30 April 2012

making faces :: quick peek [guerlain rouge automatique shine]

a new guerlain lipstick formula is always a good reason for a girl to get excited. how kind of them to put so much effort into making us all happy. their rouge g formula is spectacular and offers a great range of shades that one could wear every day [although they've been getting a little more daring lately]. last year, they introduced the slightly more affordable rouge automatique formula, which was a little lighter and had a splashier palette. this year, they bring us rouge automatique shine, a sheerer version of the regular rouge automatique with lots of shine and sparkle.

i grabbed the opportunity to swatch most of the shades this weekend while i was strolling through the city and my wallet sincerely wishes i hadn't. luckily, these are a permanent addition to the guerlain line up, so that we don't all have to rush drooling to our local guerlain counters. although we might. well, i might. self-control isn't a big thing with me when it comes to lipstick or music.

although i haven't had the opportunity to try these out over several hours [yet], they remind me a great deal of the rouge bunny rouge succulence of dew semi-sheer lipsticks. to that end, i'd expect them to be moisturising but not extremely long-lasting.

there are twelve shades included in the launch [hey, isn't that the same number that armani just launched?] and there's a pretty good variety of browns, corals, pinks, reds and plums. as you might expect from semi-sheer lipsticks, the lighter colours are sheerest, but the truth is that virtually all of them have pretty good pigmentation.

a lot of people have expressed some reservations about the fact that the formula is described as "shimmery", which often means very frosty. i promise, these are not like traditional frosts at all. yes, they have shimmer, but they're not frosty. they sparkle in the light, but the appearance is very wet and juicy.

again, i'm sure i'll have more to say once i have the opportunity [and the budget] to purchase a couple of these, but i thought i'd share some swatches with you. these were taken under less than ideal lighting conditions, so you really don't get a sense of the shimmer and shine, but the colours are fairly accurate.

left column [top to bottom] :: pour troubler, rose imperiale, mi-mai right column [excluding the two you can barely see on top] :: rose pompon, a la parisienne, rouge de damas

left column [top to bottom] :: pour troubler, rose imperiale right column :: pamplune, pao rosa, rose pompon, a la parisienne
missing from the selection are: sous le vent and vague souvenir [both browns], jardin de bagatelle [soft pink that i couldn't get to show against my skin] and extrait de rose [cool fuchsia-pink]. although i believe that there is something in here for everybody, the colours do tend to lean a little cool.

best bets :: pao rosa [burgundy berry with incredible depth], rose imperiale [check how it shifts from pink to coral!], pour troubler [brilliant, summery cherry red]

meh :: jardin de bagatelle [there is such a thing as too sheer]

29 April 2012

making faces :: quick peek [nars summer 2012]

it's getting hot in here...
whew. glad i remembered to do that bit on chanel's spring collection earlier, because it's time to start on the summer goods! since there have been snowflakes here this week, it does seem a little premature to be talking about bikini weather [and in my case, it also seems a little post-mature to talk about bikinis, but i digress]. nonetheless, summer is descending on us with the same insistent rhythm as the bits of hail that pelted my bedroom window the other afternoon and while i was strolling through the downtown core the other day [the part that's underground, since i didn't really want to face the wind chill outside], i got my first glimpse of the season's colourful harbingers.

in fact, some collections [hello guerlain] have been out for a while, but this is really the time when they start showing up in canada and i was excited chiefly because the nars offering for summer, which i've been anticipating more than any other, has arrived. of course, i expect i'll be going back to pick up a couple of items for my own personal stash at a later date, but here are a couple of pictures to whet the appetite and inspire the imagination.

i love nars collections because they always have a good offering of products without being overwhelming and because even the limited items tend to hand around long enough to allow one the time to reflect on whether or not you really need them. this one is no exception. there's a new shadow trio [limited, but likely to be available on line for some time after the season is finished], a new duo [permanent], a new blush [permanent], four varieties of lipstick [all of which are permanent, i believe] and one shell pink nail polish that is limited. [there is also a different nail polish collection which is already out in the states, but which hasn't surfaced here yet. or at least, hasn't shown up underground where i go.]

i'll apologise for the fact that i didn't grab a shot of the blush, but i will say that it's a sort of terracotta- orange shade that will look wonderful on darker and warmer complexions.

first up are the shadows, a trio of silver, platinum-gold and apricot called "ramatuelle". the quality seemed phenomenal on all three shades. the first two are very shimmery- metallic, really and a quick touch was enough to get a smooth swatch. the third, being more satin-matte was a little drier in texture, but yielded great colour all the same. two of the shades tend a bit warm, but i find that the silver "neutralises" them, meaning that pretty much anyone could wear these colours. they're not too dramatic, either, which means that they're a good choice for a season when you don't want to look overly "done".

top :: ramatuelle trio bottom :: marie-galante duo

the eye shadow duo, "marie-galante" is probably the item that's going to stir up the most debate. in fact, i haven't quite decided how i feel about it myself. the colours give me shivers- good ones- because they're so delicate and beautiful: a lavender-pink shade and an indigo blue, both suffused with shimmer. i was completely sold and then i tried to swatch them. the colour payoff is almost unbelievably sheer. it took a couple of layers to get the shade you see on my hand. the thing is, they do build fairly effectively- particularly the lighter shade- and it's obvious that this isn't a poorly made shadow, but a very different kind of formula.

unless you use a coloured base, you aren't going to get the sort of impact you do from regular shadows. these are made to provide a sheer, sparkly wash of colour- the kind of thing that will play in the light. they're not entirely dissimilar to bobbi brown's shimmer wash shadows, but the texture of the nars ones is exceptional. whereas most glittery shadows are dry and scratchy, these ones are as soft as the chiffon they resemble. they smooth onto skin and, although they are sheer, they apply very evenly. i suspect this duo will have a somewhat limited appeal, but those who love it will love it a lot.

for the lips, nars has rolled out a whole variety of colours and coverage choices. for fans of matte finishes, there's a cool pink velvet matte lip pencil called "never say never" and a strong, warm red called "moscow" in the pure matte formula. both colours are attractive and i like that there's a clear option for the person who prefers cool and warm shades. i did find that "never say never" tugged a little swatching it on my hand- more than other velvet matte lip pencils i've tried- which makes me think it runs a little dry. although matte lipsticks as a rule pack a lot of colour, both of these are muted enough that they'll be fine in everyday use.

