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  • The Amazing Star Wars Premiere!

    by Claire | Dec 17, 2015

    Hi TGs!

    Da da, da-da-da DA DA, da-da-da DA DA, dun dun dun DUNNNN. I’ve been singing the
    Star Wars song non-stop since I went to the Sydney premiere of The Force Awakens last night. I even did it in my sleep!

    Star Wars Leia
     

    Because, OMTG, is this movie EPIC! I should say early on it has an M rating, which means it’s only suitable for older TGs.


    I went to the premiere with TG’s Erin, who makes the very website you are looking at right now. First thing we saw? A
    Stormtrooper DJ! Coolest!

     

    Claire and Stormtrooper DJ

     

    By the way, when I saw him without his helmet, he was a bit of a sweaty mess. Being a Stormtrooper is hard.

     

    We also saw amazing models from the movie, like srsly bad dude Kylo Ren and yep, another Stormtrooper.

    Claire and Erin with Kylo Ren and Stormtrooper

     

    This little guy is BB-8 the droid and what a cutie he is! In the movie, it’s amazing how expressive he is – he can be happy, sad, funny and all sorts of other feels too.

    BB-8

    Claire and Erin and BB-8


    Here I am with Erin again and I’ve got my Google Cardboard, the Kylo Ren version (coz I think the Dark Side is cool). I guess it’s a kind of box you put on your face and you see the world like you’re in a video game! It works through your phone and an app.


    Star Wars cardboard 


    BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MOVIE? Well, I’d never wanna spoil it for you, but there’s a new girl character you should know about – her name is Rey, she’s played by Daisy Ridley and, safe to say, she will be your new fave. She is the coolest! She is unstoppable. She also rocks a rad looped ponytail that I’m going to teach you how to do so stay tuned…

     

    ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS? Leave me a comment and tell me who your fave character is!

     

    Xoxo Claire 

    UPDATE: Find out how to do Rey's hair from the movie in my hair tutorial on the Beauty Blog!

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  • The Peanuts Movie!

    by Claire | Nov 27, 2015

    Hi TGs!

     

    OMTG there are SO MANY THINGS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT AT THE MOMENT. So many that I think my caps lock key got stuck, hahaha. At the moment I am excited about the current issue of TG, our December ish. Have you watched the video where the TG team spills our most embarrassing moments? If not, go right here… Maria’s story espesh made me ROFL. 

     

    I’m also excited about the movies that come out at the end of the year so we can go hang with the fam in a cool dark cinema. In particular, I’m into Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie. When I was way, way little (so little that I don’t even remember exactly how old I was), the first movie I ever saw in a cinema was a Snoopy movie. Except it was a pretty old-school cartoon and the one that’s out this year is 3D! 

     

    I’ve got some rad ‘did-you-know?’ facts about Charlie Brown and his best pal Snoopy for you. In case you need some background, this movie is based on some reeeealllly long-running comic strips called Peanuts that were printed in newspapers (ask your parents if they remember reading them, they probably do!)

     

    1.     The first Peanuts comic strip came out on October 2, 1950. So that’s… 65 years ago!! 


    2.     The artist who drew all these characters, Charles Schulz, drew 17,897 of these comic strips in his lifetime. SO MANY! That’s why Peanuts is sometimes called the longest story ever told by one human being. 


    3.     Peanuts’ hero, Charlie Brown, is kinda really, really bad at sports (cheer up, mate, they are def not my thing either). In all the strips Charles Schulz ever drew, Charlie Brown never manages to successfully kick a football. Unlucky!


    4.     Charles wanted to call ‘Snoopy’ something else – Sniffy! 


    5.     And he also didn’t like calling his series ‘Peanuts’ – he really wanted to call it ‘Li’l Folks’ instead. 

     

    Are YOU excited about Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie? You can catch it as early as December 6 at a charity advance screening at Event Cinemas.

     

    If you wrote a comic strip, what would it be about? Tell me in the comments!

    Xo Claire

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  • Hotel Transylvania 2 Screening!

    by Claire | Nov 03, 2015

    Hi TGs!

     

    Hope your Halloween was boo-tiful. Hahaha! Mine sure was. I went to an extra-special screening of Hotel Transylvania 2.

