Monday, 25 October 2010

Review: Zombie Strippers [DVD]

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In the not too distant future the government is hard at work in a Nebraskan facility, trying to create a zirus to re-animate corpses, to try to build an army of zombie soldiers. You see George Bush has been just elected as President for the fourth time [his vice president is Arnold Schwarzenegger] so the USA is at war with most of the world, leading to a shortage of soldiers.

But this experiment naturally goes wrong, so it's up to the Z squad to come in and tidy up the mess in the facility. One of the squad members is bitten by a zombie during the clear up, but rather then fess up and wait around for his colleages to kill him, he escapes and  hides out at illegal strip club Rhino.

The dying soldier then infects the star stripper Kat (Jenna Jameson) meaning she too becomes a zombie. So club owner Ian (Robert Englund) does what anyone would do in this situation - keeps the club open and if customers should be infected he just locks them in the basement.

The film really gets going as the other strippers slowly get ideas as they see how much money zombified Kat is raking in as the elite Z squad hunt down their missing member...




Thursday, 21 October 2010

Review: Razor Blade Smile [DVD]

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Lilith is a 100 year old vampire working as an modern day assassin for a human she knows as Platinum. Her current hit list is made up of members of the Illuminati. What Lilith doesn't know is that the head of the Illuminati is the vampire who sired her; Sethane Blake.

Sethane suspects that the assassin who is killing his members may be a vampire. So he orders fellow Illuminati member Detective Inspector Raymond Price to look for and stop the mysterious assassin.



Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Review: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer [DVD]

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Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is now a nervous wreck who has constant nightmares, sees the fisherman in every corner and keeps a carving knife in her bedside drawer, so when new best buddie Karla (Brandy) wins a holiday for four to the Bahamas, Karla thinks it a sign for Julie to move on and have fun.

As well as Julie, Karla's boyfriend Tyrell is also going. As she's won four tickets they also invite Ray, who doesn't commit to going. Ray never gets back to them, so Karla invites their other friend Will, who she hopes will get together with Julie. Off goes our party of four, to sun, sea and aventure...


Once they arrive in the Bahamas they realise it's storm season in the resort, so it is handily empty, save for some stock secondary characters. Being storm season, they are soon left stranded after a hurricane warning.

The fisherman then shows himself and starts slicing & dicing. Blah, blah, blah.



Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Review: I Know What You Did Last Summer [DVD]

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If you're expecting originality you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a faithful adaptation of the superb book this is based on you'll be let down [Author Lois Duncan tried to have her name removed from the film when she saw the final version]. If you just want to sit down to enjoy a entertaining movie, that is well-acted (the supporting cast [Bridgette Wilson in particular] do as good a job as the top-billed stars). you've come to the right page.

Four friends run over a man and in a panic they dump his  body into the ocean after their drunken 4th July celebrations. One year later almost to the day, one of the friends receives a letter & the game is on.
As it draws to 4th July the letters escalate to hair cutting, disappearing bodies & hit and runs.



Monday, 18 October 2010

Review: Trick 'r Treat [DVD]

As Halloween is fast approaching I thought it'd be fun to share info on a few of  the horror films on my DVD shelf [It'll only be a few as I've only just decided to do this now] and what better way to start then with my new-favourite film TRICK 'R TREAT?

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TRICK 'R TREAT contains four interweaving stories taking place on Halloween night in a small town in Ohio.
We get to see friendly school principal Mr Wilkin's secret life as a serial killer, while a group of his students prepare to play a cruel prank on classmate Wanda. Meanwhile virginal Laurie and her man-hungry sorority sisters are visiting town for a party and she decides tonight's THE night and a grouchy old recluse who hates Halloween recieves an unwelcome trick or treater.



Saturday, 16 October 2010

Review: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane [Book]

In 1997 every ghost in the world raised up and killed two thirds of the population in just one week. World leaders were powerless, prayers went unanswered, resulting in every government and religion collapsing. Eventually a group were able to imprison most of the ghosts in a huge underground city - they called their organization The Church Of Real Truth.

The Church Of Real Truth is today the world's only power; there is no other government, no other faith, just The Church. They are in the process of hunting the ghosts that remain uncaptured and compensating the unlucky people being haunted. To find the ghosts the Church educates and trains witches [known as debunkers] to find and capture the ghosts, and find the fraudsters faking a haunting to try and defraud money out of the Church.


Cesaria 'Chess' Putnam is one of these debunkers. In fact her recent work on previous cases has put her in high esteem of her superiors. But what they don't know is that she has been leading a double life of sorts. She has a drug addiction and her drug dealer [Bump] views her as one of his lackeys that shall do his bidding for him whenever he so chooses.

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Friday, 15 October 2010

Spotlight: Oh Ruby Deer gift set by China Glaze


How cute is this?

