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Priceless (DVD) 23/12/2011

Priceless dvd

Priceless (DVD) I received the Priceless dvd for my birthday because I've already seen a couple of Audrey Tautou films and enjoyed them. Priceless is originally in French, because obviously the actors are French, so I wouldn't recommend if you don't want to be reading subtitles in English. The genre of the film is comedy so it's light-hearted and not to be taken too seriously. The beginning of the film is all about misunderstandings (similar to Beautiful Lies, which also stars Audrey Tautou!). The main character Irene is a gold digger who is only interested in men for their money. She is staying in an expensive hotel to celebrate her birthday and meets the male lead, Jean, in the bar. Irene mistakes Jean for another guest at the hotel, but he is actually the bartender. When Irene realises the mistake (and the fact that Jean is not rich), she is furious and wants nothing more to do with him. He has, however, already fallen for her and persists in trying to win her back. The rest of the film is like a game of cat and mouse, with more twists and turns along the way. The dvd cover states that you'll love this is you liked Breakfast At Tiffany's - I can see the similarities. The film is only rated a 12 so it's suitable for most and isn't highly inappropriate. The running time is approx 101 minutes. Extra features include deleted scenes, making of, behind the scenes and the theatrical trailer. One of the highlights of this film is definitely the beautiful French scenery. The plot is also ...

Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara 31/08/2011

Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara

Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara I originally went to buy this for somebody else, who'd asked me to purchase the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, in the black tube (£10.99 I think). I went into Boots and accidentally picked up this newer version instead - the Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara (£11.99). The fusion version is an update on the original version, and has an additional lengthening formula for lashes, as well as the original volumising formula. This fusion version comes in a similar tube to the original, but is bright purple instead of black. When I got to the till, there was a deal on which meant that I could buy an extra tube of the same fusion mascara for just a couple of pounds! This was a brilliant deal - even the sales assistant thought so! So I picked up a second tube to try out myself. The tube is quite 'fat' around the middle which gives off the idea of volume right away. The rest of the design is fairly standard - the top screws off and the brush is attached. The brush is really well-designed to prevent clumping - loads of tiny, soft bristles, which also help to reach the shorter lashes. The version I bought was the non-waterproof (but it comes in waterproof), black shade (also comes in black/brown). Application is really easy, and you can see the effect with just one coat. I really noticed the effect on my bottom lashes in particular. One coat is fine as it is, or two coats intensifies the look even more. I wouldn't really call it a 'false lash' effect, though. My ...

Mac Strobe Liquid Lotion 31/08/2011

MAC Strobe Liquid Illuminating Lotion

Mac Strobe Liquid Lotion I've been trying to update my make-up bag lately (with money I don't have!), and decided to invest in some highlighter. As I mention in almost every review, I have quite dry skin, so it can look very dull and 'tired' sometimes. Anyway, when I saw this highlighter on the MAC website, I thought it might be a good investment. I did wince a little at the price (21.50), but I often end up trying to save money by trying cheaper products which don't work very well - so I just decided to go for it. The highlighter claims to use iridescent pigments to produce a radiant, natural-looking glow, whilst reducing the appearance of imperfections on the skin. It's a lighter-weight version of MAC's Strobe Cream, which I believe has a richer consistency. The design is fairly simple. The bottle comes packaged in a white box, and the bottle holds 50ml, which I think is quite a lot. The bottle has a black cap on top, which you can twist round to either 'open' or 'close' the nozzle. When open, you can push down on the nozzle which dispense a small drop of the liquid. The bottle is clear plastic, which is great, as you can see how much of the liquid you have left. The liquid is also a great colour, so it makes the bottle look prettier. It looks almost pure white in the bottle, with shimmery, iridescent tones when it catches the light. Once you apply it though, it looks much more natural and translucent. As I mentioned, one push of the nozzle dispenses just a small amount. This is good because a ...

