Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Cheezy Grin!

The Other Guys

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Samuel L Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Steve Coogan.
Genre: Conedy/Action

Terry (Wahlberg) is a cop who accidentally shot Baseball superstar Derek Jeter. Allen (Ferrell) is happy with his boring but safe job filling out police paperwork. Relegated to the office, they receive no respect from their workmates. Suddenly, Terry and Allen's lives are turned upside down when they seize the opportunity to step up like the courageous cops they idolise.

Director Adam McKay collaborates with Ferrell for the fourth time, following Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. You probably know by now that I'm a huge Will Ferrell fan, and he doesn't disappoint in The Other Guys. This is a hilarious film, that I'd highly recommend. It's also more actiony that Ferrell's other outings (generally speaking) with a knockout, purposely over-the-top opening scene. The whole cast have fun with this, from Michael Keaton, the Police Captain with the second job at Bed, Bath & Beyond, to Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L Jackson as the hero cops idolised by the Other Guys. It is well worth getting the Blu Ray as it contains an Extended Version not shown in cinemas, a gag reel and 100 minutes of special features, including "Pimps Don't Cry" and hilarious interviews with British comedian/actor Steve Coogan and Director Adam McKay. Pure Awesomeness :o)

Friday, November 18, 2011

I've Hauled It To The MAX!

I don't get out much! So when I get an entire day at Westfield by myself, you can be sure I will shop 'til I drop. Note that all these sales/deals are most likely finished as this Haul happened a fortnight ago. I've also included my haul from The Shoe Shed online as my shoes arrived one day before this epic shopping trip. I present to you, Haulage to the MAX (The Unicorn). LOL :)

Kate Moss Rimmel Lipsticks in 11, 05 and 07 (left to right)
PRICELINE: buy 2 get the 3rd free

Maybelline MasterLiner in Black
Maybelline Hyper Diamonds in BU-1
PRICELINE: Buy one Maybelline eye product, get one free
Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer in 51 Light Radiance
PRICELINE: 30% off Bourjois face products (from memory!)

Australis  Eyeshadow Primer
Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Blush in Flash It
Australis Voluptulash Mascara
PRICELINE: Spend $16 (I think?) or more on Australis, get a free Mascara

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical
UNITED DISCOUNT CHEMIST: $7.95 instead of rrp $9.95
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Volume Power Mousse
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Push-Up Volume Shampoo
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Push-Up Volume Lotion
PRICELINE: I think they were on special, but can't remember!

My Fashion Scene black headband with black flower
BYS Eyeshadow #2 Natural Delight (left)
BYS Metallics Darks (colourful one in the middle)
2 x BYS Metallics Browns (right and top)
THE REJECT SHOP: headband $3, all eye palettes $2 each (normally $4.95 each)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 356 Soft Suede
Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Pink/Rose
MYER: products purchased to qualify for the Gift With Purchase (GWP).

Revlon GWP containing (left to right):
Revlon Top Speed Enamel in 140 Guava
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in 096 Petal
Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara in 001 Blackest Black
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in 022 Sunset Peach
Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow in 02 Coffee Bean
Black Lacy Clutch/MakeUp Bag

Balenciaga Paris
Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose
Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude
Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Eye Creme
DAVID JONES and MYER (using various vouchers/coupons etc)

Amelie Blu Ray
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Blu Ray
The Other Guys Blu Ray
SANITY: used $5 left on my gift card. Total spent = $35

3 pairs of Wedges
THE SHOE SHED ONLINE which can be found here
$140 + $10 shipping which is capped no matter how many pairs you buy :o)

PHEW! You made it to the end! What's your favourite product here?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mythical Creatures Stamps, featuring the Unicorn!

In October 2011, Australia Post released a set of Mythical Creatures stamps as part of Stamp Collecting Month, comprising a fairy, troll, mermaid, griffin, unicorn and a dragon!

This stamp issue was illustrated by Brisbane-based artist Aaron Pocock.

From Australia Post, a little about each mythical creature:

Excitable and contrary, fairies can be both malicious and good-hearted. Common in mythology, they can take on a number of guises.

This creature is often referred to as the ugliest of legendary beings. Grumpy, strong and not very clever, trolls originated in Scandinavia.

In Greek mythology the beautiful woman with the tail of a fish lures sailors to their deaths with her eerie song.

This majestic being has the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. It is very ancient, first appearing in art of the Bronze Age. The Griffin was often regarded as king of all creatures and responsible for guarding priceless treasure.

This horse-like creature with a spiralling horn projecting from its forehead was first mentioned by the ancient Greeks. In the Middle Ages it was believed that only a young girl could catch this wild and shy animal.

This creature appears in the mythology of most cultures. In European legend it is usually a malevolent, fire-breathing monster with bat-like wings. It lives in a dark lair, like a cave.

I received a letter last week with an untouched (slack-arse Autralia Post!) Unicorn stamp. Here it is below......

* The first image was taken from the Austalia Post website.

What's your favourite mythical creature?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Santa's Apprentice

Starring: (voices) Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, Delta Goodrem.
Genre: Animated, Family

Santa's Apprentice is being marketed as a "heart warming, animated adventure for the whole family". We follow the adventures of Nicholas, a seven year old Australian orphan, who because of his name and his pure heart, is chosen by Santa to become his apprentice.

To be completely honest, I did not enjoy this one bit. From the moment I smacked my eyes on the archaic animation, I was underwhelmed. The dialogue is corny and I know it's a kid's movie, but my four year old was bored shitless during this. For comparison, he loved The Smurfs and was much better behaved in the cinema. It seems they made this on a shoestring budget, for the voice cast is unimpressive and I just don't think there is any justification for the crappy animation displayed here, given the current technology available in this field. We have come so much further than this! I was disappointed, and honestly, I'm glad this was a short movie and I got to see previews for Arthur Christmas and Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked before the feature.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Katie Holmes Can't Dress Herself, But Reese Witherspoon Can!

