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I thought initially that this film looked like the same old revenge type horror that has been done a million times, however whilst it doesn't necessarily have a particularly new concept it is done in such a good way that it really captures your attention rather than making you think 'here we go again'. It is a French film & therefore subtitled, which I know puts some people off but doesn't really bother me. The basic idea is that surgeon Dr Hamel is seeking revenge on the man who raped & murdered his 8 year old daughter. We see the initial scene of his daughter skipping off, him & his wife later realising she's missing and then the police arriving to begin a search. When the body is found I must warn you that it is quite graphic & some may find this scene quite distressing, which is part & parcel of the subject matter really. It portrays the days which follow and the grief and numbness felt by the parents, as well as their own feelings of guilt, brilliantly. When Hamel sees the man captured for his daughter's murder smirking in front of the tv cameras he decides he can't just sit there and let this man go off to jail for a few years, he wants a more fitting punishment for him. Without spoiling it by going into all the ins and outs of it Hamel manages to capture the accused and hold him hostage at a remote cottage. It is one week until what would have been his daughter's 9th birthday and he decides to inflict as much pain as possible upon this monster for the 7 days at which point he will end his life. He advises the authorities of his intentions and it is interesting to watch the conflicting emotions of the police officers who know they must stop this but deep down feel that this man deserves what he gets. The ways in which he inflicts pain & discomfort on his daughter's killer are not only brutal and somewhat sadistic but they are well thought through. Rather than just beat him he considers how best to make this man suffer. But as the 7 days come to a close will the police catch up with him before he can carry out his ultimate goal?
I have only recently noticed the MUA (Make Up Academy) range in Superdrug, I'm not sure if the range is available in other shops but either way it is worth a trip to Superdrug for a look because with a great range of products & colours for rock bottom prices you've got nothing to lose! This blusher costs just £1 which compared with other similar products from other brands is an unbelievable bargain! It comes in a plastic tub with a transparent flip up lid which clips closed well and more importantly stays closed in your make up bag. It is available in a range of 6 matte shades, which again is better than the choice of shades offered by some other types / brands of blushers, they range from pale pinks, to corals, to much deeper tones for darker skin tones. It goes on pretty well, as with all normal powder blushes just swirl your make up brush over it and sweep over the apples of your cheeks. You can apply just a little for a subtle effect or layer a bit more on if you want to look particularly rosy cheeked! I find that I do need to add a fairly decent amount as it isn't particularly highly pigmented. It does last reasonably well throughout the day, though I normally find I have to add a bit more mid afternoon (if I can be bothered!). For the price you absolutely cannot go wrong, I couldn't expect anything else from it and I will certainly be trying a few of their other products!
I'd been eyeing up (excuse the pun, ha ha!) this eyeshadow in Boots for quite a while, being unsure whether I wanted to take the plunge and pay such a large amount for a single eyeshadow, so when they had a 3 for 2 offer across all make up I decided this was the time to give it a go! Retailing at £12 normally for just a single eyeshadow, I was much happier trying it out for a discounted price. You can instantly see that the eyeshadow is of a high quality, it is highly pigmented and also apparently contains crushed pearls for a more intense shine. It goes on well, unlike most glittery types of eyeshadow you don't end up with dustings of glitter under your eyes and generally all over your face! It also lasts well throughout the evening, with no creasing, although I do always use an eyeshadow primer which helps. You can also choose how intense you want the colour, I wouldn't really wear it during the day anyway but if you do want a more subtle silver sheen you can just apply a very fine layer, or you can stick a load on and build it up for a really intense, metallic, almost foil-like look, which looks stunning. There are many colours available and there are also co-ordinating products in the 'myface.cosmetics' range. My only criticisms really are to do with the cost...... It comes in a basic, transparent, plastic tub with a flip lid and whilst it's not all about the packaging I would have expected a little more for the price. A little mirror inside the lid would have been nice but at the very least I would have expected to get an applicator with it.
