16 May 2019

QUICKIE PRODUCT REVIEWS {QPR'S} MAY 2019

Unfortunately I don't have too many products to include in this QPR post,
but I do have two non skincare/make-up items and that doesn't happen too often, 
so lets see what I thought....


1.

Brand : WOOLWORTHS
Product : Lemon Verbena Foam Bath
Price : R59.99
Size : 500 mls





I was so excited to see that Woolworths had launched their own range of Vegan body products that are based on Active Ingredients from Nature.
The assortment of products and fragrances is quite extensive and being a longtime lover
of all things Verbena I made a bee line for their Lemon Verbena Foam bath, which is
enriched with botanical extracts, Turmeric and Maca Root Extracts.
All products are free from: 
Parabens, added sulphates(SLS & SLES),synthetic colours and they're all 
Dermatologically tested.
(This range can be found in the food hall section of Woolworths)

Whilst the packaging of the products is appealing unfortunately I can't say the same for 
the contents.
I found the fragrance pay off of this foam bath to be poor initially and soon disappeared completely and the bubbles were poor at least.
However the price is affordable especially for a 500mls bottle, but that's all I can
say positive about this from bath, that I was so hopeful about.



Verdict : 4/10



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2.

Brand : Bath & Body Works
Product : Creamy Luxe Hand Soap
Coconut Mint Drop
Price : AED 42 Normal price (R167)
(I can't remember what I paid but it was less than half price)
Size : 236 mls





Having never tried anything from the USA brand Bath & Body Works I couldn't resist
buying a couple of things from one of their shops in the Dubai.As always the poor South African has to spoil our spending fun, but luck was in my side this time, as I was 
shopping on the Black Friday Weekend and I scored...
I bought a couple of their large candles and this Creamy Luxe Hand Soap and I
do love luxury hand soaps. 
Not only does this Coconut Mint Drop Hand Soap smell divine, it has a luxurious 
creamy feel and the fragrant bubbles reflect just that.
It certainly leaves your hands feeling soft,fragranced and moisturised.
Whilst I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase again, I would most certainly buy again
 if I was  fortunate to be travelling through a country that stocked Bath & body Works.
(Be warned their product range is huge, so allocate plenty of time when you visit a store)



Verdict : 8/10


Let me know in the comments below if you have tried anything from this brand,as I would
 love to know.





14 May 2019

URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER MAKE-UP SETTING SPRAY {REVIEW}

I wasn't sure if I actually needed this product in my life or not, but I knew that I had FOMO
that "fear of missing out" feeling.
So many users absolutely rave about this make-up setting spray and to be honest
 I was curious, but cautious.
On occasion I have been known to be suckered into the beauty hype that surrounds
certain products, especially when the products have been gifted to Beauty Bloggers, 
however it's a different story when you still read rave reviews from bloggers 
that have taken their own cash and bought the product.
So I decided to take the R460 plunge...


URBAN DECAY have become one of my favourite make-up brands over the past year
and I haven't yet been disappointed with any of my purchases or items that 
have been gifted.

UD currently have 4 make-up setting sprays on offer, but it was the 
All Nighter
that appealed to me the most and the one that is most coveted by other brands.
All make-up wearers will agree that when we apply in the morning, our make-up looks good, but sadly the same cannot be said as the day progresses and even more so in hot humid climates 
(like Durban experiences in February)
 and this is where a make-up setting spray can really help...


The All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray claims to keep makeup looking like its been just-applied for up to 16 hours—without melting, fading or settling into fine lines.
Developed in an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia, their groundbreaking, tested formula is suitable for all skin types, free of oil and parabens, and features patented Temperature Control Technology. Yep, this spray actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions and it sounded perfect, but did it do all that it claims?

Yes, Yes and more Yes's
it lived up to all the hype, praise and awards bestowed on the product.
There was no transfer, no fading, no settling into the lines and more importantly for me no melting, your make-up stays in place literally all day and all night if needed.


I must mention here for those people that don't like to spray products onto their face, an important point of difference between this setting spray and others on the market,
the UD spray delivers a calibrated, microfine mist that goes on so light, leaves no stickiness on the skin and you hardly feel anything on the skin at all.

