Friday, 30 May 2014

Winter Proof your Skin


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Hi guys ! The latest issue of Lapelle is out, and Dr Bradley Wagemaker, Medical Director, of Lamelle Research Laboratories  gives some awesome tips to winter proof your skin. 

Click here to read the latest issue - Issue 5
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Afraid the season will take its toll? Here are a few good and proper vitamins, nutrients, herbs and health products that can help take the sting out of winter

The information in this article should not be taken as medical advice. Always talk to your GP before taking a new supplement.

1. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is enjoying its time in the sun, so to speak, as recent research has confirmed its importance for our overall health. It is essential for calcium absorption, (and thus for bone growth and density). It improves the functioning of the nervous system and the heart and can even speed up muscle recovery and improve the bodys immune response. It can also boost your mood and help with the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD, or the winter blues).

Lamelle Research Laboratories offers Ovelle D3 as a Vitamin D supplement that also improves the health of your skin.

Ovelle D3
We get Vitamin D3 from the sun by spending 15 to 20 minutes per week in the sun without sunblock on. But do any of us want to risk that kind of sun exposure?

And, unless you eat about half a kilogram of salmon or eggs in a week, youre not going to get enough vitamin D from your food.

The best way to make sure youre getting enough of this star vitamin is by taking a daily supplement. Lamelle Research Laboratories has added Vitamin D3 to their Ovelle supplement, which uses the anti-oxidant Pycnogenol to reduce premature skin ageing. Pycnogenolis a patented formulation of Pine Bark Extract with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been scientifically proven to improve skin elasticity and to improve skin quality in older women. Ovelle has also been proven to reduce the symptoms of menopause. So taking Ovelle D3 will not only ensure you get enough Vitamin D3, it will also give you smoother, stronger, healthier skin while boosting your overall wellbeing.

Speak to your skincare specialist today to start taking Lamelles Ovelle D3.

2. Vitamin E and Omega-3
Winter can be very harsh on our skin. The decreased humidity, the fact that we tend to drink less water than in summer, and problems with circulation that resurface when the weather is cold all lead to our skin drying out. To support circulation and the health of your skin, take Vitamin E and Omega-3 supplements every day in winter. These will soften, soothe and protect your skin.

3. Vitamin C
While high doses of Vitamin C might not have any effect on the duration or severity of colds (despite what many of us have been told), it is still vital for strengthening the immune system. It is an antioxidant that helps to maintain bones and blood vessels and helps the body absorb iron. And, as a bonus, it assists in the formation of collagen, so its great for the skin, too.

4. Echinacea
The celebrity of the herbal supplements industry, Echinacea has antioxidant and antibiotic properties that may help to prevent the common cold. The supplement is made from parts of the flowering Echinacea plant, and some studies have shown that taking it daily increases the number of white blood cells and boosts the immune system.

5. Zinc
Zinc is essential for the functioning of the immune system, and may also treat symptoms of the common cold if you take it as soon as symptoms begin. Zinc is an effective treatment for a wide range of illnesses, from diarrhea to stomach ulcers.

6. Probiotics
The bacteria in our gut help us to digest our food and recently scientists have found a link between these goodbacteria (known as probiotics) and the immune system. Increasing your intake of probiotics will not only aid your digestion, it may also improve the functioning of your immune system, meaning better defences against cold-weather illnesses.

7. Iron
If youre feeling lethargic and run-down thanks to the darkness and chill of winter, increasing your intake of iron can help to fight fatigue. Iron is necessary for your body to make red blood cells, which transport oxygen all over your body. A bit of extra iron can improve your energy levels and your intellectual performance. But dont go overboard having too much iron in your system is very bad for your liver and can even lead to diabetes.

For further info visit www.lamelle.co.za or see our latest issue of Lapelle  www.lapelle.co.za

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

OPI - Louvre Me Louvre Me Not

Hi guys ! Hope you are all having a great week so far. Mine has been  super busy , but hopefully it will calm down a bit from today .

Today I have a gorgeous OPI polish to share with you - Louvre Me , Louvre Me Not. Louvre Me Louvre Me Not  is a pretty medium-dark purple with subtle fuchsia  shimmer. 

This is a saturated plummy kind of purple that isn’t bright, but it also isn’t vampy. Even in dim light, you can tell that it isn’t black. I love these types of shades for Autumn & Winter... vampy yet bringing a little colour onto your nails. 
I used two coats of OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not in the photos below -

What's YOUR favourite Autumn & Winter nail polish colour ??? How has YOUR week been so far ??? 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Pink Stars

Hi guys ! Hope you all had a great weekend . Alex was still battling with a cold... But luckily he's on the mend now. 

Today I have another fun mani to share with you using some awesome KKCenterHK star studs. As you know I LOVE using studs , they are fun and easy , and always gives a fun girly or edgy mani. These 2mm Neon Pink Star Studs are no exception.

