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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

So this is going to be short and sweet! I just wanted to wish everyone a ......................


Whatever you're doing and wherever you are, be safe and have fun!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Haul!

Hey guys! So this is one of my last HAUNTober blogs, which sounds so sad! I had tons of fun doing these blogs and Youtube videos. I hope you guys have been enjoying them. November I am doing BLOGSgiving and VLOGSgiving on my Youtube channel! So that's exciting. Today's blog, I am showing you the things I picked up today. Starting with the treats I'll be giving out. 

 I got two bags of mixed candy and two boxes of juice boxes. I feel like this is not enough though! Maybe I'll grab another bag tomorrow.







 My little brother and I started putting up decorations outside. We just put small stuff out and on Halloween will put the cooler stuff out. People steal decorations lie crazy in my neighborhood.
My boy friend and I went to Petsmart today and got Lacey a costume, a pumpkin toy, and treats for all the dogs.

 Lacey said the pumpkin gets two paws up! We didn't get Ginger one, because toys last all of two minutes with her. This pumpkin was most certainly not heavy duty enough for her! Ginger is going to be a gangsta, Peanut an elf, and Lacey a shark!








                                                                       
















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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Most Underrated Horror Movies!

Hey guys! I slightly fell behind on these Halloween blogs. I think I went four days instead of two-three days. I know, I know...that's not very long, but I love doing HAUNTober here and on my Youtube Channel!
I'm sad it's coming to an end, but I will be uploading VLOGSgiving videos in November and Beauties in Toyland videos in Decmeber. I know, I'm cheesy.
So today I am going to be talking about my top 3 underrated horror movies. I did a video similar to this blog, only it was on the most overrated horror movies. You can watch it here!
                                       Most Underrated Horror Movies
  • Final Destination - I feel like over the years, Final Destination has lost its appeal to most people, but I quite enjoy it. Anytime I mention I really like this film, I get "Really Christine?". Well yes, really! I like the 90s horror feel, I think it was interesting, and it was a unique film when it came out. It has scenes that people remember quite vividly and scenes that still freak people out. The log scene for example.
  • Scream - I know Scream has a decent fan base still, and even its own television spin off, but in recent years, it's almost become a joke. Scream was wildly popular when it first came out and everyone and their grandmother wore a ghost face mask at least once in their lifetime. However, I've heard so many people diss this movie since it's stint. I guess if you compare it to some of the movies you see today, it's not as scary and not nearly as gory. I find Scream still to be entertaining and a classic. Maybe it's because I'm a 90s kid, but whatever the reason, I love Scream. I like how they killed Drew Barrymore's character right away. I mean, who saw that coming? I like the humor in Scream. And Randy, can we please talk about Randy for a moment. He was HILARIOUS! The killer was predictable, but you can't have everything I guess.
  • As Above So Below - Where to begin with this one...well, when I saw it in the movie theater, it scared me. Not once, not twice, not just jump scared, but the whole damn thing pretty much! I can not for the life of me figure out why so many people did not like this movie! Maybe it went over their heads. I mean, you have to have at least a basic understanding of historic alchemy, literature, and religion. I loved that this movie had so many layers to it. It felt...smart! You see a lot of horror movies that throw in a naked girl or some very much unnecessary sex scene just to captivate the attention of a few pervs...no offense if you're one of those people who find that interesting...but this movie used alchemy, religion, and literature. When I say religion, I don't mean they just threw in a Priest and had him bless the house. That's not very accurate seeing as it's not that simple. Priest don't just give exorcisms and bless homes because you said it's haunted. They need evidence...a lot. It's suppose to be quite tough to get a Priest to do these things. Ugh, I'm getting ahead of myself. Back to the review. I heard one girl say, "Isn't the Philosopher's Stone a Harry Potter thing?". Can we all just face palm ourselves?! Did Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone teach you anything? I learned who Nicolas Flamel was from J.K Rowling. I mean, it's quite well known she had been influenced by many things such as British Folklore, Mythology, and obviously Historic Alchemy. I learned a lot about these subjects from reading Harry Potter, but not everyone did I guess. Not only did I love all of the references in this movie, but the scares were quite effective. I was on the edge of my seat the entire film. The acting was great, and when you re-watch this film, their are little things you pick up on that you missed the first time around.
If there are some films you think I missed, let me know in the comments below! Also, I added a few new Halloween Tutorials on my channel if you're interested.

I'm going to attempt to get a SFX makeup tutorial up today!

xoxo,
Christine

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Halloween Look Book!

