Sunday, 29 October 2017

What I've Been Watching: In October

What to watch on TV this week

Now that it's getting darker earlier and earlier each night, with the clocks now going back an hour, meaning that it will probably start getting dark at about 5pm, I certainly feel more inclined to stay in, get cosy and stick on the TV and I think that will become more than apparent when you see what I've been watching this month. So let's see what I've been watching In October;

Louis Theroux: Dark States - I've probably mentioned on here before, namely in my What I've Been Watching blog posts, that I love a good documentary and nobody does it better than Louis Theroux in my opinion. His latest trio of documentaries, which you'll still be able to find on BBC iPlayer, focus on three cities in the US and the problems that blight them, such as heroin, sex trafficking and gun violence, which also echo the issues faced by many across the country. I also see that there's another one, this time on anorexia, on tonight so I'll definitely be tuning into that.

As always, it's heartbreaking to see some of the scenes and situations that some people are in but Louis offers a different perspective than many other journalists, one that I could happily watch every single week of the year, which is why I'm always a little disappointed that they haven't made more when a new documentary or series is released. I guess I'll just need to go back and watch old episodes on Netflix to get my Louis fix.

The Apprentice - Another favourite of mine, that I look forward to starting each and every year is The Apprentice. From the tasks to Claude and Karen's facial expressions to the terrible one liners that most of the contestants come out with at some stage of the process, it may be guilty pleasure viewing but it's oh so good. This year the contestants are even more argumentative and have already messed up some relatively simple tasks. If you haven't seen the one where they've to makeover a luxury hotel room, I urge you to catch up with it on iPlayer ASAP! I don't know if it's because I'm always dreaming about homeware, as you will have seen in My Current (Under £50) Homeware Wishlist, but both teams mess it up so badly!

There are specific weeks or tasks that I eagerly anticipate every series, in particular the one where they're handed a list of items to source and locate and of course, the interviews. I also love the accompanying show hosted by comedian Rhod Gilbert; The Apprentice: You're Fired, which follows the main show. Is it sad that one of the only things that gets me through a Wednesday is the fact that I've got The Apprentice to watch that night?

Hush - I mentioned in last month's What I'd Been Watching post that I'd be watching some Halloween classics such as Hocus Pocus, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the Scream movies, which I did but I also watched a movie that I keep meaning to share with you on here and that is Hush. I originally saw it for the first time at the start of the year and have watched it several times since then, it's that good. I often find that home invasion horror movies are some of the most unsettling and scariest to watch, as unlike ghosts or demons, the danger feels much more real as it could, in essence, happen to you. I'm normally genuinely frightened and I then spend that night flinching at every little noise that I hear outside, which to me, makes for a successful horror movie. Hush is a real hidden gem of a horror movie and is currently available to watch on Netflix.

And the reason that it's called Hush is because the female protagonist is deaf, making the threat of an intruder all the more harrowing and difficult to protect herself against. Let's just say, I certainly wouldn't be as quick witted as she is. The ending in particular is so satisfying and the entire movie is one that I would recommend over and over again, especially when you're searching for something new to watch.

Pan Am - If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for years now and I really mean years, back in February of 2015 I featured this TV show in my What I've Been Watching post for that month. Despite that I just had to feature it again as, much like Hush, I feel like it's a real hidden gem. It was also cancelled way too early, only getting one season.

There's just so much that I love about this show from the fantastic fashion of the time, along with the hair and makeup, to the storylines and actors and actresses who bring them to life. It stars Christina Ricci (Wednesday Adams for all you Adams Family fans, like me), Karine Vanasse, who was also in another one of my favourite TV shows; Revenge, Kelli Garner who plays Kate Cameron aka. my favourite character and fellow redhead and Margot Robbie before she hit it big in Hollywood. As I say, this was cancelled well before it's time so it's always a little upsetting that there's only one season to watch but that season is a great one. If you liked Mad Men, for example, I have a feeling you'll like Pan Am but unlike Mad Men, the focus is on the women living in this period who have to put up with things such as wearing girdles and being weighed, all as part of their work.

