Wednesday, 26 March 2014

[NOTD] Holo Heaven

essence "the boy next door" (2nd edition)

I've had this teeny bottle of holographic goodness for a while now but realized this weekend I hadn't shown it on the ol' blog yet. Born Pretty Store has a bunch of holo polishes, but because I wasn't sure what they were like (and I couldn't afford to buy them all, much as I would like to!), I decided just to order #1 - a sheer polish packed with holo particles that could be built up (if you have the patience) or used as a top coat to transform other polishes. I haven't got much patience, so I've been using it as a top coat to add glorious rainbows to my fingertips. Seriously, you can ask my friends - I become a total weirdo staring at my own fingertips when I'm wearing this.

In the above pictures, I'm wearing two coats of the newer "the boy next door" polish from essence, topped with 1 coat of #1. I'm not wearing top coat yet in the photos, but I did add some afterwards for longevity. I've had this mani on for 5 days so far without any injury to it.

Oh, and a heads up, if you want to order any goodies from Born Pretty Store (and it's hard not to), you can use the discount code JVRX31 to get 10% off :) You can go buy #1 here, or look at the rest of the holographic polishes here.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Online shopping with

I was recently exposed to another great South African online store - - and was lucky enough to be given a voucher to give it a try. (It also took lots and lots of restraint to not buy one of those pretty pastel GHDs!)(Also, I think I may be the last woman on earth to not own a GHD yet. Is it too early to write a letter to Santa?)

The site is well organized, so you can easily find what you are looking for. You can search by product type, hair type or brand. If you don't know what you're looking for, you can chat to a consultant who can direct you to some products that they recommend.

I immediately went and searched for Moraccanoil products - I've been eyeing the Light Oil Treatment for ages! After a thorough perusal of the store, I also added the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texurizing Powder (wow, that's a mouthful!) to my cart. 

I had a small issue with checkout, but it wasn't EverythingHair's fault (ABSA went a little, well, ABSA on my credit card). After playing phone-tag with ABSA and getting the issue sorted out, I had no problem fixing my order with EverythingHair - customer service helped me out no-problem, and after my payment went through, it was about 36 hours until I was sitting with a box on my desk, carefully stroking my products and whispering "my preciousssss...". In addition to my two products, they had added in a scalp massager/detangler gadget. I actually already have one of these from a previous beauty box (Rubybox? GlamBox? Can't remember which) and it's lovely for gently coaxing knots out in the shower when my conditioner is in.

Now for a quick note on delivery fees. If you want delivery to your local post office, it will cost R35 but is free for orders over R350. For courier delivery, the cost is R80 or free for orders over R800.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

7 Red Lipsticks

It should come as absolutely zero surprise that I LOVE red lipstick. I started playing around with it at 18, and as I've gotten older my love for it has grown exponentially. (As is probably evident if you look at my recent selfies on Instagram...) What I love about red is the instant glamour - it doesn't matter if you're all dressed up, or if you're just lazing around at home in your yoga pants, if you add red lipstick, you immediately look like you've put in extra effort!

Ok, so with that said, it should be apparent that I have numerous red lipsticks in my collection. I thought I would show you 7 of the ones I reach for the most. (These are all purchased by me, with the exception of the EsteƩ Lauder one, which was a gift from my Mom.)

From left to right:

1. Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Cherry Frost - A bright cherry red with a glossy finish. Amazing value for money! Goes on easily, feels unbelievably comfortable. Reasonable lasting time, easy to touch up.
2. Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipcolour in Stoplight Red - Possibly my favourite shade, a bright post-box red with a slightly matte finish. Really impressive staying power. The only thing I would change is the bullet - it comes with a blunt tip which makes application tricky. I'm slowly training it in though....
3. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Berry Queen - A darker, more wintry red. Moisturizing on application. Reasonable lasting time.
4. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heartbreaker - Somewhere on the pinky-red/ reddish-pink scale, but looks red on my lips. This is my second tube, which says something! Applies easily, stays on well.
5. Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon - Perfect if you want something on the sheer side, one swipe gives a subtle tint of colour, can be built up. Very comfortable and moisturizing, but doesn't last long.
6. EsteƩ Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Fig - My favourite in winter! A deep wine red with a lovely creamy finish. Lasts quite well considering how creamy it is. (Thanks Mom for this one!)
7. Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipcolour in Very Cherry - A bright cherry red. (I actually saw my friend wearing this lipstick first, and just HAD to ask her what it was so that I could buy it!) Very similar in colour to the Wet n Wild Cherry Frost, but not as soft, so it has much better staying power. 

And some swatches (in the same order from left to right). (Also, eek, my inner arms are freakishly pale...)

Now your turn to share! Have you tried any of my favourite red lipsticks? And what would you recommend for the next addition to my collection?

Friday, 7 March 2014

[NOTD] Hello Marshmallow

essence - hello marshmallow (new edition)

Once again, essence has brought out a new polish using an old name. The original "hello marshmallow" (which I don't have) was a creamy lilac shade. The new shade is a metallic lavender, with fine purple shimmer - very pretty!

Unfortunately, one of my nails broke last night, so I've cut them back down again. My polish was three days old already and hadn't chipped yet, so that was something.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

[Review] Catrice Products Part 1

While I have frequently declared my love and adoration for all things Essence, I haven't had much experience with their sister company, Catrice. This is mostly because while Essence is stocked at both Clicks and Dischem, Catrice can only be found at Dischem and - unfortunately - Stellenbosch has not yet got a Dischem store. I was, however, lucky enough to be sent some Catrice goodies for my birthday, so I dived in enthusiastically...

Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base

I’ve been using this almost every single day since I got it about a month ago. If you’re not a local, there’s one thing you need to know about February in Stellenbosch: it gets hot as hell. I’m talking sweating your makeup off before you even get to work kinda hot, so primers and bases are crucial if you want your makeup to hang around for the day. Let me just say – this stuff WORKS. My eyelids also tend to be on the oilier side of things, so creasing/sliding of eyeshadows is a real problem but with this stuff on first, my shadows just stick in place no-problem. 

Catrice Camouflage Cream in Ivory

Last month, I had an awful breakout on my chin and jawline (a hormonal breakout made worse by the heat) that my normal concealer wasn’t really helping to hide, so I reached for this new product. I was really impressed by its coverage – this cream is definitely in the full coverage catogary. It blends seamlessly into my skin and made those awful blemishes (as well as the post-blemish redness) fade away. Maybe because it is quite creamy, it does need some setting with powder to give it longevity. This is definitely the best concealer of its type that I’ve tried.

Catrice Eyebrow Filler

My eyebrows are just a cacophony of weirdness, so I can’t go without filling them in somehow everyday. Normally I use either a pencil, or an angled brow brush with eye shadow, and then set with clear brow gel. I was intrigued by this product, but it’s grown on me and lately I’ve been using it on weekdays when I’m rushed for time, or on weekends when I’m too lazy to do a proper “face” but still want to look presentable (the basics: brows, concealer, mascara, lipgloss). This is, like most brow gels, a mascara-wand type product. The gel is lightly tinted and should suit most brow colours. What I love is that in under 10 seconds, I can lightly brush this through my eyebrows to have them filled in and neatened up.

Overall, I am massively impressed by the quality of these Catrice products. I'm not sure of the exact RRP of these products, but it seems that most Catrice products are in the R40-R60 range: super duper affordable! Now, if only the Dischem powers-that-be would open a Stellenbosch store...