Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} Mint Laser & Beauty Spa
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2 Comments

The day before my scheduled session at Mint Laser & Beauty Spa I thought it was a good idea to Google some laser reviews and find out what other women had to say about laser. I had never been before and I'm the type of person that likes to be prepared for a situation. I stumbled across some rather terrifying overseas blog posts about girls that had never felt as much pain as they had endured during a laser session. At this point the nerves were building up. I saw phrases like "A thousand rubber bands snapping your skin" and I started to panic. But then I decided to take a look at Mint's website and I found the name of the laser machine they use - Soprana ICE. So as I'm sure you can guess that was the next thing I Googled. I was expecting to see similar reviews coming from horrified and mentally scared women, but I was pleasantly surprised (and very relieved) by the completely different accounts the women had that had used the Soprana ICE. This machine is the top dog in the line of Alma lasers. Their tag line is Pain-free, Hair-free. It's simple and straight to the point. But more importantly is it true? Yes, yes and a thousand times yes! 
So after discovering that my laser session wasn't going to be some form of Chinese torture that required sedatives and numbing gels, I finally relaxed and pitched up at the Mint Laser & Beauty Spa with a calm mind and shaved armpits. I was immediately greeted by the very friendly and welcoming Nadia Deen. It was a morning session so she instantly gave me a delicious cappuccino and I settled into the comfy couch so I could have a chance to survey my surroundings. The treatment room was small and intimate and had the most serene atmosphere. A big bouquet of fresh flowers, cucumber water and a divinely scented Yankee candle in the corner all made me feel at home. I filled in a short 'questionare' just asking about health concerns and then Nadia quizzed me on a few of my sun and skin habits. Once we got the admin out the way I was given a pair of laser protection goggles and a soft toweling dress. Nadia ran through the process before starting and made me feel very comfortable. At this point I was relaxed, but I still had a feeling at the back of my mind that this could be very sore. What if those woman from the positive reviews had a high-pain threshold and little old me would just end up crying in pain? But I was set at ease very quickly.

The award-winning Soprana ICE uses an In-Motion technique which heats up and deactivates all the hair roots within a grid instead of the old method that felt like rubber bands snapping your skin. The great thing as well is that this machine can be used on all hair types and all skin types. The only thing I really felt was the actual machine moving across my armpits. I didn't feel a hot sensation or pain. A few hairs were a bit longer and those gave a bit of a tingle. I'm the biggest baby when it comes to pain and if I'm ready to book another session then you know this doesn't hurt. The Soprana ICE has an encircled sapphire tip which cools the skin when it starts to feel too hot. I didn't feel the heat, but everyone has different skin and we all react differently. This system is also very beneficial for light coloured and thin hair, which everyone used to think didn't take well to laser. I've only been for one session now so it's hard to say if it has 'worked', but I can definitely see myself going back for more sessions as it was painless and the actual laser part only took about 5 minutes.
Nadia offers various laser services for both men and women and the prices are a lot more reasonable than I expected. The armpit laser treatment that I experienced was R550 (both armpits). A full bikini (Everything! Eek!) session is R1,050 and just the bikini sides is R550. A unibrow treatment is R200 and upper lip (my next stop, haha) is R250. The whole process was a lot easier than I had anticipated and I wouldn't hesitate to go back. The Mint Laser & Beauty Spa also offer 10% discount when you purchase a course of 8,10 or 12 sessions. However, If you don't end up needing all those sessions they will refund you for the extras.
Now onto the good stuff. It's giveaway time. Mint Laser & Beauty Spa is going to be spoiling one of my lucky readers with a voucher to the value of R550. Is your husband a hairy beast or do you need to get bikini ready for Summer? Either way it's super simple to enter.

♥  The Mint Laser & Beauty Spa is situated in Pretoria East so you need to be willing/available to come through for your session.

♥  Follow Mint on Twitter and/or Facebook.

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♥  Tweet the following sentence - "With @mintlaser & @lipglosskiss' help I'm going to be smoother than a (fill in your own word). @friendsname (tag a friend) wouldn't you also like to be? http://goo.gl/sCHebj"

Example - With @mintlaser & @lipglosskiss' help I'm going to be smoother than a seal. @chicara, wouldn't you also like to be? http://goo.gl/sCHebj

This giveaway will run until Friday, September 5th. A winner will then be selected by random. Good luck!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

