Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NOTD: Be Bold!

essence be loud "not punk nor funk" over Sally Hansen "Scarlet Fever" (pre cleanup because I'm lazy and forgot to do clean up)

Ok, you guys probably know by now that I'm a sucker for glitter nail polish toppers (for example, exhibit a, exhibit b, exhibit c...). They're a fun way to add a little something extra to your nails with practically zero extra effort. So when I saw a glitter topper in the Essence "Be Loud" collection, I couldn't help grabbing it. I used one thin coat over my base colour as this polish is packed with glitter pieces: rose microglitter, hexagonal glitter in gold, black and iridescent, plus silver bar glitter. I like this look but would like to try it over other colours, maybe black or white? The only thing I didn't like about this glitter topper is that those silver bars had a tendency to lift out of the polish, creating rough ends.
As for the base shade, I got this Sally Hansen polish at the Rubybox Beauty Night Out. It's my first time trying a normal polish from Sally Hansen (although I love the InstaDri Top Coat) and I quite like the formula. This polish was almost a one-coater, beautiful pigmentation. It applied smoothly and dried quickly. I did experience a teeny bit of staining, but nothing too bad.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My first Style Bar Experience

Earlier this month, I got a chance to try out Style Bar for the first time. I was incredibly excited, as I was unfortunately unable to attend their big media event earlier this year. Style Bar has several salons across Cape Town, including one in Stellenbosch Square, but I made my appointment for the Tygervalley branch over a weekend that I was visiting my parents in the Northern Suburbs.

The first thing that draws you in when you step into Style Bar is how effortless chic it is. The decor is rather minimalistic, none of the crazy clutter that some salons have. Everything is monochrome with modern chrome and perspex finishes, and everything the stylists use is neatly packed away in elegant chests of drawers. I met my stylist, and we quickly discussed what to do with my hair. Unfortunately, I was rather boring, as I've been growing out my natural hair and embracing my natural colour (my first time without dye in 10 years, omg!), so all I needed was a cut to get off the unhealthy ends.

I made my way to the sinks to get my hair washed, and to my delight the wash was gentle and relaxing - my hair tangles and knots incredibly easily so I tend to stress when other people wash it. So far so good! I returned to my chair to find my cup of tea waiting for me and let my stylist work her magic! She was lovely and friendly, but still very professional. She cut my hair beautifully - working very precisely and perfectly, and checking in regularly to get feedback. With the cut done, I then chose to have my hair blowdried and curled - something I rarely do myself because I never have the time, so it was lovely to be spoiled a little! (My hair is naturally flat and dead straight, so I dream of pretty bouncy curls!)

Best of all, Style Bar uses only the best products when it comes to hair care! You can purchase products either in the salon, or online at . The stylists are all undergo specialised training and can expertly guide you towards the best products for your hair type.

Thank you Style Bar for the lovely experience!

Disclaimer: Services were provided to Whimsy Is Forever as part of a media trade exchange. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Lush Christmas Haul! | New Video

It's once again that time of year - the release of Lush's Christmas Collection! I couldn't resist picking up a few goodies and showing you what I bought! I decided to resurrect my YouTube account for this, so let me know if you like watching videos! I'll also be posting a traditional photo-and-word post on these products later on for those of you who can't watch many videos due to slow or capped internet. Warning: I suck at being on camera. There will be a lot of footage of me sniffing bath bombs inappropriately. I fail to form decent sentences. I say "so" and touch my hair a lot. I'm working on it... (Bonus: if you stay watching until 10:35, there are some bloopers waiting for you!).

 Products shown, in order:
In order shown:
Melting Snowman Bath Melt
Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt
Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar
Christmas Eve Bubble Bar
So White Bath Ballistic
Shoot for the Stars Bath Ballistic
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic
Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic

Dress from MRP Fashion. (currently on sale!)
Hair by Style Bar SA.
Lipstick is “Stoplight Red” by Wet n Wild.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! | Pop Art Makeup Tutorial

Happy Halloween everyone! It may be springtime in SA, and Halloween isn't really celebrated here, but hey - I'll take any opportunity to dress up :)

After last year's creepy makeup look (and my cracked porcelain doll look), I thought I would try something a little more costume-y this year. I've seen 'Pop Art' makeup looks all over Pinterest, so I thought I'd give this look a go! It's surprisingly easy - the hard part is remembering not to touch your face! If you're still looking for a Halloween look for this weekend, here's how I did my face. (PS: I didn't have a photographer to help me this morning, so here's a makeup tutorial entirely in front-camera selfies!)

First up - your base. You want full coverage and a matte finish. I started with Smashbox's Hydrating Primer. I used Catrice's Camoflague Concealer to even things out, then went in with my Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, buffing it in to get an even finish. I finished off with a generous amount of powder - using Stila's Sheer Pressed Powder. I also put on some moisturing lip balm to prepare my lips for later.

Next up, finishing my "normal" face. I gave the apples of my cheeks some rosy colour using a blush from The Body Shop (the name has rubbed off, but I think the shade I have is "Guava"). I used my Catrice Eyeshadow Base, and then went in with Bliss and Gilded Gold from the Stila In The Light palette. I lined my upper and lower waterlines with a black eyeliner pencil from essence, and then went in on my upper lids with Maybelline's Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. I finished off with a generous amount of my L'Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings mascara.

Here's when things start to get fun! Get your cartoonish eyebrows on by outlining them and filling them in with eyeliner. I used Rimmel's Waterproof Gel Eyeliner.

I grabbed my Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner again and started outlining my face. I drew under my cheekbones, along my jawline, around the hair line and around my nose.

Time to start "colouring in" your face using comic-book style dots. In comic books, this is normally done with red dots on the white paper, but when done in makeup, it looks a little too much like a bad case of the measles for my liking, so I stuck to white instead. I used the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, which is wide enough that I could just dot it on instead of drawing circles. Stagger your dots evenly and try to keep your lines straight.

It gets a little odd around your nose and forehead, but carry on!

Powder over your dots to help "set" the makeup! Remember to dab the powder on gently with your brush, do not use sweeping motions.

Grab your red lipstick! You want something long-lasting with a matte finish. I chose Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso (THE BEST RED LIP EVER!!!) and filled in my lips with a lip brush. Once the lipstick had dried, I outlined my lips with my liquid eyeliner. (Between the dark lip and outlining, this can make your lips seem smaller, so don't be afraid to paint your lips on a little outside the natural lip line). 

I didn't add the typical tear-drop (because, let's face it, if I was in a comic book, I'd be the villain, not the damsel in distress!) or the white "shine" in the lips (because I'm actually going to work like this and my lips have to last all day, including several cups of tea and lunchtime).

You can wear this look with your natural hair, but mine's quite thin and boring, so I decided I wanted a nice full wig! I braided my hair into two french braids and pinned them up before pulling on a very sheksy wig cap to hold everything in place.

Pull on your wig, straighten it out, and you're DONE! :) The wig I'm wearing is the "Kerry" wig from Wonderland Wigs

If you're brave, you can pair this look with your best spandex superhero suit, or be like me, and wear black skinny jeans with a superhero logo t-shirt. (How cute is this black and sparkly SuperMan tee from Jay Jays?!)

Happy trick-or-treating!