Monday, 14 August 2017

New Products on My Beauty Desk - August Edition

Hi guys . Happy Monday . How was your weekend ? My weekend was pretty chill - I tested out the ? Inoar Hair Botox treatment and will be giving you guys a full review later this week. 

Today I'm sharing some new goodies on my beauty desk. This isn't everything I got - some products I kept aside for specific posts . This month I got a mixture of some new goodies to play with - I haven't had a chance to play with everything yet - but will most likely test out the rest over the next week or so. If there is anything you'd like a full review on - feel free to let me know.

So let's jump into the products.

 Milani Conceal and Perfect 2-1 Foundation and Concealer in Creamy Vanilla
When Milani SA launched I was really excited to pick up this foundation. This was the top item on my wish list to try . The foundation was pretty decently priced (At R150 ) and free delivery for August. Bargain ! I have used this foundation for a week now and I can't see myself putting it down anytime soon. The coverage is AMAZING , it's extremely long lasting and the finish is a soft matte finish without clinging onto drier spots on my skin. I'm really impressed and will do a few review really soon. 

Essence Instant Matt Make-Up Fixing Spray
I picked this up on a whim when I got some of the Essence Wake Up and Spring range I'll be reviewing soon. So far I like this setting spray - I used the Avene Eau Thermale Water but since the weather is warming up I wanted something that would help keep my make-up matte. I like how this doesn't make my skin super dry and tight after using it - and it's pretty affordable which is a HUGE bonus. 


Hean Face Contour Palette
I am in LOVE with the mauve toned blush in this palette. I can't put it down . The colour is pretty long lasting and fades nicely during the day. I haven't tried the contour shades or the darker blush - but I'm sure I will soon. This is such a gorgeous pigmented palette and definitely worth investing in. 
Lip goodies
I have 4 new lip products I'm planning to try out soon - I had a really bad food allergy so I'm just waiting for that to completely clear before I start wearing some lip products again. I picked up one of the new Revlon SPF Lip balms , an Avon Mark plumping lip gloss and some Hean Liquid Matte lippies. I'm really excited to try them out - they all seem promising . 
Catrice ICONails Gel Lacquer in Donut Worry Be Happy I will be doing a full post and wear test (I worn it a million times since getting it ) so I will keep my thoughts here short and sweet. I love the colour and I like that this polish doesn't need a million steps. Just this polish - no top coat or base coat. Wear time is also pretty decent. I will be picking up another colour or two and sharing the full post soon. 

 Hean Luxury Sugar Lip Peeling Scrub and Lip Elixir
As I mentioned , I had a horrible reaction to a food allergy and it resulted in sore lips that tend to peel. Lush lip scrubs are WAY to harsh - so I decided to pick up this combo with Glamore Cosmetics Woman's Day special. So far I''m LOVING them and will be doing a full review on both products. The scrub is super gentle yet effective and the Lip Elixir is life saving. 


How was YOUR weekend ? 

Monday, 7 August 2017

July Favourites

Hi guys. Happy Monday. How was your weekend ??

I totally skipped June favourites last month - as June was such a crazy busy month . I don't have too many favourites this month - as I didn't want to repeat most from last month - so I'm including all the newer favourites and sharing them with you guys today . But first let's hop into the non beauty related favourites .


July was a much better month though - and even included a little getaway with the family to the beach .  That definitely was one of the magical moments of the month - a much needed getaway with my kiddo. Even though it was Winter - we had the most amazing weather for the whole week- perfect for spending most of the day at the beach relaxing. 



While on holiday (and actually while shopping at Lush ) Tanya suggested I have to try Wicked Donuts. I'm so bummed we don't have one close to us but I think that's a good thing - and I'm sure my waistline would agree. I had the most awesome Top Deck donut - and even went back for another one later the week. If you ever in Durban and looking for amazing donuts - you need to pop in and try one. Word of warning though - the choices all look extremely tempting . 
Now onto the actual beauty favourites. I love the Essence single eye shadows - and in July this was the most worn combo I was into. The two colours are Purple Cloud (purple colour ) and It's Mauvie Time. Again - on me personally these eye shadows last basically the whole day . I pop Mauvie Time into the crease and pop a little Purple Cloud all over the lid. 
Inoar Absolute Speed Blond Shampoo and Conditioner
I have mentioned I'm in the process of colouring my hair lighter - and let's be real - blond sometimes goes brassy and meh pretty quickly. I LOVE the results of the products. I cheated a little bit in July and kept the shampoo in a little bit longer - and I love how much whiter and brighter my hair looks. It fakes a salon visit when you really can't squeeze in time to pop into a salon to touch up your highlights. This has most certainly saved me from looking crazy yellow - and I get complemented when I use this shampoo - so many people am sure I pop into a salon for a toner every week. 
Essence Colour Correcting Liquid Concealer in Wake Up Effect and Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Liquid Concealer. I love these both for different reasons. The Essence one is amazing to use on foundation to brighten up your undereye area and fake looking awake and getting enough sleep. This won't cover dark circles - but I don't have dark circles that needs concealing. I love how I look much more awake and ready to tackle the day. The Avon one I love for being super matte and long lasting. This is perfect to cover up imperfections. On days where I have a little redness issue around and on my nose - I will use this instead of foundation to cover those areas. With this concealer a little really goes a long way and it does dry down matte . It covers marks and imperfections easily and the formula is pigmented yet bendable . 



