Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Got A Question? Well You Can... Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything Blogger

I had planned on doing a baking post today but as you might know if you happen to follow me on social media or read my This Has Been: April post (link here), I've been pretty under the weather recently and I've had a little bit of slightly worrying news regarding my health. Just how worrying that news is completely depends on the results of a myriad of tests that I've to get done in the next few weeks. Fingers crossed that everything will be totally fine but as a result I'm just not feeling 100% like my normal self. So I wasn't physically able to take any photographs this weekend, like I would normally, which is why this post is filling it's spot.

I've been wanting to do an Ask Me Anything/Q&A kind of post for a while now and a few of you have already expressed an interest on Twitter, so I thought why not get to work on one. It's your chance to ask me anything. It can be about anything you've ever wanted to know. Maybe you've got some blog related questions that you've always wanted to ask, maybe you're visiting Florida soon and you'd like to ask your own questions instead of waiting for my Travel Tips or maybe you just want to get to know me a little better, well get asking.

Whatever you want to ask, there are a few ways that you can do it. You can either leave a comment below, tweet me (link here), leave a comment on my Instagram (link here) or send me an email at

Hope to hear from you soon.


Sunday, 26 April 2015

My Perfect Pair Of Summer Sandals With Clarks

Clarks Romantic Moon Sandals

Clarks Romantic Moon Leopard Print Sandals* £50

Every year, as the sun starts to make more of a regular appearance, I begin my quest to find the perfect pair of sandals to carry me right through the warmer months. And every year I end up buying a pair that absolutely destroy my feet. And when I say destroy my feet, I really do mean it. I'm still sporting a scar on my foot from a pair of ill advised flip flops that I wore for three weeks in Florida a few years ago. You can actually see it quite visibly which is never a great look. So when Clarks got in touch to ask if I would like to like to choose a pair to feature it really did feel like perfect timing.

Clarks Romantic Moon Leopard Print

I don't know about you but when I think of Clarks it instantly brings back memories of shopping for school shoes. Does anyone else remember the snazzy machine that you would hop onto to have your feet measured? That was always my favourite part of back to school shopping and I think it was the sole (pardon the foot pun) reason that I wasn't as nightmarish as some of the other kids in the same school shoes shopping situation as myself. But as soon as I clicked onto the Clarks website I was honestly blown away by the incredible selection of shoes, boots and sandals that they had to offer and what surprised me the most, the fact that you could have sworn that they were from the likes of Zara or Topshop. But unlike those high street stores, Clarks are renowned for their fit, comfort, durability and competitive pricing. It's only now that I truly appreciate how important those things are. Gone are the days when I would buy a £3 pair of sandals from you know where and expect them to last more than a week or so. And now to find that Clarks also add great styles into the equation, it really is a no-brainer. The sandal section alone essentially left me breathless. Can I perhaps justify six new pairs of sandals for summer 2015? What do we think?

Clarks Leather Sandals

As soon as I saw the Romantic Moon range of sandals I was immediately sold. I went for the leopard print variety as I still tend to wear a lot of black, even in the summer months but I've certainly still got my eye on the pink combi pair. I've actually never seen a more perfect pair of sandals, for my tastes, than the leopard print Romantic Moon ones. I mean, leather; check. Leopard Print; check. Incredibly comfortable; check. And all of this for £50; check!

And since the sun has been shining on quite a reliable basis recently, I've actually had the chance to really put them to the test already. The only place I've not tested them is on the beach. Anyone feel like sending me on a quick trip to some sunny sands? Hehe. For research purposes of course. 

Clarks Sandals Summer

Normally it takes me weeks or even months to properly break in a pair of summer shoes or sandals but with these, after about ten minutes or so, my feet had automatically adjusted to them. Now that is something that never happens with me and shoes. And what is also really helpful, especially for those of us who find it problematic to find a pair of summer sandals wide enough for our feet, is the fact that Clarks have a whole host of fantastic wide fit choices (link here)I have a feeling that you're going to have to practically restrain me from shopping in Clarks now. Hehe. I wasn't kidding about having six other pairs of sandals on my Clarks summer wishlist.

So what do you think of my choice of summer sandals? Do you find it difficult to find a pair of sandals that don't tear your feet to shreads or deteriorate before your very eyes after a couple of wears? And when was the last time that you shopped in Clarks?