I was browsing the Sally Salon Services UK website earlier and came across the first of China Glazes Christmas releases. This adorable set is only £9.99 and it also in Sally's 3 for 2 christmas offer too - so there's no excuse not to buy!!

Buy her here...

New in stores: LA Glow EDT by Jennifer Lopez



New J. Lo perfume is dedicated to Los Angeles nightlife, inspired by the city that provides endless opportunities to get your magical 15 minutes of fame more than any other city in the world. It is the scent of vigorous Los Angeles night club scene, where the fun never stops.  
L.A. Glow is a feminine and sexy cocktail of juicy fruits and sensual flowers, wrapped in creamy amber that evokes the warmth of LA nights. Top notes are a hot combination of cherry, plum and blackberry. The heart contains seductive essences of jasmine, peony and magnolia, while the perfume base represents a glamorous blend of musk, amber and tropical cream.
 
The bottle kept the original form with smooth curves and elongated neck, this time painted in sparkling disco mix of pink and purple. A wearable cocktail ring adorns the bottle collar, perfect for your night out.


L.A. Glow is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml EDT along with 200 ml body lotion. L.A. Glow is a new fragrance and it was introduced in 2010.


[Source: Fragrantica]


Note: I've tested it in Boots and really like it. Her previous Glow flankers had started to become really samey and dull, but LA Glow is a step in the right direction.

I'll test it a few more times [and will probally buy it] and will review it soon.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Review: Naked palette by Urban Decay



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EYESHADOWS

Virgin - Shimmering ivory *
Sin - Champagne, with shimmer finish.
Naked - A matt fawn *
Sidecar - A similar fawn/soft brown shade to Naked, only with a shimmering finish *
Buck - A soft, medium brown with a matt finish *
Half Baked - Light, shimmery bronze.
Smog - Medium bronze with shimmering finish.
Dark Horse - A rich milk chocolate shade with silver micro glitter *
Toasted - Rich, shimmering copper.
Hustle - Similar shade to Dark Horse, but with a matt finish *
Creep - Black with silver micro glitter. Similar to NARS best-selling Night Crawler *
Gunmetal - Dark grey with silver micro shimmer


* Exclusive to this palette.

[The back of the outer packaging says that only four shades are new, but after revisiting both the website and my nearest Urban Decay counter I saw that seven shades are unavailable to buy separately]


24/7 EYELINING PENCIL
[Double ended version]

Zero - Traditional black kohl & Whiskey - A warm brown


Primer Potion - 3.7 ml

You apply it on your eyelid [and under your eye too if you'll be smudging shadow there] and blend with a finger.

Using a primer will prolong the wear of your shadow and make the colour appear more vibrant. I've worn my eyeshadow for over twelve hours quite a few times and it still looked freshly applied.


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Urban Decay don't do black plastic shells for their palettes and they're not about to start now; Naked comes in the form of a slim, rectangular felt covered card case.

The flip lid has a mirror and the rectangular shadow strips have the shadow name printed under them. The double-ended liner sits below the shadows.

The Primer Potion is packaged separately from the palette.





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Wear
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EYESHADOWS

All of the shadows are so finely grained, highly pigmented and apply so creamily [their actually all powders] - the shimmers, the matt and the micro glitter.

As you'd expect from such a rich shadow, the application, blending ability and wear is exceptional - over ten years after buying my first Urban Decay shadow I have yet to find a comparable product. The shimmer finishes are again the best wearing; they wear though my working day, even without using the primer potion - over eight hours, and this time the matt shadows also wear well without primer *, although not as well as the other finishes - about five hours alone. Maybe they've changed the formula as none of Urban Decay's previous matt shadows have impressed me.

*The shade Creep is the only exception. To get the best colour pay-off apply with a damp brush.


The micro glitters are contain finer glitter particles then Urban Decay's regular glitter finishes, so I've never had any problems with product fallout. But if you do experience some then use sellotape to remove the glitter from your skin - wiping it will push it further into your make-up.


24/7 EYELINING PENCILS

The pencils are a creamy formula, so they don't drag across the skin, so there is no scratching to the skin. Once applied to the lid, the liner will stay put until I wash it off.

I don't know if they've changed the formula for the liner, but I can actually rim my waterline - something that I'm not able to do with my other 24/7 liners. I can also smudge the line out before it sets if I want [it takes about 30 seconds] - this is also very difficult with my older 24/7 liners.


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This palette is a must own - there's plenty here for every skintone AND all of the shades go with every eye colour. If you prefer neutral this is perfect and if you like a bit of colour this is still a fantastic set: you can easily blend a bit of coloured eyeshadow or liner - the possibilities are endless.

