Monday, 13 August 2018

July Monthly Favourites


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

I'm a little late this month to share my monthly favourites but rather late than forgetting another month to share what I love right ?

July is usually our anual family week getaway - so my favourites will include some travel friendly options this month as I am showing a few mini's here . These are all products that I loved and couldn't stop reaching for in the month of July. 


Hean Eyebrow Pomade - Ash Brown
I have mentioned my love for the Benifit version quite a few times in monthly favourites but I was lucky enough to try out this lovely brow pomade from Hean cosmetics that I was really pretty excited to try it. And with good reason - as I mentioned before this is such an amazing brand. The brow pomade lasts forever on your brows - the colour (ash brown) suits me perfectly and it's pretty easy to work with. Not to creamy and not to stiff - the perfect mixture that you need in a brow product.  Locally Hean products are available from Glamore Cosmetics and Gael and Emma makes it such a pleasure to shop from them as they are always so willing to assist you with any questions. 

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
I did do a full review HERE a week or two back but this is seriously one of the best body lotions you can ever use. It hydrates dry skin instantly and keeps it moisturised and soothed . I love how it doesn't have a scent as I have been sick most of July and strong scents isn't the best option then. I can see myself repurchasing this lotion once I finish this bottle. My skin (especially my knees are so much softer and smoother that I can't wait to rock ripped jeans again now ) . 

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Primer
I have mentioned it in my June's New On My BeautyDeskI have a few eyeshadow palettes that even with my previous eyeshadow primer won't last a whole workday on me - and I wanted a great primer especially for those shadows. This does exactly that. It makes your eyeshadow look last FOREVER !! Even after a very very very late night my eyeshadow still looks perfect . I keep this one especially for those palettes now or when I know I'm having an extra long day.
Revlon Kiss Balm Tropical Coconut SPF20
I really love the Revlon Kiss Balm lip-balms to pop into my bad during the day - the colour ones provide a little bit of colour on the lips and they smell amazing. And I LOVE that these balms contains SPF20 as I really do believe in protecting my skin and lips during the year. The Tropical Coconut is colourless - so this is the perfect throw on anytime balm you can ever have. And it smells like being on a tropical island .... YUM !!
Benefit They're Real! Mascara in Black
Red Square had the Girl o' Clock Rock set on 50% off just a week or two before I went on holiday and I decided this was the perfect time to try some of their bestsellers in one go without committing to any full size products. These are super teeny tiny versions - but they were perfect to pop into my make-up bag for a few days away. Wow ! I am amazed how much I love this mascara. It's waterproof , lasts all day and looks amazing. The wand separates your lashes and makes you look wide awake (even when you are not ) . I love this mascara so much that even though it's pretty pricey for a mascara - I already treated my self to a backup mini one. I'm sure in Summer I will reach for this one over and over and over again. 

Benefit Lollitint and PosieTint
As I mentioned I got the Girl o'Clock set on special at RedSquare and popped all 12 mini products into my bag to try. I didn't pack any back up blush while traveling as I was dead set to give these a fair try after reading so many mixed reviews. The set contained three colours - and while I love all three these two are my favourites. They blend in easily with your fingers to give you a flushed look that really lasts the whole day . This works as a perfect lipstain too but I prefer them for blushes. Both colours are so stunning and even the Lollitint (purple lavender one ) looks so natural. I feel these will be amazing for summer as they will last forever in the summer heat.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer   :To be honest I hardly ever use bronzer so I knew even though this was a Cult Classic I wouldn't like it. Boy oh boy was I surprised. This is such a gorgeous toned bronzer to warm up the skin and blends in really easily which blew me away . It lasts a pretty decent time on your skin too. This also works amazing as a eyeshadow - so it's the perfect multi purpose product. Can I see myself buying the full size ? Probably not as I feel I won't really be that into bronzer all year round. But for now .. this product fits into my routine and it's pretty magical to warm up my make-up look. 
My magical moments for July included spending some time away with the kiddo (which was much needed ) . We went to Hartebeespoortdam for a few days and spend the time at a gorgeous place right next to the mountains and dam. We truly had the best time going for morning and evening walks and enjoying nature. And of course Alex loved the trampoline and looking for monkeys , ducks and fishies. 

