When faced with the concept of gothic fashion I imagine most people conjure up images of firstly Marilyn Manson, secondly someone resembling a vampire and thirdly a bearded man in baggy jeans and a band t-shirt. None of these assumptions are necessarily wrong but there is a lot more to gothic fashion than these three stereotypes.
Or be like me and go hang out with T-rex…whatever floats your boat.
My skin has been super dry recently and extremely itchy and having misplaced my exfoliating glove (something every human male or female should have) I dug out the The Body Shop’s Mango Body Scrub I got for my birthday.
I have previous reviewed the body butter to go with this scrub: http://missvictoriam.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/body-butter-some-of-best.html
I got a gift set with the whole mango range but having so many bathroom products means I have not used them all yet. The mango body scrub has left me very happy though on a bleak day of dissertation work. Simple things.
As you can see from the photo the scrub resembles mooshed up mango. I feels a bit like that in texture too if I am being honest but the scrub does contain real mango seed oil so that is obviously why. Don’t worry The Body Shop have not just mooshed up some mango’s and stuck a price tag on it. Although that would be a sure fire way to make some money.
Not only is the scrub rough enough to remove your dead skin it also moisturises as it scrubs. Afterwards my skin was soft and felt like I had just moisturised. It is more oil than cream based – so I do not know how nice this would be on already oily skin but all skin needs some TLC sometimes. Especially with the summer coming in. There is going to be a lot of exfoliating in my future.
I have also been using the matching shower gel recently and I am wondering if it is that drying out my skin. I’m not going to review the shower gel as my friend already has: http://thebeautyfiend13.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/shower%20gel
But my friend notes that the shower gel, although it smells beautifully of mango’s, does not leave scent on the skin. The scrub however does. Today I am wearing a scented deodorant, a body spray, perfume, my dry shampoo smells a bit like chocolate and I can still smell mango’s. That is impressive.
It is definitely a body scrub to use in the morning rather than to use before bed – as otherwise the soft oily skin and mango scent would just be wasted.
Price: £12.50 – you only need to use a little drop every time you use it though. It will last a while.
If you prefer to eat mango then check out my friends recipe for mango and coconut smoothie: http://www.madlyjuicy.com/?p=4258
I myself have sampled this and it is yummy – especially with rum added to it.
Grunge music has been on the go for a long time now and it seems to be a genre that has died out a little with other genres like dubstep emerging on to the music scene but post-grunge band Seether are helping keep grunge music alive.
I have always taken issue with the saying ‘everyone can learn to draw’. It would be silly to argue that not everyone can learn to draw since it is a fairly easy procedure but I disagree in the sense that I do not believe everyone can learn to draw well.
In my final year of High School I decided to take int2 art rather than higher Music. Looking back now I kind of wish I had took higher music instead but I enjoyed my time in art. I saw the course as a bit of a challenge and this is why I am so opinionated on the fact I do not believe everyone can draw well.
After all that work and stress I came away with an int2 B because I more or less cheated when it came to the drawing part. When it came to colour work I was alright – I could manage that and build my technique but when it came to drawing I do not think I progressed very much at all.
To go into an art career without this raw talent in my opinion would be madness. Well career in the sense of making enough money to live off it. As a hobby I think it is an excellent idea as it can be a great way of expressing emotion in a healthy way. Just do not make the same mistake that Susan in Desperate Housewives made. Do not ever put anything on paper that you do not want others to see. I would give this advice to writers too. Once something is down on paper there is a good chance you will be confronted on it.
A drawing I did of my old flatmate…
The Victorian era has always been a time that has interested me and has warmed my imagination. It was a time of great change and development for Great Britain – exciting times indeed. One thing that did not change much from the Georgian period that preceded it is the peoples love for strong alcohol. You could say that this still remains prominent in the 21st century.
It was often mixed with other drinks such as absinthe – you might recall seeing this in the Johnny Depp film From Hell. You might just recall Johnny Depp in the bath.
The first version of the drink consisted of alcohol, wormwood, aniseed, lemon balm and herbs but it was late modified by a Dr named Ordinaire (apparently this is his real name). In 1792 he concocted a formula of 8 plants, including wormwood, anise, hyssop and fennel, and used 136-proof alcohol, which became the traditional proof of real absinthe.
