John Mayer ‘The Search for Everything Tour’ – O2 Arena, London, 12th May 2017

So for the people that follow me on social media, you will know how much I love John Mayer.  On Friday 12th May I was in London ready to go and finally see him for the first time, after years and years of waiting.  The word ‘excitement’ didn’t even cover it!  An idol, an inspiration, a song for every emotion and phase in your life; he really is a massive inspiration to me and has had a huge impact on my life.

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[Cheesy photo in the tube station at the O2; ended up on the @allontheboard instagram page!]

The gig itself was, of course, incredible.  The stage setting was more extravagant than the one seen on his ‘Where the Light is’ Live DVD tour, but it was more simplistic than many artists today.  An interactive board behind and an interactive floor (which most of the time was rippled water); this was showing a more ‘out-there’ Mayer that people have not seen before.

Playing to a sold out show, the genius himself mixed old and new songs with a generous balance.  Chapter 1 saw the names of all the band members and who the show was ‘starring’, almost like it was the start of a brand new movie at the premiere.  Then the crowd erupted as he broke out into the classic ‘Waiting on the World to Change.’  Slick transitions, smooth solo guitar playing and silky vocals, it was John making his mark on the stage from the word go.  From classics like this, to newer songs like ‘Moving on and Getting Over’, he really set the bar high for what was to follow in the rest of the show.

Chapter 2 slowed down the night going into an acoustic set, with John standing alone on stage.  The Japanese inspired back drop with pink blossom trees and pagodas, and a lone red bridge crossing ‘water’, created a nice touch and simply beautiful.  This part of the set in particular was my favourite, as whilst he played ‘Neon’ and ‘Stop this Train’, the lesser popular songs were echoed around the arena.  Mayer played my favourite song out of his whole discography, ‘Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, 1967’, with such passion and emotion and told the story like it was a novel which reduced me to tears.  The acoustic setting was truly heart-warming and all the emotion was clear to see in John himself.

Chapter 3 saw the pace picked back up, with the John Mayer Trio making an appearance after a short video explaining why they were back.  Although a short section, the blues oozed from the fantastic trio of Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino.  From covering Robert Johnson’s ‘Crossroads’, to playing the electric ‘Vultures’, the trio were sharp and on point, and demonstrated why their reformation was the best decision.  The crowd absolutely loved it and Mayer seemed to too, as his endless talent was clearly shown with his prolonged guitar soloing and jamming with a massive smile on his face.

Chapter 4 saw the revival of the full band and backing singers, and the stage was full once again.  Whilst doing a cover of the late Prince song ‘The Beautiful Ones’, this again was another fantastic section in the show.  Playing a mixture of old, new and lesser known songs, Mayer really brought in all his discography into this section.  The crowd went crazy for the well-known heart wrenching ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’, whilst his latest single ‘Still Feel Like Your Man’ was also a favourite, and even saw the music video’s pandas appear on screen.  This section ended with ‘Dear Marie’, which the crowd seemed to adore.  Mayer described that song as ‘the best thing to come out of a terrible album that the label hated’; a bold statement because personally some of my favourite songs are off that album!  It was slow, it was smooth and it was pitch perfect as always.

After being beckoned to return to the stage for more, Mayer reappeared for his encore and epilogue.  The crowd favourite ‘Gravity’ was played to perfection, with the crisp guitar solos echoing around the room and people stood in sheer awe at his playing.  The tour debut song ‘I Will Be Found (Lost at Sea), although lesser known, received a great reception from the crowd with John’s melodic piano playing.  The rippling water effect on the floor gave the impression that he was out at sea, playing to find his way back.  This led into the final song of the night (unfortunately!), the one that he finished with every night on the tour.  ‘You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me’ was a superb finish to the John Mayer experience; it was calm, relaxing and honestly gave you chills.  His vocals were perfect and the piano playing was captivating and it was so simple, with John sitting alone at a white piano with a white backdrop and floor setting.  It was a great final chapter to the show, and as the lights went off you knew the book was now closed for the night.

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[Photo Credit: Shannon Westwood]

It was hands down the best gig of my life so far, and that’s not me being biased.  The only downside (apart from the fact that the concert finished!) was that ‘Free Fallin’ was never played.  Although it’s a cover, it’s a crowd favourite and I overheard many a conversation when leaving the arena that they were devastated that he did not play it.  However the set list was the best mix of old and new songs, with a few other new covers thrown in and the different genres that John plays in were showcased.  Hands down the best night of my life so far and I still haven’t quite gotten over it!

I know it’s a long gig review, but because it was so important to me I felt I just had to write one!  Comments are welcomed (as I don’t normally do gig reviews, so any advice is appreciated) and I will get writing my next post real soon.

