Saturday, 25 June 2011

MUA from Superdrug Goes Professional!

Hey guys! You may remember my post from a while back where I talked about Superdrug's own brand, MUA (Make Up Academy), where every product cost £1.... Well now they are back and they have new and improved products under the name "Make Up Academy Professional"! These are a little bit more expensive than the original MUA products, but everything is under £5. :)

The MUA Pro collection offers foundation, primer, bronzers, blushers, mascaras, eyeshadow trios/quads/palettes and eyeliners.

These products look amazing! The packaging looks so much better than before and they really look "professional"! :D I just saw them on the website today, and so, I've not been in store to try them out, but I definitely will be trying them out sometime this week and I will blog about it as soon as I do.

There's a quick look at some of the products:

Primer and Foundation in shade "Soft Sand".

Palettes "Starry Night" and "Heaven and Earth".

Eyeshadow trios, "Pink Sorbet" and "Innocence".

"Extreme Volume Mascara" and "Extreme Curl Mascara".

"English Rose" blusher and "Sunkissed" bronzer.

Nail effects polish in "Broken Arrow" and "Quiver" (crackle effect).
Check out the full collection by clicking here.

Will you be trying these out... or have you already? Let me know in the comments below. :) 

*Side note, Superdrug is a UK drugstore, so check their website for info on global shipping.*

Sunday, 19 June 2011

My Movie Weekend (Part 2/2) - Insidious

Hey everyone! Part 2 of "My Movie Weekend" is here and this is the last of the two movies which I went to see while I was on school break.


I went to see "Insidious" with two friends and this time we had the cinema entirely to ourselves! :D Both of people I went to see the movie with had already seen it at least once before and whenever a "scary bit" was about to come on they would shut their eyes or do that "nervous squeal" people do - so I had a warning every time something scary was about to happen. However, I don't think this is the only reason why I didn't find it particularly scary.... I think it was purely because this movie just wasn't as "terrifying" as people made it out to be.


I'm not saying the movie was rubbish, because it really wasn't, all I'm saying is, if you don't scare easily, then you probably won't find it very scary. Let's bear in mind, however, that this movie is a 15 - and for this age rating, it's probably one of the scariest movies I've seen.


"Insidious" was created by the same people who made "Paranormal Activity" and the "Saw" series - so no wonder it's such a hit! The movie tells the story of a family who experience haunting at their home and later discover that the ghosts and spirits haunting them are after their son, Dalton, who has gone into a coma and travelled off to a different dimension called "The Further".


Personally, I really enjoyed this film and I would watch it again and again! It's just one of those films that you can't really fault. Watching it, I didn't feel there was anything missing - the acting was very good and so were the special effects, there were also a few funny scenes in the movie and also a lot that sent a chill down the back of your spine!


One thing I didn't really like about the movie was that whenever something particularly "scary" happened, they would increase the volume of the music to the extent that sometimes it was purely the loudness of the music that made you jump. Although, the music was actually really good and fitted in with the movie so well! It would just be a little annoying if you were watching the movie with headphones in....


Overall, I give this movie a 9.5/10! Loved it!

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1591095/
Official Site: http://www.insidious-movie.com/


I noticed on a lot of websites people were wondering what that the song was called in that scene where the mother sees the little boy dancing inside the house... It's called "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" - here's a link:



Sunday, 12 June 2011

My Movie Weekend (Part 1) - Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Heyy guys, hope you're having a fun weekend. Here's my review of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film, "On Stranger Tides"...


I went to see this film with my friend, Kirsty, and we went to our local Cineworld. After we'd got our tickets we went to get snacks and decided to get the special "Pirates Deal" (I forgot the actual name of it) which consisted of 1 large bag of popcorn and 2 extra large drinks :O It was yummy, but we couldn't finish it! Here's a picture:



And just to give you a sense of perspective - here's me holding my giant Coca Cola. :)
We were also lucky enough to have the cinema (almost) to ourselves - there were only 2 others in the audience (we were on school break and it was a Friday). :) This is what the cinema looked like when we went in:




So now, on with the review. :) To be quite honest, I wasn't expecting much from this movie at all. As a huge fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, I felt a little unsure about the casting of this film and thought I would miss Will and Elizabeth too much, and I also didn't feel Penélope Cruz fitted in with the rest of the cast... However, it somehow all just clicked together and turned out to be one of my favourite Pirates films yet! All the humour was there and the film was very well acted. 


