Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tuesdays with Kerin: This is It!

Hello World!

This is it! I'm done! I did it! I had my last final today, and now I'm done with the year! YASSSSSS!!! This time couldn't have come any later, because I am so done with school. But alas now I get a reprieve. 
Hmmm.. let's see what did I do last week...

Well my new found love of Supernatural has turned into full blown addiction. It is literally all I do. I sit down, eat ice, and play Solitaire while I watch Supernatural. I'm over halfway through season 7 now, and it's still good!

If I'm not watching Supernatural, then I'm watching the NBA Playoffs, except for the Rockets, because I'm not allowed to watch them. After careful experimentation, I found that whenever I watch the Rockets they lose. As much as I want to be apart of their success, I can't. I'm a bad luck charm, so I must be a fan from afar. But I can watch the Warriors all day! Thankfully, neither DubNation or RedNation, let me down, so we gone have a lit Western Conference Final. Ay! Get Excited! On the other hand, I am so disappointed in the 76ers, in particular Ben "Mr. 1 point" Simmons. But can we just take a moment to appreciate Lebronto, Ontario? Yeah, because Lebron owned the Raptors.  But regardless of whoever wins between the Celtics and the 76ers, the Eastern Conference Finals doesn't seem like it will be that exciting, and Lebron is going to win. 

Believe it or not, I did not go to the movies last week. I know. Shocker. But I am supposed to see Deadpool 2 and Mama Mia 2 this week, so I guess I'm making up for it. 


Instead of a flick, I saw a different kind of show. Saturday, I went the Houston Symphony with my mother. We saw Mozart's clarinet concerto and Brahms's A German Requiem.  We had seats in the orchestra, which I thought would be nice, because we would be close to the stage. But I didn't realized how close to the stage we'd be. We were only two rows back from the stage. The seats in front of us could literally touch the stage. So if I go again, I'll probably sit a few rows back. But the show was really nice. I really enjoyed the clarinet concerto, and A German Requiem started out fine, but after the 3rd movement I was ready to go. Overall, I really enjoyed the show. It reminded me of when I was in the band (btw I played the flute and I was a boss), and made me wish I had stuck with my music. But alas, I am no artist. 


Yeah, I think that's everything. Sorry my life isn't that exciting. I'll try to do better. 












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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Real Techniques Brush Crush Collection: What's the Tea?

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So a few weeks ago, I ordered the new limited edition Brush Crush Collection from Real Techniques, and I've finally gotten around to using it. The collection has 8 brushes, a sponge, and a silicon applicator. The design of the whole collection is very cute with pink, purple and glitter! But do they work? I tried everything from the collection and here are my thoughts.

301 Foundation Brush - $12.99

This was the first thing I tried from the collection, and I was very disappointed. Real Techniques makes one of my favorite foundation brushes, so I was very excited to try this one. It appears to be very full, dense, and rounded, which would make for easy blending. But the brush hair is very rough and not as densely packed as it appears. It also feels like it's tapered, which makes blending difficult, and leaves streaks. I would definitely recommend you pass on this brush and instead go for the Expert Face Brush



300 Powder Brush - $12.99

This is a perfect powder brush. It's super soft and very full. The arched cut allows you to lightly sweep powder on all areas of your face for a flawless powder application. I would definitely recommend this brush!

302 Blush Brush - $12.99

I was surprised by how much I liked this brush. When I first saw it, I didn't think it was a blush brush because of it's shaped. It has a slightly tapered triangle tip to concentrate the blush on the apples of your cheeks, which I thought would apply too much product in one area. But the brush is soft and fluffy, so product just washes over your cheeks and blends effortlessly. 






303 Contour Brush - $12.99

I like to use contour brushes shaped like this for contouring my nose, more than the rest of my face. But most brushes like this are very thin, so you can apply the contour exactly and then blend it out. But this brush is very thick, which I didn't think would work for my nose. But surprise, surprise... it did! It has a flat edge for applying contour with precision, but because it is so thick and soft, it's like you're blending as you apply. So it works beautifully for both the nose and the face. 

304 Fan Brush - $12.99

I would like to preface this by saying I am not a fan of fan brushes. I much prefer teardrop brushes for highlighting, but fan brushes are meant to apply a soft sweep of product. But that was not the case for this brush. This brush picks up a lot of product. It makes application very easy, but it's definitely not a soft sweep and definitely not a subtle highlight. 






305 Shadow Brush - $9.99

This is your  basic standard eyeshadow blending brush. It's very soft and it has a tapered end, which is great for blending. Besides how it looks, there is nothing special about this brush. But it is a good brush.

306 Kabuki Brush - $16.99

This is easily my favorite thing from the entire collection. First off, this brush is just super cute, but it also performs perfectly. This brush is huge, round, and super soft, which makes it perfect for applying powders including bronzers and highlighters all over the face and body. I LOVE this brush!







Diamond Sponge - $9.99 
This is another item that is super cute but also very functional. This sponge is very soft and gentle on the skin, but firm enough that it keeps it's shape as you press it against your face. The shape of this sponge is perfect for blending in those hard to reach areas of your face. The pointed tip is great for under the eye and around the nose. The flat top is great for all over the face. 

307 Finishing Brush (only available in Shimmer + Shine Set)
This is a nice brush. It's very similar to the 302 Blush Brush, but it's slightly smaller and less tapered. But it's super soft and applies powders nicely. 

Diamond Foundation Applicator (only available in Luminous Glow Set)

Real Techniques described this as a "smooth, flexible surface helps to hygienically transfer product to your skin." And that's pretty accurate. This is nice way to apply liquid product to face without having to use your fingers or using too much product, but you will still need a brush or sponge, because you can't blend with this. It works fine, but it seems unnecessary to me. 



Overall, I really like this collection. I think it's super cute and pretty affordable. You can also save some money you buy one of the two sets offered by Real Techniques. The Luminous Glow set comes with the 304 Fan Brush, the 302 Blush Brush, the 303 Contour Brush, the Diamond Foundation Applicator, and the Diamond Sponge. It retails for $29.99. The Shimmer + Shine set comes with the 300 Powder Brush, the 305 Shadow Brush, the 307 Finishing Brush, and a cute makeup bag. It also retails for $29.99. The only brush I would not recommend is the 301 Foundation Brush, and if you're only going to get one thing from this collection it should be either the 306 Kabuki Brush or the Diamond Sponge. 



Happy Makeup Monday!
~Kerin


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Friday, May 4, 2018

Watch or Nah?: Avengers: Infinity War

Hello World!

Destiny Arrives. An entire universe. Once and for all. Where will you be, when it all ends?



Film/ Television Show Information

Name: Avengers: Infinity War

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Director : Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Main Cast:   Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hermsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

Ratings


1 = Trash

2 =Meh

3 = OK

4 = Solid

5 = Bomb


Acting/ Performance



X



Comments:  
This film suffered from a classic case of overacting. Most actors and most scenes were fine, but there were very standout scenes where the actors were clearly just trying too hard.

Writing/Screenplay


X




Comments: 
On the note of trying too hard, this screenplay was literally too much. I understand that the writers were trying to incorporate so many characters and stories into one cohesive unit and that is difficult, but it was just too much going on. It was hard to be invested in a single story line, because they were constantly jumping to the various other things going on. But I think the issue with the screenplay is that it's an incomplete story, so you just have these semi-connected events that never reach culmination, and you're just left there. I also wasn't that fond of the script and dialogue. I thought it was trying too hard to be funny, and I thought a lot of the humor was in juxtaposition with more serious moments, whereas it should be more seamless.

Cinematography 





X

Comments:
All that aside, this film is very visually captivating. It is how a crazy movie with superheros, aliens, gods, spaceships, etc. should look. And it's great!

Costume Design




X


Comments:
I liked the costumes and makeup for the most part, but if I see one sketchy lace-front wig, I take points off. 

Editing/Special Effects



X



Comments:
I liked the special effects. I think they did a really good job. There was only one specific scene, I can think of, were I was like that looks so fake, but other than that, they were good. But I hated how this film was edited. And I think this is also connected to the story. It was like okay, we're here doing this, then jump cut, now we're doing this, jump cut again, now they're doing this, then jump cut, jump cut, jump cut... it was like sensory overload. I didn't like how we couldn't get more than 5 minutes into a story line before we switched to another.

Sound/Music



X



Comments: 
Music was clearly not important seeing as there only two songs used, but I liked the songs they chose and how they were used.  However, I thought the score was extra cheesy even for a superhero movie. 

Overall Rating (average the rating numbers above)  - 3.3/5.0

Recommendation: Watch (ish)! 😕

Avengers: Infinity War was the ultimate culmination of something that was 10 years in the making. It brings all your favorite heroes together on the grandest scale. It was meant to a be masterpiece, but it fell short. This film is a cinematographic work of genius with it's incredible visuals and special effects. Couple that with it's incredible ensemble cast of characters, you have an amazing film. But unfortunately, this film also has a fairly disappointing story line. The overall plot is pretty simple: Avengers are trying to stop Thanos from getting the Infinity stones. But it gets complicated and muddle up by multiple story lines and subplots mixed together with jump-cuts, that culminate into a choppy incomplete story. Overall, my biggest issue with this move, is that it feels incomplete, and that's because it is incomplete. Once, Avengers 4 is released, I think this film could be more enjoyable, but as a standalone film, it's not that great. If you're a fan of the MCU, even just a casual fan, then I recommend this film for you. It's fun to see all your favorite heroes working together, and it's got all the incredible fight sequences and humor found in the previous films. But this film is not for the casual viewer. If you haven't seen the MCU films, then this is not the movie to start. This is not a movie you can just watch, you have to have background knowledge. Overall, I think this movie is incredible in many ways, and disappointing in others, and if you're a fan of the genre, like me, then you should definitely watch it. I can't imagine I'd watch it again, but I'm glad I got to see it. 

Au Revoir,
~Kerin

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Kerin's Top Ten: Superhero Movies

Hello World!

So I've been in a superhero kind of mood lately. Between watching Avengers: Infinity War (review coming soon) and buying my Comicpalooza passes, superheros have been on my mind. So I thought, why not do my top ten superhero movies. Easy right? Wrong. It was actually really hard for me to narrow my list down to just ten movies, because I found I actually really like superhero movies - like a great deal of them. I mean, two of my top ten favorite movies of all time are superhero movies, so that's saying a lot.

*Disclaimer: These are MY favorite superhero movies - emphasis on MY because this is about ME. If your favorite superhero movies are different, then great. This is not a definitive list of the best superhero movies. These are just MY personal faves.*


1. Black Panther

 Hero. Legend. King. #WakandaForever

2. The Dark Knight

Out of the Darkness...comes the Knight.

3. X-Men: First Class

Their powers would make them different. But destiny would make them allies.

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Homework can wait. The city can't. 

5. Captain America

When patriots become heroes

6.Iron Man

Heroes aren't born. They're built. 

7. The Amazing Spider-Man

His past was kept from him. His search for answers has just begun.

8. Captain America: Civil War

United we stand. Divided we fall.

9. The Dark Knight Rises

The Legend Ends

10. X2: X-Men United

First, they were fighting for acceptance. Now, they're battling for survival. 



So there's my list. What's yours? Let me know in the comments!

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Au Revoir,
~Kerin


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tuesdays With Kerin: Wednesday May 2nd

Hello World!

So this is the part where I would usually say something about not posting last week or the fact that today is Wednesday and not Tuesday, but you already know the drill, so I think I'll just skip all that and get right to it. Okay, then.

This is my last week of school! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Then I have finals next week, and I'm done with school!
Well, at least until August.

I haven't really gotten up to anything since the last time I posted. At least nothing memorable. I should really stick to my weekly posting, because my memory is terrible. Or maybe I should just start writing things down. I digress.

Anyway, I recently really gotten into Supernatural. I started the show a while ago and would watch it occasionally, but I didn't want to make the commitment to watch it because it has so many seasons. But I finally took the plunge, and now I'm on Season 5 and 13. Yes, I skipped to the current season, while simultaneously watching previous season. So what?



In other exciting news, I got my passes for Comicpalooza this week! This is my first convention, so I'm pretty excited, even though I heard it's been pretty lame in the past. But Tom Holland's going to be there! So win!

On that note, I did see Avengers: Infinity War. I went to the opening night fan event, and that was a god-awful experience. Fans are literally the most annoying people to watch movies with. Anyway, I've seen the movie twice now, and will have a review for you soon!


I hope you guys have been watching the NBA playoffs because I have. And Steph's back! Get pumped!


Anyway, my picks didn't pan out, so here my new picks for this round.


  • The West: Rockets, Warriors
  • The East: 76ers, Cavaliers 
But I'm really just waiting for the Rockets- Warriors series. It's gon be lit!


Alas, that tis all!


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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