Who loves you pretty baby?

jersey boys

Let me start with this – you have to go see this movie. It’s amazing.

I went with a group of friends on Tuesday to see Jersey Boys at the movies and it was one of the best films I’ve seen in the past couple of years. I’ve seen the stage show and liked it but this was even better. It’s just a thoroughly enjoyable two hours filled with great songs and good acting – and I drove to the 24-hour Kmart after I got home just to buy the soundtrack. Plus I’m still singing all the songs.

Clint Eastwood directs and much of the cast is pulled from various incarnations of the stage musical. For those who are unaware, Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who has some of the catchiest hits of the 60s. Even if you’re not overly familiar it’s an interesting and engaging story that’s well paced throughout – plus once the songs start you’ll definitely recognise more than a few.

We went and saw it in Gold Class (don’t get me wrong, I like it but I think it’s overrated in general) and I got to sit next to my friend who has seen the show both here and in New York and is going again. I then had the pleasure of listening to her commentate every single song… Though I admit we all re-enacted the dance moves on the way out.

 

Pout about it

almay 4

almay 5

Almay is another of those brands that doesn’t get a lot of recognition. I’m always interested in their stuff – it’s generally great quality and easy to wear. Nothing fancy, just good solid every day make up and their eye products are often the stand out.

In Australia Almay is stocked by Priceline however they don’t carry the lip products. Which is a shame, because the Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm is fantastic. I picked up the shade Pink Pout in Hawaii and I’m wishing I had of gotten more. The colour range was fairly simple but it was packed with those every day kinda shades that are easy to wear.

Pink Pout is a lovely sheer bright pink that’s not overwhelming on your face and can be applied without a mirror. It feels like a gloss without the stickiness, however as it’s a balm it doesn’t give a huge amount of shine (more like a sheen). It’s really comfortable to wear and though I don’t often get dry lips, I can see why those who do would like this. This has become a bit of a handbag staple for me and again, massive regret that for under US$6 I didn’t get more.

Hopefully these arrive in Australia some time soon otherwise eBay seems to be the only option. Judging by Tamara Mellon’s recent Into the Gloss feature she’s a big fan too so I’m not the only one.

The July mix

youarewhatyoulistento

Maps - Maroon 5 / Somebody to You – The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato / Don’t - Ed Sheeran / Bartender - Lady Antebellum / Mmm Yeah - Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull / She Came to Give It to You - Usher featuring Nicki Minaj / Break Free - Ariana Grande featuring Zedd / A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay / Geronimo - Sheppard / If I Could Change Your Mind - Haim / California Love - SomeKindaWonderful / Waves - Mr Probz (Robin Schulz remix) / Sirens - Cher Lloyd / Stay With Me - Sam Smith featuring Mary J Blige / Compass - Lady Antebellum / Merry Go Round - Kacey Musgraves / West Coast - Lana Del Ray / Fever - Black Keys / Here You Come Again - Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry / Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker

June empties

hair

Another long overdue empties post – only finally done because my empties bin has threatened to spill over…

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo – The bottle got clogged halfway through and no amount of hot water could fix it. I liked it because it was a clear spray rather than a white powdery one but overall it was nothing special.

Lush Big Shampoo – I adore this stuff, automatic re-purchase.

Schwarzkopf Ultime Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm sample – Too rich for my hair so I used it a couple of times and am chucking it. I think if you had super thick hair this might work.

Garnier Ultimate Blends shampoo and conditioner samples – These came from a UK magazine and were fine, I won’t go out of my way to hunt down bottles of the stuff.

face

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 – Automatic re-purchase.

Freeman Blue Agave Hydrating Mask – This was a Hawaii purchase and it was fine and nice to use, without feeling like I’ll need to spend the rest of my life tracking another one down.

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips – Automatic re-purchase.

Dr Brandt Pores No More Primer – This was a Sephora sample and I quite liked it. It’s one of those silicone type primers but there’s so many of those around I don’t feel like I desperately have to get this one.

Ren Activ 7 Eye Gel – This came as a sample with a UK magazine. nice and light to use but won’t be purchasing a full size.

ASAP Daily Facial Cleanser – this came as a sample with an Adore Beauty order and again, nice but I won’t be making a full purchase.

body

Bubble Shack Pina Colada Soap – I bought this at a pineapple plantation on Oahu and it was INCREDIBLE. A really strong mix of pineapple and coconut. No chance of getting another one sadly.

Ralph Lauren Notorious Body lotion – This was fine. Notorious is one of those scents that smells like the beach (and a bit like the Firebird Saltwater scent) without being typically beachy. Lotion did a decent job moisturising but I’ve got so many other lotions I wouldn’t bother with this again.

Tokyo Milk Honey and the Moon EDP – I’ve also had the candle version and love it, though it isn’t for everyone. It smells exactly like burned honey and it is strong. I really like how unusual it is and would love to get another bottle at some point.

Pacifica Persian Rose Body wash – Pacifica is now stocked at David Jones so it’s easier to get a hold of. This is pretty stock standard rose though, nothing fancy.

