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Maybelline Dream Cushion review

Maybelline Dream Cushion liquid foundation review …maybelline-cushion-foundation

I was given this foundation by a beauty blogger friend of mine and I was pretty grateful I have to say – only the day before I had scraped the very last of my Maybelline FitMe from the bottle and hadn’t had a chance to pop down to my local Warehouse and splash out the big bucks for another one!  So it was with great excitement (OK – “excitement” may be overstating it, but I am always intrigued by new products) that I opened it the next morning to give it a whirl.

I have to confess right here and now – before I tell you the embarrassing part – for some reason I had it in my head that this product was called Dream Mousse foundation and not Dream Cushion foundation.  Which makes this next disclosure only slightly less embarrassing: I was initially blown away by the texture of this product (thinking it was a really thick, aerated mousse – duh!) and even went so far as to rush in to my daughter’s room to show her this wondrous new product!  It wasn’t until the following day that I realised it was just a foundation-impregnated sponge!!!!

So, my ridiculousness aside … I do actually really like this product. Of course I didn’t read the instructions (which were to apply it with the little sponge thing that comes in the compact) and used my foundation brush instead, but I found it applied really smoothly and evenly and gave a pretty good, reasonably buildable coverage on my normal to dry, 48-year-old skin.  It also lasted pretty well throughout the day, despite me forgetting most days to use a primer first.  In the interests of full disclosure, I applied it with the foundation brush first and then did a little bit of blending at the end with my fingertips, which seemed to work well.

Below there is a picture of me wearing it – not because I love including pictures of myself, (because I REALLY don’t) but because people seem to like to see the product being reviewed in action – go figure!  I’ll admit this picture doesn’t necessarily show it like other beauty bloggers might, but I am wearing Dream Cushion foundation in this photo and my skin looks OK!

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Overall impression then, is good. And it’s a good price point – here in New Zealand, full retail is $29.95 – which is not bad for a product that really does perform quite well.

There were a couple of drawbacks however that I will mention; #1 I don’t think the longevity of the product is great.  It only lasted me about a month before it started getting pretty thin on the ground.  Because I threw the lid out (see below), I’ve had to rely on the internet for this following piece of information, but according to the internet, it contains 14.6g of foundation.  Is that much?  I’m not sure – my FitMe contains 30ml – I did try to do a conversion, but I’m not sure they convert really – and, too hard.  Also – do people really care that much?

Back to the drawbacks: #2 – the lid broke off without me even being unduly rough on it.  But living on the edge as I do, I threw it away and continued without the lid – which really wasn’t as unhygienic as it sounds because my version of the compact has a little internal plastic lid that covers the product (which doesn’t appear to be on the stock photos I’ve found – hmmm.)

So there you have it – Mumpty’s review of the Maybelline Dream Cushion liquid foundation.  For further information and swatches and stuff, you’ll need to do some more research or visit someone else’s blog! Mumpty’s not big on facts and swatches and details (although sometimes I’ll do it) – I’m more about trying it and telling you what I think.

Would I buy it again?  Probably – but I’d wait till it was on sale to be honest.

Yours in harmless foundation reviews …

Mumpty

 

Product review: break-up make-up balm by Goodness

Product review: break-up make-up balm by Goodness Natural Beauty Lab

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A while ago I did a review on the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab’s Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil (you can read it here) and it impressed me so much, I decided I very much wanted to try their break-up make-up balm … and so I did!

One of the initial drawcards for me was the packaging – it’s so cute!  I do love a good tin – especially because you can use it afterwards for all sorts of things; storing your earrings, making soy candles (well, I guess you can – I never have – but it sounds Pinteresty right?!)  Oh – and I liked the name too – it’s clever.

The second thing that sold me was the product description:

“I’m a slick quickie at removing all sorts of make-up.  With all the goodness of chia seed, coconut and avocado oils, your skin will be oh-so-clean and super soft”

And to be fair – they’re quite right!  After using this product, my skin does feel oh-so-clean AND super soft!  It also got my mascara off without stinging my eyes, and that is no mean feat.

I read somewhere too (and I don’t remember where) that it will “melt my make-up off” – I liked the sound of that and that’s pretty much what it does.  It’s kind of a soft,  wax-like substance that you warm in your hands before smooshing onto your face and then massaging it around a bit – concentrating on the areas that have the most make-up.  Then you rinse it off and et voila – you’re done!