Fear Factor - Back in the day Fear Factor was one of my favourite TV shows. This was before I'm A Celebrity... and the infamous eating trials, before Joe Rogan got all buff and started working for the UFC and before I realised that I would definitely be eliminated first in such a scenario. When I was in New York in July I mainly had the TV in my room set to MTV and shows that I haven't watched in years such as Teen Mom and Catfish but one afternoon when I was having a break before going out again in the evening, Fear Factor flashed up on the screen, this time a brand new series with a brand new host; Ludacris, of all people. Yup, Ludacris the rapper and occasional actor. Weirdly, it works, with the final challenge even being dubbed the Ludacris challenge.

I caught bits of episodes when I was in the US and have enjoyed seeing who won or what happened in later trials now that it's airing here in the UK. If you liked the original, you'll surely enjoy the new and revamped version of it.

So there's what I've been watching this month.

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?


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Look Incredible October Beauty Box

look incredible beauty box

You might remember, if you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while now, that I used to regularly feature beauty box reviews on here. Sadly I found myself feeling less and less impressed with them, particularly those of the subscription variety but there were two, both of which you buy on a one time deal basis, that continued to impress and excite me and they were the QVC Tili box and the Look Incredible box and I will be reviewing the latest one from the latter today.

What I really like about Look Incredible's boxes is the fact that you can choose between the black box, which this one is on this occasion and the deluxe box, which I've already signed up for for next month. At £25 for this particular box and it being a one off payment instead of a subscription that you're tied into, you don't need to worry about being disappointed on an almost monthly basis, like I had been with other subscription services. But let's get onto what's in this month's box;

First up I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw one of Sleek's brand new gift sets, which have only just been released in the run up to the festive season this year. I'd actually had my eye on this particular set after spying it at Boots on a recent shopping trip, so was over the moon to find it in this month's box. You get the iconic Solstice Highlighting Palette and one of their brilliant Matte Me lips in such a gorgeous shade. And when you consider the fact that this gift set alone is £12.50 you can see how good value the Look Incredible box is.

Look Incredible beauty box review

Then we have two other makeup items; a lovely nude Lord & Berry Ultimate lip liner and a staple nail polish in the form of this Clinique Nail Enamel in Party Red. Both of which I was really happy to receive as both brands are well known, again something that can't always be said of subscription boxes.

Living Proof are a brand that I've wanted to try more of for quite some time now and I always find myself gravitating towards their stands in the likes of Sephora in the US and Marks & Spencer here in the UK but for some reason or another I get distracted by something else and completely forget to pick anything up. Recently I've experienced some hair loss, something I might discuss in more detail in a separate blog post, so having a thickening cream to hand has made me feel a lot better about making my hair look fuller and more voluminous.

And last but not least we have one of The Body Shop's staple products; their exfoliating sugar body scrub, this time in the shea variety. I've actually been meaning to pick up a new body scrub, having just finished my last tub of Soap & Glory's Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub so this couldn't have been better timing. I actually hadn't tried any of The Body Shop's scrubs before but I will definitely be going back for another when this one is done. Surely I can't be the only one who's skin gets that bit more scalier in the colder months? Hopefully this will help to combat that this year.

So there you have it; the standard Look Incredible Beauty Box for this month.

Are you a fan of beauty boxes? If so, which ones do you go for? If not, does a stand alone box instead of a subscription one sound more appealing to you? And have you tried any of the products in today's blog post?


Sunday, 22 October 2017

What I Bought From Glossier & My Initial Thoughts

glossier review

When it comes to beauty brands, I can't think of one that's had as much hype and excitement surrounding it in recent years as Glossier. I almost take it for granted that everyone knows what I'm talking about when I start rattling on about my love and adoration for the blossoming beauty brand but just in case you you haven't heard of it before, Glossier is a beauty brand focusing on skin first, makeup second by Emily Weiss of Into The Gloss. I'd seen some of my favourite YouTubers, namely Anna from The Anna Edit, rave about the brand and seriously stock up every time they were in New York, which is what piqued my interest initially. Then I visited their showroom in NYC, the only physical store that they have at this time and that was it, the obsession had begun.

