Review: Jimmy Choo L’EAU EDT

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Jimmy Choo has just released a new fragrance and I am so excited to be wearing to this in the spring months. I have always hoped that Jimmy would release a more floral fragrance type. Jimmy Choo blossom was a step in the right direction but not quite there yet but this one has hit the nail on the head perfectly.

The Story:
Jimmy Choo L’EAU is an expression of the dynamic, alluring and adventurous Jimmy Choo woman for Summer 2017. As delicate as she is defiant, as elegant as she is audacious; the Jimmy Choo Woman’s duality is matched by L’EAU’s strong, free-spirited yet resolutely feminine scent. The fragrance is a sensual evocation of the Jimmy Choo woman with pure and subtle notes heightened by hibiscus flower. The contrasting notes are an expression of modern femininity, writing a new chapter in the history of Jimmy Choo Parfums and placing L’EAU amongst the most coveted of Jimmy Choo accessories.

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The fragrance is a real symphony with an opening of bergamot that uplifts and motivates.  Then Hibiscus and peony take center stage and is backed by back up dancer soft musky base which stays long after the show has finished. Hibiscus is a note I don’t see often in a scent since many of the flowers don’t actually have any scents but the ones that do have a honey type scent.

Top Notes: Bergamot and Hibiscus

Heart Notes: Nectarine and Peony

Base Notes: Cedarwood and Musks

This fragrance is not too sweet and is a beautiful feminine scent. The bottle itself is beautifully crafted in blush pink (a very trending colour of 2017) The usual bottle design except this bottle is longer and oval which I actually like more as it takes up less space and is easier to hold. This one is definitely worth a sniff the next time you are in-store.

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EDT 90ml-R1095.00

EDT 60ml-R945.00

EDT 40ml-R645.00

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Review: Philip Kingsley PK Prep Perfecting spray

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King of hair, Philip Kingsley (notice what I did there) is back with their latest PK Prep range and I’ve been loving this Perfecting Spray. Not only does it act as a heat defence and UV protective spray, it’s also great for fighting frizz, boosting volume at the root, hydrating the hair and achieving smoothness! It’s jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients (namely ProVitamin B5, Glycerin, Xylitol, Polymers, PK elastin and Lactitol) which help support your hair’s health. Simply spray into damp hair and then blow-dry or style! The dream!

PK Prep is scientifically formulated to build the foundations for perfect hair. PK Prep uniquely cares for the health of the hair whilst helping to deliver session-quality styling results.

Infused with the delicate notes of cherry blossom, PK Prep leaves a beautiful fragrance trail wherever you go.

Love love love this a real must have for all.

You can get your hands on this for R650 Philip Kingsley Trichology Clinics and online at http://www.philipkingsley.co.za and http://www.bestofbeauty.co.za.

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Morgan Taylor the great ice-scape winter 2017 collection

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Winter is all about dark and cool colours and Morgan Taylor has just launched a new winter collection.

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The Great Ice-scape Winter 2017 Collection was inspired from the beautiful art of figure skating, the collection offers six divine matching gel polish and lacquer shades including soft pinks, milky blues, and a copper shimmer to lift your spirits during the winter months.

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“For our winter collection, we wanted to keep the colors as playful and sophisticated as the sport of ice skating,” says Danny Haile, CEO and Founder of Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish. “Our color choices compliment the femininity and gracefulness of this winter activity to a tee.”
Strap on your skates and glide onto the rink with these fabulous winter shades!

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All Morgan Taylor polishes are of the highest quality. They are long lasting and 2 coats is all you need for full coverage. I also love the fact that the colour you see in the bottle is always true to the colour you will get.

I got 2 to play around with my fave being Figure 8s & heartbreaks (Plum)

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Figure 8’s & Heartbreaks
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Hey, Twirl-friend!

Available in matching Gelish & Morgan Taylor Shades from July 2017. Big bottles and mini packs (4 minis=great value) RSP R246

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Dawn body cream and lotion re-rising

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A while back I attended the launch for Dawn what made this launch very unique was that usually launches are more for new products but this was something different as it was more of a brand vision relaunch and also an upgrade bump on the packaging which will make it’s appearance in store around August.

See snippets of the launch below:

In a nutshell Dawn’s new vision is to inspire and mentor the young women of South Africa to empower them to glow with beauty and confidence everyday.

Dawn has launched a mentorship programme with the guidance of mentoring NGO, SAYes. Through this collaboration, Dawn will become the catalyst that connects successful women with SAYes so that, together they can help young women by giving them positive role models and mentorship.

The Dawn range of hand & body lotions have been specifically crafted by a team of skin care experts to deliver confidence on the go. With its unique blend of Special Oils, Vitamin A and E and Glycerine that absorb easily into the skin, Dawn offers optimum moisturisation for up to 24 hours, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and soft.

