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27 Nov 16:01



Ponte City dominates the Johannesburg skyline. This unavoidable 54-storey apartment building on the Berea ridge has become an icon of the city it towers over. The building has had a chequered history. Built for white sophisticates in the heyday of apartheid, it always held more appeal for young people and immigrants, for those on their way to somewhere else. During the South African transition in the early 1990s it became a refuge for black newcomers from the townships and rural areas, and then for immigrants from elsewhere in Africa. Then followed a calamitous decline, and by the turn of the century Ponte was the prime symbol of urban decay in Johannesburg, and the perceived epicentre of crime, prostitution and drug dealing.



© Installation, Le Bal, Paris, 2014

In 2007, developers evicted half the tenants and gutted the empty apartments, but their scheme to refurbish the building soon ran aground. It was in this period that Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse began working at Ponte, getting to know the tenants who remained behind, taking their portraits and photographing the life of the half-occupied block.


© Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse

In the winter of 2008, Subotzky and Waterhouse started collecting documents and other debris in the abandoned apartments. Over the following five years, they returned repeatedly to document aspects of the block, photographing every door and the view from every window. When they knocked on doors to ask permission to do this work, they were often invited in. Sitting in apartments where the televisions were tuned to South African soap operas, Congolese sitcoms, Hollywood romances and Nollywood melodramas, it sometimes felt to them that all the stories of violence and seduction they had heard about Ponte were not in the building itself but on the screens. Thus the television screens of Ponte became a third typology of apertures alongside the doors and windows: three grids arranged exactly in the sequence given by the building’s structure.

© ‘Ponte City’ by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Steidl 2014

This body of images is presented here in counterpoint with items from the found archive and historical documents, including plans and photographs. The visual narrative is integrated with a sustained sequence of essays, stories and documentary texts presented in 17 booklets. With one exception, the essays and stories were written specially for this book.

Perceptions of Ponte have always been extreme, its joys and ills exaggerated equally. It has been hailed as the next big thing in urban living and derided as a suicide centre and a rubbish dump. The commentary here does not discount these myths but positions them in relation to the many other historical accounts of the building. It is an attempt to understand the unique place of the building in Johannesburg and in the popular imagination.


© Installation, South African National Gallery, 2010 

Between 2008 and 2011, Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse took a photograph out of every window in Ponte City, of every internal door, and of every television screen. This formed a part of their broader investigation of this giant residential tower block, a building that has come to symbolize the best and the worst of Johannesburg’s past, present and future. The resulting archive of over 2000 images has found form in three distinct triptych works – as lightboxes, as multi-channel projections, and as individual photographic prints.

Today life in Ponte goes on, as ordinary and extraordinary as life anywhere else. But the building is still enveloped in contending projections. It remains a focal point of the city’s dreams and nightmares, seen as refuge or monstrosity, dreamland or dystopia, a lightning rod for a society’s hopes and fears, and always a beacon to navigate by.

© Subotsky Studio

27 Nov 12:03

Happy Thanksgiving from Hyperallergic

by Hyperallergic

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Thanks to James Kerr (aka Scorpion Dagger) for conjuring up the spirit of Thanksgiving for us.

26 Nov 09:50

From Hermitage Cats to a Chernobyl Safari, Anna Jermolaewa’s Counter Histories

by Benjamin Sutton
Anna Jermolaewa, installation view of "Untitled (Hermitage Cats)" (2013)

Anna Jermolaewa, installation view of “Untitled (Hermitage Cats)” (2013)

By now the Hermitage cats, the troupe of feline pest control agents residing at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, are well known — the museum even commissioned czarist-style portraits of its furry workers — but Anna Jermolaewa is providing some historical context for all the cuteness. The St. Petersburg-born, Vienna-based conceptual artist, currently in Brooklyn for a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), sees the cats’ story as illustrative of a particularly dark episode in Russian history.

Anna Jermolaewa, installation view of "Untitled (Hermitage Cats)" (2013) (All images courtesy the artist)

Anna Jermolaewa, installation view of “Untitled (Hermitage Cats)” (2013) (All images courtesy the artist)

A text on view in Jermolaewa’s space during a recent open studios event at ISCP and on her website recounts the only two times in its 250-year history that the Hermitage has been without its four-legged exterminators — they were first introduced at the request of the 18th-century Russian Empress Elizabeth, a noted musophobe. Most recently, in the 1960s, the museum evicted the cats, but when they were subsequently faced with a swelling rat population, they reinstated the feline guards.

The Hermitage cats met with a much grimmer fate during the Siege of Leningrad, when they, along with most other pets in the city, were eaten by citizens left starving by Germany’s 872-day blockade of the city. “Today we ate a roasted cat,” a 10-year-old boy wrote in his diary on December 3, 1941,”tasted very well.” Immediately after the blockade was lifted, thousands of cats, mostly from Siberia, were brought into St. Petersburg by train to bring the booming rat population under control.

I asked the artist how her investigation into the Hermitage cats fits in with the rest of her oeuvre, which often looks at the effects of major historical events on individuals, landscapes, and animals.

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Sill from Anna Jermolaewa, "Untitled (Hermitage Cats)" (2013)

Sill from Anna Jermolaewa, “Untitled (Hermitage Cats)” (2013)

Benjamin Sutton: What attracted you to the Hermitage Museum cats’ story?

Anna Jermolaewa: It is interesting to me how you can transport very serious issues about the dramatic history of the city I was born and grew up in through cat images, which as we all know are these very kitsch images that grab everybody’s attention.

This work displays photographs of many of them in a style akin to an “employee of the month” format. It also includes drawings and video of them, to complete the telling of their little-known tales.

BS: How responsive and accommodating to your project were the museum and the cats’ keepers?

AJ: The director of the Hermitage Museum gave me permission to film and work in the Hermitage for one week. In this time I had access to the whole building. The people were very helpful. There are three women who are officially museum guards, but in reality they take care of the cats full time.

Sill from Anna Jermolaewa, "Untitled (Hermitage Cats)" (2013)

Sill from Anna Jermolaewa, “Untitled (Hermitage Cats)” (2013)

BS: Your work often looks at the effects of major historical and political events on the lives of everyday people and public places; what attracts you to these moments, rituals, and images?

AJ: I find that many times, when historical events are addressed on a sociopolitical level, the experience of the individual is lost in an overwhelming narrative that tends to dehumanize and distort. Many of my works focus on telling the stories of those who fall through the cracks of historical representation. As a culture, we form a memory based on what people, places, events, or works are canonized and/or “relegated to the dustbin of history.” Even when society remembers these people or events from so-called counter histories their representation depicts a romantic and fabricated memory often transmitted through image and iconography. My work attempts to give overlooked narratives respect by displaying them with raw authenticity. The individuals involved may be refugees from Samarkand, housekeepers, nurses, or even the cats employed as “security guards” at the Hermitage. They are all equally affected by the destructive events Walter Benjamin described as the “catastrophe of history.” By capturing these stories without embellishment, I suggest that the world of the everyday and ignored is inherently poetic.

Sill from Anna Jermolaewa, "Untitled (Hermitage Cats)" (2013)

Sill from Anna Jermolaewa, “Untitled (Hermitage Cats)” (2013)

BS: What projects will you be working on during your residency at ISCP?

AJ: What I am working on here is my new project “Chernobyl Safari,” which I am developing for the next Kiev Biennale. In the last 28 years since the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the 30 kilometer exclusion zone surrounding the Soviet power plant’s reactor has become a veritable nature reserve. Lynxes, wolves, eagles, wild horses, and other rare species have come to inhabit the nearly deserted area. People left and the animals took over. According to experts, 50 of these 400 species are classified as endangered.