What was some of your July favourites ??

Monday, 6 August 2018

My Current Morning Skincare Routine

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

Today I am sharing my current skincare routine with you . Some of these products only recently came into my life - some are firm favourites but I'm sharing what I use today and why I love these products.

For reference my skin is usually normal / combo in summer , but in winter my skin is a mess. I suffer from extremely dry dehydrated skin that gets dry patches super easily especially since it's cold and flu season and I have been sick quite a lot in the last few weeks.



Justine Oil Control Face Wash 
I already did a full review on the whole Justine Oil Control range HERE - but this face wash has stayed a firm favourite in my routine. I'm already on my second bottle and have a back up ready. As I mentioned yes my skin is currently a lot drier and dehydrated - but this face wash doesn't irritate my skin and keeps any blemishes at bay yet gives me an effective deep cleanse morning and evening. 
Sorbet Hydro Skin Silicone Face Cleanser
I did a full review on this nifty little gadget from Sorbet HERE - and I do use this morning and evening with my Justine Oil Control Face wash. It's also a little mini face mask when I wake up - which always helps. 

Nivea 1minute Urban Detox Moisture Mask  
This is a new step into my routine which I really really love . The new Nivea masks work in just 1 minute (who doesn't love a product that works almost instantly ) to intensively moisturise your skin with Green Tea & Hylarunic Acid - it's a quick easy step that I feel makes a difference. My skin feels more hydrated and it gives me an extra boost especially with me being so sick lately. I haven't been using it that long so I will do a full review on both the masks in the range really soon. 
Human & Kind Face Cloth
These are the best softest face cloths you will ever need. Once I put on the Nivea mask and waited the one minute - I gently remove the rest with this face cloth. These come in a two pack and honestly it's the best . They are also machine washable and last forever. 

Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray 
This has featured in numerous favourites posts since last March when I discovered this product - and it's been a firm favourite since. I did I full review if you are interested to read more about it HERE. This is a holy grail product in my beauty routine that I won't replacing with anything else. Though I used the small container for the photo ( This is the one I have in my travel bag) - In reality I have the big daddy can in my bathroom that I use morning and nigh time and during the day . This brings some added moisture to my skin as well as well as calmness to red cheeks . I sometimes even use this as a setting spray if my skin is extremely dry .

AA  Cosmetics Skin Boost Serum with 8% Vit C & Acerola Extract
Gael from Glamore Cosmetics was kind enough to send me the Vitamin C range to try out from AA Cosmetics range to try out. (The day cream is fantastic too - I use it too and mine is almost completely finished). I love this serum. I can honestly say I have noticed how much less tired and dull my skin started looking - I love that this will help with pigmentation too. While it's a pricier serum this is one I will be repurchasing soon . My skin perks up and I can notice the difference on days I don't use the serum. This is a little magical sprinkle of Vitamin C in a bottle. 
Eucerin Anti Redness Concealing Day Cream
This is only a recent add on - with me being so extremely busy at work I was lacking on taking proper care of myself (I'm sure everyone putting on heaters didn't help either )that resulted in my skin becoming extremely dry and dehydrated . I decided to try some Eucerin products (I use one of the range creams at night now too ) to treat some issues I were having. With my dehydration I started getting extremely red dry skin around midday that became extremely tight . This moisturiser has a slight green tint to help combat redness - and I fell in love instantly. I love that this has a sunscreen in - without leaving me oily or greasy during the day. While the green tint might look a little scary at first - it doesn't leave a green layer on your skin - so you won't be walking around looking like the Hulk all day. I didn't have extreme redness but I feel this did help me a lot to get my skin back where it needed to be. 


