Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{REVIEW} New In From Bourjois
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 5 Comments

I must admit that when Bourjois were exclusively available in Edgars stores I never really bothered looking at their stand. This had nothing to do with the actual products themselves, but rather with my own preconceived ideas about the prices of the makeup brands that are stocked at Edgars. Brands like Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancome & Dior. You get the idea? But when French brand Bourjois moved over to Clicks, which is unashamedly my favourite shop to buy makeup, I immediately took notice of the pretty stands. I've used their blush pots and mascara's and now recently tried their nail polishes and lipsticks. This brand is affordable and their products are absolutely gorgeous. Bourjois recently added some new products to their range and I was lucky enough to try out two of them.
When it comes to Spring and Summertime nail colours I tend to gravitate towards corals, soft pinks, bright whites and minty greens. So basically this glossy green is right up my alley. The So Laque Glossy range is enriched with vinyl for an ultra-glossy shine, and as you can see by these photos of my (dry) nails there is definitely a high-shine finish. They almost look like gel polish to me. These pics are taken with no top coat, so the shine you're seeing is all from the polish itself. Okay, so I've proven that their first claim is true, but what about their second claim that promises 10 chip-free days. I really want to say that they lasted on my nails for that long, but they didn't. I will start off my saying that I type on my keyboard a lot so most polishes don't make it past day 2 without a chip. However, this So Laque Glossy one made it up to 4 days without a single chip. But by day 5 I had two chips on my pointer fingers. In my book this hands down ('scuse the pun) wins the award for longest-wearing nail polish.

The polish itself has a smooth consistency and the brush might be small, but the polish still glides on evenly and effortlessly. A few notable things worth mentioning are that the colour pulls more towards the green side in daylight/natural light but leans more on the minty side indoors. You need 3-4 thin coats to achieve an opaque look and if you let each thin coat dry before applying the next one then the drying time is relatively fast. You absolutely need to use a base and top coat with this polish otherwise you will experience a bit of bubbling and yellowing/staining.
All Bourjois nail polishes are formulated without nasty ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Acetone and Phthalate. The So Laque Glossy range is available in 8 shades and sell for R96 at selected Clicks stores. I'm definitely going to go get the ' Peach & Love' shade which ironically is the colour I was originally given before I swapped it for this minty shade.
As you get older you definitely notice that your tastes and opinions change. One thing I can tell you is that 6 months ago I would never in a million years have worn a shade this bold or bright or even this matte. But I've recently decided to embrace darker shades and not be so concerned with my usual nonsense, which is that someone with thin lips shouldn't wear such eye-catching colours. Yes, it's true that darker colours will make small looks look smaller. But I've come to realise that my thin lips and small mouth are only going to get smaller as I get older so I might as well rock these bright shades while I still can. I mean I'm 31 this year so I'm almost a granny! ;)  Besides the super bright colour, the second thing that caught my attention was the velvety smooth consistency - hence the name. These 'Rouge Edition Velvet' lipsticks are highly pigmented and leave you with an almost powdery matte finish.These are not your average 'apply-while-driving' type lippes. These are incredibly pigmented and slightly liquid so you need to pay attention when applying these with the lipgloss-like applicator or you might end up looking like a half-blind clown.
The colour longevity of these beauties is superb. I mean they really, really last, almost like a stain. The colour does transfer but it stays mostly in place for a surprisingly long time. I find the formula to be non-drying, however if you have very dry lips then these will sit in the cracks and possibly make your dry lips look even drier. They feel very silky and light on my lips and almost like I'm not wearing anything. My favourite way to wear this bold, but very flattering fuchsia shade (Pink Pong) is with a slick of black eyeliner and lashings of mascara. All 6 available shades (R126 each) are vivid and definitely make a statement which is exactly what I'm planning on doing this Spring.

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{GIVEAWAY} City Chic Shopping Spree
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11 Comments

I think this post will make quite a few of you very happy. Yip, it's time for another giveaaawaaay! Yippee. Okay, now that we're done celebrating let me tell you what I'm going to be giving away. This is a good one guys! I will give you a clue. It has something to do with a thing that every girl loves. Yes, you guessed it. Shopping. I'm going to be giving away a City Chic style session to one of my readers. This will include a visit (with me) to the newly opened City Chic Menlyn branch where the winner will receive style tips and advice according to their personal body type and shape, they can try on a range of new outfits chosen by City Chic’s expert store manager, and then the winner will walk away with their favourite outfit to the value of R1 500. I'm totally picturing a movie montage where the girl tries on all her different outfits in the fitting room. Sounds like fun, don't you think?
Now that we know what the prize is let me tell you a little bit about City Chic. They're an Australian plus size fashion brand that is bold, sexy, sassy & CHIC! The thing I've noticed about their clothing is that everything is very modern and stylish. I've even spotted a few things on their website that I wouldn't mind adding to my own closet. They cater for lingerie, street wear, event dressing, clubbing and even plus size evening dresses. They start from size 14 (XS) and go up to size 24 (XXL).
City Chic and I are going to be spoiling one very lucky lady and the rules to enter are simple! Also, please note that this competition will run for one week. It closes on the 26th of August 2014.

