Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Favorite Summer Lip Products

Hi Dolls,

A lot of times I've convinced myself that lip products must be my favorite because I just have so many of them, but then I quickly turn around and realize but wait a minute, I love eye shadows, blushes and everything else just as much.  I've just come to realize that I have a problem with makeup in general lol, so having to pick out my favorite lippies for summer was quite a task, but I have to say I'm quite happy with my selection and I hope you find new ones you like.

Essence in 08 Colour Crush (Dischem / Clicks)
Catrice in 200 Get the Nudes Paper (Dischem / Clicks)
Farmasi in 05 (Farmasi)

Lipsticks:

I know you might be shaking your head thinking how is it possible that there's not one MAC lipstick as that is normally a cult favorite right?  Unfortunately all my MAC ones are too nude for me especially for summer, so I'm definitely looking for one that makes me look alive and I like the Kylie Jenner look (twig perhaps)?  Anyway, getting on with my current favorites I have three brands people normally don't associate with awesome lipsticks, but let me tell you, they are all awesome!

Essence lipsticks for me is the MAC drugstore version, they're very buttery and nourishing, the pigmentation isn't always on point but it's buildable, whereas I feel Catrice has amazing pigmentation.  A brand you may not be familiar with is a Turkish brand called Farmasi, if you're looking for an approved halal cosmetics brand Farmasi is for you.  These are definitely my favorite colors, they go with most of my looks in summer, whether it's a colorful eye, browns and coppers or a smokey eye.  If you're a bit of a novice when it comes to bright lip colors, this Essense one is actually great, because one swipe of this gives you a lovely pink (it's not as bright on lips) so you can ease yourself into brighter colors.

NYX Xtreme Shine Lip Cream in Natural (Not sure if Clicks stocks this)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul (Clicks)
NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee (Not available in SA yet)
Kardashian Beauty Lip Plumping Gloss in Beige Nude (Stuttafords)
NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair (Not available in SA yet)

Lipglosses and Lip Creams:

Although I do love a good lipstick, which I normally wear in the mornings, admittedly during the day I just top it off with lipglosses and / or lip creams, it's just so much easier, and one thing I barely use are lip liners.  I have quite full lips already, and I always feel a bit clownish with lip pencils as they accentuate full lips too much (in my opinion of course).

If you live in South Africa you know that NYX butter glosses is not available here (goodness knows why), and about a month or so ago Clicks had this amazing deal where you got a lip product pack for free which includes a butter gloss if you bought goodies for R250.00.  I managed to snatch up 3 packs because I've been lusting over these for a good year, I'm obsessed with youtube video's and one of my favorites ciaoobelllaxo uses these all the time, and I see why.  Both Eclair and Creme Brulee gives the most beautiful color and sheen, it's perfect, and it smells like candy (yes please)!  I do use these sparingly but hopefully NYX South Africa wakes up and realizes how popular these beauties will be here.

I also wanted to mention the Kardashian Beauty lipgloss, I got this for my birthday last year from my lovely husband - btw my birthday is in a months time again yayyy - anyway, this gloss smells incredible!  It's a beautiful honey scent and the color is so pretty, it's a golden nude with just the right amount of sparkle in it, I can't comment on whether it plumps up lips but it gives that nice minty cool feeling.  Kardashian glow baby! And look at the size of that wand compared to a butter gloss wand, it's huge, but it's perfect in the sense that if you have full lips like me, you don't even need a mirror to apply it.

I hope you enjoyed my favorites and the swatches and that you perhaps find a new lippie for summer!

Have a fab day!

Love,

Monday, 20 October 2014

Review: Beauty Treats Lip Scrub in Vanilla Bean

Hi Beauties,

Hope you've had a fab week so far?  Well I suppose it is only Monday but I hope it's not been a blue one!

Lip care is something I feel most of us neglect, we have a set hair- and skin care routine, but we tend to forget that the skin on our lips need attention too, and crusty lips is not pretty!  Bright lip colors is an absolute must in summer, so it's important that your lips look nourished to carry off those trends perfectly.

Lip Scrub available at Dischem - R24.95

I've used DIY at home scrubs with honey and brown sugar, and although that has worked fine, I never got it to the perfect consistency, so either would have honey dribbling all over my chin or it's way too grainy.  