I have tried to apply false eyelashes several times over the years and have always failed miserably. I seem unable to get the hang of the glue bit - I always end up with blobby bits which look terrible - and I can never get them to stay on, they're always half hanging off and by the time I have messed about I can't get my eye make up right either so they look dreadful!. I have tried the individual type ones too, which I found slightly easier to apply but still I struggled to get them to look great. These pre-glued false eyelashes by Eylure are a godsend for me, they make the whole process a lot simpler and I can now actually have big fluttery fake lashes for those special ocassions!!! They cost me £5 from Superdrug, which was most than some of the lashes which you have to glue yourself, but I am more than happy to pay for the convenience (because buying ones I have to do myself is total waste of money for me anyway!!). You get one set of lashes and their are two or three different sorts, depending how thick / long etc you want them. They are not reusable, you will only get one wear out of them. To apply simply peel one lash off the packaging and trim to fit your eye, try not to handle it too much or you will lose some of the stickiness. The adhesive is already applied and it is pretty strong so you do need to be sure that you get them in the right place the first time ideally, or at least you want to not have to unstick and move them more than once. Also make sure you have chosen the correct lash for the correct eye! I normally place it just above my lashline and press it on with my finger tips, then use the blunt end of my eyebrow tweezers to push it more securely into place. There is no glue to apply, no need to wait etc, just stick it on and there you go! They are really natural looking and blend in with my own eyelashes great. Also, they stay on amazingly well, I have used them several times and have never had one fall off before the night is out, in fact they take some peeling off when you get home! I have been told different things about applying eye make up with false eyelashes, but what I tend to do is apply my eyeliner first, then once I have stuck the lash on I will use a bit more eyeliner to fill in any gaps and help it to blend into my lashline better, I then apply eyeshadow, then mascara. This order might not work for everyone but I find that adding my mascara last helps the lashes blend into my own even better. If you are a bit useless at applying falsies like me, then this is the product for you!
I love mini cheddars, as an alternative to crisps and although I usually stiock to these cheese ones - I don't like the cheese & chive ones or the BBQ ones particularly. However, I recently bought a multipack from Asda which contained 2 bags of the original cheese flavour ones, two bags of mature cheddar flavour (which is also really nice) and two bags of Branston Pickle flavour. This cost me £1 which was a bargain, I'm not sure what size the individual packs are because I've thrown away the outer bag and it doesn't say on the individual bags, but they are quite a bit smaller than the ones you would buy individually on their own. As soon as you open the bag you get a whiff of pickle. They contain real cheese, albeit powdered, which gives them a nice flavour and the Branston Pickle flavour kicks in immediately, it is a pretty similar flavour to actual Branston Pickle so has that lovely tangy flavour to it. They cheddars themselves are nice and crunchy as with normal ones and they are just the right size, bitesize! The amount of flavouring is just right too, giving you a kick of flavour initially without being overpowering. I guess it all depends on whether you actually like Branston, but if you do then you are sure to love these!
I normally use a hairspray by Tigi, which whilst fantastic is quite expensive (£10 a can!) and so in a money saving mission I decided to go for something a little cheaper, and this was my choice. I haven't used Silvikrin before, or maybe I did as a teenager when I could go through a full can of hairspray a week, but I don't remember! My friend however said that this is the brand she uses and it was on that basis that I decided to try it. I was going to just try a small can of it at first but there was a huge 400ml can in my local co-op for £3.19 so I thought I'd just grab that, I opted for the maximum hold one because I have thick, long hair which can take some taming! It comes in a dark green can and you can easily tell which level of hold you are getting as it highlights this for you on the front. It claims to be easy to brush out, to not to dry out your hair and to not be sticky, so I pout this to the test. It suggests that you hold the can 20-30cm away from your hair before spraying and apart from anything else this is a sensible recommendation because otherwise you will end up with it spraying in all one place! By holding it a bit away you get a more fine spray and more even coverage. It doesn't have a pleasant smell as such but it doesn't smell as toxic or overpowering as others I have tried and the smell doesn't linger and obliterate the scent of any perfume you may be wearing which is good. It does hold fairly well and it isn't sticky once it is dry, so in this respect it does what it says it should. I do however find that it flakes in my hair when I brush it out, at first I thought I suddenly had dandruff but I then realised that when I had used this and brushed it out and used it again the next day it had dried into flakes. So whilst it might not dry your hair, it does give the impression that it's dried your scalp! Other than this it does a fairly decent job, but I really don't want bits of it in my hair the next day so I don't think I'll be buying it again.
