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So I was Emailed a Song? Fairies! No Mercenaries- Swansong Review
Category beauty blog, beauty blogger, blog, blogger, blogging, fashion blog, fashion blogger, music, music blog, music blogger, music review, music tag, musician, reaction, review, reviews, vintage blogger, wonderlands angels, wonderlandsangels, alternative blogger, alternative music, fairies no Mercenaries, mini music reviews, music reviewer, music reviews, nini wonderland, swansong, undiscovered artists, undiscovered musicians
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Description: Hello Angels! This is something new to me personally. I get approached my bands and artists asking me to review stuff all the time. Usually a DM in Instagram and (before I started charging them) PR companies asking me to review their artists. This person emailed me a link saying they were just looking for …   more...

Hello Angels!

This is something new to me personally. I get approached my bands and artists asking me to review stuff all the time. Usually a DM in Instagram and (before I started charging them) PR companies asking me to review their artists.

This person emailed me a link saying they were just looking for people online who might wanna hear it. There was no kinda business or formality, there was nothing like that. They actually didn’t ask me to review it until I asked if they wanted me to.

Marketing wise, that takes fucking balls and I’m here for it.

The artist in question is Fairies! No Mercenaries AKA Theomar Francois. I know very little about them and I’m not gonna do a full on interview with them and interrogate them, but they’re very little known. What I do know is they’re from LA, California (currently in Clermont) and they’re currently working on a new album. That’s all I could really find through searching.

That upsets me because it’s fucking good music and the video is out of this world, I’ll link you it here.

The song stylistically is simplistic. Nothing is being taken away from the vocals and the lyrics, but we know me: I listen to every element I possibly can and home in on it.

As a bass player, it got me from the get go. It’s a scale which I’ve used when playing on stuff before: it creates a basic rhythm and beat to follow and because it’s a scale, it sticks in your head. Every person takes a scale and mixes it up slightly just so they don’t get called a ‘lazy bass player’ but I’ve done it, pretty much every bassist has done it, but in this song it’s in the foreground. I like that; I’ve played on stuff where it’s mixed down to a point where you can’t hear me and the thing is, I’m fucking good.

The synth/keyboard follows the same pattern, creating something steady, while blending into the other instruments seamlessly, and is the first thing you hear in the song. I’ve mentioned it in past music reviews, but it follows the single chord pattern that is a trend this year, so it plays into aspects of what is commercial.

The guitar is stunningly played, adding in an extra bit of something and is incredibly skillfully played. It matches the timing as the video hits a climax (we’ll get on to that in a minute).

The drums again are simplistic and follow a basic pattern and beat. Yet, I can’t fault it because it works with the tone of the song, it works with the theme and it creates a mood.

We know how I am; I take music seriously as shit because it’s my passion. I don’t like people being lazy about it or sticking to rules. Yet, I can’t fault this, and it’s not me trying to be encouraging. It just works so well and it’s skillful while being simplistic so I can’t go in on it.

Here comes the part that you all know and love: me talking about lyrics and vocals. I’m also a lyricist and a vocalist so I know my own opinions and what I would/wouldn’t do and what stuff is run of the mill.

This isn’t fucking run of the mill.

The voice surprised me; it reminds me of the same tone Bon Iver has in a way. It’s soothing and there’s hell of a range, but less grit to the tone Bon Iver often has. It sounds tranquil, and you can then understand why the other elements to the song are simplistic: they’re letting the voice shine. There’s also something that reminds me a little of the 1975 in there, with the soothing tone and the indie feel to it.

It reminds me A LOT of the Railway Children, a band from the 1980’s and it took me ages to figure that out. It has the same feel and tone as “Every Beat of the Heart”- a great song, so it’s in no way a criticism.

What honestly gets me the most about everything though is the video, and I’ll use the artists words to describe it, because it’s the same summary as I’d make.

The song follows a girl who sees a creature that only she can see. She attempts to avoid it but it begins to ruin her life until she realizes the creature’s been there since she was a child.

