A very WICKED evening | Review

So tonight I had the pleasure of seeing something I have always wanted to see, and that was Wicked the musical. 
My mum and I got the tickets a long time ago and I have literally been counting down the days until today and all I can say is I was not disappointed.
First let me congratulate the stars of the show on an amazing opening night. I really don’t think it could have gone any better for them. 
I have never seen Wicked before so I had no idea of the story or it’s plot line. Also as I had never seen it before I could not be disappointed.
I saw Phantom of the Opera before and always thought it was the best show I would see and that nothing would top it. Wicked definitely gives it serious competition.
The story of Wicked was so enjoyable, especially for a younger person, it is something that definitely appeals to a younger age group in a chick flick way. I was actually shocked by the number of kids there but you can’t deny the show was really a family show.
I thought the performances tonight where some of the strongest I’ve seen in a musical. Nikki Davis-Jones who played Elphaba, aka the Wicked Witch, was definitely one of the strongest performances I have ever seen in a musical. Her performance strengthened as the show progressed, whether that was part of the role or her getting more comfortable I am not sure but boy that girl has some voice and is definitely made for the stage. We also had some eye candy thanks to Liam Doyle who played dreamboat Fiyero. 
The stage was SUBLIME. If you thought the Phantom of the Opera stage was good, then this is better. They had the bubble for the Good Witch. They had the Wizard’s robotic head, flying monkeys and the Emerald City, oh the Emerald City. The stage for that would make you think you were there for real. 
The costumes for the Emerald City scenes were something you could only imagine in your dreams. How the ensemble danced in them I will never know. 

Seriously I would recommend that everyone goes to see Wicked whilst it’s in Ireland. they are here until January and it is definitely worth seeing. It is a night you will never forget.
I now need to try get tickets to see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. If anyone can hook me up with tickets please do. 
All my love,
Lynn Jo xox 

The New Clerys.

Having worked in Clerys for the past five years I have earned quite a few luxuries.
One such luxury was being told by Jessica that mine and my mum’s names were on the list for the Clerys VIP friends and family night before the media and public were allowed in the store. One luxury I lost the day I left was my staff discount:(
I was in work so I only got there about 7pm just before they closed at 8 and whilst my mum wanted to get a jacket it was nice to have a wee look about.
I did take some pictures, they are really bad though because I was afraid I’d get in trouble having my phone out taking photos… then I remembered, I don’t work there anymore. 
We went in a side door as the main doors weren’t being used yet. There was a red carpet and a guest list. That was definitely a nice touch.
My first impression of the inside was that it was lovely. But I don’t like it because it’s not the old Clerys. The store is completely open plan and all very white and clean an modern. At times it reminded me a bit of Harrods. 
I’m sure a lot of people will agree with me when I say it’s not the same. I kind of found it a bit annoying that I could never tell which department I was in, it reminded me of House of Fraser in Dundrum too much and that was a feature I hated. I grew up in Clerys and while I love the store now and think it is gorgeous. It isn’t home…
As someone who used to work there though I wasn’t happy. First off not one single staff member acknowledged me. Yes the people I knew there said hi. But not one staff member in a department I was shopping in, who did not know me, asked if we needed a hand or even said hi. We were in one department and my mum was saying to see if there was a different side in a coat and two staff members stood with their backs to us about a metre away and carried on their conversation ignoring us. Saying that I asked a girl in Elverys for a size in something and her and the male sales assistant were super helpful to us and we bought from them. See customer service works. I definitely feel that Clerys needs to do some serious customer training over the next few weeks because they lost all their best staff when they closed and their new staff haven’t a clue. They were all rude. While my mum was paying for her last purchase three sales assistants pushed past her to start a chat with the guy serving her and have cakes with him, ignoring us. Not to mention he didn’t have a great bedside manner. Bit sad when the store hasn’t even fully opened yet. Customers always told me the reason they love Clerys was the staff and the service. I don’t think many people will be saying that from now on. 
I was also a bit disappointed to see the store still stocking the brand I used to work for but without it as a concession or without keeping any of us on. That and there were more new faces than old faces and bar an interview for a concession I applied for in July that I chose not to attend, not once was I contacted for a position there even though it was known I was seeking work. Poor form. Also there were very few sales assistants around. Get more of a staff presence Clerys.
I’m glad I left to be honest. It’s not the same store and I don’t think I’d like to work there now only for the friendships I have there. But I can always go in to visit them. That isn’t lost, but I think I will be praying to be made permanent in the Kilkenny store after Christmas. I love it there.
If you do want to nose around Clerys, some concessions have 20% off. The store opens this Thursday, November 21st, with events from 10am and the official opening at 11am. Bressie will be there.
All my love,
Lynn Jo xox 

Stay Matte Challenge | Introduction.

