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Lust Have It: October Edition

28 Oct

BAM BAM BAM!

Not sure why I started the blog like that, but I’m glad I grabbed your attention.
Another month is about to close off, which means I have another Lust Have It box to share!

Lust Have It October

Lust Have It October

First off, I am loving the new presentation of this box. The opening flap makes the box a little different to the Bellabox, and a change in packaging is always nice!

Le Tan Wash Off

Le Tan Wash Off in Bronze

Le Tan Wash Off in Bronze

Personally I don’t use fake tan. I’ve never felt the need to tan myself so I’ve never tried it. But this is a great deluxe size to try out and see whether you like the product.
Might need to find someone to gift it to though…

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow

Full size product alert! Love it when his happens.
Loving the colour this has come in – a shimmery emerald green that’s great for glamourous night looks.

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow Swatch

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow Swatch

Granted, this is a colour that’s a little out of my comfort zone – and I’m sure many of you are nodding your heads in agreement.
But let’s be honest here, who already has neutral eyeshadows? There we go. We all do. That’s why this is a great little taste of colour for anyone who’s too nervous to buy anything other than browns. Go Lush Have It!

Paula’s Choice Oil Blotting Papers

Paula's Choice Oil Blotting Papers

Paula’s Choice Oil Blotting Papers

I love my oil blotting papers. This oily T-Zone of mine has been the cause of one too many embarrassing photos, so any oil blotters are welcome in my collection.

I’m also really excited about these because of the brand – I’ve heard of Paula’s Choice for a while, but have never tried anything from her range. So this will be a nice introduction.

EVO Ritual Salvation Care Shampoo and Conditioner

EVO Ritual Salvation Shampoo and Conditioner

EVO Ritual Salvation Shampoo and Conditioner

This set sounds really good actually. According to the information card, it’s recommended for colour-treated, weak and brittle hair – which is great for me! My hair is in the most horribly dry and damaged condition, it’s ridiculous. Only problem is the giant backlog of shampoos and conditioners that are waiting to be used and washed down the drain.
So… I’m not sure when I’ll be getting to these.

Smitten Whipped Tinted Mousse Moisturiser

Smitten Whipped Mousse Foundation in Cappuccino

Smitten Whipped Mousse Foundation in Cappuccino

I LOVE FOUNDATIONS!
No idea what brand Smitten is. I’ve never heard of it. But gosh an I excited to try this one!
I’ll have to check the colour on this. See whether the Cappuccino shade fits my skin tone. But either way, I’m going to love trying this out!

Princess Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Mask

Princess Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Mask

Princess Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Mask

I’m always up for a good mask. This mask contains Hyaluronic Acid that helps with dehydrated skin and “reduces fine lines and wrinkles whilst maintaining elasticity”. Well we’ll see about that.
But masks are always welcome!

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the box this month. They’re definitely picking it up.
From first glance, it does look a little poor. But once you go through the products included, they really are good ones.
The tinted Moisturiser itself is a decent size and the shampoo and conditioner duo will last awhile. If you’re a self-tanner, the Le Tan wash would be a nice inclusion to your collection too.
$20 monthly subscription? I’d be happy about paying for it this month. They have had a few dud boxes in the past, so I’ll need to sit back and see whether they continue to hit the mark.
But if you’re looking to try it out, pop in the coupon code “REAN” at the checkout and till get $5 off your first month.

Enjoy!!

Lovelove,

Rean.

DISCLAIMER: Yes, I was sent his box by Lust Have It. But they did not ask me to review it, nor chuck in any good comments. So all the above is 110% my own opinion of this subscription.

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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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REVIEW: Lust Have It – August 2013 Edition! [Celebration]

6 Sep

Hello hello!
So before I start, I did get this box sent to me.
I am NOT subscribed to LHI (that’s Lust Have It for anyone who couldn’t guess…), but these are all my honest opinions about the box – FO SHO.

Looking at the contents of this box, I’m definitely impressed by the products that were sent through.
In comparison to the June box that I also received from LHI, this is a much better edition – I’m glad they sent me this and showed me that June was most likely just a bit of a miss.

The theme this month is also ‘Celebration’, but judging by the items included in the box, there doesn’t seem to be a real connection…
Pretty random I reckon.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 200 Pink Light

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 200 Pink Light

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 200 Pink Light

First things first – YAY for full size products!

This came in the box in its original 30ml form – the same as if you’d bought it from a store.
So that’s a giant plus for this edition.

