Me & My Ice-Cream Trend Edition

Hello Lovelies,

Today is my first post featuring the new blog design and layout, how exciting!

I have been waiting for this collection since I saw it launched in Europe. I was lucky enough to see, touch and feel it back in September at a Cosmetix event and that filled me with even more anticipation to have it.

I pestered Cosmetix/Essence South Africa endlessly to find out when it would be launched. It was finally launched in April but only at selected Clicks stores. Sadly by the time I got there the displays were cleaned out! I managed to buy 3 polishes from the collection by visiting various stores but that was it. I was utterly heart broken. This was the one I had been waiting so long for.

Then Essence had a giveaway on their Facebook page to win a few things from the collection and I won it! I was so filled with joy, I think the universe knew how badly I wanted this collection.

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I got a lot more than I thought I would, I am so grateful for it too because Essence helped me to complete the collection of polishes, they sent the exact one I didn’t have.

So to start off I am going to do something a bit different. I will do makeup swatches 😀 I know right! Finally! I do not quiet have the confidence to put up a shot of me actually wearing the makeup yet but I can show you what it would look like on fair skin with a pink undertone.

First up is the “Always in my Mint” baked Eye shadow.

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This eye shadow is mint sparkle marbled with a peach shimmer, it can be applied wet or dry but I prefer to keep it dry. It has a beautiful radiance. I use it to highlight my eyes.

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Next up is the “I-CY U” Shimmer pearls. It’s filled with yellow, orange pink and mint pearls.

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They are great to give that finishing glow to your makeup look or body.

I decided to swatch each colour pearl, if you have patience imagine a shimmer rainbow on your face.

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I also received the Lip balm “Cosnova” and the Hand wipes “I scream for ice cream”

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The lips balm is so pretty with its pink & blue swirls. It smells like those ice snap things you put in your freezer and when they are ready you snap them in half and enjoy.

The Hand wipes smell like Neapolitan ice cream. I was a little disappointed at how small the wipes are, it would have been great if they were a bit bigger. Also they don’t add any moisture to your hands so I found I would wipe my hands and then need to moisturise afterwards.

I also got some Nail Stickers, “Rainbow Sprinkles” that look like hundreds and thousands on your nails.

Rainbow Sprinkles

These really annoyed me. I put them on my nails and immediately after the image was taken, I took them off. They are just like Caviar nails only these balls fell off quicker. I am not a fan of having extras on my nails unless they are stuck down and only come off when I decide so. Also the removal process was a little scary, I felt like I was ripping my nails off. This was the only product from the whole collection that I wasn’t happy with.

The last item I received in my prize was “Icylicious”. It’s the polish I chose when I got my Mani done at the event last year. It is also my fav out of all the polishes from this collection. So I was really happy when they sent me a bottle as it was the only one I didn’t have.

Icylicious

This polish is a soft peach pastel with a white shimmer, it also has a sweet fragrance to it. I painted 3 coats as it was slightly difficult to make even.

All the polishes are painted 3 coats no top coat.

The next 3 polishes I bought and were not part of the prize from Essence.

First is “Ben & Cherries” <- such a cute name! It’s a pastel pink with white shimmer.

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Then “Ice, Ice Baby”, it’s a purple pastel with white shimmer.

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And lastly “Always in my Mint”, it’s a mint pastel polish with white shimmer.

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As you can see the polish is a bit streaky. To me, I think the polish application would have been much smoother but the bristles of the brush were very coarse.

This isn’t the entire collection, there were 2 more eye shadows and 2 other lip balms as well as a cream blush but those were all sold out.

 

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Lush Hand Care #girlsnewbestfriend!

*** Please note I purchased these products myself.

Hello my dear lovelies,

Lush products have been popping up all over South African blogs lately, a store opened at V&A Waterfront last year and its been a must have on my lust-list ever since!

