Musical Spotlight: Bahamas

If you have seen my past playlists posts, you would of noticed the name Bahamas shows up quite a bit. I'm starting a new series of posts that will highlight different bands and artists I have really been enjoying and want to share. I thought no better way to kick off this series than with featuring Bahamas!
Photo from wvpublic.org
Bahamas is really just one Canadian guy whose name is Afie Jurvanen. He used to tour and play with the Canadian singer Fiest, but ventured out on his own solo career and man I am glad he did! His music is really unlike anything I listen too. It's mostly acoustic, and he has a husky low baritone voice. It's a bit scratchy but also very soothing.
Awful photo quality I took at his show!
While Bahamas seems to be a pretty unknown indie artist, you might have heard his song"All the Time" which was featured in a James Franco, Samsung commercial. He has released three albums, all of which you can stream on Spotify. I highly suggest you check him out, his music is great for when you are needing to get in the zone. I prefer to listen to him when I am blogging or reading due to his mellow style of music.


Bahamas songs you should listen to now:
Sunshine Blues
Lost in the Light
Waves
Stronger Than That
Can't Take You With Me

I also was lucky enough to see him live in January and posted a vlog about it over on the ole' YouTube. Let me know in the comments below what you think of Bahamas! Are you already a fan of his? I hope you like these kinds of posts! Thanks for reading, talk to ya soon.

Wednesday Wants XV

Wednesday Wants XV
My 15th edition of Wednesday Wants is throwing back to basics.
The first item I am lusting after is this lovely side table from Ikea. It's kinda weird to lust after a side table but I have a empty space in my basement that I would love to jazz up with this piece. I love the grey color, I have a nightstand in the same color that I am in love with. The storage on it is great for little nick nacks and the glass top is a unique feature.
Sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories because they can make you look more pulled together than you seem or feel (hello hangover friend). I tend to stick to unisex styles like wayfarers and aviators and think these John Lennon-esq shades are a must have for my collection. I love the blue tinted lenses and the floral arms that make this Forever 21 pair really unique. I mean can you get any more Sixties than this?!
The third item I really have my eyes or rather ears on is the new Mat Kearney album Just Kids. I have been a huge fan of Mat Kearney for almost 10 years now. His music is amazing and I know this album will not let me down. His style is really unique and I can't wait to get my hands on his 4th album!
Foundations are one of my all time makeup weaknesses. I have heard about the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foudation for ages but for some reason have never picked it up. Lately I have had major issues with red skin due to cold weather and none of my foundations feel as full coverage as I hope they would be. This from what I've seen and read is the ultimate full coverage and I can't wait to try it.
Lastly, and along the same lines as perfecting my base is the Nars Creamy Concealer. This is a raved about product and I am a sucker for a good concealer. I am almost finished with two of mine and will definitely be trying out this much loved flaw fixer. I have high hopes for this one!
These are all the things I have my eyes on this week. Let me know below if you love any of these items as well. Also what are you lusting after at the moment? Thanks for reading, talk to ya soon.

MAC Prolongwear Eyeshadows

MAC eyeshadows have been a staple in my makeup collection for years. You just cannot beat their quality and their color range. MAC released their prolongwear eyeshadows quite a while back and promised that they would last longer than their original shadow's formula.
I didn't jump at first to get my hands on these babies. First of all, I thought that MAC eyeshadows already lasted pretty long on the eye. Secondly, these new longer lasting shadows were more expensive and way larger in size than their original counterparts.
Last winter however after seeing other bloggers play with them, I decided to try out a couple of the prolongwear eyeshadows. And boy I wish I would of tried them out sooner!
I picked up the colors, Uninterrupted, a matte camel color, and Sweet Satsifaction a shimmery champagne color. I picked up the ones that don't come in pots because they are cheaper and I can pop them in my MAC palette that I don't have dividers in. They are about two times the size of a regular MAC eyeshadow which is pretty crazy and makes me feel like these will last forever!
As for the shadows, they both have amazing pigmentation and truly seem to stay in place throughout a whole day and night of wear without needing any touchups. Some of my regular MAC shadows have the same effect when being worn for a long time, so I don't see the big fuss about these shadows being longwearing. All in all they are fantastic eyeshadows that I reach for quite often!

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these shadows and what you think of them! Are there other shades in the range I should try? Thanks for reading, talk to ya soon.

