Monday, November 24, 2014

{REVIEW} Rubybox Summer Nailed It! Nail Lacquers
Monday, November 24, 2014 2 Comments

This month Rubybox launched an exiting new summer nail polish collection. A fun array of colours ranging from the prettiest pastel mint to the brightest fuchsia. I was sent the "Sunset Horizon" trio and challenged to create a summer inspired nail art design. Now, if you guys follow my blog or follow me on Instagram then you're well aware of the simple fact that I don't do nail art. This is mainly due to my complete lack of skill. But I'm not one to turn down a beauty challenge so I put on my thinking cap (aka googled nail art) and started to plan my design. 
The Rubybox Sunset Horizon Trio contains the following shades - Sweet as Candy, Just Peachy and Monday Blues. How adorable are those names? I've made it pretty clear before that I'm a sucker for cute nail polish names. I'm not sure why but sometimes I'll like a specific colour even more when it has a charming name. These Rubybox nail trios sell for R149.95 or you can buy each summer-inspired shade separately for R74.95. If your brain switches off when you see numbers (like mine does) then I should probably point out that if you buy the trio you get three colours for the price of two!
I've been slightly obsessed with orange nails this season so the first bottle that caught my eye was "Just Peachy". The colour is definitely a lot softer in real life though. The perfect peachy coral that was the first shade to touch my fingernails. I knew that regardless of what nail art design I attempted I had to use this summery shade. I paired it with the creamy dove egg blue to create a fun, eye-catching design. I seriously love the combination of colours and I must say I'm quite impressed with my flirtation with nail art. Nailed it!

So, when it comes to the actual polish quality what are my thoughts? The formula is creamy and smooth and glides on very evenly. It takes about 2-3 coats to achieve an opaque look and the overall finish is extremely glossy. I can't comment yet on the longevity of these polishes, but I will be test driving them this week so keep an eye on my social media accounts for an update. But one thing I did notice is that the brush is a nice size and it aids in a flawless application. I'm also happy to report that these dry pretty fast. I'm super impatient when it comes to drying time so that's probably the biggest thing for me.

Go take a peek at all the other shades over on the Rubybox website. I'm definitely adding "In The Buff" and "Pretty Minted" to my shopping cart. Which colour from the Summer collection is your favourite?



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

{I've Tried That} ♥ The Makeup Bullet
Thursday, November 20, 2014 1 Comment

If you guys watch my YouTube videos then you've probably already spotted this handy little makeup tool when I mentioned it on my 5 Favourites Friday list. In case you're wondering you can purchase this nifty beauty bullet off the 27Pinkx website for R300. This makeup sponge has been described as "The most practical makeup applicator and blender sponge ever created!". It was created by Emmy Award winning makeup artist Eva Jane Bunkley and is intended for almost all types of makeup application.

The Makeup Bullet fits snugly onto your pointer finger. This little sponge turns your finger into the perfect blending tool. It's certainly a lot more hygienic for makeup artists who prefer to blend using their fingers. This cosmetic tool is ideal for smoothing, softening, blending and smudging makeup. I've been using it for a while now and I use it mainly for under-eye concealer. I can achieve a smoother, streak-free finish that looks a lot more airbrushed then when I use my fingers. Winning!
Just like the beauty blender, the Makeup Bullet can be used wet or dry. When it's damp it expands and gives a softer, more sheer appearance to your makeup, but with that being said I'm on "Team Dry". A few more positive points are that this sponge is reusable and easy to wash. But keep in mind that it's a gentle little thing that needs a bit of TLC during bath time. I love that the bullet is black as I find that staining isn't as big of an issue as it usually is. This cosmetic sponge is also hypo-allergenic as well as latex-free, which makes it absolutely perfect for all types of skin.

The pointed shape makes application easier in all those hard to reach corners and feels soft against your skin. My concealer now looks less cakey and definitely blends more seamlessly into my skin, and therefore does a better job of hiding my pesky under-eye circles. A big bonus is that it's small enough to just pop into your makeup bag. I've been on a serious beauty sponge kick and this beauty bullet has become a firm favourite in my makeup routine. I don't apply my concealer without putting on my makeup bullet first.



