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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesdays with Kerin: Movies, Books and Basketball

Hello World,

How's Lent going so far? I've been struggling this first week. I have YouTube set up as an automatic tab, whenever I open my browser, so everyday I'm tempted to just click that tab, and watch some vids! Sometimes, I do open YouTube, and scroll through the new videos that I can't watch. I'm suffering from serious FOMO!

Without YouTube to occupy my time, I've been reading a lot. I finished Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick this weekend, and Matched by Ally Condie yesterday. Both books were pretty good, and I'd recommend them to anyone who's a fan of YA novels. Hush Hush is a supernatural romance/ mystery, and Matched is dystopian romance. I'm looking for new suggestions of books!



For, Galentine's Day, I did actually end up going to the movies, but I didn't see Death Cure, I watched Fifty Shades Freed, again. And for the second time, I still for the life of me, can't figure out what Christian says at the end of the movie. So if you know, please let me know, because I really don't want to have to watch that movie again. 

I did however go to movies again, last week, with the opening of Black Panther being Thursday and all. Usually when anything has that much hype around it, I am unimpressed, but Black Panther deserved it all and more. It really is an excellent film! But enough about it for now. You'll get my full review on Wednesday! 


This weekend was, of course, also NBA All-Star Weekend! I must say I wasn't all that excited for it, but I found it to be a very enjoyable weekend. Even the dunk contest was good this year, despite Lavine and AG not being in it again. Even though, there were a lot of no- name players in the Saturday Night events, it was competitive and entertaining. And so was the All-Star Game itself, which hasn't really been competitive in years. My team, of course, lost, which is unfortunate. But what's even more unfortunate is the fact that I didn't even get to watch the end of the game because Hulu timed out. So if anyone is considering cutting the cord, and switching to Hulu Live Tv,  don't bother! You're better off with Sling, if you really want to cut the cord. But not me. I am putting the cord back. Yesterday, I just ordered service from Direct TV. 

Well that's all for now! See you tomorrow with my Black Panther review!


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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Makeup Monday: Chocolate Monochromatic Look

Hello World!



I created this look for the e.l.f. Beautyscape contest, so here's the tutorial on how I created this Chocolate Monochromatic Look!

Step 1: Prime! I have oily-combination skin, so I like to use two different primers - a hydrating one and a mattifying one. I first used the Urban Decay Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray all over my face, and then I applied the Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue gel  in my T-zone.

Step 2: Foundation!  I used e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Mouse Foundation, but since I wanted a little more coverage, I mixed in the Urban Decay Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium.






Step 3: Concealer! I applied concealer to brighten my undereye area and cover any dark circles and to highlight the bridge of my noseI used  the Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector in the shade Medium/Deep.  I let my concealer sit for while before blending it out, so I can get maximum coverage! 




Step 4: Eyebrows! While waiting I'm waiting for my concealer, I filled in my eyebrows! I used Benefit Goofproof Brow pencil in the shade Deep -06 to fill in by brows and then set them with Benefit 24-Hr Brow Setter.



Step 5: Powder! I  blended out my concealer, and immediately set it with powder! I used MAC x PatrickStarr Patrick's Powder.  I baked under my eye, and also dusted the powder all over my face to set my foundation. 

Step 6: Bronzer!  I applied bronzer to the perimeter and contours of my face. I used the darkest shade the Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette



Step 7: Eyes!  I first applied the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the shade Groundwork all over my lid as an eyeshadow base and primer. I used two different palettes for this look. I first used the shade, Sundae Funday (medium neutral brown) , from the Beauty Bakerie Eyescream Palette, and I blended that color into my crease. I then used the shade, Drive thru (warm dark brown), from that same palette, and blended that into my crease, focusing on the outer corner. Lastly, I applied the shade Peach Tart, from the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette, all over my lid.

Step 8: Highlight!  I applied highlighter lightly to the tops of my checks, browbone, and bridge of my nose. I used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade, Opal. 


Step 9: Set! I used the Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Setting Spray  to set all the powders on my face. 











Step 10: Eyeliner and mascara!
  I applied liner to both tmy op and bottom lash line and I used the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in the shade Rococa (golden brown). I then followed that with the L'oreal  Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara. 



Step 11: Lips! I finished the look off with the Sephora #Lipstories Lipstick in the shade Fireside.

Step 12: Selfie! Share on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, kerinskorner.com, etc. 


Happy Makeup Monday!
~Kerin



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Friday, February 16, 2018

Kerin's Top 10: NBA All Stars 2018

Hello World,

Happy NBA All Star Weekend! 

