Friday Fictioneers: The Barn

 

 

The Barn

 

‘Which one of these could we use to burn the body?’, Anna fretted.

‘They all seem empty.’, Rick replied in a panic.

Police sirens could be heard in the distance. Their mother lay dead in the barn after they had killed her…

 

Respected woman of the community who had stood by as her now deceased husband had molested his children. Now both 25, the twins had finally got rid of them both. Daddy last year, Mammy this year.

‘This one’s full. Light the match.’, Rick said and he and Anna fled to a better future as the blaze went up.

 

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For Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt. Check out the website at:

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Beauty On A Budget: Casual Gothic Make-Up Tutorial

Hello everyone and welcome along to my very first makeup tutorial on here on Culture Vulture Express. I did do one many years ago on YouTube but I didn’t really keep it up after that. But this section which I’m calling Beauty On A Budget is one I plan to make a regular feature of this blog. The basis premise is that every product used in the tutorials will be cheap and my hope with the tutorials is to show that you don’t need expensive make-up to look great. All the products in this particular tutorial are from Dealz.

Here is me prior to the tutorial:

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So without further ado, let’s do this:

 

Step 1

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Using Manhattan Fresher Skin Foundation – Classic Ivory and Make Up Gallery Make Up Sponges 24 Pack, cover your face and neck and rub the foundation in. The smaller triangle sponges are great for any blending of the foundation under your eyes.

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Step 2

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Using Beautiful Bronze Giant Bronzer Dark Sunkissed with a brush from Make Up Gallery Cosmetic Brushes lightly highlight the cheeks and gently around the face. Blend very well.

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Step 3

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Using Max & More Make-Up Concealer Liquid – Medium dot under the eyes, just in the middle of the forehead leading off from the nose area, lightly around the face and on any blemishes. Rub in well with Make Up Gallery Make Up Sponges 24 Pack. Again the little triangle is great for under eyes.

 

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Step 4

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Using Max & More Baked Eyeshadow – Burgundy and a brush from Make Up Gallery Cosmetic Brushes, mix the gold and pink colours together then move further up above the eye and paint on a purple under layer with the purple colour before mixing the gold and pink over the top. With the beige colour, brush under your eyes, not on the waterline, just under your eyes and in the corners of your eyes.

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Step 5

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Mix together the pale pink and the dark beige shades from Simple Pleasures Perfect Pout Lip Gloss Collection for your lips and apply generously.

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Step 6

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Using Make Up Gallery eyebrow brush from Make Up Gallery Cosmetic Brushes, brush your eyebrows with the thin teeth side first and then with the fuzzy side.

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Step 7

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Paint nails with peach cream colour nail varnish from Make Up Gallery Time To Shine collection.

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Step 8

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Set with Max & More Makeup Setting Spray.

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Well there you go, hope that helps! All products are available from Dealz and the price list is below:

  1. Manhattan Fresher Skin Foundation – Classic Ivory: €1.50
  2. Make Up Gallery Make Up Sponges 24 Pack: €1.50
  3. Beautiful Bronze Giant Bronzer Dark Sunkissed: €1.50
  4. Make Up Gallery Cosmetic Brushes: €1.50
  5. Max & More Make-Up Concealer Liquid – Medium: €1.50
  6. Max & More Baked Eyeshadow – Burgundy: €1.50
  7. Simple Pleasures Perfect Pout Lip Gloss Collection: €3.00
  8. Make Up Gallery Time To Shine Nail Varnish: €1.50
  9. Max & More Makeup Setting Spray: €1.50

 

See you all next time! 🙂

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries #1) By James J. Cudney Review!

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Academic Curveball (Released October 15th, 2018) is the first book in author James J. Cudney’s Braxton Campus Mysteries series and the third book I have read by the writer following on from his amazing novels Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure.

 

This book is told from the POV of the protagonist Kellan Ayrwick who is 32 and a single father. He returns home to Pennsylvania following his father’s retirement and finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery (Like you do! J) when he finds not one but two murder victims. What really drives this book along so well is Kellan as a character and telling the novel from his POV gives readers a chance to really get to know him and root for him. Alongside Kellan, I really quite liked his grandmother and their interactions together were great to read. In the book his father’s donations to the athletics program in the college is under fire as a blogger is reporting that these dealings are somewhat biased and shady. This, alongside his father’s weird behavior, causes Kellan to wonder if he indeed has anything to do with the murders. Add into this his entire family has connections that could cast suspicions and you’ve got a hot bed of wondering and guessing about each of them and their possible involvement in murder.

