Monday, 22 June 2015

The Kiehl's Experiment

My Before this space
Quality. Service. Community.

This is the Kiehl's Promise.

I love what this brand stands for, that its a family business and their commitment to quality and their giving back to the community since 1851.  That's right they are 160 years old!

I'm thrilled to be taking part in my very own Kiehl's Experiment this month.  Today I embark on a 28-day challenge with Kiehl and Beauty Bulletin being the guinea pig to see if I can make myself appear 10 years younger!

Let me tell you all about it.

The Kiehl's #ChangeYourSkin Challenge is wee me crashing testing Kiehl's #SuperSerums and blogging my journey from start to finish.  

I have included a "before" picture in my post so that I will be able to compare my progress and you too can judge the results and watch my magical transformation.

I have great expectations from the pretty smelling bottles and I'll be lugging you through my travels with these pots and potions.  So you'll learn with me along the way.

Join me in hoping they make me look as fabulous on the outside as I feel on the inside.

Pick your poison.   Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or check out my posts on Beauty Bulletin.

My meagre 43 years versus their 160 years.  Not much competition there.  I'm certainly gonna give it a whirl!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Challenge Accepted! #ChangeYourSkin

I'm thrilled to be choosen a part of The Kiehl's ‪#‎ChangeYourSkin‬ Campaign thanks to Beauty Bulletin. 

Watch my skin be transformed before your very eyes with‪#‎SerumExperts‬!

The Challenge starts first thing on Monday. 

Be sure to keep an eye on my 
:  Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, my Blog or check out my posts on Beauty Bulletin. to watch the magic unfold before your very eyes.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Top 10 Beauty Tips for Winter

Brrrrrrr.....Winter is miserable. Don't you agree with me, Beauties?

I detest this season and all my friends will tell you I go into hibernation.  Everyone complains that they never get to see me and if they do, all I want to do is go home early and curl up on the couch under my favourite fuzzy blanket with a cuppa vanilla tea and watch TV series. 

Do you blame me?  Who wants to be out in this weather?  It gives you a bright red nose and I can never feel my fingers or toes.  Damn, you bad circulation!

However, here is some good news and my top ten beauty tips for winter.

Lip Balm

An absolute essential in winter is lipbalm!

In our long, dry winters in South Africa its absa lootly essential to get yourself a decent lip balm or chap stick.  No one likes to kiss dry, flakey lips and scratch and nip when you lean in for a wet one.  In my eyes prevention is the best solution! S-E-R-I-A-S just make sure you slap those smoochers with some moisturising love.  My favourite this winter has been Maybelline’s Baby Lips. You can pick this up almost anywhere (even Pick 'n Pay has them) for R24.95.  Bargain!
bby lips
Similar to lip balm, moisturiser is all year round essential.  Not only does it help to moisturise your skin, but helps make your skin look plumper, healthier, dewy and fresh. During winter harsh, cold dry air can quickly dry out your skin.

Remember when choosing a moisturiser is import to choose the right one for the specific body part you want to use it on.

Face moisturisers, in my eyes, are the most important during winter and should NEVER be skimped on.  Get a good quality one that keeps your skin looking fresh and healthy.  Also remember that you need one with a high SPF even in the winter!  Try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (R165 for 30 ml)

And for the rest of my body I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula which again can be found at Clicks or Dischem and most grocery stores for about R55.00


Full Coverage Foundation
Winter is the perfect time of year for flawless skin. If you like full coverage foundations, during winter is the perfect time to wear them. Lighter coverage usually means less product or a thinner consistency which is perfect for summer when you don’t want heaps on your face to sweat off. On the flip side, if you’re a full coverage foundation kinda gal, winter is the perfect time to wear it as it looks in moderation with the rest of your covered up body. I prefer a foundation with good coverage, but also buildability so I can wear it all year around. I find this best with my all time favourite foundation;  Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage™ which retails for around R255

Darker Lippy
Another perfect make up product to utilise during winter are all those deep reds, maroons and dark purple toned lipstick shades that you hardly ever wear. Winter is the perfect time for stark, stand out lip colour.

