GOSH cosmetics AW17 Collection – Review & Swatches

GOSH a Danish makeup brand, is my favorite budget-friendly, high quality, cruelty-free and suitable for vegans makeup . It brings me great excitement to showcase to you the latest AW17 collection. (the theme is Nordic magic). All products are great value for money and the packaging is compact and sleek.

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  1. GOSH Primer Plus Skin Adaptor Anti-Pollution Primer in Chameleon (R 255)

The Primer Plus Skin Adaptor contains a secret weapon called Cityguard+ complex which is based on marine origin ingredients which protect the skin from atmospheric pollution such as cigarette smoke and car exhaust fumes, it also fights free radical damage that can lead to signs of ageing. The product comes out of the tube looking white but once you apply it to your skin it actually changes to adapt to your skin tone from the pigment beads in the formula. It offers up a sheer tint (not much coverage) to it to even out your skin tone and gives you a healthy looking glow, and of course being a primer it creates a lovely smooth surface for applying makeup. It is quite moisturising but a little tacky so makeup can better stick.

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  1. GOSH My Favourite Mascara (R165)

Specially formulated to be the perfect ‘everyday mascara’ it gives you natural looking lashes without the drama. The mascara want is small and mad from rubber does a really good job at separating lashes and can be easily removed with just warm water. Personally, I like more drama and length for my mascaras, but it’s certainly not a bad choice if you prefer a very natural looking mascara for every day. This mascara is infused with oak extract to nourish the lashes. Mascara does not clump or flake and lasts the whole day.

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  1. GOSH Prime ‘N’ Set Primer & Mattifying Banana Setting Powder (R235)

I’m sure by now you should have heard about the invention that is banana power. If you haven’t used a banana powder before, it’s basically a yellow-toned setting powder which helps to banish dark under eye circles. I use this underneath my eyes to set my concealer. I apply my concealer the dab the powder over it with a makeup sponge ( better known as baking) and sweep off excess with a big fluffy brush after a  few minutes. I definitely helps to brighten things up under there, but it’s also great as an overall setting powder

I am so glad GOSH brought out their own version of this now-cult classic of famous Ben Nye Banana Powder isn’t all that easy to get hold of in the UK unless you order online and I can safely say this is a perfect dupe. It is suitable for all skin tones. I have dry skin but I found it doesn’t dry out the skin or make it feel uncomfortable.

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  1. GOSH 9 Shades Eyeshadow Palette in To Party In London (R280)

Inspired by the glitz and glamour of London’s night life. The new palette features 9 highly pigmented beautiful pearly and metallic shades in different textures. Each shade is buttery soft, easy to blend and work with. The packaging is glossy black, nice and compact, and contains a large mirror which makes this palette great for travelling with. I really love the mix of shades as there are so many combination of looks you can create with it and you won’t need to reach for another pallete. The pallete contains gold, copper tones, plum, pink, mahogany and taupe. The striking metallic are intense and last extremely well. I think this palette is more focused on night time but the lighter shades can be applied for a daytime look. No creasing. No fall out. Nice compact packaging. Nice mix of colours making this the only pallete you may need. Buttery soft consistency. Love love love!

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  1. GOSH Eye Shadow Primer (R165)

The easy creamy crayon easily glides on your lids and blended out nice and easily with the sponge tip on the other side. The colour is a nice neutral base and makes shadow look more intense.

  1. GOSH Growth Serum Brows (R165)

GOSH has a new Growth Serum which aims to give you thicker and fuller brows with daily use said to give hope to over tweezed arches, based on the proven SymPeptide XLASH, the effective serum fuels the natural growth of eyebrows. By stimulating the Keratin genes, it enhances the appearance of length and thickness of the brow. A goodie if you have had an eyebrow disaster.

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  1. GOSH Brow Shape & Fill in Grey Brown 002 (R165)

This is a 2 in 1 brow product with an angled eyebrow pencil on one end and a powder on the other. The retractable angled skinny pencil made it very easy to outline your brows and get a nice precise shape and the soft powder end is for filling and setting them afterwards. It reminds me of the Maybelline Brow Satin. It’s a a dual ended product, featuring a brow pencil on one end and a powder on the other. These can be used together or individually to create your ideal brow look.

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  1. GOSH Lumi Drops in 012 Rosegold (R160)

Lumi Drops are basically liquid highlighters, blushers and bronzers, depending on what shade you pick up. I have the Rose gold which is a beautiful peachy-rose liquid blusher with a gold shimmer which is perfect for glowy on the cheeks – a drop or two is all you need to use!  I have the shade 012 Rose Gold. It comes in a small squeeze bottle with a tiny nib for easy no mess no fuss dispensing. Lumidrops has a fluid gel consistency. I drop a few drops on the back of my hand and tap my finger in it and make 4 dots along my check bone then use 2 fingers to tap and blend it. It is actually pretty subtle but buildable if you repeat it a couple of times. The colour re minds me of the famous NARS Orgasm Blush.

