The Best Drugstore False EyeLashes 2019 [#gifted]

This post includes gifted content however all opinions are completely my own.

Hello!

Whenever I post a piccy of my makeup and I’m donning some of my favourite falsies, I always get people asking me what lashes I’m wearing and where to get them from.

So to save myself the embarrassment of telling people the wrong information because I threw the box out MONTHS ago and I’m scruffy and been wearing the same lashes for weeks then I’ll write out a list of all my favourites.

  1. Eylure Most Wanted Lashes – U Want It
photo credits: falseyelashes.co.uk

The falsies are your new best friend. Can’t figure out what will make your eye look pop? These lashes. Want to feel like a supermodel/vs angel? These lashes. Trying to feel better about the 3 cheeseburgers you ate last night? These lashes. They fix EVERYTHING. My absolute go-to lash which you can wear a bunch of times and they still look just as good.

You can purchase them at most drugstores in the UK and online at https://falseeyelashes.co.uk/collections/eylure

2. Ardell Demi Wispies – Invisiband Lashes


photo credits: falseyelashes.co.uk

Demi Wispies are a cult beauty classic. They’re really easy to apply and have the most gorgeous ‘your lashes but better’ style. I love wearing wispies if I have a more subtle look going on and they’re the perfect addition. The invisband also helps to get that precise fit to the lid if you’re not wearing an eyeliner. The best thing about Ardell is you get a mini DUO glue which is the BEST lash glue.

You can purchase these lashes in most drugstores and also Primark/ Penneys.

3. Eylure – Exaggerate Lashes 141

photo credits: falseyelashes.co.uk

Long live Eylure 141’s. My old trusty companion. So easy to apply and they look gorg with any look. I’ll reach for these regardless if I’m wearing a dramatic eye look or just going au natural and need something to spice it up a bit. If these aren’t one of Eylure’s best sellers then I’m not sure what else could compare, they’re fool proof.

Again, most drugstores sell these lashes and you can buy them through falseeyelashes.co.uk

4. Kiss Natural Lashes – Iconic

photo credits: falseyelashes.co.uk

I’m going to hold my hands up and confess, I totally disregarded Kiss lashes when I would see them in store because I’m a lover of dramatic lashes. However, I needed a soft, natural looking pair for a family event recently and Kiss just found themselves a brand new fan. The Iconic lashes are a dream to apply and look more like lash extensions than falsies, a wonder! The tapered end does make a whole lot of difference to making them look more natural. If you have The Fear when it comes to false lashes, give these ones a go first!

5. Eylure x Kimberley Texture Lashes 158

photo credits: falseyelashes.co.uk

I was kindly gifted a pair of these lashes from Eylure and falseeyelashes.co.uk and I’m so glad these were the pair I recieved. First of all, I bliddy love Girls Aloud and their collab with Eylure is ICONIC.

These lashes are super comfortable and I feel level 10 girly when wearing them. They’re absolutely perfect for the summer and the outer darker lashes give you the lashes well all wish we naturally had!

The best thing about wearing falsies is finding the perfect style and length that suit your eye shape and makeup look. It can be a little frustrating but practise DEFINITELY makes perfect.

Thanks for reading!

Chanel

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Mother’s Day 2019 in the North East

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (March 31st to be exact) and this year there’s a bunch of offers on dinners, teas and staycations in the North East.

Instead of leaving it last minute to try and book up a delicious roast or rushing to the shop the night before to grab a card and a bunch of flowers, why not treat your Mam’s, Grandmother’s, Aunt’s or even a special friend to a spa break or a luxury 2 course meal?

I’ve done some snooping around and found a collection of really great offers for you to celebrate the special person in your life.

MEALS + SUNDAY LUNCHES

Browns, Newcastle City Centre

£15/16 per person

Sunday Lunch including Mother’s Day specials accompanied by live piano whilst you dine. Further information and to book click here.

Village Hotel, West Allotment

Prices from £15.95

4-course Sunday carvery including a free glass of fizz for Mam and Village vouchers. However this deal is snapped up quick so you must pre-book!
Further information and to book click here.

Toby Carvery, Various locations

Prices from £8.99

The king of the carvery! Sunday lunch at Toby suits the whole family. If you can’t make it for lunch they also have Mother’s Day Breakfast from £4.49. Further information here.

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond

£42 per person

3 course Sunday lunch served between 12-4pm or alternatively Afternoon Tea with fizz also for £42pp. Further information and to book click here.

