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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Last Shift Movie Review!

A lot of times when I find a horror movie on Netflix, I can't even make it halfway before I turn it off. I was pretty sure this would be another one of those times. Finding hidden gems on Netflix can be far and in between, but I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I saw this movie a few weeks ago, so lets hope my memory is fresh!
Last Shift was directed by Anthony Diblasi. I'm pretty sure I've never watched a movie he's directed before. The movie stars Juliana Harkavy and Joshua Mickel.
Last Shift is about a rookie cop who spends her first day patrolling an old police station. She's pretty much alone until a few guys come to clear out the evidence room.
The movie starts off with an officer seemingly terrorized by something...what, I don't know. They never say what caused his freak out. I guess we can assume he was experiencing something paranormal since that's what this movie is pretty much about. That or he was just crazy.    
This officer tells the rookie cop Jessica that the night should be pretty dead. (No pun intended.) All calls are going to the new police station, and at most, she may come across a few wanderers. Jessica will be alone, until four guys come to retrieve the evidence. She soon finds out she is not as alone as she thought. She begins getting phone calls from a girl in distress. Jessica tries to help, but she doesn't have many resources to. I really like Jessica's character. You find yourself rooting for he, especially when she is trying her best to help this girl.
At first, you're not sure what direction this movie is going in. Is it another redundant ghost story, is there energy from the evidence, or is there more to the story? As the movie goes on, you find out there is more...much more. The story line is a bit more original and well thought out. One thing I really liked about this movie, Jessica isn't there by accident. It's not random, but you have no idea what the connection is until the movie goes on. I don't think it's easily guessed until you have more clues.
I actually don't have many negative comments about this movie. Lets start with the acting. It was quite good. I really don't have anything bad to say about any of the actors, which is refreshing. This movie has a very creepy feel. The cool thing is, they didn't need a ton of special effects to achieve that level of creepiness. This movie surprises you, tricks you, and keeps you on your toes. The scares are pretty good too! There are both psychological scares and jump scares. The psychological scares are actually scary. The one thing I didn't like about this movie is that the main character can be very frustrating. She has her fair share of stupidity throughout this movie. Part of me wanted to jump through the screen and hit her over the head with her baton. It got to the point where I actually yelled at the screen and even face palmed myself...but, that's pretty much as negative I can get. I was confused on one part. There is a scene where Jessica interacts with what we can assume is a prostitute...(I actually liked this character, and wish there was more of her in this film.)...the feeling I got from her was that she was a part of the haunting somehow, but I don't know how. They never really connected the dots there. Or maybe it just went over my head. If you've watched this movie and you understand her character, please fill me in!
Now the ending, I liked it. I didn't guess it. My boyfriend eventually caught on and guessed it, but I didn't. The ending was different than what you see in most horror films, and the very end of it was great! If you can't tell, I obviously recommend this movie. Just be prepared to face palm yourself a couple of times.

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                                                                       Christine
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Forest Movie Review!

The Forest is directed by Jason Zada, who is known for directing the popular The Houses October Built. I really was not a fan of The Houses October Built. I found it boring and not scary actually, but a lot of people rave about that movie.
The Forest is about a woman named Sara who travels to Japan to find her sister Jess. Sara finds out Jess went into the suicide forest, and despite several warnings from locals, Sara insists on finding her sister.
The Forest stars Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney.
I found The Forest to be better than The Houses October Built, but that doesn't mean this is a great movie...it's not. The first thing that comes to my mind is jump scares! There are a lot of them...in fact, I would say that the scares in this movie are 95% jump scares. Jump scares scare you for a few seconds. The loud noise happens or the creepy thing is loud, you jump, you get over it. There's no real substance to the scares. Anyone can make a jump scare, but it takes more talent and imagination to make your audience truly scared. Psychological scares shake you to your core and make you think about what scared you over and over again. The Forest doesn't really have many of those.The story line is a great one! It's interesting and different, and the fact that this is a real place adds to the creepiness. As the movie goes on, you are informed different little things about the forest. I was curious to know if those things were true. The acting is pretty good. You don't get too attached to the characters, but you like them enough that you don't want anything bad to happen to them. You can feel the connection between Sara and Jess, which is important. There are a few flashbacks, and I wasn't too impressed with how they turned out. I can't put my finger on it, but the flashbacks to the girls' childhood just didn't work for me. Some scenes scared me, others didn't at all. The ones that did were almost always the superficial jump scares. The ending was crazy predictable. I predicted the ending about half way into the movie, maybe even before. There is a scene at the ending that is so stupid. I won't give it away, but oh my, it was DUMB! All and all, I think this movie was simply okay. It's worth seeing if you really want to or just love horror, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. If you saw this movie, let me know what you thought of it!

xoxo,
Christine

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Eggplant Casserole Recipe!

