Saturday, 25 August 2018

Izzynterview With My Sister Vicky

This interview of mine is going to be a little different, I actually decided to interview my baby sister Vicky. She's literally one of the coolest people I've ever met (she's gonna think I'm taking the piss but I'm really not) and definitely the funniest person I know. I hope you enjoy getting to know her a bit better...

She told me not to post a picture of her,
but couldn't resist this little throwback ;)

She's also made one or two guest appearances on my channel

1. It's safe to say you're talented in a lot of things. What is your favourite hobby?

Aw, what a compliment! Um, my favourite hobby is probably reading. As much as I love writing, I think that there's something so special about picking up a book somebody else wrote – whether that was one year ago or fifty – and reading it and being taken to a different world like that. I like to go back and reread my favourite books a few times a year because I never really get bored of them.

2. Since you're so big on writing, would you ever consider starting a blog of your own?

Absolutely! Its actually something I'm hoping to do once the new academic year kicks off again and I get into a routine. I'd love to do book reviews and talk about my own writing techniques, what does and doesn't work for me etc.

3. I think it's safe to say you never sit down for one minute, how do you manage your time effectively?

I like to bullet journal a lot, which is a technique I discovered when I was doing my A-Levels. I'm a big fan of making lists and breaking down big tasks into smaller ones, which means I can tick them off quicker. It also stops me from getting stressed out – the more tasks I complete, the more motivated I am. I also have a very short attention span so I tend to be productive in twenty-minute chunks. I work on something for twenty minutes, then have a three-minute break, and then go again. After every productive hour I take a longer break. This is something that really helps me and stops me from getting burnt out. 

4. No one likes animals more than you. What's one pet you're hoping to get in the future and what would you name them?

Obviously, one of my #LifeGoals is to be able to afford my own horse. But in terms of an actual 'pet' -pet at the moment I'm a bit obsessed with the idea of getting a golden retriever called Teddy. I love dogs and we've never had one before, so as much as I like the idea of adopting from a shelter, I'd love to get one from a puppy so I get that experience and be a bit more prepared for when I feel ready to adopt one. 

5. Apart from German and English (both me and my sister are bilingual) what language do you wish you could speak?

I've always loved the idea of being able to speak in Latin. I'm not sure if it's a language that's actually spoken anymore of just written, but I think it's so cool and interesting how it's the basis for so many other languages out there. So, basically I'm cheating a bit there. 

6. Name something you're working on at the minute

I'm working on building a family home for my expanding Sims family. It's very important to me. I really want to spoil them. And, apart from that, I'm also chipping away at a draft of a story I've been working on for a while now. 

7. Now that you've finished your first year at university too, what would you say your favourite university moment has been?

There's lots of things, but it's probably just something all together like the movie nights where me and Abi, my flatmate, would just do face masks and watch chick-flicks in my bed with lots of popcorn.

8. Your top 3 songs to jam to at the minute?

High Five by Sigrid is a banger. I've also spent a lot of time recently listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, so I would say Non-Stop from there, too. And Easy to Love by the Jezebels will forever be a banger, and is probably one of my favourite songs ever.

9. I'm your big sister, I have to embarrass you in this interview. What is the cringiest thing you've done?

Oh please, please don't ask me this. I'm such a cringey person in general. I think the answer would have to be that I originally made my FaceBook account for my cat, as a loophole because my mum wouldn't let me make a FaceBook account for myself because I was too young. I was a bit jealous that everyone else seemed to have one and I was missing out (I really wasn't). So then everyone started to get friendship requests from 'Fidget Knight'; my first status was Just got castrated. Ouch! And it's still out there. 

10. What is one goal you're hoping to achieve in the next year?

Can I be basic and say that I want to grow my hair out? I'd also really like to improve my marks on my course from last year, and read 50 books. And join the gym! So – lots of goals.

So thank you very much Smelly (sorry had to embarrass you a bit Vicky) for taking part in this interview. I hope you enjoyed reading,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Review) *Spoilers*

ABBA's music brings people of all ages together, and I think we can all agree they have written the catchiest songs in all of history. For me, it was no surprise that the 2008 hit Mamma Mia (Phyllida Lloyd) was followed up with a sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Ol Parker) this Summer.

Following the death of her beloved mother Donna (Meryl Streep), Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is preparing to take on the challenge of running the hotel and fulfilling Donna's dream, as well as welcoming a child of her own to this earth.

The plot has two story lines that run parallel to each other, the first being about young Donna's (Lily James) adventures on the island and how she met the three potential fathers of Sophie in the first place. The second storyline is about Sophie becoming a mother and how she feels a connection to what her mother went through.