Wanna know another thing I love about this product?  It’s cheap as chips!  I bought mine at Farmers for $19.99 – and I’ve seen it on sale for $15.99.  So good.  It comes in an 80ml tin and judging on my rate of usage so far, I would say you’d get a good two months out of a tin.

The only drawback?  And this is because I am DEAD LAZY.  (Prior to getting this, I was removing my makeup with a wipe **chill out man, it’s not that bad!**)  and so I thought I would use this stuff and then remove it with a wipe.  So that’s what I did, but my skin felt a bit waxy and I got a horrible feeling when I was lying in bed that my pores could be being blocked as we speak … so I got myself out of bed and washed it off properly with water and a facecloth.   So there’s that.

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Anyway … this post needed more pics and I couldn’t be bothered taking one, so I am using this pic of me, “fresh-faced”, from a couple of years ago.  Let’s face it, there aren’t many “fresh-faced” photos available for me to choose from – I tend not to keep them (!) so I’m gonna leave it to you to imagine I had used break-up make-up balm just prior to this photo. Thanks.

By the way, this product is vegan friendly, light-weight, non-greasy and contains chia seed oil’s winning 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6.  (And yes, that was straight off the tin.)

And that, my friends, is my review.  I hope you enjoyed and find it useful.

break-up your make-up ….

Mumpty

 

When Mumpty went to WOW …

When Mumpty went to WOW …
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For the uninitiated, WOW stands for the World of WearableArt which, at its heart, is an international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world.  But it is SO much more than that; it’s essentially a visually spectacular couple of hours of fashion, frivolity, dance and all-out entertainment, and what could be better than that?  Mumpty was very fortunate to attend this year and it was BRILLIANT from start to finish.

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The Bengal Tiger, created by Weta Workshop. Image via WOW FB page.

The star of this year’s show, and indeed the MC, was a rather camp, sarcastic and totally fabulous Bengal Tiger, created by the magicians at WETA Workshop.  He was magnificent and spent the show sitting languidly on his rock overlooking the festivities below.

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Burlesquers – can you spot someone in a leopard print catsuit who looks familiar? Image via WOW FB page.

The Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award for 2016 went to an entry from a New Zealand designer, Gillian Saunders, called “Supernova”. Mumpty was lucky enough to have WONDERFUL seats right next to one of the “spokes” of the stage, so she saw the intricacies of the designer’s creations up close, and let me tell you – Supernova was a sparkling, decadent creation which well deserved the win!  Now Mumpty loves a bit of bling, and Supernova most certainly delivered on that front – it was glitteringly, light-catchingly GORGEOUS!  Supernova also deservedly took out the Avante Garde section as well.

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Supernova – image via WOW FB page

The show was, of course, based on showcasing the WOW entries and they did an incredible job of making sure each and every outfit was able to be viewed by everyone, no matter where they were in the venue.  As I mentioned, I had a super-duper seat so I could see everything up close.  If you’re going to attend, I really do recommend you spend a bit extra on good seats – you will appreciate it more – trust me.   But it wasn’t just the outfits that were featured – WOW really is a extravaganza of entertainment and the show boys and girls went all-out to create a truly spectacular show.

I have to mention here, just briefly, Hannah Tasker-Poland. Until WOW, I had never seen Hannah dance live before, and she is, quite simply, ridiculously talented.  Don’t want to gush, so I will stop there.

One of Mumpty’s favourite sections of the show was the Bizarre Bra section, where designers were tasked with reinventing the humble bra – and man, do some people have a wild imagination!  Check this out …

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These Bizarre Bra entries, entitled “Revenge of the Paperclip” by Jenny Jack of NZ – used 17,336 paper clips, mesh and polystyrene! Image via WOW FB page.

Cool huh!  Another of my favourites was two poached eggs, and the bit that went around the back was a metal spatula! Hilarious!  And here is the winner of the World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum Bizarre Bra section, “Come Fly With Me” by Julian Hartzog of the USA. The wings were mirror-like and sparkly and just fabulous.

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“Come Fly With Me” – image via WOW FB page.

The sets for each section of WOW were fantastic as well … check these out:

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Image via WOW FB page.

The golden tree prop was part of the set for the David Jones Avante Garde section – I loved it.

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Image via WOW FB page.

