The Cabin in the Woods – Review

I was meant to write this at the start of the week but my dissertation is due in just over a week so I am pretty busy at the moment and not really in a writing mood if I am being honest but I thought I would give a quick review of this little gem.

The unoriginal title made me pay absolutely no attention to this film at first and I am a big horror fan.  I figured it was just another crap horror film but then I kept seeing people saying how good it was – which intrigued me.

Since viewing the film I have seen more reviews saying that people weren’t impressed with the film and that there are holes in the plot – there totally is but if you take the film at face value you might enjoy it.

I found the film enjoyable and unlike my original thought it does sway from the traditional horror story line albeit the end is strange and hard to get to grips with. It does involve a cabin and a group of college students who partake in drinking and getting high but the non-originality ends there.

I didn’t find the film scary or jumpy – it is more interesting and there is a lot of visual imagery that makes you go ‘Oh what’s that?’

If enjoy horror, thriller or the occasional sci-fi then give this film a chance and let me know what you think of it.

4/4

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Schools out for summer and now its time to rock out but what to listen to?

Summer can be a hard time for us pasty rock chicks – for one the sun is not kind to our complexion but it can also feel a little bit morbid to be walking about on a glorious sunny day with the angry echoes of Slipknot blasting away in your ears.

In the sun (it’s not raining) Download Festival: 2009

So get your suncream at hand for here are some tunes for the summer goth to embrace…

  1. Andrew W:K – The Get Wet album in general if I am being honest but to pick a few songs ‘Party Till You Puke’, ‘Party Hard’, ‘Ready to Party’, ‘She is Beautiful’ and ‘I Love New York City’.  These tracks will get you set for any summer parties/bbq’s you attend and regardless of the music choice of the host you will be pumped up enough to rock regardless.
  2. Black Sabbath – Iron Man – Anyone going to Download Festival this year will understand this choice.  One of the best and most profound bands in the business and despite playing the festival this year they deserve a space on this list.
  3. Skindred – Doom riff – Be set to swing your hips to big carnival drum beats.  If you practise Zumba even better – you can throw this track into your summer keep fit regime.
  4. Alanis Morissettte – Hand in My Pocket.  For me personally the summer always calls for a bit of Alanis.  I think it me subconsciously tapping into my hippy side.
  5. U2 – Beautiful Day.  Like marmite you either love this band or hate them.  I feel the same about Muse but we wont go there.  Regardless of whether you like the band or their politics its a good song to get yourself going in the morning.
  6. Bon Jovi – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.  This should be your motto this summer. Get out there! Go Explore. Oh, you can’t be bothered?  I don’t care.  Live a little.
  7. Volbeat – Sad Man’s Tongue.  Come June/July I start listening to a lot of country music – I don’t know why it’s like a primal urge.  For this entry it was a toss up between Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash or Volbeat.  I feel Carrie Underwood would have lost me street cred and everyone already knows to listen to Johnny Cash – hence Volbeat, one of the most underrated bands ever!
  8. ZZ Top – La Grange.  Carrying on with the country vibe but this one comes with a whole lot of swag.
  9. Blink 182 – Carousel.  The new American Pie movie is being released and no summer would be complete with a some punk and a whole load of reminiscing about past summers.
  10. Pendulum – Propane Nightmares.  I felt this list was lacking a dance track.  With summer being notoriously linked to Ibiza and rave culture it only felt right to add an edgy dance track in here or if you don’t fancy this check out Pendulum covering Master of Puppets.

What would you add in here? Which song’s make your summer?

Peace.

Victoria

An order of Sex and Rock n Roll but No Drugs. Please.

In my lifetime, of a whopping 21 years, there has been a fair amount of drug-related deaths in the music industry – The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold), Paul Gray (Slipknot) and Mike Starr (Alice in Chains).  Just to name a few – you can find a whole list of deaths on here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deaths_in_rock_and_roll#2000s_deaths

However it is the future that I fear for rock n roll and one rocker in particular springs to mind – Marilyn Manson.  I have been following Manson’s career since I was about 11 years old.  I was still at primary school and the man that I see these days is a shadow of the great rock star that he used to be.

I first seen Manson in December 2007 and he was wonderful but then I seen him again at Download Festival in the summer of 2009 and he was booed off stage.  He forgot the lyrics, he was getting an oxygen mask put on between songs and he didn’t quite know if he wanted to wear his jacket or not.