Imagine my delight when I found this little beauty treat (it is indeed) that you can buy with your change! It's so inexpensive and it's an absolute must in my bathroom cabinet (not to mention it lasts ages).  The consistency of this is perfect.  It's just grainy enough to scrub off any dead skin cells from your lips, leaving you with baby soft and smooth lips that feels nourished because of the Vitamin E, ready to be adorned with your favorite summer lipstick or gloss, not to mention it smells divine, I'm kind of obsessed with Vanilla and this doesn't have a fake smell (if that makes any sense).

Honestly, my lips feel amazing after using this, I just pop my finger in, twirl it around to get a bit of product on, scrub on dry lips and wash off with lukewarm water (don't attempt this after you've done your make up it's tricky to try and not mess up your hard work)- then apply a moisturizer of your choice, and voila!

You have kissable lips so pucker up all you want!

They claim they're cruelty free but please see my policy on this subject.

I hope you've enjoyed this review.

Love,

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Hair Make Over: A Line Bob and Donating to CANSA

Hi Dolls,

I hope you're having an amazing weekend!

Women with short hair are really sexy.
There's something liberating about freeing yourself from the norms.
** Unknown**
As you should know by now, October is breast cancer awareness month (so get yourself checked ladies). And it's also the month I decided to get rid of my long mermaid hair (eekkk) in favor of a sassy and chic a line bob.  

I've never been too attached to my hair, from having very long hair, the "The Rachel" and an a line bob in the past (I like both short and long hair).  It's absolutely a very liberating experience getting your hair cut. I can no longer hide behind a mane of hair if I'm having a bad skin day, or feeling a bit off - but more importantly, I feel like you can actually see my face and features so much better, and I hope that women realizes that you're not any less feminine or beautiful because you have short hair.  

When I decided to chop it all off, I knew that I was going to donate my ponytail to CANSA, it just so happened that I got my new do on the 1st of October (perhaps a sign from above that it's meant to be?) lol. You can read all about donations and information about CANSA here, your ponytail needs to be a minimum of 25cm, they accept processed hair (dyed etc.), you need to tie the ponytail at both ends and place it in a zip lock bag, whereupon you can either deliver the ponytail to one of the CANSA branches or you can post it (which I won't suggest at this time because of the post office problems going on).

My family has been very Blessed, and I can only thank God for it, but we've never had family or friends suffer from cancer, many years ago my husband went in for a small operation, and the people sharing the hospital room were the loveliest couple.  They had been married for over 20 years and the husband had suffered with cancer through all of those years, they have spent more than 20 years in and out of hospital. Yet, they were so upbeat and friendly, you would never have known their suffering.  Another brave little girl Talia Joy used to have a popular you tube account, and Giuliana Rancic have shared her journey on camera too, both of these ladies have touched my heart in a huge way. Unless one has gone through something like this, you cannot imagine what it must be like.  In the week prior to cutting off my hair, I was extremely nervous - oh my gosh, my stomach were in knots and although it was something I wanted to do, it's still a huge decision and change you know.  I have to say what kept me going was knowing that I could make a small contribution to someone that have already suffered a lot, here I was, healthy and happy, if I could give away a ponytail that would put back the sparkle in someone's eye, why wouldn't I?  So yeah, you can see me clenching my hands in the one picture haha, but luckily my hairdresser snipped it away in a jiffy so it was over so quickly.

I am absolutely in love with my hair!  I cannot stress it enough, but if you're wondering.  No, I don't regret cutting it off at all.  And yes, I totally rock my new style!  

I'm constantly playing with it, which I'm sure must be rather annoying to some people *sorry*.  I also colored it a beautiful plum shade, the last 3 photos have no filter on them so you can see the true color of my hair.  I apologize for the blowout, you can see my hair isn't perfectly straight but bear with me, I am still practicing styling my short hair, and I don't know why but my hair suddenly has a natural wave to it.  I also don't tease it as much as I used to, with short hair it's got natural volume although I do still tease it a tiny amount some days, but I don't go cray cray anymore haha.  Another thing I'm loving is that I no longer get so many headaches, one doesn't realize the weight you carry around with long hair, and whereas I once dreaded hair washing days, I'm actually looking forward to it now, and don't let anyone tell you short hair isn't versatile, I've worn my hair straight, curly, braided and pinned back plus I've had it in a ponytail - yes, it may have been a baby ponytail but it's still a pony okay ;)

One of the things I've heard so many times is women saying I don't like short hair, it doesn't suit me etc. but honestly, how will you know if you've never had it cut before?  It may just pleasantly surprise you and hair grows back...

