Review | The Great Gatsby

I went to see the Great Gatsby last night. I realise I’m a little late to the party with this one, but last night was the first chance I had to go see it, and wow, oh wow, I loved it.

*SPOILER ALERT*
If you don’t want to know what happens, look away now.

Firstly, this film is very Baz Luhrmann, it’s very flash, loud, over the top and fabulous. But if Baz isn’t your thing, you probably won’t enjoy this film (my friend hated it!). But if you loved Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet I think you’ll enjoy this.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby

The film sticks to the book very accurately, which I think is great. I hate it when books-into-films ignore the books (such as the Harry Potter films!) The stand out performance in this is Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. DiCaprio is one of my favourite actors of all time, I think he is incredible and here he does not disappoint. He captures the endlessly hopeful Gatsby brilliantly; his devotion to Daisy despite her selfish ways and the pain he feels when he starts to lose control. His performance was filled with so much emotion, I shed a tear for him at his end; his portrayal is a great testament to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s protagonist.
Joel Edgerton is wonderful as the selfish, brutish Tom and Carey Mulligan’s Daisy is carefree, sweet, false and fickle, just as she should be. Tobey Maguire is questionable… he’s not the best and it doesn’t help he is the narrator… thankfully, the other performances make up for him.

I loved the special effects. The zooms in and out of West and East Egg and New York City are exhilarating and visually stunning. Although, my friend who I saw Gatsby with, hated this. I also thought the old 20’s footage interspersed with the modern, CGI footage was great; I liked the contrast a lot.


There is brash contrast between the 20’s New York scene and the very modern music score. At first, I found this a bit weird but after a while I totally got it and really enjoyed Jay Z, Lana Del Rey and Beyonce singing the score. The use (and omission) of these brilliant songs created amazing tension which I think made the film. Also since watching the film I can’t stop listening to Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful (above).

Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and Jay

Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and Jay

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. For me, the sign of a good film is how long afterwards I keep thinking about it – and I dreamt about Gatsby last night. I loved the book so I was keen to see the film and I think it was a great tribute to the book. I can see why some of the reviews are mixed, if Luhrmann isn’t your thing, you’ll probably hate this film, but I loved it.

Go see it! Check out the website for more pictures, music, video etc.

Have you seen The Great Gatsby? Did you enjoy it? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Review | Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

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You may have noticed in my recent make up posts that my current favourite mascara is Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash (though I do cringe at the name everytime I have to write/type it!) And it is a fabulous mascara, it gives volume, length and a generally gorgeous lash when you’ve finished applying it! However, the downside is the price. At £18 a pop it does not come cheap!

So I thought I’d try out a cheaper high street mascara. Having heard many bloggers and vloggers rave about the Maybelline Falsies range I thought I’d give it a go too. Here is my verdict: IT’S AWESOME

I totally understand the hype.

I have very fair eyelashes and I feel awful without mascara as my eyes look sunk into my head (well I think they do anyway, it is perhaps my biggest failing.) So everyday I use black mascara to define my eyes. And the Falsies is just brilliant. Great colour pay off (I have the colour Black Drama) I usually just use one coat of mascara and I think that is the nicest look (above centre picture). Also, when I applied the second coat it became a little clumpy towards the end – so one coat looks better (on me anyway).

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The rubber wand is scoop shaped so it really fits around your eyelashes well, defining them perfectly, giving great length. The formula is brilliant too – it doesn’t imprint at all (unlike the new Volume de Chanel mascara which ended up all over my face!) It last all day too – I wore it for a good 13/14 hours yesterday and it looks as if I’d just put it on when I came to take it off.

And for £7.99 I think the Falsies mascara is a bargain – such a good quality product for a snip of the price of high end mascaras. I can’t recommend this enough!

What is your favourite mascara? Have you tried the Falsies – what do you think to it?

Rx

Handbag essentials

So I don’t really live near my work. And I don’t really go out near where I live either. (I know, I need to move) This massive geographical error on my part means that when I go out after work, I have to go straight from work. I blame London, its just too big for getting around anywhere in a hurry! So yes I’ve hit pubs, bars and clubs straight from work on one or two Friday nights…
*cough* EVERY Friday night *cough*
Who said that?

