Well then… this post should have been another Friday Finds that went up on Friday. It’s still a Friday Finds… just a little bit late. Sunday Finds doesn’t have as good a ring to it but we’re just going to have to settle for that this week. Once again, feel free to post your ‘Friday Finds’ down below in the comments as I’d love to know what you’ve found. Let’s go…
They Shall Not Grow Old
I can remember I had to do my dissertation for Advanced Higher English on the theme of ‘War’ and I was dreading it because it’s a subject I’ve never been interested in. However, after reading ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and ‘Birdsong’ and, what a late teenager would consider, extensive research i.e. watching the movies, it was subject that I was obsessed with. I’ve always loved history, in particular the Ancient Civilisations of Greece, Rome and Egypt but my lack of imagination in a time before photography has always been a barrier. I’d love to lay my hands on structures constructed thousands of years ago and have a vision of the world at that time, a la Evelyn O’Connell from ‘The Mummy Returns’.
In modern history, black and white photography is a similar barrier as I don’t have the artistry to fill it in, in my head and to imagine that people before my time have walked the same streets that I walk now. I mean, 100/200 years is nothing in the grand scheme of time. Anyway, I happened to stumble upon a trailer for an upcoming documentary called ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’, and director Peter Jackson has done all the hard work for me.
The documentary marks 100 years since World War 1 and Peter, and his team, have brought black and white footage of men in the front line to life by converting the footage to 3-D and transforming the film with colour and up-to-date techniques. There’s so much detail that’s been added to modernise the film and I cannot tell you how shocking and emotive the footage was. I had initially mistaken it for a feature film, a reconstruction. The initial release of ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is October 16th and is available in 2-D and 3-D, alongside a Q+A with Peter Jackson.
Find more information on the Imperial War Museum website.
Vichy Mineral 89 Serum
A re-discovery. I’ve blogged about my skin in a series of posts earlier in the year about my battle with major breakouts and leftover pigmentation due to several products and over-complicating my routine. Now, I stick to a solid and simple routine which I feel is helping but with the weather in Scotland becoming colder, I’ve been on the hunt for something that will add a little more hydration to my oily/combo skin. I received a sample of ‘Vichy Mineral 89 Serum’ from another purchase and proceeded to buy a full bottle of this very lightweight gel which feels cooling on application and floods the skin with hydration. I prefer the same method that Nadine Baggott follows which is a few layers of lightweight serums in favour of a thick cream that will inevitably make my skin feel like it has an oily film on it and break me the f out. Used every day and night and with a heavy hand like mine, it lasts more than a month. It’s a winner. And for the month of October, Escentual have 1/3 off all Vichy products.
Find Vichy 89 Mineral Serum on Escentual.
On last week’s Friday Finds I told you how much I loved all things magic and that I am a believer in the mystical world. I love shows like Charmed, Penny Dreadful and Witches of East End (I’m still holding out hope for that show to be renewed) as well as Soul Source Tarot, who we mentioned last week, and her no bullshit-attitude. Well, my new favourite show A Discovery of Witches sent me over the magical edge and I bought my own deck of Tarot Cards.
First issued in 1910, The Rider Waite Tarot Deck is perhaps the best known and was the most recommended for both beginners and advanced tarot readers. It has a total of 80 cards inside and a leaflet detailing the meaning of each card for people like me who are completely clueless. But even the booklet is a wee bit confusing so I’ve resorted to researching the meanings online. *shitely shuffles and acts shocked when something falls out*
The trailer to Season 4 of Outlander was released recently which means the end of the Droughtlander is almost upon us. It also means I need to give myself a kick up the arse with my reviews of each episode as I’m only on episode 4 of the first season. Don’t @ me. See what had happened was… Do you know how normal life just gets to you with it’s daily stresses and it prevents you from doing what you set out to do?… Well, that never happened to us. It’s just so many words… so many. But we promise more episodes will be coming soon to keep you satisfied until November 4th and we’re going to also start doing episode reviews for ‘A Discovery of Witches’.
The new season is set to take us on yet another adventure (I ain’t complaining) with Claire and Jamie setting up home in North Carolina as well as an introduction to new characters, including Jamie’s Aunt. This is Outlander after all, so it’s bound to be packed full of twists and external forces getting in the way of the pair but Droughtlander is almost over and I’m ready for where the new season takes us. With the whole time jump and a new location, though, I can’t help but feel a bit sad thinking of characters that have come and gone (Mrs. Fitz!) and that Jamie and Claire are no longer in Scotland. *Wipes tear*.
For more photos from the upcoming season, head over to Entertainment Weekly.
Sierra Dee TV
Speaking of episode reviews, if you’re looking for someone to watch along with your favourite shows look no further than Sierra Dee TV. I love this woman! She has fast become a friend in my head and I talk along to her during her reactions even though I know she can’t hear me.
I found Sierra through watching her Game of Thrones reactions and it was actually through Sierra that I gave Outlander a chance. I’ve stayed with her because of her personality and her in-depth reviews. One of my favourite people to watch on Youtube, I usually grab myself a cup of tea before sitting down to watch one of her reactions and watch along. She mostly leaves her opinions/reviews to the end which I prefer because when I’m watching someone react to something, they tend to talk over an important part that I wanted them to see and it goes over their head which is so frustrating. Sierra’s such a wonderful, positive person whose reactions are genuine and she hasn’t yet gotten the recognition she deserves as one of the best reactors. Even if Game of Thrones or Outlander isn’t for you, she has reacted to a whole host of other TV shows: The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale to name a few.
I’ve been following Qaadir for many years now. One of the funniest people, not just on Youtube, I’ve ever come across. His story times are legendary and one 15 minute video can turn into a 30 minute video because I have to rewind, re-watch and piss myself laughing. I always have my notebook at the ready for his clap backs.
Qaadir has retained the creativity of his youth while developing the wisdom that comes with experience and, though his platforms still include his epic story times, he has expanded to include pop culture, advice, original music as well as music videos, podcasts, movie nights and snippets of gaming from his Patreon. His gaming videos have fast become my favourite and the most entertaining to watch because of the familiar frustration we all experience. But he also live streams for what can go on for hours, engaging with his audience and his supporters. A genuinely funny but no-nonsense person with a good heart who, although is starting to gain more attention (he’s recently been signed and has a new single and music video out), also doesn’t yet have the full recognition he deserves.
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