I thought that was a statement video and it looked to be incredibly high budget, which did surprise me as the artist is doing their own PR and from the YouTube following at least, they’re not huge. They SHOULD be, but they’re not. I liked the fact that the video could be interpreted in different ways, that there’s different layers of meaning. The fact that the monster has always been there leads some to believe that it’s about depression, the guitar coming in at the point where the girl realises it’s always been there.

Good job to Mykalia Williams for producing and Ben Kadie for directing; it’s an incredible video.

Basically, please, PLEASE go check it out. You can see the level of work and determination gone into it, and I think Fairies! No Mercenaries could go far.

I’ll leave a link here to their Facebook and another link to the song. It’s honestly worth your time.

Stay safe and stay happy, Angels?

Calling Out the Instagram Diet Industry
Category Be-YOU-te-FULL, Be-YOU-te-FULL campaign, body, body image, culture, curvy, eating disorders, health, healthy, music blog, music blogger, physical health, real life, real talk, response, society, sponsorships, wonderlandsangels, #beYOUteFULL, #BeYOUteFULL campaign, alternative blogger, bikini body, blog, blogger, blogging, body confidence, body positive, body positive campigns, Boo-tea tea, diet lollipops, dieting, flat tummy tea, Instagram, Instagram campaign, Instagram campaigns, Instagram diets, social media, vintage blogger
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Description: Hello Angels! I have about 10 posts lined up, but this one I had to push forward. As many of you know, I started a body positivity/ eating disorder awareness and recovery campaign awhile ago. In this, I’ve spoken about Photoshop on social media, the modelling world, the fashion industry, disability, mental health and diet …   more...

Hello Angels!

I have about 10 posts lined up, but this one I had to push forward. As many of you know, I started a body positivity/ eating disorder awareness and recovery campaign awhile ago.

In this, I’ve spoken about Photoshop on social media, the modelling world, the fashion industry, disability, mental health and diet companies. DESPITE this, I’ve been approached by many diet companies asking me to promote them and to be an ambassador.

Fuck you, first of all.

But first, let me put it this way eloquently: instead of just looking over my top 3 Instagram posts (one being a post about body positivity and the fact I had an eating disorder), maybe read the captions. Maybe look at ‘body positive’ in my bio. Maybe do a TINY bit of research before coming to me to promote your products.

Flat Tummy Tea? Really unhealthy- I’ve done a post on detox teas which I’ll post here. Basically, you shit your brains out and there’s damage going on inside your body to your organs. Yes, you’re skinny, but you also may be dying- I personally would like to have a little bit to grab and alive than skinny and dying. Sane with the boo-tea tea. These products have killed people, and they’re often sold by ‘body positive’ people. Enjoy your diarrhoea inducing tea, I’ll have a normal cuppa.

The weight loss wraps? They don’t really do anything. They play on your mind of what you wanna see. They also tell you to exercise and eat well while using them, so maybe that is the progress you’re seeing? They’re filled with caffeine that has been known to tighten skin and a whole lot of science I don’t really know about, but they’re still not healthy, and they, like anything else, can get addictive.

The lollipops? If you’re having a lollipop to stop yourself feeling hungry, please go to a doctor. Your body will never know what food it needs if you keep starving it and surpressing it. Lollipops are not going to help you lose weight. As a girl who used to eat them to give myself a sugar boost and not eat, that’s an eating disorder. Just now you get that with added chemicals.

The diet pills are the same: unless prescribed by a doctor, they’re probably no good. If you’re buying shit diet pills of Instagram sellers- not a company, just Instagram DM’s- then stop. And don’t buy diet pills unless prescribed, who knows what’s in them?

That brings us to the main point: don’t buy diet stuff from people on Instagram. Also, don’t sell diet stuff on Instagram. Do you know the dangers? Do you know the chemicals in them and the damage that could be done? YOU’RE liable if something goes wrong because you sold them. Yes, it’s also their own fault but you’re to blame too.

I’ll be honest: every person that’s tried to sell me something, I’ve unfollowed… I also unknowingly have unfollowed other people too, but that’s Instagram’s mess, not mine and for a different rant.