Today is the first day of All Star 2018! *cheers and applause* I don’t know about you, but I’m only moderately excited, but nonetheless here’s my list of the Top 10 All Stars, or Top 10 best players in the league today.  Also, I’m including players that were voted or selected to be All Stars, regardless of injury or if they’ll actually play in the game on Saturday.


10. Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors

9.  Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks

8. DeMarcus Cousins – New Orleans Pelicans

7. John Wall – Washington Wizards

6. Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans

5. Kyrie Irving – Boston Celtics


4. LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers

3. James Harden – Houston Rockets

2.  Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors

1. Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors


And that’s it. Be sure to look out for most of these guys on Sunday night! By the way I’m going for Team Stephen! It was a hard decision because Team LeBron got all the good players, but I’m not saying I’m anti - LeBron, but I’m definitely not pro- LeBron. 



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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

#TBT Playlist: 2001

Hello World,

Today I decided to continue our journey through the 2000s decade. So here's a playlist of my favorite songs that were released in 2001! Enjoy! (BTW You can 60 days of Spotify for free! Click Here!)




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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Watch of Nah?: The Greatest Showman (The Greatest Show On Earth)

Hello World,

Happy Frederick Douglass's Birthday!

I don't know if you guys remember,  but a while ago I did a Top 10 post about my favorite movies. Well, my list has change because this is definitely my new favorite movie. This of course being The Greatest Show on Earth... pardon, I mean The Greatest Showman!  I have had the profound pleasure of being able to see this film not just once or twice, but several times, and in my humble opinion it is one of the best. Without further ado, here's my review!


Film/ Television Show Information

Name: The Greatest Showman

Genre: Musical

Director : Michael Gracey

Main Cast: : Hugh Jackman,  Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson

Ratings


1 = Trash

2 =Meh

3 = OK

4 = Solid

5 = Bomb


Acting/ Performance





X

Comments: 
This film is all about performance and putting on show, and I think all the actors and performers did an excellent job of translating their characters on the screen. They were all great showmen!

Writing/Screenplay





X

Comments: 
Once you put aside historical accuracy and accept the story for what it is - a story, you can appreciation the writing. It's story of acceptance and courage that resonates with so many. At times, it's very funny and other times it's really sad, but it's always captivating! I think Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon weaved together a very interesting tale.

Cinematography 





X

Comments:
Simply put this movie is visual masterpiece.  It is literally magic on the screen!

Costume Design





X

Comments:
The stage costumes are amazing - from P.T. down to the Tattoo Man! And off the stage, the costume designs are both accurate to the times and flattering.

Editing/Special Effects




X


Comments:
This film lost a point for the obviously  fake lions and elephants.

Sound/Music





XX

Comments: 
This film gets double points for music, because it's just that great. Even if you've never seen the film, you will love the soundtrack. The story is compelling and the scenes are well-acted, but it is the music that makes this film that Greatest Show on Earth!


Overall Rating (average the rating numbers above)  - 5.0

Recommendation: Watch! 😀

Everyone should definitely watch this film! In fact, you should watch live and breathe this film! But in all seriousness, I recommend this film to everyone unless you just hate musicals. But even then, you might still like this one.  Film critic, Sheila O'Malley, wrote "The Greatest Showman is an unabashed piece of pure entertainment punctuated by memorable songs,"(her Full Review) and I think that is the most accurate description of this film. It is just pure entertainment, pure joy, pure fun, and it's the Greatest Show of Earth!

If they're still available, buy your tickets here! Otherwise, pre-order your copy here!

Au Revoir,
~Kerin

P.S. - You should also download the soundtrack!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Galientine's Day!

Hello World,

Happy Galentine's Day! 


Get excited that means tomorrow is Frederick Douglass's Birthday! How will you celebrate?  Today is also Mardi Gras in some circles, so Happy Mardi Gras, I guess... Anyway, since it is Galentine's Day, today is the perfect opportunity to get together with girlfriends and have some fun! I'll probably be catching a movie with my sister! I'm thinking Maze Runner: Death Cure, but I don't know. 

Last week was exciting right? Kerin's Korner came back and posted everyday, Even more exciting, I'm back again this week! I know some of you were probably nervous I'd go AWOL again, but here I am. 

Other than my relaunch, last week was pretty uneventful for me. I went school, to work,  to school to work, to school... well you get the point. I did get the opportunity to see an advance screening Fifty Shades Freed on Wednesday. That was interesting. Let me know in the comments if you'd like a full review of the movie! 

