nzgirl review: Skinnies SPF30 Sungel

We are in the first month of summer and already I am noticing quite a lot of people with nasty sunburn – including a friend of mine who got so badly burnt that her skin blistered. You may laugh this off as being something that just happens sometimes, no biggie, right? Wrong! It’s actually quite serious *imagine me looking very serious here*

According to the Cancer Society of New Zealand, skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in New Zealand, with our skin cancer rates being among the highest in the world. Over 90% of skin cancer cases are due to excess sun exposure. See, really serious stuff!

Throughout the year, and especially in summer, you need to make sure you slip, slop, slap and wrap! To get you on your way to skin protection, some of nzgirl’s awesome beauty bloggers have reviewed some great sunscreens to bring you nzgirl’s five of the best: sunscreen! I reviewed Skinnies SPF30 Sungel and thought it was so fabulous that I had to dedicate a whole blog post to it!

Skinnies

Skinnies SPF30 Sungel is by far the nicest sunscreen that I’ve ever used.  It smells delicious, feels really nice on your skin, and doesn’t leave any nasty residue.  It’s really easy to apply, and a little goes a long way. You can wear it under makeup straight away, which means that it’s perfect for everyday protection.

What makes this different from your average sunscreen in that it doesn’t contain water – most contain 50-70% water, meaning that they take 20 minutes to dry (while the water evaporates), and when you sweat or swim the sunscreen washes off, which is why you need to reapply every 2 hours. Not with Skinnies! Skinnies dries in 2 minutes, isn’t greasy or white and you only need to apply a small amount for super long lasting protection.

There are no parabens, preservatives, fragrances, colours or perfumes in Skinnies and it DOES contain vitamin E that moisturises your skin while the other ingredients are protecting it.  Skinnies Sungel is made in New Zealand (tick), and isn’t tested on animals (double tick).

Want some? It’s $34.95 at selected stockists, or you can buy it online.

xo Meagan

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Summer giveaways: part three

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It’s summer and it’s party season. If you like to straighten or curl or even blowdry your hair, you need to make sure you are using a really good heat protection product like Heidi’s Heat Styles: Heat Protection Spray by Schwarzkopf.  This is a girl’s best friend, providing 24 hour hold (perfect if you’ve got multiple parties to go to and your ‘do has to withstand many hours of socialising!), anti-frizz (hello humid NZ weather!) and natural shine. It is super easy to use and I have a 250ml bottle to give away!

Want to win some?

1. “Like” my facebook page.

2. Leave a comment below, letting me know if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, and what you’d like Santa to bring you for Christmas!

You have until 5.00pm NZT on Wednesday 19th December, winner to be announced on my facebook page.

This competition closes at 5.00pm NZT on Wednesday, 19 December 2012. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments on the competition post on thisismeagankerr.com. You must be a fan of “This Is Meagan Kerr” on facebook, and the competition is open to people in New Zealand only, sorry overseas fans!

Northland Society of Arts Members Summer Exhibition 2012

Obsidian IV by Meagan Kerr

Obsidian IV by Meagan Kerr

If you’re in Whangarei over summer, or just passing through, make sure that you drop by Reyburn House in the Town Basin – running from now until 27th January 2013 is the Northland Society of Arts Members Summer Exhibition, and it is definitely worth a look.

Reyburn House is currently alive with boats, brightly coloured flowers, beautiful landscapes and lush gardens, balanced out by some moody, quieter pieces like Obsidian IV (pictured above), which is a photographic print by yours truly!

Obsidian IV is part of a six image series (although only one is included in this exhibition) that explores avant garde style and pays homage to New Zealand fashion’s obsession with black. It is priced at $320, and like many of the pieces in the exhibition, it is available for purchase through Reyburn House.

Also included in the exhibition is Peony and butterflies, a mixed media piece (pictured below), by Northland artist Kim Kerr.  Kim teaches painting and mixed media classes to adults with a range of abilities, if you would like to know more about these, you can contact her at kimkerr@xnet.co.nz

Peony and butterflies explores the fragility of life and the soul moving on, and is priced at $55.

