BEAUTY: GET THE LOOK WITH FRESH NUDE FOUNDATION

Hey babes! 

Myself and my friend Melissa from Melissani Makeup put this little video together for you guys. It's a quick review about the Fresh Nude Foundation from The Body Shop, I have done a more in depth one previously and you can check it out HERE. Hit the play button and watch until the end to hear what we had to say about the product. Find you more about the product by following the #FindYourMatchSA. 

I hope you guys enjoy it! 

BEAUTY: 10 FAVOURITE COSMETIC PRODUCTS NOW

Hey Darlings!

I’ve never done a “favourites” blog post yet so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do one and the fact that I am totally obsessed with a whole bunch of products right now kind of helped it along. I’ve been meaning to share these with you guys for a while now but it seems I can’t bring myself to stop using them and actually just sit down and do a post about them. I tried to focus more on cosmetic products because these can basically be used by anyone, whereas other beauty products are more personalised to a person and do need a more in depth explanation.

 

1.     Flormar Illuminating Primer:

I am soooo obsessed with this Primer; I’ve been using it for about a month now. The texture is smooth and has a cooling effect. This primer is amazing for hydration; it is moisturizing but doesn’t make the skin oily. This is amazing for all skin types, your skin will soak it right up, this primer also doubles as filler so those wrinkles and creases under the eyes are nothing to bother about. The packaging is simple and durable and the price is even better at R279.00, this is definitely a must try and buy!

 

2.     LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Definition Concealer

This could be my favourite out of all my favourites this month. The LA Girl Concealer is a gift from above; it is a medium to full coverage concealer depending on how you use it. The packaging is in a squeeze tube but the little brush on the end makes the application so easy. It covers blemishes and dark circles. The concealer is hydrating and you just need to use a little to get the desired coverage you need. The concealer comes in 18 shades so there’s one for all of you out there and last but not least is the mind blowing price of R44.95!!! (They can be found at Dischem stores).

 

3.     Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zing

The Brow Zing Kit consists of a soft, pigmented wax that defines and shapes brows and a color complementing powder to keep them looking wow, a hard angle brush, a blending brush and a pair of tweezers for pesky hairs. The hard angled brush and the powder does the best job of outlining my brows and the wax and blending brush keeps the hairs in place and fills them out perfectly. I haven’t come across a better brow kit and for just over R300 it’s definitely worth it.

 

4.     Benefit Hydration Mist

I’ve received this recently so I only used it a hand full of times but I can’t rave enough about the results. I went out this past Sunday and the temperatures outside were quite warm, I sprayed on some hydration mist before leaving the house and my makeup stayed in place the entire day. My selfie game was quite strong, my skin looked extremely smooth all day long and no foundation or concealer touch up was needed.

 

5.     Flormar Lipstick

I’ve been obsessed with the Flormar Revolution Lipstick ever since they landed on SA’s shores. This month I love the shade Violet – Code R02, the revolution lipstick has always had amazing pigment and vibrancy in the shades. It’s super moisturizing and enriched with shea, Olive, Cocoa and Olive butter as well as orchid complex and anti-oxidants. It has long lasting qualities but I always find that reapplication is needed after I eat. The lipstick goes for R149 and is well worth it.

 

6.     Lashem Brow Tint

I was recently using the Bene Brow which is amazing but switched over to this when I received and preferred it out of the two. The application is easy and never messes, the tint dries quickly and gives the desired effect. Why I chose this over the Bene Brow is because the colour is more vivid.

 

7.     Mac Global Glow Bronzer

I love everything about this product; it gives your skin the best shimmery glow. I love wearing it on my cheeks as well as my décolletage area. This product is extremely long lasting and never needs a second application. It can also be used as a highlighter and to set your makeup. A definite must try for everyone!

 

8 & 9.     Benefit's They’re real mascara & Roller Lash

Benefit’s new kid on the block, Roller Lash, is standing toe to toe against their world’s number one selling mascara. However there is a difference between the two and it comes down to personal taste or preference. The Roller Lash is a curling mascara but the formula is just as amazing than that of the They’re Real mascara. If you’re looking for vava voom and don’t mind a straight lash too much then you’re definitely a They’re Real girl. If a curled lash is what you want then Roller Lash is for you.

