A Teeny Tiny Disney Haul!

Lately, I’ve gathered quite a few Disney items and I thought that I finally have enough bits and bobs to blog about! So here goes nothing for my first ever Disney Haul post!

1. Disney Tsum Tsum Dangles

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I love the idea of Tsum Tsum’s – I absolutely adore seeing Disney characters designed slightly differently and I think it’s always so creative HOWEVER I think the actual fabric ones get a bit dirty a bit too quickly and whilst I love the design I don’t particularly like the actual texture and fabric of Tsum Tsum’s so when I saw these new Dangles for your phone or keys I knew I just had to have them!

For £1 each if you’re in the UK, you can go to your local toy shop or supermarket – I got mine in Sainsbury’s – and get one of these cuties! There are 8 in total to collect so far including

  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Cheshire Cat
  • Marie
  • Alien from Toy Story
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tigger

As you can see from the photo, I have five so far and am waiting to collect Buzz, Alien and Minnie.

They really are adorable and so cute to have on your keys so you can carry a little bit of Disney wherever you are and the best part is that they are really cheap so if you can’t afford your favourite fabric Tsum Tsum and you have a spare £1 then treat yourself to a dangler!

2. Pocahontas Pop!Funko Keyring

As I like to say, if you have a special place in my heart then you have a special place on my keys. This can certainly be said for Pocahontas who is obviously my favourite Disney character! Pop!Funko’s are great, I love them and when they started doing Disney characters I was surprised at how quickly Pocahontas was released and luckily enough I have friends that are so great and know me so well that they bought me Pocahontas as a keyring!

I would 100% recommend getting your own little PopFunko keyring to carry around with you, they’re subtle and really adorable and my Pocahontas one is definitely my favourite keyring and I have plenty!

3. Pocahontas Pop!Funko

Surprise Surprise! I have the regular Pocahontas Funko as well, which I adore and takes pride of place on my chest in my little Disney space! As someone who’s incredibly clumsy, I’m scared to take her out of her box as I just know I’ll damage her somehow so I’ve left her in there. I love the detailing on her, from the necklace to the trimming on her dress, it’s all there and it’s probably my favourite piece of Pocahontas merchandise that I’ve ever owned.

4. Minnie Mouse Ears!

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These are my only pair of ears that I own and they were given to me by one of my best friends from when she went to Walt Disney World. I have never been although it’s my biggest wish to go so I really do treasure these Minnie ears that came from Magic Kingdom. They mean a lot to me and they’re a reminder that I will go one day, I just need to keep dreaming and keep saving!

5. Stitch Cuddly Toy

So about a week ago I was in New York City for the second time and one of my favourite places is the New York Disney Store. I only purchased two things but these two things are two things that I’ll treasure and keep forever. One of these being a cuddly Stitch toy!

Stitch is one of the greatest Disney characters, along with all the characters in Lilo and Stitch and everything about that movie just makes me happy and reminds me of good values. So really I had no choice but to get Stitch!

He cost just under $10 and he’s really good quality which is no surprise coming from the Disney company. He’s a really cute reminder of the trip and of the store itself which is honestly magical – there was even a cast member shooting arrows in the store and encouraging people to have a go! It’s an amazing atmosphere and if you ever find yourself in New York, go and visit because it’s a bit more magic in a city of magic.

6. I Heart NY Pin!

This is my first pin! I’ve wanted to pin trade for a while and there aren’t really and Disney stores near me and even if there were, there really isn’t a guarantee that there’s any pins as they’re really focused in the parks themselves so when I saw this New York pin in the Disney store, I just knew I had to have it.

It was $10 which I don’t really mind as it’s exclusive to that store alone and I don’t know how long it will be until I go back to New York so I thought I had to have it.

I think it looks quite cute and I think the addition of Mickey in the heart just makes it perfect. It’s the perfect start to my pin collection and I can’t wait to get some more!

7. Lion King Mug!

 

Last but definitely not least is my Lion King mug which is official merchandise from the Broadway show that I went to see! If you want to know more about my experience and the show, I wrote a blog post about it here! For $20, the mug has the logo on one side and the official picture on the other side. It’s got really beautiful tribal detailing which is quite faint but it’s a really nice touch to it and the mug itself is quite a sandy texture.