{VIDEO} 5 Favourites Friday ♥
Monday, August 25, 2014 2 Comments

I haven't completely lost my mind. I know it's not Friday, but I wasn't able to post this on Friday so I decided it's better late than never. Ive been given lots of ideas and requests since starting my YouTube channel last month and one of the more recent ones was a request to film my 5 Favourites Friday instead of writing it all out like I usually do. I absolutely loved the idea so of course I got right on that and filmed a new video. I hope you guys enjoy watching it and please let me know what format you prefer?
The items that I mentioned are as follows:
1. Essence Eyeliner Pen (R47.95)
2. Garnier BB Cream Eye Roll-On (R69.95)
3. The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus Eau de Toilette (R220)
4. Pineapple Trend + Necklace from Accessorize
5. Book - Before I go to sleep by S. J. Watson

What I'm wearing in the video:
♥ MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation (NW20)
♥ NYX Cream Blush in Natural
♥ MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium
♥ Catrice Camouflage Cream
♥ 27Pinkx Naughty Nudes Palette - A matte nude & matte white
♥ Essence Eyeliner Pen
♥ Kiss Ever EZ Lashes Style 03
♥ Karen Murrell lipstick in #13 - 'Camellia Morning'
♥ Essie Nail Polish in French Affair (told you guys I suck at painting nails)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{REVIEW} New In From Bourjois
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 13 Comments

I must admit that when Bourjois were exclusively available in Edgars stores I never really bothered looking at their stand. This had nothing to do with the actual products themselves, but rather with my own preconceived ideas about the prices of the makeup brands that are stocked at Edgars. Brands like Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancome & Dior. You get the idea? But when French brand Bourjois moved over to Clicks, which is unashamedly my favourite shop to buy makeup, I immediately took notice of the pretty stands. I've used their blush pots and mascara's and now recently tried their nail polishes and lipsticks. This brand is affordable and their products are absolutely gorgeous. Bourjois recently added some new products to their range and I was lucky enough to try out two of them.
When it comes to Spring and Summertime nail colours I tend to gravitate towards corals, soft pinks, bright whites and minty greens. So basically this glossy green is right up my alley. The So Laque Glossy range is enriched with vinyl for an ultra-glossy shine, and as you can see by these photos of my (dry) nails there is definitely a high-shine finish. They almost look like gel polish to me. These pics are taken with no top coat, so the shine you're seeing is all from the polish itself. Okay, so I've proven that their first claim is true, but what about their second claim that promises 10 chip-free days. I really want to say that they lasted on my nails for that long, but they didn't. I will start off my saying that I type on my keyboard a lot so most polishes don't make it past day 2 without a chip. However, this So Laque Glossy one made it up to 4 days without a single chip. But by day 5 I had two chips on my pointer fingers. In my book this hands down ('scuse the pun) wins the award for longest-wearing nail polish.

The polish itself has a smooth consistency and the brush might be small, but the polish still glides on evenly and effortlessly. A few notable things worth mentioning are that the colour pulls more towards the green side in daylight/natural light but leans more on the minty side indoors. You need 3-4 thin coats to achieve an opaque look and if you let each thin coat dry before applying the next one then the drying time is relatively fast. You absolutely need to use a base and top coat with this polish otherwise you will experience a bit of bubbling and yellowing/staining.
All Bourjois nail polishes are formulated without nasty ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Acetone and Phthalate. The So Laque Glossy range is available in 8 shades and sell for R96 at selected Clicks stores. I'm definitely going to go get the ' Peach & Love' shade which ironically is the colour I was originally given before I swapped it for this minty shade.
As you get older you definitely notice that your tastes and opinions change. One thing I can tell you is that 6 months ago I would never in a million years have worn a shade this bold or bright or even this matte. But I've recently decided to embrace darker shades and not be so concerned with my usual nonsense, which is that someone with thin lips shouldn't wear such eye-catching colours. Yes, it's true that darker colours will make small looks look smaller. But I've come to realise that my thin lips and small mouth are only going to get smaller as I get older so I might as well rock these bright shades while I still can. I mean I'm 31 this year so I'm almost a granny! ;)  Besides the super bright colour, the second thing that caught my attention was the velvety smooth consistency - hence the name. These 'Rouge Edition Velvet' lipsticks are highly pigmented and leave you with an almost powdery matte finish.These are not your average 'apply-while-driving' type lippes. These are incredibly pigmented and slightly liquid so you need to pay attention when applying these with the lipgloss-like applicator or you might end up looking like a half-blind clown.
The colour longevity of these beauties is superb. I mean they really, really last, almost like a stain. The colour does transfer but it stays mostly in place for a surprisingly long time. I find the formula to be non-drying, however if you have very dry lips then these will sit in the cracks and possibly make your dry lips look even drier. They feel very silky and light on my lips and almost like I'm not wearing anything. My favourite way to wear this bold, but very flattering fuchsia shade (Pink Pong) is with a slick of black eyeliner and lashings of mascara. All 6 available shades (R126 each) are vivid and definitely make a statement which is exactly what I'm planning on doing this Spring.

