Julia Cudney, Interview, YouTube, Movie Reviews, Social Media

My Interview with YouTuber Julia Cudney

On my Birthday, September 25th, I reviewed the Netflix movie Sierra Burgess Is A Loser along with my husband, Sean. The review was inspired by Julia Cudney. The video she did that inspired our review is called, Sierra Burgess Is The Villian. I knew I had to interview this intellectual beauty. So when she said yes, it was an early birthday gift from me sent straight from Heaven!

Julia came across the same way she did in her Q&A video, down-to-earth and super sweet. We started talking about how she got started on YouTube, which was through her Teen Wolf fan Twitter account in which she would do reactions and post them online. So, she eventually moved to Youtube in order to make longer reactions as well as reviews.

Julia said (just like in her Q&A) that she would have kept up with her channel until something took off. The video that ended up taking off was her review of the movie Mean Girls 2. Julia was excited about the response but was surprised, not because it wasn’t what she wanted, but because the video had been on her channel for a while and it one day took off. So, it’s not a “lightning in a bottle” type of story, but a success story nonetheless.

I asked her what sort of reactions she gets in her comment sections of her videos and if whether or not they’re pretty positive. Julia said that a lot of people will get into arguments with each other when she does reviews and she tends to get told a lot that she should be more positive. I was shocked! Julia is there to give her opinion about movies and isn’t mean for the sake of being mean! Plus, if she gave every movie a glowing review, I guarantee you more people would complain about that!

We talked about how she likes YouTube a lot and she loves to read and watch movies, such as chick flicks and Marvel films. I asked if she’s looking forward to Captain Marvel and she said she is. I am as well.

Speaking of movies, Julia said that she would never mention Star Wars on her channel because she doesn’t want to upset that fandom. I said that I’m a nerd and admitted that the nerd community can get pretty upset over stuff they like. (But, isn’t that the same with all fandoms? Eh? Eh?)

Julia also likes channels from the Drama Community like I do. I asked her if she likes beauty videos since she’s so beautiful. She was very sweet and said that’s not the community for her. Julia doesn’t wear a lot of makeup and doesn’t connect with the fanbase.

I went on to tell her that he lashes were so full and beautiful. Julia said that she puts on fake lashes whenever she shows her face on camera. As for what brand? Julia tries all different types. I recommend Luxe Lashes after what I’ve heard. She said she’d have to look into them!

I asked her about her family’s support and she said that they were all very proud of her, especially her sisters. I told her that was great and I asked her if she was the middle, oldest or youngest? She said that she’s a middle child. I told her that’s it’s beautiful that she gets along with her sisters so well, because my sister and I get along really well, too. And she and my Mom helped teach me how to do my makeup!

Julia told me that she will always be a part of social media and try her best to make a living off of it, even if she has to get a part-time job at a dog spa in order to help pay the bills. I told her that she looks like someone who loves dogs to me. She said, “I am! How could you tell?” I told her it was by the pictures she shared of her and her dog on her Q&A Video.

She also mentioned that she might start a second channel in which she does covers of songs. The reason for the second channel is that she doesn’t want to confuse viewers by doing movie-related content one minute and song covers the next. That’s smart. Julia, if you ever start that second channel, I will definitely subscribe!

Overall, I got to know a sweet person with a beautiful mind and heart. I’m so thankful I got to talk to her and will be subscribed to her for life. Julia, you can do anything you set your mind to!

Please subscribe to her channel here, and follow her on Twitter here and Instagram here.

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Hypocrisy, Trisha Paytas, Tess Holliday, Cosmopolitan, YouTube, Plus Size

Why Are We OK with Trisha Paytas But Not Tess Holliday?

I’m writing this blog because Trisha Paytas recently got mad at H3H3 for their comments on Tess Holliday. So it got me thinking and I thought I’d write about these two women and how we, as a society, view them.

Everyone has been up in arms about Tess Holliday being on the cover of Cosmopolitan UK, and I can understand. Tess scammed her fans and has reportedly lied about her weight. I’m all for plus size models, but is 300 pounds (allegedly) too much? I believe so. This is coming from someone who has lost 100 pounds and was once pre-diabetic. But my question is, why are we OK with Trisha Paytas but not Tess Holliday?

