Gothic Chic

When faced with the concept of gothic fashion I imagine most people conjure up images of firstly Marilyn Manson, secondly someone resembling a vampire and thirdly a bearded man in baggy jeans and a band t-shirt.  None of these assumptions are necessarily wrong but there is a lot more to gothic fashion than these three stereotypes.

At some point in my life I have fit neatly into all three mentioned categories.  Minus the beard, obviously, however on maturing and opening my mind to a wide mix of fashions I now enjoy the fashion statement I like to call ‘gothic chic’.

I’d love to say I created this trend and claim it as my invention but I did not.  It is merely just what I named the style both I and others on the gothic scene follow.

 The style draws inspiration heavily from traditional gothic trends and the rockabilly movement –think Dita Von Teese but with more wear ability.

It could also be called simply Sophisticated Goth – no striped tights or dog collars but black lace and polka dots.

It is a style that you can wear every day – well if you are the daring sort.  Replace the stereotypical black lipstick with pillar box reds and deep purples and were on to something.  Unless your place of work deems black lipstick acceptable, then work that look.

The rock chick/gothic chic trend is rather vampy but what came first the Goth or the vampire that is the question?  The fact that spell-check on Microsoft work highlights that Goth should have a capital letter answers that question for me.

The style is founded on individuality though and personal style – it is not really about what you actually wear but how you wear it and the attitude that comes with it.

Carrie Borzillo illustrates this plainly in her book Cherry Bomb- The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Better Flirt, A Tougher Chick, And A Hotter Girlfriend, And To Living Life Like A Rock Star.  A book every rock chick or chick with a little bit of a tough rock attitude should own.

For fashion section of her book she calls in advice from designers and friend Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui and rock stylist Cynthia Freund as Borzillo has proclaimed herself that although she is a bona fide rock chick, she is no fashion expert – a little like myself.
Anna Sui Advert
Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx
Betsey Johnson

Cynthia Freund the stylist of the likes of Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx gives the advice of knowing what works for your body and ‘You have to wear your clothes. Your clothes can’t wear you’.  You need to buy clothes that you like and feel express your individuality.  There is no point in buying an outfit straight off a mannequin because it might not work.

Designer Anna Sui gives the advice of ‘experimenting with new ideas, have some fun, and don’t take yourself so seriously’.

Certainly rocking the Goth look of any variation demands that you not take yourself too seriously and I’d give that advice to anyone who wishes to embrace a personal style that is not straight from the cover of cosmopolitan. Not every outfit will work but you just need to run with that until you hone in on which styles suits both your shape and personality.
 You might work this out pretty quickly or it might have a few hit and miss moments which result in times cringing at tagged photos on Facebook but let’s face it you are going to need to produce some sort of photographs for your future kids to mock.

Anxiety-ship

Applying for internships can be a daunting task especially if they are far away from home but in turn if you fail to apply you are bound to feel a bit like a failure yourself.

You might be looking for an internship so you can fulfil a ‘year in industry’ as part of your course or your might be graduating in the immediate future like myself and are faced with the fear of leaving university and amounting to nothing.

We all have this fear – so do not threat.  To feel anxious at this stage of your career is not unnatural for there is a whole lot to feel anxious about.  For most the future is filled with many uncertainties and to not feel anxious about that in my opinion is a whole lot crazier.  But it is better to be productive than to let fear stop you climbing the career ladder which in this current economic climate appears to have a few steps missing.

But let’s not be completely pessimistic you could apply for an internship of your choice and get invited for an interview.  It could happen and it did happen for me – which induced great fear the second I read the e-mail.  After questioning whether I was going to attend the interview, since it was in London and I am from Scotland, I decided to just go.  The company were paying the travel expenses so there was no great reason for me not to and not give it a shot.

Being invited and deciding to attend is just the first hurdle though.  I have prepared a short list of tips to help aid those who will be faced with this situation in the upcoming months and remember if you fall at the last hurdle you can always get right back up (with a slightly bashed ego) and try again.

1.        If like me you are not familiar with the area where the interview is then do a dry run and find out exactly where it is, how you are getting there and how long it takes to get there.  Take rush hour into account if your interview is early morning.

2.       Get to the interview/assessment day early so you can talk to some fellow applicants beforehand.  It will make you feel less awkward.  If it is only you there for the interview then it will give you time to have one last look over your prep note – which leads me to…

3.       Have some prep done beforehand – Find out about the company and any important developments they have coming up. Make sure you know which position it is you are applying for and know as much as you can about it. Think of some questions you could ask so that you look keen – even if you already kind of know the answer already.

