Month: March 2017

TALE AS OLD AS TIME – Review of Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast”

Photo courtesy Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

There’s been a lot of hype – and, let’s be real, a lot of controversy – surrounding Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” movie. The headlines are proclaiming that this could be the company’s first $1b movie of 2017, and I could totally see that happening. I wanted to share my review of what I thought of the movie, so this is my opinion! I went with my husband, and we paid for our ticket, so this is not a sponsored review or anything.

My quick review is simply this: IT’S AMAZING, GO WATCH IT! 🙂

  1. This needs to be said, but I won’t go too deep since this is a review blog post: I am a Christian (saved by the grace of God, y’all), and I had no problem whatsoever with any part of the movie. Just had to put this disclaimer here. For any parent who had concerns, all I can say is that you make your own decision, but for me, I have no problem recommending this film at all.
  2. I highly recommend that you watch this movie in 3D, if you can. So many times, it feels like a throwaway to watch something in 3D. But for this particular movie, I believe it justifies the higher cost – there are scenes that just pop out at you.
  3. When Emma Watson first came on screen, I’m like, “Hermione!” But she built a new character of Belle that was totally believable. Not a spoiler – however, I will let you know there is one scene when a white owl is on screen, and my husband turned to me and whispered, “Harry Potter!”
  4. As a bi-racial individual whose mother is Filipina and father is Caucasian, it really made me happy to FINALLY see representation of interracial relationships on screen. Thank you, Disney!
  5. Last, but not least, I had high expectations of the movie, and it 100% lived up to the hype! I was overwhelmed by positive feelings and memories as I watched it. The songs are still nostalgic enough to where you feel like you are watching something familiar – yet fresh. The actors are PHENOMENAL in their roles.

From Disney: “The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.”

Are you planning to watch the movie? Comment below with your thoughts. Thanks for taking the time to read my review!

XO,

~Angela~

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Review of OLAPLEX – and a promo code to try it for free!

Sure, my hair is naturally black (I’m half Filipina), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamed of lighter locks. Back in the day, if you want to lift your hair color several shades, it used to take multiple appointments at a salon depending on how many levels lighter you wanted to go. What if now, you could lighten it dramatically in just ONE visit, with less damage to your hair than ever before? Now you can, thanks to a highly buzzed about product line, Olaplex.

My natural color – BEFORE

This legendary treatment promises to rebuild broken hair bonds. Just looking at the before and after photos on the Olaplex website is convincing. The fact that it protects your hair from the dangers of chemical processing makes this product a game-changer! It dramatically reduces breakage and makes color last longer.

I first heard about it a year ago when my hairstylist cousin, Anjo, insisted that if I go lighter, I HAD to use Olaplex. He said I would need it, because it would be harder to lift my color since I had been using boxed black dye to cover my grays. He even grabbed my iphone, created a new note, and wrote OLAPLEX in all caps so I wouldn’t forget. Since then, I’ve been dying to try it – and when PUREBEAUTY (Aruj Salon & Spa) at the  Dadeland Mall in Miami offered me a complimentary hair treatment in exchange for a review, I jumped at the chance.

The Olaplex system claims to permanently rebuild disulfide hair bonds, which give our hair elasticity and strength. The hair products are so unique, the company has secured 8 patents!

Christina at the salon took great care of me, and explained how the system worked. She also listened to my desires – I showed her a picture of the color that I hoped to achieve, and she said she could do it!

Olaplex No. 3 Hair PerfectorI’ve been using it once a week since then, and I’ve felt that my hair was not frizzy and flyaway like it used to be when I would get it lightened without Olaplex. So that’s already one benefit!

Does Olaplex live up to the hype? I really think so – when I saw my “after” hair, I was impressed with the color. But even more, I was impressed with how my hair felt stronger and smoother, even the weeks after when I would wash it and style it at home.

Have you ever heard of Olaplex, and are you curious to try it? Use my promo code: ANGELAHAIR to receive a FREE Olaplaex treatment with your color service at the PUREBEAUTY Salon & Spa in Miami!

Many thanks to PUREBEAUTY for providing this experience to me, and especially to Christina for making me feel beautiful!

