Friday, 6 March 2015

Favourite Face Combo

Hi Pretties,

The weekend is here!  Whooppp!!

I wanted to share my favourite face combo - I'm kind of obsessed with these products, they're really lovely and gives me the perfect glowy and flawless skin {but not cakey}.

In 2012, I did a review on the just launched (at that time) Garnier BB cream which you can read here.  They then launched a BB cream for oily skin, up until then I wasn't a fan of BB creams, just because I found that they made my face very oily and provided very little, if any, coverage.  That is until I tried the new Garnier BB cream, which I absolutely LOVE!  Honestly, in my opinion it's more of a light to medium coverage foundation than a BB cream, it creates a lovely smooth finish, it doesn't dry completely matte on my skin, but gives it a dewy not an oily finish.  I use one normal layer all over my face, I prefer using this especially on areas where I have wrinkles such as my forehead, as it doesn't accentuate wrinkles as foundation does, so if you're struggling with that I do suggest trying out a BB cream instead.  I use a short stippling brush from MAC which I find works best with this, then pat any streaky areas with my Beauty Blender which I buy from The Spa Shop - their customer service is top notch btw.

Anyway, I then move onto foundation, I adore MAC studio fix fluid, I've used this for years and it's always been a firm favourite, and even when trying out different foundations it's been a security blanket which I so easily fall back into using.  I don't use the foundation all over my face, I use it more as a concealer, so I pat it with my beauty blender onto my cheeks, chin and around my nose.

I then apply the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light on my cheekbones with my beauty blender, and pat the remaining product onto the other high points of my face.  This illuminator is one of the best ones I've used, it's basically the liquid version of MAC Soft and Gentle/The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer.  I also sometimes mix this with my foundation, or apply it all over my face before foundation, as it gives your skin such a healthy glow.

I do have sensitive and acne prone skin, and neither of these products break me out.

These products are must haves all year round, in winter when your skin start to look a bit dull or dry, grab these and I guarantee your skin will look fabulous and nourished.

Love <3


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pamper Time: Lush Goodies

Hi Pretties,

Hope you're having a fab week so far?

Lush is a cult favourite amongst beauty enthusiasts, and after watching the 100th video of their products, I had to order some goodies.  Now I have to mention that I have a very particular taste when it comes to scents, basically it needs to smell sweet, I'm not a fan of natural or organic type scents (normally).

Needless to say, when I got my box of goodies which I ordered before Christmas, I couldn't wait to give them a sniff.  I ordered some of the Christmas ones, the Santa and another one, those were the first 2 products I tried.  And to say I was disappointed was a bit of an understatement.  I really didn't get the fuss, to be honest I felt like I paid R50 for coloured water, and I really didn't care for the fragrance of them either.

Anyway, I wasn't going to waste the other ones I ordered, and the next one was the Candy Mountain - and this absolutely restored my hopes in the Lush brand.  It was everything I had hoped for, it smelled incredible.  So although I had a bit of a shaky start, I've now realized that it's just a matter of trying until you find the ones you really like (almost like dating you know lol).


I'm not the best at describing scents, the best I can do is tell you that it smells wonderful and sweet, so I'll give you my best copy and paste directly from the Lush website:

"For a soothing, cleansing soak. Honey Bee smells like caramel, much like Honey, I Washed The Kids soap and Soft Coeur massage bar do. Honey Bee holds its own special distinction, though; in addition to soothing honey, it has Moroccan rhassoul mud to deep cleanse and soften your skin. The world’s best spas offer honey or mud baths on their menus. Now, you can have both in one go, for roughly 1% of the cost." 


"The Think Pink Ballistic is back with a slimmer figure. We’ve made it smaller, but this hot pink bomb is still fragranced with tonka bean’s edgy aroma and the sweetness of vanilla absolute. It’s sweet, but not overbearingly so, with a subtle bite that will remind you of pink bon-bons. We highly recommend you spoil yourself with our gloriously indulgent, rather sophisticated surfeit of pinkness."


How pretty is this ballistic?  

"All the myth and magic of a Phoenix pressed into one bath time experience, which lets you arise at the end feeling refreshed and ready for the next 500 years. One of Lush’s patented double layer bath ballistics, your Phoenix will sink to the bottom then rise in triumph, his mythical sparkling purple and green plumage unfurling through your bath water.  He’ll release gentle shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to leave your skin feather soft, and exotic essential oils of fruit and spices, which take your mind on a flight of fancy to distant shores where you are lying on a beach drinking ..."