Some time ago I had read a few good reviews for this product, but I had never been a fan of 2 in 1 products before so I never bothered with it, until one day I had a Body Shop voucher and thought it would try it. I have to say the good reviews were right, it is a great versatile product. It was a while ago (about a year) that I bought mine and it cost me around £9, so it may well be more than that now. This is for an 8 ml tube and for a dual use product I think it is a pretty decent price. It comes in a clear plastic tube with a metallic lid and has a wand applicator with a sponge tip. As a cheek stain............ It is really easy to apply, blend in and get the colour you desire. Simply put a few dots of it on the apples of your cheeks using the applicator and blend in using your finger tips. Start off by not putting too much on, because if you want a more intense colour you can always add more over the top and just layer it up until yopu are happy with the colour. It blends in easily but do start to rub it in as soon as you apply it or you will end up with funny stained dots on your cheeks! It lasts well and gives a lovely rosy glow! As a lip stain................. Again the applicator makes it easy to apply but it is quite runny - a liquid rather than a gloopy type of gloss - so be careful not to get too much on the applicator at once. Again you can layer it up a bit to get the desired colour. I find that on it's own it is a little drying, so I always add a dab of lip balm over the top. It lasts really well and I normally find I don't need to bother reapplying it on a night out, I just stick a bit of lip balm over the top from time to time. It lasts quite a long time because you only need a little bit at once so it is really good value for a product that works hust great.
I have never bought any MUA (Make Up Academy) products before and in fact never really paid much attention to the stand in Superdrug (I'm not sure that I've seen it sold elsewhere but it might well be somewhere), until I was looking for a new black eyeshadow a while ago. I didn't want to pay much as I already had a lovely shimmery black eyeshadow but I wanted a basic matte one for applying over eyeliner with a fine make up brush, just to give my eyes a bit more definition and a smokey look. So, I was overjoyed when I discovered this little eyeshadow for just £1!!! Bargain!!! It is a single pot of eyeshadow (2g), not a bad size and it is in the normal type of plastic pot with a transparent lid. It flips open and it clips closed well - which is pretty important as nobody wants black eyeshadow all over the contents of their make up bag or anywhere else for that matter! I was slightly skeptical, due the price, and thought it might not give good coverage / not be very highly pigmented, as I have found before with some cheaper eyeshadows but upon my first use of it I was really impressed. It went on easy, it didn't spread around everywhere and I didn't have to apply twenty layers of it to get the colour I desired! I have had it for a while now and I use it often, I have used it all over my lid and found it gave decent coverage / colour and lasted reasonably well. It doesn't last as well or give as stronger colour as some more costly eyeshadows, however, for £1 you really can't go wrong and what's more you can afford to buy a few different colours while you're there! :)
I'm a big fan of bronzer, partly because I look horrible when I'm pale and partly because I don't like using foundation, I much prefer to just have a sweep of colour over my face instead of applying something that feels like it is clogging my pores! It's just personal preference however and I know that many people use bronzer as well as foundation. I normally use a Barry M bronzer for every day use which is a really subtle and natural looking colour but in the summertime I tend to prefer something with a bit more 'oomph'! I have always liked Rimmels's sun shimmer cream for the body so I tried this bronzer first a few years ago and still stick with it now. I usually buy it from Superdrug and as I can remember it last cost me around £5-£6. It is available in light, medium, (and dark also I think) and in 'shimmer' or 'matte'. I usually go for medium and I usually choose 'matte' as I don't like to look too shiny! I wouldn't use medium in the winter however, as I think it could end up looking orange if you didn't already have a bit of a tan, it could look really unnatural, I just like to use it to enhance what tan I already have (if I've been abroad, because let's face it we don't get a lot of sun here!), so if your skin is pretty pale then stick with the 'light' one. The tubs it comes in do have a habit of breaking easily, they normally come apart at the hinges which is a bit of a nuisance, but not the end of the world. It is easy to apply, just swirl your blusher brush around and sweep on your cheeks or indeed all over your face, and even your neck, chest and shoulders if you wish. It blends well and it also stays on pretty well throughout the day. It does last quite a while but it does have a tendancy to crumble into pieces when you get past half way through it which is annoying! It has it's faults but it's a decent basic, budget bronzer!