If you’re saying me and people who follow me would benefit from a diet pill or a drink, or hunger surpressants, fuck you. Like, just fuck you and do your fucking research. I’m not the person who’s gonna jump at a few free things and extra money in my pocket. I’m not putting others at risk to line my wallet. And fuck you for doing that.

I have no issue with dieting healthily; for eating good food, for treating yourself and I love exercise, I love the burn it gives and I’ve learned my limits. This isn’t about dieting or Weight Watchers or Slimming World. This is about shitty, harmful products being plugged online and companies selling tablets of diarrhea. The difference between norm diets and exercise and that bullshit is, that’s looking after my body and feeding it right. That’s not pumping chemicals into my body and ruining my organs so I can have a plastic surgery, Photoshop figure.

Basically, this is just a rant because people are idiots. They’re idiots who look at a number and not content. And they’re idiots for thinking with what’s in their pocket and not what’s in their head. They’re pathetic for plugging stuff that could kill people, could possibly make someone relapse.

This whole post is just a big fuck you to be honest, because this has been going on for months and I’m tired of blocking people and blocking it out, I’m calling you the fuck out. Next time, I’ll name and shame because to say I’m a perfect person to diet? Really fucking got to me and if it was a year ago, it could trigger me.

I’m sorry for this rant, but I needed to get it out there and off my chest.

Stay safe and stay happy Angels ?

Updated Hair Care/ Advice
Category beauty, hacks, hair, hair dye, hair styles, hairdye, wonderlands angels, wonderlandsangels, beauty blog, beauty blogger, bright hair, coloured hair, coloured hair tips, growing hair, hair advice, hair care, hair tips, hairburst code, healthy hair, looking after hair, music blog, music blogger, nini wonderland, pinup hair, pinup hair care, repairing hair, vintage blog, vintage blogger, vintage hair
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Description: Hello Angels! Those of you who have been here awhile know I’m prone to a hair dye change… You can see a mildly out of date timeline here- these were all using chemical dyes, I’d used henna dyes even before that point. But, my last hair care post (here) is about 2 years old now, …   more...

Hello Angels!

Those of you who have been here awhile know I’m prone to a hair dye change… You can see a mildly out of date timeline here- these were all using chemical dyes, I’d used henna dyes even before that point.

But, my last hair care post (here) is about 2 years old now, and I’ve learned a lot in my time since then.

So here’s some tried/tested advice- and no, I’m not a professional and all hair types are different. This is from personal experience!

1) Don’t Over Bleach:
I used to bleach my hair every time I dyed it, unless it was darker than the colour I was going over it with… In that case, I’d bleach bath it or use colour remover which is still unnecessary chemicals on your head.
My updated advice? Bitch don’t do it unless you have to. Pick a similar colour and fade it to your desired colour. For example, if I wanted to go pink, I’m orange at the moment, so I’d start dying it red until it got to a point where I could dye it pink.
So, an orange dye and an orange based red dye, a orange based red dye and pink based red dye, two pink based red dyes, then a pink and a pink/red, the 2 pink.
It’s better for your hair and while transfering to different colours, you might find one which you prefer. The only time I’ll be using bleach is for my roots now; I gotta look after my hair.

2) Take Vitamins:
I know I sound like a nagging parent, but take your fucking vitamins. I’ve taken all types before from the Instagram ones to the Tesco own ones to pharmacy ones.
Shameless promo, but if you want to try ones I’ve used before, Hairbust is a decent choice (shameless plug, I have the code ANGELS for 10% off until the 8/11/18). Or, I’ve also used other brands and own brands and they’ve helped too.
As usual, I’m transparent and I do get commission of 4%, but I only work with brands relevant to me and brands I trust. I’ve used both and bought through others to text quality, and it’s there.
That aside, vitamins are important; they have been proven to help hair get stronger and grow more because if you’re healthy on the inside, your body starts showing it through longer nails, clearer skin and shinier, faster growing hair.

