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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 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 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.

MAC Girls: Rockin' Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

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Wednesday, August 9, 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 Rockin' Rebel palette comes in a sleek rectangular cardboard mirrored compact featuring a blue, green, and black camoflauge 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. 

Mega-Moody, Gilty as Can Be, Bleached Out, and Denim Genes

Mega Moody is a medium cool gunmetal grey with silver sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque colour pay-off. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but is difficult to blend out. It is more silver than Say It Isn't So, more sparkly than Evening Grey, and darker and more grey than She Sparkles.
Gilty as Can Be is a light warm champagne gold with silver sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-sheer buildable colour pay-off. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but is difficult to blend out. It is more gold than She Sparkles, lighter and more silver than I Like 2 Watch, and more gold and sparkly than Moon Rock (Solar Glow x 9).
Bleached Out is a light cool ivory with soft silver sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low pigmentation and sheer buildable colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be layered easily but is difficult to blend out. It is more silver than Dazzlelight, more muted and more sparkly than White Frost, and lighter and less sparkly than She Sparkles.
Denim Genes is a medium-dark cool cerulean blue with a soft sheen in a Satin Shine 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 and more muted than Electric Eel, darker and more matte than How Royal, and darker and more matte than Teal Appeal.

Bikers & Babes, Rockin' Rebel, Bad Influence, and Blk-ish

Bikers & Babes is a medium cool muted teal with silver sparkle in a Foiled 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. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but is difficult to blend out. It is lighter and more sparkly than Teal Appeal, and cooler and more blue than Try Me On.
Rockin' Rebel is a medium-dark cool muted jade green with a subtle sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a slightly dry, powdery texture, and can go on patchy. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be difficult to layer and blend out. It is lighter and cooler than Humid, and warmer and more muted than New Crop.
Bad Influence is a deep dark cool soft black in a Creamy 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 similar to Typographic, slightly lighter than Carbon, and darker than Print.
Blk-ish is a dark cool muted navy blue with a subtle sheen in a Smooth Pearl 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 and more muted than Deep Truth, more muted and more matte than Lunar, and more blue and more pearlized than Contrast.

Let It Rock

Let It Rock (Highlighter) is a light white gold with a gold reflective sheen in an Opalescent finish. This is a new and limited edition 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 is similar but less metallic than Double-Gleam, and more gold 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.

The Rockin' Rebel palette is definitely for someone who likes bright peacock shades and cool-toned sparkles — in other words, it's not subtle and it's not for everyone. This is a fun, bold palette for special occasions, but the shades do work well together to create cohesive looks. Note that this is one of two palettes that are limited edition, so if you like this colour combo, go snatch it up now — it will not be restocked.

MAC Girls: Fashion Fanatic Eyeshadow Palette

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Tuesday, August 8, 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 Fashion Fanatic palette comes in a sleek rectangular cardboard mirrored compact featuring a multi-coloured abstract graffiti-style 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. 

Totally Fierce, On the Hip Side, Outfitted, and Style & Influence

Totally Fierce is a light-medium warm peachy pink with a soft sheen in a Satin Shine finish. This is a new and limited edition 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 lighter and more muted than Paradisco, warmer and more pink than Girlie, and more peach and less metallic than Expensive Pink.
On the Hip Side is a light-medium cool shell beige with a soft pearlized sheen in a Smooth Pearl 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 can be layered and blended out easily. It is more beige and more pearlized than Malt, lighter and cooler than All That Glitters, and darker and more brown than Shroom. 
Outfitted is a light warm golden peach with silver sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low-medium pigmentation and semi-sheer buildable colour pay-off. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but is difficult to blend out. It is warmer and more golden than She Sparkles, cooler and more silver than Last Dance, and lighter and more silver than Copper Aura (Solar Glow x 9). 
Style & Influence is a light-medium cool lilac purple with a soft pearlized sheen in a Smooth Pearl finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It can be layered and blended out easily. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more pink than Beautiful Iris.

Shop Shop Shop, Fashion Fanatic, Mad Mod, and Wild Card

Shop Shop Shop is a medium-dark cool raspberry plum with soft sheen in a Satin Shine 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 can be layered and blended out easily. It is brighter and more pink than Star Violet, more purple than Cranberry, and darker and more pink than Creme de Violet.
Fashion Fanatic is a medium-dark cool vibrant red fuchsia with a subtle sheen in a Satin Shine 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 slightly more pink than Passionate, darker and more red than Bright Pink, and more pink than Never Say Never.
Mad Mod is a light-medium cool mauve pink with silver sparkle in a Foiled finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low-medium pigmentation and semi-sheer buildable colour pay-off. Due to the finish, it can be layered easily but is difficult to blend out. It is lighter and more silver than Smoky Mauve, lighter and more pink than Say It Isn't So, and darker and more mauve than She Sparkles.
Wild Card is a deep dark cool blackened purple in a Creamy Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It can be layered and blended out easily. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler than Shadowy Lady, and darker than Indian Ink.

Must Have It

Must Have It (Highlighter) is a light-medium warm golden peach with a pink reflective sheen in an Opalescent finish. This is a new and limited edition 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 more peach than Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish, lighter and more peach than Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish, and darker and more peach than Gleam Eyeshadow.

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. I've found that 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.

The Fashion Fanatic palette is definitely for someone who likes trendy looks and thinks outside the box when it comes to colour combination — the first four shades are very light, girly, and ethereal, and then the last four shades are bold and almost punk-rock — but the entire palette does work well together to create cohesive looks. Note that this is one of two palettes that are limited edition, so if you like this colour combo, go snatch it up now — it will not be restocked.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 487

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Monday, August 7, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Last time you shampooed your hair? Yesterday. I'm one of those weirdos who washes her hair everyday. I know it's not actually healthy to shampoo daily, but my scalp is so used to it that my hair gets really limp and greasy if I don't.

  2. Last time you went to the beach? A few years ago. A bunch of us went to the Scarborough Bluffs at night and made a bonfire on the beach. We didn't actually do anything but sit around that fire. And it was too dark to take any decent photos. So, really quite boring.

  3. Last really delicious meal you had? We had tacos, ribs, and sausages for dinner yesterday for our last meal at the cottage, and it was so freaking good.

  4. Last person you spoke to before falling asleep last night? My friend Ronsee. The two of us decided to leave the cottage earlier so we could have today to run errands before going back to work tomorrow (Chelsea and Corrado are leaving today). We left the cottage around 1:00 in the morning and I didn't get home until 4:30 (not because it takes that long to drive back, but we made a detour to get fries at McDonald's), so he was the last person I talked to and texted before passing out at 5:30.

  5. Last awesome thing that happened to you? Having a long weekend off from work and getting it to relax up north with my friends. I don't think we've ever been able to all spend a full weekend together. One of us always has work or already has plans or has to spend it with family, so it's a rare occurrence for us.