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Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 493

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Monday, September 18, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Is there any takeout place or coffee shop where folks usually/frequently mess up your name? Honestly, Starbucks is the only place I can think of around here that writes down your name on your drink, and I only go there like, four times a year. But I do remember one time when I ordered a drink at Starbucks where they spelled my name as "Denice" instead of "Denise." (Which totally reminds me of this video, LOL!) I forgave them, though, since they're both legitimate ways of spelling the name. Generally, though, people spell my name correctly the first time around. Maybe Canadian Starbucks employees are just really good spellers.

  2. Something you need to do today? I need to buy a pair of heels and a non-black top for my brother's wedding next week.

  3. You're out running errands one morning when you realize — OH, NO! — that you must have lost or forgotten your phone at home. What do you do? Honestly, I wouldn't get past my driveway if I realized I left my phone in the house because I have to drive with music on; the first thing I do when I get in my car is plug my auxiliary cord into my iPhone to turn on my music through iTunes. But let's say in this hypothetical world, I lost or forgot my phone, I'd drive back home to see if it's there first. If it's not there, I'd try to track it through Find My iPhone, and then retrace my steps of every place I went to that day.

  4. Where are you right now? In my bedroom.

  5. Finish the following sentence: I believe… It's better to fail at something you love then succeed in something you hate.

Sunday Video Love: The Chain

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Okay, fine. You've won me over, Harry Styles.

Saturday Nine: Don't Talk to Strangers (1982)

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Saturday, September 16, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss? Half my job is talking to strangers. So, today. We discussed makeup.

  2. In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have an extension in your bedroom? No, and no. Even in my old house, where we had a landline, I couldn't have a phone in my bedroom because there was no phone jack in there.

  3. This week's artist, Rick Springfield, says he wrote this song when he was worried that his girlfriend (now his wife) would cheat on him when he was touring. Would you describe yourself as suspicious or trusting? Honestly, it depends on the person. I can read people pretty well, though, so I usually just trust my gut.

  4. He became a daytime heartthrob as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. Do you think it would be cool to have a really attractive doctor? Or would it make you uncomfortable? Totally uncomfortable. I go to the doctor for my ailments. I don't want anyone to see me at my worst, let alone someone I find attractive.

  5. He's discussed how sad he was when, as a boy, he had to leave his dog Elvis behind when the family left Australia. While you were growing up, did your family often move? Nope. I lived in the same house for over 20 years until I moved out.

  6. In 1982, when this song was popular, Italy won the World Cup. Do you ever watch soccer? No, I find it tediously dull.

  7. "Smiley," the first emoticon, was introduced in 1982. Do you use emoticons in your communication? Or do you avoid them? 👍🏼🤓🙌🏼❤️🙏🏼

  8. The Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, in 1982. Do you know any veterans of that conflict? If so, tell us about him or her. No.

  9. Random Question: Your friends are throwing a birthday "roast" in your honour. Which one quality of yours are you sure will be singled out for laughs? My germaphobia. And my need to always be right.

Friday Five: What Ails 'Ya

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Friday, September 15, 2017
This week's Friday Five:
  1. How do you treat a bad case of the Mondays? I don't really have an aversion to Mondays specifically because I usually work weekends so I often have Mondays off. I also don't usually have two days off in a row, so I don't really have "weekends." But I assume this question is in reference to a day back at work after an extended period of time off (e.g. two or more days), or just a day in which I'm dreading going to work. In which case: I play upbeat jams and treat myself to a bubble tea.

  2. How do you fight off a case of the blahs? I shop online. Works every time. If I don't want to spend money, then I take a nap.

  3. How do you deal with a bad hair day? I tie it up in a bun, maybe add an extra bobby pin or two depending on how difficult it's being, and avoid mirrors. (I am not, and never will be, a hat person.)

