You know when you get a fragrance that is so delicious, so intoxicating, so all encompassing, that you find yourself sniffing your wrist with that closed eye glee of rapturous contentment while your office companions wonder what is wrong with you. That pretty much describes what I've look like for the last month since purchasing this scent. I really can't get enough of it.
It's alluring, subtle yet strong, both masculine and feminine, also somehow very what the color of dark purple should smell like. It's like being in a garden at midnight surrounded by nigh blooming flowers with a full moon over head and a gentle breeze wafty their scent all around you.
Okay, I'm not the greatest at describing scents so here's the specific break down from Illamasqua for those scent-philes out there.
Top notes: Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion. Heart notes: Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss. Base notes: Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses.
The snail is such a cute touch.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
I love it when a story grabs and holds on to you in the first few sentences. Just grabs you by the collar, shakes you, and screams, "hold on tight!" You just know that this is going to be the ride of a lifetime. Writer, Christos Gage, does not disappoint with his opening inner monologue by Angel musing over the grave of Douglas Adams in Angel & Faith #6. The story itself is called Daddy Issues and boy is there plenty to go around. A portion of the story looks into Giles's past, his early days of learning to be a watcher, a quick introduction to some very cool characters, who (in what I call typical Joss Whedon fashion) are then killed off by a horrible beasty in a quite horrid manner. The result shows the disconnect between Giles's own father and the turning point of him becoming Ripper. Further along you discover that Faith's own father is searching for her and I am sure that is going to bring a host of nail-biting, page turning goodness. Let us not forget Angel, who discovers he has some fatherhood issues of his own to sort out that may very well center around this elusive Mother Superior who seems to be gathering a large amount of goth vampire wannabes.
Artist, Rebekah Isaacs, continues to amaze me with her grasp of artistic realism. Not only does she make the characters come to life but you'll be convinced she asked David Boreanaz and Eliza Dushku to sit for her. Her portrayal of these people is so spot on its uncanny. I find myself just oggling the art as well as reading the story again and again.
I'm salivating for the next issue from Dark Horse.
I have, no I NEED to know what happens next!
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Dynamite's Issue five of A Game of Thrones delves deeper into the thick of things with the stories of Sansa Stark, Lady Catelyn Stark, Lord Eddard Stark, and Bran Stark. We learn of Sansa's extreme dislike for her sister Arya coupled with her enamorment for her betrothed Prince Joffrey. When it comes down to it though will she choose blood over love? Lady Catelyn Stark discovers that secrets travel quickly in the Nine Kingdoms when her news reaches King's Landing even before her ship does. Could someone on the council know the true purpose behind the attack on Bran's life? Lord Eddard Stark finds he is standing upon a knife-edge, caught somewhere between Robert his friend and Robert his King. Can he trust both men, or is one more susceptible to the manipulations of Queen Cersei over the other? While Brandon Stark learns his real purpose since his fall and finally awakens. Still what does it all mean when he learns to fly?
Daniel Abraham's adaptation takes us on journey deeper into the characters that play this dangerous game. The story line follows the book by George R.R. Martin as opposed to the HBO series, which I am perfectly fine with. I had to admit when I first started reading this comic I was worried about the lengthy book chapters of A Song of Ice and Fire being converted down to just a few short pages and still successfully carry the story. I must say, Abraham, is doing it very well.
The artwork, done by Tommy Patterson, is a little cartoony for my tastes. I'm also a little weirded out that Lady Catelyn and Queen Cersei look to be in their twenties as opposed to women with children in their teens. Sansa and Arya look to be in their late teens as opposed to the beginning of their teen years. Meanwhile the men all look the age they should, granted much hairier and burlier. It's not a complete turn off for me, I just would have preferred something a bit more life-like. My opinions aside the art is fantastic and marries up very well with the story so far. I highly recommend this series to any one.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
After 3 seasons of following the adventures of Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph across the four kingdoms of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, fans will finally get to see what happens after the series ends. In Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1, we pick up immediately after the end of the series to find our heroes along side Fire King Zuko and Earth King Kuei deciding how best to handle the removal of the Fire Nation colonies. It's decided that The Harmony Restoration Movement, named by Sokka of course, will uproot and move all the Fire Nation colonists back to their homeland in the Fire nation and out of the Earth Nation territory. A fine idea to be sure but it's soon realized some things are not as easy as they seem and Aang must learn if he can bring peace to the Movement as well as keep a difficult promise to a friend.
The book contains the usual hi jinks of course, coupled with the its ability to tackle big social and economic issues much like the show did. It keeps things simple at first, then offers up real solutions that are not always as simple to handle and put into action as they seem. What I like most is you get to see what happens after the war. Don't get me wrong I love being left with the whole Happy Ever After feeling, but I also know that the end of a centuries long battle can leave some serious wounds on the world. It's fun to watch the characters I love deal with these issues in their own unique and charismatic way. What I also loved were the cameos of a number of fellow friends from the series scattered throughout the story. I'm really looking forward to seeing if more show up in the coming issues. I also wanted to note that this series will help tie in the new cartoon coming out on Nickelodeon. Yes another Avatar cartoon! I know, try to remain calm.
Writer, Gene Luen Yang, and artist, Gurihiru, do a wonderful of job of keeping true to the characters, story, and original art of the series. No detail was overlooked in the creation of this novel by Dark Horse, there's a movement to the panels. Almost like actual action taking place, as though the panels themselves will play the story out and I won't have a need to turn the page to find what's next.
My only two complaints is having to wait till May for the next installment and the famed Cabbage Cart Vendor was absent from the cast. The wait I can get over, I've waited this long for the series to begin anew, and maybe the Cabbage guy will be in the next issue. Fingers crossed.
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Monday, January 16, 2012
Did I mention I was writing for Word of the Nerd? I am and I'm so happy to be part of their staff and working with such amazing people! You should go check it out! <3
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I'm doing a bit of an overhaul and change to the blog. While I love talking about make-up I've realized I've let some of my other passions slip to the way side. Don't fret beauty lovers, I'm still going to post about make-up it just won't be the main focus any more. In the coming months and weeks, more of my geek loves are going to start to surf along side (I hope) some of my culinary loves too. I really do want this blog to be about everything I love, so fasten your seat belts duckies! We're making a hard right, NOW! <3