Monday, 4 March 2019

Benefit Brow Bar

Hi there dolls...

I hope 2019 is an awesome year for you all filled with lots of fashion and beauty... YAAAAYYYYY....

I'm really sorry that I haven't been posting in such a long while, life just had me in a tailspin.. Well now that I can catch up with myself again, i promise to be more dedicated.

So getting back to the topic of the post..
Like I was saying, I haven't had much time for myself lately so last weekend I took the girls on a shopping spree.. Upon walking into Edgars, i decided to get my eyebrows waxed and on the spur on the moment decided it was time for my 14 year old daughters first wax so off to the Benefit Counter we sauntered..

First impressions: everything was so girly pretty, princess pinky, think boho chic.. We were greeted by an awesome, amazing and absolutely fabulous brow stylist by the name of OBee.. I kid you not he's truly amaze ballz..

Needless to say my tomboy daughter was very nervous about having her eyebrows waxed but OBee calmed her nerves very quickly whilst explaining everything to her very carefully and giving her advice for future waxing.. He started off by prepping her brows and brow mapping and explained to her that every stylist needs to start by doing a brow mapping.

He had her laughing and giggling the whole time and she barely felt anything. He shaped it giving a very natural look.

Next up was my turn and all i can say is wow!!! I normally got my brows done at Sorbet but i kid you not my brows had never before looked so awesome. He then decided to touch up my makeup. I currently use Estee Lauder but he used the Benefit products giving me a mini makeover.. Goodness did he give me a makeover..

So dolls, if you are around Menlyn Mall, get on over to Edgars Benefit Brow Bar and get OBee to hook you up..

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Rehidrat Sport Powders

Rehidrat Sport Powders

Rehidrat has been used in my household for many years now as my GP always prescribes it for when my someone in my family has a bout of diahorrea. It's always proved to effectively restore fluid to the body together with electrolytes.
I must admit that I hadn't heard of the sport before until the beauty bulletin review project so that's why I decided to go out and give it a try. My kids are very sport and my daughter plays soccer so I also popped a sachet into her soccer bag to rehydrate after practice. After also trying it myself during an intense gym session, I must admit that I didn't feel as parched and light headed as a normally do after a workout.
In this regard it really is effective in doing providing sufficient hydration and restoring electrolytes.
Although it says on the pack to mix one sachet with 250ml water, I prefer to mix 2 sachets in around 300ml of water to provide a better taste, as I chose the naartjie flavor and it was just a bit too subtle for me. It then tasted like a flavored water. An added plus was the slight fizz which made it easier for the kids to drink as they are not exactly water fanatics.. 
I definitely would repurchase for gym sessions as it eliminates the nausea and light headed Ness I get after a workout.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Impulse Bodyspray

Hi there lovelies 😊😊😊

My friend recently received a pack of Impulse bodysprays to review and she was kind enough to share them with me for an honest review in return. Now isn't that just sweet.. A big shout out to my girl Taz! ! Whoop Whoop!

Anyhow back to my review, to be honest, I haven't really used Impulse sprays since high school which was like ages ago... No specifics, and no,  I'm not old...

Now I'm a lover of sweet scents, think Britney Spears Fantasy,  Taylor Swift Wonderstruck,  Elizabeth Arden Pretty and my all time favorite Versace Bright Crystal. . So it's no surprise that I immediately gravitated towards the Paris. It has a beautiful sweet scent which is neither sickly sweet nor overwhelming.  It has a blend of bergamot, tangerine and muguet scents. It mellows down to a powdery sherbet smell.

Now the Dynamique in my opinion is a fresh, clean out of the shower scent. It is a blend of musky vanilla and Amber notes. Ideal for straight out of the gym when you want to have that "clean, just showered " smell.

Now something that is unique with these bodysprays is the new twist cap, so no more losing those pesky little things.

Although both smell amazing they don't tend to be long lasting on their own but maybe after layering it would be different.

Would I purchase these? Definitely!  For R20 they are well worth the price.

Please share your feelings.

Till next time, mwahz😙

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Elancyl Anti Cellulite Product Review

So, I'm super excited to have received an ELANCYL product hamper from Rubybox to trial and review. The hamper contained full size product samples of Elancyl Cellu Slim Night, Cellu-Slim Anti Stubborn Cellulite Action and the Activ Slimming in Shower massage gel.

Now most of us suffer from some form of cellulite but would not be caught dead admitting to it but it affects 90% of the female population. Even skinny people get cellulite and it is caused by numerous factors..

This product claims to show a visible reduction in just 28 days when combined with healthy eating plan and exercise. Now I am fairly active and TRY to eat healthy most of the time so let's just keep our fingers crossed. .

Please follow me for my weekly update and progress review...

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

☆Review☆ Nimue Phase 1

Hi there lovelies. .☺☺☺

Today I'm super excited to be doing a review on the Nimue phase 1 range..
Firstly a big thank you to both Rubybox and Nimue for sending me a FULL SIZE starter pack to trial and if that's not already awesome enough I also received a complimentary voucher for an Active Rejuvenation Treatment valued at R490. .

My goodie bag

It's been 2 weeks now since I've started using the products and these are my opinions so let's get started.

Nimue Cleansing Gel Lite

This is a soap free 2 in 1 cleansing gel with a ph4.5. It claims to gently remove makeup and dirt with gentle exfoliating properties.
My take on it: It has a cute dispenser pump and about 3 squirting (4 if I have makeup on) is enough to clean up my face. It leaves my face with a nice smooth silky feeling and does not have that tight feeling you get from soap cleansers. It has a very light citrus fragrance that goes away in about 2 minutes.

