Thursday, September 29, 2011

FREE $40 Voucher for Dale and Waters!

I just had to share this fantastic offer my Facebook comping friends found today!

'Like' Dale and Waters Facebook page, then join up to their website (free) and get a $40 voucher to spend in their shop! There is NO MINIMUM SPEND and it seems to also be FREE DELIVERY! (I got free delivery and so did my Facebook comping buddies, however I cannot guarantee this as I don't know if it's the case for every area of Australia).

I just got a gorgeous bracelet, and there are lovely earrings, rings and necklaces etc to choose from!!

Linky Dinks .......
Like them on Facebook here
Join their website here

Then use your $40 voucher!!
**Use the code FBK2011SU at checkout**

Hurry! Offer ends 5 October :)

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Observe and Report

Starring: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta, Michael Pena
Genre: Comedy

I was completely underwhelmed by this black comedy. I had been wanting to see it for quite some time and unfortunately, I think I had raised my expectations for it. Basically, bi-polar Mall Security Guard Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogen) is asked to stop a serial Mall flasher, but when he's unsuccessful, Police Detective Harrison (Liotta) is appointed instead.  It's actually very reminiscent of 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop', but much heavier, bleaker and more violent. There are laugh out loud moments, and Seth Rogen does give a great performance in a challenging role. Anna Faris as vacuous bimbo Brandi, pretty much plays her normal role (think 'Just Friends'). Also a warning; the flasher's penis does feature repeatedly, so if you don't want to see no D&B you might want to give this one a miss! Apparently, Observe and Report is the lowest-grossing of all Seth Rogen starring films.

What's your favourite Seth Rogen film?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Unicorn With Soul

This absolutely stunning picture is called 'Soul of a Unicorn' by Josephine Wall. This is quite similar to Lady Unicorn (also by Josephine Wall) which I blogged about here

Josephine explains Soul of A Unicorn:

"In a world filled with adversity the unicorn symbolises all that is pure, gentle and loyal. She travels to all corners of the earth, with blankets of flowers springing up wherever she treads. She helps those who are sick in body or mind with a touch of her healing horn. She weaves a special magic to influence our hearts to do good, and to give us the desire to help others, and fill us with joy at the beauty of our planet."

What a gorgeous way to look at things. There is so much happening in this painting, I could marvel at it for hours. It is intricate, delicate and beautiful.

You can check out the rest of her artwork here

* I am not affiliated with this artist, nor do I know her, I am just a fan of her work.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Due Date

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifianakis
Genre: Comedy

Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis play the odd couple in this mediocre road trip comedy. Peter Highman (Downey Jr) is an uptight, straightlaced businessman, attempting to make it home in time for the birth of his first child. Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) is the childish, irresponsible, carefree aspiring actor, pretty much there to thwart Peter's journey.

This is a modern-day 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles', with not quite enough funny moments to truly satisfy. However, it tries and is endearing on a certain level. With support from Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Monaghan and Danny McBride, it's a crack-up in parts and so-so in others. There's also a cameo from Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Starsky & Hutch) as Barry, drug dealer Juliette Lewis' boarder/lover, and the dudes from TV show 'Two and a Half Men' also make an appearance at the end. I LOLed when Peter and Ethan's bags are switched at the airport and drug paraphenalia is found in Peter's luggage. "They're not mine. I've never done drugs in my life!" Downey Jr exclaims. Now that's hilarious!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Black and GoldFlecked Manicure!

I'm pretty impressed with my latest manicure, especially since I was making it up as I went along!

I started with one coat of Revlon Black Lingerie 919 all over the entire nail, then waited for this layer to completely dry. I then used Face of Australia Gold (from their Molten Metallics collection) on the tips of my nails, in a deliberate haphazard pattern, then waited for that to dry, too. Finally, I used BYS Gold Glitter nail enamel over the entire nail. This is a clear varnish containing different sized gold flecks It's so pretty! However the gold particles are not terribly dense, so it took a while to apply the enamel so that enough gold flecks were showing over the black section. I call this my Black and GoldFlecked Manicure!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Griff The Invisible

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Marshall Napier.
Genre: Australian, Superhero, Comedy, Romance

True Blood's Ryan Kwanten stars as shy, awkward Office Worker by day, Superhero by night, Griff, in this charming Aussie flick. Griff literally blends in, seeming invisible (especially when wearing his yellow coat and black hat at the bus stop), yet stands out because he is different to others. He escapes his mundane life by becoming Griff The Invisible, a Superhero who brings justice to his local neighbourhood each night. His world is turned upside down when he meets Melody, a girl fascinated by science, who has her own idiosyncrasies. Needless to say, these two outsiders connect on a metaphysical level. Yeah, I’m not sure what that means, but it seems apt, given the scientific nature of their personalities.

I quite enjoyed this quaint, unassuming romantic comedy. It’s kind of weird, sweet and endearing, with fantastic central performances from Ryan Kwanten and Maeve Dermody. Expect the unexpected. Although don’t expect to see Ryan Kwanten’s naked arse, True Blood fans :)

What's your favourite Aussie flick?

Friday, September 16, 2011

15 Flipping Pizzas!

September is Party Month for me at the best of times (hence the lack of bloggage). It is a month that contains my son's Birthday, my Wedding Anniversary, Father's Day, the Royal Adelaide Show and my Birthday.

Well Party mode was in full swing when I also won a Domino's Edge Pizza Party, consisting of 15 pizzas of my choice, delivered. If you've ever wondered, here's what 15 pizzas looks like.

It is an absolute shit-load.  I will spare you the shots of me pigging the fuck out, or anally labelling the front of each box with 'Haw', 'Pep', 'Sup' or 'Meat', my little codes so I knew what type each pizza was. Yes, I got paid out for that, big time.

