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Book Review: Bruce Campbell’s ‘Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor’

The “B Movie” is best known for it’s over the top gore and low budgets, and no actor is more synonymous with this type of film than Bruce Campbell. Campbell got his start as a young teen growing up in Michigan working in local theater and doing “super-8 films” with friend and legendary director, Sam Raimi, but would be crowned the king of B movies with the 1981 release of the cult classic The Evil Dead.

Campbell released his first biography/autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor in 2001; its followup would come in the form of Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor in August of 2017.

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Hail to the Chin chronicles his career post The Evil Dead; focusing on his move out of LA, his 7 season run on Burn Notice and finding jobs after the cancellation of the USA network’s hit series as well as the birth of the Starz hit, Ash vs Evil Dead. One would assume that a cult legend like Bruce Campbell wouldn’t have a problem at all finding a solid gig, but not even the king has it easy.

Hail to the Chin, much like predecessor If Chins Could Kill, gives an eyeopening look into how the film industry really is. If you are thinking about going into film, whether behind or in front of the camera, this is a must read. It’s far from a touchy feely how-to guide but more of a “you’re going to get the crap kicked out of you, but you gotta keep going” pep talk. So many celebrities have released books full of puppies and rainbows and how wonderful Hollywood is, but this is not one of those books. Campbell is as honest as they come with his experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. If you didn’t appreciate Bruce before, you will after reading this book. Hail to the Chin is the most honest (borderline over sharing) biography you will ever read.

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Hail to the Chin gives a better look at Campbell’s fun-loving personality and sometimes questionable ideas (he built a movie set in his backyard in Oregon…read the book). It only further solidifies him as a fan’s actor and the king of the B Movie. Hail to the king (and the chin) and give Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor a read, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Makeup Review: Medusa’s Make-Up Triple X Lipstick

The makeup world is one that is thoroughly saturated by companies that promise their products are the next best thing and often times are not what they advertise. Big industry makeup companies over charge and frequently offer repackaged versions of older products that they promise are cruelty free and or vegan (many times they are not), but there are a host of independent companies popping up to offer better products for a much better price, and one of those companies is Medusa’s Make-Up. The makeup that they offer is 100% vegan AND cruelty free. Medusa’s Make-Up offers 12 vibrant lipstick shades; the shade in the spotlight is Triple X– a super bright pink shade.

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Packaging is a major selling point for any product, but the makeup industry leaves a great deal more room for design creativity. Medusa’s Make-Up offers sleek black packaging with their logo in gold. The artwork on the lipstick tube is simplistic yet unique.

Bright pink lip shades can be a hard craft to master; they turn out either gaudy and overly pigmented or too opaque, there never seems to be a happy medium. Triple X however has the balance that is frequently missing. It is a vibrant bright, borderline neon pink, but it is still everyday wearable. In terms of comparison, it is an affordable dupe for MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum (Triple X is cruelty free and vegan whereas MAC products are not, so added bonus).

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Nothing is worse than stick lipstick that applies greasy looking or makes your lips look like they are dry and cracking. The finish after application is neither matte or gloss, it is a nice combination of the two. Triple X is smooth and creamy without the greasy, sticky aftermath. It seems to have conditioning properties leaving lips feeling smoother after removable than before application; likely due to the vegan ingredients.

There is only minor transfer after application; it leaves a small trace but won’t come off completely or leave you looking like Pennywise or someone’s crazy grandma. Wear time, depending on whether lips are primed and the lipstick is set with other products and how much eating and drinking you are doing, is roughly a couple hours without reapplication (it will last longer obviously if set).

Anyone who has ever purchased makeup, lip products in particular, knows just how expensive they can be. It is not uncommon to walk in and drop $25 or more on a single lipstick. Triple X is only $12, roughly half the cost of most high-end brands.

All in all, Triple X by Medusa’s Make-Up is a solid product that is well worth the mere $12 you’d pay. Great quality for a great price is nothing to complain about.

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