A Fine Line Between Literacy And Love.

When I gently flip open the worn out pages someone else has written, chaos still flows around me, but all is calm in my mind.

I go through the routine motions of my everyday: walk, bus, sit, listen. Searching for the perfect times to put my headphones in and read, and scribble in the margins.
The day and night pass, almost unnoticed to me, while my pierced nose is still stuffed in the pages of different worlds and eras, with unordinary characters that comfort me more than the people I call my friends.

When I put pen to paper
Or my fingers to the keyboard,
All the thoughts passing through my mind shine through and I’m set.
I’m free, I don’t have to be outspoken as long as I’m not out worded on my word doc.

I haven’t forgotten about you, my most honest friend, sometimes the only one I can turn to. you know everything, there are no limitations between us except maybe the limited word count on my text message drafts or memo notes, where I can easily and quickly write down my thoughts at 2, almost 3 am, before they slip away.

Why do you write if no one reads it?
I write for me.
How many thoughts do you have jammed in your mind?
I’ve lost count.
Picking at my mind, I comfortably reveal beliefs, and disbeliefs I didn’t even know I had.

All I hope for is to carve out letters, form words, create sentences, and paragraphs to calm his mind as well.

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Green Day: Wrigley Field

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Once upon a time, around 2009, in a place not so far called the United Center I attended my first concert. I was familiar with the band, but still had a lot to learn and many songs to hear in their 14 album discography.

Where better to fall in love than at a concert? Not with any one person specifically, but with the music, the experience, the energy of not only the performers but the crowd, my fellow music lovers. I was 11 years old when I first saw Green Day. Although the seats my brother and I were in were the farthest section from the stage, the smell of weed hovered, the phone camera quality sucked in 2009, and the noise of Billie Joe Armstrong singing into the mic overwhelmed me, this first concert laid the foundation for my love of concerts.

At that age I knew, just like I know now at 20, concerts were where I’d always feel most at home, no matter how small or big an arena was, if it was outside in wet grass, mud, or inside with seats and AC. Whether this feeling has to do with the artist performing or actual environment at a concert, I’m not sure.

Fast forward 9 years later: Wrigley Field, my third Green Day concert, and I’m still overwhelmed by the connections, love, and rage. Although it has been 8 years since that first concert, I can always expect a couple of things: a great experience with the crowd, drunk bunny opening the show and Green Day playing something for every fan.

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The setlist changes a bit over the years, accommodating their newest released songs and jamming in classics from their most popular albums. Green Day’s setlist was filled with songs ranging from their second album, Kerplunk (1991) to their latest, Revolution Radio (2016). As a hardcore Green Day fan the almost 3 hour show wasn’t enough, songs I loved like Amy from their 2012 album, Dos! still would never make it onto the setlist. However, for their longtime fans they played songs like 2,000 light years away from their second album, Kerplunk. And of course the classics for every Green Day fan: She, Welcome to Paradise, When I come around and Basketcase from Dookie (1994); American Idiot, St. Jimmy, Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams from American Idiot (2004). Some other songs touched on in the 2 and a half hour set were: Hitchin A Ride and King For A Day from Nimrod (1997); Minority from Warning (2000); Mass Hysteria, East Jesus Nowhere and 21 Guns from 21st Century Breakdown (2009). They also played songs from their newest album Revolution Radio (2016): Still Breathing and Forever Now were some of my favorites. Everyone in the stadium held up their phone flashlights as songs like 21 guns played, the sight was enough for even the security crews to stop, stare and smile.

In Green Day’s four part documentary, Green Day: The Early Years (2017), “The separation between audience and the band, we weren’t used to that in our scene” Drummer Tre Cool says in response to how it felt playing Woodstock and Lollapalooza in 1994. “They were so far away, I felt like we weren’t connecting in some way,” Billie Joe adds. 23 years later, these same guys that were nervous playing a festival, are now playing stadiums as if it were a small club.

Green Day has been playing stadiums since the American Idiot era, but never Wrigley Field. This also wasn’t their first time playing a sports field, at the beginning of August they played the Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics.

