Monday, 26 September 2016

Skin Republic 4 Week Challenge

Hi guys ! Happy Monday ? How has your weekend been ?

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I love Sheet Masks . I might have a slight obsession with them. I feel they are such an amazing addition to my skincare routine and I really see a difference using them. Skin Republic was having a little give-away on Instragram , and I entered . The prize was their 4 week Challenge kit - where you get a total of 8 Collagen Infusion masks - 2 for each week. Since I have used this brand before (but not this particular mask ) I was so happy when I won. 

I like that sheet masks are SUPER easy. You can your face , put on the mask and relax and afterwards pat the remaining essence into the skin . No need to wash off. Honestly - I think that's one of the main reasons I love sheet masks so much. I can watch a series on TV and get gorgeous skin at the same time.

The Collagen Infusion Face Mask will help :

  • Promote firmer , younger skin
  • Revitalise and rejuvenate
  • Unlock your inner glow

I used the masks twice a week , and really love how big of a difference you can see with them. My skin was rejuvenated - amazingly healthy and it required little effort. I do keep the sheet mask on a little bit longer than the recommended 20 minutes - and any remaining essence in the pack I do pat on afterwards and let that soak in a few minutes before applying my normal moisturiser. 

Overall , while the Collagen Infusion mask wasn't one I picked up before (I am a fan of the Spots and Blemishes one as well as the CoQ10 + Caviar ones and their under eye patches as well as their foot masks) I will most certainly repurchase these ones from now on too ) 

The Skin Republic Sheet Masks are pretty affordable - I mostly find that Dis-Chem and Clicks are cheaper and sometimes run cool specials on them . Recommend retail price is R36,99 - which makes them one of the more affordable brands you can find. 

I will be sharing my favourite sheet masks on the blog soon - and this one made the list of my favourites. So keep an eye out for that post soon too. 

Have you tried Skin Republic masks before ? Do you love sheet masks as much as I do ?

Friday, 16 September 2016

The Perfect Spring Date Night Look with Revlon Pink Happiness First Love

Hi guys ! Happy Friday . How has your week been ??

Today I'm sharing a fun little post with you - I was getting ready to go out and decided why not share some of my favourite date night combo's  .

As I mentioned about a zillion times here on the blog - I'm extremely sensitive to scents - so when I find one I like I tend to stick with it for a bit. I was send the Revlon Pink Happiness First Love in a Press Pack last year some time, and didn't give the scent a second look - since sometimes girly fragrances smells weird to me.... Boy oh boy was I wrong. So wrong that I'm already on my second bottle. 

The fragrance is description from the site : 
"First Love includes cherries, rose, peach and musk tones. All of this is highlighted with a gentle smell of apple and coconut. The composition creates a fresh, sweet scent which is perfect for this spring."
I love pairing a gorgeous pink nail polish and pink lip for a great fun Friday Night look . The colour combo works perfectly on my skin tone . To combine this look , I decide to combine a few of my Revlon favourites to create a fun post for a Springtime date. 

One of my favourite pink nail polishes I reach for is Revlon Royal Flush from their ColorStay Gel Envy Line.  . This stunning colour is long wearing and opaque in two coats. This colour looks amazing with a tan or even on paler skin ,. it gives enough va-va voom .

As I mentioned earlier in my post about these lipsticks - I love the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolours - so when I saw this colour a little while back when I was placing a Red Square order I knew I had to add it. This is Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip colour in Devotion. I love this shade on my skin tone - for me it's a basic pinky / nudey colour perfect for everyday wear . This isn't kiss-proof but it keeps your lips moisturised and the colour lasts a good few hours before a touch up is needed. And it fades gracefully while leaving a light stain on the lips. For me that's a win. 

Another great thing about these products - they are all affordable. Let's be real - we all like to dress up and look stunning - but you don't want to spend millions on a fun look. 

I like pairing these together for a feminine girly look when going out. I have another similar post on another Revlon fragrance next week too - with a bolder more dramatic look I will be sharing - So stay tuned for that too. 

How has YOUR week been ? Any fun weekend plans ?

*The Revlon Pink Happiness was send as PR - although my second bottle I bought with my own money. The nail polish and lipstick was also bought my me . *

Monday, 12 September 2016

Avon BB 7-1 Nail Colour

Hi guys ! Happy Monday - sorry for the lack of posts lately has been a little crazy at the moment , but hopefully I will have some more time to sit down and write the posts from today.