Vlog Number One

Hello there! I have played around with vlogging in the past but nothing ever really stuck. I was lucky enough to see two of my favorite musical acts a few weeks back and took some footage. I compiled them into a video and then added some random clips from my past couple weeks. It's definitely my first vlog so it's not the greatest thing but I love the video from the shows.
 I think I will continue vlogging even if nobody likes to watch them because I like to have these memories to visually revisit:)
Let me know in the comments below what you think and if there's anything I can do to make vlogging more enjoyable for viewers! Thanks for watching and I'll talk to ya soon.

The System

Nail Polish is definitely one of my biggest vices. I own way too many, yet still continue to add more to my collection every once and a while. I used to be a big fan of the OPI by Sephora collection and was bummed when I found out it had been discontinued.
I was less than thrilled when I found they had replaced the line with their own called the Formula X line. To go from a big nail brand name to simply using their own was a huge downgrade in my mind. Boy was I mistaken though!
Please Excuse my Awful Cuticles!
I had seen quite a few good things about the line so I decided to pick up The System, their Formula X starter kick a few months ago when I popped into a Sephora. The System comes with a Nail Cleanser, Base Coat, Top Coat, and then any color from the line you wish! A mauve-grey shade called Virtuoso is the color that spoke to me. I love the freedom of being able to pick your own color rather then having them put a select few in the starter kit like many brands do.
I cannot rave enough about these nail products. The base coat and top coat are fantastic and not goopy like many others I have tried. The color range is truly fantastic with everything from the palest of pinks to the darkest of navy. 

Besides the great color range, the nail polish itself is very long wearing. It doesn't chip until the 3rd or 4th day of wear, when most other ranges chip the 2nd for me! Even after doing a sink full of dishes, the color stays in place. A lot of this can be attributed to the base and top coats, but I have tried the color on it's own and it still doesn't chip very easily. As for the cleanser, I don't quite understand it to be honest. I am least likely to purchase it but will 100% be repurchasing both base and top coat. I also hope to add more colors to my collection very soon!
Let me know in the comments below if you have tried this line and what you think! Do you have any color recommendations for me from Formula X? Thanks for reading and talk to ya soon.

Wednesday Wants XIV

Wednesday Wants XIV

Wednesday Wants XIV by neonjenn18 featuring Kat Von D
My town is getting a Lush soon so I have had my eye on quite a few things I would like to splurge on when the store opens. The first is this 50 Shades of Earl Grey massage bar. Besides the amazing name, I am attracted to this product because I love earl grey tea and I have never actually tried a Lush massage bar! With the weather so weird here, It's the perfect time of the year to give my confused yet dry skin some extra buttery love.
An equestrian is something I am definitely not. However I do love to dress like one! Riding pants and boots are some of my favorite fashion items to play with and this riding jacket from H&M would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I love the navy blue quilt fabric and brown piping. It's cute and cozy and will definitely have people complementing my fashion sense and (imaginary) horse riding abilities.
Bahamas is a band I have loved for the better part of a year and was lucky enough to see live last month. Lead singer Afie is amazingly talented and I really need to get my hands on his albums. He is an artist I would prefer on vinyl so I plan on ordering all three of his albums soon, I suggest you check him out!
The Kat Von D liquid lipsticks have been raved about by beauty bloggers for ages and I am now sold. I really want to get my hands on one of these puppies and this beautiful port color is just calling my winter bird name. So lovely!
London is a city I have loved since I was little yet never had the chance to visit. Hopefully that will change soon, but until then I can keep London close to my heart with this beautiful cityscape necklace. It's from the beautiful etsy shop laonato. They make such lovely and delicate jewelry which is very reasonably priced. This necklace is so unique and definitely something I would wear with a pair of wellies.
These are all the things I've had my eyes on this week. Let me know in the comments below if you have been lusting over anything this week as well! Talk to ya soon.

The Liebster Award

When I saw that I was nominated for a Liebster Award I was honestly touched. The lovely EsseHearts nominated me which was so kind of her, thanks again Sharan! I love her blog and if you haven't checked it out you absolutely need to click the link above! 
I love the idea of the Liebster Award and the sense of community in smaller blogs it encourages. I am going to continue the the 11 questions format that EsseHearts went with. It calls for giving 11 random facts about yourself, answering the 11 questions the person who nominated you created, and finally nominate blogs with under 200 followers and giving them 11 new questions to answer. Alright here we go!