3) Use things with natural ingredients/ sls free:
It helps, trust me: again, I’ve used Hairbust stuff and I’ve used stuff from Bodycare (still an Inecto fan) and both have made my hair a lot happier, especially since I do have coloured hair. SLS free means that there’s none of the soaps that go into it and your hair may feel a little weird for a few days after you start using it, but it will appreciate you in the long run.
If you’ve got coloured hair like me, it stops your colour stripping while also cleaning it. If you’ve not, then you’re not putting unnecessary waxes and chemicals on your head. I’ve noticed mine growing since using SLS free shampoo or natural based ingredient shampoo in the mix with hair gummies and vitamins. My hair was very damaged so it’s a relief to me.

4) Don’t Wash it Every Day:
When you wash your hair every day, you get rid of oils in your scalp: that SOUNDS good, but in the long run, it really isn’t. It means that your scalp works overtime to produce more oils again and then you wash your hair more and it’s a vicious cycle of hair washing. I personally go for 2/3 times a week; then it’s still clean but it’s not being washed constantly, and with dyed hair (getting on to that next) the more you wash it, the more it fades, and I can’t deal with constant dying of hair. It’s a lotta work (especially for my mum who does it for me because doing your own roots with semi permanent is a hassle).

5) Use Semi-Permanent Dyes:
If you get the right brand, they last just as long as permanent dyes, and give a good colour pay off. Yes, you probably do have to bleach it unless you’re blonde, but it’ll save your hair in the long run; one bleach then just tiny root touch ups are better for your hair than constant permanent dyes.
I’d recommend Directions– no, I’m not an affiliate and I don’t have codes, but because my hair is in best condition when using their dyes. The payoff is fantastic and I only really need to dye it after a month and a half (mostly due to roots though). Stargazer are also good, but I’ll warn you: blue based dyes never fucking leave and if you wanna go opposite end of the colour wheel, you’ll need to bleach and go for months doing the colour process mentioned above.

6) Trim it regularly:
Split ends do damage your hair; the longer you leave them, the longer they climb up your hair and it ends up thinning and damaged. Trim them every month or so and you’ll notice your hair is healthier and the length grows back in no time.

7) Look after you:
If you look after yourself and you’re healthy, your hair will be healthy too. Eating fresh food and lots of fruit and vegetables is proven to help hair grow, which is why people typically say a vegetarians hair grows faster than other diets. I’m not a veggie so I can’t confirm or deny, but I know that the more foods with vitamins in you eat, the healthier both you and your hair will be.

8) Heat Protection:
This one should be obvious, but I’ll put it out there anyway; avoid heat on your hair, but if you’re gonna use heat, get a heat protection spray- my current one is here, but I also had an argan oil one from when my hair was REALLY damaged which I’ll link here. I’ve got a few, but I got one from Bodycare that protect from heat up to 200- in the recent heatwave, I’ve even used it when I’ve been out and about daily. I’m unsure if it does anything, but it’s worth a go.

9) Leave in conditioner/spray conditioner:
I’ve used a keratin leave in conditioner which I’ll link here, but I’ve recently used Palmer’s coconut leave in conditioner (I’m not sponsored for either, just bloody love the products). I have curly hair and it dries out really easily, and I found out that it’s helped it out a lot- and also, if I use dry shampoo on the roots and leave in conditioner on the ends, if makes my hair last that extra day.

Those are my updated tips. I can’t say they’ll work for everyone because our bodies are different and need different things, but I can say from my point of view that my hair has been healthier since I’ve started doing these things more.

I’ve started doing the curly girl method recently and my curl pattern and the quality of my hair has improved massively as well as giving it a mini growth spurt- if you want a post about it, hit me up and let me know; I’d be happy to do one!

Let me know if you have any haircare tips- I’m always looking for more!

Stay safe and stay happy Angels ?

Vavo- No Friend Zone Review
Category music, music blog, music blogger, music review, musician, promotion, review, reviews, wonderlands angels, wonderlandsangels, 2018 music, American music, billboard EDM, blog, blogger, EDM, EDM review, EDM/pop music, musicians to watch, nini wonderland, No Friend Zone review, No Friend Zone Vavo, ones to watch, song review, UK blogger, Vavo, Vavo review
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Description: Hello Angels! I was recently approached to review Vavo’s new single No Friend Zone by AMW Entertainment. AMW have worked with artists like Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliot, so when asked, I was shocked; they’re a big company who work with big artists. DISCLAIMER: I am not being paid to write this review. All of …   more...

