Saturday night at the movies…

‘Who cares what picture you see
When you’re hugging with your baby in last row in the balcony…’
(lyrics courtesy of The Drifters)
So recently I’ve been doing very little. I’ve either been blogging, entering competitions, eating or sleeping. I’ve found little energy to go shopping or go out properly anywhere, so most of my time has been spent indoors.
This hasn’t been too great on my bank balance. How, you may ask? I may not be feeling up to shopping on the high street, but I can still spend money like nobodys business and have recently bought a whole pile of DVD’s.
So with that in mind and having watched pretty much all of them in the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d do a little film roundup (with little to no spoilers) of them all. Enjoy.
Don’t Say A Word. Released in 2001, this is by no means a recent film – however, this came as part of a 3 dvd bundle at Blockbuster for £3, so how could I refuse? Starring Michael Douglas and a young Brittany Murphy years before her tragic death, Don’t Say A Word tells the story of a psychiatrist whose daughter is kidnapped and the only way he can get her back is to obtain a six digit number from a young girl. The problem is that young girl (Brittany Murphy) is mentally disturbed after watching her father get hit by a train, and what seems like an easy task soon proves to be the complete opposite.
The film isn’t the greatest I’ve ever seen, but it certainly keeps you interested, and with a cast such as Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy and Sean Bean, it was never going to be totally rubbish.
I’d give it a rating of 4/5.
Red Riding Hood. This is a pretty recent film, and works on a different premise to the tale we’re all used to. Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie, a young girl who you instantly identify as ‘Red Riding Hood’ (her red coat in the picture above may give it away slightly!) who lives in a little village being stalked by a wolf. The wolf hasn’t killed anyone for twenty years, however one day it strikes, killing Valerie’s sister which sets off a dramatic turn of events. It is soon revealed that the wolf isn’t like any normal wolf, it is in fact a werewolf – and the human form of the werewolf is someone in the village. But who? Suspicions are cast by almost everyone, and the film keeps you guessing to the very end. I also like the love triangle demonstrated in the film between Valerie, her true love Peter and her betrothed, Henry.
I have seen quite a few negative reviews on this film, and very few positives – however, I found this film to be pretty good, despite it not being what I expected.
I’d give it a rating of 5/5.
One Hour Photo. Another DVD from the 3 piece bundle. I’m sure you’ve all heard of this film, which sees Robin Williams take on a role very different to his usual roles. He plays a lonely photo technician who works in a local supermarket printing out customers photos, and he develops an obsession with a young American family who regularly visit him with photos to be processed. You get a glimpse inside his flat at one point in the film and you see a wall covered in photos of this one family. At times, you’re almost made to feel sorry for him and at others, you want to rip him apart.
Williams is exceptional in this, the film did make me very uncomfortable however and I almost had to turn it off. I don’t deny it was a good film – however, I felt some of the issues and loose ends weren’t addressed in the closing scenes, and this annoyed me a little.
I’d rate it 2/5 – although a great film, I’m disappointed with the ending.
The Green Lantern. One that the boyfriend chose. Admittedly, I did only start watching the film because of Ryan Reynolds, however I have to say that once I got into it, I did quite enjoy it. Despite it being panned by the critics, I thought that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively did fantastic jobs, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.
Reynolds plays Hal Jordan who becomes The Green Lantern when a dying alien (a Green Lantern himself) grants him the Green Lantern ring. It has pretty much the premise of a normal superhero movie – normal guy develops powers for whichever reason, gets the girl, saves the world, bla de bla. We all know the drill. Yet there’s something different about this film, I’m just not entirely sure what.
I’d give the film 4/5.
Nine Dead. Directed and starring Melissa Joan Hart (yes, she of Sabrina The Teenage Witch fame), the film is about nine people taken hostage and who find themselves locked in a room, each chained to a pole. Their kidnappers gives them ten minutes at a time to try and work out why they are there before killing them, one at a time. Once someone has been killed, the ten minutes start again.
To be honest, this film was rubbish. The only thing good about it is that it kept you guessing to the very end. How were they all connected? What had they done? The storyline, especially the ending, were very weak however and I’m sure a lot more could have been done with the plot.
I’d give it a 1/5.
The Strangers. My boyfriend has been getting annoyed with me recently – when we first started going out, all I ever wanted to watch was rom-coms, however recently I’ve been making him buy more and more horrors and thrillers. The Strangers is no exception. Starring Liv Tyler, this film tells the story of a young couple who leave a wedding they are attending to stay in the boyfriend’s families holiday home, which is nearby. It transpires that he proposed to her this very night, but she feels too young to be tied down, and it almost seems like they’re about to breakup.
He calls a friend to pick him up in the morning, and whilst he is waiting until morning, he goes to pick them up some cigarettes (he is being picked up, so she can take the car). Whilst he is gone, strange things start to happen, and you soon begin to notice three strangers with masks hanging around, long before Liv Tyler does. Her boyfriend returns and what follows is a story of them trying to stay alive throughout the early hours of the morning whilst being stalked by these three strangers.
I felt this film was quite good, however you never find out who the strangers are, and why they are so vindictive… it is a shame, because you’re kept gripped until the end wondering if they’ll get out alive…
I’d rate it 4/5.
The Condemned. Last but by no means least, The Condemned. Starring Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones, this film is about ten convicts ‘rescued’ from their respective jails and put on an island in a reality show being broadcast over the internet. How do they win? By being the last one alive.
The American version of Japan’s Battle Royale, this would never normally be my type of film – however, being a bit of a WWE geek, I had to see just how well Stone Cold could act – and I was pleasantly surprised.
The film is very violent from the start, hence the 18 rating, and some of the characters are a little weak, but Austin and Jones more than make up for it. Instead of hating the convicts, you end up hating the vile producer who thinks that watching humans die, no matter what mistakes they’ve made, is entertainment. This film isn’t for the faint-hearted, but I rate it 5/5.
Have you seen any of these?
What did you think?