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** CLOSED ** {GIVEAWAY} City Chic Shopping Spree
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 16 Comments

I think this post will make quite a few of you very happy. Yip, it's time for another giveaaawaaay! Yippee. Okay, now that we're done celebrating let me tell you what I'm going to be giving away. This is a good one guys! I will give you a clue. It has something to do with a thing that every girl loves. Yes, you guessed it. Shopping. I'm going to be giving away a City Chic style session to one of my readers. This will include a visit (with me) to the newly opened City Chic Menlyn branch where the winner will receive style tips and advice according to their personal body type and shape, they can try on a range of new outfits chosen by City Chic’s expert store manager, and then the winner will walk away with their favourite outfit to the value of R1 500. I'm totally picturing a movie montage where the girl tries on all her different outfits in the fitting room. Sounds like fun, don't you think?
Now that we know what the prize is let me tell you a little bit about City Chic. They're an Australian plus size fashion brand that is bold, sexy, sassy & CHIC! The thing I've noticed about their clothing is that everything is very modern and stylish. I've even spotted a few things on their website that I wouldn't mind adding to my own closet. They cater for lingerie, street wear, event dressing, clubbing and even plus size evening dresses. They start from size 14 (XS) and go up to size 24 (XXL).
City Chic and I are going to be spoiling one very lucky lady and the rules to enter are simple! Also, please note that this competition will run for one week. It closes on the 26th of August 2014.

♥ 1. You need to be a size 14 or up

♥ 2. You need to be based in Gauteng, South Africa. If you're not in Pretoria then you need to be willing to drive through to Pretoria East to visit the Menlyn store with me.

♥ 3. Leave a comment (with your email address) telling me what your favourite piece is off the City Chic website.

You don't need to share this on social media for extra entries but if you're not based in Gauteng or you're not the right size to qualify for this giveaway then please just let your family and friends know about this exciting prize. The clothes in store are fun and hip so it targets teenagers as well as woman of all ages.  Good luck, ladies!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

{REVIEW} Suigo Ultimate Control Shampoo & Conditioner
Thursday, August 14, 2014 8 Comments

When I'm trying out a new shampoo and conditioner I normally look for a product that cleans my hair, gives it body, improves manageability and leaves me with glossy locks. This volume control range from Suigo ticks all those boxes.This range is suitable for brittle and weak hair and it's unique intensifying formula strengthens hair, prevents breakage and repairs hair elasticity. The shampoo smells amazing and I think that might be contributed to the fact that it contains Orchid extract. It also contains Keratin, which I've dubbed Mr. Smooth. This special ingredient is what helps eliminate frizz and leaves your tresses feeling silky soft.

Beauty-Worx introduced me to this delightful duo as well as the brand a few weeks ago when I was given these two products which were specifically selected for my hair type. I generally use a shampoo & conditioner a few times to really get a feel for the product and after using this pair for about 4 washes I feel confident enough to share my thoughts and experience with you guys. In all honesty I actually felt pretty sure of myself after the first wash, but I decided to give these two a bit more of a thorough test before writing this review. But before I jump right in I want to let you know about the Beauty-Worx online store. This convenient online beauty store stocks well known brands such as Tangle Teezer, Moya, MUD (Make-Up Designory), The Konjac Sponge, FHI Heat and Ordinary Skincare.
Seeing as this is my first time using anything from this Japanese brand I thought it was only fitting to introduce you to them. Their philosophy is all about first-class botanic nursing for your hair. Suigo's mission is to create high-performance natural haircare that is powered by nature and proven by science. Suigo use potent plants, organic ingredients, natural essential oils, and animal friendly practices, packaging and policies. That actually makes me feel a bit warm and fuzzy when I hear that. I certainly know that my friend Cassidy from The Glam Green Girl will approve ;)

Both the shampoo and conditioner contain deionized water, which is something that I find quite interesting. It's essentially purified water that has had the ions (electrical charges) removed. (Tap water is usually full of ions from the soil from the pipes). This is what leaves your hair so insanely silky and soft! The shampoo also mentions fatty acids from coconut oils and a form of collagen on the ingredient list. My hair feels nicely cleansed after every wash and the thick consistency lathers up quite nicely. The conditioner on the other hand contains a cationic active agent which works as an antistatic all while moisturising your hair. The conditioner has a thick, creamy consistency that feels incredibly moisturising and luxurious on my hair but even with it's rich, treatment-like formula it still doesn't weigh down my fine hair which is always number 1 on my checklist when it comes to a product like this. My hair is more voluminous, shiner and generally looks healthier. I'm not sure if it's my imagination but my hair even feels a bit thicker! This conditioner also offers a protective barrier that locks in all those good-for-your-hair ingredients. Another thing it locks in is the scent. I keep catching a whiff when I brush my hair or let down my ponytail/sock bun. Hmmm...

