Review: Mockingjay Part 1

I have been waiting for this film to come out for what feels like forever and I’m so happy to say that it did not disappoint! As I’ve mentioned before, usually I don’t like book to film adaptions, but The Hunger Games has always been the exception. I adore this trilogy so I’m delighted that the films haven’t ruined that for me.

In this film we see what happens to the victors after their second trip into the arena, resulting in half of them being captured by the Capitol and half of them being rescued by District 13. There is so much action, suspense and emotion throughout this whole film. I found myself tearing up a bit when Katniss returned to District 12 to see her district in ruins, a land which has become a mass grave. The scene in which she sings The Hanging Tree is one of the most emotional and powerful scenes in the film in my opinion, it was so much better then the way I envisioned it in my head when I read the book.  We get to see more of Effie Trinkett in this film – she really only appears in a small scene in the end of the Mockingjay book so it was nice to see her a bit more, to see her reaction to the harsh reality of District 13. Julianne Moore portrayed President Coin in a different way then I expected – she seems less harsh then in the book, although things may change in Part 2. We didn’t get to see much of Peeta in this film, but it ends on a chilling note, with Peeta fighting against his restraints, and eventually breaking down.

This is just a quick post as my laptop battery will go dead any minute now! I really did enjoy this film, it annoys me that i have to wait another year to see Part 2! Any Hunger Games fans should definitely see this asap, it is worth the two hours, trust me.

Ten Of the Greatest Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes

Season 5: The Body

This episode shows the gang reacting to the death of Joyce. This is one of the most amazing episodes in the series, as it strips back all of the supernatural and deals with death of a natural cause, something Buffy and everyone else is unfamiliar with. Each scene runs almost awkwardly long, leaving us to think about the sadness of the situation. there is no background music, no jokes, just everyone processing the fact that Joyce is now gone. One of the saddest episodes, but quite possibly the very best.

Season 7: Chosen

I just had to include the series finale in this post. I rarely think the last episode of a series does the show justice, but this one ends on such a great note. There’s so much emotion in this episode, between the death of Anya to Spike sacrificing himself to stop all the uber-vamps from taking over the world, to everyone looking over the giant crater that was oce Sunnydale at the end. The story of Buffy Summers (on tv anyways) ended with humour, awe and sadness. The episode leaves you feeling content with how it ended, but also wanting more, which is what I think makes it such a good season finale.

Season 2: I Only Have Eyes For You

This is the episode where Sunnydale is haunted by two ghosts from the 50’s, who use unwilling people to reenact their last moments. It’s a great storyline: two lover’s are doomed to play out their last encounters through other people, which results in the same ending. This is in the middle of the evil Angel plot line and I really liked the little break from him being evil as he and Buffy reenact the scene. The fact that Buffy felt so hurt and devastated over the fact that Angel was evil in her real life, and brought a lot of that emotion to the reenactment, make this episode so much better.

Season 7: Touched

After being thrown out of her own house by her friends and the potentials when they lose faith in her leadership, Buffy is left wandering the nearly deserted Sunnydale by herself. This episode contains one of my favourite scenes, where Spike finds Buffy and comforts here, telling here she’s a hell of a woman. Spike and Buffy reach a new level of intimacy here, which is kind of annoying seeing as it’s so close to the end of the series. Faith also steps up as the new leader for the potentials and Buffy kicks ass, as usual.

Season 1: The Prophecy

The season finale for season one is emotional, just the line “I’m sixteen years old Giles, I don’t want to die,” makes me extremely sad. But in the end Buffy dies but is brought back to life by Xander, ad kills the Master all while wearing the loveliest dress.

Season 5: The Gift

What a great finale for season 5. Buffy jumps into the portal in Dawn’s place, dying so her sister could live. Her speech was just… So many tears while watching it. And when everyone discovered her body, seeing Spike break down was just heartbreaking. Such a brilliant episode. I didn’t really like the whole Glory plot as much as the other big season plots, I don’t know exactly why, but it lead to a great episode.

