CIRCUITS OF FEVER

Sunday Video Love: Mirage

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Lindsey Stirling can do no wrong.

Saturday Nine: Voices Carry (1985)

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Saturday, October 21, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:



This song was chosen because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this link to The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Let's spread the word that there's help out there.

  1. In this song, a woman is "hushed" by her lover. When were you last told to "keep it down?" I don't remember, honestly. I'm not that loud a person. I usually tell other people to keep it down. Or if I'm talking to a friend or colleague about something private or confidential in a more public area, I'll make note for both of us to keep it down.

  2. Her lover tells her tears are something to hide. Researchers tell us that crying can be good for us, because by releasing emotional stress, it lessens physical stress on the cardiovascular system. Are you comfortable crying in front of other people? Not particularly. Can't remember the last time I cried in public. It's just a hot mess — smudged makeup everywhere, swollen eyes, puffy face, runny nose… No, thanks.

  3. In this video, the woman makes a scene by speaking up in a theater. Today theater goers are more likely to be disturbed by a cell phone ringing or its screen illuminating. Are you careful to turn your phone off in the theater, church, etc.? I never turn off my phone anywhere, but it's always set on silent (with no vibration) — whether I'm at work or at home or out with friends — so it doesn't disturb or distract me or anyone else. (Even on a plane, I'll put my phone on Airplane Mode. But I'll never turn it off.)

  4. When this group, 'Til Tuesday, was still struggling, Cyndi Lauper was already a star. Cyndi offered to record this song, which would have brought the group some fast cash, but only if they agreed not to record it themselves. Obviously they didn't take the deal. Tell us about a time you took a risk on yourself, and it paid off. When I applied to my current work position in February. I was actually quite content with where I was at that point; with the location I was at, the position I was in, the pay that I got, and the people I worked with. But I wanted to continue moving up, so I applied to a higher position at a brand new location that was going to have a brand new team. And I got it in April. It's been more stressful but also more rewarding, and I've learned more about the makeup industry and business operations than I ever have before. Plus, I also get a much higher salaried wage now. So it literally paid off.

  5. 'Til Tuesday's lead singer, Aimee Mann, went to Open High School in Richmond, Virginia. This charter high school is dedicated to helping students become "self-determined thinkers and learners." Do you recall your high school as permissive or regimented? Totally regimented. I went to an all-girls' private school. There was very little freedom there. Even our courses were strictly academic. The most "liberal" course I took back then was art and photography — the only subjects I loved and truly excelled at.

  6. Aimee has been on the road through 2017 and, like most artists, sells tour merchandise. Her line includes reusable tote bags. Do you bring your own bag to the grocery store? As bad as it is, I never remember to bring reusable bags with me.

  7. Aimee has tried her hand at acting and appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. From Dracula to Barnabas Collins to Lestat, vampires are a popular culture staple (especially in October). What do you suppose accounts for their enduring popularity? I think it's because vampires in modern-day literature have the most human-like traits and sensitivities while still being monstrous or animalistic at the core. They have characteristics that a lot of people want to have: sexy, charismatic, seductive, wildly attractive, intelligence, maturity. They also possess super-human abilites like speed, agility, and immortality that make them incredibly powerful and dangerous, but there's this vulnerability to them that makes us empathetic to them. There's this constant battle of good vs. evil or right vs. wrong going on in their heads, and it's fascinating to see which one they'll choose or how they'll fight their instincts. And I won't even get into the whole fangs + oral fixation aspect of vampires.

  8. In 1985, when this song was popular, Bruce Springsteen was at the top of the charts with Born in the USA. A massive commercial success, Born in the USA has sold more than 15,000,000 copies in the United States alone. Is it in your collection? Nope.

  9. Random question: In which race would you do better — the Iditarod, with sled dogs in Nome, or speeding in a car at 200+ mph at the Indianapolis 500? I'm gonna say Indianapolis 500 because I like driving and speeding, and I know nothing of sled dogs.

Friday Five: More (and more) Questions About Buildings and Food

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Friday, October 20, 2017
This week's Friday Five:
  1. What's the best layered food? Definitely pizza, followed very closely by burgers.


    Tartufata pizza with black truffle, taleggio, and fruilano cheese, and porcini and shiitake mushrooms from 255 by Alta Rossa


    Shack Stack from Shake Shack

  2. What's the best rolled food? Maki sushi.


    Diablo Roll and Salmon Lover's Roll from Markham Sushi


    Kiu Signature Lobster Maki from Kiu

  3. What's the most recent cuisine you've tried for the first time from an ethnicity not your own? I genuinely can't remember the last time I tried a new cuisine for the first time. But I did try Spanish tapas for the first time last November. It wasn't my first time having Spanish food, but it was my first time eating in that style.

  4. What's a food that scares you? Anything with insects.

  5. What's something you eat solely because it's good for you? Plain steamed vegetables, especially Chinese varieties, like gai lan or choy sum. In the right dishes or with the right sauces, they can be pretty tasty, but they're tedious to eat on their own.

