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BellaBox September Edition: Spring Party Essentials!

1 Oct

Hello my lovely readers!

With a giant leap into the new season of spring, Bellabox has delivered a GIANT box this month – and definitely impressed me!
Just LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT SUBSCRIPTION!

Bellabox September Issue

Bellabox September Issue

Giant. I know.

This month’s theme of Spring Party Essentials is written all over the selection of products they’ve included.
I can’t wait to try a couple of these products out.

Cleo Magazine: September Issue

First of all, they included the September issue of the Cleo magazine!
That’s already half of the cost of the box right there. And with Emma Watson’s gorgeous face on the cover, I’m already loving this month’s subscription.

Which leads me to a little bit of a tangent – don’t you think Emma Watson’s eye make up is amazing???
I’m thinking… tutorial. Thoughts?

Emma Watson Cleo Cover

Emma Watson Cleo Cover

I may just butcher the look with that make up on my face. I’m definitely far from looking like Emma Watson.
But it’ll be fun nonetheless!
Let me know in the comments below if you want me to go ahead with it, or if you have any other suggestions. And keep your eyes peeled for this YouTube video!

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

It’s like as if they read my mind. I’m suffering from a giant outbreak of blemishes at the moment, and I’m willing to try ANYTHING to get these nasties healed.

Last time I tried one of these Montagne masks though, I walked away after application and came back to the bathroom mirror to find myself looking like I stepped out of a wax museum…
That was a little creepy. But it felt pretty nice. So I guess it redeemed itself.

Let’s see how this one goes!

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

I’m normally not a fan of nail stickers. In fact I haven’t tried any before. The idea of using nail stickers rather than the traditional method of ‘paint & dry’ is a little daunting.

“What? There’s a new way of doing things?”

“What? I have to learn how to apply it?”

“How about if I cut myself – I assume there will be some sort of cutting tool involved in application…”

“It’s too much effort.”

Of course, based on the above thought processes you can obviously tell I haven’t even bothered to look into how to apply them.
So really. I don’t know how hard or easy it is in comparison to just painting my nails the normal way.

But this may be the first!
The pattern of these nail stickers are so fun, I’m actually quite tempted to find some time to sit down and figure out how to get that off the plastic backing and onto my nails.

Hmm… now to actually get around to DOING it.
I’ll let you know how I go 😛

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Ohhhh these look nice!

They’re definitely a little out of my comfort zone. I normally going for natural looking lashes.
These still look quite natural but criss-crossed in a fun design. I’m looking forward to trying this one out!

I hope they don’t come across as very plastic-wax-looking though. I’m not normally a fan of “barbie doll” make up.

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Another great little product that fits straight into the “Spring Fling Party” theme.

These will definitely come in handy for killer heels – literally. And the best thing about it is these things aren’t cheap. So this + the magazine already redeems my $15 that I spent on the box this month.

Good job, Bellabox!

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

This is one that I’m not sure about.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about the ASAP line and I personally am currently using a night moisturiser which I think is alright, though a little on the thick side.

After giving this mineral pencil a bit of a swatch, the supposed “brown” colour actually comes off as a light black shade. And the consistency being nicely dry but not very pigmented.

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil Swatch

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil Swatch

I’ll need to try this out a couple of times before I make a decision, but the biggest let down so far is the colouring of the swatch not quite matching the “brown” suggestion that it’s supposed to be.

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

Another great – and pricey product that was included in the box was this razor.

YAY! Who doesn’t need razors. No one.

Everyone. Should. Have. A. Razor.

Razors are something that I don’t normally splurge with, thinking that a 2 blade disposable version is equally sufficient…
But it’s great to have this in the box because I’ve been meaning to try out these fancier razors to see whether it’s worth the extra dollars that shops are attempting to charge them for.

Hmmm… and will it make my skin silky like those examples they show in commercials??
I’ll just have to wait and see!

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

And last but not least, we have a nice full-size can of self tanner.

I personally do not self tan. There are so many things that can go wrong in the process – horror stories of fake tan staining white clothes even though it’s been days after application, and orange hands and excessive “colour” to the point of “orang-outang”. Plus, I’m happy with my current colouring.

But this is a great product that they’ve tossed into the box because it fits the theme to a T and is a full size product, which makes it worth the $15 if it hasn’t proved itself already.

All in all, super great box this month with a whole lot of goodies and a nice little change with the magazine thrown in.
I was getting bored of the Swisse protein bars that they kept tossing in as a bonus.

After a bit of a slump throughout the middle of the year, Bellabox has definitely picked it up. So I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us this Christmas.

If you’re looking to try their competitor though – Lust Have It, I have a coupon code below that’ll get you $5 off your first box. So check that out if you’re interested!

For now though, have a great spring (or whatever season you have at the moment) and I’ll chat to you soon!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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TALK ABOUT: S8E12 – FINALE!

24 Sep

OMG. WE’RE HERE!

IT’S THE FINALE!

Who’s sitting in front of their TVs, with their eyes glued to the screen like me?!
Well, if you were… you wouldn’t have Googled ANTM and ended up here… right?

ANYWAY. On with the show!

So the finalists are:

Shanali

16, Victoria

Shanali

Shanali

Melissa

16, Victoria

Melissa

Melissa

Duckie

17, Victoria

Duckie

Duckie

To start off the show, ANTM brought back all the losers – I mean past contestants that were eliminated in order of their elimination.