If you have the pleasure of being able to go to the actual store make sure you do, its fabulous! If not, they now do online orders and correct me if I am wrong but I am pretty sure they are opening a Durban store soon.

Anywhoo, walking into Lush is like walking into a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory but for Soaps and Creams! Even just walking past the store is an experience, it just smells so amazing!

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I took this while in-store their displays are so inciting! I’m a total sucker for product placement!

Lush Hand Treats

Lush Hand Treats

Lush has a great selection of treats for hands and feet, you can buy them here.

So lets start with Tiny Hands Solid Hand Cream…

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Tiny Hands

Its a solid Hand cream, you rub it in your hands and the heat from the friction melts a layer of the bar onto you hands. It really helps with dry hands.

Just make sure you keep it in a cool place! The day I bought mine it was about 32 degrees and it started to melt so I tossed it in the fridge.

It has vanilla, chamomile, marigold and cocoa butter in it and has the most amazing smell ever! Its also a Vegan product

This pretty little hand goes for R80.00 per bar.

Next I have Handy Gurugu Hand Cream…

Handy Gurugu Hand Cream

Handy Gurugu Hand Cream

I tried this product in-store as well as the Helping Hands but loved this one more! Its a thick “Butter-Rich” hand cream.

Its not fruity which is why I chose it, it has a very fresh scent. Its made up of Shea-Butter which is possibly one of my all time favorite ingredients in any beauty product ever! Its also got a touch of Rose Water which was news to me until this post as I generally do not enjoy the smell but its so subtle you don’t even realize its there.

Its also a Vegan Product and contains alcohol.

It retails for R120.00 per 100g tub.

Last but definitely not least, I give you Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter…

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

This one was a gift from my boss at our Year End Function last year.

Its fabulous! Smells so delicious its ridiculous!

Its Lemony Fresh and the thickest cream Lush has available.

The best part about this cream is that you can use it on practically anything. I personally use it as a lip balm, cuticle cream and an elbow moisturizer! It combats dryness and softens up cuticles. Its a Vegetarian Product and contains some alcohol.

This baby retails for R105.00.

I really suggest all of these products and give them 5 out of 5!

For a full list of ingredients check out each product on their website (Linked above)

Thanks for Reading ❤

All The Best

xxx

 

Caribbean Tan Pamper Day

So yesterday was an event filled day. I was lucky enough to be the second runner up for a giveaway on the Caribbean Tan page. The Prize… A pamper day at the Langaro Spa in Camps Bay.

It was such an amazing experience that I am officially envious of anyone that does it on a regular basis.

The day started out by me getting introduced to Cindy Nell, I then had my makeup done by the girls at Head 2 Toe. I have honestly never seen my eyes so Smokey and pretty. I have tried and failed to get it right. I asked a million and one questions while she did my eyes so that when I try again I can get it right.

Met Cindy Nell

Met Cindy Nell

Then I moved on to selecting my freebies and that was a challenge hehe.

Lovely gifts from Cosmetix

Lovely gifts from Cosmetix

At the Essence Stand I was spoilt for choice. As I already have all the Colour& Go products I chose the Twins Reloaded Romeo & Julia set & a compact Powder.

Essence Stand

Essence Stand

Romeo & Julia Reloaded Twins

Romeo & Julia Reloaded Twins

I then moved over to the Catrice Stand and again had so much to choose from, I don’t actually own any Catrice products as the Dis-Chem by me does not stock them so I chose 3 very pretty Polishes.

Catrice Stand

Catrice Stand

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05 Earnie & Birdy, 15 Denim Moore & 30 Lilactric

I then went over to the Caribbean Tan stand and got my usual Instant Spritzer for Fair Skin. I hate going in the sun so I am a big believer in faking it.

Caribbean Tan Stand

Caribbean Tan Stand

Then I went and got a Mani. I could choose any colour I wanted and so I zoned in on the “Me & My Ice-cream” Trend Edition stand. If I could have chosen to take those babies home I would have, they are on my Wishlist but as they have not been launched yet all I could do was swoon over them. Their Launch Date will be announced.

