Sunday, September 28, 2014

Reactions to Once Upon A Time Season 4 Premiere

I was super stoked for this premiere. I absolutely made no plans to make sure I caught this episode right when it was released for my time zone, to be sadly let down by one of the least intriguing episodes I've ever watched of Once Upon a Time. I'm probably the only one feeling this way but I just don't feel that it's magical. It feels quite gimmicky and rushed together. The way they ended Season 3 was freakin awesome and brilliant and it was just perfect, so to watch this was a complete let down.

I think introducing Anna and Elsa this way was a brilliant idea (i.e., it's staged after the movie ended with Anna being engaged to Kristof) but I just don't feel interested. I think they did a great job of matching the actors to their characters, especially Anna's. She replicated Kristen Bell's ditzy-ness and bubbly-ness of Anna. I was not a fan of Kristof's acting. I thought he had no soul or passion for the character. I liked how they brought in the trolls and the giant snowman (although his name slips my mind, trust me he has a name. Check out the Frozen Free Fall game if you don't believe me). So here's a list of the major issues I have with this episode:

The time span makes no sense at all. Unless Anna, Elsa, AND Kristof were some how frozen in time, it makes no sense how they got from "A very long time ago" to "Present Day". Uh what the heck? They didn't think about that when they wrote it and it's like I understand they're going back and forth between the two worlds but I still think the present day in the Enchanted Forest ticks the same was as Storybrooke. Unless they exist in some weird time continuum, I'm just not happy about the whole time issue.

So Regina wants to "change her fate"right? But the major issue I have with "finding the author" is that I THOUGHT it was Pinocchio. Since he's the one who made the book to give to Emma to make her believe and now the book becomes it's own entity that magically changes on it's own to illustrate the happy endings. Now if it is Pinocchio, are they going to revert him back to August E. Booth (who is by the way, supposed to be older than Emma by some odd years), this theory makes no sense at all! I mean I would love to have August come back as a character but some major magic is going to need to do this and it just gets so confusing! UNLESS they make some OTHER character become the book writer, then maybe they could get away with it. OR if August got the book writing power from someone else who is the TRUE book writer, MAYBE then it'd all make sense. This doesn't even make sense as I'm writing it but geezus I wish they thought about this a LITTLE bit better.

And introducing the hat from Fantasia at the SAME time as introducing Frozen? Holy moly there's way too many things going on already but I guess it's setting the stage from some wickedly cool episode in the future (at least I hope right?).

I could have sworn I read that Zelena isn't actually dead. But I guess she really is dead. It would have been interesting to see her fight for happiness.

Things I do want for future episodes: Yes Emma and Hook belong together. They have my blessing.
REGINA DESERVES A HAPPY ENDING AND YES SHE SHOULD BE WITH ROBIN!
Oh speaking of which, soooo didn't Tink introduce Regina to Robin wayyy back when Regina was trying to get over Daniel? And that the wand or magic that Tinkerbell used specifically directed those who were destined to be together? SO by FATE Robin and Regina need to be together, regardless of the circumstances? Because that magic freakin doesn't lie?! So by that logic, I SHOULD expect those two to be together. If not, I'm over Once Upon A Time. (Chya, I wish. I wouldn't stop watching this show even if I despised the story line, I'm just so addicted to watching them develop these characters and their stories). Anyway back to the topic at hand!
Henry needs to save Regina from whatever evil plot.
Want to see the characters in their iconic Disney forms! (like the way they showed Belle and "Beast")

Those are just OPINIONS so don't take them too seriously. I'd love to hear what you have to say so feel free to leave a comment below.

xx

Thursday, September 25, 2014

One Night Only's New Single - Get Around To It

I've been a fan of One Night Only since late 2009, early 2010 and so I'm totally stoked that they've finally released a new single since "Can You Feel It" for a Coca Cola Campaign (Holy geezus I just checked when that was released and that was February 2011! Over 3 years since they last put something out). I've loved their songs both Started a Fire and One Night Only and their vibe fit with their music and I must say both CDs were ones you could listen all the way through. HOWEVER, their new single they just put out doesn't seem to fit them. I love the musicality of it but no offense to George Craig but his voice just doesn't fit with the music, and honestly sounds like they've been heavily influenced by The 1975, which is totally fine but their music before seemed to fit them much better. I think the songs that best fit them were "Just For Tonight" and "Chemistry". Well maybe this single finally might get them touring over here. Shrugs. Check the songs out for yourself.

I don't know why this one ^^ is such poor quality but I thought I'd put the full song up.






CORRECTION! Just saw their Youtube page and they actually released "Long Time Coming" two years ago, but still that's a long ass time since the last release of their song.

Hikari Cosmetics | Lipstick - Cabernet

In this issues September Glam Bag, I received a full sized lipstick from Hikari Cosmetics. Never heard of the brand but I must say I love this color (Cabernet if you didn't read the title). It's a bit lighter from my other wine colored lipstick and would probably say it falls more on the "berry side" but definitely has this red wine feel to it. It definitely works for fall and it's the perfect transition color for those you aren't ready to dive into the darker ones yet. The longest I've had it on is 8 hours and I hardly drank or ate anything so I guess that's not really a good measurement of durability BUT at least you know what happens if you don't consume anything it lasts really well. The color is still as vibrant as it was when I first put it on, but I'll definitely give an update on how well it works with food and drink consumption. Swatches coming soon.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow

This is seriously my go-to make-up at the moment. It's easy to use and the color is fantastic. The only problem is that I'm not sure which color I actually have since it was given to me in my Glam Bag and the stupid thing didn't provide you with the name of the color. I will go with the hunch that it's probably the Taupe because when I was comparing it online the color most resembled it. ANYWAY. This sucker is great. It's long lasting and it lasts even longer if you use another primer before putting it on (I use the Urban Decay Primer potion and it lasted approx 17 hours). Sometimes if I'm lucky though, all I need is the 5 in 1. What I like about this product is that it's mattified yet still has sparkle in it. I've grown up always loving those shimmery colors and thinking I'd never outgrow it, but boy was I wrong. I've been more interested in matte colors probably because I feel it's more age appropriate (I AM NOT CRITICIZING SHIMMERY EYESHADOWS, my first love still goes to them), but it's definitely fun to explore different textures with your make-up so I'm glad the Glam Bags force me to try to use different products. Anyway, this product was featured in my August Favorites (worn in the video and demo), so check out that video below.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Avalon Organics Lavender Toner + Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub Review

Not sure if I like this toner. Definitely not a fan of the smell. I do like the fact that it's organic and you can buy while your grocery shopping at your local Sprouts Farmers Market. It was recommended to me by a dermatologist and I haven't experienced anything amazingly different in my skin aside from the fact that it is a new regiment.

I do really like the scrub though. It really makes my skin feel super soft after using it. I would like more beads in it to get the feel that I'm scrubbing the crap off my face but that's just a personal thing. It's probably better there's less of that anyway because I scrub so hard at my face. This one I didn't notice a smell to it and I'd only use an amount that would fit on the tip of your finger (at least from experience). I feel like if you use too much it's wasting it but I haven't figured out yet if it's best to apply first without water or apply WITH water. Between this one and the Clinique one I've discussed before, I'm kind torn between the two because Clinique feels more beady and has salicylic acid but the Avalon Scrub is organic and feels like I've had a honey scrub on. So try both.

 Let me know what your thoughts are on both these products. xx