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

{REVIEW} Vita Liberata Spray Tan = Ghost to Goddess
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0 Comments

After years and years of being ghostly pale, 31 years to be exact, I've finally embraced my natural colouring and now I never tan or spend hours in the sun trying to achieve that coveted bronzed glow. But, with that being said I still can't say no to a natural, healthy, non-toxic tan that enables me to wear skirts and dresses without the fear of blinding people. I recently got to try just that when Vita Liberata offered me a spray tan using their professional tinted spray formula in Brazil, which is referred to as "Lusciously Dark".  This specific shade contains 12% DHA. In case you're not sure of what that it is, it's Dihydroxyacetone. This is the ingredient in fake tanners that causes the chemical reaction on your skin which darkens it. It's usually derived from sugar cane.
Vita Liberata is a luxury tanning brand that has been mentioned worldwide in the media. Several magazines such as Glamour, Elle, Vogue and Cosmopolitian have featured them on their trendy pages. Also, Vita Liberata have garnered quite a celebrity following with includes Kim Kardashian, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Brook and Sofia Vergara. I've never been for a spray tan before so this was my first ever experience and I must say that this award-winning brand has set the bar very high. The day before my tanning session (about R4oo at salons) I completed all the care and prep steps which includes shaving and exfoliating. These steps are extremely important if you want to avoid streaks and patchiness. The whole process was quick and easy, albeit a bit awkward and cold when you feel the blast of cool air from the tanning machine.

The tanning solution dried almost instantly. There was no scent while she was spraying, which is something that surprised me because when it comes to any form of fake tanner I immediately associate it with a very strong 'biscuit' scent. My skin felt beautifully soft after application and that's probably due to their unique moisture-lock system that hydrates your skin for 72 hours by drawing water to the skins surface and locking it there. Aside from this innovative system, I was also amazed at the impressive list of extracts and ingredients that this truly organic range of products contain - Aloe Vera, Licorice, Ginkgo Biloba, Lychee, Melon, Bladderwrack and Hydrolysed Silk to name a few.
There really is something to be said about bronzed, sun-kissed skin. It looks healthier, you feel better and it even gives the appearance of a toned body. I've tried countless fake tan products and had many good and bad experiences. The main things I love about the Vita Liberata tan are that it's odourless, completely non-toxic and a natural shade. The first 8 to 12 hours after the tan is applied you need to avoid water. The colour needs to deepen and develop on your skin. During this time my skin became so brown I could hardly recognise myself. But after the initial bronzer washed off I was left with a very natural colour that looked like I'd spent a few weeks on an exotic island sipping cocktails in the sun. Okay, no idea where the island part came from, but a girl can dream.

As I'm writing this post it's 6 days after I washed the bronzer off and I still have a gorgeous bronzed colour on my skin. It has started to fade, but it has done so very evenly which is a delight. If you've ever experienced fake tan fading then you know how horrible it can look. I completely forgot to take before photos. Bad beauty blogger! I blame this on the pure excitement that I felt before the spray tan. However, if you look at pretty much any photo of me you will see how I looked before. (like here, here and here) and if you want to see my bronzed upper body and face you can go watch my last video on youtube.
Vita Liberata also offer a very popular retail range which I've only heard rave reviews about. Their products aren't exactly budget, but if you're looking for something that works then this brand might be it. You can visit their online store, follow them on Facebook or contact them on (+27) 21 4658569.

Go take a peek at their stockists and find out about booking your own spray tan



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Friday, November 14, 2014

{VIDEO} 5 Favourites Friday ♥
Friday, November 14, 2014 1 Comment

I finally filmed another video and it's another 5 Favourites Friday video. I'm hoping that in December I'll have a bit more time to film a few more videos so please let me know what videos you guys would like to see. Anyway, back to my current video. This week I experienced a spray tan for the first time ever and I love the results. If you want to see what I look like with a bit of a tan then be sure to click play. Also, if you enjoy the video then please comment, share, subscribe and give it a thumbs up. Happy watching.
The items that I mentioned are as follows:
1. Vita Liberata Spray Tan
2. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ Nail Polishes
3. GOSH Boombastic XXL Volume Mascara
4. Oh Lief Olive Hand & Face Wax
5. L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Pure Red in Laetitia

What I'm wearing in the video:
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What I'm wearing in the video:
♥ Revlon Colorstay Whipped Crème Makeup in 'Sand Beige'.
♥ Benefit Hervana Blush
♥ The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer in '03 Medium Matte'
♥ theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer
♥ Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer
♥ GOSH Boombastic XXL Volume Mascara
♥ MAC Black Kohl Liner
♥ Essence Extra Long Lasting Eyeliner Pen in Black
♥ Revlon Brow Fantasy in 'Brunette'
♥ Yardley Loose Powder in Translucent Buff
♥ Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in 'Berry Allure'.
♥ Revlon PhotoReady Eye Shadow Palette in '520 Watercolors'
♥ Bobbi Brown Rich Color Eye Shadow in 'Royale 8'
♥ Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy™ in 'Cardshark'





