Did you know you already have a job, yes you heard that right and you didn’t even need a degree!
We are all Journalists.
There is no doubt society is becoming more interlinked and communication networks have become more sophisticated and complex. The unique vantage of these developments not only encourage participation but also; freedom of speech, gives the reader a unique insight into the perspectives of the writer and it also empowers those to break away from oppression and have their voices heard like we saw during the Egyptian revolution.
Internet access, networking and social media have allowed us to gain several insights from several angles on any issue, permitting us to instantaneously gain and develop a holistic understanding on a specific matter or situation.
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I hope you read this while sipping a hot chocolate or a warm cup of coffee. Yum !
When I think of winter beauty, I think of the three L’s; Lips, Lashes and Liner. No one knows how to work it better than our bad girl Rihanna!
Here are a few beauty must haves for this winter.
Deep red, purple, wine or plum lips colours have the ability to amplify a look in an instant or as Drake would say ‘0 to 100 real quick’. Here are a few of my current favourites.
Now to ensure that you don’t look washed out when rocking a dark lippy, bronzer will become your best friend! Not only will it illuminate and bring warmth to your face but it also adds definition. These are hands down my absolute favourite bronzers!
Eye makeup should be kept simple and clean. For a crisp, clean and precise line use a felt tip pen liner. This will give you more control over the thickness and style of the liner.
And to top off the look and your winter makeup bag coat your lashes in some of my current favourite mascaras !
These two mascaras amplify the length of your lashes and add thickness, depending on how many coats you apply.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! If you try or have tried any of these products let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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Did you just see that?
Umm-okay, let’s all just take a moment to breathe…
*I’m in too much shock to breathe*
Not only am I confused but I’m also very much horrified. Where do I even begin??
Eyebrows, their should be more than one of them, hence why there is an ‘s’ at the end of the word. It’s plural for a reason!
Eyebrows are the quintessential feature on the human face. Eyebrows are the momentous arches that extenuate and enhance the eyes. Eyebrows “are a powerful tool used to better verbal and non verbal communication” (Tuttle, 2011).“Eyebrows are like punctuation marks to your emotions”(Tuttle, 2011). In other words, eyebrows are meant to be on fleek.
Okay I think you get my point.
Having two eyebrows is so last season! With the likes of Cara Delevingne, Brooke Shields, Audrey Hepburn and the ever-evolving influence of high fashion and avant-garde the monobrow can be considered somewhat normal, striking and beautiful. The repercussion of such influences have catapulted and granted permission for such extremities to be classified as “beautiful”. In some sense I highly respect the notion of breaking the rules of fashion, as Alexander McQueen the king of Avant-garde once explained, “You have to know the rules to break them”.
This specific trend has elevated the perpetual and ever changing nature of eyebrow trends “Models in Milan, Paris and London fashion week have show cased these new beauty trends” (Bianca, 2015). The monobrow remains by most “highly unorthodox” and a rebellious style against its predecessors.
Personally, I like having two eyebrows, but non-the less for those who love experimenting and trying new things I say go for it! You also save money by not getting your eyebrows tamed and besides the idea of what is considered beautiful is constantly changing, I look forward the next big craze.
P.s Thank heavens that the NYX unibrow gel was just an april fools joke !
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Tuttle, CT, 2011. Raising Eyebrows. 1st ed. San Francisco: chronicle books
Panda eyes, kinked quiffs and MONOBROWS: The quirky fashion week beauty trends we will all be rocking come autumn | Daily Mail Online. 2015.Panda eyes, kinked quiffs and MONOBROWS: The quirky fashion week beauty trends we will all be rocking come autumn | Daily Mail Online. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2979311/Panda-eyes-kinked-quiffs-MONOBROWS-quirky-fashion-week-beauty-trends-rocking-come-autumn.html
NYX Unibrow – YouTube. 2015. NYX Unibrow – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hwMlUHC4b8.
Media Myth-busting 1: The image cannot lie
Is a picture really worth 1000 words?
*This article may contain distressing images, viewer discretion is advised*
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words but we both know that’s a lie. One thousand words is an overtly righteous understatement!
Can we even put a number on it?
