Saturday, 31 August 2013

Ellie Goulding’s -Halcyon Days: Album Review

Ellie Goulding’s career may have been a slow starter, as her first single “Lights” revealed when it finally became a UK hit a year after its initial release. But one thing is for sure, her songs are catchy and they stick around. This week Ellie Goulding has reissued her album Halcyon, now titled Halcyon Days. She released her single “Burn” which has quickly become the UK’s number one hit song after days of its release.

Halcyon Days sees Ellie master her skills to produce 20 mind-blowing tracks. The previous album Halcyon doesn’t even measure up to or showcase her full potential, whereas Halcyon Days is a masterpiece. Her songs are themed on love and conjure up a whirlwind of love, heartache and romance. She’s an expert at turning somber songs into dance hits, such as “Anything Could Happen” where the lyrics are actually quite dark but the song is great on the dancefloor, providing the perfect balance.

The essential tracks on the album, for any music lover or long time Goulding fan are “Burn”, “Goodness Gracious”, “Midas Touch” and “Tessellate” which all include a mix and match of electronica and soul.  She can even turn covers from established artists and make them her own, such as Alt-J’s “Tessellate”.
Halcyon Days really is worth taking the time to listen to and shows just how much Goulding has grown vocally and come into her own as an artist.

Rating 9/10

Evie Chrysostomou

I want those legs and abs!

Healthy Happy Soul

5 Lovely Things...

1) Relaxing week away with Jeremy :)
2) Celebrating Mum's birthday weekend!
3) Great feedback on my first press release.
4) Call from my grandma!
5) Getting the time to paint my nails and read trashy glossy mags!

What are the 5 things that have made you smile recently?

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Anti Shine Stick Natural Beige

I recently went on a week’s holiday away to Devon and it was a really hot week, which is surprising for rainy Devon! We went to the beach a couple of times, and I topped up my tan. But when I got back to London, I realized my foundation didn’t match my newly tanned skin! Since I started a new internship the next day, I needed to buy a foundation that 1) matched my skin tone and 2) made my skin flawless and oil free. I read some reviews of Maybelline’s new Fit Me Anti Shine Stick and thought I would give it a go.

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Anti Shine Stick Natural Beige

Maybelline’s Fit Me Anti Shine Stick is a new foundation application that has an anti- shine core. It’s light and packed with rich powders that absorb any excess oil and shine. It creates the perfect finish, for a natural looking and flawless face. Application is really easy to use and it goes on effortlessly. You simply apply the stick on the face, and blend in with finger tips. Then you’re ready to go!

For the price and the flawless coverage that the Anti Shine Stick gives you, it really is worth it. I chose the natural beige shade for my tanned skin, but it comes in a range of other shades too. I recommend this for oily skin, because the powder core really helps to eliminate excess shine. I applied the foundation stick to where I needed it most, my forehead and nose, and at first it looked a bit cakey (if you know what I mean) but the best way to get a smooth finish is to blend it with your fingers into the skin.

I really like this product, as it saves me time in the mornings, the natural beige shade is a perfect match and it is comfortable and inexpensive!

This is me wearing the Maybelline Anti Shine Stick in Natural Beige.

You can buy this product from all major beauty stores. I purchased mine for £8.99 at Superdrug and was pleasantly surprised by the results! 

Monday, 19 August 2013

Make-up Haul

I have to tell you guys that I've recently got more into my make-up...I know, I'm bad! But I'm getting more in depth information and have gotten into a good skin care routine! Thumbs up! These three products I've had for a while now, and I didn't have time to do a proper blog post on them until now. These products are the basis of my skin care and beauty routine, as I use them the most and they are my favourites.  

Left to Right- Rimmel Black Eyeliner, Clarins Eye Reviver, Lancome's Liquid Foundation in Beige

Rimmel Black Eyeliner- I get through eyeliners very quickly, so I'm constantly buying more. I prefer Rimmel to other brands as it's quick and easy to apply and longlasting. I don't have to re-apply during the day as the khol stays on for a long time. I usually go for a black or dark brown to enhance and bring out the colour of my eyes. I love this product and its at a very good price too.