Robert Piguet sample scents in Bois Noir and Mademoiselle Piguet – These smelled lovely but not full bottle worthy.

make up

Eyeko Skinny Black Eyeliner – This came free with a magazine when I was in London last year. went to use it recently and it had all dried out.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Extensions Mascara – I loved the original of this but this version wasn’t quite as good. The one thing it did extraordinarily well is coat each and every lash, however it didn’t add a lot of volume. If you don’t need a lot then this stuff is brilliant, or if you wanted to use it when layering mascaras it is quite good. otherwise it’s a no from me only on the basis that it just didn’t give me the drama I wanted.

Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara – terrible. Awful brush and looked gritty on the lashes from the start.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer – I mostly use concealer for blemishes and this was too creamy for me. Gave it to a friend.

Pret a Polish nail polish in Fashionista – Pale blue polish of which I have about 50 so gave it to a friend.

Revlon Dark Pleasures nail polish in Patent Leather – I have quite a few greys as well so gave this to a friend.

Models Own Mineral Eye Shadow Duo in Work It – On paper, this looks good. A pale champagne and a bronze khaki both with shimmer. And while the shades were great, they had next to no pigmentation. I don’t need to keep something that doesn’t work for me so gave it to a friend.

 

Things I bought #71.

saloni dress

I am the sort of person who thinks of any excuse for a celebration. And by celebration, I mean opportunity to buy myself something. I’ve got a collection of things from over the years that remind me of particular times or places.

I’ve long been a fan of Saloni’s beautiful prints and dresses, and there’s already one hanging in my wardrobe. I saw the Jessabel silk shirt dress on Matches and immediately fell in love with the stunning floral print – it reminds a bit of Erdem, which I am already a huge fan. I also loved how the dress seems to look summery and casual but also effortlessly chic for dressier occasions. Meaning I could wear it on holiday or to the office. So after taking a deep breath and making a couple of clicks, it was all mine and the justification was my new job. (Again, it’s not really a new job. It’s a three month secondment and then I go back to my usual job. Yes, you can roll your eyes.)

When it arrived on Friday I surreptitiously took it to the bathroom and tried it on over my jeans. In real life the pansy print is even more amazing and the colours really pop, so I was hoping the fit was just as good. Luckily it worked, though it definitely needs the waist tie or a belt to give you some shape. Length is good, sleeves and neckline are flattering and the material is fantastic quality. I also realised that at $570 it is the single most expensive piece of clothing in my wardrobe. No other dress or jumper, pants, top or skirt has come close – all my designer purchases have generally been made on sale.

I’m not a clothing snob, not by any means, but I do favour quality and am constantly striving for it over quantity. Though it definitely won’t be an every day occurrence for me it’s nice to splash out on something extra special every now and then. And when I wear it, I can think of that ‘new job’ and smile.

Thoughts of the week – 20/7

autumn

1. As one of the thousands of Australians who travel overseas each year, it’s hard not to feel affected or worried by the MH17 incident. Reading through my Facebook timeline and seeing people who knew the victims makes it even more real. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: the worst things that happen in this world are the terrible things humans choose to do to each other.

2. Now, on to more trivial matters. I got a haircut today and it feels so fresh and light. I can’t see myself going back to longer hair for a while.

3. I rented a movie called Behaving Badly last week with Mary Louise Parker and Selena Gomez and it is possibly one of the worst and weirdest movies I’ve ever tried to watch. I say tried because I turned it off halfway through it was that awful.

4. Everyone hates giving way to taxis or giving them a break in traffic – unless you’re in the taxi.

5. I caved and bought this Saloni dress as a ‘present’ for my ‘new job’ (aka three month secondment) and it is just gorgeous. Full post tomorrow.

6. Our search for a new flatmate is still going.

7. On the plus side, I’ve used the spare room to take blog photos and photos of items to put on eBay as it has a free white wall now.

8. California Love is one of my favourite songs and one that will guaranteed make me want to dance. I can’t believe it’s nearly 20 years old. I’ve been listening to this version by somekindawonderful a lot lately and I love it.

9. I grew up in a surf town and though I never learned myself, I’d be very keen on this gorgeous wetsuit should the opportunity arise.

10. I bought the new Garnier body scrub and body oil through the week and love them both already. They’re 30 per cent off if you buy two garnier items at Priceline and well worth snapping up.

Things I love #12.

Proactiv 2

This will probably be a bit controversial, but I love Proactiv. It’s the kind of thing that seems to engender really strong responses in people – they either think it’s the best thing in the world or they hate it with a passion. I first used it about 10 years ago and I can honestly say it’s the only thing that has ever truly cleared my skin up. I’ve never had bad acne, just pimples that wouldn’t go away. Ever. I thought you were automatically meant to get great skin at 18 or 21 or even 30 but that never happened for me.

I have used the entire program before but I don’t love the cleanser, toner or moisturiser so I use my own. Plus now I’m older I need other things out of those products, not just skin clearing. The Repair Lotion is really where it’s at for me and I use it every other night for maintenance, or if I’m having trouble with my skin then I’ll use it more often.

Yeah, it stains towels and is pretty much the Coca Cola equivalent of skin care. It’s strong stuff and the first time I ever used it I got a bit of a rash but my skin has acclimatised to it somewhat still then. I find it works well to prevent breakouts but also manage them once they start. Skin care has come a long way since 2004 so for this stuff to still be the best for me says it all really.