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making faces :: are you a scrumptiously devious kind of lady?

i'm not exactly sure when lipstick names finally jumped the track and headed into the forest. as with most things in the contemporary cosmetic arts, i think it started from mac cosmetics. when i first started buying lipsticks, i had ones with names like "blackberry" and "merlot". on the more fanciful side was something like "cherries in the snow", which still called to mind an icy cool pink-red, which is exactly what the colour was [and still is]. then i discovered mac and got colours like "jet" or "grid" or "media". not exactly evocative of a particular sort of shade. from there, all bets were off. now, you're lucky if anyone ever tethers their cosmetic colour names to something real.


so when you hear the name "scrumptiously devious", you might not immediately have a shade in mind. 


this is one of rouge bunny rouge's "hues of enchantment" range- their fuller-finish lipsticks [as opposed to the s…

friday favourites 29.06.12

buh-bye first half of the year! i wasn't sure at first, but i'm beginning to like you more than 2011 and 2010. to celebrate the end of the half-year, i've decided to take some measures to see if i can improve my overall bodily health. well, to be honest it has nothing to do with it being the middle of the year and has everything to do with the fact that i'm working for a company that makes some pretty serious natural health products and being there has reminded me that, while i have a reasonable lifestyle, i am getting to an age where it's really important to give myself periodic tune-ups. besides, i'm one of these people who has to try out the goodies wherever she works.

the process is a little daunting, because while i've done things like juice fasts, i've never done a proper internal work-up with tonics designed to scrub the parts of you that can't and shouldn't be cleaned with a loofah. i can almost hear my liver saying "lady, what the…

making faces :: fall forward [updated]

EDIT!! :: information on yves st. laurent's fall collection has been added at the bottom. how in the heck did i miss them?
damn, aren't you just sick of all this summer weather? don't you long for the crisp breezes and longer nights of fall? ok, i kid, please don't send people after me. today's weather is actually kind of fall-like here in montreal, in that it's in the low-20s range, and the sky has a grumpy, dismal aspect, like the gods are hung over. i'm perfectly happy to enjoy some summer warmth and nine o'clock sunsets for a few months longer, thank you very much.
but for the cosmetic industry, the world spins just a little bit faster and they're ready to tantalise us all with images of what they have coming up for the fall season. [forget images- chanel already has its collection on counters in the united states. here in canada, it won't appear until around august, because in canada, no one wants to think about fall before then, no matte…

how to run a public transit system. or not.

problem :: construction has restricted lanes on a major artery causing traffic buildup on several nearby street.

solution :: reroute buses to perfectly adequate nearby streets, because car drivers apparently haven't figured out that they're available for that purpose. ["ooh look! decorative streets honey!"]

problem :: commuters need to know where to catch the bus now.

solution :: put big day-glo signs up on the new temporary stops.

problem :: commuters need to know that the stops have moved, or else they won't start looking for temporary stops around the corner or down the street.

solution :: we're sure they'll figure it out eventually.

wrong you time-wasting imbeciles! it's a really important part of the process that you tell people their bus isn't coming, or at least that it's not coming where they expect it. you can put notices at the stops. you can make the changes on your website. you can tweet the changes in between messages that sa…

mental health mondays :: just because they make you crazy doesn't make them crazy

i haven't touched on the subject of childhood mental disorders in any of the "mental health mondays" posts, largely because, while i'm perfectly happy to dole out inadequately researched information to adults, because, really, the worst thing that could happen is that they'll end up taking drugs they don't need and screwing up the rest of their life. i get a little uncomfortable when it comes to giving advice that could be taken by parents who will then end  up screwing up someone else's life, specifically the life of someone i'm counting on to repair the holes in the social safety net and to pay for me when i retire.

ok, i'm not actually that much of a monster. the real reason i don't address this is because i don't have kids, which makes me doubly unqualified to answer questions since, as i've tried to make clear, i'm not a trained professional and most people who know me don't take my opinions seriously on any topic, even o…

stop me if you'd heard this one before...