 

10.     Benefit's Watts up Highlighter

This product is amazing! It is a natural highlighter for all skin tones; the highlighter comes off in a champagne colour with soft pink and beige undertones. The packaging is electrifying and is imitated after a little light saber. It has the highlighter on one end and a little application sponge on the other. I love the application sponge because not only is it hygienic it helps tone down the highlighter. 

BEAUTY: Hair - Excentric by Flo

Hey dolls, I hope you're doing well.

2015 is upon us and the time for celebrating has come to an end.  You find yourself slowly falling back into the routine that we all love so much. Before everyone hurries off and starts 2015, I would like to take a moment to reflect and share one of my experiences of 2014. As you all may have noticed I’ve changed my hair and I love the new, shorter and more vibrant look. This is all thanks to a stylist named Flo.

Flo is an amazing stylist with many years of experience. Originally from Romania, he came to SA about three years ago and was a stylist at Scar before eventually venturing off to open his very own salon, ‘ExcentricExcentric is based in Seapoint main road (85 Regent Road). Excentric opened their doors on the 5th September 2014, with a modern look, amazing staff and a world class stylist. I was certain this salon was heading straight to the top. This was proven to be true a mere two months after Excentric had opened their doors. They were ranked 5th in the Top 10 hairdressers in Cape Town according to Cape Town Magazine.

My experience at Excentric was one of luxury and comfort. I was offered everything from a vanilla latte to champagne. The staff were professional and so pleasant. I could tell from the get go that Flo knew exactly what he was doing putting me right at ease and allowing me to give him the creative freedom to do what he clearly does best.

Excentric offers a range of services and products that can be bought in store. They recently added a nail technician to their team, Wayne.  Wayne is known to give amazing mani pedis! One client, who asked to be quoted anonymously, described his pedicure as orgasmic haha! My first time was so great I went back again and this time I took Hishaam with me. He was just as impressed as I was and had a haircut and manicure done while he waited for my five hour colour treatment to be completed (shame, a 5 hour wait. I really felt for him.). The second time around my natural hair was turned into a warmer brown colour and the red was made more fiery and vibrant (loved it!).

Excentric is currently running a special which involves you sharing the secret about the salon with a friend of yours. By bringing your friend to the salon; you and the friend will receive a R100 off any treatment or R200 off any colour treatment! So go to the salon telling them I shared the secret with you and show them the voucher below and you’ll receive a discount off the treatment of your choice. This is an amazing special so don’t miss out on it!

As you can see there is much to experience at Excentric so take the time to make an appointment with Flo, Lisa or Wayne you won’t be disappointed. Their operating hours are from Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturdays 9am – 4pm and Sundays can be requested for weddings or special events. For a full list of services including hair, nails and coffee bar please click here.

For more info about Flo please click here

Contact Safeera for appointments on 0214341413 or email contact@excentric-hair.co.za

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BEAUTY: BIODERMAL AESTHETICS CLINIC

Hey everyone!

I have discovered a new innovation in skin technology and I’m quite excited to share it with you all.

As many of you may or may not know, I struggle with my skin and suffer severe breakouts from time to time. This is especially hard for me, because as a teenager and quite early into my twenties I never had a pimple before. In my opinion, individuals who have not experienced acne in their teenage years, find it more difficult to deal with acne at a later stage in their life. It is not only the treatment of acne that one has to deal with, but also your self esteem.

Not too long ago, I embarked on a mission in life to clear up my face or at least find the cause and treatment for these breakouts. Around the same time I received an email from Nadhiya, inviting me to the opening of her new Biodermal Aesthetics Clinic, coincidence, maybe? I think destiny!

It was unfortunate that I could not make the opening of the clinic due to exams, but I made it clear to Nadhiya that I would definitely like to visit in the following weeks. We finally set up a consultation and here we are…

The clinic is situated on the corner of Remington and Riverstone Road in Claremont. It is a quaint and peaceful setting with modern accents as you can see.

When I arrived, I met Nadhiya and a representative from Bio – Therapeutic. They both had a look at my skin and we then had a discussion about my lifestyle. I learnt that everything in life affects your skin – from the climate we live in to our digestive systems. During the consultation Nadhiya evaluated my skin, this is very important given that not everyone’s skin is exactly the same and no one treatment works for all skin types. I was however told that my skin has great hydration which is extremely important to sustain it. Below is the BT-analyze which was used to check my hydration levels, I scored between 50 – 54 on the BT-Analyze while optimal hydration is around 65.

