Monday, 21 August 2017

REN Flash Hydro- Boost

Hi guys ! Happy Monday. How was your weekend ?

A little while ago REN was kind enough to send me their latest product launching today - The REN Flash Hydro Boost - which is a water based hydration booster.

I have dehydrated skin - so I always love to bring hydrating products into my routine. I'm really a skincare junkie - and for good reason. I love using great skincare products and can create such a great canvas for any make-up you want to add to your routine. 

This product has such an unique texture . It applies like a cream - and then you add a little bit of water to wet your fingertips and massage into the skin. The product absorbs pretty quickly and does make my skin look plumper , smoother and a lot more hydrated. The Hydro - Boost helps your skin lock in the moisture.

I have been using this in the evening (and even sometimes in the morning if I need the extra hydration) and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin - it's definitely more hydrated and plumper since using the Hydro Boost.

This product is suitable for all skin types that need a boost of hydration .

It's available from today at selected Woolworths stores as well as REN online and retails for R740,00 for 40 ml.

* This product was sent for review - but all opinions are my own *

Friday, 18 August 2017

Inoar Hair Botox Treatment Lowdown and Review

Hi guys. Happy Friday. Today is FREEZING - I'm on my third cup of coffee for the day already . How was your week ? Any fun weekend plans ?

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited to try out the new Inoar Hair Botox treatment at Sorbet Dunkeld . As I mentioned before I love the Inoar Absolute Blond range so I was excited to try this treatment - as my hair can always do with a boost. I take great pride in looking after my hair and trying to keep it in tip top condition - especially taking extra steps since going blonder.

So ... What is the Inoar Hair Botox treatment ? This is a hair treatment containing fatty acids , argon oil , Shea butter , hydrolysed keratin and grape extract . The treatment is rich in Vitamin A , C and E which will help protect your hair . It's also rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals. 
The treatment is pretty easy and not too time consuming - Your hair gets washed, the treatment applied for 30 minutes and then rinsed out.
 The Benefits ?
Restores and Hydrates
Promotes Hair Growth
Strenghtens Hair
Volume Reduction
Frizz Reduction
Curl Reduction
Manageable Hair
Reduces knots and easily detangles Hair
Adds Shine
The treatment also includes a Blow dry - and let me tell you the ladies at Sorbet Dunkeld know what they are doing. The blow dry was amazing and I left the salon feeling like a fairy princess. (They have  awesome cappuccino's that are super yummy too !  )
My results ? Awesome soft hair that was super soft and with a lot less frizz. The treatment lasts about 4 weeks and makes a awesome boost for your hair with the change of season.
If your hair needs a little extra boost - I would HIGHLY recommend you give the Inoar Botox Treatment a try.
Thanks again to Danielle and Sorbet Dunkeld for inviting me to try this amazing treatment.
Sorbet Dunkeld info :
Address : Cnr Bompas Road and Jan Smuts Avenue , Dunkeld Shopping Centre , Shop 2A , Dunkeld , Johannesburg , 2196
Phone : 011 325 2921
* Although I was invited to try the treatment - all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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 *