The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, 2018 Films, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Disney, Kiere Knightley, Ballet, Movies, Review, Uncategorized

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms & The Best Christmas Gift I’ve Ever Given.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be opening on Friday, November, 2nd, 2018. The synopsis is as follows:

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

This reminds me of the best gift I ever gave someone for Christmas. It was to my husband, Sean. Three years ago I gave him a retro Super Nintendo so he could play old-school Super NES games. This gift was meaningful because he is not only an avid video game player but also a collector, and he had missed the glory days of the Super NES. Giving him this piece of video game history meant a lot to the both of us because it not only took him back to a period of the 1990’s that he cherished, but it also took me back to my childhood. So, in a way, we could share this gift with each other as well as our memories.

Remember, the movie opens November 2nd! Be sure to check it out! In the meantime, check out this featurette!



My Anna Kendrick Inspired Look

My husband and I had a date night and went to see A Simple Favor. The movie stars one of my favorite actresses, Anna Kendrick. So, I searched Pinterest and came across this picture:

So I went with a light purple eyeshadow with a black liner, paired with a nude lipstick. I used my Clinique Palette and Bobbi Brown Gel Liner. I hate using animal tested products, but I need to use them up.

I first went in with my Urban Decay Primer Potion and then lined my lids.

I then put on some light purple from my Palette.

It honestly looks better in person. Hopefully, when you see the final product, it’ll look better. I decided to swipe on some more of the color, just in case.

It looked like she used a warm toned blush, so I used my blush from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Kit.

I set my look with my Mario Badescu Setting Spray. Here’s the final result:

Obviously, not Anna Kendrick good, but I’m happy with the result.

By the way, my nude lip is in the Tarte Tarteist Paint. Here it is:

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Kerry Washington, Neutrogena, Makeup Tutorial, Review, Comparison, Cosmetics, Uncategorized

Comparing The Two Kerry Washinging Neutrogena Eyeshadow Palettes

I’ve been wanting to compare both of the Kerry Washington Eyeshadow Palettes by Neutrogena, side by side ever since I got my second Palette. I thought about doing that in my review of her newest Palette and thought, “Why not do it now?” So that’s what we’re going to do.

I’m going to start off by reviewing her first collab with Neutrogena as if I had never tried it before. I know I showed it in my review, but here’s a picture of the Palette:

Here’s the inside:

Here are the swatches, from left to right,

Not very pigmented. The colors are nice for fall, though. Let’s see how they perform on the eye.

Before I do that, here’s a refresher of the newest Palette including the swatches from left to right.

You can see the first two shades very well. I remember it showing up on my eyes pretty well, but we’ll see how Round 2 goes.

I’ll be doing a Palette for each eye. I’ll be doing applying the colors the exact same way on both of my eyes. We’ll start with the color for both eyes.

Here’s the right eye with the original Palette:

Here’s the left eye with the newest Palette:

I’m surprised as to how much more pigmented the original is. The second one has two different colors. Here’s the second color for the first Palette:

I applied it to my lid.

Not very pigmented, but not bad. Time for the left eye and newer Palette:

I applied it to my lid. Here’s the result:

It doesn’t look very pigmented, but it looks nice in person.

I’m going to apply the third color to my crease. Here’s the third color in the first Palette:

Not bad. Not great, but at least the color is showing. Here is the newest Palette and color that’s going on my crease:

It is definitely more pigmented. In fact, I need to clean some of it up!

Now I’m taking the fourth color from each Palette and applying it in a liner-type style to my crease. Here’s the first Palette:

You can’t see the color and quite frankly, neither can I. Darn! Well, let’s go on to the newer Palette:

I think you can tell slightly, but not much. Oh well. Time for the final color, which will go on my lash line. Here’s the first Palette:

I think it’s pretty pigmented if you ask me. I like it. Here’s the last color in the newest Palette:

I like how pigmented this was. Very nice. Here’s the end result:

Although the colors are different, the second Palette is more pigmented. If you’re going to spend your money on just one of these Palettes, get the second one. It seemed like Neutrogena stepped up their game the second time around. There are still improvements they need to make and when it comes to the drugstore market, Neutrogena is definitely not on NYX’s level. But if they keep playing with the formula and keep working on it, I have no doubt they’ll improve and be on the same level as NYX.

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