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Sights and Sounds #30

by Jamie Sanford on December 5, 2011

Sights and Sounds #30

Videos and whatnot!

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  • I can go on binges where I watch a ton of beauty videos on YouTube.  My latest find is ItsRoseRoma.

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This is her video on the perfect beginner kit for getting into serious makeup application.

Let’s close this out with some wisdom from the amazing RuPaul.

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The Twilight Saga Films (so far) (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 5, 2011

70. Twilight (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon Instant Video)
71. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon Instant Video)
72. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Twilight:

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Here is the trailer for The Twilight Saga: New Moon:

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Here is the trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:

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(Spoiler alert!) It doesn’t take long to find out that I’m a Twilight fan.  I wrote the series off as silly kid stuff, and then saw that trailer for Twilight while at the movies, and I thought “ooh that Edward is hot.”

(Also, this scene in the restaurant is my favorite in Twilight.)

I bought a paperback of the first book the next day and got sucked into the vortex, and came out on the other side as a bit of a Twi-hard.  I love it.

So I went to see Twilight and was sort of disappointed.  Everything seemed OK, but the pacing felt really odd.  I saw it again and it felt better, but I knew that my mind was filling things in.  Anyway, the story is this. Bella is a normal human girl, she meets vampire Edward during science class. Her blood is super yummy to him so the fact that they are attracted to each other is very tricky.  They fall in love, drama ensues with some other vampires.

Click here to buy Twilight on DVD from Amazon for $11.55.

New Moon is my least favorite book in the series, because I am so Team Edward and he is gone a lot.  Bella gets a paper cut at her birthday party and Edward’s brother Jasper tries to kill her.  Edward snaps and decides that Bella will never be safe around him and the others and convinces his family to drop off of the face of the planet, leaving Bella heartbroken.  It is incredibly depressing, and I give Kristen Stewart props, because she plays Bella’s desperation really well.  The movie is about her relationship with her friend Jacob developing, but he’s just creepy and should go away.  Bella eventually goes cliff jumping, which causes some confusion that ends up with Bella and Edward’s sister Alice going to Italy to save Edward from essentially committing suicide.  At the very end of the film, Edward asks Bella to marry him.

Click here to buy New Moon on DVD from Amazon for $14.89.

Eclipse has been the best of the Twilight Saga movies so far.  Finally, Edward and Bella get a bit of a break and get to be cute and in love, while Edward is still trying to get Bella to agree to marriage.  Bella’s Dad is upset that Edward is back because he hurt Bella during the last movie, and Jacob is really upset because his chances with Bella are shot.  In the drama department, a vampire that appeared in the first movie is back and is creating baby vampires to start some shit with the Cullens, specifically in order to get to Bella and kill her.  Vampires and Jacob’s pack of shape-shifting giant wolves unite and fight the baby vampires, and naturally, everything turns out OK.  Bella kisses Jacob at a moment when he’s being a little bitch and threatens to get killed in aforementioned battle with baby vampires, but it doesn’t change anything because Edward is still totally hotter.

Click here to buy Eclipse on DVD from Amazon for $11.55.

So, that’s my snarky recap of The Twilight Saga movies so far. I chose to write about them now, because Breaking Dawn: Part 1 comes out on November 18th, and tickets are on sale now!

Will you be seeing Breaking Dawn: Part 1?

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Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools

by Jamie Sanford on September 9, 2011

Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools

There have been some interesting product connections with the films in The Twilight Saga.  I will admit to having purchased Twilight Lip Venom that was blood red and tinted my lips while making them all tingly.

This was not the result of the Lip Venom, much to my dismay.

Anyway, I think it’s pretty funny that there is an upcoming group of beauty tools from PRO inspired by the hairstyles in the films of The Twilight saga, since the fandom has talked a LOT of smack about the hair in the films.  (Me included – there have been some hot messes in there over the years.)

Anyway, here’s a little look at what they have coming up.  Note that all images are from this gallery on Instyle.com.

For $29, you can style an Edward-rific bouffant.

WTF. Her hair isn’t even curly in this photo. Can I just talk about that for a minute? I REALLY hate it when a hair tutorial makes you curl all of your hair for a final look that isn’t curly at all. I know I am wrong in feeling this way because there is a process, blah blah blah, but still.  I just want to do 2 steps and have amazing hair.

Oh, right, the Twilight Collection by PRO curling iron will be available for $25.

See! Rosalie there has some curls, and we have the Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools version of the infamous Caruso Molecular Hairsetter.  I know that some of you remember that infomercial that was on ALL THE TIME, and I loved it. If this PRO version works as well, it would be well worth the $30.  I’d love to try out the Twilight Sparkle Ionic Steam Hairsetter since I don’t have my steam rollers anymore.

The rest of the products in the Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools can be seen here on InStyle.com.  They will all be available starting October 1 in Walmart, Kmart and Best Buy.

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Harry Potter Films 1-3 (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 15, 2011

36. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
37. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
38. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

We meet  Harry Potter, “the boy who lived,” (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and watch him going through his introduction to the magical world and his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He meets Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) and they become fast friends. He learns of why he is “the boy who lived” and faces off against a weak “he who must not be named,” AKA Lord Voldemort.  In this film, Voldemort is trying to resurrect himself utilizing, you guessed it, the Sorcerer’s Stone.

I love this movie because as soon as I watched it, I was totally in.  You are fully encased in the magical world while watching this film, when Harry goes to Diagon Alley for the first time with Hagrid, it’s, you guessed it, magical.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

It’s year 2 at Hogwarts and Harry is the first to discover a message from the “heir of Slytherin.” A dangerous creature is terrorizing the school and turning students and the like into petrified objects. Naturally, this event is also tied to Voldemort, and another attempt of his to return to his former level of power.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

We meet back up with Harry after a time spent with his aunt and uncle and his unfortunate cousin.  (We also meet up with Harry after a growth spurt – this is where the actors started being older than their characters.) Harry accidentally casts a spell on a rude family member and ends up on a magical bus that takes him to the more magical parts of London.  We find out that the big story is that a man named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban, the magical prison.  Harry is told not to go looking for Sirius Black, and he is confused.  Harry eventually finds out that Sirius Black played a big part in the life and death of his parents, and so eventually, Harry confronts Sirius.  I’m not spoiling anything!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.49.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.99.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.88.

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The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

by Jamie Sanford on May 17, 2011

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is now available after a very long wait by Twilight fans around the world.

As many of you know, I am into Twilight.  Even though after being exposed to some Twilight fan fiction, I think I might like that better.

I picked up Twilight after seeing the trailer for the movie and thinking that Robert Pattinson was hot.  I had previously been a Buffy/Angel watcher and so enjoyed some vampires, so it was a natural progression.  I bought a cheap paperback copy of Twilight and started reading.  About a day later, I was completely sucked into the vortex that so many have fallen into as well.  I was out buying New Moon almost immediately, only to then find out that Eclipse and Breaking Dawn were only in hardcover! Luckily, my husband indulged me and bought me the Twilight box set containing all of the books.  I plowed through the rest quickly, only stopping to occasionally sleep, go to work, and text my friend Christina about how I felt about the major plot points.

Anyway, this Twilight Official Guide was already in the works before the first movie even came out.  However, it got pushed back and pushed back and I guess it is OK.  This book is packed full of information about all of the major characters in the series, it has a plot synopsis, illustrations from the artist who did the Twilight graphic novel, etc.  With another 6 months to wait before Breaking Dawn: Part 1, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide will keep a fan busy for at least a few days.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is available from Amazon for $13.88.

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