“I never wanted to turn my back on the intimacy that you get from a crowd, I love playing arenas and I love playing stadiums, that shit is amazing but to this day we will always play venues where we can get as close as we can to the audience.” – Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day: The Early Years (2017).

Even when playing a stadium like Wrigley Field, Green Day managed to interact with the audience every chance they got: bringing someone on stage to stage dive, handing the mic to someone in the crowd to sing, having EVERYONE sing along to “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, and “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones.

They also kept up with their little tradition of having one lucky fan play the guitar onstage. During the cover of “Knowledge” originally by Operation Ivy, Green Day pulls one lucky audience member on stage, “who knows how to play 3 chords?” Billie Joe asks, the lucky fan then plays the three chorded song on a guitar handed to them, at the end of the song Billie Joe points and says, “you get to keep that guitar.” The first time Green Day ever brought someone on stage to play with them was during the Insomniac Tour (4th album, 1995).

In Green Day Wrigley Field Press Conference In The Sound Lounge when asked if they ever thought they’d be playing Wrigley Field, Billie Joe joked he thought it’d be more likely to be playing shortstop than performing. The band also reminisced about how many cities they had to play in Illinois before being able to play Chicago, “because we had to play so many other cities before playing Chicago, it’s very near and dear to our hearts,” says Billie Joe.

After about 2 and 1/2 hours of an amazing Green Day show, it ended even better than it started, the beginning middle and end was nothing short of amazing. Ending with a small firework show that had everyone in Wrigley Field in awe, the red and white Confetti stamped with “Green Day” soon followed.

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Tips for Music Festival & Concert Goers

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A couple of useful tips to keep in mind when attending some of those awesome festivals and concerts I mentioned in my last blog post:

Stay hydrated

Don’t be that person that gets carried out from the crowd during the show 😦 it makes us sad and you don’t get to enjoy the show.
Whether it’s water you’re sharing with the people you’re with or water bottles some of the nice security guards offer – drink it, stay hydrated. No, beer doesn’t count as staying hydrated, neither does juice – H2O bro.
Also, if water is allowed during the entrance bring more than one bottle! If not, drink your 8 glasses before going to the concert / festival but also use the bathroom first – Porta potties suck.

Wear appropriate clothing

Don’t wear a jacket because it’s cold out — I made this mistake once. I wore my north face windbreaker to a concert and regretted it one song in because I was front row and everyone’s body heat almost made me pass out even though I was drinking water. When it’s hot, wear clothes you’ll be comfortable in (for example tank tops and sports bras).

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Wear comfy shoes

It’s hard figuring out what shoes are best. I’ve worn running shoes to concerts before but I made the mistake of wearing NEW running shoes…to riot fest…after it rained a whole day. Those new white running shoes are now brown. I also wore converse to some concerts and even before the headliner performed – my feet were killing me! I had waited hours standing.

Be nice

Don’t be the jerk to start a fight because someone accidently pushes you, I’ve made so many friends just by apologizing before and after a concert to the people around me if I was pushing them or if my hair gets in their way. Everyone is there to enjoy themselves and have a good time.

Purses

Always a purse with a zipper ladies you don’t want people being able to open your purse without you noticing and stealing your phone or wallet. Side purses are my go to because I don’t need to be bothered during a show holding my purse. Also a book bag!! Especially for music festivals, essentials: water !!
And…

Portable chargers

These are life savers. Make sure to fully charge them before a concert.

Lastly,

You don’t need that merch

The merch table is always exciting, and the merch guy is always charming but don’t spend your paycheck on merch like some people (I’m pointing at myself).

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Is The Semester Over Yet?

Ahh the last month of the semester filled with either, pulling your hair out or the nice claiming feeling that it’s almost over. In just a few long dragged out weeks our summer will be here, and personally I’m excited.

I won’t be spending the summer travelling or on a real vacation in Paris or something. Besides going to work, the summer days I get off or request off are going to be hopefully spent at concerts or downtown Chicago. My favorite things about summer have always been the music festivals, events at Millennium park, etc.

