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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.

alt…

making faces :: quick peek [nars summer 2012]

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…

friday favourites 27.04.12

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 s…

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

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 be…

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. …

making faces :: sheer bliss with armani

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 t…

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.

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:

d…

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 …

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.]

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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you know you want it

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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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, thi…

friday favourites 13.04.12

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 k…

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…

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…

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 …

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 t…

"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 …

friday favourites 06.04.12

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. exper…

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 e…

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 a…