My Most Rewatched: Action Movies

Who doesn’t love a good movie?
When I started writing this post, I was going to list all of my favorite movies to rewatch in a bunch of different genres. As I continued to add movies to the list, I discovered that there were way too many to put in one post.
So, welcome to part one of the My Most Rewatched.
Action/drama is one of my favorite genres, but the number of ones I would willingly rewatch is very small. Today I’m sharing my favorite action-based movies; some of these are action comedies, and some are more on the mystery-thriller side of things.

 

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) PG-13

Rated for action, mild language, and thematic elements

In the early 1960s, C.I.A. agent Napoleon Solo and K.G.B. operative Illya Kuryakin engage in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. While also protecting Gabby Teller, the daughter of the scientist in charge of the nuclear experiments.

Henry Cavill(Solo), Armie Hammer(Kuryakin), Alicia Vikander(Teller), make a fantastic trio in this spy action-comedy. It has everything, implausible action scenes, great music, subtle comedy, and fabulous costumes. While the movie is based on the show that ran from 1964-1968, it is very loosely related, but much like its predecessor, it has a distinct James Bond vibe.
The main thing I love about it is that it’s just a blast.

 

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39 Steps (2008) P.G.

Richard Hannay is caught up in a deadly conspiracy a member of the British Secret Service barges into his flat. Soon German spies arrive, kill the man and flee the scene, leaving Hannay to take the rap. Hannay struggles on the run to decipher a coded message left behind, hoping to complete the man’s mission. That not only threatens his life but the safety of Great Britain. As Hannay attempts to unravel the mystery and save his country from attack, he forges an unlikely alliance with a feisty suffragette.

Starring Rupert Penry-Jones(Hannay) and Lydia Leonard(Victoria Sinclair) This is a Mystery/ Thriller, based on a novel by John Buchan published in 1915. This movie is a classic, in my opinion. There is plenty of dry humor, and the characters are relatable. It has suspense, romance, and some great plot twists.

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Murder On The Orient Express (2017) PG-13 

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, Hercule Poirot interrogates all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

What can I say? This movie is a masterpiece; seeing it in theaters was so fun because the visual is incredible. The cast is fantastic too, Kenneth Branagh, a new spin on Poirot, and I love it.

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) PG-13

Rated for action, mild language, and thematic elements

Blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt, the team are forced to go “off the grid,” They must somehow clear the agency’s name and prevent another attack.

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Mission Impossible Rough Nation (2015) PG-13

Rated for action, mild language, and thematic elements

With the I.M.F. now disbanded and Ethan Hunt out in the cold, a new threat called the Syndicate soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks.

These movies are crazy and implausible, but so much fun. They will definitely leave you wondering how on earth is Tom Cruise still alive, also, has there been a Mission Impossible that the team wasn’t disavowed?

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Master and Commander: Far Side of the World (2003)PG-13 

Rated for violence, brief language

In 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey(Russell Crowe) was ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. His trusted friend, the ship’s scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), dreams of a scientific expedition to the Galápagos Islands.

Fun fact about me, I adore seafaring movies.
It has been a few years since I have rewatched this one, but it is so good! You instantly fall in love and root for the characters, and there are epic battles, sweeping ocean shoots plenty. I would say it is pretty realistic for ocean warfare of the day, so it is violent; if you have problems with amputations and people doing surgery on themselves, this may not be for you.

 

There are definitely more that I love, but these are the six that came to mind immediately.

What are some of your favorite Action movies?

 

Speak Kindly to Yourself   9 Ways I’m Coping with Quarantine.  Travel Journal: Wandering Ireland

Speak Kindly to Yourself

We have all been spending a little more time in our own company lately, and this has caused me to do a lot more wandering through my thoughts and developing thoughts that I would typically brush past.

One of the things I have been thinking a lot lately about perspective, especially when it comes to how we speak to ourselves.

 

“You shouldn’t bother talking; you don’t have anything of value to bring to the conversation.”

“You need to need to act differently because people aren’t going to like your natural personality.”

“You aren’t smart enough for that.”

“Don’t tell people about that; they might disapprove and judge you.”

“You have to do this whether you want to or not because everyone expects it.”