REVIEW: Rio Rosa Mosqueta Anti-Ageing Day & Night Cream

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely PR team at Rio Rosa Mosqueta sent out a tweet (find them on Twitter here) asking if anyone would like to try their Anti-Ageing Day & Night Cream. I responded to their tweet, and within two days, received my free sample of cream to try out.
Rio Rosa Mosqueta are a natural cream and oil company who specialise in products that help scars and blemishes to fade and combat signs of anti-ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet. Clinical trials have proven their products to have a success rate of over 90% in reducing the above complaints.
The brand has been widely praised in the press, with both The Sunday Times and The Mail On Sunday offering positive testimonials on their website. The actress, Lisa Faulker, also sings the brands praises.
Some people may say 21 is too young to start using anti-ageing products, however, it’s always good to look after your skin, no matter what age you are. My aunt has been nagging (or should I say, politely requesting) me to take more care of my skin before it’s too late and I’ve started to listen to her.
The first thing that struck me when I received my sample was the packaging. I love items that are packaged beautifully and this product is no exception.
How much prettier could it be?
The tub itself is also quite stunning:
The day & night cream claims to:
  • rejuvenate tired looking skin
  • help prevent the signs of ageing
  • improve moisture levels
  • be free from parabens, paraffins or other synthetic ingredients
It also claims to be certified organic, to protect against UVA damage and soften fine lines. So how does it match up to its claims?
The product is said to be suitable for all skin types – which is a bonus for me, as well as it being organic! My skin is usually horrible but I have noticed a (positive) change during pregnancy, so I’m hoping that if my skin reverts back to its original state after pregnancy, that this product will still suit me.
For best results, apply the cream morning and/or evening (it seems to be your choice) onto cleansed skin. It does suggest to use Rio Rosa Mosqueta oil first (find it here; 20ml bottle £10.49, 50ml bottle £20.49), however as this was a free sample, I did not have the oil to use first of all so I just used the cream. If you use the oil and have the cream too, I’d love to read your thoughts on the product to see if the results differ in any way.
The cream itself is quite thick and not at all gloopy and smells absolutely divine. I struggled to put my finger onto exactly what the fragrance was – if anyone could enlighten me, I’d be very grateful.
Not the greatest picture, I’m afraid – but it gives you a general idea of the consistency of the cream itself.
The sample tub I received is the same size as the actual product (50ml), which retails on the website for £14.99 – definitely a very generous sample for me to try out!
I decided to have a little pamper session to myself whilst Steve was out at a darts match (well, as much of a pamper session as I can achieve at 37 weeks pregnant!) and applied the cream once I got out of the bath.
Does my skin feel better? Have I noticed any difference?
I haven’t noticed any significant changes just yet – although lack of sleep has left my skin a little fatigued and after applying the cream, my skin does look a little fresher. I plan to keep on using the product to see if I can notice any major differences.
What did I like about the product?
  • The consistency – it wasn’t gloopy like many other anti-ageing creams
  • The fragrance
  • The beautiful packaging
  • The natural ingredients
  • Generous sample size and reasonable price for the product
What did I dislike about the product?
  • The product did leave my skin feeling a little dry
I shall be trying this product out again very soon, and shall post my findings on my second experience with it.
For more information on Rio Rosa Mosqueta products, visit their website here.
Have you tried any Rio Rosa Mosqueta products? How did you find them?
I received this sample for free from Rio Rosa Mosqueta; however all thoughts stated in this review are my own.