Boots Natural Collection Moisture Shine 22/08/2011

Boots Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick

Boots Natural Collection Moisture Shine I was recently browsing the make-up stands in Boots when I came across the Natural Collection lipsticks. I usually skipped past the Natural Collection stand, admittedly because I didn't believe that any of it could be very good quality. The Boots Natural Collection brand has been around for years though, consisting of natural products like shower gels, body sprays and make-up. On this occasion, I noticed that their lipsticks came in a huge variety of natural-looking everyday shades and it was just what I'd been looking for. Then I noticed the price: only £1.99! I was in slight disbelief that they were so cheap. As a student on a budget, I decided I had to give them a go - it only took about another half hour to decide which shade to get! In the end, I plumped for the Biscuit shade, which is a sort of a light golden brown. Each and every one of the shades is natural-looking, though. There are pink tones, nude and browner shades. For the amazing price I could've bought a couple, but I decided to try just one out at first since I wasn't sure how it would look on. The packaging is very simple, as you'd expect from a brand called Natural Collection - the tube is white plastic, with a sticker on the bottom which tells you which shade it is. The lipstick twists up from the bottom, as with most lipsticks. The design is not exactly exciting, but I'd much prefer to pay such a low price for simpler packaging. The lipstick isn't like most other lipsticks - on application, it feels ...

MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation 11/08/2011

MAC Mineralize Foundation, SPF 15

MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation This is the first time I've actually purchased MAC cosmetics. This is because I don't have a MAC store anywhere near where I live and I'd also been put off by the high prices. However, my old mineral foundation was running out and I'd heard great things about MAC's range of foundations, so I decided to go for it. Firstly, MAC stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics and the company manufactures a wide range of cosmetics (in case you hadn't guessed!). MAC was originally aimed towards professional make-up artists, so there are no doubts that the products are of good quality. Since MAC currently do a variety of foundations, I firstly went to the website to see which would be best for me ( Here, you can do a really quick 'quiz' to determine your skin type. The website recommended me this Mineralize Foundation, SPF 15 in NC24 or NC25. It's best for those with dryer skin, which needs a bit of a boost and hydration. I was recently on a trip and found myself near a MAC store, so I ventured in to see if I could find the foundation. All the foundations are packaged similarly, so it was quite difficult to find the one which I wanted. The Mineralize Foundation is not to be confused with the Mineralize Foundation Satinfinish, for example (although they are similar). The best thing would be to locate one of the in-store assistants, who give advice and do makeovers. The store was busy when I went in, and all the assistants basically ignored me so it's a good thing I knew what ...

Crazy in Love - Chris Manby 10/08/2011

Crazy In Love - Chrissie Manby

Crazy in Love - Chris Manby Just finished reading Crazy In Love by Chrissie Manby, as I wanted some light reading. I actually got this book free with a magazine awhile ago, but it's around £6 on Amazon just now. Kind of glad I didn't pay full price for this. Chrissie Manby is a British author and has written many other chick-lit books before Crazy In Love, so she is quite well-established. This is the first of her books which I have read, though. The paperback cover is cream/pale yellow, with hot pink lettering. Basically, the book is set in the US and the plot revolves around a rich, famous heiress called Birdie Sederburg. She has a huge crush on a famous actor called Dean Stevenson, who stars in a TV show called PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). She manages to catch Dean's attention by deliberately crashing into his car, and he agrees to a date with her to boost his own publicity. The only problem is, she is crazily in love with him. As she sense his growing disinterest in her, she devises a drastic plan. She decides to stage her own kidnap - that'll get his attention! Cue a ridiculous chain of events, involving Birdie's best friend Chipper, her assistant Clemency (who used to be a man), and eco-warrier/gardener Nate, who gets tied up in it all. The book is quite readable, and I got through it pretty quickly. The chapters are short, and it is light-hearted and quite funny at times. However, it was pretty ridiculous at times, and the writing was not fantastic. Some of the characters' names were just ...