My point being, an image cannot be restricted or limited to a number of words as each and every person will have a varied interpretation; depending on factors such as personal context, level of noise surrounding them and the communication method used to view the sign or image.
A Spanish artist by the name of Luis Quiles has formulated art works that have been described as “empathetic portrayals of reality” (Art Fido, 2014). He has combined his passion for art and illustrations with his growing trepidations and forebodings for this sex and media crazed society. Earth porm, an online forum goes on to describe Quiles’ work as “Raw and blunt”, these words are quite accurate portrayals of his work if you ask me! His artworks mirror the “undiscussed truths” of a disturbed and anxious filled society. Similarly He parallels this notion of the underlying threats of the advances in technology just like in the 18th century with the introduction of gothic horror by writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Anna ward Radcliff in response to the industrial revolutions and technological advancements. These objectives add to the allure of what is being signified or rather what is being “evoked in the minds”(Turnbull, 2015) of the audience.
A sign and/or image consist of two main components the denotation (what is actually there) and the connotation (what it means)” (Turnbull, 2015). At first glance this artwork shows a wide-eyed young lady surrounded by men pressing their mobile devices up against the young ladies face who seems unfazed by their actions. One blogger comments and says “the images appear innocent, until you look a little closer and see what’s really going on”(Earth porm, 2014). Literally what I was thinking! Clearly there is deeper meaning than what is portrayed.
Through his work Quiles has had the ability to heighten viewers emotions by sparking feelings of disgust, horror, terror and anguish. These images represent a genuine issue as he explains, “We should seriously ask ourselves if we are controlling technology or technology is controlling us. Sometimes we look like a piece of flesh engaged to a phone”. The image has been further described as “not so far fetched” as we are all aware of the issue but choose to ignore it. Prolonged exposure to sexual content and other graphic images have consequently desensitised society as our tolerance levels have increased (ASAP science 2013). The stimulating nature of the provocative collection of images provide a grotesque interpretation of the effects of social media or rather how WE have articulated, constituted and allowed the media to show such content.
The image is riddled with subliminal messages and embodies the likes of a pornographic movie. The title of the artwork “i-phonekkake ” comes from the merging of two words ‘iPhone’ and ‘Bukkake” (I had to Google what Bukkake meant also it’s not a good idea to click on images before Knowing what it is!!; It originated in Japan in the 1980’s and it is a “sex act portrayed in pornographic films where several men ejaculate on a woman”) Quiles goes on to say “I have chosen the image of a Bukkake because it comes from a nature of punishment and submission”. That’s right you’ve just been hit with another 50 shades of grey reference!
A favourite subject of Quiles artworks are his references to Japanese pop culture, the young girls attire exemplifies these ideas. The wide-eyes represent the “feminised, vulnerable and child-like audience” (Turnbull 2015) that the media has thought about its audience for centuries. This notion of youthfulness is further characterised by the colour of her blouse “white is a colour of absolute transparency and transcendence”(Gabrielle Chanel) a colour pure in nature.
Japanese pop culture is notorious for its obsession with social media and technological advances. The connotations of instantaneous and constant bombardment of social media manifests through the use of dominating white males that represent the creators of these social media platforms. These subtle sexist references elevate our morbid curiosity and “shed light on topics that society has dismissed” overtime.
All in all, I think I’ve proven my point; all images and signs are complex in nature and thus can have infinite definitions and interpretations!
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Artist Creates Controversial Illustrations That Mirror the Ugly Side of Society | artFido’s Blog. 2015. Artist Creates Controversial Illustrations That Mirror the Ugly Side of Society | artFido’s Blog. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.artfido.com/blog/artist-creates-controversial-illustrations-that-mirror-the-ugly-side-of-society/.
Spanish Artist Reveals The Ugly Side Of Society In Controversial Illustrations. 2015. Spanish Artist Reveals The Ugly Side Of Society In Controversial Illustrations. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.earthporm.com/spanish-artist-reveals-ugly-side-society-controversial-illustrations/.
The Science of Pornography Addiction (SFW) – YouTube. 2015. The Science of Pornography Addiction (SFW) – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ya67aLaaCc.