Wednesday, 2 January 2019

What I Watched: December 2018.

Happy New Year dear blogger friends! I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and a safe, yet insane, New Year. December wasn't a terrible month for me, I must admit. I wasn't expecting much from Christmas itself as I sort of hate it now that my Mum isn't here, but it actually turned out okay and I'm quite grateful for that. I spent Christmas Day and New Year with my boyfriend and his family, so it's them I should really thank for keeping me sane, happy and drunk this festive season. 

Christmas, of course, brings us the amazingly cheesy festive films that we all have seen a million times but still end up wanting to watch over Christmas anyway. I, myself, am definitely someone that looks forward to the Christmas movies coming out so December's watchlist includes quite a few festive faves!

(I decorated Alex's house for him and his dad)

What I Watched: December 2018

The Jungle Book
I've never seen the animated version of this movie, but I quite enjoyed the live action one. I'll definitely have the give the original a watch soon.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Last year, A Christmas Prince was a big deal on Netflix so I watched it and actually liked it. The sequel wasn't really as good as I'd hoped.

National Lampoon: Christmas Vacation
Another classic movie that I'd never seen before. I liked this movie, but I found myself getting a bit annoyed at some parts of it. It definitely wasn't my favourite of the list.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Last month I went to see the latest incarnation of The Grinch and really enjoyed it. Obviously, the Jim Carrey version is everyone's fave so I gave it a watch and quite liked that too. Taylor Momsen as an innocent little girl is weird to see. (I love The Pretty Reckless).

Snowed Inn Christmas
I love One Tree Hill, so when I saw Haley James Scott was in a Christmas movie I had to watch it and I'm really glad I did. This is really cute, easy watch movie. It's totally predicable, but I loved it. It's definitely one for the list for next Christmas.

A Royal Christmas
This movie was picked solely because I recognised Gretchen from Mean Girls was in it. Once again it was a movie surrounding some form of royalty, but I actually enjoyed this. I didn't expect much from it, but it was actually pretty good.

A Bramble House Christmas
This movie I watched because Ketch from Supernatural was in it (minus the British accent). This is how I pick movies to watch, ha! This one was a nice surprise. I really liked one and will be adding it to my list.

The Muppets Christmas Carol
I'd never seen this movie before because I don't like the muppets. *cowers in a corner* They just aren't for me. BUT I did like this movie. The fact that THE Michael Caine plays against a whole cast of Muppets is amazing.

Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
So this isn't strictly a movie, but I adore this cast for much. "FOR EVERYONE AT CHRISTMAS LOVED GOUUUUJONS!"

Death on the River Tyne
Me and Alex watched the 'Murder of the Blackpool Express' movie last year and enjoyed it, so obvs we watched the follow up. It's basic shitty British humour and blase acting, but it was fun to watch and play along guessing the murderer.


Get Santa
We discovered this movie a few years ago and have watched it every Christmas since. It's such a cute, festive, family-friendly film and Jim Broadbent as Santa is hilarious.

The Christmas Chronicles
This was another one that surprised me. I wanted to watch it after seeing the trailer and I'm glad I did. It reminded me a little of how Santa Clause the movie starts off, but I enjoyed how this one flowed better.

The Inbetweeners 1&2
Not a Christmas film. These I watched whilst Alex was at work just to pass the time. I've never watched The Inbetweeners tv show,  but I do quite like the movies. I do plan on watching the TV show this year though.

This movie really shocked me and made me feel a bit sick if I'm honest. The kind of hate that these people build up is disgusting. I will never understand people like the KKK. The movie was so well written and acted, it's definitely one of my favourites I've seen of 2018.

What have you lot watched over Christmas? Owt worth watching?
Laura x
Happy New Year!

Friday, 21 December 2018

My Current Makeup Routine.

          If you've been paying much to attention to my blog lately (I won't be mad if you haven't) you may have noticed that I haven't posted anything beauty related in a really long time. I mentioned in a blog post some months ago now that I wanted to sort of steer away from the beauty aspect of my blog and focus mostly on things that I like. Don't get me wrong, makeup and beauty are still a part of that list but I'm just not that into all the new products and brands coming out. Being on a tight budget doesn't really help either, so chuff knows how you all do it every week! 

