13 November 2018

MINERALINE ALOE VERA BODY LOTION {REVIEW}


If you are looking for a lightweight Body Lotion for the hot 
summer months then check out this Aloe Vera Body Lotion from
 mineraline

I have been using mine now for several weeks and what I love about this product
is that its a "No Fuss" kinda product.

The plastic bottle with a flip top lid makes it super easy and quick to apply 
and you can also control the amount you use.

You soon realise on the first application just how cooling the lightweight gel/lotion 
is, perfect for those hot, humid summer days.
The fragrance is clean and fresh and it glides over the skin easily and is absorbed 
with very little massage.
It's not sticky or greasy and keeps my skin suitably moisturised
and its just how I like a summer body lotion to be.




mineraline

Aloe Vera 
Body Lotion

250ml

R
170

Available exclusively at all Dischem's Countrywide





11 November 2018

QUICKIE PRODUCT REVIEWS {QPR} NOVEMBER 2018

Despite not writing a QPR post in October 
I don't have too many products to review, as most of the products I've tried recently deserved a full dedicated blog post.



Brand : WBEAUTY Woolworths
Product : Hydro Lipstick (Shade Koki)
Price : R150




I received this Woolworths own brand WBEAUTY Hydro Lipstick free in a recent Cosmoplitan magazine and we all love a freebie. I think at the time they had 3 shades to chose from and I have to say it wasn't easy to tell which shade was through the outer packaging , so it was 
"Pot Luck" and, for once, I struck Lucky.
The formula is ultra creamy and my lips felt moisturised and comfortably hydrated. 