 

Do any or all of these sound familiar?
Unless you are a total narcissist, you have probably said these or something similar to yourself at one time or another.
Okay, so now I want you to think of one of the people you love most and imagine yourself saying all of these to them with the same tone you tell them to ourselves.
Would you feel pretty awful, right?

So, if you wouldn’t say it to someone you love and respect, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU SAY IT TO YOURSELF!!!

I firmly believe that nobody’s words can hurt you like your own. You wouldn’t want to hang around a person who said these things to you, and who is the one person you are with the most?
Self-love, self-respect, and self-acceptance are essential things, but they often get lost in the craziness of life.

So please remember to;

Love who you are and who you are going to be.

Respect your opinion and your value.

Accept who you used to be and that you are imperfect and will make mistakes. But those mistakes don’t define you as long as you are doing your best to be the best version of you.

Let’s face it, life isn’t all sunshine and roses all of the time, and there will always be negative influences, so let’s try to make our minds a positive space of kindness and peace, both for our own sake, and those we care about.

Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.
I hope you all have a fantastic week.

9 Ways I’m Coping with Quarantine

How is everyone fairing these days?
I am currently sitting in on my front deck in the sun, eating popcorn, and drinking coffee. So I guess life is going pretty well.

We are on quarantine day… I don’t even know anymore, and I may or may not have fallen down a Weird Al wormhole. Well, everyone has their own way of coping.

Here are some of the things I have been doing to keep myself busy and sane.

Getting ready for the day!

Admittedly, I have been sleeping in more than I would normally, but I am going to be getting a handle on that her soon.
I think the majority of us makeup wearers could do to let our skin rest a bit more, but it’s important to feel pulled together, so do whatever works for you.
Lately, I have just been filling in my brows and putting on some red lipstick, which always puts me in a good mood. And yes, I have been wearing yoga pants every day, but I put on a nice shirt.

Eating Healthily!

Healthyish, let’s not get crazy.
Two months ago, I made a few dietary changes, going off of the biggest fibromyalgia trigger foods. Removing dairy, gluten, eggs, red meat, anything in the nightshade family altogether, and cutting back on sugar.
When boredom starts to sneak in, it’s very tempting to eat every snack you have, so make sure you have some good things to snack on.

Not watching TV during the day!

Very tempting and fun occasionally. I tend to watch a youtube video of three while I am doing my morning routine. Still, I’m trying not to watch anything significant before late afternoon.

Keeping in touch with my people!

Being a professional introvert, staying home has never been a problem for me, but I do miss my people sometimes. I have become very thankful for Zoom, FaceTime, for keeping me connected with my friends.

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Reading more!

I just finished a Tale of Two Cities, and a mystery by Charles Todd call The Murder Stone. Now I’m rereading Much Ado About Nothing because it’s one of the best things Shakespeare ever wrote. I’m also halfway through Escape The Woods, which is written by fellow New England blogger Gabriella Cathrine.
Avoiding online shopping!

Hahaha.
I’ve actually done okay with this, everything I’ve ordered I actually needed…I swear.

Painting My nails!

Having something bright and cheerful to look down at is always a mood booster.

Kitchen experiments!

Since I’m not baking for work right now, I have a little more time and energy to spend experimenting. I have been making matcha lattes and Dalgona coffee. I’ve also been come up with a recipe for gluten and dairy-free edible cookie dough, which has been a sweet little quarantine snack.

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Listening to uplifting music!

I listen to music pretty much constantly anyway. Right now, I have been upping the amount of cheery and motivational music I have been listening to.

What have you been doing to keep yourself mentally stable and relatively productive?

Stay safe, stay happy.

Crystal Mineral Deodorant Stick Review.

Today we are talking about a super exciting topic, deodorant!
Thrilling right?
Let’s be real; it’s not that interesting, but hey, its a necessity. Everyone uses it, and if you don’t, you need to rethink your life choices.

