28.2.11

Sunset East 8

It rained for the best part of the day on Saturday.

But then, somehow.........

We had a spectacular sunset, that we witnessed from our window.











Hiro took these photos. I am really proud to say that they have not been edited nor tampered with in anyway. What you see is what he snapped. 100% pure.
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26.2.11

Much Like Peeling Paint

I get the heebie-jeebies when I see old peeling paint.

It's a psychological judder; it makes me feel itchy.

With that in mind, I haven't a clue what possessed me to get the China Glaze Crackle Glaze polish in "Lightening Bolt" of all colours!



Then I remembered the idea behind this purchase. "Decaying Baroque Glam". Yes dear readers, ANOTHER vague concept from your's truly!



I used MAC "Soiree" beneath the crackle glaze.

I really wanted this nail look to suggest a once glamorous Baroque mansion that now stand tumbledown and neglected.



In reality this is a decidedly odd looking way to dress up your nails. I feel like a clumsy painter who keeps dipping her fingers in the while emulsion!

I can't make my mind up about this. I like it one minute and don't the next.

I bought this from an Ebay seller for £5.00


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25.2.11

Ballerina Leggings

I am really pleased with these "footless tights", I am calling them that because in my mind, "leggings" are 100% opaque.



I bought them from Wolford. ♦ See Here ♦
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24.2.11

>>Fast Forward Reviews>> Rouge Bunny Rouge + Lunasol



I recently made a Rouge Bunny Rouge purchase on Zuneta.com with some encouragement from three fabulous ladies, (London MakeUp Girl, 'Nina' and Modesty Brown). I must say that Zuneta's customer service is brilliant and a cut above many online retailers that I have encountered lately.

Now, as I happen to consider these ladies as rather discerning in their makeup choices, and after hearing them rave about their RBR goodies I felt that I needed to try a few bits too.

♥ Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighting Liquid in "Sea of Tranquility" ♥


I very nearly bought the NARS Illuminator in Copacabana but decided to get the Sea of Tranquility based on this great review from London MakeUp Girl.



What I like:


Beautiful packaging. It is glass so clunky by default but pump bottles are brilliant and the print is so very pretty.

This imparts an almost ethereal glow that is so perfect for taking those soft focus dreamy type pics that I am evidently so fond of. The pearly sheen diffuses the light beautifully and does a grand job of blurring blemishes.

The refined texture applies well onto the skin without that gloopy sticky feeling you get from some other illuminators.

A little goes a long way so the price is not so bad in that respect.

You can apply it on it's own as a highlight, or add a little to your moisturiser for some extra pretty glow. You can even use mix a little into your foundation or TM as I did in the pictures above and below.

It is lightly scented.

What I don't like:

The price. But then I would gladly pay it again if I ever finish the bottle. You do get a lot for your money here.

Available from Zuneta


♥ Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lipgloss in "Relish of Heaven" ♥


This is another hit from Rouge Bunny Rouge for me. I am rather obsessed with finding the perfect guava shade of gloss and this is not too far off what I had in mind.


What I like:

I love this gorgeous shade. It was very hard to try to capture on camera as in some light it looks more pinky and in others, more light coral.

The gloss applies so smoothly and is moisturising without being too greasy or tacky.

I am not usually one that opts for shimmery glosses, I find them annoying to say the least but this really is a cut above others. The shimmer is fine and more pearly than glittery and not too "in yer face".

What I don't like:

It is so hard to pick a fault with RBR. Yes, the items are pricey but entirely worth it.



Did I mention that I LOVE this shade??
RBR Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss is available in a variety of quirky named shades for £20 each and is available on Zuneta.com


♥ Lunasol Cream Cheeks in "Light Pink"♥


I am just going to dive right in and tell you all that I adore this cream blush. I know that you can hard tell, but I used just a smidgen in the pics above and below.




What I like:

The packaging. More cream blushes ought to come in tube so I don't have to dab my fingers onto a pan.

