Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam


Last year, Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with their Glow Kits, which are highlighter palettes. They finally became available online at Sephora earlier this year (and is carried at select stores), so I picked up both because, you know, you can never have enough highlighters. The Glow Kit is described as "four velvety powders that instantly cast a lit-from-within glow. Complementing shades can be layered together to brighten cheekbones and décolletage, or worn separately over eyelids, brow bones, and inner corners. Results are flawlessly incandescent." The Glow Kit currently comes in two colour waves: That Glow, which is darker and more golden, and Gleam, which is lighter and more pinked. Gleam is housed in a grey ombre cardboard case; the four shades included come in removable magnetic pans. Each Glow Kit contains a total of 29.6 grams of product (7.4 grams per shade), and retails for $52 CAD.

Hard Candy, Mimosa, Starburst, and Crushed Pearl

Hard Candy is a light-medium warm golden pink with an iridescent pink-peach shift in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more pink than Anastasia Beverly Hills Peach Nectar, warmer and more peach than Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera, darker and less iridescent than Urban Decay Fireball, brighter and more yellow than Hourglass Brilliant, and more pink than NARS Jubilation #2.
Mimosa is a light-medium warm golden peach in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more muted than Anastasia Beverly Hills Peach Nectar, darker and more peach than Becca Champagne Pop, more peach than MAC Global Glow, darker and more peach than MAC Soft and Gentle, and more golden than NARS Jubilation #2.
Starburst is a light warm peachy beige in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more peach than Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight, darker and more peach than Anastasia Beverly Hills Crushed Pearl, more muted than Becca Opal, less golden than Becca Champagne Pop, and warmer than MAC Soft and Gentle.
Crushed Pearl is a light warm pinked champagne beige in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more beige than Anastasia Beverly Hills Starburst, more pink than Anastasia Beverly Hills Bubbly, darker and warmer than Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood, lighter than MAC Soft and Gentle, and lighter than Becca Opal.

When the Glow Kits were first released, I wasn't that interested in them because I have way too many highlighters as it is and didn't care for travel-size palettes of them. But I was doing my friend's makeup and noticed that she had both Glow Kits, so I used them on her to see how they performed in real life. Not only did I discover that they are full size highlighters (and in magnetized pans, so you can remove them if you so wish), but they look stunning on the skin, like glowy and shimmery and "strobed," but not scary intense or ultra-metallic so they aren't hard to blend out or emphasize skin texture. They're so smooth and so soft and so pigmented, and very silky but not as creamy as, say, Becca's Illuminating Skin Perfectors, which can almost deposit too much colour in one go. There is literally nothing bad I can write about these. The shades in Gleam really fill a hole in ABH's original Illuminator line-up, and they're perfect for those who like peachy-pink tones in their highlighters. Plus, at $52 for 29.6 grams of product, the value is downright incredible.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow


Last year, Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with their Glow Kits, which are highlighter palettes. They finally became available online at Sephora earlier this year (and is carried at select stores), so I picked up both because, you know, you can never have enough highlighters. The Glow Kit is described as "four velvety powders that instantly cast a lit-from-within glow. Complementing shades can be layered together to brighten cheekbones and décolletage, or worn separately over eyelids, brow bones, and inner corners. Results are flawlessly incandescent." The Glow Kit currently comes in two colour waves: That Glow, which is darker and more golden, and Gleam, which is lighter and more pinked. That Glow is housed in a tan ombre cardboard case; the four shades included come in removable magnetic pans. Each Glow Kit contains a total of 29.6 grams of product (7.4 grams per shade), and retails for $52 CAD.

Sunburst, Golden Bronze, Bubbly, and Dripping in Gold

Sunburst is a light warm brightened yellow gold in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more yellow than Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood, darker and warmer than Becca Moonstone, more yellow than Becca Champagne Pop, brighter and more yellow than Hourglass Brilliant, and lighter and brighter than NARS Jubilation #1.
Golden Bronze is a medium-dark warm bronzed gold in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more bronze than Anastasia Beverly Hills Peach Nectar, lighter and more golden than Becca Topaz, less sparkly than MAC Gold Deposit, more gold than MAC Cheeky Bronze, brighter and more yellow than ColourPop Glo Up.
Bubbly is a light-medium warm champagne beige in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more beige than Anastasia Beverly Hills Dripping in Gold, darker and more muted than Anastasia Beverly Hills Sunburst, lighter than MAC Global Glow, darker and more muted than Becca Champagne Pop, and more golden than Becca Opal.
Dripping in Gold is a light-medium warm champagne gold in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more gold than Anastasia Beverly Hills Bubbly, darker and more muted than Anastasia Beverly Hills Sunburst, darker than Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood, lighter and more gold than MAC Global Glow, and similar to NARS Jubilation #1.

