Friday Fun – Deaf Havana – Hunstanton Pier

Before I get too Christmas obsessed (and believe me, I’m getting there), here’s a nice sunny video so we can all pretend its not the shortest day of the year. Major points go to Deaf Havana for this bit of fun (and its refreshing to see a band that aren’t from London). Who doesn’t wish they were at the beach in July after watching this?

I can’t say I’ve listened to Dead Havana too much before I heard this song, but having done a bit of research, I’d definitely recommend checking them out. If you like this, look up ‘Little White Lies’ and go from there..
RC xx

Thursday Tip – Festive Nails

If you love glittery nails as much as I do, I think you’ll really like this tip. It’s a really easy way to get festive sparkly nails without buying lots of different polishes (or having to apply layers and layers of glitter polish to get a solid colour).

 

Simply apply a thin layer of colour, wait for it to dry and then apply a layer of glitter (you can use any shade, but silver works best). Then apply another thin layer of colour over the top to give it a smooth look.

Enjoy!

RC xx

Tune Tuesday – Young Guns

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for days, so thought I’d share it with you. It’s an angsty ballady (because its not slow enough to be a real ballad, at least, that’s my opinion..) tune from Londoners Young Guns.

These are some of the best lyrics I’ve heard in a while:

You are not a diamond,
You are not a shining star
Doesn’t mean that you’re not perfect
Exactly as you are

‘You Are Not’ is taken from their new album ‘Bones’, of which the title track was Kerrang!’s top song of 2012. The boys are currently off touring the States.

RC xx

Enter Shikari, The Roundhouse 16/12/12

Walking up to Camden’s Roundhouse on a Sunday evening, you can’t help but notice the crowd. Snaking along the road, past the petrol station, masses of skinny jeans and hoodies.
Apparently security have implemented new rules about mobile phones, meaning that only ten gig goers are being let in at a time. The queue for the cloakroom is growing steadily.
Inside, Cancer Bats are giving it their best, despite a poor soundsytem and fairly minimal crowd (most are still outside).
A recorded message counts down the minutes to Enter Shikari, with thundering applause. The headliners blaze onto the stage and promptly destroy it, frantically clambering onto amps and diving into the crowd.
This outpouring of unbelievable energy lasts the entire performance, the audience meeting it with mosh pits appearing in every corner of the room. New tracks ‘Gandhi mate, Gandhi’ and ‘Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here’ go down as well as old favourite ‘Return To Energiser’.
Before going offstage, the band apologise for the delay on entering, a touching moment that serves as a reminder of how close knit they are to their fans.
After a brief pause, they return for the encore, bringing out a member of their stage crew to propose to his girlfriend. She says yes (obviously) and the entire audience cheers as glitter explodes across the stage.
As the crowd filters out to the sound of classic dance hits, the floor is lost under a sea of cups, glitter and Santa hats. Job well done, guys.

RC x

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DIY Hair Masks

Since I started using Pinterest (read: became completely obsessed with), I always find myself looking at all the hair and beauty tips, wondering if they actually work. There’s only one way to find out, so here’s my own attempts at trialling the tips, so you don’t have to.

I’m starting out with hair masks, because after  years of bleaching, straightening and blow drying, my hair’s in pretty bad condition. I’m not even going to give you a photo of it. That’s how bad it is.

Anyway, I picked out three of the most promising sounding tips and tried them out..

1. Camomile Tea

Make two cups of camomile tea (use rooibos for red and black for dark hair, crazy colours – I have nothing to suggest, sorry!).  Wait until they’re cool enough not to scald you. Shampoo your hair and then rinse using the tea. Leave for fifteen minutes. Rise and condition as normal.

Difficulty rating – Ridiculously easy

Result – Hair feels softer, doesn’t last after the next wash though (but my hair smells amazing).

2. Banana Milkshake

Mash a banana, mix in one egg yolk and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to hair (over a sink) and leave for 25 minutes (wear a shower cap, this is messy!). Shampoo and condition normally.

Difficulty rating – Its tricky not to make a mess! Make sure you mash the banana completely, or you’ll be picking bits of your hair later.

Result – Didn’t notice any chance in condition really. Hair smells a bit funny.

3. Olive Oil

Mix three tablespoons of olive oil with a tablespoon of honey. Microwave for 45 seconds to one minute. Stir (mine never really blended to be honest). Apply to hair, try to comb it through (if you can) and then leave in a shower cap for an hour. Rinse, shampoo and condition.

Difficulty rating – Quite messy to apply.

Result – Hair feels much, much softer and shiny too. I’ll be doing this again..

RC xx

The Rasmus – Electric Theatre 14/12/12

Last night I went to see Finnish rockers The Rasmus at the Electric Theatre in Camden. I saw the band in their hometown, Helsinki earlier this year while I was travelling round Finland, so was pretty excited to see them back in the UK.

The show started off pretty slowly. There were more than a few problems with the soundsystem, frontman Lauri Ylonen’s vocals disappearing from time to time, and the song choices seem to miss out many of the band’s most well known (or current) material. However, about halfway into the show, ‘Living in a World Without You’ finally wakes up the crowd and the room echoes with voices singing back.

‘In The Shadows’ typically goes down well, as does the band’s new single ‘Mysteria’. “They’re playing all my favourite songs”, gushes the girl beside me, dancing away happily. I’m not so convinced.

It’s hard to compare with their previous performance, a hometown show will always be infinitely better than a night abroad, nearing the end of a five week tour. Its fairly likely that tiredness and a restrictive stage contributed to the slow start, but the crowd still seem happy. (On my way out, I note that the band’s tour DVD has already sold out. Always a good sign).

Anyway, I’ll leave you with their new video.

RC xx

From The Vault – AFI

I’ve loved Califonian “goth punks” AFI for years now (and have been lucky enough to meet the very charming guys too).

This has to be one my favourite songs of theirs, taken from (arguably) their best album ‘Sing The Sorrow’. The video really captures the energy and passion of the band, plus their connection to their devoted fans, the Despair Faction.

What are they up to now?

Vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have an electro side project, Blaqk Audio, who’ve just released their new album ‘Bright Black Heaven’.

Bassiest Hunter Burgan has a side project, Hunter Revenge and drummer Adam Carson is involved in a new band, The Reckless Kind.

AFI’s most recent release is ‘Crash Love’, which came out in 2009.

Thursday Tip – Thick Eyeliner

I’ve been wearing eyeliner for quite a few years now and I’ve always struggled with applying it as thickly as I’d like. I wear liquid liner during the day, but always want something heavier for nights out. My older sister’s passed on a few tricks to me, so here’s one for you guys.

Being VERY careful, take your pencil eyeliner in one hand (I use Rimmel) and a lighter (yes, I said, be careful!) in the other. Making sure you don’t actually set the pencil on fire, gently melt the tip over the lighter. Apply normally.

Voila! You’ve got the nice sleek look of liquid eyeliner, with the thickness of pencil.

RC xx

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Wednesday Wish List – Night of the Living Thread

I’ve been looking for some unique Christmas presents this year (its always nice to find something that people can’t get in high street shops). Luckily for me, Rolo Tomassi vocalist Eva Spence has a brilliant online store selling handmade hairbands, cushions and jewellery.

I’m completely in love with this cute little retro mixtape hairband (see below).

Have a look for yourselves at thenightofthelivingthread.com

RC xx