Trisha regularly does mukbangs, pretended to be gay, pretended to adopt a black baby, keeps gaining weight and flaunts it, and people are OK with it….why? I’m not saying this too shame Trisha or to send hate her way. But why the hypocrisy?

I believe if we’re going to get mad at Tess (and rightfully so), we should hold Trisha to the same standards. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But Sarah, Trisha is satire!” Well, tell that to POC and the LGBTQ Community. Also, her weight isn’t satire. That’s real life. Plus, why does Trisha get away with offensive jokes but most people don’t? Because, “Oh, that’s just Trisha!” That’s not an explanation. Either they’re both OK or they’re both wrong.

In my eyes, they’re both wrong. They both need to improve their health and mind their actions better. I’m not saying they need to do a complete 180 from who they are, but they both need to get healthier (not stick thin), Trisha needs to stop being overly offensive, and Tess needs to own up to scamming fans.

Again, this blog isn’t about spreading hate. This isn’t about attacking these women. Please don’t stop being fans of theirs because of me. I’m just asking you to think. If you disagree, let me know. If you agree, again, let me know. Just please remember, this is merely my opinion and mine alone. Thank you for reading.

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Beauty Community, Rumors, Mistakes, Social Media

Why I Left Social Media

I made some mistakes a few months ago that led to me leaving social media, accusing people of cyberbullying when I shouldn’t have. But I’m writing this blog as a form of therapy and I don’t want anyone to think this a type of revenge. Just read and keep your minds and hearts open.

All of this started over an influencer I don’t like, Thomas Halbert and his “white privilege” video. I called his bluff on it and didn’t take him seriously. There were a few people who got so mad at me because they felt like I was not applauding Thomas for his “bravery” and therefore, siding with Jeffree Starr (I wasn’t siding with him, by the way.) But, it ended several friendships and lead to a horrible, untrue rumor about me and my character……over an INFLUENCER!

One of my friends at that time, who is a smaller YouTuber, DM’d me and “tried to talk some sense into me.” After some arguing back and forth, I said, “We’re done here.” She said, “Oh, ok,” and I thought that was the end of it. Sadly, she kept tweeting at me including another small Youtuber plus a few others. Eventually, the Youtubers blocked me and I overreacted and said that I was bullied. I almost OD’d. I had to enter treatment, but that had to do with mental illnesses. I’m sorry for what I said.

When I tried to rejoin Twitter later, I found out that the YouTuber who had DM’d me had said that I not only caused her miscarriage but that I had “invalidated it.” WHAT?! I didn’t even know she was pregnant. I started getting messages from people whom I thought were friends telling me that I had caused her so much stress I caused her to miscarry. That was it, I was done with Twitter for good.

I’m not saying that she didn’t miscarry, I would never make such an accusation. But if she had been so worried about stress, then she never should have DM’d me and she should have left the conversation alone when I said “We’re done here,” instead of continuing to tweet me. Also, she has a long, devastating history of miscarriages, so that means when we were talking, she was at a high-risk pregnancy, so she didn’t need to do anything that would cause her stress. I know that the most recent miscarriage must have taken a toll on her, but making up lies about me and saying things that aren’t true (like how I “invalidated” it when I never knew she was pregnant) only adds fuel to the fire.

I’m not doing this for sympathy and I’m not asking for her or anyone else to be attacked. I know I made a huge mistake by playing the bullying card, but know I’m not as bad as some people think that I am. Again, I’m writing this a way to get this off my chest once and for all, and NOT for revenge.

I’ll probably catch the next wave of social media and use it for business purposes only. Until then, I’ll be expanding my blog, going back to school, and focusing on my mental health as well as my faith. I thank my friends (such as Panicked Antics, BTS, Jen Gerard, GadgetBeat30, Keren Joy, and Spektator), my husband, my mom, my sister, and my God, for getting me through this.