Millennium Bailey's Hotel, London 07/08/2011

Millennium Bailey's Hotel, London

Millennium Bailey's Hotel, London I recently visited London for a few days for a last-minute trip with my sister, and we decided to stay at the Millennium Bailey's hotel in Kensington. We booked online for a very reasonable price. Arriving from the Gloucester Road tube station, I was very impressed to see that the hotel is literally right opposite the station. It's in an ideal location if you'll be travelling to central places by tube, like I did (e.g. Covent garden, Hyde Park, Oxford St). The staff are very polite, and there was usually always somebody there to hold the door open for us on our arrival. The front of the hotel and the lobby both look quite impressive - the lobby has a rich red carpet and the staircase winds upwards with gold banisters. Check-in was a disappointment, though - we'd requested two single beds when booking online, only to find that we were being given a room with one double bed instead. The only option the receptionist offered was for us to pay extra for a different room. We decided to stick with the double bed room on the first floor, since the extra price we'd have to pay was quite a lot more. Upon seeing the room, I wonder if we should have been more persistent, as it was smaller than I'd expected. Sleeping in the double bed, in such a confined room, was far from ideal. Another problem was the TV in the room - it just wouldn't switch on. A quick phone call to reception got it fixed, but there were more problems after that, which meant the volume was loud and couldn't be ...

Anna Karenin - Rosemary Edmonds 07/08/2011

Anna Karenin - Leo Tolstoy (translated by Rosemary Edmonds)

Anna Karenin - Rosemary Edmonds I'd been reading Anna Karenin (more famously known as Anna Karenina) on and off for a couple of years (yes really!!) and I finally finished it earlier this summer. In case any of you are thinking of reading this particular version, I thought I'd write a review on it. I purchased a used version of the book from Amazon for a reasonable price of around £4. It's a first edition paperback version, with a cream cover and a portrait of 'Anna' on the front. Although originally written by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, this version has been translated into English by Rosemary Edmonds. The reason Rosemary Edmonds changes the title (originally Anna Karenina) is because when Russian women marry, they add an 'a' onto the end of their new surname. In England/English, this would not be the case. I would have preferred for the title to be kept the same, as the book is originally Russian after all; however, the title doesn't affect the book's content in the slightest. Basically, the novel is about upper-middle class Russian society. A beautiful woman named Anna falls in love with Count Vronsky, and her existing marriage falls to pieces, with tragic consequences. Meanwhile, the other characters are involved in their own relationship issues. Levin (loosely based on Tolstoy himself) is in love with Kitty, the youngest of three daughters. Dolly is coming to terms with her husband Oblonsky's unfaithfulness. The novel takes place over several years, over several different locations (mainly ...

Nivea Lip Balm 29/07/2011

Nivea A Kiss of Flavour Cherry Tinted Lip Balm

Nivea Lip Balm I didn't go out and purchase Nivea's cherry tinted lip balm, but I thought I'd try it out since it was given to me for free (retail price is around £3.90 I think). I already use the Nivea Soft body lotion which I think is brilliant and so moisturising, so I was looking forward to trying the lip balm. In terms of packaging, it's fairly standard - it's a plastic tube with a lid and the lip balm extends as you twist the bottom. I find tubes like this much easy to use than lip balms which come in a pot - also more hygienic! The lid is a dark pink, cherry shade which matches the shade of the lip balm itself. Nivea claims that this lip balm achieves long-lasting moisturisation, with a juicy cherry flavour and subtle red sheen. I would definitely agree that the lip balm smells good - very fruity. It's also very easy to apply, and soft on the lips. There is a definite hint of colour, although I wouldn't say that it's red, it's more of a raspberry pink. This is a great way of quickly adding some natural-looking colour to the face, for a more polished look. I would have preferred more of a red shade though, due to my skin tone. The colour is fairly long-lasting and is still noticeable after application, although I don't think the balm is as moisturising as it claims to be. My lips do get quite dry, as my skin in general is dry, and I haven't found this Nivea balm to be as effective as other lip balms which I've tried. Maybe others with less dry skin would have more luck! I would ...

