Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 9 - Seasons Greetings Gifting
Friday, December 19, 2014 1 Comment

Are you still busy with your Christmas shopping? Still trying to rush around and find the perfect gifts for everyone? Guess what? I'm here to help. A great gift idea to give someone when you're in a bit of a panic is a gift set. It's already in a box or packed as a gift. It saves you the time to go find individual gifts and these that I'm sharing with you already look pretty enough to give as is. Happy last minute shopping!
1. Ciaté Doll House or Beach House (R399.95 per set at Clicks)
2. Stila Lip Glaze Set (R474.95 on Rubybox)
3. Toni & Guy Gift Set (R249 at Clicks)
4. Paul Mitchell the Art of Bath Time Gift Set (R348 on RetailBox)
5. Yankee Candle Spring 2014 9 Wax Melts Boxed Gift Set (R252 at Yankee Candle Stores)
6. Nicki Minaj Minajesty Gift Set (R412 at Clicks)
Wild & Wolf Paul Thurlby Two of Us Mugs Set of 2
7. Wild & Wolf Paul Thurlby Two of Us Mugs Set of 2 (R299 on Fines & Fabulous)
8.
Sorbet Spa Into The Blue Gift Bag (R300 from Clicks)
9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town Gift Box. (R625 at LUSH)
10. Single Mix Stud Earrings (R69.95 at Woolworths)



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 8 - Deck the Halls with DIY
Thursday, December 18, 2014 6 Comments

We have already established that Christmas is my favourite time of the year. It's also the best time to wrap gifts. There are such awesome gift wrapping ideas out there and now is the time to be creative. Today I have two gift wrapping ideas that include the cutest little Reindeer and mouse.
Have fun with your DIY wrapping this year and if you re-create one of these then please tweet me a pic. Thanks to my sister, Sacha for being my little helper and keep watching till the end to see a few bloopers...



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 7 - Merry & Bright Skin
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6 Comments

All I want for Christmas is YOU. Nope, just joking. What I really want is clear skin. I think that's something we all wish for all year round. I've been trying out two new skin products and I thought it was the perfect time to share my thoughts on these and let you in on whether they're on the naughty or nice pile. Spoiler alert. They were both very good this year.

I recently attended the Sorbet Skin Show and this exciting new daily skin polish powder made an appearance on my 5 Favourites Friday that same week. If you watched that video then you know that I was super excited to have been introduced to this skin polisher and I was so excited that I even featured the product without having even tried it yet. But of course that has now changed. I've been using it religiously and I can happily report back that this will definitely leave you with 'Merry & Bright Skin'. The thing that instantly intrigued me was that it looked like a dupe for Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant. It's certainly the only other powder-based skin polisher that I've used and my untrained eye can barely see a difference. The only difference is the price. The Sorbet version is only R220. Winning!
If you want clear and bright skin then exfoliation is a very important step in your skincare routine. This offering from Sorbet is formulated with pore-cleaning ingredients like salicylic acid, rice powder, grapefruit, lavender plus vitamins A, C and E. The best bit though is that this micro-exfoliator is super gentle on your skin. It's a powder that doesn't feel rough or abrasive which is a must for sensitive skins. Mix about a teaspoon with a bit of water, work into a paste and massage into your skin. My skin feels softer, smoother, brighter and more 'glowy' after each use. I love it.
Another skin treat that I've been trying out is the Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil (R79.95). I recently picked this one up in Clicks because I couldn't resist the clean, simple, transparent packaging. This oil-based cleanser is supposed to remove makeup and impurities without stripping your skin of it's natural oils. This year I've been all about cleansing oils and let me tell you something - they work. Like dissolves like. You're removing all the dirty, unwanted oils (makeup) from your face and replenishing it with clean, nourishing oil. I even use this Lipidol one on my eyes because it's that effective at removing all traces of makeup. It's suitable for sensitive skin and it's non-comedogenic. But you know what really rocks my world? The scent. It has a very refreshing 'herb-like' scent which can be attributed to the Rosemary and Niaouli essential oils. It also contains Salicylic Acid which we all know is great for unclogging pores. I see merry, merry skin in your future...



