1. I received a sample of this little Clarins mascara a while ago in a goodie bag and I only recently had a chance to try it out. I’ve used hundreds of different mascaras (nope, that’s not an exaggeration) and most of them offer the same thing for me. They somewhat lengthen my lashes while giving them a bit more volume. I have my faves, with the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara being at the top of that list. But I have a feeling that this little wonder mascara (‘scuse the pun) might be knocking it right off that prime position. This mascara has a thicker formula that makes my lashes look very long, thick and black. This mascara stays put and can actually be a bit of a pain to remove. But in my opinion it’s well worth it when your lashes look this good. This is also the type of mascara that can look a bit spider-esque if you apply too many coats. But with just the right amount your lashes look WOW! This will definitely be on my next wishlist. (R265 from Clarins)
2. When LUSH sent me a HUGE parcel a few weeks ago you can only imagine how over the moon I was. I mean I almost jumped to the moon from excitement. I have raved about many LUSH products on the blog and to be completely honest with you that ain’t stopping anytime soon. And now I have a new product to rave about. Ultrabalm. Who doesn’t love one tub that offers many magical uses? This multi-purpose balm can be used for many different things. I’ve been using it as a lip calm, eye cream, foot balm, cuticle oil, eyebrow wax, cheek highlighter and a hair serum to tame frizzy flyaways. The best part is that it actually works for all of these things! I love the grainy texture that feels like it offers mild exfoliation as well as intense hydration. This balm only contains 3 ingredients and that’s all it needs. Organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax, and rose wax will restore all your dry, chapped and chaffed bits. It’s amazing how many uses one product can have. (R145 for 45g at LUSH)
4. Not only is the shade (unintentionally) my favourite number, but it also smells like my favourite thing – Cinnamon. The colour is the most beautiful semi-sheer pink that is called ‘Camellia Morning’ and described as a dusky cerise pink. It feels smooth and moisturising on my lips and offers a creamy, subtle wash of colour. Are you guys familiar with Karen Murrell lipsticks? They contain all natural ingredients and offer real nourishment for your lips that actually improves the condition of your lips after each application. A few of the amazing active ingredients are candelilla, evening primrose oil, castor oil, sweet orange oil, cinnamon oil and beeswax. There’s a reason why their tag line/slogan is “Nothing Nasty Touches my Lips”. I was also quite enamoured by the Karen Murrell packaging. I could probably buy one of these lipsticks on the cute packaging alone. But it’s also good for the environment. The cardboard box is 100% recyclable and renewable. It’s printed with soya ink and the lipstick tubes themselves are made from polylactic acid, which is a corn resin based material that is fully biodegradable. There are some stunning shades on offer and I will definitely be adding another one of these to my wishlist. (R359 on Faithful-to-Nature)
5. If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen me post a pic of a tub of paint and if you were stalking my account then you would have also noticed the final results. My home office got a little mini-makeover. I’ve been meaning to paint the one wall a pretty mint shade, cause let’s be honest I’m slightly obsessed with the colour. I’ve been putting it off for a while, but my sister finally forced me to select a shade and she came over and helped me paint it. Okay, who am I fooling. My sister pretty much painted the wall and I acted as assistant making coffee and cleaning up any paint splatters. There is a reason my sister is a decor whizz and does all that for a living. The colour I eventually settled on was Plascon’s ‘Cool Watercress’. I’ve been struggling to capture the colour on camera but it’s the perfect mint colour. It’s similar to Essence’s Colour & Go Polish in ‘That’s What I Mint’, but maybe with a touch more green. I’m in love!