You might have seen my Shopping At The Glossier Showroom blog post but if you didn't, I was pretty restrained with what I bought then. Since a trip to New York and all that that entails can get pretty pricey really rather quickly, I went in with a real life budget, something I still haven't mastered when it comes to Sephora and only bought a handful of items. This meant that when I left the dreamy penthouse showroom that day, that I had a wishlist as long as my arm for when I next returned. When I got home and started using said products I really did feel like kicking myself for not trying more of the range but it was then revealed that the brand would begin shipping to the UK in October of this year and it honestly felt like Christmas had come early. I don't remember the last time I sat refreshing a website page that early in the day as I did on Glossier launch day, as it was marked in my calendar. I got even more excited when I heard that there would be NO FEES OR DUTIES on the orders as they have a UK warehouse. Honestly, that's the one thing that puts me off ordering from Sephora or other US stores because the fees and duties are beyond ridiculous so you can imagine how happy I was to hear that there would be none with Glossier.

So here's what I got in my first order;

If you've still to make an order or have been thinking about making one, you can get 10% off by shopping via my link here and free shipping on orders over £25.

I decided to take advantage of some of the great offers that Glossier have. By buying bundles of products, for example two Cloud Paint blushes together instead of separately, you save £5. The same can be said for many of their biggest and bestselling products.

They have two Phase sets, Phase 1 and Phase 2, which are skincare and makeup based respectively and you also get to customise these sets by choosing which colour or flavour you'd like depending on the product. So let's start with Phase 1;

glossier phase 1 set

The Phase 1 set is made up of the much loved Milky Jelly Cleanser, the Priming Moisturizer and one Balm Dotcom. I'd already tried and loved the two Balm Dotcoms that I picked up in New York (I'd previously went for Birthday and Mint which are both so, so good) so I was happy to add another to my life, this time going for Coconut which smells absolutely unreal.

I'd also heard so many good things about the Milky Jelly Cleanser and I can confirm that it totally lives up to hype. It's a great everyday cleanser if I'm wearing little to no makeup or an ideal second cleanse on those days when I'm wearing more makeup. The consistency is unlike anything that I've tried before and it really does leave the skin feeling squeaky clean. The Priming Moisturizer is nice but not life changing as some of the other products on offer. I think the Priming Moisturizer Riche is more suited to me and my dry/dehydrated skin but I just couldn't get over the strong smell of it when I tried it in NYC, which is why I left it behind. The Phase 1 set is definitely good value for money but I just wasn't wowed by the Priming Moisturizer, which is a shame.

glossier generation g review

Next we have the the Phase 2 set. This comprises of the iconic and highly lauded Boy Brow, the Stretch Concealer and one of the Generation G Lipsticks. I wanted to try some of the makeup products and one of the Generation G Lipsticks, this time in the shade Crush, was at the top of my list so it made sense to order the Phase 2 set solely for the savings. I cannot rave about this lipstick enough! The colour gives me that just bitten lip look, it's buildable and it feels pretty hydrating on the lips too. I've already got my eye on a couple of the other shades, especially as I have a little £5 off code to use since my order arrived a day or so later than anticipated, which I completely understood upon seeing how many people were placing orders on my Twitter feed alone.