Hello Angels!

I was recently approached to review Vavo’s new single No Friend Zone by AMW Entertainment. AMW have worked with artists like Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliot, so when asked, I was shocked; they’re a big company who work with big artists.

DISCLAIMER:
I am not being paid to write this review. All of these thoughts are my own and I’m being entirely honest on my opinions.

Vavo themselves fit the bill; the EDM duo have charted on Billboard already in their career; their earlier single ‘Sleeping Alone‘ has charted at number 18 on the Billboard Dance chart as well as beomcing their most recognised song as a BPM Breaker on Sirius XM’s BRMP, receiving radio airplay worldwide, and similar success is predicted for their most recent single.

Vavo consist of London born Alden Martin and Vancouver native Jesse Fischer; a pair that had collaborated online before meeting face to face in 2015, since creating a dynamic relationship, drawing in loyal fans. Due to this paired with their music with many elements, VAVO continue to gain popularity among fans which have rewarded them features in numerous publications including Billboard, We Rave You, This Song Slaps, I Want EDM and Music Existence along with many other blogs and websites. This is without a doubt helped by starting 2018 off right with their release of ?How Low? with John Christian on Tiesto?s Musical Freedom Records. On top of that, their remix of Post Malone’s Rockstar went viral, creating a name for them there too- 2018 really is their year.

Moving along to most recent single ‘No Friend Zone‘. Released on the 29th of June, it is already getting airplay and multiple channels are putting it out on Youtube giving it publicity, and with the backing on their connections and the PR of AMW, they’re going to go far without a doubt.

Honestly, on first listen, I didn’t think it was my kinda thing- I said I would be brutally honest, and I stick by that. I’m not a huge EDM fan, so I had no idea where to go with this review BUT, I’m glad I stuck with it (it’s been in my head for days now).
We all know I like a variety of music, but when it comes to EDM, that’s more my boyfriends speciality, and he gave it a few listens with me to help me organise my thoughts. I gave it another listen and focused on different elements on the song each time, and it actually grew on me; if it can grow on a dad rock fan, it can grow on anyone.

I liked the lyrics from the get go, from the first lesson; the song is more upbeat so when there’s more bittersweet, sad lyrics, I like the difference because it takes a few listens to get that point and actually listen to the lyrics. The repeated line of ‘No friend zone’ (hence the title) almost sounds like they’re pleading to not be left in the friend zone or put in the friend zone. Almost like trying to connect with a lover or trying to create a connection with somebody, highlighted from the line ‘I need you for my own‘, and ‘This is no game for me to lose‘ showing an almost craving or desperation. We all know I’m a lyricist myself, so I hone in on the lyrics and I am more critical about them compared to anything else.

I like the beat behind it: the single parts of synth sounding piano fit incredibly well during the verses (following the common trend and theme of this year where there are single chord patterns in verses), before the more upbeat beat comes in during the prechorus, leading into the drop. My one critique is I think more could have been done with the drop and they could have gotten away with it being heavier; since my boyfriend, I’ve been lectured on the importance of the drop, and he said himself that the rest of the song he was impressed with until that came in. While it’s decent and it melds and works well with the song, I do think more could have been done- but with the more pop/EDM sound that they have been evolving into, it works perfectly with the genre. It’s just the one thing I could think of to properly critique.

Overall? They did a good job and they’re clearly a talented duo that are gonna go far and it’s been stuck in my head for days now. With the backing they have and their ability, I think they’re gonna become more known- Britain should be next to take them on, if my predictions are right.

I wish I could go in more depth in a review, but with this not being a genre I listen to religiously or a lot, I find it difficult to review or critique. What I do know is they’ve done incredibly well and I can’t wait to see their journey and watch them grow.

Here are the links to their Instagram, twitter and I’ll leave the link to where you can listen or download the track here. I’ll also leave another YouTube link here.

Stay safe and stay happy, Angels ?

