Tuesday, 13 January 2015

House of Cards season 3 trailer

There’s not much for me to say here except that I am SO excited for the new season. I feel like House of Cards was the game-changer in terms of Netflix Originals. The hype around this show is just IMMENSE. I’d pay the subscription fee just to watch House of Cards Alone. Looking forward to meeting some of these new characters from the trailer… Until then…
Air date: 27th February.
It’s safe to say that any university work due around that time is going to be severely compromised.

Game of Thrones coming to IMAX... but not in the UK

The post title sums this up. What the heck.
I’ll take you through my thought process…
Firstly, I heard Game of Thrones was coming to IMAX. I’ve never seen a film in IMAX which is apparently a great crime to IMAX-lovers, whilst everyone else gets that I don’t want to spend that kind of money to watch a film in HD. I know apparently it’s worth it, but I’m stubborn, okay? I also knew it was only a replay of the last two episodes of season four, so I was kinda like ehhhhh but then I remembered how freaking awesome episodes nine and ten were so I admitted to myself that I’d probably go. Plus the prospect of a season five trailer is currently sustaining me through my final year of university right now. I started to decide IMAX would probably be amazing and proceeded to get incredibly excited about all of this until I found out IT’S ONLY SHOWING IN THE U.S. and then I just got really sad, because UK life is sometimes really sucky.
Anyway, since HBO and IMAX have paired it, it seems like those rumours about a Game of Thrones film seem a lot more likely now…

Monday, 27 October 2014

Saturday's haul. Christmas shopping already!?

So here it is, Saturday's haul. I actually planned to go and shop for autumn/winter clothes, jeans, boots etc, however after picking up Batman: A Visual History my ability to carry things was rapidly diminished. Damn that thing was heavy. It's almost embarrassing to admit but my arms still feel a little sore - I know, I'm so unfit! Maybe I'm being totally dim but I never realised how many amazing books TK Maxx actually stocked! The clothbound classics were so tempting, but I already have enough reading to be doing and my room is already overflowing with books *sigh*. Anyway, the RRP of Batman: A Visual History was £35 apparently and I got mine for a cheeky £15. I can't find it on the TK Maxx website anymore which leads me to believe they've sold out - and I'm even more chuffed that I grabbed the last copy in the Nottingham store! However, you can buy it on Amazon here. It's intended as a Christmas gift for my Dad who is a Batman fanatic to put it mildly and I've had a sneak peak and can confirm the illustrations are gorgeous. It's literally a visual history of Batman throughout all the comics in case that wasn't obvious!

The Ted Baker Limited Edition scents were from Boots and again, I can't find it on the website. I haven't seen it advertised anywhere online and I conducted an extensive search because my brother loves Ted Baker scents. It was £16 and they all smell so good I almost wish I had a boyfriend so I could make him wear them!

Now onto the cosmetic items! 
First up we have the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Lipstain. Mine cost £7.99 from Boots and I bought it in the shade New York. I actually tried it out today and whilst I'm pleased with it, it's worth noting that it's really more of a red with very subtle purple undertones than the plum/wine colour of the packaging. It's lighter than anticipated and has transitioned into more of a day time lip colour than night time now I've seen the true shade. Still worth a purchase for the gorgeous formula though - a moisturising stain is much more flattering than a matte one in my opinion. Whilst I love the boldness of matte stains they always expose how badly I need to scrub and moisturise my disgusting flaky lips!
Revlon had a 3 for 2 offer and I couldn't really resist the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel at £6.49 in the shade Winter Mint. I haven't tried this out yet but when I do I'll be sure to do a blog post about it. I love the other shades I have so I'm sure I'll love Winter Mint too. The colour really grabbed my attention as it's different to anything else I own, and I'm intrigued to see the pay off of the glitter particles.
Finally I was in dire need of a bronzer. My contouring colour was making my face look a bit muddy and Revlon's Bronzilla (weird name) is a lovely natural yet subtly noticeable shade. Great for pal gals who like to contour like me! This was also £7.99.

