Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Lush #LushOWeen Collection

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

Lush South Africa launched their Halloween collection last week and sent me a goodie box with some of their Christmas launches as well as the Lush Ectoplasm Solid Shower Cream to try out . 

I was REALLY excited about this collection as I LOVE Lush bath products and as soon as the collection went live online I picked up some more goodies to play with. I picked up the spooky Glow in the dark soap and two bubble bars as the other goodies were already sold out when I wanted to buy the goodies minutes after it launched. 

So let's jump into the goodies as they are still available in store if it's sold out online :

Ectoplasm Solid Shower Cream R145 for 200g

Honestly - I never tried a solid shower cream before - I do LOVE the Lush Jelly Shower Jellies and I really like the naked version and it saves on any nasty plastic packaging. 

"When you're feeling a bit disembodied and need to return to the land of the living, strip off and get in the shower with this luminous shower gel.
Benevolent lathers of conditioning almond oil and reviving litsea cubeba help you get back to your corporeal self while tangerine and grapefruit oils ensure you're in high spirits for the rest of the night (and day).
Send packaging into the afterlife and get naked, you won't need clothes where you're going.
The lingering fragrance will make sure you smell alive even after a good exorcise session as refreshing, cleansing and skin-brightening grapefruit and tangerine juices enable you to slip back into the physical world."
Honestly - this has the most refreshing citrus smell and I really can't get enough. I LOVE and prefer yummy citrus scented products instead of heavy floral products - so this is right up my alley. And with a cute soap dish this makes the perfect shower gel for daily use. 
A secret tip - on extremely hot Johannesburg days I do pop this into the fridge before my shower for a cooling effect - it is super refreshing . 
Ghost in the Dark Soap R95 each

This was my top item from all the previews Lush showed on their Instagram stories. A Glow in the Dark Ghost soap ?? I'm all in ! Who doesn't love a soap that glows in the dark for an extra spooky effect ?? Alex also LOVES this soap - for obvious reasons. It's super cute . 

Beware the things that go bump in the night. If you're feeling a little spooked, head to the bathroom and soap up with this glowing spectre-cle that will shine in the darkness when you're scared to look under your bed. Charge up in the light to chase away the monsters at night. Ghoulish lemongrass and hair-raising bergamot oils ooze from these luminous lathers, helping you keep your ghoul. If you've got it, haunt it!

Again - it's a very summer appropriate citrus smell that's amazing for feeling refreshed and clean. 
Bewitched Bubble Bar - R69,50 each
This one I got since the scent description reminded me of my ALL time favourite (although now discontinued bath bomb - Blackberry ) . I knew I had to try it - and it makes your bathwater a sparkly black colour - what's not to love ?

After a busy day whizzing around on a broomstick, run a bath, crumble this lucky little cat under the water and ground yourself with spicy olibanum. Let superstitions go and allow yourself to be spellbound by uplifting bergamot oil as your twitch your nose and breath in this familiar blackberry scent. Whether in this life or one of the other eight, you'd be a fool to let this pass you by!

Again - I always cut up my bath bombs and bubble bars to make them last a bit longer - so I will most likely cut this one in half to get too spooky baths out of this little guy. 

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar R69,50 each
Can we take a moment to appreciate the gorgeousness that's this bubble bar ? It's sparkly and orange and soooo pretty !

Again - this is another extremely citrus smelling bubble bar that will leave you with a sparkly glowing orange bath smelling like a citrus cocktail. Yum !

If you're pumped for Halloween, you're sure to feel jacked up by this sparkly bubble bar. Crumble your pumpkin up under running water to build a mountain of soft bubbles. Lay back in the warming juniperberry and uplifting grapefruit waters as they simultaneously brighten your skin and mood. Happy-making lime oil scares away the doldrums and blues, making you feel happy as a Jack whose got the scream. This shimmery pumpkin is really Samhain to shout about.

Again like with all bubble bars and bath bombs - I cut them up to get more uses out of my products. I cut this gorgeous little guy up in 4 to get 4 yummy citrus sparkly baths out of. I feel that way the prices of the bathbombs and bubble bars makes more sense for me personally and I get more yummy bath treats. 

Did you pick up anything from this collection ?? What's your favourite all time Lush products ?

Thanks again LUSH SOUTH AFRICA for sending me the Solid Ectoplasm Shower Cream to feature. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

City Girl Beauty The Bees Knees Mask

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . Sorry for the radio silence the last two weeks - my mom was admitted into ICU and I didn't have a free minute to spare. But luckily she's out now and I can continue with my normal level of craziness. 