I do like angelic figures, and I particularly liked those globes they projected images on to; so clever.

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And last but not least, because I could go on forever (and quite often do) and no one will read it anyway … is my personal favourite (after the super-sparkly Supernova of course) a little gem called Lippydeema by Daisy May Collingridge of the UK. Lippydeema is described as a “joyful creature who likes to dance when no one is watching”.  I feel like she might be a kindred spirit!

So that was Mumpty’s experience of WOW – words can’t really describe it so I would recommend, if you ever get the chance to go, GO!  I for one cannot wait to go again, and will be taking my daughter with me – she’ll LOVE it.  And by the way, it’s not just for the girls, it’s a good one for the boys as well.  You know how men like to work out how things are done?  They can do that.  And of course, the models aren’t entirely ugly either!

A special thanks to my amazing Mum and Dad who bought my ticket – I went to WOW with them and my sister and it was a fabulous experience – not to mention the rest of the weekend.  Shhh … we visited WETA Workshop and here is a quick troll photo!

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Spot the troll … heheeee!

We also went to the amazing Gallipoli display at Te Papa. That, my friends, is a must-see.

WOW
Image via WOW FB page.

To see more of World of WearableArt, visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

WOW, just WOW …

Mumpty

Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil review

Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil review

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Recently I was gifted a bottle of the beauty-award-winning  certified organic chia seed oil from the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab, and my goodness … it’s fab!

I’m not normally a face oil-lover to be honest; I’ve tried them in the past and they seem great for a few days (even amazing at first) but after that my skin starts to rebel and go a bit dry, and just meh.  So I always end up returning to my trusty old staple, Nivea Soft.  My skin could be likened to a cheap date … you don’t have to spend much on it to get the result you’re after!  And that’s why I love my Nivea!

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Because I know people like to be able to picture who’s doing all the talking, here is a Snapchat-filtered picture of Mumpty – which in no way demonstrates the efficacy of chia seed oil, but oh well.

So anyway – I was interested to try this offering from the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab to see if it was any different to anything else I’ve tried.  So try it I did … I’ve been using it nightly for about a month now and I have to say, I really, really like it.  Firstly, it doesn’t smell bad – some of the other oils I’ve tried just smell a bit strong and I dunno … oily?  I find this one doesn’t and I like that.  I only wear it at night and I’m not sure if that’s the correct way to do it but I just feel like my makeup would probably slide off if I wore it during the day.

Of course I didn’t follow the instructions for long.  The bottle says to apply it to clean skin – and I did that.  But after a few days it just didn’t feel right applying only oil to my skin, so I hit on a plan!  I get my good old Nivea Soft and then squeeze about three or four drops of my chia seed oil into it … smoosh it into my face, and voila!  Happy, moisturised skin that feels glowy and kind of … pliable.  Does that make sense?  But it does – it’s sort of plump (in the best kind of way, not in a fatty girl kind of way) and it certainly feels hydrated and healthy. Basically, instead of looking like this in the morning …

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I look like this …

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OK – well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but only slightly.

If you want to know more about chia oil and its many, many benefits, including its omega 3-6 essential fatty acids, its organic certification, the fact that its vegan and lots of other good things, go to www.goodnessproducts.com.  You can also check out the rest of the range while you’re there … I think I’m going to give the break-up make-up balm a whirl next – if only for it’s clever name and pretty packaging!

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Another plus for the Goodness range is that they use the word “smoosh” which totally legitimises my use of the term – making it a technical, real-grown-up-beauty-blogger term. Right?!!

And I’d just like to leave you with a little Mumpty Tip before I sign off … if you’re not loving the face oil you’ve purchased, don’t consign it to the face oil graveyard – use it on your décolletage.  Lord knows we don’t want a wrinkly décolletage now do we?!

So chia’s … (see what I did there?!) 

MumptyStyle Pink Champagne

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VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition

VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition …

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This BEAUTIFUL pic by David Photography of my gorgeous friend, Miss Monique Sweet, personifies VVDO for me …

This was my second year at VVDO and this time I had my daughter in tow, which was a lovely outing for the two of us.

Our main reason for attending this year was to watch the Miss Pinup New Zealand competition, having featured all the lovely ladies on my Pinup Platoon series.  I was also really keen to meet my Pinup Platoon sponsors, Esme from Moxie Mama Wear and Adele from Pinned On You, in person – which I did – and they are lovely!