  4. What's your strategy for FOMO? I don't get FOMO all that often because I don't care about a lot of things that my generation get caught up in. I really only get FOMO for concerts. I'll get mad at first and then accept it, and figure out substitutions. Case in point: After a two-year hiatus from announcing their reunion at Riot Fest 2015, Alexisonfire (one of my favourite bands for over 15 years) had announced four shows in Toronto this past June (which ended up being rescheduled for December). I got up early for the pre-sale and could not get a single ticket for any of the dates, let alone one — only to find out that the majority of them had been bought out by bots and were going for 6 - 10 times the price on third party selling sites. I was pissed as fuck, and while I realize I could just pay $200+ per ticket through Stub Hub to attend, I cannot bring myself to do it by principle. I fucking hate scalpers and under no circumstance will I help them profit. So I gave up on that, but got tickets to see Jimmy Eat World and Incubus in July a week later, and managed to get tickets to see Paramore in October (quite the achievement for me because it sold out within minutes!). They don't replace the Alexisonfire shows, but I get just as excited to see these other bands I love so it eases the pain of missing out.

  5. How prone are you to Instagram envy? Eh, not that prone. I'll see some posts of really good food at a great restaurant and be envious that I'm not there in the moment... But then I'll make plans to eat there with a friend and all is good! 

Too Faced Peaches and Cream: Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Doll Face, Sunday Funday, and Sex on the Peach

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A couple weeks ago, Too Faced released their much-anticipated Peaches and Cream collection, which was created exclusively for Sephora. Peaches and Cream sees the release of 11 different formulas for face, eyes, and lips, including one new and permanent lipstick formula called Peach Kiss. It is infused with "refreshing peaches and sweet fig cream — ingredients known for their hydrating and antioxidant-rich benefits — to help keep skin moisturized, comfortable, and beautifully matte." Peach Kiss is described as "a non-drying, comfortable, and creamy matte lipstick" that "delivers intense matte colour and up to eight hours of wear." There is a total of 20 shades in the Peach Kiss range.

Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipsticks in Doll Face, Sunday Funday, and Sex on the Peach

Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipsticks in Doll Face, Sunday Funday, and Sex on the Peach

The Peach Kiss lipsticks have a fairly strong "peaches and cream" scent and flavour that lingers after application. (Compared to the scent of the Sweet Peach collection products, the scent in the Peach Kiss lipsticks is softer and less tart — imagine peach Hi-Chew rather than Fuzzy Peaches.) Each lipstick is housed in an ivory tube with gold trim and a peach-shaped clasp. The lids are colour-coded to the lipstick shades. Each Peach Kiss lipstick contains a total of 4 grams of product and retails for $25 at Sephora (both in stores and online) as well as on Too Faced's website.

Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipsticks in Doll Face, Sunday Funday, and Sex on the Peach

Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipsticks in Doll Face, Sunday Funday, and Sex on the Peach

Doll Face is a light warm peachy beige nude in a velvet matte finish. This is a new and permanent 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 lighter and more peach than MAC Honeylove, more beige than MAC Myth, more muted and more brown than Urban Decay Unicorn, more matte than Urban Decay Barfly, warmer and peachier than Kat Von D Agatha, and more beige than Kat Von D Noble.
Sunday Funday is a light-medium warm peachy brown nude in a velvet matte finish. This is a new and permanent 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 lighter and more peach than MAC Velvet Teddy, slightly more pink than MAC Cherish, lighter and more muted than MAC Doe, more brown than NARS Raquel, more peach than Bite Beauty Amaretto, and lighter and more beige than Urban Decay Uptight.
Sex on the Peach is a medium neutral-warm mauve brown in a velvet matte finish. This is a new and permanent 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 cooler and more pink than MAC Velvet Teddy, lighter than MAC Whirl, cooler and more mauve than Bite Beauty Honeycomb, warmer and more brown than Urban Decay Oblivion, darker than Urban Decay Safe Word, and cooler and more brown than NARS Barbara.

A gorgeous new matte formula from Too Faced in retro chic packaging to boot. I've only bought the three shades here to start as there are only 11 out of the 20 shades available right now but it's given me a good grasp of how the formula looks, applies, and wears. They all go on smoothly and evenly, and have excellent pigmentation with one swipe giving full colour pay-off. The finish here is a velvet matte, almost veering satin. There's no noticeable sheen, but it's not the kind of flat, almost powdery matte that you expect from liquid lipsticks or classic matte lipsticks (e.g. MAC Retro Mattes). All three shades here are really comfortable to wear and feel soft on the lips. I don't find them to be additionally hydrating, but they never feel dry or drying over time. I also don't find that these wear for eight hours unless you absolutely don't eat or drink or touch your lips for the entire day, but these nudes shades wear solidly for about four to five hours before fading.

