Thursday, March 26, 2015

{REVIEW} Oceanic AA Age Technology Ultra Hydration B.B. Cream
Thursday, March 26, 2015 1 Comment

Have you guys visited the Glamore Cosmetics website yet? You'll find a range of products from Hean, Robanda, Omega Nails and Oceanic AA Cosmetics. Now, I've never tried any of these brands before so I was really looking forward to testing out the BB cream I was sent. I already have a fondness for  B.B creams so I obviously felt anticipation at the prospect of trying out a new one. I mean I can't be the only one that thrives on new beauty goodies to play with?
When I opened up my package and my eyes skimmed the packaging the first thing I noticed were the words 'Ultra Hydration'. My immediate thought was that this BB cream would be ideal for the colder months when your skin is crying out for extra moisture. The consistency is very lightweight and melts into your skin like butter. It's semi-fluid, blends easily and once dry it gives your skin a really nice, healthy glow. Not dewy though. It's more like a radiant 'sheen'. The shade I received was 'Light' and works really well for pale skins, but I'm doubtful it will blend into skin tones lighter than mine (MAC NW20).
This nourishing BB cream is a 9 in 1 multifunction makeup product. Among other things it contains a moisturising complex, it evens out your skin, brightens your skin, smoothes over imperfections and protects your face against harmful UV rays (SPF 15). The combination of plant complex glucose and xylitol (the sugar? Interesting) is supposed to reduce transepidermal water loss and good old trusted Vitamin E will nourish your skin. Another interesting thing about this BB cream that's worth mentioning is the innovative micro lipid system formula. This protects your skin from external factors and prevents your skin from excessive dryness or that dreaded 'tight' feeling. Your skin is ensured the optimal level of hydration. I can honestly say I don't know all that much about the science or technical info but I do know that I love the way this BB cream feels on my skin. Soft, silky and smooth. It does a decent job of covering up blemishes and stays put for most of the day.
This BB cream as well as all their other products are dermatologically and allergologically tested on people with sensitive/allergy-prone skins. No allergens or Parabens.

You can find the Oceanic AA Age Technology Ultra Hydration B.B. Cream on the Glamore Cosmetics website for R230.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Must Have Monday ❤ L'Oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara
Monday, March 23, 2015 4 Comments

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm a Mascara-holic. I dream of long, full lashes. I love thick, black lashes and when I'm not wearing my mascara I feel naked. I think this sounds like a tried-and-true addict, don't you? Today I was chatting to a fellow blogger, the lovely Carina (Look! It's Carina!) and we both agreed that mascara is actually a very subjective thing. A mascara that does wonder for my specific lashes could look like a thick, clumpy mess on yours. Regardless, I'm here to review makeup and gosh darnit that's what I'm going to do. I probably try a new mascara once every two weeks and have about 4 open at any given time.

The "flavour of the month" for me has been the  L'Oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara. This one is a slightly unusual one though as I'm certain you'll either love it or hate it. If you like funky, spiky, dramatic lashes then you'll fall into the first category of people but if you don't then you'll probably give this one skip.
The bristles are very short and spiky and the brush is quite narrow. At first glance I was a bit worried that the wand would pick up too much product and then deposit that all over my lashes resulting in a mess. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how buildable it is. The spiked bristles and wet formula easily glide through the length of your lashes. It's also great at fanning out and separating your lashes. They look spiky, but not unnaturally so. I can achieve nice length, separation and thickness with Miss Manga Punky and that's basically all that I look for in a mascara. I've experienced no flaking/fall-out and wear time has been great.
I'm very impressed with the dramatic effect it gives and I also love how narrow the brush is. All the better to navigate through your bottom lashes with. If you prefer natural looking lashes then this one isn't for you. If it helps me look like a wide-eyed manga character then why not?

You can pick up the L'Oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara at Clicks for R144.95

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

{I've Tried That} ♥ Ogx Biotin & Collagen Root Boost Spray
Thursday, March 19, 2015 3 Comments

Curl it, cut it, dye it or straighten it I think we can all agree that hair needs to be big up top. I'm always on the lookout for products that will give my fine hair that much needed root boost. This range from Ogx boasts a list of impressive ingredients that includes a blend of powerful ProVitamin B7 Biotin, strand-pumping Collagen and Wheat Protein.
I like to spray this lightweight mist onto my hair (concentrating on the roots) when my hair is damp and right before I begin styling. I'm then immediately enveloped by the most divine scent. The fragrance is sweet and hair salon-y. No such word but you get my drift. It's that smell your hair has when you step out of the hairdresser. I don't know about you, but I personally love that smell. It's what I constitute as a clean (and fabulous) hair smell. This root booster absorbs quickly into the hair, leaves no heavy, oily residue and definitely plumps up your crown. Not Dolly Parton big but a noticeable lift in the roots. That's more than enough for me.
The great thing about this hair booster (besides the amazing scent) is that it can be used on wet or dry hair, adds texture to flat hair and can be reapplied throughout the day when your hair starts to look a little less perky. The hydrolozed wheat proteins swell the hair shaft with moisture increasing the thickness of each hair stand, increasing spacing between hair strands, and giving the hair body. If you suffer from hair loss or thinning then products that contain hydrolozed wheat proteins are the perfect addition to your hair routine.

