WTF: Olympics Edition!

Four years ago, I wrote a few articles about the London Olympics. One of my favorites articles was A Closer Look: London 2012 Funny Pics which were Photoshop pictures of the Olympics; however, this year, so much has occurred in Rio 2016, I personally didn’t feel the need to do this because I call this edition of these Olympics: WTF – Olympics Edition!

Zika Virus Fear

Before the Olympics started, a massive virus from Brazil made headlines. Many top athletes feared the possibility of Zika and decided to skip Rio. NBA stars: LeBron and Stephen Curry decided not to go to Rio. Although neither of them have stated the virus as being the primary reason; many sources have hypothesized this may have been a possibility.

Other athletes such as Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson voiced their concerns and didn’t go to Rio. Lastly, cyclist Tejay Vangarderen and his wife, Jessica are about to become parents. For her safety, the American cyclist decided stay home.

Black Market?

71 year-old, Patrick Hickey has been arrested for selling tickets over the black market! If this name doesn’t ring a bell, let me explain…Hickey is Europe’s top Olympic official. He’s no stranger to controversy because last year he answered his hotel door naked while police wanted to question him. As for now, this is a developing story.

400 – Meter Dive

American sprinter, Allyson Felix was seconds away to win the golden medal in the 400- Meter; however, Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller decided to dive into the finish line. Since there’s no loophole that prohibits a competitor to dive into the finish line; Felix won silver. I believe the IOC should take note and prohibit such act.

APTOPIX Rio Olympics Athletics


Bad Blood: Phelps Edition

South African Chad le Clos beat Michael Phelps in one the events in London. It’s four years later and le Clos is still on cloud nine. While the men waited for their turn, Phelps’ sat wearing his headphones (most likely listening to rap) to relax before his turn and Le Clos did everything to get Phelps’ attention. Like a child throwing spit balls during class. Le Clos danced, jumped and even changed his clothes in front of Phelps’ (thank goodness he was wearing his shorts!) Nonetheless, the main event came and Le Clos lost. He lost against Phelps and then later shared a triple tie as well. Would you like to dance again, Mr. Le Clos?


Mrs. Efron

Simone Biles came in as the favorite athlete for Rio. So far, the tiny giant has won several events and she has a move named after her. The Final Five won several events marking another historic moment in USA gymnastics. Today’s host, Hoda Kotb asked Zac Efron to come to Rio and meet Simone Biles.


Simone Biles on Twitter

After the final ended, The Final Five meet the actor. What made this surprise hilarious were the girls’ reactions. Laurie Hernandez immediately hugged Efron without blinking. Simone and the rest of the crew took several pictures with the 28 year-old actor. Now, that’s an awesome reward!

Tinder Regret

Joseph Schooling met his idol, Michael Phelps years ago. The child is now a grown man in college and he is also in Rio. In one of the events, Schooling beat Phelps and became a sensation. While Schooling celebrated his success, Sabryna Salazar realized she rejected an Olympic winner. She posted online their brief conversation calling it her biggest regret. Salazar is still in pain; Schooling and his girlfriend are celebrating his triumph.



 Russian Ban

Before August 5, IOC’s authorities found massive reports on Russian doping practices. Several athletes were banned from the summer and winter Olympics. Can athletes learn from Lance Armstrong? Steroids can only lead to all kinds of damage.


Ryan Lochte is known for his swimming talents, but he also known for being immature. Still, immaturity does not excuse him for causing major chaos in Rio for lying. The American swimmer was interviewed on the Today show and mentioned he and two of his teammates suffered an armed robbery. Of course, this news flew to Brazilian authorities and this unfolded into more problems because Ryan lied.


The real story is that Lochte and friends caused problems at a gas station before heading to the airport. Ryan has apologized for his childish behavior. Maybe the episode of 30Rock where Lochte appeared played some truth to his personality.

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Do I have a Dupe?

If you have been reading my posts for a while, you might notice that I enjoy YouTube channels as much as I like anime; however, makeup gurus on YouTube are absolute geniuses.

