The Greatest Showman | A Movie Review

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Aloha Dolls,

On Boxing Day Matt and I decided to take a trip to the cinema. I don't know what it is about the cinema around Christmas but I just love going. Last year I went to see Moana three times in the cinema, THREE times and this past Christmas I went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Greatest Showman. In today's post I'm going to be giving my review on The Greatest Showman.

*Before I share my review, I just want to clarify that this is my own opinion and I don't class myself as a movie expert, I'm just writing these posts as I love movies and I love discussing them too!*
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I really enjoyed this film, I knew I would before I even saw the film due to it being a musical. I'm just a musical junkie, so if it's a musical I'm watching it's very rare for me to not enjoy the film. The way I'm going to structure this review is through sections, that way the review is easier to follow! So lets get on to all of my thoughts!

The story is based off of a real individual known as P.T. Barnum. If you don't know who P.T. Barnum is the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus and was known for his enthusiasm towards celebrating hoaxes and sensational people. This film follows the making of P.T. Barnum and how he started off as a poor individual and ends up as 'The Greatest Showman'. What I loved about the story was how true it was. Events happen within this film that you can definitely imagine happening to any individual where all of a sudden they make something of themselves and through themselves maybe too far into the role due to subtle greediness.
Overall, the story line is quite a simple story line and is a little predictable in places however when you consider everything else such as the characters, music, choreography and atmosphere the story line really does make the whole film a little more magical.

There are so many wonderful characters that you meet throughout the film. All of which bring such depth into the story line. P.T. Barnum, the star of the show, is played by Hugh Jackman and oh my he is great. I'm a BIG fan of Hugh Jackman anyway and he really did make Barnum come alive. He brings so much emotion into Barnum that you really do connect with him as a character.
Another character I LOVE is the character Zac Effron play, Phillip Carlyle. I love how complexed of a character he is, risking everything he knows for something he knows little about other than it is a risk! I also adore his relationship with the character Anne Wheeler, played by Zendaya, and the challenges they face together. Zendaya also does an amazing job at playing Anne, the character is a perfect character for her to play with all her theatrical/dance backgrounds she has. It's also amazing to know that she went and learnt all the skills she needed to perform all the acrobatic scenes herself. I love hearing that actors are learning new skills so that they don't need a stunt double.
There are so many more great characters such as Charity Barnum, the Barnum twins, Jenny Lind and Lettie Lutz. They all bring so much to the table making the story and film so enjoyable and emotional.

The scenery used throught the film is absolutely gorgeous, one of my favourite scenes which really shows how beautiful the scenery is, is right at the start during the song 'A Million Dreams' when Barnum and Charity are dancing on the roof. It really is such a wonderful scene. There are so many more brilliant scenery moments throughout the film which just makes the film even more wonderful. 

I really enjoyed the overall story line and the musical numbers throughout the film were phenomenal too. It just makes me want to see this show on stage as you can really tell that this show was for the stage! My favourite musical number has to be 'Rewrite The Stars' and 'This Is Me'. They are both such powerful songs and I just LOVE belting them out in my car on a long journey. Even though these two are my favourites I adore all the other songs just as much as they really bring the whole film and story together. I'm also loving how much love the soundtracks are getting as they really are brilliant. I would absolutely love to see these songs performed live, here's hoping this musical returns to the stage! 
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I really did hope you liked this post, I definitely want to write more movie reviews in the future. I understand they are not the most informative reviews but sometimes all I want to know is whether the individual enjoyed the movie or not (not all the technical stuff). I can't wait to review more films in the future!

Have you seen 'The Greatest Showman'?

Aloha, Tabitha x

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Essie Nail Varnish Haul

Aloha Dolls,

Just like I stated in my 'Go To Christmas Nail Varnishes' post, I love painting my nails. I find so much joy from just sitting down with a cuppa and painting my nails. I really do try looking after my nails (I struggle sometimes as when I'm feeling stressed or anxious I will automatically bit my nails or the skin around my nails, gross I know, without even registering) and I find painting my nails is what stops me from damaging them the most! So when I opened up an Essie advent calendar on Christmas morning I was OVER the moon. 

My mum wanted to buy me the Essie advent calendar before December started however it was retailing for around £56 and she just couldn't justify spending that on an advent calendar (which I completely understand with) however when she visited Boots mid December they were selling these calendars for only £10!! So she just knew she had to pick it up and I am so blooming happy! 

