Liquid Molten Saturday, Nov 27 2010 

In the bustling little suburb of Mt Eden, Auckland (New Zealand) is a restaurant/bar that has captured both my fancy, and my wallet. This great little place is called Liquid Molten.

On one side, you will find Molten – a higher end dining experience where the food is matched only by the superb service and wine selection. On the other, is Liquid – my home away from home. A classy little bar that opens up at the back to a private courtyard that boasts not only ambiance and style, but funky music and blankets for those cooler nights.

Open until late, this hidden refuge is where my friends and I go for coffee, wine, dessert and a good old gossip. The staff are fantastic, the coffee strong and the food divine – need I say more? I spend at least two or three nights there every week, either leisurely sipping coffee with girlfriends or stopping in for a quick drink before heading elsewhere.

So, my recommendation if you are looking for a quiet, classy coffee spot in central Auckland? Go to Liquid, it will be worth your while.

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Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica Sunday, Oct 31 2010 

Years ago, one of my good friends turned me on to Dermalogica and their brilliant range of products. At first, I hesitated at their prices (you are looking to spend, on average, about NZD$80.00 per product), but after giving in one day and buying a skin regime I was instantly hooked.

Now, Dermalogica is an American brand that is sold around the world including in some of the best beauty salons and skin clinics. The main focus of all of their lines is getting your skin to be at it’s healthiest, whether that means clearing up adult acne or reducing dry skin. After 25 years of success, and with a lot of scientific proof to back their claims, it stands to reason why they are so popular.

There is one particular product that I fell hard for – the Dermal Clay Cleanser (NZD: $74.00 for a 250ml bottle). Made from water soluble kaolin and green clays, this cooling product feels amazing on and leaves your skin fresh, refined and supple. I use it a couple of times a week when I’m in the shower, and find that if I forget to use it my skin actually looks dull. Using it is luxurious, as the cool menthol feels glorious when you have had a long day/hard night. Leaving it on for five minutes gives you the added benefit of a masque, for those days when your skin has just packed it in.

I would recommend this for anyone with oily or combination skin, and though it isn’t cheap, it lasts for months on end. You only need a small dollop per application, and I find it works well with other brands of skin-care.

Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream Monday, Jun 28 2010 

I work in a lovely office environment, but this also means I spend 40+ hours a week stewing beneath a heavy blanket of machine controlled air that is harshly circulated around me and dries out my skin. The end result? My skin needs some moisture baby!

I have a few good skin products to remedy this, but recently, nothing has quite been cutting it. So one day I was talking to my beautician about said issue, when she mentioned that the wonderful nourishing mask she used on me also doubled as an extremely hydrating facial cream. ZING!

So we got to talking, and she showed me the range she used – Trilogy. This is a New Zealand brand started by two ex-Australian sisters that use fresh, luxurious ingredients including their favorite ingredient, rose-hip oil. Price wise, they are middle of the range (most of their items cost around NZD$40) but the quality of their products are top-notch.

You know when you get a facial and the next day you break out? I have never, EVER broken out after a Trilogy facial. I have sensitive skin that reacts to almost anything, and yet it has positively sung out with happiness after I use their different products. They sell skin regimes for all skin types, to reduce wrinkles, help with acne and for both men and women.

Now, the product I am raving about today (and most of the past week!) is the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream. This seemingly heavy cream goes on and just melts into your skin, leaving your face feeling supple and nourished. There is no shiny-faced monster looking back at you in the mirror, and it works wonderfully as a makeup primer if you are in a rush. My skin has never looked healthier, more even and best of all, there is no dry skin! I put it on before I go to bed and again after I wash my face in the morning. You don’t need a lot, it goes on beautifully and smells wonderful according to all of the people who have commented! My 75ml tube cost me just under NZD$40, and to be perfectly honest – I would have happily paid twice that much. And I certainly don’t say that often!

So, if you are searching for an eco-friendly, wonderful skin care range – try Trilogy. You will not regret it!

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream

Giggles & Gasps Sunday, May 23 2010 

Ahhh, there have certainly been a few interesting things that I have stumbled across online this past month or so! Enjoy!

The Simpsons intro for Season 21, Episode 20 – the one that features Ke$ha. Don’t particularly like her but LOVE the intro!

This was found by a friend of mine… possibly the WORST website ever created in the history of the internet! *Shudders* Check it out here. There is no more to the story other than the fact it just looks awful.

This is from years and years ago, but I had never seen this particular interview with Madonna before. Why is it so special? A suspiciously loose-tongued and clumsy Courtney Love stumbles in and hilarity ensures. SO AWKWARD!

The Miley Cyrus scandal of the week – the video of her dancing with her “The Last Song” producer, 44 year old Adam Shankman. (The only thing that saves him is the fact he’s gay!) In the clip she is 16 and grinding like a pro! Yikes!

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performs a piece to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. So amazing! The talent absolutely floors me. Well done guys!

From Cracked.com comes a rather hilarious article! 15 unintentionally perverted toys for kids! Sheesh, who comes up with these things?

This guys blog is EPIC! 27bslash6.com is one guys witty fight against the world – and more often than not, authority. ALL of his posts are hilarious, but here is one of my faves! Enjoy.

And last, but certainly not least, is John Campbell and Roves bromance exposed! Watch the clips here at TV3’s video on demand.

