Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! What spooky things have you all got planned? I’m just going to be treating myself to a Lush bath then getting into cosy pyjamas and having a mini horror film fest on my couch. I’m thinking Carrie, Evil Dead and Scream followed by a few straight to-the-bargain-basement-DVD-section on Netflix. And entirely necessary for a cosy night in are the snacks. Seriously though, my local supermarket has so many insane Halloween snacks this year. Who needs a balanced diet when you can get green popcorn, a brain shaped cake and Frankenstein biscuits?

Lastly, to set the mood I’ll be sparking up a Halloween candle in my ridiculously cute Yankee Candle pumpkin votive. I usually think the Yankee home accessories are so tacky so I have no idea what possessed me to buy this, but I actually love it. I genuinely think he looks good! Please someone agree with me?! I’ve been burning the sweet, vanilla Candy Corn during the week but today I’m going to change it out for Witches Brew, a deep and rich patchouli fragrance.

I’ve moved to the suburbs this year into a quiet cul-de-sac so we’ve stocked up on Haribo for any guisers (or trick-or-treaters, whatever you want to call them). I just hope they don’t bang on the door during any scary bits!

So, on that note; what’s your favourite scary movie?

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Halloween Nails from Primark

Halloween Nails from Primark

Look at these super cute – I mean spooky – false nails from Primark. At just £1 they’re a really easy way to inject some Halloween fun into your day. I’ve been sporting these in the week leading up to the big day and I’m loving them.

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I used the glue supplied which is absolutely fine. Then I trimmed them to size using some nail clippers and a file as they’re quite long. I have smallish nail beds but out of the 24 supplied I do manage to find some enough to fit. I do think that as they’re novelty and only £1, one application is fair enough though. The only issue I had was the thumbs. My thumbs are quite flat while the false nails are quite curved so I couldn’t get them to stick for love nor money. But that’s OK, I just painted them black and forgot about it.

Have you tried anything from the Primark nails range? I can’t wait to see their Christmas designs!

What to Read this Halloween | How to Survive a Horror Movie

What to Read this Halloween | How to Survive a Horror Movie

I love a bit of film theory. And especially if it’s about horror movies. And especially if it’s tongue in cheek, poking fun at well-worn tropes and rules. How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills by Seth Grahame-Smith, is quite an old book (2007) in terms of popular culture, but it’s still relevant, and a must read for any horror film fans.

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It’s packed with sound advice about how to survive any given horror-movie situation you might find yourself in. To be honest, this book is the only reason I’ve made it to 28. With its guidance, I’ve survived killer dolls, cannibalistic rednecks, hexes, babysitting and snakes on a plane. For real.

Joking aside, this is a cool little book. I love the illustrations, the checklists, the funny headers, but also it does hit all the ‘real’ points an academic horror film critique would. Although it’s played for laughs it includes analysis of the portrayal of women, class, religion and trends in horror to name a few.

Get it read before Halloween comes around if you want to safeguard your survival to Christmas.

Lush Halloween 2015 Haul

Lush Halloween 2015 Haul

Every year, I think that the most exciting beauty launch – more so than even the Naked palettes – has to be October 1st when Lush launch their Halloween and Christmas collections. A double whammy of bathtime festivity. I always try to resist the Christmas items until November, but I did treat myself to the Halloween range. Yes, the whole thing… but it is pretty small this year…

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First up is the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar (£3.65), a repeat from last year. It’s a fruity, zesty smell with juniperberry, lime and grapefruit – a bit of an unexpected scent for a pumpkin but a crowd pleaser nonetheless. This is GLITTER with capital everything. I think it’s even more glittery than last year. But it smells great and creates loads of fluffy bubbles so it’s all good.

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Next is another repeat – the classic, Lord of Misrule bath bomb (£3.95) which is joined this year by a shower gel (from £4.95) of the same scent. This is a great scent so I can see why they’ve added a shower gel this year. It’s a very seasonally appropriate fragrance with a herby, warm combination of vanilla, patchouli and pepper. The bath bomb is super fun. The green outer froths and foams and explodes to reveal a fast, fizzing, wine centre. I really like that they have added the shower gel so that the fragrance every day. I do think that the Lush shower gels are ridiculously expense so I did just buy a little one though, so maybe not every day for me!

Lush Halloween 2015 Haul

Lastly, a new product for this year – Nightwing shower jelly (£3.95). This bat shaped block of jelly smells just like blackcurrant fruit pastilles. It’s delicious! It is very leaky though so be careful about how you get it home! I’ve never used a shower jelly though, so I’m intrigued to see how long it lasts and how easy it is to use. I love the shape and the Batman references on the pot though, so I really don’t want to chop it up!

