Month: December 2014

Just a little post

Still not a legit post. Still in the midst of finals week/finishing up my first rotation. Taking a break tonight before diving back into studying. At least it’ll be for immunology (a subject I actually like… versus biochem or cell bio. blech)!

Anyway, last weekend, I spent some time adding some “new” music (most of these were released at least a year ago lol) to my rotation since my playlists were getting way too familiar and boring and made me sleepy instead of keeping me awake.

Here are a few albums I’ve been listening to that I thought I’d share:

1. Rooms of the House by La Dispute

I’m absolutely obsessed with this band and album. Definitely not geared toward the average music listener with their spoken word/punk/hardcore/rock influences but man, they get it so right. Their singer’s voice doesn’t actually sound that special/unique, but it just clicks perfectly with their overall sound and he has great vocal versatility. And their instrumental parts are not too flashy to detract from the vocals and lyrics, but they have these super “catchy” melodies. I definitely think this album is less heavy than their previous releases, but shows the band’s range of sound/musicality.

I’m the absolute worst when it comes to remembering lyrics and song titles, and I usually just make up my own, but I actually went to look the lyrics up for their songs because they’re such a huge part of the overall mood/feel of the songs. Poetic and stream-of-consciousness-like lyrics. Their lyrics are usually quite meaningful and actually “deep” and it’s so nice. And the rhythm of many of their songs makes it easy for me to block out the lyrics, allowing me to really focus on my task at hand. And they happen to be from Grand Rapids, MI so whenever they mention Michigan in their lyrics, I feel all 🙂 despite having only lived in Michigan for a few months 😉

Favorites on the album: Objects in Space, For Mayor in Splitsville, SCENES FROM HIGHWAYS 1981-2009, Woman (reading)

Click here to listen to the whole album.

2. Simple Math by Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra has been on my radar for a few years but they’ve never left a large impact on me. It’s one of those bands who have a great following, but I just never “got it,” if you know what I mean. So I’ve put off listening to this album for years(!) before deciding to give it a spin the other day and I’m so happy I did. The first few songs didn’t immediately grab my attention, but oh man this album gets to good. Another band with great lyrics and singer. While I’m not in love with Andy Hull’s voice, he has so much control over his voice and he’s so emotive, much respect.

They intense in a chill way but their songs still have great drama. Would describe them of a mix of alternative, rock and indie/folk. They remind me of a more rock-influenced/”up-beat” Bon Iver (especially in the song “Deer” and I don’t like Bon Iver but I kept listening!). Loving the use of strings in this album.

It’s just a lovely album. I totally “get it” now.

Favorites on the album: Virgin, Simple Math, Apprehension

Click here to listen to the whole album.

3. 9 Dead Alive by Rodrigo y Gabriela

I love these two. Amazing, amazing guitar players and musicians. Like, the album doesn’t even do their playing justice; they’re totally a group you have to see perform live to truly understand how fantastic they are. And I haven’t even seen them live. I just know lol. I wish I’ve seen them live; must be an insane amount of energy and holy shit it’s be a mesmerizing experience (Tammy, please enlighten us with their amazingness).

To be more specific, they are an acoustic guitar duo and their music is a blend of their influences, from flamenco to metal and it’s really interesting to hear these influences come together and in their music. The first time I heard one of their songs, I didn’t realize it was just two people, one guitar each. Like I didn’t believe my friend when she told me and we had to go on Youtube so she could find proof. We spent the next hour or two looking up their live performances and just generally squeeing.

Super happy they released another album and man, it’s so great. I put it on to study and ended up just sitting there, doing nothing, during my first listen. Worth it.

Favorites on the album: Misty Moses, Sunday Neurosis, The Soundmaker, Megalopolis

Click here to listen to the whole album.

happy listening!

-amy

Quick beauty PSA

Hello all. Been super busy. Haven’t had time to write or post my budget post and probably won’t have time until after finals/end of semester.

But I just want to post this awesome deal I found the other day.

Caudalie Moisture Essential Set, $39 $29.25 via LovelySkin

This awesome Caudalie set is now $29.25 (down from $39) at LovelySkin and it contains three full sized items: the Moisturizing Sorbet (normally $39), Hand and Nail cream (normally $15) and Lip Conditioner (normally $12). The value of all three items if you bought them individually is $66! LovelySkin also offers free samples and free shipping.

As for whether the products are worth it, I received a deluxe sample of the Moisturizing Sorbet from Sephora a while ago and only recently tried it out. And oh my god it is so nice. The cold weather here has been wrecking havoc (re: dry + flakiness) on my already-inflamed (re: cystic acne 😦 ), normally-over-oily skin. Basically, my face is a fucking mess and I wanted something to moisturize and soothe while not being too heavy/pore-clogging. This product was a godsend. It isn’t hydrating enough to magically get rid of the flakiness overnight but using this moisturizer in conjunction with hydrating face masks I brought back from my last trip to Taiwan, not only has my skin started clearing up a little, but my face is slowly returning to its oily+hydrated state (never thought I’d prefer oily over dry!). I’ve been waiting to buy the full-size product from Sephora (with that $20 off $50 coupon) but when I saw this deal, I couldn’t pass it up.

The moisturizer is light and has this kind of choppy-whipped like texture. It’s hard to explain. And when it’s applied on the skin, it becomes almost liquid-y? It’s interesting… It sinks in faster than my other moisturizer and a little goes a long way. It is very lightly fragrance-d and it smells really good and calming (coming from someone who is picky about scents).

I’ve actually never tried the Hand and Nail cream before, but it gets great reviews online, and my hands need all the help they can get. I had eczema when I was younger and it’s mostly gone away except for my hands that burst into scaliness when I’m stressed (like now). And with this weather, I really needed a small hand cream to carry around. It’s only a matter of time before the cracking and bleeding begin, but I’d really like to delay this problem for as long as possible. So this product is perfect to fill my hand cream gap.

The lip conditioner is another thing I haven’t tried, but my friend who always has chapped lips swears by this lip balm and always has one on her person. Since I’m not used to this weather (and by this weather, I mean anywhere between -1 to 35 degrees F), my lips have also been rebelling and chapping like crazy which is something I’ve never really experienced before (only time my lips have gone cuckoo was when they were sunburned lol). So this lip conditioner is also perfect for me right now. I’ve been using the fresh lip treatment (the white one) but it tends to just sit on top of my skin rather than sinking in and helping the healing process.

So basically, this set is perfect for my needs right now and it’s on sale and you should get one too if you need any of these things. 😉 Not sure when this sale is over, so get this set while you can! It would also make a great gift as a whole or as individual items.

I was not sponsored or paid to endorse this product. It’s just that good!

-amy