When the Glow Kits were first released, I wasn't that interested in them because I have way too many highlighters as it is and didn't care for travel-size palettes of them. But I was doing my friend's makeup and noticed that she had both Glow Kits, so I used them on her to see how they performed in real life. Not only did I discover that they are full size highlighters (and in magnetized pans, so you can remove them if you so wish), but they look stunning on the skin, like glowy and shimmery and "strobed," but not scary intense or ultra-metallic so they aren't hard to blend out or emphasize skin texture. They're so smooth and so soft and so pigmented, and very silky but not as creamy as, say, Becca's Illuminating Skin Perfectors, which can almost deposit too much colour in one go. There is literally nothing bad I can write about these. The shades in That Glow really fill a hole in ABH's original Illuminator line-up, and they're perfect for those who like golden highlighters. Plus, at $52 for 29.6 grams of product, the value is downright incredible.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 420

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Can't stop/won't stop! What beauty products are you guilty of hoarding? Lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters, and nail polishes. Honestly, it's getting a little out of control. Like, I don't have any more space to fit anything.

  2. What's your favourite thing to do on Sunday morning? I usually work Sundays, but if I do have it off, my favourite thing to do is sleep until noon and therefore not be awake on Sunday morning at all.

  3. What are three makeup-related things you want? The new Makeup Geek eyeshadows, the upcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay, and the new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blushes in Camellia and Foxglove.

  4. Who always calls at the most inopportune moments? I would say my friend Chelsea. I love her, but she calls when I have to get ready for work, when I'm driving somewhere, when I'm taking a nap... and I have no choice but to ignore her.

  5. When was the last time you felt on top of the world? Last Thursday, which was my last day off. I actually got enough sleep (!), and I was quite productive that day, too; I finally got my car serviced, went for dim sum with my mom, and went to the optometrist, which I hadn't done in over a decade (my prescription got a bit worse since my last check-up, but I did get some snazzy new Ray-Ban glasses that have an "Asian fit," so they won't keep sliding down my nose!).

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday Nine: Little Red Corvette (1983)

This week's Saturday Nine:


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


In memory of Prince (1958 - 2016)

  1. The subject of this song is frankly sexual. Do you blush easily? Nah. I'm a pretty candid person in general.

  2. Prince was his real first name (Prince Rogers, to be exact). Growing up, his relatives called him "Skipper." Do you have any nicknames within your family? Not really. I mean, my parents and my brother call me "Mui," which means "little sister" in Cantonese (I'm the baby of the family), but I don't really consider it a nickname; it's more of a title.

  3. Prince said he was "obsessed" with Mozart and read whatever he can find about the composer. What's the last book you read? Winter by Marissa Meyer.

  4. Between Prince and The Beach Boys, the Corvette is a much sung-about car. Tell us about your vehicle. It's a dark grey 2012 Volkswagen Golf.

  5. In the 1980s, when Prince was popular, MTV could turn a song into a hit. In 2016, where do you hear new music? Usually YouTube, but sometimes I'll hear a great song (like in a store or on a TV show) and I'll Shazam it and find new artists that way.

  6. In 1982, when "Little Red Corvette" ruled the airwaves, Braniff Airways shocked the travel industry and threw passengers into chaos by declaring bankruptcy. When did you last fly? Did your trip go smoothly? Last September, from New York. And yes, it did. One of the few times in recent memory that my flight to or from NYC didn't have a delay.

  7. 1982 is also the year Disney opened Epcot. Have you ever been to a Disney park? Yes, Disney World in Orlando twice, Disney Land in Los Angeles once, and Disney Land in Tokyo once.

  8. 1982 is the year Cheers premiered. The sitcom was set in a bar where "everybody knows your name." Tell us about your favourite local bar or restaurant. I don't have a favourite bar because I don't often frequent them (I don't drink), but I'd say my most recent favourite local restaurant is Inspire.