The film has an all singing, all dancing and all star cast with all the loved characters from the first film making an appearance again for the most part. But Sophie's Grandmother truly steals the show, since she is played by the one and only Cher

Personally, the actress that stood out the most to me was Jessica Keenan Wynn who played young Tanya. She played this role so believably that I truly forgot that it wasn't actually Christine Baranski playing her younger self. I mean you've got to be talented enough to be a Hollywood actress as it is, yet alone being able to act in the same style as another and pick up their mannerisms. 

Naturally the soundtrack really was the winning part of this film. Most of ABBA's well known hits were used in the first film, which did make me wonder what they'd use in the second. Here We Go Again introduced songs such as Fernando, When I Kissed The Teacher, and Waterloo (my personal favourite ABBA song if you were wondering) to the big screen. However, this didn't stop them successfully reusing the big hits. I mean, you can't make a Mamma Mia movie without the song... Mamma Mia can you?!

The overall vibe of this film seemed a bit different to the first. The first was a cheeky little musical, that you couldn't help but sing along to. However this film, presumably due to its $75 million budget, has bigger dance routines and is just overall a lot more theatrical and dramatic than the first. As a result, the dance numbers have a cheesy and staged feel to them, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if that's what the audience was after.

Now musicals are normally feel good films, right? However, that doesn't mean that this movie doesn't tug at your heart strings. The cinema was filled with mothers and daughters crying their eyes out at the special bond between Donna and Sophie. But to keep it lighthearted, the film also has funny and witty one liners scattered throughout it. The ending is overly cheesy, but would you expect anything less from this feel good franchise? 

And now for the actual story line which is where my main issue with the film lies. The ending especially, felt very forced and it didn't seem to flow with the rest of the story. It just seemed like they wanted to tie the film up in the happiest way possible, even if it didn't come across as realistic.

But the plot holes were the biggest downfall of this film. Every single person I have spoken to about this film has been able to tell me a different error they've found with the story line. E.g. In the first film, Donna is talking to Tanya and Rosie about someone "up there" (and points upwards) having it in for her because she seems to have bad luck, and they reply that it must be her mother. Surely this implies that Donna's mother is dead? Then HOW COME Donna's mother comes to visit Sophie in the second?! And the order in which she meets the three potential fathers is different to the first and the dates don't add up. It just makes me wonder if the person who wrote this film had even seen the first.

I have very mixed feelings about this film, since I loved it but feel as though I shouldn't have. Therefore, if I was judging it based purely on entertainment I'd have to give it a 10/10, since it let me escape from reality for a bit and I'll definitely be watching it again when I have a bad day. However, the film student within me is screaming to give this film a 6/10 based on it's inconsistencies and overall quality. 

Have you seen this movie yet? If so let me know what your thoughts were in the comments below,

Izzy K xxx

Friday, 20 July 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liner & Lipstick

It's well known within the makeup world that Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat (£16) in the shade Pillow Talk is a cult favourite. And then the beauty community lost their minds when Charlotte released the best selling shade as one of her Matte Revolution Lipsticks (£24). This duo was so iconic that I actually couldn't get my hands on it anywhere until now. 

The lip cheats are designed to re-shape and re-size your lips. Personally, I have the thinnest "white person" lips imaginable and over lining my lips always looked fake. However, with this lip cheat, you can literally draw them on as big as you like with them still looking natural. 

The shade Pillow Talk has been such a hit because it happens to be a shade that suits everyone. It's the perfect your lips but better shade. One the first glance I thought this shade wouldn't suit me because it seemed too pink for a nude lipstick, however when I tried it I realized it was in fact pretty close to my natural shade. 

And this lip liner also helps me to apply my lipstick with precision without going over the lines, and it keeps my lipstick on longer in general. It's not hard to apply at all, with the tip being small enough for precision, but also allows you to colour in your whole lips if you wish. This little cheat has become a handbag essential of mine!

Now onto the main show, the lipstick. The application is so easy, it literally glides on. Considering it is a matte lipstick it isn't drying at all on your lips. The only thing I will say is that compared to other matte lipsticks I have, it doesn't last as long. However, it does last an entire afternoon without needing a retouch so it's good enough for me. The colour is also a perfect match to the liner too, making it a perfect combination.