It's definitely a new turn for the pirates films - there's obviously characters missing (Will, Elizabeth and Davy Jones' crew) who played a huge part in the other films - but there's also a new element of magic in this one. Another thing, is that Barbossa has joined the British Royal Navy! (I won't say anything more ;) )


On their voyage to the Fountain of Youth, they join Black Beard's crew on the "Queen Anne's Revenge" (Black Beard's ship); then they sail through mermaid-infested waters; and finally reach their destination.... or do they? 


I won't say anything more as I don't want to ruin it for anyone who's yet to see it, but all I will say is, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet! I saw it in 3D and I would recommend going to see it in 3D because when it comes out on DVD I doubt it'll be 3D - so don't miss out!


Some other things I would like to comment on:

1) I wasn't very impressed with the movie posters for this one... anyone with me on that? They just looked very photoshopped and had a "fake" feel to them... maybe I'm just being picky, but when I first saw them, I honestly thought "Captain Jack Sparrow, what have they done to you?!". haha :P

2) I loved the attention to detail in this movie! For example, with the mermaids, their scales blended up into their bodies very well as apposed to stopping at the waist. And also, the pirates looked very grubby - just like pirates should. :)

3) The music - as always, Hanz Zimmer, I applaud you for the soundtrack - you did an amazing job!


Oh and one last point, for those of you who didn't stay on after the credits rolled, you missed out on the final scene! As always, there was a final scene at the end of the movie. Here it is (this is not my video, someone on YouTube was kind enough to upload it):


For those of you wondering, it's been confirmed that there will be a Pirates 5 and 6! They are going to be shot one after the other late next year, I believe, as our favourite pirate is currently busy with other film projects. Excited? I am! :D

Check out the IMBd page for this movie here


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Internet Browsers for iPhone/iPod Touch

Heyy everyone! Over the past few days I've been trying out 10 different web browsers for iPhones/iPod touch. Here they are in no particular order: - (I'll tell you my favourites at the end. Keep in mind, some of these are multi-platform and can be used on other devices... check the websites for more details.)


First off, here's Safari - all iPhones/iPods have this installed by default by Apple.

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Safari is very simple, well designed and easy to use - what else can you expect from Apple! ;) It supports 3 different search engines: Google (default), Yahoo and Bing. However, one of the things which I don't like about Safari is that to change its settings, you have to come off the browser and into the settings menu for your device - there is no shortcut to do this and it's time consuming. Also, there's also no way to personalise it to your likings (e.g. changing colour scheme etc.) and there's no offline browsing option. The bookmarks menu however is really nice, but you can't sync your bookmarks with your computer unless you do so through iTunes, which again is time consuming. Overall, Safari is a nice, simple browser and does it job reasonably well. I give it an 7/10.



The next browser is called VanillaSurf.


It's a nice, simple and easy to use browser with a similar interface to Safari, with the same colour scheme and layout. VanillaSurf offers slightly more than Safari including a bookmark sync and some personalisation. However, the icons along the bottom are a little pixilated and the whole of that bottom bar looks a little cluttered. It supports two search engines: Google and Amazon. Overall, I give it a 7.5/10.



The third browser is Firefox - probably quite well-known as the desktop version of it is one of the most common browsers... but what about the mobile version....


...Well there's not really that much to say. It's okay, but it's no-where near as good as the desktop equivalent. The small menu at the bottom is nice and easy to use; the search option is okay, but you can only use Google (which isn't a bad thing unless you aren't a fan of Google) and you can sync your bookmarks with your computer by logging in to your Firefox account. However, the search option is kind of annoying, because as soon as you start typing, it searches through your history as apposed to searching the web (if you want to search the web you have to click the last link with the little arrow icon). Also, when you are on a page, when you go onto the "share" menu, it also gives you the option to view the website in Safari - what is the point in that?! Overall, a slightly annoying browser, but still okay - I give it a 6/10.