The first treatment was a double cleanse followed by a treatment with the BT-micro. The BT-micro is an ultrasonic exfoliation and works by using micro current which leaves the skin feeling smooth, fresh and prepared for product application.

After the product application which is the BT-cocktail as seen above, a Bio-Synthesis light activated rejuvenation system (also known as Light Emitting Diode (LED) was used on my skin. This was created when it was discovered that astronauts who venture into space lack the vitamins that we receive here on Earth from the sun and certain UV rays, the LED therefore replaced what the astronauts were lacking. NASA discovered that it worked so well they created it in smaller sizes and sold it to the beauty industry, because the technology utilises light energy to target the skin. My treatment was specifically used to treat acne, which consists of a combination of yellow and blue lights. The LED does however have a rainbow of lighting colours and they are used for different skin problems from acne to ageing or severe sun damage – the LED has them all covered!

Once my treatment was complete, I received this little travel kit in which to cleanse my skin with on a daily basis. Nadhiya explained that people underestimate the power of exfoliation and that it is important to exfoliate at least three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (so you’re ready for the weekend!) – exfoliation removes the dead skins cells and unblocks pores which are usually the cause for oil build up and then the development of a pimple.

As you can see in this before and after picture, my skin looks brighter – which was the purpose of the first treatment in order to test the skin and the way it reacts to these treatments. For my next treatment we will start to focus on the scarring from past pimples and acne, the marks will start to lighten and I’ll hopefully be on the way to scarring and acne free skin once again. Throughly enjoying my treatments with Nadhiya, today will be my third treatment and I will be doing a follow up post after the fourth so keep an eye out for my post on how my skin has reacted to the treatments.

Contact:

You can contact Nadhiya via email on info@biodermal.co.za (Spa gift vouchers are now available for your loved ones)

Instagram: @biodermalaestheticsclinic

If you would like you can read up on the opening of the clinic through the words of some bloggers that I know:

Life and Times of the Fireflies

Rube’s Closet

BEAUTY: Brows like a boss

Hi honies,

Firstly, I would like to apologise for taking this long to do this post. Many of you have enquired about my eyebrows and by telling you that I fill it in with black eyeshadow doesn’t quite cut it. Instead, I’ll explain the entire process.

In order to build the foundation for my brows I have them threaded and shaped by my lovely friend Ibtishaam, owner and head therapist at Afterglow Beauty – contact herhere.

Brows before filling them: 

The next step would then be to use a brow gel, this is good to keep the hairs in place and prevent them from moving around,  note that the brow gel does harden your brow hairs slightly. Note that the brow gel does harden your brow hairs slightly. I opt for the Catrice brow gel as seen below, but you can find more affordable and as effective (sometimes better) brow gel at Essence cosmetics at Clicks.

Catrice brow gel:

The final step and the one that makes the most difference is filling them in with eyeshadow. If you have a lighter brow then I suggest you use a dark brown shadow to keep it looking more natural. I prefer the bold and dark brows and therefore use black eyeshadow. The palette I use is Bobbi Brown, but any eyeshadow brand could do the trick.

I find that the best brush to use when doing this in an angled brush; it gives you great control when shaping your brows. I start off by making two solid lines where I’d like my brows to start and then  follow it through by following the outter shape of my brow.

Eyeshadow: 

Angled brush: 

Like this: 

Lastly, I take some more shadow and darken the parts that need filling in and just like that… Easy peasy you’re done! Sometimes I run a brow brush through it just to blend it perfectly and give it that effortless finish.

End result: 

  Here’s to all of you having fuller and perfect brows ;)

 

Here’s to all of you having fuller and perfect brows ;)



BEAUTY: Lipidol

LIPIDOL LAUNCH

I’m so excited to tell you guys about my latest obsession, it is called LIPIDOL and it is an amazing oil based skincare that becomes apart of your everyday life, about three weeks ago I received an invitation to the Lipidol launch that included a bottle of their aftershower oil, I ran out of body lotion and decided to use the aftershower oil – I was hooked! This product is an extension from bio oil, it is definitely the future of skincare, your skin soaks the aftershower oil right up, no oiliness, just pure moisturisation.