Crowne Plaza, Newcastle

Prices from £19.99

Sunday lunch at Crowne Plaza includes a 2 course lunch for £19.99 or a 3 course meal for £24.99. Also includes a complimentary glass of fizz for Mam! The hotel also have a speciality gin bar for afters!
Further information and to book click here.

Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street

Prices from £20

Choose from either a 3 course Sunday lunch for £29.95 for adults and £16.95 for Children which includes a free gift for Mam or enjoy Afternoon Tea for £20 per adult, £12.50 per child.
Further information and to book click here.

Hardwick Hall, County Durham

£26.00 adult, £14.00 child

4-course Sunday lunch including a complimentary gift for Mam and accompanied by live piano.
Further information and to book click here.

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

£19.95 per person

3-course Sunday lunch with gift for Mam. Further information and to book click here.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Newcastle + Durham

Prices unknown

Mother’s Day specials and delicious options from the A La Carte Menu.
Further information and to book click here.

Bella Italia, Various locations

For Mams that prefer something a little different, Bella Italia are giving all every Mam a free glass of bubbly when they order any meal. They’re also holding an exclusive competition to win £2k of holiday vouchers.
Further information and to book click here.

Keep an eye out for deals that might pop up at:

Local pubs and restaurants, Zizzi, The Botanist, The Salt Kitchen Sunderland, National Glass Centre Sunderland, Ramside Hall, The Treehouse Alnwick.

AFTERNOON TEA

The Parlour at Blagdon, Blagdon

£21 per person

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at one of the best spots for AT in the North East, it’s one of my favourites! They’re also offering a 3-course Sunday lunch for £25 per person. Further information and to book click here.

Six at The Baltic, Gateshead

Prices from £19.95 per person

Afternoon tea at the top of The Baltic Flour Mill includes. Classic Afternoon Tea for £19.95, Prosecco Afternoon Tea for £24.95 or Champagne Afternoon Tea for £29.95.
Further information and to book click here.

Matfen Hall, Matfen

Prices from £18.50 per person.

Classic Afternoon Tea for £18.50, Champagne Afternoon Tea for £28.50 or Cocktail Afternoon Tea for £23.95.
Further information and to book click here.

Tea on The Tyne, Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Tyne

Prices from £19.95 per person

Sail up the River Tyne all whilst enjoying an Afternoon Tea picnic accompanied by music and commentary of the sights of the Tyne. Adult price: £19.95, Child: £15.95 and under 2’s go free.
Further information and to book click here.

Wynyard Hall, Wynyard

Prices from £24.50 per person

Running between 29th and 31st March. Classic Afternoon Tea at £24.50 or Prosecco Afternoon Tea at £30.50.
Further information and to book click here.

Revolution, Newcastle + Sunderland

£20 per person

Enjoy a two hour bottomless brunch at Revolution on the 31st March.
Further information and to book click here.

Union Rooms, Newcastle

Newly refurbished bar and restaurant near Central Station are offering a Mother’s Day Sunday lunch and Afternoon Tea all accompanied by a live performer. Further information over on their Instagram here.


SPA + STAYCATIONS

Malmaison, Newcastle

£99 per person

Includes a stay at the hotel with breakfast, 30 minute spa treatment, complimentary chocolates and a 2 course meal with cocktail.
Further information and to book click here.

Village Hotel, Newcastle

£89 per room (2 people sharing)

“Girls at the Spa” Package. Exclusive to Thursday and Sunday nights only. Includes overnight stay, 2 course meal with a glass of fizz and a 25 minute treatment.
Further information and to book click here.

Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley

£70 per room (2 people sharing)

Overnight stay and breakfast included. Restaurants on site if you also want to add a dinner option.
Further information and to book click here.

Seaham Hall, Seaham

£62.50 per person

Sunday spa package includes use of spa and a 2 course Sunday lunch. Further information and to book click here.

Doxford Hall Hotel, Chathill

£154 per room (2 people sharing)

Sunday night stay. Includes stay in luxurious room with breakfast, use of the spa and dinner in their award winning restaurant.
Further information and to book click here.

Hallgarth Hotel, Darlington

Offers a range of stay, dinner and spa packages which suits a range of different staycation needs.
Further information and to book click here.

