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Party Monster (DVD) 17/06/2005

Money, Success, Fame, Murder...

Party Monster (DVD) This has to be my favourite movie. Since watching it a few months ago for the first time, I've bought the video, soundtrack and book. So I guess you could say I liked it. I guess you're wondering what's so great about it, huh? Well, it's a 'fabulous' film, just to take a phrase out of the main characters' mouths. This film is about the price of fame, partying and drugs, and just how far some people go on their quest for fame. The story revolves around smalltown boy Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin) who moves to New York, desperate to avoid becoming like the ''drearies and normals'', craving a life filled with colour and play. ''One big party''. In the Big Apple, he meets the already famous James st. James (Seth Green). He begs him to teach him how to be fabulous, hanging on to his every word. James agrees reluctantly, and their strange, love/hate like relationship begins. Michael gets himself a job in a club as a party hoster, and his boss, Peter Gatien (Dylan McDermott) and he share, what Michael likes to think of as, a ''father and son'' relationship. Soon, ''the hateful little turd'', as James calls him, becomes the king of the 'Club Kids'- the new night-life trend Michael sets up for himself. The Club Kids dress in wacky and eccentric, costume-like outfits, all striving for 'fabulousness'. Nothing is too much. Michael's indeniable charm picks him up a boyfriend, Keoki(Wilmer Valderrama), effortlessly turning him bisexual; a girlfriend, Gitsie (Chloe ...

Thirteen DVD 17/06/2005

Who says teen years are the best of your life?

Thirteen DVD ...certainly not this movie. I'd heard about this film being very honest and compelling, and was intrigued. Although girly teen movies regularly hitting the screens are fun (who didn't love 'Legally Blonde', 'Clueless' and the like) these two metaphors describing 'Thirteen' don't quite come to mind. Teen movies tend to be very comic and amusing, but often a bit sickly sweet with their perfect endings. 'Thirteen' was just what I had expected- frank, gripping, although a bit too graphic in some scenes. Ironically, the movie about a thirteen year old girl's life comes with an '18' film certificate. Tracy Louise Freeland (Evan Rachel Wood) has been a well-behaved 'normal' (although slightly naive) girl for her 13 years. She lives with her mother, Mel (Holly Hunter) and older brother Mason (Brady Corbet). Her father has separated from her mother, and is virtually married to his work, which is clear to the audience later on in the movie. Tracy's friends are just like her- sweet, obedient but bordering on geeky. But after the summer holidays, Tracy returns to school to feel babyish compared to the most popular girl in the school, Evie Zamora (Nikki Reed) and her gang. Evie's influence on Tracy begins here. Evie makes a mocking comment on her socks, and even this minor comment has an impact on Tracy, as we watch her throw away her pair of socks in one of the next scenes. Tracy has a deperate want to be just like Evie, and the next day comes to school in the same ...

My Girl (DVD) 19/02/2005

My Girl

My Girl (DVD) I first watched this movie when I was about 10, which was actually quite perfect as I was nearly the same age as the protagonist of the movie. I rented it out with my sisters, and we loved it. It was cute, funny, with a touch of sadness. Recently, I caught the last half an hour or so of a programme which was on TV- '100 Greatest Tearjerkers' or so I think it was called. And guess what was in the top 10? ... 'My Girl'. It reminded me of this movie, and I made a note to myself to rent it out again sometime. However, I was in the DVD section in the bookstore 'Borders' a little while ago, and this DVD caught my eye. It was only about £6, so I thought I might as well. It was still just as entertaining as the first time I watched it, and I'm sure in about 5 years, I'll find it at the bottom of my drawers and watch it all over again. I'm pretty sure many of you will have already watched this movie. It's been around for quite a bit now, as it came out back in 1991. Wow...that means it's about 14 years old. (Only one year younger than me!) It's got quite a good cast, including Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin (at just 10 years old) and Anna Chlumksy (who seems to have dissapeared from the movie world after the My Girl sequel). The story revolves around 11-year old Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky), who lives with her widowed, undertaker father, Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), at their funeral parlor. Vada's mother died a few days after she was born because of ...

