Nov 18, 2011

Sigma - Dry N Shape

Recently I started getting back into makeup brushes again after mostly just using my fingers (lol, yes the lazy way out).   I have slowly been building up my brush collection for years and now I feel like I have most of the necessary brushes- anything else I would buy would be for looks or just because.   One company I am interested in trying is Sigma- they seem to really care about not only how the brushes look and feel, but also about caring for their products.

For instance- they sell this Dry N Shape brush holder that I am VERY interested in buying.   Basically after you wash your brushes (and yes- you should DEFINITELY wash your makeup brushes after EVERY use) you can store your wet/damp brushes in this case and not only do they claim it dries within 4-6 hours, it also keeps the brush perfectly shaped!   I watched a video about them from one of my favorite youtube makeup gurus - Tiffany D (here is the link to her page) and now I'm more inspired than ever to try this product.


Sigma is definitely paying attention to what makeup junkies like me are looking for!   Check out their site here - and tell me what you think :) Click on the picture below to explore Sigma and get a free gift when you buy from them!

Porcelain Black - This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like (video)

I heard this song in July or August I think, and realized I had it on my playlist from a few months before that and hadn't really paid attention to it (my bad!)... Anyway, I love Porcelain Black.   She represents the awesome rock grunge punk goth vixen side of me that I rarely admit exists.  So it was very exciting to hear an anthem that pretty much embodies everything I think but rarely say.   Her costumes and makeup are super fun and interesting too- in fact if you pause at exactly 2:00 you can see that not only is she awesome- she is also wearing the AMAZING Dsquared Spine Heeled Shoes that I blogged about in 2010.   Did I mention that Lil Wayne appears in the video too? Yup- she is awesome.

Nov 12, 2011

Zombie Boy - Dermablend Commercial


Ok.   This is possibly the awesomest ad for makeup ever.   I have posted about Zombie Boy a.k.a. Rick Genest before (remember the Lady Gaga video and his appearance in the Thierry Mugler fashion show?) and I was pretty interested to see how handsome he is without the tattoos... super great concept for a concealer ad and very cool video...My favorite moment is his smile at 1:47.

Go beyond the cover from Agence Tuxedo on Vimeo.


Go Beyond The Cover: Behind the Scenes from Agence Tuxedo on Vimeo.

Oct 26, 2011

The Log Driver's Waltz (video)

When I was a kid growing up in Toronto, there was this cartoon that used to play and for reasons I cannot fathom I somehow managed to memorize the entire thing- and can still recite it word for word to this day.   I remembered the cartoon log driver dancing and the way the video starts out with real people and becomes animated... it was seriously a favorite of mine!   Out of curiousity I searched youtube to see if someone, somewhere had ever put in up.   To my surprise it was online and pretty easy to find.

Don't judge me.   I'm Canadian.   Enjoy.

Sep 15, 2011

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga 'Lady is a Tramp' Duet

Her voice is awesome.... and he is Tony Bennett
I also love her hair :)

Sep 2, 2011

NEWSIES on Broadway (video)

Ok so not really on Broadway, but eventually, I hope... some extremely insightful soon to be even wealthier geniuses have FINALLY adapted my all time favorite Christian Bale movie 'Newsies' into a play and here is some video of the rehearsals!   They changed the story a bit and the order of the songs, but it's still my Newsies :)   Honestly I would really love to go see this- hopefully it does as well as I think it is going to do and stays on the stage for years and years to come!   And yes, I do know every word to every song and most of the dialogue from the movie!

Britney Spears - And Then We Kissed (unreleased song)

I would have loved this song- I feel like it should have been on an earlier album, it sounds very similar to the stuff she put out on her 'In The Zone' album.   It sounds very similar to her song Breathe on Me (which I still play on repeat in my car sometimes).   Anyway- check it out here:

Aug 29, 2011

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV (album review)


It's finally here! I feel like Lil Wayne was EVERYWHERE this summer- he basically collaborated with every single artist on the top 40 charts! (If he didn't, he feuded with them!) Anyway, Billboard did me the favor of writing up a review so check it out and leave your thoughts on the album...
"Tha Carter IV" arrives today (Aug. 29) with gargantuan expectations that Lil Wayne cannot match. How could he? The last installment in the New Orleans rapper's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter III," was a perfect storm of critical and commercial acclaim, riding well-constructed hits like "A Milli" and "Got Money" to become the top-selling album of 2008, and earning a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year along the way. Two years earlier, Lil Wayne was a lauded mixtape rapper still moving on from his Hot Boyz days; with "Tha Carter III," he became the biggest rapper in the world.

