Friday, 29 September 2017

How To Spend A Rainy Day In Glasgow


glasgow travel guide

Since I took as many photos as I did when visiting my two favourite museums in Glasgow for my Ultimate Guide to Glasgow blog post, I thought that I would dedicate a full blog post to how I spent the day at Riverside Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. And as it seems that Summer is well and truly over for yet another year here in Scotland, I thought that it would be interesting to show you how I'd spend a rainy day in the city, that is if I venture out of the house into the cold, wind and rain. So here's how to spend a rainy day in Glasgow;
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Mystery Beauty Haul From Unineed


unineed review

As mentioned in my most recent haul post, my Fragrance Direct haul, I've done quite a few haul posts over the past month or so, namely because of the amount of shopping that I did in New York. So when Unineed got in touch to see if I'd like to receive a mystery beauty haul from them I was really intrigued and excited.

If you're not familiar with Unineed, they're a beauty and fashion online retailer, based in my hometown of Glasgow, who stock over 250 brands. You'll find skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrance and even handbags and accessories, with lots of great savings to be had.

So let's see what they sent over;

ysl touche eclat limited edition

YSL Limited Edition Touche Éclat*

Despite blogging about beauty for almost four years now, I've actually never properly tried or reviewed YSL's iconic Touche Éclat. I have given it a swatch on several occasions but never felt the inclination to try it myself. My Mum, on the other hand, who also swatches it every time we pass by a YSL counter whilst out shopping, has always wanted to try it. For some reason I never think to gift my Mum beauty products at Christmas or on her birthday, mainly because I give her any press samples that are just too dark for my complexion or products that just don't really work for me. But seeing this packaged like this has made me rethink that.

This is the limited edition star collection Touche Éclat and the packaging immediately reminded me of the Pat McGrath kits in a very good way. I mean, imagine receiving this for Christmas or in the run up to the party season? Hopefully my Mum won't see this blog post as I think I might just need to hide this away until Christmas morning for her. Plus, like me, she's a bit of a magpie so will very much appreciate the sparkly star packaging.

nyx high voltage lipsticks review

NYX High Voltage Lipsticks* (£2.75 instead of £5.50)

As you will have already seen if you read Ellis Tuesday on a regular basis or follow me on social media, 2017 was the year that I discovered NYX and in a big way. Their products finally became readily available at Boots counters across the country (hello big Boots haul!) and then I went a little lip crazy when I paid the standalone NYX store in NYC a visit. Even though some of their products have quickly become some of my all-time favourites, I hadn't actually strayed too far away from the soft matte lip creams and butter glosses, when it came to their lip products and for some reason or another, hadn't paid their traditional lipsticks too much attention, until now.

These are so so comfortable on the lips and the pigmentation is unreal, especially when you consider how affordable they are! I particularly adore Tiara, which is such a me shade but I can't wait to wear Mirage in the colder months and how beautiful will Beam be come Spring?!

Olay Regenerist 3-Point Super Cleansing Kit review

Olay Regenerist 3-Point Super Cleansing Kit* (£11.35 instead of £39.99)

I have to admit, I haven't actually tried anything from Olay before (I know, another big beauty blogger confession to make)! I have, however, been loving using a cleansing brush to care for my skin, as seen in my self care blog post. This kit is a great way to introduce a cleansing brush into your routine without having to spend a lot to do so and at just £11.35 on Unineed, instead of £39.99 like it is regularly, it's simply too good a deal to resist!

this works deep sleep pillow spray review

Caudalie Eau De Raisin Grape Water*

You'll have also seen, if you read my latest Sephora haul, that I treated myself to a couple of Caudalie bits when I was in the US. Having circulation issues weirdly means that I get a roasting hot nose and an almost butterfly style red rash across my nose and cheeks in the colder months. It's highly annoying as it's the only part of me that's red hot in the cold Autumn/Winter months and there's no real way for me to cool it down whilst going about my day to day business. But I think I may have just found the product to help me out. My skin feels soothed and cooled without having to apply lots of different products or a cold compress. Another score for Caudalie!