T-Zone Clear Up Spot Dots 09/10/2004

FATAL: Spots will die

T-Zone Clear Up Spot Dots Don't you just hate your skin sometimes? You cleanse, tone and moisturise, eat your fruit and veggies, but yet, out of nowhere, a spot crops up. Now, generally I have okay skin, but now and then a spot will still rear its ugly head. Whenever I get a spot, they annoy me to the max. I will load it with spot gel every 10 minutes, but it will still take several days before it begins to shrink noticeably. T-Zone Clear Up Spot Dots. They sound kind of cool, don't they? That's what I thought when I spotted them in my local Boots store. I picked up the green box, which sported the 'T-zone' logo, the product name in a bold lettering and a small picture of a clear-skinned teenage girl. Key phrases were also written on the front, to lure potential customers: 'Organic tea tree' 'Intense targeted action' 'Gets to the root of skin imperfections' There is also a small drawing of greyish-white round circles, which are supposed to represent the spot dots. However, these are rather inaccurate as the actual spot dots are clear, not white/grey. T-zone claims all their products are made using natural ingredients (all products contain tea tree oil) and encourage your skin to be clear and healthy. Usually I don't pick out products which claim their key ingredient for clearing up spots is tea tree oil. Previously, I have used face washes and spot gels whose main effective ingredient was tea tree oil, and although this helped keep my skin fresh and clean, they were all so gentle they ...

Clinique High Impact Mascara 26/09/2004

Flutter those clumps (sorry, eyelashes)

Clinique High Impact Mascara ''Wear it once and you'll feel naked without it.'' That's what I read as I was flicking through my magazine and stumbled across an ad for Clinique High Impact Mascara. Hmmm...intriguing. I love my mascara. Being half Asian, I (oh so unluckily) inherited my mother's short eyelashes, so I could empathise with this claim, as I do tend to feel a bit 'naked' without my mascara brushed onto my pathetic little lashes. My Maxfactor More Lashes mascara (excellent, in case you're wondering) was just running out, and I was on the search for a new one. Soon after, I found myself in a Boots store, and noticed the Clinique counter was having another 'Bonus Time' promotion. For those of you who don't know yet, Clinique do this every few months, and they basically offer you eight or so deluxe samples with the purchase of two or more Clinique products. Well, I had a look at the complimentary gifts, which included a miniature 'Happy' perfume, Clear Blemish Gel, Glosswear, and...oh yes, a 4ml High Impact Mascara! I went home with two Clinique purchases, a much lighter purse and a little box of miniature Clinique treasures. When the day came that my beloved Maxfactor had passed its three-month lifetime, I took out my High Impact mini. Well, the packaging is nothing special at all. I used to love the simplistic packaging Clinique offered, but having discovered the joy of the Benefit counters, I now detest the 'basic' style, finding it rather dull. This mascara is no exception, ...

10 Best-looking Celebrities 18/09/2004

Who is the fairest of them all?

10 Best-looking Celebrities Well, this is a hard question. Let's face it, these days there are lots of gorgeous celebs strutting around, and they all look very different . Some are gorgeous, and some not so much. However, these are those I find the most beautiful male and female celebrities, counting down... THE MALES No.10 =Jude Law (actor) He may be way older than me (not to mention way out of my league) but this guy sure is hot. He has great bone structure and nice eyes- Sienna Miller is one lucky chick! No. 9 = Orlando Bloom (actor) I personally think his acting is pretty mediocre, but at least he is blessed with good looks. (And a cool name!) He has nice, scruffy dark hair, and although he has a rather odd ensemble of features- a triangle nose, small eyes and thin lips, these are somehow combined rather well to create a rather fancyiable face. No.8 = Paul Walker (actor) What can I say? This guy is a real doll, and it works pretty well for him. He has dark blonde scruffy hair, amazing cheekbones and beautiful blue eyes. Undeniably beautiful. No.7= Ashton Kutcher (actor) Demi Moore's obviously fallen for him, and his pretty face probably had something to do with it. He has a heart-shaped face, tousled dark hair and a cute smile to match. No.6= Ryan Phillipe (actor) I can't believe he's the father of two. He's also married to the lovely Reese Witherspoon, who nearly got onto my females list, as she's gorgeous too. Their children will certainly be very ...