Season 4: Hush

The episode where the Gentlemen came to Sunnydale is one of the creepiest ones ever. Many people thought the show relied on witty one-liners and funny comebacks, but this episode proves that the show is great without dialogue. It’s the episode where Buffy and Riley first kiss. I’m not the biggest fan of that couple but it’s still a cute moment.

Season 6: Grave

Ah evil Willow, how everyone both loves you and hates you. I think the important thing about this episode if the fact that Buffy, with all her ass-kicking powers, could not stop Willow, but essentially her friendship with Xander did. It’s a sweet and heartbreaking moment when he finally gets to her, and she breaks down as the pain of losing Tara hits her. Buffy also realises that she doesn’t want to be dead anymore, which is always great.

Season 2: Becoming Part 2

If you did not shed a tear while watching this episode then you have no heart! Willow is finally able to restore Angel’s soul, however just as Buffy realises this, she finds that it’s too late as the portal has opened, and so she sacrifices Angel to save the world from all the demon dimensions. Angel looks betrayed when he gets stabbed, Buffy is devastated, so many sad feels all around.

Season 6: Once More With Feeling

Who doesn’t love a musical? This episode of silly and serious at the same time, between a random man delighting at the fact that the cleaners got the mustard out, to Buffy finally admitting that she thinks she was in heaven when the gang pulled her back out. And who couldn’t love the big group song at the end?!



Review: Interstellar

As human’s time on earth is coming to an end, scientists are sent on an exploratory mission, travelling past this galaxy to see if it would be possibly for the human race to continue on another planet. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is forced to leave his children, Tom and Murph, to lead this mission along with Brand (Anne Hathaway), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and Romilly (David Gyasi) and travel to a wormhole near Saturn in an attempt to save man-kind.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Well, Christopher Nolan has done it again. This film blew my mind. I’m honestly still trying to process the whole thing! Throughout the film I became quite emotional, especially as they were travelling in the rocket away from earth. I think it was because there is a very real possibility that this will happen – resources on earth will dry up, causing pandemonium, suffering and the possibility of the human race becoming extinct. It’s amazing, trilling and terrifying at the same time.

I really like the fact that this film has portrayed other worlds that may be out there. The planet with the strong gravity and huge, scary waves genuinely terrified me, but to me it was one of the best scenes in the film. Another aspect that terrified me was the whole time difference. It just amazes me that one hour on a different planet could be seven hours here on earth. And I’m a bi skeptical about that “long nap” machine, I just don’t understand how that could work.

Matt Damon appeared in the film, although that was kept quiet until recently. I’m still unsure as to why he tried to kill Cooper and blew up Romilly though. And what is now typical for a Christopher Nolan film, Michael Caine is also in it, as Professor Brand, the man who lied to everyone on the mission, which I think was really annoying.

As I’m still trying to process the whole film, I don’t really know what else to say, except that it takes the audience on a very emotional journey. I think the acting in it was excellent, I’ve never seen any other film that McConaughey has been in but I’m confident now that I will. An excellent film, and well worth a trip to the cinema in my opinion!

My October Favourites

American Horror Story: Freakshow

After months of teasers, AHS is back with their new season, Freakshow. This season takes place in the 1950’s in Jupiter, Florida and follows the story of a struggling freak show lead by Elsa Mars. The “freaks” include a bearded lady, a three breasted woman, a strong man, conjoined twins, a fake fortune teller and a boy born with syndactyly. They deal with a lot of discrimination , as the town thinks of them as monsters. So far I’m really liking the series, it’s definitely a good one and I’m excited to see where it will go.

Bleach London Swamp Spritz

After hearing great things about this product, I decided to try it for myself. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have searched for it for months – and just when I accepted that I would have to buy it on the Boots website they took it down! I managed to purchase it in the Boots in Liffey Valley recently, after trying many different Boots stores around Dublin.

This product is a sea spray that claims to add texture to all types of hair. The first thing that attracted me to this product was the packaging, it looks so much cooler than any hair products I have ever owned. The second thing that attracted me was that it said it would work on any hair type. As my hair is naturally straight-ish, I wanted to change it up a little with some beachy waves without using heating products in order to keep my hair in decent condition.

