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Quick reviews and some photos incoming! Short version: IT WAS A VERY GOOD NIGHT. The crowd was really hot, the wrestling was really good, it was a very face-win-heavy night and we went home happy.

OVER HYPED: Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara

From Great Lash to Colossal, Maybelline has got a pretty good rep when it comes to making mascaras, but let’s cut to the chase; I found this mascara horrible. For me the formula of this mascara was wet, clumpy and goopy, it never seemed to really dry which resulted in numerous smudges… This brings me onto my next issue, the wand. Props to Maybelline for coming up with something different, but for me the wand just made this mascara 10x more difficult to apply. This mascara has a bendy, flexible wand (or as Maybelline call it a Flexor brush) which is meant to coat every lash for maximum volume,  it definitely coats every lash but it also coats your entire eyelids too. And, if by volume they meant major clumps, then yes this mascara gives you maximum volume. Maybe I just got a bad batch? Either way, I didn’t like it.

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Zhang Yixing’s 2015 

Thank you for another amazing year ♥

Quick Review: Solitary Travelers - How Not to Summon Your True Love

How Not to Summon Your True Love by Sasha L. Miller
2016 by Less Than Three Press

Though it doesn’t really come as a surprise, Cy is still crushed when he’s dumped. His relationship with Alex had lasted longer than all previous attempts, and started promising when Alex had proclaimed he was perfectly okay with Cy being asexual.

On impulse, convinced no one will ever really see him as worthy relationship material, Cy turns to a book that belonged to his late mother, a grimoire of magic spells that obviously won’t work. It’s a stupid idea, and even if magic was real there’s no way a true love summoning spell would work for him.

I liked this much more than I expected. This did an excellent job sweeping me up in the suspense of their escape and the mystery of what the heck is going on. It is a quick read that is much less of a romance than the title and cover would have you believe. For all the cheesiness of the title, there’s no emphasis on True Love at all. They don’t even fall in love during the story, they just admit the potential and start dating. It’s nice. The author hints at the reveal that, surprise! Cy summoned Dig because they’re both asexual and homoromantic. (It’s a romance, it’s not really a spoiler.) So this story has two asexual characters! The road trip could have been more interesting, although watching Dig competently get them across the country was nice. The magical world that we started to see was intriguing, but the story still felt satisfyingly complete. A fun read.

Fly, fire and flee sums up Luftrausers in a pretty succinct way. But for all it is, however minute, those qualities shine so damn well the game has kept my Vita in my hands way more recently.

Picking it up earlier this week for a whopping $7.99 on the PSN store, I wasn’t sure to expect from gameplay videos, but damned if I’m thrilled with it thus far.

Easily picked up and put down with ease, a game may last for a few minutes or seconds, depending on the build of your plane and skill level. Breaking up components into weapons, body and engine, each fighter has a name and some clearly work better than others. 

Weighing in as a mere 66MB download on my Vita, I haven’t really been able to put it down. To be honest, instead of writing this, I’d rather be playing it some more. 

Yet the combat is fast paced, wonderfully combo-chained score based and engrossing in a way that seethes personality. If you own a Vita, PS3 or PC, I really can’t recommend it enough.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some rausing to do.

OVER HYPED: YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch.

This product is a cult favourite and raved about by some of the best makeup artists in the world, but I myself didn’t like it. Touche Eclat is designed as a highlighter that provides a small amount of coverage. For me  this product doesn’t give enough coverage to be used as a concealer and doesn’t have enough shimmer or light reflecting properties to give a nice highlight. For the price I think there are so many better products out there and if you are after a radiance enhancing product or a good coverage concealer I’d give this product a miss. I love: Stila All Over Liquid Luminizer (for highlighting) and NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer as light reflecting concealer.

“We can simultaneously be human and monster—that both of those possibilities are in all of us.”

— Matthew Quick.

Arrow 3x20- one of the best  episodes ever

Beautiful:

• Jet scene
• Oliver and Felicity making love to a beautiful love theme track made just for them.
• Felicity’s confession of love was just so, so perfect.
• The happy part of the “morning” after scene
• The Goodbye scene.
• “I love you all the more for it” scene, with Felicity taking care of Thea and trying to save the love of her life.
• That Quiggle scene.
• That Laulicity scene.

Gut-wrenching:

• Every time Oliver shed tears
• That Goodbye scene
• That ending (Poor Oliver: he’s been through so much and even now, his identity is being taken away… momentarily)
• Poor Thea.

Fierce:

• ALL the Felicity scenes
• Bae took control
• Bae rocked it

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Five Minute Review - DxO’s ViewPoint Software…

Yesterday I discovered a little program called ViewPoint, which may be of interest to those of you who take architectural photographs. It’s made by DxO; here’s a link to their web page —> LINK

It’s a very easy-to-use program for adjusting converging verticals, in other words, it changes perspective and straightens the buildings. It will also sort out slanting horizontal and vertical horizons and reduce facial distortion in group images made with wide-angle lenses. Check out the website for more details.

To straighten buildings all you need to do is position a pair of guide lines down the slanting edges of your image that you want to correct and click the APPLY button. The program then sorts everything out and produces an edited and cropped image.

I’ve tried it on several architectural images and it works very well. Indeed, it’s much better than using the camera distortion filter in Elements and that in Lightroom 5 beta’s similar module. I’ve also used it on a couple of street images to correct minor perspective errors.

The full software is available for a FREE 30-day trial period; no watermarks or blanked tools. It’s available for Mac and Windows.

The images above are a before and after to show what ViewPoint can do. Firstly, I adjusted the perspective in ViewPoint before processing as a colour image in LR4. It was then processed in Niksoft’s Silver Efex Pro 2 and a simulation of Fuji’s Neopan ACROS 100 film was added. Note that the wall in the original looks as if it’s curved but in the edited version it’s vertical and straight.

WORTH THE HYPE: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Gone are the days of thin, overtweezed brows and now are the days of thick, bushy brows (a la la Cara Delevingne, Bambi and Lily Collins) Nowadays brow products are an essential in every girl’s bag. I’ve tried many brow pencils and find they often give a harsh, stark appearance, which is why I first switched to powder, but Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is undoubtedly my all time favourite brow pencil.  This brow pencil is super thin and precise which means it allows for the tiniest brow like pencil strokes for a super natural result. As someone with a very “ashy” hair colour red and warm toned brow pencils look extremely unflattering on me, but Brunette is the perfect cool toned dark brown. Other than the price I can’t find anything to fault about this brow pencil, it is pigmented, but not too pigmented, it is soft, but not waxy, it is cooled toned, but not too cool toned and it has the perfect amount of thickness for creating natural looking strokes.

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Quick eBook Review : Leadership for Innovation

This short book by John Adair covers the basic principles of Innovation, that what organisations must do do nurture and drive innovation in their business. It focusses on people, structures, tools and has a few case studies as well.

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in understanding the basic principles of Innovation and what and who drives it in organisations.

OVER HYPED: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner

I wished these eyeliners were great, but they weren’t, in fact they were some of the worst eyeliners I’ve ever tried. For starters the lids are extremely difficult to remove, in one case the whole eyeliner came apart due to the force needed to remove the cap. Secondly these eyeliners have very thick tips which make them impossible for creating thin lines, every time I’ve used these eyeliners the line has been thick and uneven. On the pigmentation front these lack in pigment and have a very watery formula that easily smudges and runs. Last but not least, after the first two uses the tips of these eyeliners were dried out and unusable, I don’t understand the hype.

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