Finally, I need to talk about this candle. RRP £30 but TK Maxx offered it at the lovely discounted price of £10 so I snapped it up. This is gorgeous and I don't know how else to describe it. All of the ingredients - Jasmine, Patchouli, Bargamot and Lemon - combine to make a beautiful, refreshing, sultry scent and within seconds of lighting this the aroma filled my room. This one is sold out now but I've included a link to the Park's range because they had lots of other nice scents which I'll definitely be making a return trip to purchase!

What have you been purchasing recently? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Slug and Lettuce, Cocktails and Gone Girl

The post title is pretty self-explanatory but this is how I chose to spend my Saturday evening!

This was my make-up look for the night. It doesn't look that special but honestly, the 2MP front-facing camera on my phone doesn't do it justice! The contouring and highlighting was the best I'd ever done it. The lipstick is in the shade Smother by Sleek and it's a really nice deep purple. It's one of their sheen finishes which I personally prefer to the matte ones, as I find them a tad drying and certainly unforgiving when it comes to chapped lips! 

We went to the Slug and Lettuce for food. I had the goat's cheese tostada flatbread which comes topped with mushrooms and a sticky onion marmalade topped with watercress, with a side of sweet potato fries. It was delicious but unfortunately due to the dim lighting and my lack of willingness to blind our fellow patrons with the flash on my phone I don't have a decent picture. My friend had the spicy pork pad thai (see below for the picture!) which she told me was delicious but definitely had a spicy kick.

We opted for 2 for 1 cocktails. My friend had the skinny Long Island Iced Tea and I had a Disaranno Sour. My tastebuds were violated by this as the person making the drink used salt instead of sugar and I ended up with an alarming mouthful of saltwater before the apologetic waitress fetched me a new one - with sugar this time!!! It kind of put me off this cocktail as I now associate it with the salty taste... ewww.

We went to see Gone Girl after our meal and drinks and I have to say, I had high expectations and they were exceeded! The film had me totally hooked throughout and left me feeling cold after (don't worry, this is a spoiler-free zone!). It was not at all what I expected but that's what made it so unique and enjoyable. I'll definitely buy the book when I get a minute to read it! I recommend everyone to go and see that film! The intricate plot impressed me so much, the author, Gillian Flynn is one sharp and dare I say calculating cookie!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Current Lust-Haves & TV Round-Up

I'm a firm believer in the notion that a girl can never have too many nude eyeshadow palettes, so naturally, I've got a constantly evolving wish-list. Bobbi Brown's Nude on Nude palette is a dream come true for a girl like me. Shimmery shades, mattes, metallics - yes please! Plus it comes with their gel eyeliner and smoky eye mascara. It retails at £69.00 but unfortunately this one might have to go on my Christmas list what with having to spend my money on boring things such as rent and food *sigh*. The slightly cheaper Warm Eye Palette is also sorely tempting, and with it being limited edition to urge to purchase is high! The next one makes me question my rationality. Being a girl who owns and loves (and probably doesn't use enough) my Urban Decay Naked palette I should not want this, as it's basically a dupe, but Soap & Glory's The Pefect Ten palette is just so damn pretty, and I'm really curious to experiment with Soap and Glory eyeshadow. I have to say the shades I have tried have been well-pigmented and at £16 this a great buy for a Naked palette-luster who is saving their pennies. At the rate I'm going with racking up the Boots Advantage points I'll soon be able to afford it! I'm also debating a beauty advent calendar thanks to this article. Damn you, Cosmopolitan!

Finally I'll summarise my TV habits lately.