"Tha Carter IV" has been heavily anticipated ever since, the promised payoff after the misguided rock album "Rebirth," the odds-and-ends release "I Am Not a Human Being," and a stellar first single, "6 Foot 7 Foot," that Lil Wayne dropped after being released from prison last fall. To his credit, Lil Wayne has remained a cultural force during the album delays, touring the country on his best-selling I Am Still Music tour this year and lending his charm to recent hits by Kelly RowlandDJ Khaledand Drake. Two singles from "Tha Carter IV," "How To Love" and "She Will," are currently in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 -- Lil Wayne is still on the top of the world, as uneven as "Tha Carter IV" may be.


Make no mistake, "Tha Carter IV" is not a bad album, and may be more easily digested and supported by those largely unfamiliar with Weezy's antics and unaware of his previous highs (pun intended). But Lil Wayne diehards will notice the lack of gargantuan hooks, knocking beats and microphone personality that made "Tha Carter II" an unexpected breakout and "Tha Carter III" a watershed moment in mainstream hip-hop. Most frustratingly, Weezy's wordplay has taken a turn toward the pedestrian: the man who once delivered linguistic cartwheels on mixtapes like "Dedication 2" and "Da Drought 3" now delivers punchlines like "You're on the outside looking in, close the blinds/They say never say never, but fucking nevermind," with little imagination or panache. And while Weezy's strength has always been in shooting off brilliant similes instead of developing narratives, "Tha Carter IV" oddly lacks any reflection from Wayne on the hectic three years since "Tha Carter III," including his extended time in prison.


"Tha Carter IV" may suffer due to lofty expectations, but there are still plenty of highlights: "6 Foot 7 Foot" still captures the machine-gun wordspray that Lil Wayne and producer Bangladesh previously created on "A Milli," while "President Carter" samples Jimmy Carter's 1976 inauguration in a flash of genius. Meanwhile, "She Will" and "So Special" offer the quick shots of melody that colored "Carter III" standouts like "Mrs. Officer" and "Let the Beat Build." Is "Tha Carter IV" Lil Wayne's crowning achievement? Definitely not. Is it worth repeated listens? Definitely.

Which songs on "Tha Carter IV" stand up next to Lil Wayne's best work? Here's our Twitter-length track-by-track review of each song.

1. "Intro" - Weezy's back, with a slowly growing beat behind him and no chorus in sight. "Still running shit, I'm on my cardio," he spits.

2. "Blunt Blowin" - 5-minute epic, with Wayne taking things slow and sneering through the hook. The beat knocks, but Weezy still sounds too tentative.

3. "Megaman" - The intensity ratchets up with another unassisted, chorus-less track. The first 30 seconds are electric, especially the Samuel L. Jackson pun.


4. "6 Foot 7 Foot" - Still sounds fresh eight months after release, and works perfectly within the rhyme-heavy first third of the album. Corey Gunz delivers great first guest spot.

5. "Nightmares of the Bottom" - Not as dark as the title suggests, but track provides some much-needed depth and perspective. "Don't call me sir, call me survivor," Weezy shrugs.


6. "She Will" - Drake joins the party for an ode to sensory pleasures with a shimmering beat. Drizzy was an afterthought when "Carter III" came out; now, he can hold his own.

7. "How To Hate" - T-Pain and his pitch-corrected persona flips the middle finger to a frayed relationship. It's hard to groove to something this nasty.

8. "Interlude"
 - Tech N9neAndre 3000, same beat as "Intro"… and no Weezy? This "Carter" breather is unexpected but both veterans murder their verses. Come back to recording, Three-Stacks!


9. "John" - This re-imagining of Rick Ross' "I'm Not a Star" suffers for being released months ago, but kicks off "Carter IV's" second half in boisterous style.

10. "Abortion" - Lil Wayne sounds absolutely giddy singing/rapping the album's biggest grower. Why shouldn't he be? He "ashed my blunt in my Grammy award"!

11. "So Special" - Like on Kanye West's "Blame Game," John Legend's soulfulness injects some hard-earned humanity into this hip-hop superstar's wordplay.


12. "How To Love" - Call it the "Lollipop" of this album: a totally unexpected, R&B-inflected jam in which Wayne embraces Auto-Tune. And yes, fans "Love" this one, too.