t to b :: vendanges, never say never, moscow, buenos aires
for the ladies [or gents] who want something a little glossier, there is a new velvet gloss lip pencil in a nude beige-pink called "buenos aires" and a semi-sheer lipstick called "vendanges", a deeper brown with a rusty, plummy undertone. i can't even pretend to be neutral [haha] on these. "buenos aires" is nice, but it's far from distinctive and has the disadvantage of being a gloss you need to sharpen [which is both wasteful and kind of gross]. "vendanges" is just wonderful. it's a rich, warm colour, deep without being overwhelming for summer. it's the exact shade i want to be wearing as i'm looking at the sunset over the vineyards ["vendanges" means harvest- as in grapes] of my villa somewhere in the european countryside, after i win the lottery and have houses pretty much wherever i want. sigh. it will be a beautiful memory.

i know that some people have been bewildered by the mix of shades and finishes in this collection. i find, though, that it's very much in keeping with nars, who always seem to contrast the standard seasonal picks at the same time that they embrace them.

best bets :: ramatuelle trio, vendanges lipstick, marie-galante if you don't mind a product you have to work with a bit

meh :: buenos aires [you could get something just as nice that you don't have to grind up], marie-galante if you want something quick or bold

27 April 2012

friday favourites 27.04.12

image of the week
it snowed this morning. not a lot, which would have made it kind of remarkable, but just a few scraggly flakes against the most depressing grey sky you can imagine. and the snow wasn't the most disconcerting thing, either. that plum goes to the tree outside my office window, which was waving in the wind so much that i was worried it was about to come right through the glass at me. when i went out to run some errands, i got windburn on my cheeks. windburn. at the end of april.

i've noticed that over the years, i've become far more accepting of winter's chill. hey, it even feels good for a little while in january, although i do miss the light, and then a few weeks later you realise that the worst is probably over. it's not that bad, really. what is bad is looking out at the stunted buds around my neighbourhood, evidence that the foliage were fooled just as much as i was by the fact that march and april had some surprisingly warm [hot!] spells, only to retreat into something that seems like perpetual november.

ten years ago, when i moved to toronto, i remember that at this exact time of year, there were stray flakes and grey skies as i went apartment hunting. spring that year was a low, grumbling affair and then suddenly in june, someone turned on the heat and we were all sweltering until october. that wasn't pleasant either, especially since i moved, mid-swelter to a big city in the midst of a garbage collectors' strike. but i can't deny that the weather over the past week. [the last nice day we had was the day i took these photos and even that was a bit of a fluke.]

complaints about the weather aside, i have to say that i've been looking forward to sharing friday favourites with you all week. since i wasn't around last friday, it's like i've had all this stuff building up. it probably says something about me that i get tense when i can't share things on my blog... addicted much?

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet


the people of egypt rebelled against their repressive government for many reasons. a lesser known one was that they were fighting for their right to have sex with their dead wives.

most men will tell you that if someone hits them in the balls they want to die, but i never knew it could actually be fatal. if she can avoid jail, this woman will be able to make a great living teaching others her technique for defending against rapists and thieves.

would you like some cream with your gay porn flakes today?

someone i knew in university once tried to thaw a chicken in a toaster oven. this is kind of like that, except it caused a huge fire. and instead of chicken, it's a corpse.

if you're worried about reports of inclement weather and avalanche risks in the canadian rockies, you need fear no longer. we're training a crack team of rescue cats.

i'll bet this guy's mother was always telling him not to play with his food.

goings on :: stuff you can [and should] participate in


if you're in montreal... well first off, you should get your butt out to this month's caustic lounge, where you can hear the kind of stuff that makes you say "i never thought i'd here that in a bar". well, a cafe, really, but it serves alcohol. but you never thought you'd hear it anyway. wednesday may 2nd at 9p.m. at cagibi [corner st. laurent and st. viateur]

and right after that, it's the beginning of montreal's "festival month", a period where electronic artists of various stripes descend on the city to entertain us. kicking things off is the elektra festival, one of the city's premier showcases of contemporary art and music. details can be found on their web site.

if the ska/ punk thing is more your style, the triumphant return of republi-ska to montreal will be taking place at katacombes [corner st. laurent and ontario] on friday may 4th. the pride of the ska quebec scene will be kicking it until well into the wee hours.

if you're in london... you could break my heart and go to the 30th anniversary of broken flag, a festival featuring almost every power electronics band i've ever wanted to see. seriously, if you are a fan of p.e. and want to see some of the giants of the scene live, you will never have an opportunity like this. the festival takes place over three days and believe me, there is nothing i would rather be doing next weekend. have fun. have extra fun for me.

musical notes


i admit, i haven't been fazed by the ongoing student protests in the city. although these protests are clearly larger than usual and have resulted in more arrests, this is the kind of city where people are quick to take to the streets when their voices are being silenced or ignored by the powers that be. but yesterday was a sort of revelation, because as i was mainlining my daily dose of news, i saw that cnn, the be-all, end-all of news networks, was doing a story on our protests. most of the time, i get the feeling that cnn anchors aren't aware that we exist, so this is kind of a big event. i guess that means that the protests are a bigger deal than i suspected. [a friend of mine who lives downtown, who has been adjusting to the sound of yelling followed by percussion bombs- which sound way cooler than they are- would probably say that things have been plenty serious for quite a while.]

in addition, this week marks the beginning of may [not that you'd guess from the weather], which is a long-standing holiday related to the rights of workers, the power of unionised labour and the cause of the left in general. this year, the proud and controversial occupy movement plans a day of action throughout the world.

in lightof these things- and although i realise that troublemakers are always a disruptive minority with little interest in the larger cause- there is one track that has been running through my mind a lot.