Quick tip about dark lips is that they make your lips look thinner, whilst lighter pinks and nudes give a fuller lip effect. This sounds like a negative thing but with the right outfit, dark shades in winter work a treat and bring out your inner vampy sex goddess.

My favourite shade this winter has to be a CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick in “Euphoria”
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Vanilla Herbal Tea
Don’t be fooled by the name, herbal teas aren’t as bad as they sound, and they are incredibly good for your health. Packed full of antioxidants and flavour.  They come in every flavour you can dream of, from strawberry to green tea to lemon or vanilla.

Green tea, is by far the best for you, by improving your metabolism speed it can help you loose weight and it is also filled with nutrients and loaded with those all-powerful antioxidants. My favourite herbal teas include Twinings Vanilla tea which can be found for anywhere around $1 – $5 for most of their range of teas.

Smokey eyes

Dark smokey eyes during winter is one of my favourite looks when I do go out at night.  It gives a subtle sultry look about you.  Puting a slight tinge of colour blended out with a nice dark black shadow to make your eyes pop.  For blue eyes, instead of blending a colour with black, start by blending brown shades into the crease, adding a darker shade of brown each time until the illusion of a dark black is made, on the inner corner try blending in a copper/gold colour that matches the brown tones you have used.

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Face Mask
Face masks are yet another great way to improve your skin and prevent break outs. Depending on the type of face mask you get, it will have a different purpose.

Clay masks contain natural clay substances that deep cleanse by drawing impurities to the skin’s surface as it dries and tightens. Clay masks are ideal for people with normal to oily skin who would like to absorb excess oil without stripping their skin.

Peel-off masks come in gel, plastic, or paraffin wax subtypes, but they’re not as absorbent as clay masks. Peel-off masks tighten the skin temporarily and some stimulate the blood supply. They are good for mature and dry skin.

Thermal masks are applied to the face and gradually heat up. They warm surface tissues and encourage the skin to breathe.

Cream masks contain emollient properties that soften skin. They are ideal for people with normal to dry skin who want to rejuvenate their facial skin by adding moisture.

Warm-oil masks are usually applied in spas and contain almond oil, olive oil, or vitamin oil. They are excellent for dry or mature skin because they soften the skin and increase blood circulation to the face.

Natural masks are based on the rejuvenating properties of fruits, plants, and herbs, such as cucumber, papaya, and oatmeal.

Water Proof Mascara

Although they are a pain in the arse to remove at the end of the day, they are definitely a must have during winter. Whether you are one to get caught in the rain a lot or you just enjoy a good cry at the end of a sappy movie, you need at least one of these beauties in your collection. Waterproof eyeliners are also a great idea in winter. My current go-to mascara is Avon SuperShock MAX Waterproof Mascara Black for R149 and sometimes only R99 on special

Argan Oil Of Morocco
Dry and damaged hair owners have a new BFF in the world of hair care, Argan Oil of Morocco! Along with dry skin and lips, winter tends to damage your hair as well. This oil deeply penetrates your roots to promote growth, renew and create a new softness in your hair whilst still strengthening each strand. It is quick and easy to use, after you have washed your hair, put a few drops into your palm and apply to your towel dried hair working it evenly into the ends of your hair to further protect it from spilt ends.

You can pick this one up from R149 for 50mls. It also has an equally effective matching shampoo and conditioner that also works wonders on your mop up top.


Dry Shampoo
My very own Time in a Can! 

Although dry shampoo is usually seen as a summer necessity, its perfect for winter as well. When it’s so cold that you dread getting into the bath to wash yer locks, because you know that when you get out you’ll feel an arctic breeze that freezes your naked everything!  Or when you've been wearing your favourite winter hat that makes your hair grubby?

Skip the invasive cold and save time by spraying some dry shampoo in your hair and shake it off, shake it off *singing Taylor Swift song*.  Not only does it absorbs the oilyness in your hair, but also gives it a nice texture for styling and smells soooo good.

The Batiste Dry Shampoo is my new favourite comes in different fragrances and colours for those of you with darker hair types, for anywhere between R79.99 depending on can size.