Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{REVIEW} MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2 Comments

I'm a  huge fan of glowing, healthy looking skin, which is why I'm a tad bit obsessed with Highlighters. If you can't achieve the natural radiance all by yourself, or you're not sporting that 'pregnancy glow' then the next best option is to fake it. This luxurious, velvet-soft metallic finish powder from MAC will help you do just that. Soft & gentle forms part of the Mineralised Skinfinish  family and up until now I'd only had liaisons with one member - Skinfinish Natural (see My Holy Grail Face Products post) But after witnessing magical things at the MAC Autumn/Winter 2015 Trend presentation a few weeks back I knew I had to give this beauty a try. MAC makeup artist Keagan Cafun knew exactly what he was doing while showing us the correct way to highlight when wearing the "On Reflection" trend. The best spots to highlight are above your cupids bow, brow bone, down the center of the nose, inner eye corner, in a triangle-shape along the sides of your forehead and on your cheekbone up towards your temple.
MAC's Soft & Gentle is a swirl of marbleized gold, bronze, champagne and peachy shades. The consistency is silky and luxurious and offers a gorgeous universally-flattering luminous finish to your skin. The great thing about this finely-milled powder is that it gives you radiant, glowing skin without globs of glitter that might leave you looking like an extra out of  'Saturday Night Fever'. In one word I would describe this highlighter as 'PERFECTION'. I might even be pushed into saying that this knocks my Mary lou-manizer off it's holy-grail spot. It melts into your skin perfectly without looking too dewy or shiny. This might be a warm-toned highlighter but I'm convinced it suits all skin tones.
This domed-beauty is super pigmented and you only need a tiny bit on a brush or finger to achieve the desired amount of glow. MAC's makeup magician, Keagan Cafun showed us how he likes to apply highlighter in the inner corner of the eye with a MAC 252 brush. But whatever your tool of choice is this powder blends like a dream. I know that for some of us MAC is a bit out of our budget, but if you're going to splurge on a makeup item then let it be this. This one item can take your flat makeup into a new dimension. Um, can you guess that I'm loving this powder that much? Gosh, I'm even gushing. Pop into your nearest MAC store or try a bit of online shopping.

The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle highlighter goes for R350 and is well worth it. What other MAC products do you love and highly recommend?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

{URGE TO SPLURGE} Philip Kingsley Hair Care
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 7 Comments

When I think of internationally renowned Philip Kingsley hair care products I usually think luxury and soft, healthy hair. A few years ago I tried the Elasticizer for the first time ever and I was hooked and last year I finally got to try a few more Philip Kingsley products when the PR fairies dropped off a large box of goodies on my doorstep. Quick Fact. Did you know that Philip Kingsley was the one who coined the phrase 'bad hair day'? He's been referred to as the 'Hair Doctor' and the 'Hair Guru'. So basically this guy knows his stuff.
We all know my somber hair loss tale that has left my hair thin, lifeless and pretty meh so you can only imagine that I was over the moon when I read 'Body Building' on the labels of these products. My hair has always been fine. I used to have a lot of it but now it's just fine as well as thin. Sad face. Anyway, this body building duo is ideal for fine hair that struggles to hold a style. If that sounds like your hair then I recommend reading through the rest of this review.
I'm a very visual person so I was instantly drawn to the packaging of the PK products. They are simple, pleasing to the eye and best of all they get straight to the point. Also, before I forget I need to mention the scent of this body building twosome. It gives you that salon, my hair-is-so-clean-I-can't-stop-sniffing-it fragrance that lingers long after you step out the shower. I don't know about you, but that's pretty close to the top of my list of things I want out of  hair care goods. Both have a lightweight consistency that runs through nicely and rinses out easily. My hair is also more manageable and definitely has a bit of a bounce to it. But now onto the best bit. My hair feels  incredible after using these two. The kind of soft you see in hair commercials or on the neck of a Chinchilla. I believe you Mr.Kingsley, you certainly are a hair guru.

