gift ideas

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

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From top-bottom: Badges, stamps, postcards and those alphabet bags.

I have a number of birthdays coming up that require material gifts, so I have been browsing online in vain looking for those 'perfect' somethings. In conjunction with this web searching, I have also been looking into my own aladdin's cave (i.e my overfilled-with-stuff bedroom) for inspiration; hence the photos above that reflect some small ideas. Thankfully, the people whom I am buying for have similar tastes to myself, so it shouldn't be too hard :)

NOTD: Leopard nails (Gold & Mushroom)

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

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I had a go about playing with my new Models Own/Wah pen today and am pleased with the results! I used Chanel's protective base coat (I bought this on a whim after I'd ran out of my usual Barry M one - I would say it's no better than the BM one so save your pennies) first, then applied two coats of Barry M's Gold (289). Once that had dried, I used Barry M's Mushroom (310) to do the spots and when that was dry, I outlined them with the nail pen. The application of the pen is good, but I had some trouble taking the lid off. To finish, I applied Barry M's 3in1 clear varnish as a topcoat and once that had set, I used Avon's Liquid Freeze Quick Dry Spray to make sure that it wouldn't smudge.

The Liquid freeze spray is good (I have the old style packaging) but it's not the 30 second setting miracle it claims to be. I would say give it at least two minutes to properly set everything and then it's usually 95% smudge proof. I say 95 because if your nail varnish has been applied a little thickly or you have on a few coats, then it might still smudge but nowhere near as horrifically as it might do without it. I had a go about spraying it on after each coat, but it's very messy, oily and laboursome to do so and didn't make much of a difference. Use it as a final setting spray instead.

It's on offer on their website at the mo for £3 (half price) so I might stock up, well worth it at this price.

Films I've watched recently

Monday, 18 April 2011

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1. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008) - How is it possible that this film sucked so badly with all those great actors?! 2. The Handmaid's Tale (1990) - Film adaptation of the amazing book, is an OK effort but has suffered from looking awfully dated now. I would love to see a modern version of this. 3. The Hurtlocker (2009) - I'm not usually one for army type films but wanted to see what the hype was all about. Was a lot more slow-paced than I had expected. 4. Jonah Hex (2010) - I'm sure the only reason that this was made was to parade Megan Fox around in a corset (I'm not complaining but this movie was lame). 5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) - Big fan of this trilogy. 6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Jack Nicholson was made for that role, the book is better though. 7. Paul (2011) - Hilarious! Loved this. 8. Salt (2010) - Decent action based flick with Angelina Jolie.

NOTD: Barry M's Mushroom

Sunday, 17 April 2011

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Oh Mushroom; you are probably lying unloved at the back of everyone else's nail varnish collections right now, but I still love you.

Record Store Day!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

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Today is national Record Store Day. A day to collectively celebrate our love of music and to support independent record shops. A whole host of exclusive physical only items have especially been made to mark the occasion, so if you are lucky enough to live near an independent record shop, be sure to join in! A list of participating stores and more info can be viewed via the official website.

Propaganda

Friday, 15 April 2011

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A couple of things I picked up in Manchester recently. From top-bottom:-
1. A Short Fanzine about Rocking / TNS Records zine / Stoke flyer & CD
2. Assorted promo stuff
3. Reality / Loud and Quiet
4. The Stool Pigeon, laid out on a fantastic mock fascist ad. High five to whoever designed that!

Is it time to campaign for 'fairtrade' human hair extensions?

Thursday, 14 April 2011

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Do you know where your human hair extensions come from?

The issue of where human hair extensions come from and what prices are given to those who sell it, has been raised many times before. But is it something that consumers forget about when they go into their favourite salon? Another, out of sight, out of mind habit?

In the news today, the multi million pound business of human hair extensions comes to light yet again. In the past, the media have focused primarily on young Indian and Chinese women who live in poverty and sell their highly desired virgin hair to the West in order to feed themselves. This time, the issue comes closer to home with young Russian women at the center.

In the short article, the example of one woman called Katya is given. She sells her hair for £40. Her hair goes into a pile with two other women's hair and is bought by a UK dealer for £300. The UK dealer will then sell the hair in a London salon for £800. Big, big profits but do we see this as exploitation or simply a case of supply and demand?

Coming back to the fairtrade query, the main questions to ask consumers are these. Do consumers care enough about where their human hair extensions come from and do they care about what prices the women who sell them are paid? If so, would they only/prefer to purchase ones that are in some way certified 'fairtrade' by an independent reputable organisation? Would they be prepared to pay a premium for doing so and would they then boycott non-fairtrade extensions? If your favourite salon did not stock ethically sourced extensions, would you go without?

Short article here.

NOTD: Nails Inc's Savile Row

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

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This was a freebie from one of those Glamour mag promos (I only ever buy it when there's a good free product with it, it really is utter trash though), a while back. Savile Row is a nice deep purple and considering how hit and miss Nails Inc products usually are, this seems like one of the good ones.

Flicker game

Friday, 8 April 2011

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The Rules:
- Answer each of the questions below using the Flickr Search engine.
- Choose a photo from the first three pages.
- Copy the URL of your favorite photo into this site: bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php
- Save mosaic to some form of photo hosting thing, and share with the world.

1. First Name : Evelyn
2. Favorite Food: Pizza
3. Hometown: Stoke-on-Trent
4. Favorite Colour: Purple
5. Celebrity Crush: Jared Leto
6. Favorite Drink: Mint tea (preferably iced)
7. Dream Vacation: Fiji
8. Favorite Dessert: Baileys cupcakes
9. What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: Alternative social space creator
10. What I Love Most In The World: Music
11. One Word That Describes Me: Dreamer
12. My Screen Name: KatieChainsaw

My new favourite band: Japanese Voyeurs

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Last night, I went to see my new favourite band, Japanese Voyeurs. If you like Queen Adreena and the distorted grungey sounds of Sonic Youth, then you might like them too.

The gig at The Sugarmill was great. Not many people went so it was a nice intimate affair. Afterwards, I hit the merch stall and bought a Tshirt and a vinyl which came with a free comic. Nice. I also got a free CD off the support band Troops of Mafeking who were pretty cool.

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NOTD: Barry M's Indigo

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

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This looks a bit more purple IRL. Indigo a fab colour and didn't stain my nails at all.

Rise - Eddie Vedder (Into the Wild OST)

Sunday, 3 April 2011



I've been playing this song constantly after watching Into The Wild. Amazing film, amazing soundtrack.
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