Friday, 31 October 2014

What I've Been Watching In: October (Halloween Edition)


Since today is Halloween, I just had to dedicate this month's What I've Been Watching post to my very favourite Halloween movies. I've tried to include a real mix of movies, from a Disney favourite Hocus Pocus, to Scream and then everything in between. I hope that this means that there is something for everyone to watch in this special Halloween edition of What I've Been Watching.

What I've Been Watching In: October (Halloween Edition) Movie Review Scream Scream 4 I Know What You Did Last Summer

Scream (1996)
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard
Out of all the horror movies that I've ever watched, I'm pretty sure that Scream is my absolute favourite. It's the one that I can watch time and time again without getting bored of it in the slightest and it's also the first movie that I think of when it comes to Halloween. I think that might have something to do with the fact that as I was growing up Ghostface (the Scream mask) appeared at every single Halloween party that I attended throughout primary and secondary school. 
The movie itself is pretty tame when it comes to horror stakes nowadays. It's not particularly gory or too jumpy either, just in case you're not a fan of those kinds of horror movies. But what I really love about Scream is the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously by simultaneously parodying and embracing the horror genre.

Scream 4 (2011)
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts
Whilst Scream 2 and 3 aren't the worst horror movies that I've ever seen, they definitely pale in comparison to the original, whereas Scream 4 breathes new life into the Scream franchise. And how exciting is it to see a franchise bring the initial story bang up to date instead of just making a remake of the original? This has quickly become one of my favourite horror movies of recent years and definitely the best teen slasher movie that I've seen recently.
Ghostface is back, just as Sidney (Neve Campbell) returns to Woodsboro as part of her book tour. Emma Roberts plays Sidney's niece in this new twist on the Scream story and it really does have plenty of surprises throughout. It's also pretty comical at times, most of which is intentional, much like the rest of the Scream movies. The very fact that one of the characters in this basically live vlogs his life is pretty funny and as I said earlier, definitely brings the 1990's American teen slasher movie right into the 21st century.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Geller, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Another one of the 90's teen slasher movies (can you tell that I quite like that era of horror movies?), I Know What You Did Last Summer centres around a group of friends who knock down and kill someone whilst they're out driving late at night. Or do they?
When they start to receive 'messages' from a fisherman figure wielding a fish hook, including a note stating 'I know what you did last summer,' the group of friends begin to wonder whether they really did in fact bury the body in the water.
Much like the original Scream movie, there's not too much blood or gore but it is a lot more jumpy than some of the other 1990's teen horror movies. I still get the creeps watching the scenes where Sarah Michelle Gellar's character is trapped in a department store in the middle of the night, which when you think about my shopping habits would ordinarily be my dream instead of my nightmare.
It's also got a star 1990's cast including Sarah Jessica Parker (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Ryan Philippe (Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband) and Freddie Prinze Jr. (I was rather obsessed with She's All That so him being in this always puts a smile on my face).

What I've Been Watching In: October (Halloween Edition) Movie Review The Conjuring Vacancy The Last House on the Left

The Conjuring (2013)
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
I've not been that impressed by many of the horror movies that have been released in the past couple of years. I think the only real exception to that statement, above and beyond this choice, was You're Next, which I reviewed in July (link here). I don't know about you but the Paranormal Activity series and the movies that they have inspired, have never really been of any interest to me in the past. The Conjuring on the other hand, is far from the fairly laughable Paranormal Activity franchise.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play a husband and wife paranormal investigative team and it's packed full of creepy moments, more than a few jumps and most importantly; a pretty solid storyline. The Conjuring also features a rather creepy doll named Annabelle, which you might have noticed has been made into a movie in it's own right, which is out at the cinema right now. I saw it when I was on holiday at the start of the month and it is well worth a watch. If you're looking for a full review of that movie then I'll have it in next month's What I've Been Watching post.