I've had my palette for a little while now and I've used every shadow at least twice and am very impressed by how versatile the colours are; Night, day, natural or dramatic - there are so many things to try here, so it doesn't matter if you are like me [a make-up junkie].


My usual routine is to use one shade over my lid, then pick the shade that is slightly darker for my crease, then I use either Creep or Gunmetal as a liner on my upper lid and smudge it into the lighter shadow.


Out of the twelve shadows in this set only one isn't very impressive; Once again it's Urban Decay's black shade [Creep], the colour applies as a similar grey to Gunmetal dry and it shows wear the quickest. But then again black isn't really a day-to-day shade [not for me anyway], so I don't use it as a shadow anyway. But if you do, then the primer potion and being prepared to layer is a must.


Here comes the guilt-easing math bit:

Individual eyeshadows; £12.50 [x12]
24/7 eyeliners; £11
Primer Potion; £11.50
= £183.50


Urban Decay do not test on animals.


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£27


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These looks weren't created by me they're from makeupgeek.com, which is a Youtube channel run by a professional make-up artist - Marlena. I've wrote them here as I regularly wear both looks myself and highly recommend them both as they utilise the colours and once you've recreated them you'll know where to place different shades and be inspired to mix and match them up, to get the most out of this palette.


Kim Kardashian

Apply Hustle over the entire lid and smudge the powder line, taking it slightly into the crease. Then blend Naked into the crease over this and take the line slightly pass the crease.

Line both the upper and lower waterline with Zero. Line the lid in Zero using a thick line - you can then smudge the line if you want.

Finally; Smudge Half Baked under inner third of lashes, Smog under the middle third and Creep under the outer third.


Jennifer Love Hewitt in Ghost Whisperer
[This is my go-to look. It sounds full on now I've wrote it down, but it actually looks minimal and polished. I think it can be worn to work]

Start with Smog over the lid - leaving the inner third empty. Then apply Half Baked on the inner third of lid and blend slightly over Smog. Next blend Naked [use Buff if you're dark skinned] into and slightly above the crease.

Smudge Half Baked under the inner third of the lower lashes and Smog under the outer two thirds.

Use Creep as a liner on the outer half of the upper lid and smudge it up and out past the lid slightly, to the outer V of the eye, and smudge it down so that it blends into Smog under the lower lashes.

Line the upper and lower waterline with Zero, or you can use Whiskey for a softer look. Then line the lid in a fine line with Zero - again you can use Whiskey if you prefer.


There are also two looks on the Urban Decay website:

Light [day to day]:
http://www.urbandecay.com/stealOurLooks/index.cfm?ID=112

Dark [A evening look]:
http://www.urbandecay.com/stealOurLooks/index.cfm?ID=111

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Upcoming release: Lady GaGa's debut fragrance with Coty.



So the previous rumours about Lady GaGa releasing own fragrance with coty were true, as Coty have now confirmed that everything has been signed!

MONSTER is due for release in 2012. Sounds like a bit of a wait, but I'd rather wait as it means they are working on something unique, rather then planning a quick money-making scheme.


Exciting stuff.


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Review: Kim Kardashian EDP by Kim Kardashian

I'll start by saying that I don't have anything against Kim Kardashian herself. If you don't like this fragrance why are you instantly labelled as a bitchy, jealous 'hater'?

Rating: 2/5 stars
Advantages: Good longevity,
Disadvantages: way too loud and an unoriginal fragrance.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Spotlight: Urban Day Book Of Shadows: NYC


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EYESHADOWS

Perversion - Matt black.
Uzi - Silver with glitter, so there is some fallout.
Loaded - Deep shimmering green. It almost looks navy in certain lighting*
Kush - Medium green, with a shimmering finish. *
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again - Mega glittery champagne. Gorgeous colour, but the large amount of glitter is very messy.
Last Call - Pinkish plum, with an lilac shimmer.
Rockstar - Deep blue-based purple. I think this is meant to be matt too, but there is a hint of shimmer. *
Money - My favourite in this palette. Blueish mint, that is the almost the exact same shade as is seen on US dollars. Contains silver micro glitter*
Haight - Cheerful swimming pool blue, with the shimmer finish. *
Maui Wowie - Gold with a greenish base. Contains silver micro glitter.
Smog - A shimmery golden copper.
Bordello - Shell pink, with a lilac shimmer.
Radium - Slightly darker than Haight and a heck of a lot brighter. Has a shimmery finish. [Not for the timid as when I say bright I mean it] *
Snatch - Another favourite of mine. A lovely shade of apricot, with silver micro glitter. *
Suspect - A light bronze with golden shimmer. *
Psychedelic Sister - Bright purple, with a blue/pink shimmer. *

* Exclusive. Not available to purchase separately.


