Currently #8

Wow it’s been a whole seven months since I last wrote a currently list! Well no time like the present and I have a long time to catch up with to be honest! I still can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote a currently, I guess it just goes to show how busy I’ve been.

Watching – I’ve been watching all sorts of stuff recently but for some reason throughout November and December me and Dane were watching LOADS of anime! I love anime so much and at times I go months without watching it, only to come back to it and realise how much I miss it. We’ve been watching various different anime’s at the moment but a couple in general that we’ve been watching are Penguindrum and Your Lie in April.

When I was first talking to Dane I was making my way through Penguindrum (known in Japan as Mawaru Penguindrum) and it’s a very strange anime, but one I will never forget as it does leave an impact on you due to the story line. I had told Dane about it before and for years he wanted to watch it but it was always expensive to buy. However when we were at Comic Con in November (you can read about what fun we had here) we found the anime for £20, which was a bargain! We haven’t actually finished watching it together yet BUT we’ve watched most of it and I forgot how weird and funny the show can be. To quickly explain what it’s about…

With their parents gone, twin brothers Kanba and Shouma live alone with their beloved little sister Himari, whose poor health cannot decline any further. On the day Himari is given permission to temporarily leave the hospital, her brothers take her out to the aquarium to celebrate, where the family’s supposed fate is brought forth with her sudden collapse. However, when Himari is inexplicably revived by a penguin hat from the aquarium’s souvenir shop, the hand of fate continues to tick faithfully forward. With her miraculous recovery, though, comes a cost: there is a new entity within her body, whose condition for keeping her fate at bay sends the boys on a wild goose chase for the mysterious “Penguin Drum.” In their search, the boys will have to follow the threads of fate leading from their own shocking past and into the lives of other wishmakers vying for the Penguin Drum, all hoping to land upon their chosen destiny. (Taken from My Anime List)

I decided to attach a funny video of the penguins in the show, as they’re probably the best part of the anime. 😀

Another anime I mentioned that we’ve been watching is Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso in Japanese) which I am yet to finish watching. It’s currently on Netflix but for my birthday Dane bought me the first Blu Ray (you can read about that here) which I loved so much! My favourite anime is Nana because of how romantic and beautifully realistic and powerful the story line is, BUT this is definitely one that could have overrode Nana as I love the story line so damn much! I recently guessed how it ends, which I’m gutted about. I’ll pop a little synopsis for this anime as well, even though I’m sure the trailer above will do it justice!

Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano. Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again. Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April. (Taken from My Anime List)

Reading – I’ve been reading quite a lot of manga lately! Reading books isn’t really something I do anymore… Which is a shocker considering I love writing. I actually blame my masters to be honest. I read so much shit during my course (is that too much to admit? :P) that I think I’ve read enough to last me a while.

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ANYWAY… I finally finished reading Nana and I felt so numb and deflated at the end of it because of writer and artist of the manga hasn’t finished it yet. I want to know how it ends so I won’t be able to find out until she returns from her hiatus. I thought I was going to cry as I came close to finishing the manga due to what happens and what I’ve already said, but I was okay. I’ll just have some hope that someday soon I’ll be able to know what has happened to certain characters.

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Dane and his parents bought me quite a lot of manga for Christmas and my birthday so I have loads to keep me occupied for a while. Before Christmas however Dane gave me the first volume of Your Lie in April which I loved reading! Since then I’ve been gifted some more and bought all of them, so now I have the whole collection! I intend to spend the next couple of weeks reading the series as I want to know what happens.

As well as that I was gifted some other manga books too which I intend to get through after Your Lie in April.

Listening – I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned it on my blog recently but I went to see The Pretty Reckless live nearly two weeks ago and I can safely say I had an amazing time and definitely had some post gig blues a few days later. Dane went with me and it was our first gig together, which was also really lovely. I’d seen The Pretty Reckless support Evanescence back in 2011 and I loved the show so much. I had heard The Pretty Reckless’ stuff before but had never thought much about it until that gig. From then on I fell in love and they’re one of my favourite bands now. Their new album came out in October so since then I’ve been listening to the album loads, especially recently after seeing them play. One of my favourite songs from the new album is “Take Me Down” which was the first single they released from the album. As well as that I also love the first song on the album “The Walls Are Closing In / Hangman”.

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Eating – Since the start of the New Year I’ve changed my diet so much! Both me and Dane realised that since moving into the house we’ve not exactly been eating as well as we could or should so we said we would change the way we eat and what we eat. I’ve been making a lot of stuff myself, including chips and let me tell you, my own chips are the best! I’d prefer to make my own than go to the chippy for example. I’ll be popping my recipe up on my blog in February as they’re too nice not to share. As well as that I’ve baked a couple of times since my birthday including gingerbread men (and foxes!) as well as a red velvet cake loaf.

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Wearing – I’m not going to lie when I admit I’ve been living in my lounge wear the majority of the year so far. I bought myself a new pair of Victoria Secret PINK boyfriend pants, which I picked up in the sale. They were meant to be £29.00 but the sticker on them said £21.00 so I got them cheaper than I should have! WOOP! As well as that I have been wearing my Ohayou Clothing Eevee varsity jacket loads since Dane gave it me for Christmas. At The Pretty Reckless gig I bought one of their t-shirts before the show and picked up a raglan tee. I love these and would love to get more! This new addition to my wardrobe is one I’ve worn quite a lot already as it’s just so comfortable and I often team it up with my PINK pants, which are a dusky rose pink by the way. 😛

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Wanting – I’m trying to be all spending ban at the moment and as hard as I try I do keep seeing things I want. ARGH! But right now the one thing I REALLY REALLY WANT is tickets to go and see Evanescence in June. They’ve released another date which isn’t yet sold out and sadly due to lack of funds I can’t afford to go, BUT I’m going to see what I can do. I want me and Dane to go to London for a few days for the show, to have a look around London and just enjoy ourselves. We’ve had a very busy seven months since we got the  keys to our house and I think we deserve a break and something to look forward to. Sadly we can’t afford to go aboard on holiday right now, so why not just go somewhere for a couple of days? I’ll see what I can do. Maybe make it a surprise. 🙂

SO I finally have a currently list since when me and Dane first got the keys for the house. Those seven months have flown by and I can’t believe we’ve been in the house that long already.

