Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February Favourites

Better late than never! I've been having some technical difficulties with my laptop, but things seem to be working now, so let's head on! (As always, products marked with an asterisk* were provided for review, all others were personally purchased by me.)

essence soo glow! cream to powder highlighter
I picked this goodie up on Takealot on a whim and I'm so glad I did! The creamy texture of this highlighter means it's super easy to apply and blend (as you can probably see from the surface, I just use my (clean!) fingers), but it sets quickly to a more powdery finish, so it stays put once it's on. Perfect for adding that much-desired highlight to your cheekbones! (And at only R54, super budget friendly to boot!)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Rubybox Review

Rubybox Surprise Box, R169 per month*

I recently was gifted a Rubybox to show you what's inside - in case you didn't know, Rubybox is a subscription beauty box that you receive every month with a few exciting goodies to try out. The Rubybox retails for R169 per month (with free delivery) and contains products to the value of R250, so if you like surprises and trying out new things, it's worth giving this box a try. You can sign up for a Rubybox Surprise Box (or just find out more information) over here. Not a big fan of surprises? Rubybox has you covered too! You can build your own box for R199 from a selection of goodies over here.

In my box were the following:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A peak inside #RBSecretBox #9

Retail Box has quickly established themselves as an important member of the South African online shopping scene. Stocking elite salon brands with fast courier delivery, they're a go-to if you're in need of haircare. A fun addition to their site is the introduction of monthly "Secret Boxes". Unlike the traditional subscription beauty boxes, the Secret Box is a once-off purchase. Prior to it's release, the "theme" of the box is announced, so you can decide if the contents of that box are right for you. 

The latest offering, Secret Box #9, had the following brief: "Treat any hair type with 3 x sample sizes from a luxury oil brand, style male or female short hair and neaten any bad hair day with this #secretbox9." It's currently available online for only R149 and contains R500 worth of products! You can buy your box here (stocks are limited, so don't delay!).

Let's take a peak inside the box!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Let's Talk

This post is something I’ve been working on for a while. And by “a while”, I mean, at least a month. I still don’t feel ready to hit publish yet, but it’s something that I felt I needed to say and to share.

2014 was a rough year for me. I struggled with work. I struggled with life. I struggled with happiness. I tried to put a smile on my face for as much of the time as possible, but for a lot of the time, I felt empty. I no longer felt like “me”.

As a result of this, I was uninspired by blogging. I had started to publish posts that I thought people wanted to see, not the ones I wanted to write. As a result, I had started to get severely anxious about what got posted. My drafts folder got filled up with half written posts that would never see the light, and my blog got quieter and quieter.

In December, I knew I needed a change. I knew I needed help. I started a new treatment of antidepressants and anti-anxieties. (I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, and while I've been struggling for a long time, I fought the idea of taking meds for ages, lord knows for what reason). I took a month off from work, and I decided to take time off from the blog. (Even though I had planned an extensive Christmas-themed month). I took the time to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do.

I’m still not back to normal yet, but I’m on my way there. (As my brother said tongue-in-cheek to me as I was popping my morning pills, “You've become slightly more tolerable on those things”.) So I want to thank you for being patient as I slowly work my way back into blogging. I’m not going to be enforcing a blogging schedule. I'm just going to be working at my own pace and publishing posts that I feel like sharing. I hope that you'll stick around to follow them (use the buttons in the side bar to follow me and find out when new posts are published).