le sigh. ok, if i look at my bracket, i had england getting eliminated by italy in the quarter finals anyway. and even if they'd managed to win today, i think that they would have quickly learned the truth: juggernaut is a german word for a reason. despite the fact that i've been wrong about a lot thus far, i do stand by my initial prediction: i still see germany pulling this one out in the end.

and although i was obviously pulling for england [sorry parents who thought it would be a good idea to bring your children to the pub today for the words you'll now have to explain to them], i'd like to make it clear that i'm not even saying i think my side got cheated. clearly, possession in the game favoured italy and although it was cool to see players like rooney and carroll making great defensive plays, it's also kind of scary when you're relying on players like rooney and carroll to make great defensive plays. being totally honest, i think that italy probably…

making faces :: further down the rabbit hole...

i actually can't believe i waited this long to do another order of rouge bunny rouge products! i think it was a problem getting distracted by spring collections, then i heard that they were coming out with some new shades, so i decided to wait and one thing led to another until... *poof* months have passed and i'm longing for the whimsy of the enchanted garden where rouge bunny rouge make their pigmented pleasures.

although they're still an almost unknown company outside the realm of real makeup geeks, rouge bunny rouge has built up a stable of cult favourites, mostly among their eye shadows. chief among those is "abyssinian catbird", a bronze-khaki-olive shade that was sold out on the zuneta web site for months. it's now back and available both as a separate shadow and as a "refill" for the new 2 and 3-pan palettes that rbr introduced this spring. [i say refill, but really it's a "fill", since you buy the palette and the shadows sepa…

friday favourites 22.06.12

guess what? it's a long weekend if you live in quebec! guess what else? next weekend is too! in a rather suspiciously well-timed coordination of dates, quebec's "national holiday" falls on june 24th, while canada's national holiday falls on july 1st, meaning that people who live in the province get two long weekends in a row every year at the beginning of summer. eat it world! we have days off!

oh, and has anyone ever thought to point out to people in quebec that their national holiday indicates that the province is a wee bit pagan? after all, the holiday of june 24th is "st. jean baptiste", which actually refers to the festival of john the baptist, supposedly born six months before jesus, around the time of the summer solstice. even to a casual observer, those are suspicious sounding dates to have as birthdays- i mean, they just happen to be born on the solstices? and the eastern orthodox church even observes a day nine months earlier- on the autumnal…

the top secret location is...

last week, as part of friday favourites, i mentioned that led er est were playing a show tonight- the 22nd- at a venue as yet undetermined. actually, it was determined, i just didn't know where it was and neither did most of the world. but that's all about to change.

the location is the death church, which just sounds way to goth for anyone who isn't a vampire to get into, but is apparently an indie venue in montreal's point st. charles area. it's located at 3067 wellington st, which you can find on google maps

doors open at eight and apparently bands will be hitting the stage quite smartly, as the neighbours don't like it when things run too late.

hope to see you there!

[and yes, there is a forthcoming friday favourites, but it might be one of those "let's just pretend it's still friday" posts...]

making faces :: armani's summer sirens

ah, once you have heard the call of the siren, you are forever drawn to her otherworldly beauty. it's an appropriate metaphor for all of us who feel our hearts race when we see something beautiful, something that catches our eye sparkling in the sun, or that catches our breath with a luminous reflect. when i was young, i spent a lot of time on beaches in the maritimes and one of my favourite activities was collecting shells. i was fascinated by their pearly interiors with sheens of pink and green and by their rough exteriors in grey and inky blue-black. and, yes, those are exactly what i thought of when i laid eyes on the armani summer collection, those fascinating little fragments strewn along the beach.

unfortunately, by the time i got my wallet down to the armani counter, i was too late to lay hands on one of the summer's limited treats: a new blue-green-black shade of their eyes to kill eye shadows called "obsidian black seaweed". i'm thinking i'll have …

mental health mondays :: the best defence?

another week, another person's claiming the crazy. this time, it's accused pedophile jerry sandusky, who is attempting to explain behaviour that has crossed the border into straight-up bizarre in relation to his alleged victims. sandusky claims [through his lawyers] that by writing letters to young men and by appearing inappropriately sexual or seductive, he was exhibiting the traits of histrionic personality disorder. now, we need to be clear- he is not claiming that this disorder excuses him from committing sexual assaults. he still denies these took place. the claim is that actions that might appear suggestive but fall short of molestation need to be seen in the context of a disordered mind.