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


one search term that showed up multiple times as something that led to my blog in the last couple of weeks is "reanimate reagan". i need to know what you're looking for, exactly, and i need to know if this is a serious plan. i don't know if the world is ready to accept a zombie president.

as i mentioned, the may edition of the caustic lounge is happening on wednesday. no suggested attire this time, although, i supposed lots of flowers would be in order in honour of the pagan festival of beltane.

remember that you can also check out some musical entertainment with more like space radio. episode one. episode two.

and here's a special, absolute last-minute, blink and miss it deal: if you order my book, interference tonight, april 27th, before midnight, you'll receive 16% off with the code EARTH. hurry!!

also, i've noticed one of those weird anomalies this week where an older post has suddenly become insanely popular. specifically this post about desoxyn, or, as it's better known meth. this is kind of ironic, because i've also been watching this clip of patton aswalt so often i've committed it to memory:



kitteh of the week


while i was out getting windburn today, dom managed to sneak these wonderful shots of multi-kitteh goodness onto my computer, just in time for friday favourites.


seth is very patient with his little brothers...

by the way, this week's "image of the week" is one of many amazing posters you can find right here. print your own full size!

26 April 2012

making faces :: what's up, tiger lily?

this is all you need to be cool in 2012, kids
the gods of colour, also known as pantone, have proclaimed something called "tangerine tango" to be the colour of 2012. so the next time that someone says they don't like orange, you can scrunch up your nose and comment quietly on how utterly unfashionable they are. until next year, at least, when i'm holding out that "party hardy puce" is selected.

of course, for most of the world, life goes on in a whole range of colours without any consciousness of how "with it" we are. but don't worry, because cosmetic companies have your back and are coming up with ways for you to stay up on your hip quotient by offering a trend-conscious colour palette. sephora actually launched a whole tangerine tango-themed set [which looks kind of yummy]. but i think the shade that my personal favourite interpretation is from chanel's spring collection: the sparkling orange "tiger lily".

i'm thrilled that much of chanel's spring collection is being added to their permanent line, since it seems to be a very lovely, wearable mix of shades in general. i'm saddened to have snoozed and lost on their spring blush, but i was quick to jump on "tiger lily", which is- i believe- the only other limited piece. i have, however, been embarrassingly slow to review it, but since it still shows as being available from most major retailers [it likely isn't on counters anymore, but you can ask if they still have it] and it's still up on chanel.com.

tiger lily
"tiger lily" is a fairly good description. i used to live in a house with a tiger lily plant in the back yard that threatened to overwhelm our garage despite being deprived of most natural light by a crossroads of shadows. its flowers were roughly the medium-light, yellow-tinged orange of this shadow. i have to admit, though, the combination of the base colour with a healthy dose of white sparkle reminds me most of a brunch mimosa- juicy orange with bubbles inside that catch the light. it's possible that i can relate all things to booze.

texture-wise, "tiger lily" reminds me a lot of the gorgeous chanel shadow "beige lamé", which came out with their holiday collection. it's very soft and pigmented, and the sparkle inside, while not over-the-top glittery, definitely adds an eye-catching lustre to the shade. it's a bright, lively, perfect spring/ summer colour that i think will work on most complexions [since it deposits enough pigment to show against darker skin] and any eye colour. ok, i'll admit, i'm particularly fond of orange shadows with blue eyes, because the contrast between the two makes the rest of my face look brighter, livelier and my eyes themselves tend to look more awake.

COMPARISONS AND IN-USE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

25 April 2012

jobs.craigslist.wrong

thanks to martin rouge for forwarding this one to me:

Hi, I want to write a book but I dont have the patience nor am I terribly detail oriented. I need someone who can take my idea/s and make them come to life on paper. My wish is to make this into a book or play or screenplay. Its a kind of steamy story, so I want a writer that can bring out every emotion when reading this. I want to collaborate with the writer, I dont have funds right now, but we will bound by a contract and split everything if it gets to market, or we can discuss it further. Look forward to hearing from you. 

i keep rereading this, trying to decide how best to reply. of course, i'm probably not going to reply at all, but i do think that this person deserves a reply and this is more or less how i think it should read:

dear steamy idea guy,

i'm assuming you're a guy, because i can't really imagine a woman saying that she didn't have the patience to write out an idea that seemed important to her. you don't have the patience? seriously? i suggest that you see a professional about this impatience of yours because, honestly, it sounds like it might present a bit of a problem in your life.

now, moving on to the attention to detail. the grammar and spelling errors in your brief craigslist post make it obvious that detail isn't a big thing for you, but good on ya for admitting it up front. you know which people are really detail-oriented? almost no one. being detail-oriented can come naturally to some, but for most of us, it's something we're forced into by circumstance. it sounds like circumstances haven't gotten to you yet. that's awesome for you. but i suspect that at some point, being conscientious about details is going to prove important in your life and you'll acquire the skill in a hell of a hurry. perhaps you should consider getting a jump on things.

as far as the rest of us are concerned, attention to detail is often directly proportional to our interest in a project and the pressure we're under to get it right. i make spelling mistakes on this blog all the time, because it's my personal thing. when someone is paying me money and my livelihood depends on it, i'm a little more careful about giving it that second read-through. such is life.

which leads me to this whole money situation thing. you don't have any. what exactly is my incentive to work on this, given that you obviously can't pay me? some vague deal that we'll work out "if it gets to market"? what market? do you have contacts? have you spoken to anyone? did you know that professionals are often able to generate interest in a project before having a manuscript ready when the idea is that good? hell, you don't even seem to know what form the idea should take. having something published as a book is very different than having it produced as a play is very different than making a movie. it doesn't sound like you've put much thought into this idea at all.

and for that matter, if i'm writing the story, investing it with all the emotions and have to play a major role in marketing it to the publishers, theatre companies and film studios you obviously don't know, what do i need you for anyway? you know what they call people who write stories based on ideas they hear from other people? authors. playwrights. screenwriters. that's right. the most famous writers in the world were usually just really good at retelling stories they'd heard from someone else- often stories that were handed down through generations.

shakespeare? never wrote an original libretto in his life. akira kurosawa made "ran", one of the most beautiful films in history, which is a retelling of shakespeare retelling a story that he'd heard from other people.

which basically makes you the anonymous chump who didn't have the talent [or the patience, or the attention to detail] to write it for himself. is that how you want to go down [or not go down] in history?

you might think i'm being cruel. well, maybe you have a point. you wouldn't be the first person to think that about me. but here's the thing: if you have a really great idea, if it's something that you can see on stage or on film or on the printed page, you need to run with that. if the idea is strong enough, you'll find it in you to write it, because having that creative spark means having the passion to see the project through. if you can't find it in yourself to feel motivated to finish it, then i'd warrant what you have is a product. perhaps it's saleable, but if it is, you should be able to demonstrate that by generating some interest from  potential distributors/ producers/ publishers. if you can't contribute either of these things, what you're contributing is background noise. useless static that goes nowhere until it's channeled through a real artist, who will have no use for you. sorry dude, but that's it. i have a dozen wonderful ideas a day in how to fix the sorry roads of montreal, but i don't make money from any of them because i don't have the foggiest notion of how to make them into something real.

do yourself a favour. sit down and try to write what you have in your brain. just write the whole idea out, without trying to fit it in a specific format. if you can't even do that much, then i think you need to ask yourself how incredible the idea is in the first place. if you can, then i think you might discover that you're able to do a lot more of this by yourself than you might have originally believed.

yours sincerely,
jaded cynical writer lady.

