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Hi everyone! I’m here on Zane’s’ lovely blog to talk to you about my passion in life- make up! Now, obviously this is a really girly post, but as most girls out there enjoy all things makeup, I’m going to be giving my best tips and tricks for all you readers!
I’ve been interested in makeup since I was about 14, when I started experimenting on the typical eyeliner/mascara combo, so nothing too serious. As the years went on, I started becoming more interested in the high end side of makeup brands and how to properly apply it and have the highest standards of makeup in my kit, so I’ve built up quite a collection!
I’m going to start off with the basics: face makeup. Obviously based on your skin type (dry, combination, oily) you need to properly prep your skin before applying any makeup. Usually, a good moisturiser or primer does the trick. Primers are used to fill in any deep lines or wrinkles in the skin, to make foundation sit on top so it doesn’t sink in and accentuate flaws. The most popular would be Simple moisturiser, or professional primers such as Smashbox or Laura Mercier which over £20+.
Links: Smashbox Primer: (Pricey, but the best out there!)
Laura Mercier: Again, pricey, but does the job!
Some dupes of these however are the L’oreal Studio Secrets
Smoothing Primer (£14.49 in Superdrug)
Gosh’s Velvet Touch Line Perfecter (£14.20 in Superdrug)
Secondly, is foundation. This is something which is specific to each skin type and colour; so choose carefully! There are plenty of different brands available in drug stores, which are still high quality but lower in price. One of these would be Revlon Colour-stay (£12.49 link below), which is an amazing dupe for MAC Studio Fix foundation(£20),with its medium to high coverage and good range of colours.
This is a complete dupe of Mac Studio Fix Fluid!
One of the main benefits of this foundation is that it has two formulas: for either dry skin or for combination/oily skin. I use the combination formula, and as I have oily skin, I need something that’s going to last me all day if I need it! It also comes in yellow tones which is rare for a drug store brand. Yellow tones tend to match fake tan pretty good, whereas pink toned foundations are for those who like to go au naturale. The links for both foundations are below! They each have matching powders also, which are essential across the T-Zone and cheeks to control shine and set the makeup completely.
Another essential makeup item in my item would be mascara. I’ve been blessed with naturally long, dark eyelashes so experimenting with mascara is always fun. So far, I have a good 10 different types of mascara in my set, all of which have different looks and wands. Of all these, I’ve discovered that the only type of mascara to hold up lashes and give definition are waterproof mascaras. The best I’ve found (so far!) seems to be L’oreals’ telescopic range. I have 3 from the range and find it gives my lashes the proper lift and volume which lasts all day! Other mascaras I’ve tried and tested are Mac’s Zoom Lash and a whole bunch of Maybelline and Rimmel versions, but none have really compared. The links are below if you’d like you’d like to see for yourself! Below is a photo of the mascara and the wands, just to give you an idea 🙂
L’oreal Lash Architect in Carbon Black
L’Oreal Telescopic in Black
L’Oreal Lash Architect 4D in Black. All available in Boots/Superdrug
Another makeup essential for any girl are lipsticks and lip-gloss. Again, I seem to have collected a vast amount over the years, and have some favourites in the collection. The main colours I tend to wear are bright reds, hot pinks and deep wines. When wearing bright lipsticks, lip liners of similar colours are essential to keep the colours from bleeding outside the mouth. Some of my favourites would be from MAC with their huge range of colours, as well as OCC’s ‘Lip Tars’ which are highly pigmented and literally last all day and night if you need it to: (Trust me, after washing my face it still hadn’t budged.), along with Collection 2000’s matte lip glosses. Here’s some photos of my favourite colours to give you an idea of how they show up. I’d be here till Christmas showing you them all!
There are so many different things I could write about, but that’s just some of my makeup essentials for those who love makeup as much as me! I’ll hopefully be back to talk about the rest of my collection, along with the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way! Hope this helps those who feel a little lost in then makeup section, and gives you an idea of where to start!
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MEGAN MC CLEAVE
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The day a film crew came to town . . .
Just over a week ago I started to see all over my Facebook news feed a picture of an overturned car in a street in Bangor! At first I had no idea what was going on until I saw I picture saying “Film scene being shoot in Bangor tomorrow”.
As I had some time off work I thought I would go explore what all was going on. I had no idea of who was in it or what the movie was called!
I headed down late afternoon into Bangor to have a look about. As I got close to the street that this was happening on I started to see a number of vans and turns and then a group off people that had gathered to watch. The street was blocked off at both ends but we where able to see the goings on in the street. Although their was not much action at this time there was a great buzz about the place. I soon learnt that the film was called ‘Our Robot Overlord’ and would be staring Sir Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson and Callan McAuliffe. I decided I would hang on for a short time! This turned in to about 5 hours even though not a lot was happening but it was still interesting watching the goings on of a film set.
