Sunday, July 31, 2011

What I Loved This Month: JULY

This has been quite a month! Here are just a couple of my favorite things from July:

TV SHOWGlee (This show's second season became a guilty pleasure of mine, but it wasn't till this month that I actually went back and watched the first season on Blu-Ray.)

MOVIEX-Men: First Class (Yes, I know this movie's been out since the beginning of summer. I saw this movie again at a dollar theater with my dad and sister. Still just as awesome as when I first saw it. Probably my favorite movie of the summer.)
BOOKPygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (I love My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn, but I prefer Shaw's realistic ending. Not even looking at the age difference, I have no idea why Eliza would choose Higgins over Freddy as suggested in the movie.)

STYLE: Dianna Agron's Quinn Fabray from Glee (I've fallen in love with Quinn's feminine and put-together wardrobe while watching the show. Time to start saving up for some Anthropologie dresses and J. Crew cardigans of my own!)
ACTOR: Michael Fassbender (This guy can act. I was very impressed with him as Magneto, the depth he brought to the character was incredible. With several upcoming films including Ridley Scott's highly anticipated Prometheus, his star is definitely on the rise.)

MUSICIAN: Cameron Mitchell (I literally just watched the The Glee Project episode in which he quit. It was for admirable reasons, but it very much saddened me because I felt he was not only the most talented person on the show, but the most interesting, as well. Either way, he has an incredible voice and I can't wait to see more of him in the future.)

FOOD: Watermelon (I've been so spoiled with my dad cutting up pieces of watermelon for my sister and I for our evening snack. I'm not at all handy with a knife so this is something I'm definitely going to miss once I head back to college.)

TRAVEL: San Diego, California (Two words. Comic Con. It's like Spring Break for nerds. This was the view from our hotel, The Mariott.)

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH... Back to school shopping, more reading, and being reunited with my APO Family.

What are you guys looking forward to in August?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mac Please Me

Mac Please Me - £13.50

This is only my second ever Mac lipstick, It's a lot lighter than I thought however I'm happy that I bought it and I love the colour!
It's so funny every time I seem to buy something from MAC, I'm served by someone called Sophie (which is also my name!!) ...obv a sign I need to buy more ;)

I wore this lipstick with winged black eyeliner for a daytime look but for a night out I would wear with a smoky eye and highlighted cheeks.
I love the scent of MAC Lipsticks and the formula is so creamy and hydrating. 
To apply I used my bodyshop lipscuff, then the Bodyshop Lip butter and then Please Me.  

P.s I've had play around with my blog to try and improve it - let me know what you think!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Ring Finger Polish

17 gold Nailvarnish, OPI Mrs O'Learys BBQ, Orley Rage, Topshop Pool Party.

Love this trend at the moment, however I find it hard to find colours that go well.
Next week im going to try Rimmel Beige Babe (colour in my 'reading glasses' post) and Orley Rage.
I was a bit sceptical about buying Orley 'Rage' as its such a tiny bottle for £5 however I absolutely Love this colour and definately will repurchase when I run out!
(p.s sorry about the messy nails - I had just painted them!!) 


Sunday, July 24, 2011


Turquoise ring, Bracelet and Chunky stone bracelet- Primark, Tribal silver Rings and plaited gold and beige bracelet - H&M
Leopard dress - H&M
- Gotta love a bit of H & Primarni!!!

Hello everyone I hope you are having a lovely weekend. 
Such sad news about Amy Winehouse and Norway, my thoughts are with all their friends and families.

I did a bit of shopping with the bf yesterday and this is what I wore. We went to Yo Sushi (mmm) MAC and Boots but I didnt really get too much - some eyelash curlers from MAC and a hair dye from boots - I am trying to lighten my hair without it going orange, if anyone knows of a good dye pls let me know!! I would Love to Ombre but think my hair is too short :(.
I love the bronzed skin (ahem fake tan haha) with turquoise look, Im naturally olive however I love a bit of Dove's graudal fake tan!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Comic Con: Thursday

Sorry for being a day behind, yesterday was exhausting and the hotel WIFI has been unreliable. Plus, I'm having to go through literally hundreds of photos - my family really like to take pictures. I'm going to do my best to post at least once a day though!