I wasn't sure whether to go for Clear or Blonde in the Boy Brow (please make an auburn shade Glossier!) so went for Clear and it's a great little addition to my brow routine. It doesn't leave my brows feeling crispy, like other brow gels have and my only slight issue is the fact that it would save me even more time if it had an auburn tint. The stretch concealer is really nice too and it's that lightweight that it almost feels like you're not wearing anything which is a nice change from some of the industrial style concealers that I often use. Again, you save £8 by buying the Phase 2 set, which definitely makes sense if you want to try these particular products.

glossier phase 2 set

Lastly when it came to makeup I finally got two of the Cloud Paints that had caught my eye in NYC. And when I saw that you could save some money when buying two of them, I took that as a sign to just go for it and order the two shades that I wanted most. I went for Puff and Dusk, both of which are so pretty. Again, like most of Glossier's makeup, they're really buildable and natural looking, something I certainly appreciate particularly when I'm going for that no makeup makeup look that I love so much. The packaging of these as well is just so clever and instantly took me back to my high school art class days.

glossier sweatshirt review

Finally we have my biggest splurge and a repurchase. I bought the Moisturizing Moon Mask at the start of my holiday and it was one of the reasons that I had to buy a suitcase to bring my buys back with me, having traveled hand luggage only on the way out. I actually leave this mask on without washing it off, allowing it to soak in and really leave me with glowy, plumped up skin when I wake up in the morning. It was an easy repurchase and I have a feeling that I will be placing a Glossier order every few months to restock for the forseeable.

And what kind of Glossier fangirl would I be without the sweatshirt?! I resisted it in NYC as I just couldn't part with $60 that close to the end of my trip but when I heard that Glossier would be shipping to the UK I got saving for this dreamy grey sweater and now it's mine. It's ridiculously cosy and having wanted a grey marl sweater for years now, I feel like I can finally check that off my list. I was also so happy to receive a few more of their iconic pink pouches as they really do come in handy when travelling or if you regularly switch between handbags.

glossier discount code

I also received a sheet of stickers, like you receive with every Glossier order as well as two samples, the first a sample of the Milky Jelly Cleanser which my Mum has already claimed and the second; a sample of Glossier's upcoming first fragrance, You. This could be very dangerous as it smells absolutely incredible. I've already got plans to place another order as soon as it launches officially, that and a few other things of course, as seen below;

So there you have it. I did get 10% off so it wasn't as big a hit to my bank balance as I thought it would be but I can see my credit card getting a real workout over the next couple of months as I try more from them.

Have you heard or bought into the Glossier hype? If so, what did you order? If not, has anything in today's blog post caught your eye? And what brand are you totally championing at the moment?


Sunday, 15 October 2017

My Current (Under £50) Homeware Wishlist

Millenial Blush Pink Homeware UK

Despite the fact that I still live at home and have seriously ran out of space in my bedroom, I can't stop thinking about all things homeware related. And I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I've been watching homeware hauls on YouTube recently, namely Suzie's, Alix's and Anna's. But the one place that I'd absolutely love to visit, as a result of watching many of these videos, would have to be Homesense but sadly there isn't one near where I live. Why don't we have a store in Glasgow yet Homesense?! Despite this, I have found quite a few pieces on the High Street that I'd love to add to my room and eventually, my own home, one day.

So here's what's currently on my homeware wishlist, of which all of it is under £50;

Oliver Bonas Round Sheepskin Cushion (£45) - First up we have this beautiful blush pink sheepskin cushion. I haven't seen any other circular fluffy cushions like this, other than this one and even though it's a little bit pricey, I still have my sights firmly set on it. Maybe it will go into the sale eventually and then I can snap it up a little more guilt free.

Urban Outfitters Honeymoon Hotel Love Quartz Wall Art Print (£39) - I first became aware of this print and the fact that Urban Outfitters actually do prints, as a result of watching Anna's videos. It's just such a beautiful print and it would really tie some of my previous blush pink buys together in my bedroom. At the moment it's still in my online basket but what I've done is I've downloaded the print onto my phone and my laptop as their backgrounds to see if I'm still as obsessed with it in a few weeks time as I am now. Somehow I have a feeling that I will be and that I will be making a little Urban Outfitters order sooner rather than later.