With giant headpieces and dresses flowing for ages, they were the best accessory for Rudimental’s opening!

And might I just add that Jade is absolutely gorgeous!!
(There was definitely going to bit a plug of my favourite ones…)

Done with the eliminated, the final 3 walk on stage with ridiculous outfits – Duckie in gold, Shanali in white and Melissa in black. Hmmm who will take home the crown tonight?
Either way, I hope it looks better than the ones they’re wearing… they left the worst outfits to last.

Out walks Jen Hawkins in a gorgeous low cut royal blue dress.
Introducing the finalists (just in case we live under a rock and didn’t know who they are), she also introduced the judges of the show.

Judges of ANTM S8

Judges of ANTM S8

Anyone see Didier walk out on the runway? Rather than strut his stuff, he began waving his hands whilst wedging his elbows to his waist, looking like a duck all the way…
Worst entry every. And dude, get rid of the beard and horrible hair – hot factor just dropped dramatically.

Now who’s supporting who?

Alex Perry singled out Shanali.

Didier singled out Duckie.

And who else would Charlotte support? Melissa.

Seeing as they’ve all got one each, I assume they weren’t genuine acts of support.
I wonder who they really think will win?

How Far They’ve Come

With quick clips of how each have dealt with going back to school and “back to normal life”, Jen Hawkins brings the girls back out (of course with a wardrobe change) for a quick Q&A – pageant style.

Notable points – I LOVE Shanali’s dress!
The sunny yellow colour definitely compliments her skin tone.

Meanwhile, Melissa stands there with her arms crossed, legs a part; definitely not holding herself up properly as a model.

*Cut to the clip of their Harper’s Bazaar shoot*

Harper’s Bazaar Photo Shoot

A nice little reel of their Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot, Shanali and Duckie show their true potential with some behind-the-scenes footage and proved themselves with our little preview of the final images. But Melissa fell short of impressing me in her cover preview (because I’m so important and everything). I really hope she doesn’t win. The other girls are much better model quality than Melissa!

Following that lovely snippet, we have all 3 judges and all 3 finalists on stage for another quick Q&A.

Shanali impresses me with her answer of wanting to meet Karl Lagerfeld – head designer of power fashion house Chanel, before she “hits the mark” and knows she’s made of model-gold.

Melissa continues to be standoff-ish with her closed stature and smug expressions.
Not cool.

And Duckie disappointed me with her lack of forward-facing (literally – she was looking sideways) and awkward short answers to Didier’s questions!
Poor Duckie had to receive a helping hand from Didier who kept asking the crowd to cheer, in an attempt to help her cover up….

Up next is RICKI-LEE!

Her performance is accompanied by a catwalk by the eliminated contestants, all wearing 80s-hyper real-candy house pieces by Romance Is Born. Loving the line actually!
And a quick shout out to Ashley for looking like a goddess that fell from the heavens. That girl might be annoying, but DAMN, she’s got a great face!

Quick plug from by Jen Hawkins about RICKI-LEE’s new single on iTunes… we’re whipping into another quick reel of each finalist praising the others.

And before we head over to the first elimination, another quick tear-jerking reel is presented with one of each finalists’ parents sharing some words about their baby.

But without further ado…

FIRST ELIMINATION

And without any more hindrance, Jen Hawkins announces the first girl to go through to the final. With my heart beating a million times an hour, along with those on stage; the girl going through to the finals first is….

SHANALI!!!

That was expected though. But congratulations to her!

And now… between Melissa and Duckie, the next girl going through to the finals is….

MELISSA!

WOW that was definitely unexpected! Who would’ve though little Melissa was going through to the end???
But that means Duckie has been eliminated 😦 Poor thing. She definitely had so much potential. I hope she pursues her career with modelling!

DUCKIE – ELIMINATED

FIRST ELIMINATION: DUCKIE

FIRST ELIMINATION: DUCKIE

A great little fuse of models, Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson’s back track follows on stage for a TV first performance!

The girls really didn’t’ have much to do besides fill the background, but it was still great to have them be involved in the performance! Imagine that: “I performed on stage with Cirque du Soleil”. That’s sounds amazing enough.

Oh and of course out struts over-accessorised Melissa and Shanali in AMAZING DRESSES.

*insert shameless plug of Cirque du Soleil’s current tour…*

And now for the FINAL ELIMINATION!

FINAL ELIMINATION!

Again another quick reel of Shanali and Melissa’s journey throughout ANTM, we’re now onto the final elimination and announcements of the WINNER OF AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL!

*cue another wardrobe change* – whoa aren’t they tired of all the glitz and glamourous clothing?!
Suppose not.

Now… for the ultimate announcement that we’ve been waiting MONTHS for…

The winner of Australia’s Next Top Model is…..!

MELISSA!!!

WHAT? REALLY. WHOA. NO WAY.

I DID NOT EXPECT THAT!

WINNER: MELISSA

WINNER: MELISSA

Which means Shanali – the judge’s favourite and my bet, was eliminated from the competition.

I’m sure Shanali will already be receiving calls from designers and editors, wanting her to be working on their sets.

ELIMINATED: SHANALI

ELIMINATED: SHANALI

Well that’s all from me! Hope you enjoyed this series 🙂

Let me know if you have any other suggestions for future posts.

