Forum posts made by dancing_doll

Topic Her Royal Awesomeness Award
Posted 04 Apr 2017 09:17

Many years ago, Rachel blazed onto Lush with liquid red hot (brilliant!) stories, confidence and genuine kindness. On the social scene, she quickly became someone to look up to, while still managing to emerge as a real champion of the underdog. If you didn't already know her, you wanted to.

She's a quirky blend of 'can't look away' Oakland edge, whimsical Disney Princess, and she has a playful inner kitty vibe capable of just the right kind of bite. Pretty much a total original. I think this partly explains her fantastic ability to write quality stories that span a dizzying array of styles and voices - that mind is crisp!

Her devotion to the site and its betterment is complete and yeah - royally awesome. She's fully deserving of the accolades, and I'm grateful to call her a friend. Love you, girl! xx

Topic Paris or Hollywood?
Posted 03 Apr 2017 04:59

How about Havana, Cuba during the high life, pre-Castro, Tropicana, American mobsters, gambling, burlesque, sex clubs and brothels, rum and cigars.

"Havana's Tropicana cabaret has been the last word in near-carnal excess for more than 60 years, most famously during the iron-fisted rule of Fulgencio Batista, who seized power in Cuba in 1933 and presided over one of the most blood-soaked and corrupt, yet frighteningly successful, regimes of the century. Bankrolled by the U.S. government, supported by an army of thugs and torturers, and aided by American mobster Meyer Lansky, Batista built an island of fantasy dedicated to the seven deadly sins."

But... of the two you mentioned, I voted Hollywood, purely because of the genre. I think it might be a little more fun to play with, but maybe that depends on the style of story you're planning.

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 03 Apr 2017 04:28

I've been critical of this season, especially the first half, but I thought they really did a nice job of building momentum to the finale, especially the last couple of episodes leading up. The only flaws I found were errors in characters thinking (eg. Rick trusting the Heapsters with barely a sentence exchanged between them and the Fam robbery of Oceanside, which made them only moderately better than Negan).

The finale was really strong, and it was possibly the best season finale I can remember. It had the tension, plot pacing and heart. Both Sasha and Maggie pull in all the emotional accountability, even in the midst of the action. And it was fun to see Shiva enjoy her snacks. Everything (all the communities) have come together and it feels like there are rich possibilities for next season.

Sasha went out like a boss. Great (worthy) episode for her character.

Here's the final fight scene (spoilers). So much happened, it's worth a second watch.

Topic Awesome Award 3/16/17: Dirty Martini
Posted 17 Mar 2017 05:01

This was beautifully written, Rachel.

Topic DirtyMartini.. Alan... Did he pass away?
Posted 14 Mar 2017 15:46

OMG. My eyes skipped across this thread and I was convinced I must have been reading this wrong. This is so shocking. I had no idea he was ill. He was always so kind and friendly and helped me get some of my writing seen and reviewed, always eager to pass on news of potential writing opportunities. He was also a tireless champion of fighting against plagiarism and helping writers protect their work.

There are no words. What a lovely human being and talented author. He will always be remembered fondly.

Topic Awesome Award 3/13/17: MostPreciousLittle
Posted 14 Mar 2017 02:50

Congratulations, Margot, and thank you for your generous and kind spirit! 3601

Topic Announcing the Winners of our, "On the Road" Story Competition
Posted 13 Mar 2017 16:43

Congratulations to Puddleduck, WannabeWordsmith and Littleduchess, as well as the rest of the top ten. There were some really great stories in this comp. The winning story was total writing genius.

Topic Lana Del Ray
Posted 10 Mar 2017 17:33

Such a great cinematic video. I'm really looking forward to the new album.

Topic Does gel nail polish increase the risk of skin cancer in the long run?
Posted 03 Mar 2017 04:50

Theoretically, yes. UV and LED lamps both emit UVA light/radiation (4 x stronger than the natural sun). It's higher intensity for a shorter amount of time to cure the polish.

It can cause premature ageing and potentially skin cancer in the same way that tanning salons and outdoor-tanning-by-sun can cause the same.

You can help limit this by putting SPF-50 plus sunscreen on the hands prior to this (though you'll have to work with your manicurist to ensure it isn't washed off during the manicure) or she can help put it on for you without it touching your nails. I've heard of some places that use fingerless gloves.