Anyway, to help myself look and smell presentable after a long day at work I have a handy little bag of tricks in my handbag and I thought I’d share it with you:

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The bag itself is from MUJI and has a handy metal bar running along side the zip which, when closed, forces the bag into a more compact shape – perfect for squeezing in my handbag!

Now to the contents of the bag:

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser – This stuff is brilliant and the thing I use the most frequently in the bag. After work in an air conditioned office, my skin can sometimes get quite dry; so this is perfect for giving my skin a little drink!

Dove Invisible Dry Roll-on Deodorant – pretty self explanatory; it makes me smell nice and the roll-on is great as it is small and helps the planet too!

Vaseline Cocoa Butter – I use this throughout the day as a lip balm to keep my lips kissably soft 😉

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel – This is a really brilliant hand gel as it doesn’t dry my skin out like some others can do. I have eczema so I really want to not dry my skin out! This stuff is great.

Hask Argan Oil – I got this from Primark, for like a pound at the till. I was quite dubious at first but it makes my hair glossy and smooth, ready to hit the town.

Collection Blush and Highlight Duo – THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! I implore you to get something like this to have in your travel make up bag. The cream blush is brilliant, very pigmented and easy to apply with your fingertips. The colour lasts really well and the highlighter adds the perfect glowwy-ness for a night out. I love this stuff!

Maybelline Fit Me Powder – Once I’ve moisturised and blushed etc I powder my face to prevent unwanted shine and set and touch up my make up. This little compact also has a mirror in it. Win.

Loreal Superliner Perfect Slim – If I need to touch up my eyes I use this, its like a felt-tip pen so dead easy to apply. Winged out eyeliner in a matter of seconds? Done.

Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie – If I want a dramatic lip I always have this on standby, especially if I’m hitting a club and I feel a little under-dressed. Have a look at it on my face here.

Finally I have my Flo travel perfume dispenser thing. It’s full of Christian Dior’s Miss Dior which is just fabulous. The handy travel perfume is great for making me smell nice!

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I also have other essentials like tissues, gum, tampons, pens, paper etc knocking around in my handbag but the above items are my make-up and beauty essentials!

What are your handbag essentials? Leave links and comments below as I love having a read and, frankly, a nosey!

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Willy Wonka Mug

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Roald Dahl was, by a country mile, my favourite author as a child. His books meant the world to me when I was growing up and I truly look forward to the day when I can read them again with my own children. My favourite books of his were, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Twits, Danny, the Champion of the World and of course, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Reading Roald Dahl books as a child was instrumental in igniting my love of books and ultimately, my career as a writer. His stories were so brilliantly told and so superbly illustrated by the wonderful Quentin Blake – his drawings brought the books so vividly to life.

IMG_0251111So when it came to me purchasing a new make up brush holder (bear with me) I was considering the usual pen-pot type thing but as I was wandering through TK Maxx, again, I spotted the mug section and this wonderful mug, amongst perhaps 200, jumped out at me.

I could only see the picture of Willy Wonka at first and I instantly grabbed the mug off the shelf. I turned the mug over and there was the most magical of quotes, shown above. I just had to have it and at only £2.99 I thought it was a it of a bargain! As soon as I got home I gave it a quick wash and stuffed my brushes in it – it looks amazing. It serves as a wonderful make up brush holder as well as reminding me of some cherished memories.

How do you store your make up? Mine is currently all over the place (only my brushes are organised!) and I need help/advice! Please leave links and comments below so I can have a read! Thanks!

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Travelcard Holder

Ok, ok, ok. I realise this is not the most enticing of blog posts but I really thought I should tell everyone about this gem.

Now you may think I’m silly for buying a travelcard/Oyster card holder as you get them for free from ticket offices and everytime a new film comes out. (Absolutely gutted I didn’t manage to get the Skyfall themed travelholder!) But, I genuinely think mine is brilliant.

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It has the tube map of London on it, with central London on the outside and outer London on the inside. I use my oyster card virtually everyday and despite us being in the ‘age of technology’ and all that, it is so much quicker to just grab this and look up my route.