4.        Always keep a copy of your answers from online application forms so that you know exactly what you have told the employers in case you are invited for an interview and it speeds up the process for filling out future application forms.

5.       If it is an applicant day rather than an interview then prepare yourself for the fact that you might not get through to the interview but be proud of yourself that you tried.  

6.       What you should expect on an applicant’s day from my knowledge so far is to participate in some form of group work – perhaps an ice breaker followed by a small presentation.

7.       Keep in mind that you will never see any of these people again in your life – unless you secure the internship.  So really give it your all.

8.       Look smart but not dull.  Wear something that you feel comfortable in and remember that there is no rule that says you need to wear black.  Make sure your shoes are clean before the actual day.

9.       Prepare and leave out any documents you may need to take along with you such as passport or travel claims forms.

10.   Be yourself and be fabulous.  If you do not get the place – go get drunk and start applying all over again.

Or be like me and go hang out with T-rex…whatever floats your boat.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub – Review

My skin has been super dry recently and extremely itchy and having misplaced my exfoliating glove (something every human male or female should have) I dug out the The Body Shop’s Mango Body Scrub I got for my birthday.

I have previous reviewed the body butter to go with this scrub: http://missvictoriam.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/body-butter-some-of-best.html

I got a gift set with the whole mango range but having so many bathroom products means I have not used them all yet.  The mango body scrub has left me very happy though on a bleak day of dissertation work. Simple things.

As you can see from the photo the scrub resembles mooshed up mango.  I feels a bit like that in texture too if I am being honest but the scrub does contain real mango seed oil so that is obviously why.  Don’t worry The Body Shop have not just mooshed up some mango’s and stuck a price tag on it.  Although that would be a sure fire way to make some money.

Not only is the scrub rough enough to remove your dead skin it also moisturises as it scrubs.  Afterwards my skin was soft and felt like I had just moisturised.  It is more oil than cream based – so I do not know how nice this would be on already oily skin but all skin needs some TLC sometimes.  Especially with the summer coming in.  There is going to be a lot of exfoliating in my future.

I have also been using the matching shower gel recently and I am wondering if it is that drying out my skin.  I’m not going to review the shower gel as my friend already has: http://thebeautyfiend13.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/shower%20gel

But my friend notes that the shower gel, although it smells beautifully of mango’s, does not leave scent on the skin.  The scrub however does.  Today I am wearing a scented deodorant, a body spray, perfume, my dry shampoo smells a bit like chocolate and I can still smell mango’s.  That is impressive.

It is definitely a body scrub to use in the morning rather than to use before bed – as otherwise the soft oily skin and mango scent would just be wasted.

Price: £12.50 – you only need to use a little drop every time you use it though. It will last a while.

If you prefer to eat mango then check out my friends recipe for mango and coconut smoothie: http://www.madlyjuicy.com/?p=4258

I myself have sampled this and it is yummy – especially with rum added to it.

Enjoy.

Victoria

Seether – Live Review – Glasgow Garage – 10/03/12

Grunge music has been on the go for a long time now and it seems to be a genre that has died out a little with other genres like dubstep emerging on to the music scene but post-grunge band Seether are helping keep grunge music alive.

The band arrived on to the music scene in 1999 – a couple of years after the alleged ‘death’ of grunge in 1994. Whether you believe grunge died in 1994 wholly depends on how big a Nirvana fan you are. The band are originally from South Africa but relocated to American to build the bands success.

With five albums under their belt they show no sign of slowing down.   Despite Seether being on the scene a steady length of time I had never had the pleasure of seeing them live until recently.

The show at the Garage, Glasgow sold out which I was somewhat surprised about.  I had underestimated the popularity of the band due to not many of my friends being fans.

A lot of the band’s songs are what some would call ‘depressing’ but I would argue that the songs are more true to reality than a lot of other songs out there.  Lyrically I have always found Seether nerve touching.   The song that introduced me to Seether was Remedy – a now classic Seether song and the first song of theirs to reach no.1which I stumbled across on Yahoo Music way before YouTube took over the internet.   The crowd particularly enjoyed rocking out to this one.

The song most will be familiar with is Broken the highly emotive song featuring Amy Lee of Evanescence.  I however had completely forgotten about the songs existence and when they started playing it the emotion could have crumbled me like a digestive biscuit.  The atmosphere amongst the crowd felt tense during this song.  I knew I was not the only one to be struck by this song.  Keep in mind a large part of the crowd were your stereotypical bearded metal heads.