George at Asda Hexagonal Hanging Mirror (£10) - Asda really is a hidden haven of great homeware pieces and this hexagonal mirror looks like something you'd find in Oliver Bonas, for example, for about three or four times the price that Asda are charging. It looks like it could be the perfect size for finally setting up a little makeup area in my room without having to rearrange and move everything about in my room to allow for this.

H&M Home Spotted Porcelain Mug (£6.99) - One of my favourite prints, second only to leopard print, has to be dalmatian print and in particular H&M's dalmatian print. At the start of 2017, it was actually my very first purchase of the year, as I pounced when I saw that they had released bedding in that very print and I was incredibly glad that I did so as it sold out in a couple of hours, never to be restocked again. This mug is just too beautiful to resist and I can already imagine it with a big hot chocolate with whipped cream in it.

H&M Home Velvet curtain length (£34.99) - I've always had a thing for all things velvet and that love is ever greater in the colder months when all the shops thankfully jump back on the velvet bandwagon. Whilst I've added some blush pink and rose toned pieces to my bedroom, I still have the same teal curtains that I've had up for some time now. And whilst they still work with some of my bedding and cushions, it would be nice to switch it up a little even for six months of the year.

Hobbycraft Cream and Pink Peony Bouquet (£10) - I bought a similar bouquet of peonies from Habitat earlier in the year and you might have even seen them feature in quite a few blog posts and Instagram posts since then. Ever since, I've been looking for another bouquet with different tones and colours to use in such blog photographs and I think that I might have just found them with this one from Hobbycraft.

Antropologie Silvered Geode Coaster (£14 each) - Again, I saw Alix and Suzie pick up some similar coasters from Homesense for a fraction of the price of one of these but aren't they just so dreamy? If owning coasters in general, nonetheless little works of art like these ones, doesn't say adulting successfully I don't know what does.

Urban Outfitters Honeymoon Hotel Hold Me Closer Wall Art Print (£29) - Sometimes I find that certain quote or motivational prints can look a little juvenile or cheap but this one really is the exception to that rule. It's simple but sleek and it also features lyrics from one of my favourite Elton John songs.

Maisons Du Monde Crossy Copper Metal Lamp With Lampshade (£32.39) - Now how beautiful is this lamp? I actually hadn't heard of Maisons Du Monde before but I've now well and truly bookmarked their page as they seem to do all the current trends, such as faux fur stools and blogger favourites like rose gold, copper and Scandi designs for a really reasonable price. Think Pinterest pieces that you can actually afford and find in the UK. Has anyone ordered from them before?

I also wanted to share some of the other pieces that I've got my eye on too, all of which are still under the £50 price mark;

Have you made any homeware purchases recently? If so, what did you get? If not, do you have anything on your wishlist? And do you feel like changing things up throughout the year when it comes to your bedroom/home?


Sunday, 8 October 2017

The 'It's Now Autumn' Outfit

leopard print coat 2017 uk

It's been quite some time since I last shared an outfit post on my blog but I already have another one planned for later in the month in addition to today's post. As much as I enjoy stocking up on midi dresses, jumpsuits and bardot tops in the warmer months, I only ever really get a chance to wear them when I'm on holiday. And since I did some solo travel this Summer, I don't really have too many photos which feature me in them, nonetheless enough to do an outfit post like this one. But I've recently bought a couple of great Autumn/Winter staples, ones which I couldn't wait to share with you, which is why today's blog post came to fruition. I also took advantage of the fact that I'd had a Tilbury Transformation from the Charlotte Tilbury team to get a chance to try out the new Hollywood range. Here are the products that were used on me that day and I've now got about a million and one new things on my evergrowing beauty wishlist;

And here are some of the bits that I've recently added to my wardrobe to take me from the pitiful Scottish Summer to Autumn/Winter in style;

First up is this gorgeous leopard print coat. I've been searching for the perfect leopard print coat for many years now and they're either too boxy on me, too jazzy or too expensive but I spotted this one in Next's window on a recent trip to Buchanan Galleries and even though it was on a child's mannequin, I decided to have a look in store to see what size it went up to and thankfully the biggest size, the age 16, fit me perfectly.