After the "Welcome to the NerdHQ" panel, my sister and I joined our dad in Ballroom 20 to camp out for the rest of the day. By the time we got into the VERY packed room, the Covert Affairs panel was just ending and Psych was just starting up. 

Next up, was Sarah Michelle Gellar's new series, Ringer, which will premiere on the CW in September. The panel consisted of SMG, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Kristopher Polaha, and producers Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder. They first showed some clips from the show which showed some really good production values and actually looks pretty good. SMG was super energetic and friendly and seemed very comfortable during the panel. After viewing the clip and listening to SMG and the rest of the cast and producers, I am definitely interested in watching this show come fall. Here are a couple of quotes from the panel.

"It's hard when you have a show like Buffy that you love so much... you're not looking for a show to top it. I wanted to come back for a show that the fans would love, that would be different but still exciting." - SMG

"We'll just add some more hip music and better clothes." - SMG on moving from CBS to CW

" But I'm naturally thrilled to be on the CW." - Ioan Gruffudd on ever having heard of the CW

"I love the twists and turn of this show. You never know where it's going - I never thought anyone would make a show like this." - SMG

"It's a tale of two sisters where one is driven by redemption and one is driven by revenge. Every character has a duplicitous nature. There's no heroes, no villains - it's shades of gray." - Producer Eric Charmelo

"If I dressed up as Buffy for Comic Con, you guys would tell me I was a lame version of Buffy." - SMG

"To get into another show where I don't know what's happening week to week is really amazing." - Nestor Carbonell

A few more interesting notes from the panel.... Kristopher Polaha came in second to Marc Blucas for the role of Riley on Buffy. SMG loves getting to use a gun on the show especially because "Buffy never got a gun." Also, there are no supernatural elements on the show - it's all reality-based, and apparently Michelle Trachtenberg is already interested in doing a role.

After Ringer was the much-anticipated Game of Thrones panel which consisted of castmembers Nickolaj Coster-WaldauKit HaringtonLena HeadeyPeter DinklageJason Momoaand Emilia Clarke; producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; and author George R.R. Martin. I have not watched this show, but for having only completed its first season, it sure does have some enthusiastic fans. The panel was very funny and entertaining, the deadpan and recently Emmy-nominated Peter Dinklage getting some of the biggest laughs.

Finally, it was time for TV Guide's annual Fan Favorites panel. While I was excited to see the always funny and charming Zachary Levi on the panel, I was especially looking forward to seeing Matt Smith, the latest incarnation of the title character in Doctor Who. The panel consisted of The Vampire Diaries executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie PlecLost alums Nestor Carbonell and Jorge GarciaZachary Levi; Johnny Galecki from The Big Bang TheoryMatt SmithTrue Blood's Kristin Bauer and Nelsan Ellis; and Leslie Hope. I scribbled several notes during the panel, here are some highlights for each show (beware of spoilers):

First, each panelist was asked when they realized their show was a fan favorite:

- Kevin: Twitter

- Julie: When Ian Somerhalder beat Robert Pattinson in a Favorite Vampire contest.

- Nestor: He joined the show when it was already a hit.

- Jorge: When he saw the pilot ratings and a flight attendant knew his character's name.

- Zac: The pilot was screened at Comic Con and received a standing ovation. He says most people were probably Firefly fans who came for Adam Baldwin and couldn't be more grateful to them.

- Johnny: First year at Comic Con. "Zac stole my answer."

- Matt: He jumped into something that had quite the legacy.

- Kristin: Seeing how filled the room was and all the cameras flashing, "I think it's starting to sink in."

- Nelsan: "I think I found out when you all told me."

- Leslie: Read on the Internet that 24 was popular.