I used this product after I washed and towel dried my hair. I set the nozzle to spray (warning: do not set it to stream, ever) and sprayed it on the ends of my hair. I scrunched my hair as much as I could, then let it mostly air dry while scrunching it every now and again. When it was nearly dried I gave my hair a quick blast with the hair dryer on the lowest setting while again scrunching. The result was messy beach waves which I was pretty happy with! I’ll definitely be buying this product again, if I can find it.

Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie

Gwen Stefani is just one of the coolest women out there – it can’t be denied. I was always a fan of her music, whether it was No Doubt or her own solo stuff. So needless to say I was delighted when I discovered she had a new song out! Baby Don’t Lie is an upbeat, pop/reggae-pop track about relationship insecurities. There’s been mixed reviews about it but I love it. You can listen to it here.

Hocus Pocus

I’m not a big Halloween fan, but every year I love to watch this film! Who couldn’t love the story of the Sanderson sisters and how they came back one Halloween night because of a teenage boy, his sister and potential girlfriend and tried to suck the lives out of all the children in Salem? I haven’t watched it yet but i plan to tonight as I hide from all the potential trick or treaters.


Review: Love, Rosie

I saw the trailers for this film over the last few months and thought that it looked like a cute film that I would enjoy. As all the trailers said it was adapted from the novel Love, Rosie (formerly Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern I decided that before I saw the film, I needed to read the book  as I always think the book is better then the film (as anyone who has read my previous posts on book to film adaptions would know). So I picked up this book last week, and despite the fact that I read in in less then 24 hours, I thought it was an extremely cute story and definitely worth the read!

Love, Rosie tells the story of two best friends, Alex and Rosie, from the age of five onwards. The novel is written in an epistolary structure, through the use of letters, emails, cards and newspaper articles. Alex and Rosie are just meant to be together, everyone seems to realise that but them, but decisions, mistakes and stubbornness seems to always get in the way of them having a romantic relationship together. We get to see their lives with other people, their achievements and their failures, and their strong friendship that can withstand the distance from Ireland to America (usually).

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

I’m not going to lie, this story was a bit predictable, but I still loved it. Rosie is a clumsy, likeable girl who everyone can identify with at some point throughout the story. She has experienced a lot of failures and let downs in her life, but she always seems to get back up and learn her lesson. Alex is a sensible, and yet again likeable, boy who ends up moving halfway across the world early on in the story. His life seems to be a bit easier then Rosie’s – he has a Harvard degree and a good job saving lives while Rosie often struggles in relation to employment.  Eventually they do get together, but they’re in their fifties when it happens and I think I’m not the only one who wishers it could have been sooner!

I love that the story was told in the form of letters and emails, it made a nice change to read a story in that structure. We also were introduced to a lot of other characters, such as Ruby, Katie, Josh, Bethany, Sally, Kevin, Stephanie and Rosie’s parents. Although I often felt bad for the character, I like that Rosie struggled with her decisions and mistakes. It shows us real life, while also proving that anyone can overcome difficult obstacles, such as a teenage pregnancy, the death of your parents and watching everyone else succeed while you get left behind. I sometimes feel a bit like that, which is why I think I identified with the character so much. I like that Alex was always the nice guy, and he did always like Rosie, he didn’t just realise his feelings for her later on in the story. I really hate Greg for stopping those two get together earlier in the book!

While this book is really easy to read, I do think it’s worth it, as it’s a cute story that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Now that I’ve finished the book I can finally see the film, which I’m excited about, as the trailers look decent! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good story.