13. "President Carter" -  Everything -- Infamous' delicate beat, the Jimmy Carter sample, Wayne's unsubtle declarations -- comes together on "President." A must-hear.

14. "It's Good" - Forget the Jay-Z diss. "It's Good" is the strong posse cut that "Tha Carter IV" needed. Drake sounds particularly riled, but Lil Wayne sits atop the throne triumphantly.

15. "Outro" - Bun BNasShyne and Busta Rhymes creep in for an entertaining farewell, but like "Interlude," Lil Wayne is nowhere to be found. Huh?  

Aug 28, 2011

Lady Gaga and Britney Spears Introduce Beyonce (video)

I'm not sure why this video isn't available on MTV but here ya go- Lady Gaga (Jo Calderone) tries to kiss Britney and then they introduce Beyonce....

Bruno Mars VMA Amy Winehouse Tribute (video)

Bruno Mars did a great tribute to Amy Winehouse at the VMA's singing Valerie....



p.s. Katy Perry.... it would be a lot easier to accept you as an amazing artist if you weren't wearing a block of cheese of your head.   ijs.

Lady Gaga a.k.a. Jo Calderone at the VMAS (video)

So I'm hoping that Lady Gaga is just having fun and playing a character and not undergoing some split personality disorders.   I loved seeing her accept and perform at Jo, but I want to know that deep down she knows who she is (and yes, it's ok if she is trying on characters and personalities)
Check out her performance of 'You and I' and her acceptance speech later on for Best Female Video (shout out to Cloris Leachman for being awesome- totally outshone those girls from the shore!)





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Beyonce 'Love on Top' at the VMAS and PREGNANT (video)

Miz B, you are fierce- you know it, we know it... girrrrl that baby is gonna know it if it doesn't already.   Super impressive watching her not only perform and dance and sing and shine, but doing it all while pregnant... super professional.   Kinda want the jacket for my own closet too, not gonna lie!   The octave switchups are superb- she sang the heck outta that song!!!
Can I just say how AWESOME it is at the end.... when she throws down the mic and opens her jacket and rubs her belly????

Chris Brown Brings It at the VMAS

I liked his performance (wanted to see him headbang or something when his dancers were jumping around to Nirvana though) and you really can't deny the guy can DANCE... watch it for yourself:

Aug 23, 2011

EAST COAST EARTHQUAKE

We felt it here in Long Island... but apparently it was felt from Virginia through Toronto!
Hope everyone is ok... they are evacuating the White House, the Pentagon and air control towers at JFK and Newark (I am sure there are others but my news comes from twitter so very fragmented...)

THIS IS WHERE IT ORIGINATED - Lousia, Virginia is the center and the town probably got hit very hard... tweet me pics and I'll post...
Map showing earthquakes

"One Man Disney Movie" Nick Pitera (Video)

Nick Pitera is one of those guys I expected to be cast on Glee... still wondering why that hasn't happened yet. In the meantime here is an old video I meant to post ages ago that Nick made... and it is for anyone who ever watched Disney movies as a kid.   Seriously, it is totally awesome and brings back great memories...enjoy!

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Music from Disney films has made a huge impact on me, and has been the source of inspiration for many years. Since I was 5 I have dreamt of voicing a character myself, and this is me doing my best to pay homage to a few of my favorites. I had so much fun making this video and I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks so much for watching!

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Nick

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Aug 22, 2011

The Miggs - Lindsay Lohan (video)

So let me get this straight.... she is Lindsay Lohan by day and Banksy-esque wannabe by night?   Lindsay- what are you trying to tell us?   I'm just kidding, of course she's not running around LA late at night for unknown reasons, appearing at random red carpets... oh wait...
Watch the music video for the Miggs song starring Lindsay Lohan and leave your comments below:

Definitely a great way for this band to gain attention!   I will say this for her, girl looks great on camera! Way to work it!!!

Eminem feat. Bruno Mars - Bad Meets Evil (video)

When I think of artists collaborating I have to admit that pairing up Eminem with Bruno Mars wouldn't occur to me... however after they joined forces on 'Lighters' I was pleasantly surprised.   It seems perfectly natural to see them both in a song together now- and apparently they liked it so much they made another song together!   Check out their latest video for Bad Meets Evil

So what do you think?   Leave your comments below.