What’s on your currently list right now? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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September ’16 Wish List

Gosh I really struggled to get this wish list put together this month and I really don’t know why! I did feel like I was lusting after more things coming up to September but alas that doesn’t appear to be the case.

I managed to scrape a list together mind and I can actually see September being a very naughty month for me… I would have included the Kat Von D items I’m hoping to pick up from Debenhams mid September but I want to have a separate post for that.

But for now here is my wish list for September, woohoo!

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  • Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip in She’s Just Jelly – £15.95 (link)

As regular readers of my blog will know I love wearing lipsticks and especially liquid lipsticks. Although I love my Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipsticks I am always open to trying other brands. I have heard nothing but great things about Beauty Bakerie and would love to give their matte lip whips a go! I’ve had my eye on She’s Just Jelly which is a lovely dark purple shade, which will be perfect for autumn and winter.

  • Oh K! Cherry Blossom Hand Cream – £6.50 (link)

I’ve heard quite a bit about Oh K! recently from various bloggers and it looks like such an adorable brand, very kawaii! I have wanted something from the range for quite a while now but I hadn’t quite seen anything I liked the look of until now. I love hand cream and can never get enough of it, I put this down to my eczema… But how adorable is the packaging for this hand cream??? It’s an adorable panda and I would make sure to keep reusing the pot after using the hand cream up. Plus it has a cherry blossom scent, can’t get any better than that eh? I’ll be keeping my eye on this and picking it up when I need a treat.

  • Blink-182 California Album – £4.99 (link)

I have listened to this album already… Many times in fact and I love it so much! I haven’t listened to an album like this for a long time where I just want to keep listening to it, so I’m really pleased about that as you may have guessed. The band just seem better off without Tom DeLonge and instead with Matt Skiba. I always preferred +44 because their music just wasn’t kiddy and silly all the time. If you loved +44 like I did then you will love Blink-182 now Tom has gone!  I don’t know if I’ll buy this as a CD, instead I might just pick it up on iTunes. I can’t believe how cheap CD’s are now!

  • Soft Kitty Clothing Pastel Pika Dress – £17.00 (link)

I’m a sucker for lycra clothing, usually Black Milk Clothing but 1. they’re super expensive and 2. they haven’t yet released a Pokemon collection. I recently discovered Soft Kitty Clothing through a seller on Depop and decided to check out the clothing on their website for myself. Well there really are some little gems on there, including this dress. I’m a massive Pokemon nerd so this dress is really up my street, and at £17.00 it’s a complete bargain too. I don’t know if I’ll ever buy this to be honest as whilst I am brave enough to wear all sorts out and about, I don’t know if I would be able to feel confident in this dress… I guess teamed up with some nice shoes and a cool jacket I could pull it off… We shall see. I would love if they made an Eeveelutions or Mew dress.

  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – £10.57 (link)

If you haven’t heard or seen people talking about this mask on blogs and YouTube then you need to crawl up from under your rock and get searching. This is a Korean face mask that everyone seems to be trying at the moment. It’s a mask that reacts with oxygen to foam up and expand, and let me tell you it looks really cool! I’ll pop the link to where Bunny over at grav3yardgirl tried it. I really want to give this a go as not only does it look cool but it actually sounds like an awesome face mask to try.

  • Village Candle Wax Melts in Sugarplum Fairy – £3.90 (link)

Village Candle are a brand I haven’t tried before but Dane has and they are beautiful candles. Just as good as Yankee Candle’s to be honest. Near to where I live someone was selling these in a store so I got to smell pretty much all the scents. Sadly when I went to go and purchase this she had left and was only selling online from then on. Was a real shame to be honest but meh at least I can buy from her online. Sugarplum Fairy is a scent that I can’t really describe… All I can say about it is that it smells sweet and reminds me of something I would have smelt and fallen in love with as a child. I’m burning wax tarts like crazy of late so I would love to add these to my collection in the future.

  • Build A Bear Pokemon Eevee Set – £48.50 (link)

I have saved the best until last for this post and this is definitely something I will be buying as soon as I am paid (in 6 days!!!!!) as I really want it! I heard about the rumor of an Eevee joining the Build A Bear store but I didn’t quite believe it… That is until pictures leaked. Due to all the leaks and excitement around this teddy Build A Bear decided to release it early. AHHH! At the time of writing this post the Eevee came out today, and has already sold out in America. I know it’s expensive but there is a reason for that. You get the Eevee, two outfits, a voice box inside so it can speak and a limited edition Pokemon card exclusively for Build A Bear. I really want to order this right now, but I’m skint so I won’t be able to. Plus it’s now out of stock in the UK… Sad times. This is so damn cute! I’d end up keeping it downstairs in the living room to snuggle into whilst watching TV with Dane. I’m such a big kid, I don’t even care!

So that was my wish list for September! What goodies do you have your eye on this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far.

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A-Z: Get To Know Me!

I recently found a post of the same title by Be over at Love From Be (link) and I just loved the post so much. It was just a nice and different way of getting to know the blogger you enjoy reading, or have just discovered. So I thought I would give it a go myself! Make sure to go and check out Be’s blog, as she’s so lovely and down to Earth.

