Tuesday, 29 December 2015

How the Tonsillitis stole Christmas (Don't Worry, It Didn't Really)

I'm not great with puns. I thought it best to apologize for such a title so late in the year. Those who had spent more time with me know that my strengths lie with sarcasm and playing jokes straight with a deadpan face. And even then I'm never really the funniest person in the room. Of course, now that I'm doing my favourite hobby (i.e. sitting in my room alone, lurking on the Internet), I am.
I haven't had much time to get into the Christmas spirit - final deadlines on the 18th, so it was constant stress and anxiety until then. So below follows a short summary of the period between that and now.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Best Songs of 2015

Songs, songs, songs - it's even harder to pick out a top 40 than to pick out 10 albums. There's no such thing as a bad year or a good year for songs - there are always great ones out there. As with the albums, these songs largely reflects my personal taste - too weird for the common people, really not heavy enough for metalheads - and is largely independent of the actual "goodness" of songs.
As per usual, links are in the descriptions (the song titles), but the songs are available on 8tracks and Spotify (although 3 songs are missing in the latter). As per usual, the post is extremely long.

Best Albums of 2015

The last Monday of the year is Music Monday with the best - my favourite albums now, and my favourite songs coming in a later post. I must say, despite some highly anticipated records of some of my favourite bands, 2015 was a little less impactful for me (album-wise) than 2014. However, paired with the fact that I listened to more albums than ever before, the choice wasn't particularly easier.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Album Reviews: November

November: the hell month with increasingly less sleeptime. This of course means that I barely had time to listen to new records - so this month only has 3 (well, sort of). At least it's short.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Matte Purple Lipsticks Comparison

I long promised a review/swatch/comparison of these two purple lipsticks, since they are rather similar. It's high season for bold plum lips even for those who don't go around with dark lips all year (i.e. not me), so a little help deciding can't hurt.
Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipstick 070 Plum & Base / Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolor Butter Matte 028 Royal Diva

Monday, 2 November 2015

Album Reviews: October

Paragraph one: here's the usual stuff. Paragraph two: it's short, because life. I don't even know why I'd bother writing an introduction after all this time. October was good and gloomy, so if that's your thing, proceed as you want; otherwise, be warned.

Monday, 26 October 2015

A Halloween Playlist

This comes with the usual warning: only for lovers of all things metal. Here you can listen to it on 8tracks, and after the break there's a track-by-track breakdown with youtube links, for those who don't want to listen to the whole length. (And in case 8tracks skips some songs, which it sometimes does.)

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Glamour Haul

The obligatory Glamour Days post that must be appearing on every Hungarian fashion blogger's site. This time around I bought exactly zero pieces of clothing, but left quite a bit of cash at drugstores. I also bought a pair of shoes, but still - I exercised a good deal of control.
A kötelező Glamour-napos poszt, biztosan a hatszázadik mindenki feedjén. Most semmi ruházati terméket nem vettem - egyrészt nem igazán van semmire szükségem, másrészt fekete köves gyűrűt sehol sem találtam (olyat ami tetszett), szóval abból ebay lesz, majd karácsonyi ajándék gyanánt. Viszont nagyon sok mindent vettem drogériákban - ilyenkor szoktam betárazni mindenből a hajbalzsamtól a dezodorokig, plusz nyilván néhány szép, őszi színű miegymás is tervben volt.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Album Reviews: September

I'm here with the newest batch of album releases. It's not really that September had that many more great records - more so that there are loads of releases in September for some reason. Fall fashion? Fall albums? Is it like the summer season and Christmas for movies? Unfortunately, this also means I have no way of properly listening to them all, what with the semester starting and a shitload of university work to be done. I listened to about a dozen new albums, but narrowed it down to these seven - for some reason or other, these were the ones I listened to the most.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

2016 Spring Trends (at the Fashion Weeks)

The fashion weeks are not over yet, but I thought I'd do a little post about emergent trends, before doing my usual favourites month after the end of Paris Fashion Week. I'm no expert, so I don't know which of these will make it into fast fashion, and a few might even be wishful thinking on my part.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Liebster Blog Award

