Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blogging Break - See You Soon!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6 Comments

I don't want to disappear off here without letting you guys know (already guilty of this) so this post is to say that I'll be going on a short blogging break. I'm dealing with a family crisis at the moment and besides not having the time to blog I also don't have the emotional or mental energy to put out posts that I'm happy with. I'm not sure how long this break will last for but let's hope it will be a short one.

If I feel inspired I will try post on my Instagram and Facebook accounts and maybe I'll be able to put up a post a lot sooner that I think. I was planning on filming my 'January Sale Haul' and 'Best of 2014' videos this week but you can look forward to those two when I'm back in the swing of things. Don't run off and forget about me. I hope to see all of you back here soon and hopefully with the new blog design up and running.

In the meantime check out a few of my posts from December. I was a busy little elf.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 12 - Naughty or Nice Foundations
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1 Comment

When it comes to makeup the most important item in my beauty arsenal is definitely foundation. I've used countless bottles, tubes and jars of the stuff in a variety of formulas - liquid, powder, mousse, cream-to-powder, stick and mineral. The things I like to tick off the list when using a new foundation are 'easy to blend', 'buildable coverage', 'lightweight texture/finish' and 'long wearing'. For the last few months I've been testing out a couple of Revlon ColorStay foundations for you guys. Yes, I know, what wouldn't I do for y'all. I figured that now, the start of a new year would be the perfect time to let you know which of these foundations are worth a try. So, Revlon Colorstay foundations were you on the naughty or nice list?
Revlon ColorStay Stay Natural for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15
The Revlon foundations that have a pump always score extra points in my book. This one lives up to it's name in my opinion. It offers the most natural finish and looks the most like my own skin, but better. It also feels a lot more hydrating than the others.

Coverage - Perfect medium coverage that can be built upon.

Consistency - A lightweight, hydrating liquid foundation that doesn't feel heavy or thick on your skin. It blends beautifully and applies nicely with fingers, brush or sponge. When I'm not reaching for the whipped creme one then this foundation is always next in line.

Wearability - This foundation is hydrating but doesn't look or feel greasy on my face. It stays looking fresh for long and only after a good few hours do I need to blot or touch up.

Price - R215 at Dis-Chem 

Rank - #2

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup SPF 20
This foundation is all sorts of awesome. In my opinion the whipped consistency, the shade and the smooth application sets this one apart from the rest. My only con is the clunky glass bottle which makes travel near impossible.

Coverage - This creamy foundation offers medium to full coverage and gives you a bit of a dewy glow.

Consistency - Luxurious, mousse-like consistency that goes on smoothly.

Wearability - This whipped foundation applies beautifully with a damp beauty blender. It blends perfectly and a little goes a long way. This stays put on my face for most of the day and if worn with a primer it looks flawless for even longer. No flaking, caking or heaviness. It also withstands sweat and heat quite nicely.

Price -  R195 on Spree

Rank - #1
Revlon ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin SPF 15
This one surprised me the most because for many years it was my absolute favorite foundation and throughout my 20's this was the only foundation I wore. I'm not sure if the consistency has changed or it's just that my skin has changed. Also, I might have been a vampire before because the shade I used to wear is now too light for me. Shocked!

Coverage - This one offers full coverage. It will cover absolutely any blemish or mark on your skin.

Consistency - The actual foundation might seem thick but it actually feels very light and comfortable on your skin. It melts into your skin and blends brilliantly. It's non-drying which is great for a combination-skin girl like myself.

Wearability - This offers a fully made up, but still natural finish that doesn't look cakey and doesn't settle into fine lines. It wears for a very long time and probably has the best wearability of the lot.

Price -  R215 at Dis-Chem

Rank - #3

Revlon ColorStay Stay Active Mattifying SPF 25
This pump-bottle foundation is very similar to the natural one but feels a bit thicker in consistency. This blends nicely and offers a mattifying effect. Perfect for active girls!

Coverage - Medium coverage that's buildable.

Consistency - It's not as fluid as the Stay Natural option and definitely feels a bit thicker and more drying.

Wearability - This one tends to be a bit drying on my skin and almost feels a bit tight. I think this one is definitely made for active girls that tend to lean more on the oilier side. It's long wearing though which is a bonus. This one survives through sweating and insane heat. The matte finish and SPF25 are just what active girls need.

Price -  R215 at Dis-Chem

Rank - #4
Revlon PhotoReady Two-Way Powder Foundation SPF 19
So, the first thing you might be asking is 'What's a two-way powder'? It's a compact pressed powder that doubles as a foundation when used wet. This one has very soft and silky feel on your skin.

Coverage - Feels very lightweight on your skin and offers light to medium coverage. It definitely lets your natural skin shine through. Coverage is buildable.

Consistency - A finely milled powder formula that feels soft on your skin. The finish is very matte

Wearability - I feel like this powder foundation is too drying for my combination skin. It gives my skin a very powdery look and I think oily-skinned girls will love it. It wears pretty well and only after a few hours you might need a touch up.