Random Facts
1. My favorite thing in the world is attending concerts.
2. I have a rescue Schnauzer named Brody Adam. (Indeed he is named after the actor Adam Brody)
3. I went to 12 (yes 12!) years of Catholic Schooling, but do not consider myself Catholic.
4. San Fransisco is my favorite city in the entire world.
5. However that might change if I ever get to visit London which is my dream.
6. I gave up drinking pop cold turkey about a year and a half ago. And it's the best thing I've ever done.
7. Harry Potter is my favorite book series and I re-read them every single year.
8. I have an obsession with nail polish and own 150 + bottles (it's pretty much a problem at this point).
9. Every year I vacation in Palm Springs and it is my favorite part of the entire year.
10. I love to read and am quite proud of my personal library I've built over the years.
11. I graduated from college in August and am seriously considering joining the police force in my city.

EsseHeart's Questions
1. What or who inspires you?
I'm honestly inspired by a number of things it's hard to pin point them. It varies from people, ordinary and famous, to art, music, even animals or people's actions. It depends on the situation and what I am inspired to do!

2. Who is your favorite actor or actress?
I'm really bad at choosing favorites! I really love Daniel Day Lewis, all his movies are amazing. I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence she can play so many diverse roles so well it's amazing. I also love Leo Dicaprio, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Zoey Deschanel.

3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
 I love that my blog is a space where I can share all the things that interest me. I also love that blogs connect people who share similar feelings and views on things who wouldn't of normally got a chance to share about it in real life. 

4. What is your most memorable moment?
Mine happened in 2013. I was amazingly lucky enough to see two of my favorite artists in a span of 24 hours. I went to see John Mayer whom I love so very much and the next morning I woke up at  flew to San Francisco with my dad and saw Van Morrison live that evening. It was seriously the best thing that has ever happened to me and I also fell in love with a city I had never been before. I'm not doing the story justice here but it would be too long if I did:) I don't think anything can ever top it!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Well coming from above it would be San Francisco, but I would also maybe love to live in London or New York City.

6. What are three things you cannot live without?
This is hard but I would say books, music, and animals!

7. If you could be any Disney princess who would you be?
I am not a huge Disney fan (yes I know it's weird) but I guess I would be Merida cause she's a badass little feminist, has awesome hair and a great Scottish accent.

8. Favorite TV series?
Ah man another hard favorites to choose! I really love The OC, Weeds, The Office, Friends, Orange is the New Black, Cops, and Girls.

9. When/Why did you start blogging?
I think I started over a year ago? Something I should know but really don't! I started because I loved reading blogs and was inspired by them to share my own views, thoughts, and ideas.

10. If you could meet anyone who would it be?
Oh wow. Such a hard one to choose! I don't know if I can... right at this moment I really am interested in Ed Sheeran so he would be a fun fella to meet I think:)

11. Describe yourself in three words?
Okay I'll try... Honest, Stubborn, Creative

These were great questions and really fun to answer. Now I nominate:






These 5 blogs are fantastic and here are the 11 questions I want them to answer

1.What is your favorite hobby?
2. Do you have a favorite musician or band?
3. If you could pick one last meal what would it be?
4. Favorite brand of makeup?
5. And your favorite item that brand makes?
6. One fashion trend you wish never happened?
7. Which book could you read over and over again?
8. Your favorite thing about your city or country?
9. Favorite film genre and favorite film from it?
10. Your favorite kind of posts to write are?
11. What is the most used App on your phone?

I look forward to reading these replies! Thanks again to EsseHearts for nominating me and allowing me to spread the love to the blogs above. Talk to ya soon.

January Playlist

So I am a few days late with my monthly playlist posting but I figured with the Grammy's on television tonight, this was a perfect fit! January for me was a great month musically. I was lucky enough to see two bands I really love live, Cold War Kids and Bahamas. Both are included in the playlist and I hope you look into more of their catalogues they are really fantastic.
 I also was into some sixties music this month like Stevie Wonder and The Four Seasons (thanks to the movie Jersey Boys). January was a blend of all music for me and I really hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments below what you were listening to this month! Talk to you soon.