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VOGUE 73 Questions Answered By Black Pistachio

Who doesn’t love the Vogue 73 Questions answered by your favourite pop culture kings and queens? I know I do.  After randomly stumbling upon these questions I thought it would be fun to do. Feel free to copy the Vogue 73 questions and answer them yourself. Make sure you nominate some bloggers and link the person who nominated you. Now let’s get to it! Vogue…

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High-End Beauty Must Haves – Urban Decay, Coloured Raine and Laura Geller

I wrote about five drugstore must haves that every beauty junkie needs here. Now I’m going to tell you the high-end beauty products you need. Let’s start with eyeshadows. Eye makeup is my favourite thing and where I spend the most obscene amount of money. Urban Decay make my favourite high-end eyeshadows. I own quite a few of their palettes and the ones on heavy rotation…

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The Best Gossip Girl Tour – Travelling Solo in NYC Part 2

My second day in New York City is dedicated to the best Gossip Girl Tour. I booked it through On Location Tours. With my New York City Explorer Pass I had seven attractions to enjoy for $160. The Gossip Girl Tour cost $56 so it made sense to get a pass. If you read about day one in New York City, you would know that…

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Yehmea Beauty – Tangent Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

Calling all lipstick lovers! There’s a new indie beauty brand on the scene. Yehmea Beauty is a UK-based indie cosmetic company. They currently produce five matte liquid lipsticks that are cruelty-free and range from reds to nudes. Yehmea Beauty approached me at Beauty Live last year and gifted me a matte liquid lipstick of my choice in exchange for an honest review. Tangent Matte Liquid…

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5 Books You Need On Your Bookshelf

I want to thank my mama for developing my love of reading. From a tender age I have been exposed to books. When mom wasn’t reading to us, I was devouring books for hours every day. Sweet Valley High, The Babysitters Club, anything by Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Point Horror and countless others were my favourites. I flew through books as a child and spent…

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‘Eighth Grade’ Film Review – What We Can All Learn From Kayla

I went to see ‘Eighth Grade’ at The Electric Cinema, Birmingham. I love The Electric because they screen mainstream and art house films that most multiplexes overlook. The audience is generally well-behaved and the small screen rooms give you an intimate experience. What is ‘Eighth Grade’ About? ‘Eighth Grade’ is written and directed by Bo Burnham. Burnham was 28 years old when he directed this…

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Birmingham’s Gin & Rum Festival 2019

  If rum and gin are your thing (I know gin is definitely mine) then Birmingham’s Gin & Rum Festival should be on your radar. I attended Birmingham’s Gin & Rum Festival last weekend. I was very excited as gin is my favourite drink and my mama, who came with me, is partial to rum. She loves a bit of the old Wray & Nephew.…

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What Fatima Did – An exploration of fear and oppression

  I went to see ‘What Fatima Did’ with zero expectations. I knew nothing about the source material and I think my experience was heightened because of this. ‘What Fatima Did’ is the debut play by Atiha Sen Gupta. It explores the role of fear and oppression in multicultural Britain. Fatima is the heroine of this piece. She is a modern Asian teenager from a…

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Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts & Crosses’ – a Sabrina Mahfouz adaptation

I’m pleased to tell you that I had the opportunity to attend and review Sabrina Mahfouz’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts & Crosses’ at Derby Theatre .  ‘Noughts & Crosses’ was a hugely successful young adult saga that Malorie Blackman wrote back in 2001.  Despite being written nearly 20 years ago the themes of racism and classism that ‘Noughts & Crosses’ explores are still painfully…

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Diet Culture – Why We Need to Work Hard to Reject It

Diet culture is toxic. There is A LOT of misinformation out there on what to eat and drink in order to lose weight. There are many diets that people advocate. Some healthy and some down right harmful. Celebrities swear by intermittent fasting, juicing, detox teas or just plain starvation and intense exercise. Diet Culture Feeds Food Guilt Then there are the social media pages that…

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