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 6 - Merry Mistletoes
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 6 Comments

Over here in South Africa we celebrate Christmas in Summer. That means that all the bright, fun shades are what we wear on our hands and (mistle)toes. There are many perks to having Christmas in Summer and one of them is that we can enjoy our December by the pool, sipping on cocktails and basking in the sunlight with pretty 'Merry' coloured toes. No reds and greens for us.
Toy Nail Polish recently sent over a pineapple-printed box. Lets stop for a second and take note of that adorable little box. If you didn't already know I'm pineapple-crazy at the moment so this was a real treat. The fruity box wasn't the only treat though. It contained three of their five new Summer Maaji shades. 'Grapeful Royal', 'Moka Kingdom' and the seriously striking 'Neon Lover'. We all know which one immediately caught my eye. My love affair with orange is still going strong. This 'Traffic Cone' shade is a stunning (welcome) addition to my collection. Also, Chai, Coffee and Chocolate shades are a big trend for Summer, which is something that I only recently discovered. I think these muted browns are very wearable through all seasons actually.
The Toy polishes have a small narrow brush that applies the polish smoothly and evenly.  The polish itself has a thinner, non-clumpy consistency and 1-2 coats gives you a perfectly even finish. But the best part is the drying time. I'm usually rendered useless for about an hour after painting my nails because for some reason my nails will feel dry and then I'll touch something and they'll smudge, collect fluff and unintentionally look like quilted nail art. But I immediately noticed with TOY that my nails dried much faster than they usually do. This is huge for me. Score!

Another point in the pros column goes to TOY for the fact that their products are not tested on animals, are free from toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and acetone and their bottles are even made from recycled glass. You can pick up one of their stunning colours for R99 on their website or on Spree for R95. However, If you order any 5 Maaji colours on the TOY website you will receive a FREE Maaji mani bag. Next on my list is 'Minty Sparrow'. I think the shade will make for perfect Merry Misteltoes this December.



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 5 - Santa's Little Hair Helpers
Thursday, December 11, 2014 4 Comments

We've already covered the subject of nails, eye-shadows, red lips and even makeup helpers but let's not forget about hair. I don't know about you but I like to give my hair a little extra oomph and TLC. I've been using a few products this year that do just that and now I'm going to be Santa's little hair helper and share them with you. Don't worry you can say thank you later. ;)
Moroccanoil® Extra Volume Shampoo
Those of you with flat, fine and let's be honest lifeless hair will appreciate this extra volume shampoo from Moroccanoil.  I've tried several Moroccanoil products with only great results so before I even used this shampoo I had high expectations. Let me just say that it doesn't disappoint. It doesn't feel heavy on your hair but the consistency of the actual product is quite thick. It does a decent job of foaming up and rinses out easily but it can be a bit difficult to spread or work through your hair. I actually immediately notice a 'plumping' effect when I lather up. This shampoo has been formulated to weightlessly give fine hair a volume boost. It's infused with antioxidant-rich Argan oil, revitalizing nutrients and a plant extract that naturally plumps up the cuticle. Also, like all other Moroccanoil products it has that divine signature scent we all love. (You can get this for R213 on  EverythingHair.co.za)

Pantene Ant-Frizz Smooth Cream
Pantene Anti-Frizz Smooth Cream
There's a reason this little hair helper was featured on my 5 Favourites Friday a few months back. My hair is having a love affair with Mr. Smooth and I don't see it ending anytime soon. If you want your hair to look extra 'polished' then this is the hair cream for you. I have a problem with frizz and flyaways. Now when I say frizz I'm talking lion mane frizz. I need a product that smooths all that down, leaves my hair silky soft and still weightless. The Pantene Anti-Frizz Smooth Cream does all that and maybe even a bit more. Another great thing about this anti-frizz wonder is that it doesn't fight with natural curls. So instead of making your hair poker straight it works with what you have and just smooths it all out. This is definitely on my re-purchase list. But please don't be put off by the 'Normal-To-Thick Hair' that's labelled on the bottle. I have super fine hair and this works like a charm. (R66.95 at Clicks and Dis-Chem)

