Laryngitis During Show Week?!

I very rarely lose my voice. The last time I had laryngitis was in 2014 when I went to Reading festival with my then-boyfriend. We saw Paramore and I screamed my head off for their entire set! I have been unfortunate enough to have a pretty bad bout of laryngitis this week, and it’s my show week for One Man, Two Guvnors.

I was pretty ill in the week leading up to opening night, and I felt like I had every virus known to man. I had sore sinuses, felt like I was swallowing knives, there was snot everywhere and for some reason, I kept having nose bleeds too! I didn’t know what was wrong but I was definitely really run down. I was completely ruined by doing a 12 hour shift the day before dress run, which I think was the beginning of my downfall.

On opening night, we had 2 shows, a matinee and evening show. I felt a little bit croaky in the second show, and stupidly decided to go to the pub for hours after the show. I woke up with little to no voice, obviously freaking out at the thought of doing a matinee show! I managed to croak my way through it and then didn’t speak for over 24 hours (a massive feat for someone as chatty as me!) and it seemed to pay off. I again, croaked my way through the Monday evening show, but my throat was becoming very sore so I obviously started getting very worried.

To keep my voice in the best condition possible, I steamed my face for about 20 minutes, 3 times a day. I spoke as little as possible (rather hard when you live with your 2 very chatty parents!), and drank hot lemon and honey like it was going out of style.

I’d heard through the performing arts grapevine that antibiotics do nothing for laryngitis, but steroids do. I was initially a little scared at the thought of taking steroids, but learnt that laryngitis is a swelling of the larynx and steroids take swelling down, and at this point, I was desperate to try anything!

So on Tuesday morning, I traipsed my way to the doctors and told him what I’d learnt, and he, to his surprise and my own, agreed that steroids might be the only thing to get my voice back. I took my first dose this morning and it actually has seemed to help so far, I’m definitely less croaky and just simply husky now.

I’m going to continue drinking hot lemon and honey and talking as little as possible so that I can preserve my voice for as long as possible… But I can see the light – and hear my voice – at last!

Thanks for reading, hopefully this might help any other performers worried about their voice during show week! Obviously this might not work for everyone but it’s certainly working for me.

I’ve got loads of time to kill during the show between scenes so I’m planning on writing during the show so hopefully I’ll have loads of new blog posts up soon!

xxx

 

Birthday Treats

It was my mum’s birthday last week and I got the entire day off work which was lovely. We had such a great day in Brighton and I wanted to share the day with you all!

IMG_2616We started the day by going out for breakfast. In Brighton, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast because there are some amazing places to get it. We wanted to go to a place called Silo which is in the Lanes, but for some bizarre reason they don’t serve breakfast until 10am there?! Unfortunately, we were on a time limit so we decided to try Silo out another day.

We walked downProcessed with VSCO with hb2 preset a little farther and went to a family favourite: Bill’s. You can always depend on Bill’s to deliver a great meal and experience and they did not disappoint! I got a standard Bill’s Breakfast with extra baked beans and hash browns. Very yummy!

We went back to my parents’ house and my niece, nephew and sister in law came over for birthday cake and presents. It was a lot of fun playing and messing around with the two kids, but my nephew got a bit tired so my sister took him home.

My mum offered to look after my niece for the afternoon, and because it was such a nice day we wanted to take her out somewhere nice. We decided to take her to Steyning, which is a small village in West Sussex.

The coffee shop was, as always, absolutely lovely and because it was such a sunny warm day, it was the first time this year that I’ve gone out without a coat! We had some afternoon tea in the world’s sweetest coffee shop, had a wander around some charity shops and then found ourselves in a little alley way of shops that felt like something out of Hobbiton!

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When we got home, I settled down in front of the TV and wrote a blog post about Temple Spa (which you can find here). I had a couple of hours of down time before we were due to go out for dinner but as always, I managed to laze around and then end up rushing to get ready! Because of this, I wasn’t that happy with my makeup or hair, but I loved my outfit because I kind of looked like an extra from The Breakfast Club or Heathers!

