“Representation of everything…”

Really wanted to share this post robofists-revenge put on tumblr a while back. I really have no words, because the post speaks for itself on many levels of the human heartbreak. While I am long gone from my past heartaches, a feeling of friendly retrospect is sometimes needed. I could write for ages of the many feelings I once felt. 500 Days of Summer, while being a beautiful movie in itself, was profoundly familiar to me through its essence. Being in love with the idea of someone/something can be the most excruciating thing, but at the same time, so liberating. How so? Because ‘people come and go.’ And sometimes, the experience leads you to believe in a higher reality for yourself. Sometimes people come into your life to unknowingly help you realize what you love out of life… (to be continued, maybe?)

Netflix’s Live Action DEATH NOTE Releases Dark Teaser

Anime and manga fans of the dark classic unite. The dark live-action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba’s beloved manga, Death Note is almost here.

The first official teaser trailer for the live action DEATH NOTE was just released hours ago by Netflix and we are freaking out! Immediately, the teaser entices us with the notorious notebook falling ever so softly from the skies and into the grasp of our main character Light Turner (contrary to the manga’s ‘Light Yagami’), played by Nat Wolff. We also almost see one of the main characters in the frame, Ryuk the Shinigami, a grim reaper type creature.

In the minute long trailer, we are given just a peek at the twisted essence Netflix is conveying in its version. Margaret Qualley is seen as Mia Sutton (Misa Amane in the manga series). Almost instantly a flare of horror ensues in the teaser, and we can only hope that this live-action film adaptation of DEATH NOTE will not disappoint.

The story is set to follow the premise of the manga where Light, a brilliant high school student, discovers an eerie notebook entitled, ‘Death Note,’ which claims to kill anyone whose name is written within.

If you are a die hard fan of the manga and/or anime, you will be the toughest critic. It is sometimes difficult to portray a sinister plot from animation to live-action and time will only tell if Netflix has done the series justice. For now, we will form our opinions and anticipate together if the totally twisted badass-ery will translate to film.

Death Note started as a manga series in December 2003 and ran until 2006. An anime adaptation of the series premiered in October 2006 until June 2007. Netflix and their production studio got ahold of the rights for the live-action adaptation from Warner Bros. in April 2016.

DEATH NOTE, directed by Adam Wingard, will release to Netflix’s online streaming August 25, 2017.

Skincare Review- Clarisonic/ Neutrogena

Any hype you may have heard about Neutrogena’s new water gel moisturizer…is true! I have finally found the best moisturizer for my face that is super hydrating and literally feels like your face is drinking water. First off, I want to make it known that as far as makeup goes, the Neutrogena brand has never captivated me and just never worked out. Their skin care line is a hit or miss, in my opinion. Yea some of the moisturizers have moisturized my face, but then I get oily around noontime. So I’m going to break down my skincare routine that I’m doing lately…which includes two Neutrogena products!

Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System

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Clarisonic Mia 1 Cleansing System in the shade ‘Pink’

I have grown to like my Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System. This electric facial brush really did irritate my skin for the first few times. Every time I used it, my face would get a breakout the next morning. I did my research and found that a lot of users do get this reaction from it. It seems as though it doesn’t work for some people but then it was amazing for others… I decided to store it away until I wanted to give it another go one day. I thought maybe it was the cleanser I was using. Who knows.. I started using it again, and I do believe my skin has gotten used to the brush as it moves in circular motions. It’s now my favorite thing to use to exfoliate my entire face. It does such a great job on my t-zone area and where I have more visible pores. It grinds the dirt out! I use this brush maybe five times a week when I wash my face. I use it with my daily face cleanser and also with my clinical face cleanser which I use about once a week. I’ll go ahead and mention my clinical cleanser. I’ve done a review on it already so I will link it. It is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Gel Cleanser. This dark cleanser does so good at getting my make up off and even if I had used wipes to remove my make up prior, I can count on this cleanser to bring out any leftover foundation that was still lingering on my skin. Check out my review on it! Now I’ll move onto my main girl, the daily facial cleanser I use…

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Daily Gel Cleanser

This cleanser has been out for quite some time now. The only reason I bought it was because I was low on cleansers and it was on clearance at Walgreens. This cleanser from Neutrogena does a real decent job at cleaning my face out without it being too strong, as in, clinical strength. I use this cleanser daily with my Clarisonic brush. It retails between $7-$9 wherever you go. It claims to boost softness and radiance and contains white tea and vitamin e. It definitely boosts radiance because when I wash it all off and pat dry, I can see just how much brighter my skin looks. Skin is kept real smooth too. The pleasant tea scent is a plus too! It works well with sensitive skin as well. I have combination skin and it makes my face feel great. Now, after I wash my face with this cleanser, I usually apply moisturizer. If I don’t, my skin begins to feel a little tight. I always suggest you use a moisturizer even if your skin is combo to oily type. It is always good for your skin to feel naturally moisturized rather than leaving it dry after washing only to have it work double hard for the moisture and then end up leaving you oily. Moving onto what I use to set my freshly washed face…