Although I will sadly not be going to some of these festivals they’re still going to be awesome:

This summer, Warped Tour comes to Tinley Park on July 22nd. The line up consists of over 50 bands, some awesome bands that will be at the Chicago date are: Dance Gavin Dance, Hawthorne Heights, I Prevail, Memphis May Fire, and Silverstein.

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Last summer to celebrate 25 years, Lollapalooza extended the festival to four days instead of three. This summer they’re keeping the four day set up, headliners include: Blink 182, The Killers, Cage The Elephant, Muse (basically my Playlist when I was 13). Some other headliners I’m excited about are, Chance the Rapper (personally I think Chance should do Lollapalooza every year) and Big Sean.

If you’re going to Lollapalooza and have some hours to kill until the real reason you’re there plays some awesome bands (besides the ones headlining) to checkout are:

The Frights, (playing Friday) awesome band very energetic their lyrics are awesome, I was hooked the first time I heard their album.

Vance Joy (playing Saturday)

Grouplove (playing Sunday)

As always the festival offers artist for every music taste like: Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 savage, Madeintyo, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty, and Joey Badass.

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Spring Awakening will be June 9 – June 11

I have yet to attend spring awakening but it’s on my bucket list, from what I’ve heard it’s a must go to festival.

This year the line up consists of…

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Chicago Open Air

In Bridgeview, IL from July 14 -16

Legendary bands like Kiss, Korn, Godsmack, Slayer, Megadeth will be playing this year.

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I’m also very excited for the film series at Millennium park. They always screen great movies and always some of my favorites. Last year, they screened The Breakfast Club AND Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Can it get any better than that?! Although the movies that they will be screening have not been released yet I’m excited to find out what movies they will be. Last summer they also let fans choose the last movie that would be screened, some options were movies like home alone, the movie that ended up being the most popular was the Dark Knight. Awesome choice.

Gay Pride Parade

I’ve been going to pride parade for at least 4 years in a row and a couple times before that. Some people might hate the crowds, the hot sun following you, while you’re exhausted from walking and probably dehydrated I LIVE FOR THIS STUFF, IT’S FUN. No, being dehydrated isn’t fun, but screaming to support those on floats, dancing to the music coming from the various bars around the area and having fun and laughing with total strangers is pretty awesome. I’ve met some of the coolest people at shows or parades.

Although, summer for UIC students begins early May, our summer ends right around the time some of the coolest music festivals will begin. However, don’t let the first few weeks of school bring you down, say goodbye to summer the right way — at North Coast and Riot Fest.

North Coast: September 1st to September 3rd in Union Park.

Past performers have been: Logic, Mac Miller, Kid Cudi, Wu Tang, David Guetta, Steve Aoki.

Riot Fest: September 15th – September 17th

These lineups have yet to be announced.

Some other concerts I’m personally excited for is All Time Low in July. I have to admit I’m more excited about the bands who are opening for them: SWMRS, Waterparks and The Wrecks.

And, my birthday present to myself: a Green Day concert at Wrigley Field on August 24th.

15 Years Later…

I was the biggest Simple Plan fan back when I was around 10, 11 years old but then getting into high school I got into rap like Kid Cudi, Kanye West, J.Cole etc. Around that time Simple Plan released their album, Get Your Heart On! (2011). I listened to it, but didn’t add it to my daily playlist. After Get Your Heart On! (2011) they released an EP 2 years later, which I didn’t hear of. Fast forward three years later, I heard they released a new album in February 2016, I went to check it out and was reminded of why I was obsessed with their music. In September 2016, a friend told me they’d be coming to House Of Blues in October, I immediately saw this opportunity to see a band that was huge for me growing up so I bought tickets. Unfortunately VIP, which gives you the chance to meet them after the show accompanied by pizza, was sold out in Chicago. I considered buying a ticket to their Cleveland show a couple days before because VIP was still available, all just to meet this band that had a big influence on the music I listened to. When I was young Simple Plan influenced me to listen to bands like, Blink 182 and Green Day (my absolute FAVORITE BAND) Anyways, the Cleveland VIP tickets didn’t happen because the way my bank account was set up…

However, I went to their October show for the Taking One For The Team Tour, which was filled with throwbacks like “Addicted,” “I’d Do Anything” (which they open with), “Jump,” “Welcome To My Life,” but also awesome songs from their newest record, songs like “Singing In The Rain,” “Opinion Overload,” and “Boom”. The concert was amazing, even if I didn’t get to meet the guys. But after the concert I did promise myself I’d begin following their tour info again and next time they were in Chicago I’d get VIP and finally meet my preteen crushes!