Anna Jermolaewa, "Safari Chernobyl" (2014) installation view

Anna Jermolaewa, “Chernobyl Safari” (2014) installation view

Before I came to New York I went on a safari in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, in this paradise for animals normally associated with death and disaster. Everybody imagines Chernobyl to be full of mutations and monsters, like in the movies. But in reality there are almost no mutations left, they are still contaminated but overall healthy. In nature only the strongest animals survive, when a mutant animal is born, which can happen anytime also without radiation, depending on the mutation it usually does not survive in nature.

Anna Jermolaewa, still from "Safari Chernobyl" (2014)

Anna Jermolaewa, still from “Chernobyl Safari” (2014)

When I first viewed my tapes, I realized that I am actually not a very great safari photographer. I don’t own the right equipment nor the right camera that one usually needs to get shots of animals in the wilderness. So many animals that I saw weren’t on film because I just barely missed them.

When people go on safari they usually come home with their trophies and photographs, so I started drawing and painting the animals that I couldn’t catch on camera. From interviews with people living there I heard of many other animals that I didn’t see during my stay. The forester, for example, told me about everything he had seen in his 10 years of working there, and an old woman who is living on her own in the zone told me she saw huge snakes and animals that were brought to Chernobyl from New Zealand for experiments.

They also told me about mutations that they heard about after the catastrophe. I started drawing these animals too to show all these myths, legends, fears, and misconceptions. The result is an installation with two-channel video, photo, drawing, and painting.

Jermolaewa’s “Chernobyl Safari” project will be featured in the second Kiev Biennale, slated to open in August 2015. In March she will have a solo show at the Zachęta contemporary art center in Warsaw.

25 Nov 13:47

The Mouse, an Unexpected and Enduring Art Muse

by Allison Meier
Natalia Pokrovskaya

Особенно хочу отметить картину «Мышь и Путин в шаре»

Shibata Zeshin, Mouse, nineteenth century, lacquer on paper. Object reg. no: 1928,0720,0.35, British Museum, London, United Kingdom. © The Trustees of the British Museum/Art Resource, NY.

Shibata Zeshin, “Mouse” (19th century), lacquer on paper. (© The Trustees of the British Museum/Art Resource, NY)

As one of the most common mammals on our planet, the diminutive mouse has been scurrying its way into art for centuries. The rodent has now finally received its own art compendium with Lorna Owen’s Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art, out next week from Monacelli Press.

Cover of "Mouse Muse" (courtesy the Monacelli Press)

Cover of “Mouse Muse” (courtesy the Monacelli Press)

Much of the book is derived from her Mouse Interrupted blog, which seeks out the animal in all eras and forms of art, like the wide-eyed creature gazing at a human in a glass cylinder among the wild symbolism of Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” or the live creatures roaming through contemporary work by Carsten Höller and Liselot Van der Heijden. Owen explained her interest in the art mouse to Hyperallergic:

The mouse is a remarkable mammal. In broad strokes, it has an acute sense of smell that actually surpasses that of cats and dogs; it is an excellent swimmer; and it’s been found to sing, ultrasonically, with actual repertoires of specific phrases. But what is provocative is that here we have a mouse, which many consider to be an insignificant creature; yet its well-known traits have sparked in art some of the most powerful expressions of who we are as humans — qualities that are often diametrically opposed: good and evil, industrious and shiftless, cowardly and courageous.

Mouse Muse includes over 80 works in a compact hardback, with each example joined by a short essay exploring its history and reason for having a mouse, the full print of the piece paired with a detail of the mouse embedded in the text. And the reasons for including mice have changed over time, from empathetic bronzes in ancient Rome found in nearly every household, to an unwanted symbol of mortality lurking in still-lifes. Owen tracked down the vermin by examining works by artists known for their love of nature like Frans Snyders and Franz Marc, and even delved into journals and letters by artists, finding some surprises along the way such as that “Kandinsky was inspired by the placental tissue of a mouse for his biomorphic abstract painting ‘Capricious Forms.’

Art by John Constable in "Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art" (photograph of the book by the author for Hyperallergic)

Art by John Constable in “Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art” (photograph of the book by the author for Hyperallergic)

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (center panel, detail), c. 1490-1510, oil on panel. Prado, Madrid, Spain/Bridgeman Art Library.

Hieronymus Bosch, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (center panel, detail) (1490-1510), oil on panel. (courtesy Prado, Madrid, Spain/Bridgeman Art Library)

Giovanna Garzoni, Ceramic Bowl with Quinces, Morning Glories, Figs, Hazelnuts and a Mouse, 1651–1662, tempera on parchment. Collection of Silvano Lodi, Campione D’Italia. Courtesy of the Galleria Silvano Lodi & Due Milano.

Giovanna Garzoni, “Ceramic Bowl with Quinces, Morning Glories, Figs, Hazelnuts and a Mouse” (1651–1662), tempera on parchment. (Collection of Silvano Lodi, Campione D’Italia. Courtesy of the Galleria Silvano Lodi & Due Milano)

Art by Trey Friedman in "Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art" (photograph of the book by the author for Hyperallergic)

Art by Trey Friedman in “Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art” (photograph of the book by the author for Hyperallergic)

Plenty of these discoveries are pocketed in Mouse Muse, some that show the woe that is the role of the animal model. While John Constable, who painted an 1824 portrait of “A Mouse with a Piece of Cheese,” delighted in caring for his mouse named Jack, for Sir John Everett Millais it was easier to have a more inert subject. In his 1851 “Mariana” a mouse quietly moves in the daylight shining through the stained glass by his Pre-Raphaelite lady. The little animal had been found by Millais in his studio right when he was wanting to include one in the painting, and as it darted behind a portfolio he kicked the case over and killed it, as he put it, “in the best possible position for drawing it.” Yet whether reviled infestation or resilient beast, the mouse definitely seems to have in its quiet way burrowed into the history of art.

Sir John Everett Millais, Mariana, 1851, oil on panel.  Tate, London, United Kingdom/Art Resource, NY.

Sir John Everett Millais, “Mariana” (1851), oil on panel. (courtesy Tate, London, United Kingdom/Art Resource, NY)

Frank Moore Wizard, 1994 oil on canvas with pharmaceuticals cast in lucite in aluminum frame 68 x 95 1/2 in. (172.7 x 242.6 cm)  SW 94116

Frank Moore, “Wizard” (1994), oil on canvas over wood with pharmaceuticals cast in lucite in an aluminum frame. (Private collection, Italy. Courtesy of the Gesso Foundation and Sperone Westwater, New York)

Joan Miró, Red Mouse with Mantilla, 1975, aquatint. Private Collection. © 2014 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. © Christie's Images/Bridgeman Art Library.

Joan Miró, “Red Mouse with Mantilla” (1975), aquatint. (Private Collection. © 2014 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. © Christie’s Images/Bridgeman Art Library)

Mac Adams, Empty Spaces: Mouse, 1997, silver print. Courtesy of the artist.

Mac Adams, “Empty Spaces: Mouse” (1997), silver print. (Courtesy of the artist)

The Barbed Noose with the Mice. 1923. Watercolor and gouache on paper, bordered with gouache. The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.13).

Paul Klee, “The Barbed Noose with the Mice” (1923), watercolor and gouache on paper. (The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.13), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource, NY)

Roman empire, Figure of dormouse eating nut and Lamp lid with crouching mouse holding a Papposeilenos mask, first century, cast bronze. Object reg. no: GR 1873,0820.257, British Museum, London, United Kingdom. © The Trustees of the British Museum/Art Resource, NY.

Roman empire, Figure of dormouse eating nut & Lamp lid with crouching mouse holding a Papposeilenos mask, first century, cast bronze. (© The Trustees of the British Museum/Art Resource, NY)

Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art by Lorna Owen is available November 18 from the Monacelli Press. 