Hopefully that’s helped a few of you who are struggling to figure out just what to do on Mother’s Day this year. Regardless if you’ve booked the fanciest getaway or are just celebrating with making your Mam breakfast in bed then I’m sure she’ll be appreciative. Spending time with your loved ones, is after all, the most important!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel


Kendall Jenner and Proactiv: How Not to Pick a Spokesperson

Kendall Jenner, the supermodel star of the Kardashian/Jenner clan and the new face of…Proactiv. Yep, you heard right. Proactiv, the company that sells skincare which claims to aid in the fight against pesky breakouts and acne have hired a globally recognised beautiful, multi-millionaire for their newest spokeswoman. How…relatable?!

Let me start off by saying, Kendall Jenner, can literally not step outside her door without being criticised for her latest business move or personal endeavour (we all remember the Pepsi advert, yikes) so I feel like this latest project is going to make her another target for people to hurl abuse at. Honestly, it’s not cool and I do feel bad for her but girl, please sort out your management they aren’t on your side.

However, the fault here is all on Proactiv.

Proactiv who are targeted at vulnerable teenagers and acne sufferers who will practically sell their soul for clear skin after trying every product, method and diet on the market to rid of their acne. Trust me, I’m one of those people and I really can’t get my head around why they reached out to Kendall of all people to promote their brand.

As a matter of fact, it feels as though the Proactiv board meeting may have gone a little like this:

Proactive Employee 1: “Here’s an idea, why don’t we put up a picture board of all the celebrities who have been photographed with a spot once or twice and who the kids love and then we’ll throw a dart and that’s our newest influencer!”

Proactive Employees: “Amazing, let’s do it”

Proactive Employee 1: “…and it’s Kendall Jenner, right get her in and we’ll make it work”

Probably not accurate, but I can’t be too far off.

Look, I love the Kardashian clan as much as the next person and Kendall has suffered from acne in the past, which in her advert she did seem genuinely affected as many of us are. HOWEVER, she is just the complete wrong person to have representing the brand.

Being a sufferer of adult acne myself (to read more about my skin struggles click here) I’m just amazed by the fact that Proactiv can think that their target market will look at a spokeswoman who clearly has her own dermatologist and can afford cosmetic procedures and believe that she uses only Proactiv products to manage her skin issues. It’s just absolutely ridiculous. I’d much rather a brand be honest and show real peoples journeys so I can relate on a deeper level other than, oh I know her from the telly.

Alas, Proactiv might be promoting the clear skin of our dreams but there are numerous complaints about the product and their long-lasting effects on your health and body. This is including excessive dryness, peeling and rapid aging just to name a few. If you’re more interested in reading further I’ll link some of the blogs I’ve been reading here:

https://thenaturalacnecure.blogspot.com/2013/07/why-you-should-not-use-proactiv.html

http://www.etherealauraspa.com/blog/proactiv

Basically, if you’re really struggling with your skin to the point where it’s getting you down please go to a GP or dermatologist who can offer you support and options which might be more suited to your needs.

What do you think of the campaign?

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

What to do in Liverpool during December

Hello? Is this thing on?

It’s me, Chanel, the girl who used to write on this blog quite a lot. Yep, that’s the one. Well I’m back and before you all think I’ve given up completely on blogging, I haven’t. In fact, I’m really inspired to take my blog to new levels in the new year, especially now I have a car and a bucket load of new found freedom!

At the start of the month, me and a few of my gal pals took a trip to Liverpool to get into the Christmas spirit and scope out the markets. We did Edinburgh in 2017, so it was only fair we tried a new city to see what they had to offer.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

First thing I will say about Liverpool’s Christmas Market is…if you’re going specifically for the markets, choose a different city. Although, Liverpool does offer a handful of stalls and two mini bars, the scale of the market was tiny in comparison to Edinburgh, Manchester and London’s Winter Wonderland. However, if you live near the area it’s probably worth a pop in to see all the independent sellers for one-off gifts.

ACCOMODATION 

We found the most perfect little apartment on the docks of Liverpool to house the 5 of us during our stay and I couldn’t recommend it more. Located right next door to the Echo Arena (perfect if you’ve got a gig lined up) and a stones throw away from Albert Docks, the apartment had everything we needed and more. An amazingly charming host, Dave, who greeted us on arrival to show us about and the fridge stocked with essentials all for or own use. The tv even had Netflix if you decided on a cosy night in. I’ll leave the link here for anyone who’s searching for the perfect place to stay.

