Blogmas 2018: 5 Things I'm Grateful For

It's the most wonderful time of yeaaaaar. It's Blogmas! However, it's not the first of December because I got overwhelmed and didn't prepare in time 😅  So 12 Days Of Blogmas it is! I hope you enjoy!

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!

A Mother's Goodbye Review

I promise that this blog isn't turning into a solely book review blog. It's just that inspiration for blog posts has been hard to find lately. I have so many ideas for posts but when it comes to writing them down, my brain just stutters. I think this blogger's block has been going on since the end of last year and I'm sick of it. I'm hoping it will get better! But in the mean time I'm back with another book review!

The Curse Of Time Review

Hello lovelies, back with another book review today! It's a little different from the books I've been reviewing lately as it's a fantasy novel! Fantasy and sci-fi used to be my absolute go to when I wanted something to read but in recent times I've grown tired of them. I don't know if it was the major upsurge and the market just got saturated but I just wasn't enjoying them anymore. However when the opportunity to review this title dropped into my inbox, I was intrigued by the blurb and decided that maybe I should give fantasy another chance. Read on for my review!

2018: The Year of Change.

I've spent a lot of my life being fixated on 'where I'm going.'

As long as I can remember I've been focused on an end goal. When I left school, it was how I could get to university. I was obsessed with going to university. I saw it as the be all and end goal of my life. If I got a traditional education, if I got onto that coveted path of learning, all my life's problems would magically disappear. 

Surprisingly, they didn't. I went to university and I struggled a lot and my life fixing goal collapsed around my ears. 

The fixation I had on being happy drained me. It mentally and physically drained me. I didn't live in the moment and I didn't appreciate what I had. I've had a lot of amazing moments and memories over the last few years but they were blighted by the fact I was always looking for more.

The Little Wedding Island Review

Hello hello hello.

Yes it's been a while. None of the mystical content that I foretold in my last post has appeared. It will come to no-one's surprise that I am in a rut. I always seem to be in one rut or another when it comes to blogging. I'm always saying that I don't have a niche, maybe 'in a rut' can be my blogging niche? 

 I might be in a bit of a black hole with all my other blog content but damn I still love writing reviews so here's another one for ya! Thanks to the lovely Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours, here's a review of The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans.

Prosecco Christmas Review

Hello lovelies!

Happy 2018! I know the new year has been underway for quite a while now but I haven't had the chance to say it on here yet! I hope you're all having a fab new year so far! I've been quite busy since Christmas and neglecting my poor blog somewhat! However that's all gonna change in the next few weeks! I have some great content planned for 2018 and I'm so excited to share it!

The first of which being a review of "Prosecco Christmas" by Sylvia Ashby!