Verdict : 8/10



~~~~~~~~~



Brand : HASK
Product : Keratin Protein Hair Mask
Price : R62.99


I picked up this HASK Keratin Protein Hair Mask from Clicks and having previously tried their Blue Chamomile and Argan Oil Blonde Care Deep Conditioning sachet,
which I enjoyed, so I thought I would put their Protein mask to the test. 

HASK Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner is an ultra restorative, moisturizing hair conditioner that leaves all hair types smooth, shiny and frizz free.
Formulated to deep condition and smooth weakened, damaged and hair.
I loved the softness it gave to my hair and I'm happy to report that it didn't leave my hair feeling weighed down with product. I'm glad to report the sachet will easily last me for 4-5 applications otherwise it would be an expensive hair treatment.
Available from Clicks countrywide.


Verdict : 7/10









9 November 2018

CLARINS HOLIDAY ADVENT CALENDAR 2018 {WOOLWORTHS EXCLUSIVE}

I'm so excited to write this blog post, as it's on one of my favourite
 TOPICS...

Beauty Advent Calendars

For the past couple of years I have written a series of posts, but they're always relating to the Beauty Advent Calendars that you can buy overseas, as very few appear here in 
South Africa.


Clarins however have just launched their first
Holiday Advent Calendar 
and it contains 12 Clarins beauty surprises.

This beautiful box presentation contains 12 pull out drawers each containing
a generous size of some of their "must haves" beauty items, including two full size products.
Not only does this make a wonderful holiday gift, but it's a great beauty
intro to the world of French skincare and make-up.

Contents:

50ml Beauty Flash Balm
(Full Size)

12ml Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
(Full Size)
15ml Gentle Refiner
15ml SOS Hydra Mask
30ml Exfoliating Body Scrub
50ml Toning Lotion Normal to Dry Skin
30ml Instant Eye Make-up Remover
30ml One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
4ml Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
2.8ml Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
0.39g Crayon Khol 01
3ml Mascara

This Calendar retails for R995 but has a staggering
 value of R1999, now take it from me who knows all about
 Beauty Advent Calendars this is a bargain...


This calendar is exclusive to selected Woolworths, so hurry as stocks are very limited






7 November 2018

ELIZABETH ARDEN HOLIDAY BLOCKBUSTER 2018

It would be very unfair of me to write a blogpost telling you all that the Esteé Lauder Blockbuster has to offer for this festive season without mentioning the Holiday Blockbuster from Elizabeth Arden. Without a doubt these two brands nail it when it comes to these annual cosmetic kits. Not only do they make wonderful gifts but if you're looking to set yourself up for the coming year with a collection of quality make-up items then look no further as it has to be one of these sets.
The Elizabeth Arden Blockbuster always retails for several hundred rand cheaper and this year is no exception as it retails for R1,195 and has a value R4,999 and unlike the Esteé Lauder Blockbuster there is no qualifying purchase required.
This set includes 7 full size products
Available from 
Elizabeth Arden outlets countrywide but again hurry as stocks are very limited 

This Kit Includes:
Neutral Eye Shadow Palette 
in Spotlight, Pink Pearls, Flirty Pink, Antique Rose, Pink Satin, Rosé, Dazzling Plum and Winter's Night 


 Glam Eye Shadow Palette 

in Bone, Innocence, Golden Sands, Gilded Bronze, Tinsel, Bejeweled, Deep Amethyst 
and Starry Night 

Blush & Highlight Palette in Sunblush, Romantic Rose and Sunbeam

4 x Lipsticks in Wildberry, Red Door Red, Smoky Plum and Pale Petal 
(full size)

2 x  Lip Glosses in Precious Petal and Iridescent Mauve 
(full size)

Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black 
(full size) 

Eye Pencil in Black

Red Cosmetic Case


Retail Price 
R1,195
Value
 R4,999



4 November 2018

URBAN DECAY HI-FI SHINE ULTRA CUSHION LIP GLOSS {REVIEW}

Some time ago I bought several Urban Decay products and I have slowly been reviewing them over the past few months.
This is my final product from that recent haul and again I've been blown away
by how impressed I have been with each and every product that I bought.

What I've experienced over the years is that I perhaps love some products from a brand
 and then I find some that hugely disappoint,but so far this hasn't
happened with Urban Decay and I'm sure they've got some weaker products
lurking in their product lineup.

As I've said in my previous reviews Urban Decay is for all ages and I'm proof of that and whilst UD, isn't budget in price it has delivered on product performance
and just as important, its been so enjoyable to use. So if you want to know what products I highly recommend then check out my full reviews.



I do love a good Lip Gloss and the HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss appealed 
to me instantly.
Laced with vitamin E and peppermint oil, the hydrating formula leaves lips feeling nourished, has an immediate plumping effect and comes in a yummy vanilla-mint flavour.
 This gloss is super comfortable to wear and doesn't have a sticky or tacky feel to it
which so many lip glosses can have.
 Unfortunately as we age, the lines around our mouth become deeper and more noticeable and the last thing we need is a feathering, bleeding lipstick or lip gloss that draws attention to the mouth area,
so good news... this one doesn't do either, but what it does do is
 instantly makes those thinning lips feel plumper. 