At the launch event, Dawn gathered a group of inspirational women from all walks of life to start a conversation, encouraging like-minded women to share their stories of success and the challenges they have faced to get to where they are today. Women like sports presenter and radio personality Mpho Maboi, PR Guru and entrepreneur Allegro Dinkwanyane and make-up artist and stylist to the stars Merlene Williams will lend their time and expertise to mentor young women who are aiming for the stars.

Dawn lotions have been around for as long as I can remember (1960s to be exact! Way before my time) It’s affordable, works effectively, smells amazing is not greasy on the skin. There are so many variants:

Dawn Body Lotions
Variant Product Information ml RSP
Aloe Vera Nourish your skin with the soothing properties of natural Aloe Vera, which leaves your skin fresh and healthy. Formulated by skin care experts and enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation thatgives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long. 200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Cocoa Butter Experience the rich, fullbodied aroma of Cocoa Butter with accents of chocolate and vanilla. Intensive skin care to restore lost moisture and nourish skin deeply. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long. 200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Exotic Richness Indulge your skin with the luxurious experience of Exotic Richness body lotion. Ignite your mood with delicate hints of peach, jasmine and sandalwood. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long. 200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Radiant Glow Let your inner radiance dance across your skin with the subtle shimmer of Radiant Glow deeply
moisturising body lotion. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense
moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long.
200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Rich Lanolin Awaken your romantic dreams with the delicate scent of seductive rose. Deeply nourishing with warm, feminine undertones to keep skin feeling smooth and silky. Enriched with tissue oil,
glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing,
beautiful skin all day long.
200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Special Musk Celebrate your femininity with the comforting aroma of Special Musk. Classic scents blended
to linger on your skin whilst moisturising deeply. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and
added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin
all day long.
200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Tropical Cream Awaken your senses with the uplifting aroma of Tropical Cream. The exotic, fruity notes will fill
your spirit with energy and vitality. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long.
200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Vanilla Milk Wrap your skin in the sweet and delicate scent of Vanilla Milk. The subtle essence will leave
your skin feeling soothed and fresh. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins
A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long.
200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Vitamin E Breathe new life into your skin with the natural benefits of intensely moisturising Vitamin E.
Formulated by skin care experts and enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins
A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long.
200ml
400ml
R 12.99
R 21.99
Dawn Body Creams
Variant Product Information ml RSP
Aloe Vera Nourish your skin with the soothing properties of natural Aloe Vera, which leaves your skin fresh
and healthy. Formulated by skin care experts and enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin
all day long.
280ml R 23.99
Cocoa Butter Experience the rich, fullbodied aroma of Cocoa Butter with accents of chocolate and vanilla. Intensive skin care to restore lost moisture and nourish skin deeply. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long. 280ml R 23.99
Radiant Glow Let your inner radiance dance across your skin with the subtle shimmer of Radiant Glow deeply
moisturising body lotion. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins A & E for intense
moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long.
280ml R 23.99
Special Musk Celebrate your femininity with the comforting aroma of Special Musk. Classic scents blended
to linger on your skin whilst moisturising deeply. Enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and
added vitamins A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin
all day long.
280ml R 23.99
Vitamin E Breathe new life into your skin with the natural benefits of intensely moisturising Vitamin E.
Formulated by skin care experts and enriched with tissue oil, glycerine and added vitamins
A & E for intense moisturisation that gives you naturally glowing, beautiful skin all day long.
280ml R 23.99

 

 

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Review: Yardley even complexion foundation and pressed powder

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Foundation art! This is as artsy is it gets though.. From top to bottom: Sand beige, Medium beige, Natural, Mahogany, Caramel fudge, Caramel, Almond and Hazel 

Yardley Even Complexion foundation (R189,95) combines skincare benefits into a complexion perfecting foundation.

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  • To reduce the appearance of dark spots.
  • Evens out the skin tone,
  • Leaves skin looking radiant day after day.
  • Contains SPF 20
  • Best suited for dry, oily combination skin
  • Matte finishing foundation
  • Moderate to high coverage
  • Fragrance free

Available in 8 shades: Almond, Caramel, Caramel Fudge, Hazel, Mahogany, Medium Beige, Natural and Sand Beige.

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I’ve always been a fan of Yardley foundations.  In my opinion they make the best drug store foundations. The formula provides medium semi matte coverage but still serving up a healthy glow (the dream), that is buildable and works really well if you have pigmentation marks that you want to conceal, or even if you suffer with redness and rosacea. A trick to covering problem areas is to focus on dabbing extra foundation on those spots, letting it sit for a bit and then blending it in. I would say it is appropriate for all skin types. Lasts all day. Packaging wise it is a win it comes in a glass pump bottle an upgrade from the previous plastic bottle. Scent wise it does not have a strong smell so it is perfect for hypo allergenic skin types. Colour range is great and I imagine it can cater for all skin type. It is light weight and you barely notice it is on your skin.