Friday, 24 April 2015

This Has Been: April

My local shopping centre, Silverburn, were doing an amazing beauty amnesty where if you dropped off five old items of make-up you got a £10 gift card - Benefit browsing - TK/TJ Maxx stationary will always be my favourite - A Soaper special delivery from the lovely ladies at Soap & Glory - I shared some of my top tips for saving for a holiday (link here) - Oh, Mulberry - It's officially Spring now - KFC favourites - I was featured in the Stila US newsletter - The best Spotify discovery - Standard Saturday night SATC viewing - The cutest gingerbread biscuit ever - Rewatching OITNB from the very beginning again - Soap & Glory bargains at Boots - I almost bought a second copy of The Great Gatsby solely as a result of this gorgeous rose gold cover - Chippy chips - Viktor & Rolf prettiness - Do you follow me on Pinterest? (link here) - I voted for the Fragrance Foundation People's Choice award - Duvet day essentials

April has had it's ups and downs for me. Let's start with the negative aspects of April to get them out of the way first. If you've read my monthly Instagram blog posts for a while now then you might know that I've had a few health issues, ones that have now lasted for years. This month has involved more trips to multiple hospitals and my GP, several blood tests (why was I cursed with deep veins?!), trying out new medications and this morning I had an Ultrasound scan. As you can imagine, not exactly the best of times, so as a result of having a pretty crappy time I've certainly treated myself to a few things to try and cheer myself up.

This month, the little things have really made me smile, more so than ever before and what has put the biggest smile on my face is the fact that it now finally feels like Spring! Not only have the Spring flowers bloomed (just think about how many photographs of blossom you have seen on Instagram hehe) but the nights have become increasingly lighter too, which is great in terms of taking blog photographs and when it comes to going out for a walk after dinner.

What was your April like? Please feel free to send me your Instagram links and I'll be sure to check them out.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My Orlando, Florida Travel Tips: Magic Kingdom

Disney Magic Kingdom Travel Tips

All imagery in this blog post is courtesy of Walt Disney World (link here) unless otherwise stated 

If you've been following my Orlando, Florida Travel Tips series thus far (link to previous posts here), then this might very well be the instalment that you have been looking forward to the most. For many, Orlando, Florida equates to the happiest place on earth, aka. Walt Disney World so I thought that it was about time that I paid some attention to the Mouse and where better to start than the Magic Kingdom.

It might have been a few years since I last visited the park but when it comes to WDW and even Orlando, Florida more generally, it can be quite difficult to
 stay completely up to date with everything that is going on as new additions, both to the parks and the Orlando area itself, are constantly being built and introduced. But saying that, that doesn't stop me sharing some of my favourite rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom and hopefully it will be of some help if you have never visited the park before or if you are looking to reminisce about prior trips.

More so than my Universal Studios Travel Tips post (link here), I've decided to do more of an overview of what shouldn't be missed at Magic Kingdom instead of really focusing on my top 5 rides like last time. I think if I was to solely focus on rides then I would be missing out some of the most special things about the park itself.

So here it is. My Magic Kingdom Travel Tips, starting with a few of the must see rides;

Splash Mountain Walt Disney World

Splash Mountain

Without a doubt, Splash Mountain has to be my favourite ride at Magic Kingdom. When we first visited Orlando, Florida when I was around nine years old I had no idea what to expect when it came to the Disney parks. Unlike nowadays when you can simply Google or type it into YouTube, everything was a brand new experience for me. I'm not the biggest fan of rides (despite visiting Islands of Adventure many times I've never ridden The Incredible Hulk Coaster and have no plans to in the future) but for some reason I was drawn to Splash Mountain. I remember loving it that much that I practically dragged both of my parents on it with me, on two separate occasions of course so that I could ride it twice that day.
Onto the ride itself, it's located in Frontierland just metres away from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the drop that you can see in the photograph above, well that is in fact a 52 foot drop. Oh and you will be taking that drop at about 40mph, which is even more terrifying when you see the thorns below. There are also some unexpected bumps and drops in the middle of the mountain before you even begin your ascent for the big finale. And I challenge you not to be singing "Zip A Dee Doo Dah" for the rest of the day after riding this.

TOP TIP: BRING A SPARE SET OF CLOTHES (OR AT LEAST TROUSERS): Be under no illusion, this is a log flume ride so of course some water is involved but if you're not a fan of walking around in wet clothes, or wet trousers more often then not, then you might want to bring a spare set of clothes or trousers with you. There's also an area of the ride where, if the boats are backed up, you might get more of a soaking than usual as that is where the waterfalls fall. This is just as the boats are waiting to return back to the start of the ride. It is Florida though so the chances are that you will get more wet from a midday torrential downpour than a ride on Splash Mountain.

Haunted Mansion Walt Disney World

Haunted Mansion

This is a ride that had me won over before I even took a seat in my 'doom buggy'. The Haunted Mansion theme is carried throughout perfectly, so much so that even before the ride officially starts you will be mesmerised by the whole experience. And I hear that the queue is now much more interactive than it used to be which will really add to the atmosphere of the ride, I'm sure.
Once you get inside the Haunted Mansion itself the ride is preceded by something that still makes me smile even as an adult; the stretching room. You enter the stretching room to be met with several portraits encircling the room. As the room begins to 'stretch' you see that the portraits go on to reveal how each of the individuals in the portraits met their unfortunate ends. But of course the best part of the ride, in my opinion, has to be the part in which an extra 'body' joins your 'doom buggy,' as pictured above. When I first rode The Haunted Mansion, me and my dad shared a 'doom buggy' and both of us were absolutely spellbound by the ghost effect. And I hear that they now interact with you and the 'doom buggy' even more which sounds amazing. Take me back to Disney!!

