THE 1975 GIG REVIEW | EDINBURGH CORN EXCHANGE


Last night I saw The 1975 at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh and it was such a good show. There was a lot of hassle and stress for me in the lead-up to this gig so I really needed a great night and that's exactly what I got! All my photos were terrible as they were taken on my phone so these photos are by Roberto Ricciuti.

The band have added a visual element to their shows for this tour and it worked really well. Basically they had one big screen behind them then four columns in front of that which were also screens, plus their signature rectangle outlines above them. They all changed colors and moved around depending on which song was being played, which was pretty cool. The only silly thing I thought about it was - why didn't they make the columns say "1975", one number on each at any point? Did no one seriously think of that? Come on, guys!


They opened with new song Love Me which I've been listening to non-stop recently. It's perfect for having a good dance to and sounded great live. It was accompanied by the new album's pastel pink on the screens and had a really cool vibe.

Early on they played two songs from the new album - Change of Heart and She's American. Change of Heart was quite a slow one and I noticed a few lyrical references to other 1975 songs, so I'm really interested to read the full lyrics to see if there's any more. She's American is much more upbeat with a really catchy chorus.

After that they played Me, when Matty asked the crowd to put their phones down for one song and actually watch them instead of through a screen. Then, in true Matty Healy style, he said, "this song is about me, shut up."


Another two new songs came next - Somebody Else and The Sound. Somebody Else was quite laid back and very 80s, but I loved it. The band posted the lyrics to The Sound on their Twitter a few days ago so it was great to actually hear it live and it's so good - possibly my favourite of the new songs they played.

My personal favourite, Robbers was next and it was just incredible. I've always had some kind of emotional connection to that song and it's just perfect live. I would literally never get tired of hearing it and that's when you know you really love a song.

They finished with Girls before coming back for the encore. For Medicine their background was the same as the artwork for the song - a city at night but it was moving and the stage lights were the orange of streetlights so it was an amazing atmosphere. It looked so good and was one of my favourite visuals of the night.


Chocolate and Sex were last and obviously had the whole crowd singing along and dancing. There was such a happy vibe throughout the gig but especially during these last two songs so it totally ended on a high. Sex always sounds amazing live and I always love that it's more on the rock side than most of their other songs.

Although it may sound cheesy, a good gig really is like some kind of therapy for me - I always feel so happy afterwards and like it's cleared all the shit from my mind. The 1975 always really inspire me to write for some reason and I was full of ideas on the train home.

I'm now even more excited for the new album in February and will definitely be seeing them on their next tour in March, where they're doing 3 nights (!!) at the O2 Academy in Glasgow. If you haven't joined The 1975 party yet, get on it because this next album is going to make sure they become absolutely huge. I made a Spotify playlist of last night's setlist if you want to have a listen (minus the new songs) and if you ever get the chance to see them, make sure you do because they put on a really good show.



Are you a fan of The 1975? Are you seeing them on this tour?

BOOTS HAUL | MAKING THE MOST OF OFFERS

Boots Haul Soap and Glory L'Oreal Rimmel Eco Tools


Boots have their 3 for 2 offer on at the moment which I know we all find very hard to resist. I normally use it to stock up on basic make-up essentials that I run out of quickly like concealer, powder and eyeliner, but this time I wanted to try some new products too. They also have a 10% student discount online at the moment with My UniDays so with my online order I saved just under £17 - can't complain!

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Rimmel Matte BB Cream


Although I wanted to try new products, I did make two re-purchases. Firstly was the L'Oreal Infallible Matte 24hr Foundation which I reviewed last week - I thought I may as well get another one while it's on offer! I also bought the regular, non-matte version - Infallible 24hr Foundation - because, as I said in the review, the matte one can cling to my dry patches at times. I thought it would be good to try the regular version to see how it compares to the matte so I'll update you once I've used it.

My second repurchase was the Rimmel Matte BB Cream. I first bought this in the summer before going on holiday because I wanted something with a bit of coverage without being too heavy to wear in the heat. In the past I've never got on well with BB creams at all as I am self conscious about my skin and none of them provided enough coverage for me, This one is different, though. It gives a nice amount of coverage and feels light on the skin - it's perfect for days that I'm not doing much but still want to wear a bit of make-up. My only complaint about it is that although it specifically says it's matte, it's not at all! Even on my dry skin it gets shiny a lot throughout the day and I have to re-apply powder several times.

Soap and Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Puffy Eye Attack


The next offer I took advantage of was buy one, get one free on Soap & Glory skincare. I got the Beauty Sleep Accelerator Moisture Miracle which is supposed to be a very moisturising night cream. I've somehow managed to lose my usual night cream so was looking for a new one and this sounded ideal for my skin.

