Monday, 24 November 2014

Movie Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

This weekend saw the release of the next movie in the Hunger Games series - Mockingjay part 1. Following on from Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen now needs to become the mockingjay in the war between Panem and the Capitol. With District 12 no more, she must gain the districts side however be careful as the Capitol have Peeta.

Honestly, this movie is disappointing. I absolutely love the series so far, I loved the first two movies, I love the books and just the general storyline, however this movie definitely did not need to be made into two parts. It's definitely Hollywood cashing in on the franchise before the final movie, and they have done as people who have seen the first two movies and read the books will want to go see the next. So, well done Hollywood but this movie could have easily been made into 45 minutes of a 2 hour 30 minute big finale.

Instead, what we have is 2 hours of mainly talking and filler. There is no major plot, no major twists or action and not even a lot of things going on. It's really disappointing because I really, really enjoyed Catching Fire but this movie is the worst of the three so far.

However, onto some good points! As always, I really liked the acting. Jennifer Lawrence captures Katniss perfectly and definitely gives her more than what you read from the books. It was sad seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman, but he was excellent aswell, I liked that there was more from Gale as before I felt he didn't really have a lot and you just felt sorry for him. I think Julianne Moore was a great choice for President Coin and definitely plays it well, with almost a darker side to her which hasn't came out yet. Elizabeth Banks is great as Effie yet again and I'm really glad they kept her on, as I missed her in the last book.

If things were done differently, I would have liked to have seen more of the daily life in District 13, just to show non book readers the schedule and more of the rules that go on. I really like the scenes where you see the different districts doing things to rebel, and sometimes wished you saw more of that. 

Overall, it was just "meh". It wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best. I'm definitely still looking forward to the finale, however I'd say maybe wait till this one is on DVD before the big end.

Have you seen Mockingjay Part 1? What did you think?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Movie Review: Interstellar (No spoilers)

Recently I saw the film Interstellar, months after watching trailers and seeing posters everywhere. I actually said to my boyfriend that it felt weird not seeing an Interstellar trailer before the film, as it's the one I've seen most often. I'm going to try and keep this spoiler free however it's definitely not as in depth as I could go. Overall, I'm kind of a bit "meh" about Nolan, I think he is a great visionary director, and he does bring his ideas to life wonderfully, but just don't really like him in interviews, and think he knows he's good and can be a bit pretentious. That being said, let's move on...

Overall, I did enjoy Interstellar. I wouldn't say it's exactly worth all the hype and months of leading up to it, however I didn't not enjoy it. One thing Christopher Nolan does very well is family attachments. From the obvious family theme in the Dark Knight trilogy, with Batman losing his parents and Alfred as a paternal figure, to Inception with the underlying theme of his wife being in an alternative universe and the struggles along the way. This is no different with Interstellar, with one of the main themes being Matthew McConaughey's character Cooper, having to leave his son and daughter to save all of man kind. With each mission and the deeper into space he goes, he loses precious time, the first planet lasting two decades in Earth time where it's just two hours on another planet.

This time theme is a little overwhelming at first for me, and I struggled to just imagine how it works. I do, for another planet they visit has 67 hour days and 67 hour nights. It's just mind blowing how crazy space is. 

I think after a day or so thinking about my thoughts of the film, my main disappointment is how much the film explains itself through words. There are times when a scene just doesn't need explanation, and it's like they did it because they think the audience won't understand, however they would through subtext. For example, the main plot line is Earth's food is running out, due to drought and famine, and dust storms keep sweeping across the city. It's told like this throughout weirdly placed clips of people talking about the problem, and yet when they set of into space, there was no proper shot of Earth looking like it's dying out. You could have instead have a quick clip of Earth looking drier, and dust clouds across the planet, and cut down minutes of screen time. 

Another example is one of the pivotal scenes, being ruined by explanation, it's a surreal scene and you didn't need talking over it, it could have easily been worked out by the audience. Instead, my favourite scene is a less important one, yet heart breaking because you let the actors act, and while there's no talking, it's just the right amount.

