Extra Goodies: Special Offer from Nomad x Florence

Ipsy made a smart move including me on the weekly offer email for the Nomad X Florence Bella Travel Bag Set. Although my July Glam Bag was already en route to my house, I had to get these items. I was instantly intrigued by the simple combination of red lipstick, black eyeliner, and neutral eye shadow compacts to complete a flawless face on-the-go. I was able to snag the bag for $16 from Ipsy.

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Although the bag is not as elegantly made as the others, the slightly larger size and practicality of the material has landed it into my top 5 rotation of my purse cosmetic bags. It’s simple black shade and red writing hit home for me, with that being my favorite color combination.

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Of all the items, I am most impressed by the black eyeliner. The product description provided information about the perfect application but I discovered that for myself and was instantly sold. Thank goodness this bag included full-size products. The Nomad “Perfectly Lined” Eyeliner pen will be my absolute go-to for all things winged-eye and cat eye for now on.

Honorable mention goes out to the long lasting red lipstick (a perfect finish in between my matte lippie and glossy one) and the earth tones of the eye shadow “duo”. These will surely be apart of my weekend look. Stay tuned for my adventures at Splash Studio Painting Bar and Bel Aire Cantina, my fave taco joint!

 

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Ipsy Unveil: A Look Into My July 2017 Glam Bag Products

After being subscribed to Ipsy for almost a year, I gave up. There were too many makeup products to keep up with and the bags were piling up as well. So I unsubscribed. Although those few months were refreshing, I got the itch to sign back up.

I am so excited for my July bag! The versatility of the items are amazing and I plan on sampling them all over this month! It also helps that I’ll get to experiment with trending items I’ve been eyeing…highlighter and cleansing gels.

Ipsy is a subscription service dedicated to the makeup novice up to expert level. Each month the service provides five hand selected products in a chic little makeup bag.  These samples lead makeup enthusiasts to new brands and products that otherwise might not have been sampled. All of this is provided for just $10/month. So enough of that, let’s dig into the items.

Illuminator Brush from Beau Gâchis & Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun from Nomad Cosmetics 

Obviously, I used these items together. Highlight is a newer addition to my makeup routine. Some days I will go with that and leave out the blush. So I was excited to see how this would turn out. The brush paired well with the highlighter, despite them originating from different brands. The bristles fan out nicely, giving a little more coverage than an eyeshadow brush. The highlighter is a little larger than an eyeshadow compact from Nomad as well. The brush allowed for easy application to my cheeks in one simple sweeping motion. I was satisfied with the final look, having the perfect illuminated cheekbones. This highlight is also very pigmented. Not much product was needed to really show off my cheek bones. Nomad is becoming one of my new favorite brands! 

Mineral Hand Cream from AHAVA 

Nothing is spectacular about a hand cream except the fact that it can keep the ashy feeling away! This hand cream surely delivers on the light fresh scent I prefer and simple moisturization. I tried it only once but that’s all it takes! Hours after application, my hands are still sufficiently moisturized. Plus, the hand cream is very lightweight and absorbing.

Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black from Ciaté London 

I haven’t had a gel liner in a while, let alone a pencil too! I only used the liner (not the brush on the opposite end) and it worked very well. The pencil glided under my lids effortlessly and the strong black pigment stayed on my eyes all day. Major plus, no allergic reactions to the brand. #allergyproblems #makeupwins

Rainforest of the Sea™ deep dive cleansing gel from tarte cosmetics

This being the first product I tried, you know that I was very excited for the cleansing gel. Skincare products have been my favorites from Ipsy since the beginning. I only supplement them to my standard Mary Kay Botanicals daily regimen but they truly shine on their own as my travel products. Luckily, every brand’s formula has mixed well so far. For this product, I used it as my night facial cleanser to remove my makeup. I instantly fell in love as it began to foam up and reach every inch of my face. The gel rinsed easily and what else? It did not dry out my face! I am diligent about using toner and moisturizer afterward as well, but a drying cleanser can still have a lasting effect. Not with this little guy! This one will be added to my list as a possible full-size purchase!