A little while back I did a review on some City Girl Beauty Lippies - and a little after that I placed an order for their Beauty Sleep serum (which my mom swears by ) and decided to pick up one of the new masks in the range. I love that Jess is another fellow blogger with her own range of beauty products . She created 4 new awesome masks and I was extremely keen to try one out . (Side note - I didn't need a new mask - but I love masks / sheet masks in general so I'm always tempted to try a new one ) Plus they are pretty affordable at R90 a mask - as the container does pack a punch and you get about 8/9 uses from the container. 

I decided to try the Bees Knees variety as it helps with signs of ageing , scarring , acne and even hydration. With the weather change my skin is still dry / dehydrated but I have had a few breakouts (nothing serious ) and wanted a good everyday type of mask. 

I love that the mask comes in a very sturdy glass container. With the extremely hot weather in Johannesburg (which makes it seem like we skipped Spring and went straight into Summer with added allergies ) I prefer to store mine in my fridge and after an extremely long warm day pop this mask on . The mask is quite gel like and a little sticky - but after the 10 / 15 minute mark you feel most got absorbed into your skin and it's easy to wipe away the remaining mask with a warm washcloth . 

It's hard to say if this mask helped with ageing - but I did notice it helped clear up the small breakouts on my forehead and hydrated my skin. 

I finished my last bit last night - and I will repurchase again very soon ! I feel this is such a perfect any occasion little treat mask for when you need a little pick me up. 

Do you like to mask regularly too ?

Monday, 17 September 2018

Glamore Cosmetics A Blue Moon Rising Eyeshadow Palette

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . How was your weekend ? 

As you know I did the a review on the Glamore Coffee and Cream Palette a little earlier this month HERE . The lovely Gael from Glamore Cosmetics was kind enough to send me this palette too. While I wear nude toned make-up looks daily - I have a soft spot for any grey toned palette. I love wearing a good grey-toned smokey eye with nude lips on a night out or even to work as I do feel grey tones for me is a neutral too. 

As with the previous two Glamore Cosmetics palettes I reviewed - the formula on these eyeshadows are creamy and pigmented. And they blend like a dream. I am really amazed how creamy and gorgeous these eyeshadows are since they are pretty decently priced (which is always a bonus !) . I feel with the inclusion of the two more nude toned shades there is endless possibilities . The blue toned grey (third from the bottom) doesn't pull too blue but adds a fun pop of subtle colour . A matte black is perfect to do eyeliner (if you prefer to do it like me with a matte black shadow . The pans on these eyeshadows are pretty big too - which means they will last forever. I feel the top row is perfect for a warm toned grey smokey eye -and if you prefer cool toned grey smokey eye looks the bottom row is perfect for you . I love a warm and a cool toned look so I love that both options are easily available in one palette.

Again ,  I can't recommend  Glamore Cosmetics products enough - they are hypo-allergenic , they have AMAZING customer service and always willing to lend a helping hand if you are stuck when ordering or have any questions. 

Do you like to rock a good smokey eye for a date night look ?? 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

My 8 Favourite Spring Polishes

Hi guys . Happy Wednesday . How has your week been ??

Now that it's finally getting a little warmer here in South Africa , I decided to share my 8 favourite nail polishes I love reaching for once the weather warms up a bit.

Pastels are usually very popular year round - but especially in Spring time when you want some fun brighter colours to wear on your nails and get you ready for the new season . Although let's be real pastel nail polishes are cute year round.

Picture Polish Beige
This has been a firm staple in my collection. Although Picture Polish is a pricier brand - the polishes wear amazingly well and has a great wear time. Beige is the perfect nude colour for my skin tone - feeling soft and feminine while providing a small pop of colour on the nails. 

CATRICE Donut Worry be Happy ! Gel Lacquer
Personally for me - when I have a gorgeous pastel pink mani I look for polishes with the best formula - that has amazing lasting time and applies easily . If you follow me over on Instagram - it's no secret how often you see me wearing this shade - and with good reason. This is a brighter pastel pink that will look good on any skin tone. And who doesn't love a good pink polish ??

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pinky Promise
Again ... in the pastel pink category I have two pinks that are my go to shades. The Sally Hansen one is a tad more rosey toned and not as bright - but man oh man does this one impress. Again amazing wear time (especially if used with the Sally Hansen Gel Top Coat ) or with another long lasting topcoat. I do find the Sally Hansen gel line lasts amazingly well on me and I can easily go a week without any touch ups on my nails .