You can pick up this Biotin & Collagen Root Boost Spray at selected Foschini stores for R179.95. You might also be interested in trying out the shampoo, conditioner and amplifying lotion from the same range.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

5 Favourites Friday ♥
Friday, March 13, 2015 7 Comments

1. Seven seasons of Gilmore Girls and I finished watching all of them earlier this week. I'm not going to lie. It was a sad day when I watched the series finale. Over the past month or two of binge-watching I grew very attached to Lorelai and Rory. I felt invested in their lives and shared many a WhatsApp with friends who were also watching. I enjoyed each and every episode with my morning coffee and I'm really going to miss that. There are so many reasons to watch this show if you never have before. Their fast-talking, coffee-drinking ways reminded me of myself and the small town they live in warms your heart. It's one of those shows that you just have to watch. What shows have made you feel the same way?
2. I first spotted these earrings over on my friend Irina's blog (see this post, 3rd last pic). She looked gorgeous wearing them and I knew I wanted them. I finally manged to track them down on a Lovisa sale earlier this year. I'm not usually an orange person but I love the contrast of these against dark hair and the bit of colour it adds to an outfit. I've also come to realise that I'm not a big earrings type person either.  But I think we can all agree that Lovisa sales ares the best!
3. The MAC Prep + Prime Essential oil is all sorts of awesome. I like to mix a little into my foundation to give my makeup a fresher, healthy glow. It's rich in nourishing ingredients and gives an instant moisture boost to your skin. I can already tell this is going to be a skin-saver during the Winter months. You only need one to two drops to cover your face and it can be used in several different ways.
4. Hmmmm... coffee! coffee! coffee! (sorry, Gilmore Girls quote). If there's one thing I can't get enough of that's coffee. I used to drink 6 cups a day but finally managed to whittle it down to only 1 or 2 a day. Apparently a cup a day can actually do your body good. *coughs*. Any excuse to drink coffee, hey? I recently tried some coffee at my parents house, enjoyed it so much that I immediately went out and bought my own bag. I've been loving this Mocha Java filter blend from Woolworths. Well, that's until I was told a day ago that I'm not allowed to drink coffee anymore. But you might as well tell me not to breathe so we'll see. But if you're allowed to drink coffee (lucky you!) then give this one a go. R46.95 from Woolworths.
5.  When we think of EOS (evolution of smooth) we usually think of those small, dome lip balms that have a cult following. Don't we? I was recently sent this EOS hand cream from Senses Beauty Salon (along with this BrushEgg) and I wasn't sure what to expect. I first thought the consistency would be similar to their lip balms. Silly, I know. They're exactly like any other hand cream (duh!) except for the unusual, easy-to-pop-into-handbag packaging. The scent 'Fresh Flowers' is light and lovely and the cream itself feels nourishing and absorbs easily.  It's packed with shea butter, aloe, oats and antioxidants, has a 96% natural formula and doesn't feel sticky or greasy on your hands. Get your hands on these for R120 at Senses Beauty Salon.

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Shopping on a Budget with Gumtree
Friday, March 13, 2015 3 Comments

Are you the type of girl that loves the word 'Sale'? I'm definitely that type of girl. When it comes to shopping I follow a budget. If I'm shopping for shoes, makeup or even homeware I will always look for the best deal. I like to think of myself as thrifty, frugal or economical. If you're nodding along while reading all this then you might be interested in shopping on Gumtree. If I'm looking for something specific and I've been unable to locate it then I'll almost always pop onto the Gumtree website and browse the relevant section for the item in question. Now I know what you're thinking. Second-hand stuff? Meeting a mass murderer? Being duped into something? Wait, am I the only one that worries about stuff like that?

I've purchased several things off Gumtree and I've even placed a few adverts myself. It's all very simple and if you use a bit of common sense then there's no reason you won't have a successful experience buying and selling online with Gumtree. In fact I'm going to share with you my thoughts on shopping on a budget. Quick tip for you. If you're meeting someone to buy from them then please meet in a public place. You can never be too safe.
Don't be Lazy! We don't all have the luxury of walking into a boutique and buying whatever our heart desires. Some of us have to search through sale racks, scour the Internet for deals and browse the fashion pages of Gumtree. Yes, this takes time, but when you find that awesome deal it's worth it. Isn't it? I know that not everyone sells pieces that are appealing, but that's why you need to search, search and search a bit more to find those great deals. My friend Ali recently sold a few of her gorgeous Forever New and Aldo items on Gumtree.

