Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette


Last month, Urban Decay launched their collaboration collection with Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass movie, which includes an eyeshadow palette and five lipsticks, all of which are new and limited edition. This is Urban Decay's second collaboration with the Alice in Wonderland franchise, the first being the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows in 2010. The new eyeshadow palette for Alice Through the Looking Glass is "loaded with 20 all-new shades... a trippy tribute to our favourite characters from the film: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana, Iracebeth, and Time." 


The palette is housed in a special edition two-tier box featuring multi-coloured "kaleidoscopic artwork woven out of flowers and butterflies." When the top lid is open, there is a mirror with the words, "We're all mad here," written at the bottom on one side; on the other side, there are black doors with the words, "I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours" written in gold. When the doors are open, a three-dimensional butterfly pops up. The lower tier of the box features a drawer with the words, "I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then," written across it; pull open the drawer to "reveal the shadows, which are arranged by character in columns from left to right: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana (the White Queen), Iracebeth (the Red Queen) and Time (a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock)." Each palette contains a total of 26 grams of product and retails for $75. You can find it in stores at Sephora, and online at Urban Decay.

Looking Glass, Hatter, Lily, Heads Will Roll, and Time

Looking Glass is a light warm pinked beige with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is similar to Urban Decay Strange (Naked 3), more pink than Urban Decay Virgin (Naked), warmer and more frosted than MAC Yogurt, and slightly more pink than Makeup Geek Sorbet.
Hatter is a medium vibrant kelly green with fine shimmer in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more vibrant than Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green, darker and warmer than MAC Kelly, and warmer than Makeup Geek Dragonfly.
Lily is a light warm beige with a pink shift in a frosted duochrome finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is warmer than MAC Ready to Party, warmer than Makeup Geek Phantom, and darker and more duochrome than Makeup Geek Whimsical.
Heads Will Roll is a medium-dark brightened cool turquoise with champagne micro-sparkle in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more green-toned than Urban Decay Gonzo, slightly darker than Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue, and more muted and more green-toned than Makeup Geek Poolside.
Time is a blackened navy with gunmetal micro-shimmer in a metallic finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is cooler and more blue-toned than Urban Decay Oil Slick, more metallic than MAC Contrast, and darker than Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire.

Reflection, Gone Mad, Duchess, Bandersnatch, and Dream On

Reflection is a light-medium warm peach in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is brighter and more orange than Bamboo, similar to Make Up For Ever M534 Oat, and darker and brighter than Anastasia Beverly Hills Fresh Peach.
Gone Mad is a dark warm plum with purple and peach micro-glitter in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker than MAC Indian Ink, more purple than MAC Shadowy Lady, and darker than Makeup Geek Curfew.
Duchess is a light-medium warm peach with a pink shift in a frosted duochrome 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 peach than MAC Motif, more pink than Makeup Geek I'm Peachless, and lighter than Makeup Geek Mai Tai.
Bandersnatch is a medium-deep cool navy blue in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more matte than Urban Decay Evidence, more matte than Make Up For Ever S228 Petrol Blue, brighter than Makeup Geek Boo Berry.
Dream On is a medium muted cool mauve purple with silver glitter in a sparkle finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low-medium pigmentation and semi-sheer colour pay-off. Due to the sparkle content, it can be more difficult to blend out, but it is easy to layer. It is slightly less pink than Urban Decay Intergalactic, lighter and more glittery than Ardency Inn Disco, and more muted and more silvered than MAC Grand Galaxy.

Dormouse, Paradox, Kingdom, Salazen Grum, and Chronosphere

Dormouse is a medium-dark warm orange-toned brown with gold flecks in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is similar to MAC Texture, more orange than MAC Saddle, and lighter than Anastasia Beverly Hills Burnt Orange.
Paradox is a medium brightened warm orange with a golden sheen in a frosted 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 than Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin, darker and brighter than Viseart Orange Topaz, and more frosted and more golden than Makeup Geek Chickadee.
Kingdom is a medium warm rosy brown in a frosted 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 than MAC All That Glitters, lighter than MAC Sable, and darker and more brown than Makeup Geek Cinderella.
Salazen Grum is a medium-dark warm brightened copper red in a metallic 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 red than MAC Coppering, more orange than MAC Cranberry, and more metallic than Makeup Geek Anarchy.
Chronosphere is a medium-deep slightly warm bronze in a metallic finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is warmer than Urban Decay Snakebite, darker than MAC Havana, and more golden than Too Faced Dark Truffle.