Soaking in a lush bath is now a part of my weekly pamper routine.  Just taking 15 minutes or so to inhale the mixture of carefully mixed spices and scents, is a must have!  And I feel kind of bad that we had a shaky start, but I'm sure this is going to be a romance that lasts much longer than KimK's 2nd or 3rd marriage ;) hehe.

Which lush product is your favourite?

Love,


Monday, 2 March 2015

Beginners Guide: Tips and Tricks to A Healthy Lifestyle

Hi Dolls,

One thing I've never been known for, is being healthy and fit.  Frankly, the only exercise I used to get was burning calories shopping, and that's not good {for my wallet and body}.

This year is a very big year for us, we're starting our fertility journey again, and I need to get my body in shape if I'm preparing to get pregnant this year.  I have to admit that was the biggest motivation for me to get healthy.  I hadn't pre-planned this healthy journey, I'd been thinking that I needed to make changes for a long time and pinned like crazy lol, and I just woke up one day and said this is the day, no more silly excuses or procrastinating.

I'm by no means big, I'm definitely curvy and pear shaped, but considering that I gained about 5 kg's since getting married, on a shorty like me it's not only noticeable but also uncomfortable.  I'm not too concerned about the numbers on the scale, but I want to feel healthy and feel good in my clothes, and that's ultimately my goal.

Tips and Tricks:

1.  Start with small goals and work your way up.  You're not going to be a gym bunny if you hadn't exercised in years, so it's unrealistic to set a goal of doing an hours exercise on your first day.  Listen to your body, you know yourself well enough to know which goals will encourage you to do more and go further.

2.  Healthy living is 80% of what you eat and 20% exercise!  Let that sink in.  There's no point in you still eating all that processed and carb-overload food, thinking that you're going to gym all the fat off. Remember, it's not just about weight but more-so about being healthy.  Eat as much fresh produce as possible, fruits and veggies are packed full of vitamins and minerals, don't forget nuts and seeds.

A typical food day looks like this:

Morning
Scrambled egg white with spinach and peppers, sometimes I'll add a bit of mozzarella cheese on toasted Woolworths low GI bread

OR

Smoothie (my favorite is banana and peanut butter)

Snacks throughout the Day
Fruits, nuts (only about 15 as they can be quite fatty), pumpkin seeds (at least 15) and yoghurt drizzled with a tsp of honey

Lunch
Greek salad (minus the feta cheese), any other veggies, with seeds, tuna/chicken and sometimes a drizzle of low fat salad dressing, but I've learned to enjoy the taste of fresh produce so I no longer drench food in sauce.

Dinner
I love the low-carb or slimmers choice meals from Woolies, otherwise it's steamed veggies with grilled chicken or fish, or delicious salads or Low GI sandwiches

Honestly, eating healthy is not boring, you'll start to feel 10 times better, you'll have more energy and generally just feel better.  I also still drink coffee, everyday, I have about 4 - 5 cups a day, that's kind of the deal with myself, as long as I eat healthy I'll allow coffee.

3.  You are allowed to have cheat meals or snacks!  Not all day everyday but create your own goal that is workable for you.  For example, I allow no unhealthy food Monday - Thursday, but from Friday I eat what I want.  Funny thing is, I crave good food after an unhealthy meal (that's why I don't have one cheat day because I cannot eat unhealthy food the whole day), so I'll have pizza Friday night and my normal healthy breakfast the next morning.  Basically if I feel like dessert, crisps or anything naughty I'll have it, and somehow it just balances out perfectly.

4.  Watch what you say about yourself, and frankly what you think too!  Change phrases such as "I don't like exercise" into "Exercise is good for me".

5.  Create yourself a Pinterest fitness inspiration board, and btw how awesome is Carrie Underwood's legs?  She is 100% my body idol, she's not a skinny minnie but her body is amazing!  Anyway, my pinterest board is full of body's that I absolutely admire, there's also quotes and things on there, and on days when I feel less than inspired to get my butt moving, after browsing through there I always feel more energized and motivated to keep going.  Also appoint someone as your motivator, a person that won't take your excuses and will get you to exercise even if you don't feel like it - mine is my husband.  He's like a sergeant at times but it's helped me stay on track.

6.  Get an app like My Fitness Pal it's 100% free, it's just a fabulous program to help you understand the amount of kj's you're allowed to consume, how much fat/carbs etc. are in foods you eat etc.  Especially for newbies to a new healthy lifestyle, this is a must.

