Sunday, 28 February 2016

SUNDAY SAVINGS - MAVALA

Woolworths at the moment have a lovely saving on selected Mavala nail products. 

WREWARDS BUY ANY 3 PAY FOR 2 

This saving is only available to those that are part of the WREWARDS program, so if you don't have any Woolworths store cards then you really are missing out on those extra discounts and saving offers.





This Swiss beauty brand, known primarily in SA for nail and hand care have been making all things "nails" their business for over 

50 years.

The quality of Mavala can always be assured and what I enjoy is the mini packaging of 5mls, which is considerably smaller than most other nail brands. I find that I rarely finish a larger sized bottle of nail polish, as it goes either thick or I lose interest in the colour and I end up throwing it away, whereas with the Mavala minis I do use to the end, also they are a great size to travel with. So whether you fancy treating yourself or just stocking up for upcoming gifts then check out some of my selections below.


Mavala Mini Nail Polish


R 72.00
This compact 5ml nail polish is long-lasting, and available in a range of classic and chic shades.








Mavala Top Coat Fixator

R72.00
This 5ml clear top coat helps prolong the life of your manicure by preventing chips and fading.






Mavala Nail Shield Treatment


R234
This 2-step treatment has been developed to help give nails resistance, protecting them from daily tasks and other damaging elements. 



Offer available at selected Woolworths stores and can be ordered Online



Monday, 22 February 2016

BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO VS COLAB DRY SHAMPOO


Dry Shampoos are a quick and convenient way of getting soft, clean and fresh smelling hair, without water and whilst I don't regularly use one, I always have one on hand to help rescue me and my hair, on that day where, I just knew, I should have made the time to wash it. 

When sprayed directly onto hair the waterless formulation penetrates and absorbs dirt and any other cosmetic product. A gentle rub of the scalp and brush of the hair removes impurities to leave hair soft, clean, fresh and revitalized. Great to use in between washes or after gym.
The Dry Shampoo really evolved as many, many years ago women used talcum powder on their scalp and hair to absorb excess oil and grease.Thankfully we now have a Dry Shampoo in a can!

Klorane Dry Shampoo

My dry shampoo of choice has always been one from the French Botanical hair care brand - Klorane (150ml approx €9), but unfortunately for several years now it's not been available here in South Africa meaning that it was always a permanent item on my overseas holiday shopping list. Obviously I must have been having more "hair rescue" days this past 10 months than I realised, as I have now been forced to look into a locally available dry shampoo.
Not having a great selection to choose from it was pretty much down to two brands in my local Clicks, batiste and the recently launched (in SA) COLAB, so I thought I would review and compare them both and bring you my findings.

COLAB Dry Shampoo & batiste Dry Shampoo

batiste:
Available sizes : 50ml / 200ml
Price Range : R39.95 - R79.95
Batiste have several options to chose from, which include fragranced, volume and hints of colour dry shampoos, I opted for the Blush -A Floral and Flirty fragrance, only because the Classic and Clean was out of stock, personally I prefer to opt for a subtle or non-fragranced version.
My Opinion :
Initially I was shocked with the force of the dry shampoo spray, it really blasts powder onto the hair and scalp. I also found it to be very white and powdery even on my blonde hair, so it must be a nightmare on dark hair. Whilst it absorbed any oil, I found it to be marginally one step up from sprinkling a fine talcum powder onto my hair and doing it the "old fashioned" way. 


COLAB :
Available sizes : 50ml / 200ml
Price Range : R49.95 - R89.95
COLAB have two collections on offer, the Sheer + Invisible (sheer, invisible and weightless formula) and the Extreme Collection (volume ,height and body). I bought the Sheer + Invisible LONDON - A classic yet contemporary fragrance of bergamot, musk & magnolia.
My Opinion :
Again the spray was quite forceful, but as COLAB say their formula is lightweight and invisible and it was. I enjoyed using even though I found its ability to adsorb any oil not to maybe be as good as the Batiste, after saying that I would without a doubt chose the more sophisticated "grown up" COLAB Dry Shampoo as opposed to the girly "teenage" Batiste Dry Shampoo.

Is the Klorane Dry Shampoo being struck off my overseas shopping list? 
No not yet and it just means that on my next trip 2 cans will be bought!


Available from







Thursday, 18 February 2016

ESTEE LAUDER GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER {REVIEW}

Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover 100ml



I recently got a full sized Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (100ml) in the 
2015 Blockbuster


This clear, gentle, lightweight lotion is Oil Free, Dermatologically Tested, Opthamalogically tested and can be used by wearers of contact lenses. Whilst it removed my eyeshadow well enough, my eyeliner and mascara needed a second soak to remove fully and I don't wear heavy eye makeup. Another aspect that I didn't enjoy was that it has a slight soapy formula, not that it stings your eyes, it's very gentle, but it almost has a foaming effect, which I didn't like. 
However it does leave the eye area feeling refreshed,clean and free from oil.

I tried this product, or previous versions of it, many years ago and I really can't remember too much about, so it couldn't have impressed me greatly back then, as it never became a fixture in my beauty regime and don't forget my regime has been "on the go" for 40yrs or more, which means I have tried lots of eye makeup removing products,whether it be a lotion or a gel and sadly all these years later it still doesn't impress me enough to warrant a place in that regime.

I have been a huge fan for several years now of the Yves Rocher Express Eye Makeup Remover


The Yves Rocher retails for +- R110 for 125mls as opposed to Estee Lauder at R275 for 100mls, 
the Lauder remover truly can't compare....
Maybe I'll give the Estée Lauder one a try again sometime in the future, but then again maybe not...

Available from all Estee Lauder stockists countrywide




Tuesday, 16 February 2016

ALMOND DAY - L'OCCITANE ALMOND SHOWER OIL [REVIEW}


Today

is 

Almond Day



I thought today in honour of the super healthy Almond I would share this post again with you.

 I love Almonds not only to eat, but also to apply to my face and body.
Almond is well-know for its ability to nourish the skin and in my opinion L'OCCITANE have best harnessed the exceptional beautifying power of almond from the south of France and integrated it in body treatments and toiletries that are both deliciously tempting and wonderfully effective. 
Made with Almonds sourced from Haute Provence, the Almond range, includes delicious shower oil, mouth watering body creams, soaps and hand creams

The review below was written in 2012 and in my opinion nothing has changed and it still remains on my "must have" list, so if you havent yet tried this or any other Almond products from L'Occitane then you really are missing out.








The Almond Shower Oil is L'Occitane's second "Best Selling"  product worldwide after their wonderful Shea Hand Cream ,which by the way won a Fair Lady award for 2011!
The Almond Shower Oil is unique and has to be experienced in order to appreciate and understand fully the pleasure and the benefits derived from using this cleansing and soothing oil.

Don't be put off by the fact it's an oil, as I know, it conjures up visions of an oily residue being left on the skin after your daily shower...
Well it doesn't!

Even the application of the product is special in so many ways. 
Firstly the aroma of Almonds is great, then once you massage the oil onto a wet skin the oil magically turns into a white creamy texture! 
You then cleanse the body and rinse under the shower as normal and your skin is left beautifully cleansed, (whilst respecting the Hydrolipidic film), moisturised and softened, (thanks to all the magical powers of the Almond oils) and yet leaves
no oily residue behind on the skin.

Can it get any better? 

Well yes it can & it does, as they also recommend that you shave your legs in the shower using the Shower Oil..
How easy is that...its a great multi- tasking product. 
Oh! I nearly forgot the product is unisex, so you can share it with your man.

This is an easy choice as "My Must Haves" and judging by the worldwide sales, I am not the only one that has to "Have" the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil.....

This product comes in a plastic containers, which are safer in the shower and it comes in
 a variety of sizes!

              75ml              
R115

                250ml                
R295

               500ml                
R525




To read my 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

SUNDAY SAVINGS

This weeks Sunday Savings are from...where else but Woolworths.

They currently have a "saving" promotion on hundreds of costume Jewellery items, which includes some lovely pieces from Witchery, Trenery, Country Road, Studio W and Mimco, it also includesa wide range of sunglasses.

Buy 2 and get 20% off selected costume Jewellery plus 10% WRewards plus 5% when you pay with your Woolworths card, so it could be as much as 35%

These are just a few of my picks, but if you want to view more then visit 



The Beat Sunglasses

R 799.00  BUY ANY 2 SAVE 20% +



Rolling Stone Ring

R 399.00  BUY ANY 2 SAVE 20% +  


Supernatural Wrist

R 499.00  BUY ANY 2 SAVE 20% + 


Twist & Shake Ring

R 499.00  BUY ANY 2 SAVE 20% +  







Wednesday, 10 February 2016

L'OCCITANE LAVENDER HAND PURIFYING GEL

I feel somewhat guilty for not writing about this product earlier, as it has been one of my personal "Must Haves" for the past couple of years. L'Occitane En Provence, which is one of my favourite french brands launched their Lavender Hand Purifying Gel (organic certified) as a limited Edition, but due to its popularity and effectiveness they added it to their basic product range and I for one, was very pleased.
It is by far the best of its kind!






