Monday, 11 December 2017

Essence Advent Calendar 2017 Day 1 - 7

Hi guys. Happy Monday . Sorry for being MIA for a two almost three weeks on the blog . As I mentioned in my last post - my gran was in ICU and sadly she passed away the same day as my last post. I was extremely close to my gran - so  I needed a little break from social media and blogging - but I'm finally back again. 

This year I got another Essence Advent Calendar for myself and a Lego on for my son Alex. If you follow me on Instagram , Twitter or Facebook I open up and share the calendars every morning on there. Today I will share what the goodies was in the first week of my Essence calendar. 

If there is any of these products you want a review on - feel free to mention them in the comments below. 

Day 1 - Essence 4-1 Nail File : This is one of those cute 4-1 nail files that has a side to shorten , shape , smooth and polish your nails. I like the Festive designs on this - it's pretty cute for doing your nails this time of year. 
Day 2 - Essence I love Trend Nailpolish in Me & My Snowflake : Now if you know me - you know this is such a Lynette colour. I have worn this colour the whole of last week - and this colour lasts amazingly well on me . I did a mani on Instagram  HERE if you want to see the colour in action. But *swoon* this colour stole my heart. 
Day 3 - Essence Longlasting Lipstick in I am Yours ! : Firstly - how cute is the name. This is a gorgeous everyday colour I can see myself reaching for a lot. I love Essence lipsticks and I'm sure this one will be no different. 

Day 4 - Essence Mini Gift Bags : My gorgeous white background photo sadly dissapeared for some odd reason - but look how cute these mini gift bags are. I will be using them for gifts this year but they are sooo stunning.

Day 5 - Essence Heart Shaped Cosmetic Sponges : I've been eyeing these forever in my local Dischem - so I was really happy they were included in the calendar. I will most certainly use these heart shaped beauties soon. 
Day 6 - Essence I love Extreme Volume Mascara : I love Essence mascara - and this one is a favourite. I use the waterproof version in Summer - and this mascara stays on even after swimming and a long day in the sun. This version is just as amazing . And I am excited to have another one in my collection. 
Day 7 - Essence I love Nailpolish - Hohoho My Love
Again - how cute is the name. This is a bright fuchsia pink nail polish - I'm sure this will be another gorgeous colour. I will be sharing a swatch on Instagram and Twitter soon - so keep an eye out if you want to see this colour in action.

I'm also doing a December Photo a Day challenge as well as the last 4 weeks of the 52WeeksNailChallenge over on my social media  - so if you want to take a look what I'm doing there. 

How is YOUR December so far ??

Monday, 20 November 2017

Avon Mark Liquid Lip Lacquer Shine Review & Swatches

Hi guys ! Happy Monday. How has YOUR weekend been ? Sorry for the lack of posts last week - with my still in hospital ICU ( we are going on week 3 ) it's crazy running from work , hospital and school prize givings. 

Avon launched a new liquid lippy - and I was really excited when I saw these. These are like a melted down lipstick - the colour is gorgeous and opaque and the formula is super hydrating and nice and buttery . The formula also has a built- in primer to smooth the lip surface. There are 10 colours in the range - and I will be sharing the three colours I ordered with you . There are more bold fin colours - but I know myself and go for a more neutral lip on a daily basis - so I picked three colours that would suit that requirement. 

So let's jump into the swatches :

This is a gorgeous nude colour. While I prefer more beige-y nudes - this one is perfect to throw on on those days where I prefer a more natural look. 
This pink colour is such a Lynette colour. This is the one I reach for the most - and some days it's a struggle to not just pick this one over and over again. It's such a gorgeous milky pink colour. 
This is my second favourite one. The colour in the tube does look a little darker - this one is more build-able. If you use a little more the colour is a more intense mauve - a thinner layer like I used in the lip swatches gives such a awesome mauve lip.

As you can see it's more brown toned nude. For me personally I prefer a more beige toned nude - but this colour actually suits me better. It's the perfect throw on and go out the door colour that goes with any make-up look. 
As I mentioned - this is my favourite colour by far. This is such a me shade as I love milky pink shades on my lips. 
As I mentioned - this colour is pretty build-able. Put on a little thicker layer to get a more bolder colour - or a thinner layer like I did here for a perfect wash of colour. I love this mauve lip.

Overall the range is pretty affordable too - as they are currently on special for R84,90 each . The wear time is pretty decent too - it lasts a good 3 hours before a touch up is needed. As this is so hydrating and glossy - I don't mind as my lips tend to get chapped easier in the warm summer months - so this is such a perfect lippy for them. Another bonus - as it's already a liquid it won't melt if you forget it in the car - which is ALWAYS a bonus. 

Do you prefer a bolder lip or a more neutral lip look ?

