Beauty And The Beast 2017 Film Review | #FilmFriday

I was unsure whether to write this post as I feel as though most people have already watched the new Beauty And The Beast film. However, I absolutely loved this film and wanted to share with you why. I feel that there was quite a lot of controversy around the film, especially with Disney fans and especially in regards to Emma Watson playing Belle. I have to say I had quite high expectations of the film after the majority of my Twitter feed were singing its praises. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

I have to admit that at the start of the film with the first few verses musical number ‘Belle’ I had a few doubts about Emma Watson’s depiction of Belle and her singing capability. However, by the end of the song, I was more or less won over and I have to say that is now one of my favourite songs. I also thought that Emma Watson did a superb job as Belle and added something new to the role.

My favourite characters of Beauty And The Beast haven’t changed, though. Of course, they are the household servants/furniture. I had high hopes for them after reading the incredibly talented actors that would be playing these characters and I feel they definitely added even more to the characters. My favourites were definitely Lumiere (played by Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellan) and Mrs Potts (played by Emma Thompson). ‘Be Our Guest’ was absolutely spectacular and I feel they absolutely did it justice. Please don’t hate me but I think it could be better than the original!

I also thought that Luke Evans was incredible as ‘Gaston’ and I loved Josh Gad as ‘LeFou’, even though I was nudging my boyfriend exclaiming “It’s Olaf!” I thought that the ‘Gaston’ song was awesome and I feel that it was definitely as good as the original. I also really loved the fact there were new subtle additions to the new film. I especially loved the new song ‘Evermore’ as I feel like it gave The Beast even more personality. I also loved the part where Emma goes to Paris and the fact that her mother’s death is explored in a little more detail.

I have to say I absolutely loved the film and I would 100% recommend watching it if you haven’t already. Please let me know what your thoughts are and what you thought of Emma Watson’s depiction of Belle!

If you liked this post, you might like My Top 5 Favourite Disney Films

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A Little Disney Haul

I have unintentionally have bought quite a few Disney related items this month. I absolutely love Disney and it’s something I grew up with – I can especially remember watching Little Mermaid, Aristocats, Beauty & The Beast and Winnie The Pooh.  I guess you could say that this haul started when I came home from work to find Sam had very kindly bought me the Primark Mickey Mouse light which you can see pictured. Although he didn’t know this (he said he just knew it was something I would love), it has actually been really popular with quite a lot of my favourite bloggers. I think it’s really sweet that he picked it up for me and it has inspired me to create a Disney area in my room (which you can see pictured). You can also now get a Minnie version of that light in Primark now, which I definitely have my eye on.

I guess you could say that this haul started when I came home from work to find Sam had very kindly bought me the Primark Mickey Mouse light which you can see pictured. Although he didn’t know this (he said he just knew it was something I would love), it has actually been really popular with quite a lot of my favourite bloggers. I think it’s really sweet that he picked it up for me and it has inspired me to create a Disney area in my room (which you can see pictured). You can also now get a Minnie version of that light in Primark now, which I definitely have my eye on. I’m actually thinking of going to Primark after pay day as I have run out of a few basics but may do a haul post if I get anything exciting. Let me know if that is something you would like to see!

You can also now get a Minnie version of that light in Primark now, which I definitely have my eye on. I’m actually thinking of going to Primark after pay day as I have run out of a few basics but may do a haul post if I get anything exciting. Let me know if that is something you would like to see!

I spend quite a lot of my spare time watching Disney related videos on YouTube. I would say they are one of my favourite types of video, alongside weekly vlogs. Every time I watched a Disneyworld Haul on Youtube I really wanted the Disney ‘Chip’ mug which most people seem to buy. Sadly, I cannot afford to go to Disney anytime soon and you could only get the ‘Chip’ mug at either Disneyworld or Disneyland… until now. Recently the mug has become available on the UK version of the Disney store which I was incredibly excited about. I am also lusting over the Cogsworth but cannot really afford it this month. If he is still available next month I may need to get him as he is so adorable!

Sam and I were browsing our nearest HMV and stumbled across a promotion where Disney DVDs were 2 DVDS for £12 or 2 Blu-Rays for £15 which I think is an absolutely amazing deal as most of the time most Disney Blu-Rays are £10 each! I have been slowly been changing my DVD collection into Blu-Ray as I find they have a much better picture and I like the bonus features that are included (yes, I am a Blu-Ray snob!). I have also been really wanting to grow my Disney collection as before this haul I only owned 6 Disney films. I have to say I was really torn on which Disney films to add to my collection first.

