Friday, October 24, 2014

RADIO JOURNAL: First Show Jitters

So I did my first shift with URN this week!

I was surprised at how easy some of it came to me. Granted I spent the best part of last year pressing the same buttons at a different radio station but I had had a year off as well. It came back relatively easy and I was happy with how the show flowed.

I'm back again next week on Tuesday night from 11-1am! I really do need more training in one area though.....I need to learn how to use the software that imports my playlist because I've never used it before!!! I used to do daytime radio in which all the music was preloaded onto a list for me and all the songs were click and drag.

I am enjoying having to put effort into choosing my tracks as well since I no longer have to play chart music. GOD. SEND.

I will be posting links, twitter pages and everything in the coming few days but since I have some serious deadlines due, I am under pressure to get everything sorted!!!!

I have my six month review at university (after only almost 2 years) in November and also, I am giving a talk at Lakeside Gallery as one of six students in various departments on my research so my speech needs to be learned off by heart. I am currently not at that stage!!!! Flash cards are being prepared! I'm so nervous!

So yeah next week is going to suck as I do my show on Tuesday night then into work first thing on Wednesday, finish work at 5.30 then straight out to the gallery for my talk. I don't know how I am going to manage, work on thursday then off to London on Friday first thing. ARGH. I best sleep this weekend like a demon to be ready for this!

Disturbia Clothing : The grown up goth wardrobe

 Anyone who has seen my wardrobe knows it's a little goth. Although I love my darker side and my goth clothing, I really hate goth websites. I hate them. It's too much lace, velvet and cringy things for my tastes. I rarely find things I like there. I have to ignore all the really overdone stuff first.

I was expecting to hate Disturbia clothing for the same reasons. I thought it would be a collection of lace riddled overdone girly goth stuff so I was surprised when I found, it's great. It's actually full of what I call - the grown up goth- clothing. There were some things I didn't find to my taste but the majority of it was really great. Shockingly as well, there was a really reasonable price point as the majority of goth websites seem to think goths are made of money and that £134 is reasonable money for a hoody. I was delighted to find most things on the website for under £50! Deal!

It's sad to think i have grown up beyond my tartan wearing, lace loving, velvet admiring days but what can you do? I find these things look slightly wrong on almost 30 women and I while I still love a good dark black dress and chunky black boots combination - I am now more careful about what I choose to wear.
 Shipping seems reasonable too which makes internet shopping so much more easier in my eyes.
 You can find it here
 I really love that jumper. I love the jewelery as well. I am guessing its 'stylists own' because I can't find that necklace on the website! Oh well.

Alexander Wang for H&M collection has rules.


H&M have laid out the rules concerning the Alexander Wang for H&M collection which hits stores November 6th.



The rules :

No more then two items from the collection.
Items cannot be two different sizes.
No more then two accessories
Accessories cannot be returned.

Is anyone else not feeling this? It's been ages since I have been excited about a designer collaboration with a high street store. I think its because I know 99.5% of this will end up on ebay at regular Wang prices....

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar De La Renta has passed away

Sad news but Oscar De La Renta has passed away aged 82. RIP.


Monday, October 20, 2014

GUESS WHAT : I'm back on the radio!

So good news!

I have really really missed being a presenter on radio. I used to work for different stations in Ireland before having my own show on Fly Fm in Nottingham. I have been DYING to get back into it.


I went and tried out for University Radio Nottingham - URN - and I am pleased to report, I GOT IT!

My show will be Tuesday nights from 11pm - 1am weekly. I shall be playing a little bit of: The Strokes, Morrissey, Led Zeppelin, The who, We Cut Corners, Joy Division, The XX, Crystal Castles, Arcade Fire, The Vines, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Atmosphere, Saul Williams, Band of Skulls, The Big Pink, FKA Twigs, The Black Keys, Blondie, Deftones,The Doors, Bombay Bicycle Club, How to Dress Well, Cake, Tom Vek, Chvrches, The Teenagers, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cranberries, Iggy Pop, Peaches,The cure, Fleetwood Mac, Foster the People....... to name a few....

I will be posting much more about this show when it starts and everything gets going but you can tune in and actually hear me speak! Joys!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld's cat has a beauty line. Why? Because.

I am getting a little sick of Karl Lagerfeld's cat. The fact that the thing has its own beauty line is proof that is now out of control.