24 April 2012

making faces :: sheer bliss with armani

the timeless allure of sheer
did you know how much you wanted a sheer but pigmented lip colour? if not, you can rest assured that cosmetic companies have been busy knowing that for you. last year, mac came out with their "sheen supreme" collection of gloss-lipstick hybrid shades. chanel lainched their "rouge coco shine" collection. yves st. laurent had the rouge volupte shine formula, which was limited [and not particularly well-received, since it was almost invisibly sheer]. this year, armani and guerlain are both getting in on the game.

first to market is armani, with their "rouge d'armani sheer" lipstick formula. it's meant to be the semi-sheer sibling to their regular rouge d'armani, offering a moisturising formula, long wear and pigmentation that's noticeable, but not completely opaque. like their lipsticks and glosses, these have their own "science-y" write-up about the ingredients used and their magical properties. i'm always suspicious of such things, because a company's trademarked term could be what they call birdshit and baking soda, but with armani, i have a bit more faith, because their products generally perform so damn well.

when i first swatched these on my arm, i was a little underwhelmed. they were sheer. really sheer. like tinted balm or leftover stain from a food accident that morning sheer. not that exciting. but then i remembered that i'd been way off on the call i'd made about their glosses being sheer and watery. that same day, i saw swatches on the site of the lovely shahada karim and realised that if they showed up on her pigmented lips, then i really had nothing to worry about.

and i was right.


19 April 2012

resting places

since my visiting friend is an excellent amateur photographer, we took a stroll up the mountain via the cote des neiges cemetery, a place that is truly a must-see for photo buffs in montreal.

here's a few i managed to snap while we were out, along with a shot of my trusted fluevog josies that give me the power to walk anywhere.

18 April 2012

enjoy it while it lasts

just a quick note to let you know that i might be around and posting a little less than usual over the next few days, as i have things [good things] which will require my attention in the real world. i'll also have someone sleeping in the room that has the computer and people tend to get a bit creeped out when they wake up and find me doing blog posts in the middle of the night. granted, they usually find it less creepy when they know me, but still, i probably won't be on line quite as much.

i shall return, and when i do, i will be harder to shut up than ever. i expect that this will represent more of a difference in my life than yours, since you just stop by to read occasionally, whereas i have to live with being me all the time. well, i guess that if i've borrowed something like one of your vital organs, you might get a little nervous if i suddenly disappeared, but that only applies in a few cases. for the rest of you, on the chance that you miss me, you could always:

download a radio show [episode 1, episode 2]

read a book

show me how much you love me

or simply peruse the archives of this blog until you see something new pop up, which will be in the very near future.

and let me take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the people who do pass by this page and see what's going on here. it really does lift my spirits every day to see how many people have stopped by to glance over these ramblings.

17 April 2012

more like space radio, episode two

as promised, here is the april edition of more like space radio.

following last week's friday favourites post, i threw a couple of muslimgauze tracks in to see if i can find any kindred spirits who also find it perfect spring music.

as i hinted before [on twitter, where you can follow me too], this month's show has a decidedly funky bent, featuring some of my more groove-oriented music. by groove oriented, you should understand 1. it's still pretty spacey and 2. i'm really, really white. so groove is indeed in the heart, which means that each person's is pretty distinct.

you can download episode 2 here and, as always, if you have feedback, requests for the future or anything you'd like me to know, feel free to leave a comment or email me at info [at] fsquaredmedia [dot] net.

playlist

pelican daughters :: shooting pink elephants

show intro

muslimgauze :: descent with selim ahmad
nin kuji :: sojobo image
techno animal :: sub-species
whitehouse :: wriggle like a fucking eel
muslimgauze :: qazi hussain

announcements

scorn :: stairway
burial :: southern comfort
food for animals :: bubbleguts/ my territory/ my breath
ritualzz :: goth bb

show extro

plecid :: love

16 April 2012

think you can handle some more?

i think i'm officially being stalked by crazed russians selling cialis. after yesterday's exercise in insanity, i received two more spam emails which are supposed to encourage me to go out and buy pills that will help enhance my masculinity. [dom would like to point out that this is a winning proposition for no one.]

i have no idea what you're talking about
the more i read these, the more i'm thinking that this could actually result from a really poor attempt to translate joyce's "finnegan's wake" into another language and then back to english. also, it's possible i might start stitching them together to form a new symbolist/ post-modernist/ surrealist masterpiece. watch, i'll end up winning a nobel prize for this...


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15 April 2012

you know you want it

assimilate this, motherfuckers
as many of you know, i love my spam. not the imitation foodstuff, you realise, but the emails i end up getting for things like imitation watches, cheap drugs and sex videos featuring celebrities about whom i couldn't care less. but this one- copied and pasted, word for word, elevates the spam email to a sort of art form. there was a link provided in the email promising something called "free ciolis", but honestly, who cares? the text is where the action is at. [btw, dom mentioned that if you read this in a growly voice, it sounds exactly like a skinny puppy lyric. he's right.]