I have to say I was really torn on which Disney films to add to my collection first. The first one I opted for was the Lion King which was another one of my favourites when I was younger and I felt that this is one of the films that I believe is on the more expensive side and wanted to get the most out of the deal. Beauty & The Beast is another film which is normally on the more expensive side and it again, was one of my favourites when I was younger so holds quite a lot of sentimental value to me. Hercules will always be one of my all-time favourites and I think it is one of the most underrated Disney films of all time. I also absolutely love Tarzan and again, think it is totally underrated but couldn’t find it in my HMV. I also picked up Aladdin as it is one of my new favourites – please don’t hate me but I first watched Aladdin about two years ago!

Since this haul I have actually ordered some more Disney DVDs as I couldn’t help myself, especially as HMV have such an amazing deal on. I have now ordered Frozen and Tangled, which have always been the ones which I can watch over and over again and never get bored of them. I can’t wait until Tangled arrives, I think I will most definitely watch it as soon as it does! I also ordered Brave – I think Merida is an awesome Disney ‘princess’, she’s so fiesty! The last one I purchased was The Princess & The Frog which I also love. I don’t think The Princess & The Frog gets as much love as I think it deserves. I absolutely love the story, I love the voodoo aspect and I love that it is set in New Orleans.

As you can see I have actually gone a bit Disney-mad this month. If the deal is still on HMV I would suggest checking it out as it’s such an amazing deal. I feel like I need to say that this post isn’t sponsored I just was impressed by the deal! Let me know your favourite Disney film in the comments or if you have anything on your Disney wish-list!

If you liked this post, you might like My Disney Bucket List

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5 Reasons You Need To Play Horizon Zero Dawn

I have really loved writing reviews of the new Sims releases and have thought about doing reviews of other games but thought the games I already own are a bit too old to review. Maybe I’ll still review them as I personally love reading games reviews as it gives me an idea of whether or not I think it’s the kind of game I would enjoy playing and whether it is worth the money. Today, however, I am going to be reviewing a fairly new game and a game that I have been incredibly excited about ever since I heard of it.

As someone who loves the Tomb Raider games, Horizon Zero Dawn looked like the perfect game for me. I wanted to get this game as soon as it came out but with its hefty price tag, I just couldn’t justify it. Luckily Sam’s brother normally buys quite a lot of the new games and he kindly let Sam and I borrow it for a week as he knew we were desperate to play it. I’m actually getting Sam the game for his birthday as he really loves it. So kind of present for him, but also a kind of present for me too!

Although I haven’t yet finished the game, I thought I would share with you x reasons why you need to go out and play Horizon Zero Dawn yourself! I may do a follow-up post once I have finished the game and let you know more of my thoughts.

Graphics

I tweeted last week to say that the graphics in this game are absolutely phenomenal. I think this is probably the best graphics I have ever seen in a game before. Which I know isn’t particular saying anything as I am a bit of a gaming newbie. However, the graphics are just spectacular and I feel that if you have a 4K TV then it would be even more incredible.

The Machines

When I talk about this game I normally describe it as Tomb Raider but with futuristic machines. I think the machines are really awesome and I love how different they all are. I normally give the controller to Sam whenever a particularly badass machine comes into my path! I really love the fact that once you get to a certain part of the story you are able to override certain machines. I have only really tried it out on a Strider which you can ride, which I think is pretty cool. You can also shoot arrows whilst riding, which I also think is awesome. There are still so many machines that we are yet to come across and I can’t wait to see them.

Gameplay / Story

One of the things that I also think makes Horizon Zero Dawn an incredible game is the story-telling. The characters in the game are likeable and well-developed. The main character, Aloy, is incredible badass and I have loved her story so far. My boyfriend and I have also been really enjoying the side missions, especially as they gain extra XP. I honestly think this is the one game I could happily play all day and not get bored and that is mainly due to the gameplay and story.

Narrative Options

Another aspect I really love which ties-in with the gameplay and narrative is that you are given different options to choose from which will impact the storyline. You can either do the heart option or the thoughtful option or the aggressive option and it impacts what kind of character Aloy is. I think this brings an entirely new aspect to gaming and it is something that I have only seen this before in Fallout – I have only played a little bit of Fallout and want to play more of the game when my boyfriend moves in.

Trading / Different Weapons

Another part of the game which is really cool is the market traders where you can buy different weapons and armour. I have particularly enjoyed seeing all the different weapons that they have on offer and the variety of weapons that you can have is awesome. I think the bow will forever be my favourite (I am saving up my shards so I can get the Shadow Hunter bow) but I also think the Tripcaster is also pretty cool.