Light textured enough to apply smoothly over my tinted moisturiser or BB cream.

Brilliant colour pay off. I adore this peachy pinky shade right now and I can see me using this a lot throughout the year. The blush does contain shimmer but it is a refined fine shimmer that won't make you feel like you are spreading gravel across your cheeks.

I really like the dewy finish that imparts a healthy look to my face.

You can be as flamboyant or as timid as you like with this as it is easy to work with. Having said that, cream blushes are my preferred choice of face colour.



What I don't like:

These are only available on line from Japan or other Asian sellers hence, it can be a bit of a mission to track down a tube.

The price tag. Lunasol is a luxury brand in Japan as it is, so, add shipping on top and it's not the cheapest goody that you can get out there.

I bought mine from Adam Beauty who I cannot recommend enough.


♥ Barry M Dazzle Dust in Pink Gold ♥



I must admit that I am slightly embarrassed that I have not ever tried the Barry M Dazzle Dusts. I guess that because they are so widely available, I have overlooked them in favour of something more.......ummm....rarer?

What I like

These are very affordable especially when you get a 3 for 2 offer, like I did.

They are small and so easy to cart around and I have a more realistic chance of using it up.

Excellent colour choice and payoff on the eye. I especially like this colour. It is gorgeous shade of golden pink.



What I don't like

As I guessed would happen with loose shadows, there is a little fall out which is annoying so I would add that you need to use a good shadow base to keep the shadow in shape.



Loose shadows are rather messy to apply for a novice like myself.

Excellent value for your £. All things considered these are brilliant for the cost. I am not sure how one could improve on these, but I admit I am not an expert on loose shadows.




I was aiming for a fresh and healthy dewy look that would work well in the dim London light. I know I need more practice but I think I am on the right path.

Credits:
Tights from Wolford
Silk blouse from Zara
Ceramic "paper" cup from Imagenius, Cape Town.

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23.2.11

The Reluctant Eavesdropper



Travelling on public transport in London has turned me into an eavesdropper and I seem to have very little choice in the matter.



I try my utmost to block out the snippets I hear about the lives of others.

BUT

Everywhere I go, there are people chatting away about anything and everything on their phones and since I don't always care to plug myself into my trusty mp3......I feel forced to listen in.



I hear all sorts of things, tales of woe and fragility, bitching about that "awful woman at work", plans for the weekends and even fully blown quarrels with parents and other halves. People don't seem to feel embarrassed about discussing anything with the entire bus!

I don't know about you, but I am generally rather sparse with telephone conversations. Perhaps I am too old fashioned and prefer to have my more personal conversations in person or at least in more appropriate surroundings?

That said.........here I am blogging away! I am sure people will have something to say about that too.

Bla bla bla


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22.2.11

Mr Hulot's Holiday

These past few days my fragrance has been ushering many compliments my way. This is a highly unusual situation for me and thus, I never know how to respond. I have come to reply like so;

"FANX! It's Mr Hulot's Holiday!"



I discovered this unassuming looking bottle of magic on a trip to Liberty of London for £46.00.

If I am entirely honest, it was the simplicity of the bottle amongst all those ornate and flamboyant flagons that caught my eye. The curious name recalled an old film that I once watched. I had to try some!

I did, and I was seduced by Mr Hulot. I simply would not go home without him.



The maker of this scent describes it as:
"The salty breath of the breeze off the Mediterranean, driftwood, rocks covered with seaweed and the smell of old leather suitcases"


For me, it captures and distills so much that I love in life within it's glass walls. The fleeting citrus aura of Mediterranean holidays. Clean balmy sun and breeze dried laundry. The powdery comfort of Sunday lie-ins on a cloudy warm day. It smells of happy memories and and delicate treasures, and driftwood and vast skies.

It may be a drawback for some of you to know that this is not an intensely lasting fragrance, as it withers after a few hours. As for me, this is part of the ethereal appeal.