So this recipe is super easy, and healthier than your typical Eggplant Parm! You can add or leave out ingredients, and really make this your own!
What you need!
1 Eggplant.
1 Small onion.
1 Bell Pepper.
Mushrooms.
Tomato.
Tomato sauce.
Garlic.
Olive Oil.
Salt and pepper.
Shredded Mozzarella cheese.
(Optional) Chili pepper flakes.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On medium heat, heat an oven safe pan. Finely chop one clove of garlic. Add enough olive oil to cover the pan. Lower heat to low and add garlic. Peel and chop eggplant. Add the eggplant to the pan and stir. Turn the heat back up to medium, and add more olive oil if needed. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a half of teaspoon of salt and pepper. Chop the pepper, onion, tomato (I use plum), and  mushrooms if needed. I use about a half of cup of mushrooms. Add the peppers first. Let cook for a few minutes, then add the onion. Allow that to cook for a few minutes before adding the mushrooms and tomatoes. Continue cooking for about 5 more minutes. Stir in a pinch more of salt and pepper. For a bit of a spice, add a teaspoon of chili pepper flakes. Stir in about four tablespoons of tomato sauce. Remove from heat. Place in the oven for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and cook for another 5-10 minutes. (Until eggplant is tender.) Enjoy!
   
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My Favorite Childhood Shows!

Everyone feels a bit nostalgic, but I feel like 90s kids are the most nostalgic of them all. Today, my little brother and I watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch the movie. Now I am feeling super nostalgic and missing all the great shows I use to watch as a kid. My little brother likes the Disney channel and Nickelodeon, but the shows can be...well...awful! Yes, some of the shows I watched probably weren't the best. However, there are a few shows he likes where the acting is quite atrocious and the clothes they put on these kids...
Anyway, here are my top ten 90s shows.
10. All That - When I was little, my grandparents took us camping every summer all summer long. We had both a trailer and a tent. So, it wasn't traditional camping which I prefer, but at this campground, you had the option of cable. My grandfather needed cable. How else was he going to yell at CNN every night? At night, or on rainy days, we would watch Nickelodeon and the Disney channel. Most people didn't have cable back then, so it was such a treat. All That was one of me and my sister's favorite shows. I liked Lori Beth and Kenan.
9. Hey Arnold - Hey Arnold was one of the few cartoons I really liked. My favorite episodes were the Stoop Kid one (Stoop Kid's stoop looked awesome! I wouldn't leave it very often either.) and the headless horseman one. I loved that one so much!
8. The Jersey - When I was little, I would visit my grandparents often. One day they picked me and my sister up from school. They told us they had a surprise for us at the house. They brought us in the kitchen and my grandfather turned on the tv. Nickelodeon was on. We were so excited! Cable still wasn't a very big thing. That night we watched Nickelodeon while we ate dinner. The Disney channel you had to pay extra for, but it was included in the package when we went camping. I cherished the moments when I was able to watch my second favorite Disney channel show, The Jersey. I read the other day Michael Galeota passed away. R.I.P! He was only 31.
7.  Clarissa Explains It All - When I think of the 90s, I think of Melissa Joan Hart! I still love her. I get so excited to watch anything with Melissa in it. She was one of, maybe even my favorite celebrity as a kid.
6. So Weird - I always found the paranormal interesting, even when I was a kid. This was my favorite Disney channel show ever. I feel like Disney would never bring a show like this back, and they really should. It was great!
5. Kenan and Kel - One word...Kel! I loved Kel! He was so funny, and always made me laugh.
4. Are You Afraid of the Dark - Is it any surprise that this was my favorite Nickelodeon show? No, probably not. There was always at least one episode of AYAOTD that made you feel like you may just poop your pants, but it was so addicting. I also loved the movies! I wish you could find them somewhere,
3. Home Improvement - They don't make family comedies like this anymore! I love Tim Allen. He was hilarious! I miss this show.
2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch - After number 7, I'm sure you all saw this one coming. I loved the movie and the show so much! I think the first season was the best, but that's probably because Jenny was my favorite of Sabrina's friends. I was pretty disappointed when she didn't return. My favorite episode was when Jenny traveled to the other relm.
1. Boy Meets World - Boy Meets World may just be my favorite show of all time. I saw every episode multiple times. It was funny, serious, relatable, had meaning, and FEENY FFFFEENNNYYY! FEENY! Eric and Mr. Feeny are reason enough to love Boy Meets World.