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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} ghd V Gold Classic styler
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 94 Comments

If there's something that all ladies want (besides eating cake and not getting fat) it's a ghd. I mean who doesn't want good hair days? This famous styling tool says it all in three little letters. Nobody 'straightens' their hair anymore. We now 'ghd' it. I was super excited when EverythingHair.co.za contacted me and offered me a ghd. I was given the option of keeping it for myself or giving it to one of my lovely readers. I'm going to honest. The greedy side in me almost won out. Just picture Gollum and "my precious". Need I say more? However, here we are and clearly you guys won that battle. I'm sooo jealous!
So, in case you guys don't know about EverythingHair.co.za then you can take a peek at this post over here. To summarize they're an online site that stocks everything and anything hair. Tools, shampoos, treatments, extensions and ghd's of course. I'm not going to go into too much detail about the prize, because I'm almost certain you all already know all about these coveted hair straighteners. EverythingHair.co.za sent me the ghd gold series classic gold styler to give away and it's beautiful. You can take a look at my photos in case you need a bit of reminding. Don't worry, no ghd's were harmed in the photo shoot. Your prize is sitting in it's box all wrapped and ready to go.
Whether you want to tame a frizzy mane, create glamorous runway curls or just give your limp locks a volume boost, the ghd V gold classic styler transforms hair in seconds. This is what EverythingHair has to say about this luxury 'little black dress' styler. How gorgeous are the gold plates? Sleek, stylish and classical.

♥ Professional Finish
♥ Smoother plates
♥ Cooler, lighter body
♥ Ceramic heaters and contoured plates
♥ Sleep mode
♥ 2 years manufacturers guarantee
♥ Protective plate guard included.

One of the things that I covet the most in the GHD styler is the sleep mode. An automatic sleep mode is activated if the styler isn't used for 30 minutes. How many second-guessing trips back home would this have saved me? It's even better than that doormat that says "Turn off Your Hair Straightener". I've almost burnt the house down several times. Shhhh.
Okay, so if you skipped past everything else and came straight here then let me tell you how to WIN this stunning gold styler worth R2,199. (only R1,799 on everythinghair.co.za)

*** HOW TO ENTER ***
Remember that you must enter through the Rafflecopter widget in order to qualify.

♥ Leave a comment below telling me your best hair tip. (+ 5 entries).

♥ Tweet about the giveaway (+5 entries) - "I want to WIN a sleek ghd gold styler with @lipglosskiss and @everything_hair. Please pick me!" (This can be done every day for extra entries)

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This giveaway is only open to South African residents. A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, 26th November. I will announce the winner on all my social media accounts.

Good luck, ladies!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

What's new from GOSH Cosmetics?
Monday, November 10, 2014 1 Comment

I was recently sent a GOSH package packed with some of their new launches. Another reason for this was to let me in on the promotion GOSH is currently running at Edgars stores (until 16th November). If you spend R399 or more on any GOSH products, which isn't a difficult task, then you will receive a FREE gift containing all 3 products mentioned in this post, a cute black backpack and a sachet of "Good Morning Cream". I'm going to give a quick run through of each product I used and my thoughts on them. I'm wondering if you guys like "grouped" reviews as well as shorter reviews like this one?
Besides the very cute nail polish inspired bottle the first thing I noticed about this lipstick/lipgloss hybrid was the yummy scent that reminds me of watermelons. These offer the intense colour of lipstick with the shine of a gloss. They're enriched with Argan oil as well as vitamin E. So these lacquers actually offer your lips a bit of nourishment as well as pretty colour. There are 8 shades on offer and I was given " Hot Lips" to try out. This orange-red is very wearable and gives a surprisingly semi-opaque finish. If you like a lick of luscious colour that looks like you've been nibbling on strawberries all day then this is exactly what you're looking for. Super glossy, creamy and non-sticky are the three words that immediately pop into my head. If you spot these in store don't brush them off as nail polishes. These are worth checking out. A glossy, professional 'manicure' for your lips. (R99 at Edgars & Red Square)
What girl doesn't love a bit of sparkle and shine? I'm thinking this smokey charcoal grey GOSH  eye shadow pencil is going to come in handy around the festive season when we're all about the glitter.  These pencils have a bold, highly-pigmented, metallic finish that feel soft and creamy when applied. When blended out this shade does lose a bit of it's pigmentation leaving you with a bit more glitter than colour. The water-repellent formula is also preservative and paraben-free. These velvety shadows set fairly quickly and once once dry they stay put. I'm definitely going to be picking up "Silver Rose" and "Beige". (R139 from Edgars and Red Square)
water-repellent formula is also preservative and paraben-free - See more at: http://www.goshcosmetics.com/uk/catalog/product/view/id/2513/s/forever-eye-shadow/category/20/#sthash.d5xX33L5.dpuf
This one isn't new to GOSH, but since I've never reviewed it before I thought it was only fitting that it get pooled in with the others. I love a good mascara. I've mentioned countless times that I'm a mascara-holic. I love long, full lashes and I will stop at nothing to achieve that look. I find that one coat of the GOSH Boombastic mascara already offers a lot of extra lash length. This feels light and non-crispy on my eyelashes. The short plastic teeth comb through your lashes and offer that perfect lengthened and separated look that I love. I haven't experienced any clumping or flaking and removal is a breeze. As far as mascara's go this one is for the shopping list. (R140 at Edgars and Red Square)



