September 23, 2009

Faking it photography

At the moment I am working on a photography assignment and I am looking at the idea of Miniature Faking - making your photograph seem as though it is of a miniature reproduction. You can buy lenses called Tilt-Shift lenses which have a similar effect to this, but you can also fake it using Photoshop.

I thought I would play around with a couple of photos I took in January, from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.


Click onto them to enlarge them - you really can't see anything when they are this small!
What do you think?

Obviously for the assignment I will be putting A LOT more work in - I have a few ideas of what I might use as subject matter, but these photos were all I could find with the right angle.

Melissa,
xx.

Lucas PaPaw Ointment

This is one of my favourite products ever. I have been using it for so long now.


The packaging describes this as "a local topical application for boils, burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, gravel rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites and nappy rash. The ointment helps to relieve and cleanse."

Honestly, that all sounds a bit gory to me, I mean open wounds = eeek! I mostly use this as a lip balm and it is fantastic. The texture is thick enough that you can actually feel something on your lips which I like, and when you wake up in the morning your lips still feel very well moisturised. It is clear which is great - I often put this over lipstick if they are too dry. It is not sticky at all which is definitely another plus in my opinion, I'm not really a fan of having hair stuck to my mouth haha!

I also use this on my cuticles and around my nails whenever they look a bit dry, which is often. It is also great for helping to soften scabs ... ew. I use it on any patches of dry skin, elbows, rashes - basically this stuff is good for anything. It works like a dream and does not irritate my sensitive skin at all. I have multiple tubes throughout my house and car!

Unfortunately I am not sure how available this is outside of New Zealand and Australia - but if you can get your hands on it, don't hold back! It is available in tubes and tubs of different sizes. Maybe one day I will have a giveaway and send some of this out to someone lucky!

I posted this as my holy grail product in MissMercuryLady's blog competition. Go check it out! If you read through the comments you can see everyone else's HG products, so it is a really good idea!

Melissa,
xx.

September 11, 2009

Holy Guacamole!

I just depotted! Talk about a spur of the moment decision. I just picked up a palette this afternoon and spent tonight doing it. I followed a fabulous video by dustbunnies77.

It took me a few hours maybe, along with chatting on facebook, having dinner and selecting a soundtrack. I didn't break any, I'm super happy with how it turned out. Only I need a couple more shadows to fill my palette! Not sure what I want yet though. Does anyone have any suggestions - a favourite that I am missing perhaps? I have a couple of other shadows, but one is shattered and one is in the Neo-Sci-Fi packaging so I think I want to keep that.

These are my shadows in the order they appear:
Pollinator, Era, Smoke & Diamonds, empty, Alum
Soft Brown, Woodwinked, empty, Parfait Amour, Moon's Reflection
Star Violet, Mystery, Typographic, Poison Pen, Contrast

Of the bunch, my favourites and most used would have to be:
Era (everyday shadow, all over the lid, adore this)
Typographic (easy to blend, appears black, I mostly use this to set my liner)
Contrast (great crease colour, or sometimes I use this to set my liner, this is stunning)

I'm definitely of the lazy eyeshadow type - often I will just put one colour all over the lid and up into the crease, line and mascara and I'm done! Bad bad bad, with all these gorgeous eye shadows being neglected.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Mine was not so great - why must men be so nasty and hurtful? I really don't understand.

Melissa,
xx.

September 8, 2009

I'm spring cleaning my bedroom

Ugh worst job ever! But it needs to be done, I have so much junk in my room. I stupidly painted my nails yesterday and obviously they are all chipped now, so I will have to redo them. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Here are some photos, with and without flash.

The polish is OPI's In my back pocket. It has no glitter, and is just a beautiful creamy shade that I love. I usually do 2 or 3 coats. Orange is not a colour I would normally pick up, but I saw a friend wearing it and it looked gorgeous - so summery!

Back to cleaning now!
Melissa,
xx.