Friday, 29 June 2012

NARS Fall 2012 Collection

NARS have recently released new photos of some of the pieces from their fall 2012 collection. 
They announced back in March that they would be releasing an Andy Warhol collection in October so I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it but I highly doubt it anyway.

Eyeshadow Trio: High Society

Eyeshadow Duo: Vent Glace

Blush: Outlaw

The Multiple Stick: Undress Me

Lipstick: Autumn Leaves

Pure Matte Lipstick: Amsterdam

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil: More

Larger Than Life Lipgloss: Rouge Tribal

Nail Polish: Storm Bird

DIY Cuff Bracelet - Guest Post from Sing Simple

Hi guys! I'm Steffi from Sing Simplea teenage DIY blogger, and I'm really excited to be on Sophie Louise Valentine!

I'll be showing you how to make this bracelet using an old cloth belt. The style of the bracelet depends on the style of the belt. Mine came out with a great Bohemian look that I adore. Here's the tutorial:

Hope you guys enjoyed my guest post and your new bracelet. Thanks for having me Sophie!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Penny's/Primark A/W 2012 Collection

Since Penny's don't have an actual website, LOOK magazine have posted the new Autumn/Winter 2012 collection on their website for us. What I have posted isn't of course the entire collection, just what I found most... interesting.

The Blouses

The Trousers

 The Skirts/Shorts

The Jackets

The Dresses/Playsuits

The Shoes 

 The Bags

 The Jewellery

As we all know by now, Penny's have really upped their game the past few years but they have really let me down with this collection. 
Firstly I just have to start out with the shoes. I practically live in my Dr Martens, they're like my babies, but now that Penny's are now going to be doing a horrible sparkly knock off I don't know what I'll do. It'll probably be like when they started doing Paul's Boutique take off's and the hundreds of euros I spent on the real stuff just went down the drain. I also have to address the Lita look-a-likes. Even if they didn't look like Lita's, I would still just find the pattern disgusting. At least the heel isn't just plain wooden like the real thing.
Honestly, the only things I like are the trousers because of their patterns and a hand-full of the blouses and they'll probably be the only things I'll be buying, if anything.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Jedward - Young Love Album

Surprisingly, one of my most popular posts is about the release of one of Jedward's album covers almost a year ago. So I thought I'd do a follow up to this with their brand new album, 'Young Love'. 

Track Listing

1. Waterline
2. Young Love
3. What's Your Number
4. A Girl Like You
5. Luminous
6. Give It Up
7. Happens In The Dark
8. All I Want Is You
9. What It Feels Like
10. How Did You Know?
11. Can't Forget You
12. P.O.V

iTunes Bonus Tracks
13. Never Better
14. Cool Hereos
15. School's Out

Although I've gone off them a bit lately, I have been a fan of the twins since their first X Factor audition. With that being said, I was more a fan of them themselves rather than their actual music. I think that has now changed quite a bit after hearing this album. It's still not exactly my favourite genre of music or anything but all of the songs just have a really good beat and their voices sound absolutely amazing!
The songs are obviously inspired by their love of 90's boybands which is apparent in the sappy lyrics and just the cheesy music itself. 
All songs are original unlike their first album, Planet Jedward, but just like their previous album, Victory, none of theme are actually written by the twins. 
Not all of the songs are great. I myself am not a fan of 'Give It Up'. However, I think that songs such as Luminous and P.O.V make up for it.
The album also includes their single 'Waterline' which they performed at this years Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland.
Young Love, the album, is available now on iTunes worldwide from today. 

Young Love Music Video

Waterline at ESC 2012

When My Dad Met Def Leppard..

Yesterday afternoon I was just sitting down watching 'Def Leppard: Video Killed The Radio Star' because they're one of my favourite bands ever. Then suddenly my mother walked in and said "did you dad ever tell you about the time when he met Def Leppard?". Naturally, I was a bit shocked because my dad is the type of person to tell you the same story over and over again and I never heard anything about him meeting them. 
So then my dad came in and told me the story. 
He was working in the Savoy as a chef when they were performing there on August 7th 1986, which is ten years and a day before I was born. He made them some vegetarian dish, even though Phil Collen is the only vegetarian member. They loved it anyway and wanted it for the remainder of their mini Irish tour. My dad also got to meet them after obviously. 
I know it's not the greatest 'claim to fame' story there is but I was amazed by it.
I've spent about half of my afternoon researching them in Limerick and these are the most interesting things I've found. 