And that’s everything for Halloween 2015. I think all of the products are great but I am disappointed that the collection is so small this year. I really loved the addition of the two Guy Fawkes inspired bath bombs last year (The Sparkler and Northern Lights) so I’m a bit gutted that they haven’t done something similar for this year. Plus, Northern Lights was ah-mazing so I am really missing that one now!

What do you think of the Lushoween collection? Will you be picking anything up?

October Wishlist | Halloween Horrors

Halloween Wishlist

Happy 1st of the month, and welcome to my first blog post in a month! Or so… more on this on Sunday. Today is all about Halloween and a look at the little horrors making my dreams nightmares this month. It’s a subtly spooky lot this time, hope you see something that’ll put you in the monster-loving mood.

  1. Mechanical Bones Leggings from BlackMilk (£34.73 ex from AUD) I’m a huge BlackMilk fan, if there’s anything that makes me want to take up running it’s the thought of looking smokin’ in one of their many nylon masterpieces. These mechanical bones are a twist on the original (and now highly ripped off) skeleton leggings. There is also a matching swimsuit – instant Halloween costume right there.
  2. Overlook Hotel Necklace by Sugar & Vice (£20) Heeerrreee’s Johnny! I’ve had this on my wishlist for so long, I love the fact that it’s a nod to the film, rather than a blood-dripping, in your face piece. Although a dripping axe would admittedly be quite cool too. Horror connotations aside, the colours are very autumn appropriate.
  3. Freddy Krueger Pop! Vinyl Figure (£10.99) There are so many of these figurines I love, I can totally see how easy it would be to build up a huge collection without meaning too. I already have a couple, but for this Halloween I’m loving the Freddy Krueger in honour of the master Wes Craven.
  4. Naked Smoky Palette from Urban Decay (£38) Of course. If there’s ever a need for a smoky eye, it’s the autumn season. I wish I could say I’m happy to skip this release, but I’d be lying. It looks like a great palette, I can’t deny it.
  5. Jumper with Halloween Ghost Elbow Patches from ASOS (£22) ASOS do so many of these jumpers with novelty elbow patches and I’m kinda all about them. These ghouls sneak a dash of Halloween fun into your everyday.
  6. Outpost #31 Zip Up Hooded Top by Last Exit to Nowhere (£35) It’s no secret that I value comfort over fashion so an autumn must have for me is of course a  comfy, cosy hoodie. Again, this one is a nod to a horror classic so a great way to incorporate Halloween into your wardrobe.
  7. Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics by Michael Mallory (£25) I have quite a collection of horror movie books already, but I’m always on the lookout for more creepy coffee table books. This one sounds fun as it includes trivia and behind the scenes anecdotes. The sight of Regan staring out from the cover is slightly unsettling though. Okay, a lot unsettling. That’s one scary chick.

Have a fun October, witches!

Lush Halloween Products 2014

Lush Halloween 2014

It’s bath season guys. I love Lush at any time of the year, but it absolutely can’t be beaten in autumn and winter. Last week when it started to get really cold I took myself along to the Princes Street branch to stock up on the new in Halloween goodies. I was seriously tempted by the Christmas stuff but I showed restraint – I’ll pick them up next month. With the exception of the Lord of Misrule bath bomb, these are all new products for this year. I’ve already used a few of these so I shall tell you what I think as we go.

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This is the Sparkler bath bomb (£3.50) which, as the name suggests, has been created with Bonfire Night in mind. I love this as Bonfire Night is an occasion which is often overlooked by brands as it is a purely British tradition. It is an odd night to celebrate – the capture of a treasonist who was about to blow up Parliament and his subsequent execution – but let’s move swiftly on. This is a fun new shape from Lush and I think it’s a winner. It’s much easier to break in half if you want to get two baths out of it so adds value for money.

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Sparkler has the Rose Jam scent which is rose (obviously) but with just a hint of lemon to keep it fresh and modern. The centre of the bath bomb is filled with extremely fine bronze and gold glitter particles which explode out of the middle like fireworks. The glitter in this is fantastic – it distributes itself evenly through the bath so your bathing in shimmery water but doesn’t really show up on our skin when you get out and rinses away very easily. Sparkler is also studded with popping candy but unfortunately I didn’t hear any of it popping which would have added a lovely effect to the ‘firework’ show. I was disappointed with this as I always get the Cinders bath bomb and always get the crackling effect with that one so I don’t know if they’ve changed what kind they use or if I was just unlucky. Still, a great bath bomb. The effect lasted a good amount of time – 5 mins or so – and afterwards I was left with a yellow-gold shimmering bath which softened my skin and smelt divine.

Lush Halloween 2014

Next I tried the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar (£3.50). It’s a good size and could do you for at least three baths. It is a vibrant orange covered in gold glitter and a little piece of cinnamon stick for the pumpkin stem. I think it looks really cute.