First and foremost though, I’d like to congratulate Fran Robertson … our new Miss Pinup NZ 2016.  What a dream contestant she was and oh-so-popular with the audience!  A much deserved win.  These are my two favourite pics of Fran from the competition.

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Images by Emma Joyce for Glory Days Magazine

Congratulations also to the Lady in Red (Runner Up & Miss Vintage Vixen) and to Lola Turquoise (Miss Publicity.)

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For those of you who weren’t there, the four finalists were: Fran Robertson; Miss Lola Turquoise, Miss Opal and Dariel Dearlove.

A massive congratulations goes out to all the contestants – they really did put their all into it and it was so much fun to watch.

Anyway …  I thought I’d share some of  my highlights from this year’s VVDO in pictures …

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Miss Monique Sweet

Miss Monique Sweet in her strawberry outfit; designed by her and bought to life by Danielle from Devel Men & Women with headpiece by Amy from Chica Chica Boom Chic.

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Mel from The Style Mafia – image by Serendipity Photography

Mel from Style Mafia NZ – loved that pantsuit!  She and Amy are always an extravagant looking couple of ladies, and VVDO 2016 was no exception!

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Image by Serendipity Photography

Velvet De Collette – this beautiful lady was the first person we saw and we had a quick chat in the bathroom (!) … we thought she looked flawless!

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Image by Glory Days Magazine

Soda Fontaine in her Dita gown … it was Soda’s birthday too – what a great day to celebrate!  And by the way … DITA “LIKED” SODA’S PHOTO – eeeep!!!!

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Daniel Dearlove’s evening gown – wow.  Daniel was clever enough t make this gorgeous gown herself; in fact, she made every single outfit she wore.  Sooo impressive.

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Miss Lola Fondant‘s talent: how to eat chicken wings without smudging your red lips!

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This crowd selfie!  Featuring Miss Monique Sweet; MC, Miss La Vida and Bettie Rage, complete with BUMP!

Art & Cake

The Art & Cake stall, with Lily Kate Vallance and Miss Charlotte Cake – and yes we did sample a cake (Spiced Pear & salted caramel) and yes, it was yum – and very pretty!

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Nat Hugill (aka Lilly Loca) – I always love seeing her and I was thrilled to hear she scored a dress she’d been lusting after for ages!

And last, but not least … this woman; Miss Opal

Miss Opal

It was an awesome moment when she stepped onto the stage in her “oh-so-Dita” tuxedo for the evening wear section; but even better than that, was her talent and those glorious butterfly wings – I think both outfits were made by the talented Linda McCarthy Costumier (correct me if I’m wrong.)  However – it was the fact Miss Opal admitted to having to overcome crippling social anxiety that impressed me sooooo much.  I think it was an incredible thing for her to do in that case and my gosh – you would never have known it watching her from the audience – she did a cracking job!  I’d love to interview her about the inspirations behind her outfits, so fingers crossed she’ll oblige.  In the meantime; BIG ups to you Miss Opal.

So that, in the most brief possible way,  was Mumpty’s 2016 VVDO experience!!!

See ya next year, bigger and brighter …

Mumpty

Valen-Tease: a review and poem

Valen-Tease: a review in pictures
(presented via some very poor poetry!)

Valen-Tease lineup

Last night’s Valen-Tease
Really was the bee’s knees
I had a blast – I always do
And here’s my review
Just for you …Oooh la la

Kicking off the show, was Miss Ooh La La Paree
Those glorious legs for all to see
Resplendent she was, in purple and mint
To many an eye, she bought a glint

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Next on stage was Pussy Galorrez
Sexy, sparkly and a sight to behold
There was glitter everywhere
And look, it was gold!

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Following Pussy was Miss Bettsy Rose Lee
All gingham and boots and laughing with glee
She busted her moves all over the stage
And left us all in a jealous rage (why can’t we dance like that?!)

Christine

Christine the chanteuse took the stage next
The voice of an angel, with style to burn
She left us wishing she’d have another turn
(Which, luckily, she did!)

MisRed

MisRed was on fire
She lit up the scene
The lust and desire
By all could be seen

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Mr B Frank and Pixie Twist form the crazy duo, Frank’n’Twist

Frank’n’Twist opened Act number 2
They’re crazy as hell
But boy, you can tell
This fella totally loves his gal

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Then Pussy came on
And went down to a mirkin
You could see the audience wondering
How that thing was workin’!

