Liquid London

In a recent interview (someone please remember which one?) Sam Heughan mentions that the history of Scots in the United States was not always honourable, and in the same interview the Confederacy is mentioned, which we know historically supported slavery. However, the link between the Jacobites and Slavery goes back further. Scotland was heavily involved in Slavery for many many years, both in being merchants and and working in the trade as well, on ships, on plantations and through investments.

I recently started reading Black and British by David Olusoga and found this section in the preface:

“In the late Seventeenth and early Eighteenth centuries the Royal African Company traded off the coast of West Africa predominantly in gold, ivory and slaves. The Royal African Company transported more Africans into slavery than any other British company in the whole history of the Atlantic slave trade. Between the 1670′s and 1730′s around a hundred and fifty thousand men, women and children passed through the company’s coastal fortresses on their way to lives of miserable slavery. Among those fortresses was Bunce Island. The Royal African Company was a royal chartered monopoly and as such was able to call upon the services of the Royal Navy to protect its monopoly, defend its fortresses and intercept the ships of so-called interlopers who attempted to muscle in on its trade. Protected from competition, the company was able to freely trade and thereby generate large profits from its investors. The ‘Royal’ in the company’s title was not a mere honorific. Among the company founders were King Charles II and his brother James Duke of York, the future King James II (the man after whom New York was named), who was actively involved in its administration. His name appears among shareholders who attended company meetings and on lists of those who drew profits and dividends. Among the other shareholders was the philosopher John Locke, whose sixteenth-century ancestor had been among the very first English traders to reach the coast of West Africa. So profitable were the activities of the Royal African Company that when in 1689, after he had been deposed in The Glorious Revolution and replaced with William of Orange and his wife Queen Mary, James II dispatched a representative to London to liquidate his shares, the former king’s profits amounted to £5,730 and were used to help fund his comfortable exile in Paris.”

James VII & II as he is known in Scotland, is the grandfather of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who may well have inherited some of that wealth. I love the Outlander television series (I think it is better than the books, which I have a number of issues with) and I love all things Scottish but one of the important things that has been happening recently here is the increasing acknowledgement of the role Scots played in slavery and the slave trade and I feel it is important to acknowledge that it happened. Lots of Jacobites went to work in the slave trade, Jacobites in exile became slave owners and that did not happen spontaneously, it came about because of pre-existing links.

Punch by The Cocktail Trading Company, London,

Ingredients: 

2 parts Amaro di Angostura, 

1 part Bacardi Rum, 

1 part almond-lime sherbet, 

1 rolling wave house ginger ale,


Method: 

Combine amaro, rum and sherbet and freeze into a sorbet. Take two scoops, dispense into a seashell and top with ginger ale.

UNDER HYPED: Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadows

When you think Ciate you instantly think nail polishes with pretty bows on them, but did you know the brand also has a makeup line? Although the makeup line is relativity unknown/unmentioned it’s got some great products like the Precious Metal Eyeshadows. I’ve never been a massive fan of loose eyeshadows/pigments (I find them a huge pain to be honest, they always seem to make a mess everywhere no matter how hard I try, my clothes, my bench-top, my bathroom, my hair) but these are just too good not to use and love. These eyeshadows come in five gorgeous shimmery metallic shades (I have two, ) and each one comes with an eye primer (which is surprisingly good) The eyeshadows are finely milded (no chunky glitter here) and for a loose eyeshadow fallout isn’t too bad. When used dry the shades can be blended out to look sheer and natural or they can be built up for a more noticeable finish. The magic of these eyeshadows though, really lies in them being used wet, when used with a small amount of mixing medium and applied with a brush, each shade looks like intense, high pigment liquid metal on the eyelids. I can’t understand why more people don’t talk about these.

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The Signs As Places I Dream of Visiting

Aries – Queensland, Australia – It’s where nature and scenery dominate. I’d spend all of my time exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forests. It’s where I’d go to challenge nature and to challenge myself.   

Taurus – Vienna, Austria – It’s a city full of music. Countless composers were born here, but more importantly, it’s where other composers visited and ended up staying. It’s where I’d go to get off the beaten path but still be captivated.

Gemini – Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain – It’s where I’d go to meet new people and rave. It’s a place that evokes the reckless, social butterfly in us all.  It’s a place I’d go to when I don’t want to be charmed, but I do want to be tempted.   

Cancer – Santorini, Greece – A place where the people are inviting, the atmosphere is beautiful, and the food is amazing. It is comforting and beautiful with white and blue-washed houses set against a glistening blue sea.  It’s where I’d go and find my home away from home.

Leo – Italy – I couldn’t choose just one city. Travelers find each big city and little town alluring. It’s romantic, rich in history, and picturesque- the epitome of beauty and grandeur. It’s a place I’d go to feel like liquid gold and royalty.

