REVIEW: Black Coffee Comes to Leeds.

Black Coffee came to Mint Club in Leeds and brought out the house fans from London through to Leeds (and other places). 

The South African DJ and producer is no stranger to the UK but he is to the Leeds scene. Most known for collaborating with artists like Drake, Bucie and Ibiza club appearances, it was a blessing to have Coffee in Leeds for £20.

With a genre such as deep house, it’s not as appreciated even with Southern african people who it originates, it’s hard to understand. The genre mainly consists of beats often featuring drums plus other instruments AND not all songs often include vocals.

Upon arrival at the venue at 9:30pm, there were about three or four people so I decided to leave and I arrived back at 11pm. I didn’t think people would show up at all seeing as the event wasn’t hugely advertised although there were posters here and there around town.

Once Black Coffee was inside the venue out around 1:30am, the crowd shifted towards the stage. I stayed along back for a while to avoid bumping into anyone, everyone wanted to be where Black Coffee was. There was no announcement telling the crowd he was there but his presence was felt.

Making my way to the front of the crowd, the room was packed, I finally saw what people came to see the hype surrounding Coffees shows. Behind him, the DJ’s who opened the show were in awe and the crowd itself was just amazed at how once person can be so talented. If I was the DJ, I probably would have in short – lost my sh*t. It was one of the best shows I have been to, ever.

Reasons why:

  • Artists rarely come to Yorkshire they go to neighbouring cities like Machester and rarely ever visit Leeds. As one of the biggest cities in the UK, it’s quite a surprise that this happens however once in a while big artists do come, and, when they do, it’s always a good time.
  • Planning an event on a Thursday night could go either way realistically, you just have to hope for the best.When the event was due to start at 9pm instead of heading straight to the event, I went to Headrow House to avoid being the only person there.  By the time I arrived a couple hours later the energy was high and people carried this energy through out the night.
  • I have seen videos of his shows online, and most of us have fallen for the trap of following peoples shows online and when you get there its nothing like it. The same energy he gives in videos online is the same in person.

 

Thank you for reading,

Mack x

 

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MY Skin Care Routine for Under £5!

As we go from the extreme winter weather to the warm spring, the change in climate can leave an awful mark on your skin. Despite having no control over the weather, the one thing you can control is how you choose to take action and find a way to keep that spring/summerglow it deserves.

The simplest advice I have ever received regarding skin care is “don’t let anybody’s son tek yuh fi eediat” but since girl’s don’t usually take their own advice when it comes to men, this skin care routine is probably the best.

My skin type – normal skin.

These are the three products I’m currently using.

bCm6S1MoQ5SJKlQpq0kTYgBeauty Formulas Clay Mask with Activated Charcoal – £1 from Poundland.

According to the packaging this product is supposed to:

  • Absorb excess oils
  • Deeply cleanse the skin
  • Draw out deep-rooted dirt and other impurities
  • Leave your skin feeling deeply cleansed and radiant.

Can be used for the face, neck and lips. I usually leave on for 30 minutes or however long it takes me to do chores. Dries out within 10-15 mins.

To be noted I have used this face mask for a year now.

The formula is easy to spread and requires no more than a light layer on the skin meaning, you’re not using a lot of product and there’s no need to build it up which is a problem I have had in the past with other face masks. The more product you use, the harder it is to wash off.

Once the product is on the skin, it starts to dry almost immediately. With this in mind you should be careful not to change your facial expressions often but you can still smile and laugh without worrying about breaking the clay mask- which is beneficial for those who tend to fall asleep whilst waiting for it to dry *cough me cough*.

The product has a scent which is quite unique and I cannot really describe. It’s like one of those smells which you can only have in small doses otherwise it can get quite sickly. Which is probably one of the only negatives I have of the product but for £1 you cannot really go wrong.

The best way to wash the product on your face is with a small facial cloth and warm water. Once you wash it off, it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooooth. Almost the type same smoothness that you have when you shave your legs.

p.s. that smell goes once you wash the mask off your face too! 

Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Wash – £1.50 from Boots 

“Enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins, this facial wash effectively removes make-up and excess oils leaving the skin thoroughly cleansed and refreshed.”

When I bought this I was wondering around the train station and wandered into boots. I was amazed by the sounds of a cucumber facial wash, and I thought why not for £1.50.

The wash has the same texture that most moisturisers have, enriched and creamy. Once applied on the skin and mixed with water, it washes off easily and does not become soapy either meaning you don’t need to worry about getting any product your eye.

The cucumber scent is very refreshing. Perhaps it’s because I prefer to use the face wash after the clay mask, the cucumber makes me forget about it. After a clay face masks, there’s no other facial wash I would recommend because it leaves the skin feeling refreshed.

The Skin System Tea Tree Wash – £2 from ASDA

Effectively removes impurities from your skin, non-comedogenic* with salicyclic acids to visibly reduce the appareance of blemishes. 

*Non-comedogenic means the product is formulated not to cause blocked pores.

Recommended for people with oily skin and blemish prone skin.

Tea tree products are easily distinguishable because it has an herbal scent. You either love it or hate it. In this product the smell isn’t too strong, its just about tolerable.

Because the product is a foam based product on application I was scared to use it recklessly since it was my first time using it, so I used two pumps which was not enough. It should be noted it is suggested to use a generous amount.

The weightless pumps make it seem like there is a lot of product, but upon applied on the skin and once it has been massaged around the face, it absorbes into the skin. To get a good result from this, I would recommend work fast with this product. Nevertheless, it is impressive.

Once rinsed off with warm water of course minus the facial cloth, I would suggest air drying so you can feel the air on your skin. The one thing I love about this product is that is is a radiance enhancer and you can see the immediate change in your skin.

Last thoughts

This is a routine I have used for a while now, but as the seasons change so does my skin routine. I would recommend finding new ways to perfect and refresh your skin routine without breaking your bank.

Love,

Mack x

Brunch at Chai Ki!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even if it is served with a gin and tonic at 4:30pm. It is still as important.

Each time I want to go to The Breakfast Club in London something always goes wrong. It’s never a matter of reservations but of time, I made sure I got there early enough to get seated but there was still a 20 minute wait. At 4 in the afternoon!

Good thing I was in London, Canary Wharf to be exact. There’s always somewhere to eat within a walking distance. Thanks to the waiting time at The Breakfast Club, I found a place just next door: Chai Ki.

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Chai Ki is a modern Indian/Asian restaurant based in Canary Wharf. It takes a modern spin to the traditional Indian soul food. The restaurant is dim lighted but well decorated. Where I was seated, it was a tight squeeze for four which I did not think was too bad because it encouraged my friends and I to talk to each other but I was often bumping into the lady next to me and behind me.

They too were serving a late brunch menu which started at 12pm-5pm. I strayed from the tradition full english menu and ordered Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon and Blueberries (£8.40) with a side of Himalayan Ribs (£8.90) to cure the hangover from the night before.

Personally, I have always preferred to have a heavy breakfast and this was nothing short of perfection. The pancakes were soft, the bacon was not overdone or salty. The taste of the combined flavours was more of a sweet and sour fusion. However, for those who are not too good with sweet tastes I wouldn’t recommend this simply because of the amount of maple syrup and sugar from the pancakes.

As for the ribs, they were delicious. I ate them along with the pancakes to be ‘different’ and the flavours surpringly complimented each other. The softness and slight sweetness of the pancakes was perfected by the smooth texture of the ribs.

As a self-proclaimed foodie, this is not the type of breakfast you have when you’re trying to lose weight but there are definitely other options on the menu which would be just as filling.

Mellissa Mack x.