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Miss Bettsy Rose Lee
Then sang about boobs
For which, you can tell
She was qualified well!

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Miss Chevious Cinders
Was all about lights
A standing ovation
Totally made her night

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Closing the show
With all that she had
Was the stunning MisRed
And wow, she was rad

Pixie Twist was our MC
She did it with style
Totes inappropro at times
Which caused many to smile

The audience battled with assels galore
Best audience ever on that score for sure!

And that was my night
You can tell I had fun
I’m SUCH a bad poet
But now it’s all done
(And you won’t have to read any more!)

Special thanks to: Alyson, April and Sonia for handling the sound and lighting (and lots of other stuff!); the shy and reserved Obsidian and the beautiful Miss Scarlett Soiree for their wonderful stage kittying antics; Miss Chevious Cinders for being Door Dolly and as always, amazing photography by David Rowe Photography, with second shooter Nick Von Deursen Photography.   And of course, big congratulations to Crazy Diamond’s producers, Miss Ooh La La Paree and Miss Bettsy Rose Lee – ably assisted  by the wonderful Azure D’Murre.

And, because I can, here is a blurry photo of me and my divine friend Allysa, who was a burlesque noobie – and who loved every minute of it!

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Valentines hearts and flowers (and boobs and butts!)

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2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

Highlight reel2This is part two of my post summarising what was, in many ways, a very sparkly and wonderful year for MumptyStyle!  You can read the first part here.

Herewith, Mumpty’s highlight reel – part two;


July
In which I purchased and reviewed my Erstwilder Oscar Wildenfox brooch, purchased from the darling Pinned on You; did a Pinup Wishlist; followed a week in the CRAZY-BUSY life of The Danger Doll; did a “lip-off” between Jeffree Star and LimeCrime; did a Five Iconic Shoes post; and casually interviewed The Cherry Dollface (gulp!) about being aTudor geek and stuff!
Most popular post: A Week in the Life of The Danger Doll
My favourite pic:

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The Cherry Dollface – with her Christmas tree decorations, of which Mumpty is insanely jealous!

August
In which I interviewed the fabulous Margarita Bloom about her potions and lotions; my little blog had it’s first birthday (whoop, whoop!) and we did a wee prize-giving; did a post on the random search terms people used to arrive at MumptyStyle and featured letters from Marilyn Monroe.
Most popular post: You really should be at Bananarama.
My favourite pic:

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September
In which I ran a feature called Selfie September which culminated in a Selfie September Mashup; and featured Miss Mollie Tov; Mumpty; Miss Monique Sweet; Bethany Starr; Michelle; Amber Bambi; Alexie RicRac; Madam Mutiny; Courtney & Poss; Beth Stapleton and Miss Cherry Lashes.  I also reviewed the Amy Winehouse documentary.
Most popular post: Selfie September: Beth Stapleton
My favourite pic:

Courtney & Poss
Courtney & Poss

October 
In which I reviewed the SauceBox Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette; reposted about my incredible friends; did Five Fabulous Frocks on Friday; did Doing, Wanting, Reading, Eating (part 3) and oh, had a birthday!
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr
My favourite pic:

Dita in THAT frock
The incomparable Dita von Teese in THAT FROCK by Zac Posen

November
In which I pretended to be a beauty blogger and reviewed the Manuka Doctor facial peel; Only Good body wash and The Manizer Sisters palette by The Balm.  I also reviewed Crazy Diamond @ The Meteor and wrote about how to avoid fakes when buying vintage Louis Vuitton.
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr (again!)
My favourite pic:

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The spectacular Honey Suckle

December
In which I did my Highlight Reels (of which this is part two – and here is part one); did my first Get Ready With Me (the Bettie Rage edition); reviewed Bring on Burlesque at The Riverlea Theatre and Cirlesque at The Hamilton Gardens; did a review on Serioxyl and did my Christmas lust list.
Most popular post: Burlesque:Cirlesque
My favourite pic:

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The stupendous Miss Polly Filla

Oh yes – and this is also the month Mumpty discovered filters on Instagram and looked like a deer in the headlights (but an oh-so-delightfully-filtered-deer!)