Metamorphosis, Cake, Chessboard, Royal Flush, and Mirror
Metaphorhosis is a medium brightened cool periwinkle blue with blue micro-shimmer in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more matte than MAC Moon's Reflection, lighter and more muted than MAC Cobalt, and more matte than NARS Rated R #2.
Cake is a medium-dark brightened cool fuchsia pink with a soft sheen in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and cooler than Urban Decay Woodstock, cooler than Too Faced Totally Fetch, and warmer than Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid.
Chessboard is a medium-dark warm camel brown in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more golden than MAC Saddle, darker than MAC Soba, and darker than Makeup Geek Desert Sands.
Royal Flush is a light bright warm ivory in a metallic 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 brighter than Urban Decay Polyester Bride, more white than MAC Nylon, and brighter than Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige.
Mirror is a medium-deep cool charcoal taupe in a matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more matte than Urban Decay Desperation, warmer than MAC Print, and warmer and more taupe than Makeup Geek Stealth.

The Alice Through the Looking Glass palette is like a piece of art: frivolous and whimsical, bulky and not particularly practical, but made with great care and attention to detail, and can be interpreted as beautiful or garish. The shadows themselves are fantastic, of course, as you would expect from Urban Decay: smooth, silky, and pigmented, with equal parts neutrals and brights, frosts and mattes, that reflect the fanciful world of Alice in Wonderland to a tee. At first glance, the shades in the palette don't seem all that coordinated (especially if you take into account that each column is supposed to represent a single character from the film), but you can create a multitude of cohesive looks with the 20 shades included, from soft and neutral to cool and smoky to bright and wild. The only shade that gave me a bit of trouble to work with was Dream On, which reminds me a bit of Urban Decay's Moondust Eyeshadows; it has a softer, almost more cushiony texture so the base colour is more translucent and it gives off a high amount of sparkle, so I've found that fingertips work the best to apply it. Aside from that, all the eyeshadows applied beautifully and blended out easily; I didn't find these to be chalky or powdery or create a significant amount of fall-out, but I do use an eyeshadow primer regularly (and I recommend the use of a primer or base when using any type of eyeshadow, in any case). This is not a palette to get if you want portable or basic or neutral or sensible — it's the one to get if you want something fun, playful, and unique. After all, it's an homage to Alice in Wonderland, and it's okay to get a little crazy with your makeup sometimes.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 428

This week's Monday Poll:
  1.  Matte red lips or glossy nude lips? Right now, glossy nude lips. I'll wear matte red lips once in a while but it's not one of my go-to looks for summer.

  2. What's your favourite snack food? Chicago Mix popcorn, Veggie Straws, and Terra Mediterranean exotic vegetable chips. I also really like summer fruit like strawberries and watermelon. 

  3. Roller blades or roller skates? Roller skates.

  4. What makes you feel wonderful? Sleep. And also a glorious pineapple coconut slush from Presotea.

  5. Who do you think is cute? Ryan Higa. There are few people who are simultaneously cute and hot, but I find him to be both.

  6. Eyelash extensions or hair extensions? Neither. Both my lashes and my hair are really long, so I've never considered getting either. (Also, no judgement to those who want them, but they kinda freak me out. It stems from a childhood phobia of dolls.)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday Nine: Papa Don't Preach (1986)

This week's Saturday Nine:


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


  1. Madonna has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Do you have any of her songs on your iPod/mp3 player/phone? Yeah, but only The Immaculate Collection (her first greatest hits album from 1990). I'm not a huge Madonna fan, but I do appreciate some of her songs.

  2. When she first arrived in New York in search of fame and fortune, Madonna supported herself by working at Dunkin' Donuts. What did you order last time you were at Dunkin' Donuts? I have no idea. Coffee, probably? Dunkin' Donuts isn't a thing in Canada. It's all about Tim Hortons. And I can tell you exactly what I last ordered at Tim Hortons (which was last week): a medium steeped tea, double-double, and a box of 10 Timbits (five strawberry jelly, five honey dip).