Hey Guys! Halloween is right around the corner! Are you into the Halloween spirit yet? Have you decided what costume you'll be wearing? If not, maybe these pictures will help you decide.
And if you need a little more Halloween cheer, check out my Halloween watch list here!
I'll be sure to link any videos I have on these looks as well.
 Where I got the Dorothy costume!
 This is my Toto! :)

 My newest addition to HAUNTober, dead cheerleader makeup. This is my favorite tutorial I've done for my HAUNTober series so far! It's a lot of fun and simple enough to do!

I'm really not a fan of the Bella Twins, however, Total Divas have gained them such wide popularity. Especially Nikki Bella. Want to be a Bella for Halloween? Then click the link above to learn how to do Nikki's signature and classic look.


Youtube dcided to be a butthead last year and completely mess up my easy Zombie tutorial, so I decided to speed the video up and make it a transformation video for this year!

You won't believe how simple this look is!

Scary not your thing? Try out Madison Rayne's glamorous smokey eye! Her ring gear from her Beautiful People days is so simple to recreate. Someone actually used this tutorial for a costume party they were attending! =)

Want to just look creepy and dead? This should do the trick!

If you're planning on having a scary movie night to get you in the Halloween spirit, find out which movies to skip with my Most Overrated Horror Movies video!
I hope you were able to come up with some cool ideas for your Halloween costume! Let me know what you're planning to be. Remember guys, have a happy HAUNTober!

xoxo,
Christine

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pumpkin Carving!

Hey guys! Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went Linvilla Orchards. It's a farm in Pennsylvania that has so many fun fall activities. We went apple picking, got a few pumpkins, and picked up some blackberry jam and cinnamon loaf bread for my grandparents. While we were there, we got two large pumpkins (one for my boyfriend and I to carve and one for my mom and brother since they couldn't make it.). We also got two smaller ones and two mini pumpkins for his nephews to paint. My boyfriend's youngest nephew only painted the mini one, so we carved the small pumpkin. That way it didn't go to waste. Am I the only one who thinks digging out the inside of the pumpkin is the funnest part? I can't be!
I'm not the best carver in the world. I have problems with my hands and other than the two I carved this year, I have only ever carved one. I think my skills have improved much more since last year, but you be the judge!

 This is the pumpkin I carved last year, which was the first pumpkin I have ever carved. Not great, but not awful.
 What shall we name him? Martin? No Luke, from Halloween Town! I think he turned out rather cute!

And then there is this one. This hurt my hands so bad to carve, but I was determined to cave it!
My boyfriend and I took turns carving each of these, although, I mainly did this one because the Flyers were on. I think he turned out pretty well. What should we call him? He needs a spooky name since he's a spooky pumpkin!




Have any of you carved any pumpkins yet? I can't believe how close Halloween is! October is really speeding by.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Apple Cider Doughnuts with an Apple Cider Glaze



I made these last night, and I was very proud how they turned out! Everyone loved them, and even I liked them, and normally I hate doughnuts!
I made these mini doughnuts with a very cute little doughnut maker. It's pretty much a waffle iron for doughnuts.

It's a little tricky at first. I burnt the first two batches because the directions say to cook for 5-7 minutes, however just 20 seconds too long and they'll burn! After the second time, I got the hang of it. If you are interested in this doughnut maker it's listed down below. It comes with a doughnut stand and a empty container to fill up with your sprinkles. 

Now, on to the directions!

I knew I wanted to cook fresh apples in apple cider, so that's exactly what I did. I then turned it into a sauce...kinda like applesauce!
Makes 25-30 mini doughnuts depending on if you burn the first two batches or not. haha

Ingredients for the sauce:
2 red apples
1 1/2 cups of apple cider

Directions:
Core and chop apples into cubes. Leave the peel on, trust me you won't even notice the peel when we're done with them.
In medium heat in a medium saucepan, combine the apples and the cider. Cover and cook for 8 minutes or until the apples have soften. Continue cooking uncovered for around 5 minutes until the apples are tender and the cider has almost completely reduced. 
Next, puree with a blender or a food processor until smooth. Like applesauce!
                                                     
    Ingredients for the dough:
    3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
    4 teaspoons of baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
    1 teaspoon of salt
    2/3 cups of granulated sugar
    3 tablespoons of vegetable shortening
    1 egg
    The applesauce from earlier.
    1/4 buttermilk
    1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
                                          
    Directions:
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Beat in 2/3 cups of flour and the shortening. Beat in the egg, and then gradually add in the apple sauce. Add in and beat the buttermilk and vanilla extract.
The dough should be sticky when done. Cover the dough and place in the refrigerator for an hour or longer. It can sit overnight if you'd like.