     

    Here are three things that made this screening so-good-it’s-scary:

     

    1. This scream-tastic flick is not out until 26 November. I looooove getting to see stuff early so I can sneak you guys some top-secret goss.

     

    2. Coz it was Halloween, there was a lolly buffet! We each got an orange trick-or-treat bag and then we got to stuff them full of chocolates, lollipops, fruit candies and these weird-but-cool things that started out as fairyfloss and then turned into bubblegum!

     

    3. I got to meet my faves from the movie! Frankenstein’s Monster was there (he is HUGE IRL) and so was Drac and that mummy, too. I was super excited to get a picture with Mavis, Drac’s vampire daughter who is voiced by superstar Selena Gomez.

     
    Claire at Hotel Transylvania 2

    OK, I said I would bring you some secret goss! Here you go…

     

    1. The first two movies have made something like $958 million worldwide so while no third movie has been confirmed, it seems like it def COULD happen.
    2. Peeps behind the flick say this installment is about being cool with change.
    3. Awesome girl group Fifth Harmony are the chicks behind the so-catchy tune ‘I’m in love with a monster’ that plays in the film.
    4. Funny dude Adam Sandler voices Drac and his IRL daughter, Sadie Sandler, lends her own voice to a character in the movie, a little werewolf girl called Winnie.

     

    NOT going to give you any spoilers but I will say that my surprise favourite character in the movie is… Blobby! He’s the cutest pile of goo ever seen on screen. Are you ready for that jelly? YOU BETTER BE.

     

    Anyways, TGs, tell me in the comments if you’re gonna see this flick when it’s out late this month!

     

    XOXO Claire
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  • Aladdin The Musical

    by Claire | Oct 15, 2015

    Hey TGs,

    If I said, “a whole new world”, would you imagine a magic carpet ride, a beautiful, dark-haired princess with a tiger and big adventures? I sure hope so!

     

    Did you know that Disney fave Aladdin was released more than 20 years ago?! OMTG, that’s waaaaay before you guys were born. But if you haven’t seen it, you so need to. I’ll wait here while you go see it.

     

    *Waits*

     

    OK, good, now you’re up to speed, I’ll tell you some goss – Aladdin as a stage show is coming to Sydney! Yep, with a live-action genie and Aladdin the street urchin and a magic carpet and everything!

     

    This will be the first place in Australia where the musical will show, down at the Capitol Theatre where some of you might have gone to see the stage version of The Lion King.

     

    This, by the way, has literally just been announced (15 October). A Disney boss guy, Thomas Schumacher, flew out to tell us all how excited he was.

    Claire with Aladdin Lamp


    He shared some cool goss about Aladdin with me:

    1. The musical will have all five songs from the movie PLUS three secret songs that were cut from it. One of them is called Proud of Your Boy.

    2. Robin Williams, the super genius funnyman who voiced the Genie, would sometimes riff (that means like spin off in crazy directions while in character) and say cray cray cool, hilarious stuff. Someone had to keep editing these riffs right down from, oh, 15 minutes or so to just a bite-sized Genie moment.

    3. The show, like I mentioned, will have a flying carpet. The secret of getting the carpet to fly is a 100-year-old technique. I asked Thomas to explain it to me, but he said he wouldn’t – because the joy of magic is in how much fun it is to see.

     

    I got to see a SUPER COOL taste of Aladdin as a stage show and the costumes and dancing are out of this world. They are insanely sparkly – like, one pair of pants for a dude in one of the musical numbers has 1,428 crystals on it.

    Aladdin musical on stage

    Tell me, TGs, are you excited about Aladdin coming to Australia for the stage?

    If you had three wishes, what would they be?

     

    Spill in the comments!

     

    XO Claire

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  • Disney Descendants fever!

    by Claire | Sep 03, 2015

    Hey TGs!

     

    OK, like ~everyone~ else, I have Disney Descendants fever! Just in case you missed it, TG’s Mel got to go to the premiere in LA, OMTG, how cool is that?

     

    Since we’re all about Descendants star Dove Cameron at TGHQ (you too? Thought so!), here’s 10 facts you might not know about the lovely Dove.

