Happy Tunesday

DJ Snake Feat. Bipolar Sunshine – Middle

Remember Turn Down For What with Lil Jon? Yep a guilty pleasure of  mine and a massive hit for French-born William Grigahcine AKA DJ Snake  (to be fair he’s had a string of hits).  His most recent offering features brit born Bipolar Sunshine whose gentle vocals seem so effortless on this track.

When I first heard this song I was yet again smitten by the sound.  The music video will melt your heart too… it features a heartbroken superhero played by none other than the Hunger Games Josh Hutcherson. I won’t say too much, just watch and enjoy.

Alessia Cara – Wild Things

This has been the second time Alessia Cara has made it on my playlists.  I’ve read that she has been likened to singers like Norah Jones, personally I think Alessia is unique and her voice and style of music appeals to so many (plus they make great remixes too!)  Her latest single “Wild Things” had me from the moment I heard the oh so catchy hook.  I think it spoke to my inner child “Find me where the wild things are” lyrics a little nod to my favourite childhood book by Maurice Sendak “Where the Wild Things Are” Though the song is more about the state of mind than the book it was nice to see it referenced.

Her video to this track features her squad AKA her close friends, many of whom have been with her since her school days.  Any enough chat – watch and tell me what you think.

Meghan Trainor – No

Meghan Trainor proves she’s no one trick pony providing us with another fun, sassy track with a simple and easy to learn hook “No” starts of so beautifully with gentle harmonies, then packs a punch straight into the song. It’s less 50’s and more 90’s sounding. It’s a fun, catchy pop song which you does what it says on the tin!

NAO – Fool to Love

NAO, honestly don’t know too much about her apart from she’s a London girl like me and her voice is out of this world.  I first heard her on her Bad Blood track which is sheer brilliance.  She’s back again with another soulful delight!  Whilst singers like Erykah Badu comes to mind, one of the things I love about NAO is her vocal range, this girl can sing!!  Watch out for her….

Drake Feat Wizkid & Kyla  – One Dance

My list wouldn’t be complete with something for drizzy!  This sexy track features Wizkid and Kyla, the latter my UK lovelies will remember her track “Do you mind” which is sampled for this track.

This song will most definitely be a smash in the clubs, I for one cannot wait to bounce to this with a less expensive drink in my hand haha!! I couldn’t find a video so  just listen…

That’s your lot lovelies for this week.  What do you think?  Good/bad?  What’s your favourite out of the 5 I’ve mentioned? Let me know what you’ll be adding to your playlist this week.

xoxo

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Happy Tunesday!

Music has always played a big part of my life not just because it can reflect where my heads at, but it brings me joy a memory and excitement of better days to come.  There’s a few tracks that got me excited for the summer and some that have even surprised, so if you’re looking to add new tracks to your playlist, you might want to have a listen to these.

In case you’re unsure Becky Hill is a well-known voice with dance music circles, having featured with the likes of Rudimental, Wilkinson and Oliver Heldens smash hit “Gecko”, we now get to hear her beautiful voice on the new MK single  “Piece of Me” a sure-fire summer anthem. Enjoy!

The next song, I just can’t get out of my head by Dua Lipa, whom I know nothing about but I’m going look into her music as if this song is anything to go by, I know I’m going to be a fan!

The next song, came as quite a surprise for me because I’ve never been a fan and the last time I said anything about these ladies, I was trolled!  So when I heard this I actually had no idea this was Fifth Harmony, I had to have a moment.  But you can’t deny a good song when you hear it.

The song credited to Joshua Coleman who has written for the likes of Jessie J (Sweet Talker), Jason Derulo (Talk Dirty) and our very own Rixton (Me & My Broken Heart) to name a few.

The song also features Ty Dolla $ign, have a listen and let me know what you think.

My last offering is from personal faves Blonde who I absolutely love.  There’s not a track they’ve released that I don’t like and if you get to hear a set, you’ll understand why I’m such a fan.

“Nothing Like This” features Craig David, who seems to be on a roll at the moment (love the guy but wasn’t big on his last track with big narsty).  I’m glad to see Craig go from strength to strength seeing as he was the voice of a generation when it came to mainstream UK Garage and let’s face it the man can sing! So working with Blonde was going to be a winning partnership!

Here’s a preview :

Well there you have it lovelies.  Like any of these?  What’s you’re favourite tracks at the moment? Let me know!

Love

 

Miss Naddy

xoxo

 

Happy 2nd Birthday Make Up Revolution!

For me Thursday is the new Friday and this week was no exception. On 10th March  I attended Make Up Revolutions 2nd birthday party, and it was AMAZING!

I’ve been a massive fan of the brand since the beginning and with new products launching almost weekly what’s not to love? They’re have great products starting from £1 (yes I said £1) and they’re giving premium brands a run for their money with their gorgeous palettes, packaging, variety in products and with a cult following and heaps of involvement within the blogging community, it’s difficult to ignore the  successes of such a wonderful brand.

London was the city and Cafe de Paris was our backdrop for the party. We were given the VIP treatment from the outset, photographers, videographers, welcome drinks, we knew we were in for a good time.

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The famous Cafe de Paris sign

We kicked off with an afternoon tea themed drop in session, it was a great opportunity to meet the the make up revolution family and all the brands (Freedom, colourless, I ♡ Make Up)

The tables were filled with all our favourite products across the brands, it was also good to see a few products which I’ve had my eye on and obviously they didn’t disappoint, so of course I’ll be shopping this weekend!

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The coveted Rose Gold Lipsticks. We’re all waiting for Chauffeur to be back in stock.

I heart makeup chocolates

Death by Chocolate or Make Up Heaven, either way these chocolate palettes are to die for!

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Freedom Make Up London-That Pro Artist Pad tho….

So whilst drooling at all the make up we also got to hear about some future products launching this year which was very exciting.  The good news is I can share deets with you all – Are you ready?

 

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Make Up Revolution have teamed up with British Beauty Blogger to create  “The Fortune Favours The Bold” Palette presented in a gorgeous brushed gold tin.  We weren’t given an official launch date but it will be later on this month.

The week commencing  March 21st will see the launch of the newest addition to the I ♡ Chocolate range “Chocolate Vice” luxurious golds and rich reds and pinks galore perfect to help get you ready for summer.

We also got to see a new hair care range which were so cleverly packaged as milk cartons and smoothie drinks which looked fab. The main focus was taming and smoothing hair which I’m looking forward to trying out as a sister blessed with curly hair, no one wants to see my “woke up like this” look.

There was also a hair colour range which looked great and will appeal to many with baby pinks, blues and turquoise still going strong.  The hair range will be launching in June 2016 so just in time for festival season.

Superdrug also had  products from their B. range out on display, which included Micellar water and a micellar oil which I’ve not yet tried.  They also had body butters and scrubs which all looked really nice.  But what really caught our eye were these emojji lip balms, the cuteness of these little pots were just too much!

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Which emojji would you go for?

After checking out all the brands and products we had time to ourselves to connect with other bloggers, talk to the brands and grab a drink, I attended the event with fellow blogger Flo of Love From, Florence Grace who is always great company. We discovered the GIF creating station hosted by GIFGIF and well you’ll see the evidence of our handy work…

 

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As the evening started to set in, we were spoilt with cocktails and canapés(which were aptly named after some of the palettes) finally the big screen came down and Adam Minto, founder and CEO of Make Up Revolution took to the stage. Using his charm and wit Adam delivered a heart-warming speech sharing is pride and passion for the company, giving thanks for the support from global partners to Superdrug and of course the blogger/social network.

Adam describes Revolution as disruptive, exciting, most of all affordable. As a natural born rebel, I’m always for creating a little chaos, so the idea these guys creating a little havoc within the world of cosmetics just makes me love them even more.

Make up should not be elitist. Should not be based on your ability or you willingness to pay more!
Adam Minto – CEO Make Up Revolution

Writer and Vlogger Daisie Smith  who works closely with TAM Beauty, then took to the stage to announce the amazing competition #IAMFREEDOM competition which launches in April and set to be the biggest beauty competition of the year!  30 individuals will compete through 3 challenges to earn a place at the live final which will be held in September.  Four runners up will win £1000 whilst the one lucky winner of first place will win £10000 (yep TEN THOUSAND!!) a years supply of Freedom products and a 1 year partnership with the brand.

As Adam was reiterating the details, Superdrug shouted off stage and announced that they would match all the prizes – OMG!!!

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After that fantastic announcement I think everyone was truly ready to party, another surprise for us was a guest DJ who turned out to be none other Scott Mills, we managed to get a snap with him which was pretty cool! The tunes kept on coming, and for those who know me, I love to dance so there was no stopping me hehe

 

 

My night came to an end around 1130 and as a final thanks we were given a bag of goodies. Which was filled so much amazing stuff.  Between Make Up Revolution and Superdrug their kindness and generosity was overwhelming, included were products from Make Up Revolution, Freedom and Superdrug.

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I saved this one for last as I’d already had it on my lust list and almost picked it up last week.  In our goodie bag also contained the Black Arts Pro Artist Pad by Freedom.

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I love how it looks like tablet cover

 

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Take it all in… cute mirror and just look at those shades. 