I made the doughnuts and the glaze simultaneously, but you can obviously do one at a time.
To start  the doughnuts I greased the doughnut maker by using a paper towel dampened with vegetable oil and rubbed it all over the inside. Both top and bottom. I greased it after each batch by using a spoon to drizzle the oil. This gets very hot! When using this machine, you plug it in and a red light appears. A few minutes later, a green light appears. This means it's ready to use. Only use a wooden or plastic spoon as a metal one may scratch the surface. I scooped about 2 tablespoons of dough into each hole.

          Ingredients for the glaze:
          1 cup of cider
          1/2 cup of confectioners sugar                                                        
                                                                             
          Directions:                                                         

Simmer the cider until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Whisk in the sugar until the ingredients are smooth and turned into a glaze.
In a separate bowl, mix together  1 cup of granulated sugar and two teaspoons of cinnamon.
Drizzle the glaze over the doughnuts, or you can dip them into the glaze. Sprinkle the sugar cinnamon mixture over the doughnuts, and you're done!
If you'd like, you can deep fry the doughnuts. I have done that before and they turned out just fine! I used a bottle cap to create a hole in the middle when I made them in the deep fryer. Withe remaining dough from inserting the holes, I made munchkins. I also made larger doughnuts. So that's another option. Let me know, what you think of this recipe in the comments! Next recipe, honey roasted pumpkin seeds!


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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween Watch List


Hey guys! I don't know about you, but once October rolls around, so do a lot of my favorite movies! I love Horror movies or just some fun and easy going Halloween movies. This is my top 15 favorite "Halloween" movies. Some are scar, some are eerie, and some are just plain fun and bring out your inner child!

15. Final Destination
I really like the first two in this installment. For some reason I really like 90s horror. Even though Final Destination isn't exactly a 90s movie. it still has that 90s feel to it. Probably because it was just barely the 2000s.
14. Burnt Offerings
If you like older horror movies, Burnt Offerings is one you should check out.  The movies is kinda strange, but in a good way. It's basically about an evil house that regenerates its self by causing "accidents" to its inhabitants.
13. Under Wraps
This is one of the more light hearted on this list. It was a Disney Channel movie from when I was young, when Disney Channel movies weren't half bad. It's a about a few kids who find a mummy. I promise it's better than it sounds...or maybe it's just because I grew up with this movie.
12.Poltergeist (The Original)
I have a movie review up on my Youtube Channel on the new one, if you want to check that out. It will be linked below. The original movies are almost always better, and Poltergeist is no exception.
Poltergeist Movie Review
11. Scream
I told you guys, I'm a sucker for 90s horror, and Scream is probably my favorite. I actually enjoy all the Scream movies. They're not amazing, but a lot of fun to watch. The characters are like-able and it combines horror with comedy.
10. Don't Look Under the Bed
It's starting to get hard to place the last 11 movies. I love them all so much! This is another Disney Channel movie from when I was a kid. It's about the boogeyman. This was the "creepy" Disney movie. The boogeyman on this movie actually looks pretty creepy and Don't Look Under the Bed has its fair share of eerie scenes.
9. The Scream Team
I promise the rest of these are not going to be all Disney Channel movies from my childhood. The Scream Team is one of my favorites. I found this movie to be pretty funny and the "evil" ghost is a bit creepy when you're young.
8. The Conjuring
I didn't find this movie as terrifying as a lot of people seemed to. However,  I really liked the story, and it's a bit scary. I thought the acting was really good too.
7. Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire
This is the second to last Disney Channel movie on my list. I promise! The title pretty much says it all. Plus it stars Charles Shaughnessy from The Nanny and Caroline Rhea from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Two of my favorite shows as a kid.
6.The Initiation of Sarah
We're getting down to the nitty gritty, and choosing the top 5 was really hard. I love both the original and the remake. I think I may like the remake a bit more though, shockingly. This movie is very much underrated in my opinion. It's about a battle of good vs evil on a college campus, which just sounds terrible. It's not though! I wouldn't call it horror, but it's far from lighthearted. The lot centers around an evil sorority who must sacrifice to keep their powers and stay young. I highly recommend you guys check it out if you haven't watched it. You can find both the original and remake on Youtube!
5. Halloweentown
Ummm...does this need explaining? I think not. The fourth one was just awful. The first three I love, especially the first one.
4. Hocus Pocus
I know this needs no explanation what so ever.
3. Insidious
I love all three parts. I love the old feel to the movies, the characters, the storylines, the ghosts and demons, it scared me multiple times, and never disappoints.
I did a movie review on the third one, which will be linked below.
Insidious Chapter 3 Review
2. Halloween
Again, no explanation is needed.
And the moment we've all been waiting for....
1. As Above So Below
I know a lot of people didn't like this movie, but I think those people didn't understand it. As Above So Below has a lot of layers to it, and if you do not understand one of them, then you may not like the movie. It's based on historic alchemy, religion, and literature. I loved that. It made it unique, and when I watched this movie I  jumped and got truly scared more than I have from any other movie my entire life. I use to say Halloween and Insidious were my favorite horror movies, and then I saw As Above So Below. I could go on and on about this movie and what made it so great, but I'll stop here.