Yardley Even Complexion Powder creates the ultimate refined finish. The lightweight formula, enriched with Porcelain Flower Extract and Vitamin E, blends effortlessly for a smooth, even and radiant glow.

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For best results, use in combination with Even Complexion Foundation.

  • Contains SPF 20
  • Helps protect against sun damage
  • Medium to heavy coverage
  • Buildable cover to create a perfect smooth matte finish
  • Contains oil absorbing powders

Available in 6 shades: Caramelised, Caramel Fudge, Mahogany, Translucent and Walnut.

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For those who like a bit of a setting and a matter finish you lightly brush this over your face lightly to set, and mattify you foundation. This is also a dream powder it is really fine and silky and does not dry out your skin. The darker shades can double up nicely as a natural bronzer. Compact comes with a nifty hidden compartment that houses a mirror and application sponge.

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AXE daily fragrances

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Axe has brought out 3 very not so typical men’s deodorants. Now when I say that I mean very specialized and similar to colognes to scents. Smelling this with your naked nose you get the impression it could be a Montblanc or Giorgio Armani

AXE Pump Spray Signature – R89.95 – 100ml – Available at Clicks

You know about style and don’t just dress for now, you dress for where you want to be. Your look is a reflection of your ambition and you’ll stop at nothing until you get what you want. The world is watching and you show that you’re ready by looking the part and putting your best foot forward.

For the man who knows about style. Oud Wood with a hint of vanilla, layered with juicy mandarin and spicy black pepper. A subtle, irresistably smooth scent.

Axe Pump Spray Urban – R89.95 – 100ml – Available at Clicks

To make a bold statement you have to be a bold man. The urban jungle is your playground where you set the scene and turn heads. You aren’t bound by four walls but rather the limitless sky. Prepare to be imitated but know you can never be replicated.

Warm tobacco and amber refreshed with lemon and lime. This smokey, sweet scent will give your style an edge. It’s a hell of a fragrance.

Axe Pump Spray Adrenalin – R89.95 – 100ml – Available at Clicks

You’re a man who knows what you want and you never take your finger off the pulse. After all, when you rest, you rust. Adventure fuels your passion to conquer each and every day so you dive in head first, never waiting for life to pass you by.

For the man always on the go. Iced musk with a hint of spicy ginger powered up with red pepper and juicy fig. This sharp, fresh scent will energize your style. Keep going, all day.

AXE always makes the best ads. See my fave below:

Scent are all very long lasting and so affordable. There is great variety so there is definitely be one for the man in your life! Also did you know there is a subscription box for men as well called manbox.co.za

Become a brushing genius with Oral-B genius 8000

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Designed to help you brush like your dentist recommends, the Genius 8000 seamlessly connects with the Oral-B smartphone app via Bluetooth technology to provide you with customized real-time feedback about your brushing habits, including our highly advanced Position Detection technology that ensures you never miss a zone.

The brush and app also provide time coaching to make sure you brush the recommended 2-minutes and include a pressure alert to protect your gums from over-brushing.
The app is pretty cool some things it does is:
• Sends push reminders for you to brush your teeth twice a day
• Motivates you to keep brushing your teeth by giving you achievements and badges, a bit like fit bit for your teeth
• Gives professional guidance about how to brush your teeth better

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This highly advanced brush features a dentist-inspired round head that surrounds and cups each tooth with dynamic oscillating, rotating and pulsating movements to remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

The 360 SmartRing with LED lights allows you to personalize your brushing experience with 12 colors while delivering visual feedback on your brushing pressure, brushing time and selected mode.

Discover a revolution in oral care with the new intelligent Genius 8000 electric toothbrush, designed by Braun, and brought to you by Oral-B, the #1 brand used and recommended by dentists worldwide.
What’s in the Box?
 Braun Oral-B 8000 rechargeable electric toothbrush in White
 Charging station
 Toothbrush head storage compartment
 3 x Brush heads (1 x Cross Action, 3D White, Sensitive)
 Travel case
 Smartphone holder
 Documentation

See, Adjust, & Know with Position Detection
The advanced Position Detection technology of the Genius 8000 electric toothbrushes allows you to SEE where you’re brushing so you can ADJUST your technique and never miss a zone, all while having the confidence to KNOW that you’re getting a superior clean vs. a regular manual brush. The built-in 2-minute timer helps you brush just the right amount, with a timer for each zone of your mouth.
You need to attach a special phone holder (included) to the surface in front of your bathroom basin (usually your mirror), and manoeuvre the phone’s camera so that your face is in the right place, then set to the front camera. At the end you get a score out of 100 on how you’ve performed.