Clarins Eye Reviver- So this summer I found myself suffering for the first time ever with hayfever! It sucks! Before I realised it was actually hayfever, I thought maybe I had an eye infection, so I stopped using my make-up, however, it continued to get worse. So once I was diagnosed with hayfever, i started taking allergy tablets... anyway, long story short, as anyone with hayfever can tell you, it really irritates the eyes and makes them puffy and red. I bought the eye reviver to soothe the skin around my eyes. I keep this product chilled overnight in the fridge so that when I apply it in the morning, its cold and helps to keep my eyes bright and less red and sore.

Lancome's Liquid Foundation in Beige- I went away on holiday to Cyprus this year and so my tan is looking awesome! But this is not so great for my make-up collection as now my skin colour is darker! So i tried out the beige colour and found it to be just what I needed! It's a lightweight foundation, not heavy on the skin and smells divine! Definitely a winner in my books!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

About Me

So I was bored and decided to do a questions post about me! Also, drop me some questions in the comments or on my twitter @eviechrys if you want to ask me some more questions!

1. Do you have a middle name? Nope!

2. What was your favourite subject in school? My favourite subject in school has always been English Literature. I’ve studied it all my life…and recently received a 2:1 for my English Lit and Philosophy degree!

3. What’s your favourite drink? Iced Coffee!

 4. Favourite song at the moment? Umm I have a lot! I love Maria Zourides’ cover of Hall of Fame by The Script feat. She’s an American/ Greek singer and her version of this song is just beaut!

5. What would you name your children? I’m Greek soo I’m going for some Greek names…For girls: Christiana, Gabriella, Sophia. For boys: Alexandros, Petros, Leo…

6. Do you participate in any sports? Umm I used to play Netball when I was in school… butI’m more into running, cycling and swimming now.

7. Favourite Colour? I absolutely love Purple and Turquoise

 8. Favourite Animal? Cat

 9. Favourite perfume? It’s got to be Hypnose by Lancome. The Purple bottle…not the pink one!

 10. Favourite holiday? Somewhere sunny, hot and with a beach nearby! I love going to Cyprus and Italy.

 11. Have you graduated High School? Yep, I left school in 2010…Feels like ages ago!

 12. Have you been out of the country? Plenty of times… I’ve been to America, Belgium, Amsterdam, Spain, Italy, France, Cyprus and lots of different places in England.

13. Do you speak any other language? I speak Greek. It was actually my first language!

14. Do you have any siblings? I have a younger brother called Dimitri.

 15. What’s your favourite store? At the moment it’s Zara.

16. Favourite Restaurant? My Favourite restaurant is Carluccio’s. It’s an Italian restaurant and I just love going there. I’ve been going for years. I think my family took me there the first time, and I had my one year anniversary with my boyfriend there. And now it’s somewhere I love going and have grown to love more.

17. Did you like school? Umm at the time of going to school…I guess I didn’t really enjoy it until A Levels where I made friends who have become my lifelong, from home friends.

18. Favourite Movie? My favourite film of all time is Shawshank Redemption. I love the story and have watched it soo many times.

19. Favourite Tv show? Ahhh there are too many! Friends, Charmed, Dark Angel, Supernatural, The Walking Dead…

20. Pc or Mac? I’m loyal to my PC, but only because I’m too poor to afford a Mac! 

21. What phone do you have? I have a Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 android phone.  

22. How tall are you? I’m 5’5

Personal Questions:

1. What do you order at Starbucks? I love their cappuccino’s! If it’s hot weather I usually get a Frappe of some sort and when its cold outside , which is pretty much all the time, I get their Chai Tea Latte with spice…it’s like Christmas in a cup! 

2. One thing in your closet you cannot live without? My beige cardigan from Dorothy Perkins…I love wearing it, it’s comfy, warm and perfect for lounging around the house.

3. Name one thing you want to do before you die? I really want to visit Miami!

4. What’s one food you cannot live without? Chocolate! I’m a huge chocoholic! 

5. What quote/phrase do you live by? It would have to be the name of my blog… “Live a little, Learn a lot” My friend gave me that piece of advice and it’s always just stuck with me.

6. What’s your most listened to song on iTunes? I had to go check….It’s Bubblegum Bitch by Marina and the diamonds

7. What kind of style would you define yourself as having? I love classic, timeless pieces… I think fashion nowadays… a lot of it goes out of style and I used to have to throw things out because the trends where just ridiculous! Looking at my wardrobe…it’s mostly black! And as they say “Black is the new black!” I think I just love the classic look, where nothing goes out o style or fashion. 