25 Nov 13:10

South Korean Government Threatening Selfie Stick Retailers with $27K Fines and Jail Time

by DL Cade
Natalia Pokrovskaya



The South Korean government is threatening selfie stick retailers with fines of up to $27K and jail time over some of the group selfie products they’re selling, and it’s all because of electromagnetic radiation. Feeling lost yet? Us too.

According to Quartz, the issue is specifically with bluetooth enabled selfie sticks like the CamKix one below. These, claims the Korean Ministry of Science, fall under the umbrella of ‘frequency-emitting communications equipment’ and should therefore have to go through a much more rigorous testing process to ensure they’re safe for the general public.


Because of this, the government is threatening retailers who are selling ‘unauthorized’ selfie sticks with hefty fines to the tune of as much as $27K, as well as jail time.

Last week, the Ministry of Science officially asked citizens to report illegal sales so they could confiscate the devices, and on Friday the government warned that they would begin doing checks on retailers. Meanwhile, Korean bloggers have come out to protest the government overstepping.

Who knew a selfie stick could be such a deeply controversial piece of equipment?

(via Quartz)

Image credits: Groufie by Petar Milošević.

24 Nov 14:16

This Basement Darkroom from 1975 Was Designed to Look Like the Bridge of a Spaceship

by Michael Zhang
Natalia Pokrovskaya

Моя будущая студия в моем будущем лофте.

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (8)

Photographer Jack Turkel was born at around the same time as NASA, and grew up with a fantasies of space exploration as the modern space age was swinging into high gear.

When he began his photography career in the mid 1970s, Turkel decided to combine his two loves by creating a unique, space-themed darkroom.

Turkel tells us that he created the workspace in the basement of his parents’ first house. His family had limited means, so Turkel had to work within the constrains of a tight budget.

Drawing from ideas and designs seen in TV shows at the time, Turkel — who was just 16 at the time — began visiting plexiglass stores and wood shops in order to pick up scraps of materials for different pieces of the darkroom.

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (2)

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (6)

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (7)

It took him a year to locate things such as keyboard keys, switches, Christmas lights, and themed clocks. Many of the design components were actually functional: one switch would life a door on the side of the room, and a sensor-equipped cassette player would play electronic “bridge sounds” as you entered the room.

Press a small button under the sink, and a second cassette player would play engine noises through a speaker.

“Windows” in the room were actually glass panels that simulated stars using a light bulb and a surface poked full of tiny holes.

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (1)

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (4)

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (5)

All in all, Turkel estimates that he spent under $500 (in 1975 dollars) building his dream space-themed studio back in 1975. “I was always very good at making something look expensive with using very little,” he says.

Turkel made use of his little spaceship for photos he shot during high school, processing both black and white and color (Cibachrome) photos.

©JackTurkel_1975_Darkroom (3)

The space was also popular among people around him. He tells us,

Friends and family enjoyed it and often invited others get the whole experience for themselves. After the chemicals were put away and all was cleaned up, I would many times end up in that special room again, sometimes to do my homework, turn off the main lights, let the sound effects play and disappear into my off-world fantasy starship.

In time, Turkel’s family moved out of that house. 5 years ago, he revisited the house and asked the new owners whether his darkroom was still intact. The woman told him that they wouldn’t bring themselves to dismantle it, but used the room for storage instead. Aside from damage caused by water, bumps, and time, the darkroom is still relatively intact.

Turkel currently runs a photo and design studio in the New York/Tri-state area called JACKJAYdigital. He still loves space.

24 Nov 14:00

Heirloom Lets You Quickly Digitize Boxes of Old Family Photos Using Just Your Smartphone

by Gannon Burgett


If you’ve got storage containers-worth of old family photos sitting in an attic somewhere, a clever new app wants to help you turn those old, physical photos into digital files without having to get a desktop scanner involved.

The app is called Heirloom, and it’s a clever digitization system that allows you to digitize almost any image with a single snap of your smartphone’s camera.

The process is about as straightforward as it gets: Simply open up the app, lay the photograph you want to digitize down on a flat surface, and snap a picture of it. Once captured, Heirloom automatically crops around the frame and even corrects any perspective distortion you might have from not holding your smartphone straight.


Once Heirloom is finished, you’re left with an almost perfect copy of your image. Heirloom’s work isn’t done there, though.

The app has created an entire network for you to save and share these images with, so you can help friends and family relive these moments too, rather than having the newly-digitized photographs metaphorically collect dust in your camera roll.


To do this, Heirloom automatically stores the full resolution images on its private server, where they will be saved for as long as the company/service is up and running, all without the risk of having someone unwanted seeing them.

As of now, Heirloom’s social aspect is rather limited, but the team says they’re working hard to make it more robust in future updates.

If you’re up for giving Heirloom a try, you can download it for both iOS and Android for free by following those links.

(via DigitalTrends)

24 Nov 10:02

Next iPhone Camera Said to Pack a ‘Weird Two Lens System’ That Delivers ‘DSLR Quality’

by Michael Zhang


One of the big selling points of each new iPhone since 2007 has been improved camera quality. If new rumors are to be believed, we may not have seen the biggest quality jump yet.

The latest word on the street is that next year’s iPhone may boast “the biggest camera jump ever.”

That’s according to tech blogger John Gruber, who regularly writes about Apple over at DaringFireball. Gruber says in a recent podcast that “a birdie of a birdie” gave him some inside scoop on what Apple has up its sleeve:

The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.

It wouldn’t be the first phone to feature a dual lens setup. HTC’s new One M8 uses two cameras/lenses for depth perception and speedier autofocus.

MacRumors also notes the existence of a dual camera system being developed by a company called Corephotonics.

Corephotonics’ system takes advantage of two lenses with separate focal lengths, switching between lenses to magnify distant subjects without the need for a traditional zoom. With two lenses, the Corephotonics system compares images taken from both, choosing the clearest pixels for the best overall photo. It also utilizes a lens that only snaps black and white images, improving fidelity and allowing in additional light.

It’s interesting to note that these latest rumors only mention improvements to the lens system. Any significant jump toward “DSLR quality” will generally involve a much bigger and better sensor, so that’ll likely play a part as well.

Update: As someone has pointed out in the comments below, the “DSLR quality” could be referring to something other than image quality — a shallow depth of field than traditional mobile phone photos, for example.

Image credit: Header photo by Kārlis Dambrāns

08 Nov 15:00

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you fear death? What about...

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you fear death? What about life?

(via Clayton Cubitt on Instagram

07 Nov 14:34

Hasselblad Closes Down the Italian Design Center Behind Its Rebranded Sony Cameras

by Gannon Burgett

Stellar Box

It appears Hasselblad might finally be caving to the opinion that rebranded Sony cameras are not be the best way to keep the once-prestigious brand alive. Almost three years after opening the Hasselblad Design Center in Treviso, Italy — the goal of which was to create luxury versions of popular Sony cameras — the company has shut the plant down.


This news, reported by Photoscala, doesn’t officially confirm that Hasselblad is out of the rebranding business, but the evidence is pointing to the death of the rebranded A and E-mount camera systems that have been the butt of more than a few photographers’ jokes.

We can’t know for sure where Hasselblad will end up next, but it’s possible they’ve learned their lesson when it comes to brand dilution. We’ll be sure to keep up to date as this news develops.

(via Sony Alpha Rumors)

07 Nov 08:29

Video: Astronauts Trap GoPro in a Floating Water Bubble… for Science of Course

by DL Cade

If this doesn’t put a big fat smile on your face, we’re not sure what will. As part of an experiment on ‘the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity,’ the astronauts of Expedition 40 managed to trap a GoPro inside a floating sphere of water.

The video above is a behind the scenes look at that experience, which is about 10% science and 90% astronauts/science nerds having the time of their lives… as it should be.

