Wednesday, September 30, 2015

When in Doubt, Use a Time Jump: Part One

Yes, I had to split this into two parts because I wrote so much about the season premiere. I had quite a bit to talk about so here is part one,and I will post part two tonight or tomorrow once I have edited it.

Once opened up after the summer break with little Emma. I’m not going to deny it but she is adorable. She is going to see The Sword in the Stone in theaters. Not completely clear if it was a theater that plays old movies because that one came out in 1963. According to Once, it was 1989 at the time. Adorable Emma has no money, so she goes to steal a candy bar, but is stopped by a random movie employee. A movie employee that knows her name and probably everything about her if the producers have anything to say about it. She starts talking to him of course—stranger danger Emma did no one ever teach you that.
Mysterious stranger who let’s be honest is definitely Merlin. I’m still giving him the benefit of the doubt. It’s really hard because I keep expecting Colin Morgan to appear. Can there be a cameo. Meanwhile the movie is playing in the background which includes old Merlin and blonde Arthur. Spoiler alert, their Arthur is a brunet and not Bradley James. Still disappointed over here, I don’t know about you guys. Anyway back to Merlin, he warns her not to eat the chocolate bar because it will lead her down the wrong path (chocolate bar that does it?), and she will not be able to pull the sword out of the stone. So she doesn’t and when she turns away from the man and looks back, he is gone. The usual dramatic exit in this show is to disappear once you turn your head away.
It begins with a scene of King Arthur, who is not yet a king, going to the sword in the stone. He is flanked by Lancelot (Boyd) and Percival (cute). There is another man vying for it, but because of his greed he is vaporized. Then Arthur pulls out the sword and it turns out to be broken. The end of the pattern ends with the dark one dagger, which now has Emma’s name on it. The one thing I need to know is if the time lines are matching up. If they don’t, then any dark one could have pulled out Excalibur apparently. Arthur then goes on to become a king of Camelot. I’m not going to lie, but I can’t really see the actor they chose as Arthur. He reminds me more of Prince Eric than Arthur. The actor they chose for Percival on the other hand could do it. Yet my eye just drifted over Arthur because he does not look like all of the others getting chosen today: i.e. Bradley James and Charlie Hunnam.
Meanwhile back in the present, Emma has disappeared from Storybrooke, but the dagger is left on the ground. Hook picks it up to try and summon her back but nothing happens. No Emma’s appear. Though I have to say that in this scene I was like did Hook get a new haircut. I’m really liking it, I don’t know about you guys. Yet where is Emma? Well she is flowing through an Enchanted Forest manhole. She comes through in black goo for some reason. It is there that she encounters the dark part of Rumpelstiltskin, who wants to teach Emma to become the dark one. She of course resists it, but begins to unconsciously use her powers. Also her clothes magically changed into some ratty gray dress and cloak. She was the only one who changed her clothes from the transition to the Enchanted Forest.
She is trying to find her way to Merlin and instead she finds Merida. Merida with her terrible hair color. As a natural red head, I am a little offended at how unreal it was. The actress is spot on with everything else (she is from Scotland), just not the color. They are pitted against one another because only one person can use the wisps at a time for a lifetime. There was way more than one wisp in Brave. So Rumple of course is in her ear about how she will have to steal it or kill Merida. The bad devil on her shoulder. Emma tries to stop herself from doing that and it just looks like she is talking to herself. The struggle within Emma was interesting to see. I think this was one of my favorite parts because it was her struggling against these new instincts. She doesn’t want to follow the dark, but it is happening anyway.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Skin Sensitivity and Allergies

Hello Everyone,

As a redhead, sensitive skin has always been my unwanted friend. It was either manageable as a kid or I don't remember it. As I got older, certain products began to irritate my skin. There was even a point that certain detergents from washing my clothes were an irritation. It has come to the point that most of what I put on my skin has to be hypoallergenic. Even then, I am weary of trying something new because I do not know the affect it will have on my skin. This can be annoying when trying to find a product to use during a breakout.

What I have found is that there is a few products that help me. This is not an ad, this is just me sharing my trials and errors. I have found that Simple products work really well for me with no irritations. Using their make-up wipes alone have helped clear my skin, just from wiping off my make up. Their Foam Cleanser has also been a big help with breakouts. Though one variation of their wipes is a bit too harsh on my skin. When it comes to skin care, it is all about what works for you. The questions you should ask yourself: Is it working? Does it feel good on my skin? It is all about you in this case.

I even had to change the types of body washes and soaps I was using. I tried many different brands before the I discovered St. Ives. I have been using the Oatmeal and Shea Butter one and it has done wonders for my skin. Not only does it feel softer, but there are no breakouts or irritations anymore.At least when it comes to soaps. Lastly, my make-up choices have started to change because of my skin situation; and my forever favorite products are no longer available to me because of this.

Who do I have to blame for this? According to my mother, my grandmother is all to blame. She had the same sensitivity issues that grew with her as she got older.  Those genes being passed on to me and now my sister has begun to develop the same issues.

So if you have an skin sensitivity and would like to share a product, feel free? If any products strike me, I'll post about them here. So, what are you using?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Favorites: One

Drugstore Makeup Favorites of 2014:

So I thought I would start this series of favorites with my drugstore/Target favorites from 2014. I am a college student with a part time job so all of these things have been bought sporadically throughout the year. When I can afford to spend some extra money I'll splurge a little. In my make up collection, I do have a few expensive items, but those I saved, bought, and then agonized over the price of the purchase. These though are the exact opposite and have become my favorite makeup essentials. 
Starting with foundation, I have been using Revlon Nearly Naked in the shade Ivory. You can pick this up at Target for about $8. I spent quite a bit of time searching around for a new foundation and trying them out. I decided to pick this one up and I have been loving it ever since. It has a nice creamy texture and has great coverage. As a redhead I am pale as ever and this foundation fits quite nicely with my skin tone. As for concealer, I have been using the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($6). in the shades fair and light. I quite enjoy how this covers my blemishes and dark circles without using too much of it. The blush I have been using is NYX's Rose Garden ($5), which is a nice shimmery pink color. 

Moving to the eyes, I have been really enjoying Maybelline’s Color Tattoos in Bad to the Bronze and Barely Branded ($5.29). I bought these a long time ago, but keep coming back to them. They can be good for if you are in a rush and want something on your eyelids, or it can just be a base. Barely Brand being a nice creamy color and Bad to the Bronze a nice bronze shade. I have also been loving the Nudes eye shadow palette from Maybelline. I am the type of person to where nude shades more often than not, so this was a great splurge purchase of $10. I often pair the color tattoos with shades from this palette. As for eyeliner, I have been loving the Maybelline Master Precise($5.99) in the color black. I enjoy how this just glides right on and using this is easy. As for mascara it is a toss-up between Maybelline’s Rocket and Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes ($5).

Lastly, are my favorite lip products. The first is a Rimmel by Kate lipstick in the 107 shade ($5). It is a nice dark red color that I love to use to dramatize my make up. The next is the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion ($8) which is a lovely plum color. The last which is not pictured is the Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel ($6) which is a nice pink shade.

These have been my favorite make up products that I have used in 2014 and, will probably continue to use for much longer. They can all be found in your local drugstore or at a Target where I tend to buy much of this. They are not that expensive and work just as great as some of the high end products. I hope that if someone is looking for something like I have listed that this post helps them in someway, or you have an alternative to share would be lovely.