so let's look at this a little closer, shall we?

first of all, histrionic personality itself is a little controversial. it's included as part of the axis ii disorders in the "psycho-bible", among the sub-category of "dramatic" personality disorders. it occurs…

friday favourites 15.06.12

a little late posting because of one of the events i posted about in last week's friday favourites- last night i went to see the lethe performance at a former foundry in old montreal. discussing the show afterwards, i said that the sound was more or less as i'd expected it to be and it struck me that that means i had an idea what metal plates suspended over candles and "played" with blocks of dry ice should sound like. it was one of those moments where i realised how far afield from the mainstream i'd slipped without noticing.

i had an idea that i'd come home and write up my friday favourites before going to bed, but clearly that didn't happen, mostly because i felt so braindead at the end of a long day that the entire text would have read something like "i like stuff. this stuff i like. my stuff, here it is." i'm not saying i'm that much better off now, but i'm writing in sentences, which is always a bonus.

at any rate, here are so…

5 things this filmmaker hates about festivals

earlier today, i got a newsletter from the raindance film festival, to which i subscribed some time ago. beyond being a festival, they're also a resource network for filmmakers, offering workshops in several countries and allowing people from different parts of the industry to connect. i like some of the articles i've read from them and have learned a thing or two. but today's newsletter got my ire up- as it might well have been meant to do- with an article called "16 reasons why festivals hate filmmakers".

properly, of course, it isn't the festivals that hate, but the people organising them, like elliot grove, the person behind raindance. if you are a filmmaker, i recommend reading his list, because there's a lot of stuff in there that would drive me batshit crazy if it kept happening too.

but in the interests of equal time for the opposition, i'd like to say

1. i've actually never done any of the things on his list. [some of them i've not h…

making faces :: makeup on the metro

i wouldn't say that i'm not a morning person. there are few things that give me a sense of peace like watching the sun come up at the end of the night. for that matter, waking up early and lazily enjoying my coffee as i sift through my emails, read or watch the news and get some cat love is hard to match. but what i'm not good at is getting up early and then doing something right away. i am a woman of pacing and process. i need to do things at my own speed and in a certain order and when the clock is ticking, well... it doesn't always work out.

so last week, i set myself a little challenge: i wanted to see if i could leave unadorned and give myself a decent quick makeup look on public transit on the way to work. because if i know i can do that, i know that there are that many more minutes that i can spend with coffee and cats before i have to face the outside world.

the key here is simplicity. and mirrors. i wanted colours that could be easily blended with the applica…

mental health mondays :: what's behind the omega-hype?

unless you've been living in a hole somewhere [in which case you probably have an interesting take on the world and we should talk], you've likely heard of omega-3 fatty acids. these are the latest naturally-occurring substances that have been accorded "miracle" status in the public mind, stemming from their ability to make your body better in pretty much every way, right down to making the dead cells your body pushes out in the form of hair look healthier.

the benefits of including omega-3s in your diet are well-established, but one of the more contentious claims about them is that they can help those with mental disorders, to the point where some have recommended them as an alternative to traditional medications. so i thought i'd take a stroll through the science and give my opinion [remember, i'm not even close to being a medical professional] on whether or not these little wonders live up to their mental health hype.

i missed the star trek episode where t…

my bracket, let me show you it

i finally figured out that i could just upload a picture.

when i initially filled this out, both of the first games had been completed, so, no, i didn't guess them perfectly. if i could do that, i'd be earning a healthy living gambling on line. i did call poland-greece as a tie [i figured the hosts would be somewhat flustered from the pressure and the greeks can be surprisingly resilient] and i did predict that russia would be victorious, but i thought the game would be a lot tighter.

beyond that... well, as you can see, i'm far from 100% [although, to be fair, i'm hardly the only one who was blindsided by denmark's win yesterday], but i'm still [more or less] standing by my predictions. sort of. in a tournament where you only have three games to determine whether or not you make it to the "playoffs", every stumble is HUGE.