Receipe: Chocolate Guinness Cake

I first tried this cake several months ago – my sister made it, and knowing my love for both chocolate and cake gave me a slice. It was the nicest homemade chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life, hands down!
So I quickly went onto Nigella Lawson’s website to find the recipe and I’ve had it bookmarked for the last while, until I finally got the courage to attempt to make it myself last week. This cake does contain Guinness, but he bitterness of it is balanced out by the sugar in it. To be honest, I didn’t even taste the Guinness in my one. It’s quite a damp cake, but in my opinion it’s definitely worth a try at least once! The ingredients are as follows:

For the cake:

  • 250 ml Guinness (I used a can as it was easier to find)
  • 275 g plain flour
  • 75 g cocoa powder (I used Cadbury’s Bournville)
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 2.5 tsp of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
  • 142 ml sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 300 g cream cheese
  • 125 ml double/whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350ºF and butter and line a 9 inch springform tin (or cheesecake tin as I tend to call them).
  2. Pour Guinness into a large saucepan and add the butter in slices. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and pour into the buttery Guinness mixture, and then whisk in the flour and baking soda.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for 45 – 60 mins. When it’s out of the oven, leave it to cool completely in the tin, because it’s a damp cake and can fall apart easily.
  5. When the cake is cooled, whip the cream cheese and vanilla extract until it’s smooth, sieve in the icing sugar and beat them together. Add the cream and beat until it reaches desire consistency.
  6. Spread the frosting on top of the cake, making it look like the frothy top of a pint of Guinness.

This was without a doubt the best and most successful cake I’ve ever baked. You could easily get about 18 slices out of it, which is why my mam gave slices of cake to half of my family, who reported back that the cake was absolutely delicious, to my delight! It’s a bit of a challenge to make but it’s so worth it. I felt a sense of accomplishment when I finished it and it turned out great, and it’s really nice to know that  other people liked it too! It’s definitely one I’ll be making again soon. If any of you try out the recipe, good luck and let me know how it goes!

Review: Gone Girl

Having read the book and seen teasers for the last year, it’s safe to say that I was extremely excited about seeing Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl on the big screen, and it did not disappoint! For those of you who don’t know, Gone Girl is about Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who relocated from New York City to Missouri after they both lost their jobs. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing, and of course the husband is the chief suspect.

The novelist Gillian Flynn also wrote the screenplay, so it’s safe to say that the film does the book justice. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, and Rosamund Pike plays his wife Amy, with Carrie Coon portraying Nick’s sister (Mar)Go. Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry also make appearances as Desi and Tanner Bolt, so it’s a pretty decent cast!

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Personally, I think the film might be a tiny bit better if I hadn’t read the book beforehand, as I already knew the big plot twist about Amy framing Nick. However, I still think this film was brilliant. The directing, the acting, the screenplay, it all stayed true to the story. Nothing was held back – it had the gruesome scene where Amy kills Desi, and violent verbal and physical fights between Nick and Amy. Rosamund Pike’s acting was brilliant – she nailed Amy’s cold stare and crazy ways, but also the “cool Amy” persona, and I really can’t imagine another actress portraying her. One thing in this film that annoyed me was Amy’s parents, as they weren’t as involved with everything as they were in the book. I felt that if they weren’t in the film at all it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. And Gillian Flynn said that the ending of the film would be different then the book so people who have read the book will be surprised, but I was a bit disappointed with it! She made it seem like there was some big reveal, but the only thing that was different was that Nick and Amy went on television to announce their pregnancy, and it didn’t really seem like that big of a deal to me.

Besides that though I thought the film was excellent and I’ve been recommending it to everyone I’ve talked to since I saw it. it’s definitely one of Ben Affleck’s best performances in my opinion, and it’s put Rosamund Pike, who wasn’t really well known, up there. It’s a must see for anyone who enjoys a good drama/thriller/suspense movie!

My September Favourites

As it’s the last day of September I thought I’d just list a few of my favourite things that I’ve been wearing, watching or listening to throughout the month. Apologies for the bad quality of the photographs, they were taken with my iPod camera and aren’t the best!