It’s pretty easy to see why this game has had record-breaking sales and is incredibly popular. Please let me know down in the comments if you have played this game or if you have any other video game suggestions as I would love to have some new games to play.

If you liked this post, you might like My Ps4 Game Collection | May 2016

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BirchBox Review | March 2017

If you’ve been keeping up my Birchbox reviews then you would know that I was kindly gifted a 3-month gift subscription by my best friend, Lucy. I have actually loved getting the boxes through the post and I really look forward to them. I was really sad that this was my last box and have actually now paid for a subscription so I guess that shows how much I have been loving them. I feel they are really good for the money and I have been loving trying out lots of different products. I intend to continue my

I feel they are really good for the money and I have been loving trying out lots of different products. I intend to continue my Birchbox reviews each month as I have been enjoying sharing my thoughts with my readers. I would love to know if any of you are Birchbox subscribers and what you got in your boxes and, most importantly, what your thoughts were!

I have to say March’s box has got to be my favourite so far. I think it has a fantastic range of products and quite a lot of them are either products I have wanted to try for a while or from brands which I already know and love. I wasn’t that impressed with the packaging of the box this month as it is a lot plainer than the previous months but I am not really that fussed by the packaging, I would rather the products be great!

Onto the products…

Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip in ‘Pink Thrills’

Full-size RRP £16.50. I think this was the item that I was most excited about as I have wanted to try the new Benefit lip products ever since I heard they were being released. Benefit is a brand that I know and love and so I was especially intrigued by their new lip products. You could actually choose what shade you wanted, which I didn’t as I wasn’t massively fussed and wanted it to be a surprise.

I have to say this is probably my favourite product of the whole box. It feels so lovely on the lips and is the most beautiful shade. I really feel that it complements my skin tone really well. I don’t think the lip liner element of the lipstick is overly noticeable and the colours blend together really nicely. I really want to try some of the other shades in the collection – they actually do a lip kit which has four of the mini versions of the shades in it. I think the minis are a fine size and I never use up lip products so I might have to get the kit, even if it does have ‘Pink Thrills’ in it. The other ones it includes are ‘Flame Game’, ‘Revved-Up Red’ and ‘Lusty Rose’.

Balance Me Instant Lift Primer 

Full-size RRP £22. I always see Balance Me products in Boots and my local Waitrose but have never been able to justify sampling them as they are slightly out of my price range. Firstly, I like the fact that the product is 99% natural. I don’t normally pay much attention to whether a product is natural or not but I think it’s something I would like to consider more in the future.

The texture of the product is very different to what I was expecting as when it comes out the tube it looks like a cream but when you blend it into the skin it turns into more of a primer texture. I love how quickly it soaks into the skin and it feels good on the skin. It makes a nice base for my makeup but I can’t say it is massively different from the other primers I use so I’m not sure I will repurchase.

Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel

Full-size RRP £8. This was another product that I was really excited about as ‘Korres’ is a brand I have always wanted to try but have always thought that it was really expensive. £8 for a shower gel isn’t exactly cheap but it is a lot more reasonable than what I thought ‘Korres’ shower gels were.

I really loved this product. It smells absolutely amazing and is a really refreshing scent. It also lathers up really well. It’s definitely a product I would look to repurchase in the future – maybe when I am wanting to treat myself!

Batiste 2-in-1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner

Full-size RRP £4.49. I am a regular user of Batiste dry shampoo as it is my go-to to spritz through my hair when it is beginning to feel greasy. I normally opt for the ‘Nourish & Enrich’ dry shampoo which contains almond extract which is meant to nourish your hair. I’m not entirely sure whether this does have much of an effect on my hair but it makes me feel like I’m doing something for my hair!

I have to admit, I didn’t even know that Batiste had released a dry shampoo & conditioner range. I was incredibly intrigued by the premise and couldn’t wait to give it a go. If I’m honest, this is probably the one product I was disappointed with as I couldn’t help but feel that it made my hair even greasier. I will definitely stick with my usual dry shampoo.

Bobbi Brown Multi-Mask Kit

Full-size RRP £33 each. These are the smallest sample sizes but with the hefty price tag for the full versions, you can see why! I was a little bit disappointed that I didn’t receive the ‘Skin Nourish’ mask as I think it would have suited my skin type the best.

