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16 July 2019

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery - Review

Nothing beats a night at the theatre, so when I got an invite to see The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in The West End, I was so excited!

The play is at The Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus; the theatre sits opposite the famous Piccadilly Circus billboards. This makes it not only really easy to find but also very handy to get to via train, as it's so central.

When it comes to comedies you never know what to expect, so I was really intrigued to see how the West End would go about making a play funny for a full two hours- but I can honestly say that The Comedy About A Bank Robbery was HILARIOUS! 

The jokes started the second the show began and didn't stop until the lights came back on to mark the end. The entire audience were belly-laughing at the brilliantly performed silliness that was happening in front of us. 

The actors were phenomenal and completely wonderful at making their skilled jobs look easy. Their jokes and cues were spot on, which left me wondering how on earth they remember all of their lines, whilst also knowing when to move parts of the set about to make the production flow.

As someone that loves set design, one of my favourite things about this production was the sets themselves. The set creators really cleverly made sure the set was constantly using the whole stage and it was always manually moved about by the cast themselves whilst they were acting. 

I've never been to a show that keeps you watching all corners of the stage, but in The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, actors were on walls, hanging from the ceilings and crawling through air vents (you'll have to see the show to find out more about that one!), which made it really fun to watch!

Overall, I thought this play was so well put together and amazingly thought out, down to the tiniest of details. The cast was incredible and the writers really do have wonderful minds. I would say that it's one of my favourite plays I have seen in the West End and I am now desperate to see The Play That Goes Wrong!

I one hundred percent recommend The Comedy About A Bank Robbery to everyone, no matter how old you are. If you fancy a laugh then get yourself down to The Criterion Theatre! 

For more information on the show or if you fancy booking some tickets, then click here: https://officiallondontheatre.com/london-comedies/

Be sure to follow @londontheatre on Instagram to view all the latest on West End Shows and @bankrobberyplay for all the behind the scenes from the play itself! 

A massive thank you to London Theatre for sending me to see this play! I had such a brilliant night. [gifted]

12 February 2019

- Simple Gold Eye -

After getting many questions about makeup looks I create over on my Instagram and people asking me what products I use, I thought it was about time to start sharing some looks in more detail! 

One thing I find when telling people about products I love is that it's often not in their budget. So I thought we'd start by tackling the high street/high end makeup stigma.

People often ask if high end is better when it comes to make up and in my opinion, no. Some products work for some people and not for others. It all depends on skin types, how you apply products and personal preference. Personally when it comes to buying makeup, I pay out a little more for eyeshadows and stick to high street for my base. I do this for no reason other than preferring the pigment and texture of higher end eyeshadows, whilst preferring the quality and smell of drugstore foundations I have tried. Often high street makeup brands offer great products that you'll find can be just the same/very similar to high end, without the snazzy packaging.

I love the brand Too Faced Cosmetics for their eye palettes. Their eyeshadows blend seamlessly and have amazing pigment. Their collections, 'Sweet Peach' and 'Chocolate Makeup' smell great. But as amazing as they are, and no matter how much I love opening the palette and smelling peaches, let's face it- our eyelids don't really need to be smelling of chocolate and fruit. So a great high street alternative is Makeup Revolution palettes: they may not smell of peaches, but are so well pigmented and only a fraction of the price. 

For this reason- with every high end product I use, I'll also list a cheaper alternative. 

So, to the makeup look...

I thought I'd start by sharing this simple gold smokey eye. A gold shimmer not only opens the eyes up but makes a great day-to-night look!

I used the Too Faced - Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette for this look. A great high street alternative is this: I Heart Revolution - 24K Gold Eye Shadow Palette. I Heart Revolution have a lot of Too Faced dupes that are often less than £10 to buy. I chose this palette as it has all the great bronze and gold shades for this look. If you want to go all out Sweet Peach, then go for this: I Heart Revolution Eye Shadow Palette

Crease - I blended the shades 'Puree' and 'Summer Yum' from the palette into my crease. You can also do this using your normal everyday bronzer- just make sure it's matte, as we want as much definition as possible.

Cut Crease - using a flat top brush and concealer. You can do this using any concealer, I often find myself reaching for the Collection Cosmetics concealer. Just take your concealer to the crease of your eye and follow your eye socket shape. It can look crazy at first, but bear with it!

Eyelid - I swept the gold glitter eyeshadow from the Sweet Peach Palette over the concealer. This is a great trick as it makes the eyeshadow pigment stand out much more than normal and the glitter ten times more visible. Just make sure to not set the concealer beforehand! 

For this look, I did a very soft cut crease, bringing the gold eyeshadow right up to my crease. I then used the Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Gel Eyeliner in the shade 'Funk 3' to add a thin glitter line through my crease, again following my eye socket shape.

Eyeliner - I then just lined my eye with a Rimmel London eyeliner. I find a pen style liquid eyeliner always achieves a really effortless and easy wing.

That's it, four steps and you're done!

This is also a similar makeup look, using the same products but in slightly different ways. I went for the matte colours all over my eyelid, with a very light dusting of gold eyeshadow, along with a simple winged eyeliner and a line of gold eyeshadow predominately above.

I hope that was helpful, be sure to let me know if you try either of these looks. If there is anything else to do with makeup that you'd like me to talk about, or any questions you may have then just let me know.
   See you soon with another makeup post!

28 July 2018

- The Tall Series -

After having this idea with me for a good while now, I'm so happy to introduce to you... The Tall Series!

I'm going to be sharing my favourite tall clothing finds with you all. Whether that be a clothing find from shops specific tall ranges or simply a clothing item from a normal range, which is also the perfect length for taller people.

