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A MERRY RAVE XMAS...JUST CALL US MISS CLAUS (SANS THE GREY HAIR)

 

All we want for Christmas...and Hanukkah....and Kwanza!!


We did not sleep a wink last night! No - we did not catch the midnight showing of the new Twilight movie, nor did we stay up all night counting puppies due to end of year Insomnia! Puppies you say? They are way cuter than sheep aren't they! Nope, here at Rave we have been putting together an extra special issue for you, to say thank you for keeping us company over the last year. You've been there with us for spectacular fashion finds, cosmetic breakthroughs, gadget greats and some really unique products!  You, our loyal readers are who make Rave Review what it is - and we thank you for that.  Our offices have resembled something out of the North Pole the last week or so with tons of goodies arriving from all over, because after all, our final 2 issues for 2011 must be worthy of a standing ovation, one that Lady Gaga would be proud of. So here we go, fasten those seat belts gals and guys, or hold onto your desks - whichever tickles your fancy! We bring you Rave Review's list of must have items for 2011

- Part 1.





When we first saw these dashing Irish guys singing their hearts out on SABC3 last year, we were obsessed. Not only are they completely swoon worthy, but when they open their mouths to sing, they manage to make everything else seem pretty darn unimportant. Their name? Celtic Thunder. This group is made up of 6 guys, all worthy of taking home to your mom by the way, and they are Rave Review's favourite musical group. This was evident when we ran around every Musica store, not knowing their name, and asking the sales people for the DVD of the Irish men (oops), but hey, we're dedicated fans and their new Christmas CD and DVD is nothing short of spectacular. Filmed in front of a live studio audience and packed with classics like Silent Night and Hallelujah with some modern ones thrown in including our favourite's Last Christmas and All I want for Christmas Is You. This is perfect to play during your family get togethers over the festive season. It's most definitely a keeper!


CELTIC THUNDER CHRISTMAS RETAILS FOR  AND IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE. CHECK OUT OUR OTHER CELTIC THUNDER FAVOURITES, THE SHOW AND IT'S ENTERTAINMENT.







RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW AND ELECTROMEDIA ARE GIVING AWAY 2 COPIES OF CELTIC THUNDER CHRISTMAS. TO ENTER EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH 'CELTIC XMAS' IN THE SUBJECT.







Staying with incredible DVDS, Michael Jackson fans (aren't we all) cannot and should not miss out on the brand new MJ movie, called The Life Of An Icon filmed and directed by his close friend David Guest. Packed full of never before seen footage of the King of Pop in action, as well as never before heard voice recordings, this is one DVD that top's our collection. David Guest interviews MJ's family, including his brother Jermaine, mother Katherine and sister Rebbie who speak candidly about the greatest performer to ever step onto a stage. They remember his childhood, early career and thrilling legacy, coupled with comments from MJ's earliest managers and producers to his closest friends and confidantes. This film will leave you breathless, and perhaps a tad teary, but it lifts you up and fills you with L.O.V.E - and after all, that was the true essence of Michael Jackson.


DAVID GUEST'S LIFE OF AN ICON IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE


RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW AND NU METRO HOME ENTERTAINMENT ARE GIVING AWAY 2 COPIES OF LIFE OF AN ICON. TO ENTER EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH 'MJ' IN THE SUBJECT LINE.







It's an accessory that NO trend setting, style blazing gal can be without (or should be without). It doesn't slip onto your pedicured feet, or swing over your shoulder, nor does it grace your finger or adorn your neck. What does it do then? Well, in our opinion it lends itself perfectly to the description - Arm Candy.These fierce and fashionable accessories will add that pizzazz to any outfit, whether it be a dinner party, or that Friday coffee catchup with your best girlies. We can guarantee that you'll be the envy of everybody in the room. Square Watches are made in that jello-like material, you remember those Jelly Belly shoes our mom's used to buy for us in the good old days? They come in an array of fun colours and are equally flashy to wear! What's even more fabulous is that the watch dials are interchangeable for your 'creative' pleasure of course, just mix the straps and dials up a bit and let your imagination go wild!


SQUARE WATCHES RETAIL FOR R200 EACH USUALLY, BUT FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY YOU'RE GETTING A CHRISTMAS DISCOUNT!! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AND ENTER THE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CODE 'CR011' AND YOU WILL GET A 35% DISCOUNT ON ALL WATCHES BOUGHT ONLINE!


RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW AND SQUARE WATCHES HAVE 3 AMAZING PINK WATCHES TO GIVEAWAY. TO ENTER EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH 'SQUARE WATCH' IN THE SUBJECT LINE.