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14 April 2012

making faces :: smoky-eyed saturday

to be fair, if you've been following my adventures in hair, you'll be able to tell from the photos that this look is not from today, but from a little while ago. you'd be surprised how carefully i log what i wear so that i can resurrect it on the blog if the urge strikes me and so that i can monitor if there are any things that aren't getting much love, so that i can decide what to cull. and it is absolutely not because i show signs of ocd, no matter what dom says.

i did an extensive post on smoky-eyed looks last year, but i thought i resurrect the subject, since it is both one of my favourite looks and because it's something that i firmly believe anyone can master. after all, the whole point of the look is that it should be smudgy and inexact, which is perfect if you have no idea what the hell you're doing. or if you're clumsy. hint: both of these descriptors apply to me.

this falls into the category of a more dramatic, evening-out type look. [in fact, this is what i had on at the last caustic lounge.] that said, it's a pretty quick thing to do when you're more interested in doing other things- like getting your cd's together and thinking of what you're going to play- or when you just want something to put on in a hurry that doesn't look like it was done in a hurry.

one of my favourite products to use for this sort of look is mac's loose pigments. these might be my favourite thing that mac produces, since the colours have incredible depth- much more so than most regular eye shadows- and because, while they might cost $24cad, chances are they'll bury you with them, because you need very little.


13 April 2012

friday favourites 13.04.12

image of the week [courtesy of george takei]
having spent the majority of my life with black cats and living with someone born on friday the 13th, i have to tell you that i think the whole bad luck thing might just be a crock. similarly, i've always felt that whatever good luck might come your way from finding a lucky penny would likely be balanced out by the bad luck of having to get a round of shots to combat whatever diseases you contracted from grabbing something you found on the city street. i did, no word of a lie, once have a wish come true when i wished upon a star, but i've never had the experience repeated and in retrospect, i think i might have accidentally wished on an airplane.

besides, there are so many things making my friday favourites this week, how could i think it was bad? here goes...

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet


everyone knows what celebrities share their birthdate, but who among the fictional is your birthday twin?

relax, america, barack obama doesn't want to kill your children. unless you're bill and hilary clinton. then you're pretty much screwed. brought to you by an employee of the exact network you think it is.

canada: fidel castro would like to have a word with you.

the only thing that would make henry rollins cooler is if you got a bunch of japanese kids to draw him. taa-daa!

i'll bet you think big boobs are a blessing. think again. [thanks to dom for this one!]

have you ever tried to prep a microsoft word document for online publishing? tom scocca has.

and in case you've missed the internet sensation that is henri, here he is. he's sort of the flipside of lolcats. and he's french. [thanks to lisa s!]



goings on :: stuff you can [and should] participate in


if you're in montreal... acclaimed sound artist freida abtan has collaborated with a group of artists to produce the multimedia performance "fear of flight", one night only on april 19th at concordia university. the performance is currently reserved to capacity, but it's worth checking back to see if you might be able to get in at the last minute. details on facebook.

the montreal spca, 7314 mountain sights [namur metro] will be having a cat adoption drive on april 20, 21 and 22. contact them through their facebook page for hours and details. $75 gets you a beautiful feline companion who's spayed, vaccinated and dewormed and you get a bag of royal canin cat food [which normally retails for over $20]. plus your money goes to helping more animals who need it. i can't adopt all the cats, people!

if you're in seminole county florida... take some eggs out of the fridge and give them a few days to get really scary, because koran-burning pastor and media whore terry jones is planning a rally in support of george zimmerman on april 21st at the county courthouse. zimmerman deserves a fair trial. this prick deserves everything you can throw at him and it would be nice to show that the people who oppose his sort of grandstanding far outnumber those who support it.

if you're pretty much anywhere... cinched tight corsets is having an awesome fundraiser this weekend to help fund their participation in fashion arts toronto. if you donate between 6 p.m. on friday april 13th [today!] and midnight on sunday, april 15th, you'll immediately be eligible for the prize of a corset valued at $300, to be awarded when they reach $500 in donations. i can personally attest to the quality of their garments, which is exquisite. you won't find greater attention to detail or more unique pieces anywhere. check their web site for some drool-worthy images. you can make a donation on their indie-gogo page. good luck!

musical notes


i have to say that every spring, as the mercury rises, my fancy always turns to muslimgauze. i don't understand why, but it's been the case for many a year. in particular, there's something about the album "betrayal" that fits perfectly with the idea of the dormant earth being pulled from its slumber. here's a taste:



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


in case you missed it, my wee book of short stories, "interference" was released as an ebook this week! many thanks to those who have already purchased it and, for those of you who haven't, it's only $3.99, so you really don't have much to lose. the book can be purchased in real and imaginary formats here.

also, you may have noticed that i've added a "donation" button at the top of the page. you are, of course, free to read through the contents of this blog for free, but if you can find it in your heart to support a struggling writer/ film-maker/ artist/ cat owner/ makeup addict in her attempts to bring a little entertainment into your life, that is always appreciated. i'll actually be using funds strictly for funding the publishing and marketing of a new book and for securing distribution for "conversion", the feature film that dominic and i made, which we would really like you to be able to see. i might buy some cat treats with the leftovers.

don't forget to check out dom's latest short film "sin", either!

and, as promised, the second edition of more like space radio will be up within the next two to three days. feel free to email me with any requests: info [at] fsquaredmedia [dot] net. you can still download episode one here.

your weekly kitteh


i'm happy to announce that yesterday was arthur's 14th birthday. what makes me particularly happy about this is that last summer, neither dom nor i foresaw him making it to this milestone. he was sick, he was sleeping all the time, he couldn't move very well, he'd neglected his personal grooming and he wasn't socialising with the other cats. he shed a lot of weight, going from slightly heavier than average to skin and bones in a shockingly short period of time.

we sought help from our veterinarian, who determined that he had diabetes, but months of insulin injections plus a new diet didn't seem to affect his physical health at all. as much as it pained us, we had to consider that his quality of life was virtually non-existent.

and then, a miracle. i'm not a person of faith, but i really don't know how else to describe it. practically overnight arthur showed a dramatic improvement. it started with becoming social with his siblings and with us. he moved around the place more. then, he started to shed his dead, matted fur and take better care of himself. and he started to put on weight.

now, he's alert and perky and social- possibly more so than he's ever been. he's regained his imperious attitude and thinks nothing of showing the young ones the palm of his enormous snowshoe-like paw if they get out of line. that said, he's also happy to share some nap space with them.

just after midnight on his birthday, he suddenly started talking, or singing, since that better describes the sort of sounds he makes. and the whole day, he was perfectly convinced that he should be the centre of attention at all times, right down to the hour he decided he wanted his special "birthday dinner" served. [yes, we got special food for his dinner to share with his brothers and sisters.] he also got great, great enjoyment out of the catnip toy he received. he's always been kind of a hop-head.

so here is arthur, as he appears today, regal, beautiful and, most important, the portrait of feline health. happy birthday! hail to the king!



thanks very much to all who've read this and who've supported me in various ways- you have no idea how much it means. 