Nivea Lip Care Sun 11/09/2004

Protect that pout!

Nivea Lip Care Sun Lips seem to be one of the main places people forget to apply a sun protector. Many of us slather on lipbalms or lipsticks, but when it comes to protecting them from the sun, most of us don't bother. And why should you, you're busy already? Well, for one your lips are very delicate and don't have any protection against the sun. As the lips are not often covered up, they are constantly under attack from UVA and UVB rays, which means the delicate lip area could burn and get chapped, and even worse- longterm damage could be done. What kind of long term damage? Well, those in favour of a full pout, beware! Too much sun exposure can break down collagen in your lips (Natural protein which makes lips plump), which could consequently make your lips thinner and fine lines could form. Nice. Even worse, although UVb rays decrease noticeably after summer has finished, UVA has decided to stick with us all year round at pretty much the same level. And which one is the UVA rays, you ask? UVA is the one which is mostly responsible for long-term damage. Oh, joy. This is why I decided to buy a lip protectant at the beginning of this summer, and think I will keep one with me all the time now, whatever season. This Nivea product comes in a yellow container similar to a chunky lipstick. It is bright yellow is colour, and has the Nivea Lip Care logo, and states this product is SPF 25 (sun protection factor 25), which means it offers 25 times the protection your lips have ...

BeneFit Benetint 11/09/2004

I'm just naturally rosy...

BeneFit Benetint Yeah right. I've actually got very fair skin, but I'm kind of bored of the 'you've-been-tangoed' look, so it works for me. However, I do love makeup. Everyone always tells me I don't need to wear makeup at such a young age, but hey, it's fun! I just adore going home clutching a brand new overpriced 'essential' makeup piece I know I don't need, but the 'want' monster in me won the fight. Well, I had been reading some reviews on Benefit's Benetint on Ciao, and in the end I gave in and bought a bottle before I changed my mind. I already own two blushers right now- a light pink Bourjois powder, and a Ruby and Millie cheek tint stick. Yeah, the Ruby and Millie one seemed very similar to what I was about to buy, but I simply told myself I needed the Benetint because I wanted the cute little bottle, and because Benefit claimed it was 'often repeated, never duplicated'. Well, I wanted to see if it was as great as everyone made it out to be, so I quickly got down to Selfridges and I am now the proud owner of a bottle of Benetint. And it's only £21.50. WHAT THE f***? Yeah, that's pretty much what I thought. But don't just hit your backspace button right yet, because it's great, and it lasts ages, I can tell that already. The rose-tinted and scented potion comes in a 13ml container, a bit like a large nailvarnish bottle. That sounds a bit scary, but the dark liquid actually leaves a very natural and healthy blush. Think of what you look like when you've just gone for a ...

Clinique City Block 08/09/2004

Definitely Super!

Clinique City Block The sun is everywhere. Whether you're walking down the street, sitting in the park or, god forbid, sunbathing, the sun is constantly attacking your skin. Now don't get me wrong- I love the sun. The sun warms and lights up the world, but I wish it didn't have to come with pesky UVA and UVB rays. What's the difference? Well, UVB is mainly blamed for burning the skin, and UVA for skin damage and premature wrinkling. In fact, if you're worried about your skin ageing, you'd be far better off buying some sunscreen now than shelling out for expensive anti-wrinkle creams to try to undo all the damage. Prevention is better than cure. Well, I admit I hate the feel of most sunscreens. They tend to be greasy and sit on your skin, and I can understand why people hate the commitment of constant reapplications. I have bought plently of facial sunscreens before which tell me to 'reapply every one to two hours, and after swimming or sweating'. So what about the majority of women who like to wear a bit of facial makeup. Is it really reasonable to expect us to wash off our makeup every 'one to two hours', and apply another greasy layer of sunscreen to our faces? I think not. Not to worry. Need high sun protection which will last all day without feeling greasy? You've found it. Clinique Super City Block SPF25. As all Clinique products, it is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free: a bonus for sensitive or irritant-prone skins. The light lotion comes in a 40ml tube, and has very ...