TOP TIP: BE THE FIRST TO THE 'DOOM BUGGIES': You can ensure that you are one of the first to exit the stretching room for the 'Doom Buggies' by standing on the side of the room where the portrait of the lady with the parasol is.

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Dumbo

Dumbo The Flying Elephant

For as long as I can remember, elephants have been my favourite animals and as a result Dumbo is one of my all-time favourite Disney movies. The part where Dumbo is rocked to sleep in his mothers trunk still makes my eyes well up and I'm in my twenties. Hehe. This really is a ride that is perfect for children and adults of all ages and the Dumbo theming really is so spot on.
Back when I visited the Magic Kingdom, Dumbo The Flying Elephant was located right as you walked out of Cinderella's Castle at the back of the park but I have now been reliably informed that it has been relocated to the New Fantasyland, where there are now two spinners.

Pirates of the Caribbean Walt Disney World

Pirates of the Caribbean

I remember first riding this before any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies had even been made or released in cinemas (god that makes me feel old!) and it's definitely a ride that everyone should experience at Disney, even if you just ride it the once. This should be a ride that most will enjoy, however I would be weary of taking very young children on this ride as it is one of the dark rides and there are a few bumps and dips in the water, as well as some gunfire. And yet again, this is another ride that I left with a song well and truly stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
What I really love about this ride is the amount of detail that it goes into. And despite being relatively unchanged, well until now apparently, it still works for a 2015 audience. As a result of the success of the movies, Captain Jack Sparrow was instated a good number of years ago but it appears that more change is on the horizon at Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride will be having a summer-long refurbishment starting on the 10th of May this year. So that might be something to consider if you are planning on visiting this summer.

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Main Street

Take A Stroll Down Main Street

Okay, so when you visit it might look quite as idyllic or quiet as it does in this photograph and you might want to expect throngs of fellow park-goers but that doesn't make your first stroll, or excited skip, down Main Street any less special. Seeing Cinderella's castle in the distance and knowing that you are finally where you've been dreaming of being, really epitomises the Walt Disney World experience for me.

Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle Walt Disney World

And Through Cinderella's Castle

Okay so technically this is just a tunnel or a corridor, since you can't actually access the inside of the castle unless you are dining at Cinderella's Royal Table restaurant on the second floor. But the reason that I recommend checking it out is the fact that it just adds to the Disney experience and again makes you stop and think, 'I'm here! I'm inside Cinderella's castle!' The incredibly intricate mosaics that cover the walls are so unbelievably beautiful.
You should be able to walk through the castle, apart from when there are shows on in front of it. Back in the day we used to walk through the castle and out to Dumbo The Flying Elephant but I'm not exactly sure what ride or attraction is there now. Anyone feel like enlightening me?

Walt Disney World Parade Magic Kingdom

Watch the Parade(s)

For me, a parade is a big part of the Disney experience. I remember the sheer excitement of seeing the daytime parade on my very first visit to the park all those years ago. There are currently three parades, which take place at various times throughout the day and night. There's the Festival of Fantasy Parade which celebrates New Fantasyland with nods to many Disney movies, songs and characters. Then there's the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party which involves lots of guest participation and remixes of classic songs. And last but not least is the Main Street Electrical Parade, as pictured. Just look at it!

TOP TIP: NOT A FAN OF THE PARADE? THEN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE QUIET IN OTHER AREAS OF THE PARK: If you've already seen the parade or aren't as interested in it as you might be the rides, then you might want to take advantage of the shorter lines and waiting times that will ensue around the park as a result. And even if you've sat and watched the parade and are at the start of the procession line, then it might be worthwhile for you to battle against the traffic of the parade in the opposite direction to make your way swiftly to rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Jungle Cruise as they should be much quieter than at other times during the day.

Obviously there are so many other rides, attractions and goings-on at Magic Kingdom but these are just a few of my personal favourites and things that I think everyone who visits should experience at least once. If you'd like to see more of my Walt Disney World recommendations and suggestions then I have a Pinterest board dedicated to all things WDW (link here). And on top of that, I am also planning a similar post to this one on Downtown Disney and Epcot as the year progresses.