"After again raising the roof of Leisureland in Galway the next evening - same set, a shot of courage from the same bottle of brandy - Def Leppard headed for the town of Limerick. They were booked into a 1400-seat venue called the Savoy, Unfortunately, the promoter, Denis Desmond, had sold less than two hundred tickets in advance. The band was enjoying a little pre-show beverage at a pub next to the Savoy when Desmond informed the band that if ticket sales didn't improve by show time, he was just going to give the damn things away. At least it would make the place look a little fuller (and probably improve the evening's take at the bar)."
"By 8:30, one of Desmond's assistants was stopping into every pub in Limerick handing out Def Leppard tickets. The idea of giving the tickets away was hardly a blow to the band's ego. They thought it was hysterical - "Can you believe this? In America in '83, what what people would have done for these tickets! Here, we can't even give them away."
"When Leppard hit the stage at nine, there were less than three hundred people in attendance in the audience, at least a third of them out of curiosity since they hadn't paid to get in. "We went out there," Joe says, "thinking ''There's nobody here, just a few kids down in front. But they deserve a good one.'" They got it. Leppard consensus is that Limerick was one of the hottest shows on the whole tour."
By Zomba Books 1987.


Note: Rick played the first three songs on his own with Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich joining in after that for the rest of the show

Update - Pink Hair and Dublin Haul

Evening all!
Since it's been summer for me for almost a month now, I decided to dye my hair pink. I had my fringe pink before about two years ago but this time I went all out.
Originally I wanted light pink hair, which I thought would be easy enough to achieve considering my mother is a hairdresser. First I had to go blond, which may I say, is an extremely painful process. Then we mixed a bunch of colours and got this gorgeous bubble-gum pink in the bowl. However once I had applied it and washed it out, it was incredibly patchy. It wasn't like it was just my roots or anything, the pink was just in the most random spots of my head. 
The next day I went out and got some relatively cheap stuff which was Crazy Color in 'Pinkissimo no. 42'. This didn't involve bleaching my hair or anything. According to the bottle you only have to leave it in for fifteen to thirty minutes and your done. I remember my friend had used this a few years ago and it came out really nice for her, and it did the same for me. It wasn't the shade I originally wanted but I'm still chuffed with how it looks now. I still have to redo it every week or two, which is expected with all pink hair dyes.

Last Friday morning, I took the bus up to Dublin to stay with my cousins for the next four days. At first I was dreading going because I don't really like young children and I expected that I would have to stay with them the entire time. Instead I spent most of my time in town which was great because I plan on moving to Dublin after I finish school.
Almost straight after I got off the bus, I went to Dublin Zoo with my aunt and my youngest cousin who's about six or seven. I hadn't been there in about nine years and I was amazed how it had completely changed. I'm not usually a fan of zoo's or places with animals in cages but they changed it back in 2009 and it looks so much better for the animals now.

Me chillin' with some lions in the background.

The next day I got the bus into town with my aunt. I had a very tourist moment because I hadn't been on a double decker bus since they got rid of them in Limerick in the late nineties. We went around Temple Bar which I don't think I had ever properly bee around before. We went around all the record places, which I meant to go back to but completely forgot about. I did end up getting a Beatles book that I had been eyeing up in HMV for a while, except this was about half the price.
I had yet another tourist moment a while later when I got the Luas into Dundrum with my other aunt. She genuinely could not believe that I had never been on a Luas before. I had also never been to Dundrum shopping centre before. 
I almost died when I found out there was a Topshop in House of Fraser in there. The only Topshop in Limerick closed down six months ago and I have been having withdrawal symptoms ever since. I didn't end up buying much since there wasn't a whole lot there.
Then I went into Urban Outfitters. I've never been there before because the only ones in Ireland are in Dublin. Again, didn't get a whole lot. I do regret not getting a Florence + The Machine record because it was on sale from €33 to €13.
On the Sunday I had to go to a school fair with my cousins which was an incredibly boring experience to say the least. I then went to my second cousin's house who lives on the beach, so that was pretty cool.
The next day, before I got the bus back to Limerick, I went around Grafton St. a bit to get a few last minute things. I practically ran through all the people trying to sell me scratch cards and other things to get to Topshop at the top of the road. This Topshop has three floors and yet I still only bought one thing. I actually didn't even go to the top floor because my heel was in so much pain and it turned out in the end that it was sprained. 
The only other shop I went into on Grafton St. was Boots and all I got was dry shampoo which isn't terribly exciting.
Whenever you hear about record shops in Dublin, or even in Ireland, it's usually Tower Records. I knew it was on Wexford St. but since I'm not from Dublin, I hadn't a clue where that was. I was actually on my way to Westmoreland St. to get the bus when I accidentally came across it. Since I was in a bit of a rush to get the bus, I only bought one record but I'm still chuffed with it. I got my favourite David Bowie album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Also because it was the 40th anniversary edition it came with the CD as well.

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