24/7 EYELINING PENCILS

Zero - Traditional black kohl.
Ransom - Bright purple, with some iridescence.


Primer Potion - 3.7 ml

This is a beige cream containing silicone that becomes invisible once you've blended it in with your finger. You apply it on your eyelid [and under your eye too if you'll be smudging shadow there] before you put on shadow and it'll prolong the wear of your shadow and make the colour appear more vibrant. I've my eyeshadow on for over twelve hours a few times and it still looked freshly applied. This stuff is magic.

It'll work with any brand of shadow - not just Urban Decay.




[My swatch pics were blurry and not good enough to post. Sorry.]


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It comes in a box with a flip lid and a pull out drawer.

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging and this doesn't disappoint. When you open the lid [It's magnetic] famous landmarks from NYC literally pop up; This includes the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and a yellow taxi cab. Actually on the lid is a mirror framed by skyscrapers. And in case of people scoffing and sarcastically asking "does it come with lights" you can point out that yes, it does. The skyscrapers and Brooklyn Bridge have LCDs inside them :)

The lid is purely for decoration. As with the previous Books Of Shadows, the cosmetic items are all housed in the drawer. The drawer can be pulled out completely so it is easy to place on a dresser whilst you use it and it is easy to fit back into the case too.








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I'm not why I noted which shadows have a shimmery finish, it'd would have been quicker note note which ones didn't :p It's because the shadows are so finely grained, highly pigmented and apply so creamily [their actually all powders] that makes them so gleamy. As you'd expect from such a rich shadow, the application, blending ability and wear is exceptional - over the years I've tried almost every brand on the market and have yet to find a comparable shadow. The shimmery shadows and micro glitter finishes last though my working day, even without using the primer potion - over eight hours.

It's the matt shadow that is the least impressive - the colour applies as a grey and it shows wear after five hours. But then again black isn't really a day-to-day shade [not for me anyway], so I don't use it anyway. But you do, then the primer potion and being prepared to layer is a must.

The micro glitters are contain finer glitter particles then the regular glitter finishes, so I've never had any problems with product fallout and the base shadow for these finishes has the same wear as the regular shimmers.

The application of Uzi and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again is very important [particularly MCRA as it contains the most glitter]; it really reduces the fallout. ALWAYS use primer potion and apply the shadows with a finger using a patting motion, as opposed to sweeping motions with a brush. This gently pushes the shadow into the primer, so it sticks to the skin better. If a bit of the glitter still falls onto your cheek before you leave the house use a bit of sellotape to remove it, don't try to rub it off with a wet wipe of cotton wool as that can push it into your make-up.


24/7 EYELINING PENCILS

The pencils are a creamy formula, so they don't drag across the skin, so there is no scratching to the skin. Once applied to the lid, the liner will stay put until I wash it off. [I once fell asleep without removing my makeup. In the morning the liner still looked perfect].
However when it comes to rimming my waterline is a letdown; Every time the line has disappeared within two hours. I don't have overly watery eyes or wear contacts/glasses.

If you're fond of smudging your liner you'll have a hard time with these. They're described as being smudge-able for 30 seconds until the formula sets, but I found smudging close to impossible immediately after application.


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At first I wasn't sure about buying this - mainly because I already have Volume II [which contains Perversion and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again], and The Naked palette [which is entirely filled with neutral shades], plus three of the new shades are green - which is usually a no-no for my blue eyes. But I saw the final palette in Boots and a woman was following me around and willing me to put it back down, so I naturally went ahead with my purchase.

I don't regret it one little bit. I've been using my set for a few weeks now and have used all of the green shades a few times [even all three at once last week], in fact Money is now my favourite Urban Decay shadow [the green is light and the blue tinge and silver glitter make it very wearable]. The only colour I'm not sure about is Kush - the shade is a tad too warm for my eye colour to be worn alone. I either blend it with another colour [Loaded is my favourite for this] or smudge it under my lower lashes like a liner.

All of the brighter shades can be worn regularly with blending or using under the lashes, so if colour is not your thing I'd still highly recommend giving this a go and experimenting on mixing the shades up to find a unique combination. Out of the sixteen shadows and two liners the only things I'll never use are Perversion and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, and out of those only one is because of because of the lackluster quality.


I know that £31 seems like a lot of money to spend on a single make-up item to some people, so allow me to break down the individual prices and ease your guilt: Individual eyeshadows are £12.50 each, the 24/7 eyeliners are £11 each and the Primer Potion comes in at £11.50. So you smugly inform people that you have actually paid £31 for £233.50 worth of product. If you happen to be in smart-mouth mode add that you've saved £202.50 (Fine print: Individual product sizes are a bit bigger].

My Book of Shadows: Volume II is the same size as this and I still have plenty of product left in that almost one year later.


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£31