  9. The 1980s were considered a highpoint in professional tennis, with Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe dominating the sport. Do you play tennis? Nope. There was a very short period in my life where I tried getting into tennis, but suffice it to say, I was terrible at it and never continued playing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette


A few weeks ago, Too Faced released their highly anticipated, limited edition Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, which was originally available online first at Sephora, Ulta, and Too Faced (it is now sold out across all websites and no longer available), and released in Sephora stores on April 15. Inspired by peaches, Too Faced created a palette "with these fresh-picked shades infused with the juicy scent and antioxidant-rich essence of peach. Create endless looks with 18 shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and pops of purples that will have you looking summer-fresh year-round." It is housed in a peach ombre metal case with a mirror on the inside spanning the entire lid featuring a peach graphic over a background of peaches; each palette also comes with a "Glamour Guide to get you started." The eyeshadows have a fresh peach scent, but it does not linger after application. Each Sweet Peach palette contains a total of 17.1 grams of product, and retails for $59 CAD.

White Peach, Luscious, Just Peachy, Bless Her Heart, Tempting, and Charmed, I'm Sure

White Peach is a light warm peachy beige in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is less yellow than Too Faced Coconut Créme, lighter than Too Faced Divinity, lighter than MAC Orb, slightly peachier than MAC Vapour, and lighter and less yellow than Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean.
Luscious is a light-medium warm pinked copper in a metallic finish. This is a new and iited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more pink than Too Faced Molasses Chip, lighter and more pink than Too Faced Bon Bon, lighter than MAC All That Glitters, less sparkly than MAC Sweet Heat, and lighter than Ardency Inn Rose Gold.
Just Peachy is a medium pinked coral with gold shimmer-sheen in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly darker than MAC Paradisco, more pink and more shimmery than MAC Free to Be, more pink than MAC Expensive Pink, lighter and more pink than Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan, and cooler than Make Up For Ever I804 Golden Pink.
Bless Her Heart is a medium-dark muted warm olive green with golden shimmer-sheen in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly lighter than MAC Sumptuous Olive, warmer and more golden than TheBalm Runaround Rebecca, darker and more brown than Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki, lighter than Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki, and similar to Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile. 
Tempting is a deep-dark warm brownish-black in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly lighter and warmer than Too Faced Licorice, warmer than MAC Dark Dare, warmer and less matte than MAC Carbon, and more muted and warmer than Makeup Geek Corrupt and Urban Decay Blackout. 
Charmed, I'm Sure is a medium-dark warm espresso brown in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is slightly lighter than Too Faced Truffled, darker and cooler than Too Faced Mocha, lighter and cooler than MAC Espresso, darker than Viseart Café, and darker and more matte than Makeup Geek Hipster.

Nectar, Cobbler, Candied Peach, Bellini, Peach Pit, and Delectable

Nectar is a light-medium golden yellow in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more yellow than Too Faced Butter Pecan, brighter than Too Faced Bananas, lighter and brighter than Viseart Ceska, brighter than MAC Ricepaper, darker than MAC Nylon, and darker than Makeup Geek Rapunzel.
Cobbler is a medium warm bronze in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more reddened than Too Faced Frosting, darker than Too Faced Molasses Chip, lighter than Too Faced Caramelized, similar to MAC Bronze, and warmer than MAC Havana.
Candied Peach is a medium brightened orange-coral in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker than MAC Coral, more orange than MAC Sushi Flower, darker and brighter than MAC Free to Be, lighter and more muted than Makeup Geek Poppy, and more matte than Make Up For Ever S748 Coral.
Bellini is a light-medium pinked melon with golden shimmer-sheen in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more muted and less pink than Too Faced Just Peachy, lighter and more pink than Too Faced Bon Bon, lighter and more muted than MAC Expensive Pink, lighter than Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan, and more pink and more shimmery than Viseart Topaz. 
Peach Pit is a dark warm burgundy brown in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and warmer than Too Faced Dark Truffle, more frosted and more brown than MAC Sketch, darker than MAC Mulch, more frosted than Anastasia Beverly Hills Rich Velvet, and more reddened than Viseart Jori. 
Delectable is a dark warm plummy brown in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is warmer and less shimmery than Too Faced Talk Derby to Me, darker and less shimmery than Too Faced Black Currant, warmer than MAC Shadowy Lady, cooler than MAC Deep Damson, and darker and more brown than Makeup Geek Curfew.

