Sunday, 14 February 2016

LONDON MEDIA TRIP

A couple of days ago I went on a one-night stay to London with my college. The trip was based around media related activities, however we did have free time and not everything we did was media related.

On the first day we left at 8:30 and arrived at about 11:30. We went to the London Film Museum which was based all around the Bond films, meaning all the cars were on display. After a self-guided tour we had free time in Covent Garden where my friend and I went shopping. After checking into our 'hotel' (hostel) we went for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe before going to watch a show: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, which was really good! The next day we went to the BBFC studio in Soho, which was probably my favourite thing (I've written a blog post on a subject mentioned there). We then had free time in Soho to get lunch before heading home.

 I enjoyed having the time off school and being able to spend quality time with my friend Amie. She's the brunette in some of the photos and her Instagram is amierowbotham_ if you want to follow her - she is extremely talented at makeup. I hope you enjoy the photos I've included and the post in general.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

VALENTINE'S HAIR, MAKEUP & OUTFIT

This valentine's post is going to be a hair, makeup and outfit idea for a casual date where, of course, you still want to look like you've put the effort in without going over the top.

For the outfit I decided to go quite casual by pairing a black, tight top (from Primark) with a pair of ripped, Jamie jeans (from Topshop). To vamp the look up I decided to wear a pair of black heals (from Newlook) and use a cute purse (from Skinnydip/Topshop). The coat I chose (from Topshop) was navy and fairly smart looking, while still being warm and stylish.

In terms of my hair, I used my GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand on the ends of my hair before using a wide tooth comb to gently backcomb the curls to help separate them and create more volume. To achieve even more volume I sprayed dry shampoo into the roots of my hair.

Makeup: Maxfactor Lasting Performance foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, ABH Contour Kit, Sleek contour kit (for blush), Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade, Collection Speedy Highlight, Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (Burnout all over the lid and Mugshot in the crease), Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner, Avon Super Shock mascara, NO. 7 Highshine lip crayon and ABH Dipbrow Pomade.

Happy Valentine's day!

Friday, 12 February 2016

'PAINT DRYING': A FILM TO PROTEST FILM CENSORSHIP

For those of you who don't know I recently visited London with my college on a Media trip. I usually wouldn't talk about something like this in my blog, but Media is something I feel really passionate about and it's something that interests me. I usually try to avoid having opinions on controversial topics and I don't judge those I don't know. However, this is my blog and my opinions. If you disagree with anything in this post then that's fine, I actually love to see things from other people's point of view - but obviously only when they're polite.

While in London we visited the BBFC Studio in Soho. I already knew a little bit about the BBFC as I had researched a small amount for my media coursework. For those of you who don't know, the BBFC are the British Board of Film Classification, meaning they are in charge of what age rating a film gets: U, PG, 12/12A, 15 or 18. We had a talk by a lady, whose name I unfortunately don't remember, and I actually really enjoyed it. She gave us lots of 'behind the scenes' information and one of the things she told us was about a film that was sent into them called "Paint Drying". I'm sure you're familiar with the expression "watching paint dry", because it was exactly that. A young man named Charlie Lyne made and sent a video to the BBFC of paint drying. Lyne managed to raise enough money to send 10 hours worth of the original 14 hour clip in an attempt to protest film censorship. Not only do I disagree with the protest, I also think there were multiple things wrong with it and I don't think Lyne was knowledgeable enough to make a judgement on the BBFC, despite him being a 'film maker'.

So, why do I disagree with the protest? The idea was that Lyne, and those who helped him raise the money didn't agree that the BBFC have the right to decide what the general public can and can't watch. However, while being at the studio I quickly understood that the ratings given to films are mainly used as guidelines to help parents understand what is suitable for their children, and also to help adults who aren't so keen on the highest levels on violence, gore, drug use and sex (which may be presented in a certificate 18) meaning they therefore opt for a 15 or lower rated film instead. I do believe that film classification is important, especially because it isn't the end of the world if you want to see an 18 but you're underage. You cannot legally go to the cinema to watch a film or buy a film if you're underage but there is nothing stopping you from actually watching the film.

There are well known violent crimes that have occurred as a result of children watching films rated way beyond their age. For example, the James Bulger story. A young boy was brutally beaten and murdered by two older boys, aged just 10 years old, as they attempted to imitate a scene from Child's Play. Obviously, the boys who committed the crime didn't buy or go to the cinema to watch the film, so in some respect the BBFC's rating has nothing to do with the story. However, by having the rating on films it helps (responsible) parents to make quick assumptions in whether or not their child should watch a certain film or not. Obviously, young children should not watch certain things and the BBFC ensure that nothing dangerous is included in younger rated films to avoid imitation.

The BBFC are a non-profit organisation and do not set out to reject films or give them ratings other than what the film ideally wants. In fact, the BBFC are there to help film companies/makers when it comes to giving them a rating in order for them to release their film in cinemas and on DVD. In the past 4 years only one film has been rejected due to it being largely based on sadistic sexual violence. Which as a rule, tells you that adults are pretty much entitled to view anything they wish. I don't know a whole lot about "film making", but if Lyne and other film makers were any good at their job they'd have a target audience (who he films is aimed at). The certificates given by the BBFC are not strict and and allow for any target audience. For example, a good film will never be aimed at adults (certificate 18) and four year old children (universal certificate). This leads me to question why people protest against the BBFC. Also, as mention previously, the BBFC are there to help films receive the rating they want. The BBFC gives film makers/institutions the opportunity to include what they would like their film to be rated. They then make notes on the film and advise, if anything, what needs to be changed in order for that film to achieve a certain certificate.

