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Dracula’s Castle - Brân or Poenari?

Jonathan Harker, the character of Bram Stocker's Dracula, the famous novel about the vampire, first saw Dracula’s castle at night. He described in quite romantically: «We were in the yard of the vast and destroyed castle with gloomy high windows, and the broken toothed walls stretched in the zigzag line in the moonlight… And the yard seemed big in the darkness». And such places have to be full of vampires. When Mr. Harker examined the place more thoroughly, he proved his preliminary opinion that the castle is the vampire place to gather since: «… suites are located in the southern part of the castle, while the windows of that room look to the west and south. A vast abyss lies from both sides. The castle was built on the edge of the huge cliff and it is completely inaccessible from those sides. There is a big valley and behind it the toothed cliffs elevated located one byanother; all of them are covered with mountain flowers and blackthorn the roots of which catch on the splits and rock ruins».

Venetian Plasterwork

Venetian Plaster is the finishing technique when thin layers of plaster are applied with a spatula or trowel and then the smooth surface is created on the base of illusion of depth and texture. Venetian plaster is American-made term for the variety of different techniques and materials used to create the polished stucco finish. Venetian Plaster tells about its glamorous look of polished marble and natural stone to the design of your interior. The lavish and smooth finish is layered with the double-tone appearance of marble surfaces bringing the visual attention and charm. Natural marble is exceptional in Italy, however, it is the material for prosperous people to afford and, thus, the local craftsmen would aspire to create amazing less valuable of higher usability, and finally they came to the Venetian plasterwork.  

Sitting Room Furniture

A sitting-room is a place which is mainly decorated and designed to meet guests. This is the place where people sit and spend the time discussing over something. The dining room is for the loud parties and feasts. The meal is taken in the dining room and guests – in the sitting room, to be stated by one of classic writers. When you can boast with the apartments of eight rooms there, this is a perfect base to follow this principle providing you have a small family. The modern flats are rather smaller, unfortunately, and the place is used for many purposes then.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

mascaraThe first mascara product was invented by a British entrepreneur of French origin Eugene Rimmel in the middle of the 19th century. The word «rimmel» still means «mascara» in some languages, including Portuguese (rimel), Turkish (rimel), Italian (rimmel), etc. Modern mascara was created in 1913 by a chemist named T. L. Williams for his sister, Mabel. The product was a success with Mabel, and Williams began to sell his new product through the mail. His company Maybelline, whose name is a combination of his sister's name and Vaseline, which was included in the original formula, eventually became a leading cosmetics company. Over time, other cosmetics companies began to make mascara products with enhanced formulas, and the competition on the market became intense.

Mascara is a cosmetic product used to darken, color, thicken, lengthen, or define eyelashes. Mascara is used by women to enhance eyes as well as draw attention to them. Any makeup will be incomplete without mascara! Lengthening mascara visually lengthens eyelashes. Extension is possible owing to special fibers in the composition, usually rayon or nylon fibers. One should not overuse a lengthen mascara, as only two coats of lengthening mascara should be applied to achieve the effect of long lashes.

Volume mascara is used to add volume to the eyelashes, make them thick, noticeable and feathery. The volume is achieved owing the use of wax, which seems to envelop the eyelashes as a film. Curling mascara is in great demand. The composition of curling mascara products includes ingredients such as water, wax thickeners, film-formers, and preservatives.

Modern mascaras can be divided in two groups: water resistant mascaras (often labeled waterproof) and non-water resistant mascaras. Water resistant mascaras have a composition based on a volatile solvent, animal-derived waxes (beeswax), vegetal based waxes (carnauba wax, rice bran wax, candelila wax), mineral origin wax (ozokerite, paraffin), pigments (iron oxide, ultramarine) and filmifying polymers. These mascaras do not contain water-sensitive moieties, offering an excellent resistance to tears, sweat or rain. As a result, these mascaras can only be removed with a specific make-up remover, able to dilute the dried mascara film.

Non-water-resistant mascaras are based on water, soft surfactants, animal-derived waxes (beeswax), vegetal based waxes (carnauba wax, rice bran wax, candelilla wax), mineral origin waxes (ozokerite, paraffin), pigments (iron oxide, ultramarine), thickening polymers and preservatives. These mascaras can run under the effect of tears, but are easily removed with some soap and water.

Recently, mascara with the effect of false eyelashes has become very popular. This mascara product is included in the makeup ranges of many cosmetics companies as it eliminates the need to attach the false eyelashes.

Mascara for sensitive eyes is a solution for women, who suffer from allergies to normal mascara, and those who wear contact lenses. This type mascara is specifically formulated for hypersensitive eyes; it does not cause irritation, redness or the feeling of «heavy» eyelashes. Many cosmetics brands make mascara for sensitive eyes, including Yves Rocher, Clinique, Mary Kay, Cover Girl, Lumene, and Dermagetics.

Conventional mascara color is black, which is truly universal. Brown and gray are less popular mascara colors. However, today the choice is not limited to these colors. Blue, dark blue and green mascara colors are very popular with young girls. For evening makeup, mascara with sparkles is a perfect choice.

Currently, cosmetics manufacturers are experimenting not only with mascara formula, adding some components, but also with the shape of the applicator (a wand). Mascara brushes can be straight or curved, depending on the purpose of mascara, with fine or thick bristles of various lengths which is perfect for even coating of the eyelashes with mascara. But the shape of the tube has not undergone any fundamental changes since the invention of mascara.

Mascara may be contained in a double tube. This is one of the hot innovations that have emerged in the cosmetics market recently. One of the tubes contains a creamy white substance (primer) composed of lengthening fibers. The second tube contains mascara itself (black, brown, gray, blue), which colors the eyelashes. First, the eyelashes are coated with a layer of white primer from the first tube, and then a layer of color mascara from the second tube is applied. The desired lengthening effect is achieved by reapplication of the mascara in 2-3 minutes. The moisture in some mascaras and primers can cause lashes to uncurl during application, which is easily solved by using waterproof mascara with a drier formula. Waterproof mascara should be carefully removed in order to limit eyelash breakage.

Mascara manufacturers often resort to marketing ploys and tricks to make their products look attractive. Women are guaranteed beautiful, long, thick, and voluminous eyelashes - all they have to do is to apply the miraculous mascara. In fact, the makeup of models starring in the tempting commercials is the work of a team of professional makeup artists who often use artificial lashes. After several scandals, such «innocent tricks» have been recognized as consumer fraud. Henceforth, according to the law, the manufactures must include a warning that both mascara and false eyelashes were used in the making of a commercial.

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