Review Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Anti-ageing Moisturiser

I personally use the Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturiser. It combines 2 magic ingredients that permeate the skin, offering deeply restorative care and support.

Combining 2 popular ingredients known for anti-aging I purchased this product rather excited as ferulic acid works wonders on its own, but also doubles the efficacy of other ingredients too.

I really enjoy this product and do feel I have benefited from it a lot. However, a little goes a long way; too much and your skin can be left a little greasy. This is the main moisturiser that I use, but as I find it a little heavy and due to retinol's sensitivity to the sun I use it solely as a night cream.

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturiser can be found online at Net-A-Porter

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Taking Back the Streets

There is something to be said about public art in its ability to reactivate a derelict industrial-come-residential area or clean the masses from a gentrifying inner city suburb. In both cases it is the state sanctioning the movement of people that prevents the public from using public land how they see fit and landscaping it into their image.

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Over the last few years I have seen the same motif follow me across the city, little moments of typical life frozen in place. Each ‘sculpture’ found was hidden between, behind, on top or next to community infrastructure and street furniture that revealed themselves when you participated in the communal landscape. Borrowing from the sculptures themselves, they recreated mundane scenes like playing on your smartphone, returning a toy doll fallen from a baby’s stroller or throwing away a balaclava after hitting up a convenience store.

Or if you want to get real conceptual, it could be about finding life in the cracks of society. This guerrilla art has become really special to me and by the looks of it so do others, finding penises scratched into the brick blackberry phone or scratches around the piece itself from people failing to pry it away.

I mainly found them on the pylons supporting the monorail track, but more recently I have discovered them behind crevasses, electrical boxes and whatnot. They have become like a little joke to me, like Pokemon I need to catch ‘em all!

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Sexes a Festival of Erotica

Performance space, an art collective produced the Sexes exhibition at Carriageworks as a festival exploring concepts of sexuality and gender identities through art installations, performances, talks, readings and dirty flicks. Reading through a catalogue a lot of it can seem a little confronting which is excellent because it shocks you into questioning your own sense of self...

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Whelping box which was one of the performances is one extreme event where two actors pitted against each other act out our most primal desires whilst feeding off the screams, reactions of the audience. This is best said from the Carriageworks website:

"Two performers chain themselves to stakes, to test their limits and strip themselves of civility. With ritual, endurance, dancing and fighting they construct a self-made mythology. They are your guides, guinea pigs and preachers. They feed on your energy in a series of tasks that form a darkly humorous attempt to transcend the confines of normality. With the spectators seated around the action inside a 9 x 9 metre wooden box, nothing escapes the eye. Glorified acts of machismo, strange rituals and power games put on display our most primal desire"

How intense, generally the audience is forced to be a spectator, be passive simply trying to steal hidden meanings and contexts. Here it is so provocative, in your face it is hard to look away or separate yourself from the stage.

Also I was told by a staff member  that someone had created a glory hole in one of the bathrooms where a member of staff had to stand guard to make sure it wasn't in use! I suppose a member of the audience became too inspired!

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Thomas Demand The Dailies

Kaldor Public Arts opened their 25th installation inviting the public to literally lose themselves in Thomas Demand's The Dailies (2012). Taking over one level of the pod-like CTA building you're invited to follow the labyrinth through the circular hallway and into any of the 15 hotel rooms.

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Being his first work in Sydney and outside of a 'please-don't-touch' museum the installation is a lot more participatory expecting visitors to walk into rooms, open doors and pry open cupboards. It's this reality that gives the artwork its power using a working hotel that makes it more real; that you could be walking into someone's room unannounced, going through their possessions and living their life.

For the installation he created and photographed paper sculptures of typical, mundane objects we use in everyday life, so common that we don't actually see them at all. These 15 prints are the only obvious change in any of the rooms, the rest being subtle which make it all so disconcerting that you need to be more aware of your environment, of life.

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The room has been carefully chosen to appear in such a way, it all looks the same which makes it all a game to try spot the changes. The prints also correlate with shapes you would see from looking out the window, like the one below; the socket is very similar to a metal sculpture above the Tiffany & co entrance. The whole installation shows that everything is a copy of something, that we are repeating shapes and forms and referencing our history/environment.

This is why the venue is so important, walking in a circle, from room to room, looking at seeminlgy identical rooms you feel like you are on a loop.

The whole installation is showing how our environment and life in general is a cycle. John Kaldor who made this exhibition happen and so many others said that this installation is the most intelligent and clever piece they have ever done. 

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Exploring Space and Time with Anish Kapoor

Although some of the forms of the pieces and sculptures have subtle conforms, there is nothing subtle or discrete in Anish Kapoor's work.

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Sitting in a room all by itself on 2 floors separating it from the rest of the exhibition because of its sheer size and scale My Red Homeland (2003) is an epic piece of wax whose dial slowly rotates around the work engraving and digging into it to create new shapes whilst being a work in progress. The piece of it is really interesting, it looks like rocky, hardened lava, but when you touch it it is soft as putty.

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Sky Mirror (2006) a giant concave mirrored disc guards the entrance of the MCA as a public offering come-reason to get you inside to buy a ticket to the exhibit. At any each time it shows a snapshot of time showing you a different perspective that changes throughout the day and from whatever angle you view it. Viewing the exhibition is similar to the house of mirrors of an old style carnival with huge reflective installations that warp your view. A lot of the sculptures seem to be a flat disc of mirror when often most of the sculpture is hidden by a wall. You feel you are looking at a flat piece of glass because there is a lot of depth or darkness to it, but actually it is a huge cavity.

Apparently, they used to let patrons walk around the zeppelin-like Memory (2008), but after someone tagged the back of it as a guerilla way of becoming part of the artwork, the museum put a stop to that which is a shame because Kapoor's work is all about looking at it from different perceptions.

I wonder how they keep the mirrored surfaces clean because without the white line taped on the ground to form a boundary the sculpture and the room easily blends together.

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Review Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Delving down the rabbit hole of skincare it can get a little daunting after introducing additional steps and creating a strata of ampoules, serums and creams. You really start to wonder what am I putting on my skin?

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I really enjoy knowing that the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is a natural and pure oil to care for my skin without all the nasties as Trilogy's website reports organic Rosehip Oil is the sole ingredient. No weak blended tinctures here!

Famous for its all-round benefits, rosehip oil is a rich source of vitamin A (topical trans-retinoic acid), vitamin C and essential fatty acids to repair damaged skin, photoageing caused by UV rays and help the skin regenerate leaving a brighter complection. For this reason I love wiping the excess on my stretch marks, not that I'd admit to any.

Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, its neutral PH level helps balance the skin and act as an anti-inflammatory. Personally I bought and tried it to help even skin tone and brighten my skin.  

Available in 2 sizes, they are presented in opaque amber bottles to protect the oil from oxidising in the sun. I usually purchase the small bottle to try keep the contents as fresh as possible.  

For someone with combination skin I find 1-2 drops is ample making a little go a long way.

The Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is available at Ulta Beauty.

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