Illuminators are great – they fit majority of skin types and can be used all year round. But since we’re heading into summer here in Australia, it’s definitely a great little plus to have!
On top of that, I personally love Revlon cosmetics. Especially the PhotoReady line, so that’s another tick in the right boxes for me.
But I must say, I did a bit of a swatch on the back of my hand, and I wasn’t overly impressed.

The product is a rosy pink – something you’d expect from the name “pink light”. It has visible silver glitter particles, rather than a pearlescent glow that help catch the light.

When applied, the texture is quite light – which is nice. And when indoors, you can barely see that it’s on your skin.
The moment you try and step outdoors though, you may… just feel like Edward Cullen.

I’m hoping that it could be a bit of a heavy swatch that’s caused all this reflection.
I’ll need to try it out a little more to see how it goes. But overall, it’s great to see a full-size product and Revlon at that.

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Another Revlon sample has been thrown into the box. This time the newly released Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation!

This has been released for about a year in the States already, and our US sisters have been raving about this product whilst we turned green with envy.
But ever since it’s hit the shelves here down-under, I’ve been keen to try it out.
So it was a great surprise to find it in this box!

Another great move by Lust Have It: they included samples of 4 different shades (there are 12 available), so anyone who received the box will be able to either find their matching colour or mix a couple of the colours together to test out the foundation first.
Great work! Looking forward to try it.

KMS California Free Shape Shampoo and Conditioner

KMS California Free Shape Shampoo And Conditioner

KMS California Free Shape Shampoo And Conditioner

So it appears that something is missing.

The description card included in the box seems to suggest that both the KMS Shampoo and KMS Conditioner will be available in the box.
But. I only got a shampoo sample…

The actual product sounds pretty promising.
It’s supposed to prep your hair for styling and can help keep the style in place for longer.

It would be great to see whether this works. I’d be the ultimate test with my dead straight hair.
Not even perms keep it curly…

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

This also looks quite promising – a spray to protect and help keep styling in place whilst still letting hair stay flexible rather than crunchy.
Well that’s what the description is saying anyway.

Unlike the shampoo sample though, this actually looks like a decent size that’ll last a couple of uses to really test out the product.
The shampoo sample on the other hand looks like it’ll only last half a wash.
I don’t really like sachets…

Sinful Colors Nail Enamel

Sinful Colors Nail Enamel

Sinful Colors Nail Enamel

Oh! I’m definitely looking forward to this one!
I’ve heard quite positive feedback from fellow YouTube Gurus, and apparently (according to the description card) it’s long wearing and chip resistant – musts in nail enamel.

I’m quite rough with my nails though. Polishes can last only 2-3 days on my manicures.
So it’ll be good to see whether this is really that ‘long-wearing’ and ‘chip resistant’!

On top of that since it’s a lovely bright pink, I’m loving the colour.

Lush Gorgeous Cream

Lush Gorgeous Cream

Lush Gorgeous Cream

Besides the fact that I can’t open the sample packaging, I’m really excited about trying this product.
Not sure whether I can access it to try it though.

This cream comes in a little black tub, in Lush’s signature black containers and looks to last for 1-2 applications.

Lush is known for their fragrant and natural products. Even if it’s not the best day moisturiser, it’ll be great just based on smell; I’m sure!

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

Last but not least, Lust Have It has tossed in a couple of very VERY exciting products.

La Roche Posay has taken Australia by STORM!
Everyone is raving about their products right now and all the reviews I have come by are especially loving the Effaclar Duo – a light moisturiser for problem skin.

Even though LHI didn’t include this product in this month’s box, they have included a sample of the Eau Thermale – a thermal spring water that’s soothes sensitive skin and helps with anti-aging.
According to the pamphlet, you can use this as a refresher throughout the day or spray a little after your daily cleanser to tackle the beast of time!

Say what? I’m a little busy showering myself with this thermal mist at the moment.
This post will have to wait till I’m finished making my complexion baby smooth.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP

Okay maybe I haven’t reverted back to having my past toddler skin yet, but this second La Roche Posay product is too exciting to ignore.

This is supposed to be a lipid-replenishing body balm that offers “24 hours of anti-scratching efficacy”.
It’s used to treat eczema or super dry skin with shea butter to smooth the surface and provide comfort whilst Niacinamide relieves itchiness.