Personally, I wouldn't be overly concerned about it if you're not doing it on the regular, and assuming you aren't super sensitive to UV light/sun. But yeah... technically, the theoretical risk is there. I don't use them.

There are several 'gel-style' polish lines that don't require the lamps that are pretty good and give similar effect/durability. Not exactly the same, but comparable.

Topic Awesome Award 2/27/17: Rumpleforeskin
Posted 27 Feb 2017 13:45

Excellent nomination and decision. Rump is a kind, warm-hearted, talented yet humble man who offers some of the best constructive feedback for writers who really want to improve their skills and grow. He's a huge asset to the site and a really awesome human being! Congrats!

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 26 Feb 2017 04:35

I know Series 7 was probably a bit too grisly to begin with, but does anyone else think the second half has gone a bit flat?

D x


A few things they've gone off the rails with, in my opinion:

- Overdose on the 'terror of Negan'. Honestly, I love the actor, but I find the campy swagger and smirky theatrical monologue style of the character to be annoying. Maybe this character doesn't translate as well from the comics, but I thought the Governor was more compelling and believable as a villain.

- Fragmented episodes. I hate that the first half has all been insulated episodes that focus on new characters and maybe one or two regulars max. I think we've only seen Maggie for an episode and a half at this point. They should have been able to cover multiple story lines within a single episode for the sake of continuity and momentum.

- Too many bizarre fantasy-world characters. We have the medieval pageantry of 'The Kingdom' and its community-theatre leader, the submissive dungeon vibe of Negan's lair, a giant tiger, the apocalyptic-cult hipster dumpster gang who don't speak in full sentences, the all-female fishing village etc. It's bordering on feeling like a different show. I get that they need to introduce a ton of new characters for this upcoming 'war', but I feel like its an overload of overly strange characters nobody cares about.

- The zombies are no longer threatening or scary. They're merely bumps in the road that are quickly dispatched with minimal effort. Like swatting a mosquito. I get that they've evolved, but I kind of miss the tension the zombies used to create.

- The breakdown of strong characters. In the first half, they broke Rick's spirit. Daryl was caged in a cell and crying. And Carol - wtf did they do to this character?

- And... I still miss Glenn. :(

I'm still watching/invested and hopeful things will turn around and get exciting again. I get why they went this route for the greater storyline (breaking people, followed by a revolt), I just think they could have done it a little differently.

Topic Honorary Awesome Award: Buz Bono
Posted 23 Feb 2017 15:22

Congrats, Buz! This is more than well deserved. You truly are a one in a million kind of guy. Your selflessness, kindness, empathy, humor and adventurous spirit are character facets I've always admired. I hold you in the highest regard, and I mean that sincerely. Thank you for being a friend over the years, for sharing your stories and for leading by example. Awesome sauce, all the way!

Topic Natural Hair care and Tips?
Posted 22 Feb 2017 08:41

I don't have curly hair, but I know my hair oils and moisture lock-in products and I know what you mean about some of them feeling heavy or weighing hair down. I've tried a lot, and I always come back to Aveda's Light Elements Smoothing Fluid as a styling serum. I find it much more potent and pretty much weightless compared to similar ones (Biosilk, Moroccan or Argan oil etc.).

If you're looking to promote hair health and growth, I also recommend up to 5,000 mcg of Biotin per day.

I take 2 of these Nature's Bounty gummies with breakfast and then I'll pop a 1,000 mcg regular Biotin cap with both lunch and dinner. It's best to spread it out. It makes hair/nails grow fast and strong. I've noticed a difference since I started taking these supplements.

I also see consistently fantastic reviews on Grow Gorgeous hair serum (you massage it into the scalp). I'm on the fence still, but its on my radar. I might try it at some point as a booster.

Topic Favorite Makeup products or Brands
Posted 19 Feb 2017 13:37

My stuff is mostly Sephora or dept. store brands. And I could talk about this stuff all day. Embarassed

I like Viseart for eyeshadows and I have a great nude matte palette from Becca as well as Burberry's 'Pale Barley' shadow which I use as my quick go-to when I'm in a rush. For liquid liner, it's Kat Von D's tattoo liner. I like the Too-Faced sweethearts flush blushes and the Burberry light glow ones (the shade 'Earthy' is a must) and of course, NARS. I have the Dior tie-dye ones ones from two summers ago that I love. Guerlain's terracotta line for bronzer is the best (I always try to grab one of their LE ones when they launch in summer). Last year Urban Decay launched some really cute bronzers (with the palm tree cases) that I use often. I am a huge fan of Becca and Dior highlighters. I have most of the Hourglass Ambient Light finishing powders. I used to use NARS for foundation/tinted-moisturizer, but I recently discovered Guerlain's Lingerie de Peau and it blows everything else I've used out of the water - so natural and even more second-skin that the Dior version. For lips - I have a couple of Charlotte Tilbury ones I like, NARS, Dior gloss and I couldn't live without YSL tint-in-oil and Clarins Comfort Oil in Red Berry for casual/no-makeup days.