Vacancy (2007)
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Frank Whaley
As soon as you've finished watching Vacancy I have a feeling that you won't be checking yourself into a motel any time soon.
Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson play a couple on the verge of divorce who's car breaks down after they stop at a gas station on an unmarked road. Now I'm more than aware that there wouldn't be a movie in the first place had they just stayed on the Interstate but that still doesn't stop me from shouting at the TV whenever someone in a horror movie decides that it would be quicker to come off of the Interstate in favour of driving around on roads with no signs or any real sign of life. Instead of sleeping in the car until the morning, when they could then phone a recovery truck, they decide to spend the night at the motel that they drove past a few miles back. It's only when they switch on the TV and the VHS player (I know a VHS player in 2007!) that they discover that the very room they are staying in has played host to the very horrific murders that they are watching on the TV. It soon becomes a cat and mouse game between the couple and the motel proprietors and is the kind of movie that has you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Trust me, you'll never want to stay at a motel after watching this movie.

The Last House on the Left (2009)
Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Aaron Paul
A remake of the 1972 movie of the same name, The Last House on the Left, is a movie that I wouldn't necessarily recommend to everyone as it is one of the most shocking horror movies that I've seen in a long time. A lot of the movie revolves around the notion of revenge as two parents welcome in a group of strangers into their home during a storm. They soon learn that that very group of strangers are a gang who have attacked their own daughter.
Garret Dillahunt is incredible as Krug the escaped convict/leader of the gang who have kidnapped, sexually assaulted and shot Sara Paxton's character (ie. their daughter). As I can only reiterate, several scenes could definitely be deemed distressing for many different reasons.
Having seen this when it was first released I only realised in the past couple of months that one of the members of the gang in this is actually Aaron Paul (aka. Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad) which was quite the revelation for a big Breaking Bad fan like myself.

Now for a change of pace when it comes to Halloween movies. I promise that these next three movies will have you laughing and singing along (in some parts) instead of cowering behind your sofa.

What I've Been Watching In: October (Halloween Edition) Movie Review Scary Movie Hocus Pocus Shaun of the Dead

Scary Movie (2000)
Starring: Anna Faris, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth
I'm a big fan of Scary Movie (Scary Movie 2 is also well worth a watch whilst you're at it too). It spoofs the most popular horror movies of the 1990's brilliantly and plays on the classic horror movie tropes to great effect. To truly understand the brilliance of this movie, you really need to have seen the majority of the movies that it parodies. The plot recreates I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream almost shot for shot at times, as well as featuring bits from The Blair Witch ProjectThe Sixth Sense and more. As you might be aware from the above choices, these are some of my favourite horror movies from that time so this movie was always going to be a big hit with me.
It might not be to everyone's taste humour wise as there are a couple of scenes that I know some might blush or squirm at but overall it's just such a fantastic spoof of some of my favourite movies and pop culture moments of the 1990's.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch
For me, no Halloween is complete without watching Hocus Pocus at least once. I think I may have watched it every single Halloween since I was a child and I wouldn't have it any other way. Is it strange that I would much rather be one of the Sanderson sisters than any of the 'heroes' in this movie? I have a feeling that it might be but even as a child I felt a definite affinity with SJP.
Billy Butcherson will always be my favourite character in this and I have a feeling that he will be many others favourite too. There are a lot of puns and jokes that I didn't necessarily understand as a child and it could be viewed as corny or silly if you've not grown up with this movie but I wouldn't change it at all. I am now singing "I put a spell on you and now you're mine" at the top of my lungs though, so that might be a bit of a problem for anyone in an audible radius to me right now. Hehe.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis
I could have included a plethora of zombie movies in this list, some of which are real masterpieces; 28 Days Later for example, others which are just a fun frolick through the zombie genre such as Resident Evil and of course, Zombieland but there's only one rom-zom-com (romantic-zombie-comedy) and that's Shaun of the Dead.
I've watched this that many times that I could practically act out the entirety of this movie. It's one of the funniest movies that I've ever seen and the fact that it centres around the idea of a zombie apocalypse makes it the perfect movie to watch around Halloween. Even the characters in Scream 4 would agree. (There's a little shout out to anyone else who's watched Scream 4 already) Hehe.
I do think that I will need to watch the rest of the 'Cornetto trilogy' now though, so expect some reviews of the next two movies in the Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright collection in the next couple of What I've Been Watching posts.