Anime – I love anime so much, it’s something I have enjoyed watching from a young age, and the older I’ve got the more anime shows I have found myself watching. Some of my favourites are Elfen Lied, Nana, Azumanga Daioh, Himouto! Umaru-Chan, Sword Art Online, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

Blogging – I didn’t want to have to use this as the letter B, but I really couldn’t think of anything else! I love my blog. It’s my number one hobby, and something I would love to turn into my job in the future. I’ve been running my blog for four years now, and I continue to carry on with it for as long as possible.

Coffee – Well, the title of my blog does have the word coffee in it! I do really like coffee, so much so I worked in Costa Coffee for nearly three years. That is probably the first time I’ve admitted to working in Costa on my blog. 😛 My favourite coffee is vanilla flat white. I love my coffee strong! 😛

Dirty Sanchez – One of my favourite shows has to be this. I love not only that the guys are from the UK, but I also love how they do some worse off stuff than what Jackass have ever done. I’m sad that they aren’t still around, but I’ll always think of Dirty Sanchez as one of the shows I grew up watching and loving.

Evanescence – My favourite band for over ten years now. I fell in love with them when I first heard “Bring Me To Life” on KERRANG! Radio. I ended up buying their first album Fallen and listening to it none stop. I still have that album to this day! I have seen them live twice, and hope to go again in the future. I’ve also met all the band mates (apart from Amy!) from the Evanescence album days. My favourite song is “Imaginary”.

Fuerteventura – This place is legit my second home. I’ve been going there since the age of 5 and I love it. I didn’t go for 10 years and it broke my heart, I forgot how much I loved it and how amazing it was there. I really want to live there one day… But we shall see. I would want to work in a cocktail bar, or hell even run my own on the beach! 😛

Gaming – I’m a gamer. Not a hardcore one, but I still love to play my games! I’m also a console collector too, and I currently own 7 consoles (Nintendo SNES and GameCube, Playstation, PS2, PS3, and PS4, and an Xbox 360), as well as my handheld collection of the original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS Lite, and my Nintendo 2DS. Go me! But I love playing games. Currently obsessed with the LEGO games. I can’t wait for the Star Wars one to come out.

Hyper Japan – I went to my first Hyper Japan convention last summer in London and I loved it so damn much! It wasn’t as good as I was hoping it was going to be, but I still enjoyed myself. I really hope that me and Dane can attend the winter one this year, seeing as we went to the summer one last year.

iPhone – I own an iPhone 6 and I love it to bits! It’s by far the best phone I have owned to date, and I just love it. It feels nice to hold, is great to look at, and to be honest my new phone case just makes me happy. I only got it in the post yesterday when I got home from work and it’s just so adorable. Who can say no to a sleeping Mew, huh?

Jackass – Another one of my favourite shows. I grew up watching this too funnily enough! I would skip school to stay at home eating toast and watching TV shows on MTV. Or I would stay awake all night watching them on Viva. God those were the days! I was gutted when Ryan Dunn died too by the way. It really hit home as he was my favourite one on the show. I’m sad that this has also come to an end, but I love Bad Grandpa, it’s amazing!

Kawaii – A Japanese word for cute. I love cute things and often say kawaii about them to try and be cute myself. It rarely works and I end up looking like a complete loser. 😛

Lipstick – This is really the only makeup I wear, and I’m pretty damn proud of that! I love lipstick, and I’ve recently started to get braver in wearing darker lip shades than I already wear. I love liquid lipsticks the most right now. My favourite brand being Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I also love my MAC lipsticks too, my favourite shade will always be Rebel. I love wearing reds, dark pinks, and purples. Can never get enough of them!

Manga – I love reading manga. I started to read it back in 2011 when I finish university and had time on my hands. I started with Elfen Lied, then moved onto Azumanga Daioh, and Nana. I currently have some Nana to finish reading and then I’ll be moving onto the Sword Art Online series. I need to read the Attack On Titan manga too… But I only have enough time on my hands for one thing at a time.

Nendoroid – These are the awesome figures that me and Dane collect, and we really do love them! We have a nice little collection going at the mostly, which are mostly Dane’s. I only have 3 at the moment whilst he has (from memory) 10 figures… My collection is really lame in comparison! Good Smile recently announced they were creating a Deadpool Nendoroid, so me and Dane are really excited for him!

Ocean – I love the ocean. I love how beautiful it looks and sounds with the colours, and the crashing and gentle swishing noises. I finally got to swim in the sea/ocean on my holiday last January with Dane and I loved it so damn much! I can’t wait to do that again someday.

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Pokemon – Since the age of 6 I have loved Pokemon, and that love is still just as strong now 10 years later. I still play the games, lust after the cute plushies (as you’ll have seen from my recent wish list post here), and get excited when any new news comes out to do with the franchise. I don’t care if I’m a 26-year-old woman, I love Pokemon! 😛

Queens Of The Stone Age – One of my other favourite bands, and one I really want to see soon! I have always ended up not going to see them live due to having no money, no one to go with, or them playing too far away from home. When they tour again however I won’t let the chance slip away!

Red – Not my  favourite colour (that’s purple) but it’s my colour of choice clothing wise! I love the colour red and how bold, and sexy it looks. It also suits me due to my warm yellow skin tone, as well as my brown hair and eyes. I’m after a gorgeous red rain coat at the moment, but alas I haven’t found much.

Studio Ghibli – This is my Disney. You know everyone loves Disney movies? Well I love Studio Ghibli movies. Me and my boyfriend between us have pretty much all of the films on DVD and whenever a new one comes out we try to go and watch it at the cinema. My favourite is Spirited Away, it always has been and I’m pretty sure it always will be. I do rather like Grave of The Fireflies, even though it’s a really sad film.