Avon has launched 4 new BB 7-1 Nail polishes - all being gorgeous soft nudes and pastel colours - perfect for those of us who can't wear super crazy nail polish colours to work. 

The benefits of these polishes are :
  • Creamy, flawless colour
  • Built-in base coat
  • Increases nail strength
  • UV filter to prevent yellowing
  • Smooth nail ridges
  • Protect nails
  • Covers imperfections
My overall thoughts on both these polishes after testing them for about a month - The first coat was a little streaky but the second coat smoothed it out perfectly. I didn't use a base coat when I wore these polishes - and I do find that it does smooth out your nails and covers minor nail imperfections - but on me it started chipping on day 4. I do feel my nails feel a little stronger when I' wearing this polish - which is a bonus.  I got two of the colours (and for a change I didn't settle on the nudes and beige's ... shocker I know.... )

I feel these will be perfect for when your nails need a boost - and are perfect for Spring as they are all pretty soft pastel coloured shades. 

So onto the two gorgeous colours - 
Avon BB 7-1 Nail Colour in Lilac Love
This one is by far my favourite. It's such a gorgeous soft lilac colour and I feel like a princess wearing this soft gorgeous shade. As I mentioned - opaque in 2 coats , and wear time was around 4 days. 

Avon BB 7-1 Nail Colour in Perfect Pink
Perfect Pink is a gorgeous soft milky peachy pink . This is a pretty flattering universal colour on mostly everyone. Again as I mentioned opaque in 2 coats , and wear time was around 4/5 days. 

The Avon 7-1 Nail Colours are currently on special for R59,85 - and definitely worth a look if you are looking for a gorgeous spring nail polish shade for work . 

How has YOUR weekend been ? Which one of these two are your favourite ??

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

{Review} Some more new Essence Nail Polishes

Hi guys ! Happy Wednesday . How is your week going ? My last two weeks has been hectic crazy busy at work - so sorry for the lack of posts. 

As I mentioned, a little while back Essence sent me a cute Press Pack with a few new polishes - I got the grey at Dischem the same day too - so decided to throw it in with the rest.

So let's go onto those awesome polishes and swatches. 

Essence Grey Zone
As you know - I have a soft spot for grey and nude polishes - so when I popped into Dischem (after getting the press pack just as I was about to leave to go ) I knew I had to get this gorgeous grey. And let's be real ? Who pops into Dischem just for the medicine they need ? I can't.

This is the most gorgeous grey polish. When Essence All About the Grey came out I knew I would love the grey. Then I saw this gem on Instagram and fell in love instantly . This polish is a gorgeous light grey colour that is opaque in two coats. If you love grey polishes - you will LOVE this one too. It looks super gorgeous against my skin tone - which is a huge bonus. 

Essence Need Your Love
This is the perfect winter / cold weather colour. This is a deep reddish brown that looks pretty dark but when the light hits it you do see the reddish brown colour . Again - I love dark colours - and this is no exception. If you like dark vampy colours this is the perfect for you. I do think the formula is super shiny on it's own without topcoat. I used two coats for the swatch below. 

Essence Pink Lagoon
As I mentioned with the previous Essence New Nail Releases Post - I did get one colour to try with the silver base that time . I didn't try it with a silver base this time round too - but this jelly colour is definitely more opaque as the last colour I got. I can see myself rocking this colour in spring and summer. This is such a gorgeous berry toned pink - that was pretty opaque (not completely - but about 90% ) in two coats. This will make a gorgeous pedicure colour too. 

Essence Party Nights
I love purples ( It's strangely enough the colour I buy most next to nudes and greys ) yet I don't wear them enough. Essence Party Nights is a gorgeous deeper purple (but not to the point that it looks black ) . The colour is gorgeous and I'm sure if you are paler like me or even a deeper skin tone - this colour will suit you. It's a pretty gorgeous universal colour . The formula is buttery and easy to use . I used 2 coats in the swatch below. 