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Close up of the palette shades

 

So there you have it lovelies, the drink, the music and the make up!  I need to give a few shout outs to Flo and Julia for being the best company! Of course I can’t forget the girl gang I hung out with dancing all night like no ones watching, Kirstie, Orla, Tania, Leah, Hollee (and mum) and of course a massive thank you to Adam Minto and the TAM family for the invitation to help celebrate your success and for your hospitality and for the revolution!  Keep on making noise lovelies….

Happy Birthday Make Up Revolution!

xoxo

 

 

A Feast For The Senses

So this week, I’ve tried, tasted, smelt and heard new things, which I thought I’d share with you all :

Touch – Flora No 1 Fine Radiance Oil by Mitchell and Peach

My night-time skincare staple has to be a good face oil.  I have combination oily skin and the best way to keep the shine under control is to combat it with oil.  I’ve always opted for an oil as opposed to a night cream as well, it just feels nicer on my skin, when I wake up I don’t feel so greasy and well they smell amazing.

I’ve tried a few oils now and still only have 2 stand out products (which I’ll pop up on a new post very soon) but I’m pleased to say I’ve found a 3rd and it’s a must have lovelies.

Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Oil  is a wonderful little bottle of magic.  A super lightweight oil which absorbs into your skin almost immediately, leaving you with soft supple skin when you wake up! Delicately scented which leaves you calm and relaxed ready for a perfect nights sleep.

I received a sample in my You Beauty box some months back, but never got round to using it until now and it was worth the wait.  The Mitchell’s have been farming land for 5 generations, today keeping with their roots they have created a wonderful brand of  gorgeous body and bath products.

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Taste – Ham, Egg and Cheese Pastries

I decided it was time to ditch the mundane breakfast and try a few new things out in the kitchen – Enter Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach, if you haven’t heard of him and his #Leanin15 and #guilty catchphrases then where have you been?

As you know I loves me a bit of Instagram and Joe has pretty much built a cult following through the use of insta, so I decided to give one of his quickie breakfasts a whirl.

So here’s The Body Coach….

Et voila here’s my first attempt…

I served mine up on a bed of spinach and WOW, this was so delicious.  I was concerned with the use of feta and parmesan but once cooked, the taste was so subtle.  I went with Serrano ham but you could go with whatever you like really.  So that was me getting my cook on!  Have you tried any of Joe’s recipes before ? I know the Avocado and eggs has proven to be a popular favourite.

Smell – Floral Bloom by Next

Whilst out on my many visits to Next to check out new seasonal arrivals I was kindly given a sample of Floral Bloom a light scent perfect for sunny spring days.  As you know I’m a sucker for a good scent and high street brands are (excuse the pun) not to be sniffed at!  Next is a perfect example of how to get it right without smelling like a teenager from the 90’s.

So Floral Bloom is described as Fresh & Floral, which I can agree I find the Waterlily and Narcissus definitely come through the strongest on my whilst the neroli and papaya flower give it the light delicate fragrance.  If you’re passing Next anytime soon, I highly recommend checking out their fragrance section.

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Sight – Tarte Cosmetics

It’s not like I don’t have enough palettes in my life but I’m seriously obsessing over Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette.  The shadows are so rich and pigmented every time I go to the site of browse their insta page I’m immediately drawn in, especially with shades like  “Fashionista” and “Bombshell”

Sound – Anne-Marie – Do It Right

No words…just watch and listen xoxo

Well that’s your lot for today!  What did you think?  Anything new you’ve tried this week?  Let me know I’d love to hear any recommendations.

Until next time lovelies.

xoxo

Something For The Weekend?

It’s been absolutely ages since I’ve posted about music.  So figured it’s about time to share a few tracks on my playlist :

 

Shift K3y Ft BB Diamond – Missing

Alessia Cara – Here

 

Danny L Harle – Broken Flowers

 

Raleigh Ritchie – Bloodsport

Zara Larrson, MNEK – Never Forget You

Let me know what you think or if there’s anything I should be listening to, I love music so I know it’ll all be good!

Have a great weekend!

 

xoxo

Murder on My Mind….

It’s the middle of January, payday is still ages away, it’s too cold outside and you just want to chill and recover from all the end of year festivities!  What better time to catch up on your favourite shows and discover new ones.

Last year I binged on Netflix’s Making a Murderer which has has picked up a massive following and definitely the most talked about show of the moment.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a 10 part thriller which was filmed over 10 years, following a man named Steven Avery, who served 18 years for a crime he was later proved innocent of.

With his new-found freedom, trying to rebuild his life he is then caught up in a tale of police corruption, discrimination and found to be the prime suspect in a murder alongside his nephew Brendan Dassey.  What happens over the next few years beggars belief.

You are taken on a roller-coaster journey with more twists and turns than “The Usual Suspects” (another must-see… if you haven’t WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??)

I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is block out a few hours, you will find it impossible to just watch one episode.  Apart from the school run and a few errands I got comfy on the sofa and submerged myself in this awful story of murder, miscarriage of justice and blatant corruption within the American Justice System.