Teachers – Another TV show I grew up watching! This used to be on Channel 4 back in the day when I was still at school myself! It always made me want to be a teacher deep down due to how much fun all the teachers had both in and outside of school. Alas that hasn’t happened… My favourite season is probably season 2, but I love them all!

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Umaru – I am legit Umaru… Constantly hermitting away in my room playing games, eating crap, reading manga, and lusting after things I can’t afford to buy. I’m not cute like her though… Just a very sad 16-year-old stuck inside someone 10 years older than herself… Oh dear. 😛

Vitamin D – This is an odd one, but I actually recently found out I have a vitamin D deficiency… Which of course sucks but I’m currently on medication to help it. The little pills I get are tiny blue ones, which remind me of The Matrix. 😛

Writing – I love to write. I do it for my blog, I write books and stories in my spare time, and I even studied critical and creative writing for my masters degree (as well as for my BA too…). So it is safe to say I love writing. 😛 Need I say more than that???

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Yankee Candle – I love these candles! They’re my candle of choice whenever I go to buy any new ones, so I’m always burning them at home. I currently have Christmas Eve burning at the moment as I’m trying to use up all my  tea lights and votives. 🙂

Z (I apologise but I couldn’t think of anything with this letter…)

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So that was my A-Z about me! Thanks again to Be for posting about this, as if she hadn’t I might not have gotten the chance to have a go at it myself. I also apologise if any of my answers were lame… 😛

Will you be having a go at talking about yourself through an A-Z post? Make sure to let me know if you do so I can read yours!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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Currently #5

Since the end of February my life seems to be really busy… I mean REALLY busy! Mixture of work, and personal life. I can’t really go into detail as to why it’s so busy at the moment, but soon I’ll hopefully be able to!

It’s currently my day off work, and I’m going to spend most of it in bed, catching up with my blog, and watching stuff on Netflix… Oh and not forgetting pole fitness later too!

Watching: I’ve watched loads of TV shows lately, but I recently discovered a new one called We Bare Bears. It’s a newish children’s TV show on Cartoon Network, but I only discovered it last Saturday. I watched the whole season one, and so far of season two and I really do love it! I prefer it to Adventure Time at the moment… The humour is great for both kids and adults, which I love. My favourite character is Ice Bear, but I can relate more to Pan Pan.

I’ve also been watching some old favourites I loved during, and after university, such as Mongrels and Him & Her. Currently watching the latter. I used to relate to Him & Her for agggges when I was younger, and I somewhat still do to this day. It’s just an amazing show, and the way it’s filmed in a fly on the wall style makes it feel more personal, which I like about it the most. Sadly this series ended a few years ago, and I am still yet to pick up the DVD’s!

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Reading: I haven’t been playing many games lately… Well not really anyway. Not because I haven’t wanted to, but purely because I really haven’t had the time! But I have recently picked up my Nana manga again, and I forgot how much I loved it! I’m currently on book 14 out of 21 so I have a while to go yet! I’ve also been reading my Bee & PuppyCat comic book. I’ll probably try and finish my Nana manga series off soon so I can start the Sword Art Online manga fairly soonish.

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Listening: I haven’t listened to Evanescence for quite a long time, and recently listened to them driving to and from work. I don’t know how I neglected my favourite band for so long, but I’m glad to have listened to their work again! Fallen is still my favourite album ever, and I can’t wait to have it blasting from my car windows in the summer!

Eating: I haven’t really eaten anything special at the moment… I made me and Dane a macaroni cheese last night, with some of the fresh pasta that me and one of my co workers made that morning. It was delicious, and I added turkey ham to it as well! Nommy nom! I also made us some creme brulee… I say made, but I bought them from Sainsbury’s and then shoved them in the oven with some sugar on top. They didn’t have that nice crack on the top, but they were hella delicious! I have done nothing lately but drink tea, and I don’t know why! xD

Wearing: I have been living in Dane’s tartan pajama bottoms lately… They’re just so damn comfortable and baggy and actually, they really compliment my body. Clothes outside of my house wise, I’ve been living in Dane’s Funeral For A Friend hoodie. It’s just so damn comfortable, and I’m glad he hasn’t asked for it back yet… Nearly three years later! I seem to be living in Dane’s clothes instead of my own.

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Wanting: Seeing as I’m on a semi spending ban, I am trying so hard not to buy things. My wanting/wish list is pretty huge at the moment. The one thing I am excited and REALLY want however is the new Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick shade he’s just revealed, Scorpio! It’s a grey purple shade, and exactly what I’ve been after for quite some time! So as soon as that comes out I’ll be ordering myself one. Other than that at the moment I have been lusting after a couple of rain macs from Marks & Spencer. They’re gorgeous bright red ones… But I can’t bring myself to buy one. I need to watch my money. 😦

So those are my currently at the moments! I was going to do a life lately post to have a bit of a catch up, but with not being able to reveal much of what actually HAS been going on at the moment, there wasn’t much point.

I do apologise for being so quiet on my blog lately, as I said at the start of this post I’ve been incredibly busy lately so as soon as I get a day off, or a chance to breathe I use that time to do things I need to do… That sounds mean to my blog but I don’t mean it that way. I don’t make money from my blog. I do from my job!

On that note, what are you currently loving? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and see you soon.

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Currently #2

I know it hasn’t been too long since the last currently list (just over two weeks to be exact!) but I felt the need to do another one, as I have currently been doing, and loving so much stuff! All whilst working a lot… Which is the reason I’ve been so quiet on my blog lately.