and yes, you can click to enlarge, which will make it readable.

making faces :: quick change

i knew this would happen. as soon as i started a new job, i was certain that i was going to have to find a way to get myself to work, home from work and out to the caustic lounge in very short order, because there wouldn't be a lot of extra minutes, particularly since i also knew that i'd forget to organise everything for my set the first time.

and, lo, it came to pass. 
this isn't an uncommon problem, of course. we all have times when we want to quickly change from our daytime face to something appropriate for a night out. so when i got up in the morning, i forced myself to think of what to do to ensure that i could make the transition without relying on a magic phone booth. 
the idea for the daytime was to keep everything as minimal and neutral as possible [although, clearly, i was still planning on wearing makeup], so that it could be built-up later on without requiring a cleaning of the facial slate to start from scratch. 
to that end, i stuck to very soft, mostly matte…

friday favourites 08.06.12

well i'm having an allergic reaction to something. god knows what it is, but if he does, he's the only one. allergies generally attack me as a very unpleasant and generalised itching, it's no fun, believe me.

thankfully, the euro cup started today, which means i'll likely spend a lot of the next three weeks drinking stout for breakfast, which tends to numb my nerve endings enough to put the itching out of mind. i'm strangely proud of the fact that i called both games correctly today, although i was off on the extent of russia's victory. if this persists [hint: it never does], look for a german- dutch finale. most people seem to be favouring world cup champions spain to repeat, but i think that the germans are just getting beyond fed up with coming up short. was sort of hoping at this point to be able to upload my bracket, but blogger doesn't seem to be quite there yet. in the meantime, i think that both the netherlands and germany will win tomorrow. [perso…

dj kali and mr. dna @ the caustic lounge 06.06.12

last night's caustic lounge was a bit of a weird one. for starters, june is always a bit of a lull at cagibi, so it was quieter than usual. in fact, it started off a lot quieter than usual, because the sound system wouldn't work, which is a bit of a bummer if you're there to play music. throughout the night, this theme sort of repeated itself, as customers kept tripping over the wiring, or bumping the table and interrupting the musical flow with the sounds of silence. of course, it was also possibly the loudest caustic lounge ever, since the band playing in the back room was so overbearing [this never happens] we were forced to blast what we were doing at top volume just to be able to hear. 


in the end, we went over an hour beyond closing time, since folks were still hanging out and in fact only stopped because someone tripped over the power cord for the third or fourth time, unplugging it, and it seemed like as good a time as any to wrap things up. 


a big thank you, as alwa…

mental health mondays :: bipolar opposites

apparently the newest [dis]member of the disturbing murder [person and kittens] club has been apprehended in berlin, roughly a week after the superintendent of his building found a maggot-ridden human torso in a suitcase and random appendages started showing up destined for major canadian political parties. for a guy who once apparently wrote a really pretentious manifesto on "how to disappear forever", it seems like he was unaware of precautions like getting a fake passport, not using your own cell phone and not googling yourself while sitting in a cafe so that the waiter can quickly realise why you look familiar. you know, the stuff that all of us learned from watching television by the age of ten.

i don't think that anyone is about to make the argument that magnotta is mentally well. the word "narcissist"has been thrown around so much in the last few days, it seems like that's actually the charge against him. i even think that the media has been reasona…

making faces :: nars' summer of surprises

i had a dream last night that it snowed. i remember that it was june, just like it is now. most things were very similar to how they are in waking life, but it was snowing outside. although the last week has been a bit blustery and below average in temperature here in montreal, i think we're still well safe of the danger of snow, but the truth is, in canada, one doesn't know what to expect.

i'm thinking that francois nars must have grown up in a similarly unpredictable climate, because his company's seasonal collections so often defy expectations. i adored his earthy take on spring 2012 and i'm happy to see that his version of summer has some real surprises. i already did a quick preview of some of the items. this week, i finally got around to purchasing a couple of them.

although i loved the ramatuelle eye shadow trio and may in the end go back for it, i was unable to resist the allure of the mysterious marie-galante, the sheer, shimmery duo of unexpectedly cool sh…