Tuesday, 21 February 2017

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Make-Up Look


Hi guys ! Happy Tuesday . How was your Monday ? Having a great start to the week ??

Part of the Rubybox campaign was to create a fun make-up look after using the shampoo and conditioner from the new John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range. I was really looking forward to this challenge as I can give mini reviews on some of my favourite products I like to use  .



 As you guys know from my review HERE I am really loving the range . I used to use some voluminous spray in my hair daily - but I love how much more manageable my hair seems to be and how soft and smooth it it - that I just wash , dry and go in the mornings. My highlights in my hair has gone much more brighter and has the most beautiful golden sheen now. 

I love making my green eyes pop on occasion - so the make-up look I will be sharing is the products I use for a gorgeous purple look to go along with the gorgeous golden sheen in my hair. 

 Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Normal / Dry Skin in Nude 

This needs no introduction to why I love it. This foundation just works perfectly on my skin everyday - if it's just going to work or running errand on my off day. The foundation has a medium coverage but flawless natural finish - making it the perfect choice to reach for daily.

 Benefit Ka-Brow ! And Ready, Set Brow !

This is another combo that needs no introduction.  I have sad very light ash blonde brows - So I do like to fill them in with the Ka-Brow! . On days I know it is raining / I'm going to run around like a crazy person - I do set them with the Ready, Set , Brow ! clear eyebrow gel and I know they will stay perfectly in place until I remove them in the evening. 



 Essence All About Roses Eyeshadow Palette

I mentioned my love for the All About Greys eyeshadow palette on the blog before - but two new recent ones I got from Essence lately - the Nudes and Roses also holds a special place in my collection. I love how the colour just makes my green/hazel eyes pop and look sparkly and bright.  For the look I used the top 3 colours of the first row. These shadows are all super pigmented and super buttery and blends like a dream. 


 Colorpop Cry Baby Eyeliner
Honestly - I never got any hype about using eyeliner. Then after I saw a video of Kathleen Lights recommending the Colorpop Eyeliners - I knew I had to try some. I do own this gorgeous lilac colour as well as a nude - both last forever in the waterline ( this was the main reason I got them) for a gorgeous pop of colour. This colour makes my eyes pop a little bit more and gives the illusion that I'm wide awake and ready to tackle the day - when I am in fact not. 

 Essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Coral 
This is currently my current favourite blush - it's such a gorgeous lovely colour - pigmented and blends so easily. It also lasts a long time on the skin for being such an affordable blush. My favourite brush the apply this blush is also currently an Essence blush brush I got in my Essence advent calender - this is such a winner in my books. 

 Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty & Avon Plump It Lipstick in Mad for Mauve
Two of my current favourite lip colours at the moment is the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty and Avon Plump it Lipstick in Mad for Mauve. I find Natural Beauty pulls  slightly more coral colour on me - but I do love it for an everyday lip colour. It lasts a pretty well for such an affordable lipstick - through cups of coffee until about midday before I need to re-apply. The same for the Avon colour - although this pulls a gorgeous berry colour on me which I love. If you love more neutral lip colours - both are super affordable , lasts a decent time and is super pretty . 



And now onto the completed look - 


Again some more info on the Brilliant Brunette range -

"This shampoo subtly lightens the golden tones in your hair as a brunette with highlights, as well as emphasising the brunette tones. Can be used on natural light brunettes or colour-treated hair. Massage into wet hair, lather and rinse.
For best results, follow with Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner. The conditioner illuminates all brunette highlights and lower tones. Helps with moisturising hair and is ammonia/peroxide free."


I hope you enjoy this look I put together. What's YOUR favourite date night look ? Or day-time look ?

I was sent this range to review for RubyBox  - Opinions are my own. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Born Pretty Stamping Plate - BP-L052 & Nail Protector Review



Hi guys ! Happy Thursday ? How has your week been ? 

Today I'm sharing two manis as well as two product reviews from BornPrettyStore - a gorgeous design (although these aren't too florally - I love the design of this plate ) and the Cuticle Guide Nail Protectors . 

First off - I haven't used any of the Born Pretty Store rectangular stamping plates - so I was pretty impressed with the size of this one. The images all pick up perfectly - which is great since I have Mo You plates that cost a lot more that doesn't pick up the images well. I use a squishy clear stamper for all the stamping I do. 

I did two manicures with two different designs so far (I'm still wearing the pinky one as this was my Valentine's week mani ) .


For this mani I used :
Essence White on White
Essence Grey Zone
China Glaze Haunting
China Glaze Fairy Dust







And onto nail look two - 


For this mani I used :
Avon Magic Lace Polish (Pink)
Revlon Chardshack Gel Envy
Essence Sweet as Candy 
Essence White on White 





And onto the Nail Protectors -


I found THIS to be such an amazing product to test. It's super easy to use - and it's super easy to apply and remove. These nail protectors are latex free and makes cleanup a breeze when you do stamping or gradients or even glitter ombres. 