FOOD

As we were self catering we were searching all the time for great places to eat. However, Liverpool, especially in December gets VERY busy at night and you may want to reserve your table in advance to avoid any let downs. On the first night, we ate at a restaurant on the Albert Docks called What’s Cooking? which we all found did a fab range of foods to suit even the fussiest members of the group. The food was delicious and we all left feeling well fed and looked after!

We also ate breakfast at the cutest little cafe next to the Liverpool Lime Street station called Key Lime Coffee, which again served an assortment of meals from breakfast, brunch and lunch. If you have a chance, pop in and try their breakfast fully loaded omelette it’s the bee’s knees!

 

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Cocktails at What’s Cooking?

DRINK AND PARTY

As pretty much newbies to Liverpool, we really had no idea where to start looking for places to dance the night away. We had a few recommendations from friends and as Liverpool has so many options for clubs and bars we felt a tad overwhelmed.

On the first night, we decided to keep it lowkey and stick to bars rather than full on clubs. From the get-go we wanted to visit the Peaky Blinders bar. As fans of the show we were pretty excited about all the hype we’d seen online earlier in the year. However, if you’re going to go to the PB bar…don’t expect Cillian Murphy to be there to greet you with his finest G+T. The bar was ok, there was some live music which was good but the decor was a bit sparse if anything. It’s the type of place which felt like it had been rushed and not much thought had been put into it and really only for the purpose of making a bit of money of the back of a popular TV show. It was a completely different experience to the Breaking Bad bar I wrote about in July. Although, the area which the bar was set had quite a few novelty bars, including a Yellow Submarine which might be fun for someone looking to take their mates somewhere a bit different!

When we were all dolled up on the second night and ready for something a bit more dancey, we hit the city centre. We went to a tiny little tequila bar called Bar CaVa where they sell assorted and wacky flavours of tequila for only £1 a shot. The perfect place for pre drinking, and to prank your mates into drinking baked bean flavoured tequila (sorry for telling you it was passionfruit, Ellen).

A short stumble from Bar CaVa is Concert Square, a place we had all been told about from other friends who’d visited the city before. Here, you can choose between a number of different bars/clubs in the square and if you fancy a sit down, they have a huge outdoor seating area where you can hire shisha.

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Peaky Blinders Bar

THINGS TO DO

For the longest time, I wanted to go to the British Music Experience after I’d heard about the installment at The O2 in London. When I was searching for things to do in Liverpool, I seen the Experience had now moved to Liverpool and immediately notified my friends that I’d be going to see it whether they wanted to or not. To my suprise, they all wanted to come and we had the best time looking around the museum at the history of British music, admiring genuine costumes worn by the likes of Freddie Mercury and the Spice Girls. To top it all off, we even had a go at playing our own musical instruments and had a whirl in a recording booth. We sounded horrific but the Experience was great and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in music.

Shopping. Shopping. Shopping. If there’s one place that’s an absolute gold mine for finding everything you need for Christmas it’s the sheer amount of shops available to browse in Liverpool.

Of course, there’s the typical tourist Beatles experiences such as the Cavern Club, which is well worth a look if you’ve never been, and the plethora of Beatles museums dotted around the city.

That’s all I have for you on Liverpool,

If you’ve never been then it’s definitely worth a visit and the locals are very welcoming and helpful if you need advice or directions!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

 

Top tips for passing your driving test

Hi,

I haven’t written anything for quite sometime now because I’ve hit a bit of a wall with blogging, which I’m sure every person who owns a blog has had and I hope to get over it as soon as possible. (Praying to the blog gods)

One thing that has happened in the last month is that I passed my driving test after 13 months of learning! I found driving a struggle for the longest time, gears and clutch control caused such an issue, and don’t even get me started on roundabouts.

Once I was feeling pretty confident in the car, my instructor was encouraging me to book my test and at least try it out. If he hadn’t have, I would probably still be happy driving around avoiding the fact I had to pass a test and settled for being a learner driver for the rest of time.

I passed my test on the first attempt after hours of stress and anxiousness, (which is completely normal, by the way so don’t worry) with only four minors.

Before I took my test, I had been searching on Google and Youtube for tips on how to pass. There’s a tonne of articles and videos but I find that the majority are created by instructors and car insurance companies and not by the people who have recently taken the test.

