Friday, October 21, 2016

REVIEW: Crazy Rumors Lip Balm

As you might already have seen from my blog: I have quite an obsession with lip balm. I really love discovering new brands but for me, the more natural a lip balm the better.

My all time favourite lip balm is LUSH's Whipstick but it's just not practical to carry that around with me in my handbag. My go to brand for a long time for that has been Hurraw who make the most divine lip balms but because I can only get hold of these online or in London, so I was curious to see how a brand called 'Crazy Rumors' worked after spotting them in Holland & Barrett.

Lovingly created in 2003, Crazy Rumors is the idea of Edie and Brian Himmel, a fun loving, creative couple from Brooklyn New York who decided to take a leap of faith to do what they truly loved. Although they noticed there were tons of lip balms out there, they felt something was missing: that extra coolness factor that separated the ordinary from the extraordinary! They constantly noticed that there were always really only two options in the lip balm world: simple and plain, with the same old flavours, or wild and over the top but made of purely synthetic ingredients!

After much trial and experimentation, Crazy Rumors's winning 100% Natural & Vegan formula was born, made from out of this world flavours and combining this with indulgent ingredients such as nourishing organic shea butter, natural derived flavours and with a hint of natural stevia to sweeten so that they not only smell amazing, but are pretty tasty too (not that I'm encouraging you to actually eat this matter HOW good it smells.....okay?!;) )

I've tried so many flavours and I'm truly obsessed. At just £3.50 each they are very purse friendly, and with flavours such as Apple Spice, to Peppermint to Bubblegum to Amaretto; there is truly something for everyone! I know that many you of try to purchase only cruelty-free and vegan beauty products, and if that's you then Crazy Rumors is perfect. I have one in my handbag, one in my travel bag and one on my dressing table and they are a joy to use. So moisturising, so easy to use, and the scents such as Gingerbread is such a treat at this time of year!

If you're looking for a vegan lip balm full of lip loving ingredients Crazy Rumours is the brand. Having said that I absolutely love Hurraw as well so it's really just a choice of what flavour you fancy!
What are your go-to lipbalms out there? Let me know below and share the love!
Monday, October 17, 2016

Music Monday: Billie Eilish

My Music Monday post today is for my fellow Aurora, Låpsley, Birdy and Lana Del Rey fans out there, but be warned because this post is also going to make you feel ever so slightly old and that's because today I'm featuring the incredibly talented Billie Eilish who is just 15 years old!

Born and raised in glitzy Los Angeles in the USA, by two actor and musician parents, Billie Eilish grew up surrounded by art and started singing in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus when she was just 8 years old. But now at just 15 years old, Billie has begun releasing her own original material, which is produced and co-written by her older brother Finneas O’Connell (of The Slightlys). However with songs like 'Six Feet Under' and her breakout viral hit track 'Ocean Eyes' calling out to lost loves, Billie’s songs, and her voice and lyrics, take her far beyond her years in their maturity and reach.

Billie's debut single 'Ocean Eyes' has knocked up an incredibly impressive 2 million reach on Spotify and as soon as you hit play you will soon be drawn in by the sophistication and emotions of this gorgeous ballad. Billie's sweet honey-like voices lament on heartbreak and the melody beautifully paints the melancholy felt by Billie by building us up and weighing it down again at the end of most of the phrases to illustrate the rollercoaster feeling of being in love. The instrumentation is also so poignantly crafted so that it ends up being both current in the production but equally beautifully tender and striped back with a sparse piano accompaniment to words like 'scared' at the end which will send a shiver down your spine.

The video for 'Ocean Eyes' is so gorgeous and understated as you would hope a song like this to be, with a simple artistic wash of lilac pastel allowing Eilish to sell a song with little more than herself simply presented with not a single gimmick in sight.

Billie's newest release is a beautiful haunting song called 'Six Feet Under' with some truly poignant and heartbreaking musical painting over lyrics such as: "Our love is six feet under" and “I cant help but wonder if our grave was watered by the rain" with a lingering melodic end to each phrasing to truly draw out the pain and suffering. It's truly one of the loveliest ballads I've heard for such a long time and the production is really exquisite. 

Whilst I hate to bang on about age, it's just so incredible to me how polished and assured Billie's sound is for someone so young. Billie is yet again an example of someone who creates music that truly transcends any age barriers and is a reminder that no matter how old we are, it is all painfully sincere. There is so much truth, emotional maturity and wisdom behind Billie's music that it will instantly resonate with you. 

And so as a result, I'm just so excited to see what the future has in store for Billie. The tracks she has released so far are truly flawless and she truly is incredibly special.

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