It wasn’t long until Sir Ben arrived on set. We where asked to move back a little as he arrived but I was able to get a few pictures of him. After he was taken off set I decided to head him as filming was to go on until 4am!
The next day I was meeting a friend but he was running a little late so I thought I would call past on the off chance I would see something and wasn’t I glad I did! Their was maybe about 10 people max staring around watching and as I just lifted my camera out of my bag I saw Gillian Anderson. I quickly turned it on and started to snap. At that very moment she turned around and looked slight at me, turned and went back into the house. I was informed that she is not keen on pictures being taken. I was happy I got my picture but I ended up staying on until about 11pm to watch more goings on and get some pictures.
Photography has been a hobby off mine for many years now but I have never taken it that serious before. Just over a few months ago I decided I would make a Facebook page to share my pictures for friends and family to see.
However as I started to review my pictures from the film shoot I thought why not send some into the papers and see if they are interested in any off them. It was not long until I got an email from Bangor spectator asking if they could use some of my pictures. I was very surprised when I bought the spectator that week to see if any of my pictures got used to find four of them on the front cover. As a result of this I have been taking with the spectator as possible doing some freelance stuff for them.
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For more AMAZING photos from the film set (and many more photos) check out Colin’s website and Facebook page!
Colin Maxwell Freelance Photographer
Website – www.colinmaxwell.co.uk
Twitter – @colinamaxwell
Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/ColinMaxwellPhotography
This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like
Alaina Marie Beaton Soileau….describing herself as the product of a one night stand between Britney Spears & Marilyn Manson and adopting the stage name Porcelain Black, she’s the girl you wouldn’t wanna mess with. With looks to envy and a raspy tone to her voice that most punk/rock female singers would kill for, Porcelain Black is the darker side of pop/rock music. Many of you may be asking yourself ‘who is she’……with her brand new single ‘Mama Forgive Me’ ready for release in May and her debut album slated for release this summer she’s ready to expand her already influential mark on the music industry.
So what makes her different from the rest? We’ve got Gaga, Minaj, Perry, Rihanna….all amazing artists in their own right but Porcelain has that little something extra and that’s ATTITUDE! Porcelain has had to fight tooth and nail with all the set backs & empty promises she’s been dealt in the past but 2013 is ready to change that.
Porcelain started her career under the stage name Porcelain & The Tramps. She was snapped up by Virgin Records but after many disagreements on the type of music she was to release Porcelain knew that this was going nowhere and would not be getting any releases of the music she had put her heart and soul into. Porcelain took matters into her own hands and posted the songs she had recorded onto her MySpace page and with help from her fans the songs started circulating the internet and into the sights of potential new labels. With tracks like King Of The World, I’m Your Favorite Drug, Who’s Next, I Feel Perfect & Red Light District (to name a few), Porcelain already had a huge internet following and named her fans her ‘Trainwrecks’. RedOne and his team were introduced to her by a mutual friend and RedOne bought Porcelain out of her contract with Virgin Records and started work immediately on her debut album.
Armed with the HOTTEST music producer in the world right now RedOne, Porcelain Black has been working since 2009 to perfect her debut album. Signed to RedOne’s label 2101 Records, Porcelain’s debut single ‘This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like’ was unleashed on the American billboard music charts teamed with a music video depicting a young Porcelain Black enduring the tortures of high school but then returning to take her vengeance on the ‘In’ crowd. The song’s peak position on the US Hot Dance Billboard was #44 but became a must have on any DJ’s play-list around the clubs with countless remixes hitting the scene.
Porcelains second single enjoyed much more commercial success even though an official music video was not released to accompany the track. ‘Naughty Naughty’ was an instant hit everywhere soaring into the US Hot Dance Billboard at #6. An EP was later released on iTunes featuring remixes of the track that circulated the club scene with a huge following.
After the success of ‘Naughty Naughty’ Porcelain Black was set to explode but due to a lack of communication between RedOne and her manager (which resulted in RedOne becoming both her manager and producer) there was yet another set back. As an apology to her fans RedOne leaked an album track on Twitter ‘Swallow My Bullet’ but the song never received an official release.
Porcelain Black likes to keep busy when she’s not working on her own solo career. She’s regularly posting pictures of her fashion shoots, has her own fashion line Noir which you can find online, she has appeared in music videos for Travie McCoy, Jack White, Jeffree Star and Midnight Red and she has featured vocally on tracks from Rye Rye (DNA), Colette Carr (Told You So) and Jeffree Star (Prisoner).
