Through the eye of Dennis Hopper
Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. He became an acclaimed photographer in the 60s. It’s beautifully apparent in a lot of his photos.
Mirror Nail Polish? Yes Please.
Barry M Moisturising Lip Paint
This image is not my own,found from here
A Quickie Review of Barry M Moisturising Lip Paint in Black Cherry
£4.49 from Asos
This lipstick is a fantastic berry colour which can be used as a stain or layered to produce a great lipstick for Autumn/Winter months (who am I kidding, as if I change lipstick colours for seasons)
For the price it is a great alternative to Mac Media, Revlon Black Cherry, NARS Scarlett Empress and all those other delicious black-berry colours. I wouldn’t say the consistency is that moisturising however. I much prefer the consistency of the Revlon lustrous lipsticks. It also can stain the lips and takes a few swipes with makeup remover to remove (probably why it makes for a nice Stain during the day)
Overall great price, good lipstick/stain, pretty packaging and probably would purchase again!
Couldn’t agree more with this dish being a weekend dish! Yums!
Cold bean sprout ‘salad’ and minced beef broth with rice
Acouple of days ago I was craving bean sprouts - no idea why - so I made a simple bean sprout ‘salad’ (if you can call it that). I also prepared a sort of beef broth soup with rice to go with it. The idea is that the minced beef releases its flavours into the broth, whilst absorbing the Korean ‘Dashida’ (more about it below)……
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner Review (Disaster)
When I first got this from Space NK, I was super excited as I read such wonderful reviews about it. It cost 10 pounds which I think is a little bit steep for a liquid liner but if it works miracles who cares right? (right?)
I absolutely loved the precision and the dark black colour of the liner. It dries really quickly and I found removes just as easy with some eye makeup remover or warm water. The liner dries with a slight sheen and lasts all day without primer even with my super oily eyelids. It didn’t budge or flake and the lasting power was just fantastic. I was so used to having panda eyes all the time, that this was such a lovely surprise. I’m also quite a novice to liquid liners so using this was such a pleasure as it glided on a dream.
Unfortunately, after 2 days of using it, the entire nib fell out of its grey plastic holder. What?! Has this happened to anyone else? The nib landed on my carpet and the ink was all over my hands trying to clean it up. HOT DAM it was just a disaster! So thinking(and hoping) it was a one-off faulty product, I took it back to Space NK and got a replacement because to be honest I was so happy with the results, I was definitely willing to give it a second chance.
Inner Cap came loose from Outer Cap (This happened twice!!)
So my new pen was working fantastically as expected for a couple of weeks when suddenly, during my usual morning make-up routine, the nib moved just as I was drawing on my eye! After that incident, the ink started bleeding onto the pen and the cap broke in two parts(refer to image). It has just gotten very messy and cumbersome every time I wanted to use it. I still love the precision of the pen but Eyeko really need to do something about the packaging!
Another down point to the product is that I’ve been using it for nearly 2 months now and the pen has already become very dry and patchy and needs several layers before it looks right. The felt tip has softened and doesn’t give the precision it once used to. What a shame as it started so well!
After my experience with two faulty pens, I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing it again so I’m back on the hunt now for a liquid liner. If anyone has any suggestions, I welcome them with open arms! But for now, I’ll be reading many a review till I find my holy grail liner.
Bon Iver - Towers
Bon Iver brings back the Summer of 2010. Uni was over, parts of me lived in 3 cities and I sat on Primrose Hill pondering about what was next.
Andre Kertesz Photography
I absolutely love this guy’s work and his sense of composition and use of black and white was the main inspiration for the cinematography of my Animation Project in 2010.
L’oreal Studio Secrets Primer
So, I bought a couple of pots of this for 18 euros on the plane from England to Bordeaux - I told you, I get too excited at Duty Free! I think its the combo factor of going on holiday as well as the fact that it is Duty Free.
Again, as per usual at Duty Free, I did no research on this Primer and for some reason, I had it in my mind that I needed it! BUT, thankfully I really like it! After purchasing it, I watched and read a lot of mixed reviews on the product.
The texture is a mousse-y cream with a velvet-type finish. It comes in a small jar and you really don’t need much for it to work. This primer does not really make your make-up last noticeably longer but it does resurface your skin and makes little bumps, large pores and fine lines appear smoother and more refined.
I also always forget to put it on before my foundation so sometimes I put a little dab on my porous areas around my nose and it works great for making them appear less visible!
I’d say this is definitely not a primer to make your makeup last longer but it works as a great resurfacing product (if you need one) and gives your skin a nice velvety finish.
Drugstore Concealer: Collection 2000 vs Rimmel
I’m a super huge fan of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealers (I am Colour Classic Beige) but after all the hype from my favourite beauty bloggers about the Collection 2000 concealer, I gave in and decided to give it a go!
The Collection 2000 concealer (I am colour Light 02) was firstly pretty hard to find in Superdrug as it always seems to be sold out! So when I saw it in Wilkinson’s(who’d thought!), I had to get it!
It has a thicker and creamier consistency than the Rimmel Wake me Up Concealer with a very matte finish. Overall, it gives good coverage and has excellent lasting power (lasting perfection durrh) It turned out to be really good for concealing my under eye bags! HOWEVER, I can’t say I love it more than my Rimmel Wake me up Concealer for blemishes. I tend to have oily skin, that can get dry and patchy during the Winter months, and I found that the Collection 2000 really grabbed on to the dry patches of my face and made parts of my skin look a little cakey. Its personally a little bit too dry for me being so thick in consistency. It’s probably a bit controversial as it seems to be the cult concealer of 2012, but I don’t think it was worth as much hype it received. Or perhaps I excited myself about it way too much, as I always do! I think it is definitely good value for money, especially if you are looking for a long wearing, thick coverage concealer. It is just a shame that it didn’t work as well for me on my blemishes and really grabbed at my dry skin.
I much prefer the wetter consistency of the Rimmel Wake me up Concealer with its build-able coverage. I’d say it doesn’t have as much lasting power as the Collection 2000 concealer. Although, I prefer using one concealer for the whole face, I’ll probably stick to Rimmel for Blemishes and Collection 2000 for under eye bags! For the price of both, you can’t go wrong there!
Photography by Iwan Baan
I stumbled upon this photographer Alison Scarpulla from watching one of my favourite vloggers, Jen Im,from ‘Clothes Encounters’ (Check her out!). Needless to say, I was completely hypnotized and inspired by the darkness of her images -Hauntingly Beautiful.
Prelude, by Foals. From Holy Fire.
Note: I have pre-ordered the album, even after coming across the leak.
Dior Glowing Colour Blusher #Meh
I usually love Dior makeup products such as the lipsticks and glosses as they just feel and look super luxurious but this blush was just not what I expected.
I picked it up the Dior Blush in Rose Vintage at the airport and I wanted to love this blush so much as the packaging and look of the product is as always, gorgeous and expensive looking! Sadly, I personally found the colour payoff pretty poor. It isn’t very pigmented and it doesn’t leave my skin looking glowing as it advertises. It also tends to come out very patchy on my skin. The blusher comes in a compact with a mirror and a little barbie-type makeup brush which has on numerous occasions left hairs all over my face. I know people advise to throw these brushes away, but when you are on the go, it’s nice to have a blush, brush and mirror all-in-one compact which you can throw in your bag! (Am I asking for too much?) I just think that for the price you pay for Dior cosmetics, is it too much to expect just a teensy bit more?
Anyway, I give myself a slap on the wrist because I didn’t do my research at the time, and I got too excited at the Duty-Free Cosmetics section! OH, to be a material girl in a material world.