Horror Weekend!

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So fun fact about me – I absolutely love scary movies.  If it was between a chick flick and a horror movie, most likely I would choose the scarier of the two (there are some special exemptions, of course).  So when I was invited to check out two scary movies this weekend, I for sure said yes.

The first one I checked out was Scream 4, the fourth instalment in the Scream franchise.  I saw the first one maybe five years ago now and loved it, so naturally I wanted to see them all.  Well, I found Scream 2 so horrendous I didn’t even bother seeing the third one.  Lucky for me though, it didn’t seem like I missed anything because Scream 4 isn’t one of those movies where you need to see the previous films to get the present one.  If you saw the first Scream then you are set.  And you know what, even if you didn’t see it, the current movie is still understandable.

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Okay, so you know when you see a sequel to a movie and it doesn’t live up to the original? (cough Scream 2 cough), well Scream 4 is so not the case.  It’s exciting, it’s funny, it’s suspenseful, and it’s entertaining!

The movie is actually so good.  And oh man that ending!  Did not expect that person to be the killer. I don’t want to give it away, but you will definitely be surprised.  It’s really a great film, I mean it’s not as scary as others out there, but really I don’t think it’s meant to be. I wouldn’t quite characterize it as horror, I think it falls more in the suspense genre.  It’s quite gory and a lot of people get killed, but between the awesome story line and the killer cast (no pun intended) this is one film I would definitely check out.

See it or skip it?  I would for sure see it.

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The second movie I saw this weekend was Insidious. I’m going to start off by saying that I knew absolutely nothing about this movie.  In fact I didn’t even know it was a scary movie prior to my friend telling me about it.  Was it good?  It was okay.  I’m not going to lie, I have definitely seen better.

The movie is credited as being from the same people that brought us Saw and Paranormal Activity.  I didn’t like Saw but I loved Paranormal Activity, so I had some hope and high expectations.  I mean, just because I didn’t like Saw I still respect it, especially the fact that there have been about 20 of them (a little exaggeration)..

The movie starts off strong.  It’s about this young family who just moved into this new (huge) house and weird stuff starts happening (the usual stuff getting moved, falling, etc.).   One of the young sons goes up to the scary attic, hits his head, and the next day doesn’t wake up.  He’s not dead, but in this weird coma that the doctors can’t explain.  That’s when the scary stuff starts happening. The mom Renai (played by Rose Byrne) starts hearing voices and sees people in the house and after much coaxing finally convinces her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) to move houses.  However, they soon start to realize that it wasn’t the house that was haunted, but their comatose son.  This is the part where the movie went downhill for me.

There was just so much stuff that just didn’t do it for me.  One, they showed the people that were haunting the house, which I find takes away from the horror in the film.  It’s much scarier to not see the ghosts or hauntings, it makes it much more suspenseful for the viewer.  I was like “big deal, it’s just some guys” and really, aside from one guy that looked like Darth Maul from Star Wars, they were just everyday looking people (some with tons of makeup on).  Another thing I didn’t like were the parts where it tried to be funny.  It was nice to laugh and break up the suspense, but I think it took away from the story to have these geeky ghosthunter kind of guys.  Not to mention the scene where the psychic/ghost whisperer lady wears this elephant-like mask to talk to the demon that wants to take over the sons body.

I dunno, there was something that just didn’t do it for me about this movie.  It was long and by the end it just got so low budget to me, but not good low budget like in Paranormal Activity, more like low budget as in The Uninvited, and no not the hollywood film, but a different one by IFC On-Demand that I found on Netflix and soon realized that it wasn’t the right Uninvited I was looking for.  Needless to say, I turned it off about half an hour into the film.

All negativity aside though, I did like the ending.  In true horror-like fashion it had the twist ending that leaves the audience sitting there for a few more seconds after the lights come on to take it in.

See it or skip it?  I would skip it.  Wait till it comes out on DVD and rent it if you really want to see it.

Have you seen Scream 4 or Insidious? What were your thoughts?

Tag, You’re It! 40 Beauty Questions!

So I felt like doing a fun little post today.. that and I couldn’t think of anything else to write about. Well, there were a few things on my mind, but it’s not time to blog about them yet.

I thought I would do a tag post.  What is a tag post you ask?  Basically it’s questions that other people have answered and then they “tag” you to do it too!  I found these questions online and I thought they would be fun to answer.  I thought I would start with beauty and then maybe in future posts I could try other tags that have to deal with other topics.

So here goes!

SKINCARE

Need some new moisturizer!

How many times do you wash your face daily? Twice.
What skin type do you have? (dry, oily, combo) Normal?  It does tend to get dry sometimes in the t-zone though.
What is your current facial wash? Clinique Facial Soap.
Do you exfoliate? Yes, with Clinique Clarifying Lotion
What brand do you use? Clinique! I have been using it since I was about 16.
What moisturizer do you use? Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Do you have freckles? Nope
Do you use eye cream? Nope! Not yet!
Do you or did you have acne prone skin? No, fortunately.
Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? Nope, never had a problem with acne.