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

downloadProbably one of the best after wash moisturizers! Five stars. This water gel consistency is whipped and you think that it’s gonna go on oily or slimey, but… it goes on so smooth and blends into the pores effortlessly. After having washed the face, applying this on is what heaven must be like. It’s the smoothest my face has ever been. And the scent is not strong at all. It retails for around $20 at most stores and it contains 1.7 oz of product. A little goes a long way with this gel. I grab a dime size amount and rub it on my fingertips and apply and smooth it all over my face. I really can’t explain enough how amazing it feels. I first tried out a sample of it and it was no question that I had to grab that full size baby! I recommend this product. I have combination skin so I was uneasy about it at first. I am always worried that moisturizers will excel the oil production or make me too dewy. I have no worries with this one at all though. Again, it feels like my face is taking a nice drink of water as far as hydration. Here is a little goodness the product lists:

  • Purified Hyaluronic Acid- Naturally found in skin, it delivers pure boost of hydration. It acts like a sponge for dry skin cells, absorbing up to 1000 times its weight in water and progressively releases water back into skin, keeping skin hydrated and supple throughout the day.
  • Olive Extract- Known for its protective, moisturizing and anti-oxidant qualities, it is a complex combination for fatty acids, which is similar to skin’s natural moisture shield. It integrates into skin barrier, forming a structure that protects skin from excessive moisture loss. It also helps leave skin feeling soft and smooth without tackiness.

There you have it. It’s fast absorbing too. This is the real deal, and that is my skincare routine! Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products! Thanks for reading!

Podcast Highlight: Spanish Obsessed

I don’t listen to podcasts very often. One time I tried teaching myself Italian by just listening to a very bland language learning podcast. The only thing that stuck with me was how to say “I speak a little bit of Italian,” in Italian. So not much of anything.

My family comes from South America. We speak Spanish. In the past ten years  I have lost a little bit of the language. I’m not 100 percent fluent, but I found a very pleasant podcast that could help me with that. You see, I only speak Spanish when I have to. That’s where I became weak. So, I wanted to brush up my Spanish. Not so much in writing, but in the dialect itself; casual talk with others in person. Spanish Obsessed looks at the language from a different perspective. Instead of feeling like you’re in 9th grade, at your desk, being taught formally by a teacher, you are actually thrown right into the language by feeling as if you are there with the podcast hosts having a chit chat.

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podcast hosts (left to right) Rob and Liz

Rob, a co-host in the podcast, was born in London. He moved to Valencia, Spain to start learning Spanish and to pursue a career in teaching English there. Long story short, he had moved in with three other Spaniard fellas who didn’t speak English. By just submersing himself fully in the language and culture, Rob was able to become reasonably fluent in Spanish! His co-host, Liz, is from Columbia and they both reside in London now, I believe.

Spanish, Latin American, and English culture and language are all discussed in the podcast. Their courses are divided into Beginner and Intermediate episodes. The Beginner episodes talk much slower and the phrases and vocab isn’t too intense, as to not intimidate the listener. For someone like me, the Intermediate courses are just perfect. They don’t talk crazy fast, but they have a natural tempo going that really lets me remember the emphasis and the way sentence structure works. Sometimes they may have a Mexican or Cuban guest, and also folks from Spain living in London, as guests on their podcast.

It’s a really fun and interesting podcast if you speak a little bit of Spanish or if you wanted to learn the language! Sometimes a second language can have an impact on your life. Read up here on how it changed Rob’s life and maybe it will inspire you! Spanish Obsessed is a great podcast to check out and it really opens your mind to a couple different Spanish customs. Let me know if you guys listen to any cool language podcasts.

Film Review- Night on Earth (1991)

So today I am reviewing one of my favorite underrated films. Night on Earth was released in 1991 and it is actually compiled of five different vignettes. Sort of like New York, I Love You, except the different scenes all came from director Jim Jarmusch’s creative mind. In one single night, we follow taxi drivers and their passengers encounter in meaningful conversations in the cab. Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. In one night we see different cultures, architectures, dialect, and some enticing individuals. I’ll break down the sequences to give you guys a taste!

The film’s first stop is in Los Angeles. Here we have a tomboy taxi driver, Corky (Winona Ryder). She picks up a Hollywood exec (Gena Rowlands) at the airport who later begins to connect with Corky despite social differences. I’m such a fan of enclosed conversations and when characters on screen really dissect their thoughts.

In New York, an older aged cab driver of East German decent, Helmut Grokenberger (Armin Mueller-Stahl) picks up Yo-Yo (Giancarlo Esposito), a young man going to Brooklyn. To Yo-Yo’s surprise it becomes quite obvious that Helmut does not really know how to drive, nor understand any American culture. The two form an unlikely bond through the remainder of the night. Helmut is a gullible and humbled man while Yo-Yo decides to teach him some culture.

