Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Happy World Goth Day - How I Spent My Day

Well, it' was the 22nd of May and that means it's world Goth Day, a day for us darkly clad and inclined people to celebrate and acknowledge our scene. I contemplate sometimes in the fledging days of the post-punk movement whether people would realise that there would be a day dedicated to them. As my partner shares his perspective, and states, "we didn't realise what it would morph into it was just something we did by listening to great music and just enjoying ourselves with a drink.

World Goth day was formed by DJ Cruel Britannia and  Martin Oldgoth after a yearning to listen to BBC Radio 6 subcultural weekend featuring various punk, Brit-pop and Goth music. The Goth feature was on the 22nd May, it became Goth Day in the UK and the next year it was promoted on globally and become World Goth Day. The whole concept was about why the heck not; after years of people being either being pressured by their family, society to conform or harassed. If anyone deserves a day of recognition it's definitely us. 

How does one celebrate World Goth Day? Well, it's all left up to the individual preferences and interruption, ambiguous but hey the Goth scene it's mainly based on our perspective. You cam simply listen to music, don our most elegant goth clothing, dance around your bedroom,  with you like Sisters of Mercy Dominion going through your head including the epic saxophone solo, go the pub with friends for a pint or have a cuppa and reflect. Even postpone it until the weekend attends your local Goth night. I know the boyfriend  and me will be attending the debut of Noir Castle organised by infamous Tim Sinister

For me, I haven't really even attempted to celebrate World Goth Day. Shock horror and few swoons. I am useless at celebrating anything, not even my own birthday. Sometimes it's great to break from traditions yesterday since I am on in Brighton, I am not checking or reading many social media so I read a couple of various articles. 

 In the morning I got ready applying three types eyeliner and dousing myself in fifty factor. While I waiting for the vampire (the boyfriend) to rise I decided to have a cuppa and I watched Howl'ss Moving Castle.

We went for breakfast at the quaint and quirky lovely with a little cafe that offers all the charm, Brighton and  Hove. .The interior has a warm and relaxing atmosphere which reflected in their whimsical wallpaper but simple decor.With lovely and cordial staff willing caters to our caffeine withdrawal needs with a splendidly smooth latte and charming breakfast of scrambled eggs with salmon, energising me for the day.

We sauntered around enjoying the sunshine, well I did, while the boyfriend hid in the shade making mental note of interesting pubs and bars. We stopped off for a drink at 12 in the afternoon I had a half a pint of Orchid Pig - chilli and ginger cider. I rarely drink this early I think it's Brighton's sunny atmosphere. We departed our ways him to the conference. 

I spent most of the time shopping, not very exciting actually it was spent searching for fabric to make clothing, I spent way too much. I went venturing through the lanes looking to through the second-hand tat, the weird and wonderful trinket. I spend most my afternoon in the infamous North Lanes and on Kensington Square raiding in the unique, weird and just what the shop searching for unique treasures (tat in my case ).   

I went to my favourite shop in Brighton Snoopers Corner, or I nickname the vintage supper market, which galore of treasures, which extends far as I can. I tend to find all my goodies.I love these odds and sods shop they seem to be a dying breed in Newcastle but thriving in Brighton and the prices are so reasonable.  

More Vintage lace and a  Victorian image of a bat. 

Charity shop finds 

I found 1930's blouse that slight tight so I am going to let out the seams

This really odd skirt with a scalloped edge and braiding. One the buttons were missing, so I got a pound off. 

I was on the hunt for the novel Goth Latte, just for the pure novelty value and it's appropriate with it being World Goth Day. Personally, it's more of a Geordie Latte as they resemble more of the Newcastle's football teams colours.I was surprised to not find a black and white or a Geordie latte, especially as Brighton is renowned for the unique and specist coffee culture wit rows of a unique coffee shop and nowhere sold them. Despite the enthusiasm of the barista's I showed, who seem to very excited by the concept. 

The closest thing I found was a charcoal almond milk I got warmed up. I went sit on Brighton beach to take a selfie with my drink. I got this from a coffee shop called Junk 42, which will be selling within the next couple of weeks. 

My honest opinion,  "I Just drank almond charcoal milk and that tastes vile all I can taste is charcoal grains mix almonds.lmonds. I will never drink this again. Seriously, I am still tasting charcoal and almond grains in my mouth. For novelty was fun next time I'll settle with oreoo cookies icecream.Either way, I had fun day tried something new and spent rest the evening with the boyfriend and having bizarre philosophical discussions. At one point even discussing the rise mordent paganism in Brighton, I love these odd dicussions. 

 I hope everybody had a great day. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Urban Decay's Jean Micheal Basquiat Make Up Release

It was exciting being invited by Ellefluence to the exclusive Urban Decay launch of their limited edition, Jean Micheal Basquiat inspired makeup range. A huge thanks, to Laura for a fun night.