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray* (£16 instead of £18)

Speaking of impressive products, I now finally understand the hype and holy grail status surrounding this product. I've had my eye on it for years now but could never really justify the almost £20 price tag but my oh my is it good. It's actually transformed my bedtime routine if you can believe it. Some nights I was heading to bed early solely to switch from one screen (the TV) to another (aka. my phone screen). Surely I can't be the only one who gets sucked into a YouTube vacuum and half an hour of watching soon turns into hours and all of a sudden it's after midnight and I'm watching conspiracy theory and true crime videos, which ultimately stop me sleeping soundly that night. By spritzing this on my pillow I've now been getting into the habit of thinking of my bed as somewhere to sleep (I know, revolutionary eh?) I've found it easier to drift off and have had better sleeps since and I think it must have something to do with switching up my bedtime routine and only going to bed when I'm tired now. I'll definitely be stocking up on this stuff and I have my fingers crossed that This Works do Christmas gift sets! Even having £2 off it on Unineed certainly makes it easier to think about about treating myself to it once this one runs out.

luxury beauty haul

A huge thank you to the team at Unineed for sending this mystery parcel over to me to try and review. They did such a great job at picking out these pieces, especially as I hadn't tried any of them before. And I've definitely found a few new favourites as a result.

What do you think of some of the beauty brands and products that Unineed stock? Where do you typically buy your beauty bits from? And are you a fan of haul posts popping up more regularly on Ellis Tuesday?

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Organising My Makeup Collection


makeup drawers acrylic uk

For years now I've been on the hunt for some affordable makeup storage. I think it was spurred on by the fact that everyone seemed to have a certain set of Muji drawers either on their blogs, YouTube channels or Instas. But at the time I just couldn't part with £30+ on clear plastic drawers, no matter how much I wanted them.

Because I blog about beauty, there really are beauty bits dotted all over my house and sometimes I almost forget what I have and what I love as a result. So when I spotted these babies on the New Look site I knew that I'd finally struck gold. I had initially planned on taking advantage of the 25% off everything deal that they ran a few weeks ago but for some reason or another (probably because I'd already been a bit spendy that month) I hadn't got around to buying them. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I clicked back onto the site to see that they were running a buy one get one free promotion on their entire beauty range. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!! At £15 each (aka. what they cost normally), I think that's a really affordable price for what you're getting but them being BOGOF meant that each set of drawers cost me just £7.50!

acrylic makeup drawers uk

I'd seen other acrylic drawers, other than the Muji ones, online but most were on Amazon or eBay and I wasn't sure what the quality would be like or if I could return them if they didn't work for me, which was another reason for ordering them from New Look. I got free delivery to store and knew that I could easily return them had they not been to my taste after receiving them. They're a great size and the quality is really good too, something I wasn't necessarily expecting. To have all of my makeup in one place and organised by category makes such a big difference each day. It also means that my makeup bag isn't bursting at the seams either.

transparent cosmetics organiser drawers new look

Let me know if you'd like to see a full blog post on my makeup collection as well as which products are my holy grails and instant re-buys! It has been quite a while since I've shared some of my beauty favourites.

You might already spot a few, as well as a couple of new purchases (hello CT's iconic Glastonberry lipstick, Clinique's Chubby Gloss & Shine and the new Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter!)

How do you store your makeup and beauty bits? Have you been looking for a similar storage solution too? And did you even know that New Look did makeup storage, brushes and a huge beauty range?

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Starting My Laser Hair Removal Journey at Therapie Clinic Glasgow


