jeen-yuhs Review

Kanye West is a much talked about celebrity, majority of the time it is not a good thing. When Kanye West first came to the limelight I was a fan of his music. “Through the Wire” is my favorite song from him. So, when I saw the Jeen-yuhs docuseries on Netflix I knew I would watch it. I waited until all episodes were out so that I could binge watch it.

Jeen-yuhs follows Kanye as he tries to make a name for himself in the music industry. Coodie, who is the director and narrator of the series, gives us an inside look at all the work that Kanye did just to be able to release his first album. We get to see how his singles came about, his struggles after his car accident, the making of his first video. The first 2 episodes are all about the come up.

The dynamic changes in the last episode. The series goes from an inside look to Coodie feeling excluded. The last episode does take place years after the first 2 episodes but in my opinion, Coodie made it more about himself than Kanye. When we weren’t subject to Coodie’s complaining, we get to see just how much Kanye changed since his “College Dropout” days. This Kanye is more erratic. He can go from having a normal conversation to a rant. It’s kind of sad witnessing the state of his mental health and it puts things into perspective when you think about all the recent headlines.

I enjoyed the series and could definitely see myself watching the first 2 episodes again.

Rebelde Review

I love OG Rebelde! I would make sure that I was home by 6 pm so that I could watch the latest episode on the West coast channel of Univision. I was also a big RBD fan! I bought their albums and even went to see them in concert 3 times. When I saw that they were doing an updated version of Rebelde, I didn’t know what to think of it. Usually remakes are flops. Come to find out, the Netflix version is not a remake but an extension of Mexican Rebelde.

With that being said, I feel like producers could’ve done a better job with this. The season was too short which rushed story lines instead of taking its time to develop. An example of this is how quick we were introduced to La Logia and how quickly they were exposed. La Logia also pales in comparison to the Mexican version. Yes, they were bullies but they weren’t intimidating.

When it comes to the main characters, they were too stuck in their own world to be able to develop meaningful friendships with each other. Although they were in a band, they weren’t united. That’s why MJ did what she did at the end of the season. Everyone has their own agenda and with little character development it is hard to root for anyone. 

Instead of focusing on the characters, the show focused on the music. I was not a fan of the music at all. It lacked passion and ended up sounding like a KIDZ Bop version. The only good song from the soundtrack was the cover of “Si Una Vez.”

I know that there will be a season 2 so I hope that they focus on character development. The first season was entertaining but I’m looking for a connection.

Matte Blue Nails Removal

I’m currently taking a break from acrylic nails so I have a routine of switching out press on nails every 2 weeks. It was time to remove the matte blue press ons by Kiss. My nails stayed on for the 2 weeks but they did start to lose their shape. My right thumbnail also started to break so I just ended up cutting it down so it wouldn’t get caught on anything.

The method that I use to remove press on nails is just a flat tool that makes it easy to lift the press on from the nail bed. I always start from either the edge of the nail or from any area that the nail has started to lift. After 2 weeks the glue starts to wear off so the removal process doesn’t take too long.

After all nails are off I file them because they sometimes break during the removal. It also helps remove any leftover glue residue. Sometimes my nails grow long enough to be the same size as the press on so, if I need to, I cut my nails. This time I only cut one.

The final step is my favorite because using cuticle cream and lotion is a daily routine. This allows my hands to be soft and also gives my nails a nice look.

Makeup Pans & Replacements

It was definitely time to bring out some new makeup. I hit pan on some of my essential products and I was itching to try some of the new makeup that I had in my stash. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and L.A. Girl Pro.conceal Corrector were from 2019! Throughout the pandemic I didn’t wear makeup so I had ways to go in 2021 when I started wearing it again. It wasn’t until this year where it was time to call it quits. These 2 products have been my holy grail for years.

In case you’re wondering why I have so many mascara pans, I use about 2 mascaras daily. I’m always trying new ones because mascara is the one makeup item I wear because I love it. To go to work I would use the Hourglass Unlocked Mascara, which was too flaky for my liking. Even when it came time to remove it, it was flaky. Replacing it will be the Tarte Surfer Curl Mascara. On days when I’m up for it I will use the Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara and Nars Climax. They are holy grail products along with the Benefit Tinted Primer which is always my base. 

The last item on my pans list is your typical Cherry Chapstick. I have about 3 other chapstick/lip balms that I use depending on what’s within reach so that is why there is no replacement for it. I’m not a fan of the Chapstick brand because it’s more on the dryer side so you won’t be seeing me using it often.

I’m estimating that it will take me about 6 months to finish the concealers and I’ll be done with the Tarte and Benefit mascaras in about 3 months since those are constantly used.

Soy Georgina Review

I saw the trailer to Soy Georgina and I knew I had to watch it. Anything that involves Cristiano Ronaldo automatically peaks my interest. Georgina Rodriguez is in a relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, world famous soccer player. The series follows Georgina and details her rags to riches story.

Besides being Cristiano’s girlfriend and giving birth to 1 of his 4 children, I didn’t know much about her. A point that she makes by saying people know her name but few know who she really is. She met Cristiano in her early 20s while working retail at Gucci. From there, after a couple of encounters, they started dating and her life transformed into what it is today. A normal person turned social media influencer and mother of 4. I found their story to be similar to all those fanfiction stories I would read back in the day. Girl meets the boy of her dreams but he’s rich and powerful and she is just trying to make ends meet.