I did a really standard face for dinner, nothing special at all because I didn’t have enough time. Products used: From Rimmel, I used Fix & Perfect primer, Match Perfection Processed with VSCO with f2 presetfoundation, Glam Eyes eyeliner, Scandaleyes mascara, Wake Me Up concealer and Kate Moss lipstick in shade 48. (I didn’t realise until just now how much Rimmel makeup I own and use everyday!) I also used Collection Mosaic bronzer, Essence All About Bronze eyeshadow palette, Savvy eyebrow kit, Essence Soo Glow! highlighter. I set my makeup with Superdrug Vitamin E Refreshing Tone Mist.

I didn’t feel like straightening or curling my hair so I just put it up in a pony tail, but wanted it to be a bit different from my everyday hairstyle so tied some black lace in a bow around the hairband.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetI hadn’t felt well all day so wanted to wear something comfy but still special so went for an old favourite of mine, my black velvet jumpsuit from Topshop that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago. I paired this with a super old belt from Urban Outfitters, my denim jacket from Topshop, a sweet clutch/shoulder bag from H&M and instead of heels, I went for my lemon yellow Nike Blazers.

For dinner we went to a popular Brighton restaurant called Chilli Pickle. I’m not crazy about Indian food but it was an absolutely lovely meal. The staff are all very friendly and really know what they’re talking about.

I ordered a peach bellini because I love cocktails with champagne or prosecco in and it was absolutely gorgeous. To start, I got a vegetable samosa topped with chutney and yogurt and pomegranate seeds. My dad and I swapped starters half way through because his duck dumplings were especially yummy and mine was a little bit too spicy for me.

For my main course, I got a seafood green curry. I was a little apprehensive about it because I really can’t handle spice, but it was mild enough for me and was delicious. It reminded me a bit of a Thai green curry. I couldn’t quite deal with the clams in it though… There’s something about food that arrives in a shell that I really can’t be involved in! If you like Indian food, I can’t recommend the Chilli Pickle enough, it’s got a lovely atmosphere and is fairly cheap considering how good the food is.

So, after a long day we all called it a night and went home. My mum had a lovely day and I think a lot of it was down to how much Brighton has to offer for a special day.

If you liked this post and would like to read more personal blog posts please comment below to let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always share it around if you enjoyed it!

xxxx

Temple Spa Favourites

I’ve been using Temple Spa products since I was about 15 or so, and over the years I’ve built up some firm favourites. Obviously over time my staple products have changed as my skin and needs have changed but I’ve been using the majority of the products in this post for nearly 5 years now! Temple Spa is probably the most high end brand I regularly buy from because I don’t make enough money to splash out on much, but I think skin care is too important to skrimp and save on. I have combination skin, which means it is (annoyingly enough) simultaneously both dry and oily in different areas of my face, so obviously I use products to suit this.

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My mum is a skincare consultant for Temple Spa, and I have to be honest, at first I was a little skeptical about the brand because when you are 15 you don’t want to like anything your mum likes! However I caved in and tried a few products out and haven’t looked back since.

Disclaimer: I’m not a skincare guru so this post is just my own opinion on a brand that I love, I know very little about skin care other than that I love this brand!

I’ve been using the same facial exfoliator, Breakfast Smoothie, for as long as I can remember. I’ve been told countless times that you should only exfoliate your face 3 or 4 times a week, but this exfoliator is so gentle and moisturising that I can’t help IMG_2536but use it nearly every day! I’m yet to find another cleanser or exfoliator that makes my super dry skin as smooth and supple as this one. It’s actually intended to be used by people with normal skin, but I’ve found that it really helps keep my often red and spotty skin under control. I also like that the actual exfoliating beads aren’t too harsh, it’s a very gentle exfoliation that smells absolutely heavenly! At £25, this is a little more pricey than I’d usually spend on cosmetics, but a little bit goes a long long way so it lasts for ages which makes it completely worth it in my eyes.