Have you visited Magic Kingdom before? If so, what were your favourite rides or attractions? I'd also love to hear what you would like me to discuss in next month's blog post. I'm thinking of doing another shopping post and instead of focusing on the malls like I did in a previous Travel Tips post (link here), I would be sharing more general shopping trips as well as sharing shops that we don't have in the UK that are definitely worth a visit whilst you're there. What do you think? Or what would you like to read next?


Sunday, 19 April 2015

My Spring Room Tour

Disney Thumper Cushion

Since I just gave my bedroom a Spring clean, I came to the conclusion that now was as good a time as any to do a little room tour of sorts, so here it is. Hopefully this will give you a bit of an insight into the sort of things that I like above and beyond what I tend to review on my blog and even though my bedroom is definitely not Pinterest worthy, I thought that it might give you some ideas when it comes to giving your room a bit of a Spring update. I've also tried my best to provide links to any of the products that are still available in the shops or online, just in case you fancy checking them out. And first up is my current bedding situation, as you can see in the photograph above.

As you might remember if you read my 'What I Got For My Birthday' post (link here), I received both the duvet set and the adorable Thumper cushion for my birthday in February. I've been waiting for it to feel a bit more Spring-like before putting them on my bed and now that it's April I thought that it was about time for them to make an appearance. The adorable Thumper cushion is from Tesco and it's currently got 20% off it at the moment (link here) and the Rose Duvet set is from Asda.

Bedroom Tour Blog

As will soon become apparent to you, I have quite a lot of shelving in my bedroom mainly to house my DVD collection but at the moment anyway, there is still a bit of free space which mainly consists of some little trinkets, the majority of my perfume collection and a portion of my library of books. On display are some of my favourite books and recent reads (the rest, most of which are from my Uni days are in a huge box under my bed).

Have you read any of the books that you can see on my shelves?

And then on top of my set of drawers I have a few more little trinkets as well as most of my jewellery collection, my current make-up bag and my fantastic Simplehuman Magnifying Sensor Mirror (link here). Anyone who loves doing their make-up will certainly have a much easier and more pleasant time doing it with this fantastic mirror at their disposal. Expect another blog post featuring it in a bit more detail very soon.

Dottie Rocks Gold Foil Print

Do you remember this gold foil print from Dottie Rocks Designs from one my Christmas Gift Guide posts (link here)? Well I finally found the perfect frame for it, all these months later and believe it or not but I actually found it at Asda which was a welcome surprise. This quote basically sums me up to a tee and you can find it (here)

Bomb Cosmetics Candle Secret Santa

I tend to always have a candle burning in my bedroom, especially at the weekend as it just makes my room feel all the more cosy. I've got quite a few candles to work my way through (Summer Scoop by Yankee Candle is up next) so I've just started burning this festive scent despite it being mid-April. Oh well, who says you have to play by the rules when it comes to scented candles? 

And here's a little fun fact for long-time readers of Ellis Tuesday. Up until the start of this year all of my blog photographs were taken on top of this chest of drawers. Have a look back through my blog and you should be able to spot it. It's the MALM set of drawers from IKEA.

Michael Kors Mini Selma Handbag

And on another recent trip to IKEA (who doesn't love a trip to IKEA?) I managed to pick up this little shelf, which I've put up just above my bed. I'm still not entirely sure what I should put on this shelf but for the meantime it's become a home to some of my American purchases from last year. If you read my Florida haul posts (link here and here) then you might remember Boo and Buddy (how cute are they?) as well as my two Michael Kors Mini Selma bags. I've also got a little goody bag sitting on the shelf that I received from the Benefit Rollerlash event (link here) which currently has receipts in it. Oh so glamorous! Hehe.

Room Tour DVD Collection

And here it is, on the wall adjacent to to my little white shelf; my DVD collection or at least part of my DVD collection, as I couldn't really fit it all into the shot. I've been amassing DVDs ever since I first started my little Saturday job working at a hairdressers when I was fourteen. It's safe to say there's always something to watch in my household and that's not even taking into consideration my Netflix addiction. Hehe.
How many of the DVDs can you name in this shot and how many have you seen?

Spring Room Tour Blog

A couple of years ago my room underwent some massive alterations. The biggest of which was the walls going from a dark teal shade to white. You have no idea how many coats of white paint were needed. It definitely puts me off painting any wall that dark a colour ever again. Anyway, I've been on the lookout for a new light shade ever since but for some reason or another I've found it so hard to part with this one just yet, even if it does stand out in my all white room now.

Wardrobe Tour Blog

And here's a little peek inside my wardrobes. I've yet to give them a proper clear out but at the moment they are packed full of stripes, patterns, velvet and cardigans.

Wardrobe Organisation

If you would like to see a blog post on my Autumn/Winter to Spring/Summer wardrobe reshuffle then please let me know. I have a feeling that it could make some interesting reading even if just for the fact that there will probably be some right sights lurking in there. Hehe.