Lovelove,

Rean

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TALK ABOUT: ANTM S8EP11

17 Sep

And here comes another week with a brand new episode!
But what…? IT’S THE SECOND LAST EPISODE!

By the end of today, we will know who our final 3 are and who will be in the running to be season 8’s AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL!

CRAAAAZY!

First exciting piece of news:

2 PHOTO SHOOTS!

Second piece of exciting news…

AFRICA BABY!

The girls are shipping straight off to Mauritius, Africa, which is totally exciting because I don’t think I’ve seen ANY season of Next Top Model which has lead the competition to Africa. And let me tell you, I have seen a lot…

Epic house?

Tick.

Crystal blue waters?

Tick!

Hottie judge Didier Cohen??

TICK!

What could be better than that?

Challenge: Walking Under Water

WOWZERS. What an awesome challenge!

The girls are asked to pop a giant bubble on their heads (with oxygen and glass and everything) and tossed into the water to pose pose pose!
Whoever is best at “posing with the fish” and walking under water, wins the challenge.

1st up: Shanali

Fabulously model-esque as always. But really… it’s just because she LOOKS like a model…

2nd up: Abbie

Awkward moves? Definitely.

3rd up: Duckie.

Poor girl. Got too distracting by the colourful fish that she couldn’t concentrate.
Must be an African thing. As she said, they just run fast. Not swim. Might not have gotten used to all the sea-life.

4th up: Melissa.

Well actually she wasn’t 4th up. Or down. Because she didn’t descend to the waters of doom where unimaginably colourful fish would trap her there forever. With Didier. Forever.
… I would’ve gone down there if he was with me!

Friendly Fish

Friendly Fish

*insert shameless advertising plug of some sort of tablet*

Didier visits the girls at their crib to announce the winner.
And the girl who gets a luxurious body scrub in the midst of their crazy ANTM journey is… SHANALI!

What a surprise…!

PHOTO SHOOT #1: Sci-Fi Mermaid

Theme for today: sci-fi mermaid.

Ariel

Ariel

No idea what that is, but hey it sounds good!

THE Jez Smith is back for another round of breath-taking photos and first up is Melissa!

The first thing I noticed though was the recycling of Alex Perry’s lace up boots from Episode 9. Err Alex… didn’t you have anything else on your shoe racks?

Alex Perry's Lace Ups

Alex Perry’s Lace Ups

Melissa: again… what are you doing. Girl, you need to change it up and you know that! Shame on you for not even working on that.

Abbie: no matter how much I dislike her… she did so well! Besides a bit of the leg spread, she well selling that Goth Mermaid!… I mean Sci Fi Mermaid?

Shanali: whoa whoa whoa she slipped! And what does Jez care about the most right now? The shoes. Shocking. Fashion comes first right?
But she got back into business straight away and rocked the shoot.

Duckie: slow start, but with some reassurance by Jen and Dider that the boots weren’t that precious, she got into it and WHOA. Glow like a goddess girl!

Before we hit the breaks (get it? commercial break?), Jen delivers some letters from the models’ families over a lovely luncheon in the middle of paradise.
Oddly enough, each girl was given another girl’s letter. So that they could read it out. In public. In front of the cameras. So they’d all cry and be filmed.

That’s reality TV for you.

PHOTO SHOOT #2: COLOUR VOMIT

Okay maybe it’s not colour vomit. But it definitely looked like it!
The amount of crazy colours with this styling was clown like.

Duckie: girl friend was really distracted again. A prop trotted on set (a local pet dog) and she couldn’t deal with it professionally. A little bit disappointed to be honest.

Melissa: Little Melissa here made a very interesting comparison between her clothing and those from the Capitol in the Hunger Games.
Spot on? Spot on!

Capitol Hunger Games Fashion

Capitol Hunger Games Fashion

But her performance wasn’t spot on – all she did was flick her hair and didn’t bring anything new to the table.
Odd how Jez suggested hair flicking is an art though. Meh, it’s not that hard.
I do it all the time! *flick*

Shanali: Her task: to strut sidewards and show some great legs for the shot.
Great legs? Tick. Good strut? Not so much.
Shanali couldn’t walk without looking like a drunkard at Kings Cross (google it…). Poor thing look like a giraffe walking for the first time and it wasn’t attractive. But hey, if Jez finally loved it, I guess I’ll love him – I mean her too!

Abbie: Firstly, this is definitely cray cray make up. This girl looked like she got punched in the face. And then again another 3 times from different directions.
Note to self: never self-tan or wear pigmented orange blush.
Otherwise, she was definitely working her gown (if you’d call it a gown).
She’s definitely improved since day 1.

Elimination

Melissa’s pictures weren’t that great. She nailed the hair flick, but meh to the gothic/scifi mermaid.

Duckie’s scifi mermaid blended into the background. But that’s not really her fault… She can’t shine if she’s darker than the dress.
The other image was great. But not a WOWZA.

Abbie: LOVE her mermaid shot! Strong, sexy, LOOOOOOOONG LEGS. Clown/coloured picture…. meh. Not strong. Not sexy (but she did look like an odd ball). Not for me.

Shanali: amazing amazing amazing! I LOVE her mermaid shot!

>> Insert: THANK GOD DIDIER. You’re not only a looker, you’ve got the brains as well! He pointed out that Duckie has been consistently a great model, but Abbie has only had great shots at the end of the season. SO TRUE. You got it dude!

