7 Movies You Have to See in December [Scoopon Blog]

The festive season has finally arrived, and with it, plenty of great flicks to give us an escape from the horror that is Christmas shopping. This month, we’ve got the long-awaited sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, a couple of gritty period dramas, and a hilarious new movie from the guys who gave us Step Brothers. And, as always, stick around till the end to find out how you can catch one of these hot new films for less.

Let’s begin!

1. Second Act

Rom-com queen Jennifer Lopez is back! If you’re a fan of Younger, you’ll love Second Act. J.Lo plays a 40-something underachiever stuck in a low-paying retail job who, thanks to a fake Facebook profile and a less-than-accurate resume, lands a flashy corporate gig complete with a massive office and luxury apartment. But will her street smarts and charisma be enough to maintain the ruse? Or will her new life come crashing down?

2. Mortal Engines

From the makers of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit comes the adaptation of Philip Reeve’s dystopian YA novel, Mortal Engines, set in a post-apocalyptic world in which cities have been mounted on wheels and turned into giant, travelling machines, struggling to survive on Earth’s remaining resources. When apprentice historian Tom and masked assassin Hester are tossed out of the ever-moving London, they are suddenly forced to fend for themselves, working together to take down the evil Thaddeus Valentine (played by Australia’s own Hugo Weaving).

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11 Must-Try Foods Around South America [Scoopon Blog]

Over the past few months, I’ve taken you on a culinary journey of EuropeAsia, the US and Canada. Now, it’s time to head south of the border and experience the fiery, flavoursome cuisine of South America. So strap those taste buds in for a wild ride across the Amazon and down through the wild, rugged mountains of Patagonia!

1. Ceviche

This Peruvian seafood favourite has made its way onto many an Aussie restaurant menu, but there’s simply nothing better than the real deal. Made from raw, fresh fish that’s been cured in lemon juice and spices, ceviche is hugely popular all along the east coast of Central and South America, but Peru has pretty much claimed it as their national dish, serving it up with corn, onion, and sweet potato. Simply delish!

2. Picarones

It seems every culture has it’s own take on fried dough, from Hungary’s lángos to Canada’s BeaverTails. In Peru, it’s all about picarones! These doughnut-like treats, made from squash and sweet potato and covered in a sweet syrup, originated over 200 years ago as a cheaper alternative to buñuelos (a type of sweet fried dough ball popular during the festive season). Root veggies might not sound like fantastic dessert ingredients, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

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6 Movies You Have to See in November [Scoopon Blog]

Another month, another batch of huge Hollywood flicks coming our way! While last month’s offerings were pretty hard to beat (we still can’t get over A Star is Born), from the looks of it, November will certainly give October a run for its money.

From the much-anticipated biopic of one of the most beloved bands in music history to a couple of long-awaited sequels, we’re ready to ditch work altogether and spend the next month at the cinema. Care to join us?

Read on for this month’s top picks, and stay till the end to find out how you can catch your next movie for less!

1. Bohemian Rhapsody

You’d struggle to find someone who doesn’t know and love at least one Queen song, but regardless of whether or not you’re an ultra-fan like us, you’re going to love Bohemian Rhapsody. This biopic follows the band from its formation to its iconic 1985 Live Aid performance, focusing mostly on the band’s late, great frontman, Freddie Mercury, played to unanimous praise by Mr. Robot star Rami Malek.

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13 Spooky Halloween Traditions from Around the World [Scoopon Blog]

Halloween is just days away, and people around the nation (and around the world) are excitedly preparing their costumes, carving their pumpkins, and stocking up on sweets. But for many countries, Halloween isn’t a time of trick-or-treating, scary movies, and gorging on sugary treats – for some, it’s a time of mourning the dead and communicating with spirits.

So grab the popcorn and join us as we discover some of the spookiest Halloween traditions from around the globe!

1. Mexico – Day of the Dead

Over Halloween and into the first two days of November, people throughout Latin America (particularly Mexico) celebrate Día de Muertos – Day of the Dead. It’s believed that this is the time of year during which the Gates of Heaven are opened and the souls of the deceased return to the Earth to be reunited with their loved ones. Families traditionally prepare an altar in their home filled with food and alcohol as offerings to the spirits, while toys and lollies are left for the souls of lost children.

2. Italy – Ognissanti

All Saints’ Day, a Christian festival celebrated on November 1 (the day after Halloween and the day before All Souls’ Day), has a special significance in Italy, where it’s known as Ognissanti. Every year, in the last few days of October and into early November, Italians flock to cemeteries to leave flowers (usually chrysanthemums) on the graves of lost loved ones and even strangers, creating beautiful fields of colour in the usually dark and depressing sites. They also leave red candles in the windows at sunset and set a place at the dinner table, hoping their dearly departed will return once more.

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Last Year’s 10 Best Celebrity Melbourne Cup Looks to Give You Race Day Inspo [Scoopon Blog]

Don’t panic, but there’s just over a week until Melbourne Cup Day. That means just over a week to get your hair and nails done, find the perfect dress, and pick a pair of heels that won’t end up in your hands at the end of the day (who are we kidding, that’ll happen anyway!).

So if you’re struggling to find the right direction for your race day outfit, relax – we’re here to help with a little style inspiration from the stars. Join us as we revisit some of the hottest celeb looks to grace the Birdcage last year. Start taking notes!

