The Miracle Worker ~ Review

This film was released in 1962, and is a classic starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft with Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, and Andrew Prine. But just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean it’s worth watching. Find out with this review!

This is the official synopsis of the film:

“Blind and deaf after suffering a terrible fever as a baby, young Helen Keller has spent years unable to communicate, leaving her frustrated and occasionally violent. As a last chance before she is institutionalized, her parents contact a school for the blind, which sends half-blind Annie Sullivan to teach Helen. Helen is initially resistant, but Annie gradually forms a bond with her and shows Helen ways of reaching others.”

First of all, the movie was well-made. The acting was fantastic, and the story was wonderful, being based off a true story. I’m not sure how closely they followed Helen’s autobiography, (The Story of My Life), but it was still a good story.

I was, however, a little confused on who was who. So if you watch it, here’s a handy guide that I created after reading about the actual family:

Arthur Henley Keller (also known as Captain Keller): Father

Katherine Keller: Mother

James (Jimmy) Keller: Half Brother (Katherine Keller’s step-son)

Polly Keller: Sister (the baby)

Mary Keller: Grandmother (Captain Keller’s Mother)

Okay, all that aside. I really enjoyed this movie. I found it very interesting, and some parts were funny. The first scene, though, might be a little intense for young children who don’t understand quite what’s happening. There are not any scary parts, but there are a few sad scenes, like when Annie has flashbacks to her own childhood.

Captain Keller seems to yell his way through a good portion of the movie which made me laugh, especially when he wants a ladder. And James was an extremely interesting character. I liked the way he was torn through most of the movie (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it), and he made a wonderful decision for – well, I’ll let you see it for yourself and not give anything away. 😉

I really, really liked this movie, and I would highly recommend you watch it!

♥Amara

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Charlotte Holloway Inspired Hair Tutorial ~ #4

This is a hairstyle I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m so glad to finally share it with you! I find myself often reverting to this hairstyle almost every day – it’s really easy and fast to do.

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For best results, you can dive into a pond (that way your hair will look chunky and dirty as well), but otherwise, just follow these simple steps for a more subdued version.

As always, I hope you liked this tutorial and I can’t wait to share another one with you!

♥Amara

Note: This tutorial is not endorsed or sponsored by Burns Family Studios and the pictures I am not selling, making a profit from, or benefiting from these in any way, shape, or form. All copyrights remain with the respective owner(s). (Excluding my own photos.) It’s just my guess on how to make a similar look.

You Vote!

This post I’m doing something a bit different – I’d like my readers to vote on which “In the Know” picture I should use this year for my fashion posts! The picture with the most votes wins!

 

1. This sophisticated lady likes fashion, but won’t wear crazy trends. She prefers a more classic look, but she does throw a few modern pieces in her clothes just to add some pizzazz. 

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2. This fashionista girl is all about fun and sparkle! She doesn’t worry about colors that don’t match, but has a gift of putting together some of the most tasteful outfits. She doesn’t follow trends – she sets them!

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Which will it be this year? You leave a comment with your vote – 1 or 2!

♥Amara

(For ease of judging, please limit your vote to one per person.)

 

Hollywood From Home #5

This is my fifth and final “Hollywood from Home” post. This is not the end of my makeup tutorials, however, but only the end of HfH posts.

This is a popular look that’s “in” right now, and it’s fun!

 

1. Put on your foundation and concealer first. Then curl your eyelashes and apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

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2. Outline your lips in a color a few shades darker than your natural lip color. This will give you a good base and a perfect outline. I used a lip tint for this.

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3. Now line your lips with either lipstick or a lip liner and fill them in with that as well. I went for a bright, barbie doll kind of pink (I’m ready for summer!).

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4. Choose a lip gloss – one in the color of your lip color is good, but you can definitely go with clear.

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Put on some blush, and you’re done!

 

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Since this is my last “Hollywood from Home” post, I decided to double it up, and show you a bonus thing.

 

1. Line your eyes with a black eyeliner on only the top lid. If you wish, you can add some false lashes. I chose not to this time.

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2. Since this is a bolder look, choose a darker color.

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3. Now put on your lip gloss.

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Add some blush, but otherwise, you’re done!

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Now that I’ve finished all my “Hollywood from Home” posts, which one was your favorite? You can find the rest of them hereherehere, and here.

♥Amara

Clean Your Brushes!