And now for the winner of the episode….

Shanali!

Well that was expected.

The one who’s eliminated though and will not get through to the finale for the public vote is…

*super long cliff hanger*

ABBIE!~

Eliminated: Abbie

Eliminated: Abbie

YESSSSS! Finally! We see eye to eye!

Abbie has been great in the last couple of episodes, but she hasn’t performed well throughout the whole competition, whereas Duckie has been hovered at the top of the mountain throughout the whole of Season 8.

Good choice!

Before I sign off though, it would’ve been better if Melissa and Abbie were in the bottom 2. I don’t think Melissa did that well to be above Duckie. But hey, Duckie got her spot, so I’m not complaining.

That’s it for this post guys!

Tune in next week to see who gets crowned AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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TALK ABOUT: ANTM S8E10

10 Sep

YAYER. Another week of top model – don’t I love this shit?

This week we start off with a lovely little Jen Mail hidden in the depths of the fridge (between the skim milk and cheese).
The girls need to man up you say? Why… what does that mean?

LESSON: How to man up…!

Rugby of course!

The girls head off for some drills on the football court. Getting down and dirty with some rugby. Along with some English eye candy, this is looking like a great start to the episode.

Anything interesting happen? Nothing much.
Just more reasons to dislike Abbie – who doesn’t know how to decipher between her lefts and rights!?

CHALLENGE: How to be a male model…?

Onto the challenge. Rocco the Drag King makes an appearance, along with a whole bunch of make up artists and Charlotte Dawson… who is quite artificial herself.

This is an exciting challenge! The girls need to try and act like a male model.
With androgyny being the hottest trend on the market, it’s no wonder why these girls need to try and be boys as well.

A prime example of androgyny at it’s best is our very own Australian Andrej Pejic!

Man? Woman? Man? WOMAN! Hello Andrej :)

Man? Woman? Man? WOMAN! Hello Andrej 🙂

The girls get to pick out their masculine outfits and choose their character. All whilst taking tips from Rocco to walk the walk and talk the talk.

Err, so with the transformations…. Duckie looks like the man. Really fit the brief, but whoa. This shit just got real with Duckie. She dressed up as a Melbournian construction worker. Nice one.

Dajana… LOVE THE ACTING.
Girlfriend, you are so on character, it’s hilarious!
I always knew you were wog, but you definitely brought that inner wog to life with a European business man working with “import and export”.

Dajana's Inspriation

Dajana’s Inspriation

Pretty much like our star of “The Wog Boy“. But with chains. And some intense facial hair.

Gotta love these challenges. This is most likely the most imaginative yet from the whole ANTM format – and trust me when I say this because I’ve seen them ALL. (Well all the ones in English and those that I can get my hands on anyway…)

After a little embarrassing role play of testing their manly skills in public, it’s revealed that a prize is up for grabs! Something along the lines of a tablet or small laptop with Windows 8 pre-loaded.
Sorry guys I was too busy drooling over Didier.

And to everyone’s surprise (not), DUCKIE WON!

Yeah that’s definitely a good choice. Seriously. There was way too much ‘man’ involved in her character.

Jade did mention something interesting though – “if I could push a button and have someone leave the competition…” [it’ll be Duckie].
Hmm… is this an indication of who’s leading the pack?
Duckie seems to be cruising along just fine and isn’t really failing in anything.

I wonder whether this is showing us a little insight into who’s in the final 3…?

PHOTO SHOOT: 90s Androgyny

I’m loving the idea of an androgynous shoot, but I’m not a fan of 90s fashion. In fact, I reckon you need to give it about 30 years before you revisit fashion trends. If you start tapping into relatively recent fashion, you just become out-dated.

Suits in the 90s - courtesy of N'SYNC

Suits in the 90s – courtesy of N’SYNC

It was all suits, ties and baggy pants this week, but none were too appealing.

Shanali: WHOA. 3 minute photo shoot. SAY WHAT? “Modelling Hall of Fame” (- Alex Perry). For sure girl! That’s crazy.
Even she thought the crew were joking…

Abbie: Again a good week! Hmmm maybe I under estimated her. She was blowing the photographer – Georges Anthoni, away. He was giggling himself giddy!
And her final photo? Amazing. Even I think so and I don’t like her. She looks like a man from afar, but the close up towards her face showed femininity and grace.

Jade/Dajana: you girls didn’t do too well this week at all. Didn’t fit the brief, wasn’t looking comfortable, looked like a model but didn’t model… you get the drift.

Melissa: “Already she’s model-worthy. Because she’s interesting.” – Georges Antoni. I hate it how Melissa has that advantage. But time and time again, her lack of range in her expression is noticed. And this week was not an exception.

Duckie: Hmm… considering on how she won the challenge, you’d think she’d do well. But nope. She did good, but not great. Girlfriend needed direction and wasn’t bringing “wow” to the lips of Alex and Georges Antoni.
Her final picture though was great. Bad hair? Yes. But that’s not her fault. That’s the hair stylist and brief’s fault. But the rest of here – whoa. I SO want to buy that suit.

And without a doubt, photo of the week goes to…

ABBIE!

Good on you girl! Seriously loved your picture this week and your attempt at the challenge was hilarious and convincing. Good choice judges.

And now for the bottom of the pack. Wait… what? Bottom 3?

