Friday, 20 February 2015

Product Review: Everything but the cow*

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Recently I was sent three drinks from Everything But The Cow. I've been trying to be more health conscious in 2015 and one thing I find hard is cutting down on fizzy drinks. I love Coke and although I limit myself to 1 can a day, I still know that I should really be cutting it completely.

Everything but the cow offer healthy drink choices, with real fruit and soya protein. They are 100% natural and don't contain any artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. They are suitable for vegetarians, people who are lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant as they are dairy and gluten free. This is pretty impressive and it's hard to find other drink options this healthy when looking for a drink for a workout, or something to sip on during lunch. 

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I've recently been trying these drinks at lunch time, when I usually have a coke to drink. I've found it's much lighter on the stomach, and would be perfect to drink after a work out. It's refreshing and the packaging is really cute. You can definitely taste the fruits inside and the drink feels smoother than a smoothie style drink. 

My favourite flavour is the Strawberry & Raspberry, which is what I usually like to put in my smoothies. It tastes the most fruity of the three although I can imagine mango and orange being really nice to cool down with on a hot day. I didn't enjoy the banana & kiwi, however I think thats personal preference because I'm not a huge fan of banana in drinks.

The drinks are available at Holland and Barrett stores and selected Tesco's, retailing at £2.49 for 330ml. For more information you can visit www.facebook.com/EverythingButTheCow or www.twitter.com/Everybutthecow.

Have you tried any of these drinks before? Which is your favourite?



*I was sent these products to try and review for my blog. All opinions are my own.





Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Movie Review: Selma


Selma is the story of Martin Luther King and his campaign to let black people register to vote in the US, by marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

With true stories, I find it quite difficult to review or think what I'd change in a film, because the story happened and we know how it went. It is more about how a film tells the story that people know, and how they can still create emotion when we know the ending. Selma does this very well, by including real footage of the march, showing different sides of a story and with fantastic actors.

The lead actor, David Oyelowo was incredible as Martin Luther King. His voice and mannerisms were spot on and it really impressed me and made the film come alive. Overall all the actors played their roles well, and brought emotion and the chemistry between everyone showed through.

Have you seen Selma? What did you think?


Monday, 16 February 2015

Movie Review: The Interview


After finding out Kim Jong Un is a huge fan of TV Show Skylark tonight, Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron arrange an interview with the leader himself. However, the CIA intervene and tell Dave and Aaron they must assassinate Kim Jong Un while in North Korea.

I've been excited about this movie for a while, I was excited when I first saw the trailer as I am huge fan of Seth Rogen and James Franco. Then when the Sony hacking started, and the banning of the film, North Korea saying they will bomb every cinema playing this film e.t.c I was even more excited and determined to see this film.

Overall, with all the hype around it and the controversy, it didn't really live up to expectations. However, that wasn't down to it being a bad film, it was like I said a lot of press coverage in the news and had a lot of people who wouldn't have wanted to see it, thinking it might be worth a watch if it's causing this much fuss. 

I enjoyed the film, some parts were really funny, other parts were a bit silly however worked with the craziness of killing Kim Jong Un anyway, and I loved the chemistry between Rogen and Franco. I think the landscape was gorgeous and the setting did really look like what you'd imagine North Korea to look like. They played up to Kim's stereotypes (such as him saying about his ankles) and I think at times they portrayed him as a lonely leader who finds it difficult to fill his fathers shoes. I liked how they did that and made him seem vulnerable at times, however they also showed that monster side of him aswell.

Have you seen The Interview? What did you think?


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Empty Product Review: L'oreal eye and lip make up remover


Recently I used up the L'oreal eye and lip make up remover. I had bought this just around 8 months ago and had been using it on and off since.

The product is much like the Clarins make up remover in that when full, it has two different coloured liquids, a darker blue and a much lighter blue and you shake them before putting on a cotton pad to remove your make up.

Overall, it definitely removes make up well. For my face make up it comes off with one swipe, and for my eyes I put the pad on my eye for about 10 seconds before gently dabbing away the product. It got rid of my waterproof mascara and is definitely suitable for sensitive eyes and skin, from which I suffer from.