  3. Madonna and her first husband, Sean Penn, ended their marriage on New Year's Eve, 1988. Sam's New Year's Eves are never that dramatic. What about you? Do you have any vivid New Year's Eve memories you'd like to share? Er, I have some vivid New Year's Eve memories... but none that I can share with the public...

  4. Madonna admits she suffers from brontophobia, aka the fear of storms. Are you scared of thunder and lightning? No. I used to be scared of storms when I was a kid, but I love them now. I stand outside on my porch to have a smoke and watch it.

  5. Onstage during the 2015 Coachella fest, Madonna shocked the audience by planting a kiss square on the lips of much-younger rapper Drake. What's something that surprised you recently? All the tragedy that's happened in Orlando over last weekend — both the Pulse shooting and the murder of Christina Grimmie.

  6. More recently, Madonna was at the center of a controversy because Prince fans didn't like her tribute at the Billboard Music Awards. They made themselves heard on social media. Was your last Facebook post or Tweet positive or negative? I don't actually post on either anymore, and haven't in years. I have my Instagram linked to Twitter, so all you see are my photos. Which are of food. Which I love. So I guess you could say positive?

  7. One of the things Sam's papa preaches about is car maintenance. He reminds her to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip with us. I don't know anything about car maintenance, so all I can say is, get your car serviced regularly (I think I do mine every 15,000 km) so the professionals can maintain it for you.

  8. When she was growing up, Sam's father was often away on business. He always remembered to bring back the complimentary shampoos, conditioners and lotions from the hotels where he stayed. When will you next stay in a hotel (or motel, bed-and-breakfast or Airbnb room)? I'm not sure if I'm going to be going away any time soon since I just went to Montreal and NYC last month, but I do have two vacation weeks left (one in September and one in November), so I might do a little getaway, funds permitting. Maybe to the Maritimes or to Vancouver. I'm feeling coastal.

  9. To celebrate Father's Day, Sam is giving away her father's favourite candy: LifeSavers. Would you prefer a roll of Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? Winter Green or Peppermint. I'm a smoker; I always need mints.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pick-Ups & Deliveries: May and June 2016

Hello! I've been crazy busy with work recently, so I apologize for this blog lacking in any real posts lately. The past several weeks have seemed to go by simultaneously fast and slow. I say fast because it seemed to whiz by as most months do in adult life. (Like, hi, it's already June.) But I mean slow in the sense that a lot happened and I accomplished quite a bit in a span of a month: taking trips to both Montreal and New York City, doing tons and tons of makeup appointments (prom and wedding season is upon us), interviewing for a higher position, getting promoted (!), etc. But I somehow found the time to do copious amounts of shopping in between.

Bella Pella Glycerine Soaps in Watermelon, Marula and Neroli, and Pear and Vanilla

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Caramello and Baci

Paul & Joe Limited Compact in 010 with Powder Blush in 01

Last month's haul started in Montreal, where I bought exactly six items. I didn't want to do any excessive shopping there partly because the retail tax rate is higher in Quebec than it is here in Ontario, but mostly because I was going to NYC literally one day after I came back from Montreal and I needed to save money for that trip. So aside from food, all I bought were three glycerine bar soaps from the Bella Pella boutique on Rue Mont-Royal, plus two Stila liquid lipsticks in Baci and Caramello (I'm not a fan of most liquid lipsticks, but I tried one of my friend's and actually liked the texture of this formula), and a super-cute Paul & Joe compact that I filled with a highlighting powder blush duo a sparkly warm ivory and a shimmering peachy beige) from Pharmaprix because they were having their 20x Optimum Points event. (Also, does anyone know if Shoppers Drug Mart carries Paul & Joe here?)

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel

Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Natasha Crossbody Bag

Uniqlo Cotton Stoles and Drape Pants

Uniqlo Drape Pants

Uniqlo Liberty of London and SPRZ NY Andy Warhol Slippers

That brings me to my trip to NYC, where I surprisingly didn't buy a single cosmetic item (!). I did, however, spend a good chunk of change on two new handbags. Bloomingdale's was having a Friends & Family sale, so when I saw that they had the Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel that I had been eyeing for months at 35% off, I snatched that baby right up. On a whim, I decided to take a look at their clearance section as well and ended up finding a Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Natasha Crossbody Bag for 40% off, so I got that one, too. Needless to say, most of my budget went to those bags. The only other things I got were some favourite basics from Uniqlo: a couple of new lightweight scarves, a few more pairs of my favourite Drape Pants, and a couple pairs of new slippers (the floral print is a collaboration with Liberty of London, and the Andy Warhol print is a collaboration with MoMA).