Peaches 'n Cream, Georgia, Caramelized, Puree, Summer Yum, and Talk Derby to Me

Peaches 'n Cream is a light-medium warm peachy beige in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is warmer and more peach than Too Faced Cashew Chew, darker than MAC Orb, lighter than MAC Bamboo,  darker and more peach than Makeup Geek Sorbet, and darker than Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Peach.
Georgia is a medium warm pinked peach in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more pink than MAC Bamboo, warmer and more peach than MAC Malt, more pink than Viseart Beige, darker and more pink than Viseart Sable, and more peach than Makeup Geek Beaches & Cream.
Caramelized is a medium-dark warm bronze in a frosted finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker than Too Faced Cobbler, slightly cooler than Too Faced Frosting, warmer than MAC Havana, darker than MAC Bronze, and darker and cooler than Makeup Geek Pretentious.
Puree is a medium-dark warm caramel brown in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker than Too Faced Mousse, cooler than Too Faced Mocha, less orange than MAC Saddle, darker than MAC Soft Brown, and cooler and more matte than Makeup Geek Frappe. 
Summer Yum is a medium-deep warm reddened mahogany brown in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more reddened than Too Faced Mocha, less reddened than MAC Brown Script, slightly more reddened than MAC Swiss Chocolate, less reddened than Viseart Brique, lighter than Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear. 
Talk Derby to Me is a dark blackened cool purple with sparkle in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and darker than Too Faced Black Currant, cooler and more purple than MAC Beauty Marked, more sparkly than MAC Shadowy Lady, darker and cooler than Anastasia Beverly Hills Not Today, and darker and less shimmery than Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Too Faced is on fire with their palette game right now. Every shade is ultra-smooth and beautifully pigmented, but super-blendable with almost no powdery kickback or fall out. Like the Chocolate Bar palettes before it, the 18 shades here come in a fantastic variety of finishes to create gorgeous, wearable, foolproof eye looks from natural to dramatic. What sets it apart from being just another warm palette is the addition of purple tones and a green shade, too, which despite not being peach or in the peach colour family, still goes with the peach inspiration behind the palette. The scent may be off-putting to those who don't like any fragrance in their makeup, but it is very much a fresh peach scent rather than the super-sweet, sickly, artificial kind of peach, so for me, it remains a fun olfactory addition and a nice touch to a peach-themed palette. Like the Chocolate Bar palettes, the scent doesn't linger after application; you just get a nice whiff of it when you open the palette to add a sensory dimension to using it. This palette is extremely sought-after right now, as it sold out in a matter of minutes from all online retailers when it launched, so if you want this palette (and trust me, the packaging is ridiculously cute, the product is extremely useable, and the value is incredible, so you will want it), you're gonna have to stalk your local Sephora locations to get your hands on it.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 419

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. What's the next beauty product you'd like to try? Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche Lipsticks and Cinema Secrets' Super Sealer Mattifying Setting Spray.

  2. Is there anything missing in your life? More money and more sleep. What else is new?

  3. When was the last time you had pizza? What kind? Last Thursday; the Bruschetta Pizza from Pizza Nova. It's a white pizza (my fave) with mozzarella, herbed olive oil, diced roma tomatoes, fresh herbs, red onions, and diced roasted garlic. It's so good if you don't want a super-heavy pizza. I ate six slices because I'm a beast.


  4. Moderation or excess? In theory, moderation. In execution, excess.

  5. What's the next book you want to read? Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. The world of the Shadowhunters continues!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Prayers/Triangles


I technically already wrote about their first single when they released it in February, but they finally made an official music video for it, so I had to post it 'cause I am deep into Deftones fangirl mode. I have honestly been playing nothing but Gore since it was released two weeks ago and don't intend to stop anytime soon.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday Nine: You're Beautiful (2005)

This week's Saturday Nine:


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


  1. The first line is of this song is, "My life is brilliant." Using one word, describe your life. Blessed.

  2. This is about a chance encounter between strangers in a crowd, specifically the subway. What "crowded place" were you most recently in? Vaughan Mills, last Saturday. It was fucking mayhem.

  3. Near the very end of this song, James Blunt sings, "It's time to face the truth." Do you believe you face things head on? Or do you tend to deny or put off the unpleasant? Face things head on. If I put things off, I keep thinking about them or overanalyzing them until it drives me crazy. So I just confront things right away.