Another staple in my skincare routine is Moisture To Go. I have really dry skin so I need a reallIMG_2546y intensive moisturiser for my face, but most of the time I find that moisturisers for dry skin are too greasy or sticky for everyday use. However, this moisturiser feels almost
like a primer, it’s really lightweight and silky but still makes my face baby smooth. It’s lightweight enough to wear under makeup, but I wouldn’t say it makes my makeup last any longer if I’m honest. I went through 2 other Temple Spa moisturisers before I settled on this one, and I’m so glad I kept trying them out until I found it! This moisturiser is £32.

Something I couldn’t live without is Purification. This face mask is a deep cleaIMG_2543nsing treat and always leaves my skin in tip top condition. I’m not organised enough to use a face mask every week but when my skin is feeling especially neglected I’ll put this on for a good half an hour or so and then wash it off in the shower. I always use this mask the day after I finish a show, because during show week I wear so much makeup and get so tired that my skin ends up looking dull with lots of spots and blackheads, and this mask always saves the day! I also really like that it stays moist whilst it’s on your skin so it doesn’t crack when it’s been on for a while. It clears up blackheads like you wouldn’t believe and when used with Moisture to Go, it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and blemish free. Purification is £25.

I’m not crazy about candles but a couple of Christmases ago I got mini versions of Blue Moon and Cherish the Love in my stocking and absolutely adore them. These aren’t actually for sale anymore but I so wish they were because my little stash is rapidly IMG_2529depletingIMG_2530! I don’t think I have a very heightened sense of smell because I usually can’t smell candles when they’re burning but these candles have a rich enough smell that it actually lingers for a while even after they’ve been blown out. Blue Moon is actually a family favourite, my brother is especially obsessed with it and has gone through what feels like hundreds of these candles! They don’t burn down too quickly and although rich, the smell they give off isn’t overpowering or off putting. The full size candles are £25 each, which is an absolute bargain considering how massive they are!

Temple Spa don’t just make skin care and spa therapy products, they actually have a cosmetic line too. I haven’t dabbled much in their makeup but I have been throIMG_2555ugh countless bottles of their black nail polish! I only ever wear black on my fingernails and therefore have bought from tonnes of brands before, but nothing has ever come close to my love for Temple Spa’s Noir Nail Treat. It is glossy, very pigmented and stays put without chipping for days. It also dries very quickly so double coating doesn’t take long at all. To keep it in place for even longer I use Sorrento, which is a base and top coat. At any given time, I can almost guarantee that I’ll have Cassius (my favourite name of any nail polish ever) on my toenails, which is a stunning dark maroon colour.  Each nail treat is £9.50, which is an absolute steal for such a high end brand!

There are plenty of other products that I love but I wanted to focus on my favourites. I also regularly use Toning Essence, an all natural toner, My Goodness, a lightweight everyday moisturiser, Sugar Buff, a really gentle body scrub (perfect for getting stubborn fake tan off!), Go Figure, an anti-cellulite gel, Duvet, easily the most luxurious body moisturiser I’ve ever used, and Ahhhh!, which is a sooting balm for aching limbs, something I love using after a dance rehearsal or during show week.

I’m sure this won’t be my last Temple Spa blog post because I’m obsessed with this brand! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you’re interesting in trying any of these products then you can find the Temple Spa website here.

Happy birthday Mum! Love you.

xxx

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Review: Makeup Revolution Lipsticks

If you know me, or follow me on any form of social media, you’ll know that I am absolutely obsessed with lipstick. I wear lipstick more often than not, and have become increasing obsessed with wearing bright and unusual shades of lipstick! I recently ordered some Makeup Revolution lipsticks from the Superdrug website after reading about them on a Buzzfeed article and they did not disappoint. I ordered 9 in total (which only cost me £8 all together!) so I’m going to show you each one and review them individually. I bought from 3 different Makeup Revolution collections. I’ve only worn 3 of them so far so these reviews are based on a quick swatch, so I can’t give a review on their longevity or reapplication, but I will probably do this as and when I wear them.