Again, it’s a little reminder of how spectacular the show was and was something to bring home with me that I wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else.

 

So there we have it! That’s my first mini Disney Haul done and dusted. I adore all the items and I’m very particular with my spending so I only buy something if I really really love it!

I hope you enjoyed reading about these little bits and bobs!

Stay magical, Maddy xxxx

Seeing The Lion King On Broadway!

On Valentines Day 2017, I fulfilled one of the biggest things on my bucket list – to see The Lion King on Broadway in New York City, my favourite musical in my favourite city. To say that it met my expectations is beyond an understatement, it is definitely safe to say that I was completely BLOWN AWAY.

It was my last night in New York City, a place I hold very dearly to my heart and before myself and my best friend went, we thought what better way to end the trip than to see the biggest show on Broadway?

We had a bit of trouble with booking – clumsy old me thought the tickets were half the price that they were and it was only when I got the confirmation email that I realised I’d spent over $300 on the tickets which was a massive shock but after seeing the show, I’d be prepared to give them far more.

The Minskoff Theatre itself exudes the old 20’s atmosphere and when you enter the building, you really feel as if you’re about to see something spectacular – and you do.

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From the first note of the Circle of Life that starts the show off, I felt shivers down my spine and you can feel the entire theatre tense with anticipation, excitement and pure awe. The sun on the stage rises and the cast congregates on the stage just like in the movie. It’s visually stunning to behold and is a moment that I will never forget.

Throughout there are moments that have the audience, both children and adults alike, cracking up with laughter. The stampede scene, without giving too much away, comes together to be a scene that has you holding your breath, hoping that somehow in this version Mufasa doesn’t have to die.

One moment in particular that has been with me since the play is the song ‘He Lives In You’ that was written for the show itself. It’s a beautiful song and part of me is quite sad that it doesn’t actually feature in the original movie. Despite listening to it on Spotify far before I even booked the tickets, seeing it on the stage with Mufasa looking down at Simba is one of the most heart wrenching things I’ve ever seen on stage!

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The entire cast is hugely talented, it was easy to see from the first number.

I ended up buying a tall mug to remember the entire experience and if anyone is thinking of seeing the show if they happen to be in or visiting New York City, then I would tell you that it will be one of the best decisions you ever make. Even if you cant go to the Broadway version, the West End version in England is bound to be just as mind blowing. The Lion King on stage sums up the beauty of the theatre.

Stay Magical, Maddy xxxxx

 

Disney Song of the Week: 27th June – 3rd July 2016

This week wasn’t a great week in all honesty; a combination of stress and just general sadness didn’t mix well with me this week and as a result I found myself to be in a very low mood throughout the week. So when I feel this way, there’s really only a selection of songs I turn to. This week I ended up listening to I’ll Try from Return to Neverland throughout the week whether I was walking to class or off to meet my friends.

It’s quite easy to relate to the lyrics in terms of the idea that we have to grow up and that we can’t let others down and that our world is changing all the time. But as the song progresses, the lyrics change and it becomes very motivating and uplifting as it reminds us that we must believe in faith, trust and pixie dust and that ultimately, as corny as it sounds, we have to try our best at things.

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Also, the bridge to this song is so beautiful. I really love everything this song stands for. As a teenager who is becoming increasingly overwhelmed and daunted at the prospect of adulthood, this song allows me to cope with that whole notion just a little bit better!

Take a listen and see if you love it just as much as I do!

Stay magical, Maddy xxxx

 

20 Facts About My Disney Life Tag

It’s no secret that I adore tags, particularly Disney tags so when Mandy tagged me in this I was very excited to get going! Check out Mandy’s answers to the tag here, they’re definitely worth a read! 

So here goes my 20 facts! I hope you enjoy reading about them!

1. Originally, my favourite Disney princess was Snow White but when I was about four, it changed to Pocahontas and has been ever since.

