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making faces :: my christmas face

one of the nice things about having a fairly extensive family of in-laws is that this time of the year affords me a lot of excuses to get myself gussied up. although many of us wear makeup or put some consideration into how we look every day, there are always times when a sense of occasion makes us take just that extra bit of care and the holidays are certainly one of those times [or, in my case this year, a few of those times].

this isn't really an opportunity where i want to look all vegas-showgirl [actually, there aren't really any times when that's what i'm going for, which is just as well], but i did use it as an excuse to trot out a few past favourites and a new friend...

most of the eye shades come from the spring colour forecast 4 quad released by mac in 2010. i'm normally not a great fan of spring collections, at least not the way i am of fall collections, but this was one where mac really hit it out of the park. built around four shades- pink, coral, plum and amber- it was huge and had a shockingly high percentage of quality products. strangely, i'd figured the shades used here would be too warm for me, but it's turned into one of my most frequently used items. i actually credit this quad with teaching me that gold, copper and bronze shades look really strong with blue eyes, because of the contrast they create.

one quick note about the photos- although i did do a sort of "doll cheeks" effect with the blush, i find it looks much more pronounced in the photos that it did in real life. i have no idea how that happens, or why. my camera has a mind of its own and evidently, it's a fairly creative mind.

products used

face ::
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
dr. hauschka concealer "01"

eyes ::
mac e/s "manila paper"* [warm ivory]
mac prolongwear e/s "one to watch" [peachy brown]
mac e/s "aztec brick"* [soft copper]
mac e/s "creole beauty"* [rich medium brown
mac fluidline "blacktrack"
guerlain kohl "black" benefit they're real mascara

cheeks ::
guerlain blush g* [bright coral pink]

lips ::
chanel rouge allure velvet "la sensuelle" [deep cool red]

*suggested alternates :: manila paper = mac nylon [yellower and frostier] or mac dazzlelight [lighter and cooler]; aztec brick = mac amber lights; creole beauty = mac antiqued; blush g = benefit bella bamba [warmer, less pink]

happy holidays to everyone!

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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.

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.

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i agree, smedley [or, smokers totally saved our planet in 1983]

so this conversation happened [via text, so i have evidence and possibly so does the canadian government and the nsa].

dom and i were trying to settle our mutual nerves about tomorrow night's conversion screening, remembering that we've made a fine little film that people should see. which is just about exactly what dom had said when i responded thusly:

me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

me :: the aliens who were looking at earth and then decided it wasn't worth bothering with because people smoked even though it was bad for them?
come to think of it, that might mean that smokers prevented an alien invasion in the seventies.

dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

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