So here are my top tips for passing your practical driving test:

Tips

  • DON’T TAKE YOUR TEST UNTIL YOU FEEL READY

This tip sounds the most simple, ridiculous advice because most people feel ready by the time they take their test, but if the date is approaching just a little too quickly and you still don’t feel confident in yourself, then please consider scheduling. If you get into the car on test day and you feel completely out of your comfort zone then the chances are you’re not going to be at your best. You can alter the date up to 3 working days before your test date free of charge.

  • READ AND WATCH AS MANY TIP VIDEOS AS POSSIBLE

On the run up to my test, I religiously watched videos on Youtube on every driving skill I could think of. Reasons for gaining minors? Maneuver run throughs? Mock tests? You name it, I’ve most likely watched it. I’ll add a few links below of the channels I found most useful:

Go2 Driving School

Ashley Neal

Purple Driving – Helen Adams

  • DO ALL THE LESSONS 

If you have the time/funds then try and get as many lessons on the week running up to your test as possible. You should also have at least one hour before test just to iron out all your nerves and do some last minute practising. I done about 8 hours on the week of my test and I honestly think it was one of the main reasons I passed.

  • GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP + EAT

This is just a basic self care tip but please, please, please try and get a decent amount of sleep and eat a hearty meal, no matter how sick you feel, on test day. Firstly, your brain needs it. Simple as. You’ll perform better. Secondly, there’s nothing worse than being distracted by a rumbling stomach and driving on little sleep is dangerous in the first place. Have a bath the night before and an early night to make sure you’re in top form.

  • PREPARE WHAT YOU NEED IN ADVANCE

For your test, you’ll need to present the DVLA centre with suitable ID and your theory test certificate. I had a wild goose chase around my house trying to find my certificate the night before my test and it gave me the worst panic when I couldn’t find it. Thankfully, my dad found it in the letter rack so all was fine but I wish I’d sorted it all earlier on in the week to save from the extra stress. Plus, if you have lost or misplaced your certificate you need to give time to order another copy.

  • TAKE IT EASY AND DON’T OVERTHINK THINGS

This is probably the most difficult tip to follow because you’ll undoubtedly be nervous. However, keeping your cool means you’re likely to make less mistakes. If you make a mistake during test, put it behind you and carry on as it might not be a failable fault. Don’t let it snowball either, if you keep thinking of the mistake you’ll lose concentration and probably make a mistake again.

So there’s my tips for your driving test. Most importantly, try to enjoy it and don’t overly stress. If you fail, it is not the end of the world and you can do it again and again if needs be.

From my experience, the real learning to drive begins when you pass and have to learn how to drive independently in your own car…it’s,well, an experience.

Finally, I hope you gained something from this post and good luck!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

 

 

 

 

The Reasons Why I Blog.

Hi,

It’s been a good few months since I sat down and wrote a blog post that was more on the chatty side rather than all planned out in my notebook. As this one is a little more personal I thought it would be better to do from the mind > fingers > blog post and speak a bit more from the heart.

I’ve been reflecting lately on the beginnings of my adventures into the blogging world and although it’s not even been one whole year since I began this blog and started taking it seriously, I feel really proud that I’ve kept it going and still love posting.

From the get go, this blog was for me to use as not only a hobby to keep myself busy but as a diary, where I can share my life experiences and have a place to look back on my emotions during that time and how I’ve grown since.

If you’ve followed my blog over the year, you’ll have seen how I have brushed upon my life as a university graduate to becoming a carer for my Mam (I wrote about it here). It’s not been easy, that’s for sure.

To put it straight, I don’t work. Not because I don’t want to. I’d love to be settled in the PR industry by now, which has been my dream since I was in school, but unfortunately for now my career pursuit is placed on hold whilst I look after my Mam. A job nobody truly wants to be faced with but also a role I’d never turn down in a million years.

It can be unbelievably disheartening, seeing all your friends becoming successful and earning proper adult wages but having this small space on the internet to call my own has truly helped to keep my mind focused and my toes in the writing world.

Even more so, the opportunities and support from not only local bloggers but from the online community has been incredible and it’s so nice to be apart of something so positive and uplifting. It can truly be a light in dark times!

I’d love to hear some other stories about why bloggers have created their blogs and what keeps them going. I’m tagging:

Please join in if you’d like to share your blogging story!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

 

Ariana Grande: ‘Sweetener’ Album Review

Hello,

It’s been a while since I posted an album review and I’m beside myself with excitement to be returning with a hugely anticipated record, Sweetener, by pop princess, Ariana Grande.