Me & My Ice-cream

Me & My Ice-cream

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After that I took a snack break and had some yummy foods. Including my ultimate fav… A Red Velvet Cupcake.

Red Velvet Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcake

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Nibbles

While snacking I had a lovely sit down with the EDITOR, Kathy Bruggemann, of “Mommy Matters” & a lovely intern from the Glamour Mag. And got some very valuable advice about blogging and running a “brand”.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Chi Chi, the resident Nail Artist for Revlon, she has also been in the Cosmo to give Nail Art how-to’s.

I then finished off the day with a selection of Facial Products, a Perfume & a Caribbean Spray Tan.

As soon as I walked through the door my boyfriend said “You look different” I was like um dah… I am at least 3 shades darker & have professional makeup on. Men!

Anyway All in all it was a very valuable experience and has renewed my drive to be a well known Nail Artist. Back to practice practice practice.

The swatches of all the new polishes will be up much later in the month

All The Best

xxx

Sh’Zen Treatment for Hands

I hate washing dishes! But it is one of those things in life you just have to do!

The reason I hate it is because it dries out my hands & nails. I know I should use the yellow gloves but they are so massive they slip off my hands or they fill up with water or leave that weird white grainy residue on my hands, and that drives me bonkers too!

So to combat the horrible dryness I use the Sh’Zen Treatment for Hands once a week or so. It is perfect to make your hands baby soft!

Hand Treatment

Hand Treatment

I use it when I am ready for bed. When you buy it, it comes with gloves. The gloves are basically to help keep the cream on your hands rather than on everything you touch.

The Treatment is thick and takes a good 10 minutes to soak in fully. That’s why I only apply it once in bed. I have nothing else to do except sleep so it soaks in and does its magic.

When I wake up the next morning my hands are incredibly soft and remain soft throughout the day.

The Treatment contains Aloe Vera & Lime Blossom extract, which work to brighten the skin and help prevent the appearance of age spots.

All The Best

xxx

Nightly Nail Care

I paint my nails on average about 4 to 5 times a week sometimes more. All that does take strain on my nails.

I recently read an article on the damage wearing nail polish everyday does. In some ways I agree with the article but if you really treat your nails correctly it doesn’t really make a difference.

I have a nightly routine that I do in order to protect my nails. A few weeks back I was too busy to get it done every night and then my nails did suffer and when I smashed my hand against my wall it was evident that lack of nail care does take its toll and it hurts like hell too!

So here is my little routine. (I am a Sh’Zen consultant, so I have all the hand & nail care products… And swear by them)

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1. I moisturize my whole hand with the Repair Cream for Hands. The Repair Cream contains high levels of Allantoin to stimulate natural healing and repair processes.

2. After I have treated my hands I move on to my Cuticles and massage in the Cuticle Cream for Hands. Soothing Allantoin relieves dryness and irritation, and encourages healing by stimulating the growth of new, healthy tissue. D-Panthenol immediately rehydrates skin, leaving it softer and smoother.

3. Lastly I use the Matrix Oil (also referred to as Liquid Gold) I run the ball over my cuticles and leave the oil to soak in. After 10 minutes I massage the excess oil into the base of my nail bed. It contains Vitamins A, B, D and E, Kelp and Calcium to promote nail growth, strength and vitality; Carrot, Grapeseed and Jojoba oils to nourish the skin around the nail and promote cell regeneration; Wheatgerm, a natural Vitamin E carrier, to stimulate the formation of new skin cells; and Sweet Almond oil to soften and soothe the skin. The combination of vitamins also repairs scar tissue in the nail matrix and so prevents the formation of bumps and ridges on the nail.

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Once a month I do a full mani, I soak my hands then exfoliate. Finishing off with a overnight balm. The end result is a baby soft hands.

You can read more about the products here.

I hope you find this helpful!

All The Best

xxx