2. I’ve only ever been to one Disney park which is Disneyland Paris, and I’ve only been once. (I’m way too poor!)

3. I still have a box of Disney figurines under my bed from my childhood that I’ve always refused to part with.

4. My first time in Disneyland Paris was in 2004 and it was amazing.

5. During my trip I accidentally split my lip open in a shop because I was shaking a Goofy snow globe too hard and bashed it in my face so I had to visit the Disney doctor – there was lots of blood but I got a Disney certificate at the end of it!

6. I cried when they closed the Disney store that was in my town. I miss it so much!

7. My whole childhood was pretty much surrounded by Disney.

8. The first Disney movie I saw in cinemas was The Jungle Book 2! 

9. All I read as a little girl was the Disney Princess Magazines – I used to count down the days on a Disney calendar until the next issue was out! 

10. When I was younger, I used to think Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Paris was SO much prettier and better than Cinderella’s in Orlando, purely because Sleeping Beauty’s castle is pink but now I like both equally.

11.I’ve never seen any of the firework displays at any Disney parks as I was too young to stay up that late when I went to Paris – but I know I will cry when I see any of them for the first time.

12. I always used to have to skip the scene where Kocoum died in Pocahontas – it was way too scary for little me to handle!

13. I have a tiny Mickey necklace that I always wear when I’m feeling sad, I like to think that it cheers me up!

14. Whilst in my childhood, I was surrounded by Disney, my family are the type that don’t see the appeal in Disney unless it’s for a child which kind of sucks.

15. Aside from on my blog and my Twitter, I don’t share my love for Disney very openly. 

16. Visiting Sleeping Beauty’s castle every day in Disneyland Paris was more exciting for me than going on any of the rides – I’m still not sure why!

17. My dream is to work for Disney in some shape or form.

18. I had a recurring dream about Ratcliffe from Pocahontas as a child that would scare me so much! It’s the only recurring dream I’ve ever had.

19. Disney has been there for me when no one else has.

20. Without sounding too morbid or depressing, I don’t think I’d be here without Disney. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. 

So there we go! It was a struggle to think of any that were good enough to write down! Hopefully you liked them and it made you think about your Disney life too!

I would like to tag Casey and Justin, Erica, Lisa Mae,  Annie, and Jamie!

Stay Magical, Maddy x  

Disney Song of the Week: 20th June – 26th June 2016

After feeling very stressed and a bit down this week, I resorted to listening to Disney songs which unsurprisingly made me feel a whole lot better.

So I thought about it a little more and I thought what better way to cheer myself up than by posting a Disney song of the week to cheer me up or motivate me or whatever!

To kick off this new section of my blog, my first ever Disney song of the week is Zero to Hero from Hercules!

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I love this song and it doesn’t matter what’s going on around you when this song comes on, you cant help but want to scream the lyrics at the top of your lungs and dance the whole way through.

I’ve been feeling SO rushed off my feet and stressed and when I have this song playing through my earphones I feel like I can definitely accomplish anything and it’s the song that definitely gives me the motivation I need so maybe it can give you the motivation that you might just need too!

So enjoy!

 

 

Rimmel Beauty Review: Wake Me Up Concealer and Match Perfection Foundation

After literally scraping the last of my old foundation out of the bottle, I figured that I definitely needed to invest in some new make up. I suffer from the most irritating skin imaginable, I’ve had highly severe acne and my skin is very pigmented which means finding face make up that fits can be a very long and tedious process that I find often too stressful to embark on. Fortunately, my acne has cleared after rounds and rounds of medication but scars still remain and can be as noticeable as the acne itself so I’m always looking for something to cover them up without looking cakey.

So I picked up the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and decided to see if they could do anything for me. I am incredibly picky with my make up so I did a lot of research before actually buying the products.

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This concealer is one that I’ve used for about a year now and in all honesty, I have about 6 tubes of it in my make up bag! I use the shade Ivory for my pale skin, and I can safely say that it’s a concealer that doesn’t cause breakouts and with a couple of applications, does cover up blemishes. I was prepared to change my concealer but I figured that after its worked for me when my skin was at its worst – it can definitely work for my skin when it’s not horrendous! I really love the consistency of it, it’s not thick but its not watery and wont be something that will kind of bypass any red patches, it does cover them up. However when I had severe acne, I did find this product to require several coats on a particular spot, but it did come in handy as a base for covering up my spots. Now that my skin is better, it practically covers up every moderate scar that I have without the need to use any more coats.