Around Janurary, Simple Plan began posting throwbacks from their No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls (2002) era like this one,

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They mentioned that the 2002 album would be turning 15 years old on March 19, 2017.

Throwback after throwback on Instagram I thought, these guys are gonna do an anniversary tour, I know it. They wouldn’t be dropping so many hints if they weren’t planning something! Another tour? Another movie, like “A Big Package For You”? Another album?

I woke up one morning to a Twitter notification displaying a concert poster “SIMPLE PLAN NO PADS, NO HELMETS… JUST BALLS 15th year anniversary tour” and dates below it. I skimmed the picture looking through the dates to find Chicago, IL 3/31 “I KNEW IT!” I tweeted in reply to the announcement.

That same day I bought a $25 membership to the official SPcrew to be able to buy tickets early and a chance to see them during soundcheck. I was committed this time, this was my chance, I had to meet them. I ended up buying not only the concert ticket, but VIP, and was chosen to attend their soundcheck.

The day came sooner than I expected, the day before I still didn’t think it was real, I was going to meet Simple plan?! Talk to them?! 11 year old me would be crying if she knew this. Okay so maybe 19 year old me is crying too. I was at House Of Blues by 12:30 p.m. probably the 7th person in line, we were part of the 15 people who would be able to see Simple Plan during soundcheck. Around 1:10 p.m. we got to go inside where the band had already been playing a few songs, we screamed out song names after Pierre asked what we wanted to hear, but David insisted on playing farewell for us.

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They came down off the stage to take pictures with everyone, holding back happy tears, I hugged them tight, (David the tightest) & smiled way too cheesy in the pictures. Soundcheck was about 30 minutes long, the guys told us they’d see us later and they hoped we were excited for the concert.

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Now back out to the line we went, after about 10 minutes we realized we’d be waiting quite a while so we all sat down to wait the long four hours before doors opened.

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I Won’t Apologize, Regret Or Change This

Whenever I get a new tattoo, the most common question I get is, “what does that mean?” When I answer this question with an explanation of a band name, or something related to music I always get, “wow you must really love that band,” “what if they break up?” “you’re going to regret that” and of course the unavoidable lectures from family members about having too many tattoos and how I will eventually need to cover them up for work. Nah, I think to myself every time I hear these. Although, this picture isn’t me, this would probably be a tattoo I’d regret… just a little bit.

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Tattoos are a passion. Writing these blogs help me express myself, well the writing on my body is a creative form of expression as well. The tattoos I have and plan to get will tell a small story of who I am, who I was and who I’m becoming.

My Simple Plan tattoo, although I’m still a huge SP fan, is more for 12 year old Cathy. The band was an important part of my childhood and I wanted this representation on my body forever, yes FOREVER. I know what forever means, yes I’m aware these will be on my skin when I’m old and wrinkly and that’s 100% fine.

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Kid Cudi’s quote I have on my forearm “Never Feel Alone, We Are Always Here Even In Death,” was taken from his third studio album, WZRD. This quote isn’t just because I love Kid Cudi, but because this is the best way I could describe how his music makes me feel. I searched for a long time trying to find the perfect lyric in his songs that would sum up what he has meant to me and what his music has helped me through. Finally, I landed on this quote, although not a lyric it describes how his music and him have made me feel like I’m not alone, despite struggling with this on a daily basis.