However it says on the bottle it's non greasy, however after using it I always felt a greasy layer still on my skin. It's not a huge issue for me as I usually go in with a night cream anyway so I wipe it off, however if I was in a rush or just wanted to get to sleep (priorities) then I definitely found myself not wanting to use this product as I didn't like the grease that was left, especially after stating it's non greasy.

Another (probably picky) thing I noticed was that the hole was quite big for the liquid to come out. I often poured out way too much and it ended up over my hands, which was annoying as I don't like wasting product. 

It seems like since I have bought this product they may have changed the packaging as it looks different on the Boots website.

I did like the product for full face make up, it was great at getting rid of a smokey eye or red lipstick however I didn't like the grease, and much prefer the Garnier micellar water which I have been using for a couple of months now.

Have you tried this make up remover? What did you think?






Friday, 6 February 2015

Movie Review: Inherent Vice


Inherent Vice is the drama-comedy from director Paul Thomas Anderson. It tells the story of Doc, a private investigator in the 70's, and his old flame who returns back into his life with a new case that sparks up a lot of questions.

I know that doesn't really give away a lot of the story, but honestly I didn't really have a clue what was going on. It was a very mish mash storyline, that started off relatively simple but as more characters got involved I just got more confused and in the end gave up trying to follow the story. 

I thought Joaquin Phoenix and the rest of the cast were really good and all played their roles well, there was definitely chemistry between the cast. However I just didn't really get the storyline. Plus, the genre wasn't too many laughs to be a comedy but wasn't dramatic enough to be a drama. 

I'd say go and see this film if you enjoy Joaquin Phoenix or are a fan of detective movies, but if you aren't, you probably can give this one a miss.

Have you seen Inherent Vice? What did you think?


Friday, 30 January 2015

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything


Recently I went to see the Theory of Everything in cinema. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones and is the story of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Hawking. 

I really enjoyed this film. I didn't have any real expectations for the film as I hadn't seen that many reviews, but heard from others it was good and it's got quite a monopoly of BAFTA noms. 

The film is fantastic. If you don't know that much about Stephen Hawking it doesn't matter as it's about the relationships and story if this incredible man's journey who went from being told he had two years to live to being able to conquer so much. I really enjoyed how much it focused on the relationship, and how it showed Jane's struggle with caring for Stephen aswell as 3 children. 

If you are going to see this film for one reason apart from the story, let that be the acting. The acting is absolutely phenomenal and I was completely blown away by Eddie Redmayne. Felicity Jones was really good at showing emotion and struggle however Eddie completely flawed me. I was not expecting so much from him, even though I've seen him in other things before and enjoyed it. The way he managed to contort his body in the wheelchair and play the role with such respect and still show Stephen's humour and more sensitive side was incredible. I honestly had my eye on Michael Keaton for best actor but I wouldn't be surprised if Eddie gets a couple, because he completely deserves it.

Overall I really enjoyed this film and would definitely recommend it. It was such a lovely film, with sad and happy moments combined. Definitely give it a watch!

Have you seen The Theory of Everything? What did you think?


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

MAC Diva Lipstick Review

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Recently I bought MAC's Diva lipstick because I wanted a darker lip to wear in the colder months, as most people do. It cost £15.50 and is a matte finish formula.

My only other MAC matte lipstick (so far) is Ruby Woo, which as much as I love is so drying on the lips and is a little off putting. I was so pleased to discover this is much creamier yet is still matte. It does occasionally come across as a little patchy if you haven't properly exfoliated and moisturised your lips, however I always do this if I plan on wearing a colourful lip anyway just as a prep.

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I wore this lipstick in this post here and as you can see it is a dark burgundy red colour. I would say it's quite similar to Rimmel's 107 however this lipstick lasts a lot longer on my lips than the 107 does. Diva on my lips without reapplying lasts between 4 and 5 hours. I wore it to the cinema last weekend and needed to reapply after eating, however I expect that with most lipsticks.

I am absolutely in love with this lipstick and think it's gorgeous for brightening up gloomier days. 

Whats your favourite berry lipstick?



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