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You And I… Lady Gaga Does It Again

17 Aug

GirlSeekingShoe here.

“Sit back down where you belong, in the corner of my bar with your high heels on.”

Such a catchy tune, that Gaga’s fans have known the words of a year before its official release… how could we not, when she tailors it to every audience, in almost all of her performances?

And the video certainly lives up to the gold standards she has set for herself; raising the bar yet again, this time even transforming into a man.

Although the fashion and make-up in Judas remains my favourite of the Haus of Gaga’s numerous creations, the Renaissance style is here transformed into an otherworldly mermaid/Edward Scissorhands composition. That sentence shouldn’t work in real-life, but it does, and You And I brings something completely new to the table. Again. She just keeps delivering.

There are some stunning cinematic shots in this video, and, I’m no Film Studies student, but the colour composition looks perfect to me. It conveys the wistful mood of the song, and it’s underlying hard determination.

This look is typically Gaga, and the mouthpiece/voice box thing brings to mind the original Little Mermaid tale, in which she gives up her voice to become human. The Jackie O style huge sunglasses are quite fabulous, and the black hat with veil combined with all the metal brings to  mind Burton’s and Depp’s Edward Scissorhands, making it more Morticia Adams than First Lady.

The shots of Gaga face to face with herself as a man are quite poignant, with her little-girl simplicity shown in stark contrast to her James Dean alter-ego. This shots are beautifully filmed; I especially love the opening framing with the crops.

Gaga’s simple look is quite unusual for her, with the straight hair and pared-down make-up. But the touches of Gaga are there, with the hair being platinum blond and her coral/orange lips.  I think she looks quite nice, but without the orange lips reminding us of her eccentricity she would look nothing like her usual eclectic self.

I admit that I do prefer it when she goes back to her out-there fashion in the rest of the video.

I love her make-up here; she goes back to that Renaissance look with the eyeliner swirls from Judas. Stunning. Also, gold is a universally flattering colour, and she works it!

When I first glimpsed this outfit in the video, I just accepted it and dismissed it as another Gaga creation. But on closer inspection, the details arr astounding. I was astonished to see how much work must have gone into the layers of fabric. Take a look at the rose on her left shoulder (her left, not yours):

Gaga’s eccentricity is shown through, amongst other things, her hair. So far, my favourite hair styles from her ever-growing collection are curly blonde (as seen in Judas), and black-and-straight (above). But now I have a new favourite:

That blue is amazing!! I love it. Forget the black leather bondage outfit, the hair makes this shot for me. Incredible.

Like I said, Gaga does it again.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

Look What The Elves Brought…

26 May

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So a couple of weeks ago I ordered some make-up brushes from the online retailer E.L.F. Cosmetics. The brushes were said to be the best affordable brushes out there. Obviously, brands like MAC and Bobbi Brown are said to have the best brushes overall, but, for a student budget, spending £25 per brush is an insane thing to do. So I spent £10.50 on 6 brushes; a bargain or a waste of money?

The first thing I bought was the 5-piece brush collection for £9.

From left to right, this includes;  a Lip Defining Brush, a Brow Comb & Brush, a Defining Eye Brush, a Blushing/Bronzing/Blending Brush and a Total Face Brush.

  • The Lip Defining Brush was definitely a waste of money. Hard and brittle, it actually scraped off the gloss I was trying to apply. 1/10
  • The Brow Comb & Brush is something I have no use for, so I gave to my cousin. She uses it to comb her fringe. 2/10
  • The Defining Eye Brush is okay. It is worse than the little brushes that came with my eyeshadow palette so I don’t use it. But it isn’t a bad last resort. 4/10
  • The Blushing/Bronzing/Blending Brush is quite useful for blending, but I’m one of those people who loves to use a huge brush when applying blusher or bronzer. And it probably won’t get that much use because I like to use my fingers for blending. 6/10
  • The Total Face Brush is fabulous. I used it for blush and bronzer and it was sufficiently big and fluffy. It’s bristles stayed in tact, and it catches powder brilliantly. However, I use a liquid foundation, so, again, this brush won’t serve it’s purpose. 8/10

I also bought the Concealer Brush, and, at £1.50 it was an absolute steal!

It’s about as big as a pencil, and, as one of those picky people who don’t like to conceal with their finger, it was absolutely perfect for me. The most useful brush I bought from E.L.F. and a definite bargain. It blends concealer so well! I’m beaming.

9/10

You can buy it here.