It was clear that although the UK is rather frosty at times it was snowing more on Manson’s flight to the UK.

Not looking his best at Download 2009.
Although I was terribly disappointed at the time I empathised with Manson a little – after all he was going through a hard time after the beautiful Dita Von Teese left him but six years later he still has not got his act together.
Eat Me Drink Me was a great album and really oozed what Manson was feeling at that moment but then The High End of Low which despite its great title was utterly horrendous.  I expected this to be the angry record.  What we got though was more of Manson whining but this time it had no soul.  The drugs were obviously not liking Manson very much but he appears to be liking them for a change.
He returned this year and although I have fell in love with both Born Villain and No Reflection – the first two singles from the new album coming out on May 1st. However after viewing live footage of Manson accompanied by Johnny Depp on stage, at the Golden God’s Award Show,  it is very clear that Manson is still on the drugs and live his vocals sound terrible but he does remember the words – which is a start.
He does not sing and he does not shout he just seems to screech.   I honestly feel that in the next two year we could be commiserating more than a bad album but the end of an era.  The end of the golden age of grotesque and the end of Marilyn Manson.
Whether it will be drugs or whether it will be suicide I do not know but what I do know is that if Manson does not clean his act up the future is not going to be good.  I’m aware that most rock stars dabble in drugs and that is their personal choice but when it starts to affect their career I think they need to take check and remember that although it might be the only thing getting them out of bed and on to the stage the fans do not want to see someone they idolise in that state. 
Manson has the potential to make a come back and return to the top of the rock scene where he truly belongs.  Manson is rock royalty and the self-proclaimed ‘God of Fuck’ and his material is probably the best he has produced since Holy wood but we will just need to see if Born Villain lives up to expectations and if Manson lays off the drugs in time for his upcoming trip to the UK in July to play the 02 Academy, London. 

Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Review

It was my Dad’s girlfriend that introduced me to this wonderful product after deciding to give me a mini facial one Christmas whilst I tried to remove my mound of makeup using merely a cleansing wipe.

I had heard good things about Liz Earl products but due to being a skint student had not thought too much about them but after seeing how good it is that night I received it for my following birthday and then my birthday after that.  I think it is going to be one of those things that I always get for my birthday or Christmas now but it is a great product and it usually lasts me a year because I do not use it every day. I mainly use it after occasions where I have been wearing a lot of makeup or I am having a particularly bad skin week.  Which feels like every week these days.

The cleanser is creamy and contains rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil.  The cocoa butter softens, smooths and moisturises whereas the rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus oil tone, smooth and purify.
To use you smother one or two pumps (depending on how much makeup you are wearing) all over your face in a upwards circular motion whilst letting the muslin cloth (which comes with the starter pack) heat up under a warm tap. 
The muslin cloth lifts away dead skin cells and the cleansing motion helps improve circulation. 
You then rub the makeup/grime off using the cloth and because the cloth is warm,voila, you feel like you have visited a sauna.
To finish you splash your face with cold water to close your pores.
Honestly it is a lovely feeling.  I would say it would be more cost effective to buy this product than to buy yourself a facial.  It is basically a facial in a bottle. Truly wonderuful.
It is suitable for all skin types and all ages.   The starter kit is £14.25.
5/5

Lush – Ultrabland – Review

This was another of the samples I received from Lush a while back.  After the sales assistant mentally noted that I for one complaining about bad skin and two wearing a lot of makeup she decided I needed to try this.

She marketed it as more of a makeup remover but it is listed as a cleanser on the website.  I initially thought the product was called Ultrabutter but is is actually called Ultrabland.  The reason I thought this is because it is buttery in texture and is quite oily.  I was advised to use it at night rather than in the morning.

You only need a little bit of the product at a time because it is so rich in texture – it spreads far – just like butter. The way I use it is to simply rub is all over my face and then wash it off using a warm flannel.  The skin feels nourished afterwards as it lifts grease, dirt and makeup but without stripping the skin of its natural defences.  This is also means that if you have bad skin it will not aggravate it further.

  • Rose water and rose absolute reduce redness of the skin and balance and calm it.
  • Honey soothes, moisturises and is antiseptic.
  • Fresh irises steeped in the almond oil are an ancient skin beautifying ingredient.

