Thoughts on a Movie: Total Recall

First things first, I haven’t seen the original and I think that’s why I liked this film.

The general consensus seems to be that this is the poor man’s substitute of the original, but given that I’d never seen the original and I didn’t have the original version to compare it to, I quite liked it.

I think people’s main beef with this film is that they were expecting an “up-to-date” version of the original and where instead presented with a film which, while it has similarities to the original, is pretty much a different story completely.

What I loved…

Loved the action scenes in this film! Fast, exciting and the special effects were impressive. The story-line I quite liked too, even though it felt like they could maybe have cut down just a little bit on so many action scenes and maybe elaborated on some elements of the story more.


Selene I love you…just not in this film.

Kate Beckinsale’s character, Lori, just annoyed me to be honest. When she was fighting it was cool, but half the time I was thinking “Woman just tie your hair up already so you can stop flicking it out of your face!” and the rest I just felt like her character was an ex model who took every opportunity to pout, flout and glare at the camera.

I really wish they’d elaborated more on the story!

We’re told so much about who Douglas Quaid/Karl Hauser used to be, but at the same time told almost nothing at all. For example how did he meet his love interest Melina who convinced him to defect to the Resistance? Hammond, more information about this character please?!

The backgrounds and scenery obviously took so much time to build and create, I really wanted them to just explore it more.

Lori? Why does she seem to have this personal obsession with killing Douglas Quaid/Karl Hauser? Does she resent the fact he’s considered the world’s best agent? Does she hate him for betraying his allegiance to the United Federation of Britain? Did he kill her mother in another life? To quote the Nostalgia Critic…explain movie, explain!


Overall I liked it, sure there where parts which I wasn’t head over heels about but to be honest this isn’t a bad movie.

Don’t expect it to be some mind twisting omg-I-didn’t-see-that-coming film. It’s simply a visually impressive action packed film which had it been named differently and not marketed as a re-make of a cult classic I think it would have generally been received well.

TOAM: Snow White and the Huntsman

* TOAM= Thoughts On A Movie

I’ve been looking forward to this film for a while now! I absolutely love it when people take old fairy takes and “un-disneyfy” them and make them dark and gritty. Plus Charlize Theron as the bad guy…I just had to watch that!

Charlize Theron plays queen Ravena who manages to enchant her way into marrying the King (Snow White’s father) and killing him on their wedding night and taking control of the kingdom.

Theron was absolutely awesome as the evil queen, a tad bit too scream happy at parts but I loved her! The ultra cool bad guy who you’re just not sure what she is going to do next and the costumes were pretty awesome too.

The thing that let the whole movie down I thought was picking Kirsten Stewart to play Snow White. Just a bad, bad, decision! I felt like I was watching twilight again but with Bella swan in a dress with a sword.

It is the same awkward breathing, slow stares and staring at the camera with her eyes welling up with tears. I was just 20 minutes into the movie and I was already thinking “why did you pick Kirsten Stewart!”

Chris Hemsworth I thought was good as the huntsman but the character I liked the most (aside from Charlize Theron) was the Prince played by Sam Clafin. I just wish they’d explored his character more. Since he’d thought he’d lost his childhood sweetheart Snow White, he’d turned into a kick-ass queen-hating fighter who I think could compete with Legolas in archery.

You can tell he still really loves Snow White and regrets having left her all those years ago, but he also realizes that Snow White loves the Huntsman and dose not question it. There’s no “she’s mine!” fights between the two it’s all just a bit too mellow.

Overall I think the film was just a bit too long with scenic shots which were just un-necessary, when they could have explored so much more of the characters like the Prince and the Dwarfs.

And the ending just plain annoyed me. Snow quite kills the evil queen and gets crowed, que slow stares at the camera and teary eyes for no apparent reason and then boom, the end! We don’t know what happens with the huntsman or the prince, nothing.

As usual the girls get a wimpy heroine. Ugh!