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Customizable SmartRing. Personalized Experience.
Elevate your custom cleaning experience with the multifunctional 360º SmartRing. Visible from every angle while brushing, the SmartRing allows you to see feedback from the pressure sensor, brushing timer and Bluetooth connection with ease. The smart ring lights up when switched on and blinks when you have to change brushing quadrants in your mouth or flashes red when you apply too much pressure. It can also be programmed through the Oral-B smartphone app to illuminate with your choice of 12 colors as you brush. The design is really beautiful with the smartring, Bluetooth, battery and mode lights which illuminate when you switch the tooth brush on.

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Intelligent Brush for Real-Time Feedback
The Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush with Bluetooth technology provides focused care as you follow your dental care journey and receive guidance that can be adjusted by your dental professional. Download the Oral-B app on your smartphone and use Bluetooth technology to get real-time feedback while you clean for improved brushing habits. The Focused Care feature allows you to implement your dentist’s recommendations via customizable brushing plans for key focus areas. The Dental Care Journeys feature lets you follow a pre-programmed routine that matches your oral care goals. These journeys include Fresh Breath, Plaque Fighter, Whitening, Gum Health and Ortho Care. The brush handle saves data from your past 20 brushing sessions so you can still keep track of your progress even when you are not connected to the app.

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Round Brush Head for a Superior Clean*
Oral-B replacement electric toothbrush heads feature a professionally inspired design that surrounds each tooth. The dynamic movement of 3D cleaning action helps the electric toothbrush head adapt to your teeth as it oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

16 Degree Angle Cleans Deep Between Teeth
Enjoy healthier teeth and stronger gums for life with the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush, featuring the professionally inspired CrossAction toothbrush head. The round head is specially designed for a tooth-by-tooth clean, and its criss-cross bristles are set at a 16-degree angle to reach deep between teeth to lift and power away up to 100% more plaque for a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush.

Healthy Gums with Pressure Sensor
Maintaining gum health is an important part of a healthy oral care routine. The Triple Pressure Sensor helps protect your gums from over-brushing. The SmartRing illuminates and pulsations slow, then stop when you brush too hard. The brush handle can also be set to the Sensitive mode.

Dual Charging & Extra-Long Battery Life
The Oral-B Genius 8000 toothbrush features a Lithium Ion battery and smart travel case that’s designed to charge both your toothbrush and smartphone using only one outlet, all while delivering long-lasting, consistently powerful cleaning action for up to 12 days between charges. The case is ridged and durable and the tooth brush is light.

#1 Dentist Recommended Brand Worldwide
Discover the next lever of oral care innovation, brought to you by Oral-B, a worldwide leader in toothbrushes. Each Oral-B electric toothbrush provides a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush. Find your perfect electric toothbrush from Oral-B – the #1 dentist used and recommended brand worldwide*.
*based on surveys of a representative worldwide sample of dentists carried out for P&G regularly.

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What I love most is all the modes that you can choose from to personalise your brushing experience:
The Oral-B Genius 8000 comes with 5 cleaning modes which can be accessed by pressing the down arrow button on the front of the electric toothbrush.

Daily Clean mode
The standard cleaning mode featured on almost all Oral-B electric toothbrushes. This is the cleaning mode I use the most because it is the most useful for everyday use. It lasts for the recommended 2 minutes of cleaning and also oscillates 8,800 times and pulsates 40,000 times per minute.

Gum Care mode
A cleaning mode where the Oral-B Genius 8000 pulsates for 2 minutes that is meant to encourage bloodflow to your gums by massaging them. It changes the power and speed of the brush head from oscillating 2,600 – 8,800 times per minute and 12,000 – 40,000 pulsations per minute. I have not seen any clinical research backing up the claims for this cleaning mode so I would not use it.

Sensitive mode
I like this cleaning mode as it is a reduced power daily clean mode. This is particularly useful for people with sensitive teeth or people who tend to press too firmly with their toothbrush. In this mode the Oral-B genius 8000 will oscillate at 6,500 times and 30,000 pulsations every minute. The cleaning mode lasts for 2 minutes.

Whitening mode
This cleaning mode does not whiten your teeth. In fact no toothbrush can actually whiten your teeth. They can remove stains which may your teeth appear whiter but this is not whitening. This cleaning mode is effectively a 2 minute 20 second daily clean mode. This is my fave mode.

Pro-Clean mode
A longer duration 3 minute 30 second daily clean mode that oscillates 8,800 and 40,000 pulsations per minute. Teeth feel the cleanest with this mode.

All thing beauty…