MUSIC // No sound without Silence | Avril Lavigne | Battle Born
So I’ve been wanting to a post like this for a long time. It’s something I’ve seen around more popular blogs were people share their favourite things. Now I’ve always thought no one would be interested in reading what I love but then I recently I came to the conclusion that this is my blog and I’ll post what I want. I do like posting reviews but sometimes I do want to do something different and who doesn’t love writing about their favourite things? So let’s discuss some of those things. Starting with music:
No sound without Silence by The Script – I’ve been a fan of The Script for a long time and I love pretty much everything they release. There most recent album, No Sound Without Silence is one my favourites. I find it really hard to describe music so bare with my here. I find they have some really fast paced songs like Paint the Town Green. Superheroes, The Energy Never Dies and Hail, Rain or Sunshine which are just really upbeat and happy, great to listen to when walking or even just dancing around your room. The album also has some really romantic songs, It’s not right for you, Man on a Wire and Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’. And then it also has some slightly sad songs, like Without Those Songs, No Good in Goodbye, Flares, Army of Angels, and Howl at the moon. It’s Not Right For You is one of my favourite songs in the album, I find it very motivating as the lyrics talk about doing what makes you happy and what’s right for you, “She said, “Is this the life you’ve been dreaming of Spending half the day away from the things you love? It’s not too late to do something new.” “She said, “It’s hard enough trying to live your life. But not following your dreams made you dead inside. If you don’t love what you do.” I just love listening to this when I’m not motivated to anything, and it reminds me to work towards my dreams and work hard to get what I want. My other favourites from this album are Superheroes and Paint the Town Green which are just really upbeat and happy songs that I love to dance too alone in my bedroom and Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’ because it’s such a romantic song and I love listening to it when I need to write a romantic scene. I’m not really once for romance, mostly because hey I’m single but I adore this song. Overall this album, like every album The Script bring out is just amazing, filled with beautiful songs that send you on a journey. Please check this out, I guarantee you, you won’t regret it.
Avril Lavigne self titled – Now I know a lot of people don’t like Avril Lavigne anymore since her music style changed, but I still love and adore her. She’s one of the only singers that I own every album of and one of the only two sings I’ve seen in concert. This is her newest album and it has a nice range of songs which I think play on her old style a lot. I’d say the whole album is pretty upbeat and happy. Some of my favourite upbeat songs are Rock N Roll, here’s to never growing up, 17, Bitchin’ Summer, Sippin’ On Sunshine, Hello Kitty and Bad Girl. Bad Girl which has Marilyn Manson in it is one of my top songs from the album, as I love rock music and this reminds me of a soft of loud rock style. I also love hush hush which is a sad song on the album, but as I’ve said before I love sad songs as not only do I love all the emotions they bring out but they also help greatly with writing sad songs. Especially this song which seems to be a about a breakup. There are some songs that I don’t really like that much on the album, such as Let Go and Falling Fast. But that’s just because they’re not really my style and also I’m not a big fan of Chad Kroeger. But I just ignore those two songs and listen to the rest of this amazing album.
Battle Born by The Killers – This album isn’t as new as the others and isn’t even the most recent Killers Album out there, but it is one of my favourites. I love The Killers and I think, like with Avril Lavigne I own every single one of their albums. I love how upbeat The Killers songs are, and Mr Brightside has always been and will always be one of my favourite songs of all time. I think my favourite song from this album hands down is Miss Atomic Bomb. This song and the video are just perfect, it brings out such a range of emotions in me, it’s great for writing and car journeys or just walking around. I find I can really hear the emotion of Brandon Flowers in this song, and I adore how it’s basically a sequel to Mr Brightside, which as I said is one of my favourite songs. I also really love Runaways, which is honestly my drunk jam at this point as well Battle Born, A Matter of Time, The Rising Tide, From here on out, Deadline and Commitments and Flesh and Bone. There are some romantic songs on the album like The Way It Was and heart of a girl. Then there’s also some sad songs like Be Still, which I think I’ve actually cried at a few times and here with me. All the songs are amazing and honestly there’s not on I don’t like. I love all The Killer’s albums but this is probably my favourite, with hot fuss being a close second.