 As I get more into makeup,  I'm becoming more intrigued with the Urban Decay's products and I already have a couple of favourite items. Simtuamilously,  I want to focus on purchasing brands that are cruelty-free as I view animal testing unnecessary for cosmetic products. The UD cruelty-free ethos really appealing to me and I respect their refusal to sell their products in China; requires all beauty products to be tested on animals before being sold. 

Before the event, I met up with a few of the lovely bloggers' gals for few a drink before heading up to the event for a catch-up, as we haven't seen each other since Christmas I can't believe how quickly times goes.

We headed off to Debenhams, were greeted by Laura and the Urban Decay make-up team. 

The team offered us all beavage something that resembles a purple witch, consists cider, lager, black current and vodka, it's lethal.  

While waiting for the event to proceed I was in awe of the city skyline. and couldn't resist a photograph. 

The UD makeup team introduced themselves. The enigmatic Micheal, who entertained us at the last event. It's great seeing how his confidence has grown, which was evident with his natural charisma ebbing through, with his deliverance of narrating the makeovers and his superlative product knowledge.

The most unusual thing is how the new makeup range was inspired by the artist Jean Micheal Basquiat and how the makeup packaging utilises his artwork images that can be hung as art pieces once the make-up used, I love anything that's dual purpose.

Micheal explained. about the history of the artist and he started drawing at the age of four years old and during his teenage years, he started selling hand painted postcards and t-shirts inspired by the post-punk movement and hip hop styles of New York. Basquiat first exhibited his work at 20 and soon rose to fame became associated with the likes of Andy Whorehole. and he even, briefly dated Madonna. At 28, died of heroin overdose.

Micheal had highlighted Jean's life and experiences influenced his work. After researching more about Basquiat's art style incorporated dichotomy themes, which reflected his personal experience 
of being a black artist in a white-dominated world. His narratives explore the contrasts of society such as versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.(Basquiat 2010)  

I have kind of became intrigued by the artists as it seems to have been reflected in the post-punk and alternative cultures of refusing to conform to the mainstream values of the time. Also, I've seen some of his work it reflects tribal influences, using dark imagery but with a warped sense of humour that speaks to be me.

Anyways, the event started with three gorgeous models having a makeover using either an eyeshadow or contour pallettes.

The first look was created by the Jean-Michel Basquiat- Tenant' eyeshadow palette. The UD makeup artist used the colour exu, medium green, and boom, a cobalt blue. I love these colours.  Personally, I felt I use the colours so high up on the brow and would contrast with a much thicker eyeliner wing. hey, I love my eyeliner. It's great to see more diversity of bold and intense colours how easily accessible they are to purchase.

The second look was created using the Jean Micheal Basquiat, Gold Griot eyeshadow palette. I love the use of the colours of Gemma's smokey eye. I like good black smokey eyes. Also, I've got more adventurous want to move away from safe neutral colours. The colours were gorgeous.

Gemma's smokey eye. 

The final model 'makeover utilised the Jean-Michel Basquiat Gallery blush palette to create a contoured look. I'm not really into contouring,  It was interesting to see the finished look, and the model looked stunning. 

We were split into groups to allow us to take a closer look and try they samples of products. I think my favourites were the  Jean-Michel Basquiat- Tenant' eyeshadow palette. 

I was really impressed by the intensely pigmented eyeshadows. 

I adored the new Vice Special Effects,  glitter gloss to apply over lippy to create the wow factor.  approved lips,  which is all gorgeous but my favourite was the purple glitter, when I swatched I was surprised at the intensity. 

Afterwards, we all were invited to the shop floor to ogle the products and decide what to purchase. Everybody was testing the various products and a gossiping about the new makeup range and deciding on their favourites products 

I even got a few of the girls posing for shots, as I am trying to practice my photography skills. I caught Chloe, Chloex and Amy Anchored Teapot looking at the lipsticks. 

 I caught  Mimi, Mimi 04 World Macara, Macara's Space, Chloe and Laura, Elle Blond were chatting about the event.  

I was considering going to purchase the Jean-Michel Basquiat- Tenant' eyeshadow palette since I adored the colours, but I opted to splurge on the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Pallette. I had seen at the previous event. I was hoping Santa would have left one in my stocking, sadly, it never happened.  This was an extravagant purchase for me, I rarely spend money like this on makeup, but I won't be purchasing any more eyeshadows for a long time, it means more fun with my eye makeup. 

I was feeling really happy to get UD Full spectrum palette. 

 On plus the side, I got a couple samples of Urban Decay liquid eyeliner in Perversion (black) and new makeup bag for to test out. 

We said our farewells to the UD gang and to Laura, the rest of the bloggers went for a final cocktail, mine ended up a cuppa of tea since the purple witch went to my head.  I enjoyed the night looking at the new UD makeup range, learning about Jean-Michel Basquiat, catching up with the blogger gals and finally getting the coveted Full Spectrum Pallette. 

If you're interested in the new range click on the link  Urban Decay website

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post. however, I wrote it in exchange for attending the event. All is my honest opinions,  and I like this brand. The full spectrum palette was purchased with my own money.  

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