Gudetama from Ipsy 

When the monthly bag design was unveiled a little over a week before shipment, I was disappointed. A picture of a characterized egg yolk, sprawled across my bag and it was creepy. I was not a fan. After receiving my bag, I realized that it was funnier than creepy. Although this is still not a fan favorite of mine, the size is finally something realistic. I’ll be able to fit my brushes into this one for travel!

This Ipsy bag was so fun to receive this month. I think I will really enjoy the items all month and I even purchased the full skin care set from tarte. In addition to my monthly bag, I also purchased the special offer for July from Nomad. I fell in love with the bag design, red lipstick, and perfect eye liner. Look out for my post about it too coming soon!

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Wonder Woman: Soundtrack Review

I had the opportunity to finally see Wonder Woman and I must say that it was refreshing. Although the series is just getting started, I agree that it is the better of the few DC movies in this latest series of the superhero world. The plot took a different turn than what I assumed and her outfit was banging! However, this post is about the music. So let’s get to it.

Listen to the entire Wonder Woman Score Soundtrack on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music, or Youtube. My poison of choice…Spotify. So if you want to hear the pieces I reference, get you an account! It’s free (with commercials), but a student account is only $5/month and premium is $10. Hook up, check.

Disclaimer: I try to use vague language but there are somewhat spoilers in this post. Proceed at your own risk!

The Composer

Rupert Gregson-Williams is the lead composer listed for this film. I am familiar with his name but not too many of his works, frankly because, I was not interested in the movies such as Open Season, The Legend of Tarzan, and Winter’s Tale. However, I am very familiar with Harry Gregson-Williams and his work on the Chronicles of Narnia series. I absolutely loved his works so I had high hopes for Rupert and this film.

Wonder Woman’s Theme

My interest in Wonder Woman’s score was actually sparked in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice when her theme was introduced in this film.

Frankly, it was the best music all film. Hans Zimmer scored this film, so I assume he developed the theme. The driving percussion and daring guitar melody depict her unexpected strength. At her official introduction in Batman vs. Superman, she swoops in to help the duo in their last fight. Her ultimate unveiling is ushered in by this spot on theme that kicks off the final battle.

I enjoyed the use of WW’s theme in this film. Rupert saves the main theme for the climax instead of weaving it between scenes via slight variations (my favorite approach). Throughout the film, we witness WW’s growth from young warrior to fully developed “god killer”. However, there is no real clear-cut, entry point into her “coming of age”. There were a few glimpses of her power but nothing came together until her battle at The Front.

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This re-introduction of the theme was a pleasant surprise. I forgot about it until this point and the song enhanced the scene. At this very moment, you knew that she finally met her destiny and came into full knowledge of all her duty, and blah blah blah. It was quite beautiful though.

Variations on the Theme

After realizing that WW’s theme was saved for the climactic battle, I had to go back and listen to all of the Soundtrack to find any other variations or common melodies that I might’ve missed. When listening to the soundtrack, I was reminded of the movie’s actual theme.

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Although very little variation, there is an enchanting theme that is introduced on the island in the beginning and repurposed throughout the film. The melody is so perfectly aligned with the movie setting that seamlessly complements the scenes. I felt bad for not noticing the music as I normally do. However, I came to the realization that it did its job. The music supported the story line and gave the slightest hint of the plot at certain times. Never did it over take the scenes, and that’s how it’s done right!

Cliché or Naw?

I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to get a little annoyed by the trumpet fanfare sound that appears in all superhero movies at some point. Of course, Wonder Woman is victim to that as well. I’d love to see a new sound emerge in this superhero movie era. I understand that Western music has developed the average musical ear to listen for cliche styles. I believe the ultimate satisfaction comes from doing the unexpected though. That’s what makes Moonlight Sonata such an enchanting piece, Beethoven did something unexpected with the chordal progressions. We need a refreshing take on our music today. It needs to be spot on though or there will be a train wreck. I’m looking forward to music from Black Panther for a new take on superhero music. (Yeah, I know these are two different comic universes)

My Overall Take

Wonder Woman was great. I still love her main theme and the new one created for this movie was enchanting. I hope that we will see her again in a sequel, and even if with the Justice League, I hope that she will continue to shine as a true contender in the superhero world of music.