Monday, July 22, 2019

Bellabox 'Beauty Snap' July Box!

Hi guys! Recently I was sent a Bellabox, which is very exciting! Despite my interest in YouTube 'unboxing' videos and reading blog posts about beauty boxes, I've never subscribed to any of these services myself. I think the last time I received a Bellabox was many years ago, so I was keen to get this baby open and see what it contained!

This is the July 2019 Box, called 'Beauty Snap'. Inside the blue spotty Bellabox, there's a product card detailing the contents, plus an ingredients card which is helpful for those with allergies, a preference for natural products or just those of us who are curious! You can also visit the Bellabox website for more information on the products included in your box. Let's have a look inside!

~ Luna By Luna Eyeshadow in Miracle (1.5g)
~ Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Coconut & Fig Hair Masque (38ml)
~ Liar Wrinkle Cheater Eye Roller (12ml)
~ Model Co Highlighting Shimmer Whip in Champagne (7ml)
~ Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask (10ml)
~ Plunketts Nutri-Synergy Intensive Working Hands (4g)

I'm loving the range of products in this box. There's makeup and skincare and even a haircare product, so there's enough variety to please most beauty lovers. Apart from the single use face mask and the sachet of hand moisturiser (a bonus product in this box), the remaining products are a generous size, and will take quite some time to use up. The Luna By Luna eyeshadow and Liar Wrinkle Cheater eye serum are in fact full sized products!

I'm really impressed with the Luna By Luna eyeshadow, especially since I've never heard of the brand! It's soft, smooth and easy to work with, blending out well. It's very pigmented too and can be built up for a more intense look. I'm loving it all over the lid with winged liner for when I don't have time to apply five different shades! {cruelty-free and gluten-free}

The Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Coconut & Fig Hair Masque smells ah-mazing! It's enriched with raw virgin coconut from Bali and fig essence. Having fine, thin hair that goes limp quite easily I was concerned this would smooth my hair into non-existence, but I needn't have worried. It resulted in smooth, soft, nourished, healthy looking hair, but not a lack of volume. I still used my root-lifting spray and volume mousse as well as volume dry shampoo at the roots, because my stupid hair needs all this just to look decent, but I had added shine and extra hydration as a bonus! {cruelty-free, gluten-free, sulphate and paraben-free, vegan}

The Liar Wrinkle Cheater Eye Serum comes in a handy eye roller and is 100% natural, containing Hyoxinol to boost cell renewal, Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate and copper to heal and smooth the skin. I love that the roller ball cools upon application as this is always a lovely feeling. The formula is a thin clear serum which absorbs easily. I haven't noticed that much of a difference in terms of wrinkle reduction yet, but will continue using it and see what happens. {cruelty-free, vegan, safe to use whilst pregnant and breastfeeding}

The Model Co Highlighting Shimmer Whip really surprised me! I'm not usually a fan of cream highlights, normally opting for powder highlighters, but this shimmer whip is really pretty and super flattering! It applies and blends well and can be built up for more of a pop of radiance if that's what you desire. I also applied a tiny bit down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid's bow for that finishing touch to my look. I enjoyed getting my glow on with this Champagne shade!

I'm always eager to try more products from the Yes To range, and I much prefer these types of masks over the increasingly popular sheet masks. The Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask contains 96% natural ingredients including charcoal to draw out impurities, salicylic acid to treat and prevent acne breakouts and a botanical blend of tomato, watermelon and pumpkin to condition the skin. The consistency of this mask is super thick, so much so that it was difficult getting it out of the packet and applying it to the skin! I could also feel it sitting heavily on my face. However it was worth the effort, because I experienced tighter pores, more even skin tone and brighter skin. Overall a vast improvement!

I love the John Plunkett Cosmeceuticals range of skincare! One of my favourite ever eye creams is the John Plunkett Collagen Eye Lift Firming Eye Cream which I've blogged about here so I was keen to try the Plunkett's NS Intensive Working Hands cream from their Nutri-Synergy range. This is an intensive repair treatment that provides relief for dry, cracked skin, rough patches, sensitive skin and frequently washed hands. I found it to be hydrating, nourishing and great to smooth out dry skin on my cuticles. A really lovely hand cream which I also enjoy using on my elbows!

You may be interested in The Limited Edition Christmas Bellabox!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mid-Week Mani: Rimmel Be Red-y

Hi guys! Here's a quick Mid-Week Mani for your Hump Day! I'm really into reds and dark shades at the moment, and I recently found this bottle in my collection, so I thought I'd pop it on. And by 'pop it on' I mean struggle to open the child-proof cap of my nail polish remover for 10 minutes, finally succeed and remove my old polish, do a quick tidy up with my nail file then whack this on. In exciting news I found my Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Top Coat when I was forced to clean my desk last week. I'd been wondering where that had got to!

If I were to describe this shade I'd say it's closer to 'cheerful' red than 'sexy' red and it's somewhat orangey but changes tones depending on the light. The brick background photo is taken outdoors so you can see the difference, the rest of the photos are taken indoors. 

