Category Archives: BEAUTY

FILM: Why Would Sienna Miller be the Perfect Catwoman to Ben Affleck’s #Batman?

To be perfectly honest and modest, I should be the next Catwoman. But back to reality for a hot sec:

Now that the new DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has a well-received Batman in Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad) a.k.a…. Batfleck, our Dark Knight needs a kitty Cat(woman). Sienna Miller has expressed her interest in portraying the feline anti-hero. There has been no confirmation or denial about a Catwoman role in the upcoming The Batman solo venture (being written by Affleck himself), but aside from me, Sienna Miller is the no-brainer choice for Selina Kyle:

1. She is one of the most seriously underrated actresses in Hollywood, with her tabloid follies unfortunately eclipsing the due respect her thespian talents deserve: Sienna Miller on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Miller in “American Sniper”

After critically acclaimed roles in numerous indies, one supporting villainous role in G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra and a few token turns as the “wife” in Oscar-nominated movies like American Sniper and Foxcatcher, THIS would be the big break she deserves.

2. She can rock the catsuit and the goggles…while kicking a–, as seen in G.I. Joe::

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3. Blonde, brunette, pixie cut, shaggy bobs and long boho waves with bangs… She looks good in literally any hairstyle or hair color the role might throw at her:

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4. Miller already has history cooking up steam onscreen as Ben Affleck’s lover in the upcoming Prohibition-era crime drama Live by Night (directed by Affleck)… and since Miller’s voiced interest in working with Affleck again, they probably generated genuine chemistry:

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5. She was born to play the cool chick… and who’s the Ultimate Cool Chick if not Catwoman?

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Lil Joins the Shorthaired Heroine Hall of Fame!… and Site News

LI’L GRIPES IS ALWAYS GROWING..

And with that, we have assembled an updated (as of April 10, 2016) analytics presentation of our website for all viewing interests: Li’l Gripes by the numbers!

Not bad for a brand that blossomed from a bored Millennial’s casual hobby of writing

Now, onto equally, if not more, important things, LET’S TALK HAIR! Lil herself recently joined a special breed of heroines from comic books- the shorthaired:

With your Wonder Woman‘s and Supergirl‘s, one of the phrases associated with the most popular heroines in comic books isn’t “cropped hair.” Yet, there is a surprising number who do rock it. Five recent examples as portrayed on live-action television or in film are as follows, in no particular order:

1. STORM, X-MEN

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Also known by her birth name, Ororo Munroe, Storm is the famously mohawked flying member of the X-Men who can control the weather. Portrayed by Halle Berry in 20th Century Fox’s live-action X-Men films (and her younger self in X-Men: Apocalypse by newcomer Alexandra Shipp), Storm is consistently a fan-favorite and the first prominent black female character in either DC or Marvel comics.

2. MAGGIE GREENE, THE WALKING DEAD

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As a farm-raised, zombie apocalypse-hardened fighter, Maggie (played by Lauren Cohan on TV) has always sported her hair at various lengths of barely-there. In the comics, she has always worn a pixie cut and on the adapted AMC series, she recently cut it from a bob to such. Her character’s defense for the snip was to not have anything distract her from the big battle coming.

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Lauren Cohan after and before Maggie’s onscreen haircut

 

3. DAISY JOHNSON, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet on TV)’s look was directly modeled after that of Angelina Jolie’s character in the film Hackers. This is befitting her live-action interpretation, which paints her a Computer Science genius. Her superheroine name is Quake, on account of her ability to generate powerful waves of vibrations that produce effects resembling those of earthquakes.

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Daisy has her own FUNKO POP! action figure!

 

4. BLACK WIDOW, THE AVENGERS

The most prominent female Avenger, along with the long-locked Scarlet Witch, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson in film) famously has a pragmatic chop that allows her to execute her signature acrobatically butt-kicking moves without worrying about wispy strays. While not superpowered like most of her compadres in the Avengers, her lethality comes from a lifetime of training (she was raised from childhood to be an assassin) and an extraordinary set of hand-to-hand combat skills.

5. AEON FLUX, AEON FLUX

Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron in film) wins the award for the most stylish bob this side of the dystopic future. With choppy layers as fierce and as edgy as her warrior tactics, Aeon, a character borne out of a MTV animated series, translated into a graphic novel and video game, and then adapted into a live-action film, fully embodies the radical superheroine aesthetic.