I hope you all have a Merry Chrismas. Peace and love to you all.

Update: I decided to at least give Instagram another shot. Follow me @photographgirl86. Don’t worry, I’m taking it day by day. Peace!

Creed 2, Michael B. Jordan, Trailers, November Movies, Sylvester Stallone, 2018 Movies, MGM, Creed 2, Review, Movies

Creed II Review

My husband and I saw Creed II over Black Friday weekend. It stars It stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, and Wood Harris. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and produced by Sylvester Stallone, Kevin, King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and Udi Nedivi.

The movie is about Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) who is challenged by Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Adonis’ father in the fourth Rocky movie. Adonis also deals with his ongoing mentoring relationship with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and his growing family.

I thought that since my husband I saw the movie together, it would be appropriate for us to review this together as well.

The Creed movies are a great way to inroduce “today’s” audiences to the Rocky movies. Even if they don’t see the original franchise, it’s nice that this generation can get to know the Rocky character while being introduced to an equally talented, new boxer with a new (but once again, just as good) story arc as the orignal.

There’s a reason this franchise has survived the test (and decay) of time, as well as its own stumbles; the films are not truly about boxing. That’s the in-universe vehicle to make the story work, but you don’t have to know a right hook from a sucker punch to still connect with the drama that unfolds. The third act is always a man versus a man, but at its core is a truimph of a hero over himself.

We don’t know if it’s a was planned for the Russians to come back or if it’s because, like in in the fourth Rocky movie, we weren’t on good terms with the Russians. But all-in-all, it was fitting for Adnois to fight Viktor and show him have a major crisis, and not just a career one we’re talking about. Michael better get nominated for an Oscar this year!

So what did and didn’t we like? Well, to answer the second question first, not much. The film was pretty solid. Perhaps the directing didn’t have quite the same stamp that Ryan Coogler put on the first Creed, but that’s really just a reach to nitpick. The film glows with energy, from Tessa Thompson’s musical number to Michael B. Jordan’s meltdown. Lundgren in particular proves that he’s got a stronger acting range than his “I must break you” reputation has led us to believe. In the end, we found ourselves not just rooting for Creed, but for the nations of the world to just hug it all out.

Fans of the orginal will like this as much as incoming fans will. This is a movie for everyone. Make sure you see it right away, we’re sure glad we did!

 

L'Oreal, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Mascara, Review, Cosmetics, Estee' Lauder, Unbiased, Unsponsored, Lash Paradise, Troublemaker, Better Than Sex, Sex-Proof

I Put Three Similar Mascaras to the Test.

There are 3 mascaras that consumers feel are similar: Too Faced’s Better Than Sex, L’Oreal’s Lash Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise, and Urban Decay’s Troublemaker (which markets itself as sex proof!).  So, I put these three mascaras to the test and wanted to see if they lived up to the hype. Just to let you know, this is unsponsored. Just 100% my own opinion! Let’s get started!

First was the L’Oreal mascara. I was not impressed. I know they’re owned by Estee’ Lauder, which owns Too Faced, but I hated this mascara! I’m not saying all mascaras from the drugstore are bad, not by a longshot. But my lashes were so stick thin. I like my lashes long and full. I did not get that from this mascara. Here are the pictures:

 

 

Now, onto Too Faced’s Better Than Sex. I thought I was going to be blown away because this mascara has been hyped up for years! Well, I was let down. Not as let down as with the L’Oreal mascara, but I thought, “Whomp, whomp.” It performed slightly better than the first, but not much. I honestly don’t get the hype, but if you like it, feel free to tell me in the comments what you feel like I’m missing, please.

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Now, for Urban Decay’s Troublemaker! I liked this mascara. I found my lashes to be nice and long. I wouldn’t call this my holy grail mascara, but I continue to be impressed with Urban Decay’s mascaras and this just continued to prove why I like them. Long lashes all day. My only complaint is that they aren’t as full as I’d like. (By the way, I’d never heard of a mascara not lasting while doing “the dirty!” It being sex proof is just a marketing ploy!)

