Benefit’s New Hoola Range Is here

Friday, 26 August 2016

You all know (and most-probably love) Benefit’s Best-selling matte powder bronzer, Hoola (R385). There really is no other bronzer on the market that has that perfect non-orange cool tone – perfect for contouring and adding some colour to the face without looking like you have stepped off the set of Geordie Shore.
This bronzer has not gained cult status for nothing, so it was no surprise to me that Benefit have decided to expand on this much-loved product to create a range. Even though this is a summer launch internationally, it has found a place in my heart already as my pasty winter skin needs some serious help.

Dew The Hoola - R445

The first product from the collection is a liquid version of Hoola. It can be used for your ultimate cream contour or simply added to your tinted moisturiser/foundation for a sun-kissed look. You guys, I LOVE THIS STUFF. The product comes in an adorable gold pump bottle and is a very blendable, non-greasy formula. I enjoyed using this product before my holiday (when I was super pale) to add an ounce of colour to the face but, on my return, I started trying it as a contouring product. Oh my word!
Now, the thought of contouring is one that has always terrified me a bit but, you guys, this stuff is fool-proof. I simply add a dab to each corner of my cheekbone and then half a drop to each temple. I have been blending this in with either a fluffy foundation brush or my damp beauty blender and the result is BREATHTAKINGLY beautiful. So beautiful that I have been limiting my use of this in the fear that I may run out. I was dead keen on adding the liquid Laguna bronzer from NARS to my collection, but this product has satisfied that urge as I’m pretty sure it will be a tough one to beat!

Hoola Zero Tanlines - R475

There next launch is the type of product I use all the time. I am such a big fan of a last-minute body bronzer for a night out where you happen to be bearing your chest or arms (and need to not look like you have never seen the light of day). It’s an instant body bronzer that you rub onto your limbs and get an immediate glow from. It isn’t shimmery which I like, but does make the skin look hydrated and glowey, it also smells sublime.
The bronzer comes with a sponge applicator in the lid which I tried using but preferred application with my hands. Just be sure to wash your hands straight away if you go this route to avoid muddy-looking hands. I actually had a 30th the other night where I put my usual foundation on and only then realised how mis-matched it was when my outfit meant that my chest was open – this product came to the rescue. You then hop in the shower when you are ready for your tan to wash-away. Easy-peazy.

Hoola Bronzing and Contouring Brush - R395

Who would not fall head-over-heels for this bronzing brush!? I mean, between the solid gold bamboo-like handle to the ombre green bristles, it was love at first sight. That was before I has even used it! This brush is honestly right up there with some of my absolute favourites already – the bristles are tapered to allow for the perfect contour as it chisels out the cheek bone perfectly. The bristles are super soft and pick up just the right amount of product. I cannot recommend it highly enough and if you already own the Hoola bronzer, you are going to need this addition to your collection!

All available online with Red Square.

High End vs Drug Store Haircare: Pantene Pro- V Repair & Protect Review | AD

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

 I have always been a bit of a snob when it comes to hair products. I don’t dye my hair so in terms of salon visits, I am super low maintenance and therefore choose to spend my money on higher-end hair products. I ran out of my usual products a few months ago so decided I needed to be a good blogger and give drug store hair products a proper chance. I often get asked for hair recommendations for drug store options and, other than styling products, I didn’t actually know which drug store hair products were good. Pantene subsequently asked me to do a review on their Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. They sent me a bottle of each to put to the test. I have also been testing a bunch of other brands, so will be reviewing those in weeks to come.

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review

Monday, 22 August 2016

I picked up the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation last month, on my recent trip to France. I have been lusting after this for a while now (you pretty much can't miss the rave reviews) and obviously Sephora was on my 'landmarks to visit' list! Oh so cultural. A few of you have asked me how I am getting on with it so far, so here it goes...
Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation with my other holy-grail-flawless-skin saviours at the moment: Urban Decay Naked Concealer and Benefit Dew The Hoola for contouring and warming up the skin tone.

Lunching with the Urban Decay Global Team

Thursday, 18 August 2016

These days I seldom go to blog events. I used to make lots of time for them but, nowadays, I just don't have the time. My day job is super demanding and the little bit of time off I do have is spent with friends and loved one's - I'm not a champagne and high-heels kinda blogger.