If you have particularly difficult skin then maybe pair it with another concealer or a foundation that specialises in covering up any marks or blemishes but if your skin just needs a quick touch up here and there then I would 100% recommend this. It’s my go to concealer.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Okay, so I really did have my reservations about this foundation as I had bought it a couple of years ago and it hadn’t worked for me at all and I remember thinking that it just didn’t work well with my skin that had breakouts every day. It wasn’t a foundation that gave me the right amount of coverage – but I needed a LOT of coverage and finding any foundation that did that for me was a struggle. But after running out of my last foundation, I felt like browsing online for the best option before I actually purchased the item.

As I mentioned before, I have pale skin so finding an affordable foundation that matched my skin tone required some research and the foundation that I kept stumbling upon was Rimmel’s Match Perfection and whilst I was a bit sceptical, I knew that my skin had improved so maybe this foundation would co-operate with me now.

And WOW, I can truthfully say that I have never been so happy with my make up before. I love pairing it with my concealer and getting a kind of dewy effect on my skin and a brilliant finish. I’m really chuffed with how good it is. This is perhaps the whole reason I made this blog post, as I think these products are so worth trying.

Summary!

For the price, I would say this foundation and concealer can work wonders for covering acne scars and giving a dewy summery look. I would definitely suggest trying a sample of it if you have acne prone skin but everyone’s skin is different so maybe this will work for you! Either way, I am SO  happy with its long lasting effect and it’s finish. I’m 100% repurchasing it when I finish it!

 

Stay Magical, Maddy x

The Disney Golden Era Tag

I’m a sucker for a Disney tag so when Jamie from Once Upon A Blog tagged me in this one, I couldn’t wait to do it! I love the Disney Golden Age, I think it captures Walt’s visions perfectly and it’s definitely sentimental as it’s the beginning of the magic.

So here goes my Golden Era Tag!

1. Any unseen films?

Nope! I’ve watched all of them.

2. What is your favourite film of the era?

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Probably Snow White as I am a HUGE fan of the Disney Princess movies and when I was younger she was my favourite Disney princess before Pocahontas. Fantasia also has a special place in my heart too.

3. What is your least favourite film of the era?

Pinocchio for sure. As a child the whale scene used to completely terrify me so it really put me off watching the film and as a result it makes me not so fond of ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ which sucks as it’s so iconic and yet I don’t feel really anything towards the song.

4. Who is your favourite main character?

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Mickey in Fantasia or Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As a child I loved Grumpy but now as a teenager, I love Mickey so it’s definitely a toss up between the two.

5. Who is your favourite villain?

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How can it not be the Evil Queen? I mean everything about her is amazing in terms of a villain. I’ve always been so happy that she was the first Disney villain – I think she’s brilliant. But I was always terrified as a child when she turned into the old witch lady!

7. What is your favourite song of the era?

I love ‘Baby Mine’ from Dumbo but I think my ultimate favourite is ‘Someday My Prince Will Come’ from Snow White. It’s so nostalgic for me that it has to be my favourite.

8. What do you consider to be the most underrated film of the era?

100% Fantasia. For any dedicated Disney fan, it’s a statement film but for anyone who isn’t such an avid fan, I feel like it gets forgotten kind of easily and doesn’t really get the recognition it deserves.

9. What is your favourite thing about this era?

The music for sure. I think the melodies and the composition of it all is something that sticks with everyone. When you hear a few notes from any songs in any of the Golden Era, you are instantly given this magical feeling. I think this era more than any other encompasses the magic that Walt originally had.

10. What is your least favourite thing about this era?

The darker scenes in Pinocchio, I really hated them as a child and I’m still not so fond even now. But that’s the only thing I can really think of!

There’s my run of answers! I’d like to tag Mandy Jean and Clare to do this tag and I hope they have as much fun answering the questions as I did!

Stay magical, Maddy xxx