December Kiko Make Up Haul

This is my first haul… I am kind of excited… I’m new at this, so bear with me please.

Last months I was browsing a few of my favourite make-up websites and I stumbled upon the Kikocosmetics.com page. And there were some incredible sales, so obviously I started putting things in the online basket like a maniac.

I spent 34,50€ (29£ / 36$) but 7€ were for an eyeliner for my mom and 12€ were spent of Christmas gifts for a couple of friends so, (if my calculations are correct) I spent 15.50€ for my self. And I bought a LOT of make-up for just 15€.

 

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The Nail Varnishes are in the n° .

I had already tried the mascara a few years ago and I quite liked it, but my taste has change, so I am kind of excited to see if it is any good. It’s called the “Mascara Ultra Tech New Formula” and it was only 2.10€!

Similar in price, the black eyeliner “Deep Black Eye Marker” was 2.30€!!! I am used to liquid liners and I thought I could something new. The tip of the liner is a little bit too fat and chubby so I don’t really know if it’s going to work.

Then, because I hadn’t purchased enough liners, I bought a brown one! I already have one from Makeup collection but this one has glitter!! I can’t wait to use it!

I haven’t even touched the products… This is supposed to be a Christmas gift for myself by myself. And my conscience is killing me because I have spent a lot of money on makeup this year…  So, I basically have to legitimize my purchase and Christmas (even though I bought all of this stuff on November) is the perfect excuse.

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But let’s not get into that… The focus of this haul are the eyeshadows. (And the lipstick they sent for free because I purchased two of the “Smart Colour Eyeshadow”)

The two on the top are “Smart Colour Eyeshadow” in n° 4 and 5. Last year (I think) Kiko revolutionized their single eyeshadows and came out with 90 old and new colours part of a line called “High Pigment Wet and Dry eyeshadow” : the only thing is: they are more expensive. 5.90€ (5£) each. I am aware that it’s not that expensive, but compared to the other line (the one on the bottom)… well, it is. But the pigmentation is amazing. It has a softer texture, it blends really well and… there are 90 colours. Which is impressive.

But Kiko was clever: they chose 32 of the most popular eyeshadow and created the “Smart” collection: they are identical to the others, but just a tiny bit smaller! And half the price! It’s such a great idea!

The second row, is from the “Infinity Eyeshadow” collection. they were on super sale at 1.40€ instead of 4.90€. What a bargain!!

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n° 243 – I kind of wanted a red eyeshadow. But not a red one because I’m not Lady Gaga or Kristen Stewart so I can’t pull that off. Believe me, I tried. But this has purple undertones so I figured it wouldn’t be an eyesore.

n° 270 – I have been looking for the perfect green eyeshadow for ages. I have 4 different shades of green and I still haven’t figured out a way to pull them off… Maybe this one will be FINALLY the right one.

n° 288 – I have loads of brown. Too many if you ask my mom. But they are my favourite colour and they suit my olive complexion… In the picture it looks blue, but it’s a grey/cold-brown colour! And since it’s winter and I love wearing dark, smokey colours I thought this was perfect.

As for the “Smart Lipstick“, I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m not overly excited. It’s their creamy formula, they smell a bit weird and they are cheap (3.90€). Too cheap for a lipstick to be any good. It’s in the shade 932. I’ll try it as soon as possible, but I don’t have great expectation.


I definitely hope you enjoyed this post… Let me know if you tried any of Kiko’s products and if you have any to recommend me!

Georgia   🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Guide To The Perfect Christmas Episode

This year, I haven’t been feeling the spirit of Christmas. I feel like everybody has embodied Christmas’s happiness a little bit too much. People started talking about it two months before. Calm down, guys. Come on. It’s just one day.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the hot chocolate, the fairy lights and the Chrstmas free, but people have become obsessed…

If you (like me) are not particularly into Christmas this year, I collected a number of episodes to get into the mood. I thought about the order I wanted to put them on and I decided this: from funny to drammatic.

So without much further ado, here is my TOP 5 list of Christmas Episodes.

  1. Friends: how could you start a christmas marathon without one of the best comedies ever? In every of the 10 season there is a episode centred aroud Christmas, but after one or two it would get boring. So I chose the best ones: at least for me. Season 3 episode 10: “The One Where Rachel Quits” and season 4 episode 10: “The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie”.
  2. Modern Family: Probably the best show to get you cozy on the couch surronded by everyone and enjoy from family fun. I love it so much. My sister and I are obsessed with it: there are episodes we know by heart. They also did quite a few Christmas episode, but my two favourite will always be: “Express Christmas” (s03e10), where the family tries to organize Christmas dinner in one day and a week earlier. On the other hand, “White Christmas” (s07e09) is about the family’s holiday in a cabin, with some tension between Jay and Claire, Haley and Andy and Mitch and Cam’s wish to sing the perfect christmas carol. They are both so funny and they make me feel all warm and happy.
  3. How I Met Your Mother: As the last pick in the comedy category, I went for one that leans towards drama. It’s called Symphony of Illumination and probably the only episode in which the narrating voice isn’t Ted. Instead, it’s Robin who talks to her future children and explains the difficulties she is facing during the holiday season. It’s sad, happy and deep. A perfect way to move from comedy to drama.
  4. Now let’s get into the tearful stuff: Doctor Who Christmas Specials. I don’t know what’s the deal with british television at Christmas, but it’s always depressing. I chose two of my favourite episodes, but let’s face it: they are all good. From season 5: “A Christmas Carol. It’s so bittersweet, adorable and Michael Gambon is a terrific actor. Another personal favourite is The Snowmen with Ian McKellen as guest star! It’s still not a cheerful episode, the Doctor is in mourning and depressed but it’s like stepping in a victorian fairytale. I’ll definitely be rewatching it during the holidays.
  5. Downton Abbey: The show is basically specialized in breaking our hearts, shattering them into a million pieces. But I’m not crazy! I don’t want to collapse on the floor sobbing like an idiot on Christmas Day. I’m not doing that for the 5th time. So instead, I went for the happy ones: The 2011, 2013 and 2014 Christmas Specials. There are not names on the episodes, but it’s season 2, 4 and 5. They are just perfect. I love them so much and along with the “Doctor Who” ones, they are my favourites.