Anyway, that being said, I sometimes get invited to launches that I will break my back to get to and the recent Urban Decay one was one of those. It was an intimate lunch at the beautiful Manna Epicure and the reason I was so keen to go was that it was a chance to meet the Urban Decay global team from Newport, California - the UD Head Office. 

Clarins Summer 2016 Collection: Sunkissed

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Summer make up gets me very excited, especially when it's a launch like this from one of my best brands who honestly keep getting better and better. You all know how I felt about Clarins a few years back (they didn't excite me all that much), but fast-track to now and I can honestly say that their products are some of my most-coveted items in my collection (ahem lip oils).

This is their summer collection that is launching in October and it's one for the books (and one you may want to get in line for). The Sunkissed Collection contains some real beauties and when a collection is all about the bronze and glow then I'm all ears...

Get Polished without damaging your skin

Thursday, 11 August 2016

You all know what an advocate I am for exfoliating – in my opinion it is the single most important step (OK, aside from hydrating and protection), but it is definitely the one step in a skincare routine that people are most slack about and if they do include this step in their routine, then it is often done incorrectly which can cause sensitivity and damage to the skin.
I exfoliate my skin using what is termed 'chemical' exfoliators – these are exfoliators that contain ingredients that ‘eat away’ at the dead skin cells –no scrubbing needed. The exfoiators that contain little beads or scrubby bits are called 'mechanical' exfoliators as they actually require a scrubbing action. Now, these aren’t all bad but should be used very sparingly.

Finding Your Inner Brunette - cut and colour makeover | AD

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


“I’m a natural blonde but I feel like a brunette” – Olivia Wilde

Daniel Wellington: Buy online with a discount code

Monday, 8 August 2016

I, along with the rest of the blogger community, was gifted a Daniel Wellington watch. I have actually always liked the simple design of their faces paired with the leather straps. I am not a fan of the classic canvas straps, personally, but love the black or brown straps.

Benefit’s New Brow Collection Launches

Thursday, 4 August 2016

One of my all-time favourite brands has re-launched their brow collection. I say re-launched, as ome old favourites have stuck around (you will be happy to know) and they have beefed up the original collection with some insanely amazing new additions – 9 in total, to be exact!

My latest crush: Rose Water

Monday, 1 August 2016

I am a facial spritzer junkie. I absolutely love refreshing my make up with a spritz here and there to avoid my skin looking dehydrated and, more than anything, it makes me feel soothed and relaxed.
On my recent trip to France I trawled the pharmacies on the hunt for a good rose water – I wanted something as pure as possible and found the one below (can we take a moment for the packaging!). It cost me around 7 Euro (R110) - I wish I had bought 10 bottles!!!

Packing like a pro | My Tips | AD

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

I have just got home from a 2 week summer break in the South of France which was absolutely incredible. I ended up checking in a bag with a sum-total weight of 11kg’s for 2 weeks which I was rather impressed by. You can be so smart about what you end up packing and it really does make travelling that much easier – no one wants to lug around a ridiculously large, heavy suitcase (and we all need shopping space!).

MY ALL TIME FAVOURITES – Le'Chelle from Taylor Made

Thursday, 21 July 2016

It’s time for more all-time favourites, and today Le’Chelle from Taylor Made is sharing her best picks. Le’Chelle and I haven’t actually met yet (which needs to change ASAP), but I know she is a girl after my own heart as she is a proper beauty junkie (and knows her stuff). Le’Chelle also runs a YouTube channel which you have to follow – she nails the minimal make-up while still looking flawless and her tutorials really are very do-able and educational for those of you who aren’t quite sure of where to start with your make up. She also makes use of a great combo of low end vs high-end as well as always supporting local brands - making it accessible to all of us!

Le’Chelle – thank you for contributing and we have to do that coffee soon, plus I NEED that setting spray you mentioned below!

Skincare:


My all​-​time favourite​ ​cleanser... Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

My all​-​time favourite serum... Skin Creamery Facial Hydrating Oil

My all​-​time favourite face mask...​ Aesop Parsley Seed mask/ Skoon Ruby Marine Overnight mask

My all​-​time favourite moisturiser...​ Skin Creamery Everyday All Over Cream

My all​-​time favourite exfoliant...​ Skin Creamery Facial Cleansing Powder

My all​-​time favourite make up remover... Garnier Micellar Water

Make Up:


My all​-​time favourite foundation...​ Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

My all​-​time favourite BB cream/tinted...​ Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturizer

My all​-​time favourite blusher...​ MAC Gingerly blush

My all​-​time favourite bronzer...​ MAC Matte Bronzer

My all-time favourite highlighter... The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

My all​-​time favourite mascara...​ MAC Haute Naughty

My all​-​time favourite eye-shadow... MAC Groundwork Paint Pot

My all​-​time favourite lip product...​ MAC Velvet Teddy

My all​-​time favourite setting spray...​ Bobbi Brown Face Mist

How to: Daytime Make Up In your 50’s

Monday, 27 June 2016

I came across this video the other night when trawling YouTube (as I do, way too often). It stuck out to me, though, as I feel so strongly about learning how to do make up that suits your age – never looking too overdone but also not neglecting it, leaving you looking tired and, well, old.

This video by the fabulous Mary Greenwell lays it all out; from making sure your canvas is beautiful dewy and hydrated (but never looking overly oily) to using the bare minimum to accentuate the things you want to accentuate. And, oh so importantly, to avoid contouring on any level.
She does make use of Chanel products only in this tutorial as this is who sponsor her as an artist, however, you most-definitely don’t need to just use these specific products. The technique and the type of products is what is important here in leaving a woman in her 50’s looking well-turned-out and groomed.

My Sephora USA Haul

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

My darling sister was in California for a few weeks and (obviously) received a Sephora shopping list from me. My original basket had about 14 items in it, but given the fact that she was travelling with a baby and her husband, I had to be weary of their baggage weight, so I decided on my top few items. This is what I chose and, if I say so myself, I think this is probably one of the best hauls I’ve ever done – I honestly LOVE every single product. That, or my beauty junkie status is getting even more out of control.

MY ALL TIME FAVOURITES – EMMA-JANE MENTEATH

Monday, 20 June 2016

Today’s All-Time favourites post is from Emma-Jane Menteath who I am sure you all follow already. I certainly do, and really love her posts. Emma often chats about beauty and I love her simple, understated style when it comes to make up (probably because she doesn’t really need to use any of it!!). She is one of my favourite people to follow on Snapchat (@emmamenteath) as she travels a lot, eats at the most amazing places and has flawless style.
You can follow Emma’s blog, My Life in Pink and stay updated with her beautiful pics on Instagram.

Thanks so much for contributing, Emma! If you missed the other All-Time Favourites posts you can head over to see Kiss, Blush & Tell's, Camilla’s and Julia’s (From All Dolled Up).

Skincare:


My all​-​time favourite​ ​cleanser… Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

My all​-​time favourite serum… Africology’s Rose Absolute

My all​-​time favourite face mask…​ Bioderma Sensibo Mask

My all​-​time favourite moisturiser…​ Embryolisse Moisturizing Cream With Extract of Oranges

My all​-​time favourite exfoliant…​ Dermalogica’s Thermal Exfoliante

My all​-​time favourite make up remover… Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micellar



Make Up:


My all​-​time favourite foundation… Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

My all​-​time favourite BB cream/tinted…​ Bioderma Compact Mineral with SPF50

My all​-​time favourite blusher…​ Don’t ever use blusher

My all​-​time favourite bronzer…​ Don’t ever use bronzer

My all-time favourite highlighter… Benefit’s What’s Up

My all​-​time favourite mascara…​ Benefit’s They’re Real

My all​-​time favourite eye-shadow... N/A

My all​-​time favourite lip product…​ Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

My all​-​time favourite setting spray…​ Don’t really use one, but I love spraying rose water and witch hazel on my skin throughout the day. (KBT: I included an image of my favourite Rose Water spray from Chantecaille – it costs an arm and leg so is hard to justify and completely unnecessary, as you pick this up easily for a fraction of the price).

CHANEL SUMMER 2016 MAKEUP COLLECTION IN THE SUMMER LIGHT

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

On the 6th of June CHANEL launched their limited edition DANS LA LUMIÈRE DE L’ÉTÉ collection; meaning ‘In the Summer Light’. This collection is all about bright, bronzed and glowey skin, sultry eyes enhanced with an ombre effect of ochres and browns, sun kissed lips of corals and pinks and statement nails in smouldering, spicy shades. Could this collection speak more to my heart?!?
I reviewed three of the items: Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Les Beiges in No 2, the  EMPREINTE DU DÉSERT eyeshadow quad and the LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES lipgloss in shade Tanami.