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I already own a few pieces from the older girl's collection, even though I'm about ten years older than their demographic but the quality and prices are exceptional and this coat was no different. I personally wear a lot of black all year round so some of the brown and beige leopard print coats that I've found just didn't go with what I already own but this works so well. I also adore the slightly larger print as it's like nothing I've seen on the High Street before. I also find the larger spots a lot more flattering on me than the smaller busier spots. It's already cold enough to warrant wearing a coat and I'm so glad that I managed to pick this one up. All I can say is if you're slightly smaller than the UK average when it comes to clothes, don't forget about teenage ranges as you'll often find gems hidden in this part of the store. As someone with small feet too, I regularly get sandals and trainers in 'child's sizes' for about half the price of the exact same adult ones too, which is a win win really.

personalised name necklace

I'm not someone who wears a lot of jewellery on a day to day basis but thanks to a couple of new additions to my jewellery box, that has now changed. Ever since I first watched Sex and the City I've always dreamt of having my own Carrie necklace but with a name like Ellis, which is rarely ever seen when they bring out personalised name pieces in the shop, I thought it would cost me hundreds of pounds. So when an email popped into my inbox from Prezzybox to ask if I'd like to receive and review their personalised name necklace* I really did feel like Christmas had come early. Not only could I finally get a name necklace that was personalised to me and my name but I could also get it in rose gold. Talk about dreams coming true! I haven't had it off since I received it and can quite easily see it becoming as special to me as Carrie's was to her.

Glasgow fashion blogger

The one piece of jewellery that I do wear on a daily basis, if you do call it jewellery, is my mini Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, as seen in my How To Save Money On Designer Pieces blog post but it ran out of battery at the end of August and I just kept forgetting to get a new battery. That and the fact that when I enquired into having the battery replaced when I was out shopping, they wanted to charge me a price where I could essentially buy a brand new watch for less. That's when Brown's Family Jewellers got in touch to ask if I'd like to review one of the fantastic watches that they stock.

Cluse rose gold watch

It really was perfect timing and I fell in love with the Cluse Minuit rose gold & grey watch* as soon as I saw it. I absolutely adore the touch of rose gold and the fact that it not only goes with the rest of my jewellery which is probably about 90% rose gold now but that it also goes with my new Next coat!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips

Lastly we have the pair of earrings that every blogger and their Mum seems to have bought this Summer; the H&M tassel earrings. I managed to pick up the black pair online and I couldn't leave the rose gold pair behind when I spotted them in the new H&M store on Buchanan Street in Glasgow City Centre this past weekend. I really like the way they make a basic outfit, of a t-shirt and jeans, look all the more put together and they work especially well when you've got your hair slicked back.

So those are some of the recent additions to my wardrobe and jewellery box. I'll be sharing some more later in the month when hopefully I'll have found a great new pair of Winter boots and maybe some new Autumn/Winter accessories such as a hat, scarf and gloves.

Have you bought any new pieces for your Autumn/Winter wardrobe? If so, what caught your eye in the shops or online? If not, do you have any 'must-buys' that you need to pick up? And would you like to see outfit posts appear more regularly on here?

Do you prefer Autumn/Winter or Spring/Summer fashion? What do you think of the pieces that I've managed to pick up recently? And what trends are you excited to embrace in the coming months?


Friday, 6 October 2017

What I've Been Watching: In September

Can you believe that it's October already and almost Halloween (aka. my favourite time to binge watch all of the best horror movies)? Even though it was only September I did let a couple of horror movies slip into that month, solely because I hadn't seen either of them before. And spoiler alert; both definitely impressed. Actually, this month's edition of What I've Been Watching is one of those rare ones where I really enjoyed everything that I watched, so be sure to continue reading to see why.