MAC Snow Ball: Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Frostwinked, Delicate Drift, Stylishly Merry, It's Snowing, and Starry, Starry Nights

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today, MAC launched the first part of their annual holiday collection called Snow Ball: "Find your rhythm and light up the night in cool frost and high-chrome shine. We've got all the bling you'll ever need to make everyone go star-struck. Be the sleighbelle of the ball, dancing until morning, feeling alive, reveling in the new generation. See you on the dance floor." Each year, MAC releases a colour collection of individual items for a single colour story along with a slew of value sets. 


The Snow Ball colour collection sees the launch of 16 new and limited edition products, including five shades of Extra Dimension Eyeshadow, which is described as "a modern hybrid formula that combines the smoothness of a cream, the blendability of a liquid and the finish of a powder with long-wearing colour and prismatic reflections. Its creamy, silky, near-fluid formula creates luminous, well-defined eyes in finishes from sheer crystallized light to stunning metallic." They are housed in "cool crushed champagne metallic" packaging with clear plastic boxes featuring a gold geometric snowflake design. The eyeshadow itself is embossed with a snowflake design. Each Extra Dimension Eyeshadow contains a total of 1.3 grams of product, and retails for $26. These are not redeemable as a free product in the Back to MAC recycling program.

Clockwise from left: Frostwinked, Delicate Drift, Stylishly Merry, It's Snowing, and Starry, Starry Nights

In daylight: Frostwinked, Delicate Drift, Stylishly Merry, It's Snowing, and Starry, Starry Nights

In direct light: Frostwinked, Delicate Drift, Stylishly Merry, It's Snowing, and Starry, Starry Nights

Frostwinked is a pale cool white with a silvery mint pearl in a shimmering metallic finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. 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 lighter and more silver than Vex, more silver and more metallic than White Frost, and lighter and cooler than She Sparkles.
Delicate Drift is a light-medium warm peachy pink with a golden peach duochrome pearl in a shimmering metallic finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. 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 darker and more peach than Last Dance, brighter and more pink than Sweet Heat, and lighter and more peach than Slow/Fast/Slow.
Stylishly Merry is a medium warm reddish pink with a greenish gold duochrome pearl in a shimmering metallic finish. (Note: This is a completely different shade than the original Stylishly Merry Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in the permanent range.) This is a new and limited edition shade. 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 lighter and more duochrome than Let's Roll, more golden and more duochrome than Last Dance, and more pink and more duochrome than I Like 2 Watch. 
It's Snowing is a medium warm muted rose pink with a silvery mauve pearl in a shimmering metallic finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. 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 lighter and more pink than Smoky Mauve, warmer and more metallic than Swish, and cooler and more pink than Sweet Heat. 
Starry, Starry Nights is a deep-dark cool muted black with a silver pearl in a shimmering metallic finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. 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 softer and more metallic than Black Tied, and more sparkly and more metallic than Carbon.

Snow Ball might just be my favourite MAC holiday collection to date. They killed it with the packaging, colours, wearability, and textures this year, and these Extra Dimension Eyeshadows are my personal must-haves from this collection. If you're not familiar with Extra Dimension Eyeshadows, they're ultra-smooth, ultra-silky, very pigmented, and incredibly metallic. In my opinion, it's one of MAC's most stand-out formulas, and it's my favourite MAC eyeshadow formulation to date. These shades actually remind me of Dazzleshadows with their multi-dimensional sparkles, but have the smooth texture and metallic finish that we expect from Extra Dimension Eyeshadows. In general, the five shades released in Snow Ball are widely-flattering across all skintones from light to dark. Frostwinked makes for a bright, festive accent colour; Delicate Drift, Stylishly Merry, and It's Snowing are gorgeous as one-sweep shades on their own or as lid shades grounded with matte shadows in the crease for a more dimensional look; and Starry, Starry Nights is perfect for a softly shimmering smoky eye this holiday season. The most notable colour here is Stylishly Merry, which looks like melted duochrome foil. It is stunning and I haven't seen anything like it before. (Again, please note that the Stylishly Merry from Snow Ball is a completely different shade from the original Stylishly Merry in the permanent range, which is a fuchsia purple.) For fans of sparkly and metallic shadows, these are definite must-haves — whether you're in a holiday party mood or not.

MAC Snow Ball: Opalescent Face Powder in Happy Go Dazzlingly and Here Comes Joy

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Today, MAC launched the first part of their annual holiday collection called Snow Ball: "Find your rhythm and light up the night in cool frost and high-chrome shine. We've got all the bling you'll ever need to make everyone go star-struck. Be the sleighbelle of the ball, dancing until morning, feeling alive, reveling in the new generation. See you on the dance floor." Each year, MAC releases a colour collection of individual items for a single colour story along with a slew of value sets. 


The Snow Ball colour collection sees the launch of 16 new and limited edition products, including two shades of Opalescent Face Powder, which is described as "a powder that transforms cheeks into pearly orbs that light up the night. Adds the perfect high-impact shimmering glow to skin." They are housed in "cool crushed champagne metallic" mirrored compacts with clear plastic boxes featuring a gold geometric snowflake design. The powder itself is embossed with a snowflake design. Each Opalescent Face Powder contains a total of 10 grams of product, and retails for $38. 