Well, now there's one more instance where I really cannot duck away from writing in Hungarian. I got an award from Szilvi - one which this little community of Hungarian beauty bloggers routinely pass around each other, since it's at the same a great way to get to know each other, and to excercise the kind of exhibitionism we all started blogging for.
Szilvitől kaptam egy díjat, ami a kis bloggerközösségünkben mindig ide-oda vándorol, én még sosem kaptam meg. Itt lenne az ideje magyarul írni? Többet a divatról és kevesebbet a zenéről? Nah. Arra ott vannak mások.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Birthdays, Trips, Dinners

This Sunday was my birthday - as it is with adulthood, half of it was chores and only half the party. The party mainly being a visit to Szentendre and an avantgarde exhibition within. Sounds sappy, but the real gift is still spending time with my friends. Then of course, my family awaited me home with dinner and yet more gifts. Behold, below.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Fall 2015 Wishlist

My wishlists in the autumn (notice the abrupt switch to British English when I no longer need a catchy title?) are always much more nebulous than the spring ones. That's not because autumn is my favourite season - that would be summer, though this one comes as second. In fact, it probably goes without saying that it's because I like the trends of and clothes of this particular time of the year a whole lot better. Jewel tones and actual layers and dark lipstick and black, lots of black, is what I live for. (No, but my fashion self really does.)
It's easy to incorporate current trends into your wardrobe when you only have to look at which of them are available in black. (No, I'm not becoming a health goth, I have standards.) I like to flatter myself thinking I have my own style, but I don't actually know whether that's really true. Well, not that I have the sort of disposable income to buy into all the new trends, so I might be better off with sticking to a stable wardrobe. But that doesn't mean there aren't things I want, and my birthday's also in two weeks. (So these are the imaginary gifts.)

Monday, 7 September 2015

Autumn Playlist II

Here is everyone's long-awaited sensible weather - a temperature around 20 degrees, wind and sunshine and rain and scattered, fluffy clouds. I do like autumn as well as anyone (even if my favourite is still the summer warm), if not for else, then for the opportunity to dress in more than my shortest shorts and a breezy crop top. In other words, being able to wear my leather jacket.
Since I still lack a rain-proof pair of footwear, I cannot wholeheartedly look forward to now regularly having to step out of my house and go places. Yeah, autumn also means the start of school, which I regrettably have to say, I did not want to start yet. Every summer, I start out with loads of things to do, to paint, to learn, and in the end, do precious few of them. There's never enough time for my hobbies and there never will be, something I might as well just accept.

So, to lift the mood a bit, and also because it's a tradition of mine by now, here is a playlist for autumn, loaded with melodeath and progressive death metal.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Saturday Inspiration #16

And, the series is back! Somehow, it's only during semi-busy schooltime I actually feel in the mood for posts like this. So, here it is, the first one of this autumn.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Album Reviews: August

It's time for the next album review post. I didn't expect much of the August batch of releases, and it didn't deliver much, but I kind of feel like I'm still disappointed. But I was also in the mood to write negative reviews, so bad ones are happily included as well. On the other hand, September still promises to be awesome, and at least this way I could catch up on a few interesting records I missed.

Monday, 31 August 2015

July-August Recap

A quick photos-recap of the summer - August mostly, with some purchases made back in July. Minus all the stuff from my internship and the very last few days of August - I had a two-day holiday with my friends which was positively awesome and kind of the best time I had in a long time, but I took mostly pictures of them, so that doesn't go here.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Album Reviews: July

A little late with it, but here's the July review of albums! Because of my internship, I didn't have that much time to keep up, and because it's summer, I also kind of forgot I was supposed to write it. However, it's been a reasonably good month, though what I'm really excited for is September - as far as new releases go, not about school, of course.

Monday, 27 July 2015

A Music Tag

It's Monday again, a day which would normally be like any other day in the summer, but adult life isn't as kind. I have my internship, which is rather fun, only I have to bike an obscene amount in very hot weather for absolutely no money. But at least I feel like I'm doing something relatively useful.