These certainly all entertained me in one way or another! Hope they do the same for you.

Video source: YouTube, TV3 On Demand

RENT the Musical Saturday, May 8 2010 

When I saw that the musical RENT was playing at the Civic in Auckland, I thought “Hmm, might be interesting.” I soon forgot this little inclination, to be perfectly honest, until one of the girls I work with piped up and said “I want to go to RENT – anyone else keen?” So we got together a group and bought tickets. Well. Best decision EVER!

RENT is an avant-garde rock opera, based around a group of young, down on their luck creative types living in New York and trying desperately to survive (and pay their rent, of course!). This story could very easily tip towards being quite depressing, as it touches often on poverty, death and HIV. And yet… it is woven together in such a way that it becomes a story of hope, endurance and love, without becoming overly sentimental. You fall in love with the characters, you understand that their mistakes are what make them so wonderful and offbeat. You are sucked into their world, and even though you know there can’t be a fairy tale ending, you sit there desperately hoping for them to be touched with happiness even for just a moment.

And the music… ohhh THE MUSIC! Beautiful, haunting, catchy… Obviously, many actors/singers have played these brilliant parts all over the world during different productions of RENT, but the songs themselves are pure gold. And the New Zealand cast of Rent? Didn’t let the show down at all. They were exceptional.

When I got home, I went straight onto iTunes and downloaded the album (from the film that was made based on the musical) and I have the film itself on order, too. This musical left me buzzing… It just was so riveting, dark, honest and thought provoking. I recommend anyone, anywhere in the world, to go see this show if the opportunity presents itself. It isn’t light and fluffy, but it is utter brilliance.

Can you tell I really enjoyed the show? Haha 🙂

Watch a few scenes here from the musical RENT!

April Madness – What’s On My iPod Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Just a quick posting to update you as to what I’m listening to on my iPod at the moment! Some of my picks are popular, some not so much. Hope you find something that YOU like in the process!

Possibility by Lykke Li. This song was played in the movie Twilight Saga: New Moon and I totally fell in love with it. So sombre, so haunting.

Telephone by Lady GaGa FT. Beyonce. Okay okay, everyone is listening to this at the moment. But I love it so much I just had to give it a mention! Plus the video clip is so cool.

Bad Things by Jace Everett. A bloody AMAZING song, this guys voice is pure sex. You may recognize it as the intro theme for the TV series True Blood.

Blue Eyes Blue by Eric Clapton. I have loved this gorgeous song for years and years, and have started playing it again. In my top 10 most loved songs.

Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit. I guess I’m loving the blue eyes at the moment, huh? But another haunting melody. Everybody knows it as the movie theme for Halle Berry’s Gothika.

More Than Words by Extreme. Relaxes me every time I listen to it. 🙂

American Pie by Don McLean. I couldn’t find an official video, so here’s the best quality clip that I could find!

The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) by FOTC: Flight Of The Conchords. EPIC EPIC EPIC!

So many good songs out there, both new and old. There’s just nothing better than tuning the world out and getting absorbed into music that you love! Hope you found a gem in there, or found an old fave that you haven’t listened to in ages. Until next time!

Abra Cadavre Jewellery Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Recently, a New Zealand graphic designer started up his own jewellery collection. And I’ll tell you what – it’s bloody amazing!

The name gives you a hint at the tone of the collection (Abra Cadavre Jewellery – clever, isn’t it?) but for those of you that don’t get it, it’s a nod towards the macabre. Some of the pieces include Voodoo Doll Earrings, a Zombie Cameo and Severed Skull Studs. Dark, sexy, but still beautiful. Also, each piece is handmade and finely crafted.

I am lucky enough to have purchased a few things so far from the Abra Cadavre website, something for me and something for a friend. I don’t know who was more pleased, me or her!

The pieces aren’t expensive, starting from NZD$10.00 and going up to NZD$110.00. There are earrings, pendants, bracelets and cameos, with more being added to the product range all the time. If you like your jewellery with a bit of attitude that strays from the norm, then this is the range for you!

Abra Cadavre Jewellery

Square Eyes Saturday, Mar 20 2010 

Seeing as I have just spent a lot of moolah on TV DVD boxsets over the past two weeks, I thought I’d tell you which shows have caught my fancy! I love TV shows, love watching them, but never seem to find the time to do so after work. I go out a lot, and inevitably miss so many episodes of shows that by the time I sit down to watch one, I am absolutely lost! (And not just with LOST either :P) So I find that the best thing to do is buy all of the seasons on DVD and watch them at my leisure – usually at 3AM on a Friday/Saturday night!

So far, my collection entails…

House MD

House

BTVS: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Angel (the spin-off from Buffy)

Angel

Boston Legal

Boston Legal

LOST

LOST

The Nanny

The Nanny

Baywatch

Baywatch

Heroes

Heroes

Sliders

Sliders

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman

Roswell

Roswell

Medium

Medium

The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits (New)

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

The Hitchhiker

The Hitchhiker

True Blood

True Blood

The X-Files

The X-Files

That’s my collection so far, but I am adding to it almost every other day! 😀 Will keep posting as I buy… This is an extremely fulfilling hobby, watching all of these. Some people go learn another language, or go to a cooking class. This is what I do. And I LOVE IT!