This lipstick and liner combo is the ultimate power couple of lip products, and I would rate it a 9/10 overall. It most definitely will be repurchased for me when I inevitably use it all up. And friends, if you don't have them in your collection I would definitely recommend it,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Son Of Rambow Review

Today's review is going to be of an older and, in my opinion, underrated film which is Son Of Rambow (2007, Garth Jennings). This is a coming of age comedy, set in the early 80's staring Will Poulter as the rebel 13-year old Lee Carter, and Bill Milner as the shy and naive 11-year old Will Proudfoot.

The boys couldn't come from more polar upbringings. Will was raised as part of the Plymouth Brethren Church, meaning he had to follow a strict lifestyle which includes not being able to listen to music or watch TV. His world turns upside down, yet maybe in a good way, when he first meets the school bad boy Lee Carter, who has just been thrown out of class for misbehaving.

Lee manages to convince Will to be the stuntman in the homemade film he's making to enter in a Young Film Maker's competition. As the name suggests, the movie they create is a spin off of the hit Rambow series. Soon, this film becomes the talk of the school, with everyone from the popular kids to the French Exchange students wanting a role in it The story really touches on the importance of friendship over popularity, and Lee becomes very vocal about the fact he feels like it was more fun when it was just the two boys making a film.

This film really is a family favourite. My parents love the nostalgia that it gives them as it shows children simply playing out and having fun with friends. For me, I could relate to the timeless childish humor and the banter between Will and Lee. The film is filled with funny lines and moments, including Lee's quick one-liners and the hilarious innocence that Will brings to the screen.

It isn't all fun and games though. The plot covers dark themes too, such as the death of a parent, prejudice and bullying. Son Of Rambow is an emotional rollercoster, which still manages to be a feel-good film at the end of the day.

My favourite thing about this film is the casting. Milner plays a convincing sweet character, who still has a lot to learn about the world. And Poulter is able to show a range of emotions, from being the cheeky schoolboy in one scene, to crying his eyes out about his family in another. This was the first film I'd ever seen staring Poulter, and ever since then I knew he was an actor to keep an eye out for because his talent was bound to take him far. The chemistry between the two characters is sweet to watch too, because it is clear they balance each other out and need each other's friendship.

Overall, this is the ultimate feel-good comedy. I would rate this a 10/10 because for me it's a film I can watch over and over without getting bored. Have you ever seen this film before? If so let me know in the comments, 

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 7 July 2018

The Notebook Review

It actually feels like a sin to admit this, but I'm a 20 year old girl who had never seen The Notebook (2004, Nick Cassavetes) before this week. Everyone always told me "Izzy you need to watch it. You'll cry your eyes out, but in a good way" so I decided to finally give it a go.

The story itself is set in the 1940's, where a young but poor man, Noah (Ryan Gosling), meets his upper-class love interest, Allie (Rachel McAdams). The plot takes part in 3 stages within their lives; their initial Summer romance, during their adult life, and during their golden years. 

Initially, Allie's parents disagree with Noah being suited for her, considering his background, as they don't believe he can offer much to her. However, Noah works hard his whole life to provide Allie with her dream life, building the exact house that she once wished for as a 17 year old. Fate continues to bring the pair together throughout their lives. 

The first thing that came to mind when I was watching this film is that it is very predictable. From start to finish, I near enough guessed what was going to happen next. It was clear from the beginning that Allie and Noah would not only fall for each other, but end up with each other. Therefore, the inevitability of this took away any suspense for me when it came to love rivals and obstacles in their way. 

Another point I want to make is that I wasn't particularly moved with emotions at this film. Call me cold hearted, but I was seriously imagining me having to reach for the tissues during every scene which just wasn't the case. For me, this movie was just as touching as literally any other romance film. It has it's moving moments, but it's nothing too dramatic considering the reputation this film has for being emotion provoking. It also seems pretty unrealistic that Noah, coming from noble beginnings is somehow able to inherit a fortune and build his dream life. But you know what, we can all be dreamers!

One thing I will praise this film for is the acting. Gosling and McAdams are able to portray convincing characters, taking the audience along with them on their love journey. You relate to the happiness and joy that the characters feel whilst experiencing their first love since it seems so legitimate. They are then able to switch into more mature roles as their characters age and become "proper adults".

And at the end of the day, films don't have to be realistic in order to win the hearts of their audience. The Notebook has managed to be a reality escape for many people, showing a cheesy yet heartwarming portrayal of true love.

Overall, I would give this film a rating of 6/10. It was an enjoyable watch, but not something that stood out to me amongst other Romance films. Have you seen this movie? If so let me know what you thought about it in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Izzynterview With: Crystal Valenzuela

I'm so excited to share this post where I interviewed the amazing Crystal Valenzuela. I found her channel a couple of years ago now and every video she posts leaves me with a giant smile on my face. She makes a variety of videos, including sketches and vlogs and her bubbly personality is just so entertaining to watch. I hope you guys love her channel as much as I do! 