Shuan Morgan has vocals that are very suited to the grunge genre but his vocals are also very beautiful on the more melodic tracks like Broken and Tonight.  His live vocals are as pleasing as they are on the recorded material.

The only compliant I have about the gig is that the band were not on for as long as I would have liked them to be but the live quality was high both musically and vocally the band were top notch.  There was not much crowd participation but this fits in line with the laid back style of the band.
(Shaun Morgan. Photo by: Victoria McEwan)

When they tour again I would like to see them play a bigger venue as although The Garage creates an intimate setting I also find it slightly claustrophobic and there is not enough room to ‘rock out’ without smacking the person next to you.

No. You are not Van Gogh.

I have always taken issue with the saying ‘everyone can learn to draw’.  It would be silly to argue that not everyone can learn to draw since it is a fairly easy procedure but I disagree in the sense that I do not believe everyone can learn to draw well.

Growing up I spent a lot of time dreaming about being an interior designer but on realising I was not a strong artist and my Dad would not buy me art lessons I gave up on this dream and it is probably a good thing. My Dad would have been wasting his money.

In my final year of High School I decided to take int2 art rather than higher Music.  Looking back now I kind of wish I had took higher music instead but I enjoyed my time in art.  I saw the course as a bit of a challenge and this is why I am so opinionated on the fact I do not believe everyone can draw well.

I tried really hard and put in a lot of time with it but at the end of the day I still struggled greatly and needed a lot of help from my teacher – who was a great help and without her guidance and faith in me I would probably not have passed.

After all that work and stress I came away with an int2 B because I more or less cheated when it came to the drawing part.  When it came to colour work I was alright – I could manage that and build my technique but when it came to drawing I do not think I progressed very much at all.

I do not believe that time and money alone makes a brilliant artist.  I think it a skill you are born with.  One of my friends has this skill and his work is truly amazing.  He still needed to work at it and hone his techniques but he has raw talent to build upon and I know one day he will be successful in his field of fine art.

To go into an art career without this raw talent in my opinion would be madness.  Well career in the sense of making enough money to live off it.  As a hobby I think it is an excellent idea as it can be a great way of expressing emotion in a healthy way.  Just do not make the same mistake that Susan in Desperate Housewives made.  Do not ever put anything on paper that you do not want others to see.  I would give this advice to writers too.  Once something is down on paper there is a good chance you will be confronted on it.

I think when it comes to careers you should stick to what you know.  Unless you enjoy taking risks and in a sense art is nothing without passion.  Art is also all about interpretation– so it all comes down to personal opinion on the said work of art but I still stand by my personal believe that not everyone can learn to draw to a high standard.  Maybe I am just a pessimistic but again that could be called to interpretation.

A drawing I did of my old flatmate…

Is Buckfast the modern day Absinthe?

The Victorian era has always been a time that has interested me and has warmed my imagination.  It was a time of great change and development for Great Britain – exciting times indeed.  One thing that did not change much from the Georgian period that preceded it is the peoples love for strong alcohol.   You could say that this still remains prominent in the 21st century.

The Victorian era is linked with strong images created by the literature both of the time and based on the time and some of the most famous ones – Jekyll and Hyde, Alice in Wonderland and Dorian Gray are full of images of potions and alcohol.  It has also been suggested that the authors were no doubt under the influence whilst writing the novels – talking cats that evaporate and putting your soul into a painting?  It is not something a completely sane mind would come up with.

…Or perhaps just from the mind of someone who is consuming something as potent as Laudanum.  Laudanum is an alcoholic herbal drink containing 10% powdered opium.  It contains almost all the opium components such as morphine and codeine.  It was cheaper than a bottle of wine and was not taxed as it was not categorised as an alcoholic beverage.  The addictiveness of it was not flagged up for a couple of years though.

It was often mixed with other drinks such as absinthe – you might recall seeing this in the Johnny Depp film From Hell.  You might just recall Johnny Depp in the bath.

Absinthe like laudanum is herbal and made mainly of wormwood.  It is primarily green in colour – although modern versions appear to be predominantly black and probably is not proper absinthe.

The first version of the drink consisted of alcohol, wormwood, aniseed, lemon balm and herbs but it was late modified by a Dr named Ordinaire (apparently this is his real name). In 1792 he concocted a formula of 8 plants, including wormwood, anise, hyssop and fennel, and used 136-proof alcohol, which became the traditional proof of real absinthe.