I also just wanted to end this post to send my biggest hug, prayers and thoughts to those battling this disease, you are a warrior!

Look out for my hair care post coming soon.

Love,

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review and First Impression: FakeBake

Hi Beauties,

I hope you've had an amazing week so far?

Here in South Africa we've been having the best weather, although I have to say that it went from winter straight into summer and I'm still wondering what happened to spring?  Anyway, warm weather especially the type we get here where a normal day is anywhere between 28°C - 34°C, calls for short everything. And with my pasty legs it's an absolute must to whip out the fake tan.

FakeBake Tanning Body Butter (113g) - R299.00

* Available online or at selected salons and spa's

Last year I had my very first self tanning experience with Xen-Tan, you can read all about it here plus I gave thorough instructions on what to do prior and during your self tanning which I'm not going to repeat as the process stays exactly the same.  Since then I've dabbled in different brands and to be honest, self tanning is something I just can't do without during summer, call me a little superficial but I look healthier and skinnier with a fake tan, it certainly gives a je ne sais quoi to my overall look.  If you're a novice or a bit scared of self tanning, which I absolutely was, I would highly recommend you give this specific FakeBake product a try, and here's why:

The self tan liquid comes with a mitt and gloves, and you must use these two together as the mitt may have product seeping through and tan stained hands is not a cute look!  Spray the liquid onto the brown side of the mitt, I'd say about 3 - 4 sprays is enough to do a section from your wrist to elbow, so you can calculate the amount of spritzes you need for the rest of your body.  It gives instant color, which I highly recommend because it's so easy to see where you may have missed a spot.

This tanning liquid is absolutely fabulous!  It literally melts into your skin once you apply it, but it is still spreadable (if that makes any sense) - whereas normal tanning products leave a layer on your skin - this definitely blends into your skin, which is also why it dries almost instantly (leaving you with enough time to spread the product though).  You'll have an immediate color payoff which intensifies over the next few hours, I always recommend that you do tanning at night, sleep with a loose garment and then wake up a bronzed goddess.

I noticed that I didn't apply enough tanning liquid on my knees and woke up with 2 gradient white areas on my knees, no problem or worries with this product, I merely applied more after my bath, and because it dries almost instantly it was easy to cover up my mistake.  I'd say this is great if you have an event or something, and you forgot to pre-plan your tanning, you could easily apply this in the morning and have a golden glow for that special occasion, because it does give an instant color.  Let me just tell you okay, I applied the tanning solution around 16:00, and when my husband got home by 18:00 he looked at me and asked "did you go on vacation today or something because you're so brown"? Haha!  I applied the tanning butter during that week and it works really well to maintain your tan, my advice - use the mitt to apply the butter as it will stain your hands immediately.

The best things about FakeBake:

*  It's not streaky or blotchy at all!  I noticed I had a streak on my left leg after applying more product the next day to intensify the color, I tried to cover it but it didn't seem to do anything so I got a bit worried, when I washed it off that night the streak was completely gone and I was left with an even tan, and that is why this is perfect whether you're a novice or expert.

*  It fades evenly with no blotches whatsoever, normally once your tan starts to fade you have to do a body scrub but it's not necessary with this.

*  This is the most accurate color to sun tanning, it looks exactly the same color as when you've spent time in the sun.  Trust me, people won't know the difference ;)

The only minor downside to this product is that it does leave a slight fake tan smell, it's not too strong or heavy like other fake tans, but for example it's also not Xen-Tan which actually has a really nice smell.  So this unfortunately does have a slight fake tan smell but it's not overpowering though, you'll only catch a whiff of it when you put your nose on your skin *which is a little bit freaky* hehe.

Overall, although this is a bit more expensive than a drugstore tanning product, it's absolutely worth it.  I'm in love with this brand and I suppose my before and after pictures speak for themselves (no filter on them).

Hope you have a fab day!

Love, 

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