Honorary Mentions:

The Ring,The Craft, Tower of Terror, Sleepy Hallow, Double Double Toil and Trouble, The Gallows, The Shining.

Let me know your favorites in the comments.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Getting Sunburned in the Fall!

Hey guys! On my Youtube Channel, there is a Fall giveaway going on right now! Click the link below to see the full giveaway and to find out how to enter!
Fall Giveaway

As promised in the video, I am reviewing the Wet N' Wild trio that I bought two of.
Just a disclaimer, this is the one I bought for myself...not the one I bought for one you guys. haha
I bought this trio because I thought the colors were pretty for fall, despite the name being "I'm Getting Sunburned."

Each of these colors are pretty pigmented when swatched on their own. They get even more pigmented when you apply them with makeup brushes.
One of these colors are a dupe for an Urban Decay shadow. Can you guess which one it is?
Drum roll please............

It's the crease color! It's a dupe for busted! The Wet N' Wild has a bit more red in it, but they are very similar, especially when blended. The pink and gold are true to color, but the brown applies a bit darker than I thought and darker then when I swatched it.
However, it blends like a dream and is crazy pigmented.
Here is the look I created only using this trio.



I really like the look I created. The pink is pretty vibrant...a little too strong for a brow bone highlight in my opinion. Maybe you could lightly apply it with a blending blush, but I decided not to use it on the brow bone. I did use it in the inner corner and I really liked it. The brown in the crease and the brown eyeliner is the same brown from the palette. You can really blend this color out or darken it up. It's like having two different shadows to work with.
The gold is a really pretty and just a classic color.
All in all, I love this trio and am excited to give one away!

xoxo,
Christine
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Graveyard Cake!


Hey guys! It's the best time of the year for some baking! Halloween is my favorite holiday to bake for! There are tons of things you can do, and your kids will love to make some fun Halloween inspired treats. Kind of like this graveyard cake!

I was going to bake a cake from scratch, but I'm still recovering from being sick so long.
I got lazy and let Pillsbury do it for me! 
Next week I'll be making Halloween cupcakes from scratch, so I'll save the recipe for then.
I originally planned on using chocolate cake and vanilla icing. I wanted to dye the icing green for grass, but decided to get gummy worms. I thought if the icing was chocolate, the gummy worms would look better. As you can see, I didn't even use the gummy worms. However, I still LOVE it!
I thought the worms were too long, and just didn't look quite right when you cut them in half.
When icing the cake. I recommend dipping your spatula into a cup of room temperature water. This will help prevent the cake from crumbling. A tip I learned from my Grandmom years ago. She was a baker. 

Tombstones:
Milano cookies
Black Gel Icing















All you need to do is write RIP on the cookies and then stick them in the cake! So simple.












                                                                   Fresh Graves:
                                                                 Crumbled Cookies

I used Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Brownie Filled cookies. They crumble so easily and the brownie and cookie give it dimension.


The color really looks like dirt!

You don't have to make each grave look like a fresh grave. When you go into a graveyard, they aren't all fresh graves. I just liked the way it looked better with the crumbled cookie at each "tombstone".
It's entirely up to you. Here's how it looks with just some fresh graves vs. all fresh graves.

And last but not least, I stuck pretzel sticks around the side of the cake to look like a fence. The cake looks cute without them, but even better with them!




Let me know what you think of this Halloween cake idea!

xoxo,
Christine

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Nail Polish!

Hey guys! To get all of you beauty lovers into the Halloween spirit, I thought I'd blog about my favorite Halloween nail polishes.
Rite Aid around this time of year is great for Halloween finds, and their nail polish selection is no different.
Every year, Rite Aid stocks up on these adorable pumpkin shaped nail polishes. They come in all different colors, some have decals inside, some glow in the dark, and more!
I have one with skull decals in it. I tried to take a picture of it, but it is so hard to get a good one. This is the best I could do:



I took this one on my phone, which explains the awful quality.
 You guys are just going to have to take my word! They're really cool. The polish is clear, with decals, and some glitter. They look really cool on your nails and are festive and fun!


As for the glow in the dark polishes, I think the sinful colors one glows more prominently, however the skull ones have more colors to choose from. They both do their job and glow in the dark though!
The Sinful Colors is clear in the day, but once it gets dark, it looks like an explosion of color! You could apply it over colored polishes if you want.





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