Wednesday, 24 September 2014

some dana scully style moments

I'm pretty sure Scully is the coolest girl ever. Doctor, FBI agent and badass extraordinaire, her clothes and makeup always lend an air of relaxed cool. Here she pairs a neat blow dry with smudgy eyeliner and a brown lip, for the perfect exasperated-at-Mulder face.

 Still very much exasperated, here Scully rocks a grey crop t-shirt with a red lip for lots of hands-on-hips sass. Also, how perfectly does this screenshot capture the season one Mulder and Scully dynamic? V. proud.

 50 shades of beige and looking good for it. Say what you want about Dana Scully, but she has strong maxi coat game and I won't hear a word against it.

 The glasses of my dreams make an appearance during a VIP (very interesting phonecall). Unfortunately the Specsavers approximation of these glasses make me look like a suspicious geography teacher but such is life.
 Casual Scully makes dressing for a weekend getaway to a cabin in the woods full of parasitic silica-based fungus look easy. Had to capture her at this awkward angle to display her genius use of what she would call a "barrette". Great coat, great rucksack, GREAT jumper. Nice use of minimal accessories with the ubiquitous gold studs. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

some product "empties"

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Daily Cleansing Lotion. This is quite good. I use this not as a cleanser (don't really see how that would work) but as an acid toner on clean skin, usually in the morning. For me, I prefer to use a salicylic or BHA toner in the morning and a glycolic or AHA toner at night. This is one of a few cheap salicylic lotions that are much of a muchness imo. The ingredients aren't the best as it is an alarming bright green colour and it is heavily fragranced (I had this is a spray bottle in Turkey bc of aeroplane liquid regulations and if I inhaled any of the spray it was a bad situation). But my skin stayed relatively clear while using it and I would buy it again, I just tend to buy whatever is the cheapest at the time.
 Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser. This was also quite good. It smells really nice and minty and cleans your face thoroughly without drying anything out too much. However this is £18 for 150ml, and for me, that is too much for this particular product. I'm using the La Roche Posay Effaclar face wash now which is about £10 for 200ml, and I actually prefer it. So this is goodbye forever to this product.
Lacura Aqua Complete Multi Intensive Serum. I really do like this. It is from Aldi (#glam) and costs about £3 but it feels similar to much more expensive serums I've tried. I sort of used this as a serum and moisturiser two in one type deal and I used three (!!!) over the summer, because they were easy to pick up whilst I was moving around a lot. I haven't repurchased yet because I'm on a buying ban until I've used up all the other things I have, but this is well good! Will buy again for a light daytime moisturiser which is still really hydrating, non-comedogenic and cheap as balls.
 Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. Very satisfying to say out loud. I got it and I liked it, then I hated it (felt like it was leaving a greasy film), then I decided to finish it off and by the end I liked it again. It seems really moisturising to me, but definitely good for mildly spotty skin. If you have more moderate to severe acne I think this probably would be a bit greasy, and there is probably a better cleanser out there for you. Although I do like clay-based cleansers, I wouldn't buy this again because I find for my skin the Neutrogena clay cleanser does a really similar job without the greasy feeling and is cheaper.

Friday, 5 September 2014

some of the hat crimes perpetrated by the sex and the city franchise

This could very easily become a series of its own, but unfortunately I only thought of doing it towards the end of my binge-viewing of the show. 

Yes Samantha, you may well grimace. A misshapen, hot pink, camouflage print trilby.
Carrie, this hat is gross. It looks like a bad child's punishment. And why is Aleksandr Petrovsky allowing this? 
 Carrie worried this hat was "too much", but actually should have been worrying that it was "too hideous".
And one good hat thrown in on the end - Samantha perfectly accessories her hair loss with a stetson cap, cleavage and lots of fur. (Note: Although some of Samantha's chemo cover-ups could generally be classified as hat crimes, I wasn't sure if that was a bit cruel - although I'm pretty sure it's what Samantha would have wanted. PS, her in a pink wig for Smith's premiere was one of my favourite Samantha style ~moments~.)