This is a brilliant product and one which I had never given much thought to bothering with before until I was one day browsing around in a big Boots store and stumbled upon the Urban Decay stand. I have tried a couple of Urban Decay products before - and eye shadow and some of their eyeliners - and have always found it quite good stuff and their displays are always eye catching with the products in brightly coloured and unusual looking packaging. This particular product particularly caught my eye because of the lovely little lilac coloured bottle it comes in, which is made to look like a little bottle of magic potion! This 'Eyeshadow Primer Potion' is designed to go on your eyelids prior to you applying your eye make up with the intention that it will help it grip better and therefore stay on longer. It provides a base for eye shadow to cling to, instead of the powder just being able to slide / waft off. It is very easy to apply and the sponge applicator is slightly bent to help, although I tend to just dot some onto my eyelids using the sponge applicator and then blend it in using my fingertip. I apply it prior to applying eyeshadow and eyeliner. It blends in really easily and feels slightly silky to the touch, it is a neutral beige-ish colour and once you rub it in you wouldn't know it was there. I have found that this product works really well. I have definitely noticed that eye make up, particularly eye shadow, lasts much longer when I've used this primer. It is especially good for if you are using a particularly shimmery / glittery eye shadow, you know the ones that normally end up all over your face! It certainly helps a lot with that! At a cost of about £14-£15 for a 10ml bottle it doesn't seem cheap but it does last such a long time, I've had mine for probably over a year, although I don't use it every day. So actually it is good value and a product that actually works is worth paying for anyway!
Oh Hypnose, you have let me down this time! Lancome Hypnose has been my favourite mascara for years. It is a bit of a treat as it is quite pricey and I tend to just keep it for nights out and special ocassions rather than for every day, so that it will last a bit longer, but I do love it so. It doesn't clump, it lasts for ages and it makes my lashes look amazing. I have previously tried a different version of it (can't remember the exact name) which basically included a bit of sparkle but I decided the sparkle wasn't worth the extra couple of quid and went back to the bog standard one. I was then bought this 'Doll Eyes' version as a gift and was really looking forward to using it. As it was a gift I don't know the exact price but they are usually about £19 from Lancome counters which can be found in larger Boots stores and many department stores. The tube is a kind of curvy shape and is black with a faint pretty flowery pattern on (the Lancome logo type flowers). The brush is of the bristly kind, rather than a plasticky one, which I generally prefer and it starts out thickish and tapers towards the end, which is great for getting those corner lashes. The one I use is black, though it is available in different colours, and it is a very nice dark pigmented black, not greyish like some can be. So far, so good. The problem began when I started to apply the mascara to my eagerly waiting lashes........it clumped, and clogged, then clumped some more.........on the first use! I m essed about with it for so long that some of my lashes ended up just stick / clumped together and it didn't look great at all. I decided maybe it was somehow user error but then next time I tried it, and the time after that, it just did the same. I hated it and felt really annoyed that such an expensive product could let me down so much! It just looked like any old cheap mascara, not speical like my normal Hypnose. The moral of the story is, stick with what you know and love, don't go trading it in for a newer model!
I often struggle to find a decent blusher, some are too bright pink making me look like Aunt Sally, some are too orangey, some are too shimmery shiny and some just don't do much! This one by Collection 2000 is a great find however, it is not only a great product but it is a great price! I bought mine at Superdrug and it cost £3.99 - although I bought it as part of a 3 for 2 offer so I actually got it for less than this! It is quite a decent size, it's a 12g block of blusher, which is about 7cm square and it is in a transparent plastic container which flips open. The container itself is pretty sturdy, I've had it for quite a while and it hasn't yet broken at the hinges like so many of these types of containers seem to do with me! The product itself it a powder blush, which has different shades within it in a pretty flowery pattern. I am pretty sure there was more than one colour option available, depending on what you prefer / what suits you, though I could not say what colour mine is called because the label on the bottom has worn off a bit! As with any normal powder blusher you simply swirl your brush around it and then sweep across cheeks. The different colours within the block all swirl nicely together, or you can concentrate your brush on just one bit of it if you prefer to do so. It has a nice shimmer to it, but is not not overly shiny or glittery and it gives my cheeks a nice natural-ish looking glow. It also lasts really well throught the day. It is also great value because as well as the low price in the first place - especially when compared with the cost of similar looking products by other brands - it last such a long time. I've had the one I am currently using since August, i use it every day and I would say only about a quarter or so of it has gone. It is also quite good for not breaking up too easily (I'm sure you all know what a nightmare it is when you open your make up bag to discover that your blusher has broken into crumbs and is now all over everything!), my last one did eventually do this but only when I had had it for quite a long time and there wasn't much left. It is a lovely product and well worth a try if you find other blushers too pricey or just too rosy!!