Anyway, here's two coats of Rimmel Be Red-y (apparently 'flip flop fashion' according to the bottle, lol) and one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Top Coat. Hope you enjoy!

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Challenge Completed: 30 Netflix Movies In 30 Days!

Hi guys! In May I undertook a movie challenge, namely my 30 Netflix Movies in 30 Days Challenge. Did I get anywhere near watching 30 movies? No I did not. As it turned out, May was kind of busy, and I was all over the place, with long movie-less stretches, then days I'd get multiple titles watched in. My grand total was 16, which is over halfway at least! So here are the films I saw and what I thought of them!

I started off my challenge brilliantly with this unsettling horror film directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. This was so creepy, with amazing acting, including welcome comedic relief from the main character's best friend. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and loving this, and I don't even usually like horror films!

2. TAG
This ridiculous adventure is surprisingly based on real-life events, and although it's not going to win any awards, it's funny in parts and comes under the category of 'guilty pleasure' viewing for me. A movie you can just put on and not think about!

Much like TAG, GAME NIGHT is 'stupid funny' but if you're a fan of Jason Bateman comedies, you'll enjoy it. There were enough funny bits to keep me engaged with the interesting storyline.

First of all, I'll watch anything with Rebel Wilson in it #fangirlalert. Even though this was quite clever, I found it to be both good and bad at the same time. Not everything works, but it is ultimately satisfying. Side note: how many times have Rebel Wislon and Adam Devine starred together now? I love these two together!

I hated this film with every fibre of my being! It was utter bullshit, not even funny and barely watchable. The characters were horrible and offensive with no redeeming qualities and I basically hated all of them. Not even Rebel Wilson could save this abomination. Also, does Isla Fisher play exactly the same crazy, over the top character in every single film, or am I going insane?

I have mixed feeling about THE BIG SHORT. It has an impressive cast, and the story, based on real-life events, is very interesting. However, I found the celebrity cameos (Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie etc) as annoying as the rapidly cut together scenes. It was good overall, but I get the feeling most people enjoyed this one more than I did.

I love watching a comedy with a female lead cast! This is quite funny, and even though I looked on in horror at some of this, I also could relate to other parts! It's an entertaining romp and I'll now be seeking out the sequel. Stay tuned for the cast with their real life Mums during the end credits. It's quite sweet!

I really enjoyed Brie Larson's directorial debut film. Of course, I'm magnetically drawn to anything with unicorns as the subject matter, obviously! This is weird, mystical, whimsical, beautiful and a bit sad. With the added bonus of Samuel L Jackson, for the win! I highly recommend this one, for something out of the ordinary.

In this Woody Allen directed fantasy-comedy, Gil, Owen Wilson's character, goes back in time to 1920's Paris, a time and place this screenwriter and aspiring author romanticizes. I should probably read the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I keep giving them more chances, but I need to accept that I really don't enjoy Woody Allen films. Also, Rachel McAdams character in this is a total bitch, with not one redeeming quality. Ugh!

Here's a prime case of building up a movie too much in your head as you've been wanting to see it for so long, then being totally disappointed when it doesn't live up to your expectations. So I feel let down by this film, despite great performances from Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, another actor who I'll watch in anything. It was good, but not great. Oh well.

11. MOVIE 43
What. Is. This. Film? Well it's highly offensive, and it won't be for everyone. It's basically gross out humour starring an ensemble cast and split up into fourteen different stories, each directed by a different person (Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, James Gunn and Brett Ratner to name a few). Think Hugh Jackman with a ballsack on his neck and Chris Pratt with diarrhea after taking a laxative because his partner asks him to shit on her. No words. It's pretty dire and the best part is spotting all the stars who miraculously agreed to be a part of this!

I found this Melissa McCarthy comedy (written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone) to be incredibly unfunny, although it does improve slightly throughout. All I'll say is, thank God for Maya Rudolph.

This is an enjoyable cute and funny Netflix original coming of age story, dealing with sexual identity. Produced by Ben Stiller, it's heartfelt and very heartwarming. Recommended!

I really enjoyed this Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult starring sci-fi romantic drama. It was an atmospheric rollercoaster that had me enthralled throughout, reminding me of the classic Romeo and Juliet story in parts! It's a bit moody and slow, but if you're a fan of these actors, you'll enjoy it. Also starring Aussies Guy Pearce (with a very short haircut) and Jacki Weaver.

Zac Efron is amazing as serial killer Ted Bundy in this captivating film. It's super intense and I was seriously transfixed the whole time. Told from the point of view of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, this biographical crime thriller features one of Efron's best performances and legitimately makes me want to watch Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes series on Netflix as well.

Again, it's fantastic to see an all-female lead in a film. Although overlong, this is certainly funny and entertaining, and features a few notable gross-out comedy scenes. Tiffany Haddish is the absolute stand out star of GIRLS TRIP (although you may not be a fan if you find swearing objectionable); she is hilarious and I now have to watch everything else she's in!

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