Forgotten Favorites : Star Trek Voyager

24/02/2017

This will be a a bit of a sparodic series of posts. Where I will randomly find something, most likely a book or film that I used to love but for what ever reason I’ve forgotten about. So I’ll be reliving the childish glee they used to give me.


The first thing I wanted to talk about is Star Trek Voyager. Mum got me in to this one, she’d always been a fan of the star trek series and I always enjoyed watching them with her. Voyager for me, was aired at the age when I actaully paid attention more, if that’s the better right way of putting it. I was able to grasp the concepts and follow the plot and sub plots better. Dont get me wrong, I could alwys follow the episodes of the series that came before but this one was my favourite. Mayebe because it had a much stronger female presence maybe because I was just at the age where I could appreciate is diffrently. It may have even because there as a borg lead character. And Everyone knows that the borg where the most interesting species.

My favourite episodes I think would have been the ones that have the characters acting out of character, like ‘infinate regress’, which happened to be the one that made me want to write this post. Seven of Nine, developes multiplue personalities due to proximity to a destryed borg cube. In the episode she acts out all these different charcaters that she probably helped assimilate. Its a fun episode that actually lets you see more of the charcters devlope.

This is one of the few series that I dont really dislike any of the characters or epidodes. Some of the character did take a while to develope into themselves, like B’lana and Harry but even in the beginning they were a decent crew/cast that worked. The story lines sometimes seem a bit flat but, again, it worked. It was enjoyable. You didnt have to sit and watch every episdoe you could deep in a and out of the series happily without missing big chucks of the storyline.

I will admit that it probably wasnt the strongest series of Star Trek family but its one that I think I will always have a fondness for.

What are your feeling towards Janeway’s crew? Love ’em or hate?

Topic 22 : Something you want to improve on.

22/02/2017

My ability to blog consistently? That is something I definitely want to improve on. For me I know I can get hung up on the details sometimes. I’ve put off finishing several blog post because I couldn’t get the photos right or because I was missing a price point or sometimes because I felt like I was babbling about nothing. To be honest most of this blogging challenge has felt a bit like me babbling about nothing. I’ve attempted to use it more for the practice of writing, rather than the exercise of creating exciting new content. That in itself I think was a mistake, I should have been choosing a challenge that I felt I could relate to better and actually use to create some worth while content. this is a lesson learned and one I think I will always bear in mind when writing for the future. No matter how many times you read it oe people tell ‘write what you know’ it really is true. I’ve noticed that the blogs written for the challenge are a lot more lifeless than ones I’ve written sparadically.

Although I haven;t been as vigilant or promt with writing this chalenge out I think I’ve actually learned alot from it. I did find alot of the topics really personal and that was difficult to write for me so its helped me define what I prefer to write about. In a sense I think it has also helped to find a voice in my writing, it still early days with alot to build on but its a start.

With all that said, this particular challenge for me it done. Im not going to stop blogging challenges, as I think they are a good way for me to get a bit of inspiration when the muse wont strike but this one was far too personal for me and I would like to try something I feel relates more to where I want this blog to go.

Kick Ass Kisses : NYX Liquid Suede

19/02/2017

Another Day, Another Blog, Another Beauty favorite.
Today I want to rave about the NYX Liquid Suede. This has been around forever but it has only recently come to the UK and its still not available in every Boots store. Boots get on that. I can only pick it up if I go to a particular town, least I can get it and that’s the main thing.

The Boots website describes it as the following :

Doll up your lips in plush and vibrant color! NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on and sets into a striking matte finish.
Velvety soft and waterproof, this long-lasting lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.
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Personally, the packaging on these is probably one of my favorites. The tubes are fairly good representations of the colour in the tube with a black lid. Its not glamorous or oustantagious but its clean and makes an impact. For me at least. Sounds daft as well but the colour and formula details are printed on the side, which I also like. A really cool thing with NYX too is that not only do the colours have names but they have number which makes is so easy to match to the samples on the shelves when shopping!