There are 22 shades to chose from and covers everything from blaring brights 
to soft neutrals in four different effects—metallic, holographic, cream and sheer cream.  
I must say some colours and the effects are way out there
 for the more mature of us, whilst other shades are just perfect.
I opted for the shade BACKTALK to compliment my BACKTALK palette 
and it was right up my "Lipstick Street".
(cream formula, not super glossy, perfect shade)

It's described as a Mauve-nude pink and even though its richly pigmented the longevity can't be compared to my Vice Cream Lipstick, but as far as lip glosses fair,
 it made me Urban Decay happy...

I must also mention the sleek packaging which has 2 clear shade sides that 
and allows for a quick colour check and grab out of the depths of a handbag.
Another interesting and noticeable feature of this lip gloss is the latest technology
 flexible, flocked-silicone paddle applicator that
 allows you to swipe on a generous, even layer of gloss and there's no need to double dip.
This technology also prevents the applicator from disintegrating and the neck of the 
gloss stays fairly clean unlike some that get so dirty and sticky with gloss build up. 


 URBAN DECAY 
HI-FI SHINE ULTRA CUSHION 
LIP GLOSS

R
290


£
15


$
18


For more details








31 October 2018

ESTEÉ LAUDER HOLIDAY BLOCKBUSTER {2018}

For me the excitement to the run up to Christmas and the holidays is always when the Blockbuster from Esteé Lauder makes it appearance online.
(It always seems to be available online earlier than in store)

I write a post about this Luxury Travel Case filled with EL goodies every year and each year they seem to somehow improve on it, which considering the Blockbuster has been around for 30 years or more is no mean feat.

It seems like stocks are very limited this year and I believe
that they have sold out online already, but some retailers may still have stocks
so don't hang around this year, as its selling fast and considering the
contents and the value its not hard to see why.


In order to qualify to buy the Blockbuster you must purchase a 50ml or larger
 Esteé Lauder fragrance and the Blockbuster can be bought for 
R1495 
Value R6900

This years Blockbuster contains 30 Beauty Essentials and many are full sizes
  contents are:


Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
1 oz./30ml (full-size)


Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme
.24 oz./7ml (full-size)

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
 3.4 oz./100ml (full-size)

3 Full-Size Face + Eye Palettes: 

NUDES 
6 Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadows and Bronze Goddess in Light 

GLOW 
6 Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadows and Pure Color EnvySculpting Blush in Limited Edition Modern Mercury

GLAM
 6 Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadows and Pure Color EnvySculpting Blush in Rebel Rose

Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara 
(full-size) in Extreme Black

Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks (full-size) 
in Rebellious Rose, Powerful and Femme Fatale

 Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss 
(full-size) in Berry Provocative 

 Luxury Red Train Case



Available whilst stocks last at selected
 Esteé Lauder counters
countrywide



30 October 2018

MONTHLY FAVOURITES {SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER}

It was easy to choose my fave products from the past two months, as they stood out way above the rest.Click on the Pink Links to read all my full and detailed reviews.
One item isn't actually a beauty product as such, it's more of a beauty tool and what a great find it was...


1.

The Beauty Basics Brush Cleaning Mat has been such a great find and I've since
 discovered that there are different sizes available, but I have to say the hand held 
one I chose has been the perfect manageable size.




2.

The Dr.Gobac Cleanser was an unexpected favourite and to be honest before I 
started to use, I really didn't expect it to be making an appearance in my 
monthly faves post, but it did and it's worthy of its place.

To read my full review



3.

Having never heard of this haircare brand or product before I honestly wasn't 
expecting too much, but how wrong I was.
The Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumnising Paste will for sure, be on one of 
my "Top Products" list for 2018.
 It's also in the top of my UK shopping list for November. 

To read my full review




4.

After initially feeling that I had been swayed into buying this product by the 
sales consultant, once I used I then realised that she was 100% confident 
in the products performance and the recommendation was a good one.
The Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion (Anti-Ageing) is a worthwhile purchase
and one I didn't realised I needed and now I'm hooked.






28 October 2018

NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST CLEANSER MICELLAR WATER {REVIEW}

I won't beat around the "Beauty Bush" with my review on this Micellar Water from the 
Neutrogena Hydro Boost collection. 
This extensive range and affordable collection of products has been formulated to replenish water and help to improve your skin's moisture barrier, resulting in smooth, hydrated skin.


Again I was somewhat influenced into buying something from this range by 
social media and I really should have learnt my lesson by now.
Perhaps I have chosen to review the weakest product in the range and maybe their 
other products are worthy of the praise. 
