Monday, November 16, 2015

Documentary Québékoisie

Recently I saw Québékoisie, a documentary by Mélanie Carrier Olivier Higgins about the North Shore of Quebec.  It looks at the complexities of racism in the context of Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals.

I found it quite fascinating; a well done narrative.  There was one point that was probably missing from the documentary, and it just scratches the surface of the topic at hand, but the film made many good points that apply to racism in general.

I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys thoughtful documentaries.  Some people will probably find this a little too disjointed and slow for their tastes, but I found it a very thought-provoking film.

David Vines - Wildfires

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Ciara videos

Ciara looks great in her latest song Dance Like We're Making Love (especially the rose dress!) but I think my favorite Ciara video in recent years is Got Me Good:

Musically, I am currently in love with her cover of Paint it Black.

Overall, my favorite video is still her classic "Like a Boy":

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's hard not to buy lipstick...

Such pretty, pretty things!

I bought a moderate coverage lipstick from Integrate Gracy for my mother though - I hope she likes the color.  It's nice having testers available!  But conversely, it's a bit dangerous.

I played with a tester of Shiseido Prior Beautiful Lift Lipstick in Beige 1 (2862 JPY) - it seemed a very easy-to-use, my-lips-but-better color.  But what I really enjoyed was the new Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Rouge in the limited edition RD351, a very sheer red.  Lipsticks are so much fun; it's really hard not to buy more.

However, I am really enjoying the lasting power and versatility of my Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD413, so I will content myself with that for now.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Musing: on the difficulty of discarding makeup that I don't love

I am having extreme difficulty discarding makeup no matter how useless it is.

I have many products that I can make work with a little effort.  But I have products that I absolutely love, and the mediocre products just take time away from the ones I love.  Considering the volume of makeup that I have, I could get rid of the mediocre products and still have plenty of variety to enjoy in my stash.

However, for the life of me, I can't seem to let go of the products that are just ok.  I'll try just putting the subpar products into a box and see if I can just let go of the box some day.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Uni Jetstream 0.7 pen

The Uni Jetstream 0.7 is a smooth pen that makes writing fun.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Incense, and other things

Wow, has it been more than a month since I posted?  I've been rather occupied with helping my mother out lately.

It seems like I haven't been able to find a good incense since the Aomori Hiba incense.

The old standby Shrinivas Sugandhalaya Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa that I ordered in a huge box from Amazon came all roughed up - not at all its normal self.  I've been trying to use it up but since I mistakenly ordered a huge box, it'll take me months.  I purchased an interesting twisted paper Deodar Cedar incense from the Himalayas, but DH complains that it smells moldy.  I need a good incense exchange!

In other news, my cousin told me about Olay's Total Effects moisturizer, so I bought some from Costco for my mother to try out.  If she rejects it DH can try it out.  I suspect the packaging won't appeal to him though.

Janet Jackson's new album is out! I love her new song with Missy Elliot: "BURNITUP!"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Teedra Moses' Cognac & Conversation! And Other Notes

I just got Teedra Moses' long-awaited new album Cognac & Conversation. In a way I can't believe it's actually out (like D'Angelo's latest album) but after she released her fabulous EP California Vibes last December, I had a feeling the album would be coming along soon.

Today I'm wearing Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in #5 Crush, inspired by Ameriie.  I'm really enjoying her new YouTube channel Books Beauty Ameriie.

In other news, I've been on a no-buy for cosmetics.  Just shopping my stash.  I still have unopened cosmetics!  I did buy some Japanese cosmetic brushes though.  I will review them later.