Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Rubybox Nailed It! Nail Laquer

Rubybox Nailed It! Nail Lacquer in Down to Earth
Catrice Nail Lacquer in Two Million Dollar Baby

While everyone is busy going nuts for pastels this spring, I've been firmly rejecting the social construct and sticking to bolder hues. I've also been trying to work my way through my huge collection of unused polishes. Enter this gorgeous metallic brown-bronze nail polish from Rubybox. I received this polish in a Rubybox earlier this year but somehow it escaped my notice until recently. The pigmentation in the polish is amazing - a true one-coater! The polish applied smoothly and streak-free, although I wasn't a fan of the skinny brush (I made quite a bit more messy applying my polish than I normally do - I chose to take a photo pre-cleanup to show you what I'm talking about). This metallic shade was just calling out for a little bit of silver and gold glitter, so I added one thin coat of Two Million Dollar Baby by Catrice over the top before sealing with top coat.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my first experience with Rubybox's Nail Lacquers and will be keeping an eye on them in the future.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

NOTD: Be Bold!

essence be loud "not punk nor funk" over Sally Hansen "Scarlet Fever" (pre cleanup because I'm lazy and forgot to do clean up)

Ok, you guys probably know by now that I'm a sucker for glitter nail polish toppers (for example, exhibit a, exhibit b, exhibit c...). They're a fun way to add a little something extra to your nails with practically zero extra effort. So when I saw a glitter topper in the Essence "Be Loud" collection, I couldn't help grabbing it. I used one thin coat over my base colour as this polish is packed with glitter pieces: rose microglitter, hexagonal glitter in gold, black and iridescent, plus silver bar glitter. I like this look but would like to try it over other colours, maybe black or white? The only thing I didn't like about this glitter topper is that those silver bars had a tendency to lift out of the polish, creating rough ends.
As for the base shade, I got this Sally Hansen polish at the Rubybox Beauty Night Out. It's my first time trying a normal polish from Sally Hansen (although I love the InstaDri Top Coat) and I quite like the formula. This polish was almost a one-coater, beautiful pigmentation. It applied smoothly and dried quickly. I did experience a teeny bit of staining, but nothing too bad.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My first Style Bar Experience

Earlier this month, I got a chance to try out Style Bar for the first time. I was incredibly excited, as I was unfortunately unable to attend their big media event earlier this year. Style Bar has several salons across Cape Town, including one in Stellenbosch Square, but I made my appointment for the Tygervalley branch over a weekend that I was visiting my parents in the Northern Suburbs.

The first thing that draws you in when you step into Style Bar is how effortless chic it is. The decor is rather minimalistic, none of the crazy clutter that some salons have. Everything is monochrome with modern chrome and perspex finishes, and everything the stylists use is neatly packed away in elegant chests of drawers. I met my stylist, and we quickly discussed what to do with my hair. Unfortunately, I was rather boring, as I've been growing out my natural hair and embracing my natural colour (my first time without dye in 10 years, omg!), so all I needed was a cut to get off the unhealthy ends.

I made my way to the sinks to get my hair washed, and to my delight the wash was gentle and relaxing - my hair tangles and knots incredibly easily so I tend to stress when other people wash it. So far so good! I returned to my chair to find my cup of tea waiting for me and let my stylist work her magic! She was lovely and friendly, but still very professional. She cut my hair beautifully - working very precisely and perfectly, and checking in regularly to get feedback. With the cut done, I then chose to have my hair blowdried and curled - something I rarely do myself because I never have the time, so it was lovely to be spoiled a little! (My hair is naturally flat and dead straight, so I dream of pretty bouncy curls!)

Best of all, Style Bar uses only the best products when it comes to hair care! You can purchase products either in the salon, or online at . The stylists are all undergo specialised training and can expertly guide you towards the best products for your hair type.

Thank you Style Bar for the lovely experience!

Disclaimer: Services were provided to Whimsy Is Forever as part of a media trade exchange. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Lush Christmas Haul! | New Video

It's once again that time of year - the release of Lush's Christmas Collection! I couldn't resist picking up a few goodies and showing you what I bought! I decided to resurrect my YouTube account for this, so let me know if you like watching videos! I'll also be posting a traditional photo-and-word post on these products later on for those of you who can't watch many videos due to slow or capped internet. Warning: I suck at being on camera. There will be a lot of footage of me sniffing bath bombs inappropriately. I fail to form decent sentences. I say "so" and touch my hair a lot. I'm working on it... (Bonus: if you stay watching until 10:35, there are some bloopers waiting for you!).

 Products shown, in order:
In order shown:
Melting Snowman Bath Melt
Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt
Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar
Christmas Eve Bubble Bar
So White Bath Ballistic
Shoot for the Stars Bath Ballistic
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic
Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic

Dress from MRP Fashion. (currently on sale!)
Hair by Style Bar SA.
Lipstick is “Stoplight Red” by Wet n Wild.