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Get a low key Lady Gaga look with the Black Lace Face Tattoo masks

Posted by admin on Jun 16, 2011 in beauty, style

Lady Gaga’s success has heralded a new age for fashion and beauty, where women are prepared to take more risks with their attire and wear new and unusual things. These beautiful looking Black Lace face tattoo masks are a nod to this new direction, but rather than being outrageous and crazy they actually look rather beautiful and relatively restrained. 

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Fontface showcases classic fonts on your face!

Posted by admin on Jun 8, 2011 in beauty, geekery

When I was younger I thought that Comic Sans was the coolest thing since Cheesestrings created a ‘Twisted’ variety’ and used it happily on all my school homework and embarrasing  short stories (cringe). I’ve now moved on to more mature fonts, with Arial battling it out with Times New Roman, plus a secret penchant for Calibri. I’m not the only person who gets rather excited about fonts, as Atipo (a Spanish design collective) have created a series called Fontface which illustrates classic fonts using models and makeups. Their collection comprises of four iconic fonts from Helvetica Bold to Caslon Italic, and it looks very striking.  Each face was created paistakingly and took a number of hours to perfect- with the final look visually gripping.

I’d like to see them expand this series- how about recreating some more modern day iconic fonts for us to enjoy?

Learn more about Atipo here.

[via BellaSugar]

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Disney Scene Stealing Eyeshadow Artwork

Posted by admin on May 26, 2011 in beauty, random

Aladdin

Alice in Wonderland

Sometimes long descriptions prove unnecssary and a few simple lines will do instead. Marvel at the artistry of Katie Alves, and the Disney inspired eye makeup scenes she has created. These are beautiful, well executed and amazingly detailed- enjoy!

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Animal-ipstick Lip Art

Posted by admin on Apr 25, 2011 in beauty, random

Nail art continues to be a rising trend, but I’ve just stumbled across something that could be equally exciting. Still in its infancy, the world of Lip Artistry (or Lip Art) is all about creating cool looking designs using the lips as a base. I’m totally in love with the creations by Paige Thompson, that were created for a project she called Animal-ipstick. Paige is very creative with her designs, and I’m torn about which I like most- the crab (see below) for the cute factor or Pikachu for the geek factor?

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Twelve Embarrassing Royal Wedding product tie ins

Posted by admin on Apr 1, 2011 in beauty, books, Celebrity, lists, news, random

The Royal Wedding is almost upon us and Kate Middleton will soon be exchanging her surname for ‘Windsor’ or Mr and Mrs Prince William. Whether you’re a staunch royalist or find the whole things a waste of time, there’s one thing you won’t be able to avoid. Well, two things actually if you count people’s opinions on the subject.

The second unavoidable occurrence of this wedding is the HUGE amount of tat that will be sold in conjunction, with everyone eager to make sure they have got their eBay fill worth of products. Coaster, tea towels, all the usual tat will be rolled out, but amongst those spectacularly undesirable pieces of merchandise (Kate and William coaster anyone?) is the truly overwhelming in terms of relevance to the subject matter. You can’t blame companies for wanting to get some of the moolah that will be floating around, but these Royal Wedding tie ins are truly embarrassing.

fairyweddingKate the Royal Wedding Fairy

This is a book about a fairy called Kate, who is a royal wedding fairy was created by Daisy Meadows. It’s the latest in the line of Fairy books she has written, but though the words ‘sell out;’ are never mentioned, this particular fairy isn’t quite the same as ‘Emma the Easter fairy’ or her ‘Florence the Friendship fairy’ books.

The story descriptions is as follows: ‘Kate the Royal Wedding Fairy makes sure that all weddings are happy and magical! But when mean Jack Frost steals the True Love Crown, the Fairyland royal wedding is sure to be a disaster. Can Kirsty and Rachel find the crown so the royal couple will live happily ever after…? I wonder what the name of the Royal Prince is?