The Vampire Diaries

Two clips were shown: one where Damon states he misses being human then bites into a girl and one where a character dies during a dinner scene. The producers commented on the importance of Twitter, and said there is a huge plot hole that fans have yet to picked up on.


A clip was shown of Nestor's character along with Sarah Michelle Gellar's Bridget. When asked what attracted him to the show, he said he liked playing an interesting FBI character who had his own secrets and that it wasn't the same thing every day. Also, a fan during the Q&A gave the inspired idea that Nestor Carbonell would make an excellent Dr. Strange. I AGREE.


A clip was shown. Jorge says he wanted to work with J.J. Abrams again because he believes in the "underdog." Someone jokingly asked him why he liked islands so much. Jorge compared Comic Con to a Renaissance Fair but "awesomer."


Big cheers for Chuck and Zac, who was chewing gum. When the audio wasn't working for the Chuck clip, Zachary Levi and Jorge Garcia hilariously ad-libbed the dialogue. Zac stated that even though this is Chuck's last season which he described as "bittersweet", it won't be his last Comic Con. Advice to Zac from Jorge about Chuck's ending: "Don't go with the 'they're all dead' ending. It alienates some people, and they'll tell you over and over again how much they loved the series but hated the ending."

The Big Bang Theory

They showed an old clip from the "Rumors" episode. Johnny said Leonard and Priya are going to have a long distance relationship and that Leonard is definitely moving back in with Sheldon. He said there is actually a long and very detailed Roommate Agreement that continues to expand. He said he guests on 3 out of Entourage's 8 remaining episodes and had a lot of fun doing them. He was congratulated on his Emmy nomination and said on the day it was announced, he thought it wasn't for another week so he was asleep and his phone dead.

Doctor Who

A clip of the Doctor in the Oval Office is shown. Matt said taking on the role was daunting, but a good pressure. His favorite doctor is Patrick Troughton, along with Tom Baker, David Tennant, and Christopher Eccleston. His favorite episode is a new episode called "Let's Kill Hitler."He says he was indeed surprised about the River Song revelation. When asked where would he go if he could jump in time and travel anywhere, he replied he would go see Atlantis and the dinosaurs and pick up Frank Sinatra along the way. He said his favorite Daleks were the "stone" Daleks in episode 13 or purple, if he had to choose a color. He really enjoyed sitting next to Kristin and Nelsan, saying he loved True Blood and described Comic Con as having a "good spirit" and "strange and overwhelming." He also said that Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary was coming up and that we might see several Doctors back for an episode.

True Blood

A clip shows Pam with what looks like half of her face falling off being questioned about Eric's whereabouts by Bill. Kristin says her favorite line is coming up in episode 10 or 11 and is "the wrongest thing I've heard on television." She says Pam is not very happy about an amnesiac Eric. Nelsan says his character has been on quite a journey. He's asked what's it like playing a witch. He says we discover his powers soon. He says he's sitting at the table with some of his own personal favorites - he's watched every episode of The Vampire Diaries and he loves Johnny and Matt.

The River

There's a shaky cam clip. Leslie describes her character as one looking for her husband in the Amazon. She describes the show's pilot as "scary" but says it's not horror, more supernatural thriller. 

Lastly, was the Showtime block that included Shameless, upcoming series Homeland, and fan-favorite Dexter. Panelists from Shameless included: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, and Justin ChatwinMorena Baccarin from Firefly was there to promote Homeland. From DexterMichael C. Hall, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, and season 6 guest stars Colin Hanks and Mos Def (who joins during the Q&A) and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto. Highlights:

Shameless: At one point Justin Chatwin announces Emmy Rossum's hotel room number. By the shocked look on her face, we can assume it was real and that she will soon be staying in a new room.

Homeland: Very short panel, but Morena Baccarin looks gorgeous and the show looks interesting.