Which is not entirely surprising considering absinthe is associated with crazy behavior and hallucinating. Van Gogh was a lover of absinthe and he cut his ear off. Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is also a fan of the green drink and has used it in his art work both as inspiration and sometimes as paint.
Not all popular drinks from this period are as peculiar though others such as gin but it does come with an certain controversary. The start if the 18th century Gin (also known as Mothers Ruin) became very popular in Great Britain so much so that theres is a period called ‘The Gin Craze‘. Pariliament passed five major acts to alter the consumption of gin due to the moral outlash it was causing. Remember this period of time was one with high moral standards and expected lady like behavior it was not until later on this all changed. By 1743, the people of England were drinking 10 litres of gin annually per head of population.
When you compare some Victorian drinks to modern drinks they would be considered some kind of potion. However although witchcraft and the punishment of drowning had died down by the Victorian era you could still be charged with witchcraft – so no actual potions in the ways of drink mixing were used.
But something that does relate closely to modern society is the governments work towards changing alcohol laws. There are talks going on at the moment about the pricing of alcohol and the contemplation of banning Buckfast Wine.
It would appear that Buckfast could be the modern day equivalent of the drinks I have mentioned. It is after all a ‘tonic wine’ and laudanum was used for medicinal purposes and like absinthe and gin it has been blamed for anti-social behaviour. So it looks like with this drink you would be more likely to get thrown in a prison cell and that sounds a little bit better than having your pockets filled with stones and thrown in a lake.
There have always been young models and actresses – Shirley Temple would be a prime example of this but the problem nowadays is that the young models and actresses are not made to look like little girls anymore. They are made look like adults and with this the sexualisation of children becomes a phenomenon. The child has more or less disappeared in the media and is now being depicted as a miniature adult.
Dr Soumitra Datta, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, advises that the advertising industry target young girls as commodities. The images presented in these adverts are usually depicting the ‘ideal’ body – Datta believes this can lead to anxiety related to body image, eating disorders and even clinical depression among women and young girls. She feels that the sociological reasons can be debated but she thinks it is mostly linked to a false sense of increased self esteem and confidence which is associated with society’s acceptance of increasingly feminine role models. The way society comes to understand their surroundings are largely created and presented through the media and advertising.
Being a Scottish girl it has become apparent to me over the last couple of years of my life that when it comes to people they either love London or they hate it more than anywhere else in the world. Especially in the Scotland there is a definitely a divide opinions when it comes to London -those who love Scotland and want independence and those who like Scotland but are also proud of and acknowledge that London is the United Kingdom’s capital and the main hub when it comes to international affairs.
You will be glad to know that I fall into the second category and the idea of London fills me with excitement almost in the same way most girls romanticise Paris. The hussle and bussle thrills me and when I’m in Glasgow I often find myself thinking “Go! Go! Go! This wouldn’t happen in London -being stuck behind an incredibly slow walker whilst trying to catch a train”.
London is associated with being expensive to eat and drink out in and on my adventure I managed to find a balance of both. After not long arriving in London I stumbled upon a ‘shepherds market’ in St James’ Church Yard (near Piccadilly Circus). There was a selection of stalls selling cuisine from mainly South American countries but there were also more familiar foods like homemade cookies. I had an argentine steak sandwich – which was beautifully seasoned and accompanied by rocket. The sweetness of the rocket really complimented the mild spiciness of the steak. I usually enjoy my steak burnt to a crisp but on this occasion I actually ate medium cooked steak because it was so tasty and cost under £5. Sitting in a sunny courtyard eating a steak sandwich and a homemade white chocolate and cranberry cookie was the perfect means to kick start my London adventure after a four and a half hours train journey.
After two reasonably priced meals I decided I wanted to see the other side of the scale – the ridiculously London priced side of things. I had researched some bars before my visit and came across The Whistling Shop – which is possibly the closest you ever come to an authentic Victorian bar. It is a history buffs dream and for anyone who enjoys proper alcohol as compared to badly mixed fruity ‘alcoholic drinks’. The drinks are expensive but you pay for what you get – which is an extremely potent drink in my case – The Radiation Aged Cocktail which contains rum, absinthe and grenadine amongst other things. The two cocktails cost almost the same as the Indian meal we had beforehand. The drink mixing techniques applied is very alcohol meets Jekyll and Hyde’s laboratory as special instruments/techniques are used to make some of the drinks. Intriguing indeed. The menu comes with a glossary to explain some of the ingredients – an example would be: the W2 High Pressure Hydrosol – ‘Inverting the principle of out Vacuum Still. A water based distillate pulling the richer notes from a proprietary botanical blend of roots, seeds and botanicals. Created in our exclusive Kaboom Still’.