I also got the Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost Hydragel as I haven't been using an eye cream for quite a while now (terrible, I know!) I read a few reviews of this one and they were pretty much all positive, plus I was getting it half price so I think it was a good buy. I'll probably do a full review of the Soap & Glory products once I've used them a bit more.

Eco Tools Skin Perfecting Brush Eye Enhancing Duo Brushes


I also used the 3 for 2 offer to buy some new make-up tools. Firstly I bought the Eco Tools Skin Perfecting Brush as it looked really nice and I fancied something new to apply my foundation with. To be honest, I still haven't got to grips with this brush and I'm not sure if it will work for me. I like my foundation brushes to be nice and dense and this is a bit too far on the fluffy side for me, but I'll keep trying it in case I just have to get used to it.

Also from Eco Tools I bought this Eye Enhancing Duo which is really great because both brushes are double-ended so you really end up with four. I really love these and have been using them everyday. The fluffy blending brush is my favourite as it's so soft and blends beautifully, but the others are all great too so I'd definitely recommend picking this up.

Lastly I bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which I don't have a photo of because it needs washed! I'm loving it though, and have been using it to apply my foundation most days. This is the first sponge I've used in ages and I'm glad to have one in my stash. It gives a lovely finish and it great for blending out contour and blusher too.

So that's everything I've bought from Boots recently! Overall I'm really pleased with my purchases and I'm glad I've saved money on them all. If there's anything here you'd like to see a full review of just let me know in the comments.

Have you taken advantage of the Boots offers?

THAIKHUN LAUNCH NIGHT | SILVERBURN | FOOD

Thaikhun Silverburn Launch Night


This week I was invited along to the launch night of the latest addition to Silverburn shopping centre's collection of restaurants - Thaikhun. As the name would suggest, it's a Thai restaurant with authentic street food and damn, it's good.

Thaikhun Silverburn Launch Night Wine



Thaikhun Silverburn Launch Night Glasgow
On arrival we were given drinks - I went for the cocktail of the evening which was the Bangkok Chill. It's Mango Absolut vodka shaken with pineapple juice, lime and basil leaves. It was an interesting flavour and unlike any cocktail I've had before but it was deliciously refreshing. Adam had Lucky Buddha beer, which neither of us had heard of before and it came in a very cool bottle with a Buddha face on it. I'm not a fan of beer at all but Adam said it was really nice.

Thaikhun Moo Ping Spring Roll
Spring roll with sweet chilli sauce and Moo Ping pork skewer


We got to sample several different items throughout the night and we were both really impressed with them. The Moo Ping starter was a highlight - grilled pork skewers with a wonderfully sweet and sticky sauce topped with a pineapple chunk. I'd thoroughly recommend it - it was so good. The Plamuk Tod Prik Kleur (crispy squid with salt and pepper) was surprisingly good as I'm not much of a fan of seafood, but it tasted so fresh and I'm glad I tried it. The spring rolls with sweet chilli dip were lovely too.

Thaikhun Crispy Squid
Crispy salt and pepper squid


The main dish we tried was Khao Ka Moo and it was gorgeous. The sauce was absolutely amazing and I would 100% order it again. I actually haven’t tried much Thai food at all so it was really nice to sample things and get an idea of the type of flavours to expect. It makes me wish I’d tried more things sooner because I genuinely enjoyed everything I had (apart from one fish dish but like I said, I’m not a fan of seafood so it’s not a reflection on the food itself, just my taste).

Thaikhun Khao Ka Moo
Khao Ka Moo


The décor of the restaurant is so unique, and everything has actually been imported from Thailand so it’s totally authentic. There’s so much hanging from the ceiling as well as some little nooks and crannies so everywhere you look you’ll see something new and interesting.

Thaikhun Restaurant Silverburn Glasgow


The staff were all so lovely and friendly, and it was clear that they were passionate about the food as well as the brand overall. At one point in the night there was an impromptu dance party with all the staff which really showed the fun side of the place!

Thaikhun Silverburn Launch Night Party


The staff are also very knowledgeable about the menu. They’re happy to give you recommendations and if there’s something you like the sound of but maybe one ingredient you don’t fancy, the chefs will gladly adapt it for you. That’s ideal for me in a place that does curry because I can’t handle spice very well, and I was told they could make curries milder for me if I asked, which is really thoughtful.

