Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Fashion Sneak Peek

    Summit Entertainment released some photos from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse last night. Let us take a fashion sneak peek and know Bella, Edward, Jacob and the Cullens look in the most-anticipated movie of the year. Well, all of them are in jacket and pants.
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APRIL's Bandit Agenda is NO JOKE!

    by April blog mommy: Suz

    It's April 1st.

    The special day for all those people who are practical jokers to stand up and do their thing. Over the years I've been the recipient of a lot of those kinds of jokes from enthusiastic, but definitely demented coworkers.

    Sigh.

    I am not a big fan of practical jokes. Actually, I loathe them!! So, luckily for y'all, you can believe me when I tell you you're in for a great month of good-natured fun, laughter and debut books with the Banditas in the Bandit Lair! Trust me! Really, trust me!




    Friday, April 2: Up first, Kay Thomas www.kaythomas.net returns to the Lair in an interview with Suz about the third book in her Bulletproof series: BULLETPROOF BODYGUARD, which is also a Harlequin Intrigue Bodyguard of the Month release.








    Monday, April 5: IT'S PARTY TIME in the Lair as Bandita, Christy Kelley celebrates the release of her newest book, SOMETHING SCANDALOUS. Be sure to join the Banditas, Sven, the gladiators, cabana boys and hockey hunks as we show how to have a good time!!







    Wednesday, April 7: Lair favorite Barbara Monajem chats with Bandita, Nancy about her debut paranormal, Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil.







    Thursday, April 8: RITA nominee Jessica Andersen returns to the Lair with Demonkeepers, the newest installment in her dynamite Nightkeepers series. We'll chat about the transformation of its hero, Lucius, from a quiet scholar working in the background to a man of action on the front lines.







    On Saturday, April 10: Anna Campbell www.annacampbell.info is giving away an ARC of her June release MY RECKLESS SURRENDER. Come and play some reckless games and hey, you might win a book!






    Monday, April 12: women's fiction author Kim Wright makes her first appearance in the lair with her debut women's fiction novel Love in Mid Air. A chance encounter on an airplane leads her heroine, Elyse, to question her marriage and her life. Kim will chat with Nancy about that.








    On Friday, April 16: one of our favorites in the lair, Annie West www.annie-west.com is back! She’s talking about her new release FORGOTTEN MISTRESS, SECRET LOVE-CHILD and giving away some books! Come and join in the fun!





    Monday, April 19: Laura Anne Gilman returns to the world of the Cosa Nostradamus with Hard Magic from Luna. She'll visit us on April 19 to talk about this latest book set in the world of her Retrievers series.






    Wednesday, April 21: One of my favorite authors, romantic suspense author, Dee Davis returns with Dark Deception, the action-packed first book in her new series.








    On Thursday, April 29: historical author Margo Maguire www.margomaguire is back to talk about her new release THE ROGUE PRINCE. Giveaways!






    APRIL CONTESTS:


    Anna Campbell's latest contest offers one lucky reader the chance to win an ARC of MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, her June 2010 release. All you have to do is email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info and answer a simple question. In the excerpt on the Books Page (http://www.annacampbell.info/recklesssurrender.html )for MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, Diana the heroine quotes an old proverb to the hero Lord Ashcroft. What is that proverb? Here's a hint -- it's for the birds! Good luck! The contest closes April 30, 2010.

    Nancy Northcott's website has a new look, complete with excerpts and updated graphics. Stop by www.nancynorthcott.com, take a look, and enter the contest she's holding to celebrate. Details on the site.Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/03/
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Eddie Griffin State Theatre Tickets

    Edward James "Eddie" Griffin, Jr. will be performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis this Saturday at 8:30pm. Eddie was ranked at #62 on Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and has starred in numerous films and television shows. Ticket King currently has some great Eddie Griffin State Theatre tickets for sale starting at just $55 each. If you would like to see one of America's top comedians for a very affordable price, get your tickets now before they're gone- Eddie doesn't come here too often!
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Eddie Griffin State Theatre Tickets

    Edward James "Eddie" Griffin, Jr. will be performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis this Saturday at 8:30pm. Eddie was ranked at #62 on Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and has starred in numerous films and television shows. Ticket King currently has some great Eddie Griffin State Theatre tickets for sale starting at just $55 each. If you would like to see one of America's top comedians for a very affordable price, get your tickets now before they're gone- Eddie doesn't come here too often!
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Inexpensive Twins Exhibition Game Tickets

    Great news Twins fans!! My boss just advised me that he recently lowered prices on our entire stock of Minnesota Twins exhibition game tickets! If you haven't purchased yours yet, now is your chance to get an excellent deal on them! With prices starting at just $40 per ticket and various locations to choose from, you're guaranteed to find something you like. The very first exhibition game is in just two days on Friday, April 2nd at 5:10pm and the second is the following Saturday, April 3rd at 1:10pm. Get them now while you can! GO TWINS!!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/03/
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Inexpensive Twins Exhibition Game Tickets

