Pixiwoo Present: Hollywood Icons

Sam and Nic are two of my favourite YouTubers, for the simple reason that I trust what they say, and look at it more as fact than opinion. They have a huge wealth of experience, both in the techniques of applying makeup, and the production of beauty products and tools. They also bring tonnes of passion to their channel, and that was the first thing I noticed about Hollywood Icons, too.

Their enthusiasm bubbles over in every scene, along with their raw emotion, making this film the perfect blend of documentary and vlog. Sam and Nic don't simply narrate, they add their own personal opinions and stories, and we follow their journey of discovering whilst learning all manner of new things ourselves.

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The film focuses on stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, and Jean Harlow, and I found there to be an excellent mix of facts and stories about each woman and her era and experiences, combined with Pixiwoo's input to really bring those facts to life and encourage the audience to empathise with the icons.

Of course, it wouldn't be Pixiwoo without makeup, so they recreated each star's look on real life viewers. I really appreciated that they chose diverse, typical women rather than one model, as it proved that anyone can adapt and emulate the old Hollywood glamour. They kept the tutorials short and sweet in the film, but the DVD has a separate playlist for more in depth viewing. Clever!

In addition to revealing old Hollywood, Sam and Nic take us around current Hollywood, exploring trends such as the latest cosmetic procedures, and examining how old and new can overlap, and how the glamour of the icons remains timeless and ever coveted.

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Overall, I was hooked from start to finish, and the only change I would make is to remove Sam's conversation with a cosmetic surgeon, who was overly flirty. It could purely be my taste, but I personally found it to be unprofessional of him and uncomfortable watching.

This would make excellent viewing for anyone interested in beauty, the icons, Hollywood itself, or history. I am actually considering showing it to the elderly ladies I work with, as I'm sure it would inspire them to share plenty of stories!

If this sounds like ideal viewing, you can grab a copy here, and if you have seen it yourself I would love to know your thoughts!



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