Archives for December 13, 2014

Emily Blunt & Anna Kendrick Their “Into the Woods” Premiere Looks!


Emily Blunt

World Premiere of “Into the Woods”

December 8, 2014, New York

Look by Jenn Streicher for Laura Mercier

Makeup artist Jenn Streicher created an “alluring and sophisticated” makeup look for actress Emily Blunt at the premiere of “Into the Woods” in New York.  She was inspired by Blunt’s Dolce & Gabbana statement dress, and paired it with a “bold, sexy lip and elegant eye flick.”



FACE: Flawless Complexion

·         Streicher “properly hydrated” Blunt’s skin using RéVive Intensité Moisture Serum Extrême Complete Hydration, $365. She then followed with Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum.

·         Next, she applied Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Natural, $43 and blended in the shade with a damp BeautyBlender sponge to give the skin a soft hint of colour.

·         She then dabbed Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in #1.5, $24 just under the eye area and as need to even out Blunt’s skin tone.

·         Lastly, Streicher set the look with Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, $37 to ensure it looked flawless through the premiere.



EYES: An Elegant Eye Flick

·         Streicher first applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold, $28 over the majority of the lids. She then used Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst, $28 along the lash line.

·         To create the “elegant flick,” she applied Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir, $24 along the lash line.

·         Streicher swept on multiple coats of black mascara to Emily’s lashes to add the final touch of glamour.



LIPS: Bold, Gorgeous Lips   

·         To create Blunt’s “gorgeous lip,” Streicher first applied Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Plumberry, $27 as a base.

·         She then used Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Ruby, $23 to deepen the ends.

·         Finally, Streicher applied Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Hollywood, $27 to the center of the lips to create an ombré look and provide a “pop of color.”

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Anna Kendrick

World Premiere of “Into the Woods”

December 8, 2014, New York

Look by Sara Glick for Laura Mercier

Makeup artist Sara Glick created a makeup look evocative of a “modern day Cinderella” for actress Anna Kendrick at the premiere of “Into the Woods.”  The look was “clean and fresh, with a touch of youthful sophistication.”  She added a hint of colour to Kendrick’s final look by applying plum and eggplant hues to highlight her eyes.



FACE: Natural Complexion Paired with Rosy Pinks



EYES: Smokey Eye Using Pearlescent Taupe and Plum Hues

  • Glick created a glamourous smokey eye, without overpowering the full look by using three shades ofLaura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, $28. First, she applied Seashell on the inner corners, top and bottom. Next, she used Rosegold on the lids and bottom lash line, and finally Plum for the crease and outer lash line.
  • Adding additional fullness to Kendrick’s lashes, she drew a fine line across the top lash line by applyingLaura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir, $24 with an angled brush, making sure to fill in the top waterline.
  • Next, Glick applied three to four coats of BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black to the top lashes and one coat to the bottom.
  • She kept Kendrick’s brows natural, filling in with the Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde, $22.



LIPS: Pink and Peachy Lips


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Credit: Laura Mercier.

Exodus: Gods And Kings – Grand! Truly The Most Epic Version Of The Story Of Moses


Ridley Scott has created quite an extraordinary adventure based on the Biblical story of Moses rising up against the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses and setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Ben Kingsley, this film tells how one man’s daring courage took on a mighty empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D imagery, Scott brings new life to this classic story. KIDS FIRST! Critics Gerry O. comments, “Exodus: Gods and Kings is a masterpiece that everybody should watch. This film combines a story about religion with a sense of history, while still having a touch of action, suspense and even a perfect sprinkle of romance.”  Keefer B. adds, “The landscape of this film is colossal! If you get a chance, watch this on the big screen. Some of you will wait and watch it on you phone or laptop but that does the film a huge disservice. Whether its 3D or not, it’s amazing when watching Eygpt being built with swarms of people.” See their full reviews below.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 12

Not only does this film teach you about one of the most important things in Jewish history, it tells one of the greatest stories history has to offer. Exodus: Gods and Kings is a masterpiece that everybody should watch.

This film combines a story about religion with a sense of history, while still having a touch of action, suspense and even a perfect sprinkle of romance.

This movie is about an Egyptian prince named Moses that gets exiled from Egypt when it is discovered that Moses is Hebrew (Jewish). After surviving through a long travel, he starts a new life, gets married and has a child. One day, he climbs a mountain that is known as God’s mountain, where he gets knocked out and has an encounter with God who tells him to go to Egypt and free his people – the Jewish slaves, and take them back to the promise land.

This movie is stupendous! Of course it will appeal to Jewish people for this is a very big part of Jewish history, but I recommend this film for everybody. This tells a truly remarkable story about one man freeing four hundred thousand slaves from the Egyptian Empire with the help of what he believes to be God. While this is a whopping two hour long film, I didn’t want it to end. This story is one that requires time to tell it and is truly inspiring. On a personal note, as a Jew, this film helped me understand my culture better and, in a way, to live through this journey with the characters. This film makes me want to do more and find out more about this part of history.

My favorite scene is when Moses climbs this mountain that is known to be God’s and, after getting knocked out when rocks fall on him, he wakes up to a bush on fire. A boy that turns out to be God is standing in front of him, building a small pyramid out of little stone cubes and telling Moses to free his people, implying free the Jewish people from Egypt.