Watching: I’ve been watching Jackass again lately. Every time I re-watch it I am once again reminded how much I love that damn show, but at the same time I forgot just how much I miss Ryan Dunn. As well as Jackass me and my boyfriend recently downloaded the Crunchy Roll app, and we are in love with it! It’s an app like Netflix that allows you to watch anime, as well as Japanese drama, and regular readers will know how much I love all things Japan (apart from octopus balls… Ew) so this app was a definite must have for us. Thanks to the app I was able to finally watch Himouto! Umaru-chan, something I have wanted to watch for AGES! It’s an anime about a high school girl who outside of her house and in school appears to be perfect, in every way. However as soon as she goes home, she turns into a lazy, gaming nerd. That is legit me… Apart from the perfect in every way… That isn’t me. 😛 BUT it is such an amazing anime and I am already a huge fan. I recommend anime fans to check it out ASAP. I’ve linked a video above with the introduction to the show. I don’t want to link anything that will ruin the show for anyone.

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Playing: There’s one game I’ve been playing loads this month and that’s Lego: The Hobbit game. I had neglected it for a while until recently when I decided it was time to finish it… I’m not even halfway through it… DOH! I loved The Hobbit films, and although a lot of people disliked them, they were my favourite out of the Lord of The Rings series… Please don’t hate me LoTR’s fans! Alongside that me and my boyfriend finished Life is Strange, after the last episode came out last week. I’ve loved that game so much, and I really want to play it from start to finish soon. The story was amazing, and the way it ended was incredibly sad and not at all predictable like most games, movies, books, etc are these days. I recommend Life is Strange if you like gaming, especially games like Heavy Rain, and Beyond Two Souls where you need to choose how the story ends.

Listening: I honestly haven’t listened to much different from I usually do… I usually listen to Bloodhound Gang of late, but alas this hasn’t been the case the past couple of weeks. On my drive to work and back I’ve had my iPod on shuffle, but this being said a certain band has stuck out lately, and I’ve listened to them quite a bit not just in my car, but also in my boyfriends car. I grew up listened to Limp Bizkit’s album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (gosh, what a mouthful!) so whenever I listen to it now it takes me back to when I first started to discover nu metal/rap metal and how much I loved it. To name a few of my favourite songs from the album would have to be, “My Way” (which is my favourite Limp Bizkit song tbh…), “Livin’ It Up”, and “Getcha Groove On” (which I have linked above in a YouTube video as it’s my favourite song from the album).

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Eating: I’ve been eating so much Japanese food lately, it’s crazy. With the new Grand Central opening in Birmingham, and also a new Yo! Sushi opening up in there too, me and my boyfriend thought we would treat ourselves to Japanese food there. Only to do the same again the weekend after, but at a Japanese restaurant in Coventry called Chi Bar. My friend also wanted to visit the new Yo! Sushi, so I went again, and like before we also went to the Chi Bar that same weekend too! It sounds really bad eating so much Japanese food, diet wise, but oh my it was so worth it! I’m such a fan for the sumo bowls at Yo! Sushi, as well as any flavour gyoza. Yummy!

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Wearing: I’ve still been wearing my Dr Martens boots loads, but sadly they have been giving my feet a bit of trouble so they’ve been retired for a few weeks to allow my feet a much-needed break. Instead I have been rocking my Star Wars Vans again, a pair of shoes that I have been loving all of 2015 so far, and I know this will continue. They’re so perfect and easy to wear, with any outfit really. I really want to pick up another pair, just incase my current ones fall apart or anything worse! I do however have some new Vans, which I will be showing off on Friday!

Image taken from Jeffree Star Cosmetics official Instagram page

Wanting: Honestly there isn’t all that much I am lusting after at the moment… Which comes as a shock to me to be perfectly honest. 😛 If there is one thing I really want right now, it is one of the Christmas shades from Jeffree Star Cosmetics, this one of course being Hoe Hoe Hoe. It is a beautiful dark red shade, with pink shimmer running throughout. I haven’t seen anyone else do this with a liquid lipstick, and not to mention it is very beautiful! I’ll be ordering one as soon as they are put live on Cocktail Cosmetics website!

What things are you currently into? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below. I apologise that I have been so quiet lately, I am now working full-time at work again so I am trying my best to try and juggle work and my blog. It’ll all be okay! ^_^

Until next time all, take care and I hope all my readers are having a lovely week so far.

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Non Beauty Favourites #1

Whilst chilling out in my room this morning, applying for jobs, and catching up with iPlayer, I decided that I would share my non beauty favourites with you guys. I’ve always wanted to do a post like this, but I’ve never really had enough things to actually talk about to make it worthy enough. However, I have loads of things I have been loving lately, that I just NEED to share them with you now!

  • 100% Chilled Album

I’ve owned this album for a month now, if not a little longer and I really do love it! Aside from alternative, metal, and pretty much any form of rock music, I also really like electronica, house, and chill out music. So when I saw this album being advertised, I knew I had to have it! I’m not a huge fan of compilation CD’s and I don’t know if this is due to being bought Now CD’s as soon as they came out as a kid. I loved them, don’t get me wrong! But I often found out of 40 songs I would only like about half of them, if that. I always found I swayed towards CD two as well, the one that didn’t have the popular songs on it. However with this album I like pretty much all the songs, which is good of course! I pop this on for my drive to and from work, it really does help me chill out, and I love having a sing along with the tracks that come on. I now have this on my iPod and my iPhone so I can listen to it when on the go as well. I’ll be taking it on holiday as well for me and my dad to listen to, as I know he’ll love it. I thought I would list my top 5 favourite tracks off of the album:

  1.  “La La La” ft. Sam Smith – Naughty Boy (YouTube link)
  2. “Waves” (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – Mr. Probz (YouTube link)
  3. “Stay High” (Hippie Sabotage Remix) – Tove Lo (YouTube link)
  4. “Intro” – The xx (YouTube link)
  5. “Counting Stars”OneRepublic (YouTube link)

If you think you’ll like the sound of this album, I recommend picking it up! Aside from No Devotion’s new album coming out at the end of the month, I can see this being my go to album for autumn and winter.