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

Xoxo

Morphe 35T Colour Taupe Palette

New purchase alert!  Sorry for such a long gap from my last blog.  I’ve majorly needed some inspiration to get into blogging again, and after purchasing this beauty it’s just done that.  I know that Morphe is nothing new, and that it’s been around for a while and it’s had its moment, but when I saw this on Beauty bay I HAD to get it.  I’ve wanted a new eye shadow palette for a while and this has just ticked every box that I needed.

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Firstly, I just have to comment on its packaging.  HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!  My first thought when it arrived was that I was sent a small laptop by mistake.  It’s such a strong case which is good because you know your shadows will not get damaged, but it’s also super lightweight.  This is so important particularly when travelling; when I go on holiday I want to take minimal makeup, but an eye shadow palette is one of my essential items to pack.  Now with this palette I know I can pop it into my suitcase and not feel guilty about the weight of it!  The negative is that there is no mirror on the inside of the lid, which can be a little inconvenient but it honestly did not bother me too much.

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The colours and their pigmentation is something that just stands out on this palette.  CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE HOW PIGMENTED THE GLITTER SHADOWS ARE?!  These swatches literally took one stroke; I’m not kidding.  I was so amazed at how strong the colours were as I was not expecting them to be this good at all.  The colours are so bold which is great because you don’t have to use a lot of product when applying, causing less fallout.  I’m so happy with the more glittery shades; they’re perfect for the summer and add glamour, whether it’s for festivals or holiday’s, but they’re also great for winter to brighten up the darker days and nights.  I wear a lot of gold, neutral and brown shades and there is a great variety of these colours in the palette, which for me is perfect as I know I will get as much use out of it as possible.

 

Unfortunately though, there is a big negative with the colours.  This is that the more matte shades really do lack the same pigmentation that the more shimmer based ones do.  I was quite disappointed with this because after seeing the shimmer shades, I had high expectations for the matte shades.  (SEE BOTTOM TWO SWATCHES).  To even get the swatches alone, it took a lot of strokes to actually get a decent amount of colour, so when applying it to your eye lid it’ll require the same to get a good intensifying look.  However I don’t want this negative to take away the brilliance of this product.  The colours, including the matte shades, are absolutely fantastic and are still pigmented and are great to have in your make up collection!

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Lastly, I want to talk about the quality for price ratio.  I paid £22 for this palette on www.beautybay.com.  That’s 35 shades for £22.  It’s such a small price compared to other palettes on the market, such as the Naked range by Urban Decay, and you get so much more for your money!  I’ve found from researching that it is more expensive to actually buy in the United States (for example, if you were travelling there and wanted to buy it), then buying it on a site like Beauty Bay.  The 35TT palette is perfect for all make up abilities; I’m simply a make-up lover and not the most skilled at make-up, so I love having a palette this large to play around with and improve my skills!  I would highly recommend this palette to anyone who wants to expand their collection or is starting out with make-up.  It’s affordable and great quality; what more could you want?!  I’m currently debating another palette to buy in their range, which includes the 35W Colour Warm, 35U Multi Colour Shimmer, 35S Smokey Eye, and 35K Colour Koffee to name but a few.  I personally think that Morphe needs more credit than what it is given over in the UK; an absolutely fantastic product which should be a part of make-up lovers’ collections everywhere.

 

I hope you liked this product, and if there are any items that you would like to me to review, leave me a comment!

 

Stay beautiful,

 

Shannon

xoxo

 

(PHOTO CREDITS: Major thanks to Robyn Smith for taking these photos of my palette!)

Physician’s Formula ‘Nude Wear Touch of Glow’ Palette

For most girls anywhere, when it comes to makeup, it’s all about the highlighter.  When the light hits those high plains of your face… girlllll it’s a fine moment.  There are so many out there now on the market within a variety of price ranges and household names; Maybelline, Rimmel, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von D.  One that I found on my travels around the United States this summer however, is a complete game changer.  It is the ‘Nude Wear Touch of Glow’ palette by drug store brand Physician’s Formula.  I bought mine from a local Walmart so it is easily accessible to purchase for my American friends across the pond; for everyone else, it means international shipping but I assure it is totally worth it!  Here are a few reasons why:

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The first reason as to why this is an essential item in your make up kit is because of its cute packaging.  I mean seriously guys; I’m not a girly person, but this pink case and bow is ADORABLE.  It’s cute, it’s pretty; it looks appealing to buy from the offset!  Compared to most palettes it is a lot smaller, meaning you can take it on the go with you.  I’m not saying you can’t take other palettes with you, but who is seriously going to work round with an Anastasia Beverly Hills’ ‘Glow Palette’ in their bag?  Not this girl!  The packaging is sturdy but not heavy, meaning that the product inside is never going to crack or break and spill everywhere.  Result!