Honorable Mentions - Not a kid's show, but I loved Beyond Belief so so much! I still watch it on Youtube once and a while. If you like the paranormal, check this show out! You won't regret it. The Famous Jett Jackson, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Figure It Out, and Hey Arnold!
What were your favorite shows when you were young?

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                                                                             Christine
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ulta Haul!

Hey guys! For Christmas this year, a friend got me a $25 Ulta gift card. I picked up a few things recently, and decided to do my first beauty blog of 2016.  I picked up some things I've tried and loved and other things I haven't tried at all.
Well, I finally got an Ulta magazine. Ulta stopped sending me magazines to my house and with my orders for about two years now. My friends still get them sent to their homes and when they place an online order. For the longest time, Ulta forgot about me. Maybe now they will start sending them to my house again. Here's hoping.
The first thing I needed were some pore strips. My pores needed some TLC. There is only one brand of pore strips I like. The Formula 10.0.6 brand is the only brand I've tried that actually works and works great! I love these so much! Plus, they're not too harsh on my skin. My skin is always so soft after using one.
Like I said, my pores really needed some TLC. I've always been a huge fan of these Montagne Jeunese masks. They're affordable, fun, and work pretty nicely. I've done two different blog posts in the past. Each one includes embarrassing pictures of me in the masks. To keep the tradition alive, I'll be reviewing these, embarrassing pictures and all, in a later blog post. Until then, here are the other posts.
Montagne Jeunesse post 1.
Montagne Jeunese post 2.
I got the Mint Choc Chip and Hot Spring Sauna. I've never tried either one of these before. I did however try one of their warming masks, which is what the Hot Spring Sauna is. I really liked it, so I am so excited to try these two out!
I'm running low on concealer, so I decided to give a new one a go. I got the NYX HD concealer. I will be reviewing this most likely on my Youtube Channel. About eight or nine months ago, I reviewed the NYX concealer in a jar. You can watch that here. Maybe I'll do a blog post on my top concealers. I've tried many. I love a good concealer.
NYX products were buy one get one half off, so I picked up a gold glitter liner. I needed a new one. My dots one, which I love, was pretty much empty/dried out.
I really really needed a new angled brush. The one I use for my brows is just done. I bought this great brush set years ago. When I say years, I mean years! It was about six years ago. You can just guess how bad of shape this brush is in. I still have about five of the brushes in that kit. One being that angled brush. It is the one that is in the worse condition. The others are actually still holding up decently, but it was time to retire this brush. I bought this Essence of Beauty angled brush. Technically, it's an eyeliner brush, but I got it for my eyebrows. I tried it out, and I adored the way my brows looked! This brush is really pretty. It's mint green with a floral design. The handle is made from cheap plastic, but it's not a deal breaker, especially since it was around two bucks!
 As for samples, Ulta totally cheated me out one! I've tried both of these and love them both. I actually own the Smashbox primer, so I will just tuck that one away until I have enough samples to do a sample giveaway.

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                                                                                         Christine
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Overnight French Toast Recipe!

Hello my lovely readers! My first blog of the New Year, and it's a good one too. But before we venture on and learn how to make quite possibly the best French Toast ever, let's discuss my Template. It's temporary. I'm not loving it. It's not so unique, but I was at a lost on what I liked. I couldn't figure it out. This template is okay, but I'm just not in love. Now, here's how to make this heavenly French Toast!
I made this on Christmas Eve night and popped it in the oven on Christmas morning while we were opening presents. It was so good, everyone still is talking about it. I'll have to make it again soon! These are pretty popular right now, and now I know why! I've seen people make this with regular sandwich bread, and I think that would make it soggy, plus, French Toast is better with crusty bread.

What You Need:
1 Loaf of crusty French bread.
2 Cups of milk.
6 Eggs.
1 Cup of white sugar.
1/2 Cup of butter.
2 Teaspoons of vanilla extract,
1 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
1 Tablespoon of brown sugar.

Directions:
Grease baking dish. Slice bread a couple inches thick and place in baking dish. In medium saucepan over medium heat, stir in butter and white sugar until melted. Pour over bread. In a bowl, beat milk, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Pour over the bread and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 450. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over top. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Enjoy! 
If you try this, let me know how you liked it. I personally LOVE it.


xoxo,
Christine