Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Favourites Friday ♥
Friday, July 25, 2014 4 Comments

1. Like I mentioned in my "Dotty for Dots" shopping guide post I've been searching for a sheer polka dot shirt for ages now. I found some beautiful ones for almost R1,000, but as we all know I'm on a budget and that's out of my price range. I finally stumbled across this gorgeous wrap one on the Mr Price website a few weeks ago and click, it was in my cart. It took 3 days to arrive at my requested Mr Price branch and I only paid R15 extra. What a dream! (Don't think it's available anymore. It was about R80)
Dotty for Dots
2. I'm not going to lie to you guys and say that these Nespresso 'dupes' are better or even as good as the real thing. They don't even come close. However, they are half the price of Nespresso coffee pods and I would rather have two cups of coffee than one. Although, I would probably rather have one great cup of coffee than 2 subpar coffees. But with that being said I don't want to go back to instant so I've been drinking these Caffeluxe pods. They are the best 'dupes' I've tried so far and unless you guys know of a better one, I will keep drinking these and saving my Nespresso pods for special days. (About R39 at Pick n Pay)
3. I never used to use facial wipes all that often, but in the last year or so I've been loving them. This week I decided to try some that I've never tried before. I always spot these Dirty Works wipes at Clicks and the packaging always catches my eye, but for some reason I've never tried them. These have a lovely scent, they're not super moist, but they do the job. They feel soft and gentle on my skin and as a pre-cleanse they work perfectly. What are your favourite facial wipes? (About R30 at Clicks)
4. Did you guys ever watch a show called Whitney? I used to love it and I was rather heartbroken when it was cancelled after 1/2 seasons. I love Whitney Cummings as a comedian so naturally I enjoyed that show. This new to the US sitcom/TV series, Undateable stars the same guy from Whitney and it's just as funny. Hilarious, actually. We just finished with the first season and I'm hoping that it comes back for a second. But unfortunately It seems that all the shows I like get cancelled :(
5. I've been in desperate need of a new mouse pad for a while now. I'm not even going to describe to you the state my mouse pad was in. Let's just say it was gross. When I was browsing TYPO a few days ago. Is that normal? I normally just walk around the shop and not buy anything. Weird? Anyway, I spotted this in the sale section and it was R20. Um, it has a skull on it and did I mention my old mouse pad was horrendous? Easiest sale EVER! ;)



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Save VS Splurge ♥ Skincare
Thursday, July 24, 2014 3 Comments

As most of you already know I'm a girl on a budget. My blog basically encompasses all things affordable and obtainable. I'm always on the lookout for cheaper versions of the makeup, beauty and fashion things I love. It's not always in the way of a dupe, but rather just a similar product that achieves a similar result. Today I'm going to share with you one of my fave LUSH skincare products and offer you guys a cheaper alternative.
The LUSH vanishing cream (R325) promises to help problem skin. It contains balancing lavender absolute, pore-tightening witch hazel (which helps eliminate blemishes) and grape seed oil to soften your skin. Vanishing Cream balances your skin and works wonderfully on oily skins or oily t-zones. It's actually considered to be their best selling moisturiser. I've been using it for a while now and it's super runny and light on your skin. It absorbs quickly and feels soft on your face. When I apply this at night my face feels and looks less shiny/oily in the morning and my breakouts have become less frequent.

A while ago a lovely reader sent me a hamper of goodies and this very simple little glass jar was included. This handmade Jasmin & Ylang Ylang face cream is from Soul Raw Beauty and sells for only R50. Just like LUSH, their products are free of chemicals, synthetic fragrances, animal products & unnatural colourants. This humble face cream has a thicker consistency compared to the Vanishing Cream, but it still sinks in as beautifully and leaves your skin just as soft. It has the same skin balancing abilities and will restore your facial skin if it's feeling a bit dry or oily. The scent in my opinion is also very similar to the one from LUSH. The ingredient list is somewhat different, but after applying both of these at night (at separate times, of course) my face feels almost exactly the same immediately afterwards as well as in the morning. As far as 'dupes' go this isn't an exact match, but it definitely offers similar skin balancing effects for one sixth of the price.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

