Currently listening to...

Grimes- Art Angels
I've always found Grimes interesting but have never loved a complete album of hers until Art Angels came along.. Firstly I love the art work (by Grimes herself) and I love the mix of fun bubblegum pop, and dark and weird more experimental songs. I am always a sucker for synthy electronic music and this is definitely Grimes at her most accessible. The album also features a great colab with Janelle Monae. She also has a cool video for Kill V. Maim as well.

Pale Honey- Pale Honey
Swedish indie rock duo Pale Honey released their debut album last year and I can't stop listening to it. Their sound is kind of stripped back but their songs tend to have these great moments where they explode with guitar and attitude. My stand out song is Tease.

Icky Blossoms- Mask
Icky Blossoms make great electropop music and their second album Mask is less bold than their debut but sounds much more human with singer Sarah Bohling sounding less robotic. The result is catchy songs, that have a dark emotional edge running through them. There's definitely an 80's synth pop influence in there, I can also hear My Bloody Valentine too (but maybe that's just me). My highlights are the vulnerable Want You So Bad and ridiculously catchy Phantasmagoria.

Sia- This is Acting
I must admit the whole Sia hype passed me by other than liking a couple of her songs. Then I decided to give her new album a try and instantly fell in love with the song Bird Set Free. It's over the top (in a good way) and is just lovely. Perfect for playing loudly when your feeling a bit fed up or having a bad day.

What are you music picks?

Freedom Pro Melts Lipgloss...

I've had the pictures for this post sitting in my drafts folder for ages (d'oh) so thought it was about time I posted this review of the Freedom Pro Melts Lipgloss.

I hadn't tried anything from Freedom until a lovely friend sent me some bits including this gloss. For a 'budget' brand I think the packaging for this is really decent, and the tube doesn't feel cheap at all. The gloss itself is really thick, and applies really nicely without being patchy. This shade is called Sugar Fix which is a lovely vibrant almost neon hot pink. The pigmentation is amazing, and if I had to compare it to something I'd say it is similar to the Rimmel Apocolips (which I also love). 

Overall I'm really impressed, and would definitely recommend if you are into bold lip colours.

Pop in a Box January...

I recently re-subscribed to Funko pop subscription service Pop in a Box* (see all my previous posts here) It's worth mentioning that they now have the option to include Dorbz, Fabrikations and Mopeez in your wishlist.  

So, what did I get in my January sub.....

It's the Flame Princess from Adventure Time! I am happy to add her to my growing AD collection and she is a newly released character from the second wave of AD pops. How cute is she?!

*The link above is an affiliate link that gives you 20% off your subscription 

Japanese candy: Fettuccine peach gummi...

Since I was very lucky and received a big box of Japanese candy and snacks for Christmas It's meant I can start up my snack reviews again. The first thing I picked out to try are these Fettuccine Peach Gummis.

I am a huge fan of peach flavoured candy, and these are very soft strips which have a slightly tangy flavour which is balanced perfectly with the sugar coating. They are very moorish, although if you don't want to eat the whole pack at once they have a resealable package... not necessary in my case! 

All in all a very tasty soft candy, and they get top marks in the squish factor which is very important in making a good gummy as far as I'm concerned! ;)

You can find a huge array of Japanese candy at Oyatsu Cafe*
*affiliate link 

Latest beauty buys...

It's been a long time since I've bought much beauty related, but I'd run out of a bunch of things so needed a restock! I've been using up all my samples of the Etude House Moistful Collagen face cream so decided to get a full sized pot. I love this stuff- it's really moisturising but nice and light on the skin and has definitely helped with dry patches. I also got the Facial Stick, I'm not exactly sure why other than I thought it sounded cool! 

I've ran out of my favourite Holika Holika primer but couldn't find any anywhere to buy so decided to try the Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Moisturising primer as it's from the same range as my BB Cream so hopefully they will work well together.

