Friday, 17 December 2010

Friday 5: 5 products of 2010/5 oldies and 5 newies.

Irrelevant picture is irrelevant. Context: none. Subject: sockbunny disguise comprising largely of a hairband with two socks tucked in.

Whoops! You must mind out for those pesky internet potholes - I appear to have fallen in one for the past week and only extricated myself today. If you knew me extra-super-well, you'd probably hazard a calculated guess that I've been playing Zelda Twilight Princess a lot this week, fuelled by a new yes-I-can! conviction that I can in fact beat the evil overlord Ganondorf to prevail, save the princess from certain death and restore Hyrule to its former glory.

If you knew me extra-super-well.*

Anyway, because it's the 17th December (how?!) and none of the gifts Kiwi belatedly ordered me for Christmas and/or birthday have arrived, I'm sitting in on a Friday evening while Kiwi gallivants off with his buddies, watching Christmas movies and fuelling the Christmas spirit in other ways (Haribo Tangfastics and a pear cider).

So today, I'm relighting the touch paper for my Friday 5 series, and today's is a little different; it's 5 products of 2010, and then some classic Christmas fanfare in the form of a playlist.

The 5 favourite products of 2010? Let's GO!

1. FACE atelier Ultra Foundation: A lot of people hear me rave about this, and with good reason. It's a pigmented, silicone-based formula which blends effortlessly onto the skin, doesn't adhere to your scaly patches and looks simply beautiful while it lasts. This is currently my winter staple, as when I wear it and glance into the mirror in the fading light, I don't get a shock! horror! moment when I notice that [insert usual mattifying foundation here] has dried out and shrivelled up and died.
2. ELF Powder Brush: This brush is perfect, perfect, perfect! I'd hail it with the prestigious title of 'one of the best foundation brushes wot I own'. It's soft, well-made, blends foundation effortlessly and survives daily use very well indeed. It's definitely my stand-in for when my current love (the Coco Beau Pro Big, Fat, Firm Foundation Brush!) is grubby.
3. MAC Greasepaint Sticks/NYX Jumbo Pencils: Lumped together by virtue of being similar products, but actually a type of product I've been obsessed with - the cream shadow. My favourite thing to do with these is smear some blearily into the outer-v and then blend it out with my new favourite E.L.F. Studio Eyeshadow C Brush (so. perfect.) and then blend the main lid colour over the lid, followed by a contour shade. Perfect, quick and easy daytime (and rainy times and times in between) look with minimal effort.
4. Inglot: I never really get to explore, as they're far away from me, but their eyeshadows are the bees-knees - soft, creamy and pigmented, and better than MAC for their price. Their AMC cream blushes are lovely and soft, and their AMC lipglosses are lovely too. This is a brand which thoroughly deserves the attention its slowly garnering.
5. MAC Pro Longwear: As if I'd leave this one off. I've bought a lot of different foundations this year, and only 3 really stand out; the last one is Estée Lauder's Doublewear, but this one edges it out in terms of longevity and delivering its promise. Lovely finish, lasts for the full 15 hours on me and just all-round greatness - a rarity from MAC.

And for some festive cheer, I compiled a couple of lists for festive cheer - one of my favourite golden oldie Christmas songs, and another for some you might not be quite so familiar with.

Friday Playlists #1 - Golden Oldies:
1. Shakin' Stevens - Merry Xmas Everyone: My ultimate favourite - it instills this kind of festive euphoria in me.
2. Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas: A song can always be so evocative of a journey, a place or something you were doing at the time. For me this brings back those fuzzy memories of sitting on the train home from Manchester to London and feeling the same déjà-vu every single year.
3. Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday: The iconic cash register and image of a choir of chubby-faced enthusiastic children singing the chorus makes this a Christmas keeper.
4. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home): A distinctly 60's feel with a wistful undertone and laden with huge false eyelashes and an iconic Mary Quant miniskirt.
5. Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel - Baby It's Cold Outside: Zooey's dulcet tones with the deep rumble of Leon Redbone make this a sweet festive duet.

Friday Playlists #2 - Something Different:
1. Guster - ¿Donde Está Santa Claus?: Actually in English, and actually a cover - but this is a sweetly-laconic version of the more saccharine original. It has a jaunty, jangly rhythm and I promise you will be bopping, even just the littlest bit.
2. Low - Just Like Christmas: A slightly wistful feeling Christmas song for chilling out amongst the festive stress.
3. Jason Mraz - Winter Wonderland: I don't usually like crooners, but this is a lovely arrangement with a little twist of skibbadeedee-ba-ba-da-da-da. You'll understand when you hear it.
4. Ben Folds - Bizarre Christmas Incident: Done in true clever Ben Folds style, he croons to a piano about a naked, dead Santa covered in Crisco oil ending up stuck in his chimney. Simply brilliant.
5. Belle & Sebastian - O Little Town Of Bethlehem: A version shot through with a little jazz, funny narration, and while a little rough around the edges, utterly charming.

Bonus track? Try the world's most awesome Youtube band, Pomplamoose and Always in the Season for some big band loveliness.

So, what are your top 5 songs for festive cheer? And what are your top 5 products of 2010?


* You know me so well. I beat it, woohoo! Hyrule is safe. I made Kiwi applaud me at the appropriate moment and then I took a high-five from his reluctant palm.


  1. I am excitedly awaiting my first elf order, and contained therein will be the powder brush. With each good review the excitement factor goes up and will soon be at eleven.

    My favourite Christmas songs are Keeping the Dream Alive by Freiheit, and, rather embarrassingly, A Spaceman Came Travelling by *shudder* Chris DeBurgh.

    Your blog is wondrous!

  2. I love all your song choices!
    My favourites at the minute are Christmas Lights by Coldplay and All I Want for Christmas Is New Year's Day by Hurts :) xx

  3. Oooh, I love that Chris Rea's song! They used to play it every Christmas Eve on our way to the grandparents. I guess this year I'll have to download it onto my iPod for the flight home!

    I sent you a message on YouTube regarding Inglot, but maybe you didn't get it? Anyway, I'll tweet you about it. Take care :) x

  4. Great top five, I'll have to do mine soon :)

    I do love Inglot shadows!!! and you have me wanting to try face Atelier in a big way!!!

    Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas if I don't see you round on the internets til then xxxx

  5. Great Christmassy song choices and top products. I still have no idea what my favourite products of 2010 are...I'm still in shock/denial that the year is nearly over. x

  6. How I love, love, love your blog posts...I always impatiently await them and when I catch a glimpse of a new post after opening the page I squeal with pleasure :) Anywaaays, Merry christmas to you :)


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