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Obsessed and Sheer Rapture and Revolution Lipstick in Lovelight and Native

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Insanity, Uptight, Weirdo, Criminal, Backtalk, and Violate

I didn't buy any cosmetics in NYC, but I totally made up for it when I got back. I ended up making not one, but two orders on Urban Decay's website this past month. Their collaboration with the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie came out in early May, and while the lipsticks didn't interest me in the least, the eyeshadow palette was just too gorgeous to pass up. It's like a piece of art: frivolous and whimsical and not particularly practical to use, but made with great care and attention to detail and is just plain nice to look at. The shadows themselves are beautiful, of course, as you would expect from Urban Decay; smooth, silky, and pigmented, with equal parts neutrals and brights, frosts and mattes, that reflect the fanciful world of Alice in Wonderland to a tee. A must-have for make-up collectors. I also snatched up four more Revolution Lipsticks in shades that I had wanted but didn't already have, because they were becoming discontinued and on sale for $12 a pop. Why were they being discontinued, you ask? To make way for the 100 shades of the new Vice Lipstick range, which was released on their website last week. They are $21 each, making them cheaper than the Revolution Lipsticks were, so I put an order in for my top six shades to start with (you'll notice that they are all in the nude family because that's what I tend to reach for the most these days, but I'll probably get a few brights in the near future and then a few darker shades for fall). A lot of the shades are actually the same ones that were released in the old Revolution formula but just with different packaging now, so I made sure to get brand-new shades that were released specially with this range.

MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder in Dunes at Dusk

MAC Vibe Tribe Powder Blushes in Modern Mandarin, Painted Canyon, and Adobe Brick

MAC Vibe Tribe Eyeshadow Palettes in Wild Horses and Call of the Canyon

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipsticks in Hot Chocolate, Arrowhead, Pure Vanity, and Painted Sunset

MAC x Chris Chang Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Pressed Powder and Plum Princess Lipstick

MAC had their major summer launches in May, and I picked up the majority of the Vibe Tribe collection (which I have reviewed here, here, here, here, and here), and both the Transparent Finishing Pressed Powder (which I like for blotting and oil absorption) and the Plum Princess lipstick (a cool greyish mauve) from their collaboration with Chinese fashion designer Chris Chang. I actually really love the aesthetic of the Chris Chang collection, which features really fun bright shades of lipstick and eyeshadow in super-cute colourful packaging, but I just have too many similar colours that I don't get a lot of wear out of, so I just got my two must-haves.

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

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette 


Of course, a month can't go by without doing a Sephora haul. I finally caved and bought four of the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks (three of the original range that I'd been eyeing for months and a new one, Thistle, that was released about a month ago as part of their summer collection), plus two coveted eyeshadow palettes that finally came back in stock: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette. Sadly, the latter palette is no longer available as Becca decided to pull it after they discovered discrepancies with their batches; some people got the lovely smooth, pigmented, buttery ones, and others got dry and patchy ones. Luckily, I got the former, but it's a damn shame they had to pull it, because the colours are gorgeous and cohesive, and neutral but not boring or predictable (surprisingly, given Jaclyn's affinity for ultra-warm, almost orange-leaning shades, this palette includes a lovely rosy mauve and a deep plummy brown), making it a very ideal palette for daily use and travel. Both Jaclyn Hill and Becca are getting a lot of flak for this right now, but I respect them for being so upfront about the issue and for upholding the integrity of their brand. As it is, I've been wearing it for a couple weeks now and it goes on beautifully and blends like a dream, so no complaints here whatsoever.