This particular footage was actually captured this last Summer, but is only just now being revealed to the general public. What’s more, the video above is the regular version. They also captured it in 3D, so if you have a pair of red/blue stereoscopic 3D vision glasses handy, the version below is definitely worth checking out:

The astronauts in the video above are the European Space Agency’s Alexander Gerst and NASA’s Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, the last of which is someone you definitely want to follow on Twitter and Vine right about now.

And if you’d like to see or find out more about NASA’s 3D videos from space, be sure to visit this link and read up.

Finally, we leave you with some screenshots from the video up top for your perusing pleasure. If you enjoy these a tenth as much as the astronauts seem to have enjoyed this ‘experiment,’ this’ll be an uncommonly good Thursday:





(via Engadget)

05 Nov 14:57

Paris Festival Censors Photo of Mother-Daughter Embrace

by Benjamin Sutton
Diane Ducruet, "Mother & Daughter II" (2014) (courtesy the artist, via

Diane Ducruet, “Mother & Daughter II” (2014) (courtesy the artist, via

A photograph of a mother and her young daughter embracing has been removed from a gallery exhibition in Paris after seven anonymous letters prompted the gallerist and the director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) to censor the work.

The photograph in question, titled “Mother and Daughter II” (2014), is a composite of four images showing the artist, Diane Ducruet, cuddling with her daughter. Both of them are nude. It was to be featured in L’intime comme illusion (The Intimate as Illusion), an exhibition that is part of Le Mois de la Photo, an annual, monthlong, city-wide photography festival in Paris. One of the festival’s themes this year, selected by MEP’s and Le Mois de la Photo’s director Jean-Luc Monterosso, is intimacy. Ducruet’s piece was removed from the exhibition at Galerie Catherine Houard on October 30, before the exhibition’s opening reception, rue89 reported.

The flyer for 'L’intime comme illusion' at Galerie Catherine Houard (courtesy Galerie Catherine Houard, via Le Nouvel Observateur)

The flyer for ‘L’intime comme illusion’ at Galerie Catherine Houard (courtesy Galerie Catherine Houard, via Le Nouvel Observateur) (click to enlarge)

The letters of protest directed at Monterosso, Houard, Ducruet, and the exhibition’s curator, Françoise Paviot, found fault not with “Mother and Daughter II,” but with another photo from the same series that appeared in a flyer for the show. That image shows Ducruet and her daughter in a three-quarters portrait, kissing playfully; anonymous complaints suggested it might incite incest or even pedophilia, according to Le Monde. “Please remove this photo, which has nothing of an act of love!!! Please on behalf of victims of incest (of which I am one) and the groups that represent them,” read one letter. Although the offending image was not actually included in the show, the objections prompted Monterosso and Houard to remove “Mother and Daughter II” instead.

“I still don’t understand how a gallerist and the director of an institution that is supposed to promote artists’ work could have, without even the slightest threat, on simple anonymous requests, and without really knowing my past and current work, decided to remove my work,” Ducruet told rue89.

In a blog post about the situation, photographer Marie Docher, who helped conceive of the exhibition and whose work is featured in it, offers a timeline of the events leading up to the removal of Ducruet’s work. Addressing Monterosso, she writes:

Seven people decided, without knowing the work, to censor it and to prevent Diane Ducruet from showing it. You who defend photographers, there is still time to prove it by exhibiting the censored work at the MEP, prominently, during the entire Mois de la Photo festival, and while explaining clearly why you are doing it. We are persuaded that you care about defending freedom of expression and freedom to work.

Ducruet will be meeting with Monterosso on November 7, she told Hyperallergic via email.

L’intime comme illusion, minus Diane Ducruet’s work, remains on view at Galerie Catherine Houard (15 rue Saint-Benoît, Paris) through November 9.

27 Oct 15:37

Fabulous Dress + Classic sneakers

by Garance
Natalia Pokrovskaya

А адидас-то тоже может!

Quand j’avais prédit l’arrivée du plat, il y a 26 saisons de ça (Garance en mode Susan Miller), je n’aurais pas pensé que ça aurait touché des couches aussi profondes de la population fashion. Ma copine Lisa Marie Fernandez, par exemple – plus de 10 photos sur ce blog et pas une sans talons (à part celles prises à la plage, on n’est pas chez Hugh Hefner quand même), et soudain, bam !!!

Adidas Gazelle.

Bon, bien sûr, c’est fait à la Lisa Marie, et c’est ça qui est intéressant.

15 Oct 16:14

Хорошо летать пассажиром ! (путешествия объединяют)

Natalia Pokrovskaya

«В такие моменты очень хорошо засыпается. Самолет то проваливается, даря неповторимое чувство невесомости, то взмывает, вдавливая легонько в кресло. Иногда кидает из стороны в сторону, или просто трясет. Здорово!» ААААААААА

Что можно увидеть из самолета, перемещаясь в нем в качестве обыкновенного пассажира?


Мне нравится летать не только как летчику, но и просто обыкновенным пассажиром. Есть очень большая разница между двумя этими способами перемещения и в каждом из них есть свои плюсы и минусы.
Как я уже рассказывал днем ранее, 10го октября предстояло добраться до другого аэропорта, откуда 12го возвращаемся домой.
Вылет ранний, в пять утра. И это даже очень хорошо потому, что за три дня организм еще не успел полностью перестроиться на местное время и ночами приходится заниматься черт знает чем, а не спать, как это делают все нормальные люди.
Странное у Панамской авиакомпании расписание. Вылет из Канкуна в 5.32 (из Панамы в 9.37) чем это объяснить, я так и недодумался, но это и не важно на самом деле.
Сейчас в карибском бассейне сезон камней с неба дождей. Грозы бродят повсюду и выливаются на землю с периодичностью час или два. Погода меняется молниеносно.
Взлетели затемно. Командир долго не выключал табло "пристегните ремни", наверное впереди было что-то противное, что только видел экипаж на своем радаре. Так оно и оказалось. Примерно через 20-25 минут полета началась болтанка. За стеклом иллюминатора, кроме всполохов стробов (такие лампочки на концах крыльев, которые вспыхивают ярким, белым светом), стали полыхать молнии. В кромешной тьме, вспышки молний слепят буд-то сварка! Я опустил шторку на иллюминаторе, воткнул наушники и включил свой любимый плейлист.
Самое оно! В такие моменты очень хорошо засыпается. Самолет то проваливается, даря неповторимое чувство невесомости, то взмывает, вдавливая легонько в кресло. Иногда кидает из стороны в сторону, или просто трясет. Здорово!
Люди везде одинаковые и среди мексиканцев, колумбийцев, боливийцев, кубинцев и прочих ..цев тоже есть аэрофобы. Иногда в салоне были слышны тихие вскрики, когда лайнер посильнее тряхнет, или вдруг групповое "Ааааа-ах!", если самолет "слишком долго падает". Естественно, если вам не знакомо это чувство страха турбулентности (ну например вы не боитесь мышей или не понимаете, почему некоторые не могут взять в руки лягушку), то у вас подобная реакция вызывает по крайней мере улыбку. Но поверьте, мне очень жалко таких мужчин и женщин, они ведь боятся не специально и небесная чехорда действительно доставляет им массу неприятных минут.А главное, им ничем нельзя помочь! Жалко.
Болтанка продолжалась недолго и вскоре мы вышли из черноты и увидели чарующий рассвет.


Потом я уснул и открыл глаза лишь тогда, когда приступили к снижению.
В Токумене (аэропорт в Панаме) тоже было облачно, а со стороны Тихого океана заходила приличная грозовая туча и из-за этого, была изменена схема захода на посадку.


