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Golden Globes 2015 | Beauty Edition

Golden Globes Beauty Edition opener


The 2015 Golden Globes which aired this past Sunday did not reveal any surprises beauty-wise (more nude lips than you can shake a stick at, although why anyone would want to do that, is beyond me #weirdexpression), but it did show an overall trend towards a softer and more wearable palette of colours. As expected, makeup, hair and nails may have once again played a secondary role to the clothing (and if I were wearing a $20,000 gown, I’d definitely want the focus to be on that as well) but each beauty component was nevertheless important in its own right, adding the finishing touch and completing every look (with a few misses, naturally).

For the most part, the beauty looks could be broken down into easily identifiable categories: variations of nude lips dominated – beige, pink, apricot – eyes wavered from lightly lined to a more intense smoky tone, while cheeks were allowed to sport a bright flush of colour. Fluttery lashes were definitely seen aplenty, but what was noticeably missing, was the harsh contouring that seemed to be so prevalent from previous awards shows – Thank God – although I did feel that some celebrities went seriously overboard in the bronzer department, looking more oompa-loompa than sun-kissed (note to future awards show makeup artists: tone it down).

Hair fell in one of two camps; there was the ‘loose’ group – from slightly roughed up bobs to sleeker falls of more defined waves – and the structured group, with hair slicked down & the party in the back, displaying slightly messy buns, tailored ponies, and/or jewelled ornamentation. Again, no surprises here, with the exception that hair did appear that much more real and touchable – although there still were a few [rare] sightings of overworked, stiff, and teased do’s. Sigh.

Bear in mind that the following is not meant to be a completed list of attendees; as stated in my Golden Globes Style Recap post, that Herculean task would simply take too long. Instead, I’ve opted to show some of my favourite beauty looks – although I confess to several disappointments as well, such as Jennifer Aniston’s pulled back hair that left me utterly cold, while JLo’s alien-esque lipstick freaked me out just a bit. A big surprise hit for me was Katie Holmes (sorry, but I’ve never been a fan, although I’ve warmed up to her since she ditched her loony-tunes husband, Tom Cruise) showcasing a sleek pony done right and a combo of intense lined eyes/matte mouth. The beauty of Lupita Nyong’o once again stood out, with her berry lips and lavender eye makeup – making everyone else look a little drab by comparison. If there were an award handed out for that one celebrity who perfectly nailed every single detail, then that would go hands down to Jessica Chastain, with her Grecian-inspired pleated bronze Versace gown, that was complimented with bronze smoky eyes/nude glossed lips and that swathe of hair cascading down one shoulder. Outstanding.

Where possible, I’ve included the makeup artist behind the look, along with the products used; for others, I’ve given my own interpretations. I will be sure to update with any new information that comes my way.

Enjoy my Beauty Recap! Feel free to let me know whose look worked for you!


The Nude Group

Defined by a neutral lip and subtle eye/face makeup, I’ve grouped these in ascending order of colour intensity.



Sienna Miller – look created by Charlotte Tilbury

Products used:

Charlotte used a combination of Light Wonder Foundation shades (6 Medium and 7 Medium) and Retoucher Concealer where needed. She then powdered down the center of the face to finish her skin. To enhance Sienna’s brows, Brow Lift in Grace K and Cara D were used. For Sienna’s eyes, an eye pencil was added along the lash line for depth. A blend of The Sophisticate shadow, Pop, and Barbella Brown were used to create a sultry smokey eye.
To complete the look, Charlotte enhanced Sienna’s cheekbones with bronzer and highlight, and finished the entire look with a blend of nude lipsticks – specifically, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna and a touch of K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Kate.



Diane Kruger

Diane’s look is the epitome of “me, only better” – I love how her cheeks sport the brightest touches of colour here, with lips a flattering soft pink and eyes just lightly defined enough to stand out naturally. Perfectly groomed (but not overdrawn) brows are the perfect final touch. Best part: those are her natural lashes – how awesome is that?


Kate Hudson makeup

Kate Hudson – look created by Christian McCulloch

Products used:

Dolce & Gabbana blush and foundation were used in tandem to achieve a radiant look. A chocolate-coloured eyeliner and bronze eye shadow cream, also by the brand, completed her eyes, and a honey-toned lipstick with a cashmere hued lipliner tied the look together. Kate’s look here follows her usual seemingly effortless style, although I take exception to her brows whose colour seems a little ‘off’, and her shimmering white shadow – a less stark version of white would have complimented her look so much better.



