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TALK ABOUT: Oz The Not So Great Or Powerful…

11 Mar

Hi guys!

I was out on the weekend and decided to watch a movie with a friend.
She was very keen on seeing Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters, but as I’m personally a scardy cat and can’t handle anything confronting, there was no way I was going to see a film rated ‘R’ for “strong amounts of violence and gore”…

So! We ended up seeing Oz The Great And Powerful.

I had high expectations for this. Okay maybe not sky high. It is about the Wizard of Oz after all. But considering the whole entertainment industry went insane over it and considering there are custom made Urban Decay palettes, I did think it was going to be a relatively good movie!

Urban Decay: Oz Palettes

Urban Decay: Oz Palettes

Apparently not.

Okay so it’s a prequel of The Wizard of Oz. It’s a fairytale. It’s adapted from a children’s bedtime story. But it was not a good enough movie for all the hype!
The acting was way too dramatic and the make up on all 3 witches were only mediocre.
Even kids movies are entertaining to some extent for the average adult. Oz The Great and Powerful though was a disappointment and a half.

FYI: my friend and I had our phones out halfway through the movie.
Yes it was that bad.

I must say though, the mise en scene of the film was quite impressive. Colours, location design, the display of Land of Oz wonders was very well executed. The story itself just lacked.

The make up:

Back to the hype of the film, I was expecting outstanding make up and costumes but everything seemed fairly mediocre to me.

Evanora (played by Rachel Weiz) didn’t have any looks worth noting.

Oz The Great And Powerful: Evanora

Oz The Great And Powerful: Evanora

Theodora (played by Mila Kunis) simply sporting a dark brown eye look before *SPOILER ALERT* she became green all over.

Oz The Great And Powerful: Theodora

Oz The Great And Powerful: Theodora

The only other character that had slightly notable make up was Glinda, the good witch (played by Michelle Williams).

Oz The Great And Powerful: Glinda

Oz The Great And Powerful: Glinda

She had a soft silver glittery eye that matched the silver dress she wore throughout the film.
There was this constant lone strand of hair that was sitting across her face all the time though, that was so annoying to see! No curl, no wave – it was sitting limp along her face, pulling away all the class that the rest of her exuded.

Initially I thought it could’ve been a sign of distress. Since she was going through a few hiccups throughout the movie. But NO! By the end of it, when the happy ending rolled around, that strand of hair was still there! No attractive.

Witch: Glinda. Horrible lone strand of hair!

Witch: Glinda. Horrible lone strand of hair!

This is a relatively good version of the strand of hair… but see what I mean?? What is that??

Deep breath. Life goes on.

Anyhow, that’s my little rant.
Though Glinda’s make up was a little different to what you’d normally see, I don’t think anything in regards to costume and beauty was worth all the talk.

Sorry if you disagree but… I just didn’t get it.

Let’s hope my next cinematic experience is better than this one. But for now…




HAUL: Sasa + Priceline Goodies!

28 Oct
Hi guys!

I’ve recently run out of my Clinique Anti-Blemish face wash (yes I have an acne problem!), so when placing an order for a little more stock on this amazing product, I “conveniently” added a couple of extras.

Sasa + Priceline Haul

First off, lets start with Sasa. If you haven’t heard of Sasa before, it’s an online cosmetics and skincare store that stocks a whole range of brands from well known high end lines like Clinique and Mac, to Asian brands that are less known (in some countries). They ship internationally and do free shipping after a certain threshold! So check that out if you’re keen.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam

First off I purchased two of these Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foams. Can I just say that ever since I’ve been struggling with acne from around the age of 15 (I’m currently 22), I have never found a skin care system that could help me solve all my problems other than this Clinique Anti-Blemish range.

HG. That’s what it is. This range is my HG and for anyone out there that has severe acne, I suggest you try this. I did not have much hope prior to finding Clinique. I had come to the conclusion that my skin was most likely going to have to break out every week or so and I’d have to live with it. Never did I know that I could end up with blemish free skin until I found you, Clinique. Hence I’m a major fan of the brand.