If you read any beauty expert, they’ll tell you that one of the most important things for beauty is keeping your makeup brushes and tools clean. From all my reading, I’ve heard of everything from cleaning your brushes every. single. day. to every few months. While cleaning them every day would be quite sanitary, most people (including me) just don’t have the time for that. And then only cleaning them every few months isn’t sanitary at all! Just think of all the makeup product and bacteria that can be building up on them.

It seems like once a week should work for most people. My brushes don’t get really dirty in that amount of time, and they shouldn’t, unless you’re using too much concealer and liquid foundation. Then, you should be washing them every 2-3 days. The spread of bacteria can cause skin to start breaking out, and it can make skin also look older because you can’t blend the makeup on properly and it might end up looking caked, even if you don’t use much to start with.

Here’s my favorite way to clean my brushes – it’s so easy and this mix does most of the work for you! You’ll only need your weakest shampoo (you don’t want to strip the color from your brushes), water, a jar, and 5 minutes to set up!

1. Rinse your brushes for a few seconds in warm running water.

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2. Squeeze a small amount of shampoo into your jar, then fill it about 1/3 full of warm water. Put you brushes in (make sure if you have wood handles that they don’t get in the water!) and then leave it overnight.

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See? That was so easy! And it really works, too. Now just wait…

Okay, now it’s the next day.

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I hate to admit this, but I let my brushes go for a few weeks without cleaning them (what was I just talking about earlier?) and this is what the water looked like once I’d let them soak. Just think – now all that is off your brushes and you have nice, clean tools!

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3. Now remove your brushes from the jar and rinse them for a while in running water. (Again, it should be warm, not hot.)

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4. Once your brushes are totally rinsed, dry them off by squeezing them gently in a towel. 

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Here’s a trick if, like mine, your brushes gathered up water in that metal part between the bristles and the handle, and you can’t get it out. You don’t want that to stay in there and ruin your handles.

5. Dump, rinse, and dry out your jar, then stuff a washcloth in the bottom.

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6. Put your brushes in, brush side up. This will allow your brushes to let the water run down the handle and get caught in the washcloth. 

If you didn’t have the problem I mentioned earlier, then just stand up your brushes in the jar without the washcloth, and leave them for at least 24 hours to dry.

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Hey, that wasn’t so bad, was it?  🙂

♥Amara

P.S. Spring is coming upon us soon – are any of you interested in some fashion posts? 😀

Weaved Dutch Braids

Recently, my mom showed me a picture of this really cute hairstyle, and asked if I knew how to do it. I looked at it for a moment, figured it out, and thought I’d do a tutorial here for you!

This works best if you have medium-to-long hair, or you can use extensions. The original picture I had looks a little different because her hair is a lot longer than mine; everyone’s hair is different, but you’ll get the idea of how to do it with this tutorial. Also, depending on how big of pieces you add into the braid, you may have more or less “x’s”, but that’s okay. Have fun!

 

As always, please leave me a comment or like this post!

♥Amara

Hollywood From Home #4

I’m so glad to be able to FINALLY get another “Hollywood from Home” post after taking a short break from them! This is one of my favorite makeup looks so let’s get started!

 

1. As usual, start with your foundation and concealer. Brush on some shimmery gold eyeshadow across your entire lid. Blend it so it’s even.

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2. Now take some brown eyeshadow and put it on the corners of your eyes.

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3.Blend it up and out, but don’t go past the brow bone.

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4. Depending on how dark you want the brown to be, you may want to add more. I kept mine pretty soft. Just be sure to blend so you don’t have any harsh edges.

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5. If you want, now you’d fill in your eyebrows. Otherwise, skip this step.

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6. Curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. I’m using L.A. Colors Bold Lash Mascara in Soft Black. If you wish to add false eyelashes, my suggestion would be to just put some on the corners of your eyes. I decided not to this time.

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7. Now use a lipstick that is fairly close to your natural shade of lips, just 1 to 2 shades darker and more pink.

Top Tip: if you have trouble with dry lips, especially during the winter months, exfoliate them before you put on your lipstick. My favorite scrub is a sugar scrub you can find here.

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8. Make sure you blot off your lips so you don’t leave a ring of lipstick on anything!

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9. Put on some blush, and you’re done!

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I’ve seen this makeup look popping up a lot of different places – and the great thing about it is it’s perfect for both day and night!

 

♥Amara