There was such a massive selection of different varnishes and I was SO impressed. Below is a list of all the varnishes included in the advent calendar. 
Apricot Oil 
Colour Corrector For Nails 
All in One 
Gel Setter 
Gel Couture Top Coat 
I can't wait to start using these items. Especially the Apricot Oil as I find that my cuticles get so dry and gross, so hopefully this will cure that. 
Nail Lacquer 5ml 
Shade 74, Tart Deco 
 Shade 203, Cocktail Bling 
Shade 487, Sil Vous Play Hero 
Shade 458, Glow Your Own Way 
Shade 15, Sugar Daddy 
Shade 201, Bobbing For Baubles 
Shade 14, Fiji 
Shade 457, In The Mood Ring 
How gorgeous and cute are these mini varnishes. All of the shades are so pretty too. I also love that there is a large variety in colours too. 
Nail Lacquer 13.5ml 
Shade 88, Licorice 
Shade 64, Fifth Avenue 
Shade 83, Mink Muffs 
Shade 48, Luxedo 
Shade 459, Disco Doll 
Shade 56, Fishnet Stockings 
I think my favourite shades out of these full sized products is Luxedo and Mink Muffs. 
Gel Nail Lacquer 13.5ml 
Shade 270, Rock The Runway 
I have never used an Essie Gel varnish, so I'm really intrigued to see what this varnish is like. 

As you can probably tell from this post, I am VERY happy with this present. I can't wait to try all the shades out and I'm feeling inspired to maybe reintroduce a post I used to write in the past.. 'What I'm Wearing On My Nails'. In fact I think I will write this post more often on my blog as I used to love sharing with you my first impressions/thoughts on the nail varnishes I chose to wear! So keep an eye out on those posts soon! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I also hope you're as excited as I am for my returning posts 'Wearing On My Nails'! 

Aloha, Tabitha x

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Hello 2018, Hello New Me

Aloha Dolls,

I honestly can't believe another year has been and gone. I feel like we all say this but 2017 really dud fly by in just a blink of an eye. So much happened in 2017 such as me finishing my first year at university and passing my driving test... FINALLY. I'm so incredibly proud of myself as I definitely have hit some great milestones in my life within the past year and I have improved immensely in many other things like blogging.

In today's post however I'm going to be sharing with you my New Years Resolutions/Goals. I love how motivated I feel at the start of a new year and so I'm going to take this opportunity of motivation to write down all the things I hope to achieve over 2018.
1. Scrapbook
For Christmas I asked for scrapbooks and decorations to use in them. My mum bought me two gorgeous scrapbooks and I can't wait to start creating memories within them. My goal is to scrapbook my year in the hopes that by the end of the year I'll have a few books filled with so many wonderful memories.

2. Read 25 Books
I want this year to be year I read loads of books. In the past I used to read so much but since going to university I just haven't been able to read like I used to and I want to change that. 25 books seems plausible, averaging at 2 books a month so lets hope I get reach this goal this year!

3. Get FIT!
Every year I say this and every year I fail. I really need to get myself into a doable routine. I also want to start running and join in with weekly park runs. This is something I really want to achieve this year, I just hope I have the motivation to stick to it.

4. Drink More Water
This is something I struggle with, some days I will drink loads of water and other days I will only drink a glass - shocking I know. So this year my goal is to improve on this and I've downloaded an app on my phone to help me stay motivated.

5. Keep To My Blog Schedule
Even though the last two weeks of December wasn't the best when it came to my blog content I felt that by the end of the year my blog post scheduling was on point. I have never lasted more than 2 week when it came to uploading consistently so I was pretty proud of myself when I managed to upload frequently for just over a month. I want to continue this and keep up with my scheduling! Here's to a successful blogging year!

6. Vlog
Matt and I have something pretty special planned this year and I can't wait to reveal to you all what it is. It may not seem special to you but we honestly can't wait and we both want to vlog the experience to create an even more special memory we can relive. I have always wanted to vlog so hopefully 2018 will be the year I start.

7. Use 1 Second a Day EVERYDAY
I love watching these videos. If you haven't seen any 1 second a day videos please watch one, they look so incredibly fun to make and this year I want to create one.

8. Start Reviewing Movies
I love watching films and discussing my thoughts on them with Matt so I have decided that this is something I would like to share on my blog. I may not be the most educated in film making but I can tell if a film is enjoyable or not (in my opinion of course). Hopefully you will see some film reviews soon on my blog.

Last year I failed at saving horrendously. I just couldn't keep my pennies in my piggy bank. This year I want to change that and save, save, SAVE. I have many exciting plans coming my way and the only way those plans can go ahead is if I save! 

10. Look After My Nails
I'm so bad when it comes to my nails. One minute they're looking great and then the next minute they look like awful nubs on my fingers. This year I just want to achieve nice nails, where they are at a nice length and the skin around them don't look beat up!

There you have my 10 new years resolutions and I really want to try my goddam hardest to achieve them. It would make me feel incredibly proud if I manage to do so anyway. I'm still in shock that 2017 is already over and I'm back at university however I'm so excited for this year to kick start as there's so much to look forward to!

Have you got any new year resolutions this year?

Aloha, Tabitha x

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