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  • South Park

If there is one show that I cannot stop watching at the moment, it’s most definitely South Park. A thing of genius, beauty, and offensive shit. I’m even watching it now whilst I write this post! I’ve just got to season 12 and wow, the show really has changed since season 1, the season I grew up watching and pissing myself laughing at. Next week the new season will launch, which is pretty cool and exciting! A lot of people don’t like South Park due to how offensive it can be, but I think it’s hilarious and when you read and watch interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, you find out that they aren’t intending to offend people, they’re just making a silly TV show and if it offends people, then it wasn’t intentional. Of course, they are also the guys behind The Book of Mormon (review here), something I went to watch with my boyfriend in July. Lately I’ve not been feeling too great, and when I’ve been at home I’ve been watching this and it sure has cheered me up! It’s hard to pick my favourite character, but since it came out it has always been Kenny, but Butters is now my second favourite. They’re both somewhat similar, but different at the same time. Kenny is poor, doesn’t take off his parka that often, and seems to be more knowledgeable about women out of all the boys. He’s also notorious for being killed in episodes, something the creators stopped happening so often, so when they DO kill him in an episode it’s hilarious. Whereas with Butters, he is just adorable! Constantly getting into trouble with his parents and being grounded, being the innocent one out of all the boys, and just being adorable when he says, “oh hamburgers!” I love South Park now more than I ever have, and I’ll be sad when I finally get up to date with all the episodes. Here are my favourite 5 episodes at the moment:

  1. “Weight Gain 4000” – Season 1
  2. “Kenny Dies” – Season 5
  3. “Scott Tenorman Must Die” – Season 5
  4. “Towelie” – Season 5
  5. “Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset” – Season 8
  6. “Woodland Critter Christmas” – Season 8
  7. “AWESOM-O” – Season 8
  8. “Marjorine” – Season 9
  9. “Best Friends Forever” – Season 9
  10. “Make Love Not Warcraft” – Season 10

Okay I couldn’t just do 5 episodes, I had to do 10! They’re in no best to last order, I love them all equally. Go check out South Park though if you loved it as a teen, it’s even better now.

  • Tsum Tsum iPhone Game

I’m totally addicted to this game! I used to own it when it first came out, but I got bored of it and ended deleting. Recently however I saw it being advertised on the App Store and decided to give it another go, and I’m glad I did. This is a little game where you need to join up the various Tsum Tsum characters to essentially get rid of them. They never go mind, but you can get loads of points and cash through it, and then with the cash you can buy new Tsum Tsum characters to play with. They all have different tricks and such you can use to get rid of the characters in the game. It’s very addictive, free, and I recommend it to anyone! The only thing I don’t like about it is that you need to e connected to wifi or 3G/4G to play it. GRR!

  • Sudoku

To me there is nothing better than relaxing evening of playing Sudoku whilst I watch South Park, or chill out with my boyfriend. Yeah, that sound pretty dull but I love it! Sudoku is something not many enjoy, due to how long it can take to finish one puzzle, but I love that side of it! Recently my boyfriend bought me this gorgeous book and since then I haven’t stopped doing the puzzles. I usually buy a cheapo mini book that I keep in my handbags when out on the go, but this one is much better to pull out of my bag. It was pricey at £2, but totally worth it!

So those were my non beauty favourites recently! I really enjoyed doing this post, and I can see me doing them every now and again. What did you think of this new addition to my blog? Yay, nay? Let me know the comments, as well as what non beauty things you’ve been loving lately.

Until next time, take care all!

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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories album review *WARNING LONG REVIEW*

Finally after eight years of waiting for the next studio album, Daft Punk have stopped the wait and released Random Access Memories on 20th May 2013. The album was available to preview on iTunes, which I listened to as I just couldn’t wait to have money to buy myself a copy (although I can safely say I have one now!)

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A little bit of bio and some facts about Daft Punk, incase you didn’t know!

Daft punk consists of two French guys called Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (the one who wears the gold helmet) and Thomas Bangalter (the one with the silver helmet).

The music genre they play is classed as house, although it does have elements of electronica, disco, funk and synthpop.

Although it seems like more, Daft Punk has only brought out 4 studio albums. Homework in 1997, Discovery in 2001, Human After All in 2005 and of course Random Access Memories in 2013.

Recognise this from the late 90’s? Well Thomas Bangalter was behind it! This was the only song Stardust brought out, but still to this day it’s one of my favourite songs.

In 2003 Discovery was turned into a Japanese-French anime film called Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. There isn’t any speech throughout the film and in the order they appear on the album, the songs are created into different scenes and thus create the whole film. If you haven’t watched it, I recommend it, but if you’ve watched Daft Punk music videos, you’ll recognise the blue guys (and girl).

As many know, Daft Punk created the entire Tron: Legacy soundtrack, which was amazing! It was so great that they made an appearance in the film too.

The two make an appearance in the game DJ Hero, which came out in 2009. The game contains 11 new mixes which feature their songs, as well as other artists. The duo are also available to play as after you play their set in the game, which is pretty cool.

A group of chiptune/8-bit artists got together and created Volume 1 and 2 of Da Chip, Daft Punk songs in 8-bit versions. Both volumes are amazing and free to download! Some great chiptune/8-bit artists appear such as Sabrepulse, Knife City, Stage7 and more! Here’s the link to their website if you want to check them out and download the volumes.