Things That Make You Scream is the somewhat provocative title of the Texas band Memory of a Melody (MOAM). The band formed in 2008, but burst on the metal scene at the end of last year with this first full-length album.
MOAM encompasses the gap between mainstream and underground with their catchy lyrics and riffs but the roots of the band are still undoubtedly metal.
If you like bands like either Breaking Benjamin, Avenged Sevenfold or Trivium (or any other bands of the metalcore genre) then MOAM will be up your street.
MOAM’s brand of metal is the type of metal I like. I do not favour metal bands that have songs that are filled with screaming vocals, screechy guitar riffs and overdone drum beats. I prefer my metal with a side of lyrics you can recognise as I feel it brings depth to the songs and music that does not sound almost identical on each track.
The pounding beats on “Pieces” remind of Slipknot and at times lead singer Mario Galdos’ vocals remind of Corey Taylor’s on this track. Galdos’ vocal style varies on the album and it shows that his voice is adaptable to different styles of rock which again reminds me of Corey Taylor in the sense that his vocals can vary from loud shouting to a more soothing softer variety of rock. It’s perfect for the metalcore genre, which typically involves screaming vocals but with the mix of clean vocals.
The track that stands out the most to me on the album is the title track and listening to the song, it is clear why this song was picked to be the lead single. As the title would suggest that song does contain a fair amount of screaming vocals but mixed well with a catchy chorus and spoken vocals to create a sense of intensity.
“Break Away” is probably the track that sways towards the mainstream more than the other tracks with no screaming vocals, apart from at the end of the song, but a catchy chorus of angst-fueled lyrics. It is a track to throw your arms in the air, dance to, and just let go.
The album would not be complete without a good ballad and this comes in the form of “Skin Deep”, a passionate song which like most ballads is built on guitar and piano. This song maybe a little bit cliché but remains a good song.
“Truth in Lies” is a purely instrumental track and is in my opinion one of the best tracks on the album. It really showcases the bands musical talent and even without lyrics the song still speaks. The track starts of soft and gradually builds a sense of urgency through the quickening of tempo of the guitars, harmonised guitar riffs, drop guitar tunings and the gradual prominence of the drums. It is the last track on the album and is a stylish way to end the album off. It gives the album a proper conclusion.
The album is very versatile and if you don’t enjoy sticking rigidly to one style of metal you will enjoy this album very much. It has a track for every mood and you will enjoy at least a handful of tracks even if you don’t enjoy the complete work.
This is the second cleanser I have tried from Lush and like pretty much everything I have tried from Lush I rate it highly.
The sales lady advised Angels On Bare Skin for my skin type because its quite dry and it leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised but not in a greasy sort of way – so it would also work for those with oily skin. If you use it in the morning you could probably get away with not putting any moisturiser on.
The little seeds you can see are lavender flowers and this makes the cleanser smell heavily of lavender which I am personally not a fan of but my flatmate though it smelt lovely. So it will depend on your personal taste what you think of the smell. The lavender flowers also kind of work as an exfoliant.
The cleanser not only leaves you skin feeling deeply cleansed but also evens out skin tone, reduced redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin.
The ground almonds in this product release their goodness and turn to an almond milk on your hand when you add water. Almond milk has been used in many parts of the world for centuries as a toning and brightening ingredient.
- Kaolin -to absorb grease and gently cleanse
- Vegetable glycerine – to soften and moisturise the skin
- Blend of essential oils -all chosen for their abilities to balance and tone the skin.
Although I also liked the Aqua Marina cleanser the sales lady was right and this one does work better with my skin. If you are interested in purchasing a cleanser from Lush you should ask in the store for some advice on which one will work best with your skin type and if you don’t know your skin type they will be able to help you work this out also.