AA Caring Lip Oil in Wild Berry
This is another recent discovery that I can't live without from Glamore Cosmetics. Gael was always raving on Instagram about how amazing this lip oil is - and while I love the Hean Lip Elixir I knew I had to try this gem out too. This lip oil contains avocado , argan , achiote and sweet almond oil to hydrate and smooth dry chapped lips. I use this as I am doing my skincare routine in the morning - and since it leaves a little bit of a lip stain on too - most mornings I don't even bother using a lipstick or gloss. The colour is gorgeous too and I love how this is a stunning colour and a gorgeous hydrating lip treatment all in one. Again - I can't rave enough about the amazing lip products Glamore cosmetics stocks. I mention it a million times but I have so many skin sensitivity issues food wise that always irritate my lips and I love how I know the products they sell will never disappoint me. 

Not pictured - but included in my routine is the two times I press snooze and the cup of coffee I need to bribe myself with to get out of bed in the morning .

Have you tried any of these products before ?? Are you a morning person or a night owl ?


Friday, 27 July 2018

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

Hi guys ! Happy Friday ! How was your week ? Mine has been hectic like usual - work has been extremely busy the last three weeks but from next week some normality should return luckily.

Last week I received the Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion from Rubybox to test and review for you guys and I was really excited to try out the brand and this lotion as my skin has been extremely dry so far this winter . I do use a body lotion daily (although with the colder months I have been lazier and skipping the richer lotions for spray lotions so I have noticed my skin being drier than normal ) .


The first thing I LOVED and noticed was - this body lotion doesn't have any fragrance. For me that's a big winner as I mentioned before on the blog I'm extremely sensitive to scents and that plays a big part in my choice for a body lotion .


Another big important factor for me is the greasy-ness level. I'm much more likely to use a body lotion if I don't feel like there is a greasy layer on my skin . While I don't mind my skin feeling moisturised there is nothing worse than feeling greasy - which this lotion doesn't have. It absorbs into your skin quickly - yet it keeps it feeling moisturised and cared for during the day - enough to make any dry itchy patches disappear. 


Available to purchase at Clicks and Dis-Chem pharmacies - RSP R79.99 200ml

Have you tried anything from Aveeno before ??


*Rubybox did sent me the product to test out and review. All thoughts are my own *

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

{Beauty Tools Edition} Sorbet Hydro Skin Silicone Facial Cleanser

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

Today I'm sharing the second part of my Beauty Tools Edition Post - if you missed the first part all about Jade Rollers you can read it HERE .

Facial cleansing tools are all the rage - and with good reasoning. It helps your regular cleansing products to work better for healthier , glowing skin. 

In April I bought myself the Sorbet Hydro Skin Silicone Facial Cleanser on sale (who doesn't love a good Clicks sale ! )  as I loved that it used batteries instead of needing to be charged like my previous Sorbet Facial Cleanser. I also loved the fact that this one doesn't need replacement bristles every few weeks .

The Sorbet Hydro Skin Silicone Facial Cleanser helps ensure blemish-causing impurities are gently cleansed away - which will not only improve the absorption of all your other skincare products , but help leave your skin looking clearer , healthier and glowing.

This one has an adjusting pulsation intensity with two different option to deep cleanse the skin and penetrate into the pores. It has easy to control buttons to use which is always a bonus. It's ergonomic design makes it super easy to hold too - and I love since it's silicone bristles it's easy to just wipe dry and throw in your bag if you are travelling. It's also pretty splash proof and is protected against minor water damage. 

I use my Justine Oil Control Gel cleanser with this as well as some foaming cleansers and I do love how it works perfectly with both types of cleansers .

Although I do love that it is battery operated - it does go through batteries pretty quickly - which is something you might consider before buying. 

This Silicone Facial Cleanser retails for R259 at Sorbet Stores as well as Clicks stores and Clicks Online Store. And if you want to try it out wait for those awesome cash back perks or even a sale on Sorbet goodies to pick it up .

