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Friday, January 30, 2015

3 movies you probably haven't seen... and should

i don't know about you but i have certain films that i have watched over and over.  for whatever reason i sometimes discover a movie way after the fact.  my movie preferences and taste tends to be all over the place.  i have always loved going to the movies theater, watching films on netfllix and even discovering movies on cable.

there are many films that have become my faves...  here are a few personal reviews on 3 you may have never seen... but you should.

have you seen...

being julia... (2004)



this is one of my favorite films. annette being is at her best as an aging stage actress living in london who is at a turning point in her life. as she begins to blur the lines of her stage life and personal life (literally) julia discovers who she is and what she really wants in life. this is "all about eve" meets "mrs. robinson".


annette is absolutely radiant, it's impossible to take your eyes off of her. she owns this role of a lifetime. this is one of those movies you tend to think about the next day and the next. great story, wonderful acting. 

a must if you are in the mood for a period piece that keeps you wanting more. a definite must for theatre lovers. bravo! encore!


wet hot american summer... (2001)




this movie is a fun, twisted mixed bag of everything... nerds, weirdos, teens, bikinis, gay sex, and short-shorts. wet hot american summer is an absurd parody nod to summer camp movies from the 70s and 80s... yet morphed with a subversive snl sense of humor.


 

you will either love it or hate it. it's exactly what you would expect with janeane garofalo as the camp director (pining after david hyde pierce) tee hee... what?.

the ensemble cast is virtually a who's-who of comedy.  amy poehler, bradley cooper, michael ian black... molly shannon as the arts and crafts teacher who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown (seeking relationship advice from her mini-campers). paul rudd- the oversexed dumb counselor who oddly has no campers... and christopher meloni as the insane war vet camp cook.


overall wet hot american summer is amusing fun when you are in the mood for something light and silly. at times it is dark and edgy, low-brow and crude all while boardering on smart.  somehow the film is gentle and never mean which i found refreshing.  check this out if you are a fan of "meatballs", "superbad" and "freaks and geeks".

our very own... 2005


you'll really enjoy this gem from 2005. treat yourself to this little film about big dreams in a small town.


 jason ritter ("good dick", "happy endings") leads this amazing cast of high school friends who navigate through teen angst, hormones and the harsh realities of life.

set in 1978, a group of likable teens set out to meet movie star sandra locke who is returning to her hometown for the premiere of her lastest film.

beth grant... love her! ("sordid lives") as usual delivers her best southern woman of sass. she and allison janney practically steel the movie with thier brilliant performances.

perfect music and stylized direction transport you to another time with this awesome ensemble cast.

will these kids catch up with the hometown movie star?  if you enjoyed "dazed and confused" and "sixteen candles" then this is a definite "must-see".

if you haven't seen these... then enjoy viewing my friends!
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

make your own brow gel for $1

are you constantly on the search for a brow gel? 

have you recently lightened, darkened or changed you hair color?  there are many fabulous brow gels on the market... but if you are new to the brow gel game or wish to take it for a test drive without a major investment...

create your own brow gel...
themakeupguy is here to show you how to make your own custom brow gel.  the best part... it's cost $1.00.

as you know i have talked about e.l.f. cosmetics (eyeslipsface.com)  before on this blog.  love those e.l.f. false lashes!  you can find e.l.f. cosmetics at target as well.

here is what you will need:
  • e.l.f. wet gloss & brow gel clear mascara $1 (or clear mascara) i use both sides.
  • your favorite brow or eyeshadow powder (the shade you use to fill your brows)


step 1 choose your shadow
step 2 apply wand to powder




step 3 swirl to pick up pigment
step 4 replace and pump wand into tube




step 4 customize with a shimmer shadow
step 5 mix until desired tint





i created a shade on each side (a light and a dark)
enjoy!


i used nars portobello duo eyeshadow and e.l.f. wheat 2511
and nars bali single eyeshadow and e.l.f. moondust 2501
the hint of shimmer in the e.l.f. shadows looks great.

i often use nars blondie, bali, sophia and coconut grove single eyeshadows for brows.

the idea of brow gel is to groom and slightly tint the brow. think of it as a grooming and finishing tool for the eyebrows. brow gel also sets what you have filled your brows with... and fixes brow hairs into place.

did you know....
light taupe brow gel tends to be universally flattering?

when choosing an eyeshadow or powder to fill your brows go with the lightest shade of your hair. 

with brow gel the idea is to tint and shape the brow.  with that being said... the trend and mood of brows changes from season to season... you can make your brows lighter or darker if you like.