     

    1. Her real name is Chloe Celeste Hosterman.

    2. Her teddy bear, Stanley, comes with her to set.

    3. She’s a Directioner, she thinks they’re talented guys.

    4. She adores doughnuts. Like, a LOT.

    5. She also enjoys playing Mario Kart (what’s not to love?!)


    DOVE_M


    6. She would love to visit Brazil

    7. Her go-to outfit on a lazy day is jeans, a T-shirt and a messy ponytail or messy pigtails.

    8. She would love to do a second Descendants flick.

    9. Her fave Disney classic is The Little Mermaid, and, of its newer flicks, Frozen and Tangled.

    10. She likes museums more than most other places.

     

    Tell me – are you super, super, super excited about Disney Descendants? Leave a comment right here!

     

    Claire xo

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  • Ariana Grande

    by Claire | Aug 27, 2015

    Hey TGs!

    Hope you’re enjoying your new issue of the mag. Since it’s music-themed, I thought I’d share some goss about one of TG’s fave ever singers, Ariana Grande…


    1.     She never gets sick of playing Monopoly, even though it’s a long game.


    2.     She used to love wearing Halloween masks around the house so much her mum got kinda spooked.


    3.     A huge hockey fan, she used to go to every game of the Florida Panthers, but – eek – kept getting hit with hockey pucks.


    4.     Ari often wears hair extensions.


    ARIANA


    5.     She’s obsessed with the ocean and sea creatures.


    6.     She loooooves the Harry Potter books. Hey, us too.


    7.     Her vocal range spans four octaves (so does Beyonce’s).


    8.     Her fave colour is lavender. 


    9.     She’s sung for the US President Barack Obama loads of times.


    10.  Her second album, My Everything, hit #1 in 76 countries within a day of its release. Epic, much?

     


    Do you love Ari? What’s your fave out of all of her songs? Tell me in the comments!

     


    Claire xo

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  • Celeb Animal Goss!

    by Claire | Jul 22, 2015

    Hi TGs,

     

    So anyone who knows me knows I looooove animals. Like literally any kind of animal. If I see one, I excitedly run up and try to meet and greet it. This kind of backfired one day when the animal in question was a wildcat! Do not try that!

     

    Anyways, since I love animals and I love goss, I thought I’d share some celebrity animal goss with you:

     

    Buddy Lovato, Demi Lovato’s dog

    Buddy is super famey – he’s got, like, more than 15,000 fans! One look at his face and you will understand why.


    Buddy Lovato Demi Lovato's dog

    Sirius Black, Ariana Grande’s dog

    Ari’s got literally heaps of pets, but so-cute Sirius (yes, named after the Harry Potter character) gets to go on tour with Ari and stay in hotels with her! It’s a dog’s life!


    Sirius Black Ariana Grande's dog

    Teddy Edwards, Perrie Edwards’ pup

    Um, too cute to handle or what? Teddy here actually is so teensy that when he gets cold, he wears a weeny jumper made of Zayn’s sock! OMTG!


    Terry Edwards, Perrie Edwards' dog


    Sheila Michele, Lea Michele’s cat

    Ummm, this is gonna sound kinda kooky, but Lea’s cat Sheila is about to partake in a celebrity cat wedding! Reports say Sheila the cat is going to “marry” Lea’s Glee costar Chris Colfer's cat, Brian. LOL, those will be super cute wedding pics. 


    Lea Michele's Cat Sheila

    Which celeb pet is your fave? Post a comment below and tell me about YOUR so-cute pet.

     

    XOXO Claire

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  • Inside Out Goss!

    by Claire | Jun 19, 2015

    Hi TGs!

     

    If there's one thing I love, it's a new movie and I've been stoked about Inside Out for aaaages. And it's finally here!

     

    I got to see this flick with my pals from TG's brother mag K-Zone at a spesh screening just for media and I give it five heart-eyes emojis, lol. I mean, Disney Pixar is a studio that has brought us robots in love, cooking rats and talking cars. How amazing is it that their most recent film takes place in a girl's head? It's like they're looking inside YOUR head, because the hero, Riley, is 11 years old. Yes, she's basically a TG, and the movie is all about how her feelings control what happens in her life. Each of her feelings is a character - crazy, huh?