I'm starting this series because I am 5'10" and always tend to have a problem with jeans not being ankle length, full length dresses not being full length and sometimes the total opposite where a 'tall section' dress is too long, to the point that I'm falling over it. So, I'm here to share my favourite finds with you and hope it helps some of my fellow tall ladies!

Starting this series with this mono stripe swimsuit from ASOS. Swimsuits are often never made long enough, so I'm loving ASOS for their tall and comfy swimwear range at the moment: so much so that I could easily buy them all! Just need to book a holiday and then I think that counts as a good enough excuse to do so, right?!

I love any clothes that have a waistband to show off curves and this swimsuit does just that, which means that it's flattering for all body types. At twenty two pounds, this swimsuit is a little bargain and a great addition to your holiday suitcase!

Mono Stripe Swimsuit - Here

Photo - ASOS

See you next time with another clothing find!

18 July 2018

- Dear Chronic Illness -

Last year I wrote a letter and it has now been published in the book 'Dear Chronic Illness' along with fifteen other women's letters who sufferer with chronic illnesses.

I'm proud to have my name within the same book as these ladies because not only have we shared a big side of our lives with the world, but also because our illnesses are something we fight every day and every one of us can still openly talk about it in a light-hearted manner. 

It proves that rather than dwell on the rather unfortunate situation you've been handed in life, people with illnesses instead never take themselves too seriously, feel sorry for themselves or anything remotely along those lines. They are often some of the most positive people I have ever met, who want to do nothing more than try and live their own life and simply love and appreciate every moment of it!

The book 'Dear Chronic Illness' is by my dear friend Pippa of Spoonie Survival Kits. Spoonie Survival Kits make and sell bags full of surprises that help to put a smile on chronic illness sufferers faces, the kits/items on the website are also made by chronic illness sufferers too. So it really is a great community! All money from the books sales go back in to Spoonie Survival Kits to help with running and also bringing new ideas to the enterprise. 

The book was also published by Wallace Publishing and after reading our stories from the book they are now offering volunteering roles/work experience opportunities for chronically ill/disabled people, which makes my heart so happy!! This means that people who wish to join the publishing world are being given the first step to achieving their dream, how amazing is that?! It really feels like another great little step for the chronically ill world.

I won't give away any of my letter, but I summed up what life has been like over the past nine years in as little words as possible. I wanted to keep it to the point, whilst also giving a good insight into how chronically ill life has treated me. So be sure to grab yourself a copy of the book and let me know what you think!

After nine years, I feel lucky enough to say that I feel as though life is starting to pick up for me now. I remember lying in bed and just daydreaming about simply being outside in the world, being at the beach, within the countryside, seeing friends and just being able to enjoy normal everyday things that I wasn't once able to do. 

I used to have to tell myself that I could see the light at the end of the tunnel- to not only feel better about the situation I had found myself in and give myself hope, but also because I truly knew in the back of my mind that one day I would be there and I wasn't destined to spend forever in my bed. 

A few years later and here I am... 

I can honestly say that I feel as though I am now living within that light at the end of the tunnel. I still have a way to go, but past very unwell Olivia's dreams are coming true and it's honestly the most wonderful feeling! 

It's crazy how dreams can be things as little as being able to enjoy the outdoors, but that's what being unwell does, it makes you appreciate the near insignificant things in life and that's something I'll be forever grateful for. 

There really is a life after illness. If you're reading this and are in the situation I once found myself in, then always hold on to the hope and never, ever let it go! Just know that you'll reach that light at the end of the tunnel too. When that is your dream, you really will make it!

You can purchase a copy of 'Dear Chronic Illness' at the links below and read our light-hearted insights into living life with chronic illness. It's now available at Barnes And Nobel, as well as Amazon!
Amazon eBook: Here - Amazon Paperback: Here - Barnes And Nobel: Here

Thank you having me be a part of such an exciting opportunity Spoonie Survival Kits and to all the women in this book... here's to girl power! 

5 June 2018

- Breakfast At Tiffany's? -

I've been obsessed with Audrey Hepburn for years now, but who isn't! From her simplistic style to classic makeup looks, she has always been my style icon and for this reason I thought I would try recreating one of her iconic looks. 

The thing that always struck me about Audrey Hepburn was her eyebrows, they were always made to be very sharp and I've been desperate to try and sculpt my own brows to match hers. 

I simply muted my usually curved brows with concealer, set them with loose powder and then went ahead and extended the tail of my brow with a brown eyeshadow until they were bold enough to even slightly achieve Audrey's amazing brows.
The second thing that I always notice when studying Audrey's makeup is the winged eyeliner she would wear. It was always so simple and was never not too much, which was lovely. So, I used a black eyeliner and drew as thin a line as possible that ended at the socket of my eye.

Lastly her lipstick! I could tell by the darkness of her lips in this black and white image that she must've been wearing a red lipstick. So, I used Mac - Sin to draw myself a new smaller lip shape that matched hers and then went ahead and used the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Colour Balm - 03 Mightiest Maraschino to add some shine.

I hope that you like the recreated look, I had so much fun doing it!

26 February 2018

Faux Fur & Polka Dots - Boohoo

For my first post of 2018 I thought I would share this cute polka dot dress. I feel like I should be off flamenco dancing in this outfit (majorly channeling the emoji). This whole look is from Boohoo, so is not only very affordable but perfect for any occasion from a holiday, to a girls get together or a date night.

I paired this dress with a cute little faux fur clutch bag. Keeping it colourful by sticking to the red theme but also adding some contrast with the metal handles. Double ring handles on bags are so in at the moment and will always add to your look, I love them! 

 Polka Dot Dress - Here
 Red Faux Fur Clutch - Here
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