Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review: Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying 50+

This is a seriously late post, I just cannot tell you why I didn't review this product for you sooner.

Shopping for and SPF is one of the biggest nightmares, especially for us, chocolate girls! I finally found the one SPF that does leave your face looking all grey like you've dusted yourself with baby powder, and neither does if leave your face with that oily, sticky tacky mess that you feel the need to blot with tissue paper!

This stuff is seriously amazing!!  And no, I haven't been paid to tell you this!

I actually got a sample, can't even remember where from, and I decided I would give it a try, and was pleasantly surprised, I used up the sample and popped in to Dischem to get myself a full sized version.

Now for the technicalities:
~ It's an SPF 50
~ It's been especially formulated for the face
~ It is a broad spectrum SPF, so protects you from both UVA (rays that are responsible for skin damage & aging) & UVB  (rays which are responsible for sun burn & skin damage) and both have the potential to cause skin cancer
~ Perfume free - love this, because it means you can use it on sensitive skin
~ The texture is quite runny so you have to be careful not to squeeze too hard
~ Perfect for your handbag, so you can reapply throughout the day
~ Comes in a 50ml squeeze bottle, which allows just enough product out and retails for R165

If you don't want to look and feel like and oil slick, then I highly recommend this product, it's well worth the try!

What sun protection products are you using, and how well are they working for you? Would love to read your comments below...

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

What's in your makeup bag ~ #3

Now this I found really interesting. This is from another friend of mine Tammy... I'm sure you can tell we are friend because if you read through this, she like me has a lot to say haha! Enjoy the light read through, and one more makeup bag will be coming up before the series closes xoxo
Q1. What's in your makeup bag and why?
- Wet wipes 
- Waterless hand sanitiser
- Cosmetic buds
- Tweezers
- Nail file
- Round cotton pads 
- Empty 5ml containers 
- Blister DCT
- Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream

- MAC studio finish cream concealer (NW20)
- MAC mineralize fluid concealer  (NW20)
- MAC studio sculpt gel based foundation  (NW20)
- Sans Soucis BB cream (Natural)
- MAC mineralize foundation / loose  (Medium)
- MAC mineralize skin finish (Light Plus)
- MAC lip conditioner 

A variety of
- MAC eyeshadow
- MAC blusher
- MAC loose pigment
- MAC eyeliner
- MAC paints
- MAC lipstick
- MAC lip gloss

- Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara
- Sans Soucis 3D effect Mascara 
- Elizabeth Arden Brow Shaper and Eyeliner (Brunette)
- Smashbox eyeshadow palette  

Q2. Where did you get your makeup bag from and how long have you had it?
I've had this particular bag for almost four years now, it's from Forever New

Q3. Do you often go through your makeup bag and swop out any of makeup? If you do, how often and what makes you want to swop?
I don't swop out anything, I would however add to it... 

* I once received a Dior lipgloss as a gift - it was gorgeous!  Need to replace it.
* Bobbi Brown has shimmer bricks that are amazing. I love the Bronze Shimmer Brick (here's a tip: Bobbi Brown has useful empty containers in all shapes and sizes)

Q4. What is your favourite makeup item and brand?
MAC is my favourite brand. I don't have a favourite item per se.

Q5. If you were stuck on an island somewhere, what 3 makeup items would you not be able to survive without?
- BB cream / foundation
- Eyebrow Shaper
- Mascara 

And I would slip through my Mac lip conditioner!

Q6. How do you describe your makeup style?
I would describe my make up style as classic
What's in your bags ladies? Do share in the comments below...

Sunday, 9 August 2015

What's in your makeup bag ~ #2

I'm totally loving every minute of these reads, hoping you are enjoying them just as much.

Up next is my awesome new friend, Whitney, and I'm digging in her bag already...! (She has a blog too by the way, so please check her out here).

Q1. What's in your makeup bag and why?
* Revlon lipstick in Brazilian tan, I need a nude lippie for touch-ups during the day.
* M.A.C  nail polish in skin. I have a toddler so my hands are always busy doing things and my varnish often chips so I need to fix that up aswell.
* M.A.C  setting powder(incl brush), to control the oil that appears on my face due to life stresses
*Dexe lip balm. I hate chapped lips so I own maybe 7 lip balms that I switchout often.

Q2. Where did you get your makeup bag from and how long have you had it?
I have tons of makeup bags and one huge makeup case. I buy my makeup bag from anywhere as long as their pretty and girly lol This one I have now was sent to me from my bestie♡ I've had it for 2 months now.

Q3. Do you often go through your makeup bag and swop out any of makeup? If you do, how often and what makes you want to swop?
I rarely swopout unless I'm changing lip colour

Q4. What is your favourite makeup item and brand?
I absolutely love lipsticks. I'm obsessed with lips so definitely lipstick although eyeliner comes in a close second. My favourite brand,  especially for the lipsticks, is M.A.C especially the mattes lipsticks.

Q5. If you were stuck on an island somewhere, what 3 makeup items would you not be able to survive without?
* Eyeliner
* Lipstick
* Lip balm

Q6. How do you describe your makeup style?
I would definitely describe my makeup style as ”Natural Glam”. I love nude eyeshadows, lips and coral cheecks with perfectly lined eyes and a super splash of mascara. I love to look made up and fabulous but with natural earthy tones as I find this look easy to maintain and flattering. I do however make this look bold hence the glam part but neutrals and nudes do it for me.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

What's in your makeup bag ~ #1

I thought this may be fun to do and see just how similar or different our makeup bags could be. So this will be a series of posts, featuring a few darling friends of mine, and I'm so grateful they we happy to take part.

