Product Reviews

Diamonds & Gold Dust Facials! [Review & Give-Away]

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Nature’s Essence Aromatherapy Beauty Solutions   I’ve just been thoroughly spoilt by Nature’s Essence. They delivered a couple of their favourite products for me to test and review.   Diamond Facial Kit The first thing I tried was their Diamond Facial. They sent a mini kit which includes the 5 steps that you would enjoy at a spa. * Face cleanser 1-2 min * Scrub powder 3-5 min * Serum10-15 min * Shine Pack 15 min * Polish Cream 10 min   Each step does take a few minutes, so it’s not a quick facial, but more like an in-house spa facial. Each tube has about 5-6 treatments in it.   What I love about it: The Diamond facial offers amazing exfoliation and has a great polishing effect. I tested it at night so I didn’t notice that much when I went to bed, but when I applied my foundationRead More

Rubybox Review August 2013 [VIDEO]

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Another fantastic Rubybox just landed on my desk and just to start with, I am really loving the new box that it comes in – very useful indeed.      I’m also crazy about the design on the card explaining how you can Earn & Spend rubyrands * 1 rubyrand = R1 *   So What Was In My Box? Because products are matched to your beauty profile, everyone will receive goods that are best suited to their beauty needs, and will therefore vary slightly. 1. Bramley Magnolia Body Butter R24.99 | 250g Rich in nourishing Vitamin E and Bio-Pharm Oil this is the perfect little moisturiser to pop in your handbag, especially now with this cold weather.   2. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Moisturise Cream SPF 30 R585 | 50ml Perfect trial size to see if you skin loves this line-fighting favourite. With Ceramide Triple Complex andRead More

Cinderella’s Secret Is Out

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While running the Cinderella’s Secret competition for you all, I was lucky enough to be sent a surprise package of all these wonderful goodies to try myself.   I am totally in love with these bath products and my son keeps asking me why I smell so good 😉   My favourite product is probably the Body Scrub. I use it in the shower and as it is a creamy body scrub, not only does it exfoliate, it immediately moisturises as well, leaving your skin super-soft and smooth. Another great tip is to use it to do your important breast examination every week in the shower.  My aunt has just been diagnosed with breast cancer so I can’t stress enough how vital this is for all of us to do regularly. My next favourite are the bath products. I adore the bath milk and my kids have already finished theRead More

Instant Facelift Review & Give-Away

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Skin Doctors Instant Facelift

Skin Doctors Instant Face lift Review   I received the Instant Facelift from Skin Doctors to review which made me pretty excited. Who doesn’t want an instant facelift without going under the knife? What it does: * It improves sagging skin because it tightens, lifts and boosts firmness. * It improves the elasticity and tonicity of the skin * Instantly smooths wrinkles and best of all it works in just 5 minutes * Effects last between 4-8 hours   How to apply: 1. Apply to clean dry skin 2. Place a few drops on your palm and apply in an upward motion with your finger * from your chin to your ear along your jaw line * from your nose to your temple along your cheek bone * from your eyebrow up towards your hairline 3. Once applied, try not to make any facial movements (smiling/talking) for 2-3 minutes untilRead More

Rubybox Review July 2013 [VIDEO] & [WINNER]

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We’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what was in the July box, and it’s finally here. We asked you in last month’s video what you thought this exclusive new product would be and had many of you were very close. So what was this exciting NEW product that we found in our July box? None other than the Lash Card! Brand new to SA & exclusive to Rubybox, the Lash Card is loved by Glamour, and showcased by the Vogue Fashions Night Out. Watch the video: What was the exclusive mystery product? 1. Lash Card – 10 individually wrapped mascara shields R69.95 | 10 shields   The Lash Card is a simple yet effective tool, shaped to cover your eyelids,  used when you apply your mascara & helps prevent mascara smudging and clumping.   What else was in my box? 2. Rubybox Beauty – Va Va Voom Mascara inRead More

Essence Nail Polish Review

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Essence Colour & Go has just released 7 new colours for Spring for us to play with.   What I’ve always loved about Essence Colour & Go is: * The fast drying time. * It also has a great shaped flat brush which makes application even easier & you end up with a much neater finish. * There are no damaging ingredients such as formaldehyde, toluene and softening phthalates. * The size! At only 8ml, you might just actually get to finish a bottle of nail polish and it keeps the cost down to only  R19.95.   I received 2 colours to try (orange & blue) and at first I thought that I wasn’t that keen to try them out, as I felt that they were too bright for me. BUT once I did, I had loads of fun with it & really enjoyed them both.   In  total there areRead More

