Archive for May, 2010

Album Review: Akala ‘DoubleThink’

From the classical music that hits your ears on the intro, to the sickeningly insightful and observant lyrics and the gentle piano that signs the album off; DoubleThink, the latest offering from UK Hip Hop artist Akala, is not what you’d expect.

This is Akala’s third album and he’s come a long way from where he started on the underground scene back in 2004. He’s always been a highly lyrical rapper, with complex rhymes about widespread issues that would label him as a ‘conscious’ artist. A label that, on some levels, has been both a blessing and a curse for him, as conscious Hip Hop is effectively an oxymoron within mainstream music.

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Album Review: Jaheim ‘Another Round’

2010 marks the return of the singer/songwriter with the unmistakeable deep baritone voice, full of soul and nostalgia. In a class of his own amongst his soul singing peers, it’s Jaheim!

With his impressive first release Ghetto Love back in 2001, he conjured comparisons to greats like Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass. It’s this mature sound in a youthful package that makes Jaheim the old soul voice for the new generation, so his latest effort and fifth album Another Round is a welcome return. After a three year break since Makings of a Man in 2007, it seems Jaheim is continuing in the vein of the refined gentleman we began to see then, and it’s definitely working for him.

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Floral

As you can see from the looks of THIS post, my second attempt at floral roses has proven much more sucessful! I did them on my friend Lauren first (adove) and I loved them so much that I had to have them myself too (below).

I picked up some acrylic paints at a craft shop recently as I’d heard they were much more effective and user friendly for nail art than polish. It’s true – I used a paint brush and lilac paint for the detail on the roses and it made them look much more realistic.

The base on the one above is Mint Candy Apple by Essie and the one below is a mint green colour by H&M. The base purple of the roses is Bright Purple by Barry M and the lilac & black are basic acrylic paints that you can get from most craft shops. I recommend picking some up!

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Loving the Lilac

Lilac is so hot right now! It’s everywhere and is definitely the colour of the moment, along with minty greens. I decided to put the two together with this little leopard number. You know I love a bit of lep and it’s so easy to do when you’re in a rush and want something funky on your nails!

I LOVE this H&M mint green colour. It pops more than Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, while still being that lovely shade of mint green (even though it looks more turquoise here). The lilac I used is Spontaneous by China Glaze. It’s a also got a bit more pop to it than other lilac colours, like Essie’s Lilacism.

I used the same lilac for this simple design on my mum. She likes something a bit more toned down but still with that sparkle factor to make her nails look different from the norm. I liked this one:

The smooth, shiny-ness is courtesy of Seche Vite! 🙂

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Seche Vite, I love you.

When I saw all of the other nail bloggers going on and on about Seche Vite, I didn’t get what all the fuss was about. Mainly because I didn’t own this genius little top coat. I picked a bottle up from Sally’s a few weeks ago and I don’t know how I ever lived without it! It dries almost instantly to a ROCK HARD finish. Never again will I go to bed with semi-dry nails and wake up to lines and fingerprints embedded in the polish. It goes on so smoothly and doesn’t smudge the polish underneath (which is great for nail art designs) and the sheen on the finish is SO shiny too – my nails look almost wet!

If you haven’t got a bottle of this stuff, get it now! The polish lasts longer, the drying time is MUCH shorter and the finish is beautiful!

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Birthday Nails!

Yes, three weeks later, here are my birthday nails! I thought I’d keep it fun and cute with these cupcakes and bows. The pink base is Barry M’s Bright Pink and the Lilac is by GOSH.

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Fingers & Toes – Gold Studs & Purple

I’m loving this combo! Simple yet stylish, and the toes get a look in too! Half moons are great for when you haven’t got much time, but still want a manicure that’s more exciting than just 2 coats of polish.

I did this on my mama for a ball she was going to. Her dress was teal, so the deep purple complimented it really well! The best part of all is that it’s lasted a record THREE WEEKS!!!! Amazing!

The polish is Barry M and the studs are from ebay.

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