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Fringe 2012: The LoveBirds

Hi! How has everyone’s week been so far? I’ve come down with some kind of cold, which seems strange to me because it is in the middle of summer (over 30 degrees Celsius here today!). 😦

Are any of my fellow Adelaidians attending Fringe shows this year? I like to see at least one or two shows every year! 🙂 I also love hanging out with friends in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Adelaide Fringe, here’s a recap of my take on it from last week:

“For those of you who are thinking “what?” the Adelaide Fringe is an international arts, comedy, and performance type festival. Like the Edinburgh Fringe. It is the best time of year to visit Adelaide as for approximately a month the city comes alive with a, hmm, I would say “classy carnival” atmosphere. (It only used to be held once every 2 years, but it became so popular it is now a yearly event, yaaaaay! :) ) Events are held all around the CBD but also in some of Adelaide’s park lands which are converted to what they call the “Garden of Unearthly Delights” (or just the “Garden” if you’re a local ;) ). There you can eat and drink to your hearts’ content, check out impromptu acts as well as buy tickets to cabaret, comedy, magic and other shows being held in tents (but classy tents! :) ) within the Garden. There are also carnival rides… OK the more I try and describe this the stranger it sounds, check out the official site if you are interested to hear more :) over here: http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/

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I was lucky to score tickets to see a cabaret performance on Friday night, called The LoveBirds*. I enjoy cabaret but had not read anything about this particular show, so was not sure what to expect! However I was very impressed and both R and I enjoyed it a lot!

The LoveBirds focuses on the stories of four LoveBirds enjoying a night of freedom. Rare, exotic and erotic creatures, they are ornately adorned in all sorts of feathers and sparkles – even the boys!

The story line was interesting, original, and funny. Costuming was excellent and I thought that each of the cast members had fantastic voices. The venue, the Spiegeltent, is always great but I thought the sound was a tad too loud at times. I’m not sure if this was due to me sitting towards the back, where additional speakers may have been placed.

I never really enjoy lining up for shows in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, as it is so crowded in the Garden, but the usher for this show was very professional and we were able to get into the venue easily. Here’s what the line looked like! (This is typical, however, for any show you go to see in the Garden.)

Don't fret! This shot includes a lot of people walking down the main path of the Garden (as the Spiegeltent is near the entrance). The line is at the far right of this picture.

I should also mention that this show was very interactive. The Birds interact directly with the audience which helps bring the show to life and makes it even more fun to watch! 🙂

In all I strongly recommend seeing The LoveBirds if you enjoy cabaret. If you are not familiar with cabaret, this is a good show to provide you with an introduction!

I would give The LoveBirds 5/5, or 5 tweets! 😉

To read more about their show visit the official Fringe webpage for The LoveBirds at http://www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au/event.asp?eventID=2536

*Tickets were provided to me for the purposes of a review. This did NOT influence my opinion of the show in any shape or form. As after all, only honest reviews are worth reading, right?!
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Empties (January… a tad late!)

Howdy! 🙂

Well, it’s been a busy week! I would’ve like to have blog more than I did but I guess that couldn’t be helped. 😦 At the moment I am also in the process of moving my blog from wordpress.com (wordpress hosted) to wordpress.org (hosted on a non-wordpress server) which has taken a lot of time to research. When I do make the move I will be sure to let you all know; in any case the blog will always be accessible via http://abeautifulstory.net 🙂 (Advantages to having the site hosted elsewhere include that I can have a lot more freedom with how I run it and I have free reign with design, customisation, etc.)

When the new site is up and running I will be hosting another giveaway! 🙂

Do any of you run a wordpress.org site? If so I’m keen to hear any tips/tricks; I’m not the best at IT to something that may take some people 10 minutes could take me 30 LOL (technically challenged huh?!)!

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As promised, *mini drumroll*, this post is all about my January empties! There’s another product that I should’ve included in the photos, my usual perfume which is Estee Lauder’s “Beauty”. Lovely fresh fragrance but can’t seem to get it anywhere locally these days… and I used to be able to get it for a good price!

So as you can see it’s a pretty small Empties collection! 🙂 My thoughts on these products, from L – R, top to bottom:

Dove Heat Defence Therapy Heat Activated Protect & Shine Mist

Price: I got it for $4 AUD on sale but the usual retail price is around $8-9 AUD.

Where can I get it? Supermarkets and some chemists.

This one is a beauty. Smells good, leaves my hair feeling good, and it has a medium spraying range, meaning that you don’t drench your hair or get it on your face when only aiming it at a small section of hair! (Which has been an issue with the ones I’m currently using, reviews to come!) I didn’t realise how good this one was till I tried some others.

These days it’s in a white coloured bottle but otherwise seems to be the same product.

Beautiful rating: quality 5/5, value 5/5

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Johnson’s face care daily essentials fragrance free facial cleansing wipes

Price: approx. $6 AUD for a pack of 25.

Where can I get it? most supermarkets and some chemists.

I find these to be very handy in removing my makeup, before cleansing at night time. Decent sized sheets, moist enough to remove your  makeup, and the skin is not left irritated or dry.

Remember that such wipes are not sufficient on their own as cleansers; you really should follow it up with a cleanser and toner. I made this mistake once and I paid for it – broke out! 😦

The only gripe I have with these is that they are quite expensive. I’m wondering if unscented baby wipes would do just as good a job!?

Beautiful rating: quality 5/5, value 3/5

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Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

Price: approx $10 AUD

Where can I get it? Most supermarkets and some chemists.

Since switching to an alcohol free toner my skin has felt much happier and less dry on my non t-zone areas. This toner does its job well and leaves my skin feeling refreshed. I’m now onto my 2nd bottle of this product and don’t see a need to switch brands in the future (no not even to a Thalgo toner! 😉 Now that is saying something! :)).

Beautiful rating: quality 5/5, value 5/5.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post. 🙂 For those of you in Adelaide, enjoy the awesome Adelaide Fringe festival which is now ON! – I was lucky to receive a free pass to a cabaret show last night which was excellent and the Garden of Unearthly Delights was packed and buzzing. I will be posting a review of the show on the blog soon. 🙂

For those of you who are thinking “what?” the Adelaide Fringe is an international arts, comedy, and performance type festival. Like the Edinburgh Fringe. It is the best time of year to visit Adelaide as for approximately a month the city comes alive with a, hmm, I would say “classy carnival” atmosphere. (It only used to be held once every 2 years, but it became so popular it is now a yearly event, yaaaaay! :)) Events are held all around the CBD but also in some of Adelaide’s park lands which are converted to what they call the “Garden of Unearthly Delights” (or just the “Garden” if you’re a local ;)). There you can eat and drink to your hearts’ content, check out impromptu acts as well as buy tickets to cabaret, comedy, magic and other shows being held in tents (but classy tents! :)) within the Garden. There are also carnival rides… OK the more I try and describe this the stranger it sounds, check out the official site if you are interested to hear more 🙂 over here: http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/

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