Tomorrow is a latter day: Win tickets to The Book of Mormon, playing in Winnipeg Sept 27-Oct 2, 2016

bom_logo_600x400Three years ago when I was planning my trip to the UK I knew I wanted to see a play on London’s West End.  The area is kinda similar to Broadway, and being a musical theatre junkie as a kid, I didn’t want to miss the chance to see a show in this iconic location.

I chose to see The Book of Mormon since it won a bunch of Tony awards and I had heard great reviews on the show. I had no clue what the show was about, and judging it by the name, I totally thought it was going to be a dramatic musical about religion.

Boy, was I wrong.

For those that don’t know, The Book of Mormon was written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the latter two being the creators of South Park, with Lopez being the co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q (and also Frozen). Although Im not a fan of South Park I can appreciate it’s vulgar, offensive humour, and after seeing Avenue Q so many years ago on Broadway (it’s a musical with puppets.. and they also have sex), I knew this musical was completely different than what I thought it was originally.

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Book of Mormon RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE). Photo copyright Joan Marcus 2016.

The Book of Mormon is incredibly entertaining, funny, and most of all offensive. This musical is not for the faint of heart, it essentially makes fun of everyone, skin colour, religion, you name it. But that’s why people love it. It’s like a car crash you can’t stop watching. It’s so unlike traditional musical theatre (this is definitely not your grandparents Sound of Music or Show Boat).

Anyways, fast-forward to 2015 when The Book of Mormon’s touring production made a stop in Winnipeg and us ‘Peggers loved it so much (I actually bought my parents tickets to the show because they just had to see it) that they are coming back to the Centennial Concert Hall September 27 to October 2, 2016. Since ‘m a huge fan of the show, I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the Wednesday, September 28 show at 8 p.m.

To enter, all you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me who you would bring to the show.

You can also do additional entries by leaving me a comment on my Instagram page, Facebook page, and retweeting this tweet. The winner will be chosen on September 27, 2016 (make sure you’re following me on social media so I can contact you!).

To buy tickets for the show, you can visit the Centennial Concert Hall box office (555 Main Street), all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting the Ticketmaster website, or by calling 1-855-985-5000.

Monica L. Patton, Ryan Bondy, Cody Jamison-Strand in the Book of Mormon. Photo copyright Joan Marcus, 2016.

Monica L. Patton, Ryan Bondy, Cody Jamison-Strand in the Book of Mormon. Photo copyright Joan Marcus, 2016.

Also, if you’re a student, The Book of Mormon is also doing a student rush ticket policy for their limited engagement here. The production will conduct a pre-show student rush, making 40 tickets available per show at $25 per ticket. The student rush tickets will be available first-come first-served to those who show valid student ID at the Centennial Concert Hall box office two hours prior to each performance. A limit of two tickets per person will be enforced.

Good luck!

Oldie, but a goodie: OPI Infinite Shine cult-classic colours

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Cajun shrimp, Dulce de Leche, Big Apple Red… no, I’m not talking food here, these are all names of some cult-classic OPI colours!

We all have our favourite OPI shade (mine is baby pink/nude Mod About You) and the brand plays host to lots of colours that have become idols in the nail polish world. These iconic shades have made a comeback this month when they got rereleased, this time in the Infinite Shine formula.

Infinite Shine is OPI’s version of the at-home gel polish. It’s a three-step system which offers up to 10 days of wear, a gel-like shine, and an easy removal. Even though you can technically use any nail polish shade with the Infinite Shine base and top coat, 30 of OPI’s iconic colours were released in their Infinite Shine formula for long-lasting wear.

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Although the nail polish giant released 30 shades this month, including You Don’t Know Jacques, Big Apple Red, Lincoln Park After Dark, and so many others, they will also be releasing 30 more best-loved shades in December in case your fave didn’t make the cut the first time around.

I received 10 of the 30 colours (plus the base and top coats) earlier this month to swatch and try out, and although I already owned some of the colours in the regular format, I was pumped to try them out in Infinite Shine.  These retail for a little more than the standard OPI polish at C$16.95 each, but they are supposed to give you a longer wear time.  Did they do this for my nails? No, not really.  The colour started wearing away at the tips after a few days, but I have rather thin, peeling nails, so I’m not sure if this could have been a factor in this.

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OPI’s Infinite Shine formula isn’t new, it’s been around for a while now and although OPI has released dupes for this iconic colours, this is the first time they are bringing back our faves. To celebrate this collection, they have enlisted Pyper America Smith, a model, musician, and social media influencer, as the brand ambassador for OPI Infinite Shine.

I already own some of these shades in the regular OPI formula, so I’m stocked to try them out in this formula. Although I have tried better at-home gel polish, nail polish is nail polish and I certainly don’t mind changing up my colour every few days.

What is your favourite OPI nail polish shade?

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A milestone anniversary: Rimmel London x Kate Moss 15th anniversary lipsticks

titleKate Moss has been collaborating with UK beauty brand Rimmel London since I was 13… Say what?

I feel like they just announced this collaboration with the supermodel a few years back, but it’s been a whole 15 years that she’s been working with the drugstore brand. Crazy!  To celebrate this milestone, the English beauty and the iconic British brand has rereleased some of Kate’s favourite reds and nudes. The colours highlight Moss’ fashion personality from red carpet to boho queen.

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In case you aren’t familiar with the Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipsticks, there are three different finishes and formulas to choose from. You can tell the difference by the colour of the tube. Some are black, others red, and the rest nude.

Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss, housed in a red tube, gives bold colour enriched with ruby powder, giving your lips a velvet colour all day.  There are two colours to choose from in this collection, #111 and #107.

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Lasting Finish by Kate Moss is the first lipstick created by the supermodel. The lipstick comes in a black tube and is infused with black diamonds that reflect light. As well, its high-intensity colours lasts up to eight hours.  The colours she brought back for this collection are #30 and #14, a nude and a magenta.

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Lastly, and my favourite collection and shades, Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss is a collection of nude lipsticks. I’ve always loved the shades in this particular collection and the two that were released for this 15th anniversary collection are my faves from the whole lot. The colours, #45 and #41, are both a pinky nude shade and are so flattering to wear.

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I’ve tried many of the Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipsticks through the years and have always thought they are amazing quality. The colour is so pigmented and moisturizing, and not to mention very long lasting (seriously though, a little goes a long way). They also have a vanilla scent to them, but a different smell than MAC’s lipsticks.  Each shade retails for C$7.99 each.

Have you picked up any of the Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish 15th Anniversary collection?

Please note, I was sent this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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