Should Russell Brand get royalties for Katy Perry’s album PRISM!? (late post)

So today’s post is slightly different and quite lengthy! I wrote this piece a while back, but I didn’t really have anywhere to post it – but I am trying to expand the content of my blog to include such things as music, food or places, without taking off the beauty focus of course! 

Because it was written in October time, some of the phrasing such as ‘yesterday on the X Factor..’ won’t be correct but I hope you can look past that! Enjoy..

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It just goes to show, a good publicity team and an interesting private life really helps in the sales of music. Last night I watched Katy Perry on the X Factor, and I just think she is an amazing and interesting woman –  so at about 2 AM last night I impulse purchased her new album PRISM.

 I’m not even a massive fan of Katy’s music, though admittedly I do have a few of her classics on my iPod, I would have never of seen myself actually buying her album and to be honest with you Katy, at some points today I’m beginning to wish I didn’t.

The whole album is dedicated to her break up with womaniser, and also love of my life, Russell Brand and the subsequent shift to her new found love, John Mayer. This album is literally her diary in song form from the years 2011 – 2013 and of course I want to read that diary, but 16 songs on an album about it can be a little dreary.

Obviously the caption to this article is tongue in cheek, but it is heavily influenced by Brand and there is no subtlety about it at all. For example in her song Ghost, she begins it by ‘you sent a text, it’s like the wind changed your mind … now you’re just a ghost.’ These poignant lyrics are synonymous with the interview she did with Vogue in the July issue, in which she stated that she hadn’t ‘heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.’

Another clear reference is the hidden ‘other’ reason for which they divorced, which she briefly mentioned in her Vogue feature, saying ‘I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose.’ A lot of her songs give subtle reference to this quote, as a lot of them talk about her realising that it was not her fault, or her responsibility and the transition to becoming a stronger woman, one that recognised her worth. Most notably, By the Grace of God, which you could infer hints to Perry taking her own life, ‘laying on the bathroom floor.. by the grace of God there was another way .. I looked in the mirror and decided to stay.. wasn’t going to let love take me out that way.’

It’s interesting really, originally this article was a tongue in cheek look at Katy Perry’s new album, yet it’s difficult to criticise something that is so clearly personal and close to the artist’s heart. Perry suffered badly in the relationship and that is clear throughout the album, although I truly hope it’s a great success for Katy – which I’m sure it will be at first due to her dedicated fan base – I can’t see a lot of number one song’s emerging from this album just yet.. But who knows.. Perry is a strong woman with a strong fan base to match.

What strikes me most about this album however, is what could have been and what could we have lost.. Imagine a world where Katy and Russell were still together, would she have had a Teenage Dream style album again? Or was the break up a blessing that pushed her to a different direction where we now have the powerful and catchy Roar and the most beautiful, By the Grace of God.

My transition of feelings have been an interesting throughout this article, and I feel a lot of people may go through the same thing. At first your expectations are set at a Teenage Dream style, and after the first play you just wish you never bought it. But listening to the whole album and remembering what she went through, I think this is a beautiful, personal, empowering and most importantly honest album. Katy has transformed and grown into a woman. And the answer to the question… no. Russell should not receive a pittance from this album, as this is pure Katy at her best.

2013 Autumn|Winter Faves

2013 Autumn|Winter Faves
2013 Autumn|Winter Faves by making___up featuring OPI
Ignoring the labels and the price tags.. I have pulled together my key looks for this Autumn and Winter.
1) Oversized Boyfriend Coats – Honestly can’t get enough of ’em. Stylish and simple. They aren’t one of those ‘after thought’ coats that you put on and it ruins your outfit – they really make your outfit complete. I think it is worth investing in one of these if you haven’t already because judging by the style and silhouette of the coat, I truly believe it is timeless and not an item you’ll be giving away to charity next year.
2) Winter means Christmas and I use this as an excuse to exploit my nails as much as possible!! I go OTT sparkly and if anyone looks weirdly at them, I just say ‘It’s Christmas….’ and they soon shut up in the fear of being The Grinch. It also means I can comfortably wear dark reds and blacks without being called weird like I am in the summer (I’m really not a fan of pastel nail polish.)
3) FUR AND LEATHER. My two most favourite textures are in their element at Christmas time as they are used everywhere. I have to stress I mean FAUX FUR .. I am so against wearing fur it makes me sad thinking about it .. I have plenty of leather and fur items this winter and they couldn’t be missed in my favourites.
4) The classic black boot. Every year I get a different one, and to be honest, they’re never really that different year to year. But I do love a good stylish black boot that you can put on with almost anything. I practically live in mine, I genuinely can’t remember the last time I wore a shoe that wasn’t a black boot…
They were my Autumn/ Winter favourites or ‘key looks.’
I want to know what you’ve been loving this winter!?

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2013

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This is my tree this year! Feeling Christmassy as I settle down with some food for the night. My family’s Christmas Eve traditions are just as important as Christmas Day!

I just wanted to say a huge Merry Christmas to my followers (and everyone else!). I know I have only just started out and am still very amateur in the blogosphere but I have (virtually) met some really kind people and read amazing blogs these past 6 months. Really excited to continue this journey throughout 2014.

Wishing you the best Christmas,

Making___Up X

LIP LINER – THE DIFFERENCE – PART II

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To emphasise the amazing Rimmel Lip Liner (in 018 Addiction), I thought I’d show you the difference between my normal lips and when I use this product.

The first picture is of my lips without absolutely anything on (except lip balm put on the night before.) They are undefined, a bit blotchy, and yes I have a few freckles on them too!

The second picture is simply wearing lip liner and more lip balm which I blogged in more detail about yesterday.

If you tried this look, tweet me a picture at @making___up, I want to see!

NATURAL BIG LIP EFFECT

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Christmas is all about those deep plum and festive red colours on the lips – but for every day, these aren’t always suitable. My most worn look (and favourite) is simply using a lip liner and lip balm. It gives a really nice effect without looking OTT. 

I use Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Nourishing Lip Care Balm which is literally the best balm I have ever used and I line my lips with Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in 018 Addiction. I think this colour would suit almost everyone and really emphasises your natural lip shape without bringing a whole other colour to your face. I wear this look practically every day and I love it! I have also seen great reviews about Topshop’s Lip Liner in Ceramic, but I personally have not tried that yet.

 

The lip liner in the photo’s probably looks quite harsh to you, but I obviously I have zoomed right in to show you – usually you would just see a shadow effect which gives the illusion of a bigger lip.

These lip liners would be a great addition to a stocking filler at Christmas! 

What’s your favourite lip liner?

 

 

 

 

QUICK FIX: BLIND SPOTS

When you look into the mirror to do your make up, you only see your face as if you are standing directly in front of you..

But remember – people see you at every angle! Especially when you’re chatting to your friends, you’re moving your head, people are sitting either side of you – you’re not always going to be seen straight on (as you see yourself in the mirror) all the time.

I often get break outs around my jaw line and this is a spot (ha ha pun) I wouldn’t see if I always looked straight into the mirror. So when I apply foundation, I move the mirror and my face to every angle so I can cover every blemish! This is also helps to reduce that dreaded foundation line too…

I hope this helps to make your make up look completely flawless!

What’s your beauty quick fix?