My All Time Favourites – Julia from All Dolled Up

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Time for another ‘All Time Favourites’ post – you can see mine over here and Camilla’s here. This is Jules’ version which I was so excited to see as she is always so amazing with getting her hands on pretty much every cool, exciting product out there and is basically like speaking to the Allure editor about new launches – I thought I was of 'A' grade beauty junkie status, but Jules is pretty impressive! She’s also brilliant when it comes to mixing up high-end products and drug store options – she’s a fantastic dupe-finder too and shares some good finds below. Jules is also from All Dolled Up :)

Thanks so much Jules!

Skincare:

My all-time favourite cleanser... Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (I really need to get my hands on this!!!)
My all-time favourite serum... Hydraluron
My all-time favourite face mask... Can't pick one!
My all-time favourite moisturiser... First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
My all-time favourite exfoliant... Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
My all-time favourite make up remover... The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

Make Up:

My all-time favourite foundation... Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
My all-time favourite BB cream/tinted... L.A. Girl HD Pro BB Cream
My all-time favourite blusher... Benefit "Dallas"
My all-time favourite bronzer... Topshop Mohawke
My all-time favourite highlighter... ColourPop Lunch Money! IN. SANE.
My all-time favourite mascara... Max Factor False Lash Effect
My all-time favourite eye-shadow... MAC Groundwork Paint Pot
My all-time favourite lip product... Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm

Simplifying already simply skincare for men

Monday, 6 June 2016

So many guys have such a skewed misconception of what ‘looking after their skin’ entails, and I think a lot of this can be blamed on how the idea or the products are sold to them. Never simple, never really do-able (in the eyes of a simple guy) and therefore, impossible!! I’m not speaking heterosexual guys here, I’m speaking simple guys who squirm at the thought of even washing their face with a bar of soap.

Review: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

Monday, 30 May 2016

I have been a fan of the matte lip over the sheeny/glossy lip for years, so am ALL about this matte liquid lipstick revolution happening at the moment. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I have bought my fair share of them in the past few months and was very excited to try out Revlon's version after reading a bunch of rave reviews.

My All Time Favourites – Camilla from All Dolled Up

Friday, 27 May 2016

Following on from my ‘All Time Favourites’ post a few weeks back where I shared my one go-to product in each category which WAS NOT an easy task, I obviously roped in my two favourite beauty gals (Camilla and Jules from All Dolled Up). I am not sure if it was purely for my own nosey info, or to share here, but let's get to it anyway (I know you are keen to hear their choices too).

I’m starting off with Camilla’s picks. When I sent her an email about this she went as far as to state that this was like picking her favourite child, we really need to get out more. Camilla is a girl after my own heart, us two love a good beauty product launch and will move mountains to ensure we get hold of what we are after. Camilla is studying a make-up course part-time (whilst casually being an attorney in between, as one does) so really is passionate and I have no doubt our next SA Lisa Eldrige! Also, come hell or high water I am going on an overseas trip with this girl one day to a place that has a very large Sephora. How cultural of us!

Thanks for sharing Cam, you have most definitely contributed a few more additions to my always-growing beauty shopping list!

Skincare:

My all-time favourite cleanser... Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser
My all-time favourite serum... Environ Hydrating Oil Capsules (not technically a serum, but they give me life)
My all-time favourite face mask... If I'm spotty: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. If my skin is dull: REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. If my skin is dry: SKOON Overnight Hydrating Mask (not pictured).
My all-time favourite moisturiser...  Environ Super Moisturiser+
My all-time favourite exfoliant... Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish
My all-time favourite make up remover... The Body Shop Silky Chamomile Cleansing Oil.

Make Up:

My all-time favourite foundation... Yoh. Yoh Yoh Yoh. If I HAD to choose I think I would go for the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick -it's creamy, buildable and long wearing, but if you want light coverage, it sheers out really beautifully.
My all-time favourite BB/CC cream/tinted... Mine would be the Bourjois CC Cream
My all-time favourite blusher... Stila Convertivle Color in 'Lilium'
My all-time favourite bronzer... Topshop Matte Bronzer in 'Mohawke'
My all-time favourite highlighter... Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Pearl'
My all-time favourite mascara... Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Mascara
My all-time favourite eye-shadow... Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in 'Spice"
My all-time favourite lip product... Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors
My all-time favourite setting spray... Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Review: Lancôme Juicy Shakers are here!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The new, and very much anticipated, Lancôme Juicy Shakers are here and, my word, Lisa Eldridge really did get me excited about this launch!!! The build-up was pretty amazing overseas, if any of you follow the beauty influencers that side of the world then you would have shared my excitement!
No girl can ever have too many lip colours, and (as I’m sure you can imagine, I am no exception).The Juicy Shakers are an innovative, first-of-their kind lip product, inspired by the ever so popular Juicy Tubes that I used to love! Remember those colours and scents!!!