Currently watching:

  • Gossip Girl - and holy shit I am totally and utterly addicted. Chuck & Blair forever. 
  • Gogglebox - IT'S BACK! Friday nights in just got wild.
Currently awaiting:
  • The Walking Dead season 5. Which according to Geektown airs in the UK on October 13th. 
  • The Vampire Diaries - I seriously envy the lucky guys in the USA who have just seen the season premiere!
  • Game of Thrones - ok, so it probably won't premiere until April next year but I'm always waiting for more Game of Thrones. 
  • Gotham - again, waiting for the UK air date. 
My to-watch list:
  • Homeland season 3. It's finally come to Netflix and I am SO excited to see how it all ends. Although I feel like I should live out my Gossip Girl addiction before committing to anything new.
  • The Originals - I watched a couple of episodes and it seemed good but then for some reasons I just stopped. And I want to pick it up because good TV is always welcome in my life. Plus Joseph Morgan as Klaus = my fantasy psycho boyfriend.
  • Sherlock. Because my fellow nerdy friends will eventually crucify me if I don't.
  • American Horror Story - because the new season has come out and this show has been on my Netflix list forever. Yeah, I'm not even on season 1. So no spoilers.
  • The West Wing. 
  • Scandal.
  • Utopia - another programme I started and then stopped. Ugh, I don't even know why I do this. Too many TV shows too little time...

Thursday, 4 September 2014

One Micellar Water to Rule Them All...

The UK beauty market seems to be constantly buzzing about Micellar Water. We've heard all about how it's a London Fashion Week must-have backstage. We've all heard how convenient and effective it is at removing even the toughest make-up. I've put two of the most popular high-street ones to the test.

In one corner we have...

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. This is very soothing for my sensitive skin. It's non-drying but also doesn't leave a greasy residue. My skin actually feels softer after use which can't be a bad thing! It doesn't irritate my particularly sensitive eyes and to be perfectly vain it looks pretty. Very Bioderma-esque, which was probably what they were going for! A little goes a long way and as you can see you get a large bottle for your money. The only downside is that it never completely removes my eye make-up. But no cleansing water ever does for me! Not without my trusty Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing Toner, which frankly, I rather like using afterwards. It really is soothing, and removes that last bit of mascara shadow under my eyes that just won't budge. The cleansing water is still great on it's on for a quick fix, but the combo is a true winner.

Next up, L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (what a mouthful!) Now Garnier's version is double the size... and the same price! So immediately L'Oreal lose value for money points. The actual formula is again nice. My sensitive skin found it no bother. My eyes however, did a little. No visible irritation and wiping it off with a clean cotton pad totally removed the problem but getting it in my eyes did make them sting - natural enough, but when scrubbing mascara off it's kind of hard not to get some in your eyes! There isn't much between them, except my skin doesn't feel quite so soft after using this, and again I'm left with mascara residue the next morning if I don't use a toner. Despite this claiming to cleanse and tone, I definitely prefer to use a separate toner to remove any residue. In my opinion multi-functional products are usually better used for one function only! Another good option but honestly, Garnier is better value for money, a bit kinder on sensitive skin and has the right packaging for my bedstand! 

Let me know of any other cleansing waters you've tried!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Holiday Snaps and Moving On

No, I haven't gone AWOL again - I've been on holiday! In Northumberland, for those who are interested. I have family there and have gone at least once a year for my entire 20 years, and the place pretty much feels like home to me. Here's where the emotional bomb is dropped - it feels more like home than my actual home! Probably because I'm so damn happy there. Excluding last year. Last year I got dumped. By text. By my then-boyfriend of two years. He had been messing me around for a while and I suspected for a while he wasn't committed to me any more but proceeded to tell me that he had feelings for somebody else, despite previous protestations against this, and refusing to leave our relationship peacefully, on good terms. I won't go into the whole messy thing but I was unbelievably traumatised, considering my lonely status as an anxiety-riddled recluse! SO going back this year was so refreshing. I am pleased to say I went back more confident and happy than ever before. I knew nobody could spoil it this year. We even stayed in the same house as last time, but this time it was so stress-free and wonderful, and if I wasn't committed to going back to university for my final year I honestly would never have left. He didn't get to ruin my haven, and after a year I feel very pleased that it was a part of me he could never have.

On a more cheerful note, here are some pictures:

Bamburgh Castle

My brother and I.


And finally... the only acceptable drink to have whilst enjoying all of this!