♥ 1. You need to be a size 14 or up

♥ 2. You need to be based in Gauteng, South Africa. If you're not in Pretoria then you need to be willing to drive through to Pretoria East to visit the Menlyn store with me.

♥ 3. Leave a comment (with your email address) telling me what your favourite piece is off the City Chic website.

You don't need to share this on social media for extra entries but if you're not based in Gauteng or you're not the right size to qualify for this giveaway then please just let your family and friends know about this exciting prize. The clothes in store are fun and hip so it targets teenagers as well as woman of all ages.  Good luck, ladies!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

{REVIEW} Suigo Ultimate Control Shampoo & Conditioner
Thursday, August 14, 2014 6 Comments

When I'm trying out a new shampoo and conditioner I normally look for a product that cleans my hair, gives it body, improves manageability and leaves me with glossy locks. This volume control range from Suigo ticks all those boxes.This range is suitable for brittle and weak hair and it's unique intensifying formula strengthens hair, prevents breakage and repairs hair elasticity. The shampoo smells amazing and I think that might be contributed to the fact that it contains Orchid extract. It also contains Keratin, which I've dubbed Mr. Smooth. This special ingredient is what helps eliminate frizz and leaves your tresses feeling silky soft.

Beauty-Worx introduced me to this delightful duo as well as the brand a few weeks ago when I was given these two products which were specifically selected for my hair type. I generally use a shampoo & conditioner a few times to really get a feel for the product and after using this pair for about 4 washes I feel confident enough to share my thoughts and experience with you guys. In all honesty I actually felt pretty sure of myself after the first wash, but I decided to give these two a bit more of a thorough test before writing this review. But before I jump right in I want to let you know about the Beauty-Worx online store. This convenient online beauty store stocks well known brands such as Tangle Teezer, Moya, MUD (Make-Up Designory), The Konjac Sponge, FHI Heat and Ordinary Skincare.
Seeing as this is my first time using anything from this Japanese brand I thought it was only fitting to introduce you to them. Their philosophy is all about first-class botanic nursing for your hair. Suigo's mission is to create high-performance natural haircare that is powered by nature and proven by science. Suigo use potent plants, organic ingredients, natural essential oils, and animal friendly practices, packaging and policies. That actually makes me feel a bit warm and fuzzy when I hear that. I certainly know that my friend Cassidy from The Glam Green Girl will approve ;)

Both the shampoo and conditioner contain deionized water, which is something that I find quite interesting. It's essentially purified water that has had the ions (electrical charges) removed. (Tap water is usually full of ions from the soil from the pipes). This is what leaves your hair so insanely silky and soft! The shampoo also mentions fatty acids from coconut oils and a form of collagen on the ingredient list. My hair feels nicely cleansed after every wash and the thick consistency lathers up quite nicely. The conditioner on the other hand contains a cationic active agent which works as an antistatic all while moisturising your hair. The conditioner has a thick, creamy consistency that feels incredibly moisturising and luxurious on my hair but even with it's rich, treatment-like formula it still doesn't weigh down my fine hair which is always number 1 on my checklist when it comes to a product like this. My hair is more voluminous, shiner and generally looks healthier. I'm not sure if it's my imagination but my hair even feels a bit thicker! This conditioner also offers a protective barrier that locks in all those good-for-your-hair ingredients. Another thing it locks in is the scent. I keep catching a whiff when I brush my hair or let down my ponytail/sock bun. Hmmm...