Peony and butterflies by Kim Kerr

Peony and butterflies by Kim Kerr

WHAT: Northland Society of Arts Member Exhibition

WHERE: Reyburn House, Reyburn House Lane, Town Basin, Whangarei. Find a map here

WHEN: 8th December 2012 – 27th January 2013 (ON NOW!)

Film Review: Les Misérables

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I saw a stage performance of Les Misérables in 1998, and since then it has been my absolute favourite musical – I know the words to all the songs, and sing along (loudly and out of tune!) to the CD when on roadtrips with my mother.

When I heard that Tom Hooper (Oscar-winning Director of The King’s Speech) was directing a film adaptation of Les Misérables, I was really excited. Trailers started coming out that built that excitement up, and my friends and I have been talking about how much we want to see this film for months. Imagine how overjoyed I was to receive an invitation to attend a special preview screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures!!! So on Monday night, I dragged my mom along to the Lido Theatre, and excitement was at peak level. Let me tell you now, I was not disappointed!

When we entered the theatre, we saw that Paramount Pictures had kindly placed boxes of tissues around the theatre.  A good thing, because I know I was not the only one who shed a few tears during the film! PRO TIP: Make sure you take tissues and wear waterproof makeup!

Anne Hathaway as FantineImage: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Anne Hathaway as Fantine
Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

The cast was superb, with the delectable Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Van Helsing) as ex-prisoner Jean Valjean; Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) as the ruthless policeman Javert – a role he was very well suited to; Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Knight Rises) as factory worker Fantine; and Amanda Seyfreid (Mamma Mia, Mean Girls) as her daughter Cosette – as she demonstrated in Mamma Mia, she has a fabulous voice! Sacha Baron Cohen (Sweeney Todd, Borat) and Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter) provided great comical relief as the up-to-no-good Thénardiers, much needed in what is a mostly heavy storyline.  The highlight of the cast for me was heartthrob Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, The Other Boleyn Girl) as revolutionary Marius – his voice absolutely blew me away!

Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter) and Monsieur Thénardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) try to exploit Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen).Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter) and Monsieur Thénardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) try to exploit Young Cosette (Isabelle Allen).
Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

I was very impressed that the actors sang “live” (by which I mean that they taped the vocal track while shooting, rather than recording the songs in post-production) – this gave the film a more realistic feel, as the actors seemed to capture more emotion in their singing that I have noticed in post-recorded films.

Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Eddie Redmayne as Marius.Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Eddie Redmayne as Marius.
Image: Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Set in 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a captivating tale of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – the perfect combination for an amazing film! I will definitely be seeing this again when it hits theatres in January! Check out the trailer below.

 Les Misérables opens in New Zealand on 10 January 2013

 

Images © Universal Pictures
Text © Meagan Kerr 2012

Summer giveaways: part two

Sunsilk Co-Creations Frizz Control Light Cream

Summer in New Zealand can be a bit of a battle when you have hair that is prone to frizziness like mine – the humidity does not agree with me at all! To help you battle the frizz, Sunsilk has teamed up with world-class styling expert Teddy Charles to bring you Sunsilk Frizz Control Light Cream.  It helps to maintain your style and control frizz with Weather Shielding Technology (sounds fancy!) and a UV Filter, providing dual protection against the  effects of changes in weather conditions by balancing the level of moisture in the hair and helping to shield your hair against damaging UV rays.

Sounds like the perfect product to help you through a Kiwi summer, where weather is prone to change multiple times a day!

Want to win some?

1. “Like” my facebook page. If you’re already a fan, then good on you for being so organised! You can have an extra entry into the draw!

2. Leave a comment below, letting me know what your ideal summer vacation would be!

You have until 5.00pm NZT on Sunday 16th December, winner to be announced on my facebook page.

This competition closes at 5.00pm NZT on Sunday, 16 December 2012. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments on the competition post on thisismeagankerr.com, with an extra entry for everyone who was a facebook fan prior to 12/12/12. You must be a fan of “This Is Meagan Kerr” on facebook, and the competition is open to people in New Zealand only, sorry overseas fans!