I love cats as much as the next person but this is......a bit too far.....

CHRISTMAS 2014 : FREEDOM JEWELRY AT TOPSHOP

 Freedom Jewelry at Topshop for Xmas. You can't go wrong. All of the necklaces seem to be around the £20 mark except for that stunner of a piece above which is, gulp, £80.





WINTER 14 : PRIMARK 2014/5

 I love how much fun the model is having in these images!

Yes folks, the Christmas and winter look books are here. To start things off, I thought we could all get a glimpse of the Primark offerings for winter. Just incase anyone is getting excited about those mouse ears in the top photo - they belong to the stylist and are not for sale! I know I was getting overly excited. I've wanted black mouse ears for ages now.

There is a real 80s and 90s feel to the collection which I like.


 I am really not sure how Primark shoppers will feel about the balloon headpiece but, maybe it will catch on?
 I really wish this image was larger because I've been dying to see what the toy car is. It almost looks like a bag.....however there is no price on it! It can't be a bag can it?
 I am also loving the large bows. I used to have a giant silver one which I wore to work - of course I did. I loved it. In fact, I don't know where that went. It's possibly still at the charity shop that I donated nine bags to recently because I can't see many people wanting a large silver bow.



I want that hat too. Mark my words, it won't fit me. I have the oddest shaped head for normal hats. I don't know how I feel about the jumper either. I like but I'm not sure if I would wear.....hmmm....

THE BEAUTY SPOT : Sugarpill cosmetics

 One of the things I love talking about with freelance MUAs is indie brands. Freelancers always (over a pint or six) know where its at and where the newest and most interesting places to shop are. There are a few that come up for negative reasons which I won't go into here but there are a few that have amazing reputations for being, well, amazing.

One of those is Sugarpill cosmetics. I have never had the chance to play with their stuff because, I live in Nottingham and its hard to come by here and I will not order off a brand without touching or swatching product first because, it could be awful.

I keep hearing wonderful positive things about the brand and I am inspired by their love (and lack of fear of ) bright colors. Something which most brands in the era of the NAKED palettes, shy away from. We need more colors!

I have rumors that Sugarpill is available in Camden at the minute and I am planning on a trip to Camden myself in the next few weeks! What a great chance! I don't really have any colors I am aiming for in particular but the colors I have featured here have grabbed my attention! Typically, the ones I want are sold out online but, meh, guess I will have to chance a go in London then!

I cannot wait to try these out!
 I have so many great make-up places to visit. Although a portion of my shopping will have to go on clothes because I am in dire need of quite a few things! Skinny jeans being one thing! Oh and shoes! I am excited about so much!

These remind me of the Gareth Pugh for MAC lashes which were the only things that I wanted from the collection a few years back. I would have sold my soul for them but the collection didn't reach Ireland. Which was a bit sad. I wonder if I bought really thick lashes and chopped them would it feel or look the same?

We shall see! Although you can't loose at $7 a lash from Sugarpill.

Incase you wonder where to get Sugarpill, there is a full list of stockists on their website which can be found here

HALLOWEEN 14: Interior obsessions

There are multiple reasons why I love Halloween. I love the small ranges that stores bring out to decorate homes and yourself because, as a goth, I can't get access to these things normally. Shopping in goth shops actually brings me out in terrors because, well, most are very tacky places.

I was delighted to play shop the fantasy house shop with notonthehighstreet.com this afternoon. I place expensive items in an imaginary shopping bag then don't click buy. I think this helps me as some form of weird therapy deal with living in a house I like but is temporary and being single!!!

So here are the skull related Halloween decor items that I found that I want :


I love wall stickers. I don't know if they can be removed easily or not at all though! I would be a bit worried in rented accomodation that they wouldn't come off!
SKELETON LANTERNS. YES.


I sense a theme in that I am a very morbid and sick individual.......I also really like skulls. A lot. I have just done a head count (sorry) and there are currently - four skulls in this one room. I need more. I need lots more.

CHRISTMAS 14: Marc Jacobs 2014 lipstick set

I really like the look of these!

Behold! The new Marc Jacobs lipstick kit for Christmas! Okay so its Sephora only and does cost $300 which means it is going to be hard to get hold of in the UK.

But think of how much you would save on buying lipstick!  I spy everything bar a coral in there! There is literally every color that could be on trend for the coming seasons! Your sorted!