This really makes me sound like I hated the movie. To be fair I didn’t, some parts of it were awesome. The queen, the costumes and the backgrounds are what made this movie. But it just felt like they could have done so much more with it and didn’t.

Random Photos: Egg Art

So some of you might have noticed that I’ve been completely inactive the last week, the reason for that is that I had to go to a wedding and so I had limited access to the Internet.

It was a bit weird at first, I’m so used to being on the internet that it felt strange to be cut off it, but it was also quite nice as I got to relax a bit.

White I was there I took a few pictures (no not of the wedding: ), just a few random stabs at food art and some landscape photography. Where we were staying was so nice! I don’t have any pictures of the house but it was an old barn that had been really simply restored, just the basics and it was lovely!

Its quite relaxing to be away from mobile, computers and just noise in general some times :)

Anyway, there were a few eggs in the kitchen when we left and seeing as I had time to kill I ended up doodling on them. If you google food art some people have done some really amazing/funny ones.

Something that’s quite fun is too do this to the eggs in the kitchen and then wait to see people’s reactions, haha it can be quite funny!

I did take some really pretty pictures of the surrounding landscape where we were staying but I’ll show you that in a few days :)

2nd Giveaway! :D

Sorry it’s slightly late…but here is my second giveaway! :D


1. If you are under 16 PLEASE ask your parents permission before entering. I don’t want to get angry emails from someone asking why I’m sending their son/daughter presents.

2. Leave the comment enter me below. That’s it :) Nothing complicated, just that :)

3. The competition ends on the 31st.

4. If you should win and do not reply withing 48 hours I’m sorry, but I will pick another winner.

5. You can only leave ONE comment.

6.Yes, the giveaway is international :) It wouldn’t be fare to exclude some of my subbies just because they live in other countries.

How it’s done:

At the end of the competition I take the numbers of everyone who entered, put them all in a random number generator and pick three winners…yes THREE winners :D Once they have all replied to me I send their prizes (they’re all sent by recorded delivery so that I’m sure they get there).

“So…what did you get us?”

The following pictures show the prizes for EACH winner. Sorry it’s not much but hopefully you’ll like them :)

Some of the prizes will vary in colour, for example each winner will be getting different colours of the nail quakes and sleek pallets but other than that all the prizes are identical :)

Have fun and good luck! :D

I’ve been shortlisted?! :D

So I found something out which was quite interesting a few days ago…..I’ve been shortlisted for a Cosmopolitan blog award in the Established Beauty Blog catagory!

*Dances crazy happy dance*

This seems to be a month where I’m constantly asking for votes…don’t worry this will be the only time I’ll ask you :) (well….on the blog at least) ;)

It’s really simple to vote, you just enter your email (you can only vote once per email :/) click on “Established Beauty Blog” and then click Klaire de Lys (providing it’s me you want to vote for :)

Don’t worry you won’t get spammed if you entered your email, I realize some of you are not too comfortable with entering your email on websites, its fine :) I’m not going to guilt trip you into voting for me, thanks for even getting me this far in the first place <3

Love you guys <3 you are all awesome!

You can vote for me HERE

My Favorite Alternative Jewlery (Rings)

A few months ago I did a blog about all my ear cuffs (link), after I did that one I started getting requests to done one for my rings, so here it is :)

The first one is this key ring:

This one is a more recent addition to my collection, lol, just like most of my stuff I bought it from E-Bay (link).

The seller I bought mine from seems to be no longer selling this exact one but I found one which is close enough for those of you who were asking :)

This one is my favorite! It was the only armour ring I could find at the time that didn’t have a skull on it, plus it’s dead handy for opening letters and parcels.

Again this one was from e-bay. I couldn’t find the seller but if you type down “Goth Armour Ring” I’m sure you’ll find something similar :)

And last but not least is this one. I ended up getting two of these because I liked wearing one on each index finger. I bought mine here (link).

