Brief reviews on Good Reads.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
I bought this polish when I was banning myself from purchasing unnecessary items; e.g telling myself that I do not need ten near identical shades of pink etc. Marquis d'Mauve is a colour that seems unique to OPI and I haven't found a dupe for it anywhere. It's a beautiful rose-bronze-gold mix, which in the bottle sort of looks like a MAC mineralize skinfinish. So pretty.
Monday, 27 June 2011
The Olive Branch shower gel – The very first time I tried this, I wasn’t that keen on the scent as it reminds me of a lot of stereotypical ‘male’ shower gels, but it’s really grown on me and I use it as a refreshing change ever now and again.
Happy Hippy shower gel – Probably my all time favourite showe gel from Lush that I can purchase all year round. It smells like a citrusy fruit cocktail and it’s also great doubled up as a shampoo. Perfect for travelling around with.
Sugar Scrub – I’ve tried the other scrub (the white one called Sugar Babe) and this green one has a wonderful herbal type of scent but is much rougher, so do use with care. I smush these into a pot, add some water and make it into a scrubby paste and find them very effective.
Soft Coeur massage bar – I use the massage bars as solid perfumes and sometimes as a solid body moisturiser. This one has a lovely scent (very sweet but not too sickly), but what’s with that piece of chocolate inside it?! It’s great until it melts and hits the chocolate part, just gets too messy thereafter.
Stepping Stone foot scrub – Smells amazing, quite zingy, but I didn’t think much of its actual use. It was much too soft and crumbled very easily. I turned this into a paste again using the method above and got two uses out of it. I don’t think I’d repurchase this. Probably better if I used the Sugar Scrub on my feet instead.
Buffy bar – I can’t really agree with its claims on slaying cellulite because I don’t think anything ever changes the appearance of mine, but I absolutely love this product as a solid moisturizer that also exfoliates. I use it in the shower (turning the water off, layering this on and then rinsing it off) and it makes my skin unbelievably soft. Buffy is also one of my essentials during winter because it means I don’t have to apply cold moisturiser after a nice hot shower!
Sunday, 19 June 2011
1. Dogtooth (2009) - Bizarre Greek film. Two parents shelter their three teenage children from the outside world through their own version of home schooling where an 'elephant' may be the name for a cup etc and planes fall from the sky in toy form. Very strange.
2. Jesus' Son (2000) - This is currently streaming for free on LoveFilm and I know a lot of people seem to rate it, but I found it quite dull. There are much better junkie/lifestyle films out there.
3. The Lake House (2006) - Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock star in this love story that also features a time travelling mailbox. It is better than it sounds.
4. Marie Antoinette (2006) - I have lost count of how many times I've seen this, one of my favourites. So beautifully shot, decadent and youthful.
5. Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief (2010) - This was OK, you might like it if you like the Harry Potter franchise.
6. Remember Me (2010) - R-Patz and Claire from Lost fall in love despite their family troubles, the ending is a real tearjerker.
7. Secretary (2003) - 'Sexy black comedy' with a very mild S&M theme - honestly I know that this may have shocked people a couple of years ago, but my open mind found this very tame with its subject matter. I didn't see what all the fuss was about.
8. Sex and the City 2 (2010) - I loved the first movie, but found this sequel incredibly cringeworthy!
9. Taken (2009) - I found this Liam Neeson thriller to be very annoying on so many levels. I kind of interpreted it early on as one of those irritating 'America is such a lovely safe place and everywhere else is bad' type of films. The bad place in this, where Neeson's characters' daughter is kidnapped, drugged up and sold as a high end sex slave, being Paris. I've no doubt that sex trafficking does happen in Paris, but there were certainly some political undertones going on here.
10. Youth In Revolt (2010) - This could have been so much better, it was just mostly boring with a tiny handful of laughs in it.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Maxi dress - Warehouse / Nails - Barry M Coral 296
I bought these shoes from Marks and Spencer the week before I went away. I'm always a bit wary of shoes and clothes with embellishment or any kind of beading on because they have a tendency to come off. I should have listened to my gut instinct. Two days into my holiday, the beads on the left shoe started to come off and some of the fabric at the top began to unravel. I wasn't impressed. As you can see from the photo, ALL of the beads around the first circle piece on the left shoe have come off and then some of the other beads decided to part ways too. The same began to happen on the right shoe. ANNOYING.
Back in the UK, I took them swiftly back to M&S, and they grumbled a bit as I complained. The conversation went a little like this...
Me: "Look, this is what has happened in just a few days of me wearing them!"
SA: "Well, because they have been worn, we can't really give you a refund..."
Me: "Can I speak to the manager then?"
SA: "OK, would a credit note be suitable?"
Me: "That's fine."
I've never had an issue with Marks and Spencer's shoes before but one woman behind me at Customer Services said she'll be bringing back some diamante flip flops that are less sparkly now due to the faux gems coming off. I have learnt my lesson: must say NO to shoes like the above in the future, they only look good for a day or so.