On another note, there is definitely a significant amount of fragrance in these — it's a sweet peaches and cream scent that I can smell and taste for at least an hour after applying. I don't personally mind this, but if you're used to unscented or lightly scented lip products (e.g. MAC's vanilla scent goes away less than a minute after applying it), this might be a deal breaker. The packaging is also different from anything that Too Faced has released before — these have a classy, weighty, vintage glam feel to them with the ivory case and the gold detailing — and they actually feel luxe while holding them. I also appreciate that Too Faced colour-coded the tops of the lids to the lipstick shades so that they look uniform from the side but you know which shade is which without opening every single tube. Overall, I'm loving this new formula from Too Faced, and I'm excited to look into some of the other colours when they become available.

Too Faced Peaches and Cream: Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A couple weeks ago, Too Faced released their much-anticipated Peaches and Cream collection, which was created exclusively for Sephora. Peaches and Cream sees the release of 11 different formulas for face, eyes, and lips, including one new and permanent eyeshadow palette called Just Peachy Mattes. It is infused with "refreshing peaches and sweet fig cream — ingredients known for their hydrating and antioxidant-rich benefits — to help keep skin moisturized, comfortable, and beautifully matte." Just Peachy Mattes is described as "a long-wearing eyeshadow palette with 12 highly-pigmented, matte hues" consisting of "warm peaches, buttery creams, and rich browns" that "are infused with exclusive comfort matte technology for blendable, intense colour-payoff."

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes

Like its name implies, Just Peachy Mattes is an entirely matte eyeshadow palette. It has a light "peaches and cream" scent that does not linger after application. (Compared to the scent of the Sweet Peach collection products, the scent in Just Peachy Mattes is softer and more muted — imagine peach Hi-Chew rather than Fuzzy Peaches.) It is housed in a rectangular mirrored compact with gold trim. The lid features a peach-to-cream ombré background with the name of the product and a peach graphic in reflective gold. Each Just Peachy Mattes palette contains a total of 15 grams of product (1.25 g per eyeshadow) and retails for $55 at Sephora (both in stores and online) as well as on Too Faced's website.

Peach Meringue, Peach Tea, Peach Cobbler, and Peach Tart

Peach Meringue is a light warm ivory in a 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 lighter than Too Faced Peach Butter (Just Peachy Mattes), more matte than Too Faced White Peach (Sweet Peach), slightly more peach than Too Faced Coconut Créme (Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar), slightly lighter than Too Faced Divinity (Chocolate Bon Bons), and similar to MAC Blanc Type.
Peach Tea is a medium warm peachy caramel in a 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 darker and more brown than Too Faced Georgia (Sweet Peach), lighter than Too Faced Puree (Sweet Peach), darker and more peach than Too Faced Nougat (Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar), darker and more peach than MAC Soft Brown, and lighter and more peach than MAC Saddle.
Peach Cobbler is a medium-dark warm toasted peach in a 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 darker and more reddened than Too Faced Fresh-Picked (Just Peachy Mattes), lighter and more orange than Too Faced Summer Yum (Sweet Peach), more orange than Too Faced Mocha (Chocolate Bon Bons), slightly more orange than Violet Voss Heavenly (Matte About You), and more orange than MAC Brown Script.
Peach Tart is a dark warm mahogany brown in a 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 warmer and more reddened than Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (Sweet Peach), more brown than Too Faced Just Ripe (Just Peachy Mattes), less reddened than Too Faced Bordeaux (Chocolate Bon Bons), more brown than Violet Voss Tender (Matte About You), and lighter than MAC Embark. 