I find it helpful when any of these channels feature dupes for high-end brands because it proves that the price tag doesn’t mean a thing. In some cases, the splurge is worth it. For instance, (this item is not about beauty, yet it stresses the point) a 5qt. Le Creusset  dutch oven is a high-end piece; however, in the log run, this brand has been in business since 1902 and it is because of the quality they are known for. That being said, same goes for makeup.

Kicking of this article is perhaps the most controversial brand that is still on the news because she’s part of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Of course, I’m writing about The Kylie Lip Kit- The kit has mixed reviews; nonetheless, this is not meant to throw shade at the brand, yet I’m not the first one to point out what others have done before.

This past May, a blogger known as Stephanie Nicole, compared each ingredient to its sister company, ColourPop Cosmetics. This young brand continuously has complaints because of its customer service. Regardless of the pessimistic launch, the brand still sells like fresh bread. However, many articles and YouTube beauty gurus have found it’s affordable match.

Read the full story featuring Stephanie Nicole’s discovery by clicking the link  Allure article

Although, I must point out that the pencil liners were top quality, but the liquid lipstick tells a different story. Moving away from its re-formulation, there are dupes that makes this new brand run for its money. Based on various suggestions is to buy their sister company line, ColourPop Cosmestics. Still, I found the best article that brings the best matches were from Seventeen Magazine and I picked the two most popular colors.

Click the link to read the full article from Seventeen Magazine

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes, $6  = Dolce K. $29


Seventeen Magazine

L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipcolor in Terra Cotta $9.45 = 22 $29


Seventeen Magazine

Now, in terms of eye shadows, I’ve used these brands Urban Decay, Wet n’ Wild and Maybelline and their eye palettes are quite similar.


Hence, this is a double dupe! Urban Decay: Naked 3 Palette retails for $54; however, for those that love to save money and are fond of these nudes and shimmery colors. I have two dupes, the first one is from Maybelline: The Blushed Nudes $8.98 and a much affordable version is from Wet n’ Wild: Au Naturel $5.62.

Continuing on the eye section, I have to share this little short story about eyeliners. Earlier this year, I get this cool reminder via e-mail by Sephora congratulating me for turning a year older and to not forget my birthday gift. If you don’t have a Sephora account (it’s free!) because they have great offers and their birthday gifts are never disappointing.

This year they gave a nice sample pack from Marc Jacobs. I have the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon: Blacquer 42 black 

I must say the NYC one is just a little bit opaque in comparison to the Marc Jacobs one. Overall, this is an excellent dupe. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $25 and NYC CityProof 24 Hr. Eyeliner Pencil 931 Black $3.99

Closing the eye chapter is the lovely mascara. I confess, I don’t use mascara as part of my everyday routine because I have severe allergies. Usually mascaras makes my eyes very watery and itchy. (Also, I’m somewhat lazy) There are two brands that I recommend for those that have sensitive eyes like me: Diorshow Waterproof Mascara and Chanel Inimitable Waterproof .

More than a dupe, these are other alternatives if you want fuller lashes and pay less than $30 for a mascara. As a fair warning, I have not tried these brands, but some of my friends have raved about the Cover Girl The Super Sizer because it adds volumes and adds length to the eye lash. It retails for $6.00 which is a good price! Another option is the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Wear Mascara and it is $7.99.

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Jumping into foundation and powder, when I graduated from high school, I wanted to wear makeup; however, I wanted a brand that was known for their excellence and this is how I landed on MAC. I still remember I received three items: powder, eye shadow, and a blush. I have not found an exact dupe to their  Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation $27. Yet, there are two dupes that are close to this line in terms of durability and it sits well on the skin: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder $4 and Revlon Photo Ready Powder $10.66


Lastly, I have to broadcast that I wear lipstick as my blush because I feel it stays longer on my face and it looks natural. If you want to consider this part as a second lip dupe, I completely understand.

