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Monday, 28 October 2013

Song Of The Month | October

My favourite song this month comes from an artist relatively new to the UK, Lorde. Unless you've been in hibernation lately, you're probably familiar with her debut single, Royals. Despite looking about twenty six, she's actually only sixteen. Even more impressively, Lorde wrote the lyrics herself. This gives me a huge sense of failure as i'm seventeen and my closest achievement to date is receiving a smiley face sticker in year two for a stick people drawing of the royal family, *sigh*.

She has such a unique vocal that seems to appeal to a variety of music tastes. Not only is the tune both catchy and calming, the lyricism is fantastically truthful and down to earth. An unusual topic for a song, she sings about the unnecessary extravagant lifestyle of modern celebrities. Let's just hope she stays true to herself and doesn't do a Miley Cyrus.

Have a listen here if you haven't already.

Love, Anna x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Being Seduced By Alex Turner | AM Review



For some years now I've been a huge Arctic Monkeys fan. In early September this year, they released a new album simply titled, AM. I've unashamedly not done a lot with my life other than listen to it solidly for the last two months.

From the first listen, Do I Wanna Know has been my definite favourite track because Alex Turner's voice is even more seductively moody than usual and his lyricism is sublime. The riff is a close rival to those in older songs such as I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor and makes me want to move to Sheffield, wear copious amounts of leather, learn guitar and be cool (something i've sadly not yet achieved). 

I really cannot fault the album and I'm so happy R U Mine is included because that has of course been one of my favourite ever songs since its release early last year. I recommend Snap Out Of It if you're having a bit of a down day because if a cheeky portion of apologetic Alex Turner doesn't make you smile, nothing will. Also worth a mention are Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High, Arabella and Knee Socks - all perfection! For a change, the whole album has a fairly continuous tone and the transition between songs is deliciously smooth. Dare I suggest that AM is the first Arctic Monkeys album where not a single track lets them down? If you've not yet bothered to listen to the whole album (seriously what have you been doing?) you should probably do so immediately, you owe it to your ears.

While i'm here, I can't help but express how utterly gorgeous Arctic Monkeys' cover of Drake's Hold On We're Going Home in the Radio 1 Live Lounge was. I didn't expect much from it as I'm really not into Drake at all. However, Alex Turner made it sound like some sort of beautifully composed piece of art. I'm so obsessed with this cover I now know a Drake song off by heart which is a bit embarrassing...

I'm sorry for unleashing my inner fan girl but sometimes these things can't be helped.
Love Anna x

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Gel Cream Eyeshadow | Review

As usual I am absolutely skint. However, that's no excuse to miss out on a new season of makeup, so I decided to browse the high street for a cheap fix. Of course I marched straight into Superdrug (student discount anyone?). Since it's Autumn I felt I needed to to bring some warmth into my daily makeup routine, any shade of brown or burgundy has my vote and you can't go wrong with a smudge of glitter!

After seeing beauty bloggers rave reviewing Maybelline's Colour Tattoo Gel Cream Eyeshadow, I simply had to try it out. I'm not overly adventurous with make up so I plumped for the shimmery On and On Bronze, £4.99 - Bargain! I absolutely love this product already because the pigment can be applied lightly to give a delicate, natural glow yet is strong enough to be built up for a night out. A natural bronze eye suits absolutely all skin tones and hair colours and is perfect for a cosy yet glamorous look. It's also so easy to apply, I don't use a brush as I find it smooths on easily by finger. It claims to last for 24 hours. but that's a little longer than I care to wear make up for, so I can only report back that it stays put and crease free for a good 12 hours. I definitely recommend this product if you're searching for budget beauty this season.
Love, Anna x

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Leather Jackets

Autumn/Winter 2013 and leather jackets (faux, of course) are again a massively hot trend. Not only do they keep you snug and dry in the predictably rubbish British weather, they also compliment almost any outfit to make a statement. I've waited all Summer for it to be cold enough to wear mine again and my love for it is back and stronger than ever! If you haven't invested in one yet, you're really missing out so here are my top three from the high street.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Twenty One

Recently i've seen the '21 facts about me' tag floating around the blogosphere a lot and i'll probably join in on this at a later date. However, for now, I thought sharing my twenty one all time favourite songs with you would tell you enough about me. It took a lot of intense trawling through my iTunes library but after much deliberation I finally managed to narrow it down. *Dermot O'Leary voice* In no particular order, here are the winners!

I definitely think I have a song for every mood here; some I can sing my heart out to whilst dancing around home alone, some I can listen to peacefully when I can't sleep and every situation in between! They also span over a few decades from 1982-2013 which is interesting. Comment below if you share any of my favourite songs. :)

Love, Anna x