Last week on Instagram…

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Last week I had an opportunity to see a advance screening of Philomena, thanks to Harper Collins Canada and eOne Films. I went with Mom, and well we enjoyed the movie. It was about a woman who finally overcomes the shame that she was made to feel about her choices, and find the son who was taken from her. I found that it was a great performance by Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Makes you remember that no matter who you are, you are in no position to judge someone. That’s just not our job.

I received an order from Sephora, and well…I guess with the lack of glue and the cold, POP went Hourglass Dim lol But I am glad that Hourglass took a look at the picture I took, and took it in to consideration for the quality control. Not sure if I want to exchange it or just leave it after returning it…thinking…

Love a #campus covered in #snow :) #Mississauga #utm #studentlife

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We finally got real bits of snow…and it is a lovely time especially on campus.

I got one of the first Influenster Canada Vox Boxes! Influenster gives you an opportunity to test out a box of random products, for free, and you get to review them. You can look in to signing up for future boxes HERE.
(I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes)

I got another box of goodies thanks to #BeautyUnited. I will be posting a few pictures as part of their #12DaysofBeauty challenge, and I hope to host a giveaway for the lovely products that I was able to receive, for one of my readers! So stay tuned :D
(I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.)

XD you will be bombarded by #beautyunited @covergirl tonight…

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Super happy w their appetizers… #beautyunited #toronto #redswinetavern

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#thehives #toronto #acc #covergirl #pink #BeautyUnited

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Total blast xD #pink #truthaboutlove #BeautyUnited @covergirl

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Saturday, I got to attend the Pink Truth About Love Tour concert at the ACC, thanks to #BeautyUnited and Covergirl. Before heading over to the ACC, we met up at Red’s Wine Tavern where I had a lot of yummy appetizers (especially the Crispy Potato Flatbread. So good I got another one :P) Anyway, I was SUPER excited because of the fact that I have liked Pink since her debut. As a double score, she did some of the songs that she debuted with, and surprisingly I still knew the lyrics to nearly all of the songs xD In any case, it was awesome. Also, she did a few things like the hair request and the kiss…which you can read about HERE, just loved how she responded to the requests. If you ever get a chance to watch Pink in concert, I would totally suggest it. She knows how to put on a great show :) Oh The Hives also opened for her, and dang…those men were just nice as well :D Love that they have lasted so long, and the fact that there was constant audience interaction. Such a great show. Anyway if you are interested in seeing more pictures, check out the Facebook Album HERE.
(I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.)

Late lunch at #swisschalet #ribs followed by an ultra sweet hot fudge #brownie sundae #drool xD

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I got to have a late lunch/early dinner at Swiss Chalet, and got the ribs…which I haven’t had in nearly a decade. Not too bad. Though I did enjoy the dessert more, even though it was a tad too sweet.

Anyway dear readers, thanks for checking out the post today.
As I did mention up there, I do have a few giveaways planned for this month, so do stay tuned. One might be open only to current followers on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook (or if you have at least commented on the blog once), so if you haven’t done one of those, do one to be eligible :)

Otherwise I have my Holiday Nails posts going up later today, a continuation from the series I did last year. So hope you enjoy it!

Last week on Instagram…

Last Week on Instagram…

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I had a semi busy week of fun~ I actually started, what I hope is my last year, today…so I really wanted to do fun things for my final week of freedom. Luckily I got to attend certain events, and spend time with a bunch of friends :)

Participated in my first #timeplay at #cineplexodeon and got 2nd place :D

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Out of the blue Mama wanted to check out a movie. We decided to watch The Butler. But it was also the first time I got to participate in Time Play. For the longest time, I didn’t realize you needed a Time Play App. I thought you used the regular Cineplex app to play…lol

I got to watch an advance screening of Life of Crime, thanks to a contest I won through Twitter from Loreal Paris Canada. It was my second time being at the Bell Lightbox, and a second time watching a TIFF film

I was the only one playing :P #timeplay #cineplexodeon

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I went to another movie, this time to watch Mortal Instruments, thanks to Farley Co. I went during the early afternoon, so when I got in to the theater, I was the third person in the audience. I ended up crashing a couples alone time lol. Anyway a trio came in much later, and another duo came half hour in to the movie…I think they were movie hopping, as they high five’d their success when they sat down.