 



The Sensual Solution's starter kit's are our new favourite find. Inside Dr Robert Rey has cleverly packed into one box everything that a gorgeous gal would need to look and feel her best. The kit, aptly named Let Me Introduce You contains 5 of the fabulous doc's best selling products. Think of it like a box of samples, although the bottles are WAY bigger than regular sample sizes, so it will go a long way and give you the results you want in no time at all. The pretty Pink (you know how we love our Pink) and Beige box pops open and inside you will find the following products - The Face Up To It Cleanser, absolutely genius and we love it. You know how with normal cleansers you lather it onto your face and then rinse off? Well this cleaner works a little differently. Sweep a thin layer all over your face, sit back and relax. Your face starts to fizz a little, a voila, it cleans ITSELF!! No work needed! Leave it on for 2 - 5 minutes and then gently rinse off as normal. The next product in the box is Inhibitox, an instant wrinkle erase that penetrates deep into the skin, intercepting  your nerve impulses and relaxing muscles. Remember when you use it, this product is used last in your beauty routine. Pat it on gently, and don't rub as it will flake. Body Liftox is next, which we'll be discussing in detail in early January so keep a look out. This is an anti-aging body lift cream that gives you back a younger, more youthful looking skin. It improves elasticity and softness and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. We've been using it for a few weeks now, and what we can say is that the lumps and bumps all us gals do get has softened up and stretched out, (Pssst don't feign ignorance and say you don't know what we're on about because only a perfect spray tan can truly camouflage that, until now).  Next up are two products we have discussed in detail - From Your Lips, which we are addicted to works in about 5 minutes giving you plump and sexy lips, no man can resist. Eye Full works as a contouring wrinkle filler, instantly hydrates and fills in expression lines and deep wrinkles. It also reduces their appearance over time. We'd say Dr Rey is every hubby and boyfriends best friend this Christmas, spoil your lady guys, Sensual Solutions has picked the products for you and basically gifted them complete with a pretty box to boot!


SENSUAL SOLUTIONS IS AVAILABLE AT SELECTED EDGARS AND RED SQUARE STORES. CHECK SENSUAL SOLUTIONS OUT ON THE WEB. THE LET ME INTRODUCE YOU SET'S RETAIL FOR R1420.


RAVE REWARD - SENSUAL SOLUTIONS, SHM MARKETING AND RAVE REVIEW ARE GIVING AWAY 3 BOX SETS OF LET ME INTRODUCE YOU. TO ENTER, EMAIL 'I NEED AN INTRODUCTION' IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA







What's a vacation without some fantastic board games to get the family together and interacting! Whether you're off to the coast, or are home for the holidays, we have two classics, both having had a little makeover and they guarantee endless fun and laughs for you all. Monopoly - the game we all played  growing up no matter how old we were; there was just something fun about moving quirky little pieces around a colourful board while putting houses up everywhere! There is a new property mogul in town - South African – Edition. Wheel and deal properties while passing GO! Buy streets, houses and hotels and become a respected real-estate tycoon while you negotiate and fight your way to the top.  Another one of our favourites is Trivial Pursuit, and again, they have changed things up a bit with their Bet You Know It game. This edition is the most inclusive and exciting version of Trivial Pursuit to date. Players don't have to know all the answers to win - but they do need to know their friends!  Players bet on whether or not their opponents know the answer. Guess correctly and players earn chips that can be used to buy wedges… or they can earn wedges by answering questions correctly on their turn.  Bet You Know It cards have 1800 fresh questions which also feature a variety of new styles including images and multiple choice.  With a chance to earn a wedge on every turn - victory is that much closer!


TRIVIAL PURSUIT - BET YOU KNOW IT IS AIMED AT AGES 16 AND UP. THE GAME RETAILS FROM R320.

MONOPOLY - SOUTH AFRICAN EDITION IS SUITABLE FOR AGES 8 AND UP AND THE GAME RETAILS FROM R199.

BOTH GAMES ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL GOOD STOCKIST'S NATIONWIDE.


RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW IS GIVING AWAY 1 MONOPOLY AND 1 TRIVIAL PURSUIT! TO ENTER EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH 'GAMES' IN THE SUBJECT LINE.





We all need some amusing literature to page through during the silly season - and ladies do we have two gems for you. Guys, you can read this one too if you're a bit on the bored side. Comedian Steve Harvey has written two best selling books on the psychology of finding your perfect mate, he tells it like it is, as only he can! With blunt humour, that not only makes sense, but makes you nod your head all through the books wondering why you never realised this in the first place. I think I have Whiplash from nodding so much, but hey, I am all the more empowered that 2012 is the year we all find that special someone. After reading these books, no more will you live in dread that your spouse to be got so lost on his way to find you that he is just too stubborn to ask for directions. No - you'll be more convinced then ever that he's out there and that maybe you've been looking in all the wrong places. Act Like  A Lady, Think Like A Man and his sequel Straight Talk, No Chaser is just the medicine that the love doctor ordered this Christmas!


ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN RETAILS FOR R135.95 ON KALAHARI.NET

STRAIGHT TALK, NO CHASER RETAILS FOR R144.95 ON KALAHARI.NET


RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW AND HARPER COLLINS/JONATHAN BALL PUBLISHERS ARE GIVING AWAY 2 COPIES OF EACH BOOK TO OUR READERS. TO ENTER, EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH 'LOVE' IN THE SUBJECT LINE'





Ladies, we hear your pleas and yes we've done something about it for you - so thank us later! Whilst the whole 'Movember' call to action is an amazing initiative, one we totally support - the men do seem to look a little worse for wears come the end of November. Some guys do carry the whole Mussolini look off perfectly, but for the other poor dears around the country, they tend to look like a woodland creature killed over on their upper lip. So to get your man looking all clean shaven again Schick has stepped up and responded to the widespread call of girlfirends all over the world with a blast of hydration. Introducing the Schick Hydro, a revolutionary new razor with many first-to-market technologies offering a brand new shaving experience for men, including a hydrating gel reservoir to moisten your skin as you shave.  The Schick Hydro shave experience includes a razor in a 5 and 3 blade option and Schick Hydro Shave Gels to go beyond hair removal, providing moisture for your skin as you shave and completing the ultimate skin comfort system.  Schick is proudly heralding Schick Hydro 5 as the ‘best shave for your skin’ and after extensive tests, claims the Hydro 3 delivers a better shave than the leading 3 blade*. Understanding the makings of a perfect shave, Schick has completely rebuilt the men’s razor to provide total skin care.  As the average male spends 3,000 hours of his lifetime shaving, the call for more than just a razor has finally been answered. The benefits of using Schick Hydro have been hailed by skin experts for its focus on full and proper skin care.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON SCHICK HYDRO AND STOCKIST'S VISIT http://www.schick.co.za


RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW AND SCHICK HYDRO ARE GIVING AWAY A FABULOUS HAMPER TO ONE LUCKY GUY! TO ENTER, EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH 'TAKE IT AWAY' IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

 









When we stumble across a special brand that not only tugs at our heartstrings and is just as fashion fabulous, that's when we know that we have a winner. Sealed with a Kiss, SWAK X, is a delicate range of proudly South African sterling silver charms suspended with love on a 100% silk cord or sterling silver chain.  Oh how we love stylish options! What really sets this brand apart from the rest is the purpose behind it. All of SWAK X jewellery is made just for you with love by vulnerable young adults, many affected by HIV/AIDS. SWAK X makes a difference in the lives of these very special ladies, as well as their families, and we can all take a leaf out of their book. SWAK X has become a well known brand both in South Africa and abroad. They have a strong presence in many African countries as well as Canada, Australia, the UK and have just launched in the good old US of A! Another of our must have products are there handmade Italian glass rings. No ring is the same, they are all unique and have a one of a kind colour combo. These beautiful cubic zirconia rings come in three shapes - heart, circle and a diamond shape.  Both the ring bases and tops are offered in exquisite colours that compliment the sophistication and beauty of the design. Sophisticated - now that describes our wonderful readers to a tee!

Their product range includes over 60 different charms and handmade glass beads or Swarovski crystals, as well as personalized charms and packaging for special occasions. They even cater for your ittly bitty little tots! SWAK X has a range specifically sized for children. SWAK X is especially proud of its association with the Tomorrow Trust (www.tomorrow.org.co.za) - a non profit organization that educates students affected by HIV & Aids.  Sealed with a Kiss donates a percentage of annual profit to the Tomorrow Trust, and that for us is the cherry on the top!


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON SWAK X VISIT www.swakx.com, EMAIL liora@swakx.com OR CALL +27 (0)83 256 7890.

SWAK X SILVER CHARM NECKLACES RETAIL FOR BETWEEN R200 AND R360 EACH.


RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW AND SWAK X ARE SPOILING OUR READERS. WE ARE GIVING AWAY 4 SWAROVSKI RINGS, AND NECKLACES ALL MADE AND DELIVERED WITH LOVE. TO ENTER EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH 'SWAK X' IN THE SUBJECT LINE.






So we've covered your DVD's, Jewellery options and must reads. But what about some music, and what on earth is small, compact and can hold up to 2000 songs? The Sansa Clip+ MP3 player provides big sounds and tons of groovy features in a tiny little package. Complete with an FM Radio, long life battery, voice recorder and a memory card slot too! Just clip it on and go! Easy as pie! See what you're listening to with the bright , easy to read screen and intuitively searchable menus sorted by title, artist or album. It also comes in three fabulous colours - red, blue or black. In the box you'll find MP3 Player, USB Cable, Earphones and a Quick Start Guide.


THE SANDISK SANCA CLIP+ MP3 PLAYER IS AVAILABLE FROM ELECTRONIC STORES NATIONWIDE. PRICE ON REQUEST.







If you're planning on making the long drive down to Durban or Plett this December and the thought of screaming, irritable kiddies on the back seat just doesn't leave you feeling enthusiastic, then you need something to help keep them entertained for hours - we're talking about keeping a portable DVD player going long enough to show Hannah Montana, Barney, and throw in the Wiggles or a Disney movie too. Keeping  mobile phones and other mobile devices alive no longer relies on a plug point as Blue Cellular introduces its range of Energizer® Energi To Go® portable chargers to the South African market. The Energizer® Energi To Go® products use world leading lithium polymer battery technology to bring high quality, sleek, rechargeable and portable chargers to the market.  There are a range of models to suit your needs. The AP750 is small enough to fit on a keyring, instantly delivering up to 90 minutes of talk time to a phone by plugging it into the MicroUSB slot. The XP1000 and XP2000 family are small slimline rechargeable batteries for any mobile or smart phone, and are supplied with a convenient travel pouch. At the top-end, the XP18000 external battery is suitable for travellers and consumers who rely on devices like netbooks and laptops, portable DVD players, digital cameras, smartphones and more, which can deliver  up to six hours of power, to a laptop. For the iPhone 4, the AP1201 easy-grip protectice silicone case, with a built in battery does the job.  It simultaneously provides phone protection while significantly extending the phone’s battery capacity.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND YOUR CLOSEST RETAIL OUTLET, VISIT : www.portablepower.co.za

THE LINE, AVAILABLE AT SELECT MAJOR RETAILERS INCLUDES AFFORDABLE PRODUCTS RANGING FROM R199 - R1599


RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW HAS A COUPLE OF ENERGIZER® ENERGI TO GO® PORTABLE CHARGERS TO GIVEAWAY. TO ENTER, EMAIL INFO@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH ' I NEED POWER' IN THE SUBJECT LINE.







 







Every girl needs the gift of luxury in her life, especially when it takes the form of the one and only Mademoiselle around - Chanel my darlings. It's just so French!  We got the chance to indulge in the brand new Christmas Collection called Les Scintillances De Chanel. These products shimmer and shine in hues of reds and golds and consists of a few of our new best friends! Eyeshadows, sparkling powders and Lippies that will make you do cartwheels around any room be it in private or in public. We did - so nothing to be ashamed of ladies, we all have to express ourselves somehow and that's what Chanel encompasses! Expressing our authentic selves with the luxury we were born to light up our skins with. We have some favourites in this collection. The first being the Poudre Universelle Libre Finishing Powder, we have the shade Féerie, which is a gorgeous pink shade that is strewn with gold. Using this in the evenings gave my face a flawless finish, and my makeup lasted for hours!! The compliments didn't stop coming and I was not complaining. Onto my next BFF, Lévres Scintillantes, a shiny gloss that comes in two colours. I played with the Sparkle D'or, and boy did my lips sparkle! Goodbye Tiffany and Howzit Chanel! I found this gloss to go best over another nude colour, just to give it a bit of a zing. If you want to get noticed, then my other top pick is just what you need. Rouge Allure, Extrait De Gloss in Triomphal is the red gloss to trump all red glossies. Not only is the colour magnificent, but it lasts forever,tints your lips as well so it doesn't bleed, and unlike other glosses, this one does not feel sticky or heavy on the lips. It's perfect for that divalicious night out, and even a first date if you are feeling daring! We're in love, and it's with the new Chanel Perfection Lumière foundation. I use the colour 12 Beige Rose. What I love about this foundation is it's silk velvet finish. I apply it with my fingertips and that's all the coverage I need. One pump full and you have a head turning flawless finish. It feels light on the skin, and seeps into your pores instantly and covers imperfections. This is definitely our new foundation of choice, and one that we intend to never stop using.


CHANEL IS AVAILABLE AT COUNTERS EXCLUSIVE TO EDGARS.


PRICES OF OUR NEW BESTIES

POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE FINISHING POWDER - R465

LÉVRES SCINTILLANTES GLOSSES - R350

ROUGE ALLURE EXTRAIT DE GLOSS - R325

PERFECTION LUMIÈRE FOUNDATION - R485 ( 16 SHADES IN TOTAL OF WHICH 6 ARE ETHNIC SHADES)




Right gals and guys, what did you think about that? Start entering now, because Part 2 is on it's way to you tomorrow and you know you don't want to miss out!!


We would love your feedback on our very first Christmas Mailer - mandi@ravereview.co.za - it's always fabulous to hear from you!

 











 

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