Have you tried any facial cleansing tool before ??

Monday, 16 July 2018

My Winter Skin Savers - Hand & Cuticle Care

Hi guys ! Happy Monday ! Did you watch the soccer World Cup last nigth ? It was such an amazing match !

Things have been a little quiet over here on the blog the last few weeks - I've been down with a cold and school holidays meant being a little bit busier than normal. But luckily schools are starting again tomorrow so then it will be back to normal . Now if only I can get better again ...

The last few weeks my hands have been EXTREMELY dry and my cuticles got extremely dry and painful. Apparently just buying products doesn't help if you don't actually use them. I got a box full of goodies from Justine to review on the blog - just as I ordered the hand scrub and hand cream and decided to put these products to the test. 


Justine Honey Herbal Hand Scrub
I was in the market for a good hand scrub (which I couldn't find anywhere) to pamper my nails a bit when I do them. I decided to pick up this scrub. It smells incredible spa- like and has fine granules to exfoliate dry hands and cuticles and prep it for moisturiser . The granules aren't rough on your skin - which makes this the perfect once / twice a week step in my routine. 

Justine Tissue Cuticle Treatment 
This product has been mentioned in a few nail-care posts HERE and HERE and again with good reason. This cuticle oil really does wonders for dry cuticles. This has been a repurchase a few times in the last few years . It has the classic tissue oil scent but does an amazing job at hydrating. I try to use this oil before bedtime and after I do my nails - but I have really neglected my routine lately with the dry weather and being sick (and using tons and tons of hand sanitisers ) so at night time I do switch it up every few nights with the Justine Tissue Oil Multi-Purpose Balm. 
Justine Tissue Oil Multi Purpose Balm
Now this is some magic unicorn sorcery in this container. I have never used any cuticle product that makes such a huge difference like this container of magic. The Justine Multi Purpose balm isn't just a cuticle balm - you can use it on chapped lips - any dry skin areas but this is a must have product . A little goes a long way but this can make sore , ragged cuticles look so much smoother and almost normal within a day . I'm seriously impressed and can't recommend this product enough.  
Justine Tissue Oil Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream
This was a freebie with some other tissue oil products I ordered and I'm really impressed. This hand cream absorbs really quickly into the skin but leaves it feeling hydrated and looking and feeling moisturised. I prefer to keep this tube next to my bed and use it at night before I get into bed - as I'm using the Tissue Oil cuticle treatment too and I feel they go together extremely well. 
Justine Honey Herbal Hand Treatment Cream First of all - I love hand creams that has a pump bottle. It makes it so much easier to use on my way out the door in the morning - I can just pump some into my hands and massage it in as I walk out the door. I really love how hydrating the Honey Herbal Treatment Cream is - I feel it's a little more hydrating than the Tissue Oil version too. This doesn't absorb as quickly as the Tissue oil one - but I find this is perfect after I just did my nails before taking photos to post on social media and in the morning as I'm on my way to work / dropping of Alex at school were I know I won't be touching papers etc as this is a little greasier and absorbs a bit slower.  I do feel of the two this is the better one if you have extremely dry hands and cuticles. The do have smaller versions of tubes too - if you prefer an easy to throw into your handbag version.

These are all products that really saved my hands and cuticles in the last two weeks .

Have you tried any of these products before ??

If you are interested in seeing some of my favourites from previous years  - follow the links here :

The Justine Honey Herbal Treatment was sent to review 

Monday, 18 June 2018

New On My Beauty Desk - June

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . Hope you had a great weekend !

