FAQ Friday: Which Lipstick is that?!

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Photo & Editing: Norbert Joseffson

When I posted this picture on Instagram, a friend asked “Which lipstick is that?”.
And I promised to give an answer and recommend the lipstick on the picture and other ones.
Plus, this weekend I assume many of you go partying (again), first because it is weekend itself and second because there are a lot of parties and events going on to celebrate the German Unification Day.

So, here we go.


The lipsticks on the picture are all from Manhattan, from the series “Lips2Last” and to be precise, they are not lipsticks, but actually it’s a lipgloss with two components.
First you apply the colour and then you use the transparent gloss to fixate the colour.
The lipstick I wear in that picture is the number 13. (Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have a name or I peeled it off when I removed the price tag..)
This lipgloss keeps its promises and really lasts half an eternity.
You apply the colour, wait for 60 seconds and then you apply the transparent gloss. If you get a dry feeling on your lips you just apply the transparent one again.
The colour is really long lasting!
The only thing you have to be careful with is the application of the colour in the first step, because you have to be really accurate to make it look perfect.
A friend of mine saw one of these colours on a colleague of hers and bought one lipgloss out of this series and started raving about it. So when we went out I tried it myself and I was so convinced that I bought two colours afterwards and one week later another two colours.
I’m really content with the quality of these products. They are long lasting and they cost round about 5€ each, which I consider a moderate price if you take into consideration that you don’t need much of it and that it really lasts all night.
The colours in the picture are as follows: The really dark violet one (the one from the photo) is number 13, the lighter violet one is number 18, the nude one is number 19 and the dark red one is number 17.

So, if you’re now eager to get your hands on one of these for tonight, head to the next drug store (in Germany dm for instance) and try them out!
And if after reading this you start using one of them, you’re welcome to share your pictures and your experiences with me.
Just send me a message via email, tag me on instagram with #ginalaventura or tag me on Facebook, if you want to.

I wish you all a nice and happy weekend.

Book recommendation: The English Patient

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Sometimes you are forced to read a book, in school, in university or by a friend who dearly wants you to read it so that they have someone they can share their reading experience with.
This was how it was with me and The English Patient, because I had to read it for one of my uni courses and afterwards I was glad I had to because otherwise I would never have encountered this masterpiece.
Besides the fact that concerning literary analysis you can find a million interesting things in it, like the question of identity, postcolonial aspects and stylistic devices and other things, this book is an absolut treasure, filled with extraordinary linguistic devices and with a narrative perspective I haven’t encountered in any other book before.

What’s it about?
“The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal. The only clue Hana has to his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire – a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair.” (the blurb on the back cover)

The occurring characters who meet in the abandoned villa are all very different, yet everyone of them has a story to tell.
The way in which Ondaatje uses and works with language, the characters’ dialogues that not only work on a spoken level but also on a level of action, the communication between the characters, but also what is communicated to the reader, is unique.
To my mind this author is a true artist who understands to work with language and to create a distant landscape in a time that is distant or at least far away from us as younger readers, without creating a distance between the work and the reader.

The film
Generally it is quite rare that people like films when they know the book, because on the one hand one and a half or two hours are too little a time span to cover the density of a book, on the other hand one gets specific pictures of the characters and the surroundings, whereas while reading you create them yourself.
Here also changes were made, which I do not consider representative when knowing the book, but if you watch the movie without relating it directly to the book, it’s an epos with beautiful pictures of the landscape and it also takes the audience onto a journey, just in a different way than the book.
Although it’s rare, this time, it’s a movie I’d recommend, but with bearing in mind that it has to be watched without directly relating it to the book.

If you have already read the book or if you do it soon, I’d be happy if you shared your opinion and your reading experience with me 🙂

My favourite quotes:
“I believe this. When we meet those we fall in love with, there is an aspect of our spirit that is historian, a bit of a pedant, who imagines or remembers a meeting when the other had passed by innocently, just as Clifton might have opened a car door for you a year earlier and ignored the fate of his life. But all parts of the body must be ready for the other, all atoms must jump in one direction for desire to occur.”

“You have to protect yourself from sadness. Sadness is very close to hate. Let me tell you this. This is the thing I learned. If you take in someone else’s poison – thinking you can cure them by sharing it – you will instead store it within you.”

“Those who weep lose more energy than they lose during any other act.”

“I left you because I knew I could never change you. You would stand in the room so still sometimes, so wordless sometimes, as if the greatest betrayal of yourself would be to reveal one more inch of your character.”