     

    It's heaps cool how my fellow TGs Laura and Erin got to actually go see Amy Poehler, the voice of Joy.

     

    Want to know more about Amy and her castmates? Of course you do. Here's some goss about the actors who do voices in Inside Out.

    inside-out-characters


    1. Amy Poehler, who, as I said, voices Joy who is like the hero of Inside Out, is a pretty cool lady. Besides being a massively famous comedienne, Amy has a community online called Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Its message? 'Change the world by being yourself.' Good, eh?

    2. Mindy Kaling, another comedienne, voices Disgust. She's so hilar that she's had her very own TV show and she once dressed up as Marge Simpson, yep, huge blue hair included.

    3. Bill Hader voices Fear, the scaredy-cat who keeps Riley safe from harm. Bill once worked as an assistant to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the guy you know as the Terminator.

    4. Phyllis Smith voices Sadness, who can be kind of a downer, but is really cute and sweet. For someone who sounds so, well, sad, it's a surprise that Phyllis used to be a cheerleader!

    5. Lewis Black voices Anger, the guy with all the rage. He's made a name for being an angry sort of comedian. His parents are aged 96 and 97, woah!

     

    So tell me in the comments, TGs, are you going to see Inside Out? Or have you already seen it? What did you think?

     

    Xo Claire

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  • Hello Kitty Facts!

    by Claire | May 29, 2015

    Hey TGs,

     

    Did you hear a massive SQUEE earlier this week? Yeah, that was me when I found out that a Hello Kitty diner was coming to Australia. Specifically to Sydney, which is where I live. So I know where I’m getting all my food from now on, lol.

     

    I am a super fangirl when it comes to Hello Kitty – you should see all the different products I have! You probably know she’s a character who looks like a cute little cat in overalls and that she comes from Japan. But I bet there’s some stuff you didn’t know, so I’m going to spill some Hello Kitty secrets right here, right now…

      

    1. She’s not a cat, she’s a girl. Yep, it’s true. The company that invented her, Sanrio, has always said this, but people were all like, "Srsly, what? Mind has been blown!” last year when they found out. This fact made news around the world. Did you know she’s not really a kitty cat? If you did, you are for reals smarter than some grown ups who didn’t…

    2. Which brings me to… not being a cat herself, she nonetheless HAS a cat. Her pet’s name is Charmy Kitty, who looks like Hello Kitty, only more actual-real-life cat-like. Confused? Don’t worry, it's totes confusing.

    3. Hello Kitty is a twin. That twin sis, Mimmy, looks just like her, but wears a yellow bow and on the opposite ear to Hello Kitty so you can tell them apart.

    4. If you’re into Hello Kitty, you can go to PuroLand, a theme park in Japan, or to Hello Kitty Park in China. Or you can go flying in the Hello Kitty jet, which flies to and from Taipei. OMTG, she has – or like, is – a jet too! 

    5. While the company that dreamt up Hello Kitty is from Japan, Hello Kitty herself is from… England!

    6. Do you know the reason Hello Kitty has no mouth? Sanrio says it’s because she ‘speaks from the heart’.

    7. She’s really small – her height is described as the same as “five apples”. Yep, you measure her with fruit. Cute?!

    8. Her celebrity fans include Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.

      

    Are you a fan of Hello Kitty too? Let me know in the comments below… 

    Xo Claire

    Go comment!
  • Claire went to The Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere!

    by Claire | Apr 22, 2015

    Hi TGs!

     

    Another day, another awesome film premiere! If you’re into comic books and the Marvel universe, you probs know about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a follow-up to 2012 flick The Avengers. In this movie, a seriously evil dude wants to wipe out the human race, so your fave heroes assemble to save the day. And, OMTG, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is out this week! (April 23). If you’re an older TG and super into superheroes it's for you! 

     

    The dress code for this event was ‘Ready to Assemble’, but, sadly, I don’t have an incredible Hulk costume (but how awesome would that be?) Or Captain America for that matter, or anyone, so I tried to channel The Black Widow instead.

