Monday, 30 September 2013

Music Monday

Having some happy flashbacks listening to the Songs About Jane album

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

NOTD - We Rock The Green

we rock the green - essence

This is one of 5 new shades I bought this weekend. "We rock the green" is a lovely grass green with a fine green-gold shimmer in it. I'm already imagining using this in some Christmas nail art...

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Garnier BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter for Combination/Oily Skin R85

I grabbed a tube of this the second I first saw it in Clicks! I had heard such good things about the original Garnier BB cream but once I tried it, I was so disappointed because it made my skin look so shiny and oily :( (I ended up giving my tube to my mom, who love it). This seemed to be a problem lots of ladies had, so I'm very glad that Garnier then went and tweaked the formula for us combination skin girls! I reached for the Light shade; there is also a Medium shade, and Dark should be on it's way soon (end Sept/ early Oct).

There's not a lot I can say about this BB cream apart from the fact that I LOVE IT and it is basically everything I wanted! It gives a great, healthy colour to the skin, leaves your skin in good condition, contains SPF20, has a lovely matte finish and applies so easily! (And by "matte" finish, I mean not the gross chalky kind of finish but rather the smooth, satiny, healthy-but-not-shiny finish.) I've also found that it minimizes the large pores I have on and around my nose, which is always great! I also love the new shape tube - isn't the long, sleek tube so elegant? It also has a really narrow nozzle so you can get just a little bit of product out at a time, which is perfect because this formula is a little bit more "runny" than the original.

I swatched on my inner arm (so you didn't have to see the lovely chemical stain I had on the back of my hand - occupational hazard) which is even paler than my face, so you can see the blended swatch against the blueness of my skin. Hopefully you can tell that it has a beautiful finish and a lovely warm glow!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Products I've Used Up {New Video!}

Hi everyone! So, I've finally gotten around to making a new video :) It's a fairly long one, despite how much cutting down I did, so go grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!

View it on YouTube

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Body Shop: Honeymania Body Butter

The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter

The Body Shop SA has just released their newest collection: Honeymania! Honey is well known as an excellent skin moisturiser, so I was looking forward to trying some things from this collection. This range uses Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia – organically produced, hand-harvested honey that’s rich in nourishment!

I’ve been using the body butter from the collection for two weeks now and I love it! At first when I opened the tub, I was a bit confused by the scent. I guess I was expecting something sweeter and more, well, honey-ish. (Maybe that’s also because I’m used to eating fynbos honey which has a very strong scent?) In any case, this body butter has a soft, pretty floral scent with only a touch of sweetness, which makes it very wearable. The Body Shop describes the scent as “delicate, but indulgent, floral fragrance with enchanting notes of floral honey blossom and sweet honey”. With the addition of honey, this body butter aims for intense moisturization for very dry skin – claiming to provide 24 hours of hydration.

Now, my skin is being unusually dry this winter, so that sounded like just the product for me! The first time I tried this body butter, I actually skipped body lotion or body butter for the previous two day, so when I got out of the shower that morning, with freshly shaved legs, my skin was in desperate need for some intense hydration!  (Nothing quite like really putting a product to the test!) I applied a healthy blob of the butter (it’s nice and thick, like a body butter should be!) and rubbed in into my poor, dry skin. It absorbed super quickly and – to my joy – left my skin beautifully soft and hydrated! Hooray! Even better, my skin stayed moisturized all day so I didn’t have to apply anything else that evening!

So, if you have normal to oily skin – I would avoid this body butter as it will probably be too heavy and rich for your skin. However, if you have skin that needs some extra hydration help, this might be the product for you. Definitely give it a smell the next time you go to The Body Shop!

*Product sent to me by Beauty Bulletin

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

NOTD: Fame Fatal

fame fatal by essence 
metallic nail sticker from here

Fame Fatal is a dark red with blue undertones that will look amazing on those with cool-toned complexions - I think I found my perfect red! This is definitely going to become one of my faves for a night out. For a little something extra, I added a metallic swirl on my left thumb and right ring finger - I sealed the stickers with two coats of top coat for a smooth surface.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Essence BB Cream

Essence All-In-One BB Cream in Universal (R54.95 at Clicks)

This BB cream by Essence is what I've been wearing the most on my skin over the last two months. I initially picked it up for a trip where (a) I didn't want to wear a full face of foundation and (b) I didn't want to have a glass bottle of product in my bag. At only R54.95, it's definitely the cheapest BB cream I've seen on the shelves and I figured - I might as well give it a bash to see if it's any good. This cream comes in three shades: Natural, Medium and Universal. My skin is pretty fair, and based on a couple of reviews I'd read, I decided to go with the Universal shade.