Released on 17th August 2018, Sweetener, Ariana’s fourth studio album has been long awaited since her last record, Dangerous Woman, which dropped in 2016 and gained mass global success.

Tracks from Sweetener that we have already been blessed with include No Tears Left To Cry, God is a Woman and duet with Nicki Minaj, The Light is Coming which have all done fantastically in the UK and US charts.

As always, a disclaimer before I begin. I am no music expert nor do I know anything about the technicality of it. I am simply a music listener and lover and all of what you’re about to read is completely my own personal opinion.

The album has 15 tracks, including collaborations with Pharrell, Missy Elliott and of course, Nicki Minaj. The record collectively adds up to 48 minutes.

THE REVIEW:

Track 1 – ‘raindrops (an angel cried)’:

Ariana starts the record with an acoustic intro. It’s very ‘Over the Rainbow’-esque, which I know Ariana is a huge fan of. However, she wastes no time in showing off her angelic vocal range. The perfect way to open an album.

Track 2 – ‘blazed’ ft. Pharrell Williams:

Instantly, Ariana brings out the vocal layering she’s became so well known for! No one harmonises with Ariana Grande as good as…well, Ariana Grande. I think this tracks is quite influenced by soul and Motown, picking up from the melody and the vocal choices. From the first beat of the song, you can already tell Pharrell has had his clever little fingertips all over this track and in true Pharrell nature, produces a very catch track and chorus.

Track 3 – ‘the light is coming’ ft. Nicki Minaj: 

I’m not going to talk too much about this track as I’m guessing the majority of people have heard it already. When I first heard the song, I wasn’t keen at all. I loved Nicki’s addition to the track and thought her vocals really added something to what otherwise was quite a meh song for me. However, the more I’ve listened to it the more I’ve began to like it. I just wish Nicki had maybe another short verse to break up the song a bit more.

Track 4 – ‘R.E.M’:

If I didn’t already know that R.E.M was a reworked Beyonce track, I would have picked up on it within seconds of listening. It’s nice to see Ariana exploring more of an RnB sound on her album as her voice is compatible with the melodies typically used in rhythm and blues music. For Ariana, this track lets her play about with similar styles of vocal arrangement that her musical inspirations, Beyonce, Whitney, Mariah etc are familiar with. It would be amazing if, for a special release, Beyonce could do a short feature of the song.

Track 5 – ‘God is a woman’:

Nothing but scalding hot tea from the queen that is Ariana Grande. We’ve been blessed, God is truly a WOMAN. I’m obsessed with this song, from the high head voice to the RnB beat, it’s a masterpiece. I can’t not mention the music video too, a work of art and the quote from Madonna snatched wigssss.

Track 6 – ‘sweetener’:

It’s time for the title track. If I had to pick out a track on the album that was most similar to her debut album, Yours Truly. However, as expected out of a woman who has grown up and found her musical identity, the lyrics are more mature. Sticking with the typical Ariana piano led melody we all know and love, a synth flair gives it that 80s/90s flair that brings in just a flavour of Mariah. I love this track and the positivity of the lyrics. A perfect fit for a title track.

Track 7 – ‘successful’:

If you ever needed a song to be motivated by, it’s this one. Ariana talks about how successful she is and rightly so, she’s a star that’s had to battle the menaces of fame to come out the other end. It’s great to hear a woman singing about her successfulness rather than having it shoved in our face by male artists and their nine layers of gold chains for once! Once again, Ariana’s vocals sound outstanding playing alongside an angelic lulling piano with a soul/funk beat, a sound that’s became so staple to her vocal identity.

Track 8 – ‘everytime’:

For me, everytime, is the most typical current style for pop music right now. The heavy beat is used alot by the likes of Katy Perry and Taylor Swift and that’s simply because, it works. Its gives some dimension to a song, being able to build up the rhythm. This track is super easy listening. Just one thing, I would love maybe a rap feature on this, perhaps Chance or Quavo?

Track 9 – ‘breathin”:

This track completely sums up to me, who Ariana is as an artist right now. One of my favourites on the album on the first listen with sweet lyrics, a catchy pop beat and insane vocals. ‘breathin’ lets us have a little insight into Ariana’s struggles and her lows, which carries nicely onto the next track where she picks herself up again.