As I’m studying PR I convinced myself that it would be okay to start watching this show when I’m currently watching about five other shows because it’s about a woman who runs a crisis management firm (any excuse to watch a well-recommended Shonda Rhimes show!). I did not predict how obsessed with this show I would become. Olivia Pope is a fabulously strong, independent, hard-working woman who started her own company after working for the current President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant. She’s harsh and un-apologetic, which I love! I also like how many of the actors/actresses are familiar from appearing on Grey’s Anatomy, such as Scott Foley and Katie Lowes. I love watching a tv show that shows a little part of my industry, even if it is slightly unrealistic. I also enjoy watching a programme that has a strong female lead in it, and i really admire Shonda Rhimes for creating such a programme.

Mac Velvet Teddy

This lipstick has blown up over the last few months due to every single girl on the planet wanting “Kylie Jenner lips”. This is the first lipstick I’ve ever bought, as I’m a bit weary about lipstick and I don’t think it suits me. But this particular one is just a shade or two darker then my natural lip colour, which is perfect! It’s a matte lipstick, but I don’t find it drying at all, as I usually put a bit of lip balm on before I apply it. It’s a kind of nude/pinky/brown that looks different on everyone who wears it. It’s a shade that i can wear to college as it doesn’t stand out too much, but I could also wear at night if I go out. It’s an amazing lipstick, I just hope it’s not discontinued, as that seems to happen to a lot of my favourite products!

New Look Boots

I got these boots in New Look last summer, but I’ve worn them often in these last few weeks. I can wear them with dresses or with jeans which is great as I don’t really like shoes I can only wear with certain outfits. My favourite way to wear these is with ripped jeans from River Island and a baggy jumper, they make me feel a bit more dressed up then if I was wearing the outfit with Converse! I’m not sure if they’re still in store, but if they are I’d definitely recommend them, as they’re really comfy to wear and go with so many different things.

Penney’s/Primark Leather Jacket

I bought this jacket in Penney’s/Primark, and I was delighted when I did because it was €19 reduced to €13, so I just had to buy it! I already have a leather jacket, but I’d wear that one with hoodies and tshirts. I can wear this jacket with a lot more clothes, it can really change my look depending on what I wear it with. I can easily wear layers under it so hopefully it will be warm enough for the winter months ahead.

The Divergent Trilogy

I read this about a month ago in the space of a few days, but I’m putting this in my September favourites because I’m still completely obsessed with it! It’s about a society that’s divided into different factions, and it tells us about Beatrice Prior’s life as she tried to fit into this society, and later on break away from it. I love the concept of society being divided into different sectors based on what your personality is like,  I’ve never read anything like it before. The first time I read it I borrowed my sisters books but I have recently purchased the set for myself, because I think she’ll get annoyed when I constantly ask to borrow them.

Riptide – Vance Joy

I know I’m extremely late with this song seeing as it was out in 2013, but I just learned the name and artist, so that justifies putting it here in my opinion! Vance Joy, aka James Keogh, is an Australian singer-songwriter who is currently signed with Atlantic Records. His song Riptide is an upbeat indie-folk song that and is basically a love story that contains a good few popular culture references. For anyone who hasn’t heard it I’d definitely recommend it, it’s a catchy song that will definitely lift your mood a bit!


  • I’ve been reading a lot. More than usual probably. In the last two weeks I’ve read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen.
  • I’ve been looking up recipes for lunch I could take to college. Not really finding much due to the fact that I’m just too lazy to make an elaborate lunch the night before, so I think I’ll just stick to my simple salad in a lunchbox or sandwich for now.
  • I’ve been re-watching Grey’s Anatomy from the start. No matter how many times I re-watch this show I could never get sick of it! I enjoy taking 40 minutes out of my day to watch an episode with my afternoon cup of tea.
  • I’ve been looking forward to college starting again. Summer is nice and I love having all this free time, but I’m looking forward to having something specific to do five days a week, and it will make me appreciate my free time even more.
  • I’ve been listening to Snow Patrol’s album Eyes Open, to this song in particular. Such a lovely song, i just had to add it to my ‘Sleep’ playlist on my iPod!
  • I’ve constantly been applying for jobs with no luck. After four years of rejections and failed interviews, I think I’m done job hunting for a while. It’s too upsetting.
  • I’ve been loving my short hair. I got a good six inches or more taken off my hair in March so it was just below my collarbone, and it took some time to get used to it, but I’ve been getting so many compliments on it I may just keep my hair short for a bit longer.
  • I’ve been seriously craving a Domino’s pizza for weeks now but I’ve been good and resisted!
  • I’ve been thinking a lot about the death of a member of my class. It happened a few weeks ago, and I still think about that whole situation often. We weren’t particularly close but it still has affected me.
  • I’ve been spending time with my sister’s puppy. She’s the baby of the family, and she has everyone wrapped around her little paw! I didn’t think a dog could bring this much joy to someone, she’s constantly entertaining us and making everyone laugh. It’s also nice to have someone get excited everytime you walk down the stairs.