  4. James Blunt went to an all-boys school. Some educators recommend single-sex classrooms because they maintain girls just naturally approach subjects like math and science differently than boys do. Do you agree? Yes. I went to an all-girls school and my brother went to an all-boys school, and though we learned a lot of the same material, each subject was taught very differently and we approached them very differently. I remember asking my brother to help edit my English essay in Grade 11 for a book that he had already read, and though he was a straight-A, 4.0 GPA student at his school, that essay was the worst grade I got in English, ever (English was my best academic subject).

  5. Blunt put his father in charge of his finances. Income taxes are top of mind for many of us this time of year. Do you do your own taxes? Or do you go to an accountant or tax preparation service? I give my T4 to my mom and she gives it to her accountant so both of our taxes are done at the same time.

  6. In 2005, the year this song was a hit, the sitcom How I Met Your Mother was also popular.  Do you know how your parents met? Through my aunt and uncle (my mom's older brother married my dad's older sister). But I have no idea how those two met.

  7. 2005 is also the year Tom Cruise famously jumped on a sofa. Do you remember where he did this? On Oprah. I remember it pretty vividly because it was all over the news that Tom Cruise had officially gone bonkers.

  8. 2005 was also the year YouTube really took off. What's the last video you watched?



  9. Random question... Which of these high profile jobs would you enjoy more: head of General Motors, CEO of Apple or president of the New York Yankees? CEO of Apple because I just don't care about GM or the Yankees.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Five: The Middle

This week's Friday Five:
  1. What's something you're in the middle of? Episode 5 of Shadowhunters, which is actually pretty terrible but I can't stop watching it. I have a soft spot for The Mortal Instruments series. Plus, everyone's just so ridiculously good-looking. (Also, I just got Netflix two days ago. This is going to be really dangerous. Like, how do people even leave their houses?)

  2. What's in the middle of you? Intestines, organs, things like that. But I did just eat Taco Bell for dinner, so add one Cheesy Gordita Crunch, one Soft Taco, and one order of Fries Supreme to that as well...

  3. What is your residence in the middle of? A big gated adult-living suburban neighbourhood. Yeah, that's right, I live around a lot of old people.

  4. What's a great food that features something in its middle? Ice cream waffle sandwiches.

    Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich (with Moose Tracks ice cream, Nutella, and pecans) from Inspire

    Original HK-style egg waffle with vanilla and matcha twist soft serve from Wooffles & Cream

  5. What's the nearest you've been to the middle of nowhere? Well, I live in Canada, so basically two hours outside of a major city is the middle of nowhere...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pick-Ups & Deliveries: March and April 2016

I decided to do a haul post now since I'm putting myself on a shopping ban until next month. I'm going to Montreal and New York during the first week of May, and I am not allowed to spend any more money on extraneous things until then. By "extraneous things," I mean cosmetics. Because let's be real, that's what I spend the majority of my money on, and I have a problem. However, the past month or so has been filled with tons of sales events and random releases that I just couldn't ignore.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Too Faced released their Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette in March through their website and it was sold out immediately. So, naturally, everyone was waiting with bated breath for it to be re-stocked. The re-stock never happened. It was then announced that they'd be available through other retailers like Ulta and The Shopping Network and Sephora at the end of March. Again, it was sold out immediately on all retailers' websites. People waited all day and all night for that palette to be re-stocked. People wrote angry comments and tweets to the retailers and to Too Faced for creating such a hype and teasing all their customers through social media only to be disappointed that they couldn't get their hands on one. I honestly hadn't seen such a craze since the release of Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop highlighter with Becca (which is now permanent, anyway). But I admit, I was totally caught up in the hype. I had been eyeing it on various Instagram makeup accounts for months and was determined to get it when it was released. Of course, like everyone else, I had no such luck. I kept refreshing Sephora's website for an entire day but it just kept saying "Out of Stock." Out of boredom, my friend Chelsea decided to refresh the page at 2:00 in the morning the day after it was released. And what'd you know, it was actually back in stock. She added two of them quickly to her cart before they were sold out again (which it was, literally an hour later). And that is how I got my Sweet Peach palette. It is now no longer being made available online, but it is rolling out in stores this week. So if you have your eye on it, go to your local Sephora. Like, now. Because, let me tell you: It lives up to the hype.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow and Gleam