My “MCA” tattoo is to honor Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys. I’ve looked up to him since the day I started listening to the Beastie Boys. I used to write essays and create projects based on his life, he fascinated me with the way he become so caring, stopped doing drugs, and become a feminist, an activist and changed his life around. I try not to think of famous musicians as role models or heroes but, Adam Yauch was all those things for me.

Eventually, I want a large Green Day tattoo on my arm of their third album, Dookie. But, for now all I have is a green rose from their first album artwork, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. I do love bands like Simple Plan, the Beastie Boys etc. but Green Day will always be the most important and my favorite band. It’s only right to tattoo an album cover on my arm.

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Forget It Dog, Life’s A Risk

Forget It Dog, Life’s A Risk.

F.I.D.L.A.R.

FIDLAR.

The California band consists of (from left to right): Max Kuehn (drums), Brandon Schwartzel (back vocals and bass), Elvis Kuehn (vocals and guitar), and Zac Carper (lead vocals and guitar).

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I first heard of this band a couple months ago when I got into SWMRS. I found out SWMRS was opening for Fidlar in Chicago. I rushed to buy tickets only a week before the concert and to my disappointment they were sold out. I was only interested in the concert because of SWMRS, what the…. Is Fidlar? I thought. But soon, thanks to YouTube’s suggestions, I watched the music video for “Leave Me Alone” by Fidlar.

I had never seen lyrics written out on toilet paper so nicely and appealing before that described me oh so perfectly, so I thought I NEED to hear more of this band’s music. Who’s Fidlar and why are they describing me so perfectly? YouTube went on to suggest songs like “I Just Wanna Die”, “40oz On Repeat” which is an awesome song but even cooler music video. The video’s basically a parody of other artists’ music videos. Including Eminem, Britney Spears, Green Day, the Beastie Boys. I’ll let you see what I’m talking about though…

I’d like to mention that I was letting myself fall in love with this band while I was supposed to be studying for midterms, mainly because I wanted anything to distract me from how much homework and studying I had. But I’m not even mad that I spent my time media stalking this band, I don’t regret it because forget it dog, life’s a risk. Little Fidlar joke there.

Fidlar sounds like what my body feels like on coffee and redbull, that’s the best way I can describe it. After listening to their albums on repeat for a good three times, that feeling kicked in and I finished my homework (and passed my midterms – yay).

Also, if you’ve been following this band longer than I have, which is only a couple months, and you’re reading this like, “dude I’ve known this band was awesome for a while” WELL LUCKY YOU. I tend to discover awesome bands super late.

ANYWAYS, I just wanted to share my small obsession with this band because I feel like they deserve some recognition.

Their first album, Fidlar (2013) was produced by the lead singer, Zac Carper.

The album is nothing but loud, catchy three chord and three minute songs like “Wait For The Man” there’s also a 90’s punk feel to this band. SWMRS has the same feel to me but yet both bands have their own sound and manage to sound like music from this century (but better).

Lead singer Zac mainly sings about doing nothing but getting high, drinking beer, being broke and hanging out with his friends, you’d think every song would sound the same and you’d get tired real fast but holy sh… each song is better than the last.

Here’s the video to one of my favorite songs on the album, “Max can’t surf” which features drummer, Max Kuehn, acting as his band mates right down to the outfits and tattoos.

Some of my favorite songs on the album: No Waves, Max Can’t Surf, Wake Bake Skate, and Wait For The Man.

Their second album titled, Too, was released in 2015.

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The second album was a bit more mature, with songs focusing more on dealing with staying sober and Zach’s struggle with addiction to drugs. Also featuring more songs written and sung by guitarist, Elvis. There are more serious, soft songs like “Overdose”, “Bad Habits,” and “Stupid Decisions”.

Favorite songs on the album: West Coast, Bad Habits, Sober, and Stupid Decisions.

Apart from these two amazing albums, you can find Fidlar songs that never made it on an album including “No Money No Honey,” which is sadder than it sounds.

Lead singer Zac also went on to produce SWMRS’ debut album, Drive North (2016) and The Frights’ second album, You Are Going To Hate This (2016).