1.You simply apply the nail protector around your cuticle area
2. Stamp / gradient or ombre your nail
3. Peel of the protector
4. No clean-up and voila ! A gorgeous mani. 




Overall I'm pretty impressed with both products - and I will most definitely get some more of the cuticle protectors. 


The Born Pretty store stocks tons of gorgeous water decals , so there will be one to suit every taste and occasion. I love how easy to use they are , and take virtually no effort at all to have gorgeous nail art. 

If you visit the Born Pretty Store and see something you like, why not use my coupon code for 10% off your order ... 



How has YOUR week been so far ? What is your favourite way to spice up your nails for a fun look? 

*The product was provided for me for review but any opinions about the product/s are my own*

Monday, 13 February 2017

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Range

Hi guys . Happy Monday . How was your weekend ? 

A little earlier month I received the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range to try out - usually I feel intimidated by testing out shampoos and conditioners since my hair likes to act like a diva - so I know after one use if I will hate a range or love it. But I'm trying to use better products on my hair this year - so I was exited to even use the conditioner - since I want softer  healthy hair in 2017. 


Some more on this range -
"This shampoo subtly lightens the golden tones in your hair as a brunette with highlights, as well as emphasising the brunette tones. Can be used on natural light brunettes or colour-treated hair. Massage into wet hair, lather and rinse.
For best results, follow with Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner. The conditioner illuminates all brunette highlights and lower tones. Helps with moisturising hair and is ammonia/peroxide free."



Just a word of warning before you have a mini freak out like I did - the shampoo does look bright gold when you open the bottle and squeeze some out. The colour doesn't end up like that on your hair.

Now as I mentioned - my hair has a will of it's own. My hair hates conditioner - as most conditioners weight my hair down so much that I end up with flat unhappy hair. I was pleasantly surprised that my hair loves this conditioner. The range also smells AMAZING - and I love how soft my hair feels - my hair feels pampered and is so much smoother - as I heat style my hair mostly daily - for me this is something I'm pretty impressed with. 

I do have highlighted hair - but my hair does look bright and healthy daily - I do see my "natural darker" hair is slowly fading into a gorgeous gorgeous golden brown and my highlights stay golden and not going brassy . Your hair looks  like you had a salon visit where your hair is shiny and smooth. 

Some shampoos doesn't work well if you want to have second day hair - as too much silicone's does tend to make your hair greasier - but yet again this range has surprised me by not making your hair into a super greasy mess - which is another bonus for me. 

The shampoo and conditioner retails for R110 each - which makes it pretty affordable for an amazing range. I wash my hair everyday / every second day and a little really goes a long way. 

I can most certainly see myself repurchasing this again - I gave some of the spare shade to my mom (the deeper brunette shade I was sent ) and she's loving the range too. 

I was sent this range to review for RubyBox  - Opinions are my own. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Owl Love You Water Decal mani

Hi guys ! Happy Thursday. How has your week been ? Mine has been an extremely long week so far - I really can't wait to get home on Saturday afternoon from work and just chill. 

As I mentioned in my last nail related post - I am trying to make a bit more effort with my nails this year. Water Decals makes having pretty nails so much easier - it really takes a few seconds for some gorgeous art on your fingertips. 

Today I'm sharing THESE pretty water decals from BornPrettyStore . Again - I went predictable for me and went with owls (Can I just say I am having so much fun with these owl decals ) I love using them as accent nails instead of full Mani's - I find that way the look doesn't look too overly done .


I picked the cute pink owls - but how gorgeous are those top row of owls too ??

So onto the nails :



And a little close up of the star of the show - the little pink owl : 


The colours used :
Essence White On White
China Glaze Fairy Dust
Tip Top Love That Shine


How water decals work :
1.You gently peel of the plastic layer over the water decals sheet.
2. Cut out the design you would like to use.
3. Have a cup/container of water .
4. Gently put the decal / decals you cut out in the water for about 20 seconds.
5. Using tweezers or a orange stick , gently remove from water and slide the decal from the white backing.
6. Place on nail and gently dry using a tissue to remove excess water droplets.
7. Top coat and VOILA ! Stunning nails. :)


The Born Pretty store stocks tons of gorgeous water decals , so there will be one to suit every taste and occasion. I love how easy to use they are , and take virtually no effort at all to have gorgeous nail art. 

If you visit the Born Pretty Store and see something you like, why not use my coupon code for 10% off your order ... 



How has YOUR week been so far ? What is your favourite way to spice up your nails for a fun look ? 

*The product was provided for me for review but any opinions about the product/s are my own*

Friday, 3 February 2017

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Range - And First Check In


Hi guys ! Happy Friday. How is your week been so far ? I have been crazy busy the last few days - hopefully next week I will be back to normal. 

I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the BeautyBulletin Influencers to test out the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range - and I was pretty excited. As I've mentioned a million times here on the blog - I do suffer from dehydrated skin. The Hydro Boost range is specifically created to help combat the effects of dehydrated skin , and help nourish the skin .

