Diving Into Cosmetics: The Return

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written about my journey into the world of makeup… it’s been three whole years since I last made a Diving Into Cosmetics post…

Well life got in the way and my focus was on other things, but my resolve to learn more about makeup remains and I’ve decided to bring back this feature on my site! As I play catch up you can play along and read my three previous posts below.

All caught up? Good.

Stay tuned for new posts coming soon.  Until then take care.

 

5 Favorite Leonardo DiCaprio Flims

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors.  I was first introduced to him on the TV show Growing Pains where he played Luke Brower, but I became a huge fan after watching his performances on film. Today marks the actor’s 44th birthday so in honor of his birthd, here are five of my favorite Leonardo DiCaprio films.

5. Inception

I’ve mentioned this sci-fi heist thriller before. In the film DiCaprio plays Dominick “Dom” Cobb, a professional thief who steals secrets by infiltrating the dreams of his victims. He’s facing a murder charge due to his wife’s demise and as a result, is separated from his children.

DiCaprio brilliantly captures the emotions of the character. I’m glad that director Christopher Nolan didn’t give up on asking the actor to appear in the film. For years Nolan had been trying to work with the actor and met him several times, but was unable to convince him to appear in any of his films until this one. I hope that there will be more collaboration between the two of them.

4. Django Unchained (2014)

I’ve always wondered if DiCaprio would ever be in a Quentin Tarantino film, and I finally got my answer when this movie arrived. In it, the actor plays the main villain, “Monsieur” Calvin J. Candie, a charming and brutal owner of the Candyland plantation. This was the first time I watched the actor play a villain and he did an excellent job of portraying this character who appeared to be somewhat angelic on the outside but was the devil on the inside.

One scene in which DiCaprio shines is when Candie confronts Django and Dr. Shultz after learning that the pair have pulled an elaborate scam on him in order to retrieve Django’s wife Broomhilda. During the scene, the actor cuts his hand as the cameras rolled. But that didn’t phase him, as he continued through the scene, never breaking character. As a result, his real-life, bloodied hand made it into the final cut of the film, as you can see above.

3. The Departed (2006)

I enjoy Martin Scorsese-directed films and I love it even more when DiCaprio partners up with the director, specifically in The Departed. The actor plays Billy Costigan, an agent for the Massachusetts State Police who is deep undercover in the Irish-American mob in South Boston. After discovering that there’s a mole (played by Matt Damon) in the police force employed by the criminal organization, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues and the tension mounts leading to an awesome, climatic, ending.

2. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

This film is an adaptation of poet Jim Carroll’s juvenile diaries that chronicle his fall from a promising basketball player into the world of drug addiction. DiCaprio portrays Carroll in the film and it is his riveting performance that captures the poet’s fall from grace down into the rabbit hole and back to a sane existence.

1. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

This was the first Leonardo DiCaprio movie that I saw. I was in ninth grade at the time and in my English Honors class we were discussing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet! I loved the modern, yet still classic, take of the film and the actors did a fantastic job. I still have the two film soundtracks and the film on VHS. This remains one of my all time favorite movies.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting is amazing, showing that he has an immense range giving the variety of roles he’s portrayed throughout the years. It’s a wonder he has yet to win an Oscar. Regardless of awards, DiCaprio has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with onscreen.  What are your favorite films? Leave a comment below or on my Facebook page.

Horror On the Radio: 31 Favorite Inner Sanctum Mysteries Episodes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

As we celebrate this spooktacular day, I wanted to share 31 of my favorite episodes from the classic horror radio show Inner Sanctum Mysteries.  The show originally aired on the Blue Network from January 7, 1941 to  October 5, 1952.  Listeners entered the creaking door and were welcomed by the show’s host Raymond Edward Johnson who acted as “Raymond” a character known for his chilling introductions and morbid puns, and his infamous closing “Pleasant dreaaaams, hmmmmmmm?”  He was often accompanied by the bouncy Lipton Tea representative Mary Bennett.

While there were a total of 527 episodes, a good number of them are missing from the archives.  However what remains doesn’t disappoint. It’s from the surviving episodes that I pull my 31 favorites that I hope you enjoy.

