Decadence Arizona 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES! WOW, I can’t believe I haven’t posted since last year, shame on me! LOL. I had the chance to enlighten ya’ll on my preparation process for festivals, Decadence AZ in particular, so I thought it would only make sense to do a recap on the event!

There’s so many different aspects of musical festivals that I love. Each festival is different and unique in its own ways and being that it was my first time attending Decadence AZ, I had no clue what was in store.

Music, Experience and Community

These three things are the things that go into making a festival great, but of course this is a personal opinion. In case you are wondering what I mean, I will go into a little detail…

  • Music is pretty self-explanatory. For the most part, I decide which festival I want to go to based on the lineup of artists they have that weekend. This festival immediately caught my eye the FIRST day the lineup was released because Skrillex, basically the king of electronic dance music, was making an appearance after a prolonged break for several years. On top of the legendary Skrillex, Rezz, my absolute favorite artist was also going to be playing along with several other amazing artists!
  • The experience plays into so many different festivals, some more than others. However, the experience is also in your own hands. Decadence had several carnival rides you could go on while in the venue and even some carnival foods such as funnel cakes and fried oreos to add to the “carnival-like experience.” Personally, the best experience for me tends to root from being around amazing people, listening to amazing music and not having a single care in the world!
  • The EDM community is such a respectful, loving and unified community and being a part of this community has not only helped me grow as a person, but has also helped me to branch out of my comfort zone and explore unknown territory. The community has an acronym: PLUR. You can think of PLUR as more of a lifestyle. It stands for Peace, Love, Unity & Respect. A majority of people who attend EDM festivals work their hardest to show and reciprocate PLUR, and in a world filled with hate, I think it is something we could all learn from.

 

I don’t want to go into too much depth about my dislikes of this festival because truthfully, the pros outweighed the cons and I still had an amazing time despite the disorganized event, HOWEVER I will say that this was the most overcrowded event I’ve ever been to and because of the overcrowding, there were many people at the event who were disrespectful and had no sense of PLUR. I don’t have control over them or their actions so I didn’t let it ruin my weekend because as I said above, the pros of being around loved ones and dancing to amazing music outweighed the assholes who have no idea what the words “excuse me” means.

What was my favorite part?

There were so many moments throughout the weekend that will be a forever memory, although I’d have to say that my favorite part of the weekend was when the new year started! Shaquille O’Neal (yes the basketball player) has recently gotten into EDM and calls himself DJ Diesel. Well DJ Diesel brought us into 2019 by playing some FILTHY dubstep, making me almost break my neck from headbanging so much, and even bringing out Kobe Bryant onto stage? WHAT?! Not many can say that they started the new year making extremely ugly bassface with Shaq. On top of that craziness, since my boyfriend was unable to make it to this festival with me, I got to exchange a New Year’s kiss with my absolute best friend under the mistletoe. How cute right?

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Despite any organization errors and the crappy weather, I got to spend every second of the weekend with some beautiful people enjoying amazing music. It was such a memorable New Years and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

If you have ever considered attending a music festival even in the slightest, IM TELLING YOU TO GO FOR IT! Paying for a festival isn’t just paying for a weekend of fun, it’s paying for a lifetime of memories and friendships.

If you have any questions related to EDM or festivals, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments or in my contact form!

 

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REDKEN VOXBOX REVIEW

Hello my snowflakes! First, I wanted to apologize for my lack of posting and social interaction on here. The last couple weeks of this semester had me drowning in school work, study sessions and finals, BUT yesterday was my last final so I have officially completed my first semester of junior year! Whoop whoop! Now normally around the middle of the month, I post a monthly favorites, HOWEVER this month I had the privilege of receiving a complimentary VoxBox from Influenster for testing purposes! How exciting?! As I always say, free stuff is my favorite kind of stuff.

The first VoxBox I received was filled with products from Redken. I personally LOVE Redken products and was more than excited to see what I received.

My hair has had a lot of ups and downs, all thanks to the “wonderful” idea of bleaching my hair all by myself. I have worked hard to get my hair to where it is now and that healing process alone, along with chopping my hair off and letting it regrow has taken well over two years. However, Redken products such as their Extreme Strengthening Shampoo, Extreme Strengthening Conditioner and Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment have helped my hair to get to the level of healthy I have desired for so long. With that being said, the excitement I had to try some other products of theirs was through the roof!

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Color Extend Blondage Purple Shampoo

The first product I received is a purple shampoo designed to strengthen, brighten and reduce that pesky brass color we blondes try our hardest to avoid. My first impression of this shampoo was how pretty the bright purple color was and how amazing the scent of the shampoo was! I was able to build up a nice lather while washing and afterwards, I let the shampoo sit in my hair for about 2 minutes before rinsing.

My only downside for this shampoo would have to be the stain it leaves in your shower and on your hands, although after washing my hands with warm water and soap, I was able to get the purple stain off my hands. For the quality of the product and the benefits that come with, I am perfectly content having purple hands and a purple shower!

You can find this product here for $20.00.

Color Extend Blondage Conditioner

The conditioner, similarly to the shampoo, had an amazing scent and was also purple in color but a much lighter purple. This was a very thick and creamy conditioner (which I love). I left the conditioner in for about 5 minutes and then washed out.

My only downside for the conditioner is that it did not de-tangle my hair whatsoever.

Overall, I did enjoy it and would purchase again. If you are interested in purchasing, you can do that here for $20.00.

Extreme CAT Anti-Damage Protein Rinse-off Treatment

This product is a rinse-off treatment. I decided to use mine right after showering and prior to putting conditioner on my hair. I sprayed it throughout my hair and made sure I soaked the tips of my hair, then I let it sit for about 3-5 minutes and rinsed it out.

My only downside with this product is the spray bottle itself is very user-unfriendly and I struggled with trying to spread the product throughout my hair by myself.

Despite the downside, even after one use I noticed my hair felt stronger and less hair fell out while brushing it. You can find this product here for $19.00.

I do plan on repurchasing all three of these items again and I would definitely recommend them to my blonde ladies looking to add some strength to their damaged hair and get rid of that brassy tone!

I would like to thank Influenster and Redken for providing me with my very first VoxBox! I can’t wait to work towards more in the near future!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

 

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