Total Bellas

Growing up WWE or WWF as it was called when I started watching (god, I feel old!), was a permanent feature in our house. We'd either be watching Smackdown or Raw, counting down the days to the next Pay Per View, spending our entire weekend on the Playstation playing the game or phyically playing with the figurines of which I think only two were mine and they were my two favourite Divas (Lita and Chyna were the best!) So it's always been something that's interested me, even if some of the storylines and acting are more than a little bit questionable when you watch it back as an adult. When Total Divas first started it was a great show to stick on on a Sunday night. And even though I always look forward to a new season of Total Divas starting, despite the fact that I could do without it featuring a few of them (I'm looking at you Lana and Eva Marie), Nikki and Brie have always been my favourites. So when Total Bellas started last year I was over the moon.

This is the second season of Total Bellas to be aired and it revolves around the two sisters, their lives both inside and outside the ring and their family. I'm loving it even more than ever as Brie is expecting her first child with husband Bryan and Nikki is about to get engaged to John Cena so it's the kind of storylines that I'm actually interested in watching, again unlike in Total Divas where some people get more airtime than others. If you're looking for a fun and easy to watch show to enjoy, you could do a lot worse than Total Bellas.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil

After seeing the first Ouija movie which was honestly one of the dullest and most juvenile horror movies that I've seen in recent years or possibly, ever, I didn't hold out much hope when they revealed that they would be making a prequel. But I have to say, this is the kind of Ouija movie that I was expecting and so much more. It also doesn't end in the way that you expect it to, which is always a big bonus for horror movies. I feel like it leaves you more unsettled if the evil, in this case, isn't quashed or stopped entirely and that's exactly what it did.

The child actors, specifically Lulu Wilson who plays the youngest daughter, are really good and you're actually invested in the characters and their lives, which again is a rarity in most modern horrors. Talking of child actors, you'll also find the actor who played Elliot in E.T. in this movie too. It was one of those occasions where you know you've seen someone's face before but you're just not sure where. Cue a bit of quick Wikapedia-ing. If you're looking for something to watch this Halloween, I'd definitely give Ouija: Origin Of Evil a try! And this leads me onto another horror movie I'd definitely recommend giving a watch this month.

The Strangers

I'd heard a lot about this movie back when it was first released but never got around to actually watching it for some reason or another. I honestly don't know the last time a movie made me feel this tense and uneasy. I genuinely had a knot in my stomach and not a single drop of blood had even been shed. Because you kind of know what's coming as this is a home invasion type of movie, you know that they're going to make their way in somehow but waiting for it to actually happen really builds up the tension. There was the odd jump scare but they didn't feel out of place at all and all I can say is that the masks, specifically the main guy's scarecrow sack one, are so creepy!

It was just my luck that after watching this, in the dark might I add, right before bed, that our home alarm system wouldn't work. Cue me flinching at the smallest sound and failing to get a proper sleep that night. Now if that doesn't show how successful this movie was at building up suspense and scares, I don't know what else does.

The Martian

September is my Dad's birthday month and as someone who seems to always be watching documentaries on NASA and space travel, I got him The Martian on DVD, along with some other presents, for his birthday at the start of the month. Matt Damon's character is left stranded on Mars after he's presumed dead. With limited supplies, he really has to think and come up with a way to stay alive until he can be rescued. And we're not talking about a couple of weeks or months here, we're talking years until someone can come and rescue him. Even when you think all hope is lost Damon and the only music that he's been left with (it's a fabulously funky disco playlist) keep you smiling and rooting for his character, even after every setback and problem that he encounters during his time on the red planet.

It also featured supporting actors that I really wasn't expecting to see in it such as Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sean Bean. Sean Bean in particular, played against his normal stereotype i.e. he wasn't killed, which was a nice change for him.