This would be great for the summer time when eczema flares up for me – usually in the areas where sweat accumulates; like the back of my knees or inside my elbows.
But for any ladies out there who have dry skin, not only on your face; this would be great to soothe the irritation.

Overall this month’s box was quite exciting!
There are quite a few items that I’d really love to try and hopefully you’ll see some reviews coming up, or mentions in my favourites! *fingers crossed*

Regarding value, I’m personally still not convinced that this edition or the subscription in general is worth $20.
Especially since there is a cheaper option on the market.

The Revlon PhotoReady Illuminator being a full-size, makes up for the price of the box already, But I find that inconsistency tends to be an issue with this subscription.

Based on the June edition, I would not have subscribed. Simple as that.
But this month’s box is steering my impressions in a good direction. I guess I’ll need to sit back and see if it’s worth the money after a couple more months.

If you are interested though, you can always just sign up to a 1-month subscription and use the coupon code “REAN” to get $5 off your first box.

You may like the box for yourself!

For now though, I bid my adieu!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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TALK ABOUT: Australia’s Next Top Model S8E7 [RUNWAY WALK!]

21 Aug

And here we go again! Another episode of Australia’s Next Top Model!
I don’t think I have ever put up another post so close to my last – I hope this continues!

First off, we get introduced to the “lesson” of the week.

Lesson of the Week: Runway Walk!

walk

This is the first time throughout the season, where we get to properly check out whether these girls are strutting like top models, or stumbling down like a mad bull.

Each of ’em ladies had to strut their stuff for one for the designers of Manning Cartel and Jen Hawks.
And whilst these lovely high-profilers judged them, little insignificant me did a little critiquing too.

– Abbie: Girl, stop swinging your hips. You’re exaggerating your walk too much.

– Duckie: Stop stomping! Anyone can hear you from a mile away!

– Dajana: I love you. You’ll never be at fault in my books.

– Ashley:… er…. are you trying to look a little stupid? Stop it with the hands. You’re getting a one way ticket to arm-cramps.

– Jade: I love you too, but you look like you’re sleep walking.

– Shanali: I’m really not a fan… you are just all-round boring.

– Shannon: You look great! Just might need a little brushing up.

– Melissa: Looking like a pony trotting down the runway…

Now just to add a little drama to the episode, Ashley the sook does it again.

Girl, you’re trouble. Stop whinging and wipe up those tears with a mop of maturity.
You make for great TV, but you’re not great for my hair – it’s falling out with frustration!

For a potential model to have a whinge about some critique is a little… silly.
Suck it up babe. If you want to keep travelling down that career path, you better start loving some negative comments.

NOW ONTO THE CHALLENGE! *squeal*

Challenge: Who will be the F-A-C-E of Colgate Optic White?

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WOWOWOWOW. Say what? The f-a-c-e of Colgate Optic White?
So early into the competition?

This is an epic prize. Even if whoever it is doesn’t become the winner of this season’s Australia’s Next Top Model, they still get this amazing addition to their portfolio!

Good luck girls!

Potentials with enough personality and charm to get the role?

– Dajana: she’s a natural actress. Plus she’s fun and bubbly. That’s all the boxes ticked.

– Jade: not sure about her smile. It kind of looks fake. But overall, her great personality and giant pearly whites should do it.

– Duckie: She’s just so cute! Not only does she have the best personality of all the girls, she’s ALWAYS smiling. No seriously, ALWAYS.

All the girls seemed to have done well, but oh what. Did someone say Ashley sooked again?
Well you heard right, because that’s exactly what she did.

Get out of that bad attitude and pull yourself together woman.
Otherwise, you’re never going to “be on top”.

Now for the big announcement: the new face of Colgate Optic White is… *drum roll*….!

… IS… (longest pause ever!!)

JADE! 

I-KNEW-IT.

She had one of the best performances from the beginning, and was fun and relatable throughout the whole casting.
Plus she keeps getting good mentions from Alex Perry and the Brand Manager of Colgate.

Good on you Jade!

Now for the photo shoot. Wonder what the theme is this week.

Photoshoot – Sophisticated Smiles!

Lo and behold, it’s a smiley photoshoot!

The girls were all decked out in glamourous gowns and dreamy hair and make up, and were asked to smile brightly and naturally – like you were just trying to give a sophisticated laugh to what Leonard DiCaprio just joked about.