Porcelain married model Bradley Soileau (who featured in Lana Del Rey’s music video’s ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Blue Jeans’) in April 2012.
The reason why I love Porcelain Black is because I’ve been following her career for almost 8 years of my life. I have 4 tattoo’s dedicated to her (one being her autograph that she sent me) and in my free time make t-shirts, fan art and promo cd’s of her recent and Tramps era music to hand out around the club scene. She is a huge inspiration to me with her raw lyrics & talent that I really connected with. Speaking of connecting, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to get to know the person behind the artist. Porcelain and I talk regularly and we’ve developed an amazing relationship on a personal level. Check out Porcelain’s most recent collaboration with Colette Carr ‘Told You So’, it’s undeniably infectious and full of fun! All Porcelain Black/Porcelain & The Tramps music can be found on Youtube and SoundCloud.
You can follow her on Twitter: @PorcelainBlack
Facebook: Porcelain Black – https://www.facebook.com/PorcelainBlackMusic?fref=ts
Instagram: Porcelain Black
To listen now to what Porcelain Black can offer you follow this link to her official Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PorcelainBIack
The purpose of this insight is to send you off searching for your inner Trainwreck. What are you waiting for!? Go for it!!
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The magic of sport . . . The ecstasy of Istanbul through from a fans perspective.
I love sport. I love absolutely everything about it. The epic highs, the crushing lows. The minutes of sheer sporting drama that define people, make people, on occasions break people.
Who can forget David Beckham’s infamous back heel lunge against Argentina at the World Cup. ‘Goldenballs’ wasn’t so golden after all. In fact he was hated by the British public for a moment of a sporting immaturity.
Then there’s the less salubrious surroundings of Griffin Park. The home of Brenford Football Club, and the setting for a minute of spine tingling drama in their home match against Doncaster. A missed penalty, a quick breakaway goal. Heartache for the hosts. Sheer euphoria for their conquerors. The ‘magic’ I was referring to.
For Brentford, that Saturday afternoon must have felt like a slow, painful unfolding nightmare. They had the chance the win automatic promotion from 12 yards. Instead they had to watch on in disbelief as they were piped to the post. Grown men reduced to tears. Hardened characters lying in a heap on the Griffin Park pitch with their heads in their hands as their opponents, and their jubilant fans rushed onto the pitch to toast their heroes. Cruel. So very, very cruel.
That despair brings me nicely to the topic of this blog. The setting was Istanbul. The year 2005. Liverpool Football Club had defied the sporting odds to reach another European Cup Final. All that stood between them and sporting immortality was European giants A.C Milan; one of the most successful clubs in European history. They had been here, done it, got many a t-shirt.
But so had Liverpool; themselves no stranger to the big occasion. 77, 78, 81, 84… Four European Cups. Four nights that Liverpool fans will never forget. Regrettably, I was not alive to witness any of those triumphs, but what was to unfold on Wednesday 25th May, 2005 was, to this day, the most incredible night of sporting drama I have ever witnessed. The tension was palpable. A group of friends huddled around a television screen waiting anxiously to cheer on their heroes to sporting immortality.
What followed nearly put me of sport for life. It had no meaning to me. I was sick.. the kind of sickness that you can only describe when something means so much to you. Like losing someone you love.. Obviously not in the same context, but as an avid Liverpool fan, the feeling was very similar. For 45 minutes of my life I was numbed, absolutely numbed. I looked at my friends. They looked back at me. Not a word was spoken. 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 … A.C Milan playing football out of this world. Hernan Crespo making my heroes look like little boys. If this was something I loved, I had momentarily forgot why.
I was living my own personal nightmare and I wanted it to end. Now. Nothing was worth this.
But then, something happened that will be talked about until the day I leave this good earth. A sporting comeback that not only defied the odds, but in truth defied belief. Not even John Lennon could have dreamt what was about to unfold within the walls of the Ataturk Stadium. Seven scintillating minutes that will be talked about within the footballing fraternity forever. The collapse of a European giant. Gerrard providing hope. Smicer turning heads. Alonso following up his missed penalty to smash the ball home and send all associated with Liverpool Football Club into raptures. Unbelievable raptures at that. A group of friends jumping about the living room like they had just scooped the jackpot on the Euromillions. To be honest no money could buy this moment. This was sporting theatre at its very best. Liverpool had came come back from the brink to contest the European Cup, and somewhat predictably, I had no nails left.
The game ended level after 90 pulsating minutes. The common phrase of a ‘game of two halves’ never had more meaning. Despair to indescribable belief and hope…… The ‘What if’ question at the forefront of the human mind. What if Liverpool scored again to complete the most remarkable comeback in Champions League history?
