Schools out for summer and now its time to rock out but what to listen to?

Summer can be a hard time for us pasty rock chicks – for one the sun is not kind to our complexion but it can also feel a little bit morbid to be walking about on a glorious sunny day with the angry echoes of Slipknot blasting away in your ears.

In the sun (it’s not raining) Download Festival: 2009

So get your suncream at hand for here are some tunes for the summer goth to embrace…

  1. Andrew W:K – The Get Wet album in general if I am being honest but to pick a few songs ‘Party Till You Puke’, ‘Party Hard’, ‘Ready to Party’, ‘She is Beautiful’ and ‘I Love New York City’.  These tracks will get you set for any summer parties/bbq’s you attend and regardless of the music choice of the host you will be pumped up enough to rock regardless.
  2. Black Sabbath – Iron Man – Anyone going to Download Festival this year will understand this choice.  One of the best and most profound bands in the business and despite playing the festival this year they deserve a space on this list.
  3. Skindred – Doom riff – Be set to swing your hips to big carnival drum beats.  If you practise Zumba even better – you can throw this track into your summer keep fit regime.
  4. Alanis Morissettte – Hand in My Pocket.  For me personally the summer always calls for a bit of Alanis.  I think it me subconsciously tapping into my hippy side.
  5. U2 – Beautiful Day.  Like marmite you either love this band or hate them.  I feel the same about Muse but we wont go there.  Regardless of whether you like the band or their politics its a good song to get yourself going in the morning.
  6. Bon Jovi – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.  This should be your motto this summer. Get out there! Go Explore. Oh, you can’t be bothered?  I don’t care.  Live a little.
  7. Volbeat – Sad Man’s Tongue.  Come June/July I start listening to a lot of country music – I don’t know why it’s like a primal urge.  For this entry it was a toss up between Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash or Volbeat.  I feel Carrie Underwood would have lost me street cred and everyone already knows to listen to Johnny Cash – hence Volbeat, one of the most underrated bands ever!
  8. ZZ Top – La Grange.  Carrying on with the country vibe but this one comes with a whole lot of swag.
  9. Blink 182 – Carousel.  The new American Pie movie is being released and no summer would be complete with a some punk and a whole load of reminiscing about past summers.
  10. Pendulum – Propane Nightmares.  I felt this list was lacking a dance track.  With summer being notoriously linked to Ibiza and rave culture it only felt right to add an edgy dance track in here or if you don’t fancy this check out Pendulum covering Master of Puppets.

What would you add in here? Which song’s make your summer?




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:

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:

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:

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