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Scandalous Collection
The first one I tried was the shade Felony. Although I love the idea of a lemony yellow lipstick, and thought it would be a contender for my favourite of the lot, unfortunately I was disappointed with it straight away. The colour was no where near as pigmented as I’ve seen swatched on various reviews and articles, which leads me to believe it needs a primer or under colour to bring out the colour more, something I will probably experiment with in the future. The colour was also uneven which I don’t like, it clung to the drier parts of my lips and barely showed up on other parts. This lipstick is fairly glossy, so the application is quite nice and easy, plus it smells heavenly! Overall I do like it and will probably wear it when I’ve figured out how to make the colour pop more and look more even, however I think I’ll have to have a tan to pull it off as this colour nearly matches my skin tone!

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The second I swatched was Crime. I’m not a pink lipstick kind of girl by nature, but I actually really liked this colour on me! Unlike Felony, the colour was more even but I think it looks less like a lipstick and more like a lip tint. It has a gloss to it so it was easy to apply, and I definitely think it’s a colour I’ll wear when I want to look a bit girly and cute as it’s not TOO pink, a look that doesn’t suit me at all. I do wish it was slightly more pigmented however.

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I then swatched Depraved, a deep lilac colour. I absolutely adore this colour, and it restored my faith in these lipsticks as on me, it looked exactly like the pictures I’ve seen. It was much more even and pigmented than the first two I tried and it’s definitely one I’m going to be using religiously over spring and summer!

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Immoral was a strange one for me. At first I hated it, then I loved it, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Like with Felony, I think this colour needs a primer or base colour to make it truly pop.

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The last lipstick I swatched from the Scandalous collection was Vice, and I am so glad I saved it because it is definitely the best one of the collection! It’s a lot like Crime in that it’s not pigmented enough to be a full on colour, which I liked about this colour because it blends so nicely with my lip colour. I’ve worn this colour a couple of times, and although it looks great on first application, I don’t like how it looks after a few hours and after reapplication. This is the sort of lipstick I’ll probably wear in pictures and videos but not for work or socialising!

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Atomic Collection
The first colour I swatched from this collection was Make Me Magnificent, and it didn’t live up to its name. Of course, when buying lipsticks online you don’t get a true swatch, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this colour. It kind of reminded me of something my sister’s friends would have worn in the early 2000s, it was a metallic purpley colour that has a slight shimmer in it. I’m not crazy about this colour, but knowing me it will probably grow on me and might even end up being my staple lip colour! Like the rest of these lipsticks, it is easy to apply, but unlike the Scandalous collection it doesn’t smell very nice, it has quite a cosmetic smell which I don’t like at all.

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I then swatched Serpent and fell in love with it! By far and away this was my favourite shade, it looks absolutely incredible on and I couldn’t believe how pigmented and rich the colour is. I think it really suits me and makes my eyes look even bluer. I wore this colour to work and it actually lasted a long time without needing to be reapplied and was really easy to do so. I find some lipsticks don’t look as good on second application but this isn’t one of them. I teamed this lip colour with a slicked back hairstyle, thick eyeliner and bold brows.

Vamp collection

I was so excited to swatch lipsticks from the Vamp collection because dark, moody and gothy lipsticks are all right up my alley! I am a self professed black lipstick addict, I have 5 different black lipsticks already and I’m always looking for another, hence why I bought Black Heart. After being impressed with the pigmentation of the darker colours so far, I was expecting big things… However, I was severely disappointed. This lipstick had little pigmentation, and had a strange reddish tint to it. This was probably the least impressive lipstick of the lot, and I was very disappointed!