 There is no need for a night cream when you have this little beauty.

£6.45 – for a 45g tub or £10.25 for an 100g tub.

Loreal – Gel Intenza Eyeliner – Pure Black

You know when boots do that sneaky three for two deal and you feel like you need to buy three things despite only needing one?   Well that is how I ended up with the Loreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner .  I went in for foundation and came out with a foundation, a powder and this eyeliner.

When Maybeline brought out their gel eyeliner I toyed with the idea of purchasing that but after hearing reviews of it not being terribly good I decided against it but the Loreal one has turned out to be a valuable purchase.

I like my eyeliner for one thing black but I also like it thick and bold.  I try and try to do fine elegant eyeliner but it never turns out that way.  I rock the panda look or raccoon – whichever way you look at it.

The eyeliner comes in a little glass tub and comes with a fine brush to apply it.  This is my first experience of using a gel liner like this and I really like the level of control it allows you to have.
The gel itself is very smooth and the liner glides on.  I have experimented using the liner on the eyelid, flicks, on the eye line and under.  It works effectively on all areas but I mainly use it to line the eyelid like it is worn in the above photo.
You do not need to use much each time and therefore I think it will last a good amount of time.  The only problem I have found with the liner is that it takes a little while to try and if you open your eye too early you end up with that dreaded black line on your eyelid.  It smudges really easy when not dry so it is best to keep your eye closed for as long as possible to allow it to dry.
I feel that in this eyeliner I have found everything I have been searching for in eyeliners – its smooth, its super black and it has stay power.
5/5


Bands to Keep an Eye On – The Treatment

The Treatment have over the last month become one of my favourite bands.  After seeing them support Steel Panther,on their Ball’s Out tour,I was instantly hooked. 

Despite the band’s baby faces they play like have been on the rock scene for decades. 

Prior to the gig I was told that they were like a ‘heavier’ version of The Darkness and I couldn’t agree more.  Well without the spandex.  The band resemble your typical rock band who focus more on the music than the aesthetics but all in all they are not a bad looking band.

A lot different from Motley Crue and Kiss who they will be supporting on their joint tour this summer.   British folk like myself can look forward to seeing The Treatment at Download Festival though and some tours dates in May.

Due to the bands stage confidence and the fact they are supporting two of the biggest names in rock come the summer I made the assumption that the band were American but they are not.  They are British! All I can say in my Scottish accent is ‘Mon the British rock n roll’!

The band are the epitome of ‘rock music’ and it is refreshing to hear a band so comfortable in this simple yet great genre. 

The band’s current album ‘This Might Hurt’ is hands down once of the best albums I have heard in a long time. 

Track’s to play particular attention to are ‘The Doctor’, ‘Shake the Mountain’, ‘Just Tell me Why’ and ‘Drink, Fuck Fight’

The band’s sound reminds me of AC/DC meets Guns ‘n’ Roses.  Musically very similar to ACDC but vocally  a bit more like Guns ‘n’ Roses.

The band’s lead guitarist actually reminds me a bit of Angus Young with his mannerisms on stage.  Something that is unusual about the band though is that even though I have only seen the band live once – all members of the band stood out to me.  The band have stage presence, attitude, music and lyrics all down to perfection.

They have the combination of swagger and elegance in their music.  It is not all fantastical riffs and guitar solo’s with no substantial lyrics or talent in some cases – like a lot of amateur bands in this genre.  This is the real deal.  If The Treatment are not a global phenomenon in the next couple of years I will be very surprised.

I think this band are the next big thing and with the fan base they will collect over this summer I expect their coverage in the press to boom!

Skindred – Jagermeister Music Tour – 11/04/12 – Glasgow o2 Academy

When I attend gigs I score them on a number of things but I think the thing that matters the most is the energy of the band and the atmosphere of the crowd -the music aside.  If you go see and a band and it is blatantly obvious that they cannot be bothered being there well in my opinion they would be as well just not being there even if the sound is good.

Reggae metal band Skindred however score very high on all fronts mentioned though – especially energy and adoration.   Front man Benji Webbe appeared on stage looking like a more kitch version of Will.I.Am – dressed nearly all in white and wearing a top hat.   Apparently the man loves to dress up.  The look totally worked for him though and us metal heads know that he is cooler than Will.I.Am.