(иногда всетаки хорошо разбираться в чем-то, что дает тебе понимание того, что происходит.)
Глядя на землю, я понял как будет построен заход и быстро полез за фотиком! С погодой (с точки зрения фотографирования) повезло. Мы начали вписываться в схему с севера, а не как обычно, с юга. Это означало, что пролетим над самим каналом и если повезет, то увидим шлюзы. Повезло!










В Панаме пробыли совсем недолго.Через полтора часа сели на следующий рейс и ... И пошла задержка.
Та мощная туча, которую я видел над Тихим океаном, все же добралась до Токумена и накрыла аэропорт. Случись такое в Москве, или где в другом сухопутном месте и аэропорт бы закрыли на неопределенное время, пока не пройдет гроза. Здесь же такие явления погоды не редкость и местные авиакомпании (карибский регион) приспособились. Поменяли курс взлета и делов! Задержка составила минут сорок, это время понадобилось для того, чтобы самолеты собирающиеся на вылет порулили к другому концу полосы, а те кто находился в воздухе успели сесть.
Наблюдать сие светопреставление жутко интересно! Пока рулили, пока ждали - наделал кучу фоток.










Взлетали в сторону Тихого океана (что тоже необычно), посмотрели отлив и Панаму сити.
Полет до Пунта Каны прошел незаметно. Познакомился с девчонками-проводницами Викторией и Мартой (поверьте, незнание испанского, ну нисколько не затрудняет общения, наоборот, привносит особую перчинку) :-)
Доминикана встретила совершенно потрясающими видами. Стена облачности вдоль побережья, слалом между туч проливающих дождь и встреча таких знакомых уже "ладошек" от Трансаэро...
День удался. Завтра домой, но 17го все начнется снова. Конечно поменяется маршрут, поменяется погода, ничего уже не повторится в точности, но в этом и есть та магия работы Летчика - не входить в одну и ту же реку два раза!
До встреч в пятом океане и на страницах дневника. (продолжение следует)















09 Oct 14:55

Six months ago today I clicked “publish” on an essay...

Natalia Pokrovskaya

да что ж это такое

Six months ago today I clicked “publish” on an essay called “The Crossroads of Should and Must.” 2 months ago I finished a manuscript extending the post into a book. This is me sending the 176 painted pages to my publisher in New York. Today I’m thrilled to announce that six months from today, one year to the day after the original post, the book will hit the shelves. Thank you, thank you for being a part of this wild and wondrous journey. Link to the book in my profile. #choosemust

24 Sep 14:42


23 Sep 14:13


by Fred
Natalia Pokrovskaya

Мне надо точно такое же!

Dans les salles de réunion marketing des plus grandes marques de cosmétiques au monde on cherche des concepts, des idées, des tendances, on décrypte ce qui se passe dans la mode, dans la rue, partout !
Et parfois on est obligé d’inventer des mots qui n’existaient pas pour décrire la tendance.
C’est ce qui s’est passé avec le bronde : Brune+Blonde = Bronde !
Et ça mes chéries c’est la putain de couleur de cette année !!!


On le voit partout, ce mélange subtil de blond pas trop blond et de brune pas brune.
Ouais c’est méga subtil et vous me direz que le bronde c’est un blond un peu miel ? humm oui, vous avez raison, mais peu importe, on kiffe cette couleur quoi !!!
Agathe est très heureuse en tout cas, elle aime ce changement qui la fait sentir blonde… mais pas trop :-)
A votre avis, est-ce que les hommes préfèrent les BRONDES ???!

19 Sep 00:13

Ostium Erumpentum 56

Между прочим, половина двенадцатого вечера по московскому времени - прекрасное время, чтобы выкладывать новый комикс. Всякие непотребства вообще лучше всего творить под покровом ночи.

18 Sep 15:19

Charlotte Tilbury Puts Makeup On Before Bed

by Into The Gloss
Natalia Pokrovskaya

Ужас какой.

Charlotte Tilbury Puts Makeup On Before Bed

"When I went to boarding school [in England] at 13, I saw that all of the English girls wore lots of makeup. That’s when I discovered mascara. I had fair eyelashes, and I went from having this 'piggy' look on my face to suddenly having these thick, black, long lashes. After three months, I went back to Ibiza on a school break, and I was more popular overnight. Everyone was like, ‘You’ve just really matured; you look really great now.’ It was like, Oh my god. This is the power of makeup. It made a massive difference on my face. After that, I never wanted to be seen without makeup ever again. And I made that pact, from that day onwards: I sleep in my makeup.

If I’m on my own, I won’t sleep in it, but my husband has never seen me without makeup. It comes off, and goes back on again. At night, I take everything off my face and moisturize—because you have to let your skin breathe a bit—but then I put everything right back on again: a little under-eye brightener, either the Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen or Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, then the eye goes back on, and maybe a little tint on the cheeks. My mother said to me, 'You always have to keep the mystery alive…' I made the mistake of showing a boyfriend my un-made-up face once, and it was a big disaster. He was like, 'What happened to your eyes?!' And I told him, '…No, you’re right, those are my eyes, not these.' [Laughs]"

—as told to ITG, in her Top Shelf

Charlotte Tilbury photographed by Emily Weiss at the Bowery Hotel in New York on February 12, 2013.

04 Sep 15:47

Маниакальный японский анализ туши для ресниц - люкс и масс

Natalia Pokrovskaya

Японцы всем утерли нос.

Японский глянец можно и нужно покупать хотя бы для того, чтобы вырезать и коллекционировать их разборы и сравнительный анализ косметических средств. Это настолько доскональные исследования, что просто нет слов, поражаешься маниакальной скрупулезности )) А представьте, с какой дотошностью они подходят к созданию составов и текстур для косметики, если даже просто ради покупательского спроса на журнал и рекламу в нем проводят такие лабораторные исследования. А главное, все наглядно видно без лишних слов и красивостей.

В октябрьском номере Voce - анализ 10 тушей для ресниц, в основном западных марок, но участвуют две японские - дешевая Kose Fasio и дорогая Elegance. Fasio недавно выступила довольно амбициозно с новой тушью, тем интереснее посмотреть, что она за свои 10 или 15 баксов может сотворить против HR и Lancome. Что касается моего отношения к японским тушам - не люблю я их в целом, хотя уже наверное скоро полюблю, так как продолжаю искать и перебирать. У меня было подряд наверное 4 штуки туши Suqqu - и под конец появилось ощущение тяжести и глаза стали слезиться. Теперь пользуюсь Ipsa, в принципе все устраивает, кроме неумеренной стойкости, не каждая смывка ее берет.

Так вот, давайте-ка посмотрим. Рекомендую вам даже выписать интересуюшие туши с номерами, чтобы каждый раз не возвращаться к верхнему фото, потому что по всем тестам они проходят только под номерами.



Тест на прочесывание ресниц


Создание и фиксация изгиба. Тут красили прямой кусок хвостика из натурального вроде меха.




Осыпаемость. Для теста накрашенные искусственные "ресницы" накрывали слоем салфетки и прижимали прес-папье


Наращивание объема. Поверхность красили, а потом взвешивали, чтобы определить, сколько туши осело на волосинках и какой получился эффект объема. На фото слева - 3 слоя, справа - 18 слоев туши.




Разделение волосков



Смываемость. Первый розовый кружок - специальное средство для снятия туши, второй - гидрофильное масло, третий -- горячая вода. Черное колечко- смывается ок, треугольник - так себе, крестик - вообще не смывается.



Удлинение ресниц, измерено в мм :)





9 и 10 тут на фото под 5 и 6 соответственно.

Вот так-то...Бьюти-блогеры, даешь такие обзоры на все! ;)

P.S. Возможно, я какието фото пропустила, так как у меня от них уже едет крыша, если что - напишите, вечером добавлю )))

29 Aug 10:01

Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

by Michelle Villett
Natalia Pokrovskaya

И почти на всех: толстый-претолстый слой тонального, зачем??