Oh what a disappointment this Rimmel mascara was! I spotted it for sale recently in my local Wilkinson's and was initially attracted to it because it seemed to have the same sort of brush as the brilliant Benefit 'They're Real' mascara, but for a fraction of the price, so I reasoned that even if it was only a fraction as good I wouldn't have been ripped off! Benefit's version costs £19-ish and this cost me just £4.99, so you can see my reasoning! I have used Rimmel mascaras before and always thought they were ok, but this is by far the worst one I've ever tried! It comes in a big fat pink tube and the brush itself is very thick too, but the unusual feature of it (as with the Benefit one) is that it has a sort of ball at the end of the brush (which I believe is meant to 'fan out' the lashes). The brush is a plastic type one and has fairly short 'bristles'. I chose the black one but it may well be available in other colours. As soon as I started to apply this mascara I realised it wasn't going to be great! Barely anything seemed to be going onto my lashes! Fair enough it didn't clump or clog or anything but I literally looked like I'd barely applied anything after I'd stuck two coats on! The brush itself, although thick, wasn't difficult to use, though is a bit trickier to use on the smaller & outer lashes. Not only was I displeased by the results I was even mnore annoyed later on in the day when I looked it the mirror to discover it had flaked / smudged under my eyes. Howe it managed this when there was hardly anything on my lashes I do not know! I have given it a couple more tries but I'm still not impressed and quite honestly I think it is now destined for the bin!
Recently I have noticed my skin has been looking a little dull, whether this is due to burning the candle at both ends, too much drinking & eating junk food or just getting older, who knows?! But I decided I needed to do something about it and thought this wouldn't be a bad start!! This product promises to give your skin an oxygen boost for a 'healthy-looking, bright complexion'. It also suggests that the '15% pure oxygen' it contains will speed up the renewal of surface cells. So, this sounded like just what I needed! It comes in a metal can with a plastic lid and has a pump on the top to dispense the cream, which I particularly like - it means it is easy to get out (no frantically trying to tip some out of a bottle) and keeps it hygenic (no poking your finger into a tub to scoop some out). For 50ml I paid just £4.99, however this was from a particularly cheap local shop & I would imagine that Boots, Superdrug & the like will charge quite a bit more (however, as ever look out for offers!). The one I got is for normal / combination skin, I am not sure if it is available for other skin types, but this was the only one where I bought it from. The cream itself has a lovely light floral fragrance and is a good consistency - seemingly quite thick but very easy to apply. It sank into my skin like a dream and left a lovely silky finish on my skin. Having used it for a couple of weeks I wouldn't say I have seen miracles, but yes I do think my skin looks slightly brighter and more radiant and I can only credit that fact to this stuff! I would definitely buy it again and am now going to start using the night cream version also.
I've often seen this website advertised in the back pages of Total Film magazine and thought it looked pretty cool but I only visited it recently when I decided to look for something from there for my son's birthday. The site sells mostly tshirts but also hoodies and things which feature a logo of something off a fil. So, rather than blatantly having the title of a film, eg The Shining on the tshirt, it will subtly feature something out of that film, eg The Overlook Hotel and it's logo. It's a great twist on movie memorabilia and only true film fans will know what the logo is all about! Geeky, yes, but fun also, absolutely! In addition to clothing the site also sells other bits & pieces of film memorabilia such as posters, postcards, prints etc and I have already seen more things which I plan to order for Christmas. The site is pretty easy to navigate and you can narrow your browsing selection down by types of films, eg action, or by searching for the film title. Postage is only £2.95 which isn't bad and delivery is pretty speedy, only 3 days to get a tshirt out to me. The tshirt I had ordered was unfortunately a little big so I had to return it (they allow up to 30 days for returns which is great), whilst I had to pay for the return delivery this wasn't much (just a couple of quid) as it was a light parcel and within 2 working days they had emailed to advise they'd received it back and sent out my exchange, with no extra cost. So I was pretty impressed with this. The tshirt itself cost £18, which again I didn't think was too bad as it's not the sort of thing you would be buying every day.