Just in case none of these movies take your fancy, I have reviewed a whole host of other horror movies throughout the year; good and bad. Here are some other movies that you might want to give a watch (or not) this Halloween: Dark Water (link here), Sinister (link here), Urban Legend (link here)Insidious (link here), Insidious: Chapter 2 (link here), Friday the 13th (link here) and You're Next (link here).

What's your favourite movie to watch around Halloween? Have you seen any of these movies? If so, what did you think of them?

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

My Magazine Feature with St. Enoch

St. Enoch Magazine Feature
I never expected to ever see my face (or my entire body for that matter) in a magazine but here I am; the featured blogger in the Autumn/Winter St. Enoch magazine.

If you saw my St. Enoch Magazine Photoshoot Sneak Peek post (link here), then you will have seen a couple of the behind the scenes shots from the photoshoot already but here is the final feature as it will appear in the magazine (which is out tomorrow!)

I was definitely a little nervous when I turned up on the day of the photoshoot. I really didn't think that I would ever be comfortable having my photograph taken whilst in a busy shopping centre but after a couple of shots had been taken (not those of the alcoholic variety I must add), it was easy just to concentrate on the camera and almost forget that there was a flow of people walking past me.

I have to thank St. Enoch for what was an incredible opportunity as well as the wonderful photographer Martin and the lovely girls at The Big Partnership. It was such a pleasure working with everyone and it was quite nice to feel a bit like I was on that first episode of a new season of America's Top Model, albeit set in Scotland. Haha. I did try my very best to do a lot of smizing in Tyra's honour, of course. And whilst I'm not sure if I would necessarily have made it into the Top Model house, it would have been fun just to take part! Hehe.

So what do you think of the outift that I picked out? What trend or trends will you be embracing this Autumn/Winter? And what Christmas outfit do you have on the cards for all of the festivities this year?

The magazine will be available to pick up from the St. Enoch Centre from the 30th of October (aka. tomorrow) and will be included with the Herald and the Evening Times on that date too. You will also be able to view it on the St. Enoch website (link here).

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Florida Haul: Beauty



As I mentioned in my This Has Been: Florida post (link here), I will be bringing you four Florida shopping hauls over the next four Sundays and as I blog predominantly about beauty products, where better to start than with my beauty haul. If you are a fan of beauty hauls then be sure to check out next Sunday's haul post which will be completely dedicated to my Sephora purchases, of which there are more than a couple. Hehe.

eos lip balms Vanilla Mint Coconut Milk Tangerine Blueberry Acai Pomegranate Raspberry Beauty Haul

eos Lip Balms
I do love a good eos lip balm, in fact the very first product review and post that I did on Ellis Tuesday was of my Strawberry Sorbet eos lip balm (link here). When I saw the eos display in my local Walgreens, basically the entire range made it's way into my basket. Ooops! But when you start to work out just how much cheaper they are to buy in the US (this is essentially the reason that I went as overboard as I did with these) it's hard not to pick them up.

Victoria's Secret Total Attraction Fragrance Mists and Ultra Moisturising Hand And Body Cream Beauty Haul

Victoria's Secret Total Attraction Fragrance Mists and Ultra Moisturising Hand And Body Cream
When you are met by a sign which alerts you to the fact that a brand new range is currently on an introductory offer at Victoria's Secret you can imagine the excitement generated in and around that store. Not only was the entire range $5, (yes you heard me correctly FIVE DOLLARS!) but Total Attraction has quickly made it's way to the top of my Victoria's Secret beauty favourites list. I picked up the very last few in the store and considering the products are usually $14, I understood why everyone (including myself) was taking advantage of such a great deal. 

OPI Double Pack (Chasing Rainbows and I Saw it on Teal-ivision) Nail Polishes TJ Maxx Beauty Haul

OPI Double Pack (Chasing Rainbows and I Saw it on Teal-ivision)

So I didn't necessarily need any more nail polish but this OPI duo was in a set in TJ Maxx for $7.99, making each polish $4 (around £2.50). For OPI nail polishes, this was a deal too good to ignore. The teal is absolutely stunning and as I kicked myself for not buying Rainbow Connection (a limited edition shade from the first Muppets collection) I couldn't leave Chasing Rainbows behind.