Welcome to the lastest edition of Celebrities in Dresses. So far I've only featured women, but I'm thinking of doing a post featuring men. Of course they won't be in dresses. But they will be famous.  Enough talk, onto the frocks!

Reese Witherspoon
Reese is wearing a black Cushnie et Ochs dress at the Gucci-sponsored LACMA Art & Film Gala for Clint Eastwood. Love this sexy dress on Reese, it's very adult and quite different from what she usually wears. Also loving the hairdo, red nails and hot shoes. Go Reese!

Katie Holmes
Katie is wearing a dress from her own collection, Holmes & Yang, at the LA premiere of her movie with Adam Sandler, Jack & Jill. This looks like a top and skirt but it's apparently a dress. A horrible one. The black skirt looks huge on her, and it's the wrong length, making her legs look bigger than they are. Also, look at the ill-fitting waist! Weird.

Michelle Williams
Michelle is wearing a gold Ocsar de la Renta frock at the My Week With Marilyn screening at the AFI Fest. This is lovely. Love her pixie cut and soft makeup, too. She pretty much always looks good!

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth is wearing a green sequinned Elie Saab gown and Annoushka necklace at the Bambi Awards in Germany. I don't really like the necklace and I'm on the fence with the dress. I like how it's all sparkly and the colour is really pretty, but I'm not sure if it suits her. What do you guys think?

Kate Hudson
Kate is wearing a gold Gucci cocktail dress at the LACMA event for Clint Eastwood. This dress is stunning and Kate looks amazing! Loving this look big time.

Which dress is your favourite out of this lot?

Horrible Bosses

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland.
Genre: Comedy

Three friends hatch a plot to murder their 'Horrible Bosses' when they realise they are making them unhappy in their respective careers. This fantastically crude and fruity language filled Seth Gordon directed comedy is hilarious.  Colin Farrell is practically unrecognisable as a balding cokehead. Jennifer Aniston shocks as a foul-mouthed slutty Dentist. And the chemistry between the three males leads is amazing; they play off each other seamlessly. Jason Bateman's career appears to be going from strength to strength, and he gives a wonderful performance here. I actually hadn't seen Charlie Day or Jason Sudeikis in anything else, but they are so funny, I will now rectify that.

A warning: if you don't appreciate swearing, this is not the film for you. Horrible Bosses had me in stitches from start to finish and I'd highly recommend it. Don't miss the out-takes at the end, motherfucker!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

October Empties

I've decided to make a conscious effort to use up my sample-sized products, because they are smaller and I'll power through them quicker, meaning I can throw more empties out. I'm fast running out of storage space! Welcome to my October Empties.

TN Dickinson's WitchHazel
My all-time favourite toner, I've been using this product for years, to clean, tone and smooth my skin. I apply it liberally to a cotton ball then swipe my face. It can be used to remove face makeup, or tone skin after a shower, readying your face for moisuriser and makeup. This is especially good to use if I have broken out. I apply it before bed, and it seems to clear up my skin quicker than pimple creams do. At about $6 a bottle, this is a bargain buy.

Revlon Matte Powder Blush in Rose Rapture
This was a great every day blush, in a flattering shade. Upon opening the lid there's a black button you push which makes a mirror pop out the side. This was handy for checking my hair from different angles in the bathroom mirror. I won this product along with a bunch of other Revlon goodies, and won't purchase another, simply because I have many other blushers to use up first.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
This was a pleasant, gentle cleansing gel. So glad I've been winning Dermalogica products lately, because I'm really impressed with the brand. Hope I win more!

Payot Gentle Scrubbing Cream
I quite liked this gorgeously-fragranced exfoliant. It was gentle and felt lovely to use. I've said before, but for fancy French brands, I love Payot so much more than the more-famous Guinot.

ASAP Gentle Cleansing Gel
This was a great little cleanser, although admittedly, I didn't get much out of this tiny sample. But it was my introduction to the ASAP brand, so I was excited to try it.

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub
This was quite possibly the harshest scrub I have ever used. The particles were huge and dense within the formulation. It hurt and after the first go, I decided to use the rest as a body scrub, so as to not lose 10 layers of face skin. OUCH!

** TN Dickinson's WitchHazel was bought by me, all other products I won.

Feel free to link to your October Empties in the comments below so I can check yours out!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Eye-Catching Celebrity Fashion!

Here's some Celebrity Fashion that will wake you up on a Sunday! I got these photos from Celebitchy, my all-time favourite gossip site :)

Zhang Ziyi
Chinese Actress Zhang Ziyi at the Rome Film Festival for the premiere of Love for Life, in a dreamy princess dress from Elie Saab Couture. Just beautiful.

Amanda Seyfried
Actress Amanda Seyfried at the premiere of In Time, her movie with Justin Timberlake, rocking an electric blue H&M tuxedo-shorts ensemble. I love that she has thrown caution to the wind, and she certainly has the body to pull this off. Do you like this look?

Sarah Jessica Parker
Fashion icon SJP is in Australia currently, promoting her latest film No One Cares How She Does It. Here she is in Melbourne wearing a Chanel dress and a hideous Philip Treacy satellite hat. What was she thinking? CAN you think with that monstrosity on your head?

Sarah Jessica Parker
A double dose of SJP, because I just can't get enough. LOL. Still in Australia for a photo call/press conference for the same movie, this time in an acid yellow-green Vera Wang dress. It's certainly bright and colourful. It's what I imagine you'd hallucinate while using magic mushrooms or tripping on acid. I like her hair.

What's your pick of this bunch?