Wednesday, 30 April 2014

[Review] Catrice Products Part 2

(You can see Part 1 here)

BB Allround Foundation Multi-Benefit Make Up in 010 Light Beige* (RRP R76.95)

I think this one's my new favourite BB cream, just beating out my Garnier one. It's moisturising without being greasy or shiny, gives decent coverage and a smooth finish, and has decent staying powder. It also has SPF30. I apply this using the Wayne Goss method - powder before applying BB cream - and add just a touch of powder to my T-zone and then that's it - no more touch ups and no shininess for the day.

Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette in 010 All Nude* (RRP R79.95)

This mini palette contains 6 nude shades, with varying degrees of shimmer. The two lightest shades work well as highlighters, and the four darker shades can be used to create a variety of looks. The shadows apply well with minimal fallout and blend easily (although I use my Real Techniques brushes - the palette does come with a brush/applicator, but like most that come in palettes, it's not very good). The packaging is sleek and fastens securely, so it's perfect for your makeup bag. This little palette isn't going to beat your high-end offerings, but as far as a drugstore offering goes, it's very good.

Ultimate Colour Lipstick in 260 It's a Matt World* (RRP R67.96)

(Yes, I do need another red lipstick!) I first fell in love with the packaging of this lipstick - it's rare to find a drugstore lipstick with a metal case, which makes this lipstick just feel more expensive than it is. This lipstick goes on smoothly and creamily - despite being a matt lipstick (which have a bad reputation for being very drying), it's very comfortable to wear. The pigmentation is excellent, and it survived all the way through a girl's night out (what more do you need?!). This red is a little bit on the warmer side, which I was wary of being so pale, but it looks lovely on me (well, I think so at least!), so I think this colour would suit most skin tones.

Infinite Shine Lip Gloss in 070 Very Very Raspberry* (RRP R49.95)

Ok, to be honest, lip gloss isn't really my thing. If I'm going to put something on my lips, 95% of the time, it'll be lipstick. But, on the occasion I want something lighter, this is a nice shade to have in my stash. It's a subtle red-pink with just a hint of golden shimmer - very flattering. As far as lip glosses go, it's not too sticky (although with the Cape Town wind, I'd still keep this for a day when I'm wearing my hair up). The colour also hangs around for an hour or two after application and the scent is gentle and not in-your-face. And it is very shiny and pretty.

Have you tried any of these products from Catrice? What did you think? If not, are there any you would like to try?

PS Sorry for the weird lighting in these photos - as I was taking them, the sun slipped behind a cloud and the rain reappeared. Sigh.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Marc Anthony Grunge Hair

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grunge hair
We love what we see on the runways for this season; the austere lines give so many options for hair! We are entranced by both the dark femme fatale and the new grunge girl.  Messy polished. Our muses for this season: a legendary young Catherine Deneuve and infamous Courtney Love.
The trick is getting the perfect set with an ‘I don’t care’ finish.  The size of the curling iron is important; the larger the iron the more sophisticated the look. Hair should be left less than perfect to keep it current.


Set’ the look… We like to use a tiny bit of Dream Waves Beach Spray (R129.99) as a setting lotion. Once hair is dry, take the correct size of iron and begin to ‘set’ the hair. Roll it up into the iron and once warm ‘slide’ the iron out carefully (leaving the roll in place) and pin it into place.
Dream waves beach spray
Mix it up… Don’t match the size of each section. Curling differently sized sections of hair creates a modern type of movement.  Big and loose sections are important to getting a natural sense of sexy. Once done, let it cool and before removing the pins give it a light spray with Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray(R139.95).
Volume Shine Hairspray
Fingers for grunge. Brush for glam… Remove the pins and add a bit of Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Treatment(R114.95) to your fingertips. Flip hair over and comb through with your fingertips. The oil keeps the hair full of shine and helps to resist tangles. Flip back and take a look. Leaving it like this creates a modern day grunge that is a bit more polished than back in the day, while brushing it out makes it all modern, glam fatale girl.
Oil of Morroco Argan Oil Treatment
 Marc Anthony products are available nationwide from Dis-Chem stores and selected Pick n Pay & Checkers stores.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Going Scatty with Whitehouse

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Today's post ties in with one of my 3 Goals for April. I've been looking to improve the ambiance in my bedroom, and in the process, have been looking in to affordable home d├ęcor options.