Peach Butter, Just Peachy, Peach Punch, and Just Ripe

Peach Butter is a light warm peachy cream in a 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 darker and warmer than Too Faced Peach Meringue (Just Peachy Mattes), lighter than Peaches 'n Cream (Sweet Peach), slightly warmer than Too Faced Divinity (Chocolate Bon Bons), lighter than Violet Voss Infatuation (Matte About You), and lighter than MAC Orb.
Just Peachy is a medium warm brightened peachy coral in a 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 darker and more coral than Too Faced Peaches and Cream (Just Peachy Mattes), lighter and more matte than Too Faced Candied Peach (Sweet Peach), more orange and more matte than Too Faced Just Peachy (Sweet Peach), more peach than Makeup Geek Mango Tango, and lighter and more muted than MAC Coral.
Peach Punch is a medium-dark warm vibrant coral pink in a 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 darker and more pink than Too Faced Candied Peach (Sweet Peach), darker and brighter than Makeup Geek Mango Tango, more pink than Makeup Geek Poppy, more pink and more muted than MAC News Flash!, and more peach and more muted than MAC Never Say Never.
Just Ripe is a dark warm burgundy brown in a 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 brown than Too Faced Peach Sangria (Just Peachy Mattes), more red than Too Faced Peach Tart (Just Peachy Mattes), cooler and more brown than Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Ochre (Modern Renaissance), slightly lighter than Violet Voss Passion (Matte About You), and lighter than MAC I'm Into It.

Peaches and Cream, Fresh-Picked, Peach Sangria, and Chocolate Dipped

Peaches and Cream is a light-medium warm peach sorbet in a 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 lighter and more yellow than Too Faced Just Peachy (Just Peachy Mattes), brighter and more peach than Too Faced Georgia (Sweet Peach), lighter and more muted than Anastasia Beverly Hills Roxy (Subculture), similar to Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie, more peach and more muted than MAC Up at Dawn.
Fresh-Picked is a medium-dark warm burnt peach in a 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 lighter and more muted than Too Faced Peach Cobbler (Just Peachy Mattes), darker and more orange than Too Faced Peach Tea (Just Peachy Mattes), lighter and more orange than Too Faced Summer Yum (Sweet Peach), brighter and more orange than Anastasia Beverly Hills Burnt Orange, and more orange and more matte than MAC Texture.
Peach Sangria is a medium-deep warm cranberry wine in a 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 brighter and more red than Too Faced Just Ripe (Just Peachy Mattes), darker and warmer than Anastasia Beverly Hills Venetian Red (Modern Renaissance), brighter than Violet Voss Passion (Matte About You), darker than Violet Voss Wine N Dine (Holy Grail), and lighter and brighter than MAC I'm Into It.
Chocolate Dipped is a deep-dark neutral-cool espresso brown in a 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 darker and cooler than Too Faced Peach Tart (Just Peachy Mattes), slightly cooler and more matte than Too Faced Malted (Chocolate Bon Bons), cooler than Makeup Geek Americano, warmer than MAC Brun, and cooler than MAC Embark.

I'm not gonna say that this is a must-have because the market is so saturated with warm, red-toned eyeshadow palettes right now, but I will say that this is really freaking cute and the formula in this palette is truly gorgeous. Each shadow is smooth, silky, and pigmented, with great colour pay-off and superior blendability. I didn't find them to be particularly dry or chalky, nor overly powdery. All the shades here have great wear time (at least eight hours before fading), and I didn't find there to be a significant amount of fall-out. In terms of packaging, this is definitely the classiest and most luxe compact that Too Faced has released — they're known for their metal tin-style cases, but this one is sleeker with its gold trim and clasp enclosure (they definitely took a page from Becca here). There is a bit of overlap with the Sweet Peach palette in terms of tone, but overall, it's different enough to merit buying — whereas Sweet Peach focuses on more muted peaches, browns, and plums, Just Peachy Mattes features brighter peaches, corals, and reddened browns. (The inclusion of brighter corals like Just Peachy and Peach Punch might even be its saving grace, because it makes this palette more unique than other warm palettes out there.) Conclusion: Think of Just Peachy Mattes as the bolder and sassier sister to Sweet Peach, and if you're a warm palette fiend, this one is well worth looking at.