Avene Cold Cream Lip Cream
Most of the month I had a bit of a food allergy rash - making my lips super swollen and red and peel really easily. This has been a life saver for helping my lips feel smoother and more hydrated and not peel every two seconds. I did a full review on the HERE if you want to know why I love the whole range of Cold Cream products. 
Avon Glimmerstick for Brows in Brown
It's no secret I love Benefit Ka-Brow and for good reason. But I popped this little pencil into my holiday bag and been using it most days since. The pencil is pretty easy to use - and the formula is nice and creamy (but not too creamy to just smudge off ) . I love the shade with my hair colour at the stage and I love how easy and fast I can fill in my brows and be out the door in the morning (especially since I'm been pressing the snooze button way to many mornings to mention .)






What has been some of YOUR favourite products in July ?? Any magical moments worth sharing ? 


Monday, 31 July 2017

July #SampleSunday rundown

Hi guys. Happy Monday. How was your weekend ??

Today I will be sharing the rundown of July's Sample Sunday series.  If you don't know already - I started a series on my social media channels last year where I share my thoughts on a sample I have in my collection every Sunday.  It's always fun for me to "test" a product and give my first impressions on it. So without too much chit chat let's jump into the products -  



Today's #SampleSunday is the Benefit Ka Brow . It's no secret that this is one of my favourite brow products. The gel is user friendly and the full size has a compact brush included in the product. The color is easy to build and the product lasts the whole day.


Today's #samplesunday is Lush Sexy Peel soap. This soap has a fresh scent of Lemon, grapefruit and lime to wash away sleepyness and wake up the senses. I really enjoy Lush soaps - it's always such pretty soaps that brighten your day and mood by the scent and how cute it always looks. I don't buy the soaps in HUGE slices - I always buy a small piece. 


Today's #SampleSunday is the Avon Instinct for Her Perfume. This is a sensual perfume with base notes of sparkling greens, exotic camellia and sandalwood. This is such a sexy and beautiful fragrance- perfect for date night


Today's #SampleSunday is one of my most loved products - Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. This is one of the best cuticle butters on the market - helping dry sore cuticles look pretty and moisturized in no time. This is a little bit greasier - so it's best to use at night before bed. The lemon 🍋 scent is amazing too.



Today's #SampleSunday is the Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue. This is a lightweight water based gel to help combat shine and excess surface oil for a gorgeous matte finish. 













I really enjoyed testing out this month's products  - do you like getting samples to test out too ?

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Any exciting plans for the week ? My week is going to be super duper busy - but here's to hoping it will all go smoothly. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

3 Matte Lippies Perfect for Winter

Hi guys ! Happy Friday . How has your week been ? Mine has been pretty busy at work - and next week will be pretty busy too. 

Today I am sharing some new lippies I'm loving for winter from Avon - The Avon Perfectly Matte lipsticks. I have reviewed a few different shades in my #SampleSunday series so I was excited to try some more deeper winter appropriate colours I was sent.


The formula on these lippies aren't drying at all - they are pretty comfortable for a matte lipstick. Which is great - since most matte lipsticks tend to make your lips super dry and dehydrated. 

The colour doesn't last the whole day - I would say a good 4/5 hours and does last through coffee or tea breaks. The best part is the colour can be re-applied without looking cakey and cracking.

The three colours I was sent in order of the swatches : Avon Perfectly Matte Wild Cherry , Avon Perfectly Matte Superb Wine and Avon Perfectly Matte in Red Supreme. The berry and red tones is perfect for the last part of winter - when you feel like a vampy lip. It does leave a light stain on your lips too - which is a bonus if you can't re-apply .
 

 When I like to make my lippy last a bit longer I tend to line and fill in my lips with a lip liner . The Avon Glimmer stick lip liners are fantastic to make the colour last a bit longer. The formula is creamy but still firm - which means you can get a nice pricise outline but it will still fill in your lips easily. These are firm yet creamy enough for a nice smooth application without tugging on your lips. These lip liners are pigmented with a slightly waxy formula .