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  1. GOSH Lift & Highlight in 001 Nude (R185)

This clever Lift & Highlight duo-pencil is a one of those makeup trick tools that create a big difference. This nifty pencil features a matte nude coloured pencil on one end, and a shimmery light-reflective pencil on the other. I use the matte end to carve out my brows and line my water line. It is super pigmented, creamy and soft so it won’t irritate your eyes when it is applied to the water line, If it matches your skin-tone it can also double up as a concealer. The shimmery gold end I use to highlight and brighten the inner eye corner and on my brow bone and the cupid’s bow. It reminds me of the Benefit’s High Brow but without the price tag.

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  1. GOSH Strobe ‘N’ Glow Kit in 001 Highlight (R285)

 

Glow baby glow! As far as highlighting palettes go, this one by far is the most impressive. In the Strobe ‘N’ Glow Kit you get four huge pans of different highlighter shades that a super pigmented. Great as it has every highlight shade you can think of. I particularly am obsessed with the iridescent holographic pearly white shade as no many brands make this. Powders have a creamy smooth texture. But I feel it is better to use your finger as brushes don’t pick up as much product since the powder is packed very tight.

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  1. GOSH colour corrector kit 001 (R195)

All 5 shades are creamy and easy to blend. Super compact and easily fits into your makeup bag also has a nifty mirror in the lid which is great for makeup emergencies on the go. The kit contains every shade concealer you could ever need:

  • Nude– Most common colour to cover and conceal imperfections
  • Yellow– To cover purple or blue, so great for veins, bruises and under eye circles.
  • Green– To neutralise redness on the skin.
  • Purple– To eliminate any yellow tones on the skin.
  • Peach– To brighten the under eye area and cover signs of fatigue & works well on olive skin to give radiance.

Yellow was my fave really brightened up the eye area and great combo when baked with the banana powder. Coverage is great and this kit is really handy.

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You can find these in store at selected Truworths and Foschini or online on the Foschini website.

 

Give School Children the Dignity of Access to a Clean Toilet with Baby Soft

While many of us don’t think twice about our bathroom habits, the fact of the matter remains that millions of South Africans are not afforded the dignity of access to a clean toilet. This is particularly true of many disadvantaged schools and when one considers the matter of hygiene, it is clear that this state of affairs requires our urgent attention.

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How cute is this mini toilet USB???
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Look out for these specially marked packs

For this reason and in partnership with UNICEF’s Toilet Board Coalition and Spar, Kimberly-Clark is seeking to raise funds to build toilets for school children across the country through its Baby Soft Toilets Change Lives Programme. What is more, the company is calling on all consumers to assist in this mission by simply purchasing a specially marked pack of Baby Soft White Toilet Tissue 9’s from any Spar store nationwide, from the beginning of September to the end of October 2017.

A Crisis of Dignity

“Globally, some 2.4 billion people live without the basic human right of a clean toilet. While this is a hyenic crisis of epic proportions, this is also a crisis of dignity for the men, women and children who often have to relieve themselves out in the open. These shocking statistics along with our founding role in the Toilet Board Coalition inspired us to establish the Toilets Change Lives Programme, which seeks to ensure everyone has a safe, clean and dignified toilet experience,” says Kimberly-Clark Marketing Director, John Clark.

The Right to Clean Water and Sanitation

“Access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. It is, therefore, unthinkable that diarrhoeal diseases related to unhygienic sanitation continue to be the leading cause of childhood deaths in the world. The Toilet Board Coalition is a group of leading companies, government agencies, sanitation experts and non-profit organisations, which aims to develop commercially sustainable and scalable solutions to eliminate the current sanitation crisis. Consumer interventions such as Kimberly-Clark’s Toilets Change Lives Programme, help us to achieve this crucial objective,” explains UNICEF’s Representative in South Africa, Herve Ludovic de Lys.

Empowering Boys and Girls

The Spar Group commented that providing schools with fully functional, separate toilets for boys and girls, the stores not only contribute to these children’s dignity and sense of wellbeing, but also empower them to act as agents of change within their own communities. Sanitary toilet habits are brought into families and health-promoting activities are adopted as a result of school children being given access to clean sanitation. For this reason, Spar didn’t hesitate to participate in the Toilets Change Lives Programme and look forward to engaging with their shoppers as they seek to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

How to Help

To make a difference you simply need to visit your nearest Spar store and purchase a specially-marked pack of Baby Soft Toilet Tissue White 9’s. For each pack sold, Baby Soft will donate R4 to UNICEF. The proceeds raised will be used by UNICEF to provide safe and hygienic sanitation, as well as safe drinking water for our country’s children in need.

Review: Avon mark liquid lip lacquer matte

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Avon lip product have always been a firm favorite of mine and this one of course did not disappoint. Avon really have perfected lip products and have the winning formula in this field.

I present to you the Mark matte liquid lipstick line (R84.90). The colour range it pretty wide so there will be a shade that will catch your eye.

This time around these are the oh so trendy liquid lipsticks.