NARS Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer, Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, and Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel (x 2)

I have been on a hunt for a good silicone-free foundation primer that will keep my skin looking matte for longer, so I decided to pick up NARS' Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer. I am currently using Laura Mercier's Oil Free Foundation Primer, and it feels nice and lightweight, but isn't particularly mattifying or oil controlling, so I'm hoping the NARS one might be more effective. I'd also been looking for a good hydrating eye cream because wearing liquid eyeliner every day causes these dry patches on my lids and the inner corners of my eyes, so the girl at Sephora recommended Fresh's new Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream. I usually take recommendations by Sephora's salespeople with a grain of salt because I know that they have to sell a certain quota of new products from specific brands, but I'm very pleasantly surprised by how effective this eye cream is. The dry, flaky patches that were on my lids are now completely gone and I've only been using the cream for about two weeks (I had finished an entire jar of Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream and it did nothing for me). I definitely recommend the Fresh one for anyone looking for extreme hydration without feeling greasy or heavy. Finally, I picked up a couple of essentials: a new tube of Fresh's Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment because I finished up my old one (it's fucking expensive but it works really well, it smells really good, and it's in a twist-up tube so I don't have to get my fingers all sticky), and two tubes of Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Cleansing Gel, my holy grail makeup removing cleanser.

A England Russian Soul Collection: Katyusha, Kalinka, Waltz of the Flowers, Polovetsian Dances, and Natasha's Dance / War & Peace

Chanel Le Vernis in 536 Émeraude

In nail polish news, I picked up A England's latest collection, Russian Soul, which includes five holographic shades inspired by Russian music and dance, and one single shade from Chanel's summer collection, Émeraude — one of the more unique colours I've seen from Chanel in a while. It seems that summer nail shades aren't just about brights and neons anymore, and I don't mind it at all.


Tony Moly Egg Pore Deep Cleansing Foam, Aquaporin Watery Essence, The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin, and The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Essence

Tony Moly Butter Mellow Hand Butter and Pure Milk Hand Cream

On a trip to Pacific Mall with Chelsea to look for phone cases (I ended up getting this awesome watermelon one by Sonix), we made a pit stop at Tony Moly to get some skincare. Tony Moly has become my go-to brand for reasonably priced skincare; they make my skin look and feel smooth and soft, they smell good, they come in cute packaging, and most importantly, I haven't had any reactions to their products. I've been very into lightweight, super-hydrating formulas after this past winter of experimenting with much heavier creams (which made me break out or leave patches of red bumps), so I ended up getting another tube of their Egg Pore Deep Cleansing Foam, a bottle of Aquaporin Watery Essence, plus their new Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Essence and Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin "to become fully moisturized and healthy through its excellent anti-oxidizing and moisture-strong effects." I also picked up two tubes of hand cream: the Butter Mellow Hand Butter to replace my L'Occitane Shea Butter Handcreme at a third of the price, and the Pure Milk Hand Cream to keep in my purse because it absorbs fast and isn't greasy. Their fruit-themed hand creams are decent (and in the cutest packaging you'll ever see), but I've found these ones to be more effective, especially since I have hand eczema.

Bath & Body Works Shea & Vitamin E Shower Gel in Gardenia & Fresh Rain, Oahu Coconut Sunset, and Moonlight Path

Bath & Body Works Shea & Vitamin E Body Lotion in Gardenia & Fresh Rain, Oahu Coconut Sunset, and Moonlight Path

Finally, I went to Bath & Body Works to stock up on some new body products. They were doing their "Buy 3, Get 3 Free" promotion on their signature products, so I got their Shea & Vitamin E Shower Gels and matching Body Lotions in Gardenia & Fresh Rain (fresh and floral with a hint of apple), Oahu Coconut Sunset (sweet, tropical, and beachy, 'cause it's summertime and sometimes you wanna smell like a piña colada), and Moonlight Path (calming jasmine and violet with a hint of musk — smells exactly like The Body Shop's White Musk scent, which was my favourite). I also had a coupon for $20 off a $50 purchase, so I bought a bunch of hand soaps and anti-bacterial hand gels as well. I had stopped using their hand soaps for a while because whatever they had put in there before had made my hands break out in hand eczema, but they changed their formula entirely (their hand soaps are no longer anti-bacterial but called "deep cleansing" instead) so I can use them again (I've been using them for about a week and no reactions!). Of course, now they're having their goddamn Semi-Annual Sale, so I'm tempted to go back for some Cucumber Melon products...


What did you buy last month? Any good deals? What are your favourite K-beauty brands? What's your favourite B&BW scent? Do you know of any good silicone-free foundation primers?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 427

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Which character would you be from Game of Thrones? I don't watch Game of Thrones so I actually don't know anything about the characters, but I did take a few online quizzes to determine which character I would be. This quiz says I'm Daenerys Targaryen, this quiz says I'm Jaime Lannister, this quiz says I'm Tyrion, and this quiz says I'm Khal Drogo. Conclusion: I should just watch the damn show because apparently I have enough time to be taking four quizzes to determine which character I'd be from a show I don't watch.

