Product Reviews

Burst Make-Up Brushes [Give-Away]

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I’ve just received the most decadent package of Burst make-up brushes, and have a surprise for you as well! You are going to do the ‘happy dance’ when you hear what we’ve got in store for you today!   BURST has recently launched it’s online store with high quality imported professional make-up brushes at amazing prices! These brushes are on par with the top make-up brush brands, and I was relieved to hear that  all animal hair brushes are are guaranteed cruelty free. There are 43 products to choose from, as well as some great  brush sets in different sizes. All the brushes are categorised for your convenience, with detailed descriptions to help you make your selection.   “The idea of importing my own range came after I went to buy new brushes and the total amount shocked me.  I am tired of retailers being ridiculously expensive, especially to the general public”, says LaReine.   I received their travelRead More

[New Product Review] Essence Gel Lip Tint

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  As soon as I heard about the new Essence Gel Tint, I had to try it.   There are 4 colours to choose from (red, reddish-brown, pink and apricot), and I received the Flashy Apricot (03), which is an orangy red colour.     I love that it is a lip tint and gloss in one. This one is quite subtle which is perfect for me as a deep red does not suit me.   It is a water based gel tint and lasts surprisingly long as it doesn’t feel that heavy on the lips.   They are available at Clicks and Dischem for only R29.95, so everyone can afford it.   Definitely a great new ‘must-have’ item for your beauty collection.   Website: Facebook:

Issahra Argan Oil Review

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I’m sure that most of you have heard of Argan Oil by now, which has been referred to as liquid gold.   I first heard of Issahra when I reviewed their exfoliating soap, which made me want to get my hands on their Perfect Oil, which contains 100% pure argan oil.   Argan oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids & vitamin E, which is great to moisturize dry skin, treat psoriasis &  acne, and to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, while  anti-oxidants neutralise the free radicals that cause ageing and protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.   What makes argan oil expensive is that fact that cracking the argan nut to obtain the argan kernels, has to be carried out by hand, making it a time consuming labour intensive process. It takes about 50 kilograms of nuts to make a litre of oil.  Read More

Rubybox Review April 2013 [VIDEO]

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I knew that this box was going to be a winner and it certainly didn’t disappoint.   I received 2 full sized items and got to try several new brands that  I had not used before.   What was in the box?       Watch the video review:       Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush – R34.99 Blitz oily roots and give your locks a volumising boost with this awesome invention. Shake vigorously and spray Batisteinto your roots, keeping the nozzle 30cm from hair. Massage through with your fingertips and style as usual.   I have been interested in trying this for a while now, not for home but for when I’m away. I’m off to AfrikaBurn in May and this is going to totally come in handy as there are no showers there. I’ll report back on how this works then.   2. Lamelle Correctives Recharge CE ComplexRead More

Issahra Argan Exfoliating Soap Review [VIDEO]

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This exfoliating soap is made up of argan, luffa & vegetable glycerine.   The loofa exfoliates the dead skin cells & the argan oil moisturizes & restores the skins barrier.   Watch the video:   What I liked: I really like the shape of the soap as it prevents the soap slipping out of your hand while exfoliating. It lathers well and has a very rich feel to it   What I’m not sure about: The luffa is in the soap so it takes a little while before you get any exfoliation.  Also not sure how it will feel when you have more luffa and less soap left over towards the end. It smells okay but I’m a bit on the fence. On the one hand it has a very clean fresh smell but it somehow reminds me a bit of medical soap. The price. Even though I am enjoyingRead More

Stila One Step Correct

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This innovative triple-swirled helix serum promises to “brighten and covers imperfections while colour-correcting, so you can get a flawless look while skin gets treated”. It hydrates, controls oil production, lessens pigmentation and reduces wrinkles, while ensuring flawless foundation application and hiding blemishes. The green tone neutralises redness and conceals blemishes, while the lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones and the peach tone brightens and illuminates. Apply daily after moisturising and before foundation for a visible difference! Price R329.95 – 30ml   Watch the video review:   Review: Pros: Packaging & product  look amazing Perfect Pump dispenser Texture is very smooth & lightweight Absorbs fast Controls oil Amazing primer makes foundation go on very smooth Make –up lasts longer Non-silicone based so no break outs   Cons: Didn’t do anything visible for correcting skin tone issues   I have been using it regularly and will continue to use it as a fantasticRead More

