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making faces :: guerlain's grey area

i was browsing through random old blog posts, as i occasionally do for no good reason, and i found my review of guerlain's "les fumes" palette wherein i admitted that i'd been bad by not reviewing the 4-shadow palettes i had in my possession and that i'd be much better about doing that in the near future.

so i guess i failed at that one.

although i'm dreaming of snatching up some goodies from the guerlain spring collection very soon, i though it might be a good time to call attention to some of the permanent products that you can buy any time at all, including the palette in "les gris". it was part of the original launch of the new four-shadow palettes in 2011 and i've actually had it for quite a while, i just hadn't gotten around to writing about it.

sorry about that.

"les gris" is, as you might guess, a take on greys, although it really pushes the boundaries of grey beyond the standard silver/ charcoal/ slate that you normally se…

the migraine that ate my brain

update! actual conversation that happened today ::

my boss : are you ok?
me : yes.
my boss :  what's that with your face?
me : i think i was trying to smile at you.

also, if you're functioning at below optimal, be careful not to get distracted by conversations that might be happening around you, or you'll end up sending an email that says

"these images are really just to help you peeing the bed"

in case it wasn't clear, that part in italics wasn't supposed to be in the email. i don't advise people on how to pee the bed for a living. although in my state, maybe that's what i should be doing.

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yesterday, i had a migraine, which is always a weird experience for me, in that it can be almost any unpleasant sensation you can imagine. yesterday's was particularly painful, which mine generally aren't [hate me, it's ok] and has left me with what feels like a seasickness and an epic case of the stupids.

a couple of examples:

meant to say :: ha…

too much paranoias

we lost power a couple of days ago. i knew this, but i was reminded of it today when i opened word and it coughed up a fragment of something i'd started and lost interest in, like a computer-generated hairball. i'm glad that my computer knows to grab shit i leave lying around like that, because i do like to save those little fragments in case i find them inspiring later.

or just so that i can freak myself out when enough time has passed that i don't remember what i was doing or even writing them to begin with. because everyone knows i need things to make me more paranoid.

and speaking of paranoid, i did find a little snippet i'd left similarly abandoned some time in the not-so-distant past [my computer knows when, but i didn't bother to ask it] that seems to have been either

a. a start of yet another story in which paranoia is prominently featured; or

b. something inspired by the weird experience i had being unable to sleep way back when i first moved to montreal.

making faces :: the passion of makeup lovers

for some of you, this will be the only part of this review you need to read:

le metier de beaute released an eyeshadow palette called "bauhaus" in december.

for those of you who want to know a little more, read on...

this is the second time in a few months that i've been tempted both by the content and inspiration of a le metier de beaute "kaleidoscope" 4-shadow palette. the first was "nouvelle vague", which i found did channel its cinematic muse. "bauhaus" is actually named after the art movement, not the band, and once again, le metier does convey the spirit of the original movement in colour and finish.

i actually think that bauhaus is a movement that lends itself exceptionally well to interpretation through cosmetics. much like the contemporaneous art deco movement, bauhaus was focused on functional art- the name itself implies an architectural focus [although the proper bauhaus school didn't offer courses in architecture the late 192…

friday favourites 25.01.13

one day morning this week there was a young woman on her way to work. she'd stopped at a traffic light and was hastily trying to apply mascara when a strange woman opened her passenger door, looked her in the eye and said "you're not my boss", upon which she closed the door and disappeared.

i'd like to apologise to her, because that had to be a weird way for your day to start.

you see, my boss was nice enough to give me a lift in to work a few days this week, to spare me the worst of the cold. unfortunately, one morning, someone else pulled up near my building at the same time as she did, in the same kind of car and, predictably, i got confused. i'm good at that.

i'd also like to apologise to anyone in my building who was disturbed by the honking, which was my boss [well, her car horn, not actually her] trying to get my attention and wondering why i was running away from her car to accost some poor commuter.

some days, you just have to accept that you…

there can be only one

yes, it's been cold. how cold? if you haven't lived through it, i could not possibly find words in any language that would make it comprehensible to you how cold it's been. it's so cold that even talking about it makes me feel cold. it's so cold that hell freezing over would be bikini weather. 
but this is a post about hair.
wait, what? 
the thing is, the air has been so dry lately that it's made me acutely aware of how dry my follicles have become, which is pretty desperate. yes, i know they'll bounce back when the spring arrives, but that's like a hundred years from now. and yes, i know that there's nothing wrong with me that a little trimming of dead ends couldn't fix, but i honestly think that i need all the insulation i can get. right now, i'm supremely irritated at how i feel static-y and brittle and crunchy and i want something done about it. 
feeling that dryness has made me wonder if i wouldn't be better off going back to my pr…

cnn :: if it's news to you, it's news to us

i'll admit, i get into cnn during election coverage. more particularly, i got into their coverage of the republican nomination contest, because they just have all the coolest gadgets and so many of the people covering the primaries were so obviously geeking out on the mechanisms of politics involved that it made me feel a little less geeky by comparison. [not a lot less.]

