Friday, 20 May 2016

Exclusive Kids Content on Netflix UK and Ireland.

Netflix has changed so much from their original business model, it's staggering. Over the last number of years they've introduced their own branded shows to their library, and it seems that these shows overshadow some of the classic stuff they have. But they're not content to just provide for the grown ups in the house; the little ones are covered too. Not only that, but the fact that these are Netflix's shows that they produce, there's no danger of the disappearing from the service. This month, I'll be taking a look at some of Netflix's own kids shows.


"Dinotrux" is based on a series of illustrated Children's books by Chris Gall. It's the adventures of Ty, a Tyrannosaurus Trux, and Revvit, a Reptool. It's feels like a hybrid of two staples of the old "Transformers" cartoons - the Constructicons and the Dinobots, but it has a lot of heart to it, particularly the friendship between Ty and Revvit. There's an evil Tyrannosaurus Trux in here too names D-Structs, who tries to sabotage the work of the Dinotrux whenever possible. 


A revamped and updated version of the 80's cartoon, the basics are pretty much the same but as you can see from the poster above, there's a modern twist to it. It's a colourful little show that doesn't have a huge amount of educational value to it, but serves better as a distraction for the little ones.

Dragons: Race to the Edge.

Set some time before "How to Train to Dragon 2", "Dragons: Race to the Edge" features most of the voice cast that you'll recognise from the movies, and while not everyone makes it back the replacement voice actors are more than capable. This tells the story of the events leading up to the second "Dragon" film, which involves Hiccup and Toothless explore the world beyond the border of Berk. It's not all fun and games though, as they find themselves being tracked by the Dragon Hunters along the way. If you enjoyed the movies, this show is right up you, or your kids' alley.

Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship.

There's two different versions of Lego Friends on Netflix. This version (the Netflix branded one), while only featuring two episodes, is a very well animated show that features some good messages for kids in relation to teamwork and friendship, and will encourage kids to get active as both episodes are based around exercise and outdoor activities (camping and basketball). 

Kong: King of the Apes. 

Rather than go back and retell the classic Kong story, what we have here is a futuristic vision of King Kong. In this version of the story, Kong is framed for wrecking the Natural History and Marine Preserve located on Alcatraz Island. Kong isn't all bad though, as it transpires that he was framed and has to go on the run to clear his name. This is a really fun show that features the classic trope of kids teaming up with the monstrous hero to help him stop the evil genius that framed him.

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box).  All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter "Aura"

I can never resist a highlighter. I like to use it for the top of my cheekbones, the inner corner of my eyes, or go the whole hog and down the bridge of my nose and cupids bow. So when I saw that Urban Decay came out with their Afterglow Highlighter (€28) I knew I had to try it! There are three to pick from Aura, Fireball and Sin. I picked up Aura hoping it would compliment my pale skin and I think I found a winner.

First thing you will notice is the gorgeous packaging, it's sleek, feels durable so no fear of it getting smashed in your bag. The fishnet cut out of UD is meant to help you see into the packaging but this is lost on my eyesight, thankfully though there is a colour sticker on the back of the packaging so problem solved for me.

This is so finely milled, it feels so creamy and super soft making it easy to apply. It applies like a dream and wears for most of the day without losing the glow you set out to achieve. It doesn't leave a powdery finish or settle into fine lines. The pink iridescent is light but packs a punch at the same time especially when the light hits it. You will be left with a luminous sheen finish that sits just perfectly and compliments your complexion.  

When I got this first it did remind me of a highlighter I had before, and in one of those "3am moments" it hit me that it was the eyeshadow Aura in the Oz The Great & Powerful ''Glinda'' Palette. I have a picture below of the shadow and it's the beige looking side that is a ringer for the Afterglow Highlighter, both called Aura and both iridescent pink.

If I was to try another one of these highlighters it would definitely have to be "Sin"; a champagne coloured highlight that has a more metallic finish.

What's your go to highlighter? Let me know.

*No PR samples contained within this post.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Review: Shiseido Veiled Rouge RD 315 Enchantment & Perfect Rouge RD 555 Spellbound

This year seems to be all about lip products for me, and if last week's posts are anything to go by I'm sure I have loads more to come! These were sent to me a few weeks back to try out and I have to say the more I'm getting to know about Shiseido the more I'm loving the brand. These lipstick are the most expensive and high end in my collection now but does that mean they are worth it?! Well let's find out....

I will start off with Shiseido Veiled Rouge RD 315 Enchantment (€27.00), a lipstick saturated with moisture to leave your lips feeling luscious. The packaging is long a slim and the shape of their symbolic camellia logo which is a lovely little touch. One thing lacking on the packaging for me is that there is no colour sticker or anything to show what colour is inside, so when you have a few of these you will need to check them individually to find the one you are looking for. I can overlook that though because I really like the overall packaging. The veiled rouge lipsticks are sheer in nature but a great day time lipstick for days that you are in a rush, or going for a more natural look. This particular colour is what I would call my perfect nude as it didn't wash my complexion out but complimented it. I loved the pink/coral tone with gold shimmer to it, unfortunately that colour got washed out in my photo but I do have a better swatch below. Lasting power is not great; I possibly get 3 hours wear time before having to top up, but it's really become my go-to lipstick for during the week. This lipstick has the benefit of the Shiseido's Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE which creates a veil over the lips, so underneath your lips will be getting nourished and replenished. I definitely noticed that my lips were nourished and not zapped of moisture after wearing this, and my lips have been in bits of late.

Now, this is the most beautiful of formulas from a lipstick that I have come across. The colour is rich, vibrant, lustrous and easy to apply. Meet Shiseido Perfect Rouge RD 555 Spellbound (€27.00). A beautiful deep brownish red that makes your lips look fuller. The packaging of this lipstick is shorter and fuller compared to the Veiled Rouge so you will know the difference of finishes that way, it also takes on the same shape as the camellia logo.  I also have the same issue of there being no colour indicator on the bullet. The lasting time on this was brilliant with 5-6 hours, the most I would ever get out of a lipstick especially after eating a dinner with it on.  Application was smooth and vibrant on first swipe,  it also contains hyaluronic acid to hold moisture in. This didn't dry out my lips in any way, and the formula made my lips look and feel really smooth.

Can you see the shape of the Camellia logo in the above lipsticks?

The Shiseido lipsticks are a winner for me and I can definitely see myself picking up more over time. They are really comfortable to wear, great shades to choose from, and suit anyone. I would definitely gravitate more towards the Perfect rouge simply for the colour intensity and lasting power, and would definitely feel like I was getting my monies worth. The packaging has it's hits and misses but definitely more hits and it feels like a high end lipstick in your hand.

Have you tried Shiseido Lipsticks before? Let me know your favourite shade in the comments below.

*This post contains PR samples, but all opinions are my own
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