          With that being said though I thought I would pop a little beauty post in now since these photos have been on my phone a enjoy :)


A while ago now the Seventeen makeup range had a massive sale on the Boots website and was selling everything off really cheap including their 'Stay Time' foundation at just £1.75 a bottle, so I thought I would treat myself and bought a bunch of stuff from them including a couple of bottles of the foundation. So this has naturally been my go-to for the past month or so. That being said, I'm not actually that big a fan of this foundation as it can go slightly cakey on my skin, but I'm just sticking with it until I've used it all. (I use the shade Ivory, just FYI)
     To give my skin more of a warmer tone during these dark Winter days I've been using Revolution's Ultra Bronze powder just to give my skin a little bit of a glow and give it some colour. Without the sun this pale girl needs to find some glow from somewhere and for me, I think this powder is one of my favourites to do this.
      On top of that bronzer, I add a slight feathering of Technic's Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder to my cheeks, nose, philtrum and brow bone. I've not quite gotten into the highlighting trend but I saw this Technic one and thought it was really pretty, so I gave it a go and now I just swipe a little bit on and go. It's cheap but it does what any £40 one would imo.
         To set all that stuff into place, I use Seventeen's Miracle Matte Pressed Powder. I'd never tried this before the sale on Boots but I bought one and fell in love with it, so I went back on and stocked up as I think they were something like £1.25 each which is amazing. This is definitely up there with Rimmel's pressed powder for me. (I use shade Ivory Porcelain)

         For my brows, I have been using the Olivia Hale Eyebrow Pallet from Home Bargains. I bought this expecting nothing from it as it was under £2, but I've been pleasantly surprised. The powder and gel are very much like the ones found in more expensive palettes so for the price I'd definitely recommend giving it a go. One tip I could give though is to use your own brushes to apply as the ones with the pallet are a bit shit. (I use the pallet in 'brown')
            For my eyeshadow, I've been using the Two-Faced Sweet Peach palette. I got gifted this by my friend last year and I am in awe of it. I could never justify spending so much on makeup, so I cherish this palette. I have been loving the peach tones in the set and they have been my go-to for quite a while now. I just love how they look with my eye colour. It really makes them pop.
             To lengthen my lashes, I've been using a really old (don't judge me) Clinique High Impact mascara. Knowing I can't afford to buy this again is painful so I've just been trying to scrape every last bit of product out of it because I love it so much. It's definitely one of my favourite mascaras.
              Finally to add some definition to my eyes, I have been using Soap & Glory's Crazy Sexy Kohl liner. This is my all time favourite liner. I got it in a giftset a while ago and it's been my staple ever since. I love to enhance my eyes as I think they're my best feature and this does an amazing job of that. (I use the limited edition twist up eyeliner in 'Smoulder')

You'll notice that there is no lip products in this post and that's because my lips have been xtremely dry since the cold weather hit, so I've just been using good old Vaseline to keep them from getting chapped.

What products have you been using lately? Any recommendations for a budget beauty lover?

Merry Christmas,
Laura x

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

What I Watched: November 2018.

Ladies and gents, it is now December. How the heck did that happen? I think I must have blinked and missed November somehow because it's flown by. We're nearing the end of the year and I've done bugger all with the past eleven months besides wallow in self-pity, talk to my counselor and watch tv. Fun times. BUT with that being said December is my absolute favourite time of the year and I am so here for the next month, you wouldn't believe. I can't wait for the songs that I've heard every year since I was born and yet love hearing played a million times throughout the month, the movies I've seen a hundred times but always check to see if they're going to be on telly, the lights that just make anywhere seem warmer and the atmosphere that buzzes around you wherever you go. It's just...amazing. I'm so looking forward to this month, yaaaas!

Movie-wise, November was a bit slow. I've watched two new movies all month and just ended up rewatching a bunch I love. Typical.

What I Watched: November 2018

Fifty Shades Trilogy.
I admit I watch this series almost every month. I know some hate them and think they're gross, but I love them. Corn and horn in one. And Jamie Dornan. And Dakota Johnson. Yum!

