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February

1 Mar

Hi lovelies!

February favourites time. I’m so glad February is over. It’s always my worst month, filled with deadlines and money woes. This is the last year though, so hoorah! (fingers crossed I pass Uni, and it is the last year) Let’s get cracking!

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer – £7.99

This is a pretty new favourite for me, but it’s the best concealer I’ve tried in a long time. As someone who has pretty desert-y skin, with super parched under eyes, most concealers I’ve tried have just not lived up to the hype. Including the Nars Radiant Creamy and the Urban Decay Naked Skin. Major sad face. This feels light as air, provides dreamy coverage and doesn’t cling to any dry patches. That’s all I want! *snaps for Bourjois*

M.A.C Eyeshadows in ‘Omega’ (left) and ‘Patina’ (right)- £13 each

From ‘don’t believe the hype’ products, to ‘totally believe the hype products’. These shadows combine to make such the perfect barely there smokey eye look on my pale, pale skin. ‘Patina’ has long-been my favourite, and ‘Omega’ is such a perfect crease colour (as well as a universal brow powder, if you’re searching), and together they are perf. This combo is pretty much foolproof, not even ‘eye’ (haha, get it) can mess it up.

Also, these shadows are pretty much appropriate for any occasion. They’re perfect day to night-ers, I always just grab the duo and a Sigma E40 and buff on a bit more ‘Patina’ for night. And the pigmented, but non-creamy texture means they’re super long lasting.

Dior’s Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder in ’01’ – £40

I hunted high and low for this baby. Like, seriously high and low. I had three other people on the lookout for it during my no-buy. And it’s still the only beauty product I’ve bought all year. I think I can definitively say that it’s my favourite highlighter of all time. Yep, I went there. I have so many highlighters, and this one is the cream of the crop. For all you fair-skinned girls out there, you just can’t go wrong with ’01’, and for everyone else, there’s ’02’. It’s silky, the perfect balance of glisten and glow, and it looks perfect. Just perfect. Look!

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*angels singing from heaven*

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in ‘Fig’ – £19

Now. When I first got this just before Christmas, I almost hated it. I swatched it and went ‘Noooooooooo!’ I remember this clearly, because about a week afterwards, I went to London for a Twitter Q+A with Tina Fey. Yeah, nbd guys, just, you know, one of my heroes. And I picked this up at 6am, and thought, ‘I’ll give it a go again, I suppose.’ Thank goodness I did, because this baby is the perfect winter pink for me. It’s not dark enough to be berry, and not light enough to be nude, it’s that perfect balance, and I just adore the way it looks.

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A very poor photo from Snapchat, but omg look how pretty right?!

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Zoeva brushes – prices vary

I’m so in love with my Zoeva brushes that I couldn’t pick just one as a favourite. I got these in the glorious 5 days between Christmas and New Year and oh my. The best value for money brush ever, the best presentation ever. Fab fab brushes, and if you’re a little wary of splashing the cash on a set (these are the Rose Gold Vol.1 Eye Set), please just pick up one, fall in love, and thank me later.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I thought this was totally kick-ass. I described it as The Hunger Games meets The Selection, which will possibly only mean something if you’re into YA. The author has just released book 2, Glass Sword, and has said there’ll be two more books. Very exciting!

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Room

I saw this at 9.30am, alone, on a Thursday morning, in an empty cinema. It’s one of those films you leave the cinema thinking about, and spend the next week turning it over through your mind, churning through thoughts and feelings about the subject matter. I’m so so thrilled that Brie Larson won Best Actress at the Oscars, she was phenomenal, and Jacob Tremblay, who you’ve probably seen owning awards season and charming the socks off everyone he meets, has one of those faces that the camera just adores. Can’t wait to see what he does next. I will think about this film for a long time.

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E.Mo.Tion – Carly Rae Jepsen

Yes, you heard right. Carly Rae Jepsen. This album is total bubblegum, and it knows it. Jepsen is no Taylor Swift, trying to sneak in little thoughtful ballads, or wanting to play with the media through lyrics. She just wants everyone dancing. I love this album, and February thanked me for discovering it. But beware, it’s pop. I mean, sickly sweet pop, so proceed at you own risk.

And that’s it for this month, lovelies. I can’t wait to get March out of the way. Once I hit the end of the month, I will have finished every single lecture of my Uni course. WAHOO.

Have a great day, or evening, wherever you are.