This has been my one and the only deodorant for about a year now, and I can’t believe I’m just now deciding to review it!
This deodorant is incredibly simple, it contains one ingredient, pure mineral salt! No aluminum chloride/chlorohydrate/zirconium, it has no parabens, phthalates, or fragrance. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.
It is designed to blocks odor before it starts without using harmful, harsh chemicals while still providing protection for up to 24 hours. With daily application, it can last over a year.dsc_0060

The packaging is very minimal, just a clear plastic tube with a white and purple label. It looks clean and pretty and looks at home sitting on my dresser with my skincare and makeup.
This is my second one, but that’s just because I lost my first one, so I had to replace it.
This product is a dream come true, everything I want and nothing I don’t. No sticky residue, it’s invisible both on you and your clothes, and it’s hypoallergenic! I have quite sensitive skin, have suffered from clogged pores and ingrown hairs in my underarms and I have had a lot of issues with deodorants in the past, but not with this one. I do still get the occasional problem after shaving, but I would say they have diminished 90%.

 

Oh, and as far as the lasting for a year goes, I have had this for about six months and haven’t made a dent in it after using it three or four times a week. I honestly have no idea how just plan mineral salt can be so effective, but I’m glad it does.

Revolution Beauty Conceal & Define Foundation and Conceal & Hydrate Concealer Review.

Happy Sunday!
I’ve gotten set in my ways when it comes to foundation, I have two that I love and don’t really feel like I need to change. I am still on the hunt for my perfect concealer, I’ve found a few that I love but not the perfect one yet.
On a recent trip to Ulta, I picked up a foundation and concealer from Revolution, and I’m sharing my opinion of them with you today!dsc_0007

Both of these products come in 50 different shades! Which I find really impressive, I don’t see that varied of a color range very often. There definitely wasn’t that many instore where I was, so if you decide to try either of these, you may need to order them.
They are also both Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Paraben-free, and oil-free, which is excellent.

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Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation in F1

Revolution says, “this foundation is a lightweight yet buildable coverage foundation for all ages and skin types. With a creamy and comfortable formula that dries down to a long-lasting finish, it won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches.”
We all know the first thing that draws us to trying new beauty products is the packaging. This has a simple, classy look, a frosted glass bottle with rose gold colored lid and label. It’s quite a hefty little bottle, which makes it feel more expensive. My favorite part about the packaging is that it has a chunky doe-foot wand applicator, which makes application simple and mess-free. I don’t think I have used a foundation with a wand before, and I really like how simple it is the swipe on.

I got this in the lightest skin shade they offer, they do have a pure white mixer foundation, but I’m not quite that pale. The color is spot on for me. This is a semi-matte foundation, the formula is creamy. It blends out nicely, giving a medium coverage that looks like your skin but better. The coverage can be built up to full coverage, but I usually stick with lighter coverage.
Where it all starts to fall apart for me is the wear. Despite the marketing of it, it does settle into my expression lines and clings to any texture and dry skin. It drys, looking a little powdery enhancing the creases around my eyes and nose.

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Conceal & Hydrate Radiance Concealer in C1

Revolution says, “This concealer is suitable for everyone looking for a lightweight finish with a boost of moisture. Offering all-day hydration with an infusion of hyaluronic acid, it covers blemishes, evens skin tone, and counteracts dark circles. The sheer, the satin finish won’t settle into fine lines, and the doe-foot applicator allows for a smooth, delicate application.”

The packaging of this concealer is very similar to the foundation, it has the same rose gold color scheme and the same style doe-foot applicator. The plastic tube doesn’t give the luxe feel that the frosted glass, but that not a problem at all.

At first, I wasn’t a big fan of this concealer, I was pairing it with the Conceal & Define foundation, and it wasn’t a winning combo for my face. After trying it with a couple of different foundations that I really like, I worked much better for me.

It is a medium that is easily made high coverage, without looking cakey. I found that it does require more blending to have a flawless finish, but once it’s there, it looks great. I got this in the littles shade, which is a little light for wearing alone. I tried wearing it under my eyes to look more alive and ended up looking a little crazy. With foundation and powder, it looks good, though, I always go for a lighter color concealer.

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So, the foundation wasn’t a winner, I think it might be suitable for someone with oily skin, or someone who has a better relationship with matte products. As I have dryer textured skin, it wasn’t for me.
I do, however, like the concealer, I want to try it with a few different powder and foundation combos, but I think it’s a great little product.