Archive | September, 2015

What To Watch Vol. 1

9 Sep

Hi lovelies!

Some recommendations for you today.
As a TV obsessee, I tend to spend a lot of my time on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and all of the channel streaming services. And in this time of #PeakTV, it can be a little overwhelming to hop online and see so. much. content. So I’ve composed a little list of the things I’ve loved watching recently!

I’m based in the UK, but I’d really REALLY recommend Hola Unblocker. Give it a Google and you’ll reap the rewards!

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Grace and Frankie is a original series from Netflix starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and it is brilliant. Of all the Netflix endeavours, this might be my favourite, just because it’s so damn real. You actually believe in this situation, you believe in these women and what happens to them.

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Sure, Orange Is The New Black is incredible for featuring basically 90% women, and Daredevil might be action packed, but Grace and Frankie treats its characters in a respectful, truthful, animated way. The women are incredibly likeable, and it’s super bitesized at under 30 minutes per episode.

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You can check out Grace and Frankie on Netflix in pretty much any country, as it’s an original series.

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The Kings of Summer was a film that I’d heard a few reviews about, but I hadn’t given much thought. If I’m honest, I tend to gravitate a bit more towards coming of age stories that have female leads, cause, like, I’m a girl. But this was a really outstanding film. It’s not afraid of silence, the characters are beautifully flawed, and the story is just quirky enough for me to have been captivated all the way through.
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The young performers were so charming that I wanted an extra 20 minutes of film at the end. Which is a hard sell, as I find most movies nowadays 20 minutes too long. It’s about three young boys who run away to the woods for the summer, build a house, and give living off the land their best shot. In addition to the young leads, there are some nice adult performances (hey Nick Offerman!) and I would thoroughly recommend the film to anyone who wants something light about growing up.

I found The Kings of Summer on Netflix Canada, where it’s available to stream.

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About Alex is a definite indie flick with a pretty stellar cast. My love for Max Greenfield grows daily. The films recounts a weekend where college friends reunite after one of their own, the titular Alex, tries to commit suicide.

imgres-4Although I thought the story was perhaps a little light, the cast (Aubrey Plaza, Max Minghella, Maggie Grace) really elevate this film to a place where I eventually think that it has a real enough vibe for me to like it. It’s a nice ensemble piece, and I’m not surprised that it did pretty well on the film festival circuit.

About Alex is available to stream on Netflix Canada.

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Happy Endings is an six piece ensemble TV show set in a big city in America. But unlike How I Met Your Mother, the tone is so well defined that the comparisons with Friends end there. I would say it’s a mix of the best parts of New Girl and Friends and The Mindy Project.

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The cast is so god damn likeable that I found myself chomping down the first two seasons within a few days. It was hit with the ‘critical darling’ curse, and so was of course cancelled, so I’m having to ration it out in tiny sessions.

You can binge watch it on Netflix Canada. Are you sensing a theme here? Maybe I should move to Canada.

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If you’re looking for a documentary that packs a pack to your heart, you might want to check out Tig, a Netflix original documentary about stand up comedian Tig Notaro, and her incredibly hectic, difficult, miraculous life.

images-4If you’re a fan of stand up, you’ve probably heard of a great Tig Notaro set that she performed at Largo, a comedy club in LA. She pretty much lays down all the crappy stuff that’s been happening in her life, and the set is the epitome of morbid hilarity.
The documentary is a great insight into life, and life in stand up. If you’re not well versed in Tig Notaro’s history, you should check it out.

It’s a Netflix production, so you can catch it in the library of most countries that have Netflix.

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Sing It On is the bitchiest, most fabulous show I’ve watched in a while. It technically sits in the reality genre, but it’s a bit like the documentary I watched a few weeks ago, that wants to inform you and draw people to the subject area, but still aims to serve up a little bit of Real Housewives-esque drama. It’s about a capella, which might send you running for the hills, and that’s fine. But if you like Glee, or Pitch Perfect, you’ll probably be interested enough to give the first episode a chance.

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It gives you an insight into college a capella teams competing for pride and status at the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella, and it’s a great insight into how much hard work it takes to put together a winning set of great harmonies and ‘choreo’ that will take the trophy at the competition finals in New York City.