I’ve recently started trying the Liquid Facial Soap in 3 (oily) as I have a sample from a previous purchase and I was waiting for my Sasa package. I’m still within the testing phase so I’m unsure of how well it is performing in comparison, but so far it’s been alright. I’ve noticed that it’s brought forth a lot of smaller blemishes – like white heads all over my face. But hopefully this is only occurring to “cleanse” the skin of all these little fatty deposits before evolving to become baby smooth.

Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

Within the past month, I’ve been more aware of the aging process (I know you might that ” But you’re only 22!”. Well it’s never too early I say.), so as a result I also picked up this Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate to tackle prevention of wrinkles!

I’m not too sure why I chose this particular eye cream. Maybe because I haven’t had much past experience with Lancome and it seems to be Michelle Phan’s brand of choice (or potentially they’re the ones signing her, so she can’t NOT advertise it…). But hopefully when I start using it, I’ll find that it’s hydrating and works on dark circles – because that’s what I’m after at the moment.

That being the end of notable products from Sasa, lets start with Priceline!

I visited Priceline just a couple of days ago and saw a 20% off sale on all skincare and cosmetics! I’m not sure how long this sale is going for – apologies if it’s already over.

When I was there, I really wanted to find a loose mineral foundation powder to set my daily foundation and help tackle the midday oil sheen.

Physician’s Formula Talc-Free Mineral Wear Loose Powder

I’ve previously noticed the Physician’s Formula brand but never had much of an opportunity to try any of their products. After hearing good recommendations from other online gurus like Jen from frmheadtotoe though, I thought I’d try it out to see whether it would suit my skin.

I purchased this in Creamy Natural after testing the colour to my skin. The great thing about this product is that it comes with a small clip in powder brush. This is great for travel as you don’t need to bring full size brushes for application. But I’m currently in the middle of waiting on a set of Sigma brushes – I’ve heard of great things! So as that’s still sitting on the loading page, I can use this handy little addition in the meantime.

One thing I’m worried about with using loose foundation though is the potential for product to sit amongst the fine lines and pores on your face. I’ve had this happen before and rather than concealing anything, it enhanced those aspects.

It might require a combination of skin care and a good base before applying this loose powder, but I will definitely experiment and update you on my progress.

L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer

And last but not least, the product that I’m most excited about trying is this L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer (wow that was a mouth full). I have heard SO MUCH about this – the help it provides with oily skin and how it works as an amazing primer.

I noticed it looks different to those mentions on YouTube though. In these videos the primer seems to come in a sort of pot rather than a pump as you can see above. But this could potentially be a packaging difference due to region.

I think the pump would work a lot better. I would have a more consistent amount of product every time I use it, and it’s a lot more hygienic than the “finger-in-pot” situation some gurus have. Hopefully I’ve purchased the right one though – I did match the names up to the mentions!

So that’s all the notables from my recent Sasa and Priceline haul. I did get a few more products but those were really to fill the basket a little at Sasa, so I could take advantage of the free delivery.

Obviously I suffer from a not-so-welcome shine, so if you have any suggestions to other products whether it be a foundation or primer that you’ve tried and have succeeded with, comment below and I’ll give it a go!

But for now, lovelove. Rean.

Chat Chat Chatter..

15 Oct

Hello there!

Now I wonder how you managed to stumble across this little site.

What is this all about you say? Well I thought I might just add to all the beauty blogs already within this stratosphere of online opinions and contribute my own little thoughts to products, pieces, places and people to watch out for!

Hopefully this will turn out to be a high traffic smashing blog filled with tips and thoughts on what’s patiently waiting on some store shelf, for you to pick up!
Inspiration: Michelle Phan, Frmheadtotoe, eleventhgorgeous. But hey. I think I’m getting ahead of myself here. I don’t even know what I’m doing let alone the direction and popularity this will travel with.

But all in all, hopefully this will be seen be SOMEBODY out there and I’m not simply speaking to myself…

So drop a line and comment back if you can spare a sec, and I’ll know my efforts aren’t futile.

Lovelove. Rean.

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