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Sparkle like it’s a 2015 summary …

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2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

Highlight reel

It’s been a busy year on MumptyStyle, so I decided I’d summarise it via a “highlight reel” of what happened in my little corner of the blogosphere this year.

Doing all twelve months in one post would be just TOO long, so I’ve done the first six months in one, and the last six months in another – cos I’m tricky like that!

So … herewith, highlight reel – part one (you can read part two here😉


January
In which I reviewed Burlesque at the Nivara Lounge; blabbered about what I’d buy if I had $800 to spend at LUSH; did my first Summer Essentials tag and one of my besties, Miss Monique Sweet, won Miss Moonshine 2015.
Most popular post: Five iconic handbags
My favourite pic:

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Miss Monique Sweet

February
In which I talked about how I wash my Jenny dresses in the bath; told you what I’m doing, wanting, eating, reading, loving for the second time; talked about possible Valentine’s Day presents for the new Mum and then Valentines Day for Pinups; talked about my first Makeup Obsessives meet-up and interviewed Annah Stretton.
Most popular post: Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?
My favourite pic:

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March
In which I did a series called The Pinup Platoon (interviewing the 10 finalists for Miss Pinup New Zealand) and gave away not one, but two Erstwilder Flamingo necklaces; chatted with the fabulous Flo Foxworthy and talked about Annah Stretton’s RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) initiative.
Most popular post: Pinup Platoon: Agent Bluebelle
My favourite pic:

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Agent Bluebelle

April 
In which I talked about the secret language of fans; reviewed the incredible Dirty Martini; MET the incredible Dirty Martini; started a series called Sartorial Secrets and interviewed Fancifora Foxglove; had a fictitious evening out in pictures (featuring Dita and George); wrote a bit of fiction; just casually met Joanne Gair; reviewed The Very Vintage Day Out and congratulated Bettie Rage on winning Miss Pinup NZ and Miss Victory Violet on winning Miss Viva Las Vegas.
Most popular post: Congratulations Miss Viva Las Vegas
My favourite pic:

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Mumpty and the incomparable Dirty Martini

May
In which I showed you how to revive your eyebrow kit; pretended to spend $800 at Shoes of Prey; did Sartorial Secrets interviews with Madam Rou and Bettie Rage; told you about my Red Lipstick Survival Kit; talked about the incredibly beautiful art of Alexia Sinclair and did a feature on Mother’s Day for Pinups.
Most popular post: Inspirational Women: Carissa Ludlow
My favourite pic:

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The Secret Garden – Alexia Sinclair

June
In which I reviewed Tease & Trouble at The Meteor; outlined my Week in Coffee; went behind the scenes at Viva with Ginger Watson; wrote my most popular blog post EVER (see below); reviewed my first Makeup Obsessives Beauty Box; did a “Taking Stock” tag and reviewed Pinup Shoes: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Most popular post: Scarring, seams & self love: the life and times of Willow Noir 
My favourite pic:

Ginger Watson
Ginger Watson

And that’s just the first six months of 2015!!!  Come back tomorrow for the second half!

Summing it up with a smile …

Mumpty

Burlesque:Cirlesque

Burlesque/Cirlesque: it was an awesome weekend for Mumpty!

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My “Cirlesque” look

This weekend was a busy and exciting one for Mumpty, who attended two very different, but very fantastic shows.

On Friday night I attended the Bring on Burlesque Christmas Show at the Riverlea Theatre and had an absolutely wonderful time with some lovely friends, while we watched other hugely talented friends entertain us!

Bring on Burlesque had some outstanding performances; too many to detail, so I’m just going to bullet-point the stand-outs for me …

  • Ruby Spice‘s “puppet on a string” performance – so creative.
  • The Ginger Kisses – “Simply Cannot Do It Alone” – I ADORE the Ginger Kisses!
  • Miss Bettsy Rose Lee‘s “milkshake act” – in which I received a milkshake – shaken, not stirred, in her cleavage!
  • Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s “boobs” song … for one, I didn’t know she could sing and for two, she was very funny!
  • Ms Tittle Tattle‘s Snow White routine – such a cheeky, “don’t mess with me” attitude!
  • Azure D’Murre‘s fan dance “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without  a Smile” – so seductive and sexy.

Honourable mentions as well to Miss Ooh La La Paree’s Queen of Atlantis act – her costume is magnificent; Lady Gee’s cat act and of course to Henrietta, Steve Gray and Bring On Burlesque’s incomparable host, Gloria Dividend.