Happy Go Dazzlingly and Here Comes Joy

In daylight: Happy Go Dazzlingly and Here Comes Joy

In direct light: Happy Go Dazzlingly and Here Comes Joy

Happy Go Dazzlingly is a light-medium warm golden champagne in a shimmery 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 high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more yellow and more muted than Oh, Darling!, darker and more yellow than Double-Gleam, and lighter and more yellow than Global Glow.
Here Comes Joy is a medium warm gilded peach in a shimmery 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 high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more peach than Beaming Blush, more peach than Global Glow, and warmer and more peach than Superb.

Snow Ball might just be my favourite MAC holiday collection to date. They killed it with the packaging, colours, wearability, and textures this year. The Opalescent Face Powders offer a smoother illumination than Mineralize Skinfinish and are less metallic than Extra Dimension Skinfinish (which will be launching in holiday face kits on November 2), but what sets this formula apart is actually the texture. For those who don't like that weightless, baked texture of MSF or EDSF, the Opalescent Face Powders have that soft, finely-milled texture of Anastasia Beverly Hills' Glow Kits or Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfectors. Both shades are pigmented with full colour pay-off, apply smoothly and evenly, and blend out beautifully. As highlighters, Happy Go Dazzlingly will suit light-medium to dark skintones, and Here Comes Joy will suit medium to deep-dark skintones, but both shades here are definitely geared towards warmer undertones. On that note, these are surprisingly unique compared to the highlighters in MAC's permanent range in both colour and texture, so they are definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a new pretty highlighter for this holiday season (they have snowflakes on them!) or you're just a highlighter fiend like me.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 497

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Monday, October 16, 2017
This week's Monday Poll:
  1. You've been kidnapped (!), and the last person you saw on TV is trying to rescue you. Who is it? Stephen Colbert. You know, I don't mind. I don't mind at all.

  2. Describe your life right now in one word. Hectic!

  3. How do you think you'd do if you answered "Yes" to every question anyone asked you this week? Hmm... Either become murderous or be murdered?

  4. Tea or coffee with your scone? Tea, a good orange pekoe. I usually go for coffee, but when I eat sweet foods or desserts, I prefer tea.

  5. If you could try a new hair style today, and it would be done by the world's greatest hair stylist, what would you do? A side-parted 'lob' that's just past my shoulders, and shorter in the back. And if I could get it coloured, too, I'd do an indigo-to-turquoise ombre.

Sunday Video Love: Fake Happy, Ain't It Fun, and Everywhere

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

I went to see Paramore at Massey Hall on Friday. It was my sixth time seeing them live since 2005, and it's been this incredible journey seeing them grow as people and musicians, together and separately; through thick and thin, drama and apathy. But this might have been my favourite show yet. The energy was just different: more vibrant, more buoyant, more authentic, maybe because After Laughter was such a great catharsis for them and there's just so much more transparency between them and the public and their fans.

I took a ton of videos that night (a minute or two of favourite songs to post on Instagram, you know), but here are the three songs I recorded in full:




The first one is "Fake Happy," my favourite song off of After Laughter. The second one is "Ain't It Fun" from their self-titled record — their biggest and highest-peaking single to date that won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2015. And finally, the third one is "Everywhere," a Fleetwood Mac cover on their set list for Tour Two. It's not the first time I've heard them covering Fleetwood Mac (they've used "Landslide" as the outro to "In the Mourning"), but it is the first time I've actually seen/heard them play a full cover song at a show, and they absolutely killed it.

Also, can I just say, Hayley has got some real sassy dance moves.

Saturday Nine: Chattanooga Choo-Choo (1941)

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Saturday, October 14, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:


  1. Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city. Have you ever visited Tennessee? If so, where did you go and what did you see? I've never been to Tennessee, but I really want to go to Nashville someday.

  2. Since Glenn Miller's recording of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" was awarded the first-ever gold record, we're going to devote the next questions to your firsts. What was the first award or accolade you ever won? I won my school's art award at my Grade 6 graduation.

  3. Which was the first social media site that you posted to? LiveJournal in 2002. But if blogging platforms don't count, then it was MySpace in 2003.

  4. Where did you go on your first plane ride? Orlando, Florida, in 1989. My parents took us to Disneyworld.

  5. Tell us about your first cell phone. A Nokia 8210 in 1999. I had one with a blue cover. My dad got one for me "for emergencies" because that's when I started taking public transportation by myself. I didn't do anything with it except call my parents and play Snake.

  6. Tell us about your first tattoo: Where is it on your body? Where did you have it done? What does it depict? A dove on my left forearm. I got it done at New Tribe Tattoo in 2005.

  7. How old were you when you had your first piercing? I think I was about 11 or 12. I got my ears pierced.

  8. What had you been drinking the first time you suffered a hangover? I've never had a hangover because my body doesn't metabolize alcohol normally — I sweat it out and then I'm sober again. But the first time I drank excessively was with vodka.

  9. Was your first ticket for parking or was it a moving violation? It was actually for speeding. I was doing 80 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. It was like, two weeks after I got my first car. My dad took my car away for three months after that.