Left with feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness, I decided to look into The Avery/Dassey case further.  There’s lots to read some for and some against all worth checking out.  This show has had the world talking so much so even the White House had issued a statement following a petition asking for a pardon.

I then decided to explore my Netflix account and check out other documentaries.  It’s safe to say that over Christmas and New Years I’ve spent my evenings binging on compelling telly viewing!  Here are a few of my recommendations, don’t worry there are no spoilers :

West of Memphis

3 teenagers are arrested for the murder of 3 children.  Convicted of the crimes based on highly questionable police work to prove their guilt, the 3 young men spend the next 18 years growing up prison, meanwhile on the outside  friends and family fight for justice.

This case came to the attention of movie Director Peter Jackson ( who also produced this film)  and his wife and along with the aid of many celebrities including rock stars, actors fight for justice and the freedom of the West Memphis 3.

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As a mother I found this film pretty tough to watch especially as it centred around the death of young children. I give you warning now that there are some graphic images shown, but you will be left with your jaw on the ground with the events that occur throughout the film.  Well worth watching.

The Central Park 5

In 1989 5 teenagers are wrongfully accused of raping jogger. With false statements and After serving up to 13 years in prison,  the real assailant confesses to the crime…..

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At the time all pleaded not guilty, but with coerced video confessions and DNA not even matching any of the boys they were still convicted.  Hear how these men lost there childhood to a gross miscarriage of justice.

Give Up Tommorrow

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Paco Larranaga – A name you won’t forget in a hurry. Convicted of murdering 2 women despite being miles away at the time of the crime.  Watch how individuals in high ranking roles within the justice system, blatantly disregard key evidence, including witness testimonies as they serve up their own justice based on corruption and lies at all levels.

The levels of corruption uncovered in this documentary, will leave you stunned. After watching, you will be on the Free Paco bandwagon and finding yourself trying to help make a difference even if it’s signing the petition.

That’s all I’m going to give you for now.  I don’t want to bombard you with too many as these tragic tales can weigh heavy on your mind afterwards.  I recommend a good dose of hugs, kisses from a loved one and a good deed to ease the mind heart and soul!

Late addition  – 6th Feb 2016

The Fear of 13 

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Nick Yarris an inspiring, beautiful soul and the most eloquent story teller, shares his story whilst spending 21 years on death row.  Nick had me mesmerised from the get go and I was left completely moved by his  story and more so by his spirit, so many of us could learn a thing or two from this guy!  I caught this on Storyville but at present it seems to be the talk of moment.  After watching I just had to reach out to Nick and just thank him for sharing is story with the world, he kindly replied swiftly with words of gratitude and positivity. When you’ve gone through what Nick went through, it would be easy to focus one’s energies on the negatives of life, but Nick manages to smile and spread his infectious positivity with his audience be it reader of his book “7 days to Live” or through the film.

So in short – watch this film!!

Have you seen any of these?  What were you’re thoughts?  Do you have any recommendations?  Let me know what’s got you hooked.

xoxo

 

The #nextTake12 Challenge

So  this week, I was lucky enough to attend Next Bloggers Network Event, the 2nd since their launch.  I will be posting about my day out, but what I learnt was that they are an extremely proactive group, and also very involved with their community as I saw at the blogger awards.

Having discovered all of the above, I’ve committed myself to be more involved in the community and take part in the mini challenges – plus it makes fun content which I always love creating.  So whilst on my journey home from the event I decided to see what I could participate in and discovered they had already launched their #nextTake12 challenge, which was a great reminder of how Next completely understand the need for late night shopping and decisions made in the small hours!

After trying to finalise an outfit for the blogger event on Tuesday, I decided at 10pm Sunday evening that I just had to have a new pair of shoes which as it turned out was from the kids section and bonus if I opened my account that day I got £10 off my order – it was a win-win situation!

So there’s proof that Next completely understand the nocturnal shopper like myself (I’ve always said that my best ideas come at night) I ordered late night and picked them up Monday evening!

To celebrate Next’s fabulous ordering process, which in case you hadn’t heard if you order by Midnight, you order will be delivered in store the next day.  They send you an email AND a text to let you know when it’s in store.  If you’re anything like me and worry about what to wear at the 11th hour, then this fantastic service is for you and most definitely rivals many other high street brands!

So with only 12 to choose from the New In line, I decided to go with gift ideas for my family!

Many of you know that I’ve become an aunt for the first time this year so jumped at the chance at picking out a pretty dress for my gorgeous niece and something cool for my little man.

So here goes….

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What have been you’re favourite’s from Next?  Are you a night shopper like me?  let me know.
xoxo
PS can you spot a cheeky 13th Gift idea?? xoxo