Here I am months later from when I saw that toilet paper music video, still upset that I missed what was probably the coolest concert ever last year – FIDLAR AND SWMRS AND THE FRIGHTS?!

I’m also completely disappointed in myself for being at lollapalooza last summer waiting around for J.Cole when I COULD HAVE BEEN WATCHING FIDLAR. DAMMIITTTTT.

Sales Associate

Working any job and dealing with different customers will teach you different things, whether you work at a fast food place, clothing store, restaurant, or office etc. Working as a sales associate I’ve learned patience, people skills, time management, how to fake smile and fake laugh at jokes that don’t make sense, I’ve learned to ignore people’s comments and laugh them off.

Patience:

Working at a beauty supply store, customers automatically assume I know everything there is to know about hair, skin, nails etc. Professional customers that own their own salons come to a 19 year old for advice.

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“Are you in beauty school? Do you have a cosmetology license?”

No, nope, I’m an English major, this is just a job.

“Wow you look so young”

Ok, what do you expect me to do about that?

“If you’re not sure how a product works, why are you working here?”

Because they hired me, why are you here?

“Have you tried this shampoo? How about this spray? What nail treatment do you recommend?”

Just because I work here doesn’t mean I’ve tried every single product. I don’t go to Target expecting you to have tried everything Target carries

“Do you know how this works? What does it do?”

*takes product, reads label* couldn’t do that yourself huh?

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When calling the store, a machine gives customers some options to dial depending on what they want to know. For example, for store hours or the address, you dial 1 and the machine will tell you. If you don’t dial any options, the phone call will come through to us. Surprisingly, most phone calls we receive are people asking what our store hours are or where we are located.

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Apparently working somewhere also means you magically know where the rest of the stores are located, and what they carry.

“I’m by *gives location* is there a beauty supply around here?”

“I’m not sure”

In my head: Ever heard of Google?

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Leaping Bunny (Cruelty Free Makeup Brands)

I’ve never been the type of person to do my makeup with contour, blush, bronzer etc. I am a makeup lover but not to that extent. Mainly because I’m lazy, I suck at applying makeup and although practice makes perfect, practice is frustrating. I’ve managed to not completely suck at applying a couple things like foundation, concealer, and mascara.

Anyways, a couple years ago for a school project I began looking into the testing done on animals for makeup companies. Saddened by what I found, I decided the little makeup I do use should be cruelty free/vegan. Everyone is entitled to their own choices on what they want to use, whether it’s cruelty free, or not it’s ultimately up to you. I don’t think anyone has a right to criticize someone else’s decisions, no matter how strongly you believe in something such as cruelty free makeup. All I want to do is inform, inform those looking for cruelty free options that are awesome.

Now there is a difference, cruelty free means it is not tested on animals but might contain some animal-derived ingredients like milk, honey, beeswax. Vegan makeup products contain no animal-derived ingredients and a lot of times are also cruelty free however, some vegan brands might test on animals because of certain laws, where they make their products, and/or their parent company.

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There are some cruelty free and vegan makeup brands that are more high end and expensive. As I mentioned before I’m a makeup lover but not to the extent where I want to spend $30 on a 6 oz concealer, to each their own though. I’ve only used the cruelty free/vegan drugstore brands, so I can only comment on those, I will add some high end options though.

(All of these can be found at Target)

Elf:


Elf’s brushes are awesome, both the white and black collections.
The baked eye shadow trios are true to color, and much more pigmented if you wet them a bit.
The primer is good as well, it has a silicone feel to it so if you don’t like that, I wouldn’t recommend using it. I prefer pomade to darken my eyebrows but the pencil is good for a drugstore brand, similar to Maybelline’s brow retractable pencil.

The mineral infused mascara is gorgeous, it really does lengthen your eyelashes. The concealer I’ve only used a couple times, it’s a bit difficult to blend out but with a beauty blender it works fine. Last but not least, the make-up set mist gives your makeup a natural look.