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Snapdragon and Tigerlily

As all beauty addicts will know, the Sephora VIB sale is going on right now. I didn't go as crazy as I've done in previous years because the spring VIB sale only allows for 15% off (the fall VIB sale gives members 20% off), but I did still pick up a good amount of stuff (I went through Ebates, too, I get some cash back as well). First order of business was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits. When they were first released, I wasn't that interested in them because I have way too many highlighters as it is and didn't care for travel-size palettes of them. But I was over at my friend Chelsea's, doing her makeup, and she brought her Glow Kits out... Not only did I discover that they are full size highlighters (and in magnetized pans, so you can customize your palettes), but they look stunning on the skin, like glowy and shimmery but not scary intense or ultra-metallic. And they're just so smooth and so soft and so pigmented. It was love at first swipe. So I bought both of the kits, 'cause I couldn't decide. They're both too gorgeous to leave behind. Next up were the new Becca Luminous Blushes. They have the same formulation as Blushed Copper, so I knew these were gonna be good. I bought Snapdragon (coral-pink with gold shimmer-sheen) and Tigerlily (peachy orange with gold shimmer-sheen) to start with because they're the two shades that I'd get the most wear out of, but will probably pick up Camellia and Foxglove in the near future.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist and Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil

Fresh Sugar Lychee Eau de Parfum and Soy Face Exfoliant

I also bought some skincare. Sephora started carrying a bunch of niche brands over the past six months or so, and one that really interested me was Herbivore Botanicals. They are a Seattle-based brand that "combines pure active plant ingredients with a minimalist aesthetic. Each therapeutic, concentrated formula provides tangible results you can see and feel." I don't necessarily care for all natural brands, but what impressed me was their consistent high ratings on every single one of their products. They have a total of 13 products listed on Sephora's website (they carry more on their own website), and I literally read through every single one of them. I decided to snatch up two: the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Mist, which is a "hydrating toner featuring coconut water, Bulgarian rose, and hibiscus" to "tone, hydrate, and soften all skin types," and the Lapis Facial Oil, which "offers balanced hydration to combination and oily skin," "reduces redness and clarifies the complexion with the power of azulene-rich natural blue oils." From the reviews I read, the Lapis Oil is especially impressive; it helps combat oil but also hydrate dry patches at the same time. People have said that it's helped with their acne- and eczema-prone skin, so I'm especially excited to try it. I also bought a new tube of Fresh's Soy Face Exfoliant which I've decided, after trying many, many scrubs, is my holy grail. No other scrubs leave my skin looking and feeling as soft and smooth as this one. And, of course, a new bottle of my signature Sugar Lychee perfume, the one I can never get away from no matter how many fragrances I try; it's the one that all my friends, colleagues, and family associate me with, and the one I get the most compliments on.

Other items that I snatched up but were too boring to photograph? Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper (I didn't like it at first but kept using it and then ended up really liking it, even more than Stila's, which is more expensive), Sephora Collection's Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter (the most effective one out there that I've tried, and not nearly as harsh as 100% acetone which started making my nails super brittle), and Sephora Collection's Vented Dual Boar Hair Brush (I blowdry my hair everyday and my hair dryer was melting the glue holding up the bristles on my other brush, so I needed one that was specifically meant for using with heat tools).

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Aura, Sin, and Fireball

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Paranoid, Score, Video, and Rapture

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed and Bronzed

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay was having their Friends & Fanatics Event, during which they were offering 20% off for two days. They had just released their summer collection, too, so I figured it was the perfect time to get some new goodies. I ended up getting all three of their new Afterglow Highlighters, plus four shades of their Afterglow Blush (one online exclusive shade, Paranoid, and three of their original shades), both of their new Beached Bronzers (Sun-Kissed to use as a blush or all-over warmth, Bronzed for adding structure and soft contouring), and their All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (I've been wanting to try this since I've heard it actually helps control oil better than De-Slick, which I didn't like).

Biotherm Source Therapie Skin Perfection Catalyzing Serum, Aquasource Skin Perfection High Definition Moisturizing Perfecting Care, Aquasource Deep Replenishing Hydration Gel, and Aquasource Nuit High Density Hydrating Jelly

Lancôme Bienfait Aqua Vital Continuous Infusing Moisturizer (x 2)