If this powerful pair caught your eye then you might be interested in a special that Beauty-Worx are running till tomorrow. (Go, Go, Go!)  The Ultimate Control Triple Deal includes the Shampoo (260ml) & Conditioner (260ml) PLUS the Ultimate Control Absolute Volume Keratin Treatment (500ml) for R549. This gives you a whopping saving of R198 PLUS they're offering free shipping on this deal.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{VIDEO} Top 10 Under R100 ♥ Drugstore Beauty Products
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7 Comments

In case you guys didn't know (why the heck not) I started a YouTube channel a few weeks ago. So exciting! I've already uploaded my third video so you better catch up. Go take a little peek and I would absolutely love it if you guys would subscribe and leave a comment/ feedback.
I want to make sure that my videos are exactly what you're interested in watching as It's a bit more involved than blogging and the whole process can be quite time consuming so I don't want to waste my time and your time if you're not enjoying the videos. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not moaning guys. I absolutely love filming and editing videos and expanding/growing my blog has been fantastic. So thank you so much to those of you that have watched, subscribed and commented. You have no idea how much I appreciate all your support. Also, remember to enter my giveaway. It's a nice big bag of goodies. The winner will be one lucky girl! :)


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Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Favourites Friday ♥
Friday, August 8, 2014 18 Comments

1. Yes, nothing has changed. I'm still obsessed with skulls! I recently attended a Christmas in July themed blogger party and we all had to buy a Secret Santa gift for another blogger. I was spoiled rotten by Ali (Seams & Silhouettes). One of my favourite items in my parcel of goodies was this bright sugar skull ring. I think it's perfect for Spring/Summer. Don't you agree? I have no clue where she bought this little gem, but if you want to know then I guess you can contact Ali directly. I've really gotten into rings lately so this was the perfect gift.
2. A week or two ago I was invited to the launch for the Rosebank Dermalogica Concept store. This place is a little haven of skincare products. The 'spa' room is probably my favourite spot. It's a sanctuary of soft lightning, fluffy blankets and serene music. The perfect place to get a facial treatment. The idea behind these concept stores is to give everybody access to Dermalogica products. They offer complimentary Face Mapping® skin analysis to help you find the right products for your skin. You can even head over to the 'product pool' where you can dive right into testing different products. They also offer very conveinient 20 minute microZone® treatments for only R280. I walked away with a few product samples that were recommended to me after my face mapping session. My favourite so far has been the Ultrasmoothing eye serum. This has really helped with the dehydration lines around my eyes. It contains collagen producing peptides and the blend of algae, golden chamomile and oat kernel extract has such a lovely scent. This is definitely one of those wish list items, well unless you have the urge to splurge. (R760 from Dermalogica)
3. Last year I tried the Rubybox smooch stick and I was very impressed by the consistency and pigmentation so when I recently had the opportunity to try out a few more of their products I was quite excited. I've been using and enjoying their volumising mascara for a while now and I love how intensely black it is. It does a nifty job of separating and giving a more lengthened look. I also haven't experienced any clumping which is always a bonus. (R139.95 on rubybox.co.za)
4. I don't normally like to showcase products that aren't available in South Africa. However, I'm such a huge fan of Bath & Body Works I just couldn't not share this with you guys in the hopes that they might eventually arrive in S.A. When my blogging friend Irina (I'll Take It All) recently visited her folks in Russia I pretty much hounded her for a B&BW candle. I sent her pics of the ones I liked and even a numbered list of which ones I wanted with a rating of 1-5. I was super spoiled when she arrived back with #1 on my list. This candle smells exactly like what it is. It's a lot more natural than Yankee candles in my opinion. I sometimes feel like YC are a bit too sweet and bit too overpowering and can really set off my sinuses. I burnt this cinnamon doughnut one from B&BW on a Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday afternoon when I got home my boyfriend kept asking me if I had baked something. It's absolutely delicious and if there's a petition to sign to get them to S.A then we need to do it! ;)
5. A few 5 Friday Favourites ago I told you guys that I was reading a book called "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. It's a good book and I hope some of you have also started reading it. Anyway, since then I've read another one of Gillian's books, Sharp Objects, which I seriously enjoyed and now I'm about half way through her third book, Dark Places. This one might be my favourite so far. A super easy and enticing read. It's had me staying up late reading for a night or two. Have you read any of her other books? I must say that I'm really liking her as a writer.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

My 5 Favourite Face Masks
Thursday, August 7, 2014 10 Comments

Freeman Chocolate & Strawberry Detoxifying Mask ♥ R63.65 (Dis-Chem)
I think I've lost track of the amount of times I've mentioned Freeman masks on the blog. I just can't get enough of them to be honest. The thing that sets these apart from other masks for me is the packaging, price and quality. These are so ridiculously affordable but are still extremely effective. I'm obsessed with the indulgent, chocolaty scent and creamy consistency. My skin always looks and feels healthier after using this detoxifying mask. My skin is softer and less oily. A chocolate treat without the calories!