Essence Gummy Touch Top Coat
While the bottle does say it will leave you with a "Matt Effect" I will say this will leave you more with a satin Matt finish than a Matt finish . Essence does amazing satin / Matt polishes so I did go into this with extremely high hopes. The formula of this polish did dry a little streaky on me - which is a little bit of a downer for me. I'm not sure if the polish didn't like the colour I picked to try it on - but it also took quite a while to completely dry down and start looking Matt- but the end result is still pretty good .

How has YOUR week been ? Have you tried any new colour polishes I should look into ? 

All polishes apart from the Essence Grey Zone was sent for review. All opinions on the polishes are my own. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

All About Colour Correcting and my 4 Favourite Products

Hi guys. Happy Friday . I am finally better - Yeah ! I was horribly sick last week so finally being able to feel human again is amazing - and scary how quickly you take it for granted.

Colour Correcting is all the rage now , and while I don't go overboard with colour correcting myself - I know a lot of you are curious about great affordable options out there-so today I will share four I love and use mostly. (And for what I use each one ) .

So first onto some Colour Correcting Tips when looking into what colour you need : 
Lilac Concealers 
Is mostly used to cover any yellowness and brighten up the skin
Green Concealers :
Helps correct redness 
Yellow Concealers :
Covers blue and purple tones
Pink / Salmon / Peach Concealers : 
Brighten and conceal the under eye areas
Neutral :
Covers Minor Imperfections

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Dirty Works Bye Bye Dark Circles
I love how creamy this formula is (although some might see it as a downside ) . I love this when my skin is a little drier under my eyes - the darker salmon coloured tone to correct and hide any dark circles I might have (from late nights or not sleeping enough ) and the concealer colour over it to cover the corrector colour. I love this combo especially in winter - where I need a creamier consistency under my eyes. 

Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer
Again , let's be real - Essence prices are super affordable so this will without a doubt make it into my list. This one works the same as the Dirty Works Under Eye concealer. This formula is thicker and definitely more opaque - But it has two colour options. I use the lighter one to highlight any areas that I feel might look dull if I'm tired - and the darker colour to spot conceal. 

Avon Ideal Flawless CC Concealer Stick - Yellow
This is basically a new discovery for me. I love how easy to apply this is - no sticking your finger into any pots - so personally this is a much more hygienic option. There is 3 colour ones in the range - Lilac, Green and this Yellow. I don't use concealers to brighten my face or to cover redness that much , but I wanted to try this one out for underneath my eyes and I'm glad I did. I draw the typical triangles under my eyes and blend this out with a Beauty Blender or my SwiitchBeauty F40 Cake It Brush. It brightens my under eye area and lightens it up beautifully. Especially when I'm sick or feel like my complexion looks a little bit dull. As I mentioned, Avon does have this in a Lilac one (to brighten skin tone ) and a Green one (to cover redness )

Essence All I Need Concealer Palette
Again , you can't go wrong with Essence quality and prices. This is an amazing palette if you are just starting out and not sure what colours you will need for correcting. The green works nicely to cover redness ( I love using this on a pimple first to cover most of the redness - and then use a normal concealer on top ) - the pink colour works amazing to cover dark under eye circles - The middle colour is to dark for me to use as a concealer , but I'm pretty sure it will make a great cream contour shade - I will have to try it for that. There's a yellow lighter toned one that's perfect for underneath the eyes too, and a normal (well at least for me ) toned colour that I use as a normal concealer. This isn't too pigmented where you should be scared of ending up like a green monster - but it does cover any problem area nicely - and again - Essence is super affordable so if you aren't sure if colour correcting is for you you won't waste a ton of money .

In the end , it's what works for you as everyone's skintone is different and has different needs - these are just the ones I find work amazingly well for me .

Do you have a favourite colour correcting concealer ? I'm always open to hear about new fun ones to give a try .

Have a great weekend guys !
*I received one of the products (Essence All I need Concealer palette as PR sample )  *

Friday, 5 August 2016

My 3 Favourite Facial Oils

Hi guys ! Happy Friday. How has your week been so far ? Any exciting weekend plans ?

One of my biggest concerns in Winter time is dehydrated skin . I don't drink nearly enough water like I do in summer, so I really notice this first in my skin. And as much as I don't like to admit it - drinking a lot of coffee worsens the situation.

I recently discovered three amazing face oils that help me keep my skin amazingly soft and hydrated. Even when I'm sick ( like I currently am ). Two of these oils are a little bit richer and I keep them more for my night time skincare routine, but one is perfect for everyday use and even to apply foundation with .