This was my first time seeing the band and I attended the Jagermeister Music Tour in Glasgow based solely on Skindred headlining and the ticket was only £5.  You can’t even go to the cinema these days for that price never mind see four bands.  The band played besides Black Spiders, Therapyand Yashin.

The band mixed things up a bit by including parts of other people’s songs in their songs and between starting a new song.  Back in Black by AC/DC was the perfect song to use and got the crowd going but Beyonce’s Single Ladies was the most entertaining.  The whole gig was very entertaining watching Benji dancing along to single ladies and cracking the odd joke.  It was fun but delivering a good performance is obviously something the band does take seriously.

Every song sounded amazing live and Benji’s vocals actually surprised me.  I was wondering if his vocals would sound as strong live – they did.  He managed to balance the slick vocals and the heavier metal growls.
The band were also flawless in their performance but at times I feel they were out shadowed by Benji’s massive personality but then again a lot of successful bands are.
I wish I could have gone out after the gig as the music really put me in the mood to party.  Well, that and to go bask in the sun somewhere.   Especially after the Doom Riff with its big carnival drum beats.
Sadly I had to leave the gig early due to having to travel home and missed three of my favourite Skindredsongs but what I witnessed before leaving was nothing short of amazing.  I can’t wait to see them play Download Festival this summer and if you have not seen the band before you should make a point of going see them when you can.

Olay Essentials Daily Face Cloths and Face Scrub

I picked these up in Tesco a while back since they were on the reduced items shelf at under £2.  I didn’t need cleansing cloths but at that price I could not say no.  I also picked up the cleansing scrub for around the same price.

When I usually buy cleansing cloths it is usually of the wipe variety rather than these that you run under the tap to lather them up.  Because you actually use water I have found that your skin feels a lot cleaner than it does when simply using cleansing wipes – there is no sort of residue that you can get with cleansing wipes.  They even remove water-proof mascara.
The cloths are finely textured which serves to exfoliate the skin and they are completely soap free.

The more I use them the more that I think they would be great for a festival because you could wet the cloths with a bottle of water and give your face a proper wash and then just rinse off the soap from the cloth to use it to wash the soap from your face.  Maybe an idea if you are a festival goers like myself.

The matching face scrub is alright – it is not my favorite of face scrubs because the micro beads are really quite small and I do not feel it exfoliates my skin enough.  If you have good skin though then I think this would be a great face scrub.  However what is lovely about it is the smell.  It has that lovely Olay moisturiser smell.  I cannot describe it but its a gorgeous scent and it.  I have just found it on the Superdrug website for £1.42 – so a bargain really considering some face washes are like £5.


Benefit – Lemon Aid – Colour Correcting Eyelid Primer

I discovered this product through nosing in one of my flatmate’s makeup bag – as you do.  Well as any girl with a love of makeup does, no?

Recently I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid so it is safe to say that I have been one tired girl and did I mention I also have a dissertation to complete?  I’m so tired these days that yesterday I fell up a flight of stairs and today I walked away from a checkout without having paid for my shopping.  It would appear I’m not only a bit ill but also a bundle of embarrassment.

This level of tiredness also has the side effect of looking like ‘hot shit’ most days.  The glazed over look is one that is becoming my normal look. 

Lemon Aid by Benefit is helping brighten my face up a little though – even if that is the only thing bright about me on that given day.

Like all Benefit products it comes in the kitch little box and cute tub.  At this point I would also like to mention that I got this as a bargain on eBay for £5.00 and not the retail price of £16.50 but if you have some spare money this is a good product to have in your makeup bag.

You can either wear Lemon Aid as either a colour corrector for your eyelids or as an eyelid primer for under eyeshadow.

I bought it to wear as a colour corrector – my eyelids are rather red in tone these days and the yellow shade helps make them look normal again.  Well, actually better than normal – lovely bright eyes.

It works really well as an eyeshadow primer too though –

As you can see super shimmery eyelids – this usually does not look this good. I usually end up with shimmer in all the wrong places like smeared across my face.  Lemon Aid holds the eyeshadow in place and even after a gig in a sweaty venue it was still in place! Hooray! 

If you enjoy both shimmer and live music – then get this! Even if you only wear it to gigs.