“Enjoy life and live the Adventure”

Quote by Louis Cole

     Your twenties are the prime age for experiencing life. Whether that means traveling, finding yourself, meeting new people or trying something different, living your best life should begin now. With balancing a minimum wage job and going to school, my days off used to consist of never leaving my bedroom. You can say that my social life was pretty nonexistent. A 21 year old college student with no social life? Something wasn’t adding up. Thankfully, after limiting my online shopping addiction, the only thing that was able to add up was money! This meant that the days of watching other people live their lives (while trying to live vicariously through their Instagram posts) were over! Or at least toned down quite a bit.

     Once I turned 21 earlier this year, I knew that something had to change. I needed excitement in my life, I needed to be spontaneous and start living. I mean, life is too short to be trying to live someone else’s life. This meant that I needed to tone down on binge watching Youtube and Netflix. Although it was hard, I think what inspired me the most was seeing all these video influencers documenting their life and travels. In particular, videos of people around my age experiencing the world made me want to do the same. I stumbled upon this video and listened to her personal experience abroad. Not only did I attempt to journal because of it, I also realized there was a world out there waiting to be explored and experiences out there to help shape us as a person. Continue reading ““Enjoy life and live the Adventure””

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Rihanna! Taking Over the Makeup industry?

When I first heard about Rihanna’s makeup line coming out I was ecstatic! Rihanna, the fashion icon, singer, and actor? I knew 100% that I would make sure I would get my hands on at least one of her products. I (guiltily) ended up spending around $130 on her products even after I said I’d only get one.

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty caters to a large amount of people with different skin tones and undertones. As a women of color she understands the struggle of limited makeup selections and committed her brand to diversity and inclusiveness.

The foundation comes in a # of shades from pale paper white skin tones, to the deepest shade of chocolate.

It’s believed that companies don’t typically cater to different skin tones because they believe they’ll profit more off lighter skin tones, but with the release of Fenty Beauty, this belief was proved incorrect. Black women, and deeper skin tones are a great market and makeup companies cannot ignore this!

shades

The foundation shades managed to sell out in online Sephora stores. This is important because it sends out a message to other brand that they need to step up their game. After the release of Fenty Beauty and the positive reaction the line received for the large selection of foundation shades (40 shades) with more to come, companies attempted to compensate and remind people that their companies also have a large range of foundation shades.

Makeup Forever is an example of one of these brands and Rihanna went so far as to comment saying their shades are “still ashy.” I’ve purchased a Makeup Forever foundation before, and I’ll say this quietly, but I have to agree with Rihanna on the ashiness!

Before buying my foundation I made sure to watch plenty of Youtube videos and reviews on the foundation. My favorite beauty influencer, Jackie Aina, did a full review on all the Fenty Beauty products. She gives a very honest review with some entertainment so if you were interested on learning about the products she is a great person to watch! You can watch the video here: 

Here is the link of Rihanna commenting on Makeup Forever’s Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZhP6z6l2Kw/

Blog Analysis: Film Babble

Overview

The blog I chose to analyze is the blogging site Film Babble. The specific use of the blog is to review indie films and Hollywood blockbusters by Daniel Cook Johnson. The first post that will appear is the author Daniel Cook Johnson’s latest review of the movie Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017).                                                                                        The web address is here: http://filmbabble.blogspot.com

 

Analysis

The header is a nice custom picture for the blog which makes clear your reading the Film Babble Blog. The first title is straight forward and gives you an idea of what exactly the author will be covering. The tagline of the first post “Now playing at multiplexes from here to the off-world colonies,” catches the reader’s eye to excite them for the blog post. Other than inside the post the bio for the author is “Film Babble Blog is written, produced and directed by: Daniel Cook Johnson – A Triangle area, N.C. based writer. His work has appeared in The Chapel Hill News, The Raleigh News & Observer, and Independent Weekly.” The menu is halfway down the page on the right hand side of the page which reads as the Film Babble Blog Archive. The widgets can be found almost at the bottom on the right that only include a widget for PayPal to support the blog and a widget to bookmark the blog. At the top right below the bio there is a Twitter link to follow the blog on Twitter. There is also a link to email the author under that one. After that there is a link to follow the blog on Facebook. The footer consists of a copyright and the theme type which is simple. The “About Me,” is found after clicking the hyperlink of “by Daniel Cook Johnson.”

 

Content

The blog consists of simple theme of a white backdrop and black lettering. It is a straight forward display with not too much distraction. Though there could be improvement for a sleeker theme that incorporates more intriguing features. There are photos on almost every post which ties into each post topic. These photos seem to be of film stills not personal taken photos. There does not seem to be to many videos or trailers.

The titles are well comprised. They are well thought through and compelling to click on and not confusing. There doesn’t seem to be a portion of titles that are most popular. There should be a section of popular posts the audience think are Mr. Cook Johnson’s best so new members can get an idea of his best work.

The “About Me” section includes his photo, name, gender, and location which is Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Introduction which is the same as the bio. There is information on how long he has been blogging which is since May 2002 and profile views which is 5,766. Lastly it includes Mr. Cook Jonson’s favorite movies, music and books.

There are sponsors for the blog which enables the audience to see different companies that support the blog. There is also a section on other blogs that are friends of the author. This enables the audience to be able find blogs that might be of similar interest to them easier.

The Audience Interaction could be improved greatly. There could be a poll to see which movies the audience they would like to see reviewed along with the others Mr. Cook Johnson intends to already review. There are very little comments even with the comment section. This could be changed by encouraging readers to give their thoughts below whether in agreement or opposition. The blog does have social media links. Though the blog posts do not have any sharing buttons to be able to share each post. This is a negative because if you enjoy the blog post or want others to read it there is no way to share it. Also, there does not seem to be any other encouragement to subscribe to the blog.

