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Spidey! Makeup! Skincare!

[001] Going to see Amazing Spider-man at 8PM tonight, WOOT - I chose the UltraAVX option primarily for the ability to reserve my seat in advance. I miss being able to select my seat - having to show up early to get a good row is just...made of fail. Also, had a $5 balance on an old giftcard so it costed the same as a regular ticket anyway :3

[002] Over the year I've focussed on improving my skincare regimen and makeup. Recent purchases I'm super happy with:
  • Conair: Spin Brush - Getting gorgeous volume and styling like the ones following a haircut at a salon but at home and with a single tool - so much love <3
  • Nature's Gate: Oh what a Night -its a nightcream that's moisturing but has an almost velvet matte finish - over the past 2 weeks my skin is firmer, clearer and smoother so I'm kinda crazy about this.
  • Arbonne Makeup Primer - picked this up off ebay and used it only once so I have to see its effect in the long run, but oh my god! Makeup just glided on and my face felt so smooth to touch. I tend to worry about clogged pores and breakouts so I'll be extra careful when washing it off at the end of the day.
  • ELF: 11 Piece Brush Collection - okay, I admit I haven't used this yet, but picked it up for$3 instead of $30! And I could pick up a few other items like the ELF concealor pen which I have used and is pretty awesome.
  • Back in Winter/Spring, I subscribed to luxebox and glymm which got me some really nice samples for a while - it also led to me picking up Vasanti Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator off well.ca for 50% off since I finished the whole premium sample and it worked well in conjunction with the Olay Pro-X system
My only anxiety now is what I'm going to do when my Prescriptives foundation and powder get over - where else will someone blend colors to match my skin tone exactly? Damn you, Estée Lauder. Though, I should probably thank you for your lipstick line since I bought three or four off of ebay. My sister's fab Chanel lipstick also convinced me to pick up my own in the shade Mademoiselle :3

The only purchases left in regards to makeup are blush, peach nude lipstick and a lipstain.Collapse )

[003] I'm using the summer to focus on fitness, mainly for zumba, yoga, and some weekly things (total fitness, hi-lo and westcoast fitness) depending on how the first classes go. Thank god for group buy sites (bought 2 gym passes for 20 classes for $20) and community centers all over the place.

[004] Marathoned Game of Thrones a few weeks ago (it's my sister's fault!) and I adore Arya Stark (and ship her with Gendry to be quite honest) - TBH there are a few parallels I can draw between this OTP and my Zuko/Toph love. Also, Jon Snow :D But, really: ARYA \o/

[005] Don't know if anyone follows Fringe (or remembers Faramir's father in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) but I got John Noble's autograph in Whole Foods! A colleague pointed him out during lunch and asked if he seemed familiar and a light bulb went off. He was super nice to sign the one sheet of paper I had on me ^^ I was bouncing  a foot up in the air after XD I think my colleagues were laughing at me by then >_>

[006] Failed to pimp it out when I read it but hereticalvision's The Secretary’s Sensational Seduction combines my high-school love of harlequin!romances and my next-gen OTP (James/Scorp) :D

[007] I keep playing Madeon's Pop Culture - I blame this Community promo , which kinda made me want to marathon the show for the umpteenth time.
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Holy cra-

Following 58 people on LJ: 17 posts today
Following 50 people on tumblr: 700+ posts today

BRB dying.

Luckily its all pretty pics but so. much. scrolling. GAH.

QUESTION TO DESIGN FOLK: Am revamping my portfolio over the next few weeks and really, really would like to get some feedback - at least once its almost done - from those in the industry, or with exposure and/or experience in it. Any volunteers? I promise your eyes won't bleed *fingers crossed behind back* Just PM me or comment if interested :D
* slash - omg \o/

Slashy love <3

[001] TUMBLR, I LOVE THEE (NSFW art faved too)

[002] If y'all are already following Starfighter (god, I fangirl Abel like mad), here are some more slashy webcomics:[003] I can't wait to get my hands on these fairytales once they're translated! I mean, seriously, non-sexist, anti-grimm fairytales? YES!

[004] I will never catch up with Shousetsu Bang Bang *hangs head* Recs anybody?

[005] I really enjoy cris-art's work, particularly everything to do with Young Avengers - which just made me all *_* when I found the NSFW tag on the artist's tumblr (MWAHAHAHAHA)

[006] While I haven't really read the Magi manga, the fanart is glorious - here are some faves from pixiv (safe for work!):

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

+ comic that's NSFW
(click for full views for the full SHINY effect XD)
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Fanart spam (pixiv) - Natsume Yuujinchou

There are certain manga and anime titles that I wish had more fanart - or any at all really >_>. Unfortunately, DeviantART doesn't always deliver the shiny in these cases.

