Tuesday, December 19, 2017

PLAYLIST REVIEW: I Met You When I Was 18 - Lauv

I recently discovered a new artist, Lauv. I first heard his music while watching Gabriel Conte's travel diary/music video featuring his wife Jess Conte titled "I Like Me Better With You // New York 2017." 

Without any further ado, here is my  track-by-track review of Lauv's playlist : I Met You When I Was 18.

I Like Me Better  - The first track is a fast-paced song with an upbeat tempo. Mainly composed of electric guitars, drums, and a bit of piano, it's a great opening song for the playlist. In an interview, Lauv explains that the song was inspired by a relationship he had two months after moving to New York City. 

Paris in the Rain - The second track of the playlist is a ballad which gives off the vibe of an opening scene in a movie. It evokes an image of a panoramic view of a setting which introduces the main character and their story.

Comfortable - The third track tells a story about fighting for love, for someone to stay in your life because they mean the world to you - and not because you're comfortable and passive in the relationship. The chorus is catchy, and hits close to home - "Do you want it bad? Or are you just comfortable?"

The Other  - The fourth track narrates the aftermath of a breakup. It shows the progression (and the toll it takes) of someone's mental state after said event. My favorite lines from the song are "when there's nothing quite wrong, but it don't feel right, either your head or your heart, you set the other on fire." This track showcases Lauv's fantastic song-writing abilities, with lyrics that create vivid mental images that stay in one's mind long after the track has finished.

Reforget - The fifth track is proof of Lauv's soulful voice. It is (in my opinion), the companion to the previous track, "The Other". My favorite line in this song is "I never thought a sunrise could burn more than a midnight without you."

The Story Never Ends - Blame and unspoken words can wreak havoc and slowly but surely destroy any relationship. My favorite lines are: "I swallow my words down to the bone, 'cause nothing's that simple." ,"Twist my words and set them to flame." and "How could I stay when you lit a match to all my intentions?"

Come Back Home - "Always remember where you came from." This track shows that your home (whether it be a physical place or family - blood related or not) shapes your world view, thoughts, and who you are as a person.

Question (ft. Travis Mills) - Mistrust and doubts can sow seeds of destruction in any relationship. In a new relationship, individuals often carry emotional baggage from previous relationships with them. Lauv urges his new partner to give him a chance, as he is trying "to do right by (her)." He also reassures her that he will always stand by her.

Easy Love  - "Nothing worth having comes easy." If you want someone in your life, you have to fight for them, despite all obstacles ahead. Lauv promises that although it's easy to cut corners, he'd rather have someone he would be willing to fight for everyday. 

Adrenaline - The penultimate track to this playlist is filled with bursts of energy, recounting the highs and lows of a relationship. The trumpets add a nice jazz -y punch as well. 

Breathe - The final track is about having loved someone while picking up the pieces and moving on. The one line that stands out is "I've seen your soul grow just like a rose, made it through all of those thorns." It speaks volumes about genuinely caring for someone - even if you don't love this person anymore, you're still proud of who they've become and who they will continue to be.

UPDATE: Lauv added 4 new songs to the playlist, I Met You When I Was 18. The five tracks which were added are : Chasing Fire, Bracelet, Getting Over You, and Never Not.

Chasing Fire : This track starts off slow, closely resembling an a capella. However, the drums and beat kicks in once we get to the chorus.The second verse and the bridge follow the same format as the first verse, which builds up anticipation for the catchy chorus.

Bracelet: When a relationship ends, both parties are left with memories, pictures, and in this case - a bracelet. The first verse starts off slow, where he reminisces about his previous relationship. His resolve is that he will continue to wear the bracelet until he learns to move on, until "he doesn't need [her]."

Getting Over You -  This track was released on Valentine's Day, as a companion to the broken-hearted. The deliberate irony of its release is what makes this track one of my favorites. Further, the addition of the electric guitar in the second verse adds a punch to this otherwise sorrowful song.

Never Not - The final track is a beautiful ballad. It narrates the story of a love that changed one's life. Lauv vows "for as long as I live, I will never not think about you." This track proves that a person can have a profound effect on someone's life - for better or worse.  

Here is the video that started it all - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v86r22gGvRA

Friday, December 1, 2017

November 2017 Playlist

Hello everyone!

Hope you're all well. On a side note, this year has passed by so quickly! Can you believe it's December already?!

Anyway, without any further ado, here are my music favorites for the month of November:

Breathe - Lauv
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwTULrIL94s

Easy Love - Lauv
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjO3HRqUBqI

Love Confession - Jay Chou
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu7nU9Mhpyo

Jealous - Labrinth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXD52y9jsOU


As always, if you have any song or artist sugggestions, leave them in the comments below!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

October 2017 Playlist

Hello! Hope you've all been well. Just wanted to share with you my favorite songs for the month of October.

Turn It Up - Janet Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERqMQaK56_s

Fast - Luke Bryan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuB4k15aCQ4

Like I Can - Sam Smith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeugznpGKPA


This month's list was short, but sweet. If you have any song or artist suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Thanks, and have a great day! X

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

September 2017 Playlist

Hello, hope you've all been well. I apologize for the late post. Things have been hectic the past couple of weeks,  but they've slowed down starting this week.

Here are my favourite songs for the month of September.

September Song - JP Cooper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ORWF5RkdO0

Too Good at Goodbyes - Sam Smith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpT3gx3s0ns

The Pressure - Jess and Gabriel Conte
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKYRtfGV57k


Hope you have a great day x

Saturday, September 23, 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW: E.L.F. Moisturizing Lipstick - Ravishing Rose

I bought this lipstick at a local drugstore a couple weeks ago. While looking for a lip colour for the upcoming Fall, I came across this one and bought it on a whim.