Friday, 10 November 2017

New On My Beauty Desk - November

Hi guys . Happy Friday. How has your week been ? My week was super busy - my gran ended up being admitted to ICU on Monday - so this week has been crazy busy running from one place to the other. On another note - If you follow me on social media you know I was tempted to colour my hair a different colour for a while now ... and I finally bit the bullet and went back to brunette on Wednesday. 

This month I have some awesome new products I am testing to review for you guys. Some are for specific posts I will be doing this month - some are products I really want to try. So without further chatting from me let's jump into the products .

Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in 10 Pink
Can we talk for a minute how cute this looks ?? Look at the pretty ombre and the lovely stars ... swoon - this is blush heaven. I will be doing a few top pink items from brands soon - and you can bet this beauty will be featured in that post. The colour is GORGEOUS too. 
Avon Mark Liquid Lip Lacquer Shine
You guys know I loved the liquid matte version , so I was super excited to try the glossy version . Luckily this didn't disappoint at all. This lipstick is gorgeous , buttery and the colour Blushing has become my go to everyday shade. I will be doing a full review with swatches of the three colours I bought a little later this month too. I got three colours - Blushing , Mauve Over and Nudeitude .

Revlon Ultra HD Lipcolor in HD Pink Cloud
This is another product I got for a series I'm doing later this month on awesome pink products. I usually love Revlon lip products and I'm sure this will be another great lip product. 
Essence Clear Lash & Brow Gel
My beloved Benefit Clear Brow Gel was finished, and when I popped into Clicks I decided to pick this one up . I've only used this a day or two but so far I really like it. 

Essence Holo Rainbow nailpolishes in Holo Fever & Holo Rocks
I will share some swatches in a New Essence Products post soon - but these polishes are gorgeous. Holo Fever looks amazing and the wear time is pretty decent. Holo Rocks looks mindblowingly beautiful - but the wear time on me sucks. It's extremely high maintenance - which sucks - but how beautiful it looks does make up for it. 
INOAR Argon Infusion Oil Treatment  
It's no secret - my favourite haircare brands are hands down John Frieda and Inoar. I bought this treatment as my blonde hair was so dry from all the highlights - and this made my hair soft and smooth. It looks like such a small amount - but I already gotten 3 treatments out of this and there's still enough left for one more. This makes your hair softer than soft and super hydrated. Perfect for a weekly or monthly treat for hair. I bought this little gem from The Beautiful Store .
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick : I have done a full post on them here - but since they landed on my beauty desk at the end of October I thought they are worth another mention. I will be doing a make-up look with my favourite colour of the range pretty soon too - so keep an eye out for that. 
Tara & Jack Le Anti - Wrinkle & Illuminating Mask
A blogger friend - the lovely  Simone from An Ordinary Gal mentioned this mask on Twitter one evening - and I knew I had to get one to try out. No I haven't tried it yet - but I have high hopes for this mask. Tara & Jack masks are amazing - it truly feels like a spa experience. 

Tara & Jack Purifying Mask with Tea Tree Oil :This is another stunning mask I bought from The Beautiful Store . My skin was having a bit of a freak out and while I have some awesome masks for a mini skin freak out - my skin was behaving extremely badly. You know those extremely painful hormonal breakouts. Yup - that happened to me. And it never does. This mask made my skin calmer , less painful and a lot more happier. I will now keep one of these masks for those pesky spot emergencies. 

Overall I'm excited to try some new products for you guys in November. Any particular review you would like to see first ?

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Review on 3 Avon Products - A foundation , bronzer & Setting Spray

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

Can you believe we are already in November ? It's scary how quickly this year has just flown . I'm extremely excited for Christmas this year (which is a nice change since last year I struggled to get into the holiday mood and about 80% if my Christmas shopping is already done - yeah me ! ) . 

Today I'm sharing a review on three Avon products - a foundation , bronzing pearls as well as a Setting Spray. I really love Avon products - as I find they are amazing quality and not too expensive. And I find they have a great variety of products - so there is always something that will catch your eye.

Avon Bronzing Pearls in Warm Glow
As I mentioned in a Blush post - Avon has a similar style blush pearls which I LOVE . These beads are no exception. I find by swirling a brush into the pearls it offers such a nice bronze to your skin without it looking to muddy or orange. I don't use bronzer everyday - but this one is really stunning and long-lasting on the skin. I do find it works better with a big powder brush or a bigger kabuki brush . 

Avon Mark Prep and Set Spray 
This spray works fantastic to prep as well as set your face. Although I prefer my actual primer for prepping my skin ( I haven't tried it out as a prepping spray yet ) - this works fantastic for locking in my make-up and making it stay in place all day. I do have dry dehydrated skin - so while I feel this suits normal to oily skins better - this still works great - I just need a lighter hand on the spray to make it work for me. So with the warmer weather now I do find it works perfectly to help my make-up not melt of my face and look fresh all day long. 