REVIEW: Garnier Daily All-In-One BB cream (light)

The release of the Garnier BB cream a couple of months ago sent the blogging world into a frenzy. The product, available from a variety of retailers from as little as £7, had posts springing up everywhere on the internet – some praising the product, some downright trashing the product.
I didn’t really get involved with the hype back then, and I’m afraid to say I don’t really get the hype right now.
I recently a received a couple of free sample sachets of the product to try, and I must admit I was not impressed. So unimpressed in fact that I am only showing you the swatches of the product on my hand – the product itself is very sheer and left the imperfections on my face that I wished to cover looking untouched. From some other (positive) posts, I had been gullible enough to think that the product would work for me like it had for them, however, I found myself firmly in the negative bracket, feeling like the product had done little to my skin at all.
I have to say I did not feel covered or illuminated by the product, in all honesty.
I received the light sample, and as you can see on the sachet above, it is described as a Miracle Skin Perfector. I don’t deny that some people may find this product is near enough exactly that, however I’d have to state that I am not.
Being a sachet sample, I found there wasn’t a great amount of product within, and after viewing the application of one sachet with no noticeable change, I also applied another – still no change. The above picture is of the contents of one sachet – it didn’t exactly come out easily either! The cream looks quite dark in the picture, but I did find that it truly was the light cream as stated, as I felt like I’d applied a layer of nothingness.
Perhaps I just ordered a sample of the wrong shade, however I’m generally a light or ivory shade when it comes to BB creams, foundations or concealers. Unfortunately for me, this BB(Blemish Balm) cream failed to cover even the slightest blemish, and this left me extremely dissatisfied with the product.
Have you tried this product? Did you find it worked for you? Or do you have any idea why it may not have worked for me?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As stated above, this item was received as a free sample from the Garnier webpage. All thoughts in this review however are completely my own and I will always be 100% honest with my readers

REVIEW: Good Things Miracle Mattifying Moisturiser

If you’re anything like me and you love a free sample, you’ll often be keeping an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for your favourite brands giving away small samples of their popular products. Recent sample giveaways have included the Burberry Body fragrance, numerous Olay products and this little beauty here – the Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser:
The product, packed with superfruit extracts such as blackcurrant & goji berry, claims to ‘moisturise and mattify skin prone to breakouts’. I have to admit that recently, my skin has been a lot better than normal – I’m putting that down to the pregnancy hormones- but I was interested to see what this product would be like.
Good Things pride themselves on being exactly what they say – full of good things. All their products are free from cosmetic nasties such as parabens, sodium laureth sulphate, animal products and mineral oils. They consistently use natural products, such as the superfruits above, to give us a great cosmetic product without the guilt.
Also, they package their products so beautifully – it is a wonder how anyone can resist owning a Good Things product! Just look at the sample above  – simple but eyecatching, and absolutely stunning. The packaging is what catches people eyes first, so products need to be aesthetically pleasing – and I think Good Things have got it spot on!
The moisturiser itself is white in colour, a little creamy but not too thick – but what attacks your senses first is not the look of the moisturiser itself but the smell – you can definitely smell the superfruits that are within the product. Although the fragrance is what hits you first, it isn’t overpowering which is great in a product, because who wants to be overpowered by the smell?
Application is easy, the product sinks in swiftly, leaving skin feeling refreshed – and the stomach almost hungry at the gorgeous smell of the superfruits! Whereas some mositurisers or creams can leave skin feeling greasy or oily, this particular moisturiser instead leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth – and although I am not as prone to breakouts right now, due to pregnancy, I haven’t noticed a single blemish or spot on my skin – this product definitely does what it says!
Have you ever tried the Good Things range? How did you find them?
I received this product as a free sample from the Good Things facebook page – however, although this was a free sample, all thoughts expressed in this review are entirely my own.

REVIEW: Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation

You may have seen me talking about the £1 beauty sample box from Latest In Beauty a few times on this blog, and this foundation is one of the samples I received in my first £1 box. The concept of this box is brilliant – it is aimed at those of us who want to try out new samples each month without necessarily having to pay a hefty price tag. Latest In Beauty do have other sample boxes for more than a pound, but I thought I would try this extremely affordable box – for £1 and six samples (2 of each product), how can you go wrong?
The first sample I am going to review is the Mary Kay foundation. I had never heard of Mary Kay before receiving this box, so I took the liberty of googling the name to find out a little more.
For 45 years, Mary Kay has helped women all over the world look great, feel great and achieve their dreams. Mary Kay United Kingdom offers powerhouse skin care for beautiful, healthy-looking skin and body care products that nurture, soften and protect from head to toe.
(taken from the Mary Kay website)
I am extremely fussy when it comes to foundations, and this instance bears no difference. Being paler than pale can be, I opted for the Ivory shade.
Whilst it came out looking quite ivory-toned on my hand, I have to say that once applied to my face, the same could not be said.
It wasn’t orange on my face as such, however, being used to better known brands like Rimmel and their ivory foundations, I found this shade to be a little less ivory, a little more orange-tinted once applied to my face.
No one seemed to notice a drastic difference from my normal foundation however, so although I felt there was an orange tint to it which didn’t suit my skin, it seems others didn’t notice.
On the plus side, the foundation stayed put all day – I applied it at 10am and was still perfect when I took it off that evening. Also, if you’re interested in getting a sample box from the Latest In Beauty range, I’d definitely suggest choosing this as a sample – for a tiny little sachet, there was more than enough product for one application – you could easily manage two, perhaps even three – the product just kept giving!
For a first-time application, I have to say, despite the orange tinge, I am greatly impressed with what this foundation has to offer – I just hope that the slight orange tint in my ivory shade is a one-off!
Have you tried any of the Latest In Beauty sample boxes?
Have you previously tried any Mary Kay cosmetic products?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings!