Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesdays with Kerin: Post-Spring Break Blues & Giveaway

Hello World!

*SKIP TO THE BELOW IF ONLY HERE FOR THE GIVEAWAY*

Today was the official start of Spring, but Spring Break is over for me, and I'm having post-Spring Break blues. 

Yesterday I had to return school and work, and it was so hard. The day just seemed to never end... It felt like the longest Monday of my life. But alas, that is my reality once again, and I must get back adjusted to my regularly scheduled life. 

This weekend I ended my Spring Break with one last hurrah! (which is probably a main contributor to my current depressive state).  I participated in some "light" retail therapy. 

My family and I took a short trip to Cypress to visit the outlet mall there. We checked into a suite at the Holiday Inn on Friday, and then we went to a Drive In theater that night, and saw A Wrinkle in Time. I don't think I'm made for Drive Ins. I love movies, but I'm a Luxury Lounger kind of girl. Then Saturday was 'shop til you drop' day.  There were some crazy sales! I'm talking 90% off Coach wallets. I got 4 pair of shoes from Nine West for $75! 


Plus a few good meals, that was supposed to be the end of the trip, but I might have returned Sunday for just a few more things. 

When we returned to Houston, my sister and I went to see Tomb Raider again. Which was better than when I first saw it at the advance screening, but I think it was just because the theater was better. Then that was the actual end of my Spring Break. 

GIVEAWAY:
In other news, in my post last week, I said I would be doing a giveaway soon to celebrate my 500 followers on Instagram! I'm going to be giving away a Blu- Ray copy of Thor: Ragnarok! Check out my Instagram (@kerinskorner) for more details!


Also, I am so close to 500 followers on twitter, so expect another giveaway soon!


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

Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Watch or Nah?: Love, Simon

Hello World,

Everyone deserves a great love story! You guys asked for it, so here's my review of Love. Simon!


Film/ Television Show Information

Name: Love, Simon

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Director : Greg Berlanti

Main Cast: : Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Alexandra Shipp, Katherine Langford

Ratings


1 = Trash

2 =Meh

3 = OK

4 = Solid

5 = Bomb


Acting/ Performance




X


Comments: 
Characters were very well-cast. They were similar enough to the characters in the book to satisfy the book fans, but they also brought a little something more for the on-screen adaption. Overall, I think they all gave good performances. 

Writing/Screenplay





X

Comments: 
Becky Abertalli wrote a really good story in Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda, so the writers already had good content to work with. Obviously some changes had to be made for the story to translate on the screen, but they kept the core of the story the same. They used all the cliche, rom-com, coming of age movie tactics, but it works, because the story is so powerful and relevant. It's the John Hughes film of our generation.

Cinematography 




X


Comments:
The set designers and cinematographers did a great job at creating the world that Abertalli wrote about. When I saw Simon's room, I was like yeah, that is totally Simon's room. Although it wasn't a visual masterpiece, the film did a great job of using the rest of the screen to add to the scene and the characters. 

Costume Design




X


Comments:
 I'm a little mad that they changed Simon's Halloween costume from the book, but overall the wardrobes were both consistent with the book and fitting for the characters. 

Editing/Special Effects




X


Comments:
I liked how this movie was edited together - from the voice overs to the little flash montages. I thought it made for a very cute film. 

Sound/Music




X


Comments: 
Music was important to Simon's character in the book, but in the film, it played a much more trivial role.  The music was still good, and added depth to the scenes. 


Overall Rating (average the rating numbers above)  - 4.2/5.0

Recommendation: Watch!😏  

The tagline for this film is 'Everyone deserves a great love story.' And that's what this film is. It's a sweet, heart-warming, coming of age, love story, where the main character just so happens to be gay. It's important because it's the first film of it's kind, but it's enjoyable because it's cute, albeit, a little cliche, and well done. This film is well-written and well-acted. It's funny and humorous, but it still has a lot of emotional depth. It's a powerful story that's presented in a very accessible and familiar form for a broad range of audiences. I would recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of coming age films, romantic comedies, and all young adults and teenagers. This film is super cute, and I think you really have to try to not like it at all. If you liked the book, you'll like this movie. It's an excellent adaptation. Overall, Love, Simon definitely gets my stamp of approval, and I think everyone should go see it! Then we can have more films like Love, Simon, more films about unrepresented people, more films for everyone!