NOOOOOO! DOUBLE ELIMINATION!

Shows that we’re nearing the end of the competition and the end of the show 😦

It’s now between Dajana, Duckie and Jade.
Who’s in and who’s out?

It’s a sad, sad day but the only one safe between the bottom 3 is Duckie.

That means, but my girls Dajana and Jade are OUT of the competition!

Eliminated: Dajana & Jade

Eliminated: Dajana & Jade

Too SAD 😦

Well it wasn’t going to last. They had good weeks and they had great weeks. But no matter how great they were one week, consistency was always and issue and it became their downfall.

Would’ve loved to see a westie hitting it through to the final 3 though.

Next week is the final 3 decider.
We have Duckie, Abbie, Melissa and Shanali still in the running. Who will JUST miss out on the fame and glory of final 3?
I say Melissa or Abbie.

Duckie and Shanali have had a solid run in the competition and hence should be able to secure a spot in the finals.

So lets wait till next week to see!

For now…

Lovelove,

Rean

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TALK ABOUT: ANTM S8E9! [Lesson: Body Shapes]

3 Sep

Hello hello!

Sorry for missing last week’s breakdown guys! I was feeling so horrible that… I missed the first 10 minutes of the episode! *GASP!* Blasphemy!

But at the end of the day, I watched the rest of the episode and was joyously rewarded with Ashley’s eviction! “Joy To The WOOOOOOOORLD!”
She was way too naggy and too much of a sook for her own good.
Good riddens!

The Challenge

Say what? Anti-gravity yoga? I want to try that!

The girls were required to do an anti-gravity yoga class to “learn the shapes of their body”.
Overall? Not bad girls! I didn’t think Abbie would’ve been the best at the challenge, but then again she is pretty much a monkey on camera. So it makes sense for her to be a monkey in yoga…

I wonder how long they had to hang upside down for though. That would’ve been fun!

Straight after the yoga class, the girls were shipped to some old-fart ex-jail and did another challenge that had nothing to do with the old-fart ex-jail…

Alex Perry’s “hot-off-the-runway” pieces were thrown into a small phone booth, along with some make up and a couple of girls to challenge them in a race to get ready. Loved the idea!
Only these girls would’ve been able to do it. If someone of my size (*ahem* size 12 *ahem*) attempted that challenge, I would’ve suffocated my opponent by accidentally squishing her against the glass with my “voluptuous” bottom.

So… lovely Dajana did a great job there. When commenting on Alex Perry’s frayed shoelaces on Alex Perry’s heels in front of Alex Perry himself, she blurted “IF YOUR CLOTHES WERE BETTER QUALITY, YOUR SHOELACES WOULDN’T BE FRAYED!” (something on the lines of that anyway. I don’t remember).

What’s with the heels anyway? It was gothic turned glam. Though not in a nice way.

Alex Perry High Lace Boots

Alex Perry High Lace Boots

It’ll be a complete bitch to lace them up, especially if you’re running late for work…!

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Hmmm… Love the laces?

Either way though, you know that wouldn’t have given Mr Perry the best impression of my favourite contestant.

In the end, Abbie the Monkey won the challenge, swept Duckie off her heels and got shipped to to the Langham Hotel for a high tea and a tea leaf reading. How lovely.

CHAT WITH DAMN-HOT-DIDIER

Oh how lovely! Didier Cohen made a surprise visit to the house, talking the girls through this experiences away from home, and helping the producers pry some good quality TV – I mean insight into why the girls are in the competition.

You know, for someone that’s only 16, Melissa is REALLY mature for her age!
Comparing her to the likes of Abbie is embarrassing. Melissa held a perfectly decent conversation for something who’s so young. I can’t imagine myself talking and walking like she does, when I was her age.

And *gasp* about Duckie’s sister! That’s definitely news!
This chat definitely has helped pull my heart strings towards Duckie for sure!

‘Meh’ to the other responses.
I’ve heard it all before.

Photoshoot Time!

C-O-S-M-O SHOOT!

SAY WHAT??!?!?

That’s CRAZY. Such an amazing prize for dodgy amateur models who aren’t even near the end of the competition yet! And they ALL get to go in the mag?!??!? THAT’S CRAY CRAY!

Notables?

Abbie: I’m loving her hair! She definitely looks better with her hair down. But performance + outfit + result…. meh.

Jade: LOVE HER. AND she proved herself. LOVE IT. Didn’t quite like her outfit. I’m not the biggest fan of 80s fashion. But you could tell she was on her GAME with her MOVES!

Shanali: Hmm… didn’t seem like she got the best comments from those on set, but cudos to her for changing up her face shape from “flat” to “I’mma bitch yo”.

Dajana: Again my favourite pulls through! She was working her SHAPES, working her BOD. Working her EVERYTHING. You go GIRL. I hope you get that extra feature in Cosmo.

Shannon: Didn’t do a very good job, girl. But I love your geometric skirt!

Geometric Skirts

Geometric Skirts

Check these babies out!

Verdict for the double page spread?

DUCKIE! CONGRATS!

I personally loved a couple of the other girls’ photos a lot more, but she must’ve had an amazing collection of shots to earn the double page!

ELIMINATION

On the left we have SHANALI! Tall, graceful, seemingly never at fault (but obviously failed this to impress this week).
On the right we have SHANNON! Bland, over-shadowed and besides having a giant set of teeth… nothing note worthy.

