Friday, 28 September 2012

Benefit Haul #1

Hello everyone! I've been slightly MIA over the last couple of weeks or so because I've been cramming all of the uni work that I should have been doing over summer into the last month, oops... Anyway, here's a little post so that you know that I'm not gone forever.

L-R: "that gal" Brightening Face Primer £21.50, Foamingly Clean Facial Wash £16.50 and The Porefessional £23.50

Benefit are by far my favourite make up brand, considering they're not a high street company I personally don't find their prices to be anywhere near as extortionate as other brands and you get more than your moneys worth when it comes to the products themselves. Over the past month or so I've picked up these three products so I thought that I'd show you guys! Firstly there's the "that gal" Brightening Face Primer which I got to try out when I went to a Benefit Brow Bar last month and I loved it. It's a pink tone instead of the classic white primer and it smells divine which gets it major points from me! Secondly is my third bottle of their Foamingly Clean Facial Wash, after being sent some free samples last Christmas I've been hooked on the stuff and my skin has dramatically improved. Not to say that I don't get crazy breakouts every now and then, I'm only human! Finally is the famous The Porefessional balm. This is another product that I got hooked on after they let me try it out at the Benefit counter. It's the greatest product in my make up bag! Whenever I put it on I feel like a magic act is happening on my face because my pores just disappear (if only they'd stay gone!) I hope that this little post satisfied everyone for the time being! I have a huge list of drafts that I'm going to try and finish over the weekend so I still have meaty posts for you guys to read whilst I'm slaving (ha!) over my dissertation.

I'll be writing reviews on these in the future, I thought that I'd mention that in case anyone thought that this post was me doing a lazy three way review, if you want to hear about one of them just let me know so I know what my blogging priorities are! Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Born This Way Ball - Manchester Arena - 11.09.12

My past music related posts have included Nicki Minaj and blink-182 gigs so I think that I've made it quite clear that I'll actually listen to anything! So, last week, after months of waiting, I finally went to see Lady Gaga on her Born This Way Ball tour. I've already been to the Monster Ball tour back in 2010 so it wasn't like I'd never seen her before, but I've been obsessed with her for about four years now so seeing her again was blatantly a matter of life and death. Between dancing around and throwing my paws up I managed to take a few pictures so I thought that I'd share the better looking ones with you all!


Saturday, 15 September 2012

J.W. Anderson for Topshop

Boy In Mask Print Tee  by J.W. Anderson
Cat Print T-Shirt  by J.W. Anderson
Anchor Badge  by J.W. Anderson
Zebra Print iPhone Case  by J.W. Anderson
Duffle Bag  by J.W. Anderson
Tortoise Notebook  by J.W. Anderson
Sharpie Pen  by J.W. Anderson
Eyes Handknit Sweater  by J.W. Anderson

I'm sure that by now everyone has gone through the process of seeing the Topshop email which said that the J.W. Anderson collection had finally landed yesterday morning and then become a drooling mess after seeing everything. I love designer and high street collaborations (the first collection that Versace released from H&M brought tears of joy to my eyes), it's always nice to have statement pieces like these in your wardrobe. I thought that since I have no disposable income whatsoever I'd just put together the pieces that I'm obsessed with. I love the fact that as well as clothes there are also amazing accessories such as duffle bags, badges, phone and iPad cases and stationary, which I'm obsessed with. If anything is still in stock by the time I get my student loan I'm definitely going to have to at least get the J.W. Anderson Sharpie!

Is there anything in the J.W. Anderson collection that you've got your eye on?

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Wish List #4

1. ASOS Sweatshirt in Barbie Print - ASOS. I'm sure that by now everyone has seen the bad boy Barbie sweatshirt and jogging bottom combo that's on ASOS! I know that it's completely garish but there's something about it that I love. Sadly it's sold out but if they restock it and I'm feeling brave I might have to go for it!

2. Megadeth Tee By And Finally - Topshop. I already have one of the Metallica tees by And Finally and it's so comfy, I love it! So I don't see the harm in throwing a Megadeth one into the mix too.

3. Animal Strappy Grunge Dress - Topshop. This dress is a massive example of me carrying on my leopard print love affair. I love the cut of it and I'll never be able to get enough of the grunge look so this is definitely up my street.

4. Models Own Hedkandi Nail Polish (Ibiza Mix) - ASOS. I've seen this featured in an incredible amount of nail posts recently and I definitely need it, I don't even care that it's a summery polish, I'll make it work for A/W! It was sold out when I nipped to Boots this week so I'll have to keep an eye out.

5. Large Washed Clip Backpack - Topshop. I'm still on the look out for new bag for when I go back to University and I love this one. I saw it in store recently and unfortunately it's a bit too small to hold all of my paper pads and other stuff but I refuse to break up with it...

6. River Island Helen Owl Face Watch - River Island via ASOS. Okay, so I basically picked this out because it reminds me of the Urban Outfitters squirrel watch that I've been after for months. If I can I try to buy my River Island items from ASOS because that way I can be cheeky and get 10% student discount through them.

Is there anything that you've had your eye on?

