Urban Decay, Aphrodisiac, Aphrodisiac Palette, Makeup, Cosmetics, Makeup Tutorial, Review

Urban Decay “Aphrodisiac” Palette Review and Tutorial.

Note: I know Urban Decay has been the result of some (deserved) controversy recently due to one of their former employees. This review, however, has to do with the Palette, not the former employee and her disgusting behavior.

Not a lot of people seemed excited about Urban Decay’s release of their Aphrodisiac Palette. In fact, Urban Decay didn’t seem to place much faith in the Palette themselves, and it was quietly released in early August. I honestly don’t know why they spent so much time promoting their Born To Run Palette while there was hardly a peep about Aphrodisiac. Maybe it was because Born To Run didn’t do as well as they hoped, and they want to put their energy into making a better $50 Palette and not focus at all on promoting this one? Sounds like a poor business move, and that’s not me being rude to Urban Decay. I love their brand. I just feel like the lack of promotion for this Palette was a missed opportunity for both Urban Decay and makeup fans.

When I found out about this Palette, I was excited. I knew I wanted to do a tutorial. So, here we are. I got my Aphrodisiac Palette from Ulta and I can’t wait to see if I was right about it being a missed opportunity from Urban Decay or if they were correct in quietly releasing it. There’s only one way to find out!

First I started out by applying my Urban Decay Primer Potion to my lids. Then I followed this Makeup Tutorial from Pinterest, but with my own spin on it. Here’s how the Palette looked while still in the box:

And here’s how it looks out of the box. Pretty, isn’t it?

I started with the shade “Sheets” and applied it to my upper crease.

I didn’t follow the tutorial by extending the shade to my outer corner because I’m not doing a winged liner this time; like I said, I’m putting my own spin on this. (Although the Beauty Guru looks beautiful in her video!)

I made sure to do what she said and build the color up while blending it in my upper crease.

After that, I took the shade “Beyond” and applied it just above where I blended the “Sheets” color.

Following her instructions, I made sure to build the color up and extend it so it matched the length of the color of my crease area.

I cleaned the edges a little with the color “Sheets” again and then went in with an angled makeup brush and applied the color “Whiplash” very tightly to my upper crease.

Here’s the result so far:

Afterward, I blended the color “Whiplash” like the Beauty Guru in the Tutorial said and here’s the result:

Here’s where I start to put my own spin on things. I then took the color “Addict” and applied it to my lid.

Next up I applied the color “High Fever” to my lash line. Man, this color not only broke easily, but it was difficult to apply! So was “Addict”! Still, the result is good.

Lastly, I applied “Glare” just under my brows.

And of all the photos, “Glare” wouldn’t focus! Figures!

Whoo! I needed to take one of my brushes and start blending or else I’d look creepy!

After finishing my makeup, here’s the end result:

So, was this a missed opportunity like I originally thought? Well, although I stand by my statement that Urban Decay should have promoted it more, I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a missed opportunity. The formula could use a little work. This reminds me of the Maybelline Lemonade Palette, only slightly better. That’s not what I expect from Urban Decay, though. I expect much better.

Do I regret my purchase? No. Would I purchase again? Yes. But would I recommend it? Only if you’re a die-hard Urban Decay fan like I am. If not, I’d say you’d probably still be happy with your purchase anyway, but this Palette isn’t going to be the next big thing to hit makeup shelves, either. So, if you skip it, then catch it when it goes on sale.

$30 honestly wasn’t a bad price for this, but I’d place this more at a $20 price point.

My advice to Urban Decay is to stop focusing on rushing out Palettes and start concentrating on the formula more. You’ve got the theme and packaging down (in my opinion), just take a little more time and appreciation on that formula and you should be all set!

Oh and…hire better employees!

So, what did you think of my review? Did you get the Palette? Did you skip it? Did my review help you in any way? I want to hear your thoughts, even if you disagree!

See you soon!

Creed 2, Review, Movies

CREED II Teaser Trailer & Film Details!

I know we have a little while before November, but the Creed II trailer is out and is set for release on November 21st, 2018. It will star Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester StalloneTessa ThompsonWood HarrisRussell HornsbyFlorian “Big Nasty” MunteanuAndre WardPhylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and Sylvester Stallone wrote the script as well.

Official Synopsis:  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.

Something I had to overcome in my life was getting my high school diploma. I have high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome and was always told by teachers and peers that I wasn’t good enough and more importantly, smart enough to succeed in life. I even had a teacher when I was in the 9th grade try to talk me out of getting my high school diploma and literally told me that I won’t graduate!

