29 October 2016

My Favourite Halloween TV Specials

One of the best things about Halloween for me is watching lots of horror films! But it's not only the movies that can get you ready for Halloween, lots of TV shows (especially American ones) have Halloween special episodes. So today I thought I'd list my favourite for you to watch and get your spook on over the next few days!

That's So Raven - Don't Have a Cow

When thinking of Halloween episodes, the first one that always comes to mind for me is the That's So Raven Halloween special! In case you don't remember (or perhaps have never seen the show, in which case we can't be friends) in this episode, Raven and Chelsea are the only ones in school not to be invited to Alana's Halloween party so naturally they decide to make a wishing potion to get them invited and to have the best costumes in school. However, Chelsea's cow badge falls into the potion and the end up turning into cows! It also has a sub-plot of Corey feeling too old to go Trick or Treating with his Dad which is quite cute!
 Click here for the link to it on vimeo if you feel like being nostalgic! 

FRIENDS - The One With The Halloween Party 

There are so many great things about this episode! First of all, Chandler's pink bunny costume is classic but I feel like Ross' takes the cake (Spud-nik anyone?) This episode also opens up the storyline about Pheobe and Eric and sees Rachel dealing with her pregnancy (remember when she gives all the candy to one child!). Also you can't mention this episode without mentioning the arm wrestle between Ross and Chandler! You can find this episode on Netflix and I think I'm going to go watch it once I've finished writing this post!
-Also I just realised that the picture I used doesn't include Joey which is quite frankly not on so here is some extra Joey from that episode for you. 

The X Files - Chinga

Ok so this is a blog post by me and it's about TV shows, you knew The X Files would find it's way in here somehow! And yes okay technically this is not a Halloween special and yes to be honest you could probably watch any X Files episode over Halloween (and you should) because they are all spooky, but this one is actually really scary and perfect for this time of year! In this episode Scully tries to go on vacation but ends up holidaying in the same town that is experiencing some pretty weird events, typical. At first the finger is pointed at a young mother who is suspected to be a witch, but the truth is actually much more sinister. This episode features possessed dolls and creepy children and if that wasn't enough for you - it was written by Stephen King himself! 

Supernatural - It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

Just like The X Files, you could pretty much watch any episode of Supernatural if you want to get spooky on Halloween! But they do actually have a halloween special episode as well. In this episode they are racing to stop a group of witches from resurrecting the demon Samhain who is infamous for unleashing death and terror on the night of hallows eve. If they can't stop them in time then the angels plan to blow up the entire town. This episode is during season 4 where we are just meeting all of the angels and demons that play a big part in the seasons to come, in fact this episode is where Sam and Castiel meet for the first time! I love this episode because there's some pretty original death scenes including a razor blade chocolate bar and boiling hot apple bobbing! We also get to see Dean Winchester giving us some comic relief stuffing his face with sweets and teasing greedy children. I found a clip of one of these funny scenes on youtube so click here if you want a laugh! 

The Simpsons - Treehouse Of Horror Episodes

You can't talk about TV Halloween specials without mentioning The Simpsons! I have seen so many of these over the years that it's hard to pick a favourite! I love how they reference other films, including The Shining,  The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone and Poltergeist just to name a few! I found a cool clip of some of the best scenes from the Treehouse of Horror series over the years, so click here if you fancy watching that! 

That's it for this post! There are so many more Halloween episodes I could have mentioned including Parks & Rec and Modern Family but these are my top 5! Do you have a favourite Halloween special? Let me know in the comments! 

See you soon, 

Beth x


22 October 2016

Baie Botanique Review*

As a vegetarian I am always keen to find great products that are cruelty free so I was excited to try the Baie Botanique Rose Renew range. I got to try out three out of the four products they have to offer, the regenerating serum, regenerating face wash and the regenerating face cream.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the stunning packaging. Like can we all just take a moment to appreciate this colour scheme please? Baie Botanique are a relatively new company but you would never have guessed it when you see their products, they just look so sophisticated. I was also really impressed with the size of the bottles. For  £15-£34 each you definitely want to get your money's worth and you definitely do.

So they may look pretty but how well do they perform? First of all let's talk about the face wash as this is what you would use first. Another thing I need to mention about this company is that their products are made from completely natural ingredients and you can tell as soon as you open the bottle. There is a lovely natural rose scent which is refreshing but not too overpowering like others can be. I usually tend to go for things that have a more fruity smell but I liked that this was more subtle.  The face wash itself is thick and seeps into my skin well when I use it in the shower. I like that there aren't any micro-beads in this face wash (they are very bad) because I find it really hard to find ones that don't have them! My skin does feel smooth after using it but I have to say I haven't really noticed a dramatic decrease in my breakouts since using it. However, as the cheaper item of the set (£15) I think I would purchase this again because it does leave me feeling very refreshed!

Onto the regenerating serum, this is probably my least favourite one. It has a similar smell to the face wash but I found it really sticky and left my hands sticky after applying it. It didn't leave my face feeling very nice afterwards until I had put the face cream on and to be honest it didn't really feel as if it was doing anything in particular to my face. Maybe because I am younger I don't really need an anti ageing serum but I was really disappointed with this one. However a good thing I will point out about it is that a little bit goes a really long way, you only need a small pump to cover your whole face. I feel like it may be good if you are slightly older and in need of an anti ageing cream but for me I could happily just use the face wash and the face cream and skip this step.

Guess who lost the lid to her face cream! I really liked this product, it made my skin feel really soft and it was easy to apply my makeup on top of. Similarly to the other products it had the same rosey scent and a small pump goes a long way! Apart from that though there's nothing really particularly special about it apart from it being from natural ingredients as I said before. Many face creams have loads of chemicals and things in it that most of us have never even heard of so it's reassuring to know that you can trust what's going on to your face!