Dexter: Opens talking about the "Slice of Life" Facebook game. A trailer with religious undertones is shown for Season 6. The crowd loves Michael C. Hall, but he appears to be a little distant and curt during the panel and when answering the (mostly albeit lame) fan questions. Samples: Q: "Is the Trinity Killer ever going to come back?" MCH: " a ghost?" and another, Q: "Does Dexter fear that his son will inherit his need to kill?" MCH: "Yes." and one more, Q: "Any plans for a Dexter-Burn Notice crossover?" MCH: "No." Wow. Seriously. These fans... I don't even watch the show and could come up with better questions. At one point, an audience member mistakenly calls C.S. Lee "C.S. Lewis." Nice.

"I would love to find a way to do something with a body count of zero. I'm all for that." - MCH

And that ends my longest blog post up to this point! Hope you enjoyed reading! =)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Comic Con: Welcome to the NerdHQ

The first official day of Comic Con is over - phew!! The clock says it's about 9:30, but, since I'm still on Eastern Time, it feels like 12:30. I'm usually a night owl who wouldn't be feeling tired for another couple of hours, but after my nonstop day, the energy is all but drained out of me... which is why I'm going to postpone a full post of today's events till...later in the week. However, I will not leave you empty-handed. 

First thing today, my sister and I went to Zachary Levi's "Welcome to the NerdHQ" panel). In case you don't know what NerdHQ is, it's basically a mini convention set up by Zac and his company, The Nerd Machine, entirely separate from Comic Con for fellow nerds to come and hang out. Zac even recruited a bunch of his friends in the industry to participate in "Conversation" panels (many of which include signings) which you can attend for $20 per person. All proceeds go to Zac's charity, Operation Smile. Okay, now back to the Welcome consisted of Zac and the rest of The Nerd Machine gang. It was a very relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Zac and company answered questions from the audience, sharing funny and interesting stories (unfortunately, we couldn't tape anything since they were live streaming the panel). I didn't quite get everything, but I took a couple notes (of questions directed to Zac) while my sister took some pictures. Enjoy! 

Please note that everything below is paraphrased.

Q: What story would you like to tell?

A: I would love to see an integration of live action TV with video game

Q: What is your favorite Chuck episode?

A: Chuck Versus the Beard.

Q: How do you find time to play video games with all of your
various projects?

A: Lots of help from good people. (re: the others on the Nerd Machine team)

Q: Nerdiest Tangled moment?

A: Singing with Mandy Moore at the Oscars.

Q: Favorite superhero?

A: Hero – Gambit, Villian – Deadpool.

Q: What video games are you currently playing?

A: Just finished LA Noir.

Q: Will there be a Chuck musical episode?

A: I don’t know.

Q: Any advice for those wanting to get into the industry?

A: If you want to get into animation, draw. Want to become an
actor, act. Want to become a screenwriter, write. Keep at it and good luck.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

COMIC CON: Preview Night!

My family and I made it to San Diego safely late yesterday afternoon. After checking into our room at the Mariott, we all went to Ralph's, the nearby grocery store and stocked up on ramen, fruit, and sandwich ingredients for the next couple of days. Then it was time to go to bed. Getting a good night's rest was important last night, especially knowing that once Comic Con is in full thing, we'd better get used to going to bed around 12am and waking up at 5.

This morning, I woke up and decided to figure out the hotel's WIFI situation. I found out the hotel does indeed have free WIFI - WOOT (even if it can be a little weak)!! This means I'll be able to blog and post photos while here in San Diego!! I'll do my best, although, with the craziness that is Comic Con, you'll have to be patient with me.

Anyhow, today went very smoothly and was a good start to this year's Comic Con outing. As Preview Night inched closer, we picked up our Comic Con, as well as NerdHQ, badges. Zachary Levi was hanging outside the NerdHQ venue, talking and taking pictures with people in line (aww!). Then we waited in our first of many long lines to get into the Exhibit Hall. The place was, needless to say, packed and there were more lines waiting for us at every booth. Every year, people seem to get more aggressive about getting free promo swag and this year was no exception.  At the end of the 3 hour sneak peek of madness, we managed to get a decent amount of swag, do a few interactive activities, and even got a quick superhero portrait done by artist Dan Conner.