I went through all four years of high school having this same teach-along with others, in my ear, telling me that I wasn’t smart and that I wouldn’t go very far (as in life events such as school and beyond.) My Mom and God were both in my corner, and I knew if I gave up I’d let them win. I wouldn’t give them the satisfaction of proving themselves right. I wanted to prove to all those who had doubted me-and to myself, that I could graduate. I ended up being part of the graduating class of 2005 and am now a full blogger and volunteer.

The best of us experience self-doubt, which is why our movie heroes are vital to us. In taking us on their journey, they teach us what it feels like to go on the journey of our own. They represent us until we’re brave enough to become them. That’s the magic of the cinema.

Be sure to check out Creed II this November, 21st, 2018. Until then, here’s the official movie poster and the very first teaser trailer.

Beyond the Sun, Movies, Review

Beyond the Sun-Coming May, 15th & Contest

This was originally posted on 05/15/2018.

On May 15th, 2018, the film Beyond the Sun will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Tugg. The film not only features our beloved Pope but is also about four young friends in search of God, perfect for families this summer!

I may be thirty-one, but I still remember my childhood like it was just yesterday. My favorite memory was going my tenth birthday party. My friends and I stayed at the Hampton Inn. I remember at one point, my parents went to get pizza, so my amazing grandmother watched us. We ran around the room and played tag, including with her!

Later that evening, we went swimming in the hotel’s pool. A senior citizen was swimming with his wife and we all said hello. That’s when he challenged us to races across the pool. That man sure was good with kids!

My sweet Mommy always knew how to throw a good birthday party. That one not only stands out but it’s my favorite memory from childhood. I not only got to have a slumber party for my birthday, but I got to have one in a nice hotel! How cool is that?

Looking back on it, it shows me just how much effort my mom put into my childhood to give me the very best. I hope I’ve shown her the proper gratitude because I would not be the lady I am today without her guidance, giving heart and patience.

As for the contest, AMBI Media Group will be holding it for anyone who has ever wished to visit the beautiful and historic Vatican. To enter, please click here.

Below is the trailer. I hope you buy the movie on either iTunes, Amazon, or TUGG as well as enter the contest!

WRAITH, Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Blu-Ray, Movies, Review

WRAITH-Available on Blu-Ray on May 8th: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

This was originally posted on 05/02/2018.

Pro-life filmmaker Michael Sajabel, who previously directed legendary actor Peter O’Toole in One Night With the King based on the Biblical story of Esther, wrote and directed WRAITH to “….incorporate a very important message about valuing all life no matter how complicated it can get.”

WRAITH is a supernatural thriller that explores the story of a family who invites evil into their home after they decide they may not go forward with an unplanned pregnancy. The film reminds us that God always protects and provides and that protecting life is always the right choice.

Protecting life is an important topic to everyone, whether you or pro-life or not, it’s still a topic people have strong feelings about. I am no different. I do believe that every life is precious, even the unborn ones, but that doesn’t mean I’m pro-life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not actually for abortion, but I am pro-choice. I know this may anger many of you, so I ask you to please listen:

I don’t like the idea of aborting a baby, but I truly believe that if you take away the women’s right to choose, then it will only make the problem worse. The first problem has to do with self-induced abortions.

The second is just because it’s illegal, doesn’t mean that doctors won’t keep doing it. Again, this makes the issue much worse. For more information, you, should click here and watch the video about how women got abortions before they became legalized. (A trigger warning should be in place before viewing.)

Now, for those of you who decide to not have an abortion and raise your baby, good for you. I mean that in all sincerity. Every women’s right should be respected. No women should be shamed for either having an abortion or choosing to keep her baby even though she may not have enough money and be living on welfare. The right to have or not have an abortion is an agonizing decision and can affect the women for the rest of her life, rather or not she chooses to have the baby. So please, don’t judge. Pray instead.

When it came to my decision as to whether or not to have sex, I decided to wait until I was married. I had two serious boyfriends before I got together with my husband. I was faced with the decision with both of them as to whether or not I would keep my promise and save myself for marriage. Even though I was pressured at times, I held my ground. It was difficult. Sex is a God-given gift, so it’s hard to not want to give in, especially when your partner is pressuring you. But, I’m glad I waited.

Now, for those of you that have had sex before marriage, don’t be ashamed or feel guilty. You or not a bad person. This is between you and God. If (and only if) you felt like you made a mistake, you can ask God for forgiveness and He will do just that. Afterall, that’s why Jesus died for us. I’ve made many, many mistakes, ones I can’t get into in just this blog alone. But let me tell you, just like every human, I can have a wicked heart and act foolishly, but God always forgives. Amen!