Finally over the years Daft Punks costumes have changed, probably not enough for you to notice, but in total they’ve had four changes. If you’re curious how they’ve changed, check this website out! They’re amazing for any information about Daft Punk and I view it weekly for updates.

Image taken from Random Access Memories Wikipedia page

Right, where to start! I’m going to talk a little bit about each track on the album, just because I love each song so much they all need a say!

“Give Life Back to Music”
“The Game of Love”
“Giorgio by Moroder”
“Within”
“Instant Crush” (featuring Julian Casablancas)
“Lose Yourself to Dance” (featuring Pharrell Williams)
“Touch” (featuring Paul Williams)
“Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams)
“Beyond”
“Motherboard”
“Fragments of Time” (featuring Todd Edwards)
“Doin’ It Right” (featuring Panda Bear)
“Contact”

The first thing I can say about this album is how Daft Punk has changed their sound slightly to create a disco, electronic, funk sound and as usual, Daft Punk got it perfect! The album is being said to pay tribute to the late 1970’s – early 1980’s, which I didn’t realise until I read said statement. Plus the fact that the duo got Giovanni Giorgio on board, who at the start of “Giorgio by Moroder” talks about how he went from low to high with his own musical career, which of course started in the late 1960’s, early 1970’s.

Daft Punk got some well-known artists together, both young and old to help them create this album. Giovanni Giorgio who has worked with many artists over the years, one of these being Donna Summer. Julian Casablancas, singer of The Strokes features on “Instant Crush” for the vocals, as does Pharrell Williams from N.E.R.D. on tracks “Lose Yourself to Dance” and “Get Lucky”. Some other featuring artists include Paul Williams who has done too much for me to mention here, so I’d recommend you go Google him! Todd Edwards is known for his house and garage house tracks, as well as his various remixes of songs by Klaxons and Justice. Finally Panda Bear who I honestly had never heard of until Random Access Memories, he sounds like a cool artist to check out.

Right, let’s get on with talking about tracks!

“Give Life Back to Music”

The song that introduces an album has to be great enough that the listener doesn’t turn off and judge that the whole album is crap, based off that one song. “Give Life Back to Music” reminds me of walking into a discotheque from the 1970’s. Everyone dressed in amazing clothes, with beautiful hair and gorgeous faces, figures AND don’t even get me started on the shoes! This song just sums up what the album has in store for us, with funky lyrics such as ‘let the music in tonight just turn on the music, let the music of your life give life back to music’. It just sets the scene for the rest of the album and with that we have an amazing opening track. If this is what disco was like when my parents were my age, then I wish I was hitting 60 soon!

“The Game of Love”

One of the more relaxed tracks on the album, “The Game of Love” is a love song about someone having their heart broken, even if the lyrics are repeated throughout the whole song and thus pretty simple, anyone can relate to them and the sound of the track just makes it work. It has a more funk sound to it and follows after “Give Life Back to Music” perfectly! Even though you can’t hear the vocalist’s true voice (one, if not both of the guys sang in this track) due to them being altered and such, it just makes the track even better, as it fits with the sound of the entire song. The bass in the background is really chilled and I’m going to try and find a tab for it soon to play myself. This song is amazing, without lyrics or not you can tell it’s a heartfelt track.

“Giorgio by Moroder”

When I first heard this track it surprised me and not in a bad way! I heard a European guy talking about his life and his musical career and it’s just a really nice introduction to the track. It’s actually Giovanni Giorgio talking, who I mentioned a bit about earlier on in this review. From what I get about this track is that Daft Punk tried to take the track from various different periods of sounds, such as what Giorgio talks about in his speech, an example being, ‘I wanted to do an album with the sounds of the 50s, the sounds of the 60s, of the 70s, and then have a sound of the future.’ which I thought was really interesting. As you listen to the track from start to finish, it keeps a similar beat, but the style of music changes. One minute it sounds electronic, next funk, then disco and then maybe a bit of blues and soul thrown in there. The track is nuts, but it sounds absolutely amazing and when this is played live, the crowd are going to go insane! The end of this track shows the clicks that Giorgio talks about in his little speech, which is pretty cool and a perfect end to the song.

“Within”

I wasn’t sure what to make of this track when I first heard it, but after a couple of listens (well more than a couple!) I’ve finally decided. The introduction reminds me of something you would hear/see being played in a small underground jazz bar in the 1990’s. I can imagine a blues band behind playing the backing track, whilst a guy or even a woman who would sing this song. It seems rather sad and the lyrics show how lost the song is supposed to be. It’s a relaxing song, the lyrics are meaningful (once again) and this is something I know I’ll listen to a lot when I’m feeling lonely or down as the lyrics personally are something I have thought about every once in a while. Otherwise, this song is lovely and definitely one for the ladies… With lots of cats… I kid, I kid!

“Instant Crush” (featuring Julian Casablancas)

This is my favourite song on the album, by far! When I first heard it I just knew I would fall in love with every aspect of it. I didn’t even realise who was singing on this track until I went to Google, let’s just say I made a little squeaky noise. As well as this it’s the first track to have a full set of lyrics (if that makes sense). The song is about… You know what? I can’t even figure out what it’s about! I had a look online and various people think it’s about a guy in love with a girl, but he doesn’t have the courage to tell her and thus he goes to a friend and misses out on his chance to tell her. But honestly I’m not sure, either way it’s not a cheery song, even if it does have an upbeat sort of sound to it. Either way I love this song and I know it’ll be one of my favourites for a very long time.