 

I hope you enojoyed my list of favourite episodes! Let me know if you have anything else to recommend me!

Have a nice Christmas!

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WestWorld

I’ve heard a lot about this series on HBO. People have been talking about Westworld for ages, saying how wonderful and well-made it is.mv5bmteyodk5ntc2mjneqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mdq5ntgwotkx-_v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_

So naturally (although a few months later) I decided to give it a go. I didn’t know a lot about it, so I was pretty confused about the whole thing. And frankly, I still am.

IMDb says: “A series inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings.”

It still doesn’t make sense! As I said, it’s on HBO so I expected nudity, nudity, curse words, violence and more nudity. And it’s there, don’t worry.

It has a great cast… Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins and the third Hemsworth (Luke, who up until a few months ago didn’t even know existed. Sorry.)

The series is produced by J.J. Abrams. If you are a fan of sci-fi movies and tv series, you probably know him. He was involved in series like “Lost”, “Alias” and “Fringe” and of course the new “Star Wars” movie. Another familiar name, this time in the music department, is Ramin Djawadi, who also composes the soundtrack for “Game Of Thrones”. Definitely check it out, I usually listen to season 5 and 6 whenever I have to study. So dark and creepy.

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Anthony Hopkins (Shit, he is scary)

From what I have understood, the “WestWorld”is a theme parks masked as a real town with real people, who are actually artificial people. These people are only created to entertain the “guests” that come to the park. Naturally, the lab-created-people aren’t aware of  their origin.

And apparently the same day is repeated again and again. The only problem is that some robots (if you can call them that) are experiencing some glitches and malfunctions.

*spoiler alert for Game of Thrones*

Also, they Jon Snowed it. Characters keep coming back to life! It’s so weird!

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My first thoughts were:

  • “What am I watching?”
  • Is this a Black Mirror type of shit?
  • Why are there robot people in underground storage unit?
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James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood

If you like the dystopian/futuristic/generally weird genre, this is definitely for you. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Sci-Fi… I am very picky about it. So yeah… It’s not my cup of tea. Anyway, it’s what I like to call “high quality TV”: great cast, director, music, storyline…

If someone has seen it, give me advice! Do you think I should keep watching?

 

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Affair

“A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.” is the synopsis on IMDb for the Showtime series “The Affair”.

Noah, a married with three children novelist begins having an affair with an also married waitress called Allison.

They meet for the first time at the beach town restaurant where Allison works and as spectators, we can immediately see the attraction between the two.

What captured my attention (and made me watch the following 9 episodes) was the two different point of views. For the first part of the episode, we only see Noah’s side of the story: his arrival in Montauk and his family; in the second part of the episode, we watch the same story happening from Allison’s prespective.

But it’s not just that: the story changes. It’s just tiny details, pieces of the same story that don’t line up. And you will have to watch until the very end of the episode to discover why.

And it’s good. Trust me. You will follow the story till the very end. And specially, you WILL WANT to.

It’s broadcast on ShowTime and so the amount of profanity, sex and violent is off the roof, which is totally predictable since it’s a show about two people having an affair. I cannot stress this enough: there is A LOT of sex. Probably more than I am comfortable with. No, scratch that, DEFINITELY MORE than I am comfortable with.

The thing about the characters is that you WILL hate them. There isn’t right and wrong, there isn’t a good character or a bad one. They are all quite despicable. One can be worse (depending on the point-of-view-part of the episode) than the other and this is exactly why I love this show.

At the beginning it bothered me a little: I was waiting for the “good one” to show up, the character that (even partially) is better than the others. But it didn’t. Because in real life there is no good or bad. People are a mix of both. And the two points of view enable you to see both sides, two truths or at least what they believe (or are pretending to) is the truth. Truth is mainly subjective and here is more evident than ever.

The show is so complicated because it explores human feelings, implulses, secrets, betrayal… It’s not sugarcoated and this is what I look for in a good tv series. You get so into the character’s souls and personalities that you start to feel what they feel: their anger, their sadness, their passion… It’s a rollercoaster of emotions for both the characters and us at home.

And we can’t forget how incredibly believable and talented the actors are!! Seriously amazing.

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Let me be honest: I started watching this because of Joshua Jackson. I basically fell in love with him while watching “Fringe” and well… “Dawson’s Creek” (Altough he looked completely riddiculus in 1998)… And here he is brilliant. You hate him, you feel sorry for him… And he is scary AF.

Dominic West as Noah is just perfect. You will like him, you will hate him (mainly hate him) but his portrayal is outstanding.

Ruth Wilson as Allison is spectacular… She completely shattered my heart in a million pieces. What a performance. She portrays grief is such a

And last but not least, Maura Tierney as Noah’s wife Helen is fantastic.

Both Joshua and Maura don’t have as much screen time as Dominic and Ruth, but when they do… Wow. Just wow.

“The Affair”‘s brilliancy isn’t only a product of my imagination but the show won 3 Golden Globes for Best TV Drama, Ruth Wilson for Best Actress in 2015 and Maura Tierney for Best Supporting Actress in 2016.

I think I have to stop writing because this post is long enough. But I could go on for pages and pages.

Oh, I almost forget. Listen to the main theme “Container” by Fiona Apple… It is dauntingly beautiful and it completely reflects the atmosphere of the show.

 

Georgia