It is tradtionally mixed with sugar through the use of a special absinthe spoon – iced water is poured over the sugar cube and melts it into the drink.  The end result should be 1 part absinthe and ¾ water. The sugar can also be disolved through setting it alight through coating it in alcohol.
I have drank absinthe both modern and traditional varieties and it is certainly an acquired taste and it does not take very much of it to get you drunk and by drunk I mean passed out on the floor (or in the bath followed by the suitcase) drunk.

Which is not entirely surprising considering absinthe is associated with crazy behavior and hallucinating.  Van Gogh was a lover of absinthe and he cut his ear off. Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is also a fan of the green drink and has used it in his art work both as inspiration and sometimes as paint.

The big stain down the side of the painting that is absinthe. During painting he dipped his brush in the wrong glass and just went with it.

Not all popular drinks from this period are as peculiar though others such as gin but it does come with an certain controversary.  The start if the 18th century Gin (also known as Mothers Ruin) became very popular in Great Britain so much so that theres is a period called ‘The Gin Craze‘.  Pariliament passed five major acts to alter the consumption of gin due to the moral outlash it was causing.  Remember this period of time was one with high moral standards and expected lady like behavior it was not until later on this all changed. By 1743, the people of England were drinking 10 litres of gin annually per head of population.

Of the 15,000 drinking establishments in London, over half were gin shops.  The term gin shops is still used today but in reference to pubs with bad reputations

When you compare some Victorian drinks to modern drinks they would be considered some kind of potion. However although witchcraft and the punishment of drowning had died down by the Victorian era you could still be charged with witchcraft – so no actual potions in the ways of drink mixing were used. 


But something that does relate closely to modern society is the governments work towards changing alcohol laws. There are talks going on at the moment about the pricing of alcohol and the contemplation of banning Buckfast Wine. 

 It would appear that Buckfast could be the modern day equivalent of the drinks I have mentioned.  It is after all a ‘tonic wine’ and laudanum was used for medicinal purposes and like absinthe and gin it has been blamed for anti-social behaviour.   So it looks like with this drink you would be more likely to get thrown in a prison cell and that sounds a little bit better than having your pockets filled with stones and thrown in a lake.

Model Example

There have always been young models and actresses – Shirley Temple would be a prime example of this but the problem nowadays is that the young models and actresses are not made to look like little girls anymore.  They are made look like adults and with this the sexualisation of children becomes a phenomenon.  The child has more or less disappeared in the media and is now being depicted as a miniature adult.

In the last year there has been wide dispute within the United Kingdom about the sexualisation of children with both the Bailey Report and the Papadopoulos report being published – both reports looking into the sexualisation of children.  It is becoming a concern for both those in government and parents of young girls that fear what the consequences of this could be in regards to their child’s mental health and their future sexual reputation.

The disappearance of children in the media is reinforced by the increase in underage sexual activity over the years.  According to a health survey done in England 27% of girls aged 17-24 had sex before the turned 16.

Dr Linda Papadopoulos in her review of sexualisation of young people commissioned by the UK Government – analyses how sexualised images and messages may be detrimental to the development of some children. She feels that -“Sexualisation is the imposition of adult sexuality on to children and young people before they are capable of dealing with it, -mentally, emotionally and physically”. 

A body that is not showing much concern towards this though is the fashion industry.  The fashion industry appears to show know concern about some of the controversial and somewhat shocking images it has produced in the name of fashion and therefore art.  Most of the shocking images come in the form of advertisements from the big fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs.

A recent example of this is the Marc Jacob’s ‘Oh Lola’ advert featuring 17 year old Dakota Fanning. The advert was banned by the Advertising Standards Agency in the UK on the basis that the perfume bottle was placed in a position that could be construed as sexually provocative and this was argued to be too sexually provocative for Fanning’s age by the Advertising Standards Agency.

The images of ten year old French model Thylane Blondeau used in French Vogue are tame, in my opinion, in comparison to Fanning’s photos though.

Dr Soumitra Datta, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, advises that the advertising industry target young girls as commodities.  The images presented in these adverts are usually depicting the ‘ideal’ body – Datta believes this can lead to anxiety related to body image, eating disorders and even clinical depression among women and young girls.  She feels that the sociological reasons can be debated but she thinks it is mostly linked to a false sense of increased self esteem and confidence which is associated with society’s acceptance of increasingly feminine role models. The way society comes to understand their surroundings are largely created and presented through the media and advertising.