All the big-name music stars (plus loads of other celebs) were out at last night’s VMAs. Here’s your beauty debriefing:


Beyonce MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Bey was the queen of this red carpet! After the Met Ball mask and the Grammys blonde bob, I’m so happy we’re back to the beauty look she does best: long, flowy, caramel hair with tone-on-tone glowy makeup. And is that gold I spy in her waterlines? This is Beyoncé’s Life Hair and Life Makeup, and I never want it to change.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

You’ve gotta love Katy for her denim tribute to Britney Spears! Although I must say, I preferred Brit’s beachy makeup back in 2001. Katy just has these mask tendencies… but I suppose regular makeup wouldn’t do when you’re in a costume like this. Hair-wise, I really like her bangs! Stylist Clyde Haygood used the Paul Mitchell Neuro Styling Rod to create the soft waves.

Update: Katy’s makeup details have just come in, from makeup artist Jake Bailey. The lipstick is CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Hot 305, topped with CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Crystal Flame for a metallic effect. She’s also wearing CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush, CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pots in Scorching Cocoa and Blazing White, CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner and CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara. Do we believe that it’s a CG foundation? I’m told it’s the Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in Warm Beige

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Miley looks pretty adorable here! A year or so after her radical beauty change—from long honey-brown extensions to an Ombré bob to this platinum crop—I feel like she’s finally grown into her current hairstyle. Notice how her brows are dark to contrast with the hair, and that she’s kept her makeup really fresh. Just loads of lashes and a sheer peachy gloss. Love!

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift MTV Video Music Awards 2014 1 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

What is going on with Taylor’s hair lately? With so much poufiness at the top, it’s thisclose to morphing into mom hair. (And not in a cool, ‘mom jeans’ sort of way.) I’m also getting frustrated with the repetitive heavy makeup. It’s not like she doesn’t look amazing with a lighter touch—like when she was on the cover of Glamour. Only 24, and she’s been in a makeup rut for YEARS.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Well, well well… what do you think’s going on here? J.Lo looks good, but she also looks a bit hardened. Maybe it’s just the expression she’s making. Or maybe she’s injected stuff into her face. I love her silky straight, highlighted hair (another throwback to the early ’00s!) as well as the grey smoky eyes. But it would be more modern to lose the lashes and choose a less goopy texture on the lip colour.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Oh, man! Rita killed it at the last MTV red carpet event, but this is a huge disappointment. I just can’t get on board with false lashes this unnatural-looking, and the hairstyle combined with the earrings and choker just isn’t flattering. I feel like half-up hairstyles only work when the makeup look is quite clean, with minimal accessories.


Lorde MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

So refreshing to see a face like Lorde’s in a sea of overdone beauty looks! This is all about the full, natural brows and the mouth—on which makeup artist Amber D painted MAC Lipstick in Heroine, a creamy purple. For the hair, stylist Andy LeCompte curled it all over with a 1 1/2 inch iron, using Wella Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir to add shine and definition.

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Kesha MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

So fun! There’s a party happening on Kesha’s head, and I want to go. The streaks of pink, yellow, blue and green remind me of ice cream—and she wisely went with a neutral face to let the hair take centre stage. I love that you can see her freckles.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

This look is halfway between the pared-down Nicki we saw at the Billboard Awards and her usual over-the-top schtick, and I think it really works for her. Even the false lashes! With her vintagey waves, flushed cheeks and glossy lips—plus the stiletto manicure—it’s a little bit camp but also very pretty.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Demi tends to go pretty heavy on the makeup, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Here it’s a case of the latter. The lips and brows are so unnaturally precise, it just lacks that effortless feel that I love about Lorde’s look (though we don’t all have to go that far). I’d love to see Demi with fuller, not-so-penciled-in brows and a fresher face without so much highlighting and contouring.

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Gwen! It’s been a while. She looks great in this purplish-pink lip colour with the matte skin—though it would be better if she skipped the lashes. Also not sure why her hair is looking so fried and is different colours in places? I guess that’s what happens after more than a decade of platinum maintenance. No wonder Thomas gave it up after only a couple months!

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Kim, put down the makeup brush and step away from the contouring palette. I don’t get why people think this looks good? Her face appears orange to me around the hairline and underneath the cheekbones. I think it’s time for Kim to embrace her natural skin tone and start experimenting with some different makeup techniques. The contouring, false lashes and nude lips thing is well past its expiry date.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Kylie is the most stylish one of the Jenner-Kardashian clan right now, so Kim could take a few lessons from her about hair and makeup. Love the side-parted long bob on her, plus the ear jewellery, natural skin and matte brown lipstick. I wouldn’t recommend that lip colour on, say, a 30-something, but it’s kinda fun for those who were just being born in the 1990s!

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Model-of-the-moment Kendall looks fine here, although I always find it hard to muster up any real excitement about her beauty looks. Kim must be giving her red carpet-posing lessons.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Iggy went for a slicked-back hairstyle with Barbie-pink lipstick, a look we already saw at the ESPY Awards. Nevermind, it looks good on her—but she should mix it up next time. Stylist Sami Knight teased underneath the top section with a tail comb to create the volume before locking the style in place with Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray. Skin looks powdery, but I think it’s the unfortunate lighting here.

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Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Sooo cute! If only Nina would smile, it’d be perfect. We almost never see her in bright makeup, so this orangey lipstick is a real treat—as are the bouncy high ponytail and her perfectly arched brows. To create the hair, stylist Riawna Capri prepped with Garnier Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse, and used hot rollers around the face for volume before creating the pony. To hide the ponytail hook used to secure it, she created a teensy-tiny braid.

Update: Nina’s makeup details have just come in from makeup artist Beau Nelson. On her skin is Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint mixed with Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Smooth Firming Foundation. To add subtle dimension, Beau used Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate and Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, with NARS The Multiple in South Beach for glowy cheeks. Nina applied individual false lashes herself, and then L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black. Beau also added  MAC Clear Lipglass on the eyelids to give them a “plastic coated” texture. The matte lipstick is Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Ava.

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Jessie J

Jessie J MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

It’s Jessie J’s first Beauty Editor appearance—and I think she did well! I’m kind of mesmerized by how she managed to part her widow’s peak right down the centre (I can never do that!), and though the lashes are surely fake, they’re really not too bad. I do think her usual style is edgier, though, and it would be nice if she were truer to that on the red carpet instead of adopting some “glam” persona.

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland MTV Video Music Awards 2014 1 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Yikes, I usually love Sarah, but where do I start here? First up, the lipstick. It’s bad. I can abide by the Kylie Jenner pinky brown, but please let’s not start trying to make this dark rusty colour happen. Good Lord, it’s unflattering. Also, I guess with Sarah wearing her hair up so often lately, I missed that she’d gotten blonde highlights. I don’t like ‘em. They look stripey, and her skin tone just doesn’t glow like it used to with the dark brown.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Oh look! Ariana finally changed it up… in a tiny, tiny way. After so many brown lipstick showings, she’s finally delved into red, which I think is an improvement. Still waiting for her to fix the rest of the makeup, and most importantly, the hair (!!).

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Prettiness! At least we can always count on Lucy to deliver. Her makeup artist, Kelsey Deenihan, used (the CRAZY-expensive) La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum Rare to prep her skin, followed by Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6 and Mark Great Finish Pressed Perfecting Powder in Light to set it.

Next, Mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Amped Up to highlight and Mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes as blush. On her eyes, Kelsey used a trio of shadows from the Mark On the Dot Neutral Eye Color Compact, using the darker colours at the outer edges for an almond shape. She added Mark No Place to Run Waterproof Eyeliner in Jet Set in the top and bottom waterlines and Mark Lash Act Build and Define Mascara in Blackest Black on the lashes. The lip colour is Mark Glossworks Longwear Lip Gloss in Roseland (though she later swapped it for the hot pink, Tempest, and took out the ponytail).