How To Use:
After applying makeup, shake bottle well, hold 8"–10" away and mist face 2–4 times, in an “X” and “T” formation. Close eyes before misting. If you want extra intense shadow colour, less fallout and even longer wear, then wet your brush with All Nighter before you apply.

My initial scepticism aside, after one application on a very hot and humid February day in
Durban, I  quickly realised that I so needed this product in my life and it has now become the final step in my make-up routine and just for the record I don't regret my 
R460 plunge at all...


URBAN DECAY
ALL NIGHTER
MAKE-UP SETTING SPRAY

118ml


R
480


£
24


31.50


$
32


Available from URBAN DECAY Boutiques countrywide and online






12 May 2019

L'ORÉAL LES CHOCOLATS ULTRA MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK {REVIEW}

This fairly new collection of Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks from L'Oréal are deliciously named 
"LES CHOCOLATS, yet despite their name they were not on my beauty radar until they were 
recommended to me very recently.


Les Chocolats Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick is a collection of matte liquid lip colours in 12 chocolate-inspired shades (unfortunately only 8 are available in South Africa) all with an irresistible chocolate scent and I was hooked from the first whiff.
Matte lipsticks are generally not my first choice as like many, I find them too drying 
and they often flake or crack.
However that being said it is an area where huge strides are being made in research and development 
to find that easy to wear matte lipstick that provides comfort and all day colour 
and I think L'Oréal may have just cracked it with this one...


Initially I thought the shade range was perhaps a little too dark for my skin tone, but then I found my most perfect nude shade ever in the form of 842 Candyman, it was a perfect colour match for my natural lip shade, but just better.

Les Chocolates Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick has a melt-proof formula so you can forget your lip colour smudging or budging, for up to 12 hours, as once its on its going no where
The lightweight lip colour formula is comfortable to wear and doesn’t crack, crumble or flake, its also enriched with ultra-saturated pigments for an intense colour payoff. 
The easy to use slanted teardrop shaped applicator allows for precise application whilst the pointed end allows you to outline your Cupids Bow.


Despite being a little sticky upon application, I have found myself reaching for this lipstick daily since I bought it and for all the right reasons
 It really does stay on all day, it doesn't smudge, transfer or bleed and most importantly doesn't dry out your lips 
and best of all it's Chocolate scented...

Here are a couple of tips to help when wearing a matte lipstick:
Ensure that you exfoliate your lips regularly as a matte lipstick doesn't
 like dry chapped skin.
If need be you can always apply a lip balm over the matte lip several times a day
to provide comfort and a little lustre.


L'ORÉAL
LES CHOCOLATS
ULTRA MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK


R
140


£
9.99



10.50



$
8




9 May 2019

CAUDALIE LIP CONDITIONER {REVIEW}

I'm a self confessed sucker for Lip Balms and this one from the French brand
 CAUDALIE 
must be my "millionth" one that I have tried over my many years,
maybe a slight exaggeration, but I seriously have put many to the test.

CAUDALIE has been my new found "French Love" and the Lip Balm, or Conditioner
 in this case, was always going to form part of my overseas CAUDALIE haul.

 
 I purchased a "special offer trio" of balms in their shop in Brugge Belgium
and I wished I had purchased another pack, as this lip conditioner has not 
left my side since November 2018.

If you're looking for a nourishing and protective lip conditioner, one that repairs and soothes damaged lips after each application, then look no further than this one  from the skincare experts CAUDALIE.
This Lip Conditioner glides easily across the lips and contains a delicate vanilla scent and with its anti-   oxidant properties it delivers nutrition and protection all day long.                     
Its texture instantly melts without a greasy effect and leaves your lips perfectly moisturized
Formulated with 99% naturally-derived ingredients, the main ones are Grape Seed Oil, Apricot Oil and my absolute fave Shea Butter.This conditioner can be applied either alone or under/over any lipsticks and is especially comfortable over matte lipsticks, which can sometimes be drying to the lips.
And as with all Caudalie products, no parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils or animal-derived ingredients are used. 

CAUDALIE LIP CONDITIONER
4.5g
Individual/Trio

£
5.50/11.00

4.50/9.00

$
12/N/A

I have written several reviews now on CAUDALIE products and you can catch up
 by clicking on the Pink Link below

To read my full reviews





7 May 2019

MONTHLY FAVOURITES {MARCH AND APRIL 2019}

I'm so happy that I'm continuing to find some great beauty products in 2019 and as always I only show you my absolute "standout" faves from the many I try during a two month period, so here are my picks from what I tried and reviewed during March and April...