Too Faced Peaches and Cream: Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A couple weeks ago, Too Faced released their much-anticipated Peaches and Cream collection, which was created exclusively for Sephora. Peaches and Cream sees the release of 11 different formulas for face, eyes, and lips, including one new and permanent powder bronzer called Sweetie Pie. It is infused with "refreshing peaches and sweet fig cream — ingredients known for their hydrating and antioxidant-rich benefits — to help keep skin moisturized, comfortable, and beautifully matte." Sweetie Pie is described as "a radiance-boosting bronzer" that "features four blendable shades that combine to define, highlight and sculpt for a radiant complexion boosting finish that's the perfect recipe for a soft and flawless look."

Too Faced Sweetie Pie

Too Faced Sweetie Pie

Like its name implies, Sweetie Pie is meant to mimic a pie, and features a lattice design in three radiant shades (Caramelized Peach, Golden Peach, and Bronzed Peach) with a golden overlay and a fourth shade (Candied Peach) in a satin coral pink. It has a light peach scent that does not linger after application. (Compared to the scent of the Sweet Peach collection products, the scent in Sweetie Pie is softer and more muted — imagine peach Hi-Chew rather than Fuzzy Peaches.) It is housed in a round mirrored compact with gold trim. The lid features a peach-to-cream ombré background with the name of the product in the middle of a peach outline in reflective gold. Each Sweetie Pie bronzer contains 13.5 grams of product and retails for $38 at Sephora (both in stores and online) as well as on Too Faced's website.

Too Faced Sweetie Pie

Too Faced Sweetie Pie

Sweetie Pie features four separate shades: a light beige-brown (Caramelized Peach), a medium golden tan (Golden Peach), a medium-dark bronze tan (Bronzed Peach), and a coral pink (Candied Peach). There is a gold overlay on top of the lattice shades that will fade away with use. When swirled together, the shades create a medium warm peachy tan brown with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a new and permanent product. It has a lightweight, silky 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 less golden than Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Bronzer, darker than MAC Golden Bronzing Powder, lighter and more brown than MAC Bronze Bronzing Powder, more brown than MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush, warmer and more peachy than Hourglass Diffused Bronze Light, slightly darker and rosier than Hourglass Brilliant Nude, more muted and more shimmery than Urban Decay Sun-Kissed, and darker than Clinique Nude Pop.

This might be the cutest bronzer I have ever seen. Don't get me wrong, Too Faced pretty much reigns the prestige makeup category for cute packaging, but this is freaking adorable. And thankfully, it's not just nice to look at. The powder is soft and silky with incredible pigmentation that is easy to blend out and layer up. There is a gold overspray that gives the initial few applications a more pearlized finish, but Sweetie Pie has a satin finish overall — it gives off a soft, diffused sheen but it's not shimmery. On that note, this is not a bronzer for contouring; it's a hybrid between a bronzer and a blush so that it can be used on the cheeks for a pop of colour or a sheer wash all over for adding warmth. This is actually a great option for those who don't like blush (as much as I am a blush fiend, I actually know more people who don't like wearing blush but will wear bronzer) but still want that dimension and warmth and glow to their skin. It's the gateway into blush, if you will. As the shade itself is relatively light for a bronzer, Sweetie Pie will work best on fair to medium-dark skintones for the purpose of blush/bronzer. This can work as an all-over radiance-boosting powder on medium-deep to dark skintones, but those with deep-dark skintones might see this turning ashy.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 492

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Monday, September 11, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Madonna or Prince? (Sorry! I know it’s cruel, but you have to pick one.) I'm not into either, to be honest, but I guess I'd have to pick Madonna. I didn't listen to Prince at all growing up so I'm not familiar with most of his music.

  2. Pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie! I don't mind pumpkin spice lattes, but they're definitely not my favourite — I'd rather go for pumpkin spice doughnuts or muffins instead.

  3. Pick one (only one) to wear today: tinted moisturizer, a cushion compact, liquid foundation, stick foundation or powder foundation. Powder foundation. MAC Studio Fix Powder has been my everyday go-to for years.

  4. Have you ever shared a room with someone? Yep. I shared a room with my brother for years until my parents allowed him to move to the basement. And then I shared a dorm room with three other girls when I went to study Graphic Design at Parsons in NYC in 2003. And then I shared a room with my ex-boyfriend when I moved in with him in 2007.

  5. What was middle school like for you? Angsty, awkward, and ugly.