8. Favourite number? 8.. Well, I was born on the 8th October but I also love the shape of the number 8. Oh and it’s a lucky number!

9. Two Hobbies? Blogging and working out!

10. Two Pet Peeves? People that bite their nails, and people who chew with their mouth open…

11. Guilty Pleasures? Reading crime/thriller books…watching scary films and eating ice-cream. 

12. What’s your Zodiac Sign? My zodiac sign is Libra..the weighing scales

13. Post a photo of yourself. Here you go :)  

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Fitness Inspiration

I'm back home now for good! Which means I can't go to a gym as they are way too expensive for me! But I'm sticking to outdoor training and I have my bike and weights to keep me active and in shape. Looking to do some swimming and other fitness classes though. Spinning sounds like a great workout! 

Here is a fitness inspiration board that I made to keep me motivated whilst getting fit!

Keep healthy and happy people! :) x

Get Fit With Me

Dedicating this post to fitness freaks everywhere! I've been living a healthy lifestyle for 2 years now and loving every minute of it! I've recently purchased my own exercise bike: Body Sculpture BC1700 and it is joining my other equipment in my home gym.I am now more determined than ever to be healthy. So here's some of my top diet and exercise tips for you to enjoy:

Top Diet Tips:

  1. Drink water. H2O is your friend. You cannot survive without it!
  2. Ditch the junk food. You don't need it. Replace unhealthy, bad foods with healthy foods. I swapped crisps for Snack-A-Jacks, fizzy drinks for smoothies, sweets and chocolate for fruit and veg. It's easy to change your diet and you will stop craving those bad foods.
  3. Put spices in your food as hot food boosts your metabolism.
  4. Drink detox, green and herbal tea to flush out toxins and cleanse your body.
  5. Eat less red meat. Go for Chicken instead.

Top Fitness Exercises: 

  1. Squats: Squats, done with or without weights are great for toning legs, bum and tums.
  2. KettleBell Workout: My normal KB session lasts 45 minutes and consists of two-hand swings, high pulls, twist sit-ups, deadlifts, ski sits, lunge jumps, windmills and squats.
  3. Sit ups: I usually do 50 x 3, and include side crunches too.
  4. Planks: Make sure to hold your position and keep a straight form.
  5. Leg raises: Sit on the floor, with your hands by your sides. Raise your legs until they are straight above your hips. Then lower them back down slowly, controlling your legs Make sure your feet don't touch the floor when coming down. 
I hope you enjoyed reading my top diet and exercise tips! Try them out and let me know how you get on! Do you have any other diet and fitness tips? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Graduation Present

Ello Ello

I was given this beautiful necklace from my aunty as a graduation present! Isn't it lovely! I'ts made by Stella and Dot and is called a Maya Pendant in Turquoise. If you didn't know already, turquoise is my favourite colour! Most of my jewellery is made from turquoise stones. And I cannot stop buying them! What I like about this necklace is its gold chain, as I don't have many gold chains in my jewellery box.

I love it and I've been wearing it non-stop for weeks!

Beauty Buy Review: Nivea Q10 Body Firming Lotion.

Hello! It’s been a while since I have done a beauty buy post, so today I’m reviewing Nivea Q10 Body Firming Lotion. I’m obsessed with keeping my skin smooth and well-moisturized. I exfoliate pretty much every day and moisturize every morning and night. I’ve been on the hunt for a light day time moisturizer that is also body firming. I’m a huge fitness freak and anything that claims to firm or tone my body I immediately want to give it a try! 

I bought the Nivea Q10 Body Firming Lotion whilst at Uni and I used it all up! So yesterday I had to pop to the shops to buy more. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the skincare isle and found it was now made in a bigger bottle, still the same price!

What originally grabbed my attention when I first purchased Nivea Q10 was the promise of firming and toning up the body. It says it will firm skin in 2 weeks. I’ve used this for months now and I have to say Nivea are true to their word! It actually works! Hey, I’m just as surprised as you are! I have tried a lot of these firming lotions before and none of them have done the trick- until now!

The first thing I noticed after opening the bottle was its smell. It’s not a scented moisturizer but it does have a pleasant, fresh and clean scent. As for the moisturizer, it’s a light daytime lotion.  Nivea do make a rich moisturizer in a blue bottle, but I prefer this one as its light and non greasy. It rubs into the skin well and you don’t have to use too much.