Marina and the Diamonds ... Electra Heart - Radioactive (video)

Hmmm. I love Marina and the Diamonds.    I posted a few of the videos for her songs over the last few years (click here and click here) and now it seems she is changing it up a bit by creating a new alter ego for herself named Electra Heart and putting out some new music.   It's a little different but still very interesting and different. It seems she is embracing the house craze and making danceable music- can't hate that!   I preferred her as a brunette but since she HAS gone Hollywood it seems natural that she went blonde!   Check out this video for her song Radioactive and let me know what you think.

Kim Kardashian Wedding Video

Wow... It didn't take long for video clips and pictures to start leaking...

...of course it helps that this was 'leaked' by E! and that they are going to air a wedding special lol.   Congrats tho, everyone looks beautiful (but seriously, was she able to make EVERYONE wear only black or white??? I would have shown up in a red or aqua dress just to provide a splash of color!)

South Jordan - Hush Hush (video)

I feel so proud watching South Jordan putting out new videos and music!   I first blogged about them last February (click here to read previous post) and have some of their music on my iPhone playlist for my car.   I have shared their songs with people and everyone who hears their stuff loves them so I very happily share another great song called Hush Hush.... this is a live, stripped down version and a little different than the earlier videos I posted but still thoroughly awesome.   Check it out and leave feedback!


I'm still waiting for my invite to a live show when they perform in New York! (hint hint guys)

Jim Chapman - Best UK YouTube Guru

I have a secret obsession watching youtube gurus... usually beauty gurus.   For the most part they are all female, but Jim Chapman is the funniest, most personable guy guru I have ever stumbled across.   Even though I can't use most of his advice because I don't shave my face and my hair care routine is totally different from his for obvious reasons, I still watch all of his videos.   I particularly enjoy when he talks about differences in language and some of his advice absolutely cracks me up.   Outfit of the day videos are well done and he always looks very put together.   His girlfriend Tanya is a guru too and I watch her videos as well, but I really enjoy when she guests on his channel- and when his brother John guests as well.... these twins are so genetically gifted it's ridiculous!

Here are his links so you can start watching him as well:
Blog/Website: http://jimchapman.co.uk
Twitter: @j1mmyb0bba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Chapman/144191708975703

His mom also has a channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ModernandMature

Thanks for always cheering me up- keep those awesome videos coming!

Kim Kardashian Over the Years (video)

This post is a little bit different than the ones I usually put up but I was fascinated watching the video and had to share it. I remember when Kim looked like her previous self and frankly although she has perfected the art of looking airbrushed in real life, I think she looked younger and fresher before (not sure if she looks older because she actually IS older or as a result of the work she's had done). Anyway, check out the video and let me know what you think. Shout out to goodplasticsurgery.comfor always having awesome content!

Aug 19, 2011

Lady Gaga 'You and I' (video)

Oh Lady G you have done it again... I am lying here feverish and sick and somehow the images in your video are both comforting and mindfreakingly insane all at once.   How do you do it?   This video is awesomely eccentric and damn it she got to be a mermaid!   Overtly sexual and then that random mix of absolute innocence...   I almost forgot to mention she gets to play a male 'greaser' verison of herself too!
On a completely different note, the song itself is a little bit country and kind of endearingly fun if a bit at odds with the actual video, but in total Lady Gaga fashion, it works.



Check out the video and let me know what you think of it.

Lil Wayne and Drake - She Will vs. J-Lie (video)

Uh oh.    This seems to happen a lot more often than people are willing to admit- a huge artist records a song that becomes a smash and then a much smaller artist will come forward saying it was theirs first.   A part of me wonders if Drake or Lil Wayne even had anything to do with creating the beat or were just handed a track that they put down words to.   Either way, maybe this situation will bring J-Lie some fans because honestly whatever the back story, he's kinda great.   It would be awesome if Lil Wayne would collaborate with the guy and mashup the two songs... just a thought

Watch the video and let me know what you think... I like the song!   I keep replaying it!

Aug 12, 2011

Lloyd - Dedication to my Ex (video)

This always happens to me... I hear a song on the radio and love it and then somehow over the course of time I forget about the song until I randomly stumble across it and remember I liked it all over again.   This just happened to me today when I was browsing the web and saw the song from Lloyd ... Dedication to My Ex.   The lyrics crack me up and the beat is fun- plus there's a great bit that Andre 3000 does and honestly its just a fun song to listen to.


***thanks to Lloyd Ladies for the correction - my bad!

Belated Apologies...