Target Cosmetic Latex Free Foam Wedges - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear (Blue Moon (423)) and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Glitter Effect (Mind Your Manors (930)) Beauty Haul

Target Cosmetic Latex Free Foam Wedges - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear (Blue Moon (423)) and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Glitter Effect (Mind Your Manors (930))
The Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear line is by far my favourite nail polish collection so I made sure to pick up two recent releases, which are absolutely stunning, to add to my already overflowing nail polish collection. I also picked up some cosmetic foam wedges whilst I was at Target and these were a great price too.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Medicated Balm in Too Cool (35) and Pink Me Up (40) Beauty Haul

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Medicated Balm in Too Cool (35) and Pink Me Up (40)
More lip balms! As I was pretty confident that you wouldn't be able to buy this particular range of Baby Lips here in the UK I had to pick up a few. I love the sound of the medicated quality of these as my lips become ridiculously dry and chapped over the winter months. I really can't wait to put these to the test.

Victoria's Secret Scandalous Rollerball Beauty Haul

Victoria's Secret Scandalous Rollerball
I didn't necessarily need another perfume, especially as I bought a very exciting rollerball fragrance from Sephora that I'll be sharing with you next week, but everytime that I purchased something from Victoria's Secret (which was quite a few times) they sprayed this onto the tissue paper in my shopping bag. My entire room smelt amazing as a result, so it didn't take much convincing when I was asked if I would like to add this to my basket at the checkout.

Bath and Body Works Pocketbacs Beauty Haul

Bath and Body Works Pocketbacs
Now what is a trip to the US without a trip to Bath and Body Works? At 5 for $5 you can't really ignore the Pocketbac stand as you make your way through the store. I could have easily bought so much more in Bath and Body Works (I'm basically talking about candles right here) but my luggage was already overweight without adding those into the equation.

I can't wait to try out all of these incredible products and I will definitely be reviewing them all in the upcoming weeks and months. Are there any products in particular that you would like me to review first?

SPOILER ALERT: Some of these products will actually be included in my blog's first birthday giveaway which will be on the 5th of December. (I still can't believe that it's almost been a year since I finally decided to start blogging properly!) What I've done is picked up a selection of US products that I absolutely adore and that I hope you will too and the lucky winner will get them all. What items would you love the opportunity to win?

What products do you pick up when you're in the US? What would be at the top of your wishlist if you were to travel to the US?

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: October


Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: October Beauty Review Belgravia Place Fibre Optic Polish

Nails Inc Belgravia Place Fibre Optic Polish £12


Much like last month's Nail Diary polish (link here), October's selection is an exciting and unique top coat. As I mentioned in September's post, I really do tend to neglect that vast variety of top coats that I have in my nail polish collection but it appears that Nails Inc are attempting to make me change my ways.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

This Has Been: Florida


This Has Been: Florida Instagram Orlando Sephora Wal-Mart Vacation Holiday

If you follow me on instagram (@ellistuesday) or on twitter (@ellistuesday) then you might already be well aware that I travelled to Florida for three weeks at the end of September, arriving back a little over a week ago. Since I normally do a monthly instagram catch-up post (link here for previous This Has Been posts) but as a result of being on holiday, missed the September post, I knew exactly what I could do to combine the months of September and October in an instagram fashion; This Has Been: Florida. So here are a couple of snaps from my trip to the Sunshine State through the medium of instagram.

American Food Instagram Auntie Anne's KFC McDonald's Downtown Disney Johnny Rockets Applebees Longhorn Steakhouse

When it comes to food in the US, I definitely had a 'Treat Yo' Self' mentality at all times, as you might be able to tell from the sights above. 
My stomach is rumbling just looking at these photographs. 

Orlando Florida America McDonald's Starbucks Downtown Disney Sunset Mall at Millenia Wal-Mart Orlando International Airport Instagram

Despite having been to Florida on a number of occasions in the past, there is always something new to discover and somewhere exciting to explore. 
We went to Downtown Disney for the first time and it was so magical. I'm thinking of doing a stand alone post on what to do and see in Downtown Disney and other areas of Florida, if that is something that might interest you?
We were also pretty lucky that there wasn't a single drop of rain on our final week. After landing in weather conditions that transformed Orlando into a doppelganger for the place I'd just departed from; Glasgow, the weather did improve from afternoon rainstorms to blistering sunshine and heat over the course of the holiday.