This movie is very mature. It takes a look at a very violent time in history. So, I would recommend it to ages 13 to 18. I also give it 5 out 5 stars for fantastic acting, directing, producing and breath-taking backgrounds and sets. If you have a chance to see this film in 3D, I strongly recommend it because the quality of the film is absolutely breathtaking. I hope that creators will continue with the rest of the books that are offered by Torah.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Reviewed by Keefer C.B.

Grand! Truly the most epic version of this story. Moses( Christian Bale) goes through a journey of faith to set the slaves of Eygpt free from Pharaoh Rhamses (Joel Edgerton).

The actors in this film are superb. From Edgerton’s portrayal of arrogant Rhamese to Ben Kingsley’s portrayal as the wise and spiritual Nun. Every character has a distinct identity, especially my favorite character, Moses who goes through dynamic changes in this film thanks to an outstanding performance by Bale.

The landscape of this film is colossal! If you get a chance, watch this on the big screen. Some of you will wait and watch it on you phone or laptop but that does the film a huge disservice. Whether its 3D or not, it’s amazing when watching Eygpt being built with swarms of people. The desert locations they chose set the tone of the film. The most monumental scene is when the slaves walk through the Red Sea. It’s a race against time and tide that keeps you on the edge of you seat.

The story focus is on Moses’ relationship with a higher power. Some of the best scene are him talking or arguing with God, who is portrayed as a little boy (Isaac Andrews). However, in the film this character is identified as Malak which is the Hebrew term for Angel. This raises questions, “Is he talking to God? Is Moses imagining these conversations? Could it be that the boy he is talking to represents himself?” Not only does this show how extraordinary the storytelling is, it also results in the audience coming to their own conclusions. That shows that you don’t have to believe in a specific religion to enjoy this film. Which is an ambitious move on the director’s part, but I’m glad they did it.

My favorite scene is the last conversation Moses has with Malak. This is when Moses write down the Ten Commandments. I adore this scene because it’s a reflection of the journey that Moses went on. And, this is another great scene between Bale and Andrews.

The message of this story is, “how far will you go for your faith.” God has had enough of seeing his people suffer so he sends nine plagues to make Rhamese let his people go. Rhamese retaliates by killing more Hebrews. There is so much death. It leads to one to side with doing something even worse. By the end, one side wins but, when you really think about it, how many people died to get there?

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 14 through 18-year-olds. This film contains extremely brutal images that most young kids won’t be able to handle. It’s necessary because the story focuses on showing the inhumanity of slavery. Other than that, check out this epic film in theaters December 12.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,

Free Apps to Ease Holiday Shopping Stress Playing “Secret Santa”: Three Apps to Ease Shopping Stress

Make Your List

  • Target’s Wish List: Help your kids create holiday wish lists in a fun and modern way. Built like a registry, this app also creates an easy way for parents to see, manage and share their kids’ wish lists with friends and family. Users can select from hundreds of must-have items, including toys, sporting goods, electronics, entertainment and more. Available on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices or print them on the registry kiosks in Target stores.


Check it Twice

  • Skype Qik: Feel confident that you’ve chosen the right gift by getting instant feedback from your closest family and friends. Available for download on all iOS, Windows and Android operating phones, Skype Qik lets you take up to 40 seconds of video to share in private group messages. It’s the only way to ensure there’s no paper or email trail left behind for a young snooper to dig up! Plus, you’ll ensure no one in the family buys any child a duplicate gift.


Get the Best Price

  • The Find: You’ve determined what gifts to purchase. Now ensure you’re getting the best price. Search over 500,000 stores and products at their lowest prices from the palm of your hand.  You can even scan items while you’re in the store to check price-matching policies and instantly see where you can find the item for less. TheFind keeps track of receipts, shipment status, as well as each store’s return policy.


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Credit: Target, Skype and The Find.

Charity Bake Sale Activity Kit “Takes The Cake” and Wins Santa Choice Award! Now Available for Holiday Gift-Giving "I've seen it all over the years, but I've never seen anything like this Charity Bake Sale Activity Kit. I want every child to get one for Christmas." Mrs. Claus


Want to help your kids hold a Bake Sale this holiday season to support a cause they love, but don’t know how or where to start?  This holiday season be sure to give the kids and teens on your list the gift that celebrates the spirit of giving: the Charity Bake Sale Activity Kit from Bizainy®, which just won the Santa Choice Award from Marriah Media (


Bizainy Activity Kits encourage families to share great memories and make a big difference for those in need.  AND, giving feels GREAT for everyone involved.

According to Santa Choice Awards, “This is the perfect gift for those who want to make a difference!”


Bizainy makes it easier than ever to hold a bake sale with Charity Bake Sale ActivityKit, which also won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award and a Parents’ Choice Recommendation.  Available for SRP $29.99 each kit includes hands-on essentials including:  a banner, signs, decorate-your-own money box, a sales pad, donor stickers and a 24 page book with book with recipes, marketing plan, how to select and support your cause, and more.


Bizainy Founder and CEO Carolyn Stone Enenstein says, “Instilling the value of helping those in need is very magical and Charity Bake Sale helps kids and teens realize that their actions are significant – and that they can make a huge impact.  By spreading joy, awareness and making lives brighter, they just might influence others to take action too.”

Bizainy also produces Lemonade Stand Activity Kit and Babysitting Activity Kit with more kits to be released in early 2015.  Bizainy Activity Kits are available for purchase


Self Disclosure: No compensation or product received. I have reviewed this product in the past and recommend as a holiday gift suggestion. Credit: Bizainy®