So here’s my final dupe because I do not use cream blush which I know there are excellent brands out there; however, I believe lipstick does a better job. I wear the Smashbox : Be Legendary Posy Pink $21, but for a while I thought I lost it and I had to buy a quick replacement.

It was the end of the month, so bills were due and as a result my funds were a bit low. And this dupe is a bit brighter, yet it looks very similar to its high-end version. I use the Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip #967 Dollhouse Pink $4.

Hence, this is the detailed list of all of the brands that were mentioned on this article

High-End Drugstore
Kylie: Dolce K $29.00                           (Without Shipping cost) NYX in Cannes $6.00
Kylie: 22 $29.00 (Without Shipping cost) L’Oreal Terra Cotta $9.45
Urban Decay: Naked 3 $54.00 Maybelline: The Blushed Nude $8.98
Wet n’ Wild Au Naturale $5.62
Marc Jacobs Eyeliner $25.00 NYC: CityProof 24 Hr. Eyeliner $3.99
Diorshow $27.50 Cover Girl: The Super Sizer $6.85
Chanel Inimitable $32.00 Physicians Formula Organic Mascara $7.96
MAC: Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation $27.00 Rimmel: Stay Matte Pressed Powder $4.00
Revlon: Photo Ready Pressed Powder $10.66
Smashbox: Be Legendary Posy Pink $21.00 Wet n’ Wild: #967 Dollhouse Pink $4.00
Total: $244.50 (Without tax) Total: $67.51 (Without tax)
Difference: $176.99 (Without tax)

This is the end of the dupes. Any other options better out there? Let me know.

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Feast of Fiction

Back in  2011, Feast of Fiction debuted on YouTube. 607,615  subscribers later, the lively chefs: Jimmy Wong and Ashley Adams recreate meals that appear on fictional series to reality.

Honestly, how come I didn’t find this awesome channel before? It’s never too late! A few weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep and I’m glad I had my eyes wide open. It is not a secret that I adore YouTube channels that feature cooks; however, Feast of Fiction reaches a specific population of fantasy fanatics.

The enthusiastic cooks have aired five seasons. Many of their episodes have  featured recipes from anime series like Pokemon or Naruto to Disney, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon classics such as The Rugrats.

But the series have also recreated recipes from series or films featuring humans too! Breaking Bad and  Harry Potter are examples.

Certainly, it is not your average food show, it is fresh and a real treat to watch.

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One Punch Man Hits Toonami


Photo: Jump Comics


One year ago, One Punch Man debuted in Japan and quickly Hulu (other services such as Crunchyroll) streamed the series online. The main reason the series is successful is because of the ubiquitous take on the definition of heroism shaped as a parody.

As a result,  Toonami will premiere the acclaimed series. So far, OPM is the only series debuting this weekend. Kill La Kill and Parasyte have two episodes left; hence, it is most likely the next premier is the revival of Samurai Jack and also its final season.

Don’t miss out the dubbed and the television debut of One Punch Man on July 16! Only on Toonami.

Visit for their schedule and other fun details.

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The Late Review: Deadpool


        Deadpool photo: Marvel Entertainment 

Although I’m a comic book/ anime fan, Deadpool wasn’t on my radar. Nothing against the Marvel character, quite the contrary I knew he constantly breaks the forth wall and the protagonist is aware he’s purely fictional. What prompted me to rent the film was YouTube clips that compiled hilarious scenes of the flick.

Somewhat formulaic, Deadpool breaks it with his sarcastic humor. Of course, like most heroes he was a victim first. Before his transformation, Wade Wilson was a mercenary and has a girlfriend as wild as he is. After two years of dating, he proposes and faints.

He goes to the doctor to discover he has terminal cancer. In desperation to find a cure, he falls into a trap. Ajax or Francis is a mad scientist and forces a horrific treatment that turns a human into a mutant. The mutant is sold, but Wade escapes alive; however, he is completely deformed. His entire body has multiple scars and he is unrecognizable. 