So imagine my excitement when I stumbled across some Natsume fanart that was was utterly *SPARKLY* on pixiv - I litterly went "EEEE!"....and hand flailing might have been involved too ^^ Then I went hunting for more.

Here are the fruits of my labor for your eyecandy!pleasure XD As always, click to go to the original post on pixiv and to view the full resolution there:




SUPER SHINY FANART, WOOT!Collapse )

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Avatar: Legend of Korra thoughts

[Ep 1 & 2 + initial characterization of our new golden trio hahahaha]Episode 1: adored the musical score and the introduction of new elements like Republic City, metal bender police (and no one being above the law, including the Avatar) and the issues between non benders and benders. Benders being able to form mafia-like gangs and non benders trying to stage a revolution (Amon's people) offers the potential for very interesting storylines. I'm extremely interested in Toph and her Chief Bei Fong's history and how her daughter ended up enforcing the law when her mother is probably the symbol of rebellion hahahaha

Episode 2: Korra's Voice actress is much better in this episode and I like the way Bolin and Mako are introduced. I continue to be charmed by Tenzin (especially when he ends up cheering the Fire Ferret's win). I find it interesting that despite the wins, Mako is NOT happy so I wonder if there are other forces pressuring him to compete and win the tournament. Pro-wrestling bending is a great way to get Korra to ante up and improve on team work and fighting skills though.

Initial Characterization

I have to admit I saw elements of characters from the first series in our new cast: Korra seems like a blend of Toph and Sokka for instance - she's capable and headstrong but with a definite streak of rebellion and humor. Also, she's willing to say it like it is, whether its necessarily to her benefit or not.

For the brothers, I'm still not really sure yet but....I saw strains of Mai in Mako, in regards to discipline and deadpan humor. He does have a bit of emo-ness which hasn't been explained so right now that is sort of reminiscent of Zuko but that could change. Hard to remember others in their emo-ness as much as Zuko haha.

Bolin might be a blend of Sokka's bad flirting methods and humor (which sorts of explains why he meshes well with Korra) and perhaps Tai Lee ("the avatar!")... still, not sure about that with just one episode to go on...

Sokka's humor was one of the big reason's the first series worked so well, not to mention Toph's kick ass awesomeness and Zuko's emo. Mako's deadpan lines feel like they wanted to bring Mai's strain of humor in too, without the coolness in attitude per se. Can't help think that they noticed what worked previously and brought those bits back in LoK. There's no telling how these characters will develop and in what direction they're headed though - that at least is entirely original and makes for very awesome possibilities...
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avatar - avatar state ON!

Books, TV and Movie Trailer, oh my!

[001] Am quarter of the way through my 2012 reading challenge: 25 out of 100 books - gotta love Good Reads for making it so easy to keep track of novels <3

[002] While I tend to lean towards male protagonist novels, I did post a pinterest board for Female Protagonist Fantasy Novels for my sis (if anyone's interested) - also, if y'all would like invites to the site, just drop me a line.

[003]Recent stuff enjoyed:
  • Legend of Korra pilot: the new Avatar series is fantabulous. I especially love how they introduced the newer elements to the world [like...](Republic city, metal benders. Iman etc. and particularly the musical score - I want to get my hands on all that wonderful music, oh god. I admit I'm hoping we get to see old!Toph at some point in the future XD [korra seems to have...] Korra seems to have definite elements of Sokka with a bit of Toph's kick ass awesome too.

    The weakest link: I felt the voice actress for Korra could have had more nuance - her delivery of several lines through the pilot felt rather flat.However, the same applied to the original show too, and everyone improved as the series went on :D Still, can't help but wonder how it might have sounded if someone like Azula's VA or Mary Jane's VA (from the Amazing Spider-man cartoon) had the lead role instead... *runs off to watch episode 2*

  • The Whitefire Crossing: it was barely a hop, skip and a jump to end up slashing Dev/Kiran through the novel. And Dev being a hot POC character has me all \o\o/o/

  • Cinder: excellent world building and I'm intertested in seeing if and how Kai and Cinder's relationship progresses through the books - though I do get that it's more Cinder's journey and growth that's the focus really XD I absolutely adore original adaptations of myths and fairytales and this novel does it brilliantly. Can't wait for the sequel!