I've also got to reorganise my beauty drawers asap too (they are actually the chest of drawers that I featured above) so
 if you would like to see that at some stage too, again please let me know. It might even inspire a blog sale kind of post in the future as well since I know that there are quite a few unloved beauty items just sitting there that could definitely go to better homes.

So what did you think of my Spring room tour? Have you given your bedroom a Spring clean yet? And h
ave you ever done a room or bedroom tour over on your blog? If so, leave a link to it below and I will be sure to check it out.


Friday, 17 April 2015

What I've Been Watching In: April

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore
I had a feeling that I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when it came to watching Mockingjay Part 1 and in a way, I was completely correct. Just as things start to get really interesting the end credits roll and you're left there thinking 'how many months do I need to wait now?' Thankfully I watched this on DVD, as it was released at the end of last month, so I don't need to wait as long as those who saw it first at the cinema but this just cemented in my mind the fact that I really hate it when movies break that final book into two parts. I understand that financially it more than makes sense for them to do it that way as they instantly double their money (or more) but it just left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth about Mockingjay, which wasn't exactly how I wanted to remember it. Now that's not to say that I didn't enjoy Part 1 but the lack of anything truly exciting or memorable was a little frustrating to say the least. Plus Mockingjay Part 1 really felt like it should have been called 'Where's Peeta?' and since I'm not his biggest fan (I really don't get why Katniss is completely obsessed with him all of a sudden) that wasn't enough to keep me enthralled throughout. Mockingjay Part 1 was good but just not as great as the previous two instalments.
I also think that I've ruined The Hunger Games franchise for myself completely by watching The 100. If you haven't already caught The 100 and you are a fan of The Hunger Games then I really urge you to watch it. I reviewed the first season a couple of months back (link here) but it's went from strength to strength and is even better than my original review implies.
But saying all that, I am excited to see how The Hunger Games concludes. I guess I'll just need to bide my time until Part 2 is released on DVD.

The Departed (2006)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg
Now this is a movie that I have been meaning to see for years now and it just so happened to be on Film 4 this month, so of course I had to make sure and watch it. I'm a big Scorsese fan, with Goodfellas being one of my favourite movies of all time so I had exceptionally high hopes for The Departed and it certainly did not disappoint.
An undercover cop (DiCaprio) infiltrates the criminal underworld, led by Jack Nicholson, as a career criminal (Damon) infiltrates the police department so that he can tip off Nicholson and his gang. But when both the police and the gang learn that they each have a mole in their operations, both DiCaprio and Damon are forced to figure out each other's identities to stop the other one from discovering them and ultimately getting them killed.
This movie had me hooked from the very beginning and when you take into consideration the fact that this movie is considerably over the two hour mark, that makes it all the more impressive. I felt like I'd been sucked into another world, mostly because of the strong Boston accents throughout but that's what I love about great movies such as this, the fact that it can take you somewhere you never knew you even wanted to go. There was one scene in particular, which seriously shocked and stunned me as I definitely wasn't expecting something like what happens to occur but the way in which the story unravels and the chase progresses really heightens the enjoyment of a movie like this. I only have one question though. How does Leo not have an Oscar yet?! How?! Now that really is criminal (if you pardon the pun).
If you haven't seen this already then I would definitely recommend checking it out when you can.

Burning Love (2012-)
Starring: Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, June Diane Raphael and so many other amazing actors/comedians
I was having a little scroll through Netflix, as you do (for what can sometimes feel like hours), when Burning Love popped up on my screen. I vaguely remembered hearing something about it a good number of years ago and as soon as I saw the list of actors and comedians names attached to this I pressed play almost instantaneously.
Burning Love parodies those pretty embarrassing American dating shows, most notably The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad and despite never having seen a single episode of any of those shows the Burning Love series gets it exactly spot on. Burning Love, which was originally a web series, comprises of three brilliant seasons, each of which are between two to three hours long. The first season, which parodies The Bachelor, follows fireman Mark Orlando in his quest to find love and instead of the traditional rose giving ceremony that you might have seen on these dating shows, he asks the women if they will 'accept his hose' (since he's a fireman of course! Hehe). If that's your kind of humour then I have a feeling that you'll love Burning Love. The second season follows one of the girls from Mark's season, Julie Gristlewhite and I was so jealous of the men fighting for her affection. Amongst the potential suitors were Adam Brody (!!!), Adam Scott (aka. Ben from Parks & Recreation), Martin Starr (aka. Bill from Freaks & Geeks), Michael Cera, Joe Lo Truglio (aka. Charles Boyle from Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Nick Kroll (aka. The Douche from Parks & Rec). Now how amazing would it be to have those men competing for your love?! Then the third season sees a host of ex-contestants from both seasons competing for $900, which they constantly refer to as life changing.
With that many incredibly funny people involved to make up a cast of great characters and a great sense of humour about dating shows, Burning Love is well worth your time.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams
You know that you're running out of horror movies to watch on Netflix when you start delving into the many remakes, reboots and sequels that they have to offer on there and that's what happened with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Having never seen the original Halloween movie or it's myriad of sequels and reboots, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I wasn't sure if this movie starred Jason or Michael or even Freddy but after a couple of scenes it was made clear, which was certainly helpful for a new viewer like myself. I liked that it did kind of give you a recap of the original movie through some of the discussions that the main characters were having. It was also nice to see that Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the protagonist in the original movie, reprised her role 20 years after the original. It would probably have been a very different movie if she hadn't done that, despite the fact that I couldn't stop seeing her character from Freaky Friday every time she came on screen. It's safe to say I was a pretty big fan of the Freaky Friday remake (Lindsay Lohan before she went off the rails + Chad Michael Murray when he was my one and only crush = a great movie to teenage me). But back to Halloween H20, first of all, this is Josh Hartnett's very first movie! Oh yeah! Even before he was Trip in The Virgin Suicides. A young Michelle Williams also stars in this as does a pre-teen Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The story itself was good enough for one of these kinds of movies and it did prompt me to buy the original so I would expect it to appear in my May What I've Been Watching post.

