Read My Lips – July Book Club


As an avid reader, who zealously devours book after book, I feel it’s my civic duty to share my thoughts, opinions and recommendations with you, my fellow bookworms. I’ve been promising a ‘book club’ of sorts for almost 6 months and while those vows appeared empty, I’m finally delivering on that commitment. I, Chicara, book enthusiast, aspires to ‘kindle’ your passion for page-turners. Okay, but double entendres aside, I’m excited to grab a cup of tea and indulge in some book babble. This new segment (Read my Lips) will feature two (or three) books I’ve recently finished – the good, the bad and the whole bookcase. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on all of them. Keep reading….

July 25, 2016 • By

Pond’s #BeautifulHabits


This month, the month of July, I’ve partnered with Pond’s to share ‘Beautiful Habits’ as well as their ‘Expression Lines’ campaign with you. As a 32-year old, almost 33-year old woman, I’ve collected a couple of beauty habits throughout the years – some good and some bad. I think it’s only fair that I share the good with you as well as let you in on a little secret – you can love your expressions, but you can lose the lines they bring . The lines that converge on our faces are a reflection of the lives we’ve lived – the laughs we’ve shared with friends, the squabbles we’ve endured, the sleepless nights filled with worry and the smiles that touched our lips during cheerful moments. We wear these expression lines as a badge of honour. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t age gracefully and prevent those fine lines from taking up permanent residence on our skin.

July 18, 2016 • By

Kiehl’s 28 Day #ChangeYourSkin Challenge with Beauty Bulletin


What are your skin concerns? As a *ahem* 30+ woman, my list of skin worries includes fine lines, mild pigmentation, dehydration and overall issues with skin texture and dullness. I’m not going to lie to you – getting old isn’t fun when your age starts displaying all the years of ‘living’ on your face. I’m looking forward to the next 28 days, as I’ll be participating in the Kiehl’s #High5ToGreatSkin challenge. The idea is to use the Kiehl’s products to #ChangeYourSkin. Yes, it’s that simple. Join me as I take you along on my skin journey over the next couple of weeks. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, about to rip open the wrapping paper to discover I was given exactly what I asked for – a barbie dream house. The adult equivalent of this is to open up a box of luxurious Kiehl’s products.

July 15, 2016 • By

Save, Spend & Splurge – Makeup Setting Sprays


Take a moment and picture this – the clock strikes 5 and you get up from your desk, push your chair in and saunter over to the bathroom to examine your makeup after a long, tedious day at the office. Your friends are waiting at the bar downstairs, cocktails have been ordered and your phone is ringing. But as you step in front of the mirror your face fills with horror as you glance up and come face to face with makeup meltdown. There isn’t time to rescue your messed up foundation so you’re forced to join your friends with day-old makeup. Cringe! Thank goodness someone was smart enough (probably a makeup-wearing woman) to invent a product to help prolong your makeup – let’s turn the spotlight onto makeup setting/fixer sprays.

July 13, 2016 • By