If this powerful pair caught your eye then you might be interested in a special that Beauty-Worx are running till tomorrow. (Go, Go, Go!)  The Ultimate Control Triple Deal includes the Shampoo (260ml) & Conditioner (260ml) PLUS the Ultimate Control Absolute Volume Keratin Treatment (500ml) for R549. This gives you a whopping saving of R198 PLUS they're offering free shipping on this deal.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{VIDEO} Top 10 Under R100 ♥ Drugstore Beauty Products
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7 Comments

In case you guys didn't know (why the heck not) I started a YouTube channel a few weeks ago. So exciting! I've already uploaded my third video so you better catch up. Go take a little peek and I would absolutely love it if you guys would subscribe and leave a comment/ feedback.
I want to make sure that my videos are exactly what you're interested in watching as It's a bit more involved than blogging and the whole process can be quite time consuming so I don't want to waste my time and your time if you're not enjoying the videos. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not moaning guys. I absolutely love filming and editing videos and expanding/growing my blog has been fantastic. So thank you so much to those of you that have watched, subscribed and commented. You have no idea how much I appreciate all your support. Also, remember to enter my giveaway. It's a nice big bag of goodies. The winner will be one lucky girl! :)


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Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Favourites Friday ♥
Friday, August 8, 2014 18 Comments

1. Yes, nothing has changed. I'm still obsessed with skulls! I recently attended a Christmas in July themed blogger party and we all had to buy a Secret Santa gift for another blogger. I was spoiled rotten by Ali (Seams & Silhouettes). One of my favourite items in my parcel of goodies was this bright sugar skull ring. I think it's perfect for Spring/Summer. Don't you agree? I have no clue where she bought this little gem, but if you want to know then I guess you can contact Ali directly. I've really gotten into rings lately so this was the perfect gift.
2. A week or two ago I was invited to the launch for the Rosebank Dermalogica Concept store. This place is a little haven of skincare products. The 'spa' room is probably my favourite spot. It's a sanctuary of soft lightning, fluffy blankets and serene music. The perfect place to get a facial treatment. The idea behind these concept stores is to give everybody access to Dermalogica products. They offer complimentary Face Mapping® skin analysis to help you find the right products for your skin. You can even head over to the 'product pool' where you can dive right into testing different products. They also offer very conveinient 20 minute microZone® treatments for only R280. I walked away with a few product samples that were recommended to me after my face mapping session. My favourite so far has been the Ultrasmoothing eye serum. This has really helped with the dehydration lines around my eyes. It contains collagen producing peptides and the blend of algae, golden chamomile and oat kernel extract has such a lovely scent. This is definitely one of those wish list items, well unless you have the urge to splurge. (R760 from Dermalogica)
3. Last year I tried the Rubybox smooch stick and I was very impressed by the consistency and pigmentation so when I recently had the opportunity to try out a few more of their products I was quite excited. I've been using and enjoying their volumising mascara for a while now and I love how intensely black it is. It does a nifty job of separating and giving a more lengthened look. I also haven't experienced any clumping which is always a bonus. (R139.95 on rubybox.co.za)
4. I don't normally like to showcase products that aren't available in South Africa. However, I'm such a huge fan of Bath & Body Works I just couldn't not share this with you guys in the hopes that they might eventually arrive in S.A. When my blogging friend Irina (I'll Take It All) recently visited her folks in Russia I pretty much hounded her for a B&BW candle. I sent her pics of the ones I liked and even a numbered list of which ones I wanted with a rating of 1-5. I was super spoiled when she arrived back with #1 on my list. This candle smells exactly like what it is. It's a lot more natural than Yankee candles in my opinion. I sometimes feel like YC are a bit too sweet and bit too overpowering and can really set off my sinuses. I burnt this cinnamon doughnut one from B&BW on a Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday afternoon when I got home my boyfriend kept asking me if I had baked something. It's absolutely delicious and if there's a petition to sign to get them to S.A then we need to do it! ;)
5. A few 5 Friday Favourites ago I told you guys that I was reading a book called "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. It's a good book and I hope some of you have also started reading it. Anyway, since then I've read another one of Gillian's books, Sharp Objects, which I seriously enjoyed and now I'm about half way through her third book, Dark Places. This one might be my favourite so far. A super easy and enticing read. It's had me staying up late reading for a night or two. Have you read any of her other books? I must say that I'm really liking her as a writer.

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