Essence A Whisper of Spring
And let's be real how cute and appropriate is the name of this little gem ?? While this polish doesn't last the longest the colour is such an amazing lavender shade that will look perfect on darker or lighter skin tones - I feel this is such a flattering universal shade for almost everyone. And since it's an Essence polish - another bonus is it being SUPER DUPER affordable . Which is always a plus point. 
Avon 7-1 Nail Colour Lilac Love
You can read my full review on this range HERE . This is such a soft lilac colour and the polish has so many amazing benefits when wearing - what's not to love ? I love how this polish makes my nails feel stronger too - which is always a bonus. 
JTONE Pretty Paint #MintyFresh
When I used this colour last week in the #52weeknailchallenge for the Spring Theme HERE I had so many DM's about how gorgeous this colour is. And it truly is the perfect formula mint polish . I love how the JTONE - even though super affordable lasts a decent amount of time on the nails . If you need convincing about this colour just click on the link to my Instagram picture to see the colour in action. 
Picture Polish Minty
Yes - I really love Picture Polish and it's so sad it's not sold in South Africa anymore. This is another gorgeous minty colour with tiny white and red glitters in - it really looks like a mint . The formula is a little trickier with this one though - especially since it it a thicker formula with the glitters. But it is worth the little bit more effort of painting your nails for the gorgeous colour . 

Essie Mint Candy Apple
Apparently there are two colour versions of this shade (the older ones are more minty green - the newer formula is more pastel baby blue like the one I have here ) . Essie formula is a hit or miss with me . Some colours are AMAZING - some are duds. This is one of the amazing formula ones . The colour payoff is amazing and the colour is the most gorgeous pastel blue . It really is such a gorgeous shade that will look pretty and flattering on almost any skin tone. 

What's your favourite Spring nail polish colour ? Which shade here do you like the most ??

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

City Girl Beauty Rome & California lippies

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

A little while back while City Girl Beauty had a sale on their Matte Liquid lippies for National Lipstick day - buy one get another one free. I've been super keen to try Jess - a fellow South African blogger - line and knew I had to order and try them. 

I got Rome - a gorgeous pinky nude for myself and Paris (a peachy toned lippie for my mom - so I won't be swatching that one ) and Jess was kind enough to include another shade for me to try - California - a bright orange toned red. 

The applicator is a little doe foot applicator - personally I find this one a little bit harder to use since it is so thin. The lippy smells amazing - like vanilla cupcakes but it's not overpowering once on the lips. The formula is quite mousy so you need a little shake before applying but these lippies has such an amazing staying power - they last amazingly well even after millions of cups of coffee and cupcakes. 

The lippies dry down matte within a minute and will stay budge proof for basically most of your day - which is amazing if you are looking for a long lasting liquid lipstick. Again - this is a super matte formula so it's a little drying but nothing a little lip balm before hand can't sort out. 

The range currently has 6 amazing colours - something to suit every mood and person . Although I'm excited to see her come out with a few more colours in the range soon. 

Swatched here I have Rome (a gorgeous pinky toned nude shade perfect for everyday wear ) - Top shade. And California ( a orange toned red that will be perfect to rock around Christmas time this year - the bottom shade. 

These lippies has such a gorgeous classic look to them which I love . They are also super budget friendly and Proudly South African - and pretty awesome .

Which colour lipstick do you wear day to day ? Do you prefer bold red lips for nude muted tones ?

Monday, 3 September 2018

Glamore Cosmetics Coffee & Cream Eyeshadow Palette

 Hi guys ! Happy Monday ! How was your weekend ? I have a super busy week ahead of me- Alex went through to the next round of Public Speaking later today and he has Eisteddfod this week which I will be running on coffee this week. 

It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Glamore Cosmetics - they have the best costumer service and always willing to assist you with any question you have. A week or two ago they got some new goodies on the site and the Coffee and Cream Palette that was out of stock got restocked and I knew I had to pick it up. Glamore has some of the best eyeshadow - I reviewed another palette in the range ( The Insanely Romantic Eyeshadow Palette) HERE and it's still one of my favourites - but the nudes and browns was calling my name and I added it to my cart as quickly as I saw they were in stock again .

And *swoon* these eyeshadow impresses . They are buttery and blends like a dream ... the colours are stunning and so pigmented - I was blown away when I was swatching it and playing . I prefer to wear browns and nude toned eyeshadow during my work week , as I feel a good neutral is always a winner. This palette hits all those spots - and with a good eyeshadow primer they last the whole day.  I love that there is a good range of of mattes and shimmer shades so you don't need to use another palette for a matte crease shade - this is truly an all in one look palette. The packaging is also sturdy enough to travel with - which is always a bonus when you don't have to worry about your favourite eyeshadow palette breaking when travelling. 

If you like a good neutral palette in your collection - this is hands down a winner .

What's your go to favourite look to wear to work ?? 

Monday, 27 August 2018

My Current Netflix Favourites

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . How was your weekend ? My weekend was crazy busy - I have a jam packed two weeks ahead of me and I wanted to play catch up on some chores I have been putting off - cause let's be real who likes folding laundry ??