but as things moved away from coverage of the republicans only, i started to notice that the station wasn't nearly so enjoyable. i hadn't watched much of the station in a very long time, so somehow i'd missed the tipping point in their ratings freefall when they decided that to compete with fox news, they had to become fox news. with cooler gadgets.

i remember cnn being around in the 80s. i remember suffering through untold hours of pat buchanan on "crossfire", which almost certainly did some permanent damage. i also remember the real blooming of cnn during the first iraq war- which i oppose…

making faces :: a sunday sundae [inspired by "dessert"]

days when i don't have much to do except laundry and cooking are often days when i give my skin a well-deserved break, but they're also days when i sometimes like to experiment with colours or techniques knowing i won't likely scare anyone except dom and the fur-kids. today was one of those days when i felt like trying something different and, not knowing where to start, i asked dom to name a colour or think of a word or something to inspire me.

"dessert" is what he answered right away. i suspect that's because he was just having a religious experience watching a dish made from chocolate and whipped cream and caramel and brownies and more chocolate and more whipped cream and more brownies and nuts being prepared on the food network and didn't want me interrupting, but i figured it was a good start.

so, in keeping with what i saw he was watching, i figured i'd go with a little chocolate and caramel on the eyes, a dusting of icing sugar over my face an…

the writer's lament

i finished something! i'd forgotten what that felt like! i feel incredible!

hey! i already know what i want to write next!

this is going to be quick- it's a concise idea and i know exactly how i want to develop it.

i've got a great idea for an opening line, i just need some time.

i need some time when my brain feels relaxed and i can listen to music and let all of this come out on its own. i am back baby!

this is a good time- i can write at my own pace and just let things evolve naturally.

yup, i really like that opening i thought of.

coming along well, a few new things coming into the mix that i hadn't planned on but hey, that's the creative process.

you know, there's something about this that doesn't seem as exciting as when it was in my head. oh well, gotta push through.

ok, this is really going back to a particular subject/ period in my life that i've covered a lot. i mean, it doesn't really matter, since most of what was written has never seen …

the sanguine scribe

occasionally, i just sit down and stuff comes out. writing stuff. not like i sit at the computer and drool. although it's possible i do that too. but a little while ago- a very little while ago- i sat down and this came out. i'm not exactly sure where it came from, although it was at least partly inspired by a particularly vivid dream.

the images i've used are from man ray and others and while they're beautiful, they are just slightly not safe for work. then again, if you've stooped to reading this blog at work, i'm guessing that's not very important. you can get full details on the images [as full as i have] on my pinterest board.




“Because you are a non-believer, you never will understand,” is what she told me, filmy layers of fabric from her dress winding around her legs like the barber’s rags in the wind- red stripe, white stripe, red stripe, white stripe. And like the stout fool that I am, I waited for her to explain. Better to have taken a golf club to …

making faces :: look alive

as you might have read already on these pages, i started the new year off with a nasty bout of the flu. of course, my never-ceasing luck meant that i got sick on a friday night and stayed pretty unwell through to sunday evening, at which point i started to feel a little better. just in time to get up and go to work. i suppose that i could have taken a sick day, but i felt that it wasn't going to kill me to get up and go to work, whereas there are mornings- mostly when i have a migraine- when i believe it would possibly kill me and almost definitely other people if i were to get up and go to work. so i think it's better for all concerned that i reserve my sick days for those occasions.

now that doesn't mean that i felt good monday morning. it means exactly what i said- that i wasn't in imminent danger of dying- and nothing more. i looked like... well i looked like a person who'd been fighting the stomach flu for a couple of days and losing. and since i felt like i …

my brain in pictures

so i joined pinterest, because it is actually a source of frustration to me that i see lots of beautiful images, but i can't very well load all of them onto my computer and stare at them one at a time.

i was a little nervous about the whole thing, because i'd heard it compared to virtual scrap-booking. that wasn't something that seemed to scream me.



but now that i know i can put skulls and castles and lipstick and impractical footwear in my scrapbook, i'm game.

do come visit.