{SHOPPING GUIDE} Dotty for Dots
Monday, July 21, 2014 7 Comments

Lately I've been slightly obsessed with polka dots. I spent most of Winter searching for a sheer white shirt with black polka dots and after scouring online shopping sites I eventually found one at Mr Price. Anyway, my addiction has grown and I compiled a list of some of the cutest spotty items I could find. Are you also dotty for dots or rather, what's your current favourite pattern? :)
1. Polka Dot Slops (R29.99 from Mr Price)
2. Essence Gel Polka Dot Top Coat (R56 from Spree)
3. Red Polka Dot Skater Skirt (R69.99 from Mr Price)
4. Two-Toned Polka Dot Snood (R100 from Jay Jays)
5.  Mickey Mouse Sweat Top (R79.99 from Mr Price)
6. Top Shop Nail Polish (R89)
7. Witchery Foiled Spot Sweater (R649 from Woolworths)
8. Denim Shirt (R169.99 from LEGIT)
9. Bow Beaks (R19.99 from Mr Price)
10. Melissa Ultragirl + Minnie Pumps (R729 from Melissa)



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Saturday, July 19, 2014

{VIDEO} 50 Random Facts About Me + Giveaway
Saturday, July 19, 2014 25 Comments

So, as I mentioned in my last 5 favourites post I started a YouTube channel. Yippeee! I recently filmed my 2nd video and uploaded it this morning. I thought it would be nice for you guys to get to know me a bit better. I'm still learning about lighting and camera settings so my videos aren't perfect, but I hope you guys can still watch and hopefully enjoy my videos. So tell me, do you share any of my random facts? I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
As a small way of saying thank you for all the support I'm having a little giveaway to celebrate my new channel. Watch till the end for a sneak peek of the goodies inside the hamper. A few of the brands in the giveaway are Essence, Tip Top, Revlon, Batiste, Pond's, Vaseline, Rain, Schwarzkopf, Typo and a bit of LUSH. I will be adding a few more things though as the month goes on, so keep an eye on Twitter for teasers ;)



To ENTER just follow these easy steps.

1 ♥ Follow my YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/misschicara
2 ♥ Leave a comment on this post or on the video telling me what video YOU want to see next
3 ♥ Tweet/Facebook a post about my video + giveaway.

You have until the end of July to enter. A winner will be selected at random. This giveaway is only open to South African residents. Good luck ladies.




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Thursday, July 17, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} Sugar & Spike Boho Hand Chain
Thursday, July 17, 2014 30 Comments

I love jewellery and I also happen to have a thing for the gems that Sugar & Spike have on offer. I mentioned my adorable "You & I" ring in a previous post and I've currently been eyeing a few of their other rings as well as necklaces on their online website. Go check it out, guys. Such a beautiful range of products! If you're looking for unique, one-off accessories then look no further than Sugar & Spike.

A jewellery trend that I haven't delved into myself yet but rather just ogled from afar is the hand chain trend. They are beautiful, delicate and add a Boho twist to your look. It's sort of like a bracelet and ring in one. How cool is that?

How do you guys feel about winning one of these stunning hand chain treasures (worth R120) from Sugar & Spike? I know I would love to! This beauty has a trio of turquoise stones and really gives your outfit that Boho-chic vibe. The perfect accessory for a free spirit.
To ENTER just follow these easy steps.

1 ♥ Like the Sugar & Spike Facebook page.
2 ♥ Like the Lipgloss Kisses Facebook page.
3 ♥ If you're on Twitter then tweet the following sentence - "I'm going to be a boho babe when I win a hand chain from @sugar_spike & @lipglosskiss"
AND/ OR
3 ♥ If you're on Facebook share this post to your wall and tag both Lipgloss Kisses and Sugar & Spike
4 ♥ Leave a comment below telling me that you have completed all the steps.

You have until Friday, 25th July 2014 to enter. A winner will be selected at random. This giveaway is only open to South African residents. Good luck ladies.



