish, more brown than Urban Decay Insanity, and warmer and more peach than Urban Decay Safe Word.  
Thistle is a medium cool muted mauve-taupe with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and more grey than Bite Beauty Sake, more muted and more brown than NARS Dominique, lighter and more mauve than MAC Stone, lighter and cooler than MAC Whirl, darker than Urban Decay Oblivion, darker and more grey than Urban Decay Violate, and more brown than Jeffree Star Scorpio. 
Sake is a medium-dark cool muted mauve-pink with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and more pink than Bite Beauty Pepper, cooler and more muted than Bite Beauty Rhubarb, lighter than NARS Anna, darker than MAC Brave, cooler and more mauve than MAC Twig, similar but more shiny than Urban Decay Backtalk, and lighter than ColourPop Lumiere.

Some of you will know that the Amuse Bouche lipsticks replaced Bite Beauty's old Luminous Crème range. A lot of people liked the Luminous Crèmes and I had bought a few of them due to hype, but they never really impressed me. When I put a Luminous Crème on, it feels thin and looks sheer, like it'll last about 30 minutes on my lips before wearing off. In general, the Amuse Bouche lipsticks are creamier, more pigmented, and just more substantial. They are rich and saturated in colour, they go on incredibly smooth and evenly, and they feel creamy in a way that is moisturizing and incredibly comfortable to wear but never clingy or slippery. They have a slight sheen so they have more dimension than a matte, but they are squarely in the satin category and never veer into glossy. And the wear time is significantly longer: about four hours for the lighter shades and up to eight for the darker and brighter shades. The Amuse Bouches are kinda like a cross between Bite Beauty's High Pigment Pencil and Matte Crème Lip Crayon, except more hydrating and in bullet form. That is to say, you get full colour pay-off in one swipe with a soft luminous finish that makes lips look smooth and healthy. And I like that Bite Beauty decided to come out with one singular formula in one singular finish and a nicely curated range of shades. I appreciate options, but I find that when brands come out with too many colours in too many textures, the quality is mixed across the board. But Bite Beauty proves that quality wins over quantity every time.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 436

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Whom would you like to kiss at this very second? Normally, I'd say Ryan Gosling. But I have a cold with a sore throat, so at this moment in time, I'd have to say no one. And please don't get near me.

  2. What blush do you have in your makeup bag? I don't keep blush in my makeup bag, but I have three blushes on rotation right now: MAC's Warm Soul (obviously), Becca x Jaclyn Hill's Amaretto, and Becca's Songbird.

  3. What are you smelling right now? Nothing in particular. But also because one of my nostrils is completely plugged (refer to #1), my olfactory sense is off today.

  4. Are you looking forward to the new Gilmore Girls episodes? I am waiting for them with bated fucking breath, guys. This is actually the sole reason I subscribed to Netflix this year, and I am gonna watch the shit out of them.

  5. Can you do a push-up or a pull-up? I'm sure I can do a push-up if I were forced to... but a pull-up is something I've never attempted and see no reason to start now.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Knife Party (Live)


Went to see Deftones for the third time last night at the International Centre and they proved to me once again why they've been one of my favourite bands for the last 16 years and why, after 28 years, they're still one of the most prevalent and successful bands in their genre. I don't know if it's because of the acoustics of the hangar or the set list for this tour (they do have eight studio albums to work with now) or the vibe of the crowd (which the majority of was in their late 20s to late 30s so it was far less obnoxious and violent), but I've been to at least a hundred shows in my life now and this easily makes it into my Top 5.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Saturday Nine: Into You (2016)

This week's Saturday Nine:


(Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.)


  1. In this video, Ariana Grande and her boyfriend take off on a motorcycle. Are your trips usually carefully planned? Or would you prefer to just spontaneously get up and go? I guess it depends on how long the trip is. If it's a day trip, I don't really care; it can be more fun to be spontaneous. But if it's a longer trip than that, then they have to be carefully planned. I don't like being unprepared 'cause it makes me more stressed and then I can't enjoy myself. Also, I think having adult responsibilities (e.g. bills to pay, employment, etc.) forces you to carefully plan trips.