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion I've been using this one for quite a while now and I've almost tossed it on the empties pile. I pretty much use it every time I style my hair. This root booster definitely gives a lift and doesn't leave any sort of residue or stickiness behind. The John Frieda blow dry lotion boosts your hair at the crown to create a thicker, more professional looking blow-dry. When your hair is still damp you section it at the top and spray all around your crown. Dry and style as usual and I guarantee you will notice a lift. If you have fine hair like me then you know how important it is to find a product that offers a much needed volume boost without feeling heavy or sticky.  Great job, John Frieda. (R95 exclusively at Clicks)
Pantene Ant-Frizz Smooth Cream



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 4 - Wild Wonderland
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11 Comments

Wet n Wild are by far one of my favourite budget beauty brands. I've tried several of their products and I've definitely raved about their eyeshadow palettes many times before. This is also a brand that I constantly see YouTube Beauty Gurus use in videos. One thing I'm sure we can agree on when it comes to the Festive season and all the parties we're bound to attend is that we all need to add a bit of colour to our faces. Be it a smokey eye, winged liner or a red lip. I'm here to let you guys know what to use if you're on a beauty budget. Just think of me as Santa's little helper...
I think it's only fitting that I start off with my favourite Wet n Wild product - The Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Comfort Zone. This 8-pan colour palette is every bit as beautiful as it looks. If you're looking for a neutral, earth-toned smokey eye then look no further than this palette. These shades are perfect for a subtle Christmas day look or even for a heavy smokey New Years Eve look. These shadows are described as pearl and definitely offer shimmer, shine and satiny finishes. No matte shades here. The textures are buttery soft, silky and highly pigmented. It's almost unbelievable how great the quality is of this 8-pan palette.

You can pick this palette up at Clicks for R89.95. Guys, that's only R11 per eyeshadow. Just take a peek at the swatches down below and you can see for yourself how beautiful this palette is. The shades are all very blendable and last for a good few hours. My favourite shades are #1 (warm frosted beige), #2 (frosted copper) and #3 (warm golden brown). Also, we need to take a moment to appreciate the striking #8, a red-brown topped with a frosted teal duo chrome. So besides being great quality the Wet n Wild palettes are also super nifty for beginners. They guide you right there on the actual shadows. The back of the palette also offers you 4 different makeup looks. Nice! I think it's clear that you are sorted for festive celebrations and all the while on a budget.
The Wet n Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner is another makeup item that absolutely every girl needs in her beauty bag. If you love a winged liner then look no further than this liquid liner. The felt tip is slightly firmer than you would expect and I love it. You have more control over where the product goes and we all know that liquid liner can sense your fear so even just an ounce of control makes the world of difference. Okay, so easy application gets a tick, but we can also add long-wear to that list. This waterproof liner is just that. I'll be honest I even struggle (a bit) to remove this at night. R46.95 at Clicks.