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The last lipstick I tried was Rebel With a Cause. After Serpent, this was my absolute favourite of the bunch. The colour is absolutely stunning, it is perfectly pigmented and smells lush. I wore this colour on Easter Sunday and it stayed in place for hours, including during a lovely roast dinner! I was so impressed with this colour and it’s quickly wormed its way out of my lipstick makeup bag and into my everyday makeup bag.

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So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed this post, it’s very long but I didn’t want to give a half hearted review. I’ve been writing this post for a long time because I didn’t want to rush it! Let me know if you are thinking of buying any of the lipsticks I’ve reviewed here or if there’s any lipsticks you’d like me to review!

xxx

Tongue Piercing: Week 1

Something I looked for a lot on the internet before getting my tongue pierced was a detailed day by day guide of what to expect. When it comes to piercings, I keep a close eye everyday during the healing process because despite following aftercare religiously, I am always looking out for infections and other problems. However, I couldn’t find what I was looking for so decided to make it myself! I understand that this may be a bit graphic for some people, but I wanted to give a detailed analysis of each day. Hopefully this will be something that people wanting to get their tongue pierced can use to decide whether it’s worth it or not, but please bear in mind that everyone is different and will react differently to a tongue piercing. I was very lucky with mine but that’s not to say I’ve been lazy with it either!

Day of piercing:
I actually feel so much better than I thought I was going to, the piercing itself was one of the worst I’ve ever had and it made my eyes water… Not something I’d ever want to go through again that’s for sure! However I took an ibroprofen before I went in so that seems to have kept swelling to a minimum. For the first hour or so I was dribbling a lot and had a lot of saliva in my mouth which was really uncomfortable. I can talk fine, I’m just struggling with making certain sounds. I’ve been taking ibroprofen and paracetamol in intervals to keep the swelling and pain down which has been really working. I just can’t eat anything but soup!

Day 1: 

Last night I slept with more pillows than I find comfortable because I’d read that overnight blood flows more freely so if your head is level with the rest of your body then your tongue will swell more. I’m so glad I did because my tongue was significantly more swollen this morning than it was when I went to sleep. I have the day off work today so I decided to see what I can and can’t eat. I tried porridge but it was too thick and needed too much effort on my part and the fruit smoothie/sorbet I made had too many pips in it to swallow comfortably. I ended up resorting to eating soup for all 3 meals. My dad took me to Sainsburys and I bought mash, jelly, ice pops and more soup! I couldn’t quite manage mash because it too thick, so I had even more soup for dinner tonight. I’m finding it easier to talk, but the bar feels uncomfortably long in my mouth so I’m scared to chew anything in case I accidentally bite it!!

Day 2:

Okay, I really hate this piercing today! Obviously I love the aesthetic, but I miss eating whatever I want whenever I want! I woke up this morning and as I do with every piercing I have, I went straight to my mirror to have a look at it. I stuck my tongue out to check around the holes and see if there was any swelling. I was happy with how it looked, but as soon as I put my tongue back in my mouth it began aching, so I think I’m going to have to be more careful with it in the morning! I couldn’t figure out what to eat before work so ended up smashing up a banana to line my stomach enough to take painkillers. By the end of today my mouth was aching from talking so much but I did manage to eat more today which was good. I just can’t wait to get this bar changed now!

Day 3: 

Today was similar to yesterday, nothing has changed! I still have an aching jaw now from all the talking I did today, but I found it much harder to eat solid food so resorted to soup for dinner. My dad and I are big fans of jelly so we had a midnight jelly snack which not only cools my tongue down but is easy to eat – a perfect treat right now! I noticed a white bump starting to form next to the top hole and started worrying, it looked like a white head you’d see on your face! However, after speaking to and sending pictures of it to my friend who is an oral surgery nurse, she assured me that it was something called “hang skin” and is completely normal. So I’m going to sleep well tonight knowing my tongue is in tip top condition!