Bridget Jones 1 & 2.
I adore these movies. I'm yet to get a love for the newest movie but I love to rewatch the first two films because they're gold. Bridget Jones is a boss. I love her.

The Grinch.
I've never seen the original cartoon or Jim Carrey movie so I went into the cinema with no real idea how the movie would go but I loved it. It was really cute, snowy and sometimes funny. I'm looking forward to watching the older ones over Christmas.

The Princess Switch.
I adored Vanessa Hudgens in HSM, so I thought with this being a Christmas movie I'd give it a watch. It was typical cheese with a blase storyline, but it was cute and festive. Worth a watch if you're into chick flicks.

What have you been watching lately?
Laura x

Monday, 5 November 2018

What I Watched: October 2018.

The heating's turned up, the blankets are out and the big fluffy socks are on. It's well and truly Autumn now and I am over the moon! Autumn has always been my favourite season of the year and I can't tell you how excited I am and calm I feel seeing all the beautiful colours. 
What's your favourite season?

October wasn't really a month for new movies. I kinda got into a rut and ended up watching movies that I've seen previously, maybe on numerous occasions, because I just wanted to watch films that I didn't have to pay full attention to. You know what I mean, right? Plus I've been caught up in all the wrestling that's been on this past month, so I've not really had time to watch many movies anyway. Next month though will most definitely have a lot more films on know it's Christmas in 50 days right?

What I Watched in October 2018

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
I've seen this about 5 times now and I love it. I adore the characters of Lara-Jean and Peter Kavinsky. They are so cute. I'm currently reading the final book of the trilogy, so fingers crossed they have a happy ending!

The Duff
This is one of those films that I pop on in the background whilst I clean my room but end up sitting on my bed watching it. I adore it. It's definitely up there in my top 10 chick flicks.

Jurassic World
A few months ago I got obsessed with these films and just popped this one on randomly one night whilst I was on my laptop. It's not as good as the original film, but it's got Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, so I'm okay with that.

Jeepers Creepers 3
The first film in this trilogy freaked me out as a kid when I watched it. I don't know how I came to be watching it on my own in my parent's room, but it happened. Having watched the films in later life I just had to watch the final one, so Alex and I finally sat down and watched it, but it definitely didn't live up to the first films hype.

I gave into the hype of this film earlier on in the year and finally, FINALLY, managed to get Alex to watch it with me. Safe to say he wasn't really 'into it', but it's definitely a film that you can't get away from and I love it.

I saw a pantomime of Aladdin at the beginning of the year and had no idea what was going on. I'd never seen Aladdin before, so when the live action trailer came out I decided that I wanted to finally watch it in prep to see that. It's an okay film, but not really my taste. *audible gasps*

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn has always been in my sights growing up. My Mum had her pictures all around the house on canvases and I always thought she was beautiful. Breakfast at Tiffany's is obviously one of her most famous movies, so I decided to start my Audrey Hepburn binge with this film. It wasn't what I expected, at all, but I adored it.

Thirteen Ghosts
I've seen this film multiple times, never from the beginning though. I'm not really one for horror films but I saw this when I was younger and thought it was intriguing. It's also got Tony Shalhoub and Matthew Lillard in it, so that makes it worth watching.

What films have you been watching this month?
Laura x

Saturday, 6 October 2018

What I Watched: September 2018.

Happy Halloween month people! I like Halloween. I like the costumes, the decorations, the spooky vibes that it sends out. I've always been a bit emo deep down, so seeing black everywhere is amazing! I, myself though, never dress up as I can never really be bothered (as with most things in my life) but I love seeing the effort that people put into their outfits. It's so creative and exciting. We actually have a place about a mile from my boyfriend's house called the 'Yorkshire Scaregrounds' and it's supposed to be a really amazing place somewhat like a nightmare come to life. I've always wanted to go since it opened a couple of years ago, so maybe this year will be the year *fingers crossed*

September wasn't a very good month for movie watching as I was away for a week on holiday (wooo) and I've been more interested in watching Monk and Brooklyn 99 than I have movies, but here is:


SPF 18.
The arrival of an enigmatic musician in Malibu could potentially change the lives of a teenage girl and her surfer boyfriend.

