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making faces :: you got autumn in my spring!

we're still stuck in weather that's more reminiscent of late october than late april here, with a lot of grey days, cool winds and temperatures that struggle to reach that double-digit threshold. perhaps that's why i was so drawn to one of yves st. laurent's new glossy stains, introduced with their spring collection, which has a decidedly autumnal bent. it's also possible that i just love the opportunity to buy a mice burgundy lip product at any time of year and am happy that yves gave me the excuse to insist that's it's really in keeping with spring.

in the fashion world, a number of writers have noted that colours more traditionally associated with fall collections found a place on runways for spring 2014, so it shouldn't be surprising that there is some of that reflected in cosmetics. specifically, it's reflected in the new glossy stain called "bourgogne artistique", also known as #33. it's a deep, ruby red that looks a little deepe…

mental health mondays :: walking the line

dom sent me this article earlier today. it's from pitchfork of all places, but it does bring up some interesting questions of the effect of illicit versus prescription drugs on music and musicians. of course, being the savvy readers you are, you're already aware that these lines have become increasingly blurry in the last decades, in particular where psychiatric meds are concerned.

after all, the line between drugs that people take for enjoyment and drugs that people take to make their brains work and feel better is particularly thin. cholesterol medications aren't likely to inspire the next "purple haze", but crazy meds well might, because, of course, they play with the parts of your brain that control things like pleasure, sensory perception and learning. in fact, many psychedelics and psychiatric meds have similar effects on the brain. club kid favourite mdma produces its fabled euphoria by encouraging the production of neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephr…

making faces :: yves st. laurent, glossed over

in the last few weeks, i've posted a couple of looks featuring some of the new gloss volupte lip glosses, new this spring from yves st. laurent. today i'll give you a look at the final one that i sampled, as well as a roundup of my thoughts on the formula overall.

first up, the final of the three colours i tried was "terriblement fuchsia". as you might expect, it's a bright fuchsia pink base and, being one of the sparkling shades, it has a fair amount of gold shimmer in it. this was definitely the boldest of the colours i tried and, in fact, it is surprisingly pigmented for such a light formula. the colour hung on for a long time and left a bit of a stain. unfortunately, the deeper colour meant that any unevenness in fading was more obvious and the colour did look a bit patchy as it wore on. it was easy enough to reapply, but this was the only one of the three shades that i tried where i felt i had to check it from time to time. it was also a little bit more dif…

creative escapes

last night, i pulled out my current notebook [i always use one at a time for everything] and immediately became puzzled. i had three pages of notes prepared for a project i'm working on. i remembered creating each of the three pages in some detail. but when i opened my notes, there were only two. 
my brain is such that i immediately assumed i'd imagined doing the third [actually the first] page, but it seemed like  an awfully vivid memory. realizing that this meant that i had either created the page or was having the most mundane hallucinations ever recorded, i made a point of looking through every page of the notebook. three times. I checked the coil spine [i'm not fancy when it comes to my notebooks]. i couldn't even find a shred of paper to indicate that the missing page had ever existed. 
finally, i checked the place where my notebook had been and several feet away, cowering behind some facial wipes and edging towards the space under my night table, was the missing p…

making faces :: drops of sunshine from nars, urban decay and chantecaille

if i hear one more person tell me that the temperatures are finally "seasonal" around these parts, i'm going to scream. it is true that we are finally reaching the mid-teens [celsius], which is average for april, but one has to take into consideration that that average includes the days at the beginning of the month which tend to be in the single digits. therefore, the fact that, in the final half of the month, we are finally stringing together a few days that are at [or just below, really] the average for the entire month means that it is still cold.

plus of course, there's that old adage about "april showers", which means that we've been faced with long sunless stretches peppered with rain, which makes things seem much more bleak than they probably are. it's not been the most memorable spring thus far, even though it's been pleasant and hopeful on many fronts. it's just hard to remember hopeful things when your mind registers an endless ex…

culinating :: tops in tofu

poor tofu. it's gotten a bad wrap because people believe it's just hippie filler pretending to be meat. in fact, soy bean curd is quite lovely and is no more bland or forgettable than the water-chilled chicken breasts served up at many restaurants. the thing about tofu is, you want to combine it with other flavours, so that it can provide a solid base, but not have to play the starring role.

personally, i'm a little picky about tofu. for whatever reason, i really dislike the texture when crumbled, but i love it when it's properly cubed and sautéed with vegetables and noodles or rice in a stir fry. i honestly can't remember ever baking it before, but this past weekend, i was invited to a potluck supper and you can't very well stir fry at one of those. when you're going to someone else's house bearing a tray of food, the most you can hope is that someone will be able to stick your offering in a warm oven for ten minutes before it's dinner time.

since …

mental health mondays :: it sees you when you're sleeping

this is the second in a continuing series of commentaries/ reviews on mental health-oriented apps. while our phones and tablets may not have evolved to the point where they can read our state of mind from our palm print and inject us with the appropriate drugs [i'm certain that's what's coming on the iphone 6], there are a lot of apps out there that are designed to help you make little adjustments on your brain. this week, we're looking at an app called "sleep time". in case you hadn't heard, sleep is one of the most important factors in mental health. sleep deprivation on its own is classified as a mental disorder and it's a symptom of many others. also, one of the biggest problems that is caused by the various sorts of crazy meds is the disruption of sleep cycles that they can cause. so getting yourself to an optimum sleeping schedule is incredibly important for your mental health.