For anyone interested, here's what I chose:

1 x Bacon Double CheeseBurger
2 x Pepperoni
2 x Hawaiian
2 x Meatlovers
2 x Godfather
2 x Aussie
2 x Supreme
2 x Double Beef & Bacon

Hello, Pacman!....

All I can say is, I am so full right now. And guess what we'll be eating for the next three days?!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rexona Women Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Review

Rexona say: The product is "formulated with revolutionary TRIsolid body responsive technology which contains three important components:

* Clinical strength wetness and odour protection
* Patented encapsulated odour-fighting technology
* skin moisturising ingredient, formulated to reduce skin irritation"

I've been trialling Rexona Clinical Protection Deodorant for a few weeks and I really like it. There are a few unusual features that make this product unique.

It's a cream!
This is quite weird at first, if you are used to sprays or roll-ons! The directions say to apply two clicks, but I did find myself applying about four, to get a good consistency and for ease of application.

48 Hour Protection
I haven't heard of that before! A lofty claim, but I actually did get great results, and even though it was hard to go 48 hours without reapplying, I did, and I wasn't smelling by the end of it. For some reason, the words 'Clinical Protection' made me feel safe. I'm sure this is highly psychological, and many tests were carried out before releasing this product to select the perfect words for maximum sales.

Apply before bed
For best results, Rexona advise to apply the cream to your underarns before bed, as the TRIsolid formula acclimates to your body as you sleep forming a deep layer of protection (err, ok!). This protection lasts through your shower and through the next day. How bizarre! But yes, it did work. I was confused as to whether or not to wash under my arms in the shower, though!

The fragrance is lovely and the results were pleasing. I'm pretty sure I didn't stink once during this trial! For me, the only negative is that at $13.99 (for 45 mls) it's a bit expensive. I don't think I'd use this as my everyday deodorant, but instead, have one on hand for times when it's extra important that I don't have BO. :)

** This product was provided for consideration. This review is my honest opinion.**

Monday, September 5, 2011

Facebook Comping: Recent Wins!

Entering competitions on Facebook often becomes so disheartening, with the bitchiness, complaints, arguments, underhanded tactics and blatant cheating, that I often forget how lucrative it can be. The trick for me, and a lot of like-minded compers, is to steer clear of voting, or 'like' comps, where the winner is decided based on most votes or 'likes' for their photo, comment or entry. Many a furore has been caused when some entrants use vote exchange sites to gain votes from strangers, or even pay for votes or invent fake Facebook profiles to vote for themselves.

Needless to say vote comps are not worth it for me. I stick to randomly drawn comps, tagging comps or skill-based (eg 25 words-or-less) ones. I've decided not to be discouraged, after realising a few of my recent wins have all been from Facebook competitions. See below!

General Urban Rituelle goodness!

* Edge Pizza Party (15 pizzas delivered) from a 25 wol on Dominos FB page
* $200 Toys R Us voucher from a 25 wol comp on People Places FB page
* $100 Bunnings voucher randomly drawn from Expect A Star FB likers
* $100 Urban Rituelle voucher randomly drawn from Urban Rituelle FB likers
* $120 iTunes credit (total, won in seperate amounts on different days) from Name Your Combo instant win on Subway FB page

If you want to give Facebook comping a go, start off with the easy ones. The Subway instant win is still running (tip: enter earlier in the day rather than later), as is the Urban Rituelle one. Some other great pages that regularly run comps are Moxie, Australis and Famous Magazine (every Monday).

Good Luck!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August Empties

Well August is gone, and with it the products I finished during the month. Here are said products and mini reviews on each.

Garnier UltraLift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

I am so sad that I've finished this, because it worked extremely well on me, lifting my under-eye area and diminishing the look of my dark circles, and it's been discontinued. I was initially in disbelief when I couldn't find this product in my local Woolies, but after an extensive and exhausting search through pretty much every available outlet, I give up. Garnier initially replaced it with a double-ended tube of similar product (tried it, did not get the same results), then also released a roller-ball product. There is also a tub of Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Dual Eye but I don't get the same results from that either. Sucks!

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Treatment

I hardly ever put a treatment through my hair, so this was a little bit of heaven for me! Sad, I know. I was pleasantly surprised by the results. My hair was soft, smooth and silky after using this and I'm definitely going to buy this after trying the sample.

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

I wasn't overly impressed with this gel, but it was inoffensive enough, being colour and perfume free and designed for sensitive skin. Satisfactory if you're into 'no frills' products.

Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant

I have previously reviewed this product here
. I would just like to add, that since writing my review, the results I experienced from using this exfoliant continued and increased. My skin became brighter and clearer with continued use. This is an expensive, but effective product. I am now using Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant instead (only because this ran out and I won the Dermalogica) :o)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub

I absolutely hate this product with a passion. When I first used it, my face reacted badly, resulting in red, dry patches that took weeks to clear up. I left this alone for months, but recently decided to use it as a body scrub (sparingly and carefully!) as there was no way it was going anywhere near my face again. No bad reaction this time. This was just way too strong and stripped my skin dry (and I don't have sensitive skin, either). Hopefully Neutrogena don't make this any more, but if they do, proceed with caution.

Toni & Guy Volume Shampoo

This was on special so I thought I'd give it a go, considering how much I love the T&G Dry Shampoo. I didn't really notice any more volume after using this. Also the pump action dispenser is a bit of a pain in the arse in the shower. Meh.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush

This is a reliable dry shampoo in fun, cheerful packaging, with a lovely scent. Batiste is one of my regular dry shampoos. I love Original, Blush and Tropical.

**Garnier, Toni & Guy & Batiste were purchased by me, Pantene was a freebie in the mail, Simple I won, Alpha-H was provided for consideration, Neutrogena was provided to review on another site.**