The first thing I noticed about the Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Brow & Eyeliner was the length. This pencil is longer than any other eye pencils I've used before. I definitely think it's even too big to fit in my makeup bag. However, can you say extra bang for your buck?  The consistency is creamy and glides on smoothly. I've been using this on my waterline and the colour payoff is intense and surprisingly long-lasting. But the best thing for me is the fact that it feels very soft and gentle on my eyes. I've used 'hard' kohl liners before that tug, feel dry and basically leave me with sore, red eyes. Ouch! R34,95 at Clicks.
You guys know I'm a sucker for balm stains and chubby sticks. Forget lipsticks in a bullet, it's all about the chubby stick. Enter stage left - Wet 'n' Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain. These offer smooth, nicely pigmented colour. They feel very moisturising on your lips but the formula is a lot 'thinner' and not as pigmented as other lip crayons like the Revlon Balm Stains. The shade I've been using is a gorgeous neutral red that leaves your lips with a pretty shine. The colour is very buildable and application is super smooth. As far as 'staining' goes there is definitely a bit of residue after most of the colour has faded. These twist-up pencils are really not bad for the price and I would absolutely consider picking up a few more shades. Plus, they're only R49.95 and this shade is perfect to rock on Christmas day.
What would the festive season be without some glitter? If you're not wearing it on your eyelids then you definitely need to be wearing it on your nails. The Wet n Wild Mega Rocks Glitter Nail Polishes are made up of chunky hexagonal glitter in a clear polish that dries nice and smoothly. These topper polishes look gorgeous when worn over a solid colour and it takes about 3 coats to achieve this clustered look. There are a few colorful shades available and if you're a girl that loves her glitter then these are an absolute must at only R59.95.



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Friday, December 5, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 3 - Spreading Christmas Complexion Cheer
Friday, December 5, 2014 2 Comments

If you've been following this series then you most likely saw my post on 'Dreaming of a Red Christmas'. That post is there to help you guys find the perfect red lipstick for the festive season. We all know how many parties and celebrations are crammed into the month of December so looking your best is key. I think before even putting on that red lippie the first thing you should be doing is getting your skin ready for makeup because nobody not even a Victoria Secret Angel can pull off a red lip without any other makeup on their face. Not a good look. Anyway, I recently bought The Body Shop All-in-One InstaBlur and I thought it's the perfect time to let you guys know a bit about makeup primers.
Primers actually have many benefits which include helping to reduce the appearance of pores, filling in fine lines, smoothing out your skin tone, controlling oil, creating an even canvas or giving your foundation a less cakey finish. You can find tinted primers, oil-control ones and ones that are even meant for a specific part of your face.

Instablur from The Body Shop claims to offer the following:
  • Shine Controlling 12h,
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Blemish Hiding
  • Complexion Unifying
  • Make-up Extending'

The InstaBlur consistency is very silky, velvety and almost a bit powdery, but by no means dry. Once blended it melts into a smooth silicone consistency. This translucent primer glides onto my skin, feels weightless and instantly creates a slight mattifying effect. My skin then looks more flat before I apply foundation. This probably doesn't sound ideal, but it's hard to explain. However I will point out it's a positive thing. This beauty contains Community Fair Trade Marula Oil so it's actually doing great things for your skin while helping you achieve that air-brushed, just stepped off the cover of Vogue look. Okay, but realistically speaking this isn't going to blur away all your blemishes and imperfections.
It creates a fabulous base for makeup and I can definitely see a difference in my skin, makeup finish as well as wear time when I wear InstaBlur. My application is smoother, more even and overall just looks a little bit more professional. Although it immediately creates a matte look to your skin I wouldn't say that it effectively controlled shine after an hour or two so if you're an oily-skin girl then you might want to pass on this one.

I've also been using InstaBlur around my eye area and it definitely helps with concealer application and as a bonus it also helps soften crow's-feet. What's not to like about that? So in case you've been reading this post thinking 'How do I use a primer?' I'm here to help you out. It's super simple. Apply your moisturiser like normal (hopefully with SPF) and then once that's dried on your skin you can apply a pea-size drop of primer, blend and wait a minute. Then you're good to go and makeup application is the next step. I told you it's easy! I think the main reason for The Body Shops' InstaBlur primer is so that when people ask about your selfies you can say " It's not a filter, it's Instablur!". Um, apologies for that last bit of cheesiness...

Pick up InstaBlur at The Body Shop for R190. It's well worth a try especially if you've been dying to try the coveted POREfessional from Benefit. It's not too shabby in comparison.



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