I went with my friend Steph to the L'Oréal warehouse sale last week. I totally wasn't planning on getting anything because I'd been to multiple L'Oréal warehouse sales before (back in the day when I used to work for Lancôme) and I was never that impressed. I would always end up buying junk that I'd use maybe once or twice and then throw away. But they moved the sale to a much bigger space this year, and had at least three or four times the amount of product they used to carry, and I found myself going a little crazy in the Biotherm skincare section. I used to use Biotherm religiously and their products in general work really well with my skin. But after I left Shoppers Drug Mart and didn't have a discount on Biotherm anymore, I stopped using their stuff and moved on to discover other brands. However, I saw that almost all their skincare was 40% off, so I bought some old favourites like the Source Therapie Skin Perfection Catalyzing Serum (which is being discontinued and replaced) for $40 from $62 and Aquasource Skin Perfection High Definition Moisturizing Perfecting Care for $29 from $50, as well as a new find in Aquasource Nuit High Density Hydrating Jelly for $30 from $52 (which also came with a 30ml tube of their Aquasource Deep Replenishing Hydration Gel). I actually had two more Biotherm moisturizers in my bag until I saw that they had my beloved Lancôme Bienfait Aqua Vital (previously called Aqua Fusion, and was my holy grail moisturizer for years) on sale for $34 from $57, so I quickly put the Biotherm ones down and snatched these up instead. Basically, I am well stocked on skincare until next winter.

MAC Charlotte Olympia Mirror Compact

MAC Charlotte Olympia Makeup Bag

Of course, any haul of mine wouldn't be complete without some MAC goodies. Their collaboration with Charlotte Olympia came out last month, and while none of the actual makeup products intrigued me (there's only so many red lipsticks a girl can have), I really liked the design of the collection so I ended up getting the little compact mirror and the makeup bag. Neither of them are must-haves and I do think they could've made them with better materials (the mirror is plastic and feels cheap so I wish it were weightier and came with a pouch or something so there wouldn't be so many fingerprints on it; the makeup bag is made with a hard polyurethane and as a result, it's very stiff and the zipper isn't smooth, so I wish it were made with a nylon or more flexible coated fabric), but they're both cute and retro-glam and reflective of Olympia's aesthetic.

MAC Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Mellow Moderns Eyeshadow x 15 Palette

MAC Future MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Otherearthly and Warm Rose

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Pinwheel in Faintly Fabulous, Sunny Side, Perfectly Lit, and Nuanced

I also picked up two new eyeshadow palettes — the new and limited edition 9 x Eyeshadow Palette in collaboration with Tinashe (review here), and the newly permanent 15 x Eyeshadow Palette in Mellow Moderns (review here) — as well as a whopping six new Mineralize Skinfinishes, two from the Future MAC collection (review here) and four from the new Mineralize Skinfinish pinwheel collection (review here). Aaaaand, I'm on a ban now. I swear.

Did you score any good deals this past month? What did you get from the Spring Sephora VIB sale? What makeup releases are you looking forward to?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 418

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. I want a new ______. Laptop. I have a MacBook Pro and I love it, but it's five years old now and slowing down. It still runs well, just not as efficiently as it used to. I'm probably going to get a new one in the next year or so.

  2. Camping or hotel? Haha, the thought of me camping is laughable. I am not an outdoorsy person, and I'm way too high-maintenance for that shit, anyway. Hotel all the way. Or Airbnb, which I recently got into. We just booked an apartment through Airbnb for our trip to Montreal at the end of the month.

  3. What do you want to postpone? Getting my car serviced. I need to get it done before our road trip to Montreal in three weeks, but I keep forgetting and my car has had the service notification on for like, two months straight now. But I really need to remember to call to make an appointment ASAP. I can only postpone for so long.

  4. Three words that describe your current social life? Busy eating everything.

  5. What lipstick shades have you worn down to the nub? Just two: MAC Viva Glam II and MAC Faux.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Phantom Bride


No official music video yet, but Deftones released their eighth studio album, Gore, on Friday and it is truly mind-blowing. It has been four years since the release of their last album, and it was well worth the wait. Gore is moody, emotional, heady, visceral, and sonically atmospheric — a juxtaposition of savage aggression and ethereal fragility, of ominous sensuality and hypnotic violence, that proves that Deftones continues to transcend the boundaries and expectations of its genre. This song in particular, featuring Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell's guitar work, might be the prettiest song in the entire Deftones catalogue, and is one of my favourites from this album. A Deftones record hasn't been this exciting since 2000's White Pony, and as one reviewer said, "Gore is a triumphant reminder that a veteran act can continue to grow and still remain relevant."