Visually however, the film is stunning. You completely believe they are in space, the planets they visit are complicated and vast, the use of CGI is used only when needed and it shows.  Sound is used wonderfully, the soundtrack is brilliant and it's definitely going to win big for the technicalities of the film. The cast are brilliant, I adore Matthew McConaughey and so glad his time is here, I thought he'd shown his talent in Magic Mike (wink wink) but he's completely won audiences over, plus Anne Hathaway is grounded to the team and sort of a maternal figure in a way, she is more than just a "ask the questions the audience want to know" character. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if McConaughey is nominated again, although he only just won the oscar last year for Dallas Buyers Club

So yes, I would recommend seeing this film. It's a visual masterpiece, with emotional scenes intertwined with a story that will immerse you into the film. It does have it's flaws, but really, what film doesn't? 

Have you seen Interstellar? What did you think?

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

An A-list lipstick from L'oreal

If there's something I love all year round, it's a red lip. I love my Ruby woo and NARS Cruella and often have one or the other in my handbag (or both aswell as several others). However, I rarely find a good one from the drugstore. I hit the jackpot with Revlon's really red, and I think I've became lucky again. 

Most of you will have heard of L'oreals celebrity nudes - different celebrities with different skin tones create a nude lipstick so you can go and pick by celebrity, or if you know you have olive skin tones and say Cheryl has olive skin tones, you'll match. Well, they've done it again this time with reds. As far as I know there are four different shades, Julianne's Red, Eva's Red, Blake's Red and Liya's red. I went with Julianne's red at first, as she has the palest skin tone like mine, and plus I heard this one being raved about more than the others.

Julianne's red is the brightest of the bunch, and while not being the truest red lip shade, it's really nice and does suit pale skin well. I'd say it's an off raspberry sort of shade, with a slight pink hint to it. Overall, it's creamy, stays put for quite a while and I like the shade of the lipstick, it's sharp tip making it easy to apply carefully on the go.

I also like the packaging and think the black, gold and red really go together and it does feel a little more well done than some other lipsticks, plus the lid has a cut out which clicks on the bottom end of the lipstick, so you know it's not going to just come off in your handbag. 

I honestly don't think I've tried a lipstick from L'oreal before, but after this one I am definitely on the look out for more.

Have you tried anything from this collection? What do you think?

Monday, 10 November 2014

My favourite shows that you'll find on Netflix

You may or may not know that I spend a lot of time watching TV. I've definitely calmed down from a couple of years mainly due to shows ending but there was one year where I had to make a schedule so I didn't forget and then get too far behind. However, now netflix has come along it's a lot easier but the amount of choice can be a little terrifying and you may end up having a list of about 20 shows. I've decided to compile a short list of my favourite shows on Netflix, and some that I want to watch after. If you want my all time favourites (not just on Netflix) let me know!

1. The Office US
My all time favourite TV Show, the Office is one of the best comedies on Netflix. Adapted from the BBC version, this show brings moments of tears, amazement but overall laughter. All I'd say is keep watching, because if you've watched the BBC version the first few episodes are very similar, but don't really work in the US version, and you may think it's just a copy. However, as soon as it's the 2nd season the show stands on it's own two feet and you will completely fall in love with each character, even with their own unique traits.

2. Orange is the new black
Completely crazy yet strangely realistic, OITNB is a show that has won over a lot of people on netflix. Proving that Netflix originals can be some of the best TV shows around, this show has it all, lesbians, prison politics and pervy guards. Despite having quite a few flaws, and sometimes focusing on things you don't care enough about (like Piper's whole effin' life), the characters are so fun and messed up that it's really watchable. I definitely liked the second season more, and I'm looking forward to what the third has to offer.

3. Breaking Bad
Probably everyone has already seen it, yet I'm still in the second season. Breaking Bad is clever, tense and at sometimes comical. Perfect if you like dramas, great characters and a storyline that'll have you accidentally binging for 5 hours (we've all been there). The pacing is brilliant and I really like watching Walter turn more badass by the episode, if you haven't at least seen one episode, give in to the hype.

4. Arrested Development
The ultimate dysfunctional family, this show will having you cringing, laughing and just being like WTF. Starring Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and baby Michael Cera, this show is really funny and perfect for spending 20 minutes of your time a day. The show has really well written comedy, and some tender moments but more often than not, you'll just feel lucky that your own family isn't like this one.

Have you seen any of these shows? What do you think?

Monday, 3 November 2014

Winter Wishlist 2014

If there's one thing I love about winter, it's the clothing. I hardly ever buy clothes in summer but as soon as it gets colder you'll see me in layers and layers of clothes. I just feel when it comes down to it, in the UK I spend more months wearing them that not, so why not get loads! Here are a few of my favourite picks for this winter.