I needed a new face scrub and the Holika Holika Gonyak Soft Jelly Scrub has been sitting in my Ebay watchlist forever so decided to go for it. It really is very jelly like, it's all thick and squidgy but strangely nice... A total impulse buy was the Etude House Natural Konjac Face Cleansing Puff. This is super soft (and it's quite satisfying to use as a stress ball!) but it is actually really lovely to use with cleaser- my skin has been so much softer since I've been using it.

Finally, in the Amazon Boxing Day sales I bought the real Techniques eye brush starter set for £9.99. I needed some new eye brushes- the shadow brushes are lovely although I'm not so keen on the liner brush but overall it's a nice set and I love the colour.

January reading round up...

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Set in the 1970s this tells the story of a Chinese-American family dealing with the fallout of their eldest daughter being found dead. I loved Ng's writing style- it had an enjoyable laid back pace that allowed the book to really get to the heart of each character and there were quote worthy lines on each page. It had an interesting insight into life as a Chinese person living in America during that time as well a really interesting look at the struggle of being a woman and having dreams that stretched beyond motherhood. A beautifully touching read about family, grief, and being an outsider that I highly recommend. I will definitely keep Ng on my radar. 4/5

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

This book is quite deceiving as it kind of bills itself as a crime thriller about an eight year old girl who goes missing but I would describe it as more of a coming of age drama that looks at mother/daughter relationships with the crime as a side story. This book took a long time to get started and I almost gave up on it- I was only for the fact that I quite enjoyed the writing style that I kept going with it. Ultimately though I felt like it was only half a story- it was left with far to many questions unanswered, characters that were prominent then faded out of existence and it relied on some highly unlikely coincidences. 3/5 

Lumberjanes Vol.1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis & Brooke Allen

A fun for all ages series about a group of five 'rad, butt kicking best pals' at Summer camp and the adventures they find themselves in. Perfect if you love empowering female characters, bold and colourful artwork, and witty dialogue. Noelle Stevenson is the writer of the Adventure Time comics and if you love those it's fairly certain you are going to love this series. Now I need to get my hands on volume 2! 4/5

X-Men '92 Vol. 0 Warzones by Chad Bowers & Chris Sims

I read this mini series in single issues. As a kid one of my obsessions was the early 90's X-Men cartoon, and to my delight Marvel released a  four part comic book series last year as part of Secret Wars that featured the X-Men team from the show- looking and talking exactly as they did. For that reason alone I loved it, the artwork was perfect and all the characters were exactly as I remembered. The story itself was a pretty generic X-Men story but the nostalgia more than made up for it! 4/5 

Black Canary Vol.1: Kicking and Screaming by Brendan Fletcher & Annie Wu
I've had most of these single issues sitting on my shelf for ages and for some reason never got round to them. I'm so glad I finally did, I think this is now one of my favourite comic book series! Set in Gotham it follows former soldier, vigilante and all round badass Dinah and her rock band Black Canary as they hit the road and uncover a conspiracy. I loved her band mates and the sassy dialogue (definitely reminds me of The Wicked + the Devine) and what can I say about Annie Wu's glorious artwork other than I want to wallpaper my house with it so I can stare at it all the time! Also, can I be Dinah please :) 5/5 

Single issues... 

New horror series from Image The Violent, Gwenpool Holiday special (featuring She-Hulk and Hawkeye woo!) and my favourite of the Black Canary covers this Mike Allred iZombie- ish variant.

Indie brand: Veronica Dearly

I always like to try and support small businesses as much as I can, and since I've found a few new ones lately thought it was the perfect opportunity to start up my indie brand series. A while back I bought a faux leather jacket and since then have been on a mission to hunt down cool pins to fill the lapels with. As soon as I saw this one from UK illustrator Veronica Dearly I couldn't resist!

It arrived in a gift box and I thought the card an packaging was a really nice touch and would be perfect as a gift. You can get the pin in either pink or blue for just £5 here and the shop is also full of cards, badges, stickers and stationery. I'm sure I'll be making another order soon.