12 April 2012

it's possible i don't know when to stop

i was going to call this post "oops, i did it again", but i figured that would imply i did something by accident, which isn't the case at all. i have taken my locks to the next level- of lightness- and it's actually really difficult to dye your hair by accident.

once again, this involved using both a stripping agent to remove some of the old dye and a new colour and, once again, the result is a sort of ombre effect, although i find it much softer and, of course, lighter than it was before.

annoyingly, although i was careful to time everything so that the dark parts and the new growth got more time to know the dye than the bits in the middle, the colour still didn't lighten my roots a lot. so now i'm going to have little pinstripes of hair at the base when my natural colour starts to grow in. again.

shockingly, after its second double-process in a little over a month, my hair is really incredibly soft. yes, i was careful to condition it a lot after the dye job and yes i applied argan oil afterward, but i'm still kind of surprised.

from here on in, i'm done with strippers. in the hair sense. no guarantees on anything else. i do plan to eventually be blonde again, but i'm content to move gradually and see all the shades in between.

bottom line :: still a redhead, but definitely a few shades lighter than i was.



11 April 2012

awesome, i have gonorrhoea.

well, not me. my computer has it. and not gonorrhoea, exactly, but it sort of feels that way, because apparently, despite knowing everything about practicing safe internet, the apple of my eye and office has somehow gotten herself infected with that flashback nastiness that's been going around the internet, specifically targeting apple products.

this would be irksome enough if it didn't follow hot on the heels of another computer crisis that had me rushing to the apple store to have them reinstall my operating system. so it's kind of like finding out you have a venereal disease the week after you've had a hysterectomy. at least this time, i know to back everything up right away, which is what i'm doing, while at the same time trying to figure out what it is this trojan actually does besides annoy the piss out of me.

apparently it originates in russia and is used to collect personal information. what's ironic is that the system reinstallation basically wiped the majority of personal information i might have stored anywhere on the computer. although i'm sure that some time in the next couple of years, i'm going to find out that there's a russian mob hit man using my passport to go from country to country assassinating diplomats. or that my bank account is being used to launder money from human trafficking.

of course, if these guys want to clone my bank account, they're more than welcome to pay off my accumulated debts and make a donation to help with the writing/ filmmaking/ cat-owning/ logging funds. hacking would be awesome if it worked like a sort of digital robin hood, stealing people's bank information and using it to level out the differences between the mitt romneys and kate macdonalds of this world.

but you know what cheeses me off the most? dom doesn't have it. i was all responsible-like and told him he needed to check right away, because it looked like i had it and we visit mostly the same places and there's a disproportionately high number of computers affected in canada because we're all way too insular and hang out in the same i.p. addresses so once one of us has something it spreads like wildfire, which is just a cliche, not another metaphor for the clap. well, maybe it's a little bit of a metaphor for the clap, but it's apt, dammit!

i'm trying to figure out if this means that i have to start contacting people i know to tell them i'm infected. i mean, if dom doesn't have it and we're on line together all the time, what are the odds that i gave this to someone through incidental internet contact?  and who the hell gave it to me? and how do i find out exactly how far this infection has progressed?

on second thought, what cheeses me off the most is that i'm probably going to end up doing time over this. because when the russian mob and human traffickers and terrorists start doing things that attract the attention of the authorities, then it's going to be my friends, family and former co-workers who start getting calls from the feds asking if they think i could be involved in any of these nefarious dealings. and half of those people are going to answer "yes, she totally seems like the kind of person who would end up involved in a crime syndicate" and the other half are going to assume that they've been ratted out and go into hiding. [you know who you are.]

so that's it. apparently, i can get rid of the computer clap, but as far as what damage it's managed to do to my internal organs, well... i'll find out when the feds come for me. or when my russian robin hood deposits an nice little easter egg in my bank account.

p.s., to whoever ends up with my stolen identity :: enjoy living with my search term history, which is probably enough to get you on a few watch lists on its own.

p.p.s. :: also, don't be surprised if you have lots of people contacting you about either "rick santorum gay porn" or "mitt romney gay porn". i seem to have become linked with those things.

p.p.p.s. :: to that last point, never underestimate the number of people who are on line looking for rick santorum/ mitt romney gay porn content. not together, though. that would be weird.

p.p.p.s. :: if you're stealing my identity, the least you could do is buy me one of these iphone sleeves as a reminder to be more careful in the future.

if you're computer's been being a "good time girl", you might want to have her checked at a reputable clinic.

well that was fun while it lasted...

i suppose i knew that this was going to happen, but it does seem like every time i get to like a television show, it either jumps the shark [an expression that always sounds like something you dare a drunk teenaged boy to do] or gets canceled. and so it is with "the republicans".

to be honest, since they moved the show away from the "debate" format and started getting rid of some of the more entertaining characters, it's gotten a little stale. i mean, i know that you always need the central character to be a sort of "straight man" so that the audience can identify, but the character of stiff rich guy mitt just doesn't seem that human.

i originally didn't see much of a future for the uptight, repressed rick santorum character, because he was just so outrageous, ill-informed and objectionable that, even in the beginning-of-season crowd, it seemed impossible that he could get taken seriously. but the writers really brought him to life after that first big shindig in iowa and compared to robo-romney, a man who once compared homosexuality to bestiality seemed like the genuine one.

far from seeming unbelievable, santo almost got a little too real, telegraphing one of my all-time favourite bits from mel brooks...

original
santo

... you know what, rick? i believe you. i once told dom "don't get your knickers in a knot", which was how i found out that that expression is not widely known in french canada and sounds a lot like something else when you don't enunciate properly. it's just that when i stumble like that, dom takes my vodka smoothies away and tells me to get some sleep. when you stumble like that, people think you're playing to your audience. which should tell you something about what we think of your audience.

yes, things are over for santo, which basically ruins the whole "republicans" show, because the gingrich character just didn't turn out to be as interesting and funny as he looked at first. but the fact is, mitt romney and the republican campaign of 2012 has been marked by santorum and that mark cannot simply be wiped away.

the entire story has become about romney's lack of appeal with "real" republicans compared to santo's. and "real" republicans are apparently those who appreciate a good ni-joke. although they might try to hide it by nominating the guy who looks like he rolled off an assembly line he then shut down and moved to india, you've made a stand for the core of the republican party: people who fear homosexuals, the educated, women [or at least their womanly parts], muslims, union workers, hispanics and the poor.

so bravo, santo, as you ride off into the distance. thanks to your candidacy, we all know a little bit more about who the republicans really are.