Whitehouse has a large range of scatter cushions in a variety of colours, designs, shapes and textures.
The simplest ,easiest and most pocket friendly  way to revamp a spare room or that sad looking sofa in your lounge, is by adding scatter cushions.
Head on down to your nearest Whitehouse store to see their latest range of scatter cushions.
Prices starting from R149.95
Whitehouse offers you exciting ranges for just about any room in your home.
Visit to find the store closest to you.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thought for the Day

[Review] Lush "Big Blue" Bath Ballistic

Ok, so, first up, this probably wouldn't have been a ballistic I would have picked up in-store myself, it was a gift instead. So, I thought I would give it a try. Scent-wise, it smells rather like your typical "oceany" scented product, kinda like a salty, seaweedy ocean breeze (Lush says it contains lemon and lavender, but I couldn't smell either). It's a rather big ballistic (200 g) and is bright blue with some white. But see those little black twiggy things? Yeah, that's where this all goes to hell in a hand basket. But we'll get to that.

I popped it in the bath and the water started to turn a gorgeous turquoise. I mean, really, really pretty. See:

But that's when things started to go downhill. Remember those twiggy things? Well, turns out the center was just crammed full of them. And upon closer inspection - yep, seaweed pieces.

Now, I've mentioned this on the blog before, but in case you didn't know, I have a little bit of a seaweed phobia. And by a little bit, I mean it freaks me the fuck out. Now, admittedly, the little pieces of seaweed floating around in my bath weren't so bad, if it wasn't for the fact that there were millions of them. Ok, maybe not millions. But definitely hundreds. And they were rapidly re-hydrating and turning slimy. Not wanting to waste the bath ballistic, I spent the first 10 minutes of my bath time trying to fish them all out. Once I had gotten about 80% of them out (Ever tried fishing little slimy things out of your bath water? It's hard. They go everywhere.), I gave the bath a shot. I sat in it for 5 minutes before giving up, draining the bath and having a shower instead.

So, basically, if you love the ocean, you'll probably like this ballistic and its sea-scent and sea folliage. You're welcome to it. I'll be staying away, though, thank you. *shudders*

Monday, 21 April 2014

Pretty Pastel Polka Dots - aka my Easter NOTD

Because if you can't go nuts with pastel polka dots on Easter, when can you?

Thumb: purple sugar by essence
Index: wanna be your sunshine by essence
Middle: absolutely blue by essence
Ring: cafe ole by essence
Pinkie: that's what i mint by essence
(white is a no-name polish)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

White Glo Toothpaste

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Want to win R2500 to spend at Mr Price?

It should come as no surprise that I love shopping at Mr Price. I love how they continually have on-point, trendy clothing at super affordable prices - perfect for trying out all the newest trends without having to spend a fortune on something that may only be "in" for a season. As a student on a limited budget, I'm also nuts about how I can buy a full outfit, accessories included, for less than a single item at many other retailers! I'm constantly keeping an eye of what new items arrive in store. Of course, it's even better now that they have an online store - no more wading through crowded stores or sifting through messy racks of clothes!

Here are a few things that are currently on my wishlist for Autumn. (I only realised as I was putting the collage together that they're all black - I promise, I do wear colour as well! I must just be craving the darker season!)