The Island With Bear Grylls

After initially tuning into the celebrity version of the same show mainly because R.J. Mitte, who played Walt Jr. in Breaking Bad was taking part in it, I saw that the previous seasons of this show were on demand and quickly downloaded a few into our Sky planner. I'm not the biggest fan of Bear Grylls and I had a feeling that he would feature in this pretty prominently but thankfully that wasn't the case. Bear only really pops up to say they must 'find it, catch it and kill it' or to tell us how dangerous dehydration can be. When you binge watch it, like I did, this can get a bit annoying as he practically rattles out the 'find it, catch it and kill it' line a couple of times every episode. But apart from that, some of the situations that they get into and what they have to endure is honestly unreal. I'm talking people falling from the side of a cliff onto rocks, people being swept out into the ocean by riptides and other medical emergencies which have to be dealt with on a remote island in the middle of nowhere. It's safe to say I wouldn't last two minutes on the island! Haha.

The first celebrity season was pretty enjoyable, the latest one however, not so much. Basically Iwan Thomas is the worst! If you've even seen an advert for that particular season or even five minutes of an episode, you'll know exactly what I mean.

So there's what I watched in September. As mentioned above, I'm already planning out when to watch some of my favourite Halloween related movies this month, namely Hocus Pocus, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the Scream quadrilogy. If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while, you might remember the Halloween edition of my What I've Been Watching series but I'll leave a link to it here just in case you didn't. Basically if you're looking for some inspiration as to what to watch to give yourself a fright or to get into the Halloween spirit this month, be sure to check it out.

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?


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How To Blend Your Foundation Like A Pro

bareminerals barepro liquid foundation review

As someone who never used to wear foundation, I still feel a bit like a newbie when it comes to this particular beauty product. Whilst some people only apply theirs with a Beautyblender or similar blending sponge, others rely solely on their favourite makeup brush but up until very recently, I hadn't quite found a form of application that worked for me. That was until Magnitone released the BlendUp Vibra-Sonic Makeup Blending Brush*.

Launching on the first of this month, I was very kindly sent this product in advance of it's official launch as part of the ambassador programme. Before becoming a Magnitone ambassador, I was already a huge fan of their Barefaced cleansing brush so it was no surprise that I fell in love with this makeup brush almost immediately. Using the same Vibra-Sonic technology, the BlendUp brush pulses and massages with over 250 movements per second to create that perfectly airbrushed finish.

bareminerals barepro foundation review

I've been putting this to the test alongside another new launch, the bareMinerals BAREPRO liquid foundation and the two really do work hand in hand to leave me with a finish that before now, I could only really dream of. I hadn't tried any of bareMinerals foundations before now, apart from the Complexion Rescue but I am now sorely tempted to try both the BARESKIN and the BLEMISH REMEDY, as a result. It's also a really good colour match, something that can't be said for all foundations when it comes to me and my incredibly fair skin. And speaking of trying other foundations, what I also really appreciate about the BlendUp brush is the fact that you can also use it with liquid or powder foundation, as well as with tinted moisturisers, primers, concealers and BB/CC creams.

Another big bonus, as someone who can often get a little bit lazy when it comes to cleaning their makeup brushes on a regular basis; it has a self-cleaning mode. If you often neglect cleaning your brushes solely because of the amount of time and effort that it takes, then this could be the ideal solution for you.

magnitone blendup

The brush comes with a SmoothBLEND brush head, which is a nice universal type of brush head but there are also two other brush heads available to purchase. These are the BuffBLEND and FeatherBLEND respectively. Hopefully you can see it vibrating in the photograph above. It also comes with a USB charger and is available in black, as pictured, or white.

So there you have it, two products which have finally allowed me to blend my foundation like a pro.

Do you struggle to get that flawless finish when it comes to your foundation? Does the sound of an electric makeup brush sound intriguing to you? And have you tried anything from Magnitone before? If so, what did you think?


Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Ultimate Guide To NYC

ultimate guide to new york city

As mentioned in The Ultimate Guide To Glasgow, I have been working on another Ultimate Guide ever since arriving back from my first solo trip back in July and here it is; The Ultimate Guide To NYC;
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