Tomorrow, we head out first thing to the NerdHQ Welcome with Zachary Levi and then join my dad in Ballroom 20 for a day of various TV show panels. What am I looking forward to most? TV Guide's annual "Fan Favorites" panel. This year's guests include Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Zachary Levi (of course), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Nelsan Ellis, Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Nestor Carbonell, and Jorge Garcia (Lost). What a line-up!

Alright, time for bed now, stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happy BDay, Jared! & Hello, San Diego!

Today is the day! My dad, sister, and I leave for San Diego in just a couple hours! Tomorrow is Comic Con's Preview Night which will give us a taste of the craziness that is to come in the following four days.

Today is also the 29th birthday of one of my favorite actors (and one of the nicest celebrities I've ever met), Jared Padalecki! You might recognize him as Sam Winchestor from Supernatural or Dean Forester from Gilmore Girls. He will be at Comic Con on Sunday for the Supernatural panel which will be held for the first time in Hall H. He will also be participating in a "Conversation" and signing for Zachary Levi's NerdHQ on Sunday, which we were fortunate enough to get tickets before the event quickly sold out. Jared is such a funny and genuine guy, it's sure to be a great panel!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Soap Bubbles

With this look, I tried to capture the iridescent colour of soap bubbles floating through the air...

Product List
MAC Bare Canvas, MAC Azreal Blue, MAC Teal, PL Tryst, Zoeva 88 Mattes palette, NYX lashes, CG Lash Blast, NYX liquid eyeliner in black, NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Comic Con: Less Than 1 Week Away!!

My dream of meeting John Barrowman came true in 2009 - thanks to Comic Con
Comic Con, one of, if not THE, thing I look forward to most every year, is less than one week away! For those out of the know, Comic Con is the Americas' largest fan convention – but don’t let the name fool you, it’s not just comics, it also includes science fiction/fantasy, film/tv, video games, anime, and other pop culture elements. Every year, more and more people flock to the San Diego Convention Center. This year is predicted to be around 126,000 people after all tickets were sold out in a record time of 8 hours after going on sale. With so many people, you can imagine how chaotic it can get. This is why my sister and I always have a game plan. As of right now, we’re still waiting for signing schedules to be announced so we don’t have an official plan yet, but here’s our temporary list of what will probably go down. Note: A good rule of thumb for the two biggest rooms, Hall H and Ballroom20, is that once you’re in, stay in…because if you leave, you probably won’t be able to get back inside.

Thursday (Ballroom20 all day, Staying away from Hall H and the Twi-hards):
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
Covert Affairs
Game of Thrones
TV Guide: Fan Favorites
Showtime: Dexter, Shameless, and Homeland

Friday (panel and signing with Zachary Quinto 1-3pm makes this tricky, plus there are hardcore True Blood fans to consider…):
Torchwood: Miracle Day
The Walking Dead
The Big Bang Theory (maybe? Will have to leave early to make it to signing)
The Amazing Spider-man (This is what I care most about, but I don’t think we’ll make it due to the signing)

Saturday (a bit of an odd day):
Relativity: Immortals and Knights of Bada**dom
Snow White and the Huntsman
Dorothy of Oz
(Maybe Kevin Smith, depends how tired I am)

Sunday (All about Hall H, then finish off Comic Con with a Jared Padalecki signing):
Doctor Who

Anyone else going to Comic Con this year? Anyone wish they were going? What panels are you looking forward to? Expect plenty of Comic Con posts next week (internet allowing)!

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Ive been using the Organix range for a while now and so thought i'd do a review.
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Sodium laureth sulfate is a cheap chemical product companies use that can irritate your skin and damage your hair. 
I love these products, I use the Morrocan oil Shampoo along with the Brazillian keratin therapy conditioner together and my hair feels amazing, i've heard some reviews stating that initially their hair feels quite dry as it is stripped of the chemical/product build up however I didn't experience this. 

I would definately recommend these products, I know i'd much rather put natural ingredients in my hair than risk chemicals damaging my hair!!!

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