The concept was based on a product from Lancôme from way back when (1946, to be exact) and this product was called The Shaker. It was also a lip product. Anyhoo, fast forward to now and we have the 2016 version of The Shaker which is made up of an incredibly wide array of shades of oil-like treatment glosses for the lips. The product does quite literally, as its name suggests, require a good shake before application – this will ensure the nourishing oil (apricot, peach, cranberry, almond and rose de muscat) blends with the specific colour before application. The whole shaking concept is quite therapeutic too!

My best part is the actual applicator which is a never-seen-before domed-cushion applicator that seems rather large at first but makes application onto the lips a dream – it’s almost like a mini, mini Beauty Blender that you dab onto the lips. The colour is build-able too, so you can dab until you get the effect you want. It’s quite an addictive feeling!
There are 20 different shades available and the colours are just as great, if not better, than the Juicy Tubes that we all know and love. Wait for it, the best part is that each and every shade has its unique scent to match it. The colours are very sheer, so don’t expect any pops of colours here, more like a sheer wash of hydration. I guess I love mine so much as it’s quite a difference compared to what I normally wear on my lips which is matte, full colour – nothing with a shine or nothing sheer. So these are fantastic for casual day-time wearing, plus you get the hydration too.

Fabulash Review - Russian Volume Lash Extensions

Monday, 23 May 2016

I often get asked for Joburg recommendations with regards to general beauty treatments and, more frequently, about recommendations for wedding prep type spots before your big day. I have Cape Town recommendations coming out of my ears and know Natal pretty well but, sadly, am not too clued up when it comes to Joburg.

Urban Decay – my favourites and my wishlist

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Urban Decay is a brand I have loved for many years. The fact that you could only ever get it abroad obviously meant I could only get my hands on it if and when I was travelling or a friend was willing to be a mule. So you can only imagine my excitement at the fact that they are launching in South Africa soon (standalone store in Sandton in June and no dates announced just yet for CT, will keep you postred).

I thought I would do a post on some of my favourites that you have to pop onto your shopping list and then also share my wishlist (that is saved on my iPhone, ready to get shopping):

My favourites

Review: Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

On my recent quest to take my skin care to the next level, I started having regular facials at a salon I had been recommended by a friend. My therapist at the salon has been in the skincare industry for years and years and I guess I always naively felt that I knew it all, having studied Health & Skincare. Because of my background knowledge I can read my skin pretty well and know when it is lacking in certain things and how to help whatever skin crisis may arise. In doing all of my intense at-home skincare routines, I didn’t realise one major part I was totally missing; and this was that I was unsettling my skins natural barrier which is vital to keep intact and in good health.
For those who don’t understand this term, your natural barrier is what protects your skin and can easily be unsettled through loads of different factors such as over stimulation, water that is too hot, affecting the skins PH through products that are too harsh and poor protection from free radicals. Your barrier is vital in keeping out the bad things and keeping in the good things (for lack of a better explanation). You can read this article on Paula's Choice for more detail on this. So, I guess this explains my skins dehydration (no matter how much oil/hydrating masks I pile on!)

How I faux that glow - my tips for faking glowey, rested skin when life is everything but!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

I wrote this post a while ago at a time when my skin wasn't being its usual self. I put this down to my serious lack of routine at the time (being bad with yoga and with that came not-so-good eating/drinking habits). It's come around again, and thankfully been good for the last few weeks
thanks to an improved routine and less late nights but, unfortunately, when life happens (late nights, lots of social activities etc) I know this will happen again. Therefore this post is about how to fake that glow, we all know that drinking loads of water, getting enough rest, eating our greens etc result in glowey skin but this is also not going to always be the case, so in those times of need here are some cheat products that will make your skin look better than it really is.

My All-Time Favourites - by Kiss, Blush & Tell

Thursday, 5 May 2016

This is a new mini series on the blog that’s all about some of my favourite beauty peoples ‘all-time favourite products’. I am often asked this question and, being the beauty junkie that I am, it is pretty much an impossible one to answer as there are just so many great products out there.