I am not sure how a fragrance can be so alluring to me. I am congratulating CB I HATE PERFUME for this work of imagination. It is by far my most favourite fragrance. My Hulot's Holiday is a unisex fragrance but I am not telling Hiro this.......yet!



My bottle of Mr Hulot's Holiday came wrapped in the CB Manifesto. It makes rather interesting reading:


CB Manifesto

I hate perfume.

Perfume is too often an ethereal corset trapping everyone in the same unnatural shape

A lazy and inelegant concession to fashionable ego

Too often a substitute for true allure and style

An opaque shell concealing everything – revealing nothing

A childish masque hiding the timid and unimaginative

An arrogant slap in the face from across the room

People who smell like everyone else disgust me

* * * * * * *

Perfume is a veil that reveals the soul

Perfume is the fanfare of our individuality sounding differently to everyone who listens

Perfume is a signpost to our true selves – a different journey for the brave to travel

Perfume is the weather of our inner world bringing life to a personal landscape

Perfume is an art that shows us who we can be if we dare – an invisible portrait of who we are

Perfume is discovered fully only by our lovers when we are together - naked

* * * * * * *

I encourage you to be yourself,

expand yourself and please yourself

Allow yourself the luxury

of your own vision

Perfume is an adventure

I encourage you to explore

I love making perfume

I love being a perfumer

Christopher Brosius
Originally Written 1992
Copy-written & Revised 2004




oooooh that Monsieur Hulot!

Apologies for my perfume pontifications.......I don't 'alf bang on when I get going!
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21.2.11

What D'you Want?

I am a dedicated daydreamer.

I could say that I am quite narcoleptic in my habitual reveries.



I dream with my eyes wide open.



Unfortunately as I don't daydream with a village idiot-like grin, this often means that I am subject to some wayward moron sticking their face in my breathing space and proclaiming...........

"CHEER UP LOVE!!! IT MAY NEVER 'APPEN!!"

It just did! You pillock!! Go away and don't interrupt my dreams again.

I don't call myself an Old Cow for fun. Some people 'ey?


♥ CREDITS ♥

Photos taken by Hiro using a Polaroid Spectra 2 and 1200 Edge Cut Soft Focus film.
Dress is by ACNE and was a gift from my sister.
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20.2.11

Bottled Gold : Guerlain L'OR Radiance Concentrate

I was a bit naughty at Duty Free. I am blaming my fellow Tweeters for encouraging me on my rampage through the aisles.

I picked up a bottle of Guerlain's "gold in a bottle" as I am not calling it for L'OR Radiance Concentrate is far too long winded. I decided to buy this as it is something that I have been ever curious about and it had a whopping discount.




Before I blab, I would like it to be known that I have never been a believer in primers. I always thought that it was a crafty plan to get more money out of us gullible shoppers. However, this really is marvellous stuff.



♥ What I like ♥
Oh! Aren't those gold flecks pretty? When applied, they disperse to impart a complexion smoothing lustre which I really needed during the unforgiving complexion exposing sunlight and those long days in Cape Town.

I like the products gel texture as it makes it easy to apply and it feels fresh on the face.

I apply this after my moisturiser but before my usual BB cream or tinted moisturiser and found that it enhances the look and feel of my make up.

This gold in a bottle helps my make up glide on smoothly and it holds it in place pretty much all day without leaving me with dry patches. This primer served me very well during my 8.00am - 11.pm days and so I am really pleased with myself for buying it.



♦ What I don't Like ♦

The price tag! I think this is why I possibly would not repurchase the product before at least trying to find something more reasonable that works just as well.

The packaging is rather swish isn't it? Yet as luxurious as a glass bottle is, it is rather cumbersome for traveling with and that is probably when I would use this the most.

It does feel rather sticky when you first apply the primer but it does dry down after a few minutes. Perhaps this is not great for rushed days.