After watching To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I went on a little bit of a Noah Centineo marathon and this one was one of the films I'd not seen of his....and, now after having watched it, I wish I hadn't bothered. Considering it isn't even an hour and a half long, I didn't expect it to be that good. The story was boring, the acting was boring and the best part about it was the last minute. I'd only recommend if you really need a Noah fix...

A case of mistaken identity leads to an unexpected romance when a teen joins forces with a popular student to win the heart of her high school crush.

Another film starring Noah Centineo. This one wasn't actually too bad. I totally disagree with the concept and the catfishing story, but I enjoyed the film. For once though I found myself rooting for the bully and not the 'victim'. Sierra did not deserve a happy ending.

An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City. Etc...

I used to watch Crocodile Dundee as a kid and always remembered having a great love for the first movie, so I decided to give it a rewatch now as a 25-year-old and I really enjoyed it. Obviously being the movie junkie I am, I decided to watch the two sequels. The second one was a little bit meh and the third installment was round about the same. They had their moments, but I think they were just milking it too much at that point.

A teenager who's spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door.

I've wanted to watch this movie for THE longest but I also wanted to do it after I'd finished reading the book. Me being me though took forever to finally get around to reading the book and when I did I was a bit underwhelmed and unsure about the movie. BUT I watched it and it was okay. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be, but it's worth a watch.

A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth at the spring carnival.

I watched this on Netflix after it popped up as a recommendation and I'm so glad I did. It's a typical teen story that you'll probably read from the bat, but it was a nice watch and I actually liked the main character in this one. It's worth a watch if you have Netflix.
*image found on google images

What have you been watching lately?
Laura x

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A Much Needed Break Away....


The past few months have been quite testing for me and my boyfriend with multiple losses within our families, so when we got offered a free holiday we jumped at the chance. Alex, his sister, her husband, his dad and I all trammed 100 miles South to the seaside town of Skegness, or Skeg Vegas to some. I'd been to Butlins as a kid (I mean, who didn't?) but never actually went into the town itself so it was a nice change and chance to explore somewhere new.

The caravan we stayed in was only a 10-minute walk from Fantasy Island, which features rollercoasters, rides, food stalls and, my favourite, a massive market, so we ended up spending a lot of time here. I'm uncomfortable with rollercoasters so I left them for Alex and his sister to go on, while I shopped around the market and spoiled myself with some new clothing.

We went into Skegness town a couple of times and did all the holidaymaker things like we went into the arcades and wasted a tonne of money on the bandits (it got to a point where I started splashing out on the 2p machines because I developed a gambling problem), we had a wander along the beach front, we bought some rock and sweets from the stalls, we had fresh doughnuts with ice cream, we explored all the different cafes and restaurants and we even found ourselves a pub quiz to go to. Sadly we didn't win the quiz but I managed to bag myself the £100 jackpot on the bandit! (YAY ME!)

I'm a sucker for wildlife places (I've been to the YWP 5 times) so we walked almost two miles to the Natureland reserve and saw some beautiful rescued seals, meerkats, butterflies and even some crocodiles (which scared the shit out of me). We also visited the Aquarium where we went around like kids filling in a quiz sheet so that we could win some 'treasure'...which turned out to be a single chocolate coin! 

On one of the last nights there, we all ended up in the Buzz Bar as a band was playing and we all got bladdered. You know I'm drunk when I'm on the dancefloor and yelling the words to Mr Brightside. Even though it ended on a sour note, I still enjoyed the fuck out of that night and will hold it up as one of the best of the year.

Coming home was a sad day. Having really enjoyed the holiday, going back to reality was kick in the arse but at least I got to write this post! 
Laura x

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

What I Watched: August 2018.

