SEASON 5 IS HERE!!!!!!!111

IT IS TIME, FRIENDS! Season 5 has offially begun. Don’t read this if you haven’t watched the season premier, for the web is dark and full of spoilers. (Or do, I don’t care.) I think I’m going to write about a look we saw in each episode and see how that works out. OK? I know the first 4 episodes leaked but I’m just going to watch 1 episode a week. Here we go. Let’s talk about Cersei. Not a good time for the queen regent… With Joffrey and Tywin both dead, Myrcella in Dorne, Tommen getting married to Margaery, Tyrion disappeared and plenty of Tyrell sharks in the water, WTF are Cersei and Jaime going to do?? But more importantly, who looks this good at a funeral!?

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If you’re interested in Lena Headey’s organic skincare routine, I posted a breakdown of her favorite products HERE. I have just started using Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser, because when the queen speaks, I listen. Warning: this stuff is not cheap. It does however, contain exfoliating acids (that I’m obsessed with since I’m nearing 30), which is presumably how Cersei maintains her youthful glow. Definitely a good skin cleanser to keep in your royal arsenal.

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MAKEUP

As usual, Cersei’s makeup is all about the brows. You can’t give a good side eye without killer eyebrows. See exhibit A:

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Unfortunately I’m rather challenged in the brow-department, so I need some help with that. Enter: Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil. The powder/wax combination and slanted tip that doesn’t need to be sharpened are perfect to create a serious but not cartoonish statement brow. If you suck at shaping your brows, Anastasia Beverly Hills has a set of brow stencils that include a high and a full arch of Cersei-like proportions. Add to that a subtle swipe of NARS Ashes To Ashes eyeshadow (a shimmery violet based brown) and Armani’s Eyes To Kill Mascara for voluminous lashes, and we’re in business. Now keep practising a side eye that strikes fear into the hearts of your enemies.

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As her beloved brother once said, Cersei’s best qualities are the love she bears for her children, and her cheekbones. While I can’t help you in the kids department, the cheekbones can definitely be enhanced with a subtle highlighter like my favorite, the RMS Beauty Living Lumizier. Dab some of this super sheer, pearly stuff onto your cheekbones for a luminescent effect. I also love putting this on my eyelids for a bit of radiance.

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HAIR

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Cersei’s hair is always on point, and there is no way she’s maintaining those waist-length, golden locks without some fancy products. (You may remember my Lannister Luxe post from a while ago.) Say hello to Oribe 24K Gold Pomade, which conditions, adds shine and golden highlights to a lackluster mane. (Warning: this may be a bit OTT for daily use but definitely a great way to add some Lannister gold to your ‘do.)

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FRAGRANCE

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I’d imagine The Great Sept of Baelor to smell heavily of incense, partly to conceal the decaying corpse of Tywin Lannister. A great resin-based scent is Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Cathedral, but the most sophisticated incense perfume I have encountered is Jo Malone Incense & Cedrat Cologne Intense (available online in June but already in stores). The blend of smoky incense, elemi, lemon, pepper, cypress, labdanum, and benzoin is dark and funeral-appropriate but sexy enough to wear on a date with your, um… brother?

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Westeros Weekly

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  • The world premier of season 5 will be held at the historic venue the Tower of London on March 18. [Sky Atlantic]
  • The blooper reel is back! Even Ser Pounce misses his cue sometimes. [Vanity Fair]
  • Sophie Turner looks amazing as Town & Country’s spring cover star. [Town & Country]
  • Lena Headey is preggo with her second child! (Let’s hope it’s not a bastard?) [E!]
  • If you haven’t seen them yet, a couple of Sand Snakes were spotted in Spain (no clicky for potential spoilers). [Watchers on the Wall]
  • Smoked eel, honeyed quail, fried locusts, poached calf tongue… This 10-course Game of Thrones dinner is no joke. [The Big Story]
  • Gwendoline Christie wore a beautiful satin halter-dress made by her designer boyfriend Giles at the SAG Awards. [The Gloss]
  • Leading ladies Natalie Dormer and Emilia Clarke also made an appearance at the aforementioned award show. [JustJaredJr]
  • Natalie is a busy princess and was spotted at the BAFTA Awards as well. [Daily Mail]
  • Gwendoline did the no pants dance in the rain because why not? [LOVE Magazine]
  • Lena Headey shows Jimmy Kimmel who’s boss. [Jimmy Kimmel Live]
  • Game of Thrones Monopoly is coming! [Geekologie]
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Season 5 is Coming!!