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The doe foot is longer than most and has no angle on it, which isnt like most liquid lipsticks applicators I’ve tried but that doesn’t really impact the performance of the application. In fact I think it helps a little to get right to the edges of your lips, especially the sides.

The colour payout on these is absurdly good, incredibly vivid colours. That was one of the biggest draws for me. You can choose something fairly neutral or you can go complete off the wall with these. Its colour banaza! And you don’t have to layer it up to that vivid colour, pretty much one swipe and BAM there it is!
The Forumula is so creamy and so smooth, they really live up to the name suede. And they are so light to wear! They honestly feel great, and they are not in the least drying.

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The colours shown from left to right are :

Stone Fox : A grey with a slight bluey-green undertone.
Life’s A Beach : A bright coral
Pink Lust : A vividly bright barbie pink
Little Denim Dress : A massively bright sky blue
Amethyst :  A deep purple
Oh, Put It On : A dark deep purple

My only issue with these is that some of them don’t dry down completely, like most Matte lipsticks. Now that is a little expected with a formula that doesn’t dry my lips out and it tends to be the lighter colours but I guess to get that pigmentation you have give a little.

There is a bit of transfer with these, not much and the colour still holds on really well on your lips. But they also will only last a few hours without being touched up, especially if things touch your lips a lot like me. They do look mostly matte which is why I like them but be aware you will have to touch up throughout the day. which also means that they aren’t smudge prof either. Not a big deal really as they do leave behind a slight stain so thin layers are the way to go with these. Again they wear off pretty evenly so even while its wearing off its still looks half decent. They do take a bit more time, than other liquid lipsticks, to dry down probably about 5 minutes and as I’ve said it wont be completely dry. Saying that, you also expect it to be tacky but it isn’t, it stays really comfortable and smooth throughout the day.

Here’s what they look like on lips.

From left to right, we have Pink LustLittle Denim Dress and Stone Fox. I think I might try including a full face image next time.

Price is also really affordable at £6.50 per 4ml. And that will last you a while, because you only need a bit cover the lips fully.

Overall I love these, stone Fox being my ultimate favorite! I would definitely recommend these to anyone and have done.

Have you tried them yet? What did you think?

About the article; all photos were taken by me with minimal editing, usually just cropping. The words and opinions made here are purely my own and from my own experiences. No products were sent to me and they were paid for by myself.

Topic 21 : Something you’re proud of.

15/02/2017

Im proud of lots of things. Some more than other to be honest but Im not sure what I want write about. Because it solidifies that proudness of that deed. If that makes sense.

I know I made a graphic a while back that I was particualry pleased with. Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 22.19.02

Its a sonic print. Took me about four days to try and get it right. I had a really clear image in my head of what I wanted and it came out pretty close. Which is something I’ve been struggling with in my graphic world for a while. My muse seems to be taking a break.

I wanted to do a sort of pixelated nebula siluette. The ring was a something that hit me after I’d finished the sonic part and felt like it need something more. I remeber playing with the details inside the blue quite a bit to try and spread them evenly. Also if you see the little bits of ‘shine’ in side sonic they were mostly ‘hand drawn’ to try an add bit of depth.

The reason I think i’m proud of this is because its one of the first pieces I finihsed in a while that I am actually happy with. I mean really happy with.

Kiss Ass Kisses : MUA Velvet

12/02/2017

 

Today I am going to be talking about what probably an golden Oldie now. All the UK Youtubers and bloggers know it and love and I am no different. Today I’m looking at a superdrug special, MUA Velvet lip lacquers.
The Supderdrug website describes it thus:

Get the ultimate velvet-matte pout with this richly pigmentated, silky smooth lip lacquer. The quick-dry formula glides on effortlessly to leave a gorgeous matte finish that is smudge proof and long-lasting.
This is one that again I stumbled acress by accident a while back and picked it up to try because it was cheap and claimed that it matte. At the time I thought, why not. Best decision Ive made with an unknown make up brand. Honest this stuff is the BOMB.