The beginning of September was the best time I've had all year. Alex, his family and I got to go away on a little holiday for the week for the first time in over six years. Granted it was a week with five of us all stuffed into a caravan in Skegness (aka Skeg Vegas), but it was a break and I enjoyed the fuck out of it. We shopped, wasted our money in the arcades, walked on the pebbly beach, got pissed off our tits on Desperados and stuffed our faces with fish and chips. It was heaven. I'm absolutely gutted that we're back home because it was a week full of freedom and fun and that's exactly what I've been needing. I'll post a few more pictures in a separate post since this is my movies post. I just needed a photo to break it up, ha! 


Jackass / Jackass 2.
I watched these as a kid and found them fucking hilarious, nowadays not so much. They're okay for a watch now and again, but they aren't movies that I'd randomly want to pop on if I fancied watching a movie.

Identity Thief.
I adore Melissa McCarthy and everything she's been in and this is no different. It can be a bit over the top in places but I think that's what makes it funny. She's a very funny, beautiful woman and will always be Sookie St James to me.

I fell asleep the first time Alex and I tried watching this, so automatically I thought that it wasn't a good movie, but it's got Melissa in so I had to give it another try and I'm glad I did because I love it. It's funny but also has some real shit in the story that people can relate to.

Keeping Up With The Joneses.
I wanted to watch this for a while and although I found some bits of it hilarious, it was just a bit too over the top for my liking. I still liked it though, might give it a rewatch later on.

I watched this as a kid and thought it was so good. I had a major crush on Brendan Fraser during his The Mummy days (Rick was fit as fuck), so I watched a couple of his other films too. I managed to convince Alex to watch it with me and now that I've seen it again as an adult...I'm not too impressed.

Wrongfully Accused.
I did enjoy this film to some extent but I feel like if you've seen one Leslie Nielson movie you've seen them all.

Monty Python & the Life of Brian.
Monty Python is not my cup of tea at all, but Alex loves them, so being the nice girlfriend that I am I watched this with him. I don't get their sense of humour and thought the film was a bit boring.

The Escort.
I've seen this movie before and really like it. To me, it's sort of like what Pretty Woman would've been like if it had been more realistic. It's a nice little film, don't let the fact that it's about an escort put you off giving it a watch.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before.
Finally, my favourite of this month's movies. TATBILB is the perfect chick flick. It's got a corny AF storyline, cute boys and romance. It's the 10 Things of the 21st century. I've seen this three times so far and each time I love it even more (not to mention PK). I'd definitely recommend this to all the chick flick lovers out there.

What movies have you been watching lately? Got any recommendations for me?
Laura x

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

PS... My Perfect Colour Matte Foundation Review in Nude Beige

Finding the perfect foundation has always felt like a real quest for me. Whether it be finding the perfect colour match, the perfect formulation or the perfect coverage, I've never found that one foundation that had all of those things....until now. 

Say hello to the PS...My Perfect Colour foundation!

This foundation has set off quite a bit of a buzz throughout the beauty blogging community and, obviously, being a blogger (albeit a bad one) I just HAD to try it. After several unsuccessful trips to my local Primark store, I finally got my hands on the little glass bottle. 

The PS... My Perfect Colour foundation has caused quite a stir with many comparing it to the extremely pricey Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. Having never used the Estee Lauder foundation I can't attest to those claims BUT I can give you my honest thoughts about it based on using the foundation alone.

Having used the tube version of the My Perfect Colour foundation I wasn't expecting a lot from this one, I assumed it was just the same formula in new packaging but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this for the first time. The formula in this foundation is quite a bit thicker than the previous version which I really love because it enables me to use less of the product when applying with a beauty blender. One small splodge covers my entire face!

Below are images of the left side of my face, which I consider to be my 'worst side'. I have pimple scars, spots, redness and my lovely stubble which shows through around my chin and neck area.

Had I not taken these photos myself I would've said the bottom one was airbrushed, but I swear that that picture is just me wearing the foundation. In just one application, the PS...My Perfect Colour foundation covered every flaw that I have. It's safe to say that I was blown away by the results. Never did I image a £5 foundation from Primark of all places(!) would give me results as good as this!

Above: foundation, powder, highlighter and mascara.

The foundation comes in several different shades including a porcelain, which for once in my life I found to be too light! So here I am wearing the shade 'Nude Beige' which blends perfectly into my skin and gives me an amazingly even complexion. It's oil-free too so it gives me the perfect matte finish, which as an oily babe I am super grateful for! It also contains SPF 15 so it's been helping to keep my skin safe in the recent heatwave.

