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Disney's "Into the Woods" Movie Review

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 12/25/2014
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I was provided with two press passes to view this movie for review purposes.
All opinions are 100% my own!

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

My Thoughts:
So, I am probably going to be in a small minority to review this in a not so favorable light. First off, if you don't like musicals you are definitely not going to enjoy this movie because singing is pretty much done throughout the entire movie. Now, I like musicals especially Mamma Mia and didn't mind the singing in this movie. Some of it is kind of catchy and got stuck in my head. The issue I had with it is that I found it to be far too drawn out story wise which made it extremely boring to watch.

After an hour into the movie we had to do a potty break to which I checked the time and was surprised that it had only been an hour because it had honestly felt like a lot more time had passed. Then once we got back and the movie got to a point that I believed it to be over only to be shown wrong and that it had about another half an hour to go. I kind of just slumped in my chair and carried on watching.

The movie is cute, funny at times and had some pretty decent looking computer graphics in it but the storyline was just too drawn out with uneventful scenes for my liking. The two princes acting very over the top while they sang in the river was quite possibly my favorite part of the movie. It was funny in a stupid funny kind of way and of course the actor Chris Pine played Prince Charming which might have something to do with my liking that scene. lol.

If you've seen the movie since I would love to know what you thought of it in the comments below.

New Years Party Look #1

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 12/18/2014
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New Years Eve. A time to let loose for the last night of the year before you begin working on the newly set resolutions for the year ahead. I rather love going to New Years Parties and  celebrating the last few hours of the year with some of my friends. Although, being single I could totally do without the kiss at midnight that reminds me just how single I am. But getting all glammed up and looking pretty top notch for the night is totally worth it. So since I love getting all dressed up I thought why not create a couple outfits that I would actually wear out and how I would style them makeup and hair wise. This gorgeous red dress shall be my first to share.

The Outfit!

Dress: I absolutely love this embellished skater dress but then red is one of my favorite colors, especially to when it comes to clothing. The sequin and gold bead detailing around the collar adds pizzazz and glams up the dress to a chic level.

Belt: Personally, I wouldn't wear this particular belt from Saint Laurent because of the $$$ price tag on it but it gives you the generalized idea of what I am going for here. Adding the belt hides the seam around the middle and it also accentuates the waistline which is really nice. Be sure to go with all black because a belt with metal bits, especially silver, would clash with the gold detailing. In my opinion at least.

Heels: These peep-toe wedge heels from Guess with the side cutouts are super freaking cute/sexy. I absolutely love them. The wedge takes off some of the strain on the arch of the foot so your feet won't be dying too badly by the end of the night and the tie in nicely with the dress after adding the thing black belt.


Clutch: Can we just talk about how sparkly this clutch from Jane Taylor is. I'm not much of a gold accessories person but I absolutely love this and how beautiful I find it. It could have something to do with the fact that it is covered in rhinestones and is super freaking sparkly and I love anything that is either sparkly or glittery. This clutch takes this dress over the top which on New Years I think it is totally called for. You could even use this clutch with a not so chic/glam outfit, say an all black one and take it from drab to fab.

Earrings: The earrings I had a really hard time picking something out to go along with this outfit. Everything I liked was silver but when I found these red drop earrings they looked as if they would go nicely with this dress. But honestly I think by the time I was done getting ready and putting my earrings on I would probably end up going with some kind of all black or gold studs.

I kept the accessories simple with this outfit since there is already a lot going on. No bracelets or a necklace but I would have on the rings that I wear on a daily basis. And for nails I would just do something simple like a french manicure or maybe a glitter polish.


My hair is to my chin currently but whether your hair is long or short I would do some kind of textured or curly updo. Add some curls and texturize spray and then pin everything up nicely so you can see the texture to the hair while still framing the face nicely. I definitely would not pull the hair all the way back away from the face.


If you're going out dancing or just going to be out for hours then a primer will be your best friend to keep your foundation from sliding around your face throughout the night. For eyes I would do a simple neutral look with a bit of shimmer to it and definitely a winged liner and lots of mascara and probably some false lashes. I'd go with a light pink blush and apply it lightly or maybe opt it out and just apply some bronzer and of course a highlighter to amp up the cheekbones. Lips I would definitely do a bold red lip. It's a New Years party so why not. Just be sure to line and fill the lips in with a lip liner before applying the lipstick so it will last longer throughout the night.

One party outfit down and I'll be back with another one or two. What did you think of this one? Would you style this dress differently and if so how would you style it?

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Toners | What are they & why do I need one?

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 12/13/2014
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Like I mention in the video, I've seen so many videos of people talking about why they like a certain toner and how it worked so well but I haven't seen a single person talk about what a toner is, the different types of toners and what skin types would benefit from the different ones and why you should tone after cleansing. So I thought it would be beneficial for others if I made a video specifically about toners and answering the main questions that I had about them.

Thank you so much for watching and I hope you find this video helpful in understanding toners a little bit more.  

Ethel M's Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 12/10/2014
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If you didn't know already, we have an Ethel M's chocolate factory here in Las Vegas (well it's technically in Henderson) which is pretty cool. And outside of the factory there is a cactus garden that you can walk around for free and check out all of the different varieties of cactuses that is there and there are quite a few. During Christmas they completely decorate the cactus garden into a beautiful place full of lights and decorations. Me being twinkling trees and having my obsession with them I absolutely love going there. It's absolutely beautiful and who can beat something free, pretty and fun to do. We went the other night and I just thought that I would share some of the video that I taped from it. It is a bit wobbly from my walking and filming but it's still pretty and my son talking about halfway through is by far my favorite part. Can you guess why?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 11/27/2014
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I just wanted to pop in quickly and wish each and everyone of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a wonderful day and get to enjoy some of the things and people that you are thankful for. Among many things, I am thankful for each and everyone of you, my readers. I enjoy interacting with you through the comments and sharing the many things that I blog about with all of you. And if you're going Black Friday shopping tonight please be safe since it's always a mad house out there.

Happy Thanksgiving my twinkling friends!