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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Friday, April 20, 2018

Watch or Nah?: I Feel Pretty

Hello World!

Change everything without changing anything!


Film/ Television Show Information

Name: I Feel Pretty

Genre: Comedy

Director : Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Main Cast:   Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Busy Phillips

Ratings


1 = Trash

2 =Meh

3 = OK

4 = Solid

5 = Bomb


Acting/ Performance




X


Comments:  
When Schumer really locked in and committed to the role of this delightfully delusional character, she was great, but it took her a while to get there. Also, Michelle Williams was great playing the comically stereotypical idea of American beauty. It was nice to see her play a lighter role, and she stole the show every time she was in a scene. But overall, the acting was good from the entire cast. 

Writing/Screenplay



X



Comments: 
The story is simple and the joke works as long as you don't think about it too much. The script is funny enough to be mostly entertaining, and there is a good message about inner beauty just thrown in there at the end.

Cinematography 



X



Comments:
There was literally nothing special visually about this movie, and usually movies shot in NYC do so much cinematography to showcase the city, but not this one. 

Costume Design



X



Comments:
For a woman that was supposedly so insecure that all she ever wanted was to be beautiful, Renee didn't really dress as though was insecure about her appearance. And even if that was her comfort clothing, when she gained all her confidence, there should have been a more major change in her wardrobe. She now thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world, so I thought she would dress differently. 

Editing/Special Effects



X



Comments:
Also, there is nothing noteworthy or special about this movie in this category as well.

Sound/Music




X


Comments: 
The music was adequately picked and well placed. I particularly liked the use of Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys. 

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

Recommendation: Watch! 😏

I Feel Pretty is the story of a woman who was so insecure that all she dreamed about was being beautiful, and by some strange magic her dreams came true. She became the most beautiful woman in the world, but it was all in her head. But what wasn't in her head, was her newfound confidence and fearlessness, and that's why audiences root for Renee. She is hilariously delusional, but also charming, until she isn't. And then you've had a enough of the joke, but it works for a while. This film is mostly funny, but after a while the joke just feels overplayed and you're ready for it to be over. But overall this movie will make you laugh, and delivers a good message about inner beauty. It also throws in a cute little love story. I think this movie is a "girl's night" type of movie. It has all the feels about loving yourself, beauty, confidence, etc.  So I recommend women go see this film with their best gal pals. I think this film is definitely geared toward women, but it is funny enough that it could be enjoyed by anyone. Overall, I don't think this movie is a "must- see", but if you do see it, I don't think you'll regret it.


Au Revoir,
~Kerin

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesdays with Kerin: Another Wednesday Update

Hello World!

So yeah it's another Wednesday update, so maybe I should rename this series Tuesdays/Wednesdays with Kerin... nah! That's too much extra work!

So what's been happening? What's up? I always tell you guys what's going on with me, but never ask about you. How rude! So let me know in the comments.

But back to me... let's see what did I do last week...

I didn't end up going to the Rampage early screening, however I did see it on Sunday, so a review could be coming soon!

However, I did go to the advance screening of I Feel Pretty, and might be going to another tonight, but that is not indicative of  how I feel about this movie.

Let me know which move I should review!


With my newly found free time last week, I started going to the gym, which is gross! I hate going to the gym. There is literally nothing about it I like. But I need to workout, and I like being active. But I'm more of sport or activity type of person. Like sign me up for hip-hop cardio any day!


NBA playoffs stated this weekend!!! And the Warriors are back! They just flipped the switch and are playing like champions again. All the games I've watched have been mostly good, even though there have been some blowouts.  But my first round picks are:


  • The West: Rockets, Warriors, Thunder, Pelicans
  • The East:  Wizards, Celtics, Heat, Cavaliers 
Really, I'm just hoping for some upsets!

Anyway, there's your quick little update about what I've been up to this past week! 


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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Monday, April 16, 2018

Makeup Tutorial: Least Used Products

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Whenever I do my makeup, I find myself always reaching for the same products. I have like 2-3 products that I'll just keep in rotation, or I'll buy something new, and then only use that for a few months. What can I say? I like what I like.


But I was going through my makeup collection, and I rediscovered some products that I really like, but for some reason, I never reach for. So, I created this look using the least used products that I have!



Here's the tutorial on how I got this look!

Step 1: Prime! I used the Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage. I like this primer because its a lotion, so it feels just like a moisturizer, but it's gel-based, so it's not greasy, and it's super lightweight. But I never reach for it because it adds radiance, and I usually try to use oil-controlling primers.


Step 2: Foundation!  I used the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation in the shade Cocoa. Unfortunately, this foundation is discontinued, but I really like it, because it's lightweight, has good coverage, and leaves your skin looking radiant. However, this foundation is not long wearing on oily skin, so I never use it, unless I only need to have my makeup on for a short amount of time. 