Price - R269 at Woolworths

Rank - #5

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 11 - Countdown to Captivating Makeup
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 1 Comment

Looking for a makeup look to ring in the New Year with? I've filmed a little eye shadow tutorial to show you a smokey eye as shimmery as your year ahead. One of my most requested blog posts is a smokey eye tutorial. I'm going to show you how I create my usual black smokey eye with a gold twist. I love a bit of gold shimmer during the holiday season. Click play for some ideas to look your best for the biggest night of the year! 
What I used to create the Black & Gold Smokey Eye
⭐  Matte Nude Shadow (Naked Palette - Naked)
⭐  Matte Black  (Sleek Storm Palette)
⭐  Matte Light Brown for Blending (Naked Palette - Buck)
⭐  Satin Nude to Highlight Brow Bone (Naked Palette - Virgin)
⭐  Shimmery Gold (Sleek Storm Palette)
⭐  Black Eyeliner (Wet n Wild)
⭐  Black Mascara (Lancome Grandiôse)
⭐  27Pinkx Eyeshadow Brushes
⭐  M·A·C   227 Large Fluff Brush

The Rest of my Makeup
⭐ M·A·C Mineralize Moisture Foundation (NW20)
⭐ M·A·C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Medium)
⭐ NYX Cream Blush in Natural
⭐ Revlon Brow Fantasy in 'Brunette'
⭐ Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer
⭐ Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Demure
⭐ Nails - Essie Beyond Cozy

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Monday, December 29, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 10 - No More White Christmas
Monday, December 29, 2014 3 Comments

Yes, Christmas might be over but that doesn't mean some of us aren't still having a 'white' Christmas. In case you didn't catch my drift I'm talking about my snow white pins. Well, what used to be my snow white limbs. Here in South Africa we celebrate the festive season in Summer time and with all the skirts, small tops and dresses nobody wants super pale skin. Don't get me wrong though as I don't advocate sunbathing outside in the hot sun but I'm definitely all for fake tan, especially fake tan that looks natural and even and the opposite of one of Santa's toys.
I've been using the Skinny Tan 7-Day Tanner (R399, 95) for a while now and I figured that the Holiday season would be the perfect time to share my thoughts and experience with the product. Skinny Tan claims to be a salon-quality, self-tanner that instantly bronzes the skin then develops into a deep gorgeous golden brown that lasts for up to 7 days!  The first thing you'll notice when applying this tanner is the scent. This has by far the best scent of any self-tanner I've used. It's a sweet and creamy coconut-y smell that is very pleasing to the senses.  Skinny Tan is free from chemical DHA and instead includes a natural DHA that is derived from seeds. It also helps to hydrate and give your skin a natural glow due to the sweet almond oil and sunflower oil it's formulated with.

This tinted self-tanning lotion doesn't apply smoothly but don't let that sway your opinion. The tanner that you apply to your skin is only the colour guide that you wash off after five hours. I was surprised to find that I was left with a very even, healthy colour that could easily pass for a natural tan. If you have very pale skin like mine then don't be startled if you don't see any colour after your first application. It took about 2-3 applications before I noticed a big difference in colour. If you like quick, instant results then this might be a bit frustrating. But when I did start to show colour it was not too orange and also not too dark for my skin. As far as cellulite claims go it's hard to say because I have a lot (eek!) and a tan will always make skin look healthier and tauter. However, the formula does include an ingredient called Guarana, a naturally occurring botanical containing caffeine. Caffeine can have a tightening effect on problem skin.

All in all I think the scent and natural colour of Skinny Tan are what makes this product a winner for me! To find out more about this tanner you can take a look at their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

{VIDEO} 5 Favourites Friday ♥
Friday, December 26, 2014 6 Comments

Guess what? It's my last 5 Favourites Friday for 2014. I thought my last one was the last one, but boy was I wrong. I've been loving a couple of things since then so how could I not share them with you? I'm thinking of filming a video for my 2014 Favourites. Let me know if you would like to see that in video form? Don't forget to subscribe, thumbs up and share the video.
The items that I mentioned are as follows: 
1. glacéau® vitaminwater™ (R15.95)
2. Nails Inc. Nail polish in Chelsea Embankment (R115)
3. Cotton On Skull Sunglasses Case
4. Dermalogica PowerBright TRx Serum and Night Cream
5. Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Eye Shadow Palette (R89.95 at Clicks)

What I'm wearing in the video:
♥ MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation in NW20
♥ SLEEK Rose Gold Blush
♥ Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer
♥ Revlon Bold Lacquer™ Length + Volume Mascara
♥ Essence Extra Long Lasting Eyeliner Pen in Black
♥ Revlon Brow Fantasy in 'Brunette'
♥ Wet 'n' Wild Coverall Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
♥ Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
♥ RubyBox Smooch Stick in Tangerine Tango
♥ Physicians Formula Plump Potion
♥ Nails Inc. Chelsea Embankment & Nails Inc. Basil Street

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

{VIDEO} The Cute Christmas TAG
Thursday, December 25, 2014 2 Comments

I just popped in to wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy, relaxing, love-filled holidays. Last week I got together with some of my blogger friends and we filmed a silly festive video for you guys. Thanks for all the wonderful support this year. I seriously appreciate all the visits, comments and amazing feedback. Enjoy the video! We're crazy...
Ali from Seams & Silhouettes
Irina from I'll Take it All
Cassidy from The Glam Green Girl. (Check out her YouTube channel)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Wishes Of Lipgloss KISSmas ❄ Day 9 - Seasons Greetings Gifting
Friday, December 19, 2014 6 Comments

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)
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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