Thursday, October 20, 2016

Swisscard - Victorinox

My heart did beat a little faster when I saw that Sam Chapman had this cute little card with all nifty things in it that are great for traveling. On to the online shops I went and got myself a Swisscard Classic from Victorinox*. Half of all my kitchen knives are by Victorinox. They are sharp and sometimes gave me a involuntary nail trim. ;)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chit Chat #17 Epic Metal Fests

The Holographic Principle has been unleashed upon the world. Never before have we graced so many magazine covers! The reviews have been mind blowing and the fans seem to have welcomed it with open arms.

The second edition of EPIC METAL FEST, held in the Netherlands and Brazil, have been a huge success! Our CD presentation at 013 Tilburg was another milestone in our career because it embarked the release of THP. The emotions that I felt when we played the new songs live for the first time were incredible and scary at the same time.

Our 7th studio album, which was created by the band, our producer, and the fans (you motivate and inspire us), carries the heaviest EPICA songs that we have ever written. All of the guys in the band have been writing songs, and I love how diverse the album sounds due to the five composers that EPICA has.

Soon after we released our first single “Universal Death Squad” talented fans from all over the world started making beautiful covers. Here are two that I enjoyed immensely:

Let me know what you think about The Holographic Principle! Which is your favorite song? One of mine is definitely the title track.

Thanks to the fans from all over the world. As I said in the booklet:

Together, we are EPICA!

Tim knows how to write with light.
Thanks to Alessandra Tolc for this amazing shot. It caught the wonderful energy that we all felt at EPIC METAL FEST Brazil.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Too Faced - Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar

Time to play with the famous Semi Sweet Chocolate palette from Too Faced!
Looking at swatches online, I decided to go for the semi sweet and not the original. The colors appealed more to my type and personal preferences. To be honest, Julia (Graf) also gave me that push to buy it. Besides that, I was curious to see if it really smells like chocolate.

The palette comes with 16 colors. Two of them have a bigger pan size, that is because they are supposed to be used to highlight the brow bone, as a base color or to blend out the edges.

While swatching the palette, I was a bit disappointed. The color pay off isn't that great as I expected it to be for the price it retails ($49). However, once applied on the eye lids they did a good job. They are super soft and blend greatly. The black eyeshadow has great pigment, which is a big plus for me. There aren't that many highly pigmented black eyeshadows on the market.

Packaging: Too Faced did do a great job with the palette packaging. It is a tin palette in the shape of a chocolate bar. For chocolate lovers like me a great eye catcher. It comes with a little guide with three eye looks to make things easy for you. They have been doing this since I have been buying their palettes many years ago. It is a great way to get you started.

Scent: It is strong and very sweet. It smells like the typical holiday chocolates that taste more of sugar than chocolate. It kind of reminds me of sweet cocoa powder that is used to make hot chocolate. Do any of you know Nesquik with the little bunny on it? 

My eye looks is an 'autumny' halo look. I used rum raisin, truffled and hot fudge in the crease and inner part of my eye socket. On the lid Bon Bon and Caramel.

The nude on my lips is Estee Lauder 'Insatiable Ivory'. I love this color, it is the perfect nude color, but the bullet keeps on breaking off.... It is just too soft and unstable. All three colors that I got have the same problem. Such a shame for an expensive lipstick. 
The dark lip in the Insta Video is Jeffree Star 'Dominatrix'. It looks like poop in the bottle, but comes of darker once applied on the lips ;)

Do any of you own any of the Chocolate Bar palettes from Too Faced?