Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekend Cheer

In an effort to bring some cheer into a grueling work week, I find myself turning to a lot of music, television and videos that generally have a happifying* effect.

*a non-word coined by me 

I've shared a lot of them on Twitter, but some are guilty pleasures/secrets or old clips that I like to rewatch now and then. I still don't have anything makeup-related to talk about, so I just wanted to share some of these and hope you'll have a laugh with me.

I found out my brother also secretly loves this song. We blast it when no one else is around and I like listening to it in the morning on the commute. It's such a 15 year-old kind of song. You know, when you're at that stage when the world is full of romance and possibilities.

This one is just too plain adorable for words:

I love Winnie the Pooh and love the song.

This is one of my all-time favourite songs and I never get sick of it:

Puppies are too much work but I think that a litter of blue-eyed white holland lop bunnies is exactly what I need:

This is one of the funniest videos I've come across on YouTube. Just do yourself a favour and watch:

Douchebag or not, one of his best songs and one of the few of his songs I enjoy (also good for the morning commute):

I liked Jimmy Kimmel much more before when he played the lovable pudgy fellow. Lately his sketches haven't been as good as, say, this one:

Ellen's "Dance Dares" have been making my day. I love it when the dancers get caught!

This one is so dumb that my siblings and I end up laughing until we're on the floor crying. Star Wars fans will love it.

Bring It On is, believe it or not, one of my favourite movies ever. "Hey, Mickie" always has a cheering effect:


Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Well, at least I don't have skin cancer.

Sorry for being so serious and glum lately. It's probably not what you signed up for when you decided to follow this beauty addict. I've had some time to think, absorb the shock and deal with the series of events that befell this month. April has a rather shitty forecast but hopefully things will look up in May. All is not lost. And even then, life goes on. What can anyone do but try his/her best? As my good friend D (A Happy Peach) said, this is the kind of moment when something creative sparks. Because, obviously, there comes a time when serving your corporate overlords from 9am-5pm just isn't enough. Now I'm trying to come up with ways to fulfill some of my wasted dreams while doing well enough not just to support me but also anyone else dear to me who will some day need help.

I made a rather large statement the last time when I said that I'd "save" my parents. I've learned in the past couple of weeks that all I needed to do was stand by them and lend support so that they can save themselves. We do our own saving. The last time I tried to "save" them, I fell into the abyss alongside. This time we're all the better for working together.

As for the alarming title of this post, for the past week, I was convinced that on top of all the other crap going on, I probably had skin cancer. There's a growth on my lower right leg that has quadrupled in size since Christmas. I finally went to the dermatologist and he thinks it's a wart that simply has to be removed. He says he can't feel a root so it's only surface, will scar, but probably not damaging healthwise. But this is a guy who kept me waiting one hour past my appointment, didn't bother to introduce himself to me or apologize for the wait, and whose hand shook even while holding a pen, so there is no way in hell he's doing the removal. I'm going to a surgeon for a consultation next week who hopefully will be more professional and trustworthy. Thanks to my Twitter pals who sent all their positive vibes this way. Yay, it's a wart!

Anyway, the past is the past and looking forward is the only choice. I don't have panic attacks anymore and I'm finished beating myself up for what I should have done and shouldn't have done. Thanks again to all who sent me good wishes, vibes, thoughts and prayers. They saw me through many a weak moment and I'm not ashamed to have shared my sorrows with you.

But I'm still having trouble delighting in makeup and beauty products. Like, it literally hurts my heart. So while I take my break from that sort of indulgence, I want to share other things that have kept me distracted or cheered me up.


BURRITOS! I can eat it all day, every day. The warm, toasty weight of it makes me feel good even before I dig into it.

Trying to make the perfect poached egg. Believe it or not, I've never poached an egg in my 34 years of existence until this month. Mine turned out... so-so. I shall tackle the hollandaise sauce next, because I love a good eggs benny.