 

This book is filled with intrigue, witty dialogue and an array of characters that are easy to like while others are easy to not like which adds quite a lot of depth and reality to the plot. There was plenty of red herrings to throw readers off the scent and I didn’t see the outcome of who the killer/s was which is obviously one of the key elements of a mystery book. Very solid writing which sweeps readers as much into Kellan’s life as the mystery plot.

 

All I can say is roll on book 2!

 

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And for more about James J. Cudney and his work go to:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17128817.James_J_Cudney

Friday Fictioneers: Fishing Trip

 

 

Fishing Trip

 

‘Dad, this must be our hundredth fishing trip.’, Nate said.

He and his father walked. It was the first time Nate had been home since his Mum’s funeral. His Dad was quiet.

‘Many memories I have of our trips. You patching my knee up Dad when I was 3, me coming out to you as bi at 14, when you told me two years ago at 24 that Mum was ill. Do you want to talk about Mum Dad?’

Nate’s Dad gestured for him to sit with him,

‘Your Mum told me before her death that I’m not your father.’

 

My book Black Coat based on a previous Friday Fictioneers prompt is available at:

 

 

For Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt. Check out the website at:

https://rochellewisoff.com/

 

Friday Fictioneers: This Place

 

 

 

This Place

 

Danny looked at his reflection in the water. This place was as it used to be. Except there was new graffiti on the walls covering old graffiti from history. Like a new tattoo covering an old one. He didn’t look at the rocks. Tried to concentrate on the light. He had run from here for too long …

 

Fifteen years ago, high on drugs and alcohol, he had killed a guy here over a girl who ended up marrying another man. At fourteen he thought it was love …

 

The police siren sounded in the distance. It was time to stop running.

 

My book Black Coat based on a previous Friday Fictioneers prompt is available at:

 

For Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt. Check out the website at:

https://rochellewisoff.com/

Friday Fictioneers: The Tradition

 

 

 

The Tradition

 

Traditions. Dave liked to uphold them. Things weren’t the same since the hubby died. That old devil called cancer. They used to come here. Dave would cook up his beef sausages and veggie ones for Sam. Sam was the moralist. Though he used to take the piss it was one of the many things he loved about him. There was two chairs, Sam carving his Celtic designs on the tree. Always trying put some culture into Dave. Never worked.

 

Dave came to think of Sam and to try to get over the stages of grief for the first time alone.

 

My book Black Coat based on a previous Friday Fictioneers prompt is available at:

 

For Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt. Check out the website at:

https://rochellewisoff.com/

Cameron Cole Wins Big Brother UK!

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On Monday night, Cameron Cole became the final ever winner of BBUK as the long-running reality show came to it’s final curtain call. Cameron (19), a vlogger from Norwich faced competition from Akeem Griffiths who finished in second, Zoe Jones who placed third and Cian Carrigan who took fourth spot. Cole was not only the last winner of the show but also the youngest. Jones and Carrigan left the house together first leaving Cole and Griffiths to fight it out for the win.

 

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In the end, Cameron who came out as gay, had a coming out party and celebrated his birthday in the house came out on top which I felt was very well-deserved. His friendship with Lewis was my highlight of this year’s show and I just love the both of them.

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Following his win Cameron said,

 

‘I am completely and utterly shell-shocked. I thought I was going to be out first week. I didn’t think I’d be liked. I thought I’d be irritating, annoying. I didn’t think I was going to fit in. I can’t believe it. It was a dream to get in. I don’t even know what you’d call this. It’s a miracle.’

 

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Speaking about his friendship with Lewis he said,

‘I love [Lewis] to bits. I can’t thank him enough. He changed my life. It was a brotherhood. We looked at each other and it was an instant connection. We could both be grumpy together…over think together. I love him to bits. I could never sit here without him. I would never have done it without him. I’d only said it to like five people before that. For him to help me the way he did, I could never…’

 

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Well done Cameron! And all the other finalists too! 🙂

 

You can watch Cameron’s winning moment below: