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Welcome Back? A Hopeful Return

It has been quite some time that I have posted a blog and a while since I’ve actually been passionate about it.

I am not going to make excuses as to why I have not posted or like gain sympathy, but I will explain an absence and promise to create more content.

There are two reason’s as to why I have not been posting anything. One being that I do work quite a bit, but I should have never let that come between something I am passionate about. When I am tired from a hard days work, I should be posting any way and doing something that honestly really made me happy. It was helping me talk about things I truly love and helping me escape from anxieties.

Anxiety and slight depression is the number two reason as to why I have not posted anything. For the past month and a half, I just have not had the motivation to do anything. I would come home from work and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. I have not even played with makeup in a good while.

My hope for the future for this blog is to go back to writing. I need to get back to doing something that made me happy. I have plenty ideas and another hope is to the update the site entirely. I’ve been working my way to upgrading it’s plan and getting complete ownership. So stay tuned!

Sorry again to those who did read my blog, but hopefully I can make it up by pushing out content! See you soon princes and princesses!

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Brand Spotlight: Morphe

Morphe is a brand that has been loved been by many beauty influencers around the world, which is how I discovered this brand. Jaclyn Hill and Manny Mua consistently use this brand in their videos and makeup looks, which always turn out so amazing. I knew I needed to get my hands on some of these products.

Morphe was established in 2008 in Los Angeles by siblings Linda and Chris Tawil. They started off creating affordable and professional makeup brushes, and they have since flourished and rebranded. They now create eyeshadow palettes, lips colors, highlighter palettes and so much more.

By August of 2013, the Tawil’s opened their first retail location and expanded on what Morphe created. Morphe is all about “bending the rules,” which shows in all of the creative palettes they continue to push out and with all the beauty influencers creating stunning looks with their products.

Morphe has changed a lot since they began in 2008, especially with their sleek new style and packaging. Their eyeshadow palettes and the brushes are the shining stars of Morphe. The brushes barely shed and they apply product smoothly. Morphe’s eyeshadow palettes are amazing for the price you pay. They are very creamy and stay on the eyelid well. It does not take too much product either.

Top 3 Morphe products:

  1. The Jaclyn Hill Palette
  2. 35R Ready, Set, Gold Eyeshadow Palette
  3. M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff

I have so many products that I want from this company, but I am just waiting to come into a large amount of money to buy them all.

State Champs Release New Single “Dead and Gone”

At the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, I had the wonderful opportunity of discovering and seeing State Champs play live. I immediately fell in love with them and I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for them to release new music.

Yesterday afternoon, the band released the first single of their upcoming album, “Living Proof,” called “Dead and Gone.”

When I hit play on the song, it was that classic State Champs sound, which makes me extremely happy. A lot of bands are changing their sound nowadays and it’s refreshing to see a band stick to what they know.

The chorus is catchy and the backing instrumentals are pretty strong as well. I am very excited to see the other singles they release and the album itself.

“Living Proof” will be releasing on June 15th of this year. You will also be able to catch State Champs this year at the Vans Warped Tour.

Pre-order their album here. Listen to “Dead and Gone” on Spotify!

Band Spotlight: Survival Kit

At the beginning of March, I received a Facebook message from a band that was informing me they were going to follow The Vans Warped Tour to promote their band and music. It has taken me some time to get there, but I finally got around to checking them out.

Survival Kit is an alternative rock band, pushing that pop punk genre boundary, from Atlanta, Georgia. They formed in 2016 and comprise of Travis Blake and Andrew Lynn.

They released their first single, “Wolf,” in January of 2016. Survival Kit released their first EP, “Hard Work + Dedication,” in October of 2016. The album covers topics such as vulnerability, addiction, loathing and taking a stand. In the summer of 2017, they released their latest single “Stranger Things.”

Their musical influences are The Story So Far, The Used, A Day to Remember and Four Year Strong. Survival Kit’s sound reminds me a lot of Four Year Strong, but obviously they put their own spin on it.

I am truly impressed with this band. When I hit play on spotify, I became speechless. For a band that has only been around for 2 years, they sure do not sound like it. They sound like they have been on the scene for years.

The music is impressive and truly fitting to the pop punk and alternative rock genre. The band, the vocals and the lyrics are amazing. I cannot wait for them to release an LP. I can see them being popular and mainstream in the future. They are just too good not to be.

All of their music can be found on their website and spotify! Check them out!

OPINION: Why I Refuse to Use False Eyelashes

I am an avid makeup lover and I follow many beauty gurus in the industry, but one thing I refuse to do is wear false eyelashes. Putting glue on your eyelids and then ripping them off, at the end of the day, did not really sound like any fun.

Jaclyn Hill stated in one of her videos a long time ago, that if you have not started wearing false eyelashes then don’t. I have lived by statement that ever since. I tried putting on a false eyelash once and immediately gave up.

Yes, my patience is very low and cannot tolerate little things like that. The more I thought about it, I knew putting glue on my eyelid was not the most safest sounding thing in the world. I know people will argue that the glue goes onto the lash, but glue is still coming into contact with your skin.

The skin on your eyelid is delicate and fragile. It is also close to your eye, which is a very sensitive area on your body. Even using an eyelash curler and mascara seems slightly dangerous to me, but it’s better than putting a fake eyelash on.

Click2Houson did a report on the dangers on false eyelashes, as the idea of using eyelash extensions became more popular.

They reported false eyelashes can cause unwanted reactions and spread infections. The glue that is used, is what causes the most harm. Formaldehyde is the most common chemical found in eyelash glue, which allergic reactions to this chemical are becoming more common.

Eyelash extensions come from animal hair. The animal hair and glue are possible allergens that can cause your eyelid to swell, itch, scale and can cause you to lose your eyelashes. The weight of the extensions also weigh heavy on your eyelid, according to Dr. Sherry Ingraham, and can cause damage to you natural lashes.

If you still decide that you want to use false eyelashes, because at the end of the day this is just my opinion, then please be safe. Ask for products that have no formaldehyde or low doses of formaldehyde. Make sure to take your lashes off safely and cleanse properly. Research any product before buying them and using. This goes for any product that you are going to use on your face. Always research!

Album Review on Jukebox the Ghost’s “Off To The Races”

Around Halloween, a friend of mine told me he was going to this show called Halloqueen and I immediately was confused. He told me of this band, called Jukebox the Ghost, that dresses up like Queen every year on Halloween and covers some of their songs.

I looked up this band on Spotify and I was immediately hooked. Their Self-Titled album instantly became one of my favorites to listen to. What intrigued me most was the resemblance they have with Queen and the very catchy melodies they produce.

Jukebox the Ghost is a power pop band from the DC metro area consisting of Ben Thornewill (vocals and piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals and guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums). They have been up and running since 2003.

“Off To The Races” is the bands 5th studio album, an album fans have been anticipating for three and half years. Now let’s break it down!

“Jumpstarted”

  • At first, I was iffy about how I felt about this song, but now it has become one of my favorites.
  • This is a song that most resembles Queen, compared to any other song they have released.
  • Thornewill’s voice and those harmonies are the stars of the song.
  • It’s a song that is literally all over the place, but it really works and came out wonderful.
  • The guitar solo and instrument break is such an homage to the classics.
  • This song shows off the talent that is Thornewill’s voice.

“Everybody’s Lonely”

  • I love the transition of that solo piano to the full band at the beginning.
  • The chorus is very catchy and the rhythm is so upbeat and happy.
  • It reminds me of the songs that I fell in love with on their self-titled ablum.
  • My favorite part is when the song begins to slow down near the bridge and it leads to the harmonized chorus and a solo piano.
  • This is my favorite song from the album.

“People Go Home”

  • From the beginning of the track, it takes on a very different sound compared to other songs they have released.
  • Definitely relatable to those who just work and go home, aka me. I thought it was a cute, little song.

“Fred Astaire”

  • At the beginning of the song, I love the piano and guitar riff that leads into the crescendo of the full band and vocals.
  • The piano is the star of this song and is what makes the song so strong.
  • It is a memorable song lyrically, like most of their songs are.
  • One of my favorite moments in the song is when Thornewill showcases his voice at the bridge.

“Time and I”

  • The harmonizing vocals are a nice touch on this album, and in their music in general.
  • The shining stars of this track are the instrumentals tracks in the back.

“Diane”

  • I love the acoustic guitar in this song, and it isn’t something you find very often in their music.
  • A classic song named after a girl, and has that classic rock feel with an acoustic guitar.
  • This song really gave me John Mellencamp vibes with that mellow and acoustic sound.

“See You Soon”

  • The vocals in this are very calming.
  • Thornewill again shows of his pipes in this melodic chorus.
  • This song is relatable and cute lyrically. We all have people miss and wish to see.
  • One of my favorites on the album.

“Boring”

  • I know I have said that a lot of the songs are relatable, but this one spells out my life to a T.
  • The bass line leading throughout the song, leads it well.
  • “Boring” will definitely be one of those songs that gets stuck in your head because the chorus is that addicting.
  • The instrumental solos are amazing in this album, and it gives me rock and roll vibes instead of just power pop.