Au Revoir,
~Kerin

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kerin's Top Ten: Dance Movies

Hello World!

Dance is a beautiful art. Film is a beautiful art. If you put those two things together you get Dance Movies, which is not such a beautiful art. Dance movies have a reputation for being poorly written, bad acted, and just cringy. But occasionally you stumble upon a dance movie that's okay, maybe even good. But regardless of how "good" the movie actually is, I have found some dance movies to be quite enjoyable. Here's a list of my top ten dance movies.

10. Honey

9. Save the Last Dance

8. Footloose 

7. Bring it On

6. Step Up All In

5. Stomp the Yard

4. Dirty Dancing

3. Step Up

2. Happy Feet 

1. You Got Served






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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Big News: Kerin's Korner Update!!!

Hello World!

Today, I decided to make some changes to Kerin's Korner, specifically when and how I post. You may have noticed in the last 2 weeks I've missed some posts, and posts have been going up later and later. The truth is posting everyday is a lot of work. I thought I could do it, but I now know, I really can't - not if I want to continue to post good content. You may have noticed a decline in the quality of my posts, and that's because I've just been posting because I need to post something. And that's not what I want to do. I want to post good quality content. 

With that being said, I am cutting down my posts to 4 days a week, and no longer regularly posting on Wednesdays. I'm not going to cut out my movie reviews, because that's a main focus of Kerin's Korner, but I'm going to move them to Fridays, because most movies come out on Thursdays, and I usually watch them that night, so I could give you a review of new movies sooner, instead of a week later.  So the new schedule will be as follows:

  • Makeup Mondays - Makeup tutorials, reviews, etc.
  • Tuesdays with Kerin - Life Updates
  • Top Ten Thursdays - top ten lists of anything
  • Watch or Nah? Fridays - Movie reviews
  • (Maybe the occasional Hump Day Bonus post!)
Besides, the slight change in schedule, I will also be changing the focus of Kerin's Korner. Right now, the blog is all about makeup, movies, and more! I am going to focus less on the "and more", and more on makeup and movies. Hence, why #TBT Playlists have been cut! Makeup and movies are the two things I am most passionate about, and what I enjoy blogging about, so that's what Kerin's Korner should be about. 

Okay, that's all the big news! All these changes will go in effect today, so I apologize that my movie review won't be up until Friday! And the winner from all the votes on twitter, instagram, and the comments is... Love, Simon! So I'll have that review up on Friday. And maybe I'll post a bonus review, since you guys were expecting my review sooner.



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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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesdays With Kerin: Downtown, Movies, and Giveaway Alert!

Hello World!

#downtownliving
This weekend (really starting Thursday), I took a break from my regularly scheduled life, and lived in Downtown Houston! It was great! My sister and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, and Thursday afternoon, we saw a special D23 screening of A Wrinkle in Time at the Hobby Center! I was very excited, because A Wrinkle in Time was my favorite book as a child! We then had lunch at this cool joint, Osoo + Kristalla. If you're in Houston, you should check them out. Later we checked out the AMC theater downtown, formerly Sundance Cinemas. Friday was more exploring. We attempted to find shopping downtown, but were relatively unsuccessful, but we did find a Forever 21, and I was able to buy some new jeans.  Saturday was even more exploring! We caught the metro, and explored Discovery Green, the City Hall, and the Theater District! It was also a very hot day, so we did take a pit stop at Hard Rock Cafe for lunch! Sadly, Sunday was our day to check out, and return to reality. It has been a hard adjustment after such a great weekend, which is why I aim to make #downtownliving a reality in the near future!


#moviesaddict
My movie addiction was finally become a problem. I went to movies last night, there wasn't a single movie showing that I hadn't seen yet. I ended up watching Jumanji again. I already mentioned, I watched A Wrinkle on Time. I also watch Anninhlation on Thursday and Love, Simon on Saturday. I going to review of these movies tomorrow! Check out my polls on Twitter or Instagram or leave a comment below on which movie you want me to review!



#Giveaway
I said last Tuesday that I'd do my next giveaway at 500 followers, and today I reached 500 followers on Instagram. So it's giveaway time! Leave a comment about what I should do! The giveaway will be  live by next week at the latest, and will run on Instagram this time! Thank you to everyone that followed me. I appreciate the support!













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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Makeup Monday: Best of e.l.f.!