"i had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows."
- andy warhol














as a rule... shades that work:
blondes- try a golden shadow...
brunettes-try taupe
auburn-go for light warm brown
grey-go for ashy taupe
black-try deep brown

try: experiment with going lighter or darker with your brows and see what your prefer.

it's personal and objective.  you will find that 3 different makeup artists will choose 3 different shades for your brows.

what the pros know...
lightening the brow tends to open up the eyes and softens a makeup look.

bleaching the brow is on old makeup artistry trick to retexturize thick unruly brows and lighten or "erase" eyebrows. (save this one for the pros).

 






kristen mcmenamy


 

kristen after francois nars famously shaved her brows for the runway




rooney mara changes her look by bleaching her brows

i think we can all agree when a brow has been done well you notice... and when brows have been neglected or poorly applied, you notice.  today brows tend to be a mixture of trend, culture and personal preference.

take time to experiment and try something new with your brow makeup... a new shape, color or grooming style to see what works for you. 

may the power of the brow be with you!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

brow power... through the years...

brooke shields

other than the complexion, brows are the second most important feature to consider when doing makeup.  i tend to spend most of my consultation/application time on the skin and brows. 

brows can shape (pun intended) how people perceive you. 

they can make one look younger, more approachable, innocent, bold, empowered, as well as convey strength, mood and sophistication. 

the power of the brow is not to be overlooked.



"everyone wants to pluck eyebrows. i thinned them out real thin once and it just didn't look like me."
-denise richards

beauty trends and different cultures value all types of brow shapes, thicknesses and widths...

clara bow's narrowly penciled brows were all the rage in the 1920's.  they were long, low, straight and thin.

flapper chic 1920s eyebrow pencil ad

jean harlow showed that in the 30's eyebrows were a higher, lighter and exaggerated.

 artist frida kahlo notoriously and confidently sported a uni-brow.

  

marilyn monroe's signature high-angled brows conveyed ultimate wide-eyed yet smoldering glamour in the 50's.


1950s brows had a sharp arch in the center.

marilyn's angeled brows framed her smolderig doe-eyes


brows in the 50s and 60's were dark, heavy and dramatics a la liz or audrey. 

sophia loren

on the flip side... 1960’s eyebrows were also super thin or even shaved off and penciled in thick with individual strokes.

"you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone more obsessed with eyebrows than i am.  i like them thick, groomed, arching, curved -whatever.  i'm sure this obsession started with my childhood fascination with movie stars, who were notorious for using the shape of the brow to convey emotion and demeanor."
- kevyn aucoin

no blog story about brows would be complete without joan...


joan crawford's brows evolved over the years...


 they grew bigger and darker... to the point of being a caricature.


remember joan in "straight jacket" (1964)?

did you know... joan crawford used to rub her eyebrows with vaseline and castor oil and brush them the wrong way every night to make them grow?





twiggy

1970’s eyebrows were mostly natural looking often being round at the beginning.


donna summer


1980’s eyebrows were full, heavy and bushy.


madonna

brooke shields
  in the 90’s brows were natural yet arched.

angela jolie
cindy crawford


halle berry
what decade are your brows?  what style and shape are you wanting to try?


"i had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows."
- andy warhol










you can fill, change and shape the brows with many options today...  whether you use pencil, brow powder, eyshadow or gel. (or a combination of any) 

my personal favorite way to fill the brow is pencil followed by a powder with a brush.  many people wonder what color to use to fill the eyebrows.  i personally like to use a color that is the lightest shade of your hair.

as a rule... shades that work:
if your hair is... then try...

blonde- try a gold tone

brunette - try taupe
auburn - light warm brown
grey- ashy taupe
black- deep brown

it's personal and objective.  you will find that 3 different makeup artists will choose 3 different shades for your brows.  they all can be correct.

i tend to use nars eyeshadows in blondie, bali, sophia and coconut grove and portobello.

try: experiment with going lighter or darker with your brows and see what your prefer

what the pros know...
lightening the brow tends to open up the eyes and softens a makeup look.

bleaching the brow is on old makeup artistry trick to retexturize thick unruly brows and lighten or "erase" eyebrows. (save this one for the pros).

 




kristen mcmenamy

 

kristen after francois nars famously shaved her brows for the runway



rooney mara changes her look by bleaching her brows
years ago we used to say that "brows frame the face... and... without completing the brows the top part of the frame is missing".

i think we can all agree when a brow has been done well you notice... and when brows have been neglected or poorly applied, you notice.  today brows tend to be a mixture of trend, culture and personal preference.

take time to experiment and try something new with makeup... a new shape, color or grooming style to see what works for you.

next time... i will share a quick easy way to custom create your own brow gel for $1.

may the power of the brow be with you!

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