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Friday, November 7, 2014

{BRAND REVIEW} L.A Girl Cosmetics
Friday, November 7, 2014 5 Comments

On trips to Dis-Chem I always used to notice the L.A Girl stand. It looked bright, fun, but sadly also a bit cheap. This all changed in the last few months when I started spotting a few things that I've seen overseas bloggers and youtubers rave about. We all know how much these girls influence our beauty purchase decisions. The Pro Conceal HD concealer was also recommended to me by one of my readers so who needs a better excuse to visit Dis-Chem? While I was scanning the shelves for my shade my eyes immediately fell upon the glazed lip paints. The packaging is gorgeous and very eye-catching. Thumbs up for budget cruelty-free makeup.
I've heard so many good things about the L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer. Naturally this went into my shopping basket without a moments hesitation. I own close to 10 concealers so it's pretty clear that I'm always on the lookout for the perfect concealer to camouflage my dark circles. The formula of this concealer is creamy but not too thick. The search for a great opaque, blendable, long-lasting concealer with little to no creasing is a hard task. But to find one with all these points as well as a super affordable price tag is like finding a unicorn. Nobody actually knows if it really exists. I guess I will be calling Ripley's Believe It or Not because I think I might have found that rare horned horse. These are available in a whopping 18 shades. There's definitely something for everyone.

These don't only cover dark circles. They can be used for highlighting, concealing or even contouring. The L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer doesn't sit in my fine lines and lasts on my under eye area for longer than any other concealer ever has. My only gripe is the brush applicator. It's not the most hygienic type of tip. It also seems to waste a bit of product. I've heard the actual formula is a great budget dupe for MAC's Pro Longwear concealer. These concealers sell for R45.95 at Dis-Chem.
Liquid liner and I are not friends. I can achieve a neat line but not without a whole lot of hassle. That is why I prefer gel liners and felt tip liners. They make application easier and a winged liner can actually become a feasible feat. The L.A. Girl Gel Liner looks quite dry in the little tub. But application is creamy, smooth and opaque. It lasts for most of the day and once it dries it doesn't budge. It defines your eyes beautifully and the little brush that's included isn't too bad but I still prefer my MAC 210 brush for a more precise application.You can get these gel liners in Black or Brown for R59.95 at Dis-Chem.
I will admit that the only reason I picked up this lip paint was because I was so easily swayed by the packaging. I mean it's not like I needed another lip gloss/paint. Also, the colour of the actual lip paint is like nothing I've ever owned before. Babydoll is a perfect cool-toned bubblegum/barbie pink. The colour is super intense and the formula is ultra glossy. My camera doesn't do this little lip paint any justice. R39.95 at Dis-Chem.

I really, really wanted to love this lip paint. I will give it an A+ for colour payoff but unfortunately the consistency gets a D. It settles into all my lip lines and cracks. It almost feels like it isn't adhering to my lips. But with that being said I still like to wear this as a bit more of a 'rubbed off stain' and as a bonus these L.A Girl lip paints are formulated with vitamin E and peppermint oil. I'm not going to give up on these lip paints though. I did a bit of research before writing this post and it seems that some of the other colours aren't as streaky. I will keep you guys updated on my final thoughts after round 2 of testing...

What products have you tried and loved from L.A Girl?




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