Kate Beckinsale – look created by Adam Breuchard

Products used:

All by Chantecaille: Nude Future Skin foundation was applied all over the face then a light contoure was given with Radiance Gel Bronzer. For the eyes, Eye Shade in Java was applied over the entire lid and under the eye. He then blended out the edges using Eye Shade in Rose Gold. Gel Liner Pencil in Espresso was used to line the top lash line. To deepen the look, he applied Marble from the Piazza San Marco Chrome Luxe Eye Duo directly on top of the liner and smoke the color out over the entire lid. Gel Liner Pencil in Jet was drawn along the top and bottom lash lines. To open the eye, wet Eye Shade in Pyrite was applied to the bottom waterline. For the cheeks, he used Cheek Shade in Emotion on the apples of her cheeks and then added some highlight with the brand’s Liquid Lumiere in Lustre. Kate’s nude lip was a mixture of Brilliant Gloss in Modern and Folly.



Jessica Chastain – look created by Kristofer Buckle

Products used:

All by Yves Saint Laurent Beauté: A perfect complexion was created using Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation in Beige Doré and Touche Eclat N°1.
Blush Volupté N°8 was then applied on her cheeks to get a soft transparent pink effect.
To shift the attention to her green eyes and give her an elongated smokey, smoldering, and sexy umber eye, shades from the Couture Palette n°3 and N°1 were used, intensified with Effet Faux Cils Crème d’Eyeliner in Deep black.
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Fetish in Black was applied to both top and bottom lashes to give an amplified effect.
For lips, a combination of Baby Doll Kiss and Blush N°7 was applied with a layer of Volupté Sheer Candy N°1 on top.



Katie Holmes – look created by Genevieve Herr

Products used:

This look was achieved with the help of Laura Mercier Soft Black Violet Kohl Pencil, and dusted with a blend of amethyst and black from the Lancôme Color Design palette in Violet Sweetheart. Topping off the look, Herr opted for matte nude lips. There’s something edgy, modern, and even a touch dangerous about Katie’s look here, and I love how the lips were kept neutral, letting the eyes do the talking instead (and for the record, her aubergine Marchesa gown was just beyond).


JLo makeup

Jennifer Lopez – look created by Mary Phillips

Products used:

The focus was kept on achieving a stunning smoky eye and leaving the lips nude (created with Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Pencil #1 and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Lip Color in Neverending Nutmeg). The eye look comprised L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner in Brown Smoke with a touch of taupe, gold, and brown hues using Infallible Eye Shadow Crayons. My biggest gripe with JLo’s look, was the excessive use of bronzer on her usually gold-kissed and flawless complexion, as well as the plasticky look to her lips – her eyes, on the other hand, were killer.


The Pink/Nude Group

Defined by touches of more colour and shine to the lips, with more focus shifting to the eyes. Once again the looks are in ascending order of colour intensity.



Rosamund Pike – look created by Melanie Inglessis

Products used:

For now, the only product that I know for sure which was used in this look, is the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner in #5C Beige Brown. While I may not have been a fan of her Vera Wang gown (100% unflattering), I can’t deny how Rosamund’s makeup and hair were simply spectacular – her skin looks perfectly flawless & utterly poreless, while the combination of sooty eyeliner and fluttery lashes adds just the right drama to her stunning eyes.



Amy Adams – look created by Stephen Sollitto

Products used:

Light copper tones were used on her eyes, including Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Brun-Teak. I love how the most impact on this look appears to be focussed on the outer corner of Amy’s eyes; the slightly untitled liner and fanned out lashes perfectly compliment those gorgeous baby blues, while her pastel peachy lips add just the right touch of colour to the face and contrast beautifully with both her auburn hair & masterfully detailed Versace gown.



Reese Witherspoon – look created by Molly R. Stern

Products used:

For now, the only products I know for sure that were used, are a combination of Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Blaze and Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow in Fira to provide an intense flush to the cheeks. What I absolutely love in this look, is the more adventurous use of colour on the eyes, with deep impact on the upper lids and the smoked out effect continuing along the lower lash line but with a unique bronzy twist. Reese’s blush is also perfectly applied, concentrated more on the apples of her cheeks to appear natural (not wind-burned), and lips in a soft pink tone.


Jennifer Aniston Makeup

Jennifer Aniston – look created by Angela Levin

Products used:

Angela went for a classic sun-kissed effect, adding glow with Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Smooth-Effect Makeup in 70 Beige and 22 Beige Rosé. On the cheeks, she applied Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Destiny and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N°70. Her lips were a blend of lip liner in Mordoré-Nude, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Deauville and Glossimer in Sweet Beige. Jennifer has long been one of my beauty and style icons, but I confess to being rather unimpressed with her efforts here; the makeup was just too dark and piled on for my liking, while her Saint Laurent gown was just passable, and certainly a far cry from some of the stunning numbers we’ve seen her wear in the past.