1. Elyse Knowles

Last year’s genetically-blessed Block winner Elyse was a tangerine dream in this custom Cappellazzo Couture creation, gravity-defying Lana Wilkinson headpiece and gorgeous matching gold clutch and pumps.

 

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7 Insta-Worthy Beauty Deals to Get You Melbourne Cup Ready [Scoopon Blog]

Melbourne Cup Beauty Deals Scoopon

Here at Scoopon, we’ll take any excuse for a bit of pampering, and what better excuse is there than the hottest day on Melbourne’s social calendar, Melbourne Cup.

You’ve found the frock, picked the perfect pair of pumps and chosen a show-stopping headpiece – the only thing left to do is prep your face, body and mind. We’re talking facials, massages, hair makeovers, lashes and more to get you Insta-ready.

1. Pico Laser Facial Rejuvenation

Unlike other facial rejuvenation treatments, pico (short for picosecond) laser targets multiple skin concerns in one go, including congested pores, sun damage, acne scars and uneven skin tone. It also firms and softens the skin, giving you a more youthful look with minimal pain and downtime. Book in a few days before the race that stops the nation and you’ll be good to go!

At Complexion Beauty & Dermal Therapy in Croydon, you can try pico laser therapy during a 60-minute facial including microdermabrasion and RF cooling and lifting for just $99. Check it out here.

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Hottest Spring Racing Fashion and Beauty Trends for 2018 [Scoopon Blog]

Spring Racing Fashion Beauty Trends 2018 Scoopon

Pop the champers and don the fascinator – spring racing season is finally here, and with it, a slew of new fashion trends to try out on the field.

With just a couple of short weeks between now and the race that stops the nation, it’s time to start asking that all-important question: what to wear?

Luckily for you, we’ve taken the stress out of outfit planning and sussed out eight of the hottest trends hitting the track this year. Giddy up!

1. Monochrome

Black and white aren’t just for Derby Day! You can expect to see lots of monochrome throughout the season, with bold prints (polka dots are making a real comeback) and little pops of colour to add a little excitement to your look. Check out Erin Holland’s 2016 Derby Day outfit for some inspo – it may have been two years ago, but her look would be just as on-point at this year’s event.

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All the Hottest Beauty Treatments: Decoded [Scoopon Blog]

hottest beauty treatments decoded Scoopon

If, like me, your skincare routine consists solely of a daily cleanse and moisturise and your fitness regime has all but fallen by the wayside, you’re probably baffled by the seemingly endless number of beauty, skin and weight loss treatments on offer. And if, like me, that low-effort skincare sesh and 30-minute walk ’round the neighbourhood don’t quite produce the results you’re after, you might decide to actually try one.

But behind the complicated terms and impressive before-and-afters, do you really know what you’re in for? Today, I’m going to delve deep into the beauty world and decode some of the most popular treatments, so you can book that appointment with full confidence.

1. Microdermabrasion

This rejuvenating skin treatment uses a crystal-tipped (or, for the ultimate luxury, diamond-tipped) suction device to exfoliate, vacuum up all the dead skin cells, and buff the skin. Afterwards, you may experience a little redness, but this will fade to reveal the cleanest, smoothest skin you’ve ever had. You’ll likely notice a huge reduction in the appearance of acne, scarring, fine lines, pigmentation, sun spots, and enlarged pores – just make sure you apply sunscreen religiously for a few days after. With instantly visible results and no downtime, you’ll be hooked after one session.

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7 Movies You Have to See in October [Scoopon Blog]

Movies to Watch in October Scoopon

There’s something truly special about going to the movies. The big screen, the comfy seats, the smell of fresh popcorn and a chance to escape from the real world for a couple of hours – what more could you want?

We get it, life gets in the way, and a trip to the cinema seems like the last thing on your priority list. But you know what? You deserve a night out. And if you’ve been holding out for a killer flick to hit the box office, you’re in luck – October is absolutely bursting with blockbusters.

Check out our top picks for this month, and be sure to read till the end to find out how you can save big on your next movie!

1. A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga. Bradley Cooper. Need we say more? A Star Is Born may be the third remake of the iconic 1937 film of the same name, but it certainly won’t leave you with that “ugh, enough already!” feeling that comes with most remakes. The movie, which opened to rave reviews and is already considered a serious Oscar contender, follows an alcoholic musician (played by Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young, up-and-coming singer (Gaga). And while the story itself is enough to draw us in, it’s the music and incredible chemistry between our two leads that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

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12 Must-Try Foods Around the USA and Canada [Scoopon Blog]

Must Try Foods USA Canada Scoopon

So far, we’ve taken our tastebuds across Europe and down through Asia. Now, it’s time to hop on a plane and head on over to North America – the land of fried food and oh-so-sugary sweets. Put on those stretchy pants, cleanse the palate, and join me as we embark on yet another foodie safari.

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1. Philadelphia Cheesesteak – Pennsylvania

Philly cheesesteak may sound boring (how good can some beef and cheese on a roll really be?), but just wait till you try one in the city where it originated. Think perfectly-cooked slices of rib-eye, gooey, melted American cheese, onion, mushrooms, capsicum and sauce on a long roll… I’m already drooling. If you’re heading to Philly any time soon, don’t leave without trying the O.G. cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks – it’s iconic.

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