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost range consists of hydrating facial cleansers and moisturisers. Their unique Hyalurolic Acid Gel Matrix creates a hydration reservoir and works with the skin's natural moisture system to replenish , restore and deliver hydration throughout the day . It leaves your skin supple - and ready to bounce back to healthy hydrated skin. 

One of the main reason my skin went from oily to more normal dehydrated skin, was most likely due to long nights , busy days and me not drinking nearly enough fluids. I do try my best , but being a busy mom on the run most days I do forget - or live of coffee on the go. This makes the lines on my forehead a lot more prominent - I get dry patches on my skin and my skin looks dull.

I have been using this range for about two weeks now , and today I will be sharing my first thoughts with you guys today - but keep an eye on the blog to see these products in action for my first video here on Monday too. 

The three products I was sent was the Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser , Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser and the Hydro Boost Micellar Water. 



Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser R99,95 for 200 ml 
I'm really picky with Cleanser gels , I do find they normally dry out my skin but I was pleasantly surprised by this cleanser. The Cleanser helps to remove impurities , make-up and sebum while protecting your skins barrier. I won't say this will remove your make-up completely - I still preferred to use my normal make-up removal routine here - but this didn't dry my skin out and make it feel tight after using the cleanser. A little goes a long way too - so I can see myself using this and repurchasing after my bottle is finished - which is pretty impressive .

Hydro Boost Water Gel R139,95 for 50 ml
This is such an awesome lightweight moisuriser packed with the Hyaluronic Acid Gel Matrix to provide long lasting intense boost of hydration for moisture starved skin. This really is such a light weight moisturiser - but it packs a punch. Although this absorbs into my skin instantly - my skin doesn't feel tight or dry all day - and I can wear my favourite matte foundations all day without worrying about it looking caked on or clinging to dry patches. This moisturiser is for people with normal to combination skin - and as I mentioned I do get an oily T-zone - but this does help to keep the oilyness at bay too. In winter I will most definitely try the Hydro Boost Gel Cream version too that's specifically for people with dry or very very dry skin types. 

Hydro Boost Micellar Water R99,95 for 200 ml
This is an unique cleanser that removes impurities and residual make-up but quenches skin with an instant boost of hydration - and the best part - no rinsing required. While I LOVE Micellar Water , this specific one took a bit of getting used to for me. As I wear make-up daily , I am used to removing my make-up with Micellar water. I did find this took a bit longer to remove my make-up - especially my waterproof mascara but it does remove it in the end. While I didn't love it for removing my make-up - I did love it as a cleanser in the morning and for days that I wore heavier make-up after the cleansing gel. It's super easy to use a little on a cotton pad , wipe over your face and I'm ready to go on with my routine. 

There is also some awesome Hydro Boost Cleansing Facial Wipes in the range too - which I will get over the weekend for after a work out or on days that I'm just too tired to remove my make-up (which is never hee hee hee , I'm really such a huge fan of my night time skincare routine ) - but a friend of mine does use them and love them .

I can definitely say my skin does look more hydrated (especially since I was running around extra crazy this week with my little guy turning 7 )  - The Neutrogena Hydro Boost range did most certainly help my skin bounce back to look healthier (and dare I say younger too ).

Next week I will share my Nightly Routine Video here too - where you can see these products in action - so keep an eye out for that too. 

Do you love skincare too ? How has YOUR week been so far ?


These products were sent to me to try out - All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Owl Accent Nail Mani


Hi guys ! Happy Thursday . How has your week been so far ? Mine is actually pretty good so far so I don't have any complaints. 

Back in November Born Pretty Store contacted me to offer me some goodies to review on the blog, and while the postage time did suck over the Holiday period - I finally received the goodies last week and I'm sharing the first nail look I did with them with you today .

THESE decals from BornPrettyStore includes some fun Christmas inspired owls , as well as some everyday owls. While Christmas might be over , I couldn't wait to play with these decals as I love Owl everything. Water decals always have the prettiest designs - and they are super easy to use too. I love using them as accent nails instead of full Mani's - I find that way the look doesn't look too overly done .

So onto the nails : 





The colours used :
Essence White On White
China Glaze Glistening Snow
China Glaze Fairy Dust
Tip Top Milkyway
OPI Servin' Up Sparkle

How water decals work :
1.You gently peel of the plastic layer over the water decals sheet.
2. Cut out the design you would like to use.
3. Have a cup/container of water .
4. Gently put the decal / decals you cut out in the water for about 20 seconds.
5. Using tweezers or a orange stick , gently remove from water and slide the decal from the white backing.
6. Place on nail and gently dry using a tissue to remove excess water droplets.
7. Top coat and VOILA ! Stunning nails. :)

The Born Pretty store stocks tons of gorgeous water decals , so there will be one to suit every taste and occasion. I love how easy to use they are , and take virtually no effort at all to have gorgeous nail art. 

If you visit the Born Pretty Store and see something you like, why not use my coupon code for 10% off your order ... 

How has YOUR week been so far ? What is your favourite way to spice up your nails for a fun look ? 

*The product was provided for me for review but any opinions about the product/s are my own*