Aniston’s bun was, of course, created by her longtime stylist Chris McMillan. With regards to Jennifer’s hair, I have to say that I may not have liked the front, but I’m totally loving the slightly imperfect bun.



Claire Danes – look created by Matin

Products used:

All by NARS: All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush, Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, and Kalisté Eyeliner Pencil. As Claire’s Valentino Couture gown (whose design is comprised of hundreds of little feathers hand-sewn together, by the way) had so much going on, I’m happy to see that her makeup was left relatively simple – until you noticed the hints of peacock blue sparkle on her upper lash line, which also went a long way towards adding a nice touch of colour to her face.


The Colour Group:

Defined by deeper hues, jewel-like tones, and brighter touches along both the eyes and the mouth.



Keira Knightley – look created by Kate Lee

Products used:

To start, Chantecaille’s Liquid Lumière in Sheen was applied to highlight Keira’s cheekbones and jawline before applying Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Smooth-Effect foundation. For the eyes, shades from the Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Rivoli were used and for the cheeks, Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Bronze was applied, concentrating on achieving a visible flush. To finish the look, lips were defined with Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Étienne (out this spring). Keira’s CHANEL gown may have been a hot mess, but her makeup? Flawless.


Lupita Nyong’o – look created by Nick Barose

Products used:

Shades from the Lancôme eye shadow palette in Jacaranda Bloom were used to add pops of colour to the eyes, with more intensity achieved by applying Lancôme eyeliners in Aubergine and Amethyst. Lips were defined with Lancôme Color Design in Hit List with a glossy layer of Lip Lover in Framboise Étoile on top.



Felicity Jones

The makeup created here, is a perfect example of how to highlight both the eyes and the mouth in one look; while rather smoked out, the colour stays within the boundaries of the eye shape, just slightly elongated upwards at the outer corners, leaving the upper crease area fairly clean. The coral/pink lip colour completes the look, made totally workable by a satiny texture (glossy would have been overkill), as well as adding a nice bright pop to an otherwise somber colour palette. Even the hair, tailored and sleek but not too slick, adds a modern touch – especially when you consider the almost severe lines of Felicity’s Dior Couture gown.



Amal Alamuddin Clooney – look created by Charlotte Tilbury

Products used:

All Charlotte Tilbury: A very classic and true Hollywood-glamour look was the focus here; the Pop shade the Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita palette was swept across the lids and depth was given via the Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown. Cheeks were dusted with Cheek to Chic in Love Glow and First Love.

Finally, her crimson lips were a mix of Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose along with K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Night Crimson and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.

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NARS| Spotlight on beauty at the 2015 Golden Globes

NARS beauty Golden Globe 2015 opener


With awards season fully upon us, expect a slew of new beauty products to start making their way from the red carpet to the retail market (and hopefully soon). The following four NARS looks presented here from this past Sunday’s 2015 Golden Globe Awards (see my style recap here), may initially appear somewhat subdued, but they each hold one signature component that makes them stand out: a bright lip for counterpoint, smudged-out smoky eyes for drama, a touch of sparkle to illuminate, and boldly unabashed brows to form the perfect face-framing feature.


NARS Golden Globes Taylor Schilling

Taylor Schilling in a custom Ralph Lauren gown, accessorized by Tiffany & Co.

Taylor’s look was created by celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow

Beauty Inspiration

“The inspiration for Taylor’s look was a younger, modern take on Grace Kelly. I wanted to play up her bone structure, her skin and her natural beauty, and so we went with a clean eye, a bold brow and a crisp orange red lip to clash with the scarlet shade of her Ralph Lauren gown”

Key NARS products used:

  • All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Sheer Matte Foundation)
  • Porto Venere Eye Paint (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Abyssinia Matte Eyeshadow)
  • Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS for Taylor Schilling products

Key NARS products used for Taylor Schilling’s red carpet look


NARS Golden Globes Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael in a vintage James Galanos gown

Laura’s look was created by celebrity makeup artist Fabiola

Beauty Inspiration:

“Laura is wearing a vintage James Galanos gown; it’s a black one-shoulder floor-length dress with a sequin starfish at her hip. Because the look was so vintage, we went with a smoky charcoal gray to play up her almond, doe-shaped eyes and added a light blush and a nude lip”

Key NARS products used:

  • All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, use Sheer Matte Foundation)
  • Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (reviewed here)
  • Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow)


NARS for Laura Carmichael products

Key NARS products used for Laura Carmichael’s red carpet look


NARS Golden Globes Calire Danes

Claire Danes wearing a Valentino Couture gown

Claire’s look was created by celebrity makeup artist, Matin

Beauty Inspiration:

“When I saw Claire’s hand-beaded Valentino gown, I was immediately struck with inspiration. We agreed that her eyes should be the focus, so I matched her eyeshadow to the gorgeous peacock blue of her dress to create a brighter, edgier smoky look”

Key NARS products used:

  • All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, use Sheer Matte Foundation)
  • Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Unlawful (reviewed here) and Taos blushes)
  • Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
  • Kalisté Eyeliner Pencil

NARS for Claire Danes products

Key NARS products used for Claire Danes’ red carpet look


NARS Golden Globes Ava Duvernay

Ava Duvernay in a Zac Posen gown

Ava’s look was created by NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist, Uzo

Beauty Inspiration:

“The look was about a woman in a position of power. Ava’s statement-making makeup was kept soft and ethereal to balance her bold hairstyle and architectural Zac Posen gown. I created a velvety, smoky chocolate eye and soft neutral shades for her cheeks and lips”

Key NARS products used:

  • All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, use Sheer Matte Foundation)
  • Fez Shimmer Eyeshadow
  • Raquel Audacious Lipstick (reviewed here)


NARS for Ava Duvernay products

Key NARS products used for Ava Duvernay’s red carpet look


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Golden Globes 2015 | Spotlight on Style Recap



The star-studded 72nd annual Golden Globes were held this past Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted for the last time by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – two women who compliment each other’s comedic style so perfectly, easily displaying their bang-on timing as well as an uncanny ability to couch the most pointed barbs in honeyed tones. All I can say, is that they will be one tough act to follow.

But I digress …

For a few years now, I have been recapping award shows on my blog (you can find previous posts by clicking the category sidebar, filed under award, award shows, Golden Globes, The Oscars), and while I know ahead of time that each show is basically a tweaked variation of the previous one – where celebrities sport incredibly lavish gowns (and some that are just utterly confusing), neutral nails (duh) and relatively simple makeup – these red carpet appearances intrigue me, for it’s where upcoming makeup launches make their first (albeit somewhat clandestine) appearances (my recap post on Golden Globes beauty is coming soon).

Several colour groups appeared to dominate the red carpet, starting with statement-making red, the ubiquitous black numbers, vestal white, followed by gleaming silver. A few dared vivid yellow, with a smattering of blue and green thrown in, and finally some requisite beaded and adorned dresses added to the mix.

Of hits, there were plenty of front-runners with an equal amount of misses (I cannot begin to comprehend Keira Knightley’s dress – and this horror came from my beloved CHANEL, no less … the shame …), and while a complete roundup would have had me chained to my computer for days (no thanks), I’ve collected the looks that stood out for me; obviously, everyone’s opinion and taste varies, so whether you agree with my picks or not, feel free to chime in on the comments section – would love to know your thoughts!

Grab a cup of something, and enjoy my Golden Globes 2015 recap!


Golden Globes 2015 Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey (in a bespoke Antonio Berardi dress) & Amy Poehler (in a Stella McCartney dress) arriving on the red carpet – they changed outfits a few more times over the course of the show


Golden Globes 2015 red collage

Ladies in red

Top row (from left):

  • Viola Davis in a Donna Karan Atelier gown
  • Taylor Schilling in a custom Ralph Lauren gown (jewellery by Tiffany & Co.)
  • Heidi Klum in a Versace gown, Jimmy Choo heels

Bottom row (from left):

  • Kate Mara in a Miu Miu gown (jewellery by Vita Fede)
  • Allison Williams in an Armani Privé gown
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones in an Angel Sanchez gown

The ommorphia award for Best Red Gown, goes to Dame Helen Mirren (seriously, how absolutely gorgeous is this woman? At 69, she is totally working that bod!)

Golden Globes Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren in an embellished Dolce & Gabbana gown, jewellery by Chopard and the crowning touch: a Charlie Hebdo tribute pen at her shoulder – well done, Helen


Golden Globes 2015 Silver collage

Silver [screen] stars

Clockwise from top left:

  • Julianne Moore in a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci gown (jewellery by Chopard)
  • Reese Witherspoon in a custom-made Calvin Klein gown (jewellery by Tiffany & Co.)
  • Dakota Johnson in CHANEL, heels by Jimmy Choo
  • Kate Beckinsale in an Elie Saab gown

The ommorphia award for Best Silver Gown goes to Diane Kruger, wearing a gown of such exquisitely crisp lines and lightly textured fabric that so perfectly skims her body – everything about this just works.