Avon True Colour Flawless Liquid Foundation in Nude
This foundation is another everyday favourite foundation of mine. It offers medium coverage but is build-able . The formula on the foundation makes it pretty easy to blend out and lasts a good amount of time on the skin too . I think this is the perfect foundation for dry and normal skin types - and if you use a good setting spray and primer it will even be perfect for oilier skin-types. If you are looking for a good everyday foundation that isn't too heavy on your skin - yet still looks natural - this is the perfect foundation for you. 

Have you tried any of these Avon products before ?

*The Foundation and Bronzing Pearls were sent for review - the Prep and Set Spray I bought myself. 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Rimmel StayMatte Liquid Lipsticks

Hi guys. Happy Friday. How has YOUR week been so far ?

On Monday I was lucky enough to receive some new liquid matte lippies from Rimmel to test out and review for Rubybox. I was really excited to try out the range . These lippies are said to have a 12hour wear time , be kiss-proof , transfer proof and water resistant.

The range had quite a wide selection of shades - so there will be a perfect colour for every skin-tone and every lip colour you might need. There are 15 colours in the range - and I have 12 of the colours to share with you today and offer arm and lip swatches. The three colours in the collection that I don't have is a dark navy blue , a grey and a black. 

So before we jump into all the swatches - let's have a quick chat about the formula first. These lipsticks have a mousse like formula with a slight sweet scent that fades quickly. I mentioning this as I know some of you guys might be worried about the scent. The colours apply super smooth and easy without a lipliner ( there was one that didn't swatch quite as easily on the lips - but I will chat more about the colour when I show you guys the lip swatches ) The colours are indeed kiss-proof and water-proof . I don't completely agree with a 12 hour wear time - but it does last a good nine hours with drinking coffee, eating breakfast and lunch and a few snacks inbetween and still look amazing. The colour also fades away gracefully. But the best part of these lippies - they won't dry out your lips at all. I don't often wear matte long-lasting lipsticks as the tend to dry out my lips too much - but the formula on these lippies make them pretty comfortable to wear and won't leave your lips dry at all. I will me doing some mini videos on my social media channels to show you how kiss-proof and waterproof these lippies are in the next few days.

So let's jump into the swatches :

The colours from left to right : 
Latte To Go
Rose & Shine
Pink Blink
Pink Bliss

The colours from left to right :
Plum the Show
Coral Sass
Fire Starter

And onto the lip swatches :

Colours from left to right :
These are the more nude shades. As a huge fan of nude lip colours I'm pretty impressed with the wide range they have here.
1. Pink Bliss
2. Blush
3.Pink Blink
4. Rose & Shine
5. Be My Baby
6. Latte to Go 

Colours from left to right :
The brighter shades are pretty awesome too. My favourites here are Coral Sass and Heartbeat. Midnight was a little bit harder to work with since it's such a dark colour - so a word of warning if you pick that colour.
1. Mocha
2.Fire Starter
3. Coral Sass
4. Midnight
5. Plum the Show
6. Heartbeat.

These lippies will retail for R119,95 at Clicks and Dischem - Although I spotted them on the Foshini Beauty website too.

What is YOUR favourite everyday lipcolour ?

These lippies were sent for review by Rubybox. Opinions are all my own.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Tara & Jack Apple Stem Cell Shaker Mask & Sensitive Skin Mask Review

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

A little while back all the bloggers were raving about TheBeautifulStore Tara and Jack face masks - and at that stage I was pretty intrigued to try it out myself - but I had tons of sheet masks in my pile and let's be real - I'm a little lazy with masks that needs to be washed off , wiped off or peeled off. But I decided to bite the bullet and just try the masks.

When I ordered the Tara and Jack masks where buy any amount get the same amount free. So why not? That makes the masks a better deal since they are pricier (and with good reason - these masks are amazing ). I have in the meantime repurchased a million more of these masks and a few other variants too - but those I will do in a separate review soon. 

Tara & Jack Shaker Mask with Apple Stem Cells
Okay , I was sceptical about this masks the most. You get sent a little plastic container with your order - and you have to open the sachet, put the powder in , put in the recommended amount of water and shake the mask. This makes a green goo mask that you can then apply to the mask. And let me tell you they aren't stingy with the amount of product you get. This masks is enough for 3/4 uses according to the packet , but since you can store it in the fridge for up to ten days you get a lot more uses out of this. I think that's why this mask has secretly moved to my top favourite mask . This is the perfect everyday mask- helping to plump and smooth your skin. And the best part ? This mask you can keep on as long as you want. And it removes easily with a damp cloth . I used it every night for about 11 days (and then the mask was finished ) ... just to give you an idea how much product it does contain - and that included my mom trying it out too.  Overall - this mask is GREAT value for money and I do have quite a few backups in my mask stash. 