I love a good snood/scarf and this year is no different. I really like the fur of this and the colour, and it would look so nice against my black coat. 

Kimono's were one of my favourite things to wear this year and I'm so glad they have now turned into capes for winter. There are a lot online at the moment but I really want to try some on and give them a go, it just depends how warm they get!

I don't really care about the practicality of these, they are so effin' cute I can't get over it! I already have gloves that work with my touch screen, but wow I just want these in my life for the adorable factor.

Again, this is just so adorable. I think a Christmas jumper can sometimes be a 'wear once' type thing but little items like this can be worn more often. I just think items like this (not worn all together) make Christmas exciting but still doesn't look too gaudy.

I really like this to chuck over your coat and you can just cuddle up in it on the bus to work to keep you nice and snug. I'm also a huge fan of tartan style items so thats a plus!

This jumper is so pretty! It's perfect for Christmas day, and looks so warm yet not too frumpy like some jumpers can be. I love the colour and it's very flattering for most body shapes aswell.

These are my picks for some items on my winter wishlist, I really like the amount of faux fur this season and think it adds some sophistication in the colder months.

What do you think of these items?

Friday, 24 October 2014

The perfect blush for Autumn/Winter

If there's one make up area I definitely lack - it's in the face department. I've got plenty of options for foundation, eye shadow e.t.c but I literally have about 4 blushes, and they are all pink and quite summery. For quite a while I didn't even use blush/bronzer because I have quite red skin sometimes and just felt like it accentuated it. However, I'm now past that stage and am happy to use it, but still never bought more.

I've had this blush in my collection for probably just under a year, but I have absolutely fell in love with it. It's from Sleek and called Pomegranate, and oh my gosh it's so gorgeous for fall. 

I do really like sleek products and this is a perfect size for travelling and taking anywhere, and holy wow is it pigmented (wayyyy more than I thought it would be, where I learnt the hard way as I didn't swatch first and then ended up with a bright plum cheek with just a slight swish of a brush). I do like a bit of shimmer in my blushes, as it adds a nice glow and this has just the perfect amount that it isn't glitter on your face but is subtle and just enough.

Another thing I like is it blends out so nicely, and works really nicely with the hoola bronzer. This blush will definitely be getting a lot of use over the next few months and I'm so happy with rediscovering it in my collection.

What is your favourite blush for fall?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My favourite fall lipsticks

I am definitely a huge sucker for berry lips during Autumn/Winter. I put away all my pinks, glosses and light nudes and just slap on the darkest colours I can find. However, I always seem to just go in a circle with these few above and I'd thought I'd show you why I love them so much for this time of year.

Chanel Rouge Allure in shade Initiate 77
This was actually my first high end lipstick purchase in the duty free of JFK. I absolutely love the packaging and the whole pop out lipstick is just so chic and cool. This nude is slightly darker than my usual go to nude, and it's perfect for autumn and looks great with any make up look on the eyes. It's a little glossier than the rest of the lipsticks here and I really love it.

Rimmel Kate Moss in 107
Nearly every beauty bloggers favourite for autumn is this colour. I bought it last year and absolutely hated it - it looked patchy, never went on even and slid off my lips in about 30 minutes, however this year it's absolutely wonderful! Maybe my lips are just in better condition this year. It's perfect if you want a plum berry shade and it suits paler skin aswell.

Revlon balm stain in Crush
Honestly, I wear this all year round and it's one of my all time favourite lip products, but in A/W it's absolutely perfect. Slightly purple, slightly glossy but so wearable and lasts ages. You can dab it on to create more of a stain-y stain (?) or apply straight from the bullet for more colour impact and then it gently wears down into a stain, so you don't really need to touch up too much.

NARS Matte Lipstick in Cruella
I wear reds all year round however this one definitely screams Autumn more than Ruby Woo. It's less bright, lasts a good few hours and as it's slightly darker it just suits the weather more. I really love this colour and it's a very classy red shade.

Side note that my camera doesn't seem to be picking up the colours truthfully to what they actually look like, but mixing all these up in a routine looks wonderful for Autumn and you probably won't need another lip product until spring!

What's your go to lip product for fall?

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