  2. As they ride through the desert, they pass several cacti. This makes Sam sad, since she had a potted cactus on her desk and managed to kill it in no time. Do you have luck with house plants? I don't take care of the plants in my house personally, so they are all alive and thriving. But I did attempt to grow a plant when I was a teenager and it died within a couple weeks, so I would say no.

  3. This song mentions the appeal of acting "a little bit scandalous." Tell us about a time you were the subject of gossip. I don't know if anyone really gossips about me now because I keep a pretty low-key profile and don't do anything scandalous, but a few years ago, I used to hang out with a group of guys and I started getting a lot closer with one guy in particular so that might have spawned some gossip.

  4. Ariana's mother is an executive at a company that makes, among other things, alarm systems. Is your home protected by a security system? I live in a gated community so, you know, it's technically protected by a security system even if we leave the door unlocked. I mean, my house is set up with an alarm system, too, but it's never actually been activated. I guess we've never needed to.

  5. Ariana has her own fragrance, "Ari," available at major department stores. When you're at the mall, do you accept the scent strips you're handed? Or do you say, "no, thank you." It's actually pretty rare that I shop in stores that have people handing out scent strips, but I guess it would have to depend on my mood and what's brought me into that store to begin with. Like, am I in a rush? Am I doing targeted shopping or am I browsing? If it's the latter, I might take a strip out of politeness and smell it out of curiosity. But if I'm on a mission, then it's a hard pass.

  6. Ariana has said Mariah Carey is her "favourite human being on the planet" and her biggest musical influence. Who is your favourite female vocalist? I can definitely appreciate a lot of different vocals from a huge variety of genres (like, pop to country to grunge) but I think I'd say Sia. She doesn't have the cleanest or most polished vocals, but her voice has incredible power and control and conveys the emotion of a song to a tee.

  7. A big fan of horror movies, she admits Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies was her favourite growing up. Do you like scary movies? No, no, no. I have an overactive imagination as it is, and I don't need anything else overstimulating it. I watched Stephen King's It when I was 11 and had to sleep with my mom for six months.

  8. She had a brief relationship with rapper Big Sean. Do you like rap music? I don't mind it if it's apart of a song, like the collab with B.o.B and Hayley Williams or Eminem with Rihanna, but I just can't get into rap on its own.

  9. Random question: Which kid were you in school — Class Clown, Brain, Jock, Stoner, Cheerleader, Teacher's Pet? None of them, really. I wasn't necessarily a misfit or a wallflower, nor a go-getter like a class president or prefect; I just didn't fit into a high school stereotype. Like, I was really into art, but I wasn't one of those pseudo-depressed misunderstood artists. And I went to an academically competitive school, so my grades couldn't be lacking, but I also wasn't a hardcore nerd. I liked a lot of metal and hardcore punk music but I also played violin in string orchestra. The popularity hierarchy was very different because I didn't go to a co-ed public school, so I think my high school experience was different than most people's.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Favourites: Vol. 5


So, it's been a minute since my last Friday Favourites post. By "a minute," I really mean "five months." Of course, I've had a ton of obsessions and addictions since March, but I've been so busy with, you know, life, that I haven't had much time to blog here, let alone put together a Friday Favourites. But I found myself with two days off in a row with no freelances, meetings, or social engagements, so I decided it was about time to do one. So, here, my current favourites:

NARS Pro-Prime Pore Perfecting Primer — It is really hard to find a primer that gives a matte finish and has oil controlling or skin smoothing properties that also doesn't contain silicone. But I don't like the feel of silicone because it makes my makeup feel too heavy and thick. I was using the Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer, and I like the texture of it, but I didn't feel like it was keeping my foundation matte at all, nor did I feel like it really helped with extending the wear-time of my makeup. This NARS one is super lightweight, almost like a serum meets a lotion, and I've found that it helps my foundation keep matte longer throughout the day as well as looking smoother. It's still not as mattifying as a silicone-based primer, but so far, it's the best one I've used that still feels weightless.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint — I use a pea-sized amount of this and buff it onto my skin with a MAC Oval 6 brush to create a sheer base for my MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. Used alone, the Skin Tint doesn't cover freckles or blemishes or pigmentation; it just lightly evens out skin tone with a natural finish. But the addition of it as a base helps my powder foundation from oxidizing on my skin, makes my foundation look more "soft focus" rather than chalky, and keeps my skin more matte for longer in this disgusting summer humidity.
MAC Dazzleshadow in I Like 2 Watch, Let's Roll, and Slow/Fast/Slow — Finally, MAC has made Dazzleshadows permanent! I've loved them since their launch with last June's Le Disko collection (you can find my reviews here, here, and here) and they have replaced Pressed Pigment as MAC's permanent glitter eyeshadow (thank god). Each shade has a 3D multi-dimensional effect that gives a wet, duochrome look, and they shift in colour depending on the angle and the lighting. My favourite way of applying them is using a flat synthetic shader (MAC #242 is my go-to) for maximum impact with minimal fall-out — I use it dry if I want more of a soft iridescent sparkle, or I wet it with MAC Fix+ if I want intense disco ball glitter. Especially gorgeous as the centre of a halo eye look.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Safe Word, Insanity, and Uptight — It seems like every brand is coming out with brand new lipstick ranges lately, but none have been more impressive than Urban Decay, who released 120 shades in six different finishes and priced them at a very reasonable $21 a pop. My go-to shades recently have been Safe Word, Insanity, and Uptight, which are various nudes in various finishes, and all of them have been ultra-pigmented, super-smooth, wear for at least four hours, never dry out or feel uncomfortable, and never leave that nasty white ring of dead skin around the inside of your lips. You can read my reviews on them here and here.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush in Prosecco Pop/Amaretto — I love, love, love the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. More specifically, the Amaretto blush and Prosecco Pop highlighter. In fact, I've been using them almost daily since I got it, to the point where I worried that I might hit pan on them before the end of the year. And then what would I do? They're all limited edition! So when the Champagne Splits duos came out and I saw that there was one with Amaretto and Prosecco Pop specifically, I snatched one up right away. Obviously, I am saving this duo until I finish the pans in my face palette, but if there's one thing that needs to become permanent from Jaclyn Hill's collaboration with Becca, it is this.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette — This has been my go-to eyeshadow palette for the last month. You can read my review and see swatches of it here. All you have to know is that this is by far my favourite pre-curated eyeshadow palette of the year. 
Anet Gesualdi macarons — I get mine from the Ela's Macarons kiosk inside Vaughan Mills, but these are my new favourite macarons in the city. (My old favourite place, also a wholesaler, Kerry's Macarons, closed down last year. My favourite place to get macarons in the country is Point G, but alas, it's in Montreal.) Light, crisp shells that don't crumble even when you cut through them, with soft, creamy, flavourful centres, that stay fresh and tasty even three days after you buy them. Favourite flavours include Salted Caramel, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, and Matcha.
The Gallagher Girls book series by Ally Carter — Yes, it is YA, and it's about students at an all-girls spy school and the crazy shenanigans that being teen spies would encompass, like kidnappings and explosions and memory wipes. And as a full-grown adult, I appreciate both its fluffiness and wit. Think Alias meets Veronica Mars meets Gilmore Girls with incredible world-building details and no girl-on-girl hate. It's fucking awesome.

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Friday Five: Down the Rabbit Hole

This week's Friday Five:
  1. What was the subject of one of your memorable YouTube holesCarrie Underwood.

  2. What was your most recent Wikipedia hole like? I literally spent three hours reading about the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  3. What's a recipe you got from the internet and actually prepared? How did it turn out? I used this as a basis for making a frittata yesterday. And it turned out pretty decent! Better than I expected, anyway. And it was more like a cross between a frittata and an omelette, but you know, it's the effort that counts...


  4. What apparently little-known website do you enjoy? Milk Bubble Tea. It's cute and whimsical and unabashedly girly with lovely photos and is just generally very aesthetically pleasing. I also find it oddly calming.

  5. What apparently popular website can you just not get into? Reddit. I just hate the format.