On another topic, I’ve seen some of Godfrey Gao‘s dramas, but can I just say that I liked him a lot in the movie? Wish there was more of him…

#isaacmizrahi #theshoppingchannel #chatelaine

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I got to attend the Isaac Mizrahi event held by Chatelaine and The Shopping Channel. It was held at Paese, and it was an interesting time. I wrote about it HERE if you wanted to check that out :)

Though this was technically taken very early Monday morning, I’m putting it in now. I suddenly got rush tickets to Rush the Movie by eonefilms, so I seriously got ready in 10 mins and dashed out the door. The awesome surprise was that Niki Lauda was present at the Rush Premiere, as well as the family of James Hunt! I thought that was a great surprise for the audience at Roy Thomson Hall last night :D I totally do not regret going despite knowing I’d be tired today :P

Last Week on Instagram…

TIFF “Rush”

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What a movie.

Early Sunday, I saw a tweet about Rush Movie tickets by eonefilms. I retweeted it without a second thought. I was busy all day…and didn’t check twitter til 7:10. I noticed I had a DM…

I had won two passes to see Rush that very evening!

I ran to wash my hair, did my brows and ran to catch the bus. You see, I only had til 8:30pm to get to the place to pick up my tickets. Seeing as on any given day it takes me about 50 minutes to get from my house to downtown…I was frantic.

Luckily life was in my favour today and I was able to get to the pickup location right at 8:26!

Then I proceeded to Roy Thomson Hall, where the premiere of Rush was taking place.

Now remembered I said I was in a rush…well I isn’t know until I left that it was at Roy Thomson Hall. So I was terribly under dressed for the event. But I waited in line for an hour…and after a few calls, had a friend to watch the movie with.

The problem is that they upgraded us from the balcony to the main…but they over booked the main seats. So everyone was annoyed. Luckily my friend and I found singles (though we were separated) and I got to enjoy the movie.

Now about the movie…

Wow. I really enjoyed it.

To back up, the movie is in the simplest sense, is a story about a rivalry of two Formula One drivers.

However it is more than that, as it also displays the strong sense of respect and dedication. In some
ways there I also accountability.

Yup my summary sucks, so go read more about it on the TIFF website HERE

What I loved about the movie first off was the little micro details. The flames as the engines were set in motion, the pistons working their magic. There was a scene of a spider hanging on the wall just before the race, which just seemed so right. The close ups of certain important points of the movie that make your cringe, but make you see…

There was also the fact that real clips of events were merged in to the movie as well, making the scenes even more significant.

What made the event more surreal wasn’t the fact that Chris Hemsworth was there (though seeing Thor up close is always nice…) or Olivia Wilder (whom I am a fan of). Nope…what made it more surreal was that Niki Lauda was in the audience, as well as the family of James Hunt! I was frantically switching between taking videos and pictures…just…amazing.

(Niki Lauda in the red cap)

I took a few clips, but these two were the ones I wanted to share. Apologies for the bad quality, as it’s an old point and shoot…and I screwed up macro settings (apparently my camera doesn’t like it when I use the digital zoom and the macro setting lol).

Anyway, unfortunately it seems the only other showing is today at noon :T wish there was more time to suggest that you check it out, as I personally think for a movie about a real event, it was definitely well made, especially when you consider the little things that went in to the movie making.

TIFF “Rush”

TIFF “Life of Crime”

A few weeks back, I saw a tweet from Loreal Paris Canada. It was a chance to win #TIFF13 screening tickets!

Of course I immediately emailed them to enter the giveaway…

and BAM! I ended up winning a pair of tickets :D

I was pretty excited seeing as I haven’t seen a Tiff Movie since…I believe Sympathy of Lady Vengeance back in 05/06. I actually really didn’t want to go, but friend of mine wanted me to come as her bf at the time was able to snag tickets.