For this mani look I used Essie Chastity , and Tip Top Black Forest. Once the black was starting to dry, I gently used a toothpick and placed the star studs into the polish and gently pressed them into the polish. I sealed the studs into place with top coat, and this gorgeous mani was born. 

So onto the photos -
I really love how easy and user friendly these studs are, no nail glue is needed , making it a huge bonus. And they are shaped so they won't catch onto your clothes or hair .

Remember to check out their online store here  KKCenterHK .


How was YOUR weekend ?? 
*This product/s was send to me in exchange for my honest opinion*

Friday, 23 May 2014

Sinful Colors - Let's Talk

Hi guys ! Hope you are all doing well. This has been one LONG week, I'm just so glad it's finally weekend. 

The lovely Siobhan from For The Love of Nail Art send me this gorgeous polish a while back - Sinful Colors Let's Talk. I was blown away by this gorgeous colour. I'm not usually a fan of Sinful Colors polishes (Although I LOVE every single one I own .. ) This one has really changed my mind about the brand in general. I mean just look how gorgeous this rich royal purple is. It's purple perfection in a bottle. 

So onto the photos... I used three coats of Sinful Colors Let's Talk in the photos below -

Stunning isn't it ? Thanks again Voni for this gorgeous polish. 

Anyone have any fun weekend plans ? Been a long week on your side too ??

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Revlon Age Defying Dark Spot Concealer & Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler

Hi guys ! Hope you are having a great week so far.

Today I'm sharing the other 2 products from the new Revlon Age-Defying Range - The Age Defying Dark Spot Concealer & Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler. 

Revlon Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler :
What the Revlon Website says : 
A welcome alternative to invasive treatments, Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler™ is a lightweight, colourless formula with hyaluronic acid that instantly fills deep lines and wrinkles. Skin appears visibly smoother, perfectly prepped for flawless makeup application. 90% of women said skin looked fuller and more plumped when used under makeup. The best part – no appointment necessary! 
My thoughts : 
Since I don't have very deep lines and wrinkles, I only used the product around my eye and forehead area. My forehead being the biggest issue (from facial expressions I have noticed I can see the lines more prominent now ) . I loved how it made my skin look plumper and those pesky facial expression lines disappear. This product applies clear, like a primer you use before make-up. I also let my mom try this out a few times, and she loves it too . 


PRODUCT FEATURES/BENEFITS/INGREDIENTS:
vTargeted wrinkle line filler to be worn alone or under
    makeup;
vFormulated with hyaluronic acid to fill in lines and wrinkles
    instantly;
vLines and wrinkles are instantly filled, while skin remains
    flexible, to smooth skin for improved makeup application;
v90% of women said skin looked fuller and plumped

    when used under makeup.

This product retails at Revlon counters for R138 each. 

The Revlon Age Defying Dark Spot Concealer :
What the Revlon Website says :
Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment™. This innovative concealer allows you to expertly pinpoint and treat dark spots. Featuring a formula with Vitamin C and licorice, this concealer targets the appearance of hyperpigmentation to instantly reduce the appearance of dark spots for more even, brighter looking skin. 82% of women said the appearance of age spots and discolourations were instantly improved.  In addition, the Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment™ has a unique applicator: a needle-nose pinpoints dark spots and a sponge tip to blend formula and conceal them instantly. 

My thoughts on this product :
I LOVE this concealer ! This works wonders under my eyes ... I LOVE the sponge tip applicator - it makes blending in the concealer so much easier. The product comes out through a little hole in the top and the sponge tip can be used to blend it into the skin in no time. This concealer helped my under eye area look brightened and me more awake. 


PRODUCT FEATURES/BENEFITS/INGREDIENTS:
vTargeted spot concealer that instantly improves the
    appearance of age spots/discolouration's;
vFormula with Vitamin C and licorice to help brighten skin;
vNeedle nose tip pinpoints dark spots while sponge tip 
    blends in formula seamlessly;
v82% of women said the appearance of age spots and
    discolouration's were instantly improved.

Shades Available:
Light        Light Medium
Medium   Medium Beige
*I'm shade Light Medium in case you were wondering*

 This product retails at Revlon counters for R138. 

Revlon was kind enough to sponsor a hamper with the 4 Revlon Age Defying products to celebrate my 200 000 page views  . 
Once a winner has been selected - I will email them to get their shade details of the
products .. 

RULES : *GIVE-AWAY CLOSED NOW *
  • As usual, the ONLY obligatory thing to enter is to a leave a comment.
Competition closes on Friday 13 June 2014  8pm . Winner will be announced Saturday 14 June 2014.

CONGRATS TO : AMANDA 
Please email me with your shade details so I can get the hamper off to you . 

How has YOUR week been so far ? Tried any of these products yet ??? Anyone you would LIKE to try ??