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Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles MTV Video Music Awards 2014 1 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

For once, it’s not Solange’s hair that I’m blown away by—it’s her hot pink lashes. Just look at these things! Now they’re the kind of false lashes I can totally get behind. She wore them just right, with big brows and a bare face, and then that outstanding mane of hair.

Chloë Moretz

Chloe Moretz MTV Video Music Awards 2014 1 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Chloë—or I should say, her makeup artist, Mai Quynh—has been doing this matte, pinky-brown neutral look for a while now. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. To prep her skin, Mai used Sisley Botanical Moisturizer with Cucumber, and then Temptu Airpod Foundation in Ivory with Temptu Undereye Concealer in Fair 104. She also used Temptu Airpod Blush in Pale Pink and Temptu Airpod Highlighter.

For the smoky eyes, Mai used Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Color Coded Eye Shadow in The Vintage Vamp with Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in Matte Dark Brown and Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara. For the brows, Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil in Fair Blonde, and for the lips, Tarte Power Pigment in Exposed.

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Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Hooray, Jordin finally treated us to some lip colour instead of her usual nude glossies. I think this entire look is fantastic on her—the berry mouth, the full brows and the loose, centre-parted hair. Well, maybe except for the unnecessary false lashes…

Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Here’s Vic Justice looking perfect again—no surprises here. I like the high braided ponytail and the hot pink lipstick on her. But sometimes I feel like she’s a little TOO perfect, and it would be nice to see her with skin a bit more bare, and eyes not quite as precise.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Kelly Rowland is pregnant, and she’s definitely got a bit of that expecting mama glow going on. Great choice of mauvey-pink lipstick, and I adore this soft crown braid on her.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Julianne was one of the first to start that whole shaggy long bob trend… but now, I’m over it. I feel like her hair’s just a bit too choppy-looking, and I’d love to see her grow it out long again. Remember how glorious it was at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards?

Amber Rose

Amber Rose MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Same old, same old. Amber’s look doesn’t really change, EVER. Poor thing, she’s also standing in the most unflattering lighting, too.

Becky G

Becky G MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Rapper Becky G makes her blog debut, and it’s not terrible. She’s a cutie, and I love her centre-parted straight hair, sparkly eyes and great brows. Obviously, the lashes are bugging.

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan Dunn MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Quick shout-out to model Jourdan Dunn, who revealed a brand new hairstyle at the VMAs. I like! I’m a huge fan of blunt haircuts, so this long bob with crisp lines is super cool.

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

I don’t know too much of the backstory on Laverne, except that she’s on Orange Is the New Black, and she used to be a he. And this red carpet look is actually pretty good! I love the wig, and the nude lips with smoky eyes totally work. Just feel like the skin finish is quite heavy, but maybe that can’t be avoided.

Ashley Rickards

Ashley Rickards MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

A huge improvement for Ashley over the last time we saw her, at the People’s Choice Awards. Her bangs seem to be behaving this time, and she wisely eased up on the lashes. Would be great to see her in a bright lip colour for a change.

Ireland Baldwin

Ireland Baldwin MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Which celeb had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards? Come see!

Eeks, this pouty expression Ireland is making on the red carpet is creeping me out. Not so sexay, please! I suppose the extra-dewy skin texture and bedhead braid isn’t helping. I think she’d look great toning all of this down, and wearing her hair in a crisper style.

Let me know what you think of these looks!

Have Your Say

Who had the best beauty look at the VMAs?
The worst?
Which celebs do you find most inspiring here?

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27 Aug 11:12

Because laughing is the only way I can keep from crying since I...

Because laughing is the only way I can keep from crying since I found out I’m teaching physics… 😂 by saggieee

21 Aug 05:31

Александр Ф. Скляр посвятил песню Новороссии

by (Александр Бакланов)


Прежде чем исполнить песню группы «Кино» музыкант попросил зрителей поддержать его и спеть вместе с ним хотя бы припев. Также он предложил собравшимся посвятить «наше единодушное ощущение от этой песни тем мужественным бойцам, которые сражаются за нас, за русское дело Новороссии».

«Я хочу сегодня посвятить эту песню Новороссии», — сказал Александр Ф. Скляр, после чего затянул песню Цоя. Под конец исполнения рок-музыкант добавил: «Русские своих не бросают».

Во время «Кубаны», ставшей в 2014 году последней, Скляр исполнил несколько популярных песен других авторов. Во время выступлений ему помогал казачий хор «Казаки России».

«Новороссией» называют объединение самопровозглашенных Донецкой и Луганской «народных республик» на юго-востоке Украины. В рядах сепаратистов, также называющих себя ополченцами, есть выходцы из многих городов России, которые воюют против украинских войск. Российские военные официально в противостоянии не участвуют, в то же время Киев не раз обвинял Москву в поставках оружия ополченцам. Власти России все обвинения отвергали.

Руководящие посты в Донецкой народной республике до недавнего времени занимали выходцы из России: премьер-министром ДНР работал московский политтехнолог Александр Бородай, а министром обороны — бывший российский военный Игорь Стрелков.

13 Aug 12:20

Экстраординарное Масло Melvita L’Or Bio

by time4beauty
Natalia Pokrovskaya

Логотип продукта на нижней картинке что-то напоминает... кажется, один бренд, у которого тоже есть Экстраординарное масло....... что вообще происходит? ))


Летом я очень люблю использовать «сухие масла» для тела, одни из любимых были у Melvita. Я когда-то писала о Melvita satin-effect dry oil и Melvita Monoi Dry Oil, которые я уже не вижу на сайте марки, но у них появилось масло Melvita L’Or Bio, которое я решила попробовать. Делюсь впечатлениями :)

Масло (точнее, смесь масел) Melvita L’Or Bio оставила приятное впечатление. Наношу на влажную кожу после душа, кожа лучше сохраняет влагу, не сохнет, становится очень приятной. Я не использую это масло для лица, хотя по описанию так тоже можно. Это масло более густое, чем, например, Melvita satin-effect dry oil, и дольше впитывается. Нравится, что масло в спрее, так удобней наносить. Бутылка — стекло, неудобно возить с собой.

Melvita L’Or Bio Ingredietnts: Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride***, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedoil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Aleurites Moluccana Seedoil*, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil*, Pentaclethra Macrolobaseed Oil*, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol -Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate**, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Limonene**, Geraniol**, Eugenol**, Citral**.*Ingredients from Organic Farming **Natural components of fragrance ***Made using organic ingredients


Где купить? см. магазины на сайте марки.
Цена: 2100 руб/£27.5 за 100 мл.

Вы пробовали это масло? Как вам?

Еще по теме: у меня в блоге также можно почитать о маслах Caudalie Divine Oil, Carita Fluide de Beaute 14, Provence Sante Shine Dry Oil.
13 Aug 11:27

Next-Level Pajama Dressing: Wearing Your Comforter

by Into The Gloss
Natalia Pokrovskaya

Мне надо

Next-Level Pajama Dressing: Wearing Your Comforter

Rarely does the phrase “parting is such sweet sorrow” feel more apt than in the morning, as I burrito myself in my covers and try to ignore my alarm for as long as humanly possible.

And no brand seems to get this more than Pageant, the Melbourne-based label that started in 2010 and launched their first womenswear collection in spring of 2013. The general vibe of which is sporty and flirtatious comfort. And I’m not talking smack-an-orthopedic-insole-on-your-Céline-heels comfort (not that I would know how it feels to walk in Céline in the first place), I’m talking real comfort. As in, don’t be surprised if you find yourself trying to stuff your duvet into one of their gauzy shirts. As in: be wary of morning commutes on the train. Someone WILL try to sleep on you.