Food Fighters (2014-)
Starring: Adam Richman
Adam Richman, of Man v. Food fame, is back on Food Network UK with one of his two brand new shows (his other show Man Finds Food is basically a rip off of Man V. Food except instead of him participating in any eating contests he looks for hidden menu items and restaurants. He does have his new figure to maintain don't you know!) This is essentially a show where a home chef is pitted against five professional chefs to make five different dishes for the chance to win up to $100,000. Can you tell that I spend a lot of my free time watching Food Network shows?
These five dishes are the home cook's favourite dishes and they get to pick what chef they compete against when it comes to their dishes of choice. After both chefs have cooked the dish is taken to a 'dinner party' for a blind taste test by five 'ordinary diners.' The first round is worth $5,000, the second; $10,000, the third; $15,000, the fourth; $20,000 and in the fifth and final round the contestants have the chance to double whatever they have won up until that point. And what really surprised me was the fact that if the home chef loses to the professional chef in one of the rounds and therefore doesn't win any money, they still continue on to the next round. Like could you imagine that happening on a British show?
The series only consists of eight episodes which was a little upsetting for me to hear as I think I've already watched about half of them now but that means I have four more to catch up on. 

My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith
Clearly I am at the point of exhausting the list of somewhat passable horror movies on Netflix, as I have already demonstrated above. Again, I hadn't heard much about this movie apart from the fact that it was a remake but that was hardly a surprise since most horror movies released between 2000 and 2010 were. I vaguely recognised the main actors in this (aka. that guy from The Vampire Diaries (I personally don't watch it), that actress who's friends with Taylor Swift and that guy who was in Final Destination).
It wasn't until this movie started that it became blatantly obvious that this movie was made with the intention of being shown in 3D. After a swift search on Google my assumptions were confirmed. Some of the scenes were ridiculously gory just for the sake of being so. I'm talking people's faces being cut in two, innards scattered everywhere and gallons of fake blood. In another scene one of the characters, who we basically don't even get to know at all, is running around completely naked. Whenever those kinds of scenes pop up in horror movies it's almost a tell tale sign that it's not exactly one of the best horror movies that you could be watching and they've essentially just done that to pander to a certain audience. Give me a bit of character development and story progression any day over 'here's a blonde with big boobs who obviously sleeps around so don't bother caring about her, about to be massacred.'
The villain in this is an axe wielding psychopath and there is a twist or two which I did appreciate as it did keep me guessing right until the very last scene and I did like the way in which they kept the ending open, although I doubt that they will be making a sequel to this at any point in the future. Let's just say it's not the worst movie, horror or otherwise, that I've seen on Netflix so that's something but it's certainly not the best by quite a long shot.

What have you been watching this month? Do you have any recommendations? Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think of them?


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lush Jason And The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar

Lush Jason And The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar

Lush Jason And The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar* £5.75

When I attended the Beauty School Bloggers Party at Lush Braehead last month (link here), I was very kindly given a little goody bag filled to the brim with some seriously exciting products and this was one of them. I have to admit, when it comes to Lush I've only really dabbled with their bath products, so to find one of their brand new shampoo bars in my goody bag really put a smile on my face.

First of all, I wasn't exactly sure how to even use this shampoo bar. That sounds kind of silly but I wasn't sure if it was to be applied directly to the hair or not so I made sure to do a quick Google search before heading for my shower. After reading mixed advice online, I decided to use it a bit like a bar of soap, which really did feel quite strange the first couple of times that I did it but strangely you get rather used to it.