The world is smitten with Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer and I'm not ashamed to admit that so am I. The interesting thing about this hair treatment is that you use it before your usual hair cleansing routine. This intensive pre-shampoo treatment was a first of its kind. The elasticizer does exactly what you think it would do. It adds elasticity and bounce. If you want to kick it up a notch you can work it into your hair, cover with a cap and leave for 20 minutes (or overnight) before rinsing out. When I wash the product out it leaves my hair so silky, nourished and shiny that it feels like I have a new head of hair. My hair isn't seriously damaged or particularly dry, but the results are amazing. I even gave my sister a bit to try on her recently bleached/dyed hair and her response was 'It left my hair as soft and smooth as silk'.

The Elasticizer boasts ingredients such as Olive Oil, Elastin and Glycerine which is great for moisture retention. Another fun fact for you. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer was originally created specifically for Audrey Hepburn who wanted a super-moisturising treatment that would repair her hair and keep it in great condition throughout the frequent colouring and styling done to her hair on movie sets.

If you're interested in any of these products then take a look at the Philip Kingsley website. You will find the Body Building Shampoo (R419.95), Body Building Conditioner (R499.95) as well as the Elasticizer (R759.95). 

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Friday, February 13, 2015

{GIVEAWAY} Win a GOSH Makeup Hamper - *CLOSED*
Friday, February 13, 2015 14 Comments

When it comes to the month of February a gift from your significant other is always special and if they give you something from the heart then it can be downright awesome. But do you know what's also awesome. When cosmetics brands send you Valentine's Day gifts. Pretty little packages filled with new makeup to try out. Do you know what tops that and is even more amazinging? (yes, I made up a word) A GIVEAWAY from said cosmetic brand. Yippee. In case you're wondering I've used GOSH makeup before and I have a review right over here.
So, what's up for grabs you greedily ask? A Lip Liner,  a Forever Eye shadow, a Velvet Touch Eyeliner and a Waterproof Volume Mascara. Now, let's all say it together - Gosh, I love Makeup.

You have until Monday (16 February) to enter this fabulous Valentine's giveaway and the steps are as follows.

Like GOSH SA on Facebook

Like Lipgloss Kisses on Facebook

Follow @GOSH_SA on Twitter

Take a look at the two Valentine's Day makeup looks below and tweet me your favourite one.

"Hey @lipglosskiss and @GOSH_SA. This V-Day I'll make Damon Salvatore fall in love with me when I wear my #GOSHILoveMakeup smokey eye look"


 "Hey @lipglosskiss and @GOSH_SA. Spiderman will upside down kiss me in the rain this V-day if I'm sporting my #GOSHILoveMakeup red lip look"

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER. Congrats to the winner -

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{DIY} Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas ❤
Friday, February 13, 2015 5 Comments

It's the month of love, kisses and hugs and tomorrow will be the culmination of all that when millions of flowers, gifts and boxes of candy are exchanged between couples all over the world. But wait, you just realized that you've been so busy that you completely forgot to buy your significant other a present. Don't worry I have you covered. I'm going to share two small, but sweet ideas to show your partner that yes, you do indeed care about them and that's why you decided to make something yourself. These are also great ideas if you're on a budget but you still want to give your loved one a special gift.
If your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/complicated relationship partner is a big tea or coffee drinker then this idea might be perfect for them. You'll combine their love of caffeine as well as a personal message that they can enjoy every day. All you need is a plain white mug (Pick n Pay have these for R13) and a permanent marker (oil-based works best) or ceramic paint in your chosen colour. The next step is to get creative. You can doodle, write a love note or even put their nickname on the mug. I've seen some adorable ideas for coffee lovers - "I Love you a Latte" or "I love you more than coffee" and I think tea drinkers might enjoy "You're my cup of tea". This is where you can get as personal and sweet as you like. It's time to cheese it up seeing as it's that time of the year. Just remember that a high-end ceramic paint should be dish-washer safe, but a permanent marker (oil-based) will only be hand-wash friendly.
I think it's a cute idea to give this little mug to your mate on Valentine's morning with their favourite blend of coffee or tea inside. It's simple but sweet. I know I would love Eric forever if he woke me up with something like that. There are a few other options though. You could fill it with their favourite candy or chocolate or even put another small gift inside. Go wild and be creative.
My second DIY idea can actually form part of the first one. If you're not going to serve your mug with a hot beverage then you'll need to wrap it up, won't you? Instead of donning your favourite red lippie and smothering your partner in kisses why not give them the gift of a million kisses and that way you don't have to mess up your makeup. This do-it-yourself is just as simple as the mug idea. All you'll need is the paper of your choice. I went with white because it's clean, crisp and it shows up my lip prints perfectly. Then you'll need the lipsticks that you plan on using. I went with a few different shades of pink and red to create a bit of variety.
The next step is to coat your lips with your romantic hue, pucker up and go kissing crazy on the paper. Once you've covered the paper in smooches you'll need to wait for it to dry. A hairdryer comes in handy at this point. When your paper is ready you can wrap your gift (whatever it may be) and decorate it with cute accents. I went with a lip sucker  (I got it at Clicks for R6)) because it ties in quite nicely with the theme, don't you think? You could even attach a little note that says "Sealed with a Kiss".
The best tip I have for the wrapping is to use lipsticks that aren't too thick and stay away from anything glossy as they won't dry and you'll end up with a bit of a mess. I hope you can use some of these ideas and that it brings out your creative side. Happy Valentine's Day. ❤