Nimue Conditioner Lite

This product claims to degrease the skin with added exfoliation properties. 
My take on it: Again, I love the cute dispenser pump (what can I say, I'm a sucker for gadgety things ☺). You're supposed to spray 3 sprays onto a piece of dry or damp gauze and apply to clean skin. I spray it direct onto my face, eyes closed (coz I'm lazy like that 😛). It does leave my skin feeling nice and fresh but nothing special other than that. Oh and if you use it after using the exfoliating enzyme , do expect a stinging sensation,  but it doesn't last long, around a minute or less.. Would not really buy again as I find it to be just another toner but in a snazzy bottle.

Exfoliating Enzyme

The product description : is a non - irritating,  non abrasive enzymatic exfoliate.  Contains papaya and pineapple enzymes that work to gently detach dead skin cells, promoting skin renewal.
My take: Now this for me is the winner, I absolutely love it.. At first glance I didn't expect much as I though what good is an exfoliate that doesn't exactly scrub your skin, bleh!. But on applying the gel to my skin, it has a warm feeling, almost like warm honey (or hot wax but with a nicer feeling). I just love it when I can actually really FEEL  something happening with a product.  So you apply it, leave it on for 2 minutes,  then massage with wet fingertips to reactivate, leave on for a further 5 minutes then remove with wet gauze. I just used a wet facecloth when my gauze was finished. My skin felt amazing, looked a bit red, for a few minutes but came right after 5 minutes. My nose felt smoother.. I was in heaven..

Nimue Purifier 
The product description : A skin clarifying night preparation for the control and management of problematic skin.
My take: I haven't been using this product daily by when my time of the month popped by, the dreaded "period pimple " started to rear it's ugly head so I gave this bad boy a try. After cleansing and conditioner, I applied a little of the purifier to the pimple (which was very sore) and went to bed. When I got up the next morning the pimple was completely gone. # totally amazing

Nimue Moisturizer Lite

Product Description : A day and/or night preparation with functional properties to improve skin texture, hydrate the skin and balance oil production.
My take : I have very oily skin, especially in summer, and I was quite surprised by this moisturizer.  It non greasy and indeed does feel light. Would I buy it again? Not really as it is quite expensive and there are alot of cheaper oil free moisturizers out there.

Nimue SPF40 Sunscreen 
Product description : Light-weight, non-oily emulsion base that offers a dual focus in providing a certified high broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and anti-aging benefits to assist in reducing and preventing the visible signs of photo aging.
My take: Now anyone with oily (and dark) skin will tell you that we are absolutely terrified of using a sunscreen under makeup for 2 reason. 1) We end up looking like an oil slick and 2) that white mask.. But I decided to brave it out and was once again pleasantly  surprised.  No oiliness or white haze whatsoever FOR THE ENTIRE DAY..

Overall I'm very pleased with the Nimue range, all of the products live up to their expectations.  Even though others cannot see a difference in my skin I can feel the difference in terms of it being a smoother texture and more rejuvenated. Although I will not repurchase the entire range, due to the cost factor, I will repurchase the exfoliating enzyme.  

Please stay tuned for my review on the Active Rejuvenation Facial..

Have you tried Nimue?  What are your feelings? Please let me know if this review was helpful to you. .
Lots of love

Friday, 19 February 2016

What is beauty

In today's day and age we are so pressurized to conform to standards that have been set by other people.  Everything from the latest haircolor to the fashion fads but most importantly the big SIZE issue.. How often have we had that one bitchy friend or relative brag about her size 28?
What we fail to realize is that each of us are made unique and individually.  You are an original not a replica. . 

So what suits your bestie may not necessarily be the right cut for your body shape. Similarly, what looks absolutely amaaaazing on you could look crap on her (silent yaaaaaay, yeah I know you have that bitchy streak too)...

No matter how hard we try to conform there will always be that 1 person thinner than you, better legs, lighter skin  (ja you know us indians,  it's about fair), etc but don't let yourself be despondent about those features. . Make peace with the way you look and learn to love every bit of you, flaws and all and that's the only way you will gain self confidence.
Self confidence is the best outfit that we can  put on that will flatter every single part of you. It's only when you are self confident that others will believe in you.

So don't live by other people's standards, define your own.
Beauty comes from within and every one of us is beautiful in our own unique way..

So please remember YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. .

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Me in a Summary

Hi there lovelies..

So I thought that I'd begin by introducing myself. My name is Samantha(but you can call me Sam) and I'm a full time mum of 3 lovely angels..

I'm also a wife, full time university student currently in my final year towards my degree in Environmental Management,  a shopaholic,  a beauty addict and lover of all things beautiful. .

I absolutely adore having lots of fun with my family, shopping sprees (yaaay), I can go absolutely crazzzzeeee when there's a good sale

 makeup, STILETTOS, pretty manicures,   cocktails and  enjoying a lekker party..

Oh, and how can I forget my absolute favorite,  a good pot of mutton curry. .
I tend to be very lazy at times so I'm a sucker for easy peasy lemon squeezy recipes that have already been tried n tested by OTHER people.. yeah that how I roll 😎. I really enjoy eating out and ultimately having to cry about it n promise myself I'm going to lose weight but stick to a diet for only a week..🙈

My greatest challenges are getting up in the morning ,

getting down to studying,  and squeeeeezzzing into my clothes that seem to be shrinking  (I blame it on the dryer).

So follow me on my journey through life, complaints, compliments , tips, tricks and life hacks all while holding on to my sanity on a single thread. ..