  • Trailers: Amazing Spider-man | Prometheus | The Avengers | Snow White & The Huntsman | Jack the Giant Killer

  • Have mostly caught up with the Naruto manga and I adored the development with the Nine Tails, Minato and Kushina's backstory (the anime episodes had me crying and smiling and crying from the awesome) and Sasuke and Itachi lately...

  • The second Sherlock movie was super fun but I found myself far more shippy with the second season of the Sherlock TV series. It's Benedict Cumberbatch's fault. I do want fanfic recs now but have no idea where to start ;_;
[004] Why is it that Dan looks more like Harry than ever in these photos here for a non-HP movie? The blond is not really my Draco but the scene definitely gives me happy shipper vibes mwhahaha

[005] Season 3 of Community is a bit of a mixed bag for me - Britta definitely has her shining moments but I'm not getting enough Annie and the latest twist with Troy and Abed has me worried >_>

[006] Next month has the potential to be FABULOUS since two things are scheduled to go up: my gen art commish from pokefreak of Zuko and Toph (and Iroh) and my H/D livelongnmarry high fantasy H/D fic from femmequixotic (which y'all might remember from the commish done by samurai-pet here)

still want futuristic!Draco-on-a-hovercraft fic someday tho *grabby hands*
text - stuff in my brain is canon

Favorite meta quotes...

"Because in many ways, to me, Draco is the hero of the whole saga. I think Harry has his destiny. There is only one choice Harry can make in every situation. Harry makes the right choice always, and he’s admirable for doing so. But Draco has a bunch of choices, and Draco has to break the bonds of the shackles of his past. He has to break the chain of this kind of abuse and hatred and selfishness and entitlement that his father has been part of, and probably his grandfather and stretching back for generations.

And so I saw my job as trying to illustrate how you end up with a kid as messed up as Draco. In “Chamber of Secrets,” I just tried to bully him as much as I could, and be as unloving as I could. And in every opportunity, I wanted to be the kind of father that was so selfish and so egotistical and narcissistic that I would happily sacrifice my son and/or my relationship with him for status. So that was the main point, was to try and explain Draco and make his decision that much more heroic, to try and do the right thing." - Jason Isaacs (source)



More meta quotes from across the years...Collapse )

 "sometimes people not in the ship probably have the wrong idea about just what the trope of that ship is. Or more correctly, I think sometimes people outside a ship underestimate the number of tropes a ship can contain. Like a lot of people assume H/D=enemies trope=hatesex. And plenty of H/D was about that, but not all of it. Not even most of it, in my experience. " - sistermagpie (source)
HP - Draco - Makani

H/D Recs: Fic & Art

Now that my reading binge is done,here are the remaining recs to roound up the ones posted a few weeks back:

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H/D Fic Recs: Short Fics under 16KCollapse )

H/D Art Recs
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Oh my ship, what you do to me...

FYI, the H/D Directory can now by found here - will repost on LJ but I managed to accidentally delete the original entry *facepalm*. The good news is that I'm in the process of editing it so peeps can follow new reccers for more recent H/D goodness :D

Thanks to my recent fic!binge that turned into a walk down memory lane - god, why isn't there any H/D post-DH meta, why? - I've gone through my old H/D recs from 5+ years back and I've come to realise that between developments in canon and me no longer being a teen, my tastes have changed...or maybe not so much changed as I find myself unwilling to read fic where there's Hurt and little to no Comfort or just angst angst angst. Powerful Men by frayach is an example of strong writing and extreme angst that has me wincing now where in yesteryears I probably would have been more willing to embrace the darkness.

It seems that while I've always hated death fics, mindfucks or fics that end in betrayals, I used to have a higher tolerance for them. That isn't to say that I don't enjoy Dark fics or those with high doses of angst and omg, the high from a fic with a balance of slash and canon where Harry and Draco are both complete berks to each other is kinda brilliant...

It's just that I've come to the conclusion that following Deathly Hollows, I need a certain kind of Draco and Harry, both of whom grow up and mature ultimately (esp in post epilogue fics) but don't lose that essential self. Harry being a bit dense but still possessing that doggedness and moments where he can go off the handle. Draco, having come into his own but still with a definite bite. And things going pear shaped when they're together.

Compared to pre-DH fanfics, I think the Draco I love is a lot more...grey. Where before I could read a Hero of the War Draco, I now need the one that came out of canon needing to hold onto his family and friends but still unwilling to actively murder someone face to face. Where previously one of the ways to get Harry acknowledge Draco was to put him on a pedestal for having turned spy for the Order and having to kill or sacrifice those who were closest to him because of the line dividing the Order and the DE, I find it almost anathema to me now. I need the Draco who loves his family and his friends, who can't lower his wand necessarily until their safe...yet won't actually kill someone or let them kill someone when its outright murder. I like the balancing act that JKR did with the Malfoys where they weren't actually good or evil but a family and...together.

So while there are fics I used to adore and recced back in '05, I can't embrace them nowadays since events and characters don't ring true anymore. There are exceptions, particularly with crack and AUs (If You've a Ready Mind by Maya for instance) but generally the fics I'd rec to people coming into fandom post series nowadays wouldn't include as many fics pre-DH. It's harder to put my post-HBP hat on or my pre-GoF spectacles and I don't expect non-shippers to find it any easier to swallow generally.

The good thing is that there's quite a bit and quite a few favorite authors are still churning out fic. Then there's femmequixotic whose written more H/D fic after DH was realeased than before and snegurochka_lee and phoenixacid whose constant stream of recs over the years made it easier to locate the ficcy goodness.

Now that I've gone through the bulk of fics from fave fests and authors from recent years though I find myself hunting for newer authors but also more than anything, meta on Draco and H/D post series (most of it seems to be post-HBP or pre-OotP). 

I want thoughts of the Malfoys during DH, speculation on post war events (the trials and media and recovery) and the gap between the last chapter and the epilogue and considering the longer life spans of wizards, the possibility of H/D after the war - whether its immedaiate or 19+ years down the road. And I really want meta on Draco, on him not necessarily being a hero but for being human and fleshed out in a way that so many of us wanted see pre-HBP but despaired of ever getting from JKR - re-reading The Gods Themselves by ljash kind of drove that particular point home.

Ok, god, will shut up now. Damn OTP >_<
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HP - H/D - back to back

Recs! Of the HP variety!

Its been a few years since I went on a Harry/Draco binge but between catching up with hd_holidays, the other fests and fandom faves, am totally a happy shipper XD For the first time though, instead of reading on the laptop, I've been transferring fics to epub format for reading on my Nook Touch - especially since most reads are at least 25k words long.

It helps that certain archives allow you to download multi-chapter fics in one go: Archive of Our Own has the option to load the "entire work" and Hex files has a printable story format. There's also a story export script for ff.net. The only sites that don't make it any easier are skyehawke and LJ :( Still, am glad most fests now host fics on external sites and on a single page.

Working with Chrome, Notepad ++ and Calibre, its easy to convert the fics to epub files with manageable sizes :D And I find I scroll less and read more when I'm on the Nook too XD

Anyway, I've compiled a list of recs under the cut and also updated my old Starter Kit with titles from recent years.

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Oh and a general shoutout: ADD ME ON GOODREADS - am always looking out for titles to read so the more friends there the better :D
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*waves*

Ack, where did all the time go? Have been completely MIA since September :(

Totally blame the new job - its busy and exhausting but not crazy stressful though the business is undergoing a change in management tomorrow so things are a bit up in the air at the moment.

Have been off the fandom radar for a while - been visiting tumblr but RL eclipsed everything, especially when my wallet, ebook reader and brand new replacement phone (which I hadn't even paid the bill for yet) got frickin' stolen from the office in November. After tears, money and lots of shopping to replace stuff (and trying to figure out which books and android apps to download) I'm sort of back to normal. Still haven't really recovered my ebook library yet though ;_;

On the RL front, it's been a year of highs (new job! family visit! awesome housemates! improved health! growing my hair! great vacations!) and lows (stolen stuff! housemates leaving! tight budgets! exhausting work!) but the year ended on a positive note - Christmas with the housemates and our very own turkey (which I roasted and didn't destroy \o/) donated by our land lady

Fandom-wise, it was a quiet year, shuffling between fandoms (only kept up with watching Community, Big Bang Theory and Modern Family) despite finding new loves early on (Downton Abbey, Tiger & Bunny, The Good Wife) though there were the commissions that kept me going and a recent odd obsession with a Kpop group called T-ARA which I blame on Ham Eunjung. I can trace it all back to the Dream High kdrama, which left me with a lot of mixed feelings but also an urgent need to find out more about the actress playing Baek Hee- it was a downward spiral from that point >_>

I have a feeling RL is still going to eat into most of my fandom time but I'm going to try to keep up with things here in future. It's been 7 years since I got my LJ (New Years Eve 2004) and while we might not share the same fandoms, or maybe read posts on RSS or DW instead, and find our lifstyles and relationships changing too, I'm thankful for the years of friendship and fandom love that's all because of you <3 Happy New Year guys!
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