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The packaging is fairly plain, gold cap for most of the range. Some of the more unusual colours like white have a cap colour to match, Which annoys me just a little because is looks like the core range but doesn’t match the core range. I like uniformity, it pretty so that bothers me just a little. Not a big deal and can be over looked. The bottles/tubes come slightly frosted, which is nice but the tubes tend to show marks and scratches really easily. Again, not a big deal, they aren’t alarmingly obvious, as you can see in the images and some of those Ive had for months. They still look in fair decent shape, you only really see the marks if you look really close.

luxelips2.jpgThe doe foot is comes with is nothing special, its a fairly standard designed one. It lets you product on your lips so it does the job. What more can I say about it?

Now the fun part, the colours. Ive got too many to show you all of the colours on my lips so I’ve posted a swatch of all the shades I have then I’ll show a few photos wearing a couple colours just so you can get idea what we are looking at.

One fun thing I didnt notice while in stores and only found when taking photos the shades actually have names. They dont show you that in store so I just assumed to keep costs down they weren’t named. Live and learn, eh?

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The swatches are fully dry. The names of the colours are listed below from left to right :

Flair; A very dark burgundy red. This one is a tad streaky like most dark lipsticks but you can build the formula a little bit to make it smooth.
Kooky; A dark mauve purple. Again this one is just a tiny bit streaky not as noticeable as flair.
Reckless; This was my first one, a vibrant red.
Moxie; A reddish pink. Possible my favorite shade so far.
Vivacity; A brighter pink, almost barbie
Passion; A peachy nude colour.
Unity; A pastel purple.
Base coat;So the white is actually a base coat, hence the name being base coat. As you can see this is a well researched article, even if its research on the go….

Can I also say, photographing your arm not the easiest thing in the world! The angle is a bit off, but it’ll get better.

 

The 1st is Unity, 2nd is Moxie, 3rd is Flair and the 4th is Passion.

Now lets talk about the actually lipstick, the smell isn’t fantastic its not over powering when you first open it, but it does have a chemical smell that does dissipates after application.
The liquid is a nice creamy texture, its applies nice and smooth. It does dry down fairly quick. Not the quickest but it’ll be completely dry with three to four minutes of application. I will say you have to be a little careful not to apply it too thickly because it will take longer to dry and flake off quicker.
The major down side to this lipstick is that it feel very drying. Pretty much every time I wear it I have to slather the lip balm on to try and re hydrate my lips. Though this could be because my lips dry out very quickly, so it might be different on you.
Once it is dry, it doesn’t feel tacky but you can feel it. It feels like a very thin layer of paint, I suppose, on your lips. First time I wore it, it wasn’t uncomfortable but I was aware it was there. Its not an unpleasant sensation and it’s one that you can get used to very quickly.
On the plus side, this lasting power is insane! Once these have dried down they do not move. Now I smoke and always have a cup off coffee to hand, so my lips are always fighting to hold on to their lipsticks. These definitely stick. I can wear them for at least 4 hours without touching up. The downside is that when they do finally give up the battle, they can flake not just wear off but flake off.
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Like most it starts on the inner part of the lips and works its way from there. You can can add a layer over it to help it stay but once the flaking starts, you are better off removing it completely and apply it fresh.

I left one of the samples on for about two hours, then started rubbing at it to make it start flaking so you could see what I mean. Excuse the lighting in this one, it was getting dark out so had to resort to a lamp.

The price point on this is fantastic! £3 per tube and you get 6ml in a tube. Can you really go wrong? There maybe a few downsides to the product but they are of minimal consiqence. These lipsticks can certainly hold thier own against any other brands and the price is just so affordable, it’s iceing on the cake.

The Final word, will I purchase this again? Well I think the little collection I’ve displayed here testifies that yes, yes I will be purchasing more. In fact there are three more colours Ive had my eyes on but I haven’t been able to find them in stores yet. Once I have them I’ll post some swatches for you!
What about yourselves? Was this article helpful in anyway? Did I miss something you want to know about them? Or do completely disagree with me? Let me know!

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About the article; all photos were taken by me in direct sunlight with minimal editing, usually just cropping. The words and opinions made here are purely my own and from my own experiences.No products were sent to me and were paid for by myself.

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