1. How long before discovering YouTube did you decide you wanted to start posting videos?

Okay so I'm going to bring this one back to where it started. I started out by hearing about YouTube from my sister one day when she came home from middle school talking about this guys named Fred that everyone was going crazy about. Now I never did quite get the Fred thing but it did introduce me to this brand-new world; where people would post videos that they created. I personally always loved making people laugh and I was so fascinated by the whole world of movies and entertainment but of course it was kind of a far-fetched thing. At first though all I would do was watch videos for hours and "make my own videos in the mirror" or I'd actually film and edit them, but never posted them because I was too scared. For the longest time! I neglected starting a YouTube channel because I was afraid of what people would think. Finally, come my freshman year of college I was like screw it! I'm posting videos. So it only took me about 8 years or so to start making videos lol.

2. I swear everyone always has a song stuck in their head. What's currently stuck in yours?

Girl, this is a hard one! I have like 20 songs going through my head at all times. Though one that keeps replaying is currently Ariana's new song "No Tears Left To Cry", that intro always gets me. I can't help but stop whatever I'm doing and throw my hands up in slow motion as I tilt my head to the side (Literally laughing at myself as I type this).

4. You have quite a variety of videos on your channel. What type of video is your favourite to make?

I honestly love sharing my life so much with people that I think my favourite videos would be Vlogs. However, I also love love love lip syncing and singing along to my favourite songs of the moment that you basically find me singing along to a song in any of my videos. So, music favorites videos probably come close to vlogs. Honestly, if you follow me on Snapchat (little side promo haha) @crystal3499 you basically catch me doing both those things 24/7.

4. What video would you recommend people new to your channel should watch first and why?

The video I'd recommend watching first would be my "Dear Future Me..." video. I'm very proud of that one as it was my final for my television production class. I'd also recommend any of my vlogs. Seeing any of those is basically what you're gonna get if you subscribe haha.

5. You have documented so many memories through your vlogs. What has been your favourite memory from filming one of your videos?

I would have to say that my favourite video/vlog would be the one for my sisters QuinceaƱera; titled "Zezilia's QuinceaƱera". I enjoy looking back on it and I have gotten so many compliments from family that it makes me so happy. Though, I'm going to be going on a trip real soon, which I think is going to beat that one out :D. I'll be going in the third week of May. I should have the video up by the time this interview goes up. So head over to my channel and check it out :D If it's not up yet, it will be!

6. You honestly have a talent for funny videos and writing sketches, is that something you want to do do more of on your channel?

Sketch videos ARE my favorite!! I definitely want to do more and have so many idea for stetches that I want to do, but I have a limit on actors. My sisters are in that stage where they thing they're too cool (rolls eyes), that it's kind of hard to convince them to help me. A little side cash might do the job or I'll just have to turn it into a one woman show; which I have done before. 

7. What career path are you hoping to pursue?

I would love to do something in the movie industry. Whether it's behind the camera or in front. Don't know how good I'd be in front of the camera lol, but I've always just loved everything to do with making movies. I actually graduated with my associates in television production and plan on going back to University to get my masters in Film Production. I'm hoping that will be soon. I've been delaying it because I'm such a scary cat that the thought of leaving what I'm so used to throws me into a panic and I end up delaying it, again. Right now, I'm working a full-time job at a newspaper but it's not really my forte; which is why I use YouTube to keep challenging myself and exploring my creativity. Currently, I'm floating in life and I'm not liking it, I hope to be soaring within the next year or so. 

8. If you were hypothetically given the opportunity to travel to any city in the world, where would you like to go?

Ahh, another hard one. There are so many places I want to go to! My current obsession is Hawaii. I've been in a rut for so long, that I feel like I need a little get away to a place where you're able to roam free! I also feel like all the nature and beauty of Hawaii would help to spark a little passion in me once again. 

9. Who is your dream youtuber to collab with?

Actually, I don't really have a specific youtuber. There are so many youtubers that I love and enjoy watching that it would be a dream to collab with any of them!

10. And now to finish with a deep one; Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Let's see, in 5 years I'll be 26 turning 27 (shock faced emoji!) I hope to by then have settled myself in a career with production. Honestly, if YouTube is still around within 5 years I don't see why it would't make a good career (wink wink). If not, I've always wanted to work at Warner Bros. I also hope to have travelled outsided of the country because all I've seen is a couple of newarby states and a couple of cities in Mexico (which I don't count because I've been going there since I was born and it's literally like 30 mins from where I live). I don't think I'll have kids by then, but if the munchkins want to come along, I'll happily accept them lol. This is such a hard question because I feel like 5 years is a lot of time for change. What I want now could be completely different from where I'll see myself 5 years from next year. If that makes sense?

