The Band Review

It’s 1992 and we meet five 16 year old girls for who ‘The Band’ is everything.  Join us on this emotional rollercoaster as this group of girls who were once inseparable reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives.
A new musical written by Tim Firth to the music of Take That! 
Starring the winners of BBC's Let It Shine.

After being so kindly invited to the press launch event for the show last Tuesday, I was so excited to see the musical performed in person! Especially after being treated to an acapella performance by ‘The Band’ that afternoon!

If you have ever been a fan of anything in your life you need to go and see The Band musical during its current run at The Grand Opera House in Belfast. I can honestly say, hand on heart I haven’t had as much fun at a musical in years. I laughed, I cried, I danced in my seat and I just had a flipping good time.

Podcasts I Am Loving

I don’t really remember when I discovered podcasts. As a late nineties/early noughties child growing up on the internet I was vaguely aware of them but they were never really in my sphere of interest. I know I listened to the Peyton Sawyer podcast that accompanied the earlier seasons of One Tree Hill but that was more about listening to Hilarie Burton’s wonderful voice and indulging my woe is me torrid teenager self!

This year though podcasts have been a big part of my life. I’m generally a very a busy person, I don’t have much free time! I also, as longtime readers of my blog will know, have issues with my mental health so every so often I’ll have a bad head day where I can’t accomplish as much as I’d like. This is where podcasts have been an absolute godsend. At the end of a long day when I don’t even have the energy to take my clothes off or on a bad head day where opening my eyes in the morning is a struggle, podcasts are my shining light. I stick one on, lie back and just listen. It is one of my most loved self care routines. I would fully recommend giving podcasts a go and I’m going to share some of my favourites with you today!

Affordable Makeup Mini Reviews

High end makeup is great. It's luxurious and lovely but lately I've just been leaning towards affordable makeup. There are so many amazing brands out there that are killing it right now. I've bought quite a few gems in the last couple of months and I thought I'd share my thoughts!

SS18 Makeup Wishlist

My name is Sarah-Louise and I am addicted to makeup. Using makeup, buying makeup, talking about makeup, watching makeup videos, I'm totally addicted. So much so that after Christmas just past I went on a makeup buying ban because I was buying and buying and buying and not using the makeup I already had. So apart from a couple of necessities for my kit (I'm an aspiring freelance makeup artist), a couple of minor slips and a temporary lift of the ban when I was in NYC because hello I couldn't not go to Sephora, I've been pretty damn good at keeping to my ban. And because I've been so good I've accumulated a list of makeup bits that I am desperate to buy when I have the funds to do so!

10 Years On: A Letter To My Sixteen Year Old Self

I touched on some of things I mention in this post in my post: 2018: The Year Of Change but this delves much deeper into some things and how I was feeling. It was an extremely hard post to write and it made me relive a lot of things that weren't pleasant. I'm being brutally honest with myself by writing this and it's an uncomfortable but freeing feeling. I'm going to give a trigger warning as suicide and thoughts of suicide are mentioned. Please please please heed this warning if those topics trigger or affect you in any way ❤️ I'd also like to add that I have just written this in the last hour or so. I've scanned it for spelling errors and mistakes but it's largely unedited because I think if I spend too much time poring over it, I'll lose my nerve and not post it at all so forgive me if it's a bit unpolished!