     

    At the event at Hoyts’ Imax theatre in Sydney, I got to do heaps of cool stuff. Here I am with Iron Man. Pretty amazeballs, don’t you think?

    Claire and Iron Man

    After hanging with my old mate Tony Stark, I had a go of lifting Thor’s magic hammer. This was hard! After a lot of effort, I got the hammer free, but was so surprised that I accidentally hit myself in the leg with it! Lol, I kind of dented myself, but it was totes worth it.

    Claire as Thor

    When I headed off, triumphant (and a bit sore), who should I run into but Thor himself (kind of!). In the movie, Thor is played by Aussie Chris Hemsworth. He looks like this.

    Claire With Thor

    “Claire, why are you making that weird face?” you might ask. Well, TGs, that is my battle face. You like?

     

    The movie was heaps hectic and a crazy, action-packed adventure. Do you like superheroes? Who’s your fave? Tell me in the comments! 

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  • Bargain Barbie!

    by Claire | Apr 15, 2015

    Hey TGs,

     

    So on the weekend I heard about this amaze sale. I love to shop. And I love a bargain, so I went into the city to check it out. Wanna know what I scored for just $2.40? Read on…

     

    Ta-da! My very own Original Barbie Doll


    Original Barbie box closed

    Original Barbie box opened

    Original Barbie Dolls were released in 1959 and looked just like this. I’m into her gold earrings and awesome curly fringe! They’re pretty rare – one even sold for a massive $27,450 – but 56 years later, Mattel has re-released the original doll, complete with black and white swimmers. For. The. Original. Price. Only $3 at Myer. How crazy is that? It’s like Tooth Fairy money.

     

    When I heard this totes special, limited-edition Barbie was coming to town, I got outta bed heaps early and lined up at Myer. Then, with a hundred other Barbie fans, I dashed up a bunch of escalators and nabbed a bargain Barbie. It was even cheaper than I expected coz there was a 20 per cent off sale! There were only 500 of these dolls released in Australia at the mad discount but if you’re heaps keen for your own spesh Barbie, don’t worry, you can start saving cause they’re still on shelves for $44.95. 


    TG's Claire and Barbie

    So, now I’ve told you TGs all about my amaze purchase, I thought I’d share five Barbie secrets with you…

     

    1. Did you know Barbie has a middle name? It’s Millicent.
    2. Barbie’s had more than 150 careers! Phew, that’s heaps!
    3. Barbie has run for president six times! But she’s not yet been successful. Better luck next time, Barbie.
    4. Barbie’s first pet was a horse called Dancer.
    5. Back in 1965, Barbie travelled into space! She’s such a pioneer.

     

    Did anyone else score a $3 Barbie doll? Or do you collect all the Barbies? Tell me in the comments below!

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  • Claire went to the Cinderella premiere!

    by Claire | Mar 19, 2015

    Hey TGs!

     

    Last night, a pumpkin coach turned up at my place and took me to Cinderella’s movie premiere! Lol, no, not quite. I got on the train, but I did actually get to go to a special screening of the latest Disney blockbuster and the super cool party held to celebrate. Here are the top five things about the premiere…

     

    1. Cate Blanchett was there! This Aussie actor plays Ella’s wicked stepmother in the movie. In real life, she is tall. So tall.

    Princess Claire trying on a glass slipper


    2. The State Theatre in Sydney was super glam. It was like a dream! Ladies in beautiful gowns were handing out free tiaras to all the girls and women. There was a couple of special photo opportunities: a wall of low mirrors so you could take shoe selfies – these are my heaps sparkly silver glitter heels – and some royal footmen who would let you try on a glass slipper!

    Cinderella Sparkly Shoes

    3. We got to see the Cinderella range of Target gear! So if you want to dress up like Cinderella and twirl around, you totally can.

    4. We got to watch Frozen Fever! This is a very sweet and charming short movie about Elsa trying to give Anna the perfect birthday. It’ll get you excited for Frozen 2 for sure.

    5. The film was ah-mazing! Without wanting to spoil it for you, I can def say it was incredibly gorgeous to look at, with some lol-worthy moments and the most astonishing pair of glass shoes ever.

    Claire and Cinderella

    Cinderella is out now! Are you going to see it? Tell me in the comments below! 

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