7.  Find an activity or exercise routine that works for you!  For example, I now know that I hate the gym, but I like exercise.  So doing treadmill exercises is absolutely me, and I do toning as well right at home. Now for some people this may not work, but again, you know yourself well enough to find an activity that's suitable for you.

8.  Don't focus on the scale!  Many factors change numbers, so don't get demotivated when you've "gained" weight, things like muscle tone and water retention could cause that.  Focus more on how you feel and how your close fit.

9.  Learn to taste and appreciate good unprocessed food instead of just gobbling it down.  That way you practice portion control and appreciating goodness in food.

10.  Drink lots of water!  Your body needs it, and it helps with weight loss so drink up.  I have those mason jars, and I literally sip almost half of it in one go.  Once you get used to drinking it without thinking about it, it becomes easier, especially if you're like me and don't really like the taste of water.

11.  Start your journey not to be skinny but to be HEALTHY!

The only bad workout is the one you didn't do, I can't even tell you
how many 5 minute workouts I've done, and that's okay, it's better than sitting on 
your butt doing nothing!
And it's never too late to get back on track.  Just do it.

I hope I've helped you in some way, to be honest, if I can start this healthy journey anyone can!  Best of luck and let me know if you have any tips and tricks for newbies you'd like to share.

Love,

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Review: Bioderma Micelle Solution Sensibio H20

Hi Pretties,

Today I'm so glad glad to be sharing this review with you!

I know it's a really big thing to say, but this is one if not the best product I've discovered to date.

Available from Clicks (purchased it on special with a Bioderma sunscreen) - R230.00 
I think the big bottle retails for around R290.00

To be honest, a cleanser has always just been a cleanser for me, and although I've enjoyed cleansers from Beaucience and Oh So Heavenly I've always had to use them in conjunction with face wipes and / or eye makeup remover, this cleanser is on a whole other level.

When I do my makeup in the morning, I make sure that I do sweat-proof, cry-proof and any other kind of proof's out there lol.  I slather on primer, MAC Fix+, eye shadow primer and use mostly waterproof makeup. So my face lasts all day long!  I truly need a heavy duty cleanser to take it all off.  About 3 weeks ago I was browsing one of my favourite places, Clicks (heaven right there), and browsing the aisles I came across the Bioderma brand.  I've seen so many people rave about it, but frankly it's expensive, a bottle is around R290.00 and I just couldn't justify spending that amount on a cleanser, but then they had a special for a 100ml Bioderma Micelle Solution and a Suncreen SPF 50+ for face and body, and I thought it's the perfect opportunity to test it out.

I take 3 cotton wool pads, I soak 2 cotton wool pads quite thoroughly, then I place one on each eye and lightly tap it into my eyes for approx. 15 - 20 seconds, and then I do one swipe and 95% of my eye make is removed, I then turn the cotton wool pads around and then do another round as above.  I then soak another cotton wool pad and remove the rest of my makeup.  I cannot begin to explain how quickly it dissolves your makeup, it's like magic!

It's absolutely perfect for use around the eye:

-  It doesn't sting one bit, seriously, this claim is 100% legit!  This cleanser is made for sensitive skin, this solution has seeped into my eye when cleansing, when I press my eyelashes up to get into it to clean thoroughly, my eyes not only doesn't sting but it doesn't make them red either.

-  You minimize rubbing your eye, which is the worst thing you can do as it will cause eye wrinkles, it's so gentle and effective that no rubbing is needed to get that pesky waterproof eye makeup off.

This is a rinse free cleanser.  Created in France, free of fragrance, soap and alcohol.  Although they claim that it is fragrance free, it actually smells really feminine and fresh though.  It's quite a new concept for me, to "wash" my face with something that looks just like water, the main ingredient is Aqua btw, and that doesn't require any rinsing afterwards.  My face is very sensitive, I'm prone to acne breakouts and have an oily t-zone, this cleanser is absolutely perfect for any type of skin, but especially if you have troublesome skin types such as acne, dry skin, eczema, rosacea to name a few. 

I cannot rave about this product enough, the 100ml lasted me 2 weeks, so a bit goes quite a long way.  I'll absolutely be purchasing the big bottle, I just cannot see cleansing makeup with any other product .

Let me know if you've tried this?  I now that Garnier made a similar product and am wondering if this is going to be released in South Africa, but I'm not holding my breath ;)

Have a FAB sunday!

Love <3


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