I got the shade True Red - which is a pink based red. Again - these lip liners are pretty long lasting - so you can even wear them on their own for a great red lip look. True Red compliments all the darker berry tones I showed above . Avon does have quite a few in the range - so even if you are more of a nude or pink lippy person you can find a great pencil to go with your lippy. 



What's your favorite lippy colour for Winter ?

* Products were sent for review but opinions are all my own*

Monday, 24 July 2017

{Review} 2 Avon / Justine Cream to Powder Foundations & Justine Silken Pressed Powder Review

Hi guys ! Happy Monday. How was your weekend ?? I got Saturday off - and really enjoyed just sleeping late and chilling that one extra day. 

A little while back Avon send me a few goodies to try out and review on the blog. I will slowly start sharing them from today and share what I thought about the products. 

It's no secret that I love Avon products - so I was really excited to try them out. Today's post will concentrate on mostly the 2 Cream to Powder Foundations as well as the Justine Silken Pressed Powder. 

I have dry - dehydrated skin at this stage but it does get a little bit oilier during the day in my T-zone. Just so you have an idea about my skin type. 

Justine Smooth Velvet Cream to Powder Foundation SPF 15
This was the first foundation I tested out. The Cream to Powder does come with a little round sponge in the bottom ( I prefer to use my own beauty sponge instead) and has a pretty decent mirror - making touch ups on the go super duper easy. This foundation blends into the skin pretty decently and the coverage is a decent medium . I do however notice on days where I don't use a facial oil before hand - this dries out my skin a little bit (since it is a pretty matte finish ). This will be perfect for someone with a little more normal / combination skin - as this will work so much better for you. Another bonus - this one contains some SPF - I always wear SPF daily and like it when foundations include it. 

Avon True Colour Flawless Cream to Powder Foundation 
Hands down this is my favourite foundation of the two. Again - this is another cream to powder foundation. The mirror is pretty nice and again it comes with a little foundation sponge. This formula just blends into my skin making it look smooth and flawless. I love the light to medium coverage and how - easy and bendable this formula is. I don't need to use a facial oil beforehand - and it gives such a nice satin finish. I do set it lightly with some powder - but it does dry down pretty nicely on it's own too. Overall - while I don't LOVE cream to powder foundations - I LOVE this formula and will be reaching for this one over and over again. 

Justine Silken Pressed Powder
First off - I prefer to mostly use loose powder - but this powder has blown me away. It looks and feels super luxurious - making this the perfect powder for your handbag or work bag for touch ups. The mirror is HUGE - which I do like.  This is a ultra fine powder infused with white Sapphire and silk to create a soft , flawless looking coverage for a natural soft focus effect . I love using this powder in combination with the Avon Cream to Powder foundations - or my Avon BB cream as it creates such a soft flawless effect .


Have you tried any of these products yet ?  How was your weekend ?

* All three products were send for review - opinions are all my own *

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Mini-Me.co.za Review and How to

Hi guys - Happy Wednesday. How has your week been so far ?

Today I'm sharing a fun little Lego person I created on Mini-Me.co.za  - a website that specialises in Personalised Lego Gifts that you can create or choose from the already made sets. This is such an  unique idea - especially for those hard to shop people or when you are looking for something truly unique to gift someone. These make cute birthday / graduation / thinking of you or even corporate gifts. 

When I was contacted by the company - I knew I would ask my son (Alex who's 7 ) to help with reviewing the whole process. He's a avid Lego collector and loves all things Lego related. You can easily create a fantasy mini figure or re-create yourself - which I think is such an awesome idea. They also have a cute little Lego stands for your mini figure that you can personalise with your own message - making the gifting opportunities endless. You can work from creating a male or female figure - picking out every step from hair , face , clothes and fun accessories - they have a whole separate category to even add a mini pet for yourself - how cute ! The possibilities are really endless . And this is also the best part - taking time and scrolling through all the options you have. The check out process is pretty easy and the website user friendly. 

When you done with the fun part of creating your little mini figure - you get your little mini figure safely packed in the cute yellow box - perfect for storing your figure . This also looks pretty smart if you plan to gift the figure . They also include a mini yellow gift bag - these extras really makes this the perfect gift option. The really pay attention to detail here . The mini figure comes fully assembled - but you can mix and match the accessories you chose as you please.  If you want - you can also just order accessories - no need to create a figure if you don't feel like it. Which is cool too - since I mentioned my son LOVES Lego so we are always looking for unique pieces. 