Speaking of movies, I don't know about you guys but I'm pretty excited to see Black Panther in little over 48 hours! If you're in the Houston Area, but sure to enter my giveaway so you can get your tickets for opening night! Tickets are selling out fast! Also look forward to more giveaways in the future!

In some circles, tomorrow is also Ash Wednesday, a.k.a. the start of lent. I'm not Catholic, but I went to a Catholic school and I work at a Catholic school, and I will be participating in lent this year. I'll be giving up watching YouTube videos. That may seem like a simple task to some, but if you knew the endless amount of hours I lose wasting time on YouTube, you'd know it will be very difficult for me. Although it might be hard, I feel it will be very beneficial. All the time I was using to watch YouTube videos, could be used doing something more productive and fulfilling in my life. 

I've also recently gotten back into reading. I just finished Evermore by Alyson Noel. It was decent, but it's book 1 of 6, so I'll probably read the next 4 and  a half books in the series. I already have the 2nd book on Audible. Audible is having a sell right now, where you can get your first 3 months of membership for $8.95/month versus the regular $14.95! Click here for more details! I personally love Audible, so I would definitely sign up if I didn't already have a membership. In other book news, I just started Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick this weekend, and I'm not sure about it yet. We'll see  how it turns out! 


Well that's all folks!


If there are any specific posts you'd like to see, let know via comment, twitter, instagram, etc. 

Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Makeup Monday: Natural Glowy Look

Hello World!

Lately, I've been rocking a version of this look everyday. I wear it to school, to work, to the movies, to bed... Anyway here's how I got this everyday natural glowy glam look. Enjoy!




Step 1: Prime! To really get that natural lit from within look, first use an illuminating primer. I used the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer -  Radiance. If you have oily skin, like me, follow with a mattifying primer in the areas you get oily. I applied the Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue gel  in my T-zone. 

Step 2: Foundation! You'll want to use a foundation with a more natural finish, rather than a matte finish, so your face doesn't look flat, so you still have that natural glow. I used the new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in the shade Belem. 


Step 3: Concealer! Use a concealer to brighten the undereye area and cover any dark circles, but only go 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation color. Also highlight the bridge of your nose, by applying concealer there.  I used the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in the shade Walnut.  Let your concealer sit for while before blending it out, so you can get maximum coverage! 


Step 4: Eyebrows! While waiting you're waiting for your concealer, this is the perfect time to do your eyebrows! I used Benefit Goofproof Brow pencil in the shade Deep -06 to fill in by brows and then set them with Benefit Gimme Brow.


Step 5: Powder! Now you can blend out your concealer, and immediately set it with powder, so it doesn't crease! Apply just enough translucent powder to set your concealer, and then dust it away. No baking, since this is a more natural look. I used MAC x PatrickStarr Patrick's Powder


Step 6: Bronzer! Use a very warm bronzer, preferably one with a shimmer, so you have even more of a glow. Apply the bronzer to the perimeter and contours of your face. I used Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa Bronzer palette and I applied it under my cheekbones, to my temples, and along my jawline.

Step 7: Highlight!  Use a gold or champagne color highlighter and apply liberally to places you'd like to highlight. I again used the  Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa Bronzer palette. Using the highlight shade, I applied it down the bridge of my nose, the top of my cheekbones, and creating a "c" shape, I swept the highlight from my cheekbones to my brow-bone. I also highlighted lightly above my eyebrows and using the same "c" shape motion I connected it to my cheekbone highlight. 

Step 8: Eyes! Apply your bronzer into your crease, to give your eyes more depth and warmth. Then using your finger apply your highlighter directly in the center of your lid all the way up to your brow-bone. 

Step 9: Set! Because we don't want all that hard work to go to waste, now it's time to set it and forget it. First use a mattifying setting spray to lock everything in place, and then follow with a dewy setting spray, so you have a nice glowy look. I used the Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Setting Spray and the Urban Decay Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray


Step 10: Eyeliner and mascara! Try to use a brown or other warm colored eyeliner, because black can look a little harsh with this look. Then use a lengthening mascara, not thickening, so it looks more natural. I used the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in the shade Rococa and Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

Step 11: Lips! Finish off the look with a clear gloss. I used the Too Faced Lip Injection Power Plumping lip gloss.
Step 12: Selfie! Share on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, kerinskorner.com, etc. 


Happy Makeup Monday!
~Kerin


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Kerin's Top 10: Must Have Makeup Brushes

Hello World!