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The beautiful city of Paris is visited next. A cab driver from the Ivory Coast (Isaach De Bankolé) picks up a blind Parisian woman (Béatrice Dalle). The two don’t exactly see eye to eye with some things. (Unintended pun…wow.) Our cab driver doesn’t seem to be that open minded to the woman’s life with no sight. His snarky skepticism of her life shows. He shyly asks her constantly how she does everyday things like watch movies, eat food, and make love. One response was, “Sometimes I feel the film. I can hear it.” And I just love that. She is sort of romantic yet hardcore in the way she carries herself. We totally root for her.

Rome, Italy is the next destination in the film ,and believe me when I say that I hold this segment with much high praise. Before I get ahead of myself, just know that I’m posting the YouTube clip of it right below this post so be sure you watch it, friends! Roberto Benigni plays our cab driver, Gino. Let’s just talk about who Roberto Benigni is. His acting and directing in the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful, won him the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The guy is a splendid Italian comedian as well.

Benigni exudes charisma in this sequence. In the early mornings, the streets of Rome are practically deserted. Gino is just driving around being Gino and cracking wise jokes to himself. He finally stops to pick up a priest at a catholic church (Paolo Bonacelli). Gino begins to baffle the priest with his words and it is just the best. He confesses his vulgar sexual sins to the priest, and we suddenly love this dude. Benigni’s fast style of speech lets his jokes roll off the tongue so effortlessly. The certain comedy to it is golden. Such an eccentric character, Gino is.

Amazing fan artwork I came across on the Internet. Some characters you'll see in the film.

Amazing fan artwork I came across on the Internet. Some characters you’ll see in the film.

Lastly there is a quiet and snowy night in Helsinki and our driver Mika (Matti Pellonpää) picks up three guys from a bar, one of them undoubtedly unconscious from the drinking. Mika is a very humble and private character who later helps the two conscious men realize a thing or two about their own lives with trials and tribulations. Mika’s storytelling of his life experience really opens the drunkards’ minds.

In a 1999 interview with The Guardian, director Jarmusch tells of how those city choices came to be. After a previous project fell through, Jarmusch quickly wrote up a script in only eight days, writing these stories with his actors already in mind. Wherever these acting friends of his were, he went, and that’s how the film came to be. A traveler himself, Jarmusch has seen many countries and cities that have become very dear to him. In the article he says, “I love cities, they are almost like lovers.” And goes on to say, “The cities become characters even though they’re enclosed in a cab, the atmosphere, the colour, the quality of light in each city is very different and has a different effect on the people who live there and on your emotions when you are there.”

Night on Earth is a very interesting film, and the way these different cultures operate really bring it all together and becomes such a delight to watch. I fall more in love with its charm every time.

Mason Bliss Designs- My Craft In Pictures

I have been meaning to update you guys on what I have been working on for the past eight months. For those who do not know, I started a shop on Etsy back in July and I have stuck my foot in the door of the crafting community. I am a mason jar decorator! Yes, those gorgeous and classic canning jars are being painted and decorated. I live in the south here in the United States, so you can bet the folks here are loving these shabby chic decor pieces. Think traditional mason jars with an extravagant and shabby twist, Yep, that’s what I do.

So much networking and a handful of local craft markets later, my small business Instagram is flourishing with success. Orders are steady for now, so I’m using the time to come up with more listings for the shop! (Also to try and get my funk back and continue blogging more!!!) Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite decorative mason jars and arrangements I’ve put together. I hope to make a few DIY posts for the blog here to give you guys a fun inside look at how I make them. Who doesn’t love DIY crap? Really.

LINK TO MY ETSY SHOP.

Playlist Bliss: El Hijo De Dios

Hey guys! I’m back! Gotta admit, I’m pretty terrible at juggling more than one hobby at a time. Since I introduced that I started an Etsy shop, I’ve been doing tremendous amount of work and a lot of networking  with other handmade crafters in the crafter community. I am exhausted! But I’m back this week to kickoff with another (hopefully) biweekly installment of Playlist Bliss!

These past two months I have been expanding my horizon with music. I’m tapping into foreign territory! Not too crazy for me, because I’m bilingual. I speak Spanish I’d say about 75% fluently, haha! So I’ve discovered an indie rock band from Madrid, Spain. They are Nudozurdo, and they are actually well known to their hometown and have made quite a name for themselves.

If you take a listen to one of their popular tracks like ‘El Hijo De Dios’ which translates to ‘God’s Son’ or ‘The Son of God,’ you will quickly pick up on their eccentric and unique sound. It’s quite catchy and it really is a totally different kind of indie rock, in my opinion. It sounds underground and most of their songs are great even for my road trips to get lost in. Let me know if you guys tap into foreign music every now and then… and what is good out there?! It may make my next Playlist Bliss. 🙂