Hunger Games galore (I didn’t mean to)


Favourite Buzz

How To Write Your First Book has 21 authors giving their advice on some of the hardest things about writing. It is definitely well worth a read if you are wanting to write a book one day (like me).  There are a few things that I already relate to in the answers, but also a few tips and ideas I can take away from it in order to get writing.

Some of my favourite quotes include:

I always intended to be a writer from the moment I could read, really. When I married my second husband he gave me the opportunity to stay home and write. I was 28.

– Charlaine Harris

I think not writing for my day job helped to let that muscle relax during the day so that I felt like writing when I came home at night.

– Leigh Bardugo

Even this thing you’re doing, this story, is kind of interesting, but I think in a lot of ways it will be detrimental to people trying to write books. I’m serious. What happens is: They will read this story and they will see these people giving their experience as if that experience is normative. As if the experience they’re describing is how it works. And of course every experience like this is totally unique. Trying to fit your life into someone else’s model is how bad books get created. Everyone wants advice about how to do something but it really only works if you’re only going to plow forward regardless if you know nothing. But then again, that’s how it was for me. So maybe I’m doing the exact same thing I’m complaining about.

– Chuck Klosterman

What I take from this is that 1. Man Piece will hopefully give me the opportunity to stay home and write. (One day. I’m working on him.) 2. Not writing for my day job may help in writing fiction – maybe I need to give up being a journalist and do something else, which leaves me the creative freedom to write fiction. 3. Every piece of advice from established authors is bullshit and you should do what works for you when it comes to your writing.

Favourite Image

I’ve had the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest article open in my browser for awhile now. Who doesn’t love some amazing nature and animal photos? National Geographic, after all, does it best.

My favourite from all of these has to be the Orta Lake Storm Chasing by Riccardo Criseo as it shows just how far photographers will go for the shot.


Interesting Article

Textual analysis of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Twilight revealed some interesting language use by the authors. Somehow The Hunger Games had ‘drunk’ as one of the most distinctive adjectives used. Personally, I think this is because of Haymitch. Twilight had the most common sentence of “I sighed.” Naturally. It is fairly interesting to know which words the authors favoured.

Fashion Love

This dress by Dior worn by Jennifer Lawrence to the Catching Fire premier in LA is amazing. For some reason, I just love it. If it wasn’t a mesh type material and see-through, I would totally wear something like it. Apparently even J-Law herself didn’t like it much. I came across it reading Cosmo’s list on scandalous red carpet outfits. This is definitely one of the tamer ones.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Los Angeles Premiere

Grabby Hands

I really want to get my hands on some of the Capitol Colours collection from Cover Girl. It all looks so amazing. Just not sure who is stocking it. Cover Girl have created 12 looks for the 12 districts.



I have had this ‘sneak peek’ of Veronica Mars sitting open in my browser for awhile. I am so keen to see the movie! It is set for release 14 March. I just hope it will be coming to a cinema down-under and I need to see this on the big screen. (Yes, I backed it in the Kickstarter.)

Veronica Mars: Love Triangle from Veronica Mars on Vimeo.

My lips are sealed

Over the last few weeks I have gone a bit lipstick/lip colour mad. I really can’t help it if I see pretty lip colours while perusing the latest OZSale. I have also found a few new cool types of lip colour, which I just could not resist.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the traditional lipstick. I’ve usually gone for glosses or balms. Lipstick has always just been a bit too heavy for me and I found that the colour would never stay long. Especially if you’re drinking. *cue lip stains on every single glass*

Six is not too many, right?

Six is not too many, right?

A happy in-between which I have fallen in love with, is Revlon’s ColourBurst Lip Butter. I  now have three colours. By accident, I swear! There are 20 to collect…


I originally purchased Cupcake and Gumdrop – very much an impulse buy because as soon as I saw them I felt an instant need to have the colours in my life. I then got Sugar Plum in a giveaway from Priceline.

They go on super easy like a balm, but have amazing colours like lipstick. The best thing is that you don’t really have to worry about lip lines either. However, the colour does disappear quickly, so you have to reapply a bit like lipstick, but they are so lush I really don’t mind!


A tip from Maegan Tintari, or at least her mum, is to combine two of them. I do actually do this occasionally with the Cupcake and Gumdrop – it creates another colour, so from two, you get three!

Next is Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. I really love these ones because it is like a giant crayon and provides excellent colour. Added bonus of it been a balm – whenever I wear it my lips feel a bit tingly and there is a smell of menthol.


Colours are Darling and Romantic (the red one).

Lastly is Revlon’s Colourstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick and this one is the ultimate. First time I wore this lipstick the colour was strong AND it did not come off all over my glass. The lipstick stayed on my lips and I did not have to reapply – BRILL!


I have it in Trendsetter, which is such a feroch colour, and am really tempted to go and buy more. I am refraining though. For now.

There was absolutely no intention to make this blog all about Revlon, just turns out they have some pretty awesome lip colours out at the moment, which really suit me. They are also affordable – all were around the $15-$20 mark. Not excessive and you know you’re going to get a decent lip colour.

The most amazing lip balm you will ever own.

I have tried many lip balms throughout my life. Name a brand and I have probably used it at some point.

I go through phases of having really dry lips. For a period of time, my lips will be fine, but then something will trigger my lips to become really dry. And when they become dry, I tend to lick them a bit more, meaning they get worse.

Oh, you vicious cycle, you.

The brands* I have tried before have worked in most part. Eventually my lips have returned to normal and all was well again.

But I have found the most amazing lip balm. It deals with the dry, chappiness like that *snaps fingers*.

No more giving it a few days of licking lips and constantly applying lip balm until your lips return to normal.

This magical lip balm is Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm.



I first found some of this Clarins lip balm in my possession thanks to Man Piece’s mother who works for Shiseido. She gave me a couple of little test tubes of it and I started using them.

At first I just thought of them as another kind of lip balm. But, oh no, this lip balm is so much more.

Over the Christmas period I was out in the sun a lot and one day I found that my lips had actually gotten a little bit burnt. Ouch!

I pulled out the Clarins lip balm and applied some. By the time I woke up the next morning, my lips were back to normal.

Amazing stuff, eh? LIQUID GOLD.

So I decided to pick some more up when at duty free over New Year’s. Best. Decision. Ever.

It comes in a 15ml tube and, although that doesn’t sound like much, it will last a long time.

The only downside is that I paid $27AU for it duty free. So it will probably be more than $30 anywhere else. Probably something I will only ever pick up duty free, just so I can get that slight discount.

Do you think I could get away with rubbing it all over my face?

I also hear pawpaw ointment is pretty good too? I have never tried it though. Something about putting “ointment” on my lips seems weird. Also, it doesn’t seem to be that popular in New Zealand. Or even available.

*Lip balms I have tried include Nivea, Blistex, Smackers, bees wax ones, cupcake flavoured ones, skull milkshake flavoured ones (?? don’t even ask) and M&Ms. The M&M ones are actually pretty good, but have a very strong smell and taste to them – my sister from another mister picked them up from the M&Ms store in NYC. Werd. There are probably many more that I have tried too, but when they didn’t work for me, they were gone burgers fairly quickly.