Now on to the next one: Opera Mini - another well-know web browser. Let's see how this one compares...


Well this one is just amazing! The interface is simple and easy to use. It's well designed and stylish and looks very professional - much like it's desktop equivalent. It supports four different search engines, (Google, Amazon, eBay and Wikipedia) and also offers both offline use and private browsing. The start page can be personalised to your liking in terms of which pages are displayed, which allows easy and quick access to your favourite websites. Overall, I give it a 10/10.


The next browser is called "Private Browser" and you can probably guess what it can do! 


....but that's pretty much where it stops - this browser is very simple: it only has one search engine (Google) and no options for offline access. The interface, however, is nice and well designed and you can switch easily between full screen and windowed mode. Overall, a 6/10.



The next one is called "Mango Browser". 



Mango Browser has a nice black and yellow colour scheme and the menus are okay, but they seem a little random and crowded. One really cool thing about the browser is that when you refresh the page, you get a "turning page" effect (screenshot 1). Apart from that, the browser is a bit annoying and the "Facebook" option doesn't actually take you to Facebook - it just spams your wall, letting people know you are using a browser with an icon that is similar to Farmville's request icons... Overall, I give it a 5.5/10.



Now onto another one: "Atomic Web Browser".


This one is quite nice and offers you the chance to change your colour scheme (as you can see, I made mine purple). It also has private browsing and supports 7 search engines: Google, Amazon, Bing, eBay, Wikipedia, Yahoo and YouTube. It's nice and simple and easy to use. No complaints what-so-ever and it even has muti-touch shortcuts and you can download things directly to Dropbox (providing you have Dropbox that is!) I give it a 9/10.



Coming close to the end now: browser number 7 - "360 Web Browser".


360 is another absolutely amazing product! I love the colour scheme and the design is simple and easy to use. It has a ton of options and you can change the settings to suit you. It offers muti-touch shortcuts and also the "360 Arc" which allows you to browse the internet with speed - like a pro! ;) It comes with 10 different search engines to choose from: Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, IMDb, Dictionary, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Bing and Ask. I think the screenshots speak louder than words, so have a look at those. :) 360 also lets you sync with Firefox, so I think that is an added bonus! Overall, 10/10.



The next one is called "Sphere"....


This one, I'm sad to say, really doesn't compare to any of the others I've mentioned. I was very disappointed. At a first glance it seems okay - it's simple and easy to use, not a lot going for it, but once you start using it, it just crashes. The first time I ran it, it crashed 3 time before I even got to the website I was looking for. The search is okay, but you can't change the settings or remove those annoying ads that keep topping up at the bottom. I'm guessing there is a "full version" that you can get which removes the ads, but even so, it still doesn't measure up - it doesn't even have tabs! Overall, 2/10... sorry!



And last but not least: Mercury Web Browser.


This one reminds me a lot of Opera Mini and Safari - if they joined, you would get this browser! It's easy to use and has a nice layout. You can change the colour scheme and muck about with settings etc. But I just had the "lite" version, so I'm guessing the full version would be a lot better! The reason I didn't get the full version is that Mercury just isn't the best browser out there - it's okay, but it's by no means perfect and there are others that I would much rather use. Mercury also has an option to download things to Dropbox, and as a Dropbox user myself, I find that quite useful, but it's not the most important thing. Overall, I give it a 7/10.



So that's it! 10 of the browsers which are available for the Apple iPad/iPhone and iPod Touch... also some which are muti-platform. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. :)

My personal favourites are 360 and Opera Mini, simply because they look very professional and preform great. Their interface is also really nice and their colour schemes work well with Apple products. :D Hope you enjoyed this review and I'll post more soon! (Got 2 movie reviews coming up ;) )