Kiss Me Kate Beer

Castle Rock Brewery have created a limited edition Royal Wedding beer called ‘Kiss me Kate. I actually find this idea rather cute, as we Brits do love our booze, I just find the pink label and hearts decorating it a little sickly. It will be available on draught and from Morrisons stores during April. The head brewer says, ‘Kiss Me Kate will be elegant, tasteful and British to the core.  It’ll be brewed to 5%, pale in colour and, we’re sure it’ll be the ideal way to toast the couple’s future happiness’. Not that Ms Middleton would ever drink beer though, I reckon she’s a white wine spritzer kind of girl. Find out more from Castle Rock Brewery here. Read more…

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Bridalplasty: Win the body of your dreams for your dream wedding- a new reality TV low

Posted by admin on Mar 30, 2011 in beauty, Television

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bridalplasty-show

The premise of Bridalplasty is in the name, and I can’t decide whether I’m appalled or amazed by this blatant over marketing of such a preposterous but authentically real concept. Seriously, you have to give some kudos to the creators of this show, if only for the sheer balls it must have taken to successfully pitch and then bring this idea to fruition, as I imagine that the concept was littered with red tape from the start.

Take everything you know about reality TV, and highlight the worst possible aspects of it. Forget the life affirming journeys and the people who learn to love each other and head 180 degrees in the other direction. Look at people who are so desperate for attention they’ll do anything to be on TV, add in some serious backstabbing, a therapist surgery’s worth of mental health problems and a bunch of eating disorders for some extra zest. Add a dash of the gruesome (achieved with doctors in masks and some surgery action) and you have the bare bones a Bridalplasty- where the aim of the show is to change the bride to be into someone her future husband won’t recognize.

Who cares if he loves you, if you don’t love yourself? Let Bridalplasty change you into somebody you can love– but only if you’ll bare your soul on national TV, sharing your deep secrets, sexual proclivities and backstab any girls you befriend. OK with that? Great, you’re the perfect candidate …

I’ll start by describing the bare bones of the show to you, so your mind can circle the various points of disbelief.

-12 women, all engaged to be married in one house.

-Each week, the women battle it out Top Model style to be the ‘Top bride’.

-Each bride to be gets something each week (a ring/cake/dress) that goes in her ‘bridal closet’ to be claimed if she wins the show.

-The Top bride gets to have the surgery of her choice and go to the ‘recovery room’ (pause where all other brides to be look sad and wistful).

-The three bottom brides spend the next 20 minutes (it’s a 1 hour show) convincing the other brides to be why they should stay in the show. (Formula changes a little as the contestant numbers decrease).

-Showdown at the RSVP ceremony where girls sit at the Bottom Brides tables. The other brides to be make a speech ‘This is sooo hard, etc’, and go sit at a table. The one with least votes goes home to the refrain of “Your wedding will still go ahead. It just won’t be perfect.” Oh no you didn’t!

The show is designed to make all the contestant objects of ridicule, as even when you feel the merest smidgeon of sympathy for them (one is an army bride and sobs about her fiancé being in danger) they then follow that up with talking about how perfect having their nose/boobs/stomach changed would completely improve and alter their life. Some girls are twiglets and talk longingly about liposuction whilst others basically seem to want to tear their skin off and stand inside someone else’s. Read more…

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Top Five Strange tactics for Beauty salons: Novelty sells…

Posted by admin on Feb 7, 2011 in beauty, lists

tram-sauna

Everyone likes a little bit of pampering in their life, and the beauty salon industry is more than happy to take the cash off weary people.  How do you make yourself stand out in the ever crowded industry though? You can offer salty snacks, complimentary massages- or you can go the novelty route and get the punters in for the weird and wacky treatments you offer. This is the route the following beauty salons have taken, and they’re certainly quirky enough to get me intrigued. What say you- snake massage or sauna in a tram?

Tram Sauna

Created from an actual tram, this sauna is based in Milan and lets visitors enjoy a relaxing time out with the views of the countryside around them. It was created by QC Termemilano (spa designers) to show how ‘relaxing’ travelling can be. I’m guessing they’ve never battled the Northern Line at 8am then…

snake-massageSnake Massage

Those with a reptile phobia look away now, those with gothy tendencies, please sit up and get out your pen. The Ada Barak Snake Spa in Israel seem to think that snakes can provide you with a relaxing downtime experience, that soothes away your stresses. Personally, I think I’d find it hard to let go, but what do I know? Read more…

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