However, I have put myself up to the challenge, so here is my best shot. Following this post you will also see some all-time favourites from other friends and enablers that I love.

As a rule, the below products are ones that I have used for ages (in most cases) and pretty much am never without – I also see myself using them for many years to come. As you will see, in some cases I broke the rules and mentioned a few as I just couldn't help myself :)

Skincare


My all​-​time favourite​ ​cleanser... Babor Mild Cleanser Foam
My all​-​time favourite serum... Sisley Black Rose Facial Oil

My all​-​time favourite face mask...​1) Origins Drink Up for hydration 2) Eve Lom Rescue Mask for problem skin and 3) Rodial Super Acids X-Treme Hangover Mask for radiance (this is too hard, I have so many more favourites: Sisley Black Rose and Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Mask)

My all-time favourite toner... Dermalogica Anti-Oxidant Hydramist

My all​-​time favourite moisturiser...​ QMS 24 Hr Moisturiser

My all​-​time favourite exfoliant...​ Dermalogica Microfoliant

My all​-​time favourite make up remover... Bioderma Micellar Water



Make Up

My all​-​time favourite foundation...​ Nars Sheer Glow

My all​-​time favourite BB cream/tinted...​ Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (although this is too new) so probably Stila CC cream 

My all​-​time favourite blusher... ​Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Radiant Magenta

My all-time favourite highlighter... Becca Champagne Pop (cheating a bit here as this is new, but I can see my love affair lasting a very, very long time). My old fave would have to be Mac Soft n Gentle - owned this years ago and recently bought a new one and it's as great as I remember it being!

My all​-​time favourite bronzer... ​Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light 

My all​-​time favourite mascara...​ Benefit They're Real (although a hack to remove!)

My all​-​time favourite eye-shadow... Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Pure Finish Radiant - a bronzing palette that I use for eyes and have been obsessed with for years - perfect combo of bronze shades and perfect amount of subtle shimmer - also very build-able depending on how dramatic I want to go!

My all​-​time favourite lip product... ​Piz Buin Sun Lipstick - dull and not a colour but I use it all day every day and it makes any lip product I use underneath it or on top of it look amazing so it has to be this!!! Otherwise Mac Blankety is my oldest favourite lip colour.

My all​-​time favourite setting spray... ​Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to keep things in place and Dermalogica Anti Oxidant Hydramist to add faux glow.
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Charlotte Rhys: Supporting local

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Charlotte Rhys is a local beauty brand that I've never really known all that well. That was until my friends gifted me with one of their candles last year - it was the No. 17 scent and I completely fell in love. I am such a sucker for a luxury scented candle, but this is always something I have thought I couldn't get locally. I was wrong. This candle got me totally intrigued by the brand as, for one, the scent is INSANE and the packaging is so slick and expensive feeling and looking. It makes the perfect gift and you can tell they haven't skimped on packaging or ingredients! I love this candle so much that I have since bought two more (one is a Mother's Day gift) - they costs R341.

MY DIY Mani with Scholl | ad

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

I am a tad pedantic when it comes to my nails. I always have been and it is something I do splurge on. I have my manicure and pedicure booked religiously every second week and I always get Shellac on hands and toes. Yes, I know it’s not the best for my nails but they look flawless and my nails are pretty strong and hardy.

Anyway, my nail technician has been telling me to take a break to give my nails a chance to breathe for a while now and on Friday I decided it was a good time to do that (for a little while). I wanted to nourish my nails and hydrate my cuticle area as much as possible and get my nails back to tip top condition. Cue the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System which was the perfect tool to aid me in my DIY home mani’s.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Toilette {New}

Monday, 4 April 2016

I spoilt myself to the latest launch from Tom Ford which is the Eau de Toilette version of the Black Orchid fragrance. The original Black Orchid Eau de Parfum has been my go-to signature scent for years, hence the splurge on the EDT version and I loved the fact that this newer addition is a tad softer and more wearable for every day. Oh, and the matte black bottle may have swayed me a bit too…

Products I fell in love with on my travels

Monday, 14 March 2016

As you may have seen, I returned from 2 weeks in Australia yesterday – 10 days in Melbourne and 4 days in Sydney. I went for work so between tackling normal work emails and blog mails I am pretty snowed under. This combined with jet lag is not for the faint hearted. Anyway, this post is about a handful of products that I really enjoyed using on my trip.