“Lose Yourself to Dance” (featuring Pharrell Williams)

After a couple of the sadder songs on the album, we’re thrown back into a discotheque style with Pharrell Williams singing the lyrics and either (if not both) of the Daft Punk guys singing a very catchy, ‘Come on, Come on’ in the background. This is the type of song that would be played at a gig or festival that everyone can clap and dance to, whether they knew the words or not. It’s just a happy, go lucky song about dancing and losing yourself whilst doing so. Definitely a winner for hot summer months, especially as it has a funky feel to it, I love it and can’t stop myself from singing along to it, ‘Everybody on the floor’ will definitely get you up to dance on a night out with your friends!

“Touch” (featuring Paul Williams)

I’m not such a fan of this track like I am with the rest of the tracks on this album, but that is purely for the way Paul Williams sings, but that’s just personal taste. It reminds me of something you would hear on an 80’s kids show and due to this I think it’s why I’m not a huge fan. There’s just something about this song that doesn’t fit with me, might be because of the time its set in, the vocals. I don’t know, I just know the only part of the song I like is from 3:00-6:15. It might grow on me the more I listen, but least favourite song on the album, it’s normal to have a least favourite I’m sure!

“Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams)

The first single from this album and a great one at that! Really catchy for the spring and summer, got a great vocalist on the track and the words are just awesome, typical Daft Punk track! The more I listened, the more I realised how it’s pretty much about  having sex but the more you listen to the lyrics the more you realise it can mean more than that. It could mean the feeling you have when you meet somebody for the first time, whether it be on a night out or any other way. Either way, this song is awesome and if it is about sex, it isn’t that apparent and works! Good job with the first single guys!

“Beyond”

For sure my second favourite song on the album. Everything about it! The introduction reminds me of a superheroes theme tune, which I thought was pretty cool! Then listening to the lyrics it seems like they’re trying to say go out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally. The lyrics are beautiful and so is the sound of the track itself. It’s relaxed, yet has a good beat with it. I’d describe it as a funk disco sound and for that it’s very unique due to what the lyrics are about. Overall beautiful song and everyone should hear it! ‘
You are the night, you are the ocean, you are the light behind the cloud. You are the end and the beginning, a world with time is not allowed’. Beautiful lyrics.

“Motherboard”

One of the two tracks on the whole album not to have any lyrics, but that’s because it doesn’t need them! When I first heard this track, I thought how amazing it sounded, but then  the odd and peculiar water sounds and effects came into the track and I didn’t understand them whatsoever! But the more you listen to the track, the more you can understand why they’re there. This track definitely builds itself up as it plays and it’s really nice. I’m curious why they called this “Motherboard” mind. My guess is something to do with a boat, maybe travelling around the beaches of some hot, sunny location like Ibiza. Either way it’s a lovely song though, something to listen to whilst travelling I’d say.

“Fragments of Time” (featuring Todd Edwards)

This is another one of my least favourites on the album. It’s a great song but the lyrics just seem a bit too happy for my liking, but I get why they’re that way. It’s to make people feel cheerful and bubbly and it’s nice in that sense. Now I think about it, I don’t exactly dislike it, but if I was to choose between this and “Beyond”, I’d pick “Beyond”! There’s an awesome guitar solo towards the end, which works really well! Could imagine this song being played whilst travelling somewhere in American from one state to another. Oh how poetic am I? You must have asked that a couple of times throughout this review! It’s a pretty cool track, great for summer for sure. I reckon it’ll grow on me the more I listen to it.

“Doin’ It Right” (featuring Panda Bear)

Another one of my firm favourites from the album. The song just has an amazing funky electronic sound to it that will definitely have singing along to it for a very long time! It’s pretty much a song about going out and enjoying yourself. I couldn’t imagine this being played in a club mind unless it was mixed or mashed in with something else, it’d be a bit awkward to dance to. The tune to this song is catchy as hell and I keep finding myself humming and singing ‘Doing it right everybody will be dancing and will feeling it right, everybody will be dancing and be doing it right, everybody will be dancing and we’ll be feeling all right’, which is the main lyrics to this song.  Either way I love this track, perfect for any day of the year, especially needs singing before and after a night out… In my opinion!

“Contact”

The final track of the album and the second one to have no lyrics whatsoever. It starts off with some NASA related talk, I’m not 100% sure where it’s from and when I went to Google I couldn’t find much about it either. I probably didn’t look properly though to be fair or missed the information. It sounds pretty cool though and not only introduces the last track of the album but it sort of helps to finish the album off too. The song is completely different to anything else on the album, sounding rather church like and then going into a bit of electronica, something that we all know Daft Punk is great at. It reminds me of something you would have heard on Discovery, which I love.

Okay this turned more into what I think of the album and how awesome each track is rather than a review. But I guess at the end of the day it was always going to be about what I like… Sorry LOVE about this album and why I think you, the reader should listen to it, if you haven’t done so already!

Overall this album isn’t a lot different to the style Daft Punk usually play, but it’s definitely a step forward into possibly creating a new genre for existing and new artists to try to create themselves. Daft Punk have inspired so many people and they’ll keep doing so, especially more so now Random Access Memories has come out.

Since Random Access Memories coming out in the UK it’s been in the number 1 spot for two weeks now, which is amazing! I’m not surprised but at the same time I’m really happy for Daft Punk, they really do deserve it!

I hope this review wasn’t too long for you (ahem it is like… 2,974 words!) and if you enjoyed it please, please, PLEASE leave a comment, like, share, do whatever you can to show your love. 🙂 If you didn’t then that’s cool.

This is the first album review I’ve ever written and I tried to write it the way I would want to read someone else.

I hope everyone had a great weekend, I know I did… Even though I was tired for most of it… But other than that, here’s looking to a new week huh?

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