Lady Gee
Lady Gee – isn’t she cute?!

A big thanks to the fabulous Ms Tittle Tattle and her lovely husband, Simon, for giving me the ticket to attend Bring on Burlesque.

And then … it was Saturday night, and time for Cirlesque!

Cirlesque

I was soooo excited when the lovely Miss Cherry Lashes asked me if I would be interested in stage managing a “show in Hamilton” on Saturday night.  I said yes, never dreaming it was Cirlesque!   And I’m thrilled to bits that I did!

Cirlesque was an amazing experience for me – there was quite a lot of responsibility if I’m honest, but I learned heaps and I loved meeting these wonderful performers who I’ve seen and admired from afar, and have now met and worked with in person.

Miss Polly Filla was the glorious MC for the evening – with a wit as razor-sharp as the wings of her eyeliner, she handled the crowd with aplomb and kept them amused with her lip-synching, joke-telling antics.  I loved working with her – what a professional – and what a wardrobe!

Polly Filla
Miss Polly Filla

Andre Vegas and his beautiful assistants (Andre Vegas & Company Magic and Illusion) did several magic acts, including doves, strait jacket escapes, head-sawing (!) and the like! They were a dream to work with; always ready to go before time and well and truly organised!  Crowd participation was a big part of their acts and that’s always good fun to watch the audience being drawn in.

Andre Vegas
Andre Vegas

Venus Starr – now Venus is a performer whom I have wanted to see perform live for such a long time now – I saw her once in Auckland at Diamond Carousel and she was fantastic; at Cirlesque Venus performed two acts – hoops and aerial silks. Watching Venus in motion is testament to what I imagine must be hours and hours and in fact, years and years, of practice and honing her art.  Venus is petite yet strong; beautiful yet tough and controlled yet graceful – it was utterly fantastic to watch the parts of her performance I got to see before I had to rush off to make sure the next act was ready!

Venus
Venus Starr

I have been DYYYYING to see The Duchess de Berry‘s Wild Orchid act which she debuted at the NZ Burlesque Festival.  Having seen her costume backstage, I can say it is even more stunning than an audience can even begin to appreciate. SOOO many sparkles, such attention to detail, so many fabulous and different components.  And of course, there is The Duchess herself.  Freakin’ gorgeous that girl!  When Trillian was doing up her corset I could only marvel at how tiny her waist is – around 20″, depending on how tight she pulls the corset – that’s teeny-tiny!  Anyway, her act was beautiful and elegant and visually spectacular.  The girl is a talent for sure.

Duchess
Duchess de Berry in her Wild Orchid costume

Samantha Amelia is a performer whom I have never seen before and it was an absolute delight to watch her unique combination of pole, burlesque and aerial hoop.  Her lovely hair – a long, curly red mane, looked so beautiful in the spotlight and her petite frame belies the great deal of strength necessary to perform effectively on both pole and aerial hoop.

Samantha Amelia
Samantha Amelia

Throwing knives at your partner is not generally advisable, but The Death Do Us Part Danger Show (husband and wife team Rachel & Charlie Atlas) made it look so easy, albeit still very frightening!  There must be an enormous level of trust between those two because I think it would take a HELL of a lot of persuading to do what Rachel does that’s for sure.  I was really intrigued to learn that Charlie actually hand-makes the double-headed Viking axes he uses in their act.

Death Do Us
The Death Do Us Part Danger Show

Cirlesque was also the first opportunity I’d had to see the truly fabulous Trillian (Queen of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2014) perform live and she was A for Amazing!  I loved her 20’s style and that girl can most certainly shake those “assels!” And what a friendly, relaxed person she is to chat to backstage as well – love Trillian!

Trillian
Trillian

And YAYYYY!!! I finally got to see MisRed perform in her gilded cage – and it was an absolutely beautiful, sexy-as-hell performance as well, thank you very much!  MisRed is a world class performer, and another fabulous lady to chat backstage with. It was so nice to catch up with her and to watch her perform.

MisRed
MisRed

So as you can tell, it was a real privilege to be asked to stage manage Cirlesque – thank you to all the performers, stagehands and everyone involved who helped me – I hope I helped you too! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

PS: A big thanks to Mel Cherry Chambers who stage-managed Cirlesque on Friday night and gave me her notes and advice.  Thank you so much!

