Catfish

Catfish has to be one of the best shows on TV. It’s one of the very few American shows that I watch before it airs in the UK. I just can’t wait!

If you ask me, Nev & Max are the Ant & Dec of America. They have a bromance thing going on…

Moving Taylor Swift(ly) on, I want to discuss last night’s episode which aired in the States; it was as juicy as a raspberry Starburst and featured a #Catfish FIRST!

The story goes: Colleen met ‘Tony’ on “Plenty of Fish” (not many Nemos on there, though).

It was all going a little too well ’cause the mysterious ‘Tony’ proposed just THREE weeks into the online relationship (before they had even met) and Colleen accepted.

FUDGE ME! #Butterscotch. There’s laying it on ‘thick pretty quick’ and then there’s Usain Bolt(ing) it to the alter… Tony seems the type to be the latter.

Oh yeah, Colleen also lets slip to Nev & Max that Tony hasn’t always been completely honest wither her…  *RAISES RED FLAG* *RAISES MAROON FLAG*

Apparently, Tony told her that he lived in Lakewood, Washington at first. Then, he somehow ended changing his story and saying he’s staying in Baton Rouge. Naturally, Colleen wants to know if that’s the only lie he’s told, which is why she enlists the help of this nifty investigative duo…

In keeping with the ‘to add fuel to the “is he a Catfish” fire’, every time Colleen suggested meeting up or video calling, ‘Tony’ refused.

What’s this guy (and other Catfishes) deal?! You can’t claim to “love” someone but not want to meet them regardless of the fact you don’t look the same as your picture. Can someone explain how meeting your online lover with Nev & Max’s help takes away from the fact that you’ve lied and the fact that you’re not physically who you claimed to be?

Then again, I might not understand the logic behind these Catfishes, but I do get hooked on the show itself. Above all, I think it’s the puns, bants and suspense that grips me.

Anyway, back to the episode – as per Catfish usual, Colleen sends Nev & Max all the information that she has on ‘Tony’ so that the pair can get to work and unmask him.

Like all episodes (six series strong), they end up tracking down THE mysterious ‘Tony’ (in between plenty of seemingly dead ends, confusion and twists/turns) down. Again, like all episodes of Catfish, although ‘Tony’ refused to meet Colleen in real-life previously, he somehow plucks up the courage to do so LIVE on TV with Nev & Max present. I swear these two are like the Catfish whisperers!

So, is he really called ‘Tony’? Nope, he’s actually called Jeremy.

Also, the stereotype is that the majority of Catfishes use photos of someone else and Jeremy was no different. However, although he used someone else’s photos, he – like all Catfishes – promised Colleen that this was the last lie he had told (along with the fact that she seemingly lied about her age and ‘kept asking for money’). That’s still a pretty big one though, isn’t it?

Finally, true to his ‘lay it on thick & quick’ self, Jeremy née ‘Tony’ PROPOSES to Colleen again less than 5 MINUTES after meeting her IRL! It must be the fact that he’s not “unattractive” because she ACCEPTED for the second time (even after he sent her photos of someone else). WHAT IS THIS SHOW?! Meanwhile, I can’t even get a follow OR DM.😆

P.S. they’re still together to date (I assume). Since the show broadcast, Catfish released a tweet stating that although only ONE couple have stayed together after meeting, this particular story beats that couple because Colleen & Jeremy are the first to get engaged.

N’aww! How cute is that?

I love love. Love is a beautiful thing. I wish them all the best. 💖

This Works, In Transit, Camera Close-Up

I had written a post about this for BFrow… It was a long and good one (much like this is going to be), but it sadly got lost.

I’m sure I didn’t publish it right, so I’m absolutely to blame. Don’t worry though, I’ll get the hang of it. It’s all good!