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AWESOME FIND: Soap Up and Geek Out!

A BEAUTY PRODUCT THAT IS ALSO GEEK ART? Count us in! GEEKSOAP.net is a business that exclusively provides handcrafted bars of soap inspired by a variety of geek-oriented fandoms. Want to get sudsy with the Millennium Falcon? Or wash away the calamities of your day with a Cthulhu? Yes, please, if Lesley Karpiuk has anything to say about it.

As the sole owner, designer, molder and overall employee at GEEKSOAP, Lesley is a fulltime educator who has as ardent a passion for various fandoms as she does for the technique of soap art. LI’L GRIPES could not be happier that she decided to marry these two passions, as it embraces the two oft-seemingly dueling worlds of beauty and geek culture.

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All photos courtesy of GeekSoap.Net / Purchase all items there

GEEKSOAP EMBRACES THE TWO OFT-SEEMINGLY DUELING WORLDS OF BEAUTY AND GEEKDOM.

Lesley insists on stressing the one-woman-show aspect of it all. Each and every bar of GEEKSOAP is designed on Lesley’s computer, its designs hand-cut by Lesley into each bar (including the use of custom molds made by Lesley), and each finished product wrapped and shipped by Lesley’s own hands. Even the website’s product descriptions carry a unique and personal sense of humor tailored to each product. In her words, mass production would cause GEEKSOAP to lose “that special touch and attention to detail, and that’s the last thing I want.”

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MASS PRODUCTION WOULD CAUSE GEEKSOAP TO LOSE “THAT SPECIAL TOUCH AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL, AND THAT’S THE LAST THING I WANT.” – LESLEY KARPIUK, DESIGNER AND OWNER.

One look at any bar of GEEKSOAP can tell the company is not driven by mass profit. Lesley had been crafting for most of her life and only begun selling her work in 2006. Every bar, whether it is a Batman emblem or a crest from one of the Houses of Game of Thrones, showcases the finest of imagination, precision, and personal charm. In 2010, Lesley made a breakthrough by becoming the first artist to create a game cartridge-shaped soap. Given the level of detail and smoothness displayed on the soap, you can tell it was no small feat:

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LI’L GRIPES’ TOP 5 GEEKSOAPs:

In no particular order:

1. Jawa Soapcrawler (buy here)

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This charmingly detailed Sandcrawler-in-foams is tempting to display atop a mantle instead of inside a soap dish.

2. Cthulhu (buy here)

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There is something equally sinister and, well, adorable about Cthulhu. Ditto for the same qualities in its soap rendition.

3. Smuggler’s StarshipOne guess which… (buy here)

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As with the Jawa Soapcrawler, this is a piece that screams “work of art” so loud that one might loathe to put it to its practical function. Either way, its allure is irresistible.

4. The Neverending Story motif (buy here)

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How does one emulate the luster and texture of gold so well on a bar of soap?!

5. The D20 Soap on a Rope ~ *the rope is finely crocheted with love and care by Lesley herself as well ~ (buy here)

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The sheer level of craftsmanship it takes to carve a dice out of soap is beyond us. That’s why Lesley does the carving and molding (and crocheting) and we do the admiring and buying.

THE NERD ON TOP OF THE CAKE is that you can wash yourself not just of soot but of conscience and toxins at the end of the day. 100% of GEEKSOAP’s ingredients are vegan-friendly, all-natural and animal testing-free. The ingredients are plant/vegetable glycerin-based and have zero animal products, parabens, SLS, or detergents.

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BEAUTY: The Magic of Full Exposure

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THE MAGIC OF FULL EXPOSURE! Smashbox Full Exposure ($52.00) is the essential eyeshadow palette for Everywoman to transition a look from day to night. Two rows of nude shades, one matte and one shiny, cover the spectrum of light to dark. The kit comes with a two-ended brush, one for lining the crease and one end with two sides marked black and white so you never dip a light-eyeshadow brush into the deep end. It seriously can’t get more comprehensive-yet-exquisite than this!

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This palette was specially created by the pros at Smashbox Studios after years of working photoshoots on women with all different types of eye shapes and needs. As the above image shows, it comes with a very helpful guide as to how to potentiate the power of the palette to the max based on your particular eye shape… as well as a hefty sample tube of the much-lauded Smashbox 24-Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer. Perfect for gifting, even if it’s to oneself. LOVE.