MAKEUP


What foundation do you use? Depends on the day and what mood I’m in.  I usually switch between Bare Minerals SPF 15 Original foundation and MAC Pro Longwear.
How about concealer? ELF concealer/illuminator
Do you know your undertone colour? Ugh… red?  Not sure what this is…
What do you think of fake eyelashes? Love them!! I got extensions so I didn’t have to use them all the time, but I still put them on every once in a while for more oomph!
Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months? Yes.  Do I? No.
What brand of mascara do you use? Don’t use mascara anymore but when I did I used Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash.
Sephora or MAC? Toughy! It depends what I want.  I’ve been really into MAC lately though…
Do you have a MAC Pro-card? No! But I wish I did!  Not fair that writers/beauty editors can’t get one!
What makeup tools do you use in makeup application? Foundation brush, powder brush, kabuki brush, eyeshadow brush, eyeliner brush, crease brush, and blush brush.


Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes? Yes, Urban Decay Primer Potion!
For the face? Hard Candy Sheer Envy
What is your favourite eyeshadow (color or shade)? Neutrals!
Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Both.  I like liquid more for my upper lashline and pencil for my lower waterline.
How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Almost never.
What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? Never used them.
Do you use mineral makeup? Yes! Bare Minerals! Their mineral foundation is great!
What is your favourite lipstick? I have a few and all by MAC: Fashion Mews (limited edition from the Hello Kitty collection), Saint Germain, and Myth.
How about lipgloss? MAC Viva Glam Gaga, the pink one.
What is your favourite blush to use? Not a huge blush fan, but right now I’m using NARS Orgasm.
Do you buy your makeup on eBay? No.
Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes, but it depends on the brand.


Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets) I’ve only been to the one in Vegas.  Pretty good stuff there and good deals.
Did you ever consider taking makeup classes? Nah..
Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Sometimes and it depends on what product it is.
Name a makeup crime that you hate? Too much blush!
Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? Depends on the mood i’m in.  Usually I’ll go with a neutral eye and a bright pink lip.
Which celebrity always has great make up? Kim Kardashian.
If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item,what would you use? Does Rosebud Salve count?
Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? Yes, lazy Sundays.
Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? Depends on the day and the lighting.. haha but seriously, everyone is beautiful, makeup just enhances natural beauty.
In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? MAC, but I have heard a lot of good things about NARS as well.
What do you think of makeup? It’s fun to play around with.  You can be very creative with makeup.

 

Spring Nails

From left to right: Essie's Nice is Nice, Essie's Sand Tropez, and Spa Ritual's Knowledge is Power

So I went a little nail polish crazy this past weekend.  I took a day trip down to the United States and picked up a few Essie polishes (my first ones ever) and today I got the hottest pink ever (it was love at first sight).

I have been really into nail polishes for the past two months ever since I got an OPI stand to display them all.  Ever since I got it all I want to do is fill it up!  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a crazy amount of nail polish, maybe like 20 colours? But I’m pretty much obsessed.  I’m not a manicure kind of girl, I would so rather do my own nails then pay to get them done.  The last time I went for a mani/pedi the selection of colours was just awful, so ever since then I tend to just do my nails myself because I like my colours better than what they have in the salon.

Anyways back to the present, I love the colours I got, they are just so perfect for spring!

Spa Ritual “Knowledge is Power”

I’ve never been a pink and red nail polish kind of girl, unless of course it is a unique colour.  When I saw Spa Ritual’s Knowledge is Power from their Truth collection I literally had to have it.  It’s just the most gorgeous pink, fuchsia colour.  I have not tried it on yet because I painted my nails yesterday but this is going to be the next colour on my nails.  I only have another colour by Spa Rituals (Solaris – a bright orange) but I do remember it going on fairly well.  I can’t remember how long that one lasted on my nails before it started to chip.

I’m usually an OPI kind of girl, but this colour is seriously to die for.  The only thing that sucks about Spa Ritual is the price of them and the availability.  I believe they retail for $12 in Canada and are available exclusively at salons.  If you see this colour though and love pinks, I would grab it. It’s actually so gorgeous.

Essie “Nice is Nice”

I have never tried Essie nail polishes before but have read a lot of great things about their French Affair spring collection.  I really wanted MAC’s Little Girl Type nail polish from the Quite Cute collection but when I tried it out in store it didn’t apply that great.  And I mean for the price of the thing I would want it to be perfect.  Well it wasn’t, so that’s why I got this pretty colour.  It’s a soft lilac colour and I find it quite similar to OPI’s Rumples Wiggin’s from the 2010 Shrek Collection (I don’t have that shade but I did compare them side by side).  I have not tried this one out yet so I can’t tell you how it looks applied, but it’s so pretty I can’t wait to rock it in the spring.

Essie “Sand Tropez”

Okay so if you read my March 2011 favourites post you would have read that I have been loving neutral colour polishes.  They are just so versatile, you can wear them in the office, at night, to an event – literally everywhere.  They are just so basic that they go with everything.  When I first saw Essie’s Sand Tropez I knew I had to have it.  It goes on so pigmented and soft with really good colour payoff.  I was a bit skeptical at first because the colour is so light, but it goes on really good. It’s just so pretty it matches the colour of my skin and it does look exactly like sand.  It reminds me of a tropical beach.

I got both Sand Tropez and Nice is Nice at Target but I believe that Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada just started selling them.  Not sure what they run for in Canada but in the U.S. I paid around $7.50 per polish. Like I said earlier, I am an OPI kind of girl, but I love trying new brands as well, especially if they have awesome colours.

What are your favourite colours for spring?  Have you tried any of the polishes I listed?

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