I am sorry that I have not been keeping up with my reviews! Thank you to all you wonderful readers who have gently nudged me back into action.
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19.2.11

Spin Me 360°

I recently invested in a Lomography Spinner camera because I fell for the idea of a whizzy spinny camera that looks like a grenade launcher. I jest! It is not the easiest camera to have to haul through airport security in this day and age.



The Spinner is essentially a panoramic camera that does a speedy spin on it's stick capturing everything in it's eye path on glorious 35mm film.

After much deliberating, I delved into my savings as I thought to myself that Cape Town would be a great place to try it out.

Considering that these are my very 1st shots............I think I made the right choice.




I took these shots with the Spinner balanced on top of my head, as best as I could. You can imagine that I made a pretty odd sight.



The spinner has a great wealth of creative and quirky possibilities and I am really looking forward to experimenting with them. But first, I must learn to keep the camera steady otherwise everything can look a bit wavy.



There is actually a spirit level type thingy to help with this.



♦ SPINNER ADVICE
A bit of advice based on my trial and errors for any Lomo fanatics considering this as their next acquisition:

  1. Do use ISO 400 film with this camera. I used Fujifilm Provia 400X. I prefer using slide film and I think it works best for this type of photography for obvious reasons.
  2. Find a good photo lab for developing your film. I ALWAYS use The Darkroom and take advantage of their mailing service. It's really good value and they know what they are doing.
  3. Ask for your film to be left UNCUT. It's probably best that you do this yourself before scanning.
Learn more about the Spinner here!

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18.2.11

Rain : African Spa

I am letting you in on a little secret here. Each time I travel to South Africa, I ALWAYS visit the RAIN shop in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront mall.

RAIN AFRICA
Are makers and purveyors of some innovative and refreshingly different handmade bath and body products. Their products are made using the most natural processes attainable, using ingredients of African origin that have been sourced responsibly and by local crafts people.


I usually make a bee line for their soaps and their bath deli counter where you can pick and mix your bathing condiments as you please.

♥ Baobab & Olive Soap ♥


This soap smells wonderful and it's 100% natural. No chemical nasties.

♥ Angel Dust

A fine textured, truly soothing and glamorously scented bath powder that is made with frankincense and myrrh. I really enjoyed using this bath powder, however, even though the glitter bits in this are very fine and sparse (compared to LUSH) I am not a fan of shimmering particles in my tub. This would have been so much better without it.

♥ Rock Mint Salts ♥

This is a firm favourite of mine. I am a devout fan of all things minty fresh and these salts are invigorating in warm weather and also great to use during winter to beat off those winter chills and sniffles.

Don't be alarmed by the rough textured appearance. The salt crystals dissolve easily in the tub and release a potent fragrance. These salts are made with peppermint, spearmint, mulberry and a bit of coriander. Thankfully I cannot smell the coriander.



The Rain shop is clean and does not stink to high heaven. So unlike Lush, I can walk in and not be suddenly seized by sneezing fits.

Do take a look at their "Herbarium" they make use of some wonderful ingredients. See here!

While it is difficult to find Rain goodies here in UK I have found a European online shop that sells a limited range of their goods. See here!

It is easier to source the products that I mention above in the USA. See here!
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17.2.11

IMAGENIUS

With serendipity as my chaperon, I stumbled quite accidentally over a little corner of charismatic wonderfulness upon Long Street in Cape Town.



Imagenius is an especially lovely shop with a quirky miscellany of wares to tempt your fancy with.

















This was such a great place to look around. Each time I cast my eyes around the shop, I found find yet another thing to gaze at. It truly is a treasure trove of delights.

I didn't leave empty handed! I bought a couple of items to bring back with me.


I bought a handmade painted earthenware necklace for a special reader of mine. I hope that she will like it.


I also picked up this ceramic beaker made by Sootcookie.

IMAGENIUS
117 Long Street
Cape Town
South Africa
Thank you to the lovely people at Imagenius who kindly allowed me to take photos!
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