Secondly, the application of this product is so easy.  Simply swish your brush over all four areas of the palette or just one if you so desire.  It literally takes 1-2 strokes and you can already see the results.  For me that is a big deal; I can’t stand any of these products that takes a thousand application strokes and THEN the horrid task of obscene blending.  With the ‘Touch of Glow’ palette, it is made much more simple and easier, which just honestly makes a small aspect of our lives much simpler.

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(Apologies for the photo quality; could not find good lighting in my house!)

The final and main reason as to why this product is an essential and is worth the shipping cost is because of its pigmentation.  To say it is a cheaper product in the market at $14.95, it is DIVINE.  The two bronzers shades provide a warm yet natural glow to your face, and paired with the cheeky blusher it makes your cheeks pop a rosy shade of pink.  Most importantly though, in this palette those aspects are not as essential.  For me, the highlighter is what I live for.  I mean seriously… HAVE YOU SEEN HOW PRETTY THIS IS?!

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*pause for a moment* #prayforShannon #thishighlighterthough.   These pictures don’t do it justice.  It’s super pigmented, it gives off the best glow and when the light hits those high plains of your face… my lord it is a beautiful moment.   Even if you didn’t use the other aspects to this palette, at least buy and use it just for this highlighter.  Please.  It’ll change your life.

As I said earlier, for my American friendlings, this product is available at most drug stores and I purchased it from a local Walmart.  For $14.95, you literally cannot argue that it is a bargain; you’re getting two bronzers, a blush and a highlighter for under $15!  For the rest of the world, that’s around £12-13.  Still a bargain nonetheless! I use this palette every day and honestly I can say it has never disappointed me, and it has lasted me since June so it is very durable!  The whole Physician’s Formula range is very practical and affordable and I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to try a new brand that bridges the gap between high-end and drug store makeup.

http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/face/bronzers/06399.html

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

xoxo

REVIEW: L’Oréal Revitalift Magic Blur Eye Cream

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For as long as I can remember I have been constantly paranoid about my dark under eye circles.  I get told time and time again it can be improved with diet, drinking more water and getting more sleep every night.  All of the above have been tried and tested and my circles haven’t improved!  However when you walk into Superdrug, Boots or any pharmacy and you are confronted with the endless amounts of products from a range of brands, it can be daunting choosing which to use.  However the Revitalift Magic Blur Eye Cream by L’Oréal interested me due to its promises on its packaging and its reasonable price, so I thought I would give it a shot and let you guys know what I thought!

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With regards to its packaging, the 15ml tube is very handy because it easily fits into any size bag and does not take up a lot of room or make your bag heavy.  For me that is super important because there is nothing worse than carrying round a heavy tube of cream in your bag to work or school!  Its packaging and the nozzle applicator is also very sturdy and not easily breakable, which again is a good thing so it won’t split in your bag!  BIG DOWNSIDE – IT IS ONLY A 15ML TUBE.  As convenient as the size is, it is a very small amount and I find myself buying it more frequently which ends up costing me more than I would like to spend.

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Next up; the consistency and application of the product.  WARNING: it does seem a bit on the thick side, but if dabbed with ring finger or sponge across the under-eye area it turns into a thin even coat.  Its cooling feel is guaranteed and it has a pleasant smell to it; well I think it does anyway!  It doesn’t really have a distinctive smell, it just smells fresh and not chemical-like which I LOVE.  The applicator is also easy to use.  I personally do not need to use a sponge to dab it into my skin, I apply straight from the nozzle and use my ring finger if needed to dab in any excess.

The main point I will note that will cause reviews to split over this product is that it does stay oily for a while after application and takes a while to be absorbed.  For me personally, as I have dry skin particularly under my eyes, this is a positive when applying my under eye concealer as it helps achieve a smooth coverage and does not crack throughout the day.

The product after one month should supposedly ‘instantly blur the appearance of wrinkles, bags and dark circles.’  I must admit, this is the truth.  After 4 weeks I noticed a huge difference; my eyes look more awake, people do not comment about how tired I look, and the darkness of my circles have been massively reduced.

I bought mine from Superdrug as it was on offer, but you can buy this in any big pharmacy or department store, or anywhere that sells L’Oréal products!  I bought it for around £8-9, but full price it is around £12.99 which I think is quite reasonable!  I will post the link to the Superdrug website at the end of this post as they usually have a lot more offers and discounts on, and they do student discount which is always a bonus!

Out of 5 stars, i would rate it 4 1/2 stars.

This is my first make up review blog (I apologise if it’s too long/boring), but please do leave comments saying if you liked it, what you want to see me review in the future and how I can improve my reviewing!

Stay beautiful

Shannon

xoxo

http://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Eyes/Eye-Creams/L’Oreal-Paris-Revitalift-Magic-Blur-Eye-Cream-15ml/p/321803?gclid=CLe9sp74oM0CFdRuGwodPeQIMw&gclsrc=aw.ds