Current Film Reviews

Over the past month or so the movie scene has been buzzing with new productions, all of which I've been dying to see. There's been so much good things on that I'd thought I'd review and recommend the films that I've seen recently. Some of these films may or may not still be in the cinema, depending on where you live and the cinema. If you're a movie fan like myself then I hope you enjoy this post.

 (You will find that I tend not to take photos at the cinema but I probably should for blog purposes, bad blogger right here.)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
You might have read my review of The Force Awakens last year (but most likely not), in which I stated I'm not a huge Star Wars fan. It's not that I don't like it, I just haven't seen the orignals and haven't gotten into it. I much preferred this film to last years, even though this film didn't get as much hype. I thought the story was much better and they weren't trying as hard to reach out to their old audience, it felt more natural and just flowed so much better. The plot was enjoyable and even though I don't know much Star Wars knowledge, it had a good variety for old and new fans. The only thing I disliked was most of the cast. I'm not sure if it was the actors themselves or just the two deminsional vibe off most of the characters. It was very hard to like the main protagonist Jyn or any of the other main characters, except the usual funny robot new to the film K-2SO and Mads Mikkelson's character. I don't think I'd watch it again but it is a good action film with a little bit for everyone in it at the same time.

A Monster Calls
This film actually stars the same main actress as Rogue One,  Felicity Jones, I'm not the biggest fan of her but I did enjoy her in this. This film is something I could picture myself writing or imagining up. It's centered around a young boy, Connor O'Malley, played by Louis McDougal, who preformed a beautiful performance, who struggles dealing with his mothers illness so he creates a monster who tells him stories which are comforting and help him deal. This film is visually stunning, the film contains parts of animation done in water colour while the monster tells his stories and they have such vibrant and beautiful works in the scenes. Other than the visuals and the artwork, the film is very heartwarming and emotional which tugs on every emotion and heart string. It was a lot sadder than I originally thought it would be but it's also very adorable at the same time, I would recommend this to anyone.

 Sully: Miracle on the Hudson
If you're not sure what this film is about, it's about a real life event you may remember from 2009,  when a plane landed in the river Hudson with all passengers and crew surviving. You can read about it here, as I thought it was so interesting after watching the film that I read multiple articles on it, although you mightn't be as interested as me. The film focuses on the crash and trial of the pilot Sully, after the events. If you're not a big fan of flying, you might want to stay away from this, as some scenes had me so tense and anxious, even though I know everyone survived. It's an emotional roller coaster throughout and you really feel like you know the captian by the end of it, it also has it's humorous moments to break the anxiety. If you like more thriller films with high tension give this a watch, it's a little more like a documentary than an actual film but it's very intriguing and also informative.

This is yet another Disney film I feel like has gone under the radar. If you haven't seen this and it's still on in a cinema near you, definitely go to see it. It's such a feel good film. It's set in Polynesia with Moana, who is to be the village chief and not allowed to leave the Island in which she inhabits due to her duty and family, yet she longs to be out on the ocean and explore. Yet there is a darker element to the film, and Moana is chosen to go on a journey with the Demi-God Maui to save the Island from destruction. The thing that makes this film better is the music within it. In classic Disney Princess style Moana has her own solo songs with other amazing songs created for the film. It has everything you'd expect from a Disney film, which in my eyes is perfect, and Moana definitely fights against the usual female/princess stereotype that Disney used to produce which I really like. I feel like they're always adapting and heading in the right direction with their morals, movies and characters. It's very emotional, funny and beautiful. I would highly recommend.

La La Land
This is my favourite film I've seen in a long time. Also it must be a pretty good film to be nominated for 11 Oscars. This is probably the first non animated musical I've seen in the theaters and it just warmed my heart so much. First of all the visuals in this film are stunning, there's a strong use of vivid colours, and all the actors clothes are perfectly designed and themed to fit the settings. The music was beautiful, with a really beautiful blend of slow ballads and high energy action dance acts. Also not to mention Ryan Goslings beautiful piano playing, which he learned for the film. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are perfect together, and have great on screen chemistry. The way the film is shot in single takes is also so intriguing and the story line was heart warming and heart breaking simultaneously, there were lots of tears. I've been singing the songs from this and Moana for the past month. I knew instantly I was going to love this film, even if you're not into musicals you should check it out for the music and visuals.  