If anyone is a parent, I advise you to take the time to get to know your child or children and their personalities. What makes them special? What makes them laugh? What are they interested in? Take these years to get to know them and get involved, letting them know that you’ll always be there an have a genuine interest in their lives. Also, if they make a mistake, let them know they can come to you and you won’t judge. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t discipline, it means that they know that they can trust your judgment, even if they won’t always agree with it. They’ll thank you in the long run.

If you are thinking about having a baby, first know that you will feel lots of joy and happiness, but that doesn’t mean it will always be that way. Parenthood is rough, messy and sometimes, heartbreaking. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Even if you need to say to your kid(s) “I’ve never been a parent before and I know I’m making mistakes.” (I was read in People Magazine that Hugh Jackman said something almost exactly like this to his kids when they were growing up.)

WRAITH releases across multiple VOD platforms and Blu-Ray/DVD on May 8. Here are some production stills for you!

Movies, Review, A Wrinkle in Time

Go See Disney’s, “A Wrinkle In Time”, Out TODAY!

This was originally posted on 03/09/2018.

So, we just saw Black Panther and had a great time. We’re itching for another superhero flick. Until then, Disney’s got you covered with a great film based on the classic children’s book, this movie is none of than, “A Wrinkle In Time”! It was not only directed by the talented Ava DuVernay, but features an all-star cast including a very promising newcomer leading actress, Storm Reid.  The Synopsis is as follows:

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love.  The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Storm Reid as “Meg Murry.” A Wrinkle In Time in theaters March 9, 2018.

 Good gracious, that’s today! What are you waiting for? Go out and see the film! Just in case you need an extra push to see the movie, here is the trailer:

Steve McQueen, Movies, Review

Steve McQueen: American Icon Review

This was originally posted on 09/05/2017

When you see a movie with Steve McQueen starring in it, you take notice right away how talented he was. He wasn’t just “The King of Cool,” he knew exactly how to how to define each character he played and was smart enough to pick up on little ways to make his character’s stand out. There were several moments in each film that he would insist on adding certain details, such as throwing a baseball against a wall, that would often steal the scene because every tiny thing he did on camera seemed to come so naturally to him. Audiences became so captivated by this man. What many of us don’t realize he had this eternal struggle that he couldn’t shake off for most of his life.

The movie takes you on a journey throughout Steve’s life, especially his final years. A well-known pastor by the name of Greg Laurie takes us on this journey with him as we get to know Steve and see a much more complex side of him. Greg, a lifelong fan of Steve’s, noticed many things he had in common with him. Things such as they both had a troubled childhood, neither of them knew their fathers, they both had abusive stepfather’s, and Steve was sent to a school for troubled kids while Greg was sent to military school. This inspired Greg to tell us the about the side of Steve most of us have never known.

If I had one word to describe Steve’s childhood, it would be “heartbreaking.” Steve was never shown real love by his family. Very often he was abused and ended up turning to the streets and joining a gang. Eventually, his stepfather sent him to a school for troubled children, and Steve felt like that was the moment his stepfather truly abandoned him. After school, he ended up joining the Military. Although he was demoted seven times because of his behavior, he still saved several lives. He ended up being discharged later on. After spending some more time on the streets, Steve knew he had a choice to make, either get a regular job or go to Hollywood and try to become an actor. He decided to take his chances in Hollywood because he knew that a lot of women were there!

Throughout the rest of the film, you learn about the many highs and lows of Steve’s career and his personal life. There are stories of his rise to the top, his reputation in Hollywood, marriages, and how he ended up accepting Jesus into his heart.

One of the wonderful things about this documentary is that it doesn’t sugarcoat anything about his life. You get to hear portions of his final interview, his widow talking about the man she fell in love with, as well as many interviews with people such as Mel Gibson, who had always looked up to Steve and also provides some insight into the late actor’s struggle to find peace.

The best part of the film was when Steve learned about Jesus and how to accept Him into his life. You see snippets throughout the film that he shows an interest in being a Christian, but it wasn’t until his later years that he finally came to know Him.

I would obviously recommend this film for any fan of Steve McQueen, but I feel like many other people would find this film to be enjoyable, too. Anyone that has struggled in life and has had an internal struggle can appreciate this beautiful documentary.

I’m so glad I got the chance to watch this and I hope others do, too.