Monday, 19 May 2014

Avon Gel Finish - Barely There & Dazzle Pink

Hi guys ! Hope you had a stunning weekend. I just relaxed at home for a change .. Was nice getting a few things done at home.

Today I'm sharing 2 new nail polishes from Avon's Gel Finish range - Barely There & Dazzle Pink. These polishes come in shades, and don't require a base coat and top coat, has a gel like finish .

Barely There is the first one of the two I tried. I LOVE nude nail polishes, they are perfect for office and for everyday wear . The formula applied like butter, and I LOVED the shine. I didn't use base coat or top coat and this polish remained chip free and perfect for 5days ! Only on day 6 did a few chips start to show . I'm really impressed with this one ! This really is perfection in a bottle. 

I used 2 coats of Avon Gel Finish Barely There in the photos below -
The next one is Avon Gel Finish Dazzle Pink. I have to admit, the colour pulls a lot more peach toned in the photos and in real life than it looks in the bottle. This formula was also a little more sheer than Barely There, but it's still a gorgeous colour. This colour has the same wear time .

I used 3 coats of Avon  Gel Finish Dazzle Pink in the photos below - 

These polishes are still on special this month - 1 for R59 or 2 for R99 .. Formula is fantastic and I'm thinking about picking up a few more. 

Have you tried any gel finish polishes lately ? 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Win one of 2 R1000 shopping vouchers from MR Price Sport each month

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Hi guys ! Today I have another awesome Mr Price competition to share with you.

MR Price Sport are running an awesome competition where users who  sign up to the MRPSPORT Newsletter stand a chance to WIN ONE OF TWO R1000 shopping vouchers each month. How awesome is that ?

Mr Price Sport has an amazing sport range gear, and their clothes are perfect for going to gym , hiking, swimming or camping , yet affordable at the same time.  They will keep you stylish whether you work out from home or go to the gym ... They have something to suit your every need.

So why should you sign up ?? Mr Price Sports will send you a monthly "Get Into It" magazine digitally. Issue 10 is out now and the content is great for outdoor lovers as they feature ranges for camping and hiking, and some great healthy snack ideas. You can check it out here - www.mrpricesport.com/WhatsNew/GetIntoItIssue-10.aspx.

And that's not all, the newsletter will keep you in the loop of whats hot, special promotions, give- aways and behind the scenes footage as well as tips from your favourite sport stars .

You can sign up for the newsletter as well as enter to win 2 of the R1000 vouchers here - http://www.mrpricesport.com/WhatsNew/Competition.aspx? .

And who know, perhaps you can be one of the lucky winners ! 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Revlon Age Defying CC Cream & Firming & Lifting Foundation Review

Hi guys ! Hope you are all having a great week so far. Mine has been super busy  ... But hopefully it will calm down a bit soon. 

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on two new Revlon products I've been testing out for a while now - Their new Age Defying Range CC Cream & Firming & Lifting Foundation.  

First up is the Revlon Age Defying CC Cream :
From the Revlon Website -
A multi-benefit color-correcting and anti-ageing CC cream, Revlon Age Defying CC Cream™ Colour Corrector, targets the very first signs of aging to deliver light, yet buildable, coverage and improve the condition of your skin. Hyperpigmentation and fine lines can be seen as the initial signs of ageing; Revlon Age Defying CC Cream™ diminishes these, instantly covering, hydrating, smoothing and brightening skin. Fine lines are visibly smoothed and skin tone looks brighter while being protected with a broad spectrum SPF 30. In just 8 weeks, 85% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of dark spots on bare skin. 

My thoughts on the product :
I wear foundation basically everyday, so I wasn't sure if I would like the CC Cream. But I was pleasantly surprised. I love that the CC Cream has a SPF30 in, as I'm very VERY big on using Sunscreen every single day. The product was also very hydrating , and I loved the fact that this made my skin look so fresh brightened without looking over powering. This really was MY SKIN JUST BETTER . As I was struggling with a few sleepless nights thrown in too, I was surprised that this made me look awake each morning. Seriously this is like magic in a bottle for me. 

PRODUCT FEATURES/BENEFITS/INGREDIENTS:
vA lightweight, multitasking formula that provides SPF
       sunscreen protection, moisture, coverage, luminosity
       and even skin tone;
vSkin tone is more even and looks brighter;
vFine lines are visibly improved and dry skin instantly
        moisturised;
vContains Broad Spectrum SPF 30;
vIn just 8 weeks, 85% of women saw a reduction in the
vappearance of dark spots on bare skin. 

RSP : R189 at Revlon counters. 