What’s more, my friends LOVE it. Everytime I’m out for dinner or drinks and it comes to the end of the evening, my card holder gets passes around as everyone figures out their way home!

It may seem small, it may seem trivial but this really does make my life easier. I can’t recommend it enough! You can buy them from the Transport for London Website for £5.99 or in Waterstones on Oxford Street (opposite Selfridges) for £3.99.

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Met Gala 2013

It was the Met Ball yesterday! The prestigious annual fashion event hosted by Vogue and the devil-wears-prada-inspiration Anna Wintour looked as spectacular as ever. The ‘night of all nights’ for fashion is a celebration of all things fashion, god knows I’d love an invite one day! Now each year there is a theme – this year’s was punk – and obviously some stars didn’t get into the spirit and instead dressed in the latest designer dresses but others actually embraced the wonderful theme.

Here are some of my favourite gowns from the night:
(pictures from Glamour/Rex Features)

Newly blonde Anne strikes a pose in vintage Valentino

Newly blonde Anne strikes a pose in vintage Valentino

Cara Delevingne looked amazing in this Burberry number

Cara Delevingne looked amazing in this Burberry number

Well it wouldn't be punk without some Vivienne Westwood would it?

Well it wouldn’t be punk without some Vivienne Westwood would it?

The gorgeous Sienna Miller in Burberry

The gorgeous Sienna Miller in Burberry

Oh they look amazing don’t they? Now I know there were a lot of fashion disasters last night *cough*Madonna*cough*Kim Kardashian*cough* oh please excuse me I’m getting a terrible cough… And if you search ‘Met Gala’ loads of worst dressed lists appear, which I just think is a bit sad. I’m not going to bitch about the worst dressed of the night here because this is ‘A Lot of Lovely Things’ not a lot of bitchy, natsy things. There’s too much hate in the world for my liking so lets just celebrate the good. And these ladies certainly looked fabulous!

Who was your best dressed of the night? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Design Museum, London

So me and my friend went to the Design Museum!

The Design Museum

I wanted to see the winners of the Design of the Year Award as they always fascinate me! So here are some pictures I took along the way:

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I would really recommend going to the Design Museum – it is so interesting! I could have spent hours in there, I loved it. I found it fascinating to discover how each of the pieces were made – for example, the anti-gravity chairs were made using iron filings which has a magnet suspended above it, moving around, determining the shape of the stool. Just brilliant!

Here’s also a little video I made of the Postcard Player which just blew my mind – my favourite thing in the museum.

Also, the museum is right on the Thames by Tower Bridge which is just lovely, it’s one of my most loved places in London. Things like this happen there…

Anywho, to sum up: the Design Museum is bloody awesome.

Have you been to the Design Museum, what did you think? What’s your favourite museum in London? Leave links and comments below.

Rx

Coral

Coral is my new favourite at the moment and here are some of my favourite coral products. I think coral suits me quite well as I am fair and have blue eyes – complimentary colours on the colour wheel right there! And the picture above is them all on my face.

Firstly, the eyes: I wear a nude eyeshadow base with a winged out black gel eyeliner (Maybelline) and mascara (Benefit Bad Gal Lash).

Then for my cheeks I’ve used Coral by Sleek. This is such a beautiful product, a gorgeous coral/brown colour which is warm and not muddy in tone. It is well pigmented but not so pigmented that it is a nightmare to work with!

For my lips I’ve used Revlon’s Juicy Papaya Lip Butter. The Revlon Lip Butters are my very favourite lip product at the minute – they are moisturising, full of colour and give a beautiful shine to the lips. I love them! I adore this coral colour and I also love the Raspberry Pie one which I wore in my Face of the Day post.

For the nails I tried the new Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Papaya which is just brilliant! The formula is amazing, so thick and glossy, I think it looks like I’ve just had a gel manicure. Definitely worth a try.

So that’s a little run down of my favourite coral make up and how I like to wear it – I have no doubt I’ll be wearing this look throughout the Summer months!

What’s your favourite summer products? Are you in love with the coral trend as much as I am?? Leave links and comments below!

Rx