Hmmm… without having been too obvious, the next to leave is….

SHANNON!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

And photo of the week went to Dajana!

YAYAYAYAY! You go girl!!!!!

You work that BOD.

Well that’s it for this week’s episode. Not taken away by the styling at all – the 80s hair and styling was not my cup of tea. But I’m definitely loving Shannon’s geometric patterned skirt and geometric-statement-necklace/plain-shirt combo 🙂

Until next week…!

Love love,

REAN.

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August 2013 Favourites!

29 Aug

With another month gone by, here’s another post about my August Favourites! (And not so favourites…)

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Starting with the positive

Favourites

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose

So bare with me whilst I describe a perfume for the very first time.

This scent is sweet, bordering on sticky (like honey) with fruity notes under all that sugar.
Something comparable to a chocolate strawberry that lifts you up into the clouds with Katy Perry…!

I personally love sweet and floral scents, so of course I fell in love with this perfume.
Also, Emma Watson endorses this product – she was the face of the campaign, sot that’s an extra 10xmillion points added to the tally.

This might be a little strong for anyone that prefers a light perfume throughout the day. But it’s definitely perfume for a night out with your man (or man to be).
I myself wear this on a daily basis though. I just can’t get enough of it!

Beauty Blender

So before we get into the “screaming-fan-girl” mode, I just want to point out that this is definitely expensive for what it is.
Er… $30+ for a couple of foundation sponges is ridiculous. Even if they’re amazing.

Now. On to the mini-review.

*cue screaming fan girl*

This is the BOMB-DIGIDY. Fo’ sho this is expensive, but it definitely lives up to the hype of flawless coverage.
It’s easy to use and easy to clean (just introduce some water and soup, then rub); and blends foundation like a charm.

A couple of things to note though:

  • It does thin out the foundation. So when a normal thicker foundation gives you medium to full coverage with another foundation applicator, the beauty blender will only apply it on as medium coverage.
    Of course though, you could opt-in to adding on a second layer. But then that’s time consuming and annoying.
    Which leads me on to my next point.
  • It takes AT LEAST 1.5 times longer to apply foundation, than any other applicator. Any that I’ve tried anyway.
    It’s extremely tedious to continuously bounce the sponge against the surface of your face. And by the time you get through the whole face, that’s just forever.

Besides that though, I’m TOTALLY LOVING THIS.

Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer: Bronzed and Chic

I’m pretty sure this has been on a past favourites list before, but I’m loving it especially this month.
Reason being, I’m using a foundation that’s lighter than the rest of my body, so I need to match it up to the rest of my skin tone.
Not sure why it’s so light though, considering we’re in winter here…

This bronzer isn’t very pigmented, so that’s actually great for anyone wanting to opt-in for more of a natural wash of colour.
There are also 4 different shades of the bronzer – a quad of a bronzer if you will.

A lighter orange undertone in the top left, a lighter bronze with dark pink undertones in the top right.
The bottom 2 are darker versions of the top, with the lightest to darkest arranged in a clock-wise direction.

With this, it suits any needs of bronzing; whether you need a lighter or darker colour.

Australis Make Up Finishing Spritz

This is definitely another repeat favourite. I hope you’re not getting bored?
But seriously, this is good stuff!

This finishing spritz helps keep foundation on for longer and reduces the amount of slipping and sliding – all my oily skin sisters know what I’m talking about!

But this month, I’ve been trying to use up all my little foundation samples, and some have been sitting in my drawers for awhile, so they’ve started to dry up.
To battle the dry consistency, I just spritz a little bit of this after I apply the base and concealer to increase moisture, and then again after my setting powder to set the final look!

Alright, I’m done ranting. Moving on… sorry.

Revlon Lip Butter in Plum

So we all know how amazing these lip butters can be. Affordable, moisturising and comes in a ridiculous amount of colours that are sheer enough for a “light day look” but pigmented though to make a difference.

What I’m really loving this month is specifically the “Plum” shade.
it’s a pretty dark mauve – more purple than pink when you look at it from the bullet or swatch it on your hand.
When it’s applied to the lips though, the pink of my lips bring back the mauve and presents a beautiful magenta shade that is great for my skin tone.

So for relatively pale ladies out there with yellow undertones, take this baby out for a test drive. I’m sure you’ll love it!

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Wash

OH GOD. Thank you. No. THE BODY SHOP. Thank YOU.
This body wash smells ridiculously amazing!

If you’ve come across The Body Shop products before, you’ll know what I mean.
This body wash has the most delicious, sweet smell of strawberries that makes you want to sing whilst in the shower!
The lather that builds up from this body wash is simply heavenly. And a little goes a long way.

It’s so good, you’ll never want it to end.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

I’m sure you’ve all been hearing the hype about this product. If you haven’t, you’re either not on the right social networking groups, or you live under a rock.

This has been raved about ridiculously and is appearing on every girl’s wish list.
In the recent 40% off skincare sale at Priceline, my local store was left with barren and beaten shelves where once this product stood…

There was no way I could’ve gotten my hands on one of these, if I wanted to avoid a pack of raging hyenas that once were friendly women.
But I found a sample in my draw from a Bellabox a couple of months ago. And the angels sang…

Okay, I guess it wasn’t that dramatic. But I do not kid you, after using this product twice, the blackheads on my face has visibly reduced.

