Friday, February 28

The 86th Annual Academy Awards!

It’s Oscar season, and as always, I’m incredibly eager to see what happens (of course that includes the red carpet as well). I'm excited about the host this year too. Ellen is always so much fun, and I'm sure that she'll be entertaining. To be honest, I haven't seen many of these films this year. Life has just been really busy for me lately, and I haven't had time for much movie watch. Despite that, I still have my favorite actors and artists, so it would be nice to see them take home some awards.

EDIT: Wow, that was a good show. Jared Leto and his winning speech truly made my night. I'm so glad that he won. It's inspiring that he's so humble, and it makes me want to keep reaching for the stars and following my dreams. Also, the beautiful Lupita Nyong'o had such lovely words to share as well. She surely deserved her award, and it was nice to see something so heart-felt.

Here's what I would like to see win (actual winner marked in green):

Best Picture
Her
Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, and Vincent Landay

Actress in a Leading Role 
Amy Adams
American Hustle

Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto
Dallas Buyers Club

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence
American Hustle

Animated Feature Film
Frozen
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Peter Del Vecho

Costume Design
The Great Gatsby
Catherine Martin

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Lone Ranger
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Production Design
The Great Gatsby
Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn

Sound Editing
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Brent Burge and Chris Ward

Sound Mixing
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, and Tony Johnson

Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric Reynolds

Writing
Before Midnight
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke


So let's see what unfolds! Cheers and happy Oscars watching everyone.
~Claudia

Tuesday, February 18

Late to the Dance Party: Dance Center 2 Review

Club can't handle Kitty!

Woooo! I spent a good week dancin', and it was awesome. I had forgotten how fun it is to play Kinect games, so I wanted to bust out my copy of Dance Central 2 to mix up my workouts a bit. Then I got on a role and I even rearranged the living room for it! When I was in Michigan I went dancing with my sisters and had so much fun. I went all night long, it reminded me of how much I love it, how much energy I have, and I even pulled some moves from Dance Central when I was out there. So yeah, it was awesome to get my dance on!


Here are some thoughts about the game:

Pros

- It's very assessable compared to the first game. This one was super easy to beat, and it has a nice balance. There's something for everyone, and ranges from hardcore to easy party modes.

- Love the multiplayer option! That is a huge improvement over the first one.

- The new characters and costumes are fun. I like the dance team concept as well. I still play as Miss Aubrey, but I miss Oblio! I heard he's back in 3.

- The interface has been improved a lot, and it's a welcomed change. It's easy to understand and interact with, so that makes dancing more straightforward.

- The improved Kinect dancer icon is a huge help. In the first game, the player is just one big ghostly blob, in comparison to this one that has distinct features and appendages.

- It's fun to master songs, and break them down. This version is much improved over the first game, and I like how I only have to focus on individual moves that need more practice. It's great feeling like I'm learning a skill that I can use, so that I can rock out on a real dance floor.

- This is a great, and fun, way to workout. I get my heart rate up, strengthen muscles, and love being immersed in a song. Fitness at it's awesomest! 

- The game came with free Microsoft points for song downloads. Which is cool, but I'm probably going to save them for now. 


Cons

- The Kinect still has problems with registering all moves correctly. Sometimes I'm so on, and don't get the points, and then other times I'm ridiculously flailing around and get it. Weird!

- The side angles mess with me. I know that it's fun to mix up camera angles, but when it goes to the side, I typically can't see the body placement correctly and fail the move.

- The playlist is not my cup of tea compared to the first, but maybe I just have to get use to it like the first set of songs. There are some really awesome gems though.


Yeah, so if you like to dance, this is the game for you. Or if you like to have fun playing multiplayer and seeing others act ridiculous, it will make for a fabulous party event.

Cheers and happy gaming,
~Claudia

Tuesday, February 11

DIY Beauty: Rough Skin and Callus Remover

This is an awesome trick for those cold winter months when skin is dry, or in my case, callused elbows and palms from pull-ups and planks. It's a natural quick fix to the problem, and gets rid of dry build up faster than just exfoliating and moisturizing.

Take a slice of lemon and rub it over the winter-roughened spots. Leave it there for five minutes, and then rinse it off with cold water. Do this every morning until the dry area is soft again. After just one treatment, the ashy skin will start to flake off because the acid in the lemon will help loosen dead skin cells. This is great for knees and feet as well, and will even lighten dark spots. So obviously this is wonderful for big events where a little skin will be shown, or just in time to take care of those dark ashy problem areas before wearing shorts and bathing suits when the weather gets warmer.

Lastly, just be cautious not to get the lemon on clothing. Lemon juice has acetic acid in it and acts like a bleaching agent, especially when it's exposed to light. So if you get some on your clothes, no worries. It won't bleach them right away, but wash it off as soon as possible.

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.
~Claudia

Thursday, February 6

Harry Potter Stamps

Aren't these great! Ah, makes me nostalgic.

In honor of JK Rowling breaking the Internet a few days ago with the Harry and Hermione news, I thought that it's time to share my awesome Harry Potter stamps with you. They're just too fun to keep to myself.

Cheers,
~Claudia

Tuesday, February 4

Look of the Month :: Winter 2014 :: February

It's so cold out right now. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes not so much. This is the last month of winter and it always seems the longest despite the fact that it's the shortest. So to honor it I wanted to do one more frosty digital face chart. This makeup look reflects the chilly weather, and also makes for a nice monochromatic look for silver hair. Stay warm out there, and have a fantastic month! 

The current look is:
F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 4


Color inspiration:
Charcoal, dove grey, nude, black, and sterling silver

Current motivation for the look:
 The cold, silver hair, and simplicity


Previous Looks this Year:

J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 4

Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

 xoxo,
~Claudia

Monday, February 3

Final Fantasy XII Fran Cosplay Update: Bodysuit

I've added more to the Bodysuit Section of my Fran cosplay!
Please feel free to leave all comments and questions that you have there on the page.

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