June so far has been a pretty exciting month blog wise. I have so many new goodies that landed on my beauty desk that will all get their own dedicated posts ... But today I'm sharing some of the thing I picked up so far. (And luckily I'm impressed with most of them so far - yeah ! )

Avon ANEW Transforming Cleansing Balm
With the colder months upon us I really love using a Cleansing Balm. I mentioned the Pink Cosmetics one HERE in my March Monthly favourites and when I saw Avon came out with a new one I knew I had to try it. This one is a more balmy formula - I love how it is unscented and does an amazing job at removing make-up. The balm is a little bit of a harder formula - but yet again a little does go a long way. I do prefer this one a little more as I feel my eyes don't sting for a second or two after removing my mascara as it does with the other one. 
Avon ANEW Perfect Skin Instant Blurring Treatment
I have a few primers I am currently using and when I saw Avon came out with a new one I had to try it. This doesn't feel super silliconey but does a decent job of blurring your imperfections on your skin. I love using this on a day I wear no make-up too - as it makes me look more flawless. As a primer it does make your foundation last longer on your skin . All downside for me personally - it does have a quite perfumey scent - it does disappear after a few minutes but it's worth a mention .I don't like using silicone based primers too many days in a row - but this one doesn't clog up my skin and give me breakouts so I'm pretty impressed.  

Essence I love Effect Eyeshadow Base
It's no secret that the Essence eyeshadow primer is my go to primer . It's pretty affordable and does a great job at making your eyeshadow look good during the day. I have both the nude version and the pink version so I knew I had to pick up the grey version too. I'm sure this will be perfect to intensify a smokey eye or give some darker vibes to my current eyeshadow looks. I'm pretty excited to try this one out. 
Wet n Wild Photofocus eyeshadow primer
Another eyeshadow primer ??? Yes ! When Simran on Instragram mentioned this as her go to eyeshadow primer ( You should also totally follow here page HERE ) I knew I had to try it too. It was a little pricier but she mentioned she had oily eyelids and this primer works wonders on her. I have a few eyeshadow palettes that even with the Essence eyeshadow primer won't last a whole workday on me - and I wanted a great primer especially for those shadows. This does exactly that. It makes your eyeshadow look last FOREVER !! Even after a very very very late night my eyeshadow still looks perfect . I keep this one especially for those palettes now or when I know I'm having an extra long day.

Essence Keep It Perfect Setting Spray
This is one of the BEST and most affordable Essence setting sprays. It makes your make-up melt into your skin and helps it look flawless and less powdery - and helps it last longer too. This and the matte setting sprays is some of the best most affordable ones on the market . 
Cettua Spot Clear Patch 
When I saw these when I popped into Clicks I knew I had to try them . I do suffer from the occasional spot and these seem perfect. They are clear patches (there are two sizes a smaller one and a bigger one ) These you can put on overnight (for up to 12 hours ) that helps combat spots and blemishes. It really does work wonders (it won't make it disappear overnight but it does a pretty decent job at shrinking it ! ) and it helps to not pick at the spot. I bought the Skin Strategy ones too - and will do that in a separate post but I love this discovery ! 




Anything here you would like a full review on ?? Anything fun and new you tried lately that I need to try too ??

Friday, 15 June 2018

Disappointing Products


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

Today I am sharing some disappointing products with you guys. I know disappointing product posts can sometimes get a little negative - if these products work amazing for you please leave me a tip how you perhaps use it differently  - because let's be real no one wants to buy make-up to unhappy about it .

HudaBeauty #FauxFilter Foundation in 100B Milkshake 
You have no idea how excited I was about this foundation when I ordered this from Cult Beauty . I read so many great reviews that I couldn't wait to try it. It looks so high end and even looking at this photo breaks my heart.  Sadly on me this foundation doesn't work at all. The scent didn't bother me - but oh boy ! It feels heavy on my skin (like I am wearing a THICK layer of foundation ) ... but doesn't make me look flawless sadly. I feel my BB Cream gives me better coverage (although it could be because I used a beauty blender ) . I wish it didn't feel so heavy . 