A little message from Crystal which I though was really cute...

I just wanted to thank Izzy for considering me for this interview. I honestly feel so honored. I've always felt that I'm a very uninteresting person so the thought that you even wanted to interview me means a lot (wipes tear away). Izzy is the best!! <3 Thank you Izzy <3

Isn't Crystal just the cutest!

I really hope you've enjoyed this interview. Thank you so much Crystal for taking the time to answer my questions. If you haven't already, please check out Crystal's channel. Thanks for reading,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Greatest Showman Review

As a film student it hit me the other day, why don't I use this blog to review... films? Don't get me wrong, I love reviewing beauty products and I'll still continue to do so. But I feel like since films are a passion of mine and it relates to my degree, I should invest more time into them. So this just counts as revision right?!

I know I'm a bit late to the hype with this film and I missed it when it came out in the cinema. But my sister, having already seen it, brought it on DVD and came into the lounge and forced me and my mum to watch it with her. I was reluctant at first because this film was hyped up, much like the film La La Land was which really wasn't my cup of tea and I was left disappointed. I was just afraid that this film wouldn't live up to the expectation either, but boy was I wrong.

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) is a musical, loosely based on the creation of Barnum&Bailey's Circus, and the adventures of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and his star attractions. With it's cast being filled with recognizable faces and a production budget of $84 million, it's clear this film was made with the potential to be a huge success.

The story begins with a young P.T. Barnum (Ellis Rubin) who came from near-to-nothing, who 
meets Charity Hallet (Michelle Williams) and the two of them have an instant connection. Barnum dreams of having as much in this life as possible, and starts a new life with Charity. The two of them raise their two children, and using a loan from the bank, Barnum opens Barnum's American Museum.

Barnum begins to recruit extraordinary people to perform in his circus including the bearded lady Lettie Lutz (Keala Settle), a dwarf performer Charles Stratton (Sam Humphrey) and trapeze artist Anne Wheeler (Zendaya). Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) is also recruited as Barnum's trusted partner.

Despite ultimately being a feel-good, inspirational film, the plot also covers serious topics such as greed, the class system, discrimination and loyalty. It appears even Barnum seems embarrassed of his performers for a short while in the film. However, they prove to themselves and the audience that they shouldn't be ashamed of who they are. Then, there is the whole "will they/won't they" tension between Barnum and Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson), the Swedish singer who Barnum leaves his family for to join on tour. 

The visuals in this film are simply breathtaking, for the most part. The opening number gave me goosebumps, seeing all the acts perform and the stage covered in bright colours. Each character is also fully suited up in a gorgeous and unique costume, so huge shoutout to the costume and set designers. 

The only flaw I had with the visuals was the animation in some parts. Animals seem to be particularly difficult to animate in live action films and this is something that stands out on several occasions in the film. Firstly, the movements and sizes of the elephants are questionable giving a sense of falseness. Secondly, I noticed when Charles was riding his horse it was quite obviously an animation which I feel effects the quality of the film.

For me, the cast was fantastic and each character was right for the role. Each child in the movie was undoubtedly cute and very talented. Zac and Zendaya both gave touching performances and there was no denying the chemistry between them. And for me personally, I feel like Zendaya showed a bigger range of emotions in this movie than in any other role I've seen her in. There's no denying Hugh Jackman is a talented actor, and he really was able to live up to the title of "the greatest showman". For me his only downfall was his inconsistent accent throughout the film. Even my mum (who is the world's worst person at recognizing accents) was able to spot his Australian accent slip through.

And finally, I can't discuss a musical film without mentioning, well, the music. As someone who doesn't have a musical bone in my body, I found myself still humming along with all the songs and I still have the soundtrack stuck in my head as I'm writing this. My top 3 songs from this film were, Never Enough, Rewrite The Stars and This Is Me. Picture the scene, I was listening to these songs covered in goosebumps and tears streaming down my face.

I know this movie has received a lot of mixed reviews, but I was honestly pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this movie. I would rate it a 9/10, and if it were up to me this film would be considered a modern day classic. It's truly one of those movies where you finish watching it and you just feel grander and more inspired for watching it. 

Have you seen this movie yourself? If so let me know what you though in the comments below,

Izzy K xxx