Now I have a bit of a confession to make. As I didn’t find a brush suitable for liquid foundation (I know Stipple Brushes are best but they had none in stock), I borrowed my mother’s. The John Lewis own-brand Foundation Brush was only available in store, and although not horrifically expensive it was still pretty pricey at £15 . It is fabulously useful for liquid foundation though, so I am definitely keeping it. It does leave me with a lot of blending to do as it applies the foundation quite heavily, but overall it is a good buy. 9/10

I’ll leave you with a couple of indispensible make-up tips I have picked up here and there:

  1. Blending your make-up and then patting it with your middle finger leaves a natural finish, and a dewy look.
  2. Primer on the T-zone (that’s forehead, nose and chin) is a god-send for combination/oily skin.
  3. Vaseline on your lips before a hot shower is perfect for buffing them up before a red-lipstick occasion.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

I Feel Pretty…

17 May

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It is a well-known fashion fact that looking good makes you feel good. Even if it’s just a dash of mascara before leaving the house. From a dab of under-eye concealer to some bright red lipstick… make-up can make your day.

So here are the contents of my make-up bags (yes, I have a few). Some things are going to get a raving review and some I regret  ever having wasted money on. A no holds-barred account of an 18 year olds must-haves and don’t-evens. Just for you 🙂

First up for examination is the biggest bag, into which I just pile random bits and bobs. It’s my equivalent of a haberdashery shop; freebies and presents and very old items galore.

  • Safety pins, thread, needles, hair-ties, wipes, a mirror and cotton buds. All so useful and so multi-purpose!
  • Lip glosses that are mediocre; these are generally non-branded, very old and various shades of red. One unusual addition is the Barry M Glossy Tube (was £2 from Superdrug).

I would not recommend this lipgloss to anyone. The colour is not consistent, it’s not long-lasting, and it’s not very flattering to be honest. So don’t be sucked in by the price; it’s not worth it.

  • Natural High Brightening Eye Cream; it doesn’t get rid of my dark circles but is quite good for application under concealer. I think it is only available in Holland though.
  • Collection 200 Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner, in Gold and Silver; even though I only use these for fancy-dress or hyped-up parties, they are very good. I would recommend these for anyone looking for a cheap glitter eyeliner that will last the night and make your outfit pop! (available at Superdrug)
  • 3 free double-ended Barry M eyeliner/shadow pencils; another bad review for Barry M. These were on the front of a magazine so I don’t know what I was expected. They are just useless; I really should have thrown them away by now.
  • Random gold eyeshadow pencil, purple eyeliner and little gold eyeshadow pot. All useless and brand-less.

Next is my bag of useful items that I use regularly; the New Look equivalent, if you will, even has my old favourites that I have outgrown.

  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara; an old favourite of mine, even though it’s not the best for me, I would definitely recommend it as a first mascara (it was my first after all!).

 

  • Good eyeliner (some are very good); Rimmel Soft Kohl in Jet Black, Boots Natural Collection in Green, Max Factor Kohl Pencils in Brown or Charcoal Grey. I would recommend any of these as they are all good, if not fabulous.
  • Lip liner in Rosy – unfortunately brand-less, but I would recommend everyone gets a lip-liner that matches their lip colour.
  • Collection 2000 Colour Intense Solo eyeshadow in Frosting; this is a glittery white that works as a base for eyeshadow, and as a highlighter. And it’s a steal!

Finally, it’s my most loved products; my must-haves and my sacred favourites. The Selfridges equivalent is my personal picks for the best items available:

  • Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner in Black. My perfect liquid eyeliner for creating a glamorous flick.

 

  • Barry M Kohl Pencil in Black/Grey; Do not ask me how this is possible! Barry M beating Rimmel?! But it creates a darker line and lasts longer so I guess it’s true.
  • Sephora Liner Electro in a glittery purple colour. So beautiful. I love Sephora. *sigh*
  • Again, to Sephora, for the absolute best lipglosses ever. They even taste amazing! I have the normal lip gloss in Coral, and the SPF 8 Nectar Shine in Mango.

  • Bobbi Brown lip gloss in pink; it’s makes me feel like a princess and it is very good.
  • Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara; my absolute favourite and must-have! I have it in Black in a big tube and a mini one.

  • MAC Wonder Woman Reflects Glitter in Bronze. Is awesome. Just dab a bit on your eye lids and you’ll be ready for saving the world  a night out.

  • MAC Prep + Prime (primer) SPF 15. The best face primer in the world.
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid (liquid foundation) in NC44. I cannot live without MAC.
  • MAC Select Moisturecover (concealer) in NW35. The greatest ever.

I also use Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm every day; it acts as a really good base for lipgloss too.

So there you have; my recommendations for what’s hot and what’s not. Like they say; feel pretty, act pretty.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo