Love, Simon: a review

Love, Simon is the teen Rom Com the LGBTQ+ community deserves.

Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) , AKA the bravest soul on the planet. Keeping a secret from everyone you love is hard, and it makes you close a part of yourself up which causes you to build walls to keep people out. It’s hard. It’s isolating. It’s painful. It’s real.

Love, Simon introduces us to a closeted gay guy called Simon. He is 17, and he is honest from the outset that he has ‘one huge secret’ which is that he is gay. He hasn’t told anyone. Simon has a normal (ish) life with his 3 best friends, his adorable family and his extra curricular’s. We also note that he drinks way too much iced coffee.

Until one day when everything changes. An anonymous student, under the alias ‘Blue’ posts on the school gossip page ‘Creek Secrets’ about him being gay. Upon seeing this, Simon attaches himself to Blue, creating a new email account to contact Blue. Simon uses the alias of Jacques.

Jacques and Blue email for a while, opening up to each other more and more, all the while Blue’s identity is kept a secret. As the narrative moves on, attention is drawn to 3 characters that could potentially be Blue: Bram, Lyle and Cal. There are hints throughout about who Blue’s identity could be, and red herrings dotted all around. It isn’t revealed until the very end though, and without giving any spoilers I can tell you I was very happy with the Blue reveal.

As the narrative unfolds, a character called Martin from Simon’s drama club finds out about his secret, and blackmails Simon to try and get a date with Simon’s best friend Abby (who is significantly the first person that Simon comes out too). What else occurs is a lot of drama between Nick and Leah, Simon’s other two best friends, as Simon tries desperately to cling on to his secret.

This movie is epic. It is relentless, funny, heartfelt, charismatic and honest. I loved every second of it and I went to see it three times. I actually can’t begin to describe how happy this movie made me feel. I related to Simon to much, but also to every single other character too. I’ve never felt more connected to a cinematic masterpiece.

And also, the soundtrack totally rocks.

If you haven’t had the chance to catch Love, Simon yet, please make sure that you do. My next challenge is to read the book – so I’ll let you know how they measure up!

Peace out babes xox

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Ready Player One: Book or Film?

This is a tricky one. I loved the book so much that I read it in just over a week. And it was my first non game of thrones related reading for seven months. However, I watched the film three times in the cinema, and I would quite happily pay to go again and again and again.

The movie gives such strong visuals, that I felt like I too was living in the OASIS, that I was a member of the High Five. I felt like a part of the video game, and that I was a part of something special. When I read the book, I felt like I was reading about someone (Wade Watts) playing a virtual reality video game. So the movie allowed me to lose myself inside of it, and the book forced me to remain logical and practical about the narrative unfolding, forcing me to stay in the real world.

SPOILER ALERT! I REPEAT SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER OR SKIP TO THE NEXT PARAGRAPH!

IOI are way scarier in the books, shown when they murder Daito in his home and cover it up to look like a suicide. The High Five become the High Four in this twisted turn of events that the movie choose not to keep in the movie adaptation. (Thank goodness- I couldn’t bear to lose my beloved Daito, portrayed by the adorable Win Morisaki, the love of my life.) The IOI representatives in the film are still capable of murder (the explosion in the stacks happens in both texts) but I’m less scared by their actions in the film than I am the books. IOI are dangerous, so thank you Ernest Kline for the nightmares.

The challenges to get the keys are very different. And Wade’s extra life is acquired in the different way. I won’t go into detail how, because spoilers, but I can just say the movie challenges are WAY better. The car chase scene, the shining scene, the bet with the Curator for the extra life (that we don’t know about until Parzival is the only avatar left alive after IOI let the Cataclyst explode) and then playing Adventure not to win, but just to play. All these challenges and riddles and 80s pop culture references all lead to Wade Watts/Parzival being given the golden egg within the game. In the book, Wade Watts is the narrator and we know within the first few sentences that he was the winner of James Halliday’s OASIS challenge. The book is the untelling of all the events that led to him winning.

Enter Parzival’s Clan: Art3mis, Aech, Daito and Sho. The one major difference between book and film is that the book takes place over 6 months to a year. It is unclear how long the movie spans for, but it can’t be more than a fortnight.

Coupled with the most AMAZING soundtrack I have ever heard, and the best actors for the roles they played, I rate the movie 5*. There is nothing I would change about it. I wouldn’t change anything about the book either, because it does a great job of forcing the reader to remain in the real world, a concept that is lost on the characters you read about.

Read the book. Watch the movie. Love yourself.

NYX cosmetics haul

Last months payday saw me treating myself to some new cosmetics, and since NYX allow free delivery on orders over £30, I couldn’t help but splurge on some products!

I treated myself to:

– an eyelash curler (£5.50)

– worth the hype volumising & lengthening mascara (£9.00)

– jumbo eye pencil in Black Bean & Rust (£5.50 each)

– pin up pout lipstick in the shade Lucy (£3.50)

– lip of the day liquid lip liner in the shade Heatwave (£3.25)

First, let’s discuss the mascara. I think this product is great, especially for me with my short eyelashes. This mascara creates volume and length, just like it says in the title. And once paired with the eyelash curler, the end result is an actual dream come true.

The eyeshadow sticks/jumbo pencils are fantastic too. I am terrible at applying make up so if even I can apply eyeshadow, then the product is wonderful! The black bean comes out really harsh, so if you prefer the dramatic look then this is the product for you. The rust comes out in a rose gold colour, and I tend to use this eyeshadow stick for a more day to day style.

I really enjoy the brightness of the pin up pout lipstick, and the colour matches the title perfectly. I feel like Marilyn Monroe whenever I wear it.

However, I didn’t get on with the liquid lip liner. It had a strange taste to it, and the brush is almost too flimsy to use. Make up artists with more skills than I can probably wield the wand, however I struggled, so it isn’t a product I’ll be using again.

I think NYX is my favourite male up brand. I could easily spend every penny I earn there, so I should say ‘tune in next time’ because no doubt there’ll be another NYX cosmetic review after pay day this month.

Peace!

Dr Organic: a review

So, I know I’m awful because I haven’t posted for nearly a year – oops – so please enjoy this product review from something I tested at the weekend!

I was gifted this product by a friend of mine, who did not want me to use that Instagram pore removal product on my skin. I didn’t listen to him and of course he was right. Do not use the product that has been trending on instagram, especially if you have sensitive skin!

Instead use this: Dr Organic activated charcoal pore cleansing mask. It is amazing, and pain free! Just put a thin layer all over your face (or you can just focus on your problem areas) and leave it on until it’s dry. I paired the experience with a warm bath (with 2-3 drops of baby oil in to sort out my dry and sensitive skin).

I didn’t even have to do my usual moisturising routine after my bath because my body was soft from the baby oil and my face was soft from the mask. I whole heartedly recommend this product! Especially because lately my skin has been threatening to break out in rashes and has a tendency to turn bright red.

After I used the mask, my skin felt and looked noticeably better. I don’t usually suffer badly with my pores, just redness and irritation- and I noticed an immediate improvement after I used the Dr Organic problem. It doesn’t peel off like the Instagram mask, you can wash it off in warm water and it doesn’t take much hard graft to remove.

So what are you waiting for? Pick yours up at Holland & Barrett for £6.99.

Lone Wolf: a review

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                  Lone Wolf is an emotional novel with the themes of family, trust and independency running strongly throughout; the audience is forced to take sides between a family feud. Each sibling wants their father’s condition to be dealt with in different ways. Cara, the youngest of the two, wants to care for her father after his car accident, yet her elder brother Edward thinks it is more ethical to switch off the life support and leave him to his peace.

                   The problem is then taken to a court case, and the audience sympathises with both of the siblings. Cara is a minor, and this is why her pleas were not accounted for, whereas Edward is old enough to make his own decisions, and after having been given permission to say ‘he wants to die’ a few years previously, the courts granted him the decision to terminate Luke Warren’s life support.

                   This novel entails both sides of the story, giving the audience a huge tug at their heart strings as they understand Cara’s reasoning for wanting to keep Luke alive; he was the only family she had left, and she felt like a stranger in her mother’s new life with her new family. Cara’s argument against her brother making the decision was that he hadn’t lived with them for 6 years, so therefore Edward cannot be allowed to hold the responsibility of his father’s life, according to Cara.

                   While reading Lone Wolf, I found that I was captivated by the story line and Cara’s connection to her father moved me, while I discovered the secrets hidden within their family which had caused Edward to leave all those years ago. The deception between the family is revealed to the readers and we are hit with the shock factor of the pain in which this family has endured. Luke Warren’s obsession with his wolves placed a massive strain on his first family, and Edward soon discovered that he was having meaningless affairs. The night Edward left, was the night he discovered Luke’s antics, having gone to find his dad to tell him he is gay. Once he returned home, his mother just assume that it hadn’t gone well, and Edward left home, only to return 6 years later for his father’s accident.

                   The emotional elements in this novel are clearly displayed throughout each paragraph; each line of text is swimming with heart and emotion. Jodi Picoult has put her entire being into this book, just as she does with every other novel she has written. Jodi has a specific writing technique, that makes her novels unique and with a huge depth of emotion. The lingering cliff hangers she leaves at the end of chapters and sections in the novel give the audience the shock factor that her books so greatly deserve.

                   Overall, Lone Wolf is one of my favourite Jodi Picoult reads yet, and I would give it a total of 5 out of 5 stars. The emotional levels in the novel just overwhelmed me and I felt completely connected to each and every character, the power of her words are inspirational and deeply moving.

                   

La La Land: a review

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Have you ever seen a film or read a book or heard a song that COMPLETELY CHANGED YOUR LIFE? BECAUSE LA LA LAND IS THAT FILM FOR ME.

Sorry, I’m getting excited. I just loved this movie so much. The narrative follows Mia (Emma Stone) and Seb (Ryan Gosling) throughout the seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and their chance encounters until finally they become the WORLD’S MOST AWESOME POWER COUPLE OF ALL TIME!

I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s still a relatively new movie, but everything about this film is amazing. The ending!!! Just, the ending!!!!

I mean, even the frickin’ movie poster is incredible.

It’s set in what is made to look like late 1920’s Hollywood, with the addition of iPhones, so still not too sure what year the film is set in. but the era of Jazz is dying out! And Seb wants to save it! But Keith (John Legend) wants to change the jazz sound! It’s all very exciting and I can’t form constructive sentences because all I can think of is Jazz music and tap dancing and all the beautiful clothes the cast were wearing.

If you like bold colours, beautiful music and flawlessly acting- watch this film.

I’ve always said that Jazz music is an underrated art so with any luck this film will shed some light on it and make it popular again.

I left the cinema in a daze, because my head was in the clouds and I was singing the songs from the film.

Even though the story didn’t end the way I wanted it to, I can understand why it had to end the way that it did. Nothing about this musical screams cheesy, so the ending needed to reflect that, and not be predictable.

But thank you, thank you for this film. You deserve all the Oscar’s.

Product Review: Epoch Glacial Marine Mud 

 I seem to suffer with bad scarring on my skin, but otherwise I have great skin. I rarely get spots, I don’t have dry or oily patches (mostly because I have combination skin) and if I remember to moisturise twice a day, my skin is always soft. However, when I get a cold, I always get a cold sore, which often leaves a scar. 

A local business, run by Catherine Haggerty-Ricketts (find her on Facebook!!) distributes her own herbal and natural products to combat tired skin and prevent break outs. 

I am honest in my opinion that this mud mask worked wonders, not just on my face but on my stretch marks and anxiety/self harm scars too. I used the mask every day for a week and saw a massive difference! 

I 100% recommend this specific product, but there are lots of other things on offer too! 

I rate the product a glorious 5* and look forward to any future purchases, peace y’all! 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: a review

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: a review
I have to say, I am conflicted. I think I need a second viewing in order to make a proper, informed decision. However these are some thoughts I had while watching:

– Plot holes: one of the seven laws in the wizarding community is Do Not conjure food from nowhere, so when Queenie made her strudel, they broke the law.
– Another plot hole: Newt was expelled from Hogwarts, but still keeps his wand, yet Hagrid wasn’t allowed to do magic after his expulsion.

– No Mag is an awful alternative to muggle and I will never get on board with it. 

– J.K calls herself a feminist but hires a man who beat up his wife for being bisexual. 

– Newt is a super adorable and awkward cinnamon roll and he needs to be protected. 

– There wasn’t enough of his hufflepuff pride.

– I liked that the beasts were based off real life animals, e.g. Niffler’s look like Mole’s etc.

– I did not like Tina or Queenie’s characters. They annoyed me, but hopefully with some character development that opinion will change.

– It was unclear whether Tina and Creedance are actually related or not. If you’re going to throw that hint in, confirm it.

– Having Gellert Grindelwald ‘appear’ at the end made no sense, there should’ve been more focus on him in the plot if that’s the angle they were playing.

– I didn’t think the 1920’s aesthetic reached its full potential.

– The accents pissed me off. I’m sorry, but take me back to Hogwarts please.

– I liked that I was already familiar with some of the terminology, e.g., squib.

– I wish the villains/creatures were something I had already come across. 

– Newt is a great character, but I’ve already forgotten many of the other characters names. They didn’t make an impression.

– I think there should’ve been a different plot twist, such as the Hottie who ‘helped’ Creedance being his father, rather than Gellert Grindelward BECAUSE THAT MADE NO SENSE. 

– Hogwarts was only mentioned twice. TWICE! 

So as you can, I have mixed opinions about the film. I will see it again, objectively, and try to form an article that highlights each flaw and each win. Peace ✌️ 

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