Hey guys!
I have been asked to take part in Rimmel’s Stay Matte Challenge. Today I got a lovely purple package containing my sample of Rimmel’s Stay Matte foundation in Light Porcelain.
For the next 7 days I am going to be putting the foundation to the test.
Each day I will upload a blog post with pictures of my makeup when I first applied it and before I took it off. I will also outline what I did for the day so you know what the foundation went through.
At the end of my 7 days I will upload a YouTube video letting you all know how I got on.
The posts won’t be too long just a quick fill in type thing!
All My Love,
Lynn Jo xox

Lush Haul | Review

Hey internet friends.
If you watch my YouTube videos you will know that I recently bought some new lush pieces.
If not here is the video:
(I really need to change that thumbnail)
Well I have finished using up the three items I bought and the results are in.
Soot Ball
Yeah I mean it was cute to look at. Add some googly eyes and they could have called them soot sprites! This one was nice when it was dissolving in the bath and the black gave way to a nice orange. It didn’t give out much scent though and was the colour of tan water when it was all dissolved. It also took me ages to wash the residue off my tub so all in all not good.
Secret Santa

This one was a lot more pricey than your usual bath ballistic (€7.50) but it was slightly bigger and worth it. It dissolved into a nice pink/orange colour and smelt so nice. The fragrance lasted the whole bath too. That and it looks like a little Santa’s grotto. I would definitely buy this again as a treat every now and again. I thoroughly enjoyed my bath though and spent the night snapchatting people while pretending to be a mermaid.
See below photo 😛

Candy Mountain

Now this is a bubble bar that is pink and shimmery and smells super sweet, kinda like candyfloss or bubblegum. It also reminded me a bit of the Comforter bubble bar which is the main reason I got it. Instead of just breaking little bits off I just chucked the whole thing in and broke it up just before I got into the bath. I loved that you could smell it but not too strong. It turned the bath pink too and created some bubbles, though I find bubble bars never give you the bubbles a bubble bath do. I don’t know how likely it is that I would buy it again though because bar colouring the water it didn’t do much. Although my skin was super soft when I got out of the bath.
Have we all seen this? Are we super excited? 
I got to see McBusted play in September and it was AMAZING! 
I posted a video of it on my Facebook which you can see here.
How do you all feel about the pop supergroup? Let me know in the comments. Also what are your favourite Lush products? I’d love to give them a try!
Until next time,
All my love,
Lynn Jo xox

The Auld Triangle | Timberlake & Mumford.

So this landed in my inbox today.
Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford teamed up to cover an Irish ballad written by Dominick Behan for his brother Brendan who had written a play about Mountjoy Prison. I won’t give you a history lesson but Brendan Behan was a poet, a playwright, an Irish republican and a member of the Irish Republican Army.
I have to say they haven’t done half bad. 
Lynn Jo x

NEW MCFLY VIDEO

GUYS.
Look how cute the new McFly video is!
Congrats to the lads. They look like they had a ball doing it.
And after live streaming their last video this was a nice surprise!
My own video will be up either today or tomorrow. I haven’t been well so have not been on the laptop!!
All my love,
Lynn Jo xox 

I LOVE LUSH! | Review(ish)

My Mum and I both love Lush and it is one of our favourite stops when we take a trip into town. A few weeks ago I posted about a customer evening they held and I was raving about it.
On Hallowe’en my Mum and I popped into the Henry Street store again and I enjoyed my shopping trip as much as I always have if not more. 
According to my receipt I was served by Keith it was he who helped Jean and I in the store. By helped I mean showed us stuff and laughed at my Mum because she kept just saying “yeah I’ll have that, oh I’ll have that too.” Between us we spent about €40 on Lush products but I just wanna say a huge thank you to the guys in Lush on Henry Street for being such lovely helpful people. You wouldn’t find a bunch like them anywhere else and they make it such an enjoyable experience.

Products Bought:

Candy Mountain x2
Soot Ball x2
Secret Santa
Christmas Eve
Fun (Gold)
Also I realise this is a very small post but I will have a mini haul video for you all tomorrow, YAY 😀
Also. How nice are my nails? My friend Jessica recommended Hollywood Nails on Aungier Street and I think they did a great job!
All my love,
Lynn Jo xox