Wet n Wild:

wetnwildI’ve repurchased the mega liner a couple times. The eyeliner is black with no shimmer to it, the brush makes it easy to apply, and it stays on all day. I only have the concealer and blush brush, both packaging states “Cruelty free / Gluten free / Vegan free” I’m not too sure if every brush in this collection is both cruelty free and vegan. However, the two brushes I do use are soft, and are greater for blending.

NYX:

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The butter lipsticks, and soft matte lip creams are both true to color and creamy. The soft matte lip cream may need reapplying within a couple hours, but for only $6 it’s an awesome quick lipstick. The matter bronzer is also true to color, highly pigmented, stays on all day.

Burt’s Bees:

burtsbeesIf I was stuck on a deserted island and could only bring a couple things, this tinted lip balm would most likely be one of those items. Moisturizes your lips, gives you shine and some tint.

(website: https://colourpop.com/)

Colourpop:

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I’ve only tried the lippie stix and ultra matte lip from this brand, but I’m hooked. These really do last all day and for only $5-$10 you get more than what you’re paying for. True to color and pigmented, the ultra matte dries quickly, it is also always better with a lip liner. The lippie stix are creamy and easy to apply.

Some other products I’ve repurchased or plan to that are also cruelty free are:

(All of these can be found at a Sally’s Beauty Supply)

Queen Helene & Shea Moisture:

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I’ve repurchased the Queen Helene masque at least four times. Both this masque and the African Black Soap from Shea Moisture freshen up your face and help prevent breakouts. The Queen Helene cocoa butter lotion I’ve only purchased once but I know I’ll repurchase it.

Some high-end cruelty free makeup brands:

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Kat Von D

Lime Crime

Nars

Tarte

 

 

Albums Changing My Life Right Now

Last week I wrote about albums that helped shaped me when I was younger, but the less talked about topic is the albums that are important to me right now.

SWMRS – Drive North (2016)

Not only this album but this band has such an old school rock and roll vibe while still being new and unique. The lead singer and guitarist, Cole, reminds me of Kurt Cobain sometimes by the way he dresses or sings in a certain song. However, don’t be fooled, his voice is completely his own. His brother, Max who plays guitar, seems almost the opposite. His voice is unique as well, he serenades us in songs like “lose it” and “turn up” The bassist, Seb, and drummer, Joey, are just as awesome, (if not more – they’re my favorite). There isn’t a time I listen to their songs and I don’t bop my head, sing along and want to dance. I haven’t experienced this band live yet sadly, but I’m sure when I do they will be ten times better live. Their energy is already clear through my headphones. I also can’t think of any other band that has covered Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure so amazingly.

Favorite songs: “Miss Yer Kiss”, “Figuring It Out”, “Ruining My Pretending”, “Silver Bullet”, okay so maybe all of them are my favorite.

Simple Plan – Taking One For The Team (2016)

I’ve talked about this band and this album before, it may seem repetitive, but this album is as significant for me as the rest of Simple Plan’s albums. The last time they released an album I was 14 years old. I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say I’m not the same person I was when I was 14, so this album reminded me of why I fell in love with them. After 5 years since the last studio album, the five members of Simple Plan still know how to perfectly describe why I shouldn’t let anyone tell me what to do, and their love songs will always be epic.

Favorite songs: “I Refuse”, “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad”, “Everything Sucks”, “P.S. I Hate You”

Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface (2015)

The only artist I don’t mind listening to on B96 while at work is Twenty One Pilots. I’ll admit at first I was like TOP? More annoying songs on B96 that will get overplayed but I don’t think I can ever overplay their songs. I fell in love with this album as quickly as I fell in love with lead singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. I love the truthfulness in not only the lyrics but Tyler’s voice. I also like that each song is its own. I found myself wondering if I was still listening to TOP because even Tyler’s voice can sound different, but maybe that’s the awesomeness of them. They have the ability to have a different sound while still remaining TOP. For example songs like, “Tear In My Heart” or “Car Radio”. I’m very disappointed in myself that I’ve missed the opportunity to see them live twice already.

Favorite songs: “Fairly Local, “Tear In My Heart”, “Message Man”

This video inspired me and my 10 year old sister to create an elaborate handshake of our own.

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