Another crazy month has gone by! I've been to see quite a few shows, including three performed at my University, all incredible: Bad Girls, Punk Rock and Assassins. On the West End this month, we've been to see Show Boat, Guys & Dolls and Wonder.land. I also took a surprise trip home for my sister's 17th birthday, who had been convinced that this year would be her first birthday without me there. I really couldn't miss it so turned up at the front door with flowers, hiding behind them to make it more of a surprise. The look on her face has made my month one of the best ever. I'm so happy that she had such a good birthday and that I didn't have to miss it. Even though I could only to stay at home for less than 24 hours (due to having a voice assessment at University the day after) it was worth it a million times over. I think I've done fairly well in all the exams I've completed this month so I'm waiting nervously for the results now, fingers crossed!!! I've been trying to post more this month, so I hope you all enjoy my monthly favourites and have a happy May! Images throughout this post were found on Google Images or taken by myself. Much love.
I've noticed a massive difference in the length of my hair recently and all I've changed is my hair oil. Argan Oil is this months favourite for hair care! I got it on a whim, super cheap from the pound store but I've been meaning to try argan oil for the longest time. I definitely use way too much as it makes my hair a bit greasy if it's not washed out properly but when I do finally get it all out, my hair's so much shinier, softer and it really does look longer. I have layers in the front that were directly under my chin but are now shoulder length. The easiest way to get the best use out of this product is to use a small amount and put it in your hair before bed as a leave-in conditioner. You leave it overnight and wash it out in the morning. I don't blow-dry my hair anymore, I let it dry naturally to avoid heat damage and have found the fastest "heat resistant" way of drying of hair is to wrap it in an old t-shirt like you would normally with a towel. I got this tip from my friend, Brandon at University. He mentioned to me that the fibres in the towel are much denser so it draws too much moister from your hair. It sounds strange but trust me! My hair feels so much nicer after wrapping it up with a shirt rather than a towel. If I use a towel I literally use it for five minutes and take it off. I've noticed fewer and fewer split ends this month, which makes me really happy! Long natural hair, here I come! My hairstyle of the month is "The Coachella Princess Leia Buns." pictured on the right.
This month I actually have two make-up favourites, simply because I really needed a new eye-liner... after I lost my old one... and my friend picked this one out at random. I loved it so much the minute I applied it to my face. It's the Voluminous Felt Eye-liner by MUA LUXE. This product has a very thick tip. I prefer the thicker pens to the thinner ones, purely because I'm less likely to make a mistake if I only swipe it across my lid once. With the thinner pens if you want a medium or thick line you need to go over it a few times and that's when I'm prone to messing everything up. I draw a line from my inner corner to the end of my lid and a line for the wing if I choose to draw one that day and I'm done. It's extremely quick and easy and the colour is super black! I actually used it in the picture above in the 'Hair Care' part of this post. I can also get a thin look out of this pen too, so if you're not into thick eye-liner you can use it to get a thin line also. I like that I can use it for whatever look I want and that it's really easy to achieve.
Book of the Month.I've recently just finished an essay on Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides and how they all used the theme of love differently throughout their work and I ended up reading all of their surviving plays to get a broader understanding of the topic. I ended up really enjoying all of them. If you have a student account you can find a good majority of the plays on dramaonline which is a great resource for actors/playwrights, ect. The stories are centered around Greek mythology. There's themes from love to revenge and loads of murder throughout. I think they're great plays that represent a time period where a lot of work was lost. Sophocles in particular only had seven plays survive. He wrote many more along with Aeschylus and Euripides, so it's amazing that we get to read the ones that were found. My personal favourites were Medea, Electra and the Suppliants. I've got a book review planned for next month on Carrie which will also have reviews on the three movie/musical adaptations too, so look out for that if you enjoy horror/thriller things.
Song of the Month.After seeing Guys & Dolls, I couldn't get Adelaide's Lament out of my head! The production was truly spectacular - if you're interested in reading more about the show my friend Fiona and I collaborated HERE. I watched many versions on YouTube and as usual fell in love with the Barbra Streisand version which appears on her 'The Broadway Album'. The song works wonderfully with her accent and funny nature. This piece is meant to be comedic but there weren't many versions online that got me laughing. Barbra is a rare talent to me. Every part she's played I've loved (from Funny Girl to Yentl, to Hello Dolly and so on) and I would have loved to see her play this part too. I own quite a few of her albums on vinyl but I don't have this one yet so I'm going to have a search online and see if I can find it. If anyone knows where I can get a copy please let me know in the comments below. I'm also searching for any of Cher's albums on vinyl, I literally can't find them anywhere.
Musical of the Month.Myself and Fiona went to see Show Boat this month and it was truly INCREDIBLE. It's the best musical I've seen so far on the West End. The performers were so engaging and they really REALLY involved the whole audience in everything that was going on from start to finish, to the point where I actually got a little emotional at the end. I was excited in the interval for it to start again and there wasn't a single moment I found myself drifting off. They made such brilliant choices with the thrust stage and even though we were on the side we could see everything! I couldn't fault this show in the slightest and it's one that I'd want to watch again and again because of how wonderfully it was done.
Make-up.My make-up product of the month is going to the Pressed Powder by Makeup Revolution. I bought it in the shade TRANSLUCENT and was actually surprised when I first tried it out because of how well it worked for a drug-store brand. I've used 'translucent' powders in the past and they've always turned my foundation a weird orange colour (I think that has something to do with the fact that they were loose powders and not pressed) but this one doesn't do that at all! It sets everything in place - I use a puff - and normally nothing budges. I still get a bit of wear throughout the day around my nose and on my chin but I just fix it with a bit more of the powder. I have really oily skin so I apply quite a bit of the powder over the top of my foundation and it lasts quite a long time depending on the heat that day. It also has a small mirror on the back of the packaging which is really useful for on the go. As I said before, I use a generous amount of this product and don't need to repurchase it often.
Skin Care.I used to use Breath of Fresh Air from LUSH about a year ago and really don't know why I stopped getting it. Recently I repurchased it and fell in love once more. This toner clears up my skin so quickly and if I have a spot coming it dries it up and gets rid of it overnight! It's super refreshing also. I wish the pump on the bottle wasn't as strong however because it doesn't spray out lightly, it can be a bit sharp when you first start using it, opposed to the Tea Tree Spray which comes out really lightly. The actual formula, on the other hand, is great and works wonders. Along with the toner, I've also really been loving the Seaweed range from the Body Shop this month. I get really bad blackheads around my nose and chin and I've tried so many things to get rid of them, even peel away face masks don't work, but this face scrub is incredible! The Seaweed Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator gets rid of my blackheads almost instantly and it doesn't leave my skin feeling clammy. It makes my skin feel much tighter. It works better if you open the pores with warm water, but you need to make sure you close them up again with cold water or ice afterwards - personally, ice works better for me. I would definitely recommend these products to anyone with oily or combination skin.
Game of Thrones is finally back and I'm so excited because the first episode of the new season was amazing! I know some people didn't really like how they went over a lot of things from the past season but I found it really useful because I'd literally forgotten a lot of what had happened. I have to say, the ending really caught me off guard but I won't spoil anything for those who haven't seen it yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Sansa's and Daenerys' story lines are going to develop. I'm currently reading the second book, so hopefully I'll be caught up soon! I definitely recommend reading the books alongside the series simply because they're more detailed. The books are thick with information that they leave out from the televised version. I also think you get a better understanding of the characters in the books. Fiona won tickets this week to go and watch Thronecast, which she lovingly invited me to and I'm so excited! There will probably be a post on it next month!
Thanks so much for reading,
Thanks so much for reading,