Essence You Better Work! Gym Proof Primer
When I first posted this primer everyone was super excited to read my thoughts on it. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE Essence goodies . It's one of my go to brands. But my skin doesn't like this primer. This is a thicker blue primer and I think it might be the sunscreen in this primer that breaks out my skin like crazy . It does help with helping sweat control to a stage but after four tries and getting small bumpy texture on my skin every single time after using it I just can't use it anymore. 

MOOGOO Natural Cow Lick Lip balm
I got this while paying at the pharmacy while sick as the lady in front of me raved about how amazing it was. Someone beeswax based products doesn't really help to hydrate my lips at all. This is also scented with Citrus Oil which I suspect irritates my lips a little bit too. Is it bad overall ? No . I just don't like it at all. Which is sad as it was kind of pricey for a lip balm.  
Essence Glow To Go Illuminating Setting Spray
I LOVE Essence Settings sprays - so when Essence released this recently I HAD to pick it up . Sadly - for me I don't love it. This contains glitter particles so I find glitter all over my face a little annoying. If you like your face looking like a unicorn puppy licked you all over - then yes you'd love it . If you like a normal setting spray without glitter you won't like this. Will I still use it ? Yes . But mostly over a weekend where I won't mind a little glitter. 

Do you perhaps have any tips for me how to use these products differently ?? Any products you recently used that disappointed you ??

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

My Picks from the Essence Counting Stars Collection

 
Hi guys ! Happy Wednesday . Hope you are having a lovely week so far. 

A little while back I was browsing Takealot and I saw this cute little collection . The collection has lippies , eyeshadows , make-up application tools , hair ties and gorgeous nail goodies. From what I can gather this is a limited edition range exclusive to Takealot as I haven't seen it in store yet. 

From the collection though only a few items jumped out at me . A lipgloss , the two lippies and an eyeshadow palette. 


Essence Counting Stars Highlighter and Eyeshadow Palette 01 Make Your Own Magic R59
This is a gorgeous mini nude palette with three gorgeous colours . Online it does look more pink so don't be fooled into thinking this is a more rosey palette. The colours are SUPER buttery , creamy and blendable - these eyeshadows literally blend themselves . The highligter is a gorgeous more golden toned highlight that can easily work on the skin too - the reason I picked this up it is an easy throw in your make-up bag for a weekend away palette . 


The three colours in the palette : The browns are all super pigmented and blend like a dream - and as mentioned above the highlight shade works perfectly on the cheeks too - so for me this is a little gem to throw in my make-up bag. I was a little surprised though how small this palette was though - so maybe just keep in mind this is a LOT smaller than a normal limited edition palette. 


Essence Counting Star Lipstick in 01 Bring on the Glam & 02 Shine Bright R54
Okay first off - I have to say Takealot has the colour of the lipsticks incorrectly on the site. The name and the photo shown doesn't match . But regardless of that - both lipsticks are super gorgeous buttery and pigmented. The star shaped bullet lipstick is super adorable - but it does make applying the lipstick a little trickier . A bonus is they do leave a bit of a stain on the lips - so even though the colour fades there is still a gorgeous stain left . 
01 Bring the Glam on is a gorgeous blue-toned red lipstick . The colour is gorgeous and pigmented .
02 Shine Bright is a gorgeous bright purple lipstick - this one is by far my favourite . I was blown away by how creamy the formula was - these lipsticks really has such an amazing formula and wear time . 
Essence Counting Stars Star Shot Lip Topper in 01 live, love, sparkle R49 This is a gorgeous clear lipgloss with blue shimmer . I love sparkly glosses like this to have in my bag for when I need a quick touch up during the day or before picking up Alex from school. The glitter / shimmer isn't rough glitter but instead fine cosmetic glitter so you hardly feel it at all on the lips. 

As I mentioned - this collection is available from Takealot.com and they do have the full collection . 
Winners from the goodies I picked that you need - the eyeshadow palette is a winner ! The lipgloss is good but nothing you can't easily dupe ... and if you love lipstick these are a cute addition to your collection. 

How has YOUR week been so far ??