Thursday, 19 February 2009

The Beauty Of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

In a not so nutshell, the story is told when the elderly Daisy (Cate Blanchett) is on her deathbed with her daughter Caroline (Julia Ormond) in a New Orleans hospital as Hurricane Katrina is about to make her mark in August 2005.

Daisy tells the story of a blind clockmaker named Gateau (Elias Koteas), who was commissioned to create a clock to hang in the New Orleans train station. After receiving news of his son's death in World War I, he continued work on his clock, but intentionally designed it to run backward, in the hope that it would bring back those who died in the war. After her cryptic story, Daisy asks Caroline to read aloud from a diary containing photographs and postcards written by Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt). Caroline begins to read as the story transitions to Benjamin's narration.

On November 11, 1918, just as the people of New Orleans are celebrating the end of World War I, a baby boy is born with the appearance and physical maladies of an elderly man. The mother of the baby dies shortly after giving birth, and the father, Thomas Button, takes the baby and abandons him on the porch of a nursing home. Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) and Tizzy (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), a couple who work at the nursing home, find the baby. Queenie, who is unable to conceive, decides to take the baby in as her own, against Tizzy's wishes. She names the baby Benjamin.

As you watch Benjamin getting younger, and everyone around him getting older, it’s amazing to see how one would live if they were older and had a second chance. His character is so sweet you instantly warm to his lightness.

Despite Pitt’s and Blanchett’s incredible acting ability, their characters were incredibly in love at one point of the film, but couldn’t be together as she was getting older and him younger.
It really hits home how important it is to make the most of your life, be it love lots, laugh lots and do whatever it is that makes you truly happy as when quoted in the film “nothing lasts forever”. This is not me having a sentimental moment, but for you to either see the film as I’m not saying its life changing but makes you think. Especially following the characters Benjamin meets along the way and how he describes each and every one and the affect they’ve had on him. Be it the Irish sailor who sees himself as an artist or the woman who took Benjamin under her wing he sees as his mother.

It’s been nominated for 13 Academy Awards and 11 British Academy of Film and Television Awards including best director and best film.

I don’t want to go into a lot of detail about the film as I really would love everyone to see it, as it truly is a worth while watch and will make you feel a whole lot more appreciative of life, if not for that but Pitt and Blanchett are both amazing actors as well as beautiful to watch.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

I'm Just Not That Convinced About He's Just Not That Into You.

The Plot,
The film is based on the adaption of the best selling self help book written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.

It’s based on the love lives of several characters. The main character is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman trying to understand the mixed signals she receives from the men she’s dating. She seeks guidance on the dating world according to men, from the bar owner (Justin Long) who is a friend of a previous guy she was dating who “was not that into her”.
Gigi’s co-worker Janine (Jennifer Connelly) is having problems of her own with her husband Ben (Bradley Cooper) when he is acquainted with an attractive woman, who’s trying to make it as a singer Anna (Scarlett Johansson). Gigi’s other co-worker Beth (Jennifer Aniston) has a loving and successful relationship with Neil (Ben Affleck) but there is only one problem with the relationship and that is Neil has no interest in getting married.
Finally there’s Mary (Drew Barrymore) who’s a warm sweet lady trying to find love online but has no luck.

Before going to see the film, I had no expectations. However seeing Gigi’s desperate attempt to track the men down seemed almost cringe worthy. It portrayed her as a desperate maniac wanting love, as opposed to a young woman wanting a relationship. Weather this was a real life analogy of how young women are, or was she characterised in order to make watching the film more worth while I don’t know, but watching it as a 22 year old young lady, I learnt that no wonder a guy would not be “that into me” if I was calling and calling and calling him. However as the film goes on and she doesn’t seem to understand the concept of rejection, she does become quite endearing and you can’t help but want her to find someone, even if he does come around in the end after being an ignorant idiot. But isn’t this the case of all men in life? They realise something when it’s too late, when it comes to matters of the heart.

The sub roles of her colleagues and advisors are interesting, as the situation between Beth and Neil may imply that one doesn’t need marriage in order to be a successful couple, as when reflecting on Janine and Ben’s relationship, marriage doesn’t mean anything if you are not faithful. This was quite irritating as it may imply that all married men cheat, and all men who are not married work better. So one has to question, what is the point in marriage?

I won’t give the whole film away, but go in with an open mind with Gigi’s situation as I felt it implied the desperation of women wanting a man and going to great lengths to do so, and only in the end the men realize that the women are worth fighting for.
Is this a true situation of real life that men realise when it’s too late, or just for our entertainment?
I will leave that for you to decide……………….

