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Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
Fans of this country singer, knows as “Swifties”, love deciphering the meaning behind songs and trying to guess which man in Miss Swift’s life inspires which songs. So I hope they have fun.
As someone who grew up with Taylor, IKYWT pretty much abandons all country influences and instead ventures into dupstep territory, where I can imagine some hard core fans causing an uproar.
However, the result is good fun, easy to sing along to and versatile enough to be played on the radio as well as middle school dances.
Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
There are two versions to this song: the radio version, which is available as a single, and the album (inferno) version. The inferno version has Nicki Minaj rapping at both the beginning and the end, inconveniently outside the 1:30 time slot given by the iTunes preview. Minaj raps about the spirit of Marilyn Monroe, while Keys sings a very catchy anthem about a lonely girl who sets the world on fire. In case the title makes you think of The Hunger Games, it has nothing to do with the popular book series, instead is based on one interview where Alicia was described as “a girl on fire”.
Rating: 8/10 (radio) 6/10 (inferno)
Skyfall - Adele
We all knew this was going to happen. The talented british singer-songwriter, who swept up last year’s Grammy Awards like a child receiving Hallowe’en candy, wrote a song for the latest 007 movie, Skyfall. The song has all the traditional markers of a James Bond theme, and Adele’s voice is similar to Shirley Bassey’s. Written by Adele and her producer.
CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder
CoverGirl doesn’t disappoint, but doesn’t exactly impress either. It’s a good product that really does stop shine, but unfortunately lasts about an hour before reapplication is needed.
Forever 21 Rhinestone Peacock Bangle in gold.
Oval rather than circular shaped, this bangle is quite the statement piece for anyone who loves glittery things. Taste can’t be rated, but quality can. The gold colour is well painted and doesn’t chip, however the bracelet has the unfortunate habit of un-attaching itself while being worn, which in turn creates highly annoying clicking noises. Beautiful, but fair warning.
Yes, I am fully aware of being late jumping on the beauty bandwagon for this product. Nevertheless, here is my proud review: Not quite balms, glosses, or lipsticks, these Lipbutters are perfect when you just need a hint of shine and colour. They come in a multitude of shades, each one more gorgeous than the next, and are downright collectible. The formula is moisturizing,the packaging is adorable, and the overall product is perfect. My only criticism, is that after a few months, the formula starts to clump, so you need to use it up within about four months.
Vichy Dermablend Concealer
This has to be the thickest concealer I have ever come across. Which is great when it comes to covering up little things, but looks very fake when applying it in large quantities. It stays on most of the day however, so all in all is a great choice.
For three bucks a pop, you can’t really expect quality from these lipsticks. Sure, the packaging is cute, but if they really were perfect, then all the other lipstick lines would be out of business, wouldn’t they. Waxy in taste, smell and texture, you honestly get what you pay for.
Essence XXXL Lipgloss in Forever Rose
The orangey one in the picture, Forever Rose delivers a shiny, clear gloss with only the tiniest hint of colour. While the formula does make your lips plumper, it’s extremely runny and has the tendency of sliding down to your chin halfway through the day.
Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder
This brand makes good products, I’ll give them that. This product’s rating just happens to fall beneath their usually stellar average. I’ve got absolutely nothing against the powder itself, which is excellent, it’s just the container and the brush which are rather impractical. The brush barely has room for your fingers to grip around it and if you drop the container (which happened to me), the contents will go spilling everywhere.
Revlon ColourLustrous Lipstick in Porcelain Pink
I can’t praise this lipstick highly enough. The texture is silky smooth, the colour is gorgeous and let’s not forget the grown up department store packaging! Unlike most lipsticks, this one doesn’t leave you with a waxy taste. To elaborate more on the colour, Porcelain Pink is a medium pink with a bluey tinge (which doesn’t really show up on the picture).
Maybelline One By One Mascara
Don’t be fooled by the ad or the pretty packaging. This product is horrible. Beneath the fun red hood is a sinister spider lash creator. Run for your life from fear of clumpy, sticky, stuck together lashes (or alternately barely coated ones at all)!
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain
Highly beloved by the magazines, I decided to try one of these out for the first time. Applying them basically feels like taking any marker to your lips and filling them in. The colours, darker than what’s on the tube, are pretty. But the formula itself is very drying and needs balm or gloss on top to finish it off.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
First of all, this is not a BB cream. It’s a fancy tinted moisturizer dupe that tries to copy the asian recipe. Secondly, as a tinted moisturizer, this product is excellent. It contains SPF and gives you a dewy complexion, unless you’re like me and need too add powder on top. I’m definitely buying this again, because it comes in the lightest shade possible.