What's in your makeup bag ladies? Do you even carry/have a makeup bag (I ask because I have seen makeup Ziploc bags before)? Do you carry something totally different? Do share in the comments section below.

First up is Candice:

Q1. What's in your makeup bag and why?
MAC base , MAC powder, MAC base , MAC powder , MAC Concealer, MAC Blush, MAC bronzer and their Mascara. Those are my key make up musts! They allow me to cover up any imperfections and enhance my natural features. 

Q2. Where did you get your makeup bag from and how long have you had it? 
I got my makeup bags from clicks and I've had them about a year now. 

Q3. Do you often go through your makeup bag and swop out any of your products? If you do, how often and what makes you swop? 
No, I don't need to do swaps cause I keep all my make up on one bag. 

Q4. What is your favourite makeup item and brand?
MAC fixing spray is my favourite item and MAC is my favourite brand. 

Q5. If you were stuck on an island somewhere, what 3 makeup items would you not be able to survive without? 
I would definitely not be able to live without my base, my mascara and my bronzer. 

Q6. How do you describe your makeup style?
I would describe it as very varied, I like to play around so it can be extreme or natural from one day to the next


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dry Lips...?!

As most of you know, it's winter in Southern Africa and possibly for a lot of us that means dry lips... aaarrrgghhh! Try putting lipstick over that = major disaster! And hence the reason for this post.

I thought it would be nice to share a few remedies to tide us through. So, other than the usual go to the drugstore and get yourself some lip balm etc.. There are other ways to assist the process and allow your lip balm to do it's job properly.

Lip Scrub:
You can choose to go buy one or make one yourself at home, here are a couple of recipes that have proven to be quite nice.

~ mix sugar, a bit of fresh lemon juice and olive oil (the oil with help to moisturise your lips, sugar will exfoliate all the dry dead skin & lemon juice will help to even out any dark patches)

~ honey, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and olive oil

Lip Brush:
So just the same way you get the facial brush (eg. Clarisonic etc) you can buy yourself a baby toothbrush or soft bristle toothbrush and use that to exfoliate the dead skin off your lips. Haven't personally tried this method and if I ever decided to would have to get some nice labels and a high cabinet/shelve (motherhood - go figure)!

Do you have any chapped lip remedies that you've found to be effective? What is your go-to lip balm that you just cannot live without?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Kiehl's #ChangeYourSkin Challenge ~ week 4.. The Conclusion

I can't believe this is the last post already.  The 28 day #ChangeYourSkin challenge with Kiehl's has come to an end and it has been an easy, non-complicated journey.
I was really impressed with the Kiehl's skincare range I received. It was easy to use, the scent of the products was really non-existent and in the Midnight Recovery Concentrate it was super soothing. The formulations were light, easy to decant, quickly absorbed into the skin and left no residue. I truely couldn't ask for more when it comes to skincare products.

Now if you know me well, no review is complete without a little ingredient analysis! So here it goes...

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution:

~ first ingredient "aqua/water" this! doesn't require an explanation, there could be no better way to start an ingredient list. Water = hydration and we all need it.

~ propylene glycol - attracts moisture to the skin and helps to keep it supple.

~ glycerine - a great ingredient. This is a humectant which draws moisture from the air to the skin.

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-texturising Serum Concentrate:

~ first two ingredients are aqua and glycerin, as mentioned above, this is all about hydrating the skin, keeping the skin plump and supple.

~ dimethicone - this is a type of silicone that protects the skin, helps the product to glide onto the skin more easily and lubricates the skin surface.


Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate:

~ caprylic/capryic tryglyceride, this is derived from coconut oil and glycerine. This helps to nourish, moisturise and replenish the skin. We know this skin does most of its recovery at night and what better way to assist it than with this type of ingredient 

~dicaprylyl carbonate, this acts as an protective film on the skin, and enhances the skin's own lipid/oil layer. This also gives the product the light non-greasy feel.

~ squalene, this is an super antioxidant - it protects the skin from free radicals, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and mimics your skin's lipid layer and helps restore it's balance.



Would I recommend these products? Yes, definitely, if you are serious about skincare and looking after the health of your skin, this is the type of product you need to go for!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Kiehl's #ChangeYourSkin Challenge ~ Week 3

And... I have come to the end of week 3!! Still on top of my regimen and loving the products as much as I did on day one.

Today, as I was preparing to take my update pictures, it actually dawned on my that my skin is possibly in the best condition it's ever been in during the winter time. Funny how I am quick to forget the usual reaction/state of my skin when it's in a not so great place, and take it for granted when something is protecting and improving it. If that mouthful makes sense... Ordinarily, in winter, my skin doesn't tan evenly and tends to look "patchy" and uneven. I think this could be caused by the constant need to warm oneself and taking every opportunity to bask in the gorgeous winter sun, not sure...

This time round it has been consistent and has shown a gradual improvement and even distribution of pigment. I'm really impressed. 

Without further adieu, here are the update pictures - a comparison between week 1 and now:

Week 1

Week 3