art, London

An App to Discover Street Art in London

September 2, 2015
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London may be home to numerous iconic landmarks and world-class performing art theatres, but it’s also known to have one of the largest and most diverse collections of unauthorised urban art. From the politically driven works of Banksy to the contemporary street art of many unknown artists, the capital has got plenty of free art for everyone to enjoy as well as see a different side of London’s culture. If you’ve been watching this space for long enough, you will know that it’s one of my favourite things to look at, but I’m not really an expert but would love to know more about the artitsts themselves.

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According to VisitLondon.com, some of the best places to check out for street art are in North London, where you’ll find large scale Irony & Boe sculptures of animals and birds, but it’s in Shoreditch, in the East End, where you can take an alternative tour to discover the latest artworks from the most talented urban artists. With street art changing on a daily basis, it’s difficult to keep up with which piece can be found where, and eye-catching street works can be found in loads of other places other than Shoreditch and North London.

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The quickest way to learn about all the urban artwork in the capital is by utilising your smartphone. As the world approaches two billion smartphone users, which only took about three years to nearly double in size (as stated by the managers of Spin Genie in a recent blog post), the global community bridges more connections with each other through mobile everyday. Because of the unexpected manifestations of street art, the best way we can stay in-the-know is by sharing our discoveries through a smartphone app, so that art lovers the world over get to appreciate some stunning art.

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In collaboration with Geo Street Art, StreetArtLondon.com has launched an app that catalogues all the known urban artworks located across the capital. Curated by experts in the area, it’s updated often to be as currently relevant and useful for users. Here are some of the app’s features:
– Latest street art displayed on home feed
– Map with hundreds of street art locations, that can be filtered by artist
– GPS tracker to help with your search
– Street Art London news updates
– Pieces are easily shareable via social media

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The app is available in the App Store for under £1 and it’s definitely a must for anyone wanting to explore the London street art scene.

*This post has been made possible by Street Art London

Lifestyle

Best of August – life & internet

August 31, 2015
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August is now done and dusted. The last month of Summer (or rather, the last month when we are allowed have an expectation of decent weather) has been quite busy, with events and social gatherings around town. It’s always a good thing because, in the Summer, you want to go out, stay out and make the most out of the rays of sunlight.

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Beauty

August Beauty Roundup

August 26, 2015
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Another month has passed and it’s now time for the usual beauty roundup- with all the nice things I’ve tried and bought.

Makeup Brush Scrubbing Tool – I found this through someone’s blog (I honestly forgot where) and thought I’d give it a go. Can’t go wrong for 99p, right? It’s a great tool for cleaning your makeup brushes, all you have to do is pull it over your fingers, drop some soap on it and rub the brush hair on it. A lot easier than doing it with your hands.

Topshop Gel Liner in Ink – I had never tried liquid liner before so gave this one a go. Keep in mind that you need to apply this with a small and thin brush. Easy to apply and no smudging, which is just what the doctor ordered.

Topshop Chameleon Glow in “Shuffle The Cards” Eyeshadow – I saw this one on the makeup stand and being the magpie that I am, I had to snag it. It was the first time I ever bought a Topshop eyeshadow, by the way. It’s got a lot of glittery particles, but it’s not too pigmented, so you can wear to the office without looking like a total drag queen. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that it doesn’t really work for the office. I used it over the Urban Decay primer and it held for almost all day and you can layer it on other colours for a more dramatic effect, if you do want to stand out a bit more. Doubles up as a facial highlighter.

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation (*) – As always, you will see me gushing over anything by Make Up Forever. The new 4K is the latest in their range of foundations, replacing an old formula. This foundation is easy to apply and provides extremely good coverage without appearing caked. With 40 different shades to choose from, it’s easy to find a perfect match. Finish it off with the Make Up Forever HD powder.

Unite 7 Seconds Condition (*) – Brought this sample back from my visit to Blo and no I don’t want anything else. It’s just the best hair detangler I’ve ever had the opportunity to try, especially as I dye my hair – it repairs hair and locks in colour, among other things. I think I’m going to invest in a full sized bottle.

Too Faced Melted Metal (*) – I have to say that I’d never tried this brand before, but I think I like it. The colour you see above is called Tutu and makes your lips look all pink with a nice shimmery finish. It also smells rather sweet, which I think is nice. I would think of this as an upgraded gloss.

Hugo Boss for Men (*) – I got it as a gift and although it’s a fragrance for men, I find it quite refreshing. As there is no Mr in my life, I shall wear it myself, thank you very much.

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Batiste New Stylist Collection (*)- We already know Batiste makes great dry shampoo but they’ve decided to take it up a notch and come up with the new Stylist range. This range includes the Frizz Tamer and the Texturizing Spray you see on the photo above. The Frizz Tamer has been invaluable over the last few days of rain (who knew it was still the Summer, right?) to help keeping my silly hair in check. For tips and ideas on how to use the products to their full potential, check out Batiste’s youtube channel.

CK One Perfume – What can I say about CK One? I walked into Superdrug one day, looking for my usual shampoos and ended up coming out with the shampoos and a bottle of CK One, that cost me only £20. They have amazing promotions every now and then, and for some reason I thought I’d buy this one as I’ve used if when I was in uni. Proust’s madeleine and all that, I guess.

Unite U Oil (*) – another little sample I brought back from Blo. A luxury argan oil that leaves your hair feeling soft and despite having silicones mixed in with a very high percentage of argan oil, it’s still fairly light. It also helps cut down on the blow dry time, so it’s especially useful on those days when you just have to fly out the door but still need to wash your hair. Instant moisture and shine in a small bottle!

Have you tried any of these? Any pressing recommendations?

Items marked (*) have been received as samples.

London, Style

Uniqlo sent me to the London Craft Beer Festival and this is what happened

August 24, 2015
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Summer is the time for festivals, but sometimes it can be hard to leave the city to attend – they can get really expensive or if you’re like me, I can’t really be arsed with them. For that reason, I’d much rather go to festivals and gigs in the city, that way I can always go home and sleep in my bed and not drown in mud! I’d never been to the London Craft Beer Festival before and as I have over the years I’ve been living in England developed a taste for it. Saying no wasn’t an option. I enlisted my friend Jackie to come along and we had a great time, taking photos, tasting beer and checking out the boys.

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art, London

London – Street Art Photography Walk #LumiaStreetArt

August 21, 2015
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If you’ve been following my blog for long enough or at least on social media you will have noticed how much I appreciate street art. There’s just something about it that has always fascinated me, something that started years ago when I still lived in Lisbon. It’s not like I’m an expert, but I know when something catches my eye or appeals to my sensibilities.

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