Golden Globes 2015 Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger wearing a tailored gown by Emilia Wickstead


Golden Globes 2015 White collage

Snow ‘Whites’

From left:

  • Rosamund Pike in a custom-made Vera Wang Collection gown
  • Salma Hayek in an Alexander McQueen gown (jewellery by Boucheron)
  • Emily Blunt in a custom-made Michael Kors gown
  • Kristen Wiig in vintage

The ommorphia award for the Best White Gown, goes hands-down to Kate Hudson who manages to look drop-dead sexy and absolutely radiant at once (and who does cut-out shapes better than Versace? Google Elizabeth Hurley’s Versace ‘safety-pin’ number to see what I mean).

Golden Globes 2015 Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson in a KILLER Versace gown


Golden Globes 2015 Black collage

Not-so-little Black dresses

Top row (from left):

  • Jennifer Aniston in a Saint Laurent gown
  • Laura Carmichael in a vintage James Galanos gown with a star embellishment
  • Emma Stone in a Lanvin jumpsuit

Bottom row (from left):

  • Lorde in a custom-made Narciso Rodriguez outfit
  • Amal Alamuddin-Clooney in a Dior Couture gown, slouchy opera gloves (jewellery by Harry Winston)
  • Katherine Heigl in a Zac Posen gown

The ommorphia award for Best Black Gown (and yes, even though technically it’s not ‘black’, I’m adding it to this group just the same for its lush dark vibe), goes to Jessica Chastain for channelling true Hollywood glamour and bringing back Fortuny pleating (again, Google it my beauties).

Golden Globes 2015 Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain in a Versace gown


Golden Globes 2015 Yellow collage

Primary beauties

From left:

  • Leslie Mann in a Kaufmanfranco gown
  • Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann in a Miu Miu gown
  • Jenna Dewan Tatum in a Carolina Herrera gown

The ommorphia award for Best Yellow Gown goes to Naomi Watts in her stunning column of citrus elegance – and can we just take a moment and admire that diamond snake about her neck?

Golden Globes 2015 Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts in a Gucci gown, accessorized with Bulgari jewellery


Golden Globes 2015 Blue-Green collage


From left:

  • Cindy Crawford in a Versace dress, Jimmy Choo heels & clutch (jewellery by Harry Winston)
  • Lana del Rey in vintage William Travilla
  • Ruth Wilson in Prada

The ommorphia award for Best Blue/Green Gown goes to Felicity Jones, who manages to make Victorian style chic again.

Golden Globes 2015 Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones in a Dior Couture gown


Golden Globes 2015 Embellished collage

Embellished details

Top row (from left):

  • Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad
  • Lupita Nyong’o in a Gimabattista Valli gown (jewellery by Chopard)
  • Claire Danes in a Valentino Couture gown

Bottom row (from left):

  • Anna Kendrick in a gown by Monique Lhuillier
  • Katie Holmes in a Marchesa gown
  • Kiera Knightly in CHANEL

The ommorphia award for Best Detailed/Embellished Gown, goes to Amy Adams for this masterfully draped number that would make even the Goddess Aphrodite cry.

Golden Globes 2015 Amy Adams

Amy Adams in a gown by Versace, accessorized by Tiffany & Co.

Special Mentions:

Golden Globes Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller in an embellished Miu Miu dress, Jimmy Choo heels and accessorized by Tiffany & Co. – from the choppy bob, flawless makeup and perfect mix of lavish yet tasteful embroidery on her dress contrasted with a dangerously plunging neckline, this is one woman who consistently nails the style department.

Golden Globes 2015 Jennifer Lopez triptych

Jennifer Lopez in a Zuhair Murad Gown (first two photos) & an ensemble by Amanda Wakeley for the weinstein after-party.

With regards to dressing, it goes without saying that JLo can rock a potato sack, but her Golden Globes gown left me more than confused – plunging neckline, thigh-high slit, bodycon shape combined with a flowing cape, train and a king’s ransom in beading – I’m not sure whether I absolutely loathe this, or applaud her uniqueness. My verdict? It’s just way.too.much. The after-party number doesn’t score much higher with me either (JLo, you of all people, really don’t need to try THIS hard).

But I can’t deny how flawless her hair and makeup looked, as well as the ‘secretly bejewelled’ mani she was given my by man, Tom Bachik (he placed rhinestones on the underside of her taloned nails – pretty cool, huh?)

And finally, there’s Prince because, well just because he’s Prince. Eccentric, androgynous, musical genius, and definitely way out there … but always entertaining. Plus he’s holding a jewelled walking stick that can double as a lethal weapon.

Golden Globes 2015 Prince

Prince (don’t even get me started on the litany of names & personas he’s had over the years)

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