So, the main question on your lips is: does it actually work?

The bottle says its “gives a firmer and tighter skin feeling” that “helps protect the skin against further loss of elasticity” and gives “beautifully smooth and supple skin.” I’ve tried and tested it and it does work to give you firmer skin. On my stomach especially, my skin is tighter.

Nivea Q10 Firming Lotion can be found in Boots at £6.99. I totally recommend this product, as it has worked miracles for me. I wouldn’t advise using it to replace working out, but it does help to tone up and firm loose skin as a result of your hard work and weight loss.

I hope you enjoyed this beauty review! Have you tried any other body firming lotions? Let me know in the comments below.   

How To Write The Perfect Blog Post

Blogging is a creative and unique way of writing down your thoughts and having them be read by millions of people, anywhere and everywhere. Do you have a story you want to share on the blogosphere, but don't know how or what to write? 

Here are top 10 tips on how to write the perfect blog post and keep your readers coming back for more:

1. Unique title.

Your headline should be short, snappy and grab the readers attention, making them want to read on. It's the most crucial aspect of the blog post. The title and your post as a whole, should contain keywords that will stand out, as this is vitally important for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes. 

2. Clear introduction.

A well written blog post will include an introduction to give readers an understanding of what the post is about. When writing your introduction, you should begin to think like your readers, and always ask yourself, "Why should I care?" Get this right and your readers will want to carry on reading. 

3. Lead into the main body of the blog.

I like to ease my readers into my ideas as it is a smoother transition than jumping straight into the main body of text. An example of this is, 

Here are my top ten tips for writing the perfect blog post:

4. Main ideas in a list or numbered format. 

 An easy way to set out your post is to turn it into a list using bullet points and numbers. A great way to make your post easier on the eye is to use bold subheadings to separate your text  Lists and numbered posts with tips typically do well, for example, “Top 10 tips on how to design your blog.” These provide a nice, easy structure for the reader.

5. Imagery.

Including images into your blog posts is a good way to break up your text and keep things interesting. It helps to liven up the post and is very important part to creating your perfect blog post.

6. Links. 

The perfect blog post will include outbound links in the main body of the text. By linking out, there is more chance of your post being noticed by other bloggers. Always make sure the link opens up in a new window or tab to make it easier for your readers.

7. Word count. 

A blog post can vary in length depending on the topic, but keeping to a word count is crucial in making the perfect post. There is no limit to how much you should write, but if it is too long then you may bore your readers. Keep your blog post word count between 300-800 words is ideal. 

8. Stick to the point.

Make sure your blog post is on point and concise throughout. Don't waffle or switch between subjects as you may loose your readers interest half way through.

9. Original content.

Be original! Put some thought into how you are going to write your blog post to make it stand out from others. Nobody wants to read the same type of material over and over again. More than anything it should be appealing to the reader. Engage yourself in comments and you will soon see your following grow.

10. Preview, preview, preview!

Before you hit publish, there is one vitally important task you need to complete. Preview your work to avoid publishing your post with any spelling or grammar mistakes. Then double check it again and once more before you sent it out into the world! 

These top 10 tips for writing the perfect blog post will help to structure your post so that it is easy for you and your readers to understand. Stick to these helpful tips and watch as your readers come back to your blog for more!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Monday, 5 August 2013

Disclosure- Settle: Album Review

Disclosure is a duo made up of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence from the UK. The two brothers collaborate on their album Settle, with the best vocalists that the UK offers including the amazing Jessie Ware, Eliza Doolittle and Aluna George, attracting a niche audience of electronic beat lovers. Settle is a paradoxical name for the album as it urges you to not settle, with the beat which always has you on the move.

With their combination of UK garage, Disclosure produce raw electro tracks, sending you right back to the late 90’s with their hot R&B sound, cool vocals and classic house party dance anthems.

The album is accessible to everyone and can make you throw your shapes onto the dancefloor from the very start of the album all the way to the end. Opener “Intro” prepares you for what comes ahead with its incredible sound and movement, changing into “When a Fire Starts To Burn” which jumps and cuts the beat until you’re totally in the zone. The second half of the album really gets you going with tracks “Grab Her”, “You & Me” and “Confess to Me” creating a mix up of cool R&B and fresh dubstep sounds.  