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

{REVIEW} Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 2 Comments

If the word Rosehip doesn't entice you to use this serum then perhaps the words "little miracle" will sway your opinion. I've only heard marvelous things about this little sweet-smelling serum and when I finally had the opportunity to give it a go I jumped at the chance. I've used several Balm Balm products and I can honestly say that I've never been left disappointed. In case you didn't know Balm Balm is a 100% organic skincare brand.
This luxurious, self-pro-claimed miracle serum is formulated with a rich blend of rosehip, jojoba and borage oils, it's also infused with frankincense, rose geranium, palmarosa, juniper and mandarin essential oils. That's quite a lot of skin goodness in one teeny tiny bottle. Now, don't get me wrong. This bottle certainly doesn't need to be bigger. You only need very little of this oil per application. As the saying goes - "A Little Goes a Long Way". The divine scent of this serum really envelopes you when you press it into your skin. It releases all the beautiful essential oils and you can really enjoy all the different layers of fragrance.

You probably wouldn't expect this from an oil-based product but it absorbs quite nicely into your skin. It does not leave your face feeling like the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. But I'll remind you again that you need very little of the product to actually see results. There is absolutely no greasy residue left behind on your skin. This certainly does sound like a little miracle, doesn't it? I can honestly say I loved this product from the moment I started using it, which isn't all that common for me. I also feel the need to mention that the little dropper tool is nifty. It collects a small amount of oil and makes the whole process a lot less messy.
This little rose-scented wonder can be used day or night. It leaves your skin feeling more youthful, supple and soft. Miracles, I tell you! This is one of those products that you need to whip out at Winter time when you want to bust dry skin. I find the process of applying my nightly serum has become a bit of a sensory experience. My skin is soothed, nourished and rejuvenated and my sense of smell is awakened.

You can treat yourself to a bottle of this divine serum by checking out the Luhla website. This heavenly serum is sold for R285. I also noticed on the website they mention that the Rosehip serum has helped some of their customers achieve excellent results in assisting with pigmentation, rosacea and general redness.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