If children understand the world through what they see then according to this photo of rising super model Valerija Sestic (age 15) who has lied to many fashion houses about her name they should look in their twenties when they are mid teen.

Natasha Walters – The Author of Living Dolls – feels that sexualised images of young women are replacing other, perhaps more positive, images of women and that the sexualised image is presented to a young audience through, surprisingly. There is a striking difference between the image of Snow White (1937) and Jasmine (1992).  Snow White is in a high-neck dress and Jasmine not wearing very much at all – with very prominent breasts. This example shows that even the most innocent of images may not be so innocent after all. This also conveys how the change in culture has influenced the artists who work for Disney.  The arguably more influential female celebrity also plays a prominent role in guiding young girls – for example Beyonce dressed in a leather catsuit for a Pepsi advert.

You sound like you’re from LANDAN

Being a Scottish girl it has become apparent to me over the last couple of years of my life that when it comes to people they either love London or they hate it more than anywhere else in the world.  Especially in the Scotland there is a definitely a divide opinions when it comes to London -those who love Scotland and want independence and those who like Scotland but are also proud of and acknowledge that London is the United Kingdom’s capital and the main hub when it comes to international affairs.

(Me and Big Ben)

You will be glad to know that I fall into the second category and the idea of London fills me with excitement almost in the same way most girls romanticise Paris.  The hussle and bussle thrills me and when I’m in Glasgow I often find myself thinking “Go! Go! Go! This wouldn’t happen in London -being stuck behind an incredibly slow walker whilst trying to catch a train”.

Even if you are not a fan of London you might find yourself having to visit at some point.  So I here is list of some quirky places to eat to make London more enjoyable for those who do not love it but also for those who do.  Quirkly in the sense of Helana Bonham Carter not quirkly in a hispter sense of the quirk.

The International Flavours of London Shepherds Markets
St James Church – Courtyard
Picadilly
Every Monday

London is associated with being expensive to eat and drink out in and on my adventure I managed to find a balance of both.  After not long arriving in London I stumbled upon a ‘shepherds market’ in St James’ Church Yard (near Piccadilly Circus).  There was a selection of stalls selling cuisine from mainly South American countries but there were also more familiar foods like homemade cookies.  I had an argentine steak sandwich – which was beautifully seasoned and accompanied by rocket.  The sweetness of the rocket really complimented the mild spiciness of the steak.  I usually enjoy my steak burnt to a crisp but on this occasion I actually ate medium cooked steak because it was so tasty and cost under £5.  Sitting in a sunny courtyard eating a steak sandwich and a homemade white chocolate and cranberry cookie was the perfect means to kick start my London adventure after a four and a half hours train journey. 

Preem and Prithi
Brick Lane
East End of London
For dinner my travel companion and I decided to try a cuisine very well known to us Brit’s – Indian, by visiting the famous Brick Lane.  Brick Lane is synonymous with curry houses and there are plenty to choose from.  We visited Preem and Prithi which was very nice and reasonably priced – two starters, drinks and two mains for under £30.  Both starters and mains were authentic Indian and I would like to return some other time to try out the spicier dishes, since on this visit I opted for a korma. 

The Whistling Shop
Bar
Worship Street
Near Liverpool Street Station

After two reasonably priced meals I decided I wanted to see the other side of the scale – the ridiculously London priced side of things.  I had researched some bars before my visit and came across The Whistling Shop – which is possibly the closest you ever come to an authentic Victorian bar.  It is a history buffs dream and for anyone who enjoys proper alcohol as compared to badly mixed fruity ‘alcoholic drinks’.   The drinks are expensive but you pay for what you get – which is an extremely potent drink in my case –   The Radiation Aged Cocktail which contains rum, absinthe and grenadine amongst other things.  The two cocktails cost almost the same as the Indian meal we had beforehand.  The drink mixing techniques applied is very alcohol meets Jekyll and Hyde’s laboratory as special instruments/techniques are used to make some of the drinks. Intriguing indeed.  The menu comes with a glossary to explain some of the ingredients – an example would be: the W2 High Pressure Hydrosol   ‘Inverting the principle of out Vacuum Still.  A water based distillate pulling the richer notes from a proprietary botanical blend of roots, seeds and botanicals. Created in our exclusive Kaboom Still’.