I am honestly in love with this foundation. I cannot pick at anything about it. I'm 'shook' as all the kids say. I'm definitely popping to my local Primark soon to stock up!

Have you tried the PS My Perfect Colour foundation? Thoughts?
Laura x

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

What I Watched: July 2018.

So, we're two weeks into August already and I'm only just typing this post out. I'm sorry. I've been preoccupied for the past month and my blog's been just about the furthest thing from my mind. My boyfriend lost his Mum almost four weeks ago now and I've been at his house since trying to help him and his family out. As you can imagine, it's been a hard time for us all and for me, it's brought back a lot of feelings and grief from when I lost my own Mum. We all feel a bit lost still now a month on, but we've been making sure we stay grounded and keep each other going. Come night time guaranteed we'll be sat watching either a movie or, as of late, an episode of Monk. That's where most of the movies on my list were watched, so here we go.

Legend. I hate the story, but love Tom Hardy. He was amazing as both lead characters.
Sherlock Holmes/Sherlock Holmes 2. I wanted to like these, but I could barely hear what they said.
Beauty and the Briefcase. I liked this. It was cheesy AF, but Hilary Duff's in it and I love her.
Starstruck. Another cheeseball, but it's definitely one of my favourite Disney Channel films.
Kong: Skull Island. I've never seen the first movie, but I really liked this.
Star Trek trilogy. These aren't my cup of tea, I didn't get really get them, but enjoyed them anyway.
Wayne's World 2. A classic. Not as good as the first, but still a classic. 🤘
Mystery Men. This is an odd movie. Early Ben Stiller. It was okay, nothing too special though.
Logan Lucky. I didn't understand the beginning but thought the ending was pretty great.
The Ringer. Johnny Knoxville movie. You know it's gonna be stupid. Not for the easily offended.
Victoria and Abdul. I wanted to see this for ages and I really enjoyed it. Judi Dench is a queen.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Not my cup of tea. Alex's faves. It was meh. Sorry.
Galaxy Quest. This is a classic 90's movie and I love it.

What have you been watching lately? Have you got any recommendations?
Laura x

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

What I Watched: June 2018

June was the best month of the year so far for me, movie-wise. After having finished watching the series, The Mysteries of Laura, I was a bit undecided about what show to start next so I ended up watching a load of movies instead. This month's lot is a very mixed bag. I've watched rom-coms, dramas, sci-fi/fantasy stuff and a lot of movies featuring dinosaurs! 

What I Watched: June 2018

The Prince and Me: I watched this movie years ago and adored it. Still do.
Shanghai Noon / Shanghai Knights: First time properly watching these and they're hilarious!
Legally Blonde 1 / 2: Legally Blonde 3. 2020? Obviously, I needed to rewatch the first ones.
White Chicks: I made Alex watch this with me. I still find it fucking hilarious.
Spaceballs: Alex's choice of movie. Not really my cup of tea, but funny all the same.
The Tuxedo: I love the old Jackie Chan movies. Plus Jennifer Love Hewitt's in this and she's a babe.
Repossessed: Slowly going through Leslie Nielson's movies and this was actually quite funny.
District 9: Al's pick again. This wasn't what I expected at all but it was very good. Sequel needed!
Without A Paddle: The three actors in this just make it the perfect Sunday night comedy film.
Jurassic World / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: Love these. Nearly cried at the newest one.
Jurassic Park 1 / 2 / 3: First time watching these properly. Loved the first one. Other two: meh.
10 Things I Hate About You: This has always been a favourite. Heath Ledger <3
Penelope: A find the story a bit silly, but it has a good message behind it. Feel good factor: 10/10.
Sully: This wasn't that exciting but it was an interesting watch. Plus it's got Tom Hanks, so heck yes.
Your Highness: Wanted to watch this for years, but it was extremely stupid.
Turner and Hooch: A favourite as a kid, I finally give it a rewatch and loved it all over again.

Have you watched any decent movies lately?
Laura x