Not looking for fashion pieces but need a new couch instead? If you're just starting out and building up your home then you might want to browse the furniture section on Gumtree. In actual fact regardless of what you're looking for you'll probably find it on Gumtree. A few years ago when my mom and I were searching for another dog we found Zsa Zsa off a Gumtree advert. It was the cutest photo and we were sold on her before we even headed over there.

Second-hand items can be your best friend when you're on a budget. But please remember that just because it's second-hand doesn't mean it has to be ratty, tatty or broken. There are gems out there and I know this from first-hand experience. My parents recently placed an advert on Gumtree for a coffee machine (check it out) that's almost right out the box. These gems are available and like I said before all you need to do is look! If you're looking for something specific then Gumtree is perfect for you and your wallet. The website is cataloged in sections and it's a few clicks before you've placed an advert or found the advert of your dreams.
Been eying a new phone but don't have the budget for a brand new one? Take a look at the electronics page on Gumtree and you'll be spoiled for choice. I might be heading over there myself as my phone has been giving me endless problems. Heck even if you're looking for a job you can place your advert over on the Job Seekers page.

So, if like me you're shopping on a budget then just remember these wise words from the "King of Frugality", Benjamin Franklin - "A penny saved is a penny earned".

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

theBalm Launch Competition with Retailbox
Thursday, March 12, 2015 3 Comments

In case you didn't know Retailbox recently started stocking theBalm. Wait, what, you don't know what/who theBalm is? When I think of theBalm I think of cute, retro packaging adorned with pin-up style girls and handsome men. Cheeky, girly and alluring are words I would use to describe this amazing brand. I even mentioned their cult highlighter Mary-Lou Manizer on my "My Holy Grail Face Products" list last year. As we all know I'm a sucker for eye-catching, impactful packaging. But the great thing about theBalm products is that you don't feel 'duped' by dazzling packaging. The actual products themselves are amazing.
Okay so you haven't tried theBalm cosmetics yet? It's your lucky day. RetailBox are hosting a fabulous competition over on their blog. Stand a chance to win your favourite theBalm product. I'm not trying to sway your decision here but if I can put my 2 cents in then I say it needs to be Mary-Lou Manizer. However I don't want to be biased as I just got my hands on Cindy-Lou and she looks just as stunning. But then again the Body Builder Mascara also catches my eye. And what about the Balm Cabana Boy or the Nude Dude Palette? So many choices!
Head on over to the RetailBox blog and enter this superb competition. It's quite simple. Like and share the Retail Box Facebook post and comment on their competition page with your favourite theBalm product.  Competition ends 10th April 2015. Go, Go, Go!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Must Have Monday ❤ The BrushEgg
Monday, March 9, 2015 8 Comments

It's been a while since I started a new series on the blog so I thought it was about time I did. This new feature is called "Must Have Monday" and will showcase a product I've been using and that I think deserves a spot on your must-try list. I'm going to start off this Monday series with the BrushEgg. This nifty little texturized, silicone egg helps to give your makeup brushes a more thorough wash.
I have to admit that I usually dread the task of washing my makeup brushes. Let's be honest. There isn't anything fun about it. However, when I received this adorable little mint egg from Senses Beauty Salon I felt a bit of excitement at the thought of brush bath-time. It's amazing that such a small little thing can change your entire outlook. It makes a tedious chore a lot more enjoyable. I know you're probably thinking that all you need is a bit of soap and water and your brushes are clean. Well, that's the way I did it for many years. But after using the BrushEgg I've discovered my brushes can actually be a whole lot cleaner.
The ridges and bumps really 'agitate' the bristles of your brushes and as you rub your brush against these textured parts it  loosens all the dirt and you'll see all the makeup gunk run right down the drain. I end up using less brush cleanser and I get my brushes clean a lot faster. I don't know about you, but if something is going to make brush cleaning go faster then I'm all for it. The horizontal ridges/grooves are for your bigger brushes (blush, powder, ect) and the little bumps at the top are for your smaller eye brushes. The BrushEgg doesn't damage your brushes, builds up a lather quickly and cleans your brushes better than if you just used your fingers.

You can get your hands (or finger) on the BrushEgg over at Senses Beauty Salon for R100. Also, they currently have a great special. If you buy the makeup bullet (read my review) you will get a FREE BrushEgg. Yay! You can take your pick from pink, purple or mint.

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