Friday, February 27, 2015

Because Mascara is a necessity of life

Today I'm jumping from author mode to another one of my jobs. That of a pageant coach for over 20 years. It's pageant season with high school pageants, students gearing up for Distinguished Young Woman, Miss America and Miss Teen USA so I'm fairly inundated right now. 

One of the most common questions I get asked is "How do I tape my boobs?" Seriously. But I'll save that topic for another day. Another hot topic is "What's the best mascara?"

My answer...Loreal Extend in the maroon and white tube. It's the kind that adds tubes to the end of your lashes after using a white primer. You still have to use a volumnizing mascara over it because it's not enough on it's on. Sadly, I haven't found a volumnizing mascara I love. I can tell you that Loreal Butterfly Effect in the silver tube and the Loreal False Fiber lashes in the black and gold tube are not worth the money. I'm thinking of trying Cover Girl next. Maybe the one Katy Perry advertises because she's a celebrity, and you know how important it is to believe anything a celebrity says. LOL

I've used the 3D Fiber that everyone is raving about. Mom loves it. I hate it. Way too much work and clumpy thick. My lashes look better with the cheap drug store stuff versus spending $30. Dido on Lancôme. (I can say that because I worked at Lancome for a while.) Plus Loreal owns Lancôme so it's basically the same formula minus the added fragrances.

Lastly I also use Latisse a couple times a week to maintain my long lashes.Its a miracle drug. A friends gets lash extensions so she doesn't have to use mascara at all, but my research revealed it is harmful to your real lashes.

So there you have it. Beauty tip of the day. Do you have a favorite mascara?

Southern Smiles,
Casey Crow

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wild Wicked Weekend 2015 in Pictures

I do believe a Wild and Wicked time was had by all! I had a new phone with a much better camera, but my angle from the DJ cave wasn't always the best. If people didn't come my way, there was always an obstruction. 

Fear not, I did get some good pics! Not naming names to protect the not so innocent. Feel free to tag yourself in the comments. 

Sam Cayto and I started our journey on Tues. by staying the night in a Boston hotel for our early flight. We ended up going out right between two snowstorms, so phew! This was our view from our hotel room window. 

And goodbye snowy Massachusetts!

Hello sunny Austin, TX! Not even put out that it wasn't warm. Know why? Nom, nom, nom. Get into my belly! Brenna Zinn picked us up from the airport and took us straight to In N Out Burger, where I ate all of my Double Double and the rest of Sam's, too. Hey, give me a break. It was a 3 year drought. We did the girly-girl thing and got mani-pedi's, and then went to dinner. Steak, Texas style. Yee-haw!

After a fab night with the hostess with the mostest, we loaded Brenna's car top to bottom and headed into San Antonio. Rodeo time! Dinner and rodeo set up by the fabulous Margie Mendel Hager! Sometimes the cowboy won, sometimes the sheep won.

Thursday was the start of the con. These pics speak for themselves, no?

Our Fabulous Wild and Wicked Sponsors!

And the raffle baskets to the left and the right that ran all around the room! We had many very happy basket winners, and raised quite a bit of money for the local animal shelter, local women's shelter, and Wounded Warriors. Big hand of applause for those who donated baskets, and everyone who bought tickets to support these worthy causes.

 Thursday night, 30 lucky people got to go to the dungeon, and the rest of us stayed and played at the Boys Dance Review.

I believe these shots are before and during the Massage Tutorial (with a twist, because we are all so wonderfully twisted!)  Note Kelii's underwear.

Military lunch costume winner! Let's hear it for authenticity. One son in the Marines, and one son went Navy, so she wore bits of each.

Random great shot.

Hair band dinner!

Sex Position Gumby!

 What, you thought I was going to show pics of that???

This is Kelii, playing an awesome joke!

Pirate Lunch! And a couple of our very lucky basket winners.


Pajama Slumber Party!

Dangit, not a great shot, but this is one of the beautiful chocolate roses donated by Sheila that everyone is talking about on FB.

And last, but not least, the Goodbye Dance Party!

Noooooooo! It can't be over!

So there you have it. Well, what I'm willing to divulge, anyway. Oh, wait, on the trip back, this was at the entrance to the plane. When I sat down, the lady next to me was reading a Susan Mallery book! Romance, romance, everywhere!

And then we landed in right back in snowy Massachusetts. Sigh.

I can't wait until next year!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I'm a bit early for fairytales but...

...I couldn't resist posting a graphic I put together for National Tell a Fairytale Day.

It's actually February 26th, but I won't tell if you don't...

And to celebrate fairy tales, here is a video I made about The Princess and the Stilettos.

Okay, it has a Valentine's Day theme -- I'm too early for Fairytale Day and too late for Valentine's...I hope you'll forgive me.

The Princess and the Stilettos for Valentine's Day from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.



Saturday, February 14, 2015

50 Shades of Grey - a review

Caveat: I'm not a reviewer. I believe it's an art form in itself, and I don't have that talent. But I'll do my best, and I'll try not to include spoilers without yelling, "Spoiler Alert!" 

--Valentine's Day, 2015
50 Shades of Grey -- the movie

You have probably noticed when comparing adaptations, the book is almost always better than the movie. Having read all three books in the 50 Shades trilogy I can honestly tell you this holds true for the first book's story.

What story, you ask? The one they cut out completely to make the movie less than five hours long.
I know that cuts have to happen. Believe me, if anyone knows this, I do. I was writing screenplays before I wrote my first novel. 

A movie script is roughly 120 pages long. 1 page equals 1 minute of film time. The paperback is 514 pages long. There was no mention of Anna's job. None whatsoever. If they intend to do the rest of the series (and I hope they do, because the cliffhanger they left it on was oh, so wrong...) they'll have to put that in there right away.  

Without spoilers, here's my review:

What? Oh, no they didn't! Well, the casting is good. How could they leave that out? SPOILER ALERT! Anna forgot to use the safe word!  That was a hugely important detail! It might have taken 1/4 of a page...15 seconds to include that. Sheesh.

Okay, so I loved the books. The movie, not so much. The ending was such a bummer that it knocked the movie right out of the erotic romance genre. Seriously. If all you see is the movie, please don't think that's how it ends. It doesn't. (Who leaves a romance at the black moment? Seriously!)

Okay. That's the end of my review. Or was it just another rant. Yeah, I don't know how to write a review, but I do know how to rant. Oh...and I also know how to write novels, for other people to review.

Such as...Love Cuffs! This quirky BDSM romantic comedy by Dalton Diaz and me was published before the New York book club had ever heard of Christian Grey. Check it out, people!
Love Cuffs at Amazon Love Cuffs at B&N