Kodak EASYSHARE Z981 17/07/2011

Kodak Easyshare z981

Kodak EASYSHARE Z981 I'm really interested in photography and trying to develop my skills further, so I purchased this Kodak z981 camera from Amazon as a step up from my usual point-and-shoot. I'll be first to raise my hand and say that I'm definitely no expert in photography, so I'm unable to fully judge each technical aspect of the camera yet - but I'll give my opinion on what I think so far! I spent awhile researching which camera to buy, and decided to go for Kodak, purely because a friend of mine takes stunning photos with a similar model. I already knew I couldn't afford a digital slr camera, and my ability levels are probably more suited to this bridge camera to begin with. Most beginner slr cameras are around the £500 mark, whilst this Kodak z981 was an absolute bargain at around £180. The camera is 14MP, with 3.0inch screen and amazing 26x optical zoom. The main advantage of a bridge camera like this is that it is mid-way between compact cameras and dslr's. It offers more creative control than a compact camera, with much longer zoom, but is not as expensive/heavy/large as an slr (although the slr obviously provides much more control and better quality photos). The advantages of a bridge camera are all explained on the Amazon page. The camera is black, and comes boxed with a brief user guide, neck strap, 4 rechargable AA batteries, battery charger and a USB cable. There are a couple of other cables but I'm not sure what these are for, in all honesty. The camera has many features. The ...

Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli 14/07/2011

Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli Stargirl, written by Jerry Spinelli makes a bold statement right away - the glossy front cover is a bright, hot pink and is completely free of text. The only thing it gives away is a pictorial version of the title - a raised white star and female stick figure. It's definitely stands out on a bookshelf, and raises a lot of mystery, which is why I picked this out in the first place. I first read this when I was younger, as it is aimed at younger people who are around maybe 10-15years. I have since re-read it, though, and it never fails to impress, even though I'm older now. It was also a bargain £4.99 when I purchased it back in the day! The back cover reveals more about the actual plot: 'Stargirl. She's as magical as the desert sky. As mysterious as her own name'... 'And she captures Leo's heart with just one smile'. 'Celebrating non-conformity and the thrill of first love'. Some reviews are also included: 'magical' and 'unforgettable', both of which I agree with! Jerry Spinelli is an American author, and the book is set in the US. It's not too long at 192 pages, which are split into 33 short chapters. There is a short introduction named 'Porcupine Necktie', which immediately lets us know that this book is a bit out-there! The conclusion of the book is called 'More Than Stars' and is incredibly touching. Basically, the book is written from the perspective of Leo, who is a fairly popular tenth-grader at school. One day, a mysterious new student who calls herself 'Stargirl' ...

Paris, Je T'Aime (DVD) 12/07/2011

Paris, Je T'Aime

Paris, Je T'Aime (DVD) I mentioned Paris, Je T'Aime in one of my other reviews, so I thought I'd go ahead and review it in full for anyone who is thinking of watching it. I didn't actually purchase the dvd myself, but it's in the house already - the back cover made it sound amazing so I thought I'd watch it. 'Prepare to be impressed beyond words' was one description. To be fair, I was probably going to be disappointed from the beginning, since that review got my hopes up pretty high! The front cover also looks really interesting, featuring a big red heart made up of Eiffel Towers. A border of the directors' names runs around it. The basis of the film is original and quite quirky. Basically, everything is built around the infamous perception that Paris is the 'City of Love'. The film is not really a film, as such - it is a collection of 18 different short films, each one created by different filmmakers. They are non-linear and can be watched in any order - the only thing which links them is that they are all set in an area of Paris (some more well-known than others), and are all related to love in some way. The total running time is around 2hours. Some of the directors include The Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne and Gus Van Sant. The cast is pretty impressive too, with appearances from Elijah Wood, Natalie Portman and Juliette Binoche. I'd say it's worth giving this a watch if you're a fan of any of these actors/directors, as it's sometimes nice to see some of the more low-key things they've been ...

