Friday, 19 September 2014

Korean skincare sample round up...

Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-full cream
This facial moisturiser has a really strange but nice consistency to it. It looks like a thick white cream but once you touch it it kind of melts straight into the skin. It's non greasy and feels refreshing and hydrating. The scent reminds me of mens shower gel that are usually called stuff like 'aqua' and 'ocean'. It's quite strong, and I'm not to sure if the smell fits with a face cream.

Lioele Blooming Pearl Base
At first this looks pretty scary- it's a shimmery pearl pink base and I thought putting this all over my face would turn it into a metallic mess. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it brightened up my dull dry skin without making it too over the top with shimmer. My BB cream also blended really nicely over the top of this too! Will consider purchasing.

Holika Holika Premium Sheep Milk Yoghurt Wash Off Pack with wild berry: First off this smells amazing! So amazing in fact that as soon as I washed it off I went online to try and find a a full size tub. It also left my skin feeling fresh and smooth. Thumbs up!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

FOTD: pastel purple overload...

This was my attempt at an arty picture... haha 

Despite the fact that pastel purple make up really doesn't suit me I still cannot resist buying it all up. Lavender, lilac, whatever you want to call it- I just love the colour. So i decided to wear all lavender make up just for fun.

The stuff I used: Lioele Blooming Shimmer Pearl Base (sample sachet), Seventeen BB Cream, Benefit Fake Up concealer, Hello Kitty liquid eyeliner in Purple Fame (from Poundland), Tony Moly Delight Circle Lens Mascara, Etude House Water Colour Blusher in Lilac, and Mac Quite Cute lipstick mixed with Look Beauty Double Hit lip in Berry Blast.

With the winning combination of an old camera and an eternally unphotogenic face this was seriously the best picture I could come up with (╯◕_◕)╯┻━┻

Oh well. Are you drawn to colours that don't suit you, or is it just me?!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Recently watched...

Here are some things I've been watching lately...

Lucy (2014)
This started off as a really good badass thriller that slowly descended into complete ridiculousness. Despite that I still really enjoyed it! Even during the later half of the film when it was spouting all sorts of crazy "scientific" philosophy and trying to be all poignant. As with all Luc Benson films this looked amazing and sounded good too, but Scarlett Johansson's performance stole everything. It was also a bonus to see Korean actor Choi Min-sik as a mobster boss. 

In Their Skin (2012)
This was one of the most frustrating films ever. A house invasion film that looked like it could have an interesting story ended up being an hour and a half of me shouting angrily at the screen (they had so many missed opportunities!) There was an attempt at a twist but it fizzled out to a really disappointing 'nothing' kind of ending.

Magic Magic (2013)
Sky described this as a horror so I went into it expecting something completely different to what the film actually was. Following a young girl travelling to visit her cousin in Chille this follows her slow descent into madness after getting insomnia and struggling to cope in a place so far away from home. The film is pretty strange, but captures Alicia's breakdown and paranoia so well you find yourself questioning what is real and what is in her mind. I'd describe this as a dark psychological drama, which is well worth a watch.

Bates Motel
I've been waiting for this to come on Netflix for ages, and very quickly worked my way through season one's ten episodes. This is a prequel to the film Psycho but set in modern day, and follows an eighteen year old Norman Bates and his mother Norma just as they are moving into Bates Motel. The series is really dark and full of shady characters and the gradual development of Norman is interesting to watch. I'd definitely recommend this, and am eagerly awaiting series two being added to Netflix. (Damn you Netflix, why must you take so long?!) 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Etsy find: I Like Cats...

I've been following I Like Cats on Instagram for ages and when they mentioned they were selling some lucky dip bags I decided now was the time to make a purchase, because frankly I can never resist a lucky dip!

I Like Cats sell all sorts of adorable handmade accessories and jewellery for cat fans. I especially love the art prints, and badges. 

I bought the £5 lucky dip bag and it arrived jam packed full of things, they were so generous with what they included! I got a very handy pocket mirror and three super cute badges- I especially love the cat eyes one.

Also in the bag was this grrreat greetings card, a lovely handwritten note...

And finally these beautiful prints, which will be going in frames and straight up on my wall.

If you love cats then this store is definitely for you! Check out their site and etsy store.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Ebay picks: bags

Evil Clothing Fluffy Monster bag £21.99 here
Bunny Ears pastel backpack £12.19 here
Panda shoulder bag £11.40 here
Mini pouch bag £2.69 here
Milk Carton canvas bag £8.99 here
Cupcake canvas backpack £14.99 here
Cartoon plush bag £8.99 here

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Rimmel Metal Rush nail polish in Gold Save the Queen...

Cheesy name aside I love this shade from the Rimmel Metal Rush line. In some lights it's gold, and others a deep bronze. I managed to pick up this in Poundworld so it was also a complete bargain too. The above picture is with two coats and no top coat, it lasted without chipping for two days and then after that the chipping was only a little bit on the edges so this gets the thumbs up from me! 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Book review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn...

This was the last of Flynn's books that I hadn't read, and I think probably my favourite. It centres on Libby Day a 30-something still trying to come to terms with a terrible tragedy when she was seven; her brother brutally murdering her two older sisters and mother and her own testimony sending him to prison. Then she is contacted by a group who believe her brother Ben is innocent. Libby then starts to question the events of that night and try and get to the bottom of what really happened.

I enjoyed the way the book alternated chapters between first person Libby in the present day, and different members of her family on the day of the murders. It slowly unfolds that everyone had a trauma of their own they were trying to overcome. I'm pleased to say this was a rare time that I didn't guess the ending, not even close.

I found the story really intense, one that I couldn't forget. So much so I ended up reading this in two sittings as I was hooked and desperate to unravel the end. The book often mentions the notion of ripples- unintentional major consequences caused by minor events, which is exactly how this story unfolds. 

Another theme in this book is growing up. Libby struggles in adult life, and won't allow herself to move on from the incidents, Whilst her brother on the other hand seems to have coped strangely well. I really liked Libby, although she wasn't an outwardly likeable person. Her past had hardened her, and she was wary, and cold but human.

Dark Places, as the name suggests was very dark and scary- in an eerie, creepy way. It didn't hold back on the gore and I'd say is probably not for the faint hearted. It wasn't afraid to go to the darkest places of these characters minds. Overall, I recommend this book if you enjoy a dark suspenseful read that constantly keeps you guessing, and constantly keeps shocking you with how deep it will go.

"I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you can stomp on it."

(I also found out they are making this book into a film, and Charlize Theron has been cast as Libby which I think is a perfect choice.)