Friday, 29 May 2015

San Andreas - Movie Review

Who's In It?

, and 

What's It About?

After a few earthquakes along the San Andreas fault line, the entire plate decides to shift and pulls the east coast of America off the continent. 

Any Good? 

This film is what would happen if you crossed 2012 with bad cliche romance and even WORSE effects - I had never seen a film that had worse practical effects than CGI before this, but now I see the use of bad CGI as opposed to bad practical effects.

From the outset the characters were a bit eh, as was the child's toy helicopter they used instead of just flying a real one, but seeing The Rock gurn at Mr. Fantastic while he did his best Jeff Goldblum impression was still the best part of the film. The moment it totally turned though was when the nice guy at a high pressure interview with the daughter had a bad English accent.

A much prettier sight

The entire movie was just a literal rip-off of 2012 with worse acting and the worst love story possible. British boy meets main girl and saves her life, falls in love, then The Rock skydives out of a plane and punches a window for a while, AND THAT'S IT. Even Paul Giamatti couldn't work with the script, and you could see he reaaally tried his best. If you're thinking of going to see this, PLEASE watch and support Mad Max instead - the world really wants that sequel. 

TL;DR - your mother fell over.


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Win It! 5 of the First Bioderma Goody Bags to Celebrate Their Irish Launch!

Irish social media was ablaze last week and not without good cause... No, not just the referendum but the long awaited, much celebrated news that French brand and creators of Holy Grail Micellar Water, Bioderma is coming to Irish shores! Because we couldn't possibly allow that news to land without serious fanfare, we've teamed up with the cult favourite brand to exclusively bring FIVE of you lucky ducks a prize that money just can't buy - well not yet anyway. 

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Sells 1 Bottle Every 3 Seconds Worldwide!

For years now we have begged, borrowed and stole space in our loved one's French luggage to get our Bioderma fix but not anymore as independent pharmacies are set to stock the beloved brand from this June onward. I'll pop up a list of stockists as I receive it but for now, if you'd like to be among the first in the country to get your mitts on some just follow the seriously simple steps below: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Things That Rustle My Jimmies

There were times this week that the jimmies went into maximum overrustle - it's just as well it's Thursday eh? In no particular order of arsery this week: 

1. 'Baby on Board' Car Stickers

2. Colleagues Shouting into Their Phone 

3. My Blank Canvas F20 Falling Apart on 1st Wash - THE THIRD IN A ROW!

4. Diesel Eating Something Suspect on our Walk & Emitting Noxious Fumes for the Rest of the Night!

5. Not Being Able to Cancel Spotify!

If you can help with one or all of the above or indeed if you want to unrustle some of your own jimmies - LEMME KNOW!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Smashbox Fireball Matte Be Legendary Lipstick! (& a wee Smashboxpark plug!)

If you were following me ANYWHERE on social media this past weekend you'll know that I spent the most incredible two days with Smashbox in London, checking out their pop up shop, Smashboxpark in Boxpark, Shoreditch. A definite highlight of that entire trip has to have been discovering one of their newest Be Legendary lipsticks in Fireball Matte. 

The most stunning fiery orange/red, National Makeup Coach for Smashbox (& all 'round good egg) Janine Bird admits to shedding a little tear at its sheer perfection: 

This ultra luxe formulation glides on and settles to a silky matte finish. It boasts Vitamin C, E and shea butter for a nourishing, non drying long lasting lipstick like nothing else I've tried. And boy does it last, check out Smashbox MUA Carolina Bicudo's (pictured) after shower shot!

Smashbox Fireball Matte - REFUSES to budge!
Twice now I've sported this stunning shade and it's true what they say about people treating you differently when you're wearing a strong lip. There's an undeniable confidence in powerful colours such as Fireball, even more so when you can be confident that, once applied, it's not going anywhere. 

Janine recommends taking your time with Fireball application for maximum longevity
Apply over your favourite red lip liner for application perfection, or, as Janine suggested, over Fuchsia to bring a whole new dimension to this show stopping shade. 

Heather Jackson: Smashbox's Artistry & Education Coach ROCKING Fireball Matte

What make we of Fireball? Will you dare to wear? It joins the Be Legendary lip lineup this month at €21. Available from Smashbox counters nationwide & online from Boots & Arnott's. 

Should you be in the vicinity of Shoreditch though, do be sure to drop by Boxpark before they close in mid June. The Smashboxpark pop up is about as perfect a brand fit as I've seen in a very long while! You can even grab an aprés makeover selfie in some of the most amazing lighting available, as evidenced by Youtube beauty pal Melanie Murphy below: 

Melanie Murphy Perfecting Her Selfie Game at Smashboxpark, Shoreditch!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Our Welsh Adventure – Boy’s Day Out

This week we are concluding our Welsh Adventure, you can catch up with our adventures thusfar HERE. This time it was the boys' turn to choose where they want to go for their day out. After much consideration & deliberation (as evidenced by Cillian above) they finally chose to spend the morning at Caerphilly Castle & Castell Coch. Clever lads.

Caerphilly Castle occupies over 30 acres, it’s the biggest castle in Wales & the second largest in Britain. Built in the 13th Century by Gilbert de Clare using the “walls within walls” system of defence. It’s the most complete Castle still standing today with a series of moats & islands. 

Our little ones absolutely loved it as there were lots of rooms to explore & vast rolling lawns. The Great hall is simply stunning. There have been a few TV shows filmed here including Dr Who & Merlin, my son thought it was amazing that he recognised Constable’s Hall. 

They have a great gift shop where we stocked up on armour & swords, just in case! Admission is £4.75 Adults, £3.60 Children or a family ticket is £14.25 for 2 adults & all children in your party. Pay & display parking is just 200 meters from the castle, so ideal if you've hired a rental to explore. 

Caerphilly Castle

Less than 15 minutes away is Castell Coch which was also built by Gilbert De Clare in 1267. There has been a castle on this site since 1081 but it has been raised, rebuilt & remodelled a couple times, the castle standing today was completed in 1891. Castell Coch looks like something straight from a fairytale with a working drawbridge & three towers with conical roofs. 

The interior includes The Keep, The Kitchen Tower, The Well Tower, Banqueting Hall, Lord & Lady Bute’s bedrooms & many more rooms. Most of the original furniture that was removed from the castle has been recovered & reinstated in the castle. 

Admission is much the same as Caerphilly Castle but if you are planning on visiting a few Castles you’d be better off buying the Explorer Pass on sale at most Castles. A 3 day family pass is £36.80 which gives you access to over 25 historical attractions. Parking is free; they also have Tea Rooms, A Gift Shop & Picnic Tables.
Castell Coch

Just a short hop away is Cardiff Bay, so we headed there for a spot of lunch. We were thrilled to find it was a hub of activity with lots of shops, restaurants, bars & visitor attractions to choose from. Never mind a day, you could spend a week here & not get bored. 

The boys had a big decision to make & The Dr Who Experience lost out to Techniquest an interactive science & discovery centre. The afternoon whizzed by with the children having a blast in the exhibitions, planetarium & science theatre topped off with oodles of hands on science. 

As Techniquest is a registered charity you can choose to make a donation with your admission price, we did & paid £25 for a family pass, 2 adults & 3 children, Under 3’s are free. There is paid on street parking nearby.
Cardiff Bay

So there you have it some of the highlights of our 10 day break in Wales, we went to lots more places but I’d be here all year telling you about them! 

Currently both Irish Ferries & Stena Line have a Kids go free offer so there has never been a better time to pack up your car & head across the Irish Sea for a fun filled family break in Wales.

Have we piqued your interest in God's country? Do let us know!