  2. Would you rather be a sexy mermaid or a sexy sasquatch? Um, sexy mermaid? Sasquatches are kinda scary.

  3. What's your least favourite yoga pose? I don't know, all of them?

  4. Describe your eighth-grade self in five words… Angsty, metalhead, loner, awkward, and mean. Basically, my eighth-grade self was terrible.

  5. Are you a twin? Not that I know of.

  6. When was the last time you wore winged liner? Yesterday, because it's my day off today and I'm not wearing any makeup. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Something in the Way You Move


Going to see Ellie Goulding in exactly one week! I haven't seen her perform live since her show at The Sound Academy in 2012 (when her album Halcyon had just been released) and she has blown up since then, so it'll be really fun to see her perform live in an arena setting with big theatrics and lights. Can't wait!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Five: Drama

This week's Friday Five:
  1. What was the last stage play you saw? The Book of Mormon on Broadway. It's technically a musical, but I mean, there was acting on a stage, so by definition, it's also a play...

  2. Which film genres do you like most, and which least? As broad as they are, I like dramas (crime, fantasy, psychological, etc.) and comedies (romantic, coming-of-age, musical, etc.) the most; I tend to appreciate dramas more for their plots, but I re-watch comedies more. The genres I like the least are historical, war, and horror.

  3. Why do some people seem always to have some kind of drama in their lives, while others apparently have very little? I think it's how receptive you are to drama. Some people thrive on it, while others shy away from it.

  4. One element of classic tragedy is the hero's tragic flaw. What's yours? Stubbornness.

  5. What are some lines of a play's or film's dialogue you can recite from memory? 

    "Well, sometimes I have the feeling I can do crystal meth, but then I think, 'Mmm...better not.'" — Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect

    "Even though some of you are pretty thin, you all have fat hearts, and that's what matters." — Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect

    "'Tell me, what does Judd Nelson eat for breakfast?'
    'Oh, well, like all misunderstood rebels, he feeds on hypocrisy.'
    'Sure.'
    'And black coffee, to help with his morning dumps.'" — Jesse and Beca from Pitch Perfect

    "It's like I have ESPN or something. My breasts can always tell when it's going to rain. Well… they can tell when it's raining." — Karen from Mean Girls

    "Somebody wrote in that book that I'm lying about being a virgin because I use super jumbo tampons, but I can't help it if I've got a heavy flow and a wide set vagina!" — Bethany from Mean Girls

    "You smell like a baby prostitute." — Janis from Mean Girls

    "If you're from Africa, why are you white?" — Karen from Mean Girls

    "She's a full on Monet… From far away, it's okay, but up close, it's a big old mess." — Cher from Clueless

    "I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies’." — Cher from Clueless

    "'My plastic surgeon doesn't want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose.'
    'Well, there goes your social life.'" — Amber and Dionne from Clueless

Monday, June 6, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 426

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. What are three things on your bucket list? Becoming a regional trainer and senior global artist for my current company, starting my own cosmetics line, and skydiving.

  2. Is it ever OK to snoop through someone's email? Only to obtain evidence for a criminal trial, like if I was the investigator in a murder case or trying to bust some drug deal or laundering ring. Otherwise, no. It's like someone tapping your phone, but worse because there can be credit card details or account information on there as well. Like, parents that try to snoop through their kids' e-mails? WTF? Respect their privacy. Would you want them going through your drawers and finding your condoms/lube/sex toys/drug stash/whatever floats your boat? It's the same thing; you're looking for trouble.

  3. Would you rather wear a Lady Gaga meat dress to your wedding or lose a front tooth on your wedding day? Meat dress. Losing a front tooth is permanent and then you have to go through the trouble of getting a bridge.

  4. Do you use colour correctors on a daily basis? On myself, no. At work, yes. I always get two or three clients who have really bad dark circles and I need to bust out that orange highlighting pen...