I was really surprised by the amount of lather that this shampoo bar provided. I've got traditional shampoos that don't provide as much as this bar does and a little really does go a long way with it. So in terms of value for money the bar itself does seem like it will last quite a time which is good. My hair also feels squeaky clean after using this. Normally my hair always feels like it still has shampoo in it even after I spend ages rinsing it but with this it actually feels properly clean. And what I mean by that is that the shampoo bar doesn't leave a slimy or greasy residue on the hair, which some other shampoos do.

But what really struck me about this particular shampoo bar was the fragrance. I'm not the biggest fan of rose scented products and for that reason I've always steered clear of any overly floral fragrances in Lush. Jason And The Argan Oil has a strong rose scent to it and even my mum, who loves Lush's Rose Jam Shower Gel commented on how strongly fragranced this was. However, thankfully the scent doesn't linger in the hair after you've washed it out, well as far as I can tell anyway. Maybe I'll need to ask someone to give my hair a sniff the next time that I use it just to double check. Hehe.

My only real gripe with the shampoo bar idea is the fact that you really do need to purchase something to house it in. My shampoo bar is currently stored in it's original paper bag, as seen above but to say that that that bag is in a bit of a state now would be a real understatement. Lush do have a tin that you can buy for £2.50 but when you start to add up the price of the shampoo bar itself and the little tin, you've essentially spent around £9 on shampoo which is a little pricey for me. So it is an additional expenditure to take into consideration.

I do like the idea of solid shampoos and shampoo bars but maybe this one just wasn't for me in terms of scent and that's what has put me off using it as much as my other shampoos but I guess I will need to try out a few more to see how I get on and explore the range a bit more.

What do you think of the solid shampoo concept? Have you tried any of the Lush shampoo bars before? If so, what do you think of them? And do you have any other shampoo bar suggestions for me?


Sunday, 12 April 2015

La Roche-Posay Serozinc

La Roche-Posay Serozinc

La Roche-Posay Serozinc* £8.50 (RRP)

I've reviewed some pretty hyped up beauty products on here in the past but I think that this might just be the most hyped, cult beauty product that I have ever reviewed or heard about. After years of hearing absolutely incredible things about this particular product, as well as seeing so many of my favourite beauty bloggers stocking up on about ten bottles of the stuff when they were in France, I was unbelievably excited when it made it's way to us here in the UK at the start of the year. I was also incredibly over the moon when a bottle of it arrived on my doorstep to coincide with the UK release. Talk about a good start to 2015 and I've been putting it to the test ever since. So here I am, a few months later to share my thoughts on it with you as I can imagine that most of you have clicked onto this review with one question in mind. That question being, 'Is it worth the hype?' Well, hopefully this review will shed some light on that.

First of all, I must start by saying, I am a big big fan of La Roche-Posay. If you've read any of my previous reviews on the brand (link here) then you might remember just how impressed I have been my the French skincare brand. And I am happy to say, I can add another product to that list. I now completely understand why this product is as celebrated and hyped up as it is and I can think myself lucky that I can now easily get my hands on it here in the UK.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Review

You might remember from previous skincare posts, if you are an avid reader of Ellis Tuesday, that my skin isn't the worst in terms of spots but I do often get one or two really noticeable and angry looking breakouts every so often. So I personally don't use this product daily but on more a as and when I need it basis. If I can feel a blemish lurking under the surface or an area of irritation pops up from nowhere, the first product that I now reach for is Serozinc. What really impressed me was the speed in which you can visibly notice a difference. One night I sprayed a little bit of Serozinc onto a cluster of blemishes, irritation and general redness situated right across my chin,thinking to myself, this will certainly put it through it's paces. And I was shocked to wake up to not only see but really feel a difference. Redness; gone. Tenderness; gone. Blemishes; significantly reduced. Now I was expecting it to be good but not this good.

And what made me look at this product as more of a holy grail beauty item, instead of just another blemish treatment, was the fact that it works on any sort of irritation. Razor burn (I'm already missing the Winter months where I could get away without shaving my legs for basically the entire season) is instantly soothed, as are any occasionally itchy and dehydrated areas of skin. I never even thought about using it on other areas of the body but I am definitely glad that I did. You can either spray it directly on to your face (or desired area), which is what I do or you can use a cotton pad to dab it on.

Have you tried Serozinc before? If so, what do you think of it? And if not, will you be putting it to the test any time soon?


Friday, 10 April 2015

Degustabox: March Box (With Exclusive Discount Code)

Degustabox March 2015

I'm back again with my monthly Degustabox review and despite having been seriously impressed with the variety of products that I've received in each and every one of the past Desgustaboxes that I've tried, this month's box has taken that to another level. The March box has more than enough treats to keep me satisfied and any food box with this many fantastic treats in it is a serious winner for me. As soon as I opened the March box I was so tempted to start devouring everything straight away. Normally I have some level of self restraint and can wait until I have all the Degustabox photographs taken before delving in but this time was trickier than normal. Thankfully now that it's that much brighter (thank goodness it's finally Spring!) I only had to wait about an hour before making a considerable dent into the March box.