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Sparkly Pumpkin is very soft so easy to crumble under the running water. The gold glitter does come off in your hands, but like the glitter in the Sparkler, is easy to rinse away. It smells very citrusy and zest as it has both lime and grapefruit oil and I really like the scent. It creates a good amount of bubbles which last for your entire bath – something that I think the bubble bars do much better than the bubble wands that Lush make do. I actually prefer Sparkly Pumpkin to last year’s Pumkin as I think it’s softer, creates more bubbles and I prefer the smell, so even if you weren’t keen on last year’s, do check this one out.

Lush Halloween 2014

This is the Northern Lights bath bomb (£3.50) and I would describe it as the showstopper of the collection. Again, this is one you could break in half if you wanted to but I think that you would lose some of the effect that it produces.

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As you can see, it’s a bit spectacular. The purple outer explodes and releases swirls of vibrant yellow and blue. The effect lasts around 5-8 minutes and afterwards you are left with a bright purple bath scattered with white stars. The stars eventually dissolve so if you’re a fan of long baths like me, you don’t need to worry about scraping them off your tub. Northern Lights is scented with jasmine and ylang ylang so it’s a really nice soft floral, soothing fragrance, perfect for a relaxing evening bath. It also makes the water super soft and your skin feels great afterwards. Definitely my favourite of this selection of bath bombs, and possibly in my top few of all.

Lush Halloween 2014

This guy is the Wizard bubble bar (£3.25). I’ve not used him yet but the texture is the same as the Sparkly Pumpkin so I’m sure it’ll create lots of bubbles in the bath. He is covered in a very fine silver shimmer so I’m expecting the bath to turn a pale purple with a slight sparkle. He is scented with juniperberry, fennel,orange and ylang ylang. The smell is sweet but with a slight spiciness to it and really reminds me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. I find the fragrance unexpected but weirdly pleasant. This bubble bar is the same size and shape as Candy Mountain and the Penguin bubble bar so I know I can get three baths out of it.

Lush Halloween 2014

Lastly, a returner from last year – the Lord of Misrule bath bomb (£3.50). Again, I haven’t used this particular one yet, but I did buy it last year and I love it. To me, it has that typical Lush smell – y’know that mixture of scents mingling so you can’t pull out just one but you know it smells good. It’s fragranced with patchouli, black pepper and vanilla, an eclectic combination by anyone’s standards so I think that it explains it! The green outer foams up slowly then cracks open to reveal the fast fizzing purple inner to leave you with an indulgent wine coloured bath. There’s also popping candy in this one so hopefully it’ll be noticeable this time.

I really like the entire collection this Halloween. I didn’t get the Fairy Ring soap that goes with it as I don’t use soap bars, but I’m sure it’s also lovely. If you can only get one product I’d say go for the Northern Lights bath bomb, I’ll definitely be getting a couple more before they disappear and I already hope that it comes back next year!

So what is your favourite thing from Lush? Any Christmas products I just have to try?

Halloween Drive-in

It is on Halloween drive inOn Thursday we loaded up the car with blankets and snacks and headed through to Glasgow’s Victoria Park for the Itison Halloween Drive-in screening of – appropriately enough – John Carpenter’s Halloween. The sell-out event boasted the world’s biggest mobile LCD screen, street food units and Micheal Myers themed entertainment.

IMG_6027 IMG_6044Pizzas were on offer from So La Ti Dough, but we went for traditional movie-going fare of hotdogs and popcorn from the Glasgow Street Food Cartel. It was seriously the most salty salt popcorn I’ve ever had in my life! Much water was needed!

IMG_6063As we were in a 4×4 we parked up at the back, but we had a great view of the screen. Sound was via the car FM radio so you had a surround sound experience. The pre show entertainment of a themed weather report and a sing along rendition of Ray Parker Jr’s Ghostbusters was a bit off in tone – probably because they were also for the family friendly screenings of Ghostbusters during the day – but were over quickly enough. I would have prefered to see a couple of horror movie trailers personally. A nice touch was a very tall man dressed as Micheal Myers spooking people in their cars and mini-Myers handing out glow sticks on entry. There were a few technical glitches, but nothing severe. I’m sure they gave someone behind the scenes some headaches, but having worked at outdoor screenings, it was nothing surprising.  The film itself ran through no problems.

As a first-timer at a drive-in movie, I really enjoyed the experience. Obviously, I’ve seen Halloween a million times but it was enhanced by the genuinely quite creepy experience of sitting in a dark car in the middle of a park. I’ve always wanted to go to a drive-in movie (it’s on my 30 Before 30 list) and I was not disappointed. Screenings continue throughout the weekend but they are sold out. I would recommend grabbing a ticket if they do repeat the event in the future though. I would also like to add that the staff and stewards were brilliant and ensured that  300 cars were in and out of the park with minimal fuss.

All in all, a great way to have spent Halloween – thanks, Itison!

P.S. Sorry for the terrible photos – I did take my camera with me but I left the SD card in my laptop. Doh!