1.
CAUDALÍE
MAKE-UP REMOVING CLEANSING OIL

CAUDALÍE so far has been my fave French Skincare brand for 2019 and during March I reviewed 4 CAUDALÍE face products, making it a CAUDALÍE MONTH and 
I still have more products to review over the coming weeks.

After returning from Europe earlier this year with 11 or 12 CAUDALÍE purchases
this product was not actually one of them, as it was an inclusion in a free gift.
Not being a huge fan of cleansing oils I didn't hold out too much hope that 
would like this product at all.

My preferred make-up removing product will always be a milk/cream or a 
cleansing balm over an oil, so you can imagine my surprise when I was 
blown away by how quick and efficient it was at removing my make-up 
during my first cleanse.
I fell in love with it so much, its been added onto my infamous UK Shopping List.
If you enjoy Cleansing Oils for removing make-up then check out all the info on this
beautiful almond fragranced product by reading my original review...








2.
CAUDALÍE
CRUSHED CABERNET SCRUB

It will come as no surprise that my next "fave" from the past couple of months is 
another CAUDALÍE product in the form of the delightful sounding
Crushed Cabernet Body Scrub.
This product had been on my CAUDALÍE Wish List for over 2 years and I finally
bought myself one.
Simply it's DIVINE and it didn't disappoint me in any way and was 
again another great product from CAUDALÍE and if you love a good body scrub 
then check out my review...



3.
L'OCCITANE
LIP SCRUB

This was another delicious sounding and tasting product, this time from a different
French Skincare brand L'Occitane.
This is a very recent launch and is a much needed product in the market place, 
as there are very few 
good Lip Scrubs to choose from, especially here in South Africa.
Check out more details over on my blog.








4.
URBAN DECAY
NAKED RELOADED
EYESHADOW PALETTE

Another brand that has become a firm favourite of mine is URBAN DECAY and back in
February they launched their NAKED RELOADED Palette, which replaced their infamous
NAKED Palette and what a great replacement its turned out to be.
The shadow formulations and shade selections are great and I cannot recommend this
palette highly enough. 



5.
L'ORÉAL
INFAILLIBLE 24HR FRESH WEAR
FOUNDATION

This was a foundation that I bought in error, but it turned out to be a very good error.
L'Oréal just don't create any bad foundations and if it's a new affordable foundation you're looking for then look no further than the L'Oréal isle in the drugstore.
Check out my full detailed review by clicking on the link below







Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of the above products
 and what your thoughts are...








5 May 2019

HERBAE PAR L'OCCITANE EDP {REVIEW}


The one brand that still excites me when they launch a new fragrance is
L'Occitane
and they've just recently launched their latest female fragrance collection called 
HERBAE par L'Occitane 
having been inspired by the wild grasses that grow in the heart of Provence and it encourages you to embrace your wild side, so this long lasting statement Eau de PARFUM oozes nature and freedom and falls into the green, fresh, floral classification.
I must comment on the packaging of this range, which is beautiful,yet simply presented in terms of the outer illustrated packaging and the bottle itself, that has a single raffia bow tied around the neck.


Initially the 
Top Notes of Ambrette Seed, Vert de Bergamot Essence and Pink Peppercorns
are spicy and citrusy and upon drying down the 
Heart Notes of
White Nettle Flower Accord,Wild Rose Accord, Bramble Accord and Clary Sage Essence
reveals a more floral aspect to this fragrance.
Finally the Base Notes of Wild Grass, Captive Musk and Cashmeran settle into a 
spicy yet sweet, musky, warm fragrance.

Unfortunately embracing the "wild side"  didn't work for me, as this ingredient combo just didn't suit my body chemistry and I found the fragrance to be sharp, bitter and sadly at no stage did it appeal to me whatsoever.
Having such a extensive range of fragrances, many of which I adore, I was so disappointed
but that's how fragrances work, some you love and some you don't. 
However that being said, fragrance is always such a personal choice, hence why in-store testing is so important before purchasing.
I personally feel that HEBAE is one of those statement fragrances that you will either hate or absolutely fall in love with...