Friday, 7 September 2012

Cheap Frills

At the beginning of summer I discovered Cheap Frills after seeing their jewellery featured in a few bloggers' wish list posts and I instantly fell in love. Each piece of jewellery is very vintage inspired and there is a large selection of cameo pieces, which I'm a huge fan of. Every order either comes in a lovely candy bag or ring box that come featuring the gorgeous Cheap Frills seal of approval!

Over the past few months I've started a nice little collection of Cheap Frills jewellery so I thought that I'd make a post about it to show everyone!

Prince Puss Necklace

The first piece that I bought was the lovely Prince Puss Necklace which I'd had my eye on for weeks beforehand. I fancy myself as a bit of a cat lady so it's a given that I need cat themed jewellery in my life! I've had an insane number of compliments whenever I wear my Prince Puss, people can't seem to get enough of him! I got 20% off this piece because I follow a blog whose followers received a special code for Cheap Frills!

Peepo Kitty Ring
Pink Cameo Necklace

I made my second order last month after deciding that I need more cat themed jewellery. This time I went for the Peepo Kitty Ring which features a lovely white cameo cat on a pink background. To make ordering a cameo cat ring even better, over August you could get either a pink, purple or turquoise cameo necklace free with every order. As you can see I went for the pink one because I'm on a little bit of a pink hype at the moment, plus I needed something to match the ring...

Gone with the Wind Cameo Ring

After wearing the cat ring non stop I just had to get another one and I couldn't say no when you could get 20% off your order over the August bank holiday weekend, could I? I opted for this Gone with the Wind Cameo Ring which I absolutely adore, it's a huge black and cream cameo which is definitely a bit of a statement piece.

Overall I've collected some serious bargains with my Cheap Frills collection and I definitely plan on expanding it as soon as I get some pennies. You can check out the store here as well as follow the lovely lady behind Cheap Frills, Georgia, here! She's treating us all to free delivery this month so make sure that you go and treat yourself!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Moonrise Kingdom Review

Since the mainstream release of Bottle Rocket (1996) sixteen years ago Wes Anderson has captured the hearts of film lovers everywhere with his clever, witty and quirky brand of filmmaking. Anderson practically embodies the definition of auteur and constantly wins his fans over with trademarks such as bright colour palettes, distinctive musical soundtracks, flawed characters and dry humour. It's easy to say that his latest release Moonrise Kingdom (2012) doesn't fall short of any classic Anderson traits and could easily please new and old fans alike.

The year is 1965, on a small island off the coast of North America two pre-teens, Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman) fall in love and agree to run away from their respective 'homes' in order to be together. In the wake of their escape a search party including a troop of boy scouts and their leader, a husband and wife in a crumbling marriage, a Police Captain with a hidden agenda and Social Services soon set off to find them.

Moonrise Kingdom undoubtedly proves that Anderson hasn't lost his touch whatsoever. It clearly has a beautiful narrative, which like many of his other films, wouldn't work in any universe other than the Wes Anderson one. Instead of focusing on flawed adults the narrative brilliantly follows younger characters, who will undoubtably grow up to become standard Anderson-ite problematic adults, which is like a breath of fresh air. There's also no doubt that the film is by far the funniest that the writing duo that is Anderson and Roman Coppola have produced so far; from weapon wielding boy scouts to acts of shoe throwing, Moonrise Kingdom does more than enough to tickle funny bones.

Whereas his previous films are clearly aesthetically influenced by the 1960s, Anderson has gone all out in Moonrise Kingdom and actually created a film set in that decade. This will be a plus for many of his long time fans as it allows him to go all out with off the wall costumes, colour schemes and sets. The extreme eye for detail that he has when it comes to films is evident in the film. From the breathtaking vintage style costumes to the way that simple outdoor shots are made as detailed as decorated interior ones, thanks to Wes Anderson's classic style Moonrise Kingdom is definitely a 'pretty' film. The same can be said for the cinematography which is full on Anderson's signature sweeping pan shots and also has a few stylistic zooms that pay homage to the time honoured films of Satyajit Ray.

L-R: Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman).

There are no words to describe just how brilliant Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman truly are. As two unknown newcomers they could have easily crumbled under the pressure of acting as the protagonists of a film directed by such an established director but instead they rose to the challenge and held their own amongst the already established cast members, some of whom make up the legendary Wes Anderson alumnae. They easily slide into and understand the feel of the film and are masters of the blunt dialogue delivery that makes Anderson's films stand out.

The amazing supporting cast sees two of Anderson's most frequent collaborators Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman return alongside an impressive group of Hollywood masters; Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and France McDormand. Murray and Schwartzman return respectively for their sixth and fourth Anderson films, yet amazingly manage to avoid playing any of their previous characters which must be applauded. As with the younger leads Willis, Norton and McDormand fall into the world of Wes Anderson perfectly and they too deliver amazing performances. Last but not least the group of young male actors who made up the troop of Khaki Scouts deserve their share of praise for stealing the spotlight during several scenes with comic antics such as irresponsible tree house building.

Moonrise Kingdom is possibly Anderson's greatest film to date. From the brilliantly written script full of humour and wit to the aesthetic beauty this film is absolutely perfect and will surely recruit many new members to the Wes Anderson fan club.

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