As you can see in the swatch I've blended onto the right side of the back of my hand (heavy swatch), the colour is fairly warm toned and I was at first worried I would come out orange! However, once I put it on my face, it magically blended in nicely, giving me a lovely healthy glow, without any hint of orange and no visible border lines! It really does blend beautifully and gives you that "like your skin, only better" look. While it does even out skin tone and hides redness a bit, you'll still have to apply concealer if you have any spots, blemishes or dark circles. I also liked that this cream was fragrance free, moisturizing, non-oily (the problem I had with the original Garnier BB cream) and has an SPF of 30. I typically set my makeup with a mattifying powder (another review coming soon) and I found that this way, my face seems to last decently throughout the day. I can see this being a product I'll be repurchasing once my tube is empty!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect Foundation

Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect Foundation in Shade 52 Vanilla

I was actually looking to buy Bourjois' Healthy Mix foundation when I walked into Clicks, but unfortunately they didn't have my shade, so I picked up the 1,2,3 Perfect foundation instead out of curiosity. I probably should be wearing the lightest shade (51) at the moment, but seeing as summer is coming, I thought it best to go for 52 for maximum wear. I did note that the shade selection ran on the lighter side unfortunately.

This foundation claims to use colour correcting pigments: yellow to conceal darkness, mauve to correct dullness and green to neutralize redness. The bottle also claims that the product provides 24 hour hydration, lasts 16 hours and contains a SPF of 10.

As far as colour correcting goes, I prefer to use a concealer first to cover up under-eye circles, so I wasn't expecting this foundation to do anything there. I did find that it made redness less noticeable and my skin looked nice and healthy. The product didn't feel "heavy" on my face like lots of medium-coverage products do. I applied the rather runny foundation (which, thankfully, comes in a pump bottle so there's no mess or wasted product) to my skin with clean finger tips before blending in with my UBU foundation brush.

The one thing that I don't really like about this foundation is that I have to wear a primer in certain areas otherwise it sinks into pores and accentuates them. But then I do have some pretty huge pores on and around my nose.

I have been using this foundation on and off for about 3 weeks (alternating with a BB cream for "good skin days") and haven't experienced any breakouts in that time.

Like 99% of foundations, the long-wear claims are greatly over exaggerated (on my skin, anyway). I'd say that at a stretch, this product looked decent on my skin for 10 hours, not 16. I do my makeup normally at around 7am, and by the end of the work day my skin is still covered but it definitely doesn't look as great as earlier in the day (and that's with wearing a primer). If you've got a hot date and you want to look your best, you'll probably want to do some touch-ups come evening time. As for the "24 hour moisturising" claim - well, it doesn't make your skin feel dry when it's on. That's about it.

In summary, if you are looking for a foundation that does a decent job at colour correcting and creating the illusion of even skin, while still feeling lightweight, it's worth giving Bourjois' 1,2,3 Perfect Foundation a try.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

August Photo A Day Challenge

1 - Something beginning with N
2 - Incomplete
3 - Skyline

4 - Fresh 
5 - Early (Coffee, choc chip cookie, blogging)
6 - This means a lot to me (some of my lovely friendies!)

7 - A sign
8 - Peek a boo
9 - 2 o’clock #realtimechem (trying to find out what this blue material is that keeps appearing in my crystallizations)

10 - Beverage (Frozen margaritas!)
11 - I love doing this (Yeah! Science, bitch!)
12 - Macro

13 - Fast (Super-swirly stirring, always at nice round numbers!) 
14 - Trash
15 - The best way to start the day: Hazz coffee and a fresh, flaky, buttery croissant :) 

16 - Cooking
17 - Exercise (Walking in heels counts as exercise, right?)
18 - someone you spoke to today (my crazy brother) 

19 - Lost. I miss this hat :( Lost it in Durban last month :(
20 - Stairs
21 - Slow (enjoying the slow life) 

22 - A room (our little lab!) 
23 - Yellow 
24 - (Mountains) In The Background 

25 - Culture (Wine is a big part of the Stellenbosch culture!)
26 - Entrance
27 - 10 minutes from home: work!

28 - Corridor 
29 - Lucky (to see such rare snow in Stellenbosch :D )
30 - (De)cluttered 
31 - Dangerous

Monday, 2 September 2013

NOTD - Redvolution

essence - redvolution

I recently picked up this beauty from essence as it was unlike anything else in my collection. This shade is a gorgeous orange-red. In the above photo I am wearing ONE coat with no top coat. Pretty great, right?

Music Monday

Gangs of Ballet - Hello Sweet World

Time for some proudly South African awesomeness this morning :) I have nothing but love for Gangs of Ballet - I got to see them at Kirstenbosch at the beginning of this year and they were fantastic!