(Radiation Aged Cocktail: The Whistling Shop)

From the website and the above ingredient you might think that the bar is going to be full of pretentious snobs and that you will get kicked out if you do not fit the regular clientele but in fact it is a lovely laid back place – cosy actually – with the oil lamps and rustic leather chairs.  The sophisticated atmosphere makes you feel like you have jumped in a time machine and have landed in an actual gin shop. 
The Cuban
The Stables Market
Camden
On my last day in London I visited Camden because I knew there would be something super quirky there and after passing lots of food stalls I found The Cuban.  Which as the name suggests is Cuban food.  It is not the cheapest of places to eat but the portions were very big and the food oozes the homemade taste.  I have never visited Cuba but I reckon the food there is just as good and they stock over 100 different rums – that itself is reason enough to visit. The Cuban Ahoy.
 (The menu artwork)
 (The drinks menu art work)
 (Inside The Cuban)
(Inside The Cuban)

Memory of a Melody – Thing’s That Make You Scream – Review

Things That Make You Scream is the somewhat provocative title of the Texas band Memory of a Melody (MOAM). The band formed in 2008, but burst on the metal scene at the end of last year with this first full-length album.

MOAM encompasses the gap between mainstream and underground with their catchy lyrics and riffs but the roots of the band are still undoubtedly metal.
If you like bands like either Breaking Benjamin, Avenged Sevenfold or Trivium (or any other bands of the metalcore genre) then MOAM will be up your street.

MOAM’s brand of metal is the type of metal I like. I do not favour metal bands that have songs that are filled with screaming vocals, screechy guitar riffs and overdone drum beats. I prefer my metal with a side of lyrics you can recognise as I feel it brings depth to the songs and music that does not sound almost identical on each track.

The pounding beats on “Pieces” remind of Slipknot and at times lead singer Mario Galdos’ vocals remind of Corey Taylor’s on this track. Galdos’ vocal style varies on the album and it shows that his voice is adaptable to different styles of rock which again reminds me of Corey Taylor in the sense that his vocals can vary from loud shouting to a more soothing softer variety of rock. It’s perfect for the metalcore genre, which typically involves screaming vocals but with the mix of clean vocals.

The track that stands out the most to me on the album is the title track and listening to the song, it is clear why this song was picked to be the lead single. As the title would suggest that song does contain a fair amount of screaming vocals but mixed well with a catchy chorus and spoken vocals to create a sense of intensity.

“Break Away” is probably the track that sways towards the mainstream more than the other tracks with no screaming vocals, apart from at the end of the song, but a catchy chorus of angst-fueled lyrics. It is a track to throw your arms in the air, dance to, and just let go.
The album would not be complete without a good ballad and this comes in the form of “Skin Deep”, a passionate song which like most ballads is built on guitar and piano. This song maybe a little bit cliché but remains a good song.

“Truth in Lies” is a purely instrumental track and is in my opinion one of the best tracks on the album. It really showcases the bands musical talent and even without lyrics the song still speaks. The track starts of soft and gradually builds a sense of urgency through the quickening of tempo of the guitars, harmonised guitar riffs, drop guitar tunings and the gradual prominence of the drums. It is the last track on the album and is a stylish way to end the album off. It gives the album a proper conclusion.

The album is very versatile and if you don’t enjoy sticking rigidly to one style of metal you will enjoy this album very much. It has a track for every mood and you will enjoy at least a handful of tracks even if you don’t enjoy the complete work.

Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser – Lush – Review

This is the second cleanser I have tried from Lush and like pretty much everything I have tried from Lush I rate it highly.

The sales lady advised Angels On Bare Skin for my skin type because its quite dry and it leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised but not in a greasy sort of way – so it would also work for those with oily skin.  If you use it in the morning you could probably get away with not putting any moisturiser on.

The little seeds you can see are lavender flowers and this makes the cleanser smell heavily of lavender which I am personally not a fan of but my flatmate though it smelt lovely.  So it will depend on your personal taste what you think of the smell.  The lavender flowers also kind of work as an exfoliant.

The cleanser not only leaves you skin feeling deeply cleansed but also evens out skin tone, reduced redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin.

The ground almonds in this product release their goodness and turn to an almond milk on your hand when you add water. Almond milk has been used in many parts of the world for centuries as a toning and brightening ingredient.

Other ingredients:

  •  Kaolin -to absorb grease and gently cleanse
  • Vegetable glycerine – to soften and moisturise the skin
  • Blend of essential oils -all chosen for their abilities to balance and tone the skin.

Although I also liked the Aqua Marina cleanser the sales lady was right and this one does work better with my skin.  If you are interested in purchasing a cleanser from Lush you should ask in the store for some advice on which one will work best with your skin type and if you don’t know your skin type they will be able to help you work this out also.