 

Conclusion

         In conclusion, the blogging site Film Babble has a straightforward theme. This theme could be improved for a sleeker theme that incorporates more intriguing features. There are social media links and sponsors. The author’s bio is clear and easily viewed at the top right. The blog posts have intriguing titles that make you click. When you do click you are met with the post accompanied with a film still within. Though there is no trailer from the film which is a drawback because you may not have heard of the film being released or anything about it at all. Another thing that could be improved is the Audience Interaction. There could be a weekly poll to see which film the audience would like for Mr. Cook Johnson to review. Also, the site should include encouraging readers to give their thoughts below whether in agreement or opposition. The blog site should add sharing buttons for the blog posts. Another thing is there does not seem to be any other encouragement to subscribe to the blog. The blog is intriguing with informative posts on the which movies to see next yet lacks Audience Interaction that could grow the audience.

 

 

 

 

A Monopoly Game in 1814

From the minds of Peaky Blinders (2013-present) the next cinematic underdog on the small screen is Taboo. It is a co-production from BBC America and FX Networks which is written by Tom Hardy and his Father, Chips Hardy. The series is set for a second season likely in 2018. The first season saw the eight-part series, set in 1814, begin with James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy) returning to England after twelve years in Africa following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end.

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Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney (Picture: BBC/Scott Free Productions)

The first we see of his character it is at his father’s funeral as his mere appearance frightens everyone as he was believed dead after being on a ship that had sunk. During the burial, he murmured strange words as he painted his face with red dust. Delaney comes home not expecting to inherit anything other than what he brings which is rough diamonds he has stashed, his father’s home and the possessions inside.

Delaney would come to find out though his father owned a sound off of the Pacific Ocean, called Nootka Sound. This sound had become immediately valuable because of the trading post it would give the United States or Great Britain after the war against each other in 1812. A company he once worked for has interest and he sets out to meet them. This company being the East India Company. The asking price is below what he would like and asks for a heftier price. The offer is denied and Delaney leaves without selling. As a result, The East India Company plot his murder. At the same time news of who is holding the rights to the land reach the King of England, the United States and others. Delaney must weave himself through multiple dangerous cat and mouse games in order to see if he can keep the monopoly he decides he now wants.

The new season is set to premiere sometime likely in 2018. The production value of the show including set design, props and costumes is great. The cinematography and directing are Oscar-worthy. The actors including Tom Hardy who plays James Keziah Delaney transform themselves into each character amazingly. I cannot recommend this show enough.

To read and see more about the show and the actors, click here.

http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/taboo

 

Here is the trailer: 

Kingsman: A Better Bond?

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a movie that was released in early 2015. It was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who had previously directed comic book movies like Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. Like those two films, Kingsman: The Secret Service was adapted from a graphic novel, simply called Kingsman.

The movie mostly centers around Eggsy, a young man who lives with his financially struggling mother and her abusive boyfriend. After getting in some trouble with the police, Eggsy is bailed out of prison by Harry Hart, an older man who confirms to Eggsy that he once knew his late father. Eggsy meets Harry later at a tailor shop (which turns out to be a cover), where the latter invites Eggsy to possibly join an undercover spy organization known as Kingsman.

Soon after, Eggsy begins his training alongside several other candidates, where they’re given numerous tests that include landing on a specific designation from a plane, as well as vowing secrecy about Kingsman even under fire. While all of this is going on, a tech-billionaire named Valentine is coming up with an elaborate plan to control climate change and stop global warming. This plan includes eliminating the great majority of the world’s population and only securing those he deems worthy of saving. It’s up to Kingsman (specifically Eggsy and Harry) to make sure Valentine’s plans never go to fruition.

This movie ended up being a major pleasant surprise for audiences around the world, me being one of them. I was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening for Kingsman, just a little over a month before it was set to be released in the States. Going in, I didn’t have the highest of hopes. It looked like it just going to be a rehash of Kick-Ass, but with spies instead of superheroes.

Some of my favorite parts of the movie are as follows:

  • The overall style and tone. There’s tons of ridiculous fun in Kingsman, but it has enough of an emotional heft to have you invested in the story and its characters. You genuinely care about Eggsy as a person.
  • Plenty of references to James Bond movies, namely the Roger Moore era. I’m a casual 007 fan, so I appreciate how well-thought out they were without being too overbearing or inside baseball.
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine, the villain of the movie. Everything about his performance, from the lisp he uses, to his aversion to blood, to his reasoning for a worldwide cull, makes for a real treat to watch
  • The chemistry between Taron Egerton and Colin Firth, who play Eggsy and Harry respectively. It’s refreshing to see a popcorn movie elevated by a relative newcomer holding his own against a more seasoned actor who’s also holding it down.
  • All of the action scenes are good, but the one everybody talks about is the church scene. It’s crazy exciting, and completely out of nowhere. Possibly one of the greatest action sequences in recent memory.

 

It’s been close to three years since I first saw Kingsman, and it still holds up. It’s become one of those movies that I’ll stop everything to watch whenever it’s on TV. Kingsman is everything you could want in an R-rated, modern spy film. It’s stylish, ridiculous, serious when it needs to be, and above all fun. If you’re still on the fence, check out this review for Kingsman for a more eloquent take on what makes it so great (though there are a couple spoilers.) I think there’s potential for Kingsman to be seen as one of the best spy movies of its time. With how perfectly everything came together in this film, it’ll likely be a while before Bond himself can top it again.