You can check this out on Netflix UK, US aaaaaand, you guessed it, Canada.

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And finally, my one true obsession, The Great British Bake Off. This is TV gold. If you live in the US and your Brit stereotypes are feeling a little rusty, watch this show. This is us. WE CLAIM THIS AS OUR STEREOTYPE. I have become literally obsessed.

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It’s deliciously fluffy, the producers ramp up the faux tension in the most British way possible, and Mary Berry is the sweetest woman alive. The pun density is truly magnificent. Just give it a go.

Bake Off is available to stream on BBC iPlayer, available in the UK. (HOLA UNBLOCKER GUYS)

That was originally supposed to be ‘just a little post’!
Have a great day or evening, and please give me recommendations for shows I might have missed in my time as a TV addict!
Christie

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Review: Tarte’s ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ Palette + Swatches

5 Sep

Hi lovelies!

After picking up the Poppy Picnic palette from Tarte a few weeks ago, I found myself stalking the QVC UK website in order to see whether any new Tarte goodies were coming their way, when I saw the Miracles from the Amazon giftset pop up. The set includes a few other products (watch out for reviews if I love them or hate them), but what really caught my eye was the ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ palette.

IMG_3876It has the exact same layout as the Poppy Picnic palette, but isn’t quite all matte. It does have four matte shadows, and the blush is totally matte, but there are two shimmery shadows included.

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The shades are t-b,l-r, Pink Beyond, Taupe For The Best, Dreams Plum True, Talented (blush), Out Of This Pearl, Thistle Be The Day and Paint The Brown.

Taupe For The Best and Out Of This Pearl both have a shimmery finish, but not glittery or frosty at all. They are firm to touch but still swatch beautifully in one swipe. I think the one weak point of this palette is the plum shade Dreams Plum True. The texture of the shadow is drier than the others, and Tarte’s mattes are really lovely, so it’s quite noticeable. I can definitely make it work as a liner, but I think it might be a little difficult to blend.

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Once again, sucked in by the packaging, impressed by the actual product! Win win, right?
You can pick up this palette as part of a set on QVC UK for £34 (£38 inc. postage).

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night, wherever you are!
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Review: Soap and Glory’s ‘One Heck Of A Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer’

3 Sep

Hi lovelies!

Lately, I’ve really been looking at my makeup collection and really assessing the strong and weak points. Like a mid-year evaluation of some sort. The outcome was pretty surprising…I have over 20 foundations and BB/CC creams, but only three primers, none of which I’m particularly in love with.
So on a little trip to Boots the other day I picked up the Soap and Glory ‘One Heck Of A Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer’, which I’m pretty sure is brand new, as I had a little google in Boots, and couldn’t find ANYTHING about this baby.

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The tube resembles a Clinique Superprimer tube, but it has a silky matte finish that makes it seem much more expensive than it was. It has a screw lid and a little pointy nib, like a TooFaced primer.

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Now, it says on the tube that you can wear it over makeup, but I’m not sure that’s the best way to use this product. It’s best used underneath a foundation or BB/CC cream. I’ve worn it for two whole days under a CC cream and then a foundation, and it’s really good value for money, in my opinion. When you apply it to the face, it has a really nice cooling effect, which makes me wish that Soap and Glory had released it just a bit earlier when the prospect of good weather was actually possible! 🙂 It’s immediately smoothing and leaves the skin ever ever so slightly tacky, but not at all uncomfortable. It claims to have a 12 Shine-Bloc technology, and I have to say that I agree with that claim. My dewy CC cream stayed pretty solid throughout the day, just slightly fading in the evening, and my T-Zone was only ever so slightly oily. With the foundation, I mostly noticed how the pores on my nose were reduced. It feels like the perfect mix of Benefit’s Porefessional and TooFaced’s Hangover RX primer. I sometimes can find that the Porefessional is a little too heavy for my face, and the TooFaced only will work when I’m going for a specific look, but the Soap and Glory is delightfully perfect for any base you want to pop on.

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Swatched on the back of my hand, it is translucent, a little like a Smashbox primer.

So it’s a thumbs up from me! I’m hoping that Soap and Glory release a tinted version, or maybe an illumating version next! That would probbably be amaaaazzing.

You can pick this up exclusively from Boots, and it’s priced at £10.

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!

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