Not all films need to be certified by the BBFC. Films that can be streamed, for example on Netflix, don't need a rating. However, it's extremely common that they do because the ratings are recognisable and therefore help to cover the film from any complaints. 

For Lyne to have protested in a way like this it must have meant he was passionate about the subject and had done lot of research around the topic to develop a full understanding. However, to me, his story doesn't add up. Originally Lyne planned to send a 14 hour long film, but instead only sent a 10 hour long film after "forgetting" VAT. Lyne relied on the money of strangers to send his film but couldn't even give them reliable information about the protest. Similarly, Lyne thought, and spoke out about how two examiners would watch his film for 8.5 hours per day. However, this was also wrong. Multiple examiners watched different parts of the film in pairs, each only watching a few hours at a time. 
Not only did Lyne tell his donors the wrong information, he also pretty much failed on his attempt to protest; sitting and relaxing for a couple of hours, WHILE GETTING PAID, isn't such a terrible thing, right?

For those of you interested in how the examination went, the BBFC took it extremely seriously as they would any other film - proving that they're an extremely reliable source. In the talk, it was revealed that the examiners had a suspicion of Lyne including some pornographic images etc. partway through the film, however the film genuinely was just paint drying on a wall, meaning the certificate given was U.

I hope you enjoyed this post, whether you agree or not. I'm going to be uploading some images I took in London soon so hopefully, if you didn't like this post, that post will be a little bit more up your street. Thank you for reading and please feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

MORPHE 35W PALETTE - REVIEW & SWATCHES

I first heard about of the company Morphe a couple of days after Christmas - which would make sense as others would have been posting their new Morphe products online. In particular I saw a lot of the Morphe eye-shadow palettes. Despite being intrigued I decided not to look online because I had just received some lovely makeup for Christmas and didn't want to spend my money on another eye-shadow palette, just after my parents had brought me one. Since I hadn't looked online I just assumed that these palettes were going to be pricey. How wrong I was! These palettes are £15/£16 for 35 different shades! Wow! That's around £2.30 for one eye-shadow. My lovely friends brought me my palette for my birthday and I was so excited when I opened it! And excited I should have been as this palette is amazing!

I believe the reason for these eye-shadows being so cheap is because of the high talc content. Obviously I don't know the science behind how makeup is made but I do believe that usually high end eye-shadows tend to have a lower talc content. I don't think this should put you off at all though! It's not as if it means that these eye shadows aren't pigmented - because trust me they are! In fact, the majority of these eye-shadows are even more pigmented than a couple of the eye shadows from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. 

The packaging isn't great and it does look quite cheap, however when you're paying £15 for 35 good eye-shadows I don't think packaging is a massive issue. Another little downside to the product is how easily it wipes off. I have worn a day look using this palette which has honestly lasted me all day, however I think if you're planning to use this palette for a night out etc. then you'd be far better off using a primer first.

The colour range in the palette is fantastic for warmer skin tones - as the name suggests. But don't worry if you have a cooler skin tone because Morphe also have a palette especially for cooler skin tones. There are also a lovely range of both matte and shimmery shades, which is always nice. The shadows also blend easily, which is something I wasn't expecting.

I've swatched the shadows for you so you can hopefully see how pigmented the colours are. I've swatched row by row starting from the top.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post! I'm going to London on Thursday and am filming for my Media course work next week so hopefully there will be some interesting posts on the way! 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP ROUTINE

So recently I've really been really liking my makeup routine. Obviously I don't wear the exact same makeup every single day. For example: in this post my eye shadow is more of an orange shade, whereas another day I might want a more brown shade in my crease. I'm sure you get the idea.

So on an everyday basis I don't wear foundation. Instead I opt for a high coverage concealer - the Collection Lasting Perfection. However, if I do wear foundation my current favourite is the Max Factor Lasting Performance.

I cannot do my makeup without wearing bronzer no matter what look I'm going for and what time of year it is. Of course, I use my holy grail bronzer: Hoola!

Although I usually prefer a more peachy toned blush I've currently been loving the blush in the Sleek palette. This blush is in the 'light' contour kit.

I am also absolutely in love with the ABH Contour Kit at the moment! I powder using the shade Vanilla and use the shade Banana under my eyes.I then use the middle contour shade (Fawn) to contour. I went into a little depth about how I like to use the palette in a review I did of it so feel free to check it out!

At the moment I love highlighting with a Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Lightscapade. I really want to try another shade too but I'm not sure which one yet.

For eye shadow I've been loving the Morphe palette called the '35 Color Warm Palette'. I apply the first shade in the palette all over my eyelid & then blend the burnt orange colour in my crease. Obviously, when blended in the orange colour is no where near as vibrant so it's perfect for everyday wear.

I also can't go a day without wearing eyeliner and every single day I use the same one, the Maybelline gel eyeliner in black.

I finish my eyes by curling my lashes and applying an Avon Super Shock mascara. Although I don't wear them everyday I am obsessed with false lashes! I tend to just wear ones I got off eBay as they're super cheap - about £3 for 10 pairs. Since I went to school before taking the photo above I decided to just cut the lashes into half lashes as they're a little more natural looking while still being far better than my natural lashes.

To fill in my brows I first brush them out before applying my ABH Dip Brow Pomade (in brown) to the ends of my eyebrows. I prefer to leave the front bits with little product on them as it's more natural and in my opinion just looks better.

In terms of my lips I don't like to extenuate them as I don't like my lips very much. Instead of wearing lipstick I just exfoliate them and apply a Nivea lip balm.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It's surprisingly difficult to explain how you do your makeup without actually being able to show you. So although I didn't go into detail about how I use the products I'm sure, if you're a beauty junky like me, then you'll know anyway. So instead, I hope it's just nice that you can see the products I like to use.