Anyway, after concluding the same song titles series I wanted to do a Music Monday which would possibly include me gathering some of my favourite songs to dump on the (admittedly very small) unsuspecting readership. I found this tag on (Hungarian blogger) Bree's blog, which I promptly stole. The real challenge was not to include too many songs from my absolute favourites, so I tried to stick to one song per band.
(Long post ahead with youtube links!)

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Two Accessories

The last but one installment. It's kind of an outlier, since this isn't really about makeup. My most used accessories in general are earrings (and bags), since I always were them. Followed right by my studded bracelets, since well, you know. Gotta represent that punk/metalhead/whatever amalgam of personal style and subculture. Since that's all established - I have chosen my otherwise favourite pieces of jewellery, since bags aren't as interesting.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Three Unused

These posts are getting shorter and shorter! I do have products which are unused because I dislike them from the start, but for this one, I chose ones I like, just didn't have the opportunity to use yet, or I'm saving for a later date.

Monday, 6 July 2015

May-June Money Spending and Juicy Treats

May and June, in the university student's calendar are undoubtedly the months of hell. With no Christmas and New Year excitement to alleviate the end-of-semester exhaustion and exam stress, there is little else but suffering in stores. I, as many before me, would love to compensate by merrily spending my money, except I have none. Or, not much. That being said, I still don't deny myself one little gift after each hard exam, and there might be otherwise important purchases to be made.
Also, it's the time of unlimited fruit and not one to ever take diets very seriously, I (okay, mainly my mom and a little bit myself) made some very non-fussy yet fancy-looking cakes.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Album Reviews: June

June was kind of weak concerning metal releases, slightly better in other genres - which I just don't really listen to these days. I also had considerably less time to spend on listening to new music due to exams and more exams. I did look through June releases afterwards too, and still nothing really stood out to me even genre-wise; I guess after being spoiled in May it was a slight disappointment. In any case, summer month are always less busy.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Four Used

And here's yet another excuse to write about makeup. The kind of melt-your-face-off still didn't arrive here, so I've been pretty free to just continue using whatever I usually do. And that also means that I've yet to use the BB cream I specifically acquired for the summer.
Summer, where art thou?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Five Tips

And the sixth week, aka the five tips! I don't think I can actually offer up any advice people who are more knowledgeable than didn't already, but here it is anyway.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Summer Playlist II

Hey, it's the summer solstice!
It's kinda fun that it's on a Sunday. I wish I was in some kind of stupid independent drama where I would go with my friends into the forest, up on a mountain, and wait for the sunset on the year's longest day. Accompanied by a metal soundtrack, cause that's what I'm all about.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Six Wishes

Next one in the challenge - six wishes. It's too easy, honestly, but then again, six products isn't all that much. I did cheat a little. I still don't have disposable funds to buy all the expensive makeup I want to, but at least I don't waste much this way.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Seven Polishes

The time has come for the dreaded seven polishes. It's not easy to choose just seven, even when you have a modest collection. I am definitely most obsessed with nail polish among all makeup products, which is especially evident considering that any normal day, the only colour I'll be wearing is my nail polish.
That being said, the ones are chose are either my favourites or among my most used, but these, without exception, are all excellent and I'd recommend them to anyone. They're quite varied in prices, too - I don't buy expensive polish unless I know I'm going to absolutely love it. Money woes.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Album Reviews: May

The May assortment of albums. Seven metal albums and a punk rock... but plenty of catchy and pop-like music. It was a rather good month, even if the end-of-the-semester period is crazy for me, and I haven't got the time to properly listen to new music.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Eight Dislikes

This was yet again a challenging task, for the entirely opposite reason as last week's. I just don't buy that much stuff on impulse - I really don't have money to waste on products I'm not sure I would like. These products were either gifts or I bought them one sale...