Tara and Jack Sensitive Skin Mask with Billberry Extract & Vitamin C
As I have sensitive skin , I sometimes need a boost for my skin when the weather gets too hot or cold as my skin will get dry and itchy super quickly. I was having an extremely rough week at the end of September - and this mask saved my skin and my sanity. This sachet provides enough product for 2 uses , but you don't mix everything together - you'll have to split the sachet contents into halve and only use that .  This mask requires being put on in a thicker layer if you want a easy peel off mask - but again there is more than enough product for doing so. This mask luckily peels off super easily - as I technically hate peel off masks as they always seem like a lot of effort. This one was super easy to remove - and my skin was so much less irritated , the redness calmed down and my skin was actually feeling like skin again. This is the perfect mask if you are/were sick and need to look human again . Or if your nose looks like Rudolf the Reindeer and you need to look like yourself again . Trust me - the mask alone will make your skin look normal again - and if your skin looks normal again you feel so much better. 

The BeautifulStore is running another promotion of buy any amount of masks and get the same amount free - so if you were in doubt if these masks where worth the investment  - pop over and check out the range HERE . They have free delivery anywhere in South Africa too - making these the perfect Christmas prezzies for friends or family - or if you are a mask addict like me - the perfect excuse to stock up on essentials.

Have a fantastic Monday guys !

Friday, 13 October 2017

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go! Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Hi guys. Happy Friday. How has your week been ? Mine has been crazy busy but pretty good.

A little while back I got sent the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go! Blonder range from Rubybox to test out.  As I mentioned a million times here on the blog - I am going lighter this year - so I was excited to test out the John Frieda range.

This shampoo contains citrus and chamomile to gently reduce colour pigment in the hair so that blonde hair is gradually lightened for a sun-kissed look. It contains no ammonia or peroxide, but rather uses a natural lightening complex. This product is suitable for all shades of blonde and can be used with the matching conditioner and the lightening spray to achieve the best affect. The product is packaged in a tube, with a flip-top cap and has a yellow tint to indicate that it is part of the blondes range.

Now I do wash my hair almost daily (apart from the one or two dry shampoo days when I really overslept or Sundays ) . So for the last three/almost 4 weeks I have been using this range exclusively on my hair. (I do use the John Frieda Sheer Blonde High Impact Restoring Oil Elixir too ) I love that the smell isn't too strong as I hate extremely strong overpowering scents on my hair. The conditioner is light weight yet doesn't weigh the hair down. I love how the shampoo does make my hair look smoother and I do have less frizz and fly away hairs too (something that I always have ). 

Now the results won't be instant - but with continuous use I did find my hair looked better. I do have to use a toning shampoo once a week (but I skipped it for the test - and while I know I tone would have made my hair even blonder - I was pretty happy with the results as my hair does go brassy pretty quickly. )
This specific range retails for around R115,95 on Clicks - but keep an eye out for when they have their 3-2 specials . 

Have you tried John Frieda products before ?

 These products were sent for review by Rubybox - opinions are all my own

Monday, 9 October 2017

REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . How was your weekend ? I took a little blogging break last week as I had the week of and Alex was on school holiday - so I decided to spend time with family and friends .

Today I'm sharing an awesome new mask from REN with you guys - when I got sent the mask earlier in September it came at the perfect time. The mask promises #skinzeninten - and I was keen to try out the claims.  With the season change and me adding a chemical defoliator to my skincare routine once a week , my skin was a little dry and sensitive. Thrown into the mix the daily day to day stress and not drinking enough water - my skin was dehydrated and over sensitive. 

The REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask is specially developed with REN exclusive complex of original ingredients to combat over sensitivity , this rescue mask will calm , soothe and moisturise helping to instantly alleviate the key signs of sensitive skin. It will increase the skin ability to cope with stress , aid recovery and strengthen the protective moisture barrier - leading to the well being of your skin. 

Some of the symptoms of skin sensitivity is redness , irritation , itchiness , dryness and just overall lack luster skin. 

The mask has an amazing Roman Chamomile scent , which brings an overall calmness for body and mind. The mask also contains White Mushroom Extract that de-stresses the skin by blocking irritation and "pain" messages to the brain for an instant feeling of comfort. 

The mask comes in a pump ( which I love as it's super hygienic ) and is pretty easy to use. You can apply the mask up to three times a week or anytime your skin needs an urgent rescue. I apply a generous amount onto my skin , and leave on for about 10 minutes and remove with a washcloth. The mask leaves your skin smooth and cared for. 

It's available from tomorrow at selected Woolworths stores as well as REN online and retails for R620 for 50ml. 

How was YOUR weekend ? 

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