Hear ye, hear ye! We’ve been on the downlow for a while but now that the premier of season 5 is near, it’s time to pick up the pace again! First off, the trailer has arrived. That means countdown is officially on! I spy a LOT of interesting scenes coming up…

Second; press photos! This is exciting. Our first look at what the ladies at court are wearing this season (cloth of gold, mermaid waves, and Westerosi braids), Cersei’s classic ‘don’t fuck with me’ face makes an unsurprising appearance, the eldest Stark daughter is still going through a goth phase, Dany is “busy playing Judge Judy in a pyramid“, and Melisandre is probably burning some heretics. I’m still waiting for an official introduction to the Sand Snakes though. Anyway, check it:

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More news: the exhibit is coming back! If you’re lucky enough to live in the near vicinity of London, Amsterdam (yesss!), Stockholm, Madrid, Paris, or Tel Aviv you are one lucky bastard! There will be props & costumes, interactive photo opportunities, and the Oculus Rift 4D experience. Hopefully this time visitors will be allowed more than 15 minutes at the exhibit. Not all the dates are known yet so keep an eye on gotexhibit.com

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The closer we come to the premiere date (April 12) the more you’ll be seeing here!

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Comic Con and Season 5 Castings

Valar Morghulis… It’s been a while but Westeros Beauty is up again! Expect some more post here & there about season 5, red carpet appearances, editorials and of course beauty stuff. Feel free to tweet me @westerosbeauty for links, suggestions, etc.

Season 4 has come and gone, but HBO is already shooting the next season so there’s plenty to talk about! If you were at Comic Con in July or keep up with WinterIsComing.net, you might have seen a big announcement… NEW CHARACTERS! Without giving too much away… OMG SAND SNAKES!! Check out the video below to see which actors have joined the Game of Thrones cast:

For the official Game of Thrones Comic Con 2014 panel featuring the show’s creators David Benioff & David Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Maisie Williams (Arya), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Natalie Dormer (Margaery), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn), Kit Harington (Jon), John Bradley (Sam) and Rory McCan (The Hound), here’s the full Q&A:

Pretty Roseee, so sad we won’t be seeing her on the show anymore 😥 I love the sideswept loose/braid hybrid she has going on here and that red lip is so lovely with her pale skin.

Does Gwendoline Christie look like the life of the party or what? Pure old Hollywood!

Strawberry blonde Sophie Turner with a deep side part and neutral makeup.

Fresh-faced Maisie Williams rockin’ the thick brow trend & peachy pink blush.

Natalie Dormer makes me want to get perfect teeth. And perfect skin. Sigh…

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Westeros Weekly

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  • Take a look at Sansa’s stunning feathered mourning dress. [Making Game of Thrones]
  • Gwendoline Christie is on a roll lately! Besides Game of Thrones and Hunger Games, she’ll be joining the Star Wars franchise. But on which side will she be on? [Time]
  • Rose Leslie talks about Ygritte being a scorned woman and what’s in store for Jon Snow’s former flame this season. [IGN]
  • Head costume designer Michele Clapton attended the Costume Designers Guild Awards and talked about “raping and pillaging” history to create her pieces for the show. [Mingle Media]
  • Natalie Dormer explains why she shaved half her head and where the Purple Wedding leaves Margaery. [Late Night with Seth Meyers]
  • Canadian jewelers Pyrrha have debuted a 24-piece line of handmade Game of Thrones rings and necklaces cast in silver to show your alliance. [Pyrrha]
  • Relive the most iconic deaths in the realm with Robert M. Ball’s Game of Thrones artwork (keep checking on Fridays for new ones). [Beautiful Death]
  • Move over raw stallion heart, the Khaleesi Burger looks a lot more appetizing and less bloody. [PornBurger]
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Initiated by the Drowned Priest

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Bless him with salt, bless him with stone, bless him with steel. What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.