My Blueberry Nights (DVD) 10/07/2011

My Blueberry Nights

My Blueberry Nights (DVD) My Blueberry Nights was released back in 2007, but I just got around to watching it last night. I wasn't entirely sure what the film was about to begin with, as the title doesn't give much away. Seeing as I'm already a fan of Natalie Portman and Jude Law though (they both have roles in the film), I figured I'd probably like it. The film was directed by Kar Wai Wong - not being a huge movie buff, I must admit that I hadn't heard of him before. Apparently he has quite a distinctive directive style though, which I could see from watching the film. I'm now quite keen to watch some of his other films and see if there are any similarities. Onto the actual film, though. My Blueberry Nights is described as being an 'art house' film, which is right up my street. I tend to like offbeat, quirky films so I'd recommend this if you're the same. Before watching I did notice that the film had a PG-13 rating, and was a bit dubious as to whether the plot would have much substance to it. Most films with this rating are aimed younger teens/children, and have a rather fluffy plot and token happy ending (a sweeping generalisation, I know). After watching My Blueberry Nights though, I wasn't disappointed. It wasn't a case of the plot being boring or too light-hearted; there just didn't happen to be any need for nudity, or constant swearing (which some films seem to include just for the sake of it). Basically, the film begins in a New York cafe, where Jeremy (Jude Law) is the owner. (He's supposed ...

Nosh 4 Students: A Fun Student Cookbook. See every recipe in FULL COLOUR. 50% more recipes than its previous Best Selling Edition.: A Fun Student Cookbook - Joy May 07/07/2011

'nosh 4 students' - a cookbook for students

Nosh 4 Students: A Fun Student Cookbook. See every recipe in FULL COLOUR. 50% more recipes than its previous Best Selling Edition.: A Fun Student Cookbook - Joy May I received this 'nosh 4 students' cookbook for students as a a fun present just before I entered my third year of uni. Although I had already survived the first two years away from home, I hadn't really done much cooking (think lots of cheese toasties, not the healthiest of options!). With so much spare time as a student, I then decided to make a conscious decision to cook more. This book provided a great starting point, as it covers a lot of basic, classic, generally healthy recipes which are affordable and not too difficult to follow. The book costs around £5 on Amazon which I think is really quite cheap. It's paperback, with a colourful mosaic-style front cover with photos of students. The pages are glossy with full colour, so it's really simple to flick through and see which meals you like the look of. There is also a separate, vegetarian version of this book, although I haven't bought this. The only thing I was initially dubious about was the 'slang 'title, but it's pretty easy to skip past this. The back cover explains a bit more about the author, Joy May, who wrote the book after her own son left for university. None of the recipes require weighing scales which I think is brilliant - firstly, I don't personally own weighing scales and, if I did, I wouldn't want to drag them along to uni with me. Measurements tend to be more by 'cupfuls' or 'halves/quarters' - slightly more vague, but all you need is a bit of common sense. Even if you add slightly more or less of an ...

Warehouse - Keith Gray 25/06/2011

Warehouse - Keth Gray

Warehouse - Keith Gray I first read the book Warehouse, written by Keith Gray, years ago. I was around 15 years old, and had picked it up in the school library. I wasn't expecting too much from it at first - it was just a book to read to kill time during class. However, it was so readable and interesting that it stayed with me after I'd finished it. I even purchased it so I could read it again, and it still sits on my bookshelf even though I'm probably a little too old for it now! Keith Gray is a British author who has written books for children and young adults. This was the first book of his that I'd read, but I then went and read some of his other books, like 'Malarkey' and 'Creepers', which were also good. The cover of 'Warehouse' is predominantly yellow, showing an orange figure running away, with the outline of a warehouse in the background. It defines the word 'warehouse' along the top of the cover - 'for storage of unwanted goods'. This sums up the plot perfectly. There are brief reviews on the back cover, which hint at the plot too - 'gutsy, gripping, dangerous'; 'giving voices to the underdogs'. The book is split into 3 parts - each following the events a different character. Each part itself is split into readable chapters. The whole book is only 216 pages, so it's not difficult to read. Part one follows the character of Robbie, a teen who is looking for refuge. He is introduced to the warehouse - where he finds many others in his position. Basically, the warehouse is and unofficial ...
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