(Taken as I was waiting in line to enter…)

Anyway, we weren’t told what we were watching, and I was SUPER curious as there are a bunch of movies that are playing this year. After being sent to several different floors, as there was HUGE miscommunications between the TIFF volunteers, I finally got to the right place and stood in line.

Was about to sit down in the row…when I hear my name! Which was really unexpected. Turned out two guys I went to High School with were in the same row! (Now high school was a long time ago, but I bump in to one of them frequently on the bus)

Okay enough background chatter right?

The movie ended up being LIFE OF CRIME! Directed by Daniel Schecter
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(screenshot from the TIFF website)

Now I’m not a huge fan of Aniston, but was pleasantly surprised to see Mos Def and Tim Robbins (despite his gross character, I like how versatile he is. Plus Shawshank is still a movie I like).

Basically, the movie is about two criminals who decide to kidnap the wife of a wealthy man, and hold her for ransom. What they don’t know is that the couple’s relationship has been quite rocky.

Being a period piece, set a few decades ago…I wasn’t too sure how this would play out. Generally I felt that this isn’t an overly exciting movie to watch. You kind of suspect what might happen…though not spot on. You feel for Aniston’s character, but it just seemed the entire movie just skims the surface. I mean, just when a development is about to happen…we are torn away to something else.

However this isn’t to say that you won’t laugh a few times. And the movie does end off with a laugh as well! As as long as you aren’t expecting a movie with a huge adrenaline rush, then it might be something to consider checking out at the end of TIFF.

I didn’t snag any swag, despite wanting to find someone to give me a TIFF bag, but I did score a packet of free scented tissues! lol Oh tissues, I felt like I was in Korea :P

Life of Crime on the Tiff Website

Wiki Page (though not a lot of info)

Elmore Leonard Website with a bit of the book on it

Anyway is there a movie you are hoping to catch this TIFF season?

TIFF “Life of Crime”

Beautiful Creatures hits the theatres tomorrow…

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Toronto screening of Beautiful Creatures. I won tickets from Beauty Crazed, and was super excited.

Basically it is about a young woman who arrives to a small town, full of bible thumping…enthusiasts (okay…I am tempted to use the word “nuts”, as they were. Being Christian, it makes me cringe when I watch things that show how…extreme some people who label themselves as Christians can be. The thing is, it is so backwards when you come down to the basics of it. Not cool to think you are better than another in any way. Thus their views are not mine…). She is the niece of a man who seems to keep well to himself, and not really looked fondly upon by the other town members. As soon as she shows up, the whole school seems to dislike her immediately…except for Ethan. Of course, Ethan has fallen head over heels for her, even before meeting her in the flesh…and so we see a bit of romance happening. Okay…I’m not the best person to tell you about the main storyline. Watch the trailer and check out IMBD.

I actually had two papers due that week…and…I messed up my priorities, but hey…at least I enjoyed the movie!

First things first, I was under the impression that this was a YA movie, but really did enjoy watching it. There were cheesy lines, but they were funny, and I found that it really suited the movie. The main actors did their part well (in my view), and really seemed to help the story move along.

I did think that it was a tad longer than it needed to be, especially when the ending that it ended up with, however I came out of the movie theatre wanting to read the book. Thus I think it is safe to say that despite the length, and how they ended it, I enjoyed it.

I’d def watch this again over watching Safe Haven, even when factoring in seeing Josh on the big screen lol

Are you planning on seeing a movie for Valentines Day?

*I won tickets through a giveaway, and was not paid to write this post.
I merely wanted to share my experience*

Beautiful Creatures hits the theatres tomorrow…

Getting to watch a free movie is always nice…

So I had an opportunity to go to the Safe Haven premiere earlier this week.

Well, I had a chance at getting tickets. When I got there, all the general admissions were already out, so I had to wait in the “Rush” line. I had arrived 45mins prior to the movie time, and had just missed it…well luckily my friend didn’t mind waiting around with me, and we were the first in line, so we did get tickets in the end.