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask ♥ R214.95 (www.rubybox.co.za)
This organic offering from Balm Balm is wonderfully gentle, but highly effective. It's made up of a combination of brown rice flour, ground hibiscus and rose geranium essential oil. Oh boy, this smells ah-mazing! A very natural, essential oil kind of scent. You add a bit of water to the powder and it turns into a thick, exfoliating paste that you apply to your face. It helps draw out impurities and your skin is left feeling incredibly smooth, soft and radiant.  This is very different to creamy masks that you might be used to. But it packs a punch and I like to look at it the same way as I do food. If you put fresh fruit and veggies in your body it thanks you by staying healthy. The same goes for using a mask with fabulous organic ingredients like this one contains. You can almost hear your skin singing with happiness ;)

Alive Green Envy Face Mask  ♥ R129 (www.aliveproducts.co.za)
I posted a full review on this mask a while ago. Go check it out here. It offers a long list of healing benefits. Anti-bacterial, detoxifying, and cellular rejuvenation are just a few. When my skin starts to feel a bit icky after wearing a lot of makeup then I turn to this mask for a deep cleansing, detoxifying pamper session. It really draws out toxins and leaves your skin feeling like it's brand new. Who doesn't want that?

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask ♥ R125
I haven't used many masks from LUSH, but this blueberry-packed one is a definite winner. This is ideal for those of you with sensitive skins. It's nutrient-rich and deep-cleansing. It contains a blend of calamine, rose absolute and chamomile blue oil. I like to use this when my face is looking a bit spotty or during that dreaded 'time of the month'. It soothes redness, calms any irritation and even helps reduce swelling. If you have problem skin then this is an absolute must. The best part is that this antioxidant mask smells divine, but one tricky thing about LUSH masks is that they need to be stored in the fridge and have an expiration date of about 4 weeks. I will admit they are well worth it though. Also, in case you didn't know if you take back 5 black LUSH pots you will receive a free face mask. Winning!

Freeman Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask ♥ R63.65 (Dis-Chem)
The best thing about this zingy, pineapple-scented enzyme mask is that it's super gentle on the skin. The pineapple extract and exfoliating AHA's slough off dead skin cells and leaves you with a radiant complexion with a very inexpensive price tag. This little gem actually boasts quite an impressive ingredient list. A few worth mentioning are ppapaya, lactic acids,glycolic acids, seaweed, lavender oil, peppermint oil, tea tree leaf oil, aloe vera, vitamin E and a mild version of vitamin A. This feels super refreshing on your face and when my skin is looking a bit dull and blah then I usually whip this mask out to revitalise my face.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

{REVIEW} BlendBox Grace Body Scrub
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 4 Comments

When I first 'met' this new Limited Edition body scrub from BlendBox it was love at first sniff. I was introduced to this amazing brand over a year ago, but was only acquainted with the new range a few weeks ago at our Bloggers Who Bless Christmas in July party. We were each given gifts which we could then steal from each other. I'm not going to lie, I'm completely guilty of stealing this scrub from a fellow blogger after catching a whiff of it's candy scent. *innocent face*. My favourite range from BlendBox has always been 'Soft', but after giving this new scent a test drive I think it might have a bit of competition.
I've mentioned BlendBox several times on the blog. (see here, here, and here) My favourite Soft Hand Cream even featured on my Best of 2013 post. So I think it's pretty clear that I have a fondness for the brand, wouldn't you say? In case you're not familiar with BlendBox then let me fill you in. Blendbox keep with a Holistic philosophy. They have moved away from synthetic drug compounds, and instead gone for alternative natural remedies. The lady behind the brand, Miemie spent 13 years blending essential oils with specific therapeutic properties. She studied the balance of essential oil synergies and effective combination's. This definitely shows in all her products.
The Grace body scrub is sugar based and blended with grape seed oil, apricot kernel, sweet almond oil and a bit of fragrance. The smell reminds me of a sweetie I ate as a child but I can't quite place my finger on it. It's almost like a pink fizzer, but not exactly. One thing I can tell you is that it's very sweet and yummy. I have found myself wanting to lick the tub a few times. Awkward! Sugar scrubs are my favourite and they work well as an exfoliant. It's gentle, but still effectively removes dead skin. Due to all the essential oils used in Blendbox scrubs they have a slightly oilier consistency. After scrubbing it leaves a thin film on your skin that moisturises and your body is left feeling silky smooth. I'm not joking when I say silky smooth. It's almost like velvet! The great thing about this is that if you're a bit lazy like me then you can skip the body lotion afterwards. This scrub moisturises perfectly, smells amazing, is cruelty-free and leaves your skin feeling like satin. What more could you ask for?

In case you didn't already gather how special the scent of this scrub is then let me inform you that there will only be 500 scrubs, body butter and candles made using this unique fragrance. This limited edition range will never be sold again after the stock is finished. In my opinion I would grab one of these before they fly off the shelves.

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