I was pleasantly surprised, as it was the perfect berry colour I was looking for. I swatched it on my hand to test it out, then applied it on my lips.

It has a lovely, sweet scent, and great colour payoff. It is also very moisturizing. I will definitely be wearing this lip colour all through fall and winter.

Here is the lipstick:


Here are some colour swatches: 
In Natural lighting 



With flash / artificial lighting



What are your favourite lip shades for fall/winter? Let me know in the comments below! 







Friday, September 1, 2017

August 2017 Playlist

Hi!
I've compiled a list of songs that I've been loving this month. If you have any song recommendations, leave them in the comments below.

Midnight Bounce - Lakey Inspired
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=midnight%20bounce%20lakey&sm=1

That's What I Like - Bruno Mars 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MjYYI0y9Jx0

I Like Me Better- Lauv
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=i%20like%20me%20better%20&sm=1

Dive - Ed Sheeran
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv2rLZmbPMA

Perfect - Ed Sheeran (Jason Chen cover)
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=perfect%20jason%20chen&sm=1

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July 2017 Playlist


Hello! Here are my favourite songs for the month of July:

Seafoam - Gabe Bondoc
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=seafoam%20gabe%20bondoc&sm=1

Reset - Ryan Mitchell Grey
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=reset%20ryan%20mitchell%20grey&sm=1

Bad Liar - Selena Gomez (Sam Tsui cover)
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=bad%20liar%20sam%20tsui&sm=1

You're It - Gabe Bondoc
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uFW7haf9iS8

Feel free to leave song recommendations in the comments below!

Speak to you soon x

- Em

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monthly Music Favourites : JUNE 2017

Hello!
I've compiled a list of songs that I loved listening to for the month of June. These were my favourite songs for the month:

Rosie - John Mayer (Gabe Bondoc cover)
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=rosie%20gabe%20bondoc&sm=1
 
Sandcastles - Adam Jensen
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mjuku1QPC4Y

Now or Never - Halsey
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=now%20or%20never%20halsey%20lyrics&sm=1

True Colours - The Weeknd  (Stan Taylor cover)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aScr29FIPvk

If you have any songs that you'd like to recommend, leave them down in the comments below! 

-Em 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW : The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick

Hello all.
It's been a while since we last spoke, and I apologize for the delay.

Over the past few weeks, I've been playing around with new lip colours, especially for summer. The lipstick I've been gravitating towards as of late is a coral colour from The Body Shop. 
Shade #140 : Colour Crush

I love this lipstick for its colour payoff and for its level of hydration.
As shown in the photo, it is a lovely coral shade. It's perfect for summer, adding a pop of colour to any outfit.

It's also hydrating, as it doesn't dry out my lips - even after hours of wear.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monthly Music Favorites - MAY 2017

Hello! I apologize for being a little late, but here are the songs I played on repeat for the month of May:

Play That Song - Train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFuZl90DoSU

Right Now - Haim
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1LLWHroWgA

I Get to Love You - Ruelle
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3BkDESKFSA



If you have any song recommendations, please leave them below :)

- Em

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Monthly Music Favourites - APRIL 2017

Hello! It's been a while since we last chatted, things have been pretty busy on my end. I hope you're all well.

Anyway, here are my music favourites for this month:

Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=say%20you%20won%27t%20let%20go&sm=1

Love On The Brain - Rihanna
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=love%20on%20the%20brain%20rihanna&sm=1

Certain Things - James Arthur 
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=certain%20things%20james%20arthur&sm=1

Do You Remember - Jarryd James
https://m.youtube.com/resultsq=do%20you%20remember%20jarryd%20james&sm=1


If you have any song recommendations, please leave them below :)

- Em

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monthly Music Favorites - FEBRUARY 2017

Here is my roundup of songs I've been  for the month of February:

I'm The Only One You Want - Sebastian Forslund feat. Folayan
Take it All Back - Judah & The Lion
Life is A Dream - DJ Quad (remix)
I'll Remember You - Nathan Sykes
There's Only One of You - Nathan Sykes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW : Lovely me:ex Mango Seed Lip Scrub

About a month ago, my friend showed me a picture that she found on Pinterest; a DIY lip scrub using household ingredients. Intrigued, I gave the lip scrub recipe a try - and I loved it!
Recently, I made a trip to my local mall to buy some makeup. As I was browsing through the lip products section of The Face Shop, a Korean beauty store, I bought a small lip scrub container.



Packaging:
The name of the product and its purpose is written in all caps, making it easy to read. It also gets the point across.

Fragrance:
The fragrance is of a sweet, ripe mango. The scent is neither too faint nor overpowering.

Application:
The lip scrub is pretty light, so it is a good idea to dip your finger into more product for better application. After application, it will leave your lips feeling buttery smooth.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monthly Music Favorites - JANUARY 2017

Hello! I hope you all had a great start to the new year. Let's begin by diving into my music favourites for January.

Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor ft John Legend
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=like%20i%27m%20gonna%20lose%20you&sm=1

Same Girl - Kalle Engstrom
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BbHviyaWDxc

Better Together - Kalle Engstrom
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PN4hytrRJYw

Lay Me Down - Sam Smith (Épique remix)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MvzBLJq8-Ps

As always, feel free to leave song recommendations in the comments below.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Essie Matte About You Topcoat

I've always been into doing my nails, and especially the look of matte nails. After seeing many matte nail posts on Instagram and elsewh...