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Nine Likes

This was hard to select - I have entirely too many products I love, and I could have filled nine slots with only lip products. As it is, I left out ordinary beauty products like lotions, since there's just not enough space for that. These are not necessarily the products I use the most, but most liked usually means most used.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Album Reviews: April

April was not a good month. After a truly spectacular first quarter on the music fronts, it was a right disappointment. There were loads of releases, and although there were a few enjoyable things here and there, but very few of the I love it category.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

10 Week Beauty Challenge - Ten Secrets

Hey, so this place's not turning to a music blog for the lovers of all things metal. Right now though, I don't have the energy or the inspiration to put together posts which require much thought, and this challenge seemed like fun, so I'm doing it. Hopefully, I'll have an hour to spare even during exam month each week. I apologise for not remembering where I stole the banner from, I'm pretty sure it was a Hungarian beauty blog.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday Inspiration #15

And here it is again. I don't have any more pre-written, which sadly means it will yet again switch to irregularly updating, as the end of the semester approaches. And anyway, mostly music is what's really going on in my head these days.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

So here it is, my promised review of the new Nightwish album. I have to confess, I wasn't as excited before it as before Imaginaerum, though I was super curious how it would sound, given the new singer and all. (Actually, it's scary to think about how Imaginaerum came out in 2012, when I was still in high school...) The Nightwish fandom in general is kind of unbearable - so much inner drama! At least with Floor, nobody can complain about the singing - or can they?
The review is littered with personal opinions and musings, so beware. Also, freaking long.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Spring stuff on a budget

I kind of have everything in my closet. Obviously not everything I want, but definitely everything I'd need for all kinds of occasions and weathers. And a dozen more skirts. So the one item of clothing I did actually buy this spring while being on a serious budget? You guessed it right, a skirt.
It's an A-line faux leather skirt, around mid-thigh length, from H&M. I actually used my Christmas gift card for it... yeah, I managed to salvage it up until now. I'm that good. I really do love this skirt, especially because - this is the best thing - those are real pockets. And not even small ones, a phone or an iPod easily fits in it. It's just perfect.
I also bought a bunch of beauty stuff, and some face washes (not pictured, because I'm a lazy-ass blogger).

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Album Reviews: March

March was a freaking good month regarding new releases. Most notably, the new Nightwish album... which I promise I'm going to write about next week! I just need to listen to the album a few more times, you know. Meanwhile, have a quick recap of other noteworthy releases (well, worthy of my noting, nothing else).

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Saturday Inspiration #14

Hey, look who's back with the dumps of not-even-remotely connected aesthetic pictures!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Saturday Inspiration #13

Hey, I'm soon to be back with semi-regular Saturday Inspirations! Especially since this place is in danger of becoming a music blog, hah. This one is short and mostly just the pictures, but I hope to have more time in the coming month. After that it's exam period, but I don't want to think about that, not yet anyway.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Album Reviews: February

Despite my fervent promises, I find it too tedious to do proper long reviews. So, save for the albums I really look forward to/like way too much, I'll just do a monthly recap (sometime during the month after). As it is, my taste in music is still rather varied, but right now I'm in a bit of a melodeath/folk pit.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Spring Playlist II

We've entered the astronomical spring with a solar eclipse, isn't that nice? Here wasn't much of a spectacle, especially since we didn't bother to get anything to view as little as we could have. I kind of forgot about it, even, but it was still noticeable - how the tone of the light changed just ever so slightly, how it was just a little too dark without any clouds to speak of. It was eerie in a very bright way, which made it all the more disconcerting.
I say this calls for a metal sort of spring. (I mean, how appropriate is the Shadows of the Dying Sun cover?) Anyway, to commemorate, here's a playlist (I've done quite some time ago, since this is a thing I do every changing of the seasons), vaguely spring-like for those who appreciate everything from pop-rock to metal. Well, mostly metal still.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Omnium Gatherum / Insomnium / Ensiferum

I was at the Ensiferum concert yesterday. But, it's no secret that I expressly went for the sole reason of seeing Omnium Gatherum and Insomnium live. Here's the setlist:

It was awesome. It was far from perfect, yeah; but I still loved it. I knew Insomnium were sketchy as best live, and they really could do with either one more guitar or a synth, because their melodicness is one of the best things about them. To be fair, I don't know how much better they are with their usual guitarist/clean vocalist Ville, so... Because that's one thing that's definitely suffered - the clean vocals were inaudible, and poor Kari Olli messed up even the guitar a few times. Considering he's a fill-in, it wasn't so bad.