This was one of my least favourite films I've seen recently. The film is set in space, where people are frozen on board a spaceship to wake up on an other planet in hundreds of years time to live there instead of earth. Yet the ship runs into turbulence which contributes to one pod opening before reaching the planet. This character played by Chris Pratt lives alone on the ship until he wakes up Aurora, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who I wasn't really a big fan of in this film. The film is a little bit boring in places but also a little tense. I didn't really like the pair together and probably would've liked the film with a different cast. I normally like sci-fi and space films but this film felt very confined and limited. It was a good concept but I felt like it was too long and too uninteresting at times, especially in the middle.

Lush Snow Fairy and Christingle Body Conditioner | Review

All of my lush products at the moment are Christmas products and although I'm well aware Christmas is over, I still want to share some of the products I've loved just to rave on about them and also maybe you can try them again next year, as the Christmas range stays mainly the same. I'm pretty sure you can still order some online too. I've never used any Lush body conditioner before as they seem really expensive for something that won't last very long. Having used them for the past month I realised they're different to shower gels and last so much longer as you only have to use them more sparingly and they still soak into your skin and leave a fab smell.

The first Christmas themed body conditioner I tried is the Christingle body conditioner. I received this as a gift and had no idea what to expect with the smell. It smells of really fresh mint and it's realy calming and awakening. It contains grapefruit oil and is a wonderful Christmas peppermint. It's a wonderful scent to wake you up in the mornings. You only need a little scoop of this to apply over your body and rinse off in the shower. It's not a shower gel, it's more moisturizing and it stays on your skin for longer after rinsing off. The scent lingers on your skin for the whole day after the bath or shower and it's so nice. I find the scent a little bit strong so if you're not that into mint maybe try a different one. 


The next one I tried is one based off one of my favourite Lush scents, snow fairy. I'm sure most people have smelt this scent before, and I know not everyone loves it, but I sure do. It smells of cotton candy and all things sweet, it has a unique scent that I find hard to capture. I love smelling so sweet and nice after using this, also it contains small shimmer and glitter, which I always think is so cute. I do think that it softens the skin and gets rid of dryness, also think this could be great to use for shaving if you wanted to try. I just really love the smell and think I just love any product with that scent so I might be a little biased. 


Overall I love these products and love how they last on your skin even after the shower/bath. It's probably not something I'd buy over a face mask but definitely something I'd buy myself as a treat for myself and my skin. 

Has anyone ever tried these or tried any other body conditioners from Lush?

Lime Crime Velve-Tin Matte Lipsticks | Review

For Christmas I've received so many beautiful things (thanks to everyone) that I want to review, and I'm so excited to focus more on improving my blog and myself in 2017. The first post of the year is lipstick reviews of a brand which I've never tried before but I'm really in love with now. The quality of Lime Crime products has impressed me so much, even though I've only tried these three lipsticks. The fact that their products are vegan and cruelty free is amazing. You can't get them in Ireland other than ordering them online, which isn't my favourite thing to do with makeup, I love actually trying them out in person before purchasing, but these are wow. Lets start the first review of 2017 then. 

First of all, how beautiful do they look from the onset? The set is a Red Velve-Tins which contains three mini velvetine lipsticks. They're liquid lipsticks and completely matte, like so matte it's amazing. The tin is such a pretty rose and the shades it contains are in order, Jingle, Sasha, and Red Rose. 


Since these lipsticks are matte I'm always afraid they're going to dry my lips out. These lipsticks aren't drying at all but they dry on your lips so quickly. They last literally all day, and it doesn't budge when you eat or anything. I'm so impressed by the quality of the formulation. The only down side is also how long it takes to come off, it took me almost three days to scrub the swatches off my hands. 

The colour Jingle is the most festive lipstick ever. It's such a festive red and contains heaps of glitter. It leaves your lips very metallic-y and shiny. Love it! 
The shade Sasha is my favourite lip colour ever, I'm so afraid to run out of it, especially because it's so small. It's a dark-ish brown nude, but it's not too dark. It's just such a perfect lip colour for me and I've worn it almost everyday since I've gotten it. 
The last shade Red Rose, which suits the set so well, this shade is more pink red than Jingle but on the lips it's a little bit darker, but I still think it's a quite festive shade, hence that they're from a festive set. I really love all the shades though, they're all shades I'll definitely wear during the rest of the party season. 

The swatches are Jingle, Sasha, and Red Rose. The swatches aren't completely dry in the photo due to the fact it takes forever to take them off once they fully dry, the faded swatch above them is from the day before which wouldn't come off.

I'm really loving Lime Crime stuff so far so I'm hoping to try some more of their products in the near future. Has anyone else tried these before? What do you think of them?