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Maybelline has A Colossal of A Mascara

The famous tagline of..."Maybe She's Born With It?Maybe It's Maybelline?" is a poiniant phrase when selling it's products.

But the new Colossal Mascara could arguably be said that the answer is Maybelline.

The new Colossal Mascara does exactly what it says on the tin.

It promises to lengthen your lashes up to 7 time their normal length, with its collegen boosted formula.

With its fine brissels it doesn't clump the lashes, and increases volume with one stroke. What I love about it is for one it comes in a bright yellow tube, but aesthetics aside, its small and easy to hold wand, makes it simple to apply.

Also you can add to it and it won't clump your lashes, which is great for topping up after work before a night out.

I wore it on a night out, and applied it with three strokes and it really did add length to my lashes, so much so my friends thought they were false. What was great was that I didn't need to apply more mascara on the lashes, it was literally from taking the wand from the tube and coating three times on the lashes. Therefore it saves money, as your not using alot of product.

So to conclude, the pros on the new MAYBELLINE COLOSSAL mascara, are

  • No clumps

  • 7 times volumising the lashes with Collegen extract.

  • Can apply more than once on the lashes

  • Doesnt require double dipping as the wand is enough

  • Easy to take off

  • Stays on all day and night

  • Less than £10 rrp £6.84 in Boots.

  • Comes in classic Black only. (doesn't come in waterproof)

Having worked as a make up artist for a year, ive tired and tested many mascaras from Channel to Natural Collection but Maybelline's Colossal is one I can truly say works.

Batiste's Dry Shampoo is A Night and Day Saver.

Ever been in a major rush after a busy day and find you don't have time to wash your hair? Then, "Batiste's dry shampoo" is the answer.

Sold at Boots for £2.05 this literally is a lifesave for your night out,or day ahead in a tin.

You literally spary it on the root of your hair, about 30cm apart to be exact after you've styled your hair or before styling, don't forget to rub it in if it turns your hair white. Don't be alarmed it is perfectly fine and no one will see it, unless you leave it on and you want them to.

Many a time I've had greasy hair between washes, or after a gym session, but find Batiste's Dry Shampoo a life saver when it comes to looking fresh on the go.

It comes in many different scents- Batiste's Dry Shampoo Blush- which is a pink tin, or Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical which comes in a yellow tin,both slightly scented which I recommend. Or the original dry shampoo which comes in a green tin. All sold at the same price in Boots.

I've heard talcum power is meant to be good for your hair if its greasy. Having tried and tested this, not only would it not rub in and left my hair white. It was also messy and made my dressing table look as if it was covered in dandruff.

Batiste's Dry Shampoo is the answer, non messy, smells good and does what it says on the tin."revitalises and refreshes hair between washes."

Cheryl Cole's Got The V Factor!

Cheryl Cole has got the V factor!Fact!This is no type error, this is Vogue. The 24 year old, Girls Aloud star and X factor judge, has claimed the front cover of the recent Vogue magazine.
Vogue is said to be “the world’s most influential fashion magazine.” By book critic Caroline Weber The New York Times in December 2006. Vogue is a high fashion and high society magazine, which features art, culture, fashion and politics.

Vogue was founded in 1892 by Arthur Baldwin Turnure as a bi monthly magazine. However it was taken over in 1909 by Conde Naste when Turnure sadly passed away. Vogue's now Editor In Chief is the famous Anna Wintour. She is known for her fabulous clothes and wearing sunglasses in doors. The film “The Devil Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger was based on Anna Wintour and the running of her busy fashionista life. Lauren was Anna Wintour’s assistant and was nominated for an academy award in 2006.
Vogue has featured models from Twiggy to Erin O’Conner to Agyness Deyn, and has made them big in the fashion world. China, Italy, Australia and Brazil are to name but a few out o the 19 countries where Vogue is published.

The magazine now features Britain’s very own Cheryl Cole on the front cover.
The 24 year old Geordie lass whose career started on ITV’s Pop Stars The Rivals. Who would’ve though it?
Who says reality television contestants are short lived?
Mrs Cheryl Cole proves that you don't have to be a supermodel to be on the cover of one, if not the world's most popular magazine and brings hope to us aspiring models alike.
She has defeated the elitist notion of the magazine, whom it was once published for.
I’m sure for Mrs Cole the sky is the limit, and who knows what she will be next….maybe Dame Cheryl Cole?