Having just started reading A Feast for Crows (book IV), I’ve found a new love for Balon Greyjoy’s youngest brother, Aeron Greyjoy, also known as the Damphair. On the show we only really see him during Theon’s baptism upon his return to Pyke, so we don’t know much about him yet. In the books however, he’s not particularly likable, and the Drowned Priest might be an odd beauty inspiration, but waist-long hair with seaweed woven into it is pretty much the mermaid hair of my dreams. I already talked about his niece, Asha (Yara), a while back in The Kraken’s Daughter, but I feel like the youngest of the nine Greyjoy brothers is worthy of his own post. Proceed if you wish to be initiated as a Drowned (Wo)man.

Hair

You’d look like a true member of the clergy, but walking around with actual strands of seaweed could have you smelling like a dead squid. Instead, use marine extracts to your advantage and moisturize your tresses with Bumble & Bumble Seaweed shampoo & conditioner. If you’re going for a more beachy look, Surf Foam Wash shampoo will give your hair volume and that ‘just went for a dip in Ironman’s Bay’ texture. (Salt spray optional.)

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Body

I’m guessing that the Damphair is a pretty clean guy (people didn’t bathe much in the middle ages) since he spends most of his time drowning men in the sea. If soap was a thing on the Iron Islands, Lush Sea Vegetable would be a best-seller. The seaweed, lime and sea salt are a great combination for clean and invigorated skin. For an extra exfoliating treat, use together with Ocean Salt (it says this stuff is suitable for your face, but due to the high alcohol content I do NOT recommend this!).

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Eyes

I’m a sucker for unique packaging and this Duwop Sea Shell Compact definitely falls into that category! The ‘Mystic Waters’ eyeshadow duo has iridescent coral & shimmering aquamarine shades that can be used together or separately for an aquatic look.
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MAC is releasing an entire aquatic-inspired line in a few weeks, including lipsticks, lipglasses, lip pencils, eyeshadows, bronzers and nail lacquers!! One very Drowned Priest appropriate eyeshadows is ‘Sea Worship’, a shimmery tarnished olive shade, but there are plenty of other watery pieces in the collection. (Go here to see all the products.)

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Nails

Even if you’re landlocked you can pledge fealty to He Who Dwells Beneath the Waves. Try Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream nail polish for a gorgeous sea foam green lacquer with flecks of glitter that give an ethereal sparkle to your nails.

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Fragrance

If Aeron Greyjoy smells like anything, it would be seawater, damp hair and a broth of clams and seaweed cooked above a driftwood fire. Not the sexiest of scents, but my favorite perfumers, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, have a few unique blends that come close enough!

  • Olokun – The glorious, unknowable gloom of the ocean floor.
  • The Deep Ones – Black algae, drooping seaweed, salty brine, and crushed coral. 
  • Windward PassageMarine accord, seaweed, and bladderwrack.
  • Cthulhu – A creeping, wet, slithering scent, dripping with seaweed, oceanic plants and dark, unfathomable waters. 
  • Vial of Holy Water – The gleaming, indescribably clean scent of purified, ritually consecrated holy water.

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From King’s Landing to the Red Carpet

With all the premieres and red carpets behind us, my little birds have been digging around and found out which products some of the ladies of Westeros used for their appearances. Scroll down for tips on how to get Lena Headey’s hairstyle, Sibel Kekkilli’s eyelashes and Nathalie Emmanuel’s glossy lips!

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Looking drastically different without her on-screen waist length golden waves, Lena Headey sported a jaw-length crop for the Game of Thrones premiere in New York last month. Her hairstylist for the night, Mark Townsend, used the following products to give her cut more volume and texture:

Makeup artist Rachel Wood posted some behind the scenes pictures of her work on Sibel Kekilli & Nathalie Emmanuel on Instagram (@rachelmakeup73) and shared what she used on the actresses’ lips and lashes to get them red carpet ready.

On Sibel Kekilli:

Ardell Individual Lashes ($3.99)

On Nathalie Emmanuel:

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