Just because this also needed sharing
So exciting! Post Tropical
Photograph The Beauty of Kunming by Yao Lu. I think his work is using traditional motifs of chinese painting to reflect on environmental issues and critique the narrow economic centred policies of China is amazing.
Violet Rose (via c-icatrix)
Talk about cognitive dissonance
This is one of my favorite quotes about sexualization/objectification vs autonomy of female bodies bc it’s so succinct
Hello! So I bought some new products this month and I love them so I thought I’d do a quick post on it.
1) Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Intensive Conditioning Mask
Ok so, I have used Herbal Essences in the past and my old favourite used to be the Beautiful Ends range. however after switching to L’oreal Elvive for a while and then coming back to it a while later I found it incredibly disappointing, especially the Intensive Mask (I always use these instead of conditioners), it was so thin I used it all in no time at all and really didn’t feel like a mask. Due to monetary issues when buying some new stuff I noticed the Bee Strong range was on offer and thought I would give it a try and I love it!. It smells fantastic, first time I used I actually had a proper “Herbal Essences moment” like they show in the ads. Its a sort of sweet tropical smell, honey and pineapple like. I actually sit and smell my hair all the time now (yes it is as weird as it sounds but its so nice!). The mask has a good thick texture so you really don’t need much. It leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny and not weighed down like some products for damaged hair do. Overall 5/5.
2)L’oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing Milk and Day Moisturiser
To start with the Cleansing Milk: it promises to remove make up and impurities and reveal silky hydrated skin. I find it take quite alot of product and cotton wool to satisfactorily remove my make up which is a downside as it is slow and feels wasteful. However I have never used a milk cleanser before, being a fan of facewashs but moving away from my soft water home to the harsh hard water of Brighton was a nightmare for my skin so I had to change my routine. The milk is definately gentle and didn’t sting my dry skin at all and as it promised to made it feel hydrated and smooth. Most amazingly it didn’t break me out which I was certain would happen due to the weight of the product and my uncertainty of how much make up was really coming off. It really feels like its protecting and helping your skin. Sometimes I put this on before I have a shower and it stops the hard water drying out my skin so much. My only downside apart from the amount of product you have to use is that it can be a bit oily on the Tzone before you put on make up. 4/5
The Correcting Day Moisturiser: promises to tighten pores and improve skins texture. Amazingly I find that it actually does these things! It feels lovely on and makes make up go on like a dream. This isn’t surprising as the cream contains Silica, most commonly found in primers. This does make me a little hesitant about using it as a night cream as well. I’m still unsure about how it sits with my sensitive skin, at first I was convinced I was allergic to the chemical composition but it seems to be ok now my skin has healed a bit more. It is moisturising but I do have to use another intensive moisturiser as well. Over all good but I bought it on offer and not convinced I would repurchase at full price. 3.75/5
3) Models Own Nail Polish in Ice Neon- Pukka Purple-
I absolutely love this colour! I have been surprised how long it has taken me to find a bright purple nail polish and finally the search is over. With this I was a little disappointed with the brush which wasn’t as easy to use as some on cheaper polishes. It is seeming fairly chip resistant, however its about on a par with my Sinful Colours ones which cost £1.99. What I will say as it only needs a couple of coats for a really thick good coverage. Despite being unsure of the cost for the price I will still give this 5/5 as so in love with it.
4) L’oreal Nude Magique BB Powder
This is another product that I am in love with. Unlike the packaging the powder itself is not white, just a very light skin colour (mine is for light skin so go figure). It promises to give skin a velvety texture and it does just that, it seems to improve the look of make up without compromising the colour and has the perfect level of matte with luminosity when used with my Lumi Magique foundation. I have never used a pressed powder that feels so nice on the skin or so finely milled. 5/5 and definite repurchase, catch it now in Boots on an introductory offer!
5) Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer
This is another product I got on a great introductory offer at Boots and first saw in Glamour Magazine. I have never used a serum primer before so really didn’t know what to expect. I was tied between the Luminous skin primer and the Matte because I was worried that the matte one may dry out my skin but I opted for it anyway because as I said above the L’oreal Cleansing Milk made my tzone oily. Firstly it is actually acceptable to use with dry skin despite the slightly alcoholic smell of the liquid. It definitely does provide a great airbrushed look, much more so than other clear silica primers I have used in the past, it also holds my make up on so it lasts all day with much less settling into fine lines than I have experienced before. So all pluses there. However I find it quite difficult to use as when layering silica products (like my moisturiser above) it tends to ball up really badly which is a massive pain in the arse. This means I have to put my moisturiser on far in advance and be very careful to be gentle and pat the serum into my skin rather than any rubbing motion. Same again when apply my foundation, once the serum has sunk in it mattified my foundation so quickly that was also a bit difficult to blend. This does really work and looks so lovely with liquid and mineral foundation (which its much easier to use with) but it does take extra time and practice. If you consider purchasing it I would maybe check your moisturiser and foundation for silica so that you don’t have any disasters. 3.5/5 but would repurchase.
Volcano Choir, Comrade
I have so much work to do but I haven’t blogged in so long I thought would just do a quick one of things that I am loving at the moment, my Autumn favourites as it were…
There have been some truely awesome albums come out this Autumn and one of the things I am loving is that the majority have been from women/ bands with female lead singers. This is interesting as although the pop market is saturated with new albums such as Katy Perry’s Roar and forthcoming albums from the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and of course the girl of the moment Miley Cyrus, female alternative don’t often make too much of a stir both on the mainstream and alternative charts.
1) Haim- an all female alternative band may possibly claim the top album spot tonight, last time I saw figures they were only 28 copies behind JT. Great band, only criticism is that the album is largely made up of songs from previous EPs, which is a little pet hate of mine as it can disappoint long term fans.
2) London Grammar- trio from London, fronted by the amazing Hannah Reid. Their song Strong was number 16 in the charts but I have already started hearing their music on all the “hip” US TV shows etc. Check out their album If You Wait. They have been compared to The XX and Florence.
3) Lorde- 16 year old singer song writer from New Zealand. She has had a contract since the tender age of 12. Her album Pure Heroine is out next monday. Her sound reminds me strongly of Lana Del Rey but with a more young/ digital age sound rather than Lana’s vintage inspiration. Her hip hop influences give her also a little bit of a similarity to Haim. She was the first New Zealand solo artist to reach number 1 on the American Billboard charts and if I’m not mistaken one of the first female solo artists for a long time to reach the top of the Alternative chart.
4) Chvrches- Sythy electro-y band from Glasgow who came 5th in the BBC sound of 2013 poll. Their album The Bones of What You Believe was released a couple of weeks ago and is my chosen music for my bus journeys to uni. The album was number 6 on the UK chart.
And some other things quickly because I REALLY need to get back to work….
1) My new Ralph Lauren coat I found at TK Maxx. Its from their young Denim and Supply Range and I was so amazed to have found it as its only last season and can even still be seen on the Asos website. Its orange with a sort of native american vibe going on and when I saw it my head said it was hideous but my heart fell in love with it instantly.
2) My Illamasqua Eurydice Lipstick- I wanted a bright pink lipstick as I had lost mine a while ago. I thought I would try and get a matte one as I find it can look a bit more modern and as I have quite large lips it is more flattering. I wanted bright and man is it bright! Its almost neon which I wasn’t quite expecting when I ordered it online but it does have amazing lasting power, which is something I find really important with bright lipsticks.
3) Tartan- I love how this has come back into fashion. I haven’t managed to get anything yet, even though I fell in love with a tartan pencil skirt in Topshop, unfortunately it was sold out.
4) Joseph Gordon Levitt. I am super excited about his new film Don Jon as it has been too long since he has been on our screens.
You can find the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6615kYTpOSU
Also everybody needs to watch this hilarious and amazing video of him having a Lip Synch battle with jimmy Fallon and Steven Merchant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ajQ-foj2Q
5) Lastly I have to put in a quick mention of how excited I am about the new Bleach London DIY range coming out on the 8th of October. I have been trying to move away from colouring my hair too crazily now I’m a bit older and need to soon find gainful employment BUT I may have to try some of this stuff out. I am hoping the Dip Dye kit is good as the only other offering on the market (the Loreal Wild Ombre) by all accounts just turns your hair ginger.