Archives for November 1, 2014

Dr Song 50% Lactic Acid Gel Peel (Professional) A Beauty Must-Have!

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I have never used a Facial Peel at home before so I have to admit that I was quite nervous to try it! But, I have been trying Dr. Song’s products and so far, I have been quite impressed. This one is no exception and does not disappoint! It didn’t irritate my skin like I was worried it might. I actually had a reaction to a Vitamin C Peel years ago, so like I said, I was quite nervous. I do recommend that you follow the directions. But, the directions really are quite simple. This product is working great on my face and actually makes the small dark spots on my face much lighter. I haven’t used it long enough to find out if it will improve my wrinkles but it just might! Each bottle contains approx. 15-20 full facial peels (30 ml/1 0z)

You can purchase Dr Song 50% Lactic Gel Peel (Professional) on Amazon.com.

More about Dr Song:

Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured natural based products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Dr Song Medical products are made in the USA and is FDA compliant and a provider of professional products that focus on natural ingredients.

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

BIG HERO 6 opening in theatres everywhere next Friday, 11/7!

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. For more information, check out www.Disney.com/BigHero6, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6, and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.

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Getting Crafty to Help Save Elephants! The Nature Conservancy

Elephant with Mt. Kilimanjaro at Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Photo Credit – © Danielle Mussman

Elegrams are a creative craft project for all ages that will help save elephants, increase awareness for African elephants, and also raise funds for The Nature Conservancy’s work to increase security for them!

About 20,000 little elephants will start their life’s journey this year – at a time when it’s never been tougher to be an elephant. That’s why we’re calling on elephant supporters like you to help us collect 20,000 images of elephants by next summer. We’re calling them “elegrams.”

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Credit: musicbyandrewholmes/The Nature Conservancy.

Crayons, cupcakes, pen doodles, yarn, paint — you can make an elegram out of almost anything. (Photos of real elephants don’t count though.)

It’s simple: Make an elegram, snap a photo, and post it to social media using the hashtag #elegram or upload your image directly to our online gallery.  

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Credit: Fletch/The Nature Conservancy.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: The Nature Conservancy.

Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart – A Wonderful Film. One of The Top Five Animated Features Of The Decade.

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This wonderful animated film, by Luc Besson’s film company tells the tale of a young boy born on the coldest day in the history of the world. Little Jack is born with his heart frozen solid. His midwife saves his life by inserting a cuckoo-clock in place of his icy heart. And now Jack will live…as long as he observes three golden rules: 1) He must never touch the hands of the clock. 2) He must master his anger. 3) He must never, ever fall in love. But fall in love he does and hence begins a journey of escape and pursuit. Based on the novel by Mathias Malzieu, this is a fantastical, wildly inventive tale of love and heartbreak. The fabulous animation is stylish and timely. The music by Dionysos is incredible. Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, comments, “As to the finest aspect of the movie – the score and songs, I would love this to be turned into a Broadway musical.” See his full review below.

 

Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart

By Willie Jones, age 15

 

I didn’t think I could love French cinema any more than I do. I’ve watched some of the best of live-action French cinema, but I’ve never seen an animated French feature (produced by Luc Besson produced, no less). Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart kindled an interest in me to watch more French cinema.

 

The beautiful thing about this movie, other than the way it looks, is its style. It is based on a rock concept album by the rock band Dionysus, so it is a musical – a feature animated musical. Simply put, Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart is the best animated feature since Toy Story 3 (not counting The Wind Rises for the sake of our mostly American readers) and it is the best musical since Sweeney Todd and Hairspray.

 

The movie has a very unique animated look. It is not quite as clay animated as Mary and Max but not as “normal looking,” per se, as Finding Nemo. It comes off as a cross between the two. I’ll admit, I am no expert in the creation of animated films but I do know what works in a film. Another aspect of the film’s look, its art direction, is quite beautiful. It is dark, mysterious and effective in its tone. Speaking of which – the tone is quite dark with an underlying feeling of loss and rejection.

 

Even the score, in its happiest moments, have a heavy feeling under the surface. Although love does find its way into the story and the objectives of the characters, loss and judgment resurface. The themes are quite adult and not appropriate for young children.

 

As to the finest aspect of the movie – the score and songs, I would love this to be turned into a Broadway musical. The style of the musical and the editing combined is reminiscent of Moulin Rouge, filled with vivacity and rapid pacing. The songs each carry their own beat and enhance the personalities of each character and its intentions. There is a mixture of ballads, rap, rock and even Latin.  I would buy the soundtrack to this movie.