I'm not even going to go into any of what this product claims to do and you all now by now what Micellar Waters are formulated to do,so I'm going to just get straight to the point.

Unfortunately I found this cleansing water to be one of those, what I like to call a "nothing" product.
I found it did "nothing" nothing more than if I had soaked a cotton pad in a toning lotion.

As you can tell I wasn't impressed with this product and maybe I'm being a little harsh, as it is an affordable drugstore brand, but if Garnier (also an affordable drugstore brand) can nail it with their Micellar Waters then why can't Neutrogena formulate a more effective product.
It sadly, on me, underperformed in removing even a light covering of make-up.
I must also make mention of the fragrance of this product, which I can't describe, but I found it unpleasant to say the least.

Thankfully I purchased this product on special for R77 so I didn't waste too much money, without doubt you'll be hearing about this product again in a future 
Products I Didn't Finish & Why post.


Neutrogena
Micellar Water
200ml

R
99.95

£
6.99

$
8.99


Available 
at Supermarkets, Dischem and Clicks
countrywide






24 October 2018

RECENT BEAUTY EMPTIES {OCTOBER 2018}

Here's a quick round-up of some skincare products that I've finished over the
last couple of months.
Two are from the same brand and I must say that I do find it satisfying to finish a product 
completely and it's always a good sign.


1.

I have absolutely loved using this Grape Water Spray from the French brand 
Caudalie 
in fact so much so, that I've added several other Caudalie products
to me "UK Beauty Product Wish list".
(I will write a blog post next month telling you more about the products
that are on my list and why)
I have emptied out every last drop from the spray even though the 
last few sprays came out as stutters and spurts,but i wasn't wasting a drop. 




2.

Another product that I have thoroughly enjoyed using was the 
LA ROCHE - POSAY Micellar Water.
Having reviewed several of their products to read all reviews  
I haven't used one yet that I haven't
enjoyed and it's a range well worth looking into if you suffer from a
sensitive/intolerant skin.






3.

The third product that I've used every last drop of recently, is the 
LA ROCHE-POSAY Eye Make-Up Remover 
and I'm in two minds whether to re-purchase or buy from another brand.
I always strive to try a variety of brands in order to bring you my honest thoughts 
and opinions enabling you to weed out the "not so good" from the great products 
that are well worth a purchase. 
Even though I enjoyed this eye make-up and I would re-purchase,
 just not this next time.

To read my full review





Let me know in the comments below if any of the above are your favourites.
Also I would appreciate any Eye Make-Up Remover recommendations





21 October 2018

LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE #MAKESOMEONEHAPPY

This is rather a different post today, as it's not a product review, but rather a review 
about a campaigns communication video.
Yes it's about a brands TV advertisement, well I did say it was going to be different...

Having worked my whole career with skincare and fragrance brands, I've seen many press releases over the years and I always head straight to the link to the tv add before
 reading all the bumf about the background to the product. 
I like to watch the video without any prior knowledge of what the product or message of the ad 
is trying to convey and whilst some, I have to admit, loose me 
others hit the nail right on the the "beauty" head (ouch! Sorry)

The new communication video for the best selling Lancôme fragrance, 
La Vie est Belle
is what's led me to write this post.

La Vie est Belle means "Life is Beautiful" 
in French and the fragrance 
has always portrayed happiness, however it's time to turn a page and begin 
a new chapter on the La Vie est Belle journey.

#MakeSomeoneHappy
Is a true manifesto of living “la vie est belle”.   
The most important aspect of joy and happiness is SHARING it – and so the 
new campaign was born: 
WHO WILL YOU MAKE HAPPY TODAY?



For me "Happiness" is just what this short video conveys. 
It's starts out as an elegant, yet rather sombre gathering and through her infectious smile
she shines and radiates happiness and it soon turns it into a party...
  
Beautifully filmed with the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop
this ad gets the Happiness message across loud and clear,
as it simply makes you feel good inside...

I know there are all kinds of ways of making people happy and by sharing this video 
I hope to do my bit, in this sometimes mad world, to make you
 "Feel Happy Today" 
even if it's only for a few minutes in these videos.

Julie Roberts has been the face of the fragrance since its inception in 2012 
and not only is she stunningly beautiful, but who can resist feeling happy when she flashes her iconic smile.I personally feel that's she very relatable and we have grown up with her on screen over her long successful acting career and if you can't get enough of her then check out this happy short video.


There are currently 3 incarnations of the fragrance

LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE 
EAU DE PARFUM
R1440
50ml
LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE 
ECLAT DE PARFUM
R1440 
50ml

LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE 

INTENSE
R1500
50ml

If you would like to try some happiness in the form of
La Vie best Belle fragrances then pop by any Lancôme stockist
for a spritz.

#MakeSomeoneHappy