I like the packaging as well. I've not had a chance to play with Marc Jacobs beauty range yet as it is not really that ready available in the UK. It's a difficult one. I am hoping to get a chance in London when I go visiting at the end of this month.

Photos of course will be available!

I've only now just spotted the coral in the line up!!!

Forever 21 rip off Jeremy Scott for Simpsons designs.

Fashionista.com pointed out how much the new Forever 21 Simpsons gear look like the Jeremy Scott designed Moschino collection featuring the Simpsons.

I must say, I really do agree with them.

Uncanny.

Also, copyright law anyone?

Monday, October 13, 2014

CHRISTMAS 14 : NARS Brush Kit 2014

I do love a good Christmas brush kit.

NARS have released images of their Christmas Kabuki kits. A little box containing three gorgeous brushes. Now, I have to see if these have short handles or not because I am weird about buying short handle brushes.....I don't really like them!!!

It is because all brushes go into my kit and I HATE using short handle brushes on clients. I don't know why - I just do.

Anyways,  my other concern is that for $149, that plastic box is a bit unfancy. I know this a small thing but I find it a bit.....cheap looking. If I was buying these for a gift, I would be pissed.

I do have to say that most companies (this is not isolated to just NARS) reduce the quality of the brushes in their sets. I do have short handled brushes from a variety of companies which are my personal use brushes for my own make-up. I have often found that the gift set versions are slightly.....not as impressive. Sometimes the fibres are rougher and the cut is slightly more uneven. I also find that the hairs are not as fixed to the brush as they normally are so the brushes cut out sooner.

But then, this only really affects you if your doing hardcore professional make-up. In normal circumstances, a regular person uses these brushes and does a great job with them - I use them on my own face but never a client. It's a great way of getting a play with expensive brushes for a lesser price point.

Zara are best in knitwear show for October

 Every winter, I get interested in knitwear. This is normal as its bloody cold in Nottingham and I can never have enough 'interesting' jumpers.

Zara have the best knitwear this season. It started with me romancing a mint green jumper in their window and continues with me stalking the site looking for it. I gave up but I did find this beautiful grey number. It's only £36!!!! I forget how cheap Zara actually are because their stores are confusing to me so I never go in there. Basically, all the wonderful bits I find online I cannot find in store which I dislike as I pre shop online. 

Their jumper selection is actually really good this season. Its a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. I wonder if it has anything to do with knitwear being a massive focus this season with Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs featuring A LOT of the stuff? I don't always remember Zara being knitwear heaven.....but then that could be just me!
 This also comes in beige but, lets face it, it's beige......shudder.
You can find this here

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Comment on the Recent UNAUTHORISED Use of My Images

So its been an interesting 24 hours.

Thanks to emails coming in from various sources, I discovered that someone has been using my images.

Not my images of make-up or life in general - but my life in general.

When I got home from work we discovered the extent of what I thought was a small problem. This person had taken images of my life, my friends and my partners and posted them on her twitter pretending this was her.

I am completely horrified to hear about all of this. I do mean horrified. I have taken the steps to find this person and report them. I could post this persons address, email or twitter account but I am not about to do that. I don't want to pour fuel on the fire.

I've been incredibly open about my life and have grown up through this blog which I have been running since I was roughly about 23. I am now almost 30 and I have detailed my life through stories, images and social media as far as I can remember. I've had good experiences and now, a really bad one. I don't want to stop posting because I don't think that is fair on me. I've worked hard to build up trust and a good name with my readers. I am impressed that so many of them contacted me to tell me what was happening.

Luckily, one of the girls took photos of all the twitter posts which included not only photos of me, but photos of her as well. The worse part was that not all the images came from my blog but also, my facebook account (which should be set to private and I am going to be contacting facebook about the matter as my account is private) I am seriously angry about the whole affair and I really am even more angry about the people who were contacted by this person.

If you were, or saw a suspect account using a different name but my photos, please let me know. I've had a few emails through in 24 hours to tell me about the contact this person has had and the sick things this individual said.

I guess some measures will have to be taken and some things dealt with in the next week. Monday is now going to be spent tightening up security on my social media. Which is a shame because everything is already set to as private as you can get. So this isn't going to be easy.