{REVIEW} Retail Box Secret Box #9
Thursday, February 5, 2015 6 Comments

I don't know about you but I love receiving parcels from the courier/post office. There's always an element of surprise and a child-like glee that comes with it. I'm the type that grabs the package right out of the mail man's hands and rips it open before I've even walked back inside the house. This time around I might have actually scared the poor delivery man when I grabbed the Retail Box Secret Box #9 from him. I think I had that deranged look in my eyes. You know the one I'm talking about. The same look I get when I have a platter of sushi in front of me. The only thing I knew about this box was that it contained 3 sample sizes from a luxury hair oil brand, a product for men/short hair and something I could use to neaten any bad hair day. I'm going to share the contents of this box so if you're interested then carry on reading. But be warned that this might be a long one...
If I'm completely honest with you the first thing that caught my eye after tearing the box open was the Tangle Teezer. I'll let you in on a secret. I already own 2 of these terrific tools. I recently heard a few people complain that they don't quite understand the hype and that these are just ordinary brushes with great marketing people behind them. If you have long hair then this detangling doodad needs to be a permanent fixture in your house. When my hair is long it's all sorts of knotty and frustrating after a shower. But don't get me wrong because even with my new shorter hair I'm still using and loving my Teezers on wet and dry hair. They reduce hair breakage, splitting and damage and when I brush with my Tangle Teezer there's a noticeable difference in my hair shininess.
So besides the indispensable (and pretty to look at) Tangle Teezer there are a few samples from Moroccanoil inside RB Secret Box #9. Ssssh, I've been having a bit of a love affair with Mr. M for a while now. I have an ongoing relationship with the treatment oil and his hydrating mask always makes me happy. In Box #9 we received two Moroccanoil oil samples. One for normal hair and one for fine hair. These treatment oils are amazing, wonderful, fantastic, glorious, essential, life-changing and basically a million other adjectives. (See my previous Moroccanoil posts here and here). The repair mask has a thick, lavish consistency that spreads easily and leaves your hair ridiculously soft and silky. My hair is more manageable and certainly a whole lot less frizzy. Pssst! Guess what. I see this one making a 5 Favourirtes Friday post.
Inside RB Secret Box #9 you'll find the following goodies:

The service I received was fast, reliable and all very exciting. In case you haven't already figured it out, the Secret Box is a surprise beauty box filled with beauty/hair products. A secret selection of goodies that you can purchase when it goes live every few months. They load the box onto their website and entice you with a few hints about the contents. You can then Yay or Nay it. Each box has a different price but delivery is always R50 unless your order is over R500 in which case delivery is FREE.

The very thrilling #RBSecretBox #9 is valued at over R500 but you can get it on the Retail Box website for R149. This is a pretty awesome deal considering that the Tangle Teezer alone is R230.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New In! Clinique Aromatics in White
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9 Comments

As a woman I think it's very important for us to to give off a feminine, delightful scent when we waft through life. After all, unlike boys, we're made of Sugar and spice and everything nice. The new, elegantly white fragrance from Clinique encompasses all the little things that make us women - Ribbons and laces and sweet pretty faces. This sophisticated scent is described as a confident interplay of serene woods, transparent petals and warm amber notes. Also, how beautiful is the white bottle?
When I think of white my mind conquers up images of silk sheets, fresh roses, blankets of snow, a glass of milk, fluffy clouds and a string of pearls. I think everyone sees different things in their mind's eye, but I'm almost certain that the colour white makes us all feel calm, clean, innocent and serene. I recently attended the launch of this perfume where I was introduced to this lovely scent. I'm normally a miss fussy pants when it comes to selecting a fragrance. If you spot that girl in the store that has sprayed 50 bottles of different perfumes and is enveloped in a sweet-smelling 'mist' then look again because that girl is probably me. In which case please come say hi! With my fussiness aside I'm actually very taken by this fragrance that seems to linger for ages on my skin.

The top notes and what your nose might pick up first is Violet Leaf, Cistus and Sichuan Pepper. A perfume is a very subjective and personal thing so I don't really consider it a prime beauty item to review. However it's always nice to hear (or read) what another person says about a fragrance you're considering buying. I love this light scent. It's not too sweet (I hate super sweet perfumes) and it's slightly spicy. If you're not catching a whiff of the first three notes then you might pick up on the Rose Water Essential, Orange Blossom or Patchouli Heart. These notes as well as Amber, Musk and Benzoin all amalgamate into a very soft and alluring scent and if you're on the lookout for a seductive new fragrance for Valentine's Day then this one might just be 'The One'.

Aromatics in White will be available at all Clinique counters and sold in three sizes - 100ml (R1055), 50ml (R800) and 30ml (R610). You can also leave Clinique's website open on your boyfriend/husbands computer to help them get the not-so-subtle hint. Sometimes men need to be hit in the face with gift buying ideas. Don't you agree?

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