I haven’t been able to try it for longer since I only have a small smple of this goodness.
But I’m pretty sure that when I get around to having a full-size version, I’m going to start looking like Miranda Kerr!

Just sayin’.

Orofluido Beauty Elixir

Here’s my last favourite of the month, the Orofluido Beauty Elixir hair oil!

I’ve never tried hair oils prior to this, assuming that it’ll be a disaster for my already oily hair.
After a lot of great reviews on hair oils though, I decided to give this a try. And lo’ and behold, it is amazing!

After using this product, my hair feels extremely soft and silky, and doesn’t have an oily residue (not even on my hands)!
I’ve also noticed that it helps with my dry scalp and keeps my hair feeling cleaner and fresher for longer.

Also, another plus is a little goes a long way. A small amount drizzled onto the tip of my finger can blend and hydrate my shoulder length hair.

Ladies, hair oil is definitely worth looking into.
Take the plunge!

Misses

Maybelline Baby Lips

So… I might lose some viewers. And you might be scrolling down to type up some hate mail in the comments section below.
But I really am not enjoying my Maybelline Baby Lips this month.

This has been the one and only Baby Lips I’ve tried – the Anti-Oxidant Berry. So that might be a contributing factor.
Maybe it’s a dud.
But excuses aside, this lip balm just isn’t doing it for me!

When applied, the formula is so greasy that I look like I have an oil-slick on my lips.
Though there’s really no colour, the amount of product that transfers to my lips in one swipe is impossible. Making the concentrated product look white, and hence making me look dead.

Granted there’s a nice berry smell to the balm, but that doesn’t justify the ghostly slick that also comes with it. And on top of everything, I haven’t found it to be very moisturising at all; defeating the purpose of a balm.

If I needed to describe the texture, I would say it’s TOO buttery.
if that’s possible.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I’ve used up a couple of these, and I still don’t think it’s done much for my hair.

Not only does it give me a white cast that can’t be brushed or blended in, it doesn’t really keep my hair fresh throughout the whole of the second day, post-wash.

I love the scents of the products. Definitely a plus. Oh that and the affordable price.
But then it doesn’t really work for me, so technically it’s not that affordable if you think about it…

There’s better dry shampoos out there.

Garnier Heat Styling Spray

Effectiveness-wise, I’m sure this product works.

I didn’t feel my hair get any drier and more brittle when I used this before heat styling, so I guess it’s done its job at protecting my hair.
But the nozzle of the bottle is horrible!

There’s only one spray setting, which is a strong linear spray rather than a mist. Which means that the product is concentrated on certain areas of your hair and you’ll need to go through the trouble of massaging it into the rest of your hair to disperse the product.

Plus, as mentioned, I didn’t notice a difference in the state of my hair. So even if it’s working, it’s just maintaining rather than improving my hair condition.
And I’m sure there are other products out there that do both.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara

We all know how much I love Clinique, so it really pains me when something I try from the brand is bad.
Well my heart is aching because this is one of those cases.

This mascara lengthens – but not very much.
This mascara volumizes – but not that intensely.
And it also clumps – which is not cool.

Overall, if you take away the clumping, it’s an alright mascara after a couple of coats.
It extends my lashes a little and makes them bold, so my eyes are framed and more striking.
The problem though is the clumping.

It’s ridiculous, the amount of care and caution I use to apply this mascara to reduce clumping.
It’s a pain in the butt.
It also takes a light year to try and separate the damage with a fresh spoolie. Which only reduces the clumping a little might I add.

If all these precautions and steps aren’t taken, I’m left with about 5 lashes per eye.
With these steps, I end up with about 8.

So that’s it for my August Favourites guys!
Thanks for sticking around and let me know whether you want me to do any in-depth reviews on the above products or anything else!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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June 2013 Favourites!

15 Jul

HELLO WORLD!

Finally writing another post and it feels like a breath of fresh air!
I have a whole lot of stuff coming up, so stay tuned! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube… if you would like to keep up to date with all my going-on-isms…

SO. Favourites. Favorites. However you spell it.
It’s late – yep I know. But better late than never!

LETS BEGIN!

FAVOURITES!

Johnson’s Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes!

Johnson's Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes

Johnson’s Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes

There are some amazing facial wipes right here.

Not only are they affordable (drug store prices) and came in a handy pack of 3; as per the packaging, it really does remove waterproof eye makeup!

It takes off my long lasting foundation oh-so-well and is gentle and doesn’t make me break out.
On top of everything, it doesn’t tear and stretch like other cheaper brands.

The only thing that isn’t too great about these cleansing wipes is the oily residue that’s left behind on my skin after use. This is especially evident when I pull a wipe out of a freshly opened packet!
It’s definitely a little inconvenient when I use these wipes just before a work out session at my local gym. But after a little while, the extra moisture does dry and lessen on my face, so it doesn’t pose too big of a problem.

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector Palette

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector Palette

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector Palette

WOW. Now this has definitely been a favourite of mine throughout June, and will CONTINUE to be a favourite I’m pretty sure!

I have not seen a corrector palette like this before amongst any other drug store brands.
You can always find the occasional stand-alone corrector stick (in yellow or green etc), but I’ve never seen it come in a palette amongst more affordable brands!