Today I'm sharing some of my current favourite Netflix shows.  Now if you know me you know I hardly EVER watch TV .... so when I discovered Netflix I try to do my Mini Pamper Time while chilling out with a good coffee , face mask / painting my nails and doing my nails. I like to catch a movie too on my free morning when I know Alex is at school and I can truly enjoy some me-time.

Now I know everyone has extremely different tastes in movies and T.V shows ... so please leave me some suggestions of your favourite Netflix shows to watch too - I'm always looking for new shows to watch and enjoy .

To All The Boys I Loved Before
If you don't believe in love this movie will change your mind. Lara Jean wrote 5 love letters and hid them in her room ... until one day they get mailed to the said five crushes and turns her quiet high school existence upside down. This movie is such a rom com - but it's a must watch movie. I re watched this movie twice already ... swoon. I highly recommend this movie. 

You Get Me
This is more of a suspenseful / horror movie but it was extremely good. The main character Tyler has a one night stand with Holly while out of town - thinking he will never see her again and he can go on as normal with his girlfriend - until she moves into his school and has a dangerous obsession with him. Another good movie if you love suspense shows.

The Babysitter
This is a straight up horror movie. Cole stays up late on night just to discover his babysitter is part of a Satanic cult and now that they know he knows will do anything to keep him quiet. A very gruesome movie but I do enjoy some horror movies . 

This is such an amazing keeping you on your toes two series show - that keeps you second guessing until the last minute when the killer is revealed. It starts in a small town in Lakewood where killing suddenly start eary similar to killings 20 years earlier. The show has a amazing plot (and ton of plot twists ) . And who doesn't love a good slasher movie every now and then ? It also makes you wonder how Sydney couldn't figure out sooner who the killer really was . 

Man oh man I loved this show.  This is based on the Dallas shows many many years earlier . Falon and her brother , father and step mother land into non stop drama and trouble ... filled with a mental unstable woman trying to kill them .... business partners trying to ruin them ... evil moms ... and manipulation at it's best. And who doesn't love watching a family drama if it doesn't involve your own family . 

This might be a bit of a controversial choice - but this show really is pretty good. The Devil decided he needs a vacation from Hell and lands in L.A where he helps a detective solve crimes. He starts to show more human tendencies as she becomes his weakness. While the show might seem evil - it's a good crime series with a unique twist.

What are some of your favourite T.V shows currently ? 

Monday, 20 August 2018

My #DoveHairGameChanger Haircare Experience ft The Intense Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

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

Today I'm sharing some new haircare products I have been trying that Rubybox sent me a few weeks ago -The Dove Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner to try out and review . I'm always excited to find new haircare - and even more excited to try out a very affordable range too. 

I have pretty normal hair but it tends to go a little frizzy and dry pretty quickly  . I also tend to wash my hair mostly daily as I prefer clean fresh hair everyday - which sometimes dries your hair out quicker . I do use dry shampoo every so often instead of a wash if I'm really lazy .

After using it for a good three weeks now and I have noticed my hair is a lot smoother and totally frizz free since using the range. My hair also feels a lot stronger and shinier than usual - which I love - thanks to the magic of Keratin .  I do find the shampoo does give me a little build up (so once a week I use a clarifying shampoo with the conditioner. ) My hair feels silky smooth and hydrated - especially a good thing in this yucky dry winter weather. 

Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo & Conditioner is formulated with Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives which help repair damage deep inside hair.

Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo
Dove has created a unique formulation to visibly repair and progressively nourish damaged hair with continuous use. Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo, formulated with Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives, helps your hair to recover from damage in two different ways. The formula repairs signs of surface damage, making your hair look and feel smoother and making it stronger against breakage. It also penetrates the strands to provide hair nourishment deep inside, making your hair look healthier, wash after wash. Suitable for daily use.
Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Conditioner - Helps to nourish hair and visibly repair damage and so hair looks healthy and strong.
Looking for the best conditioner for damaged hair? From styling to changes in the weather, our hair goes through a lot every day – but with the right products you can have nourished hair, inside and out. Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Conditioner visibly repairs damage, strengthening against breakage. Even the most damaged hair can look healthy day after day. Dove conditioner is formulated to nourish and help restore the hair inside as well. Formulated with Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives, Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Conditioner repairs the signs of damage to the hair surface and, with continued used, penetrates the hair strands to progressively nourish, making hair stronger against breakage, beautiful and visibly healthier with every wash. Suitable for daily use.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with the range - and since it's so easy accessible too I can see myself picking this up again after my bottles are done.

Have you tried this range before ?

I was sent these products to try out and do a review for Rubybox - all opinions are my own