Thaikhun Silverburn Glasgow


If you’re ever in or around Silverburn I really would urge you to check out Thaikhun for some delicious, authentic Thai street food. The interior will make you feel like you really are in Thailand and you’ll totally forget you’re actually in a shopping centre in rainy Scotland! Make sure to have a chat with the staff to really make the most of the menu and don’t forget to try that cocktail – you won’t regret it!

Have you been to Thaikhun?

L'OREAL INFALLIBLE 24HR MATTE FOUNDATION | REVIEW

L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation


I'm a fussy one when it comes to foundations - I need something matte, high coverage and pale enough for my skin tone, and that's hard to find. Estee Lauder Double Wear is probably my favourite foundation but at £30 a bottle it's not exactly student budget friendly, so I went in search of a drugstore alternative. I still use my Double Wear, but only for nights out/special occasions etc.

I picked up the L'Oreal Infallible Matte foundation a few months ago and have been loving it ever since. The lightest shade, Porcelain, is great for my skin tone, but even the next shade, Vanilla, still works. When I got home from Barcelona I actually had a bit of a tan for once, so was using the Vanilla shade whilst that faded, and now I've gone back to Porcelain.

This foundation is definitely matte and if you have dry skin it may not work for you. My skin seems to be combination at the moment and sometimes if I use a bit too much it clings to my dry patches, but I find that as long as I use a good moisturiser it's normally fine. It's a full coverage foundation - not as full as Double Wear but not far off it either. It covers any blemishes and scarring well and is easy to apply.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation Review Porcelain Swatch
How the foundation looks on my skin. I'd already had it on for about 3 hours at this stage.

The issues only start to arise if you use too much, which I am guilty of doing at times. I suffered with very bad acne in my younger years and am still in the habit of piling the foundation on to cover it up, even though it's not much of a problem anymore. It becomes hard to blend after a few layers, but with the coverage this has, it's really not necessary to have too many layers anyway. I just find it difficult not to go overboard sometimes!

It lasts well throughout the day - I usually have to top it up on my nose and chin after a few hours, but those are my problem areas anyway so I expect that. I don't put too much powder on top because of how matte it is, as it can look a bit cakey that way, so my nose gets oily throughout the day but I have no problem dusting some powder on every now and then.

I'd definitely recommend this foundation for anyone with oily, combination or normal skin who is looking for quite a full coverage and a matte finish that lasts well throughout the day. At £7.99 it's far cheaper than many rival foundations, and honestly, it's just as good, if not better, than many of the high end foundations I have tried.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

LUSH WINTER 2015

Lush Christmas Gift Sets 2015

Now that it's November, I feel tentatively safe talking about Christmas, and what better way to kick off the festivities than with a look at Lush's fab new Winter range? I went along to Lush Buchanan Street on Monday night to have a look and had such a great evening. Every year I get excited to see what Lush are going to come up with and they never disappoint - this year is no exception! Here's some of my favourite new products:

Lush Candy Mountain


Candy Mountain Bubble Bar has had a shimmery pastel makeover and it's so pretty! It smells like the much-loved Snow Fairy so is really popular every year.

Lush Peeping Santa


How adorable are these little Peeping Santas? This is definitely one of my absolute favourite new products as it's just so cute - almost too cute to use maybe!

Lush Five Gold Rings


These Five Gold Rings Bubble Bars are insanely sparkly and super festive. They would look lovely hanging over the tap in a bath, and would give a subtle Christmas feel to the bathroom.

Lush Bar Humbug


I love the colour of this Bar Humbug - this is pretty much me in bubble bar form! Plus it smells amazing.

Lush Christmas Gift Sets


The Christmas gift sets from Lush are always amazing and they make perfect presents - bonus points for not requiring any wrapping!

Lush Butterbear


I got to make two of my very own Butterbears which was so much fun. I'm quite proud of the little guys and using them will be more special knowing I made them myself!


Lush were so, so generous and gave us all this amazing Winter Wonderland gift set. It's full of amazing bath bombs and bubble bars and I can't wait to use them over the Christmas period!

Lush Snow Fairy


I also picked up Jackie Oates colour supplement when I was there. It can be used on its own for more coverage or mixed with your moisturiser for a more natural look. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

Lush Wow Gift Set


The staff at Lush Buchanan Street were all absolutely wonderful as always - they're so knowledgeable of the products and have so much passion for the brand. Everyone I spoke to was super nice and full of recommendations so if you need help deciding what products to go for, definitely head here and speak to someone - you won't be disappointed!

Thank you so much to Lush for the invite and for the great night. I came home smelling fab and covered in glitter so can't complain!

What's your favourite new Lush product?