IN THIS POST:

 Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl (all over) / Ashy Dark Brown (middle of lid) /  Matte Warm Chocolate Brown (in crease) ~ Guide here

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BEAUTY: What’s on Your Lips?

LIP GLOSS OR LIPSTICK? Ladies, what’s your preference? …And Gentlemen, what do you prefer on the ladies?

I personally believe that there are only two types of women in this world: those who wear lip gloss and those wear lipstick (I myself belong to the latter). It seems an argument old as time–probably because there are benefits and drawbacks to both in equal measure.

The plus side of lipstick?

  • Better coverage
  • Longer-Lasting
  • More defining

 

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The downside?

  • Can’t kiss your guy without making him look like a clown
    • Puh-lease, even the most kiss-proof lipstick can rub off during a makeout sesh, to be quite explicit
  • Ages you (which is not necessarily a problem, depending on your age and the look for which you are going. Lipstick makes you less flirty and more professional).

Lipstick makes you less flirty and more professional.

The plus side of lip-gloss?

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  • Non-committal. Even those with color coverage look much more natural than full-on lippy.
  • Flirtier…if that’s your purpose. It’s like part of your face is naturally glowing and sparkling… just for a special someone.

Downside:

  • Rubs off with one drink from a glass or a coffee mug.
  • Does not change your lip color with one swipe the way any lipstick can.

Choose wisely.

IN THIS POST:

• Urban Decay NAKED Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss // SHOP IT •  Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal // SHOP IT •

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BEAUTY: Packaging, Packaging, Packaging

ALL PRODUCTS TELL YOU almost everything about themselves from a safe distance–usually when they’re still wrapped and in their original packaging. Whether it is a coffeemaker or iPhone case of which we speak, it is clear that brands work hard to make their product distinctions crystal-clear to the consumer upon first sight.

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Pssst…#Boom

With the fragrance market as oversaturated as is, Amsterdam-based design house Viktor&Rolf has proven itself a genius at exacting results when it comes to package-based branding with its much-beloved Eau de ParfumFlowerbomb.

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Everything about Flowerbomb‘s packaging is a whimsical callback to the perfume’s name. Its box is asymmetrically ribboned and then sealed with a faux wax stamp intended to recall both the silhouette of flower petals and the lethal glamour of old-school spy envelopes. The bottle itself takes the shape of diamond-granite with a pull-off pin attached, as if spraying it will cause the most floral of explosions with notes of rose, patchouli, freesia, orchid and jasmine (It is, by the way, exactly an euphoric floral explosive–in my Top 3 Scents right next to Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium and Versace’s Bright Crystal Absolu).

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The Flowerbomb, after being introduced over a decade ago and despite the steep price tag of $115 for just an 1.7 oz. bottle, was still flying off shelves and onto the top 5 best-selling women’s perfumes in 2015.

If you like the look of Flowerbomb, be sure to check out its musk-oriented male counterpart, Spicebomb (the pin on Spicebomb, for further authenticity, actually needs to pulled off as on an actual grenade before you can spray it):

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Pretty sick. Both Flowerbomb and Spicebomb make great “For Him and Her” gifts for those dearest in your lives. The scents are universally appealing and the packaging is endearingly bold and witty.

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BEAUTY: Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain

LADIES, THROW AWAY ALLLLL YOUR LIP GLOSSES/LIPSTICKS. Okay, maybe a momentary overreaction to finding a great product… Check out Vincent Longo’s Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain:

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Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain
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in “Fresh Water Rose”
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in “Bellini Love”

AND GENTLEMEN, you are welcome for stain-free smooches from the ladies in your life.

This lip & cheek gel stain has the shine of lip gloss, the complete coverage of lipstick, and the long-lasting tack of liquid lipstick, without the drying-out-of-your-lips part. Plus, it works similar magic whence applied to your cheeks.

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Seriously, this sh** stays ON. It lasted me through a STEAK & STIR-FRIED MUSHROOMS meal. (Did I really just capitalize “stir-fried mushrooms?” Yes, I did!) At around 20 bucks, it is one of the best beauty investments I have discovered in my many years of sampling cosmetic shelves and beauty counters from here to Middle Earth. One swipe lasts a whole day, hence a single tube should last months even if also used for cheek application.

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My color of choice: “Water Lily”

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Oh, and… It tastes yummy, a secret requirement all women ask of their lip color.

Available at Nordstrom for $22.50 (free shipping if purchased online)

or Amazon.

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