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Saturday Nine: That's What Friends Are For (1985)

This week's Saturday Nine:


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


  1. This week's song is performed by an all-star quartet: Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. You have your choice: which of these four would you most like to see in concert? Elton John. I grew up with his music (my dad played his records all the time when I was little) and still love it to this day.

  2. Dionne Warwick was Whitney Houston's cousin. Name a Whitney Houston song. "I Will Always Love You". Did you know that it's the best-selling single by a woman in history?

  3. Gladys Knight owns a chain of chicken and waffle restaurants around Atlanta. When you have waffles, what do you top them with? (Powdered sugar? Butter? Syrup? Fruit?). First, I gotta note that I rarely have waffles at home. I don't have a waffle-maker, and even if I did, I'd be way too lazy to use it. I do have Eggos from time to time, but I only put butter on it because I don't keep maple syrup (I love it, but rarely have a use for it, so I don't bother buying it). But if it's dinner, I love the Waff Out Loud (soy-marinated grade prime strip steak and deep-fried chicken with ginger maple and spicy berry compote on a homemade waffle) from Inspire. And if it's dessert, then it's gotta be The Fork Awakens waffle (salted butter pecan ice cream, honey roasted pecans, Belgian milk chocolate sauce, and butter caramel sauce) from Caffe Demetre.

  4. Elton John has turned his bad eyesight into a hobby, claiming that over the years he has purchased well over than 200,000 pairs of glasses. Do you wear glasses? If so, how many prescription pairs do you own? Yep, I've needed glasses since I was 10. I currently own two pairs; one from Missoni, and one from Gucci. But I don't wear the Gucci ones often because I am allergic to the metal logos on the arms (they touch my temples and then I get rashes there if I wear my glasses for prolonged periods). I should probably get around to putting a coat of clear nail polish on them or something but I always just wear my Missoni ones and then forget about it.

  5. Stevie Wonder has a scar on his nose from a 1973 car crash. Have you ever been in a car accident? Yes, two small ones, and one big one that completely totalled my car. I think they all happened within a span of a year. After that big one, I didn't drive for well over a year.

  6. Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager were married when they wrote this. Do you know a husband and wife who work together? My friend Ronsee's parents. Well, they both work for the same bank, but I don't know if they're in the same department.

  7. This song celebrates friendship through good times and bad. Tell us about a happy time you recently shared with someone close to you. I got to meet Metric and see them perform at Air Canada Centre with my friend Austin a couple weeks ago, and we had such an amazing time.

  8. Now share a time when you were there for a friend through a tough time. My friend Austin's mom passed away last November, and I couldn't make it to the funeral because of work, but I made sure to go to one of the visitations. I rushed to the funeral home right after work, and even though I only stayed for five minutes, I hugged him the whole time and he kept telling me how much it meant to him that I was there for him, and I know it was genuine.

  9. Random question: When is the last time you were out of breath? Um, today? I was speed-walking and smoking at the same time. Not a good mix, guys.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Five: How Do You Do That?

This week's Friday Five:
  1. When you draw a five-pointed star, which point do you begin with, and where do you go from there? I start at the bottom left corner and move diagonally to the top point, then diagonally to the bottom right, then diagonally to the top left, then straight across to the top right, then diagonally again to the bottom left.

  2. On a typical day, in what order do you put your clothes on? Bra, tank top (I always wear a tank top underneath all my outfits), bottoms, top, and then usually a jacket or blazer, and then a scarf and my coat (weather permitting).

  3. When packing for an overnighter, what are you likely to pack too much of? Makeup. I mean, what if I was in the mood to wear that peach blush and I didn't bring it with me?! Honestly, I pretty much spend the same amount of time packing for one night as I do for a full week.

  4. How particular are you with laundry chores? I separate my laundry into black (pretty much all my "outer" clothing) and non-black (underwear, bras, towels, pajamas), and wash when needed (usually every two weeks for each, so I do one load once a week). With bedding, I wash my sheets and pillow cases every two weeks, and my duvet cover once a month. Although I'm not really strict on this schedule, so if I procrastinate and don't end up doing laundry this week, I don't really mind doing it next week. I mean, I have enough underwear to last me for two months straight without having to do laundry, anyway.

  5. How are your bookshelves organized? Alphabetically by author's last name, and then by series (when applicable) and/or year of publication. Although I've run out of bookshelf space (I have to double-face my books) so there are some random stragglers that I've just fit in free spaces on top of other books until I get another bookshelf...