Step 3: Concealer! 
I applied concealer to brighten my under eye area and cover any dark circles and to highlight the bridge of my nose I used the Benefit Boi-ing concealer in the shade Medium. This concealer is good because it's super full coverage and very long lasting. However I don't like to use it, because it's really difficult to blend and it feels like a greasy balm. 

Step 4: Powder! For this look I used two different powders. First, I set my entire face, with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder. I like this powder because it leaves the skin looking and feeling really smooth, but it's also stark white, so I pass, since I'm not usually in the mood for flashback! 
Then I baked my under eye using the Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder. I don't really know why I stop using this powder. I used to use it all the time, because it's a really good yellow shade, that really highlights my skin tone. 



Step 5: Eyebrows!  To fill in my brows, I used Benefit ka-Brow! in the shade 5. This is a great brow cream-gel, where you can create both soft natural brows and bold full brows, but I don't tend to use it simply because I prefer brow pencils. I then set my brows with Benefit 24-Hr Brow Setter.


Step 6: Eyes!  
I used the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. This was actually my first time using this palette, and it's been in my collection for a very long time. I really love the quality of Urban Decay shadows, particularly the Naked collection, but the colors in this palette are pretty cool-tone, and I usually gravitate to warmer palettes. To create this look, I first applied the shade Password (neutral brown) into my crease. Then I blended the shade Whiskey (deep golden brown) into the outer portion of my eye. I then placed the shade Radar (brown-gold) all over my lid, and I finished by applying the shade Dirtysweet (cool gold) as an inner-corner and brow bone highlight.

Step 7: Bronzer!  
I applied bronzer to the perimeter and contours of my face. I mixed the shades 3 & 4 from the Tarte Tartiest Contour palette III . I like the contour and bronzer shades in this palette, but I don't really care for blush and highlighters, so I don't really use this palette. 


Step 8: Highlight!  I applied highlighter lightly to the tops of my checks, browbone, and bridge of my nose. I used Becca x Chrissy Teigan Glow Face palette, and used the shade 2, Beach Nectar. I like all the shades in this palette, and there is no real reason I never use it. I guess it just gets lost in the bottom of my collection.

Step 9: Blush! I applied blush in between my highlight and bronzer in a downward motion from the top of my cheekbones to the apple of my cheeks. I used the shade La Vida Mocha from the Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa Bronzer palette. This is a super vibrant, super pigmented, red-orange blush that looks great on dark skin. But I don't really wear blush, so I hardly ever use it. 


Step 10: Set! I used e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set  to set my makeup. I talked about this setting spray in my best of e.l.f post because it really is great, but I never use it because my Boscia White Charcoal mattifying setting spray is always sitting conveniently on my beauty desk, so I just grab it instead of searching for another setting spray. 


Step 11: Eyeliner and mascara!
  I applied liner to both my top and bottom lash line and I used the Eyeko Skinny Liquid eyeliner. I like this liner because it has a very precise tip and goes on very smoothly. I don't use it much, because I just don't wear liquid liner that often. 

For my lashes, I first applied the Lancome Cils Booster lash primer to my top and bottom lashed,  and I really like it and it does make your lashes look longer and fuller, but it's just an extra step, I don't have time for. 

I then followed that with the Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara. This is great mascara with a really unique brush, but I have so many mascaras, it just gets lost in the collection. 


Step 12: Lips! I finished the look off with the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in the in the shade Hazelnut Swirl from the Beauty Bakerie x Gabby Douglas collection. This shade is beautiful metallic brown gold, and it looks great on and lasts forever! But I never reach for it, because it's uncomfortable to wear and almost impossible to remove.


Step 13: Selfie! Share on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, kerinskorner.com, etc. 


Happy Makeup Monday!
~Kerin



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kerin's Top Ten: YA Book to Film Adaptations

Hello World!

We live in a world were adaptations are becoming far more common than original ideas in film and television.  This is especially true for YA novels and series. And, why not, right? If people enjoyed the book, then they'll enjoy the movie or TV show as well, right?. Well, that's not always the case. Actually, it's usually not the case. Film adaptations of books are hard to do, because they are different mediums, and some things that work in a book don't translate well on the screen. Which is why more often than not, fans of the book, are disappointed in the movie or TV show adaptation. It would be almost too easy to create a list of book adaptations that I didn't like, so I thought I'd challenge myself, and think of the ones that did well. So without further ado, here's my top ten favorite young adult book to film adaptations. 

*Disclaimer: This list only includes adaptations where I've both read the book and see the film. If I've only seen one, then it's not on the list.*


10. A Wrinkle in Time




9. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe



8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire



7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban



6. Divergent



5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower



4. Love, Simon (Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)



3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow, Part 1&2



2. The Fault in Our Stars




1. The Outsiders



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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