Sorry this blog post is so short :/ I’m just a little pressed for time at the moment, I probably wont have time to write any good blog posts for the next few months (Uni has started again) but I will do my best to keep my blog up and running :)

Worst case scenario any updates will be for the monthly giveaways…but then again that’s not so bad is it ;)

Queen of the Web?

Although technically the competition if for “King of the Web” if I won I suppose that would make me queen. I wanted to ask if you would help me win this competition hosted by King of the, the prize for winning is $5,000 (which in pounds works out to roughly £3,000).

What would you spend it on?

“shoes!”…no I jest :)

I would actually spend it on paying off my final year at Uni, (I’m studying Graphic Design). Winning would really help me wipe away a HUGE chunk of debt!


How do we vote for you?

You’d need to go to my campaign here

And then click “VOTE!”

You would have to register to vote (You can vote up to 10 times a day!) so it’s ok if you don’t feel like voting.

But please do vote for me if you can, I would really, really appreciate it :)


Giveaway no.1

It’s long overdue that I do something like this to thank all my lovely followers and subscribers, so for the next few months I will be doing monthly giveaways.

My idea is that each month I will giveaway to three or four of my subscribers a small box of my favorite products. This month I bought a collection of some of my favorite e.l.f products, next month it will probably be Barry M and so on and so forth.

So…the prizes! :D

I will be giving three boxes of these away, in each box there is:

-e.l.f Eyelash Curlers

-e.l.f Mineral Primer

-e.l.f Matte Top Coat

-e.l.f Natural Lashes

-Fero Natural Lashes

-Nivea Essential Lip Balm


Now a little explination about the tweezers, they’re designed for jewlery making and picking up beads but they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G for applying false lashes!

They’re not the most glam looking tools but they really work well, I’ll be doing a tutorial in a few weeks for all the tips and tricks for applying false eyelashes and you’ll see then how handy they are! :D

Anyway…I digress. Rules!

1. You MUST be subscribed to my You Tube channel to enter, you don’t have to follow my blog, I’m just hosting it on here as it’s much easier for to pick winners.

2. If you don’t have a You Tube channel and just follow my work through my blog/facebook , it’s ok you can still enter :)

3. To enter just type down “enter me” in the comments bellow.

4. This giveaway will finish on the 30th of September and I will announce the winners by updating this post :)

5. Final rule…if you win and haven’t replied to my email requesting your address within 48 hours I’m sorry but I will give the prize to someone else.

And yes this competition is WORLDWIDE :)

Good luck! :D

Thoughts on a Movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

There aren’t that many films that I watch and think “Wow that was good!!”, this was one of those movies.

To be honest when I first heard that they were filming another Planet of the apes movie I was really expecting it to be awful. I didn’t like the Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2001) at all, and just felt like they should leave the original films alone.

The only thing that really made we watch this version was the fact that Andy Serkis and James Franco were staring in it and Weta Digital were doing the effects.


What I loved about it was how much it paid tribute to the original moves, the part were Cesar yells “No!”……goosebumps!

They some how managed to write a story which could be a completely new start to the series, while still paying tribute to the original moves.

The acting was fantastic, Serkis was phenomenal as usual, and while we’re on the topic of the acting…the film did kind of make me wonder what Tom Felton would be like acting as a good guy.

Seeing him with a tan was weird enough, but I kept half expecting him to pull out a wand and start dueling with Cesar…hehe…it’s only a matter of time till someone dose a spoof of that now on You Tube.



Interview with Red

I’m incredibly late in announcing this (my excuse is that I needed to get my blog up and running smoothly: )

But a few months ago I did an interview with the incredibly nice Red from Talks One The Tubes.

Through out the video I was working on a rough cyborg look…hehe…if you want to see the final look you’ll have to watch the video ;)

And part 2 :)

If there are any other You Tubers you want to see Red interview why don’t you drop them a message as see if they would want to? No harm in asking and you might get to see them interviewed! :D