I SPY : Eugenico Recuenco

High time I shifted the focus away from my ME ME ME and looked at some pretty pictures once again. The photographer artiste that has fallen into my kaleidoscope of fancy this time is:

Eugenico Recuenco

For me his "cinematographic" work is compelling, exciting and rich in story telling.

I coul stare at his work for hours. I shall probably dream in Recuenco tonight.
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Forgive my Absence

Dear readers, I have been stricken with a dreaded malady!! I know, I am prone to heightened dramatics but I have the flu and have been feeling wretched and poorly and frankly very sorry for myself.

I hope to be up and about and sauntering around back to my old blogging tricks tomorrow.

Till then I am snuggled up with a fluffy quilt, adorned with a face mask, hot lemon in hand and immersed in the world of Hercule Poirot.

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Blistering Barnacles!!!

I was a propa TinTin fan when I was a young un!

Never cared much for TinTin nor Snowy. For me, it was all about Captain Haddock and his barmy expletives! He was a man with a ummm "unique" way with words. Here are some choice cuts from the Captain's log:

"Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles".
"Miserable blundering barbecued blister . . . "
"Dunderheaded coconuts! "

Anyway the point of my mentioning of this lovable cranky character is this: I bought a dress and thought to myself "OOOOOOH CAPTAIN HADDOCK" but it turns out that my imagination has been splicing things and playing silly buggers with me AGAIN. I hereby conclude that the dress is not very Captain-like AT ALL!! Ah well...I still love it!

So here is a quick and breezy LOTD which has nothing to do with the Captain but much to do with my love for the combination of gold and navy!


Jamilla gave me this lippy! It's the Dior Addict High Shine one in Flamenco Red.

Me ole mug!

I am definitely more of a mug than a china cup me thinks. But if care to know what I painted my face with here is the list:

Lioele Water Drop BB Cream

UD Shadows in: Sin, Sell Out, YDK

UD liners in : Zero and Rockstar

Dior Lippy: Flamenco Red

Becca Creme Blush: Hyacinth - just a touch so I don't look like a total clown.

NARS Multiple: Copacabana - Works amazingly well in toning down and adding shimmer to Becca Creme Blush....like a blush corrector.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara.

been playing with online photo editors in my search for funky frames. Oh but this is my new dress. Grabbed it from FCUK for a bargain price in their pre-Crimbo sale. Yup 50% off!

Dazzled my me buttons.
Forgot to put on my shoes! ooooops!

There you 'ave it me hearties! I promised those who requested a couple more outfit posties and I think I have delivered.

I will be doing a fancy little giveaway soon so do follow me if you want in! For this prize will only be up for grabs to those who been following before the contest goes up. I prefer to remember my loyal readers than to attract more. I wonder if that is terribly pretentious of me?
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Thou Art the Muse of Muses.

I have decided that the word MUSE is chucked about rather flippantly these days. Do you agree?
Well I tripped over my own amazement when I read about the most remarkable woman in a copy of A Child of A Jago’s free mag. I now feel compelled to tell you all about her.

Grab a cuppa and get cosy for story time has come around again at Worship at the House of Blues.

Marchesa Luisa Casati

Behind those dark kohl smudged eyes, that vermilion lipstick and her lithe haunting image lays a curious tale of a fascinating woman known as Marchesa Luisa Casati. Born in Milan into a wealthy family, she gained her title by marrying into aristocracy.

Casati became known throughout Europe for her flamboyant and bizarre eccentricities, never ceasing to wow and fascinate all that knew of her. For three decades she astounded and influenced artists, poets and writers. In fact she is one of the most artistically represented women in history.


Well, this is the juiciest part of the tale! I need you to kick your imagination in gear OK? Prepare to be stunned:
Picture this……

A woman, naked under her lavish fur coats, promenading down Venice’s streets after midnight. What was she doing? Why walking her cheetahs of course! Upon diamond studded leashes nonetheless.

Picture this…..

Her dining table lay host to silent wax mannequins rumoured to be crafted in the likeness of past lovers.

Picture this…..

A woman dripping with Lalique designed jewels on one occasion. Ok not sooooo rare but not every woman had directly influenced Cartier!! Yes my dears Casati was the true influence behind the famous panther design.

Picture this……

A woman who wore live snakes as jewellery……..(not something I would hope to replicate!)

Picture this…….

A woman attended by naked male servants painted gold.

Picture this ……..

Decadent masked balls in one of her palaces where you might catch a glimpse of her wearing a stole of a freshly killed chicken or you may take a walk in her walled garden to visit her menagerie where you may be subject to a shower of abuse from her verbose parrot. Or perhaps meet her albino crows, boa or ocelot.


And aside from all her outrageous behaviour she was a patron to the arts. She commissioned hundreds of works of her own image. Vanity? Undoubtedly! But also fuelled by her wish for immortality……to be remembered. How could we forget!