I have never claimed to own images on this blog apart from the ones of myself. I don't mind if someone wants to take a picture of a lipstick and use it to talk about said lipstick. I do mind when my personal image is taken and someone pretends to look like me. I cannot imagine how someone would need to be that sad to do that. My images of me are something I already don't like doing before this but I do it because it brings a personal touch to the blog and sometimes I am really excited to show you something I am wearing or have done with my make-up. Now, this openness and naivety on my behalf are being used against me.

I understand trolls and horrible emails because hidden in amongst the nice emails about make-up, dresses or coeliac support emails are really horrible ones which are sexual in nature, threatening and just plain weird, like the guy who messaged me about pornography used by serial killers. Thanks for that one. Bad emails and weird people are a side effect of the internet and being out there. I normally sigh and hit delete. This is a step above all of that and could have very dangerous side effects and is effectively, identity fraud. Something I believe I can actually report this person for and is taken very seriously.

So thank you to all the readers who got in touch about it. I am on it and have reported and intend on reporting even more. Thank you to my friends who helped me gather information on this and I am planning on an overhaul of how we do business on this site.

I really shouldn't have to - but hey....that's the sad fact of being out in the open in this day and age.

Friday, October 10, 2014

CHRISTMAS 14: NARS Xmas Collection

As promised, the full collection of NARS Christmas 14 gear! I am LOVING those lipsticks although on closer inspection, that red at the back is actually brown!!!

I do love the NARS compacts too.

I have a special love for NARS. I have one eyeshadow palette which has been my constant companion for ages now. It has been to New York with me, it has been my quick fix smokey eye go to for far longer then I care to remember. It has, mostly importantly, lasted me.

It's a simple palette of browns and one dark navy but I love it. I really really love it. I actually think NARS could be my number one eyeshadow. I'm impressed by how long it stays on and how far it goes.

So yeah, invest in NARS. You'll thank me for it.

I attempted a selfie

I am incapable of pulling that awful pouting duck face when I take a selfie. Its not that often that I do take one to be honest. I don't like them.

However I took this one of myself a few days ago because I liked the stick on jewels I was wearing. I got a pack of three from the fancy dress shop and it has inspired me to stick more things to my face. I was thinking about investing in some face lace at some point as well.

I can't figure out if I look miserable or am attempting to smile here!

I had just returned from training that night so possibly, miserable given how cold it is late at night all of a sudden.

Bloody winter.

Cruising magazines for reds...

 I am obsessed with red lipstick. I've always been a Ruby Woo wearer (from MAC Cosmetics) since I was about nineteen really. This obsession dictates that I must try every red lipstick I come across though.
I've tried all MAC reds, Hourglass, OCC, Lipmix from MAC and Stargazer so far. I am keen to try even more. I think, as every year I am allowed one totally silly purchase for my birthday, that its going to be these two colors which I came across in a magazine. By silly purchase, I mean something which is not every day, I don't really need and I won't put in my kit.

Last year it was  a Jo Malone perfume and candle in Pomegranate Noir and English Pear and Freesia. So yeah, this year I am thinking - lipstick and a Tom Ford brush. Which are apparently, the bomb.
This all depends on these lipsticks being non limited edition of course and being available to buy!!! Which could factor in!! I am however, in the meantime, purchasing OCC's Technopagan in the next month. I am REALLY excited about this!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NYX cosmetics release Macaron Lipstick range

Hot on the heels of the release of their Wicked range of lipsticks which features bottle greens,dark blues and purples in metallic shades comes the Macaron lipsticks.

I need these. I genuinely do.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HALLOWEEN MAKE-UP IDEAS : The Halloween Round up 2014

 So its that time of year again! The time when everyone goes a little Halloween make-up mental! I've been contacted by a few of you to do another make-up ideas round up.

The round up is some of the best ideas I have found on the internet in order to inspire you guys to get creative.  I would like to state that I do not own the images featured here. If you see a mate or yourself then please get in touch and I will not only credit you but link your site or videos as well. I am just posting these here as a make-up fanatic sharing ideas.

I LOVE these and they are the best I have found this year! If anyone wants product suggestions for any of the images, leave a comment below and we can have a nice chat about Halloween products. Alternatively, have a look at a previous post in September on the best bits of my kit for Halloween make-ups.





Alternatively, if you have a piece or a paint or anything Halloweenish that you want featured on the next Halloween round up which will be in the next few days then email your images to me on caroline_b1985@yahoo.co.uk and I will include them with a credit!

Peace!

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