To the common fan this was agony, to the neutral it was ecstasy. The game had everything. Absolutely everything. Then, that save. The magical intervention from Dudek that is still talked about to this day. Was it luck? Was it a keeper at the very top of his trade. A mixture of both perhaps. Nonetheless a fantastic close range block to deny Shevchenko putting Milan ahead again.. The strikers reaction telling you everything you needed to know. He thought he had won the European Cup for his side. But ‘Big Ears’ was coming home. It was coming home to Liverpool.
Brentford had the chance to clinch promotion from 12 yards. The same 12 yards that now stood between Liverpool and another European Cup. In sport their is a fine margin between winners and losers, champions and nearly runs. It was a shame someone had to lose this unbelievable spectacle, but I would be lying if I said I was glad it wasn’t Milan. I was delighted it was Milan. The moments that followed have no words, but I’ll give it a go. Penalty miss after penalty miss. Cool head after cool head.. Another European cup destined for Anfield. And this time for keeps. Then the moment that made my love of sport completely worth it. Shevchenko missed.. Well he didn’t actually, but the outcome was the same. Dudek his nemesis once more as Liverpool flooded in the direction of their goalkeeper to celebrate another European triumph. They had done it. The unthinkable had become reality. Sport was the winner, and I woke up with a very sore head the following morning. There’s the ‘magic’ I keep referring to. Nothing compares to it. Nothing ever will.
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Loreen – My Favourite Musician
You might have already heard of her if you are my friend on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Loreen is a Swedish musician and she is my all time favourite artist.
I first discovered her when she entered the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Her entry, Euphoria, an uplifting dance track teamed with simple staging, swept the scoreboard and she won by quite a margin.
Follow the link to see the flawless performance.
Loreen (or to give her, her full name Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui) first appeared on TV in the Swedish Idol series in 2004 where she came 4th overall. Her debut single was a song entitled The Snake with the band Rob’n’Raz and she became a presenter on Swedish station TV400 helping to produce and direct several reality TV shows.
She attempted to represent Sweden initially via the 2011 Melodifestivalen Contest (whereby Sweden choose their Eurovision representative). Her song My Heart Is Refusing Me didn’t win but went on to commercial success in Sweden.
Loreen (pronounced Lo’ren) was born in Stockholm in 1983 to Moroccan parents, hence her unique (not very Swedish) looks.
After winning Eurovision her song went on to become a European and International hit, charting at No1 in Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. It also charted at No2 in The Netherlands and Spain and No3 in the UK (which is practically unheard of for a non-British Eurovision entry). She also has quite a fan following in Australia.
Follow the link for the official music video for Euphoria.
Her debut album, Heal, was officially released on October 22 2012 and has been No1 in Sweden. It has also been a Top 20 hit in Denmark, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.
She has released 4 singles from the album.
My Heart Is Refusing Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPOBdqHWios
Euphoria (see above for link to video)
Crying Out Your Name https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI_WZqnZRYM
She also released the title song of the album, Heal with her 2nd official video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6SNuPflIrE
She has also recently released a single entitled Requiem Solution feat. Kleerup and her most recent single and video, We Got The Power.
Loreen is also a political activist alongside her music career. During Eurovision in Azerbaijan she spoke out against the country’s poor human rights record. She also risked imprisonment in Belarus while visiting the wife of a political prisoner to speak out against the death penalty still in use in the country.
This is one of the main reasons I love Loreen, aside from her awesome music of course. A lot of artists proclaim to support certain causes, but Loreen is truly genuine about the things she believes in and is not afraid of bad publicity to speak out when she feels people are being treated unfairly.
Don’t just take my word for it, check out her music. You will find no one else quite like her in today’s music industry. She is truly unique.
You can also like Loreen on Facebook: Loreen Talhaoui – https://www.facebook.com/LoreenTalhaoui?fref=ts
Follow her on Twitter: @LOREEN_TALHAOUI
Her official website: www.loreen.se
And please feel free to like my own fanpage on Facebook: Team Loreen UK – https://www.facebook.com/TeamLoreenuk?fref=ts
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Hey guys so this week I can finally share with you my guest bloggers!
I have had this planned for months but finally I have my 7 guest blogs gathered up! There is no theme, only that they are all guest bloggers, some have never blogged before, some have their own blog and some have guest blogged for friends.
So I hope you will all be kind and ‘like’ away and please comment if you would like to see more of any of the bloggers I will introduce you to this week!
So I will say goodbye for the week and introduce you to The Guest Blogger – Day 1
“She Squats Bro”