Thursday, 30 June 2016

June favourites '16

I thought I'd do a monthly favourites post to round up June, especially as I've tried quite a few new things out this month. Hope you've had a lovely June, here's to hoping July brings a little more sunshine.


Makeup:

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (Terre Neuve/Light 0) - I think I bought this at around the end of April, and I've been loving it ever since. Generally I prefer to wear a very sheer base, or none at all, and this gives a nice little touch of coverage, evening out my skin, and additionally adds a really lovely glow, making my pale, pale skin look a bit more life like. I wear the palest shade, which suits my skin nicely - the Nars website suggested it would have a slightly pink but neutral tone, and my skin is more yellow than pink, but I think because the product is so light in coverage it appears to match me just fine.

Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow (Naked palette) - I've been loving wearing this eyeshadow along my bottom lash line. It adds a lovely dash of gold shimmer, giving an extra something to a simple eye look. I generally like to use a gold or coppery shade for this area, and find that Half Baked looks rather sweet.

Illamasqua Precision Ink Eyeliner (Abyss) - I heard about this eyeliner quite a while ago, from sunbeamjess' youtube channel, and I thought it was about time I gave it a go. I am not good at eyeliner, but there's something about this one that seems to have just clicked with me, and I'm able to do a perfect flick without faffing around for twenty minutes (a miracle in my eyes). It's perfectly opaque and applies smoothly; one I have and will continue to recommend.

Maybelline Browdrama Pomade Crayon (Medium Brown) - This month I tried filling in my eyebrows for the first time ever. And I didn't hate it. I'm pretty sure I bought this within an offer when getting something else, so I effectively paid about £2 for it, so I wouldn't end up minding if I didn't like the look. It took a little experimenting and a very gentle touch, but it actually looks pretty nice. I have very thick and fairly full eyebrows, and so I've never felt it necessary to fill in the few little gaps here and there, but I really like how they look with just a small bit of evening out. Very easy to use and simple for a novice like me.

L'Oreal Nudemoiselle Nail Varnish - Still not really sure if nail varnish comes under the category of makeup, but here we are. This colour is the lightest pink, and if it weren't so light I don't think I'd be one to wear it in all honesty. I'm not really a girl who wear pink, but I've been trying it, starting with very pale tones and I don't hate it. This shade in particular compliments my ever so pale skin, making it look a little less pale (can you believe it?!). My only bug is that it does take three coats to make the colour opaque so takes a while to actually get on the nails. Other than that, I'm into it.


Fashion:

Don't think I've ever done a fashion section in any blog post ever (basically because I'm not very trendy), so this is new.

Culottes - I've been eyeing up culottes for a looong while now, and have finally gone for it, with a basic but lovely £9.99 pair from New Look. They actually really suit me, and I've had a quite a few lovely compliments on them. I think my height keeps them from looking frumpy, as I thought they might, and they actually elongate my legs even more. If you're tall and have thought about trying a pair, go and see how they look on you, because I was very pleasantly surprised.

Birkenstocks - Last month I finally bought a pair of sandals after not having any for two or three years. I've read so many comments online saying how comfortable they are and I cannot agree enough. My only concern was the lack of strap at the back, as I find a strap gives a little bit of extra support, but I found the Milano style and they are perfect and I love them. A lot. Hoping the sun's going to give a few more appearances in July so I get to wear them more.


Book:

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro - I really liked the style of this book and generally how it was written, but I did find it a bit of a slow burner. Personally I found it quite a while for the action to start, but when it did I really enjoyed it. It's set in post-King Arthur England, involving the familiar figure of Sir Gawain. Having read Le Morte D'Arthur I did find it more interesting that perhaps someone less aware of the events that essentially happen prior to the events of the text, but by no means do you need to know anything before the text. The novel focuses on an elderly couple with memory problems trying to find their son, and follows their journey to go and see him. The ending is fairly ambiguous, which I know a lot of people don't like, but I personally love, and I think it really gives something extra to the book.


Music:

Tame Impala - Over the past few months I've fallen in love with Tame Impala's music. I love their style and sound, with allusions to the 60s, with a somewhat synthesised edge. Their most recent album, Currents, has been on replay this month, but I've also spent a lot of time listening to Lonerism and InnerSpeaker. I would highly recommend a listen if you're looking for something different.

Fifth Harmony, 7/27 - I've been loving Fifth Harmony's new album this month. It has such a feel good energy to it, with empowering messages and upbeat tunes. Particular favourites include, The Life, That's My Girl, and Scared of Happy. A really fun album.

Lawson, Where My Love Goes - I love this song so much, it has made me so excited for Lawson's next album, which is set to be released next month. It's a beautiful track, with a lot of heart, and an overwhelmingly wonderful video.


TV:

Gossip Girl - The only TV show I've watched this whole month has been Gossip Girl. I'm the kind of person who just watches one thing start to end at a time, and I've gotten through two long seasons so far, and I'm getting into the third right now. There's something weirdly addictive about it, and if I didn't love the New York scenery already, then I'm completely enamored now. An absolute favourite.


What have your favourites been this month? Any new makeup finds or good reads? I'd love to hear.

Until next time.


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Friday, 24 June 2016

Coldplay: Wembley


On Sunday evening, my dad and I went to Wembley Stadium to see Coldplay's final show (of 4) there. And they were brilliant.

I expected it to be amazing, but they went above and beyond, putting on one of the best shows I have ever seen. I think the whole production was phenomenal, with the lights adding something very special to the night, especially in all the moments everyone's wristbands were lit up; we were all there celebrating a band we loved, and the sense of togetherness was wonderful.