Day 4:

Today was the worst pain I’ve felt since the actual piercing. My tongue felt like it was about a stone heavier and the size of Africa, but it hasn’t swelled at all! I think I took less painkillers today than I have so far so felt the worst of the aching. I was absolutely starving all day and so ordered a freezing cold banana honey smoothie whilst at work and it helped, to a certain extent. I felt much better, however, when I got to my friend Lauren’s house, because I attempted and succeeded at eating some chicken and potatoes – the first real food I’ve eaten in 5 days! I also had some cheese sticks (my secret vice) and chocolate buttons which I was over the moon about! Earlier, the bump I noticed yesterday had doubled in size to about the size of a lentil, but by this evening it had completely disappeared. I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel…!

Day 5: 

Although I woke up feeling less than excited to find that my tongue had swollen overnight (probably due to sleeping on a sofa with 3 other people and therefore tossing and turning a lot in the night), I actually found it a lot easier today to eat solid food, and managed to eat an entire McDonald’s which felt like a small victory! The only downsize is I noticed a bubble forming on the top next to the bar which I’ve read online is common but not ideal. I also only found out today that you shouldn’t drink coffee… Woops!!! I’m sure the bubble is nothing to worry about but I’m going to keep my eye on it anyway. I’m just worried about not being able to talk in my rehearsal tomorrow because I’m still struggling to make certain sounds. I’m much happier overall today though!

Day 6: 

Apart from the usual odd sensation for an hour or so after I woke up, today was a breeze! It was Easter Sunday today and my brother and mum made the most amazing roast and I was able to eat all of it with minimal discomfort! I have found, however that due to not having eaten much this week, I get full much quicker than I used to so didn’t come close to finishing my plate, but I know that’s only temporary. The bubble has disappeared but I’m keeping a close eye on it because it’s the last place I’d ever want to get an infection! My rehearsal was fine, I didn’t find it hard to speak at all, the only word I noticed I couldn’t quite pronounce was “nineteenth”… Which is probably a word I would have struggled with even without a swollen tongue!

Day 7: 

Week one is finally over! I can eat all foods with no problem now, apart from caramel which is annoying because I really fancy a boost bar. Sometimes my tongue will sting a little bit if I’m eating something salty or acidic but it’s bearable so I have put up with it. Today there was another weird hang skin situation going on but it comes and goes, I’ve found if I dab a cotton bud with neat mouthwash on it then it goes away quicker. The swelling doesn’t seem to have gone down but that might be to do with the fact I haven’t really given it any rest since about day 2 so I’ve probably prolonged the healing process, but again I don’t mind because I can still eat and talk properly with no problems. Finally starting to like this piercing, I’m just itching to change the bar!

So there you have it, my first week of healing a tongue piercing. Hope you enjoyed this post and didn’t find it too graphic…! I’ll be following this post up with week 2, but I doubt I will go into as much detail on each day.

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! xxx

Review: Kiko Signature Eyeliner

I love eyeliner in every form and always want to try new eyeliners. I bought Kiko’s Signature Eyeliner during High School Musical show week on a whim – I was won over by how rich the colour was for a felt pen eyeliner. I’m going to compare it to my usual eyeliner regime by using the same base shadow. (Note: I took the pictures for this review before I had all my hair cut off and looking at them is making me so sad, my hair was so much easier to style back then!)

I love how this eyeliner looks when it’s swatched on skin that has no makeup on it, but I have a feeling that like most felt pen eyeliners it has a hard time staying pigmented when layered over eyeshadow – my all time pet hate. Here’s what it looks like swatched on my hand.  

Here’s my everyday face, it’s nothing fancy but I can do it quickly and find it easy to replicate everyday.    