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Holiday Hijinks" Story Competition
Posted 13 Jan 2017 07:31

Huge congrats to Rach, Annie and Burquette and those that made the very finest top dozen!

I absolutely loved the winning story. :)

Topic Eyebrows
Posted 09 Jan 2017 12:35

My brow style follows Candice Swanepoel. We have a similar face shape and colouring, so this suits me best. I follow my natural brow shape but just clean it up. I do use a bit of product for definition because as a blonde, I need a little boost, especially if I'm doing a stronger makeup look. My everyday look is a sweep of Benefit's Gimme Brow, but sometimes I'll go for a bit of brow powder or feather in some liner (either Anastasia or Urban Decay) for nighttime, but I aim to keep it subtle.

Topic latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted 08 Jan 2017 06:15

is it something i'd like, or should i stay clear? Embarassed sounds intriguing.

You gotta watch it! I know you don't like 'horror', but... it's not really horror in the traditional sense. It's hard to accurately place the genre. I think you'd really love it though. Gorgeous imagery.

Topic latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted 08 Jan 2017 05:53

I love that movie and I hope to see Abbey Lee Kershaw in more roles. She was so good in it. I saw neon demon in theaters and it was almost a sensory overload but the theater was not full... at all... And people walked out... I'm sure you can guess when. Refn is an exciting director but yeah, most of his movies are un-recommendable even though they are some of my favorites. Quite a feat really.

Yeah, I read that it got both booed and applauded at Cannes. I understand why, if you go in and view it through the filter of mainstream life and morality, not to mention some people were probably expecting a narratively straightforward horror flick with pretty people. I felt like it was almost like looking at an abstract painting or an art exhibit rather than watching a movie. The musical score really elevated it. As you said, very sensory overload. I loved that it was risky and that Refn just went for it, balls out, no apologies - even in that scene .

I ended up watching it a second time to appreciate the subtleties. Unfortunately a director almost has to first create something mainstream brilliant in order to feel like they have the creative license to produce something like this. At least Refn had the reputation to push this forward. I'd love more films like this as well. And yes - more Abbey Lee!

Topic latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted 07 Jan 2017 10:24

I finally saw The Neon Demon the other night, which is an art-house type psychological/surrealist horror. It's fucked up, stark, intelligent and uncomfortable. Reviews were polarizing - it won't appeal to mainstream audiences, but if you're ready for it - it's haunting and visceral and feels like a dark L.A. fairytale. Definitely more art than movie. I loved it.

Topic Favourite supermodel (past or present)
Posted 05 Jan 2017 07:55

If we're talking about beautiful women who've got moves, let's not forget Teyana Taylor.

Topic Favourite supermodel (past or present)
Posted 02 Jan 2017 07:33

I love Candice Swanepoel, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and vintage Kate Moss.

But as far as the real 'stop and stare' factor, Adriana Lima has always had that face, especially when she was in her modelling prime.

Topic Skincare 101
Posted 31 Dec 2016 06:44

Are any facial scrubs better than others. I like something really gritty or it doesn't feel like it does any good. I've always just bought whatever is the best price. My wife fusses at me about that. So is there any real difference?

Hey Buz,

If you're still looking for a good exfoliator, I would recommend this one (Peter Thomas Roth's FirmX Peeling Gel). It's been in my arsenal for the past two years and I like it enough that I've repurchased it (although a tube literally lasts forever).