So let’s start with packaging… beautiful, simple yet classy. The clear rectangular tube with a screw cap lid looks like glass but is actually plastic so it is durable, lightweight and small so easy to carry around. The applicator is a diamond shaped sponge applicator which provides precise application and is flexible and picks up just the right amount of product.

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The formula is a dream it is a mousse that glides on the lips and leave lips velvety smooth and leaves lips moisturised and is not drying at all. It is non-sticky, super pigmented and to never bleed or feather. It is long wearing thanks to the “Magnet Lock Technology” which makes pigment cling to your lips for dear life. It’s nice and comfortable to wear and really easy to top up when it does start to fade because it just blends back together. It gives off this amazing berry scent. It also has a built-in primer guarantees a smooth, even application and keeps colour on lock down.

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Review: Ted Lapidus Orissima EDP

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For the younger generation Ted Lapidus was a renowned french designer who was best known as the creator and pioneer of the unisex fashion look and is credited with introducing a military and safari look into haute couture. He is credited as the first designer to put Military style shoulder straps on both male and female clothing, and with making blue jeans part of the mainstream of fashion design.

Orissima is classified as a floral gourmand (in normal speak a woody sweet floral) . The fragrance opens rather citrusy with notes of peach, grapefruit and bamboo. But this fades very quickly into a floral heart of orange blossom, iris and peony. Then ends off with what you are left with for the rest of the day a gourmand (edible notes) of sweet caramel, musk and patchouli. It is a really sweet scent but more on the elegant side.

“I conceived this fragrance as an ode to the Parisian Woman. The idea was to paint a multi-faceted woman through the senses.” – Alexandra Monet, Perfumer

The flacon design is really pretty practical and easy to hold. It takes inspiration from city architecture to symbolise the many different facets of the Parisian woman. “The bottle represents a sophisticated woman full of natural grace,” says Marc Touati, the bottle designer. The liquid as well as the lid is rose gold which is very on trend at the moment.

I see this more as a night scent as it has a sense of mysteriousness to it. But the staying power is pretty great I get about 6 hours.

Ted Lapidus Orissima EDP is available from Dis-Chem and Clicks for:

100ml EDP  R895

50ml EDP  R695

30ml EDP  R495

Danny Haile launches PolyGel in SA!

I recently attended the launch of polygel which if you are a fan of gelish you will absolutely love. We met Danny Haile the brains behind nail harmony (it was such an honour to meet him.I also went into the salon to experience it and it was amazing.

PolyGel integrates the best qualities of both acrylic and hard gel into one patent-pending product! See our invitation below to find out how YOU can experience this once in a life time opportunity with Danny Haile in person, in Cape Town!

Not an acrylic, not a hard gel, patent-pending Gelish® PolyGel™ combines the best of both in a revolutionary all-in-one system that’s undeniably better!

Years in development and extensively salon tested; users agree that Gelish® PolyGel™ delivers strong, flexible, feather light nails, that is odorless and with no airborne dust.

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POLYGEL is an all-in-one formula for the perfect working consistency. No monomer, no mixing, no ratios. The odorless formula allows you to work as fast or as long as you want. Tube dispensing allows you to use just what you need for no wasted product. Formulated using a game-changing polymer fusion, PolyGel’s breakthrough TriPolymer Technology™* delivers gravity-defying performance for astonishingly easy, chase-free applications. The unique putty-like viscosity ensures smooth, flawless nails and even color. PolyGel’s formulation combines acrylic powder for strength in a gel base with photo initiators providing workability without the unpleasant monomer odor. And, the heavier-than-air TriPolymer fillings are 30% heavier than acrylic and hard gel filings, which means they fall to the table for virtually no airborne dust. *TriPolymer Technology = Oligomers from Gels; Polymers from Acrylics; Polymers from Lacquer

 

Application in 3 Steps

Step 1
Squeeze, slice, and roll. Squeeze just the right amount of PolyGel out of the tube, slice product with your multi-purpose tool. Roll onto nail.

Step 2
Using your brush and a small amount of Slip Solution shape product into place. Use with a short square, firm synthetic brush.

Step 3
Cure 30 seconds in 18G LED Light.

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Queen of hearts and a silver chrome accent nail

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But first let’s take a selfie with Morgan Taylor’s new selfie 2017 summer collection

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Morgan Taylor just released a new limited-edition 6-piece collection called Selfie Summer the shades are all bright vibrant and lively to get you pool side ready. I received 3 colours to play around with. They have great coverage, dry quickly and are semi-matte.

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All about the pout
  1. All About the Pout is described as a pastel  coral neon creme. This shade makes my skin look more tanned.
  2. Best Face Forward is described as a Purple Neon Lacquer. This is a royal purple shade. The best part about this one is it contains sparkly blue flakes.
  3. Pretty as a Pink-ture is described as a Pink Neon Lacquer.

You can see this collection hit shelves on the 1st September 2017. Although it is a summer collection here in SA it will also fit as nice spring shades too. So get those cameras ready for some hot selfies to show off those gorgeous nails.

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RSP: R149 per bottle or R266 for a pack of 4 minis

 

All thing beauty…