Sober- Demi Lovato Review
Category blog, blogger, blogging, music, music blog, music blogger, music review, music tag, musical, musician, review, reviews, 2018 music, blog post, Demi Lovato, mini music reviews, nini wonderland, Sober Demi Lovato, Sober Demi Lovato review, Sober review, song reviews, wonderlands angels, wonderlandsangels
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Description: Hello Angels! I’m back and with a review of a song that honestly hit me like a ton of bricks. Of course, it’s Sober by Demi Lovato. I love her: I think her voice is incredible, I love that she wants and did spread a message that everyone was beautiful. I love the fight she …   more...

Hello Angels!

I’m back and with a review of a song that honestly hit me like a ton of bricks. Of course, it’s Sober by Demi Lovato.

I love her: I think her voice is incredible, I love that she wants and did spread a message that everyone was beautiful. I love the fight she has and her strength.

One of the strongest things she’s done is release this.

The mass of brutal honesty and emotion throughout the entire thing leaves me breathless. If anyone knows how to come up with a truthful, honest ballad in this day and age, it’s gonna be Demi. She’s so open and gives you the harsh truth while you’re sat wishing that you could give her a hug.

But first impressions?

WOW. How vulnerable she is and how real she is shakes me and I felt as if was invading her privacy in a way by listening to this. My hairs stood up, my eyes welled up, my spine tingled and despite the current heatwave, I was shivering.

The chorus is the thing that brings it home and hurts me the most: I actually cried when she was apologising to her dad; after how open she is about the relationship she had him? Plus, after the echos and hints at the relationship they had in ‘For the Love of a Daughter‘ that kills me. In that way, in the talk of his addiction and her own, it has echos of Amy Winehouse’s ‘What is it About Men‘ in the fact it’s about history repeating itself and she sees the elements and a “freudian fate”. Not directly similar, but something I picked up on.

Apologising to her mum and her friends who’ve ‘never left me [her], we’ve been down this road before‘. It’s a song packed of apologies and emotion and regret, and there’s no talk of pinning the blame on someone else; she’s hard on herself and saying it’s down to her and the trigger of being lonely, but she also wants to get help and make it right.

The second verse is where I had to stop listening first time around because it hit me like a ton of bricks and I was sat in uni so sobbing into a mac wouldn’t have been the most wise thing to do. The apology to her future love for making love the way she did in her head and was saving for them in reality, showing she’s unsure and she feels as if she’s let them down. It could hint at misplaced passion and, linking to the fact that she’s said she’s lonely, that she missed signs or fell in order to not be lonely.

My favourite thing other than the rawness is the fact that there’s not too much going on. There’s nothing dramatic; just her and her vocals and she kills it.

The promises at the end to get help, that she’ll get better, I wanted to hug her. She did so well to get so far, but recovery from anything is difficult; whether it be from alcoholism, drug addiction, self harm, eating disorders.

There is no need to apologise for falling at a hurdle; we’re human and we fall sometimes. The important thing is we recognise that we’ve fallen and we get back up and start the race again.

There are many reasons this song resonated with me as much as it did, and while I’m open with you all a lot more now, I don’t want to go into the reasons because a lot of them aren’t coming from me personally, but friends and family.

I’ve seen so many people saying they relate to the song, and while it breaks my heart, it’s as if this one song has caused a ripple of bravery to share own stories in however they feel that it relates to them.

This is a song I found difficult to talk about because of how much it hit me but also because it’s not a song for fame or money or to top charts. It’s a statement and a promise saying things which can be difficult to outright say.

I’m proud to say that Demi is a role model of mine. The strength and passion she has and how many lives she’s changed and helped is undeniable. She’s a powerful woman and I do admire her.

I know that this wasn’t too much of a review and more opinions/over view, but when it came down to it, I couldn’t put it into words. I couldn’t properly review something so raw.

Go listen; you’ll see for yourself.

A mini promo first; I’ve recently joined the Happy Plug family and will say you can use NINIW98 and save yourself some money. They’re great quality and as usual I’m transparent: I do get a 5% commission for each sale made using my code, but I promote the brands I’m passionate about and are quality. Thought I’d drop it in while it’s a musical themed post.

Stay safe and stay happy Angels?


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