And that, my friends, was Mumpty’s weekend of burlesque/cirlesque.

Tired, yet sparkly …

Mumpty

Serioxyl review

Review: Serioxyl hair densifying system

Mumpty_SerioxylSo back at the very beginning of October my friend, who is a beauty blogger,  gave me this three-part hair densifying system called Serioxyl to try.  And try it I did!

Now I must admit, I’ve been a bit naughty and haven’t followed the instructions 100% but I am confident in saying that after at least two months and nearly-empty bottles, I actually have seen results from this system.

As you can see from the picture above, I have developed lots of new hair growth, and as you can see from the picture below, this new hair is quite a bloody pain!  I have very fine hair, and clearly there is not enough weight in this new growth to sit flat against my head so I have this rather alarming outcrop. Sometimes it can be tamed; other times it gets all static-y and I have to back away calmly …

Serioxyl

Now I do understand, of course, that some of this is just natural new hair growth, but I can most definitely say I’ve never had this sprouting-out-the-side thing before, so rightly or wrongly, I am attributing it to Serioxyl!

For those of you want more technical information, you can visit their website here.  For those of you who want anecdotal, on-the-spot information from Mumpty … read on!

L’Oreal refers to the Serioxyl system as a “densifying” treatment; which means it works in a manner that increases the density of your hair and reportedly promotes around 1700 new hairs over a 3 month period.

I said earlier that I didn’t follow the instructions 100% , and I didn’t. Mainly because I wash my hair every day (I know right – SUCH a pain! Actually, Miss Victory Violet referred to that as “the work of the devil” and I quite agree, but needs must!) … and I found it a bit drying.  Sooooo … after about three weeks or so, I started to use it every second or third day instead.

Here are my impressions of each part of the system I received:

serioxyl-glucoboost-coloured-shampoo-1000-mlSerioxyl GlucoBoost clarifying shampoo for coloured, thinning hair … I LOVE the smell of this – all minty and fresh.  And actually, when you first apply it, your scalp tingles and I quite like that – it makes me feel like something is happening in a good way.   Anyway, you massage it in and it’s supposed to cleanse the scalp of impurities and increase the microcirculation of the scalp.  It’s busy stuff right!

Serioxyl Conditioner

Serioxyl GlucoBoost + Incell bodifying conditioner …  another minty hit of goodness and step two in the system.  This one cares for the hair fibre apparently, without weighing it down. I pop this one on and then leave it for as long as it takes to shave my legs and use my Only Good body wash and then I rinse it off.

As seems to be standard fare in this type of situation, I am running out of the conditioner before the shampoo.

And last in the three-step system is …

Loreal-Serioxil-Mousse-Glucoboost-Incell-600x600-500x500

Serioxyl GlucoBoost + Incell densifying mousse … so this one is put onto towel-dried hair and is designed to “boost the look of the hair’s density.”  I am pretty technical with this one (well, for me anyway!) – I make a series of parts (criss-crossed like a hot cross bun!) and then put a little squeeze of the mousse in each bit. Then I comb it through the lengths and blow-dry it from there.  I’m not 100% convinced it makes THAT much difference, but hey ; it’s a part of the system; I have it, so why not use it I say!

In summary, do I feel like Serioxyl has made a difference to the density of my hair?  Well yes, I do actually! While I’m not blessed with a thick, long, shiny mane of hair as a result of Serioxyl, I definitely feel it has made a difference – certainly there appears to be much more new growth than I would normally see.  I do, however, feel that it has dried my hair a bit, so I have been accompanying this treatment with regular applications of Lush’s H’Suan Wen Hua hair mask and have also recently introduced a spray of argan oil before and after heat treatments.

Here is my most recent selfie that shows my hair.

Dita hairPffffttttttt!!!!  Hahaa – I wish.  (Gratuitous shot of Dita Von Teese!)  Seriously though, isn’t her hair just PERFECTION?  It deserves it’s own song – you know – like how Betty Davis’s eyes have.

Anyway, here is MY actual hair.

MumptyThis is my deer-in-the-headlights:I’ve-just-discovered-Instagram-has-filters look!  And yes, I know you can’t see much of my hair, but I’m using the pic anyway, because I don’t have a better one.

Serioxyl … definitely give it a try.  Because … well, you’re worth it …

Mumpty