While we’re on the subject, BFrow is a platform that I’d recommend to all bloggers…

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Enough faffing about, let’s get back to the main purpose of the post… This Works’ ‘In Transit Camera Close-Up’. This (Works) and is the best cream, primer and mask that I have ever worn… To be fair, it’s also the only three-in-one moisturiser I’ve ever worn. 😆

I absolutely love it. I love its scent: roses. I love its consistency: lightweight. I love its finish: soaks in quickly and dries matte. I love the packaging: unique. Everything about this screams “BUY ME with ALL of your £30something (inc. postage)!”

If you’ve read my Glossybox April post, you’ll know that this was the first time I’d tried it (although I’d had designs on it for years beforehand).

Look, as I’m writing this very review, I currently have one tiny whitehead on my forehead – in-between by brows. I’m a hormonal one strand monobrow-sporting chick at the mo. Alas, it’s all in the name of oestrogen (as well as an unexpected probable extension/belatedness of puberty. I mean, what the hell?! Which 25 year old do you know that still gets some pubescent-esque breakouts?! Oh, and before you ask, I don’t count!

What else do I love about This Works’ Camera Close Up? I love that it leaves my complexion flawless (with the added exception of my temporarily suffering pores). It also has an SPF of 30. In London, that’s perfect ’cause the sun has not only “its hat on“, but the biggest “hat” on; this explains why England’s summer doesn’t last (the hat blocks those rays). Putting the BAN in #RayBans.

Pros: 

  1. Flawless skin before/after makeup in just one use
  2. Smells floral and fragrant
  3. Soothes skin, keeps skin clear and controls the release of our skin’s natural oils
  4. Reduces fine-lines and decreases the visibility of nasalobial creases (that’s the price you pay for spending 25 years+ laughing and smiling at my own jokes, I like laughing at another’s too)
  5. It’s a 3-in-1: this reduces not only the amount of time spent getting ready but the amount of product applied onto our faces too
  6. Victoria Beckham aka ‘Posh Spice’ allegedly uses it
  7. It’s manufactured by a well-respected, highly-rated brand that isn’t overrated nor overpriced considering the results that it gives

Cons:

  1. Conor Maynard
  2. Condoleezza Rice
  3. Matthew Mcconaughey
  4. Coney Island
  5. Ice cream cone
  6. Traffic cone

Polyvore

The one who doesn’t do ‘fashion’ is blogging about fashion twice in the space of one day That’s what’s happening.

As I hang my head over my toilet like a drunk, hungover or pregnant person, here’s my review on Polyvore.

One of my besties introduced me to this app, and tbh I’m very impressed. As you must know by now, I usually buy clothes around Christmas time – sometimes not at all… I actually still own outfits that I fitted into at the age of 16, no lie.

The way I look at it is – I own a washing machine. So, clothes go inside of that washing machine, as does fabric softener/detergent. Join us here tomorrow for a review of Calgon – ’cause “washing machines live longer with” them. “BANG and the limescale* is gone!” Oops, sorry, wrong ad…

Back to Polyvore, the app for those who lack fashionista/beautista qualities. Basically, what this app says to me is that I’m someone who doesn’t know how to put an outfit/look together, so – rather than wracking my four and a half braincells trying to choose various garments/makeup to match, just use Polyvore. It’s simpler and easier to mix & match, showing you exactly where you should be purchasing clothes/cosmetics from.

I love it. I don’t think colour co-ordination has ever been my weakness – neither has outfit choosing -but I think it’s good to know the latest fashion trends, even if I’m going to go against them… It’s got to be said that I love the smart-casual options I’m seeing on there, unlike seeing a bank balance of £0.20p. 😆

There you go, I love Polyvore, a lot vore than I thought I would… Poly, Poly, Poly! Vore, Vore, VORE! When life gives you Polies ask for VORE.

Polyvore

Eva Bra

Wow. If this story doesn’t tug at your heartstrings so hard that they come off, are you human?

So, a Mexican student called Julian Rios Cantu was 13 when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go through a DOUBLE mastectomy! The family’s life changed forever, and it’s affected the poor guy so much that he promised to revolutionise the diagnosis of breast cancer, preventing mastectomies for other women.