Frozen kefir with strawberries! If you work in the financial district in downtown Toronto, you must visit deKEFIR and help keep this place alive. Frozen kefir is delicious and the service is awesome.

[pic to be provided - I always forget to snap a shot first]


These are beautiful blogs I like to look at but not comment on. Since I'm feeling so overwhelmed lately, the lack of commitment on my part feels nice.

Color Me Katie

A Cup of Jo

Honestly WTF

Cupcakes and Cashmere



Robb Stark aka the "King of the North" - Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is a guilty pleasure. It's a fast-paced action-packed fantasy which is exactly my cup of tea. Fantasy isn't complicated as it usually hangs on the balance of good and evil, which tends to be fairly clear cut. I enjoy GoT the show because characters have been given some complexities that are usually denied stock fantasy figures. The show ran an online campaign on YouTube asking which house the viewers pledge their allegiance to, and while I love the Starks (Robb especially), a part of me can't help but feel drawn to the sinister Lannisters. I think most of the actors are doing a phenomenal job, especially the kids that play Joffrey, Arya and Sansa. Also, a part of me was very comforted whenever Bran Stark appeared on screen. [Spoiler alert!] Think my troubles are tough? At least I'm not a crippled seven year-old acting as lord of the manor because my dad was beheaded as a traitor and the rest of my family are at war, lost, tortured and held hostage. [/spoiler] Anyway, why did I highlight Robb Stark? Because I haven't had a TV crush since I was in high school, and rowr -- watching Robb come into his own makes me see hearts! <3 <3 <3

"Dair" - Gossip Girl

Dan and Blair, together at last: an unexpected curve ball in a totally predictable fluff series. It's always fun to see frenemies become genuine friends and watch that transition into something more. It's especially enjoyable when the characters are crazy and the actors pretty. *splashing in the shallow end* I watch the show mostly for the fashion and a distraction to take my mind off of real world issues. If you can accept that things don't really make sense in this show the way it does in reality but that within the show they totally do, GG can be enjoyed. (You can stop judging me now, thanks!)

Timothy Olyphant - Justified

I loved him as Seth Bullock in Deadwood and he's almost the same guy in Justified. Looks calm on the surface but seething with anger on the inside. Hands up if you can identify. Olyphant chose to have them even walk the same gait: a slow leisurely stroll with arms that don't move. (Because when his arm moves, it's to grab his gun and shoot to kill. Hot.) If you haven't watched Deadwood, you need to. It's one of the best shows ever to have been cancelled. I can watch this clip over and over and laugh out loud every single time. Think of it as a historical prelude to Pictionary and Draw Something. Despite the overwhelming amount of cussing, the dialogue in this series is downright Shakespearean at times. Anyway, I'm only three episodes into Justified but love the hell out of it. Here's one reason why: You know when a bad guy is acting uppity but the hero is too "ethical" to beat on the bad guy? Rayland just goes ahead and beats up the annoying idiot and still metes out justice at the end of the day. How do you not love that? Also, as Twitter bud Soha says:

Yeah, the hat action is also pretty hot. Three straight seasons to marathon makes me a very happy TV viewer.


"Gimme Sympathy" by Metric. I'm not a huge Metric fan or anything, but I put this song on repeat sometimes. There's a right mix of edge, gloom and hope to it that appeals to my mood lately. It's kind of a theme song right now.

What are you enjoying lately?

P.S. Blog sale will go live tomorrow morning as planned!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

2012 Empties Part 3

Let's lighten up a little around here. I had this batch of empties ready almost immediately after the last one, and already the empties bag is starting to overflow for the next round.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple (Jumbo - 473.1 ml)

My holy grail makeup remover/facial cleanser. The price is steep, however. I first began by trying out the Sephora free sample and liked it, and worked my way through these babies from the smallest $10 bottle to this. I stopped short of buying the extra extra jumbo size that was released at some point because it was like $100 and I'm not insane. I'm trying some other stuff right now but it may be that I will return to this in the end. If a one-step facial cleanser works, it's worth two products in one. So the justification is there though my budget isn't.

Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Moisturizing Conditioner

Crap. Crap, crap, crap. Never again.


Something about lavender and relaxing. It used to look like this:

And it looks like this in the bath:

Basically it's like bathing in a lake. Like, a real lake, with frogs and pond scum. There are what look like twigs and branches and leaves in this bomb. It smells nice and relaxing at first... but when looking at the water, I felt like I needed another shower after. For those who love the au naturel, this is for you. For those who like synthetic crap (like me), stay away. When I take a $7 bath, I want to see colours, bubbles, smoke and fireworks, goddammit.

Finess Rose Scent Oil Control Sheet

Picked it up for probably too much at a Watson's in Manila. There was no discernible rose scent and it blotted okay. I like the large size of the sheets. Does the job, no fuss no muss.

Adidas 24hr Deo Control

I was hoping it would provide protection against wetness but nope. I have no need for deodorants as my pits don't smell even after three days without shower in the wilderness (tried, tested and true -- don't hate me), so I'm tossing this and never buying regular deodorants again.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil

I was so glad when these guys showed up in my local Rexall/Pharma Plus because I'm terrified of going into vitamin/herb stores for some reason. After getting my feet wet with The Body Shop tea tree line last summer, I decided to try the 100% tea tree oil as well. The stuff stinks to high heavens but it works wonders, especially after exfoliating with the Clarisonic. I wake up in the morning with greatly diminished zits and as close to a clear face as I can get nowadays. I should try using it every night but I can take the pungent scent only 2-3 times a week. I've repurchased another 100% tea tree oil but in a different brand to see if there's a difference.

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer

It's maybe my fourth or fifth time finishing this concealer. It's a smooth concealer that comes in my exact shade and has just the right amount of liquid-cream ratio. The only problem is that there is so little in the thin tube for so high a price. I'm going to play around with some drugstore concealers but may end up returning to this again in the future.

Clarisonic Normal Skin Brush

This is the brush that came with the Mia I got before the Christmas holidays. I have oily, acne-prone skin and found that while this brush did wonders for areas like the forehead (where the skin is clear) and the nose (prone to blackheads), it was slightly abrasive and rough on my cheeks and chin where the giant blemishes would sit and grow. I'm currently using the Sensitive Skin brush and find that to be perfect for the cheeks but not as good as the Normal for the nose. And now Clarisonic has come out with a new Deep Pore brush and an Acne brush, available in the U.S. only for time being. I didn't expect to have to jump around from brush to brush, but obviously I will be trying both the Deep Pore and Acne brushes when they finally crosses the border into Canada.

Butter London Mistress Champagne Luxury Lotion

This is the second of the three travel size Butter London lotions I was sent as a winner of a contest way back when. I had given this particular one to my baby sister but she returned it saying that she didn't like the scent. Poor unwanted lotion. I've been carrying it around in one of my purses and using it as a hand lotion. I do find the texture to be smooth and luxurious, but for the body I personally prefer thicker and richer products like body butters. Won't be purchasing.

(Though this is a travel size lotion, I'm going to count it as a full size hand cream since that's what it was used as.)

Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1

[not pictured]

I got it over a year ago, and while it was cheap and served its purpose well, after a painful incident with a broken nail, I decided to nurture my nails with better products considering how often I change nail polish. It was more than half finished and scooping out the remainder was starting to become a chore. So while I didn't quite make it to the end, I still feel better for having tossed it. It's an okay product and definitely better to use as a base coat than not wearing base coat at all, but I probably won't repurchase this.


Today's Total:
Jumbo: 1
Regular: 7
Travel/Sample: 0
Tossed: 2

2012 Total:
Jumbo: 2
Regular: 20
Travel/Sample: 13
Tossed: 2

How are your empties going??