So let's get on to the 3 magical oils :

Lipodil Overnight Face Treatment Oil R80 
Okay so I will admit I did buy the Woman and Health magazine in June just for this freebie. I always wanted to try it out and I thought what better way then buying a magazine ( weekend reading ) and getting the oil to try out. And I was pretty impressed. This oil can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, helping your skin to deliver much needed moisture that is stripped away by daily exposure. A little goes a long way with this oil - I find about 4 drops is sufficient as a treatment. I use this about every second night (I use Retinol one night, this oil the next ) followed by my favourite moisturiser. This helps especially in the colder months when your skin feels tight from heaters or aircon the whole day,, but I can see this will fit in nicely into my Spring/Summer skincare routine too as it will help with extra hydration especially after being out in the sun. 

Avon Miracle Glow Lightweight Facial Oil R99 *
This is my favourite daytime facial oil. This oil can be used both day and night , but since it's so lightweight and absorbs really quickly into your skin, I love using this in the morning underneath my moisturiser instead. This oil has Vitamin E and seed oil that helps skin looking moisturised and -radiant. I even love this oil on a beauty blender or make-up sponge to give extra moisture when I'm using a super matte full coverage foundation. I use about 4 drops of this oil each morning - and I don't see myself cutting this step out anytime soon.

Justine Facial Treatment with Rosehip Oil R315

This is the most hydrating facial oil I own . It's Justine Iconic Tissue oil formula with amazing ingredients like wheatgerm oil, sweet almond oil and Vitamin E . This oil is amazing to improve hydration, texture on your skin as well as redness. I sometimes suffer from redness - especially when it's nice okay weather the one day and extremely cold the next - my cheeks and forehead will start getting red ( not like noticeable Rudolph the red nose reindeer red, but enough to notice it through foundation ) and this oil works amazing to help with that issue. I will use this oil for a night or two and voila - problem gone. Since this is an oilier richer facial oil - I don't use a moisturiser after the oil. I will use a pump or two on my face and will wake-up with amazingly hydrated skin. I love using this oil after a very deep cleaning mask too - to help give back some hydration that I lost with the cleaning mask. 

Currently in the month of August the Avon and Justine one is on special - making it the perfect time to try out one of these if you are interested. 

I find facial oils the perfect boost for any skin type even oily skins. You'll be amazed how much oils can help your skin , adding a extra boost to keeping your skin healthy looking and radiant.

Do you have a favourite facial oil I need to look into ? I'm always open to new suggestions. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Birthday Suit

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . How was your weekend ? 

A little while back I picked up tons of new nail polishes to try and review on the blog - and since my mom is searching for the best wear time nail polish - I was excited to pick this baby up to give a try . Clicks had a special on the combo pack - R189 for the colour polish and top coat - and since they usually retail for around R120 each , I decided to give this kit a try . They don't have such a huge range of colours in the combo kits - mine had a hot pink , a red and this gorgeous nude colour - and of course being me I had to try the nude out. And nude colours are perfect for me for work / going out as I feel it's neutral and you can never go wrong with a good neutral.

It's recommended you wear the polish without a base coat - I always wear a base coat but decided I wanted to try it out as is for the wear test . On clean dry nails you apply two coats of the colour (The colour wasn't quite opaque with just two coats - so I used a third) and then apply the top coat. Word of advice - Give the polish a few minutes before applying the top coat as the top coat is quite thick - and you have to apply a little pressure to get a thin even coat - I didn't do this the first time and slapped it on like I normally do Seche Vite - and it resulted in some bubbles and little cracks  in my polish. 

The polish really wears exceptionally well. I wore this gorgeous colour for about a good 6 days before I got any chipping. I was pretty impressed with how the formula held up . I am pretty rough on my nails and wash my hands a billion times a day - so for me that's pretty impressive.

The only downside for me personally except the top coat was removal. This really takes a little bit of work to remove. A good acetone based remover is recommended and a good 15minutes free. For me that's a little bit of a meh - but not enough to stop wearing this polish . 

The colour Birthday Suit is everything I love in a nude polish . The colour is so me and I really love these types of nudes.

So onto the swatches :

Have you tried any of the polishes in the range ? Was your weekend a fun one ?