On the other hand, Omnium Gatherum were phenomenal even live. Yeah, they're a 6-member band, but like this, the sound just blew me away. They were the first performers, so they really set the mood. Also, they played all my favourite songs (Soul Journeys, New World Shadows...), so I was happy.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Fashion Week Trends (That I Like And Hope For)

So, fashion week came and passed, and I wrote exactly nothing on it. I don't think I'll have time to writer a comprehensive post either - my favourite shows were the same as always anyway. Just a quick collection of pictures here, and a longish post of my favourite trends. Fingers crossed that they come to high street.
My usual favourites who don't really disappoint: Aganovich (I really liked it this year), Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons (it was absolutely, breathtakingly phenomenal, but I'm a fangirl), Iris van Herpen (crystal heels were gorgeous), Vivienne Westwood (I honestly liked Red Label more this year), Yohji Yamamoto. Somehow the Ann Demeulemeester collection was a little underwhelming, but of course, I'd still wear any piece. (Well, since she's not there since 2013...)

Balenciaga (I dislike Wang's aesthetic, but this was sooo different, sooo good), Giles (for the gothic vibes), Julien Macdonald (for the pretty dresses), Les Copains (who are you?? so me in all that black), Marc Jacobs (what even happened to me?), No. 21 (baggy casual).

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Late Winter Beauty Shopping for Spring

Post Christmas, there are sales galore. Come spring, new collections with cute spring colours - admittedly, not my thing. Right now I'm not quite there financially so I bought exactly one plain black jumper this season, because the old one was giving up on me. But, I did buy a few small items - nail polish and that stuff - all for ridiculously low prices. So here's a little summary.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Saturday Inspiration #12

So today's Valentine's Day. Hello capitalism, I see your ugly head rearing. (Once I baked chocolate muffins for my guy friends. It was mildly awesome if I may say so but still.) I suppose I'll be home, trying to recover from the shock of the first week of the new term. Here's to sanity.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Saturday Inspiration #11

It's the new semester next week, and I'm not finding myself terribly enthusiastic. It's also fashion weeks, and yet again, not as excited as I thought I'd be. Still, looking through old street style pictures and miscellaneous editorials is kind of therapeutic. Let's hope for lots of inspiration this year (I'm talking about architecture, just so you know).

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Eisbrecher: Schock

There won't be an album review every week, although I suspect there will be loads of releases which catch my interest. Nobody seems to be interested in this band and their new release but the Germans, which is a real shame, because German metal is awesome, and it certainly doesn't stop at Rammstein. It might be the fangirl talking from me, because Eisbrecher is definitely my favourite German band.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Saturday Inspiration #10

Today's inspiration is a little irregular. I was too lazy to make a separate post for couture week, so I thought I'd select my 9 favourite looks/dresses and write a little under the disguise of Saturday Inspiration. As per usual, they're in alphabetic order.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Let's Get Those Album Reviews Started

Did I do good on the title à la Fall Out Boy?
I really should have applied for a job as a music reviewer. Not like I have any real knowledge except my huge amount of fangirling over my favourite bands. But I sometimes review stuff I'm not that into, or is not my style, so let it be a promise that this year I'll do this diligently. Although I'd say I managed to keep up with the important releases, I missed quite a lot - which will probably happen again during busy times, but oh well.

Anyway, here's a short review of the new Enter Shikari and FOB albums. For those not interested in longish reviews - both are fairly good, so listen to them, they are on Spotify. Neither are metal, can I get a medal please?

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Saturday Inspiration #9

Well, after quite a lot of absence, here I am again. School and my worse side got the better of me, so I had no time and/or energy for my blog - which is a sad thing, since I love doing it. Now, back on track with a usual inspiration post. Next week a short album review on Monday and a best of Pre-Fall 2015 is coming.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Saturday Inspiration #8

New Year, old me - wait, that's not how it goes... Two concrete goals: less procrastination, finding a part-time job. Thinking more. Doing more. Being awesome. That's all.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Christmas & New Year's Eve

A little Christmas & NYE photo dump - ornaments, gifts, yet more gingerbread, etc.