Hello World!

e.l.f. cosmetics is one of my favorite brands, because they make really good products and they are insanely affordable. I created this look using some of my favorite e.l.f. products.



If you're looking for some affordable makeup that works, I recommend checking out e.l.f. Here's a list of what I think are their best products, and what everyone should have in their makeup kits!



This is a great primer. It smooths out your skin, and blurs imperfections, so you have an even canvas for makeup application. It is also infused with Tea Tree and Vitamins A & E for restorative benefits.








This foundation is full-coverage, lightweight, and blends to a demi-matte finish.The only drawback is that the shade range is very limited. I wear the shade Coco.







Instant Lift Brow Pencil - $2

I LOVE this brow pencil! It has a precise tip that makes it easy to define, shape, and fill in your brows. It glides on really easy. It comes in 3 colors. I use the shade Deep Brown, and I think it has the perfect balance between warm and neutral.


Prime & Stay Finishing Powder - $2

This powder is great for  setting your makeup and touch-ups. It reduces the appearance of fines lines and mattifies, to give you a smooth flawless finish.







Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palettes - $10

These eyeshadow palettes are very pigmeted and blend easily. I really like the Jewel Pop and the Nude Mood palettes and Nude Mood palette is on sale right now for only $4!



Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow - $3

These eyeshadows are super soft and creamy, but they don't dry out. They also blend easily, and pack on a lot of color.




Powder Blush Palette (Dark) - $6

This hands-down my favorite blush palette. It comes in the perfect shades for dark skin, that you can mix and match. It also blends perfectly and lasts all day!





They recently improved the brush and formula for this mascara, and it's much better. This mascara adds a lot of length and volume.











Makeup Mist & Set - $6

This setting spray helps your makeup to last all day! It can also be used to revitalize your makeup throughout the day! It also contains aloe, green tea, cucumber, and vitamins A, C, and E to soothe and hydrate the skin.


Eyeshadow "C" Brush - $3

This is my  favorite eyeshadow blending brush. It has the perfect shape to used for both the crease and the lid. It can also be used with wet or dry products. 






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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Friday, March 9, 2018

Kerin's Top Ten: Favorite Movies (Updated)

Hello World!

There's been some new movies that have come out recently that have cracked my top ten favorite movies of all time, and some older movies that have worked their way up. So here's my an updated list of my ten most favorite movies!


1. Remember the Titans


2. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

3. The Greatest Showman

4. You Got Served


5. Black Panther


6. The Dark Knight


7. Straight Outta Compton


8. Crazy Stupid Love


9. Fight Club


10. Happy Feet





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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Watch or Nah?: Game Night

Hello World,

The new comedy movie, Game Night came out a few weeks ago, and I got the chance to see it last night. I don't usually watch comedies, because I have a real particular sense of humor, but this film was surprising. Without further ado, here's my review! 


Film/ Television Show Information

Name: Game Night

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Director : John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Main Cast: : Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler

Ratings


1 = Trash

2 =Meh

3 = OK

4 = Solid

5 = Bomb


Acting/ Performance




X


Comments: 
This film has an excellent cast that showed good chemistry with each other, and they all had good comedic timing, which made for fluid performances. 

Writing/Screenplay




X


Comments: 
This film is very plot driven, and the story itself is okay. It's a good mixture of comedy and suspense, but the script is very sharp. It's funny without using simple dumb humor.

Cinematography 



X



Comments:
This film doesn't focus on how things look on the screen, it's much more about what's going in, so visually there is nothing special.

Costume Design



X



Comments:
There was just nothing particularly special about the costume design in this movie. I don't feel it took away from the film or added anything. 

Editing/Special Effects




X


Comments:
This film didn't use a lot special effects, but it did make use of good editing. The fight choreography and the chase scenes were excellent. 

Sound/Music



X



Comments: 
I found the music to be distracting and disjoint from the scene at times, but overall the music was pretty decent. 


Overall Rating (average the rating numbers above)  - 3.5/5.0

Recommendation: Watch!😏  

These days it seems impossible to create a good movie that's also a comedy, but people keep trying, and people keep failing. But sometimes, they succeed. And that's Game Night. This film is a surprisingly funny movie with a clever script and a good cast. It's a comedy, mystery thriller, I think most people would enjoy. If you like comedies, then you should definitely go watch this movie. But if you're not really a fan of comedies, like me, then you can probably wait until it comes on TV. It is not a bad movie, but it's not a "must-see" movie. But overall, I would recommend this movie, you're bound to laugh at something in it! 