09 April 2012

making faces :: the beauty brand report card

the days of brand loyalty are over. well, not in every industry perhaps, but certainly in the world of cosmetics and skin care, there just aren't any customers left who are turning to the same brand for everything. [my mother-in-law is pretty loyal to clarins, but i know that a few other things sneak in there.] the best a company can hope for is that a customer will be impressed with enough of them that they'll at least give a serious look-see to the new products they launch.

of course, the down side if you're a consumer is that trying to figure out which brand does what best can be desperately confusing and often means that you get drawn in by notorious "cult favourites", which may not even be representative of the company's best. so to help things out, i thought i'd share my [admittedly subjective] thoughts on everyone's strengths and weaknesses.

for these purposes, i've stuck to brands with whom i have a fairly broad experience. while i love to recommend brands like rouge bunny rouge, le metier de beaute and hourglass based on what i've purchased from them, i don't really feel like i know their range well enough to comment in detail. yet. that'll be part of version 2.0.

WHO'S ON THE HONOUR ROLE?

08 April 2012

"e" is for "book"

leaping ever forward into the tweens, i've finally crossed the literary digital divide. "interference" is now available in e-book format! it's got all the unnerving, occasionally gut-wrenching, somewhat surreal fun of the original, but now it fits on your computer. or your ipad. or your phone. or your nook, which is something i'd never heard of before. it doesn't fit on your kindle yet, but it will shortly.

the print version is still available, of course, for those of you with some kind of physical object fetish. in fact, it will shortly be going into its second edition. the second edition will be exactly the same as the first, except that a couple of "printing errors" ["hey! we found typos!"] have been corrected. so those of you who have already bought it [or who buy within the next week or so] will have a collectors' edition and i'm sure it will be worth thousands of dollars one day. or at least, when i get more money, i'll be desperately trying to buy them back from you, so you can blackmail me.

both real and imaginary versions can be purchased right here.

for those of you who have bought from lulu in the past, you might want to know that:

1. you no longer need to register with them to order

2. they've adjusted their shipping rates so that it no longer costs more to ship than it does for the book

these are good things.

please remember that, while it's hardly porn, "interference" is intended for an adult audience and contains some content that might not be appropriate for younger readers. by that, i mean it's not nearly gross or violent enough to entertain most kids, so they'll be bored and you'll still feel like they're reading something that maybe they shouldn't so nobody will be happy. and i want you to be happy.

raves from the critics have included:

"not a good choice for fans of chick-lit."

"i hope this isn't inspired by real events."

"i think i'd like it even if you weren't my daughter." [thanks mom!]

"i sort of wish i hadn't read that."

many thanks to those who have shown support for my writing and who continue to come to this blog in spite of the fact that i remain me.

07 April 2012

friday favourites 06.04.12

image of the week
i had a revelation this week that i'm starting to cross the boundary between "crazy cat lady" and "cat". one of the ways that this is becoming obvious is that my frequent bouts of insomnia have now transformed into an entirely new sleeping pattern: i nap in short bursts throughout the day, but can't sleep for hours on end any longer. some have told me that this is not abnormal, although the way the entire world is scheduled leads me to believe that it is. dom pointed out that i tend to need to nap after eating, which is kind of similar to a baby. next time he hugs me, i'm going to barf on his shoulder, i swear.

so it's later than usual for me to post "friday favourites", but i had things to do today, which threw off my whole napping schedule. interestingly, i fell asleep watching msnbc, which means that i'm going to spend the next couple of days trying to figure out how much of the news i remember is real and how much i dreamed. experience dictates that the weirdest bits are probably true.

on to the favourites...

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet


if you have half a million dollars and a reputation for a sick sense of humour, p.e.t.a. would like to talk to you.

there have been different versions of this, but here's the "environmental" one: which states are good at what and which states suck. party on, wisconsin. [also, i think missouri's "best" is really stretching.]

would you pay $45k for a $130 cheque? someone would.

you wouldn't think that you could scramble your brain with a single font. live and learn.

goings on :: stuff you can [and should] participate in


what can i say? i am strangely bereft of things to do this week. so i don't know... go for a walk or something. do an impromptu easter egg hunt by running through your neighbourhood, right into people's houses.

if you were in the philippines, you could do this, but i wouldn't recommend it.

there are lots of better things that you could be doing to celebrate easter. this is a list of most of them.

and although it doesn't hit theatres until may, "god bless america", the new film by the under-appreciated bobcat goldthwait is available as of today through video on demand. here's a pitch from the man himself. i also despise sam kinison.

musical notes


with the caustic lounge this past week and with the continued migration of sound from little round discs onto my computer, music has been sort of front of mind lately. a side effect of the transfer has been treating my ears to things i haven't heard in a while, which i've determined is a process each music fan should go through every couple of years. it's funny hearing what has aged gracefully and what has not. it's also  interesting finding things that i'm prepared to "come back to" after a long hiatus.

one of the groups i've been listening to quite a bit is france's dada-noise mongers le syndicat. although i loved bits of their oeuvre, i feel like i always kept them at arms' length and i'm not sure why. here's a strange and intense soundtrack done for a short film.



