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Affordable Gem: L.A. Girl Strobe Lite

By Friday, March 31, 2017 0 Permalink 2

This product is undoubtedly one of the best affordable products I have discovered in a while. Highlighters in general are very hard to come by, especially affordable ones. L.A. Girl is a brand sold at Dischem as well as online. They have a wide variety of products, some are hits and some are misses, but this launch is an absolute winner.

This gem comes in twelve, that’s right, twelve different shades. These retail for R149 and for that price, the quality is outstanding. I purchased the shade 50W and it gives my cheekbones a beautiful golden sheen, but you can definitely find the shade for your complexion (there are frikken twelve!). The texture of this is, in my opinion, on par with most higher end products I’ve tried. It is smooth, not at all chunky, and very buildable. One of my biggest no-no’s for highlighters is chunks of shimmer, because a highlight should look like a natural, albeit beaming, glow, rather than glitter on your face. The packaging is where the low price comes from; it is cheap black and gold plastic with no mirror, but with a product this good, who cares about the exterior?

Head to Dischem and grab this product before it sells out because it will be scooped up in no time!

Review: L’Oréal Pure Clay Masks

By Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2 Permalink 2

I was thrilled to find out these clay masks finally hit South African shores. I purchased these masks when I was in the US only to find out that they have now been released in our neck of the woods – yay! These are available for purchase at Clicks and Dischem, as well as online. Retail price: R150.

To start, the packaging is very aesthetically pleasing and feels very good quality because of the glass jar. The price is reasonable for a clay face mask and for the amount of product that you get. There are three different versions of these, targeting various skin issues; a Purity Mask, a Glow mask, and a Detox Mask. I tried out all three and here is what I thought 🙂

The Purity Mask is turquoise in colour and has a gel-like consistency. The scent smells fresh and slightly of eucalyptus. Once dried, it feels tight on the skin and once washed off, it leaves my skin feeling firmer and very fresh. After multiple uses, my pores appeared smaller and my skin appeared more matte.

The Glow Mask is burnt orange in colour and is the only mask out of all three that has exfoliating particles in it. Because of the particles, the mask removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin feeling smooth without feeling stripped.

The Detox Mask is grey in colour and this is due to the charcoal ingredient. I personally love charcoal as an ingredient in skincare because it is incredible at extracting dirt and oil out of one’s skin. This can cause blemishes to come to the surface as a result of the extraction, so make sure to use this a good few days before any event.

All masks take 5-10 minutes to dry which is super convenient. They can also all be used three times a week. A really cool trend that I’ve seen with these masks is something called “multi-masking”, which entails using multiple masks simultaneously. For example, I might use the Purity Mask on my T-zone because of it’s mattifying properties, and the Glow Mask on my cheeks to maintain glowy and healthy-looking skin.

Overall, I find these masks to be very effective and useful considering how affordable they are. Definitely a win from L’Oréal 🙂

Review: Wild Olive African Artisans

By Friday, February 10, 2017 0 Permalink 1

Another African gem to fawn over. I was lucky enough to receive a few products from Wild Olive for Christmas (shoutout to bae 🙂 ), and once I’d used them for a decent amount of time, thought I’d share this beautiful brand with you all.

Wild Olive is an African Artisan company located in Pepper street in Cape Town. They make a range of spoil-yourself products, ranging from bath salts to parfum creations to rich body butters; and every single one of them is made entirely of natural products. They are also cruelty-free (yusss!).

The three products that I received are a candle, a bar of soap, and a hand cream. The packaging of all the products is understated and simple, with the products themselves feeling very luxurious and high in quality.

For starters, all three smell incredible. The best in the scent category is undoubtedly the orange aurantium et aromata candle. The scent really fills a living space without being sickly, and it burns slowly enough to be enjoyed for a good amount of time. The hand cream is very rich and thick, also has a great scent, and the packaging is convenient because as the product gets used up, you can roll the top down and really squeeze every bit out. The soap is the simplest of the three, but leaves my body feeling clean, moisturised and again, smelling fantastic.

Check these guys out – they make great gifts and they will even package it specially upon request (red ribbon and all!) 🙂

Vegan Banana & Chocolate Oats

By Wednesday, February 8, 2017 0 Permalink 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder
  • 1 handful berries
  • maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Combine oats, water and almond milk in a small pot and place on the stove on a high heat
  • Slice 2/3 of the banana and add to oats mixture (this will add some sweetness, depending on how ripe the banana is)
  • Stir the mixture until it starts to boil, then turn down to a simmer
  • Once the banana has mostly dissolved, add the cacao powder and stir to combine
  • Remove from the stove and serve in a bowl
  • This is where you can add the maple syrup if you need more sweetness
  • Chop up the remaining banana and add on top, along with the berries

And there you have it – a super quick, healthy, and oh-so yummy breakfast. This never takes me more than 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish. You can also add cinnamon to the pot if you like the taste. Let me know if you try this and let me know if this food/health segment is something you’d like to see more of 🙂

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