Therapie Clinic Glasgow Reviews

When it comes to body hair, thankfully I'm quite lucky that the hair on my arms, legs and face (excluding my eyebrows) is blond and basically invisible. But I'm not quite so lucky when it comes to my underarms. For some reason my hair grows in darker, thicker and in a really unruly manner under there. And when you throw into the mix that my underarms cave in weirdly, making it really difficult to shave without getting into weird and sore positions or cutting myself about ten times, I neglect this part of my body much more than I should. This becomes even more apparent in the warmer months when I'm wearing strappy tops, dresses and jumpsuits. Shaving that area of my body is a much bigger chore and task than it should be and I almost feel like screaming with frustration each and every time I do choose to shave there. It's finally got to the point where enough is enough. I needed to think of another way of dealing with it. Waxing really wasn't an option for me as I don't really need anymore pain in my life (Invisalign and IBS are quite frankly more than enough to contend with) and didn't want to irritate my sensitive skin either and that's what led me to do some research into laser hair removal.
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Importance Of Self Care & How I've Been Looking After Myself Recently


self care beauty tips

As you might have seen if you follow me on Twitter, midway through last month I found a red, itchy rash on my right hand side just above my hip bone. A couple of hours later I was sat at the doctors, following an emergency appointment with the nurse, where it was confirmed that I had shingles. Now I don't know about you but the only time I've heard of anyone getting shingles is when they've been at least 70 years old, so you can imagine my surprise, being just 25. As a result, I felt run down and ridiculously scratchy for almost two weeks, with some of the after effects still ongoing. Thankfully we caught it early enough that it didn't get a chance to get really bad but I did feel pretty rubbish throughout it all and it got me thinking about the importance of self care.

I did a blog post, back in January, on creating a 'feel better' hamper and whilst all of those points and tips are still completely valid, this time as it wasn't IBS related, I just felt rather gross and unclean, which I'll explain why in a minute. So it was definitely a new experience when it came to feeling unwell but here's how I've been looking after myself recently;

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks

Dedicating a few hours a week to a little bit of pampering

Whilst the rash was still raised and rather angry looking, in an effort to keep the area clean and to stop any infection or me disturbing the rash and possibly scarring the area, I decided to wash my hair over the bath and opt for stand up washes. Both of those things were just about as fun as they sound and left me feeling rather dirty and unclean even directly after. I was dying to have a bath or shower but was worried that I would accidentally catch the rash, allowing it to seep and then scar. So as soon as I felt slightly better, I put a free afternoon and evening to good use and did some much needed pampering. I've been loving the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks, of which my favourite has to be the Super-Hydrating Soothing Mask. They're also super affordable and you'll often find them on offer in the likes of Boots and Superdrug. Over the past couple of weeks I've made my way through three of them and will definitely be repurchasing. Something as simple as applying a sheet mask, sticking your feet up and watching an episode or ten of Sex and the City can do wonders for ones well-being, or at least mine anyway.

Drinking more water

As mentioned in the first of my Invisalign blog posts, I'm several weeks into my Invisalign journey and it really does change your day to day life both in good and some slightly inconvenient ways. One positive of the situation is the fact that I have been drinking a lot more water. Mainly because having the trays in makes me incredibly thirsty but also because I can only drink water with my trays in, it really is my only option. This little water bottle from Flying Tiger is the perfect size to carry around with me on a daily basis and unlike some of the metal water bottles, it's not ridiculously heavy either. It's actually so light and was only £2 too, so quite the bargain.

magnitone barefaced review

Getting serious about my skincare

I'm not sure if it was a result of the medication I was on or because my body was run down or a combination of the two but my skin has been terrible recently. I'm used to only having one or two blemishes at a time and they're normally pretty easy to cover but it's not been like that at all recently. At one point I had ten (yes TEN!) spots on my chin alone. Then there were several on my forehead and a few on my cheeks so I decided to get to work on putting together some kind of radical routine to deal with the way my skin was acting. It was pretty nice timing actually, as I've just become a Magnitone ambassador. I've been using my Barefaced Sonic Cleanser* ever since and my skin is finally starting to improve. The Pore Perfection Anti-Breakout + Blemish Control heads* in particular, really are a gamechanger. They even seem to be stopping those annoying little bumps under the skin that feel like they're about to erupt but never do.

I've also been attempting to exfoliate more, as again, for some reason I've had more dead skin and debris on my skin, both when it comes to my face and my body, than ever before. The Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser*, which I actually received as part of my aftercare and prep package at Therapie Clinic following laser hair removal (more on that on Wednesday), is SO good! If you haven't been sure what exfoliating product to try or to pick up, I would easily recommend starting with this.