And here is our end result - a perfect little mini figure. Alex chose everything from the green hair , face , shirt and pants. They have millions of options - but he chose to represent himself as a kid (hence why the legs are shorter ) . You can pick out your accessories too - in which case he picked out some things he really loves - like the paintbrush and artist palette. We did pick out a few extra accessories - as well as his fantasy pet (a snake ! ) 
Here are some of the accessories he picked out - a Lego steak , a Lego guitar , a paintbrush and artist palette. There's some fun Lego food as well as cute girly accessories too - I'm in the process of ordering myself a little figure too - which I will show on the blog soon too. The options are endless - tools , food , kitchen wear , mini Lego babies , doctor accessories , weapons - you can create your little figure to be anything YOU can dream. 
And here is the little pet we chose - a pet snake. And a little steak to feed the snake. The whole process was super fun , easy and all and all I can see myself ordering some for gifts for friends and family (especially those hard to shop for people - why not create a little figure for them ? ) They do offer international shipping too - so if you don't live in South Africa you can most certainly get the figure delivered to your door too. International orders are sent via Airmail - and shipping is pretty reasonable. National orders get free delivery for orders over R300 - otherwise R60 shipping which isn't bad at all. 





You can follow them on social media too:
Site - http://www.mini-me.co.za
Twitter: https://twitter.com/minimemems
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiniMeMemorables/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/minime.za/



The also run great give-aways and promotions from time to time and showcase new stock - so definitely worth a follow . 





Have a great week guys !
* I was given freedom to create a little mini figure to review. All thoughts on them are my own*

Monday, 17 July 2017

Some new Eau Thermale Avène Goodies I'm Trying

Hi guys . Happy Monday. How was your weekend ? It's FREEZING cold in Johannesburg this morning - I know I will need a few cups of coffee and tea to warm up today . ( For my international readers - it's currently the middle of winter here in South Africa)

A little while back I decided to try some more goodies from the Avène Eau Thermale range while stocking up on the Spring Water Spray while I was ordering from Clicks online. It's no secret that I LOVE the Spring Water spray - so I won't review that here again. If you like to read my thoughts on it - you can click HERE.

The Cold Cream range looked extremely tempting to try out - and pretty affordable so I decided to give it a go. I have used Cold Creams before and I love the texture and how they work on my skin - so was really keen to try it out. I got three products from the Cold Cream range - The Cold Cream cream , the Cold Cream Hand Cream and the Cold Cream Lip cream. 

So onto the products :

Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream
This is a thicker type of hydrating cream - and boy does this help to hydrate and smooth extremely dry skin. I love using this at night time as  my skin needs an extra boost of hydration - and I wake up with smooth and hydrated skin - my skin looks glowing and not tight and dry. As I mentioned this is a thicker type of cream - and a little really goes a long way. I think this might be a little bit too rich to use during the day - so I haven't tried it out in the morning yet . The cream is also pretty affordable so it won't break the bank to try out. 
Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Hand Cream
I have to be honest - after I got my parcel I was pretty meh that I decided to try out the hand cream . I like soft moisturised hands - but some hand creams leaves an oily residue or your hands a little sticky. I'm way to busy to sit around and give hand creams time to soak it . So I was a little apprehensive to try out this one. I decided to pop it into my holiday bag - and WOW ! This hand cream hydrates your skin instantly - leaving you with beautiful soft hands and absorbs SUPER quickly into your hands. I love how the texture on my hands I seem to get in winter have disappeared and my hands feels so smooth and hydrated. But I do feel this cream has a bit of a weird scent. It doesn't linger long but I feel it's worth a mentioned. I will most certainly re-purchase this hand cream once I am done with the tube. 

Eau Thermale Avène Lip Cream
Now I have mentioned before on the blog - I have extremely dry sensitive lips all year round. The get red and irritated super quickly - so I hoped this lip balm would be a good one without breaking the bank . I did love the Nuxe one - but it's gotten pricey and I felt it was too much of a luxury for a lip balm. This lip balm works wonders - it instantly hydrates sore dry lips and help them be happy kissable lips again. I feel here a little goes a long way - and I mostly use it at night before bed and in the morning before make-up when my lips feels dry. This doesn't feel waxy - it does feel a little bit stickier but that doesn't bother me. All downside though - the first few uses the lip balm is extremely hard to use - it's a squeezy tub and you have to struggle a bit to get some out . After a few uses it's a lot easier but I can see this being tricky for some people at first. 

Overall I'm extremely impressed with these products so far and I'm glad I gave some more products in the range a try . They were also pretty affordable - which is a bonus. 

Have you tried anything from the brand ?