As with every Degustabox review that I do, I have a fantastic and exclusive discount code for you to use to take £3 off the £12.99 price tag. All you have to do is enter the code KLXSE when you register. 

So let's have a look at exactly what the March Degustabox comprised of;

Degustabox Drinks March 2015

From left to right: Juiceburst Cranberry Juice - TG Green Tea - Crabbie's Fruits Alcoholic Raspberry & Rhubarb - Juiceburst Skinny Mango & Lime Juice - Crabbie's Fruits Alcoholic Black Cherry

Degustabox Food March 2015

From left to right: Jordans Lighter Granola Strawberry & Blueberry - Kents Kitchen Posh Noodles - Natvia Sweetener - BBQUE Barbeque Sauce

March 2015 Degustabox Treats

From left to right: Top Row: Lindt Lindor Assorted Mini Eggs - Bassets Jelly Babies Berry Mix - Brioche Pasquier Baked Bread Bites
Bottom Row: Maynards Sour Patch Kids - 
Brioche Pasquier Baked Bread Bites - Lindt Lindor Assorted Mini Eggs

First of all, let me just get down to business when it comes to incredible treat-like products in this month's box, especially as I have already devoured practically every single one of them, which I promise is quite unlike me. The Lindt Lindor Mini Eggs were so delectable and arrived in perfect time for Easter. This definitely came in handy since there wasn't a single Easter egg in our house this year. The Berry Jelly Babies and the Sour Patch Kids both get my seal of approval, as do the Bacon flavoured Brioche Pasquier Bread Bites and the great Green Tea. But I have to say, the biggest hit in our household, from this month's box, has to be the BBQUE sauce. It's unlike any BBQ sauce that you can buy over here. It really did remind us of a BBQ sauce that we had at a restaurant when we were over in the US so it instantly brought back happy memories of that trip for us. We can't wait to use it when we have our first barbecue of the year, which hopefully if the weather stays as it has been all week, will be this weekend. Add a couple of Crabbie's Fruits into the mix and I think that we've got the makings of a pretty great first barbecue of the year.

What do you think of the products in this month's Degustabox? Have you tried any of them before?


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

'If The Shoe Fits' With St. Enoch

St. Enoch If The Shoe Fits Event

Disney Store Cinderella Shopper Bag* £2 Dorothy Perkins Blue Embellished Heel Shoes* £32 

When I was recently contacted to ask if I would like to pick out a pair of shoes to celebrate the release of the brand new live action version of Disney's Cinderella and a very exciting event this upcoming weekend at my local shopping centre, St. Enoch, I was completely over the moon. Entitled 'If The Shoe Fits', this weekend (ie. Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of April) from 12 noon to 4pm, 100 lucky shoppers will win a brand new pair of shoes (or glass slippers if we're truly embracing the excitement and magic of Cinderella). To take part all you have to do is show a receipt for any item purchased in the Centre over the weekend and then they will pick a number and 'If The Shoe Fits' you will win them.

So if you live in or around the Glasgow area and want to be in with a chance of winning a brand new pair of shoes of your choice, then make sure to get yourself down to St. Enoch this weekend! There will also be a stunning fairytale backdrop, a real life glass slipper and a throne (perfect for taking shoe selfies on, I hear!) and lots more fun to be had at the Centre, so what are you waiting for? If you do make it along then please let me know how you get on. I've got my fingers well and truly crossed for all of you shoe lovers!

Now talking of glass slippers, just look at the pair that I managed to pick up thanks to the wonderful team at St. Enoch;

Dorothy Perkins Blue Embellished Heel Shoes

As soon as I saw this pair of stunning shoes I knew that not only were they the pair for me but that they would also be an ideal fit for this Cinderella centric post and the 'If The Shoe Fits' weekend at St. Enoch.

Cinderella Shoes Fashion

Aren't they the perfect Cinderella shade of blue too? And don't even get me started on the stunning embellished heel. If that doesn't look like a modern day and realistic portrayal of the Cinderella glass slipper, I don't know what else does! How absolutely beautiful are they?!

Dorothy Perkins Embellished Heels

They're just so perfect! And when you think of the classic Cinderella quote that, "Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life," who wouldn't want to win a new pair of shoes? Or treat themselves to this particular pair?

Cinderella Event The Disney Store

So what do you think of my choice of shoes to celebrate 'If The Shoe Fits'? Will you be making a trip to St. Enoch this upcoming weekend? And have you seen Cinderella yet? If so, how does it compare to the original Disney classic?

Dorothy Perkins Peep Toe Shoes

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