—Rachel Hodin

13 Aug 11:27

Pretty Zombie Liquid Lipstick

by Jane Cunningham
Pretty Zombie

Pretty Zombie

Wow! If you like mega-impact lips, then you’ve met your match with Pretty Zombie Liquid Lipstick. It’s a vegan brand that is absolutely colour-packed, and speaking of colour, think blue, purple, black or lavender. Clearly, Pretty Zombie isn’t a mainstream brand but it’s up there with Lime Crime in terms of beauty adventures.

Pretty Zombie

Pretty Zombie

See what I mean?! The shades I have here are #Potion No.9 (paler) and Three Witches. They’re as matte as matte gets – I haven’t tested for long-last (I’m nowhere near brave enough to go out in this!) and obviously colour saturated. Pretty Zombie Liquid Lipstick is £13 HERE.

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20 Jul 14:13

Stay Fit

by Garance
Natalia Pokrovskaya

найки.............. треники....................

Quelques idées de shopping pour m’aider à rester en forme, même en vacances !

D’autres choses ici sur mon Pinterest!

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08 Jul 22:09

Hada Supple - "тихони-отличники" среди кремов

Natalia Pokrovskaya

Клевые банки

Бюджетная косметика - такая интересная сфера, в ней есть свои жемчужины, но искать их долго и трудно. Но если повезет, удовольствия море, конечно! Я в такие моменты особо уважаю производителей, которые не пожлобились, а выпустили честный ценный продукт без лишних амбиций и за те деньги, которые незаметны для бюджета. И вот недавно я нарыла такие кремы, и теперь всех ими мажу и радуюсь. Великолепная идея заложена в них - современная технология при нулевом маркетинге.


Марка ORP выпускает гламурненькую косметическую линию со стразиками, которая много где продается, а еще - мало распространенную линию Hada Supple - что значит, грубо говоря, витамины для кожи. Японцы вообще любят понятие supplements, это не только витамины, но вообще нутриенты, пищевые добавки. Маркетинговая составляющая полностью отсутствует, у них на сайте даже нет завлекательной картинки с женским личиком или там цветочками - только шаблонный человечек из Word`а.
UPD: только что увидела, что случайно отменила комментарии к этому посту, дико извиняюсь!! :D

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Упаковка минимальная, хотя практичная - дозатор, хороший объем 50 мл, малюсенькая надпись-название. Сверху бутылочка запечатана в пленку, на ней витиеватых надписей побольше. Если пленку содрать, глаз радуется ))


Меня невзрачная упаковка вообще не смущает, даже наоборот интригует, поэтому я вчиталась в состав и поняла, в чем их фишка. Активный состав у них заключен в липосомы нано-размера, которые намного мельче молекул коллагена и гиалуроновой кислоты. При этом кремы не содержат ничего, что препятствует проникновению вглубь кожи - силиконов и минеральных масел нет, только натуральные эмоленты типа масла авокадо и сквалана, спирта нет, парабенов нет, балластных веществ-пустышек нет. Вообще, их состав и качества значительно превосходят цену в привычном нам понимании - мне кажется, они идут на уровне крема за 50-60 долларов легко, а то и больше. Такие себе тихони-отличники.


Мне больше всего нравится с зеленой крышечкой - крем с AHA и пикногенолом. Он очень легкий, молниеносно впитывается, совершенно без запаха. Вообще, ощущение от них от всех как от дорогого крема, и я пользуюсь ими наравне с кремом Dicila SP - тот конечно текстурой шелковистый и пахнет приятно розами, но эффект увлажнения у них, откровенно говоря, одинаковый. В качестве AHA - яблочная и молочная кислоты, ну а пикногенол - модный нынче экстракт французской морской сосны. Очень мощный антиоксидант - в 340 раз сильнее витамина С и в 180 сильнее витамина Е. Пикногенол в мире продают в виде пищевой добавки (действие наподобие ресвератрола - трудно сказать, от чего он, но вроде полезно), а японцы понемногу используют в косметике - сейчас в профессиональном сегменте появляются сыворотки с ним. Воздействие его на кожу - повышает эластичность, стимулирует выработку собственного коллагена.


Эффект от крема с зеленой крышечкой оказался хороший, с полным удовлетворением домазываю баночку. Он тонизирует, сужает поры, не щиплет, только иногда совсем чуть-чуть печет при нанесении - это значит, кислоты там есть, но мало. Для сужения пор содержит экстракт артишока, который мне очень нравится, эффект от него в косметике всегда очевиден. Прекрасное увлажнение. С розовой крышечкой - коллаген и гиалуроновая кислота, увлажняет еще лучше, точнее, подходит для более сухой кожи, либо для холодного сезона. На поры он уже не действует, но успокаивает и увлажняет хорошо, по консистенции более кремовый. С фиолетовой крышечкой - коэнзим Q10 и альфа-липоевая кислота, это антивозрастная версия. Мне она тяжеловата оказалась, по крайней мере летом точно. Я ее отдала нашему другу семьи, ему 50 и я ему периодически покупаю мужские кремы Shiseido. И вот слово за слово, отмел он у меня этот крем и очень доволен, мажется и не возвращает. С желтой крышечкой - отбеливающий с витамином С и арбутином, но поскольку я чешусь только от одного слова "витамин С", то я его не пробовала.


Все кремы этой линейки без запаха, гипоаллергенные, рассчитаны на 100 раз (если использовать 1 нажатие за раз, этого в принципе достаточно, хотя я беру полтора). Директор компании на сайте еще рассказывает трогательную историю о том, что сам он с детства атопик, поэтому всегда искал способ помочь этой проблеме и сделать доступную косметику для чувствительной кожи. В принципе, Hada Supple не предназначены конкретно для аллергиков и атопиков, но учитывая их безопасный состав, думаю, можно пробовать. В магазинчике пока только зеленый, но в конце дня добавлю остальные, в наличии они уже есть.

07 Jul 20:57

Paul & Joe Autumn Cinema Collection

by Jane Cunningham
Paul Joe Casings

Paul Joe Casings

Nobody does such beautiful lipstick packaging as Paul & Joe Beaute. New casing prints for autumn with the Paul & Joe Autumn Cinema Collection are just as lovely as the existing casings and I love the fact that you get to choose the outside of your lipstick as well as the colour of your lipstick. I remember when Paul & Joe started doing this cases and just not getting the point of them at all – well, now I do! Particularly for gifts – everyone is either a cat, dog,flowers or bird person, so including the older styles, that’s all my friends covered off with something that’s meaningful to them.

There are also 12 new shades of lipstick in the Paul & Joe Autumn Cinema Collection which I’ll show in a later post (no, I haven’t taken them out of their packaging and now can’t tell which is which.. #bloggerfail).

You can find all the newness on from 1st August.

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07 Jul 20:11

Louis Vuitton Uber’ed Freja Erichsen A DeLorean

by Into The Gloss

Louis Vuitton Uber’ed Freja Erichsen A DeLorean

The cool girl/sweet ride motif is nothing new (a few classic literary examples: Cinderella and her magical pumpkin carriage, Thelma and Louise and Thunderbird, Princess Leia Organa and the Tantive IV, Miss July and the Corvette from the calendar at that deli...), so when the creatives at LV brought in Juergen Teller to shoot for their fall campaign, the first words out of his mouth must have been, "Bring me a DeLorean...And see what Freja is doing." We're surmising here, obviously, but sometimes the simplest ideas have the biggest impact. And it's LVMH—they brought Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe back to life for a minute-and-a-half Dior fragrance commercial. So if Juergen Teller wants a DeLorean, done. Uber driver confirmed and en route.

Freja Erichsen photographed by Juergen Teller for Louis Vuitton.