First off, I must say that I’m loving the drama, the dresses and the overall styling of the shoot!
Majority of the gowns were to die for, and the hair was just purely GOR-GEOUS.

Standouts of the crowd – for good or bad were:

– Melissa: She seems to be having some trouble… or is the intense background music just making me feel like that.
She’s having issues with smiling naturally and that’s definitely affecting her performance.
I hope you pull through Mel!

– Duckie Duckie Duckie: – Cutest girl ever! She’s the sweetest thing and the smiliest – this shoot was made for her.

– Abbie: Okay… again with the scrunched up nose – there’s most likely a giant imaginary garbage bag just under her nose.
Love the white dress though: long and sleeveless. Like a high – end sophisticated formal maxi of some sort.

– Jade: LOVE THE LOOK. The red dress, the lace, the long sleeves – it reminds me of Kristen Stewart’s wedding dress in the final film of the Twilight Saga.

Twilight - Bella's Wedding Dress

Twilight – Bella’s Wedding Dress

– Dajana: 

OMG.

LOVE

THE

DRESS

Glitter black lace – again another reminder of an elegant, but more mature version of Kristen’s dress.
Wait, before you comment – I don’t really like K Stew.
I’m just a fan of the Twilight saga.

Love how lace is making a giant come back, but the added long sleeves to a dress just ups the class and makes it so much more elegant. Check the below – aren’t they gorgeous??

Lace Dresses

Lace Dresses

And not that she’s a standout of the photo shoot, but my GOD Ashley.
Say what? Had another little cry? Of course, who would have guessed.

Overall I’m loving this week’s shoot and I just can’t help drooling over all those dresses that were featured!
If only I had a million odd dollars to spare…

Eliminations…!

Before we get to eliminations, can I just say I LOVE Dajana’s picture?
I got an involuntary shiver down my spine… GOD DAMN GURL. You got some talent.

Now away with the biased opinions, here were some of the notable photos:

– Abbie: Wait what? What happened to the scrunched up nose? That must’ve been a great editor with an epic hand at Photoshop, or a super duper awesome photographer…

– Melissa: Worst photo… Alex Perry put it the right way when he described it as something from the “House of Wax” and a “Stepford-Wife kind of surreal” photo.
She was down-right creeping in that picture. Totally turned me off that dress and hair, and obviously she isn’t supposed to do that.

– Duckie: WOW girl! I can’t even see anything but that smile of yours girl!
I must say it’s a bit over the top with the smile. I might not necessarily want to buy anything that she’s wearing, because it’s a little bit too over-enthusiastic for my taste. But it fits the brief, so well done!

Duckie - Episode 8

Duckie – Episode 8

– Jade: Great Colgate pic! She definitely has a great set of teeth which is great for Colgate. But I’m not too sure about the “I’m-looking-up-your-nose-angle”?
Lucky for Jade, she has a very narrow nose. Therefore there wasn’t too much opportunity to see whether everything was a-okay up there. But everything else hit the nail on the head.

Jade - Episode 8

Jade – Episode 8

– Dajana: As mentioned above, this picture make me shiver – it was that good!
I mean it could be my bias speaking, but really it was a naturally great smile picture and it really warms people from the inside. Not only that, she was rocking that dress and showing it off, making me want to buy it – and everything else she was wearing!

So Photo of the Week goes to…:

DUCKIE!

WOW. First photo of the week – CONGRATS!

Though I did like Dajana’s photo a whole lot more, this was still a great photo. And good on you Duckie for winning photo of the week for the first time. You really deserve it!

Now time for the actual elimination…

Madeline or Melissa?

Madeline: tall, beautiful, one-trick pony. Her specialty look: “deer in headlights”.

Melissa: short and has a giant forehead. God is just against her. But she takes stunning photos and just needs a little time to grow.

It’s pretty obvious who’s losing this one.

And of course, the girl eliminated is:

MADELINE.

BAM BAM.

Madeline - Episode 8

Madeline – Episode 8

Poor girl tried. But she just didn’t cut it.

She was eventually going to get eliminated anyway. It was only a matter of when.

Favourite of the week:

Favourite of the week? She’s always been a favourite, but after her achievements tonight, she’s definitely risen with model-potential!

GO JADE.

Hope you get a great boost from scoring that Colgate job!

Well that’s it from me this week guys.
That’s for Australia’s Next Top Model that is.

I’ll be popping up a Lust Have It August box review up very soon, so stay tuned for that!

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Lovelove,

Rean

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