Only a small amount of this clear, natural Lavender fragranced gel is needed to perfectly sanitize and purify without leaving any sticky residue on your hands and no rinsing is necessary!
I have tried several cheaper versions,but whilst the concept of the product is good, they always fail when it comes to the fragrance and the texture of the product.
There are no "fails" where the L'Occitane Hand Purifying Gel is concerned!

I always carry this product in my handbag, not because I am obsessed about germs, but there are plenty of occasions where I feel the need to sanitize my hands.
This is also an invaluable "must have" in your babies nappy bag or when you are traveling.
A little goes a long way and my 50ml tube (R105) lasts and lasts,
which equates to "good value" for money in my opinion.

Available in L'Occitane Boutiques Countrywide




STILA STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF LIQUID EYE LINER {REVIEW}


Many, many years ago at beauty college I always wore a liquid eyeliner, but as the fashion and beauty trends came and went, so did my interest in liquid liners and I switched to eye liner pencils.
Unfortunately with age the skin on the eyelid becomes slacker and more crepey making it more difficult to draw a smooth, even line along the lashes. 

 That was until a couple of years ago when I was introduced to the Clarins 3 Dot Eye Liner. 
The Clarins 3 Dot Eye Liner seemed to bridge that gap between the ease of using a pencil and the more precision needed for the application of liquid liner.
Read my review here.





However I decided to make a giant eyeliner "leap" of faith and buy a liquid liner, so my search began.
 I wanted one that gave me a super fine line whilst being easy to use and I found just what I was looking for in the 
Stila Stay all day waterproof liquid eye liner..





Available in 2 shades only in South Africa, Midnight and Intense Black, I opted for the later and black it truly is...this long-wearing (does stay all day) waterproof liquid eyeliner has a thin, marker-like tip that glides on easily, without smudging. 
I was a little hesitant initially as it is waterproof, yet it removed fairly easily with my regular eye make-up remover. 
The liquid does dry quickly on the skin, so any errors or slips need to be removed just as quickly. 


Stila Stay all day waterproof liquid eye liner R235



I'm sure everyone experiences the same, whether your using a pencil or liquid, you seem to always apply neater and smoother on one side than the other. The fine tip allows for the finest to the thickest of lines to be drawn with precision and ease, whether you are a pro or a novice like "Moi".
Now I'm not a "fundi" on liquid eye liners, but I have been completely happy with my leap from pencil to liquid and its all thanks to Stila.....

Available from selected Woolworths and online










Sunday, 7 February 2016

GOSH COPENHAGEN BOOMBASTIC XXL SWIRL VOLUME MASCARA REVIEW




My slight obsession with finding the next best thing in mascara continues with a new mascara from the Danish brand - GOSH COPENHAGEN, which by the way has just gone through a re branding with a name and logo change, plus a redesigned website so check it out here.

 GOSH COPENHAGEN is exclusively available in South Africa from selected Edgars and Red Squares.

As I have said on numerous occasions, I must have used hundreds of mascara's over the past 40 years or so and I wear mascara most days of the week. With age my lashes have become lighter in colour and more sparse, so I am always looking for a mascara that will not only curl, add volume but most definitely add length to my lashes, so in short - I want a mascara that "does it all".


There is nothing delicate or slender about this mascara, as it's packaged in a chunky vibrant green container and has that feel in the hand, that this mascara means business. The wand is long and the giant swirling brush also has quite a chunky feel, all the things that I don't care for too much in a mascara, so I felt somewhat sceptical that this wouldn't be the one for me...scepticism aside I continued, as I wanted to give this product a fair review.

As I removed the wand from the container, it felt tight, which was a good sign, as the swirling rubber brush was not overloaded with mascara. The black creamy formula was easy to spread and work with and it passed my " 5 eyelash clump test" with flying colours. 
(I have 5 lashes on my left upper lash line that continually clump together, which is so annoying) 
The brush has a unique spiral shape with a combination of bristles and discs that help to grab and coat even the shortest lashes to give surprisingly good length and volume. 
I could see lashes that I had never seen before and the bristles on the tip proved useful for more precise application. Despite my hesitation about the chunky large brush it was a hit with me and my lashes...



The creamy formula is infused with Argan Oil, Bamboo Extract and Olive Oils, which help with nourishing and strengthening the lashes. I found the mascara to stay on really well without any flaking or smudging and was easy to remove at the end of the day. I did however need to clean up a little after application, as my new found longer lashes touched my upper eyelid area, but it was a small price to pay for black, longer fuller lashes.

BOOMBASTIC is not a name that would associate with a mascara, but after using I now understand the relevance of the name. This mascara does the business and the overall look is dramatic and I give this product a huge "lashes" up! 
Being more mature, this is perfect for me for evening use or when a statement look is called upon and at R145 it delivers at an affordable price.



GOSH COPENHAGEN review