My Favourite Soap & Glory Products

This is my first beauty-type post, so I apologise for how bad/awkward it may seem. The truth is, I don’t really wear a lot of make up. My usual every day look is just eyeliner to be honest. lately though I’ve been trying to ranch out; I bought my first MAC lipstick (although I picked a subtle colored one), I’ve tried liquid and gel eyeliners (not my cup of tea, I’ll just stick to my pencil) and I have three Urban Decay palettes which I do tend to use frequently when I’m in college, not so much during the summer though.

However, I do have my favourite skincare products that I do like to splurge on the way other girls would like to splurge on make up. Soap and Glory products are a must have for girls in my opinion. Not only do they all smell amazing, but they genuinely do what they say on the packaging! I’ve tried so many of their products over the last few years, so I’m going to list a few of my favourites that I always end up coming back to.

  • Hand Food: As said on the tube, this product is a non-greasy hydrating hand cream. It contains shea butter, marshmallow and macadamia oil, and is scented with S&G’s Original Pink fragrance. I always make sure I have Hand Food right beside my bed and apply it every night before I go to sleep. You only need to use a little bit of it, and you can feel the difference after one use. It also comes in a handy travel size, which is great if you like to apply hand cream during the day because it’s small enough to fit in a bag.
  • The Scrub of Your Life: This product is a body exfoliater. It claims to make your skin smoother, particularly getting at those annoying bumps on the back of your arms, dry skin and rough elbows. This body scrub really does work, it leaves my skin unbelievably smooth, and if you apply body butter/lotion after you use it it leaves your skin extremely soft. This product had scrubbing beads in it and also contains the Original Pink fragrance.
  • Heel Genius: This is one of the best foot creams I’ve ever used. The product contains allantoin, glycerin, macadamia oil, menthol, bilberry, orange and lemon fruit acid smoothers, and believe me when I say you will not regret using this. It leaves your feet unbelievably soft, hydrated and smooth the day after using it. It says on the bottle to apply to your feet, put on cotton socks and let it soak in while you sleep. I like to apply it right after a shower, I feel that it soaks in better and leaves my feet a little bit softer.
  • Peaches and Clean 3-in-1 Cleanser: Like I said earlier, I don’t really wear much make up, but on the few occasions that I do wear foundation this product ensures my face is squeaky clean and has no left-over make up on it before I go to sleep. This cleanser re-energises skin, is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C and contains a natural cleansing agent. When I use this and I apply toner to my face afterwards, not a single bit of make up comes off on the cotton ball, showing that the cleanser does its job. It smells fruity and comes in a handy bottle and doesn’t dry your face out at all.
  • The Righteous Butter: I have tried many of the S&G body butter/lotions but I always end up coming back to this one. I apply this after a shower, and it leaves my skin smooth and hydrated. It works even better if you apply it after using Scrub of Your Life. This body butter contains aloe vera and shea butter and is scented with Original Pink. It’s great for people who suffer from dry skin, it’s my go to body butter!

So there you have it, my first beauty post. If you don’t think it’s too terrible I may end up doing a few more. I would definitely recommend Soap and Glory products to anyone who likes to pamper their skin – they may seem a little pricey but they always have offers on in Boots stores such as Buy 3 for the price of 2, which is good value in my opinion!