I enjoyed seeing her relationship with his children, especially the oldest one. As the oldest, he knows that Georgina is not his biological mother but she appears to be heavily involved in his life. It’s different from Cristiano’s twins, who she has been raising since they were born. She claims them as her own and I got the impression that she fell into that motherly role easily. I bet that’s one of the reasons why Cristiano loves her.

I saw her reality show as more of a docuseries. It was very curated with little conflict. I didn’t mind that Cristiano wasn’t involved in the series like one would expect. It’s her name on the show after all. It’s a small behind the scenes look at the woman behind the Instagram profile. I appreciated the bloopers at the end because it showed that although polished she doesn’t take herself too serious and is self-aware.

Flor de Muertos Series Review

The other day I was scrolling through TikTok and I stumbled upon JohannaWithBooks who was recommending Latinx Kindle Unlimited books. Oftentimes I get tired of reading the same kind of books so I watched the video to see what would catch my eye. I ended up reading the Flor de Muertos Series by Jocelyne Soto because it dealt with cartels. Books dealing with cartels or the mob/mafia are always an interest to me! The series features 3 books: Vicious Union; Violent Attractions; and Vindictive Blood. Each book follows the love lives of the Morales siblings who happen to be the children of a cartel Kingpin.

My favorite book in the series was the second one, Violent Attractions. I liked that there was a backstory to both leads, Isabella and Santos, because it made me root for them. Their love story was the most complicated one out of the series but I found it to be believable. My favorite female lead was Camila from the third book, Vindictive Blood. Camila was the younger independent sibling. She took advantage of living on her own in another state. She was unapologetic about her actions which she knew would be frowned upon if her other siblings knew.

My least favorite book was Vicious Union, the first in the series. I found it to be too cliche with a Vegas wedding. It also had elements of machismo in the way that the lead, Serena, had to essentially give up her own life to be “safe.” There was also an unusual amount of grammar errors that took away from the story. 

The main villain throughout the series was Ronaldo, the dad. I didn’t understand how it took Leo, the older sibling, so long to figure it out. I think it was pretty obvious that he was the one calling hits on Serena. People always say that betrayal comes from those you least expect it. 

Overall it was a good series. Out of the 3 books I would probably reread Vicious Union and Vindictive Blood.

Inventing Anna Review

When my friend recommended Inventing Anna, I knew I had to watch it. I wasn’t aware that they were doing a show on Anna Delvey but I do remember reading the article referenced in the show a couple of years ago. I found it interesting how Anna was able to stay in pricey hotel rooms without having a credit card on file.

After watching the show, I understood. Everyone believed her German heiress act. Anna Delvey was going to fake it until she made it. She believed in her dreams and got buy-in from those she needed help from. If she didn’t believe in herself no one was going to believe her. She needed those people because without them she would never be able to fulfill her dreams.

No one believed her act more than Neff. Neff was the true definition of a ride or die chick. She had a justification for everything that Anna did which was crazy to me. I get that she was wrapped up in the circles that Anna traveled, something that she probably wouldn’t have experienced on her own, but she was doing too much to defend her considering Anna was just using her. There were several red flags throughout their friendship yet she ignored all of them! She didn’t even believe her boyfriend who tried to warn her about Anna. 

On the other end of the spectrum there is Rachel who went from being a victim to exploiting her. I understand going to the police to report the crime but I lost respect for her when she worked with them to have her arrested. As she was working with them she was still trying to remain friendly with Anna. It was like she wanted to remain Anna’s friend but she also wanted her to pay for her crimes. I also got the impression that she was ashamed of her involvement with the police. Her logic made no sense, especially when she started capitalizing on her situation. Had Rachel worked with the cops and sold her story, without continuing to engage Ana, then it would have been a different story. She was no true friend.

Anna was no true friend either. Anyone she kept close to her was for a reason. She was a con artist. She was able to scam Wall Street and multiple hotels! She had people fooled during her time in New York. She was living a good life. Sadly though, all good things do come to an end and she had to pay for her crimes.

The Tinder Swindler Review

If you know me then you know that I am a sucker for anything fraud related. Whether it be an organization committing the fraud or an individual, I will be interested in it. When I saw the trailer of “The Tinder Swindler” I knew I had to watch it. It was an added benefit that it was from the producers of “ Don’t F*** with Cats.”

Simon Leviev, a man from Israel, would meet women on Tinder and swindle them for money. The documentary tells the story of 3 women that fell for his lies: a diamond heir being chased by enemies so he couldn’t use his own finances to go about his business. These women would open credit cards and loans in their name to fund Simon’s lavish lifestyle. He was exposed in an article in a Norwegian newspaper catching the attention of one of his girlfriends. This girlfriend, Ayleen, is my favorite person in this story. She got her revenge on him and I found it so funny how she swindled him out of money!

For me, it was interesting to see how a man was able to scam normal women for allegedly $10 million. He had no regard for the livelihoods of these women. Like how can you ask your significant other to pawn their car or sell their house? He definitely did have a good run until he was caught on unrelated charges. I think he got lucky that he was released early and I do wonder if he is up to his old games since he is still flaunting a lavish lifestyle.