Monday, 18 April 2016

Skittlette Mani with Tutorials on the Accent Nails

 Hi guys. Happy Monday. How was your weekend ?

Today I am sharing another fun nail look with the polishes I mentioned HERE last week. I have a full review on the two colours in the link. Along with the 2 gorgeous polishes, NailCandi send me some Chevron tape, and I bought the Liquid Palisade earlier this year , so I will be showing how it works in my little tutorials in the end too. 

But first onto the skittlette mani -  can I just take a moment to say I'm completely in love with how gorgeous this is ? This mani is so me - I love Chevron pint - and the Nail Candi Chevron Tape is one of the easiest ones I have used. The peel of super easily - and they don't peel of your polish underneath. One of the reasons I prefer to sponge on the colour on top - I feel you get a much neater look in the end . 

I bought the Nail Candi Liquid Palisade earlier this year for gradients / glitter gradients - and it's such an amazing product . They make clean up super easy. It applies like a polish (I prefer to apply it a little thicker ) and after you do a gradient - you peel off and voila -no messy clean up. Which is one of the main reasons I usually HATED doing gradient nail art. 

One of the reasons I love it for glitter gradients - some glitters are soooo jam packed with glitter that it's hard to apply evenly onto the nail with the brush (As was the case with the Glitter Me This glitter ) .

So onto the photos of this mani - 


 And onto the tutorials -


Tutorial for the Chevron Nail :

1. Apply White Nail Polish on nail ( I used Essence White on White )
2. Apply  Liquid Palisade on cuticle
3. Let it dry for a few minutes
4. Start cutting your Chevron strips
5. Apply chevron tape to nails ( I applied three )
6. Using a little bit of a make-up sponge I applied Black Nail polish onto the sponge
7. Sponge the polish onto the nail
8. Remove the chevron tape
9. Remove the Liquid Palisade and topcoat - and Voila no clean up needed.


Tutorial for Glitter Nail :

1. Apply black nail polish to nail ( I used Essence Black is Back )
2. Apply Liquid Palisade on cuticle
3. Let it dry a few minutes.
4. Using a little bit of a make-up sponge I applied Glitter me This on the sponge
5. Sponge the glitter onto the nail
6, Remove the Liquid Palisade and topcoat. 


NailCandi is an online Nail Mall that sells gorgeous polishes and nail art goodies . Feel free to check out there social media links below -

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NailCandiSA
Twitter - https://twitter.com/NailCandiSA
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nailcandi/


How was YOUR weekend ?


*Some of these products were send for me to try out. *

Friday, 15 April 2016

Lush Refresher Shower Jelly

Hi guys ! Happy Friday ! How was your week ? Glad it's weekend ? I still have work tomorrow - but at least I got Monday off.

As I mentioned, while away on holiday , I popped into a Lush store and another thing I was always curious about was their Shower Jelly. This is such a unique concept - and once they demonstrated in store I knew I loved this scent (The blue one Whoosh! smells amazing too - but since I was on holiday the extremely lemony/ citrussy smell on this one blew me away ). The scent seems pretty powerful when you take a piece out , but once used it fades into a gorgeous lemon scent that will instantly brighten your mood. 

Once out of the container, this is a wobbly piece of jelly. I was contemplating using it as is - but I follow a few Lush related Instragram accounts and most suggest cutting your shower jelly into small blocks and using it like that. I decided to go that route - and I'm glad I did. 


Now I use the shower jelly a few ways - I use one block  it in a little sieve to create gorgeous citrussy bubbles in my bath - or I grab a block and use it with a loofah in the shower. That way you only use that block (and while it looks small - it's more than enough for a shower or tons of bubbles in the bath. ) The jelly is firm enough to not melt away instantly - yet lathers up nicely .

I store mine in the fridge (since it's not really close to Winter weather here .. Even though it should be - sigh ! ) and grab a block as needed. My son Alex even discovered that he LOVES the smell - and a few nights a week he will sneak a block to use in his bath time - as a six year old he thinks this wobbly piece of shower jelly is the coolest thing ever . 

From the Lush website -

"When it's nice weather for ducks outside, head straight for the shower with this lemon jelly. Inside, a citrus explosion of fresh organic lemon infusion, lemon oil and organic lemon myrtle will blow the blues away. Why not take your jelly straight out of the fridge or freezer and into the bath or shower with you? The rush of cold on your skin will send blood pumping to the surface, increasing circulation and delivering a super-refreshed feeling." 

The Lush Refresher Shower Jelly retails for R89 for the small 100g tub - but there is another bigger one that retails for R165 for 250g tub.

If you haven't already tried this - and you are looking for a great new shower product - I would really recommend picking up this beauty. 

Do you have any fun weekend plans ? What is your favourite scent for bath shower time ? Do you prefer floral smells or citrus smells ?


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour Swatches and Review

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

Revlon launches the new Revlon HD ultra Matte lip colours a little while ago, and Revlon send me two colours to test out. I was pretty impressed , so over the weekend I picked up two more colours. Now first off - These are hard to find , as they fly off the shelves - and for a good reason - they are pretty awesome liquid lipsticks. 

If you have used the HD Lip Lacquers or Lipsticks you will find these have the same vanilla / mango smell to them. I personally like the smell (but I know some people might not ). It doesn't linger too long , but thought it might be worth a mention.

I find these to wear pretty well too - about 4/5 hours (and that included drinking coffee - but they are not transfer proof ) . The wear is pretty comfortable and doesn't dry out your lips - which is great for a liquid lipstick. I like that it leaves a stain on your lips too - so the colour wears off nicely and leaves a pretty stain on your lips (which could easily pass for a lighter version of the colour for another 3/4 hours) The colour range isn't that big , but the six colours in the range covers your everyday colours.

The packaging is pretty neat too. It looks pretty sleek and I love the doe foot applicator - some brands make them too hard but this is firm enough to apply the lipstick nice and evenly without hurting your lips. 
So onto the swatches of the 4 colours I have :

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Seduction
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Flirtation
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Temptation
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Addiction



And the lip swatches - 




Revlon Ultra HD Matte Seduction :
This one is without a doubt my favourite. I can see myself wearing this one the most - it's such a pretty nude ( and we know I'm a sucker for a gorgeous nude lipstick / gloss ) . 
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Flirtation :
This is a gorgeous coral colour . While I'm not usually a fan of coral lip colours - this one is gorgeous. I love this one on more summery days - and it leaves the prettiest stain on your lips. 


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Temptation :
This is a gorgeous bright pink . A perfect colour yet again for summer ( I personally believe you can rock any lip colour in any season - make your own trends .) The stain on this one is pretty awesome too .. It faded beautifully on the lips. 

Revlon Ultra Matte HD Addiction :
This one I got specifically for winter - and I can see myself reaching for this one a lot. As you know - next to nude I LOVE wearing berry / purple lip colours . This is such a rich gorgeous colour that will be perfect for the upcoming colder seasons ( If you are not moving into spring of course ). This one is another one that leaves a gorgeous stain on your lips - a real winner.

As I mentioned , these are available in six colours , and retails for R155. Clicks has them on their Autumn beauty special where you can get 3 for the price of two. But hurry up if you want to take advantage of that offer - these babies are really selling out fast . 

Have you tried them before ? Do you love the matte lip trend ?


*Some products were provided as PR samples*

Monday, 11 April 2016

China Glaze Let's Chalk About it Mani with Glitter Accent

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . How was YOUR weekend ? Mine was actually pretty fun (even though I work on Saturdays ) spending time with family and friends. 

Last week I got the most awesome little parcel from NailCandi , a online manicure shop that included the two most perfect polishes in the world - Yes unicorns were singing as I opened this parcel .  

If you know me - you know I'm a sucker for gorgeous milky pink colours. And the glitter - *swoon* - gold glitter packed with pink and white hex glitter. Both polishes are pure perfection . 

Let's Chalk About It is a gorgeous milky pink polish that's opaque in two coats - now let me tell you that's pretty hard to achieve for a baby pink - the formula is perfection . 

Glitter Me This is a gorgeous glitter topper polish with gold and white and pink hex glitter in. The formula is pretty glitter packed . 

I will have swatches of the polishes as well as another fun nail art look on the blog next week too. 

I love a mani with a glitter accent. And I feel like it's such a fun way to start getting into nail art if you are not sure what to do. A glitter accent mani is usually my go to look for a work look or even a date night. 

So onto the nails - 

In my books - the colours together are perfection . 

NailCandi is an online Nail Mall that sells gorgeous polishes and nail art goodies . Feel free to check out there social media links below -

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NailCandiSA
Twitter - https://twitter.com/NailCandiSA
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nailcandi/

Do you love glitter accent mani's ? How was YOUR weekend ??