Her rampant opulence and outlandish lifestyle accumulated a hefty debt of $25 million. Her estates and personal possessions were auctioned off to appease her debtors. Rumour would have us believe that Coco Chanel was among the bidders. Nevertheless after all was lost and gone Marchesa Luisa Casati fled to London where we lived a meagre lifestyle of a comparatively humble existence.


It is rumoured that she was seen on more than one occasion rummaging through rubbish on a hunt for feathers and other pretty fings to decorate her hair and hats with.

I hear that she lived 32 Beaufort Gardens, South London where she past away on the 1st June 1957. She was buried wearing her black and leopard skin finery, false lashes and one of her taxidermy Pekinese dogs. Her grave is in London and her gravestone aptly reads from Shakespeare:

“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.”

Casati has left her influence on the world of fashion and art and has had Lagerfeld, Gallliano, Dior and many many others citing her in their work.

Marchesa Luisa Casati, is my muse for her devotion to creativity, for her originality, for her boldness. Each time I read about her I find yet another reason to be amazed. Secretly, when I hear her story, I feel a little braver in letting out my eccentricities….

I have heard that her grave is difficult to find. But yet I feel the urge to seek it out……….

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A Winter Lament - Beauty Blab

Here I am ready to complain bitterly about how winter is so ruthless on my skin and we are having a rather sunny day here in London. Fresh but sunny! Typical!

Anyhoo my skin loathes winter! The hideous combo of chilly winds, blasting central heating and perpetual dampness leaves my face feeling dry and miserable. For some reason beyond my powers of justification, this winter has been awful for my skin thus far. So bad in fact that my blush brush is up shit's creek without a paddle!!!! POWDER IS A DEFO NO NO RIGHT NOW!
My saviours have been CREAMS!! Yup that is my beauty buzz word right now CREAM!!
L'Occitane Creme Masque. (Pronounced; lox-ee-tahn hahaha)

Bought this last week and so far it is working a treat BUT tis far too early to lay down my review. I promise to do one in a couple of months. In the meanwhile, here is where you can read about the product: L'Occitane Creme Masque Product Info!

My winter cleansing crew:

I adore, no love, no worship the Taer Complete Cleanse, this is my 3rd bottle! I shall review this marvellous stuff very soon.
I have switched to the uber gently gently FANCL washing powder and thought it does nought for shifting makeup it does a decent clean without being paint stripper powerful!
SKIN79 Honey Sugar Mask. Another one to review soon! This stuff smells like it should be on a breakfast buffet table.

Touch Base: My winter coverage!
I need moist cover. This usually equates with lighter coverage for some reason.
Lioele Water Drop BB Cream- Sheer coverage but really good moisture reserves. Easy to blend and imparts a natural dewy finish.
Dior Nude Glow Foundation - I know its not a BB cream! I adore this because it didn't break me out, just left a natural dewy glow like a second better than my own skin.
BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream - I bought this from Kathy @ LP's sale and I am glad that I did. Smells like jasmine tea! Sheer coverage and not the easiest BB to blend but keeps my skin moist.

Cream Shadows:
During summer these do not work that well for me! Having said that they are brilliant when I am in Cape Town. Hmm I wonder why? All I know is that they are brilliant now.
I love them all, but my absolute favourite has to the the Canmake Tokyo ones. Especially the Baby Beige one! Yumeko sent me one ages ago and I have since bought another. Tis love!

Canmake Liquid Shadow in Baby Beige does for my lids what silk stockings do for my legs. SUPER natural stuff! The swatches above were done with a super thick does of the liquid shadow for swatching purposes. It actually goes on quite watery but smoothly and has a wonderful glimmer to it.

A new fixation: MULTIPLES!

That buddy who landed me with those NARS minis is an angel! Since I cannot use powder blush right now these are heaven sent sticks of pretty colour in rubber. So easy to blend, such fun to play with and no more dry flakey cakey cheeks.

Blushing Becca.

So after my new found joy with NARS I thought....hmmmmm CREAM BLUSH IS BLOODY MARVELLOUS STUFF! So I grabbed these from HQ Hair as they are having a mega 50% off all Becca cosmetics and then I got another 20% off from their email newsletter. ACE!!

These only arrived yesterday so I have not road tested them yet. But don't they look SHOCKING?!
The one on the left is: Hyacinth and the one on the right is: Lotus.

Just for my beauty readers I have swatched them for you:

Hyacinth is on the bottom and Lotus is on top!

I will review these soon...promise.

There you have it! I have promised a heap of reviews so I should get off and start taking notes.

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The Chamber of The Dolls - Volume 1

I do apologise for my brief absence. I am sure you all know the feeling when life decides to twist and snap and chuck a howler in your face. But I am going to put aside my melancholy for a while and blog to forget myself.