    Great news Twins fans!! My boss just advised me that he recently lowered prices on our entire stock of Minnesota Twins exhibition game tickets! If you haven't purchased yours yet, now is your chance to get an excellent deal on them! With prices starting at just $40 per ticket and various locations to choose from, you're guaranteed to find something you like. The very first exhibition game is in just two days on Friday, April 2nd at 5:10pm and the second is the following Saturday, April 3rd at 1:10pm. Get them now while you can! GO TWINS!!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/03/
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Bon Jovi Xcel Energy Center Tickets

    Bon Jovi will be in Saint Paul in exactly a week from today for his first of two shows at the Xcel Energy Center. Wednesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 8th, Bon Jovi will perform a show each night at 7:30pm. If you haven't had a chance to see him live before, now you can get a GREAT deal on Bon Jovi Xcel Energy Center tickets! Ticket King has tickets BELOW face value, starting at just $40 each for upper level seats. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet you'd better buy them now before they're gone! Deals like this don't last long!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/03/
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Bon Jovi Xcel Energy Center Tickets

    Bon Jovi will be in Saint Paul in exactly a week from today for his first of two shows at the Xcel Energy Center. Wednesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 8th, Bon Jovi will perform a show each night at 7:30pm. If you haven't had a chance to see him live before, now you can get a GREAT deal on Bon Jovi Xcel Energy Center tickets! Ticket King has tickets BELOW face value, starting at just $40 each for upper level seats. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet you'd better buy them now before they're gone! Deals like this don't last long!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/03/
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Get Eleanor Waldorf's Latest Runway Collection

    Last night, Eleanor Waldorf's latest runway collection debuted in Gossip Girl. In real life, you can also have those adorable fashion pieces. The actual designer behind the collection of polka dots, pastels and lace is Abigial Lorick, and her real designs are available exclusively at rarechic.com.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Foundations I'm trying to use up and the would-I-repurchase test

    Even when I've find a foundation that I like, I'll keep on trying out others. And as I'm incapable of waiting to buy until I've finished what I'm currently using, I end up with - dare I say it - too many. The good thing about this is that I can compare products side by side.

    My favourite foundations are MAC's Studio Sculpt in NC25-30, mineralize compact in NC30 and Face and Body in C4. But they are the darker end of the spectrum for me. So in the winter months I have been using (and trying to get rid of!) the 'older' products that also happen to be lighter in colour. These are:

    1. Laura Mercier's oil-free tinted moisturizer in Nude


    When I first got this, I was really impressed that my t-zone didn't shine as much or as quickly. I was using her powder to set it, which I don't anymore, and I'm using a different moisturizer under the foundation so the effect isn't quite as wow now. I don't find the coverage to be too low or sheer; I think the name 'tinted moisturizer' is misleading.

    Would I repurchase? Yes, in another colour, perhaps. But I still have a back-up that I got when I was really into Laura Mercier...

    2. Bobbi Brown's Moisture Rich foundation in Beige 


    I like that it comes with a pump but I don't like the way the cap gets dirty. That's a minor complaint that has nothing to do with the product itself, which is fine. I use so little - half a squirt - that I get quite sheer coverage (similar to Laura M's tinted moisturiser). The glass bottle is fine for using at home but obviously not for travelling.

    Would I repurchase? No.

    3. Bobbi Brown's Luminous foundation in Warm Sand 


    I was given this (tester) and this is too light for me so I'm not using it at all (I thought I'd mention it, though). There's also the risk of pouring out too much product. But the coverage is better, if that's what you're looking for, and more moisturising, with anti-ageing properties. I do like the creamy formulation and overall finish.

    Would I (re)purchase? In theory, yes, but probably never will.

    4. Shu Uemura's Face Architect in 764 


    Another glass bottle. It comes with a pump (good) and the cap is much bigger and doesn't fit so snugly onto the pump so it stays clean - not a smudge of old, crusty foundation anywhere. Nice creamy formulation with good coverage.

    Would I repurchase? Yes. And I would prefer to get this than Bobbi's Luminous but in a different shade (sometimes I think it looks too rosy).

    Swatches of the above four foundations.

    Laura Mercier, BB Moisture Rich, BB Luminous, Shu Uemura

    5. Foundation sticks from Bobbi Brown (beige, warm beige) and Chantecaille (Camomile) 


    I just don't like foundation sticks. I never re-apply foundation during the day (especially when I'm out) so I don't need it in solid form. Some people might find them useful for applying around the nose when you have a cold and need to blow your nose all the time. Anyway, looking at the swatch of Warm Beige, I think it's too pink. Camomile is too light for me. I should put this together with my concealers so I'll remember to use it.

    In the swatch photo - look how they emphasise my pores! Ugh.

    Would I repurchase? Never.

    Foundation sticks in Beige, Warm Beige, Camomile

    6. Bobbi Brown's Smooth Skin fondation in Beige 
    Another tester that I was given. I've never used it. I used to hear such negative reviews about this product that I'm quite honestly scared to use it. I know that it doesn't sell well, either, so I'm not surprised it's being discontinued - isn't it? It says 'last chance' on their website.

    Would I (re)purchase? Never.

    I completely forgot to swatch this foundation when I was doing the others - it goes to show how unloved this is by me - so on its own:


    When I look at all of these swatches, they colours look so different that I'm rather horrified - how could I never have gotten strange remarks?!

    Do you try and finish products, even if they are no longer right? 
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