For this face I used Kiko Unlimited Foundation, Collection Mosaic Bronzer, Savvy by DB eyebrow kit (which I bought in Australia), and my guilty pleasure, Claires neutral eyeshadow mini palette. I have recently become obsessed with winging out my eyeshadow to match my winged eyeliner, and I was especially proud of my eyebrows this day!

I applied the Kiko eyeliner on my left eye and tried my very hardest to make it look how my eyeliner usually looks – thick and even, winged into a sharp point. This is the result I got.  

I was happy with the shape, but was unimpressed with the point on the wing. Because of the shape of the pen, application is limited. I also don’t like not being able to top up the applicator with more makeup, hence why I prefer liquid eyeliner to felt pen. I don’t think this eyeliner is suitable for the kind of look that I usually go for. I’m also not a fan of the matte eyeliner look at all – I prefer my eyeliner to have a gloss to it as I think it makes the colour look richer.

For comparisons sake, here is my other eye, done with my usual eyeliner and technique.

 As you can see, this eye’s eyeliner is much glossier and has a deeper colour, and overall is a much sharper finish. This is the kind of eyeliner I prefer.

 Here’s both eyeliners side by side.

Overall I don’t love this eyeliner, I have used it a few times since then but usually as a base/guide for my liquid eyeliner, or if I can’t be bothered to spend lots of time on my eyeliner. I do find that it doesn’t stay put for very long and rubs off really easily. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this eyeliner to anyone, so I went over it with my normal eyeliner to match them up and called it a day! 

Thanks so much for reading, let me know if there’s any eyeliners you’d like me to review and share this around with your fellow winged eyeliner lovers if you enjoyed this post! xxxx

Fugitive Songs

At the moment, I’m absolutely obsessed with a new find of mine – Fugitive Songs by Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller. I found this album completely by accident when I went on a YouTube sidebar adventure! I don’t know much about this album because I haven’t done any research into it, but I am pretty sure it’s a concept album in a musical theatre genre. I don’t think it’s a concept musical or stand alone musical songs (like Scott Alan or Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s songs). 

What I like about this album is although it is clearly in the musical theatre genre, it has a lot of folk influences and it reminds me a lot of musicals like Once and Bonnie & Clyde. There are some incredible harmonies and I can’t think of one song that I would skip if it came on. If you are a fan of Scott Alan, you will love this album!

The first song I listened to was Lost, the first song on the album. It is performed by Karen Olivo on the album but I listened to a live version of Barret Wilbert Weed singing it. She became one of my favourite performers after her performance in Heathers, and I love her version of Lost. This song is hilarious and would be so much fun to perform. This would be a great song to add to your rep if you are a mezzo who likes delivering comedy! 

Another favourite of mine is Wilson. I don’t know if anyone gets this reference, but the story of the song really reminds me of the first few episodes of season one of Lost?! I don’t know whether that’s because there’s a song called Lost on the album, or because of the references to having a gun or doing drugs, but Wilson seems to embody every Lost character in the moment where the dramatic music starts and they’ve been ganged up on! The harmonies in this song are off the chain, and I would love to get a group together to perform this song. 

Wildflowers is probably my favourite song on the album. The arrangement is stunning and would be an amazing duet for a mezzo and baritone – I’m currently trying to convince my favourite person to duet with to sing this song with me! It reminds me of the duets in Waitress (a musical which I will probably blog about at some point because I am OBSESSED with it). I love how it sounds like a love song but the lyrics seem to tell a different story. The harmonies are amazing in this song too and would be perfect for an open mic night or showcase. 

Finally, Break a Branch is another song with amazing harmonies and a stunning arrangement. Plus, who doesn’t love listening to Barret Wilbert Weed’s voice?! This would be amazing for a group to sing at a singing festival or showcase. 

Other songs of note are Lullaby, Reasons to Run and Shine. 

Check this album out, it’s on Spotify and YouTube and I can guarantee you’ll get hooked on it after listening to a few songs! 

Hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, share it with your fellow musical theatre fans and let me know what you think! xxxx