I’ve only spotted something similar within Make Up Forever’s range, Ben Nye and Napoleon Perdis (though I’m pretty sure other companies out there produce these palettes). But all I’ve come across have been either quite expensive or hard to get my hands on considering I live on an island, surrounded by 3 oceans. i.e. Australia.

In particular, I am loving the lavender shade in this palette. When applying a thin layer underneath my eyes, my dark circles are immediately highlighted and concealed! And with some standard skin tone concealer straight over the top, my dark circles are the last of my worries throughout the day.

Australis Make Up Finishing Spritz

Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz

Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz

Behold, it’s another Australis product in my favourites!
They’re definitely killing it recently, aren’t they?

This is again another product that I have mainly seen amongst high end brands, so I was super surprised when I found this sitting in the Australis section of my local Priceline drug store.

Not only is it inexpensive and comes in a decent size bottle (150ml to be exact), it also WORKS!

Just a light layer of this spritz all over your foundation keeps it staying on for longer throughout the day, and reduces the “cakey” and “powdery” look of loose powder foundation.

Besides having to let you know that this spritz is more than half the price and 5 times the size of the famed Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Make Up Setting Spray, there’s really nothing more I can say…

Sasatine Blotting Tissues

Blotting tissues to the rescue! Who needs them? Because I definitely do.

As a sufferer of excessive-oily-skin syndrome, I am a constant believer of blotting tissues.

I mostly find that cheaper alternatives are very bad quality, leaving oily residue on the hand you employed to put the blotting tissue into action…
And more expensive brands are really not worth it! (In no way can I justify spending $18 AUD on 75 Mary Kay blotting tissues – no matter how great they are!)

But. I have found. The ONE.

These blotting tissues are not only about $2 on sasa.com.au, they’ve got one plastic-like side and one tissue side, which ends up stopping any oils transferring onto your fingers after use!
They’re great 🙂

I approve.

Exfoliating Glove

Exfoliating Glove

Exfoliating Glove

Now if you don’t exfoliate your body already, you need to get on the bandwagon.

I just picked up these gloves from my local supermarket – it set me back about $4 AUD max, and use it about 2 times a week.

After ever use, my skin feels ridiculously soft and smooth and all the grime, dirt and… dead skin cells… are washed away, leaving me baby smoooooth!

Word of warning: try not to get too addicted and use these gloves too often.
They are exfoliating your skin at the end of the day, and this shouldn’t be happening too regularly otherwise your skin may start to get sensitive from excessive abrasion.
But team it with your favourite body wash a couple of times a week, and you will not stop touching yourself!… Your SKIN that is. In a completely non-sexual way…

*awkward*

Dermaveen Shampoo And Conditioner

Dermaveen Shampoo & Conditioner

Dermaveen Shampoo & Conditioner

For dry scalp and dandruff sufferers, please read on.

I have been experiencing an extremely dry and dandruff-filled scalp lately, causing me to run to different GPs crying for help.

After some prescribed shampoos and even recommendations to visit a scalp specialist, the only thing that’s worked for me is Dermaveen!

I was recommended this by a cousin of mine that was experiencing the same thing (to a lesser degree) and after picking up the bottles from my local Priceline, I have never had a dandruff problem since.

What used to be a low self-esteem and self-conscious Rean, is now a loud and proud individual who is unafraid of letting down her hair and shaking her head around like a wild woman!

This has definitely been the biggest help to my journey of scalp recovery, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be a favourite for awhile yet!

There is also a lovely almond scent that is refreshing against all the floral scents that you get from other hair care products.

This has definitely saved the day.

Manicare Cuticle Oil

Manicare Cuticle Oil

Manicare Cuticle Oil

I AM A BELIEVER! (Wow, aren’t I particularly passionate about my favourites this month???)

This product has gotten me through autumn (fall) and majority of winter, without painful dry skin appearing around my nail beds.

Have you seen The Black Swan?
Do you remember the scene where she was picking at the dry skin around her nail, started to pull it and…. okay lets just leave it at that.

Well I used to get the same dry skin around my nails when winter rolled around each year, causing the skin to peel and snag against clothes (knit especially) and bring tears to my eyes.
After applying this before any fresh mani though, my skin stayed moisturised and peel free!

There is no need for Black Swan moments. Just a (nut) cracker of a mani without the distractions of sore dry skin.

MISSES. (BOO!)

4ME Nail Polish Remover Pads

4me Nail Polish Remover Pads

4me Nail Polish Remover Pads

There is only one miss in the month of June for Miss Rean, and it’s the 4ME Nail Polish Remover Pads that I got in a Bellabox a few months ago.

Don’t get me wrong – this is a great concept!
Nail polish remover on the go, without the hassle of liquids, spillage, and a travel disaster waiting to happen.

The only problem is that it doesn’t work!

I’m not sure whether it’s the actual design of the product or whether it’s just this particular brand, but it takes about a MILLION YEARS to try and remove any nail polish residue with these remover pads.
If I’m going to have the risk of turning into the Wicked Witch of the West with these frustratingly incompetent remover pads, I may as well just stick out the horrible nail look and wait till I get home to take off what’s left with proper polish remover.

I better stop my rant now. I’m feeling myself turn green already.

Well that’s it for my June Favourites!

Thanks for reading, and if you guys are interested in more reviews, comments, rants or random things from me… then follow me on all the below!

Lovelove,
Rean

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