MAC Warm Neutrals Palette

By Monday, January 23, 2017 0 Permalink 1

First written post of 2017, WOO! I hope you guys are having a good start to the year so far. Or, if you’re like me, have already failed on at least half your new year’s resolutions, just know that you’re not alone and things will get better 😉

Since posting my last video (Emily Ratajkowski Golden Globes Tutorial), I’ve been getting questions on my MAC palette that was mentioned (and did not show – sorry!). So, I thought I’d do a post on the palette, which one I chose, how much was spent on it, and if I think it was worth it.

There are 15 shades in the palette, retailing for R890, which works out to a saving of R760 (with the refills costing R110, individual shadow sin their own container cost R220). The total cost is quite steep but if you’re a MAC eyeshadow fan, this is definitely worth it.

I decided to go for the “warm neutrals” palette, but they also have the “cool neutrals” palette if that’s more your thing. I prefer warm tones and found that the different combinations that I could create with warmer tones just really suited my complexion. I also love that the palette comes with a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows.

Now, for the shades: (left to right, top to bottom)

Hey / Warm Breeze / Gingersnap / Dark Brew / Dance In The Dark

Brulé / Vanilla Extract / Honey Lust / Amber Lights / Saddle

Lemon Tart / Creative Copper / Butterfudge / Divine Decadence / Unwind

Festive Nail Love

By Friday, December 16, 2016 0 Permalink 1

LOV Cosmetics recently came onto the makeup scene in South Africa as an affordable brand available at Dischem. I was recently sent this vibrant red nail lacquer and it very quickly became a festive favourite. The colour is very opaque, giving a solid enough colour with just one layer. The formula also lasted a decent amount of time (3 days with no top or base coat) on my nails without chipping. Retail price R115, in the shade Scarlet Sunset.

The other nail lacquer that has fallen (joyfully) into my festive favourites, is Wet n Wild’s Ready To Propose. This is a gold shade that makes me feel oh-so merry. Unlike the LOV Cosmetics’ red shade, I would not wear this all year ’round. I do however, think it is perfect for the Advent season and potentially Summer. Retail price: R27,95.

Both very affordable and very good quality nail lacquers. Give these a try if you fancy 🙂

Review: John Frieda Frizz Ease

By Friday, November 25, 2016 0 Permalink 3

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I recently had this John Frieda duo arrive in the mail (yay for early Christmas prezzies!), and have been testing them out to tell you guys about them. I have very thick and curly hair, so any hair product that offers a frizz-ease solution, I am all for it.

I’ve been using this product for two weeks now and here are my thoughts: I noticed a difference in the texture of my hair from the first use, my hair just felt softer and less coarse. I didn’t notice much of a difference to the frizz but the bottle promises a difference after multiple washes. Now, my frizz is noticeably reduced and I am so happy about it, especially leading up to the more humid months. Don’t get me wrong, this product won’t perform miracles, but if you’re like me and any help in the frizz department is appreciated, then give this a try!

GIVEAWAY TIME:

I am giving away this set to one of you lucky readers, so if you would like to stand a chance to win then just follow my Facebook page here, and like and share this post there. Competition closes on Sunday so go go go!

Good luck and have a lovely weekend! 🙂

Review: Clarins Double Serum

By Monday, November 7, 2016 0 Permalink 1

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Meet the latest and greatest addition to my skincare – the Clarins Double Serum (woooo!). I am constantly trying out new skincare products, and serums are one of my favourites to play around with. I recently saw this at my local Discem and it intrigued me enough to put it in my basket. Here is what I thought 🙂

This serum is a two-phase serum that is part of the Clarins Anti-Age system. I am 25 and have decided to incorporate some anti-aging products into my skincare routine as a preventative measure. This quickly became a favourite. The bottle says to use two pumps but I find that one is enough. I pump this onto the tips of my fingers, rubs my fingers together, and then pat the product all over my face and neck. The smell is so good and the consistency feels so incredibly nourishing.

Over time this product will prevent wrinkles, hydrate your skin, and leave it feeling super healthy and glowy. Just the way I like it!

Retail price: R825 (30 ml)

Summer Essential #1 – SPF

By Friday, November 4, 2016 0 Permalink 2

I can’t stress the importance of using an SPF on your face, and wearing it all. year. round. I love makeup and the fact that it emphasises natural beauty, but I promise you, if you look after your skin, you’ll have to try a lot less to cover up imperfections. It starts with your base!

These are my two absolute favourite SPF products. They are both for the face, both incredibly lightweight, and are both great for applying makeup on top.

Let’s start with Kiehl’s. I find the formula on this slightly lighter and the finish is slightly more matte throughout the day, so makeup sits better on top of this. Retail price: R615.

The Body Shop Skin Defence has the same SPF, has the same main ingredient (water), but gets slightly oily the longer it sits on your skin and has 10 ml less product than the Kiehl’s UV Guard. Retail price: R220.

I have love for both of these products, but if you’re on a budget, I would recommend going for The Body Shop’s Skin Defence. They are both light and smell like Summer – definitely a must in any person’s Summer essentials.

Be safe in the sun, guys!