Settle by Disclosure is quickly becoming the favourite street album for the summer with its energetic club tempo that gets you raising your hands to the rooftop in approval. 

Rating 7/10

Lil Silva- The Distance: Album Review

With a successful first album, The Patience (2011) under his belt, Lil Silva hits the UK music industry with his 2nd EP, The Distance, a rich musical creation of big baselines and soulful soothing rhythms. The Distance is an essential summer album with its perfect structure and effortless energy.  

The album features cool dance music such as “No Doubt” which features Silva’s strong vocals combined with the talent of Rosie Lowe, a newbie to the music scene. The song feels like it was created with ease and is an incredibly fresh sound. Lil Silva changes his tune and goes back to his aggressive grime music roots with top track “Mask” and is brilliantly produced.

The one song you should make sure you listen to is definitely “Salient Sarah” which is a creative collaboration with the lead vocalist Sampha from SBTRKT and is the highlight of the album.
The Distance EP is a must listen that is packed full of surprises. Silva comes up with his own musical universe with “Seasons” to produce a warm and soulful sound that can only be described as being set in the future with banging beats and a great rhythm.  

Summer album, The Distance by Lil Silva is sure to get you singing and dancing along to the beat and will bring Silva success long after the summer season.

Rating 7/10

Update on the job hunt!

I am currently the Social Media and Marketing Intern for a fashion company in London that connects fashion designers, suppliers and manufactures from all over the world. It's a start up company at the moment, with the website to be launching live this week! It's exciting for me to see how a real fashion company works from the inside!

I've not even been working with them for that long but I already love it here! The office is located in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea, with many other fashion, beauty and writing companies working together in the same office. It makes a real change from my previous internship! Oh and the lunch is blooming awesome! It is a relaxed yet busy environment in which I get to work on the social media accounts, come up with new marketing I get to write their blog posts and articles! It's a great opportunity for me that will hopefully turn into something more... *Fingers crossed*

Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Icarus Line- Slave Vows: Album Review

Rock and roll band, The Icarus Line, have released their fifth studio album, Slave Vows. The L.A rockers have made a huge comeback with their album making it bigger and better than ever before.

Slave Vows is packed full of psychedelic and energetic tracks ranging from languid 11 minute songs to fast 2 minute distorted tracks. The album begins with song “Dark Circles”, which has an incredible rock introduction with a bassline and drums that seems to go on forever burning its way into the listeners mind.

Slave Vows is full of rock and roll, punk and surprisingly includes some country songs too. Everything and anything goes in this album and the fans don’t seem to care one bit. “Dead Body” also carries its rock riff for minutes on end. On the other hand, “No More Music” ends just before it even begins. Lead singer and guitarist Joe Cardemone does a good job of making Slave Vows feel like a rock album with his rough vocals, lyrics and guitar tricks.

Slave Vows sees The Icarus Line make giant steps forward to cementing their name in the charts and in rock and roll history. This album puts up a good fight to stay in the spotlight from beginning to end and I hope to hear more from the Hollywood rockers soon.

Rating 7/10

Samaris- Samaris: Album Review

Samaris is the self titled debut album by the teenage trio from Reykjavik. The band is made up of lead singer Jófríður Ákadóttir, pÞórður Kári Steinþórsson on the electronics and Aslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir on the clarinet.

Samaris is an electric album and singer Jófríður Ákadóttir provides wonderfully aesthetic vocals that bring their songs to life.

Opener Hljóma þú”is a track full of electronics, which is their specialty in the album. It includes delicate vocals mixed with a whole host of instruments and this creates a balanced and harmonic sound. Hit track “Góða Tungl”, has a warm and welcoming baseline. The disconnected snare rhythms and the chant-like vocals come together to make something that is mysterious and ritualistic.

There were concerns that the Icelandic lyrics would prevent the band from having a connection to English listeners however the foreign lyrics only create a deeper sense of the unknown and other that is heavily present in the album.

Samaris is a cleverly arranged album with instrumentals and perfect harmonies on every track. The use of the clarinet is genius and adds a unique element to the album. I wish we could hear more classical instruments in mainstream music and Samaris has made this move with a graceful transition.

Rating 8/10