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Music Favourites: Summer Soundtrack

22 Aug

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share a few music favourites, because they’ve been adding up and I love hearing about great songs from other blogs! I have narrowed it down though, so 5 songs/artists/albums it is! I’ve linked iTunes (US and UK) and Amazon UK for the first favourite, but it’s easy to navigate to each artist from there. 🙂

1. Maroon 5’s new album ‘Overexposed’
This album’s been on repeat since July! The newest release from Maroon 5, it includes Payphone which is such a catchy song, and is generally very poppy, with smooth falsetto vocals from Adam Levine. Some of my favourites are Beautiful Goodbye, One More Night, and  Doin’ Dirt.
You can buy Overexposed on iTunes (US) and iTunes (UK) as well as Amazon (UK).

2. Oh Land
Oh Land is a singer from Denmark that I first saw as a support act on Katy Perry’s California Dreams Tour in November, and she got a bit of a negative reception from the crowd. The show had started later than planned, people were impatient and she definitely doesn’t have the ‘Katy Perry’ sound, but I thought she was really good. I then heard her song ‘White Nights‘ on Girls, an HBO TV show, and her music has been featured on ‘Teen Wolf’, the MTV sci-fi show too. My favourite songs from Oh Land are Helicopter, Son of A Gun, and Wolf & I. She’s a bit electro-pop, with a folksy feel. That sounds so weird, but she’s excellent, just maybe not everyone’s cup of tea. The fact that her music’s been on an eclectic comedy and a popular cult MTV show about wolves says that it’s pretty diverse though, right? I actually really like the Jacob Plant Remix of Sun of A Gun, which I haven’t been able to find for download, but it is here on youtube. It’s Dubstep, be warned. 🙂
You can buy Oh Land’s music on iTunes in the US and UK.

3. Ed Sheeran’s album ‘+’
A favourite of mine since ‘A-Team’, Ed Sheeran’s dulcet tones are always so amazing to me. I love The City, and my friend May swears that Small Bump is her favourite song of all time. 😀
You can buy Ed’s music on iTunes US and UK and Amazon.

4. Taylor Swift’s new single ‘We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together’
A huge Swifty fan, I learnt the words to this within an hour, and it was on my iPhone and iPod within 10 minutes of release in the UK.
SO CATCHY. I’ve recently been loving ‘Both Of Us‘ too, a collaboration between B.o.B and Taylor, but my top Taylor tune is definitely TANEEGBT. Woah. Mouthful. 😀
You can buy Taylor’s new song on both iTunes US and UK, and on the Google play store.

5. The Click Five’s song ‘Just The Girl’
Blast from the past….apparently. Just discovered this song from Cimorelli (an amazing a capella group made up of 6 sisters from Sacramento, the harmonies are stunning, check out their youtube here), who did a bit of improv harmonising at the end of one of their videos. I then  went and checked out the song, and it’s SO GOOD.  Typical cheesy pop, but definitely pop you won’t mind singing along to at the top of your voice. Just The Girl is my favourite and is definitely no exception to the top of your voice rule!
You can buy my favourite The Click Five song from iTunes US and UK. 🙂

After all those links I’m a little relieved now! 😀
Any songs that have been the soundtrack to your summer?

Don’t forget to smile,

Christie xoxo 🙂

Music of the Moment: Adele

1 Mar

I’ve found that when you’re have a good old girly think, then there’s no-one like Adele to tell you that you’re not alone in feeling completely sappy! When I’m thinking, Adele somehow helps me. She’s such an inspiring woman, so strong and so talented. What is your favourite song to listen to to help you think?

I’ll Be Waiting- Adele
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxltm8AX6CM

Reviews later in the week, I’ve been using and finding some amazing products!

Don’t forget to smile! 😀
Christie

Music of the moment.

18 Feb

I have been obsessed with the new Taylor Swift single, released  just ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ rolling into cinemas. As a fan of the books, I have been eagerly anticipating the film release, and this only builds my excitement. The melody is haunting, and I find myself harmonising along with the beautiful stylings of Taylor and The Civil Wars. Oh I could just eat her up.

Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars – Safe & Sound (The Hunger Games)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzhAS_GnJIc

I found this song a few months ago through a Tumblr tracked tag, and fell in love with it instantly. After trawling the internet to see whether I could buy it, I found out that it was nowhere! Absolutely nowhere. However, this has not lessened my love for the song. As a fan of Demi Lovato anyway (don’t judge me), I HAD to listen to this song over and over again. She sounds flawless! And I often think about how Hot Chelle Rae deserve more recognition in the UK!

Why Don’t You Love Me – Hot Chelle Rae ft. Demi Lovato

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8BPBzXkK88

What are your favourite songs of the moment? Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to have a listen.

Don’t forget to smile, what have you got to lose?
Christie 🙂