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February

1 Mar

Hi lovelies!

February favourites time. I’m so glad February is over. It’s always my worst month, filled with deadlines and money woes. This is the last year though, so hoorah! (fingers crossed I pass Uni, and it is the last year) Let’s get cracking!

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer – £7.99

This is a pretty new favourite for me, but it’s the best concealer I’ve tried in a long time. As someone who has pretty desert-y skin, with super parched under eyes, most concealers I’ve tried have just not lived up to the hype. Including the Nars Radiant Creamy and the Urban Decay Naked Skin. Major sad face. This feels light as air, provides dreamy coverage and doesn’t cling to any dry patches. That’s all I want! *snaps for Bourjois*

M.A.C Eyeshadows in ‘Omega’ (left) and ‘Patina’ (right)- £13 each

From ‘don’t believe the hype’ products, to ‘totally believe the hype products’. These shadows combine to make such the perfect barely there smokey eye look on my pale, pale skin. ‘Patina’ has long-been my favourite, and ‘Omega’ is such a perfect crease colour (as well as a universal brow powder, if you’re searching), and together they are perf. This combo is pretty much foolproof, not even ‘eye’ (haha, get it) can mess it up.

Also, these shadows are pretty much appropriate for any occasion. They’re perfect day to night-ers, I always just grab the duo and a Sigma E40 and buff on a bit more ‘Patina’ for night. And the pigmented, but non-creamy texture means they’re super long lasting.

Dior’s Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder in ’01’ – £40

I hunted high and low for this baby. Like, seriously high and low. I had three other people on the lookout for it during my no-buy. And it’s still the only beauty product I’ve bought all year. I think I can definitively say that it’s my favourite highlighter of all time. Yep, I went there. I have so many highlighters, and this one is the cream of the crop. For all you fair-skinned girls out there, you just can’t go wrong with ’01’, and for everyone else, there’s ’02’. It’s silky, the perfect balance of glisten and glow, and it looks perfect. Just perfect. Look!

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*angels singing from heaven*

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in ‘Fig’ – £19

Now. When I first got this just before Christmas, I almost hated it. I swatched it and went ‘Noooooooooo!’ I remember this clearly, because about a week afterwards, I went to London for a Twitter Q+A with Tina Fey. Yeah, nbd guys, just, you know, one of my heroes. And I picked this up at 6am, and thought, ‘I’ll give it a go again, I suppose.’ Thank goodness I did, because this baby is the perfect winter pink for me. It’s not dark enough to be berry, and not light enough to be nude, it’s that perfect balance, and I just adore the way it looks.

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A very poor photo from Snapchat, but omg look how pretty right?!

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Zoeva brushes – prices vary

I’m so in love with my Zoeva brushes that I couldn’t pick just one as a favourite. I got these in the glorious 5 days between Christmas and New Year and oh my. The best value for money brush ever, the best presentation ever. Fab fab brushes, and if you’re a little wary of splashing the cash on a set (these are the Rose Gold Vol.1 Eye Set), please just pick up one, fall in love, and thank me later.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I thought this was totally kick-ass. I described it as The Hunger Games meets The Selection, which will possibly only mean something if you’re into YA. The author has just released book 2, Glass Sword, and has said there’ll be two more books. Very exciting!

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Room

I saw this at 9.30am, alone, on a Thursday morning, in an empty cinema. It’s one of those films you leave the cinema thinking about, and spend the next week turning it over through your mind, churning through thoughts and feelings about the subject matter. I’m so so thrilled that Brie Larson won Best Actress at the Oscars, she was phenomenal, and Jacob Tremblay, who you’ve probably seen owning awards season and charming the socks off everyone he meets, has one of those faces that the camera just adores. Can’t wait to see what he does next. I will think about this film for a long time.

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E.Mo.Tion – Carly Rae Jepsen

Yes, you heard right. Carly Rae Jepsen. This album is total bubblegum, and it knows it. Jepsen is no Taylor Swift, trying to sneak in little thoughtful ballads, or wanting to play with the media through lyrics. She just wants everyone dancing. I love this album, and February thanked me for discovering it. But beware, it’s pop. I mean, sickly sweet pop, so proceed at you own risk.

And that’s it for this month, lovelies. I can’t wait to get March out of the way. Once I hit the end of the month, I will have finished every single lecture of my Uni course. WAHOO.

