Friday, October 9, 2015

Five Things

My Real Techniques brushes addiction continues! I picked up the Stippling Brush on a whim and I'm already in love - it just helps give your makeup that final touch to take it "above and beyond" in terms of a flawless finish.

As I've been steadily dyeing my hair darker, I've been on the lookout for new brow products to make sure they match. This weekend I picked up this newbie from Catrice. The felt tip is firm but flexible, which gives you the right amount of control, and the super fine tip means that you can delicately draw on strokes to give the illusion of brow hairs in sparse spots.

How pretty is this shade? I don't often pick up things from the essence trend editions because either they are immediately sold out at my local Clicks or I find them too juvenile, but when I saw "Oh Captain, My Captain"? I just had to get it! (And good thing to because it was the last one on the shelf!) It's a beautiful periwinkle blue. The formula is a bit streaky at first but it evens out on the second coat. 

I guess you know you're getting old when trends you participated in the first time around start coming back, huh? Ok, admittedly, I never actually had one of these chokers back in the day but I remember wanting one so badly, they were just so cool! (And I, clearly, was not!)

And last, but not least:

I am LOVING my hair after my most recent trip to Style Bar! The dark chocolate colour is just so so so perfect, and my hair is just so shiny and healthy! (How shiny? Check out this photo!) Thanks to the team at Style Bar Tygervalley once again (esp for having to deal with my stupid hair that likes to form insane knots if you so much as look at it weird!).

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sorbet turns 10!

This year, South Africa’s largest and much-loved beauty salon, Sorbet, turns the big TEN-OH. From the 30th of September until the 10th of October, Sorbet will be celebraTEN a decade of highlights with ten days of Sorbet-licious social media giveaways – and on the 10th of the 10th, everything in store – products included – will be 10% off! Yes, we know… it’s even better than cake: it’s Sorbet! 

The story begins in 2005 when his massage therapist convinced Ian Fuhr that South Africa was in desperate need of a branded beauty chain. With the only Brazilians he knew of being the ones who live in Brazil, the entrepreneur acknowledged he had neither the face nor the knowhow for beauty – but he was willing to give it a swirl. Ten years on and it just goes to show where scoopfuls of love, passion and perseverance can take you: into 137 stores across SA and, in August this year, “straight outta London” with the launch of the first Sorbet UK.
In addition to going “glow”bal, Sorbet scores 10/10 for being a family-run business with a lot of heart. It’s why Sorbet CEO Fuhr refers to working side-by-side his three children and niece as the most priceless part of his entrepreneurial journey. And by helping people “get that feeling” - sitting at the core of everything Sorbet - Fuhr says, “Our success is measured on the contribution we make to other peoples’ lives and, on that score, Sorbet has been hugely successful.”
With over 1200 staff, 120 franchisees, 230 000 loyalty members and even more passionate Sorbies who come “home” to Sorbet seven days a week, it truly is a family affair. And the love doesn’t stop there: through the sale of SEW bracelets, Sorbet is committed to empowering previously disadvantaged women – by turning their dreams of becoming beauticians or nail technicians into bonafide realities.
From humble beginnings in Bedfordview, Sorbet’s journey since 2005 has been a whirlwind ride. After surviving a few dark days in getting the business off the ground, Sorbet started expanding, opening stores in Cape Town and Durban. The group also partnered with Clicks in 2011 and launched its own branded Body & Bath range. In 2012, following the success of Sorbet Nails, Sorbet Dry Bars launched: offering guests the beauty of a quick, in-and-out, no-mess-no-fuss blowout. And in 2014, Sorbet widened its offerings through two new divisions – Sorbet Man and Candi & Co – and celebrated its 100th store opening! Today, in addition to UK expansion plans, sights set on Dubai and a goal to open 500 stores in five years, Sorbet’s future is fabulously bright.
Here’s to hitting double digits and beyond: let’s pop some bubbles and get celebraTEN!

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Thought for the Day

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review | REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial

Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial - RRP R620 (Available here)

I was excited to give this product a try because I LOVE REN's Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask and this seemed like the perfect complementary product.

What is it supposed to do? Well, this serum has a variety of different active compounds that work while you sleep to give you better skin. Firstly, fruit acids and enzymes help exfoliate the skin for a brighter, more even complexion. Next, glycogen and magnesium provide energy to skin cells to revitalize them and boost vitality. Finally, sodium lactate helps raise the skin pH again. This product is suitable for all skin types, with the exception of more sensitive skins.

The result? Waking up to skin that is brighter, more luminous, refined and even toned.

How do I use this product? Well, before bed I cleanse my skin as usual. I then apply 2 pumps of this serum all over my face and neck. The product sinks in quickly and there is a slight tingling sensation for a minute or so as the fruit acids and enzymes get to work. I then apply a thin layer of my night cream and that's it - off to bed I go, no need to rinse off the product. In the morning, follow your usual skincare routine (I normally just wash my face with a face cloth and warm water, and then moisturize/SPF up).

I've been loving the Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial - my skin is looking a lot better! Goodbye dull, tired winter skin!