Au Revoir,
~Kerin

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesdays with Kerin: Quick Update

Hello World!

So this is going to be really quick post just to update you on what's been going on.

  1. I want apologize for last week. It was a bad week. I missed a lot of posts. It'll probably happen again. I'm sorry but that's the honest truth.
  2. Thank you to everyone who participated in the twitter poll and voted for which movie I should review next. Should I do more polls? 
  3. I currently thinking about my next giveaway. What do you guys want? I'll probably do my next giveaway when I reach 500 followers. So be sure to follow me on instagram and twitter!
  4. This weekend was my sister's birthday, and she had a nice little party. Happy Birthday EBB! She turned 25, and I got her 25 gifts for each year she's been alive!
  5. I watched the Oscars, and was thoroughly upset that "This is Me" did not win, but as for the reviews of the films nominated for best picture, that is still happening. It won't be tomorrow, because I still need to watch 2 movies,  which I will try to do this week, so I have the reviews for you guys next Wednesday!
  6. I am going to the movies tonight #MovieTuesday, so I should have a new review for you guys tomorrow!


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


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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Friday, March 2, 2018

Watch or Nah?: Fifty Shades Freed

Hello World,

I know this is even a day later than the day late post, I said would deliver, but it's just been one of those weeks. Better late than never, right? Anyway, I asked you guys on Wednesday, what movie I should review next, and the majority of you said Fifty Shades Freed, so without further ado, here is my review of the final chapter in the Fifty Shades saga. 


Film/ Television Show Information

Name: Fifty Shades Freed

Genre: Romance, Drama

Director : James Foley

Main Cast: : Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Eric Johnson

Ratings


1 = Trash

2 =Meh

3 = OK

4 = Solid

5 = Bomb


Acting/ Performance



X



Comments: 
The acting in this film is decent. I repeat the acting in this film is decent. If you've followed the Fifty Shades saga from the first, then you know how incredible that statement, because it has been such a long journey to get decent acting. So I repeat the acting in this film is decent. There are times, where I felt the actors were bored of the lines they were saying. I don't know if that's a knock on the writing or performance, so I'll just take off for both. 

Writing/Screenplay


X




Comments: 
The writing is lazy. It's just random narrative pieces tossed together, just buying time until the sex scene or Audi product placement. This film was written like a 2 hour ad segment for Audi. If you've ever wondered what would happen if car companies also made movies... But the story itself if not bad. It's not great, but it's definitely better than previous story-lines in the Fifty Shades saga.

Cinematography 



X



Comments:
This film was created like a commercial or like a reality TV show. There are scenes in this movie that look like a transition scene from Keeping Up with the Kardashians. There were some good visuals in this film, but it was mostly just an advertisment for the top 1% lifestyle.

Costume Design



X



Comments:
 There was just nothing particularly special about the costume design in this movie. I don't feel it took away from the film or added anything. 

Editing/Special Effects

X





Comments:
I've said before this film was a made like ad, and watch the car chase scene, and tell me that's not the same techniques used in car commercials. You can't! The editing choices in this movie were just a no. When watching a film, you shouldn't be distracted by the camera edits. The editing was strange and distracting. It pulled you from the story, and made you wonder things, like "Why am I this close to her face? What is this adding to the scene?" 

Sound/Music




X


Comments: 
The soundtracks have consistently been the best part of these movies, and in it's final chapter, it continued to follow suite. 


Overall Rating (average the rating numbers above)  - 2.6/5.0

Recommendation: Nah!😕

If there was an award for most improved movie franchise, Fifty Shades would deserve it. This film franchise has gotten consistently better with each movie, which is sad because the final movie was still not a good movie. If you've watched the other movies in this franchise, then you NEED to watch this movie. This movie will provide you with a great conclusion of what a decent Fifty Shades film could be. Otherwise, you've tortured yourself through the other 2 movies for no reason. On the other hand, if you have never seen a Fifty Shades film in your life, now is not the time to start. You will not appreciate anything about this film. You will not see it as a work of improvement, you'll just see it as a bad movie. I also feel like this is a franchise where you need to see the previous movies to understand the plot, because the story-lines are connected. Overall, I would not recommend this movie, unless you're already a "fan" of the Fifty Shades franchise. It's just not a good movie. 

Au Revoir,
~Kerin

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