Despite his frustration, Wade wants revenge. With violence and humor, the writers create a hilarious running gag,’Where’s Francis?!’ In the search for Francis, Wade kills everyone connected with him. However, Deadpool is not ignored. The X-Men wants to recruit the anti-hero. Mainly Colossus and a protege, Negasonic Teenage Warhead are chasing him.

By the end of the film, Wade and his girlfriend, Vanessa are reunited. Francis is killed; although, Colossus wanted to stop Wade, yet it was useless. Wade killed Francis to silence Colossus. The anti-hero is back with his girlfriend, but he is still deformed. 

Deadpool is hilarious even when Wade was shot; he found a way to say something humorous. It is clear a sequel is in the making. If the writers (as credited, the real heroes) continues this brash-comedic style, I can assert the sequel should strive in the box office.

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Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)


Intro: Why is it interesting?

Erased is by far the most sagacious and intricate fantasy-thriller drama anime of the year. Finally after weeks of strange shifts I’ve been having lately, I’ve watched the last episode of this series.

Most of the series I’ve watched have been magical, Shojo or Shonen style even violent ones like the Gundam franchise. However, Erased is a strategic story that involves a phenomenon called, Revival (it is the ability to go back-in-time). Without this detail the story would flow, yet it is this detail that also makes this anime extremely engaging.

Plot (Warning  there are Major Spoilers!)

The protagonist, Satoru Fujinuma lives in the year 2006. He is 29 years-old and he is the delivery man for a local pizza place. Somewhat frustrated because he would like to be a manga artist, so far he has been unlucky. Although, not everything is bad because he has an excellent relationship with his mother (a former news reporter) and his co-worker, Airi Katagiri which he secretly likes, but he feels guilty because she is 17 years-old.

One day while waiting for her son, Sachiko (Satoru’s mother) sees a man that attempts to kidnap a child. She calls a former co-worker and friend to discuss what she believes that will uncover a cold-case from the late 80s. Hours later, Sachiko is murdered and Satoru is framed for it. In his desperation to escape from the police, his co-worker, Airi helps him; however, the police is still on his tracks.

In the middle of despair, Satoru’s strange ability of revival takes him back-in-time. Now, he is 11 years-old; although, he is happy to see his mother again and alive…why his he back in 1988?

1988 in the original time-line, three children were abducted and found dead under unknown circumstances. Jun Shiratori, a delivery man and he was also friends with Satoru is accused of these murders.

Now, this is Satoru’s opportunity to change the destiny of his classmates, but also prove Jun’s innocence. Throughout the series, Satoru’s actions were very adult-like with the body of a child. In a way that was his advantage because his revival made him go back in time almost every aspect; nonetheless, his memories were not affected by it.

Using his memories as a benefit, Satoru is able to stop the unknown serial killer. With the help of his friends, his mother, and his teacher: Gaku Yashiro- Satoru prevented these horrific events. Yet, Satoru is unable to save himself.

Gaku that helped to save all of the original victims from their demise- he turns out to be the serial killer. Gaku reveals his fascination and his exasperation with Satoru’s dexterity. As a result, Satoru ended up as a victim.

Now, it is the year of 2003. The original victims are alive and Sachiko has cared for her son that has been in a comatose state since 1988. One morning, he wakes up with memories blurry. Like a crow waiting for roadkill, Gaku, now a well-known politician has also waited for this moment.

Satoru once again trusts Gaku and they speak alone. In a twist of events,the serial killer wants to silence his victim, but fails to do so. He is caught red-handed and sent to jail.

Months later, Satoru tries to restore the last 15 years that he has lost. Finally in this new time line, Jun and the victims are living the lives they were meant to have. The young hero becomes a manga artist and a final revival occurs. Instead of going back-in-time, the revival brings Airi back as an adult and they meet once again.

Why is it a Must Watch?

What I liked about the series is the fact that the serial killer is not the typical one. Quite the contrary, this murderer has a likeable personality, but this character does share a far amount of hints of his/her involvement.

