I've been working on a script and watching a lot of films lately, and it has come to my attention that the way characters behave in film is so different to how we behave in real life, I almost don't know where to start. The years before the 2000 are much more apropriate for storytelling, decreasing in glamour from the 80s onwards.
When I observe people in real life, they are pretty much in front of a screen the whole time. Whether walking down the street or at home, they are often watching a little screen. We don't phone our lovers to meet, we just text them. We don't sit firegazing in the bar. We don't do "future" in the filmic way that looks cool, with little Tamagotchi type accessories that beep and project watercolour holograms. We read from screens, in silence, with our heads low in a not very flattering position, for long periods at a time. At what time is film gonna catch up? Will it ever? I can't imagine a film that actually depicts us in reality, it would be impossible to describe in visuals.
It's made me think what so many people are thinking, I don't want to live my life like this. I want to live my life like Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, with a glass of brandy on one hand and an inquisitive mind on my shoulders. Much like I do, minus my iphone interfering. Is there no way to save us?
I was excited to come across these lipsticks in London, I had been plotting an order from the US but the shipping costs almost made me think twice. I ordered samples of my preferred from Alyaka, and they arrived super fast.
Kosas is a brand that I had heard of through Goop/ Gwyneth Paltrow. She used a red one in this video and it made me wanna have it, because I haven't had very much luck with "natural" lipsticks in the past, and these looked like modern textures.
Fast forward to my first impressions: They are. They are a creamy moisturizing lipstick with a nice shine, they feel like a lip balm and there's nothing much bad that I can say about them. They smell like vanilla. I really like them, and I wish they made nude shades (and lip liners!)
On my skintone...
Rosewater is a sheer dusty pink, kind of your lips but better with a strong pink tone
Stardust is a sheer dusty rose/coral, kind of your lips but better with a coral tone
Electra is a very bright poppy red, lighter than I was expecting from seeing the photos.
Undone is a fantastic brown pink, it's like a natural version of NARS Pigalle. It is lighter and more reddish though
I really want to try them all because they look so different on lips! Feel free to watch the video for a better idea on colour.
Where to order KOSAS...
- In the US: http://bit.ly/2nTftCf or here http://bit.ly/2npjCRO
- In the UK: https://www.alyaka.com/brands/kosas/
- In the EU: http://bit.ly/2nTkivh
On the rest of my face, I'm wearing...
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow http://bit.ly/2nDHfDx
- YSL Touche Eclat http://bit.ly/2mVlPC1
- Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara http://bit.ly/2nDDHRT
- RMS Seduce eyeshadow http://bit.ly/2nHkBKn
- RMS Buriti Bronzer http://bit.ly/2nTzSqX
- RMS Living Luminizer http://bit.ly/1LclzDy
- Tata Harper Very Popular on cheeks http://bit.ly/2nB7FJl
- MAC Lady Be Good (at the beginning) http://bit.ly/2nTzKaX
- Kevyn Aucoin Medium lipliner http://bit.ly/2mK0Iln
I have put together this little brochure about my hair and the products I've been liking and I want to recommend.
I have been using most of what I'm using for an age, I very rarely delve into new hair products because I have other more pressing interests. So these are very true tried and tested things that work for me and I can recommend.
A note on my hair: It looks really sad right now because my colour is natural and it hasn't gotten sun love for months...It needs a beach break! The texture is also natural at the moment, in all its thin and frizzy goodness. I stopped getting brazilian blowdries about 1.5 years ago. It's definitely annoying and fly away, but on the other hand, I love how easy I can curl it. I missed that.
I cut it exactly every 3 months to keep this length.
In the photos above I have it curled loosely the day before with a medium curling iron, using just medium heat. I have used some oil, and some Prep Spray.
Products I use:
- Kerastase hair oil. I use this right after I towel dry my hair, and let it dry. There are a lot of good hair oils out there. This is just the one I have. They last for years and years
- Kerastase sulphate free shampoo. I have been using sulphate free shampoos from Kerastase for a while, it seems like every week they have a new one out. My current one is the Discipline. All of them have been good. I have nothing bad to say about them, they just work, and they don't give you problems like many other shampoos do. They don't dry out, they don't build up, they don't oil up..Your hair feels fine, and that's what I want, no drama, no more, no less.
- L'oreal Intense Repair mask is that I've been using as conditioner for the past twenty years and it is the best, makes the hair feel strong and soft and elastic.
- Denmans Paddle brush (I've heard the Aveda is even better). I blowdry with this paddle brush, and I try to blowdry upside down for maximum height.
- Mason Pearson brush for a nice scalp massage every once in a while. I wouldn't dream to use this as a regular hairbrush, but for distributing the oil they are the best. I usually use it at night, since it makes your hair look a bit 70s.
- Bumble & Bumble Styling Lotion (UK HERE), Surf Spray and Prep Spray are my favourite lotions and potions in the world. I couldn't tell you the difference between Styling Lotion and Prep spray. They magically make the hair nicer and piecier and nice smelling without adding any stickiness or weight. They are addictive. As for the Surf Spray, it's a classic, it's a feel good product for texture. I like to keep it as natural as possible and these feel minimal and good.
- Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray is my favourite thing for those special days or in between days to add some oomph. (UK HERE) They also make travel size which is awesome
- Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 (UK HERE). I never thought I'd use a blowdry gel because I have a phobia for anything sticky, but this is actually not tacky at all and coats the hair and gives it thickness. It's quite good, even for both os us that don't like using products.
I like products that give my hair texture while being super light and absolutely non sticky: all of these are amazing for this purpose.
Hope this gave you some good recs or inspiration! x
I was pretty pleased this morning when I saw how hot and sunny it was outside.
I finally got to wear my favourite "dress" this sweater combo that I got from Free People. I wanted to show you because it is one of the few pieces that have gotten me excited in a while. I love it, it reminds me so much of all the iconic 60s fashions and it's a really nice fabric and fit. Wanted to show you asap before it sells out in case you're interested..I know how hard it is to find cute stuff that doesn't cost a fortune
Tod's snakeskin loafers
French Connection cashmere coat
Antik Batik beaded bag