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Cosmetics shopping in Montreal

Montreal Skyline

Montreal Skyline

Imagine that you’re going to pick up some prescriptions or personal care items, only to find that you’ve entered a beauty hall like what you’d find at a department store. You have to go upstairs to get to the pharmacy proper.

That’s what you’ll find at Pharmaprix (link to map) and Jean Coutu (link to map), both on rue Ste-Catherine in Montréal.

Pharmaprix (link to web site) is called Shoppers Drug Mart outside Québec. Its exclusive brand is Quo. Bourjois, especially its Little Round Pot blush, may be found at Pharmaprix. Canadian brand Lise Watier may also found at Pharmaprix. I picked up Quo manicure scissors and nail board and Revlon tweezers – I forgot stuff because I hadn’t traveled in a long time. I was waited on by a sales woman who had a multi-colored tattoo of flowers on her upper arm. Both my husband and I were impressed by her knowledge and recommendations.

Pharmaprix’s Optimum rewards program enables you to collect points toward free stuff and take advantage of special offers.

By taking a very short walk on rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, you arrive at Jean Coutu ( link to web site). Its exclusive brand is Personelle. Like Pharmaprix, it carries Lise Watier. It also carries mass-market Canadian faves Marcelle and Annabelle and hard-to-find brands such as Pupa Milano (but not their kits!) and Jean d’Estrées skin care. I picked up Annabelle eye primer and pillowy lint-free cotton pads from Personelle, the likes that I hadn’t seen before. Like Pharmaprix, Jean Coutu has knowledgeable staff. One staff member answered my questions about Pupa Milano products.

Jean Coutu participates in the AIR MILES rewards program, which enables you to earn “miles” (points) from other participating stores as well.You may redeem your miles in cash or exchange them for Dream Rewards, Including gift cards, household items, show tickets, trips and more.

If you would like to read reviews of Quo, Marcelle, and Annabelle products, then visit the Sparkled Beauty blog.

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Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion!

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is a liquid blush that comes in a convenient pump dispenser.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion

The web page  describes it as:

The ultimate wake-up makeup. An Innovative complexion pick-me-up in a universal and ultra-flattering shade of peach with golden undertones for radiant, glowing skin in an instant. Buildable [color] that blends and buffs seamlessly into the skin.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is an excellent choice for “women of a certain age,” as it adds warmth to the complexion. Beauty industry veteran Andrea Robinson says that older women should go for golden in her book Toss the Gloss. MUA Robert Jones recommends peach blush and bronzer for mature women in his book Looking Younger.

Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion is easy to apply. Spread it into a thin layer on your fingers, dot the cheeks, and blend with a moist Beautyblender or the Real Techniques dupe. Studio | 10 Plumping Blush Glow-plexion has become one of my standbys, along with Revlon powder blush in Fleshtone from its 1997 “In the Flesh” collection (hey, as long as a product’s good – in this case, 20 years – I use it :-).

Read The Style Page interview with Grace Fodor, founder of Studio | 10.

Grandpa’s home

This satellite image of the Fertile Soils of Serbia reminded me that my paternal grandfather came from what is now the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

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satellite image of the Vojvodina area of Serbia

The Vojvodina region has changed hands many times. Once it was among the most ethnically diverse regions in Europe (that’s a whole story in itself!). After Prince Eugene of Savoy conquered the Ottomans in 1699 and grabbed a lot of  Eastern Europe in 1699,  the Habsburgs resettled people from the rest of Europe.  My ancestors migrated from Alsace-Lorraine, now in France. My grandfather remember that his grandmother still spoke French.

My German-speaking grandfather came from the town of Begaszentgyörgy, as it was called when the Vojvodina region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Begaszentgyörgy is a Hungarian name: confused yet? In Serbian, the town is known as Žitište.

