31.12.12

17 Blusher - Plum Puff




I rarely wear blusher and this is probably the second blusher I have purchased in the last 5 years. I use other cheek products such as bronzers and highlighters but I've never really needed blusher. Recently I've been wearing dark lip colours which can look very harsh if there is no other colour on the face, especially in the day, and I don't want to be rocking the vampy look everyday. So I've been on the lookout for a darkish blusher to match my lips but also add some warmth and colour. I wanted something quite cheap as it would only be for occasional wear and just to try out, I'd splash out on a better quality brand if I knew I was definitely going to use the blusher.

I settled for this 17 blusher in Plum Puff which was £3.49. I know the picture isn't very clear but it is a muted plum-pink colour with a hint of shimmer. Compared to the other 17 blushers I tried in Boots, Plum Puff is the least shimmery, but for me the shine is too much. It looks darker in the packaging than it looks on my skin, so I was slightly disappointed however it does compliment my skin colour. It is also nicely pigmented. 






30.12.12

MUA Trio Eyeshadow





This is a great trio of eyeshadows from the brand MUA which is known for its affordability and surprisingly good eyeshadows. This trio is called Innocence which is a nice name but I don't see how it matches the eyeshadows, they should have an astronomical name as they are quite planet-y. 

Anyway the trio is super cheap at £2.50 and is great quality for that small price. The dark shade is my favourite; it's a dark brown with a hint of green. The middle one is a shiny moon colour which I use for highlighting the brow bone and inner corners of the eye. The gold shade is perfect for the festive season and adds glamour in an instance. They are all highly pigmented and I would definitely recommend this trio. 








6.12.12

The Permissive 60s

The swinging sixties... I'm pretty sure the same images pop up into people's minds when someone mentions the sixties. It's probably the best known decade of the last 100 years due to it's influence on present society.


The 60s are best known for the music - big groups like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles emerged resulting in huge crowds of screaming girls and boys with Mick Jagger haircuts. They were very influential on the youth. However, certain aspects of their music and lifestyle was definitely not a positive influence on the youth and yes, I am talking about the many references to drugs in their songs. The subtle references to drugs were not so subtle as the BBC banned certain songs from a Beatles album due to the inappropriate lyrics. I can't imagine what the state of the music industry would be today if radio and television stations were so nit-picky about lyrics; literally all songs would be banned!





Fashion took a new turn too with the popularization of the miniskirt by Mary Quant, and the influence of the space age on clothing which represented the idea of freedom and having no limits. The miniskirt is an outcome of this permissive society and it was much more than a fashion statement. It was a symbol of moving away from the conservative post-war society. Before the miniskirt it was rare to see a woman showing lots of skin in public so this was a new form of liberalism and showed that social norms were being relaxed.