Track 10 – ‘no tears left to cry’:

When Ariana first released this song, I was fully expecting a sad song that maybe gave insight into how Grande was coping with the dreadful Manchester attacks in 2017. Instead, we got a BOP. I’m not joking when I say I played this song for at least one entire week without listening to a single other song. The dancey pop had me dancing about and attempting the high notes at every turn. I really think it’s such a brave move to release such an upbeat song after attacks but it’s done exactly what Grande wanted and brought positivity and optimism.

Track 11 – ‘borderline’ ft. Missy Elliott:

Yeeeeees, come through Fergalicious vibes! This track reminds me of old style Fergie, who I love and miss, come back girl! You can really hear the RnB direction Ariana seems to be steering in clearly on this mellow dance track. Missy feature is nice, short but sweet, which is the premise of the album itself.

Track 12 – ‘better off’:

I love how on this album, Ariana stays completely true to who shes is. You can hear the tracks that could fit into her previous releases and how she’s grown in ability since. I think better off sounds like it’s been plucked straight off of My Everything, which perhaps is comparing her feelings to the person who influenced the second album, to how she sees them now. It’s a easy listening break up song, where Ariana talks about wanting to feel free and wild once again.

Track 13 – ‘goodnight n go’:

This track, played straight after better off, to me shows a sequence of Ariana trying to think about herself and her goals but being unable to ignore her feelings for someone. Comparing to the lyrics in better off, Ariana seems to have found someone who let’s her be young, free and does not dim her shine. Yas, gal! This track is such a sweet love song, which brings us onto the next song.

Track 14 – ‘pete davidson’:

When I first heard Ariana was dedicating a song on her album to her fiance, Pete Davidson, I was concerned. Such a big decision. However, after hearing the track and Ariana referring to Pete as her ‘soulmate’, I thought why the hell not! Why shouldn’t she be singing about her love for her man. The track, which includes a beautiful violin led outro, is again short and sweet but fitting to the structure of the album.

Track 15 – ‘get well soon’:

Ariana bringing back in the broadway/jazz influences with heavy piano, my favourite. I love the way she sounds on this track, it’s really fresh in the current musical climate, although using classic styles. Her harmonies and ad-libs are just incredible as per usual. She’s ending her album on a bang, definitely not a fizzle.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Without a doubt, Sweetener is set to top charts. Ariana has outdone herself once again, keeping true to her musical identity but trying new little flairs to keep her fans hot on their toes. The album has a lot of shorter tracks, which fits in with the purpose of the record, shedding light and positivity, especially after the horrific events of 2017. This is an album both, Ariana, herself and the fans really needed.

The record bursts with happiness and it’s great to see that Ariana is content in her life and it really shows through her music. I can’t wait for tour, I’ll definitely be buying tickets!

 

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Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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Things you might be missing on Netflix

Hi,

At this point, I’m pretty sure almost every man, woman and dog has used Netflix at some part of their life. Whether it’s been for just the free trial or as a dedicated subscriber, the streaming site is a blessing when it comes to avoiding boring Saturday night TV and annoying adverts every 5 minutes.

As we already know, Netflix stream hugely popular television and films from Hollywood production companies such as Breaking Bad, Suits and Peaky Blinders, which all have cult followings. However, Netflix also produce their own content that has proved to be wildly popular and challenges the global broadcasting giants. These shows include Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things and most recently, Queer Eye.

However, as talked about these shows and films are, not all content on Netflix is given the same amount of publicity. I filtered through some of my favourite shows on Netflix that may have gone under the radar but are well worth the watch!

 

The Get Down

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I’m going to start off with my favourite find ever on Netflix…The Get Down. When the show first premiered on Netflix, I believe it had amazing press reviews and still I had no real intention of watching. For no particular reason either. It wasn’t until I realised that the show was the brainchild of Baz Luhrmann aka. the genius behind Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby and Romeo + Juliet, that I thought I’d give it a watch. My god, what a sensational show!

Based in 1970’s South Bronx, the story follows Ezekiel, a young teen with a talent for poetry and words who finds himself in an unlikely friendship with a aspiring DJ and part time criminal, Shaolin Fantastic. The pair begin to produce music together and form ‘The Get Down Brothers’. The show incorporates love, youth, friendship, betrayal and the struggles of the Bronx.

I can’t praise this show enough, the musical talent is insane and the characters are easy to love. I’m devastated they’re not doing another season.

