Category: Reviews

News“Whip It” Good!

As I sat in the theater Sunday night, I secretly hoped this movie would be good just so I could use the witty title above. However, Whip It far surpassed my expectations. It was AWESOME!

Directed by Drew Barrymore in her directorial debut, and starring Ellen Page of Juno, this movie had every chance of becoming something special, and it sure did.

I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this movie, but I’m going to do my best.

Ellen Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a small-town girl stuck in a world of beauty pageants, dumb high school pranks and a family that doesn’t understand her. Life trucks along until a shopping trip to Austin, where Bliss is struck by a group of girls who skate happily past, giving out leaflets for a roller derby competition.

Bliss finds a way to attend the competition with the help of her best friend, Pash, played by Alia Shawkat. The story takes off from there, as Bliss befriends a team of hippie punk girls who aren’t afraid to take a punch.

I’d never really thought about roller derby as a sport before, and at first, I cringed at the many falls, cracked ribs and bloody noses involved with the game. By the end of the movie, however, I became swept away by the exhilaration of the race and even felt like breaking out my old pair of skates and giving them a go again.

Ellen Page gives an amazing performance and is steadily becoming one of my new favorite actresses. Drew Barrymore is adorable in this film and did a great job both in front of and behind the camera. Even though some aspects of the plot are fairly predictable, it’s entertaining and touching enough to have you leaving the theater feeling happy and empowered.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to Whip It. :)

BeautyGet The Look: Hot Fushia Lips

All of us here at LuLu*s just had to have the latest addition to the photo shoot makeup bag: Smashbox’s Photo Finish Lipstick in Flirty. This pretty fuchsia shade is just perfect for any time of the day or night, and surprisingly flattering on most skin tones.

You can find it modeled on Kyndra from today’s photo shoot!

NewsMovie Review: Julie & Julia

A movie that cherishes a love of food doesn’t come along all that often. Therefore, it’s a good time to appreciate the delightful flick, Julie & Julia — a movie that will not only have you raving, but your stomach growling.

While this movie is about food — and I mean a lot of delicious food — it is also about self discovery.

Based on two true stories, Julie Powell, played by Amy Adams, is a lowly cubicle worker who can only looked forward to depressing call after call in her frustrating job. The thing that makes her happy is cooking and knowing that she can come home night after night, follow a recipe and create something tasty.

Investing in her love of cuisine, Julie is inspired by her husband to write a blog about cooking, but not just any blog: a year-long cooking challenge to make every recipe in Julia Child’s famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

This is where Julia Child’s story comes in — the Julia Child before she became famous. This Julia, played by Meryl Streep, was a bored housewife in Paris. In a desire to use her talent and excitement for learning, she signed up for a challenging French cooking class. Here, Julia discovered her talent in the kitchen, as did those around her, all while her ever-supporting and ever-adoring husband (played by Stanley Tucci) stood proudly by her side.

Julie and Julia’s stories meet in an interesting way that you’ll just have to see for yourself :)

Ultimately, this story is about finding happiness and joy in simple pleasures. It definitely made me want to slow down, eat a few less take-out meals, invite a few friends over and cook a fantastic meal.

Mmmmm….what’s for dinner?

BeautyMy Favorite Foundation

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy…and humid. So why slather on a thick foundation when you can get great coverage and a gorgeous glow from my favorite foundation: bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation.

Bare Minerals has become quite popular in the last couple years, offering a great line of mineral powder foundations. These foundations are more like a cream than a powder once settled. You simply buff it onto your face with a kabuki foundation brush and the product melts with your skin, giving you very natural coverage that you can build on during the day. I like how it lets my skin breathe and doesn’t feel heavy.

You do have to be careful how much you apply, however, or you can look way overdone and too powdery. It’s best to start off with a little on the brush and build on top of that if you need more coverage.

Simply put: it’s healthy for your skin, its easy, and it works. Give it a try and let it become your favorite foundation! You can purchase what you need at Sephora, Ulta, or the Bare Minerals store.