Overall I really liked these products and I can't wait to see what else the company comes out with!

See you soon, 

Beth xx

*These products were gifted to me for review but all opinions are my own. 

8 October 2016

The Discover Film Festival 2016

- First of all I would just like to apologise for being so absent this week! If you like my page on Facebook then you will know I've had the busiest of all busy weeks, including starting a new job and finishing (starting) film school assignments that are due in next week! So yeah sorry again for being the worst blogger ever, please enjoy this post to make up for it! - 

I'm guessing by now that most of you know how much I love films and want to work in the film industry, so you can imagine my excitement when I got invited to the Discover Film Awards! If you don't know, The Discover Film Awards is a film festival run by discover.film, a website dedicated to short films. This is a relatively new festival so I was astounded when they said they had had over 1000 entries which they had to filter down to just 40 to show at the event! 

The festival took place over two days (last Saturday and Sunday) at the Phoenix Theatre in London, one of the oldest in the world! So I hopped on a train early Saturday morning and met my brilliant blogger friend Harry (seriously you should check out his blog!) and our friend Jon and made our way to the event. Once at the cinema we were met by a lovely man who sadly I can't remember the name of but he took our names and gave us these lovely VIP passes which said "Journalist" on them. Not going to lie I felt super professional wearing this and didn't want to take it off! The film makers all had their photos taken by the discover film back drop and were given a free bottle of champagne which I was very jealous about! The auditorium itself reminded me of my favourite cinema, the Dome in Worthing. There is just something about old cinemas that I love, they have much more character to them and we really need to do more to support our local cinemas or they won't be here for much longer! 

Now I'm not going to talk to you about every single film because that would take AGES! So I'm just going to talk to you about my favourites and let you know which ones won awards! 

On Saturday we watched the first 20 films. I was amazed at the versatility, or what the festival organisers described as a "tootie fruity" mix of films! There were some animations, some CGI, Sci Fi, Drama, Comedy, definitely something for everyone.

Of all the films we watched that day it's hard to choose a favourite but the first one that comes to mind is called "Eddie".  As described on their website, Eddie is a suspense drama with a black comedy streak about a tired researcher who has to perform tests on his mute test subject, Eddie. He is stuck in an underground bunker not knowing how long for or why his employers are ignoring him. I love films that keep you guessing so that's probably why I loved this one! 

Another film I really loved was called The Chop. It's a comedy about a Jewish butcher who gets fired from his job and after no luck finding work anywhere else, pretends to be Muslim so he can work for a halal shop. It was really lighthearted and funny and a great way to end the day!

Other films I really enjoyed that day were: 
Promises A short thriller about a man driving home from work when he realises his wife and son are involved in an explosion on the tube. This kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire time!
Penny's From Heaven A sci fi about a girl called Penny who committed suicide, now she must save 1000 people from doing the same so she can get her angel wings. I thought this was a cool idea and had a really nice message and twist at the end. 
The Lift About a chance encounter between two people in a lift which is more than it appears to be. Directed by the same person who directed Penny's From Heaven, another really original idea and I thought it was especially clever that they managed to film it all in one small lift!
Pundemic A sullen recluse learns of a potential pandemic sweeping the nation and is advised not to leave his home. When he realises his supply of tea is non-existent, he must brave the outside. This was really subtly funny and very British!

On the second day we decided to have a little wander around London before we headed off to the event. We came out of Victoria station and just started walking. We found some beautiful buildings and some cool cars which really Jon was more interested in than I was! A result of this we were a tiny bit late to the 3rd screening and also starving so we stopped off at this little cafe next to the cinema which did the WORST veggie sausages I've ever had. Luckily we only missed the first couple of minutes so we didn't lose out on much (apart from the money I spent on those sausages.) 

I really enjoyed the first day but I felt like the films shown on the second day were of an even higher standard and it was so difficult to chose 2 to vote for in the audience awards. My highlights were: 

The Last Laugh Three legendary comedians, one very unusual dressing room! A film about Tommy Cooper waiting to go on for his last show (where he died). Even if you don't know much about Tommy Cooper this was still a great film.
Crack A really funny film about gangs of London taking part in a new craze - conkers! 
The Scared One A french film about a child watching his father from his window, placing a scarecrow in the garden. During the night, the child can’t sleep and goes back to the window: the scarecrow is not there anymore. At the same time he hears creepy noises coming from the house…This one was REALLY creepy! 

After we had watched all the films it was onto the award ceremony! Unfortunately we couldn't stay to hear all the awards but the lovely people at discover.film sent me a list of the winners! 

Best Alternative – Perdition
Best Animation – Urban Audio Spectrum
Best Cinematography – Pollen
Best Comedy – Crack
Best Cross-over – The King
Best Documentary – A Man and His Violin
Best Drama – Dunroamin
Best Horror – The Scared One
Best International Drama – As My Heart Beats
Best Micro Budget – Promises
Best Micro Documentary – Rajai 030516
Best Micro Short – A Magician
Best Narrative – Sisters
Best Sci-Fi – Eddie
Best Actor – Bob Golding | Damian Williams | Simon Cartwright – The Last Laugh
Best Director – Whiskey Sour
Judges Award – Rush Call Clown
Audience Award – The Chop
Best in Festival – The Chop

I had a really great time at the festival and can't wait to go again! If you want to know more about any of the film's or about next year's film festival then you can sign up here (it's free!) https://discover.film/

See you soon, 

Beth xx

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