At the age of 18, Julian and his three friends created ‘Eva’, the sensory bra that monitors the shape, texture, colour, and temperature of each breast – to determine whether there are cancerous cells that could put women at risk.

If you’re looking for more information on this bra, there’s a video posted onto Higia Technologies (the company that Julian has founded) explaining how it works and was made.

Eva is made up of 200 small, tactile biosensors that map out the surface of each breast and its results recorded via the bra and sent to an app, alerting the wearers of changes.

In the video it states that customers only need to wear Eva for one hour a week to have the results registered. Cantu dreams of Eva being less painful than mammograms, giving better results than an ultrasound. He’s also dubbed it the: “autoexploration bra”.

Want to find out more? Click here to watch the Spanish video tutorial.

Yes, the Eva bra might just be a prototype right now, but I think it’s a brilliant idea that’ll gain large, widespread funding. Want to stay in the loop? Subscribe the Higia Technologies’ newsletter now – available in English and Spanish.

I think Julian deserves a Mexican knighthood. What an absolute teen prodigy, and inventorial legend. The student turned entrepreneur has gone on to win the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Germany.

13 Reasons Why

This week’s #NationalMentalHealthWeek and May is renowned for being #NationalMentalHealthMonth. So, I wanted to make a quick post that explains why I won’t be watching ‘13 Reasons Why‘, and tell you all that it’s okay to suffer from bouts of depression from time to time, you’re only human. When you begin to feel down though, recognise the triggers, and speak/reach out. Don’t suffer alone. You’re not alone.

1) It sounds majorly sad, traumatising and depressing.

2) It’ll definitely have a negative affect on me, it’ll be a mind-messer.

3) I’m not interested in watching someone else suffering – least of all to the point of being driven to suicide.

4) I don’t want to watch other people’s words or actions leading to someone taking their own life… I’m well aware that it’s a prominent, sensitive issue in today’s society that needs to be addressed (in ways other than filming a series and streaming it to Netflix).

5) would you want people making a film/TV show about you or someone you know and love going through this? Out of respect, no I wouldn’t. It’s a personal and private thing. Therefore, if this story’s based on a true story – which I’m sure it is – I don’t think it should be aired.

6) a majority of us have been bullied, so I wouldn’t watch it for fear that it’d bring back memories. I also don’t think watching others being bullied is something I’d find intriguing or interesting. It actually makes me sad, angry, hurt and annoyed.

7) the show itself is WAY too overrated!

8) I’m not interested in Netflix unless I’m watching it with someone (and I don’t – not because I can’t get someone to watch it with, just because I’m selective and only have one in mind).

9) The genre of real-life, thriller dramas/documentaries doesn’t appeal to me (with exception of Catfish and that isn’t even tragic or mind-messy).

10) I can’t not get emotionally invested in such stories, so I avoid them when possible.

11) it’s not something I’d openly recommend anyone to watch*, so why would I watch it myself?

*other than a bully, in which case I’d show them this as a means of explaining how their words/actions are impacting/could impact on those who they’re bullying.

12) I believe there are other ways of raising awareness for suicide (which doesn’t involve making documentaries). If you want to make a difference, campaign, march, run a marathon, or set up a GoFundMe… Speak out. Do something.

You don’t need to watch a docu-series about the last moments of someone’s life, leading up to their death, to want to do something about it.

13) I just don’t want to.

Look, to give credit where it’s due, I’ve heard great things from friends. It’s also been well received by the wider Netflix community. Obviously if you’re interested in this type of show, watch it. I’m just not and I wanted to share my thoughts on it because it’s all over social-media…

A second season of it (if rumours are to be believed) just shows that it’s less about suicide awareness and more about bank balance. No thanks.

If you’ve been affected by depression, anxiety or intrusive thoughts, seek help – speak to the Samaritans or Child Line (if you’re young). Alternatively, contact a mental health charity like Mind and/or speak to your GP, mentor, parent/s, someone you trust. Sometimes, even a stranger can help. Just, speak.