Another intriguing part of this series is that Satoru is both a victim and a hero. Keep in mind, Satoru did use his memories to help the future victims; however, changing their destinies also meant a different outcome. As a viewer, it was unpredictable to know if the killer was going to be caught in 1988, 2006 or in 2003.

Overall, this series combines fantasy and thriller in a brilliant matter. This series is so well made that it can transition from animation to a series with human actors without a scratch. Watch it via Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Aniplex, and Hulu (And this series will be dubbed soon! Anime Expo® will host a screening.)

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States of Undress



States of Undress

Hailey Gates is a model, actress, and now host of  Vice’s docuseries: States of Undress. The 25 year-old model have traveled different places of the world to explore how fashion is a direct link to the social-economics and political status of a country.

For many, fashion is a two way street: frivolous or a lifestyle; however, in States of Undress it also offers a new perception to fashion which may also serve as a voice to ones identity. Although, season 1 is almost over, Gates and her team have crafted each episode with intensity, brilliance, and a point of view that is hard to forget or ignore.

Venezuela: The Crown Effect and The Black Market of Basic Needs

It goes beyond the insight of beauty and fashion of each country. For example, in the episode of Venezuela – it projected the unbalanced view of Miss Universe and Mr. World effect as being a ticket for a better life.

As the episode progressed, Gates met aspiring contestants that will do anything to be the next winner. From extreme surgery transformation to children starting as early as four years-old the intense training of beauty pageantry.  Because Venezuela has the highest rate of winners, the Crown effect has embedded into their culture. In other words, the greatest desire of most women is to look like a beauty queen. However, the country faces another threat that is beyond dangerous and often illegal medical procedures to achieve physical beauty –it is the lack of basic needs.

After president Chavez passed away, the country is facing a financial drought. Hailey lived a terrible reality when she needed to buy feminine pads and the stores were empty. She had to pay almost $200 for a small pack of Always through a re-seller which is considered an illegal activity. As a woman, I would have paid the amount and cried of happiness because Gates lived this situation while she was shooting in the country. I highly doubt anyone from middle to lower class income could afford every month $200 for a small pack of feminine pads when here in the USA that same pack sells around $4 to $6 maximum. Hence, the encouragement to gain the crown is also achieving a frail dream of money and stardom. I call it frail because at the end of the day, there’s only one winner.

Russia: Homosexuality, Nationalism, and Putin-Fashion

In another episode, Gates visited Russia where the sense of nationalism and pride of the country has increased since Putin came into power. Also, another factor that incremented this national pride is the bad blood between USA and Russia. Whereas, fashion week is filled with national designers and some of these designers have Putin-centric designs. Yet, what caught Gate’s attention that this sense of pride also showcased the need to impose Putin’s views of the ideal structure of society.



Shortly after USA pronounced gay marriage as a law, Russia also responded with the release of the Straight Flag. It is illegal to be a homosexual in Russia which is horrible! Under Putin’s laws, homosexuality is a sin and not allowed to exist if possible because the ideal family structure is between a man and a woman.

Another notable activity that occurs in Russia is the need for women to marry young and to assure that if you’re a woman one must follow certain rules to seal the deal. According to the matchmakers Hailey met, for Russian men (according to them) a woman cannot look too fashionable or too intellectual because it will most likely decrease her opportunity for marriage. What is curious about the interview was the matchmakers photograph choice of a Miu Miu campaign featuring Gates and another model. Sadly, Hailey’s campaign ad was the example of what not to do.

Why is it a Must-Watch?

By far the most revealing episode is Pakistan. Because fashion is a force of expression through fabrics and structures. Yet, this is an episode that deserves your viewership and not just me writing about how engaging and eye-opening this episode is.

Collectively, States of Undress is fascinating and a must-watch. Gates shows that everything is connected by a thread that creates a ubiquitous society with a complex and artistic layers that is often hard to fully understand unless one goes there like Hailey did. Can’t wait for season 2. Watch every Wednesday States of Undress on Viceland or on

Viceland presents: States of Undress

Click the link to watch the trailer of States of Undress.


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