Bangles – I really love them

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walk like an Egyptian …… I like them, but my glass beauties I adore !

10 rows of bangles hang from this double sided bangle stand. I started collecting in 1989.  Since then I have moved;  2 countries, and 8 times. Everytime my bangles travelled with me. Hand carried on a plane, wrapped in woolen shawls, newspapers and guess what – leg warmers. (how I came to possess leg warmers is another story and I can’t tell you because I have forgotten the hows and whens)

2013 I am sad to say I have lost around 11-12 of them.  Not to moving but to standing still. I honestly believe the glass got weaker, I dont know, they just fall off the wooden rails.

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Driving along India’s roads if I saw any of these guys I could not resist it. I had to stop the car, jump out and buy a dozen.

Traditionally the bangle sellers will first put the bangles on for you. There is a technique in getting the glass bangles on. Squeezing the right bones and joints around your hands. The bangles should not just slide on. Otherwise they are too big.

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While he puts them on for you, he tests out duds that have cracks in them and once you have worn it and tested it for size you buy them.

Most of my glass bangles I bought in New Delhi and Kidderpore (Calcutta). My Kidderpore bangles were the best.

In the eighties Bombay had moved on and become ‘modern’. And the bangle sellers turned into costume jewelry shops and sold mainly plastic or metal bangles. The glass bangle sellers were so hard to find. Few that did only sold the traditional Maharashtrian green glass bangles. Dull.

New Delhi was in the middle but Kidderpore rocked !

It is back of the beyond in Calcutta, even Calcuttans didn’t visit there. Half village half factory area. People were still traditional there and bangles thrived !

Sadly I rarely (read never) wear bangles anymore. I hardly wear my traditional Indian sarees or salwar kameez.

After years of sitting on the rack the last time I wore my glass bangles was when Kylie came to town and we went for her concert. Gay Men and Kylie. Perfect glass bangle venue.

Maybe I will wear some for Diwali this year.

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Duds and WTFs?

Longwear shimmer eye shadow and Gel liner in black
Longwear shimmer eye shadow and Gel liner in black

Let me start with the Duds.

The Bobbi Brown Metallic Long Wear Shadow in Pink Oyster.  And then let me count the ways it stinks.

  1. its clumpy and huge gobs of gold metal stick to your lids.
  2. Its impossible to apply, even with an average length of nails. Trying taking this out with your finger….its gets under your nails. I hate the packaging . A flat pancake packaging would have been much much better.
  3. Its streaky and doesn’t apply uniformly. Brush or finger.
  4. It runs down your face and soon you have gold flecks all over your face.
  5. It dried up within weeks

The Bobbi Brown gel liner is fab. Rave reviews, but it dries up. This drying up business has honestly put me off gel liners. And if I do get a kick I rather save the cash and buy the Maybelline Gel liner. Cheaper definitely

(gossmakeupartist recommends heating in the microwave or with a hairdryer. It works then. But nah I will stick to my liquid liners or Revlon’s Colour Stay black.)

But the worst has to be the Maybelline 24 hour SuperStay gloss (gloss?)

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You are supposed to apply this on your lips, wait and then apply the chaptick that comes in the same pack.

Nope doesn’t work. Its hard to apply and Very Very drying.

This one is DEFINITELY not for those who have pigmented lips.The colour applies streaky, opaque in bits and see through in others. And then it accentuates all the lines on my lips.

I dont have dry lips and definitely not one of those people who need to apply and reapply a chapstick. But when I put this one on, my lips, FLAKE. Big flakes of skin start to come off.

The coral is TRUE coral which is why I still struggle through the flaking and the lines and streaky rubbish application.

I have tried wearing it over a lip balm or lip conditioner (Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner ) or over my Dior Kiss shimmer gloss. But nah. Same thing starts to happen and you can feel, actually feel, dry bits of skin coming off your lips. Not only am I not repurchasing but I might do what I never do with my makeup. Throw it away half used. (not got there just as yet)

And now for the WTFs?

The queen bee of WTFs.

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It applies with a light golden sheen which I love, and then it soon disappears. I frankly am not in the mood to invest in a full size bottle, use it religiously to see if it evens out skintone (whatever that means)

This product has dud reviews across the net anyway.

IMGP2231 Second contender Ooh La Lift. Does nothing. Its an instant eye lift for tired eyes ? my a**. Its paying money for air. There are a few good reviews on makeupalley.com but I guess it probably works for those with more purplish under eye circles. Definitely not buying.

 

My Interest in Pintrest

I have MUCH interest in Pinterest. I Pin, I Like, I comment.  But I don’t do so willy-nilly.

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I don’t Pin something unless I want to buy/own it in my (fantasy) world.  I will however, Like something if it appeals to me, though I might not purchase it, or it speaks to my personal philiosphy.

My Fashion board is a virtual shop window and a reference guide to when I go shopping. It’s also an inspiration for evolving my personal style

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My Home board is my dream home. Things I will put in my dream home. A Jamini Roy painting or minimalist shelves.

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Pintrest is amazing ! Tanglefree headphones and Vegan banana breads. come on ! I tried them both.

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I was spending inordinate amounts of time online. If my husband had any doubts about my intentions, it evaporated when he ‘caught’ me exchanging enthusiastic emails with strangers about this- pure awesomeness !

f50e915b9aaf1a76dae96b32489c9fbc Under stair storage. Who wouldn’t want this ?

The one board that is still work in progress is my Tattoos board. This one is a personal one. Its not inspirational like the others, but rather a salute to the tattoos I have on my body . I might even extend it to house tattoos on friends. The tattoos I like.  Its just needs blog husband to take the pictures.

Pintrest is the virtual version of that fashion magazine that lie outside the dentist’s office. One you mindlessly flip the pages of, while you hear the screech of the drill coming from inside his office.

To me Pinterest is not a statement it is a visual post-it note.

I have forgotten the point of this post. Or maybe I wrote this to justify to a friend who very huffily told me “I have no interest in Pintrest”. Like it was a pointless activity.

I have obviously just proved why it is Not.

(Pinterest – hope the cheque is in the mail )