Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Artsy: The Babadook (2014)

When was the last time I watched a quality horror movie? I can't remember. Horror as genre is dying in Hollywood. The same formula is used over and over again and it's just not scary anymore. But last night I stumbled upon a little gem that revived my hope in a good old scary movie.

"The Babadook" is an Australian movie, directed by Jennifer Kent, starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman. So what is so special about it?

Plot Summary: 
Stressed out and depressed mother still mourning the death of her husband in a tragic accident that had happened 7 years ago. A hypersensitive, almost uncontrollable son, who is afraid of monsters in his closet and too weird for people to like him. One night they find a book called "Mister Babadook", which they decide to read. It starts as an innocent book for kids, but as a mother continues reading it, she quickly realizes that the book turns into a horror story. Her son realizes it too and even though she doesn't let him see the end of the book, he is now terrified of Babadook, whom "once you let in, you can't get rid of." Needless to say, Babadook announces his presence shortly after it. 

My Thoughts:
Sounds like a horror movie for kids? Well, that's what I thought too when I read the synopsis, but from the first minute of the movie, I realized I was wrong.
"The Babadook" doesn't follow the usual formula of Hollywood horror flick. You won't see the regular story of a haunted family with a ghost who had some tragic past, hence the reason it wants to kill everyone now. Babadook doesn't have past, I mean if you watch it attentively, you might realize what Babadook really was, but you don't even see him that much in the movie. Yet, the movie is creepy. Like psychologically-thrilling-getting-under-your-skin-and-into-your-brains creepy.
The house, the sounds, the mother and her son, the tension that grabs you by the hair from the first second and won't let go of you even after the movie ends. Oh, and did I say that the ending is nothing you'd probably predict?! Overall, this is one of the best modern day horror movies I've seen. So next time you want to feel creeped out, watch "The Babadook". 

P.S.: the acting is top-notch too, it was creepy and pleasant experience at the same time.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Healthy Tuesday: Natural Face And Body Sunscreen

Don't like to rain on nobody's parade, but sunscreens are evil to me. Packed with chemicals, which get absorbed by our skin and then get to our bloodstream, sunscreens do more harm for our bodies than provide any type of protection. With this said, I encourage you to NOT take it from me, but instead do your own research on sunscreens and decide for yourself whether you want to continue using them or not. In this post I would like to offer three natural alternatives to popular sunscreens. 
However, before fully relying on my advises, I want to point out that I have an olive skin tone, which means I tan easily and rarely get burned. Even if I do, it's usually not severe and the redness quickly turns into dark tan. So, I only speak from my own experience. And in my experience these three natural products really work.

1. Shea Butter
Raw shea butter is one of my favorite products. It comes from the shea nut tree, which grows in west and central Africa and has an amazing properties. Because it contains five essential fatty acids, shea butter provides UV protection and is also beneficial for minor burns, eczemas, arthritis,  skin irritations. It neutralizes free radicals and has anti-aging and medicinal properties. Because it's very greasy and thick, I prefer using it after the beach on already tanned body. It soothes and calms the skin.

2. Yangu Oil
Also called Beauty oil of the Maasai. The oil is said to have anti-aging properties and protects the skin from UV. I've only tried it few times from the samples, but I plan to buy the big bottle of this oil soon. I love the glow it gives my skin.

3. Coconut Oil
Also has many properties and you can do a lot of amazing things with it, including cooking, eating, putting it all over your face, body, hair and so on. 
This summer coconut oil is my number one beach oil. Last week the beach season officially started for me this year and I couldn't be any happier with my coconut oil. 
I put it on right when I get to the beach and reapply it maybe once. I even use it on my face and usually my face would get a little red first few hours before turning dark, but with coconut oil it got dark right away and it was glowing!

Have you tried any of these products as sunscreen? Did it work for you? What sunscreens do you use?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Motivation Monday: My Top 5 Pinterest Quotes

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Human Friday: Love or Career - Can I Have It All?

The other day a very successful blogger, who turned her blog into a profitable business, revealed that she decided to put her career on the back burner and focus on her Love life. From what I understand, she has been trying to find love for a while now and is at the point of her life, when love is the main priority. Interestingly enough, she is now wondering whether she can have it all. 

I believe that as a woman, I CAN have it all. And so can any of us, but timing and prioritizing is important. Until the age of 23, I was sure that career should always come first. But then something happened in my head, it’s like the switch turned into a different direction and I realized that before building a career, I want to find love. The reason behind that was not the fact that I had my share of unsuccessful love stories, but because I figured that neither career, nor money was as important to me as I thought. But love was and always is. 

Some people may be reading this now and thinking, “So cliché and so corny, what is she talking about?” Let me just say this: 
Love ultimately became a priority in my life, everything else comes second to this day. Surprisingly, once I established that love is a priority, all came together at once. Now I have love plus time and support to build the career I want for myself. 

I’m not saying this is how it’s supposed to be for everyone, but I think that once you realize what is important for you the most, it’s much easier to move forward without sacrificing a lot. When you focus on one particular thing, everything else works out on its own and, majority of the time, in your favor. 


        What is more important to you right now: Love or Career?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Artsy Thursday: Mr. Nobody (2009)


"Mr.Nobody" was looking at me every time I was browsing movies on Netflix. Yet, I passed right by it each time, because I've never even heard of it before.  One day I decided to read the synopsis, out of pure curiosity, and to my surprise it sounded really interesting. Moreover, the movie had 4.5 stars (out of total 5) rating, and Netflix reviewers are usually on point, at least for me. 

Summary:
Jared Leto plays Nemo Nobody, a 117 year-old man who is the last mortal on futuristic planet Earth, after the human race achieved immortality. 
So, he is living his last days in what looks like a hospice or hospital and trying to remember his life. 
His life, however, breaks into three periods when he was nine, fifteen and thirty-four. And each age also breaks into three periods, depending on which choice he makes back in the time when he was nine. 
At the age when Nemo was nine, his parents decided to divorce and he had to face the decision of whether he should stay with his dad, or leave the town with his mom. When he makes one decision he follows a certain path in life and has to face the consequences of his own choice. Then he goes back in time and chooses another path, which results in completely different outcome. It's unclear which one of the three shown lives Nemo Nobody really lived and which choices he really made. (My summary is very vague, because there's much more to the story)

My Thoughts:
This movie is mind blowing and.. long, but it grabbed me from the very first minute, so I didn't feel like it was dragging. It can be hard to follow the storyline at times, but as long as you realize that the movie is about "The Butterfly Effect" and how one little choice has the universal consequences, it all makes sense. Ultimately, all three choices Nemo Nobody makes in the movie come down to the one common goal - the search for happiness/love. 
The whole idea of the movie is that anything is possible in the universe until you make a choice, then you have to live with each choice you make, because your life changes with every action and decision. And I think it's brilliant. I also thought the movie was great and super underrated. I can't even believe I've never heard of it before. 
Couple more words about Jared Leto. The only movie I remember him in was "Fight Club" and that gruesome scene. If you watched the movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Then, I saw him getting an Oscar this year and getting all this extra attention, so "Mr.Nobody" completely reintroduced Jared Leto as an actor to me. I'm definitely going to check out more of his movies in the future.