Monday, 29 September 2014

Monday Manicure: Touch the Rainbow

Can't decide what colour polish to wear? WEAR ALL THE COLOURS AT ONCE!

L-R, all by essence colour & go:
beijos de brazil
roller coaster
let's get lost

Thursday, 25 September 2014

NOTD - Feeling Blue-tiful

Just a quick post to show you what is on my nails at the moment. I was in a bit of a rush so I could actually have used an extra coat of polish, but nevermind, it looks nice and even in real life. This beautiful blue is "Feeling Blue-tiful" by Tip Top, it's a deep royal blue with a very shiny finish (I'm not wearing top coat in the above picture, and I took this photo this morning after a day of wear). I added a little bit of sparkle on my accent nail using "Circus Confetti", a glitter topper by essence that has glitter pieces in several sizes and colours. I love glitter toppers - they're perfect for when you want a little something extra!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Hey Gorgeous High Tea

 A few weekends ago, I attended the Hey Gorgeous High Tea, where the new Summer Range was launched. (This wasn't a blogger event that I was invited to, instead the high tea was advertised on their social media channels and you could buy tickets.) The High Tea was held at the amazing One & Only Hotel in Cape Town. It was quite a grey and drizzly morning in Cape Town, as they can be at the end of winter, but luckily there was an abundance of amazing eats on offer, from the towers on the tables to the big buffet. And, of course, a table piled high with amazing Hey Gorgeous products, each one smelling more incredible than the one before!

At first I was nervous that I wouldn't know anyone there, and I'd be the loser sitting alone in my corner, but luckily there were plenty of bloggers and twitter friends that I knew, and some that I got acquainted with, so we had a great time at our table!

Each guest also got a little gift box with some Hey Gorgeous products to take home. Mine contained a body scrub in Chai Latte (which, omg, I'm obsessed with!), a cuticle oil that was an exclusive product for the High Tea (which smells of vanilla extract, yum!), plus some of their new MAKEUP items, how exciting! I've got an eyeliner, a mascara and the dark blue-purple nailpolish to test. Unfortunately, I left my gift box at my parents' house so I haven't tested anything yet, but I'll be fetching it this weekend and will start testing!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

August Favourites

Eek, I don't know where the days are going! I'm not sure quite how it's September 10th already, but okay, let's look at what my favourites during August were! (There's quite a few!)

I got this brush in my goodie bag at the CPT Blogger Meet in January. (Yes, January, and it took me until now to start using it. I'm a horrible blogger. I apologise.) I mentioned this brush in my Face Of The Day post a few weeks back - I just LOVE using it to buff in my foundation (which I apply with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush). This brush is amazingly dense with a flat top, and really does create that perfect airbrushed/flawless finish to your foundation. It's a little pricey but I would recommend it.

I'm always on the lookout for a concealer to lighten the undereye area and to hide the blue-purple tint that the thin skin there gets. (The bruised look - not attractive). I always try the palest offering by all brands and most are either still too dark (yes, I'm that pale) or have warm/yellow undertones - unfortunately, most drugstore brands have limited shades, especially for the very pale or very dark complexions. This concealer is, hooray, the perfect shade for me and has pink/blue undertones! True love! 

I apparently love this so much that my tube ran empty this weekend and I had to immediately run out and by another! I use this practically every day, under foundation/BB cream/CC cream for a subtle glow. (No glitter, just a gentle light reflecting effect). I've also used this as a highlighter by gentling dabbing some across my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose, and then stippling it in with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

This is the fragrance I've been wearing the most this month. I received this as a gift from my mother and I just LOVE it. The scent is clean and fresh (it's very similar to the rest of the Wild Cotton range - which is my favourite range from Rain), and it most reminds me of Estee Lauder's White Linen (which my mother always wore when I was growing up, so I have many happy memories associated to the scent!). I also have to say how amazingly beautiful and unique the packaging is (as with all Rain products) - I love the frosted glass bottle and the handmade beaded cap.

It's official - after a few months of trial period, I have gotten rid of my traditional hairbrush! I just love my Tangle Teezer, it gets out all the knots and tangles in my (fine, straight, prone to knotting) hair without any pain or effort. I've also now gotten a compact version for my handbag (which is going to become invaluable when the infamous South Easter wind starts blowing again!). They're available at several online stores in SA but so far the cheapest I've found is Takealot, where I bought both of mine.

My skin has taken a battering this winter with all the hours spent in an air-conditioned office or a chemical lab and evenings in front of a fire/gas heater. I've been giving it some love and TLC by using this lightweight oil to restore moisture and improve skin texture. I love how quickly this light oil is absorbed into your skin and I do like the glass bottle with the little pipette dropper (the scientist in me approves!). A little goes a long way so this product is really good value for money - 3 or 4 drops is enough for me.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Cutting Edge and Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Shameless
As I mentioned in my post dedicated to plum and purple lipsticks, I've been wearing these shades A LOT this winter. The two I wore the most in August were the two on the right hand side of this photo. You can visit that post for a review.

Of course, with my love of dark lipsticks, my lips have to be in tip-top condition - no dry or flaky lips allowed! Words cannot describe how delicious this lip scrub smells and tastes! It's all butter and caramel and yumminess! I use this two or three times a week. It's a little expensive for such a small jar, but the jar will last you ages and really, it's a little bit of a treat. I've been converted to Lush lip scrubs!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Lush "Pop In The Bath" Bubble Bar


Sometimes, you just need a bath with mountains of soft, fluffy bubbles!
Pop in the Bath is a solid bubble bar from Lush - all you do is crumble it under running water and it will create a beautiful bath full of bubbles! An obvious advantage to solid bubble bars over liquid foam is the lack of packaging, which is always a good thing for the environment. The scent is quite subtle, so this is a good one for those who find Lush products a bit overwhelmingly scented. It's scent comprises of bergamot, lemon and mandarin, so it's both calming and uplifting. 

What I loved the most was the longevity of the bubbles - when I drained the bath after at least half an hour, there was still a generous layer of bubbles covering the water surface. For a truly indulgent bath, I used the whole thing (I don't have a bath in my flat, so when I stay somewhere that has a bath, I make sure to make the most of it!), but for better value for money, you can use only half or a third of the bar at a time. 

This bubble bar also comes in a variety of colours. Mine was mostly white, so it didn't change the colour of the bath water, but they are also available in blue, green or pink. Another bonus was that this bubble bar didn't dry out my skin, like lots of other bubble baths do.

So there you have it - if you're looking for a product that will give you glorious bubbles with just a hint of scent, this is the one for you. However, if you're a fan of brightly coloured bath water or a more pronounced olfactory experience, you might not love this bubble bar.

Thought for the Day

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

NOTD - Spring Flowers and Polka Dots

spring flowers roses polka dot nail art

In South Africa, we celebrate the start of Spring on 1 September. This year, the weather actually played along in the Cape, as the sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and - of course, the true way to tell if Spring has arrived - my allergies are playing up again. So yesterday I decided that it was time for some seasonal nail art. I was inspired by the vintage floral nail art I did sometime last year, but wanted to do something a little fresher and more modern. After browsing on Pinterest for inspiration, I decided on this.

The base colour for this mani is "Cha Cha Cha" by Tip Top. The polka dots are in "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors.

For the roses, I first dotted on the base colour, "Melting Marshmellow" by Tip Top, using a large dotting tool. Once that was dry, I added the petal detail using "Pot O' Berries" by Tip Top using a small dotting tool. The leaves are in "The Green and The Grunge" by Essence, also using a small dotting tool. The whole thing was then sealed using a generous coat of Sally Hansen's InstaDri Top Coat.