Thursday, 1 March 2018

Celebrate World Book Day on Netflix.

World Book Day is upon us once again, and while I don't want to take anyone away from their books, I thought that it would be nice to have something to suggest to you when you take a break from your reading, or if you don't partake in the occasional book, maybe one of the films below will spark your interest. 

Netflix has something for everyone this World Book Day, kids and adults alike, and whether you're into the classics, modern thrillers, horror, or classics for the kids, you'll surely find something that tickles your fancy.

Stephen King:

The undisputed king (no pun intended) of horror is well represented by some classic adaptations of his work, as well as some Netflix originals that arrived late last year. Brian De Palma's version of "Carrie" (1976) has never been bettered despite numerous attempts (including a 2002 remake and a sequel in 1999 - which are also both available on Netflix). Rob Reiner's "Misery", which won one of its stars, Kathy Bates, a rare academy award for a performance in a horror film, remains an all-time classic King adaptation. Specific scenes and scenarios have become part of everyday life. Whenever someone says "I'm your number one fan" in a mock-sinister voice, that's Misery. 

"Gerald's Game" and "1922" were released straight to Netflix in the shadow of the cinema release of "It" but both are very worthy films in their own right. "Gerald's Game" draws a terrific performance from Carla Gugino who carries the film through all it's unusual, and sometimes horrific, twists and turns. "1922" is more of a dark, introspective drama, about a father who commits a terrible act in what he feels is in the best interest of his son, only to find himself haunted by it. Thomas Jane seems to do his best work in movies based on King books (like "The Mist") and he's fantastic in this too.

Stieg Larsson:

From Friday the 2nd of March, when the first adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" starring Noomi Rapace is added to Netflix, it will mean that all four movie adaptations will be available to stream for the first time. This series is made up of the three original Swedish versions which were all released in 2009 and David Fincher's version which was released in 2011. 

Roald Dahl:

This pair of films perfectly captures both sides of what makes Roald Dahl's books so special. One shows his ability to create a sense of wonder, and the other, his irreverent sense of humour. "The BFG", directed by Steven Spielberg, is a big special effects extravaganza but only works if the relationship between Sophie and the BFG is believable, which it is in this film. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" from Wes Anderson is a stop-motion animation film that was a painstaking process for all involved but is a lot of fun even if some of the jokes might go over the kid's heads.


In terms of classics of the past, and some more modern ones, Netflix has you covered as well. Based on Harper Lee's seminal work, the film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a classic in every sense. Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" adaptation pulls together an all-star cast in Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant in a film which earned Emma Thompson an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Another film that was nominated in that category is Stephen Frear's "Philomena", based on the true story of a woman whose son was taken from her in a convent laundry in 1950's Ireland. It features excellent performances from both Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Lastly, and probably the toughest of the bunch, is the film version of John Boyne's book "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" which tells the story of two boys from completely different walks of life who bond despite being on the opposite sides of a concentration camp fence. 

All these films, and more films based on books like "Gone Baby Gone", "Matilda", "The Road", and "Howard's End", are available to stream and download right now on Netflix UK and Ireland. 

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Grow Gorgeous™ Full Bodied Volumising Review

Happy New Year!!! This is my first post for 2018, and I hope you all had a great Christmas. I wanted to start the new year off with great hair, so trying out the Grow Gorgeous Full Bodied Volumising range was a treat. My hair is horrendously fine and thin, and I'm always trying out different products to add some volume or make it feel thicker. My hair has really suffered from my thyroid too with some hair loss along the way, so trying everything and failing has left my hair scraped up in a ponytail or under a hat.

Starting with the Grow Gorgeous™ full bodied volumising shampoo (€15.00) which is a very thick gel like shampoo that needs to be applied generously to soaking wet hair. You may need to work hard for a lather so I would recommend that your hair is drenched before applying it. You get 190mls which doesn't seem like a lot when you have to use so much of it, but I can't complain because the shampoo works for me especially along with the full-bodied volumising leave-in conditioner. Using volumising products can feel very drying, making not only your scalp feel dry and tight but your hair feeling course. I have greasy hair so I got away with this for a certain amount of time, but the conditioner does help.

I haven't used a leave-in conditioner in years but this is lovely and you use 3-4 pumps from root to tip. I was able to style my hair no problem and it didn't feel like I had left anything extra in my hair if you know what I mean (please tell me you do?). The conditioner has 120ml for €16 and is lasting way better than I anticipated.

The results have been fantastic for me, with me also having a change of heart to chopping my hair very short. I'm left with full bouncy hair, that has a lift at the roots, and with just a quick tussle with my fingers, I can oomph it up again during the day. 

I also love the smell of this, as it has has a masculine smell of which I believe contains the signature Grow Gorgeous™ scent. Which are citrus top notes of orange blossom, and a hint of green fruit leading to an intense woody, amber and sandal, layered with a delicate floral, warm spice and musk.

Key ingredients are Pea Peptide proteins that act as a film-former to build up each strand for full luxuriously healthy looking hair. These proteins continue to work overtime, so hair never falls flat. Feather-light active micro-emulsion helps to repair and protect hair strands without adding weight or sacrificing volume. 

So big thumbs up from me and to counteract the dryness I use a mask once or twice a week and I'll be sharing that with you later in the week! I have also found that this is available on the Boots website, so I'll be getting the shampoo again soon.

*PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Nia Natural Beauty Intensive Scrub Bar - Body Exfoliator Review

I love a product that does more than what it says, and the Nia Intensive Scrub bar is no exception. It's quick and easy to use and comes in a solid form but packed with all the ingredients you need for a smooth moisturised skin. Coming in a €12.95 I think is very reasonable for this product and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this myself once this one I was sent has run out. This isn't my first time to use products from Nia, I've purchased the Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm Facial Cleansing Balm and the Oat and Avocado Facial Exfoliator both I really love.

Nia Natural Beauty Intensive Scrub Bar

My skin has really suffered over the last few months between rashes, bites and eczema, but I need not worry using the body exfoliator. The poppy seeds weren't harsh against my skin and really did gently exfoliate for a smooth finish. The coconut oil created a soft fluffy lather which surprised me no end as it's so solid you kind of wonder to yourself how you will get it to lather, but I need not have worried as it lathered up in seconds. It also contains cocoa butter to soften and moisturise. The coconut milk helps to nourish the skin. Together the coconut oil and milk help to bring essential nutrients and oils back to your skin.

Nia Natural Beauty Intensive Scrub Bar

The smell is gorgeous which contains sandalwood, rose, neroli and frankincense which gives an uplifting scent that lasts throughout the day. The packaging is simple with the bar wrapped in paper. The bar should be rinsed after use and put out to dry. So I've been putting mine back on the paper after use to dry. Big thumbs up here for the Nia Intensive Scrub.

This is a great option if you are wanting to use natural products that are also Irish made with 30 years of experience behind them.

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