My skin has also felt parched so I've been upping the hydration with Pixi's H2O Skindrink on my face and Crabtree & Evelyn's Goatmilk & Oat Soothing Body Lotion* on the rest of my body. Both have been wonderful and I was so grateful to have both in my beauty stash to start using during this frankly crappy period for my skin and body. The Skindrink is even more incredible and soothing if you store it the fridge. It does feel a little bit weird to see it in the same drawer as various different cheese products but the cooling sensation is unreal and well worth trying out for yourself.

glossier balm dotcom review

Getting lippy

Much like my skin, my lips have been so unruly. I'm hoping that they're now back on the straight and narrow but honestly, my lips always get a little unmanageable in the colder months. So this year I'm being really proactive with my lip care. This nugg Exfoliating Lip Smoother* is the kind of product that I've been looking for for years. I actually tried to find the Tony Moly Lip Scrub when I was in NYC, to no avail, so was very happy when I was sent this to try on my return home. It isn't too rough on the skin and is really portable too, which is definitely a bonus and makes me remember to use it more, as a result. It also smells INCREDIBLE! Like I can't even describe how good it smells. Think buttery vanilla and you're along the right lines. And the Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom is just as dreamy as you would imagine it to be! It also actually makes me want to apply lip balm, which is not something I normally look forward to. I'm already counting down the days until I can place a Glossier order here in the UK. October cannot come quick enough! Phase 2 set and Glossier sweatshirt, you will be mine!

palm print homeware

Fresh bedding

Last but not least, something as simple as fresh bedding can instantly improve my mood. Surely I'm not the only one who feels like that, am I? Having had shingles, I really wanted to wait until the rash had almost completely disappeared before changing my bedding, just in case. So after getting the all clear the first thing I did was dig out some new bedding. This is the new set that I've put on my bed, which my Mum managed to snag from the Next sale the day I returned home from New York this Summer. I love the fact that it's reversible as the black background makes it much more cold weather appropriate and you know I love a good palm print!

So there's how I've been taking a bit more care of myself recently and a little health catch up thrown in for good measure too.

Do you practice self care? If so, what are the things that you do? If not, what would you like to start doing? And what does your current skincare regime look like?

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Friday, 8 September 2017

CitizenM New York Times Square


citizenm new york times square

As you might remember if you read my blog back in October of last year, I had a little staycation at CitizenM Glasgow and I absolutely loved my time there. So much so, that as soon as I even contemplated visiting New York, there was only going to be one place that I wanted to stay and that was CitizenM.
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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Fragrance Direct Haul


Fragrance Direct Discount

Having done a couple of haul posts recently, namely my Sephora haul, my Bath & Body Works haul and my NYX haul, Fragrance Direct got in touch to ask if I'd like to pick out some products to feature in today's blog post and of course, I couldn't say no to some new beauty bits, especially as I had just run out of my favourite perfume. They also let me know that they now offer 10% off for students, thanks to UniDays so if you're heading back to Uni or starting your first year and want to pick up some beauty essentials before starting back, be sure to check out the Fragrance Direct site.

Many make the misconception that Fragrance Direct only sell fragrances, when in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. Along with discounted fragrance deals, they also stock lots of drugstore and slightly pricier brands and products. And even I was shocked to see some of the latest brands that are now being stocked on their site and not only that but with a discount too.

So here's what I found on Fragrance Direct;

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush Review

As mentioned above, I'd just run out of my favourite perfume of all-time; Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream so I was definitely in the market for a new one. There were several that I had my eye on but I'm so glad that I decided to stick with what I know but with a little bit of a twist by trying out the new and limited edition Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush* It's such a pretty and unique scent but I can still tell that it's in the Daisy and Daisy Dream family. If you're a fan of those fragrances in particular, I'd definitely check out this limited edition scent whilst you still can as it's just the perfect everyday scent for me, one that also works for nighttime too.

Fragrance Direct Discount Code Student

After adding that to my basket it was then that I saw two brands immediately stand out from the rest and that was MAC and Bobbi Brown. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them and quickly narrowed it down to these two products, of which I am now madly in love with both.