Beauty Factory – Pampering For All

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As a proudly South African company, Beauty Factory has 10 stunning stores all over South Africa. All products are designed, developed and produced in Gauteng,  allowing them to keep costs down, and making us even happier.     If you don’t have a store near you or love shopping on-line (as I do!), then you’ll be super excited to hear that they have an amazing online store.   Beauty Factory have made it their mission to bring you premium bath, body and beauty value – so now there’s really no reason to put pampering on the back burner or to feel guilty about a bit of indulgence.     With over 300 exceptional products on offer in the Beauty Factory store (and many more to come), you’ll find plenty of excuses for a whole lot of me time.     Lucky me! I received this ginormous product hamper full ofRead More

Rubybox Review June 2013 [VIDEO] & {GIVE-AWAY}

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This month’s box has a new inner packaging which is really stunning, so a big thumbs up to the ladies at Rubybox for updating that.   All rubybox subscribers are automatically members of the exclusive new VIP Insider club, which gives them access to new brands, exciting offers and happening events! Find out more on the website here.   The card has also been redesigned and now includes a shopping icon on products that you can buy on rubybox itself, which I find really helpful.   What’s in the box?   1. All rubies received a gorgeous plum Alila lipstick. R120 I Full Size Packed with vitamin E, this not only makes a bold statement but also hydrates your lips.  Although I’ve always fancied sporting sexy red lips, I’m just not sure I can pull it off. Great product though, so I’ll keep trying it.   2. Body Choice Sponge R74.95 IRead More


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Xen-Tan Hamper

Recently I was given an extensive Xen-Tan hamper to test & review and I was definitely looking forward to trying these products out.   The only problem I had was time. With two kids and several freelance jobs, when was I going to get the time to try this out properly?   I thought I would jump in the shower while the kids where in the bath as this would give me a good 15-20minutes with them “out of the way” – or so I thought. Big mistake!   It all started well. The mint exfoliating body scrub is super lovely and refreshing and I was well on my way to enjoying this new product.     Once out of the shower, I dried myself thoroughly and used some of the Blending Balm on my heels, elbows and knees – any areas I thought would absorb too much of the product.Read More

Impressed With Essence BB Cream

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I first heard about BB creams last year and had to find our more about this little ‘all-in-one’ Beauty Balm. What is a BB cream? BB cream stands for “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm”. As an all-in-one facial cosmetic product, it is promoted as a replacement for serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Pretty awesome – right?!    What does it do? “It will give you a good base for makeup like a primer, even out complexion like a tinted moisturiser, cover minor imperfections and redness like a concealer, hydrate your skin like your day cream, brighten and perk-up a dull complexion and some will even protect with SPF. Some also promise healing, soothing and anti-ageing properties.“  SOURCE     Essence all -in-one BB cream I just received the Essence all-in-one BB cream to review and I am suitably impressed.       It comes in three shades: 01 in Universal, 02Read More

[VIDEO REVIEW] Bee Natural Head 2 Toe Balm

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Bee Natural Head 2 Toe Healing & Beauty Balm R89.95 I 125ml   The ultimate 100% pure natural body & healing balm made with non-irradiated pollen enriched honey, beeswax & propolis. No lanolin, petroleum, aqueous cream, chemicals, colorants, perfumes or preservatives. Ingredients: Beeswax, raw honey, pollen, propolis, avocado & sunflower oil, non-toxic if taken orally.   Use for: Cracked heels & elbows Spider bites, boils, pimples Athletes foot & thrush Sunburn & itchy bites Cracked & bleeding nipples Fabulous body massage cream Hand & cuticle cream Cracked & sore lips     Amazing product that I use on myself & my kids. My hubby even tried some. It smells amazing and I’ve used it on my  cuticles, hands, heels, lips. I’ve got one word for it  – yummy! Great value and a little goes a long way.   Get yours now:

Rubybox Review May 2013 [VIDEO]

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  This month’s box was a bit different to previous months as I received less items but more full size products.   What’s in the box?   1. Lamelle Correctives Hydrating HA Plus R426 I 30ml This lightweight serum is packed with moisture infusing Hyaluronic Acid. Great for fine lines & dehydrated skin. This came at the right time as I’ve just returned from 6 days in the desert. I love my serums and compared this to the Lamelle Correctives Recharge CE complex. I think I prefer the CE complex but both are amazing products.   2. Catrice Precision Eye Pencil in 080 Wildthing R29.95 I full size I love this eyeliner. It is soft enough to apply easily yet you are still able to create a nice sharp line with it and sets nicely. I love this colour as well as it has a gold shimmer to it –Read More