"friday" favourites 12.01.13

well i missed the very first friday favourites of the year because of the stomach flu last week, something which is still holding on despite my valiant attempts to flush it. in fact, it has had a most remarkable effect on my life: i have not had coffee in more than a week.

whaaaa-aaat?!?!?!?!?

it is true. this person has not had coffee since last friday morning.

although my stomach has recovered to the point where i can eat most things, for some reason, i'm very hesitant to confront it with coffee. despite my love of coffee, i'm aware that it's something that can be very hard on the digestive system. so i've spent the last week in a dangerous no man's land, with my body desperately craving caffeine and at the same time feeling like a cup of coffee [or tea] would undo my fragile recovery.

i guess what i'm saying is that my intestinal tract has turned into the american economy.

with an extremely busy week at work, trying to recover and hoping here and there to g…

and that's when the pcp kicked in

as i mentioned a couple of posts back, i managed to contract a nasty stomach bug that has been keeping me bedridden every hour i'm not at work. last night, having made it through what felt like an entire week in one day, i crawled home and under the covers and realised i wasn't smart enough to do anything except give myself a manicure and watch television. although we have a plethora of channels available to us in the living room, the selection in the bedroom is much more basic and, since i wasn't quite brain dead enough to succumb to the rumoured charms of "hillbilly hand-fishing", i decided that i'd take my chances with cnn.

after sitting through the wall street- gop jamboree that is "out front" and ogling anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta rebounding with the sincerity and humour of ac360, i was ready to give it a rest and resume my weekend activity of staring at the ceiling and trying to come up with interesting things to think about when i h…

making faces :: mac's strength and weakness [and apres chic]

this has to stop. not the stomach flu. that has to stop too, but it's improved slightly from yesterday and i know it'll go away eventually on its own. but there have been two new collections out from mac cosmetics for a week and a half now and i haven't posted a review. a week and a half? in mac's calendar, it isn't even worth mentioning those collections any more, because if you haven't given your opinion within 48 hours, everything is basically sold out forever anyway.

the two collections released on december 26th follow the pattern that's been established for the last couple of years of having a "bold" option and a "soft" option. the bold option this year comes in the form of "strength", a collection that includes blushes and a couple of new eye shadow quads [basic but useful], but it's really about the lips. the soft option is, like last year, a mineral makeup collection with very muted tones to soothe the senses in th…

heavy metal

says she needs to lose some weight.

spends week at work researching and writing articles on flu and what can be done to prevent it.

gets violent stomach flu.

does not want to hear about "irony".



making faces :: pretty things 2012

i was originally going to title this post "all the pretty things 2012" and then i realised just how many pretty things there were to discuss. then i was picturing what my apartment would look like if i'd actually bought all the pretty things i'd come across in the last year and how dom would feel about losing his one closet [i have two, including "the big one"- surprised?] to cosmetic storage and having to keep all of his clothes in those vacuum bags they sell on television on sunday mornings.
he probably wouldn't have been too happy.

which means that i made the right decision in just buying some of the pretty things, while still leaving room for dom to own pants. i'm a reasonable person that way.

last year, i inaugurated the "more like space preserved head awards". there was a reason that particular name had occurred to me. i think i was ruminating about the idea that beauty was skin deep and how any attempt to check would sort of mess th…

musical notes for 2012

i used to do the occasional music review on the blog. i don't anymore, although i do occasionally do them now for other blogs or online magazines. that said, i'd love to be able to give more prominence to music in the coming year, not just in my play lists, which can give an idea of what i'm playing in a specific context, but not what i listen to as a whole. in fact, this year, i'd really love to have the feeling of discovering something new, because i'm veering increasingly towards being one of those insufferable old grumps who can't stop yammering about how music was just so much better when i was a kid, or a young adult, or at least younger than i am now.

part of the problem is that i don't have the time to investigate music the way that i used to and am relying more and more on my friends [who themselves are, like me, becoming older and more jaded] to point me in the direction of things that i might like. and so what i hear that is new is a cobbled tog…

a happy new year ramble

i just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone once again for stopping by this space during the last twelve months. it's been a real journey. last year at this time, we were in the final days of the first big contest of "the republicans" the iowa caucus. now i'm realising that i totally forgot to ask santa to bring me one of those santorum sweater-vests. woe is me.

last year, at this time, i'd already started doing reviews of the state of things in the past year, which means that 2013 isn't even twenty-four hours old and i'm already behind schedule. luckily for me, you guys are real sweet about not minding that i'm lax at just about everything when it comes to this blog.

i'm thrilled that 2012 was our busiest ever here, with december being the busiest individual month we've ever seen. i hope to earn your return visits... if you're a regular, you will have realised that this isn't a "normal" blog, in that it's never been…