They played a two hour set, filled with their hits and an extra couple of songs from their most recent album, A Head Full of Dreams.

I loved every song, but some highlights included The Scientist, Everglow, and Fix You, which hit you even more in the feels when you heard everyone singing along passionately. Adventure of a Lifetime, Hymn For the Weekend, Viva La Vida, and Every Teardrop is a Waterfall were the party songs, with so much energy running through the stadium, even despite the rain. A Sky Full of Stars was a rather beautiful moment as well, with the most beautiful atmosphere about it.

Honestly, one of the best live bands ever. I could not recommend going to a gig enough. You will have the time of your life.

Until next time.


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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Fathers' Day Fun

 

This Fathers' Day I took my dad on a trip to London.


Dad wanted to go to the London Dungeons, so that's where we started. The dungeons gives you a whistle stop tour of London's history from around the time of Henry VIII to the more recent Jack the Ripper. The majority of the tour is in the dark, with low lit lights dotted around. There are a couple of rides, which personally I found the scariest part (in the pitch black). The dungeons tour lasts around about two hours, and gives a really good insight to the history of the time; I would definitely recommend going.


After the dungeons we got some lunch on the south bank and then went to the Sea Life Centre. For some reason we completely forgot it was a Sunday when we booked the tickets and when we got there it was packed full of screaming children. Therefore we weren't there for very long, but I did like seeing the jellyfish.


We walked across to Covent Garden, which is only about a fifteen minute walk from Westminster. Shake Shack milkshakes are the best in the world, so whenever I'm in London these days I like to go and grab one. Strawberry is both of our favourite and the milkshakes we had on Sunday did not disappoint.



We looked around the market a little, before moving on and walking to Trafalgar Square, and then onto St James' Park, which is probably my favourite park in London. We stopped by Buckingham Palace before heading through Green Park to the tube station back to Marylebone. Once we arrived their we grabbed some coffee and got on a train to Wembley Stadium to see Coldplay, which I'll tell you all about in my next post.

Until next time.


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Monday, 20 June 2016

Song of the week #60



One of my favourite bands(/duos), The Icarus Account, have a new album called Over The Moon coming out very soon, and I am loving the first song that they've released from it.

The twins have a beautiful acoustic sound, which is at times very sorrowful and at others is very upbeat. Cherry Street is certainly the latter, with a playful, loving tone that's featured in a lot of their songs. The acoustic nature of the song gives it a very mellow, warm summer's day feel to it; it's just right.

They're definitely a band to check out if you haven't already and would like some soft singer/songwriter music in your life.

Until next time.


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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Maddaddam Series review


For my 21st Century Literature module this year, I read Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, and I loved it. Therefore, during the revision period, I read the two further texts that Atwood wrote in series, where the action occurs alongside that of Oryx and Crake in The Year of the Flood, and then following on with the characters in each book coming together in the final text, Maddaddam.

The texts are described under a number of genre titles, including dystopian and science-fiction, but ultimately Atwood describes them as speculative. This is because the events that take place are based on both things that have happened and could potentially happen in the future. The things that could happen are only an extension of what has already happened in the world. Everything is entirely possible, and I think that's what I find so interesting. The texts give a suggestion of the earth's future should humanity continue down it's current course. Atwood's writing seems to both warn and encourage the current route, depending on how you should choose to read the books.

The first text centres around the character Jimmy and a new group of humans called 'Crakers'. The Crakers have essentially been designed to take over the human race, with specific features, such as UV-resistant and insect-repelling skin, in order to cope with the way that the earth has changed due to climate change and a number of other factors. The novel forces a discussion of the technology used to create this new-human life form, and the way that such technology can also be destructive.

In all of the books, the reality is that a kind of plague, or 'flood', has intentionally killed off almost all of the human race, and the Crakers must now take over - with the guidance of Jimmy. But in the following texts it becomes apparent that he is not the only person to have survived.

The series makes for a really interesting read, especially considering how many of the details rely on actual facts and possibilities. I love the way that the series is structured, as it works really well showing different characters' perspectives of their experiences.

This is a set of books I would highly recommend reading. They're really easy to get into and have a very accessible style, as well as discussing very topical issues.

Until next time.


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Monday, 13 June 2016

Song of the week #59



Fifth Harmony's second album, 7/27, was released recently, and I have been listening to it constantly. I love pretty much every song, but I thought I'd tell you a bit about my favourite, which is called Scared of Happy.

The song is beautiful, with a relatable concept and a great beat. As much as the lyrics are kind of sad, the faster pace of the track adds a sense of overcoming, a sense that as much as things aren't great right now, it's only a matter of time.

Maybe it's not something we really think about, or would even think possible, but being scared of being happy is probably far more common than we'd expect. At the end of the day, it's a fear of having something wonderful and then losing it, and we all know that feeling. I love how they've written it into a song, because it's not a concept I can recall hearing in such a point blank way. And I like it.

What's your favourite song on 7/27?

Until next time.


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Monday, 6 June 2016

Song of the week #58/back to blogging



Oh hi there, exams are over woooo!

My exams actually finished about two weeks ago now, and I've been taking a bit of a break from my whole life for a little while, which has been surprisingly nice. But now I'm getting back into action, already ordering next year's books (hahahaH) and I'm getting back into the blog again, with a few new posts planned.

I thought I'd start back with a short and sweet song of the week, and the song I'm loving the most right now is Who Says by Selena Gomez.

I feel like it just puts me in a really good mood. It's very uplifting and quite motivational. 'Who says' sounds like a challenge to prove someone wrong, and we all need a little something to initiate change.

Will hopefully properly get back into the swing of this soon.

Until next time.


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