  5. Ocean, river, lake or swimming pool? To look at, I'd say ocean. To swim in, I'd say pool, 'cause it's more private and it's in a controlled environment. Also, chlorine.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Body Talk


I've been really into pop music lately, maybe because the weather's just been so warm and sunny (sometimes a bordering gross because of the humidity, but I digress) and summer is in full swing here, and all I'm in the mood for is head-bopping tunes that are happy and dance-y. I downloaded pretty much all of Foxes' discography recently, but this song's fantastic '80s synth-pop vibe really stood out to me and I just cannot stop replaying this song.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday Nine: Ode to Billie Joe (1967)

This week's Saturday Nine:


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


  1. This song takes places on "the third of June," which is described as "another sleepy, dusty" day. Describe the weather where you were on Friday, June 3, 2016. Warm, clear, and sunny.

  2. In this song, the family sits down to eat and discuss the doings of their friends and neighbours. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister were at the table. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? I was at Tsuki Izakaya with Chelsea, Ronsee, Michael, and Corrado to celebrate Chelsea's birthday.

  3. Young Billie Joe MacAllister playfully put a frog down another kid's back. Do you see many frogs where you live? I live in a gated neighbourhood that surrounds a lake, so there probably are frogs around the water... but as I've never actually been near the lake, I've never actually seen any of these theoretical frogs.

  4. This song made Mississippi's Tallahatchie Bridge famous. What's the name of a bridge in your neighborhood? I had to Google this because I don't actively look out for bridges. But the two closest to me are Old Bailey Bridge (which was built in 1945 and replaced in 2014) and the much more famous Old Finch Avenue Bailey Bridge (built in 1954), which is said to be haunted.

  5. Bobbie Gentry often performed with Glen Campbell. Mr. Campbell's family is very open about Glen's battle with Alzheimer's. Is anyone in your life facing this terrible disease? Not that I know of, but knock on wood.

  6. "Ode to Billie Joe" was made into a movie directed by Max Baer, Jr. Mr. Baer is better known for playing Jethro Bodine in a famous 1960s era sitcom. Can you name it? Yes, because I can Google: The Beverly Hillbillies.

  7. Bobbie Gentry made one of her last public appearances in 1981 on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny is now seen in reruns on the Antenna TV channel. Think of the last TV show you watched. Was it new or was it a rerun? I'm currently watching Season 2 of Once Upon A Time on Netflix, so they're all reruns.

  8. In 1967, when this song was popular, Sweden changed its traffic laws and Swedes began driving on the right. Have you ever driven in a foreign country? If so, did you have a hard time adapting to their laws? Outside of Canada, I've only ever driven in the US, which doesn't really count as foreign to us, so I'm gonna say no.

  9. Random question: Which would you rather have more of — compliments or hugs? Depends on who they're from. From strangers, compliments. From friends, hugs.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 425

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. French nails, French kissing or French fries? French fries, forever and always. They never let me down.


  2. Favourite Britney Spears song? It's a tie between "Toxic," which I feel represents the peak of her career, "Piece of Me," which marked her comeback, and "3," which is when she really got her life back on track after all the crazy drama. (Man, I took such a trip down memory lane just now because I literally grew up with Britney. Seriously. In 1999, I was in Grade 7 and "...Baby One More Time" just came out, and she was supporting her first album with a mall tour across North America and I went to the one that was at my local mall. I thought it was the coolest thing, ever.)


  3. Favourite pair of sunglasses? My Gucci GG 3166/S sunglasses in black.


  4. In what job did you have the most fun? My current one. It's also been the most challenging and the most rewarding because it's allowed me to grow and learn the most. Not gonna lie, being a makeup artist is pretty fucking awesome.

  5. Backstage or front of house? Backstage. It's kinda cool to see the behind-the-scenes of a show.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Thank God For Girls


Obsessed with Weezer's White Album. Took some time to grow on me, but now I can't stop replaying it. It has the grunge pop sound of The Blue Album, the sass and audacity of Pinkerton, and the Beach Boys-style sugary hooks of The Green Album — this is the record to bring Weezer back to their '90s glory. I've yet to find a song on it that I don't like. And this one in particular is equal parts ridiculous and catchy. (Can you think of another song that incorporates cannoli? Exactly.) Can't wait to see them in July!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Five: Good and Bad

This week's Friday Five:
  1. What's good and what's bad about the weather lately? It's been beautifully sunny lately, with clear blue skies... but it's way too fucking hot (like 30-34°C), and disgustingly humid to boot. The weather has been crazy recently, though. Like, it was hailing with flurries a couple weeks ago with a high of maybe 12°C, and now there's a fucking heat wave.