1. Pleather jacket R329.99 // 2. Lace-backed dress R99.99 // 3. Quilted pleather skirt R89.99 // 4. Heart earrings R15.99 // 5.  Lace cropped top R69.99 // 6. Lace up wedged boot R199.99 // 7. Bangle stack R49.99

Now for the good news! Mr Price is currently giving away an amazing R2500 voucher - I can't even begin to imagine all the goodies you'd be able to buy with that! To enter to win , click the image below:

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Monday, 14 April 2014

[Event] Rain Rainger Blogger Event

Last week, I attended a blogger event like none other. The moment I saw the email invite from Rain, I was like YES! I have loved Rain for years (their Wild Cotton range is amazeballs!), so it is super exciting to be more involved with their brand. The event was held in Platbos Forest, and getting there was quite the adventurous roadtrip! I got a lift with Lauren, together with Charlene and Lisa-Jade - who made it a very entertaining trip. After our long trek, we were welcomed to the forest. 

If you are unfamiliar with Rain, there are a few things you need to know. Importantly, they are nature-friendly and cruelty-free. Their products don't contain any nasty chemicals. They are a very people-centralled company: their products are lovingly handmade, the beautiful packaging is hand crafted, and they support local traders. What sets them apart is how they are uniquely and proudly Africa. You can read all about their promises here.

Melissa Krige, the custodian of the Platbos Forest, started our day off with a tour of the forest, where she showed us some of the ancient trees found in Platbos. She also taught us a bit about what makes Platbos Forest so unique and special. You can read a bit more about the botanical mystery on their website. Melissa is also the creator of African Tree Mists - a range of tree essences blended with essential oils - sold by Rain. She shared with us the philosophy behind these mists and their therapeutic effects.

We had a lovely time chatting with Ronel from Rain, as she shared stories about the company and the people involved. Ronel is an amazing speaker and had us all enthralled with her stories - it is unbelievably amazing to hear about the love and passion Rain has for their products, their mission and their consumers. She also shared with us what their various spa treatments involve - I felt so relaxed just hearing about them, so I can't wait to go give the spa a visit! You can go find out about the Rain Spa here - how amazing does it all sound? I think first up I would love to try the Elephant Walk treatment!

We were also introduced to Rain's new book, sharing all their hand-earned knowledge on natural soap-making, which should be in stores soon. As an additional bonus, the lovely ladies from the Rain Spa treated us to massages - can I just say, AMAZING! I've never had a massage that left me as relaxed before (and the perpetual knots in my neck and shoulders are finally gone!)

I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this day, especially Tanya and Ronel from Rain, and Melissa. I am proud to be a Rain Rainger :)

All photos courtesy of Rain.

Friday, 4 April 2014

How I do my nails

I thought it was about time to show you all what all goes into my nail polish routine, seeing as all I ever mention is what colour I'm wearing. With this routine, my nail polish usually lasts for 7-10 days before chipping significantly (lab accidents notwithstanding - unfortunately spilling chemicals/solvents on your hands has a tendency to dissolve/lift polish). Of course, unfortunately everyone's skin and nails react differently, so what works well for me may not work as well for you, but I thought I would share nevertheless.

1. Base coat
At the moment I'm actually using two base coats. At the same time. First, I paint a layer of Tip Top Nail Booster Base Coat, to help strengthen my nails and promote healthy growth. Like all Tip Top products, I can highly recommend this. I got it in my CPT Blogger Meet goodie bag and ever since I started using it, I've noticed a definite improvement in my nails - no more flaking or peeling or breakage, woo hoo! I then top this with a layer of Revlon's Calcium Gel Nail Hardener. I've been using this for about a year (previously on its own, but on top of the Tip Top base coat this year). Long term, this product doesn't really do much to strengthen my nails but when I am wearing it, it definitely helps harden and strengthen my nails. This means that the tips (esp the corners) don't flex and bend as much, which - for me, at least - means that my polish chips significantly less.

2. Colour time!
It should come as no surprise to regular readers that my favourite nail polishes are from essence! I love the wide range of colours, good formula and tiny pricetag! (Also a bonus, no animal testing or nasty chemicals.) Other favs are Tip Top, Catrice, Revlon and Mavala.