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

Friday, 8 April 2016

Lush Ayesha Fresh Face Mask

Hi guys ! Happy Friday ! How has your week been ? I am loving the colder weather this week - so I'm taking full advantage while it lasts with scarfs... hot chocolate ... And cuddling with a warm blanket. Did I mention cold weather is my FAVOURITE weather ??

While I was on vacation , I was lucky enough to be close enough to a Lush Store ( YEAH !!) and while I usually only order online - I got the chance to go in and sniff everything ! Let's just say the people working in the Gateway store is some of the coolest people ever. 

While I was in-store I knew I had to pick up a Lush Fresh Face Mask , as you can only get them in-store and not online to try. The one I got was Ayesha - and let me tell you I couldn't wait to try it that evening. 

As you know - I LOVE skincare products. I feel it's very important to take care of your skin - because let's be real make-up can't cover everything . 

This mask might look a little gross in the pot - but don't let the look of the mask fool you. This mask is packed full of magical ingredients. I love how it the mask does an AMAZING job of cleaning the skin and does a great job of instantly tightening and brightening the skin (not permanently , just enough to last the night)  - perfect for a date night or night out - Who doesn't love to look relaxed and refreshed ?

So onto the info from the Lush website :
"Spell binding ingredients to smooth away wrinkles. Lasts long enough for a magical evening. Tightening, absorbent clays, deeply effective asparagus, vitamin rich fresh kiwi, bewitching elderflower and witchazel, leaves the skin radiant relaxed and refreshed. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area.  Leave on for five to ten minutes, then rinse away with warm water. Keep chilled."


Personally , I like to keep this mask on for 15minutes . All downside from the mask - it has an expiry date (usually three weeks ) - mine expires in a week ... BUT since I have been using it non stop since I got it , I think I might run out before this expires. 

This little tub of magic retails for R160,00 in Lush stores - and if I should ever pop into a Lush again - I will without a doubt be picking up this Face Mask again. 

Have you tried any Lush Fresh Face Masks ? The coffee one is pretty awesome too - and that's one you can order online (YEAH ! )

Monday, 4 April 2016

My Top 5 Nude Lip Colours

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes / tweets well wishes on my last post, I really appreciate it. I had a great relaxing holiday and back into full swing with great posts for you guys this week. 

In February around Valentine's Day - I did a little mini series about my Top 5 Pink , Purple and Red Lip Colours HERE , and I got a few requests for some more. So today I will be continuing the series with my Top 5 Nude Lip Colours. 

As you may or may not know, I'm a HUGE fan of nude nail polish - but my love for nude coloured things doesn't stop here. I'm also a HUGE fan of rocking a nude lip most days - and these are my favourite I reach for the most often. They might all look the same in the top photo - so let me share the swatches and a mini review on each of these gorgeous colours.



Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer Smokey Topaz 
These awesome lip lacquers are formulated with a gel formula high gloss shine . The formula has a light feel, while the colour is SUPER pigmented . My favourite part of this gloss - it is EXTREMELY moisturising . Even after the colour had faded, my lips still feel moisturised . 
Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick in Hidden Secret
Yes, it's not super pigmented , but it gives your lips a nice wash of colour - perfect to give your lips a hint of a brown toned nude colour. . And it's nice and hydrating. The colour doesn't last too long though , about an hour or two at most . but then again it's super affordable and easy to pop into your bag. 
Essence Wearing only a Smile Lipstick
This gorgeous pink toned nude is one of my favourite colours - I'm already on my second tube of this colour. I love super pale nudes - and this colour is just that. If you prefer warmer toned nudes, the first two I showed are perfect for that - this one will make you look like death if you are super pale .(Although I love that about the lipstick )
Colorpop LippyStix Addict
This is my favourite one out of them all. I love how glossy and moisturising this Lippystix is. And again - like all Colorpop Lippystix - they smell like vanilla cupcakes. Yeah ! This colour has a creme formula - and I noticed the creme formula Colorpop lippies does fade after a few hours (around 2/3)  on my lips. But they are super thin and will easily pop into your handbag. 
Colorpop Ultra Matte Lipstick Midi
The Colorpop Ultra Matte's have an impressive formula , they are kiss proof and last all day . (I have to remove this lip colour at night with some make-up remover ) I can wear it all day without my lips feeling itchy or dry . If you want a great neutral look that will last all day - this is a winner. 


So that's a round up of my Top 5 Nude Lip Colours. What's YOUR favourite nude lipstick or do you prefer bold colours ??