American Shopping Florida Instagram Sephora Michael Kors Chanel Victoria's Secret Essie Disney Krispy Kreme Starbucks

So to say I went shopping a couple of times would definitely be a bit of an understatement. The fact that I will be posting four (yes four!) separate Florida shopping haul posts on the next four upcoming Sundays, says it all really. There will be a Sephora haul, a more general beauty haul including drugstore buys and what I picked up in the Victoria's Secret beauty section and two hauls designated to fashion and miscellaneous pieces (ie. books, homeware, DVDs and even a cuddly toy or three). 
I'm also thinking of doing a Florida/United States shopping tips post. Something along the lines of a guide to the best stores/malls to head to, how to get big savings and discounts and what you need to check out whilst you're there, shopping-wise. If that is the kind of post that you would like to see, then please let me know by leaving a comment below.

Have you ever been to Florida? If so, what are your favourite places to visit whilst you're there? I'm already saving for my next trip there. Where are you next planning on travelling to?

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Sneak Peek At My St. Enoch Magazine Photoshoot


St. Enoch Blogger Magazine Photoshoot Fashion Style

A couple of months ago I created a wishlist post to compete in the St. Enoch Summer Blogger Challenge (link here). I had such a fun time finding the pieces that I wanted to include in my day-to-night summer look, that you can imagine my sheer shock and surprise to receive an email at the start of last month letting me know that I was the winner of the challenge. I genuinely couldn't believe my eyes when the email pinged into my inbox. 

My prize for winning the challenge was a £250 gift card to spend at the St. Enoch Centre. And as if that wasn't exciting enough, I could use that very gift card to buy an outfit to wear for my St. Enoch magazine feature. Yup, you heard me correctly there, a magazine feature!!

I was given the brief of creating a look for a Christmas night out with the girls and here are a couple of sneak peek photographs from the shoot. I will be able to share the full feature, as it will appear in the magazine, with you on Wednesday the 29th of October so be sure to check back on that date if you want to see the entire page (eeee!) that I have in the St. Enoch Autumn/Winter magazine.

St. Enoch Blogger Magazine Photoshoot Fashion Style Accessories

The magazine will be available to pick up from the St. Enoch Centre from the 30th of October and will be included with the Herald and the Evening Times on that date too. You will also be able to view it on the St. Enoch website (link here).

So what do you think of the sneak peek shots that I was able to share with you? Are you excited to read my feature and see the full length shot of my Christmas night out outfit? What kind of outfit would you have picked for the brief?

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Nip + Fab Dry Leg Fix Instant Leg Smoother


Nip + Fab Dry Leg Fix Instant Leg Smoother Beauty Review

Nip + Fab Dry Leg Fix Instant Leg Smoother* £10.25

Now if you've been reading my blog for a while then you will probably be quite aware that I can have ridiculously dry skin at times. Regardless of the season, my skin just naturally gets rather dry and often irritated and this is the case unless I dedicate some serious time to moisturising my entire body ("Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!") I'm definitely too lazy to moisturise my body, head to toe, on a daily basis, hence why I so often struggle with dry areas of skin. And now that it's getting colder and winter is fast approaching, I know it will only get worse if I don't at least try to find some remedies and that's where Nip + Fab's Dry Leg Fix Instant Leg Smoother comes into play. Like the majority of Nip + Fab products that I have tried in the past, this makes some pretty bold claims, ones that I was happy to put to the test. 
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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Soap & Glory™ Sit Tight™ Saddlebags+


Soap & Glory™ Sit Tight™ Saddlebags+ Beauty Review

Soap & Glory™ Sit Tight™ Saddlebags+* £16.50


Who here struggles with cellulite? I've had the misfortune of dealing with cellulite since my early teens and even after radically changing my diet and attempting to make exercise a daily occurrence, there hasn't been too much improvement on the cellulite front. It's a constant pain in the rear (and thighs for me) and would be the one area of my body that I would change if I could. So I'm pretty open to trying out any creams or potions that claim to improve the appearance of cellulite and that's where the Soap & Glory™ Sit Tight™ Saddlebags+ comes into the equation.
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