  2. What's something that's so bad it's good? Taco Bell. And the Shadowhunters series on Netflix.

  3. What's something that used to be bad but now is good? Sleeping. When I was a kid, I used to want to stay up all night; going to sleep meant to end of fun. But now sleeping is the most glorious thing, ever, and I can never get enough of it.

  4. What are some of your pet words for very bad and very good? For very bad, I'd say "bad news bears" or just plain ol' "shitty." For very good, I'd say "brilliant" or "delightful" or just "yaaaaassssss."

  5. What's your favourite song by Bad Company (or Good Charlotte, if BadCo isn't your style? Or Bad Brains? Or Benny Goodman? Or Badfinger? Or the Be Good Tanyas?)? Since I don't like any of these artists, I'm gonna say "Bad Medicine" by Die Mannequin is my favourite song with the word "bad" in it, and "Good Morning Beautiful" by Deftones is my favourite song with the word "good" in it.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MAC Vibe Tribe: Lipstick in Hot Chocolate, Arrowhead, Pure Vanity, and Painted Sunset


Last Thursday, MAC launched their major summer colour collection called Vibe Tribe: "Open up to the eternal energy of the sun. Sound and self-expression converge in the vast canvas of the desert. Animated by art, music, creativity and soul, an exhilarating festival unfolds." Vibe Tribe includes a total of 32 products, of which 18 are new and limited edition, four are re-promotes, and ten are permanent. This collection sees the release of five lipsticks, of which two are new and limited edition, two are re-promotes, and one is permanent (Tanarama will not be reviewed here). They are housed special packaging with "graphic geometric patterns woven in eye-catching hues." Each lipstick contains a total of 3 grams of product and retails for $22.50.

Clockwise from top left: Hot Chocolate, Arrowhead, Pure Vanity, and Painted Sunset

Hot Chocolate, Arrowhead, Pure Vanity, and Painted Sunset

Hot Chocolate, Arrowhead, Pure Vanity, and Painted Sunset

Hot Chocolate is a medium-deep cool muted brownish plum in a Satin finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2012's Après Chic collection, and is limited edition. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is similar to Plum Lip Pencil, cooler and more purple than Viva Glam III, and more muted and more brown than Amorous.
Arrowhead is a pale pinked beige in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more matte than Fleshpot, more matte and slightly lighter than Myth, and lighter and more pink than Honeylove.
Pure Vanity is a light-medium warm muted peach in a Lustre finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2015's MAC is Beauty collection, and is limited edition. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has low-medium pigmentation and semi-sheer colour pay-off. It is lighter than Razzledazzler, lighter and more orange than Flamingo, and darker and sheerer than Sweet and Sour.
Painted Sunset is a medium-dark warm vibrant orange-red in an Amplified finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is shinier than Lady Danger and Dangerous, and darker and more red than Morange.

This is an interesting mix of lipstick shades for a summer collection. Painted Sunset is very similar in colour to Lady Danger or Dangerous, but is set apart by its Amplified finish (full colour pay-off with a creamy shine), making it a bit more unique since there are no orange reds in the permanent Amplified range. Pure Vanity is a nice wearable peach, but there are so many dupes for this colour; I wish they had taken the opportunity to create an entirely different type of peach or coral shade (with maybe a different finish) than re-promote one from last year. Fans of very light nude lipsticks will love Arrowhead, which is basically a matte version of Fleshpot, though my only issue with shades like this is that they suit very few skintones without mixing a lip pencil or other lipstick. Still, it is a great matte nude lipstick for our very fair friends (my friend Chelsea is an NW10 and it suits her very well). Finally, I find Hot Chocolate to be an odd inclusion just because it screams fall/winter to me, but that having been said, it's my personal favourite from Vibe Tribe because it literally flatters every skintone and complexion (plus, with the brown lip trend still going strong, Hot Chocolate will undoubtedly be the best-seller from this collection). And if you missed it from 2012's Après Chic collection, it's your chance to grab it now. However, given the packaging of this collection, wouldn't it have been cool to see a bright matte turquoise lipstick? Just sayin'.