BOOKS // The Great Gatsby | The Carrie Diaries | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Now I know you’ve probably heard of this book, it’s not new or suddenly popular by any means. I read this two or three years ago I think and I really loved it. I never knew anything about the book before I read it, as we’d never read or talked about this in school. I heard about the movie coming out and I really wanted to read the book, as most of the time I’m a book-before-movie type of person. I really love this book, I find it’s different to anything I’ve read and it’s just such an enchanting story, even though it’s actually just a normal story about a guy trying to be reunited with this girl, I really love it (I’m so great as describing things aren’t I?) I find it has so many different meanings and interruptions depending on which way you look at it. I love hearing what people think about it, as everyone has a different view of what the characters represent and how the relationships play out. I’ve since seen the movie version of this and although it’s different to the book I love that just as much and it’s definitely one of my favourite movies.
The Carrie Diaries by Candice Bushnell – Now if you know me or if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know how much I love The Carrie Diaries. I’m not going to talk too much about my obsession with this book because I did that in both the book review and the sequel book review, but I really really love this book. It’s nothing that groundbreaking in terms of literature but I think it’s just a really amazing coming of age story. As someone who loves Gossip Girl and shows like that this is like a more… adult version of that. More adult because there’s a lot of sex language in this. The best thing about this is although it’s a prequel to Sex and The City, you don’t have to be a fan of the show to understand this. Overall this book is just really good and if you’re a young girl – or boy! (books have no gender), then I would really commend you checking this book out. It deals with lots of drama about first love, first heartbreak, friendships, divorce, death, coming out, exams, school drama, all the stuff they you may have experienced at some point in your youth.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Now you’ve probably 100% heard of this. I think everyone in he world has heard of Harry Potter, whether that be the movies or the books. My favourite Harry Potter book and film is Order of the Phoenix. Slight spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen/read all the hp books but I just really like how this one in particular is about the students fighting back without their teachers involved much. I find the villain, Umbridge really amazing. Amazing in the fact she nearly made me throw my book across the room. I usually am on the villains side as most villains are bad because something bad happened to them or someone they loved died [Loki, Regina, Klaus etc], but the fact Umbridge is just a horrible person for no reason and I hate her is amazing. You’re supposed to hate villains so coming up against a villain I actually hate was a new experience and I loved it. The ending of this book is so sad to me, and I cry almost every time I read/watch that scene (you know which one). But I like scenes that make me emotional as I feel really involved with the world, so really the sad scene is a bonus for me. But yes this book is amazing and one of my all time favourite books.
BEAUTY // Barry M [similar] | Coconut Lip Butter | Barry M Showgirl Mascara
Barry M Bronzer – Now I love this product but unfortunately they don’t actually sell it anymore. I’ve linked a similar ish one above as I can’t find a link to the one I’m talking about anywhere. Anyway I got this product 3 or 4 years ago in a Barry M Makeup Box. In school, when I didn’t know anything about makeup, I used to wear this as eye shadow. Yeah I did not look good. But now I actually know what this is and how to use it properly I can confirm it’s a much better eyeshadow than it bronzer. It’s a very light brown colour with slight shimmer. I used this for both all over bronzer and contour. I feel not only does it make me look slightly more than but it also gives my face an all over glow, which I love. This is also really great if you have pale skin, as it doesn’t wash you out too much or make you look like you’ve got dirt on your face. I’m so sad they no longer sell this. I’ve already hit pan so this doesn’t have long left, but I’m going to try out the one I linked above and hopefully it’s just as good as this one. I’ve also been reading old blog posts from when this bronzer was still around and people have said it’s a dupe for Nars Laguna bronzer, which I may also give a shot.
The Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter – Ever smell a product and actually considered eating it? I get that every time I used this product. This is such a creamy moisturizing lip product. I have the coconut one but I really want to get the mango one as I’ve been really loving mangos lately. As the name suggests, this product has the texture of butter, but don’t worry, it doesn’t smell or taste like it. I really love using this product in winter as I feel like it really helps to protect my lips against the cold weather.
Barry M Showgirl Mascara – And the last beauty product that I just love is the Showgirl Mascara by Barry M. Now I know a lot of people actually dislike this mascara and it generally gets bad reviews. I love this mascara. It has such pretty silver and black star pattern on it with the words showgirl written in giant, old Hollywood style font. This mascara isn’t the darkest but it does make my lashes look long. I find it doesn’t give dramatic eye lashes, which is why most people don’t like it, but it does give a very natural long look, which I love for when I don’t feel like wearing dramatic lashes.
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