I'd previously tried another one of Bobbi Brown's Rich Colour Lipsticks, with it becoming one of my holy grail shades so I was keen to try out another and that's exactly why I had to go for the stunning Rose Blossom shade*. It's just such a beautiful shade and adds some colour to my lips without being anything too dramatic. And the MAC Mineralize Blush in the shade Love Thing* is easily my new favourite. Plus I got £2.50 off it simply by buying it from Fragrance Direct. I might need to try out a few more of MAC's products, especially as I've never really tried anything from them before (I know, bad beauty blogger right there), as a result of falling head over heels in love with this product.

Real Techniques Brush Set Review

Whilst browsing the makeup section, I spotted two more deals too good to ignore. Hello half price Bourjois Mascara* and Real Techniques limited edition brush set* for under £15!

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk Review

Last but not least I picked up two products that I'd been wanting to try for a while now. First we have the Clinique Cleansing Milk*. I'm a big fan of their Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm but sometimes I can be a little bit lazy and reach for makeup wipes (micellar wipes but still wipes) solely because I can't be bothered with the balm formula. So to try the milk instead has been a real gamechanger for me. I find that it's much quicker and easier to work with without compromising how well it works.

And last but not least we have the Toni & Guy Dry Shampoo*. I've still be using and loving the Toni & Guy Shampoo that I featured in the first of my Haircare Routine blog posts so when I spied this and the fact that it was just £2.99, I thought 'why not give it a go?' And I have to say, it's as good as some of the pricier dry shampoos that I've tried in the past such as the Paul Mitchell Dry Wash and my beloved COLAB Dry Shampoo. At £2.99 I might just have to stock up!

So there you have it, that's what I picked up from Fragrance Direct and the best thing is that everything featured in today's haul came in at under £100, when using the 10% UniDays student discount. How good is that, particularly when you take into account what I managed to buy?

Have you tried any of the products in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? Are you or is someone you know, starting back back University soon? And have you ever shopped on Fragrance Direct?

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

What To Consider Before Getting Invisalign & Why I Decided To Get It


what to know before getting Invisalign

As alluded to back in my What's New In My Dental Routine blog post, I finally took the plunge and decided to get Invisalign. When I was fifteen I had train track braces and I had them for a little over 18 months, so essentially a year and a half. I put myself through a lot of pain, hassle and 18 months of smiling without showing my teeth in photographs and at the end of it I had perfectly straight teeth and my jaw was finally in alignment (bye bye overbite!) However, my wisdom teeth started to come in a few years later and as a result, my aligners no longer fit properly. But instead of doing the sensible thing and going to my orthodontist to tell them this, I just let them slowly drift back to their original position. It had always bothered me to an extent and I wasn't all that happy with my smile but to be honest it wasn't really that noticeable, or so I thought. But as the years and months went by and my teeth continued to move, my lower teeth got even more crowded and one or two moved outwith their gum protection. This meant that my gums were starting to recede and quite badly too. It was then that my dentist suggested that I take a trip to the orthodontist.

I knew for a fact that there was no way I was going to get train tracks again. All that kept replaying in my mind was that episode of Sex and the City where Miranda gets braces an adult and that was enough for me to completely disregard traditional train tracks altogether. Ceramic braces were another option but I was pretty set on going down the clear braces route. The only thing putting me off; the incredibly steep price tag. My eventual treatment plan came to just shy of £4000 which is easily the biggest investment I have ever made and this was an investment in myself. Breaking it down into monthly amounts certainly helped to make it less of a scary figure and I gave the whole process the go ahead just before I went to New York, especially as it would take several weeks for the trays to be made.