The range consists of the usual complimentary products like Hand Cream, 
Body Lotion,Shower Gel and a Soap.
The fragrance comes in an Eau de Parfum format only.
L'OCCITANE
HERBAE
EDP
50ml/90ml

R
1150/1600


£
60/80


$ 
100


65/89



To find out more visit

www.loccitane.co.za


2 May 2019

BEAUTY PRODUCTS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW {MAY 2019}

Poo Drops and a Skin Illuminator are Currently Under Review this month, so as you can see I have rather a mixed bag of products that will be put to the Beauty Shout Box test over the coming weeks...



1.

Having used several products from the very affordable brand Mineraline
I'm looking forward to trying this supercharged REJUVENATE Antioxident Vitaserum, which has multi coloured vitamin beads suspended in the serum that are dissolved only once they're pumped out of the bottle.
Its also enriched with Vitamins C and E and several other active ingredients that all work towards cell regeneration and defying the signs of ageing...


2.

Post-Poo Drops are a thing, in case you didn't know and they were made famous by the 
Australian Luxury Cosmetics brand Aēsop
Admittedly this purchase was not made out of desire, but more out of curiosity, as there has been so much, over the years, written about this amazing formulation that seems
to excite its users so much.
This will be an interesting blog post to write, but I'll report back as always with my honest opinions and more importantly are they worth the spend...


3.

My Caudalie reviews are not over just yet, as I still have several to try out and review for you. Who doesn't love a good Lip Balm, so check back to see what I like or dislike about 
this Caudalie Lip Conditioner, but to give you a "heads up", as to whether I rate it or not, I bought 3 whilst overseas recently.



4.

BioNike Defence Colour Luminizer
is an Illuminating Concealer and it sounds like my kinda product, as it promises
to both conceal and illuminate and anyone of a certain age will know just how
vital it is for a product to successfully do both.




29 April 2019

SUNDAY SAMPLE

It's time to review a fragrance sample this week and its a new launch from one of my favourite French brands L'Occitane.
HERBAE Eau de Parfum has just been launched here in South Africa and apparently this fragrance has been inspired by the wild grasses that grow in Provence and having been to Provence, several times, I'm curious to see what this fragrance has to offer.
I'm assuming that this fragrance will fall under that Green/Fresh classification, which I normally enjoy, so pop back on Sunday to see whether it's a winner or not... 




28 April 2019

MY 4 MOST USED SUMMER BEAUTY PRODUCTS {2018/19}

Even though Summer has officially made way for Autumn here in South Africa, my home town of Durban is lucky enough to experience good weather all year round and this got me thinking about several products that I have reached for most often during the very hot Summer months.

This following trio of products have been my staples on those hot and humid days that
call for minimal make-up.Now I'm never one to go completely bare faced, even if I'm staying home for the day I will always flip over my face with a coat of mascara, lipstick and blush.

Without realising it these four products really have been my most reached for and used on a daily basis, so if you would like to read my original reviews then as always
 click on the Pink Links below.
(N.B.Prices may have changed since my original reviews were written)
Let me know in the comments below if any of these have been your "go to" products this summer.






1.

The Bioderma Tinted Aquafluide SPF 50+  is no surprise as I've been using this product for several years now and for me if offers a tint for an other wise pale skin and gives me that all important high SPF that you need in sunny Durbs.
This summer I decided to play around with applying the tinted sun protection with a beauty blending sponge and treating the product more like a foundation in its application and I have to say its been working well.



2.

The Autograph Multi Bronzer from Marks & Spencer from my beauty advent calendar has really been my "Summer Star", as its been put to use, literally every day, regardless of whether it's a "no make-up make-up" kinda of day" or a "full make-up" day, 
I have been loving this bronzer so much, that its been added to my UK Shopping List.

To read my mini review



3.

Mascara is my "must have" make-up item and I've been reaching daily for my 
benefit BADgal Bang Mascara and a couple of coats works wonders for my sparse pale lashes.I don't find it smudges or flakes even on those most humid of Durban days.



4.

Lipstick or Lipgloss is another non negotiable when it comes make-up application whether it be a full face or my quick summer look.
I have been favouring several, but perhaps my most used has been the
URBAN DECAY HI-FI SHINE Lip Gloss I adore everything about this product, the shade
suits me, I love the formulation and the packaging is so easy to find in my handbag.

To read my full review