I just found out that people have actually been missing my blog posts... honestly I'm flattered since aside from the times I force people to look at my blog I didn't think that many actually followed it.   However, it turns out a few of you actually enjoyed my skewed view of life and random posts, so I will make the effort and try to find fun content to share with you all once again.   To those that reached out and asked why I stopped posting, I apologize and hopefully I don't let you down again,

PLEASE leave me comments, contact me, tweet me- whatever it takes- give me requests, suggestions for what you'd like to see here otherwise I will just keep posting random stuff as I find it!   Happy Friday everyone, hope you're having a great summer!

Apr 4, 2011

Keri Hilson - One Night Stand feat. Chris Brown (video)

I just watched the video for Keri Hilson's song and my first reaction to it was 'Oh Chris, I wish you had dyed your hair back before making this video".   But then I started paying attention to the song and visuals and actually, I really like it.   Side note and fodder for possible second post- I watched Dancing with the Stars late last night and saw Chris's two performances "Yeah 3x" "Forever" and I gotta say, huge thumbs up...especially since my esp must be working and he read my mind and dyed his hair back for it!

Anyway, so I am a little bit obsessed with Keri Hilson these days.   Her songs seem to be talking to me, about me, for me...and she is pretty too look at, dances well and has a pleasant voice.   A few things caught my attention watching the video.   At 2:20 ish Chris makes this awkward shoulder move and angry face that I replayed a few times- again, director's job to flatter his subjects but funny anyway.   Moving on, I really enjoyed the part where they were both in black (starts at 2:50 ish and again at 3:20 in trench coats maybe, I have to rewatch) and danced in sync.   Very cool, and reminiscent of Janet Jackson somehow.  I thought the awkward move at 3:13 where she had her foot up on the pole in the workshop and bent over and he was sort of standing behind her was...awkward.   Odd since both are so talented with regard to their dancing.   I blame the director for not making it a flattering angle.   Finally, just a girl's point of view- as hot as cars can be, no girl wants to get down in a workshop.   Think of the dirty cold concrete floor, the grease, the machinery...I mean, just no.   Having said that, it was as hot as possible given the setting- take a look and tell me what you think...

Apr 3, 2011

The Band Perry - If I Die Young (video)

A friend suggested I listen to this song and I have to say while I would never have listened to it on my own it was surprisingly pretty.   I don't usually go for these types of twangy ballads, unless they are extremely pop-oriented (I apologize, country tends to get on my nerves, no hate just being honest).   The video is very pretty too, which is nice and I really enjoy the soft, smokey voice mixed with the instruments.
Let me know what you think...and feel free to leave suggestions for me to listen to and review!

Adam Stanton - Alligator Sky (@theadamstanton)

Today seems to be turning into a musical day for me, as usual!
I just listened to the gorgeous cover 'Alligator Sky' from Adam Stanton.   He made a great video too, although I feel bad he must have been very cold!   Check it out and tell me what you think- feel free to show him some love as well, his info is below:


DOWNLOAD THIS SONG ON iTunes HERE: http://tinyurl.com/6cexgry

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Hey friends! Thanks for checking out this video! I had a blast filming it outside in the cold! :-) I was also incredibly lucky that it started to snow because it ended up making the shots look awesome!

If you enjoyed my version of "Alligator Sky" by Owl City, you can pick it up on iTunes at this link: http://tinyurl.com/6cexgry

Your support truly does make it possible to continue to release music! STAY TUNED for some original music coming later this spring!

Much Love,

Adam...

Ben Semmens - 1st Solo Album @BenSemmens

Ben and I connected over twitter discussing music and when he sent me a link to listen to his stuff I was absolutely blown away.   He is talented, has a wonderful voice and plays beautifully.   If you like what you hear, it would be amazing if you could help Ben get his album up and running...at least repost and pass this around so everyone gets a chance to hear his stuff and hopefully help him out.  

You can go to this actual page here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/bensemmens


1st Solo Album
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Western Lights came out in 2009, and with the power of my fans it received over 70,000 downloads and that was without a record label behind me. It was the sheer determination and support of fans that I now call friends.
Things are falling into place again since the amazing US based writer producer multi-instrumentalist Benjamin ‘beatzy’ Thomas (Carly Simon, David Bowie, James Taylor, Mica Paris, Ben Taylor, Newton Faulkner) joined the team a few months ago. We have started pre-production on my first solo album. My dream is beginning to take shape in reality and I owe everything to those who have supported me from the beginning and who believe in me now. I have the passion and the burning desire to make it and I would love for you to become a part of this amazing adventure.
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