Since in the world that is Kerin's Korner, this week started on Tuesday, there was no Makeup Monday this week. ☹ So I thought I just sneak a cheeky little makeup post in today! Don't worry, it's still a Top 10, so I'm not breaking any rules.  Anyway here's the top ten makeup brushes and tools, I think every makeup user needs to have in their kit.

1. Flat Top Kabuki Brush

Perfect for blending out liquid and cream products! It makes your job easier and quicker and leaves you with a flawless, airbrushed finish! I use it for foundations, but it could also be used for cream contour and blush. Just about every brand makes a version of this brush so you can find it anywhere. I personally really like the one from Real Techniques.

2. Flat Foundation Brush

Great for blending out cream products! Perfect if you want full coverage! I like to use it to blend out my under-eye concealer, so I can get maximum coverage. This is also great for baking, because it's so dense and flat, so you can really pack the powder right under your eye. And the rounded edge is perfect for getting into the corners of your eye! I like to use one side to blend out my concealer and then I flip to the other side to apply my powder for baking. You can find this brush from a lot different brands. e.l.f. makes a great one for only $2! My favorite is from Tarte in their Artful Accessories Brush Set.

3. Velour Puff 

Absolute must-have for loose powders, but good for pressed powders as well! The thing about loose powders is they can be very messy. But the puff is perfect for picking up and applying powder, with minimal mess. And it molds perfectly to your face for easy application. I use it for my baking powder and to set my face, because I can really pressed the powder into my skin, so my makeup will last longer.  Laura Mercier makes hands down the best one!


4. Large Powder Brush

You want to look for large fluffy brush with a dome-shaped head. This brush is perfect for a diffused application of powder products over larger areas of the face. And great for blending everything together! After I finish my makeup, I like to sweep this brush all my face with no product on it at all or with a little translucent powder, just to blend all the other products together. This brush is also great for correcting mistakes! Just take this brush and a little translucent powder and blend away any  excess blush, contour, etc. I also like to use this brush to apply blush and contour/bronzer. This brush is also very easy to find.  e.l.f. makes a great inexpensive one!

5. Angled Eyeliner Brush


The angled end makes it perfect for creating a precise line! It's great for gel and liquid liner, but also good for eyeshadows and powders. It can be use for precise application of eyeshadows. I also like to use this brush to fill in my eyebrows. The angled end makes it easy to create hair-like strokes, for a more natural looking brow! Every brand makes a version of this brush! Morphe makes one for just $2!

6. Tapered Eyeshadow Blending Brush


This brush is perfect for blending out eyeshadow! Because it's so fluffy, but still dense, it'll blend out your eyeshadow perfectly, but still provide you with excellent color pay-off. And it can used with both cream and powder eyeshadows. I like to use this brush to blend eyeshadows into my crease and to buff out the edges, so my eyeshadow looks more diffused. A lot brands make a version of this brush, but I really like the one from Luxie!


7. Precision Shader Brush

Can be used for cream and powder eyeshadows! The slightly pointed end gives you full control when applying color. I like to use it to apply color to my eyelid and for precise application of dark colors into the outer corner of my crease.  This brush is a little harder to find, but a lot of high-end makeup lines carry this brush. I know Make-up Forever and MAC make a version, but I really like the one from Luxie, sold exclusively through ispy. 

8. Flat Definer Eyeshadow Brush

This a versatile, multipurpose eyeshadow brush! It can used to pack on color on your lid, apply precise eyeliner, and smudge your lower lash line. I also like to use this brush to fill in my eyebrows. The straight edge makes it easy to create hair-like strokes, and it's dense enough to apply a lot of color! This brush is easy to find from a lot of brands! e.l.f. makes a good one for only $3!

9. Tapered Highlighting  Brush

Best brush for highlighting! You want to look for a dense brush with a tear-dropped shaped head. The precise tip makes it easy to apply highlight to the upper contours of your face, your brow bone, and the inner corner of your eye. I use it for all of the above! I love this kind of brush because it allows you to build up the highlight to a mega-watt glow or you can diffuse the product for a more subtle glow.  This brush is also fairly easy to find, but I really like the #3 brush from the BH Cosmestics collaboration with ItsMyRayeRaye brush set!

10. Makeup Sponge

Last but certainly not least, the makeup sponge! No makeup kit is complete without a makeup sponge. Sponges are great at blending out cream and liquid product, and they'll give you a more natural look, because they suck up excess product. The only drawback is that they are so hard to clean. A lot brands make sponges, and a lot of them are bad. The beautyblender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge are the best! I like the Real Techniques one better because it has a flat edge, that works great for baking. 




If there are any specific posts you'd like to see, let know via comment, twitter, instagram, etc. 

Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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