Have a great day, or evening, wherever you are.

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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

The busiest few weeks!

18 Mar

I am well aware that I have not blogged in FOREVER. However, some developments in my life have occurred. Well, just two really, but still.

1. I got an iPhone.
2. I passed my driving test.

Therefore, I have been addicted to my iPhone, and have been driving my little car around, and I just have completely neglected the internet in order to focus on my life! Weird, I know! BUT… I have lots of ideas for blogs, because my delayed blogging has inspired more ideas apparently!

In the meantime, I do have a few ‘favourites’ to share with you for this month.

Favourite Beauty Product:
Okay, it has to be one of my new purchases (reviews soon!)
Either Avon’s Color Trend Kiss ‘n’ Go Lipstick in Winter Wine or Avon’s Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls. Both of these products were inexpensive, and I adore them already, after only a few weeks of using them!

Favourite Book: THE HUNGER GAMES! I read this over the summer after my Mum bought it for me, but recently, all of my friends have borrowed the books and have been frantically reading before the film comes out. Suzanne Collins has come up with a story to stand the test of time. It’s truly excellent reading, and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Favourite Hair Product:
It has to be the Percy and Reed of London Finishing Polish. I actually got this as my free gift with this month’s Glamour magazine (if you don’t read it, then check it out, it’s only £2 and you get a gorgeous gift and usually some free samples with some beautiful photo shoots and style ideas). I have very frizzy, curly/wavy hair that dries out quickly, and I’m always looking for something that means I can wear my hair naturally and have it look reasonable, as I really don’t have the time in the mornings to curl or straighten my hair! This did the trick, and is a nice product to use. It is scented, but that doesn’t bother me, as my shampoo and conditioner are strong-smelling and overpower it easily.

Favourite Blog: Okay, so my friend Katie (kates24) has a blog on wordpress, she write beautifully and is incredibly articulate. For anyone who fancies a peek at her outlook on life, check out her blog. She’s so funny, and makes A LOT of sense  A LOT of the time.
http://www.kates24.wordpress.com

Favourite Film: Very very recently, I watched The Notebook again with my friend Jodie. It breaks my heart every single time I see it, and I fall in love with it over and over again! Despite my recommendations, my sister refuses to stop watching High School Musical 2. On the last count I did, she’d watched it 7 times within 4 days. Crazy girl.

Favourite Song: I’ve been loving Florence + The Machine’s song Landscape this month. Take a listen here,(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9DtY0ktT1U) one of my fellow Tumblr Dair shippers made a playlist and this has to be my favourite song of theirs.

Favourite Youtube Channel: It has to be Rachel (http://www.youtube.com/user/icallitambrosia) or Meghan (http://www.youtube.com/user/meghanrosette). I don’t know about you, but I detest watching boring beauty videos on YouTube, so these girls are amazing for me. Despite both of them being absolutely hilarious, they do actually know what they are talking about. If you love hauls, check out Meghan, because I don’t know how she does it, but she shops A LOT, and if tutorials and rants (teehee) are more your thing, then Rachel’s channel is the place for you.

Favourite Artist: Definitely been loving The Script this month. If you don’t know who they are, check out my favourite songs, This= Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gxjfjj8r98) and The End Where I Begin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dflJL5Zb4ao) although, all of their songs are beautiful.

Human Favourite: It has to be my sister! She’s around four years younger than me, and is nearly fourteen, so I feel very old and the age gap is substantial, so we fight a lot. However, this month she has been the sweetest angelic sister ever! Is there some sort of award that I can give her? 😀

Favourite Food: The new Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly is to die for! At the moment in the UK, the bars have been on mass offer for £1 pretty much everywhere, and they’ve quickly become my favourite treat!

Favourite App: Either Instagram or Temple Run. Temple Run is incredibly addictive and Instagram makes me feel like my photos are cool and…well, cool. If you like, you can follow me at christieannturner. 🙂

Favourite Random: My car! 😀 I have a little Corsa, and it’s silver and adorable. It’s my baby, and I haven’t been able to get enough of it!

Favourite Photo: Recently, my Dad dug out a box of baby photos of me, and here’s my favourite from the bunch.

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I hope you all have a lovely relaxing Sunday evening, and remember, don’t forget to smile! 🙂
Christie
xoxo