Easy

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Now, here’s a show I bet you’ve either never heard of/heard little about. If you didn’t catch the show on it’s release then there’s a good chance you won’t even know it exists because no one really talks about it!

Easy is one of those, super-easy, stick it on whilst you’re having brekkie kind of programmes. However, it does have quite a bit of nudity so if you have little one’s it’s maybe not the breakfast show for you!

Easy is a series that covers all sorts of relationships and their issues, whether romantically or sexual. Each episode brings a new scenario with new people, with a select handful of couples making a return for the second series. Definitely worth a watch!

 

GLOW

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Although I’ve seen quite a lot of advertisement for GLOW, I’ve not seen many people raving about it, which I don’t understand because it’s fantastic.

GLOW, Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling, is a TV series based in the 80s which features a bunch of struggling, aspiring actresses who join the cast of a brand new TV programme where women wrestle. A popular concept or the era.

I found it so easy to get attached to the characters and the second series is just as enjoyable as the first. Girl Power!

 

Santa Clarita Diet

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If you’re into weird, out there programmes, then this one is for you!

Drew Barrymore plays a happy go lucky, real estate agent who lives a peaceful, simple life until one day contracts a disease which transforms her into a flesh-eating zombie. The show follows how her character finds human food, by help from her devoted husband and daughter, all whilst trying to find a cure.

The show is quite strange and gruesome, but the light-hearted humour makes the story enjoyable and hilarious.

 

That’s all from me,

Thanks,

Chanel

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ABQ London- Breaking Bad Bar Experience

Hello,

If you’re a TV show fan like myself then you would have definitely seen or if not, heard of the television king that is Breaking Bad. A show all about a chemistry professor on his mission to pay for his own cancer treatment through the production and distribution of crystal meth, which leads to some… interesting scenarios.

I watched the show about 3 years ago and was completely blown away with the quality of the production, script writing and the performances by the actors on the show. Who doesn’t love Bryan Cranston?

As me and my best friend, Ellen, are both huge fans of the show we decided that whilst we were in London for a short break, we’d visit the Breaking Bad bar which we’d seen a friend post photos of a few years ago.

The bar is located in Cambridge Heath, close to the Cambridge Heath overground. Although we found it easier to just hop on the tube, get off at Bethnal Green and do the 10-15 minute walk to the bar. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the bar, we ended up having to run in 21 degree heat to make our time slot!

Once we arrived, we found the infamous RV, which was already blasting music and were greeted by energetic staff who were hyping the energy up. After we clambered inside our yellow jumpsuits and felt like true cooks, we stepped inside the RV to be greeted by insane decor. A array of little tables with metal drums to sit on, a massive Heisenberg wall feature, mood lighting and scientific apparatus. Fitting in about 25 people into one RV, they made fantastic use of the space they had.

On arrival, we were met by Z and Becks who, along with the rest of the staff were always in character and helped us feel at ease and made sure we were making our drinks correctly.

We were given two Mojito’s with an extra twist as a welcome drink as the drink list and mixing were explained. We then got a choice of what drink we wanted to make for ourselves first. Being prosecco lovers, the Wendy Martini was a certain pick for us.

With the Wendy Martini, we first had to infuse the alcohol through funnels and beakers. Possibly the most fun/tastiest part of the whole night was then creating white chocolate bubbles by blowing into a beaker filled with a concoction of food science goodness. After, we served up the drinks and maybe overdid it with the amount of bubbles we scooped on!

By this point we were already pretty tipsy (hence the bad photography, I’m sorry im incapable of using my camera at the best of times and a few drinks don’t help).

Our second choice of drink experiment was ‘Blow’. We asked which drink was the strongest and that’s how we came to pick this particular mix. When the ingredients arrived, Ellen and I gave each other a suspicious look…we were definitely in a Breaking Bad bar. But don’t worry it’s just sugar and all part of the fun.

Once we’d finished our drinks, we took a few pictures, had a quick chat to the staff and the lovely couple we were sat opposite too before taking off our jumpsuits and heading off into the night (onto another bar…and then another…and then my head was down the toilet bowl).

We had an absolutely fantastic time at ABQ London and I’d highly, HIGHLY recommend the experience, especially if you’re a fan of the show! Great atmosphere, lovely staff and a whole lot of fun making the drinks. It’s definitely amazing value for money!

You can find the link to their site and more information here.

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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