Rubybox Review March 2013 [VIDEO]

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If March Rubybox is anything to go by then April is going to be amazing.   This month we not only got to try some full size products, but also received a cute fashion accessory from their Online Store   Watch the video: What was in the box?   1)      Rubybox Hair Head Bands R29.95 Can be used as a fashion accessory for those that suit having their hair pulled back – or to keep your hair off your face when you apply or clean your make-up. Super handy & cute & I love the mini studs.   2)      Giorgio Armani Acqua di Goiia (Her) R789 -50ml 3)      Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio (Him) R819 – 50ml I’ve loved Giorgio Armani fragrances forever and these are both absolutely gorgeous.  For him or her – both are complete favourites.   4)      Rimmel Scandel Eyes Mascara R109.95 I was very excited toRead More

Africology Anti-Oxidant Serum

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Every month I’ll not only be reviewing the Rubybox subscription beauty box for you, but I will also be choosing a product to review from their beauty store as well. How lucky am I!   I’m really excited to be able to trying the Africology Anti-Oxidant Serum as I’ve been convinced for a while now that we all need to add a serum to our daily anti-aging routine.   I wrote an article about this last year and listed the Africology Anti-Oxidant Serum as one of the serums that I’d like to try.   What are antioxidants? In the simplest of terms, they are molecules that can inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which can contribute to cell damage.   What does an anti-oxidant serum do? In the context of skin care, the use of a serum containing antioxidants can greatly enhance any skin careRead More

Rubybox Review Feb 2013 [VIDEO]

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Every month I like giving you feedback on what was in that month’s Rubybox, so that you can decide if it’s something you’d like to try.   You can subscribe to Rubybox until the 26th of each month and get it within the first two weeks of the following month, so you won’t have to wait long for your suprise beauty box.   One of the main things that I love about receiving the Rubybox is that you get to try products that would otherwise not only cost you lots of money, but also products that you might never have discovered.   Sometimes I might not like the product, and that’s perfect, as at least I’ve satisfied my curiosity. And when I do find a little gem then I know I’ve found something to treasure for ever.   So let’s get down to finding out What’s In The Box?  Read More

Ofra Cosmetics Review + Give-Away

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I’ve recently noticed a lot of people talking about Ofra Cosmetics, so I thought that I should find out a bit more about them.   After meeting the lovely ladies from Ofra Cosmetics for a chat and to find out what products they have in their range, they sent me the following to review:   Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Foundation – In Lite Beige – R222.90 This is a long lasting water-based liquid foundation with silicone ACE complex, Aloe Vera, Collagen adn Vitamin E that moisturises and protects the skin as it conceals.   What I love about it: * It provides sheer coverage which allows the skins natural radiance to show through, so you don’t look like you have too much make-up on.   * It comes with a spatula to reach the product, so you don’t contaminate the product and get everything out of the bottle.   * It lasts long and maintainsRead More

RegimA Peel

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As you might know by now, I have been using RegimA products and having regular peels to help get rid of my pigmentation and break-outs.   I recently visited Kinetic Contours at the Blue Door again for another peel and to stock up on some much needed RegimA products.     My skin always feels super smooth and plumped up after a peel and now that my skin can handle the 20% peel easily, we will start moving up to the 40% next time.   Even though there is always a bit of a prickle when you have a peel (which obviously isn’t fun), the end result is amazing. So I am excited to book my next peel in a few weeks, in my efforts to getting flawless skin.   My beauty routine now consists of:   Step 1: Wash with Hydroactive Cleansing Gel am & pm   Step 2:Read More

Essence & Catrice Review

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Cosmetix sent me some wonderful Essence and Catrice products for review this month which I’d love to share with you.   Cosmetix represents a number of leading international brands in South Africa, including Essence – Germany’s biggest selling make-up range – which was launched in South Africa in April 2009, with unprecedented success. Essence Colour & Go   The first product I tried, was the Essence Colour & Go (107 Naughty and Pink), which is a quick drying nail polish. This polish is quite thin so you will need to apply a few layers to get a good coverage but it does dry exceptionally fast, so if it’s speed you’re after then this is one to go for. I loved the colour on my toes and it’s lasted a little under a week. Available at Dischem for R19.95     Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss     Next I tried the 022 NudeRead More