Feb 9, 2015  •  In Art/Design, Entertainment, Movies, Shopping

Global Luxury Shoe Designers Reimagine Cinderella’s Glass Slipper

In celebration of the release of the live action film Cinderella, Disney has enlisted 9 global luxury shoe designers to create their own interpretation of the iconic glass slipper. Take a look!

Paul Andrew:
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“Cinderella’s glass slipper represents every woman’s dream shoe. The story, being a classic, inspired me to use my iconic pointed toe silhouette, which I embellished with an array of hand encrusted Swarovski crystals to create the ultimate fantasy shoe. I used transparent PVC to create a ‘glass’ effect and ivory suede for luxurious texture and dimension.”

Alexandre Birman:
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“My vision of the glass slipper was inspired by the timeless and feminine beauty that I believe Cinderella and the Alexandre Birman brand both share. I reinterpreted our classic Johanna pump, this time giving it a fashionable and romantic twist with satin and Swarovski crystals. It’s a shoe I imagine a modern princess would wear.”

René Caovilla:
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“‘Works of arts called shoes’ to grant wishes and raise emotions. Passion and never ending research don’t draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale.”

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Feb 3, 2015  •  In Art/Design, Entertainment, Funny, Geek, Movies

Parody Posters of 2015 Oscar Nominated Films

Presented to you by the 2nd Annual RIPTcademy Awards. I would totally watch some of these; The Grand Arkham Asylum looks especially badass! And Quailman? I used to love the show Doug!

The Theory of Everything – The Theory of Everything is AWESOME!
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American Sniper – Canadian Sniper
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Feb 2, 2015  •  In Beauty, Personal, Reviews

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation Review: My New HG Foundation!!!

Can it be? Have I finally discovered a new foundation to replace my beloved “complexion perfector,” the Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation?

The Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation was released late last year to rave reviews. It is the latest in the liquid-to-powder foundation trend that began with the launch of GA Maestro two years ago. (You can read my thoughts on some of the other liquid-to-powder foundations here.)

So what made me want to try the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation? It was an article in Refinery29, “Foundation Just Got Way More Amazing” — which talks about the liquid-to-powder foundation trend and reviews 6 of the most popular ones — that first sparked my interest. And the more I researched the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation, the more I realized it may provide the additional coverage and longevity I had been seeking with the YSL Fusion Ink.

Even the sleek product design appealed to me, and the fact that it uses the silver “button” at the top of the bottle to operate the hygenic dispenser — it works just like an eyedropper, except you press instead of squeeze — made it even more enticing. (The GA Maestro can be difficult to travel with because of the eyedropper top.)

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So when my foundation began to run low, I decided to use the money I would have spent on a new bottle of GA Maestro to buy the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation instead.

And I am so glad that I did. :-D

How does the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation stack up against the other liquid-to-powder foundations I’ve tried? It provides the most coverage of all of them (in other words, more bang for the buck since I don’t have to use as much) and lasts the longest too!

For the purpose of this post, I used a heavier hand than usual in applying the foundation in the pictures below so that you can see the beautifully medium coverage it is meant to deliver. (I usually only use a few drops right after moisturizing, for a sheerer finish.) Additionally, I purposely didn’t wear my contact lenses because my glasses leave my face oilier at the end of the day and I wanted to show you the Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation’s lasting powder!

Right after applying (I should’ve taken a picture before using setting powder…sorry!):

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And here I am, a full 8 hours after taking that initial picture:

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I did NOTHING to my face between the two pictures — not even blotting paper! And as you can see, the only difference seems to be a teeny bit of shine along the t-zone.

And if you can recall, my biggest complaint about the YSL Fusion Ink was its strong flowery scent. I’m sorry to say that the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation is also scented. :-(  However, it is a subtly sweet, nutty aroma that reminds me of roasted almonds (I’m not too familiar with Kevyn Aucoin’s other products — do they smell like this too?) and it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as most other perfumed makeup.

Now, for the price. At $65, it is slightly more expensive than the Giorgio Armani Maestro’s $64 (GA raised the price of the Maestro by $2 since I first wrote about it). But since the difference is only a dollar, and because I’m using less per application than I did with the Maestro, it is certainly worth the extra buck, IMHO!

Interested in seeing the shades offered? My go-to queen of swatches, Beauty Professor, has once again come through in this extensive post. (I use SF05, if you’re wondering.)

You can purchase the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation at many major department stores and online beauty boutiques such as: Barneys, Beauty.comBeautylish, Neiman MarcusNordstrom, and Space NK.

Want to try a sample before you buy but can not get to a department store? Camera Ready Cosmetics sells samples for $5!

Questions? Comments? Please leave them below!

Jan 29, 2015  •  In Books, Entertainment, Geek, Movies, Star Wars

Into the Great Unknown

YOU. GUYS.

You’re probably aware of the fact that both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies were made by the same production company, Lucasfilm.

And you have to know that Han Solo and Indiana Jones were played by the same actor, Harrison Ford. (Right?)

So what if they could meet?!???

“Into the Great Unknown” is a 10-page non-canon comic story that was included in the comic book Star Wars Tales 19 in 2004. It serves more as a fanboy fantasy than a serious addition to either Star Wars or Indiana Jones worlds, but it truly is mind-boggling and leaves one almost wishing it were true.

(Almost. Without giving anything away, something big happens in the storyline with which most Star Wars fans have a big problem.)

Check it out below!

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Jan 28, 2015  •  In Art/Design, Movies

35 Movies of 2015, Each Symbolized by a Single Image

Can you recognize these anticipated movies of 2015 from just a simple icon? (Hint: the numbers represent sequels.)

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See my answers in the comments section below. I couldn’t find the answer to row 6, image 4 (the orange one with the suitcase). I know it’s a sequel since it has the number 2, but I have no idea what it could be. Any guesses?

Via Sploid.