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Monday, July 14, 2014

My 5 Favourite MAC Products
Monday, July 14, 2014 3 Comments

Hi, my lipglossed Beauties! I hope all of  you had a beautiful weekend. I attended a very chilly wedding on Saturday and had to deal with a bit of a wardrobe malfunction when my stockings ripped at the back and I was left sporting two very large holes. Yikes! I was somewhat prepared though as I had packed black nail polish into my clutch. I got a friend to paint my skin black so the holes didn't look as noticeable, but it was still rather awkward and I didn't end up having as good of a time as I would have liked to because I'm always such a worry wort! Hope YOUR weekend was better. :)

Anyway, the reason I decided to write this post was because I noticed that whenever I attend a wedding I always tend to use the same products, with a couple few of them being MAC products. I have a lot of love for MAC in general, but it's not always a brand I can afford to splurge on. However, I've tried several products and I know what I like and what I will always repurchase. I don't have photos of everything, but I will run through all my faves and give a little info on them. Also, these will be named in no particular order. There's no fighting for the top spot. ;)
1. MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow. This red-plum shadow is my go-to colour for Autumn/Winter. It has a frost finish so it contains a bit of shimmer. The pigmentation is high and blendability is superior. I love wearing it in the outer corner blended in with matte brown shades to create the perfect warm look for the cooler months. This was one of the first MAC eyeshadows I used and it definitely opened my eyes to the amazing quality of their eyesahdows. Which shade is your favourite? (Sold for R180)

2. MAC 217 Blending Brush. This is a pretty common choice for most people. It's considered to be one of the best blending brushes and it's for a perfectly good reason. I don't own a full size one *sob*, but I do have one from a brush set and the dome shape makes blending just so much easier.  It's ultra soft, a bit fluffy and dense enough to do the job. I think once this brush is added to your beauty arsenal it's difficult to imagine life without it. (Sold for R280)

3. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. I know I said there wasn't a MAC product that had top spot, and I still stand by that. But, let's say there was. If that was the case then this powder would be wearing the crown. I can't imagine my makeup-wearing life without this beauty. This is a HG product for sure.  This luxurious, domed setting powder does just that - sets your makeup. It leaves your skin looking matte, but still dimensional. I wear medium for my NW20 skintone and it's perfection. I love the smooth, flawless feel it gives my skin and I love that it lasts all day on me. Also, it contains minerals so it's actually doing your skin good. (Sold for R350)

4. MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. This gel-based foundation applies like a dream and is perfect for drier skins as it blends over dry patches with ease and leaves you with a luminous effect. I love that this foundation offers medium coverage and I tend to use little to no concealer when I wear it. This is a thicker foundation so it might not be for everyone, but the innovative gel-based formula definitely gives your skin a phenomenal feel. What's your favourite foundation from MAC? (Sold for R350)

5. MAC Mineralize Moisture Founation. This foundation offers a satin/glowy finish for normal to dry skin. I use this foundation in Winter and I love that it transforms my dry, dull winter skin into something quite flawless. This is a very fluid foundation and offers light to medium coverage. I enjoy pairing it with my MSF when I want to tone down the dewy look. This foundation sits well on my skin but wears better when it has a primer underneath and a powder on top. It diffuses my skin and gives me a very soft focus look. Winning! (Sold for R370)



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Friday, July 11, 2014

{July} Like, Love & Longing for..
Friday, July 11, 2014 10 Comments

Hi beauties! I know I haven't posted one of these in a while so I thought it was time to share a few of the things I've been eyeing lately. It's so super cold here in Gauteng so I've actually had my eye on warm hats and cute snoods. Have you spotted any cute snoods anywhere? I didn't add one thing to my list though, which is a Winter staple for me actually. Reading. I've been through several books these past two months and something that's definitely on my wishlist is an Amazon gift card for my kindle. Also, I would love to hear what's on YOUR current wishlist as I'm always on the lookout for new things try. ;)
1. Lip Print Beanie (R59.99 from Mr Price)
2. NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink or Natural (R100 at Clicks)
3. LUSH Dorothy Bubble Bar (R42 online at LUSH)
4. Bunny Ring ( R70 from Rings & Things)
5. Essie Shearling Darling Nail Polish (R115/R120 at Sorbet Salons)
6. Garnier BB Cream for  Eyes (R69.95 at Clicks)
7. Yves Rocher Long-Lasting Felt-Tip Eyeliner (R115 at Woolworths)
8. Heart Printed Skater Skirt (R260 from Truworths)
9. Heart Print Hot Chocolate Mug Set ( R99.99 from Mr Price Home)
10. Clean Cotton Yankee Candle Car Freshener (R95 at Yankee Candle Stores)



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