Things may be a deeper shade of blue these days but my heart never fails to swell when I glance upon my enchanting and beautiful "dolls".

Narcotica Fantastica

The doll that larks after dark.

Ebony lipped, porcelain narc.

Narcotica Fantastica


Wears black lace while she sips green tea.

Big gold heart betwixt bewbies! LOL

My ooooooooh la la beloved!

With dainty hands a gloved.

A vision of grace.

Oooh La La Beloved

I am still collecting picture and some of you may find a little plea in your inbox requesting permission to add you into my chamber of dolls. I do so love seeing people wear their pieces ....it's such a joy!! So if you would like to send a picture PLEASE DO, I won't plaster it up on my blog if you don't want me to.


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Eye Spy - Izima

So here I am playing EYE SPY with myself, and then I get this email from a "silent reader" who actually appreciates my whimsical efforts to inject some kinda art into my daily blog farts. YAY!!! So this one is for you my silent one and other's who get a little spark from my Spying game.

I am truly entranced by the work of this artist. I mean, really mesmerized by his landscapes with comatose (or are they dead?) yet still shockingly pretty ladies as features.

Karena Lam wearing Gaultier

Hashimoto Reika wearing MILK

Sakai Maki wearing Jil Sander

Sato Eriko as Cats Eye

Kuroki Meisa wearing Gucci

Koike Eiko wearing Versace

Kimura Yoshino wearing McQueen

Tomosaka Rie wearing Miu Miu

I fancy being shot in such a way! LOL. Where would I choose as my backdrop?
hmmmmm either dump me back in the savannah near a leopard or perhaps in an east London back street. I am not fussy!
If any of you ladies fancy doing a LOTD based on this.....PLEASE DOOOOOOO!!! Who knows, there may even be a little treasure of a prize in store for you.
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Naked - A Necklace

I have a current lust for nude hues, naked looking colours. They look clean, innocent yet so ooooooomph! Anyhoo here is my latest Beaux Necklace:


Make crystal shapes....

Under the Flash


Just a little detail

Nil by flash


Just a two gold plated bows, strings of Swarovski Crystals Pearls in Creamrose and Swarovski Crystals in Silk in various shapes and Sizes.

This necklace measures approx 23inches and has a connector chain to enable you to adjust the length.

Cost: £25.00


All UK purchases will be sent FREE via standard 1st Class mail. I can send this with Recorded Delivery for £2.00

Postage to all other destinations will be £2.50 via standard international mail or £4.50 with tracking.
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Hinged on Wings - Earrings


These are quite simple earrings, yet they pack a delicate and twinkling punch.

"Hinged on Wings Earrings"

Straight to the heart of the matter

Here lies a shiny fing.

Then there were two!

Hinged on Wings

Pret a porter. All my earrings are packaged in red velvet boxes.

I used a fancy pair of cubic zirconium and silver plate components together with Sterling silver earring posts and ball chains. The crystals are Swarovski in Silver Shade.

These earrings measure approx 3cm long.

Cost: £12.00


All UK purchases will be sent FREE via standard 1st Class mail. I can send this with Recorded Delivery for £2.00

Postage to all other destinations will be £2.50 via standard international mail or £4.50 with tracking.


I can only accept orders via email. If you are interested in buying somefing from me please drop me a request at: makemeshiney@gmail.com. I will get back to you as soon as I am able and let you know if the item is still available

I can only accept payments via PayPal in GBP£.
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Ornithology Cosmic - The Earrings

I once dreamed that I found a bird in my bead box. I startled it and it took off in a state of panic up towards the skies. Taking with it my golden chains into the night never to be seen again.
That is my story and here are the earrings:
"Ornithology Cosmic"

Took off with my golden chains and headed for the stars.

2 birds and 2 stars

Close up for the bird watchers.

Cost: £12.50



Highly polished gold plated bird earring findings with cubic zircon inserts. Gold plated chains and star beads with cubic zircon inserts.

These earrings are not perfectly symmetrical, they have personality! They measure approx 3.8cm long.


All UK purchases will be sent FREE via standard 1st Class mail. I can send this with Recorded Delivery for £2.00

Postage to all other destinations will be £2.50 via standard international mail or £4.50 with tracking.


I can only accept orders via email. If you are interested in buying somefing from me please drop me a request at: makemeshiney@gmail.com. I will get back to you as soon as I am able and let you know if the item is still available

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7 Things

This just a quick note to let you know that I will be making 7 more things to offer you before I take break to dream up new ideas.

The first of the 7 will be released tomorrow.
In the interim, here is a list of some shiny fings you can expect to jump off your screen:
Ornithology Cosmic - The Earrings
Get off my Back - The Necklace
Attachment - Earrings
Naked - A Necklace


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