Every blog post I read and YouTube video that I watched, bar a select few, were horror story after horror story and when I put that first tray in I wondered if I hadn't just made the biggest mistake of my life but after some encouragement from many of you on Twitter, I persevered and now, on tray 3 of 15 on top and 19 on bottom, plus eventual refinement trays, I often forget I'm even wearing them. So here's what to consider before getting Invisalign;

You have to have self discipline

I have to admit, it is really strange essentially causing yourself intentional pain and that's basically what you're doing each and every time you put in a new tray, normally for the next day or so in my case but after that it's either slightly uncomfortable or unnoticeable. If you don't have self discipline it could be very easy to leave your aligners out when your teeth are screaming 'don't put me back in' or if it's particularly sore. The same can be said for having them out for more than your allotted two hours per day. I just keep reminding myself that no one forced me to get Invisalign and this was completely my choice, whenever I'm in any pain or discomfort. It will be worth it in the end too.

You might not want to snack as much

From what I'd read, I thought that having Invisalign would put a complete stop to any and all snacking but as long as I can be bothered with the little added bit of extra hassle of taking my trays out and brushing my teeth again before putting them back in, I'm more than happy to take them out to have an evening snack or a glass of orange juice, for example. I think I may be the only person who's had Invisalign to gain weight, solely because I eat larger meals to stop myself from snacking all day and then often have a snack in the evening too. Where is this Invisalign diet they spoke of? Hehe.

The thirst is real

Sure, you can eat and drink anything you like when you've taken out your trays but since they're in for 22 hours a day, if you're following Invisalign guidelines, that's 22 hours where all you can drink is water. I've definitely noticed that I've been drinking more solely because I feel thirsty, which can only be a good thing but sometimes I'll find myself dreaming of a hot chocolate or an ice cold can of Pepsi when I know I can only drink water. I thought I was being smart by buying flavoured water before getting them but sadly I can't drink it with my trays in as there is some kind of sweetener/sugar in it that would get trapped under my trays that could damage/decay my teeth. So if you see me lovingly looking at your glass of juice, that's why.

Invisalign Pros and Cons

It is an investment

The amount can be quite eye-watering, especially if you're not used to paying for orthodontic treatment. I know that some insurance plans in the US cover or part cover Invisalign treatment but here in the UK, you'll be paying out of pocket, especially if you're over the age of 18. Most practices offer payment plans and financing options, if you can't pay outright. I decided to pay my nearly £4000 outright. This means that I paid for my Clincheck and to have the trays made and then only have a few more lump sums to pay throughout my treatment. As I mentioned above, breaking it down by month makes it much more easier to stomach or even break it down by tray. This is an investment and unlike buying a car, a house or a designer handbag, this is an investment in yourself. If you've never been confident about your smile, just think how much of a difference this will make or if you need to get braces for reasons other than vanity, just think how much this will improve your situation.

They're not completely invisible

I'd heard many people remark that it was blatantly obvious that they had aligners in, again on online forums and blog posts (honestly, why did I read these to 'research' Invisalign?!) so I was expecting them to be quite noticeable. You can imagine my surprise when I had them put in and all that looked different was that my teeth were ultra shiny. Even when I had my attachments put on a week later, I couldn't believe how well they blended in with my natural teeth colour. Unless you get close up and look at my teeth side on, you honestly can't even tell that I have little bonded bits on my teeth. When it comes to wearing my trays, there are only two noticeable bubbles where they really highlight the fact that there's something on my teeth but other than that, they really aren't obvious in the slightest. If I haven't told someone I have aligners in, they wouldn't have even guessed that I did. Obviously this will differ on a case to case basis but don't expect them to be completely invisible or as prominent as regular braces either.

So there are some of the things that I would consider before getting Invisalign.

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, what did you do to make having them that bit easier? Or are you thinking about getting Invisalign at some stage? And would you like to see how my Invisalign treatment progresses and how much my teeth change?