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


i don't know if this counts as "follow up", since it wasn't something that appeared on the blog, but have you ever paused to think about how completely technology has changed our lives? sometimes, i want to go back in time to visit my childhood self and tell her things just to screw with her mind. like this week, i could have gone back and told her that some day, she'd be sending a message to the president of the united states of america that the canadian prime minister had cooties. and poor childhood kate would then be envisioning posting a letter and trying to figure out how adult kate got so crazy stupid that she'd even think of doing things like that. and then i [adult kate] would be all like "yeah and you're totally going to love spinach and avocados in a few years, trust me, and you'll be listening to stuff that sounds like the engine of your parents' gremlin warming up and always carry your writing with you when you move or you're going to regret it and that night in the back of the cab when you think you're putting your phone in your purse pocket, it's not, it's in the backseat, so double check." and then childhood kate is going to be left wondering why she'd be carrying a phone with her in the back of a taxicab. and she'll probably be scarred for life.

further to the launch of more like space radio, i've decided that i'm going to go with the once a month format and that i'll aim to have shows up around mid-month. that means that a new show should be available within the next week to ten days. yikes, i'd better get working...

and i know we're all condemned to have this happen, but i was arranging my hair this week and what the hell???





despite years of killing my hair with chemicals, i already have about a centimetre of new growth only a month after sort accidentally but kind of consciously going from black to a sort of ombre? i should be happy that it can still grow, except that it's long enough to be kind of visible and that means i have to colour it again. and i have no idea how to colour this new look i've invented. so there may be further posts of "follicle follies" in the near future. also, depending on how things go, i might not be leaving the house very often.

one of the most popular posts of the couple of months was my review on cult favourite beauty brand "le metier de beauté". this week, online retailer zuneta started carrying their products. that's interesting enough to those of us here who like to order from zuneta anyway, but it's amazing news for those outside of north america, who haven't had any reliable access to the brand in the last few years. best of all? there are descriptions of all the colours, which are really helpful when you're ordering sight unseen.  the limited edition spring kaleidoscopes sold out within hours, but the standard line-up of products is available [although perennial favourite shadow "corinthian" hasn't shown up and is on back order everywhere]. prices are roughly equivalent to those you'll pay from american retailers and if your order is big enough, you can qualify for free shipping. zuneta also ship faster than any retailer i've ever dealt with.

and speaking of beauty... it felt like i while since i'd done a simon beauty shot. although all our kids [except seth] seem to love posing for the camera, simon is a true super-model. right down to the fact that he always seems to be reluctant to eat too much, like he's watching his weight. from the day we brought him home, simon has been naturally drawn to the camera. most of the time, he'll look right at it, or at least offer a very self-aware dramatic pose. like this.



that's it for this week. happy easter to all those of you who observe it and stay tuned this week for a movie review of bobcat goldthwait's last film effort, a "beauty brand report card", more like space radio episode 2 and whatever else comes into my sick little mind. 

05 April 2012

dj kali & mr. dna @ the caustic lounge 04.04.12

i have no idea why i'm finding out today that yesterday was the feast known as "spy wednesday". seriously, i would have just done a theme night based on that alone. or based on the fact that it's traditionally the date when the liturgy of tenebrae or "darkness" is read at church. darkness and spies? i didn't know anything about this, which is what i get for being raised protestant. i guess the flip side of all that guilt is that you also get the weird and freaky holidays. 


as it stood, there wasn't much of a theme to last night's caustic lounge, aside from the presence of hats on both ladies and gents. and you can't really do an entire musical theme on the subject of hats and have it sound cohesive. i did intend to throw sol invictus' "black easter" on just for fun [?] at some point and then i forgot, proving once and for all that i'm just not all that bright, but the night was a success anyway and i look forward to seeing everyone again for the may 2nd "beltane bacchanalia". 


dj kali "my life's path is the socio-path"


boyd rice and friends :: people
a.c. marias :: time was
current 93 :: lucifer over london
pop 1280 :: burn
pleasure leftists :: animal heart
frank alpine :: paper thin walls
staccato du mal :: cold stare
depeche mode :: ice machine
novy svet :: rotormotor
screamin' jay hawkins :: constipation blues
nightmare lodge :: blind miniatures
ait! :: donna
the moon lay hidden beneath a cloud :: amara tanta tyri 15
muslimgauze :: mint tea with gaddaffi
nin kuji :: traditions keeper [short]
von magnet :: instead
scorn :: shitwind's a-comin
novy svet :: en possession de te


mr. dna "no wave/ no future/ no laces"


swans :: no words/no thoughts
stereolab :: laisser-faire
glenn branca :: structure
halo of flies :: human fly
erase errata :: tongue tied
liars :: the garden was crowded outside
wire :: our swimmer
the jesus lizard :: bloody mary
the fall :: industrial estate
gang of four :: not great men
the pop group :: we are all prostitutes
dna :: blonde red head
big flame :: sink
nervous gender :: monsters
james chance and the contortions :: contort yourself
the flesh eaters :: agony shorthand
asexuals :: contra-rebels
my dog popper :: pushead's a wanker
hanson brothers :: my girlfriend's a robot
dead kennedys :: too drunk to fuck
circle jerks :: i've got the world up my ass
snfu :: time to buy a futon
dickies :: give it back
stiff little fingers :: suspect device
subhumans :: the scheme
flipper :: ha ha ha
lcd soundsystem :: yeah (crass version)
ll cool j :: mama said knock you out
nwa :: fuck tha police
run dmc :: it's tricky
schooly d :: housing the joint
wall of voodoo :: the morricone themes



a happy "maundy thursday" to all which, if you're wondering, is the day that marks the last supper and is traditionally marked by the washing of poor people's feet. so i guess the catholic church has some nasty holidays too.


[the ladies' hat image is taken from the wonderful lilliput hats.]

03 April 2012

making faces :: my life as an easter egg


sometimes, the answer to "what colour should i wear today?" is "all of them".

after all, we live in the era of plenty as far as wearable colours are concerned. when it first occurred to ancient civilisations to rub stuff around their eyes to see what happened, their options were pretty limited. the egyptians, men and women, rich and poor, lined their eyes with kohl for effect, but also for the same reason baseball players do- they noticed that it cut down on the glare. for the romans, who developed a slightly wider palette, it was an aesthetic choice enjoyed by the upper classes and, once again, it wasn't gender specific. 

what's odd is that most histories of eye makeup end there, or jump from there to the 1950s when beauty pioneer helena rubenstein started marketing blue shadow to young women apparently unaware of the fact that blue shadow can be trickier to wear than a lot of colours because of its tendency to emphasise dark under-eye circles. it's as if eye shadows were unchanged from the time of the roman empire to the time of doris day. 

possibly, of course, it's that a few bad experiences led women to stop agreeing when their chemist asked them to smear something on their eyelids to see how it looked. you only have two shots to get that wrong before you're well and truly screwed. but for whatever reason, there seems to have been little improvement in the basic formula for a surprisingly long period of time. not that women weren't wearing eye makeup, of course, there just wasn't much in the way of colour. 

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