Lipidol got it’s name from the layer of oil your skin naturally produces, it is called the Lipid bilayer of the skin. The Lipid bilayer offers protection, it creates an envelope housing the cellular components (I don’t really understand this ) – but basically some cells, such as plant cells, have a cell wall which offers further protection, this product offers protection and seals the mositure naturally within your skin.

The outermost layer of the skin is an oily layer. Its purpose is to hold moisture in the skin; an important function because moisture facilitates enzyme activity, which in turn leads to healthy, radiant skin. There are however occasions when moisture does escape. The main culprit is daily washing with soap, which strips away the skin’s oily layer. Another is a dry climate, which draws moisture from the skin into the outside air. Also, as the skin ages it produces less oil and it becomes harder to hold moisture in the skin. It is not possible to replace lost moisture by applying moisture to the skin as the skin’s moisture comes from within. The advantage of using oil in everyday skincare is that the skin’s natural oily layer is continually supplemented.

Lipidol didn’t only come out with one product but a whole range of them:

CLEANSING FACE OIL

125ml

Removes dirt and make-up without stripping the skin’s natural oily layer.

Apply to dry face. Dirt and make-up will bind with the oil. Add a little water and continue massaging. The oil will emulsify to form a watery cream. Rinse off.

Rosemary and Niaouli essential oils fragrance.

Suitable for sensitive skin, non-acnegenic.

CLEANSING BODY OIL

200ml

Washes off dirt without stripping the skin’s natural oily layer.

Apply to wet skin. The oil will emulsify and lather. Rinse off.

Lime essential oil fragrance.

Suitable for sensitive skin, non-acnegenic.

AFTER SHOWER OIL

175ml

Supplements the skin’s natural oily layer stripped away by daily washing.

Apply after bathing or showering.

Chamomile essential oil fragrance.

Suitable for sensitive skin, non-acnegenic.

SUNSCREEN OIL

125ml

Supplements the skin’s natural oily layer stripped away by sun, wind and water.

Apply before going in the sun. Re-apply after swimming. UVA/UVB (SPF 20).

Cypress and Basil essential oils fragrance.

Suitable for sensitive skin, non-acnegenic.

AFTER SHAVE OIL

100ml

Supplements the skin’s natural oily layer stripped away by shaving.

Apply to face after shaving.

Petitgrain essential oil fragrance.

Suitable for sensitive skin, non-acnegenic.

OVERNIGHT FACE OIL

50ml

Supplements the skin’s natural oily layer stripped away by daily exposure to the elements.

Apply to face before going to sleep.

Ylang-Ylang and Black Pepper essential oils fragrance.

Suitable for sensitive skin, non-acnegenic.

The Lipidol products are packaged in sealed plastic wrappers, pioneering a move away from cartons, which originated in the era when product information needed to be available in-store, Lipidol felt that the carton was a waste of paper, the plastic is seal proof therefore making the product untouchable until you arrive at home – how many people don’t open products to test and smell them and then you end up purchasing it and taking it home.

Lipidol is truly a pioneer with their new skincare range, they will be changing the landscape of skincare forever, Lipidol took a combination of oils and made them work much harder, the potency of the oils are outstanding. The range is totally natural, essential oils that were functional and representative of it’s use were used to achieve the auroma of the product, each product having it’s own unique and natural smell, finally plant and food extracts were used to achieve the colours of the oils.

After hearing how amazing this product is I know you’re all wondering how much it might cost, the team at Lipidol once again set out to make this product not just amazing but affordable. The products are going for R79,95 each whether it’s the 200ml aftershower oil or the 50ml overnight face oil – the whole product range all have the same amazingly affordable price!

I had such an amazing time at this launch getting to hear about the eight year long journey that it took to bring this product to life, the thought and belief behind it was truly inspirational. This is for sure my newest obsession, it is such an amazing product and I can’t stop raving about it. Lipidol was released on the 8 September here in South Africa – my birthday is on the 5 October – four out the six products are on my birthday wishlist lol!

Do yourselves a favour – go to Clicks and get yourself some Lipidol!

Find out more about the Lipidol products and ingredients on their website – here