Virgo – London, England – Somewhere that’s different enough to satisfy my need for adventure but similar enough to be considered a low emotional investment. It’s diverse and international but still relatable. It could even be nostalgic because it reminds me a bit of home. It’s where I’d go to change my routine without fully abandoning it.

Libra – Cape Town, South Africa – It’s has everything- beaches, industry, mountains, gardens, etc. It’s a perfectly balanced location. It’s where I’d go when I’m unsure as to what I want to do, but I know I’m up for anything.

Scorpio – New Zealand – I could get away from everyone I know. It’s relaxing but still a novelty. It’s where I’d go to be unpressured and to watch the first sunrise of the day.  

Sagittarius – Montreal, Canada  - It’s a melting pot that’s buzzing with activity and intelligence while blending cultures and languages. It never gets old because it changes with each new person that stops by. It’s where I’d go to mix business and pleasure. 

Capricorn – Tanzania, Africa (Serengeti) – It’s rugged and unrefined. It’s a place I’d go to for the ultimate adventure, a safari. It’s where I’d go to experience nature in its rawest form.

Aquarius – Greenland – Here, Aurora Borealis can be viewed all year long except in the summer due to midnight sun. It’s a remote location with a sparse population. It’s where I’d go to enjoy my own company and to have the freedom to wander endlessly.

 Pisces – New Orleans, Louisiana – It’s home to jazz culture, delicious food, grand mansions and creole homes, and warm, embracing people. It’s where I’d go to celebrate life with total strangers who I always remember but never meet again.

5

#motd

Disneyland Today!!! Home tomorrow :(

I concealed with NARS concealer in Vanilla

On my face I used Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in Light 45

I then set my face with Illamasqua translucent loose powder

I contoured using my Kat Von D Shade + Light contouring kit, shade Sombre under my cheek bones and on my nose

Eyes:

Transition #1: Kat Von D Monarch palette shade Vanish

Transition #2: Kat Von D Monarch palette shade Delaney

Lid: Kat Von D Monarch palette shade Tiny Death

Corner: Kat Von D Metal Crush eyeshadow in Electric Warrior

Crease: Kat Von D Monarch palette shade Shadow Box, Deadhead and Limecrime Venus II palette shade Pigeon

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Eyeliner: Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper and Rimmel London exaggerated liquid liner

Lips:

Lip liner: MAC lip liner in Subculture

Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Lolita

Highlighting/Strobing: MAC Lightscapade

Blush: MAC blush in Melba

I got a mini of the Ciate London Liquid Velvet lipstick and maaaaaaan it feels so nice and this color is so pretty! Like I’m v picky with reds, but for this to look this good without any other makeup, you bet believe Ima use the shit out of this!

mel·an·chol·y

moments that feel like  endless lana del rey 
a late afternoon early evening  summer day
it’s how the clouds secretly  feel  about rain
how steam secretly  feels  about hot liquids
places like london or seattle and stockholm
perpetual   states   of   glum   navel   gazing
  
   

2

#motd

Black and Bronze liner!

On my face I used No.7 Beautifully Matte foundation in Calico and Loreal True Match foundation in Ivory

I concealed with NARS concealer in Chantilly

I then baked my face with Illamasqua translucent loose powder

I contoured using Kat Von D Shade & Light contouring kit, shade Sombre

Eyes:

Transition #1: MAC eyeshadow in Bamboo

Crease: Make Up Store Microshadow in Shade

Lid: NARS eyeshadow Valhalla

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Brow Wiz in Ebony

Eyeliner: MAC liquid last liner in Lion Babe and Rimmel London exaggerate liquid liner 

Lips:

Lip Liner: Bobbi Brown lipliner in Ballet Pink

Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting lipstick in Lolita II

Highlighting/Strobing: BECCA Pressed highlighter in Champagne Pop

Blush: NARS blush in Orgasm

5

#motd

Cute AF orange makeup today!! Y’all know i love this combination of colours! But I am also wearing orange to celebrate the SIX STRAIGHT WINS the Ducks have done!!! 

I first primed with YSL Touche Éclat primer

I concealed with NARS concealer in Chantilly

On my face I used Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in Light 45 

I then baked my face with Illamasqua translucent loose powder

I contoured using Laura Mercier cream contour kit using Medium #1 #2 and #3 shade on my forehead, cheeks and jawline

I set my contour using my Kat Von D Shade + Light contouring kit, shade Sombre

Eyes:

Transition #1: MAC eyeshadow in Bambo

Transition #2: Limecrime Venus II palette shade Mustard

Transition #3: Limecrime Venus II palette shade Jam

Crease: Limecrime Venus II palette shade Mud

Lid: Limecrime Zodiac glitter in Leo and LIT Cosmetics glitter in Mexican Lucky

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Eyeliner: Rimmel London exaggerate liquid eyeliner and Pen eyeliner

Lips:

Lip liner: MAC lipliner in Vino

Lips: Limecrime Velvetine in Pumpkin 

Highlighting/Strobing: BECCA Pressed highlighter in Moonstone

Blush: MAC blush in Melba

5

#motd 

On my face I used Estee Lauder double wear foundation in Ivory

I then set my face with Clinique Beyond Perfecting loose powder

I contoured using my Kat Von D Shade + Light contouring kit, shade Sombre under my cheek bones and on my nose

Eyes:

Lid: Kat Von D Monarch Palette shade Vanish and Delaney

Crease and Socket: MAC eyeshadow in Copperplate

Outer: Kat Von D Monarch Palette shade Deadhead

Corner: Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Mint Soda

Eyeliner: Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Under eye: MAC eyeshadow in Copperplate and Kat Von D Monarch Palette shade Deadhead

Glitter: Limecrime zodiac glitter in Leo

Lips:

Lip liner: MAC lip liner in Stone 

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Sepia and Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lipsticks in Posh Spice

Highlighting/Strobing: Makeup Academy Shimmer Highlighter shade Iridescent Gold

Blush: Illamasqua blush shade Cherish

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#motd

Orange and Gold smokey eye!!

I HAVE A VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR THIS LOOK UP ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL!! GO CHECK IT OUT <3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbnztb97_gM

I first primed with YSL Touche Éclat primer

I concealed with NARS concealer in Vanilla

On my face I used Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in Light 45

I then baked my face with Illamasqua translucent loose powder

I contoured using my Kat Von D Shade + Light contouring kit, shade Sombre

Eyes:

Transition #1: MAC eyeshadow in Bambo

Transition #2: Limecrime Venus II palette shade Mustard

Transition #3: Limecrime Venus II palette shade Jam

Inner and Outer corner: Limecrime Venus II palette shade Mud

Lid: Illamasqua Broken Gold embellishment gel and LIT Cosmetics glitter in Mexican Lucky

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Eyeliner: Rimmel London exaggerate liquid eyeliner and Pen eyeliner

Lips:

Lip liner: MAC lipliner in Vino

Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting lipstick in Vampira

Highlighting/Strobing: BECCA Pressed highlighter in Champagne Pop

Blush: Too Faced blush in I Will Always Love You

4

28 days until Hella-Ween!!

One of the classics!! Cracked/Broken face

I first primed my face with Clinique Superprimer

On my face I used Clinique Beyond Perfecting 2 in 1 foundation and concealer

I set my contour using my Kat Von D Shade + Light contouring kit, shadeSombre under my cheek bones and on my nose

I then set the rest of my face with Clinique Beyond Perfecting loose powder

Eyes:

Transition #1: Limecrime Venus Palette shade Divine

Outer: Kat Von D Chrysalis palette shade Lucid

Crease: Kat Von D Innerstellar palette shade Orion

Lid: Kat Von D Chrysalis palette shade Transition

Eyeliner: Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Cracks: Ben Nye gel eyeliner

Lips:

Lips: NYX Cosmetics lip creams in Copenhagen and Transylvania 

Highlighting/Strobing: Makeup Academy Shimmer Highlighter shade Iridescent Gold

Blush: Illamasqua Semblance palette shade Tremble

5

#motd

Bat wing! and Potion lip!

I first primed with YSL Touche Éclat primer

On my face I used NARS All Day Foundation in Deauville

I concealed with NARS concealer in Vanilla

I then baked my face with Illamasqua translucent loose powder

I set my contour using my Kat Von D Shade + Light contouring kit, shade Sombre

Eyes:

Eyeliner: Rimmel London exaggerate liquid eyeliner and Pen eyeliner

Under Eye: Kat Von D Metal Crush eyeshadow in Black No.1 and black eyeshadow

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Lips:

Lip liner: Any black pencil liner

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid lipstick in Potion

Highlighting/Strobing: BECCA Pressed highlighter in Moonstone

Blush: Too Faced blush in I Will Always Love You

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#motd

I first primed with YSL Touche Éclat primer

On my face I used Kat Von D Lock It foundation in Light 45

I concealed with NARS concealer in Vanilla

I then baked my face with Illamasqua translucent loose powder

I set my contour using my Kat Von D Shade + Light contouring kit, shade Sombre

Eyes:

Transition #1: Limecrime Venus Palette shade Divine

Transition #2:  Limecrime Venus Palette shade Muse

Crease/Outer: Limecrime Venus Palette shade Icon

Lid/Corner: Limecrime Venus Palette shade Aura

Eyeliner: Rimmel London exaggerate liquid eyeliner and Pen eyeliner

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Lips:

Lip liner: Bobbi Brown lip liner in Ballet Pink

Lips: Limecrime Pearlees in Third Eye

Highlighting/Strobing: BECCA Pressed highlighter in Moonstone

Blush: Too Faced blush in I Will Always Love You