Opinions are always my own. I was provided this complimentary experience for review, but just because it was free doesn’t mean I will lie to you about what I think – y’all know I KEEP IT REAL.  

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Magnetic lashes! 5 Tips for Applying”One Two Lash” – no glue required

Click here to watch a video of how I apply these!

Have you heard of magnetic lashes? One Two Lash is the world’s first, and they’re taking lash lovers by storm. These magnetic false eyelash extensions are super quick to apply – hence the name “One Two Lash” — and they don’t damage your natural eyelashes. I first heard about these when Allure Magazine named them one of 2016’s “Best of Beauty Breakthrough” products, so I was beyond thrilled when One Two Cosmetics offered to send me complimentary samples. I even talked about these in my WPTV “Beauty News” segment (click here to watch it), and the morning anchor was so happy to try these because she’s allergic to eyelash glue!

Information about the lashes from the One Two Cosmetics website: “Using our patent-pending micro-magnetic technology, One Two Lash sandwiches your natural lashes between two ultra-lightweight fiber strips to create a bold, dramatic lash line in seconds. And our unique, patent pending design makes lashes look long, thick, and luxurious — while looking undeniably natural. This breakthrough solution works for people of all ages, ethnicities, and fits any eye shape. Experience the One Two Lash revolution today!”

The website offers “how to,” but I’ll be honest — at first, I didn’t even read the instructions or watch the instructional video. I didn’t think that I needed to, because these were so self-explanatory — simple for me to figure out and apply. As a disclaimer, please watch the video and proceed gently and with caution, because eyes are a delicate part of your face and must be treated with care.

After I finally watched the instructional video for the “original” lash set, I learned what the microfiber cloth was actually for. I’m a photographer, so I thought, “Oh, that’s so sweet, One Two Cosmetics sent me a nice lens cleaning cloth.” 🙂 You have to go to the “how to” website for yourself to see what the cloth is REALLY supposed to be used for, LOL!

Magnetic false #eyelash extensions by @onetwolash - dramatic #lashes in seconds! Click To Tweet

I’m wearing the One Two Lash “original” on both eyes: two sets on each eye, side by side, overlapping

Here are my tips:

1. Practice first! Don’t wait until the day you want to wear them to give them a try. Seriously, watch the video. Now that I’ve watched it, I realize it really does help.

2. Curl your natural lashes, then apply mascara. Let the mascara dry before applying the lashes.

3. To apply the One Two Lash set, simply treat the two ultra-lightweight fiber strips like a sandwich — place the top lash first on your top lashes, then place the bottom lash (marked with a red dot) under your lashes.

4. Let the magnets do the work, and click together into place. BOOM! Easy false lashes in two seconds!

5. Remove them by gently and slowly shifting them apart, without pulling.

Bonus tips: For an easy and quick everyday look, apply one set of the “original” lashes on each eye. To up the drama, apply two sets of the “original” lashes on each eye, laying them out side by side. For the most dramatic impact, go for the “bold” lashes for the most voluminous eyelash look.

The best part is that I have found they don’t damage my natural lashes. It’s an easy way to create a dramatic lash line in just seconds. You can even skip mascara if you want, and forget about messy glue that takes ages to dry. This is saving me time, and also money – I used to spend a fortune in single-lash extensions — lliterally hundreds of dollars a month for several months in a row until I was fed up with the whole two-hours-long application process every 2-3 weeks. Then I tried to save money by doing lash extensions on myself at home, but I always ended up ripping out my eyelashes whenever I removed them. Lately I’ve been trying to grow my lashes with a serum, which is fine, but as a beauty blogger and a YouTuber, I want a more luscious lash look instantly for photos and videos — and the One Two Lash gives me that look.

You can purchase the One Two Lash at onetwocosmetics.com. Comment below if you’ve ever tried these, or if you are curious! I’ll try to answer your questions. Thanks for reading my review!

Opinions are always my own. I was sent these complimentary lash sets for review, but just because they were free doesn’t mean I will lie to you about what I think – y’all know I KEEP IT REAL. 🙂 

 

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