I enjoy putzing around with ArcMap, a map making tool from Esri.  The satellite image inspired me to create a map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

Vojvodina

Map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia

This map of the Vojvodina region is scaled with respect to its location in Serbia. You can view the course of the Tiza River, which was shown in the satellite image above and where the Tiza River joins with the Danube River. I’ve also shown Žitište. My paternal grandmother came from Biled (also shown), a town now in Romania.

Eight reasons why I didn’t support the #WomensMarch

  1. Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour has links to Hamas and supports Sharia law.  If “intersectionality” involves finding common cause with Sharia, I don’t want any part of it.
  2. Modern feminism objectifies women as female sexual organs. But wait, that’s unfair to people who self-identify as women but don’t have vaginas!
  3. Using young children as props is child exploitation.
  4. Young children shouldn’t be exposed to vulgarity and obscene language.
  5. Pussyhatters are not worthy to be heirs to the legacy of Susan B. Anthony and other first-wave feminists.
  6. Abortion is not a reproductive right.
  7. While I support birth control and the freedom it has given to women, its unfortunate side-effect has meant sex without commitment.
  8. Today’s feminists conflate womens’ health with funding of Planned Parenthood.  I refuse to accept that Planned Parenthood is the only game in town for services such as pap smears, mammograms, and contraception.

 

When should we throw away #makeup? | Byrdie

When is it really time to toss a beauty product? Look no further than this ultimate guide to makeup expiration dates.

Pay attention to the tips, not the shelf life, in this guide.

I often think that the shelf life is a ruse to make you buy makeup more often.  I’ve had some makeup for years, and they haven’t gone bad.

And be sure to clean your brushes and applicators often!

Source: Save or Toss? The Truth About Makeup Expiration Dates | Byrdie

#Canada Day again


I’m taking a different tack on Canada Day this year. On Facebook, I attributed the massacre at the Pulse night club to the killer’s professions of Islamic ideology. A prominent Canadian beauty blogger subsequently ripped into me:

It’s time to examine why your country [emphasis mine] gives guns to people who are mentally unstable. Especially when the FBI knew about them, and had been following them. Who cares about whether or not it was an American who decided to use ISIS to focus his hatred? Your gov’t knew all about him, yet he could still get guns. Stop talking about Islamic hatred and start talking about why your country discriminates against the gay community, which gives people like this shooter a reason for his own hate. IT DOESN”T MATTER that he was with ISIS. The US has had 7 mass shootings this week. Get your head out of the sand.

or did she really mean to say, get my head out of my ass? 😀

It’s time to examine the ideology of your country [emphasis mine] that went to war in Muslim countries, destroyed entire countries, armed rebels and basically created ISIS. Jesus. Read a book.

I felt that her references to your country reeked of contempt for the good old United States and that she regarded me as yet another contemptible  illiterate American ignoramus.

Jesus. Read a book.

I don’t know if she had any particular books in mind, but here are some books that I’ve read:

  • The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (in fact, I’ve seen Margaret Atwood read from her works in person)
  • Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
  • Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  • The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
  • The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
  • The whole series of Anne of Green Gables books (six books) by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I can tell you why Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside are the worst books of the series. I’ve also read Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, but these are not considered as part of the Anne canon, as they deal with Anne’s children.
  • The three books of L.M. Montgomery’s Emily series

Notice a pattern here?

Happy Canada Day.

It’s Canada Day again, and time to revisit this article Canada Day.  Happy 148th Canada!

Source: #Canada Day | The Style Page | The Style Page

#MusicMonday I Feel Alright

In order of appearance: Eric Burdon, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry (you’ll understand why he was called “Long John” when you watch the video), Julie Driscoll, and Rod Stewart, before a bird’s nest landed on his head. Check out Rod’s moves! Lots of great R&B shouting and energy all around.

One Reginald Dwight took half of his stage name after Long John Baldry; the other half he took from saxophonist Elton Dean. He, of course, became Elton John.

Julie Driscoll is probably best known for singing Ab Fab’s theme song This Wheel’s on Fire.