Origins Range 10/08/2004

Quick, Hide!

Origins Range ORIGINS 'QUICK, HIDE! EASYBLEND CONCEALER' Don't you just hate shopping for concealers? From my experience, I've always found it very difficult to find a concealer which: A. Is the right colour match for your skin B. Covers up whilst looking natural C. Doesn't cake/melt D. Won't clog pores E. Is in your price range However, I think this concealer is a pretty good catch, so this review is for all concealer confused people out there! Why do I use concealer? Well, I would of course prefer not to have to, as natural skin is better than makeup skin, if you can get away with it. Now don't get me wrong, I don't wear greasy layers of thick foundations, as I always feel 'less is more', but I do need a bit of coverup. I use concealer only on a small area on my chin, which has some purplish/red pigmentation due to some odd spots I get there. I don't usually need it anywhere else, unless I get a big nasty spot, in which case, a dab of this will sort it out! Origins is a great brand for makeup. I love their simplistic yet sophisticated packaging, which shows it's no-nonsense approach to makeup. However, if you want to clown around with tacky, plastic looking makeup, look elsewhere. Origins' aim is to enhance your features, without overpowering and covering them- Natural is the key. As is written on their makeup section online, ''Origins believes that makeup should make you look and feel like a fresh, new you- not like someone you barely recognize. ...

BeneFit Maybe Baby 09/08/2004

Am I Dreaming?

BeneFit Maybe Baby Benefit's 'Maybe Baby' is a must-have summery scent. After Benefit has been selling the 'Bathina' line with success, and cleverly made a perfume with he same lovely fragrance. And I am glad they did! First Impressions I first smelled the perfume in House of Fraser, when the girls at Benefit asked if my friend and I would like to try out some new products. I instantly fell in love with the soft, girly scent that lingered on me that day, and am asking for this for my next birthday! Bottle Design The bottle is not as sophisticated or glamorous as some you might come across, but still manages to be cute and girly. It suits the delicate scent perfectly, which I will talk about later. The bottle has an unsual shape. It is like a wide, rounded, hollow glass ball in the middle, balanced on a smaller glass ball, and with a simple black lid. The tranlucent glass aloows you to see through the bottle, and see the soft, rose tinted liquid. Across the rounded bottle, short phrases are etched in an artistic scrawl, such as: Maybe Baby' 'Do you dare?' 'Do you want to know a secret?' 'Am I Dreaming?'. This adds to its allure to customers, by making it sexy and flirtatious. Fragrance It has a top note of apricot and white ginger, so the first thing that hits your senses is a fruity and zesty scent. The middle tone cools down the fragrance with refreshing lychee, blossoms, and bergamot. The mellow base note is what lingers long after, with ...

Clearasil Range 27/07/2004

Lesson: Crystal Clear(asil) 2

Clearasil Range Welcome to today's lesson. Please sit comfortably and learn from my experiences. As you've all clicked on this review, you have chosen to be here, so please be respectful and pay attention (and please give me a nice high rating so I can feel pleased with the time I have put in to teach you all!) Doesn't everyone know about Clearasil? I first heard of it years and years ago. It just seems like one of the most advertised spot treatment brands around. Despite this, I don't think I have ever purchased Clearasil products until a few months ago, but I'm now using the Daily Cream Wash (see prev. review, 'Crystal Clear(asil)') which I had brilliant results with, and this is my second Clearasil review. The product all you lovely pupils will learn about today is: 'Clearasil Active Treatment Cream'. (Let's get this lesson started!) First, I will tell you all about the ...PACKAGING: A small 20g tube with the usual Clearasil theme colours: red, white and blue. The meager tube is stored in a rather roomy box, probably especially designed so as to make the product appear larger, and therefore attract customers. The colour theme on the box is identical to the tube. On front of the tube, 'Clearasil' is written, slanted towards the top, and below, 'Active Treatment Cream', and directly underneath: 'Breaks the spot cycle' Right at the bottom, 'Colourless' is lettered. (There is also a 'Coloured' version, which is like a spot cream/concealer. I have never tried this ...

Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator 25/07/2004

Glow, Baby, Glow!

Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Have you ever wondered how supermodels get that healthy, radiant glow sought after by so many? Well, I can't promise you a size 6 figure, pouty lips or Bambi eyes, but I'll give you a tip on how to buy yourself a supermodel glow for under £10: Revlon SkinLights Face Illuminator Lotion. So what's so great about this highlighter? Well, it subtley highlights the skin, giving you radiant, glowing skin to die for. It brightens up dull skin in no time. Plus, it contains SPF 15 and vitamin C and E. Great, so can I use it to replace my facial sunscreen? I would not recommend it. Although this lotion is light, oil-free, and contains a reasonable SPF, you should remember it is an illuminating lotion. In other word: a skin highlighter. Using a highlighter over the whole face area will just make your skin appear overly shiny, and if your whole face is highlighted, nothing will particularly stand out. Here's an example: If you had a revision page for a test and a highlighter pen, and were told to highlight the important bits, would you highlight the whole lot? Of course not! You'd highlight the key words/ sentences you'd want to stand out the most. Use the same rules for your face: highlight the areas of your face which usually reflect light- enhance it. How much do you use? A little goes a long way. You can mix a few drops in with your foundation for a brighter look, or use just a few drops to highlight cheekbones, and perhaps smooth a bit below the ...

Clearasil Daily Face Wash 24/07/2004

Crystal Clear(asil)

Clearasil Daily Face Wash PRODUCT DETAILS Product name: Clearasil Daily Cream Wash Quanitity: 150ml Claims: 'Gently purifies the skin... gives a deep but gentle clean...without over-drying...clean, soft and smooth'. PACKAGING The container is a triangular tube, with the traditional Clearasil colour them: blue, red and white. -Front- The top and base applicator are white. There is a red curve from the top right to bottom left, above which it is coloured a shade-changing blue. In this space 'Clearasil' is written in white, which is slanted upwards. Underneath the red curve, the colour is a deeper shade of blue, with two diamond shapes on the right, and underneath it says: 'Daily Cream Wash' (underlined in red). Under this are pointers (using the diamond shape to replace bullet points): ' Foams away dirt and oil' ' Anti-bacterial' 'Clear, soft, smooth skin'. -Back- The whole back is coloured plain white, apart from the lettering, which is in dark blue, and the lettering of the information and instructions headlines, which are in negative white, surrounded by red. INSTRUCTIONS The instructions, as on back of tube: 'Use twice a day for clear, soft skin. Work a pea-sized amount into a rich foamy lather. Gently massage the lather onto the face for about 30 seconds and then rinse well'. I follow these instructions as listed, and gave had no problems so far. Occasionally if I am in a rush and don't have time to wash my face, I will use a facial wipe ...

Boots Natural Collection Lip Balm 24/07/2004

Vanilla Lips

Boots Natural Collection Lip Balm PACKAGING DETAILS Name of product: 'Natural Collection Vanilla Lipsalve' Description at back: 'Vanilla flavoured lipsalve to help soothe and protect lips'. PACKAGING The product is an ivory coloured stick lipbalm stored in its usual form: a swivel-out cylindrical container. The container is made out of shiny white plastic, and on the front is a picture of an cartoon type flower. Above is lettered in black, 'Natural Collection', and underneath, 'Vanilla lip salve'. I am aware of a change in the Natural Collection lipsalve packaging, as I owned this very lipsalve several years ago, and the packaging was different. Back then, it was a black, matted plastic, and had a picture of a set of rouge lips. I think both of these packages were quite nice, but I prefer the current packaging. However, I believe the lactual product has remained the same. SCENT AND TASTE The lipsalve is subtley scented of vanilla icecream, and tastes exactly the same. All in all, very pleasant- not at all sickly. FUNCTION I find this lipbalm to be extremely moisturising, and unlike thick, gooey balms (often the potted lipbalms) leave a thin yet effective coat of the salve. It appears as a subtle sheen on the lips, and is colourless. When the balm wears off (mostly for me this was when I had eaten/drunk, or licked my lips because of the lovely taste!) the lips are left feeling kissably soft and silky. If you're like me, you'll find yourself virtually addicted and ...
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