I've used both the gritty physical exfoliators (many, many brands from a harder grit to fine microdermabrasion style), and this is one of my faves. It goes on like a gel and then you just rub in small circles all over your face and this stuff balls up and takes dead skin cells with it. It works really well at giving you a fresh baby-smooth face without tearing at your skin or causing red or dry patches. I considered whether it was just the product balling up and not affecting the skin, but there's a huge difference if you go over your skin a second time or use it on skin that you don't typically exfoliate. It almost gives you the feel/look of a quick facial peel, but it only takes a minute or two. It's great for on-the-go when you don't have time to mess around with time-consuming masks or peels. This is truly one of my favourites.

If you're looking for something with a heavier grit, you can look into Ole Henriksen's walnut scrub (but on some level, I feel like it's pretty similar to St Ives drugstore apricot scrub, so it's not really worth the extra $). And if you want a really awesome fine-grain style polish scrub, check out Dr Brandt's Microdermabrasion Scrub. Laura Mercier also has a nice face polish that falls in between large and fine grain but has a more creamy texture, so it's not as harsh.

Topic Choose your favourite high heels!
Posted 30 Dec 2016 08:28

If I had to pick one (and the style I wear most), it's definitely Bianca. Very Prive would be a close second.

Topic 1001 reasons why Canada is the coolest country in the world.
Posted 30 Dec 2016 05:33

65. Canada has an island named Dildo.

I'm going to retire here.

And don't forget you can find cool vacay spots in:

Ball's Falls, Ontario
Stoner, British Columbia
Spread Eagle Bay, Newfoundland
Sober Island, Nova Scotia
Bacon Cove, Newfoundland
Punkeydoodles Corner, Ontario
Eyebrow, Saskatchewan

Topic 1001 reasons why Canada is the coolest country in the world.
Posted 30 Dec 2016 05:27

The True North has talent!

These actors and comedians come from Canada:

Ryan Reynolds
Rachel McAdams
Elisha Cuthbert
Ryan Gosling
Kiefer Sutherland
Ellen Page
Evangeline Lilly
Hayden Christensen
Pamela Anderson
Neve Campbell
Cory Monteith
Shay Mitchell
Alexander Ludwig
Jim Carrey
Catherine O'Hara
William Shatner
Anna Paquin
Seth Rogan
Michael J Fox
Victor Garber
Mira Kirshner
Michael Cera
Kevin Zegers
Martin Short
Dan Aykroyd
Mike Myers
Eugene Levy
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Rachelle Lefevre
Eric McCormack
Daniel Gillies
Sandra Oh
AJ Cook

And don't forget these musicians and singer-songwriters:

Avril Lavigne
Sarah McLachlan
Michael Buble
k. d. Lang
Broken Social Scene
Nelly Furtado
Bieber (ugh, fine...)
Arcade Fire
Carly Rae Jepsen
Shania Twain
Celine Dion
The Tragically Hip
Barenaked Ladies
Diana Krall
Blue Rodeo
Maestro Fresh Wes
Joni Mitchell
Neil Young
Alannis Morissette
Jann Arden
Chantal Kreviazuk
The Weeknd

Topic Rest in Peace: George Michael
Posted 25 Dec 2016 19:02

Nooooooo. crybaby

Heartbreaking. There will never be another voice like his. Such a great artist and such a kind soul.

Gone decades too soon. I still can't believe it.

This is one of my favourite performances.

Topic Happy Holidays!
Posted 25 Dec 2016 04:36

Merry Christmas, everyone! xx

Topic 10 Year Anniversary
Posted 08 Dec 2016 16:54

10 years! Congrats to Lush and Nicola and all you sexy beasts that help make this place thrive!

Topic Happy Birthday SydneySider!
Posted 29 Nov 2016 09:58


Happy Birthday! Hope it's a sweet one! :)

Topic The Walking Dead
Posted 23 Nov 2016 04:51

Negan just continues to be the most bad-ass, truly hate-able character EVER! But I can't take my eyes off him when Jeffery Dean Morgan is onscreen. He is such a awesum actor! And since Daryl and Rick have become sort of non-characters, he is def'ly the ONE TO WATCH, these days. Hate him, but love him!

He's a cool character, although I like the slightly more serious variation of Negan more than the stache-twirling comic-evil version.

I also love that the women on the show are leading the charge for rebellion right now. With Daryl immobilized and Rick all eager to remain Negan's bitch, it's good to see Rosita, Maggie and Sasha stepping up.

And I'm totally into Jesus. He brings a certain kindness, fair-play and lightness to the show that is missing without Glenn. Plus there's his beautiful eyes and kick-ass martial arts. It's hard not to love him.