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Friday, 1 September 2017

What I've Been Watching: In August


Best and worst movies of 2017

As I mentioned in last month's What I've Been Watching blog post, I still have quite a few movies and TV shows, ones that I watched when I was on holiday, to share with you and that's exactly what I'll be doing in today's blog post. Normal 'me watching it in the same month' service will resume next month but until then, here's what I watched when I was travelling, as well as the one movie that I went out and saw in August;

Annabelle: Creation

As you will probably already know if you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for some time now or have caught some of my previous What I've Been Watching blog posts, my favourite movie genre has got to be horror. So it was no surprise that I felt an urge to see this movie. I enjoyed the original Annabelle for what it was, nothing groundbreaking and a little jump-scare heavy but fun nonetheless. So when I saw that Annabelle was getting a prequel I knew I would have to see it at some point but when I heard really good reviews, particularly when the first movie was pretty much universally slated, I booked tickets to see it almost immediately. And I have to say, it might just have been my favourite of this kind of horror movie, even as good as, if not better than The Conjouring, one of my absolute favourites. It had a story (something you don't always get with horror movies), you actually cared about the characters and the scares weren't all of the jump-scare variety. All in all, if you like a good scare, go and see Annabelle: Creation!

Get Out

Whilst on the topic of horror movies, I had had Get Out on my to-watch list ever since it was first released in the US so when I saw that it was available to watch at CitizenM I actually let out a little shriek of excitement. I saved it for a rainy and dark evening in NYC and stocked up on American snacks and candy to make it a proper movie watching experience and it was a nice break from the madness of New York, for one night anyway. I now completely understand why it scored 99% on Rotten Tomatoes! It was released on DVD a few weeks after I arrived back in Glasgow and I bought it that day and have since watched it several times since then. It's just SO good and not your typical horror movie in many senses of the word. It's much more than that. Also, I couldn't get enough of Chris' best friend, Rod and him being TSA. If you haven't seen it yet, I can't urge you to watch it enough!

Baywatch

I hadn't heard great things about Baywatch but I wasn't in the mood for anything too heavy, so I thought that I would put it on as I caught up with social media and generally just chilled out one rainy afternoon in NYC. It had the potential to be a Bad Neighbours and you could tell that they were almost trying to recreate the magic of 21 and 22 Jump Street but it just didn't work at all. Zac Efron, who was good in Bad Neighbours, for example and Dwayne 'The Rock' (he will always be The Rock to me) Johnson and basically the whole cast to be honest, just weren't very good. They were almost playing caricatures of their characters, which was strange. Some of the scenes were just too silly, even for this kind of comedy movie and there's a scene in it where a boat goes on fire and I was just left sitting thinking 'what is happening here?!' That and the fact that the special effects in that scene in particular are just so laughable. It just wasn't good at all, there wasn't even a couple of laughs that could have made it worth watching for me either.

Why Him?

All it took was the fact that this movie starred Bryan Cranston and James Franco (two of my favourite actors) for me to hit play almost immediately on my return flight home when it came to this movie. It wasn't the best comedy that I've seen but it certainly wasn't the worst and after seeing Baywatch, I couldn't judge it too harshly at all. Franco plays his character perfectly, as does Cranston, I guess and it was good to see Megan Mulally (Karen from Will & Grace/Tammy 2 from Parks & Rec) appear in this too. It also has a slightly holiday/Christmas theme to it which only made me more excited for the upcoming months. There's also some good guest appearances in this such as Kaley Cuoco as a Siri-style character but overall, I'm not sure that I would race to watch it again. It served it's purpose of keeping me entertained for a couple of hours on an overnight flight and did make me laugh more than a few times but I'd probably reach for Meet The Parents or Meet The Fockers instead.

The Bold Type

Whilst I was also in the US, a new TV show premiered and it was one that I was instantly drawn to. It's always been my dream, probably ever since I first saw Ugly Betty, to work at a magazine in New York, so The Bold Type was always going to be right up my street. Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine in the US, The Bold Type centres around three friends working at the fictional Scarlet magazine.

I saw the first three episodes when I was in NYC, enjoying them thoroughly and had my fingers crossed that when I returned to the UK it might have been picked up, either on UK television or on Netflix but I still haven't seen any news of it coming to the UK, yet. I'm still hoping that as Netflix shows many of the Freeform shows here in the UK, that one day soon we'll see The Bold Type on our screens here. I think I'll always think of it so fondly, as well, because I was watching the girls make their way around NYC, after I'd done just that earlier in the day.

So there you have it, what I watched in August and July.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the TV shows or movies in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And do you have any recommendations?

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