Saturday, 23 June 2018

Gorgeous¦ Rep Tour Dublin

If you are following my socials at all recently you would have been reminded time and time again that I was seeing Taylor Swift in Croke Park on June 15th. I bought the tickets during the presale in December and I was counting down the days since then. This was the second time I saw Ms Swift in concert. the previous time being for her 1989 World Tour. Rep will always remain special to me as it represented the end of the worst 12 months of my life, I wish I was exaggerating.

I was concerned about the position of my tickets, Block 4 Pitch Seating, I felt that they were a little too far out for my liking but once as I arrived in Croke Park I realised that they were brilliant. I was situated to the left of the stage with the B stage a few rows behind me. Even though they were seating tickets, we didn't sit at all. Everyone was dancing and singing and it was such a good atmosphere. Of course, the light up bracelet made a return and they were very effective once as the sun set a little.

Charlie XCX and Camilla Cabello were both great supporting acts singing their most popular singles from the past few years. Charlie XCX started the show with her songs like 'Boom Clap', 'I Love It' and 'Fancy' that brought back memories of being thirteen. She had 3 musicians on stage with her but none of the frills that Camilla or Taylor had. Camilla was by far my favourite of the 2 supporting acts. She, of course, had to sing 'Havanna' and did a cover to 'Can't Help Falling in Love' which was beautiful. I really enjoyed her energy and I would love to see her in concert at another time.

Finally, it was Taylor's time to hit the stage and boy did she put on a show. She started the show with '...Ready For It?', it isn't my favourite song but it was a great starter. She sang all her songs from her current album with older songs making an appearance. I was under the wire for when she was going to the B stage which was awesome. I really enjoyed the idea of the B stage as they were in the middle of the stadium and gave everyone a better view of her. The dancers were phenomenal and the costumes were to die for. Taylor finished off with a mashup of 'This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' and 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'.

I was so excited to find out what the wild card song was going to be. I was hoping it was going to be one of her older songs and I wasn't disappointed. It was 'Mean' from 'Speak Now' and it was breathtaking. I really resonate with this song and I even sang it for my Junior Cert Music Practical so I felt overjoyed when the first few chords were played.

I think this tour has a different vibe to it than 1989 did. 1989 was happier and bouncer while Reputation had a slightly darker tone to it, you can see that Taylor went through a difficult time between the creation of these two albums. I adored the rawness of this tour and there's a part where she addresses it which I really enjoyed.

The tour is over and I am devasted but as I'm writing this my bracelet is still glowing red and I am looking at all the pictures from the show and I smile. I already have a video up on my YouTube channel of my experience of the show and some of the footage I got. Though I didn't get to meet Taylor this time, I hope in the future I will.

Are you going to the Reputation Stadium Tour?

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Living With Loss

On the 10th of April, seven days before my birthday, I had to say goodbye to my best friend. This best friend wasn't a being on two legs but a four-legged friend, my 14-year-old Golden Retriever Buster. It sucked, simple as but she had lived a happy healthy life apart from the last year where she had a lot of vet visits and was on lots of meds.
She was a family pet and arrived at my house a week before Christmas in 2003. I don't remember life without her. My Mam recalls me pointing to every dog related thing in supermarkets and saying we'll need that soon. I remember getting her though, she was in a rabbit cage in between my brother's and I's booster seats. We got her from a family friend who's dog just had puppies even though it wasn't really the right time to get a puppy, there was a newborn in the house, my parents still decided to get here. She grew up with us, from chewing the television aerial to some of our toys. She got into a strangers wedding photos when we were walking in a park. I don't know how they turned out or where they are. As the years went on, we brought here with us to relations houses so you could say she was a pretty well-travelled dog. She has been gone across the country and even went on the DART which was probably one of the funnier experiences.

I never realised how unusual it was to call a girl Buster but really we had the name picked before the dog. My brother and I picked the name from a storybook that we were obsessed with that contained the line 'Buster is getting old' but if you ask my Dad he'll say she was named after the band Busted.

When she passed it was the little things that really hurt. No barking at the door for food, no one to chase the neighbour's cat, no large dog mats in the kitchen and one less person to say goodnight to. We spent the evening watching old videotapes in hope that Buster was in a few. We found two and I've watched it 3 times since. It didn't happen at a great time, her passing, it was the start of the two weeks of my Irish and French orals and my Music practical. I didn't go to school at all the week after apart from going in on Thursday evening to do my Irish oral. The only advantage was I was away from the tension of the Irish oral.

I don't know will we get another dog, we have discussed it but we know now isn't the best time. I also don't have very much say in the matter as I'll be in college in September. I would love to get another dog down the line but for now, if I get to see anyone's dog at all it makes my day.

This was a first major loss as apart from my Grandad, who died when I was eight. I have never cried so much in my life. It's been so hard especially with exams coming up but at least I have an excuse if I don't get the points I wanted.

It's been so hard but it's gotten easier over time.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Lush Must Haves

I like to think that I am a bit of a Lushie and I have tried out many products over the past few years. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Lush products that I will definitely repurchase when I run out. Just a word of warning, there is no bath products here as I don't personally like baths.

Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask
Since the middle of 2016, I have been obsessed with this face mask and I have bought at least 4 of them since. Don't Look At Me is an exfoliating mask that leaves my skin feeling so smooth. Thankfully, it doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped like other exfoliators. This is one of the only face masks that I tried from Lush that isn't too hard to rinse off, normally I spend nearly fifteen minutes trying to remove a face mask and my skin ends up a little annoyed. It has a wonderful citrus smell which I adore and it's blue! Who doesn't want to have a blue face for ten minutes! I feel like this mask can be used on any skin type except maybe sensitive due to it being extremely exfoliating.

No Drought Dry Shampoo
I don't know where I'd be without this as it keeps my hair looking normally on its more greasier days. I decided to get this after my hair started rejecting spray dry shampoo and I had heard this works wonders. Though it is quite an expensive dry shampoo at €10, compared to its €2/3 counterparts, it has lasted eight months with twice a week use and I am only half way through it. Of course, it is a little awkward and takes to put in, I normally put it into my hair the night before and takes me around ten minutes to get it done. The great thing is sometimes one application can last two days with a little top up.

Grease Lightning Spot Treatment
This is one of the first things I bought from Lush and is still one of my firm favourites. This is a great overnight treatment that helps shrink spots and reduce their redness. I found this great to put on the night before and in the morning that mountain on my face has turned into a hill. I love that Grease Lightning doesn't dry out the surrounding skin like other spot treatments and a little goes a long way.

Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar
The newest Lush product in my collection and I never thought I would ever try out any of the shampoo bars but here we are. One of my good friends bought Honey I Washed My Hair and raved about it. I was thinking of getting it but when I went into Lush I was recommended 'Jason and the Argan Oil'. I love this shampoo as it leaves my hair less wet when I wash it and I find it helps my hair seem less greasy on those day three or day 4 hair days. Also, I am obsessed with the scent and I love leaving it in my room so I can smell it. I have been using it for 2 months and there's only a small dip in it. It is wonderful for travelling as I just need to bring it in a tin compared to a bottle and it will be great when I go on holidays abroad.

What are your Lush must-haves?