Well, it was nice seeing Julianna Hough and Josh Duhamel in person. They stood nearly in front of me, as they posed for pictures with the fans. It was so amusing actually. As soon as they stepped in the doors, this Asian girl just ran up to Josh (past the security barrier) and screamed, “Can I get a picture Josh?!” when he said sure, she yelled at the security, “He said OKAY!” So they wouldn’t drag her off of Josh lol

Anyway, I kind of wanted to get pictures with them, but was a tad too shy. Didn’t help that my iPhone has been acting up, and isn’t taking pictures well in dim places. It used to perform decently…ah well.

. @joshduhamel at Toronto screening of #safehaven #nicholassparks I was too shy to get a picture but this was the best one I took of him w a fan
I got pictures of Josh taking a picture with a fan, who might I add, got at least 4 with him because he moved too quickly. Same with her friend. Was hard on the others who wanted to take pictures with him as well :T

I got this blurry picture of Julianne signing for people. The picture doesn’t capture it at all, but the dress was quite lovely on her. Just flowed right, and looked quite nice.

Once my friend and I got in to the theatre, we waited to see Josh and Julianne again.

Except, they said hi, and then left.


The papers said that they would be in attendance IN the audience…

But then again, there are many actor/actresses who don’t watch the final cut of their movies. I think it was Julianne who even said she had only seen it twice.

Just think that if they aren’t going to be in the audience, don’t pretend, and don’t save prime seats in the middle for them. Guess that is more on the PR than them though. They probably didn’t even know what was going on.


What did I think of Safe Haven?

First off, Josh’s character, Alex’s daughter Kristen (Mimi Kirkland) was AWESOME lol she was just too cute. Same with the son Josh (Noah Lomax). They did their parts well.

There were awkward parts in the movie, which I found out later that they were awkward because they were ad-libbed. Well I am hoping that the parts I found were awkward were ad-libbed, as there is no other excuse really for it.

However the backdrop of the town was lovely, and I did find that I wasn’t necessarily bored by the movie.

I do think you can tell just after the halfway point how the movie, or the main point, will end. At the very least, you will bring up a question to yourself about it, and then have it confirmed in the end. You won’t be sideswiped like the 6th Sense (yes, I made that mention. I mean COME ON, who the heck knew that before the last 15 minutes of the movie?! If you did…well…maybe I can blame my youth for not realizing it sooner lol).

At the Q&A, which again I wasn’t impressed with, as we were told everyone would have a fair chance in answering…except the individual from Kiss 92.5 wore heeled boots that wouldn’t let her run about, so she retracted her statement and stuck with the first few rows. Some people tried to move down closer, but was too late by then, as time had run out.

Anyway at the Q&A there was a lady who mentioned that this was one of the top 3 movies that made her cry.

Apparently she hasn’t seen many movies, as this would not even crack the top 10 for me. So just to compare, if you tried the first 10 minutes of UP (PIxar movie), I HIGHLY doubt you will cry for this. It wasn’t emotional in that way. It was just more of an, “aaaahhhh….awwww.” reaction.

So with this long entry, to sum up, I wouldn’t say that this is a awesome romantic movie. I probably wouldn’t say that it is a great romantic movie either. Just, okay. There were some parts that were done extremely well, but they didn’t really make up for the entire movie as a whole. I would also probably suggest against watching it full price. Either get tickets from campus ($9.50 for a ticket), or go on Tuesday. To be completely honest, despite being a Nicholas Sparks novel based movie, I probably wouldn’t have watch it, even if it came out on DVD. But hey, maybe it is cause I like sappier, cheesier things, like Sweet Home Alabama or the beginning of UP.

But hey, don’t let my view, one of many; stop you from checking it out. Josh was quite cute in it, in a scruffy looking way, so that was worth it for sure :P

Anyway it comes out February 14th if you wanted to know.

