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making faces :: the brand tour [rouge bunny rouge]

i noticed earlier this week that rouge bunny rouge is having a pretty interesting sale on both of their lipstick formulas: all shades are 50% off. that includes the more satin/ opaque "colourburst" lipsticks and the glossier/ sheerer "succulence of dew" shades as well. the number of shades in both ranges has been culled gradually over the years and now it seems that the company will, indeed, be introducing a new formula that will replace both. i don't have much information beyond "something is coming", but i do know that if any of the existing shades appeal to you [and they should], you'll want to grab them as soon as you can or risk being disappointed.

this sale dovetailed nicely with a series i'd planned to do of "brand tours"- general swatches from brands whose products i've collected regularly. these won't be close to complete, of course, but i figure if people are looking for pictures of stuffs and i have those stuffs, i…

world wide wednesdays :: all hellene breaks loose

in case you've been held prisoner by american news coverage for the last week, it behooves me to tell you that the rest of the world has not been overly occupied with northeasters or remote control toys on the white house lawn. it's not that those aren't news, it's just that they're not the only news. for instance, a lot of people have been more interested in the fact that greece, the country that brought us the term "austerity financing", just elected a communist/ socialist government who could implode the european union. given that the e.u. is the largest controller of wealth in the entire world [about 30% of all global wealth is owned or managed by e.u. member states], its collapse, or at least destabilization, has the potential to wreak some pretty major havoc.
part of the problem of covering this, of course, is that talking about the 2015 greek election on its own is like starting the story of the lord of the rings with the bit where frodo is about t…

making faces :: can't somebody else do it?

i like to keep track of how people find their way here, both because i find it interesting for me and because it also helps me see what posts have the greatest power to draw interest from people who otherwise wouldn't know this blog existed. on such a check yesterday, i noticed a lot of referrals coming from one post.

this post.

i've played around with a number of ways of looking at colour analysis and what works for different people, but i don't know that i've ever done something as clear and informative as what this writer has. beauty bloggers, of course, make great subjects for study as to what works on certain skin tones, because they're constantly trying on all sorts of different things. so it's a great starting point to look at different bloggers wearing different shades and comparing what works the best versus what doesn't.

the post is specifically to do with choosing lipstick shades, but the idea could easily be extended to other items. it uses a sl…

making faces :: apple of my eye

this should also be known as the "see? i can review things that aren't nars audacious lipsticks!" post. embarrassingly, this is a product that i've had for a month and it's even been documented on the blog that i've had it [in one of my nars lipstick reviews]. so i should have done this earlier. i guess i could claim that i was doing testing, but, as i'll get to shortly, the testing was pretty consistent and there's no reason that i couldn't have just said something earlier. but i'm going to talk about it today. any minute now. are you excited?

well, you should be excited. everyone should be excited. because this winter [which many cosmetic companies call "spring"] sees the release of a brand new eye shadow formula from giorgio armani. they're dubbed "eye tints", which made me think that they would be more of a sheer wash of colour, but the signature image for the collection says different:


she does indeed seem to be sp…

mental health mondays :: let's talk [begrudgingly]

this will be a quick one, because there's only so far i can go praising an initiative from bell canada before i start to vurp.

nevertheless, as much as i might detest them as a former customer [and i do], i appreciate the fact that bell has mounted a campaign for the last three years on raising awareness about and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. the "let's talk" campaign is also, of course, a fundraising effort and bell donates money per tweet, per call, per text and per facebook share on wednesday, january 28th. they also have a community fund that provides grants to organizations seeking to improve access to mental health programs. plus they've given an arseload of money to hospitals, research bodies and organizations like kids help line.

the web site for the campaign is itself a solid resource for information on mental health issues and the corporation has even developed a nifty little toolkit so that you can organize your own mental health e…

strange birds, 2015 edition

a few years back, i did a post about the misogyningoistic horror that is the costume portion of the miss universe competition. although it was one of the more popular posts on the blog, i haven't returned to the subject since then, mostly because i haven't made much of an effort to see if the pageant is still happening, but also because i assumed that the national costume portion had been canceled after all the birds were exterminated.

this weekend, i found out that things continue to go strong and that, if anything, they've gotten weirder. the point of this contest seems to be to let the judges get to know something about your country and to let them see how it could be turned into a spiffing outfit. but eventually, people got tired of wearing lederhosen, cowgirl outfits or a bottle of single malt, so they got imaginative. and when they got imaginative, things got weird. i'm not sure what any of these ladies or their costumers thought they were communicating about th…