 

The story itself is about a boy born with a heart so weak that falling in love would be too much for him. The movie follows his early life where he inevitably falls in love (screenwriting 101) and the strength of his heart is put to the test.

 

I have learned over the years that just because a film is animated, it’s not necessarily designed for children. Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart isn’t exactly The Grave of the Fireflies but it is not for young children either. I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18. And my rating is 5 out of 5 stars. It is a wonderful film. It is one of the top five animated features of this decade.

 

Reviewed by Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

Bronies and Fans, Take Note: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks Will Not Disappoint KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions www.kidsfirst.org

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This movie Music rules and rainbows rock as Twilight Sparkle and her pals compete for the top spot in the Canterlot High “Mane Event” talent show. This latest installment of the My Little Pony franchise does not disappoint and is perfect for your younger set as well as the die hard Brony fans. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12 comments, “It is definitely a combination of adventure with a crème of comedy and a sprinkle of excitement all rapped up in a friendship sandwich.”  Samantha A adds, “This movie teaches kids that friendship is stronger than any powers or spells. See their full reviews below and catch Gerry and Haley’s interviews with Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Will Anderson, Jamie Foxx and more at the premiere below.

 

 

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks

Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

 

What an addition to the “My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic” franchise! This film has references to the first movie, a bit of story from the last season of the show and even all the little extra characters that My Little Pony fans love!

It is definitely a combination of adventure with a crème of comedy and a sprinkle of excitement all rapped up in a friendship sandwich.

The adventure starts when a band performance is planned at Canterlot High where the kids can make bands and raise funds and three very unusual girls turn it into a super competitive battle of the bands. When they run out of things to do, Twilight’s friends from that world call to another world where Twilight is. Will they be able to come there and save them or will evil prevail?

This film is just fantastic! Hasbro was smart to include a lot of little fun things from the shows that fans adore including the beloved Derby Hooves pony who is really never part of the story, just in the background for fun. The songs are great as well. We hear not just the classic My Little Pony songs from the TV show. Instead, the music is very pop like which suits the story well. I imagine that sing-along coming to the fans shortly and being a smash hit. The show’s creators also connected to the first Equestria Girls movie which I thought was perfect.

My favorite scene is when girls are having a sleep-over at Pinkie Pie’s house. When Twilight gets out of bed and walks to the kitchen she finds Pinkie’s older sister feeding her pet boulder. I love this scene because, in the show, there is an episode where we meet this sister. So, I thought having her in the movie is a great idea and so unexpected.

This film does not have anything parents should be worried about and for extremely little kids who do not understand the ponies, they will enjoy the bright colors. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars for its original story, fantastic songs and those little characters that fans and Bronies love so much! If you want to see My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, it comes out on DVD October 28.

My Little Pony, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Samantha A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

 

 

My Little Pony, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is a movie about a group of friends (Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash, Pinky Pie, Flutter Shy, and Rarity) who battle three girls (new to the school) who use their dark magic to turn people against each other and then feed off of their negative energy. This movie teaches kids that friendship is stronger than any powers or spells.

 

I think that this movie is PERFECT for any little girl because it has singing, you get to see all of your favorite ponies (and even some new characters) AND it has a few great messages. There are three that come to mind: 1) there is no power greater than friendship, 2) never let anybody put you down and 3) always keep your head up.

 

Some of my favorite movies are animated movies because I think that it’s AMAZING how people can change their voices to sound like their characters. Sometimes they don’t even change their voices but still change the way they sound to match the characters’ expressions. Tara Strong does a great job with that when she plays the voice of Twilight Sparkle. Ashleigh Ball plays the voice of two characters, Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash. And, Andrea Libman also plays two characters, Pinkie Pie and Flutter Shy. They all are fantastic will give you yet ANOTHER reason to like this movie.

 

While this movie doesn’t teach any subjects like math, it teaches kids about teamwork, forgiveness and especially friendship. I think that this is one of the few kid’s movies that I have seen with actual role models and these role models would be all of the ponies. Even though they all have their little flaws (for example Rainbow Dash has a huge ego), they all show great personalities and each pony has a good quality that shows throughout the movie like Twilight Sparkle’s leadership skills.

 

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids 4 to 7 because it is a movie that has singing,  and a lot of little jokes that kids will love. And, the best part is that it doesn’t have any bad scenes so it is completely kid friendly. This is also a movie that most kids over the age of 7 or 8 will probably not enjoy as much as those younger than that unless, of course, you are a “My Little Pony” fan. This movie will have you singing songs and laughing all day long!

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