3. Top coat
To get a super shiny finish, and to ensure longevity, top coat is essential! I also love quick-drying top coats because I often end up painting my nails before bed and, hello, no one wants to smudge on their sheets (also, laziness). At the moment I am loving Sally Hansen's InstaDri Top Coat. Shininess? Check. Quick drying? Check. Anti-chip? Check check check!

Other bits and bobs
There are two important things I added to my routine to get as neat and professional-looking a mani as possible: cuticle remover, and clean-up. To remove cuticles, I use Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover. It's the only one I've tried, so I can't compare, but it does the job well. For clean-up, I use a small paintbrush (from the art section in PNA) dipped in acetone to neaten up edges. (A process which I had not yet done in the photo at the beginning of this post - my bad! In my defense, I was in a rush to get to the excitement of the Cape Town Carnival!)

And that's about it!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Body Shop Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

After seeing a few reviews for this float around (and esp this one from For The Beauty Of It) I decided to pick this up when I was in The Body Shop last week. My skin has really been playing up lately (stupid hormones) and I’ve been using specialized products to clear it up. Now that it is more-or-less under control again, I was looking for a cleanser that would keep my skin clear without making it feel stripped or dry. Enter the concept of a cleansing butter/balm.

Now, the concept of cleansing with oil may seem a bit weird, but it’s chemically sound. One of the fundamental principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like”. Basically, non-polar things (like grease) dissolve in oil, polar things dissolve in water. Typically, we get grease to wash off with water by using soaps or detergents – special molecules that have a polar side (to interact with the water) and a non-polar side (to interact with the grease). This method works very well – in fact, sometimes too well, removing all the oil from your face, leaving it dry and stripped. This in turn stimulates your skin to produce more oil, which you then strip away, and so on and so on. In oil-based cleaning, you use clean oil to dissolve the dirty oil on your skin. You then gently remove the oil to lift away the dirt without stripping your skin of all its moisture.

The Body Shop Cleansing Butter is a similar consistency to solid coconut oil. It’s a smooth white solid that, when you rub it between your fingers, melts into a silky oil. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t feel “oily” or “greasy” at all). I take a small blob and massage it all over my face for a minute or two. I then wipe my face clean with a damp, warm facecloth. To ensure I get all the oil off, I rinse out the facecloth with plenty warm water, wring it out and then (gently!) clean my face again. This left no residue on my face.

Despite all the good things I had heard, I was genuinely and pleasantly surprised at how well this cleanser worked. My skin felt clean and clear, while remaining soft and comfortable (not at all tight and red, like most cleansers leave me).  I've only been using it for a week but I am really enjoying this addition to my skincare routine! If you are at all interesting in trying a cleansing balm, I can recommend trying this one – it’s also a lot more budget friendly than many of the other ones on the market, so it’s a good one to start off with.

Have you tried this product? What were your thoughts?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

[3 Goals] April

This month I'm starting a new series - 3 Goals. The concept is simple enough - picking three things that I want to focus on this month to improve my life.
No 1 this month is to be more organised for work. I sometimes feel like I am juggling one ball too many and everything is moments away from disaster, so I need to get myself more organised in order to be as productive as possible.
The next goal of mine for April is to journal more regularly. I used to journal daily (whether it was writing just about my day, or getting really personal, or just creative writing) but so far this year I've been rather blocked. In March I started to rediscover my love for writing, so I really want to focus on getting back into it this month.
My final goal for April is to make my bedroom a sanctuary. Now, I've gotten into the bad habit of coming home from work, heading straight for my room, leaving a trail of clothes across the floor and just collapsing into bed with my laptop. Obviously, this does not make for a happy lifestyle or a good night's sleep. I want to focus on making my bedroom a peaceful, calm, relaxing space. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve...

Do you set monthly goals for yourself? If so, what are your April goals?

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