“Simple As 1 2 3”

  • They are very wise lyrically and write brilliant songs.
  • This song is more mellow and relaxing, reminding me of the tracks from their self-titled album.
  • Love the melodic chorus and the lyrics in it.

“Colorful”

  • Immediately when this song came on, I thought it was a song that had been made in the 1980s.
  • The beat is so different from what I have heard from them previously.
  • I love the 1980s synth and it is another one of my favorites on the album.

Jukebox the Ghost is very strong at telling a story through each song. This band is very talented lyrically and vocally, and they deserve to be received more.

I give this album a 4.5 out of 5 because I believe their self-titled is still their best, but this album is really great. I seriously recommend it. Get their new album here!

A Dream Come True: Seeing Your Favorite Band Live

Since I was 15 years old, I have been in love with Paramore. They will always be considered my favorite band and their music will always hold a special place in my heart.

Recently, my sister and I made it official and bought tickets to see them on their summer tour. I have been wanting to see them since I was a freshman in high school. The fact that I finally get to see them, at the ripe age of 25, hasn’t hit me just yet.

Maybe it is just me, but I believe when you get to see that one artist that you truly love, that is one of the most special moments in your life.

Paramore is so much more than a band to me. Their music has inspired me, healed me and made me happy when life likes to kick you around. They are the band that truly helped deepen my love of music.

They have been through so much as a group, and their adversity and perseverance is truly inspiring. In 2010, when the Farro brothers departed from Paramore, I really was afraid that was the end of a talented group of musicians. I actually think I cried because I was so worry to lose something special, at least to me.

Hayley Williams, the vocalist of the band and main songwriter, has been my idol since I was a young girl. There are not many female rock singers, especially in the emo and pop punk genres, who are present in the spotlight or not as successful as she has been. Seeing her thrive and succeed, especially in a male dominant industry, inspires me to dream and try to succeed on my own.

Paramore’s music is wonderful, in my opinion, but that is not what draws them to me. Their lyrics, specifically in their older pieces of work, are so relatable and have always captivated me.

My favorite song by them, even though I have many, is “Renegade.” It is not one of their biggest hits and it was released with a couple of other singles. “I’m a renegade, it’s in my blood.” These are words that have always resonated with me, so much that I had it tattooed on my wrist.

Those lyrics mean that no matter how hard life can get, it is in your nature to be a fighter and not give up. I try to live that by that motto every day. You have to fight for your dreams and fight through the hardships, just like Paramore had to.

I know that they will never read this and know how truly special they are to me as musicians, but I know there are others out there who have a band that they love so much. The fact that I finally get to see them play live, is a dream come true.

Current and Upcoming Tours

Sorry for the lack of posts this week princes and princesses, but I do have a whole lineup of posts to come. I just need to find the time. Hopefully I can get a couple of more pieces up this week.

Today we’ll do a short and sweet post on the upcoming tours that will hopefully make your summer one to remember. Seeing that I am from Michigan, I will be posting dates and locations in that state, but I will also think their website so you can find where they will play near you.

The Acacia Strain

Wednesday, April 4th at 6 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Dashboard Confessional

Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Pop Evil

Friday, April 6th at 6:30 pm at The Fillmore Detroit

We Came As Romans

Saturday, April 7th at 6 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

Moose Blood

Saturday, April 14th at 7 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Papa Roach

Thursday, April 19th at 6 pm at The Fillmore Detroit

Jukebox the Ghost

Friday, May 11th at 7 pm at Magic Stick

Sum 41

Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

New Found Glory

Friday, June 1st at 6:30 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

The Wonder Years

Tuesday, June 5th at 6 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Tuesday, June 12th at 6 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Paramore

Friday, June 29th at 7 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Weezer 

Friday, July 13th at 7:30 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Vans Warped Tour

Friday, July 20th at 11 am at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

It has been confirmed that I will be seeing Paramore and going to Vans Warped Tour, so I am very excited for those this summer. Hopefully you all find some good shows of your own!

 

My Makeup Wishlist

Due to my lack of posting this week, I am pushing out two today, but this one is going to be a fun one.

We all have a wish list, makeup enthusiasts and nerds, of all the products we want but necessarily cannot have. This list will probably mostly be Morphe and Anastasia Beverly Hills products that I cannot afford at the moment, but I do hope to cross them off my list one day.

Morphe

ColourPop

Anastasia Beverly Hills

GlamGlow

Nyx Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics

Tarte Cosmetics

I know this list is huge and if you put a certain brand in my face, the list would just get bigger. I hope to own all of these products one day. Have a wonderful night prince and princesses!

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