I have only tested out the detox mask so far and it is a lovely mask. It dries super quickly which is really handy and I found it was really easy to get off. I’m not sure I noticed an instant improvement to my skin so I think I’ll need to test it out a bit more before I can really form an opinion on it. I’ll be sure to feedback to you guys my thought!

As I said, I think this is definitely my favourite box to date and I am really excited for the next one. I am a little bit gutted because after I subscribed I realised that students get 50% off their first boxes which is really annoying so if you’re thinking of subscribing and are a student make sure you get the deal! If any of you write Birchbox reviews I would love to read them so make sure you leave the links to them in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might like Birchbox Review | February 2017

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Bullet Journal 2017

I think my first Bullet Journal post has to be one of the most popular posts on my blog. I absolutely loved using my Bullet Journal and it always made me feel a lot more organized. I don’t really know why I stopped using it but I miss feeling so organized! Something I really loved about the Bullet Journal system is that you didn’t need lots of different notebooks and you just store everything in one place. I had wanted to start another Bullet Journal for a while now and should have really done it in the new year but hadn’t really got round to it.

I had wanted to start another Bullet Journal for a while now and should have really done it in the new year but hadn’t really got round to it. I have to say, since starting a new Bullet Journal I feel more motivated and organized. I am sure I will keep you updated on new page ideas I have as I love writing these kinds of posts and it is something that goes down well with my readers.

The first page I included in my Bullet Journal was a list of my ‘New Years Resolutions’ as I always wanted to be reminded of them throughout the year in order for me to motivate myself into achieving them. I wrote a post on my ‘New Years Resolutions’ which you can read here. The only one I have achieved so far is moving to WordPress but I am hoping that I can achieve a few more in the upcoming months. I had a ‘Wishlist’ and a ‘Waiting On…’ page in my previous Bullet Journal and always found them to be really useful, particularly the ‘Waiting On…’ page as I like to keep track of ordered parcels.

I then included ‘Books Read in 2017’ and ‘Films Watched in 2017’ pages as I thought it might be interesting to keep track of what I am reading and watching as I find it makes monthly and yearly round-up posts a lot easier. My ‘Books Read in 2017’ is actually empty at the moment so I need to get reading in order to complete that New Year’s Resolution. I also have a ‘TV Shows Watched in 2017’ which is just really a bit of fun. I like to look back on the shows I have watched and again, it will come in handy if I am writing a recommendations post. I also have a ‘Book Wishlist 2017’ where I write down any books that I want to read. I also have ‘Films to Watch’ and ‘TV Shows to Watch’ pages where I like to collect recommendations so I remember them later.

I have a 3-monthly spread which I also had in my previous Bullet Journal and found useful. Here I jot down any plans I have for the next 3 months which is handy in order to plan or budget. I also have a monthly spread, which is a little bit like a monthly calendar where I plan the month ahead, split into ‘All-Day’, ‘AM’ and ‘PM’.  I also have a goals section on this page where I like to write down goals for the month ahead in order to stay motivated.

I have two ‘Weight-Loss’ tracker pages as I like to track my weight loss and see how much I have achieved. I do have it all written down in my Slimming World booklet but I like to have it in here too as I look at this book daily and it is a good way to keep myself motivated. I also have a list of all the ‘Slimming World Recipe Books’ and tick off the ones that I already own. I find the recipe books really useful and the meals are fantastic. As I have started to lose weight, I have started to feel more confident in my clothes and have wanted to build my wardrobe. I have included a ‘Wardrobe Essentials’ page where I write down things that I am lacking in my wardrobe and that I need to invest in.

An ‘Expenses Log’ is another thing that I found really useful in my previous Bullet Journal and it is a fantastic way to keep track of my spending and to be more mindful of my spending. I have also incorporated a ‘Savings Plan / Budget’ where I have written down occasions that I will need to budget for in the upcoming months in order to help save for these events. I have also included a ‘Bills / Household Budget’ page where I have written down all my bills in order to help me budget.

I haven’t really included much blog content in my recent Bullet Journal. So far I have a ‘Blog Post Ideas’ page where I write down all my ideas for future posts as I find it really helpful. I also have a ‘Blog Schedule’ which I have found really useful in the past. In the future, I would like to incorporate a ‘Blog Stats’ page on a monthly basis as I have always found this incredibly interesting and I like to watch my blog grow.

As I said, I am sure I will keep you updated on new page ideas. I have really been enjoying using a Bullet Journal again and I definitely feel a lot more motivated. Do you have a Bullet Journal? I would love to know what pages you have included and whether you would include any of mine.  Please let me know in the comments!

If you liked this post, you might like Introducing My Bullet Journal

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