1.The Voice On The Wire

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2. The Black Seagull

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3. A Corpse For Halloween

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4.  The Corpse In The Taxi

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5. The Corpse Laughs Last

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6. Dead Man’s Deal

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7.  The Deadly Dummy

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8. Death Has Claws

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9. Eight Steps To Murder

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10.  House of Doom

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11. The Judas Clock

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12.  The Edge of Death

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13.  A Lady With A Plan

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14. The Magic Tile

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15. Murder Comes At  Midnight

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16. Musical Score

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17. Night is my Shroud

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18. No Coffin for The Dead

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19. Over My Dead Body

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20. The  Silent Hands

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21. Skeleton Bay

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22.  The Song of the Slasher

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23. Strands of Death

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24. Study for Murder

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25. Terror by Night

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26. Till Death Do Us Part

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27. The Undead

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28.  The Wailing Wall

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29. Make Ready My Grave

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30. The Lonely Sleep

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31. Dead Man’s Vengeance

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Horror On The Radio: DONOVAN’S BRAIN

Tales of horror come in various media formats and one that has kept fans up at night are radio dramas.  For Halloween Month, I’ll share some of my favorite horror/mystery/thriller stories from classic radio dramas. 

Congratulations, you’ve survived last week’s entry! But are you prepared for this week’s terrifying installment? You are? We shall see dear follower, we shall see. But enough of this prattle, let’s get on with our story.

This week’s tale is from the classic radio drama Suspense and is titled Donovan’s Brain.  The show’s adaption is based off of author  Kurt Siodmak’s novel of the same name and stars Osrson Wells in multiple roles!  As you can see there’s only story instead of two this week, and that’s because this story originally aired in two parts-a significant departure from Suspense’s format-on two consecutive Mondays back in May 18th, 1944.

Here’s the synopsis and the story:A determined scientist plans to keep Mr. Donovan’s brain alive in a jar…not such a good idea!

Horror On The Radio: Coincidence and Dead Earnest

Tales of horror come in various media formats and one that has kept fans up at night are radio dramas.  For Halloween Month, I’ll share some of my favorite horror/mystery/thriller stories from classic radio dramas. 

I have returned my dear followers with two more tales that’ll keep your hair standing on end. Today’s frightening tales are from the classic radio shows The Whistler and Suspense.

We begin with The Whistler and this episode’s titled Coincidence. It first aired on November 19th, 1945.

Here’s the synopsis: A woman commits suicide when her sister Elise steals her husband. When he rejects her, having learned the truth about his wife francia’s death, Elise burns the suicide note so it looks like murder. Occurrences transpire in such a way, coincidentally, so that a murderous thug is seen, but the husband, Ross is fingered. But at the inquest, she gets tripped up!

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The following story will definitely keep you in suspense till the end! This Suspense episode’s titled Dead Earnest. This episode aired on March 24th, 1949.

Here’s the synopsis:”Ernest Bowers suffers an attack of catalepsy while crossing the street, lapsing into a coma that resembles death. Believing he was killed by a passing car, his body is sent to the city morgue… to be embalmed.

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Enjoy this week’s frightening tales for they may be your last!

 

 

Gif Guess: Halloween Month Edition

We’re counting down  the days till Halloween. As the celebration continues here’s a new entry for my blog that I called Gif Guess.  Can you guess the following 31 horror/scif-fi/fantasy/gothic films by their gifs? Take a whack at it!

 

 

 

Horror On The Radio: The Sub Basement (Going Down) and Murder Castle

Tales of horror come in various media formats and one that has kept fans up at night are radio dramas.  For Halloween Month, I’ll share some of my favorite horror/mystery/thriller stories from classic radio dramas. 

Welcome back ghastly followers, did you enjoy last week’s stories?  Don’t worry I’ve got two new tales that’ll intrigue and frighten! First up it’s another episode from Lights Out!

This episode’s titled The Sub Basement (Going Down), and it first aired on August 24, 1943. Here’s the synopsis and episode: Something horrific occurs when a couple become stuck in their office building basement.

If you survived hearing this tale you’ll need to take extra precautions for this next one!  Another Lights Out! episode, this tale is titled Murder Castle and it aired on  February 16th, 1938. It’s based on the true story of H. H. Holmes — the mass murderer who haunted Chicago during the time of the 1893 world’s fair.

As for the synopsis, all I’ll give you is the following: The story opens with a young woman who’s been picked up by police.  She’s muttering the word “revenge” over and over and over again and the police are baffled as to what could have happened to her.

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Enjoy and remember, Lights Out… everyone.