as you might guess, this app is designed to help you with your slee…

making faces :: g-force sneak peek

the eagles have landed. beautiful, majestic eagles of the makeup world, under the name of rouge g lipsticks by guerlain.

if you've read this blog before, you probably know that rouge g is one of my favourite lipstick formulas [neck-and-neck with rouge d'armani]. if you haven't read this blog before, now you know.

along with every other guerlain fan, i was excited to hear that the brand was adding a half a dozen new shades to the line at once this summer. all are available at some locations now, with others to follow shortly.

while guerlain has been adding new shades to the rouge g assortment from time to time, they haven't done a refresh like this since the formula was initially launched. i've noticed that the size of the display doesn't actually seem to be changing and that there are a few shades that have been out of stock for some time, so it's possible that a number of shades that are being discontinued, but i don't have confirmation on that.

the of…

making faces :: a six pack for mac to bring back!

wow. i so hate myself for that title, but it's late as i'm writing this and it made me giggle when i first thought of it, probably because saying it out loud makes you sound a lot like a duck.

oh no.

you're doing it aren't you? you're reading it out loud. quack quack quack... this is where my mind goes when i just let it wander. but it also goes lots of other places.

for instance, it goes to pages where i can read about the dozens of upcoming collections from mac cosmetics, looking at the descriptions of new products and wondering how many of them are really different from what i already have [i've gotten better at playing this game in the last couple of years] and how many i might actually need to bring home. and when i look through the colour stories, i notice that many products get brought back to life, not once, but sometimes on multiple occasions. we get to see familiar faces- or familiar stuff for our faces; products that were offered in previous limited …

mental health mondays :: more health benefits of special k

no, not the breakfast cereal. i'm talking really special k here. the dissociative anesthetic that's become a recreational hallucinogen and sometime date rape drug may have some pretty important uses, according to a new study that's been published in the u.k.

taken at doses significantly lower than surgical or recreational ones, the drug has shown startling effectiveness in relieving treatment-resistant depression. what do they mean by that term? it means a form of depression that shows little to no improvement, or only very short term improvement, when treated with therapy and/ or standard antidepressant medications. you know what other drugs work on treatment-resistant depression? none of them.

it might come as a shock to find out that the go-to treatment for depression that just won't quit is still electroshock therapy [or electroconvulsive therapy as it's now known]. as barbaric as the practice is perceived to be [patients are now sedated while it is performed, …

making faces :: another voluptuous colour adventure

sometimes, you just want to play around with colour. you want to do something with your face that's out of the ordinary and memorable, but that falls short of a full facial tattoo, because that, my friends, is a serious commitment. that's when i start reaching for my pigments. loose shadows tend to be easier to build up to a fully saturated colour, especially through the use of a sticky base or spray. [i use mac's setting spray directly on my brushes.] this makes for a great way to add some spice to your appearance that would require lasers to remove. [at least it shouldn't. if it does, you're doing it wrong.]

the other day, i thought to try out the slightly odd colour combination of silver and chartreuse. i'm not sure why it came to me, i just thought it sounded like a fun idea. i think that part of the decision was that i had been wanting to use both mac's "true chartreuse" pigment and "platinum" pigment for a while. the former lives …

as much fun as bludgeoning myself to death with a spoon

[this turned into just a long rant/ ramble. i'd say i'm sorry, but the fact that i wrote this probably stopped me from killing several small children and someone's great aunt. so if you find it annoying that i'm droning on about quebec politics, think about the children. because this post is really about life and the fact that some unsuspecting people still have it because i have an outlet on the internet.]

if i'm writing headlines like that, you just know that we're in the midst of another provincial election in quebec. i'm kind of shocked at the number of times i've had to get out to vote in the time since i moved back to montreal in the middle of 2008. this is the third time provincially, in addition to two times each federally and municipally, which adds up to a total of seven elections in less than six years. i find politics interesting and even i'm exhausted by this pace.

i'm lying. our municipal politics have been interesting and, were i…

more like space greatest hits :: the power of tard

last night was a sort of religious experience for me. i tweeted out my happy birthday wishes [along with a picture of seth, looking pretty adorable in his own right] to my favourite internet star, grumpy cat, and she actually retweeted me. not only that, she followed me on twitter. my heart still hasn't stopped fluttering. i'm all star-struck.

it's one year since i posted this originally and i'm still smitten with tard, her truculent face, her impassive, unimpressed stare, her endless grumpy aphorisms. i don't really have anything to add to what i wrote originally, although i should have cited the source for much of my information, which is this article here. very sorry for that oversight and i'm happy for the chance to correct it.

so here once again is my ode to tardar sauce, the grumpiest thing ever to make me feel full of happiness.

feel free to follow her on social media for photos of her many adventures and a chance to meet her in person at her official bi…

making faces :: little night out

it's understood that you always want to get yourself ready for a "big night out", the sort of night where you're invited to something swanky, or just very special- like the premiere of your own movie. but those are few and far between for most of us. in fact, it's far more common to have to get ready for a "little night out"; an evening spent with friends getting dinner or drinks where you'd still like to look nice, but you don't necessarily have to pull out all the stops.

for me, that included a recent foray out to a comedy show [battlecom, which i highly recommend not just because it's hosted by a good friend, but because it is a really energetic, different take on what a comedy show can be] and a live show at katacombes with brooklyn's black marble [nicely done retro electronica] among others.

so how does a girl get ready for something that isn't super-fancy, but where it's still nice to look like you know how a mirror works a…