Sunday, 24 April 2016

Album Review: Beyoncé - Lemonade.

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't posted much but I have been super busy with final year assignments. I am finishing university in a month which is crazy so I'm working hard but I just had to review Beyoncé's new album that dropped yesterday (or was it today? I can't get my head around the time zones, sorry!)
So let's get into it!

So Beyoncé has finally blessed us with a new album after three years. 

The album, titled Lemonade, came a surprise. It was released onto Tidal right after the airing of her new HBO film of the same name. The film was an hour long and served as a visual companion to the album, telling us the story of a woman's heartbreak over a romantic betrayal with Queen B narrating throughout.

Throughout the film, there were clips of Beyoncé performing the new songs with themes of rage, heartbreak and forgiveness. Each stage of the betrayal was shown throughout, labelled: intuition, denial, anger, apathy, loss, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope and redemption.

Lemonade has 12 songs, including the empowering Formation which Beyoncé debuted at the Super Bowel halftime show with Coldplay and Bruno Mars.

The tracklist:
1. Pray You Catch Me
2. Hold Up
3. Don't Hurt Yourself (feat. Jack White)
4. Sorry
5. 6 Inch (feat. The Weeknd)
6. Daddy Lessons
7. Love Drought
8. Sandcastles
9. Forward (feat. James Blake)
10. Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
11. All Night
12. Formation

This album is definitely one of her best and it came as a shock to me that it seems like Jay-Z cheated on Beyoncé, if not a few times? I mean, man, you have Beyoncé, what more could you want!? I was surprised to learn that she forgave him considering she's made a song similar to this experience.. Irreplaceable, anyone??? 

Anyway, Sorry and Sandcastles are definitely my favourites so far. Sorry is a great unapologetic I-don't-need-you anthem and the beat is just fantastic and it also had Serena Williams featuring in it, twerking and showing what she's got! Sandcastles is stunning because it is completely stripped of all the technology and beats. It's just Beyoncé and a piano, her voice is just unbelievable and blows me away every time.

The film itself was a work of art. However, I'll be honest and say that some parts were better than others. I didn't enjoy every song, perhaps I need to listen to them more for me to like them. Some parts I did not understand at all but overall the concept of the film was clear to me and was beautifully done. 

At one point, Beyoncé spoke/sang about the troubles black women have and what black people go through in general. The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner also starred in the film, holding up photos of their beloved sons whose lives were taken away so unnecessarily. That part definitely broke my heart for sure. Other well known faces pop up throughout the film.. Zendaya, Serena Williams, Jay-Z and little Blue Ivy just to name a few.

This film and album was unique and thought-provoking. It is definitely something new and refreshing from Beyoncé even it is about Jay-Z's infidelity and her heartbreak. I feel like her style of music has definitely changed but she is still way ahead of the game by bringing attention to the problems black people face and being honest that her marriage isn't 100% perfect. She is still showing everyone why she is the Queen and her creativity is just a testament to how hard she works to bring us something new and awe-inspiring.    

I would love to read what you thought of her new album and how you interpreted the film!
Let me know what you thought in the comments below.
Thankyou for reading.


Friday, 8 April 2016

Makeup Review: I Heart Makeup - Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher

Hey, everyone!
I hope you're doing well and looking forward to this weekend. I have been mad busy with my dissertation so I haven't updated my blog much lately, sorry! But today I've got a quick makeup review for you. 

Today, I am reviewing I Heart Makeup's blusher in the shade Blushing Heart which is a fabulous little product.

I have been using this for almost a year and it hasn't even begun to run out at all yet! It is a perfect colour for Spring or Summer, it goes with anything if you apply the correct amount. I usually apply bit by bit to add a bit of subtle colour to my cheeks.

It is a lovely shade and it is very pigmented so you don't need alot on your cheeks. If you put too much on, it can look like you've been slapped!

The packaging is very, very cute but it is quite clearly a blatant copy of Too Faced's Sweetheart Blush, just at a very cheap price. I love using this and haven't found any other decent blushers just yet. I do think a few pounds should be knocked off the price because I wouldn't say it's worth a fiver considering the brand. But if you compare it to Too Faced, you're getting a hell of a deal and it lasts for ages! 

Have you used this? What do you think of it?
Thankyou for reading.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Albums That Changed My Life!

This post is about the albums that have changed my life. I don't mean the ones I just like to listen to but the ones that really mean something to me. I was inspired to do this because of Emma Blackery's video which you can watch here. We have a similar music taste and I realised I've never really sat down and thought about what albums meant something to me. So, let's get into it!

Blink 182 - Blink 182 (self-titled)
Blink 182 was probably the first rock band I got into, thanks to my best friend. My teens just consisted of me listening to rock music and being a moody goth. These guys just seemed so cool and unique compared to everyone else and I loved Tom Delonge's vocals on every song he performed. They are probably the reason why I fancied skater boys (and still do!) so much. My favourite songs on this are: I Miss You, I'm Lost Without You and Feeling This.

Avril Lavigne - Let Go
I loved Avril so much! She seemed like such a cool girl and made me feel like girls can be rockstars as well. My brother got me into her and we'd spend hours singing our hearts out to her album in his room. Sk8er Boi was the first song I heard from her and I instantly loved it and it still gets me dancing like a crazy person in my room to this day. My favourite songs on this are: Complicated, Things I'll Never Say and of course, Sk8er Boi.

Paramore - Riot!
Again, I have my best friend to thank for getting me into this band. I was obsessed with Paramore for a long time and longed to look like Hayley Williams every single day of my teens. Like Avril, she taught me that girls can be badass and cool too. My favourites on this are: Misery Business, crushcrushcrush and That's What You Get.

P!nk - I'm Not Dead
This lady has always been my favourite female singer. I loved her earlier albums but this album was just incredible. She was just a completely different artist compared to everyone else and she was kickass! She can rock out and also perform beautiful ballads. My favourites on this are: Stupid Girls, Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely), Who Knew and Dear Mr President

 The Script - Science & Faith
The Script are my all time band and I have seen them live three times so far! Although I did love their first album, their second album changed my life for sure. I love every single song on it and it has my favourite song by them on it; Science and Faith. They make me feel all of the emotions and find the right words for my feelings when I can't. They've done alot for me and they are severely underrated. My favourites on this are: Science and Faith, If You Ever Come Back, Nothing and For The First Time.

Beyoncé - 4
Of course, the Queen would make it onto this list. Beyoncé is one of my favourite singers of all time, she is just an incredible artist. She is a stunning woman and is the perfect person to listen to when you feel like a badass diva. My favourites on this are: Countdown, Run The World (Girls) and Love On Top

Twenty One Pilots - Vessel & Blurryface
Twenty one pilots came into my life sometime last year and I am so glad I got into them. I did a post dedicated to them a while ago. I haven't been this obsessed with an album (or two, in this case) in years until now. Tyler Joseph is an incredible singer and uses his insecurities and depression to help others through his songs. The lyrics are incredible and if you've experienced depression in your life before, they'll mean everything. My favourites on Vessel are: Holding Onto You and Guns For Hands. My favourites on Blurryface are: Ride, Stressed Out, Tear In My Heart, Lane Boy and Doubt.

So there you go, those are the albums that changed my life!
Hope you liked this, it's a bit different to what I normally post.
Do you like any of these albums? Let me know!

Thankyou for reading.