Skip to main content

making faces :: sunday silliness [face of the day]

over the weather, under the weather
i'm the first person to admit that, if i don't have anything particularly pressing, or if for some reason i haven't been able to have coffee, i don't bother making myself look all spiffy. on the other hand, days when you're pretty much free to do what you want can also be great for trying things out that you wouldn't normally, particularly if circumstances force you into situations where you have to be cautious about the impression you're making on others.

such days also offer me the opportunity to go through my cosmetics list [yes, i keep a list, because as the collection gets bigger and the memory gets dodgier, i'm lucky if i can remember which part of the face gets the shadow and which the gloss] and find things that i haven't pulled out in a while.

since this weekend's freakishly warm weather has seemed less like thanksgiving and more like "thank god it's summer", i figured i'd try out something appropriately bright and summery-looking as well. [yes, as much as i love the deep, sultry colours of fall, sometimes you have to punch it up a little.]

SEE THE RESULTS [AND SILLINESS]...



i decided to pull out mac's "cobalt" eye shadow and one of their "superglass" lip glosses, neither of which has seen much love recently. "cobalt" is a matte and has a reputation for being one dry and stiff- decent qualities in a man, but generally undesirable in makeup. i don't actually find that it's all that bad. to me, the biggest problem with it is that it tends to sheer out quite easily, so getting a nice, intense shade like it appears in the pan, can be an exercise in frustration. it's similar to "atlantic blue", which is also a permanent product, and to "royale" which was just released with the "fall colour collection". i'm given to understand that the colour payoff on the latter is better than on the first two... if you need an excuse to go shopping.

the "superglass" formula was something that mac introduced last year in a limited edition. based on reactions i heard, i'd expect them to be brought back sometime between the pigs flying and the snowstorm in hell. unlike a lot of people, i liked them. they compare to mac's sparkly "dazzleglass" glosses, but they're thicker [meaning they last longer and don't move around as much] without being overly sticky. plus, they're even more dazzling because they're infused with a lot more glittery bits that reflect the light. personally, i don't find that i can see the glitter unless i'm really looking myself directly in the lips [which is kind of difficult to do, either for me or for anyone else], so it's more like looking at the sun sparkling on a pond. and who wouldn't want pond lips?

here's what i used:

face ::
mac matchmaster foundation "1" [i've been trying this out and am pretty impressed]
diorskin nude hydrating concealer "001"

eyes ::
mac e/s "vanilla" - slightly peachy light neutral
mac e/s "sweet & punchy"*- chartreuse
mac e/s "humid"- pine green
mac e/s "blue absinthe"* - darkened teal
mac e/s "cobalt"- bright iris blue
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt"- black
stila sparkle liquid liner "curacao"- shimmery bright blue
mac powerpoint eye liner "undercurrent" - teal
diorshow mascara

shades marked * are limited edition, but there are substitutes available, of course. because the stila liner wasn't as dark as i wanted on its own, i layered the black liner under it. the eyelid is basically a gradient moving from the chartreuse to the green to the teal, with "cobalt" in the crease. "vanilla" is used as a highlighter and blended with the colours below to soften them a bit.

cheeks ::
mac mineralize skinfinish "redhead" - shimmery gold-salmon

lips ::
mac lip liner "dervish"- muted pink
mac superglass l/g "disco blend"- warm peach

and of course, what's the point of getting all dolled up if you can't horse around with a couple of your favourite guys and a digital camera?[and yes, dom is spending this holiday weekend sick as a particularly nauseous dog with a bad cough. but he was still a good enough sport to come and play photo op with me and simon [who loves playing photo op more than just about anything].







Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

making faces :: hot stuff, comin' through

i don't even know what to say about the weather. the end of september saw temperatures at a scalding 36c/ 97f outside. this is especially annoying because we've had a moderate summer. most days it rained a little in the morning, the temperatures didn't creep into the 30s too often and there wasn't the normal stretch of a few weeks when it felt like we were living on the sun. now, we've receded into more normal fall weather, although it's still on the warm side for mid-october. that climate change thing is a bitch.

trying to think of something positive in the situation, it does put me in a perfect frame of mind to write about urban decay's naked heat palette. it's the latest in what appears to be an endless series of warm neutral and red eyeshadow palettes that have followed in the footsteps of anastasia's modern renaissance. [which i ultimately decided i didn't need after doing a thorough search of my considerable stash.] i do think that it'…

jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

the portuguese referendum

what the what? "there's no referendum in portugal" i hear you say. and you're correct. the portuguese socialist party won elections in 158 of the country's 308 municipalities, the country was named the best travel destination in europe at the world travel awards and the antichrist josé mourinho had a street named after him in his home town, but there was no national referendum in the country of portugal.

but there could have been.

back in the fifteenth century, spain was... nonexistent. the iberian peninsula was divided into several states, each of which considered themselves independent of all the others. you had portugal on the atlantic side. in the centre was the kingdom of castile [which had previously been castile and léon]. in the northeast you had the basque kingdom of navarre [home to one of the many branches of my family tree]. in the south-southwest, you had the muslim caliphate that had once held sway over much of the modern-day spanish territory, but…