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So, the winner is the Urban Decay mascara! Congratulations! *Plays orchestra music* This still isn’t my go-to mascara, but when comparing three very similar mascaras, this is the best one in my unbiased opinion.

So, do you agree? Do you disagree? Please, let me know in the comments!

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Samantha Ravndhal, Beauty Gurus, YouTube, Beauty Community, PR Packaging, Panicked Antics, Tati Westbrook, Unpopular Opinions

My Unpopular Opinion on Samantha Ravndhal Giving Up PR.

Beauty Guru Samantha Ravndhal caused a lot of chatter in the beauty community with her video, NO MORE PR, in which she said she would be taking her name off of all of the PR Lists she’s on, but not sponsorship deals. I suggest you watch her video to get the whole story, but the very slimmed down version of it is that she would get sent anywhere between 20-30 PR Packages a week and couldn’t use all of it, and they were creating a huge amount of waste. So, why is that such a problem for me? Shouldn’t I be applauding her?

I want to stress that Samantha made several excellent points about the amount of waste the packaging comes in and how she gets several products that would never work for her and her channel. Completely on her side about that. My first problem is if you’re constantly having to remind us of how privileged you are, then are you really as self-aware as you think you are?

The other point I want to make, which my friend, Panicked Antics made perfectly in her video about the situation, was that this was coming from a YouTuber who has complained in the past about how she hates her job, but she only does it for the money. This, right here, is why I don’t find her to be so…heroic? Samantha isn’t doing this job because of her pure love of makeup, but only because the money is good. (You can view the video here.) I feel like if this same statement were to come from a beauty guru like Tati Westbrook, who LOVES her job, then I would applaud it more because Tati isn’t doing YouTube, “just for the money.”

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous writing this blog. Last time I spoke out on Thomas Halbert, I lost several friends and lies were spread about me, such as I caused a friend to miscarry because of the stress I caused her! (Yes, really! Didn’t know she was pregnant,  don’t know why she emailed me in the first place, but, um, OK then?)  So I don’t want this to turn into Thomas Halbert 2.0 I want us all to have a healthy discussion about this.

Do you disagree? Great! Tell me in the comments. Do you agree? Great! Again, tell me in the comments. Just don’t think I’m the spawn of Satan because I don’t think a beauty guru is as transparent as others perceive them to be. It’s just my opinion. It’s not Gospel.

I hope I gave you all something to think about and just know, I don’t dislike Samantha. I just question her motives. Let me end this with a quote by Samantha herself, “Everyone loves honesty when it’s agreeable.” Peace!

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Brian's Song, Sports Films, Creed 2, Michael B. Jordan, Trailers, November Movies, Sylvester Stallone, 2018 Movies, MGM

CREED II Opens November 14, 2018. What’s Your Favorite Sports Movie?

“But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

– Rocky Balboa

Creed II comes November 21st, 2018. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, and Wood Harris. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and produced by Sylvester Stallone, Kevin, King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and Udi Nedivi.

The synopsis is as follows:

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.  The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21.  #CreedII

This reminds me of my favorite sports movie, Brian’s Song. I rented it years ago per the recommendation of my Dad and it did not disappoint! It originally came out in 1971 as ABC’s “Movie of the Week.” It was based on the true story of a football player named Brian Piccolo, his battle with cancer, and his friendship with fellow teammate with Gale SayersJames Caan played Brian and Billy Dee Williams played Gale.

The movie talked about the power of friendship and what it’s like for two friends to depend on each other in a time of crisis. What’s great about this film is that a lot of men were able to feel comfortable enough to cry during this movie. This was very uncommon during the 70’s when guys were taught to “man up”, but this movie made it OK for men to express their sadness and show how much they cared about the real-life characters.

In this film, it shows that it’s OK to lean on one another, cry, and ask for help, no matter who you are. I believe this movie can still touch audiences today. I know it does with me and I highly recommend it.

While I’m over here recommending Brian’s Song, don’t forget that Creed II opens on November 21st and I don’t want you to miss it! Here’s the trailer:

Let me know what you think as soon as you see it!

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