**I was not paid to write about this, and I won the opportunity to get
free tickets from a blog giveaway**

Getting to watch a free movie is always nice…

You would think they would care a bit more…

This is a rant.

So if you don’t care for it, please continue on.

But I’m just so unsatisfied with Yorkdale Cineplex Odeon that I have officially vowed to ban that location from my places to go.

A few days ago, I wanted to watch Les Miserables with my mother. She hasn’t gone to a movie since I was born, which is just too much time. Plus I wanted a mother daughter date. So I picked up the cheaper movie passes on campus, and we headed to Yorkdale to watch it (out of my way by a lot, but it was the only place showing at 1:05pm).

Now when I get there, there is one person manning the ticket booth. Okay, that’s fine, I mean considering the time. Usually Matinees aren’t busy.

HOWEVER, there was a group of high school kids, and some guy that was currently being served that was backing up the line. There were 5 people ahead of me, not including the high school kids, and the man already at the counter. But this worker was going SUPER slowly! I should also mention that right in front of me, was an elderly man, and an elderly woman in a wheelchair behind me.

It took me 7-8 minutes to get to the counter.

All this time, he worked alone.

It just so happens when I get to the damned counter, that is when the other guy comes.

Now I bring this up, “Look, if you are being backed up, you should call for backup instead of making us wait like this. Thankfully because of the previews I haven’t missed my movie.”

To that he replies, “I called for someone see,” and gestures to the guy.

“Well calling someone near the end of the issue, and after so much time has passed, isn’t really helping the situation is it?”

Then the MORON, yes I will call him a freaking moron (seriously dude, if I saw you on the street, I would probably want to kick your shins,) didn’t scan my Scene cards correctly. My mother and I each have our own. I separate the tickets and the cards, and told him to process them, “This ticket on this card, this one on the other”. That isn’t a hard request.

I finish up and check my receipt. He scanned ONE card, putting both tickets on the one card. You Jerk. “Why did you not do as I asked?”

“Well cause I can process them both on one card.”

“Well obviously you need to read your manual on the Scene membership, as you just failed to redeem an extra 100 points for me. Forget it, I’m going to catch the movie”

and I left.

Once I got to the entrance, I was so bottled up by the moron’s rudeness, that I ranted. Right to the two guys that were standing there. The other Cineplex workers.

I gotta say, they know that when a girl needs to rant, let her rant. Just nod and say nothing until you are asked. They did a great job. Once I got that out of my system, one of the guys (the other slowly sidestepped away…) asked if he should call the manager for me, if the rant wasn’t enough. I laughed and thanked him, but told him if anything I will talk to him after the movie.

Except when I sat down, I was still peeved.

So I went back out and asked him to call a manager for me.

Now the manager experience was interesting. At first I was glad that he was listening, and understood that there should have been an apology, and a quicker reaction time to a call for help from the ticket booth. But the problem there was that I realized afterwards, he kept cutting me off. And I HATE that. You listen to my issue, and then you can have your turn.

So he told me he would add the points on for me after the movie, and include vouchers.

But guess what.

I was watching the movie, and realized that something was off. The screen was not calibrated properly, and scenes were being cut off weird. Like a huge shot of Russel Crowe’s face, cut just above his eye. It was just off! Not to mention that it was overly loud. Like, I wish I could stuff my ears with cotton loud. Which I know is not normal :T So it was definitely uncomfortable in the beginning of the movie, and I dreaded any moment that would have a musical scene with drums and such.

So, one trip where Cineplex Odeon dropped the ball not once, but twice.

I understand it is a matinee show. HOWEVER, you need your staff to do the work properly. Not ignore their duties. What do you pay them to do then?

It also wasn’t cool that the Cineplex Odeon twitter account also ignored the issues I raised. I checked their previous tweets, and it seems that they only use the account to mention new movie releases, movie facts, or giveaway. No interaction with those on twitter otherwise. What a fail at using Twitter.

Okay, now that I got that out of my system…

Back to regular blogging lol






You would think they would care a bit more…