They are also available in the following 4 shades : 
(I'm shade Light / Medium for those curious )
  •   Light
  •   Light / Medium
  •   Medium
  •    Deep
Next up is the Revlon Age Defying Firming & Lifting Make-Up
Some info from the Revlon Website :
Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup™ With SPF 15 - Revlon’s first anti-ageing foundation with lifting and firming benefits. Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup™ is a multi-use makeup that gives flawless coverage, instantly covering dark spots and wrinkles while providing you with a more youthful, brighter look. The makeup uses an advanced formula with our exclusive Triple Lift Complex to visibly tighten and contour skin, targeting the more advanced signs of aging. 93% of women saw noticeably improved skin after just 8 weeks.

PRODUCT INFORMATION:
Dark spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles – these are indicators of ageing skin. While we believe in the notion of ageing gracefully, we also believe you can defy age beautifully. Revlon unveils a new approach to age defying with a collection of anti-ageing products that correct, conceal and protect. Whether looking for targeted solutions or all-over coverage, the Revlon Age Defying Firming & Lifting Makeup allows you to defy age…beautifully.
As a dermatologist who specialises in the prevention and treatment of sun damage, I am excited to be working with Revlon on their revolutionary Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup. Revlon has a long history of expertise with makeup, providing women with a bright, natural and more youthful glow. I am especially impressed with Revlon's science and innovation to bridge the gap and provide a makeup line with unique anti-ageing properties; their exclusive Triple Lift Complex contains hyaluronic acid and peptides, helping women to maintain a youthful appearance and to feel more beautiful.” – Dr. Elizabeth Hale, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine.
This foundation works to even skin tone, cover flaws while brightening and hydrating skin for a refreshed, lifted look. 

My thoughts on the product :
As I mentioned I do wear foundation every day, so I was so happy to try out this foundation. This is a medium to full coverage foundation on me, and again , I loved that this didn't look caked on as some foundations tend to look. This went on smoothly and again, blends in perfectly with your skin. I have a few dark spots and this covered them perfectly. This is the first foundation in a while that I can say I am 100% happy with. Again, this has a SPF 15 in, another huge bonus for me. 

PRODUCT FEATURES/BENEFITS/INGREDIENTS:
vRevlon’s most advanced anti-aging formula that delivers a
    youthful look with seamless coverage in a foundation with
    added skincare benefits;
vAdvanced formula with exclusive Triple Lift Complex to
    visibly  tighten and contour skin;
vSkin feels firmer and appears more contoured and fine line 
    and wrinkles appear diminished;
vMedium to full buildable coverage with broad spectrum
    SPF 15;
vIn just 12weeks, 91% of women saw younger looking skin 

RSP : R245 at Revlon Counters

They have the following shades available :
(I'm shade Bare Buff for those wondering )
Fresh Ivory        Bare Buff
Sand Beige      Natural Beige
Honey Beige    Cool Beige
Golden Beige   Medium Beige
Early Tan           Toast
Caramel 1

I was really impressed with both these new products , and would really recommend them to anyone looking for a new foundation or CC Cream. 

I will be reviewing the other 2 products, The Revlon Targeted Dark Spot Concealer and Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler a little later this week, so stay tuned for that and an awesome Give-away where you can win an Age Defying hamper. 

*This product/s was send to me in exchange for my honest opinion*

Monday, 12 May 2014

Essence - Baby , You're A Firework

Hi guys... Hope you all had a great weekend and had an amazing Mother's Day. Mine was nice and relaxing as a family. 

Today I'm sharing one of the newer Essence Release polishes - One of their Effect Sparkling Sugar Polishes. I have to admit.. The colour in the bottle was EVERYTHING I hoped for in a polish.. Texture... Light  Pink ... But unfortunately on the nail it was a big disappointment for me. The colour is a little sheer , the effect wasn't there... The polish was just a plain polish on me so I ended up top coating the polish. 

Essence Baby You're a Firework has gorgeous golden and light pink glitters in a pearly shimmery base. As I said earlier , it is very sheer... If you have shorter nails or don't mind VNL ( Visible Nail Line) then you don't need to layer it though. 

I layered it over Tip Top Melting Marshmallow in my photos with 2 coats Essence Baby, You're a Firework . The combo was nice and girly.. But it did leave me disappointed as I was looking for a texture polish . 


I did love the mani combo though .. And wore it for about 5 days before getting any chips. 

How was YOUR weekend ??? Tried any new Essence polishes lately you would like to recommend to me ?

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Remember to Vote today !

Hi guys ! Hope you are all doing well. As you know (and for the international ladies that doesn't know... ) today is the day to cast your vote in our Election. I really hope that you do go out and vote today. 

So , since today is election day, I decided to do a mani inspired by the IEC Election logo so this is my #NOTD too. I really love how my little logo turned out.

So onto the mani - 
Polishes I used :
Pinky & Thumb- OPI I Vant to Be A-Lone Star with a black stud
Ring & Index - Essence The Boy next Door topped with Essence Crack!Me White
Middle - IEC Logo 

Have a lovely Wednesday !